S-burg company gets military certificate of appreciation

MegaPhase recognized for Army program’s success
MegaPhase, based in Stroudsurg, has been honored by the U.S. Army’s PM Prophet and General Dynamics Mission Systems with a Certificate of Appreciation, in recognition of the company’s performance and “significant contribution to the success of the Prophet Enhanced Program.”
“We are honored to receive this recognition,” said MegaPhase CEO Bill Pote. “Our team takes a great deal of pride in the quality of our work and it’s always a privilege to be recognized for our efforts.” The certificate was issued by PM COL Founded in 1998, MegaPhase is an industry leader in the design and manufacture of RF and microwave interconnect and signal processing products through 110 GHz. The Company offers a wide range of products serving commercial telecom and Military markets, including air-, ground- and sea-based electronic warfare systems.

Blue Cross Customer Service Call Center gets nat’l notice
Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania’s (BCNEPA) Customer Service Call Center has been nationally recognized by the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association for Best Practices in Service Improvement.
The Best Practice Award is designed to honor a unique, exceptional and innovative initiative that enhances and improves the service provided to customers. The recipient of this annual BCBSA award needs to demonstrate improved member experience, measurable outcomes related to operational efficiency, improved customer satisfaction, increased quality, return on investment and successful implementation.
BCNEPA was recognized for resolving member questions on the first call and reducing the need for additional follow-up calls. BCNEPA also demonstrated employee engagement above national benchmarks, significant improvements in in-coming call handling, and a continuous rise in member satisfaction results.

Toby Army Depot gets new agency distribution leader
U.S. Army Lt. Col. Michael “Troy” Rittenhouse will relinquish command of Defense Logistics Agency Distribution Tobyhanna, Pa., to U.S. Army Lt. Col. John T. Turner Jr. in a ceremony on Thursday, May 21 at 9 a.m.  at the Tobyhanna Army Depot headquarters building ceremony field, 11 Hap Arnold Blvd., on the Tobyhanna Army Depot installation. Officiating the ceremony is U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Richard B. Dix, Commander, Defense Logistics Agency Distribution, New Cumberland.
Rittenhouse has served as DLA Distribution Tobyhanna Commanding Officer since June 2013. His next assignment is with the Navy Supply Corps School in Newport, R.I.
Turner comes to DLA Distribution Tobyhanna after having served as the Army Watch Officer, Army Operations Center, National Military Command Center at the Pentagon.

Ruffino Real Estate staffer presented FBLA workshop
Carl Will of Ruffino Real Estate in Milford presented a workshop at the Future Business Leaders of America State Leadership Conference held in April in Hershey titled “Speaking to get the sale.” The presentation outlined different strategies to identify what customers what and how to close a sale. He also participated as a judge in three events: Public Speaking II, Client Services and Sales Presentation.
More than 5,000 student members and advisors attended the event. Qualifying members participate in numerous competitive events, attend leadership development seminars and campaign for state office. Advisers administer the competitive events and participate in professional development sessions.

Petrosky joins Pike Behavioral Center
Licensed Clinical Social Worker Neil Petrosky recently joined the staff of the Pike Behavioral Health Center, part of Wayne Memorial Community Health Centers in Honesdale.
Petrosky provides counseling for both children and adults at the outpatient facility.
Petrosky received his master’s in social work from Marywood University and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Scranton. He has been working in the Human Service field since 1994 and became a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in 2014.
He was most recently employed by Wayne Memorial Hospital’s Social Services Department where he served as both Hospice and Acute Care Rehabilitation Social Worker, a position he will continue on a per diem basis. Petrosky has been an active member of the Pike/Wayne Suicide Awareness Committee since 2012, currently acting as chairperson and facilitator of the monthly Survivors of Suicide Loss Support Group.
“My experience with hospital and hospice patients has been very rewarding. However, I’m looking forward to working with individuals from all age groups while at the Pike Behavioral Health Center,” said Petrosky.
In his new role, Petrosky will provide individual counseling to patients affected by ADHD, anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, Schizophrenia, stress and anger and/or life transitions such as grief, unemployment, relocation, parenthood, divorce, separation and other difficult stressors of life.
Referrals for outpatient therapy can come from physicians, family members or community resources. Patients may also self-refer. To make an appointment with Petrosky or to learn more about Pike Behavioral Health, call 570-775-4081.

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Boucher and James expands

Engineering consultant to open office in Bethlehem
Boucher & James Inc., with an office in Stroudsburg and corporate office in Doylestown, will open a regional office in the Lehigh Valley in Bethlehem in June.
Boucher & James, Inc. has been providing professional consulting services to clients in the Lehigh Valley for several years. Services were provided out of a combination of the Doylestown and Stroudsburg offices. The company’s move to grow the company by adding a third office comes at the right time. Two and a half years ago, Boucher & James Inc. became a 100 percent employee-owned company. Since becoming an ESOP, the company has had profitable years showing growth and has recovered from the effects of the great recession that affected most, if not all, professional consulting firms throughout Northeastern and Southeastern Pennsylvania.
The new office will add jobs to the local economy and enable the company to better serve its clients.

