March 2019 Happenings Magazine

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MAILBAG Dear Happenings, Congratulations on your 50th anniversary. We were one of the first businesses from the Endless Mountains to advertise in Happenings many years ago. We send our wishes for your continued success. –Taffy Stevens –Framesmith Art & Framings –Tunkhannock, PA Dear Happenings, Thank you so much for sharing the love story of my grandparents, the founders of Happenings Magazine (February 2019). Tom and Ann Reddington were my grandparents. They were truly some of the best people in the whole world. Their article (February 2019) sums up “Dad” so well and his love for “Mom.” I hope you have another 50 years of wonderful publishing! Thank you for keeping my grandparents memories alive! –Tracey Bittenbender Trefren –Jackson, Wyoming Dear Happenings, I loved your article on Dr. Albert Hazzouri (Making Scranton Smile, February 2019). My uncle, Dr. James Riviello and Dr. Hazzouri's father were best friends. Such a great read. What a great Magazine you publish! I have purchased subscriptions for my four children who live out of town so that they can keep in touch with the region. –Carol Petrunich –West Scranton 4

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The Best Journey Takes You Home Talk to the experts at the Greater Pocono & Outdoor Living Show.

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NEPA Real Estate Professionals Everything they touch turns to sold!

Irish Recipes March brings about special recipes that often come but once a year.

Influential Women Find out how some professionals are taking NEPA by storm.

Love is in Bloom See how NEPA couples celebrated their big day.

Colorectal Cancer Awareness March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. Area experts outline life saving tips.


Home Buying: 2019 vs. 1969 We take a look at what it was like to purchase a home in the 1960s vs today.


March Madness What to do, where to go, everything you need to know

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2 The Orchestra, State Theatre, Easton. 7:30 p.m. 610-258-7766.






Chili & Wing Cookoff, The Waterfront at Silver Birches, Hawley. Noon-4 p.m. 570-226-4388.




39th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade, downtown Wilkes-Barre. 2 p.m.






St. Patrick’s Day Celebration, The Settler’s Inn, Hawley. 5:30-9:30 p.m. 570-226-2993.



Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, Penn’s Peak, Jim Thorpe. 8 p.m. 866-605-7325

Red Hot Chilli Pipers, State Theatre, Easton. 7:30 p.m. 610-258-7766



Finding Neverland, State Theatre, Easton. Through Mar. 21. 7 p.m. 610-258-7766.


Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade, downtown Stroudsburg. 1:30 p.m.

Ronald McDonald Gourmet Gala, Mohegan Sun Hotel & Convention Center, WilkesBarre. 5-8 p.m. 570-969-8998



28 Buckcherry, Penn’s Peak, Jim Thorpe. 8 p.m. 866-605-7325

National Caffeine Awareness Month Irish-American Heritage Month National Colorectal Cancer Month National Women’s History Month National Nutrition Month



Leadercast Women, Dietrich Theatre, Tunkhannock. 8:30 a.m.-noon.

Scranton St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Downtown Scranton. 11:45 a.m.



2nd Annual Steamtown String Fling, Scranton Cultural Center, Scranton. 7 p.m. 570-344-1111

A Celtic Rumble, The Olde Brick Theatre, Scranton. 7:30 p.m. 570-209-7766



Forest Landowners Conference, The Penn Stater Hotel & Conference Center, State College. 877-778-2937

Greater Pocono Home & Outdoor Living Show, Kalahari Resort, Pocono Manor. Through Mar. 24. 9 a.m. 570-421-9009



Dear Readers,


he upcoming Greater Pocono Home & Outdoor Living show on March 23 and 24 at Kalahari Resort has got us all thinking about what sparks joy in our homes. Our homes are very often the largest purchase we make in our lifetime. While the initial purchase may occur only once (or a handful of times) the constant care and keeping of them becomes a forever project. My husband, daughter, mother and I live in a home that has been in my family for nearly 60 years. Major renovations took place about 20 years ago but ongoing projects such as painting and tree trimming are always on the agenda. We recently asked a few folks what sparks the most joy in their homes. “It’s the people who come to visit, sharing with others and making memories.” “My home brings me joy because my pets are there and I’m surrounded by sentimental things like photos, art and gifts from people; everywhere I look there’s an item with a story behind it.” “Home smells like coffee in the morning and dinner in the evening.” “My home can be as quiet and calm or as busy and bustling as I like.” What I personally appreciate most is coming home from a long day to find my home neat and smelling like it has just been cleaned! I love soft lighting in the evening, peaceful


music and a cozy and clutter free space to relax. But I also love housefuls of family and friends celebrating holidays and milestones together and even having lots of out-oftown guests stay overnight. Home is the place where life happens and the best memories are made. As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of Happenings Magazine this year we also take a fun look back at what buying a home was like in the 1960s as compared with today. Also read about many influential woman who are making a difference in Northeast PA. On a serious note we remind our readers that March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. If you are 50 years of age or older, be sure that you have scheduled your screening. We’d love to hear from you about what you enjoy reading most in Happenings. With love and best wishes for an early spring,

Paula Paula Mackarey Publisher

March 2019

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he 2019 Greater Pocono Home & Outdoor Living Show at Kalahari Resort, March 23 and 24 will have an abundance of activities, education and entertainment for all ages. This year includes a dog house competition, a children's scavenger hunt, and ways to win exciting tickets. Home-improvement companies will showcase their exhibits and answer questions. The show's main sponsor is Steve Ohl of RF Ohl, which specializes in installing and repairing heating and cooling equipment. Meet exhibitors such as APlus Metal Roofing Specialist president Jim Szabo, Curt Walborn of Superior Walls by Advanced Concrete, Sam


Bolotine from Install America and John Holahan of Liberty Homes Custom Builders. "Liberty Homes sees the value in participating in the show to illuminate the opportunities of building in the Pocono Mountains area," said Holahan. The Greater Pocono Home & Outdoor Living Show will accommodate everyone from those looking to make a small change in their apartment to those looking to do big remodeling projects. Building your dreamhouse? Bring your ideas and blueprints! Dozens of builders, remodelers, and tradesmen, will gladly give advice as they feature household luxuries such as landscape displays, pools and spas, sun rooms,

ing, lighting supplies, windows and doors. Show hours are Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $5. Children under 18 are free. 570-421-9009

The Greater Pocono Home and Outdoor Living Show The show is presented by the Pocono Builders Association. The association was charted in 1970 and is dedicated to the collective creation of value for its members. The association is the unified voice of the Pocono Mountain’s building industry. The organization promotes economic development and community. March 2019

New this year will be the “Bow Wow Builders Dog House.” competition and raffle. Six home show vendors will build custom dog houses, which will be raffled off on March 24 at 3 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to purchase raffle tickets and vote for the "Best of Show" dog house. Proceeds from the raffle will benefit AWSOM, which provides shelter and medical care for companion animals until they are placed in responsible forever homes. Competition participants include Liberty Homes Custom Builders, The Martin Corp., Masters Concrete Products, Monroe Career & Technology Institute, R.W. Buff, and State Farm Insurance. The Pocono Builders Association's Bob the Builder will also greet guests. Kids can also participate in a vendor-sponsored scavenger

hunt, in which vendors will provide the prizes. Visitors can also enter to win two packages of four 100-level tickets to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race, June 2 at Pocono Raceway. –Ben Freda

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A & B Sunrooms & Remodel A Plus Metal Roofing Specialists A+ Waterproofing & Foundation Repair, LLC Advanced Concrete Systems, Inc. A Manufacturer of Superior Walls Aerus Electrolux Affordable Comfort Contracting, Inc. American Red Cross, Pocono Mountain Chapter American Remodeling Enterprises, Inc. AmeriGas Propane Appleby Systems, Inc. AWSOM Bath Fitter, Kitchen Saver Best Auto Tire & Service Center Blue Mountain Woodworking Brennan & Sons Sheets and Pillows Burke Construction, LLC Buy the Load, LLC Carl Balliet Logging & Lumber, Inc. Carl's Pool & Stove Citizens Savings Bank Confederation Log & Timber Frame of PA Covington Lake Estates, LLC Culligan Water Conditioning Cutco Cutlrey Daniel's Lawn & Garden Center Dreamscape Lantern Company Duane Moyer Well Drilling East Rock Construction Erb's Landscaping ESSA Bank & Trust Estemerwalt Log Homes EZ Mountain Rustic Furniture F/J Hess & Sons Plumbing, Heating & A/C GAK Construction Garvin Construction, LLC Gleco Paint, Inc. Grant Hilfiger Contracting Green Mountain Energy Co. Hannabery HVAC Homespire Windows & Doors Hydro-Therapeutics Water Conditioning, Co. I See Spain I'm the Guy In Style Closets Install America Integra Clean & Dry, LLC Integrity Chimney Service Kevin Treat - The Sawptician KR Communications Larry's Jewelry & Gifts LeafFilter North of PA, LLC.

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Lehigh Gap Seamless Gutter, LLC Leon Clapper Plumbing, Heating & Water Conditioning Liberty Homes Custom Builders Grant Hilfiger Contracting Lowe's Home Improvement Magic Touch Kitchens Restoration Mariotti Building Products Martin Homes Masters Concrete Products, Inc. Masters Home Solutions Mathiesen Landscapes, LLC Metro Public Adjustment, Inc. Mid-Atlantic Waterproofing Mountain Landscaping Naturalawn of America Nauman Companies Northern Rain Irrigation One Week Kitchens Orkin Pest Control Outlook Construction Paul Davis Emergency Services Perez Design Build Remodel Pella Windows & Doors by Crawford Perma Glaze & Bath Renew Picture Perfect Professional Painting Pine Creek Structures Pink Zebra Pioneer Pole Buildings, Inc. Pocono Awning Co., LLC Pocono Raceway Pocono Well and Pump Service, LLC Pro Fire Safety R.F. Ohl R.W. Buff, Inc. RE-BATH Renewal by Andersen Rinker Generator Robert K. Ace Jr. Construction, LLC Royal Security Services Sears Home Improvement Products, Inc. Softub Spread Eagle Development Corp. Spring Hill Chimney State Farm Agent Joe Ronco Stroud TV & Appliances Suburban Propane Timbercrest Builders Vector Security, Inc. V-One Embroidery, LLC. Wayne Bank Wychock Real Estate, LLC


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Lake Living

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fter speaking with her for just a few moments, you will realize that real estate agent Linda Hanf can sell just about anything. Her energy and directness make clear why she and her husband, Dave, have found success as agents in the focused market of lake properties in Pike and Wayne counties.Most real estate agencies have a vast roster of agents who deal with homes in multiple markets, making it difficult for them to have the most up to date and thorough information about special properties, like lake homes. However, because the Hanfs specialize in lake properties, and are NEPA lake people themselves, they are acutely in tune with the market. “There are 44 houses [on the market] on Lake Wallenpaupack. I’ve been in 39 of them” says


Linda.The Hanfs are a part of a national company, Lake Homes Realty, that has a team of agents located around the country and has twice been named to Inc. Magazine's list of the 5000 fastest growing companies in the U.S. This benefits home buyers and sellers because they work closely with local agents like the Hanfs while the agents have the support of the company’s marketing, tech, legal and executive team. Sellers homes are given national exposure and buyers have access to national listings all while working with agents close to them.Linda says she and her husband are the “Special Forces” of real estate and asks “Why would you not to go a specialist with a special property like a lake home?” They “market to sell” and utilize targeted advertising to find buyers who are specifically looking for lake homes. To go the extra step, our company pays for their listings to come up first in search results and run analytics on their listings to see

who is clicking on them and how frequently.When selling lake homes, Linda understands they are selling a lifestyle. Because she and David are familiar with Lake Wallenpaupack and the smaller lakes in Pike and Wayne counties, they are able to help buyers find the best property for their futures. They take into consideration things like lake rights, fees, docking policies, boat restrictions, fishing, rental policies and other rules, regulations and amenities which differ on each lake.Linda and David are well versed in NEPA lake-living and their success since working at Lake Homes Realty for nearly two years speaks to their dedication to their buyers and sellers. “The consumer is really busy today. They don’t have time to go through Zillow or other sites to find lake front properties or lake focused properties,” she says. She wants buyers and sellers to know they can pick up the phone and call her or her husband who “live, eat and breathe lake properties,” and who will simplify the process for them.If you’re looking to buy or sell a lake property in Wayne or Pike Counties, reach out to Linda and David at or 570229-1968. H

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Tips For First-Time Homebuyers From Wayne Bank 2. W

ith spring on the horizon, now may be the time to consider purchasing a new home. For first-time homeowners, this may be a daunting task. The key is to start planning early and find a mortgage lender you trust. “For most of us, owning a home is the true American dream,” explains Assistant Vice President and Mortgage Originator for Wayne Bank, Derek Bellinger, NMLS # 757795. “Your home will likely be your most valuable asset and single biggest purchase. Many of life’s best memories are made at home. That’s why helping my customers realize their dreams is so important to me. Working with a community bank can simplify the process. Because Wayne Bank is local, I’m able to work one-on-one with my customers to answer questions and guide them through every step.”

Know your monthly income and budget. Determine what you spend on rent, utilities, car payments, credit card debt and living expenses.


Know your credit score. Most lenders rely on your credit score when reviewing loan applications, so your credit history is an important factor. By checking your score you can make sure that it’s where it needs to be before you apply for a loan.


Keep tabs on your spending habits. Maxing out credit cards or falling behind on other loan payments could create issues.


