Final Weekend for Apple Blossom Drive-Thru

Lakeland Orchard and Cidery will be hosting their FINAL weekend of their Apple Blossom Drive-Thru Experience. Here’s what you need to know:

  • This event is by online reservation only
  • Grab your hour time slot on May 23rd or 24th
  • The minimum purchase of one dozen donuts will get your car through the scenic drive
  • Add on some fresh made kettle corn or hard cider
  • Take in the beautiful views of our 275 acre property including the blooming apple orchard, Christmas tree fields, and our lovely ponds (you may even see the playful goats), all from the safety of your car

Grab your time slot and food options here. Please arrive during your time slot , grab your donuts, kettle corn and hard cider and proceed through the scenic orchard drive. A portion of all proceeds will be going to our local food banks.

Aaron Lewis Concert Canceled at Mohegan Sun Arena in Wilkes-Barre

In light of the ongoing developments regarding COVID-19 and the recommended provisions put in place by the State of Pennsylvania, Aaron Lewis The State I’m In Tour; Acoustic Songs & Stories has been canceled and will soon be rescheduled for a later date.

Mr. Lewis and Mohegan Sun Arena are working diligently with the concert’s promoter to identify a new date as soon as possible.  Everyone involved feels it would be prudent to return the fans’ ticket money during this critical time.  To that end, ticket refunds will be made available at the point of purchase.

Your patience and understanding in this matter is greatly appreciated.  For additional information, please visit our website at www.mohegansunarenapa.com.

Golden Technologies Staff Receives Digital Training for Retail’s New Normal

Over the past five weeks, Golden Technologies’ sales team has undergone an extensive training program to educate them on today’s digital marketing tools. This recent training effort comes as a response to the change in the way their home medical equipment retailers are doing business during the current pandemic and anticipates a ‘new’ normal in retail sales moving forward.

Due to social distancing guidelines and stay-at-home orders, social media platforms have proven to be necessary tools in the retail selling process. Golden sales representatives continue to be educated on platforms, such as Facebook, to act as guides to their retailers that are just starting to explore social media marketing. To add even further value, the sales force has been given turnkey marketing content with images for their retailers to use on their social media platforms.

In addition to social media training, the sales team has been trained on and encouraged to use video conferencing platforms to hold virtual meetings. They are prepared to conduct virtual meetings with buyers regarding merchandising and product lineup, as well as product training for the retailer sales associates. Once a state reopens, the sales representative will be able to meet with more retailers in a shorter timeframe. Virtual meetings, along with Golden’s fully stocked inventory, will allow the retailer to have their lift recliner, scooter, and power wheelchair programs ready to sell faster. Golden has also introduced new digital tools that will allow a sales representative to provide the retailer with in-depth account insight that will help maximize their merchandising efforts.

“The goal of our digital initiative is to offer enhanced support and convenience to our retailers with safe meeting and training options, digital marketing tools, and quick ship inventory,” said Jason Davis, Vice President of Sales. “We strive to anticipate the needs of our retailers, so this training has equipped our sales representatives with the ability to proactively help them in their urgent effort to recover from the effects of this global health crisis.”

Golden offices are open and operating with CDC guidelines in mind.

Lackawanna College Announces New Scholarship for Local High-Achieving Students

Lackawanna College has announced it will offer full-tuition and half-tuition scholarships to top-ranked students in each high school in thirty-three participating school districts in Northeastern and Central Pennsylvania.

Lackawanna College’s Honors Program is designed for top academically ranked high school seniors in the region. The new Honors Program Scholarship offers full-tuition, for up to four years, for graduating high school students ranking in the top 10 in their high school class. Students ranked 11-20 in their class would receive half-tuition, for up to four years, with the opportunity to earn full scholarships based on financial need.

“Lackawanna College is this community’s college and we are continually looking for transformative ways to create opportunities for students in the region,” said President-Elect Jill A. Murray, Ph.D. “We want to reward these high-achieving local students and help them continue on their educational paths while staying close to home.”

This program is the first of its kind in the region and is positioned to be a transformational opportunity for both students and the community. It is the first time that an intentional, critical mass of these high achieving students from our region have been invited to one institution to complete their college education.

The Honors Program will provide not just scholarships but also comprehensive educational experiences that will prepare graduates to emerge as leaders ready to change the face of their communities. These educational experiences include leadership opportunities, meaningful immersive service to and in the community and an innovative experiential and challenging curricula.

“Abington Heights has worked closely with Lackawanna College in recent years to provide students the opportunity to choose innovative programs,” said Abington Heights Superintendent Mike Mahon, whose district is participating in the Honors Program. “Students in the Class of 2020 are facing unprecedented uncertainties with their plans for the future and we are grateful to Lackawanna College for its efforts to assist those students with these scholarships.”

