Steamtown NHS Hosts Military Memorabilia Preservation Workshop

SCRANTON, Pa. – As part of its programming to commemorate the World War I Centennial, Steamtown National Historic Site (NHS) will host a free military memorabilia preservation workshop from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 30, 2018. The workshop will be held in the park theater.

Whether it’s great-grandad’s uniform worn in the trenches of France; a World War II Victory Mail (V-Mail) letter sent from Europe or the Pacific; a tintype photo of a Civil War ancestor; unit patches from Korea or Vietnam; a cruise book from a naval deployment; an email or digital photo from a loved one who served in Iraq or Afghanistan; or any of a host of other military mementos that have deep personal meaning, then Steamtown NHS welcomes you – veterans, family members, and those interested in learning how to care for such objects – to our military memorabilia preservation workshop.

Led by Steamtown NHS museum curator Kathy Lang, we invite the public to bring those objects relating to military service that have become treasured family heirlooms. Letters, photos, sketches, orders, medals, ribbons, patches, uniform parts, journals, printed copies of digital media (no computers will be available during the workshop), and the like are welcome. You can also come empty handed just to learn more. However, NO weapons or weapon facsimiles of any sort are to be brought on site.

Curator Lang has decades of National Park Service museum experience and will share her expertise by providing simple, low cost preservation ideas/techniques that anyone can perform if they have the proper conservation materials. Samples of these items will be on hand for visual inspection.

While Kathy will be pleased to answer questions following her presentation, we hope that you will make this event a two-way dialogue by sharing the history of the objects you seek to preserve. The human stories associated with those otherwise inanimate objects are what give them meaning, not only to you and your family, but also to the greater community. We will limit your personal presentations to five minutes so that others have a chance to share.  In the end, we hope that everyone in attendance will come away with a better appreciation for the sacrifice of our military veterans who held dear those objects that have been passed down as treasured family inheritances.

Located in downtown Scranton, Pa., Steamtown NHS, a unit of the National Park Service, is open daily from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. The theater building is mobility-impaired accessible and assistive listening devices are available.

From I-81 follow exit 185 (Central Scranton Expressway); then follow the brown and white signs to the park entrance at Lackawanna Avenue and Cliff Street (GPS: N 41.41, W 75.67). General park information is available by phoning (570) 340-5206 during regular business hours, or by visiting the park website anytime.

Misericordia University To Host Adult Learner Open House

DALLAS TWP., Pa. – The Misericordia University Center for Adult and Continuing Education will hold an Open House on Monday, Aug. 6 for adult learners who are interested in continuing their education. The event, from 4-7 p.m., will be in the Huntzinger and Alden Trusts Rooms 218-219 of Sandy and Marlene Insalaco Hall.

The Adult Learner Open House is open to adults interested in obtaining more information about Misericordia University’s undergraduate and graduate programs, and for prospective students who have general questions about entering or returning to college. Guests can come to the event at their convenience and speak with faculty and representatives from admissions and financial aid. Common topics include credit transfer, credit for life experiences, financial aid eligibility, evening and weekend class schedules on campus in Dallas, online courses, and the Misericordia accelerated degree programs.

The Misericordia University accelerated program offers majors and programs in business, health care, information technology, and government, law and national security. Adult learners can find programs at the certificate, bachelor, master and doctoral level with classes designed with their busy lifestyle in mind.

Introduced in 2017, Misericordia offers nurses a master’s degree in nursing in a fully online format. The university also offers an MBA program predominantly online with the opportunity for students to specialize in the following areas: management, accounting, and human resources management. In addition, a Master of Science in Organizational Management degree with a specialization in nonprofit management and fundraising is available.

Adult learners who wish to register can go online at For more information on continuing education programs, please contact the Center for Adult and Continuing Education at (570) 674-6791 or by e-mail at

Founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1924, Misericordia University is Luzerne County’s first four-year college and offers 45 academic programs on the graduate and undergraduate levels in full- and part-time formats. Misericordia University ranks in the top tier of the Best Regional Universities – North category of U.S. News and World Report’s 2018 edition of Best Colleges. The Princeton Review recognizes MU as a 2018 Best Northeastern College and MONEY Magazine includes Misericordia in its 2017-18 “Best Colleges” list.