Work with your mortgage originator. It’s important to stay within your means when purchasing a home. Get pre-qualified so you know how much you can borrow. Your mort-

gage originator can help you find the type of mortgage that is right for you and explain rate adjustments, fees, and other loan features so you are prepared and not surprised down the road.


Learn about current mortgage rates. Your mortgage originator can help you understand how rates translate into monthly mortgage payments. Call a mortgage lender at 1-800-598-5002, visit, or stop by your local Wayne Bank Community Office. Loans are subject to Wayne Bank’s credit policy and certain restrictions may apply. Wayne Bank is a subsidiary of Norwood Financial Corp., Member FDIC, Equal Housing Lender, and is located in Honesdale, Pennsylvania. The Bank has 26 Community Offices serving Wayne, Pike, Monroe, and Lackawanna Counties in Pennsylvania, along with Delaware and Sullivan Counties in New York State. The stock trades on the NASDAQ Global Market under the symbol— H

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In Touch with Realty DENISE J. FEY CENTURY 21 GEBA REAL ESTATE A licensed realtor/broker for over 35 years, a sales associate in PA, NJ, NY. A native of Milford, former school board director. I love Milford and tri-state area.Very proud to introduce our area to new comers. Everything I list turns to ‘Sold’. 309 West Harford Street, Milford, PA 18337 PA License # RB066603, NY License #47350 570-228-1847 (Cell) DEBBIE FRIESE, ASSOCIATE BROKER WEICHERT REALTORS - PAUPACK GROUP

Servicing Lake Wallenpaupack and Surrounding Wayne/Pike Region. 20+ Years Trusted Real Estate Pro, Buyer and Seller Representation - Here for You! www.DebbieFriese.Realtor 570-470-4716 cell/text 570-226-8240 ext. 140 HEATHER KISHEL COLDWELL BANKER TOWN & COUNTRY PROPERTIES In my practice of real estate I am known for going above and beyond for my clients, great customer service, consistent communication and strong attention to details. I am a top producing agent in the Lackawanna County area, having successfully closed over $62 million in real estate, so if you’re looking to purchase or sell real estate give me a call 570-499-1443.

JEFF RICKERT RE/MAX PROPERTY SPECIALISTS Your Pocono Real Estate Connection. Offering knowledgeable, responsive, customized service for their clients, Vacation Homes, Forclosures, Land, Short Sales, Buyers, Sellers, Investment Properties, Vacation Rentals. Jeff Rickert, Agent/Owner. Sales: 570-972-2940 Rentals: 570-972-2718 CINDY WILDERMUTH WOODLAND LIVING REALTY LLC Offering responsive, customized service for her clients, Cindy specializes in large rural acreages and recreational opportunities with the experience and education to serve everyone from first-time buyers to real estate investors. A Realtor for 25 years - Serving all of Northeast PA. 570-470-4055

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Lake Wallenpaupack Lakefront! Over 40 acres with 1000 ft. lake frontage! Premier location, sunsets, stonewalls, great access, private! $4,000,000 MLS # 17-4834

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Who is the cutest of them all?

Razz Debi Schunick says Rasmewtion, or Razz for short, loves trying to steal dinner off someone’s plate, being brushed until he falls asleep and watching TV with his mom and dad at his home in Clifford.

Yogi Lisa Trygar says Yogi is a cat full of energy and personality who loves to play with his toys morning to night and go wild over catnip.

Maverick Bruce Reddock says Maverick loves walking in Courthouse Square, visiting his firefighter friends at the firehouse, attending Dog Days at PNC Park, and living the downtown life in Scranton.

Annabelle Annabelle, says Ashley Ochwat, loves playing with her toys at her home in Moscow and loving everyone she comes into contact with.

Calypso and Anubis Kim Alfano says Calypso loves watching birds and squirrels in the yard while Anubis loves toys and the garden hose. They live in Pittston.

Snickers & Reese Jennifer Jones says Snickers and Reese love traveling with their mother, being around people and other pets and are treated like rock stars when they visit the Home Depot. They live in Carbondale.

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Bane & Buck Alycia Stiles says Bane is a high-energy man’s man who loves to show his annoying little brother Buck who’s the boss in their Scranton household.

Mitten Mitten, says Patrick Comes, was found abandoned and taken in with two other cats. He lives in Mayfield where he loves to play, snuggle for naps, and look for places to explore.

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Kiah Kiah, says Tina Balsavage, loves playing with toys, learning to swim, and watching and learning from her big sister Koda. She lives in Inkerman.

Hazel Marcee Kneisel says Hazel loves going for walks, napping, being hand fed, and following other humans around. She lives in South Abington Township and has a social media following on Instagram where she is called “Muffin Face”

Marley Joe Farley says Marley loves watching birds, begging for treats, and running around the house in Dunmore.

Bunker Bunker, says Cindy Kasper, loves boating and swimming in Lake Wallenpaupack near her home in Hawley. She was very sad when she lost her favorite water toy but is happy again after getting two new ones.


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Dr. Kelly Wanamaker Cardiothoracic Surgeon, Lehigh Valley Health Network-Pocono Education: As a high school senior in a suburb of Washington DC, I had decided to attend Old Dominion University and pursue a career in teaching mathematics. Quickly, I began to realize interactions with people was what interested me the most. This lead to an initial bachelor’s degree in psychiatry. College cheerleading gave me an appreciation for athleticism, physical ability, leadership and teamwork. This became a new focus as I took an anatomy course towards exercise physiology. It was during that course that I was encouraged to pursue the health profession and so I looked to a bachelor’s degree in nursing. Inspiration to become a surgeon: I took a bit of a circuitous route. As a cardiac surgery ICU nurse, I was instantly drawn to the intensity and

complexity of cardiovascular pathophysiology. Equipped with energy and curiosity, the support of friends and family, nursing colleagues, and car28

devices are getting better and the trials are astonishing. I see a bright future of excellence in treating heart disease with surgery.

diac surgeons, I returned to the classroom. Philosophy of medicine: I like to think of each patient as a unique person with a valid point of view. There's a lot to learn by paying attention to what they tell us. By including them in their care, providing informative choices, educating and motivating them, this leads to optimal outcomes. Best part of your day: Just stopping by to say hello to patients without an agenda. I enjoy getting to know my patients and those who mean the most to them. If I can elicit a smile or touch a life in a memorable way, that makes me feel most fulfilled. Innovations in cardiothoracic surgery: Many areas are booming: minimally invasive approaches, valve repair, endovascular surgery and the exciting revolution and treatment of heart failure. Newer and smaller heart assist

Greatest passion: Education. Knowledge is power. Knowledge empowers us to make informed decisions. It gives us more control over future events. When we begin to understand the unknown, we can exercise control over it. I think this is an extremely important component in caring for patients. Personal Family: Mom, dad and three older brothers. We grew up in Northern Virginia and are loyal Redskins fans although they don’t win too often. Hobbies: When I have a weekend off, you can find me searching for the next road race. My first race was a 10K in Norfolk VA over 20 years ago and since then I've been hooked. I love the competitiveness, the crowd appeal and all around positive energy of the running community. I enjoy traveling in the pursuit of a race. You get to experience a new country or city, new courses and meet new people. The furthest I have traveled for a run was the Berlin Marathon. I have my sights on the Great Wall of China next! I also enjoy music, sports (football, hockey, baseball), and movies.

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Marcia G. Welsh, PhD President, East Stroudsburg University Why pursue a degree in anatomy? I was introduced to microscopic anatomy and the electron microscope during my college years and at my undergraduate institution the way to get access to that instrument was through anatomy. I started with a masters and then went on to get my Ph.D. at another institution. Institutional experience: I began my academic career in 1978 as an assistant professor in the Department of Anatomy at the University of South Carolina School (USC) of Medicine. I rose through the ranks to professor, served as chair of the Faculty Senate, and eventually served as the acting chair of my department before being named associate provost and dean of the USC Graduate School. In 2001, I was named senior vice president for academic affairs and provost of Adelphi University and then became provost of Towson University in 2009, where I also served as interim president (2011-2012). As ESU’s first female president…: I have a unique opportunity to not only have daily interactions with students, with a different message than perhaps my male colleagues can share, but also to inspire, encourage, and mentor young women to reach farther and to achieve their goals and dreams. Ideal work environment: I am most fulfilled when surrounded by individuals who can work independently or collaboratively to identify the needs of our students/campus community and 30

don’t think you always have to prepare for that next step, sometimes you just need to take it. Personal Family: Husband, Lou Terracio, Ph.D, three children, Nate, Matthew and Mallory and two grandchildren, Giovanni and Harper. Greg Knowlden

get the job done. Best part of your job: All presidents say this, but for me it is the heart and soul of my existence as a university president…the students. Professional challenge: To make a public higher education accessible/affordable to all individuals given the challenges. We also work to ensure our majors are current and that we are meeting the workforce needs of Northeastern PA.

Hobbies: I relax by reading a good book or watching an episode of NCIS or Game of Thrones. I play a lot of golf, watch Warriors athletics and get to the gym almost every day. I am also a fashion addict, so I have to include shopping. Three words that describe you: Driven, Dedicated, Passionate Childhood dream job: Artist or a fashion designer. Favorite quote: “Another day in which to excel!” – Colonel Paul Barber (USAF)

Your mentor: My paternal grandmother. She was not only a very professional business woman before her time, she was also a force to be reckoned with.

On your nightstand: Young World Rising by Rob Salkowitz

In five years: I want ESU to continue its forward momentum, particularly when it comes to preparing our students for the everchanging job market and helping them to succeed professionally and in life.

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

Advice for young women in higher education: Start thinking about what you want to do personally and professionally and work to attain your dreams. And

Thank You For Being Late by Thomas L. Friedman

Hometown: Stratton, Nebraska Favorite place in NEPA: Other than ESU, any of the magnificent golf courses in the region!

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Catherine Ferraro Vice President and Commercial Loan Officer Honesdale National Bank Past experience: I have been in the banking industry for 25 years. My experience and knowledge of the industry has helped me be not only a commercial loan officer, but also a relationship manager to our customers. I am able to help them with all of their financial needs today and consult to build their company’s future. Ideal work environment: I work in it. My manager is very supportive; he wants me to be successful and gives me the tools to help me succeed. HNB cares about the community and the people who live in it, beginning with its employees. Best part of the job: Nothing gives me more pleasure than knowing that I did something to help make someone’s life better. The feeling I get hearing a client comment about how I made a difference in their life can’t even be described. Financial industry outlook: Competition is increasing, and that’s going to make it more interesting for businesses as they select their financial partners. While businesses and consumers will find increased benefit from digital resources and conveniences, the true barometer for any user of banking services is who is operating in their best interest. Community 32

in finance: Try to leave home issues at home and work issues at work. Personal Family: Husband Robert, a branch manager of two HNB offices, son, Bobby (17) and daughter, Dominique (16).

banks such as HNB continue to provide all of the modern conveniences along with a very personalized service level. A bank that truly knows its customers is becoming a rarity. Why do women excel in finance? Women are great at multi-tasking. We’re also organized. I am proud to say that I always do my very best to follow up with every customer and focus on building relationships through sincere interest in their needs and their lives. Your mentor: A former manager of mine helped me grow as a branch manager. He was very supportive when I was trying to balance my work and home life after becoming a new mother. I feel I was successful because I knew he cared about me not only as an employee, but a person. I tried very hard to be the same kind of manager.

Hobbies: I spend all of my free time with my family. I help my children with all of the activities they are involved in and I love every minute of it. Three words that describe you: Caring, thoughtful, motivated. Childhood dream job: Being a mom Favorite quote: “Believe in yourself and all that you are. Know that there is something inside you that is greater than any obstacle.” Book currently on your nightstand: Everything Parents Guide to Children with Juvenile Diabetes, as my son was diagnosed in May. Hometown & current residence: Jessup Why do you enjoy working in northeast PA? I was born and raised here. I was given many opportunities to grow professionally in this area.

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Travis Lugo Executive Chef,, Ledges Hotel Travis Lugo learned all he knows about cooking on the job. Now he creates dishes with a refined, rustic touch in his role at Glass—, specializing in small plates for sharing. How did your passion begin? My good friend, Salvator Vito, inspired me from an early age to love cooking. He taught me authentic Italian cuisine as well as an appreciation for fine dining. Culinary school/training: I learned on my feet in the kitchen and the most important thing I learned is that attitude is everything. I have worked with Eli Collins, a well-known chef from Manhattan, who worked under Daniel Boulud from many years. What is your favorite style? I love to make rustic/authentic Italian and I love to eat anything I don't have to cook myself. What are some of your specialties? We are known for our small plates with a refined rustic touch at Glass. Guests love our Brussel sprouts and charcuterie boards. What sets your restaurant apart? The atmosphere and service. We have a unique blend of historic and modern overlooking the Paupack High Waterfall.

