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Dear Happenings,

Many thanks for the beautiful article you wrote to showcase Maura and Michael’s (Ehnot) wedding (March 2024). The attention to detail certainly captured the mood. The layout was not only glamorous but charming as well. We absolutely loved it. Your staff never disappoints. Thank you for giving our community a well-loved magazine every month.


Dear Happenings,

Thank you so very much for the honor and distinction of naming me as a Top 30 Over 50 woman in business! It has been a privilege to serve the Scranton area for the past 30 years. This type of recognition is rare for “seasoned” professionals, and you know how to make mature champions feel good! Blessings to you with a grateful heart! I appreciate this opportunity to share my enthusiasm of helping others in NEPA. Promoting women leaders creates more leaders! I’m glad to share this experience of being a role model, along with YOU!


Dear Happenings,

As I am about to enter my 7th decade, 60 years of employment (yep, that happens when you are a part of a family business). It was wonderful to come upon your celebration of those who have truly paved the way for the next generations (Top 30 Over 50, March 2024) Huzzah! Huzzah! Cannot wait to read this!

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Dear Happenings,

Thank you for presenting my work so well on pages 14 through 17 (April 2024). The layout is exceptional.

I loved your piece on the “Dear Readers” page, especially paragraphs three and four. Beautiful!

I hope you and your family had a wonderful Easter holiday. It is my favorite holiday and time of the year, as it signals rebirth and the coming of spring!

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contents MAY 2024 May 2024 9 Salute to Nurses: Honoring Those Who Care For Us 68 Celebrating 100 Years! Misericordia University 80 May the Course be With You! Support these tournaments and regional golf courses 92 Billtown Blues and Barbecues: Summer Fun and Music
1 21 20 14 25 24 19 26 10 17 22 13 18 29 Mother’s Day Themed TeaDress Up in your Finest, French Azilum Dietrich Theatre Spring Film Festival. 5/1-9 Brown Hill Farms, Mother's Day Tulip Festival, 5/11-12 20th Annual American Heritage Credit Union Car Show - Philadelphia Armed Forces Day Pretty Woman the Musical 5/17 - 19 28 30 31 7 8 5 27 6 9 16 Baby Animal Weekend and Tulips 5/4-5 12 15 23 11 may sunday monday tuesday wednesday thursday friday saturday 2 National Nurses Day National Teacher Appreciation Day A Midsummer Night's Dream, Ballet Theatre of Scranton Celebrate Mental Health Awareness Month, The Good Drop 3 National Bike Month National Stroke Awareness National Skin Cancer Awareness Military Appreciation Month Jewish American Heritage Month National Mental Health Awareness Month Shawnee Playhouse: May 11,12,14, 17, 18, 19, 24, 25 & 26 Sin, Sex and the C.I.A.
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Dear Readers,

There are many quotes related to what I consider to be the very noble profession of nursing.

A few favorites include:

“Nurses are there when the last breath is taken, and nurses are there when the first breath is taken. Although it is more enjoyable to celebrate the birth, it is just as important to comfort in death.”

- Christine Belle

“When people decide to become nurses, they make the most important decision of their lives. They choose to dedicate themselves to the care of others.”

- Margaret Harvey

“The character of the nurse is as important as the knowledge she possesses.

- Carolyn Jarvis

“As nurses, we have the opportunity to heal the heart, mind, soul and body of our patients, their families and ourselves. They may forget your name, but they will never forget how you made them feel.

- Maya Angelou

Although Angelou was not a nurse herself, she had a deep understanding of the profession’s required hard work and sacrifice primarily because her mother, Vivian Baxter Johnson, was a nurse.

The quote from Maya Angelou is profound when we consider the vast consequences of the power within each of us to affect another person’s feelings. It is wise to consider Angelou’s quote and that responsibility within us on a daily basis. Although we are all prone to the frustrating challenges of life, contemplating our voice and actions can most definitely influence an infinite number of outcomes!

Coincidentally, you will read in this issue about Misericordia’s forthcoming 100th anniversary celebration and that Maya Angelou was a guest speaker on the university’s campus not once, but twice throughout its esteemed history.

My late mother often reminded me of the importance of considering how we make others feel. While she was not a medical nurse, she worked in a dental office in Canada prior to her marriage. I love this photo of her, from sometime in the 1940s, as it reminds me of the care and attention to detail that she learned in that practice, which greatly influenced her most notable future career as a mother of seven children.

Wishing all mothers and those who serve as second mothers (aunts, grandmothers, friends) a wonderful month of May. We also salute all those who have chosen to serve others in their careers as nurses.

With Love, Paula


Salute toNurses

National Nurses

Week begins on May 6. Take time to honor all the nurses featured here as well as all devoted men and women who have chosen to make the honorable profession their career.


Bernadette Diltz

Rural Health Corporation of NEPA 41 years

Kathleen Mozdian

Geisinger South Wilkes Barre 57 Years

Jocelyn (Jackie) Gruzenski

Moses Taylor Hospital Psychiatric Inpatient Unit 49 years

Mary Lou Richardson

Hospice of the Sacred Heart 46 years

Carmela Shiptoski

Northwest Area School District 40 years

Debra Raupers Guthrie 39 Years

Denise Gieski

Susquehanna County Career and Technology Center 38 years

Ted Kross Jr

Geisinger Life Flight 35+ Years

Michele Johnston

St. Joseph’s Center Trinity Childcare Center 35 Years

Laurie Barrett Valunas

The University of Scranton and Main Street Pediatrics 31 Years

Lee Ann Davies

Moses Taylor 30 Years

Melissa Rickert

Wayne Memorial 26 Years

Jennifer Gildner

Stroudsburg 25+ Years

Donna Updyke

Geisinger Wyoming Valley 40+ Years

Jennifer Shedlock

Commonwealth Health Physicians Health Alliance 25 Years

Laura Mickavicz

United Neighborhood Centers of NEPA 24 Years

Michelle Turner

A Blessing Hand Home Health 24 Years

Kari Machelli

The Wright Center for Community Health 23 Years

Michael Evans

Penn State Commonwealth Campuses

The Penn State Ross and Carol Nese College of Nursing 22 Years

Lisa Rigau

Healthy Lifestyle Management 20 Years

Rebecca Henrich

Abington Hospital 18 Years

Marianne Linko

The Wright Center for Community Health 13 Years

Tara Skutack

Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center 10.5 Years

Kathryn Miller

Geisinger Community Medical Center 10 Years

Caprice Clark Fortis Institute

Happenings Magazine salutes all nurses whose names were nominated for inclusion by Happenings’ readers. For the purpose of this listing, degrees and titles are not included. The number of years included refers to the length of time in the nursing profession (not necessarily at the current location listed) according to the nominator.


Cto nursing began with a profound experience during her mother’s critical illness in an intensive care unit. Witnessing nurses’ dedication and compassion amidst crises ignited her passion for the profession. Caprice, a single parent of two and a student at Fortis Institute in Scranton, faced considerable challenges. Relocating to a new state without a support network, she confronted the rigors of nursing school, balancing stress, anxiety and personal growth.

Caprice Clark, LPN

Fortis Institute

Despite moments of doubt and hardship, Caprice's resolve remained steadfast, fueled by the belief that valuable achievements require perseverance. Raised in Brownsville, Brooklyn, by her mother and grandmother, she was instilled with values of mindfulness and kindness. This upbringing shaped her desire to support individuals in their most vulnerable times.

Caprice Clark’s educational journey at Fortis Institute was marked by supportive instructors and tutoring sessions that helped her in understanding complex topics. Grateful for the opportunity to

pursue her calling, Clark reflects on her journey as challenging yet rewarding. Proudly identifying as Caprice Clark, LPN, she is ready to make a difference in the lives of those she will serve. H

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Exceeding the Definition of a Nurse

Amid thank-you cards and family photos atop Kari Machelli’s desk, stands a wooden picture frame featuring the definition of “a nurse,” artistically printed on paper:

1. One who goes above and beyond the call of duty.

2. A unique soul who will pass through your life for a minute and impact it for eternity.

A registered nurse and associate vice president of Integrated Primary Health Services at The Wright Center for Community Health, Machelli embodies both definitions and then some. She is one of more than two dozen nurses at The Wright Center, which recognizes every day, but especially during National Nurses Week (May 6-12), the vital role these professionals play in delivering highquality, whole-person primary health services.

Patients have Machelli’s cellphone number and know to call, no matter the hour or day, with questions, for help or just to chat. Home visits to provide medical care, check in on patients’ wellbeing or even to ensure a 97-year-old widow gets a needed walk-in bathtub are common practices. She also can get tough when needed, especially with insurance companies trying to deny needed patient medications or tests.

“The patients become like a family,” says the Blakely resident and 24-year Wright Center employee. “You really get to know them. I treat them how you would want your family treated.”

Even the more challenging patients, the ones who refuse to listen or follow doctors’ orders, are ever present in her mind and heart.

“You search for the barriers and try to figure out other ways to try to reach them,” says Machelli, a Taylor native and Riverside High School graduate who earned her nursing degree from Penn State University. “When that doesn’t work, you keep trying.”

The same care goes into another aspect of her job—overseeing her “team” of Opioid Use Disorder Center of Excellence case managers, certified recovery specialists and community

Kari Machelli accepts the 2022 APEX at the Pennsylvania Association of Community Health Centers Annual Conference and Clinical Summit. Kari Machelli is one of the many nurses at The Wright Center for Community Health who plays a vital role in delivering high-quality, whole person primary health services.

health workers. Together, they work to provide whole-person primary health services, such as collaborating with The Wright Center’s behavioral health workers to ensure patients with substance use and other disorders are connected to primary care services or identifying any social and economic issues patients face that may cause health needs to take a back seat.

Inside the office she shares with Kathleen Doyle, director of patient-centered services, at the Mid Valley Practice in Jermyn, the many hats Machelli wears quickly become evident: leader, innovator, problem-solver, teacher, researcher, advisor, advocate, caregiver, friend—not to mention wife to Tony, mother to teenage daughters, Mia and Gianna, and dog mom to German Shepherd, Nikka.

“Kari possesses an unwavering commitment to community health, particularly in her tireless advocacy for patients and her round-the-clock care,” says Dr. Jignesh Sheth, chief medical and information officer. “She has played a significant role in the advancement of nursing education, retention, policy, and practice and in the promotion of equality, diversity, and inclusion in her leadership and collaboration across The Wright Centers for Community Health and Graduate Medical Education.”

The nursing landscape is vastly different from the days when she worked as an RN in the private practice owned by The Wright Centers for Community Health and Graduate Medical Education’s President and CEO Dr. Linda Thomas-Hemak. When Thomas-Hemak joined The Wright Centers, then called The Scranton-Temple Residency Program, more than two

decades ago, Machelli followed as an RN Care Manager.

Goals to provide whole-person primary health and fully integrated services so patients’ health and wellness needs are met in just one location were foreign in those days, she says.

The Wright Center’s growing team of community health workers, a groundbreaking addition to the staff about six years ago, now uncovers those needs—clothing, employment, food, GED programs, health insurance, housing, transportation and more—and assists patients in meeting them.

“Our community health workers are an added benefit to help patients by assessing barriers,” Machelli says. “Maybe they need transportation or food. We plug them in with the programs and services they need. We try to be an advocate for them. ... One of the biggest challenges is figuring out the barriers.”

She says that finding resources, particularly in Luzerne County, where fewer are available than in neighboring Lackawanna County, can be difficult.

“Transportation is a big barrier in Luzerne,” says Machelli, a three-year board director for The Wright Center for Patient & Community Engagement, which focuses on improving access to whole-person primary health services while addressing the social determinants of health that affect patients.

A champion of the nursing industry, Machelli also volunteers on the Northeastern Pennsylvania Health Care Foundation's Careers in Care Nursing Scholarships Committee, along with Tina Jones, associate vice president/HR business partner, clinical human resources at The Wright Center. The initiative was established to help combat the growing nursing shortage in the region.

“We get a lot of applicants, and it’s been a good way to retain nurses locally,” says Machelli. “A lot of people don’t realize there are so many aspects to nursing today. You can be hands-on, sit behind a desk, work for an insurance company and so much more.”

The Pennsylvania Association of Community Health Centers selected Machelli to receive its 2022 Awards for Primary Care Excellence (APEX) in recognition of her stellar customer service to health center patients and colleagues.

“I’m just doing my job,” she humbly says. “The real reward is seeing your patients’ progress.”

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Kari Machelli also serves as the associate vice president of Integrated Primary Health Services at The Wright Center for Community Health.

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MMary Lou Richardson, RN Hospice of the Sacred Heart

ary Lou Richardson began her nursing career as a Licensed Practical Nurse in 1978, initially in the hospital medical/surgical setting and then moving to a position in the Respiratory and Cardiology departments. She continued to work full time, taking a position working in home health and hospice and returned to school to fulfill her goal of obtaining her nursing degree. It was at that time that Mary Lou realized, as a nurse, she wanted to focus on end of life care.

