FNCB Bank Makes Donation to Marywood University


FNCB Bank, locally-based for over 100 years, has announced a $3,000 Pennsylvania Education Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) donation to Marywood University for their Momentum Program.

Marywood University’s Momentum Program provides high school juniors and seniors with the opportunity to get a head start on college by enrolling in college level courses. Students can choose from a variety of courses, most often liberal arts courses, during the Fall, Spring, Summer I and Summer II semesters through high school graduation.

Since 2010, FNCB has contributed more than $1,600,000 to local educational and scholarship organizations through the EITC initiative.

The support of Marywood University is part of FNCB’s larger Community Caring initiative. As a true, local community bank, FNCB Bank is making a difference through volunteerism, donations and outreach programs.


About FNCB Bank

FNCB Bank, locally-based for over 100 years, continues as Northeastern Pennsylvania’s premier community bank — offering a full suite of personal, small business, mortgage and commercial banking solutions with industry-leading mobile, online and in-branch products and services. FNCB remains dedicated to the communities they serve with an on-going mission to be: Simply a better bank™. For more information visit www.fncb.com.

Registrations Still Open for ‘Pints for Peds’

DANVILLE – The annual Pints for Peds event to benefit Children’s Miracle Network at Geisinger will be held from 5 to 9 p.m., Jan. 27 at Old Forge Brewing Company, 298 Mill St.

The event features a three-course buffet, live music, a silent auction, a jewelry raffle, the company of friends and great craft beer. Participants can enjoy great food and handcrafted beers brewed on site.

The cost is $65 for regular seating and $75 for VIP reserved seating. Space is limited, so attendees should reserve their place online at go.geisinger.org/cmnevents or by calling 800-322-5437. Register now to celebrate 35 years of making miracles and learn firsthand about Miracle families treated at Geisinger Janet Weis Children’s Hospital!

The funds raised by this event will help to provide pediatric equipment, programs and services at Janet Weis Children’s Hospital and throughout Geisinger Health System.


About Children’s Miracle Network at Geisinger

Children’s Miracle Network at Geisinger helps make miracles happen every day at Janet Weis Children’s Hospital, Geisinger Wyoming Valley, and more than 40 medical groups and pediatric specialty outreach clinics.  A nonprofit organization, it has raised more than $61 million for pediatric services, equipment and programs throughout Geisinger Health System since 1984.  For more information on Children’s Miracle Network at Geisinger, call 1-800-322-5437 or (570) 271-6188, or visit www.geisinger.org/cmn.

Lackawanna College Receives ‘It’s On Us PA’ Grant

SCRANTON, Pa. – Jan. 22, 2019 – Lackawanna College received a grant award of over $25,000 as part of Governor Tom Wolf’s 2018-2019 It’s On Us PA grant program. This is the second time Lackawanna College has received this grant. The College joins 38 postsecondary institutions across the state slated to receive this funding, which helps colleges and universities address and respond effectively to sexual violence on campus.

To support the Governor’s It’s On Us PA campaign, Lackawanna College will launch its “It’s On Us, LC” initiative. The project will include a variety of sexual violence awareness events during “the red zone”, the first six weeks of the fall semester, a time when students, particularly freshmen, are most likely to experience sexual assault on college campuses.

“It’s our responsibility to create a campus culture where prevention and awareness of sexual violence and harassment is the first priority,” said Marsha Pigga, Lackawanna College Executive Director of the Student Wellness Program & Title IX Coordinator. “With the support of the ‘It’s On Us PA Grant’, we will strengthen our initiatives to encourage a campus-wide effort that will provide an accessible prevention and support system. All initiatives we put in place will demonstrate Lackawanna’s complete commitment to the safety of everyone in our campus community.”

As part of the initiative, College faculty and staff will receive training by the Association of Title IX Administrators (ATIXA), which complies with Title IX laws to teach faculty, employees, and staff members how to approach and prevent sexual assault situations.

Training will be completed by at least one staff or faculty member at each satellite center and by all members of Lackawanna’s Sexual Misconduct Assault Response Team (SMART). All Lackawanna employees, including public safety staff, will be invited to complete ATIXA Title IX Training during the project period.

In addition to events, “It’s on Us, LC” pamphlet holders will be installed at the College’s main campus and its satellite centers. The pamphlet holders will provide a variety of sexual violence awareness, prevention, reporting and survivor resources, and will increase the College community’s access to sexual violence information.

All initiatives will educate, engage, and serve Lackawanna’s students, faculty and staff and improve the College’s current sexual violence response systems.

