Geisinger Expanding COVID Vaccine Availability for Tier 1A Healthcare Personnel

Geisinger is continuing to provide the COVID-19 vaccine for healthcare personnel who qualify as part of the state’s Phase 1A groups by expanding administration with new community-based vaccine centers throughout central and northeastern Pennsylvania.

Appointments are required to receive the vaccine, and can be made online using myGeisinger. A questionnaire must be completed prior to scheduling to ensure eligibility and for health screening purposes. Healthcare personnel must bring to their appointments their healthcare-related identification (certificate, license etc.) to verify eligibility as part of the state’s Phase 1A groups and a valid driver’s license.

Healthcare personnel who have been cared for by Geisinger or have Geisinger Health Plan insurance, but don’t have a myGeisinger account, can create one online. Those who haven’t been cared for by Geisinger and don’t have Geisinger Health Plan insurance or anyone under the age of 18 can call 570-284-3657 for help setting up an account.

In alignment with federal and state guidelines and as supplies, staffing and logistics allow, COVID vaccines will be available to all healthcare personnel who qualify as part of the state’s Phase 1A, including:

  • Chiropractors
  • Clinical personnel in school or university settings
  • Contracted healthcare personnel not directly employed by a health care facility
  • Dentists and dental hygienists
  • Direct support professionals
  • EMS
  • Medical students and trainees
  • Non-Geisinger providers and their staffs
  • Nurses, nursing assistants
  • Persons not directly involved in patient care but potentially exposed to infectious material that can transmit disease
  • Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians
  • Phlebotomists
  • Physicians
  • Technicians
  • Therapists

Geisinger is administering the Pfizer BioNTech and Moderna COVID vaccines. When scheduling appointments, it’s important to remember that two doses of the vaccine are required so healthcare personnel are encouraged to consider both doses when scheduling. The second dose of the Pfizer vaccine is needed 21 days after the first, and the second dose of the Moderna vaccine needed 28 days after the first. It’s required to receive both vaccines doses at the same location.

Vaccines also remain available to Geisinger staff. To date, Geisinger has provided about 15,000 first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Even as the vaccine becomes more available in our communities, preventive measures to help stop the spread of the virus continue to be important. Everyone, including those who receive the vaccine, should continue to properly wear a mask, avoid group gatherings, maintain physical distancing and practice proper handwashing. For answers to questions about the vaccine, visit the Geisinger COVID-19 vaccine resources center at

Johnson College Now Enrolling Students in OBDII Emissions Training Class

Johnson College’s Continuing Education Program is currently enrolling students into its OBDII Emissions Training class. The class will be held in Weaver Hall on the Johnson College campus on Monday, Feb. 22 and Tuesday, Feb. 23 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., and conclude with testing on Thursday, Feb. 25 at 6 p.m. Space is very limited to allow for social distancing. Face masks must be worn at all times while on campus. To learn more or enroll call 570-702-8979 or email

The OBDII computer monitors a vehicle’s emission control systems in real-time and is capable of informing a motorist or technician of a systemic issue the moment it occurs. The system operates through a series of indicator lights, drive cycles, trouble codes and readiness monitors. During an inspection, an emission analyzer scan tool plugs into the diagnostic connector that is attached to the OBDII computer and communicates with the vehicle. The OBDII computer relays to the scan tool whether it has discovered errors in the emission control systems. The emission analyzer then determines whether the vehicle is being operated in compliance with emission standards. For more information visit

The class fee of $180 is paid to Johnson College and a study material and testing fee of $39.99 is paid directly to the PA Training Portal.

For additional information on Johnson College, please call 1-800-2-WE-WORK, email, or visit

The Everhart Announces Upcoming Children’s Programs for Winter and Spring of 2021

The Everhart Museum announced today that registration is now open for the popular Everhart Minis and Junior as well as the newly created Creative Expression Lab. 

In partnership with Marywood University Art Therapy Department the Everhart Museum has created the Creative Expression Lab, inspiring kindergarten through sixth-grade artists to express creativity and imagination and explore social and emotional growth. Weekly themes will integrate social and emotional concepts such as empathy, respect, understanding of one’s emotions, and developing positive social interactions. The Creative Expression Lab is hosted by Dr. Ashley Hartman, Assistant Professor of Art Therapy, a board-credentialed art therapist (ATR-BC), and licensed professional counselor (LPC). Art therapists and students from Marywood University’s Art Therapy Program will develop and co-facilitate Studio Sessions.

