Kalahari enhances Poconos services

Names Levine director of sales department

Kalahari Resorts and Conventions is expanding its Pocono Mountains leadership team with the addition of Michael G. Levine. In his role as director of sales, Levine will oversee the operations of the sales, catering and conference services departments at the Pocono Mountains, Pennsylvania, Kalahari Resorts and Conventions property.

“We’re extremely proud of our group capabilities. With the state-of-the-art convention center, diverse food and beverage offerings, stunning accommodations and wealth of on-site amenities at Kalahari Resorts and Conventions, it’s important to have a leader in place to bring the experience together for our group guests,” said Todd Nelson, owner of Kalahari Resorts. “Levine’s expertise and extensive background in the hospitality sales industry will be an integral part in achieving this goal. We’re looking forward to having him on board and steering the company’s growth in the ever-changing industry, especially as we continue to expand.”

Levine’s responsibilities include: overseeing the direct sales activities and production at the property level; identifying and securing new accounts; personally managing key accounts; analyzing competition and maintaining Kalahari’s market position; providing guidance, direction and training to the conference services and catering teams; and working in conjunction with the general manager and senior leadership to implement promotional programs and marketing initiatives.

Levine brings more than 25 years of experience in the hospitality industry to his role, most recently serving as the director of sales at Interstate Hotels & Resorts, leading the sales efforts at the Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown. He first joined Interstate Hotels & Resorts in 2013 as director of sales and marketing in the Washington, D.C. area.

Prior to Interstate Hotels & Resorts, Levine served as director of sales for a variety of hotels and conference centers along the East Coast. He started his career in hospitality as an accountant at IHG and Hilton Hotels, later transitioning to sales.

Levine received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia and holds positions on a variety of local organizations, including member of the Visit Wilmington marketing committee, member of JDRF Wilmington and Philadelphia board, and member of the King of Prussia Rotary board of directors.

For more information about Kalahari Resorts, visit KalahariMedia.com,.

Mount Airy to hold career fair on April 20

Mount Airy Casino Resort will host a career fair from 1 to 4:30 p.m. on April 20, from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. for potential candidates interested in all current open positions at the resort.
The fair, which will be held in the hotel lobby and Maple Room of the Event Center, will offer attendees an instant “meet and greet” with the department heads of all hiring departments, including housekeeping, EVS, guest services, valet, front desk, restaurant front of house, culinary department, stewarding, property operations, table games, slots department, security, banquets, sales and marketing, bartenders, cocktail servers, get wet pool staff, golf course staff, cashiers, and more.
Mount Airy suggests interested candidates come dressed in business professional attire and prepared to meet key individuals of the Mount Airy team. Computers will be on hand for candidates to apply instantly online.
All guests in attendance will receive a free gift and also have the chance to enter a raffle to win additional prizes.
With some 1,200 employees on site, Mount Airy is a major employer in the community.
Mount Airy is holding this job fair as it heads into its busy season because more people will be visiting the casino, resort, golf course, “Get Wet” pool and entertainment complex and summer concert series.

Experts brief state lawmakers on success of manufacturing reshoring efforts
A local manufacturing expert kicked off a statewide legislative briefing on strategies to bring more manufacturing jobs back to Pennsylvania.
Eric Joseph Esoda, president and CEO of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Industrial Resource Center participated in a recent event conducted in the state capitol and attended by members of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives and manufacturing experts from across the commonwealth.
House Majority Policy Committee Chairman Kerry A. Benninghoff requested the workshop as a way to provide House members with a deeper understanding of manufacturing reshoring and its impact on Pennsylvania, according to Esoda.
Esoda introduced keynote speaker, Harry Moser, a nationally recognized leader on reshoring and president of the Reshoring Initiative, who briefed members on the state of reshoring in Pennsylvania. Esoda and Moser then responded to legislators’ questions about catalysts and challenges that impact manufacturing’s return from overseas.
According to Moser, Pennsylvania ranks 19th nationally in reshoring activity and is experiencing success within a number of industry sectors including metals, plastics and textiles. Most reshoring activity, Moser noted, was attributed to the rise of Chinese labor rates and increases in American worker productivity. Other factors spurring a return to onshore production include shorter lead times for domestic products, higher domestic product quality and concerns over foreign disregard for intellectual property laws.
Experts outlined the critical steps that should be taken to maximize the number of Pennsylvania jobs created through reshoring, including increasing federal and state tax credits for skills training; stimulating company investment in lean manufacturing practices and equipment upgrades; investing in a new, updated image of manufacturing; and expanding resources for the Industrial Resource Centers to engage manufacturers in reshoring discussions and domestic supplier scouting.
“Legislators need to know that this initiative of bringing manufacturing jobs back to the United States and back to Pennsylvania is taking hold,” Esoda said. “The discussion that took place among legislators was healthy in identifying a future framework to accelerate these efforts.”
NEPIRC and other Industrial Resource Centers, along with the Nutec Group – an industrial planning, design and construction firm – co-sponsored the event.

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Seven Re/Max Realtors receive award

All earned more than $100K in commissions in past year
Several Realtors, with RE/MAX Crossroads under Broker/Owner Yarrow Wilkins, have earned the RE/MAX 100% Club Award, which honors successful agents who have earned more than $100,000 in commissions in the past year
In 2015, 22 percent of active RE/MAX agents earned this prestigious award. “It’s a tremendous honor to have more than half of our company receive this award,” said Yarrow A. Wilkins, Broker/Owner. “As a real estate agent with RE/MAX, I’m fully committed to helping my clients and consumers find the home that is right for them. It’s truly an honor to be surrounded by such an incredibly supportive team,” said Joanne Bachmann. Bachmann has been working in the real estate industry for more than 17 years and has extensive experience in investment properties, foreclosures and first time buyers. Bachmann was the top listing agent in the company for 2015 as well.
The other RE/MAX Crossroads’ Realtors presented with the RE/MAX 100% Club Award are Marta Cholewa Laura Pfaeffle Tracey Scofield Jane Sumner Janusz Golab Laura “Lori” Pettinato. In addition, RE/MAX Crossroads actively supports Women’s Resources of Monroe County, Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, and the Children’s Miracle Network.

