The Settlers Inn Celebrates 40 Years in Business

On November 14, friends, family and long-time guests gathered for The Settlers Inn 40th Anniversary Gala. The elegant evening of fine food feted founders Jeanne and Grant Genzlinger’s four decades in the hospitality industry and remarkable contribution to the Lake Region community.

It’s apropos that The Settlers Inn marks this milestone in a year of unprecedented change. The Genzlingers point to their ability to adapt as one of the major factors in the longevity of their business. In 1980 the couple moved their young family into the Inn and began the work of refurbishing the property. Establishing a new business and raising three children under the age of 9 left little down time. “We were young, and we didn’t know what we were getting in to,” says Grant. “But we had a passion for what we were doing and jumped at the challenge. We enjoyed the process of peeling the building back from what it had become to what it was supposed to be.” The restaurant opened first, and it was farm to table from the very beginning. Jeanne says the building itself dictated the direction of the design. A deep dive into the style and philosophy uncovered a match to the English Style Arts and Crafts aesthetic. The Arts and Crats movement began in England in the late 19th Century out of a dedication to preserve hand crafted skills. “It was a natural fit. We had the native materials to work with- the Chestnut hardwood and Pennsylvania Bluestone,” explains Jeanne. “When we finished remodeling the Great Room it was an aha moment. It just looked right, and we knew we had it.” The philosophy of the Arts and Crafts movement also lent itself to hospitality and the Genzlingers’ own beliefs- creativity flows from the head to the heart to the hands. Jeanne says that’s the mantra that’s carried through 40 years.

Jeanne and Grant are quick to acknowledge the help of many people who made The Settlers Inn what it is today. In fact, it’s the interaction with family, friends, staff and guests that the couple says have brought them the most joy. “We worked hand in hand with our staff,” says Jeanne. “So many of our guests became like family because they returned year after year and watched the Inn grow and came along with us on this journey.” The pair credits a commitment to excellence and quality as their key to success. “Our guests return because we deliver an experience that exceeds their expectation,” explains Grant. “There’s a comfort of coming back, but they know we’re striving for better and new experiences every time.”

Striving for new experiences launched  a number of events that have become synonymous with The Settlers Inn and staple celebrations for the community. Candlelight Christmas is Jeanne’s favorite. She says they were sticklers for historical accuracy in developing the event that offers traditional holiday music, food and décor. “The building just lends itself to Christmas,” says Jeanne. “It really harkens to Charles Dickens’ England. For Grant, the addition of live music is a win-win every time. He says events such as Jazz on the Deck allow The Settlers Inn to give back to the community in a different way. Reflecting on the past 40 years, Jeanne and Grant echo similar sentiments. Grant relishes being able to make a career out of his passions for cooking, gardening and farm to table living while Jeanne simply states, “When your work is your play, it’s not work.” Although Jeanne and Grant have handed over the day-to-day operations of the business to their son, Justin, they continue as mentors and consultants whenever needed. They hold a shared desire for The Settlers Inn to remain a vibrant part of the community, an anchor in the town of Hawley, still welcoming guests for another 40 years.

The Dime Bank Donates $6,000.00 to the Canaan Christian Academy

The Dime Bank contributed $6,000.00 to the Canaan Christian Academy (CCA) through the Penn Gift Foundation under the Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program. CCA, located in Lake Ariel, will use the funding for scholarship opportunities. For more than forty years, CCA has been known for its commitment to educate and train students to achieve their full potential in all facets of life.

CCA Director of Development Alicia Partin said, “The families of CCA are extremely grateful for the Dime Bank’s contribution to the EITC Scholarship Program. The generous contribution made directly benefits the students and their ability to receive a values-based education.”

WVIA Recognizes Landmark Community Bank for its Donation Through the EITC Program

WVIA is pleased to announce that Landmark Community Bank has donated $2,500 through the Pennsylvania Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program to support WVIA’s Educational Services.

WVIA provides educational television programming to schools, by delivering a vast inventory of high-quality curriculum-based programming. WVIA is addressing standards and learning objectives directly to schools through professional development, academic centered competition, and other educational resources. WVIA is uniquely positioned to provide multimedia services and has been a leader in the use of new technology as it has evolved from film, through videotape, two-way distance learning over ISDN, to web-streaming and podcasting.

WVIA (listed as Northeast Pennsylvania Educational Television Association-WVIA) is a scholarship organization under the state Department of Community and Economic Development’s Education Improvement Tax Credit program. The program allows companies to support quality agencies working to educate children.

Geisinger Advances to Final Phase of National AI Health Outcomes Challenge

Geisinger has been selected as one of seven finalists in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) Artificial Intelligence Health Outcomes Challenge.

Geisinger partnered with Medial EarlySign, a leader in machine learning-based solutions to aid in early detection and prevention of high-burden diseases, to use artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning to predict unplanned hospital admissions, readmissions occurring soon after hospital discharge, and healthcare-associated complications. The two entities collaborated to develop models that predict the risk of these outcomes using Medicare administrative claims data.

“This partnership enabled cross-disciplinary collaboration where both Geisinger and Medial EarlySign leveraged their strong healthcare and data science expertise to solve problems that can help fundamentally transform the healthcare delivery system,” said Karen Murphy, Ph.D., R.N., Geisinger’s chief innovation officer and founding director of Geisinger’s Steele Institute for Health Innovation. “The types of predictive models and computer user interfaces developed through the CMS AI Health Outcomes Challenge have enormous potential to improve patient outcomes, enhance clinician satisfaction and reduce healthcare costs.”

