New York Yankees Announce 2021 Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Field Staff

The New York Yankees have announced that Doug Davis will manage the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders in 2021. The Bloomsburg native will be joined by Pitching Coach Dustin Glant, Hitting Coach Casey Dykes and Defensive Coach Raul Dominguez.

After three years of coaching in a variety of roles for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Davis was slated to manage the RailRiders in 2020 before the season was canceled due to the global pandemic.

Darren London returns as the team’s Athletic Trainer, while Larry Adegoke heads to Moosic as the new Strength & Conditioning Coach. Paul Henshaw will serve as the video manager and Shea Wingate will be the Advance Scouting Analyst. Mike Macciocco will once again be the RailRiders Clubhouse Manager.

Davis, 58, graduated from Central Columbia High School and played collegiately at NC State University. He was a ninth-round pick by the California Angels in the 1984 First-Year Player Draft and played professionally for 12 years, appearing in 797 games.

Davis made his Major League debut in 1988 for the Angels and finished his playing career in 1995. He moved into the coaching ranks the following season and won a New York-Penn League title with Pittsfield in 1997. In 1998, he led Columbia to the South Atlantic League crown. Davis was a bench coach on Jack McKeon’s Florida Marlins staff in 2003, helping lead that club to a World Series win over the Yankees. The Toronto Blue Jays tabbed Davis to lead the New Hampshire Fisher Cats in 2006 and then elevated him to lead the Syracuse Chiefs in 2007 and 2008.

Over eight seasons as a manager, Davis has skippered 999 games with a .516 winning percentage (515-484). In addition to his time as a manager or coach, he has also held the positions of Minor League Field Coordinator for the Montreal Expos, the Marlins and the Toronto Blue Jays.

Glant, 39, enters his second year within the Yankees system, having been tabbed as the Pitching Coach for Staten Island last year prior to the season’s cancelation. He was the pitching coach for Ball State University (2017-19), where his Cardinals staff led NCAA Division I with an 11.1 K/9.0IP ratio in 2019 and set a school strikeout record for the third straight season with 628. Glant was originally selected by Arizona in the seventh round of the 2003 First-Year Player Draft and pitched in 264 games over six seasons in the Diamondbacks organization, reaching Triple-A in his final two campaigns. He finished his career with stints in the Mexican League (2009-10), Northern League (2009-10) and American Association (2011).

Dykes, 31, joined the Yankees organization last year after spending 2019 with Indiana University as their hitting coach. The Hoosiers won the 2019 Big Ten regular season championship and led all of Division I in home runs during the regular slate. Prior to his time with Indiana, Dykes was the hitting coach and recruiting coordinator at Virginia Military Institute (2015-18) and spent two seasons as an assistant at his alma mater, Western Kentucky University (2013-14).

Dominguez, 40, was with the Trenton Thunder in 2018 and 2019 and enters his 14th season within the organization. He initially signed with the Yankees as a non-drafted Minor League free agent in 2001 and played four seasons before moving to the player development side. Dominguez also spent eight years managing teams in the Gulf Coast and Dominican Summer Leagues.

London returns for his 28th consecutive season as the athletic trainer of the Yankees’ Triple-A affiliate. He was the International League’s Trainer of the Year in both 2006 and 2012. London’s baseball career began in 1989 with the Class-A Prince William Cannons in the Carolina League. He graduated from the University of Maine-Orono, earning a B.S. in physical education with a coaching minor.

Adegoke joined the Yankees organization on a full-time basis in 2018, spending two years in Pulaski and was tabbed for Charleston last year. He served as the Yankees performance science assistant in the spring of 2017. Adegoke graduated with a B.S. in exercise science from Kennesaw State University (Ga.), where he also spent time as a strength and conditioning intern for the football team. He earned his M.S. in exercise and nutrition science from the University of Tampa.

Please direct all interview requests to Adam Marco, the Director of Communications for the RailRiders.  He can be reached at 570-558-4637 or via email at  The 2021 season begins on May 4 at Syracuse with the RailRiders home opener now scheduled for one week later against Lehigh Valley at PNC Field.

PennDOT Hosting a Virtual Public Meeting for the Skinners Falls Bridge PEL Study

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) District 4-0, together with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) Region 9, is preparing a planning study for the Skinners Falls Bridge.

