Pocono Pines Realtor gets top honor

Barker of Realty Executives named PMAR’s Realtor of the Year
Denise Barker of Realty Executives Pocono Pines has been honored by the Pocono Mountains Association of Realtors with the Realtor of the Year Award. The award was presented to Barker at the PMAR Installation of Officers reception held  recently at the Stroudsmoor Inn.
Receiving Realtor of the Year is the greatest honor bestowed upon a Realtor by their peers at the board level. The award recognizes an outstanding member of the PMAR for meritorious contributions to the advancement of their profession, their community and the real estate industry. Nominees are considered based upon their history of Integrity, spirit of cooperation with fellow Realtors,
“We would like to congratulate Denise Barker on being awarded the 2015 Realtor of the Year award for exemplifying what it means to be a Realtor,” said Nicole Murray, PMAR Association Executive. “We would like to extend our appreciation and thanks to her and to all of our PMAR Realtors for their dedication to our organization.”
Barker is expert with first-time homebuyers, and has hosted seminars and television programs to help low-income buyers find the grants and financing to finally own their own homes. Her clients span the entire Pocono Mountains, from modest weekend cabins to lakefront mansions and ultra-luxury business properties.

Pinnacle Health to unite with Wayne Memorial Health Centers
“We’ll have a new name, but our patients will have the same doctors and high-quality care they’ve come to know,” says Pinnacle Office Manager Gail Peterson. As of the end of December, Michael Peterson, DO and Charles Aronica, DO, will officially merge their practice, currently Pinnacle Health Partners, with Wayne Memorial Community Health Centers. The new name will be Pinnacle Family Health Center. The practice will continue to be limited to adult medicine.
“We welcome Pinnacle to our ‘family’ of health centers,” says Frederick Jackson, executive director of Wayne Memorial Community Health Centers. “These two physicians have a legacy of providing exceptional care to our community for more than 20 years. We are proud to partner with them in the continuation of this service.
“And we believe we can help them incorporate new patients into their practice with the addition of a mid-level provider early next year.”
Drs. Peterson and Aronica also welcomed their new healthcare partner. “This merger will help us with the ‘business’ of medicine,” said Dr. Peterson, “such as billing, giving us hopefully more time to spend with our patients on their medical needs, which has always been the heart of our mission.”
Both physicians and their office staff see many opportunities for their patients in the WMCHC network, such as more convenient access to specialists in women’s health, pediatrics, pulmonology and surgery. WMCHC accepts most if not all insurance plans, Medicare and public assistance, and offers increased payment options such as a sliding-fee-scale.
Patients will also have the option of signing up for the WMCHC patient portal, CHCconnect, where they can request appointments, renew prescriptions and more from their computers or Smartphones.
WMCHC, an independent clinical affiliate of Wayne Memorial Health System and a federally qualified health center, operates family health centers in Honesdale, Carbondale, Vandling, Hamlin, Waymart, Lake Como and Lords Valley. A complete list of WMCHC services can be found at wmh.org/community_health_centers.

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Ben Franklin president, CEO gets regional honor

R. Chadwick Paul

R. Chadwick Paul to be enshrined in Lehigh Valley Business HOF
R. Chadwick Paul Jr., president and Chief Executive Officer of the Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania, will be inducted into the 2015 Lehigh Valley Business Hall of Fame.

He and fellow 2015 Hall of Fame honorees Mike Albarell of Albarell Electric Inc. and Mike Caruso of National Penn Insurance will be recognized on Dec. 8 at the ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks, Bethlehem.

Paul is a consummate entrepreneur who understands the dynamics of developing new ventures, looks to share that knowledge to help others. He has been a key player in catalyzing the Lehigh Valley economy’s transition from a focus on heavy manufacturing to technology-based sectors. He has encouraged and supported entrepreneurship in young people through Junior Achievement and Lehigh University and has played a pivotal role in a number of community organizations that enrich the regional economy as well as our quality of life.

Paul founded Chadwick Telephone (now Convergent) in 1976 while still in graduate school, and served as its president and CEO through 1999 when the company was merged with Executone of Pennsylvania. While building the company from a start-up to a significant multi-state corporation, Paul also founded and led allied companies including Chadwick Telecommunications Corporation (now XO Communications) and the Business Digest of the Lehigh Valley.

Since 2002, Paul has served as president and CEO of the Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania. He led the 2007 renovation and opening of Ben Franklin TechVentures, an award-winning incubator/post-incubator facility located on Lehigh University’s campus that tremendously expanded Ben Franklin’s available incubator space and provided much-needed wet lab space to early-stage technology companies. Since 1983, the Ben Franklin Business Incubator and TechVentures have graduated 64 successful companies, grossing more than $1.2 billion in annual revenue, and creating more than 6,400 jobs in northeastern Pennsylvania.

Palma joins Executive Council of New York Life Insurance Co.
Pen Argyl resident Joseph A. Palma has been named a member of the 2015 Executive Council of New York Life Insurance Company. Members of the Executive Council are among the most successful of New York Life’s elite sales force of 12,000 licensed agents.

Palma has been a New York Life agent since 2013, and is associated with New York Life’s Northeastern Pennsylvania General Office in Scranton. Palma holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business from East Stroudsburg University. He is a member of National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors.

NEPA Alliance offers small business loans
NEPA Alliance has several federal and state loan programs available for small businesses in Carbon, Lackawanna, Luzerne, Monroe, Pike, Schuylkill and Wayne counties.

