Commander’s Cup Golf Tournament

Association of the United States Army

Tobyhanna Army Depot Chapter

Commander’s Cup Golf Tournament

Sand Springs Country Club, Drums, Pa

Friday, August 10, 2018


Local Military Charities

$85.00 per golfer – Captain and Crew Format

$80.00 per golfer for current AUSA Members

Includes: Buffet: Chicken Parmesan, Italian Sausage & Peppers, Penne Pasta w/ Vodka Sauce, Salad, Dessert, etc.

Hot Dog w/ Drink at the Turn

Free Driving Range Balls Prior to Start

Discount Coupons at the Pro Shop

Registration starts at 0800, Shotgun start at 0900


Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine Golf Tournament to Fund M.D. Student Scholarships

SCRANTON –On Monday, June 11, Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine (GCSOM) will host its 10th annual golf classic at Glenmaura National Golf Club in Moosic. PNC Bank is the tournament’s presenting sponsor. All proceeds will benefit the school’s student scholarship fund that helps defray the cost of medical school tuition.

Organizers have planned a new event they say will bring an element of fun and celebration to the tourney. “Thanks to support from our sponsor, Blaise Alexander, we plan to cap the day with a golf-ball drop. This hasn’t been done before in our area and the planning committee believes it will add a lot of excitement,” said Kara Badyrka. “A helicopter will hover over the course and drop 500 golf balls on the 18th fairway. Golfers, attendees or anyone who wants to play can purchase a ball for $20. The ball that lands in or closest to the hole wins a $5,000 cash prize.”

Badyrka said golf ball chances can be purchased by calling 570-504-9065, going to and clicking the “Register Now” link or contacting a member of the planning committee. The balls will be sold until noon on June 11 or until 500 are sold.

“Our annual golf tournament is not just fun, it’s meaningful,” said Steven J. Scheinman, M.D., president and dean of Geisinger Commonwealth. “It gives the community a chance to get together with a wonderful group of people for a spirited competition while raising critical funds for student scholarships. We sincerely appreciate the generosity of PNC Bank, Blaise Alexander and all of this year’s sponsors.”

Since 2009, Geisinger Commonwealth’s annual golf tournaments have raised more than $353,000 for scholarships.


Registration and a continental breakfast begin at 9 a.m. followed by a shotgun start at 10 a.m. The captain-and-crew format is limited to 128 golfers. The cost is $300 per golfer, $1,200 for a foursome and includes 18 holes of golf, complimentary gifts, breakfast, lunch, dinner and awards ceremony. Sponsorships are available. For more information, call Geisinger Commonwealth’s Development Office at 570-504-9619 or register online at

If you are unable to participate and would like to contribute to the student scholarship fund, please email or visit

Gathered to plan the 10th annual Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine’s (GCSOM) June 11 golf classic at Glenmaura National Golf Club in Moosic are, from left: Kara Badyrka, Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine (GCSOM) director of special events and special projects; Michael Gallagher, Aviation Technologies; Nick Parise, PNC Wealth Management; Jim Hoover, NRG Controls North; Pete Danchak, 2018 Golf Classic Committee chair and PNC Bank regional president; Phil Mahasky, Glenmaura National Golf Club; Sharon Byrne, Peoples Security Bank & Trust; MaryBeth D’Andrea, Community Bank; and Michael Costello, University of Scranton. Organizers have planned a new event at the tournament — a helicopter golf ball drop. Golf ball chances can be purchased for $20 per chance to win a cash prize by calling 570-504-9065, going to and click the “Register Now” link or contacting a member of the planning committee. For more information, call Geisinger Commonwealth’s Development Office at 570-504-9619 or register online at



Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine (Geisinger Commonwealth) is the newest member of the Geisinger Health System family. Geisinger Commonwealth offers a community-based model of medical education with campuses in Doylestown, Scranton, Sayre and Wilkes-Barre. Geisinger Commonwealth offers Doctor of Medicine (MD) and Master of Biomedical Sciences (MBS) degrees. The college’s innovative curriculum, focused on caring for people in the context of their lives and their community, attracts the next generation of physicians and scientists from within its 17-county region in northeastern and north central Pennsylvania, as well as from across the state and the nation. Geisinger Commonwealth is committed to non-discrimination in all employment and educational opportunities. Visit

Free “Healthy Hips” Presentation

Geisinger physicians to discuss advances in both surgical and non-surgical procedures

SCRANTON, Pa. –  The public is invited to attend a free lecture and Q+A session on treating chronic knee, hip and joint pain on June 13, from 6:30 to 8 p.m., at Geisinger Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine Scranton, 3 West Olive St., Scranton.