Mary Lou received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from the University of Scranton in 2003. In 2006, she accepted a position as an RN Case Manager at Hospice of the

Sacred Heart. She is now Assistant Director of Patient Care at Hospice of the Sacred Heart. Her position allows her the honor and opportunity to work closely with the Leadership Team, Director of Patient Services, Clinical Supervisor, Admissions Team and Nursing Scheduler to organize patient care and to lead, educate and support the Hospice Clinical team. Mary Lou said that the most rewarding and sacred aspects of being a hospice nurse are the patients and families you meet, sharing and reminiscing about their life

stories and providing optimal comfort, dignity and quality of life. She has been blessed to be the recipient of this kind and compassionate care given to her mother and fatherin-law under the care of the dedicated Hospice of the Sacred Heart staff.

Mary Lou lives in Scranton with her husband Chris. They have three children and three grandchildren: daughter Amy and husband Rob and children Drew and Claire; Katie and husband Dennis and son Tate; and son William. When not working, Mary Lou enjoys cooking, baking, vacationing and spending time with family and friends. H

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Theodore R. Kross

MHA, PHRN, CFRN • Geisinger Life Flight

Bishop Hoban High School, 1979

Nursing Diploma, Pittston School of Nursing

NPW Medical Center Wilkes-Barre,1982 - 42 years in nursing MHA, King's College Wilkes-Barre, 2005

BSN, Chamberlain University, graduation May 2025

was undecided as a senior in high school. My dad, a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN), and grandmother suggested nursing school. At the time there was a shortage of male nurses. I highly respected flight personnel and had a deep aspiration to become a flight nurse to take care of the most critical patients. Geisinger has a well–developed and reputable flight program based in Northeast and Central Pennsylvania; I wanted to be part of that team. The ability to care for and make a difference in the lives of those we touch is amazing. I spent 25 years in nursing leadership but clinical exposure, taking care of patients, was my ultimate goal.

Nearly 20 years ago while working on local ambulance services and a fixed wing program, two of my mentors (Jack and Mark) consistently displayed calm and caring composure—a most effective reaction during intense situations. From these experiences, I learned how to work in times of high anxiety and stress. My family is highly involved in healthcare and we all seem to have a calm, caring personality that is integral to this profession. Nursing, to serve and take care of our community, is truly a special calling. We will always have sick and injured individuals who need care and support, therefore nursing is a lifelong career with financial stability. Flight nursing is like riding a roller coaster; it is exhilarating. Flying into a rural scene and collaborating with fire, EMS, police and other first respondents is the best experience a critical care nurse, paramedic or pilot can experience! Making a difference in the lives of our patients is highest on my list. Most situations are intense with good outcomes, but some are not as fortunate.

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The individual challenge of each team member to make a difference is the driving force that keeps us cohesive.

The greatest challenge to the profession is keeping the number of nurses needed at the bedside and taking care of patients; a second is to attract high school students. I never regretted being a nurse in my 40+ year career! I feel challenged, frustrated and tired at times, but the greatest reward is realizing that I may have made a difference in the lives I encountered. The key to avoiding burnout is to never leave the profession, but to change the nursing career path regularly. I strongly believe in a different nursing tract every ten years.

My wife Gina is a 40+ year nurse, my sister Donna is a 40+ year nurse, my sister Kim is an Emergency Medicine physician, my dad was an LPN with a long

career in nursing, my daughter Kaitlyn is a pharmacist. I have four children Karissa, Kayla, Kaitlyn and Gavin along with a beautiful granddaughter, Theadora. I enjoy golf, hunting with family and caring for a large lawn and small garden. I am an avid Kansas City Chiefs fan and enjoy watching basketball, softball and baseball. I enjoy interacting with patients and my peers at Life Flight. Nursing is a lifelong commitment with challenges and rewards. I am passionate about my career and experience as a Life Flight nurse. I learn new things daily, and am most grateful to my co-workers and healthcare family. I am very appreciative of my family and friends who support me and my career. The lives we touch along with the memories made are lifelong. As the old military recruitment poster once stated, ‘We

need you’, not only to care for society but to replace the current nursing workforce. My co-workers, friends and family would describe me as being calm, kind, caring and passionate. They are respectful of my career choice and understand the delicate balance between career and family. H

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“IMichael M. Evans,

Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Nursing Education at Penn State’s Commonwealth Campuses; Teaching Professor, The Penn State Ross and Carol Nese College of Nursing at Penn State Scranton – 22 years

was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at age 18 and was so amazed at the compassionate care provided by the nurses and diabetes educators. They spent so much time teaching me how to monitor my blood glucose levels, count carbohydrates and inject insulin that I knew I wanted to go into a helping profession. I began my nursing career in 2002 working at Moses Taylor Hospital on their medical/surgical/ oncology floor and then their pediatric floor. I worked as an adjunct instructor for Penn State Scranton and was then hired as a full-time instructor. I also continue to work part-time for VNA Home Health of Lackawanna County.

Penn State’s Ross and Carol Nese College of Nursing undergraduate nursing program at Penn State Scranton was a good fit initially because it was close to home, as I grew up in Dunmore. However once there, it became so much more. My peers in the program became like family to me, while the faculty and staff on campus looked out for me like I was one their own, and this continues

long-time faculty member at Penn State Scranton, we still take the time to connect with our students and help to ensure they are doing well in their classes and beyond. By doing this, we can notice when something is not quite right, talk to them and intervene, if needed.

While many things have improved in nursing education, including the use of simulation, virtual reality, online courses and more co-curricular opportunities including travel abroad experiences, the one thing that hasn’t changed is that the excellent Penn State Scranton nursing program prides itself on preparing competent future nurses.

I earned my PhD in nursing at Penn State University to not only become a better educator, but also to become a nurse scientist. Through the PhD program, I learned how to conduct, analyze, evaluate and disseminate research. I have conducted research in the areas of end-stage heart failure, end-of-life (hospice) care, the experience of nurses working during the COVID-19 pandemic and more. I most enjoy conducting qualitative research; the humanistic element helps us gain a better understanding. I am most proud that I can collaborate with undergraduate and graduate students and help them get involved in the process. I have had many students go onto graduate school, publish manuscripts, present at conferences and become advanced practice providers, nurse educators and/or nurse scientists.

Regarding challenges facing our profession, the high cost of many tests and medications is very concerning to me. Further, insurance companies often dictate what a patient can and cannot have done, in regard to which specialists they can see or what diagnostic tests or medications they can have. We need to let physicians and advanced practice providers use their expertise to best care for their

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patients, without insurance companies dictating the care that is received. We also need to remember that guidelines are exactly that, guidelines. They are there to provide guidance, but not to dictate the care we provide. We should aim to prioritize personcentered care that is consistent with evidenced-based practice and patients’ goals for their care.

A nursing shortage certainly does exist at every level, at the bedside, in clinics, at advanced practice levels and in nursing education. We do not have enough nurses now and that is only expected to get worse over the next decade as many reach retirement age or leave the profession due to the high stress and physical demands. Penn State Nursing is recruiting students locally, nationally and internationally to accept a diverse qualified group of students to help meet the growing demand. We currently offer our BSN pro-

gram at seven campuses, with Penn State Schuylkill being the newest campus to offer the program. We also offer seconddegree nursing programs at Penn State Altoona and Harrisburg, along with the RN-BSN program at Penn State Abington, Fayette, Schuylkill, New Kensington, Shenango and the World Campus. We are living out Penn State’s land grant mission and our mission of creating nurse leaders to transform lives and health around the world. In an effort to preemptively support retention and career satisfaction once our graduates enter the profession, we are strategically incorporating wellness and resiliency practices into the curriculum. The overall aim is to give students the tools to safeguard their own wellbeing while providing patient care. They learn various wellness oriented techniques, like mindfulness, positive

self-talk, healthy eating and more.

The most rewarding part of my career is watching others succeed. I love watching students graduate each year and welcome them to the greatest profession in the world. I love calling them my colleagues and working side-byside with them in clinical practice.

My wife Stephanie and I live in Archbald. We have one son, Finn Michael. We love to travel and enjoy dining out. H

The Ross and Carol Nese College of Nursing BSN program at Penn State Scranton is an excellent program where you will be treated as an individual. You will earn your degree at a small campus that has all the resources and benefits that come with being a Penn State student. The nursing program is fully accredited by the Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and boasts a NCLEX-RN pass rate of 97%! Visit the campus to learn more. We will be moving into a newly renovated building this summer that will house state-of-the-art simulation labs, a student lounge and meeting places for faculty and staff. Students complete clinical experiences at places such as Geisinger Community Medical Center, Geisinger Wyoming Valley, Regional Hospital of Scranton and Wayne Memorial Hospital. Contact 570-963-2644.

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“Ijoined the Army Reserve to help pay for college. Once I obtained my Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from Wilkes University, I became a commissioned officer in the Army Reserve Nursing Corps. After serving 15 years in the Army Reserve and after my 18-month deployment to Germany, I transferred to the Air Force Reserve. After 21 years of military service, I retired from the Air Force

Melissa Rickard,


Wayne Memorial Community Health Center / Wayne Behavioral Health; 26 years in the nursing profession

Serving in the military as a nurse practitioner has provided me with many opportunities for professional growth and invaluable work experience. For example, the military provided financial assistance to obtain my undergraduate, graduate and doctorate degrees. In addition, I had an opportunity to travel, treat diseases not endemic to this country and collaborate with health care professionals from various countries. During a Medical Readiness Exercise Training in Paraguay, I worked with Paraguayan health care professionals to provide care to the rural underserved population. During my deployment to Germany in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, I had the honor of treating military members and their families.

I always knew I wanted to work in the medical profession. I chose a career in nursing for a variety of reasons such as the ability to make a positive impact in people’s lives, numerous job opportunities, competitive pay, multiple specialties to work in, opportu-

nities for career advancement and the collaboration between different healthcare professionals.

In 2008, I joined Wayne Memorial Community Health Center and worked in primary care as a nurse practitioner. After obtaining, a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner post certificate, I transferred to Wayne Behavioral Health. Currently, I treat mental health illnesses and substance use disorders in the adult and geriatric population. Working as a nurse practitioner in primary care and behavioral health has been very rewarding. I can build long lasting relationships with patients in the community, treat patients throughout their lifespan and assist patients in achieving optimum physical and mental health.

Both my spouse and I are natives from the area. We reside in Honesdale. H

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“TKathleen Mozdian, RN

Geisinger South Wilkes-Barre Operating Room

Graduated from Mercy Hospital Wilkes-Barre School of Nursing, 1967 57 years as a nurse

he encouragement of my mother and the desire to help others influenced my decision to enter the nursing profession. I felt that if I were able to make an impact in the lives of people in need, I would have a very rewarding career. My career began in the obstetrics department; I was a team member there for 31 years, serving as a staff nurse, and eventually supervisor. Helping women through childbirth was an experience that I loved and valued deeply; the birth of a newborn is a true miracle. It was especially rewarding to watch some of the same children that I helped deliver grow to be successful, wonderful adults.

cation, contributing to who I am today. It has been very rewarding to know that I have been able to have an impact on a person’s life and wellbeing.

The education and mentorship is also a very important part of being an experienced nurse. I have had many opportunities to help develop new nurses, both as a mentor and preceptor. There are many challenges as we receive new information and equipment in healthcare. We must be open to learning and developing as we grow, always with the patient’s best outcomes at the forefront. I am confident that with my help and example, the nurses will be able to develop to their full potential.

I am currently a team member in the operating room at Geisinger South Wilkes-Barre. My responsibilities include providing all necessary equipment and supplies for specific procedures and also acting as a patient advocate, ensuring that each patient experiences the best possible outcome.

Each position has given me the opportunity to grow in both experience and edu-

My career opportunities would not have been possible without the support of my husband and two daughters. My husband’s (Tim) support was essential while I attended continuing education classes at Wilkes and Misericordia Universities. I would come home from a full day at the hospital and then attend night classes. While maintaining our busy schedules we also managed to be involved with our daughters’ school activities.

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For a number of years, we owned and operated a gift shop in Mountain Top. My favorite aspect of this experience was being able to pursue my creative interests, particularly designing festive displays for each season and holiday. I still enjoy decorating and helping friends with their projects. Right now we are enjoying time with our family and friends and look forward to traveling in the future.

I enjoy working in the operating room at Geisinger South Wilkes-Barre as I have established many friendships. I am hoping that the staff will remember me as being helpful and kind. We consider ourselves a family, always there to support each other through both good and difficult times.

I do not have any plans to retire. I am reminded of the Robert Frost poem: ‘The woods are lovely, dark and deep. But I have promised to keep, and miles to go before I sleep.’ H

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Michele Johnston, RN

Registered Nurse, Geisinger Medical Center School of Nursing 35 years in the nursing profession

Ialways wanted to be a nurse. When I was young, a family member was in the NICU. I believe that guided me to specialize in pediatrics.

My current position allows me to help families in our community. Trinity Child Care Center provides a nurturing environment that offers supportive programming in addition to medical services. Saint Joseph’s Center’s core values of Care, Concern, Compassion and Commitment closely align with my values. I appreciate that Saint Joseph’s Center provides a person-centered approach to services and a culture of recognition and appreciation for staff.

I find pediatrics most rewarding. I can watch children grow, develop and thrive when it was not believed that they may have even

survived. I like to inspire nurses to pursue the area of nursing that they like best. I try to create a culture of learning and allow staff to develop through training opportunities. I always try to lead by example. Some of the greatest challenges in the nursing profession include ensuring the health and safety of those receiving services in the ever-changing and complex world. The physical demands of the job are also a challenge in addition to the increase in behavioral and emotional complexities of individuals, the struggles with navigating the insurance and billing process and the difficulty of maintaining a work-life balance.