These low cost loans offer lower down payments and standard loan term maturities for machinery and equipment, land and building acquisition, construction and renovation.

Eligible businesses include manufacturers, industrial, agriculture/agribusiness, hospitality and tourism, related enterprises, recyclers, day care, computer related services, advanced technology, retail and service related businesses. Many other business sectors may also qualify.

The NEPA Alliance, a regional community and economic development agency, serves the seven counties of Northeastern Pennsylvania. NEPA Alliance services include business financing, government contracting assistance, international trade assistance, nonprofit assistance, transportation planning, research and information, and local government services. For more information about NEPA Alliance visit nepa-alliance.org or call 866-758-1929.

To learn more about NEPA and its loan programs, contact Dave Nat or Paul Macknosky at 570-655-5581 or 866-758-1929.

Poremba becomes board certified lactation consultant
Kara Poremba, BSN, RN, IBCLC, CCE, Healthy Beginnings Plus Coordinator, II, of the Women’s Health Center in Honesdale, has been notified by The International Board of Lactation Consultation Examiners (IBLCE) that she has successfully met all requirements set forth by the credentialing agency and is now an Internationally Board Certified Lactation Consultant. Poremba provides lactation counseling at the Women’s Health Center on an outpatient basis as well as Wayne Memorial Hospital’s New Beginnings Birthing Suites for new mothers. As a Certified Childbirth Educator, Poremba instructs childbirth education in addition to breastfeeding classes. For more information on either class, please call 800-869-6636 or 570-253-3005.

Pocono 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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Su joins Pocono Medical Center staff

Participates in Pocono Internal Medicine Specialist practice
Pocono Medical Center welcomes Dr. Lan Su to its comprehensive and compassionate team of providers and physicians as part of the Pocono Internal Medicine Specialist practice.
Su recently completed her Internal Medicine Residency at St. John’s Episcopal Hospital in Far Rockaway, New York. “I would like to provide continuous care for my patients, build long-term relationships with them, and offer a home-like feeling in my practice. I am looking forward to working with my patients to improve their health from preventative medicine, to treatment of medical diseases” she said. Prior to her internal medicine practice at Pocono Medical Center, Su conducted research in endocrinology at John’s Hopkins University gaining exposure to and experience with chronic medical problems such as diabetes, hypertension, and obesity.
Su is Board eligible in Internal Medicine and FCVS (Federations of State Medical Boards) and ECFMG (Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates) certified. She is also a member of the American College of Physicians and recipient of the Goldhaber Travel Award from University of Maryland at College Park in Maryland.
Su is seeing new patients at her office located in the 447 Office Plaza on 500 Plaza Court, Suite B East Stroudsburg. To make an appointment with Su, please visit the following link, poconohealthsystem.org/pmcdocs, or call 1-866-PMC-DOCS (1-866-762-3627).


Baron named principal, Esquire joins law Milford firm
The Milford law firm of Levy, Stieh and Gaughan, P.C announces that James P. Baron, Esquire has become a principal of the firm and that Stacey Beecher, Esquire has joined the firm.
Baron is a graduate of the University of Scranton with a Bachelor of Science in Business Management, and a 2001 graduate of Widener University School of Law. After serving with Bureau of Hearing and Appeals as a hearing officer, he became associated with Levy, Stieh and Gaughan, P.C. in 2005, concentrating in criminal defense, civil litigation and family law.
MBeecher is a 1986 magna cum laude graduate of the University of New Hampshire with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science and Classics, and a 1989 graduate of the Dickinson School of Law. Upon graduation from law school, Beecher served a judicial clerkship with the late President Judge Ronald C. Vican, was an Assistant District Attorney with the Monroe County District Attorney’s office and has since been in private practice. While continuing her multi-faceted practice, Beecher will concentrate in the firm’s long established family law practice.
Levy, Stieh and Gaughan, P.C. traces its roots back for more than sixty years in serving the legal needs of its clients in the tri-state area, with attorneys admitted to practice in the state and federal courts in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York. Its practice includes general litigation, family law, commercial and residential real estate transactions, criminal defense, wills and estate planning, probate and estate matters, business development and planning, and commercial and residential development, and formation and representation of nonprofit entities and property owners associations.

Women in Business luncheon to present  Health & Fitness Expo

The Greater Pocono Chamber of Commerce’s Women in Business group will have its Health & Fitness Expo at its next monthly luncheon on Nov. 10 at the Chateau Resort &Conference Center . The expo covers areas of fitness including exercise routines as well as vitamins and other health supplements at tables occupied by health and fitness providers. The luncheon costs $20 for members and $40 for nonmembers. Reservations are required by calling the chamber office at 570-421-4433.

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Fairfield Inn comes to Stroudsburg

Hotel offers latest décor styles, convenient location
The Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott in Stroudsburg, opened Oct. 20 with its smart, inventive public space and guest room design, and its bright and inviting décor. Located at 294 Frantz Road in the vicinity of Lowe’s off Route 611, the Fairfield Inn & Suites Stroudsburg Bartonsville/Poconos with 84 rooms will operate as a Marriott franchise, owned and managed by Singh Realty, LLC of Harford. This is the first Fairfield Inn & Suites in the area to feature the brand’s new design and décor, which enhance the guest experience through flexible features, and a warm and welcoming environment.
The hotel offers guests convenient access to The Crossings Premium Outlets Shopping Center, Pocono Raceway, Camelback Ski Resort and Shawnee Mountain Ski Resort.
“Delivering both function and comfort, our new design and décor elevate the Fairfield brand, setting a new standard in the moderate tier category,” said Shruti Buckley, vice president and global brand manager, Fairfield Inn & Suites. “The Fairfield Inn & Suites Stroudsburg Bartonsville/Poconos is a truly stunning example of the brand’s contemporary new look and feel.”