“Along with Geisinger, being chosen as a finalist is an accomplishment we are humbled to receive,” said Ori Geva, co-founder and chief executive officer of Medial EarlySign. “Geisinger’s deep understanding and commitment to patient care augmented with our machine learning modeling allowed us to excel as a team. This challenge has proven to us the depth and value of our medical AI modeling framework and the power it gives our healthcare clients to handle complex clinical predictive modeling at scale.”

The CMS AI Health Outcomes Challenge launched in 2019 with more than 300 entities proposing AI solutions for predicting patient health outcomes for potential use by the CMS Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation. Submissions aimed to forecast a variety of outcomes, including unplanned admissions related to heart failure, pneumonia, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and various other high-risk conditions; and adverse events such as hospital-acquired infections, sepsis, and respiratory failure.

CMS evaluated each submission based on the model’s performance and how well innovators visually demonstrated how clinicians could use their model forecasts to improve patient care and outcomes. Clinicians from the American Academy of Family Physicians, a CMS partner in the AI Challenge, reviewed and evaluated the visual displays, and a panel of CMS senior leadership reviewed the assessments and selected the seven finalists.

In the final stage of the competition, the finalists will further refine their predictive models while addressing implicit algorithmic biases that impact health disparities. CMS will announce the grand prize winner and runner-up by the end of April 2021.

For more information on Geisinger’s work with artificial intelligence and machine learning, visit geisinger.org/innovation-steele-institute/innovative-partners/ai-and-deep-learning-lab.

Scranton Area Community Foundation Celebrates Record Level of Grant Distribution

The Scranton Area Community Foundation hosted its Annual Community Celebration Event virtually via a live stream on Wednesday, November 18, sharing the accomplishments over the past year and the community impact made possible because of the Foundation’s generous donors and supporters.  Most notably, this year alone, the Scranton Area Community Foundation has been able to distribute over $3.5 million in grants to community-based nonprofit organizations across the region.

The event, which was held entirely virtually and was open for the public to access, gave a glimpse at how the Foundation has responded to the many challenges and community needs over the past year and shed light on the increasingly important role that the Foundation and community foundations across the nation play in fostering philanthropy, community leadership, and collaboration to address persistent civic and economic challenges.

The Foundation also shared during the event how it established one of the first COVID-19 Response Funds in the nation, which distributed over $1.2 million dollars in emergency grant funding and has provided critical support to over 130 community-based charitable organizations in Northeastern Pennsylvania.

During the event, the Foundation also honored community partners including PPL Foundation, philanthropist Kathleen Graff, and the Robert H. Spitz Foundation, and featured funds that have made a significant impact in 2020 including the Heart of Scranton Virtual Fundraiser Fund, The Gelb Foundation Fund, Women’s Whistle Stop Scranton Fund, and the NEPA COVID-19 Response Fund. The event streamed live at SAF2020.org at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 18, and has been made available at SAF2020.org for the public and the community to access.

Sponsors of the Foundation’s Annual Community Celebration included The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, PNC, The Tighe Foundation, Posture Interactive, PDQ, Geisinger, Michael and Donna Barbetti, McGrail, Merkel, Quinn, P.C., Joyce Insurance, and Janney Montgomery Scott, LLC. The Scranton Area Community Foundation accepts donations online at https://scranton.fcsuite.com/erp/donate/list or by check made payable to the Scranton Area Community Foundation and mailed to 615 Jefferson Avenue, Suite 102, Scranton, PA 18510.

To learn more about the Foundation’s planned giving options or how you can make a charitable impact in Northeastern Pennsylvania, visit SAFDN.org or SAFplans.org.

Johnson College to Host In-Person Events

Johnson College will host an in-person Parents Information Session and its annual Transfer Day in December. Students must register online, call 570-702-8856 or email enroll@johnson.edu to attend.

Johnson College will host an in-person Parents Information Session on Tuesday, December 8, 2020 at 6 p.m. in the Moffat Student Center on its campus in Scranton, PA. Johnson College Academics, Enrollment and Financial Aid staff members will discuss with interested parents why a 2-year hands-on technical education is a great opportunity for their students.

This information session will include topics such as job training, placement rates, benefits of a hands-on education, financial aid information, internship opportunities and cooperative education experiences. Parents will have time to talk to all staff members via a question and answer portion and one-on-one conversations after the session.   

On Thursday, December 17, 2020, Johnson College is holding its annual Transfer Day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Moffat Student Center on its campus in Scranton, PA. The College is encouraging current college students interested in changing the direction of their education and ultimately their career path to visit its campus.

Students will be able to meet with representatives from Enrollment, Financial Aid, Career Services and Counseling and Disability Services. In addition, staff members from the Registrar’s Office will be on-hand for transfer credit analyses and review potential schedules for the upcoming semester. Students will learn why Johnson College is the leader in hands-on education; how it exposes students to industry from day one; and how its two-year degree programs, focusing on careers in essential industries, have the highest return on investment in the short-term.

Penn State Offering Free IT Assistance for Businesses

A Penn State information sciences and technology (IST) professor is looking for local businesses and organizations that have a needed project to be incorporated into his spring semester course. 

The students are seniors who have completed all courses in our IST program including networking, programming, organizational processes, databases, and security. There will be four teams of three to four students who will be able to work on industry-specific projects. The project can have a wide range of employer interaction from weekly or less frequent, and the majority of the work must be accomplished off the employer’s premises. Projects can be in web design, networking, programming, software analysis, security, business process, or other IT related topics. There is no compensation allowed as this is a class project. We have worked successfully in the past with large and small companies in our area on a wide variety of projects. We hope that we can find some great projects that can help our local businesses, as well as our students.

If your company has a project in mind and would entertain collaboration, email ScrantonOutreach@PSU.edu.

The professor makes the final decision as to the proper fit of projects for the course. For questions, call 570-963-2602.