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contents NOVEMBER 2021


The Lure and Allure of the City


Spotlight on Theatre


Saluting Our Service Men


Finance Spotlight: Drucker & Scaccetti


Parlor Root Beer

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Nov 5,6,7 The Buddy Holly Story / Scranton Cultural Center

Virtual Underground Microphone Scranton Cultural Center




South Pacific Broadway Theatre Scranton Cultural Center




Veterans Day

Sage Awards Scranton Chamber Gala

Rocky Horror Picture Show Scranton Cultural Center

Lackawanna Pro Bono Gala

Homespun Holiday Craft Show Arts at Hayfield

Saint Joseph's Center Auction

Peter, Paul and Mary Tribute Theater at North






All Together Now Theatre Celebration Scranton Cultural Center

National Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day

Waitress State Theatre

Waitress State Theatre

National Vichyssoise Day








Thanksgiving Day

Nov. 26-28 Nutcracker by Ballet Theatre of Scranton

Pocono Mountains Arts Council- Fine Arts & Craft Show/Kalahari

National Cranberry Relish Day


National Peanut Butter Fudge Day

Shawnee Playhouse- Elf The Musical

28 9th Annual Holiday Marketplace Scranton Cultural Center



30 National Mousse Day


Straight No Chaser State Theatre

National Peanut Butter Lovers Month National Diabetes Awareness Month National Hospice Month National Military Appreciation Month

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reading carefully and cautiously we approach our second Thanksgiving since the world as we had remembered it, changed forever. With high hopes for lovely Thanksgiving celebrations together (no matter what we are able to secure for the meal and who might be able to travel to be together) we are now a culture, I feel, for the most part, that is much more grateful.

Last November our cover story probed the lives of generations of local farmers. It gave me a great sense of appreciation for the hard working men and women who rise daily before the crack of dawn to tend to the farms that bring us such healthful goodness. (Read that feature online in our digital edition at Conversely, this November we shifted from farms to cities and the vital role that they play in our lives. This feature was initially inspired by Maria MacDonald, who I met when we were both in our very early 20s and employed at Hemmler Camayd, Architects. Maria is a practicing interior architect and Program Director of Interior Architecture at Marywood University. She specializes in adaptive reuse, preservation and restoration projects and is currently the Executive Director for the Center for the Living City. My first exposure to big cities was not New York City or Philadelphia as would be the norm for most residents of this region. Rather it was in Canada, where my eldest brother was attending the University of Toronto for both his undergraduate and MBA degrees. Visiting him frequently when I was just a kindergartener, I thought that Toronto was

the most exciting place in the world. Observing the sights and sounds of an international metropolis from the small balcony of a downtown high rise apartment building filled me with awe. I imagined that one day I, too, would grow up and live and work in a similar-sized city. I always found it ironic that not only did that not end up being the plan or purpose for my life, but much the opposite; I would end up embracing and promoting the same small city of my birth. We are always excited to introduce our readers to people who are involved in making our region better. Enjoy getting to know the individuals included in the issue, and may each one of us enjoy a beautiful November, filled to the brim with gratitude. With Love,


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ities are important for economic development because they provide the infrastructure for transportation, communications, power, water, sanitation, human interaction and jobs. The relationship of cities with their adjacent towns is significant for the cities’ own

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performance since towns provide the workforce with the skills and knowledge important to the success of the city’s economy. Without its residents, cities and towns wither and die. The 1950s flight to the suburbs and the urban renewal in the decades that followed told that story. Northeast

Pennsylvania towns and cities were part of that story. Many urban areas saw freeways built through their inner cities. Scranton native, Jane Jacobs (1916-2006) fought against the car-centered urban programs that changed the liveability of a neighborhood. She seemed to instinctively know that human interNovember 2021

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By Christine Fanning Photo: Brian T. Anderson

action – in the cluster of individuals on sidewalks, the music of neighborhoods, neighbors visiting neighbors on their building stoops, the bodegas, cafes, museums and art districts – November 2021

keeps cities as well as their towns humming, vibrant and alive. Jacobs left Scranton and settled into Greenwich Village in Manhattan. Through her writings, she effectively saved the Village and lower Manhattan from “fast-flowing urban freeways potted about with

less high rise housing projects for the urban poor,” (BBC). She became a journalist, author, theorist and activist who influenced urban studies, sociology and economics. Her book, “The Death and Life of Great American Cities,” argued that “urban renewal" and “slum clearance” did not respect the needs of city-dwellers. Jacobs advocated for "mixeduse" urban development businesses and people coexisting. She suggested that over time, buildings, streets and neighborhoods, sidewalks, parks, government and economy function as dynamic organisms, work synergistically and change in response to how people interact

with them. This understanding helps city planners discern how cities work, how they break down and how they could be better structured. “Jane Jacobs wasn’t a city planner, and in the 1960s and 11

1970s many professional planners scorned her ideas,” said Maria MacDonald, executive director of the Center for the Living City which was launched by a group of activists, practitioners and academics in 2005. The Center for the Living City holds the singular distinction of being the only urbanist organization founded in collaboration with Jane Jacobs. “In the past 30 years her thinking has had a huge effect on city planning and city planners. One example is that it's now accepted practice to attempt to listen to and include community wishes as part of the planning process. Also, the idea that it's not only not bad, but that it's a good and helpful thing to have stores and workplaces near where people live. What Jane called diversity of uses, is now bedrock belief in many parts of the planning profession. If only the transportation engineers would take to heart her dislike of freeways in cities,” MacDonald said. Even in these days of smart phones, social media, intercon-

nectedness and remote socializing connecting people to other towns, cities and countries almost instantly, “Jane Jacobs’ ideas are more important than ever,” MacDonald explained. “It’s part of human nature that

people are still attracted to being – and need to be – around other people. But as we’ve had to do during the pandemic, fewer people are out and about, with fewer ‘eyes on the street.’ However, we've seen as pandemic restrictions eased during the summer, people have flooded to inperson activities. And Zooming all day seems to have made people less keen on spending their days with eyes glued to phones or computers.


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As the idea of the living city permeates through a place, areas of mixed-use and mixed ages of buildings create a strong bond between social, economic and environmental ties,” MacDonald explained.

“More often than not, these old buildings exhibit an economic value that emulates a much deeper bond than a mere dollar sign.” “The preservation aspect associated with the mixed diversity of buildings connects the web of relationships with the natural environment, social relations, place memory and sustainability. More often than not, these old buildings exhibit an economic value that emulates a much deeper bond than a mere dollar sign. Further, the integration of historic

buildings live to tell stories of the past, the present and predictions of the future, based on societal relationships with the built and natural world. As the diversity of our built and natural environment intermingle, uses begin to weave into intricate patterns throughout the social fabric of the place.” The lessons that Jacobs observed can be seen in the city of Wilkes-Barre at street level, in its mix of new and architecturally aesthetic buildings in which many startups have happened, said Larry Newman, executive director of the Diamond City Partnership, the city’s downtown manage-

ment organization. Four thousand residents make their homes downtown and 11,000 people work there. Two colleges are situated at either end and one is located on Public Square. Arts scenes, cultural facilities, performance spaces, restaurants, stores and hotels, as well as historic districts and parks, create a living downtown with multiple

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reasons to be there. Wilkes-Barre has also adopted Jacobs’ criterion for shorter blocks which slows down cars and promotes walking by developing pedestrian pathways and greenways. Recently, “The Lady of the Valley,” a mural by Philadelphia artist Evan Lovett, was painted on the Hotel Sterling Annex building. She wears a crown and holds a diamond, which symbolizes the Diamond City and calls attention to the city’s past history. The city’s historical legacy drives Tony Brooks, president of City Council and director and curator of the Wilkes-Barre Preservation Society. Brooks is working to restore the Zebulon Butler House which was built in 1793 incorporating parts of a 1773 log cabin. When it’s renovated the Zebulon Butler House Museum will interpret the four generations of the Butler family that lived there from the Revolutionary War to the Civil War and will be restored to the Federal period of the 1820s. “Architecture attracts,” Brooks said. “The stately mansions on Franklin and River Streets and historic districts are a vibrant part of the city, and the River Common Concert Series is a joyful gathering of hundreds of people merging in one spot then visiting the bars and restaurants downtown. We need the cultural institu14

tions – the YMCA, the library, museums and we need to be an advocate for the renovation of historical buildings like the Irem Temple” – which is listed as part of Wilkes-Barre’s Riverfront Historic District on the National Historic Register.

“A project like this is not viewed as a ‘patch’ on a city but rather a carefully choreographed interwoven network.” Incidentally, Brooks mentioned the connection between Wilkes-Barre and Scranton as the old core of the region. “They need to be strong,” he said. “They hold the region and its towns together.” Newspaper stories have recently outlined Scranton’s downtown trend toward a residential neighborhood in reconstructed older buildings. Leslie Collins, president and chief executive

officer of Scranton Tomorrow, the Electric City’s community and economic development organization said that the Samter’s Building on Lackawanna Avenue, for one, has been converted into a mixed-use historic rehab with a ground floor consisting of retail space and four floors with fully-occupied one bedroom apartments. Others are the historic buildings: Stoehr and Fister, on Adams Avenue and Spruce Street; The Connell building; 426 Mulberry; The Connell Lofts; and the Herold Building on Mulberry Street, one of the first Art Deco apartment buildings in the United States. Collins said Scranton Tomorrow is studying the gaps in the downtown that would heighten the desire for downtown living. Ideas include a downtown graband-go type of grocery store, and more walk versus drive and bicycling trails. According to Maria MacDonald, Scranton Lace Village, currently under November 2021

construction in North Scranton, ”will be an exemplary paradigm of a mixeduse village designed to knit itself back into the fabric of the surrounding neighborhoods of Scranton. A project like this is not viewed as a ‘patch’ on a city but rather a

carefully choreographed interwoven network.” In Pittston City, located between Scranton and Wilkes-Barre, a true Cinderella story has unfolded. Rose Randazzo-Pizzutti, an attorney in Pittston offered herself up as a volunteer Main Street manager. She worked closely with city officials, the business community and November 2021

artists. To save the old architecture she helped write an ordinance to prevent new owners from changing the structure of buildings. She transformed the landscape with public art, interesting signage and huge murals, which made buildings landmarks, brought foot traffic to the sidewalks 15

and gave pride to the residents by reminding them of their history. Randazzo-Pizzuti committed to eight murals, one a year. A ride across Main Street shows some of them: Coal miners brought to life; another entitled “Inspiration,” a mural of hometown heroes that covers the whole side of a five-story building; another of women at work in a sewing factory; and a mural of a train. When Luzerne County Community College brought its campus to Main Street, Randazzo-Pizzutti was ecstatic. “That meant hundreds of students, their parents and friends spending money in the shops and restaurants and at events.” Randazzo-Pizzutti has also performed her magic in Scranton where she arranged for art murals: “Danseur” by Joel Carson Jones on Penn Avenue and Martin Luther King, “The Dream” by Eric 16

Bussart and Emanuel Wisdom on Mulberry Street. In Binghamton, New York, Judi Hess, director of said there are many reasons that people head downtown. She mentions a vibrant restaurant scene sans chains with events like martini walks and farmto-table ingredients that are locally sourced. This area is also a vivacious arts location with arts galleries, opera, symphony, First Friday music and events and a mural project.

overlooks, like Irving Cliff, are right in Honesdale's backyard. The Stourbridge Line is also a major draw for guests, which departs right from downtown. The Roots and Rhythm event during the summer has turned into a real destination. The Honesdale fair in August is also a huge draw for guests, with its delicious food, fun rides and activities. Jim Thorpe offers both the charms of a European village and the thrills of a mountain sports destination. This historic town is one of the great draws of the Pocono Mountains. Originally known as Mauch Chunk, Jim Thorpe is not only home to a great athlete but to a destination rich with history. Victorian buildings of the past

“The boroughs of Honesdale, Jim Thorpe and Stroudsburg are just a few of the communities that... bring value to the Poconos by way of tourism.

The boroughs of Honesdale, Jim Thorpe and Stroudsburg are just a few of the communities that Chris Barrett, president of the Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau said bring value to the Poconos by way of tourism.