Guests upon arrival encounter the hotel’s modern, bright new design features, including an updated exterior with a signature tower, a curved porte-cochere and an inviting glass entrance that ushers them into the hotel. Once inside, the hotel’s open public space featues natural light and views throughout the lobby to connect the indoors with the outdoors.
In the lobby area, guests can choose to be productive, relax or enjoy breakfast or a snack in a modern and flexible environment featuring a vibrant, natural color palette of greens, blues and oranges. The spacious lobby gives guests ample connectivity options, as well as a “connect and print” area that offers both standing and seated Internet stations. Guests can also unwind in the lobby’s inviting living area with a natural stone hearth, sofa and lounge chair, and unique local features — or they can grab a drink or snack item from the 24/7 Corner Market.

The breakfast area’s signature farm table with a complimentary hot breakfast offfering oatmeal, scrambled eggs, sausage, make-your-own waffles and other healthy items, such as fruit, yogurt, and whole grain cereals and breads.

The signature “smart” room décor warmly welcomes guests into a comfortable, productive and restful environment. The guest room includes a well-designed work area, an ergonomic chair, task lighting and electrical outlets where guests need them. A curved, mobile desk enables guests to create their own work space, while also optimizing their television viewing.

Additional hotel amenities include an indoor swimming pool with a whirlpool spa, an exercise room, valet laundry service, complimentary Wi-Fi, as well as fax and copy services.

Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott operates more than 700 properties throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico and India.

Reynolds named to Dimeco Board of Directors
David D. Reynolds was named to the 10-member Board of Directors of The Dime Bank and Dimeco, Inc. in Honesdale. Reynolds comes to Dimeco with not only a medical background, but with an extensive self-made business background. Early in his career he incorporated his medical training with business acumen as a solo practitioner in Hawley. Currently practicing in his chosen field, Reynolds runs three businesses in Honesdale. He is the president and CEO of Northeastern Gastroenterology Associates as well as the medical director, president, and CEO of Mountain Laurel Surgical Center and Maple City Anesthesia. Reynolds also has published several articles in his discipline.
“It is my observation that The Dime Bank has been a leader in our community providing a wide array of financial and community sponsored services,” Reynolds said. “I appreciate that this institution is willing to shepherd both small and large business to foster growth, while remembering to support the backbone of our community, those people that live within it with strong residential mortgages. My aspiration would be to bring additional confidence and optimism to the evolving future of The Dime Bank through steadfast leadership.”
Reynolds graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science from Wilkes University and went on to Drexel Hahnemann University to complete his doctorate in medicine. Reynolds completed his postgraduate training with a fellowship in gastroenterology at Geisinger Medical Center, his residency and an internship in Internal Medicine at Lehigh Valley Hospital Center. He is board certified in gastroenterology and is a diplomat of both the American Board of Internal Medicine and the National Board of Medical Examiners. He is a member of the American College of Gastroenterology, American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, American Gastroenterology Association, Pennsylvania Medical Society, Pennsylvania Gastroenterology Society, and an associate member of American College of Physicians. He currently offers outreach programs in medical education.
Board Chairman John S. Kiesendahl stated, “We are delighted to have David, a distinguished medical professional, join our board. Bringing differing viewpoints is important to a well-rounded directorship, and we feel his experience and background will complete our directorship.”
President and CEO Beilman remarked, “David is a solid business leader in our community whose focus is on serving the community, a complement to Dimeco’s philosophy and mission of providing services consistent with sound, prudent principles. David, through his many affiliations – medical, business, personal, social, church and youth sports – complemented by his medical and business knowledge, is a welcome addition to our directorate. I am thrilled he is now on our team as our community bank expands and endeavors to assist with the growth of our communities. Our board ultimately guides The Dime Bank management team in assisting people in attaining their goals and dreams, and Dave is a perfect fit for this leadership.”
Dimeco, Inc. is the holding company of The Dime Bank, a full service financial institution serving Northeastern Pennsylvania with offices in Wayne, Pike, and Lackawanna counties.

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S’burg resident named next CEO of Merchants Bank