PMC opens new entrance to emergency center
Pocono Medical Center on March 22 has opened a new entrance to its Mattioli Emergency Center.
With an overall expected completion date for summer 2016, the $3.8 million in renovations will deliver the addition of 13 new minor treatment areas to enhance and grow our minor care treatment by 30%. These developments will improve the experience of all our Mattioli Emergency Center patients and assist us in achieving our mission of providing excellent care close to home.
The reveal of the new entrance will include a dedicated pediatric space and a dedicated resource area added to the Clementine Abeloff Community Health Center exclusively for all local EMS partners.

St. Luke’s surgeon performs breakthrough surgery
Steven Falowski, MD, Chief of Functional Neurosurgery at St. Luke’s University Health Network in Bethlehem recently was the first surgeon in the world to implant Medtronic’s brand new, full-body, MRI-compatible paddle electrode leads for the Restore neurostimulator system.
The morning surgery was performed at St. Luke’s Quakertown Hospital.
Patient Joseph Getz, age 62 of Nazareth, received the Specify SureScan MRI surgical leads during an operation to implant Medtronic’s Restore spinal cord stimulation system for the treatment of chronic pain. Approved earlier this month by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the Specify SureScan MRI surgical leads will now allow physicians to offer full-body magnetic resonance imaging for any patient with a Medtronic neurostimulator.
“All patients with a spinal cord stimulation system should have the ability to be offered the same imaging options as those without one,” said Falowski. World-renowned in the field of functional neurosurgery, as well as a board member of the North American Neuromodulation Society, Falowski was chosen by Medtronic to be the first to implant the new device given his research and passion in the field of neuromodulation, as well as his prominence as a key opinion leader for spinal cord stimulation. According to Falowski, “Patients and other health care providers are concerned about access to MRI when considering an implantable device. The approval of this technology allows me to have an option in which I can offer patients a neurostimulation system that manages their pain and provides access to the diagnostic benefits of MRI.”
Prior to today’s surgery to receive a Medtronic neurostimulation system, Getz, who suffers from scoliosis, arthritis and spinal stenosis, sought relief for his chronic back and leg pain through a variety of approaches including physical therapy, pain medicine and spinal injections at St. Luke’s Spine Institute and St. Luke’s Pain Center. A successful, short-term external “trial” spinal cord stimulator confirmed that Getz would be an appropriate patient to receive a permanent spinal cord stimulator, a medical device implanted on the spine that blocks pain and improves function for patients by sending mild electrical pulses to the painful area in order to disrupt pain signals traveling between the spinal cord and the brain.

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Pike attorney on region’s Women in Business list

Gaughan balances 17-year law career, community involvement
Pike County Attorney Kelly Gaughan is being honored as one of the 2016 Top 25 Women in Business in Northeast Pennsylvania. Gaughan began practicing law in Pike County 17 years ago and has risen to vice-president of her law firm. Gaughan, a New Jersey native and graduate of Seton Hall School of Law, says she was drawn to Pike County’s small town charm. “I knew that being in a small town meant that I would get to know the judges, local law enforcement, and the people living in our community which was important to me,” she explains.
“In my practice, I make it a point to get to know my clients, make them feel comfortable and earn their confidence,” says Gaughan. She says that one of the best parts of her job is getting to help people through some of the best and worst times of their lives; receiving chances to celebrate adoptions, purchase new homes, and comfort and guide clients as they go through separation and divorce or encounter the criminal court system.
As the mother of two children, ages 10 and 14, Gaughan makes it a point to carve out family time and to get involved in her children’s activities. “As a member of the community, I feel it imperative to support valuable community organizations, all of which are very important to me” she said. She is the vice-president of the United Way of Pike County, on the board of directors of the Pike County Center for Developmental Disabilities and is on the board of directors of Vetstock. She is the secretary of the local bar association, and belongs to the Milford-Matamoras Rotary Club, the American Legion Auxiliary, Pike County United Women and St. Patrick’s Church. She notes that she would not be able to juggle all that she does without her supportive husband, Delaware Valley School Resource Officer Martin Gaughan.
The Top 25 outstanding women are selected by the Northeastern Pennsylvania chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners, in partnership with The Northeast Pennsylvania Business Journal. The 2016 Top 25 women in Business will be honored at a luncheon in June in Scranton.
Ryan joins Honesdale VA Outpatient Clinic
J. Jeffrey Ryan, MD, board certified family physician, is now providing primary care services at the Honesdale VA Outpatient Clinic of Wayne Memorial Community Health Centers.
“Dr. Ryan comes to us with over 30 years of experience in family medicine as well as 26 years of military service,” stated Frederick Jackson, executive director, WMCHC. “His medical expertise coupled with an expansive career in the United States Army make him an outstanding choice to give the very best of care to our area veterans.”
Dr. Ryan earned his Doctor of Medicine degree from Georgetown University School of Medicine. He completed his residency in family practice medicine at Silas B. Hays Army Community Hospital, Fort Ord, California and is a retired Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army. Much of Ryan’s career has been spent practicing in Hawaii and California while his wife, Catherine, who holds a doctorate of nursing practice degree, practiced as a certified nurse midwife. Prior to relocating from Hawaii to Pennsylvania, Dr. Ryan spent 10 years in private practice and six years as a family physician at the Veterans Administration Pacific Islands Health Care System in Honolulu. He was most recently employed by the Syracuse Veterans Administration’s community-based outpatient clinic in Binghamton, NY.
“Always loved it here,” explained Dr. Ryan. He speaks fondly of his familial connections to northern Wayne County and summers spent visiting relatives in Lakewood, Pennsylvania where he has many extended family members still living in the area.
The Ryans eventually purchased a house in Lakewood as a summer home. However, they found themselves spending more time, including holidays such as Thanksgiving and New Year’s, in Wayne County. In May of 2014, the couple decided to make northern Wayne their permanent residence.
The Honesdale VA Outpatient Clinic, located within WMCHC’s Honesdale Family Health Center, Suite 2 of the Stourbridge Professional Complex offers eligible veterans access to a continuum of care, including prevention, diagnosis, treatment and follow up. Phlebotomy, EKG, and an injection clinic are offered on site as well as treatment utilizing tele-mental health and tele-nutrition. Patients needing specialty care are referred to the VA Medical Center, Wilkes-Barre. For more information, visit wmh.org/WMCHC or call 570-251-6543.

Kipervas is featured presenter at Women in Business luncheon
Dr. Yelene Kipervas of Comprehensive Family Practice will discuss “Putting You Best Face Forward: Beauty on the Inside and Out” at the month Greater Pocono Chamber of Commerce’s Women in Business luncheon at noon on April 12 at Peppe’s Bistro in East Stroudsburg. Chamber members pay $20 and nonmembers pay $35. Reservations are required by calling 570-421-443.3.

