Bizzy Awards to be held at new location

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

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

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

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Pocono Raceway extends health care partnership

Approves multi-year extension with Lehigh Valley Health Network
Pocono Raceway announced a multi-year extension of its partnership with Lehigh Valley Health Network as the “Official Health Care Provider of Pocono Raceway.”
Additionally, as previously announced last week, the 50/50 raffle being hosted at the Raceway during the upcoming Axalta “We Paint Winners” 400 race weekend will benefit the Children’s Hospital at Lehigh Valley Hospital.
Pocono Raceway will continue to utilize LVHN’s medical staff and resources during their annual NASCAR and INDYCAR Series race weekends. LVHN will continue to provide support with a medical location behind the Grandstand and inside the track at the LVHN Infield Care Center.
The 50/50 raffle being held at Pocono Raceway, in conjunction with the Mattioli Foundation, will benefit the Children’s Hospital at Lehigh Valley Hospital. Anyone over the age of 21 can participate by purchasing a 50/50 ticket from one of the roaming volunteers dressed in bright yellow shirts. A random winner will be announced prior to the end of the Axalta “We Paint Winners” 400, but tickets may be purchased anytime during the race weekend.
The Axalta “We Paint Winners” 400” race weekend, taking place June 5-7, will include the stars of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and ARCA Racing Series Presented by Menards. Friday tickets start at $10 and Saturday tickets are available for $20 for adults. Kids, ages 12 and under, are admitted free to all events on Friday and Saturday, with accompaniment of an adult ticket holder. Tickets to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Sunday start at $45 for adults and $22.50 for children, ages 12 and under. To purchase tickets, visit poconoraceway.com or call 1-800-RACEWAY (1-800-722-3929).

Weis Markets receives national Retail Sustainability Award
Weis Markets, with locations in Monroe County, is the recipient of the 2015 Retail Sustainability Award from Produce Business magazine for its overall corporate sustainability initiatives. The award is presented annually to the most progressive North American grocery retailer for exemplary environmental sustainability and social responsibility efforts.
Weis’ award-winning sustainability program is being honored for the extensive implementation of energy-reducing measures such as LED lighting in refrigerated cases, advanced refrigeration and climate-control technologies that are designed to decrease the store’s impact on the environment and reduce refrigerant use by 50 percent. Other key sustainable programs include an expansive recycling program that recycled more than 35,000 tons of materials in 2014, including more than 20,000 tons of cardboard and more than 1,600,000 pounds of plastic bags and film plastics.
“Sustainability is purposefully integrated into our business strategy as we continue to build a culture of sustainability in our day to day operations,” said R. Kevin Small, vice president of Construction & Development who oversees the company’s sustainability program. “Our strategy incorporates sustainable metrics and practices that we use to measure our results.”
Small oversees the company’s sustainability program and noted, “our sustainability initiative continues to produce results at the store level. It is our goal to reduce our carbon footprint in a way that benefits the communities we serve.”
In addition to environmental activities, Weis was also singled out for its long-standing relationships with local produce growers in the states where the chain operates.
Weis Markets also implemented a Green Leader role in each store location to provide enhanced associate and customer awareness of the company’s commitment to being good stewards of the environment. “Our goal is to educate all 18,000 associates with our sustainable message,” said Patti Olenick, Weis Sustainability Manager. “We want them to embrace it at home as well as at work.”

Sobrinski earns advanced financial license
John A. Sobrinski Jr. of Sobrinski Financial Services in Stroudsburg recently passed his series 7 examination. Also known as a General Securities Representative Examination, this licenses him to sell various types of securities products, including corporate securities, municipal bond securities, options, direct participation programs, investment company products and variable contracts.
Sobrinski, who lives in Nazareth, had already passed his Series 6, Series 63, and his Pennsylvania Insurance licensing requirements

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Jersey Mike’s Subs comes to Poconos

Sandwich franchise store to open June 3 in Bartonsville
Jersey Mike’s Subs, known for its fresh sliced/fresh grilled subs, will open a store in Bartonsville on June 3. Franchise owner Jim Sirotnak, along with general manager John Milevoi, will hold a grand opening and free sub fundraiser from Wednesday, June 3, to Sunday, June 7, to support Monroe Career Technical Institute and Pocono Mountain East High School.
The new restaurant, located at 3578 Route 611, is circulating 10,000 coupons throughout the community offering a free regular sub for a minimum $2 contribution to MCTIor Pocono Mountain East High School. Customers must have a coupon to be eligible.
“I’ve been a fan of Jersey Mike’s since having my first sub while on vacation in Myrtle Beach,” said Sirotnak. “It was the best sub I’d ever tasted, and I knew we needed this product in Northeast Pennsylvania. For many years I planned road trips and vacations around pit-stops at Jersey Mike’s, and it’s so exciting to finally bring these authentic subs to Bartonsville.”
Sirotnak added that at Jersey Mike’s it’s tradition to give back to the community. Since 2010, Jersey Mike’s locations throughout the country have raised nearly $13 million for local charities and have distributed more than 1 million free sub sandwiches to help numerous causes. This year, the company’s fifth Annual Jersey Mike’s Month of Giving in March raised more than $3 million for 150 local charities throughout the country.
Started in 1956, Jersey Mike’s now has 1,500 restaurants open and under development nationwide. The company was named the #1 fastest growing chain in the Nation’s Restaurant News 2014 Top 100 and continues to win best sub awards in virtually every market it enters.
This is Sirotnak`s second Jersey Mike’s location. He opened his first Jersey Mike`s in Wilkes-Barre in December 2014.
The restaurant’s hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., seven days a week. Call 570-421-2800.