COO, VP Tracey Smith to succeed Biondi

Merchants Bank Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Tracey Smith of Stroudsburg has been designated successor to the bank’s retiring CEO, Anthony J. Biondi, who announced his intention to retire well in advance to assure an orderly leadership transition over the next 10 months. Biondi’s decision to retire will bring to a close a career in banking of more than 40 years, the last 11 of which he served in his current position.
Biondi, seen with Smith, left, in the photo, will also retire from his position as CEO of the bank’s holding company, MNB Corporation, and will remain a board member of the holding company and the bank until his term expires in April 2017.
“I’ve been privileged and honored to lead, in my opinion, the best community bank in the region and look forward in continuing to share my knowledge and assist in the bank’s development as a director,” Biondi said. “After 11 years as CEO, it’s time to move on and transfer Merchants Bank’s helm to a new generation of leadership. I leave knowing that the Bank is operationally very sound and positioned for continued success. I, the board and others in the senior leadership team have laid out a vision for the bank that will guide it for many years to come and gives me great confidence about Merchant’s future.”
Richard Hotchkiss, chairman of the board, said of Smith’s unanimous selection, “The board has been focused on CEO succession planning for some time and Anthony has done an exceptional job coaching Tracey Smith for the position of CEO. Tracey’s decisive leadership, personal style and her meaningful experiences in banking uniquely qualify her to step into this role in July of next year. As with our customers and our community, she is well-respected across the industry, she inspires Merchants Bank’ employees and embodies the bank’s core values. The board looks forward to working with Tracey and is delighted to welcome her into this new role.”
With nearly 30 years of banking experience, Smith joined Merchants Bank in 2002 and promoted to executive vice president and COO in April 2013. Prior to her promotion, Smith served as senior vice president of Retail Banking. With dual Bachelor’s in both economics and management from East Stroudsburg University, Smith completed her MBA at DeSales University in 2013. Smith was recognized as a 2014 Lehigh Valley Business “Woman of Influence” and serves on numerous boards, including serving as vice chair for the Valley Youth House, chair of the Salvation Army of the Greater Lehigh Valley and treasurer of the East Stroudsburg University/UPI Inc. board of directors.
“Tracey has great vision, sound business acumen, tremendous customer service skills and a remarkable dedication to the community she serves,” Biondi said. “Given our culture, I cannot think of a single person better suited to take over the leadership role of Merchants Bank and I’m completely confident in her abilities to lead our bank.”
Established in 1890, Merchants Bank is a locally owned and operated community bank. Headquartered in Bangor, Merchants has two branch offices in Bangor and additional offices throughout the Lehigh Valley, including Mount Bethel, Wind Gap, Nazareth, Forks Township, Martins Creek, Easton and Bethlehem. MNB Investment Services is a division of the bank and offers investment and wealth management financial services. For more information, visit merchantsbangor.com.

Pocono Latino Real Estate Group helps in homebuying
The Pocono Latino Real Estate Group is a bi-lingual team of Realtors under the Better Homes & Gardens brand firmly dedicated to assisting in homeownership to families looking for a new life and moving to the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania.

The founding members, Alexa Sanchez, Realtor; Christine A. Wilkins, executive vice president/general manager and Thomas R. Wilkins, CEO, agreed for the need of bilingual Realtors trained and having a passion to assist families moving to the area. A big part of The Pocono Latino Real Estate Group is being a part of the Hispanic community through a number of national organizations like the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals (NAHREP.org), National Hispanic Business Group (nhbg.org) and Pocono Republican Hispanic Association.

The Pocono group’s reach for purchase of a home spans from Bethlehem to Allentown, Mount Pocono to Milford, Hazleton to Mount Pocono for those wanting bi-lingual agents along with Spanish promotional materials, legal documents and a team of referring purveyors.

For those who are bi-lingual and looking for a career in Real Estate, licensed now and have little or no support marketing to the Hispanic Community or looking for a Buyer’s Agent who speaks Spanish to help purchase a first-time home, retirement home, Distinctive Collection home or simply a weekend getaway, call Alexa Sanchez, Realtor at her Bushkill office at 570-588-3440 or go to asanchez@wilkins1.com or visit BHGWilkins.com.

Mountain Creek to hold wine tasting from local vineyards
Mountain Creek Grill located in Bartonsville will offer free wine tasting featuring several local wineries starting Saturday, Sept. 26, from 5 to 9 pm. when Blue Ridge winery will sample its full range of red, white, and dessert wines with a complete line of whites and blush wines.
Rowan Asher Winery of Stroudsburg will bring wine and hard cider from 5 to 9 p.m. on Oct. 3, at Mountain Creek Grill. Rowan Asher specializes in small handcrafted batches of wine. The freshest fruit is hand pressed in its old-fashioned wine press and then aged in oak barrels for 14 months, a method passed down from their family of winemakers for generations from Old World Italy. Try their gold-medal award winning Cabernet blend “Misty Love”.

Mountain View Winery and Distillery from Stroudsburg will join in from 5 to 9 p.m. on Oct. 10 at Mountain Creek Grill with its selection of wines, moonshine, vodka and brandy. Mountain View Winery and Distillery uses no artificial flavors or colors and has planted a new vineyard on its recently acquired 90 acres using only organic practices. Their winery will soon include a brewery in addition to their offering of wine, sparkling wine, port, apple pie shine, original moonshine, brandy and pure fruit-flavored vodkas. Mountain Creek Grill’s inaugural MCG Wine Festival will be held 1 to 6 p.m.,  Oct. 11.

Dimeco declares shareholders dividend
The Board of Directors of Dimeco, Inc. (OTC Pink: DIMC), based in Honesdale, declared a dividend on Sept. 10, of $0.38 per share to shareholders of record on Sept. 30. The dividend is payable on Oct. 23, the anticipated date to release earnings for the third quarter of 2015. Maintaining the dividend at a level of $0.38 per share produced a yield of 3.91 percent at the market value of $38.88 on Sept. 8.

Dimeco, Inc. is the holding company of The Dime Bank, a full service financial institution serving Northeast Pennsylvania since 1905. Dimeco, Inc. reported balances at June 30, 2015 of $611 million in total assets, loans of $461 million, and deposits of $488 million. For more information on Dimeco, Inc. and The Dime Bank, visit thedimebank.com.

