E-burg attorney gets state bar position

Vogt named Zone 5 Governor
East Stroudsburg attorney Charles J. Vogt, of the Law Offices of Charles J. Vogt LLC, began his term as Zone 5 Governor for the Pennsylvania Bar Association House of Delegates May 13.
A graduate of Dickinson College and Dickinson School of Law, Vogt now represents Association member lawyers in Monroe County, along with surrounding Lackawanna, Luzerne, Pike, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Wayne and Wyoming counties.
As the managing body carrying out Pennsylvania Bar Association tasked with carrying out the association’s policies between House of Delegates meetings, the Board of Governors is responsible for performing all functions and duties of the association that are not specifically reserved to Association members and Delegates.
Vogt comments, “I look forward to the challenge of working with such a diverse group of lawyers throughout our zone.”
Vogt has served on Pennsylvania Bar Association committees including Membership Development, of which he has served as co-chair, Planning, Nominating, Professional Practice Standards and Specialization, Vogt also holds a position on the association Review and Certifying Board.
A past Monroe County Bar Association President, he continues actively participating in Monroe County Bar Association committees including the Strategic Planning Group, Fee Dispute and Building Committee.
A long history representing various community organizations, Vogt was part of the 2020 Countywide Task Force Executive Committee; Hamilton, Jackson, Pocono Regional Open Space Committee; Monroe County Planning Commission and is a current member of the Board of Directors for Brodhead Creek Regional Authority.
Sending a message for up and coming law professionals, he urges,” Rise up to the leadership ranks,” noting benefits that include networking while, “Promoting the professional practice of law.”

Pocono Auto Service Center becomes U-Haul Trucks dealer
Pocono Auto Service Center LLC has signed on as a U-Haul neighborhood dealer to serve the East Stroudsburg community with U-Haul Company of Pennsylvania. Pocono Auto Service Center at 5050 Milford Road will offer U-Haul trucks, truck sales, trailers, towing equipment, support rental items and in-store pickup for boxes.
Pocono Auto Service Center owner Addel Moustafa is proud to team with the industry leader in do-it-yourself moving and self-storage to better meet the demands of Monroe County. Hours of operation for U-Haul rentals are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday; 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday; and 9 a.m.-noon Sunday. After hours drop-off is available for customer convenience.
Reserve U-Haul products at this dealer location by calling 570-234-0955 or visiting uhaul.com/Locations/Truck-Rentals-near-East-Stroudsburg-PA-18302/028508/ today.

Wilkins real estate team gets top BH&G national ranking
Dennis J. Farrelly, Realtor and General Manager of The Carl Maurer Team was recognized by Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate, LLC, as the #1 team in the United States based on the number of units sold for 2015. This Emerald Elite Award has been won by The Carl Maurer Team for the past 3 years.
The Carl Maurer Team, now called The Dennis Farrelly Team, consists of Dennis Farrelly, Realtor/General Manager; Kathleen Farrelly, Assistant to Dennis Farrelly; Thomas Farrelly, Realtor and Donna Sorrentino, Administrative Assistant. The team is known best for its handling of foreclosures throughout Monroe, Pike and Wayne counties.
Thomas R. Wilkins, Broker, said, “Dennis has been running the team for a little over a year now since Carl Maurer’s retirement. While we want to reward Dennis for the previous year and winning the award, I am proud to announce that The Carl Maurer Team will now be known as The Dennis Farrelly Team. Dennis Farrelly being the lead person. And while it looks like it’s family owned and operated, don’t let that fool you. These are professional people who know how to list, market, and sell more units than any other team in the Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate network, countrywide. That is quite an honor.”
Farrelly has been with Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Wilkins & Associates for 11 years. Not only has Farrelly’s team won national recognition, but The Carl Maurer Team has also won state and local awards including Top Salesperson for Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Wilkins & Associates.