For more information and details on the scholarship or for high school administrators interested in participating, visit Lackawanna College’s “Scholarship” webpage or contact the Admissions Office at (570) 961-7898.

Marywood University’s Annual Giving Day 2020 Generates a Healthy Competition

Marywood University’s Annual Giving Day 2020, ONE DAY #ONEMARYWOOD, surpassed expectations, despite the tremendous challenges the greater  community faces during the pandemic. The 24-hour Day of Giving provided students with the opportunity to see the full strength of the Marywood Family, including many alumni and friends who came together to celebrate and support them.

In addition to alumni messages of encouragement, videos, photos and social media posts that used the hashtag #ONEMARYWOOD, some Marywood alumni used the event to introduce a healthy competition among themselves. Such was the case for Board of Trustee Members, Michael E. Bugno ’98, Director of Global Events at Fiserv; and Maria C. Gogal ’04, Director of Oncology Global Expert Input and Medical Education in Global Medical Affairs at Merck.

Mr. Bugno’s challenge of 25 Donors for a $2,000 gift to Campus Ministry Service Programs and Ms. Gogal’s challenge of 50 Donors for a $1,000 gift to the Student Emergency Fund both surpassed expectations. Ms. Gogal’s challenge of 50 donors was matched by Merck through the employee matching gift program.

Prior to Giving Day 2020, Mr. Bugno and Ms. Gogal had both been involved in Giving Day events. This year the competing duo proved to be very successful when they introduced challenges to enhance both participation and donations. As a result, other Board of Trustee members and Marywood community members added to the Challenge Board.

Mr. Bugno said, “Maria and I just clicked; we’re extroverts with purpose, passion and persistence! With her athletic competitive nature, I knew we’d be a great team and match for one another. The goal for Giving Day was participation, not dollars; I’m thrilled that united we surpassed our goals on both fronts.”

Ms. Gogal echoed similar sentiments, “From the first day I met Michael, I knew he had a passion for Marywood and all that it encompasses. When he told me that he put up a challenge – I knew it would not only be a fun and successful rivalry, but no matter the outcome, the real winner was the Marywood community and its students.”

Mr. Bugno’s passion for Campus Ministry and its service opportunities was a personal matter. “I’ve always been an advocate for Marywood because of its impact on me,” Mr. Bugno said. As a student, he was unable to attend the Alternative Service Break Trips due to routine theatre rehearsals and productions, which took place at the same time. Once the occasion presented itself post-graduation, Mr. Bugno seized the opportunity to participate in the Alternative Service Break Trip to Guatemala. The experience was eye opening to both the students and Mr. Bugno, who continues to pay it forward by giving others that same opportunity.

Mr. Bugno said, “I am proud to announce that the support for Campus Ministry Service Programs from 113 donors raised more than $10,000 and the gifts continue to come in. I look forward to hearing how our students will serve other communities both locally and globally.”

Last year Ms. Gogal’s challenge supported athletics. As a Marywood tennis Hall of Famer herself, she knows the importance and benefits that athletics instill on students. However, this year, she wanted to direct her giving to the students who needed it the most.

Ms. Gogal said, “We are amidst a difficult and unprecedented time, and I want to ensure that each student has an opportunity to access Marywood’s quality education despite any current obstacles.”

Ms. Gogal’s challenge in support of the Student Emergency Fund supports Marywood students in need, as it provides critical resources to help ensure their ability to continue their education. This Fund is especially important at this time, as it can help students access technology resources to continue with their education, such as laptops or Wi-Fi access, and it can help students meet other unexpected expenses.

These two alumni are thankful to all who donated during a time when so many people are in need. “Maria and I are humbled by all the generous gifts; we’re inspired to know that many gave so others could receive. There simply is no better gift!” Mr. Bugno said.

Mr. Bugno, formerly of Clarks Summit, is an accomplished strategic global event and marketing leader, with more than 15 years of success in both planning and executing corporate events for mid-sized and Fortune 200 Companies. Presently, he is Director of Global Events at Fiserv. Mr. Bugno’s vast experience in marketing and corporate events includes Lectra (New York, NY and Atlanta, GA); Food Network (New York, NY); and Comedy Central (New York, NY). He also worked for Walt Disney World in Lake Buena Vista, FL, in College and International recruitment. In 2004, he merited the Marywood Alumni Association Recent Graduate Award and he previously served as a Marywood University Trustee from 2006-2015. Additionally, he has been a co-chair of sponsorships for Marywood University’s Annual Community Leadership Celebration (2014-2018). Mr. Bugno holds a bachelor of arts in Theatre Arts Administration from Marywood University (Scranton, PA).