The most rewarding part of the nursing profession is making a difference in someone’s life, especially when they are most in need of support. The high demand for nurses means there is job security. While nursing is a challenging field, you can find great satisfaction.

To avoid burnout, I go for walks, read and spend time with family. I love the outdoors. I am also appreciative that Saint Joseph’s Center began a new benefit by enrolling all staff in a premium subscription to the CALM application for meditation and relaxation. This benefit is for each employee and up to five additional friends or family. Many times burnout can be eased with appreciation and recognition for a job well done, which I am grateful that Saint Joseph’s Center does for its staff.

My experience as a pediatric advanced life support instructor began the development of my leadership skills. I also understood and appreciated the necessity for staff development. This led to preparing me for my role as Director at Saint Joseph’s

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Center Trinity Child Care Center.

Saint Joseph’s Center Trinity Child Care Center has a collaborative relationship with Head Start. We have a Head Start room and teacher on site. In addition, through a generous grant with AllOne Charities, Saint Joseph’s Center was able to expand the academic and social development of children enrolled at Trinity Child Care Center. We were able to add the position of Early Education Teacher to complement the children enrolled in Head Start.

Saint Joseph’s Center’s Trinity Child Care Center is officially designated a Prescribed Pediatric Extended Care Center, licensed by the

Pennsylvania Department of Health. The Trinity Child Care Center was specifically initiated for children who are medically fragile or technology dependent. This service can be utilized as an alternative or a supplement to inhome nursing care. Designed to serve children who require medical care throughout the day, Saint Joseph’s Center at Trinity meets an existing community need for parents who are working or attending school, who have had difficulty finding appropriate day care services. Many times I hear, ‘I wish I knew this service existed.’ I hope that readers can spread the world of these unique but much needed services. In addition, Saint Joseph’s Center is in

the process of finding a location in Wayne County to open a second site.

I want my legacy to be the growth of Trinity Child Care Center. This is a much needed service for families and I want people to know why we are here. I also want my dedication to the mission of Saint Joseph’s Center to guide others.

”Northeast Behavioral Health Care Consortium

I believe that nurses should possess the characteristics of compassion and patience while remaining non-judgmental. There are currently many open nursing opportunities at St. Joseph’s Center. To find out more about the vacancies, please visit employment/H The counties of Luzerne, Wyoming, Lackawanna and Susquehanna have partnered to create the Northeast Behavioral Health Care Consortium. NBHCC is a regionally focused, non-profit, Behavioral Health Organization serving medical assistance recipients. Our mission is to provide enhanced access to high quality, fiscally responsible, recovery oriented Behavioral Health Services. These positive outcomes will be accomplished through an intense, ongoing dialogue including consumers, families, providers and all other stakeholders.

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Carmela “Carmel” or “Carm” Shiptoski was a student at Pittston Area High School during the late 1970s, graduating in 1980. “Back then our guidance counselors encouraged ladies to be teachers or nurses. I was fortunate to also have a desire to work in a field where I could be of service to others. I loved science, and nursing seemed like the perfect path. I have had such great opportunities to work in so many different areas of nursing over the past 40 years.

While my daughters were growing up, I was very active as a PTA member, Brownie Leader, etc. so I was often at their school. I loved the educational atmosphere and spending time with children and teenagers. I began substituting as the nurse in their school. School nursing was so different from anything I had ever done before. I am glad that I did not go directly into school nursing when I graduated with my BSN (Bloomsburg University, 1984). I am grateful for my prior nursing experience that has enhanced my school nursing practice including work in Medical-Surgical, Critical care (CCU & ICU), Home Health/ Hospice, PACU, Same Day Surgery and as a Nurse Educator. I have also kept up my American Heart Association CPR Instructor certification, as well as PALS* and ACLS**. I earned a master’s degree in nursing from Bloomsburg University, focusing on community health/school

Carmela Shiptoski,

Health Services Department Chairperson Northwest Area School District, K-12; 40 years in nursing

nursing and completed my School Nurse Certification from East Stroudsburg University. I have been a School Nurse for the past 18 years at Northwest Area School District. I am also the Health Services Department Chairperson for the district.

When my students and staff come into my office and say, ‘Ms. Shiptoski—it’s an emergency! I say ‘an emergency— I’ve got this!’

I was also an adjunct nursing professor for 10 years at Luzerne County Community College during the evenings. Many of the students were adults going back to school so they were very motivated and determined. I had the opportunity to instruct nurses just as I was taught—caring for the patient and always completing a thorough nursing assess-

ment! I believe nurses should always strive to meet patients' needs—physiological, safety, love and belonging, esteem and selfactualization. As nurses, we help heal the ‘whole’ person.

The role of the school nurse has changed over the yeas, especially during the onset of COVID-19. There are an increased number of students with medical issues and mental health concerns. While the pandemic brought the school nurse role to the limelight, many still believe our job involves applying bandages, checking for head lice and administering medications. There is so much that goes on in the nurse’s office behind the scenes. School nurses must continue to advocate for themselves and educate as to how the role is assimilated into their individual school district’s

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overall mission: ‘providing a safe, supportive and rigorous academic environment within which all students can access a continuum of services which fosters life-long learning and produces responsible contributing citizens.’

Public health nursing is one of the oldest specialties in nursing. In October 1902, Lina Lavanche Rogers began her work in the New York City schools as the first school nurse in the United States. One of her famous quotes continues to echo the important role of the school nurse and education specialist: ‘The highest objective of all efforts is to teach children how to be healthy and how to stay healthy—healthy body, sound mind.’

It is important that parents realize that physical and mental health cannot be separated. To help students be both happy and successful, we need to consider the whole person—physical, emotional and social wellbeing.

Since we are a small school district we do not have the resources that some of the larger districts have. As a rural community, transportation is sometimes challenging for parents to get their children to medical appointments. However, our district is very community-oriented. Generations are educated at

work in this family atmosphere.

Putting together a recent ‘Staff Wellness Day’ had been a dream of mine, to encourage faculty and staff to focus on their own health and well-being, since they are always so dedicated to the health and well-being of others. Our Staff Wellness Day was a great success. Many would like to see it happen every year! I enjoyed seeing staff relaxed and smiling, interacting with colleagues that they don’t often see from other buildings. Self care is vital for everyone. My greatest joy is spending time with my grandson, family and friends. I enjoy cooking, reading, traveling and getting to the gym when I can. I also cherish time spent with my school nurse colleagues.

Each day as a School Nurse is always different, never boring and challenging in ways you never thought possible; you function with much autonomy in the school setting. While you are truly isolated from other medical professionals, you always have the unwavering support from other school nurses, just a phone call away. School nurses also have an amazing state organization, PASNAP (I am one of the Northeast Region Representatives), as well as at the national level (NASN), with incredible evidence- based resources and very supportive colleagues. I participated in the first ever School Nurse

The term ‘school nurse’ is often given to any nurse who works in a school setting. The title ‘school nurse’ is actually a ‘Certified School Nurse’ by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Schools may use paraprofessional health room aides (LPNS, non certified RNs) to supplement the Certified School Nurse in providing health services. School Nurses (CSNs) work very hard to complete the certification and maintain the required credentials necessary to maintain certification.

The Qualifications: (PSEA sums it up nicely– school-nurses/certifiedschoolnursejobdescription.pdf

1. PA Registered Nurse license (current)

2. Bachelor of Science degree

3. Certification as Educational Specialist by PA Department of Education

4. CPR/AED certification

5. Background/experience preferred in pediatric nursing, community health nursing, critical care nursing, medical-surgical nursing and/or emergency room nursing.

6. Knowledge of current Child Abuse Law

7. Required Act 48 continuing education coursework for Nursing license and Education Specialist II Certificate

8. Required State and Federal clearances

mentee/mentor program in conjunction with Moses Taylor Foundation and Penn State PROwellness. I also serve on the School Nurse PR Advisory Committee for Moses Taylor Foundation.

My priority has always been to care for my students and staff. I enjoy my students and I have a great relationship with my staff and parents; I feel respected by my principal and administration. I always strive to improve my school nursing practice and I am committed to being a lifelong learner. While I should be winding down as I approach my retirement in the very near future, I continue to work on new initiatives and projects for my district. I always say I’m a work in progress and I wouldn’t change my profession for anything.” H

*PALS-Pediatric Advanced Life Support **ACLS-Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support


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Laura Ducceschi appointed to the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia’s Economic and Community Advisory Council

The Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia announced this week the appointment of Laura Ducceschi, President and CEO of the Scranton Area Community Foundation, as one of four new members to its Economic and Community Advisory Council (ECAC).

The Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia’s Economic and Community Advisory Council (ECAC) informs the Bank’s senior leadership of emerging trends, issues and market conditions that impact monetary policy within the Third Federal Reserve District and across the country. The Council is comprised of members from both the private and public sectors throughout PA, NJ and DE, and fosters greater integration to encourage economic growth.

Foundation since 2012. She manages over 320 charitable funds and four foundations with more than $90 million in total assets. Ducceschi has also spearheaded many initiatives, including NEPA Moves with the Philadelphia Fed, NEPA Thrives, Women in Philanthropy and NEPA Gives, a 24-hour regional giving day in northeastern Pennsylvania.

There are 14 members of the Economic and Community Advisory Council. In addition to Ducceschi, the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia has also appointed Ken Kaiser, senior vice president and chief operating officer of Temple University; Jesse McCree, chief executive officer of SCPa Works; and Leslie Smallwood-Lewis, chief operating officer and cofounder of Mosaic Development Partners.

Ducceschi was asked to serve on the Council because of her deep understanding of issues impacting economic mobility, including community revitalization, workforce development, transportation and housing, and her commitment to bringing together diverse groups and forging cross-sector partnerships to address regional challenges. Noted as of particular value to the Council is Ducceschi’s focus on developing responsive programs and using resources in innovative ways to advance inclusive growth across Northeastern Pennsylvania, as well as the knowledge she will bring on emerging trends in philanthropic giving and on a community foundation’s role in being a community catalyst. She will serve a three-year term. Ducceschi has been president and chief executive officer of the Scranton Area Community

A press release from the The Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia indicates that they help formulate and implement monetary policy; supervise state member banks, bank holding companies, and savings and loan holding companies; and provide financial services to depository institutions and the federal government. It is one of the 12 regional Reserve Banks that, together with the Board of Governors in Washington, D.C., make up the Federal Reserve System. The Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia serves eastern and central Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey and Delaware.

For additional information on the ECAC, visit our-people/advisory-councils/ecac. H

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LLisa Rigau, MS, BSN, RN, DipACLM

Healthy Lifestyle Management

isa Rigau is a registered nurse, nutrition counselor and community educator of health, wellness, mindfulness and nutrition. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Delaware and earned her master’s degree from Marywood University in sports, nutrition and exercise science.

Since 2003, she has been the owner of Healthy Lifestyle Management where she provides private and group nutrition counseling, stress management through mindfulness and educates clients on the six pillars of Lifestyle Medicine: Plant-Predominant Nutrition, Exercise, Stress Management, Sleep, Social Relationships and Avoidance of Risky Substances.

Lisa is a Certified Mindfulness Teacher of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction through the Mindfulness Center at Brown University and the Brown School of Professional Studies and School of Public Health.

She is also a Certified Mindful Eating-Conscious Living™ teacher & certified mentor through UC San Diego, having trained directly with the creators of the program, Dr. Jan Chozen Bays MD and Char Wilkins LCSW.

Over the last 20 years, she has taught numerous workshops and lectures, eight-week courses, team building retreats and wellness programs. Her passion is to experientially teach health and wellness to support every individual’s greatest health potential. Lisa is also a diplomate of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine and a Certified Lifestyle Medicine Professional.

Lisa’s journey into the world of mindfulness began in 2012 when she was working with students struggling with stress and disordered eating at the University of Scranton’s Student Health Services.

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“Mindfulness is awareness; it is the innate quality that we all have in which to pause and meet ourselves and our lives as we are with kindness, curiosity and joy.” Lisa has, both personally and professionally, experienced how “The Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction courses create a space where individuals can explore the benefits of mindfulness, nurturing a sense of ease and stability even amid the challenges of life. “Through these practices, the seeds of mindfulness have been planted in my life and potentially in those that I have taught, empowering each of us to integrate mindfulness into our daily lives, promoting overall wellbeing, calm and resilience.” H

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Healthy Lifestyle Management

Certified Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Teacher through Brown University’s School of Professional Studies and The Mindfulness Center at the School of Public Health.

Lisa is a certified Lifestyle Medicine Professional through the American College of Lifestyle Medicine educating individual clients and groups in implementing evidence-based, whole person, lifestyle changes utilizing the six pillars of lifestyle medicine - a whole food, plant predominant eating pattern, physical activity, restorative sleep, stress management, avoidance of risky substances and positive social connections.
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ay 12 is Mother’s Day. I am very lucky to have such a close, loving relationship with my mom and so grateful to have her in my everyday life.

This May is extra special for me with Mother’s Day and Nurses’ week (May 6-12) back to back. My daughter Carley will graduate on May 15 with a BSN from Widener University. I have had a front row seat watching her struggles and wins on this journey. I am filled with pride at her accomplishments (as all moms are).

