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Dear Happenings, Recently, I received a great surprise as a result of the military profile that was published about my late father in the November 2019 issue. A special connection was made between myself and Regina Yetkowskas, a subscriber who read the article and reached out to connect with me. She warmly remembered my father and his family from over sixty years ago! She reminisced about the endearing friendship and kindnesses that the two families shared. She validated memories of my grandmother weaving carpets on her handmade loom in her basement, my father’s sense of humor and the bountiful garden that filled the backyard of their home in North Scranton. We spoke at length and promised that we would remain in touch. Thank you to Happenings Magazine for this extraordinary and totally unexpected gift!

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Dear Happenings, Thank you for featuring our wedding in the January 2020 issue of your magazine. Being in Happenings was a great way to remember our wedding! Sharing our story and pictures with friends and family brought us right back to September 21st. Thanks again. Dear Happenings, Every time we pick up Happenings Magazine we are amazed at how beautiful each and every issue is. You can tell this is produced primarily by women. The great creations are just beautiful. I have never seen a better magazine and I mean it! Such an enjoyable read. Please keep up the great work! –Richard and Joan Castelli –Moosic, PA

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contents MARCH 2020


Home Show Home & Garden Expo


Luck of the Irish Lucky locals’ snapshots of the Emerald Island


Hear them Roar! Women working locally, but helping globally


Hall of Fame Local athlete’s contributions to the running community


Go Nuts for Dessert! Bake a festive green pistachio cake for St. Patty’s Day


March Down The Aisle Wedding trends for the upcoming season

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Annual Chili & Wing Cookoff, Settler’s Inn, Hawley. Noon.


International Woman’s Day

March 1April 26, Celebrating Our Women Of Achievement, Bellefonte Museum, Bellefonte. Noon4:30 p.m.







Back Mountain Chamber Annual Awards, Misericordia University, Dallas. 5:30-8:30 p.m.

The University of Scranton Players Present Carrie: the musical, February 28-March 1 & March 6-8, Royal Theatre.









Bandstand The Musical, State Theatre, Easton. 7 p.m.




Dine Lackawanna, Trax Bar at the Radisson, Scranton.

March 1922, 2020 Lehigh Valley Auto Show, Lehigh University’s Goodman Campus, Bethlehem. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.



Michael Feinstein




Schemel Forum, University of Scranton, Brennan Hall. Noon.

Bruce In The USA, Penn’s Peak, Jim Thorpe. 8 p.m.

14 St. Patrick’s Day 13 Michael Feinstein Brunch, Coopers, Scranton. Live In Concert, Theater At North, The Fab Faux, State Scranton. 7:30 p.m. Theatre, Easton. 8.p.m. Plant Explosion, Potting Shed, Stroudsburg.

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22, The Buddy Holly Story, Scranton Cultural Center, Scranton. Melvin Seals & JGB, Penn’s Peak, Jim Thorpe. 8 p.m.

Red Hot Chilli Pipers, State Theatre, Easton. 7:30 p.m.



March 27-April 5, Berks Jazz Fest, Reading.

Last In Line & Lynch Mob, Penn’s Peak, Jim Thorpe. 7:30 p.m.

29 Performance Music presents “In Concert”, University of Scranton, Scranton. 7:30 p.m.



The Celtic Tenors, Theater At North, Scranton. 7:30 p.m.

PNC Chamber Concert, First Presbyterian Church, Clarks Summit. 7 p.m.



Escape-The Journey Tribute Band, Theater At North, Scranton. 7:30 p.m.

March 28 & 29, Pocono Builders Show, Kalahari Resort, Pocono Manor. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. March 28 & 39, Living Easter Basket Workshop, Creekside Gardens, Tunkhannock. 11 a.m.-4 p.m.



Women’s History Month Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month Music In Our Schools Month Irish American Heritage Month Mad for Plaid Month National Kite Month

Dear Readers,


arch is the perfect month to begin spring cleaning and determine which home projects may be on your agenda. Whether it is planning a simple powder room upgrade, a major kitchen overhaul or a complete house renovation, finding out what is on the cutting edge is imperative. While much of what we do today is accomplished with an Internet search, there is no replacement for spending time with professionals face-to-face. The Greater Pocono Home & Outdoor Living Show on March 28 and 29 provides that opportunity. As a child I remember attending home shows with my father. Having five daughters in a row (following two sons) meant that my overly patient dad was always looking for home improvement ideas, particularly when it came to bathrooms, hot water tanks and conservation ideas, likely due to the extra long showers his daughters enjoyed. Speaking of daughters, March has been designated as Women’s History Month. It is a time set aside to honor women’s contributions in American History. It first began as a local celebration in Santa Rosa, California. Locally, more and more organizations are embracing the designation and creating events to honor and celebrate inspirational women. You will truly enjoy reading

about the diverse group of women who are profiled in this issue. I particularly loved reading about what drives each one of them, how they handle challenges and the advice they have for younger women. Proverbs 31:10 compares the value of strong woman to a ruby. Having a July birthday I was always intrigued and delighted that a ruby was used as the comparison. For thousands of years apparently, rubies were considered the stone of love, energy, passion, power and a zest for life. When you read each profile I think you’ll recognize each of those characteristics in them. We also enjoyed receiving readers’ pics of their travels to Ireland. From time to time we ask for readers’ input on particular themes. Be sure to sign up to become a “Happenings Insider” so that you can be added to our email list of readers. Drop us a line at Enjoy each March Moment!

With Love,

Paula Paula Rochon Mackarey, Publisher 1994-Present


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Talk to the Experts!

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Home Builders Contractors Suppliers and MORE! Saturday March 28 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Sunday March 29 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

he Greater Pocono Home & Outdoor Living Show takes place at Kalahari Resorts on March 28 and 29. Innovative and cutting-edge building and remodeling services and products for Spring 2020 will be featured.The show is sponsored by R F Ohl, Advanced Concrete Manufacturer of Superior Walls, Erbs Landscaping and Liberty Homes Custom Builders.


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seek and find type puzzle that spells out a phrase that relates the Pocono Mountains to the Kalahari Desert. Prizes will be awarded each day. Parents can pick up scavenger hunt quest sheets at the entrance to the show.

Get a jump start on your next building project. Home Show vendors can provide expert advice on building a custom home, starting an addition, kitchen or bath remodel or installing a new HVAC system. Speak with finance professionals to assist in funding your project. See the largest display of landscape exhibits and largest number of builders and remodeler vendors of any home show in the region. The home show features over 150 booths making this the largest show of its kind in NEPA, with a number of brand new exhibitors this year. Vendors also offer show deals and specials. Pocono Raceway is this year’s prize sponsor. Visitors can complete raffle tickets and be eligible to win 300 Level tickets for June 27. Two winners will receive four 300 level tickets. The day also includes a NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series race in the morning followed by a NASCAR Cup Series race in the afternoon. March 2020

Breast Friends of PA is the 2020 home show non-profit organization. Breast Friends is dedicated to improving the quality of life for female cancer patients. The organization hosts a variety of support groups including a breakfast club, lunch bunch and an evening group. Breast Friends also assembles Chemo Kits. Visitors to the show are encouraged to bring items such as: chapstick, cross word puzzle and coloring books, crayons, playing cards, reading materials, journals, blankets and any items that can keep women busy during chemo therapy. The Market Place is an area of the show designated to cash ‘n carry products. Merchants will offer products such as wood sculpture, jewelry, pottery and linens. Kids will have fun at the show as well! “Bob the Builder” will be available for photos. Children accompanied by their parents can participate in the annual Scavenger Hunt, a

The 2020 edition of the Pocono Builders Association’s membership directory and buyers guide will be available. The directory lists qualified builders, remodelers, tradesmen, artisans and material and building products suppliers. The Monroe County American Red Cross Volunteers will serve as the show’s Welcome Committee. Show hours are: March 28, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and March 29,10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $5. Children under 18 are free. Visit or call 570-421-9009. H The Greater Pocono Hom e& Outdoor Livi ng Show is presented by th e Pocono Builders Ass ociation. Th e association w as chartered in 1970 and is d edic collective crea ated to the tion of value for its members. The associat ion is the unified vo ice of the Po cono Mountain’s b uilding indus try. The organizat ion economic dev promotes elopment w hile respecting th e environmen t and commun ity. 11

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Exhibitors Booth

Business Name

101, 200 103, 105 104, 106 107 109 111 112, 114 115, 117, 214, 216 116 119 120 121, 123, 125, 127 122 128 201, 300

R. F. Ohl 406 Altronics, Inc 407 Erb's Landscaping 408 Integra - Clean & Dry, LLC 409 ESSA Bank & Trust 410 Affordable Comfort Contracting, Inc. 411 Liberty Homes Custom Builders 415 Mountain Landscaping, LLC 417 Duane Moyer Well Drilling 418 LeafFilter North of Pennsylvania, LLC 419 R.W. Buff, Inc. 420 Bath Fitter/Kitchen Saver 421 Picture Perfect Painting 422, 424 Timbercrest Builders 425 Hydro Therapeutics Water 426 Conditioning, Inc. 427 Lehigh Gap, LLC 501 Rome Bath Remodeling 502 Bachman's Roofing, Building 503 & Remodel 504 Renewal by Andersen 506 Instyle Closets 508. 510 One Week Kitchens 511, 610 Pocono Awning Co., LLC 514, 516 Wayne Bank 515,614 Eastern Penn Supply Scranton 523, 525, 527, 622, Nauman Mechanical 624, 626 A+ Waterproofing & Foundation Repair 524 Robert K. Ace Jr. Construction, LLC 526 C & K Insurance Group, LLC 600, 602 GLECO Paints, Inc. 706 Hannaberry HVAC 708 Estermerwalt Log Homes Pocono Raceway 714, 716 SunPulse Solar 804 Metro Public Adjustment, Inc. 808 Northern Rain Irrigation 810 East Rock Construction, LLC 816 American Remodeling Enterprises, Inc. 818 Spring Hill Chimney 820, 822 Pure Sight & Sound 828 First Keystone Community Bank Spread Eagle Development Corp. Entrance Best Auto Tire & Service Center Welcome Sponsor Cutco Cutlery Entrance/Lobby Mathiesen Landscapes, LLC 2020 Nonprofit Vector Security Perma Glaze/Bath Renew Space Martin Homes A KR Communication B Monroe County Habit for Humanity C Masters Home Solutions D Precision Concrete Coatings E Precision Concrete Coatings F ITG Basement Systems G Lowe's H Zawada Enterprises LLC J Sherwin Wiliams K WB Electric, Inc. L

202 203, 205 204 206, 208, 210 207 209 211 215 217 218 219 220 , 222 221 223 224, 226 225 227 301 302 303 304 305, 307, 405 306 308 309 310 311 314 315, 317, 414, 416 316, 318 319 320 320 322 323, 325, 327 324 326 400 401, 500 402 403 404 12


Business Name Furino Mechanical Harth Enterprise Furino Fuels Sun Control Plus Appleby Systems Inc. Culligan Water Conditioning Install America Masters Fabrications & Rail Pro Fire Safety Service KMB Plumbing, Electrical & HVAC Green Mountain Energy Co. Casanova Remodeling Bucks County Soapstone Floor Coverings International Mid Atlantic Water Proofing Burke Construction Integrity Chimney Services Freedom Boat Club Paul Davis Emergency Services Sunsetter Awnings Overhead Door Company of NEPA A & B Sunrooms & Remodeling Pella Windows & Doors NEPA Aerus-Electrolux Pine Creek Structures NEPA Builders Wilkes Pools & Spas Scranton Craftsmen Rinker, Inc. A Plus Metal Roofing Specialists Advanced Concrete Systems, A Manufacturer of Superior Walls Lowe's Citizens Savings Bank GAK Construction Pioneer Pole Buildings Inc. Garvin Construction Orkin Pest Control Kitchen Craft Cookware USA Insulation Monroe County Red Cross Breast Friends of PA

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electricity and plumbing. Top Value’s locations also feature a well-appointed showroom so that customers can get a peek and inspiration for what they want. For information, contact Top Value at 570-675-7083 in Shavertown, 570-507-9077 in Scranton or email H –Matthew Jellock


ith locations in Shavertown and Scranton, Top Value Kitchens opened in 1990 and has been supplying quality kitchen cabinetry. The business has helped design and transform kitchens in homes across the NEPA region from the Wyoming Valley to the Endless Mountains. Robert Nause, the current owner of Top Value for the past 23 years, says a great kitchen makeover requires planning and figuring out the materials. Current kitchen design trends include clean design and paint finishes and artistic, brush-stroke finishes in light and dark colors such as gray, blue, navy and green for cabinets. Other trends include top-notch accessories such as pullout trays, pullout trash bin cabinets and unique storage devices for utensils. To ensure the highest quality look possible for a kitchen, Top Value collaborates with highly regarded home design brands such as Cambria, Kraft Maid Cabinetry and Omega Cabinetry. For tips for a great kitchen makeover, ensure that the materials work together along with making good use of whatever space is needed or wanted for the kitchen. Hiring experienced design and contracting staff is also important, especially for issues regarding 14

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stablished in 1976 by Robert C. and Martha Coleman and currently managed by their son Robert A. “Butch” Coleman since 1997, Endless Mountain Stone Company has been a significant source for architectural and natural bluestone. Located on a 1500-acre stretch of land in the town of Susquehanna, it operates in a state-of-the-art fabrication plant and includes 20 quarries that make bluestone products such as treading, veneers, polished bluestone and tumbled bluestone. The company’s product is in high demand, being shipped to major cities across the United States and Canada and as far away as Japan although only being produced in Northeast PA and Southern New York. “Its demand has suspended its volume of production,” said Butch. “Its beauty and strength continue to gain recognition to anyone building or remodeling.” 16

“Packaging is a key part to our success along with “new ideas” created by all employees,” The company has produced stone and veneer for a variety of paving and reconstruction projects including walkways and buildings at prestigious colleges such as Princeton University and the paving of 100,000 square feet of sidewalk at Independence Mall in Philadelphia, the largest project the company ever completed. They also won a prestigious Tucker Design Award for the Lily Lake Residence project in 2010. Of the company’s 30 employees, 20 are master craftsmen.

