Architect who worked at Mount Airy joins Scranton firm

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

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

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

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Pocono ProFoods names Ahnert COO

Former chief information officer led technology advances
Kevin Ahnert, Chief Information Officer for Pocono ProFoods for the past six years, has been appointed Chief Operating Officer.
Ahnert guided the company, which last year changed its name from Pocono Produce, through the involved process of IT conversion to a new ERP operating system. He also led the company in varasious other advances over that time, including voice assisted product selection, warehouse management, improved communication capabilities with customers and vendors, the newest in signature capture technology allowing for improved customer service and delivery efficiencies, a 50 percent reduction in paper consumption.
Ahnert has been on the corporation’s Board of Directors since 2010 and was appointed Pocono ProFoods Alternate Proxy to the F.A.B. Brands Cooperative in Atlanta in 2014. His expanded responsibilities include deeper involvement helping Pocono ProFoods continue to grow and expand its influence in the foodservice distribution industry in its primary focus area of the Northeast and Mid Atlantic markets.

Bizzy Awards adds new category, changes two others
Deadline is June 16 to submit nominees for the Greater Pocono Chamber of Commerce’s ninth annual Bizzy Awards gala on Sept. 18 at the Chateau in Tannersville will include a new award category — Best Supportive Staff Person for an employee whose work has made a difference in the performance of the company.
Also for this year, requirements for Best Medium Business have changed. It’s now for businesses with 10 to 50 employees, while the Best Large Business category has changed to those with more than 50 employees. There will be 12 awarded categories for nominated chamber members but the public is welcome to the event.
The Bizzy Awards is open to all members of the Greater Pocono Chamber of Commerce.
Red carpet cocktails start at 5:30 p.m. and dinner at 7 p.m. The awards telecast will start around 8:30 p.m. and be broadcast live and re-broadcast on Blue Ridge Communications TV13 and 613HD.
Tickets for the Bizzy Awards dinner are $85 each or a table of 10 for $800. Call the chamber for ticket information at 570-421-4433. or George Roberts at 570-664-7399.

Norwood, Wayne Bank posts $.30 per share dividend
The Board of Directors of Norwood Financial Corp and its subsidiary Wayne Bank on Sept. 12 declared a $.30 per share cash dividend payable Nov. 3, to shareholders of record as of Oct. 15. The $.30 per share represents a 3.5% increase over the cash dividend declared in the third quarter of last year.

Breast cancer awareness theme for Pocono chamber’s Women in Business luncheon
Greater Pocono Chamber of Commerce will hold a “Pink Out” Luncheon for Breast Cancer Awareness presented by Pocono Medical Center for its monthly Women in Business luncheon meeting at noon on Oct. 14 at the Dale and Frances Hughes Cancer Center in East Stroudsburg.
Come early by 11 a.m. for the fun photo booth and event tables and wear something pink to enter the raffle for the pink Coach watch. The luncheon costs $20 for chamber members and $40 for nonmembers. Reservations are requred. Call the chamber at 570-421-4433 for details.

PMC receives platinum level achievement honor
Pocono Medical Center will be recognized as a Platinum-Level Achiever and as the hospital that completed the widest variety of activities during the 2014 Pennsylvania Donate Life Hospital Challenge, sponsored by the Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania in partnership with Gift of Life Donor Program. This award demonstrates the commitment to the organ and tissue donation process and saving lives at Pocono Medical Center.
From Feb. 28 to May 15, participating hospitals throughout Pennsylvania held activities to inspire and increase donor awareness and designations within their hospital families and captured those activities on a scorecard. Participants strived to achieve platinum, gold, silver and bronze level point totals on the scorecard. Forty-six hospitals participated in this year’s Donate Life Hospital Challenge and Pocono Medical Center was one of 12 hospitals throughout the state to achieve 1,000 points and achieve Platinum status.
The Pennsylvania Donate Life Hospital Challenge is part of HAP’s partnership with the American Hospital Association and the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Administration’s Workplace Partnership for Life Hospital Campaign.

ESU receives $275K grant for workforce developmen
East Stroudsburg University’s Office of Workforce Development was awarded $274,688 for fiscal year 2014-15 to support workforce training through the Workforce and Economic Development Network of Pennsylvania. Funding for WEDnetPA is provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development.
The WEDnetPA Program provides qualified companies with funds to train their employees in the areas of “Essential Skills” (up to $450 per eligible employee, maximum of $75,000 per company) and “Advanced Technology Skills” (up to $850 per eligible employee, maximum of $50,000 per company).  Funding is available primarily to manufacturing and information technology-based industries including financial, biotech and environmental companies.
The deadline to apply for WEDnetPA training funds is Sept. 30.
The following eligibility requirements must be met: employers must be based in Pennsylvania or have a significant presence in the state; employees must earn at least 150% of current federal minimum wage, excluding benefits; jobs must be permanent full-time positions eligible for full-time benefits, and participation is limited to two years in a row and three out of the past five years.
Please note that point-of-sale retail businesses, gaming establishments, training vendors, employment agencies, government agencies, government-owned facilities, education and nonprofit entities are not eligible.
“WEDnetPA’s mission is to improve the skill level and productivity in Pennsylvania’s workforce to strengthen the business environment of the Commonwealth,” said Sharone Glasco, director of workforce development at ESU.  “Ongoing training for new and existing employees enhances business opportunities to increase skill sets, improve efficiencies, support professional development and remain competitive in a global economy.”
East Stroudsburg University is a certified WEDnetPA partner authorized to apply for funding on a company’s behalf. To find out if your company is eligible visit .wednetpa.com.
For additional information and to apply, contact Glasco at 570-422-7952 or sglasco@esu.edu.

 

 

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Visitors Bureau social media manager gets national honor

Berger earns Rising Star award for significant work over first three years on job

Brittany Berger, Social Media manager of the Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau, was named the U.S. Travel Association’s Rising Star at its annual Educational Seminar for Tourism Organizations in Louisville. During the three day conference, awards were given to recognize achievements by Destination Marketing Organizations and employees of the tourism industry, including the Rising Star for employees who have made significant contributions to the destination marketing industry in less than three years on the job.
In the photo  Brittany Berger, left, Social Media Manager at the PMVB, receives the Rising Star Award from Barbara Steinfeld, chair of US Travel’s Destination Council.
Berger, a 2011 graduate of Penn State University, interned with the PMVB during college and began her career in tourism upon graduation. She is responsible for the bureau’s six social media accounts; Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, YouTube and Flickr. Under her watch, these accounts have seen significant growth and continue to engage visitors and potential visitors with stories and images of the Pocono Mountains.
“I feel honored to be recognized for my contributions to tourism in the Pocono Mountains,” Berger said. “I was happy to represent the Pocono Mountains among travel and tourism professionals throughout the country.”
This isn’t Berger’s first national recognition. Earlier this summer the National Park Service at the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, in conjunction with the PMVB, was presented the Beacon Award from the American Recreation Coalition. The award was given for the park’s ability to engage with visitors through technology. Last fall Berger began the #TakeONPocono campaign encouraging visitors and locals to share their photos of the Pocono Mountains on Instagram using the hashtag. The park, as a partner in the campaign, used the photos shared to showcase the outdoor recreation and scenery the region has to offer. As the campaign grew, it became evident the National Recreation Area was a favorite way for visitors to Take On Pocono.