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Melissa Rickard, CRNP, DNP-BC Family Nurse Practitioner, Wayne Memorial Community Health Centers Inspiration to become a nurse practitioner: One of my undergraduate professors, a nurse practitioner, planted the seed. Also, several relatives became nurse practitioners and I realized that was the profession I wanted to pursue.

a nurse is truly a life-long process. Seek out a mentor, someone you admire, who can help coach you as you progress in your career. Personal Family: Husband Gene and two Airedale terriers, Lucy and Linus

Education: Bachelor’s in Nursing, Wilkes University; Master’s in Nursing and Doctorate of Nursing Practice, The University of Scranton Your ideal work environment: A clinician at a 5-star resort on a very sunny island. Best part of the job: Helping patients achieve their health goals and best state of health. People may not know: As a clinician, you are always learning new things. You are constantly reading and staying up to date with the current literature and treatment guidelines to provide the best care for your patients. Biggest professional challenges: When I first started practicing 18 years ago, there were very few nurse practitioners in the area. I spent a lot of time educating both patients and colleagues about the nurse practitioner’s scope of practice and the value. Your mentors: My grandmother, who never had the opportunity to complete high school, always instilled the importance of an education and a strong work ethic. One of the most difficult times in my life was when my husband was deployed to Iraq and I was deployed to Germany. During deployment, a female commander encouraged me to be a long-term planner and continue with my military career. I followed her advice 36

Hobbies: Beekeeping, gardening and cooking Three words that describe you: Disciplined, Energetic, and Happy and retired a Major. It was one of the best decisions I ever made in my life. Outlook on the healthcare industry: The healthcare system is changing to a model emphasizing value rather than volume. This is a unique opportunity for nurse practitioners to demonstrate their value. Many major studies have demonstrated that nurse practitioners’ patient health outcomes are as good as or better than other providers. Senate Bill 25 and House Bill 100 are being reintroduced in the 2019 Pennsylvania legislation session for full practice authority for nurse practitioners. Why women excel in healthcare: Women are critical stakeholders in the healthcare industry serving as workers, caregivers and consumers. However, women are still under represented in healthcare leadership. Advice for young women in nursing: Welcome to a great and honorable profession. Learning as

Childhood dream job: Fashion designer Favorite quote: “Everything changed when she realized there was exactly enough time for the important things in her life” – Brian Andreas On your nightstand: Follow You Home by Mark Edwards

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Anne A. Skleder, PhD Senior Vice President and Provost, and Professor of Psychology, Wilkes University Education: Bachelor’s, Psychology: University of Pittsburgh

learn something new. Do not fall victim to the well-established “imposter effect”; however, do not “skip steps” and be attracted by a title. Never use your title to get the job done as a manager/leader. Find mentors, then be a mentor to others. Never be finished learning and growing. Never.

Master’s and Doctorate, Social and Organizational Psychology: Temple University Why psychology and education? My love of psychology came after I worked in Richard Moreland’s group dynamics/leadership lab at the University of Pittsburgh, and then served on Ralph Rosnow’s team at Temple. My love of educating came out of my graduate school experience. Participating in internships also helped me decide what I was not suited to do! Most important part of your job: To 1) solve problems/challenges and 2) seize opportunities that will ultimately benefit current and future students. As a leader, I spend a good deal of time supporting colleagues in these endeavors. Ideal work environment: Collaborative and team-oriented, committed to mission and focused on goals and having fun while doing important work. Best part of your job: Our commencement ceremonies. Watching undergraduates embark on the first step of their journey, as master’s and doctoral students prepare to step into roles of increasing responsibility, is indescribable. Professional challenges: Early in my career, I considered continuing in a corporate research position; however, my heart was in teaching and working with 38

young people. Since leaving that position, I have had the chance to travel, work with bright interesting people, and do what’s in my heart. Mentors: I have had many. My PhD advisor, Ralph Rosnow, helped make it clear that my future was not in clinical psychology. Charlie Perkins taught me that I could continue to be an educator—my identity— while supporting others and building opportunities for students. In five years: President Leahy’s vision of being a national, doctoral, and access institution, reaching students in more states and more countries all over the world will continue. We will continue our commitments to educating undergraduates who are first in their family to pursue a four-year degree (about half) and those who are economically challenged, as well as our commitment to revitalize the Wyoming Valley community and emphasize our motto, “Unity Amidst Diversity.”

Other organizations: The United Way board, the SHINE program, and the Girl Scouts of America, which helped me in my formative years. Personal Family: My wonderful parents (no longer with us) a brother and sister, two nephews, two grandnieces, a grand-nephew and scores of cousins, as well as supportive friends. Hobbies: Reading (hard copy, audiobooks and podcasts), traveling, cooking and attending events at Wilkes. Three words that describe you: Optimistic, curious and grateful Childhood dream job: “Ace reporter” and teaching of the hearing impaired. Favorite quote: “Hope and fear cannot occupy the same space at the same time. Invite one to stay.” – Maya Angelou On your nightstand: Bowling Alone by Robert D. Putnam, a journal, cell phone and audiobooks to brush up on my Spanish. Favorite place in NEPA: Wilkes University, of course!

Advice for young women: Never forego an opportunity to

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Ray Feist

Matt Hartmann

Executive Chef, Skytop Lodge

Executive Chef, The Boathouse Restaurant

When Ray Feist began washing dishes at a country club, he didn’t expect to embark on a culinary career path. Now, however, he’s serving up customer-driven entrees at Skytop Lodge. How did your passion begin? By accident. I started working at a country club washing dishes, then moved up to different positions. At first I was just a good line cook. During culinary school I started taking this career seriously, doing my reading and working on flavors. Lesson from culinary school: I attended Le Cordon Bleu Pittsburgh and Le Cordon Bleu Scottsdale. One important phrase I learned was, mise en place, “everything in its place.” Favorite style: I love making things with a southwest twist; ribs, brisket, BBQ. To eat, I enjoy eggs and have a secret Pringles addiction! Specialty entrees: Seared sea scallops, Corn and pancetta risotto, finished with chives and Truffle oil What sets Skytop apart? It’s 5,500 acres! We’re working on a more extensive garden and have chef-inspired, customer-driven menus. Everyday inspiration: To be better than yesterday! I appreciate the rewards of the hard work our staff does day in and day out. Challenges and rewards: Always trying to be the best but always being yourself. Don’t forget who you are, BE YOU. Chefs went from just people who cook food to rockstars. Customer satisfaction is always what we strive for; and when a dish just comes together.

on Lake Wallenpaupack How did your passion begin? I really enjoyed messing around with food at home but when I entered Vo Tech’s culinary program in 10th grade I said to myself “Hey, I think I really like this.” In culinary school I worked really hard, and was titled “Most Improved Student.” I was hooked. Culinary school: I attended the Pennsylvania Culinary Institute’s accelerated program in Pittsburgh. They focused on the fundamentals and then I was able to build my own style and technique. I did an externship at Sun Valley Resort in Idaho, where I learned all aspects of catering. I held a banquet position at another regional resort before landing back here four years ago. Favorite style: I love to try new things and push my own personal boundaries. Indian cuisine does that for me. I had a couple of friends at my externship who studied in India that really helped me express my creativity and learn something new. Specialty entrees: I’m most pleased with our pan-seared halibut. It’s over a soba noodle salad with a lemongrass broth and watermelon radish. A fan favorite these days is the Meatball and Bucatini Carbonara, that’s in a rich, creamed tomato sauce with seared pancetta. The casual hit item is the Buttermilk fried chicken sandwich with pickle slaw and citrusgarlic aioli. What sets your restaurant apart? I personally think we’re in a great food town; the “others in the area” are all our friends and we do well together in the marketplace. If pressed, I’d say it comes down to consistency. We’ve got a great team, both front and back of house, our service shines because of the camaraderie and of course we have the Woodloch brand of hospitality behind us. Biggest challenge? I’ve got a very business answer: staff turnover. We have a few key players that have been around a while, but it's the utility positions that we all have to work hard at keeping motivated and engaged. Inspiration: Making people happy. I love to eat, I appreciate the whole dining experience from casual to complex so I know how the person at the table wants to feel. It drives me to work harder and focus more keenly on making the best possible food, and making sure my team is giving their all.


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Cooper’s RestaurantSee ad page 43 The Dock on WallenpaupackLunch and dinner are served on the covered deck overlooking Lake Wallenpaupack. Live music accompanies dinner on Fridays all year long and Saturdays and Sundays seasonally. Dock and Dine is available, allowing boaters to park their boat and enjoy a meal. 205 Route 507, Hawley. 570226-4388. Failtes SteakhouseTraditional Irish Pub. Full service dining room. Spacious deck featuring live music. Call for daily specials and craft beer options. 20 beers on tap. Lunch and dinner served daily from 11am. Sunday Brunch 9 a.m. 2 p.m. Great Steaks, fresh seafood, salads, burger and lots more! 1492 Route 739, Dingmans Ferry, PA 18328 Settlers Inn- See ad page 7


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Sibio's Restaurant- Serving Northeast PA since 1974. Casual fine dining specializing in veal, seafood, steaks and pasta. All of our desserts are made in house. Lunch Monday to Friday 11:30 a.m.2:30 p.m. Entrees starting at $7.95. Dinner Monday to Saturday 4:30-9:30 p.m. Entrees starting at $14.50. 1240 Quincy Ave., Dunmore.570-346-3172. The Plate d'Azure- Serving Started in the restaurant business in 1979. Graduated the Culinary Institute of America in 1987. Worked as a Chef in Philadelphia for 9 years, most notably at “Ciboulette” in center city. Was a Chef at Settlers Inn in Hawley PA for 3 years. Executive Chef at Stone Bridge Inn and restaurant in Uniondale PA for 11 years. Currently Chef/ Owner of Plate d’ Azure restaurant in Carbondale PA. 26 S. Main St. Carbondale, PA. 570-536-6543


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rish stew was traditionally made with mutton (old sheep) but lamb has been substituted for mutton throughout the years. Most often, well marbled chuck beef is the preference. I cook the meat for 5 minutes or until golden brown in olive oil in separate pan first before placing meat in slow cooker. (I always double or triple recipe.) Buon Appetito!

1. Heat olive oil in a large pan over medium high heat. Season stew meat generously with salt and pepper. 2. Cook meat in a single layer for 4-5 minutes on each side or until golden brown. You may need to

cook in batches. 3. Place meat in a slow cooker along with the onion, garlic, potatoes, carrots, beef broth, tomato paste, thyme and bay leaf. Add salt and pepper to taste. 4. Cover and cook on LOW for 7 hours or HIGH for 4 hours. 5. Remove 1/3 cup of stew liquid from the slow cooker. Add flour and whisk until smooth. 6. Pour flour mixture back into the stew; stir to combine. Cover and cook on HIGH for an additional 30 minutes or until stew is slightly thickened. 7. Uncover and stir in the frozen peas. Sprinkle with parsley and serve.

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Sibio’s 45 YEARS

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ibio’s restaurant in Dunmore has been in business for forty-five years, a pretty good start by any standard. “We’re fortunate,” says co-owner and pastry chef Bob Sibio. “We can’t rest on our laurels!” And the teammates at Sibio’s Restaurant in Dunmore don’t. Chef-brothers Robert and Albert Sibio lead the kitchen with Chef Mark Hrebin as brother Dave Sibio mixes at the bar and runs front-of-the-house business. These gentlemen make Sibio’s a great casual spot for lunch or dinner, with good food, nice atmosphere, and a decadeslong reputation for friendly, attentive service. A booth was ready and waiting during a recent visit for dinner at Sibio’s. Everything about the place felt comfortable, from the cheery greeting to the cleanlined, earth tone walls and perfectly arranged bar of wood and tile. Homemade bread with a side of herbed butter helped trim hunger as the menu was perused, and the server knew exactly how to describe any dish in question. Dinner began with fresh, briny clams under sweet-savory pep-

pers and bacon. Another starter, garlicy flatbread pizza the chef dressed with fresh spinach, mozzarella, fresh tomatoes and parmesan, was light and crackling. The simplicity of the mid-course salad belied its elegance. Tart julienne apples and dried cranberries accompanied mesclun and almonds tossed in balsamic vinaigrette. The place was filled with smiling customers, and a smiling owner, Dave Sibio, who keeps the bar in perfect shape. There is a sense of welcome at Sibio’s, even on a first visit. Dinner arrived without a wait. The salmon, crispy outside and done to a point inside, flaked apart without the slightest hint of dryness, and was served with a counterpoint of white beans and sautéed spinach. The tender chicken was perfectly juicy and flavorful, served with an excellent cheese sauce full of flavor. This is what keeps people coming back… evolving cuisine combined with old school Italian American cooking. “Value. Consistency. You get a name and people remember you,” says Bob. “Though the landscape has changed, we still have many loyal customers. Everyone is more knowledgeable now. We don’t try to be trendy, but our specials are creative and season-

al.” That’s evident in their daily specials. Back to dinner. The sides were delicious. They nearly stole the show. Potatoes Calabrese, ordered with hot peppers, were crispy-soft and oh so spicy. Sibio’s exclusive version of Pasta Carbonara was a heaping bowl of tasty angel hair tossed with tomatoes, olives, and thin sliced ham in a light and creamy egg sauce. Fettuccini Alfredo made from al dente homemade pasta was fresh, velvety and cheesy. The dessert tray presented a nice selection of house-made desserts. Fresh blueberry tart, tiramisu, crème brulee: nearly a dozen deserts that compassed every taste. The raspberry cheesecake had a spongecake base that lightened the whole thing. Delicious. A distinctive feature of Sibio’s is the private parties they cater. “Sibio’s is very special place for me and my family,” says a patron who held a memorial breakfast there. “It was my late brother-in-law’s favorite restaurant.” And Sibio’s gets page after page of five-star online reviews. (Even the one lone sourpuss had to admit the atmosphere was good!) As Bob said, Sibio’s can’t rest on its laurels. “You gotta keep working!” Sibio’s serves lunch, Monday – Friday: 11:30 – 2:30 and dinner Monday – Friday: 4:30 – 9:30 Saturday: 4:30 – 10 p.m. Call (570) 961-9274

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nspired by his grandparents’ passion for cooking, Jeff Huntzinger now creates flavorful, seasonal dishes at The Beaumont Inn. He takes pride in using vegetables and fruits harvested from the inn’s own half-acre garden. Guests can enjoy their meals in the traditional dining room or in season on the elegant, two-tiered flagstone patio overlooking the Endless Mountains. How did your passion begin? Watching my grandparents in the kitchen when I was a young kid. Seeing my grandfather peeling apples while my grandmother rolled the homemade dough for apple pie inspired me. Still, the smell of apple pie transports me right back into their kitchen. Culinary training: I attended the Pennsylvania Institute of Culinary Arts. Favorite style of cooking: French Specialty entrees: Cassoulet (a rich, slow-cooked casserole containing meat, pork skin and white beans) or anything with wild game. What sets your restaurant apart? Our outdoor patio dining and our half-acre heirloom vegetable garden What inspires you? Friends and family. I am fortunate to be surrounded by an amazing family at home and a work family who ignites a passion for food like nothing else. Most challenging and rewarding: The most challenging is finding the right balance of work and home life, and the reward comes after putting in all the work and executing a flower service. H 46

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Shepherd’s Pie Melissa Sanko Hayhoe recently became a Canadian resident but finds that Shepherd’s pie just always tastes like home. Corned Beef and Cabbage Happenings’ Paula Mackarey lets her McCullough family roots shine through when she enjoys this favorite dish. Irish Coffee Although he’s quite Italian Pete Salerno, (who was born on St. Patrick’s Day) has been known to enjoy an Irish coffee now and again.

