Help Create a “Zero-Tolerance for Domestic Violence” Community in NEPA

In the United States, more than 10 Million adults experience domestic violence annually, and often repeatedly, due to the nature of domestic violence as a behavioral pattern. Additionally, statistics show 1 in 4 women and 1 in 10 men experience sexual violence, physical violence and/or stalking by an intimate partner during their lifetime. This is happening in our own community, and making a lasting change requires neighbors banding together.

“We at the Women’s Resource Center unfortunately see first-hand the effects of the troubling violence happening in Northeastern Pennsylvania. But we also see the renewed hope and positive spirit that come with a victim becoming a survivor, having bravely sought assistance. We must come together as a community to help hope outweigh fear.” – Peg Ruddy, WRC Executive Director

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and what better time to educate our community on the varying natures of domestic violence, how to recognize warning signs in our own experiences and others’ lives, and how to help?In a given year, more than 2,000 women and children in crisis situations come to WRC for help These women – and sometimes men – come from all backgrounds with regard to gender identity, sexual orientation, race, age, economic status, language and abilities. All are welcome, because violence doesn’t discriminate.

Why is Domestic Violence Awareness Month so important?
Although attention to the issue should be constant, this awareness month affords us the opportunity to become one communal voice against domestic violence. With the community’s help, we can help create a society that has zero-tolerance for domestic abuse.

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PennDOT Resumes Motorcycle Safety Training Courses

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) today announced that through the Pennsylvania Motorcycle Safety Program (PAMSP) it is partnering with multiple vendors to resume motorcycle safety training classes for Pennsylvania residents through a statewide pilot program for the rest of the calendar year. Classes were put on hold during the COVID-19 pandemic and are restarting with COVID-19 mitigation measures in place.

American Motorcycle Training, Inc., P&P Enterprises Inc./DBA Appalachian Cycles, Shaeffer’s Harley Davidson, and Total Control Training, Inc. are the first approved vendors that will provide motorcycle safety trainings.

Classes operating under the PAMSP are free to Pennsylvania motorcycle permit and license holders. Successful completion of a basic or intermediate course waives the requirement to take a skills test at a PennDOT Driver License Center and automatically earns the permit holder their motorcycle license. Motorcycle permit holders who complete a 3-wheel basic course will earn a motorcycle license with restriction prohibiting the operation a of 2-wheel motorcycle.

Classes will be scheduled through the remainder of the 2020 calendar year, weather permitting, at multiple training sites throughout Pennsylvania. Class schedules are coordinated by each third-party training provider for their individual locations and additional information can be found at Additional classes and locations will continue to be added.

Considering COVID-19 health concerns, PennDOT will continue to offer a virtual motorcycle training course for individuals under 18 who are required by law to complete a department-approved motorcycle safety course before they can take the skills test and obtain their motorcycle license. To schedule or for more information on this course, visit

PennDOT understands the importance of offering motorcycle training to the public and continues to evaluate program needs and is working hard to ensure motorcycle training continues throughout the state. PennDOT is committed to ensuring the program is sustainable for the future following the COVID-19 emergency.

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

Marywood University Nursing Students Benefit from Lecture with Caregivers

For Marywood University senior pediatric rotation nursing students, listening to and learning from a caregiver reinforces lessons learned in the classroom and through textbook reading, but it also provides students with a glimpse into the lives of families who are caring for children with medical conditions.

Each year, Amy Wescott, MSN, CRNP, clinical instructor of nursing at Marywood University, invites Dan and Joy Nichols to her pediatric rotation nursing class, where the Nicholses share their journey and their son Landon’s story.

Ms. Wescott said, “Landon’s story drives home the reality of the difference skilled surgeons and nurses make in the life of a child with a life-threatening congenital heart defect. The students listened to Dan and Joy, and the nursing concepts that they learn from their texts and lectures regarding the care of a pediatric heart patient are reinforced.”

Landon Nichols, now five years old, has been fighting HLHS (Hypoplactic left heart syndrome). a birth defect that affects normal blood flow through the heart. As the baby develops during pregnancy, the left side of the heart does not form correctly. HLHS is one type of congenital heart defect—congenital means present at birth. Landon has required three open heart surgeries, and the Nicholses walk through their journey as caregivers with Marywood’s pediatric nursing class.

Mr. Nichols said, “We’ve been asked to talk with Marywood nursing students for five years, but this is the first time that we did so digitally. We convey how to face life challenges through faith, especially this year, and how we personally know that God is with us and for us even at times when we find our faith being challenged.”

Mr. and Mrs. Nichols’ talk with Marywood pediatric nursing rotation students includes a Q&A, which is heavily focused on students asking many questions about medications. Since the talk was offered digitally this year, five-year old Landon also made a few guest appearances.

Karine Quintilliano, senior nursing student said, “This family has been through a lot with their son, yet they still bring hope to me. I especially loved when Landon wanted to show his new socks to us. I loved this experience.”