Milford hospice gets national data management award
Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice, with locations in Milford and Newton, N.j., has been named a 2015 Hospice Honors recipient by Deyta, an industry leader in data-driven management.
Hospice Honors is a prestigious program that recognizes hospices providing the highest level of satisfaction as measured from the caregiver’s point of view.
This recognition is based on Deyta Family Evaluation of Hospice Care survey results from approximately 1,700 partnering hospices contained in Deyta’s FEHC database with an evaluation period of October 2013 through September 2014. Deyta identified Hospice Honors recipients by evaluating hospices’ performance on a set of 18 satisfaction indicator measures. The set of questions included only indicator measures, omitting qualifying, leader and demographic questions. Individual hospice performance scores were aggregated for the evaluation period and were compared on a question-by-question basis to a national average score calculated from Deyta’s FEHC database.

Pocono Medical Center gets gold seal
Pocono Medical Center has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for Hospital Accreditation by demonstrating continuous compliance with its performance standards. The Gold Seal of Approval is a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to providing safe and effective patient care.
Pocono Medical Center underwent a rigorous, unannounced on-site survey in April. During the review, a team of Joint Commission expert surveyors evaluated compliance with hospital standards related to several areas, including emergency management, environment of care, infection prevention and control, leadership, and medication management. Surveyors also conducted on-site observations and interviews.
More than 4,000 general, children’s, long-term acute, psychiatric, rehabilitation and specialty hospitals currently maintain accreditation from The Joint Commission, awarded for a three-year period. In addition, approximately 360 critical access hospitals maintain accreditation through a separate program.
“Pocono Medical Center is pleased to receive accreditation from The Joint Commission, the premier health care quality improvement and accrediting body in the nation,” said Dr. William Cors, Vice President and Chief Medical Officer at Pocono Medical Center.

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Giant, Martin’s get national honor

Supermarkets, including Bartonsville location, named top chain grocery retailer
Giant Food Stores, with a location in Bartonsville, and Martin’s Food Markets have been named 2015 Chain Retailer of the Year by Grocery Headquarters, a national monthly business publication with a circulation of more than 33,000. The recognition was given for the company’s deep commitment to community, its dedicated associates, its emphasis on buying local and its focus on nutrition.

NEPA Alliance offers small business financing
NEPA Alliance has several federal and state loan programs available for small businesses in Carbon, Lackawanna, Luzerne, Monroe, Pike, Schuylkill and Wayne Counties.
Small businesses can receive subordinate financing, 50 percent funding or $200,000 whichever is less. The interest rates are fixed ranging from 1 to 4 percent. These low cost loans offer lower down payments and standard loan term maturities for machinery and equipment, land and building acquisition, construction and renovation. Working capital loans are also available.
Eligible businesses include manufacturers, industrial, agriculture/agribusiness, hospitality & tourism, related enterprises, recyclers, day care, computer related services, advanced technology, retail and service related businesses. Many other business sectors may also qualify.
The NEPA Alliance, a regional community and economic development agency, serves the seven counties of Northeastern Pennsylvania including Carbon, Lackawanna, Luzerne, Monroe, Pike, Schuylkill and Wayne. NEPA Alliance services include Business Financing, Government Contracting Assistance, International Trade Assistance, Non Profit Assistance, Transportation Planning, Research and Information, and Local Government Services.
For more information about NEPA Alliance visit nepa-alliance.org or call 866-758-1929. To learn more about NEPA and its loan programs, contact Dave Nat or Paul Macknosky at 570-655-5581 or 866-758-1929.
Pocono Chamber to honor students
Each year the Education Committee of the Greater Pocono Chamber of Commerce honors students in the community who have overcome adversity in their life and still manage to succeed. The luncheon will honor 10 students on May 19 at Wolf Hollow at Water Gap Country Club in Delaware Water Gap. For more information, contact Pat Metzgar at the chamber at 570-421-4433.

Chamber taking Bizzy Awards entries
The Greater Pocono Chamber of Commerce is accepting entries for tis 10th annual Bizzy Awards that takes place in September. There will be 14 categories awarded this year. Call Pat Metzgar at 570-41-4433 for details.

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Somers selected EY Entrepreneur award finalist

Vigon exec helped cultivate international market
Steve Somers of Vigon International, based in East Stroudsburg, is a finalist for the Ernest & Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2015 Award in Greater Philadelphia.
The awards program recognizes entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. Somers was selected as a finalist by a panel of independent judges and his selection was fortified by the company’s development of an international market for its sales. Award winners will be announced at a special gala event on June 11 at the Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown Hotel.
Now in its 29th year, the program has expanded to recognize business leaders in more than 145 cities from more than 60 countries throughout the world.
Regional award winners are eligible for consideration for the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year National program. Award winners in several national categories, as well as the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year National Overall Award winner, will be announced at the annual awards gala in Palm Springs, Cal., on Nov. 14. The awards are the culminating event of the EY Strategic Growth Forum as the nation’s most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies.
Founded and produced by EY, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards are nationally sponsored by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and SAP America.