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Irish Potato Soup A fan of any kind of soup, Lisa Ragnacci has recently added this potato soup to her list of favorites. Irish Shortbread Cookies The office’s prime cookie maker, Linette Manley delights her co-workers with Irish Shortbread cookies every March.

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Irish Soda Bread Mary Theresa Fielding uses her late Aunt Nan Scanlon Mackarey’s recipe for a once-a-year treat that she serves her guests with afternoon tea. Irish French Toast Once a year Ken Chergosky treats himself to this treat, which always makes for a great top-of-the-mornin’. H

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Sally O’Brien Relationship Strategist, PNC Wealth Management Education: BA in Economics, Penn State University

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JD, Temple University School of Law

Advice for young women: Be yourself, be sincere, be professional; integrity is first and foremost.

Series 7 and Series 66 licensed, National Association of Securities Dealers (NASD) Experience in the industry: PNC Wealth Management since 1982. Ideal work environment: My present environment provides collaborative interaction with a team of experienced financial professionals who provide clients with a broad range of financial solutions. My role is to coordinate the efforts of the team to find solutions for our clients’ unique financial needs. Best part of the job: Longterm relationships with clients over the years, gaining knowledge and understanding of their needs and concerns as they may change over time and delivering financial peace of mind. I love the opportunity to see the positive results of planning and investment strategy as we transition from one generation to the next. It is truly an honor and a privilege to provide financial services to our clients and their families. Professional challenges: Embracing change and keeping pace with new developments in the industry. I began my career at a regional bank that has evolved into one of the largest financial services institutions in the country. 50

Outlook on the industry: Younger clients are technology driven. Our role is to emphasize the importance of proactive, personal and positive client engagement as well as up to date technology in our relationships. Markets are complex, people are often overwhelmed by their jobs and personal obligations and they will continue to depend on trusted advisors to guide them through financial decisions. Organizations: Lackawanna Bar Association. I have served on various advisory boards including Penn State Scranton Campus, Scranton Area Foundation, Estate Planning Council and Planned Giving Committee at Marywood University. Why women excel in finance: Women are good listeners, and understanding the clients’ goals and objectives is foremost in developing a relationship. Only then can we begin to find financial solutions. Often women, are the financial decision-makers and

Personal: Family: Husband of 39 years, John O’Brien, Esq, and rescue dog, Maizey. Three children, Robert and his wife, Jenna Beras, Molly and Thomas—all live in Center City Philadelphia. Grandson, Declan. Hobbies: Golfing, swimming and spending time with family Three words that describe you: Work, life, balance Childhood dream job: I worked for many summers as a lifeguard and swim instructor, it was fun! Favorite quote: Life is a journey, not a destination. –Ralph Waldo Emerson Book currently on nightstand: “Educated” by Tara Westover Hometown: Lake Wallenpaupack Current residence: Dunmore (39 years) Best aspect of working in northeast PA? People are friendly and hard-working. I am comfortable here professionally and personally. Favorite place in northeast PA: Lake Wallenpaupack

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Wesley Village Resident Profile:

Reverend Jim Baker esley Village resident Reverend Jim Baker is originally from Susquehanna County. He attended school at what is now the Mountain View district, then continued his studies at Barrington College, Eastern Baptist and Drew University. He and his wife Yvonne were married for 62 years, and had four married children, eight grandchildren and four great grandchildren.


During his career as a United Methodist Minister, Baker had the opportunity to move around a lot. He remembers affectionately the friends he met through his involvement in churches over the years. Baker travelled both domestically and internationally, visiting such places as Israel and England. “My career was relating to people who had all sorts of life experiences, some good some bad.” The longest that he lived anywhere was in Forty Fort, PA where he moved in 1972. At that time, Wesley Village was being built, and he made ministry calls there. Baker served on the board as well, and through his expe-

riences had the opportunity to see how people were cared for at Wesley Village. He admired how residents were provided with individual, personal care and that both their spiritual and emotional needs were being met. After retiring to the Dallas/Back Mountain area, Yvonne was diagnosed with Alzheimer's Dementia, and they realized that more care and support would be necessary. They first moved into the Brooks Estates, beginning what Baker noted as the “continuum of care.” As Yvonne required more care, the couple moved. Baker now resides in the Myers Manor residences. He notes the wide number of activities available to residents, allowing everyone to really choose what appeals most. Baker has also enjoyed the worship services and notes how helpful it is to have speech and physical therapists on-site. He emphasizes that the understanding of the staff helps him have such a positive experience as a resident. He explains that “When you can’t take care of your loved ones, you feel a lot of emotions, and they listened to that...where they could change and help they did.” The understanding and support of the staff has gone a long way for Baker. While he resides in an independent residence where he can come and go as he pleases, Baker finds it comforting knowing that he can always move to a more personal care facility within Wesley Village if he needs more assistance in the future. Visit to find more information about Wesley Village.H March 2019

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Melissa Lewis Davita Dialysis Center this.” Together, they never gave up hope, and Melissa encourages other caretakers to do the same.

“I'm your average Joe that just fought real hard for something I believed in,” says Melissa Lewis, a full-time nurse at Davita Dialysis Center. Though she takes pride in her work, Melissa believes her greatest influence comes through the campaign she began to save her husband’s life. Melissa met her husband, Jay, while working in dialysis. Initially friendly coworkers, they eventually fell head-over-heels in love. Years later, while married with six children ranging from 3-years-old to 20-years old, the couple juggled the typical obligations of family and work. That’s when the news hit: Jay was in kidney failure as a result of a genetic polycystic kidney disease. From the outset, Melissa was by his side: “I would work long days in the dialysis center, then go home and hook Jay up to his treatments for three hours, while watching the kids.” The process repeated four days each week, and while it kept Jay alive, it also forced him to deal with unpleasant side effects. Ultimately, Jay needed a kidney transplant in order to break the cycle. That’s where Melissa came in. In March 2017, she crafted a Facebook page in to get the word out about his search. Her then 8-year-old daughter Savannah followed suit by starting her own page. Though Melissa shares she felt a “driving force” compelling her to take action, she feared her quiet, pri54

vate husband’s reaction. And at first, Jay resisted strongly. “He always told Savannah and me that we were wasting our time,” says Melissa. “That people don’t care. There was even a time when he told me he would quit dialysis if I didn’t shut down the pages.” But Melissa called his bluff and stood firm, and if Jay didn’t ever fully accept the effort, he realized it was coming from a place of passionate love. Melissa and her daughter faced critiques and doubts from others as well, including smart remarks about their “Facebook family” and jabs about the car sticker they created. “I did not let that get in the way,” says Melissa. “Savannah was my rock through

Melissa’s fight paid off on New Year’s Day. Through what she calls a “bittersweet miracle,” the mother of a young son on life support found out about the story through a Florida doctor also in search of a kidney. The doctor was offered the kidney but was not a match, so through Facebook he found Jay and connected him with the young son’s mother. Jay was a match and received the lifesaving transplant he needed. “Without us being so proactive and getting the word out and fighting so hard, this would’ve never come to be,” says Melissa. Though Jay’s battle is over, they are continuing to fight for Dr. Stuart Himmelstein in Florida and to share the importance of organ donation with their community. She encourages those still searching to “never give up hope, and keep going.”

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Dima Raynova Owner, United Sports Academy sports. The philosophy of United Sports Academy is unique in one aspect: although we provide Olympic level training, we believe gymnastics is only a part in the development of a child’s whole being. We encourage our students to excel in all areas of their lives.

Training/experience: I competed as a gymnast in the 1980 Olympics at the age of 14. After earning a masters in Physical Education and Sports, I began coaching at United Sports Academy in 1999 (then called Keystone Gymnastics). In 2006 I took over the business and changed the name. Since then, the business has grown to two locations with another on the way and over 35 wonderful people on staff. About United Sports Academy: Since I began coaching, the gym has produced over 500 State Champions, Regional and National Qualifiers but most importantly we have touched the lives of tens of thousands of children in many different ways, from developing positive, healthy habits to receiving athletic scholarships. We have had over a dozen senior gymnasts receive full athletic or academic scholarships to division 1 universities! Ideal work environment: A place for talent development surrounded by beautiful nature where children receive the best experience and opportunities. Best part of the job: I’ve been blessed to work with children my entire life. I love to see them grow and progress and to see the joy in their faces. I love being a part of their journey and feeling the impact we make on their lives. Biggest professional challenge: Teaching that gymnastics is not about the medals and the trophies, but instead, 58

Personal the lessons we learn and the long-term benefits. Awards/accolades: The success of my students. Not many gyms can pride themselves in achievements such as Ivy League gymnasts. Many continue their education with physical therapy, teaching and are all together leaders in the community. Community organizations: I am the co-founder of Athletes Caring Together, a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide life-changing opportunities to children and to empower athletes to make a difference through the sports they love. About 13 years ago, I began hosting a gymnastics meet in honor of a former gymnast of ours who passed away unexpectedly from a brain tumor. Several years ago I also taught the basics of gymnastics and other recreational games to children in Africa. Advice for young women in gymnastics: The sport of gymnastics is a wonderful foundation for most sports, but it is also one of the most difficult

Family: Husband of 34 years, Emil, two wonderful children and two adorable grandchildren. Hobbies: Books, traveling, hiking and skiing. Three words that describe you: Optimistic, Persistent, Enthusiastic Childhood dream job: Sports Journalist Favorite quote: “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” - Benjamin Franklin Book currently on your nightstand: The 4-Hour Work Week by Timothy Ferriss & The Unread Book of Health by Adi and Milen Tzanovy Why do you enjoy working in NEPA? The four seasons and beautiful nature are very similar to my native country, Bulgaria. What kept me here are the wonderful people; very friendly and family oriented. Favorite place in NEPA: Jim Thorpe, the Seven Tubs, Montage Mountain and Elk Mountain. March 2019


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r. Laurie Sargent joined The Wright Center for Community Health in 2018 and believes a great dentist combines expertise with compassion. “I love taking care of people and listening to their stories,” she says. “If you really listen well, ask a patient to trust you and then (most importantly) don't hurt them, it can help even the most fearful people be comfortable.”

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office is state-of-the-art and the dental team is amazing! They are so conscientious and caring and deeply committed to community health. I also like being part of a bigger picture; The Wright Center for Community Health has been a pinnacle of healthcare for over forty years and continues to grow in both size and commitment to an integrated patient-centered care model.

Doctorate of Dental Surgery, Georgetown University Inspiration to become a dentist: Dr. Bill Meredith, my college science mentor and botanist, who taught me about the important things in life: education, caring for people and stopping to smell the roses! Three words that describe you: Kind, skilled, respectful Most challenging part of patient education: Helping someone form a new habit. I try to encourage people and help them with time-saving strategies, rather than lec-


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Challenges of the profession: Number one is a cure for caries (tooth decay), one of the most long-standing, incurable human body infections of all time. Another challenge is accessibility and

affordability. Most people today expect to keep their teeth for their entire life, and our smile is a part of who we are. However, sugary foods, the drug epidemic and rising costs of even routine fillings (especially for the uninsured) are detrimental to good oral health. What led you to NEPA? I was born in Philly and grew up in southern New Jersey. After dental school, I practiced for two decades as a cosmetic dentist in the Pennsylvania/Maryland region. The Wright Center for Community Health brought me here to help with the expansion of their community health program. I am already a fan of The Electric City and live downtown. Favorite quote: "Be Kind, and Have Courage" from Disney’s Cinderella. Favorite winter activity: Sitting by a warm fire and watching people ski down the slopes. Winter dental care tip: Get any “problem teeth” looked at prior to the cold weather. Also, try to walk on cleared pavement when possible; teeth are at risk when we take a fall on the ice. H

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Nancy Luciani Owner, Johnny’s Car Wash & Former Owner, Concrete Step Units, Inc. Education: MBA, University of Maryland Career path: I am a former RN who worked in critical care cardiac nursing at Johns Hopkins Hospital and as director of operations for Healthsouth outpatient surgery centers in Pennsylvania. I put that career on hold while my children were in grade school and became an involved PTA mom and cheer coach. When my dad asked me to help manage the family business (Concrete Step Units) I made a conscious decision to do so. I took over operations in 2002 just before my father passed away suddenly and successfully merged CSU company with Masters Precast in 2017, combining diversity of products and retention of all long-term employees of CSU. Johnny’s Car Wash opened in 2007.