Reitemeyer receives national award
Yvonne L. Reitemeyer, financial advisor for Frailey Insurance and Financial Services, has received the NAIFA Quality Award from the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors, the industry’s leading professional association.
The NAIFA Quality Award recognizes agents for their commitment to excellence in service to their clients and industry, their pursuit of education and training, and their adherence to NAIFA’s Code of Ethics. Agents who receive this award demonstrate that the products they sell will meet their clients’ needs.
“NAIFA is committed to recognizing and rewarding professionalism and achievement,” said John F. Nichols, MSM, CLU president of NAIFA. “The NAIFA Quality Award recognizes individual agents for demonstrating the highest standards.”
“Frailey Insurance and Financial Services has built our business on doing what’s best for our client members. We’re proud that the leading financial services industry association has recognized Yvonne for her ongoing commitment to that core principle”, Frailey Insurance and Financial Services CEO Michael J. Frailey said.
Founded in 1890 as The National Association of Life Underwriters, NAIFA is one of the nation’s oldest and largest associations representing the interests of insurance professionals from every Congressional district in the United States. NAIFA members assist consumers by focusing their practices on one or more of the following: life insurance and annuities, health insurance and employee benefits, multiline, and financial advising and investments. NAIFA’s mission is to advocate for a positive legislative and regulatory environment, enhance business and professional skills and promote the ethical conduct of its members.

Skinner to speak at Pocono Chamber Women in Business luncheon
Bill Skinner of Paramount Business Development in Stroudsburg will discuss “How to Keep Your Business in the Black in a Competitive Market” at the Greater Pocono Chamber of Commerce Women in Business luncheon at noon on June 9 at Grace Park Seniors Living Well on West Main Street in Stroudsburg. The luncheon costs $20 for members, $40 for nonmembers. Frailey Insurance and Financial Services will sponsor. Reservations are required by calling the chamber at 570-42-4433.

Chamber taking Bizzy Awards entries
The Greater Pocono Chamber of Commerce is accepting entries for its 10th annual Bizzy Awards that takes place in September. There will be 14 categories awarded this year. Call Pat Metzgar at 570-41-4433 for details.

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S-burg company gets military certificate of appreciation

MegaPhase recognized for Army program’s success
MegaPhase, based in Stroudsurg, has been honored by the U.S. Army’s PM Prophet and General Dynamics Mission Systems with a Certificate of Appreciation, in recognition of the company’s performance and “significant contribution to the success of the Prophet Enhanced Program.”
“We are honored to receive this recognition,” said MegaPhase CEO Bill Pote. “Our team takes a great deal of pride in the quality of our work and it’s always a privilege to be recognized for our efforts.” The certificate was issued by PM COL Founded in 1998, MegaPhase is an industry leader in the design and manufacture of RF and microwave interconnect and signal processing products through 110 GHz. The Company offers a wide range of products serving commercial telecom and Military markets, including air-, ground- and sea-based electronic warfare systems.

Blue Cross Customer Service Call Center gets nat’l notice
Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania’s (BCNEPA) Customer Service Call Center has been nationally recognized by the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association for Best Practices in Service Improvement.
The Best Practice Award is designed to honor a unique, exceptional and innovative initiative that enhances and improves the service provided to customers. The recipient of this annual BCBSA award needs to demonstrate improved member experience, measurable outcomes related to operational efficiency, improved customer satisfaction, increased quality, return on investment and successful implementation.
BCNEPA was recognized for resolving member questions on the first call and reducing the need for additional follow-up calls. BCNEPA also demonstrated employee engagement above national benchmarks, significant improvements in in-coming call handling, and a continuous rise in member satisfaction results.