Ms. Gogal is the director of Oncology Global Expert Input and Medical Education in Global Medical Affairs, at Merck & Co., Inc. She was elected to the Board of Trustees at Marywood University in 2015, where she has assisted with planning for Marywood’s Community Leadership Celebration and serves on the Committee on Trustees. Ms. Gogal does volunteer work for several non-profit organizations, including membership on the Development Committee for the Women’s Health and Counseling Center at Zufall Health Center, Feed My Starving Children, American Cancer Society, Ronald McDonald House, America’s Grow a Row, and she sponsors a child in El Salvador through Compassion International. She earned her master of science in Jurisprudence in Health, Science, and Technology Law, magna cum laude, Seton Hall University of Law, Newark, NJ, and her bachelor of science in Industrial/Organizational Psychology with a minor in Business, magna cum laude, from Marywood University.

For additional information about giving opportunities at Marywood University, please visit www.marywood.edu/support/ or call the office of University Advancement, at (570) 348-6238.

HNB Supports WVIA With Donation

 

The Honesdale National Bank was once again authorized to make approved contributions under the Commonwealth’s Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) Program. HNB designated $3,000 of their approved allotment to WVIA Public Media. The funds, donated by HNB, will support educational programming.

HNB President & CEO, David Raven, stated, “The accessibility of public media will continue to be important to our communities, especially during these difficult times.” He said, “We are glad that we are able to continue to serve our area by contributing funding for this program.”

Kirsten Smith, Grants & Education Officer, WVIA Public Media, said, “WVIA is extremely grateful for the EITC donation provided by The Honesdale National Bank. These funds make our educational initiatives and programs possible. From educational programming to vital educational programs like VIA’s “Kids in the Classroom,” WVIA Education is dedicated to educating all children and communities. We are grateful to The Honesdale National Bank for being such an important partner in our efforts.”

Marywood University Professor Gets Paper Published

Sunny Sinha, Ph.D., associate professor in the School of Social Work and lead author of “A Survey of the Mobile Phone-Based Interventions for Violence Prevention Among Women,” was recently published in Advances in Social Work.

The article addresses Information Communication Technologies (ICT), particularly mobile phone technology, and its increase in relationship between individuals by enhancing their ability to frequently communicate with one another through different mediums. including text, audio, video, and emojis. Cell phone technology is being used to combat various social issues, including several public health-related problems such as violence against women. Over the past two decades, several cellphone-based applications (apps) including Circle of 6, MyPlan, Panic Button, and Aspire News have been developed in several countries to prevent violence against women

Circumstantial evidence suggests that these apps are effective both as violence prevention and as an intervention tool in public as well as private spaces. However, very little awareness exists among social workers about these mobile phone apps, particularly the capabilities and limitations of these apps. Based on a brief survey and classification of the existing mobile phone apps designed to prevent violence against women, the paper explains how these apps work and points out their capabilities and limitations, so that social workers and public health professionals can better guide their clients in using these technology-based services. It is highly recommended that social workers evaluate how their clients are affected by the use or non-use of violence prevention apps and advocate for their clients’ rights to digital literacy and internet access.

In addition to her role as an associate professor in the School of Social Work at Marywood University, Dr. Sinha is also a Fahs-Beck scholar, a doctoral dissertation grant program that helps support dissertation expenses of students in the U.S. and Canada. She earned her Ph.D. degree in Social Work from the University of South Carolina, Columbia. Her research and scholarship focus on a wide range of global issues, including HIV prevention, trafficking, and issues related to gender, race, class, and sexuality. She has published mostly on the issues of non-brothel-based female sex workers in Kolkata, India. Dr. Sinha is also the recipient of the Michael H. Agar Lively Science Award for 2018.

For additional information about Marywood University’s School of Social Work, please visit marywood.edu/ssw, or call the Office of Admissions at (570) 348-6234. To read the paper, “A survey of the Mobile Phone-Based Interventions for Violence Prevention Among Women,” please visit the website of Advances in Social Work.

Misericordia University Professor and Student Collaborate for Article in Law Journal

Joshua D. Winneker, J.D.
Sam C. Ehrlich, J.D.

Joshua D. Winneker, J.D., associate professor of business at Misericordia University, recently co-authored the scholarly article, “Higgins V. Kentucky Sports Radio Reframed: Balancing Free Speech and Emotional Distress Liability When Fans Take Things Too Far,” in the Charleston Law Review with Sam C. Ehrlich, J.D., a doctoral candidate at Florida State University.

