May 2017 Happenings Magazine

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MAILBAG Dear Happenings, “26 Solutions to Simplify Your Life” (March 2017)– great ideas. I declutter regularly but hadn't thought about some of these. Tomorrow may be the day to kick start this. Remember, books can always be donated to your local library! Abington Community Library takes them year-round. –Leah Ducato Rudolph –via Facebook Dear Happenings, Thank you Happenings Magazine for getting us in the mood for spring! Members and friends, enjoy this wonderful issue (April 2017) and don't miss the beautiful feature on our member, Stella Provenzano. –Milford Garden Club –via Facebook Dear Happenings, I absolutely love this building (Goodwill Industries Resurrects Abandoned North Scranton Building, March 2017.) It is one of the most beautiful buildings in our area! So glad to see it was saved and transformed instead of demolished. They don't build things like this anymore. –Sabrina Grace –via Facebook

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Charge into History! Discover six towns steeped in history and open for business.


O Say You Should See!

Get Carried Away Find out how the citizens of Jessup keep a beloved Italian tradition alive.


Here Come the Brides Take a look at how some local couples celebrated their big day.


Don’t miss these museums and historic sites with a unique story to tell.



Treat Them with Respect Celebrate National Nurses Week by getting to know some dedicated professionals in NEPA.


Marvelous May Things to do, where to go, everything you need to know!

Stake a Claim Tour nearby campsites to find the perfect place to pitch a tent our park the RV.


Bring an Appetite Check out the variety of dining options in NEPA and find something tasty for every meal in every season.


Mom’s the Word Surprise the important women in your life with some of unique gift ideas.


Teed Up Get in swing for golf season with a guide to area courses.

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Dear Readers, ALL Aboard! It’s been exactly 20 years since we’ve put a train on our cover, so we thought the time might be right to do it again. The railroad industry has had such an important place in the history of our region and continues to hold a high level of interest and passion for so many enthusiasts who visit Steamtown National Historic Site each year. It’s been said that a common denominator to a successful childhood is having children understand their heritage. Even more so, I believe it is imperative for all of us to be moved by our own region’s history and explore all of the rich heritage in the towns that surround us. While I never consider myself anything close to a history buff (that title is already taken by our Managing Editor Barbara Toolan), I do appreciate the importance of the rail industry and chuckle when I think of how many railroad analogies, terms and expressions, I’ve used in business. “This train is leaving the station…all approvals must be in NOW!” My staff hears this phrase often as we get closer and closer to sending an issue to print.

Some people on the train will leave an everlasting impression when they get off. Some will get on and get off the train so quickly, they will scarcely leave a sign that they ever travelled along with you or ever crossed your path…. We must constantly strive to understand our travel companions and look for the best in everyone.” At Happenings Magazine, we are thankful for all those businesses who have chosen to get on board with us. I am also very grateful for my coworkers who sit in train seats next to me. You make this journey possible and fun. Fondly,


Paula Rochon Mackarey, Publisher P.S. Both our May 2017 and our June 1995 covers were shot by our friend and Steamtown National Historic Site photographer Kenny Ganz.

A few other favorite terms with railroad roots are: “express, backtrack, fast track, railroaded, derailed, sidetracked, letting off steam and blowing smoke.” You may have described a project or a person as “a train wreck” or may even have have told someone, “this is the end of the line for you!” One of my favorite life analogies describes life as a train ride. Here are a few excerpts: “Life is like a train ride. We get on. We ride. We get off. We get back on and ride some more. There are accidents and there are delays. At certain stops there are surprises. Some of these will translate into great moments of joy, some will result in profound sorrow… There are those who board the train and who eventually become very important to us…


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Happy Mother’s Day!


29th Farm Animal Frolic, Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm, Stroudsburg. Noon-4 p.m. 992-6161.


Bike the Border, Salt Springs Park, Franklin Forks. 1:30 p.m. 967-7275.

National Nurses Week


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Wine Dinner, The Beaumont Inn, Dallas. 7 p.m. 675-7100.

Cinco de Mayo Days Celebration, La Tonalteca Clarks Summit & Dickson City. Through Friday. 586-1223.

Vosburg Neck Festival & Pow Wow, Endless Mountains Nature Center, Tunkhannock. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. 836-3835.


Here I Come to Save the Day! The Science, Culture & Art of Superheroes. Everhart Museum, Scranton. Ongoing. 346-7186.




NEPA Philharmonic Masterworks IV, F.M. Kirby Center, Wilkes-Barre. 8 p.m. 270-4444.


Voluntary Action Center 11th Annual Run for the Roses, Country Club of Scranton, Clarks Summit. 4 p.m. 347-5616.











Full Moon Night Hike, Endless Mountains Nature Center, Tunkhannock. 8-9:30 p.m. 836-3835.

An Evening with Colin & Brad, F.M. Kirby Center, Wilkes-Barre. 826-1100.

Fine Arts Fiesta, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. Through Sunday. 888-905-2872.


National Taffy Day

Outdoor Survival Skills for Adults, Lackawanna College EEC, Covington Twp. 5:30-9:30 p.m. 842-1506.




Parrots of the Caribbean– A Salute to Jimmy Buffett, Scranton Cultural Center, Scranton. 7:30 p.m. 344-1111.

Into the Woods, CaPAA Theatre, Ritz Bldg., Scranton. 252-4156.

8th Annual Swingin’ on Vine Fundraiser, Albright Memorial Library, Scranton. 5-8 p.m. 348-3000.


8th Annual Vineyards by the Viaduct, Carnival Grounds, Nicholson. Noon-6 p.m. 942-4717.

Health Fair, Everything Natural, Clarks Summit. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. 586-9684.

Shawnee Celtic Festival, Shawnee Mtn. Ski Area, Shawnee-onDelaware. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. 421-7231.

National Senior Health & Fitness Day

National Family Month Preeclampsia Awareness Month National Stroke Awareness Month National Salsa Month National Military Appreciation Month Motorcycle Safety Month Golf Month 8

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Steamtown National Historic Site Attendance Numbers on the Move able seasonally, for picnic lunches or just relaxing. Outdoor walking tours may be offered, as well as train rides outside the Park boundaries. Visitors may explore the museums and view the Park film, "Steel and Steam." Guided walking tours of the Locomotive Shop are offered on most days year round.

s the National Park Service embarks on its second century of service, Steamtown National Historic Site (NHS) in Scranton is celebrating the significant accomplishments of its centennial celebration and engagement with the Find Your Park initiative.


“During our centennial year, one goal was to increase visitation to Steamtown NHS. We achieved this goal by recording an 11.2 percent increase in recreational visits from 89,593 in 2015 to 99,660 during 2016. We attribute the increase to the return of the Baldwin #26 steam locomotive to operating service in April 2016 and the NPS Centennial,” noted Superintendent Debbie Conway. Steamtown NHS occupies about 40 acres

of the former Scranton yards of the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad. The entire yard is open whenever the park is open. Within this area, there are multiple opportunities for outdoor activities. There are tables and benches outside the museum complex, avail-

Steamtown NHS Programs Contributed to Overall Success of the NPS Centennial Across the country, centennial programs resulted in a significant level of public interest and social media engagement with the National Park Service and National Park Foundation (NPF). The NPS, NPF and partners across the nation reached hundreds of millions of people with the centennial’s Find Your Park message, and engaged the public in the NPS stewardship mission. “Stunning,” Acting National Park Service Director Michael T. Reynolds said of the 331 million visits counted across the National Park


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System. “We expected more visitors in 2016 as the NPS celebrated its centennial with special events and activities, but these numbers really show the depth of feeling people have for their national parks, especially considering that increased visitation was recorded not just at the biggest and best known parks but at smaller historical and cultural sites as well.” Half of national park visitation happened in 26 parks but visitation growth from 2015 to 2016 was greater, by 13 percent to 9 percent, in parks that see more modest annual visitation. “That shows the breadth of support for parks and, I think,” Reynolds

said, “the Find Your Park campaign launched with the National Park Foundation reached new audiences but

Planning is underway to build on the success of Find Your Park as the National Park Service, the National Park Foundation and other partners will continue the campaign’s momentum in 2017. The Find Your Park movement will continue to engage new audiences, especially around significant moments, including the NPS 101st birthday in August. Throughout the year, the NPS and its partners will invite the public to explore parks they haven’t yet discovered, build personal connections to special places in their communities and find ways to help ensure that future generations are able to fully experience their national parks and the NPS programs that steward America’s treasures. Visit H

“One goal was to increase visitation to Steamtown NHS. We achieved this goal by recording an 11.2 percent increase in recreational visits” also highlighted what we might call lesser-known parks.” Looking Ahead: Find Your Park in 2017 and Preparing for a Second Century of Service

About the Cover Photographer: Although Scranton native Kenny Ganz grew up in Miami Beach Florida, he returned to the area in 1986 to work for the National Park Service at Steamtown National Historic Site to photographically document the development of the park. Kenny currently serves as the park photographer and volunteer coordinator.

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Historic Towns to Tour

Gettysburg, PA

The name of this town in south central Pennsylvania is recorded in the annals of history. It was, after all, the site of the bloodiest battle of the Civil War. The three-day battle, July 1-3, 1863 took the lives of


Gettysburg National Military Park

10,000 Confederate and Union soldiers and left another 30,000 wounded. One of the town’s first settlers, Samuel Gettys, established a tavern in the area in 1761. In 1786 Samuel’s son laid out plains for a town that would become Gettysburg.

the Battle of Gettysburg and the Civil War. It features a new park Visitor Center, the 24,000 square foot Gettysburg Museum of the American Civil War, a new gallery to display the restored Cyclorama Painting, two theaters for a new 22-minute film, "A New Birth of Freedom," curatorial space, a park library, office space, classrooms, a Refreshment Saloon and a museum bookstore. There are more than 1,400 monuments, markers and tablets at Gettysburg that tell the story of what transpired. Must-see points of interest include Pickett’s Charge, Little Round Top, Soldiers’ National Cemetery (site of President Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address), Seminary Ridge and the Eternal Light Peace Memorial. Adjacent to Gettysburg National Military Park is Eisenhower National Historic Site. Also operated by the National Park Service, the property was home to President and Mrs. Eisenhower from 1950-1979. The president spent many weekends on the working farm during his time in office and hosted many world leaders on the property. Guided tours are offered of the home, which retains nearly all of its original furnishings. Visitors are also welcome to tour the property, which encompasses 690 acres.

The main attraction here is Gettysburg National Military Park. The hallowed grounds surrounding the town are preserved in the 6,000-acre historic site. Visitors may tour the property in a number of ways– by car, horse, Segway, carriage, bus, bicycle or walking. Downtown Gettysburg Resources are available for selfguided tours and there are also a multitude of guided tour options. The park's new Museum and Visitor Center opened in April 2008. The 139,000 square foot facility brings to life the most extensive Civil War collections in the National Park Service through exhibits, interactive and hands-on experiences that immerse visitors in the story of 12

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Bethlehem, PA The town became synonymous with steel, but its origins actually date to the mid-1700s. The wellpreserved historic district boasts numerous original structures that house shops, restaurants, museums and offices. Historic Bethlehem Museums and Sites interprets three centuries of the history and culture of Bethlehem from its founding as a Moravian community in 1741 to today.

Gemeinhause Photo by K. Mills

The non-profit organization maintains 20 historic buildings and sites in Bethlehem. The Moravian Museum of Bethlehem includes the 1741 Gemeinhaus, a National Historic Landmark, the 1752 Apothecary and herb garden, the 1744/1752 Single Sisters’ House and the 1758/1765 Nain-Schober House. The Colonial Industrial Quarter, America’s earliest industrial park situated on a 10-acre site, includes the 1762 Waterworks, a National Historic Landmark, the 1761 Tannery, 1750 Smithy (reconstructed), 1780/1830 Miller’s House, 1869 Luckenbach Mill, 1750s Springhouse (reconstructed), and the archeological remains of the 1740s Pottery, 1770s Dye House, 1750s Butchery and 1700s Oil Mill. The 1810 Goundie House and Visitor Center is housed in the 1830s Schropp Shop. Burnside Plantation is a 6.5 acre farm in the city, which includes the 1748/1818 farmhouse, 1820s summer kitchen and corncrib, 1840s wagon shed and two 1840s bank barns, one with the only operating high horsepowered wheel in the U.S., a kitchen garden, an apple orchard and two meadows.


ing Old Bethlehem Walking Tour, Behind the Scenes Dollhosue Tour and John Adams Bethlehem Walking Tour. Across town lies a relic to the town’s industrial past, which stands in stark contrast to its colonial roots. Visitors may stand in the shadow of the Hoover Mason Trestle. The behemoth of steel production in Bethlehem offers the only view into the American iron and steel industry, with platforms built at key vantage points that illustrate the magnitude of 100-ton fly wheels, huge ore cars and immense blast furnaces. The steel mill opened in 1890 and closed in 1995. In its heyday, Bethlehem Steel was America’s second-largest steel producer and the largest shipbuilder in the nation. Steel produced by Bethlehem Steel was used in the construction of some of American's greatest landmarks including the Golden Gate Bridge, George Washington Bridge and the Chrysler Building in New York City.

Historic Bethlehem Partnership offers a variety of guided walking tours includ-

Photo by Caitlin Kohl

Erie, PA


Pennsylvania’s fourth largest city played an important role in the nation’s history. The city was laid out in 1795 and became a port in 1801. In 1813, in what is often referred to as Erie’s proudest historical moment, Commodore Oliver Perry defeated the British in the Battle of Lake Erie. Most of Commodore Perry’s ships were built in Erie.

Learn about Erie’s rich waterfront heritage at the Erie Maritime Museum through historical artifacts, exhibits and interactive handson displays illustrating the War of 1812 and Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry’s victory over the British during the Battle of Lake Erie. The museum is also the home port of the U. S. Brig Niagara, the Official Flagship of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. When in port, the Niagara is an educational resource for many and conducts interpretive tours. Downtown Erie includes several historic sites, most importantly, the newly renovated Thomas B. Hagen History Center on historic Millionaire’s Row (West 6th Street). The History Center is home to the Watson-Curtze Mansion, the Carriage House and the KingMertens Archive Building. The WatsonCurtze Mansion and Carriage House were designed by the Buffalo architectural firm of Green and Wicks and built in 1891. Designed

Hagen History Center

in the Richardsonian Romanesque style, the mansion features intricate wood carvings, multiple stained glass windows, oak flooring, 12 fireplaces and a ballroom. The Mansion is listed on the National Historic Register. The Carriage House, connected to the archives, houses a gift shop and reading room. Presque Isle State Park is a National Natural Landmark nestled between the shores of Lake Erie and Presque Isle Bay. The Park welcomes over 4 million visitors each year. Presque Isle Light is one of three lighthouses on Lake Erie. It was built in 1872 and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1983. Public tours are offered from Memorial Day through Labor Day on weekend.

Presque Isle State Park Photos courtesy or Visit Erie

U. S. Brig Niagara


New Hope, PA

walking in the footsteps of history. The grounds Its location on the Delaware River, just 35 were a campsite for miles north of Philadelphia, caused this ham2,400 soldiers of the Continental Army for let to grow and thrive. Yet the town, incorpothree weeks prior to the famous Christmas rated in 1837, retains much of its quaint vilEve Crossing of the Delaware River in 1776. lage charm. More than 100 buildings in New Guests enter the drive at Wedgwood Inn and Hope are over 100 years old and many of the travel the same route General George original structures from the mid-1700s have Washington walked. The Inn itself is built on been preserved. Benjamin Parry’s 18th centuthe stone foundations of a Colonial-era strucry Georgian style mansion on South Main ture that served as headquarters for six years Street is owned and maintained by the during the New Hope American Historical Revolution. The Society and is Victorian style open to the home painted a public for Wedgwood blue, tours. Parry is listed on the operated a National Register mill on the of Historic Places. site of what is Guests stay within now the Bucks walking distance County to town but on a Playhouse. The secluded two-acre mill caused property that feathe region to Fireworks over the Delaware River tures flower-lined boom in the brick walkways, late 1700s and early 1800s and helped to two gazebos and tall shade trees. The 18 finally put New Hope on the map. guest rooms feature an ensuite fireplace in According to Greg Zollo, president of the New each room and some offer a private porch. Hope Chamber of Commerce, the town’s Guests may enjoy a three-course breakfast at appeal flows from the river. “As a historical a table for two in the dining room, on the river town, the very fabric of the town centers large wrap around porch or in the privacy of around the Delaware and scenic beauty,” their bedroom. Carl says an ideal day in New explains Greg. “Then there is the Bucks County Hope is spent with an early morning stroll or Playhouse, quaint shopping, fine dining and bike ride on the Delaware Canal Towpath, a amazing bars with some of the best live music bike or car ride through some nearby covered in Bucks County. We are also considered the bridges, lunch on the river andan afternoon B&B capital of PA. It is an amazing place to get browsing the 150 shops and galleries along married and is a huge wedding destination.” the one square mile river front village and end the day with dinner and a live show in At the 1870 Wedgwood Inn, Nadine and Carl town. Glassman carry on New Hope’s tradition of welcoming travelers. In the early 1700s, New Downtown New Hope is highly walkable and Hope was the halfway point for travelers from dotted with countless upscale shops and Philadelphia to New York City on the Old York opportunities for riverside dining. MENtalitity Road. Today, visitors to the Inn are literally May 2017


within. Nan explains shopping at MENtality Consignment as a one-on-one experience, “When you walk into our store it's made to feel like you walked into a giant men's walk-in closet."

