Scranton Chamber Congratulates Mark Volk on His Retirement as President of Lackawanna College

The Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce extends best wishes to Mark Volk on his retirement as president of Lackawanna College.  His leadership at Lackawanna College was nothing short of extraordinary – guiding the institution through growth and restructuring in virtually all aspects of programing and operations. Mark’s vision has taken the College to new heights as a critical educational resource serving the students and citizens of northeast Pennsylvania.

The Chamber has also directly benefitted from Mark’s leadership. From the time he joined the Board in 2006, through his tenure as Treasurer and ultimately Chairman, he brought thoughtful, clear-minded direction to the organization during a critical period of leadership transition. With both the Chamber and Leadership Lackawanna he served selflessly as a counselor, advisor, mentor and friend to all. Our Chamber and community owe Mark Volk our undying gratitude and respect.

Thanks Mark and best wishes in your retirement!

Scranton Area Community Foundation Accepting Nominations for the 2020 Margaretta Belin Chamberlin Award

Scranton Area Community Foundation is accepting nominations now until July 23, 2020, for the 2020 Margaretta Belin Chamberlin Award, which is presented annually to a woman who demonstrates commitment to community, ingenuity in response to community need, and leadership in empowering and transforming the lives of women and girls in the community. Nominations are open to anyone who wishes to recommend a female candidate who has made an impact in Northeastern Pennsylvania.

The award has been presented since 1992 when a charitable fund was established by the family of Margaretta Belin Chamberlin both to honor her memory and to recognize accomplishments of women in our community while encouraging their personal and/or professional development.

The Margaretta Belin Chamberlin Award will be presented at the Scranton Area Community Foundation’s Women in Philanthropy Annual Event to be announced at a later date. The recipient will receive a monetary award of $1,000 to be used for the purpose of personal development or to donate to a charitable organization of the recipient’s choice.

Past award recipients have included Eleanore Ginader, Rosemary Broderick, Sharon McCrone, Catherine Richmond-Cullen, Mary Elaine Southard, Judith O. Graziano, Carol Weiss Rubel, Charlotte McIlwee Ravaioli, Diana Statsman, Susan S. Belin, Rachel R. Yaklic (10th anniversary youth recipient), Margaret “Peg” Ruddy, Sally E. Bohlin, Andrea J. Mulrine, Natalie Gelb, Mary Ann LaPorta, Sr. Margaret Gannon, IHM, Mary Belin Rhodes, Sondra Myers, Nancy Dressel, Jeanne Bovard, Suzanne Fisher Staples, Jane Oppenheim, Sister Ann Walsh, Nada Gilmartin, Michelle Dempsey, Laurie Cadden, and Maureen Maher-Gray.

Nominations for the 2020 Margaretta Belin Chamberlin Award will be accepted until July 23, 2020, online through the Scranton Area Community Foundation’s online grant portal, Individuals wishing to submit a nomination can contact Dana Hunter at for additional instructions.

For more information on the 2020 Margaretta Belin Chamberlin Award, please visit or contact Brittany Pagnotti, Communications Manager of the Scranton Area Community Foundation, at 570-347-6203.

The Beat Goes On! Settlers Hospitality Offers Summer Music Series

While this summer may look a little different, Settlers Hospitality wants to make sure it sounds the same. The music series at each of its Hawley properties are some of the most anticipated events of the entire year. Lakeside Live at The Dock on Wallenpaupack is already underway. Jazz on the Deck at The Settlers Inn and Blues, Brews and BBQ at Glass- kick off next week.

Jazz on the Deck at The Settlers Inn
It’s one of the greatest pleasures of summer- savoring a fine meal outdoors while listening to live music. Jazz on the Deck at The Settlers Inn elevates that experience. Every Wednesday evening during summer, a rotating lineup of talented jazz musicians entertains from 6-9 p.m. Many of the featured performers are regulars on the New York City club scene. Guests may enjoy farm-to-table cuisine overlooking the Inn’s manicured garden. Visitors may also opt to soak up the sights and sounds from a table on the lawn and take advantage of cocktail and full dinner service. The highly anticipated series begins on June 24 with John Curtin’s Trim Trio. The music continues with the Spencer Reed Quartet (July 1), Andrea Wolper Trio (July 8), Gary Rixner Trio (July 15), Nancy Coletti Trio (July 22) and All That Jazz featuring Michelle Oram (July 29). August brings performances by Judi Silvano (Aug 5), A Night of Piano with Nick Niles (Aug 12), Robert Kopec Trio (Aug 19) and jazz vocalist Thos Shipley (Aug 26). Spencer and Nancy Reed close out the series on Aug 28.

Lakeside Live at Silver Birches Resort
Live music at The Dock at Wallenpaupack keeps the summer celebration going all weekend. Musicians perform either along the shoreline at Silver Birches Resort or on the deck at The Dock on Wallenpaupack every Saturday and Sunday during summer. Visitors can enjoy a leisurely late lunch, dinner or drinks overlooking Lake Wallenpaupack while listening to the talented performers. Boats may anchor in the water, order Dock and Dine from the restaurant and chill out to the music. Bands perform from 3-6 p.m. The lineup features local favorites such as Gone Crazy, Eric Rudy, Kevin Campion and Rare Form.


