City of Scranton Donates Fire Engine to Johnson College

The city of Scranton recently donated a Sutphen Fire Engine to Johnson College. This donation will assist the College in providing its students the hands-on training they need to enter the region’s essential workforce.

Johnson College’s Diesel Truck Technology, Automotive Technology, and Heavy Equipment Technology students will be trained on every system of the truck, from the front bumper to the rear bumper. Student training will include engine and driveline, electrical and lighting, and basic preventative maintenance. They will also be trained on systems that are unique to firefighting vehicles including the water pumping system, water storage system, and emergency vehicle lighting and warning systems. Johnson College provides real-world, hands-on learning in a caring environment and prepares graduates to enter into or advance in their careers. Johnson College degrees become essential careers. Johnson College was founded in 1912, and is the region’s premier technical college, offering associate degrees in 15 programs and 3 academic certificates. An emphasis on hands-on instruction is supported by a low student-to-teacher ratio. Located in Scranton on a 44-acre campus, the College is an accredited, private, non-profit, co-educational institution with a strong tradition of working with regional business and industry to ensure a skilled and qualified workforce. For additional information on Johnson College, please call 1-800-2-WE-WORK, email, or visit

Pennsylvania Paper and Supply Company Enters Agreement with Local Established Business

Pennsylvania Paper and Supply Company, 211 N. State St., Clarks Summit, is pleased to announce that it has entered into an agreement to acquire certain assets of American Janitor and Paper Supply Company located on Sanderson Avenue in Scranton. Both companies will be functionally merged together and begin operating as one effective immediately.

ATHENA and SAGE Applications Open

The Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce pleased to announce that applications for the 2021 ATHENA Award and the 2021 SAGE Awards are now open.

The ATHENA Award is presented to an exceptional individual who has achieved excellence in her/his business or profession, has served the community in a meaningful way and has assisted women in their attainment of professional goals and leadership skills. This award is presented and celebrated at the Chamber’s International Women’s Day Celebration, to be held virtually on Monday, March 8, 2021. The award is sponsored by Michael A. Barbetti LLC Certified Public Accountants.  

The SAGE Awards, Scranton Awards for Growth and Excellence, recognize the outstanding efforts, talent, creativity and innovation in Northeastern Pennsylvania. This year’s SAGE Awards have been enhanced in order to honor and recognize the resourcefulness and innovation local businesses and organizations employed due to the challenges of COVID-19. In addition, the new IMPACT Award was created for 2021, which includes THREE categories: Community Outreach, People and Culture, and Products and Services. 

Nominations for the ATHENA Award will be accepted until Friday, Jan. 29 at 4:00 p.m. and applications for the SAGE Awards will be accepted until Friday, Feb. 5 at 4:00 p.m.

One Point Celebrates Fortieth Anniversary

One Point, a printing and office supply company located in Scranton, Pennsylvania, is celebrating its fortieth year in business. Since the business was founded in 1980, it has experienced significant change and has supported its community through philanthropy and volunteerism.

In 1980, Chief Executive Officer Patrick McMahon cofounded Forms Plus, Inc. with his partner Alan Cunningham.  At the time it was a forms and printing company. Since then, Forms Plus grew both organically and through the acquisition of companies whose services and products would advance strategic growth. After the acquisition of the Luzerne County office supply company, Deemers, in 2005, Forms Plus re-branded as One Point, Inc.

Under Mr. McMahon’s leadership, One Point has added promotional products, online company stores, print on demand, direct mail programs, commercial furniture and Jansan products. Most recently, in response to COVID-19 concerns, the company expanded its product offerings to include health and safety products.

In 1997, the One Point of Light charitable committee was formed. Since then, One Point has contributed to its community through volunteer hours and philanthropic giving. 

Patrick McMahon, the company’s chief executive officer, commended his employees on reaching the 40-year milestone. “Our employees are dedicated to customer service and high standards of excellence in everything they do,” he said. “It’s their hard work that has made our company’s strategic vision a reality. I speak for myself and for all of them when I say that we look forward to serving our clients for the next 40 years.”

In 2019, Patrick’s son, Adam, joined the organization after spending seven years as a commercial lender in the Arlington, Va. market.  Adam’s current position is general manager of the commercial furniture division, Corporate Environments, headquartered in Bethlehem, Pa.  Adam becomes the third generation working in this industry as his grandfather, Henry McMahon, started Anthracite Business forms in 1955.