Paxson Hill Farm

Consignment is one of the newest additions to the quirky shopping experience that’s synonymous with New Hope. The store specializes in gently loved designer items for men. Proprietors Chris and Nan Petro say the concept was born out of the realization that there is a clear lack of retail focused specifically on men's upscale consignment. The Petros have an affinity for New Hope. Nan fondly remembers trips to the area as a child and the couple chose the town as the location of their wedding in 2014. Plus, the small, quaint, hippie town" experience is key, as well as the lovely peaceful community,” explains Nan. The shop is house in a building that dates to the 1860s, but the Petros have created a modern vibe

Williamsport, PA A booming lumber industry helped Williamsport become one of the largest cities in the Commonwealth. Settlement in the area surrounding the Susquehanna River dates to 1795. A ride aboard a Williamsport Trolley is a good way to get your bearings and see the evolution the city. Highlights include views of the Victorian mansions on Millionaires' Row, Memorial Park where the first Little League baseball games were played, a magnificent tree sculpture of Chief Woapalanee at the entrance of Brandon Park and the Hiawatha Paddlewheel Riverboat at Susquehanna State Park. The Hiawatha is an authentic replica of the type of riverboat that traveled the waters of the Susquehanna during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. It offers scenic public, dinner and concert cruises. Take a closer look at Millionaire’s Row. The neighborhood of Victorian mansions is a registered National Historic District. There’s a renewed revitalization effort underway spear16

Not far from downtown, a visit to Paxson Hill Farm is a must for any visit to New Hope. The 32-acre farm is home to a plant nursery, animals and beautiful gardens. The nursery grows various rare and exotic perennials, annuals and trees. The property also contains different gardens that are open to public tours and include koi ponds, waterfalls, bridges, a hobbit house and sculptures by local artists. Jared Goodman of Pasxon Hill Farm says visitors typically spend 30 minutes to an hour exploring the gardens on their own or can take a private guided tour, which lasts approximately two hours. Goodman says a tour of the farm is a good way to take in the natural beauty of Bucks County. “An early morning or midday stroll through our gardens offers a relaxing and visually pleasing experience. A rare plant from our nursery serves as a lasting reminder of a visit to Paxson Hill and New Hope,” remarks Jared.


headed by Preservation Williamsport. The organization operates the Rowley House Museum at West Fourth St. Eber Culver designed and built this house in 1888 for E.A. Rowley, one of the wealthiest men in Pennsylvania. The residence had the finest plaster moldings and ceiling medallions in the city as well as expensive English Minton Tiles in each fireplace and the vestibule. Tiffany-quality stained glass windows abound. Guided tours of the home are available. More recently, Williamsport gained global fame as home to the Little League World Series. The site of the first Little League game ever played on June 6, 1939 along West Fourth Street is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The First 12 Little League Baseball World Series were held here from 1947 thru 1958. The nearby World of Little League Museum traces the history of Little League through unique artifacts, audio and video kiosk and interactive exhibits.

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C e l e b r a t i n g 3 5 Ye a r s

An Inn for All Seasons featuring upscale & luxury lodging Jacuzzi Suites • Fireplace Rooms • Porches/Balconies

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Hyde Park, NY


The sleepy hamlet on the banks of the Hudson River has attracted visitors looking for rest and relaxation for centuries. The homes of some of its most famous residents are now landmark attractions. President Franklin Roosevelt called Hyde Park home from 1880-1945. His family’s estate, known as “Springwood” is operated by the National Park Service and is open to the public for tours. The sprawling property includes the home and grounds plus the FDR Presidential Library and Museum. Tours of nearby Top Cottage depart from the Visitor Center. The president built Top Cottage in 1938 to "escape the mob" at Springwood. He also brought close friends and political allies here to discuss the state of the world or to simply relax. Designed by FDR to emulate the Dutch colonial architecture found throughout the Hudson River Valley, the structure was planned with accessibility in mind to accommodate his wheelchair and give him greater independence. Eleanor Roosevelt’s private retreat, Val-Kill is also operated by the National Park Service. It’s the only National Historic Site dedicated to a First Lady. Visitors may tour Val-Kill Cottage and enjoy the lovely gardens and grounds on the site. There’s also an introductory film, "Close to Home," and the perma-

Franklin D. Roosevelt Home National Historic Site

nent exhibit, "Eleanor Roosevelt and Val-Kill. President Roosevelt had some high profile neighbors down the road. Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site is one of the region's oldest Hudson River estates. For nearly two centuries, it was the country home to one of America’s wealthiest and well-known families of the Gilded Age. The National Park Service preserves over 200 acres of the original property, which overlooks the Hudson River and includes historic buildings, original furnishings, manicured landscapes, natural woodlands, formal gardens and associated documents. The centerpiece of the estate is the mansion, a masterpiece of American Beaux-Arts design by the distinguished architectural firm McKim, Mead and White. Guided tours of the mansion are offered daily.

Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site


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E x p l o r e t h e Pa s t . . . THE HERITAGE VILLAGE & FARM MUSEUM

Set in the heart of the Endless Mountains, one of the most scenic regions of NEPA 9 Restored, Historic Buildings & Farm Museum with artifacts reflecting 200 years of local agricultural heritage.

PA Heritage Festival Sept 16 & 17, 2017 Museum Hours: Thurs.-Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun. 1 p.m.-4 p.m. other times by appointment

One half mile north of Rt. 6 & 14 in Troy, PA

570-297-3410 •

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Discover the Fun!

Erie Maritime Museum & U.S. Brig Niagara Erie Maritime Museum, homeport of the U.S. Brig Niagara, is a must-see destination with an extensive collection of nautical artifacts from Erie’s storied past. Looking for even more adventure? Public day sail opportunities are available all summer. 150 East Front Street, Erie, PA 16507 814.452.2744 ext. 208

Saturday, May 6 at Slocum Hollow Bar at Montage Mountain Doors open at 5:30 p.m., Games begin at 6 p.m. Join students from Valley View and Riverside High schools as they try to stump some of Lackawanna County Who's Who in a Jeopardy Style Local History Game 2017 teams will include: Scranton City Council members, Riverside School District Superintendents, and Scranton Times staff, plus The Azzarelli Family, Senator John Blake, State Representative Sid Kavulich, Lackawanna River advocate Bernie McGurl and Dunmore Historian Stephanie Longo and her mom, Annie Longo

Tickets: $5 for students and $10 for adults

Lackawanna Historical Society • 570-344-3841

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O SAY YOU SHOULD SEE! Can’t Miss Historic Sites & Museums

The Museum at Bethel Woods Bethel, NY Why Visit: Located on the site of the famous 1969 Woodstock Music Festival, the Museum and historic site celebrate the music of the era and explore issues that remain at the forefront of society today. Baby Boomers remember what it was like, and Millennials feel a deep connection to a past that is strikingly similar to the present. They learn how today's cultural and social issues are rooted in the movements of the 1960s, and learn from the lessons of the era. Facilities: In addition to the Museum and festival field, the lush 800-acre campus

May Tours- Fri-Sun 11 a.m.-3 p.m. June, July & August Tours- Wed-Sun 11 a.m.-3 p.m. September Tours- Fri-Sun 11 a.m.-3 p.m. October Tours- Fri-Sun 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Last tour always 3 p.m.

includes the Pavilion amphitheater, a 400seat indoor Event Gallery, a Terrace Stage, Market Sheds and a Conservatory for robust arts and humanities education programs. Visitor Favorite: The 7,000 square foot Main Exhibit Gallery features 20 films, five interactive productions and over 170 artifacts on display, plus more than 300 photo panels. The overwhelming guest favorite is the, “Road To Woodstock” film, which depicts the cross-country journeys of Woodstock attendees and is rear projected on the windshield of a reproduction psychedelic bus. Don’t Miss: Just down the hill from the Museum, the Woodstock festival field

Jim Thorpe,PA

Built 1871- used as prison until 1995 Site of hanging of seven Molly Maguires. Tours: Daily Memorial Day- Labor Day Closed Wednesdays Weekends: September and October 12:00 noon to last tour at 4:30

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remains peaceful and green, largely untouched nearly half a century later. No visit is complete without a stop here. What’s New: The 2017 Special Exhibit, “ Love For Sale: The Commercialization of the Counterculture”, uses a 1970 suburban home as a backdrop to examine the pervasive influence of the counterculture on American popular culture and commerce. Special sections of the exhibit feature everyday objects and uncommon artifacts of the commercialization of The Beatles, the commercial rise of drug culture and the retail displays that helped create the hard sell.

blacklight room soundtrack is really great— psychedelic music of the late ‘60s and early ‘70s. Very cool!”

Museum Director’s Pick: The Blacklight Room in the “Love for Sale” exhibit. “It’s totally immersive; the walls are filled with blacklight posters from floor to ceiling and the only light in the room is from the blacklights,” explains Wade Lawrence. “The

Annual Visitors: Approximately 40,000 to the Museum alone.

Explore Pennsylvania Connections


Time to Allow: One and a half to two hours. Located in Boalsburg, PA (Centre Co.)




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LYCOMING COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY 858 West Fourth Street Williamsport, PA 17701 570.326.3326

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Bradford County Farm Museum Troy, Pa Why Visit: Discover the history of agricultural development in Bradford County through artifacts and samplings of natural resources. Follow the evolution of the agribusiness industry in America. Facilities: Museum features exhibits on 1800s agriculture, farming, dairy, lumber, U.S. service uniforms and local history. The Heritage Village includes Railroad Lineman’s Shanty, Future Print Shop, Barber Shop, Thomas One Room School, Carriage House, Children’s Church, Sugar House, 1822 Gregory Inn. Most Unique Exhibit: The collection of 120 implement iron seats used in horsedrawn farming machinery. There are no two seats alike in the collection. New This Year: Dr. William R. Campbell’s Medical office– recently restored and moved on site– features medical artifacts. Don’t Miss: Pennsylvania Heritage Festival (September 16-17) features exhibits, demonstrations, food, Artisans’ Marketplace and music. Time to Allow: Three hours. 24

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Eagles Mere Air and Auto Museum Eagles Mere, PA Why Visit: The Air Museum brings vintage aircraft “alive” by flying 80 percent of its collection for visitors. The Auto Museum showcases the early years of transportation through displays of extraordinary one-of-a-kind vehicles, early transportation signs and memorabilia. Unique Artifacts: 1909 American flag signed by Orville Wright and flown over Berlin on his Wright Flyer for Kaiser Wilhelm. 1932 McMullen Ford Roadster– one of only two left in country. Facilities: Air Museum has three hangars open to the public plus a viewing stand to watch vintage planes in flight. Auto Museum housed in a two-story building equipped with an elevator.

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Don’t Miss: The Air Museum’s photographic exhibit, “WASP,” which details the life of the women who flew and ferried planes from 1942-1944. The collection of Corvettes dating from mid-1950s thru 1960s in the Auto Museum. New This Year: A third of the cars have been rotated to display new vehicles. Manager’s Pick: The Auto Museum has a reproduction of a 1950s garage from the Picture Rocks area that contains all original equipment and signage from Lefty’s Garage. Upcoming Event: Classic and Vintage Car Cruise In– June 3, 2 –7 p.m. Rain date June 4. Time To Allow: Three-four hours per museum.


Everhart Museum Scranton, PA Why Visit: Exhibits and programs integrate natural history, science and art into the lives of people. The Everhart offers ever-changing exhibitions, many that deal with modern themes and artists. The permanent collections include approximately 20,000 objects, with roughly half focused on the humanities and fine arts (paintings, works on paper and sculpture), ethnographic collections (Native American, Oceania, South American and Asian), ancient civilizations, African art, American folk art, local/regional history and decorative arts (Dorflinger Glass is a large component of this collection). The remaining half of the collection is focused on natural science specimens, including fossils, birds, mammals, reptiles, fish, minerals, insects, shells and herbaria. Unique Exhibit: The Bird Gallery contains over 600 specimens of birds and includes three birds in the collection that are now extinct.

with works that have rarely or never been seen. The “re-hang” of the collection represents the most comprehensive reexamination of the permanent collections in over ten years. The installation will be organized to highlight the thread that connects works of art despite cultural and time differences. Visitors will see recognizable artists such as Ansel Adams, Rembrandt and Goya alongside African, New Guinean and Oriental art objects.

Don’t Miss: The annual Farm to Table Fundraiser, September 15. The event debuted Visitor Favorite: The Rock Gallery. Visitors in 2011 and was the first of its kind in the may push buttons on the display case and watch as the rocks and minerals change color area. The celebration focuses on the fall harvest and utilizes the bounty of locally grown and glow! fruits, vegetables and farm raised meat and New This Year: The Museum will undergo poultry. The evening also includes dancing, major renovations that will include physical raffle items and an auction of an on site fresh changes to some of the gallery spaces, a “reair painting by artist Jack Puhl. hang” of the permanent collection, and a new Annual Visitors: Approximately 150,000 exhibition called, “Women of the Everhart.” The show will include artwork made by Time to Allow: At least two hours women artists from the permanent tion, many of whom are from Northeast PA,


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Erie Maritime Museum & Flagship Niagara Erie, PA Why Visit: The Niagara is America’s premier sail training vessel. The sail-training program continues to educate young people in the art of square-rigged seamanship. Additionally, Oliver Hazard Perry’s “Don’t Give Up the Ship” flag remains an icon of today’s U.S. Navy. Exhibits extend beyond The Battle of Lake Erie and The War of 1812. Exhibits also focus on the U.S.S. Michigan/Wolverine, the U.S. Navy’s first iron steamer. Erie was her homeport from 1843–1923. Unique Exhibit: The live fire exhibit of the Lawrence.

pound carronades and knot tying. New This Year: Museum exhibit explores the crew of the USS Wolverine and their service during WWI. Annual Visitors: 24,685

Don’t Miss: Life size, hands-on exhibits such as sail handling, naval gunnery on 32-

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exterior of the home are preserved to look as it did in the 1850s.

Why Visit: Discover the people, places and events that shaped the region, the Commonwealth and the United States at large. Serving as a portal of history for the community, provides a research library, changing exhibits, public programs, archival and artifact collections, the Louise Tanger Arboretum and the preserved home of President James Buchanan.

Upcoming Events: Living History at Wheatland. Every Saturday from noon-4 p.m. during the summer months, actors in period costume offer interactive, engaging glimpses into the life and times of President Buchanan and his family.

Don’t Miss: Wheatland, home to the only U.S. President to hail from Pennsylvania. James Buchanan lived here from 1848 until his death in 1868. The interior and

The Old Jail Museum Jim Thorpe, PA

and can be seen to this day.

Why Visit: Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the building served as the Carbon County Jail from 1871 until 1995. The building features 27 original cells and the original warden’s living and dining rooms. The second floor has women’s cells, and the basement dungeon contains 16 solitary confinement cells.

Unique Exhibit: The building is best known as the site of the hanging of seven Irish coal miners known as Molly Maguires in the 1800s. On June 21, 1877 the men were hanged at the same time on gallows erected inside the Old Jail Museum cellblock.

Don’t Miss: The handprint on the wall of cell 17. Inmate Alexander Campbell made a handprint in his cell prior to his hanging in 1879 to, “remain as proof of my innocence." Past wardens had the handprint washed, painted and even removed that part of the wall, but the mysterious handprint always returned

On the Trail of History in Columbia County, NY Columbia County, NY has over 50 historic sites within its borders. Perhaps the most notable is the Martin Van Buren National Historic site also known as Lindenwald. The estate was the retirement home of Kinderhook, NY’s native son and the eighth President of the United States, Martin Van Buren. Presumably President Van Buren is credited for the origin of “okay” as a sign of approval as his documents were signed “O.K.” He is also one of only two Presidents to serve as Vice President and Secretary of

Owner’s Pick: Ghost Tours of the museum Annual Visitors: Over 21,000 Time to Allow: 60 to 90 minutes

State. House tours of the estate are given seasonally and the grounds connect to another noteworthy landmark, the Luykas Van Alen property. The Van Alen property is an outstanding example of early Dutch architecture and tours are given seasonally. Other political luminaries from Columbia County include Robert R. Livingston, a drafter of the Declaration of Independence and Minister to France under the Thomas Jefferson Presidency. The Livingston family homestead, Clermont, is situated on the banks of the Hudson River and boasts spec-

Pennsylvania Military Museum Boalsburg, PA Why Visit: The museum preserves and honors Pennsylvania's military history from 1747 to the present with special emphasis on the 20th Century. Exhibits interpret the story of the Commonwealth's "Citizen Soldiers," civilian activities on the home front and the contributions of Pennsylvania industry to military technology. The collection features items from before the Civil War up to the 21st Century. Unique Artifacts: Medal of Honor, Distinguished Service Cross, USS Pennsylvania BB-38 Guns, USS Pennsylvania Bell.

New This Year: WWI Centennial Exhibit Administrator’s Pick: 29 monuments to the fallen located throughout the property. They are tangible examples of our brave men and women’s ultimate sacrifice for our freedoms. Don’t Miss: The National Shrine to the Pennsylvania National Guard 28th Division Upcoming Events: WWI Centennial, 75th Anniversary of WWII, Vietnam Revisited. Annual Visitors: 135,000 + Time to Allow: One hour for museum; two-three hours for exterior displays.

tacular grounds and river views. The over 500-acre estate is open for tours and maintains an active calendar of events. Also worth a visit is Olana, the 250

acre estate of artist Frederic Edwin Church. Church is credited with establishing the Hudson River School of Painting. Church was a world traveler and was inspired by his travels to design the Moorish style homestead and surrounding landscape. The panoramic river views from the site are some of the best in the Hudson River Valley. Grounds offer walking trails; house tours and special programming operates throughout the year. Visit H

Upcoming Exhibits: A Look at Victorian Death and Mourning June 13- August 27. Annual Visitors: Over 13,000 Time to Allow: One to two hours H

Thomas T. Taber Museum Williamsport, PA Why Visit: The museum interprets the history of Lycoming County and the surrounding area with galleries highlighting the importance of the lumber era of the 1870s, a military gallery and a 20th Century Gallery. Most Unique Artifact: Native American Effigy on loan courtesy of Anita and Tom Baird. The human effigy was made by the Clemsons Island People, a Native American culture living in the Susquehanna River area 1,000 years ago. The artifact was found at the first registered archaeological excavation in Lycoming County in 1957. Don’t Miss: The Larue Shempp Model Train Collection featuring over 300 trains with two working layouts. New This Year: The redesigned art gallery now features a Decorative and Fine Arts Gallery drawn from the permanent collection. Executive Director’s Pick: The museum’s Lecture Series highlights 14 lectures, all of which have a common theme. This year focuses on communities. People are astounded to learn facts about their own hometown in these illuminating lectures.


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A Bridge to the Past Landmark Along the D & H Rail Trail eople know about the Nicholson Bridge (Tunkhannock Viaduct) but how many know of the Starrucca Viaduct? Made of bluestone, it’s one of the oldest bridges in Northeast PA.