Blake Martin affiliate gets national magazine broker-dealer honor
Blake Martin, seen in photo, of Blake Martin Financial, based in Cresco, announced today his broker-dealer, Cambridge Investment Research Inc. was named by Investment Advisor magazine as ‘2014 Broker-Dealer of the Year in Division IV’ – the division representing independent broker-dealers with over 1,000 producing advisors. The honor is based on the results of the annual poll conducted by the magazine in June of this year. Cambridge has earned this honor six of the last eight years, and was previously honored in 2013, 2012, 2010, 2008, and 2007 as Broker-Dealer of the Year in Division IV and in 2003 for Division III.
“Being named Broker-Dealer of the Year is important to us because it means hundreds of our advisors felt strongly enough about Cambridge to take the time and engage in this poll,” said Eric Schwartz, Cambridge Chairman and CEO. “We are in the business of serving our advisors and the greatest reward in the service business is being complimented about your service and valued for your services. For this we are most appreciative and greatly humbled.”
“Service, service, service – our service for our advisors is always foremost in our minds and actions,” said Amy Webber, Cambridge President. “The Broker-Dealer of the Year honor is an honor and a measure of success we consider along with our own annual satisfaction survey and other meaningful industry polls. We continually raise our very high standards for service and we are thrilled we continue to earn high marks from our advisors.”
Cambridge’s honor is based on receiving high marks in all categories, and a composite score that was highest among its peers. Several thousand credentialed voters – representatives of independent broker-dealers – cast ballots, and those broker-dealers that gained the highest composite scores were awarded the honors in four different divisions based on their number of producing rep-advisors. The winning broker-dealers are profiled in Investment Advisor’s September 2014 issue and online via ThinkAdvisor.
Blake Martin is a local financial professional in the Pocono Mountains who helps business owners and individuals/families manage their financial future. As an independent financial advisor, Martin has the freedom to structure his business in a manner that best serves his clients 

Chamber of Commerce Bizzy Awards approaching
Tickets are on sale at the Greater Pocono Chamber of Commerce for the annual Bizzy Awards gala event taking place Sept. 18 at the Chateau in Tannersville. Tickets can be purchased at the office at 556 Main St., Stroudsburg, PA 18360. Call 570-421-4433,

Pocono Family YMCA to give fitness talk at chamber luncheon
Pocono Family YMCA celebrating its 100th year will give a presentation of “Don’t Just Sit: Promoting Movement in the Workplace” to The Women in Business at its luncheon meeting at noon on Tuesday, Sept. 9 at Alaska Pete’s Roadhouse Grill. It costs $20 for chamber members and $40 for nonmembers. Reservations are required by calling the chamber at 570-421-4433.
The Chamber also will hold a business card exchange Business Card Exchange 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 8 at Dale & Frances Hughes Cancer Center, 231 East Brown St. in East Stroudsburg It’s free for chamber members and $30 for nonmembers.

Pocono Health Service VP selected for Spirit of Women board
Paulette Nish, vice president of Patient Care/Chief Nursing Officer at Pocono Health System in East Stroudsburg, PA, has been selected to serve on the Advisory Board of Spirit of Women, a national network of leading hospitals dedicated to improving women’s lives with innovative health and community programs. Nish’s appointment was announced to the Spirit of Women network of hospitals at their National Executive Meeting last month in Miami, Florida. Her term runs through June, 2016.
Nish joins an elite group of healthcare leaders from hospitals across the country, all of whom were selected based on the scope of their responsibilities both at work and in their communities, and also, for their ability to represent the voice and needs of today’s healthcare consumer.

Pike library, community foundation co-host fiduciary workshop
The Pike County Public Library and The Greater Pike Community Foundation co-host a fiduciary workshop for board members and staff of notnprofit organizations, 4 to 8 p.m. on Sept. 22, at the library, 119 East Harford St. Milford. The four-hour workshop will be conducted by Kurt R. Bauman, MBA, and Executive Director of the Nonprofit and Community Assistance Center.
The program will provide tools and guidelines for non-profit leaders and Board management to avoid risks and maximize opportunities.
The cost is $20 per person, which covers cost of the workshop, refreshments, and dinner.
Space is limited; email reservations to kirk.mackey@gmail.com. CQ

Northampton company achieves international environmental certification
East Penn Sanitation, a transfer station and waste disposal company in Northampton County, has again achieved certification for the International Organization for Standardization, a classification that addresses various aspects of environmental management. ISO provides practical tools for organizations to identify and control their environmental impacts and constantly improve their environmental performance.
East Penn Sanitation achieved the original distinction in 2008. The other standards in the certification focus on specific environmental aspects such as life cycle analysis, communication, waste type identification, reporting and auditing.
The East Penn Sanitation transfer station has the ability to use railroad for the transportation of construction and demolition waste for disposal. This enables the company to be highly competitive while minimizing truck traffic and fuel consumption; major components to the company’s ISO Management System.
Locally owned, the East Penn Sanitation facility features paved roads and is under roof therefore the environment is safer, cleaner, less muddier and easier for individuals, businesses and institutions using the facility. Turnaround time for dumping is under 30 minutes, saving the customer time and money.
Since 1982, the family owned East Penn Sanitation has served the Lehigh Valley with residential and commercial waste services including roll off, quick delivery dumpsters, and curbside pick-up, in addition to the transfer station. 

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Local French restaurant goes German

Former Knowlton, N.J. bistro now a ‘biergarten’ under new management

It’s hard to find a restaurant with a menu dedicated to German food in the Monroe County region.

But anyone on the Labor Day weekend looking for Bavarian fare can check out a longstanding restaurant at 14 Route 46 in Knowlton, N.J. that just changed its business plan and menu.

