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Welcome to the Chamber Techno Metal Post!

A Techno Metal Post helical pier (or helical pile) is a giant metal screw that is installed in the ground by a certified technician until the exact bearing capacity for your structure is reached. They are screwed into the ground using proprietary machinery specifically designed by our engineers to provide you with an accurate measurement which is tested and validated right on site, ensuring the foundation of your structure is solid and secure. Techno Metal Post’s helical piers are manufactured right here in North American. Our posts are designed, engineered, and tested to the highest standards to ensure they withstand the toughest loads and conditions possible. Worried about frost-heaving? We have solved that problem with a heavy-duty polyethylene sleeve that has been specially designed to encase the post and prevent it from being affected by ground movement. With Techno Metal Post your projects and/or structures are completely supported in a cost-effective, easy-to-install manner. Our helical piers are perfect for all kind of applications; Decks, Cottages, Boardwalks, Buildings, and many more.

Scranton Online Programs Among Best in Nation

U.S. News & World Report’s 2020 “Best Online Graduate Programs” ranked The University of Scranton’s online master’s degree programs in business (excluding MBA) at No. 48 and its online MBA program at No. 111 in the nation. U.S. News also ranked Scranton at No. 67 in the country for “Best Online MBA Programs for Veterans.”

This is the 10th consecutive year that U.S. News ranked the University’s online programs among the best in the nation. The methodology used by U.S. News to determine the ranking has changed several times throughout the years.

For the 2021 Best Online Programs ranking, which published in January, U.S. News reviewed statistical information submitted by schools. The ranking criteria differed by category. The criteria used by U.S. News to rank online business and MBA programs included student engagement (30 percent), which looked at graduation rates, class size, one-year retention rates, and best practices such as accreditation by AACSB International, among other factors. The ranking criteria also included peer reputation score (25 percent); faculty credentials and training (15 percent); admission selectivity (15 percent); and student services and technology (15 percent).

In addition to offering distance education programs that incorporate coursework that is predominantly online, colleges and universities making the “Best Online Program for Veterans” list must have ranked in top half of 2021 Best Online Program rankings; be regionally accredited; be certified for the GI Bill and participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program; and enroll a “critical mass of veterans” as defined by U.S. News based on the size of the college.

Scranton offers online MBA degrees in general business, accounting, enterprise resource planning, finance, healthcare management, human resources, international business and operations management; master’s degrees in accountancy, business analytics, finance, health administration, health informatics and human resources and a dual MBA/MHA degree, in addition to graduate certificates. For technology, recruitment and marketing support, the University partners with Wiley for the online programs.

In other rankings published by U.S. News, Scranton has been ranked among the top 10 “Best Regional Universities in the North” for 27 consecutive years. Scranton is ranked No. 6 in the 2021 edition of the guidebook. U.S. News also ranked Scranton No. 14 in its category for “Best Undergraduate Teaching.” In national rankings of all business programs in America, U.S. News ranked Scranton’s finance program at No. 30, its entrepreneurship program at No. 36 and its accounting program at No. 44 in the country, among other rankings.

HRC Receives First Dose of COVID-19 Vaccine

On Friday, February 5th, the Human Resources Center partnered with CVS to vaccinate over 130 staff and consumers against the deadly COVID-19 virus. The vaccine clinic took place at HRC’s Main Building in Honesdale, PA where participants were assigned 5-minute time slots to be administered the first dose. Individuals were then monitored for 15 minutes in the facility and released with paperwork for the follow-up clinic. Cottage Hose Ambulance Corps of Carbondale, PA volunteered their services and were onsite for the entirety of the event as a safety precaution, though they were not needed at any point. The event was an overwhelming success and all parties are slated to return to HRC Main Building by the end of the month for the second and final dose.

Vaccinated HRC staff include many frontline workers whose job responsibilities put them at risk during the pandemic. Direct support staff faced significant threat as they continued hands-on care throughout the height of the outbreak, especially those providing services in HRC’s community home settings. HRC is incredibly grateful to offer the opportunity to be vaccinated to our frontline staff, who remained the pillar of strength in our community during such uncertain times. Their dedication to the residents and selfless commitment to serving HRC consumers did not come without sacrifice.

Overall, the HRC vaccine clinic went smoothly and with no incident. The success of the event can be attributed to the organization of the event, spearheaded by HRC HR Director, Jeff Lesek, and HRC Registered Nurse, Megan Blowers, along with the monumental support of CVS staff who administered the vaccines in a timely and most efficient manner. HRC would like to thank all those who participated in the event, including recipients of the vaccine, CVS staff, HRC staff, and of course, emergency personnel who ensured the safety of all those in attendance. It is expected that the follow-up clinic occurring Friday, February 26th at HRC Main Building will be equally favorable.