The New York and Erie Railroad built the Starrucca Viaduct in Susquehanna County between 1847 and 1848 at a cost of $335,000. At the time, it was one of the most expensive railroad to 18 inches. The bridges ever built. The New bridge has 17 arches and York and Erie was the first stretches across a quarter railroad to connect the mile valley within sight of the Atlantic Ocean with the Susquehanna Great Lakes. River. It is the The line ran It is the oldest stone oldest stone 483 miles from arched bridge arched bridge in Piermont on in PA and one PA and one of the the Hudson of the oldest in oldest in the River to the United United States. Dunkirk on States. Julius W. the shores of Adams Lake Erie. The designed the railroad was supposed to structure. Adams’ brother-inremain in New York state, law, James Pugh Kirkwood, but because of the terrain it directed the construction. had to cross into About 800 men (mostly Irish Pennsylvania twice. immigrants) provided the labor. They were paid about The bridge was built almost $1 day in wages. entirely from locally quarried Pennsylvania Bluestone that The Starrucca Viaduct is on varied in thickness from nine the National Registry of Historical Places and is considered a civil engineering landmark. The D and 36

H Rail-Trail, a recreational path for non-motorized users, passes under the bridge. An interpretive sign was unveiled on the trail late last year at Luciana Park in Lanesboro. Commemorative Bluestone pavers

were sold to create a patio beneath the sign. “The Endless Mountain Stone Company donated bluestone pavers, which were sold to raise funds for the sign and patio installation,” explains Lynn Conrad of the Rail-Trail Council of NEPA. “Donors purchased the stones in various sizes and cost from $100 to $500.” The sign was purchased through a grant from the Endless Mountain Heritage Region. “This area (of Pennsylvania) has the most Bluestone quarries and since the Starrucca Viaduct was built of Bluestone it is fitting the sign was dedicated to the late William Young a renowned railroad historian who wrote the ‘Bridge of Stone’ as well as the story of the ‘Nicholson Viaduct,’” said Conrad. Visit H –Linda Scott

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Located in the Northern Pocono Mountains Enjoy a wide range of activities during your stay: Bocce Ball Outdoor Pool Mini Golf Nature Walks Horseshoes Fishing Shuffle Board Board Games Biking Boat Rides and much much more!

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May 2017


How Jessup 'Carries' On an Ancient Italian Tradition


ace of the Saints occurs in only two places in the world– Gubbio, Italy and Jessup, PA. The tradition honors St. Ubaldo, a 12th century bishop of Gubbio who saved his medieval town from the attack of Frederick I (Barbarossa) by building a wall. Residents carried St. Ubaldo on a platform through the streets to show he was physically unharmed and the town was safe.

St. Ubaldo Day in Jessup is celebrated on the Saturday during Memorial Day weekend. The traditions of the festival came to Northeast PA with Italian immigrants who settled in Jessup in the late 1800s. Most of the immigrants were from the Umbria region of Italy, which includes Gubbio. In 1909, they initated St. Ubaldo Day in


Jessup. A parade was added in 1914. St. Ubaldo Society, a non-profit organization, is responsible for maintaining and promoting the traditions of the feast day in Jessup. Members raise funds for the maintenance of the St. Ubaldo Society Cultural Center, housed in a former church building that dates to 1924.This building hosts a life-size replica of the statue of St. Ubaldo that Gubbio uses for its celebration. The statue was hand-carved in Italy and donated to Jessup four years ago. The building also has statues of St. George of England and St. Anthony of Greece. All the statues are carried during the main procession. No one knows why the other two saints were added to the celebration. Some

people believe that since St. Ubaldo is the patron saint of masons, St. George, the patron saint of merchants, and St. Anthony, the patron saint of farmers, the statues were added to symbolize the event is for all people. Each statue has its own “family,” home and shield. In April, members paint their shield on the pavement in front of their home. On May 5 during Hospitality Night, the St. Ubaldo Society announces all of the events scheduled for St. Ubaldo Day (Saturday May 27). At 6 p.m. members also have a small procession through town. A 7 p.m. program officially announces the events for St. Ubaldo Day. A host of festivities on the feast day lead up to the procession. In the morning, trumpeters and drummers from Valley View High School march through town from Jessup Station Park. The “families” involved in the

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main procession include the capodieci (captain of 10), the main steerer; the primo capitano and the secondo capitano. Family members (runners) and community leaders gather at St. John's ItalianAmerican Cemetery at 7:30 a.m. to lay a wreath and flowers in memory of deceased runners. At 8:30 a.m., everyone assembles at the St. Ubaldo Society Cultural Center for a blessing and prayer service. Afterwards, each “family” hosts a breakfast at their homes for the runners. Then, participants return to the cultural center to receive a mazzlin di fiori (little bunch of flowers), which they wear on their kercheifs (fazzoletto). Participants also don red sashes and white pants; however, each team wears different color shirts. St. Ubaldo's team wears yellow, St. George, blue and St. Anthony–black. Jessup Mayor Beverly Merkel presents the primo capitano of each team with the key to the city. Lackawanna County Commissioner Patrick O'Malley presents a plaque to the captains of each team and officially proclaims Saturday, May 27 as St. Ubaldo Day. Participants assemble their May 2017

Although it is also known as the "Race of the Saints," it is not a race at all. Runners carrying the St. Ubaldo statue always lead the way. The “race” starts on Powell Avenue. Runners proceed through town and finish at Veterans Memorial Field, where the Ceri is disassembled.

'ceri' (Italian for candle), which are actually octagonal wooden pillars. Ceris are placed on a wooden H-shaped platform called a stagna, which runners carry on their shoulders. The capocette (hatchetman) hammers a pin to attach the ceri and stagna into place. Once completed, the saint is 15 feet high and weighs about 400 pounds. The capodieci climbs on top of the frame to salute the town. He tosses vases, (imported from Italy and also called brocce) filled with holy water, into the crowd. After the vase shatters, people collect the pieces for 100 years of good luck.

On Sunday, May 28, there’s a children's Festa dei Ceri. Children ages 6 to 12 carry the saint of their choice through a scaled down route. The Ceri, which were imported from Italy in the 1970s, are smaller and lighter than those the adults carry. The event draws visitors from all over the U.S., Italy and Canada. Attendance has

Once completed, the saint is 15 feet high and weighs about 400 pounds. soared to as many as 30,000 spectators. Scott Hall, president of St. Ubaldo Society, has participated in La Festa dei Ceri since he was 6-years-old. "It's like Christmas in May for me," he said. "I love this tradition. Hopefully, it's around for many years.” H –Ben Freda

The main procession (La Corsa dei Ceri) begins at 4 p.m.


11th Annual Lackawanna Pro Bono Golf Tournament

ackawanna Pro Bono will host the 11th Annual Golf Tournament on Friday, June 9, 2017 at the Blue Ridge Trail Golf Club. A Continuing Legal Education program on Ethics will be presented at 11 a.m. CLE presenters will be Attorneys Kevin M. and James J. Conaboy. Registration and lunch begins at Noon. Shot-


gun start at 12:30 p.m. The event will conclude following dinner and awards ceremony at 6 p.m. Proceeds from the golf tournament will support Lackawanna

Pro Bono’s mission, which is to provide free legal representation to Lackawanna county residents who are faced with serious civil legal problems, but do not have the means to hire a lawyer. Golf tournament participants will enjoy a variety of contests, in addition to 18 holes of play. $10,000 is up for grabs in the hole-in-one competition. Other activities will include men’s and women’s longest drive contests and closest to the pin contests. “The annual golf tournament is a fun and important event to support Lackawanna Pro Bono,” said Executive Director Sylvia Hahn. “Thanks to pro bono attorneys and the generous support of sponsors and community members, we are able to make a significant difference in the lives of so many who would not have access to justice otherwise.”

Lackawanna Pro Bono was established in 1997 to address the unmet need for pro bono legal services in Lackawanna County. Approximately 200 Lackawanna County attorneys volunteer their professional services through the organization. Since 1997, Lackawanna Pro Bono has matched pro bono attorneys to its clients in more than 3,000 legal matters, serving over 7,000 people. To qualify for services, a person’s household income must be less than 125 per cent of the federal poverty guidelines. Types of cases handled include landlord/tenant, unemployment compensation, mortgage foreclosures, debtor/creditor matters, child custody and visitation and protection from abuse. Attorney Joseph G. Price, President of Lackawanna Pro Bono’s board of directors, and chairperson of the 11th Annual Golf Tournament said, “Providing free legal representation to those without the means to hire a lawyer is fundamental to fairness under law. The event also provides an opportunity for members of the community to network and enjoy a day out of the office.” The tournament will be captain and crew format. Registration is open to the public. Individuals without teams will be paired with other players. The “early bird” entrance fee is $135 for golfers registered on or before May 5th. After May 5th the entrance fee is $150. Fee includes the CLE, 18 holes of golf, cart rental, green fees, lunch, beverages, cocktail hour and dinner.

Back Row: Attorneys Edward Monsky and Timothy Foley. Front Row: Attorneys Bruce Zero, Joseph Price and Sylvia Hahn.


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Homegrown Talent Meets Headlining Stars


10th Annual NEPA Bluegrass Festival

hat began as a family passion is now a popular event in Northeast PA! The 10th Annual NEPA Bluegrass Festival takes place June 1 to 4 at Lazybrook Park in Tunkhannock. The event draws national headlining

“This is our passion, our mission, our vision for supporting Bluegrass music." bluegrass acts, as well as talented local and regional performers. With highquality music, top-notch vendors and family-friendly camping opportunities, this event has become a well-loved tradition in the Tunkhannock community and beyond. For the first time in festival history, the US Navy Band will perform the National Anthem during the opening ceremonies on June 1. The band will also perform live on June 3 and 4. Festival co-hosts Christa and Danny Stewart are proud to announce the addition to the festival line-up. Since their son, Danny Stewart Jr., currently plays bass for the band, 42

they have special insight into its the high caliber performances. “We are super excited to host a band with such a high level of musicality,” Christa said. “It’s a high honor for the community.” The festival will also celebrate its tenth anniversary. Top headlining acts include The Gibson Brothers, Little Roy and Lizzy Show and Danny Paisley & The Southern Grass. Many of these performers are Grammy Award-winning artists that have toured across the country. The festival also incorporates talented local musicians by inviting bands such as Scranton’s “Dishonest Fiddlers.” The event has two stages and features both progressive

and traditional bluegrass music. The event also features delicious food from crab cakes to barbeque. Artisan vendors set up in a shopping area and visitors may also attend instrumental work-

The United States Navy Band Country Current is the Navy's premier country-bluegrass ensemble and will perform June 3 and 4 at the NEPA Bluegrass Festival.

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shops. The Banjo-Player Dunkin Booth is back by popular demand. One of the most popular spots is the Danny Stewart Jam Tent, where musicians of all levels have the opportunity to meet up and play. Festival attendants receive free camping permits with the purchase of a weekend ticket, and the Comfort Inn offers special rates for guests. Event co-host Danny Stewart began playing mandolin at the age of 13, and now promotes bluegrass music full-time. He and Christa have started a Bluegrass Trail, which tracks festivals up and down the East Coast. They also run Bluegrass cruises out of Florida and are branching out to California this year. “This is our passion, our mission, our vision for supporting Bluegrass music,” Christa says. Danny and Christa love Lazybrook Park and encourage festival attendants to check out all that Tunkhannock has to offer. “The park is magical,” Christa says. “We wanted to bring bluegrass to the area, and now they’re hooked!” Visit H -Megan Kane

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Located on Kayutah (Little) Lake 9 miles to Watkins Glen, New York– the heart of the Finger Lakes. Seasonal and overnight camping, electric, water and sewer sites. Wooded tent area, cabins and one cottage. Fishing, swimming, boat launch, boat docks, hiking trails, camp store campfire wood. 607-594-3500 COOPERSTOWN SHADOW BROOK-

Highly rated family campground. Good Sam Park. Large RV sites and tent sites, cabins and rentals. Large stocked fishing pond with paddle boat rentals. Heated pool, playground, rec hall, arcade, sports area. Campground store, firewood, propane, laundry, WiFi. Full service, peaceful campground. www. 607-264-8431. KEEN LAKE CAMPING & COTTAGE RESORT– “One of the 10 Coolest Parks for RV Camping.” Trip Advisor Excellence Honoree and Country Living Magazine named one of the 12 Must See RV Friendly Parks in the nation. Familyfriendly and family owned for 63 years. Trailer Life Ratings 8.5/10*/10 155 Keen Lake Road, Waymart. 570-488-6161 800-443-0412 LEDGEDALE CAMPGROUND & MARINA

Located on beautiful Lake Wallenpaupack. We offer seasonal and daily sites, seasonal and temporary boat slips, kayak rentals and have a camp store. We also have a boat launch and picnic area with view of the lake!. 153 Ledgedale Road, Greentown, PA phone 570-689-2181, PEACEFUL WOODLANDS FAMILY CAMPGROUND

Wooded camping catering to families. Cabins, Full hook up and tent sites. Heated pool. Clean bathrooms. Direct access to ATV trails. Two playgrounds. Music festivals. RV storage. 20 minutes from Jim Thorpe. 2 miles from Pocono Raceway. Close to Pocono attractions.114 WT Family Blvd., Blakeslee. Find us on Facebook! 570-646-9255. 44

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SHORE FOREST CAMPGROUND– Nestled in the beautiful Endless Mountains on a fiveacre lake. Heated Pool/spa, camp store, snack bar, game room, crafts, hayrides, weekend activities, and so much more! Cabins, Cable TV/Wi-Fi available.Camping at its best! Halfway between Scranton and Binghamton and only a half mile from Rt 11 in Hop Bottom. 570-289-4666 VALLEY VIEW FARM & CAMPGROUND–

Family campground with wooded sites situated in a pristine country setting. Convenient to stores and attractions. Amenities include swimming, playgrounds, sports fields, mini-golf, hay rides, cabins, trailers and mobile renters. Clean restrooms. Rte. 6 East from Scranton to Waymart then North on Rte. 296 for 8 miles. 570-448-2268.

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D Andy Gavin’s Eatery & PubNow offering an expanded menu with weekly specials. Open for lunch Sunday through Sunday starting at noon. 21 beers now on tap with a large microbrew bottle selection. Stop in and catch your favorite NFL game in high definition all season long. 1392 N. Washington Ave. Scranton. 570-346-8864

Angelo’s Italian RistoranteArt deco inspired restaurant. Specializing in Italian Cuisine in a relaxed, professional atmosphere. Nightly features include fresh seafood directly from the Fulton Fish Market perfectly paired with expansive wine and signature martini list. Serving dinner TueSat at 5 p.m. and lunch on Fridays from 11 a.m.- 2 p.m. 570-880-7173

Camelot Restaurant & InnExperience our beautiful English Tudor-style restaurant and inn, cozy fireplaces and spacious patio with tiki bar! Combining classic cuisine with a contemporary flair, our chef offers nightly dinner specials, the area’s largest Tapas Tuesday menu, Sunday Brunch and catered special events. Open daily 11 a.m-10 p.m. 570-585-1430. See ad page 51

Carl Von Luger Steak & Seafood- A family tradition since 1887. Casual fine dining in downtown Scranton. USDA prime




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steaks & fresh seafood. Dinner dress code. Mon - Thur. 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Fri - Sat. 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Closed Sunday. Offering outdoor dining, delivery & catering. Two private dining rooms available for special events. 301 N. Washington Ave., Scranton. 570-955-5290.

Coccetti's A Restaurant & Bakery- Breakfast and lunch are served in this restaurant's warm and cozy atmosphere. Enjoy one of the daily specials, which include baked stuffed French toast, soup of the day, and a unique salad. Homemade baked goods available to eat in or take home. Try a chocolate fudge brownie, cake by the slice, a linzer tart or any of the other treats offered. Tuesday - Friday 7 a.m.-2 p.m. and Saturday 7a.m.- noon. 1124 Main St, Peckville.570-489-4000. Look for the house with the green awning!

Coney Island LunchA 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. Open Mon.-Sat. 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m., Sun. noon-6:30 p.m. 515 Lackawanna Ave., Scranton. 570-961-9004.


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The Dock on WallenpaupackLunch and dinner are served on the covered deck overlooking Lake Wallenpaupack. Live music accompanies dinner on Fridays and Sundays during summer. Dock and Dine is available, allowing boaters to park their boat and enjoy a meal. 205 Route 507, Hawley. 570-226-4388.

Failtes Steakhouse- Traditional Irish pub. Full service dining room. Spacious deck. Lunch and dinner served daily from 11 a.m. Sunday Brunch 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Daily happy hour; over 20 microbrew beers on draft. Weekend live entertainment. Dinner fare includes prime steaks, fresh seafood, salads, burgers and more! 1492 Route 739, Dingmans Ferry. 570-828-6505.

French Manor- See ad page 37 La Tonalteca- See ad page 47 Le Manhattan BistroMore than your foodly, friendly, Frenchly restaurant in NEPA. It's authentic French food with a touch of Paris, a touch of New York City and extra love. Located in a century-old building in downtown Wilkes-Barre. Join us for dinner & Sunday brunch. Private rooms available for large parties. 268 South Main Street, Wilkes-Barre. 570-706-9588

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Savory Maza Lebanese Cuisine- Enjoy and indulge in a

Stone Bridge Inn & Restaurant- Quaint European

variety of fresh homemade vegetarian and meat meals plus daily specials such as Koussa, Hashweh, Ahi Tuna kabobs, kibbee nayeh and more. Dine in or take out. 570-969-2666.

village nestled on a hilltop, surrounded by rolling countryside – discover Northeast PA’s best-kept secret! Excellent cuisine in a casual atmosphere, multi-level tavern & patio with entertainment. Weddings, private parties, reunions. Serving dinner Thurs.-Sun. I-81, Exit 206, Rt. 374 East two miles past Elk Mountain, Union Dale. 570-679-9500.

Settlers Inn- See ad page 7 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. Smugglers Cove/ Baileys Rib & Steakhouse-

Stirna’s Restaurant & Bar- A Scranton tradition since 1908. Casual fine dining, friendly atmosphere and delicious food. Open Tuesday-Saturday from 4 p.m. On and off premise catering seven days a week. Exclusive caterer for La Buona Vita, Dunmore. 120 West Market Street, Scranton. 570-9619681.

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Terra Preta Restaurant- Farm to table dining. Inspired seasonal menu. Fresh local food, homemade breads and desserts. Vegan, vegetarian, gluten free options. Cold-pressed juices. Full service bar featuring craft cocktails. On and off site food and bar catering. Dinner Sun.-Thurs. 4-9:30 p.m., Fri. & Sat. 4-10:30 p.m. 222 Wyoming Ave., Scranton. Free Parking. 570-871-4190. Twigs- See ad page 57 Vincenzo’s- Enjoy casual dining featuring New York style pizza, homemade pastas and a special monthly menu focusing on local ingredients & seasonal produce. Catering services on & off premises. Open Monday-Thursday 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday & Saturday 11a.m.-11 p.m. Closed Sunday. 131 North Main Ave., Scranton. (570) 347-1060.