The Buckwood Bistro that has drawn a clientele from the Stroudsburg region for its French and Acadian cuisine, has changed its name to Jagerstein Biergarten and its menu to schnitzel and wuerste.  A German band will perform on Sundays and there will be live jazz music starting in September. It had a soft opening in early August and Jean Luis Todeschini, the longtime chef and owner of the old Buckwood Bistro who apprenticed cooking French cuisine in his native country and at one time cooked German food for Luchow’s in Manhattan and his restaurant has had an Oktoberfest celebration every year. He said there is a trend of German restaurant openings in the region.

Changes took place under the restaurant’s new six-person management team.

“It’s been very successful and busy. We’ve been getting a lot of compliments,” said Todeschini. “It was costing up to $60 for a French diner and these dinners cost in the $20 range.” Beef or pork sandwiches cost $4.75 to $6.95 and chicken or pork schnitzel or vegetarian eggplant schnitzel costs $7.95. There also are German-themed salads and soups and a Jagerstein party platter costs $15.95 and the Best of the Wurst plate costs $12.95 and German entree specials of the day that cost $10.95 to $16.95.

Call 908-475-5777 for hours and details.

 

Salvation Army to host estate planning seminar

There are openings available for the free estate planning seminar at noon on Sept. 10 at the East Stroudsburg Salvation Army Citadel, East Stroudsburg. Reservations are required and lunch is provided.

Salvation Army guest presenters will include Pocono Record Business page financial columnist Erin Baehr of Baehr Family Financial, CPA, Scott Miller, CPA, CFE, CVA of Riley & Company, Stroudsburg; Jeffrey Wright, Esq. of Cramer, Swetz & McManus; Sharon Somers, CAP, Director of Planned Giving for the Salvation Army’s Eastern Pennsylvania and Delaware Division; and Samuel Newman, Esq. Chairman of the Salvation Army East Stroudsburg Corps Endowment Committee. Topics for the seminar will include estate tax, the Hometown Endowment Fund, tax changes, and charitable gift annuities. In addition, the presenters will cover the importance of a will and retirement planning.   

Major James Gingrich, Commanding Officer of the East Stroudsburg Corps said, ”The event is just meant to be informative, and provides an overview of taxes, estate planning and what we do here to help our neighbors cope in difficult financial times.”

Reservations for the seminar can be made by calling the East Stroudsburg Corp at 570-421-3050. There are no pre-qualifying forms; this is an open review of what is happening in estate planning. Gingrich said.

 

Pocono Health System/PMC offers 3D mammogram

Pocono Health System/Pocono Medical Center is offering Hologic 3D Mammography for breast cancer screening. 3D mammography produces a three-dimensional view of the breast tissue that helps radiologists identify and characterize individual breast structures without the confusion of overlapping tissue. 

In the June 25, 2014 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), a groundbreaking study was published that found Hologic’s 3D mammography (breast tomosynthesis) screening technology significantly increased cancer detection while simultaneously reducing the number of false positives.

The study, “Breast Cancer Screening Using Tomosynthesis in Combination with Digital Mammography,”, reviewed close to half a million mammography exams. The researchers found that 3D mammography finds significantly more invasive or lethal cancers than a traditional mammogram. According to the study’s results, 3D mammography also reduces the number of women called back for unnecessary screenings due to false alarms.  That reduces anxiety, as well as health care costs.

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Longtime Woodloch Spring CC golf pro wins state open title

Pillar has headed local course since 1992
John Pillar Sr., PGA Director of Golf at The Country Club at Woodloch Springs, won in a sudden death playoff the recent Pennsylvania Golf Association Open at the Country Club of York.
Pillar managed to claim victory with a final score of 1-under 71, for a three-day final score totaling 2-under 208. Pillar birdied the first playoff hole to claim the title, defeating 2010 Pennsylvania Golf Association Open champion Robert Rohanna of Waynesburg.
“Having come so close in the past, it is beyond gratifying to finally pull through with a win. I made a plan and stuck with it through three days of tough conditions,” said Pillar. “Even more so, I’m honored to bring the win back to my coworkers at Woodloch, who are like family to me, as well as to the Northeastern Pennsylvania region.”
John Pillar has been the PGA Director of Golf at The Country Club at Woodloch Springs since the club opened in 1992 as part of the all-inclusive family resort, Woodloch Pines. As a nationally-recognized golf course and a member of the PGA affiliate courses with 18 holes, Woodloch Springs offers players a unique destination, providing a challenging course for players of all levels. Pillar manages the entire golf operation for the 450-acre residential community located in Hawley. He is president of the Philadelphia Section PGA and president of the Pocono Professional Golf Series.

Local employers can be recognized for workplace wellness programs
Chamber’s Healthy Workplace Awards nominations close Aug. 22
Employers that have implemented successful workplace wellness programs now have an opportunity to be recognized for their efforts. In cooperation with seven regional chambers of commerce and the ChamberChoice program, Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania is seeking nominations for the 2014 Healthy Workplace Awards Program. The deadline is Friday, Aug. 22.
The winners of the annual awards will be honored by their local chamber of commerce later this year. Previous Healthy Workplace Awards winners can also be nominated for the Continuing Excellence Award, which recognizes a past award recipient that continues to pursue workplace wellness.
In 2013, East Stroudsburg University was recognized by the Greater Pocono Chamber of Commerce for its successful wellness program and Pocono Medical Center received the 2013 Continuing Excellence Award.
Pocono area employers may nominate themselves, or can be nominated by a third party, by visiting chamberchoice.com and clicking on Services, then Employer Sponsored Health Insurance to download the form from the left-hand side of the page. Nominations may also be submitted by calling the chamber at 570-421-4433.

Casiano named property manager at NEPA Management Associates
Maureen Casiano has been hired as property manager for NEPA Management Associates.
Casiano has been involved in property management since 2004. Her resume includes the position of Property Manager for Creekview Apartments and the Bridge Street Apartments from 2004 until 2010. Prior to that, Casiano was an Administrative Assistant at NDC Properties/Milford Commons from 2000 to 2004.
In her position as Property Manager for NEPA Management Associates, Casiano will be responsible for a portfolio of management accounts. She will also solicit new accounts, primarily in the Pike, Carbon and Lackawanna areas.
NEPA Management Associates at 404 Park Ave. in Stroudsburg employs three property managers, an administrative assistant and a full-service Accounting Department which provides numerous levels of bookkeeping for Community Associations, condo complexes, townhome communities and rental accounts.
Earlier in 2014, NEPA hired Amy Evans as Manager of Long-term and Corporate Rentals. Evans is responsible for over 140 rental units and 25 corporate rental units.
“NEPA Management Associates is poised to expand in excess of 400 percent over the next three years,” said company CEO Thomas R. Wilkins. Bringing Casiano on board is just one phase of our expansion plans. Currently, we have over 36 management accounts which do not include our corporate and long-term rentals units.”