Main Street, Honesdale has become a home to boutiques, eateries, coffee shops and breweries. The farm-to-table opportunities and scenic

are reprocessed as unique shops and eateries, museums and galleries and popular entertainment venues. Located in the Lehigh Gorge, the town is also home to a unique combination of things November 2021

Stroudsburg, just 84-miles from Manhattan, New York, has small-town glamour, modern appeal and a beautiful, walkable downtown. The vibrant downtown is home to museums and galleries, murals and music venues, wineries and restaurants and shops and boutiques. Stroudsburg is the birthplace of the J.J. Newberry department stores. Stroudsburg's quintessential architecture towers over the streets housing new businesses which meld the past and the present.

The cities and their surrounding towns in our region and beyond hold a fascination for students of culture and for travelers who wonder what makes the economy hum.

to do, like the Lehigh Gorge State Park, which borders Jim Thorpe and can be accessed right from a bridge downtown. There are also rails and waterways, hiking and biking and whitewater rafting on the Lehigh River.

The cities and their surrounding towns in our region and beyond hold a fascination for students of culture and for travelers who wonder what makes the economy hum. Read more about Scranton native, Jane Jacobs whose writings championed a fresh, community based approach to city building. ( H –Christine Fanning

Regional Theater Attending live theatre performances can tap into emotions the brain normally does not access. All types of dramatic performances have positive benefits that can affect emotional health, whether it be laughing, crying or just connecting on an empathetic level. Supporting the diverse options available in the region help these offerings to continue. November is the perfect time to reserve tickets and plan for wonderful nights with family and friends.

King’s College Theatre


ing’s College Theatre in Wilkes-Barre has been presenting a production written by William Shakespeare as part of its season for the past 72 year. “We are extremely proud to honor this tradition. It has truly become a part of King’s institutional history. Perhaps the most amazing aspect of this tradition is that Shakespeare’s works are just as full of life now as they were 72 years ago,” said Dave Reynolds, Theatre Chairperson. The first Shakespearean performance was presented in 1949, just three years after the opening of the college, predating the major by almost 20 years. Though they were not able to have a live audience last year, you can view a filmed version of As You Like It on the department’s Vimeo channel. Over the years King’s Theatre has brought the work of The Bard to thousands of high school students with its matinee performances. Come see this year’s production of one of Shakespeare’s less performed works, Timon of Athens.

“She Loves Me,” Nov. 12-14 and 18-20, 2021 “Timon of Athens,” February 23-28, 2022 “All in the Timing,” April 19-21, 2022 20

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The Theater at North


he Theater at North is located in the former North Scranton Junior High School building atop the hill where Green Ridge Street meets North Main Avenue in Scranton. This historic landmark was built between 1922 and 1924 in a late Gothic Revival style, featuring a four-story clock tower, and is on the National Register of historic places. In 2015, with Gerald T. Langan at the helm, Goodwill Industries of Northeastern Pennsylvania fully renovated this historic landmark into 58 senior-living units. The building was aptly renamed,

“Goodwill at North, Gerald T. Langan Apartments.” In the heart of the building lies the majestic Theater at North, a fully restored and renovated 800 seat performing arts theater, featuring state-of-the-art sound and lighting, and equipped for movie screenings and live feeds to a projection screen. Amenities include dressing rooms, a green room and a box office, along with a beautiful gallery and lobby. Throughout the year, the venue hosts touring shows and concerts, along with local recitals, graduations, lectures and community/social events. The Theater at North is owned by Goodwill Industries of NEPA which provides employment opportunities, education, training, socialization and housing for persons with

disabilities, seniors and individuals with other needs to develop skills that enhance their lives. All proceeds from ticket sales and venue rentals go to Goodwill Industries to support individuals in NEPA who are intellectually and developmentally disabled. Upcoming NovemberDecember 2021 Events November 11 “Winter Starts Now” Warren Miller Entertainment Skiing & Snowboarding Film Screening Event November 13 “Leavin’ on a Jet Plane: The Peter, Paul, and Mary Experience” November 26-28 “The Nutcracker” presented by Ballet Theatre of Scranton December 10-11 “The Nutcracker” presented by Scranton Civic Ballet Company December 12 “A Christmas Carol” presented by Occhipinti Dance Company December 19 “Winter Recital” presented by 5 Star Dance Academy December 23 “Twelve Twenty-Four” Holiday Rock Orchestra Contact: or (570) 460-4156 1539 North Main Avenue, Scranton 21

Broadway Theatre League of Northeast Pennsylvania at The Scranton Cultural Center


or 60 years, Broadway in Scranton has brought shows from the Great White Way to audiences in the Electric City. The late Benno and Gertrude Levy established Broadway Theatre of Northeastern Pennsylvania in 1959. The Levys’ love for theatre sparked their desire to bring Broadway

shows to Scranton and provide access to this unique American art form.

“Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” the new musical, will be presented February 4-6, 2022.

Broadway Theatre League and NAC Entertainment, the producers of Broadway in Scranton, assembled an impressive schedule for the 20212022 season.

Rodgers & Hammerstein’s, “South Pacific,” will be presented March 4-6, 2022.

“Waitress,” a Broadway Musical baked from the heart, with music by Sara Bareilles, (“Love Song” “Brave”) will be presented at the Scranton Cultural Center December 3-5, 2021. Ronald Dahl’s, 22

“Cats,” will be presented April 22-24, 2022. Receive exclusive subscriber benefits when you purchase season tickets. Enjoy the convenience of seeing these Broadway productions locally. Don’t miss great shows, at a great theatre with the best seats. Note that the Scranton Cultural Center at the Masonic Temple policy requires that masks be worn when inside the building. Find more information by calling 570.342.7784. November 2021

State Theatre Center for the Arts


ubbed the “State Theatre” in 1926, 453 Northampton Street has had a life worth celebrating. 1873 brought the Northampton National Bank to Easton and over the years this building went from bank, to vaudeville house, to moving picture theatre, to rock concert venue and to the theatre that is so loved today. The granite façade and foyer are original from 1873; the architecture is unmatched and the stories of the theatre (listed on the National Register of Historic Places) are vast and rich. The staff, volunteers and patrons of the State Theatre are a true community. No time was that more prevalent than during the past 18-months. The theatre community came together to

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make sure the beautiful theatre could reopen when ready. They are so proud and humbled to be back and presenting their 95th season and 20th Annual FREDDY Awards, recognizing significant accomplishments in high school musical theatre and awarding over 1.8 million

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in scholarships and paid internships since 2003. The phrase “Your Seat is Waiting” was adopted as the theatre’s motto, and it has never been more poignant: the marquee lights are on, the doors are open, seats are ready, and this community is ready to celebrate!


Penn’s Peak


enn’s Peak, a beautiful mountaintop entertainment venue located in Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, can comfortably host 1,800 concertgoers. Enjoy a spacious dance floor, lofty ceilings, concert bar/concession area and a full service restaurant and bar aptly named Roadie's. Complete with a broad open-air deck for summertime revelry, Penn's Peak patrons enjoy a breathtaking overlook of nearby Beltzville Lake, plus a


commanding, picturesque 50mile panoramic view of Northeastern Pennsylvania's Appalachian Mountains. Visit or call 866-605-7325. Penn’s Peak Wizards of Winter December 18, 2021 at 8 p.m. The Wizards of Winter was originally formed in the winter of 2009 as a way to give back to the band's hometown community food pantry that was in dire need of assistance. What was once simply a group of friends looking to help others in need, has now turned into a musical force that crosses the nation each year. Two of the original founders, Scott and Sharon Kelly still perform in the group. The quality of their original music

combined with its message, has attracted world class talent from groups like The Trans-Siberian Orchestra, The Irish Tenors, Blue Oyster Cult, Rainbow, Alice Cooper Band and Broadway who now join them on stage. Audiences ranging in age from 8 to 80 have come to make the band's Holiday Rock Opera part of their family tradition, by coming to see it year after year. “It truly is a Christmas rock opera,” Scott Kelly enthuses. “We take the audience on a musical journey inside a snow globe aboard a metaphysical vehicle, the Arctic Flyer, in search of the meaning of Christmas.”

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Shawnee Playhouse


riginally built in 1904 as Worthington Hall, the playhouse has provided year round high-quality, engaging, live theatre productions at affordable prices through-out the century.

While a few unfortunate circumstances caused periodic cessations in productions, a theatre restoration project that partnered many organizations and individuals together in 1985 has ensured Shawnee Playhouse remains a Pocono staple for live theatre in a beautiful historic building. It continues its mission to foster an appreciation of live theatre for adults, teens and children. Children have the opportunity to work beside incredibly talented individuals, many of whom have moved on to television and Broadway roles. See the production of Elf, November 26 through December 19. Visit H

The Bach and Handel Chorale presents the 2021 Concert Series!

Christmas Concert Sat., Dec. 4, 2021, 3 p.m. at the Historic St. Mark's Episcopal Church 21 Race St. , Jim Thorpe Tickets are $15, children under 10 are free. Tickets include a voucher for a discount on entrees at restaurant partners. Purchase tickets at, or at or at Soundcheck Records on Broadway in Jim Thorpe. Tickets available at the door. Additional dates for Christmas Concerts:

Sat., Dec. 11, 2021, 3 p.m. St. John's Lutheran Church, 112 W. Main Street, Ringtown, PA Sun., Dec. 12, 2021, 3 p.m. St. Paul's UCC, Trexlertown Rd. , Trexlertown, PA Dec. 11 & 12 are Free Will offering concerts! 570-325-4795 • November 2021


The Bach and Handel Chorale


fter a year's hiatus, The Bach and Handel Chorale of Jim Thorpe is back. Their Christmas Concert is scheduled for Saturday, December 4, 2021, 3 p.m. at the Historic St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Jim Thorpe. Tickets are $15. Children under 10 are free. Tickets also include a voucher for a discount at restaurant partners. Purchase tickets at,


or at Soundcheck Records on Broadway in Jim Thorpe. Tickets will also be available at the door.

Additional dates for Christmas Concerts are December 11 at St. John's Lutheran Church in Ringtone, PA and December 12, 2021, at St. Paul's UCC in Trexlertown. Both of these are Free Will offering concerts. The Bach and Handel Chorale of Jim Thorpe has been a staple of Carbon County

and the surrounding areas for 37 years. It is composed of a group of local voices who simply enjoy singing together. Maestro and Musical Director, Randall Douglas Perry is a native son who conceived the idea for The Chorale. He is an accomplished composer and conductor. He has been a church organist for 50 years, serving at various churches. Take a break from holiday stress. Enjoy great music, performed by very talented individuals. H

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Weddings I

t is estimated 2.5 million weddings will take place in 2022, which is the most the U.S. has seen since 1984, according to The Wedding Report, a market research firm. While some pandemic couples had virtual weddings, most postponed celebrations because large, unmasked gatherings were not allowed. In addition many more couples got engaged during the pandemic and are now planning weddings, too. Local wedding planners are even seeing


requests for Thursday or Sunday weddings as Fridays and Saturdays become booked quickly. One thing most people agree on is that celebrations with friends and family are a vital and treasured part of life. They are what we look forward to and what we fondly remember for years to come. Happenings Magazine loves to share regional wedding stories. If you would like to submit your story, write to us at

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The Old Carter Barn R ustic and refined, The Old Carter Barn, built in 1884, overlooks scenic Lake Carey near Tunkhannock, 25 miles northwest of Scranton, PA. With over 6,000 sq, ft. of flexible space as well as a lake front gazebo and patio for ceremonies, this recently restored, historic venue offers a one-of-a-kind setting. Originally a dairy and a turkey farm, the barn had been left vacant for over 50 years until five-time Tony nominated playwright Douglas Carter Beane and composer Lewis Flinn decided to rescue the structure. During the five year restoration, 100 years of dirt and muck were removed, the structure was straightened, post and beams were restored, windows added, floors and roof fixed, and staircases added. Electricity was brought in and accessible bathrooms will soon be completed. Full of eclectic charm and details, bespoke light fixtures and drama, the barn is ready to make your wedding a magical event! The main level offers over 3,500 sq feet of flexible space. The “new” barn section (1,440 sq feet) faces the lake and 30

is usually used for dinner with a seated capacity up to 132. The adjoining “old” barn section (2,000 sq feet) is the main entrance and features an antique bar (with refrigerator). This area can be used for a reception area, buffet setup, and after dinner dancing. In addition to an accessible restroom, there is access to a mezzanine level (500 sq ft- which could be used for a DJ) and balcony area just for fun. There are built in fans and dramatic lighting throughout as well as a music system with wall mounted speakers ready to connect to your Bluetooth device. Over 80 mismatched wooden chairs, several large farm tables and other assorted tables can be used. More tables, chairs and linens can be supplied to accommodate any package.

where guests can mingle and watch bald eagles and blue herons. H

A staircase leads to the lower level that includes a private wing with bathroom, an air conditioned “bridal suite,” a wedding party hang out space, and a “groom’s” room. Restroom facilities and a large area designated for catering prep with tables and refrigerator is also available. The lakefront gazebo, built in the late 1800s, has also been lovingly restored and offers a perfect setting for wedding ceremonies complete with hay-bale benches for guests overlooking Lake Carey. An adjoining hand-laid stone patio can be used for a pre or post ceremony reception 22 November 2021



eddings in 1969 vs. today Today: Dessert bars boast several small cakes each in various flavors, ice cream sundaes with all the fixings and tall jars of candy with to-go bags for exiting attendees.

n celebration of Happenings 52nd year, here comes the bride... along with a look back at what weddings were like in 1969 vs. today.