Most of the processes are done by hand, including polishing and packaging. “Packaging is a key part to our success along with “new ideas” created by all employees,” Butch said. Customer and employee appreciation for stone is what allowed the company to prosper in its over 40-year history. “Watching our employees and quarrymen and their families grow with the love they have for stone and the reward they get on finished projects is very fulfilling,” said Butch. “Our customer appreciation is the reason we continue to supply the most diversified bluestone product line in the industry. Our community and county have always supported us as we have supported them with many projects. Our reward is to drive by these projects that display our craftsmanship for many years to come.” Contact: 570-465-7200 H –Matthew Jellock

Wayne Bank at The Greater Pocono Home and Outdoor Living Show the newly expanded exhibit space at Kalahari and can’t wait to speak with attendees who are looking to buy or build a home or finance home improvement and renovation projects. Our local managers, mortgage originators, and customer service staff will be on hand to answer questions and provide information.

ayne Bank will once again be exhibiting at the Greater Pocono Home and Outdoor Living Show on March 28-29 at Kalahari Resort and Convention Center. The show will run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on March 28, and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on March 29.


Wayne Bank will be exhibiting in booth 215 and will offer the opportunity to enter to win a $75 gift certificate to the grand buffet at The Stroudsmoor Country Inn. There is no purchase necessary to enter or win, attendees are simply required to fill out a contest entry form at Wayne Bank’s booth during the show.


“This is the eighth year that we’ve been an exhibitor at The Greater Pocono Home and Outdoor Living Show,” said Wayne Bank Assistant Vice President and Effort Community Office Manager, Doug Atherton. “We are really looking forward to this year’s show in Wayne Bank is a subsidiary of Norwood Financial Corp., Member FDIC, Equal Housing Lender, NMLS #462082, and is located in Honesdale, Pennsylvania. The Bank has 27 Community Offices serving Wayne, Pike, Monroe, Lackawanna, and Luzerne Counties in Pennsylvania, along with Delaware and Sullivan Counties in New York State. The stock trades on the NASDAQ Global Market under the symbol— NWFL. H

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n spite of being an American of Irish-Polish descent I always wondered why Irish-Americans yearn for Ireland.

I’ve seen older, American-born Irish get downright tearful when they spoke of the Irish troubles and Ireland’s distaste 22

and distrust of England. What fascinates me is that many of their ancestors left Ireland because of dire poverty and starvation. However, notwithstanding the awful struggles of their lives in Ireland, they carried a love of their homeland to America.

I’ve always related to my Polish side more than the Irish, much to my late dad’s chagrin. Probably because my mother often spoke about her parents who emigrated from the “old country.” I knew what her mom did as a child and remember how much my March 2020

All about the saint, the

tradition, and being Irish By Christine Fanning

Babcia loved me. Also, as a champion of the underdog I admired the maligned but hardy Polish. So, I was surprised when I read this: “Celebrated on March 17, the national holiday of Ireland is extremely popular not only on the Green Island, but March 2020

around the world. In Poland as well, St. Patrick's Day is one of the most celebrated foreign traditions. The cult (defined: a system of religious veneration and devotion) of Saint Patrick, associated with the activities of the Catholic Church, is increasing in popularity.” (

saint-patrick-and-poland) Irish immigrants spread St. Patrick’s cult across North America and Australia. In Poland, St. Patrick enjoys much reverence, not only because of the long-standing Polish-Irish friendship. He is often compared to St. 23

captivity in Tours, France. During his short captivity within France, Patrick learned about French monasticism. At the end of his second captivity, Patrick had a vision of Victoricus, later a Christian martyr, giving him the mission of bringing Christianity to Ireland. After becoming a priest, Patrick returned to Ireland and, using the knowledge of Irish language and culture that he had gained during his first captivity, brought Christianity and monasticism to Ireland in the form of more than 300 churches and over 100,000 Irish baptized. Legends Abound A traditional story credits Patrick with using the three-leafed shamrock as a visual aid when explaining the mystery of the holy Trinity. The shamrock has since become a symbol for St. Patrick’s Day.

Adalbert (Wojciech), a missionary and the patron saint of Poland, who was not a Pole – just as Patrick was not Irish. St. Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland. He was a Christian missionary credited with converting Ireland to Christianity in the 5th Century. Folk stories breathe life into his legend and not everything written about him is true. His real name is believed to be Maewyn Succat and he took the name Patrick upon becoming a priest.

graphical Confession of Patrick, when he was about 16, he was captured by Irish pirates from his home in Britain and taken as a slave to Ireland, where he looked after animals. He lived there for six years before escaping and returning to his family. Supposedly, on his way back to Britain, Patrick was captured again and spent 60 days in

As early as the 8th century, Patrick is said to have banished all snakes from Ireland. The earliest written record of Patrick ridding Ireland of poisonous snakes date to the 13th century by Gerald of Wales, a writer and historian, who expressed doubt about the truth of the story. A more familiar account is given by Jocelyn of Furness, who said Patrick chased the snakes into the sea after they attacked him during his 40-day fast atop a hill.

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However, evidence suggests that post-glacial Ireland never had snakes. The snakes, may have been a figure of speech for the druids, whom Patrick is said to have driven out of Ireland when he established Christianity there. (von Fleischer, Aylmer (2015). Megalith: The Black Builders of Stonehenge, p. 75). Patrick appears in many tales in the Irish oral tradition and there are many customs connected with his feast day on March 17. The fullness of the Saint Patrick figure has many parts extending from the beginning of Christianity in Ireland to an identity that encompasses everything Irish. In some portrayals, the saint is symbolically synonymous with the Christian religion and there is also evidence of a combination with Irish national identity. Later on, the saint becomes associated specifically with Catholic Ireland and Irish patriotism – along with the color green and the shamrock.

Saint Patrick's Day celebrations include many traditions. Drinking alcoholic beverages, for one, arose from the tradition to honor the saint on the anniversary of his death. Christians held a great feast for which Lenten food and alcohol restrictions were temporarily removed, which is why drinking has become synonymous with the holiday. Today, that tradition remains, as some Catholic people choose to cast aside Lent restrictions just for St. Patrick's Day. As the years passed, St. Patrick’s Day became less about the man and more about general Irish traditions, culture and history. In the 1840s, the tradition reached America when thousands upon thousands of Irish people who had emigrated to America to escape the potato famine of the time held a massive St. Patrick's Day parade. Since then, the American people have embraced the holiday, continuing to add their own takes on its ever-evolving traditions.

If you attend any St. Patrick's Day celebration, you can expect to see the majority of revelers decked out in their finest green outfits. While some may think the green is simply a reference to Ireland's famous rolling green hills, the color actually stems from another iconic St. Patrick's Day symbol—the shamrock. Celebrators wear shamrocks on their clothing in honor of Saint Patrick, and eventually that tradition evolved into wearing green as well. The largest St. Patrick's Day Parades are Chicago, since 1843, with more than two million spectators; New York City, since 1756, tied with Chicago; Savannah, Georgia, more than 400,000 spectators. The St. Patrick’s Parade Day in Scranton is one of the largest parades in NEPA. This year it will be held on March 14. H –Christine Langan Fanning

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Jeanne Genzlinger The Settlers Inn Jeanne Genzlinger is a founding partner of The Settlers Inn, in Hawley, PA. The Genzlingers added the Sayre Mansion in Bethlehem to their portfolio followed by Cocoon Coffee House, Ledges Hotel and Silver Birches Resort that now all comprise the Settlers Hospitality Group. Jeanne is a past president of the Pocono Mountain Visitors Bureau, a former board member of the Pennsylvania Travel Council and Select Registry, a past president of the Lake Region Chamber of Commerce and the Downtown Hawley Partnership, where she is currently a member of the board. She has served and continues to serve on many additional boards as well. What led to your initial involvement in the hospitality/dining industry? An opportunity to open a restaurant with several friends 42 years ago. We had all been working together and took a chance. I have never looked back. How have the needs, wants and desires of guests changed over the past few decades? Guests are more discerning. They are able to check multiple resources and reviews and there are many more opportunities to try other experiences. With social media and the Internet, the competition is endless, hence the need to be excellent. What is the best advice for 38

the board level, along with equal pay. How you have mastered challenges? Never give up. Learn from mistakes. What lessons are critical for young women to learn? Self confidence. Kindness. Adaptability. Learn from failures but don’t get discouraged. Lead by example.

women in business about the need to change and adapt? Become a lifelong learner. There will always be a new theory or technology to adapt to. Have a good networking group. When you travel around the world, what impresses you most? Quality, consistency, sense of place, authenticity, innovation. What have you learned throughout your long and successful career that you wish you knew earlier? To be a more active listener and to be more patient. Don’t sweat the small stuff! What areas need the most work with regard to women in business? Women have more opportunities than ever before but there is still more work to be done such as more representation in management and at

What do you enjoy most about your life right now? Being active and engaged and doing what I want to do, not have to do. Sum up your career with one motto: Failure is not an option. What is on your bucket list? Continue to be a lifelong learner, experiential travel, be a role model, mentor, and resource for younger people in our industry. Personal: Hawley is a small town where I have been active in the revitalization efforts for many years. My husband Grant and I have three children. Carrie is the director of quality assurance for Select Registry. Janna is a charter school administrator in Brooklyn. Justin is the CEO of Settlers Hospitality Group. We have five teenage grand children and two dogs. What is the best book you have read this year? Overstory H March 2020

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Mary Walsh Dempsey Ufberg & Associates loyal and trusted employee is worth his/her weight in gold. I also like employees that are fluid; those who can go with the flow and think outside of the box.

Describe your specific area of law. My focus has primarily been on litigation with a concentration on Labor and Employment Law. However, over my 29 year career in law, I practiced in many diverse areas, including personal injury, workers compensation, social security disability, premises liability, class action law and municipal law. I also did a short stint at the Lackawanna County District Attorney’s office.

What led you to pursue a seat on Scranton City Council?

What led you to law school? I knew since fifth grade that I wanted to be a lawyer. I always possessed an inherent commitment to the principles of justice. I always considered the practice of law to be a “calling” for me in order to serve others. When most people need a lawyer, they are at a low or difficult point in their lives and it is a privilege and an honor each time a client selects me to guide them during a challenging time. What is your inspiration? I try to think about my life as one of service to others. I am extremely conscious when I make any decision, that I am acting as a role model for my children. It is also important to me, personally and professionally, to always treat others as I would like to be treated. I think of this often when I have a case with another attorney. While I may be in an oppositional situation as part of my job, I can still choose to treat others with respect and dignity and maintain a personal commitment to the Golden Rule. I think civility and professionalism are especially meaningful in today’s world. What advancements have you witnessed with regard to women’s rights within the workplace? 40

When I first started practicing law 29 years ago there was not as large a number of female lawyers or judges as there is now. It was not uncommon for me to enter the courtroom , and be the only woman in the room. Thankfully, that is not the case anymore. Also, I now see more women in leadership roles. Finally, I have benefited from this practice as well. There is more of a commitment to flexible work arrangements that allow women to protect their interests and remain relevant in the workplace while also permitting them to fulfill their unrivaled commitment to parenting and to their families. What are the top skills that employers need the most today? In contrast, what are employers’ biggest challenges? I advise employers every day, and one of the biggest challenges is capably building and maintaining a diverse, engaged and inclusive workforce, while at the same time maintaining compliance and sustaining profitability. A top skill is loyalty. Generally, I can train a good employee to my liking in terms of skills and tasks, but to me, loyalty is innate; you either have it or you don’t; a

At the time I submitted my application to City Council, the issues with corruption in the city were recent and widely known. It was very alarming to me that this happened in our city. One day it dawned on me, I can continue to drive myself crazy “thinking” about the corruption or I can do something proactive. At that moment I knew I had to apply for the seat because if I was going to talk the talk, then I had to walk the walk. What have you learned from this experience? I truly learned how much hard work and commitment goes into a life of public service especially if you want to do it the right way and excel at it. I also learned a tremendous amount about the city in terms of its financial structure, infrastructure, work sharing agreements, grants, facilities, services, nonprofits, taxation, city departments and city employees. I loved connecting with citizens who came to our Council meetings. How do you handle challenges? I rely on the three F’s - Faith, Family and Friends - in that order. Also, for the most part I try to remind myself that no matter what happens, tomorrow, the sun is still going rise in the morning and set at night.This really helps me to put things into perspective. Obviously, some challenges are more difficult or daunting than others, and some legitimately take more time to heal from, or work through than others, but March 2020

resiliency is an underestimated quality! What are your hopes/goals for Scranton during the next decade?

against wrongs including Martin Luther King and Rosa Parks. I also love normal, everyday citizens who make a difference with little or no fanfare.