The Skinners Falls Bridge crosses the Delaware River, connecting the communities of Milanville, PA and Skinners Falls, NY. It was closed due to safety concerns in October 2019. PennDOT is completing a Planning and Environmental Linkages (PEL) Study to identify potential alternatives that could be evaluated and determine a path forward. The study represents a collaborative and integrated approach that will consider community, environmental, historic, and economic goals. PennDOT and NYSDOT are seeking input from the community to better understand how to move forward to meet local transportation needs within realistically available financial resources. 

PennDOT will be hosting a virtual public meeting on March 30th from 6:30pm to 8:00pm and accepting public comment on its website from March 30th through April 23rd.

You can attend the public meeting by clicking this link:  For toll free audio-only access to the virtual meeting, please call (877) 286-5733 and enter ID: 431 695 078#.

You can view project materials and take an online survey by visiting the PennDOT District 4-0 website at: County/Pages/default.aspx

If you have any questions, or would like to request a paper survey please contact the project hotline at (610) 234-5148 or

Work on this project will be in accordance with Centers for Disease Control and state Department of Health guidance as well as a project-specific COVID-19 safety plan, which may include protocols for social distancing, use of face coverings, personal and job-site cleaning protocols, management of entries to the jobsite, and relevant training.

To help make decisions regarding winter travel, motorists are encouraged to “Know Before You Go” by checking conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles, including color-coded winter conditions on 2,900 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. Users can also see plow truck statuses and travel alerts along a specific route using the “Check My Route” tool.

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.

Subscribe to PennDOT news and traffic alerts in Lackawanna, Luzerne, Pike, Susquehanna, Wayne and Wyoming counties at Information about infrastructure in District 4, including completed work and significant projects, is available at

For more information on safe winter travel, an emergency kit checklist and information on PennDOT’s winter operations including a video, visit Additional winter driving and other highway safety information is available at

2021 NEPA Man & Woman of the Year Campaign Launch

The Northeast Man and Woman of the Year Campaign has announced the nine candidates who think they have what it takes to earn the prestigious titles of Man & Woman of the Year, bringing us closer to a world without blood cancers. Year after year, individuals take on this challenge, although only two will win the official title, Man & Woman of the Year. The prestigious fundraising campaign embodies the idea that any individual can have an impact on cancer cures with hard work and dedication.

The candidates have set a goal of raising $100,000 during their 10 week campaign and have a goal of not only raising funds for lifesaving blood cancer research, but also raising awareness for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s mission: Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. 

To provide inspiration and motivation during their campaign, the candidates compete in honor of children who are local blood cancer survivors, also known as the “Boy & Girl of the Year.” This year’s fundraising is in honor of two blood cancer patient heroes, the 2021 Boy & Girl of the Year, Luca and Grace

The campaign Kicked off on March 16, 2021 with a Virtual event and will conclude with the Grand Finale Celebration on May 25, 2021.

“What happens between these two events is the heart of the race,” says Pamela Formica, LLS’s Campaign Development Director. “Throughout the 10 weeks, each candidate will host events and motivate their networks to raise money for blood cancer research. The man and woman who raise the most money will be named as the local Man & Woman of the Year and go on to compete for national honors.”

The 2021 candidates are:
Kristen Schoemig—Customer Service Manager, Price Chopper
Jennifer Narkavitch—Owner, My Girl Managed Services
Alec Senofonte—Owner, Titan Tree Services
Courtney Novak—Teacher, Scranton School District
Tony Piazza—Attorney, Piazza Law Group
Jim Talerico—Talerico’s Tropical Winery
Mike Parker-Attorney, Pond Lehocky Scranton
Mike Ruane—Vice President, Strategic Relationship Manager, John Hancock
Frank Ruggiero—Attorney, Campolieto-Ruggiero Law Offices

Visit the Northeast PA Man & Woman of the Year website ( and learn how you can become engaged with LLS.

Marywood University Ranks Among Best in 2021 Global Ranking

PLEXUSS 2021 Global Ranking recently notified Marywood University that it ranks #8 in Best in Pennsylvania Offering Architecture Programs, #14 Best in Pennsylvania Offering Legal Professions Programs, #15 Best in Pennsylvania Offering Environmental Studies Programs, and #15 Best Mathematics Schools in Pennsylvania. All of the rankings are based on the University’s undergraduate programs.

In addition to student feedback, PLEXUSS 2021 Global Ranking’s methodology incorporates extensive input from education partners, data scientists, employers, parents, and high school counselors. The PLEXUSS Global Ranking was developed with one group in mind—students.