The Venue

The Cuisine

1969: No need to book airfare or hotel! Weddings were celebrated near family and friends in the bride and groom’s hometown. In those days, meeting your life partner in your neighborhood was the norm.

1969: Special occasion foods like prime rib and surf and turf made their appearance for the fancy occasion. Today: If you don’t have sushi and miniature cheeseburger hors d’oeuvres floating around your wedding, did you even have food?

Today: Tulum? Capri? Barcelona? These luxurious beaches are all common destinations for the modern bride and groom.

The Announcement 1969: Simple invitations and word of mouth helped populate the guest list.

The Ceremony 1969: The union was formally officiated by a religious official like the couple’s parish priest or rabbi. Today: With the option of an online minister ordination, the couple’s sibling, friend or college roommate might be the one initiating vows and sealing the deal!

Today: Couples send engagement announcements, save the dates and post countdowns on social media far in advance of the invites.

The Exit! Today: Now, any combination of the couple, the bride’s family or the groom’s family chips in for the lavish affair.

The Finances

The Sweets

1969: To put it simply, everything cost less. The bride’s family was responsible for footing the gown, venue and food bills.

1969: A tiered bridal cake topped with figurines of the happy couple would be sliced in front of the guests as a public promise to forever provide for one another.


1969: Leaving the church, newlyweds were showered with rice, a symbol of prosperity, before hopping into their wedding wagon. This car, free for continued on page 34

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the big day courtesy of your family’s go-to undertaker, resembled a parade float with its decorative cans, ribbons and flowers. Today: Bridal parties ride around town in Instagrammable trolleys or party busses, complete with mini bars and photographers.

The Maids 1969: “Rainbow weddings” were all the rage. Each bridesmaid wore a different color dress to compliment the bride. Today: Many bridesmaid troops today also sport the variety look, with dresses of multiple lengths, styles, shades and embellishments.

The Bride 1969: Pill-box hats with flowing bouffant veils accompanied high-waisted empire line gowns.


Today: Current brides lives by the fashion rules of today – anything goes! She has her pick from styles of every decade.

The Vows 1969: In sickness and in health, for better or for worse, couples were not creative with their wedding vows but rather stuck to the traditional script. Today: Original poetry, inside jokes and even song lyrics make their way into the modern wedding’s vows. H

–Aleni Mackarey

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ome bridesto-be might find it hard to think beyond the intense planning that a wedding requires. But beyond the pomp and circumstance of the big day, it’s important to think ahead to mergers– not the corporate kind, but the merging of styles and décor to set up a home the bride and groom will both love.

furniture and accessories near and dear to both the bride and groom. But if a bride-to-be can’t live with her fiancé’s 1970s thrift store coffee table and orange bean bag chair, chances are he won’t be thrilled with her antique oak hope chest and ornately carved sleigh bed. Can these two conflicting schemes coexist after the couple has crossed the threshold?

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of mismatched furniture and floor coverings, while women accessorize their home with as much care and finesse as they do

their wardrobes. Ideally, decorating a first home together begins with the

Designer Home collections make it easier than ever to meld female and male sensibilities in home décor by offering products to suit a variety of styles. Bedding, furniNovember 2021

ture, fabrics, area rugs, flooring, storage accessories, table linens and window coverings are all designed to work in traditional and more updated settings. Here, florals and neutrals work remarkably well together, and tactile fabrics add depth, style and colorful nuance. No matter which room is the newlyweds’ favorite, bedrooms, baths and living rooms all can be decked out in style. Setting the tone. Choose a color scheme together, and creatively arrange furniture and accessories around it. Find a neutral ground to meld his love of earth tones, for example, with her love of soft fabrics. A mélange of colors and fabrics–on everything from comforters to window valances– will inspire looks ideal for both Mr. and Mrs. Splish, splash. Create an understated, clean look in November 2021

the bath for him, but add accessories with a dash of color to satisfy a bride-tobe’s lively outlook. Bold shower curtains, wastebaskets and vanity items inject freshness and personality. Boudoir basics. Usher in a new home with a fresh set of bedding; couples can look for a variety of styles and colors designed to be dressed up or left as is for a classic look. Decorative pillows,

shams, coverlets and throws complete the look and are a great way for wedding guests to add to the couple’s cozy love nest. Staples of style. If he loves a more modern style, but she wants a retro feel,

niture options in leather, fine fabrics, hardwood and wicker can readily mesh both personalities. Merging moods. She’s a homebody; he likes beaches and picnics. For bedrooms and living rooms, couples can combine sensibilities with bedding and furniture lines that bring the outside in, and vice versa. Try mixing a table from one line with a chair from another — mixing it up is a playful way to

punch up the personality of a room. By considering the sensibilities the bride and groom share – rather than just the differences – creating a first home together can be one merger full of fringe benefits. H 39

20 Questions To Ask An Event Coordinator 1. What exactly is included in the package? 2. Can you work with our budget? 3. What additional charges or fees are not included in the package? 4. What will be the total, final cost including tax and gratuities? 5. If we’re planning an outdoor event, is there an indoor option based on inclement weather? 6. Does the venue have a minimum revenue or number of guests needed to book the space? 7. Will the event coordinator be available at all times the day of the event? 8. Do you offer accommodations for travelling guests?

12. Can we make changes to the packages and customize menu items and bar selections to meet our needs? 13. Can your venue comfortably hold the guest list for my wedding? 14. Can the venue provide the ambiance we are looking for? 15. Is this the best venue for the type of group being invited? 16. Does the venue have any special requirements for guests (adults only, jackets required)? 17. How involved will the event planner be?

9. Can I reserve a number of rooms and a special room rate for travelling guests?

18. What timeline can be used for planning?

10. Does the facility have preferred or required vendors?

19. How will the venue meet our expectations?

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You’re Engaged: Now What? I f you’re planning a wedding, you have lots of company. More than 2 million weddings occur every year. The good news is that tying the knot is a lot less daunting when you stay loose and break down the initial planning phase into steps:

STEP 1: Cap Spending Before you start number crunching, set your priorities. Can you give up that string quartet in order to have nicer flowers? Is serving filet mignon at a four-course dinner more important than hiring an incredible photographer? Once you know what elements you can and can’t live without, you’ll have a much clearer idea of how to allocate your money.

STEP 2: Your Wedding Style An intimate beachside ceremony is a very different 42

undertaking than a formal church wedding with 300 guests. That’s why choosing a wedding style should be an important step in your planning process. Discuss the type of wedding you and your fiancé want to have. Talk about the size of the wedding, the season in which it will take place, the level of formality, the time of day and any themes you may be interested in.

STEP 3: Make The List Between two families, two sets of friends and two groups of co- workers, guest lists can add up quickly—even if you’ve agreed to keep things small. Limiting the list to immediate family and then branching out in layers— aunts, uncles, close friends, first cousins—is a fair way to bring the number down. And remember, you can’t choose a venue until you’ve decided on an approximate number of guests.

STEP 4: Save The Date

A good way to choose a date is by envisioning the time of year during which you’d like your wedding to take place. Take into consideration the weather and any themes you may have been leaning toward. Then choose two tentative dates and check to ensure there won’t be any major events that day that could make it difficult to find guest accommodations or reliable vendors.

STEP 5: Location, Location, Location Once you’ve decided on two possible dates, a guest count and your ideal wedding style, it’s time to start looking into locations. Start setting appointments to visit your favorites in person. With more weddings than ever expected over the next 24 months, book quickly! H

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Dr. Mary Grace Rizzo-Fryzel, DMD

Electric City Dentistry


he model of dentistry that Mary Grace Rizzo-Fryzel, DMD, practices is unique to this area. She and her four dentist associates practice in the Marketplace at Steamtown and offer expedited and concentrated care in-house in many procedures including implants and oral surgery. What prompted you to enter the field of dentistry? I enjoy the allied health fields. Dentistry gave me a way to provide patient-centered care that focused on my patients’ preferences and values holistically. It also has given me the ability to provide a specialty service and combine medical knowledge with art and procedural skills. What is the most rewarding aspect of your practice? I enjoy helping people regain a facet of life that was previously lost to dental disease. I have helped people regain the ability to eat foods they couldn’t because of pain or compromised teeth. I have also been a part of building my patients’ confidence and allowing them to smile again in pictures and laugh in public. The most rewarding part of my professional life is helping my patients live better through improved oral health. Background of Electric City Dentistry ECD: Electric City Dentistry was founded in 2017. Before that, I had simultaneously worked in dental offices across three counties. I purchased an office in Scranton from a retiring dentist in 2017. I had established strong relationships with my patients from those other practices and was fortunate that those who desired to continue their care with me came to my newly established practice. My first office had approximately five dental chairs. Within a matter of weeks, it became evident that we needed to expand our space and team. Dr. Daniela Campos was the first dentist who joined my practice as an associate. I changed the practice name from my name to Electric City Dentistry. My practice is more than just me. My staff makes countless contributions to patient care and our success. The name brands us and signifies our commitment to 46

the Greater Scranton Area. Electric City Dentistry has grown tremendously, now with over 30 fulltime people, including four dentists, with plans to continue to add more. In addition to owning and managing the practice, I also enjoy seeing patients six days per week. What is unique about ECD? My approach to dentistry introduced a care model that was new to the area. Our practice is located in a repurposed mall that is quickly becoming a medical arts facility. This allows patients to coordinate with multiple medical specialties in one location. I have phenomenal relationships with both Delta Medix and Geisinger and have been able to help optimize patient experiences with both. The office location and building reduce many of the limitations to accessing patient care. Parking is covered and extensive. The facility is handicap accessible and we have the unique ability to safely handle large volumes of patients. Patients can socially distance themselves within the Marketplace before or after their appointments. Our office is equipped with special air handling systems to greatly reduce the spread of aerosolized particulate, including viruses and bacteria. Electric City Dentistry can accommodate up to five simultaneous hygiene appointments, which means families can take advantage of expedited and concentrated care. We also offer services that many other general dentists do not. Many endodontic and oral surgery procedures are done in-house. We can place simple and complex implants, including full mouth restorations for people previously in