Creative Expression Studio Sessions will occur at the Everhart Museum on Saturday afternoons from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm. Winter Session runs from February 20th through April 3rd, and Spring Session from April 10th through May 22nd.  Member pricing is $35, and non-members are $40. 

Everhart Minis and Everhart Juniors will Explore Printmaking. 

Everhart Mini students (grades kindergarten through fourth) will have the opportunity to explore the art of composition and stamps used in printmaking. Students will learn what is unique about the variety of printmaking processes. Together they will explore artwork around them, their influence on their own artwork, how personal preferences and life experiences influence art, and how they can learn from past artists and connect what they learn into each individual creation. 

Everhart Junior students will be exploring composition, collagraph printmaking, and fashionable art. They will learn various art techniques and better understand the cultural and historical context of each artwork they view.

Sessions for both the Minis and Juniors are as follows: Winter Session Virtual Open Studio at 10:00 am each Saturday starting on February 13th through March 27th. Spring Sessions, which are hybrid, begin on Saturday, April 10th through Saturday, May 22nd.

Spring Session classes are hybrid and will be offered as kits with a live virtual component to all registered students. Limited on-site class seats will be available on a first-come, first-served basis once COVID restrictions are lifted for Spring Session ONLY.

Kits are unique to the Everhart Museum and can be shipped (additional rates apply) outside of Lackawanna County. To subscribe to updates on classroom availability, contact Notifications will go out ahead of openings.

“The programs offered this winter and spring have great potential to enrich arts learning at home,” said Stefanie Colarusso, Director of Programs. “The minis and juniors classes will provide students with the technical skills needed to create a work of art, and the expression lab is a safe space for all learners to express themselves through active arts learning.”

Member pricing is $35, and non-members are $40 for both the Minis and Juniors. Kits are unique to the Everhart Museum and can be shipped outside of Lackawanna County. 

To Register for all programs, please visit “LEARN” on the Everhart Museums website at and click the link for member or non-member pricing.

Wolf Administration Invests in Rail Infrastructure, Supporting Business Development and 200 Jobs Statewide

Today, Governor Tom Wolf announced the approval of 26 rail freight improvement projects that will enhance freight mobility while creating or sustaining more than 200 jobs across Pennsylvania.  

“Investing in our states rail system creates jobs and supports efficient freight travel,” said Gov. Wolf. “These investments help us build a world-class infrastructure system and support the business community.”  

The State Transportation Commission voted to approve $31.3 million for the projects through the Rail Transportation Assistance Program (RTAP) and the Rail Freight Assistance Program (RFAP). 

Pennsylvania has 65 operating railroads, which is more than any other state. The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is committed to working with private rail operators and rail-served businesses to construct new rail lines and assist in maintaining and improving Pennsylvania’s roughly 5,600 miles of freight lines.  

Following is a list of 26 approved rail freight projects with the state share: 

Adams and Cumberland Counties: 

  • Gettysburg & Northern Railroad — $1.5 million to replace approximately 2,600 ties and 3,315 feet of rail on its mainline and improve three at-grade crossings 

Allegheny County:  

  • Union Railroad Company — $700,000 to replace approximately 500 bridge ties and 700 feet of rail on the first phase of their low-grade bridge project 
  • Union Railroad Company — $1 million to repair the Port Perry Bridge by replacing the floor beams and bridge stringers 

Berks County:  

  • Redevelopment Authority of the County of Berks — $991,250 to construct approximately 1,200 feet of yard tracks at their Boyertown Transload Facility 
  • Dyer Quarry — $192,150 to expand the locomotive garage to store their locomotives and re-align the track connecting the garage 

Bradford and Wyoming Counties:  

  • Lehigh Railway, LLC — $506,100 to replace approximately 4,900 rail ties. 