Pocono Y to give presentation at chamber’s Business in Women luncheon
Pocono Family YMCA will present “Don’t Just Sit: Promoting Movement in the Workplace” for the Greater Pocono Chamber of Commerce Women in Business luncheon at noon on Sept. 9 at Alaska Pete’s Roadhouse Grill in Marshalls Creek.
Cost is $20 for chamber members and $40 for nonmembers and reservations are required by calling he chamber at 570-421-4433.
Adrienne Primrose of Blissful Existence is sponsor.
Part of the proceeds collected through the monthly raffle goes to the chamber’s annual scholarship fund.

Online shopping at two local Weis Markets
Weis Markets today has launched online shopping this summer with in-store pick-up at its Tannersville store since early this summer and more recently at its Brodheadsville store. at weismarkets.com/onlineshopping.
Weis Online Shopping allows customers to order online and pay through a secure PayPal system or at the store with curbside checkout. Customers can place their orders at any time and schedule a convenient pick-up time that suits their schedule.
Each order is handpicked by trained personal shoppers and then carefully stored until pick-up.
Customers can use their Weis Preferred Shopper’s card as well as paper and eCoupons.

Pocono Medical center adds four physicians
Four physicians have joined the Dale and Frances Hughes Cancer Center.
Michael Marte, MD is a full time medical oncologist, previously working as chief of hematology/oncology at the William Beaumont Army Medical Center. Board certified in internal medicine, hematology and oncology, Marte has been involved in the training of interns, residents, fellows and nursing staff and served as a principal investigator for research protocols. He received his medical degree from Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York and completed both an internal medicine residency and his fellowship in hematology/oncology at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center.
Christine Kim, MD comes to the Poconos from Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center and the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology at Thomas Jefferson University. Kim is a gynecologic surgical oncologist trained in robotic surgery. Highly skilled in minimally invasive laparoscopy (including the da Vinci Robot), she performs fertility-sparing procedures including radical trachelectomy for early stage cervical cancer, radical ovarian tumor debulking and sentinel lymph node mapping for gynecological malignancies. Kim received her medical degree from SUNY at Stony Brook School of Medicine, performed her residency at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York and completed her fellowship in GYN surgical oncology at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.
Michael Ramirez, MD, also worked previously as a medical oncologist from Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Thomas Jefferson University, specializing in second opinions for cancer diagnoses. Board certified in internal medicine, hematology and medical oncology, Ramirez received his medical degree from Temple University School of Medicine, where he also performed a residency. He completed his fellowship at Duke University Medical Center.
Gennady Bratslavsky, MD, previously was professor and chairman of the Department of Urology at SUNY Upstate Medical University. Prior to SUNY, he was a member of the senior staff at the National Cancer Institute where he also completed his fellowship in urologic oncology. Active in both clinical and basic science research, Bratslavsky also performs robotic surgical procedures. He is a graduate of Albany Medical College, where he received his degree with Distinction in Research and completed a residency in urologic surgery. Bratslavsky will be providing his services in partnership with Urology Associates and Pocono Medical Center.

 

Pocono Chamber holds business card exchange
The event, which is free for Greater Pocono Chamber of Commerce members and $30 for non members, takes place 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 8 at the Dale & Frances Hughes Cancer Center, 231 East Brown St., East Stroudsburg. For reservations, call the chamber at 570-421-4433.

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Weichert Real Estate in Milford names top Realtors

Rumbousek, Distasi earn monthly honors
Weichert Realtors-Ruffino Real Estate Realtor Liza Rombousek has earned the Milford agency’s title of Realtor of the Month for June for the third time in 2014 and Realtor Marcia Distasi earned the July honor.
Rombousek joined the agency in April and won the honor, then again in May and now takes a bow as the June honoree. “This record is almost unheard of for someone so new to the company,” said Realtor/Owner Donna Ruffino, who explained that Rombousek had the most overall production in June, logging two new sales, a “sold” listing, four new listings and three new buyer relationship contracts.
Distasi put several of her listings into contract, listed two new properties, made two new sales and closed several rentals — all in the month of July. Distasi, who joined the company nine years ago, has been a frequent Realtor of the Month honoree.
The office is located at 406 W. Harford St. in Milford,

Wayne Memorial health center adds physician
Wayne Memorial Community Health Centers has added board certified family physician David A. Wood, DO, FAAFP to its staff. Wood has been practicing at WMCHC’s Hamlin Family Health Center, located at 543 Easton Turnpike on Route 191 since the beginning of July.
“We are very pleased to have Dr. Wood as part of our team in Hamlin,” stated Frederick Jackson, executive director of WMCHC. “His past experience as the medical director of a center similar to ours has afforded him the opportunity to practice in both routine office and urgent care settings.”
Wood earned a medical degree from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed his residency through the Wyoming Valley Family Practice Program. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science. Prior to completing his medical degree, Wood worked as a pharmacist in the Hamlin and Honesdale areas. He is also a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, where he rose to the rank of major.
Wood most recently held the position of Medical Director of the Sullivan County Medical Center, Laporte.

Orthopedic specialist to talk at chamber luncheon
Allister Williams of Mountain Valley Orthopedics will discuss “Why a Healthy Back is Important to a Healthy Business” at the Greater Pocono Chamber of Commerce Women in Business noontime luncheon Aug. 12 at Terraview at Stroudsmoor Country Inn in Stroudsburg.
It costs $20 for chamber members and $40 for nonmembers. Reservations are required. Call the chamber offices at 570-421-4433 for details.

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Another financing option for healthcare professionals