I am a personal trainer, nutrition coach and entrepreneur with two businesses. My favorite and most cherished title I hold is “mom.” I am so very blessed to have three sons and a daughter who are the joy of my life. I think a good mom is the base for her children to feel safe and loved.

I have been a single mom for a long time. I am so very proud of each of my kids who have all successfully made it to adulthood. As my youngest child, Carley has only seen me as a single mom. I always wanted her to know how to be independent, strong, confident and most importantly, kind. She knew when she graduated from high school that she wanted to pursue a nursing career. She has had many obstacles along her path in addition to the pandemic and contending with her own physical health issues. But she never gave up and I’m beyond proud of her. As with anything in this life, if you want it, go get it! She believed she could so she did!

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Promoting Employee Wellness at Lackawanna Valley Dermatology

Self-care, stress-relief and taking a break is especially vital for those in the healthcare industry who work hard taking care of so many others, day in and day out. “Our practice is very busy providing the best dermatologic care to our patients, but at times the pace can bring stress to our staff,” said Lackawanna Valley Dermatology Associates’ (LVDA) practice manager Kathy Colombo. Kathy connected with Lindsay Hickey, initially through social media because each owned welsh corgis. Kathy brought hers, named Elly, for a meet-up with Finley, Lindsay’s corgi. When Kathy learned Finley earned her certification as a therapy dog, she got approval from the doctors at LVDA to have Finley visit to provide support for the staff.

Lindsay has had dogs all of her life. “I always knew Finley was something special since I brought her home at 8 weeks. She has always been incredibly social, sweet and she loves going on adventures. The human-dog bond research has fascinated me too, and so I wanted to share that with other people. I started doing some research a few years ago about the therapy dog process, and realized there are multiple routes to certification. Finley and I became a registered therapy dog team in early 2023 with The Bright & Beautiful Therapy Dogs, Inc.,” said Lindsay

Lindsay is a school counselor, and has worked with the K-12 population for over 10 years. She is currently working toward becoming a Licensed Professional Counselor to pursue private prac tice in her spare time. Lindsay met therapy dogs through her line of work and realized how impactful their presence can be, especially in times of tragedy. “It is absolutely remarkable to see how therapy dogs, Finley included, become a source of comfort and stress relief by just simply existing. I’ve watched people find safety and comfort in a therapy dog and allow their walls to come down,” she said.

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Lindsay and Finley have visited both the Scranton and the Kingston office of LVDA. “Our staff members were excited to hear we were bringing in a therapy dog, and they were even more excited when they saw Finley’s photo in our interoffice e-mail announcing her upcoming visits,” said Kathy.

Finley took her Canine Good Citizen Test (required as a prerequisite for future evaluations) in June of 2022 and passed. “Later that year, we participated in some additional classes that would prepare her for the therapy setting. We currently volunteer with LVDA, Allied Services and Geisinger,” Lindsay said.

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Holy Cross High School: Shedding a Light on STREAM

To best prepare students for the 21st century and beyond, the Diocese of Scranton has developed a vision for Catholic education that focuses on the integration of the STREAM (Science, Technology, Religion, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) model of learning into the curriculum of all schools in the Diocese of Scranton Catholic School System.

The Diocese of Scranton announced a $1 million investment to equip educators with the tools needed for a successful incorporation of STREAM into all 20 Catholic schools. STREAM goes beyond traditional STEM programs by including the arts and religion which contribute to the goals of creativity, communication and social responsibility.

What is STREAM?

● Science, Technology, Religion, Engineering, Art and Math

● a method (mind shift) not a curriculum

● a culture shift with failure and problem solving as education tools

● an interactive, student-centered and cross-curricular approach to teaching

● each STREAM unit should allow for connections between all disciplines; aligned with math and reading—this is not just a math/science issue

● a collaborative opportunity for teachers, across departments and students, with group interaction and presentation

● The R in STREAM sets the Diocesan schools apart because of the global, world-wide view through the development of Roman Catholic teachings


STREAM does not replace traditional catholic education; it enhances an academic excellence found in the Catholic schools by preparing students with skill sets needed for jobs may not as yet have even been created.

STREAM connects science and faith; it connects to the community and requires students to practice various levels of empathy, aligning with the mission of Catholic schools.


STREAM addresses a “global catholic” call for service.

21st Century Workforce Focus (Habits of the Mind) will include skills such as grit, creativity, collaboration, empathy, flexibility, critical thinking and problem solving, and soft skills not easily found in the traditional classroom setting.

Holy Cross High School teachers share STREAM reflections:

Kristina Toolan, Art & Digital Media Teacher

Kristine is in her 25th year of teaching art and digital media design. She states that the visual art program at Holy Cross follows a technology immersive curriculum. Each of the five visual art department courses offer opportunities for students to examine traditional fine art media while exploring the Adobe Creative Cloud Suite, ProCreate and web based layout software. One of her goals is to prepare students for creative careers, some of which may not even exist yet.

“Students are pushed to develop soft skills related to deadlines, project development and iteration processes while creating artwork. The Engineering Design Process and Creative Design Process guide students through a variety of projects and exercises. Students explore topics such as podcast creation, editing and production, digital photography, editing and photographic restoration, digital animation and layout and design. Students have the opportunity to explore traditional media related to drawing and painting and use their understanding of composition to translate those creative skills into a digital environment. Students are taught basic techniques related to measuring, planning and design process while using creative problem solving skills.

The Holy Cross art room is now equipped with a powerful 24

piece laptop cart running the full Adobe Suite as well as a 24 piece set of 12.9” iPad Pros with Apple Pens to run ProCreate for digital Illustration. We’ve recently completed our Technology Enhanced Active Learning (TEAL) environment which will assist in our STREAM vision for our student learning,” Kristina said.


“Too often we give children answers to remember rather than problems to solve.”
~Roger Lewin


Science Teacher

Kimberly is in her 16th year teaching biology and science electives including forensic science, environmental science and introduction to basic design and engineering

“In all of my science classes, STREAM is a teaching method, not a specific lesson. I look for opportunities to incorporate the elements of STREAM into my units through the use of STREAM challenges, the engineering design process, inquiry labs and project-based learning. In my environmental science class, stu dents will be working on an upcoming proj ect where they will be given an item in plastic packaging and will need to redesign the packaging to be more sustainable, which is a real-world

problem. For the science and religion component, students will be learning about the manufacturing of plastic products and pollution and how it impacts both the environment and human populations, to hopefully instill a sense of stewardship over society’s waste creation and empathy for others. For the engineering, math and art components, students will need to use the engineering design process to design new packaging for their product that uses renewable materials, is still visually appealing to consumers and can be packed efficiently within the dimensions of a shipping box.


Students will then use our new technolo gy, such as the laser cutter, printers and Cricut machines, to turn their design into a prototype. In STREAM projects such as this, stu dents not only tackle real-world problems, but also gain 21st century skills such as problem solving, perseverance and creativity when working on iterations of designs as well as cooperation and reflection when working through challenges with a group and reviewing how successful they were in the process. Instead of learning about a science topic simply for a test, students are asked to apply that knowledge which makes for a deeper learning experience.”

Justine Tone, Computer Science Teacher

Justine is completing her 8th year teaching Computer

Science courses.

“My background as an engineer and IT professional allows me to bring real-world experience to the courses I teach, which include web design, introduction to programming using Python, AP computer science principles, computer applications and a new course for next year, design and entrepreneurship. STREAM isn’t just about engineering and computers in my classes, it is about the process of teaching students how to really look at the problem, break it down into manageable pieces and build an algorithm to create a solution. Students are

encouraged to work both independently and collaboratively to solve problems and to focus on the idea that problem solving is an iterative process where failure and trying again is part of that process. The design and entrepreneurship class is a new idea to add a business element to our STREAM curriculum. The class will be run as a project-based, inschool business where students will learn how to work with their ‘customers’ (teachers, student clubs, school departments, etc.) to write product specifications, determine costs, markup and schedule, and then create the products using professional level design software. Equipment used to manufacture the products will include a large format printer, a 3D laser cutter/printer, a sublimation printer, heat transfer equipment, smart cutting machines and 3D printers.” H

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Dr. Klingerman and his staff received exceptional training in procedures and technologies such as Morpheus8 microneedling with RF, laser hair removal and IPL for blemish removal.

“Unlike most other med spas in the area, we offer advanced procedures such as bio-stimulation with PRF, laser liposuction with fat transfer and skin tightening utilizing the FaceTite/BodyTite systems,” he said. “Our skilled and talented team is able to offer a wide variety of solutions to meet the needs of our customers to help achieve their best results. NABI Medical Aesthetics has quickly become a gold standard for medical aesthetics in the NEPA region.”

With two locations, in both Scranton and Wilkes-Barre, NABI is excited to serve adults of all ages with a broad range of needs in Lackawanna and Luzerne Counties. “Our beautiful office features an experienced and welcoming staff that focuses on you, your comfort and satisfaction first and foremost. The second you walk through our doors; our goal is to elevate your experience and expectations for medical aesthetics in our area,” he continued.

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NABI also offers a large selection of cosmetic injectable treatments such as BOTOX, dermal fillers and PDO thread lifts that can revitalize your skin for natural, younger looking results. The current clinical staff at NABI, in addition to Dr. Klingerman, include Tara Shoemaker RN, Dannielle Paris RN, Lisa Erhard RN, Shannon Novak RN and Meg McKenna (esthetician). “When you first come to NABI, you will receive a free comprehensive consultation in which we will learn all about your concerns and desires, evaluate these issues and construct a treatment strategy tailored to you,” Dr. Klingerman said. “We also offer additional services such as medical weight loss, hair restoration, Glo2 facials and can customize a skin care routine utilizing ZO, our

medical grade skin care line.”

Dr. Klingerman has over 18 years of medical experience and is board certified in internal medicine. He also works as a hospitalist, primary care physician and ER physician. As a lead practitioner, he has received extensive training in cosmetic injectable treatments, dermal fillers and PDO thread lifts from the American Academy of Facial Esthetics. Early in his academic career, Dr. Klingerman recognized his natural artistic ability and completed courses in painting, sculpting and threedimensional art. These courses sharpened his keen eye for detail, which is a strength he uses to deliver stunning aesthetic results. H

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Reaching Hearts and Minds

Lamplighter Ministries offers a collection of rare books and audio dramas. In a time when Hollywood and social media have captured the hearts and minds of children, it is Lamplighter Ministries’ goal that “each reader and listener be

inspired to know God intimately, enjoy Him infinitely and be transformed through the renewing of their mind,” said Mark Hamby, D. Min., President/ Founder of Lamplighter.

The organization strives to accomplish this goal through ensuring that each

of its stories contain four foundational truths:

1. God is good.

2. God works all things together for good.

3. God keeps His promises.

4. God allows suffering to grow our character so we can experience His love.

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There are over 2 ½ million new books in print per year, worldwide.

“Finding life-transforming literature that builds character, comprehension and discernment can be overwhelming,” stated Mark. “Ecclesiastes 12 teaches that what we read must be guided by words of delight, truth and wisdom. The consequences of reading outside these God-given guidelines ‘will wear you out.’ That is why we are passionate about producing stories that inspire our readers to emulate the heroic virtues of honesty, humility, sacrifice, mercy, grace and love.”

“The beauty of a Lamplighter story is that it reaches the hearts and minds of both children and adults. So gather the family around and pop some popcorn as your children are transported in time through one of our rare books or Lamplighter Theatre audio dramas. It won’t be long before you see remarkable character transformation as they are influenced to live out the virtues now etched into their awakened conscience,” he continued.

“Experience Lamplighter stories for yourself, whether through books, audio dramas or audiobooks. With over a million in print since 1997 and over 272 titles to choose from, we guarantee that these powerful stories are among some of the best stories you’ve ever read or heard,” he said.

Visit or call toll free at 1-888-246-7735. Request a recommendation for your child, teen or yourself. “Whatever the need, we have just the book or audio drama,” he said. “Enjoy this wisdom from the past.”


Listen to audio books and dramatized audio stories now for just $12 a month! Learn more at or call 1(888) 246-7735.

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Wisdom from the Past

“Many times the reading of a book has made the future of a man.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
To educate a man in mind and not in morals is to educate a menace to society.”
– Theodore Roosevelt
“If we encounter a man of rare intellect we should ask him what books he reads.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

How Do Home Equity Loans Work?

Home equity loans and home equity lines of credit provide the opportunity to borrow against the equity in your home. Equity is the difference between the market value of your home and the amount still owed on your mortgage. The advantage of a home equity loan is that by using your home as collateral, you can often borrow funds at a lower interest rate, in turn, saving you money! As you

predetermined credit limit. It differentiates from a home equity loan by allowing the borrower to access funds as needed up to the credit limit, and in turn, the borrower only pays interest during the advance period on the amount borrowed.

With home equity loans, you receive the full amount borrowed up front. Home equity

continue making mortgage payments on your home and its value appreciates, your equity grows. By utilizing a home equity loan, you transform your equity into cash. This type of loan typically has a fixed interest rate and is repaid over a fixed term, with a fixed monthly payment.