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Pen Argyl insurance agent named to national council

Palma joins Executive Council of New York Life Insurance Co.
Pen Argyl resident Joseph A. Palma has been named a member of the 2015 Executive Council of New York Life Insurance Company. Members of the Executive Council are among the most successful of New York Life’s elite sales force of 12,000 licensed agents.
Palma has been a New York Life agent since 2013, and is associated with New York Life’s Northeastern Pennsylvania General Office in Scranton.
Palma holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business from East Stroudsburg University. He is a member of National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors.

Giant Food Stores consumer guide recognized nationally
Savory Fast, Fresh and Easy digital content platform and magazine created by Giant Food Stores, with a location in Bartonsville; Martin’s Food Markets and parent company Ahold USA has been recognized by Food Marketing Institute with a 2015 Gold Plate Award in the 200 or more stores category.
The Gold Plate Awards recognize retailers that are helping customers easily make family mealtime a regular occasion. Giant/Martin’s and Ahold USA were presented the award at FMI’s Health & Wellness Stakeholders Summit on Sept. 9.
“Savory was created with our customers in mind, offering a go-to guide of meal options that can help save them time, money and most importantly eat well,” said John MacDonald, director of marketing and external communications, Giant/Martin’s. “We focus on fresh, easy meals that can be made in minutes or made ahead of time to ensure that families can eat dinner together.”
Launched in June 2015, Savory Fast, Fresh and Eas is a one-stop destination for easy meal planning and entertaining ideas from recipes to tutorial videos that can be found in-store, through GIANT and MARTIN’S websites and the websites of Ahold USA’s retail divisions, or by downloading the free Savory Fast, Fresh and Easy app.
The magazine, which is a component of the overall digital content platform, is free to customers who use their loyalty card and is also available online. Regular features include budget friendly meals, recipes to cook once and eat twice and a “Take 5” feature which offers five ingredients for a fast meal.
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.

Wayne Bank parent co. reports $.31 per share cash dividend
Norwood Financial Corp. and its subsidiary Wayne Bank on Sept. 10 announced that the Board of Directors declared a $.31 per share cash dividend payable Nov. 2, to shareholders of record as of Oct. 15. The $.31 per share represents a 3.3 percent increase over the cash dividend declared in the same period of last year.   “The Board is extremely pleased to provide our shareholders with this quarterly dividend. It reflects the Company’s financial strength and strong capital position, which has contributed to a solid performance while operating in a very challenging economic environment,” Lewis J. Critelli, President and Chief Executive Officer of Norwood Financial Corp. and Wayne Bank said.
Norwood Financial Corp, through its subsidiary, Wayne Bank operates 15 offices in Northeastern Pennsylvania. As of June 30, 2015, Norwood had total assets of $751.5 million, loans outstanding of $538.9 million, total deposits of $575.6 million and total capital of $99.9 million. The company’s stock is traded on the Nasdaq Global Market under the symbol “NWFL”.

NEPA Alliance offers small business loans
NEPA Alliance has several federal and state loan programs available for small businesses in Carbon, Lackawanna, Luzerne, Monroe, Pike, Schuylkill and Wayne counties.
These low cost loans offer lower down payments and standard loan term maturities for machinery and equipment, land and building acquisition, construction and renovation.
Eligible businesses include manufacturers, industrial, agriculture/agribusiness, hospitality and tourism, related enterprises, recyclers, day care, computer related services, advanced technology, retail and service related businesses. Many other business sectors may also qualify.
The NEPA Alliance, a regional community and economic development agency, serves the seven counties of Northeastern Pennsylvania. NEPA Alliance services include business financing, government contracting assistance, international trade assistance, nonprofit assistance, transportation planning, research and information, and local government services. For more information about NEPA Alliance visit nepa-alliance.org or call 866-758-1929.
To learn more about NEPA and its loan programs, contact Dave Nat or Paul Macknosky at 570-655-5581 or 866-758-1929.

Online marketing workshop set for Hawley
For businesses looking to improve online presence and to attract the right consumers, three Northeast Pennsylvania marketing experts present the workshop “Elevate Your Brand” that addresses what’s important to you in today’s online marketing.
Tim Sohn, Laurie Guzda and David Good will present three workshops at Lake Wallenpaupack Visitors Center, Hawley, noon to 1 p.m., Sept. 29; the Northern Chamber of The Poconos, Honesdale, 5:30 to 7 p.m,, Oct. 1; and Pike County Chamber of Commerce, Milford, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., on Oct. 6.

Refreshments will be served at all seminars. Cost is $15 per person or you may bring a canned food item to support a local organization in exchange for workshop fee.
About the speakers
David Good is President of M3 Internet Marketing LLC, who helps businesses meet their online marketing goals through Search Engine Marketing. Good will discuss how to position your business online through Search Engine Marketing, Paid Advertising, Domain Name Registration, Directory Submissions and more. He’ll also explain ways to monitor website traffic through the use of website analytics like Google and to find out where the traffic is coming from and what keeps your audience most interested.
Tim Sohn is founder of Sohn Social Media Solutions, based in Shohola. Sohn Social Media Solutions provides personalized website/social media content, strategy, trainings and consulting services for individuals, businesses, nonprofits and educational institutions. Sohn will address the importance of choosing the right social networks for your business. From Facebook to Instagram to Snapchat – he’ll go through the important factors in deciding which social networks to deploy.
Laurie A. Guzda has more than 30 years of branding/marketing/advertising experience and will focus on how to make “Your Story” the most compelling, honest and distinct. She’ll discuss integrating a business’s brand across varied platforms, and, how strategic planning puts businesses in front of a targeted audience to ensure maximum performance.
Visit ElevateYourBrand.club to sign up.