Citizens Bank launches Healthcare Practice banking in region
Citizens Bank, with five branches in Monroe County, two in Pike and one Business Center in Lackawanna County that serves Luzerne, Monroe, Pike and Lackawanna counties, has launched of its HealthCare Practice Banking Group in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware.
The specialized banking group, meeting the financial needs of medical, dental and eye care practices and professionals in other markets, was first introduced in 2013 in Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island.
“Given the size and importance of the health care sector and our track record of helping health care practices succeed and grow, our HealthCare Practice Banking Group is uniquely positioned to meet the special challenges and financial requirements of medical, dental and eye care practices,” said Quincy Miller, president of Business Banking for Citizens.
Medical, dental and eye care professionals and practices use the products and services offered by the HealthCare Practice Banking Group to:
• Manage cash and increase cash flow flexibility.
• Foster practice growth with short-term working capital and longer-term financing arrangements for equipment purchases, practice acquisitions, start-ups, renovations, expansion and more.
• Optimize personal wealth with a designated Premier Banker to map a financial plan, including a special home purchase program for medical professionals and a low variable rate or fixed rate loan product for refinancing medical school debt.
The new Citizens Bank team serving health care practices in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware includes seasoned bankers with vast experience in the medical field, and a combined experience of more than 65 years:
“We have realized a lot of success since launching the HealthCare Practice Banking Group last year and I’m excited to be able to expand our footprint,” said Lisa Enright, senior vice president and head of the HealthCare Practice Banking Group. “The new team brings a wealth of experience that will allow us to provide the specialized service that health care practices and professionals need in the Mid-Atlantic region.”
For more information about HealthCare Practice Banking, call 1-860-440-4217.To learn more about Citizens Bank, customers can call the 24/7 customer contact center at 1-800-922-9999, Like the bank on Facebook, follow the bank on Twitter or visit the Citizens Bank website.
Citizens Financial Group Inc. is one of the nation’s oldest and largest financial institutions, with $126.9 billion in assets as of March 31. Headquartered in Providence, he company offers a broad range of retail and commercial banking products and services to individuals, small businesses, middle-market companies, large corporations and institutions and offers mobile and online banking, a 24/7 customer contact center and approximately 3,100 ATMs and approximately 1,200 Citizens Bank and Charter One branches in 11 states in the New England, Mid-Atlantic and Midwest regions.
Citizens operates via subsidiaries Citizens Bank, N.A., and Citizens Bank of Pennsylvania. Additional information about Citizens and its line of products and services can be found atcitizensbank.com.

Pocono Raceway Solar Farm hits milestone
Nearly four years to the day of the original dedication of Pocono Raceway’s solar farm, the total amount of energy produced by the 25-acre facility reached the 15,000,000 kilowatt hour mark. “The Tricky Triangle’s” solar installation consists of 39,960 American-made photovoltaic modules (or solar panels) which will produce an estimated 72 Million kilowatt hours of energy over the next 20 years. The system will offset more than 3,104 metric tons of carbon dioxide annually and will generate enough power, beyond the power needs of Pocono Raceway, to provide the electricity needs for more than 300 homes.
“It is amazing to see the amount of energy produced by the solar farm in this short period of time,” said Pocono Raceway President/CEO Brandon Igdalsky. “To put the amount of energy produced into layman’s terms, the solar farm has saved over 1,215,000 gallons of fuel. This would equal 121,500 trips from New York City or Philadelphia to Pocono Raceway in a vehicle, such as an RV, using 10 miles per gallon of gasoline.
“When I watch the NASCAR Green commercial during race broadcasts, there is a line which asks Greg Biffle, ‘Got solar to power the sport?’ The amount of fuel we have saved would power the top three levels of NASCAR for about two-and-a-half seasons. So, I guess, we really could power the sport.”
The 15 million (kWh) produced has already impacted the environment, with a saving of carbon dioxide to offset equaling 270,000 trees or 443,460 Propane BBQ Grills.
The Raceway has been awarded a number of environmental awards for its sustainable energy efforts, including the Excellence in Renewable Energy Awards, Readers Choice Award presented by RenewableEnergyWorld.com and the Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence, presented each year by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. These awards highlight the best in environmental innovation and expertise.
The Pocono Raceway Solar Farm is located along Long Pond Road adjacent Pocono Raceway’s 2.5-mile Super Speedway. Pocono Raceway will host the GoBowling.com 400 race Aug. 1 to 3.

ESSA financial report reflects progress from a year ago
ESSA Bancorp, Inc., the holding company for ESSA Bank & Trust, a $1.56 billion asset financial institution providing full service retail and commercial banking, financial and investment services, announced a reported net income of $2.6 million, or $0.24 per diluted share, for the three months ended June 30, 2014. It compares favorably with net income of $1.9 million, or $0.16 per diluted share, for the three months ended June 30, 2013.
For the nine months ended June 30, 2014, the Company reported net income of $6.1 million, or $0.56 per diluted share, compared with net income of $6.8 million, or $0.58 per diluted share, for the corresponding 2013 period. Results for the three and nine month periods ended June 30, 2014 reflect earnings contribution from Franklin Security Bancorp, acquired in April, 2014, a reduced provision for loan losses, declines in the accretion of the fair market adjustments that resulted from the Company’s acquisition of First Star Bancorp, along with lower gains from the sales of investments and loans compared to the three and nine month periods ended June 30, 2013.

Dougherty joins Foley Law Firm’s Scranton office
Attorney Brian J. Dougherty, Esq., of Dunmore has been added to the Scranton office of the Foley Lawn Firm, which serves personal injury clients throughout northeastern and central Pennsylvania from its offices that includes Stroudsburg.
Dougherty was educated in local schools and earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Scranton. He graduated from The Dickinson School of Law at Penn State University. Dougherty is admitted to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court and is certified to practice in the U.S. District Court for the Middle and Eastern Districts of Pennsylvania. He is a member of the Pennsylvania Association for Justice and the Pennsylvania Bar Association.
Prior to joining the Foley team, Dougherty worked as a trial attorney for eight years for an insurance company and has extensive experience in automobile, trucking and insurance bad faith litigation. He is transitioning from the defendant’s side to the plaintiff’s and is well experienced to assist motor vehicle and truck accident victims since his knowledge spans both sides of these cases with his experience and knowledge of insurance law.
The Foley Firm handles a wide range of personal injury cases, including motor vehicle accidents, interstate trucking accidents, workers compensation claims, and medical negligence.

Cerra, Staneski named to Pocono Health System/PMC board
Carmine Cerra, MD ,and Richard Staneski, former Vvce president of Finance and Administration at East Stroudsburg University, have been named to the Pocono Health System/Pocono Medical Center Board of Directors.
“On behalf of our Board, we look forward to working closely with Dr. Cerra and Mr. Staneski to continue to move this organization forward by always focusing on our patients and their needs,” said W. Andrew Worthington, Ccair of the Pocono Health System/Pocono Medical Board of Directors.
Longtime board members Chuck Hannig, president/Broker of Spread Eagle Realty Inc.; Phil Hosbach, vice president, New Products and Immunization Policy at Sanofi Pasteur; and Gary Olson, president and CEO of ESSA Bank & Trust, have retired from their dedicated service on the board.
Olson also previously served as Chair during a time of exciting transformation with the development of the new Dale and Frances Hughes Cancer Center, among many other notable achievements. Hannig, Hosbach, and Olson continue to be actively involved in many community and civic causes.
The board currently consists of three physicians, seven business and community leaders, and Jeff Snyder, President and CEO, Pocono Health System/Pocono Medical Center.