The It’s On Us PA campaign, launched in 2016 by Governor Tom Wolf, was pioneered during the Obama administration. The Governor’s It’s On Us PA grant program aims to support postsecondary institutions’ efforts to create campus environments in which all community members are informed, active bystanders working together to end sexual violence, and where survivors are able to access the rights, resources, and accommodations afforded to them through state and federal law.

About Lackawanna College:

Founded in 1894, Lackawanna College is a private, accredited college serving the people of northeastern Pennsylvania. With a main campus situated in downtown Scranton, Lackawanna’s expanding footprint also includes satellite centers in Hawley, Hazleton, New Milford, Sunbury, and Towanda. Learn more at www.lackawanna.edu.

Settlers Hospitality Announces Spring Events

Break the Winter Blues in NEPA

Hawley, PA (January 22nd, 2019) — 2019 has just begun and Settlers Hospitality has multiple events in store at The Settlers Inn, Ledges Hotel, Silver Birches Resort and Hotel Anthracite!

Heading into February, Settlers Hospitality has two Dinner Theater options for you to enjoy. The Waterfront at Silver Birches Resort will be hosting a Dinner Theater on February 8th, 9th and 10th. “Jack of Diamonds” by Marsha Kash and Douglas L Hughes and performed by The Ritz Company Players will be sure to pull at the heart strings as well as make you laugh! The same weekend, Hotel Anthracite will be showing the play “Breaking Legs” by Tonylou Productions and featuring WNEP’s own Kerry Brazen! Both Dinner Theaters will have cocktails and dinner followed by a show. Friday and Saturday tickets are $44 per person and Sunday’s matinee tickets are $39 per person. Reservations are suggested for this event.

Finish out the month of love with Valentine’s Day in Hawley! The Settlers Inn will be hosting their annual Valentine’s Day Dinner on February 14th from 5:30pm-9:30pm with a prix fixe menu and live music by Michelle Oram from “All That Jazz”. This event is $75 per person and reservations are required. Or head on over to Glass-wine.bar.kitchen at Ledges Hotel for a quiet night of romance. Enjoy a delectable prix fixe menu and live music from the Eric Rudy Duo. $59 per person and reservations are suggested as Valentine’s Day can book up quickly!



On Presidents’ Day Weekend, you can grab a delicious farm to table brunch February 16th, 17th and 18th. There is also a Jazz Supper Club with the Robert Kopec Trio on Feb. 17th at The Settlers Inn and another delectable farm to table meal. Reservations are suggested for both events.

Get ready to be amazed! Head on over to Hotel Anthracite February 22nd for their Hypnotist event! Hosted by Buddy Harris and headliner, world famous hypnotist Denny More. Tickets are $20 per person and reservations are required. Have your mind blown!

Dust off your dancing shoes and check out the 2nd annual Ballroom Dancing on the lake at The Waterfront at Silver Birches. This event will include a dance instructor, Bob Bader, to help with pointers and The Little Big Band playing great swing, salsa, cha chas and more. Also, enjoy the new knosh and bruschetta stations! Tickets are $30 per person and reservations are suggested.



Hungry? Bring your appetite to the Chili & Wing Cookoff, Sunday March 3rd at The Waterfront at Silver Birches. This event benefits the Victims Intervention Program and features the area’s best wings and chili. $20 per person gets you in to this fun family friendly event. There will also be live music in the pub and a beer tasting on the deck.



Already looking for more Comedy? The Waterfront at Silver Birches will be having yet another Comedy Night March 8th. At only $20 per person, there will be three featured NYC comedians that will make you laugh until you cry! An added bonus for comedy night is that if you dine at any of the Settlers Hospitality restaurants the week leading up to Comedy Night you will receive a $5 off coupon. That includes The Dock on Wallenpaupack, Glass-wine.bar.kitchen and The Settlers Inn. Reservations are suggested, hope to see you there.

Wondering where the end of that rainbow leads? The Settlers Inn and Ledges Hotel have the pot of gold! Ledges Hotel will be hosting St. Patrick’s Day with live music and specials on March 15th. The Settlers Inn will be hosting St. Patrick’s Day on March 17th, with live music and a menu perfect for the occasion.

Sushi Week is back! An absolute favorite, Glass-wine.bar.kitchen will be having their Sushi Week from March 20th-24th. Chef Travis will have a wide variety of mouthwatering sushi that’ll have you wanting more! Their full menu will also be available, so it’s a perfect night out for your entire group.



And don’t forget to Save the date for this year’s Wally Wine Fest April 5th-7th!

For more information, check out SettlersHospitality.com

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, Sayre Mansion, The Dock on Wallenpaupack, Glass-wine.bar.kitchen, Kol Steakhouse, Cocoon Coffeehouse & Bakery, Lake Region Fitness, & Art on the Edge.

