Commonwealth Health Holds Eighth Annual Mammothon


Commonwealth Health conducted their eighth annual Mammothon from 4 pm until 7 pm on October 24, at three locations. Ninety-five volunteers from Commonwealth Health’s hospitals and clinics made telephone calls to women who are past due for their annual mammograms, offering to schedule these critical screenings or to give a gentle reminder about the importance of yearly mammograms. The volunteers convened from Berwick Hospital Center, Moses Taylor Hospital, Regional Hospital of Scranton, Wilkes-Barre General Hospital and Commonwealth Health Physician Network.

This year, greater than three-thousand telephone calls were made from TPS Pavilion, Kingston;

Berwick Hospital Center, Berwick and Moses Taylor Hospital, Scranton. During the three-hour Mammothon, the volunteers scheduled over four-hundred mammograms and provided vital information regarding annual screenings.

Leadership Lackawanna Executive Program Class of 2019 Graduates

From left, front row:  Joshua Klonoski, First National Bank; Robert A. Lantka, II, Tobyhanna Army Depot; Loretta Daubert, Leadership In Action, LLC; Sandy Cameli, SAC Empowerment, LLC; Susan Troy Connors, Troy Mechanical, Inc.; Christine R. Ostroski, Penn State Scranton; and David B. Wintermute, Landmark Community Bank. Back row: Anthony F. Rusnak, Commonwealth Charter Academy; Patrick R. Murphy, Marywood University; Eric Jensen, The Honesdale National Bank; Andrew Plank, Blue Eagle Logistics, Inc.; Wayne Stump, Greater Scranton YMCA; Alicia Zazzera, Carbondale Housing Authority; and David Jadick, Tobyhanna Army Depot. Gregory Moran, Commonwealth Health; and James Sullivan, Marywood University; were also part of this year’s class.

Leadership Lackawanna announced its 2019 Executive Program graduates during a recent celebration at Arcaro and Genell, Old Forge.

The Executive Program assists professionals in becoming more engaged in the community, broadens their social network and increases their overall knowledge of the Greater Scranton region

The 2019 Executive Program graduates include:

Sandy Cameli, SAC Empowerment, LLC

Susan Troy Connors, Troy Mechanical, Inc.

Loretta Daubert, Leadership In Action, LLC

David Jadick, Tobyhanna Army Depot

Eric Jensen, The Honesdale National Bank

Joshua Klonoski, First National Bank

Robert A. Lantka, II, Tobyhanna Army Depot

Gregory Moran, Commonwealth Health

Patrick R. Murphy, Marywood University

Christine R. Ostroski, Penn State Scranton

Andrew Plank, Blue Eagle Logistics, Inc.

Anthony F. Rusnak, Commonwealth Charter Academy

Wayne Stump, Greater Scranton YMCA

James Sullivan, Marywood University

David B. Wintermute, Landmark Community Bank

Alicia Zazzera, Carbondale Housing Authority

Participants met key business and community leaders as they received overviews of Lackawanna County’s history and culture, economic and political structures, community events, civic groups, recreational activities and non-profit organizations.  Sessions were held one evening per week for five weeks at various locations.

Northeast Title & Tag Celebrates New Office Grand Opening


This past Friday, October 11, Northeast Title & Tag, Inc. celebrated the grand opening of its 12th office in Bradford County. The day was filled with excitement and a feeling of accomplishment for the several month projects was finally completed. “Our Family Behind Yours…” is the mission of Northeast Title & Tag, Inc. and they fully intend to live that mission by supporting the local communities that surround their business.

In attendance as seen in the ribbon-cutting photo include John Roy Thompson (Founder), Maria Thompson-Carter (CEO), Joseph T. Grasso (Vice President), Catherine Ohara (Vice President), Michael Aten (Chief Technology Officer), Ryan Buchanan (Junior Consultant/Marketing Manager), and Jen Greiger (Wysox Office Supervisor) were gathered with board members from the Central Bradford Chamber of Commerce, Chris Natalie from FNCB Bank, and State Representative Tina Pickett.

Northeast Title & Tag, Inc has 12 locations throughout 7 counties and is the largest, privately-owned title and tag agency in Pennsylvania.