Chamber, SLIBCO, Children’s AdvocacyCenter, Lourdesmont, American Red Cross Advice for young women: Continue to pursue your passion and if you love what you do, success will come easy and we will continue to shatter new ceilings! Personal Family: Husband Darryl Lock, son Matthew Nealon and daughter Bridget Taylor (actually comical) ...every time I attend industry shows, a vendor will assume my husband who accompanies me is the owner or decision-maker. It is very rewarding to see more women making inroads as managers, CEOs and owners in formerly nontraditional female run industries.

Hobbies: Golf, running/walking, biking, kayaking, skiing, scuba diving, entertaining, travel and newest discovery, pickleball


Favorite quote: “Carpe Diem!”

Ideal work environment: A work environment where everyone supports each other and encourages personal growth while achieving the mission and vision of the organization.

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On your nightstand: Before We Were Yours and Mastering Golf’s Mental Game

Best parts of the job: Witnessing people become the best versions of themselves in achieving their life goals. Meeting a customer who states they loved the precast products installed by Concrete Step or that Johnny’s Car Wash is simply a wonderful carwash experience and their favorite carwash to visit.


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Three words that describe you: As my Mom enjoyed this saying, “Live, Laugh, Love!” Childhood dream job: Broadway Actress or Veterinarian

Current residence: Lenox Township and PGA Village in Port St. Lucie Florida. Why do you enjoy working in NEPA? I love the small-town atmosphere where you need an extra hour in the supermarket because of everyone you run into and catch up with. Favorite place in NEPA: Sitting outside on the porch of our Susquehanna County home (that my husband built on top of a mountain) on a warm sunny day looking out at the breathtaking Endless Mountains, feeling blessed.

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Chelsea Manganaro Owner, Nearme Yoga Education/training: I have a degree in Finance and Operations Management and worked for Lockheed Martin as a Financial Analyst and Contract Negotiator until very recently. I am now taking the leap of faith to pursue and grow Nearme Yoga, Nearme Café and NEPA Yoga Festival full time. Inspiration behind Nearme Yoga: I absolutely love yoga and want to introduce as many people as I can to this practice. Moreover, I wanted to create a space for people to feel like they have a sacred space for love and peace. After moving home from California I felt like I didn’t have a yoga community like I did there, so I created one. Nearme Yoga has two locations in Moosic and Peckville, and the Moosic location also has a store, cafe and eatery and reiki. We offer a teacher training and have every type of event under the sun, as well as the NEPA Yoga Festival. Ideal work environment: On a beach, or at least a view of one. Best part of the job: Teaching. I lose myself teaching a class the same way I lose myself when I practice yoga. It never feels like work! Lesson from yoga: It’s not about how your body looks in the poses, it’s about being present and feeling 66

all at once. You can make your passion your income source, but you have to have patience and work hard. Personal Family: As an only child with a small extended family, the people who come to the studios are an extension of my family. better than when you came in. Professional challenges: Deciding to leave corporate America and pursue my businesses full time. Although I knew I would be fine, and my businesses are already successful, I was still walking away from my career. That was a hard pill to swallow. Outlook on yoga in NEPA: It’s coming up to speed quickly. We have plenty of studios and styles available. Yoga isn’t going anywhere, and it’s exciting to see it everywhere you look. Your mentor: Gary Vaynerchuk. I listened to him daily for years, he rewired me from fearing leaving a stable job I didn’t love to making the decision to go all-in on the Nearme brands. Community organizations: United Way and the SCBC Advice for young women starting a business: Patience; it does not happen

Hobbies: Yoga, painting, cooking, and planning event and parties Three words that describe you: Driven, Passionate, Dedicated Childhood dream job: Dentist Favorite quote: “The world is full of abundance and opportunity, but far too many people come to the fountain of life with a sieve instead of a tank car...a teaspoon instead of a steam shovel. They expect little and as a result they get little.”- Ben Sweetland On your nightstand: Every Breath by Nicolas Sparks Hometown: Old Forge Current residence: Moscow Why do you enjoy working in northeast PA? It is my home, and being able to create a community is super easy. Favorite place in northeast PA: Montage Mountain

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penchant for travel and humor connected Kate Haggerty and John Ventura, who met on a dating app. They spent the next four years getting to know each other, and Kate realized John was definitely “the one” for her when he rented and wore a full Mickey Mouse costume for her Mickey-loving godson’s first birthday.

While vacationing in Italy with family, John proposed while pretending to take a picture of Kate on a rooftop swing by the coast of Sorrento. Since John and Kate work in the Philadelphia area, they chose venues with both personal and cinematic significance. The couple wed on October 12, 2018 at St. Thomas Aquinas Church in Philadelphia, the parish the bride joined after moving to the area and—coincidentally—where Rocky married Adrian and Rocky II. As John was an 8-year member of the Union League of Philadelphia, the couple decided to host their reception in its main ballroom, Lincoln Hall. Around 250 family members and friends gathered to celebrate the special day, which included unique touches from both Philly and the groom’s native Northeast PA. Oyster shells with calligraphy served in the place of escort cards. Oyster shuckers and a raw bar were continued on page 72

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were available at the oyster bar, as well as fried chicken and waffles, smoked brisket sliders, baked mac and cheese and steamed lobster tails. John’s father, the third-generation owner of Scranton’s Coney Island Lunch, served up their famous Texas wieners as a late-night snack. Guests were kept laughing all night, especially by a hilarious toast given by friends that included headshots of John as a child with a bowl haircut. A customized playlist kept the dance floor full all night long. John and Kate honeymooned in the Basque region of northern Spain and southern France. They reside in south Philadelphia, where Kate works in Clinical Trials Management as a Clinical Team Lead at Covance, and John is Vice President and Senior Relationship Strategist for PNC Wealth Management, Philadelphia. H –Megan Kane


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Maura Staback Owner, On The Fringe Hair Studio (A Bumble and bumble Network Salon) Education: Licensed Cosmetologist; Bumble and bumble Network Educator, Bumble and bumble University (NYC); Goldwell Master Color Technician (NYC); Toni and Guy Academy, Modern Classics extensive four-day cutting class (NYC); Goldwell Academy, Multiple Trilogy color classes (Baltimore, MD); Many more insalon trend and technique classes Experience: With a background in the beauty industry spanning more than 27 years, I learned from the ground up. Your role model: Lessons from my late mother provide inspiration; she taught me early in life to help people find their inner beauty. This message is a part of my every day, and is the impetus in moving forward from salon employee to studio business owner. Your ideal work environment: Reflected in the studio mission statement: In these walls, we speak with only kindness as we lift our clients up to see their true inner beauty through the knowledge and precision of our craft. Best part of the job: The opportunity to mentor others: to encourage professional growth, and, likewise, personal growth in becoming the best, most successful versions of themselves. Biggest professional challenge: Making the decision to transition from employee to entrepreneur. 74

a campaign was created to build awareness for preventative colorectal cancer screenings, a measure that might have saved her life. I also volunteer at the St. Joseph’s Summer Festival and am a member of Christ the King parish in Archbald. Advice for young women: Follow your dreams. Personal: Awards/accolades: Best Stylist in the Best of the Abington’s Reader's Choice Awards, and Reader's Choice Awards presented by The Valley Advantage, with On The Fringe Hair Studio titling in two categories (2016 and 2017) Outlook on growth in the beauty industry: Growth in the beauty industry will continue to be driven by new coloring, cutting and styling techniques, as well as an increased awareness of the importance of skincare. Professional product trends will also continue to contribute to growth in the beauty luxury market. Organizations/associations: I am the co-founder of the annual CASUAL Day (Colon Cancer Awareness Saves Unlimited Adult Lives) fundraising initiative presented by the Northeast Regional Cancer Institute, created to promote both community colon cancer awareness and colorectal cancer screening. Colon cancer took my mother’s life - Helen Phillips - less than six months after being diagnosed in 2002;

Hobbies: Hiking and reading Three words that describe you: Glass half full – optimism! Childhood dream job: Nurse Favorite quote: “Live well, laugh often, and love much.” - Bessie Anderson Stanley On your nightstand: Who Moved My Cheese? by Dr. Spencer Johnson Hometown: Clifford, PA Current residence: Eynon, PA Why do you enjoy working in northeast PA? On The Fringe Hair Studio clients are like family; I treasure the relationships that we are building, and I appreciate the strong sense of community. In consideration of continuing team education, the proximity to New York is also a plus. Favorite place in northeast PA: In addition to my studio, Elk Mountain

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mutual friend and a mutual love of Ford Mustangs brought Michalena Vitucci and Collin Murphy together. The couple met the summer between Michalena’s junior year and Collin’s senior year of high school, when Michalena’s good friend (and eventual maid of honor) introduced the two in the Dunmore YMCA parking lot. They struck up a conversation about owning the same cars and quickly realized that the similarities didn’t stop there. They began dating August 24, 2008 and have been together ever since.

While on a family vacation in Turks and Caicos in September 2015, Collin invited Michalena on a private stroll along the beach, and as she walked in front of him, collecting shells, he said, “Look at this one I found.” She turned to find him on one knee, engagement ring in hand. After she accepted his proposal, they broke the news to their parents by showing them a hand-painted bottle they purchased from a gift shop filled with shells, the ring nestled on the very top. The couple decided December was the perfect month to host their wedding—along with holiday festivities, it also includes both of their birthdays. As their big day (December 30, 2017) neared, Michalena went to 76

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Kleinfeld’s in search of the perfect dress. A huge fan of Say Yes to the Dress and its signature designer, Pnina Tornai, Michalena was overjoyed to find a Pnina gown she loved—and even more ecstatic when Pnina herself appeared to ask her the famous question. Family and friends gathered at St. Peter’s Cathedral for the ceremony, which was filled with traditional Christmas carols. The reception space at The Hilton

Scranton was adorned with festive décor, including four 7-foot Christmas trees, white fairy lights and countless flickering candles. Their guestbook commemorated their enduring love of Mustangs, and a large Christmas tree adorned with seven cardinal ornaments represented grandparents who were not able to attend. Michalena and Collin kicked off the night on the dance floor with Aerosmith’s “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing.” Michalena and Collin did not go on a honeymoon, deciding to put money towards their newly built home. They live in Dalton. H –Megan Kane


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ight lights in the basement. This small display flourished into what is today known as MCR Productions. Owned and designed by John Phillips, the company services over 25 venues in Northeast Pennsylvania at well-known establishments including the Westmoreland Club, Mount Airy Casino, Camelback and The Hilton. For more than 12 years, John Phillips has worked with clients big and small, from weddings to signature events, corporate events, concerts, and even music conferences. The Room at 900, Phillips’s latest endeavor in Forty Fort, PA, is a 66,000 square foot facility equipped with an event center and an exclusive catering partnership with Rob Friedman. Already, 15 weddings are 82 72

booked for the year 2020. The customer experience has been simplified through rentals/design inhouse. As a designer, Phillips looks to his clients for inspiration. Each brings a new idea and vision to the process. “It’s incredible to work in a way where nothing is ever completely the same,” said Phillips. He jokes that leading up to a client’s wedding, MCR is married to the client. On the day of the actual event, is when they get a divorce! A NEPA native, Phillips attended Lackawanna College where he met several instructors who remain mentors to this day. Phillips struggled with hierarchy and authority from a young age, so the world of entrepreneurship called out to

him. While being your own boss can be enticing and exciting, the entrepreneurial journey is not for everyone. “If you like to play it safe, you won’t like this,” said Phillips. “You can enjoy the ride, but it will be a bumpy one.” Phillips suggests that you won’t learn anything from your successes, but rather from your failures. “If you fail 99 times to get to that one time to succeed, the entire journey will be worth it.” Phillips relies on the team he’s created. “It’s not just about me, it’s about them too,” he says. He feels it’s important to relinquish the power of being the boss to the employees who do a February 2019 September 2016

great job so great things happen for the MCR clients. A musician for numerous years before MCR, Phillips played and performed in various venues around the country. He then worked as a marketing director where he realized the importance of being innovative and offering consumers what no one else had. “People search for information differently today,” he said. “They want to see what you’ve done and how you do it which is why having a presence on Pinterest and Instagram is important.” Phillips manages several musicians outside of his work as the Owner and Event Designer of MCR Productions. Among his clients are Starset, Body Count featuring IceT, Snoop Dogg, and Raphael Saadiq. With a background in music, Phillips has an ear for promoting artists who have that it-factor. “You can’t fake raw emotion or ability.”