Paten joins Dime Bank as Wealth Management rep
The Dime Bank Board of Directors along with Gary C. Beilman, president and CEO, announce the addition of lifelong Honesdale resident Jeremy Patten as a registered representative in their Wealth Management Department.
Patten graduated from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree. He brings more than 10 years of management and outstanding client financial services experience to The Dime Bank. Patten has been in the financial services arena for more than six years providing investment strategies for clients by accurately assessing client’s present and future needs. He is a registered representative of Cetera Advisor Networks LLC and holds his Series 6 and 63 securities registrations in Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey and has a life, accident and health insurance license. Patten will be responsible for enhancing The Dime Bank’s wealth management division customer relationships by providing customized solutions to help meet clients’ needs through the sale of retail non-deposit investment and insurance products.
As a full service brokerage operation, The Dime Bank’s Wealth Management Division offers the following services and products through Cetera Advisor Networks for individuals and businesses: stocks, bonds, mutual funds, money management, annuities, insurance products, advisory services, retirement and educational savings plans, and financial and estate planning services.
The Dime Bank has been helping customers meet their financial needs since 1905. Serving its primary market of Northeast Pennsylvania, through Cetera Advisor Networks, the bank offers a full array of financial services and solutions. Community banking yields community benefits.

Wilkins Jr. appointed BH&G Business campus director
Thomas R. Wilkins Jr. has been appointed as director for the marketing, leasing and handling of the day to day operations for the rental of corporate meeting rooms, conference rooms, training rooms and short-term suite rentals at the BHG Business Campus.  Wilkins, a recent graduate of ESU with a bachelor’s degree in business management/marketing, has joined the Wilkins organization full time.

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Here’s a twist for a food and wine pairing

New food truck’s enticing menu will complement  local winery’s servings
A local family is grabbing the keys and hitting the road with its new food truck this weekend. Executive Chef Jason Mahalik, his wife Jodi, and their oldest son, Matthew, are ready to feed crowds.

The Casaculinarian truck will visit at Mountain View Vineyard, Winery & Distillery in Neola on Saturday.
“We’re super excited. For one, I’ll tell you that the place is just gorgeous. We love the rustic feel,” said Jason about going to Mountainview with his “Underground” menu.  ”We’re just super excited to get the truck launched.”

Jason spent almost 12 years as the director of operations for Classic Café Management in New Jersey. While there, he opened more than 50 corporate cafés in business buildings. He specializes in making fresh homemade cheeses.

Late last year, Jason decided it was time for a change and a job that would allow him to be closer to his three children in Middle Smithfiled Township. He started a blog, Casaculinarian. The term means “house chef.” The blog inspires parents to keep the family together for dinner time with quick and simple recipes.

The blog grew into a catering company, which held its first event last weekend in Middle Smithfield Township at its reception for an art exhibit by local painters Patricia Griffin and Stephen Washington.

Now, the family is ready to hit the road with their food truck.

The Casaculinarian truck will be open at Mountain View Vineyard, Winery & Distillery on Neola Road in Jackson Township Saturday from 2 to 6 p.m. They’ll also be there on Saturday May 28 from noon until 6.

The Mahaliks have prepared a special menu that pairs well with wine. It includes margarita pizza, sliced cheese platters, grilled chicken on panela bread, and cannoli for dessert.

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S-burg attorney named to national elite group

Fitzgerald accepted to National Academy
of Elder Law Attorneys

Stroudsburg attorney Barbara J. Fitzgerald, of Cramer, Swetz, McManus & Jordan P.C., was accepted to the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys.
NAELA is a professional association of more than 4,500 attorneys dedicated to improving the quality of legal services provided to seniors and people with special needs. NAELA members assist their clients with public benefits, probate and estate planning, guardianship/conservatorship, and health and long-term care planning, among other important issues.
Fitzgerald has been practicing Estate and Special Needs Law since 2013, is a long term resident of the area and is a graduate of Wake Forest University School of Law. She joined the firm of Cramer, Swetz, McManus & Jordan, P.C., one of Monroe County’s largest law firms, in order to provide more comprehensive services to the people of Monroe County and beyond. Previously, she was an Assistant District Attorney.
Fitzgerald focuses on estate planning, estate administration and elder and special needs law with a focus primarily in Monroe County and surrounding areas.

