DEFY Scranton Temporarily Closed

The circumstances surrounding COVID-19 are continuing to evolve and, above all else, the health and well-being of our guests and Team Members remains our top priority. Out of an abundance of caution, we have made the difficult decision to temporarily close DEFY Scranton until further notice.

This is not a decision taken lightly and we are closely following guidance from the CDC, state and local governmental health authorities, and city officials to plan for and monitor the developing situation.

We value our loyal guests and will be as accommodating as possible during this dynamic and changing situation. We are happy to work with you on rescheduling any existing party bookings or events. Please contact us at and we would welcome the opportunity to discuss your options.

We are thankful for our guests who continually choose us as their place to move, have fun, and of course, play. Play is more important than ever, so we’ll be posting ideas to our social channels for active and creative ways to play at home with (or without!) your kids.

We’re proud to serve this community and want to thank you all for your continued support. Please take care of yourselves and each other. Let’s bounce back together, and we’ll see you again soon!”

Join Us for a Webinar: COVID:19 – Managing Your Workplace Through the Crisis

Hosted by Ufberg & Associates and Lesson aLIVE


COVID 19: Managing Your Workplace Through the Crisis
Wednesday, March 25, 9:00 a.m.

Topics include:

  • The Families First Coronavirus Response Act – How it changes the employment landscape
  • Managing through this Coronavirus crisis – and post-crisis
    • Pay and benefits issues
    • ADA and OSHA concerns
    • FMLA and other leaves of absence (paid and unpaid)
    • Unemployment compensation and workers compensation
  • Federal, state, and municipal laws and regulations


PennDOT Reopens Select Rest Areas for Truck Parking

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) will be reopening select rest areas across Pennsylvania for truck parking. PennDOT rest areas were closed at midnight Tuesday in response to Governor Tom Wolf’s mitigation guidance regarding COVID-19.

To address safety concerns raised, PennDOT has identified 13 of its 30 rest areas in critical locations that will be available for truck parking starting tomorrow, March 19.

“Every decision made has been in the interest of mitigating the spread of COVID-19 and we are constantly reevaluating our response,” said PennDOT Acting Secretary Yassmin Gramian, P.E. “That said, we also recognize the importance of freight movement and that drivers need access to rest areas.”

Each location will have five portable toilets (one of which is ADA-accessible) that will be cleaned once a day. Electronic message signs will be used near the applicable centers to notify drivers near the opened areas. To prevent further spread of COVID-19, PennDOT does not plan to open any of the indoor facilities due to staff availability to keep facilities clean and properly sanitized.

These are the locations that will be reopened for truck parking:

  • Interstate 79: Crawford County NB/SB
  • Interstate 79: Allegheny NB only
  • Interstate 80: Venango County EB/WB
  • Interstate 80: Centre County EB/WB
  • Interstate 80: Montour County EB/WB
  • Interstate 81: Luzerne County NB/SB
  • Interstate 81: Cumberland County NB/SB

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

More COVID-19 information is available at For more information, visit or


Commonwealth Health Limits Visitors


Commonwealth Health Limits Visitors and Hospital Entrances to Protect Against Novel Coronavirus Spread

Our hospitals and clinics are taking proactive steps to prepare for the protection of our patients, caregivers and the community. We continue to monitor updates on COVID-19 from the CDC. We want to assure you we remain alert and ready to provide care as necessary.

For the safety of our patients and caregivers, new visitor restrictions are in place and entrances have been
limited at all hospitals. No visitors will be permitted in any hospitals except under special circumstances for inpatient facilities.

These circumstances include:

  • ER (1 adult* visitor allowed)
  • Patient with an end-of-life situation
  • Patient on the labor and delivery unit (1 adult* visitor allowed)
  • Pediatrics and NICU (parents allowed)
  • Patient requiring informed clinical authorization support, i.e. informed consent (1 adult* visitor allowed)
  • Patient requiring discharge support (1 adult* visitor allowed)
  • First Hospital and Berwick Retirement Village
  • No inpatient visitation will be permitted. (No exceptions)
  • Outpatient procedures (one adult* visitor allowed)
  • Outpatient clinics and sites (one adult* visitor allowed)

Commonwealth Health is asking people who are sneezing, coughing, running a fever or experiencing a runny nose or other respiratory symptoms to refrain from visiting patients at any of its hospitals or clinics.