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Businesses get advice on prepping for emergencies

Small Business Assn. offers disaster preparedness webinars

Hurricane season is under way. Having a business continuity plan is essential to establishing a successful and resilient small business. The cost of creating a disaster preparedness plan with a recovery component is small compared to the financial losses that may occur if there’s no plan in place.

Get help with preparedness planning through a series of free webinars in September, hosted by the U.S. Small Business Administration and Agility Recovery. The series is presented in collaboration with FEMA’s Ready Campaign, during National Preparedness Month in September. The 2015 NPM theme is “Don’t Wait. Communicate. Make your emergency plan Today.”

The 30-minute webinars will be presented at 2 p.m. EDT each Wednesday in September.
These are the topics:

• Sept. 9: “The Keystone to Disaster Recovery: Communications”
• Sept. 16: “Recover from the Most Likely Disaster: Power Outage”
• Sept. 23: “Protect Your Most Valuable Asset: Prepare Your Employees”
• Sept. 30: “If You Do Nothing Else this Year…” Simple tips to build your organization’s resilience.

To register for any of the webinars, go to http://agilityrecovery.com/buildingblocks/#section-register.

Pocono Medical Center recognized in 2015 Most Wired survey
Health data security and patient engagement are top priorities for the nation’s hospitals, according to results of the 17th annual HealthCare’s Most Wired survey, released recently by the American Hospital Association’s Health Forum and the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives.
The 2015 Most Wired survey and benchmarking study, in partnership with CHIME and sponsored by VMware, is a leading industry barometer measuring information technology use and adoption among hospitals nationwide. The survey of more than 741 participants, representing more than 2,213 hospitals, examined how organizations are leveraging IT to improve performance for value-based healthcare in the areas of infrastructure, business and administrative management, quality and safety, and clinical integration.
“Pocono Medical Center is excited to be recognized as a leader in health IT for continuously investing in new opportunities to improve care coordination, access to care, quality, and outcomes through technology,” states Ferd Feola, Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Pocono Medical Center.
According to the survey, hospitals are taking more aggressive privacy and security measures to protect and safeguard patient data. Top growth areas in security among this year’s Most Wired organizations include privacy audit systems, provisioning systems, data loss prevention, single sign-on and identity management. The survey also found:
• 96 percent of Most Wired organizations use intrusion detection systems compared to 85 percent of the all respondents. Privacy audit systems (94 percent) and security incident event management (93 percent) are also widely used.
• 79 percent of Most Wired organizations conduct incident response exercises or tabletop tests annually, a high-level estimate of the current potential for success of a cybersecurity incident response plan, compared to 37 percent of all responding hospitals.
• 83 percent of Most Wired organizations report that hospital board oversight of risk management and reduction includes cybersecurity risk.
“With the rising number of patient data breaches and cybersecurity attacks threatening the healthcare industry, protecting patient health information is a top priority for hospital customers,” said Frank Nydam, Senior Director of Healthcare at VMware. “Coupled with the incredible technology innovation taking place today, healthcare organizations need to have security as a foundational component of their mobility, cloud and networking strategy and incorporated into the very fabric of the organization”
Driven beyond the requirements of Meaningful Use Stage 2, this year’s Most Wired hospitals are utilizing the benefits of a patient portal to get patients actively involved in their health and healthcare. For instance, 89 percent of Most Wired organizations offer access to the patient portal through a mobile application. Other key findings include:
• 67 percent of Most Wired hospitals offer the ability to incorporate patient-generated data.
• 63 percent offer self-management tools for chronic conditions.
• 60 percent offer patient-specific education in multiple languages.
“We commend and congratulate this year’s Most Wired hospitals and their CIOs for improving care delivery and outcomes in our nation’s hospitals through their creative and revolutionary uses of technology,” said CHIME CEO and President Russell P. Branzell, FCHIME CHCIO. “These Most Wired organizations represent excellence in IT leadership on the frontlines of healthcare transformation.”

Wayne Bank Chief Info Officer named to statewide committee
Wayne Bank Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer Robert Mancuso has been appointed to the Pennsylvania Bankers Association Information Technology Committee. The committee communicates information to PA Bankers’ members about issues of cyber security, technological advancements and information management within the banking industry.

Wilkes prof to speak at chamber’s Women in Business luncheon
Dr. Jennifer Edmonds of Wilkes University will discuss “Power of Analytical Thinking in Business” at the Greater Pocono Chamber of Commerce’s Women in Business monthly luncheon on Sept 8 at Mountain Creek Grill in Bartonsville. Cost is $20 for chamber members, $40 for nonmembers and reservations are required by Sept. 4 by calling the chamber office at 570-421-4433.