A home equity line of credit (HELOC) is a revolving line of credit secured by the equity in your home. It operates similarly to a credit card, allowing you to borrow funds as needed up to a

lines of credit offer flexibility as you are able to borrow funds when and as you need them. Home equity loans and HELOC’s are used for a variety of purposes.

Some of the most common uses:

1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

Home improvements are the most popular uses. Home equities are a great way to fund renovations or improvements on your existing home.

Some people use the equity in their home to consolidate high-interest debt. Consolidating high interest credit card debt into a single, lower-interest loan is a great way to take advantage of a home equity loan.

Educational expenses, such as college tuition and student loans, can also be paid for with a home equity loan. Most private student loans offer variable interest rates. Paying them off with a home equity loan provides the opportunity to move from a variable to fixed rate.

Home equity loans can also be used to cover unexpected expenses, such as medical bills or major repairs. If unanticipated costs arise and you don’t have the funds readily available in an emergency savings account, a home equity loan is a great option.

A home equity loan can also be used for an investment opportunity, such as purchasing a second home or vacation property.

Wayne Bank offers both home equity lines of credit and home equity loans with competitive interest rates. Visit the website (, call 800-5985002, or contact your local community office. Loans are subject to Wayne Bank’s credit policy. Certain restrictions apply. Ask for details. NMLS#462082. H

Wayne Bank is a subsidiary of Norwood Financial Corp, Member FDIC, Equal Housing Lender, and is located in Honesdale, Pennsylvania. The Bank has 29 Community Offices serving Wayne, Pike, Monroe, Lackawanna, and Luzerne Counties in Pennsylvania, along with Delaware, Sullivan, Otsego, Ontario, and Yates Counties in New York, including those offices operating under the Bank of Cooperstow and Bank of the Finger Lakes brands. The stock trades on the NASDAQ Global Market under the symbol— NWFL.

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alt Springs Park is a hidden gem, tucked away in the lush hills of the Endless Mountains in Susquehanna County. The park offers a steep gorge with three beautiful waterfalls surrounded by a virgin hemlock forest. There are trails on both sides of the gorge which afford hikers splendid views of the waterfalls and creek. A wooden lookout along the popular Hemlock trail provides an overview of the top waterfall and features a short boardwalk to the famous

Penny Rock, where thousands of visitors have stopped to marvel at, and sometimes add to, the metallic collection.

There are approximately 15 miles of hiking trails with varying degrees of difficulty winding through 842 acres. At the base of the gorge is a bubbling salt spring, along with historic mid-19th century farmhouses and barns.

Salt Springs is open to hunting and fishing in season, except for the designated Natural Area, which encompasses the picnic area, cov-

ered pavilion, (which can be rented for reunions, birthdays, weddings, etc.) and the land surrounding the hemlock grove, waterfalls and farmhouses. In winter, portions of the park are ideal for crosscountry skiing and snowshoeing.

There are 14 campsites and three rustic cabins that are available for rent year-round. Call the park at 570-967-7275, email, visit

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The park is managed by The Friends of Salt Springs Park, a 501(c) (3) charitable nonprofit corporation, consisting of a board of directors, five part-time employees and dozens of volunteers. The Friends rely on memberships and grants to fund park operations. Memberships range from $30 for an individual to $50 for a family and upward for organizations and businesses. While approxi mately half of the park property falls under the jurisdiction of the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, The Friends receive no operating support from the state. Throughout the year, The Friends sponsor educational, recreational and fun special events.

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Mountain’s Edge Recovery

Mountain’s Edge Recovery was founded by Cynthia Bellino in January 2022, with the purpose of “being different from the cookie cutter treatment trends.“ We wanted a safe place for people to go if they wanted to abstain from drugs and alcohol and learn how to live a happy, sober lifestyle through real individualized treatment. With our small size we are truly able to offer personalized care,” she said. In long-term recovery herself, Cynthia Bellino, has founded multiple treatment centers and is onsite with clients and staff. She, along with each staff member at Mountain’s Edge, is very passionate about helping people live better lives.

“It all begins with honesty,” said Joe Kane, MSW, Clinical Director. Joe is renowned in the tristate area as one of the most effective and respected clinicians in the field. As a LCSW he has helped thousands of individuals get clean and sober and is in recovery himself, maintaining sobriety for over 14 years.

“The core principle that made recov-

ery possible for me began with the capacity of being honest; other principles then grew out of honesty; I had been incapable of developing a relationship with anyone. Learning how to be honest began to help me trust others and, in turn, have others trust me. Being trusted again was a top desire. At Mountain's Edge we believe that transparency is important in the therapeutic relationship and honesty is at the core. In order for a client to start to gain hope, integrity, courage and the other spiritual components of recovery, it must begin with honesty,” said Joe. The innovative approach used at Mountain’s Edge Recovery is Transitional care. Conversely, traditional treatment, which is what most envision when they think of rehab, involves going to an inpatient facility and being completely removed from the world. After 30 days, you return to your life circumstances (work, home, family, etc.) just as before. Partial hospitalization, (PHP) is relatively new. It is part rehab, part real life. You spend the

group sessions, individual counseling, mindfulness/meditation, various forms of therapy, but in the late afternoon/ evening, you leave the facility to go to outside meetings, use the gym, visit family or engage in a number of recreational activities. It is a duality of: Treatment/Real Life, Education/Application, Knowledge/Experience.You have access to your phone, tablet or computer so you can be in contact with friends and family daily, making it less restrictive. Clients have the ability to focus on their mental, physical and spiritual health while participating in community resources and recovery supports.

This approach has two primary benefits: Firstly, a person gets to transition gradually back into his/her life while not being hit with all the stressors and potential

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triggers all at once. Secondly, a person gets to learn the skills needed to engage in recovery while also applying them in real time. This approach has proven to be highly effective for recovery rates and a key to avoiding chronic relapse syndrome.

Clinical treatment as well as working a 12 step program is the most frequently used model used to successfully prevent relapse. Clients are integrated back into the community with a strategic and clinically sound aftercare plan that will prepare them for success. They are assisted with resources that they need to transition, implementing innovative ideas and modalities like mindfulness, modern spirituality, trauma-based therapies Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and various forms of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy with the core concept of a 12 step

program. “These approaches aren’t conflicting – they complement each other. For people who are more inclined toward science than religion or conventional spirituality, the steps can be presented in a context that uses psychology and morality as the framework,” they state.

The Mountain’s Edge program is 90 days which is designed to be more effective than a traditional 28-30 day model. Evidence based research shows that if a client is in treatment longer term, they have a better success rate and better chance at achieving long-term sobriety. Individuals who have been consuming alcohol or using drugs for extended periods of time may experience long-lasting withdrawal symptoms, or PAWS (post-acute withdrawal syndrome) .

and managing the symptoms appropriately, takes time. Daily collaboration and interprofessional approaches have been very successful in the holistic treatment of clients.

Partial Hospitalization which is what Mountain’s Edge offers, is a great choice for any person on the recovery journey, whether it be their first experience in recovery or a person with a history of recidivism. Most insurance is accepted at the 21-bed all-male facility that boasts a 7 to 1 client to counselor ratio. Clients may call the admissions team at (800-723-7376). H

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Bradley and Molly Dickinson
Photo: Dave Apple

Molly Elizabeth Curran Bradley Mark Dickinson&

Molly Elizabeth Curran, daughter of Patricia (Patty) and Eugene (Geno) Curran, married Bradley Mark Dickinson, son of Mark and Diane Dickinson, on September 30, 2023. The couple met while attending the University of New Hampshire.

Molly graduated from North Pocono High School and obtained a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering with a minor in ocean engineering from the University of New Hampshire. She is employed by Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution as a research engineer in the deep submergence lab, where she concentrates on deep sea robotics.

Brad graduated from Cape Elizabeth High School (Maine) and earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration with concentrations in international business and business management from the University of New Hampshire. He is employed by Toast as a senior district sales manager.

While the couple was on a month-long RV adventure across Utah, Montana, Idaho and Wyoming, Brad proposed to Molly during a remote hike in the Grand Teton Mountains.

The couple chose Camp Ogontz in New Hampshire as a wedding location where guests would experience a scenic, fun and magical outdoor weekend. Ogontz Camp was founded in 1923 as an elite summer camp for girls and its list of attendees included such historic figures as Amelia Earhart, the Kennedy girls and Walt Disney's daughters. Today the camp boasts over 350 acres of countryside including a lake, forest, mountain trails, waterfalls and open fields, all of which were available for wedding guests to enjoy. The

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reception was held in beautiful Ogontz Hall, a massive structure at the centerpiece of the property, constructed of heavy timber framing harvested from the property.

The bridal party included friends and family, with Molly’s close ties to her NEPA roots represented by four fellow North Pocono graduates Sarah Zero Koepfer, Ashley McDonough Dunda, Jill Perih and Haley Halkyer, as well as NEPA residents, Alyssa Davies and Kevin Curran.

On September 30, the temperatures in the White Mountains could have fallen into the 30s at night or only risen to the 40s during the day, but, except for a brief shower on Friday evening, the weather was more like a mid-August day with abundant warmth and sunshine. The magnificent fall foliage provided a spectacular backdrop for all of the outdoor activities.

As guests began arriving for the ceremony, Molly and Brad snuck away to exchange private vows on the top of a mountain overlooking Ogontz Lake. After a lakefront cere mony and a candle lit reception, fireworks filled the sky and the

Many friends made the journey from all over the country to attend the wedding.

The bride wore a one-of-a-kind fitted lace and satin gown with a cathedral length train, embellished with hand beading. After the ceremony, the bride and bridesmaids wore velvet shawls, handmade in Roaring Brook Township by longtime family friend, Linda Smith. The wedding bouquets brimmed with fall-colored Dahlias were harvested from a local flower farm.

The couple places the most value on spending quality time with their closest family and friends and enjoying time on their boat in Cape Cod. They love hiking adventures, from the top of Mt. Washington to the mountains of Alaska. They treasure sunsets in the Adirondack chairs at their camp in Maine with the Dickinson and Theriault families, and sunny days floating on Lake Wallenpaupack with the Curran family.

In June 2024 the couple plans to travel to Portugal and Spain for their honeymoon.

“Marry your best friend and never go to bed upset,” the couple offers as marriage advice. H

Misericordia University Celebrating


University is a testament to the enduring legacy of the Sisters of Mercy. Established to educate the women of the region, the university began its journey as Luzerne County's first four-year institution of higher learning on September 24, 2024. A gathering of over 2,500 individuals and the commencement of 37 students' academic pursuits under the motto "Mulier Fortis,” (meaning valiant women trained in scholarship and spirituality), marked the university’s first foundational moment.

From its inception, Misericordia was envisioned as a sanctuary for broad-based liberal arts and preprofessional studies, welcoming students of all faiths. Its commitment to providing quality educa-


tion through the core values of mercy, service, justice and hospitality has been unwavering for nearly a century. The Religious Sisters of Mercy, who founded the institution following their mission to serve the impoverished, sick and uneducated since their establishment in Dublin in 1831, laid a strong foundation for Misericordia's ethos. Their arrival in the Wyoming Valley area of Pennsylvania in 1875 and subsequent efforts in education and healthcare paved the way for the university's creation.

Initially named College Misericordia, the university was situated on nearly 100 acres of land in Dallas, Pennsylvania. This land was procured in 1914, setting the stage for a future of educational excellence. Misericordia transi-

tioned to co-educational status in the 1970s and has since expanded its offerings to include graduate programs, maintaining its commitment to superior education for a diverse student body.

Today, Misericordia University is a vibrant community on over 250 acres of land with roughly 2,106 students, recognized for its collaborative learning environment, engaging co-curricular activities and exceptional academic programs. The university boasts notable graduation and retention rates, reflecting its commitment to student success. With over 50 academic programs, Misericordia also shines in athletics, offering 30 intercollegiate programs as a member of NCAA Division III. This includes recent additions such as STUNT, Men’s and Women’s Wrestling and Men’s Ice Hockey.

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Misericordia's reputation for excellence is nationally recognized. As the university celebrates its 100th anniversary, it stands as a monument to the vision and values of the Sisters of Mercy, continually evolving to meet the needs of its community while remaining steadfast in its founda tional commitments.

Misericordia Centennial “Interesting Facts”

June 3, 1921: Ground broken Villa St Teresa on approximately 100 acres in Dallas.

September 24, 1924: Opening of College Misericordia, the first four-year institution of higher education in Luzerne County and Villa St. Teresa. Villa St. Teresa becomes the provincialate of the Sisters of Mercy for the

class of 15 graduates.

1933: Sister Teresa Mary Moyles, RSM, writes College Misericordia alma mater.

RSM, has coat of arms designed for College, which is still used today in the University’s official seal.

February 1972: Poet Maya

Time to dive in


1500 Hurricane Agnes flood victims until the end of July. CM was used as a temporary hospital with the evacuation of Nesbitt Hospital in Kingston. Fifty-two babies were born on campus.

ceremony, which welcomes freshmen into academic community, established.

2000: Women with Children Program established by Sr. Jean Messaros, RSM, to empower economically disadvantaged single mothers by providing the opportunity to complete a college degree and break the cycle of poverty.

December 2002: The Administration Building rededicated as Mercy Hall to honor Sisters of Mercy.

August 1972: Misericordia receives a citation from American Hospital Association for work during Agnes Flood; first non-hospital organization to ever receive award.