Camelback Lodge & Aquatopia officially open
Camelback Lodge & Aquatopia Indoor Waterpark officially opened today, May 1, welcoming guests to the biggest indoor waterpark in the Northeast, and the largest and the most unique waterpark hotel in a single phase.
The $163 million, eight-story Camelback Lodge with 453 rooms that accommodates groups of six guests, located at the base of Camelback Mountain, transforms Camelback Resort into a year-round family and adventure destination. It complements Camelback’s existing seasonal outdoor recreation that includes Camelbeach outdoor waterpark, skiing, snowboarding, snowtubing, the longest zipline in the U.S., a treetops obstacle course, mountain coaster and more, Camelback Lodge will serve as the largest ski in/ski out indoor waterpark resort in the U.S.
“Camelback Resort has been a place for friends and family to gather for more than 50 years,” said Camelback Resort co-owner Arthur Berry III. “With the opening of Camelback Lodge & Aquatopia Indoor Waterpark, we now offer more year-round adventure in one mountain location than anywhere else in the country.”
Aquatopia Indoor Waterpark sprawls 125,000 square-feet, and is the largest indoor waterpark in the Northeast, boasting seven pools, 13 waterslides and a many distinctive water attractions. It includes Storm Chaser, the longest gravity-defying uphill water coaster to exist in any indoor waterpark in the U.S.; Venus SlydeTrap, a world-premiere attraction that combines three exhilarating waterslide experiences in one; The Lost River, an immersive, theatrical and dark adventure river experience featuring amusement park level theming; and Kartrite’s Quest, the world’s first “Next Generation” fully themed and immersive multi-level exploration AquaPlay structure.
Other favorites include The Great Ka-Na-Gawa Wavepool, Bombora FlowRider surfing simulator, Mystic Springs indoor/outdoor family hot tub and several waterslides that appeal to everyone from brave thrill seekers to timid toddlers. Situated under 1.5 acres of Texlon transparent roof – the largest install in North America – Aquatopia’s innovative design allows guests to soak up the sun indoors at a steady, comfortable 84-degrees, year-round with more than 120 highly trained lifeguards.
There’s also a rock climbing wall, a gameroom for youngsters and a laser game room, indoor miniature golf, a spa and fitness center as well as restaurants, lounge areas and a coffee shop.

Marshalls Creek native named president of leading accounting firm
Nationally acclaimed accounting firm CohnReznick LLP, has named Marshalls Creek native Ryan Henigan, a partner in the Firm’s Baltimore office, president of the Construction Financial Management Association’s Maryland chapter.
Established in 1990, the Maryland chapter represents general contractors, subcontractors, specialty contractors, engineering firms, material suppliers, and associate services. Henigan, who has been on the CFMA Maryland Board for nine years, will lead the chapter’s ongoing mission to provide education and information essential to the success and growth of construction financial professionals.
“I am excited and honored to take on the role of president of CFMA Maryland, an organization whose mission has been essential to my own development as a construction financial professional,” said Henigan. “As we enter our 25th year, I embrace this opportunity to lead our chapter toward continued success.”
Henigan leads CohnReznick’s Construction Industry Practice in the firm’s Baltimore office. He has 17 years of experience providing audit and management advisory services to a variety of national and local real estate developers, homebuilders, general contractors and sub-contractors. A graduate of Mount St. Mary’s University, Henigan has extensive experience assessing internal control structures of clients and providing recommendations for improvement as well as expertise in contractor cost certification reporting in accordance with federal and state agency affordable housing requirements.
In addition to CFMA Maryland, Henigan is an active member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Penn State  Ext.to hold class in Monroe on ways businesses find volunteers
Penn State Extension is offering a class for groups that depend on volunteers to help carry out their mission. The class titled Tools for an Effective Volunteer Program will be held June 3 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Monroe Extension office.
Fire companies, faith-based groups, neighborhood civic organizations, youth athletic associations, environmental advisory committees and many human service organizations are challenged to find volunteers to help carry out their programs.
Tools for an Effective Volunteer Program helps managers of volunteer programs improve volunteer recruitment and orientation, identify and manage risks, and plan recognition of volunteer efforts appropriate to the organization and the volunteers themselves.
Register for the workshop online at http://extension.psu.edu/managing-volunteers. For more information, call Peter Wulfhorst at 570-296-3400 or by email at ptw3@psu.edu

Wallenpaupack hotel joins historical group
The Greene-Dreher Historical Society has invited local businesses in the Wallenpaupack area to participate in its mission to promote, protect, and preserve the history of Greene and Dreher Townships. Michael Seagraves of The Hotel is the latest local business partner.
As a 2015 business partner, local businesses will provide financial support to the society, and at the same time, enhance their visibility with the membership, museum visitors and the communities of Greene and Dreher Township. The Newfoundland Hotel and Restaurant was established in 1933. The Seagraves family purchased The Hotel in 1976, and the restaurant currently is operated by Michael and Kathleen Seagraves.

Pocono Medical Center gets A grade from safety survey
Pocono Medical Center’s dedication to patient safety has merited an A grade in the Spring 2015 Hospital Safety Score, which rates how well hospitals protect patients from preventable medical errors, injuries and infections within the hospital.
The Hospital Safety Score is the gold standard rating for patient safety, compiled under the guidance of the nation’s leading patient safety experts and administered by The Leapfrog Group, a national, nonprofit hospital safety watchdog. The first and only hospital safety rating to be peer-reviewed in the Journal of Patient Safety, the score is free to the public and designed to give consumers information they can use to protect themselves and their families when facing a hospital stay.
“Quality and patient safety are always top priorities for our medical staff and entire team and this important national recognition of an A grade demonstrates to the community that Pocono Medical Center provides safe and excellent care, close to home,” said Jeff Snyder, president and CEO of Pocono Medical Center.
“Pocono Medical Center’s A grade validates its achievement in preventing harm within the hospital, and we are proud to recognize the efforts of the care providers and staff,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group, which administers the Hospital Safety Score.
More than 2,500 U.S. general hospitals were assigned scores in April 2015, with about 31 percent receiving an A grade. The Hospital Safety Score is fully transparent, offering a full analysis of the data and methodology used in determining grades on the website.