dentures. We do an array of cosmetic work utilizing Invisalign, multiple whitening options, Botox and Juvéderm. A portion of our practice is also dedicated to the treatment of TMJ disorders through Botox and appliances. Lastly, my staff and especially dentists are expected to be engaged in the community and leaders in the field of dentistry. They present lectures, serve on boards and educate the next generation of dentists and dental providers. We provide externships for Fortis students pursuing careers in dentistry. We work closely with the University of Scranton’s pre-dental program and dental students from Temple spend time in our office for academic credit. We have been very successful in helping foster a passion for dental medicine and eventually helping those individuals matriculate into dental school. What do you wish more readers knew about dental care? Preventative dentistry is crucial for overall health. Many comorbidities such as hypertension, heart disease and diabetes can be lessened with improved dental care. Do you have a favorite/memorable patient experience? Recently, I had two patients that I completed “all-on-four” full mouth restorations. Both had been in dentures for years. I completed treatment that involved dental implants and permanent and fixed prosthetics. It was extremely rewarding to see them leave with a full mouth of teeth. From whom do you draw inspiration? God, my family and my mentors. I have been very blessed to have a lot of people who truly want me to succeed, help me live a good life and push me to always be better for my patients. How do you balance your life? It is not easy. It requires anticipation, planning, compromise and grit. My priorities are my patients and family. I am also married to an anesthesiologist. Times are different, and I can’t begin to explain how vital my father and father-in-law are to my well-being. Our daughter was born via C-section last September. We were in the middle of a pandemic and people were just starting to feel comfortable going to the dentist. I only took off four weeks. Since my daughter Adelyn has been four weeks old, my father-in-law has picked her up each morning. My father takes care of her on evenings and weekends. They take care of everything, from our baby to our house, dogs and cars, and they are available at the drop of a hat. Beyond that, I exercise every day, I have a close network

of friends and, more than anything, I have an unabashed faith and relationship with Christ. As a native of the region how would you like to see it change, and how do you participate in its development? I would like to see more people and businesses financially, intellectually and infrastructurally invest in it. The Greater Scranton Area is a fantastic place to live and grow a family. It’s a great place to have a business. Much has been written about John Basalyga, and I can tell you this much – that guy gets it. He has vision, tenacity and an unwavering work ethic. He has left Scranton better than he found it, and I am fortunate that our goals dovetailed into the success we have both had at the Marketplace. I participate in its development by providing essential healthcare services, job creation and recruitment. Of our 30 staff members, all are women except for my brother. My pay rates are known to be above average, allowing people to live better. I also incentivize their livelihoods with healthcare insurance, matched 401k, monthly bonuses and access to financial planners. I have guaranteed jobs for individuals who have not yet completed their education. My newest dentist is coming from Boston. Describe a perfect day: Breakfast with my daughter and husband, no cancellations at the office, happy staff and patients, and a birthday, graduation or some event to celebrate. Readers may be surprised to know: There is a lot more to me than dentistry. I am an avid skier. I love the beach. I am a dog enthusiast and weekly train our Giant Schnauzers, Hans and Otto in advanced obedience and protection. There is hardly a week that goes by that I am not at Kelly’s Pub and Eatery. What would you tell your younger self? Ask “Why not?” more frequently than “Why?” Personal: Education: Scranton Preparatory School ’06 University of Scranton biology major, biochemistry minor, Honors Program Magna Cum Laude ’10, Maurice Kornberg School of Dentistry, Temple University 2014 Implant Honors Program, Stomatognathic Honors Society Hometown: Throop, and currently Clarks Summit. Family: Husband, Dr. David Fryzel, daughter Adelyn, Giant Schnauzers Hans and Otto H 47

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his year’s celebration of Christmas in Tunkhannock includes the happy return of two days of Santa Train Rides and the two-day celebration of Christmas in Our Hometown! The Tunkhannock Business and Professional Association is organizing these events as a way to highlight the many unique businesses and services located throughout Tunkhannock. Santa Train Rides will be offered Saturday and Sunday, November 27 and 28, while Christmas in Our Hometown will be held Friday and Saturday, December 3 and 4. These events draw people from far and wide because they are a celebration of the season that is almost a throwback to times before “Big Box stores” and massive blow-up Christmas decorations. Many town residents help make this event possible. The streetlamps are decorated with lights and live greens, enjoy horse and wagon rides, ice carvings, a living nativity, fun family activities, many activities at the Dietrich Theater and of course Santa and Mrs. Claus. Families who have moved away come back and those not from the region enjoy visiting as well. Christmas in Our Hometown will offer expanded family activities Saturday afternoon, with a variety of community organizations participating.

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actoryville brings back its annual Christmas Market (December 4 and 5) inspired by European markets known for cozy wooden storefronts, handmade gifts, warm drinks, comfort foods and festive cheer. On December 4 and 5, the Christy Mathewson Park will be transformed with twinkling lights and whimsical holiday decor. Each storefront adorning the vendor tents has been lovingly crafted by town volunteers. Visitors from far and near will enjoy all of the unique offerings from hand-blown glass snowmen to one-of-a-kind wooden children’s toys, and everything in between. Find wooden carving and blacksmith demonstrations, live music and enough food to keep you warm for hours. Hot mulled wine and craft beers will be available and Elf School 54

returns for the kids with make-your-own crafts and story time with Santa. The Market opens on Saturday with an Ugly Sweater Run and on Sunday, enjoy complimentary horse and carriage rides. A new Friday preview night will feature music, food, drinks and a tree lighting. It truly takes a village to pull off the Factoryville Christmas Market. Dedicated volunteers spend hours planning with help from Lackawanna Trail, Keystone College, community organizations and local businesses. Many of the vendors are located within a 5 mile radius, making it a truly hometown event with broad appeal. While the market has grown over the years, a conscious effort has been made to retain its charm by keeping it small. A limited number of vendors (no more than 30) are carefully selected. Founded in the early 1800s, the Borough of Factoryville is located in

the Endless Mountains Region of Northeastern Pennsylvania. Nestled between Clarks Summit and Tunkhannock, it is a close-knit community of 1300 residents. The town is home to Keystone College, established in 1868. Factoryville is also known for its most famous son, Baseball Hall of Famer Christy Mathewson. Each August, the life and legacy of the pitcher are celebrated during Christy Mathewson Day. The Christmas Market is another crown jewel event for the town, bringing folks from far and wide together with a variety of activities for all. Whether you enjoy the warm ease of the summer or the festive cheer of the winter, Factoryville has been able to create two unique weekends that warmly welcome all. H –Elena O’Connor contributed to this feature November 2021

Holiday Gift Guide

Bella Faccias, Old Forge An exquisite, memorable gift for someone who has everything. Original gifts the Magi carried to Bethlehem in a beautiful handcrafted wooden box. Keepsake box contains pouches of authentic frankincense and myrrh and a handblown glass ball infused with 23 karat gold flakes. Includes certificate of authenticity. $39 570-343-8777

Alpacas of Sunshine Farm, New Milford The Essential Sweater does it all! It’s a shrug, it’s a cardigan, it’s a hoodie, it’s a shawl collar! Available in a variety of colors. Best worn with a dark shirt and jeans to bring out its beautiful color and texture! 70 percent alpaca 30 percent acrylic Reg $130, XL $140 570-343-8777

Boccardo Jewelers, Scranton Start your stack of Frieda Rothman stackable bracelets at this fine family-owned business that’s operated in downtown Scranton for 80 plus years. Starting under $200 570-344-9021

Van Gorders’ Furniture, Lake Wallenpaupack, Honesdale, Milford Etched glassware by Rolf Glass reflecting beautiful nature and wildlife scenes. Perfect addition to your holiday table, or as a special gift. Retail price $10 - $19 570-253-1860

Edible Arrangements, Dickson City Holly Jolly Music Bundle: You can select from five downloadable music albums. Gwen Stefani You Make It Feel Like Christmas $127.98 570-983-0621


Tradition Sets Course for HNB’s Upcoming President & CEO


s The Honesdale National Bank (HNB) reflects on its 185th anniversary serving the greater Northeastern Pennsylvania community, a new leader prepares to set the course for the bank’s promising future by harnessing tradition. In December, Thomas E. Sheridan, Jr. will reprise his role as president and CEO of the oldest financial institution headquartered in Northeastern Pennsylvania. The historical establishment based in Honesdale has done anything but remain stagnant and is poised for driving financial opportunity. “The benefits that community banks bring to the areas we serve is a point of pride,” said Sheridan. “The management team and staff at HNB have done an outstanding job in moving the bank forward. They have concentrated their efforts on helping our area prosper by focusing on what is best for our customers. In each role, HNB's people are truly concerned with assisting customers and willing to provide the extra effort to help.” Sheridan believes that bankers serve a unique and important role in helping communities grow, ultimately elevating all of the factors that make communities desirable places to live, play and work. The attractiveness of the communityminded landscapes is something the local area has seen intensify 56

during the pandemic, with increased local populations and soaring real estate prices. Throughout the bank’s history there have been many extreme challenges to the economy. Not only did HNB persevere, but it also helped improve many difficult situations for local businesses and families that led to the forging of new beginnings for the region. “Experience has taught us that the greatest innovations are often the result of the need to overcome some significant challenge. The pandemic has forced us to face changes. With many people being relieved of the need to live within commuting distance of work, our area is now a potential residential option. We are very fortunate to live in an area that still embraces the spirit of community. We look forward to providing banking services for the business opportunities of an expanding area with new customers providing that growth,” he said. Current president and CEO, David E. Raven, will retire on December 31 after leading the organization since 2017. During that time, the bank launched a more customerand mobile-friendly website, a unique lifestyle-centric checking product suite. HNB opened new offices in Clarks Summit and Hallstead to service a growing base in Lackawanna and

Susquehanna counties, expanding to 12 locations in five counties. “From the multi-generation families for whom we continue to support their financial legacies to the speed and personalization we were able to apply to offering PPP loans for local businesses, upholding the principles of community banking is at the core of who we are,” said Raven. “I have great confidence that Tom will continue to emphasize that timehonored tradition.” “The HNB team spends their time and talents thinking of ways for the bank to better meet the needs of customers at every stage of life,” said Sheridan. Facing what could be a turbulent year ahead with prospects of inflation, recession, regulatory scrutiny and more, HNB bodes confidence in its service model as it also prepares to crest $1 billion in assets. Echoing the steps that have been taken in recent years by the bank’s leadership team, Sheridan stated, “We will continue our quest to stay ahead of the technology curve. With each advancement in technology the ease, speed and security of meeting our customers’ needs is improved and with that comes a better banking experience. Most importantly, we will not lose sight of the personal service that will always be paramount in meeting customers’ needs.” “Our concern for the well-being of the people and businesses who bank with us has been the foundation upon which we have built such a long history,” Sheridan said. “This is the standard that has been set and passed on throughout the years among employees and board members. I am looking forward to having the opportunity to contribute to progressing that mission.” H November 2021

Recognizing Early Signs of Alzheimer’s Disease


erhaps it’s those perpetually “misplaced” car keys. Or maybe it’s a major personality change or an inability to remember the names of once-familiar objects that has you suspecting – dreading, really – that you or a loved one might be confronting a serious memory disorder.

these things to watch for: memory loss that disrupts daily life; challenges in planning or solving problems (such as trouble handling the household finances and balancing a checkbook); difficulty completing familiar tasks; confusion with time or place; trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships; problems with words in speaking or writing; misplacing things; poor judgment; withdrawal from social activities; and changes in mood.