As a PennDOT Authorized Service Center NETT offers insurance, motor vehicle registration, motor vehicle renewals, driver’s license services, boat, ATV services, Apportioned (IRP) registration services, 24/7 Mobile Notary, Fedex, UPS, DHL and USPS shipping services.

Northeast Title & Tag, Inc has partnered with Thompson Northeast Insurance, LLC, DOT Compliance Services, LLC and Northeast Pack & Send in order to provide each customer complete one-stop-shop convenience.

This upcoming year marks the 50th Anniversary for Northeast Title & Tag, Inc. and is grateful to have had the opportunity to serve each community and look forward to serving for another 50 years. You may learn more about Northeast Title & Tag, Inc. by visiting their website at or contact them by phone at 570-895-1000.

“We are so happy and grateful for the opportunity to expand operations to Bradford county and thank all of our customers for supporting us for 50 years. I would like to also personally thank all of our staff for their hard work and dedication because without their help we would not have been able to achieve this magnificent milestone.” – Maria Thompson-Carter, CEO of Northeast Title & Tag, Inc.

Marywood University to Celebrate Veterans Day


Marywood University’s Office of Military and Veteran Services and its Student Veteran Alliance will lead activities to honor those who are serving and those who have served our country on Friday, November 8, 2019, at 11:11 a.m., at the Field of Flags in Tree Stadium, located next to Marywood’s Veterans Resource Center, 2236 N. Washington Avenue, Scranton, Pa., on the University’s campus.


Marywood University trumpeters will play “Echo TAPS,” surrounding the nearly 7,000 flags, which represent fallen troops from the Global Wars on Terrorism in Operation Iraqi Freedom, Enduring Freedom, and New Dawn. This event is free and open to the public, and light refreshments will be served following the Veterans Day Ceremony.

Pictured are members of the Student Veterans Alliance (SVA) at Marywood University including: Karen Van Fleet, Clarks Summit, Pa.; Cory Lasky, Throop, Pa., president of the SVA; Nick Nebraski, Clarks Summit, Pa.; Christopher Smith, Dunmore, Pa., director of the Office of Military and Veteran Services; Kenny Reyes; Bethlehem, Pa.; Amber Viola, Scranton, Pa., alternate vice president of the SVA, and Tess Brown, Bel Air, Md., secretary of the SVA.


Christopher Smith, director of the Office of Military and Veteran Services at Marywood University, said, “Last year, lighting was added to the Field of Flags, since the United States flag should always be lit at night. We also added other events throughout the day that are free and open to the entire community.”


In addition to the Field of Flags, which will be on display from November 1 – November 12, 2019, Marywood’s Office of Military and Veteran Services and the Student Veteran Alliance will provide a Yoga session at the Center for Athletics and Wellness, at 2 p.m., and a candlelight vigil will take place at 7 p.m., at the Veterans Resource Center.


Mr. Smith said, “Veterans Day gives the Marywood community and the public the opportunity to pray, reflect, and honor those who have served or are serving, as well as those service members who have made the ultimate sacrifice.”


For additional information on Veterans Day activities at Marywood University, please visit

Marywood University to Hold Crisis Communications Event


Marywood University’s Chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America/American Advertising Federation is pleased to present “A Commonsense Guide to Online Reputation Management,” a networking and educational event for communication arts students and professionals. The event will take place on Thursday, November 21 from 5 – 8 p.m., in the Latour Room, at the Nazareth Student Center on the University’s campus. This event is free and open to the public.

The event begins with a networking opportunity, followed by a one-hour presentation and Q&A session by Jon Goldberg, founder and chief reputation architect of Reputation Architects Inc., New Jersey.

This presentation will reveal:

  • The troubling techniques that many online reputation consultants (ORCs) use and the long-term dangers they pose for reputation, public perception and search engine optimization.
  •  What kinds of search results can actually be managed, and what kinds are steadfastly resistant to change;
  •  Time-tested content-based strategies for influencing what appears at the top
    of organic search that all communications professionals are capable of applying
  •  How to approach online reputation management discussions with senior executives (for client-side professionals) and clients (for agency counselors) to keep them out of harm’s way, manage expectations, and deliver the best possible results.