Dr. Jeffrey Gillette, orthopaedic surgeon, will discuss “Healthy Hips: Advances in Minimally Invasive Anterior Hip Replacement.” Dr. Justin Tunis, primary care sports medicine physician, will present, “Stay Healthy this Outdoor Sports Season: Advances in Sports Medicine and Non-Surgical Treatments.”

The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served and staff members will offer tours of the practice, located in the Ice Box Complex across from Scranton High School.

To register or for more information, call 570-609-2812 or visit

Air Cargo Workshop Planned

The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport is undertaking an Air Cargo Feasibility Study and invites you to a Business Workshop on Wednesday, June 13th @ 10:00 a.m. in the Airport’s Conference Room.

Airlines, ground handlers; regulatory agencies; freight forwarders and trucking companies, as well as any business with a logistics interest in the area are welcome and invited to attend.   Major distribution and manufacturing companies that are interested in air cargo services are also invited.

The Workshop is presented by the Airport and their Cargo Consultant; Landrum & Brown.  The purpose of the workshop is to introduce the Airport’s Cargo capability an d future desires and to understand regional demand and opportunities.

A more detailed letter of the workshop’s format  and a letter of introduction of the

Airport’s Consultant will follow this invite.

We hope everyone with an interest in improving their business and developing the area will attend.  Please respond to this invitation by contacting the Airport at (570) 602-2000. Your response will help ensure we have enough seating and handouts.

We hope to see you, at the Airport, on June 13th at 10:00 a.m.!




Thomas K. Bonin

Business Development Manager

Geisinger Community Medical Center opens expanded Epilepsy Monitoring Unit

SCRANTON, Pa. – To accommodate the growing population of epilepsy patients in the area and help meet the needs of the community, Geisinger Community Medical Center (GCMC) is opening a newly renovated and expanded adult epilepsy monitoring unit (EMU) and medical-surgical unit.

GCMC is the only hospital in the region to offer an adult inpatient EMU. Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center in Wilkes-Barre maintains a two-bed pediatric EMU and Geisinger Medical Center in Danville has a six-bed adult and four-bed pediatric EMU.

Dedicated to diagnosing and treating patients with seizure disorders, the $1.7 million EMU includes six private epilepsy monitoring rooms, as well as four medical-surgical rooms spread out over a revamped 4,800-square-foot space. GCMC’s original EMU opened with two beds in 2012.

“There are approximately 14,000 people living with epilepsy right here in Northeast Pennsylvania,” said Anthony Aquilina, D.O., regional president for Geisinger Northeast. “We’ve expanded our epilepsy monitoring unit to help patients in our community who have complex neurological conditions, such as epilepsy or seizure disorders, remain close to home for high-level care they previously needed to travel for.”

Patients who experience seizures which are challenging to diagnose and manage are those most likely to be admitted to the EMU. Patients who may need surgery as a treatment for their seizures may also be admitted for better monitoring to identify seizure-causing areas in the brain.

“Having a dedicated EMU allows us to monitor patients experiencing seizures at the safest, most acute level – 24 hours a day, seven days a week,” said Abuhuziefa Abubakr, M.D., director of epilepsy for Geisinger. “This enables us to closely observe what is occurring in the brain and determine whether the seizures are epileptic or nonepileptic, and identify the seizure-causing areas in the brain.”

GCMC’s unit is staffed by specially trained physicians, nurses and technologists who monitor patients 24/7. Each private room in the six-bed EMU has a high-definition video camera with infrared capabilities and a microphone, and special equipment that records patients’ brain waves along with changes in behavior. This in-depth monitoring enables physicians to create a treatment plan specialized for each patient.

Patients stay in the EMU averages four to eight days.

GCMC’s EMU will be staffed by several neurologists who specialize in epilepsy care, including Dr. Abubakr and epileptologist Paul McCabe, M.D. The unit also includes a nurse navigator, a health care professional trained in epilepsy care who assists patients during their stay and helps coordinate their care; a physician’s assistant; specially trained nursing staff; neurophysiology assistants, specially trained to monitor patients around the clock; and certified video-electroencephalogram (EEG) technologists.

The EMU will begin seeing patients on June 11.

GCMC’s EMU is one of many projects the hospital has underway to improve patient experience, enhance access to care and introduce the latest technology. Other updates include:

  • A $15 million maternity center set to open in early 2020, which will feature seven delivery rooms
  • A $3.9 million cardiovascular expansion to streamline heart and vascular services
  • A $3.2 million orthopaedic investment that includes physical site renovation, expanded services and technology/equipment upgrades
  • A Mamava nursing suite which allows hospital visitors and employees a private space to breastfeed


Protect and Defend 5K Run/Walk Set for July 22

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