Don’t speculate; get checked by a physician soon. Today an estimated 280,000 Pennsylvanians over age 64 are living with Alzheimer’s disease, the most common cause of dementia. That number is expected to rise to 320,000 by 2025, according to a report by the watchdog journalists at Spotlight PA and PublicSource. They warn of an unfolding “eldercare crisis,” noting that the state is ill-prepared to handle the large volume of individuals requiring specialized care for moderate to severe dementia. During November – recognized as National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month – The Wright Center for Community Health joins with other organizations in encouraging you to understand the scale of the disease, recognize 58

Edward Dzielak, D.O. its early signs/symptoms and appreciate the importance of early detection. Alzheimer’s disease, historically the sixth leading cause of death in the U.S., is a degenerative brain disorder that affects memory, thinking and behavior. Currently there is no known treatment to halt the disease’s progression. To help you recognize a potential problem and respond appropriately, the Alzheimer’s Association publicizes “10 Early Signs and Symptoms of Alzheimer’s.” On the association’s list are

Everyone experiences a moment of forgetfulness from time to time. That’s natural. But if you have an inkling that the issue might go beyond typical age-related changes, consult with a healthcare professional. Memory loss can be caused by many things other than Alzheimer’s, some of which are treatable and even reversible, making an accurate diagnosis essential. No single diagnostic test is available to determine if a person has Alzheimer’s disease. Instead, a physician, often with the input of specialists such as geriatricians and neurologists, uses a variety of tools and approaches to arrive at a diagnosis. November 2021

Benefits of early diagnosis An early diagnosis of Alzheimer’s provides several benefits. Armed with the facts, an individual can adopt healthy lifestyle changes and access current treatment options that potentially will help to preserve daily functioning for a longer span. An early diagnosis also can allow the individual to solidify support networks and actively participate in plans for future care. Aging, while not a cause of dementia, is the top risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease. For Northeast Pennsylvania, which is home to a sizable population of older adults, that means demand for appropriate dementia care is

likely to keep climbing for years. Across Lackawanna and Luzerne counties, more than 31,000 seniors live alone, according to estimates, and those individuals can be more susceptible to issues including depression and dementia. The COVID-19 pandemic is widely expected to exacerbate the situation, as prolonged isolation and loneliness can negatively impact health, perhaps contributing to or accelerating certain dementias. To help address our community’s need, and projected future need, The Wright Center last year launched a geriatrics service line that includes an Alzheimer’s and

Dementia Care Program modeled after an awardwinning program at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). One emphasis of the geriatrics service line is to honor the wishes of older adults who say they want to stay in their homes as long as possible, living independently. Visit: geriatrics specialty services, visit or call 570-2300019. Edward Dzielak, D.O., a primary care physician who is dually board-certified in geriatric medicine and internal medicine, serves as program director of The Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education’s Geriatrics Fellowship. H

Homespun Holidays Craft Show


he Homespun Holiday Craft Show will be held live at Penn State Wilkes-Barre Campus November 7, 2021 - 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. An alternative 2nd Annual Virtual Craft Fair event will also take place. Since its founding in 1984, Arts

at Hayfield members have pursued a mission of promoting the arts for all members of the community to experience and enjoy The group strives to provide opportunities for local performers, musicians, crafters, artists, and artisans, and continue to form networks of individuals who are interested in helping arts promotion. Arts at

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Hayfield regularly donates to public media resources and arts organizations like WVIA, FM Kirby Center, NEPA Chamber Music Society, Back Mountain Memorial Library and the Penn State Wilkes-Barre Friedman Art Gallery, in addition to awarding annual scholarships to local Penn State Wilkes-Barre students who express interests in the arts. Find more information at or 570-675-9232 H 59

Hospice of the Sacred Heart New Hybrid Workplace


ospice of the Sacred Heart is relocating its Wilkes-Barre administrative office and its Moosic Center for Education to a large, very modern and technology-ready space with offices and multi-purpose rooms at 53 Glenmaura National Boulevard in Moosic. The new space is on the first floor of the Cigna Building high atop Montage Mountain. The relocation follows a decision to transition to a hybrid workplace for most administrative employees. Clinical, social, pastoral and bereavement services are not


affected by the relocation. “The ongoing COVID19 pandemic requires that we work differently and apart as much as possible. Most administrative employees will perform a majority of their daily duties remotely,” said Diane Baldi, Chief Executive Officer, Hospice of the Sacred Heart.

Pennsylvania nonprofit organization, opened in 2003 and was located at 130 Wilkes-Barre Boulevard in Wilkes-Barre. The agency moved to 600 Baltimore Drive, Wilkes-Barre in 2007. Hospice of the Sacred Heart also operates a 10-bed inpatient unit at 100 William Street in Dunmore. The mission of Hospice of the Sacred Heart is to provide comfort, care, hope and choice to patients and their families, while guiding them through the end of life journey. H

The new location will have work stations, meeting rooms and multi-purpose rooms for About Hospice of the Sacred Heart: work and activi▪ Not-for-profit, free standing hospice program ties that cannot serving Northeastern Pennsylvania since 2004 be performed remotely. “The ▪ Main office is located in Moosic, with an future of work is Inpatient Unit located in Dunmore hybrid. I believe ▪ Care provided for over 1,300 patients in 2020 many healthcare and over 17,000 to date organizations will adopt our new ▪ Employs approximately 120 employees work plan in throughout Northeastern Pennsylvania some form,” Baldi said. ▪ Volunteers provided over 6,900 hours of Hospice of the Sacred Heart, a 501(c)(3)

support to patients and families in 2019

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Homespun Holiday Craft Show Sunday, November 7 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Penn State Wilkes-Barre in Lehman

Handcrafted Items: Floral, fabric, wood & glass creations, pottery, clothing, jewelry & more! $2/adult donation requested Directions: or 570-675-9232

Masks must be worn by all attendees. Thank you! Supported in part by Luzerne County Convention & Visitors Bureau

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Wayne Bank Celebrates


150 Year Anniversary

ewis J. Critelli, President and Chief Executive Officer of Wayne Bank, is pleased to announce the bank’s 150 year anniversary. Wayne Bank was founded in Honesdale, PA on November 4, 1871, with the modest capital of $25,000. It was known as the Wayne County Savings Bank, after Major General Anthony Wayne, who was a prominent solider, officer and statesman in American history. During the later portion of the 19th Century, Honesdale was a burgeoning canal town at the terminus of the Delaware and Hudson Canal. Led by President W.W. Weston, a Honesdale merchant and businessman, the bank’s early financing included everything from boat building and harness manufacturing to tanneries and farming. As time went on, the bank helped finance the progression of Wayne County into the glassworks, textile and logging industries. The headquarters also moved to four different locations within Honesdale, until finally building and moving into the bank’s present corporate office in 1924, located between Seventh and Eighth Streets on Main Street in Honesdale. The bank continued to expand throughout the remainder of the 20th Century, acquiring and opening additional loca62

tions throughout Wayne, Pike, and Monroe Counties in Pennsylvania. The name was also officially changed to Wayne Bank in 1993. In 1996, the bank’s holding company, Norwood Financial Corp, was created. Stock began trading on the Nasdaq National Market under the symbol, NWFL. Additional acquisitions helped Wayne Bank to continue its tradition of expansion during the 21st Century with significant growth into Lackawanna and Luzerne Counties in Pennsylvania, and finally into Delaware, Sullivan, Otsego, Ontario and Yates Counties in New York State. Today, Wayne Bank has 30 community offices in two states and ten counties, including those operating under the Bank of Cooperstown and Bank of the Finger Lakes brands, and employs close to 300 local people. Mr. Critelli commented,

“Although so much has changed in 150 years, I am proud to say that Wayne Bank has remained committed to the same mission and core values that were instated upon our founding. We are a community bank that is dedicated to investing in the residents, businesses and organizations who make our communities a better place to live. We are strong, secure and excited to continue our legacy of helping the community grow for another 150 years.” As part of the 150th anniversary celebration, the bank has some exciting initiatives planned which will kick off in November with special product promotions and customer appreciation events. Visit or Wayne Bank is a subsidiary of Norwood Financial Corp., Member FDIC, and is located in Honesdale, Pennsylvania. The Bank has 30 Community Offices serving Wayne, Pike, Monroe, Lackawanna, and Luzerne Counties in Pennsylvania, along with Delaware, Sullivan, Otsego, Ontario, and Yates Counties in New York State, including those offices operating under the Bank of Cooperstown and Bank of the Finger Lakes brands. The stock trades on the NASDAQ Global Market under the symbol— NWFL. H November 2021



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To be of Service


Donald Williams Around this time 70 years ago, Donald Williams was serving in a medical detachment in an Army Medical Corps battalion in Korea as a combat medic after completing his basic training in Fort Sill, Oklahoma. On May 16, 1952, Williams received a message from Army headquarters that he was awarded the Silver Star. This was the message: “Corporal Williams, acting as a medical aid man of a 155 mm self-propelled gun of an artillery battery, distinguished himself by gallantry in action against an armed enemy in the vicinity of Hill 882, Korea. On April 9, 1952, while firing on enemy positions, the gun and crew were subjected to an intense army artillery and mortar

barrage. An enemy mortar shell scored a direct hit on the selfpropelled gun, killing one man and wounding eight others. The impact of the burst knocked Corporal Williams to the ground, and although suffering excruciating pain from shell fragments received in the hands and thigh, he immediately regained his feet and commenced administering aid to the wounded men. While he was in this exposed position, the enemy continued their intense barrage. However, at great risk to his life, he refused to leave his post until he had completed treatment of the wounded and was assured they had been evacuated to safety.” He had already been awarded the Purple Heart on April 17 for wounds received in action. Williams consoles himself with the fact that he saved six people but is saddened by the loss of two. “The shell went off in the body of the tank,” he said. Donald was discharged from the hospital on Dec. 12, 1952. Two weeks later he turned 20 years old. After his injuries healed he was “active” for one and a half years and then served in the National Guard, 109th Field Artillery for six years. He was also nominated for the Medal of Honor for his service. When he came home he went to trade school in Ohio and worked as a fitter welder for 41 years at Air Products and Chemicals in Hanover Township. The Williams family suffered a tragedy seven years ago. Christopher Daniel, their grand-


son who had served in Iraq and was attending college at Bloomsburg University, was on his way home to Wilkes-Barre at Christmastime when he hit black ice and died in the crash. Donald planted a blue spruce tree in memory of his grandson outside his window at United Methodist Home where he and his wife, Elizabeth, live. He lights the tree every evening from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Donald and Elizabeth have been married for 65 years. At 88 years old, his simple recipe for a long marriage is eloquent: ``I loved her then and I love her now. She is the best thing for me.” They have six children, three boys and three girls, 18 grandchildren and 16 greatgrandchildren. In his younger years, Williams was a boy scout and volunteered as a scoutmaster for 60 years. He said he is proud of his time in the military and his motto is “To be of service.” His advice to servicemen: “I wish them well.” Happenings thanks Donald Williams for his service. H –Christine Fanning

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William Henry “Hank” Cordy illiam Henry Cordy, better known as Hank, was 19 years old when he was drafted into the army and served in the 1st Infantry Division — Big Red 1. He became a sergeant during the years he served: Sept. 1, 1939 to Sept. 2, 1945.


weeks. It was around New Years time. I was sent back to the front line and I fought during the Battle of the Bulge. Not long after that, the war ended,” he said, and Hank was awarded the Purple Heart.

He was in Germany during the Battle of Hurtgen Forest when he was hit in the back of the head with shrapnel from an artillery shell.

Other locations he served in were North Africa, “I was on the beach when the first shot was fired”; Sicily; and France on Normandy Beach.

“I was in a Jeep taking ammunition to the front line,” he said. “A few soldiers found me and took me to the first aid tent in Germany and then I was flown to a hospital in Paris for several

He describes today’s military as “rough, very rough,” and important lessons from his time in the trenches as “lay low and have faith.” For those considering enlisting,

he says “think twice.” But the most rewarding aspect of his service was traveling and meeting all the people he became friends with. “In Africa, I was standing beside General Teddy Roosevelt’s (Junior) Jeep when the first shot was fired. He was the greatest soldier I ever met.” H

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hroughout the year we are so grateful for the many men and women who have served and who are currently serving in the military to protect our country. They are our dads, moms, sisters, brothers and coworkers, and many others who were and are a valuable part of our everyday lives and communities. We want them to know that we appreciate all that they do for us. Each year, PNC, and the Military Warrior Support Foundation join forces to donate a mortgage-free home to a wounded hero through the foundation’s Homes4WoundedHeroes program. PNC has donated homes to deserving veterans in Chicago, Pittsburgh, Atlanta, Eastern Carolinas, Philadelphia and most recently, in Northeast Pennsylvania. PNC first became involved in the program in 2013 after witnessing the tremendous and life-changing impact

that a home donation can prove to a veteran. This is our way of giving back to honor a member of our armed service, who became injured while serving in defense of our country. Through Homes4WoundedHeroes home donation program, we award move-in ready, mortgage-free homes to combat wounded veterans and Gold Star spouses of heroes who have fallen in combat. In addition to the home, each family receives three years of family and financial mentoring so that they may learn the skills necessary to become happy and successful homeowners. This program not only changes our families, but it also changes the lives of the generations that follow. The home donation is a part of PNC’s commitment to the veterans community and complements our


long history of attracting and retaining military veterans, guardspeople and reservists by creating a welcoming culture and environment. Additionally, our values of performance, respect, teamwork and integrity all play an important role in our diverse and inclusive workplace at PNC and aligns with many of the values held by our veterans. On November 10, 2020, we awarded a mortgage-free home in Scranton to a veteran and his family and to see the joy in their eyes and the smiles on their faces made me feel proud that I work for a company that supports local initiatives, communities and our veterans. It was great to welcome a new military family to our community and to know that the family will enjoy their new home for many years to come. Happy Veteran’s Day and thank you, each and every day, for your service! Pete Danchak PNC Bank Regional President, Northeast PA H

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November 6, 2021 – December 11, 2021 “George Catlin – North American Indian Portfolio,” will feature 31 hand-colored prints by American Artist and Author, George Catlin. Born in Wilkes-Barre, PA, his paintings of Native American scenes have become an invaluable record of Native American culture in the 19th century. A Gallery Talk will take place on Wednesday, November 17, at 3 p.m. Visit galleries, or call (570) 348-6278.