Bartonsville Healthcare Center earns national accreditation
The Bartonsville Healthcare Center’s Outpatient Vascular Lab under the direction of board-certified surgeons Eric Wilson and David Meir-Levi has been awarded the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission’s accreditation for carotid, peripheral arterial and peripheral venous testing.
“This national recognition demonstrates to our community that the results in our lab are accurate, reproducible, and meet the most stringent quality requirements of ICAVL right here in Monroe County,” said Jeff Snyder, president and CEO, Pocono Health System/Pocono Medical Center.
The onsite lab at the Bartonsville Healthcare Center provides same day testing and easy access.
To learn more about the vascular lab, call 570-426-6800 or visitpoconohealthsystem.org/?id=446&sid=1.

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Wayne Bank partners with BH&G/Wilkins Real Estate

Union will expedite preferred mortgage lending program for homebuying
Wayne Bank has partnered with Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Wilkins & Associates Independent Family of Home Buying Services.
“We have re-designed our Independent Family of Home Buying Services and have invited a number of quality community banks to join with our Realtors to provide top-flight mortgage services for our buyers,” BH&G CEO Thomas R. Wilkins said. “I am extremely pleased to have Wayne Bank as a member of our family of lenders.”
Wayne Bank is a member of FDIC and is an established Equal Housing Lender.
The bank, affiliated with Norwood Financial Corp., will participate in a preferred mortgage lending program with Wilkins to work with the many buyer/customers and assist them in purchasing a home.
“We’re really excited about the actual partnership,” Wayne Bank senior vice president and retail bank manager John Sanders said. “We have four Pike County offices and it can really help develop those offices and help them grow and five offices in the Monroe area. We’re trying to help all of those offices grow and hope the relationship with Wilkins will be a long lasting relationship. We feel our mortgage products will be able to help Wilkins sell more homes and we feel that we have a professional staff that will be of service. It will solidify the process.”
Wayne Bank, founded in 1871 in Honesdale, has been expanding over the years to 16 community offices in four counties, with community offices in Marshalls Creek, Stroud Mall in Stroudsburg, Stroudsburg, Tannersville and Effort in Monroe County; in Milford, Lords Valley and Shohola in Pike County; in Honesdale, Willow, Hawley, Lakewood and Waymart in Wayne, and in Central Scranton, West Scranton and Abbington in Lackawanna County.
“Wayne Bank’s footprint aligns itself very well with where we intend to expand during the next 24 months,” Wilkins said.
The Independent Family of Home Buying Services that the Wilkins organization offers provides buyers with mortgage services from lenders that the Realtors know and trust, personalized title insurance services from Pennsylvania First Settlement Services and other benefits and courtesies extended buyers when they use Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Wilkins & Associates to buy their home.
For more information on Wayne Bank, call 1-800-598-5002 or visit waynebank.com. Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate offices are located in Milford, Bushkill, Stroudsburg and Mount Pocono. Visit Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate online at wilkins1.com.

Allstate offices in Monroe get national designation
Allstate Insurance Company agencies from the Monroe County area have been named Allstate Premier Agencies. This award is given to those agencies that are found to deliver an exemplary customer experience coupled with exceptional business results.
Agency owners Debra Colucci of the Debra Colucci Agency, Sharon Grivner of the Sharon Grivner Agency and Joseph Ryba of the Joseph Ryba Agency have been designated Allstate Premier Agencies for 2014.
The Allstate Premier Agency designation is bestowed on less than 48 percent of Allstate’s nearly 10,000 agency owners across the country and 40 percent of Allstate’s Pennsylvania agencies.
Colucci, whose agency is on 1471 N,. 9th St. in Stroudburg; Grivner, whose office is at 2647 Route 940 in Pocono Summit; and Ryba, whose agency is located at 1457 Route 209 in Brodheadsville; have also achieved the distinctive Honor Ring award in 2013. The honor is Allstate’s symbol of outstanding business achievement and honorees have proven to be champions in growing their agencies and serving Allstate customers. Debra Colucci, Sharon Grivner and Joseph Ryba agencies’ dedication to serving customers, consumers and their community has allowed them to achieve this high honor.
The Premier Agency designation is awarded to Allstate agency owners who have demonstrated excellence in delivering an accessible, knowledgeable and personal customer experience, and in achieving outstanding business results.
The Debra Colucci Agency is located at 1471 N. 9th Street in Stroudsburg and can be reached at (570) 421-0117.

Dog training center to celebrate one-year anniversary
Sit, Stay and Play, a dog training center at 1501 N 5th St, in Stroudsburg, will celebrate a one-year anniversary 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 26, with music, pet-related vendors, and rescue groups with dogs available for adoption. Monroe Animal League and Melon’s Gift will also be in attendance to discuss the services they provide.

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Local resident gets tri-state president post

Wayne Hospital administrator Greco heads tri-state cardiac/pulmonary rehab society
Wayne Memorial Hospital’s Cardiac Rehabilitation Coordinator Nadine Greco, MS, has been named president of the Tri-State Society for Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation.
Greco was installed to the one-year position in May at the group’s state symposium in Somerset, succeeding Kathy Thumma, RN, BSN. Greco celebrated her unit’s 20th anniversary at the hospital last fall.
The TSSCVPR, which encompasses Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware, is an affiliate of the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation.
“I really want to get more students involved in not only my field but in the society,” said Greco. “Professionally I am an exercise physiologist, and one of my goals is to increase our membership with students pursuing a degree in Exercise Science and Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation.” Greco noted that the TSSCVPR membership is made up of more nurses than exercise physiologists.
Greco was born and raised in Northeast Pennsylvania. She completed her bachelor’s degree and a Master of Science Degree in Cardiac Rehabilitation and Primary Prevention at East Stroudsburg University. Greco went on to acquire a second Master of Science degree in Foods and Nutrition from Marywood University. She joined Wayne Memorial Hospital in 1992 and helped found the hospitals’ Cardiac Rehabilitation program.
“We’re very proud of Nadine’s election to the presidency of the Tri-State Society,” said James Hockenbury, director of Ancillary Services at Wayne Memorial Hospital. “She is truly dedicated to her patients and to her profession.
“Another goal I have is to encourage our New Jersey and Delaware members to visit their state capitals during Cardiac or Pulmonary Rehabilitation weeks,” said Greco. “It’s important that our state representatives and governor understand the relationship between people in our field and the good health of the citizens in our care. There is a positive benefit for everyone when a cardiac patient is able to regain independence and productivity.”
Greco, along with other Tri-State members visited the Pennsylvania state capital this past March. They were recognized by state Sen. Lisa Baker and Rep. Sandy Major, R-111, and their fellow representatives during Pulmonary Rehabilitation Week. The Wayne County commissioners continued their tradition this year as well of proclaiming Cardiac Rehabilitation Week during February (National Heart Month).
In this photo, Greco, right, accepts the gavel from outgoing president Kathy Thumma of the Tri-State Society for Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation.