AAA Recognizes Top Insurance Agents

Standing left to right: Mark Esolen, Northeast Sales Manager; Paul Sheehan, Scranton Insurance Agent; Julian Ruiz, Scranton Insurance Agent.


June 18, 2018 (Scranton, PA) – AAA recently recognized two of its top Insurance Agents with the Elite Performance Cup Award for 2017.  The Elite Performance Cup is awarded to those with the top retail sales. Both agents work in the AAA North Penn Scranton office.  Paul Sheehan has 15 years of experience in the insurance industry.  Julian Ruiz has 10 years of experience and is fluent in Spanish.  Both agents can assist with Property & Casualty, Auto, Homeowner / Renter / Condo, Flood Insurance, Umbrella / Personally Liability, Motorcycle, Boat / Watercraft, RV / Motorhome, ATV, and Snow Mobile policies.  For more information or to receive a free insurance review visit a local AAA North Penn Office, call 1-866-AAA-4YOU or go online to


AAA North Penn serves AAA members in the following area(s): Lackawanna, Monroe, Lycoming, Wayne, Bradford, Susquehanna, Pike, Tioga, Wyoming, Potter and Sullivan Counties.


Outdoor Summer Music in NEPA

Hawley, PA (June 19th, 2018) — Is there anything better than enjoying live music outdoors during the summer? We don’t think so, and luckily for us there are a myriad of great options all around the area.

Let’s start in Hawley with Blues, Brews & BBQ at, which started over Memorial Day weekend and continues until Labor Day. Every Sunday check out live blues bands, a featured craft brewery and of course a tasty BBQ menu. Featuring blues artists like Norman Taylor & Blue Soul, Slam Allen, and Merchants of Groove. Reservations are 5pm-9pm with music from 6pm-9pm. Don’t want to join them for dinner? Grab a drink and head out to the upper deck to enjoy the music filling the gorge and the gorgeous sight of their natural waterfall. Reservations are recommended at 570.226.1337.

New this year is the Summer Blues Bash, presented by Blues, Brews & BBQ at on July 8th. This event will feature the Scott Weis Band and American Idol Casey James! Casey James finished 3rd in Season 9 of American Idol and has gone on to make a name for himself with Blues and Country Music. There will be two ticketed seatings available, lawn tickets, and tickets to listen from the Boiler Room. Check out more info at or call to reserve at 570.226.1337.

While in Hawley you won’t want to miss Jazz on the Deck, Wednesdays at The Settlers Inn, which kicks off June 27th and continues through Labor Day. A featured jazz musician will entertain on the outdoor terrace, 6pm-9pm, while you can dine on their seasonal farm to table menu or grab a drink in their award winning wildflower garden. Jazz performers include Nancy & Spencer Reed, Nick Niles, Thos Shipley and Mike Casey. Reservations are recommended at 570.226.2993.

Don’t forget about Lakeside Live at The Dock on Wallenpaupack. Sundays they host live music from 3pm-6pm on their outdoor deck overlooking Lake Wallenpaupack. This music series coincides with buckets of beer, and food specials. This series features Gone Crazy, Kevin Campion, and Eric Rudy.

Last but not least, head on over to Carbondale for a Tribute Band Series on the rooftop at Hotel Anthracite Friday nights starting at 7pm. Featuring the Jeffrey James Band, Tommy Guns, Se Acabo and the Mountain Sky Orchestra to name a few. $5 Cover for these great bands while you listen under the stars! Check out or call 570.536.6020.

For more information, call 570.226.2993 or check out



About Settlers Hospitality

Settlers Hospitality is a family run hospitality group in Hawley, PA consisting of The Settlers Inn, Ledges Hotel, Silver Birches Resort, Hotel Anthracite, The Sayre Mansion, The Dock on Wallenpaupack,, Kol Steakhouse, Cocoon Coffeehouse, Lake Region Fitness, The Mill Market Bakery, & Art on the Edge.


Crystal Windows Adds Vinyl Window Line

FLUSHING, NY, June 18, 2018 – National manufacturer Crystal Window & Door Systems has expanded production at its newest factory in Northeast Pennsylvania (NEPA) with the recent addition of the Crystal Series 100 vinyl window line.  The addition provides the company with greater production capacity and affords the company greater flexibility in production scheduling.