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In the midst of tragedy lies creativity


ugarBabies was cofounded by Janan Loomis and her daughter, Leah, when Leah was 4 years old. Leah had been diagnosed with juvenile diabetes at 3, and a year later she and her mom began crafting bracelets which they would sell to benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). At first, Leah wanted to make med alert bracelets but her mom made her understand that the beaded sort were more saleable. Leah’s juvenile diabetes symptoms began about 6 months before her diagnosis, Janan said. “The signs and symptoms of juvenile diabetes can be insidious and confusing. I am a (National Committee on Certification of Physician Assistants) NCCPA -board certified and Pennsylvania State Licensed Physician Assistant now and was at the time Leah was diagnosed. Still, even with a strong background in medicine, Leah’s symptoms of juvenile Type 1 diabetes or T1D were easily misunderstood. What 3-year-old child isn’t really tired after playing in the sun and pool all day? It was a hot summer so her thirst was not alarming. Nor was her excessive urination, considering her increased fluid intake. Her hunger just appeared to be the great appetite of ‘my good little eater.’ And although Leah’s physical development had started to level off on standardized growth 68

scales, her pediatrician was not alarmed. Leah was otherwise a healthy, thriving little girl with above average cognitive development. It really wasn’t until she began wetting the bed after being toilet trained for more than a year, that I became significantly concerned. An unscheduled doctor’s appointment sadly confirmed my concerns. Leah was diagnosed with T1D nearly 6 months after the appearance of her first symptoms.”

“Initially, Leah displayed excessive thirst and urination, tiredness, increased hunger and poor weight gain. She was treated with injectable insulin twice a day, along with scheduled dietary carbohydrate intake. Around 10 years old, Leah qualified for an insulin pump, which was a new and exciting treatment concept for

juvenile diabetics. Although insulin pump therapy made living with Type 1 Diabetes much more convenient and provided considerably better control of blood sugars for most children and young adults, this was not necessarily true for Leah. She struggled with insulin catheter-site pain, irritation and infections and significant episodes of severe low blood glucose. Overall, insulin pump therapy did not provide her with significant improvement of her disease. Still, we all agreed, it was better than going back to painful twice daily injections that required a scheduled and planned meal at the same time each day.” As she grew, Leah became a member of the JDRF Eastern Pennsylvania Volunteer Committee and gave many volunteer hours to the JDRF One Walk which enables research, advocacy and funding in support of the more than 1.6 million Americans living with T1D -including Leah’s brother, Derek, who was diagnosed with T1D at 10 years old. Sadly, Leah died at 17, in 2017, in a tragic boating accident. Janan has continued SugarBabies

in memory of her daughter and her daughter’s efforts to support JDRF to find a cure for her brother and all children with T1D. “After Leah’s death, I had a hard time coping. I always considered crafting therapeutic for anxiety and stress. My beloved friends and family began coming to my house to craft with me as a form of distraction from my pain. I have since called them my ‘crafty distractions’ and have created a new line of homemade crafts in their honor.” Janan also was introduced to the practice and philosophy of the Yoga Life. “Guided by my amazing teacher and friend, Doreen Coleman of White Lotus Yoga Studio in Carbondale, I learned how to start to rebuild a healthier mind, body and spirit.” No doubt, Janan’s medical background and ability to transcend her pain helped her and Eva Grace, her second grandchild who was born with frequent episodes of dry skin and eczema or atopic dermatitis. Janan created Nema’s Baby Care for babies, children and adults, with Eva Grace in mind. Nema’s Baby Care products are made with organic, all-natural ingredients, are PABA free, have no harsh chemical preservatives, perfumes or sulfates and are fortified with Vitamin E which acts as an antioxidant to help protect skin against cell damage. Janan has been married to Joe Loomis, her high school sweetheart, for more than 37 years. They live in Carbondale Township and have three surviving sons, Daryl, Drew and Derek and three “amazing” grandchilNovember 2021

dren Dylan, 11, Eva Grace, 6 and Macie, 4. SugarBabies product line has changed from bracelets into organic skin care and bath goodies. “We are so excited to announce the opening of our first brick and mortar storefront located just inside the River View Winery, Jermyn.” H –Christine Fanning

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allet Theatre of Scranton will present its 46th annual performances of The Nutcracker at the Theater at North on new dates this year! Kick off the holiday season with this traditional gift to the community. Free public performances will be held on Nov 26, 27 and 28 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 pm. Free tickets are required in advance by visiting Tickets are available after November 10, 2021. Additionally, watch the 2020 professionally filmed production on local FOX affiliates from Dec 23-26. Check local listings. Call 570-347-2867 or visit H

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Alyssa Shonk (right) will perform the role of Clara for three performances. Celia Eagen, above right, a trainee with Philadelphia Ballet, will perform the other three. Selena Knowlton, above left, a trainee at Charlotte Ballet, will perform six performances as the Sugarplum Fairy. She will dance in Charlotte Ballet’s production as well.

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Group photo: Seated Alyssa Shonk; Kneeling L to R: Maeve Kennedy, Carly Hopkins, Maura Gallagher Standing L to R: Elizabeth Schneider, Gracie Marriotti, Amelia Ingargiola, Maria Wetzel, Kayla Bickauskas, Biance Talarico, Katie Carpenter, Laura Durkin; Back center: Brennan Connor

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'Mo'R Tennis Sports and Fitness for Life' o Koregaokar was introduced to tennis in Bombay, India at 3 years old by his father and brother, both of whom were tennis professionals. Besides tennis, he played cricket, table tennis and soccer.

year ’round to hone their skills.” Unfortunately, in 1989, Mo was injured and faced surgery and rehabilitation that would eventually end competition but introduced him to the world of coaching.

“In 1990, surrounded by great athletes and what at first was a part-time coaching gig to pay the bills "Playing one sport so I could be a professional was and buy time to get back to competing turned never the goal," he said. “Playing multiple sports into a full time personal coaching career at some developed early eye-hand of the best academies in the coordination and other subworld. "It was evident that to tle motor skills that helped in later athletic development. be the best athlete, you I worked as head pro at Rick Macci Tennis Academy where I Playing on various competihave to end up in the worked closely with U.S. Open tive teams nurtured skills and best playground for champion and Hall of Fame team management that one does not learn playing indiathletes, which brought player Andy Roddick as well as multiple Grand Slam winners vidual sports.” me to America." Serena and Venus Williams. I By 5, Mo was competing in also worked at the Chris Evert tennis and the other sports. By 8 he was competing in Tennis Academy which was one of the leading tennis at the national level and by 12 he was already centers for high performance tennis.” training to compete at the international level. Mo found his time playing and coaching tennis an “By 16, I was actively traveling on national teams, and invaluable experience but he began looking at the the awareness and exposure needed to play tennis next step: owning a sports academy. He took a professionally and to do this for a living was starting coaching position at the to be a reality. I had decided to turn professional Pocono Wellness Sports Center and to continue my (PWSC) in East Stroudsburg to education online and build his own tennis program. through home school. Here he was introduced to I played extensively the uniqueness of a club, around the globe with where he needed only one the singular goal to be court to train players of any the best and to play age and skill but needed with the best. the infrastructure of an allinclusive health and condiIt was evident that to be tioning center to develop the best athlete, you have the talents of growing to end up in the best playathletes. ground for athletes, which brought me to America. The PWSC provided Florida in the 80s and 90s wellness, health and was still the best training rehab services to the ground for high level tennis. community in addition South Florida was the breedto a tennis and racing ground for great coaches quetball membership and academies where players for local players, year ’round could train 50-hours a week, 72

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and through all seasons. In the course of the next 15 years, Mo developed his business plan and brand at various clubs in a 50-mile radius. “With my wife, life and business partner, Bonnie, we developed a unique sports management company that would provide specific services to hotels, resorts and country clubs. We have also provided consulting and management

like to mention the USTA Adult League Sectional / National Champions, High School District and State Champions, National and NCAA Collegiate Scholarship recipients, Semipro and ATP WTA professionals as well as recreational weekend warriors who aspire to improve their game on a daily basis.” Mo and Bonnie have two daughters who played tennis, one at Mo, on right with his dad, Ramchand ra "Kory" Koregaoka a high level. One is a r and brother Shail esh. writer for Emory University and the other played Division 1 tennis as the captain of her team. She is now a doctor of physical therapy in Pittsburgh. “Our mission and goal at Mo’R Tennis remains to provide all athletes, regardless of age and ability, an infrastructure of opportunity to lead a long and healthy active life.” H

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services to various clubs and businesses in the sports, health and wellness industries in various countries in the world. When PWSC owners Kevin and Julie Boorse retired after building a very successful business and serving Monroe County and Northeast Pennsylvania’s community for 25 years, it was a challenge for Bonnie and me to fill their shoes and to continue the service that they had to the community. We were honored to undertake the ownership and to continue the journey. We continue to provide health and fitness services to the community.” The Koregaokars, through their enterprise, Mo’R Tennis, Fitness and Sports, have added a multisport court for basketball, indoor baseball and softball instruction, Peloton Loft, racquetball court and state-of-the-art tennis courts with tennis instruction for avid tennis enthusiasts from beginner to recreational and competitive levels. “We are proud of our co-workers, certified coaches, fitness professionals and instructors, coaches and leaders. To boast our member accomplishments we’d November 2021


Who is the cutest of them all?

Elroy Elroy loves to make people smile, he is such a happy dog, says the Sponenbeeg family. He loves his cat “brother,” Sealy Boots.

Jack Jack is the sweetest, funniest boy. He loves to sleep, play with his toys and act crazy, says the Cirelli family.

Lily The Snyder family says Lily loves to go on walks and say hi to all her neighbors and doggie friends. She is from Moosic.


Louie The Coletti family says Louie is a persnickety, pouncing Persian who likes watching backyard birds and enjoys afternoon siestas.

Lilly The Mead family says Lilly LOVES to go to work with her dad at his landscaping business. She loves car rides and loves to chase squirrels, rabbits and chipmunks around the yard.

Mr. Bentley The Rohaly family says Mr. Bentley loves to snuggle and play in his ball pit. He is from Clarks Summit.

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Tayto Tayto is a sock stealing, squirrel chasing nut job who steals everyone’s hearts the moment she meets them. She loves riding in the front seat with the window down and her human parents, Jake and Felicia McMahon.

Peanut Peanut loves swimming and chilling by the pool, the Graff family says. Peanut is from Pittston.

Zoe Zoe loves treats and camping, the Wruble family says. She is from Dupont.


Walk to End Alzheimer’s


he Pines Senior Living recently hosted its annual Walk to End Alzheimer’s. For the past several years, The Pines Senior Living has organized the walk to help build awareness about the disease. The parking lot was decorated to the nines and the event included a very full afternoon of events for residents that included a friendly competition to see who could walk/roll/dance the farthest. Manning’s fall flavor ice cream was served to support local businesses, and all supported the Scranton/ Wilkes Barre Alzheimer’s chapter. The residents enjoyed all the horn honks as they recognized those struggling with the disease and their loved ones. Learn about Evergreen Memory Care at The Pines Senior Living at 570-587-7709. H


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Drucker & Scaccetti


rucker & Scaccetti, a Philadelphiaheadquartered tax planning and consulting firm, also known as The Tax Warriors®, provides a wide range of tax and financial consulting services specifically tailored to the needs and requirements of complex highnet-worth individuals and companies. Among its staff of nearly 100, the firm employs 10 people “grown” in Northeast Pennsylvania. The firm also has a Scranton office and clients and community relationships throughout this region.

tors driving a frenetic pace of private equity deals,” Mesko said. “Private equity is an alternative form of private financing, away from the public markets in which funds and investors buy into companies in pursuit of profit. The factors driving the frenzied activity include historically low interest rates and record fundraising for private equity funds,” Mesko said.