In the research paper, the authors address the intersection of intentional infliction of emotional distress tort liability and the defense of free speech protection under the First Amendment when dealing with abusive and unruly fans during and after sporting events. Ian Silfies of Palmerton, a Misericordia University student double majoring in philosophy and Government, Law and National Security, served as a research assistant for the scholarly project.

“… some fans simply take it too far and continue to verbally express their displeasure against the players and referees even after the game has ended by contacting them directly to harass them, their families and their businesses,” the authors wrote in the paper. “The actions by the overzealous fans lead to certain questions about the potential reach of the First Amendment within these contexts: namely whether these fan actions should be considered protected free speech and how far these protections – if any – should extend.”

The paper focuses on the controversial college basketball game that pitted the University of Kentucky against the rival North Carolina Tar Heels on March 26, 2017. After the game, Kentucky coach John Calipari expressed his dissatisfaction with the officiating.

Kentucky fans channeled their disappointment and perceived unfairness of game officials at the referees, posting long messages and conspiracy theories on the Internet. Furthermore, Kentucky Sports Radio also devoted a majority of its airtime and column space to blame referee John Higgins for the loss, including airing calls from frustrated fans.

Shortly thereafter, fans acted on their criticism and posted a video online highlighting Higgins’s perceived bad calls, and included a picture of the referee standing next to a truck for his personal roofing company with the business’ phone number, website address and home phone number. As a result, Kentucky fans began spamming Higgins’s phone numbers and posting false negative reviews on his roofing company’s social media pages. The phone calls allegedly included death threats and drew attention from local police and the FBI.

Kentucky Sports Radio allegedly did not help the situation as it posted the controversial video, and read several emails from listeners on air. The radio hosts also seemingly delighted in the fans’ actions, commenting that while the negative reviews were “a bad idea” they are “funny,” and stated “this is the only way they can express their frustration,” according to the scholarly article.

Higgins, his wife, and his company filed a lawsuit against Kentucky Sports Radio alleging the radio station tortiously invaded his privacy by posting his personal information on their website and intentionally inflicted emotional distress on Higgins and his wife through “their encouragement and enticement to thousands of people to utilize the contact information” to harass Higgins and his company, the authors wrote in the law journal.

In the end, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky made clear that the radio hosts’ conduct was protected speech under the First Amendment, and later affirmed by the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals on Feb. 27, 2020. The District Court judge also remarked that the fans involved in the harassment might have crossed the line of common decency and opened themselves up to potential civil liability actions.

This language provided by the District Court, according to the authors, possibly signals that the court sees some potential for future claims by referees against unruly fans or claims by players faced with a similar situation for intentional infliction of emotional distress. To this date, though, there is no binding precedent to support that possibility.

“Fandom is important within the context of sports contests,” the authors concluded, “but when fans’ verbal harassment leaves the confines of the game and instead focuses on the personal lives, families, and businesses of the players or referees from the game, it is difficult to argue that such actions should be protected by the shield of the First Amendment.”

For more information about the academic programs available in the College of Business at Misericordia University, please call 570-674-6400 or visit www.misericordia.edu/business.

RailRiders Join MiLB CommUNITY First to Raise Funds for Local Food Bank

The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders have announced that they are joining MiLB CommUNITY First, a new national initiative developed by Minor League Baseball™ (MiLB™) in conjunction with Feeding America®, to raise funds for local food banks and to honor individuals risking their lives on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The local benefactor is the Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Northeast Regional Food Bank in Pittston.

RailRiders fans are encouraged to visit MiLB.com/CommUNITYFirst through May 31 to donate. Once on the site, fans can choose their donation amount and the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders as the recipient of their donation to direct funds to the NEPA community. For every $10 donated, the RailRiders will donate one ticket to a future home game this season or in 2021 to a local hero of the pandemic.

“In these trying times, we should do what we can to help those in need around us,” said John Adams, the RailRiders Team President. “Minor League Baseball, as an industry, has always done a great job in community-driven events and focused efforts like this. Donations to this cause will help benefit our region immensely. While we are certainly aware that times are tough financially for many, this is a tremendous way for those who can donate to make an impact.”

School closures, rising unemployment and rising poverty due to quarantine and extended stay-at-home orders have disproportionately impacted people already at risk of hunger and could result in an estimated additional 17.1 million people experiencing food insecurity in the next six months, according to Feeding America. As the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization with a network of more than 200 affiliates, Feeding America has projected a $1.4 billion shortfall in the next six months alone.

In response, contributions from RailRiders fans and Minor League Baseball will help ensure families and individuals across the country most impacted by the pandemic are fed and cared for during these uncertain times.

Join the national campaign by donating and selecting Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders at MiLB.com/CommUNITYFirst and use #MiLBCommUNITYFirst on social media to show your support.