COVID-19 Vaccines Now Available at Select Geisinger Pharmacy Locations

Geisinger continues to make it easier to get your COVID-19 vaccine — they’re now available at select Geisinger Pharmacy locations in central and northeastern Pennsylvania. You can schedule your vaccine at one of eight pharmacy locations, which are conveniently located in community medicine and multi-specialty offices.

Appointments for a COVID-19 vaccine can be made through myGeisinger or by calling 570-284-3657. The site pharmacist will administer vaccines to those 12 and older, with weekday appointments available.

The eight Geisinger Pharmacy locations offering the vaccines are:

  • Geisinger Dallas, 114 Lt. Michael Cleary Drive, Dallas
  • Geisinger Healthplex State College, 132 Abigail Lane, Port Matilda
  • Geisinger Healthplex Woodbine (Danville), 16 Woodbine Lane, Danville
  • Geisinger Lewistown Clinic, 21 Geisinger Lane, Lewistown
  • Geisinger Lock Haven, 68 Spring St., Lock Haven
  • Geisinger Mount Pleasant (Scranton), 531 Mt. Pleasant Drive, Scranton
  • Geisinger Mount Pocono, 126 Market Way, Mount Pocono
  • Geisinger Pottsville, 529 Terry Reiley Way, Pottsville

“With the continued rise of COVID-19 variants across the country, like the Delta variant, we’re happy to be able to expand our abilities to provide the COVID-19 vaccines at these pharmacy locations,” said Jenny Plummer, PharmD, director of retail and mail order pharmacy at Geisinger. “Offering the vaccine in our pharmacies located at community medicine sites makes it even easier for our neighbors to get a vaccine close to home.”

Geisinger is offering the Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at all locations, which is a two-dose vaccine administered 21 days apart. Anyone under 18 years old must have a parent or legal guardian with them during vaccination.

Geisinger continues to offer by-appointment and walk-in COVID-19 vaccination at Geisinger Philipsburg and at its vaccine centers in Danville, Jenkins Township, Jersey Shore and Lewistown. As with the Geisinger Pharmacy locations, you can make an appointment at one of these locations through myGeisinger or by calling 570-284-3657. To check on walk-in vaccine days and times, and for more information about the COVID-19 vaccine, visit

As a reminder, masks are required for all patients and visitors (regardless of vaccination status) in all Geisinger buildings.

FNCB Bank Foundation Announces 2021 College Scholarship Winners

FNCB Bank, locally-based since 1910, is pleased to announce the winners of the FNCB Bank Foundation merit scholarship awards for the 2021-2022 academic year. Overall, the foundation awarded $1,000 scholarships to three area high school seniors based on their academic excellence, community and school involvement, and citizenship.

This year’s winners are Isabella Wisenburn of Abington Heights High School, Sarah Stettler of Holy Redeemer High School, and Danielle Lamberti of Lackawanna Trail High School. Ms. Wisenburn will be attending Juniata College (Bilingual Early Education), Ms. Stettler will be attending King’s College (Psychology) and Ms. Lamberti will be attending Misericordia University (Nursing).

“It was no easy task selecting three winners from a large pool of highly qualified applicants,” said Michael Cummings, FNCB Bank vice president, marketing manager and foundation chairman. “We would like to congratulate all our winners and wish them success in their future academic and professional pursuits.” For more information on the FNCB Bank Foundation Scholarship program, please visit

Gil Honored by Triple-A East for Week of July 19-25

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders pitcher Luis Gil has bee tabbed as Triple-A East’s Pitcher-of-the-Week for July 19-25. On July 21, Gil combined with Reggie McClain and Stephen Ridings to throw a no-hitter against the Rochester Red Wings; the franchise’s first no-hitter since September 2006.

Gil, 23, pitched six no-hit frames in his lone start of the week, walking two and striking out nine. This season, the Azua, Dominican Republic native has gone 3-0 with a 4.03 earned run average for the RailRiders in seven games, all starts. Prior to joining Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Gil was 1-1 with a 264 ERA for the Somerset Patriots in Double-A.

Gil joins pitcher Deivi Garcia and Chris Gittens as a weekly league award honoree. Garcia was the Pitcher-of-the-Week for May 10-16 while Gittens was the Player-of-the-Week for June 21-27.

