The Dime Bank Covid-19 Update

On March 18, 2020, we limited access to our lobbies in order to protect the well-being of our customers, staff, and community. We remain strong and well capitalized and are available to service your accounts in our lobbies by appointment only until April 1, 2020. Our drive-through lanes, ATMs, customer service by telephone, and digital banking remain available.

The Dime Bank is committed to servicing your accounts while following guidelines provided by our state officials. If you need assistance with a loan, deposit account, or any other issue that is not able to be taken care of at our drive-through lanes or via telephone, please call to schedule an appointment during our normal lobby hours:

  • Carbondale 570-253-6511 ext: 7810
  • Damascus 570-253-6511 ext: 7310
  • Dingmans Ferry 570-253-6511 ext: 7510
  • Greentown 570-253-6511 ext: 7410
  • Hawley Downtown 570-253-6511 ext: 7210
  • Honesdale 570-253-6511 ext: 7199
  • Hawley Lake Region 570-253-6511 ext: 7620
  • Milford Lending Center 570-832-4260

For your convenience, you can also access your accounts via:

  • Our drive-through lanes. Click here for our drive-through hours
  • Our ATMs located at every branch.
  • Our telephone banking service at 1-866-342-5693.
  • Our telephone Customer Service Center, at 1-888-469-3463, option 7, available for extended hours Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. and Saturday – Sunday – Holidays (except Thanksgiving and Christmas) 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Digital banking services, including online and mobile banking.

If you are not yet enrolled in our digital services, please visit us online to enroll and to access your accounts at www.thedimebank.com.

Penn East FCU COVID-19 Response

To protect the health of our staff, beginning Wednesday, March 18 at 12 noon, all of our offices will be accessible via the drive-through only with the exception of our Factoryville and Tunkhannock locations. Our Factoryville office will temporarily close; our Tunkhannock office will remain open while restricting the number of members we serve at a time. All locations will be operating with normal business hours. With these changes we are anticipating longer wait times, please consider visiting the credit union during non-peak hours. Thank you for your understanding.

Loan officers will be available via telephone and by appointment. We will perform all aspects of the application process over the telephone except the closing, which will be done by appointment only. To apply for a loan please call 570-342-2720 or apply online.

Self Service Resources

We strongly encourage all Penn East FCU members to take advantage of our 24/7 self-service options, including:

Online Banking, Mobile Banking , Telephone Banking and Online Loan Applications.

These 24/7 services allow you to view account information, transfer funds, pay bills and apply for loans. You can even use our mobile app to deposit checks.

Sign up for online banking

Apply for a loan

The free Penn East FCU mobile app is available for download from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store.

If you need assistance enrolling in these online services, please call us at 570-342-2720 and select option 1.

We thank you for being a member and appreciate your cooperation.

PennDOT Reopens Additional Rest Areas

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is reopening indoor facilities at 23 select rest areas across Pennsylvania to all motorists, including the 13 facilities in critical locations that were reopened March 18 with portable restrooms and handwashing facilities.

PennDOT’s 30 rest areas were temporarily closed statewide on March 17 in response to Governor Tom Wolf’s mitigation guidance regarding COVID-19 to ensure that proper safety and sanitation protocols were in place.

“While unnecessary travel is discouraged as we all do our part to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19, we understand that some trips are necessary and that access to rest areas is important,” said Acting PennDOT Secretary Yassmin Gramian. “We are constantly evaluating our actions and services in responding to this emergency and will make adjustments where we can safely do so.”