Giant food store selling sustainably sourced seafood
Giant Food Stores, with a Bartonsville location, and affiliated Martin’s Food Markets announced that all of the seafood sold from their in-store service counters are now 100 percent sustainably and responsibly sourced. In addition, Giant and Martin’s Nature’s Promise and Own Brand seafood products are also sustainably sourced, including frozen shrimp and canned tuna. In total, customers will find more than 200 sustainable seafood items at Giant and Martin’s stores.
“We’re committed to selling high-quality seafood that’s good for both our customers and for the environment by working with seafood suppliers who practice responsible product sourcing,” said Tom Lenkevich, GIANT/MARTIN’S president. “Sustainable seafood is produced through methods that minimize environmental impact to ensure the longevity of the fishery or farm for customers to enjoy seafood both now and in the future.”
In order to make smart seafood purchasing decisions, GIANT/MARTIN’S created a standard that follows leading industry practices and certifications such as Marine Stewardship Council, Aquaculture Stewardship Council or Best Aquaculture Practices. The retailer’s program ensures seafood has been farmed or fished in an environmentally responsible way meeting strict criteria. As part of this initiative, a comprehensive training program has been designed to further teach store associates about responsible sourcing and sustainable seafood, including species specific origin and sustainability criteria.
For more information and to view a video on the stores’ commitment to sustainable seafood, visit their websites.
Founded in 1923 in Carlisle, Giant/Martin’s operates nearly 200 grocery stores in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia, under the names of Giant Food Stores and Martin’s Food Markets.

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Pocono Health System division gets 4-star rating

Visiting nurse and hospice care score tops region
The Pocono Health System Visiting Nurse and Hospice Care recently received a 4-star rating, the highest in the region, from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services placing Pocono Health System Visiting Nurse and Hospice Care above both state and national averages in CMS’ first-ever patient experience of care star ratings.
“This recent recognition from Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is a true indication of not only the level of quality care integrated throughout Pocono Health System, but how strongly we value our mission and vision throughout the continuum of care,” said Dr. William Cors, vice president and chief medical officer of Pocono Medical Center. The Home Health Care Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems survey evaluates patient experience with home health agencies.
In an effort to help families and patients make more informed decisions, the ratings provide a snapshot of the patient experience and care for the home health agency. Dr. Vincent Francescangeli, chief of staff of the Pocono Medical Center Medical Staff and Medical Director of the Pocono Health System Visiting Nurse and Hospice Care, recognizes the significance of a family’s search for a dedicated home health partner for their loved ones.
“Home health and hospice care are essential parts of healthcare today,” Francescangeli said. “This recognition from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services affirms our commitment to providing high quality patient care and an exceptional patient experience. Preserving dignity and providing comfort are our most important goals when transitioning from nursing care to hospice care.”
As part of one’s search for home health and hospice services, Pocono Health System also understands the importance of individualized care as part of the patient experience, which is why its trained staff exercises quality care across the entire spectrum of care. “Receiving this 4-star rating from CMS is a proud moment for the staff at Pocono Health System Visiting Nurse and Hospice Care because it not only recognizes our initiative towards quality care, but highlights the immeasurable hard work the staff devotes to delivering quality care to its patients above the state and national averages,” said Mark Hodgson, CEO of Pocono Health System Visiting Nurse and Hospice Care.

S-burg financial adviser named to global recognition program
Tarik H. El-Bassiouni of Hamilton Township, financial advisor with The Hamilton Group in its Wealth Management office in Stroudsburg, has been named to the Firm’s Pacesetter’s Club, a global recognition program for Financial Advisors who, within their first five years at the firm, demonstrate the highest professional standards and first class client service.
El-Bassiouni, who has been with Morgan Stanley Wealth Management since 2013, is a native of Stroudsburg. He holds a bachelor’s degree from The University of Miami in Business Law and Finance.
Morgan Stanley (NYSE: MS) is a leading global financial services firm providing investment banking, securities, wealth management and investment management services. With offices in more than 43 countries, the Firm’s employees serve clients worldwide including corporations, governments, institutions and individuals. For more information about Morgan Stanley, visit morganstanley.com.

Roach receives Wayne Bank Presidential Award
Justin Roach has been awarded the Presidential Award for Excellence, which is presented to Wayne Bank employees who show exceptional levels of dedication and service in their positions with the bank.
Roach joined Wayne Bank in October 2014 and works as the Social Media Technology specialist, including performing the bank’s graphic design work at the main office in Honesdale. Roach received the award for hard work and applying his talents towards improving the quality of the bank’s website and social media engagement.
“Justin’s outstanding efforts on the bank’s advertising, promotional, and reference materials have been widely recognized by our employees, customers, and the public,” said Wayne Bank President and CEO Lewis Critelli, who pointed out that the award winner must first be nominated by a fellow employee. Eli Tomlinson, vice president of Information Technology, nominated Roach, stating, “Justin has worked tirelessly to improve Wayne Bank’s image while fostering an environment of community involvement and employee participation. Initiatives such as Bank Local – Shop Local – Win Local and the Technology Demo Centers would simply not look as good without Justin’s talents.”
Roach is a graduate of Honesdale High School and has a degree in communications from the University of Scranton. He previously managed social media for the University of Pittsburgh and has long list of notable graphic design achievements, including album covers for several popular musicians.
Wayne Bank is a subsidiary of Norwood Financial Corp., Member FDIC, and is located in Honesdale with 15 Community Offices in Wayne, Pike, Monroe and Lackawanna Counties. The stock trades on the NASDAQ Global Market under the symbol – NWFL.

Bryson returns for chamber’s Economic Outlook Dinner
Dr. Jay Bryson, global economist for Wells Fargo Securities, will discuss the current economic situation and provide insights that he’ll narrow down to this locality as keynote speaker again for this year’s Greater Pocono Chamber of Commerce Economic Outlook Dinner 5:30 p.m., March 22, at Terraview in Stroudsburg. RSVP for tickets, which cost $35 for chamber members and $60 for nonmembers, by May 13 by calling 570-421-4433.

