Tourism bureau’s ad campaign in full swing

Commercials airing from four of PMVB’s 10 partners
Pocono Mountain Visitor Bureau winter advertising campaign, began running in December within the metropolitan areas of New York City and Philadelphia, as well as along their major arteries and the New Jersey Transit system. The campaign features static billboards and interior rail cards and platform posters from the PMVB and 10 leading regional partners, including Blue Mountain Ski Area, Camelback Mountain, Cove Haven Entertainment Resort, Fernwood Resort, Great Wolf Lodge, The Inn at Pocono Manor, Kalahari Resorts and Conventions, Shawnee Mountain Ski Area, The PMVB Ski Committee and Woodloch Resort.
Commercials from four partners, Camelback Mountain, Cove Haven Entertainment Resort, Great Wolf Lodge and Kalahari Resorts and Conventions along with live Pocono Mountains Web Cam Feeds are airing on WCBS, WNBC, WPIX and WTXF through the winter. The Live Web Cameras are also available in a new, redesigned format on the PMVB’s website. The new layout allows visitors to see more clearly the locations of the cameras throughout the region.
The campaign is expected to reach and increase visitation to the four-county destination by capturing its energy and natural elements. The public can participate in the bureau’s social media engagement with Twitter (@PoconoTourism) and Facebook (facebook.com/poconotourism) by tweeting and posting photographs of the campaign and sharing their Pocono Mountains photos on Instagram with the hashtag #TakeONPocono.

Pike Chamber to install officers
The Pike County Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual Installation Dinner and General Membership Meeting 5:30 p.m. on Jan. 28 at the Waterwheel Cafe in Milford where it will induct new Directors and install the new slate of Officers for 2015.

Any person or business wishing to attend must call and make a reservation by Jan. 23 at 570-296-8700. The fee for dinner is $31 for Pike Chamber members and $41 for nonmembers and will begin at 5:30 p.m. there will be a cash bar and there is plenty of parking in the west lot near the bar entrance.
The mission of the Pike County Chamber is to accelerate business growth in Pike County by representing business in promoting economic development while preserving and enhancing the community’s quality of life, by providing value-added programs and benefits to promote membership and to help members achieve success and by building partnerships and coalitions for business to effectively work with community, government and educational organizations in shaping public policy.
For details about joining the Pike County Chamber of Commerce, call 570-296-8700, or visit pikechamber.com.

Price Chopper partnering with Aureus Health Services
Price Chopper Supermarkets, which includes a store in Middle Smithfield, is launching its new specialty pharmacy program, which expands pharmacy services in an effort to provide more convenient and personalized solutions for patients living with chronic and complex health conditions. This program is part of a partnership with Aureus Health Services, a specialty pharmacy and health management company based in Pittsburgh with locations in the tri-state area and Missouri
“This partnership between Price Chopper Supermarkets and Aureus Health Services is certain to be a success, given our combined commitment to providing patients with a more convenient and personalized option to treat their chronic and complex health conditions,” said Kathy Bryant, Price Chopper’s Vice President of Pharmacy. “Our patients will reap the benefits of having all of their medication needs managed locally by their neighborhood pharmacist, with whom they have a strong and trusting relationship.”
Price Chopper’s new program will provide patients with access to specialty medications, which can be complex to administer, have a high cost, and/or require special storage or handling, at their local community pharmacy.
Chronic diseases that are typically treated with specialty medications include rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, hepatitis, psoriasis, ulcerative colitis, HIV/AIDS, multiple sclerosis and Crohn’s disease.
Michael Nameth, CEO Aureus Health Services. said, “Price Chopper’s position in the market and local access is perfectly suited for a hands-on approach to specialty pharmacy and we are thrilled to support them with this mission.”
Specialty medications require strict adherence to a treatment plan aimed at successful outcomes, making Price Chopper’s specialty pharmacy services an integral component of a patient’s holistic health care plan. Additional services include providing educational resources, developing an individualized clinical care plan, coordinating insurance benefits, finding financial assistance to help patients afford their medications and ensuring continuous patient care throughout treatment.
In addition to the new specialty pharmacy program, Price Chopper pharmacies offer signature programs such as Diabetes AdvantEdge, immunizations, medication therapy management and medication discounts through the RxAdvantEdge Plan. For more information, visit pricechopper.com.

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Lehighton resident named VP for Educators First Financial

Duties focus on southern Poconos, Lehigh Valley
Educators First Financial of Pennsylvania, based in Royersford, has named Lehighton resident Dale McCandless, LUTCF, CLTC, vice president. McCandless spent the past 17 years with Keystone Financial Management, where he served as a marketing representative, registered principal and brokerage manager.
McCandless will work primarily with educators throughout the Lehigh Valley and southern Pocono region, while offering support to current EFFPA clients.
Educators First Financial is dedicated to helping bring focus to the individual financial strategies of public school employees in the state of Pennsylvania. Since 1993, their expertise has been in working with educators, with their thorough understanding of the Public School Employees’ Retirement System. For more information, visit effpa.com.