Bucks and Chester Counties: 

  • East Penn Railroad, LLC — $500,500 to improve track conditions by replacing approximately 4,500 ties on the Wilmington Northern line and 2,000 ties on the Quakertown line 

Clearfield and Cambria Counties:  

  • RJ Corman Railroad — $3 million to replace approximately 7,500 ties and 74,000 feet of rail on worn areas of its Cherry Tree and Cresson subdivisions 

Clinton County:  

  • South Avis Realty Inc. — $391,461 to replace ties and raise, line, and surface its industrial park tracks 

Delaware County:  

  • CSX Transportation — $8.4 million to replace a tunnel to permit routing of double-stack container and multi-level auto rack traffic to/from Port of Philadelphia 

Elk, McKean, and Warren Counties:  

  • Buffalo & Pittsburgh Railroad, Inc. — $700,000 to replace approximately 44,000 ft. of rail and 2,500 ties and surface the line to maintained 286,000 weight capacity and improve safety 

Fayette County: 

  • P and S Railyard — $227,658 to construct loading and unloading equipment and raise its track to accommodate the transload of materials 

Lackawanna, Monroe, and Wayne Counties:  

  • Delaware-Lackawanna Railroad — $1.3 million to construct a 3,900-foot siding to expand capacity and replace approximately 7,440 feet of rail and 1,550 ties 

Lawrence County:  

  • New Castle Industrial Railroad, Inc. — $262,500 to construct a new 3,200-foot siding to expand its main line track capacity accommodating increased interchange traffic with CSX and NS railroads 

Luzerne County:  

  • Redevelopment Authority of Luzerne County — $276,500 to replace approximately 1,500 ties and surface 5 miles of track 

McKean and Venango Counties:  

  • Western New York and Pennsylvania Railroad — $4.7 million to replace three thru truss bridges and rehabilitate two abutments on a thru-girder bridge 

Mifflin County:  

  • SEDA-COG Joint Rail Authority — $282,245 to finish the work of phase II of the rehabilitation of approximately 1,550 feet of track on its West Park branch 

Montgomery County:  

  • Pennsylvania Northeastern Railroad — $483,000 to replace approximately 6,000 ties on its Stony Creek branch and Bethlehem branch. 

Northumberland County: 

  • Boyd Station — $2.6 million to expand its rail infrastructure and construct four new tracks and install unloading equipment 

Somerset County: 

  • Corsa Coal Corporation — $246,434 to rehabilitate approximately 10 miles of track from its Coleman Junction to the Cambria Plant 

Union County: 

  • Winfield Storage — $130,900 to rehabilitate approximately 400 feet of track and build an unloading pit and conveyor to transload the agricultural products from rail to truck 

Venango County: 

  • Oil Creek Titusville Lines, Inc — $140,000 to extend a passing siding by 1,000 feet improving its operations  

Westmoreland County: 

  • Three Rivers Marine & Rail Terminals, LLC — $176,146 to replace approximately 600 ties, two switches, and surface 800 feet of track 

Wyoming County: 

  • Procter & Gamble Paper Products Company — $246,886 to realign its tracks and replace a turnout to improve its operations and safety 

York County: 

  • York Railway Company — $2.1 million to replace 1.2 miles of jointed rail with CWR rail including the rehabilitation of seven turnouts and 10 public grade crossings 

For more information on PennDOT rail grant programs visit the Doing Business tab and click on Rail Freight and Ports.

PennDOT Driver License, Photo Centers Closed for Martin Luther King Jr. Day Holiday

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) today announced that all driver license and photo centers, including the Riverfront Office Center in Harrisburg, will be closed Saturday, January 16, through Monday, January 18, in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. 

Customers may still obtain a variety of driver and vehicle products and services, including all forms, publications and driver training manuals, online through PennDOT’s Driver and Vehicle Services website,   

Driver and vehicle online services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week and include driver’s license, photo ID and vehicle registration renewals; driver-history services; changes of address; driver license and vehicle registration restoration letters; ability to pay driver license or vehicle insurance restoration fee; driver license and photo ID duplicates; and driver exam scheduling. There are no additional fees for using online services.

A complete listing of PennDOT driver and photo license center closings in 2020 is available online.

Motorists can check conditions on major roadway miles by visiting 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information, and access to more than 1,000 traffic cameras.