Riegel of Stroudsburg firm joins Super Lawyers list
Attorney Brett J. Riegel, founding member of Anders, Riegel & Masington LLC. In Stroudsburg, for the second year in a row is on Philadelphia Magazine’s annual June 2016 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers list, which features the top five percent of all attorneys in the state.
Riegel was chosen by his peers as one of the state’s best criminal defense lawyers.
Law & Politics Media conducts the research and surveys. The selection process for this status starts with balloting by 36,000 experienced Pennsylvania lawyers asked to identify the best among their colleagues whom they personally have observed.
The balloting results are researched and the candidates are ranked based on defined evaluation criteria. Following that, a blue ribbon panel is assembled to review each nominee in his or her area of practice.
Finally, point totals from the survey, the research process and the panel review are calculated for the candidates and the selection is made.
Riegel, a Berwick native, is cum laude graduate of Dickinson College and a 1995 graduate of the Dickinson School of Law.
He is a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the Pennsylvania Criminal Defense Lawyers Association. He also is a member of the Pennsylvania and New Jersey bars and tries cases in both state and federal courts.

Vigon’s Somers named national entrepreneur award finalist
Stephen Somers, president of Vigon International Inc. in East Stroudsburg is Greater Philadelphia region, is finalist in the EY (Ernst & Young) Entrepreneur of the Year award, celebrating its 30th year.
The program recognizes some of area’s most innovative, financially savvy and committed business entrepreneurs to their business and communitities. This year, EY is presenting its Lifetime Achievement Award to John C. Bogle, Founder and William McNabb, CEO of the The Vanguard Group.
The award recipients, selected by an independent panel of judges, will be announced on June 9 at a gala event at Terrace Ballroom, Pennsylvania Convention Center. Winners will be selected in a variety of categories and will then be eligible for awards in several national categories as well as the EY Entrepreneur of the Year Overall National Award in Palm Springs in November.
The EY Entrepreneur Of The Year program has expanded to recognize business leaders in more than 145 cities in more than 60 countries throughout the world.
Geisinger CEO to address chamber’s health and wellness forum
Geisinger CEO Dr. David Feinberg will speak about “Caring. It is Such an Old Idea It Almost Seems Brand New” 8 to 11 a.m. May 26 during the Greater Pocono Chamber of Commerce’s Health & Wellness Forum at the Terraview at Stroudsmoor Country Inn in Stroudsburg.
Admission is free with a continental breakfast but reservations are required because seating is limited. To make reservations or for more information, contact the chamber at 570-421-4433.
The chamber’s Education Committee will hold its annual Youth Appreciation Day, sponsored by PPL, at noon on May 24 at the Chateau Resort and Conference Center in Tannersville. Tickets are $20 per person and must be purchased by May 20. Call the chamber at 570-421-4433 to get tickets.
The chamber also is accepting entries for its Aug. 15 golf outing at Great Bear. There will be a four-man scramble at $130 per person with a noontime shotgun start. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Burnley Employment & Rehabilitation Services. Registration deadline is Aug.l 8. Contact the chamber for details.

Small business owners tech support group forming
Helping small business owners by sharing useful information to get the most from today’s technological tools, the first meeting from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Express on 1863 West Main St. will cover ways to help speed up your computer, backing up data, wireless networking, anti-virus and other security measures and answering questions from participants. For those who plan to attend, contact Michael Kuczek 570-350-1971.

Champi to succeed Tokach as FNCB president, CEO
First National Community Bancorp Inc., the parent company of Dunmore-based First National Community Bank (on May 18 announced that Steven R. Tokach, President and CEO and a member of the Board of Directors will retire on June 30 after a 48-year career in the banking industry.
The board has appointed Chief Operating Officer Gerard A. Champi, to be the new President/CEO of the company and the bank, effective July 1. Champi also will become a director of both the company and bank and will replace Tokach as a Class A director for the company with a term expiring in 2017. Champi joined the bank in 1991 and has more than 30 years banking experience. He is a 1982 graduate of Penn State University where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting. He received his MBA in finance and accounting from Wilkes University in 1989.
When Tokach joined FNCB in November 2011, FNCB was facing significant regulatory and financial challenges. Under his leadership, the bank was fully released from the Consent Order entered into with the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency; the company was fully released from the Written Agreement entered into with the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia; the company’s stock initiated trading on the OTCQX marketplace; the company reported four consecutive years of profitability including record earnings in 2015; quarterly dividends for shareholders resumed; and book value per share increased 115 percent.