All reopened rest areas will return to normal service with additional cleaning and maintenance. A complete list of open locations is below:

  • Interstate 79 northbound in Allegheny County, 8 miles north of Exit 45;
  • Interstate 79 northbound in Crawford County, 8 miles north of Exit 154;
  • Interstate 79 southbound in Crawford County, 3 miles south of Exit 166;
  • Interstate 79 northbound in Lawrence County, 3.5 miles north of Exit 105;
  • Interstate 79 southbound in Lawrence County, 3.5 miles south of Exit 113
  • Interstate 79 northbound in Mercer County, 5 miles south of Exit 141;
  • Interstate 79 southbound in Mercer County, 6 miles north of Exit 130;
  • Interstate 80 eastbound in Centre County, 13 miles east of Exit 133;
  • Interstate 80 westbound in Centre County, .5 miles west of Exit 147;
  • Interstate 80 eastbound in Jefferson County, 1 mile east of Exit 86;
  • Interstate 80 westbound in Jefferson County, 10 miles west of Exit 97;
  • Interstate 80 eastbound in Montour County, 4.5 miles east of Exit 215;
  • Interstate 80 westbound in Montour County, 4.5 miles west of Exit 224;
  • Interstate 80 eastbound in Venango County, .5 miles east of Exit 29;
  • Interstate 80 westbound in Venango County, 4 miles west of Exit 35;
  • Interstate 81 northbound in Cumberland County, .5 miles north of Exit 37;
  • Interstate 81 southbound in Cumberland County, 5.5 miles south of Exit 44;
  • Interstate 81 northbound in Lackawanna County, .5 miles north of Exit 202;
  • Interstate 81 northbound in Luzerne County, 1.5 miles north of Exit 155;
  • Interstate 81 southbound in Luzerne County, 1.5 miles south of Exit 159;
  • Interstate 81 southbound in Susquehanna County, 4 miles south of Exit 211;
  • Interstate 84 eastbound in Pike County, 6 miles east of Exit 20; and
  • Interstate 84 westbound in Pike County, 1 mile west of Exit 26.

The department will continue to evaluate and will determine whether additional rest areas can be reopened.

More COVID-19 information is available at www.health.pa.gov. For more information, visit www.dmv.pa.gov or www.PennDOT.gov.

VIA to Host Live Virtual Town Hall on the Coronavirus Pandemic

With the number of COVID-19 cases in Pennsylvania increasing daily, VIA Public Media presents Keystone Edition: Corona Crisis, a live, hour-long virtual town hall meeting with area health experts and government officials on Thursday, March 26, 2020, at 8 p.m.

While there will be no in-studio audience, viewers will have the opportunity to call in or email questions to get answers and learn the latest information on the coronavirus pandemic. Viewers can call 1-800-326-9842 during the live program, email questions ahead of time to info@wvia.org, or submit questions through social media using #VIAcoronacrisis.

Hosted by VIA Radio Program Director Larry Vojtko, panelists for the program include Gerald Maloney, D.O., Chief Medical Officer for Geisinger Hospitals, and associate dean for clinical affairs for Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine. Dr. James Cruse, a family medicine doctor in Honesdale, Pa., Shubhra Shetty, M.D., FACP, an infectious disease specialist, professor of medicine, and associate dean at the Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine in Scranton Pa., Dr. Donna Eget from Medicus Urgent Care in Dunmore, Pa., Brett Sholtis, a health reporter from WITF in Harrisburg, Pa. and DeeAnn Reeder, Ph.D., Professor of Biology at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pa.

The program will also feature interviews with Dr. Rachel Levine, the Pennsylvania Secretary of Health, David Pedri, the Luzerne County Manager and Tom Foley, Director of PA 2-1-1 Northeast.

This program will be simulcast on WVIA-TV, WVIA Radio, The Pennsylvania Cable Network and will stream live online at wvia.org, as well as WVIA’s Facebook, Youtube, Linkedin and Twitter channels.

The program will be available to watch anytime after the broadcast on-demand at wvia.org and on the VIA Mobile App.

For more information on Keystone Edition: Corona Crisis and to access VIA’s Coronavirus Resource Information Page as well as Learn At Home resources for parents and educators, please visit wvia.org.