Increased integrity, accountability Where are you the most content? and transparency. The City must maintain financial stability as we Lake Ariel, Pa. and Cape May, NJ. I prepare to exit Act 47. Also, while it also love to be around or holding is easier said than done, the City babies. needs a fair taxing structure. I would What is on your bucket list, perlike to see larger companies consid- sonal or professional? er Scranton as a home base in order to provide (L to R) Mary, Dorothy, Clare, Jamie, Abigail – additional job opportuniTuscany wine country in Italy ties. I am also a big believer in committing to, and protecting, the safety, aesthetic and beautification of our neighborhoods. What do you wish younger women could learn earlier that could possibly lead them toward successful lives/careers? To me, confidence is the #1 attribute and I think for most people, including me, it takes time to develop. I saw a great quote, “If it excites you and scares you at the same time, it might be a good thing to try.” (Nikhat Siddiqui) I think there is a tendency to “play it safe” or to be content with being successful but “behind the scenes.” I want younger women to embrace their successes right from the start. I recently read a book on “imposter syndrome” and I think that imposter syndrome is very real, especially with women. I want younger women to avoid that tendency right from the start and know their inherent worth from day one. Who do you consider to be a “visionary?” I am a big believer that all people are created equal and deserve equal treatment under the law. I am drawn to individuals who speak up March 2020

their generosity during this year. It is also the 50th Anniversary of our “Red Mass” and I am eager to highlight this event as well. I am also very active with the Green Ridge Neighborhood Association, a grass roots neighborhood organization. Are you a native of the region? Tell us about your family. I was raised in Scranton. My parents, Tom and Sally Walsh, live one block away from me in Green Ridge. My parents were always a great help in raising my children but especially after my husband, Jim Dempsey, passed away suddenly in 2010. My son, Jamie, 26, works at Fidelity Bank and my daughter Abigail, 25, works at Goodwill Industries. Clare, 21, is a junior at St. Joesph’s University. I consider my niece, Dorothy Walsh, 14, a daughter as well. Dorothy’s Mom, (my sister, Erin Walsh) recently passed away after a batter with kidney disease. We all remain committed to organ donation as Erin benefited from a cadaver donor 30 years ago. What accomplishment makes you most proud?

I just checked a few items, recently returning from the Westminster Dog Show which was a blast. I always wanted to visit Italy and we spent two weeks there in the fall since my daughter was studying in Florence. The next three on my list are the Superbowl, the Greek Isles and the Metropolitan Opera. What should our readers know about you and your career? I am honored that I was elected to serve as president of the Lackawanna Bar, making me the sixth female president. This is the organization’s 130th Anniversary. Attorneys are an integral part of our community and give back in so many ways; I am hoping to highlight

Over a decade ago, I had an oral argument with the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania. Candidly, I had forgotten about the argument, until about three years ago, a colleague called me and told me he was sitting in a continuing legal education course for lawyers and the Commonwealth Court Judge(s) had chosen my oral argument as an example of effective appellate advocacy in a course for lawyers entitled “Advanced Appellate Advocacy.” I was honored, that they would select this oral argument for inclusion on best practices for fellow lawyers and judges. H


Compliments of JoAnn Marianelli Finnerty/ Bella Faccias

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Slow Cooker Irish Stew Ingredients:

1 tablespoon olive oil 2 1/2 pounds of well-marbled chuck beef stew meat, cut into 1 ½ inch chunks salt and pepper to taste 1 onion diced 2 teaspoons minced garlic 1 pound small yellow potatoes halved 4 carrots halved and sliced into 1 inch chunks (I use baby carrots) 3 cups beef broth 3 tablespoons tomato paste 1 teaspoon dried thyme 1 bay leaf 1 cup frozen peas 3 tablespoons flour 2 tablespoons chopped parsley



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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Brown Hill Farms

Sunflower Trails Brown Hill Farms in Wyoming County is perched high atop a hill with some of the most breathtaking scenery in Northeastern PA. Mark your calendar now, for the first two weeks in August when the sunflower fields come to life. The Endless Mountains create the perfect backdrop for the sea of sunflowers that the farm now boasts each year, bringing visitors from as far away as Hershey and Syracuse. Brown Hill Farms opened to the public in the fall of 2017 with its inaugural season of the pumpkin patch, and all its accompanying activities. With an increasing interest in their sunflower fields the Browns decided to open them up to the public in 2018. While the public may just be finding out about the attractions, the farm itself has been operating since 1868! It is currently operated by three generations, including Philip, Scott and Jacob Brown. The Browns started growing sunflowers in 2005 alongside their other crops of corn, soybeans and vegetables to fill a need at a local feed mill. Acres of sunflowers, nearly 20, are grown each year, harvested and then sold locally at Ross Feeds, located in Hop Bottom and Kingsley Pa. The sunflowers are dried in the field, combined and shipped to Ross Feeds, where they cleaned, bagged and put on the shelves during the


Jacob, Michele, Scot farming at Brow t, Janet and Philip Brown; th ree generations n Hill Farms

winter months. The sunflower seeds are sold in ten and 40 pound bags. Visitors to the farms enjoy walking the trails through the numerous fields of sunflowers, cutting their own flowers and interacting with the farm animals. The cutting field features over 20 varieties of Sunflowers. Professional and amateur photographers are welcome during regular operating hours. Early morning photographing and sunset yoga are also on the agenda for 2020, and a few more surprises. A concession trailer, serving food raised on the farm, such as their own beef burgers, corn on the cobb and fresh cut fries is also on site. Bloom reports are updated on facebook, instagram and Ultimately mother nature predicts their opening day, but they aim for early August and expect the blooms to last for two weeks. Standard hours for the sunflower trail are: M-F, 3-8 p.m.; Sat. 10-6 p.m.; Sun. Noon-6 p.m. Verify website for current hours and pricing. H

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Laura Ducceschi Scranton Area Foundation Laura Ducceschi has served as the President and CEO of the Scranton Area Foundation for the past eight years. During this time she has expanded the organization from a foundation with $24 million in assets in 2012, to its current size of $40 million in assets, plus two additional charitable foundations under management totaling an additional $30 million. In addition to her experience-rich career, her impressive educational background includes degrees from the University of Pennsylvania, Drexel and The University of Scranton. After living in the Philadelphia area for 15 years, she returned to the region eight years ago and purchased a home in the same neighborhood in which she grew up. What drives your passion toward continuing education? I have always loved learning. I think that it stems from how I was raised, with a strong focus on curiosity, including visits to the library every Saturday while growing up, where I was only limited by the amount of books I could carry! This year, I finished my CAP certification as well as a certificate in Change Management from Cornell University, both for different reasons, but both practical ones. Change Management I 46

believe is important from an organizational perspective because organizations are continually evolving and we need to be able to effectively manage that change. Plus, the community foundation model, of which the Scranton Area Community Foundation is one, has the important role of a community change agent, so this type of training helps me fulfill our mission. I love challenging myself to learn new ways to innovate and expand on the quality of my own work, and that of my team’s. The Women In Philanthropy Initiative, which began six years ago was initiated under your leadership. Tell us about developments that have resulted. This past year, WIP launched

the Building Confident Smiles initiative with Scranton Primary Health, which focuses on providing restorative dental care for 25 women who are uninsured and underinsured but who are trying to advance themselves economically and grow their confidence but are facing barriers. We learned that restorative dental care is a real need for many women who are trying to improve their economic status, and since we launched the program, the response has been significant. We also had 15 additional graduates of the WIP Matched Savings program where women receive a $1 for $1 match up to $2,500 to save toward the purchase of a home or rental costs, automobile, education, health care or business needs, totaling 36 graduates who have received matching funds. Also, we are supporting scholarships for five students participating in the Level Up program which enables students at Scranton and Riverside School district who are interested in the STEAM fields to receive an Associate’s degree through Lackawanna College before they graduate high school. We are also continuing to provide microloan support to help launch women-owned businesses. March 2020

What is one thing that you wish you could change about very young women and their character or strength development that could lead to their future ability to succeed in life? I think that it helps to have exposure to role models that illustrate the possibilities to which young women can aspire. I also think that we need to work on building up confidence in girls and young

to peer pressure or follow the crowd; and to be able to envision career opportunities available to them and the steps they should take to get there. Looking ahead at the new decade before us, what is your overall hope and goals for Scranton and the region? I hope we can continue to provide quality opportunities that incentivize folks who have left the Scranton region the opportunity to return. I would love to see additional growth and economic development opportunities so that we can entice and encourage current and future generations. What quote have you adopted this past year? “You need to have faith in yourself. Be brave and take risks. You don’t have to have it all figured out to move forward.” Roy T. Bennett

women, so that they can see their value and capabilities, and can recognize the opportunities that are available to them. We know that unfortunately not every child has access to positive role models in their lives, so I believe we need to increase our focus and investment in programs and initiatives that provide this. I believe that valuable lessons in building confidence would include teaching them to forge their own unique path; to not feel the need to bend

What are the top skills that you look for in an employee/ team member? An individual that works well with others and who has good interpersonal skills; a bright, intelligent person who can think out of the box; someone with the passion and drive to work with the rest of the team to make our region a better place. Provide advice about living a well-balanced life: I certainly have not mastered this yet, and I am constantly working on it. I think it depends on what your idea of balance is, and what it looks

like to you. I have started to calendar what feels like a balance to me, whether it means making it a priority to spend quality time with loved ones; making time for exercise and preparing healthy food; blocking off some time to enjoy interests and hobbies, or just to read with a great cup of coffee! It’s still an effort for me to achieve balance. How do you approach challenges? When possible, I approach challenges head on, without procrastinating. I think it comes down to a combination of being confident in your decisions, but also taking the time to be prepared and knowledgable so that you can make informed decisions. And having faith is important to me as well. When/where are you the most happy? I’m most happy in three scenarios: when I am spending time with family; when I feel that I am making a real difference for others in something through my work; and when I am spending time with my rescued pets. I am an animal lover, and they get a lot of my free time! I also love a sunny summer day, with the rare situation where there is nothing on the agenda, and I can indulge in some of my interests like gardening, or taking a long walk. What would like our readers to know about what you do at the Scranton Area Foundation? It’s very rewarding to have the opportunity to connect caring, charitably-minded people to causes that they care about through philanthropy, and to see the positive impact of that generosity on our region. H 47

D Coney Island Lunch A Scranton tradition since 1923. Taste the Texas Wieners and Texas Hamburgers that made us famous. Serving homemade soups, old-fashioned rice pudding and chili-con-carne. Enjoy our legendary chili sauce, created from a closely-guarded family recipe, eat in or take it out. Closed Monday. TuesdaySunday Open 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. 515 Lackawanna Ave., Scranton. 570-961-9004. Cooper’s Restaurant See ad page 51 Failtes Steakhouse Traditional 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 11 a.m. Sunday Brunch 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Great Steaks, fresh seafood, salads, burgers and lots more! 1492 Route 739, Dingmans Ferry, PA. 570-828-6505.


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A local family owned restaurant serving classic American diner fare for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Marie’s is well known for their homemade comfort food, using recipes from Marie’s own family. Enjoy eat in or take out. Open 7 days a week Sunday 7 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday- Thursday 6 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and Friday and Saturday 6 a.m.-8 p.m. Located at 207 McAlpine St. Duryea, PA (570) 457-5500. Mendicino’s Pizza & Family Restaurant Serving our community for over 30 years, our menu includes Italian favorites, hoagies, pizza & pasta! Daily lunch and dinner specials. Live music in our lounge area every Friday. (Must be 21 to be seated in the lounge). Banquet room is perfect for your next meeting or special event. Open daily at 11a.m. Closed Sundays. Located in the ShopRite Complex, Covington Twp. 570-842-2070

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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 Wandering Hen Café and Market A farm to table café and market that offers a unique breakfast and lunch dining experience not found elsewhere in the region. Only the finest ingredients and best local food is used; local farmers, producers and gourmet artisans also have products available for sale. Experience the beauty and the simplicity of real farm, nutrient dense food! 305 Penn Ave., Scranton, PA. 570-955-0077. @thewanderinghencafe/#henonpen H

This is a quick a nd easy green cake just in time for St. Patrick’s Day ! Compliments of JoAnn Marianelli Finnerty, Bella Faccias

Cake Ingredients 1 pkg of yellow cake mix (15.25 oz) 1 pkg of instant pistachio pudding (small box-3.4 oz) 4 eggs 1 cup of sour cream ½ cup of oil ½ tsp of almond extract Filling Ingredients ¾ cup white granulated sugar 2 tsp ground cinnamon 1 cup of finely chopped nuts (pistachio or walnuts) March 2020

Directions: 1. Spray bundt pan with nonstick spray. 2. Beat all cake ingredients at medium speed for 2 minutes. 3. Mix filling ingredients together. 4. Pour 1/3 of the batter into 10 inch bundt or tube pan. Sprinkle half of the sugar/nut mixture in center of batter making sure that mixture doesn’t touch pan (it may stick to pan during baking and not release out of pan when you invert cake). Repeat next layer and top with remaining batter. 5. Bake at 350 degrees for approximately 50 minutes (oven temperatures vary) or until center springs back when lightly touched and toothpick is dry when inserted in cake. 6. Cool 15-20 minutes before removing from pan. You can leave cake plain, sift top of cake with powdered sugar, or pour glaze over it. For a quick glaze, combine 1 cup of powdered sugar, 2-3 tbsp of milk, ½ tsp of almond extract and ¼ tsp of ground cinnamon. Mix until smooth and pour over cooled cake. You can add chopped pistachio nuts over icing for decoration (optional). Buon Appetito!


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t has been said that “The Best Stories are like the Best Burgers: Big, Juicy, and Messy.”

Hamburgers became popular in 17th century Germany following the creation of the Hamburg steak, appropriately named for the city of Hamburg. Multiple stories exist about the debut of the prototype hamburger (a bread sandwich with ground beef substituted for pork) in America, dating back to the 1870s. However, it is claimed that the modern hamburgers first appeared in America in 1900, when a Danish man named Louis Lassen opened a food stand in New Haven, Connecticut.

Cooper’s Don’t be afraid to get a little saucy. The Rodeo Burger is a thick, one half pound, fresh ground, grilled burger, Jack Daniels® BBQ sauce, American cheese and onion rings. WOW!!