What’s next for the eye-catching world of event production? Neons. Phillips predicts lighting as the forefront of design will be making a comeback. While the elegant and timeless designs remain popular, technology will play more of a role. Phillips notes that the NEPA area has a lot of tenacity to fight to be fantastic. “It has a big ego, which is a great thing in this industry,” he says. In a smaller market, creatives must work harder and more creatively to be noticed. As a result, there are a lot of things happening artistically in the NEPA events market that have yet to hit bigger markets. “I want to make a difference in the future of my community and of my family,” said Phillips. H –Aleni Mackarey

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he Ronald McDonald House in Scranton provides a home away from home for families of ill or injured children to stay while their children are being treated. The organization goes above and beyond to ensure that families feel at home during their stay— doing their best to ease stress with cozy living spaces and home-cooked meals. The annual Amazing Gourmet Gala to benefit Ronald McDonald House returns to Mohegan Sun Hotel and Convention Center in Wilkes-Barre on March 31 at 5-8 p.m. to continue support for these ongoing services. This year, the gala will transport you with its Singin’ in the Rain theme, underwritten by Community Bank N.A, and its new easy flow layout. Aside from its well-known festive decor, attendees can expect a variety of food, prizes and entertainment. A showcase of the magnificent collection of the area’s finest restaurants and caterers will give guests the chance to sample all their famous specialties—from mouthwatering appetizers,


succulent entrees, stunning desserts and refreshing beverages. UGL is the sponsor of this event and Picture Perfect is providing entertainment for the crowd. Over 1,000 people are expected to attend and organizers hope to raise over $100,000. Be apart of an unforgettable night of tasting, socializing and contributing to our community. All of the Gala’s proceeds stay in Northeast PA and benefit the core programs of the Ronald McDonald House. Because of events like the Gourmet Gala, the Ronald McDonald House is able to provide thousands of local and distanced families a place of support, care and rest while their children

are receiving life-saving and necessary critical care. Tickets are $50 per person and will not be sold at the door. As they typically sell out quickly, they can be purchased online at H

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Jean Manning Co-Owner, Manning Farm Dairy Education: Marywood University History of Manning Farm Dairy: The Manning Family settled in the farm in 1920. My husband Paul’s grandparents settled here, and afterward his dad and mom continued the business. Paul and I took over the business in 1974. I have been making the ice cream since 1978 along with some great employees and doing the payroll and bill paying. At the peak of the season, we have about 105 employees, most of which are teenagers from the different communities. Paul and I realized that we had to expand our business if some of our children wanted to join the business. Upon graduation from college, each of our sons made a decision to come back to the farm and work with Paul and me. Ideal work environment: No breakdowns (haha), working alongside our sons and employees and working 86

what you know is the right and be kind. Personal Family: My husband Paul and I have six children (three sons and three daughters) and 21 grandchildren from 5 months to 15 years old.

hard to produce a quality product. Best part of the job: For Paul and me, working with our sons and seeing them help develop our business. Outlook on agriculture in NEPA: Paul and I like to keep a positive outlook on our business. We work hard to produce a quality product every day. Community organizations: We support several different events, including the United Neighborhood Center, Ronald McDonald House and the Rotary.

Hobbies: When I have a free moment, I like to read. On your nightstand: I just finished the book: We Were the Lucky Ones by Georgia Hunter. Hometown: I was born and raised in West Scranton. My father was a miner and my mother was a secretary. Favorite place in northeast PA: A summer day in the backyard with the entire family together—kids playing softball, our adult children talking about..."do you remember when..." So much fun and so much joy in one backyard!

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Jill McAlarney (Gilda Runco) Author, Legacy of the PURPOSE Stone • Manager, Weis Markets Pharmacy Honesdale and Co-Owner, Scott Greens Golf Club Education: Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science (now the University of the Sciences)

his life - while he's trying to uncover his father's murderer. Sounds funny in a murderous kind of way, right?

Inspiration behind your book: The seed was planted in 1981, after a horrific car accident took the lives of my sister and seven friends. I kept my pain and regret locked away until I spoke to students at Mid Valley High School 35 years later. That speech led me to give the keynote speech at Mid Valley’s 2016 commencement and that led to my book.

At Scott Greens: As coowner with my husband, Scotty, I work on our websites and promotional material and anything involving Excel, Photoshop or html.

Origin of the PURPOSE stone: I was given a stone engraved with one word, purpose, at my graduation. I had an epiphany holding that stone: my beautiful sister was gone, and I would never stop missing her, but I was still alive, so I must still have something to do. Your book’s central message: How to find purpose in life and how to consider choices and make wise decisions. So many of us live chained to disappointments, going through the motions. I'm hoping readers consider the choices they face and how to make decisions that fit who they are, who they want to be and how they want to live. You’re most creative…: When I'm under an umbrella, with the waves tickling the sand. But also (since that can't happen as often 88

as I'd like) at my desk surrounded by books that have been written before mine and my collection of reference books. Writing process: I tend to write better in the morning but limit it—I can write until my fingers fall off. I tend to outline, then take a section at a time and research, write, edit, and repeat. After putting what I've written aside and coming back with fresh eyes, I edit, edit, and edit again until I think it's finished. Professional challenge: Fear of public speaking. Facing fears is what life is all about and overcoming them is the most euphoric feeling without having to use pharmaceuticals. Awards: Top 25 Business Women in NEPA 2018 Upcoming novel: Substitute Sugar, a murdermystery/romantic-comedy. It's about a sociologist who must break an African curse before he loses the love of

Mentor’s advice: My mom—one of the strongest women I’ve ever known— used to say, Where there's a will, there's a way. Personal: Hobbies: Golf, healthy cooking, reading Words describing you: Perceptive, forthright, optimistic, and oh so tenacious Childhood dream job: A super-smart, super-strong super-spy like Mrs. Peel in the black and white television version of The Avengers. Favorite quote: "Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways, acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths." – Proverbs 3:5-6 On your nightstand: Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty Favorite place in northeast PA: Scott Greens Golf Club, Scott Township and the Valley Community Library, where I serve as a board member.

March 2019

Loch’s Maple Annual Open House: March 16-17


or more than 20 years, Loch’s Maple has used Pennsylvania’s sweetest tree to make pure maple syrup and other maple products. Learn how it’s done during this year’s annual open house, running 10 a.m.-5 p.m. both days. Tour the sap house and (weather permitting) watch the evaporater boil sap into syrup. Visit the custom fiber processing mill to learn how sheep wool is spun into yarn. Other demonstrations include soap-making and chainsaw-carving, and on Saturday retired Penn State forester Robert Hansen will explain the process of gathering sap from sugar maple trees. Don’t miss the pancake breakfast (using Loch’s maple syrup) at nearby Springville Methodist, and purchase goods from several vendors along with Loch’s own line of maple products and concessions (including maple milk shakes!) Parking is free. Loch’s began in 1981 when Randy Loch and his father entered the maple syrup business, armed with just 50 buckets. Their operation transformed from boiling sap over an open fire in house made from construction scaffolding to using the evaporater in the old grain building where it is housed today. Learn more at H

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Jean M. Ruhf Executive Director, Endless Mountains Visitors Bureau Education: BS in Business Management/Marketing, Penn State University. Experience: I worked at Allied Services Housing Department managing apartments for the elderly, then continued with the Wyoming County Housing Authority before beginning work with Benco Dental. At Benco I worked in their educational department as a meeting planner, planning seminars for dentists and dental staff and Benco’s annual sales meeting. I had a brief career in dental sales before working for an advertising agency doing meeting planning for Sanofi Pasture. What led you to become director of the EMVB? I moved from Scranton to Tunkhannock and rekindled my love for this area and all it has to offer. What is the most important part of your job? Interaction with the visiting public. I love helping people plan their time in the Endless Mountains and creating the resources to help them do that. A big part of our job at the Visitors Bureau is working with our members helping them sell their attraction, event, shop or lodging facility. Describe your ideal work environment: I love a creative environment but there also needs to be fun. I am very fortunate to have a job where I look forward to coming to work. Biggest professional challenge: Keeping up with the everchanging technology. March 2019

Transportation Advisory Committee, Wyoming County Cultural Center/Dietrich Theatre, Past President of the Junior League of Scranton Advice for young women: Find a job/career that you feel passionate about – a place that you look forward to going to work. Life is too short not to enjoy your job and the people with whom work. Your vision for the bureau in five years: For the Endless Mountains Region to be well known among the top outdoor recreational areas in Pennsylvania.


What sets the Endless Mountains apart, especially in the spring? The opportunity to have an amazing, personalized shopping experience. Taking the road less travelled to find that one of a kind treasure, all while enjoying incredible scenery. Stop at a local winery, brewery, local butcher shop, bakery or farm stand to sample some of our locally made products.

Three words that describe you: Family-oriented, Planner, Adventurous

Share something people may not know about the region: The number of historical treasures and museums. Organizations: PA Route 6 Tourism Association, Pennsylvania Restaurant and Lodging Association where I sit on the Lodging and Tourism Committee, Endless Mountains Heritage Association Board Member, Northern Tier Regional Planning and Development Commission’s Rural

Family: Husband Paul, daughter Lexi and dog Coco. Hobbies: Snowmobiling, cooking, canning and knitting,

Childhood dream job: Teacher Favorite quote: “Laugh or go crazy.” On your nightstand: Becoming Michele Obama and Nora Ephron’s, I Feel Bad About My Neck Hometown: Scranton Current residence: Tunkhannock Why do you enjoy working in northeast PA? I love the people; they are always there for each other. Favorite place in Northeast PA: Has to be the Endless Mountains!


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Marise Garofalo Vice President for Institutional Advancement, Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine Education: Bachelor’s degree, The University of Scranton (summa cum laude, Frank O’Hara Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement and Highest GPA) Summer Fellow at Peabody Professional Institute, Vanderbilt University

you have done well, it’s incumbent upon you to help others who may need a helping hand.

Experience: 21 years in institutional advancement

Hobbies: Reading, traveling, cross training, boxing

Ideal work environment: The nonprofit world, where I can contribute to a mission that I love and feel passionate about. Best part of the job: Building relationships with people who share my passion for the mission and purpose of Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine (GCSOM). Our school exists to serve our community because it was the community that built it. Biggest professional challenge: Closing our recent Campaign for Scholarships and Innovation, which launched in 2015 as a $15 million-dollar campaign and closed at $25 million – well exceeding our expectations. The medical school had no alumni at the start of the campaign and even now has only 439 medical alumni, so it was heartening and exhilarating seeing the community support that contributed to the campaign’s success. Outlook on higher education: Demand for graduate degrees is high and colleges and universities are respond94

Personal Family: My late husband and I found much satisfaction and joy in raising our three daughters, Ariele, Erica and Cara.

ing. At GCSOM, we are staying true to our roots by introducing new degree programs built around biomedical informatics, genomic informatics and pharmacy systems that respond to the needs of society and are incredibly innovative. Why do women excel in higher education? Colleges and universities have led the way in promoting positive gender agendas and empowering women while providing opportunities for them that perhaps other industries have been slow to emulate. Women still face challenges in the fundraising world, but for the most part, it’s a field where one’s work is appreciated and valued. Advice for young women: Women still do face barriers, so don’t get discouraged. Keep your eyes firmly focused on your goals. Tell the truth – always! Try to find joy in what you’re doing and remember to have fun. Maintain a balance between work and homelife. Remember that if

Three words that describe you: Enthusiastic, high energy, dedicated. Childhood dream job: I fancied myself owning a stable and raising horses. When I became an adult, I was able to buy a horse but the dream of owning a stable still eludes me. Favorite quote: “Sometimes doing our best isn’t good enough. Sometimes we must do what is required.” – Winston Churchill On your nightstand: A Soldier of the Great War by Mark Helprin Hometown: Jessup Current residence: Clarks Summit (30 years) Why do you love northeast PA? I enjoy the people. I’ve had many opportunities to move but have always felt a strong connection to my family and the region. My favorite place is in my backyard alongside the pool with family and friends. Or, anywhere my three daughters and new granddaughter are. March 2019

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Over 7,000 square feet of shopping encompasses a consignment area as well as a multi-vendor co-op. Antique, vintage, gently used, new, hand-crafted and trash-to-treasure items. Credit cards accepted. Call for hours. Like us on Facebook. Bridge St. (Rte. 29), Tunkhannock. 570-836-4456.

See what everyone’s talking about at the area’s first co-op antique mall. Handicap accessible–climate controlled, we offer a wide variety of items: quality antiques, hard to find collectibles, furniture, home decorating accessories, jewelry, coins, military, breweriana, vintage clothing, lighting & more. 306 Wilkes-Barre Twp., Blvd., Wilkes-Barre Twp. 570-822-8855

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and Home Furnishings is the largest Antique Mall in the Wilkes Barre, Scranton area, featuring 50 Vendors with high quality items. Antique to Retro, including Furniture, Glassware, Lighting, Jewelry, Pottery, Artwork, Quality Collectables, and more. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram! 29 East Carey Street, Wilkes Barre, PA. 18705. 570-270-3107 H

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Laura Ducceschi President and CEO, Scranton Area Foundation Education: BA in Communication, The University of Scranton

for example, offers various levels of involvement for people who want to support the vision, and a variety of ways to become involved. If you’re interested in influencing the well-being of your community, start where you are today and get involved.