Reputation Architects Inc. is a strategic communications and reputation risk management advisory firm dedicated to building, protecting, and restoring reputations in a world of evaporated trust and unprecedented stakeholder engagement.

Mr. Goldberg founded Reputation Architects in 2009, after more than twenty-five years as an advisor to corporate executives and boards, a senior leader at some of the world’s most prominent communications firms, and a front-line spokesperson for major corporations and non-profit organizations. His reputation risk experience has included everything from activist attacks, technology failures and privacy, data security breaches and government investigations to global product recalls, class action lawsuits, labor disputes, and workplace and environmental disasters.

Prior to founding Reputation Architects, Mr. Goldberg was partner and director of the corporate affairs practice of Porter Novelli, the international communications consultancy. Earlier, he was executive vice president, general manager, and national director of crisis and litigation communications at Edelman; he served in senior client management roles at J. Walter Thompson; and was a principal media spokesperson for The Prudential Insurance Company.

A frequent speaker on crisis and reputation topics, Mr. Goldberg serves on the executive committee of PRSA’s Counselors Academy and as a board member of PRSA’s New Jersey Chapter. He holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a master of business administration, both from New York University.

For additional information, or to register for this event, please contact Ashlynn Gallagher, at

Marywood University to Hold Free Memory Screenings


As part of the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America’s (AFA) National Memory Screening Program, Marywood University in Scranton, Pa., will offer free, confidential memory screenings on Tuesday, November 12, 2019. Screenings will be held from 9 a.m. – 7 p.m., in the Psychological Services Center at the McGowan Center for Graduate and Professional Studies.


Qualified healthcare professionals will administer the memory screenings and provide educational materials about memory concerns, brain health, and caregiving. According to the event organizer, Brooke Cannon, Ph.D., professor of psychology and clinical neuropsychologist, “Annual memory screenings, similar to regular physical exams, allow for identification of potential cognitive problems and monitoring of already existing impairment.”


Trained and supervised by Dr. Cannon, advanced clinical psychology doctoral students will administer the face-to-face screenings, which consist of a series of questions and tasks and last approximately ten minutes.


Memory screenings are an important part of successful aging and are becoming more popular. Last year alone, the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) screened more than 250,000 people through its National Memory Screening Program (NMSP). Further, a recent study by the American Academy of Neurology suggests that screenings may detect cognitive impairment up to 18 years prior to clinical diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease or dementia.


AFA suggests memory screenings for anyone concerned about memory loss, or experiencing warning signs of dementia, and whose family and friends have noticed changes in them; for those who believe they are at risk, due to a family history of dementia; or for those who want to see how their memory is now and for future comparisons. Warning signs of Alzheimer’s disease include forgetting people’s names and events, asking repetitive questions, loss of verbal or written skills, confusion and personality changes.


Screeners emphasize that results are not a diagnosis, and encourage individuals who score below the normal threshold, as well as those who still have concerns, to see their primary care physician for a thorough evaluation.


Currently, there are more than 5 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s disease, and that number is expected to nearly triple by mid-century. Advanced age is the greatest known risk factor for the disease, which results in loss of memory and other intellectual functions, and Alzheimer’s is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States.


For additional information about the Memory Screenings at Marywood University, please call the Psychology and Counseling department at, (570) 348-6270, or visit

Marywood University Scheduled to Hold Chamber Series Concerts


Marywood University’s music, theatre, and dance department will present its fall semester Chamber Series of concerts in November and December. All performances are free and open to the public. The concerts will take place at various locations on Marywood’s campus, with the exception of the String Ensemble Concert, which is being held at the Cooperage Project, 1030 Main Street, Honesdale, PA.


Featured concerts in the Chamber Series include: a Tutti Ensemble Concert (Sunday, November 10, at 3 p.m., Main Stage, Sette LaVerghetta Center); a Percussion Ensemble Concert (Sunday, November 17, at 1 p.m., Room 104, Sette LaVerghetta Center); a String Ensemble Concert (Sunday, November 23, 3 p.m., at the Cooperage, Honesdale); a Jazz Band Concert (Monday, November 25, 8 p.m., Main Stage, Sette LaVerghetta Center); A Guitar Christmas Concert (Friday, December 6, at 7:30 p.m., Marian Chapel, Swartz Center). The series culminates with the Chamber Singers Christmas Concert (Sunday, December 8, 2 p.m, Marian Chapel, Swartz Center).