Space Time Mead & Cider Releases Perseverance Mead

On February 18th, 2021, NASA’s Perseverance rover will land on Mars. Space Time Mead & Cider Works commemorates the event by releasing Perseverance mead.  Dunmore artist Kyle Kuczma’s winning label will be featured on the bottle.  Kyle won Space Time’s 2020 label art competition  – the theme of which was to honor both the rover and the world’s collective response to COVID-19.  This small batch of wine was started in 2020 on the day Lackawanna County was place under “shelter in place” orders . This sweet honey wine is made with local smoked honey. 

The mead is available for purchase at the winery, located 419 S Blakely St. Dunmore.  Also available for curbside pickup and shipping via spacetimemeadworks.com.

New Law Provides Free IDs for Pennsylvanians Experiencing Homelessness

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) and the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS) today said that Pennsylvanians experiencing homelessness are now able to obtain a free initial photo ID or renewal a photo ID as a result of Act 131 of 2020, which Governor Tom Wolf signed into law in late 2020.

“This new law makes significant changes to increasing many of our residents’ independence, ultimately enhancing their quality of life,” said PennDOT Secretary Yassmin Gramian.

“All Pennsylvanians deserve access to the basic needs we all have: adequate food, safe housing, quality health care and clean water. Eliminating barriers to basic needs for individuals experiencing homelessness is simply the right thing to do,” DHS Secretary Teresa Miller said. “I applaud the General Assembly, Governor Wolf and PennDOT for their collaboration on a project that will make a meaningful difference in the lives of Pennsylvanians.”

To obtain an ID at no cost, individuals experiencing homelessness must apply in person at a PennDOT Driver License Center and must meet identification and other requirements. The applicant must inform the Driver License Center counter staff they are applying for or renewing their existing Pennsylvania photo ID and are requesting a free ID due to their homeless status. The individual will be required to certify on the application that they are homeless as defined in Section 103 of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act.

For initial issuance of a photo ID, the applicant must bring one acceptable proof of identification (see Publication 195US or Publication 195NC), Social Security Card or Social Security Administration ineligibility letter and acceptable form/s of address verification. In the case of homeless individuals, PennDOT will accept a letter from a shelter indicating an individual is staying at the shelter or uses the shelter as an address of residency to pick up mail.

For renewal of a photo ID, the applicant must renewal at one of PennDOT Driver License Centers. The applicant will be required to certify on the application that they are homeless, and a fee will be waived at the time of the renewal.

The law covers initial issuance and renewals for photo IDs for those who qualify for free issuance due to their homeless status. Duplicate IDs are not covered under the law change.  Duplicate fees continue to apply and cannot be waived. The law does not cover nor does it allow for waiver of any driver license product-related fees.

“Difficulty getting IDs, including because of lack of funds, is a huge barrier for many of our clients who are homeless, and not having an ID makes it very difficult to get housing, to get medical care, to find a job, and to get other types of help,” Amy Hirsch, Managing Attorney for Community Legal Services of Philadelphia, said. “Getting an ID is a tremendously important step forward for people who are homeless that helps people stabilize their lives, and take care of themselves and their children.  We are excited that this program removes the barrier caused by needing to pay for a state ID. “

Additional information can be found on the Driver and Vehicle Services website, www.dmv.pa.gov. 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.

Help is available for Pennsylvanians who need help with paying for food, accessing health care, and other essential needs. Applications for public assistance programs can be submitted online at www.compass.state.pa.us. Those who prefer to submit paper documentation can pick one up from their local County Assistance Office (CAO), print it from the website, or requested by phone at 1-800-692-7462. While CAOs remain closed to the public, paper applications can be returned via mail or dropped off in a CAO’s secure drop box, if available. You do not need to know your own eligibility in order to apply, and all Pennsylvanians are encouraged to apply for assistance so they do not have to weather these difficult times alone.

Follow PennDOT on Twitter at www.twitter.com/PennDOTNews, or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/PennsylvaniaDepartmentofTransportation.

NBT Bank Accept Applications for Development Program

NBT Bank is currently accepting applications for its Management Development Program. This program prepares participating associates to assume mid-level professional roles inside of NBT at the completion of this 12-month training process.

The Management Development Program is ideal for recent college graduates looking for a way to fast-track their career development with direct, guided access to technical and soft skill training, cross-divisional work experiences, performance coaching, mentoring and special projects that include community involvement.