The Lodge at Woodloch gets No. 3 ranking
Travel and Leisure magazine ranked The Lodge at Woodloch at No. 3 Readers’ Choie in the Destination Spa category. It was the fourth straight year the Haley resort earned a ranking.
“The Lodge at Woodloch is blessed with loyal guests and dedicated staff that make achievements like this possible,” explains “We have dedicated 2014 as the year of the little things by taking extra efforts to go above-and-beyond the details both big and small. Awards like this show us that the efforts are paying off,” Robert Baldassari, general manager at The Lodge at Woodloch, said.
New and innovative programming of late includes a Chef in Residence Program that brings in celebrity and up-an-coming chefs as guest presenters for cooking demonstrations and guest receptions and Chef Curated Garden Dinner shere Executive Chef Josh Tomson’s two-hour tasting dinners seats up to 10 guests on the deck at the Garden from the latest harvest, paired with the resort’s sommelier-selected wine.

Pocono native Ray Pfeiffer named TCU School of Business associate dean
Accounting Professor Ray Pfeiffer was named associate dean for undergraduate programs for the Neeley School of Business at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth. Pfeiffer, a native of the Poconos who earned a BA in accounting from Moravian College in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, and PhD from the University of North Carolina, joined TCU’s Neeley School in 2009 as chair of the accounting department and has served as director of TCU’s Professional Program in Accounting since October 2013.
“I look forward to working with TCU’s excellent faculty, staff and students to explore ways to hone the already impressive breadth and depth of the Neeley School’s significant programs, academics and experiential learning initiatives,” Pfeiffer said.
Throughout Pfeiffer’s term as chair of the Neeley School’s accounting department, he significantly improved the function of the Accounting Advisory Board and led the development of a strong strategic plan for the department.
Pfeiffer’s teaching focuses on external financial reporting by business enterprises, including the study of financial accounting practice, financial reporting policy and regulation, the use of financial accounting information in security valuation, and empirical research about the effects of financial reporting on capital markets.
His research has been published several times in top accounting journals, and he has presented at professional meetings, conference and academic institutions around the world.

 Beltone buys Pocono Mountain Hearing Air Center
Eric J Stenersen, BC-HIS has completed the sale of his hearing health care practice, Pocono Mountain Hearing Aid Center to Beltone Hearing Aid Service of East Stroudsburg. Eric has served the hearing impaired in Monroe County since 1994. He also served as a board member for the local deaf/hearing impaired advocacy group, board member of Christmas in April and has also served as a member of The Hearing Aid Advisory Council of Pennsylvania.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Bushkill Falls recognized by TripAdvisor

Pike County destination rated on hospitality, traveler reviews
Bushkill Falls is among 14 locations named by TripAdvisor for a 2014 Certificate of Excellence. The TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence award acknowledges hospitality excellence and is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveler reviews on TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel site.
Honorees included Lake Tahoe’s authentic paddlewheelers the MS Dixie II, and the Tahoe Queen, as well as Togwotee Snowmobile Adventures of Jackson Hole, Wyo.
Morefield Campground in Mesa Verde National Park, Wahweap Campground at Lake Powell as well as Zephyr Cove Resort at Lake Tahoe and Togwotee Mountain Lodge in Wyoming. Dining locations honored include the Metate Room in Mesa Verde National Park, Lake Crescent Lodge Restaurant and Zephyr Cove Restaurant. Wilderness River Adventures, which offers Colorado River rafting trips through The Grand Canyon and Cataract Canyon, was also a recipient.
Only the top performing 10 percent of businesses listed on TripAdvisor receive the honor. To qualify for the Certificate of Excellence, businesses must maintain an overall rating of four or higher out of five, as reviewed by guests on the popular travel website. The business also must have been listed on TripAdvisor for a minimum 12 months. An additional qualification for the award is the volume of reviews given to the business.
Many, including Bushkill Falls, receive services from Aramark, the food and hospitality partner for national and state parks and other leading leisure and cultural attractions across the country
“It is truly an honor to be recognized by such a trusted source like TripAdvisor,” said Bruce W. Fears, president of Aramark Leisure. “As a company, we are constantly striving to improve the experience for our guests. For so many of our locations to receive the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence multiple years in a row confirms that our efforts are well received.
“Our parks and destinations make ideal vacation hotspots for families and friends offering something for everyone. We hope that being awarded this great honor at so many of our properties will provide a sense of security for those planning a trip – they will be treated with superior service and top notch amenities reaffirmed by the many great reviews on TripAdvisor,” said Fears.
Aramark Leisure, a division of Aramark, delivers authentic and memorable experiences at national and state parks, national forests, conference centers, specialty hotels, museums and other tourist destinations throughout the United States. In partnership with its clients, Aramark enriches the guest experience by offering innovative industry-leading hospitality, environmental stewardship and recreational and interpretive programs.

Mount Airy opening two new dessert venues
This summer, Mount Airy Casino Resort unveils two deliciously tasty treat venues for guests of the resort. Launching today is the nationally celebrated Red Mango Frozen Yogurt Café and Juice Bar. Nostalgia Candy Store will debut later this summer.
Located on the casino floor, the Red Mango Frozen Yogurt Cafe and Juice Bar debuts on the property to bring one of the fastest-growing chains in America to guests who want a healthy and delicious indulgence.
Unlike other desserts that contain artificial ingredients and excessive calories, Red Mango frozen yogurt is all-natural, nonfat or low fat, full of probiotics, kosher and certified gluten free. Offered with fresh fruits, crunchy nuts and berries or other super-foods, the Red Mango menu offers guests a decadent treat without the guilt. In addition, the Red Mango Frozen Yogurt Cafe at Mount Airy Casino Resort will offer a menu of fresh cold-squeezed juices, made-to-order from garden-fresh vegetables and seasonal fruits for a great meal replacement and energy boost.
Located just above the Front Desk on the Casino level, Nostalgia is a whimsical interpretation of a turn of the century Candy Store. Its colors, tempting delicacies and seductive aromas will lure guests to indulge in a sweet treat. Once inside, guests will find themselves surrounded by old-fashion candy jars full of caramels, bright hard candies, handcrafted chocolate bars, truffles, brittles, hedgehogs and so much more for a trip down memory lane.
Executive Chef Jean-Francois Bonnet has brought his globally recognized style to Nostalgia where his products will be on display in Mount Airy Casino for all to enjoy.
“We’re delighted to offer our guests these two delicious venues to indulge themselves,” said John Culetsu, Mount Airy’s Executive Vice President and General Manager. “Whether our guests desire a healthful frozen treat or sweets reminiscent of days past, Mt. Airy Casino Resort has something for everyone’s appetite.”

