Misericordia University’s Continuing Education Program for CPAs Scheduled

The Department of Business at Misericordia University is hosting a free four-hour continuing professional education (CPE) session on campus on May 14 from 1-5 p.m. in Sandy and Marlene Insalaco Hall for certified public accountants that addresses internal controls for small nonprofit and volunteer organizations.

Misericordia University Professor Fred Croop, C.P.A., Ed.D., M.B.A., a CPE Program Sponsor licensed by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, will present the program, “Effective Internal Controls for Small Nonprofits and Volunteer Organizations,’’ which is eligible for four CPE hours. The live group session features a question-and-answer session, PowerPoint presentations and related professional literature. CPAs are required to take 80-hours of CPEs every two years.

Dr. Croop, a member of the Pennsylvania Association of Nonprofit Organizations board of directors, will highlight recent cases of mismanagement, including what could have prevented them and/or minimized damages; outline how to modify standard internal accounting controls to be effective with small organizations, and explain what has to be done if an organization suspects funds are missing.

The program also will explain the legal consequences for people who commit financial mismanagement and the challenges district attorneys face in successfully prosecuting these cases; discuss concerns raised by nonprofits and volunteer organizations with state legislators, and review specific cases of financial mismanagement in organizations and the internal accounting controls that could have presented the crimes.

Due to limited seating, participation in the CPE session will be limited to the first 100 who preregister online. To register online, please go to the Nonprofits Control Project in the community area of the Misericordia University website. The direct link is www.misericordia.edu/nonprofitcontrols. A link is required to complete the registration form. The free program is in Dudrick, Muth, Huntzinger and Alden Trust Rooms 216-219 in Insalaco Hall.

Participants will receive a certificate of completion at the conclusion of the program.

In 2015, Dr. Croop and his students developed the Internal Controls and Federal Tax Exemption Basics for All-Volunteer Organizations Resource Manual. Since then, he has presented numerous workshops on the subject throughout the state, collaborating with state legislators and county district attorneys’ offices. The manual is available via a free download for all-volunteer organizations, such as volunteer fire departments, youth recreation leagues, parent teacher organizations and more. The complete manual is available at www.misericordia.edu/nonprofitcontrols.

Geisinger Opens Medication-Assisted Treatment Clinic in Scranton

Geisinger has opened a medication-assisted treatment (MAT) clinic for opioid and alcohol use disorders in Scranton today, April 8. The clinic, located at 3 West Olive St., is Geisinger’s fourth MAT clinic in Pennsylvania.

Geisinger’s medication-assisted treatment program was developed in response to Pennsylvania’s opioid addiction crisis: more than 5,400 people died from drug-related overdose in Pennsylvania during 2017. Medication-assisted treatment, used in coordination with therapy, prevents overdose deaths and helps patients live productive lives while avoiding relapse. In addition to the Scranton location, Geisinger offers medication-assisted treatment in Bloomsburg, Wilkes-Barre and Williamsport.

“Pennsylvania continues to be overwhelmed by a supply of opiates, and families are devastated by addiction and overdose deaths,” said Margaret Jarvis, M.D., chief of addiction medicine at Geisinger. “Treatment with one of three medications—buprenorphine, extended-release naltrexone and methadone—has been shown to reduce overdoses and help patients with opiate addiction remain in treatment. We are excited to extend our treatment into Scranton, an area that has seen more than its share of difficulties related to opiates.”

Since 2017, 1,700 patients have been treated at Geisinger’s MAT clinics for an opioid or alcohol use disorder. Within the past year, the MAT program has observed an 89 percent reduction in mortality among those with opioid use disorder.

The new MAT clinic expands Geisinger’s comprehensive addiction medicine services, caring for patients with all substance use disorders.

  • The addiction medicine department employs seven board-certified and fellowship-trained addiction medicine physicians and eight specialty-trained advanced practice providers.
  • Geisinger offers inpatient hospital consult services for patients with substance use disorders at both Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center in Wilkes-Barre and Geisinger Community Medical Center in Scranton. These services have demonstrated a 50 percent reduction in hospital readmissions among more than 400 consulted patients.
  • The department has partnered with Geisinger’s women’s health services to develop a specialty addiction treatment program focused on mothers with opioid use disorders, which now operates at four system locations.
  • Geisinger has implemented a systemwide “warm handoff” program in all nine of its emergency departments to ensure that patients with an opioid use disorder have timely access to treatment resources in their communities.

“At Geisinger, we are working with our governmental and community leaders in a multifaceted approach to fighting the opioid addiction epidemic with both prevention and treatment,” said Anthony Aquilina, D.O., regional president for Geisinger Northeast. “Medication-assisted treatment centers are the most effective way to treat individuals already affected. This clinic is an important investment in the Scranton area, offering compassionate health services to those struggling with addiction.”