Study finds PA hospitals contributing more to local economy
The Hospital & Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania recently released its newest figures reflecting Pennsylvania hospitals’ high fiscal impact on the state.
All hospitals — nonprofit and investor-owned combined — contributed more than $111 billion to local and state economies during 2014, an increase of almost $7 billion from 2013.
The more than $111 billion in economic contributions––$48 billion directly and $63 billion indirectly—includes the support of nearly 591,000 jobs in the commonwealth. Hospitals provide about one in 10 jobs in Pennsylvania, employing nearly 271,000 people directly and creating another 320,000 spinoff jobs.
Every dollar directly spent by hospitals results in an additional $1.30 spent in other parts of the economy through additional investments, resource utilization and purchasing power.
“Hospitals and health systems have always been critical to the state’s overall health, and now, in addition to that important role, they are becoming increasingly vital to the success of Pennsylvania’s economic health,” said HAP President and CEO Andy Carter.
Carter noted that the Wolf Administration’s proposed 2015–2016 state budget calls for $166.5 million in hospital payment cuts that could jeopardize hospital services, jobs, and investments. “Cuts of this magnitude would undermine the hard-won progress achieved to date,” said Carter.

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Mt. Pocono based non-wovens company taps Technical Sales Mgr.

Seasoned professional Abelli named to post at Monadnock
Dino Abelli has joined Monadnock Non-Wovens LLC as Technical Sales Manager covering industrial air and liquid filtration markets.
Abelli comes to Monadnock, based in Mount Pocono, with more than 35 years of experience in a variety of non-wovens, filtration and related technical fabrics industries. He has held positions in R&D, Product Development, Sales Management, Account Management and Business Development previously working with International Paper/Veratec, Snow Filtration, Hollingsworth & Vose and PGI/Fiberweb.
“Dino is a seasoned professional with broad experience in the nonwovens industry, and we are glad to have him join our fast growing team,” said Keith Hayward, managing director for Monadnock Non-Wovens. “His past success, energy, enthusiasm and polished approach to sales will be very beneficial as we continue to grow our product portfolio in new technical and specialty markets.”
Abelli will concentrate his efforts in expanding Monadnock’s meltblown and composite presence into new markets while helping secure and strengthen its position with existing customers.
Monadnock Non-Wovens, a subsidiary of Monadnock Paper Mills, Inc. of Bennington, NH, was established in 1999 to manufacture non-woven material for the fast growing filtration, facemask, healthcare, consumer and homeland security markets. It supplies non-woven roll goods media to converters around the world using advanced fiber technology to meet Global standards.

Wayne Bank quarterly earnings rise 3.9 percent from prior year’s quarter
Norwood Financial Corp. and its subsidiary, Wayne Bank, announced earnings of $2,041,000 for the three months ended March 31, which represents an increase of 3.9 percent from the $1,964,000 recorded during the same three-month period of last year.
Earnings per share on a fully diluted basis were $.55 in the first quarter of this year compared to $.54 in the first quarter of 2014. The annualized return on average assets was 1.15 percent in the first quarter of 2015 and the annualized return on average equity was 8.22 percent.
Total assets were $734.4 million as of March 31,  an increase of $31.2 million, or 4.4 percent, compared to the prior year total. Total loans increased $22.9 million compared to March 31, consisting of a $16.6 million increase in commercial lending and $6.3 million of growth in retail loans. Commercial financing increased $17.8 million, installment loans grew $5.2 million and residential mortgage loan balances increased $1.1 million during the first quarter, while construction loans decreased $1.2 million.
“Our first quarter results provide a good start for 2015,” said President and CEO Lewis Critelli. “Net interest income improved over the prior quarter and the same period of last year due to a significant amount of loan growth, while operating expenses remain well controlled. Working with borrowers experiencing cash flow pressure will remain a top priority as we make our way through this difficult economic environment. We expect that stress on loan quality will continue into 2015.”
Norwood Financial Corp. is the parent company of Wayne Bank which operates from 15 offices throughout Wayne, Pike, Monroe and Lackawanna counties. The company’s stock is traded on the Nasdaq Global Market under the symbol “NWFL”.

Pocono Chamber to honor students
Each year the Education Committee of the Greater Pocono Chamber of Commerce honors students in the community who have overcome adversity in their life and still manage to succeed. The luncheon will honor 10 students on May 19 at Wolf Hollow at Water Gap Country Club in Delaware Water Gap. For more information, call Pat Metzgar at the Chamber at 570-421-4433.

Chamber taking Bizzy Awards entries
The Greater Pocono Chamber of Commerce is accepting entries for its 10th annual Bizzy Awards that takes place in September. There will be 14 categories awarded this year. Call Pat Metzgar at 570-41-4433 for details.