1974: Diploma changed from Latin to English.

May 18, 1974: First male students (3) receive a College Misericordia diploma.

September 24, 1974: College Misericordia celebrates 50th anniversary.

1979: Joseph R. Fink, Ph.D., becomes first lay president of Misericordia.

Fall 1979: College Misericordia goes fully co-educational with male residential students.

January 1986: The Cougar debuts as College Misericordia’s official mascot, replacing the nickname The Highlanders, during a women’s basketball game against Keuka College.

September 1987: Rosenn Plaza dedication in honor of Harold and Sallyanne Rosenn with debut of Jay Dugan’s sculpture, Emerging, which represents each year of the undergraduate experience.

August 1996: Annual First-Year Student Convocation

2003: Athletics Hall of Fame established to recognize accomplishments of student athletes and supporters of Misericordia athletics.

2007: Misericordia attains university status; changes name to Misericordia University.

June 2010: Sister Regina Kelly, RSM, Shakespeare Garden dedicated on campus; each flower and plant in the garden is mentioned in works by the Bard.

Fall 2012: Football program established; Misericordia welcomes largest incoming class to-date (511 students).

2012: The Cougar is named Archibald “Archie” McGrowl after campus-wide contest.

November 16, 2019: Statue of Sisters of Mercy founder Mother Catherine McAuley dedicated on Misericordia campus.

October 22, 2021: Frank M. and Dorothea Henry Science Center, the largest academic building on campus to-date, dedicated.

September 24, 2024: Misericordia will celebrate its 100th anniversary. H

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The Ins and Outs of College Admissions

Admissions decisions for the Class of 2024 are completed. Some students are elated, while others are certainly disappointed. Testoptional policies continue to drive up applications at the nation’s most selective schools. In turn, that skews acceptance rates. At selective schools— from Harvard to Vanderbilt to Rice and WashU—the number of applicants vs. the number of spaces continues to be extremely lopsided. Even some public universitiesTexas, Clemson, Georgiaare reporting record numbers of applications. The number of freshman seats remains unchanged.

ested in having their children attend a decent college at an affordable price.

This repeating trend once again brings to mind the wise words of New York Times columnist, Frank Bruni. In his book, “Where You Go is Not Who You’ll Be,” Bruni reminds readers that there are more than ten worthy colleges in America. He writes about the success of Fortune 500 leaders who have graduated from much lesser known schools than the Ivies. He notes that parents are inter-

There is so much more to the college experience than the name of the institution. What students do in four years at college matters. Opportunities in research, leadership, internships and in the classroom are combined with discovering oneself, finding a passion and cultivating relationships that will likely last a lifetime. College is about the attitudes students bring to it. The best approach to the college search is to assess student’s strengths and interests and find schools that will provide the best fit for success.

First, a word about the term “highly selective.” For this

year’s freshman class, highly selective admissions means schools with an acceptance rate of under 30%.

These highly selective schools take a holistic approach to the admissions process. They do not just focus on students’ GPAs and test scores; rather, they also consider the rigor of students’ courses, trends in their grades, their activities, essays and recommendation letters. They stressed the importance of seeing students challenge themselves, but that they should not sacrifice their grades or mental health.

The application review process was covered in detail. At most institutions, two people read each application. This may be done

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separately or together, with each person reading different parts of an application. Then, all or some applications may go on to a “committee,” meaning they are reviewed by a committee of admissions officers.

After the committee, the colleges engage in “shaping,” whereby they refine their admissions decisions based on institutional priorities. Such priorities may include wanting more students in a particular major; seeking to increase the student body’s socio-economic, racial/ethnic or geographic diversity; or needing to fill certain positions on an athletic team or musical ensembles. These priorities can change from

one year to the next. One example is a school who was running out of parking spots on campus, so they accepted more students who did not have vehicles.

Finally, an applicant who appears qualified might not be admitted. Some considerations include whether students are a good fit for their college not only academically but also socially. In other words, will the applicant be a good member of the college’s community?

While this information sheds some light on admissions at highly selective colleges, it is still a very nuanced process.

Therefore, students who are applying to highly selective schools should also apply to less selective schools where they are more likely to be admitted. The importance of developing a well-balanced college list with safeties, targets and reaches is essential for a successful college application experience.

Jennifer Severini-Kresock, an experienced private career and college counselor at NEPA Career and College Counseling Associates.

(570) 702-5700 or H

Jennifer was an essential part of the application process. She provided invaluable knowledge and guidance and was always available. We could not have done it without her!

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Our final journey begins with Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto. Undoubtedly one of the most well-known and beloved works in the piano repertoire, it captivates listeners all the way through to its edge-of-your-seat finale. Joining us this evening is internationally acclaimed concert pianist Xiayin Wang. Her extensive discography and global concert tours have garnered high praise from leading publications such as The New York Times, The New Yorker and BBC Music Magazine. Closing the concert is Rachmaninoff’s sublime Second Symphony. Don’t miss this spellbinding season finale–it’s a perfect night out at the symphony!

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She felt an intense pain at the

Samantha’s sister.

alongside her daughter. Her right leg still requires a brace all day. Her right arm does not function and she will be on an antidepressant for the rest of her life. She also suffers from both aphasia and

“Sometimes she knows what she

National Stroke Awareness Month: Meet Survivor Samantha Kuehner

back of her head and thought she might have been experiencing a bad headache. “I just didn’t feel right,” she said. “I had terrible pain and my pillow felt like cement. I was trying to talk but no one could understand what I was saying,” she recalls. After collapsing, an ambulance was summoned.

Samantha experienced two hemorrhagic strokes at the age of 36. "She had to have a craniotomy where a portion of her skull was removed in a life saving surgery. Even though Samantha was considered a high risk pregnancy, her vitals and the pregnancy itself were normal. She never had a prior concern for high blood pressure. The doctors came to the conclusion that her blood pressure rose so much from stress, that it

Samantha was in the ICU of CMC Geisinger in a medically induced coma for two weeks. When she was weened off the medicine, she “came to” in the middle of the night and pulled the breathing apparatus out herself. After being discharged from the hos pital, she stayed at Allied Services (John Heinz Rehab) hospital for four months. “The Allied staff was absolutely amazing–patient, kind and celebrated every milestone with us like we were their family,” said Stacey. Samantha had to relearn how to talk and walk. Initially, she didn't even recognize her baby. At Allied

wants to say, but a different word will come out or she can't put into words what she is thinking. She also has a hard time comprehending certain things in a conversation. Days, months

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need to take a little extra time or show her a picture to help her understand who or what we are talking about," said Stacey.

Samantha is an advocate for stroke awareness and shares her story to help other survivors. She credits her son with motivating her to keep going with the important and excellent rehabilitation that she received at Allied. Being a Mom is her #1 priority.

Samantha’s goal is to live as normal a life as possi ble. She is no longer in therapy, as her body and speech have improved to the best that they will be. She doesn't let her disability stop her, Stacey said. “She sure does have limitations, but if she can figure out how to do something on her

cuts her own grass. She puts her daughter's hair up in a ponytail. She has been babysitting her nephew since he was an infant. If she can do it, she absolutely will. She rarely asks for help, but when she does, she has

a huge support system to make up for what she can't do," said

"My daughter is now 6, my son is 14 and my stepdaughter is 23. I'm coping with life with a positive attitude. Even though I have depression, medication and my strong support system (including my mother Donna Cox and my stepdaughter Vianna, my children Shane and Ali as well as my sisters Stacey and Dana) help tremendously. I get to be a stay-at-home mom. I have a wonderful boyfriend, Jim Shehadi. I try to remember to be thankful that I'm alive. I try to not get stuck on the hard parts. I want people to know that in the beginning, it was very hard, obviously, but with the help of my strong support system and the amazing staff at Allied, I have a great quality of life. The Allied staff members are simply angels," Samantha said. H

INTEGRATED HEALTH SYSTEM FIND THE AREA’S BEST STROKE REHAB SERVICES There is life after a stroke. From days after a stroke to many years later, the experienced clinicians at Allied Services can help you to live well after a stroke. Call 570.348.1360 to learn how. Samantha Stroke Survivor

PA Cyber

Courtney Speaks was raised in Twin Falls, Idaho, and moved to Pennsylvania to attend Slippery Rock University where she received both her bachelor’s degree (creative writing with a concentration in film and media studies) and her master’s degree, (secondary education.)

Courtney had a love for teaching and reading from the time she would

play school with her little brother or help out in her mom’s first grade classroom. As a teacher’s daughter, Courtney’s home was filled with books. She remembers trips to the library with her mom to get the next Series of Unfortunate Events or Twilight book. While her mom nurtured her love of reading, her dad honed her writing skills. She grew up imagining a career in teaching or publishing where she could instill her love of reading and writing in others.

Courtney’s path to PA Cyber didn’t come without challenges. She secondguessed her teaching abilities when she enrolled in a teacher education program and shadowed in a senior class. After trying dentistry and journalism in three different colleges, she realized that teaching was where she belonged. She wanted to make a difference in student’s lives and be

for her students what her teachers were for her in high school.

After student teaching a 10th grade class at PA Cyber, she was hired as a yearlong substitute in 7th grade before returning to 10 grade full time. She enjoys teaching at PA Cyber. “It really did come full circle. My time student teaching at PA Cyber taught me valuable lessons about teaching, collaboration and students,” she said. What she loves most about PA Cyber is the diversity of her students, and she believes being a teacher has changed her outlook on life. “I have learned to have more empathy, more patience and more understanding. I interact with students and families from several different backgrounds and cultures. It has given me the opportunity to learn and experience things that I never would have otherwise. I have realized that there is something to be learned from every single person, and we are all more alike than we think,” she said.

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Courtney is now in her third year at PA Cyber and enjoys making connections with her students. She was shocked at the connections that can be made even online. She believes that “even five minutes every day to connect with your students lets them know that you care about them. I have had several students tell me that it is their favorite part of the day because it allows them to relax, reset and chat with their classmates before starting another class. Sometimes it’s really random, other times it’s more personal. But when students know you care for and respect them, they can learn.”

Courtney also appreciates the opportunities PA Cyber

offers students. She enjoys going to events where she can meet her students and their families. She attends the zoo trip every year and recently attended “Club Night” where she was able to interact with her students in person.

Aside from teaching the English content, Courtney focuses on instilling a love for reading, writing, self-motivation and confidence. “I want them to know that they can do anything they put their mind to. If they leave my class a better version of themselves and know that they always have someone rooting for them, then I consider myself successful.”

Courtney also enjoys collaborating with her colleagues and appreciates the work

they do. They work together daily to create engaging lessons and support each other. “They all have different teaching styles and ideas, and I learn from them every day.”

Outside of teaching, Courtney loves to spend time with her family. She lives in Pittsburgh with her husband, Rich, and dogs, Romeo and Juliet. They also recently began to foster bull terriers. They enjoy attending sporting events, camping, kayaking and traveling. Courtney is on the Steel City Angels Dance team, so she spends lots of time practicing and attending local parades. She also likes to relax with a good book; some favorites include The Road by Cormac McCarthy, The Outsiders by S.E Hinton, Harry Potter and almost anything by Nicholas Sparks. H

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Discover new K-12 education opportunities waiting for you at the Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School! Call 724.643.1180 or visit PIAZZA 3rd Generation Tile Setter COMPLETE BATHROOM KITCHEN REMODELING May 2024 79

The Wright Center for Patient & Community Engagement to Hold Second Annual Charity Golf Tournament

The Wright Center for Patient & Community Engagement (PCE) will hold its second annual charity golf tournament on May 13 at the Glenmaura National Golf Club to support patients throughout Northeast Pennsylvania.

The Captain-and-Crew Dr. William Waters Golf Tournament will feature a shotgun start at 10 a.m., following registration from 8:30 to 9:45 a.m. The driving range opens at 8:30 a.m.

The tournament is in honor of the late John P. Moses, Esq. a Wilkes-Barre native, influential attorney and longtime philanthropist whose leadership was key in helping facilitate the establishment of The Wright Center for Community Health Wilkes-Barre Practice, the largest primary health center in the nonprofit’s network of 10 locations in Northeast Pennsylvania. The new Luzerne County location opened in January 2023, after the urgent relocation of its clinic from First Hospital in Kingston, amidst the hospital’s closure.

The Wright Center plans to name the Wilkes-Barre Practice building after Moses, who passed away on Oct. 31, 2022.

Moses’s son, Wilkes-Barre attorney Peter J. Moses, is honorary chair of the golf fundraiser. Cochairs are: Linda Thomas-Hemak, M.D., FACP, FAAP, president and CEO of The Wright Centers for Community Health and Graduate Medical Education; and Mary Marrara, co-chair of

PCE and secretary of The Wright Center for Community Health Boards of Directors.

“Renowned for his dedicated and generous service to multiple nonprofits in Northeast Pennsylvania, and also on the national stage as CEO of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Attorney John Moses exemplified a remarkable life of integrity, generosity and boundless dedication to making a difference," said Dr. Thomas-Hemak.

“We are excited that our charity golf tournament will spotlight his tremendous legacy in business, educational, legal and community enrichment efforts. His many meaningful contributions to the nonprofit sector can never be overstated. It is a privilege to raise resources in his honor to ensure everyone has equitable access to high-quality, wholeperson primary health services, regardless of their insurance status, ZIP code or ability to pay.”