To reach the MAT clinic in Scranton, call 570-207-6299. For more information on opioid abuse and available resources, visit GeisingerHealthPlan.com/HadEnough.

Lackawanna College Environmental Education Center Offers Summer Day Camps

This summer, more than 200 local youths ranging from ages five through 13 will have the opportunity to participate in LCEEC Summer Day Camps, which are focused on connecting children to nature. They will take place at the Lackawanna College Environmental Education Center, 93 MacKenzie Rd., Covington Township, Pa.

Each weeklong camp takes place at LCEEC’s beautiful 211-acre property and LEED Gold Certified facility.  The property is home to native plants and wild animals, forested areas, a stream, a marsh, meadows, instructional gardens and both indoor and outdoor classroom space. Campers will spend time exploring natural habitats and playing summer games while the experienced staff guides campers through innovative experiential activities including hiking, stream and forest ecology, environmental activities, nature-based art projects and much more.

Focusing on discovery and teamwork, children gain a deeper understanding of the interconnectedness of all life while daily interactions with one another helps develop cooperation skills and encourage friendships. A low camper-to-counselor ratio ensures children are safe, supervised and engaged in activities that keep their minds and bodies healthy.

Camp themes change weekly and include ArtVentures, Wilderness Survival, Backyard Habitats, Closer Look, Eco Explorers and Eco Quest. On the last Friday of each camp, LCEEC hosts a family program where parents and siblings can come to watch the campers receive their Ecological Awareness Certificate of Completion and present a program about their week’s experience.

“LCEEC has a mission to educate for ecological literacy. Our programs directly help children experience the extraordinary natural world and our interconnectedness to it. We teach ecology, communication, teamwork, critical thinking, and self-esteem in a fun, safe environment. Our hope is to cultivate a sense of caring and appreciation for the environment while instilling a sense of environmental responsibility at a young age.” (From Michelle Wheeler, Ecological Educator at LCEEC)

For more information or to register contact the Lackawanna College Environmental Education Center at (570) 842-1506 or email wheelerm@lackawanna.edu.

Wilkes University Chamber Orchestra Concert Scheduled

The Wilkes University Chamber Orchestra will present a concert of music on April 29, at 8 p.m. in the Main Stage of the Dorothy Dickson Darte Center for the Performing Arts. The concert is conducted by John Vaida, adjunct professor of violin at Wilkes University and the director of the Wilkes University Chamber Orchestra. Admission is free and the concert is open to the public.

The concert features outstanding orchestral repertoire including Ludwig van Beethoven’s Egmont Overture, op. 84, Claude Debussy’s Claire de lune and Franz Joseph Haydn’s Symphony no. 100 in G major, Military.

The Wilkes University Chamber Orchestra performs orchestral literature in a variety of traditional and contemporary styles.

VIA Public Media to Broadcast 12th Congressional District Debate

VIA Public Media will host a special election debate between College professor Marc Friedenberg (D) and state Rep. Fred Keller (R) who are running to fill the vacant seat representing Pennsylvania’s 12th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives.

The debate will broadcast live from the Sordoni High-Definition Theater at the WVIA Studios in Pittston, PA on Thursday, May 2 at 8 p.m. and will be simulcast live on VIA TV, Radio and streamed live at wvia.org.

The moderator for the debate will be VIA’s Larry Vojtko.

The election will be held May 21, 2019. The vacancy occurred following the resignation of former Rep. Tom Marino (R) on January 23, 2019.

Seating in the live audience for the debate is available and free, but very limited. To make reservations visit http://www.wvia.org/about/sordoni-theater-reservations/.

Details and free reservations are available at wvia.org.

Everhart’s New Initiative Brings Free Museum Experiences to Area Students

The Everhart Museum takes  its mission seriously to inspire and stimulate curiosity. Area businesses and long-time Everhart supporters, Lackawanna Insurance Group and Pagnotti Enterprises, Inc., have been the leading funders in the EITC programming having recently contributed $50,000. EITC funding allows the Museum to extend free field trips and assembly programs to area schools. In an effort to ensure there is no financial barrier for schools to bring students to the Everhart, the Museum participates in Pennsylvania’s Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) program and established its own transportation fundraising initiative in 2018 named $110 for the Everhart’s 110th.