The Tutti Ensemble Concert (November 10, at 3 p.m., Main Stage, Sette LaVerghetta Center) features performers from an adaptive program at Marywood University that encourages the use of music for individuals with unique learning styles. As an emerging band program, the ensemble partners each student with one Music Education and one Music Therapy student from Marywood to ensure each student’s success in learning a new instrument, performing with a wind ensemble, and having fun along the way.


The Percussion Ensemble Concert (November 17, 1 p.m., Room 104, Sette LaVerghetta Center) will highlight the musical abilities of the Percussion Ensemble, a small instrumental group that is open to percussion majors and non-majors at Marywood.


The String Ensemble Concert (November 23, 3 p.m., the Cooperage, 1030 Main Street, Honesdale, PA) is a special regional performance at the Cooperage Project, whose mission is to offer a range of instructive and entertaining activities that will engage, challenge and enlighten. Through a variety of programs, the Cooperage inspires people of all ages to both embrace diversity and celebrate shared experience in order to create a deeper sense of community.


The Jazz Band Concert (November 25, 8 p.m., Main Stage, Sette LaVerghetta Center) features the talents of Marywood’s Jazz Ensemble, a medium-size instrumental ensemble that is open to music majors and non-majors.


A Guitar Christmas (December 6, 7:30 p.m., Marian Chapel, Swartz Center), featuring the Marywood University Guitar Ensemble, will include a mix of Christmas classics and lesser-known works arranged for multiple guitars.


The Chamber Singers Christmas Concert (December 8, 2 p.m., Marian Chapel, Swartz Center) features Marywood’s select choral ensemble, the Marywood Chamber Singers. This auditioned group includes both music majors and non-majors. This year’s Christmas Concert will feature music by British composers from the Renaissance through the present day. Works by the outstanding young composer Owain Park will be juxtaposed with carols and other pieces by William Byrd, Thomas Tallis, Bob Chilcott, Philip Stopford, Richard Rodney Bennett, Jonathan Rathbone, and Richard Allain.


For additional information about the Chamber Series and other performances at Marywood University, please visit, or call (570) 348-6268.  

Marywood University to Host Masterworks Concert Series Set


Marywood University’s music, theatre, and dance department will present its fall semester Masterworks Series of concerts in November and December. All performances are free and open to the public.


Featured concerts in the Masterworks Series include: a Symphony Orchestra Concert (Friday, November 8, at 7:30 p.m.); a Wind Symphony and Ensemble Concert (Sunday, November 10, at 4 p.m.); and two Concert Choir performances (Saturday, November 23, at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, November 24, at 4 p.m.). The series culminates with a Wind Symphony Christmas Concert (Wednesday, December 4, at 7 p.m.).


The first two performances will be held on the Main Stage of the Sette LaVerghetta Center for Performing Arts. The Concert Choir performances will take place at regional churches—on November 23, 7:30 p.m., at Covenant Presbyterian Church in Scranton, and, on November 24, 4 p.m., at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Wilkes-Barre. The Wind Symphony Christmas Concert will be held at Marywood Heights (formerly Holy Family Residence) at 2500 Adams Avenue.


The Symphony Orchestra Concert (November 8, 7:30 p.m., Sette LaVerghetta Center) will feature music by Sibelius, Bartok, Timky-Korsakov, and Mozart. The program will highlight many soloists within the orchestra in a mix of exciting music. Brenda Leach, D.M.A., assistant professor and director of orchestral activities at Marywood University, will conduct the performance.


The Wind Symphony and Wind Ensemble (November 10, 4 p.m., Sette LaVerghetta Center) will present an afternoon of music from the classic band repertoire and exciting new music from outstanding and underrepresented composers. American composer Carolyn Bremer’s “Early Light” and “Into the Sun” by Australian Jody Blackshaw will be performed. In addition, the bands will perform Vincent Persichetti’s “Divertimento for Band Op. 42” and “Vanity Fair” by British composer Percy Fletcher. F. David Romines, D.M.A., associate professor of music education and co-chair of Marywood’s Department of Music, Theatre, and Dance, will conduct the performance.