PCE aims to improve the health of our communities through education, advocacy and patient-centered services that help individuals overcome food insecurity, homelessness and other factors known as the social and economic determinants of

health (SDOH). Factors also include limited access to educational opportunities and a lack of financial resources. To address SDOH in regional communities, PCE’s team and volunteers hold community outreach activities, including nutritious food distributions of nonperishable items and fresh produce, coat and winterwear giveaways, back-to-school distributions of backpacks and classroom supplies, health fairs, blood drives and other special mission-driven projects.

Last year’s inaugural charity golf tournament raised more than $40,000. The tournament is named after the late William M. Waters, Ph.D., who served as vice chair of The Wright Center for Community Health’s Board of Directors and cochair of PCE. He passed away on July 21, 2022.

The entry fee for golfers is $275 or $1,100 for a foursome, which includes a golf cart, green fee, lunch and beverage service on the course, followed by a 3 p.m. cocktail hour and 4 p.m. dinner. Tickets for the dinner are $100.

Prizes will be awarded for closest to the pin, longest drive and hole-inone, including a special prize for a hole-in-one on a designated hole: a 2024 Honda Accord LX, courtesy of Matt Burne Honda, an event sponsor. Other event sponsors are Audacy; Community Bank, N.A.; and PNC.

Various sponsorship levels, starting at $300, are available. Contact Holly Przasnyski, PCE board coordinator, at or 570-209-3275.

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The Wright Center for Patient & Community Engagement (PCE) Golf Committee members, front row from left, are Mary Marrara, co-chair of PCE; Peter Moses, honorary chair; and Dr. Linda Thomas-Hemak, president and CEO of The Wright Centers for Community Health and Graduate Medical Education and co-chair of PCE; second row, Wright Center employees Lori Cotrone, Kara Seitzinger, Helayna Szescila, Ron Daniels, Edward Walsh, Jane Danish, and Mark Zulkoski.

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The Scranton Canoe Club

The Scranton Canoe Club golf course on beautiful Lake Winola is a short drive from regional cities and towns. In a world that never seems to stop, step back in time and enjoy nature, fine dining, extraordinary service and amenities, scenic golf and a warm community of members that welcomes families and individuals of all ages.

This classic golf course was developed almost 100 years ago on a peninsula offering panoramic views of the lake and the Endless Mountains’ countryside. The tree-lined course is great for exercise, as it is easily walkable. This nine hole executive style course, with 3- par 4 and 6par 3 holes, allows for a fast round. Each hole offers a lake view, at least two sets of tees and plays 1658 yards from the back and 1590 from the front. With sepa-

rate tee boxes for different ages and skill levels, the course is friendly, yet each hole also offers a unique set of challenges.

Because of its limited private club membership, one of the Canoe Club’s hallmarks is that the course offers virtually unlimited availability, without the hassle of tee times or advanced reservations. After your round, take a short walk to the classic

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Club House and enjoy a drink and/or meal inside the cozy dining room or outside on one of the decks overlooking the lake. The Canoe Club prides itself on greeting guests with a smiling, courteous and capable staff. The Canoe Club boasts of the following amenities:

• friendly golf leagues, for

• beginner and intermediate

• men and women

• youth golf clinics

• professional golf lessons

• and clinics

• restricted number of

• members so that golf is

• easy, unrushed and tee

• times not required

• fine cuisine and a great

• bar menu with exceptional

• service – Canoe Club

•restaurant is BYOB

• lunch and dinner reserva-

• tions not required (but

• often a good idea)

• spectacular panorama of

•the lake and mountains

• while on the deck

• entertainment including

• musicians and performers

• dominoes, bridge and

• other group game activities

• a beautiful and prestigious

• event venue for weddings,

• parties and business events

• (at outstanding prices)

• business/corporate

• memberships, including

• golf, venue privileges and

• net working advantages

The Canoe Club is now accepting a limited number of new member applications and welcomes readers to consider joining. The Canoe Club has no initiation fee and offers more value than many other regional country clubs.* Join as an active member (includes golf and dining privileges) or as a clubhouse member (includes dining privileges). 570-378-9982

*According to The Canoe Club *representative

Spencer Lunger

PGA/Head Golf Pro

Spencer Lunger grew up in Lake Winola, graduated from Tunkhannock Area High School in 2006 and received a bachelor's degree in sports and recreation management from Keystone College. Previously, he was the Assistant Golf Professional at Pocono Manor Inn and Resort and was later hired as the Head Golf Professional at the Scranton Canoe Club in 2014. In 2019, Spencer was elected as a Class A PGA member.

“The Scranton Canoe Club is such a special place. Don't let it fool you! Even though the yardage says 1,800 yards, it is one of the most challenging golf courses in the area. The Canoe Club has allowed me to expand my professional golf career and I have made relationships here that will last a lifetime,” he said.

Away from the golf course, Spencer loves spending time with his wife, Kelly, two children (Addison and Rory), and dog, Finn. During the offseason, he is the head boys’ basketball coach at Tunkhannock Area. He is a huge Penn State and Philadelphia Eagles fan. H

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Lackawanna Pro Bono, Inc.

18th Annual Golf Tournament

June 10, 2024 • Elmhurst Country Club

The Lackawanna Pro Bono 18th annual golf tournament fundraising event is scheduled for June 10 at the Elmhurst Country Club.

Kevin M. Conaboy, Esq. and Bruce S. Zero, Esq. will serve as the event cochairs. “Lackawanna Pro Bono is a vehicle through which Lackawanna County lawyers in private practice volunteer professional services to people who are faced with serious civil legal problems, but do not have the means to hire a lawyer. Lackawanna Pro Bono’s attorney volunteers offer assistance without payment,” said Sylvia Hahn, Esq., Executive Director.

Since 1997, Lackawanna Pro Bono has helped roughly 10,500 people in over 4,700 civil legal matters. Attorney volunteers represent eligible individuals in a variety of civil legal matters, such as Protection from Abuse, custody, debtor/creditor problems, landlord/ tenant disputes, unemployment compensation and others. Through LPB’s Elder Law Clinic, wills, powers of attorney and health care directives are prepared and civil advice is provided. Brief legal advice on family law matters is provided through LPB’s Family Law Help Desk and, through the Pardon Project, people with non-violent con victions can be assisted in applying for pardons.

“The services provid ed are crucial to the clients and have a positive impact on each client, the clients' families, the court sys tem, and the communi ty. Proceeds from the

annual golf tournament help LPB continue serving the community’s most vulnerable,” said Bruce Zero.

A Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Program, “D.E.I. Training: Empowering Our Community through Diversity, Equity and Inclusion,” will be presented at 11 a.m. before the start of the tournament. CLE Presenter, Tyrone (Ty) Holmes will speak about the significance of fostering a workplace that is diverse and inclusive. The CLE is free for registered golfers and $15 for nongolfers and includes lunch. Golf registration and lunch begin at 11:30 a.m. with a shot-gun start at 12:30 p.m. The event will conclude following dinner and an awards ceremony at 6 p.m. The tournament will be captain and crew format. Registration is open to the public and individuals without teams will be paired with other players. The golf entrance fee is $180/$200 after May 10. The event is expected to sell out again this year. Entrance fee includes the CLE, 18 holes of golf, cart rental, green fees, lunch, beverages, cocktail hour and dinner. There will be contests and awards, an auction, raffle, prizes and a $10,000 hole-in-one prize. Sponsorship opportunities are available. Find information and registration at www.lackawanna-

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Lakeland Golf Club's 9-hole executive course in Fleetville features 1,525 yards of golf for a par of 32. Challenging enough for seasoned golfers and perfect for beginners, the course includes a putting green and beautiful clubhouse. Call 570-945-9983 for information regarding leagues, lessons, memberships and venue rental.


Marjon is a 9 hole, par 35 public golf course. We are operating under new ownership. The course is situated on gently rolling terrain and features well maintained greens. The Pavilion at Marjon is available for tournaments, public and corporate events. New changes and major upgrades were made. 1360 Griffin Road, Roaring Brook, PA 570-842-7922


Challenging nine hole golf and teaching facility in Scott Twp. Home of “A Swing for Life” Golf Academy featuring Teaching Professional Scotty McAlarney, a “Top 100” W.G.T.F. Instructor. Fun for the whole family! Minutes from Clarks Summit, Rt. 81, Scranton and the valley area. Great membership levels!


The Scranton Canoe Club is located on beautiful Lake Winola. You and your friends and family canenjoy nature, fine dining, extraordinary service, scenic golf, and an warm community of members that welcomes families and individuals of all ages. The Canoe Club has no initiation fee and is much more economical than other regional country clubs. 570-378-9976


Enjoy Skytop Lodge’s award-winning course on 5,500 acres, voted 30th best course in the country on Golf Pass, rated #1 in the country for conditions, and 22 for pace of play. No other Poconos golfing vacation offers a mountain-style track that plays over rolling terrain and boasts wide, tree-lined fairways and small greens that challenge both the casual player and serious golfer alike. Above average in speed, this course incorporates water and plenty of strategically placed bunkers over its 6,656 yards.


18 hole championship golf course masterfully carved out of the rolling hills and meadows of the Endless Mountains. A relaxing natural habitat to play golf at its best. Golf our mature links. Dining in our in-house restaurant, The Hedge. 570-836-5108

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“Push Yourself to Keep Growing” MichaelJ.Papi:

Michael J. Papi was recently inducted into the Luzerne County Sports Hall of Fame. While he was also involved in soccer and basketball earlier in his life, he continued with baseball into adulthood. Born in Dickson City, his family moved to Tunkhannock with he was 2 years old.

Michael's father and elder brothers were involved with sports; two brothers became college baseball players. When Michael attended Tunkhannock Area High School, he concentrated on baseball and basketball. In basketball, he played the position of shooting guard. He received the Sportsmanship Award at the 42nd George Moses WVC Senior Senior All-Star Classic for his competitive spirit as well as his respectful demeanor on the court. He was chosen to become a member of John Erzar's All-Asphalt Team.

"It was a cool way to be recognized that way by John," he said. "It was his way of acknowledging the hard-nosed players, who obviously exhibited their love of the game and comparing their play to playground basketball."

Michael led the Tunkhannock Tigers to the PIAA (Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association) championship competition in both 2010 and 2011. He earned individual recognition when he was named to ESPN Magazine's All-Star Team. Tunkhannock's head baseball coach Gary Custer coached him for all four years of high school as well as youth baseball. Michael also credits American Legion coaches such as his father and two other notable coaches, Mike Goodwin and Scott Zaner, for his success. He also recognized Bob Miller for leading

his varsity team.

"Coach Miller taught us a great deal about the game and always pushed us to be great on the court," he said. "Playing high school sports taught me a lot about goal setting, budgeting my time, striving for success beyond myself and my own personal goals."

Michael enjoyed coming together with his teammates, who shared a common goal - leaving a lasting pride in their hometown.

During the summer of 2010, Michael participated in many tournaments on the East Coast as he was experienced Baseball U. His coach in New Jersey, John Wells helped him secure great exposure and college commitment with the Perfect Game network. The Baseball U. participation and the Perfect Game showcases led him to high-level tryout circuits. He was recruited to the Yankees Scout Team that summer.

Michael was recruited by many colleges but committed to play at the University of Virginia, where he studied finance, economics and religious studies. He continued to play baseball through the tutelage of the university's head coach Brian O'Connor and associate coach Kevin McMullen.

"They are the two of the best life mentors and go-to guys you could ever know," said, Michael. "They meant a lot and still do mean a lot to me on a personal level."

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Michael left the university early to pursue a career in professional base ball. He played in the NCAA Regional Tournament, which led his team to advance in the College World Series in 2014. He was also recruited to play for the Cleveland Indians.

"Playing professional baseball is the ultimate grind and provided me with more layered expe riences than any one may ever expect," he said.

During his freshman season, Michael faced adversity when he suffered from a lower back injury.

"With a lot of help from the coaches and training staff, I came back healthy the next season, finishing as

a 1st team All-American," he said.

Michael returned to the University of Virginia to complete his education and graduate from the College of Arts and Sciences. He joined many other leagues such as High A in Lynchburg,

Virginia, AA with Akron, Ohio, and AAA with Columbus, Ohio during his last season with the Cleveland Indians.

Michael and his wife Amber live in Weddington, NC (a suburb of Charlotte) with their young son Walker.

Michael saw becoming inducted into the Luzerne County Sports Hall of Fame as an incredibly, unforeseen honor.

“It is a terrific validation for me to have my lifelong interest in sports and competition to be recognized in this way," he said. "I am humbled to be included among such great athletic contemporaries and aspire to make them all proud to be a colleague of mine. I also pledge to represent the organization as a worthy ambassador of its principles." H – Ben

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20th Annual Car Show and Member Appreciation Day

American Heritage Credit Union and BIG 98.1 will host the 20th Annual Car Show and Member Appreciation Day, a free event on May 18 (rain date of May 19) at 2060 Red Lion Road, Philadelphia from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Enjoy hun dreds of classic, muscle and modern show cars as well as 40 craft vendors, food trucks and a Family Fun Zone. The Family Fun Zone features fun for all ages, including inflatable activities, a petting zoo, carnival games and more! BIG 98.1 will also broadcast around the campus during the event.