MA in Communication from the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania MBA from the Drexel University LeBow College of Business. Industry Experience: Current role for seven years; previously in nonprofit management, advocacy and grantmaking for twelve years. Ideal work environment: In my current role I get to lead a fantastic, bright, and dedicated team of people who really care about making a difference and who actively work to improve our communities. I love seeing strategy transformed into progress, due to good planning, hard work and dedication. Best job aspect: I enjoy leading a foundation where I am able to help charitably minded individuals make their goals become a reality. I love the ability to be innovative in working with donors and other community leaders to proactively identify transformational solutions to challenges facing our region. Awards/accolades: Graduated summa cum laude from college, Northeast Woman (2014); Top 25 Women in Business (2015), Executive Mentor of the Year Award- Allen P. Kirby Center at Wilkes University (2018); PSSN Excellence in Diversity Award (nominated 98


2019). Additionally, I have delivered presentations at various national and international conferences and symposiums, and have been published in peer-reviewed and trade journals. About the Women in Philanthropy initiative: Comprised of over 100 active supporters, the Women in Philanthropy initiative to date has provided Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM) Education to over 2,000 students, provided the financial backing to launch 12 local women-owned businesses, facilitated the financial education of over 120 low-tomoderate-income women, provided 20+ women with mentorships and has formed a Dental Council of health leaders who are working on a pilot project to improve access to restorative dental care. Advice for young women in philanthropy: Philanthropy, at any level, has the opportunity to make a real community impact. The Women in Philanthropy (WIP) initiative,

Hobbies: I’m a huge animal lover and I’ve adopted several rescued pets, some with special needs. I also enjoy traveling, reading, gardening, and coming up with creative vegetarian recipes. Three words that describe you: Optimistic, Empathetic, Driven Childhood dream job: Artist or a writer. Favorite quote: “You will never influence the world by being just like it.” – Author Unknown On your nightstand: The Bullet Journal Method, by Ryder Carroll. Hometown: Moosic Current residence: When I returned to the area after living in the Philadelphia area for 15 years, I purchased a home in the same neighborhood in which I grew up. Favorite place in NEPA: The vibrancy of downtown Scranton with its beautiful architecture and great shops and restaurants. And when it comes to food, I have always been a fan of Old Forge style pizza! March 2015

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Leslie Collins Executive Director, Scranton Tomorrow Education: Graduate, Scranton Preparatory School, 1983

relax. The puzzle pieces somehow come together.

Bachelor’s in Marketing, The University of Scranton, 1987


Experience in your industry: Prior to joining Scranton Tomorrow, I was the deputy director for the City of Scranton’s Office of Economic and Community Development (OECD). At OECD, I led the City’s efforts to assist existing small businesses, help startups and recruit new businesses throughout the city’s neighborhood commercial and downtown business districts. Current responsibilities: Since joining as executive director in 2006, my work has included developing initiatives that will improve the quality of life in our region and establishing Scranton as the urban center of northeast PA. Over the past decade, I have managed and facilitated the downtown Scranton Main Street economic development model developed by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Our program obtained National Accreditation by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. As of 2018, my focus is dedicated to spearheading the downtown Scranton Business District Economic Strategy. Ideal work environment: A culture that encourages teamwork while still inspiring individual achievement and creativity. The environment must have a strong commitment to excellence, integrity and ethics. I have found such a culture at Scranton Tomorrow, my home away from home for 13 years. 100

Family: Husband, daughter and two standard poodles. Hobbies: Helping my daughter become the best person she can be is my greatest hobby. I do have other hobbies, but for me my family is the most worthy of my time. Best part of the job: Working within our community; being aware of our business district's needs and helping to bring forth economic & community development initiatives that have a positive impact. Biggest professional challenge: Often woman in business have multi-faceted challenges. It took me a while to set boundaries and get the balance of work-life and personal-life right. Awards/accolades: Named Northeast Woman by the Scranton Times-Tribune, and Top 25 Woman in Business by the Northeast Business Journal. Outlook on development in northeast PA: I see a downtown with populated storefronts and eateries, upper level development, a rapidly growing downtown residential community, the development of an urban pocket park, a vibrant arts community, a more walkable and bike-able city and more. Advice for young women: Maintain strong ethics and always follow your instincts. When it comes time to balance work and family be flexible and

Three words that describe you: Creative, driven, compassionate Childhood dream job: I was a dancer and I always thought I would become a dance teacher. Favorite quote: “Start every task knowing you are giving 100% or don’t take on the task.” On your nightstand: Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg. Hometown: Clarks Green Current residence: I lived in Scranton’s Historic Hill Section for 15 years and currently reside in Clarks Summit Favorite place in northeast PA: Downtown Scranton has great restaurants, eclectic shopping, recreational and cultural activities and a growing residential population. We have outstanding historic structures, rich history and a creative class that is bringing new and exciting ideas to the table.

March 2019

The Scranton School for Deaf & Hard of Hearing Children cordially invites you to the

10th Anniversary Celebration & Gala FRIDAY, MAY 3, 2019 6:00-9:30 PM Constantino’s Catering & Event Center 1385 Lackawanna Trail, Clarks Summit, PA Ticket Cost: $60.00 per person RSVP by April 12, 2019 Online payments can be made at Proceeds from the event directly support the development of an outdoor learning space serving all of our students, from birth to age 21 for a lifetime of learning. Contact Lexi Pientack at 570.585.7034

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Diane Baldi CEO, Hospice of the Sacred Heart Education: Mercy Hospital School of Nursing.

Hobbies: I love to paint—pictures, not walls!

Past experience: I have over 35 years of experience in various healthcare settings, ranging from long-term care, oncology units of hospitals, in-patient hospice units and administration. In the field of hopsice and palliative care alone I have been a Case Manager, Director of Patient Care, and the Director of an In-Patient Unit.

Three words that describe you: Passionate, determined, kind

Stepping into your current role: I have been the head of this dynamic organization since its inception in 2003. I was approached by the Chairman on our Board of Directors, Dr. Frank A. Bucci, Jr. He was intent on starting a hospice honoring his late wife, Angelina Theresa Bucci. During her life, she was very dedicated to the Sacred Heart and Dr. Bucci knew that would be the name of our hospice. Why do you work at Hospice of the Sacred Heart? The work chose me! Having already spent almost two decades working as a hospice nurse, I felt that the opportunity to start an agency, from the ground up, was almost a professional dream come true. Hospice of the Sacred Heart has been a labor of love and (second only to my three beautiful children) a source of pride. Most challenging job aspect: Externally, the increased scrutiny from our


Childhood dream job: To sing on Broadway like Barbra Streisand in Funny Girl. Favorite quote: “Live with intention. Walk to the edge. Listen Hard. funding sources. Compared to when I first started, there is so much more expected, in an administrative sense, from hospice agencies. Internally, staffing, especially finding qualified, compassionate nurses.

Practice wellness.

Outlook on female CEOs in NEPA? There is always room for more! Representation at executive levels is so very important. Inclusion and diversity only strengthen our community.

Live as if this is all there is.”

Advice for women who are first-time CEOs: Don’t forget the challenges you faced on the way to your office and treat your staff as you wanted to be. Personal: Family: A wonderful, supportive husband, three amazing children, two grandsons and two granddaughters. There is no place like NEPA to raise a family and I am happy to see another generation of my family here participating in the same activities as I did with my kids.

Play with abandon. Laugh. Choose with no regret. Appreciate your friends. Continue to learn. Do what you love. Mary Anne Radmacher On your nightstand: I reread Wally Lamb’s Wishin’ and Hopin’ around Christmas. Hometown: Born in Bronx, NY and spent childhood in Williamsport, PA Current residence: Scranton Favorite place in northeast PA: My home in Green Ridge is where all my best memories have been made. But I think Stillwater Lake in the Poconos is really quite beautiful. Why do you like living in Northeast PA? I like the people, their love of this area and their commitment to making it a great place to live and raise families.

March 2019

Colorectal Cancer Awareness arch is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month.The American Cancer Association estimates that greater than 50,000 deaths during 2019 will be due to colorectal cancer. It is our job and responsibility to let people know that colorectal cancer is a preventable disease when screening recommendations are followed. If polyps are found and removed, that can prevent a future colon cancer. If a colon cancer is found at an early stage, it can often be cured with removal alone. Colorectal screening saves lives. Happenings recently interviewed two Geisinger doctors about Colorectal health awareness.



Julie Innocent Woods, MSc. MD Board certified physician in Internal medicine, Medical oncology and Hematology Associate Hematology/Medical oncology Geisinger Medical Center Founder of the High-risk GI malignancy clinic at Geisinger Medical Center. Medical director of Cancer survivorship program at Geisinger Why did you choose this profession? Prior to medical school I obtained a master’s degree where I studied the genetics of colorectal cancer, polyp formation and sought to

identify modifiable factors of the disease. This drew me to oncology. I chose medicine and to be a physician because I love talking to people, I love getting to know them and building human connections. To be an oncologist is a true honor. I am proud to be able to meet such bold, strong and brave individuals every day. What do you see as the biggest offensive in American diets today relating to colon health? Diet and nutrition are two health factors that we as individuals can control. Proper nutrition has been shown in numerous studies to have a positive impact on many diseases, and colorectal cancer is no exception. Fats from processed meats may have a significant role in the development of colorectal cancer and some studies have demonstrated a clear link between red or processed meats and an increase in colorectal cancer risk. Thus, limiting red and processed meats March 2019

such as pork, beef, hot dogs or lunch meats and eating more fruits and vegetables can help to lower your risk of colorectal cancer. Another modifiable risk factor is smoking. What should be expected in a normal, healthy colon? Regular bowel movements without mucous, partially digested food, or blood. Bowel movements should not require excessive straining and cramping or pain. What are the signs of an unhealthy colon? Blood in your stool or on the toilet paper; changes in stool caliber such as thin or pencillike stools. One should also let your doctor know about frequent constipation or diarrhea that does not improve. Unintentional weight loss or the frequent sensation of having to empty the bowels despite already having a bowel movement (also known as tenesmus) are other red flags that should be investigated. Tell us more about the colonoscopy process and how to better cope with the preparation needed. During a colonoscopy, a long, flexible tube (colonoscope) is inserted into the rectum. A small video camera at the end allows for the visualization of the entire colon and rectum. If polyps are found during the procedure, (polyps can often be pre-cancerous growths) they can be removed during the colonoscopy. This is life saving as removal at this stage prevents them from developing into a cancerous tumor March 2019

later on. In addition, if any abnormal tissue is seen, samples can be taken during the procedure. For people at average risk the current recommendation is that they begin colorectal screening at age 50. Average risk individuals are those without a history of inflammatory bowel disease, a personal or family history of colorectal cancer, or a personal or family history of high-risk polyps. Recently however, the American cancer society has recommended lowering the screening age for average risk individuals to 45 given the increasing incidence of colorectal cancer amongst younger individuals. The frequency of screening can be anywhere from annual to every 10 years based upon findings and genetic risk factors. For those with above average risk, for example those with hereditary risk syndromes such as Lynch Syndrome, annual colorectal screening is recommended starting in your 20’s. This is because these individuals have a much higher risk of developing colorectal cancer significantly younger than the average risk individual. At Geisinger Medical Center we have an established clinic specifically for these individuals to learn about their genetic risk, and to ensure that they stay on top of their colorectal screening. What are some other common diseases/illnesses associated with the colon? Those with inflammatory bowel disorders, such as crohn’s disease or ulcerative

colitis are at increased risk of colorectal cancer and thus appropriate and timely screening are important for these individuals as well.

Bogdan Protyniak, M.D., Geisinger Colorectal Surgeon Bogdan Protyniak, M.D. grew up in Ukraine and emigrated to the U.S. at a young age. In his spare time, he is an avid triathlete and has completed five Ironmans. He is a fellowship-trained and board-certified colorectal surgeon, which required five years of general surgery training followed by an additional year of colorectal fellowship. He is most passionate about robotic colorectal surgery as a minimally invasive technique for both benign and malignant colorectal pathology, In his experience, it leads to a faster recovery, fewer complications and less pain for patients. Why did you choose this profession? I chose colorectal surgery because it is a tremendously multi-faceted specialty which continues to evolve at a blistering pace. I especially like the variety of both procedures and patients. Oftentimes patients complain of anorectal and pelvic disorders which are embarrassing to discuss and many suffer in silence not knowing or wanting to seek help. How early should parents be concerned about their children's diet and colon health? Colon cancer occurs when healthy cells lining the



colon develop mistakes in their DNA. This leads to unregulated growth and eventually a cancerous tumor. This process takes many years to occur, which is why the majority of people diagnosed with colon cancer are older than 50 years. This is why it’s important to promote and instill healthy lifestyle habits at a young age so that children will continue them when they reach adulthood and into old age. What preventative measures can young people take to promote a healthy colon? High-fiber and low-fat diet, limiting red meat intake, exercise, healthy weight, and avoidance of smoking. I often recommend my patients take a fiber supplement daily to help them achieve the recommended amount of daily fiber. Alcohol should be consumed in moderation. People with diabetes and insulin resistance have an increased rate of colon cancer and there106

fore need close monitoring of their blood sugars. Young people should be aware of their family medical history, particularly concerning colorectal cancer and polyps, which may require proactive colonoscopy screening at a younger age. Finally, young patients with inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn’s and Ulcerative Colitis) need to be managed closely by their gastroenterologists to control inflammation within their intestines since risk of cancer increases with longer duration of active inflammation. What is the the biggest offensive in American diets today relating to colon health? The American or “Western” diet consists of foods low in fiber, high in fat and sugars, and often processed. Researchers believe that such a diet low in fiber and high in red meats, fats and processed foods affects the bacteria that normally reside in the colon and causes inflammation which may lead to cancer. The diet also contributes to obesity, diabetes, and a sedentary lifestyle, which are all risk factors for development of colon cancer.