Marie’s Diner Kick start the New Year’s Resolution with our waist friendly no bun burger. Grilled Turkey Burger mixed with oats on a baked sweet potato pancake served on a bed of spinach with roasted pear and avocado drizzled with balsamic vinegar.

The Settlers Inn The Settlers Inn features their weekly Burger & Brew for only $10. Their grilled half pound burger is from sustainably raised cattle and paired with hand cut fries and a draft beer. It's the perfect way to spend a Tuesday night.

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Bridal Guide

Brandon & Lindsay Gifford Kromko Photo: Julie Jordan


Lindsay Gifford


Brandon Kromko

indsay and Brandon dated for five years before becoming engaged. They initially met though Lindsey’s best friend, Victoria, who worked at Taco Bell, a frequent high school spot among Brandon and his friends. The couple recalls their first date at Kyoto Restaurant as well as many subsequent restaurant dates where Brandon, who is a chef, would critique the food! The couple is known to be an outgoing and funny duo who enjoy time with their families. Fun times together include attending car shows, (Brandon’s favorite) or shopping, (Lindsay’s speciality.) Their personalities complement each other with Brandon being very easy going and adventurous while Lindsay, in comparison is more timid with activities. But, from parasailing, to zip lining or riding roller coasters, Brandon has taken Lindsay well outside her comfort zone. The couple’s engagement took place on July 18, 2017 in Jamaica. Brandon had hired a professional to take photographs of the couple in various locations around the island, which didn’t phase Lindsay at all because it was part of his normal character. But, when Brandon got down on one knee with the Jamaican sunset in the background, Lindsay was certainly surprised. The couple married on June 22, 2019 in Our Lady of the Snows Church. A reception for 150 guests followed at Constantino’s Catering in Clarks Summit. The summer decor included neutral tones with white and pops of pink flowers, a lot of greenery and gold accents. Debbie Colarossi from Vie Event Designs, worked with the couple, and Brandon’s mother, Bobbie to create a fairytale day - from balloon archways, to crystal candelabras and all the little, special details in between. Honoring family played an important role. Brandon’s sister, Kristyn, passed away years prior and so to memorialize her, a lifesize, cardboard piano and bench with pictures was displayed. They also included a special memory frame with Kristyn and other loved ones the couple had lost along the way. Lindsay paid tribute to the close bond she shares with her mother by displaying a handwritten poem, along with her mother’s wedding gown which had been worn 36 years earlier. The couple entered the reception to fireworks. Their first choreographed dance, to the song Say You Won’t Let Go by James Arthur, included an illusion that made it appear Photos: Julie Jordan Photography


that the couple was floating on clouds. Two grand waterfalls, lit by pink lights and cascading hydrangeas surrounded the couple’s table. Two grand ice sculptures were displayed, one of which included two monogrammed swans. Daddy O and the Sax Maniacs had guests dancing all night. Lindsay and Brandon honeymooned in St. Luca and reside in Clarks Summit. Brandon is a chef manager and food service director for METZ Culinary. Lindsay is a Registered Nurse at Moses Taylor Hospital. Lindsay and Brandon plan to travel more and ultimately have a family, fostering the same close relationships with their children that they enjoy with their parents. H –Melissa Hayhoe

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Stephanie Rose Shehadi


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tephanie Shehadi and Elijah Londo recall their first date as a Sunday walk through Nay Aug Park in Scranton. They each brought their dogs, both of whom are Labs. Although they met in high school, they didn’t connect until later, at a night out with friends. The couple immediately became inseparable and enjoyed finding new activities and new places to go together. A defining moment came when Eli was offered a special project in Alabama. It was early in their relationship, but they both knew it was a big opportunity. Stephanie hardly hesitated, and said “I’m coming with you.” Their favorite pastimes became hiking, biking, working out and cooking. While the couple's interests are similar, they have different personalities. Eli is more laid-back, where Stephanie has energetic passion. They strive to be better everyday for each other, their families and their future family. They feel that they bring out the best in each other, and that they are stronger together, as a couple. After two years of dating, Eli proposed to Stephanie on August 18, 2017 at the Botanical Garden in Huntsville, Alabama. Eli’s plans were initially derailed when one of their dogs had a small emergency but it resolved and he was still able to propose. The couple’s entire immediate Continued on Page 60


family travelled to Huntsville to celebrate. The wedding was held on June 1, 2019 at Skytop Lodge. (An anniversary date now shared with Stephanies’ Grandparents, George and Mary Yontas.) The ceremony was held at Skytop's Formal Garden and the reception took place inside the Lodge, overlooking the gardens. Although rain was forecast for the

exact hour of the ceremony, the skies cleared and it turned out to be a beautiful, sunny day. Stephanie's brother, Jim, walked her down the aisle filling in for their late father. During her walk, her dress became snagged on a rock. But a friend came to her aid, and she continued down the aisle. The couple's friend, Zach, was the officiant, providing a very personal touch. Bible readings, poems and a mixing of wine all made the ceremony unique to the couple. A large bridal party of close friends and siblings supported the couple.

planned for a full honeymoon. The couple resides in Philadelphia where the groom is Director of Analytics for Ethos Therapy Solutions and the bride is a Physician’s Assistant for AFC Urgent Care. The couple grew up in the North Pocono community. H –Melissa Hayhoe

A “mini-moon” to South Carolina, with a stop in Myrtle Beach and Charleston was enjoyed by the couple. A trip to Bali is Photos: Mindy Lipcavage 60

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Education • Doctor of Nursing Practice degree, Frontier Nursing University, Hyden, KY • Master of Science degree in nursing/nurse-midwifery, Frontier Nursing University, Hyden, KY

Who inspires you? My daughter Ellie, who fights everyday against a genetic epilepsy and is still the happiest, most loving human I have ever met. She spreads joy to everyone she comes in contact with.

• Bachelor of Science degree in nursing, Penn State University • Associate Degree in nursing, Luzerne County Community College As a certified nurse midwife, Christina provides prenatal and intrapartum care to expectant mothers and facilitates births at the New Beginnings Birthing Suites of Wayne Memorial Hospital. What prompted you to begin the peer support group, Stronger Together? Women within the community voiced their desire for a support group during their appointments with me. Stronger Together was created to fulfill this request. We had our kick off meeting in January and have monthly meetings planned through the end of the year focusing on a variety of topics such as depression and coping skills, assault awareness and caregiver support. Our support group has reached so many women in our community. We all have learned helpful information, gained hope and realized that we are not alone. It is incredibly powerful to watch women come together and share their journeys and life les66

sons in support of each other. What led you to your particular speciality? I initially thought I wanted to be an OB/GYN and while shadowing an infertility specialist, I witnessed a birth attended by a midwife; it was life changing. How does a midwife differ from a labor and delivery nurse? A labor and delivery nurse will help support moms and babies during birth. A midwife will manage a woman's pregnancy, labor, birth, postpartum period and then can continue to help manage healthcare throughout her life span - including preconception, pap smears, birth control, menopause, mammograms, etc. A midwife must have a minimum of a master's degree in nursing. They receive

How do you strive to be an inspiration to others? I just do my best every day. I try to be the best mother, wife, midwife and friend. I try to be a living example that it is never too late to chase your dreams and that all things are possible if you believe in yourself. As a mother of five children, what is your best parenting advice? My children range in age from 5-18 years, and it has passed in the blink of an eye. My best advice is to cherish every moment and always remember that your job is to be their parent and to prepare them to be able to survive our world. Let them make mistakes. Encourage their curiosity. Nurture their innocence and always show up! Advice for balancing career and family? I think when you do what you love it doesn't really feel like work. My "career" really is my March 2020

passion and therefore I share it with my family every day. I am proud to show my children how much I love my job and how important it is to honor your commitments and have a strong work ethic. I hope this helps to motivate

them to chase their dreams and love their jobs as much as I love mine. My husband Shawn is from the Scranton area and I am from the Lake Wallenpaupack Area. We enjoy area attractions and restaurants.

Personal When I was 26 I unexpectedly lost my greatest supporter, my dad. I held his hand until his heart stopped beating and in that moment I vowed to live every day and to always take the extra step. I am privileged to support and educate women through all phases of life. I believe that informed choice and shared decision making are vital to comprehensive healthcare. I encourage women to be their own healthcare advocate and trust their intuition and body. I specialize in caring for women. I believe in you and your body. I will honor your choices. I will laugh with you, cry with you and support you. I will always take the extra step for you and will always meet you where you're at. I am a midwife. H

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Cheryl Y. Boga Conductor & Director of Performance Music at The University of Scranton Cheryl Boga is Conductor & Director of Performance Music at The University of Scranton and founder and musical director of the World Premiere Composition Series there, now in its 37th year. During her nearly 40 years at Scranton, her responsibilities have expanded to include the University Bands, University Performance Choirs, University String Orchestra, University Small Instrumental Ensembles, University Guest Artist Series, World Premiere Composition Series, The Nelhybel Collection, and The Scranton Brass Orchestra.

Catalano, sponsored me for the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association festivals. At those festivals, I was exposed to a range and quality of music-making that I would not have otherwise encountered and fell in love with it.

What led to your long and celebrated career in music?

How do you view today’s role of music in our society?

My dad was a fireman by vocation, a musician by avocation, with a club/wedding band called “The Novelaires.” I don’t remember a time when music wasn’t an important part of my life. Even when my parents were struggling to afford a new washer or tires for the car, making sure my brother and I always had good instruments was always a priority. My realization that music was going to be the only thing I could be happy doing for an entire lifetime started in high school when my teacher at West Scranton, Nick 68

ire, inspire our thoughts, and help us realize our common humanity. In these ways it brings people together, magnifying our similarities and lessening our differences, and helps us realize that the possibilities for humanity are constant and limitless. Do you find anything consistent about people who study music?

Music has a unique ability to bring people together. It serves as both a reflection and a catalyst for society, mirroring what is and expressing a desire for what could be. It deals with the commonalities in our humanity – the things that all people throughout time and the world have lived with, been affected by, and had the need to express, like love, sorrow, joy, yearning, grief, hope, and more. It can calm or incite our emotions, open our minds and hearts, boost our morale and lessen our

I absolutely do. Making music as part of an ensemble is a grand and immediate sensate lesson in the necessity of working together and finding compromise, a very real aural example that together we rise and together we fall. People who make music are usually good collaborators; learn early about how to strive for mastery and identify their deficiencies in pursuit of it; have a strong individual work ethic and use the results of that to help contribute to and elevate their common work with and for others; take direction well and at the same time learn how to be leaders. They learn to recognize, accept, and bridge the differences between what is and what could be; they are better able to analyze, interpret, and cope with complexity and are more adaptable to change; and they usually work very well with others. (And most of them are fun, too!) What are three of your favorite pieces of music? I’m not going be able to stop, March 2020

it was a mistake to try to answer this question! (see Cheryl’s list in her full interview at What is left on your bucket list? I would really like to develop my skills at singing some gospel and blues, and I never really played rock and roll as a teenager so I would like to play alto sax on some oldies rock. Which musicians inspire you the most?

appreciation for music at early ages? Fill your home and lives with music, sing and play with them from the earliest age, take them to concerts, and be a strong and constant advocate for them in demanding a solid and well-balanced music education program with performing opportunities in their schools. What was one of your most challenging performance experiences?

Association and the Pennsylvania Collegiate Bandmasters Association, who go above and beyond to provide opportunities to their students, and teach great musicianship by example, especially Frank Torquato, Wayne Smith, Adam Brennan, and our daughter Maggie. Also, our son Joseph and our dear friend Wycliffe Gordon (H. ’06), who are the most amazing musicians I know. What are your favorite aspects of Northeast PA?

Every single person I made music with really. Wycliffe Gordon inspires me every time he plays or sings a note. My clarinet teacher Leon Russianoff who taught me to trust my innate musicality; Vaclav Nelhybel who taught me how to wage psychological warfare on the podium and also not to ever be afraid of making a piece of music my own by worrying too much about what its composer might think; and my conducting teacher Rob Kapilow who taught me that good musical intentions won’t hide bad technique. Wynton Marsalis and his father Ellis provide not only endless musical inspiration, but also examples of hearts that burst forth with generosity of time and talent when they teach.

The first concert after my dad died was a tough one. He never missed a concert (and was a pain in the butt full of opinions after every one!) and was my biggest cheerleader in my growth and development throughout all stages of my musical life. It was so weird to know he would not be waiting backstage with his “review.” Also, a few years ago, one of my best friends and I both suffered unexpected health emergencies that left each of us not knowing if we would ever be able to play our instruments again. As it turned out, we both were able to return to playing, and the first concerts when we shared a stage and made music together after each of our “events” were among the most deeply emotional and gratitude filled moments I ever experienced, but it was really hard to play while sobbing like a hyena.

What do you wish more people realized about music?

What do you wish you knew earlier in your career?

Our concerts are free and open to the public, and many of them feature world-class guest artists. Information is available - I would love it if everyone who reads this article would come to a concert!

Nobody dies if you play a wrong note.

Do you have a favorite quote or life motto?

Who are your musical heroes?

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Everything (except the fact that I can’t order food delivery at 2 a.m. when I’m done doing my score study,) but most of all the people are the greatest. Our area has the most generous, appreciative, and supportive audiences anywhere. And I truly love The University of Scranton and the Scranton Jesuit Community– no one could ask for a better way to live their professional life and their faith at the same time. What should our readers know about the music programs at The University of Scranton?