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May 2017

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo - Camelot’s Opening Deck Party Fire Pit & Outdoor Bar

Friday May 5th. 6 p.m.

Saturday May 6th. 5:30 p.m.

Kentucky Derby Watch Party

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ith gorgeous nature hikes, live music and complimentary wine tastings, The Flights of Fancy Finger Lakes Wine Classic showcases some of the best views and vendors in the Finger Lakes region. The Hampton Inn in Penn Yan, NY hosts the event on May 20 from 2 to 7 p.m. A kickoff party in a waterfront tent precedes the tasting on Friday night. Festivities begin on Friday evening, May 19 from 5 to 9 p.m. Guests can purchase grilled food and drinks in the Hampton waterfront tent, and Top Shelf will perform live. On Saturday morning from 10 a.m. to noon, visitors can attend a History Hike on the Keuka Outlet trail. As the tour winds through beautiful spring foliage and over a raging

creek, Friends of the Outlets will discuss the scenery and historical significance of area mills. Oldies and jazz music courtesy of Artistic License accompanies the wine tasting from 2 to 7 p.m. Visitors will receive 16 tasting tickets and a commemorative wine glass. Food tickets and additional sampling tickets will also be available for purchase. Approximately 24 wine vendors are expected to participate. Food vendors will craft selections with wine pairings, and chef Brud Holland from Fox Run Winery will perform a cooking demonstration. The wine festival began last year as a way to showcase the Finger Lakes wine industry and raise funds for the Penn Yan Rotary. The Rotary is highly invested in goods and skills of the community. “This event engenders a tremendous amount of support and volunteers who help make it happen,” says event chair Carol Worth. Proceeds from this year’s festival benefit com-


munity projects, including summer camp for children with handicaps, literacy programs and scholarships. Worth believes the high quality of the event makes it unique. “We invite great wineries that will pour only Finger Lakes Appellation wines, food vendors who team with wineries to offer the best pairings, and we bring in great chefs to share their knowledge of local foods and wines,” Worth says. Visit H –Megan Kane

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Mother’s Day Dining Guide The French Manor, South Sterling Serving brunch noon-2 pm. DinnerReservations Required. Live piano music. 570-676-3244 Glass, Hawley Serving dinner noon-6 p.m., $39/person. 570-226-1337. Bailey's Steakhouse, Mt. Pocono Full menu plus Mother's Day specials. Regular hours. Reservations required. 570-629-2277.

The Settlers Inn, Hawley Serving brunch11:30 a.m.2:30 p.m,. $39/person. Farmto-table dinner 3:30 -8 p.m., $55/person. Reservations recommended. Sibio's Restaurant, Dunmore Seatings at noon, 2:30 and 5 p.m. Full menu plus dinner specials. Reservations required. 570346-3172

Cooper’s Seafood House, Scranton Crabfest every Sunday and Monday in May features Crab Bloody Mary's $7; Jumbo lump Crab Cocktail $8.95; Crab Bisque Soup $4.95; Crab Stuffed Mushrooms $9.95. Dinners features: Crab Mac and cheese with house salad $15.99; Jumbo Crab Lumps in Butter $15.99; Crab Lumps Au Gratin $15.99. Reservations recommended. 570-346-8049.


Twigs Restaurant, Tunkhannock Serving lunch and dinner 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Regular menu. Reservations recommended. 570-836-0433. The Waterfront at Silver Birches, Hawley Buffet Dinner noon-4 p.m., $34/person. Reservations recommended. 570-226-4388.

Camelot Restaurant and Inn, Waverly Seatings at 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Live music. 570-585-1430 Carl Von Luger Steak & Safood, Scranton Dinner 1-7 p.m. Full menu and special dinner features. 570-955-5290

Failte Irish Pub & Steakhouse, Dingmans Ferry Serving brunch 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and dinner 4 to 10 p.m. Music on the deck. Reservations recommended for group of five or more. 570-828-6505

Stone Bridge Inn & Restaurant, Union Dale Serving dinner noon-6 p.m. Full Menu and specials. Reservations recommended. 570-679-9500

POSH and The Colonnade, Scranton. Colonnade seatings at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. POSH seatings at 11 a.m., noon, 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. Buffet style. Reservations required. 570-955-5890.

Terra Preta, Scranton Serving brunch 10 a.m. -4 p.m. Farm-to-table menu. Reservations suggested. 570-871-4190

Skytop Lodge, Skytop Serving buffet brunch 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Reservations required. 570-257-2114.

Smuggler's Cove, Tannersville Full menu plus Mother's Day specials. Regular hours. Reservations required. 570-629-2277

The Beaumont Inn, Dallas Serving noon-7 p.m. Dining room and patio open. Special holiday menu, fresh fish features. Reservations required. 570-675-7100. H

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Raise a Glass to Vino by the Viaduct! E njoy delicious local wines, live music and vendors, all with the famous Tunkhannock Viaduct in view! Vineyards by the Viaduct returns May 13 from noon to 6 p.m. Rain or shine, the event takes place on the Nicholson Carnival Grounds, just off Route 92. With nine wineries and a variety of vendors, the festival serves as an annual fundraiser for the Nicholson Fire Company.

Wineries come from across the region, including favorites from Bradford County and Bucks County. Guests can also sample drinks from two new wineries, Deep Roots Hard Cider and Lucchi Family Wine Cellars. Along with delicious wines, wine-themed clothing and accessories will also be available for purchase. Other vendors will sell jewelry, novelty items, jams and dipping sauces. Local artists will display their work during the event. Static in the Attic and


Mace in Dixon will provide live music. Event organizer Charlene Mclain believes Vineyards by the Viaduct is vital to the Nicholson community. The event began in 2009 as a new fundraiser. “The Nicholson Fire Company relies on the revenue generated to sustain capital upgrades and payments on equipment,” Mclain said. “This is our most important fundraiser of the year and we strive to make each year better.” Admission is $15 in advance and $25 at the door. To purchase tickets, visit www.Nicholsonfireco. com. H –Megan Kane

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From Loss to Strength with Love: Jennifer Williams Shares Her Journey to Motherhood


fter years of being told that conceiving on their own was impossible, Scranton residents Jennifer and Bayard Williams were shocked and overjoyed when they found out they were expecting a baby boy in November 2013. Their once-stalled dreams of parenthood were coming true. Jennifer’s pregnancy was difficult and her doctors said there was a high probability of delivering early. The couple kept the faith, “We told each other everything was going to be fine,” she explains.

to what was going to happen but kept telling myself that it was all going to be ok. It had to be ok,” Jennifer recalls. On August 7, 2013 Nathan Russell was born at 24 weeks and three days weighing just over a pound. For the first few hours Jennifer was unable to visit Nathan in the NICU. The following morning when Bayard wheeled her to NICU, “It was love at first sight,” she explains. “His little finger squeezed mine and that feeling I will never for-

get. He was so tiny, but he was a fighter.” Jennifer didn’t know that the first time she held him would be her last. Within 48 hours things took a turn for the worst. Nathan fought hard for five days, but on August 11, 2013 he passed away with his parents and loved ones at his side. It was a devastating blow to the entire family, a time that should be celebratory and joyous turned to sorrow and grief. “Our lives were shattered. Nathan

On August 5, 2013, their parenthood dream was fast-tracked to reality when Bayard rushed Jennifer to the hospital in premature labor. Every measure was taken to stop the labor and keep the baby inside. Since those efforts were not successful, the doctors gave Jennifer Surfactant (a drug funded by the March of Dimes) to help the baby’s lungs to mature. For more than 48 hours Jennifer stayed in a Trendelenburg position with her body and legs inclined at a 45-degree angle to assure the medicine reached the baby’s lungs. “I was so afraid and uncertain as continued on page 64 62 62

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showed such courage, determination, strength and the true meaning of love,” says Jennifer. She says the precious lessons of love and courage they learned in their four days with Nathan will never be forgotten.

“It was love at first sight… “His little finger squeezed “mine and that feeling I will “never forget. He was so tiny, “but he was a fighter!” Jennifer found out she was again pregnant almost two years later. They were overthe-moon but also nervous and afraid. Jennifer saw many specialists and was monitored closely to maintain her pregnancy as long as possible. Through the March of Dimes, she received weekly Makena injections free of charge. The medication is a form of progesterone, which is naturally developed in the body and is integral to the initiation of labor. As labor begins, progesterone declines sharply. So theoretically the injections helped ward off early labor. At 26 weeks they had a scare when Jennifer had a sub chorionic hemorrhage, for protective and preventative measures Jennifer received Surfactant for the baby. The crisis passed, and Jennifer carried the baby 37 weeks to full term and delivered a six pound 15 ounce baby boy named Russell Anthony on June 3, 2015. The couple says March of Dimes was critical to the support and success of Jennifer’s pregnancy both through the life sustaining medication and 64 64

the love, concern and care they received from the March of Dimes staff. “Their support allowed us to be prepared for the possibility of a premature birth,” explains Jennifer. To give back to the March of Dimes, Jennifer and Bayard formed TeamNate807, which has raised over $15,000 in donations to help other families in need. TeamNate807 walks in the March for Babies every year in Nathan’s honor. “Our team sets a financial goal and begins collaborative discussions on fundraisers for the year.” Fundraisers held throughout the year raise awareness and money to help support the mission of the March of Dimes. The team sold t-shirts, had

hoagie sales, hosted a craft fair, chartered a wine tour, and held a gala. Jennifer and Bayard honor Nathan's memory by sharing their story with others, and walking in his memory each year. “We remember Nathan in everything we do, and continue to teach Russell of his brother,” Jennifer explains. “We have vowed to remember Nathan in all that we do until our last breath.” Their journey taught them to enjoy every day good or bad, especially on Mothers’ Day. “Protecting and carrying our two sons has been one of life's most rewarding and enriching experiences,” proclaims Jennifer. H – Kieran O’Brien Kern

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Little Charmer: Mikey Maritato Wins Cutest Baby


getting everything prepared very parent knows for Mikey’s arrival on August their little one’s cute5, 2016 since he would be the ness surpasses all first male (other than dad) in other babies. South a house full of females. Abington Perhaps it was physicians “I chose the the hoodie that assistants Kristen and picture we entered proudly proMichael because it showed claimed his status as a ‘hunk’, Maritato suboff Mikey’s big the chubby mitted a picblue eyes…They cheeks or the ture of their loveable boy, are so captivating charming Mikey and intriguing!” sparkle in his eyes that made Maritato to our readers fall be a part of Happenings’ January feature, in love with the younger Mr. Maritato. His mom notes “Look Who’s New.” In a there was a very speFacebook face-off to see cific reason she which baby of 2016 could chose that particuget the most likes, Mikey lar picture of her came out victorious. happy boy. “I chose The family took special care the picture we entered because it showed off Mikey’s big blue eyes,” explains Maritato. “They are so captivating and intriguing!” Mom and Dad aren’t Mikey’s only fans, Big sister Misha who is 3 ½ loves telling her curious, little brother stories and taking pictures with him. Misha loves to blow raspberries and make silly noises at Mikey who promptly melts 66

into laughter at his amazing big sister. The family of six is rounded out with “Lucy” an 8-year-old Golden Doodle and “Ellie” a 2-year-old Cane Corso. Mikey is a big fan of snuggles and when the mood strikes he’s not shy about pushing his face against a loved ones’ to get the right amount of cuddles. “He is not shy and shows love to everyone,” notes Maritato. His best toy “Mortimer the Moose” is never far away and always ready for snuggles. Mikey, the budding foodie, is always hungry and loves pears and oatmeal with cinnamon. This will be Maritato’s first Mothers’ Day as a mom of two. “Mother's Day is a great reminder of the significant influence mothers have on society by doing our best to raise children that are full of love and kindness,” explains Maritato. The family is so grateful to everyone who voted and thinks all the babies featured were gorgeous! We couldn’t agree more. H –Kieran O’Brien Kern May 2017

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Staying On T heir Toes BALLET THEATRE OF SCRANTON WAS FOUNDED IN 1958 BY THE LATE CONSTANCE REYNOLDS. Its mission is to provide Northeastern Pennsylvania resiPhoto: Bill Weitzmann dents with the finest in dance education and performance, as well as the opportunity to work with internationally known choreographers and artists. In 1991, Joanne Arduino was appointed Artistic Director of the Ballet Theatre of Scranton. This year eight ballet students will graduate from high school. Many years of dedication will bring them to their final dance as high school students, however some intend to keep dancing through college. Enjoy reading about them and how dance shaped their lives, throughout the following pages.

Emma Byrne Riverside High School Family: Parents: Sean and Barbara Byrne; Sister Danielle Byrne (15) Hometown: Moosic Future plans: Study international business at George Washington University. History as a dancer: Began dance career at the Ballet Theatre (The Dance Studio) at the age of three; favorite dance is ballet. Lessons learned from dance: Dance has taught me many life lessons and instilled values in me that made me the person I am

today. Miss Joanne served as a very influential role model for me and pushed me beyond my limits. The biggest life lesson I will take away from dance is perseverance and discipline. I realize that hard work and dedication pay off. Activities/Interests: Cheerleader, track, cross-country, national honor society, ski club, spanish club; I also belong to the Lackawanna Historical Society and I work part time at the Scranton Running Company. Favorite quote/life philosophy: “You’re gonna be happy,” said Life, “but first I’ll make you strong.” How I would change the world in one way: I can’t say exactly how, but I would like to make a difference.

Elizabeth Conway Scranton Preparatory High School Family: Parents: William and Ann Conway; sisters Annabelle (16), Catherine (13), Bridgette (13), Magarete (13) and MaryEllen (10) Hometown: Dunmore; Future plans: Attending collerge; I will be dancing all through college, hopefully even pursuing a minor in dance. History as a dancer: Began ballet at age 4;

modern classes since age 11; and jazz classes since age 13. Danced in nine Nutcrackers, favorite roles being Clara and Sugarplum Fairy. “I love a role requiring a lot of acting, so my role as Lucy in Dracula is definitely a favorite. Maybe I'll even return for another BTOS production.” Lessons learned from dance: “If you forget your choreography and don't know what you're doing, don't show it in your face.” Activities/interests: Working at Central Park Flowers; reading; traveling Favorite quote /Life philosophy:"Failure is success if we learn from it." How I would change the world in one way: Universal Gender Equality/ Female Empowerment

Katharine DeFrancesco Riverside High School

Family: Parents: Salvatore and Elizabeth DeFrancesco; Brothers- Salvatore DeFrancesco (19 ) and Anthony DeFrancesco (17) Hometown: Moosic, PA Future plans: Major in chemistry; accepted to The University of Scranton, UCLA and Villanova. Would love to continue dance. History as a dancer: Began dancing at age 4. Although I took ballet, tap, and jazz classes, I decided only to continue with ballet through my high school career. In this past Nutcracker, I performed my favorite role: the maid. This role focused on acting as well as dancing and allowed me to interact with younger dancers. It was probably the most fun I've ever had while dancing. May 2017

Lessons learned from dance: I definitely tried my hardest, but ballet never came to me as easily as school did. It wasn't until this year that I understood why. While I mastered the steps to my routines, I never realized that ballet was more than just technique. It extends far beyond the physicality and the movement. Dance is fueled by emotion. Because of my fourteen years as a dancer, I now put feeling and emotion into everything I do. Without it, what's the point? Activities/interests: I finished varsity cross country this past fall, where I acted as team captain. I am currently running my last season of track and field. I have been involved in student council and currently act as president. I have also been in The National Honor Society since tenth grade, where I currently serve as vice president.


Additionally, I am involved in the drama club and have been in every school play since seventh grade. I am also part of science club, math club, the school newspaper and the yearbook committee. Favorite quote:"I know not all that may be coming, but be it what it will, I'll go to it laughing." from Moby Dick How I would change the world in one way: I would probably make everyone have patience. I

Caitlyn Farrell North Pocono High School Family: Parents: Bill and Donna Farrell Hometown: Moscow Future plans: Study physical therapy at either University of Delaware or Duquesne University. History as a dancer: Began dancing at the age of 4; studied ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop and modern. “I’ve been in the Phantom of the Opera, The Little Mermaid, Coppelia and the annual production of the Nutcracker. I plan to continue dancing on a dance team in college. “ Most important lessons learned from dance:

know that fixing global warming or providing third world countries with the food, water and medicine they so desperately need would also be up there on my list, but patience is something we all overlook. With patience, governments would choose to pursue diplomatic approaches during conflict instead of resorting to war. It also allows understanding among individuals because, with patience, people will hear one another out and listen. It reduces the amount of frustration and stress in life and results in happier, healthier people. Patience is such an important quality with so many positive implications, but few realize this.

“Dance has made me an overall better person; it has taught me that there is always room for improvement. Although I have been dancing for 14 years, I know that no matter how close you are to perfecting a step or a dance, there is always more room to improve.” Activities/interests: Caityln is a member of North Pocono’s girls’ golf team, National Honors Society, Red Cross Club, S.A.D.D club, High Honors and is currently Student Council Executive President. Favorite quote/life philosophy: “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take” –Wayne Gretzky How I would change the world in one way: I would make everyone equal: race, sexes and social background. Everyone would have equal opportunities throughout their lives.

Leah Georgiades Holy Cross High School Family: Parents: Maryellen and Theodore Georgiades; Brother- Mathew Maslar (31) Hometown: Eynon Future plans: Attend Ohio State University to study PrePharmacy History as a dancer: Began dancing at the age of 3; studied ballet, jazz and modern. My favorite role was the Dew Drop Fairy in the Nutcracker because of the beautiful music and choreography. This year, I danced in the Parade of Wooden Soldiers which was extremely fun. I hope to continue taking dancing classes on campus. Most important lessons learned from dance: Although dance is often thought of as an individual activity, my experience would have never been the same without the friendship and encouragement of other dancers. We are truly a family. Activities/Interests: Service Club, Pro-Life

Club, National Honor Society and Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science. I also lector at my parish, St. Paul’s. Favorite life philosophy: Continue surprising yourself. It may seem terrifying to go on stage and perform at first. However, if you can get past your fears the rewards are amazing. How I would change the world in one way: We need a greater understanding of one another. When societal differences are no longer considered, it becomes very clear that people can easily unite.