Car clubs and owners can register for the car show prior to the event for $15

Antique, Modern, Muscle, Street, Stock, Modified, Imports and Exotics. All proceeds from the event will support the Kids-N-Hope Foundation and its mission to enhance the lives of pediatric patients through health and life services, specifically music therapy. Since its inception, the Foundation has donated

Hospital of Philadelphia and other not-for-profit organizations.

To register your car or car club, visit or CarShow for more information. Pre-registration ends on May 16, 2024 at midnight; day of registration is May 18, 8 to 10 a.m. H

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Mother’s Day Past

The late Yolanda Minicozzi with the late Consilia Broad and Marie Russo. 1964 Jean Petrosky with Sharon Petrosky (Panasevich). 1961 The late Bonnie Byerly Caputo with her son, Ralph John Caputo. 1960 Dorothy Keen with (Standing, Back) Mary Davitt, James Keen, Dorothy, Jake Davitt, Patricia Davitt. (Sitting, Middle) Sherry Davitt, Judith Keen, Caroline Davitt, Anna Davitt (holding Tommy Davitt), Jennifer Keen, Jane Keen. (Front, Floor) John Davitt and Janet Keen. Jeanne Selinsky Laurich Wallace with Thomas, 8 and Kathryn, 3. 1960 Lisa Huffsmith, with Alyssa, left, 4 and Emily, right, 2. Mrs. Helen Nasevich, with (From Left) Michelle Hyduchak, Mary Ann Nasevich and Elizabeth Pappas. 1962



For 70 years, Keen Lake Resort has been hosting relaxation and reconnecting at our 90-acre private lake in the Pocono Mountains. Join us for the best glamping experience in Northeast PA, or come stay for a while at a campsite or rental cottage. We want to celebrate our Platinum anniversary with you this camping season... and your breath of fresh air is waiting here. Thanks for the memories-- let's make some more!


Located on beautiful Lake Wallenpaupack. We offer seasonal and daily sites, seasonal 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,


Paper Mill Pines glamping getaway is a campsite located on a beautiful 28 acre property which also homes a bed & breakfast. It’s only seven miles from Ricketts Glen State Park and features a 4 acre pond and lovely views. It comes with a cozy tent with a comfy queen size bed, a clean outhouse and campfire. 12 Daro Rd, Shickshinny, PA. (570) 690-6820 or

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Swan Antiques

An eclectic array of European, American and Oriental antiques housed in historic 1870’s general store. Paintings, porcelains, furniture, objets d’art and collectors memorabilia. Mon-Fri 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Closed for Lunch Noon-1 p.m.; Sat. Noon5 p.m.; Sun.-By chance; Always best to call before heading out. 424 So. Sterling Road/Rte. 191, So. Sterling, Pa. 18460; Tel 570-594-7316



The Cadillac Cats, a Jersey Shore band, and solo artist Nick Andrew Staver, from Shippensburg, are the winners of the Billtown Blues Association’s Annual Audition Concert. Winners will appear on June 22 and are eligible to participate in the International Blues Challenge in Memphis (2025).

The 34th Annual Billtown Blues Festival, offering world class blues music, begins June 21 at 6 p.m., (gates for campers and music-only attendees open at 5 p.m.

June 22 gates open at 11 a.m. with music from noon until 10:30 p.m. Genetti Hotel in downtown Williamsport will offer special rates. Shuttle bus service is offered both days.

Festival details including ticketing options, onsite camping accommodation found at:

Uptown Music Collective (UMC)

Blues Band once again sets the vibe for the festival, delivering rousing music showcasing their UMC students.

From Pittsburgh, Soulful Femme will perform, joined by rhythm section Ronnie Biggs and Brice Foster. Stevee Wellons on vocals and Cheryl Rinovato, guitar are the principals.

Tas Cru, from upper New York State, returns after having performed twice before and participating in two Master Classes for the UMC students. Tas is a past “KBA” (Keeping the Blues Award) recipient, presented by the Blues Foundation.

For years, Tas has taught others about the blues art form.“There is nothing more important that I do as a blues performer than blues education,” he states. Closing Friday night will be the effervescent, roof shaking, fastenyour-seatbelts, Annika Chambers and Paul Deslauriers. Annika is a Houston native and two-time Blues Music award winner for Female Soul Blues. Her “Kiss My Sass” release garnered a

debut on the Billboard Blues chart. As a Canada native, Paul is a multiple Maple Leaf awarded artist and previously took second place at the IBC’s in Memphis.

Saturday kicks off with Audition Concert band winners, The Cadillac Cats, (a collaboration of seasoned players Urie Kline on drums, Garrett Gaetano on bass, Shawn Strickland on harmonica, Blair Mitcheltree on guitar and Becky Wool on lead vocals) who are well known for their high-energy and thoughtful performances, followed by Nick Andrew Staver. With three releases under his belt, Nick is now established as a prolific songwriter and accomplished guitarist.

The 2023 IBC winner, Houston-based Mathias Lattin will follow. Mathias came home from the IBCs not only as the overall band winner, but also honored by the panel of industry professionals with the Gibson Guitar Award. At just 20 years old, he is perhaps the youngest winner in IBC history. Music was not necessarily a no-brainer for Mathias, being the grandson of NBA Hall of Famer, David “Big Daddy” Lattin.

Duke Robillard, who first began performing in 1967, along with Al Copley, was drawn to the sound of the 40s and 50s. They formed the legendary “Roomful of Blues,” and drew in elder fans, their own generation and younger to the “big band” sound, which was all about dancing. As New England legends, the Rhode Islandbased musicians went world-wide in short order. Duke has excelled as guitarist, vocalist, songwriter, bandleader, studio sideman, producer, label owner and educator. Guitar Player magazine states, “Few players can move stylisti-

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cally from Texas to Kansas City to Chicago’s West Side, but Duke makes it seem easy.” Grammy nominations and multiple BMA nominations are part of Duke’s impressive resume.

New Orleans based Jason Ricci returns to the Billtown Blues at the top of the list of world class masters of the blues harmonica. Growing up in Maine, he travelled wherever he could to learn from his idols and mentors. Despite many challenges, Jason has shown incredible strength, endurance and wisdom. His current band “The Bad Kind” tours worldwide, with Jason also offering support to New Orleans B3 master Joe Krown, Kenny Wayne Shepard and JP Soars’ The Gypsy Blues Revue.

Joining Jason at Billtown will be his wife Kaitlin Dibble, a singer, songwriter and guitarist. Jason also gives back through his online YouTube harmonica lessons, product reviews, addiction awareness videos and stories. He is one of the most influential and celebrated harmonica players.

Alligator Records recording artist and Texas guitar slinger Carolyn Wonderland will make her first trek to Billtown.

Carolyn has stepped out on her own after three years with John Mayall, joining the impressive palette of others who served that coveted role: Eric Clapton, Mick Taylor, Peter Green, Walter Trout and Coco Montoya. Her personal recording catalogue includes 10 self-pro-

duced releases and four produced by multiple Grammy winner Ray Benson from Asleep at the Wheel. Alligator states, “Her spine-chilling, soul-deep singing matches her guitar prowess note for note and she has a knack for writing songs that sound like instant classics.” The Boston Herald stated, “she is a dollop of Janis Joplin, a slice of Stevie Ray Vaughan…a seethinghot Texas singer-guitarist.” Carolyn is twice nominated with Blues Music Awards for Song of the Year, and as a Contemporary Blues Female Artist.

Greensboro North Carolina’s Bob Margolin, called ‘a very clever and gifted songwriter,’ will coincidentally be performing with The Weight Band, the week before the Billtown Blues Festival. Infused with his own style, Bob delivers spirited, and heart-felt performances. You can sense the reverence he still holds for the precious time spent with Muddy Waters 50 years ago. Bob is proud to say he plays every song on the Gibson archtop guitar he played next to Muddy in the original Last Waltz. It is fitting that Bob celebrates his 50th year with

his Vizztone Label release titled simply “Thanks!” Backing Bob, from Birmingham is Skylar Saufley and his band.

Closing the festival is Bywater Call. This seven-piece monster band from Toronto first traveled south of the border in 2022. Relatively new-comers to blues audiences, formed in 2017, the group has carved deep waves worldwide, both from their hi-energy performances as well as their stellar recordings. Meghan Parnell (vocals) and Dave Barnes (guitar) are the driving force behind what is labeled Southern Soul, Roots Rock. Despite their short tenure, the band has multiple Maple Blues and Independent Blues nominations. During a mainstage performance at the Moulin Blues Festival, word spread throughout Europe with immediate calls for return performances. European media have called Meghan one of the best singers in blues and roots today. Rounding out the band are Bruce McCarthy (drums), Mike Meusel (bass), John Kervin (keys), Stephen Dyte (trumpet) and Julian Nalli (tenor sax).

Mother’s DiningDay

Anthony’s Restaurant

Anthony’s will be offering our full menu of steaks, seafood and pasta as well as delicious specials and homemade desserts to celebrate mom!

Mother’s Day hours: 2-8 p.m.

Located at: 202 S. Main Street, Old Forge. Call 570-451-0925



Benny’s of Clarks Summit

Double crusted pizzas are the favorites here! Menu features appetizers, handheld sandwiches as well as our hand cut fries, peanut butter pie and more. Hours: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Thursday-Monday. Closed Tuesday/Wednesday. 918 Northern Blvd., South Abington Twp. 570-902-3669

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Sacco’s Pizzeria and Italian Restaurant

Sacco's menu offers traditional New York style pizza, classic Italian dishes, homemade soups as well as many lunch options. Dedicated to giving excellent service and quality food in a clean environment. Hours: Monday-Thursday 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. • Friday-Saturday 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. Located at 208 Meadow Avenue, Scranton. 570-342-2500. Visit


94 May 2024 Locations: Farm/ 563-1702 • Meadow Ave. Scr./ 961-1645 • Dunmore/ 207-0405 • Clarks Summit/ 586-1288 Main Ave. W. Scr./ 558-1680 • • (570) 563-1702 Manning’s has no added r-BST. Visit us for all your milk, ice cream & yogurt! Mother’s Day Cakes Available at All Locations!
Throughout our charming small towns, our award-winning food and craft beverages are so fresh that they might just talk back. Come savor our flavor and explore our great big outdoors while you’re here. Mini vacays… longer stays, or any ing in between— we’re just a short trip away. The DeBruce in Livingston Manor is a 2024 James Beard Foundation Semi-finalist for Outstanding Restaurant. Book your stay Download our app indulge 1.800.882.CATS This institution is an equal opportunity provider and employer. ®NYSDED Catskill Cuisine: May 10-12, 2024 including Mother’s Day Brunch at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts

Dining around the Region

1818 Deli & Catering Co. –Breakfast, lunch & catering. Stop in for a bite, stock up the fridge, or cater your party. Excellent coffee, soups, salads, sandwiches & more. 1818 Sullivan Trail. 570-629DELI (3354). Hours:


Try our signature dishes, such as Chicken Abbiocco, manicotti or blackened salmon. BYOB. Text Abbiocco to 51660 to receive our texts every Wednesday or see weekly specials. Tues-Thurs. 11 a.m.-8 p.m. and Fri. and Sat. 11 a.m.-9 p.m., 639 N. Blvd., Clarks Summit. 570-319-9633.

Alter House

Restaurant & Bar

Introducing a farm-to-table restaurant with a vibrant ambiance! Enjoy our delectable cuisine made from fresh, locally sourced ingredients. Join us for a lively happy hour, indulge in our delightful Sunday brunch, and groove to live entertainment. Our versatile venue is perfect for hosting events. Open Thursday through Sunday for your enjoyment!

Anthony's Restaurant

Anthony’s menu offers a variety of steaks, seafood and Italian specialities. Enjoy classic Old Forge pizza along with their popular thin crust. Dine in one of three elegant dining areas, including a full-service bar featuring speciality cocktails and a skillfully curated selection of wines. Hours are WednesdaySunday, 4 - 9 p.m. 202 S Main St, Old Forge, PA 570-451-0925.

Barley Creek Brewing Co & Distillery

Try our hospitality, it pairs well with our award-winning handcrafted brews, spirits and atmosphere. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner Hours: 1774 Sullivan Trail, Tannersville 570-629-9399

Barley Creek Tasting Room & Pub @ The Crossings Grab a bite to eat and taste our PA craft brews, spirits, wines and cocktails. Check out our unique beer gear gift shop. Located at the Crossings Factory Outlets. 272-200-2922. Hours:

Mendicino’s Pizza and Family Restaurant

Pizza, pasta, hoagies and more! Daily lunch and dinner specials. Full menu, dine in,take out and curbside available. Mon.-Thurs.

11 a.m.-8 p.m., Fri. and Sat. 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Closed Sundays. Located in the ShopRite Complex, Covington Twp. 570-842-2070.

Sibio’s Restaurant

Our fettuccine Alfredo is a customer favorite! Lunch and dinner regular hours, full menu with specials. 1240 Quincy Ave., Dunmore. 570-346-3172.


Our Stirnaburger is full 1/4 lb. top choice ground beef with tomato, bacon and American or Swiss on a semi-hard roll. Wed.-Sat. 4 p.m.-9 p.m. 120 W. Market St. Scranton. On/off premise catering daily. 570-961-9681.

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