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EVENTS We are pleased to invite you to a variety of lectures, cultural events and performances available as resources to our Scranton area neighbors. The University of Scranton is pleased to offer again. Academic Competitions and Programming for Elementary, Middle and High School Students: • April 3 – Computer Programming Contest for High School Students • April 4 – National History Day Competition – Region 2 • April 16 – Hayes high school physics and engineering competition • April 20 – High School Math Integration Bee • April 22 – Grades 7 to 12 Earth Day Essay Contest For information visit the K to 12 School Partnership Opportunities at:

March 6 » noon Schemel Forum Munley Law World Affairs Luncheon Series: “Navigating in an Uncertain World: Global Challenges, Populism and Brexit” presented by David Donoghue, Ph.D., Ireland’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, 2013-2017. • Fees Vary. Rose Room, Brennan Hall. Call 570-941-6206.

March 28 » 9:00 a.m. Preview Day for accepted students to The University of Scranton’s class of 2024. • Various locations on campus. Call 570-941-7540.

March 29 » 7:30 p.m. Performance Music presents “In Concert” featuring Mannes School of Music Brass Orchestra and The University of Scranton Concert Choir. • Free. Houlihan-McLean Center. Call 570-941-7624.

April 3 » 5:00 p.m. Book talk and signing with Colum McCann, author and founder of international story exchange organization Narrative 4, on his new book Apeirogon about the real-life friendship of Israelis and Palestinians united by loss. • Free. Moskovitz Theatre. Call 570-941-4419.

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he 30th annual Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest as presented by the Berks Arts Council will be held March 27-April 5 and features a slate of peerless performers befitting its remarkable run of excellence and longevity. Berks Jazz Fest will be epic in scope, talent and genres with a multiplicity of concerts throughout Berks County at venues ranging from small churches and clubs to the

guitarist Nick Colionne, vocalist Larry Braggs, bassist Brian Bromberg and saxophonist Euge Groove and the Berks Horms. The opening Night Concert on March 27 at 7 p.m. at the Santander Performing Arts Center showcases superstar saxophonist Chris Botti while multi-platinum-selling saxophonist Boney James performs on April 3 at 6 p.m. at the Scottish Rite Cathedral. Superstar multi-instrumentalist

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Berks Jazz Fest DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Reading, the Santander Performing Arts Center, the Miller Center for the Arts and the Scottish Rite Cathedral. Contemporary jazz, traditional jazz, pop, Chris Botti crossover, blues, funk, R&B, gospel and Brian Culbertson’s uniquely creative colThe XX Tour concert laborations will all be included. is the 30th When Berks Jazz Fest began Anniversary Finale with a few concerts over a on April 5, at 6 p.m. three-day weekend in 1991, it at the Scottish Rite Cathedral. was not conceivable that it Celebrating the Music of Stevie would grow into one of the of Wonder as he nears his 70th the premier jazz festivals on the birthday are Chris “Big Dog” East Coast. Davis, Rick Braun, Maysa, The 30th Anniversary All-Star Kimberly Brewer, Eric Darius, Celebration on March 28 at 6 Nick Colionne, Ragan Whiteside, p.m. at the Santander Glenn Jones, Art Sherrod Jr. and Performing Arts Center will see the DOXA Gospel Ensemble on such artists as trumpeter Rick April 4 at 1 p.m. Braun, guitarist Peter White saxDean Brown’s Summer of Love ophonist/vocalist Mindi Abair, 72

Maysa Evolution showcasing classic music from 1968-1972 is April 3 at 7 p.m. Brown has put together a dynamic array of artists for this concert. Bela Fleck, considered to be the world’s premier banjo player, and The Flecktones, will perform on March 29 at 6 p.m. The Brubeck Brothers Quartet will perform on April 4 at 7 p.m. For the complete festival lineup and ticket information, visit Through the creation and support of varying arts events, community collaborations and grants, the Berks Arts Council positively impacts cultural and econom-

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Celebrating Women of Achievement Bellefonte Art Museum, Centre County Main exhibition The art show, “Celebrating Our Women of Achievement,” honors 24 local women who are making important contributions to the region’s quality of life. The honorees will be given an original art work created for them by a local woman artist. The works will be on exhibition at the Bellefonte Art Museum for Centre County. Conjoint exhibition “Celebrating Your Women of Achievement” will be a growing exhibition to accompany the main collection of portraits. Personal photos of women celebrated by visitors will be added to a wall at the entrance to the exhibition. Visitors are encouraged to bring a photo of a woman they would like to celebrate, write their name on the photo and the photo will be added to wall of honorees. (Photos cannot be returned.) March 1 through April 26 Special Exhibition Gallery Opening reception, March 1 Noon to 4:30 p.m. The dedicated honorees demonstrate leadership, courage, creativity and the capacity to inspire. Fields of work represented include education, health care, environmental causes, social justice, local businesses and community service. Twenty-four women have been selected to be honored with a portrait created for them. The art works vary in style allowing the artists to create in the manner they prefer. Artists creating the 74

works include Manya S. Goldstein, Cecilia Rusnak, Pat Dolan, Marianne Fyda, Jennifer Tucker, Stacie Bird, Roxanne Naydan, Beverly Klucher, Nancy Brassington, Brienne Brown, Cinda Kostyak, Dotty Ford, Linda Hale, Joan Koester, Kitty Savel, Marty Edmunds, Wendy Snetsinger, Holly Fritchman, Jeanne StevensSollman, Cynthia Nixon and Melinda Curley. The exhibition is organized by the Bellefonte Art Museum for Centre County. The exhibition also provides much deserved recognition to the artists creating the portraits. Women have been and continue to be integral to the arts, however, until the last half of the twentieth century, women artists were excluded from museums, galleries and even text books! Times have changed and opportunities are available to women in any field they choose.This exhibition is a chance to focus on women’s achievements as well as appreciate the creative talents of regional women artists. The names of honorees will be made public in social and traditional media just before the opening of the exhibition, which is scheduled for Sunday, March 1, 2020. The Mimi Barash Coppersmith Women in Leadership Fund, Helen Fox and Company, Confer’s Jewelers, and the Pennsylvania Council of the

Arts have made contributions to help fund this exhibition. The Bellefonte Art Museum for Centre County is located in the Linn House. The house, built in 1810 of Trenton Limestone, is listed in the National American Buildings Survey and on the National Historic Registry. The historic home was residence to many individuals and families who contributed to the growth of Bellefonte, Centre County and Pennsylvania. Special Exhibitions Gallery including works from China, Vietnam, East Africa, Haiti, Japan, South America. An Artist Registry helps promote and exhibit art by 165+ local artists. H 814-355-4280 March 2020

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ear of the Vote: Gender, Politics, & Power," a yearlong event celebrating and recognizing the 100year anniversary of women receiving the right to vote will take place at Wilkes University’s Sordoni Art Gallery. "We're not only looking to the past and the hurdles we've already overcome, but we're looking to how far we have to go," said Heather Sincavage, assistant professor and director of the Sordoni Art Gallery. Each month the series will feature thematic lectures delivered by Wilkes professors across disciplines. It also will feature a discussion group in the gallery called "EqualiTEAs." The groups will continue the tradition set by suffragettes in which they would discuss women's issues over tea. Along with tea and baked goods, each discussion will also feature a creative activity.

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An open mic event, organized by Karley Stasko, volunteer and outreach coordinator of Sordoni Art Gallery, will also take place each month.

Discussion: Clothing and politics

The project is a collaborative interdisciplinary project of University faculty including Sincavage; Mia Briceno, associate professor of communication studies; Helen Davis, associate professor of English; Maria Grandinetti, associate professor of nursing; Andreea Maierean, assistant professor of political science; Jennifer Thomas and Ellen Newell, both associate professors of psychology; and Lisa Reynolds, assistant professor of Integrative Media.

Open mic/poetry slam: March 26 at 6 p.m.

The group will also release a monthly podcast titled "In the Kisser," featuring faculty members discussing women's issues. Involved professors include Lisa Reynolds, Mia Briceno. Ellen Newell, and Heather Sincavage. Kristen Rock of the Communication Studies department is producing the podcasts. Each event takes place in the Sordoni Art Gallery unless otherwise noted. All events are free to the public. The series will continue through the summer and into the fall semester. H 76

Lecture: March 12 at 4:30 p.m.- "Not Just Housewives: Women's Activism Before the 19th Amendment" by Amy Sopak-Joseph, assistant professor of history EqualiTEA: March 24 from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

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Endovascular Surgery Saves Lives and Limbs ground-breaking advancement in surgery occurred in 1990 when a pair of Argentinian surgeons successfully repaired a large aneurysm in the artery of a 70-yearold man’s abdomen. What made this surgery so significant is that they reached the aneurysm by making a small incision in the patient’s groin, threading a wire to the aneurysm and opening a graft inside the vessel diverting the blood flow away from the aneurysm. This restored the patient’s blood flow to the legs and prevented the risk that the artery would burst, causing him to bleed to death.

that you could ever repair a AAA using two tiny incisions and send the patient home the next day with two Band-Aids,” said Dr. Fisher. He envisions that within five years, patients will likely go home the same day.


The procedure, called an endovascular aneurysm repair (EVAR), is widely available today, including at local hospitals. At the time, however, it was trailblazing, ushering in a new era in vascular surgery, according to Dr. Jay Fisher, Medical Director of St. Luke’s University Health Network’s Vascular Center, and SLUHN network vascular laboratories.

type of surgery that uses very small incisions and long, thin tubes called catheters that are placed inside the vessel to repair it. It is an alternative to traditional or open surgery, where the surgeon cuts through the skin and muscle to reach the blockage. Years ago, open surgery was the only option to repair an abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA). Because of advancements in endovascular surgery, today open surgery is used in only about 25 percent of AAA repairs. Patients having open AAA repair stay in the hospital seven to 10 days.

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AAA repair is just one way that endovascular procedures have transformed cardiovascular surgery. Many people are familiar with some of the common heart procedures, such as cardiac catherization. It uses a tube inserted into a chamber or vessel of the heart for diagnostic and treatment purposes. Another more commonly known procedure is angioplasty, which uses a balloon-like device to widen a narrow or obstructed veins or arteries. Interventional cardiologists perform these procedures in the heart while vascular surgeons and interventional radiologists perform similar procedures in other areas of the body. To prevent stroke, endovascular surgery is used to open the carotid arteries, the two large arteries on each side of the face that supply oxygen rich blood to the neck, face, scalp and brain. Endovascular surgery is also March 2020

used to repair blocked vessels in the limbs, often averting amputation, especially in the lower legs and feet. Dr. Fisher and his colleagues stay current by reading journals, attending lectures and working with colleagues who have recently completed fellowships at leading teaching institutions. They show the longer practicing physicians the newest procedures. In turn, the recent graduates become proficient in performing open surgery by working with physicians experienced in these techniques. Endovascular physicians at St. Luke’s have access to a hybrid operating room, which combines the worlds of both advanced imaging and surgery into one operating room. When the Discovery IGS 730 Hybrid OR was installed at St. Luke’s University Hospital in Bethlehem in 2012, it was the first in the country. A second state-of-the-art hybrid OR from GE was also recently installed at St. Luke’s Allentown Campus. “At St. Luke’s we all work together,” said Dr. Fisher. “It is the best of both worlds. Everyone does what’s best for the patient.” H

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Glynis Johns Black Scranton Project Scranton, I was always “the only chocolate chip in the cookie dough” so to speak. I just wanted to be surrounded by black people and black culture, and leave Scranton forever. I chose to study sociology simply because it interested me deeply, and I appreciated the interdisciplinary nature of the field, because it allowed me to merge my love of photography, anthropology and science.

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Education: Ph.D. Student – African American History at Rutgers University M.A. Sociology, St. John’s University; B.A. Sociology, St. John’s University What was your catalyst for pursuing African American studies? I wanted to support my work with the Black Scranton Project. I want to work as a historian, archivist and curator. That requires rigorous, specialized training that I believe only a doctoral program can offer. Immersing myself in the field will allow me to bring my non-profit organization to new heights and further situate it as a valuable 80

and resourceful institution for the community. Why did you select the universities of Rutgers and St. John’s to study? I chose Rutgers University because many of the historians I admire either attended or were current faculty there; also, it offers the best program in the country for African American History. I like to say St. John’s found me. Before graduating from Scranton High School, I was determined to escape NEPA. I had my sights set on New York City; I had always dreamed of being a Brooklynite and living in a space that was predominately black. Being a black girl from

Who inspires you? I admire people who are unapologetic about their work, especially in nontraditional spaces; those who are not afraid to push boundaries. I am inspired by the students of the Scranton School District because I was once one and I know what it is like to be made invisible by the same people who are supposed to uplift and support. I want them to know I see them, and that they are capable and brilliant, regardless of what anyone around them is saying. They inspire me to create spaces I wish I had or never new I needed. SSD is in so much turmoil and the students and their needs seem to always be an afterthought— especially black and brown students. Others who inspire me are my mother, Sonia Morgan, my mentor, Dr. Natalie P. Byfield, my faculty at Rutgers University such as Dr. Erica Armstrong Dunbar and Deborah Gray White. What are your goals with regard to the black culture in the region? I am determined to establish a Black Cultural Center in the Scranton Area. Part of my ten year goal is to situate the Black Scranton Project as institution March 2020

What are your hopes for the economic development of the region? I hope to see more Blackowned entrepreneurs. I created a Black Owned Business directory that highlights the ones that I know of but I am always searching for more.

that is adjacent (or in partnership with) the Lackawanna Historical Society and the County Library system to make resources more accessible available. I want to create a recreational space where creatives can gather to share and celebrate their talents; a space to learn, interact and appreciate local black history.