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Mt. Airy again earns AAA Diamond Rating

Casino resort the first in PA for designation
Mount Airy Casino Resort for the fourth straight year has been awarded the AAA Four Diamond Rating. Mount Airy Casino Resort was the first casino resort in Pennsylvania to reach the list in which only 4.8 percent of the 30,000 lodgings approved by AAA achieve. It has more than 1,800 slot machines and 80 table games.
The Lodge at Woodloch also received the designation.
The AAA Four Diamond Rating is assigned to lodgings that feature an extensive array of amenities combined with a high degree of hospitality, service, and attention to detail. Restaurants at this level offer a distinctive fine-dining experience marked by high quality ingredients, creative presentation and attentive service. Only 4.8 percent of the 30,000 lodgings approved by AAA make the Four Diamond list.
“It is such an honor to have achieved this award for the fourth consecutive year,” stated John Culetsu, executive vice president and general manager of Mount Airy Casino Resort. “We are truly committed to providing the highest quality of dining, gaming and luxury accommodations to our guests, and this award highlights that commitment and the work that we have done and will continue to do.”
At the award reception in photo are, from left, Glenn Smith, president and CEO of AAA North Penn; Vincent Jordan, vice president of Marketing and Player Development; Matthew Magda, vice president of Resort Operations; Lisa DeNaples, owner and managing trustee; Nina Waskevich, director of Marketing and Public Relations; John Culetsu, executive vice president and general manager.
“Four and Five Diamond hotels and restaurants provide guests with a personalized experience and attentive service in comfortable, high quality surroundings,” said Nina Waskevich, AAA North Penn Director of Marketing/PR. “These establishments consistently exceed the expectations of the most discriminating traveler — the AAA inspector. We are proud to have these dedicated businesses in our region.”
AAA inspectors visit more than 58,000 hotels and restaurants over the course of the year, allowing them to identify emerging trends in the industry. Inspectors have observed hotels increasingly using technology to complement the white glove service guests expect at the ultra-luxury level, allowing options such as mobile check-in and touch screen access to concierge services. Similarly, at restaurants they have observed the emergence of tablet-based digital menus, with electronic ordering and tableside payment features.

Frailey Insurance again wins Nationwide President’s Award
Michael J. Frailey has dedicated his career to counseling customers on their insurance and financial services needs as an insurance agent for 25 years and a lifelong Monroe County resident.
The CEO of Frailey Insurance and Financial Services at 1286 N. 9th St. and his team’s dedication have led to success and the President’s Award for the second straight year from Nationwide Insurance. This award, the company’s highest award, is for attaining excellence in sales of automobile, homeowners and other property and casualty insurance products, as well as life insurance and other financial services products.

Wayne Bank adds second Technology Demo Center
Wayne Bank has added a second Technology Demo Center at the Honesdale office located downtown at 717 Main St.. The Demo Centers are space dedicated to providing customer support with interactive hands-on equipment for online, tablet and mobile banking.
The first Demo Center was created in October 2014 at the 216 Adams Ave. downtown Scranton office. Many customers have taken advantage of the center to sign up for Internet Banking or learn more about technologies the bank has available.
“Wayne Bank is committed to continually improving the technology we offer and to creating resources such as the demo center. The goal is to provide personal, knowledgeable service that helps customers benefit from online and mobile banking.” said Lewis Critelli, Wayne Bank president and CEO. “Adoption of all forms of online and mobile banking continue to grow, and as they do, Wayne Bank wants to provide a setting where customers are at ease discovering the capabilities and convenience of their devices.”
The Technology Demo Centers are open during business hours at both locations.
Wayne Bank is a subsidiary of Norwood Financial Corp., Member FDIC, and is located in Honesdale, Pennsylvania with 15 community Offices in Wayne, Pike, Monroe and Lackawanna counties.

Paramount Business Development relocates in S-burg
Paramount Business Development, an advisory/coaching firm that works with business leaders in many industries, has moved its downtown Stroudsburg office to a new location in downtown Stroudsburg: 745 Main St., Suite 205. All other contact information including phone numbers remain the same.
Founded in December of 2005 by Rick Munson and Bill Skinner, Paramount Business Development is an advisory/coaching firm that works with business leaders in many industries to improve business results, develop better teams, develop executives to enhance leadership skills, and guide companies through succession.

PMC earns national gold award for heart/stroke care
Pocono Medical Center announced that it has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Heart-Check mark for Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers. The Gold Seal of Approval and the Heart-Check mark represent symbols of quality from their respective organizations and means that expert stroke care is available right here in the community.
Pocono Medical Center underwent a rigorous onsite review on Jan. 30, of its compliance with stroke-related standards and requirements, including program management, the delivery of clinical care and performance improvement.
“Pocono Medical Center has thoroughly demonstrated the greatest level of commitment to the care of stroke patients through its Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers,” said Wendi J. Roberts, RN, executive director, Certification Programs. “We commend Pocono Medical Center for becoming a leader in stroke care, potentially providing a higher standard of service for stroke patients in its community.”
Nancy Brown, CEO, the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, said, “By adhering to this very specific set of treatment guidelines Pocono Medical Center has clearly made it a priority to deliver high quality care to all patients affected by stroke.”
In 2014, Pocono Medical Center joined the Jefferson Neuroscience Network and offers patients access to the resources of Jefferson’s comprehensive stroke center through the use of telemedicine.  Established in 2003, Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers is awarded for a two-year period to Joint Commission-accredited acute care hospitals. The certification was derived from the Brain Attack Coalition’s “Recommendations for the Establishment of Primary Stroke Centers” (JAMA, 2000) and the “Revised and Updated Recommendations for the Establishment of Primary Stroke Centers” (Stroke, 2011).
Stroke is the fourth leading cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the United States, according to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. On average, someone suffers a stroke every 40 seconds; someone dies of a stroke every four minutes; and 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.