In late 2015, Crystal acquired the PA factory, which required significant renovations and reconfigurations to accommodate window manufacturing operations.  Since production start up in 2016, Crystal has been assembling three of the company’s 20 product lines there, and the Series 100 vinyl line is now the fourth.

“We’ve spent time and effort renovating and preparing our facility for new production lines and now we are ready to utilize the space,” said Craig Calderone, General Manager for Crystal’s PA operation.  “Crystal is currently fabricating three aluminum products here and now that we’ve added the appropriate saws and assembly equipment, the Series 100 will be the first of many more Crystal vinyl products to come.  Further into the future we even have plans to add vinyl extrusion capabilities at this facility.”  Presently Crystal extrudes vinyl window profiles only at its New York factory.

The Crystal Series 100 vinyl window line is the company’s longstanding and popular basic vinyl model, offering good value and easy installation.  The 3-¼” frame depth double-hung window has tilt-sashes, full width lift rails, constant force balances, dual vent locks, and half-screens.  For enhanced energy efficiency, the product’s ⅞” insulating glass unit comes standard with low-E coating and Argon gas filling.  Options include triple IGUs, between-the-glass grids, and spiral balances.

The Series 100 vinyl window is the first of several vinyl product lines slated to be fabricated at the Crystal NEPA factory.  New vinyl welding and corner cleaning equipment is scheduled for delivery and installation later this year, allowing many more of Crystal’s vinyl window and door lines to be manufactured there.



Crystal Window & Door Systems is one of the top 30 manufacturers in North America of replacement and new construction vinyl and aluminum window and door products and high-end fenestration systems.  Crystal offers a full product line, rapid order-to-delivery times, quality workmanship, innovative product features, outstanding value, and an experienced and knowledgeable staff.  Headquartered in New York, the company operates a national network of factories, branches, subsidiaries and affiliates in California, Illinois, Missouri, Ohio, and Pennsylvania.  For further information about Crystal and its products, call 718-961-7300, or visit the website at

Protect and Defend 5K Run/Walk Planned

SCRANTON, Pa. – The Lackawanna College Police Academy will hold the Protect and Defend 5K Run/Walk in memory of Scranton Ptlm. John J. Wilding on Sunday, July 22, 2018. The race will
begin and end at Courthouse Square in downtown Scranton.

Proceeds from the annual event benefit the Ptlm. John J Wilding Memorial Scholarship Fund, which supports cadets at the Lackawanna College Police Academy.

The scholarship fund is named for the late Scranton Police Department officer who was killed in the
line of duty in July 2015. Officer Wilding was a graduate of the Academy and a Lackawanna College Public Safety Officer prior to his one-year career with the Scranton Police Department.

Pre-registration for the event costs $25 and day-of registration will cost $30. Participants can pre-register online for the event at Registration will begin at 8 a.m. on July 22, and the race will begin at 9:30 a.m. There will also be a Children’s Fun Run for children under age 12, led by Officer Wilding’s nine-year-old daughter Lola. There will be additional children’s activities for this family-friendly event.

Additionally, a Pre-Race Day Happy Hour at Backyard Alehouse on Linden Street in Scranton will be held on Friday, July 20 from 5–7 p.m. Admission for the event is $20, which includes a limited open bar and food. Proceeds from the Pre-Race Day Happy Hour will benefit the Scholarship Fund. Those who register for the Run/Walk prior to or at the Pre-Race Day Happy Hour will receive a $5 discount on admission to the Happy Hour.

Basket raffles, courtesy of local businesses and community supporters, will be available at both events. Those wishing to donate a basket or gift card to be raffled or those wishing to sponsor the event can contact Lackawanna College Administrative Assistant – Cadet Activities, Denise Boyle, at (570) 961-7842 or email

About Lackawanna College Police Academy

Since 1977, the Lackawanna College Police Academy has provided ACT 120 certification through the Municipal Police Officers’ Education and Training Commission in Harrisburg, Pa. Thousands of graduating cadets actively serve as police officers throughout the United States, and as chiefs of police, attorneys, sheriffs, and as agents of state and federal agencies. The Police Academy is committed to participating in community service and awareness campaigns in its ongoing mission to always put service above self. Learn more at