Railroad serving region reports 2014 record carloads
The Delaware-Lackawanna Railroad has just reported a record breaking annual carload report to the Pennsylvania Northeast Regional Railroad Authority for the calendar year 2014 of 8,048 revenue carloads being shipped or received by northeastern Pennsylvania industries. The increase is 14 percent over the 7,086 carloads reported in 2013.
A new monthly carload record was also set for the month of December 2014 when the DL handled 1,022 carloads, well beyond the 487 in December of 2013.
These increases are far in excess of the national average of approximately 5 percent that the large Class I railroads reported for their annual 2014 increase.
The DL is the Authority’s private designated federal common carrier rail operator of the Authority’s approximately 100 mile regional rail system in Monroe, Northampton, Wayne and Lackawanna Counties in northeastern Pennsylvania.
“This growth in carloadings by the DL point to not only improving economic conditions but also a well managed trend to increase rail freight carloadings which is one of the main indices of success in the railroad industry,” said Larry Malski, President of the PNRRA.
Most of the authority’s rail lines in northeastern Pennsylvania were being abandoned and liquidated by private rail carriers during the 1980s and early 1990s and the Rail Authority’s project was formulated to act as the safety net to protect these ail corridors from extinction.
The DL, which also employs 30 people in the four counties it operates in, serves more than 20 rail dependent industries in those counties which employ more than 1,250 employees in northeastern Pennsylvania.

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PMC strengthens radiation oncology services

Partners with Lehigh Valley Health Network
Pocono Medical Center announced it is entering into a new agreement with Lehigh Valley Health Network to provide medical director and professional services for Radiation Oncology at the Dale and Frances Hughes Cancer Center. Patients will be cared for by the physicians who provide radiation oncology services at the LVHN cancer centers in Allentown and Bethlehem.
The new affiliation follows the decision by Michael Greenberg, MD, who has been medical director at the cancer center since 1988, to step down, effective Feb. 28.
LVHN’s physicians are experienced in all aspects of radiation therapy, have a history of receiving strong patient satisfaction scores and quality outcomes. Their leadership has produced consistent quality and innovation at LVHN and will help Pocono Medical Center’s radiation oncology program continue expanding its services.
Jeff Snyder, Pocono Medical Center president and CEO, said, “We are excited about this new affiliation with the highly-respected Lehigh Valley Health Network, which will continue to serve area residents with world-class cancer care.”
Greenberg, said, “After 26 years of helping to build what has become a world-class cancer center, it is time to move on to a new challenge. We have accomplished much in these two-and-a half decades, and I am proud of having played a part in developing this important service to the community.”
LVHN will begin providing services on March 1, and will work closely with Greenberg and the PMC oncology team to provide a seamless transition of care.

Becker to speak about changing your business technology
James Becker of Access Office Technologies will give a presentation at the month Greater Pocono Chamber of Commerce Women in Business luncheon titled “Who Moved My Cheese?: Adapting to Change in Your Business” at noon on Tuesday, Jan. 13 at Peppe’s Bistro in East Stroudsburg.
The cost is $20 for chamber members and $40 for nonmembers. Call the chamber at 570-421-4433 for details.

Chamber hails lawmakers at luncheon
State Senator Mario Scavello and state Reps. Rosemary Brown, David Parker and Jack Rader will talk with greater Pocono Chamber of Commerce members and answer questions afterward at a noontime luncheon on Friday, Jan. 16, at the Terraview at Stroudsmoor Country Inn in Stroudsburg. Seating is limited and costs $20 per person. For reservations, call 570-421-4433 or email pmetzgar@greaterpoconochamber.com or mconway@greaterpoconochamber.com.

Malski appointed to rail post
The Chairman of the Surface Transportation Board has appointed Larry C. Malski of Clark Summit as a member of the STB’s Railroad-Shipper Transportation Advisory Council in Washington, D.C., for a three-year term that began on Jan. 1. The STB is the federal organization that is charged with regulatory oversight of all forms of land transportation including rail, truck, bus and other forms of land transportation.
Malski currently serves as president of the Pennsylvania Northeast Regional Railroad Authority which is the regional rail authority serving four counties in northeastern Pennsylvania, including Monroe and Lackawanna counties.

Yuengling celebrates banner first year
Celebrating one year since its return to the market, Yuengling’s Ice Cream is primed for continued growth in 2015 where it has grown from an initial limited distribution in central Pennsylvania and several other states to a significant brand position with major retailers in a large number of states.
“This took off incredibly fast and all is going according to plan,” said David Yuengling, president of Yuengling’s Ice Cream. “Demand initially grew so quickly that stores were selling out faster than they could order it. We’re experiencing continued exponential growth with a variety of retailers in all markets, and have several new items hitting the shelves in March, which we are sure will become favorites.”
In addition to its launch and production of 10 all-natural premium ice cream flavors, it continued growth with the introduction of two seasonal flavors — Spiced Pumpkin Roll and Peppermint Crunch.