St. Luke’s doctor to speak about skin cancer at women’s luncheon
Dr. Alan Ira Westheim of St. Luke’s Hospital will discuss skin cancer at the he Greater Pocono Chamber of Commerce Women in Business monthly noontime luncheon on March 8 at Terraview at Stroudsmoor Country Inn. The luncheon costs $20 for chamber members, $35 for nonmembers.  Reservations are required and can be charged over the phone by calling the chamber at 570-421-4433.

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Dental office moves from Pocono Lake to S-burg

Changes name to Lifetime Dental of Stroudsburg West
Lifetime Dental of Pocono Lake on Feb. 1 relocated to 106 Skinner Hill Road in Stroudsburg, changing its name to Lifetime Dental of Stroudsburg West.
The long-time Pocono Lake dental practice was originally James A. Rinehimer, DDS.
“I thoroughly enjoyed my years practicing dentistry in Pocono Lake and so part of me was disappointed to relocate, but at the same time I’m really happy about what our new location provides,” said Rinehimer. “The new location is more comfortable and more spacious, which I think our patients appreciate. The tight working spaces in our former office worked well for a long time, but we grew and we reached the point where we needed a change and we’re delighted to say we found a great space.”
While there is a new name and a new location, the phone number for Lifetime Dental of Stroudsburg West remains the same as the Pocono Lake office, 570-646-9444.
“Patients see the same faces, we’re just in a different location,” said Rinehimer. “I think our patients like the new office and our team is really beginning to make the space our own.”
Lifetime Dental of Stroudsburg West is part of Lifetime Dental USA.

Haley passes insuror’s farm certification
Sandy E. Haley has passed the Nationwide Basic Farm Certification two-day course which was held in Wilkes-Barre. This will allow her to expand on her existing expertise of writing personal and commercial lines of business.
Haley has worked at Frailey Insurance and Finance Services since 2008, starting as a part-time front desk Agency Ambassador. In 2011, she passed the Pennsylvania Property and Casualty Insurance License Exam,  becoming a Member Protection Sales Associate.
In achieving this certification, Haley can help keep farm and ranches well protected by offering the right coverage. From Equestrian Farms to Vineyards/Wineries and Beekeeping, Haley knows what to look for and the right questions to ask about their growing business.
“It’s smart planning before it’s needed,” Haley said. “Frailey Insurance supports farming as a business, a lifestyle and a calling. I’m here to help farmers plan today for peace of mind, reducing risk and maximizing opportunities.”
A graduate of East Stroudsburg High School South, Haley received a BA from ESU in 2006. She lives in East Stroudsburg with her daughter, Isabella.
For more information visit, Fraileyinsurance.com or call 570-421-7447, ext. 222.

Newfoundland man named to McCann School post
The McCann School of Business & Technology Wilkes-Barre campus has hired Michael Nazario of Newfoundland as an admissions representative. In this role, Nazario is responsible for meeting with potential students, addressing enrollment questions and giving campus tours.
“As a McCann graduate, Michael already understands what McCann has to offer students,” said Bill Burke, campus director for McCann Business & Technology. “His personal knowledge of the school and McCann programs will help each potential student realize their goals and full potential at McCann.”
Nazario is a recent graduate of the McCann School of Business & Technology Business Administration program at the Dickson City campus. Prior to joining the McCann admissions team, Nazario worked at a Verizon premium retailer..

St. Luke’s doctor to discuss  skin cancer at Women in Business luncheon
Dr. Alan Ira Westheim of St. Luke’s Hospital will discuss skin cancer at the Greater Pocono Chamber of Commerce Women in Business monthly noontime luncheon on March 8 at Terraview at Stroudsmoor Country Inn. The luncheon costs $20 for chamber members, $35 for nonmembers. Reservations are required and can be charged over the phone by calling the chamber at 570-421-4433.

Wealth advisors open Tunkhannock office
Jacobi Wealth Advisors has opened new offices at 66 East Tioga St. in downtown Tunkhannock.
An independent firm headquartered in Wilkes-Barre, Jacobi Wealth Advisors delivers customized financial planning, retirement planning, and independent investment management to families, business owners, and corporations. The Tunkhannock location represents the firm’s third in Pennsylvania, and follows its mid-2014 office opening in Berwyn, within the Westlakes Corporate Center. Jacobi Capital Management, a Registered Investment Adviser, is the exclusive provider of fee-based investment management services to clients of Jacobi Wealth Advisors. Rodman C. Azar, a Senior Partner with the firm since 2011, will lead the Tunkhannock office.
A native of Wyoming County and a graduate of Columbia University, Azar has more than 23 years of experience in the financial services industry. Prior to joining Jacobi Wealth Advisors, Azar was a Managing Director with J.P. Morgan in New York City, where he advised and raised capital for institutional clients in the real estate, lodging and gaming sectors for more than 15 years.

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Local Century 21 agent gets national award

Caponigro gets honor from high customer satisfaction index
Century 21 Real Estate LLC has recognized Kathleen Caponigro of Century 21 Unlimited Real Estate in Mountainhome with the Century 21 Quality Service Producer award.
This national award is presented annually to those Century 21 affiliates who receive a minimum return rate of 30 percent on their post-transaction client satisfaction surveys sent between Jan. 1 and Oct. 31, with a minimum satisfaction index of 90 percent. Surveys are e-mailed to all customers immediately after the purchase or sale of a home.
“The Quality Service Producer Award is an integral part of our brand’s commitment to excellence and recognizes Kathleen’s dedication to continuously exceeding the service expectations of his/her clients,” said Jeffrey Siglin, broker of Century 21 Unlimited Real Estate.
Caponigro has 22 years of experience in the real estate industry and has been with the Century 21 System for more than seven years.
“Receiving the Quality Service Award allows me to demonstrate even further to my clients that my commitment and dedication to their satisfaction during the real estate transaction is real and taken very seriously,” said, Caponigro.

About Century 21 Unlimited Real Estate
They are an independently owned and operated franchise affiliate of Century 21 Real Estate LLC (century21.com), the brand and franchisor with the largest global network in the residential real estate industry including approximately 6,900 independent offices worldwide in 78 countries and territories worldwide and more than 101,000 independent sales professionals.