NBT Bank Announces Efforts to Aid COVID-19 Financial Hardships

NBT Bank has announced steps to support businesses and individuals facing financial hardship due to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic.

Effective immediately, the following assistance may be available to NBT Bank customers by contacting NBT’s dedicated COVID-19 Customer Relief Line at 1-888-235-2881.

  • Retail Banking, Personal Loans and Mortgages—NBT has temporarily increased daily limits for ATM withdrawals and mobile deposits; is temporarily waiving late fees; is temporarily waiving penalties for early CD withdrawals up to $20,000; and is offering certain payment deferrals on consumer loans.
  • Small Business Customers—NBT has temporarily increased daily limits on mobile deposits; is temporarily waiving late fees; is temporarily waiving penalties for early CD withdrawals up to $20,000; and has developed programs to provide relief through working capital lines of credit and payment deferrals.

In addition, NBT’s commercial banking relationship managers are ready and able to assist their customers under pressure due to the COVID-19 outbreak with working capital lines of credit and certain payment deferrals.

“While these are challenging times for all of us, I want to assure our customers and communities that we at NBT stand with you and your families,” said President and CEO John H. Watt, Jr. “Your health, safety and financial security are our highest priority.”

For more information, visit

Local Banks Stand United Amid COVID-19 Concerns

The Dime Bank, The Honesdale National Bank, and Wayne Bank Work Collectively to Serve Community

While our institutions are unique, since our individual foundings we have shared a common goal — supporting the residents and businesses across the widening breadth of communities we serve.

Despite age, income, or industry, these are very uncertain times. Therefore, as we often do, The Dime Bank, The Honesdale National Bank, and Wayne Bank are again joining forces to be a point of stability and consistency when many things seem in question.

What this initially means is that we will work collaboratively to share information and updates on the developing issues confronting our industry and communities.

At this time, we are coordinating the protection and health of our employees, customers and community members by moving to drive-up services only at all of our banking locations. At our respective banking locations, lobby service will be provided by appointment only. To establish appointments, please contact your local Bank office. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation with our efforts to flatten the curve of COVID-19.

We will remain vigilant to ensure our Main Streets remain vibrant, our families rest assured and our children look back at this time as a showcase of unity not isolation.

We encourage your outreach to share news of need and consideration. We are listening, together, to keep our communities strong.


About The Dime Bank

The Dime Bank is committed to being involved in and contributing to our community’s development. If you are passionate about your future, choose The Dime Bank as your financial partner. Serving its primary market of Northeast Pennsylvania since 1905, the bank offers a full array of financial services and solutions. Community banking yields community benefits.  Dimeco, Inc. (DIMC) is the holding company of The Dime Bank. For more information, visit Member FDIC, Equal Housing Lender

About The Honesdale National Bank

The Honesdale National Bank is the subsidiary of Honat Bancorp, Inc. (HONT).  Established in 1836, HNB holds the distinction of being the area’s oldest independent community bank headquartered in Northeastern PA, with twelve offices in Wayne, Pike, Susquehanna, Lackawanna and Luzerne Counties. The Honesdale National Bank offers personal banking, business banking and wealth solutions. For more information, visit Member FDIC, Equal Housing Lender, NMLS ID #446237.

About Wayne Bank

Wayne Bank is a subsidiary of Norwood Financial Corp., Member FDIC, Equal Housing Lender, and is located in Honesdale, Pennsylvania.  The Bank has 27 Community Offices serving Wayne, Pike, Monroe, Lackawanna, and Luzerne Counties in Pennsylvania, along with Delaware and Sullivan Counties in New York State.  The stock trades on the NASDAQ Global Market under the symbol— NWFL.

Select Tissue – Vandling, PA

Select Tissue has immediate openings available in Vandling, PA. We produce toilet tissue and paper towels and are considered essential products. We are looking for lift truck operators, machine operators, packers and mechanics.

To apply:

NEPA Fit Club

We have had to close for two weeks but, we moved our clients over to virtual workouts and a 30-day wellness-while-away challenge. We are going to be doing Zoom and Facebook live coaching calls and allowing our Fit Club family borrow pieces of equipment for their homes. Virtual options for public are coming soon! Check Facebook for updates.