Gil, McClain and Ridings no-hit effort against the Red Wings was the first for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre since Jeremy Cummings on September 3, 2006 at Rochester.
The RailRiders begins a road series against the Syracuse Mets on July 27 and returns to PNC Field on August 3 for 12 games over 13 days with Worcester and Lehigh Valley coming to town.  Single-game tickets for the upcoming homestand, as well as each home game for the remainder of the season, are available now online at

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s Free Online Invention-Con 2021

If you are an entrepreneur, small business owner, or independent inventor, your creative work is among your most valuable assets. Don’t miss your chance to learn how different types of intellectual property (IP), such as patents, trademarks, and copyrights, are critical to your business strategy. Learn more and register early for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s (USPTO) free online Invention-Con 2021: Capitalizing on your intellectual property, coming August 18-20.

Note this year’s special student programing: If you know a young inventor or entrepreneur, the August 18 agenda will feature informative workshops and young innovators who will share their experiences and insights. Please feel free to share the event link:

Take this opportunity to hear from business and government experts about turning ideas into innovations, protecting your work, and accessing valuable resources that can help you succeed in the marketplace. Keynote speakers Gitanjali Rao, inventor and TIME magazine’s 2020 Kid of the Year; Serene Almomen, CEO of Senseware; and recording artist Ansel Brown will share their insights on science, technological innovation, music, and business.

Presentations and workshops will cover:

  • Putting your creativity to work
  • How to safeguard your work with different types of IP protection: Patents, trademarks, and copyrights
  • How creativity and IP apply in fields as varied as artificial intelligence, robotics, fashion, music, and literature
  • Marketing, manufacturing, and how you can build a competitive advantage around your ideas
  • Fun free educational resources for kids and teens
  • Insights from the USPTO experts who examine patent applications
  • Innovation and the fight against COVID-19
  • And much more

Invention-Con 2021 will also include a wide range of virtual resource booths from the USPTO and other federal government agencies.

This event is offered by the USPTO’s Office of Innovation Outreach. For questions or assistance, please contact

Don’t forget: The USPTO offers many informative presentations, panels, and chats year-round. Find one that interests you on the events page of our website.

Wayne Bank Hires Dunda as Senior Vice President

Lewis J Critelli, President and Chief Executive Officer of Wayne Bank, is pleased to announce that Paul Dunda has joined the Bank as Senior Vice President and Senior Operations Officer. Mr. Dunda will be working out of the Bank’s Corporate Office in Honesdale in operations and technology management.

Mr. Critelli noted, “I am so pleased to welcome Paul to our operations leadership team. He has thirty years of community banking experience and his expertise in operations, technology, strategic planning, and project management will be an asset as our organization continues to grow.”

Mr. Dunda holds a B.S. in Accounting with a minor in History from the University of Scranton. He is the GCU District 5 Lodge President and is involved in fundraising for local youth sports. Mr. Dunda resides in Dunmore and enjoys golfing, the outdoors, and spending time with his girlfriend, Christina, and son, Blake.

Wayne Bank is a subsidiary of Norwood Financial Corp., Member FDIC, and is located in Honesdale, Pennsylvania. The Bank has 30 Community Offices serving Wayne, Pike, Monroe, Lackawanna, and Luzerne Counties in Pennsylvania, along with Delaware, Sullivan, Otsego, Ontario, and Yates Counties in New York State, including those offices operating under the Bank of Cooperstown and Bank of the Finger Lakes brands. The stock trades on the NASDAQ Global Market under the symbol— NWFL.

Lackawanna College Towanda Center Invites Transfer Students to Special Event

The Lackawanna College Towanda Center will host its Transfer Week from Aug. 9-13 to welcome students looking to transfer college credits to Lackawanna. The event takes place at the center, 1024 S. Main St., Towanda, daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.  Students will meet one-on-one with an enrollment specialist and receive help with their financial aid and registering for classes. A cookout will also be provided by the College.  

Perks of enrolling at the Lackawanna College Towanda Center include affordable tuition, a location close to home, and easily transferrable credits. “Students especially enjoy the small class sizes, which rarely exceed eight students per section,” Center Director Brad Reid said. “It is significantly less overwhelming than some of the larger state school class sizes, and instructors can get to know the students and provide more individualized attention. The low tuition combined with finances saved on room and board gives students a better opportunity to save money for the next step in their career or education.” 