Herman lectures in Guatemala City, Antigua about plastic surgery
Dr. Charles K. Herman traveled to Guatemala City and Antigua this week to lecture on facelifting, body contouring, and breast augmentation as Invited professor at an international plastic surgery congress. He will join faculty from Spain, Mexico, Peru, and Guatemala. Dr. Herman’s textbook, Encyclopedia of Body Sculpting after Massive Weight Loss (Thieme Publishers), was awarded a national book prize by the American Publishers Association and has become

PMC gets national honor for breast cancer program
Pocono Medical Center’s Dale and Frances Hughes Cancer Center recently has been recognized as a Certified Quality Breast Center of Excellence in the National Quality Measures for Breast Centers Program.
“At Pocono Medical Center’s Dale and Frances Hughes Cancer Center we actively push the boundaries of quality cancer care to exceed the expectations of our patients. With an expert oncology team, we are committed to offering accessible, unmatched cancer care to the region backed by the extensive resources of The National Consortium of Breast Centers,” said Dr. Michael Marte, Medical Director of Pocono Medical Center’s Dale and Frances Hughes Cancer Center.
Breast centers in today’s dynamic health care industry are faced with providing quality care while simultaneously keeping costs manageable for paitnets. A center’s staff must not only be familiar with existing standards of care, but must also be aware of new advances in technology. Pocono Medical Center’s Dale and Frances Hughes Cancer Center actively ensures they provide the best possible quality care to breast patients in their community.
“As a Certified Quality Breast Center of Excellence, we exercise the highest-quality of care from state-of-the-art technology in our imaging centers to our community breast health initiatives to ensure that we are always prepared to provide excellent care for all of our Dale and Frances Hughes Cancer Center patients,” said Lutchana Beckford, RN, BSN, Breast Health Nurse Navigator at Pocono Medical Center’s Dale and Frances Hughes Cancer Center.
The National Quality Measures for Breast Centers were developed by referencing the Health Care Advisory Board’s Clinical Quality Dash Board for breast centers published in the fall of 2004 and reflect more than 11 years of work in the adoption of more than 33 National Quality Indicators.
The National Consortium of Breast Centers promote excellence in breast health care for the general public through a network of diverse professionals dedicated to the active exchange of ideas and resources. It serves as an informational resource and provides support services to those rendering care to people with breast diseases through educational programs, newsletters, a national directory and patient forums. NCBC also encourages professionals to concentrate and specialize in activities related to breast disease and encourages the development of programs and centers that address breast disease and promote breast health.
It facilitates collaborative research opportunities on issues of breast health; and developed a set of core measures to define, improve, and sustain quality standards in breast health care programs and for quality performance in all types of breast health care facilities.
To learn more about the NQMBC Program, visit breastcare.org.

Weichert gets national notice; rated among top 200 franchises
Weichert Real Estate Affiliates, Inc. has been named one of the top franchises in the country by Franchise Business Review in its “2016 Best of the Best: Top 200 Franchises” list, an annual ranking based on franchise owners’ satisfaction with their franchisor.
This year’s award-winning franchises were selected for this exclusive list based on feedback Franchise Business Review gathered from surveying over 26,000 franchises, representing more than 350 leading franchise brands in 2015. The annual “Top 200 Franchises” list is the only ranking based solely on actual franchisee satisfaction and performance.
“It truly is an honor to be named one of the best franchises in the country as a result of the positive feedback provided by our incredible network of Weichert professionals,” said Martin J. Rueter, president of Weichert Real Estate Affiliates Inc. “Their continued hard work and dedication, combined with the support and service that we are able to provide our franchise owners and agents, builds a great partnership.”
Franchisees who participated in the survey were asked questions about their experience and satisfaction regarding critical areas of their franchise systems including leadership, training and support, operations, franchisor/franchisee relations and technology. Overall, the vast majority of the independently owned and operated Weichert offices surveyed rated Weichert Real Estate Affiliates Inc. favorably, with nine out of 10 saying they enjoyed being part of the Weichert network.
Other highlights of the 2015 survey of Weichert franchisees that helped the company make this year’s list included:
• 94 percent would recommend Weichert to others as a franchise opportunity.
• 90 percent rated the training and support provided by Weichert as good, very good or excellent.
• 92 percent feel the potential for long-term growth is moderate to very strong.
• 90 percent rated the quality of products provided by Weichert as good, very good or excellent.

The Franchise Business Review ranking follows on the heels of another prestigious honor for Weichert Real Estate Affiliates, Inc. Earlier this month, the company was named the No. 2 traditional real estate franchise and the No. 3 company overall in the Real Estate Category by Entrepreneur magazine in its 37th annual “Franchise 500” list that appears in the January 2016 issue of Entrepreneur magazine.
The “2016 Best of the Best: Top 200 Franchises” list can be found online at FranchiseBusinessReview.com.

D’Oro joins Honesdale Surgical Associates
Wayne Memorial Community Health Center Board Certified General Surgeon Louis C. D’Oro, MD, FACS has joined Honesdale Surgical Associates. With more than 25 years of experience, Dr. D’Oro performs a broad spectrum of surgeries including general and laparoscopic procedures at Wayne Memorial Hospital in Honesdale. He also sees patients at the hospital’s wound care clinic.
“We’re very happy Dr. D’Oro has decided to come on as a full-time surgeon. He has been working with Honesdale Surgical on a fill-in basis assisting with surgical coverage for nearly three years,” said Frederick Jackson, executive director, WMCHC. “Having him here as part of our permanent team will be a great benefit to our patients.”
D’Oro received his medical degree from Temple University School of Medicine, and a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from the University of Scranton. He completed his surgical residency at Mercy Hospital in Pittsburgh, and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. Additionally, he served nine years in the U.S. Naval Reserves, including active duty during Desert Storm, attaining the rank of lieutenant commander. He was most recently employed by the Veterans Administration Hospital in Wilkes-Barre, PA as a general and vascular surgeon for eight years. Dr. D’Oro is currently a medical education instructor both at The Commonwealth Medical College, Scranton and for Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center’s Residency Program, Wilkes-Barre, PA.
Honesdale Surgical Associates is located in the Stourbridge Medical and Professional Complex, 600 Maple Avenue, Suite 1, Honesdale. The practice accepts most private insurances, medical assistance and offers a sliding-fee scale for those who qualify. For more information, call 570-253-8635. WMCHC is a federally qualified health center clinically affiliated with Wayne Memorial Health System, Inc.