Is there any evidence that a vegetarian or vegan diet is better for colon health? There have been published studies which have shown a decreased risk of colorectal cancer for both vegetarian and vegan diets. Even more interesting, some studies have shown an even greater risk reduction with the pesco-vegetarian diet consisting of fruits, vegetables, and a moderate amount of fish. The reason for these findings stem from avoidance of processed meats which are either salted, smoked, cured, or chemically preserved. The increased fiber propels waste faster through your colon, limiting contact with potentially harmful digestive byproducts. Is there a high incidence of colon cancer in the region and if so can this be attributed to anything in particular? In PA, colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death behind lung cancer. In northeastern PA, the incidence of colorectal cancer is 10 percent higher than the average US rate which is quite significant and concerning. It is difficult to pinpoint any one responsible factor, however, the basic tenets of low fiber, high fat, processed food diet in conjunction with sedentary lifestyle and smoking certainly contribute to the higher rate. H

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The Northeast Pennsylvania Film Festival

Unique and Original Cinema


ocal independent filmmakers will have their moment to shine during the 3rd annual Northeast Pennsylvania Film Festival on March 22 to 24. Attendees will see unique and original cinemas from emerging and established filmmakers. An opening gala will be held at the Waverly Comm on March 22. Robert May, a Dallas, PA native, will be honored with the F. Lammot Belin Excellence in

Lisa Marie Stetler

Charles Brandt

Cinema Award to honor his lifetime contributions to film. The F. Lammot Belin Foundation was established to nurture and promote artists with roots in Northeast Pennsylvania. In 2000, May founded SenArts which focuses on character-driven films. He also produced seven feature films, which have garnered over 40 awards including the Oscar, BAFTA, Independent Spirit Award and Human Rights Award. May directed the movie, ”Kids for Cash,” which earned the New York Times Critic's pick. The opening night will feature an encore presentation of May's “Station Agent" and a Q & A session. Waverly native Lisa Marie Stetler will be honored with the festival’s Vision Award for her tenaci-

ty and extraordinary commitment throughout her career and in particular in bringing the Academy Award nominated “Ferdinand,” (based on the 1936 popular children's book) to life on the screen. Stetler passionately pitched the idea until finally 20th Century Fox and Blue Sky Studios made it into an animated film released in 2017. The film was nominated for both a Golden Globe and an Academy Award. Stetler will lead a panel brunch discussion, “Pitch, Fund, Cast,” on March 23 at 10:30 a.m. at Posh Restaurant in Scranton for Robert May those interested in learning how to finance, cast, and sell a film to a major motion picture studio. Mountaintop native Chris Fetchko will also be part of the panel. His work has won numerous awards including Best Director at the Milan International Film Festival. Old Forge native Mia Cusamano, a New York City casting agent, will also be on the panel. A program entitled, “When Scorsese Calls,” will be presented on March 23 at 3:30 p.m. by Charles Brandy, whose book "I Heard You Paint Houses,” was adapted into the film, ”The Irishman.” The film was directed by Martin Scorsese. The presentation will be held in the Bittenbender Building on Franklin Avenue in Scranton. “The Pretender,” a documentary about Rocky Balboa imperson-

ator Mike Kunda, will be shown on March 23 at 7 p.m. at the Ritz Theatre in Scranton. The award-winning documentary reveals the West Scranton native’s fascination with the fictional boxer played by Sylvester Stallone. VIA Global Studios, the production arm of WVIA-TV, will host a panel discussion on "The Digital Age of Filmmaking 2.0. at the University of Scranton's PNC Auditorium in the Loyola Science Center. A panel discussion and the entries from The Mystery Box Challenge will be presented on March 24 at 4 p.m. in the PNC Auditorium. Filmmakers who participated in the challenge received a box filled with objects they needed to incorporate in a film. The box also contained plot devices, character names, a line of dialogue, a prop, a type of location, a plot element, or a wardrobe item. The filmmakers had three months to write a script, cast, shoot, and edit their short films. The Festival will conclude on March 24 with a celebration and special screening of films by regional filmmakers including Liz Naro and Jack Coleman’s documentary film, ”Don't Quit: The Ross Cordaro Story,” Ed Wassers’ short narrative,”Gun,” and Luz Cabrales’ film noir called "Nick and Ophelia.” H –Ben Freda

A Homeowner’s Guide: 1969 vs. 2019

When did you purchase your first home? No matter the year, this process is sure to be both an exciting and stressful one. In honor of our 50th anniversary, Happenings Magazine took a look at what it was like to purchase a home in the 1960s vs today. Sending love and luck to any readers who are currently searching for their new address!

Benjamin Moore for your perfect gray; just ask for your favorite fruit color! Now Does it spark joy? If not purge it! Hello minimalism and bright whites mixed with stone or granite.

The Basics 1969: Families paid an average $16,000$20,000 for a 1,500 square foot home which fit the typical gang of Mom, Dad, their gaggle of offspring and even a few pets.

Buying a Home

Now Oddly enough as family size shrinks, the size of homes has increased to an average of 3,000 square feet. Today’s homeowners shell out an average of $150,000 to $300,000 just to live peaceably. With less children and more space, who will fulfill the chores? 108

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Real estate agents, clad in starched suits and meticulously gelled hairdos, brought clients to showings in the company Cadillac. The only options for viewing your potential home were in person or in the newspaper ad’s grainy pictures.

Hippies helped usher in the vibrant psychedelic colors with furniture like beanbag and pod chairs. Walls and appliances were avocado or orange. No need to remember a series of numbers at

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Now Interested in a ski house 6 states away? Need to renovate your floor plan to accommodate your mother-inlaw? Accomplish it all with a few simple clicks on your iPad from the comfort of your living room couch. Now

Outdoor Living

Don’t want to answer your door? Just check your phone for a picture of who is there. With a touch of your finger you can engage the all-systems-alarms around your gated estate.

Then If you were one of the lucky ones, your house might include a small backyard where Dad grilled hamburgers in the summer and brothers and sisters had enough space to make snow angels in the winter. Now You don’t have your own tennis court? Or inground pool, hot tub and outdoor kitchen? Families today might envy the Joneses who have all of the above. Security and Safety Then

Hello There Neighbor Then Mom stays home and bakes an apple pie and delivers in person for the nice new family moving in next door. Now If you’re lucky, the next door neighbor might order you a welcome basket from Amazon and have it shipped from the West Coast, directly to your door. H

A Pitbull or German Shepherd with a “Beware of the Dog” sign on the fence was enough to keep the cat burglars away and allow your family some privacy.

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Rob Kiesling Pocono Palace

Has a family joke. When asked about my abiliow did your passion begin? It started out

ty to cook my mother would always joke that it was out of self-preservation. She did not love to be in the kitchen as much as I did, something she will continue to admit to this day. Culinary School: I graduated from Paul Smith’s College in 1989. I was the captain of the school’s Olympic Culinary Team. We brought back the school’s first gold medals. Additional Training: I have been cooking in a professional capacity since I was 15 years old. This allowed me to have years of practical hands-on training before I attended culinary school. For the majority of my career, I have owned my own business. My first venture was when I had part ownership in a pub. Moving to northern New Jersey, I then transitioned into a nightclub which also housed a full restaurant. After being the Executive chef and owner for fifteen years, I took over a food service director position at a private girl’s high school. I also had a private catering business. I catered many events along the East Coast and also became known for catering lacrosse tournaments. I was also the Food Service Director for a large YMCA and special needs camp. After all of these great experiences, I settled down at Pocono Palace Resort in Marshall’s Creek. Favorite Style: My passion and expertise for cooking has always been into the more elaborate decorations and display. This allows me to “play with my food” and use my artistic creativity and enables me to go back to my competition years. Specialty Entrees: My family’s German recipes can’t come close to competing with other specialties. Although I do have an award-winning hot sauce that I have been bottling through a private label for over 30 years. This sauce has won best wings in Morris County, NJ for more than fifteen years. What sets your restaurant a part: We are literally in the “Land of Love.” We honestly cook with passion. My excellent team here is known as the Flames of Passion Culinary Team. We have different theme menus that rotate nightly, and our meals are unlimited, allowing our guests to sample multiple entrées. We also have newly renovated banquet facilities and host weddings and events of all sizes. 110

Inspiration: My awesome wife and incredible children. They all inspire me in their own unique way and make me the man that I am today. Challenges and rewards:The hours and schedule are the most challenging while you are trying to maintain a work and life balance. Having to work weekends and holidays is always tough. But having the satisfaction of being able to create beautiful, individualized experiences and memories for our daily guests, having old “regular” customers from my restaurants track me down to be where I am currently, the challenges of being able to create specialty dishes for people with complex food allergies and speaking with a bride and groom and hearing that I was responsible for taking their greatest moment well above and beyond their expectations. There are also the special occasions like being able to pull off a full 3-course ala carte meal for over 2400 people, and writing and designing a 5-course menu for a 700-person black-tie event for President George Bush (Sr.). Although, I would have to say that being able to say that I owned and operated my own restaurant/bar/nightclub while I wasn’t even old enough to legally drink still brings a special grin to my face.

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COMMUNITY EVENTS Mar. 1-13, Maslow Family Graduate Program in Creative Writing Community Workshops, 6-8 p.m., Wilkes University, Wilkes-Barre. 408-4534. Mar. 3, Chili & Wing Cookoff, noon-4 p.m., The Waterfront at Silver Birches, Hawley. 226.4388. Mar. 8, Comedy Night, 8 p.m., The Waterfront at Silver Birches, Hawley. 226-4388. Mar. 8, Leadercast Women 8:30 a.m.-noon, Dietrich Theatre, Tunkhannock. Mar. 9, Indoor Yard Sale, 10 a.m.3 p.m., Ladore Camp Pavilion, Waymart. 488-6129. Mar. 10, Dino Dig, 2-3 p.m., Lackawanna County Children's Library, Scranton. 348-3000 ext. 3015. Mar. 15, 2nd Annual Steamtown String Fling, 7 p.m., Scranton Cultural Center, Scranton. 344-1111. Mar. 16, Tunkhannock Area Craft Show, Tunkhannock. 836-8247. Mar. 20-24, Sushi Week, 5-11 p.m., at Ledges Hotel, Hawley. 226-1337. Mar. 20, How to Prepare for a Transition to a Senior Living Community – Tips for Downsizing, 2-4 p.m., Tunkhannock Manor, Tunkhannock. 836-2983. Mar. 23, Ballroom Dancing, 7-10 p.m., Hotel Anthracite, Carbondale. 536-6020. Mar. 25, Early Explorers: The Tiny Seed, 1-2:30 p.m., Lackawanna College Environmental Education Center, Covington Township. 842-1506. Mar. 25-Jun. 3, Early Explorers Series, 1-2:30 p.m., Lackawanna College Environmental Education Center, Covington Township. 842-1506. Mar. 27, Hug a Tree and Survive, 1-2:30 p.m. & 5:30-7 p.m., 112

Lackawanna College Environmental Education Center, Covington Township. 842-1506. Mar. 30, Spring Craft Fair, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Wilkes-Barre Area Career & Technical Center, Wilkes-Barre. 822-4131.







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Mar. 2, The Orchestra, 7:30 p.m., State Theatre, Easton. 610-2587766. Mar. 13, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, 8 p.m., Penn’s Peak, Jim Thorpe. 866-605-7325 Mar. 14, Red Hot Chilli Pipers, 7:30 p.m., State Theatre, Easton. 610-258-7766. Mar. 17, The Choral Society of Northeast PennsylvaniaChildren & Youth: Spring Concert, 4 p.m., Saint Luke’s Episcopal Church, Scranton. 343-6707. Mar. 28, Buckcherry, 8 p.m., Penn’s Peak, Jim Thorpe. 866-605-7325 Mar. 31, The Choral Society of Northeast PennsylvaniaJames Whitbourn: Annelies, 4 p.m., Peoples Security Bank Theater at Lackawanna College, Scranton. 343-6707.

NATURE Mar. 3, Forest Bathing for the Community, 10 a.m.-noon, The Lodge at Woodloch, Hawley. 877-223-8550.

SPECIAL EVENTS Mar. 9, Scranton St. Patrick’s Day Parade,11:45 a.m., Downtown Scranton. Mar. 10, 39th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade, 2 p.m., downtown Wilkes-Barre. Mar. 15, St. Patrick's Day, 4-11 p.m., at



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Ledges Hotel, Hawley. 226-1337. Mar. 16-17, Loch’s Maple Fiber Mill Open House, 10 a.m-5 p.m., Springville. 570-965-2679 Mar. 17, St. Patrick's Day Celebration, 5:30-9:30 p.m., The Settlers Inn, Hawley. 226-2993. Mar. 22, Forest Landowners Conference, The Penn Stater Hotel & Conference Center, State College. 877-778-2937. Mar. 23, Greater Pocono Home & Outdoor Living Show, 9 a.m., Kalahari Resort, Pocono Manor. Through Mar. 24. 421-9009. Mar. 31, Ronald McDonald Gourmet Gala, 5-8 p.m., Mohegan Sun Hotel & Convention Center, Wilkes-Barre. 969-8998.

THEATER & STAGE Mar. 5-26, Underground Microphone, 6-9 p.m., Scranton Cultural Center at the Masonic Temple, Scranton. 346-7369 ext. 102. Mar. 16, A Celtic Rumble, 7:30 p.m., The Olde Brick Theatre, Scranton. 2097766. Mar. 19-Apr. 15, The Princess King, 10 a.m., Labuda Center for the Performing Arts, Center Valley. 610282-3192. Mar. 20, Finding Neverland, 7 p.m., State Theatre, Easton. Through Mar. 21. 610-258-7766. Mar. 29, The King & I, Scranton Cultural Center, Scranton. Through Mar. 31. 344-1111.

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