The Towanda Center offers the most affordable Clinical Medical Assistant certificate program in Northeastern Pennsylvania along with certificate programs for Phlebotomy Technician, Medical Administrative Assistant, and Medical Billing & Coding.  

Associate degrees are offered in majors including Accounting, Agribusiness, Business Administration, Business Studies, Criminal Justice, Cyber Security, Human Services, Pre-Allied Health, Professional Studies, and Sports Management. Human Service majors, who can obtain an associate or bachelor’s degree at Lackawanna, may find job placements close to home with Northern Tier Counseling. One of the center’s largest programs, Pre-Allied Health, offers many readily transferrable credits that open an umbrella of career opportunities in the medical field.  

Students may also spend two semesters at the Towanda Center to start their coursework in Hospitality Management or Petroleum and Natural Gas Business Administration before finishing their degree at the Scranton Campus or the brand-new Tunkhannock Center. Students who begin their major coursework at the Towanda Center can also finish their bachelor’s degrees online in Business, Criminal Justice, Human Services, Restaurant & Foodservice Management, and RN-to-BSN. 

The Transfer Week event welcomes walk-in or pre-registered students. For more information, please visit, call (570) 265-3449, or email

Tobyhanna Army Depot Recognizes Contributions of Veteran Workforce

Tobyhanna Army Depot observed National Hire A Veteran Day on July 25 by highlighting Veterans across the workforce.

The observance, created in 2017, serves as a call to action for employers to augment their workforce with veterans, who bring a unique blend of skills and practical experience to the workplace.  Nearly a quarter of the depot’s workforce has prior military experience.

Air Force veteran Gretchen Bentler serves as the depot’s Employment Readiness and Financial Readiness program manager.  In her role, she provides guidance to active duty, retired and reserve/guard Soldiers, and other service members on finding employment and maintaining good financial health.  She says she understands all too well how hard it is to adjust to civilian life.

“After serving for 10 years, I had a hard time ‘finding myself’ and feeling like I was making a valuable contribution to society.”

While attending Johnson College and studying electronics technology, she joined Team Tobyhanna as a materials handler in the Production Management directorate.  While the position served many of her career goals, something was missing.  After a year at the depot, Gretchen transferred to the Veterans Administration. 

“My passion was always helping others, and I missed interacting one-on-one with service members,” she said. 

In 2011, Bentler shifted her educational pursuits by returning to school and completing her Bachelor’s Degree in Counseling and Human Services and her Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at the University of Scranton.  Returning to Tobyhanna in her current position in 2016, where she strives to help America’s heroes ensure they have purpose in the next phases of their lives.  Looking ahead in her career, Bentler hopes to continue to make a difference in the lives of others.

“I am lucky to have a true passion for what I do.  I hope to carry that into the future for a purposeful, fulfilling next chapter.”

Eligible service members can learn about the GI bill, take workshops on using USA Jobs and even participate in mock interviews through Tobyhanna’s Employment Readiness program. 

After retiring from the Army after 32 years, former depot Sergeant Major Kelvin Spencer did not intend to become a permanent Northeastern Pennsylvania resident.  He knew he wanted to continue serving Soldiers and their families, but, like Bentler, was unsure where the “right place” was for him.

“When a position opened up at the depot, it was very enticing to remain here as part of Team Tobyhanna – an organization and community I already had a strong commitment to. In addition, I was thrilled that I may be able to use skills I gained over the years,” adding that he supervised communications and electronics equipment repairers in the Army.

Since re-joining the depot team in 2012, Spencer has served as a leader in the Systems Integration and Support Directorate, where he says he continues to honor the values he learned as a Soldier.

“As a leader, I still live by the Non-Commissioned Officer’s (NCO) Creed and focus on the two responsibilities of an NCO – the accomplishment of our mission, and the welfare of my team.  Nothing is more important to me,” adding that he strives to capitalize on the skills of depot veterans wherever he can.  Spencer also serves as the President of the Tobyhanna Chapter of the Association of the United States Army, where he takes delight in helping make Northeastern Pennsylvania a better place.

The former Sergeant Major has a clear message for service members considering employment with Team Tobyhanna.

“This is a welcoming place for you.  Your experience, knowledge and skills can be used to help the Soldiers who come after you when they need it most.”