Nickelodeon’s JoJo Siwa D.R.E.A.M. Tour Coming to Wilkes-Barre


Tour visits Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza on Saturday, August 31st

Tickets On Sale to General Public Friday, April 12, at 12:00 p.m. Local Time

Nickelodeon to World Premiere Siwa’s New Music Video “It’s Time To Celebrate” on Saturday, April 13;

Second EP, Celebrate, Available on Friday, April 12

Nickelodeon’s JoJo Siwa D.R.E.A.M. The Tour is Presented by Party City and Produced by AEG Presents

Share it: @Nickelodeon #JoJoDREAMTour

 Nickelodeon star and YouTube sensation JoJo Siwa is adding 17 dates to her first North American tour: Nickelodeon’s JoJo Siwa D.R.E.A.M. The Tour. Presented by Party City and produced by Nickelodeon and AEG Presents, the 70-city tour will kick off in Phoenix, Arizona on Friday, May 17. The new shows include stops at Forest Hills Stadium in Queens NY, New Orleans, San Antonio, Memphis, Indianapolis, and Louisville. The tour will stop in Wilkes-Barre at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza on Saturday, August 31st at 7pm.

Nickelodeon will release JoJo Siwa’s second EP entitled Celebrate featuring four new songs: “It’s Time To Celebrate,” “#1U,” “Worldwide Party,” and “Bop!”.  Siwa’s next music video for “It’s Time To Celebrate” will world premiere on Nickelodeon on Saturday, April 13. The music video for “Bop!” was released on Siwa’s YouTube channel last month, and to date has garnered over 4.4 million views. The full EP is available on Friday, April 12 on all digital service providers.

Fans who subscribe to JoJo’s Siwanatorz email club will have access to purchase presale tickets beginning Tuesday, April 9, at 10:00 a.m. local time.  American Express® Card Members can purchase tickets before the general public beginning Wednesday, April 10, at 10 a.m. local time. Tickets go on sale to the general public Friday, April 12, at 12:00 p.m. local time at the NBT Bank Box Office at Mohegan Sun Arena and JoJoDREAMTour.com.

Nickelodeon’s JoJo Siwa D.R.E.A.M. The Tour North American dates:

DATE               CITY                             VENUE

May 17            Phoenix, AZ                 Comerica Theatre

May 19            Los Angeles, CA           Microsoft Theater

May 20            San Diego, CA              San Diego Civic Theatre

May 21            San Jose, CA                City National Civic

May 23            Seattle, WA                 Marion Oliver McCaw Hall

May 25            Eugene, OR                 Hult Center for the Performing Arts

May 28            Salt Lake City, UT        Abravanel Hall

May 30            Denver, CO                 Paramount Theatre

June 1              Tulsa, OK                     Brady Theater

June 2              Kansas City, MO          Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland

June 4              St. Louis, MO               Stifel Theatre

June 5              Des Moines, IA            Des Moines Civic Center

June 6              Minneapolis, MN        Northrop, University of Minnesota

June 8-9           Chicago, IL                   Nickelodeon’s SlimeFest

June 11            Cleveland, OH             Keybank State Theatre

June 12            Baltimore, MD            The Modell Lyric

June 13            New Brunswick, NJ     State Theatre New Jersey

June 15            Hartford, CT                The Bushnell

June 16            Lowell, MA                  Lowell Memorial Auditorium

June 18            New York, NY              Beacon Theatre

June 20            Charlotte, NC              Ovens Auditorium

June 21            Nashville, TN               Tennessee Performing Arts Center

June 22            Atlanta, GA                  Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre

June 25            Grand Prairie, TX        The Theatre at Grand Prairie

June 26            Austin, TX                    Bass Concert Hall

July 10             Orlando, FL                  Amway Center

July 12             Sunrise, FL                   BB&T Center

July 13             Saint Augustine, FL     Saint Augustine Amphitheatre

July 14             Charleston, SC             Volvo Car Stadium

July 16             Greensboro, NC          Greensboro Coliseum

July 18             Richmond, VA             Virginia Credit Union LIVE!

July 19             Vienna, VA                  Wolf Trap

July 20             Mashantucket, CT       The Grand Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino

July 23             Boston, MA                 Agganis Arena

July 24             Newark, NJ                  Prudential Center

July 26             Uniondale, NY             NYCB Live

July 27             Philadelphia, PA          the Mann

July 28             Lewiston, NY               Artpark

July 30             Pittsburgh, PA             Petersen Events Center

July 31             Columbus, OH             Schottenstein Center

Aug. 2              Toronto, ON                Coca-Cola Coliseum

Aug. 3              Detroit, MI                  Masonic Temple Theatre

Aug. 4              Milwaukee, WI            BMO Harris Pavilion

Aug. 6              Omaha, NE                  Baxter Arena

Aug. 8              Broomfield, CO           1STBANK Center

Aug. 10            Las Vegas, NV              Mandalay Bay Events Center

Aug. 11            Santa Barbara, CA       Santa Barbara Bowl

Aug. 13            Anaheim, CA               Honda Center

Aug. 14            Oakland, CA                Oracle Arena

Aug. 15            Reno, NV                     Reno Events Center

Aug. 17            Portland, OR               Theater Of The Clouds

Aug. 18            Redmond, WA             Marymoor Park Concerts

Aug. 20            Vancouver, BC            Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre


