Vigon again cracks 100 best places to work in Pa.

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

Brooks promoted to plant manager
at Mount Pocono manufacturer

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

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

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

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

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

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ESSA Bank promotes two in lending division

Hutchins, Orrson will develop loan relationships
analyze credit risks

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

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

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

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

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Nicole Murray re-elected as PMAR president

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

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

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

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

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Frailey gets national insurance award

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

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

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

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Boretski named to Wells Fargo NEPA post

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

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

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

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

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Architect who worked at Mount Airy joins Scranton firm

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

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

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

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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
For additional information and to apply, contact Glasco at 570-422-7952 or



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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 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 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
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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