The Tobyhanna Army Depot (TYAD) Veterans Council supports northeastern Pennsylvania’s veteran community both on and off the installation.  Officially chartered in October 1997, the organization’s mission is to promote connection and comrade  rie for those who have served, and provide support and information for those who seek it.  In tandem with the Army Community Services office, the council is available to provide veterans with updates on current changes to military benefits, and assist veterans with transitional issues, unused benefits, and general support by directing them to available resources. 

Longtime member and the council’s current president, Adam Chase strives to invest his time and attention to the causes and concerns of the active and veteran personnel of all the uniformed services through the works of the group.

“We pride ourselves in the ability to direct or refer those needing assistance or help to any number of resources in our community,” said Chase, who is himself a U.S. Army veteran with 21 years of service. “Our members consist of a diverse group of veterans with a vast knowledge base.”

Though much of the support the council provides happens away from the spotlight, the organization steps forward several times throughout the year to honor and show support for the community of service men and women on and off the depot, through planned observances, ceremonies and events.  The Veterans Council’s keystone events bring appreciation and awareness to important veteran commemorations – Memorial Day, the Armed Forces birthdays, POW-MIA Remembrance Day, and Veterans Day.  The group extends the invitation to the many veteran employees at TYAD to take an active role in these events.  But one is not required to have served in the armed services to join the council and support these endeavors – all Team Tobyhanna employees are welcome to join the Tobyhanna Army Depot Veteran’s Council – whether a veteran, or a non-veteran with veteran causes at heart.

“Any current or former member of the armed forces, non-veterans receiving benefits, military dependents, or depot employees who share a common interest are welcome to attend and actively participate in Veteran Council activities, and can be a member of the organization,” said Mike Cook, council Vice President and Tobyhanna employee. “Criteria for membership includes attending a council meeting and expressing a desire to become involved.”

The Tobyhanna Army Depot Veterans Council meets the first Thursday of every month at Noon in the Lexington Conference room.  Employees can get involved by contacting any one of the council officers: Adam Chase, President; Mike Cook, Vice President; or Tom Salek, Sergeant at Arms.

Tobyhanna Army Depot is a recognized leader in providing world-class logistics support for command, control, communications, computers, cyber, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (C5ISR) systems across the Department of Defense. Tobyhanna’s Corporate Philosophy, dedicated work force and electronics expertise ensure the depot is the Joint C5ISR provider of choice for all branches of the Armed Forces and industry partners.

Tobyhanna’s unparalleled capabilities include full-spectrum logistics support for sustainment, overhaul and repair, fabrication and manufacturing, engineering design and development, systems integration, post production software support, technology insertion, modification, foreign military sales and global field support to our joint warfighters.

About 3,700 personnel are employed at Tobyhanna, which is located in the Pocono Mountains of northeastern Pennsylvania. Tobyhanna Army Depot is part of the U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Command. Headquartered at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, the command’s mission is to empower the Soldier with winning C5ISR capabilities.

Candice Guardino to Perform at the Ritz Theatre

After Sold Out shows across the Country, Candice Guardino debuts her hilarious show Italian Bred. Within this 85 minute theatrical comedy,  Candice slips in and out of her family impersonations as she cooks up a full meal of growing up NY Style. 

Italian Bred also features virtual cameos from Vic DiBitetto, Steve Schirripa (Sopranos), Mario Cantone (Sex and The City) and more!  This Hit Theatrical Comedy is fresh off Sold-Out in NJ, LA, NY, FL and Chicago. A show for the whole family that is not to be missed!

Candice Guardino LIVE in Italian Bred
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Sebastian Maniscalo Adds Arena Dates for Second Leg of Nobody Does This Tour

Tickets ON SALE Friday, July 30 at 10 a.m.

Touted as “…the hottest comic in America,” by The New York Times, Sebastian Maniscalco, has celebrated heights only a few comedians ever achieve. A string of record-breaking, sold-out arena shows include a comedy record for Chicago’s United Center with 21,286, the highest gross for a single event at Boston’s TD Garden and a historic four show run at Madison Square Garden breaking the record for most shows sold in a weekend for the venue. That blockbuster success coupled with Netflix original comedy specials and a starring role alongside Robert DeNiro, Al Pacino, and Joe Pesci in Martin Scorsese’s Oscar-nominated The Irishman, it’s no surprise that both Pollstar and Billboard have honored the standup with their top touring awards.