Riley Hesser Scranton Preparatory High School Famiiy: Parents: Dean and Leslie Hesser; Sister Reghan Hesser (14) Hometown: Clarks Summit Future plans: Study biology at Lehigh University History as a dancer: Began taking ballet at age four. Since then, also took hip hop, modern and tap. Favorite role was a signet in Swan Lake. Plans to continue dance.

Most important lessons learned from dance: Patience, persistence and grace. Activities/interests: Cheerleading Favorite quote/life philosophy: “Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.” - J.K. Rowling How I would change the world in one way: Create equal opportunity in impoverished areas.

Isabella Snyder Scranton Preparatory High School Parents: Christine and Gary Snyder; Siblings: Milana (14) and Max Snyder (11) Hometown: Madison Township Future plans: I plan to further my education and pursue a career in the performing

arts. I plan to continue dancing in my college studies and ultimately in my career. History as a dancer: I began dancing at age four. I enjoyed playing Spanish in the Nutcracker. I have studied ballet, jazz, modern and hip-hop styles. Most important lessons learned from dance: The importance of discipline, taking direction, hard work and artistic expression. Activities/interests: I have been involved with various community theaters especially Act Out Theatre Group. My Scranton Prep activities include The Scranton Prep Players, Chamber Singers, Cavalyrics, Chorale and Art Society. am very excited and honored that I have been selected as this year’s intern. continued on page 80


NEPA Career and College Counseling Associates (Jennifer) has been available to answer our questions in a detailed and timely manner. We are grateful for her encouragement and guidance of our son, and us, through this daunting process. We would recommend working with Jennifer to anyone who wants a clearer direction in college preparation. –Michelle Otey, Endicott, NY



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Favorite quote: "To love another person is to see the face of God" -Les MisĂŠrables (Victor Hugo) How I would change the world in one way: I would like to increase people's awareness of the importance of all art forms in our lives.

Casey Welby Scranton Preparatory High School Family: Parents Timothy & Gretchen Welby; Kate (16) & Caroline Welby (13) Hometown: Scranton Future plans: Attend the University of Scranton to study Classical Languages History as a dancer: Began dancing at 3 years old; Studied: ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, ballroom and Irish step. Favorite roles have been Dewdrop Fairy (Nutcracker) and Dawn (Coppelia). Also studied (summer programs) at the Princeton Ballet, Gelsey Kirkland Ballet Academy, Joeffery Ballet, French Academie of Ballet. I have been a demonstrator for ballet and Irish step dance for many years. I plan to continue dancing through college. Most important lessons learned from dance: discipline Activities/interests: cheerleading, piano, skiing, Model United Nations Favorite quote /life philosophy: "This too shall pass." How I would change the world in one way: Make our country (and the world) a safer place. H


Summer Checklist for College Bound High School Students Tips From Jennifer Severini-Kresock, NEPA Career & College Counseling


here are several tasks that high school students can start during the upcoming summer months that will give them a head start on career and college planning.

should set up a zee mee profile ( A summer job that is related to career interests can boost a resume and help a student decide if he or she is serious about a certain

Summer break is a perfect time for rising seniors to work on college essays. Students should give themselves plenty of time to work on the essay, proofread, have someone else proofread and edit as needed.

career. Volunteering at various agencies can also help students solidify career Begin your high school interests. For employment resume. Students should and volunteering, there begin this in grade nine and may be age requirements, follow through each year of so students should have high school. The summer several sites in mind before before applying senior for a job or A summer job that is year is offering related to career the ideal their help. time to interests can boost Another finalize a resume. way to get the high exposure school to various career or college resume by making sure to options is to participate in list all academic achievecollege or summer careerments, extra-curricular related camps or programs. activities and work experiMany colleges host sumence, along with any mer camps and other awards, honors and comcareer related programs for mendations. In addition, interested students. high school students Students (during the sum82

mer after sophomore year and beyond) should consider taking college courses through a dual enrollment program. Students should prepare to take the PSAT, SAT and/or ACT, and possibly the SAT II. By researching college requirements, students should check to see what tests are required for admission. Various mobile apps, online testing practice programs and private tutoring can get students started with test preparation. Writing practice and reading will help freshmen and sophomores prepare for future college essay writing during the summer between their junior and senior years. Visiting some prospective colleges that may be on the same route as summer vacation destinations, or planning a trip to get a first look at a school, will aid in the search for a good college fit. Call (570) 7025700 or email H

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HOME is Where the Art is! isa Cunningham showed an interest in art and drawing from a very young age. She remembers taking an aptitutde test from The Art Instruction Schools in the pages of a magazine, and her excitement when the results came back in the mail letting her know that she was, “a promising artist.” As Cunningham explains, “I was 11-years-old then and announced to the world that I was going to be an artist.”


She notes that her father, a hobby photographer, played a large role in shaping her art. Cunningham was able to learn from him about the nuances of photography, and had the pleasure of watching him develop his photos in their basement darkroom. She took formal art and photography 84

classes throughout junior and senior high school, and earned degrees in both fine art and art education from Keystone College and Kutztown University. Now an award-winning artist, she belongs to the Pastel Society of America, the American Artists Professional League and the Salmagundi Club in New York City, as well as holding signature memberships with several prominent societies. Her work was exhibited locally and nationally, and can be found locally at Butternut Gallery in Montrose. Cunningham remains passionate about her work. “I enjoy painting what I discover

on my travels, the simple things that exist in everyday life, as well as all of the great local architecture right here in Northeast PA,” she explains. She developed her own style—realizing the medium of pastels fit best

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with her original love of drawing. She also came to find that she often liked presenting close-up images in her art; “inviting the viewer in to experience my interpretation of that moment in time.” When working on commissions, Cunningham points out that her process varies based on the specific client and subject— the process is outlined in a package she prepares for each person individually. She has worked with people throughout Northeast PA as well as those living in Jersey Shore, Maine and Nantucket. If it is possible to meet on site, Cunningham will meet with clients to take photographs and discuss the timeline for the work in person. If distance will not allow, she often works off of a photograph provided. She then begins with a rough drawing, working through the phases of painting, and continually updating the client with photographs throughout the process. Depending on each person’s preference, she is flexible—either sticking strictly to the photo, or other times painting more creatively.

“I enjoy painting what I discover “on my travels, the simple things “that exist in everyday life, as “well as the great architecture “here in Northeast PA,” Many of Cunningham’s clients are people who cherish their homes, the homes they are moving away from, vacation homes, businesses or travel memories, and want to capture the places they value with a painting. For Cunningham, making human connections, and learning about the lives and the places that matter to those she works with is what it’s all about. She enjoys working closely with clients throughout the process of creating a commissioned work, and looks forward to the rewarding feeling of delivering a completed painting. Visit www. H –Melissa Durante


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nce a year, a yard sale comes along in Dalton, PA turning a normally quiet N. Turnpike Road into a lively, bustling street. About 30 to 60 residents along the road, in an area ranging from Dalton Pharmacy to the La Plume Post Office, vend merchandise outside their homes. The 16th annual 2-Mile-Long Yard Sale, is Saturday May 20 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. rain or shine.

his family bring items to sell including men's clothing, household items, books, computers and toys. Suzanne’s five red and blue

that's really important." Suzanne accommodates her customers by allowing them to park in her driveway and in front of her yard, as long as they park responsibly and do not block traffic. She stays open late until 5 or 6 p.m. Since it takes Suzanne and her family hours to put their things away, they allow last-minute shoppers to browse. She also gets early birds, who arrive around 6 a.m. Suzanne sees the yard sale as a great way for Dalton businesses to prosper. Her neighbors sometimes order pizza from Newsies Pizza and yard sale goers often stop in Slocum's Market to get a sandwich. Suzanne and her family have been participating in the yard sale since its first year. "I like the fact that I get to meet a lot of great people," she said. "It's always been a family thing

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Since 2001, Dalton locals and people from as far as Kingston, Tunkhannock, Mehoopany and Hazleton, make the trip to N. Turnpike Road to browse and shop. Some visitors walk the whole two miles. Vendor Suzanne Philo sells bottled water to thirsty yard sale goers. Her brother Dave and

tents are well known to yard sale attendees for housing a large variety of goods, such as designer clothes, shoes and handbags. Her home is a muststop destination for faithful customers. "They come every year to shop because they get quality merchandise, and I always give them a great price," she said. "It is about the people. It is about my family spending time and it's about the community, the people coming into our town,

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to see who can sell an uncommon yard sale item first. Items not sold are donated to the community yard sale at St. Patrick’s Church in Nicholson. Suzanne and her neighbor, Marge King started the 2Mile-Long Yard Sale. They are both collectors, who needed to purge their homes. Suzanne thought a yard sale in the middle of May, before the busy events of summer would be a good idea. She reached out to other neighbors to gauge their interest. "I had 19 people the first year," she said. "And those 19 people called other people right down the road. And now, I'm up to 62 people this year." The 2-Mile-Long Yard Sale is only for N. Turnpike Road residents, however, people who receive consent from residents, are allowed

to vend on their property. The women’s and youth group from Dalton United Methodist Church run a food stand on Susan's property at 610 N. Turnpike Road. They make coffee, wimpies and hot dogs to raise funds for the church. The youth group has a bake sale to raise funds for their Vacation Bible Schools. Suzanne is glad the 2-Mile-Long Yard Sale has become a success over the years. "It's a carnival

atmosphere, and we all have a ball," she said. "People come back every year and comment, 'I got this up the road.' 'I got

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“Customers are pleasantly surprised by our cabinetry’s cost compared to box store pricing, while achieving a far superior product,” “When I began working here 20 years ago, my dad wanted me to learn everything from the ground up. I love every aspect of the business and am blessed and grateful for this opportunity. It’s certainly in the Mecca Blood,” shared Adriana. A focus on family permeates every aspect of the business, from creating long lasting relationships with customers, to building a team of respected employees. “The employees here at Mecca’s are highly valued and appreciated. They are the best team,” exclaimed Adriana.

Cabinetry for a unique kitchen, bath or home space they are greeted by a highly skilled and experienced staff. Each individual’s vision is taken into account, from room size and the need for storage and function to the look and structure. “We find that customers are pleasantly surprised by our cabinetry’s cost compared to box story pricing, while achieving a far superior

product,” said Adriana. Team members sit with customers and create a digital rendering of the cabinetry to ensure each customer’s vision comes to life. Cabinets are built in Mecca’s 13,000 square foot shop, providing customers with locally made cabinetry that is built to last. Currently, the biggest trend in cabinetry is painted wood and shaker door styles, such as bright red library built-in

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units or stained frame doors with eggplant-colored panels. Colorful wood and accessories are a hot trend, but Adriana notes that trends should not always be the deciding factor. “We urge potential clients to ask questions when shopping around, such as whether or not the cabinetry is made out of all wood, what options are available for finishes and what finishes are best for children or pets, as well as what styles are trendy versus those that offer timeless style,” Adriana shared. Ultimately, Adriana wants customers to know the best way to purchase cabinetry is to educate themselves

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Paying Homage to Artistry in Pittston


xplore some of Pittston’s beautiful sacred spaces during the Pittston Artists’ Tour! Amateur and professional photographers and artists are invited to this special event on Sunday, June 4. Local attorney Jan Lokuta will serve as a guide through five historic churches, showcasing the unique beauty and history of each one. The tour is limited to 20 guests. The tour begins at 9:30 a.m. at St. Michael’s Byzantine Catholic Church on North Main Street. With both Western stained-glass windows and Eastern icons, the church features a broad range of European artwork. Next, attendants can explore the simply adorned interior of the First Presbyterian Church. An antique pipe organ serves a focal point, along with a magnificent plaque displaying the Apostle’s Creed. From there, Lokuta will lead attendants through the oldest church in the area, First Baptist Church, and to admire the dazzling stained-glass dome in the United Methodist Church. The tour will conclude at approximately 2:30 p.m. at St. John’s Roman Catholic Church, which bears hallmarks of the Gothic tradition with its stained glass rose window and marble altar. According to Lokuta, all five churches can be seen from a central point in Pittston, and together they make up the history of the small Northeast PA town.


Though Lokuta has given church tours since 2006, this unique event comes in response to a WVIA feature. The show, “Our Town” recently featured a segment on Pittston’s historic churches. Lokuta believes it is important to recognize the many different styles and denominations of churches within Northeast PA. “I think this tour and the artists’ work will open people’s eyes to the depth of culture in the area,” Lokuta said. Participants are encouraged to explore the sacred spaces on their own, and Lokuta will be on hand to explain icons and relics of special significance. The tour group will spend approximately one hour in each church, and participants are welcome to visit some or all the sights. Lokuta also reminds participants to wear comfortable shoes and appropriate attire for visiting houses of worship. The event is free, but space is limited. All artists and photographers who wish to register must call 570- 296-6471 or 296-2181 (evenings). – H -Megan Kane

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Allied Services Integrated Health System Volunteer: Ashley Blevins


t would be hard to keep up with 26-year-old Ashley Blevins. The Lakeland High School graduate is a volunteer at Allied Services three days a week. The joy she brings to her co-workers and patients is immeasurable.

Ashley is the daughter of Lisa and the late James Blevins. She was born at 26 weeks with cerebral palsy. She weighed two pounds and had a grade 3 (out of 4) brain hemorrhage. A neurologist told the Blevins that their daughter would need assistance throughout her life. The Blevins passionately conducted research on their own to grant their daughter the best life possible, regardless of whatever limitations or barriers anyone might put on her. When she was 6 years old she had her first surgery at the Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Delaware. “After her first surgery (which corrected some bone issues with her feet and hips) she was up and going,” says Lisa. “Our Ashley has been a fighter


since the day she was born.” Ashley had been getting therapy at home twice a week, but at the age of 5 they got a notice in the mail saying that it would no longer be covered by insurance. In shock and disbelief the Blevins turned to their pediatrician, Dr. Mel Wolk who interceded (through Dr. Michael Wolk) on their behalf and miraculously got Ashely enrolled in a weekly therapy program at Allied Services that was covered by insurance. Although the mile markers were not the same as other children, Ashley thrived. She began kindergarten in a wheelchair. She took her first step at age 6, and began walking with braces and a walker at age 7. Ashley graduated high school with her class in 2009 but she stayed in school until 21. She had an aid throughout school. Now, over 20 years later, as a volunteer, Ashley has never left the Allied “family” that was so critical to her success. “If it weren’t for Allied, I don’t know where we’d be,” says Lisa. “After she graduated from high school I was panicked. Where could she go that would provide a safe, family environment?” Allied welcomed Ashley with open arms. Ashley’s duties include working in the rehab outpatient facility, helping with the mailing, watering plants, doing clerical work and preparing welcome packets for new patients. Once a

week she goes over to the assisted living center and visits with residents who don’t have any visitors and brings many a smile to their faces. In addition to spending three days at Allied, Ashley spends two days a week at UCP (United Cerebral Palsy.) She helps with cooking, exercise class and delivering Meals on Wheels. She also enjoys coffee clubs, weekly bowling, hair appointments and horseback riding. She has a great and typical relationship with her 21year-old brother, James Jr. who is a junior at The University of Scranton. “She is so outgoing, always wanting to be busy and to try something new. She just doesn’t stop.” says Lisa, proudly. H May 2017

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“Bernie” Jeremiah Mullen of Scott Twp says this big guy loves to play with empty milk jugs, eat and sleep.


“Jordan” Lindsay Jones says her Penn State lovin dog likes to play in the snow, sleep, go for rides and eat Beggin' Strips. His favorite activities include chasing squirrels and rabbits at home in Scott Twp.

Curious, sleepy and sweet. That’s how John DeLeo describes his pup. He also loves kisses and hugs. They live in Peckville.



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“Harleigh” Shopping at Petsmart is a favorite pastime for Jennifer Bolsar’s pup. He sits for treats and loves to play with all his toys. They live in Jessup.


This sweet boy loves to cuddle and loves his treats! He enjoys camping with his family in the summer. He lives with Chrissy and Dominic Provini in North Abington Twp.

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asey Sauerwine works as an Elder Law attorney with Marshall, Parker and Weber. Through drafting wills, planning estates and navigating the healthcare system, Sauerwine ensures that her clients receive the best service in the area. Marshall, Parker and Weber offers both inoffice consultations and mobile service in a client’s home, nursing home or assisted living facility.

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Wayne Bank: 3 Ways to Fund Your Dream Wedding


xpensive weddings have become the norm. The average cost of a wedding is higher than it has ever been; even smaller weddings can turn into a major purchase. Most couples don’t have the large amount of money required up front and are finding that financial assistance is essential to achieving a dream wedding.

rate. By using your home as collateral, you often are able to borrow money at a lower interest rate. You may also qualify for a home equity line of credit, or HELOC. This works like a credit card making a certain amount of credit available as you need it, for a limited term, allowing you to borrow as much or as little as you need, within your credit limit. A HELOC also has an adjustable rate that changes with the market, so your payments will fluctuate with changes in interest rates and vary as your balance changes.

2. “How you decide to pay for your wedding may be one of the first important decisions you make as a couple,” explains Jill Hessling, Wayne Bank’s Honesdale Main Community Office Manager, NMLS #483370. “Work together to set a realistic budget, decide on your top priorities and remain open to creative possibilities.”


Home Equity Loan or Line of Credit. This is a great option if you own your home; it is often used by parents who are paying for their children's wedding. If you qualify, a home equity loan allows you to borrow a lump sum against the equity in your home, and pay it back over a fixed term at a fixed interest 108

Personal Loan. When you hear the term "wedding loan," it is most commonly referring to a personal loan. Personal loans can be unsecured, meaning that holding collateral, like your home, in exchange for lending you the funds is not required. Therefore, if you're not a homeowner or don't have the equity in your home needed, this may be a good option. Approval is typically based on your credit score and history, and interest rates are usually lower than most credit cards.


Savings Account or Certificate of Deposit. If you are willing to have a longer engagement and take time to save, your patience can pay off. A traditional savings account will give you an opportunity to make deposits over the course of your engagement, while earning you

est on the money in your account. A certificate of deposit, or CD, is a timed deposit, meaning that you must keep your money there for a set period of time, or term. Terms lengths vary, but generally longer terms will have higher interest rates, earning you more on your money. If you withdraw your funds early, you'll typically have to pay a penalty, or percentage of interest earned. This may work to your advantage if you are not a born saver, since the threat of a penalty may deter you from touching the funds. Wayne Bank also offers a special “Building Block” CD that would be a great option for slowly building up your wedding savings. It is similar to a savings account in that it allows you to make unlimited deposits into it at any time and includes a onetime penalty free withdrawal. Savings

accounts and CD's are also insured up to a certain amount by the FDIC, or Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., so they are a safe way to save for your big day. H Stop into your local Wayne Bank Community Office, visit, or call 1-800598-5002. Wayne Bank is a subsidiary of Norwood Financial Corp., Member FDIC, Equal Housing Lender, and is located in Honesdale, Pennsylvania. The Bank has 26 Community Offices serving Wayne, Pike, Monroe, and Lackawanna Counties in Pennsylvania, along with Delaware and Sullivan Counties in New York State. The stock trades on the NASDAQ Global Market under the symbol— NWFL.