Toby Army Depot gets new agency distribution leader
U.S. Army Lt. Col. Michael “Troy” Rittenhouse will relinquish command of Defense Logistics Agency Distribution Tobyhanna, Pa., to U.S. Army Lt. Col. John T. Turner Jr. in a ceremony on Thursday, May 21 at 9 a.m.  at the Tobyhanna Army Depot headquarters building ceremony field, 11 Hap Arnold Blvd., on the Tobyhanna Army Depot installation. Officiating the ceremony is U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Richard B. Dix, Commander, Defense Logistics Agency Distribution, New Cumberland.
Rittenhouse has served as DLA Distribution Tobyhanna Commanding Officer since June 2013. His next assignment is with the Navy Supply Corps School in Newport, R.I.
Turner comes to DLA Distribution Tobyhanna after having served as the Army Watch Officer, Army Operations Center, National Military Command Center at the Pentagon.

Ruffino Real Estate staffer presented FBLA workshop
Carl Will of Ruffino Real Estate in Milford presented a workshop at the Future Business Leaders of America State Leadership Conference held in April in Hershey titled “Speaking to get the sale.” The presentation outlined different strategies to identify what customers what and how to close a sale. He also participated as a judge in three events: Public Speaking II, Client Services and Sales Presentation.
More than 5,000 student members and advisors attended the event. Qualifying members participate in numerous competitive events, attend leadership development seminars and campaign for state office. Advisers administer the competitive events and participate in professional development sessions.

Petrosky joins Pike Behavioral Center
Licensed Clinical Social Worker Neil Petrosky recently joined the staff of the Pike Behavioral Health Center, part of Wayne Memorial Community Health Centers in Honesdale.
Petrosky provides counseling for both children and adults at the outpatient facility.
Petrosky received his master’s in social work from Marywood University and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Scranton. He has been working in the Human Service field since 1994 and became a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in 2014.
He was most recently employed by Wayne Memorial Hospital’s Social Services Department where he served as both Hospice and Acute Care Rehabilitation Social Worker, a position he will continue on a per diem basis. Petrosky has been an active member of the Pike/Wayne Suicide Awareness Committee since 2012, currently acting as chairperson and facilitator of the monthly Survivors of Suicide Loss Support Group.
“My experience with hospital and hospice patients has been very rewarding. However, I’m looking forward to working with individuals from all age groups while at the Pike Behavioral Health Center,” said Petrosky.
In his new role, Petrosky will provide individual counseling to patients affected by ADHD, anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, Schizophrenia, stress and anger and/or life transitions such as grief, unemployment, relocation, parenthood, divorce, separation and other difficult stressors of life.
Referrals for outpatient therapy can come from physicians, family members or community resources. Patients may also self-refer. To make an appointment with Petrosky or to learn more about Pike Behavioral Health, call 570-775-4081.

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Boucher and James expands

Engineering consultant to open office in Bethlehem
Boucher & James Inc., with an office in Stroudsburg and corporate office in Doylestown, will open a regional office in the Lehigh Valley in Bethlehem in June.
Boucher & James, Inc. has been providing professional consulting services to clients in the Lehigh Valley for several years. Services were provided out of a combination of the Doylestown and Stroudsburg offices. The company’s move to grow the company by adding a third office comes at the right time. Two and a half years ago, Boucher & James Inc. became a 100 percent employee-owned company. Since becoming an ESOP, the company has had profitable years showing growth and has recovered from the effects of the great recession that affected most, if not all, professional consulting firms throughout Northeastern and Southeastern Pennsylvania.
The new office will add jobs to the local economy and enable the company to better serve its clients.

Milford hospice gets national data management award
Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice, with locations in Milford and Newton, N.j., has been named a 2015 Hospice Honors recipient by Deyta, an industry leader in data-driven management.
Hospice Honors is a prestigious program that recognizes hospices providing the highest level of satisfaction as measured from the caregiver’s point of view.
This recognition is based on Deyta Family Evaluation of Hospice Care survey results from approximately 1,700 partnering hospices contained in Deyta’s FEHC database with an evaluation period of October 2013 through September 2014. Deyta identified Hospice Honors recipients by evaluating hospices’ performance on a set of 18 satisfaction indicator measures. The set of questions included only indicator measures, omitting qualifying, leader and demographic questions. Individual hospice performance scores were aggregated for the evaluation period and were compared on a question-by-question basis to a national average score calculated from Deyta’s FEHC database.

Pocono Medical Center gets gold seal
Pocono Medical Center has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for Hospital Accreditation by demonstrating continuous compliance with its performance standards. The Gold Seal of Approval is a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to providing safe and effective patient care.
Pocono Medical Center underwent a rigorous, unannounced on-site survey in April. During the review, a team of Joint Commission expert surveyors evaluated compliance with hospital standards related to several areas, including emergency management, environment of care, infection prevention and control, leadership, and medication management. Surveyors also conducted on-site observations and interviews.
More than 4,000 general, children’s, long-term acute, psychiatric, rehabilitation and specialty hospitals currently maintain accreditation from The Joint Commission, awarded for a three-year period. In addition, approximately 360 critical access hospitals maintain accreditation through a separate program.
“Pocono Medical Center is pleased to receive accreditation from The Joint Commission, the premier health care quality improvement and accrediting body in the nation,” said Dr. William Cors, Vice President and Chief Medical Officer at Pocono Medical Center.