Currently on the road for his new Nobody Does This Tour, the man Vulture said, “built a tremendous fan base the old-fashioned way: one joke at a time, one audience at the time,” announces over 15 arena dates for the second leg of the blockbuster tour. With so many new experiences to draw from this last year, Maniscalco is sharing his unique comedic perspective with the masses with this brand-new show.

“I’ve been unable to share my comedy for over a year,” Maniscalco shared exclusively with Billboard earlier this year. “I’m busting at the seams to get back out on the road and share my observations about life and family on this brand-new tour!”

Launching in November, the new tour dates will find him returning to many of the arenas he sold out with his last performance including LA’s The Forum, Boston’s TD Garden and returns to Toronto’s Scotiabank Arena and Montreal’s Bell Centre in 2022. Long-time opener and fellow Chicago native Pat McGann continues as opener on the cross-country trek. Tickets for Nobody Does This tour dates will go on sale to the general public beginning Friday, July 30, at 10:00 am local time. Tickets for the Wilkes-Barre show on Sunday, December 5th at 7:00pm will be available at and in person at the NBT Bank Box Office at Mohegan Sun Arena.

Maniscalco’s tour itinerary also includes a number of rescheduled shows from 2020 that were moved due to the pandemic. For rescheduled shows, all previously purchased tickets will be honored for the new dates listed below.
During the last year the comic NBC’s Nightly News dubbed, “comedy’s new superstar,” found new ways to connect with fans and flex his comedic muscles including hosting several virtual dinners with friend and chef, Dominick DiBartolomeo. Billed as “Sebastian’s Sunday Supper” the events have offered the ultimate virtual dinner party, filled with amazing food and packed with special guests including Jerry Seinfeld, Lester Holt, J.J. Watt, Christopher Lloyd and Rick Caruso.

The comedian also still managed to notched several career firsts in 2020 including a two-night run guest-hosting ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” In addition to adding late night host to his growing list of hyphenates, Maniscalco also add executive producer with the release of Sebastian Maniscalco presents Pat McGann: When’s Mom Gonna Be Home?

On top of coming to a city near you fans will also find the always bothered comedian on their TV exploring the world of food in his new series, Well Done with Sebastian Maniscalco. The show premieres on discovery+ Aug. 12.

Maniscalco will also make a return the big screen with a number of high-profile films. Projects in the works include a role in an untitled dramedy from Ray Romano, starring along-side Michelle Monaghan, Wiz Kalifa, Jason Derulo and more as legendary producer Giorgio Moroder in the upcoming Neil Bogart biopic Spinning Gold as well as opposite Robert DeNiro in About My Father a film loosely based on Maniscalco’s life. Stay tuned for news on the films’ release dates.

NEPIRC Launches Regional Manufacturer Job Board

The Northeastern Pennsylvania Industrial Resource Center (NEPIRC) recently launched the region’s first manufacturer job board to connect job seekers throughout northeastern, central and the northern tier of Pennsylvania with manufacturing firms that are growing and adding to their teams. To date, the job board ( represents over 60 manufacturers that are collectively offering more than 1,000 career opportunities.

NEPIRC created the job board in response to manufacturer roundtable suggestions and to simplify the way in which unemployed and underemployed individuals find, evaluate and apply for good-paying advanced manufacturing careers.

“With over 60 companies across seven counties already participating in this effort, and more joining in every day, there’s a manufacturing career opportunity for everyone and every skill level – from first-job applications to experienced professionals with industry certifications,” said Eric Joseph Esoda, NEPIRC’s President & CEO. “NEPIRC’s regional manufacturer job board is free to our area’s industrial firms, convenient for job seekers, and consistent with our mission of maximizing the growth, resiliency and strength of our area’s most significant economic driver – manufacturing,” he added.   

According to the organization, NEPIRC’s job board is unique to the region in its design and industry focus and will be continuously updated as new manufacturers and career opportunities are added while other positions are filled with qualified new hires. NEPIRC will also support the job board on an ongoing basis through traditional media, social media platforms and engaging videos that accurately depict the advanced, high-tech nature of today’s manufacturers and industrial careers.

Manufacturers are encouraged to participate in the effort by contacting Chelsey Coslett, NEPIRC’s Manager of Marketing & Stakeholder Engagement at