 

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New mobile convenience unveiled by Wayne Bank

CardValet can link accounts, monitor spending on smartphone
Wayne Bank is rolling out a mobile card management application that helps reduce fraud by allowing cardholders to monitor accounts with their smartphone and control how, when and where their debit card is used.
CardValet was developed in partnership with Fiserv and is available in the Apple App Store or Google Play. Once CardValet is set up, cardholders can “turn off” their card when not in use, establish transaction spending limits and decline a transaction when the amount exceeds a predefined threshold.
Real-time smartphone alerts can be customized based on the types of information each cardholder would like to receive. For example, a cardholder can set up an alert to be notified when a card is used, when a transaction is approved and exceeds any of the permitted use policies or when a card transaction has been attempted but has been declined based on the parameters established.
CardValet offers cardholders the capability of linking additional accounts to better monitor dependent spending. For example, by using the GPS system in their smart phone, geographic use restrictions can be established for college students along with restrictions on merchant type and spending limits.
CardValet is ideal for small businesses, with all transactions monitored or controlled for specific merchant categories, such as travel, restaurants or entertainment, and can be denied or reported for types of merchants deemed not business-related.
“CardValet is ideal for users who want to actively manage their cards. CardValet’s inventive and thoughtful approach to card management makes the user experience as easy as possible,” said JoAnn Fuller, vice president and Deposit and Loan Operations manager. “We are excited to offer this tool to our cardholders. Not only is CardValet user-friendly and convenient, but it will aid in our continued efforts to prevent fraud and identity theft for our cardholders.”
Wayne Bank is a subsidiary of Norwood Financial Corp., Member FDIC, and is based in Honesdale with 15 community offices in Wayne, Lackawanna, Pike and Monroe counties with commercial lenders easily accessible within each of those counties. Norwood also recently announced the signing of a definitive merger agreement to acquire Delaware Bancshares Inc., and its subsidiary, NBDC Bank of Walton, New York. Pending approval, the transaction is expected to close in the third quarter of 2016. NBDC operates 12 offices located throughout Delaware and Sullivan Counties, New York. The stock trades on the NASDAQ Global Market under the symbol— NWFL.

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PMC gets national A grade for patient safety

April testing covered 2,500 hospitals with 30 measures
New Hospital Safety Scores, which assign A, B, C, D and F letter grades to hospitals nationwide and provide the most complete picture of patient safety in the U.S. health care system, were announced today by The Leapfrog Group, a national patient safety watchdog. Pocono Medical Center received an A, ranking among the safest hospitals in the United States.

“This recognition by our nation’s premier advocates for patient safety demonstrates both the dedication of our medical staff and healthcare team, but most importantly, our value in being recognized as the region’s only designated healthcare provider delivering safe and excellent care, close to home,” said Jeff Snyder, CEO and president of Pocono Medical Center, celebrating more than 100 years of community medical service needs..

“Avoidable deaths in hospitals should be the number one concern of our health care leaders. Hospitals that earn an ‘A’ from Leapfrog are leaders in saving lives, and we commend them and urge their continued vigilance,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group.

Developed under the guidance of Leapfrog’s Blue Ribbon Expert Panel, the Hospital Safety Score uses 30 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign A, B, C, D and F grades to more than 2,500 U.S. hospitals twice per year. It is calculated by top patient safety experts, peer-reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public. For the first time, the Hospital Safety Score includes five measures of patient-reported experience with the hospital as well as two of the most common infections, C.diff and MRSA. To see Pocono Medical Center’s full score, and to access consumer-friendly tips for patients and loved ones visiting the hospital, visit hospitalsafetyscore.org or follow The Hospital Safety Score on Twitteror Facebook. Consumers can also download the free Hospital Safety Score mobile app for Apple and Android devices.

About The Leapfrog Group
Founded in 2000 by large employers and other purchasers, The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization driving a movement for giant leaps forward in the quality and safety of American health care. The flagshipLeapfrog Hospital Survey collects and transparently reports hospital performance, empowering purchasers to find the highest-value care and giving consumers the lifesaving information they need to make informed decisions. Hospital Safety Score, Leapfrog’s other main initiative, assigns letter grades to hospitals based on their record of patient safety, helping consumers protect themselves and their families from errors, injuries, accidents and infections.