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Giant, Martin’s get national honor

Supermarkets, including Bartonsville location, named top chain grocery retailer
Giant Food Stores, with a location in Bartonsville, and Martin’s Food Markets have been named 2015 Chain Retailer of the Year by Grocery Headquarters, a national monthly business publication with a circulation of more than 33,000. The recognition was given for the company’s deep commitment to community, its dedicated associates, its emphasis on buying local and its focus on nutrition.

NEPA Alliance offers small business financing
NEPA Alliance has several federal and state loan programs available for small businesses in Carbon, Lackawanna, Luzerne, Monroe, Pike, Schuylkill and Wayne Counties.
Small businesses can receive subordinate financing, 50 percent funding or $200,000 whichever is less. The interest rates are fixed ranging from 1 to 4 percent. These low cost loans offer lower down payments and standard loan term maturities for machinery and equipment, land and building acquisition, construction and renovation. Working capital loans are also available.
Eligible businesses include manufacturers, industrial, agriculture/agribusiness, hospitality & tourism, related enterprises, recyclers, day care, computer related services, advanced technology, retail and service related businesses. Many other business sectors may also qualify.
The NEPA Alliance, a regional community and economic development agency, serves the seven counties of Northeastern Pennsylvania including Carbon, Lackawanna, Luzerne, Monroe, Pike, Schuylkill and Wayne. NEPA Alliance services include Business Financing, Government Contracting Assistance, International Trade Assistance, Non Profit Assistance, Transportation Planning, Research and Information, and Local Government Services.
For more information about NEPA Alliance visit nepa-alliance.org or call 866-758-1929. To learn more about NEPA and its loan programs, contact Dave Nat or Paul Macknosky at 570-655-5581 or 866-758-1929.
Pocono Chamber to honor students
Each year the Education Committee of the Greater Pocono Chamber of Commerce honors students in the community who have overcome adversity in their life and still manage to succeed. The luncheon will honor 10 students on May 19 at Wolf Hollow at Water Gap Country Club in Delaware Water Gap. For more information, contact Pat Metzgar at the chamber at 570-421-4433.

Chamber taking Bizzy Awards entries
The Greater Pocono Chamber of Commerce is accepting entries for tis 10th annual Bizzy Awards that takes place in September. There will be 14 categories awarded this year. Call Pat Metzgar at 570-41-4433 for details.

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Somers selected EY Entrepreneur award finalist

Vigon exec helped cultivate international market
Steve Somers of Vigon International, based in East Stroudsburg, is a finalist for the Ernest & Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2015 Award in Greater Philadelphia.
The awards program recognizes entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. Somers was selected as a finalist by a panel of independent judges and his selection was fortified by the company’s development of an international market for its sales. Award winners will be announced at a special gala event on June 11 at the Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown Hotel.
Now in its 29th year, the program has expanded to recognize business leaders in more than 145 cities from more than 60 countries throughout the world.
Regional award winners are eligible for consideration for the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year National program. Award winners in several national categories, as well as the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year National Overall Award winner, will be announced at the annual awards gala in Palm Springs, Cal., on Nov. 14. The awards are the culminating event of the EY Strategic Growth Forum as the nation’s most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies.
Founded and produced by EY, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards are nationally sponsored by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and SAP America.

Camelback Lodge & Aquatopia officially open
Camelback Lodge & Aquatopia Indoor Waterpark officially opened today, May 1, welcoming guests to the biggest indoor waterpark in the Northeast, and the largest and the most unique waterpark hotel in a single phase.
The $163 million, eight-story Camelback Lodge with 453 rooms that accommodates groups of six guests, located at the base of Camelback Mountain, transforms Camelback Resort into a year-round family and adventure destination. It complements Camelback’s existing seasonal outdoor recreation that includes Camelbeach outdoor waterpark, skiing, snowboarding, snowtubing, the longest zipline in the U.S., a treetops obstacle course, mountain coaster and more, Camelback Lodge will serve as the largest ski in/ski out indoor waterpark resort in the U.S.
“Camelback Resort has been a place for friends and family to gather for more than 50 years,” said Camelback Resort co-owner Arthur Berry III. “With the opening of Camelback Lodge & Aquatopia Indoor Waterpark, we now offer more year-round adventure in one mountain location than anywhere else in the country.”
Aquatopia Indoor Waterpark sprawls 125,000 square-feet, and is the largest indoor waterpark in the Northeast, boasting seven pools, 13 waterslides and a many distinctive water attractions. It includes Storm Chaser, the longest gravity-defying uphill water coaster to exist in any indoor waterpark in the U.S.; Venus SlydeTrap, a world-premiere attraction that combines three exhilarating waterslide experiences in one; The Lost River, an immersive, theatrical and dark adventure river experience featuring amusement park level theming; and Kartrite’s Quest, the world’s first “Next Generation” fully themed and immersive multi-level exploration AquaPlay structure.
Other favorites include The Great Ka-Na-Gawa Wavepool, Bombora FlowRider surfing simulator, Mystic Springs indoor/outdoor family hot tub and several waterslides that appeal to everyone from brave thrill seekers to timid toddlers. Situated under 1.5 acres of Texlon transparent roof – the largest install in North America – Aquatopia’s innovative design allows guests to soak up the sun indoors at a steady, comfortable 84-degrees, year-round with more than 120 highly trained lifeguards.
There’s also a rock climbing wall, a gameroom for youngsters and a laser game room, indoor miniature golf, a spa and fitness center as well as restaurants, lounge areas and a coffee shop.