Skytop Lodge converts library space into ‘Library Lounge’
Skytop Lodge has renovated its former library space and turned it into the SkyTop “Library Lounge.”
The Library Lounge, which had a grand opening this month, features a true oak bar with a 15-person capacity, a fireplace, walls lined with historical photos of the property and pictures of previous guests and also features photographs by local photographers.
This year marks the resort’s 87th birthday. Skytop Lodge General Manager Jeff Rudder said updating the property while keeping its historical charm was important to the project. “The Library Lounge is a warm and inviting place for guests to enjoy a drink and take in the ambiance Skytop has to offer,” said Rudder.
All 192 guest rooms were refreshed last summer during a $3.7 million makeover.
About Skytop Lodge
Since opening its doors in 1928, the iconic Skytop Lodge has become a destination for time-honored traditions and memory-making excursions. The 5,500-acre playground nestled in the Pocono Mountains provides plentiful amenities for guests of all ages.
With 192 guest rooms, suites and cottages, accommodations are comfortable yet refined. Guests can unwind in the resort’s spa or play on the championship-level, 18-hole golf course designed to challenge both the experienced and novice golfer. Skytop Lodge features both an indoor and outdoor pool, as well as a beach with a swimming lake for guests along with myriad hiking trails that lead to waterfalls, pristine lakes, mountain vistas and clear streams.
Skytop Lodge is one of the winners of the Best Family Resort category in “10 Best Readers’ Choice” travel award contest sponsored by USA Today.
Price Chopper ranked fifth nationally in trailer graphics
Price Chopper and Market 32’s freight recently placed fifth nationwide in the Successful Concept category in Commercial Carrier Journal’s annual “Flashiest Fleets” contest. The series of trailer graphics features colorful close-up images of fresh fruits and vegetables with the tag line, “The Farm Just Got Closer.”
“Price Chopper’s bright trailers display a simple, yet clear message about the quality of the grocer’s foods, said Lucas Deal, truck parts and service editor for Commercial Carrier Journal. “They are great examples of how to use equipment as rolling billboards,” he said.
The Price Chopper and Market 32 artwork was one of 30 campaigns nominated for the contest, which ran for two weeks in December. Winners were decided by popular vote by the readership of Commercial Carrier Journal.
Commercial Carrier Journal is a multi-channel publication that reaches close to 100,000 subscribers within the freight transport business.

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American CPA group study shows mixed results

Consumer satisfaction’s latest index marked by minute increase
Spurred by significant reductions in inflation and loan delinquencies, the 2015 fourth quarter PFSi (Personal Financial Satisfaction Index) released recently by the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) shows that Americans personal financial satisfaction has increased substantially from a year ago.
The index registered 15.9 in the fourth quarter, an almost 134 percent increase from the 2014 fourth quarter level of 6.8. However, there was only a 0.1 increase in the PFSi from the previous quarter, indicating the momentum of increased personal financial satisfaction has slowed.
The PFSi is calculated as the difference between the Personal Financial Pleasure Index and the Personal Financial Pain Index. The slight gain from the prior quarter was due to a 0.8 decline in the Pleasure index offset by a 0.9 point decline in the Pain index.
The pain index is at a level of 43.5, which is 19.1 percent lower than a year ago. This is led by a 68 percent decline in the inflation component from the previous year – the largest change in the period for any component of the pain or pleasure index. Inflation began to fall in mid-2014, and has been extremely low for all of 2015. The drastic decline in oil prices has been a major factor in low inflation rates.
“With the Federal reserve increasing its rate by 25 basis points in the fourth quarter of 2015, inflation will continue to be a focus for the central bank,” said Jimmy J. Williams, CPA/PFS, a member of AICPA’s National Accreditation Commission. “Consumers should watch oil price fluctuations, as that has a strong impact on inflation and could become an important consideration in the decision to continue raising rates in 2016.”
A 23 percent reduction in loan delinquencies from the previous year, as well as a 15 percent decrease in underemployment also helped drive down the Pain Index.
The Personal Financial Pleasure index registered 59.4, 2 percent lower than a year ago. The decline from the prior year was driven by 17 percent drop in the CPA Outlook Index and a 10 percent drop in the PFS 750 Market Index, with both of these components showing volatility over the past year. These declines were partially offset by 11 percent gains in both home equity and job openings.
“Job openings in most sectors were stable and achieved some growth, with notable exceptions in the extractive and drilling industries,” said Williams. “In addition, there has been increasing stability in the housing markets nation-wide for the most part, which has helped drive up prices.”
The U.S. housing market as a whole made considerable progress in 2015, as the volatile bounce off the bottom experienced from 2012 through 2014 gave way to a more stable environment. Specifically, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Boston currently have historically high valuations, while Las Vegas, Chicago, and Atlanta still have problems stemming from significant proportions of properties with underwater mortgages.
The CPA Outlook Index decreased in the fourth quarter of 2015 based on declines in the index components related to the U.S. economy, organizational optimism and expansion, and revenue and profit expectations. The CPA Outlook Index found CPAs who serves as CEOs and CFOs have sharply reined in expectations for profit and revenue in 2016, with anticipated growth for those two key performance indicators at their lowest level since the end of 2012.

Geer named local vineyard’s assistant winemaker
Mountain View Vineyard and Winery in Jackson Township continues to expand its staff as it prepares to expand into a new winemaking facility and event center later this year as it recently hired chemist Leslie Geer to serve as assistant winemaker. She will work with owner Randy Rice.
Geer will manage day-to-day activities related to wine production and management, tracking, laboratory analyses and transferring the current winemaking operations to the new facility.
She had an impressive 30-year career as a research chemist in the pharmaceutical industry. She has degrees in biochemistry and biology from East Stroudsburg University and Wine Foundation Certification from The Wine School of Philadelphia. Her expertise will lend itself well to the art of winemaking. Owner Randy Rice said, “Her expertise in chemical analysis from the pharmaceutical industry will bring our winemaking to a new level,” said Rice.

ESU Business Accelerator to host workshop
The East Stroudsburg University Business Accelerator Program is presenting a workshop titled The Power of the Inbox. The workshop, which will be held from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Jan. 20 in room 333 of the Innovation Center, aims to educate professionals on effective e-mail marketing and crafting e-mails that leave powerful first impressions.
Karl Stearns, president of KMS Marketing Solutions, will be the keynote presenter. Topics for Stearns’ presentation will include five easy steps to harness the power of the inbox, creating great content, tracking results, and customizing a mobile-friendly template that matches the brand.
Click here to register. Registration is free, however, seating is limited and registration is required. For more information contact Mike Gildea, director of the Business Accelerator and Entrepreneurship at ESU, at 570-422-7953.