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Financial News

Fidelity Bank: Yoga, Bead Making & Crafting…Oh my!


omething is always happening at Fidelity Bank- even yoga! You can also find bead making, art classes, wine tastings and pet care seminars. Fidelity Bank recently launched a new program, Community Connections, at their ten local branch offices. Community Connections allows Fidelity Bank to get to know their friends and neighbors a little bit better. “We’re always looking for new ways to be more than a bank to our community,” said Joann Marsili, CFMP, VP & Marketing and Sales Director. “As a community bank, we feel it’s important to support our neighborhoods and towns through volunteer

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time and charitable donations. With these events we’re also adding fellowship. Bringing people together to share and interact with one another also strengthens communities.” Marsili added. Each Fidelity Bank Branch Manager chooses five days 110

throughout the year to open their branch doors after hours to host an event that is free and open to the public. You do not have to be a customer. Events include guest speakers, seminars, fitness classes and crafts. Light refreshments are included and the atmosphere is relaxed and light. Since its inception, Fidelity Bank has hosted wine and chocolate tastings, estate planning seminars, crafting Susan Colborn classes, art shows and yoga classes. Upcoming events include a kid’s sing-along and story time, cooking classes, a coffee tasting, and a golf swing analysis. As the warmer months approach, guests can look forward to outside events too. “In June, our branch is having a Canine Care

Event,” said Green Ridge Retail Branch Manager, Jill Valentini. Peckville Retail Branch Manager, Susan Colborn is hosting a seminar on relaxation and reducing anxiety. She noted, “It’s just a fun, community interaction. Like your local library or the community center, your local bank is a hub of your community. We hope that like those venues we can be a communal place to meet up with friends, maybe make some new ones or just be a reason to get out and learn something new.” To get involved, call Fidelity Bank at 1-800-388-4380. H Fidelity Bank has built a strong history as trusted advisors to the customers served, and is proud to be an active member of the community of Northeastern Pennsylvania. With ten branches located throughout Lackawanna and Luzerne Counties, Fidelity Bank offers fullservice Trust & Investment Departments, a mortgage center, and an array of personal and business banking products and services. The Bank provides 24 hour, 7 day a week service to customers through branch offices, online at, and through the Customer Care Center at 1-800-388-4380. H

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Bridal Guide


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athleen (Katie) Marzzacco and James McDonough met at a football K game during their senior year of high school. Katie, a cheerleader for Lakeland High School, began dating James, a Carbon-dale Area football player, just after high school graduation in 2005. After a semester apart, James transferred to Wilkes University, where Katie attended. The two remained inseparable for the next 11 years. James proposed in December 2015 after leading Katie through a scavenger hunt in their home. On November 11, 2016, guests arrived at St. Rose of Lima Church in Carbondale to celebrate Katie and James’ special day. The couple made sure to incorporate their large family into the ceremony, creating a wedding party of 32! Katie’s grandparents and parents were married at the same church, and the couple reenacted a shot at the church in the same pose Katie’s parents had made 47 years earlier. 112

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Katie’s grandparents and parents were married at the same church, and the couple reenacted a shot at the church in the same pose Katie’s parents made 47 years earlier. Katie’s “something old” was a handkerchief crafted from her christening bonnet. Her something blue” was a heart-shaped piece of fabric from one of her father’s dress shirts and sewn over her heart on the inside of her gown. Even the couple’s Basset Hounds were included — they were featured in the engagement photos and inspired “doggy bags” filled with dog treats for guests. James and Katie also made a donation to Griffin Pond Animal Shelter in honor of all who attended their wedding. Katie found her dream gown by chance on a trip to Kleinfeld Bridal in New York. Hayley Paige happened to be holding a trunk show there, and Katie fell in love with a dress she had been hoping to find for years. The bride’s amethyst gown was complemented by her May 2017


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celebration of family and friends.

The reception at the Scranton Cultural Center featured many elements from Northeast PA vendors. The couple gifted their bridesmaids with bags from Nibbles and Bits of Scranton, and late-night wings and pizza were provided by the Peanut Bar of Carbondale. For those guests staying at the Radisson for the night, Katie and James made up welcome bags filled with their favorite treats.

Katie and James spent their honeymoon at Sandals Regency La Toc Golf Resort and Spa in St. Lucia. Katie works as an attorney for the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board, and James is a finance manager for Sysco Foods. The couple resides in Harrisburg, but spends their weekends in Scranton. H –Megan Kane

The night was full of fun and dancing, including a married couples’ dance that was “won” by Katie’s aunt and uncle, Dr. Albert and Mary Nalevanko, who have been married for 50 years. Katie and James also shared a special moment at the top of the auditorium behind the stage. From there, the couple looked down over the


Shiloh Richner


Jacob Byrnes

or Shiloh and Jacob, a chance meeting at the YMCA led to F happiness, love and marriage.

Shiloh Richner and Jacob Byrnes met at the Carbondale YMCA when Shiloh, who attended Keystone College, was completing an internship in sports and recreation management. They connected instantly and began dating soon after. Jacob proposed during a romantic dinner at their home overlooking Crystal Lake. Family and friends gathered at Maiolatesi Wine Cellars on September 17, 2016 to celebrate Jacob and Shiloh’s union. The couple’s 2-year-old daughter played an important part in the ceremony. She and Shiloh wore matching dresses and belts and held identical bouquets.

Shiloh and Jacob made their wedding unique by incorporating a lot of homemade and do-it-yourself elements. For over a year, the bride collected rustic items to decorate the inside and outside of the winery and reception hall. Her bridesmaids also helped cut the hydrangeas used to make the centerpieces on each table. Using some of their leftover accessories, Jacob and Shiloh crafted a country-themed photo booth backdrop for guests. continued on page 118 116

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Instead of using sand or candles to mark their unity, the couple blended two different paint colors on a canvas. Constantino’s Catering prepared the entire meal. The couple placed photos of their family and antique medicine bottles at each table to give the centerpieces a unique touch. Instead of using sand or candles to mark their unity, the couple blended two different paint colors on a canvas. Since Shiloh paints furniture as part of her profession, paint holds special significance for her. The blend of the paints not only symbolized her love of art, but the beauty that was formed through the union of their two lives in marriage. Shiloh and Jacob traveled to Cozumel, Mexico for their honeymoon. Currently, Shiloh is the owner of From Drab to Fab, a small business in Mayfield. Jacob is the general contractor and owner of Four Seasons Landscaping. The family lives on Crystal Lake in Greenfield Township. H –Megan Kane Photos: Tammy Martines Photography 118

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“My passion for design began as a musician. When you are in the arts, you have a sense of creativity and the need to always invoke a response and do something that people will not forget. Lighting provides the atmosphere for an event. It is the one thing that transforms a room from ordinary to extraordinary. When you see a sunset over the mountains, it creates a mood. The same thing happens with lighting inside a room. You are setting the mood.� -John Phillips, MCR Productions, A Rental and Design Company.

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Colleen Reynolds


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usic helped bring Colleen Reynolds and M Dustin Bender together forever.

The couple first met on Black Friday. Colleen was singing with Daddy O and the Sax Maniax at Mert’s Bar in Scranton, and Dustin came in with some mutual friends. The next week, they went on their first date. Following a Trans-Siberian Orchestra concert, they ate grilled cheese sandwiches at Minooka Pub and danced to Elton John’s “Your Song.” A few years later, this pub also hosted their proposal, set to the tune of “Your Song.” Family and friends gathered at St. Paul’s Parish in Scranton on July 30, 2016 to celebrate Dustin and Colleen’s union. Throughout the ceremony, the pair emphasized two of the most important things in their life: family and music. Colleen wore her mother’s wedding dress, and Dustin wore his father’s original wedding band. Their nieces and nephews all played important roles in the ceremony, from altar servers and readers to flower girls and bridesmaids. The bridal party was made up of family members and close friends. Both Colleen’s father and brother escorted her down the aisle.

Vintage and garden touches, including a classic MG car at the entrance and natural greens and rose bushes adorned the reception.

The Mass included music from string and brass quartets, winds, timpani and the organ. Colleen is a music teacher at Dunmore High School, and some of her current and former students performed the song, “I’ll Be There” during the ceremony. Dustin’s goddaughter read an original poem, “Today’s the Day,” and his nieces sang “The Wedding Song.” continued on page 126


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Following the ceremony, friends and family members gathered at the Hilton Scranton. Vie Life Elements provided vintage and garden touches to the reception, including a classic MG car at the entrance and natural greens and rose bushes. The wedding fell on the rainiest day of the year, but the couple made the most of it, using umbrellas to enhance the dance floor and cocktail hour décor. Guests enjoyed a variety of delicious foods, including mozzarella sticks, rib eye steak and mashed potato stations. During the reception, a memory table displayed photos of the couples’ parents and grandparents on their wedding day. Dustin wrote and read a poem in tribute to his grandmothers, who in turn offered the toast. Colleen’s father and brother also perform in bands– “The Cameron Avenue Band” and “The Push.” Both performed at the reception along with Daddy O and the Sax Maniax and 126

“Black Tie Stereo.” Colleen joined her father on the dance floor to perform a song that held special meaning to them– Nat King Cole and Natalie Cole’s “Unforgettable.” Dustin and Colleen’s first dance was set to an acoustic cover of Chris Brown’s “Forever,” performed by Colleen’s brother. Dustin and Colleen traveled to Hawaii for their honeymoon. Dustin works as a financial advisor at Bender Wealth Management, Merrill Lynch. Colleen is an English and chorus teacher at Dunmore High School. The couple resides in Scranton. H –Megan Kane Photos: Todd Hille

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Kristin White


Benjamin Mizack

ristin White and Benjamin Mizack fell K n love at the “Sweetest Place on Earth.”

After a snowy first date in Hershey-park, Kristin and Ben realized their relationship was meant to be. They dated for almost a year before taking a family vacation to Puerta Playta, Dominican Republic. While getting ready for a holiday party, Benjamin asked Kristin to take a picture in front of a large, beautiful Christmas Tree. Instead of snapping a photo, he surprised her with a proposal. The couple rang in the new year with champagne, fireworks and the promise of a new life together. Guests gathered at St. Peter’s Cathedral in Scranton on May 21, 2016 for Benjamin and Kristin’s afternoon ceremony. The cathedral held special significance to Kristin, a graduate of Bishop Hannan High School and an original member of Holy Family Parish. Though the parish is no longer standing, some of its statues are now held in St. Peter’s. Kristin and Ben chose champagne and gold as their wedding colors in order to keep the event elegant and timeless. The bride and groom celebrated with guests during the reception at the Country Club of Scranton. They chose to have a traditional guest book and canvas for guests to sign, which they now proudly display in their home. Instead of making big, continued bold gestures of on page 130


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their love, Kristin and Ben placed subtle hints of their relationship and affection throughout different elements of the reception. Their custom-made toasting glasses featured two special symbols: a Celtic knot for Kristin, to symbolize her heritage and everlasting love, and a Moravian star for Ben that connected to his upbringing in Bethlehem, PA. Kristin, a Disney fan, also displayed a Disney-themed sign on the cake table. The personalized sign held the names of famous Disney couples, along with Kristin and Ben placed subtle Ben and Kristin’s names in the center. hints of their relationship

throughout the reception.

One of the couple’s favorite moments of the night occurred during their “second” first dance. For their first public dance as a couple, Ben and Kristin selected an upbeat song called “Fire in the Flood” by Vance Joy. Later in the evening, while others were on the dance floor, the couple shared a private dance to the song, “Into the Mystic” by Van Morrison. A party at the Radisson Lackawanna Station followed the reception, and a brunch was held the day after the wedding. After the brunch, Kristin’s parents invited guests back to her childhood home for a final party in a less formal setting. Throughout the celebration, Kristin and Ben enjoyed catching up with friends new and old and


spending time with all of their loved ones. Ben and Kristin traveled to St. Lucia for their honeymoon. Kristin works as a Registered Dental Hygienist and Hygiene Manager. Ben, who graduated from Lehigh University with a master’s degree in industrial engineering, is self-employed. The couple currently lives in Bethlehem, PA.

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Couples planning their event at Zacharellis have a lot of creative control. They may choose an indoor or outdoor reception, or a combination that allows for an indoor cocktail hour followed by dancing outdoors. The venue provides tables and chiavari chairs for indoor events as well as an approved caterers list. Couples also have the option to provide their own alcohol. This all allows those interested in Zacharellis additional control over not only the style and details of their wedding, but makes it possible for couples to meet their specific budget. With a lot of options to consider, the Zacharellis staff aims to be as accommodating as possible during the wedding planning process. As Plink says, “In essence, our approach is to treat them as family.” The team works to minimize the stress of the wedding planning process, to allow for an enjoyable experience. They work with couples throughout the planning process, allow for set-up time to accommodate decorating details and remain present at the venue the day of the event to help keep things running smoothly. A former bride who was married at Zacharellis, Kate DePrimo, recalls how easy the planning


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process was with the help of Zacharellis, noting, "They anticipated the questions you had before you had them." For their day, the couple chose an outdoor ceremony, indoor cocktail hour and a reception in the outdoor, tented area. DePrimo enjoyed not only being able to make the most of the space and the grounds, but the rich history behind the venue, including many of the features original to the estate. After working with many couples, Plink points out Flexibility in terms of catering and drink key for those looking to that a less traditional options, rather than a standard package, create their own unique wedding venue has appears to be key for those looking to experience. For those become a trend in modcreate their own unique experience. planning their wedding, Plink tells couples to ern weddings. She finds follow their own personal style, and reminds that people appreciate the venue for its comthem to “Focus on the true meaning of the fortable, flexible environment that allows day– love, family and friends. Be happy, guests to relax indoors or outdoors and take enjoy the day… and your guests will too!” in the scenery. She also notices that the flexibility in terms of catering and drink options, Visit H rather than a standard package, appears to be –Melissa Durante

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Ryan Wilson, CPA, CFP ® Senior Vice President of Wilson Wealth Advisory Group, Janney Montgomery Scott

yan Wilson brings commitment, compassion and 18 years of experience to clients of the Wilson Wealth Advisory Group. His team of certified professionals work to create plans and portfolios that are tailored to each individual customer. Wilson’s team includes a Certified Financial Planner™, a Certified Public Accountant, a Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor, and an Accredited Wealth Management Advisor.℠

Education: B.S. in Business and Economics with a Major in Accounting, Lehigh University Janney’s Wealth Management Certification Program & Janney’s Retirement Income Planning Certificate Program, Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania What drew you to finance? From a very young age, I was fascinated by the markets and personal finance. My interest likely started when my father first purchased me shares of a mutual fund. I would follow its price movements in the newspaper and read about its holdings.

How long have you been in your present positions? Eight years. I’ve been serving investors for 18 years. Prior to my career in wealth management, I was a CPA with Pricewaterhouse Coopers LLP. Primary responsibilities: Design/update customized financial plans, provide investment advice, and act as the portfolio manager of our group. My approach is consultative where our clients meet with me on a regular basis via scheduled meetings. Other duties include trust planning, designing employer sponsored retirement plans and coordinating the team of experts to address the needs and aspirations of clients. When should you meet with a wealth management team? Typically once you are

settled in your career and have specific goals and wealth to be managed. Biggest misconceptions about wealth management: Wealth management is very different than buying/selling an investment product. Some newer clients are surprised by the depth of our process because their previous experience with what they thought was “wealth management” was merely being sold an investment product. Our process is delivered in a consultative manner that is truly clientcentered without presupposition for certain investment products. Further, each member of our team has a clearly

defined role for enhancing the client relationship. Biggest challenges: Helping clients effectively manage the barrage of information they receive from online, 24-hour news, and other sources. It is important that we direct our clients to reliable sources of data that have stood the test of time in continued on page 136


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terms of accuracy. This can help prevent clients from making mistakes based upon emotion or misinformation. Most rewarding part of your job: There is nothing more rewarding than seeing your clients attain their financial goals and knowing that you and your team helped make it happen. Having served investors for 18 years, I’ve had the luxury of witnessing clients attain their retirement age and income goals, afford college for their children, create legacies for loved ones and charities and have peace of mind that their objectives are being attained. How often do you meet with each client? The typical client meets with me on a semiannual basis to review their financial plan and investment portfolio and to learn about updates happening. In all cases, any clients who we haven’t spoken with for 90 days receive a phone call from our team. Biggest Career Challenge Overcome: I came into this business at the age of 24 and built my client base from scratch. The first three years were the most difficult. Many long hours and a lot of rejection. Looking back, though, I wouldn’t have had it any other way. Industry Outlook: A transfer of wealth from aging baby boomers to younger genera136

tions is under way and it is having an impact on the wealth management industry as the younger generations demand platforms delivered with cutting edge technology. As such, firms are adapting by trying to deliver a high-end digital experience without alienating older clients. Increasingly, investors and regulators are demanding that financial service providers act in a fiduciary capacity. This may force more financial advisors to either adopt a wealth management, client-centric model or to leave the business. Further, there may be a higher barrier to enter the industry as more education and training may be needed to competently provide financial advice. Ultimately, this can be of great benefit to both the investor seeking advice as well as the reputation of the financial services industry. Family: Wife, Rena; Children, Eliza (13), Nina (7), Gabriel (5). And we can’t forget our Golden Retriever, Toby.

and am the chairman of the finance committee at St. Eulalia’s Church. A race director for the annual St. Eulalia 5k Run/Walk. Head basketball coach for my daughter’s basketball team at North Pocono Junior Hoops. Volunteer Fundraiser/Rappeller for this year’s Over the Edge Scranton event benefitting Neighborworks NEPA. Career mentor for Lehigh University Alumni Association. Most important financial advice: Start investing early in life, be consistent with your annual savings, have an adequate emergency cash balance and avoid debt like the plague. When I’m not at work: I treasure spending time with my wife and kids. In addition, I enjoy volunteering within the community, trail running and am an avid Penn State football fan. Favorite part of Northeast PA: Its deep sense of community and family values. Favorite book: The Shack Favorite quote: “I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have.” – Thomas Jefferson People may not know: I was a linebacker on the football team in college. H

Community Involvement: Serve on my parish council

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Health Scare Hits Home

for Local Newscaster Mark Hiller will never forget January 11, 2015.

before returning to work.”