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Demarest named PMAR Realtor of Year

Member of Wilkins organization since 2003
Carol Demarest, Realtor with Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Wilkins & Associates was named Realtor of the Year as the Pocono Mountains Association of Realtors annual installation of Officers dinner at Skytop Lodge.
Demarest has been with the Wilkins organization since the beginning of her career in May of 2003. Since Demarest joined the company, not only has she been the recipient of the Helping Hands award, she has consistently been a member of the Million Dollar Club and Top Ten in Sales.
Said Christine A. Wilkins, General Manager, “Carol’s commitment to the community outweighs any of the awards that she has won as a Realtor with the company. Her commitment to her business and making sure that customers and clients are taken care of is just a part of her generosity. Carol gives back to the community in so many different ways including helping in food pantries, civic and church groups, and the sharing of her services with the hundreds of customers and clients she’s worked with over the past 11 years.”
“Carol is a member of the PMAR Social/Planning Committee, was a participant when the PMAR Realtors travelled to Harrisburg in support of Act 76 and the respect she has of her peers has not gone unnoticed.” said Nicole Murray, Realtor with Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Wilkins & Associates and President of PMAR.
Murray is seen here presenting the award to Demarest.
Both Murray and Demarest are Salespersons in the BHG Bushkill office on Route 209.
The award is given at the Annual Installation of Officers each year.
The soft-spoken Demarest didn’t know that her co-workers had submitted her name for consideration. However, Demarest graciously accepted the award from Murray and Beverly A. Hay, Account Executive with the PMAR. Demarest will continue her participation in the various committees while working as a Realtor in the Bushkill office.

Camerei named scholarship winner for BH&G/Wilkins
Alex Camaerei, Realtor with Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Wilkins & Associates, was awarded the 2014 scholarship at the annual Officers Installation Dinner held on Dec. 6 at Skytop Lodge. The recipient of this award was chosen by the Pocono Mountains Association of Realtors Board of Directors.
Camaerei was nominated for the Scholarship award by his co-workers and the Management at Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Wilkins & Associates. The scholastic Scholarship consists of an education course that is approved by the Pennsylvania Real Estate Commission and is allowed as credit towards a Pennsylvania Broker’s License.
Camaerei is a 2013 graduate of the Pocono Real Estate Academy and in December of 2013 passed the required exam. Camaerei started his real estate career with Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Wilkins & Associates in February of 2014. Since he started in real estate, Camaerei has closed10 real estate sales and 8 rentals.
Last year’s recipient of the Scholarship award was Matthew Jacobson a Realtor with the Wilkins organization working from the Bushkill office.

Russell joins Hamlin Family Health Center
The Hamlin Family Health Center, part of Wayne Memorial Community Health Centers welcomes Board Certified Family Physician Hortense Russell, DO to its staff. Russell will be one of three providers offering primary care by appointment and walk-in care for urgent needs at the facility located at 543 Easton Turnpike.
“After meeting the medical team at WMCHC it was clear that we have the common goal of working together as a team to provide the best patient care,” said Russell regarding her decision to continue her career with WMCHC.
Russell received her degree in osteopathic medicine from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. She is also a graduate of Queens College City University of New York. Dr. Russell was most recently employed by the Rowan University School of Medicine where she acted as a primary care physician. Her additional roles at the University included assistant professor and college physician.

Riger Marketing names newest trustee
Laurie Van Kuren of Riger Marketing with an office in Stroudsburg has been appointed to the UHS Foundation Board of Trustees. She will help design and achieve the fundraising goals of The Foundation. Its mission is to support innovation, service and quality at UHS by educating the community, attracting donors and managing gifts wisely.
Locally owned and governed by an all-volunteer Board of Directors made up of members of the community, the UHS Foundation strives to provide the best care possible for all patients.
Van Kuren, a resident of Binghamton, N.Y., is the Manager of Media and Account Services at Riger Marketing.
Riger is a multi-service marketing communications agency encompassing advertising, marketing, public relations, research, media services, graphics, sales promotion, special events, digital communications, video and print production, direct mail, multimedia presentations, social media and many other specializations. It serves a variety of business-to-business, financial, health care and consumer-oriented accounts. Riger is a member of the American Association of Advertising Agencies.

Norwood/Wayne Bank declares quarterly dividend
Norwood Financial Corp (and its subsidiary Wayne Bank declared a $.30 per share quarterly dividend payable Feb. 2, 2015 to shareholders of record as of Jan. 15, 2015. The $.30 per share is consistent with the cash dividend declared in the prior quarter, and represents a dividend yield of 4.11 percent annually based on the closing price of Norwood stock on Nov. 30. During 2014, total cash dividends declared were $1.20 per share which represents a 3.4 percent increase over the $1.16 declared in 2013.


Beam named accounting manager at NEPA Associates
NEPA Management Associates Inc. at 404 Park Ave.  in Stroudsburg has hired Linda Beam as Accounting Manager. NEPA Management Associates  Inc. handles the dues collection for homeowner Associations, condo complexes and townhome communities throughout the greater Pocono, Lackawanna, Carbon and Luzerne county areas.
NEPA also provides bookkeeping services for a variety of other businesses including Pennsylvania First Settlement Services, Penn Vista Associates, Mountain Vista Partners and other real estate partnerships affiliated with the Wilkins organization.
Earlier in 2014, Wilkins & Associates—PROPERTY MANAGEMENT was purchased and merged into NEPA Management.

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Vigon again cracks 100 best places to work in Pa.