Toll Bros. reports upward spike in third quarter

Toll Bros., which has had development in the Pocono Mountains,  got mostly favorable results in its third quarter national results. Fiscal year’s 2015′s third-quarter net income was $66.7 million, or $0.36 per share diluted, compared to net income of $97.7 million, or $0.53 per share diluted, in fiscal year 2014′s third quarter.
But net signed contracts of $1.23 billion and 1,479 units rose 30 percent in dollars  and 12 percent  in units, compared to fiscal year 2014′s third quarter. The average price of net signed contracts was $834,000, the highest quarterly average in  the company’s history, compared to $717,000 in FY 2014′s third quarter.
For the first four weeks of August, the start of the company’s fiscal year’s 2015  fourth quarter, net contracts were up 16 percent in units compared to the same  period in fiscal year 2014.
Backlog of $3.69 billion and 4,447 units rose 19 percent in dollars and 6 percent in units, compared to fiscal year 2014′s third-quarter-end backlog. This was the highest backlog for any quarter-end in eight years, dating back to fiscal year 2007′s second-quarter end. At fiscal year 2015′s third-quarter end, the average price of homes in backlog was $829,000, compared to $737,000 at FY 2014′s third-quarter end. This was the first time that the company’s average price in backlog at quarter end exceeded $800,000.
“This housing recovery appears to be built on a very solid foundation,’ Toll Bros. CEO Douglas C. Yearley Jr. said. ”We believe that the slow but steady acceleration we and the industry are experiencing bodes well for the long-term health of the housing market based on increasing household formations, pent-up demand and current industry-wide production that is still well below historic norms.”
Pocono Medical Center to open physician’s office
Pocono Medical Center’s Physician Associates at 1655 West Main St. in Stroudsburg will have an official grand opening with the Greater Pocono Chamber of Commerce at noon on Sept. 1.

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Matamoras native named insurance co. exec

Losee named vice president of sales at LCBA
Community based life insurance company Loyal Christian Benefit Association of Erie has promoted Matamoras native and Delaware Valley High School alumnus Walter H. Losee to vice president of sales.
Losee previously was a Regional Manager in LCBA’s Pre-Need market where he was responsible for the northwest corner of Pennsylvania. In his new position, Losee oversees both markets LCBA operates in – Pre-Need, and Traditional. In the Traditional Market, Walter oversees the in-house agents as well as the independent agents that are contracted with LCBA. In the Pre-Need Market, he oversees the four regional managers that represent LCBA to that market.
“We are very pleased to promote Walter to this position,” said Doug Tuttle, President and CEO. “With seven years of experience as an LCBA Regional Manager, Walter is already familiar with LCBA’s products and market. With his experience and skills, we are confident that he will help LCBA continue to grow and prosper.”
Losee holds a B.S. Degree in Rehabilitation from Penn State University.
Losee has more than 30 years of sales experience starting his career in 1978 with Curtis 1000, which, at the time, was the largest direct to consumer provider of envelopes and custom printing. He then moved on to spend a large portion of his career working for West Publishing selling legal research tools to attorneys. After a short period of time in the Financial Services field as a Broker for UBS Financial Services he became a Regional Manager in LCBA’s Pre-Need market.

Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield again earns top employee wellness award by AHA

For the sixth consecutive year, Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield (formerly Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania (BCNEPA) was awarded one of the American Heart Association’s (AHA) top honors for employers, the Start! Fit Friendly Company Gold Award for workplace wellness activities in 2014.

BCNEPA recently merged with Highmark Inc. and continues to serve northeastern and north central Pennsylvania as Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield.

“We are very proud to once again be recognized as a Fit Friendly Company by the AHA,” said Brian Rinker, senior vice president, Highmark NEPA Region. “Now that we are part of Highmark Inc., our company will continue to focus on the wellness of employees – our most valuable asset – just as we will maintain our commitment to the health of our community.”

The Gold designation recognized BCNEPA for its support of employees’ wellness through the encouragement of physical activity, promotion of healthy eating options, and availability of constant education and incentives around healthy lifestyle choices.

BCNEPA was also recognized with the Worksite Innovation Award for its E.A.S.E. (Education, Action, and Support for all Employees) program in 2014. Out of approximately 2,700 applications approved by the AHA from companies across the nation seeking Gold or Platinum status, BCNEPA was one of only 36 companies to earn this award nationwide.

The E.A.S.E. program was designed to help employees better manage stress in the workplace. Topics of the program included understanding stress, reacting to stress, work/life balance, and eating tips for managing stress. According to post-program surveys, more than 90 percent of employees who participated found the E.A.S.E. program to be beneficial for dealing with workplace stress.

The AHA’s Fit Friendly program addresses the growing concern of physical inactivity and its health consequences. To advance this objective, the Fit Friendly program recognizes companies that are championing the health of their employees by creating a culture of “workplace wellness.”

Highmark Inc. has received recognition for its employee wellness efforts as well.

In April of this year, the company was honored with the AHA’s Fit Friendly Award and Worksite Innovation Award for focusing on management support of health and wellness via the Health Tools program. Health Tools are customized and convenient wellness programs designed to meet specific departmental needs within the company.

This marked the third straight year Highmark Inc. earned a Fit Friendly Award for its commitment to creating a workplace that emphasizes healthy lifestyles through access to a company fitness center, wellness coaching and other programs designed to lower health risks.

About Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield
Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield serves approximately 3.2 million members through the company’s health care benefits business and employs more than 4,700 people in western and northeastern Pennsylvania. Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, an association of independent Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies. For more information, visit www.highmark.com.

Kimberly Jones to speak at Women in Business luncheon
“Questions Employers Should Ask When Interviewing a Potential New Employee” will be discussed by Kimberly Jones of PA Career Link when the Greater Pocono Chamber of Commerce’s Women in Business monthly luncheon is held Aug. 11 at noon at Terraview in Stroudsburg. Luncheon reservations for $20 for Chamber members and $40 for nonmembers must be made by Aug. 7 by calling the chamber office at 570-421-4433.