The Dime Bank Donated $9,000 for Scholarship Opportunities

The Dime Bank donated $9,000.00 through the Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program to various educational institutions for scholarship opportunities: $3,500 was donated to the Vineyard Christian Child Center (VCCC) to be used for preschool tuition scholarships; $2,000.00 was donated to the Diocese of Scranton under the Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program with funds being allocated for Catholic schools in Wayne, Pike, and Lackawanna counties for education in an instructional environment that challenges the mind while inspiring and strengthening the spirit; $2,000 was donated to the Scranton Hebrew Day School to be used for scholarship opportunities for Torah and secular education with an emphasis on spiritual, moral, and social growth; and $1,500 was donated to the Greater Pike Community Foundation to be used for pre-K scholarship opportunities.

Diocesan Secretary of Catholic Education and Chief Executive Officer Jason Morrison said, “We are grateful for the very generous donation from The Dime Bank to the Diocese of Scranton Scholarship Foundation. This gift ensures families have access to an excellent and affordable Catholic education where students are empowered to achieve their God-given potential.” Executive Director of the Greater Pike Community Foundation Jennifer Hamill said, “Thank you for supporting Greater Pike and early childhood education. In 2020, we were able to award scholarships to 5 struggling young families for their children to attend pre-K programs at either CDD or Green Trees Early Learning Center in Milford. At a time when many of these parents were uncertain of their financial future, these gifts were extraordinarily important and appreciated.”

M.J. Spott Crane Rentals Raise Flood Gates

M J Spott Crane Rentals supported the Luzerne County Flood Protection Authority by raising the flood gates on the Market Street Bridge in Wilkes Barre, PA. The crane rental service had three cranes and five iron workers to assist with the job.

Two Young Men Making Moves at the Human Resources Center

Our consumers are always giving us a reason to brag about them here at the Human Resources Center, Inc. Today, we’d like to spotlight two young men who have been making big moves in their communities.

Zachary Potter, a Honesdale High School graduate, recently celebrated his one year work anniversary at the Wayne County Courthouse. Prior to serving the county, Zach participated in the Project SEARCH program at the Wayne Memorial Hospital. Project SEARCH is an innovative business-led employment preparation program that serves to transition individuals to community-based employment. Having successfully completed the program, Zach obtained his first job at the courthouse where he remains over a year later.

This huge accomplishment is a result of Zach’s incredible work ethic and ability to adjust to changing expectations, specifically after returning to his role in the maintenance department following the COVID-19 layoff. His steadfast support system of family, co-workers, and job coaches played a key role in helping Zach achieve this milestone. His former job coach and HRC employee, Ariel Hoherchak, explains, “pandemic-related routine changes helped to make his role easier on him, improving his work amazingly!” Another job coach and HRC employee, Megan Sherman, remarks, “Zach isn’t one for the spotlight. He does his job with focus and doesn’t expect accolades.” She adds, “he is reliable and rarely misses a day of work. I’m happy to be part of his team!”

HRC Director of Career Options and Development, Sean Donohoe, couldn’t be more thrilled for Zach’s latest achievement and hopes there are many more years to come. “We are so proud of him,” Sean says. Congratulations, Zach!

But the accolades don’t end there. Matthew Giansanti, a participant of HRC’s Small Group Employment program, has recently headed up an initiative to bring better lighting to Milford Borough crosswalks. Matt’s employment hours frequently require him to walk home after dark, especially during the bleak winter months. He quickly noticed that lack of adequate lighting at crosswalks resulted in cars not stopping for pedestrians at marked crosswalks. Identifying the danger this situation posed, Matt decided to create a petition and garner support for the introduction of more sufficient lighting at Milford Borough crosswalks, the signatures of which accounted for a staggering 130 names in support. Matt is slated to present his case at the Milford Borough Council meeting via Zoom.

In the meantime, Matt has focused his efforts on promoting the wearing of orange wristbands by individuals with disabilities. This endeavor comes on the heels of a viral CNN video depicting a 16-year old diagnosed with epilepsy and autism being hit and handcuffed by Fresno police while having a seizure. The purpose of the orange wristbands worn by individuals with disabilities is to more clearly identify such individuals to law enforcement and rescue teams in the community. Matt also advocates for better training for law and rescue personnel, remarking that this horrifying instance of misconduct “shouldn’t happen” and can be prevented.

Both of Matt’s initiatives were brought to life by Matt’s support team who were inspired and moved by his concern for others. His mother, Karen Guest, and co-workers, Ashley Collman and Sean Cavalone, helped Matt bring his aspiration to fruition. Commissioner Matt Osterberg was also an avid supporter of Matt’s efforts, along with Milford’s residents, who offered their signatures in his support. HRC employee, Cindy Hansen, sums up Matt’s intentions, stating, “he wants to make a difference.” We are incredibly proud of both Zach and Matt’s commitment to their communities and the betterment of them in their own unique ways. The Human Resources Center, Inc. would like to thank these young men for their dedication and service!

VNA Hospice and Home Health Community Sock Donation Drive Success

Every year the Christmas holiday tends to bring out the best qualities in our human race. A time for giving, placing others needs before our own, and donating a priceless gift of volunteered time.