Around 12:30 p.m. that day the WBRE Eyewitness News anchor noticed a tingling and numbness in his hand when he returned home from reading scripture during Mass at St. Ann’s Basilica in Scranton. “It was a cold day and I thought my symptoms were a result of the weather,” Hiller said. “Within a few minutes my symptoms escalated to dizziness, nausea and a feeling I was going to faint. I dropped to a knee, my speech became garbled and slurred as I tried to talk to my wife, Beth. I immediately suspected I was having a stroke. I initially feared for my career before fearing for my very life.” Beth drove her husband to Geisinger CMC in Scranton, about a 15-minute drive from the couple’s Old Forge home. G-CMC is a Primary Stroke Center, is Joint Commissioncertified and has received Gold Plus and Target Stroke Elite Plus from the American Heart and Stroke Association. An emergency room nurse immediately took Mark into triage and checked his vital signs. “I was whisked away for testing and administered a powerful, clot busting drug 138

called tissue plasminogen activator or TPA for short. Within about an hour and a half of my stroke occurring, the symptoms started to reverse themselves,” Hiller said. “I spent the night and

Ischemic strokes are the most common type of stroke, accounting for nearly 85 percent of all attacks. most of the next day in the hospital's intensive care unit and remained at G-CMC until my discharge January 14. I continued my recovery at home for the next two weeks

Mark was diagnosed as having an ischemic stroke. According to G-CMC Stroke Program Coordinator Margy Kester, RN, BSN, ischemic strokes are the most common type of stroke, accounting for nearly 85 percent of all attacks. An ischemic stroke occurs when a blood vessel or artery in the brain becomes blocked by a blood clot or fatty substance known as plaque. There are two types of ischemic strokes: embolic or thrombotic. An embolic stroke occurs when a blood clot forms outside of the brain— often inside the heart or larger arteries— and travels through the bloodstream, thereby becoming lodged in the smaller arteries of the brain. A thrombotic stroke occurs when a blood clot forms inside an artery that supplies blood to the brain. Mark said he was, “fairly worried my first two days in the hospital but as I was assured by my doctors and saw that I was getting better I started feeling more confident and determined to not only work continued on page 140



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n celebration of National Nurses Month we appreciate the opportunity to pay tribute to our nursing team at Hematology & Oncology Associates of Northeastern Pennsylvania. Our nurses provide their patients with compassionate care on a daily basis while demonstrating a strong work ethic that stems from a desire to help those in need. The positive relationships they foster with their patients makes the experience all the more personal. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with cancer and are looking for quality care close to home, Hematology & Oncology Associates of Northeastern Pennsylvania located in Dunmore has an expert team of seven physicians board certified in Hematology and Medical Oncology. Together with our staff they create a supportive environment to help you and your family before, during, and after your visit.

• Coordinating an individualized comprehensive care plan with radiation oncology, surgery, primary care and tertiary care facilities. • Participant in multiple clinical trials through the Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson University Hospital. • Member of the Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group and the National Surgical Adjuvant Breast and Bowel Project • Hereditary Risk Assessment Program Hematology and Oncology Associates of Northeastern PA is QOPI certified. This recognition by the QOPI Certification Program, an affiliate of the American Society of Clinical Oncology and its Quality Oncology Practice Initiative, certifies that hematology-oncology practices meet standards for quality cancer care.

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toward a full recovery but also share my story with others to promote awareness of stroke risk and strokes symptoms.” Kester said the most common signs of a stroke include numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg; slurred speech; difficulty speaking; loss of balance; severe headache and blurry vision, especially on one side of the body. “If you think you or someone you know may be having a stroke, it’s crucial to note when the symptoms begin as how long they’re experienced can determine medical treatment,” Kester said. Kester added that, while Mark acted quickly in getting to the hospital on his own, the safest action is to call 911 at the onset of stroke symptoms, an idea Mark totally supports in hindsight. “Immediate medical attention is critical for someone who’s having a stroke. If you suspect someone may be experiencing symptoms of a stroke, call 911 immediately,” related Kester. “Opting not to call 911 and instead attempting to bring someone with stroke symptoms to the emergency department yourself can be extremely dangerous, as the person’s symptoms may worsen or they may become unresponsive.” Today, Mark still feels grateful that he received such good medical care and is now back to living his normal life. The Marywood College graduate with a bachelor’s degree in radio/TV who was also on140

air personality and newscaster at WWDL-FM and WICK-AM doesn’t miss a beat as anchor for the WBRE Eyewitness News weekend evenings. Mark first joined WBRE in 1985. He’s served in a number of positions, including weekday morning anchor, WYOU First at 4 anchor, weathercaster and even health reporter. “I am incredibly lucky and blessed that my stroke has not had a significant negative impact on my life,” Mark said. “Since my stroke, I am more conscious of my eating choices, I exercise more, I'm losing weight and I am on medication for the rest of my life to try and prevent another potential stroke from occurring.” Mark recommends a healthy lifestyle for all, as a way to prevent a stroke from happening in the

Most Common Signs of a Stroke: Numbness or Weakness of the Face, Arm or Leg Slurred Speech Difficulty Speaking Loss of Balance Severe Headache Blurry Vision

first place. He said, “Make sure you're making healthier eating choices, getting some exercise even if it's just walking and getting your proper rest. (According to statistics,) 80 percent of all strokes are preventable.” H

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s a Primary Care Sports Medicine physician, Dr. William McCafferty is dedicated to treating patients of all ages and levels of athleticism at The Wright Center. His own passion for sports drives his commitment to deliver quality medical care. Dr. McCafferty also serves as a faculty member at The Wright Center, and shares his knowledge with Family Medicine and Internal Medicine residents. Education: B.S. in Biology/Minor in Biochemistry, Gwynedd-Mercy College Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Philadelphia, PA Family Medicine Residency, Saint Vincent’s, Jacksonville, FL Sports Medicine Fellowship, Saint Luke’s, Bethlehem, PA What inspired you to study Sports Medicine? I fell in love with anatomy in high school and was lucky to have a clinical doctor as a professor. He taught us not only structure but also function and the idea that someone could heal another human being merely through the application of anatomy. Never before had I learned of anything that was so practical. In 2005, after becoming the second college graduate in my family, I furthered my medical knowledge at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. I chose to pursue Family Medicine so I would 142

have the opportunity to immerse myself in the physiology of the whole body. Did you play sports in school? In high school, I excelled in athletics as a four-year varsity football starter, but also continued to take pleasure in academics in the sciences as well as the creative arts. What are your feelings on contact sports? There are risks associated with every sport but I believe the benefits of sportsmanship for men and women outweigh the risk of complications from injury. What preventative measures do you advise athletes to take to avoid injury? Always adhere to the rules of the game – they are in place for a reason. For example, after the “no spear tackling” rule was put into place for football to prevent players from tackling by leading with their head, we started to see the percentage of traumatic neck fractures decrease dramatically. I encourage athletes to focus on friendly competition and remember to practice how

they intend to play in the games – don’t go all out for a game without conditioning your body to work at higher level first. Also, the fanciest or most expensive gear isn’t always the best option. Everyone’s body is different – for example, some people need a more structured running shoe, while others can be just fine wearing the “barefoot” running style. Always take it slow when you start something new; practice good work ethic to train consistently. Common misconceptions about Sports Medicine: You don’t have to be an athlete to need a Sports Medicine doctor. Weekend warriors and inconsistent exercisers are actually the most vulnerable to injuries that are classified as “sportsrelated.” Listen to your body and don’t ignore pain when you feel like something isn’t right. Family: Wife, Diedra and daughters Isabella, 2, Adriana, 7 months. Favorite type of exercise: Right now, I am focused on weight training. Tips for staying active: Exercise doesn’t have to be intense and it doesn’t have to be every day. I recommend three times a week for 30 minutes or so. Try to get your heart rate up when you can. It helps if you pick an activity that you actually like so you’re more likely to stick with it. People may not know: I am into creative writing. H

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ach day Kathy Gouldsbury makes the trip from her hometown of Throop to Honesdale to do something she feels passionately about– making residents of Ellen Memorial Health Care Center feel comfortable. As the social services director, she wears many hats and enjoys all of them. Her duties over the past 18 years included reviewing referrals, going through admission processes and interacting with residents and their families. She helps recent residents adjust to their new environment. "I like working with the elderly," she said. "I like giving people the opportunity to be happy and adjusting to life in a healthcare facility." Kathy also answers residents’ questions and listens to their problems. Resident Peggy Lundquist asked Kathy about going horseback riding at Fair Hill Therapeutic Riding Center in Honesdale. Kathy set up the paperwork and transporta144

tion to make it possible. "She's a problem solver," said Peggy. "She takes action right away. When you come into her office

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and son, R.J. After college, Kathy found work in her field of choice, where she enjoys her work and her co-workers. Kathy's assistant, Ashley Cunningham, appreciates

working with her. "She's a great person," Ashley said. "She's very compassionate with the residents and is willing to listen to their problems if they have a concern." Administrator and owner Robert Zabady is glad to have Kathy working in his facility. "I love Kathy like a daughter," he said. "She’s bright. She’s energetic. She’s pleasant. Kathy’s a fabulous problem solver. The residents love her. If I could, I would clone ten more like her. Ellen Memorial and the residents are extremely lucky to have her." For her part, Kathy likes the fact that the administrator is involved with patients and the center's daily activities. Ellen Memorial Health Care Center offers 24-hour care to residents including those in need of health rehabilitation and patients who can't be cared for at their own homes. H –Ben Freda

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Shelly Powell Registered Nurse Hospice of Sacred Heart From a young age, Shelly Powell knew she wanted to follow in her mother’s footsteps and become a registered nurse. Shelly specializes in case management in hospice and palliative care. She cares for patients in their homes during end-of-life stages and also works in a more clinical setting in the inpatient unit, managing physical and emotional symptoms. Shelly builds a rapport based on trust with patients and families and helps them to feel comfortable with the difficult decisions that come throughout endof-life care. Shelly loves working with Hospice of Sacred Heart where she benefits from, “an incredible team of nurses, social workers and staff. They make my job easier,” she said. Shelly encourages aspiring nurses to be prepared to work hard. “The rewards in the nursing profession cannot be found anywhere else,” she remarked. Shelly, whose mother is a breast cancer survivor, would like to remind readers about the importance of getting routine mammograms. continued on page 148

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Danielle Guzzy Assistant Director of Nursing Traditional Home Health and Hospice Danielle Guzzi credits her high school guidance counselor for leading her to become a nurse. The counselor told her she had more skill and compassion than was required for other careers she was exploring. Since 2002, Donna has specialized in home health and currently serves as the director of nursing at Traditional Home Health. Prior to that she had extensive experience in hospital, surgical and doctor office settings. Danielle tries to create a positive patient experience by involving the families in all aspects of care. She engages with each patient in order to help them with what she considers a teaching process. “You should always work with compassion and care for your patients,” she said. Regardless of their speciality, aspiring nurses should, “always have the patient at the forefront of their mind. Treat

the patient with the utmost respect and kindness, just as you would want someone to treat you or a family member,” said Danielle. With the spring season upon us, Danielle encourages everyone to take advantage of nature and exercise outdoors.

Patricia Steiner, RN Wayne Memorial Health System Healthcare runs in the family for Patricia Steiner, whose son works as a medevac pilot and daughter as an oncologist. Originally from New Jersey, Patricia now works in the ICU at Wayne Memorial Hospital in Honesdale. When Patricia was 11, she had encephalitis and was cared for by a nurse who graduated high school with her mother. “That nurse inspired me to pursue healthcare as a rewarding and interesting field,” explains Patricia. She initially wanted to work as a midwife but her impactful experiences in the ICU kept her there for the past 30 years. She tries to gain trust through a rapport, which develops with one-on-one education with each patient. Patricia encourages nurses to get enough sleep. “Take care of yourself to take care of patients, because you’re no good if you’re not well. And leave the baggage at home,” she remarks. Patricia commented that a career as a nurse is ever-changing as there will always be on-the-job training. “Remember to work as a team. Never consider yourself alone,” she said. continued on page 150 148

Nancy Kline, RN Renaissance Center Cosmetic Nancy Kline assists in the ambulatory surgery center in the pre-op and post-op recovery area and all other aspects of nursing at the Renaissance Center. Nancy has extensive healthcare experience including many years as a supervisor in the ER at Nesbitt Memorial Hospital and years as a supervisor of the Employee Health Services for Wyoming Health Care System. She also was instrumental in the implementation of the first Mobile Intensive Care Units for the Kingston, West Side and Back Mountain Areas. She has volunteered as the medical coordinator for the Wilkes-Barre Triathlon for 32 years. As a young girl, encouragement from Nancy’s family doctor, as well as helping to take care of her livein grandfather, solidified her vocational choice. Nancy feels the most rewarding part of the job is seeing ill patients feel good about themselves as they become healthier and return to their previously productive lifestyles. Nancy encourages new nurses who may feel intimidated by the long hours and difficult job responsibilities to remember that it is all worth it because the experiences you gain and memories you make create an extremely fulfilling career.

Heidi George, LPN The Pines Senior Living For the past ten years, Heidi George has provided personal care for geriatric patients. She originally wanted to be a social worker but an experience with an at-risk pregnant counseling patient’s C-section made Heidi realize she wanted to help people in a more hands-on way. Heidi finished her degree in Social Services and went on to achieve her nursing license. She attempts to create a welcoming patient experience by treating every situation with individuality. “Just like learning, everyone does it differently. Each person has their own way that they prefer to have things done for them,” said Heidi. Allowing patients dignity and personalization helps them to accept that they need care. Sometimes transitioning to a personal care setting is not easy, but by making it as much like home as possible, Heidi helps this delicate phase. Heidi’s favorite part of the job is receiving a patient hug! She loves to hear patients laugh. She encourages aspiring nurses to follow their heart as they discover their niche in the nursing field. “Bring passion, a smile and a sense of humor to work every day,” she advises. continued on page 152


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Tammy Altemier Director of Nursing, RN Ellen Memorial Healthcare Center Tammy Altemier has served in geriatrics and skilled nursing for over 31 years. She also has seven years of acute care hospital experience. Tammy’s skill set and drive earned her various positions over the years including unit nurse, RN supervisor and her current position as Director of Services at Ellen Memorial Healthcare Center in Honesdale. Tammy tries to listen to the needs of each resident and respond to that need. She thinks it is important to promote an environment where patients and residents are made to feel that their voice matters. For Tammy, the most rewarding part of the job is working with the incredible employees of Ellen Memorial Healthcare Center who really do their best to ensure positive experiences for all residents. Tammy would like aspiring nurses to know that they should not expect to know everything as soon as they graduate school. New nurses will experience challenges and will gain valuable experience by working through them. “Have an open mind, and treat everyone with respect.” she said. Tammy’s health tip to readers is to, “leave your work at work, and enjoy your family and hobbies when you are at home.”

Marybeth Delaney, LPN Kingston Manor Marybeth Delaney was inspired to pursue a nursing career specifically in geriatrics because she wanted to try to make a positive difference in patients’ later years. She is always especially eager to help those who may be lonely or suffer from dementia. Marybeth greets patients with a smile, and engages them in conversation. The patients know that if they need anything, they can count on her to be there in their time of need. The most rewarding part of her job is seeing patients happily waiting for her at the door each day, telling her they are so happy to see her. Marybeth reminds new nurses of the importance of first impressions. “Always be polite, smile and make your first experience with a patient a positive one,” she said. Marybeth encourages readers to maintain health by visiting their doctor regularly, getting rest, exercising regularly and eating well.


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Loretta Mae Amico, RN Bucci Laser Vision

When Loretta Mae Amico graduated from high school in 1970, she knew she wanted to become a nurse. She was the first in her family to further her education after high school, making her grandparents extremely proud. While in nursing school, Loretta trained in different specialties, but found her calling in the operating room. Loretta enjoyed meeting patients, preparing them for surgery, often putting their fears at ease. Through the years Loretta found herself in various medical/surgical and operating room positions. She met Frank A. Bucci Jr., MD, in 1996 who later asked her to assist him in opening his own private Ambulatory Surgical Center. In her role as director of surgical services for the Angelina Theresa Bucci Eye Surgery Center, Loretta had the best of both worlds– working with a leading surgeon and a team of highly trained co-workers, as well as meeting wonderful patients in a state-of-theart operating room. Loretta has since semi-retired but still works part time alongside Dr. Bucci. “My advice for aspiring nurses is to find your calling,” said Loretta. “When you enjoy what you're doing, you will be a better nurse and therefore your patients will have a better experience.”