Official Notice to Chamber Members

 

In accordance with the by-laws of The Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce, the Governance Committee has presented a slate of candidates for election to the Board of Directors.  The names of the candidates are herewith submitted for your review:

Attorney Nisha Arora, ERA One Source Realty; Michael L. Brown, CEO, Commonwealth Health/Moses Taylor Hospital and Regional Hospital of Scranton; Laura L. Gillette-Mills, Principal/Architect, Hemmler + Camayd Architects; Jessica Kalinoski, Director of Operations, Admiral Management; Barbara Maculloch, President of PA Banking, Community Bank, N.A.; Jill Murray, Ph.D., Executive Vice President & Chief Innovation Officer, President-Elect, Lackawanna College; Sister Mary Persico, IHM, Ed.D., President, Marywood University; Eric Pusey, R.Ph. CDE, Owner, Medigap Pharmacy; Kristen Shemanski, Manufacturing Production Coordinator, Gertrude Hawk Chocolates; and Frank T. Suraci, Bedrock Technology/Bedrock Cloud Solutions.

Additional candidates for directors can be nominated by petition bearing the genuine signature of at least 15 members of the Chamber, in good standing.  Such petition must be filed with the Governance Committee by April 9, 2020. The determination of the Governance Committee as to the legality of the petition(s) shall be final.

If no legal petition is filed by April 9 nominations shall be closed and the candidates declared elected by the Board of Directors at its May meeting.

If a legal petition presents additional candidates, you will be notified and an election by ballot initiated.

Members of the Governance Committee are: Dr. Marwan Wafa, Chair; Megan Alpert, Laureen Cadden, Jessica Kalinoski, P. Timothy Kelly, Esq., Sister Mary Persico, IHM, John Phillips, Laurie Schwager, Robert Ufberg, Esq. and Lisa Zielinski; Patrick A. Fricchione, Jr. and Robert F. Durkin, Ex-Officio.

VIA Public Media Provides Learn-at-Home Opportunities for Students

Beginning on Monday, March 23, 2020, VIA Public Media will change its afternoon television schedule from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. to air programs that can provide learn-at-home opportunities for students.

Each program airing during this block will have curriculum and additional resources that parents and educators can use for students in grades 4-12. Prior to 1pm children VIA will continue to air PBS kids programming, which is educationally minded for children pre-kindergarten through grade 3. All resources can be found free of charge at wvia.org. This schedule has been designed to help school districts bridge the digital divide and provide access to learning for all students at home regardless of access to computers or the internet.

Monday’s programming includes the programs NOVA: Look Who’s Driving at 1 p.m., which investigates the self-driving car and its impact on society. Life from Above: Changing Planet at 2 p.m., which views the changing landscape of Earth from space. At 3 p.m. VIA will air Nature: Yosemite, which takes a deep look into how climate change is affecting the national park. The upcoming schedule and curriculum for the first week of programming can currently be found at wvia.org with future weeks’ schedules and resources being posted to the website within the coming days.

“VIA aims to educate and inspire through quality programming and services; we hope that this change can better serve the families and school districts throughout Northeast Pennsylvania and the Central Susquehanna Valley,” said Chris Norton, Senior Vice President of VIA Public Media.

“We want families to know that they are not alone during this time and that time at home can be spent learning together,” said Kirsten Smith, Grants & Education Officer at VIA Public Media. “From Nature and NOVA to insightful documentaries, VIA and PBS have hundreds of hours of learning opportunities for students at all grade levels”.

WVIA-TV can be found on over-the-air antenna on channel 44 and on all major network providers in Northeast Pennsylvania and the Central Susquehanna Valley. WVIA carries PBS Kids programming all day on its second channel 44.2, corresponding educational resources for PBS Kids programming can also be found at wvia.org.

 

COLTS Temporarily Suspend Fares Effective March 25

The County of Lackawanna Transit System (COLTS) will suspend its Fixed Route Fares beginning Wednesday, March 25 through April 10, 2020. COLTS’ passengers are asked to use the rear vehicle doors. Passengers with disabilities can still use the front vehicle door and ramp. These actions allow our drivers to remain at a safe distance from the public so that they are able to continue providing life-essential medical, grocery, and employment trips for our passengers. COLTS’ Shared Ride ADA Program will also suspend passenger fares.