Smithfield Township manufacturer ranked for third time in four years
Vigon International, Inc. has been ranked No. 51 of the 100 Best Places to Work in Pennsylvania for 2014.
Vigon, based in Smithfield Township, has also won the award in 2011 and in 2013, ranking 59 and 36, respectively.
The awards program, created in 2000, is one of the first statewide programs of its kind in the country. The program is a public/private partnership between Team Pennsylvania Foundation, the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, the Pennsylvania State Council of the Society for Human Resource Management and the Central Penn Business Journal.
This survey and awards program was designed to identify, recognize and honor the best places of employment in Pennsylvania which are benefiting the state’s economy and its workforce. Employers are categorized based upon the total number of employees they have in the United States, 25 to 249 employees and 250 or more employees.
To be considered for participation, companies must be a for-profit or nonprofit business, be a publicly or privately held business, have a facility located in Pennsylvania with at least 25 employees there and to be in business for at least a year.
The first part of te Best Workplaces process was evaluating each nominated company’s workplace policies, practices, philosophies, systems and demographics, which was worth approximately 25 percent of the total evaluation. The second part consisted of an employee survey to measure the employee experience. This part of the process was worth approximately 75 percent of the total evaluation. The combined scores determined the top companies and the final ranking. Best Companies Group managed the overall registration and survey process.
For more information on the Best Places to Work in Pennsylvania, visit bestplacestoworkinpa.com or contact Jamie Mowery, event coordinator at the Central Penn Business Journal at 717-236-4300 or jamiem@cpbj.com.

Brooks promoted to plant manager
at Mount Pocono manufacturer

Monadnock Non-Wovens LLC of Mount Pocono, delivering nonwoven polypropylene media to satisfy the increasing demand for materials that provide for cleaner air, protection from pandemic diseases and the conservation of energy, has promoted Ed Books to Plant Manager.
“I am pleased to promote someone of Ed’s caliber to this role,” said Keith Hayward, managing director of MNW. “Ed’s depth of experience in a range of manufacturing environments as well as his superior quality, safety and cost management practices will take MNW to the next level.”
Brooks will be instrumental in managing MNWs melt blowing and calendering operation. He had served as Production and Operations Manager and is replacing Carol Bailey, who is retiring as the longest serving employee of Monadnock Non-Wovens.

Mountain View Vineyard adds 90-acre farmland parcel
Owners of Mountain View Vineyard, Winery and Distillery announced today the purchase of a 90-acre parcel of farmland nearby their current property.
“We are in awe of the amazing growth we’ve had and consider ourselves richly blessed,” owner Linda Rice said.
Since its opening in 2009, the business has grown from a half-acre family planted vineyard with a small sized winery to a 4 ½-acre vineyard, winery with two tasting rooms and craft distillery. The Rices’ focus has always been to grow all of their own grapes, but the demand has quickly exceeded the amount of grapes they can grow. This significant land acquisition will allow them to increase wine and spirits production.
Mountain View Vineyard, Winery and Distillery received the 2014 Bizzy Award for Best Overall Business sponsored by the Pocono Mountains Chamber of Commerce, the 2013 Bizzy Award for Small Business, and the Save Our Planet Award for the use of its geothermal, solar and sustainability practices.
In September 2014, Mountain View Vineyard, Winery & Distillery, along with six other wineries, launched The Pocono Wine Trail to encourage tourists to stay in the Poconos and explore the sprawling Pocono Mountain wine region. Nationally, Pennsylvania ranks seventh in the number of wineries and produces more than one million gallons of wine annually.
These progressions, community support, and their faith prompted the Rices to seize this opportunity for major expansion to begin in the early spring. Extensive expansion plans include a 50-acre vineyard, a new-3,000 square foot tasting room, a 3,000-square foot winemaking facility below the tasting room, accommodations for wedding receptions and fundraising events and grain crops for the craft distillery. The farmhouse will be converted into a bed & breakfast inn to further enhance the vineyard experience.
Additional plans include partnering with surrounding schools, such as Northampton Community College Monroe Campus and East Stroudsburg University, to establish a viticulture and enology program where students will obtain hands-on training and internships. Students from Monroe County Career & Technical Institute’s horticulture program will also receive hands-on experience in the organic vegetable and herb gardens for farm to table winery events. A former teacher, owner Randy Rice said, “These partnerships will allow me to teach what I’m passionate about — wine growing and winemaking.”
Student opportunities for job placement will be available both during and after their coursework or internships.
The expansion will mean new jobs and further stimulate tourist revenue.

Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate/Wilkins to feature luxury homes, new website
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Wilkins & Associates in January will launch the Distinctive Collection by Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate. The Distinctive Collection will feature luxury estate homes and properties throughout the Poconos and Northeast Pennsylvania.
Christine A. Wilkins, exec Vice president and general manager, said in a release, “Our company has been selling high-end homes for a number of years, but beginning in 2015, it’s going to become a permanent part of our promotions and expected to be a big part of our business.”
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Wilkins & Associates is launching a new website this month as well BHGwilkins.com. “The site is simple, rich, easy-to-use and is expected to be a huge success.” Wilkins stated.
BHG Wilkins offices are located in Stroudsburg, Mount Pocono, Bushkill and the recently opened site in Milford.

Mader named commercial loan officer at Wayne Bank in Marshalls Creek
Linda D. Mader has joined Wayne Bank as a senior vice president, commercial loan officer and will be based in the Marshalls Creek branch in East Stroudsburg. She will work with businesses in Monroe County and the Lehigh Valley area.