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Price Chopper names new president

Grimmett, who remains as chief operating officer, is first non-family member tapped for top post
The Golub Corp., parent company of Price Chopper Supermarkets, Market 32 and Market Bistro has named Scott Grimmett as president/chief operating officer – the first non-Golub in the company’s history to hold the title.
Grimmett will continue to report to Jerry Golub, who will continue to serve as CEO of the company. Neil Golub remains executive chairman of the board.
Grimmett joined Price Chopper as executive vice president and chief operating officer in 2012, bringing with him 37 years of experience at Safeway, the last nine of which were spent serving as president of that chain’s 143-store Denver division.
“We knew that Scott had the skills to help propel our company forward in an increasingly competitive marketplace and challenging economy,” said Jerry Golub, CEO. “He is an innovative and strategic leader with a customer-centric focus and deep understanding of how to make the shopping experience a true differentiator. He has made a tremendous contribution to the evolution of our brand over the last three years.”

Camelback Lodge, Aquatopia complete Phase II
Camelback Lodge & Aquatopia Indoor Waterpark, opened Phase I on May 1, 2015 and has welcomed tens of thousands of guests to the biggest indoor waterpark in the Northeast, announces the completion of Phase II: an additional 216 guest suites, Serenity Spa & Fitness Center, and Trails End Pub and Grille. The 453-room indoor waterpark resort, is now complete.
With Phase II complete, Camelback now offers 453 guest rooms and suites in 20 different configurations, designed to accommodate families, couples and large groups. Phase I included 237 guest suites while Phase II introduces the additional 216, including several new larger styles and loft suites that can accommodate up to 14 guests. Camelback Lodge’s mountain-modern architecture and design extends throughout all 453 guest rooms and suites.
For more than 20 years, Camelback Resort co-owners, Arthur Berry III and Ken Ellis, who is also the President and CEO of Aquatic Development Group, the lead designer and builder of Aquatopia, envisioned developing an indoor waterpark resort of their own. After years of research and planning, they purchased Camelback Resort in 2005 with the plan to one day transform the seasonal ski and outdoor waterpark attraction into a year-round, overnight destination. In the 10 years that ensued, they expanded the operations of the ski resort to offer terrain-based learning programs, winning the coveted Conversion Cup in 2014 from the National Ski Area’s Association, expanded the attractions at Camelbeach Waterpark, the largest outdoor waterpark in Pennsylvania, opened Camelback Mountain Adventures, offering zip-lines, multiple tree-tops courses and steel Mountain Coaster, and now, after 18 months of construction, completed Phase II of Camelback Lodge & Aquatopia Indoor Waterpark.
“Camelback Lodge & Aquatopia is designed to be vastly different from your typical indoor waterpark resort,” said co-owner Arthur Berry III. “Because of our mountain location, we appeal to a very broad demographic and generational mix. Since opening our doors in May, we’ve welcomed a lot of families, but also couples, groups, wedding parties, honeymooners, and outdoor enthusiasts. Our guests have embraced not only the amenities located inside the new Lodge, but the outdoor adventures as well. With the opening of Phase II, we are now able to accommodate even more guests by doubling the guest rooms, and deliver a superior guest experience through an array of services.”

First Keystone promoted four, appoints three to board
First Keystone Corporation, the parent company of First Keystone Community Bank in Berwick promoted Jonathan Littlewood, commercial services officer, and Jeff Wozniak, IT manager to vice president; Mary Pascucci, training coordinator, and Rebecca Hooper, trust officer, to assistant vice president, and Daniel DeFinnis, community office manager and Leslie Cote, mortgage originator to assistant cashier.
Also at the annual meeting, Jerome F. Fabian, John G. Gerlach and David R. Saracino were re-elected as Directors of First Keystone Corp. They will serve on both the Board of Directors of First Keystone Corporation and First Keystone Community Bank for an additional three years.
First Keystone Community Bank is an independently owned community bank since 1864 and presently operates branches in Columbia (5), Luzerne (8), Montour (1) and Monroe (4) counties.

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Bizzy Awards to be held at new location

Local business gala awards event nears Chamber entry deadline
The Greater Pocono Chamber of Commerce has set a June 30 deadline to accept entries for its 10th annual Bizzy Awards in September. It is being moved to Pocono Palace Resort in Marshalls Creek.
There will be 14 categories awarded this year. Call Pat Metzgar at 570-41-4433 for details.

Smoke shop opens in East Stroudsburg
Newly opened RAP SMOKES at 78 S. Courtland St., Suite 2, in East Stroudsburg sells pipes, pipe accessories, cigarettes, cigarette accessories, a limited selection of vapor products, hookahs, cigars, cigarette and pipe tobacco, self-service coffee, cold water and soda, and snacks.
It is open from 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Call 570-213-0389 for details.

Ben Franklin group reports job growth
The Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania has reported that 1,189 northeastern Pennsylvania jobs were created or retained as a result of its work in 2014, creating a cumulative total of 39,558 job creations or retentions since the program’s inception in 1983.
Client companies raised an additional $67.3 million in follow-on funding from angel investors, venture capitalists, and other investors in 2014, for a total of $1.357 billion since 2007. These results were accomplished in BFTP/NEP’s 21-county service area, including Carbon, Monroe, Pike and Wayne counties.

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