Of what accomplishment are you most proud? I am still beaming over Are things improving raising the Pan-African for members of the Flag over City Hall in black community Scranton in honor of Chris Gooding, Glynis Johns, Travis Prince and Bettina Hobson regionally? Black History Month for Yes, but I believe it is a collective What prompted your the first time. I, and the Black effort that expends beyond the interest in art? Scranton Project, initiated this Black community; one that starts tradition in my hometown. I grew up in a family of artists. with moving away from stereoI’ve always enjoyed the art scene What is on your bucket list? types. We need to move away in Scranton, but disliked the lack Visit West Africa, Nigeria, Ghana, from the notion that “black peoof diversity in the galleries. So I Liberia and Sierra Leone. H ple are not from NEPA” and that decided to create my own shows “there are no black folks in NEPA.” to showcase their work.

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PATA Rehabilitation Specialists Specialty Voice and Speech Therapy PATA Rehabilitation Specialists, a voice center and up-and-coming speech and language clinic, offers comprehensive speech-language pathology services to individuals in the region and beyond. The clinic, centrally located in Wilkes Barre, draws clientele of all ages from a 100-mile radius. Unique to the region, PATA Rehabilitation Specialists offers specialty care for individuals with voice disorders, utilizing state-of-the-art diagnostic technologies, including videostroboscopy, to assess and treat speakers and singers experiencing hoarseness, chronic laryngitis, age-related voice changes, and other voicerelated issues resulting from vocal fold injury, lesion, weakness, or immobility. The center also treats individuals experiencing vocal cord dysfunction, known as paradoxical vocal fold motion disorder, a condition that causes breathing difficulty that is unable to be controlled by asthma medication.

PATA Rehabilitation Specialists offers assessment and treatment to individuals with articulation disorders, autism spectrum disorders (ASD), central auditory processing disorder (CAPD), child language disorders, literacy disorders, oral motor disorders, social communication disorders, stuttering and other fluency disorders, swallowing disorders, pediatric feeding disorders, and difficulties resulting from stroke, traumatic brain injury (TBI) and concussion. Infants and children experiencing feeding disorders, or those with oralmotor or sensory-motor deficiencies can benefit from intervention with a speechlanguage pathologist. PATA Rehabilitation Specialists pathologists include Cari Tellis, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, a Professor in the SpeechLanguage Pathology Department at Misericordia University. She is a certified speech-language pathologist and voice specialist with 20 years of clinical experience in the assessment and treatment of voice disorders, and a published author. Dr. Tellis is an Estill Master Teacher in the

Estill Voice Training Model, and is one of only 25 Estill Mentor and Course Instructors in the world. Her groundbreaking research in voice and motor learning has changed the way voice instruction is approached and executed. Tia Spagnuolo, M.S., CCC-SLP is an award-winning clinician and graduate of the Misericordia University Speech-Language Pathology Department. She has extensive clinical experience working with individuals with voice disorders. She has also completed training at Magee Rehabilitation Hospital in Philadelphia, where she worked to rehabilitate individuals following stroke and traumatic brain injury. Erin Roberts, M.S., CCC-SLP is also a graduate of the Misericordia University Speech-Language Pathology Department. She is a versatile clinician with experience in the treatment of speech, language, voice, swallowing and cognitive disorders. Erin completed training at Moss Rehabilitation Hospital in Philadelphia and has gained clinical experience in a variety of treatment facilities, including inpatient rehabilitation, skilled nursing, home health and school settings. PATA Rehabilitation Specialists accepts most major insurance and offers affordable private pay options. Schedule an appointment at 570-406-9083 or email at H

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Regional Networking Hospice of the Sacred Heart Names Medical Director

Chamber Names New Director of Marketing and Communications

Patrick C. Kilduff, DO, MPT, has been named Medical Director for Hospice of the Sacred Heart. Dr. Kilduff has been a hospice physician at Hospice of the Sacred Heart since 2008. Dr. Kilduff has been a private practice physician at InterMountain Medical Group, Shavertown, since 2007.

Alicia Kilonsky has been named as the new Director of Marketing and Communications at the Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce.

Dr. Kilduff received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology with a minor in Biochem-istry from East Stroudsburg University, a Master of Physical Therapy from Hahnemann University, Philadelphia, and a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Bala Cynwyd.

A graduate of Kutztown University, Mrs. Kilonsky earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Professional Writing with a minor in Public Relations and concentration in Marketing.

Back Mountain Chamber Welcomes New Executive Director

He is a current member of the American Osteopathic Association and the Pennsylvania Osteopathic Medical Association. He is a Fellow of the American Osteopathic Board of Internal Medicine and earned a Certificate of Added Qualification in Hospice and Palliative Care Medicine through the American Board of Osteopathic Internal Medicine.


Prior to working for the Chamber, Mrs. Kilonsky held marketing and communications roles in a variety of industries including banking, dental and health care.

Jennifer Hetro recently joined the Back Mountain Chamber as its Executive Director. She has spent her career learning and growing at some of the region’s leading employers. For the past several years she led the marketing communications department at The Wright Center for Community Health. She attended Misericordia University and earned her Bachelor of Science in Marketing with minors in Communication and Management. She is a graduate of the Leadership Wilkes-Barre Core Class and is active on its Alumni Council. She is a member of Wilkes-Barre POWER! and resides in Wyoming with her two kids, husband and dog. H

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Geisinger News eisinger’s investment and commitment to making health care easier continues with the opening of a new gastroenterology clinic and the relocation of a neuroscience clinic at 3 W. Olive St. in Scranton. The clinics provide easier access for patients to get to their appointments in a larger and more comfortable outpatient setting. A renovation of nearly 17,000 square feet of space was needed to add the clinics at 3 W. Olive St. and comes as a more than $1.1 million investment between these services over the next five years.


Fresh Food Farmacy, Geisinger medical labs, and Geisinger Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine. Since 2012, Geisinger’s investments in the Scranton region top more than $150 million, including a recently announced orthopeadics clinic in the Mall at Steamtown.

“These new specialty clinics are making health care easier for our patients,” said Ron Beer, chief administrative officer for Geisinger’s northeast region.

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The gastroenterology and neuroscience practices join a number of specialty clinics already located at 3 W. Olive St. The location is home to Scranton’s Geisinger 65 Forward Health Center, Geisinger addiction medicine services, Geisinger Careworks walk-in clinic, Geisinger Endocrinology, Geisinger

Geisinger is committed to making better health easier for the more than 1.5 million consumers it serves. Founded more than 100 years ago by Abigail Geisinger, the system now includes 13 hospital campuses, a 600,000-member health plan, two research centers and the Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine. With 32,000 employees and 1,800 employed physicians, Geisinger boosts its hometown economies in PA and NJ by billions of dollars annually. H

New SLIBCO Board Named SLIBCO (Scranton Lackawanna Industrial Building Company) recently named its Board of Directors for 2019-20. SLIBCO is the not-forprofit industrial development affiliate of the Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce. SLIBCO elected two new members to the board this year – Sean McCormack, Eco Industrial; and Daniel Rickard, Pennsylvania American Water;

along with 23 re-elected members. Photo from left, front row: Penny Common, SLIBCO board vice president; Donald Brominski, SLIBCO

board vice president; Susan Duckworth, SLIBCO board treasurer; Marianne Gilmartin, SLIBCO board president; Jennifer Davis, SLIBCO board vice president; Virginia Goodrich, SLIBCO board secretary; Bob Durkin, SLIBCO board executive vice president. Back row: Daniel Rickard; Philip Condron; Frank J. Fata; Vince Bonaddio; Thomas Baileys; Patricia Acker; Raymond Angeli; Alana Roberts; Ken Okrepkie; Christopher DiMattio; Paul Horger; Andrew Hailstone, Robert Markowski; Richard Beasley; Charles Jefferson; and Sean McCormack. Joseph Ferretti; Lawrence C. Malski; and Alex Stark are also board members. H

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Since 1964:

KCR Celebrates 55 Years of Caring In the spring of 1964, Keystone Training and Rehabilitation Residence opened its doors, in the former Elks Club building in downtown Scranton. Founded by Ignatz Deutsch, the organization provided residential services to people with mental retardation in an urban environment, which gave them access to social, cultural, educational and vocational activities in a community-based setting.

This was at a time when the isolated state institution was the setting of choice for people with developmental disabilities who needed residential care and support. Deutsch’s vision was to create an environment in the community that would allow individuals to live in comfort and to grow to the fullest of their capabilities. It was a simple idea but it made Keystone a pioneer. Renamed Keystone Community Resources Inc. (KCR), the organization celebrated its 55th anniversary, all of last year, with many events and celebrations. Scranton’s 2019 St. Patrick’s Day parade helped kick off KCR’s


new logo which showcased the message “Celebrating 55 years of Caring.” KCR employees, families and individuals with autism and intellectual disabilities proudly walked together in the first of yearlong celebrations. Another kick-off celebration was held in one day at five KCR locations. KCR Individuals celebrated with a special lunch and DJ dance parties at all locations. They decorated and created inspirational posters for the kick-off party. KCR staff and individuals enjoyed “Rock Our Socks,” for World Down Syndrome Day by wearing crazy socks to show awareness and support. In May, at an awards banquet, achievement awards were presented to Supported Employment and Vocational participants, along with Art Achievements for ArtWorks Students and years of service. KCR gave the Advocate of the Year Award to Commissioner March 2020

“We will continue to work on our mission to serve people with autism and intellectual disabilities by Celebrating 55 years of Caring, since 1964 together.”

Notable events to the continued mission of KCR are: • A new location for ArtWorks Gallery and Studio on 236 Penn Avenue, Scranton;

MaryAnn Warren of Susquehanna County for her support in advocating for KCR individuals in the Montrose Program. This annual event celebrates the choices KCR individuals have to work in KCR programs, the business sector, attend art classes, volunteer in the community or to try any other interest they may have. It also honors KCR employees for their years of service, but continues to reflect on the reasons why people choose KCR. KCR today operates in PA and NJ, serving 1300 people with autism and developmental disabilities every day in residential, day and vocational, supports coordination and community based services. “We are fortunate to have caring and dedicated staff who every day strive to make KCR a great place to work and live,” said Laura Brown-Yadlosky, president and CEO of KCR. H

• KCR is “Growing the Arts” in Scranton, with an expanded building and program as an alternative to Day Program options; • An Open House the New Genet Street Day Program. At this event Senator Blake gave KCR CEO Laura BrownYadlosky a citation for the 55-year Anniversary; • KCR Direct Support Professional (DSP) was awarded in Harrisburg. Danielle O’Malley was selected as the Direct Support Professional of the Year for Pennsylvania’s Northeast Region by PAR, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s leading disability provider and advocacy association for people with autism and intellectual disability and; • KCR expanded into the Lehigh Area by opening a New Day Program.

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Enter into a ‘World of Thought and Discussion’


hat ideas excite, exasperate and fire you up? What systems and methods would you like to know more about? Do you yearn to understand other cultures, lives and the circumstances in which historical events took place? The Schemel Forum at The University of Scranton was founded to satisfy an intellectual need in the community. Lectures and seminars by well-known personalities and experts in their fields allow audience members to open their minds and find a new way to look at conflicting issues. A program of the Harry and Jeanette Memorial Library, the Schemel Forum offers courses, luncheon seminars and culturallybased bus excursions. Local residents can attend presentations by national and international experts in their fields, including members of the University faculty. “The goal of the Schemel Forum is to introduce us, in this small postindustrial city, access to the world as it is today,” said Sondra Myers, director. “We have been a place to ‘be from.’ Let it be a place to ‘be in.’ We are as near to New York as some of its far-out suburbs. Higher education is one of

our most significant assets. The Schemel Forum invites out of school adults into the world of thought and discussion.” The Schemel Forum was founded in July 2006 by friends of the late George Schemel, SJ. He was recalled by S.J. Harmar Brereton M.D., retired clinical professor of medicine at the Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine and founder of Healthcare Management Resources in Scranton, as “a man of extraordinary wisdom and vision who served as an exemplary interface between The University of Scranton and the community at large.” A native of Archbald, George Schemel graduated from the University in 1952 with bachelor’s degrees in physics and mathematics, earned advanced degrees at Fordham University and received his theological training in the U.S. and Rome. Upon his return to this region, Fr. Schemel took part in developing Scranton’s Jesuit Center in Wernersville, which serves the entire Jesuit community in the U.S. He later established the Institute for Contemporary Spirituality at

the University. “No one was more informed about Jesuit spirituality and its connection to Jungian psychology than Fr. Schemel,” said Brereton, who responded to the priest’s belief that the teachings of St. Ignatius could be applied to other religious communities, nonreligious organizations, and an individual’s life and work.