Pocono Chamber to host Save Our Planet Awards
Leading eco-friendly businesses will be recognized in the annual Greater Pocono Chamber of Commerce’s Save Our Planet awards that takes place 8 a.m. on April 24 at the Ridgecrest at Stroudsmoor Country Inn. The event costs $20 per person and reservations can be made by contacting the chamber at 570-421-4433. Monroe County Municipal Waste Management Authority and Brodhead Creek Regional Authority are sponsors.

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MegaPhase appoints exec

Logothetis named director of Advanced Technology of S’burg office
Jim Logothetis has joined MegaPhase, a leading provider of RF and microwave interconnects in Stroudsburg as director of Advanced Technology. Logothetis has spent the last three decades developing and bringing to market RF and Microwave signal processing components and subsystems for applications in satellite, terrestrial and wireless communications and electronic warfare.
In Logothetis’ prior role as director of Technology for Crane Electronics, he led a team of technical staff in the design of products utilizing various technologies, including multilayer stripline, microstrip, coplanar waveguide, suspended substrate and lumped element. Logothetis, a resident of North Caldwell, N.J. who earned his master’s in electrical engineering degree from Stevens Institute of Technology, has a collection of publications and holds nine U.S. patents.
As telecom and global security systems demand more bandwidth, the performance of cables, connectors, and signal processing components increase in complexity.
“Jim brings substantial expertise and new capabilities to MegaPhase in microwave signal transmission and a wide variety of components,” said MegaPhase CEO Bill Pote. “He is a hands-on engineer and has worked with OEMs, suppliers and expert software applications.” With the addition of Logothetis, MegaPhase continues to position itself to be at the forefront of not just interconnects but also signal processing components.
Founded in 1998, MegaPhase is an industry leader in the design and manufacture of RF and microwave interconnect and signal processing products through 110 GHz. The Company offers a wide range of products serving commercial telecom and Military markets, including air-, ground- and sea-based electronic warfare systems.

Seminar advises ways to work with difficult personalities
In the workplace, there could be challenges with many different and sometimes difficult personalities as heavy workloads, fast-paced environments or even a very bureaucratic culture sometimes make survival feel difficult. Dennis Gilbert of Appreciative Strategies in Stroudsburg offers a three-hour seminar on four different dates and locations next month titled Working with Difficult Personalities that examines several personality challenges and utilizes thought provoking, change accelerating activity, theory, video, and self-assessment to enable participants examine new ways to better manage personal interactions in the office with others.
Attending this seminar will provide relief from trapped overwhelming workplace relationships; renewed energy and less stress from toxic people; control gaining; negativity reducing options to recharge and better performance by getting unstuck from draining personalities as well as positive expectations instead of harmful, negative emotional replays.
This seminar that runs from 9 a.m. to noon will be held May 11 in Williamsport, May 12 in Wilkes-Barre, May 13 in Denville, New Jersey and May 14 in New York City.
For more information visit: http://DennisEGilbert.com or call 646-546-5553

Bartonsville home repair company expanding
Honey Do Service Inc. on 3450 Route 611 in Bartonsville continues to grow, reports Barbara Leesha, owner of the local franchise, who says the local home repair and refurbishing company is handling large jobs as well as small ones. Many customers, she says, do not realize the scope of work by the company.
“They think we only do things like gutter cleaning, which we also do,” Leesha said. “We have done several repair jobs for interior water damage this winter, roof repairs, window replacements, bathroom remodels, electrical and plumbing repairs, painting, basement finishing, flooring and room remodels (sheetrock, insulation, electrical, plumbing, flooring, etc).”
Call 570-620-9999 for details.

Pocono Chamber to hold Save Our Planet Awards
Leading eco-friendly businesses will be recognized in the annual Greater Pocono Chamber of Commerce’s Save Our Planet awards that takes place 8 a.m. on April 24 at the Ridgecrest at Stroudsmoor Country Inn. The event costs $20 per person and reservations can be made by contacting the chamber at 570-421-4433. Monroe County Municipal Waste Management Authority and Brodhead Creek Regional Authority are sponsors.

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Harsco Corp. officers to receive national honors

Diffley, Chadwick selected for women leadership awards
Harsco Corporation announced today that two of its managers are among the honorees of The Manufacturing Institute’s Women in Manufacturing STEP (Science, Technology, Engineering and Production) Awards. The STEP Awards honor women who have demonstrated excellence and leadership in their careers, and represent all levels of manufacturing, from the factory floor to the C-suite.
Harsco Industrial Patterson-Kelley Vice President and General Manager Linda Diffley of Flanders, N.J., above, the first woman to head the business in its 135-year history, will be honored for her leadership of Harsco’s heat transfer products division. Under Diffley’s leadership, the East Stroudsburg-based business has posted record financial results and developed several innovative products for high-efficiency boilers and touchpad controls.
Corporate Enterprise Security & Preparedness Lead Katherine Chadwick of Carlisle, right, will be honored for her leadership in developing Harsco’s Enterprise Risk Management strategy. Chadwick built the function, critical to protecting Harsco’s assets around the world, from the ground up.
“Linda and Kate’s talent and leadership have made invaluable contributions to our company,” said Harsco President and CEO Nick Grasberger. “I am pleased to see their achievements recognized, and extend congratulations to them both on behalf of Harsco.”
Diffley and Chadwick will join 128 other honorees at the STEP Awards gala in Washington, D.C. later this week.