Cassandra Thomas, RN Geisinger’s Janet Weis Children’s Hospital, Danville

Cassandra Thomas has been a pediatric nurse for the past eight years. She tries to create a great patient experience by staying positive, listening and being personable. “It’s important that I take time with my patients and their families to make them comfortable and show them I care,” she commented. Cassandra was recently awarded the Medical Hero award from the American Red Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania. While vacationing in Clearwater, Florida last July, a lightning storm struck the beach, injuring two boys. Cassandra raced down 16 flights of stairs and found that one of the boys had no pulse. She and another man immediately performed CPR and were able to regain a pulse while waiting for paramedics to arrive. Cassandra loves to see her patients smile and laugh. “Children are resilient. It's a blessing to offer comfort to children and their families,” said Cassandra. She reminds nurses that there will be good days and bad days. “If you work from your heart, this career will be more rewarding than I can put into words,” she noted. Cassandra’s favorite health tip is to enjoy the fresh air outside. “Take care of your mind and your body will feel great, too,” she said. “Eat healthy, be conscious of portions and enjoy the rest in moderation.” 154

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Alice McDonnell became a nurse because she has a passion for helping people. She believes in treating every patient and their family as if they are your only one. With this attitude, she is able to experience many rewarding moments with her patients. Alice encourages readers to practice preventative medicine such as regular screenings and always complying with doctor’s advice. Almost 31 years ago Alice saw Interim HealthCare’s first patient, and still serves on their team today. Members of the office commented that Alice’s love and devotion for both the nursing field, and more importantly her patients, is quite clear. They believe she truly is a pioneer in the NEPA nursing field, and they feel truly blessed to have her with them every day! H – Aleni Mackarey 156


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rganizer Lori Sokolowsky describes The Fortis Institute School of Practical Nursing’s celebration of National Nurses Week (May 6-12) as, “A tribute to nurses and nurses in training.” Sokolowsky, a veteran of the nursing field, brought the tradition to the school’s Scranton campus last year. Information about the nursing profession will be available throughout the week along with a variety of simulations, and student council members will be available to discuss careers in nursing with students. Simulations include the medi man and

mock-hospital room, which allows students an interactive learning experience as they problem solve real medical issues in simulated situations. In addition to professional opportunities and resources, students will have the opportunity to enjoy some refreshments provided by the school and partake in theme days, such as a t-shirt day—an opportunity to take a break from their usual uniforms. For the last day of the week-long celebration, the school will celebrate nursing pioneer Florence Nightingale with a cake to mark Nightingale’s birthday. Sokolowsky emphasizes that the week really highlights the, “commitment to the

nursing profession.” While the celebration is mostly for the school’s students, on Tuesday May 9 from 9:30–11:30 a.m. and 1– 3 p.m., the general public is invited to the school for complimentary blood pressure screenings. School tours are always available for those interested in the nursing program. The Fortis Institute of Practical Nursing partners with a variety of local agencies including St. Joseph’s Center, Allied Services, Just Believe, Riverside Nursing and Rehab and the Jewish Center. These partnerships allow Fortis Institute students the opportunity to gain clinical experience in their field. Visit H - Melissa Durante


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May 3, Annual Conservancy Meeting & Stewardship Award Presentation, 7 p.m., Keystone College, La Plume. 945-6995. May 4, Seeds Fundraiser & Swapalooza, 6 p.m., The Cooperage, Honesdale. 2451256. May 5, Rummage Sale, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Countryside Community Church, Clarks Summit, 587-3206. May 5, Cinco de May Celebration & Deck Opening Party, 5 p.m., Camelot Restaurant & Inn, Clarks Summit. 585-1430. May 6, 8K Run/Walk, Grey Towers National Historic Site, Milford. 296-9625. May 6, Labyrinth Garden Grand Opening, 8 a.m.-8 p.m., Saw Mill Road, Greentown. 350-2517. May 6, Name Your Own Price Yard Sale & Children's Clothing Giveaway, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., United Methodist Church, Dingmans Ferry. 8282288. May 6, Friends of the Hoyt Library: Designer Purse Bingo, 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Swoyersville Hose Co., Swoyersville. 287-2013. Happenings Magazine

May 6, Open House, noon-3 p.m., Civil War Research Center & Open House, Scranton. 343-4145. May 6, Kentucky Derby Watch Party, 5:30 p.m., Camelot Restaurant & Inn, Clarks Summit. 585-1430. May 6, Community Contra Dance, 7 p.m., Church of Christ Uniting, Kingston. 333-4007. May 7, My School Color Run, 11 a.m., Shawnee Mountain, Shawnee on Delaware. 656-3767. May 7, Ballroom Bazaar, 1-4 p.m., Hilton Scranton & Conference Center, Scranton. 969-6072. May 8, VFMA&C Trojans Golf Outing, St. David’s Golf Club, Wayne. 610-989-1331. May 8, 4th Annual Swing 4 Home Golf Tournament, 9 a.m.3 p.m., Huntsville Golf Club, Dallas. 574-5551. May 10, Elder Justice Day, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Ladore Lodge, Waymart. 253-4262. May 11, Stourbridge Pie: A Market Gathering Place, The Cooperage, Honesdale. 2532020. May 12, May Friendship Day, 11 a.m., St. Matthew's Catholic Church, East Stroudsburg. 6195251.

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MAY HAPPENINGS May 13, Gun/Cash Raffle, 5-8 p.m., William Walker Hose Co., Mayfield. 499- 2910. May 14, Mother’s Day Champagne Brunch, Misericordia University, Dallas. 674-6728. May 14, Mother's Day Breakfast, 8 a.m.-1 p.m., Newton Ransom Volunteer Fire Co., Clarks Summit. 906-4906. May 13-14, Plant Sale, 9 a.m.4 p.m., Pocono Environmental Ed Center, Dingmans Ferry. 828-2319. May 15, Book Signing & Reading with David Hicks, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Hoyt Library, Kingston. 287-2013. May 19, Video Games Live!, 8 p.m., F.M. Kirby Center, WilkesBarre. 826-1100. May 20, Brazilian Food Festival, noon-3 p.m., New Covenant Fellowship, Taylor. 575-5597. May 21, Holupki Dinner, noon, Sts. Peter & Paul Russian Orthodox Church, Scranton. 343-8128. May 21, Spring Sip & Shop, 13 p.m., Camelot Restaurant & Inn, Clarks Summit. 585-1430. May 21, Designer Purse Bingo, 1 p.m., St. Michael’s Hall, Jermyn. 383-9934. May 27, Bangor Slater Youth Football & Cheerleading Tricky Tray, 4-8:30 p.m., East Bangor Fire Hall, Bangor. 973479-8542. May 29, Memorial Day Observance, United Methodist Church, Sterling Twp,. 6763202.

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May 29, Memorial Day Parade, 10 a.m., downtown, Montrose. 278-9984.

CONCERTS May 2, Brian Wilson: Pet Sounds, 8 p.m, F.M. Kirby Center, Wilkes-Barre. 826-1100. May 5, NEPA Philharmonic: A Season's Grand Finale, 8 p.m., F. M. Kirby Center, WilkesBarre. 270-4444. May 6, BoDeans, 8 p.m., Sherman Theater, Stroudsburg. 420-2808. May 7, The Choral Society of NEPA Children & Youth Ensembles, St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Scranton. 343-6707. May 11, Alter Bridge with In Flames, 7:30 p.m., Sherman Theater, Stroudsburg. 4202808. May 12, Parrots of the Caribbean: A Salute to Jimmy Buffett, 7:30 p.m., Scranton Cultural Center, Scranton. 344-1111. May 12, Life Of Agony, 8 p.m., Sherman Theater, Stroudsburg. 420-2808. May 12, SUZE, 8 p.m., F.M. Kirby Center, Wilkes-Barre. 826-1100. May 13, Jimmy Eat World, 8 p.m., Sherman Theater, Stroudsburg. 420-2808. May 14, Madison String Quartet Mother's Day Concert, 3 p.m., Dietrich Theater, Tunkhannock. 9961500. May 16, Good Charlotte, Sherman Theater, Happenings Magazine

Stroudsburg. 420-2808. May 18, Angaleena Presley, 8 p.m., F.M. Kirby Center, WilkesBarre. 826-1100. May 19, Video Games Live!, 8 p.m., FM Kirby Center, WilkesBarre. 826-1100. May 20, Paul & Mary Good Gospel Duo, Franklin Community Center, Plymouth. May 20, Daniel O'Donnell, 8 p.m., FM Kirby Center, WilkesBarre. 826-1100.

NATURE May 5-7, Birds and Brews, PEEC, Dingmans Ferry. 8282319. May 6, Salamander Search, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Lacawac Sanctuary Visitor Center, Ledgedale. 6899494. May 6, Astronomy Day, 7 p.m., Astronomy Day 2017, Benton Township. 586-0789. May 7, Go Wild for Wildflowers Walk, 1 p.m., Salt Springs Park, Franklin Forks, Franklin Twp. 967-7275. May 9, Beekeepers Club, 7 p.m., Lackawanna College Environmental Ed Center, Moscow. 842-1506. May 10, Spring Wildflower Walk, LCEEC, Covington Township. 842-1506. May 13, Tweets & Sweets, 9-11 a.m., PEEC, Dingmans Ferry. 828-2319. May 13, Active Adventures: Pamper Mom in the Poconos, 10:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m., PEEC, Dingmans Ferry. 828-2319.


MAY HAPPENINGS May 13, Mother's Day Labyrinth Walk, 3 p.m., Self Discovery Wellness Arts Center, Montrose. 278-9256. May 20, Active Adventures: Nature Photography, 9 a.m.5 p.m., PEEC, Dingmans Ferry. 828-2319. May 21, Afternoon Paddle, 2-4 p.m., Lacawac Sanctuary Visitor Center, Ledgedale. 6899494. May 21, Active Adventures: Intro to Tai Chi & QiGong, 24 p.m., Pocono Environmental Ed Center, Dingmans Ferry. 828-2319. May 24, Outdoor Survival Skills for Adults, LCEEC, Covington Township. 8421506. May 28, Bike the Border, 1:30 p.m., Salt Springs Park, Franklin Forks, Franklin Township. 967-7275.

SEMINARS & LECTURES May 1-31, Personal Histories, Wednesdays 6-8 p.m.Wilkes University. 4085000. May 2-Jun. 6, Social Media Workshop: How to Leverage Social Media to Publish Your Work & Promote Yourself, Tuesdays 5:30-7:30 p.m., Wilkes University. 408-5000. May 2-Jun. 6, The Poetry of Revision: What Fiction Writers Can Learn from Ezra Pound, Tuesdays 6-8 p.m., Wilkes University. 408-5000. May 3-Jun. 7, Blueprints to the Silver Screen: An Introduction to


Screenwriting, Wednesdays 6-8 p.m., Wilkes University. 408-5000. May 5, Leadercast '17, 8 a.m., Parker Hill Dickson City Campus. 341-8383 ext 17. May 6, "Faure-In-A-Day" Singers Workshop, 2-5 p.m., Drew United Methodist Church, Port Jervis, NY. 2964801. May 8, Social Justice Book Club, 6:30-8 p.m., Lackawanna Co. Children's LibraryScranton. 348-3000. May 9, Scranton Civil War Roundtable, 7 p.m., The Catlin House, Scranton. 344-3841. May 10, Heroin Hits Home, 7 -8 p.m., Countryside Community Church, Clarks Summit. 587-3206. May 11-Jun. 15, From Plot to Page: Turning an Idea into Prose, Thursdays 6:30-8:30 p.m., Wilkes University. 4085000. May 13, Mother's Day Afternoon Water Color, 23:30 p.m., Lacawac Sanctuary Visitor Center, Ledgedale. 6899494. May 13, Volunteer Orientation Session, 9:30 a.m., Grey Towers National Historic Site, Milford. 2969625. May 14, Edible Landscaping Workshop, Garden Life Outfitters, Clarks Summit. 9456995. May 20, Introduction to Fly Fishing Program, 9 a.m., Lackawanna State Park, Waverly. 477-2206. May 20, Money Does Grow Happenings Magazine

on Trees: Protecting Land, Planning for the Future, 10 a.m., Grey Towers National Historic Site,, Milford. 2263164. May 21, Introduction to Blacksmithing, 10 a.m.-noon, PEEC, Dingmans Ferry . 8282319. May 23, Lasik Educational Seminar, 6 p.m., Bucci Vision, Wilkes-Barre.

SPECIAL EVENTS May 3, Wine Dinner, 7 p.m., The Beaumont Inn, Dallas. 675-7100. May 6-7, Civil War Weekend, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Old Mill Village Museum, New Milford. 4343353. May 6-7, Vosburg Neck Festival & Pow Wow, 11 a.m.5 p.m., Endless Mountains Nature Center, Tunkhannock. 836-3835. May 6, 11th Annual Voluntary Action Center Run for the Roses, 4 p.m., Country Club of Scranton, Clarks Summit. 347-5616. May 6, Foods of the Delaware Highlands Dinner, 5:30 p.m., Silver Birches Waterfront, Hawley. 226-3164. May 6, "You Live Here, You Should Know This!," 6 p.m., Slocum Hollow Bar at Montage Mountain, Moosic. 344-3841. May 6, Mom's Prom, 7-11 p.m., Appletree Terrace, Newberry Estates, Dallas. 7622319. May 7, 7th Annual Classic Car Show, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., May 2017

MAY HAPPENINGS Swetland Homestead, Wyoming. 823-6244 Ext. 3. May 13, 10th Annual Black & White Gala, Kalahari Resort, Mt. Pocono. 610-585- 7971. May 13, A Moveable Feast: Milford Walking Tour, 10 a.m., Grey Towers National Historic Site, Milford. 2969625. May 13, 8th Annual Vineyards by the Viaduct, noon-6 p.m., Carnival Grounds, Nicholson. 942-4717. May 14, Mother's Day Truck Convoy, Burle Business Parking Lot, Lancaster. 215654-9355.

the Greater Lake Region, 10 a.m.,Wallenpaupack Area H.S., Hawley. 562-9749. May 20, 20th Annual Candy's Place Walk & Memorial Butterfly Release, 10 a.m., Kirby Park, WilkesBarre. 714-8899. May 20, Summer Kick Off Party, 1-5 p.m., Eye Care Specialists, Kingston. 7184800. May 20, Flights of Fancy Finger Lakes Wine Classic, 27 p.m., Hampton Inn on Keuka Lake, Penn Yan, NY. 800-2282760.

May 18-21, Fine Arts Fiesta, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre.

May 20, 10th Anniversary Chocolate & Wine Festival, 2:30-7:30 p.m., Chestnut St., Montrose.

May 20-21 & 27-28, Farm Animal Frolic, Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm, Stroudsburg. 992-6161.

May 20, Darryl StrawberryHope & Recovery Event, 6 p.m., Wallenpaupack Area H.S., Hawley. 253-6022.

May 20, Antique & Vintage Vendors' Marketplace, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., VFW Hall, Sparta Twp, NJ. 201-213-2146.

May 26, 8th Annual Swingin' On Vine Fundraiser, 5-8 p.m., Albright Memorial Library, Scranton. 348-3000.

May 20, March for Babies 2017, 9:30 a.m., PNC Field, Moosic. 862-1749.

May 27-28, 13th Annual Shawnee Celtic Festival, Shawnee Mountain, Shawnee on Delaware. 421- 7231.

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May 27, Spring Farm Festival, noon-5 p.m., Old Mill Village Museum, New Milford. 4343353.

THEATER & FILM May 5-7, Sister Act, Music Box Dinner Theater Playhouse, Swoyersville. 283-2195. May 11, Geisinger Health System Presents Laughter is the Best Medicine: An Evening with Colin Mochrie & Brad Sherwood, 8 p.m., F.M. Kirby Center, Wilkes-Barre. 8261100. May 19-21, Creative &Performing Arts Academy Players present Into the Woods, Fri. & Sat. 7-9:30 p.m., Sat. 1-3:30 p.m., Sun. 2-4:30 p.m., Theater at the Ritz Building , Scranton . 252-4156. May 20, Devine School of Dance Recital, 7:30 p.m., Abington Heights H.S., Clarks Summit,. 604-2398. May 27, The Clairvoyants, 8 p.m., Mohegan Sun Pocono, Wilkes-Barre . 860-862-7435. F


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Celebrate With Us! Bella Faccias in Scranton

ttend a sweet celebration in Scranton! Bella Faccias Personalized Chocolates and Gifts will host a 10th anniversary gathering on Friday, May 5. This event, held in conjunction with Scranton’s First Friday, will run from 6 to 9 p.m. It will also kick off a month of special offers throughout the store in honor of the anniversary.

Owner Joann Finnerty planned the celebration with a ‘50s theme in mind. “We wanted to go back to a better time, a nicer time,” she said. A variety of classic cars will be parked out front of the store, courtesy of Villa Capri Cruisers Car Club, Inc. The ‘50s theme continues inside the shop with chocolate and wine tastings, delicious food and a giveaway to benefit the Ronald McDonald House of Scranton. “We’re hoping to get people out and around the downtown Scranton area,” Finnerty says, “Not only to my store, but patronizing all of the local businesses.” Following the opening night, Bella Faccias will offer special deals and discounts from

Tuesday to Saturday throughout the month of May. These will include a 10 percent discount and $10 off certain items, in honor of the ten-year anniversary. Finnerty believes this event is a way to thank the community that has given so much to the store. “Without the community, we wouldn’t have made it to ten years,” Finnerty said. “This is our way of giving back.” Finnerty began the business in her home in 2008. Back then, she says, the company’s main focus was printing on chocolate. The company’s name translates from Italian to “Beautiful Faces,” which is reminiscent of the elegant, personalized designs found on every piece of merchandise. As word spread of the beautiful designs and custommade chocolates, more orders started flooding in. “It became

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Adoption Means Adaption


Living & Learning About Your New Pet fetch birds. A pet needs alternative outlets for that energy and instinct. Jack’s chewing may be partially driven by this retrieve instinct, though I suspect boredom is a significant factor. The saying goes, “people who don’t own Labs blame the dryer,” referencing the regularity of sock (and towel and underwear, and…) eating by Labs. That can become Beagles are an active a medical emergency, so Jack’s owner needs to manhunting breed that age the environment, crattend to become ing him when not under destructive and subject direct supervision and to separation anxiety policing the household for when their urge to run chewables, meanwhile redirecting his urges.

ver the next few months, we’ll follow the journey of Jack–a much-loved adoptee, a 2-year-old Beagle/Lab mix who was transported to PA from an out-of-state kill shelter. His adopter characterizes him as lovable and friendly but sporting behavioral issues she hopes to ameliorate. Understanding the basis of unwanted behavior helps guide their modification. If Jack’s heritage is primarily Labrador and Beagle, there may be hard-wired genetic bases for some of his less desirable behavior. Jack’s owner reports that he steals food if your back is turned for an instant. Studies have shown that many Labradors have defects in a gene called POMC that regulates appetite…they truly are hungry all the time because their brains don’t register satiety. Furthermore, he chews non-food objects, like towels or socks, basically anything except

doggy toys. The common thread could be a geneticallybased ungovernable appetite. The up side is a highly foodmotivated dog who may be easily trained with food treats. Downsides are many, including a predisposition to obesity and the likelihood that he’ll eat something harmful.

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Compounding Lab appetite, Beagles are another active hunting breed that tend to become destructive and subject to separation anxiety when their urge to run isn’t satisfied. Labs are retrievers, bred to carry things in their mouths. Hunting dogs

When teaching a dog to release an object it’s mouthing, merely removing items from his mouth won’t alleviate his instincts, and frustration will manifest elsewhere. Divert focus to a desirable alternative. Jack may have never played with toys before adoption and may need to be taught how. Persist in offering safe playthings. You may need to play with it yourself– toss it, kick it around, get on the floor and squeak it, really convince him it’s fun. If passive toys bore him, tie a tuggie to a buggy whip or fishing pole and give it a twirl in the yard, much like you’d tease a kitten…he can burn energy chasing, vent his desire to grab and carry and come back inside ready to nap. Follow Jack’s progress next month. H –Beth Dillenbeck GSD/

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