DATE               CITY                             VENUE

July 21             Queens, NY                  Forest Hills Stadium

Aug. 24            Lincoln, NE                  Pinnacle Bank Arena

Aug. 25            Cedar Rapids, IA          U.S. Cellular Center

Aug. 27            Grand Rapids, MI        Van Andel Arena

Aug. 28            Kettering, OH              Fraze Pavilion*

Aug. 31            Wilkes Barre, PA         Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza

Sep. 1              Harrington, DE            Delaware State Fair M&T Bank Grandstand

Sep. 4              Toledo, OH                  Huntington Center

Sep. 6              Indianapolis, IN           Bankers Life Fieldhouse

Sep. 7              Louisville, KY               KFC Yum! Center

Sep. 8              Birmingham, AL          Legacy Arena at BJCC

Sep. 10            Memphis, TN              FedExForum

Sep. 11            New Orleans, LA         UNO Lakefront Arena

Sep. 13            Sugar Land, TX            Smart Financial Centre

Sep. 14            San Antonio, TX          AT&T Center

Sep. 15            Edinburg, TX                Bert Ogden Arena

Sep. 17            Grand Prairie, TX        The Theatre at Grand Prairie

*Venues not participating in the American Express® Card Members presale.

**Venues participating with American Express® Blue Card Members only.

Visit JoJoDREAMTour.com for more information.

Nickelodeon superstar JoJo Siwa is a YouTube personality, singer, dancer, entrepreneur, social media influencer, The New York Times bestselling author and star on Nickelodeon’s Lip Sync Battle Shorties. Siwa connects with her fans through many channels: via social media she has over 9.4 million subscribers with over 2.1 billion views on YouTube, she has over 8.1 million followers on Instagram, over 425,000 Twitter followers, over 17.4 million followers on TikTok (formerly Musical.ly), and over 534,000 likes on Facebook; through her SIWANATOR club, which stands against negativity and bullying; through her global reach of consumer products including her signature bows, accessories, apparel, arts and crafts, cosmetics, home goods and party supplies; and with her hugely popular singles, “Boomerang,” which has been viewed over 682 million times and is RIAA certified platinum, “Kid in a Candy Store,” “Hold The Drama,” and “High Top Shoes”

Siwa will also take the stage at this year’s Nickelodeon SlimeFest–a two-day family-friendly music festival held in Chicago, Ill., at Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island on June 8 and 9–along with Pitbull, Bebe Rexha and T-Pain.  Siwa helped kick off Nickelodeon’s inaugural U.S. SlimeFest last year, where she performed in front of over 24,000 fans.

Siwa recently won her third Kids’ Choice Award for “Favorite Social Music Star.” Her previous Choice Awards include “Favorite Viral Music Artist” in 2017 and “Favorite Musical YouTube Creator” in 2018. She also performed at Kids’ Choice Mexico 2018.

In November, Siwa released her first EP, D.R.E.A.M. The Music, featuring four new songs: “D.R.E.A.M,” “My Story,” “Everyday Popstars” and “Only Getting Better.” The music video for “D.R.E.A.M.” was released on Siwa’s YouTube channel and to date has garnered over 40 million views. Just last month, Siwa dropped her latest single, “Bop.” The accompanying music video has already accumulated over 4.4 million views on her YouTube channel.

In 2016, Nickelodeon and Siwa entered an exclusive licensing partnership to develop a line of consumer products inspired by Siwa. Categories span toys, apparel, accessories, consumer electronics, Halloween costumes and more.  To date, over 50 million JoJo Bows have been sold. Siwa’s consumer products are available internationally, including the UK, Canada, Australia and Mexico.

Siwa launched her first animated shorts series, The JoJo & BowBow Show Show starring Siwa and her furry best friend BowBow. She also works alongside Nick Cannon in Nickelodeon’s hit competition series Lip Sync Battle Shorties. She has also appeared on various Nickelodeon live-action series including School of Rock and The Thundermans. Siwa performed a medley of hits at Nickelodeon’s 2018 Kids’ Choice Awards, including her triple-platinum smash “Boomerang.” She also won two blimps for Favorite Viral Music Artist in 2017 and Musical YouTube Creator in 2018. This summer, she performed at Nickelodeon’s 2018 Kids’ Choice Awards Mexico.