For additional information about Marywood University, please visit, or call the Office of Admissions, at (570) 348-6234. For additional information about the PLEXUSS 2021 Global Ranking, please visit

Women in Philanthropy Launches ‘Breaking Barriers’ Spring Webinar Series

Women in Philanthropy (WIP), the initiative of the Scranton Area Community Foundation that focuses on empowering and transforming the lives of women, girls, and their families in the Lackawanna County region, announces the launch of a timely series of webinars exploring regional challenges affecting women and girls today.

The webinars focus on topics identified by Women in Philanthropy supporters as key interest areas to explore more in-depth. Each topic relates to women’s issues today post COVID-19 pandemic including civic engagement and advocacy, childcare, and affordable housing, and will seek to identify ways in which Women in Philanthropy can break barriers and provide funding to make an impact in each of these areas.

The Women in Philanthropy ‘Breaking Barriers’ Spring Webinar Series launches during Women’s History Month and during the week of International Women’s Day, at a time when people all across the globe are tuned into fostering a world in which women experience equality, support, and inclusiveness. 

Today, child care challenges are driving many women out of the workforce at an alarming rate. Child care is a pressing economic issue for working families across the country. The high cost of child care has become a burden for parents who need it to support their families.

Today, still under one-third of women hold positions in elective office.

Women in Philanthropy hopes to explore the factors that contribute to these realities on a local scale more thoroughly.

Each webinar in this series will include a panel discussion featuring regional voices offering diverse perspectives. Panelists during the first webinar—which takes place tonight, Thursday, March 11—will include voices from the Scranton School Board, the Community Justice Project, Black Scranton Project, NEPA Rainbow Alliance, and the League of Women Voters of Lackawanna County.

The webinar schedule is as follows:

Civic Engagement and Advocacy: Thursday, March 11, 2021, 5:00 p.m.

Affordable Childcare: Thursday, March 25, 2021, 5:00 p.m.

Affordable Housing: Thursday, April 8, 2021, 5:00 p.m.

Civic Engagement and Advocacy, Part 2:  Thursday, April 22, 2021, 4:00 p.m.

Affordable Childcare, Part 2: Thursday, May 6, 2021, 4:00 p.m.

Affordable Housing, Part 2: Thursday, May 20, 2021, 4:00 p.m.

The first sessions will lay the groundwork for future discussions. The follow-up webinars will include examples of solution-focused models to consider as Women in Philanthropy works to address the concerns that were raised in the first sessions, followed by small group discussions. Women in Philanthropy Supporters are invited and encouraged to attend the ‘Breaking Barriers’ Spring Webinar Series. Anyone and all are welcome to become a Women in Philanthropy Supporter. To become a Women in Philanthropy Supporter, simply visit and complete the online form. Once-time donations to Women in Philanthropy are also accepted by making a contribution to The Fund for Women and Girls online at These webinars are open to the public but registration is required. Visit to learn more.

Great Summers Start at the Greater Scranton YMCA

Registration is open for Summer Day Camp at the Greater Scranton YMCA. The 2021 Summer Day Camp Program will begin June 14th.

Day camp at the Y provides kids with adventure, healthy fun, personal growth and friendships that can take a so-so summer and turn it into a memory that lasts a lifetime. The Greater Scranton YMCA’s Summer Day Camp provides a welcoming environment for kids where they can belong, build relationships, develop character and discover their potential.

The health and safety of our campers and staff is our top priority. In order to have fun and thrive, kids need to feel safe. The Y has adapted its camp program to meet CDC and Pennsylvania Department of Health safety recommendations to help keep kids and staff safe from COVID-19.

“Here at the Y, staff is preparing to provide children in our community with their best summer ever in a safe and nurturing environment” said Trish Fisher, President & CEO, Greater Scranton YMCA. “We believe all kids deserve the chance to experience summer camp. From physical fitness to summer learning and from enrichment activities to social engagement, our summer camp program provides opportunities for all children to learn, grow and thrive.”

Early bird registration is open through March 15th, 2021. Financial assistance is available for families who need it to ensure all kids in our community can have enriching summer experiences. To learn more about summer camp and financial assistance, visit or contact Leigh Miller, Education Director, at or call (570) 346-5003.

CANPACK Group Hosts Ceremonial Event

The CANPACK Group held a ceremonial event on Friday March 19 with state and local officials along with community leaders. A short program was presented marking the 908,000-square-foot aluminum can manufacturing plant being completely under roof with final construction expected to be in May.