Toll Bros. homebuilder announces fourth quarter gains
Toll Brothers Inc., the nation’s leading builder of luxury homes which has been a major developer in the Pocons, announced higher revenue in the fourth quarter for its fiscal year ending Oct. 31 from a year ago at this time. Toll Brothers net income rose 39 percent to $131.5 million, or $0.71 per share diluted, compared to $94.9 million, or $0.54 per share in 2013’s fourth quarter. Its fourth quarter pre-tax income rose 25 percent to $188.5 million, compared to $150.2 million in the 2013 fourth quarter.
Robert I. Toll, executive chairman, has guarded optimism, explaining, “We believe the housing recovery has many years to run. Housing starts, through ups and downs from 1970-2007, have averaged about 1.6 million annually. According to Harvard University’s Joint Center for Housing Studies, ‘Despite the rebound in the last two years, home sales and starts are still nowhere near normal levels. This was the sixth consecutive year that starts failed to hit the one million mark, (which was) unprecedented before 2008 in records dating back to 1959. “Meanwhile, the country has continued to grow. In 2005, the peak of the last housing cycle, U.S. population stood at 295 million. That number reached 316 million in 2013, an increase of 21 million people. Even with the well-publicized recession-driven lag in household formations (compared to population growth), there were still 4.6 million more households in 2013 than in 2005.
“Against this backdrop of increasing population and underproduction, the luxury market remains quite fragmented.”

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ESSA Bank promotes two in lending division

Hutchins, Orrson will develop loan relationships
analyze credit risks

ESSA Bank & Trust, headquartered in Stroudsburg, has promoted Lisa Hutchins to vice president, commercial loan officer and David Orrson to vice president, credit administration manager in the Lending Division. Both positions encompass the Lehigh Valley, Pocono Mountains, Wilkes-Barre and Scranton markets.
Hutchins, a Blakeslee resident, is responsible for the development of new commercial loan relationships for ESSA. In this role, she will identify and refer cross-selling opportunities to appropriate personnel within the bank. Hutchins will serve as a financial consultant, recommending products and services to clients to meet their business needs. Hutchins joined ESSA in 2006 and received her Bachelor’s of Science degree in business administration from Widener University.
Orrson is responsible for managing credit administration to ensure efficient and accurate analysis of credit risk for existing lending relationships, as well as correct structuring for commercial loans. In this role, he will also ensure that loan-servicing activities comply with operative policies, procedures and regulatory requirements. Orrson joined ESSA in 1999 as Processing Manager and then took on the role as Commercial Lending Portfolio Manager in 2004. He received his Bachelor’s of Science degree and Master’s of Business Administration from Wilkes University. Orrson resides in Lackawanna County.
ESSA Bank & Trust, a wholly-owned subsidiary of ESSA Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:ESSA), has total assets of more than $1.5 billion and is one of the leading service-oriented financial institutions in eastern Pennsylvania. ESSA has 27 community offices throughout the Greater Poconos, Lehigh Valley, Scranton and Wilkes-Barre markets. In addition to being one of the region’s largest mortgage lenders, ESSA offers a full range of retail and commercial financial services, financial advisory and asset management capabilities. ESSA Bancorp, Inc. stock trades on The NASDAQ Global Select MarketSM under the symbol “ESSA.”

Pike Chamber taking reservations for holiday ball
The Pike County Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual Holiday Ball on December 5 a the Riverview Inn.
It starts with a social hour and cash bar at 6:30 p.m. and a sit-down dinner at 7 p.m. Eric Kearns will sing holiday favorites along with some classics.
Tickets for the black tie optional event are $50 per person and reservations for individuals or tables of 10 are available. RSVPs are required no later than Nov. 26 by calling 570-296-8700.

Stroudsburg management office to provide services in Drums
NEPA Management Associates, headquartered at 404 Park Ave. in Stroudsburg with a branch office at 149 Sawkill Ave. in Milford, announced that it has been retained to provide management services to The Refuge located at Sand Springs, a golf course community in Drums, PA.
The Refuge consists of 78 patio homes and is considered a village within the master development of Sand Springs, a master plan new home community blending woodland residential living with the pristine setting of a well-manicured 18-hole championship golf course. Sand Springs also features tennis, nature trails and a country club dining facility.
Said Thomas R. Wilkins, CEO, “The Refuge is a great Association to add to our portfolio of homeowner associations. The community features patio-style homes … gives us a great entry way into Luzerne County. We currently are bidding on a condo mixed-use project in Scranton which would give us Lackawanna County as well.”
NEPA Management Associates manages POAs, townhome communities, and condo complexes in Monroe, Pike and Carbon counties. NEPA is looking to expand into the Lehigh Valley area and to move further into Lackawanna and Luzerne counties in 2015.

Mount Pocono veterinarian attends seminar
Dr. Josehp Valese of the Animal Hospital in Mount Pocono attended Tui Na training at the Chi Institute of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine near Gainesville, Fla.
Tui Na can be thought of as a combination of acupressure, massage and chiropractics. It is one of the four disciplines of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine. The others being acupuncture, herbal medicine and food therapy. Tui Na techniques are very safe and can be readily taught to pet owners to aid in the healing and health care of their pets. This most recent Tui Na class has been the 12th annual class given at the Chi Institute. Veterinarians from across the country and internationally were in attendance.