511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional twitter alerts accessible on the 511PA website.

Follow PennDOT on Twitter at and like the department on Facebook at and Instagram at

Northeast Regional Cancer Institute Receives $2,335 Donation

The Plains Township Police Department collaborated with Futuristic Innovative Graphics in Kingston to specially design t-shirts as a breast cancer awareness fundraiser in October 2020.They raised $2,335.33 to support the Northeast Regional Cancer Institute, a local organization focused on easing the burden of cancer in northeastern Pennsylvania. It was important to the organizers to keep the proceeds local.

Community members were able to purchase t-shirts online through Futuristic Innovative Graphics website. The fundraiser was promoted on social media through the police department, graphics company and the Cancer Institute’s designated pages. The Plains Township Police Department plan to host this fundraiser again in fall 2021.

Greater Scranton YMCA RESET Challenge

Sick and tired of feeling sick and tired in these COVID-19 times? The Greater Scranton YMCA invites all in the community, Y members and non-members, to participate in a free six-week RESET challenge designed to help transform spirit, mind and body.

“Now, more than ever before, we need to recharge and refocus,” said Trish Fisher, President & CEO, Greater Scranton YMCA. “The COVID-19 pandemic has worn us down. It’s isolated us in so many ways.  This challenge provides an opportunity to get active and healthier by yourself or as a strong family.”

Each week of the six-week challenge will feature a different theme, including reset, refresh, reconnect, replay, reinvest and restore. To keep each other accountable, participants will be assigned a team that is led by Y staff. All aspects of the challenge can be done virtually.

The challenge begins February 1, 2021 and registration is currently open. To join, text RESET to 22454! 

In addition to the RESET challenge, the Greater Scranton YMCA will begin offering this month a new virtual wellness platform, BurnAlong. BurnAlong is provided exclusively to our members, providing on-demand group exercise, sports and play programs with Y instructors. The platform also includes access to 1000s of on-demand classes from instructors nation-wide, including classes in training, mindfulness, nutrition, stress management and more. To learn more about RESET and BurnAlong, visit or call (570) 342-8115.

Truck Accident Lawyer Marion Munley Named to Board of Regents for National Trucking Safety Group

Munley Law is pleased to announce that Marion Munley has been named to the Board of Regents for the Academy of Truck Accident Attorneys (ATAA).

The ATAA is a leading non-profit trucking safety advocate organization which counts more than 600 attorney and legal professional members across the United States. The ATAA is dedicated to promoting safety and accountability in the trucking industry by representing clients injured or killed in crashes involving tractor-trailers. Members of ATAA are also committed to the training, education and assistance of member lawyers who seek to learn how to better handle truck crash cases.

Marion Munley has represented victims of commercial truck and tractor trailer crashes for more than 30 years. She is Triple Board Certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy in Civil Trial, Civil Practice, and Truck Law. Marion has earned an AV-Preeminent designation from Martindale-Hubbell, the industry’s highest ethical and client satisfaction rating. A leader in the legal community, Marion is an active member of the American Association for Justice (AAJ) and currently serves on the AAJ Board of Governors and on its Executive Committee. She was the first woman to become Chair of the AAJ Trucking Litigation Group in 2018 and is a past chair of the AAJ Women Trial Lawyers Caucus. Among her other professional affiliations are the American Board of Trial Advocates, the International Society of Barristers, and the Summit Council, an exclusive group of today’s top civil justice attorneys committed to the highest levels of trial advocacy, to obtaining justice for individuals and families who have been hurt by corporate wrongdoing, and to the protection of the civil justice system.

In the course of her career, Marion Munley has received some of the highest honors a
lawyer can receive. She has been named to the Best Lawyers in America list by Best
Lawyers since 2012 and was selected as “Lawyer of the Year: Personal Injury – Plaintiffs”
for the Allentown Metro Area in 2020, and “Lawyer of the Year: Medical Malpractice –
Plaintiffs,” for the Allentown Metro Area in 2021. Marion has also been selected to the list of
Pennsylvania Super Lawyers for the last 15 years and has been consistently recognized as
one of the Top 50 Women Lawyers in Pennsylvania by Super Lawyers Magazine.