Marshalls Creek native named president of leading accounting firm
Nationally acclaimed accounting firm CohnReznick LLP, has named Marshalls Creek native Ryan Henigan, a partner in the Firm’s Baltimore office, president of the Construction Financial Management Association’s Maryland chapter.
Established in 1990, the Maryland chapter represents general contractors, subcontractors, specialty contractors, engineering firms, material suppliers, and associate services. Henigan, who has been on the CFMA Maryland Board for nine years, will lead the chapter’s ongoing mission to provide education and information essential to the success and growth of construction financial professionals.
“I am excited and honored to take on the role of president of CFMA Maryland, an organization whose mission has been essential to my own development as a construction financial professional,” said Henigan. “As we enter our 25th year, I embrace this opportunity to lead our chapter toward continued success.”
Henigan leads CohnReznick’s Construction Industry Practice in the firm’s Baltimore office. He has 17 years of experience providing audit and management advisory services to a variety of national and local real estate developers, homebuilders, general contractors and sub-contractors. A graduate of Mount St. Mary’s University, Henigan has extensive experience assessing internal control structures of clients and providing recommendations for improvement as well as expertise in contractor cost certification reporting in accordance with federal and state agency affordable housing requirements.
In addition to CFMA Maryland, Henigan is an active member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Penn State  Ext.to hold class in Monroe on ways businesses find volunteers
Penn State Extension is offering a class for groups that depend on volunteers to help carry out their mission. The class titled Tools for an Effective Volunteer Program will be held June 3 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Monroe Extension office.
Fire companies, faith-based groups, neighborhood civic organizations, youth athletic associations, environmental advisory committees and many human service organizations are challenged to find volunteers to help carry out their programs.
Tools for an Effective Volunteer Program helps managers of volunteer programs improve volunteer recruitment and orientation, identify and manage risks, and plan recognition of volunteer efforts appropriate to the organization and the volunteers themselves.
Register for the workshop online at http://extension.psu.edu/managing-volunteers. For more information, call Peter Wulfhorst at 570-296-3400 or by email at ptw3@psu.edu

Wallenpaupack hotel joins historical group
The Greene-Dreher Historical Society has invited local businesses in the Wallenpaupack area to participate in its mission to promote, protect, and preserve the history of Greene and Dreher Townships. Michael Seagraves of The Hotel is the latest local business partner.
As a 2015 business partner, local businesses will provide financial support to the society, and at the same time, enhance their visibility with the membership, museum visitors and the communities of Greene and Dreher Township. The Newfoundland Hotel and Restaurant was established in 1933. The Seagraves family purchased The Hotel in 1976, and the restaurant currently is operated by Michael and Kathleen Seagraves.

Pocono Medical Center gets A grade from safety survey
Pocono Medical Center’s dedication to patient safety has merited an A grade in the Spring 2015 Hospital Safety Score, which rates how well hospitals protect patients from preventable medical errors, injuries and infections within the hospital.
The Hospital Safety Score is the gold standard rating for patient safety, compiled under the guidance of the nation’s leading patient safety experts and administered by The Leapfrog Group, a national, nonprofit hospital safety watchdog. The first and only hospital safety rating to be peer-reviewed in the Journal of Patient Safety, the score is free to the public and designed to give consumers information they can use to protect themselves and their families when facing a hospital stay.
“Quality and patient safety are always top priorities for our medical staff and entire team and this important national recognition of an A grade demonstrates to the community that Pocono Medical Center provides safe and excellent care, close to home,” said Jeff Snyder, president and CEO of Pocono Medical Center.
“Pocono Medical Center’s A grade validates its achievement in preventing harm within the hospital, and we are proud to recognize the efforts of the care providers and staff,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group, which administers the Hospital Safety Score.
More than 2,500 U.S. general hospitals were assigned scores in April 2015, with about 31 percent receiving an A grade. The Hospital Safety Score is fully transparent, offering a full analysis of the data and methodology used in determining grades on the website.