NCC, workforce alliance get grant for hotel instrocution
The Pocono Counties Workforce Development Board, Luzerne/Schuylkill Workforce Development Board, Northampton Community College and Luzerne County Community College, have been awarded a Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry grant to offer the Bridge to Employment in the Hospitality Industry Program to residents in Carbon, Monroe, Pike, Wayne, Luzerne and Schuylkill counties.
Northampton Community College and Luzerne County Community College will provide the Skills, Tasks, and Results Training (START) program, which provides students with the opportunity to earn a total of five industry recognized credentials. The 300-hour program is designed to provide:
• 200 hours of instruction covering all aspects of hotel operations.
• Development of skills necessary to enter four distinct career pathways – front desk representative, guestroom attendant, maintenance employee and restaurant server.
• 45 hours of academic support
• 55 hours of field experience at a hotel, resort or restaurant
Gregg Marzano, an adjunct faculty member at Northampton Community College with 25 years of hospitality experience, has been hired as program coordinator and will oversee the day-to-day operations and coordinate the field experience with participating resorts and restaurants in Pike, Wayne, Monroe and Luzerne counties.
The program is expected to serve 120 participants with a goal of providing a pathway to employment in the hospitality industry and/or the background needed to enroll in a credit-bearing hospitality program at Northampton Community College, Luzerne Community College or East Stroudsburg University.
Classes are scheduled to begin June 13 at the NCC-Monroe Campus in Tannersville and on site at the Pike/Wayne Workforce Alliance at 92 Main Ave., Hawley. For details to register for the training or to participate as a partner hotel, resort or restaurant, contact Gregg Marzano at 570-369-1947 or 610-248-4389.

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Frailey-Miller wins ATHENA award

Chamber of Commerce annual honor hails leading businesswomen

Michele A. Frailey-Miller of Frailey Insurance and Investments was selected for the Greater Pocono Chamber of Commerce’s ATHENA Award.
To achieve this award, the recipient must meet three specific criteria: To assist women to be the best they can be; to hold the highest level of professional accomplishments; and to provide time and energy to improve the quality of life for others in our community.
Frailey-Miller considers herself not only a leader, but more importantly, a mentor.  “If I can have a positive impact on another woman in the business world, I am a happy person,” she said. “I don’t mind sharing my experience, successes and even failures with them because it may help them to grow into stronger, more confident, proactive and fully engaged members of society,” she said.
As Chief Operations Officer of Frailey Insurance and Financial Services on Route 611 in Stroudsburg, Frailey-Miller says, “Our clients are our extended family; they are the fabric of our community. We strive to keep our focus local, and constantly search for ways to improve and protect the lives of our members. We live to serve.”
A lifelong Monroe County resident, Frailey-Miller has become an engaged citizen as she firmly supports nonprofit organizations on an ongoing basis, as seen in her most recent volunteer efforts with the Hope for Strength Breast Cancer Fund. In addition to her extensive involvement with numerous formal organizations, she performs personal outreach and support for widows and newly diagnosed cancer patients.
Her twin brother, Michael, proudly states, “My sister has accomplished all of this with the highest levels of integrity and respect from our team, members, friends and family. My family and I are so proud to see Michele making such an impact.”

Norwood/Wayne Bank cites higher dividends in annual report
John E; Marshall was named chairman of the board while Lewis J. Critelli remains as president and CEO and William S. Lance continues as executive vice president and CFO after the 145th Annual Meeting of Stockholders of Norwood Financial Corp (Nasdaq-NWFL), Parent Company of Wayne Bank that was held on April 26 at the company’s Honesdale headquarters.
Lance highlighted in the company’s financial report for 2015 net earnings of $5.9 million and an increase in cash dividends paid to shareholders from $1.20 per share in 2014 to $1.24 per share in 2015. Critelli’s address included the results for the first quarter of 2016 and a summary of plans for the remainder of the year. Mr. Critelli noted first quarter earnings of $1.9 million and earnings per share (diluted) of $.51. Total assets were $760.1 million as of March 31, 2016, with total loans outstanding of $565.8 million, deposits of $560.5 million and stockholders’ equity at $102.7 million. Critelli also commented on the company’s reduction of nonperforming assets and updated stockholders on the proposed acquisition of Delaware Bancshares Inc.
Norwood Financial Corp, through its subsidiary Wayne Bank, operates 15 offices in Wayne, Pike, Monroe and Lackawanna counties. The company’s stock is traded on the Nasdaq Market, under the symbol, “NWFL”.