Blues, Brews & BBQ at Ledges Hotel
Nothing says summer like barbecue. Every Sunday during summer, Glass- Wine.Bar.Kitchen at Ledges Hotel pairs the pastime with live blues music served on the deck overlooking Paupack High Falls. The menu features classic barbecue entrees and side dishes with a twist. Wallenpapuack Gorge serves as a natural amphitheater to showcase the talents of noted blues musicians. Blues, Brews and BBQ kicks off on June 28 with a performance from The Barn Cats. Teddy Young and the Aces (July 5), Dustin Douglas and the Electric Gentleman (July 12) Randy Lippincott and Joey the Hot Box Simon (July 19) and Slam Allen (July 26) follow. Norman Taylor (Aug 2) gets the music started in August. That’s followed by Gary Rixner Band (Aug 9), Merchants of Groove (Aug 16), Dan Brother Band (Aug 23) and Scott Weiss Band (Aug 30). The series concludes Labor Day weekend with a performance by Bobby Kyle Band (Sept 6). In addition to Blues, Brews and BBQ, guests to Glass- can enjoy a performance from John Curtin every Thursday evening beginning next week, plus live music from different entertainers every Friday night.

The music series offered by the properties of Settlers Hospitality Group are staples of summertime in the Poconos. “We’re thrilled to be able to continue the tradition of bringing high caliber entertainment to our guests and visitors,” says Justine Genzlinger, CEO/Owner. “Our set ups are uniquely suited to safely host people in this manner. There’s a lack of live music right now due to the pandemic. We’re happy to be able to fill that void with options that people can feel good about.”

Geisinger Extends Hours, Provides Saturday Surgical Services

Geisinger continues its phased reopening of services and procedures across Pennsylvania with more clinics reopening and extending hours of operation. For our patients’ and members’ conveience, Geisinger is extending hours at some clinics and performing select surgeries on Saturdays.

As care teams work diligently through the reopening process, safety remains at the forefront of all of Geisinger’s operations. This includes taking precautions in all of our facilities, including masking, physical (social) distancing, extra rounds of deep-cleaning and testing patients for COVID-19 before to their scheduled surgery or procedure.

Patients are being contacted by their care teams to discuss appointments and to share important safety information about their visits. Those coming to a Geisinger facility for a procedure or surgery will be asked about any possible exposure to COVID-19 and learn if it’s necessary to have a pre-surgical virus test at least 48 hours before their surgery or procedure.

“We’re thankful to our patients and members who have been waiting patiently for their appointment to be rescheduled and entrusting us with their continued care,” said Dr. Al Casale, Geisinger chief medical offer for surgical services. “Extending hours and providing Saturday services is the right thing to do for our patients to help get them back to better health sooner, while doing so safely.”

In addition to in-person visits, Geisinger continues to offer patients and members ways to connect with their care teams for appointments through telemedicine. Geisinger also offers free prescription delivery and no-contact curbside prescription pick up through at Geisinger Pharmacy locations.

For more information about getting back to care safely at Geisinger, visit

As of the week of June 15, the following clinics and specialty care locations are open:

Northeast region:

Geisinger Carbondale Cardiology

Geisinger Community Medical Center Bariatrics

Geisinger General Surgery

Geisinger Hazleton Cancer Center

Geisinger Kistler Clinic OB/GYN

Geisinger Ophthalmology Baltimore Drive

Geisinger Ophthalmology Hazleton

Geisinger Plastic Surgery Scranton

Geisinger South Wilkes-Barre Cardiology

Geisinger Surgical Oncology

Geisinger Urology

Some Geisinger clinics and services reopened in May, while others remain closed or consolidated. For latest information on Geisinger clinics and services at specific locations, click here.

Janet Jeffers, IHM, Joins Senior Day Services as Director of Senior Companion Program

Janet Jeffers, IHM, recently joined Senior Day Services as director of the senior companion program. In this role, Sister Janet will oversee the team of dedicated volunteers who visit elderly clients each week to provide company and assistance with everyday tasks. She also plans to spearhead initiatives that connect new volunteers with local veterans seeking companionship and support.

Prior to her current position at Senior Day Services, Sister Janet served with the Sisters of St. Cyril and Methodius in Danville as assistant to the chief financial officer. From 2010 to 2017, she was the executive director of Catholic Social Services in Lackawanna and Wayne Counties, and before this held several administrative titles in nursing homes and hospitals in New York and Pennsylvania. Sister Janet has also served on the senior leadership team of her IHM congregation, and for eight years she taught business education in Pittsburgh and New York.

Sister Janet received her master’s in Hospital and Health Care Administration from Xavier University and has earned a Fellowship in the American College of Health Care Executives. She is a licensed nursing home administrator and also holds a degree in business education from Marywood University.

She says of her new role at Senior Day Services, “I’m planning to be open to new possibilities and am looking forward to continuing to meet the clients and companions.”