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Nicole Murray re-elected as PMAR president

Realtor, PMAR member since 2001
Nicole Murray has been elected president for a second term to serve the Pocono Mountains Association of Realtors at 2214 Main St,. in Stroudsburg. Murray began her real estate career in the fall of 2001 and has been a full-time Realtor and member of the association ever since.
She currently works out of the offices of Wilkins and Associates/Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate.
“She has done a very good job of seeking member input, how things can be improved with the association,” said Beth Hay, PMAR association executive. “She is very member-involved, which is a key factor when you’re president and she’s not only involved on the local level but on state level as our local director for the state Association of Realtors and very involved with committees.”
Murray also has been involved with the National Association of Realtors in New Orleans.
In her first term, Murray, along with the PMAR Board of Directors, oversaw a proposed merger among Lehigh Valley, Carbon County and the Pocono Mountains Association of Realtors. Murray was a member of the initial group of Realtors who traveled to the Lehigh Valley and began the investigation process through task teams assigned to specific parts of the merger and came back to the overall group with their findings. Ultimately, the merger was narrowly defeated in a special referendum election held in mid-September.
Murray will be installed at PMAR’s Christmas and Installation Dinner at Skytop Lodge on Dec. 6. Her second term begins Jan. 1.
The Pocono Mountains Association of Realtors is a nonprofit organization with close to 700 members who strive to promote home ownership in Monroe County and the surrounding Pocono area. Visit PMAR at poconorealtors.com .
Call 570-424-8846 with any questions.

Monroe emergency group collecting data from businesses
The Monroe County Office of Emergency Management has begun collecting data from businesses within the community. Using the Economic Impact Survey, it is asking businesses to provide a snapshot of their losses based on comparing their 2013 Gross Income with 2014 Gross Income and Income Forecasts in order to gain a clear picture of the impact the Eric Frein Manhunt has had on the business community.
By having this information, it can appeal to state and federal programs that can offer assistance to businesses. Complete the Economic Impact Survey online at http://www.co.monroe.pa.us/agencies/lib/agencies/ems/eidl.pdf.
Surveys will also be accepted via mail or fax. Send them to the attention of MaryEllen Keegan, deputy director, Monroe County Emergency Management, 100 Gypsum Road, Suite 101, Stroudsburg, PA 18360 or fax 570-402-7358. Call Keegan at 570-992-4113 with any questions and send in the survey as soon as possible.

Giant gets national grocer Retailer of Year award
Progressive Grocer, a leading retail food industry trade publication, has named Carlisle based Giant Food Stores, Martin’s Food Markets and all of the Ahold USA businesses as 2014 Retailer of the Year. The recognition was given for the company’s exceptional philanthropic contributions and community outreach efforts.
Giant/Martin’s is profiled in the October 2014 issue which can be found at progressivegrocer.com.
“Our charitable giving roots run deep at Giant/Martin’s with a passionate commitment to feed the hungry, help children and build healthy communities,” said Tom Lenkevich, Giant/Martin’s president.
Progressive Grocer’s profile highlights Giant/Martin’s community efforts related to charitable giving, health and wellness initiatives and associate engagement. The grocer’s in-store nutritionist program and commitment to nutrition education was also profiled. As part of the company’s commitment to hunger relief efforts, Giant/Martin’s “Meat the Needs” frozen meat donation program, which has distributed more than three million pounds of meat to regional food banks, was also featured.
“We are delighted to have the opportunity to celebrate the ongoing commitment and vital role Giant/Martin’s family of stores and associates play not only as a better neighbor but also as an exceptionally responsible retailer in countless meaningful ways,” said Progressive Grocer’s Editor-in-Chief Jim Dudlicek. “Their caring culture and commitment to good corporate citizenship have been at the forefront of the company’s success through the years.”
Covering the retail food industry for 90 years, Progressive Grocer’s core audience targets top management at headquarters and key decision makers at store-level from chain supermarkets, to regional and local independent grocers, supercenters, wholesaler distributors, manufacturers and other supply chain training partners.

Weichert in Milford cites agent Carl Will
Weichert Realtors -Ruffino Real Estate, located in Milford since 2005, has named Carl Will as its Realtor of the Month for October.
In the month of October, Sill sold a home, listed and rented out a rental and is currently assisting seven buyers who he has signed on to work with exclusively, Ruffino said.
Will serves Pike and Wayne counties, is a graduate of the Delaware Valley School District and is active in the Future Business Leaders of America.

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Frailey gets national insurance award

Receives highest award from Nationwide
Michael J. Frailey, principal agent of Frailey Insurance and Financial Services at 1286 N. Ninth St., was named by Nationwide Insurance his office serves with the President’s Award, the company’s highest award.
The 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.
This is the first year Frailey has qualified for the company’s Presidents Award.
About Nationwide
Nationwide, a Fortune 100 company based in Columbus, Ohio, is one of the largest and strongest diversified insurance and financial services organizations in the U.S. and is rated A+ by both A.M. Best and Standard & Poor’s. The company provides a full range of insurance and financial services, including auto, commercial, homeowners and life insurance; public and private sector retirement plans, annuities and mutual funds; banking and mortgages; specialty health; pet, motorcycle, boat and farm insurance. For more information, visit www.nationwide.com.