“We feel that this is the a good way for COLTS to protect its drivers and continue to provide transportation service that allow our passengers to get to essential services such as grocery shopping, employment, and medical appointments,” executive director Bob Fiume said. COLTS began running on Saturday schedules on Monday. All Fixed Route buses are running Saturday schedules with a few modifications and exceptions. The Saturday schedules are in effect Monday through Saturday and until further notice. Shared Ride is running dialysis, medical appointments, pharmacy, grocery shopping, and ADA trips.

The customer service desk at the Lackawanna Transit Center remains closed until further notice. The lobby of the Lackawanna Transit Center is open from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Please see www.coltsbus.com and our Facebook page for details on the schedule modifications and any schedule updates.

Tiffany Griffiths, Psy.D. & Associates Update

The offices of Tiffany Griffiths, Psy.D. & Associates, Inc., with the exception of our Peckville location, are OPEN to patients during the COVID-19 pandemic. We are offering in patient visits as well as virtual visits. If you are sick or have been exposed to someone who is sick and has not been tested for COVID-19, please stay home. You may contact our office at 570-342-8434 to inquire about virtual therapy.

At this time we are also opening our doors to patients who find themselves in need due to heightened anxiety, depression, insomnia, etc.. Please note that the sessions we are able to offer will be for a limited time.

COLTS Moving to Saturday Schedules on Monday, March 23

The County of Lackawanna Transit System (COLTS) will run on Saturday schedules beginning on Monday, March 23. All Fixed Route buses will run Saturday schedules with a few modifications and exceptions. The Saturday schedules are in effect Monday through Saturday and until further notice.

Shared Ride will run dialysis, medical appointments, pharmacies, grocery shopping, and ADA trips.

“COLTS is an essential service that gets people to work, to doctor’s appointments, and to the grocery store. We have seen a drop in ridership due to the coronavirus pandemic, but we still need to service the public,” said Executive Director Bob Fiume.

There are new Saturday schedules for #12 Jessup, #28 Pittston, #52 Carbondale, and #54 Green Ridge/Dickson City available at the LTC and at www.coltsbus.com.

Exceptions and Modifications:
The #99 Minooka / Montage will run to EDM Americas only.
The #71 Evening City Circle North and #72 Evening City Circle South will run their weekday schedules Monday through Friday and Saturday schedule on Saturdays.

The #12 Jessup will continue to go to Comprehensive Treatment Centers during the week, but not on Saturdays. Both inbound and outbound trips pick up at :40 past the hour.

The #48 Dalton/Waverly (which does not run on Saturdays) will run on a modified schedule Monday through Friday. The outbound trips will be: 9:35 a.m., 10:35 a.m., 2:35 p.m.; inbound trips will be 10:05 a.m., 11:25 a.m., 3:25 p.m.

The #28 Pittston adds a 6:15 a.m. outbound and 7:15 a.m. inbound Monday–Friday.

The #31 Old Forge/Stauffer add a 6:15 a.m. and 7 a.m. inbound Monday-Friday.

The #26 Mohegan Sun remains cancelled.

 

An Update From Hemmler + Camayd Architects

As you are well aware, with the onset of COVID-19, there has been an interruption in our day-to-day activities as we know them. This applies not only to our health and well-being but also our workplace as we strive to keep our employees and those we work with safe at this time. Over recent weeks, the management of h+c architects has been following the progression and in an effort to comply with the CDC recommendations, we believe it is our responsibility to modify our day-to-day routine.  Therefore, effective Wednesday March 18th until further notice, our 409 Lackawanna Avenue office will be physically closed, however, all of our employees will continue to serve our clients through remote access while working from their homes.

Communication is an important core value of h+c architects and we want to assure that remains consistent throughout this time.

Despite the fact we are working remotely, we will still be available during our regular business hours – 7:30am to 5:00pm.

All of our employees will be monitoring their email closely and our main office phone will be tended to, however we ask that you utilize each employee’s  extension when making your call so it can be forwarded appropriately.

As always, h+c architects values our clients and the consultants with which we work. We are doing our best to maintain continuity throughout this challenging period and we ask for your cooperation as we continue to monitor the situation and will update as necessary.

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.