Serving food in a genuine experience like Big Mama’s a key to success
While unveiling online and in print new restaurants and eateries, I have always tried to sample some of them first.
I’m rarely disappointed, sometimes pleasantly surprised.
I’ve come to learn that the key factor along with taste is one word “genuine.” How true is the restaurant to its business plan? Is it the real deal?
I have a few restaurants in the area that I would fit into that category. If you like creole or cajun food, the Buckwood Bistro just across the Delaware Water Gap Bridge on Route 46 in Delaware Township, N.J.. Jean Luis Todeschini school in Conte, France many years ago, learning how important seasonings and sauces are to that type of food and making the most of the opportunity. When you eat it, you feel you could be sitting in a New Orleans cafe.
Mikuna Kitchen in Smithfield Township has been gaining traction and presence at festivals for its South American style food. INTI in Smithfield Township also is a great spot for Peruvian styled cuisine. If you like Mexican food, Marita’s Cantina in Stroudsburg and Las Tres Amigos in Middle Smithfield are hot spots. For French food, I’m told la Persil in Stroudsburg has been genuine for that type of food. Zen Fusion in Delaware Water Gap is a great blend of Haitian and Asian, a blend that tastes as unique as it sounds.
All of these succeed because they stay true to their culture, the dining experience is genuine.
I tried a new one at its grand opening and it was love at first bite — Big Mama’s on Route 611 in Stroudsburg. Again, it’s genuine — it brings the south to your table. The prices are average but you don’t leave hungry The chicken and waffles was a first time trial for me and I would order it again. My family enjoyed the flounder and when it comes to that part of the menu, you can’t fake fish — either it’s good or it’s not, which is why some restaurants shy away from the challenge. But what makes it is the batter which co-owner Anthony Gaynor said was a two-year-long endeavor.
Gaynor, one of the co-owners with his brother — Kenyatta Brown — wanted to bring back the experience he had at his family’s restaurant in southern Georgia and the hearty soul food kitchens of New York City neighborhoods. In my way of looking at it, he succeeded and the packed house is a testament. I feel it will continue to do well.
Big Mama’s has a fastfood setting of small tables and brisk service made to order for people on the run. You can read more about it in my Sunday Business feature this Sunday in the Pocono Record.

NEPA Management Associates adds Libecap, changes approach
Dawn Libecap has joined NEPA Management Associates as an Administrative Assistant and Reservationist for the Corporate and Timeshare Rental Department.
Prior to joining the Wilkins organization, Libecap was a real estate Salesperson for Toll Brothers in Country Club of the Poconos. Her job responsibilities included sales, creating marketing plans and organizing home owner events. Libecap worked for Toll Brothers between 2005 and 2013.
Prior to Toll Brothers, Libecap was a real estate salesperson from 1996 to 2005 with LTS Builders. She assisted in creating direct mail promotions, training and management of staff in the model homes and assisted in acting as interior designer for custom residential homes and sales.
Libecap’s graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York with an Associate’s Degree in Buying and Merchandising. She attended Northampton Community College from 2004 to 2005 where she concentrated on Interior Design classes.
Amy Evans, sales manager, Rental department, said, “While Dawn may not have specific experience in Corporate and Vacation rentals, Dawn’s customer service skills have been a spring-board for her becoming a very valuable asset to me in the vacation, corporate and long-term rental department. Dawn is quick learner and between Tom’s (Wilkins) ability to market along with my skills as a supervisor, will ensure the success of our Property Management Department.”
Wilkins, CEO, said the Wilkins organization is changing its vacation rental division to include corporate and timeshare rentals. A corporate rental is defined as a unit, typically a townhome, that’s rented anywhere between three to nine months to a professional or company that has a specific purpose for being in the Poconos.
“We’re handling, through our Corporate rental department, a number of the contractors coming in for the Camelback and Kalahari projects. In addition to that, Sanofi-Pasteur has a number of consultants coming in to the Poconos at any given time and we’ve successfully captured a large percentage of their business. Tobyhanna Army Depot, Pocono Medical Center and other larger scale projects or employers in the Poconos have also started utilizing our services.”
Wilkins said he works with the timeshare’s association and/or resort owner to rent delinquent accounts and turn the money over to the association as payment towards an owner’s account or rent unsold weeks. “It gives us an unlimited supply of units without a lot of the challenges we may have while representing individual owners,” Wilkins said.
Wilkins recently opened a Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Wilkins & Associates office at the Historic Upper Mill in Milford and that office also will be utilized by NEPA Management Associates and Pennsylvania First Settlement Services. Christine Serpico, Senior Property Manager, said hat office will handle Milford Landing, a 125-unit townhome community. “The primary reason we got the job was that we had a location in Milford; so Tom’s idea of combining services under one roof works,” Serpico said.

Business consultant to discuss networking at Chamber’s Women in Business luncheon
Bill Skinner of Paramount Business Development will discuss “Networking 24/7 on the Greens and Beyond” at the Greater Pocono Chamber of Commerce’s next Women in Business meeting at noon on July 8 at the Terraview at Stroudsmoor Country Inn. Members pay $20 and nonmembers $40 for the event.
Reservations are required with pre-payment by calling the Chamber at 570-421-4433.

Boucher & James engineer gets bridge safety inspector certification
Justin Geonnotti, P.E., of Boucher & James Inc. has been certified as a bridge safety inspector by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. Geonnotti, who resides in Trevose, is certified to inventory and inspect bridges in accordance with the requirements of the National Bridge Inspection Standards. As a Professional Engineer, Geonnotti is also eligible to supervise inspection teams.
With approximately 25,000 state owned bridges, Pennsylvania has the third-largest number of bridges in the nation, but also leads the nation in the number of bridges classified as “structurally deficient.” The average age of bridges on the state system is more than 50 years old. As a certified bridge inspector, Geonnotti can evaluate the general condition of a bridge, identify the problems and deficiencies and discuss common causes of deterioration. He can write comprehensive inspection reports which include appropriate PennDOT Inspection Forms and determine appropriate recommendations. Geonnotti can also determine when it is necessary to close bridges and recognize the consequences of improper inspection and inadequate inspection frequency.
Boucher & James Inc. is a multi-disciplined Engineering and Environmental Consulting Firm with its corporate office headquartered in Doylestown with an office in the Pocono Mountains, providing technical services to all levels of government, as well as private industry and individuals throughout southeastern and northeastern Pennsylvania.

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