Study finds PA hospitals contributing more to local economy
The Hospital & Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania recently released its newest figures reflecting Pennsylvania hospitals’ high fiscal impact on the state.
All hospitals — nonprofit and investor-owned combined — contributed more than $111 billion to local and state economies during 2014, an increase of almost $7 billion from 2013.
The more than $111 billion in economic contributions––$48 billion directly and $63 billion indirectly—includes the support of nearly 591,000 jobs in the commonwealth. Hospitals provide about one in 10 jobs in Pennsylvania, employing nearly 271,000 people directly and creating another 320,000 spinoff jobs.
Every dollar directly spent by hospitals results in an additional $1.30 spent in other parts of the economy through additional investments, resource utilization and purchasing power.
“Hospitals and health systems have always been critical to the state’s overall health, and now, in addition to that important role, they are becoming increasingly vital to the success of Pennsylvania’s economic health,” said HAP President and CEO Andy Carter.
Carter noted that the Wolf Administration’s proposed 2015–2016 state budget calls for $166.5 million in hospital payment cuts that could jeopardize hospital services, jobs, and investments. “Cuts of this magnitude would undermine the hard-won progress achieved to date,” said Carter.

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Mt. Pocono based non-wovens company taps Technical Sales Mgr.

Seasoned professional Abelli named to post at Monadnock
Dino Abelli has joined Monadnock Non-Wovens LLC as Technical Sales Manager covering industrial air and liquid filtration markets.
Abelli comes to Monadnock, based in Mount Pocono, with more than 35 years of experience in a variety of non-wovens, filtration and related technical fabrics industries. He has held positions in R&D, Product Development, Sales Management, Account Management and Business Development previously working with International Paper/Veratec, Snow Filtration, Hollingsworth & Vose and PGI/Fiberweb.
“Dino is a seasoned professional with broad experience in the nonwovens industry, and we are glad to have him join our fast growing team,” said Keith Hayward, managing director for Monadnock Non-Wovens. “His past success, energy, enthusiasm and polished approach to sales will be very beneficial as we continue to grow our product portfolio in new technical and specialty markets.”
Abelli will concentrate his efforts in expanding Monadnock’s meltblown and composite presence into new markets while helping secure and strengthen its position with existing customers.
Monadnock Non-Wovens, a subsidiary of Monadnock Paper Mills, Inc. of Bennington, NH, was established in 1999 to manufacture non-woven material for the fast growing filtration, facemask, healthcare, consumer and homeland security markets. It supplies non-woven roll goods media to converters around the world using advanced fiber technology to meet Global standards.

Wayne Bank quarterly earnings rise 3.9 percent from prior year’s quarter
Norwood Financial Corp. and its subsidiary, Wayne Bank, announced earnings of $2,041,000 for the three months ended March 31, which represents an increase of 3.9 percent from the $1,964,000 recorded during the same three-month period of last year.
Earnings per share on a fully diluted basis were $.55 in the first quarter of this year compared to $.54 in the first quarter of 2014. The annualized return on average assets was 1.15 percent in the first quarter of 2015 and the annualized return on average equity was 8.22 percent.
Total assets were $734.4 million as of March 31,  an increase of $31.2 million, or 4.4 percent, compared to the prior year total. Total loans increased $22.9 million compared to March 31, consisting of a $16.6 million increase in commercial lending and $6.3 million of growth in retail loans. Commercial financing increased $17.8 million, installment loans grew $5.2 million and residential mortgage loan balances increased $1.1 million during the first quarter, while construction loans decreased $1.2 million.
“Our first quarter results provide a good start for 2015,” said President and CEO Lewis Critelli. “Net interest income improved over the prior quarter and the same period of last year due to a significant amount of loan growth, while operating expenses remain well controlled. Working with borrowers experiencing cash flow pressure will remain a top priority as we make our way through this difficult economic environment. We expect that stress on loan quality will continue into 2015.”
Norwood Financial Corp. is the parent company of Wayne Bank which operates from 15 offices throughout Wayne, Pike, Monroe and Lackawanna counties. The company’s stock is traded on the Nasdaq Global Market under the symbol “NWFL”.

Pocono Chamber to honor students
Each year the Education Committee of the Greater Pocono Chamber of Commerce honors students in the community who have overcome adversity in their life and still manage to succeed. The luncheon will honor 10 students on May 19 at Wolf Hollow at Water Gap Country Club in Delaware Water Gap. For more information, call Pat Metzgar at the Chamber at 570-421-4433.

Chamber taking Bizzy Awards entries
The Greater Pocono Chamber of Commerce is accepting entries for its 10th annual Bizzy Awards that takes place in September. There will be 14 categories awarded this year. Call Pat Metzgar at 570-41-4433 for details.