Waslowski completes short sales, foreclosure training
Stroudsburg-based Realtor Thomas Waslowski of Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Wilkins & Associates has recently completed the training for short sales and foreclosures. Part of The Trinity Group along with Realtors Alex Camaerei and Erika Hube, Waslowski completed the SFR Designation in late March and is ready to take on the process of foreclosures and short sales for the team.
“For many Realtors, short sales and foreclosures are a common daily transaction. Tom now has the know-how to help sellers with short sales and to assist buyers in finding and completing the process of foreclosures and short sales,” said Christine A. Wilkins, executive vice president/general manager of Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Wilkins & Associates. “The complexity of short sales and foreclosures sometimes deter people from the process, but agents with the proper training can make the process easier for both the sellers and the buyers.”
The Trinity Group was created in March of this year and is a real estate team founded and created to provide commendable customer service in listing, selling or renting homes through BH&G/Wilkins. With Waslowski’s new designation, the team can extend its capabilities to also focus on short sales and foreclosures in the area. The team works out of the Stroudsburg BHG Business Campus seven days a week.
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Wilkins & Associates has four offices in the Pocono Mountains – Stroudsburg, Bushkill, Milford and Mount Pocono. For details, visit the website at BHGWilkins.com.

Chamber of Commerce Women in Business to meet
“Eating Healthy Through the Aisles: Learning How to Navigate Your Way to Health in the Supermarket” will be presented by Rihanna Cenci of Kinsley’s ShopRite in Brodheadsville when the Greater Pocono Chamber of Commerce Women in Business holds its monthly meeting May 10 at Peppe’s Bistro in East Stroudsburg. The luncheon costs $20 for Chamber members, $35 for nonmembers are reservations are required by calling the chamber office at 570-421-4433.

Dimeco reports higher figures than previous year
Dimeco Inc., the parent holding company of The Dime Bank, held its 2016 Annual Meeting of Stockholders on April 28 and continued marking its 110th year.
President and CEO Gary C. Beilman reported a $3.6 million profit, which produced a dividend yield of 3.95 percent. Dividends of $1.52 per share were maintained for 2015, and the year-end book value per share increased to $41.42 from the prior year end of $40.82.
Total assets ended 2015 at $613 million. Loans, the largest asset class at $471 million, mainly consist of commercial loans and commercial real estate followed by the residential mortgage portfolio and consumer loans. Two areas in the loan portfolio that management is working diligently to improve upon are loan delinquency and nonaccrual loans, which are both trending favorably at 1.41 and 2.13 percentages, respectively.
The company also opened one branch in Carbondale.
Since the introduction of Kasasa, certificates of deposit during 2015 have decreased while savings and checking deposits increased as customers are looking for both liquidity and higher interest rates in their deposits. When customers qualify in Kasasa checking accounts they can get rewards like high interest rates, cash back, or refunds on digital downloads from iTunes, Amazon.com, and Google Play, along with unlimited reimbursements on ATM fees nationwide.
Beilman said net income for the first quarter of 2016 was $1.5 million, a 30.2 percent increase over the prior year. Total assets were $623 million at March 3, an increase of $20 million over balances for the same quarter of 2015. Fueling this growth in the first quarter of 2016 was an increase in total loans of $17 million from one year earlier. Total deposits were $493 million at March 31, $3.5 million greater than balances a year earlier.
Dimeco Inc.  is the holding company of The Dime Bank, a full service financial institution serving Northeast Pennsylvania. For more information on Dimeco, Inc. and The Dime Bank, visit thedimebank.com.

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Kalahari enhances Poconos services

Names Levine director of sales department

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mount Airy to hold career fair on April 20

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

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

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Seven Re/Max Realtors receive award

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

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

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

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Pike attorney on region’s Women in Business list

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

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

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

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Pocono Health System division gets 4-star rating

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

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

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

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

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

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