Brereton and other local physicians, who wanted their practices to encompass more than science and medicine, recruited Fr. Schemel to bring his unique perspective to their organizations. At the same time, Dr. Brereton and some of his colleagues began looking for ways to satisfy their own hunger for personal fulfillment through humanistic education. The Schemel Forum, spearheaded by Brereton and directed Myers

has grown from lectures to a formal program of enrichment. The educational seminars started with Dante's The Divine Comedy, taught by Professor Rebecca Beal and one on The Federalist Papers, taught by Attorney Morey M. Myers. Both were immensely successful and the students – professors, lawyers, doctors and civic leaders were eager to continue with participatory learning experiences. “Our aim is to offer out-ofschool adults in the region the kind of programs that one can find in large metropolitan areas,” Myers said. “We share the treasure of the University by plucking fine faculty members to teach our courses and select internationally renowned scholars, foreign affairs experts and journalists

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to give lectures at our Munley Law-supported world affairs luncheon seminars. In addition we offer a University for a Day once a year and two bus trips. The program reflects the reality of the world. For example, The Schemel Forum’s Fall University for a Day included four lectures encompassing “Environmental Immersion” – current issues seen through the eyes of an artist, conservancy director, research scholar and a professor of philosophy. This year’s World Affairs Luncheons shines a light on current global and national problems that create divisiveness in populations. Programs include “Navigating in an Uncertain World: Global Challenges, Populism and Brexit” (March 6); “Antisemitism Past, Present, and Future” (April 17); “The Politics of Maps: Cartographic Construct-

ions of Israel/Palestine” (May 4); and “The Abolitionist International” (May 7). The Spring 2020 Collaborative Program (March 25) offers A Schemel Legacy: The Engineer and the Monk, with Dr. Christopher Schemel and Brother Mario Joseph Schemel – nephews of Fr. Schemel – who will explore his influence on their life work. Chris Schemel heads his own consulting firm and is one of the world’s leading experts in fires and explosions. Brother Schemel, after 15 years in industry and 15 years in academia, has been a Trappist monk for the last 10 years. The brothers will describe the influence that Father Schemel had on them in their respective callings. Contact: 570-941-6206 or alicen.morrison@scranton. edu. H –Christine Fanning


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Connecting us to our history Historical director explains why the past is important


he way she delves into the past, one might think that Mary Ann Moran Savakinus may have seen a ghost or two. There have been paranormal researchers at the Catlin House in Scranton, where she works as executive director of the Lackawanna Historical Society, and they have found some evidence of paranormal activity. But no, Moran Savakinus hasn’t felt or seen anything out of the ordinary. “I think I’m way too skeptical,” she said. “I guess you have to be willing to see something. We have had a few volunteers who have had experiences, but not me.” Moran Savakinus, 52, is married to Bob Savakinus and they live in Carbondale. Both her parents are deceased. Her dad, Francis Moran, worked at Tobyhanna Army Depot and her mother Joann Schemel Moran stayed at home and raised five children. “They encouraged us to

museum studies, opting for work inside, rather than in the field.” This led her to an internship at the Anthracite Heritage Museum and brought her home. “After graduation, I spent a few months in Iowa working for an archaeology firm but when an opportunity to work at the Lackawanna Historical Society was offered, I was happy to come back. This decision was also made because my mother was ill and I wanted to spend more time with her.” pursue our passions.” she said. It might be premature to say that her passion for the past happened in high school, but the interest was definitely there. “We were obsessed with Indiana Jones,” the American media franchise based on the adventures of Dr. Henry Walton “Indiana” Jones, Jr., a fictional professor of archaeology. “And I took a class in mythology that made me want to learn more about the past,” Moran Savakinus said. After high school she worked a few years in a small diner in her hometown of Archbald, then decided to pursue her interests in the past and archaeology at Kutztown University. “I thought I would become a classical archaeologist working at digs in places like the Middle East or Africa but I shifted my interests in my last year to


She served as administrative assistant at the Lackawanna Historical Society for six years and in 1997 was appointed executive director. Under her leadership, the Society has expanded its programming, educational opportunities and community partnerships. Happenings just had to ask Moran Savakinnus: Since we live in a modern world and history is in the past, why should we care about it? “We should because it tells us where we come from, and connects us to our past and each other,” she said. “I think our region’s history is most fascinating because it offers an excellent example of how the United States developed from small agricultural villages to major industrial centers. So many local residents can trace their families back to the coal mines and find a personal appreciation of the immigrant experience.” March 2020

local history. One such event is the musical/historical production Under The Lackawanna Moon which was performed at the Dunmore Cemetery and Waverly’s Hickory Grove Cemetery.

So, what happened here in past centuries that gets her imagination working?

herself swept up in a quest to assist a visiting researcher in tracking down an ancestor.

One of the most popular initiatives under Moran Savakinus’ watch is the Historic Hill House Tour. The biennial event draws about 800 people who tour architecturally diverse residences in Scranton’s hill section and learn about the original owners and the architectural style.

Other favorites are Scranton After “Last week I spent a day and a “Right now the suffrage moveDark -- a paranormal walking tour half trying to learn more about ment is a big story, because of and the annual Civil War Ball. a Dunmore pioneer whose the centennial. Something that “Our Scranton After Dark tour in has gotten my attention are the father operated several local October has been extremely well hotels before 1870.” stories of local women who received and includes inforwere opposed to the So many local residents can trace mation about other investiright for women to vote. Groups known as their families back to the coal mines gations including the AV restaurant which was listed the ‘Antis’ appear in and find a personal appreciation as one of the state’s most old newspaper articles haunted restaurants last of the immigrant experience. as opposing the vote year, so there is definitely a for women. I am still Visitors to the historical society following. It's funny because I love exploring this topic and trying have a broad range of interest, Halloween and my husband is a to understand their position.” she said. “They may be visiting big horror fan but I think we view from out of state and simply “I am fascinated by the Anti it more as entertainment.” trying to learn more about local Suffragists and want to know Moran Savakinus enjoys time at happenings and attractions, what drove them. It could have home, adventures like trips to they may be invested genealobeen them bowing to their Lancaster, Bethlehem or Niagara husbands or a sense that things gists trying to find that one Falls that her husband plans and ancestor who connects their should not be changed. The are often tied to a concert or spestory, they may be searching articles are interesting in that cial event like a horror convenfor an old photo of their home the Antis seem to think the tion. She likes old movies and tries or business or just coming in Suffragists are trouble makers to see all movies nominated for to learn all they can about messing with the status quo. an Academy Award. Lackawanna County history.” Of course I can easily get

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Moran Savakinus has invited local artists to create and participate in Lackawanna Historical Society events in an effort to present programs in

She enjoys reading biographies and loves historical fiction. Right now, she’s reading 1920: The Year That Made The Decade Roar, by Eric Burns. H 97

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Jumee Barooah, M.D. The Wright Center for Community Health All doctors are teachers. Whether it’s advising patients in clinical settings about how to stay healthy, continuing their own education to stay on the cutting edge of advances in medicine or sharing their experiences from the field to mold the next generation of medical professionals, a doctor’s work with learning is never done. For Jumee Barooah, M.D., sharing knowledge is part of the job, but it’s also why she loves her work. As the recently appointed Designated Institutional Official (DIO) for The Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education (TWCGME), Dr. Barooah has ascended to a critical leadership role within Northeast Pennsylvania’s health care field. In accepting the DIO designation, the Moosic resident has stepped up to become the face of The Wright Center’s trailblazing efforts to integrate primary care services for all with innovative workforce development. Dr. Barooah graduated from Gauhati Medical College and Hospital in India, then completed her internal 98

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medicine residency training at TWCGME and served as a provider at The Wright Center for Community Health’s Mid Valley Practice. Her calm and competent manner resonated not only with patients, but also with organizational leadership who saw something special in Dr. Barooah. She eventually became Medical Director of the Jermyn clinic and went on to earn an additional board certification in Addiction Medicine. Now, Dr. Barooah oversees the training of doctors in residencies and fellowships in a variety of disciplines, including psychiatry, internal medicine, family medicine, cardiology and gastroenterology. These programs train physicians across multiple clinical learning environments

As DIO, Dr. Barooah shepherds the future of medicine in our area through her dedication to education that focuses on whole-person care. She teaches primary care residents in the PatientCentered Medical Home model, which aims to immerse up-and-coming doctors in practices that are transforming to integrate service lines -- such as behavioral health, dental and primary care -- to improve the relationships between patients and providers and enhance health outcomes. Yet Dr. Barooah remains humble and believes in finding balance between work and her home life. While she endeavors to bolster the health and welfare of our local community via pioneering leadership, she also remains devoted to her two children and her husband, Dr. Pranjal Boruah. As she ushers in the future of the primary care workforce, Dr. Barooah remains an inspiration to all who meet her. H March 2020

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Treasure H•U•N•T•I•N•G Antiques on the Avenue- Customers call it,“a hidden gem!” An ever-changing inventory features vintage costume jewelry and sterling jewelry. Vintage ladies clothing, men‘s and women’s accessories– purses, wallets, hats. Kitchen items, Pyrex, glassware, small furniture. A small business, committed to customer satisfaction. Find us on Facebook. 1027 Prescott Ave, Scranton. 570-604-0177. Lark Mountain MarketSee 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, lighting & more. 306 Wilkes-Barre Twp., Blvd., Wilkes-Barre Twp. 570-822-8855 Plains Antiques and Home Furnishings- Plains Antiques 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 Pieces of the Past- A 60’ x 96’ showroom plus 8 outbuildings full of Antiques, Collectibles, Gifts and the Unusual. Prices always negotiable. Open May-October, Saturday 9:00-5:00 Sunday 9:00-4:00 July and August open Friday 11:00- 5:00 Buying all year. 518 Twin Rocks Road (Rt.191) Newfoundland, PA 18445. Exit 17 of Route 84 (2 miles south on right) 845-392-5660. H


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Upcoming Events of the Lackawanna Historical Society Featuring the Annual Civil War Ball Weekend Sunday, April 19th,

Civil War Ball Weekend Friday, April 17th

Brunch/Tea details TBA

6:30 p.m. - 11 p.m. Titanic Dinner at the Mary Stegmaier Mansion, 156 South Franklin Street, Wilkes-Barre Attend a leisurely Titanic themed dinner at a beautiful 1910 mansion. Full dinner with cash bar & dancing to recorded music. For reservations call Maureen at 570-332-4250.

LHS events coming this Spring: Pysanky Workshop on March 21, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., at the Catlin House Registration fee: $25 Free Earth Day lecture on the "History of Garbage and Recycling for a Sustainable Lifestyle", April 22, 7 p.m. at the Catlin House

Saturday, April 18th, 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. Meet the Civil War Generals at The NE Marine Corps Museum, 1340 Alder Street, Scranton Take a tour of one of Scranton's best kept secrets, the Marine Corps Museum, and join the Confederation of Union Generals as they present their ever-popular Meet the Generals program at the museum. This event is free and open to the public.

Jefferson Ave, Scranton Travel back in time to the mid-19th century and experience a Civil War Era Ball with live music by vintage dance band, Spare Parts and guidance by dance instructor Martha Griffin. Doors open at 7 p.m. and dancing begins promptly at 8 p.m., 7 p.m. - 11 p.m. 16th Annual Grand Civil Registration appreciated but not required, cost is $35 per person/$60 per War Ball at the Century Club, 612 couple.

Annual Local History Game Show "You Live Here;You Should Know This!" details TBA "For the Least of Them", a play about noted "Labor Priest" Rev. John Curran and his role in the Great Anthracite Strike of 1902, May 1/2, 7 p.m. at the Lackawanna County Courthouse & May 15/16 at the Ritz theater in Hawley, Tickets $12

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Clare, says Rachel Tighe, loves playing with toys and going on walks. Originally from Kentucky, she lives in Scranton.

Elizabeth Gingerlowski says Hula loves eating ice cream pup cups, going on car rides and running around outside. She lives in Nicholson.

Riley, says Rachel Kobesky, loves going for walks, barking at neighbors and playing with her human sister Kinsley. He lives in Clarks Summit.




Butters, says Tara McVeigh, loves giving puppy kisses and playing with other dogs at Puppy Daycare. He lives in Blakely.

Heidi, says Holly Carl, loves playing, jumping and running around. She lives in Nanticoke.

Whistleberry, says Bonnie Jo Yoder, is “king of the house” and loves getting in the middle of the action during family board games. He lives in Clarks Summit.

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Emmie Emmie, says Cheryl Jencarelli, loves going to the groomers and going to frisbee games. She lives in Stroudsburg.


Ella, says Marla Purdy, loves chasing squirrels and Amy Cheung says Sherlock lives up to his staring at birds that fly by her. She lives in Scranton. name by tracking down a food crumb for miles around. He lives in Scranton.

Truffles Truffles, says Alexa Stewart, loves barking at skunks, getting belly rubs and thinks squirrels are evil. She lives in Hawley.




Coco, says Linda Titus, wants a morning hug every day and jumps on her mom until she gets one. She lives in Scranton.

Santo, says Teresa Reidmiller, loves cuddling and, as a “senior citizen,” wants to be a “purse puppy.” He lives in South Sterling.


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Geisinger recognizes Road to Recovery drivers

Volunteers give ‘more than a ride’ to cancer patients


oodwill toward neighbors was celebrated recently as volunteers in the American Cancer Society’s Road to Recovery program were honored during a luncheon held at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center’s Henry Cancer Center. The program, which has served the cancer center for decades, transports patients to treatment who might otherwise miss their appointments. The volunteers serve health care facilities across Pennsylvania, but about 30 drivers serve the northeast region. Program manager Jennifer Washney said Geisinger appointments comprise the majority of the requested rides in the region. Geisinger Hematology Oncology Department operations manager Christine Krumich said the Road to Recovery volunteers help patients in cancer care with their logistics and their treatment. “One of the stressors in treatment is staying compliant,” Krumich said. “There are people who, after trying to figure it all out, will give up. This program saves those people.”

feeling than helping people. I feel like I’m giving back to God for letting me live.” Williams and Sudal joined other volunteers to enjoy gathering, featuring dozens of cookies baked by cancer center staff and attended by staff members and Geisinger oncology providers. “We are grateful to all of the volunteer drivers who have been taking patients to their lifesaving treatments through the years,” Washney said. “It is more than a ride. It is a journey that drivers and cancer patients take together.” The Road to Recovery program is seeking drivers who meet the following requirements: Between ages 18 and 84 Good driving record Current driver’s license Proof of automobile insurance Safe and reliable vehicle Schedule availability Regular desktop, laptop or tablet computer access Visit or call 800-227-2345. H

Krumich added patients can deal with difficult emotions as well, such as guilt at the thought they might be burdening family members as side effects of treatment leave them unable to drive. Volunteer Gary Williams, of Shavertown, began driving for the program in honor of his first wife, whom he lost to cancer. “I’m retired, and I enjoy helping other people,” Williams said. “You get to know them. Most people tell us there would be no way they could afford this transportation otherwise.” Volunteer Mike Sudal, of Pittston Township, is a cancer survivor himself, having battled lung cancer and undergone surgery to remove one lung. After three months of recovery, Sudal volunteered to help people in those same shoes. “I’m a people person,” Sudal said. “There’s no greater 108

Road to Recovery lunch: From left, at table, are drivers John Sankey Sr., Jeanne d’Arc Salinger, Keith Zinn, Gary Williams, Bob Haines, Emma Moskel, Judy Gravina, Joe Mazur, Neil Murphy, Bob Cole, Mike Sudal, and Roger Stout. Standing are Soumit Basu, MD, Colleen Pretko, Jennifer Washney, Erin Moskel, Christine Schoener, Christine Krumich, Srilatha Hosur, MD, and Numan Fateh, DO. Absent from photo but present at the event were drivers Ron Moran and Jim Jackiewicz.