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Mt. Airy again earns AAA Diamond Rating

Casino resort the first in PA for designation
Mount Airy Casino Resort for the fourth straight year has been awarded the AAA Four Diamond Rating. Mount Airy Casino Resort was the first casino resort in Pennsylvania to reach the list in which only 4.8 percent of the 30,000 lodgings approved by AAA achieve. It has more than 1,800 slot machines and 80 table games.
The Lodge at Woodloch also received the designation.
The AAA Four Diamond Rating is assigned to lodgings that feature an extensive array of amenities combined with a high degree of hospitality, service, and attention to detail. Restaurants at this level offer a distinctive fine-dining experience marked by high quality ingredients, creative presentation and attentive service. Only 4.8 percent of the 30,000 lodgings approved by AAA make the Four Diamond list.
“It is such an honor to have achieved this award for the fourth consecutive year,” stated John Culetsu, executive vice president and general manager of Mount Airy Casino Resort. “We are truly committed to providing the highest quality of dining, gaming and luxury accommodations to our guests, and this award highlights that commitment and the work that we have done and will continue to do.”
At the award reception in photo are, from left, Glenn Smith, president and CEO of AAA North Penn; Vincent Jordan, vice president of Marketing and Player Development; Matthew Magda, vice president of Resort Operations; Lisa DeNaples, owner and managing trustee; Nina Waskevich, director of Marketing and Public Relations; John Culetsu, executive vice president and general manager.
“Four and Five Diamond hotels and restaurants provide guests with a personalized experience and attentive service in comfortable, high quality surroundings,” said Nina Waskevich, AAA North Penn Director of Marketing/PR. “These establishments consistently exceed the expectations of the most discriminating traveler — the AAA inspector. We are proud to have these dedicated businesses in our region.”
AAA inspectors visit more than 58,000 hotels and restaurants over the course of the year, allowing them to identify emerging trends in the industry. Inspectors have observed hotels increasingly using technology to complement the white glove service guests expect at the ultra-luxury level, allowing options such as mobile check-in and touch screen access to concierge services. Similarly, at restaurants they have observed the emergence of tablet-based digital menus, with electronic ordering and tableside payment features.

Frailey Insurance again wins Nationwide President’s Award
Michael J. Frailey has dedicated his career to counseling customers on their insurance and financial services needs as an insurance agent for 25 years and a lifelong Monroe County resident.
The CEO of Frailey Insurance and Financial Services at 1286 N. 9th St. and his team’s dedication have led to success and the President’s Award for the second straight year from Nationwide Insurance. This award, the company’s highest 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.

Wayne Bank adds second Technology Demo Center
Wayne Bank has added a second Technology Demo Center at the Honesdale office located downtown at 717 Main St.. The Demo Centers are space dedicated to providing customer support with interactive hands-on equipment for online, tablet and mobile banking.
The first Demo Center was created in October 2014 at the 216 Adams Ave. downtown Scranton office. Many customers have taken advantage of the center to sign up for Internet Banking or learn more about technologies the bank has available.
“Wayne Bank is committed to continually improving the technology we offer and to creating resources such as the demo center. The goal is to provide personal, knowledgeable service that helps customers benefit from online and mobile banking.” said Lewis Critelli, Wayne Bank president and CEO. “Adoption of all forms of online and mobile banking continue to grow, and as they do, Wayne Bank wants to provide a setting where customers are at ease discovering the capabilities and convenience of their devices.”
The Technology Demo Centers are open during business hours at both locations.
Wayne Bank is a subsidiary of Norwood Financial Corp., Member FDIC, and is located in Honesdale, Pennsylvania with 15 community Offices in Wayne, Pike, Monroe and Lackawanna counties.

Paramount Business Development relocates in S-burg
Paramount Business Development, an advisory/coaching firm that works with business leaders in many industries, has moved its downtown Stroudsburg office to a new location in downtown Stroudsburg: 745 Main St., Suite 205. All other contact information including phone numbers remain the same.
Founded in December of 2005 by Rick Munson and Bill Skinner, Paramount Business Development is an advisory/coaching firm that works with business leaders in many industries to improve business results, develop better teams, develop executives to enhance leadership skills, and guide companies through succession.

PMC earns national gold award for heart/stroke care
Pocono Medical Center announced that it has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Heart-Check mark for Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers. The Gold Seal of Approval and the Heart-Check mark represent symbols of quality from their respective organizations and means that expert stroke care is available right here in the community.
Pocono Medical Center underwent a rigorous onsite review on Jan. 30, of its compliance with stroke-related standards and requirements, including program management, the delivery of clinical care and performance improvement.
“Pocono Medical Center has thoroughly demonstrated the greatest level of commitment to the care of stroke patients through its Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers,” said Wendi J. Roberts, RN, executive director, Certification Programs. “We commend Pocono Medical Center for becoming a leader in stroke care, potentially providing a higher standard of service for stroke patients in its community.”
Nancy Brown, CEO, the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, said, “By adhering to this very specific set of treatment guidelines Pocono Medical Center has clearly made it a priority to deliver high quality care to all patients affected by stroke.”
In 2014, Pocono Medical Center joined the Jefferson Neuroscience Network and offers patients access to the resources of Jefferson’s comprehensive stroke center through the use of telemedicine.  Established in 2003, Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers is awarded for a two-year period to Joint Commission-accredited acute care hospitals. The certification was derived from the Brain Attack Coalition’s “Recommendations for the Establishment of Primary Stroke Centers” (JAMA, 2000) and the “Revised and Updated Recommendations for the Establishment of Primary Stroke Centers” (Stroke, 2011).
Stroke is the fourth leading cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the United States, according to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. On average, someone suffers a stroke every 40 seconds; someone dies of a stroke every four minutes; and 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.