Emily Nicastro, senior nursing student said, “It was a pleasure having the Nichols family join our pediatric lecture to talk about Landon’s HLHS, a congenital heart defect. They have pushed through their struggles with their strong faith—it was inspiring. As nursing students, we take on the view from a clinical perspective, and the Nichols family allowed us to see it from their view which is more personal. This reinforced the importance of developing a rapport with your patients.

Shawanna Tart, a senior nursing student with three children of her own, found the lecture very interesting. She said, “I had so many questions, and they answered them all without getting annoyed. What made it real was to see that little boy [Landon] popping around like nothing was ever wrong. What a blessing it was; I am thankful for the experience.

For the Nicholses, the journey continues, and they find that their experiences can prove to be useful for future medical professionals. Mr. Nichols said, “We enjoy being able to share our journey and give students the caregivers’ perspective. We share how God is always faithful to us and how the medical teams at the Children’s Hospital in Philadelphia showed us, in a professional way, that they care about our son, and they are not just going through the motions.”

Marywood University’s Nursing department provides both academic and clinical coursework to prepare students to provide health care services in a variety of settings. Graduates of the undergraduate program have unlimited opportunities in hospitals, schools, and nursing home settings. Other areas of practice include pharmaceuticals, research, consulting, management, and administration. Bachelor of science graduates in nursing may choose to continue their education in pursuit of a career as a nurse practitioner, nurse anesthetist, or educator.

For additional information about Marywood University Nursing program, please visit, or call the Office of Admissions, at (570) 348-6234. To learn more about “Help Landon Fight HLHS,” please visit

Settlers Hospitality Sets the Stage for a Flavorful Fall

Author Virginia Woolf famously said, “One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.” In that spirit, Settlers Hospitality is ushering in autumn with an abundance of special events that let people savor one of the greatest pleasures in life-  a sumptuous meal and fine wine. At The Settlers Inn, Silver Birches Resort and Ledges Hotel people will find the comfort, camaraderie and escape they crave in a series of foodie-centric events.

Glass- at Ledges Hotel goes Japanese for one night only. On October 15, guests may feast on an a la carte menu featuring sushi, Japanese specials and flights of sake. The carefully crafted menu includes chicken and lemon grass dumplings with yuzu tang  sauce, crispy yakitori skewers with sweet and sour sauce, a variety of sushi rolls and three choices of Japanese rice boxes. Reservations are recommended.

Local  farmers share their bounty and impart their knowledge during a Farmers’ Feast dinner on October 17 at The Settlers Inn. Sit-down to a memorable meal highlighting all locally sourced ingredients then listen as Chef Kate is joined by local farmers to discuss the importance of farm-to-table freshness. The gathering begins at 5 p.m. Reservations are required.

Lobster lovers will want to take a deep dive into this one. Lobsterfest makes an eagerly awaited return from October 19 to November 27. For six weeks diners at The Dock on Wallenpaupack can get their hands-on daily specials that showcase the decadent seafood. Savor dishes such as lobster chowder, lobster shrimp and avocado napoleons and lobster mac and cheese. 

Celebrate Oktoberfest on October 30 at the Waterfront at Silver Birches with an evening honoring the flavors and music of Germany. Feast on traditional favorites such as potato pancakes with cucumber creme fraiche, sauerbraten over spiced red cabbage with ginger snap gravy and finish off the meal with apple strudel a la mode. A beer flight is included in the $50 per person admission. Reservations  are recommended.

A signature event at The Settlers Inn returns with a slightly new look. On October 30 and 31 over 100 hand carved pumpkins will illuminate Grant’s Woods. The newly opened area behind the Inn has an enchanted forest atmosphere with posh picnic cabins, gravel pathways, strings of overhead lights and an oversized fire pit. The open space provides the perfect setting for cocktail hour. A family-style seasonal meal follows cocktail hour. Dinner will be served in a heated tent beside the garden. New York Times writer and storyteller Neil Genzlinger, along with some of his friends, will enthrall audiences with tantalizing tales. Reservations are required for the evening, which costs $65 per person.

Settlers Hospitality serves up a variety of ways to celebrate Thanksgiving. For a traditional Thanksgiving meal of farm-to-table goodness, make a reservation for Thanksgiving Dinner at The Settlers Inn on November 26. Seatings will be available in from noon-6:30 p.m. in the dining room and the Undercroft. Private dining space for larger groups is available at Glass- and The Boiler Room at the Hawley Silk Mill. Enjoy a fuss-free, family-style meal on November 26 at The Dock on Wallenpaupack. The Thanksgiving meal will be served upstairs and downstairs overlooking the lake. Large parties may reserve private dining space in the Conference Room or Starboard Room.  Stay home and enjoy a Thanksgiving feast with none of the cooking. Both The Settlers Inn and The Dock on Wallenpaupack will offer Thanksgiving Dinner to Go featuring turkey and all the trimmings. Orders must be placed by November 24.  Meals will be ready for pick up on November 26 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Settlers Hospitality plans to host a number of festive events throughout the holiday season and into the new year. Details will be announced soon.

Settlers Hospitality plans to host a number of festive events throughout the holiday season and into the new year. Details will be announced soon.