March 2020

Growing up Black and with a Disability: Author to lecture at Misericordia University


nand Prahlad, Ph.D., will discuss his award-winning memoir, “The Secret

Life of a Black Aspie,” and his life growing up black with undiagnosed autism during a free lecture at Misericordia University on March 17 at 7 p.m. A book signing will follow. Prahlad’s lecture, “Autism and the Hierarchy of Senses: A Lecture and Reading,” is sponsored by the Medical and Health Humanities Program, the Soyka Fund for the Humanities and the Autism Center at Misericordia University. Prahlad’s Permafrost Prize-winning book offers a journey that takes readers from his beginnings of being born on a former plantation in rural Virginia, across the United States and through historic moments in American culture, as seen through the eyes of an Aspie – a person with Asperger’s syndrome. Undiagnosed as a child, he did not speak for the first four years of his life. “Rooted in black folklore and cultural ambience, ‘The Secret Life of a Black Aspie,’ can at March 2020

moments inspire and delight, evoke empathy, and deepen our understanding of the liminal realms and marginal spaces of human existence,” the author’s website states. “Along the way he sleeps on the beach, performs in a reggae band, writes poetry, follows a guru, teaches innercity children, becomes a father, earns a doctorate, survives an earthquake, and finds love.”

He released an original blues CD, “Hover Near,” in 2008, and is working on a second CD. He is a cofounder of the Chiyedza Mbira Ensemble, which has performed throughout the United States with internationally renowned artists.

Prahlad has published two books of poems, “Hear My Story and Other Poems,” and “As Good as Mango.” In addition, he has several published poems and creative nonfiction in literary journals. He recently completed a new collection of poetry, “Hijra,” which focuses on black third-gender identity. Prahlad is a folklorist and a fellow in the American Folklore Society. He has also published critical articles and books on black folklore and proverbs.

The Autism Center at Misericordia University is the regional hub for the Autism Collaborative Centers of Excellence, and is dedicated to helping connect people with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and their families with services and supports in the region. Services include the Autism Lifelong Learning Program and the Summer Transition Experience for Students with Autism. For information about the lecture, contact Amanda Caleb, Ph.D., director of the Medical and Health Humanities Program, who holds a joint appointment as associate professor of English and Medical and Health Humanities, at or 570-674-8113. H

In addition, Dr. Prahlad is a songwriter and musician who plays multiple instruments, including the mbira from the Shona people of Zimbabwe.

Prahlad holds an M.A. from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles. He is the director of creative writing at the University of Missouri, where he teaches folklore, film, creative writing and disability studies, and has earned numerous major teaching awards.


Lehigh Valley Auto Show March 19-22 isit the 2020 Lehigh Valley Auto Show and see yourself in your next ride! Compare and contrast different makes and models. Now in its 23rd year the event boasts 145,000 sq. ft. of new cars, trucks, SUVs, crossovers, vans and cycles for a full weekend of fun, beginning March 19 and running through March 22. Hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, March 22.


The AutoShow will take place at Lehigh University’s Goodman Campus in four contiguous venues located at 124 Goodman Drive South in Bethlehem. Free parking is provided. The event includes an auto show marketplace with over 30 vendors plus a distracted driving simulator and the Mario Andretti 1994 Lola T9400 Indy Car. Also visit the Subaru Loves Pets shelter adoption area where Subaru will partner with a local shelter to display dogs and puppies available for adoption. For a donation to the shelter, attendees can have pet tags made. The Allentown Corvette Club will be at the show on Saturday and the Thunderbird Club will be there Sunday, both during the day. March 20 is military and first-responders day. Community Days are Thursday and Friday. Support area nonprofits that sell discounted tickets prior to the show as a fundraiser. A 2020 Lehigh Valley Auto Show Preview Gala will be held on March 18 from 6 to 10 p.m. Be among the first to preview the show and enjoy food, cocktails and music. All tickets: H 110

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Loretta M. Sokolowsky, MSN RN Fortis Institute Practical Nursing Program Loretta Sokolowsky has been an Education Affiliates faculty member since 2013. She is an award-winning Director of Nursing in long term care, for the state of PA. With more than three decades of practical and administrative field experiences, she was promoted to the Director of Nursing Education in 2016. She is a recipient of the Education Affiliate’s Circle of Excellence Award. She earned a Master in Nursing Education, from Capella University; Bachelor of Science in Nursing, from Marywood University and an RN Diploma from the Mercy Hospital School of Nursing. What led you to study nursing? While working as a Nursing Assistant upon high school graduation, I was drawn to working with residents and their families.

This was a huge step in planning my career direction, as nursing assistants are important, essential and share many responsibilities in health care. As a competent caregiver, my goals focused on making a difference in the lives of those who were older and required extra care. What inspires you? Teamwork. The common goal as a nurse educator is to promote safe, appropriate and effective care to the patients, and those who are entrusted to us. As educators, we model specific behaviors for student nurses to follow; we lead by example. We are educating the next generation of nurses. We take this responsibility, very seriously. What is an important lesson you

learned in your nursing education? I am a graduate of the Mercy Hospital School of Nursing diploma-RN program. As a professional nurse, I can attest that “learning is life-long and that “knowledge is power.” I am reminded of this daily, as I drive by my former school of nursing. I often reflect how far I have come as a professional nurse. What would this older version of myself say to that young student nurse? “No experience is ever wasted. Hang in there; you can and will make a difference.” Who is an important visionary for you? While in college, I attended a presentation which featured Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, known for her studies on death and dying. A phrase that stayed with me, “Learn to get in touch with the silence within yourself, and know that everything in life has purpose. There are no mistakes, no coincidences, all events are blessings given to us to learn from.” A career in nursing has been that blessing for me. One would hope that nursing students would learn from assorted events which come their way, and build on those experiences to deliver holistic care. Personal: An important source of inspiration are her husband John and daughter Olivia. They reside in Moosic, where they share their home with two dogs and two cats and are active in their local church and community. H

MARCH HAPPENINGS MARCH Area code 570 unless specified

ART EXHIBITS Jan. 28-Mar. 15, Material Pulses: Seven Viewpoints, Sordoni Art Gallery, Wilkes Barre. 408-4329.

Mar. 24, Family Workshop, 4-6 p.m., Everhart Museum, Scranton. 346-7186



Oct. 3-May. 7, Teen Advisory Council for Grades 11 & 12, Everhart Museum, Scranton. 346-7186.

Mar. 23-Apr. 24, Art Exhibit: Women in Art: Selections from the Everhart Museum. Hope Horn Gallery, Hyland Hall, Scranton. 941-6206.

Feb. 6-Mar. 19, Live Your Best Life with Diabetes, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Fresh Food Farmacy Scranton. 866-415-7138.

Feb. 1-29, February’s Coloring Contest for Children, Hoyt Library, Kingston. 287-2013. Feb. 10-Apr. 20, LEGO & Junior LEGO Club, 6-7 p.m., Hoyt Library, Kingston. 287-2013. Mar. 6, Dr. Seuss Birthday Bash & Movie Night!, 5:30-8:15 p.m., The Ritz Theater & Performing Arts Center, Scranton. 252-4156. Mar. 7,14, & 21 Everhart Minis, 10 a.m.-noon., Everhart Museum, Scranton. 346-7186. Mar. 24, Everhart Uncaged Art Juniors, 4-6 p.m., Everhart Museum, Scranton. 346-7186.


Feb. 19-Apr. 8, A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns About Falls, 1-3 p.m., Geisinger Community Place,Wilkes Barre Township. 866-415-7138. Mar.17, “The Secret Life of a Black Aspie”, 7 p.m., Misericordia University. 674-8113 Mar. 21, Everhart Connects: Art & Memory Drop-in Workshop, 2-4 p.m., Everhart Museum, Scranton. 346-7186. Mar. 22, Taylor Fire Rescue Spring Craft Fair, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Taylor Fire Department, Taylor. 235-8879. Mar. 25, GO GREEN for UCP of NEPA 2020, UCP of NEPA,






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Mar. 1-Apr. 26, Celebrating Our Women Of Achievement, noon4:30 p.m., Bellefonte Museum. 814-355-4280.



Scranton. 347-3357. Mar. 25, Cinderella's Closet of NEPA Unique Boutique, 4 p.m., Genetti Manor, Dickson City. 383-0206.

CONCERTS & MUSICAL PERFORMANCES Mar. 7, The Celtic Tenors, 7:30 p.m, Theater At North, Scranton. 800-5020. Mar. 7, Bruce In The USA, 8 p.m., Penn's Peak, Jim Thorpe. 866-605-7325. Mar. 11, Performance Music: General Recital featuring The University of Scranton Performance Music students., 7:30 p.m., Houlihan-McLean Center, Scranton. 941-6206. Mar. 12, Bandstand The Musical, 7 p.m., State Theatre, Easton. 610-252-3132. Mar. 12, PNC Chamber Concert: Music From Monticello, 7:30 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, Clarks Summit. 586-6306.

March 2020

MARCH HAPPENINGS Mar. 13, The Buddy Holly Story, 7:30 p.m., Scranton Cultural Center, Scranton. 344-1111.

Hawley. 226-2993. Mar. 19-22, Lehigh Valley Auto Show, Stabler Center, Goodman Campus, Lehigh University. 610-768-9691.

Mar. 13, Michael Feinstein Live In Concert, 7:30 p.m., Theater At North, Scranton. 800-5020. Mar. 14, STYX, 8 p.m., Penn's Peak, Jim Thorpe. 866-605-7325. Mar. 14, The Fab Faux, 8 p.m., State Theatre, Easton. 610-252-3132. Mar. 20, Melvin Seals & JGB, 8 p.m., Penn's Peak, Jim Thorpe. 866-605-7325. Mar. 21, Red Hot Chilli Pipers, 7:30 p.m., State Theatre, Easton. 610-258-7766. Mar. 21, Escape: The Journey Tribute Band, 8 p.m., The Theater at North, Scranton. 800-5020. Mar. 22, Last In Line & Lynch Mob, 7:30 p.m., Penn's Peak, Jim Thorpe. 866-605-7325. Mar. 27-Apr. 5, Berks Jazz Fest, Reading. Mar. 29, Performance Music presents "In Concert", 7:30 p.m., The University of Scranton, HoulihanMcLean Center, Scranton. 941-7624.

NATURE Mar. 14, Plant Explosion, The Potting Shed, Stroudsburg. 424-1174.

SPECIAL EVENTS Jun. 5-Dec. 31, Let’s Roam Scranton Scavenger Hunt, City Hall, Scranton. 833-202-7626. Mar. 1, Chili & Wing Cookoff, noon-4 p.m., The Waterfront at Silver Birches, Hawley. 226-4388. Mar. 3, Back Mountain Chamber March 2020

The Shawnee Playhouse Musicals, Dramas, Comedies, Children's Shows. Live entertainment in the beautiful Pocono Mountains. Don't miss out! Mention this listing and receive $3 off on up to four adult tickets. Call us at 570-421-5093 or go to our website at for more information on shows, dates and times.

Annual Awards Event, 5:30-8:30 p.m., Misericordia University, Insalaco Hall, Dallas. 675-9380. Mar. 7, Annual Wedding Band Sale, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Boccardo Jewelers, Scranton. Mar. 7, Ladore Lodge Indoor Yard Sale, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Ladore Lodge, Waymart. 488-6129. Mar. 13, St. Patrick's Day, 5-10 p.m.,, Hawley. 226-1337. Mar. 13, St. Patrick's Day Specials, 5:30-9:30 p.m., Kol Steakhouse, Carbondale. 536-6020.

Mar. 27, To Beer, or Not to Beer? Cooking Class, 7-9 p.m., Boiler Room in the Hawley Silk Mill, Hawley. 226-1337. Mar. 31, The Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce Vision 2020 Annual Dinner, 5:30 p.m, The Scranton Cultural Center, Scranton. 342-7711.

THEATER & STAGE Feb. 28-Mar. 8, Carrie the musical, University of Scranton, Scranton. Mar. 1-12, Winter Fest, The Dietrich Theater, Tunkhannock. Mar. 7, Wilma Jean the Worry Machine, 11 a.m.-noon., Scranton Cultural Center, Scranton. 344-1111. Mar. 13, Michael Feinstein Live in Concert, 8 p.m., The Theater at North, Scranton. 800-5020. Mar. 27, 3rd Annual Steamtown String Fling, 7:30-10:30 p.m., Scranton Cultural Center, Scranton. 344-1111.

Find more March events at!

Mar. 13, Comedy Night, 8-10 p.m., The Waterfront at Silver Birches, Hawley. 2264388. Mar. 14, St. Patrick's Parade Day Party, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Scranton Cultural Center, Scranton. 344-1111. Mar. 17, St. Patrick's Day, 5:30-9:30 p.m., The Settlers Inn,


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