PMC healthcare center’s radiology segment gets national honor
Pocono Medical Center’s Bartonsville Healthcare Center has been designated a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology. The ACR only awards facilities the status of a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence when they have earned accreditation in mammography, stereotactic breast biopsy, and breast ultrasound (including ultrasound-guided breast biopsy).
“This accreditation demonstrates the commitment we have to our patients and the community to ensure we are consistently providing the most advanced technologies and compassionate care,” notes Elizabeth Wykpisz, Chief Operating Officer/Chief Nursing Officer, Pocono Medical Center.
Peer-review evaluations, conducted in each breast imaging modality by board-certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in the field, have determined that Pocono Medical Center has achieved high practice standards in image quality, personnel qualifications, equipment, quality control procedures and quality assurance programs. The ACR is a national professional organization serving more than 36,000 diagnostic/interventional radiologists, radiation oncologists, nuclear medicine physicians and medical physicists with programs focusing on the practice of medical imaging and radiation oncology and the delivery of comprehensive health care services.

Frailey insurance adds former companies manager to office
Frailey Insurance and Financial Services is proud to announce
Charles Prinzivall, a former district and regional manager for companies in the shoe, video, mattress and insurance industries, has joined the Frailey Insurance and Financial Services team in Stroudsburg as an associate agent and an auto insurance specialist He said he wants to focus on the insurance industry because it enables him to advise and protect people where and when they need it the most.

Leadership development studied at Chamber Women in Business luncheon
Donna Goss and Don Robertson of Northampton Community College will talk about “Mentoring Your Team/Leadership Development” when the Greater Pocono Chamber of Commerce holds its Women in Business luncheon at noon on April 14 at the Northampton Community College Monroe campus on Route 715 in Tannersville.
Admission is $20 for chamber members, $40 for nonmembers, including lunch and must be registered at the chamber at 570-441-4433 by April 10. Monroe County Transit Authority is the sponsor.

Wayne County Builders moves seminar
Due to an increased attendance, Wayne County Builders Association’s lunch seminar will be held at Wayne Bank 717 Main St., Honesdale from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on April 1.
Ellen Wojtowicz, MBA, director Finance & Business Development for Clemleddy Construction, will present “QuickBooks Techniques: Analyzing Profitability” that will focus on best practices for categorizing and analyzing data to get a better financial picture of individual jobs and your overall business.
Topics covered include track details with subaccounts, examine profit and overhead, implement QuickBooks items, analyze job profitability and review budget versus actual job reports.
The lunch costs $20 per person for members and $35 for nonmembers and reservations must be made by March 30 cby calling 570-226-4941 or going to info@waynecountybuilders.com.

 

Pocono Chamber of Commerce Expo on March 28 at S-burg H.S.

More than 50 vendors will display their goods and services at the Greater Pocono Chamber of Commerce business/sports/fitness expo that takes place 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, March 28, at the Stroudsburg High School gymnasium. The event, in its 28th year, has expanded its theme and moved from East Stroudsburg University’s Koehler Fieldhouse where it was held as a two-day event until it was revised to a one-day event last year and moved this year to its new location.

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S-burg homebuilder partners with timber frame company

R.W. Buff an independent builder dealer of Woodhouse products
RW Buff Inc., the Pocono region’s premier custom new home builder is partnering with Woodhouse The Timber Frame Company as an independent builder dealer of the Woodhouse product line, serving as the preferred vendor in Monroe, Carbon, Northampton, and Lehigh Counties in Pennsylvania and Warren County in New Jersey.
The Woodhouse product line of premium, custom designed post and beam timber frame homes is a perfectly suited addition to the R.W. Buff range of custom new home services. R.W. Buff, located at 50 Storm St. in Stroudsburg, joins a select group of leading new home builders nationwide who serve as independent builder dealers of Woodhouse.
“Woodhouse is a proven leader in the design and construction of luxury, custom timber frame homes,” said Bob Buff, owner of RW Buff. “By utilizing the resources Woodhouse will supply to RW Buff through our independent builder dealer partnership, we look forward to bringing our customers the quality materials, innovative construction and unique design which are hallmarks of a Woodhouse timber frame home.”
The independent builder dealer partnership between R.W. Buff and Woodhouse includes use of the stable of Woodhouse new home designs, access to Woodhouse’s premium home construction materials, joint marketing support, and lead generation through Woodhouse’s internal sales program. In addition to the Woodhouse range of services, RW Buff Inc. will continue to supply its existing custom home building services, including new home construction, remodeling, historic restoration and renovation.
When evaluating the Woodhouse partnership opportunity, RW Buff’s team cites Woodhouse’s ability to serve as an ideal accompaniment to RW Buff’s existing custom home capabilities as a deciding factor in becoming a builder dealer.
“RW Buff’s custom homes are distinguished by our Arts & Crafts design sensibility,” said RW Buff General Manager Joe Holbert. “This is mirrored in the distinctive, luxury mountain-home feel of Woodhouse custom new home styles, which incorporate unique arts & crafts touches. The similarities between our two company styles will allow our R.W. Buff team to seamlessly integrate the Woodhouse offerings into our existing range of services.”
RW Buff Inc.’s team has completed a Woodhouse orientation program and is authorized to offer the full range of Woodhouse services now to customers interested in building a custom timber frame home.
“We are excited about our independent builder dealer partnership with Woodhouse and look forward to providing our customers with the option of choosing one of Woodhouse’s unparalleled timber frame designs for their custom home,” said Buff.
To view a complete portfolio of RW Buff Inc. work, both residential and commercial, in the fields of historic restoration, remodeling, renovation and custom construction, visit rwbuff.com or call 570-476-5437.