The performances by the Concert Choir (November 23, 7:30 p.m., Covenant Presbyterian Church, Scranton; November 24, 4 p.m., St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, Wilkes-Barre) will feature Maurice Duruflé’s timeless and hauntingly beautiful Requiem, along with Marcel Dupré’s rarely performed set of Four Motets for choir and organ. The 100+ member choir of Marywood students, staff, faculty, and community members will collaborate with organist Mark Laubach. Rick Hoffenberg, D.M.A., associate professor of choral conducting and co-chair chair of Marywood’s Department of Music, Theatre, and Dance, will conduct the performances.


The Wind Symphony (December 4, 7 p.m., Marywood Heights, 2500 Adams Avenue) will present a “Christmas Music Festival,” an evening of Christmas musical standards and holiday tunes, featuring sacred, pop, rock, and jazz selections performed by musicians and singers from the Marywood’s Department of Music, Theatre and Dance. A visit from the North Pole’s favorite elf is also expected. Dr. Romines will conduct the performance.


For additional about the Masterworks Concert Series and other performances at Marywood University, please visit, or call (570) 348-6268.

Keystone College to Host Professional Development Institute

Ceramic Build Me Up Hand Building Workshop

Fee: $175 (materials included)

Dates and Times: Six weeks. Tuesdays, 6 to 8:30 p.m. November 12, 19, 26, December 3, 10 and 17

Location: Wilbur Myers Glass Studio

Learn and practice various ceramic hand building techniques through many different types of projects in this ceramic class great for any skill level. Techniques and projects include but are not limited to a pinch project, building with coils, template vessels, three-footed mugs, trinket trays, and tiles incorporating non-clay materials. For ages 15 and up.


Arts Engage Painting Workshop

Fee: $50

Dates and Times: Saturdays, Nov. 2, 9, 16 and 23, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Location: Art Center Drawing Room

Join Keystone College Fine Arts instructor Michael Swanson for a six-week painting workshop for students in grades 4-9.


Baby and Me Ceramics

Fee: $35 for parent and one child (materials included)

Date and Time: Saturday, Nov. 2, 2 to 5 p.m.

Location: Ceramics Studio at the Fine Arts Center

Create lifetime memories and keepsakes with your precious bundle of joy! Class includes tiles with baby’s hands and feet prints pressed directly into the clay and plates “painted” using baby’s hands and feet as shapes. For babies two years and younger. Each baby must be accompanied by an adult 18 years or older.


Ceramic Holiday Ornament Workshop

Session One: Sundays, 2 to 5 p.m., November 10 and 17
Fee: $55 (materials included)
Location: Wilbur Myers Glass Studio

Session Two: Sundays, 2 to 5 p.m., November 24 and December 1
Fee: $55 (materials included)
Location: Ceramics Studio at the Fine Arts Center

Create a set of your own one-of-a-kind holiday ornaments! The first class will be spent on creating your unique works of art and the second class will be spent glazing. Come create treasures and keepsakes to last a lifetime! For ages 15 and up.


Stained Glass Holiday Leaf Workshop

Fee: $50 (materials included)

Date and Time: November 17, 2019, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Location: Wilbur Myers Glass Studio

During this all-day Stained Glass Holiday Leaf Workshop, learn the step-by-step process of creating a beautiful stained glass holiday leaf. Participants will choose colors, cut the individual glass pieces, apply copper foil, and solder the pieces together to create a colorful creation to keep or share as a gift. No experience required. Ages 16 and up.


Glass Holiday Ornament Workshop

Fee: $55 (materials included)

Dates and Times: November 23 and 24,  2019 at 9 a.m.

Location: Wilbur Myers Glass Studio

Design and create your own special holiday ornament in this Holiday Ornament Workshop with the assistance of the hot shop team. Makes the perfect gift or addition to your holiday décor. Basic level, no experience required. Ages 12 and up. Ages 12-15 must be accompanied by an adult.

*This workshop can accommodate six registrants per one-hour time slot and slots will be filled throughout the day based on demand.

*Items may be picked up beginning on Monday, November 25 in Harris 301.



Register today by visiting or by contacting Kathy Williams at 570-945-8461 or