In November, our Volunteer Coordinator, Marina Pambianco, and our amazing volunteer network organized a local donation drive requesting pairs of socks to be distributed in the month of December along with Meals on Wheels food delivery.  Our goal at VNA Hospice and Home Health was to collect 1000 pair of socks for those in need.

This year the Visiting Nurse Association ASKED and our community ANSWERED loud and clear. We are overwhelmed with the tremendous community response.

The total number of sock pairs collected for our VNA “Sox in the Box” donation collection was 3,410 pairs of socks. Yes, three thousand four hundred and ten beautiful, whimsical, uplifting, warm, and loving pairs of socks donated from various schools, patrons, churches, and community organizations in our local area.  We are humbled and grateful to share this news and are especially thankful to the students and faculty who embraced this request at St Mary’s in Dunmore, LaSalle Academy in Jessup, parishioners from Queen of Angels in Jessup, Christ the King in Archbald and Eynon, Our Lady of Mt Carmel in Dunmore, Holy Cross in Olyphant and Sacred Heart in Peckville.  There are so MANY WONDERFUL community members who donated to this great request and we have planned on sharing this sock bounty across Lackawanna County.  Meals on Wheels will receive 2,000 pairs of socks.  Therefore, each client will get 2 pairs of socks for Christmas and the rest will be distributed to local nursing homes and support agencies to brighten and uplift others this holiday season.

This is a great introduction to the newly implemented, “VNA Smiles for Miles Project” which will begin for all VNA patients, families, and caregiver staff with recent funding provided by the Scranton Area Community Foundation.

What a tremendous reflection of our community’s kindness and generosity! 

VNA Hospice and Home Health would like to wish you all good health and happiness this holiday season.  May your hearts always be filled with love and kindness and your feet always be warm!  United we stand, Onward and Upward we Achieve.

Marywood University Recognized as a Best Allied Health Professions Schools

Marywood University is one of the 2021 Best Allied Health Professions Schools according to Health Care Degree Search. Allied health encompasses a broad group of health professionals who use scientific principles and evidence-based practice for the diagnosis, evaluation and treatment of acute and chronic diseases, promote disease prevention and wellness for optimum health, and apply administration and management skills to support health care systems in a variety of settings.

Marywood has earned a total of 6 different awards in this year’s rankings. Highlights includes #7 Best Allied Health Professions Schools in Pennsylvania; #9 Best Dietetics and Clinical Nutrition Services Master’s Degree Schools; #19 Best Allied Health Professions Schools in the Middle Atlantic Region; #26 Best Dietetics and Clinical Nutrition Services Schools; and #69 Best Allied Health Professions Schools.

The determinants that Health Care Degree Search employed for their ranking methodology include outcome focus; majors and degree offerings; the amount of time for a student to graduate; ranking factors; post-graduation wages; educational resources and success; post-graduation debt, program demand; online options; and data systems, including integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP), the College Scorecard, and the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS).

For additional information about Marywood University’s College of Health and Human Services, please visit, or call the Office of Admissions, at (570) 348-6234. For additional information about Health Care Degree Search, please visit

Boback First Woman Appointed Chair of House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee

Rep. Karen Boback (R-Lackawanna/Luzerne/Wyoming) has been appointed as the first woman chairman of the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee by Speaker Bryan Cutler (R-Lancaster) for the 2021-22 session. Boback was recently sworn into her eighth term in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.

“I am proud to be part of a team of strong legislative leaders who support our Commonwealth,” Boback said. “It is my honor to have Speaker Cutler’s and my fellow members’ continued trust and support with the chairmanship of this important standing committee.”

The House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee oversees legislation concerning public safety, emergency planning and preparedness, 911 emergency telephone services, fire and emergency medical services response and training, PA National Guard and military/veterans issues, nuclear power plant safety and response programs, flood response and mitigation programs, hazardous material planning and response, emergency communication systems, and homeland security and safety programs and initiatives.

“In the district, I have made veterans and their needs a priority,” Boback explained. “I have held veterans’ outreach in our offices, as well as organized mobile veterans counseling outreach.”  Boback has held 13 annual veterans’ recognition events and expos. She is also an active member on the Gino J. Merli Veterans’ Center Advisory Council. She has hosted several fire and EMS seminars to keep emergency responders in her district up to date on current emergency services laws and programs. 

In the upcoming legislative session, Boback is eager to work with her colleagues in the House and Senate, as well as all of the stakeholder organizations and state agencies which her committee oversees.

For more information about this committee, or any other state-related issue, contact Boback’s Dallas district office at 570-675-6000 or her Tunkhannock office at 570-836-4777.  Information can also be found on her website at