Evans promoted at ESSA
ESSA Bank & Trust has promoted William Evans to Trust & Estate Manager and Senior Trust Officer for the Retail Administration and Compliance Division.
In this role, he will be responsible for the overall management of the Asset Management and Trust group, managing client relations and new business development in the Lehigh Valley, Pocono Mountains, Wilkes-Barre and Scranton markets. He joined ESSA in 2010 and previously served as a Trust Officer.
Evans received his bachelors degree from Millersville University. He graduated from the National Graduate Trust School program of the American Bankers Association where he became a certified trust and financial advisor in 1996. Evans resides in East Texas, Pa.
ESSA Bank & Trust, a wholly-owned subsidiary of ESSA Bancorp, Inc., has total assets of more than $1.5 billion and is the leading service-oriented financial institution headquartered in Stroudsburg, and has 27 community offices throughout the Greater Pocono, Lehigh Valley, Scranton and Wilkes-Barre markets.

Startup Weekend Lehigh Valley registers for Nov. 14-16
Prospective entrepreneurs can get valuable feedback on whether it is viable in the marketplace. in Startup Weekend Lehigh Valley on Nov. 14-16.
Previous Startup Weekend Lehigh Valley winners have attracted funding, launched their companies, participated in incubator programs, and travelled around the country telling the world about their idea.
“Part of our mission at the Ben Franklin Technology Partners is to support technology-based entrepreneurship in the region,” adds Laura Eppler, director of Marketing at Ben Franklin Technology Partners. “Hosting Startup Weekend allows us to share our experience, meet prospective new clients and introduce a unique source of entrepreneurial energy to Ben Franklin TechVentures.”
For more information and to register to participate, go to communities/usa/lehigh-valley/startup-weekend/3615.

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Boretski named to Wells Fargo NEPA post

Heads business banking in nine-county region
Wells Fargo has promoted Joseph Boretski to business banking manager for the company’s nine-county Northeastern Pennsylvania region which includes Monroe County. He will be based at the company’s regional headquarters in Kingston. Wells Fargo’s business banking division provides companies with revenues of $2 million to $20 million with strategic counsel and offers them products and services to help them grow.
Most recently Boretski, a 25 year banking veteran, served as a community market president in the Greater Charlotte, N.C. region. He was also a retail banking leader in Central Pennsylvania and the Atlanta markets.
“I am looking forward to reconnecting with old friends, clients, colleagues and leading a talented business banking team to showcase all Wells Fargo has to offer,” said Borteski. “Our team will focus on helping business owners grow their companies so they can help the economy here in Northeastern Pennsylvania.”
Boretski is a 1987 graduate of Weatherly High School, in Weatherly, a 1989 graduate of Luzerne County Community College in Nanticoke, and 1991 graduate of Wilkes University. Boret resides in Sugarloaf.

Camelback to host job fair for ski season
Camelback Resort in Tannersvillewill host a two-day Job Fair to fill up to 800 seasonal positions for the winters ski season as well as begin hiring for the new Camelback Lodge & Aquatopia Indoor Waterpark, scheduled to open in March.
Attendees can participate in on-the-spot interviews with Managers from all hiring departments. For those unable to attend, applications are available at skicamelback.com under Cool Jobs.
It takes place 5 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday and 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday.

PMAR involved with outreach initiative
The Pocono Mountains Association of Realtors, in conjunction with the Pennsylvania Association of Realtors, has become an active member with PAR’s “Realtors Reach Out” Month.
The “Realtors Reach Out” Month is defined as a time to recognize the efforts of local associations and the programs that they have for each of their own individual communities. Beverly Hay, PMAR executive officer, said members for the months of September, October, November and December, are accepting donations to help the Monroe County Homeless Day Center located in Stroudsburg. They have been asked to donate gas cards from Weis, Sunoco, and Turkey Hill, donate gift cards from McDonald’s, KFC and local diners, collect cleaning products such as gloves, sponges, baby wipes and cleansers and,for the wintertime, donate hand warmers, hats, scarves and other winter wear in all sizes for all ages.
PAR’s “Realtors Reach Out” Month program is a statewide effort to let the communities know the dedication of Realtors to the people in their neighborhoods. Association events statewide include contributions to Habitat for Humanity, The Salvation Army, New Hope Ministries, the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank, school supplies for Philadelphia students, a comedy night with proceeds donated to the Catherine McAuley Center, which cares for homeless mothers and children, a charity dinner to benefit the transitional living center, homes for our troops, coat drives and much more.
Todd Polinchock, first vice president of PAR, said, “It’s an amazing achievement that in the past six years, more than 8,200 Realtors across the state participated with 27 local Realtor Associations and Boards, donated more than $250,000 and collected nearly 42,300 pounds of food and 2,000 pieces of clothing for charitable organizations.” Polinchock further stated “As a Realtor, I know how committed my colleagues are to their home towns. They volunteer throughout the year, helping at local schools, with charity organizations and a host of other activities.”
In May 2014, PAR approved a mandatory Core Standards for all the Pennsylvania local Realtor Associations to bparticipate.
The Pocono Mountains Association of REALTORS is a nonprofit trade organization with close to 700 members who strive to promote home ownership. PMAR services all of Monroe, the Poconos and surrounding counties. You can visit the Pocono Mountains Association of Realtors at poconorealtors.com.
For more information, contact Beverly Hay, Executive Director at 570-424-8846 or by email at bhay@poconorealtors.com. The PMAR office is located at 2214 West Main St., Stroudsburg.