Pocono Chamber to host Save Our Planet Awards
Leading eco-friendly businesses will be recognized in the annual Greater Pocono Chamber of Commerce’s Save Our Planet awards that takes place 8 a.m. on April 24 at the Ridgecrest at Stroudsmoor Country Inn. The event costs $20 per person and reservations can be made by contacting the chamber at 570-421-4433. Monroe County Municipal Waste Management Authority and Brodhead Creek Regional Authority are sponsors.

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MegaPhase appoints exec

Logothetis named director of Advanced Technology of S’burg office
Jim Logothetis has joined MegaPhase, a leading provider of RF and microwave interconnects in Stroudsburg as director of Advanced Technology. Logothetis has spent the last three decades developing and bringing to market RF and Microwave signal processing components and subsystems for applications in satellite, terrestrial and wireless communications and electronic warfare.
In Logothetis’ prior role as director of Technology for Crane Electronics, he led a team of technical staff in the design of products utilizing various technologies, including multilayer stripline, microstrip, coplanar waveguide, suspended substrate and lumped element. Logothetis, a resident of North Caldwell, N.J. who earned his master’s in electrical engineering degree from Stevens Institute of Technology, has a collection of publications and holds nine U.S. patents.
As telecom and global security systems demand more bandwidth, the performance of cables, connectors, and signal processing components increase in complexity.
“Jim brings substantial expertise and new capabilities to MegaPhase in microwave signal transmission and a wide variety of components,” said MegaPhase CEO Bill Pote. “He is a hands-on engineer and has worked with OEMs, suppliers and expert software applications.” With the addition of Logothetis, MegaPhase continues to position itself to be at the forefront of not just interconnects but also signal processing components.
Founded in 1998, MegaPhase is an industry leader in the design and manufacture of RF and microwave interconnect and signal processing products through 110 GHz. The Company offers a wide range of products serving commercial telecom and Military markets, including air-, ground- and sea-based electronic warfare systems.

Seminar advises ways to work with difficult personalities
In the workplace, there could be challenges with many different and sometimes difficult personalities as heavy workloads, fast-paced environments or even a very bureaucratic culture sometimes make survival feel difficult. Dennis Gilbert of Appreciative Strategies in Stroudsburg offers a three-hour seminar on four different dates and locations next month titled Working with Difficult Personalities that examines several personality challenges and utilizes thought provoking, change accelerating activity, theory, video, and self-assessment to enable participants examine new ways to better manage personal interactions in the office with others.
Attending this seminar will provide relief from trapped overwhelming workplace relationships; renewed energy and less stress from toxic people; control gaining; negativity reducing options to recharge and better performance by getting unstuck from draining personalities as well as positive expectations instead of harmful, negative emotional replays.
This seminar that runs from 9 a.m. to noon will be held May 11 in Williamsport, May 12 in Wilkes-Barre, May 13 in Denville, New Jersey and May 14 in New York City.
For more information visit: http://DennisEGilbert.com or call 646-546-5553

Bartonsville home repair company expanding
Honey Do Service Inc. on 3450 Route 611 in Bartonsville continues to grow, reports Barbara Leesha, owner of the local franchise, who says the local home repair and refurbishing company is handling large jobs as well as small ones. Many customers, she says, do not realize the scope of work by the company.
“They think we only do things like gutter cleaning, which we also do,” Leesha said. “We have done several repair jobs for interior water damage this winter, roof repairs, window replacements, bathroom remodels, electrical and plumbing repairs, painting, basement finishing, flooring and room remodels (sheetrock, insulation, electrical, plumbing, flooring, etc).”
Call 570-620-9999 for details.

Pocono Chamber to hold Save Our Planet Awards
Leading eco-friendly businesses will be recognized in the annual Greater Pocono Chamber of Commerce’s Save Our Planet awards that takes place 8 a.m. on April 24 at the Ridgecrest at Stroudsmoor Country Inn. The event costs $20 per person and reservations can be made by contacting the chamber at 570-421-4433. Monroe County Municipal Waste Management Authority and Brodhead Creek Regional Authority are sponsors.

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