Chamber booths available for business/sports/wellness expo
The Greater Pocono Chamber of Commerce has a few booths available for its March 28 business/sports/wellness expo at its new location at the Stroudsburg High School gymnasium. Thhe show runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Booths cost $450 for members and $600 for nonmembers. Second booths cost $250 for members and $400 for nonmembers. Call the chamber at 570-421-4433 or email mconway@greaterpoconochamber.com for details.

PMC healthcare center receives radiology accreditation
Pocono Medical Center’s Bartonsville Healthcare Center has received the full American College of Radiology accreditation in Breast Ultrasound and Guided Biopsies. A breast biopsy is the removal of breast tissue to examine it for signs of breast cancer or other disorders.
“This accreditation demonstrates that we have the most advanced technologies available for Breast Ultrasound and Guided Biopsies in our community,” notes Elizabeth Wykpisz, chief operating officer/chief nursing officer, Pocono Medical Center. “This accomplishment is admired and well respected within the medical community.”
The American College of Radiology is a professional medical society committed to serving patients and society by empowering radiology professionals to advance the practice, science and professions of radiological care, giving the ACR seal of accreditation a representation of the highest level of image quality and patient safety. Pocono Medical Center received a full three-year accreditation based on the hard work of the entire team including ultrasound technologists, ultrasound patient care team members and radiologists.

Realty Executives of the Poconos awarded for achievement
Three Realtors at Realty Executives of the Poconos were recently honored with 100% Club Awards by Realty Executives International: Claire Dembinski, Denise Barker and Anthony Lorie.
“This is a significant achievement,” said Realty Executives’ owner Deirdre Cramer.  “The real estate market has not recovered fully, and many home prices are still undervalued. Also in 2014, overall home sales decreased both nationally and in the Northeast. Yet in spite of these challenges Anthony, Claire, and Denise managed to help 110 buyers and sellers to accomplish their real estate goals. That’s exemplary work.”
Realty Executives has offices in Stroudsburg and in Pocono Pines.

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Pocono Medical Center wins national award

Rated one of the 150 great healthcare places to work
Becker’s Healthcare recently released their 2015 edition of the “150 Great Places to Work in Healthcare” and among them is Pocono Medical Center. This is the second year in a row that Pocono Medical Center was recognized and joins Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia as one of only two Pennsylvania health systems to achieve this special recognition.
Becker’s 2015 list features hospitals and health systems, medical groups, ambulatory surgery centers, home health providers, consulting firms, technology providers, among others. The actual list is developed through a combination of nominations and editorial research. In fact, the recognized organizations like Pocono Medical Center are chosen for their benefits, wellness programs, commitment to diversity and inclusion, professional development opportunities, employee satisfaction and work-life balance.
“This kind of national recognition reflects the passion, commitment, talent, and hard work of our over 2,000 health system colleagues and Medical Staff, Jeff Snyder, President and CEO, Pocono Medical Center said. “Their daily dedication to healing and caring for our community is unmatched.”
To learn more about Becker’s Healthcare and the 2015 edition, visit beckershospitalreview.com/lists/150-great-places-to-work-in-healthcare-2015.html.
To learn more about employment at Pocono Medical Center, visit poconohealthsystem.org/?id=242&sid=1.

Reitemeyer named
to Million Dollar Round Table

Yvonne L. Reitemeyer of Stroudsburg has been named to the Million Dollar Round Table — The Premier Association of Financial Professionals. Reitemeyer is a two-year member of MDRT.
Attaining membership requires adhering to a strict code of ethics, focusing on providing top-notch client service and continuing to grow professionally through involvement in at least one other industry association.
MDRT provides continuing education opportunities, informative and inspirational meetings and encourages members to support community and charitable involvement through the MDRT Foundation.

Wayne County Builders hold home competition
In lieu of the annual Home and Garden Festival, the Wayne County Builders Association will present The First Home Awards Competition. The Home Awards Program creates an opportunity for members to showcase their projects completed during the past five years.
Awards will be presented in various categories such as residential, commercial, multi-family, remodeling, architectural design, interior design, landscaping and specialty work such as carpentry, tile, and marketing. Judging will be done by nonpartisan volunteer professionals out of the Northeast area. Entry packets will be anonymous for fairness with no names or logos appearing on judging materials.
Winning entries will be presented at an awards gala to be held on Tuesday, June 23 at Ehrhardt’s Waterfront Banquet Center.
This program will showcase the outstanding quality and design the building industry in Wayne County has to offer.

Real estate salesman DeLuca earns Century 21 award
Salvatore DeLuca, sales affiliate with the Century 21 Unlimited Real Estate office in Tannersville, recently earned the Century 21 Centurion Producer Award following his 2014 sales success.
The Centurion Producer award honors sales affiliates of the Century 21 System that earn $218,000 in sales production or 67 closed transaction sides within a calendar year.
“Sal is a leader and innovator in delivering powerful home buying and selling choices to his clients because he knows the community he serves,” said Fox. “Sal is a valued and trusted real estate resource for the the Pocono community and a major contributor to the overall success of CENTURY 21 Unlimited Real Estate. His dedication to both his clients and his business is a great example.”
DeLuca has 28 years of experience in the real estate industry and has been an independent sales affiliate of the Century 21 System for two years.
“Achieving Centurion Producer status is a great milestone and with a continued effort and focus on my clients, I hope to continue on this path of success,” said DeLuca.

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