“The Tax Warriors protect your assets and chart your path to strong, sustainable growth with strategic business and personal financial consulting,” said Geoff Mesko, the partner in charge of the Drucker & Scaccetti “On the sell side, factors Scranton office, who also include uncertainty with rising hails from capital gain the family tax rates "The Tax Warriors that owns before the protect your assets Mesko and chart your path to end of 2021, Glass the continCompany, strong, sustainable ued disruplocated in growth with strategic tion of varidownbusiness and personal ous industown financial consulting." tries along Scranton. with the Though need for Geoff grew up in the family technology and innovation business, he carved out his investments and record-breakown career path and became ing valuations. Anecdotally, a much-sought-after tax and there is more competition in family business consultant. the race to purchase private “There are a number of faccompanies in various industries 80

as there are fewer private companies available to acquire. To preserve and increase family wealth, companies should have a strong tax advisor on their teams to develop and implement tax strategies,” Mesko said. “This is a different role from preparing tax returns and ensuring compliance with ever-increasing tax rules and regulations. It’s important that your tax advisor has the depth of people and strength in numbers for proper planning and responsiveness.” Drucker & Scaccetti has professionals that focus in different areas of tax law, such as mergers and acquisitions, wealth transfer, international (inbound and outbound), real estate, and state and local tax, while also having many experienced professionals with a broad base of tax and business experience to add value for clients. “Our depth allows us to proactively plan November 2021

for our clients and implement various tax strategies that mesh with their business and family wealth goals. Our approach is one of active listening to clearly understand the goals of the private business owner. With a clear understanding of the family goals and operations of the business, we can apply our tax knowledge to strategically increase the chances of better outcomes for our clients. In the context of an exit [sale of business], it’s important to maximize capital gain income versus ordinary income. For multi-state companies to optimize how a sale of a business will be taxed in various state jurisdictions, consider income exclusions contained within

the IRS code and tax-deferral mechanisms. We also play a key role in understanding and modeling deal terms on an after-tax basis to ensure sellers have a good understanding of afterNovember 2021

"We are well tax cash flow. In addition, positioned to provide we support our clients with working capital ideas that add value aspects of a deal includand bring comfort to ing properly defining very complex working capital targets transactions." and measurement of working capital after the close of a deal. We are One commonly cited statistic well positioned to provide that family businesses are ideas that add value and bring not known for surviving after comfort to very complex the second generation is transactions.” qualified by Mesko: “We think Businesses that experienced it is important to note that losses during the pandemic average family businesses can be assisted by the firm survive far longer than typiwith cash flow modeling for cal companies do. Recent the future, which allows them studies find that on average to properly understand and public companies for the plan for cash flow. “We assist last 60-years lasted around our clients with keeping good 15-years. books and records as the basis We think that family busifor all planning and decisions nesses will continue to be a and informing them dominant force in the econoabout various governmy because of their longment programs at the term mentality – this allows federal and state level them to remain nimble with that can offer aid, includinevitable change. Most famiing grants and favorable ly businesses are very pruloan programs. We also dent with the amount of assist clients with lender debt they assume. It’s impornegotiations. There are tant that family businesses various tax credits that continue to be innovative, can help with cash adapt to change, and continflow–for example, ually invest in process and employer retention tax technology to maintain credits and deferral of their edge.” payroll taxes. There are also varied tax strategies Mesko says family businesses that can be deployed, can become insular and including accounting innovation must be a core method changes to optivalue along with a willingmize taxable income, utiness to try new ideas. “We’ve lization of net operating seen families employ a busilosses, research and ness advisory board made up development tax credits, of outsiders that allow for and a plethora of other stratethe free flow of communicagies that may increase cash tion of ideas to bring a differflow.” ent perspective to the board room.” The firm employs many strategies and techniques to assist businesses.

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stantly reinforced to deflect the emotions and entitlement that can be rife in family businesses. “All families have different tactics for achieving this, including, but not limited to, family retreats, Sunday dinners, business meetings with their advisor teams, proper documentation of wishes and guardrails for future trustees. It is most important to address the communication of the values and expectations instead of wishful thinking. We actively communicate and even offer educational support and workshops for clients on this topic.” Succession planning is a task that should be considered daily and requires constant attention for anyone in management or executive levels of leadership. The rapid pace

of change requires all levels of leadership to retool and learn new skills. Executive succession should be part of a well-developed strategic plan that may include internal and external communication strategies for key stakeholders. “If it hasn’t happened, one should consider what would happen if they disappeared tomorrow. Who will be able to step in and execute all their daily tasks and managementlevel activities? We’ve assisted our clients with both sudden succession plans and longerterm leadership succession plans. The sudden succession plan is akin to a binder filled with contact information, passwords, intellectual property and immediate response plans for the first 90-days. Longerterm plans can include the identification of possible suc-

cessors and their skill sets, strengths, and possible derailers and how those traits align with the needs of the business. We work with entrepreneurs, corporate executives and financially independent individuals, offering tax consulting, planning and return preparation capabilities necessary to help them successfully navigate their complex personal financial landscapes. Our individual clients come from a variety of industries and backgrounds,” Mesko said. Drucker & Scaccetti supports various charitable and educational endeavors in Northeast Pennsylvania and is passionate about giving back to our communities. Learn more at H

Building Legacies by Sharing Our Passion, Knowledge and Curiosity. For more than 30 years, Drucker & Scaccetti has offered a varied suite of services focused on familyowned, entrepreneurially driven businesses and their owners who need tax planning solutions to sustain and grow complex and diverse holdings. Our services include: Sophisticated and Dynamic Strategic Tax Planning Business Transition Trust & Estate Wealth Transfer Private Equity, Hedge Fund, Multiple K1s Real Estate Investments Tax Preparation for Enterprises, Families and Exempt Organizations

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21st Annual Dennis Crafferty Memorial Virtual Auction aria Lawler and Kathleen Timlin, copresidents of the Saint Joseph’s Center Auxiliary, announced the decision to hold the 21st Annual Dennis Crafferty Memorial Auction as an online event. “The response to the online event was so positive last year that it seemed like the right choice for 2021,” said Lawler. Timlin added, “we could proceed with our planning without interruption due to the pandemic.” The Auction will be available at from November 12-20, 2021. You can also access details about a cash raffle and other support opportunities on the website.


“Over the years, the annual Auction has grown to become one of the most popular fall social events planned by the

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Auxiliary. Last year was no exception as friends, near and far, participated in auction bidding. The Auction is held in memory of long-time volunteer Dennis Crafferty whose commitment still blesses our ministry,” said Sister Maryalice Jacquinot, Saint Joseph’s Center President/CEO. The Auction also traditionally includes Center Wishes featuring needed items for the enjoyment of residents and clients. “The

response to the Center Wishes has been overwhelming and provides us with extra resources to purchase musical instruments, furniture, therapy equipment as well as everyday items that help to beautify the living areas and bring an added kindness to someone’s life,” said Jacquinot. H


Pocono Mountain Arts Council


he Holiday Fine Arts and Crafts Show, sponsored by the Pocono Mountain Arts Council, will take place at Kalahari Resort on November 27 and 28 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day, dependent on the weather. After a short hiatus, this much loved show is back with a impressive selection of fine artists and crafters. Visitors will find everything from oils to watercolors and pastels as well as fiber arts and jewelry. The Raffle returns in grand style with many wonderful donations by our artists. Find works by many artists, including but not limited to:

Myra Trampaltzky • Aurthur Shivers • Lisa Newheart • Randy Wilkerson • Bill Underwood • Barbara Kirkland • Laura Lippay • Carol Kagel • Lenni Gritz • Nolda Falbo • Mariann B Oswald • Alice Prall • Karen Avery • John James • Pamela Eden • Sharon Santiso • Lucille Norellam • Milan Melicharek • Joan O'Farrow • Tracy Gross • Stephanie Jackson H

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PLAINS ANTIQUES AND HOME FURNISHINGS Plains Antiques and Home Furnishings is the largest Antique Mall in the Wilkes-Barre, Scranton area, featuring 50 vendors with high quality items. Antique to Retro, including Furniture, Glassware, Lighting, Jewelry, Pottery, Artwork, Quality Collectables and more. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram! 29 East Carey Street, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18705. 570-270-3107 • 84 November 2021

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Koziar’s Christmas Village estled on a farm in Berks, arriving at Koziar’s is a little like coming to the North Pole. Millions of Christmas lights welcome visitors from the darkness. The Koziar family has entertained thousands of guests for nearly 75 holiday seasons. What began as a private Christmas display created by William H. Koziar has grown into a major destination– even earning a place as one of the Top 10 Travel Attractions in Pennsylvania by the PA Travel Council. Tour the grounds at your own pace. Paved walkways wind through hundreds of holiday displays, lighted decorations and festive scenes. Two giant outdoor train setups chug through a miniature village and farm scenes. Small buildings along the way house scenes of


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holiday traditions. Peek through the giant windows to get a glimpse of Santa’s Post Office, an old-fashioned bakery, a candy shop and Santa’s Toy Shop plus beautiful Nativity scenes. Warm up with

hot chocolate and warm cookies or other festival food. Koziar’s Christmas Village is open daily through January 1. H


Keeping Team Spirit Afloat:

Paul Richards


aul Richards spent almost four decades coaching college swimming and was inducted into the Luzerne County Sports Hall of Fame.

Swimming has always been part of his life. Growing up in South Wilkes Barre, he swam in the pools of the city's YMCA and Miner Park Pool beginning at age 4. He attended E.L. Meyers High School and was on the varsity team in grades 7-12. His brothers (Tal, Gordon and Brent) and sisters (Diane and Meg) also swam at the high school. From 1968 to 1971, his swim team won four consecutive Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) District II Championships. He also earned four individual PIAA district championships in the 100 butterfly, 200 freestyle and the 400 freestyle. He held school records in the 50, 100, 200 and 400 freestyle, the 100 butterfly and the 200 Individual Medley. He was named All State in the 400 freestyle.

College, where he majored in business with an econ emphasis. He became the team captain for the season of 1974-75. At the 1974 Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Championships, he was a member of the 400 relay team that not only won the championship but also set a new record thereby qualifying for the National Collegiate Athletic Association Championships (NCAA). His first time on a plane, Paul flew with his teammates to Long Beach, California to compete in the PSAC meet. He came in second place in the 100 free and third in the 50 free.