McNees Wallace & Nurick launches Apollo Communications

McNees Wallace & Nurick LLC has launched a new public relations agency to provide strategic communications services to its clients and the regional business community.

Apollo Communications is headquartered in Harrisburg and will serve clients across Pennsylvania, Ohio and Maryland. McNees has selected veteran public relations professional and former journalist Brett Marcy to serve as president of Apollo Communications.

The company is just the latest initiative by McNees to provide enhanced value to clients and the community, said McNees Chair Brian Jackson. In recent years, the firm has added full-service government affairs, grassroots advocacy and nonprofit consulting to its professional services portfolio.

“At McNees, we practice a clients first philosophy, and that means surrounding our clients with all the support and resources we have available to help them meet their goals,” Jackson said. “With Brett’s diverse set of skills and experience as its foundation, Apollo Communications offers clients the expertise of a large agency with the personal touch of a boutique firm.”

Apollo is a full-service strategic communications firm that specializes in building and enhancing brands and reputations, crisis and issue management, media relations and content marketing. 

“Apollo Communications is solution-focused, results-driven firm,” Marcy said. “We develop innovative strategies to help our clients meet their goals.”

Marcy, 45, of Mechanicsburg, brings more than two decades of experience in public relations, strategic communications and journalism. He was most recently senior director of public relations and communications for York, Pa.-based WellSpan Health. He had previously held communications director and press secretary roles at the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. Prior to that, Marcy served as associate vice president at a Philadelphia-based advertising and public relations agency.

Marcy earned his bachelor’s degree in communications, with an emphasis in journalism, from Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove, Pa. Prior to his public relations career, he spent several years as a reporter, working at news organizations in the Lehigh Valley, Northeastern Pennsylvania and Harrisburg.

Both his journalism and PR experiences are at the heart of Apollo Communications, Marcy said.

“We believe in the combined power of storytelling and strategy,” he said. “As brand advocates for our clients, we leverage both disciplines to build, enhance and protect their reputation.”

Progressive Care Unit Opens at Geisinger Community Medical Center

A new Progressive Care Unit (PCU) featuring private rooms and a modern, evidence-based design is now open at Geisinger Community Medical Center and specializes in caring for the complex needs of trauma, medical and surgical patients.

Located on the hospital’s fourth floor, directly above the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), the PCU houses 18 private rooms and nursing alcoves that allow direct visual oversight of patient rooms through large glass windows. The care model decentralizes nursing stations to improve surveillance of each patient and enhances the care team’s communication with patient families, giving family members closer access to nursing staff.

“The nursing model used in the new PCU allows for improved monitoring of critically ill patients from the nurses’ station that extends around the entire unit,” said Glenna Barletta, nursing operations manager at Geisinger Community Medical Center. “Nursing alcoves are located outside each room to ensure the care team is always close by.”

Development of the PCU is part of a $16 million project that also begins the hospital’s approach to a private-bed model.

Designed to improve patient experience, quality of care and efficiency of operation, the unit’s spacious, state-of-the-art, private rooms meet the need to care for critically ill patients.

“We know the benefits of the private-room model on clinical quality and patient experience are well-studied and indisputable,” said Ujwal Tuladhar, M.D., hospitalist at Geisinger Community Medical Center. “They include reduced risk of hospital-acquired infection, reduced patient stress levels due to improved privacy and reduction of unwanted noise, and better facilitation of care. Private rooms cater to patient comfort, better rest and more room for caregivers and loved ones.”

The PCU’s private rooms are larger than the semi-private rooms of the previous step-down unit with enough space to accommodate critical care technology, allowing the care team to treat higher-acuity patients, such as ventilator patients who require medications that elevate blood pressure.

“The room size allows for more sophisticated equipment to fit into the space and provides our care team with greater ability to move around the patient to deliver care,” Barletta said. “This allows us to broaden the criteria of patients the unit can accept.”

The PCU has two waiting rooms — a quiet room and another with a television — and features multiple family meeting rooms, a wellness room with massage chairs, and two bariatric patient rooms with showers.

To get to the PCU from the main lobby at Geisinger Community Medical Center, take the C elevators to level 4, then take a right off the elevator and follow signs to the PCU.