The goal of NBT’s Management Development Program is to provide participants with a broad knowledge of the business of banking and develop future leaders in the company across all divisions and locations. Graduates of the program are prepared to make instant and meaningful contributions, with some already leading their own teams, overseeing high-level projects, facilitating companywide trainings, and continuing to develop their overall knowledge and relationships throughout the Bank.

Qualified candidates will hold a bachelor’s degree in Finance, Accounting, Economics, Business Administration or a related degree with prior work and volunteer experience desired. For more information about this program or to apply, visit www.nbtbank.com/Careers and look for NBT’s Management Development Associate and Commercial Banking Management Development Associate positions.

Marywood University’s School of Architecture to Sponsor the 2021 Jane Jacobs Lecture Series

Marywood University’s School of Architecture is co-hosting the 2021 Jane Jacobs Lecture Series throughout the year. The first lecture, “The Kind of Opportunity a Post-COVID City Is,” a discussion with Michael Kimmelman, New York Times, and Roberta Brandes Gratz, Center for the Living City, will take place on Wednesday, February 24, 2021, at 4 p.m. The free lecture series are open to the public. To register, please visit https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_KX9F-1_yQgaSUULhOKcgNA.

The first in a year-long series of virtual lectures, this conversation with New York Times architecture critic Michael Kimmelman, and journalist Roberta Brandes Gratz, will include a one-hour virtual discussion, with audience Q&A, as they explore the outlook for cities post-pandemic.

Maria MacDonald, director of undergraduate interior architecture, was recently named executive director of the national nonprofit, Center for the Living City, which was founded 15 years ago by friends of urban writer and activist Jane Jacobs.

Jane Butzner Jacobs grew up in Scranton before her career as an author and activist in New York City and Toronto. Ms. MacDonald, who lives on the same block where Jacobs grew up, is only the second director of the organization. She replaced the center’s founding executive director, Stephen Goldsmith, who stepped aside to focus his time on advancing the center’s global Observation and Action Network. Mr. Goldsmith remains on the center’s board of directors.

Space is limited, but the event will be recorded and available on The Center for The Living City website, at www.centerforthelivingcity.org. For additional information, please contact Ms. Maria MacDonald, at mnmacdonald@marywood.edu.

Toyota of Scranton, Johnson College & ShopRite Partner for a No-Contact, Drive Through Turkey Dinner Giveaway

Toyota of Scranton, Johnson College & ShopRite are hosting a no-contact drive-through turkey dinner giveaway on Sunday, February 28 at 11 a.m. on the Johnson College campus in Scranton. Meals will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis, with a limit of four meals per vehicle, until all 250 pre-prepared meals are handed out. ShopRite is donating all of the food, while it will be prepared and packaged by Toyota of Scranton staff and Johnson College students. 

Vehicles will enter the Johnson College campus via its north entrance, at the light across from Schiff’s. Once on campus, vehicles will be directed to line-up for pick-up. Johnson College students and Toyota of Scranton staff members will load the meals into each vehicle’s hatch or trunk. This no-contact procedure is to keep everyone safe and healthy during the pandemic. Face coverings and gloves will be worn by all volunteers. Vehicles cannot line up on campus before 11 a.m. and cannot park on Main Street.

“Johnson College and Toyota of Scranton are taking our strong partnership beyond the classroom and with ShopRite’s generous donation, together, we’ll feed many families in need within our community,” said Dr. Katie Leonard, Johnson College President & CEO. “We work to prepare students for hands-on, high demand jobs in essential industries, and also to be essential contributing members of their communities. This is one of the goals Orlando S. Johnson strived to achieve when he founded Johnson College, and one we carry forward each day.”  

“Toyota of Scranton is pleased to partner with Johnson College and ShopRite to provide free turkey dinners to people in need in our community,” said Patrick Rogers, CFO of Toyota of Scranton. “We have a strong commitment to giving back to the community we serve.  Helping others in need is particularly important during these extraordinary times.” 

“ShopRite is dedicated to fighting hunger in the communities we serve,” said Katie Gallagher, ShopRite spokesperson. “We are locally owned and operated by the Bracey Family and have been serving local communities in Lackawanna and Monroe County for generations. This partnership with Johnson College and Toyota of Scranton is a great opportunity for ShopRite to demonstrate its continued commitment to the community and help feed local families in need.”

For day-of event information or interview coordination, please contact Doug Cook at 570-702-8920 or Melissa Carestia at 570-702-8928.