Reitemeyer named president of BNI Poconos chapter
Yvonne L. Reitemeyer, Financial Adviser, ChFC, Frailey Insurance and Financial Services has been selected President of BNI Mountain Chapter – Poconos starting Oct. 1.
Meetings are held 7 a.m. every Thursday morning at the Quality Inn on West Main Street in Stroudsburg.

Business Network International is an organization which is “the world’s largest referral organization” with more than 150,000 members worldwide and is in more than 58 countries worldwide. BNI was founded in 1985 by Dr. Ivan Misner “for the primary purpose of building powerful referral networks”. The BNI organization works by creating a group of people from various industries and encouraging regular passing of referrals.
• Each chapter allows one person per occupational classification, and prospective members must be approved via an application process.
• BNI’s philosophy is “Givers Gain” – members are expected to focus on giving referrals to other members to build relationships and receive referrals in return.
• Chapters have specific policies regarding required attendance in order to cultivate the relationships needed to create a comfort level in referring business.
• Chapters track the monetary amount of passed business in order to prove the value of the financial and time commitment.

Total annual value of referrals: 5.4 million referrals resulting in $6.5 billion (U.S.) (2014).

As a Financial Adviser, Reitemeyer said, “I am humbled and honored to be able to provide our members with the valuable protection and coverage that life insurance provides. BNI gives me the opportunity to share values and feelings about the importance of life insurance. I’m able to protect what matters most to referrals, potential new members and their families.”

For more information or to attend a meeting, call Reitemeyer at 570-421-7447, ext. 233, or visit the Facebook page at BNI Mountain Chapter Poconos PA .

Cueva named Wayne Bank VP, regional office manager
Pilar Cueva has joined the Wayne Bank as Vice President and Regional Community Office Manager of Monroe County. Cueva is based in the Stroud Mall Community Office in Monroe County and will be working with customers across the Pocono region.
“Pilar is a great addition to our customer service staff, with over 13 years of banking experience in the area. She will serve as a valuable resource for customers seeking financial services and support in the Poconos,” Lewis J. Critelli, president and CEO of Wayne Bank, said
Cueva has a degree from John Jay College, and a wide range of banking experience and interests that all support her ability to help local customers improve their financial outlook, and in turn help the community grow.
Wayne Bank is a subsidiary of Norwood Financial Corp., Member FDIC, and is located in Honesdale. The Bank has 15 community offices in Wayne, Pike, Monroe and Lackawanna Counties. The stock trades on the NASDAQ Global Market under the symbol – NWFL.

Chamber to host Report to Business on Feb. 12
The Greater Pocono Chamber of Commerce will host its annual Report to Business with Monroe County Commissioners John Moyer, Charles Garris and John D. Christy on 8 to 10 a.m. on Feb. 12 at Shawnee Inn. The $20 fee includes a buffet breakfast. Reservations are required by calling the chamber at 570-41-4433.

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Lehighton physician joins St. Luke’s Health Network team

McGinley focuses on preventive and routine care as primary care physician
Lehighton physician Joseph McGinley, DO, has joined the primary care provider team at St. Luke’s University Health Network as St. Luke’s Lehighton Family Practice.

McGinley specializes in care for the entire family and treats infants to seniors as part of his medical practice. He focuses on preventive and routine care, as well as monitoring and treatment for acute and chronic health conditions. As an established local physician, McGinley will continue to provide care in the existing practice location at 856 Interchange Road, Lehighton.

“I am honored to care for my patients in Lehighton and the surrounding community,” McGinley said. “I am committed to providing the same quality and compassionate care to our community as a part of the St. Luke’s family of providers.”

McGinley earned his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine and his Master of Biomedical Sciences at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed his medical residencies at St. Luke’s Allentown Campus and completed his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology at DeSales University in Center Valley.

To schedule an appointment, call 610-377-9020.

Wayne Memorial Behavioral Health director receives board certification
Michael C. Campbell, MD, Behavioral Health director for Wayne Memorial Community Health Centers, has been awarded board certification as a Diplomate of the American Board of Addiction Medicine.
Already a dual board-certified physician, Dr. Campbell says seeking a third certification in addiction medicine was a commitment he felt strongly about as a means to most effectively treat his patients recovering from alcohol and opioid dependence, “I treat addiction every day. Through certification by ABAM, I can ensure coverage for lifesaving medications used to treat Substance Use Disorders.”
Established in 2007, the ABAM is “the nation’s first medical specialty board that certifies addiction medicine physicians across a range of medical specialties. The board sets standards for physician education, assesses physicians’ knowledge and requires and tracks life-long education.”
In addition to being triple board certified in psychiatry, family medicine and addiction medicine, Dr. Campbell is also a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. He earned his medical degree from Thomas Jefferson University‘s Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia and completed a joint residency program at West Virginia University Hospital. He treats adults and children at the Behavioral Health Center, Stourbridge Professional Complex, 600 Maple Str., Suite 6 in Honesdale. To discuss making an appointment with Campbell, call 570-253-8219.

Wilkerson promoted to Wayne Bank Stroud Mall post
Cheryl Wilkerson has been named Wayne Bank assistant community office manager of the Stroud Mall branch.
Cheryl started her career with Wayne Bank 2007 as a part time Teller in the Stroud Mall Office. Cheryl has held several positions within that office and most recently held the title of Branch Specialist. Cheryl studied Business Administration at Ramapo College.
Wayne Bank is a subsidiary of Norwood Financial Corp., Member FDIC, and is located in Honesdale. Wayne Bank has 15 community offices in Wayne, Lackawanna, Pike and Monroe counties with Commercial Lenders easily accessible within each of those counties. The stock trades on the NASDAQ Global Market under the symbol— NWFL.