In July of 2020, The CANPACK Group – a subsidiary of Blandon, PA-based GIORGI GLOBAL HOLDINGS, INC. (GGHI) – announced the construction a state of the art aluminum beverage can body and ends manufacturing plant. President and CEO of GGHI Peter Giorgi remarked that “this is CANPACK’s first plant in the United States and will feature a North American Center of Excellence which will demonstrate our R&D and lithographic capabilities. In anticipation of this ceremonial event, Mr. Giorgi added: “We are extremely excited to be bringing CANPACK to the United States and to my home state of Pennsylvania, and we are very pleased that Roberto Villaquiran, CEO of the CANPACK Group, will be joining us in person for this event as well as our leadership team for CANPACK US.”

The new $366 million facility in Olyphant will create more than 400 skilled and semi-skilled jobs. CANPACK will open the first of its assembly lines in September with further lines to follow.
Roberto Villaquiran, CANPACK’s CEO, notes that “providing life sustaining jobs while creating essential packaging products which can be recycled again and again is foundational with respect to CANPACK’s focus on sustainability, being a responsible corporate citizen, and passionately serving the needs of our customers.” Brooke Lipperini, HR Manager o f CANPACK US, added, “We are hiring passionate and dedicated individuals to join our team. This is an exciting time for CANPACK and we welcome those who want to be a part of the creation of a major manufacturing facility that brings great sustainable product to our great country.”

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Chamber Celebrates 2021 SAGE Award Winners at Chamber Gala

We hosted its Chamber Gala this evening, presenting the 2021 SAGE Awards – the Scranton Awards for Growth and Excellence. This year’s event was a hybrid celebration with SAGE finalists and award sponsors joining us at the Hilton Scranton & Conference Center, while other guests enjoyed viewing parties from home via Zoom.

Chamber president, Bob Durkin, and Chamber board chair, Patrick Fricchione, opened the ceremony thanking all finalists, award sponsors, and Gala sponsors for their dedication to the NEPA community. Our emcee for the evening was Thom Welby, with musical entertainment provided by Lexington Entertainment.

The SAGE Awards honor outstanding local businesses for their talent, creativity, and innovation. This year, the awards were enhanced to honor and recognize the innovation our local businesses employed due to COVID-19.

The Chamber congratulates all finalists and winners of the 2021 SAGE Awards. The winners in each category are:

• Coal Creative


• Maternal and Family Health Services

• Posture Interactive

• Fidelity Bank

• Food for All Campaign at The Settlers Inn

• DePietro’s Pharmacy

• Penn Foster

• Woodloch Resort

• Space Time Mead & Cider Works

• Keystone Mission

• Hematology & Oncology Associates of NEPA

• United Sports Academy

Everhart Museum Begins Second Sunday Folk Arts Series

In partnership with the PA Council on the Arts Folk & Traditional Initiative, the Everhart Museum is working to sustain cultural and artistic practices rooted in people’s histories, traditions, and everyday lives in Lackawanna, Luzerne, Pike, Susquehanna, Wayne, and Wyoming counties.

To share and educate the community on the creative practices rooted in our region’s traditions, the Museum has introduced the Second Sunday Folk Arts Series. The series will feature a different Folk or Traditional Artist each month. The Second Sundays Folk Art Series began at 2:00 pm on Sunday, March 14th as an online presentation.

“The Second Sunday Folk Art Series allows us to honor and highlight some of our region’s amazing artists who have spent their lives practicing, performing, and preserving traditional arts,” said Stefanie Colarusso, the Museum’s Director of Programs and Events. “We have an amazing line-up for 2021. Some of the artists we’ll feature may be familiar to you, and some you’ll be learning about for the first time. Each one of them has incredible stories to share about their journey within their own art form.”

The folk and traditional arts often come from a specific ethnic, religious, linguistic, occupational, or regional group. Folk and traditional arts practices are shaped and shared within families, neighborhoods, and communities and are passed down from one generation to another.

“It is a program celebrating not only each artist’s art form but, more specifically, it is an exploration of their own journey within that art. Stories of the artists’ upbringing, their personal inspirations and teachers, their own artistic processes, and the way they have shared this art with others are also highlighted in the programs,” said Kimberly Crafton, host of the Second Sundays Series.

Those who will be presenting are Maxwell Kofi Donkor, Gaston (Bonga) Jean-Baptiste, Nina Kouznetsov, Frank LittleBear, Peg McDade, Sujata Nair-Mulloth, Mona Pande, Leo Schott, Jr., Doug Smith, and Dr. Kathy Wang.

The initiative seeks to identify and document traditional artists in the NEPA region, assist those artists in keeping their traditions and create community access to folk arts through presentations, performances, workshops, and other programs.

A full schedule of the Second Sundays Folk Art Series is available on the Museum’s website