Northeast Regional Cancer Institute Names Chair for 16th Annual C.A.S.U.A.L. Day


SCRANTON, PA – Holly Roever Carron was recently named chair for the Northeast Regional Cancer Institute’s 16th Annual C.A.S.U.A.L. (Colon cancer Awareness Saves Unlimited Adult Lives) Day.

Holly Roever Carron is President at HW Roever Inc, an independent, family operated franchisee of Dunkin Donuts. Holly is responsible for operating nine Dunkin Donuts in the Greater Scranton area and is extremely knowledgeable about quick service restaurant trends. Previously, Ms. Carron worked as Provisioning Manager at MCI WorldCom (July 1998 – June 2001). MCI, Inc. was an American telecommunication corporation, currently a subsidiary of Verizon Communications. Ms. Carron is a graduate of the Pennsylvania State University at University Park with a bachelor’s degree in Marketing and International Business with a concentration in Spanish. She is a member of several local community minded boards such as Leadership Lackawanna- the premier Business Development organization in Lackawanna County, PA. Also, Ms. Carron is a board member of St. Joseph’s Center, an organization designed to assist those with intellectual disabilities and developmental delays. Ms. Carron is currently a member of the Dunkin’ Brands Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Ad Committee assisting in making marketing decisions for 78 stores.

C.A.S.U.A.L. Day, set for Thursday, March 28, 2019, is a dress down day to raise awareness for colorectal cancer in northeast Pennsylvania.  On this day, participants dress casual while wearing a specially designed pin, silicone wrist-band and/or t-shirt.

The focus of this awareness campaign is to have a casual conversation about colon cancer. All proceeds from the event stay in NEPA and go towards the Cancer Institute efforts to raise awareness and support to support colorectal cancer prevention, early detection education and screenings.

For more information about C.A.S.U.A.L. Day and how you can participate, please call the Cancer Institute at (570) 941-7984 or visit www.cancernepa.org.

About The Northeast Regional Cancer Institute
The Northeast Regional Cancer Institute is a nonprofit community-based agency serving seven counties in northeast Pennsylvania with offices located in Scranton and Wilkes-Barre. Focusing on surveillance, community and patient services, and hospital and practice support services, the Cancer Institute invests 100% of its resources locally.

Jill Nye of Gunn-Mowery Awarded Designation from Wharton School & Chubb

Lemoyne, PA (January 17, 2019) – The Aresty Institute of Executive Education at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and Chubb have awarded Jill Nye, Personal Lines Service Manager at Gunn-Mowery, LLC, the Certified Advisor of Personal Insurance (CAPI) designation.
Created by Wharton and Chubb in 2014, the CAPI program helps agents and brokers serve as trusted advisors to successful clients. Following 12 months of study, program participants must complete a capstone project to demonstrate their mastery of the curriculum. To date, there are only 174 professionals who hold this prestigious designation.

CAPI’s curriculum consists of six modules related to the financially-successful mindset, custom insurance solutions, building client relationships, selling, excelling in the high-net-worth arena, and sustaining excellence. Courses are taught by Wharton faculty, Chubb subject matter experts and other professionals. Classes are held on Wharton’s campus in Philadelphia and at the Chubb Personal Risk Services office in Whitehouse, Station, N.J. and online.

The agents and brokers in the CAPI’s fourth graduating class work for a variety of organizations, ranging from major global and regional brokerages to small-town, family-owned independent agencies across the United State and in Canada.

About Gunn-Mowery, LLC

Founded in 1985, Gunn-Mowery, LLC is an independent insurance broker providing commercial insurance, personal insurance, employee benefits, captive insurance, financial services and surety bonds to clients in Central Pennsylvania and beyond. Our professionals are licensed in 40 states and have placement capabilities worldwide. We have four offices in Lemoyne, Lancaster, Dillsburg, and State College, Pennsylvania.
Recognized locally, regionally and nationally in our industry for service, innovation and best practices standards, we continue to meet the needs of our clients. To learn more about our agency, visit www.GunnMowery.com, or e-mail us at info@gunnmowery.com.

The Wright Center Sponsors “Bag of Warmth” Project Throughout Lackawanna County

Jermyn, Pennsylvania – The Wright Center for Community Health Auxiliary is sponsoring a “Bag of Warmth” Project this winter season to make warm winter clothing items, such as hats, scarves and gloves available to those who may need them. Items have been packaged so they are easily accessible for anonymous pick up by anyone who needs them beginning Monday January 21, 2019. The “Bags of Warmth” can be found at The Wright Center for Community Health Mid Valley Practice (5 South Washington Avenue, Jermyn, PA) as well as the Lackawanna County Courthouse Square in downtown Scranton (200 North Washington Avenue Scranton, PA).