"We had a very successful swim program for many years at Meyers," he said. "I was happy to be able to contribute to the team success and to also have some individual success. Swimming was a vehicle for me to be recognized by my high school peers." After graduation, Paul continued swimming at Bloomsburg State 86

From 1982 to 1985, Paul began his coaching career at Hartwick College in Oneonta, NY. His team earned All American in seven events. From 1985 to 1994, he coached students at Mary Washington College (cur-

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rently Mary Washington University). He earned the title of Coach of the Year nine times. His team won many conference championships and NCAA All Americans with one national champion.

organization on campus. Paul is now enjoying retirement with his family. He lives with his wife of 38 years, Jeanette. Their son Paul lives in Philadelphia. He was humbled and honored to be inducted into the Luzerne County Sports Hall of Fame. He hopes to con-

For the next 26 years, he coached swimming at Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA, where nine conference championships were won. His team also won an award for excellence as well as conference individual championships and All Americans in seven events. Aside from teaching students swimming techniques, Paul taught his students humility, respect, service, responsibility and team values. "No one wins alone," he said. "No one loses alone. We are all connected and rely on each other." Paul was also the Director of Aquatics at Dickinson College. He taught classes in the physical education department and was chair for the last four years. He was also faculty advisor to Relay for Life, for the American Cancer Society and the advisor for Scroll and Key, a leadership and service group of seven senior men selected by the previous class. He was the faculty advisor of Spectrum, the college's LGBTQ

tribute to its goals and mission. "When you look at the history of inductees, it's an amazing group of very talented folks. To be included in the group is kind of surreal. My family left Wilkes Barre after the flood of 1972. I have many great memories of growing up in Wilkes Barre, and this recognition has reconnected me to my roots!" H – Ben Freda

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Parlor Root Beer


eople love root beer. It’s the one soda that specifically invokes a memory, a wistful for longing and having a great time with family. You don’t get that with other soda products. A lot of people who do not like alcohol love root beer. It's a drink for the everyday working man and also for people who just love to have a good time. So said John Phillips, creator of Parlor Root Beer. He explained: “The Parlor is where you gather or have work done; the parlor in your home, a tattoo parlor, a parlor

“A lot of people who do not like alcohol love root beer.” for barbers... basically, a place to congregate and celebrate and talk about everyday memories and experiences. “ During the pandemic John started sampling root beers from “literally all over the country. I have always loved root beer; it reminds me of my grandfather and grandmother. There is a nostalgia to root beer and it carries over into the rock community that I 90

have been a part of for many years. I asked my friends, Aaron and Josh, who are very well known in the rock world to be part of this; I thought that doing anything like this would need the enlisted help of two trusted friends with high visualization and who also love this kind of product. The branding and packaging of Parlor Root Beer is edgy. It’s meant to be celebratory toward the blue collar worker with an edge toward musicians, barbers, tattoo artists and more,” John said. “Everyone wants to have a certain edge in life. Some people are just a little bit afraid to show it. I have a memory of walking into a barbershop in Tennessee and having an ice cold root beer from a barber that was covered in tattoos. That memory never left me. I wanted

‘Conceived, made, distributed and marketed in Northeast Pennsylvania’

to try and recreate that memory into a product that I knew everyone would enjoy as much as I enjoyed that overall experience. Once the idea came to light, it took us about a full year before we were able to have a product manufactured. We were very meticulous about it. We went through extensive research and development (R&D) for more than eight months to get this exactly where we wanted it. We had to sample flavors, ingredients, and research what we wanted this brand lifestyle to be and who to appeal to,” he noted. John said they “caught some flack” for using words that are not the norm for marketing a product. “Society has its rules that it likes the everyday businessman to follow. Parlor breaks the rules a bit and is unapologetic for November 2021

it. That goes for the language. I always thought language is open for interpretation due to the context behind it. Any word can be meant to sound negative or positive, it is the way you use it and portray it. Words alone mean nothing.”

Unusual, McGraths, Peculiar, Noir, Bank and Vine, Kevin's, The Canning House, Schiel’s and many more. We are constantly adding each week.”

John’s partners are Joshua Balz, owner of the Strange and Unusual, Noir, Space Zebra, and former owner of Motionless In White; Aaron Bruch, bass player of Breaking Benjamin; Kristopher Jones, owner of LSEO and Special Guest and Matt Giordano, Owner of Posture Interactive. “All of us are a collective unit that own multiple businesses that specialize in different facets to make the brand grow. We essentially have different backgrounds in branding, marketing, operations, logistics, digital strategy and business development.” John is originally from Scranton but currently lives in the “beautiful town of West Pittston.” His love for the place he lives rolls over into the pride he has for Parlor Root Beer being made, branded and marketed in Northeast Pennsylvania. As John was being interviewed for this story last month, he reported that Parlor Root Beer “blasted off like a rocket ship.”

John started his company MCR about 10 years ago. “It’s a rental, design and production company. We wanted to build a brand that was based on experiences and creating moments. The same thing goes for Parlor. Parlor was meant to be a lifestyle experiential brand that creates memories for everyone.

“It’s a drink for the everyday working man and also for the people who just like to have a good time.”

“So far we have sold more than a quarter of our products in one month. We started off with about 49 pallets of product and we have already gone through about 12 pallets. That’s crazy! Rock music stars from bands like Breaking Benjamin, I Prevail, Memphis May Fire, Shinedown, From Ashes to New, Five Finger Death Punch, and so many more have all posted out about the product and how much they enjoy it. It’s in 14 brick and mortar shops. We are blessed to have it at places like Gricos, Rikasa, Beaumont Inn, Strange and November 2021

What does it taste like if you had to explain it? “If you took one part badass, two parts, Oh My God, one and a half parts of This is Amazing and three cups of This is the Greatest Thing Since...Well...Nothing. It's the greatest thing ever! Talk about conceived, made, distributed and marketed in Northeast Pennsylvania."

“To be honest, I was not always an entrepreneur and I didn't set out to make a lot of money, I set out to make a difference. I have been fortunate enough to create jobs for many people, some are still with our company today. I look at it as if I have made some kind of impact on people, then that is what really matters.” Check out H –Christine Fanning


Pallman Farms raig and Douglas Pallman are cousins and members of the fifth generation running Pallman Farms in Clarks Summit. Their fathers, Bruce and Brian are identical twins and fourth generation operators of the 140–acre turkey, capon and strawberry farm.


Pallman’s turkeys are raised on an all-natural, antibiotic-free and steroid-free diet. “We believe that the environment we raise our turkeys and capons in is ultimately what leads to our exceptional quality on a consistent basis. From the day they are hatched, our turkeys are raised with unlimited access to food and water in climate-controlled houses that provide them with adequate room to grow uninhibited and safe from predators. “ Craig said he learned a work ethic and value of a dollar early on. The previous generations worked hard to create a name and was his inspiration as the next generation to continue his family’s viable business model. H


Bruce, Douglas, Craig and Brian Pallman

“We believe that the environment we raise our turkeys and capons in is ultimately what leads to our exceptional quality on a consistent basis.”

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Kielbasa, Cabbage and Potato Soup In a large pot, heat oil over low heat. Add onion, cabbage, potatoes, water, broth, bay leaf, thyme, paprika and salt. Bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer, partially covered, stirring occasionally, until the cabbage and potatoes are tender, about 20 minutes. Meanwhile, put a little oil in a large nonstick frying pan over moderate heat. Add kielbasa and cook, stirring occasionally, until browned, 2 to 3 minutes. Remove the kielbasa from the pan and add to the soup. Remove the bay leaf. Makes 4 servings.

My Grammy used to make this

soup. I love to dig out the recipe and make it especially on a crisp fall day. Enjoy! –Linette Manley

Ingredients: 2 tbsp. cooking oil 1 onion, chopped 1 head of cabbage 1 tsp. paprika 1 pound of potatoes 1 quart of water 2 cans chicken broth 1 bay leaf 1 1/2 tsp. thyme 1 1/2 tsp. salt 1 pound kielbasa

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Have a Healthy Holiday! ovember starts the holiday season and we tend to revolve celebrations around food and drink. What fun would it be if we restricted ourselves from all of the delicious favorites? Well, you don’t have to do that. Mindful eating and exercise can keep us on track with our weight and fitness. Most of what gets us off track is that we are so busy trying to create a “perfect” holiday that we


holiday errands, make sure you eat something before you go. This will stave off cravings to go through a drive through or to grab a quick, calorie-laden snack. Save those calories for your family favorites! When going to a party, drink an 8-ounce water in between each alcoholic beverage. This will keep you hydrated and help to avoid a hangover. Consider clear alcohol such as vodka mixed with club soda and fresh fruit or adding club soda to a half glass of wine for a spritzer. If you are hosting a holiday family dinner, be sure to have plenty of veggies! Be sure to get your workouts in! Put a workout in your calendar just like it is an appointment. Aim for 30 minutes a day whether it is strength training, a class or a walk! H –Jackie Kerekes/The Training Loft

do not take the time to prepare or plan our own healthy eating for the week. You should not skip breakfast. A healthy breakfast, including protein, kickstarts your metabolism for the day. Bring healthy snack options to work such as nuts, apple and peanut butter, Greek yogurt and protein bars. If you are out and about running


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Mushroom & Spinach Cauliflower Rice Ingredients 10 oz. packages of frozen riced cauliflower 1 tbsp. of soy sauce 2-3 tbsp. of olive oil ½ cup chopped onion 2 minced garlic cloves 3 cups of sliced mushrooms 2 cups of spinach Soy sauce to taste

Instructions Cook cauliflower rice according to instructions on the package. Heat olive oil in a skillet and add onions and cook until soft. Toss in mushrooms and saute until cooked. Now add garlic and stir. Add cauliflower rice and soy sauce. Stir until cauliflower rice has absorbed soy sauce. Top mixture with spinach, stir and cook until wilted.


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Easy Delicious Apple Pie T

he smell of apple pie baking in the oven brings back childhood memories of my mom’s kitchen particularly around holidays. Although I like making the crust from scratch, time does not always permit. When short on time, I substitute a packaged crust.

Ingredients: Crust: oom ade Pie Crust (R 1 Package Prem Temperature) Filling: apples, , sliced packed 6 cups of peeled pounds (If you want your 2 approximately e sweet, use Braeburn, or m tle lit tart use pie to be a risp; a little more yc ne Ho , ld go Jona Granny Smith). ¾ cup of sugar of flour 2 tablespoons cinnamon 2 teaspoons of e) st (add more to ta salt ¼ teaspoon of lemon juice 1 tablespoon of


Heat oven to 425 degrees. In a large bowl, add apples and sprinkle with lemon juice. Next combine remaining ingredients and mix until apples are fully covered. Place bottom crust in 9 inch pie pan or pyrex dish. Fill with apple mixture. Top with second crust. Pinch ends of crust or press with fork to seal two crusts together. Cut slits in top of crust. Cover the edges of crust with pie crust shield or strips of aluminum foil to prevent edges from burning or getting too dark while baking. Bake for 45 minutes or until apples are tender and crust is golden brown. (Times will vary depending on oven temperatures.) Cool before serving (2-3 hours) to allow apple filling to set. Top with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream (optional). Recommendation: Place pie pan or pyrex dish on baking sheet to catch any spillover from pie filling. Buon Appetito!

Compliments of JoAnn Marianelli Finnerty, Bella Faccias

Dining around the Region Note! All hours are subject to change without notice. Call ahead, consult website and Facebook pages of each individual restaurant for updated information, specials and menu items available. Abbiocco 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.

Apple Valley Restaurant Casual dining with ribs, smoked beef brisket, wings, burgers, specialty salads, wraps and more. Open 11:30 a.m. Lunch and dinner. Closed Tuesdays. Check website: 104 Route 6, Milford. 570-296-6831.

Coney Island Lunch Try our Texas Wiener with mustard, onions and chili sauce! Tues.-Sun.11 a.m.-3 p.m. 515 Lackawanna Ave., Scranton. Delivery by DoorDash! 570-961-9004.

The Inn at Starlight Lake

Savory Maza

Discover one of Wayne County’s hidden gems. Baked goods made onsite. See website for hours. 570-798-2519.

Shish barak special on Wednesdays this season! Indulge in fresh, homemade vegetarian and meat meals, plus daily specials. Mon.-Thurs. 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Fri. and Sat.11 a.m.-8 p.m. 200 N. Main St., Scranton. 570-969-2666.

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.

Barley Creek Brewing Company, Inc.

Pettinato’s Restaurant

Barley Creek Tasting Room and Pub at the Crossings

Try our beer cheese soup, with Antler Brown Ale. Lunch and dinner: Sun.-Thur. 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m., Fri. and Sat. 11 a.m-10:30 p.m. Breakfast: Fri.-Mon. 8 a.m.-11 a.m. 1774 Sullivan Trail, Tannersville. 570-629-9399.

Try our grilled salmon in Asian sauce. Take out and delivery. Mon.-Sat. 4-8 p.m., Sun. 4-7 p.m. 78 Dundaff St., Carbondale. 570-282-5860.

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.

Grab a bite to eat and taste our PA craft brews, spirits, wines and cocktails.MonThur 11a.m.- 7p.m. Fri-Sat 11a.m.8 p.m., Sun 12 p.m.-6 p.m.

Stirna’s 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. H

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