Bonnett named to BH&G real estate marketing support post
Samantha Bonnett has been promoted as Director of Support Services Online Marketing—Print Advertising for Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Wilkins & Associates.
Bonnett will be responsible for rolling out the upcoming revamped company website.
Bonnett, who has been with the company for two years, started in data input and was responsible for inputting listings, processing under contracts and closing sold transactions into CREST used by Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate corporate to catalog listings, contracts and sales by the Wilkins organization.
Said Thomas R. Wilkins, CEO, “This past winter, Bonnett was responsible for assisting me in the online and print advertising for the sale of the Northslope II time-share units in Shawnee. Both of us learned more about how to advertise on Google and Banner Ads and the re-marketing of persons who had an interest in Pocono real estate. For Northslope II, we registered over 400 persons for our “auction style” sale. Bonnett was just as responsible as was I in making sure that the project was a success, which it was.”
Prior to joining the Wilkins organization, Bonnett worked in the record industry which included employment with Def Jam/Universal Music Group as an intern to the Executive Assistant of Spit Records and with New Jeru Records as Executive Assistant/Project Coordinator to the CEO. Bonnett also has an extensive background in web design and development which she has done since 2002 and Bonnett’s ability to do that marketing, she states, is best described as “self-taught”.
In her new position with the Wilkins organization as Director of Support Services, Bonnett also will be responsible for overseeing a full-time Relocation Department and Central Processing. The Central Processing Department is unique to the Wilkins organization in that the processing of all the listings, under contracts and sales of both rentals and transactions feed to the corporate office at 404 Park Ave. in Stroudsburg.

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Architect who worked at Mount Airy joins Scranton firm

Named partner at hemmler + camayd architects
hemmler + camayd architects, the award winning architecture, interior design and planning firm based in Scranton and practicing in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, is pleased to announce the appointment of four new partners to the firm. Brian Doran, Thomas Gercak, Laura Gillette- Mills and Ken Ruby are recognized for their dedication to the practice and service to the firm’s clients.
In the photo from left are Gercak, Gillette-Mills, Ruby and Doran.
These four professionals have consistently contributed to the excellence and exceptional quality of the work for which hemmler + camayd architects is known. Each new partner excels in different aspects of the profession, but all are natural leaders who embrace the concept of teamwork, value the importance of good design and quality architecture.
Brian Doran, AIA, LEED AP BD+C graduated from Temple University and Keystone College and is a resident of Lehman Township in Northampton. County. Doran has been part of the hemmler + camayd architects’ team for 15 years.
His strengths include design, sustainable design, building constructability and project management. Doran has served as a board member of the NEPA Chapter of the American Institute of Architects and the Lehman Township planning commission. He has worked on the School of Architecture at Marywood University, the Mount Airy Casino and Resort, PPL Flex Building at the Susquehanna Station and is currently involved in the International Gymnastic Center in Tannersville.
Thomas Gercak, RA, LEED AP BD+C, a graduate of Penn State University and Drexel University, has been with the firm for 10 years and resides in Wyoming, Pa. He endeavors to incorporate aspects of sustainable design as a standard for the firm. Gercak has contributed to the firm’s building code and construction documentation.
Laura Gillette-Mills received her Bachelor of Architecture Degree from Philadelphia University. Prior to joining the firm eight years ago, Laura served as a building code official with the City of Scranton. She combines her thorough knowledge and understanding of code compliance with her planning and design skills. A project manager with the firm, Gillette-Mills is also active in business development.
Ken Ruby, LEED AP BD+C received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Scranton and his master’s from the University of Pittsburgh and has been with the firm for 25 years. His expertise includes preparation of all technical specifications and bidding documents, budget and estimate development, project and risk management for the firm as well as the firm’s clients. Some of Ken’s projects have included the LEED Gold Certified Lackawanna College Environmental Center, projects at St. Joseph’s Center and currently offices and maintenance facilities for the Pennsylvania Department of Forestry in Lycoming and Tioga Counties.

Gallagher named director of resident care at Belle Reve
Koryn Gallagher, RN, has been named director of resident care at Belle Reve Senior Living at 404 E. Harford St. in Milford.
Gallagher is responsible for managing the residents’ needs, including their health care. She speaks frequently with residents’ families and physicians about any changes in their condition.
Gallagher, an Olyphant resident, received a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Wilkes University. She worked at a personal care home in Carbondale for four years, and while working, she went back to school at Misericordia University for her Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Her most recent position was as an RN at a Skilled Nursing facility in Carbondale.
For more than 10 years, Belle Reve has been providing seniors with a full line of services.

Radnor Veterinary Hospital gets national accreditation
The veterinarians and staff of Radnor Veterinary Hospital has been accredited with the American Animal Hospital Association.
AAHA accreditation reflects both high standards for veterinary care and sincere dedication to the safety and health of animals. Serving Wayne, Pennsylvania and the surrounding areas, Radnor Veterinary Hospital’s team of veterinarians, veterinary technicians, veterinary assistants and office staff are pleased to announce their official accreditation with the American Animal Hospital Association.
Since 1933, the AAHA has provided accreditation to veterinary hospitals treating companion animals in order to set a standard of excellence in veterinary medicine. These standards are revised each year to reflect the most current advances in the industry. The AAHA uses this set of high level standards to measure the quality of veterinary care at practices throughout the nation before awarding a hospital accreditation. AAHA accreditation sets a high bar for the nation’s veterinary hospitals and clinics, and represents the AAHA’s dedication to providing the highest standard of veterinary care for companion animals.

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