Led by Auxiliary President Gerri McAndrew, collection boxes for anyone who would like to make a donation have been placed in all of The Wright Center for Community Health practices and administrative office locations. If you are interested in donating items or making a monetary donation, please contact Gerri at 570-267-4199.

The Wright Center for Community Health Auxiliary hosts fundraisers throughout the year to assist patients, community members and local non-profit organizations. The group spearheads food banks, provides gas cards and leads special outreach efforts to make personal connections with patients, ease hardships and build a sense of community.

Shark Tank’s Newest Shark to Speak at Chamber’s Annual Dinner

Matt Higgins, the newest shark on ABC’s hit show, “Shark Tank,” and vice chairman of the Miami Dolphins, will be the keynote speaker at the Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce’s 151st Annual Dinner, sponsored by PNC Bank.

Before appearing on the tenth season of Shark Tank, Higgins made his career as the co-founder of RSE Ventures, a private investment firm headquartered in New York City that focuses on sports and entertainment, media and marketing, food and lifestyle, and technology.

As vice chairman of the Miami Dolphins, Higgins has focused on bringing major sports and entertainment events to South Florida, while building leading sports enterprises at RSE from the ground up. As soccer was finally hitting its stride in the U.S., RSE launched the International Champions Cup, now the largest privately-owned soccer tournament, drawing the top international teams and over 140 million viewers. RSE also anticipated the emergence of recreational drone racing and backed the launch of the Drone Racing League, which has become the top drone racing circuit.

Higgins has supported many socially driven organizations, working most closely with Autism Speaks and the Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality (RISE) as a founding board member. He also serves on the boards of Momofuku, Milk Bar, VaynerMedia, Bluestone Lane, RESY and &pizza and has been named a top 40 executive in New York and one of the most outstanding executives in sports.

This year’s Annual Dinner will be held on Thursday, March 28, from 5:30-8 p.m. at the Radisson Lackawanna Station Hotel in Scranton. Tickets are available at www.scrantonchamber.com.

Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce and University of Scranton Launch Small Business Internship Fund

The Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with The University of Scranton’s Small Business Development Center, has launched the Small Business Internship Fund, which seeks to place the area’s best and brightest students in Chamber member businesses.

This program was funded by the business community through the sponsorship of the Chamber’s 150th Anniversary Celebration.

“Quality, paid internships are a win-win for students and employers,” said Bob Durkin, president, The Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce. “The students gain valuable experience and learn about professional opportunities right here in our region, and our businesses benefit from the unique skills of talented young scholars who will be the foundation of our future workforce.”

Those wishing to participate in the program must be for-profit business members in good standing of The Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce and meet the United States Small Business Administration Size standards. Students participating in the program must be residents of Lackawanna County or enrolled at a Chamber member college or university.

“We are delighted that the Chamber is being proactive in establishing this fund to help connect small businesses with college students in our region,” said Lisa Hall Zielinski, director, The University of Scranton Small Business Development Center (SBDC). “Through our Small Business Internship Initiative, the SBDC will offer step-by step guidance, information and tools so these entrepreneurs can grow their businesses with the help of student interns.”

For more information, visit www.scrantonchamber.com/internship.

Condron Media: Adapting to Market Changes

By Emma Davidson
University of Scranton

Philip Condron, owner and founder of Condron Media, had almost a quarter century of marketing under his belt when he started his company nearly 25 years ago. Applying that experience and hiring a talented and creative team helped his advertising company become a local industry leader.  Mr. Condron spent his early career in broadcasting, eventually managing two regional stations before accepting a position as COO of a regional advertising agency. After three years of managing that advertising and public relations firm he launched his own company, now known as Condron Media.

The Condron advertising venture began when a large food chain was searching for a new agency and he asked them, “If I had my own company would you let me handle your advertising?”  The chain’s management told him if he were on his own he was welcome to pitch them for their advertising business.  “I resigned my job and called the food chain,” he recalled. “They let me handle their broadcast advertising, which started our company. We built the business up from that start.”

Mr. Condron spoke about the company handling marketing for all types of businesses, mentioning its history with local franchises such as Subway, Jiffy Lube, Heavenly Ham and Dairy Queen, plus its long history with healthcare clients.

“I think our business comes in waves,” he said. “We are probably best known as an advertising and public relations firm that companies can turn to for sound marketing direction.” According to Mr. Condron, the business has remained successful through the last 25 years because of its talented staff, creative flexibility and application of emerging technologies.

“We want to provide the best, most honest service for our clients, because there is nothing they appreciate more,” Mr. Condron said.

Visit www.condronmedia.com for more information.

This article was written as part of a collaborative effort between Dr. Kim Pavlick’s COMM 224 Newswriting class at the University of Scranton and the Chamber’s Communications Department.