Primrose to speak at chamber’s Women in Business luncheon
Adrienne Primrose of Blissful Existence will speak at the Greater Pocono Chamber of Commerce monthly Women in Business meeting Jan. 12 at noon at the Stroudsdsmoor’sTerraview. Nonchamber members pay $35 for the luncheon and members pay $20. Reservations are required by calling the chamber office at 570-421-4433.
The chamber also will hold a business card exchange at the Tavern on Main Street at the Quality Inn. Members are admitted free and nonmembers pay $40. Call the chamber for details

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Adams named to Norwood, Wayne Bank boards

Wayne County resident is W. Wayne schools superintendent
Wayne County resident Joseph W. Adams has been named to the Boards of Directors of Norwood Financial Corp and its subsidiary, Wayne Bank.
Adams is currently serving as the Superintendent of Schools for the Western Wayne School District. His previous experience includes an executive management position at a local financial institution, a financial advisor position with Morgan Stanley and business manager of the Wallenpaupack School District in Hawley. Adams received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Scranton. His community involvement includes current or former board positions on the Wayne County Family Center, the Human Resources Center, Palmyra Township Planning Commission, Delaware Highlands Conservancy, Chamber of Commerce and various youth sports organizations.
Adams will serve with the class of directors whose terms expire at the 2017 annual meeting. He will serve on the Trust Committee and as a rotating member of the Directors’ Loan Committee of Wayne Bank.
Wayne Bank is a subsidiary of Norwood Financial Corp., Member FDIC, and is located in Honesdale. The bank has 15 Community Offices in Wayne, Pike, Monroe and Lackawanna counties. The stock trades on the NASDAQ Global Market under the symbol – NWFL.

Skolnick named VP of sales, marketing at MegaPhase
Paul Skolnick has joined MegaPhase as vice president of sales and marketing for the Stroudsburg-based designer and manufacturer of RF and microwave interconnection and signal processing products.
Skolnick worked for the last three decades in sales engineering, sales management and business development for RF and Microwave signal processing components and subsystems for applications in satellite, terrestrial and wireless communications, and electronic warfare. As director of business development for Crane Aerospace and Electronics Microwave Solutions, he led a team of technical sales staff in selling components and subsystems.
Skolnick earned his Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from Lehigh University.
As telecom and global security systems demand more bandwidth, the performance of cables, connectors, and signal processing components increase in complexity.
“Paul brings a long-standing proven track record of sales success in RF and microwave,” said Bill Pote, MegaPhase CEO. “He will bring MegaPhase to the next level, serving a wide variety of customers and helping with their cable and component needs.”
The company, founded in 1998, offers a wide range of products serving commercial telecom and military markets, including air-, ground- and sea-based electronic warfare systems.
Vigon named one of best 100 places to work in PA
Vigon International, an East Stroudsburg-based manufacturer of fragrances and flavors, has been named among the 100 best places to work in Pennsylvania.
Vigon is among 74 small-to-medium sized companies to make the 2015 list compiled by Team Pennsylvania, in conjunction with state Department of Conservation and Economic Development.
The rankings are compiled through surveys sent to employers and employees of hundreds of companies. The companies are scored on workplace practices and employee opinions of their employer.
Vigon employs more than 65 people in a 105-square-foot facility. The company develops fragrances and flavors for a large number of product manufacturers.

Blue Mountain to host job fair
Blue Mountain will host their annual Winter Job Fair to fill seasonal positions for the coming winter season on Saturday, Dec. 12 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Blue Mountain Resort’s Summit Lodge.
A variety of departments will be interviewing and hiring seasonal workers including Lift Operations, Food & Beverage, Adult and Children’s Learning Centers, Retail, Guest Services, Parking, Rental & Repair Services, Housekeeping, Ticket Office and more. Employees benefits include a season pass, free rental equipment, access to ski and snowboard lessons. Prior to coming to the job fair, applicants are encouraged to fill out a job application online and should provide a resume at the interview. The online application can be found at skibluemt.com While the Resort encourages an active lifestyle, the ability to ski or snowboard is not required for all jobs. Candidates must be 16 years or older, with the exception of the Learning Centers.

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Tobyhanna Army Depot names new repairs, upgrades chief

Local resident Brandi with base since 2007

Tobyhanna resident Anthony Brandi has been named chief of the depot’s Mixed Model Moving Line (M3L) Branch. .
He supervises personnel who perform overhaul, repairs and upgrades on more than 200 Humvee– mounted shelter systems for Defense Department organizations annually.
Prior to his current position, Brandi was a section chief in M3L Reintegration. He began his depot career in December 2007.
Brandi served as an active-duty Soldier for four years and 16 years in the Army National Guard. During his career he was assigned to units in Texas, South Korea, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. He deployed to Southwest Asia during operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom. After enlisting in the Army, he was trained as a multi-channel transmission system operator/maintainer. Brandi assumed leadership roles of increasing responsibility during his tenure, completing his 20-year term of service as the senior operations noncommissioned officer in charge of communications security, frequency management and communications for security forces.
His awards and decorations include the Iraqi Campaign Medal with two Campaign Stars, Army Commendation with three oak leaf clusters, Army Achievement medal with a silver oak leaf cluster, Navy Achievement Medal, Navy Unit Commendation, Army Good Conduct Medal, Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal with three oak leaf clusters, National Defense Service Medal, Overseas Service Ribbon with two oak leaf clusters, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal and Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and Korean Defense Service Medal.
Brandi is a graduate of Pocono Mountain High School.
Tobyhanna Army Depot is a recognized leader in providing world-class logistics support for command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance systems across the Department of Defense. Tobyhanna’s Corporate Philosophy, dedicated work force and electronics expertise ensure the depot is the Joint C4ISR provider of choice for all branches of the Armed Forces and industry partners.
About 3,100 personnel are employed at Tobyhanna Army Depot.

The Dime Bank marks its 110th anniversary
The Dime Bank, based in Honesdale, will host a week-long open house celebration from Dec. 14 through 19 during business hours.

In 1905, a diverse group of people had a common vision to create a banking alternative for area residents. The Honesdale Dime Bank received its authority in the form of a Charter from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to begin operations on Dec. 16, 1905, and opened its doors on Jan. 2, 1906.

“We are proud of our history and all of our accomplishments, and we look with optimism to the future,” said Gary C. Beilman, president and CEO. “Important in the development of The Dime Bank was its simplistic, philosophic, and cultural outlook. For 110 years The Dime Bank has maintained the same principles of bringing our communities support and cultural enrichment while providing trusted, dependable banking along with the latest technological advances in the financial industry.”

There will be giveaways and a short history brochure of The Dime Bank during the open house. There also will be chances to win a coin collector basket of America the Beautiful Uncirculated Quarter Sets with certificates of authenticity. No purchase is necessary to win.  See a customer service representative to enter or for full details.  Sweepstakes ends Dec. 19.

Chamber holds Women in Business holiday luncheon Dec. 8

The Greater Pocono Chamber of Commerce’s Women in Business monthly luncheon on Dec. 8 at Camelback Lodge in Tannersville will be the annual holiday party and ornament exchange. The luncheon costs $20 for members, $40 for nonmembers. Call the chamber at 421-4433 for details.

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