The Albright Memorial Library Tech Table

The Albright Memorial Library now offers a new service called Tech Table for library visitors. Tech Table is designed to help provide on-site and in-person tech support for most digital devices, including smartphones, tablets, eReaders, and laptops. The program is run by the Library’s Tech Lab instructor and is free for anyone to use. No appointment is necessary.

Tech Table is available Mondays and Wednesdays from 5-7 PM and Thursdays and Fridays from 1-3 PM at the Albright Memorial Library, 500 Vine Street, Scranton, PA 18509. It is held on the second floor on the Reference Room. Elevator access is available. For more information on this program, people can call the Tech Lab at (570) 348-3000 ext. 3038 or email the instructor at

Scranton Tomorrow Downtown Business Scarecrow Display

The Scranton Scarecrow Display is part of Scranton Tomorrow’s Fall Into Downtown Scranton campaign, designed to encourage everyone in the community to support local.

Participating businesses create scarecrows in keeping with the theme of their business, and use them as promotional tools to attract visitors to the Downtown.

This year, we’re adding a scavenger hunt (with prizes!). The activity will be designed to encourage people to visit as many participating businesses as possible. The more scarecrows they find, the greater their chances will be to win.

  • Register by Wednesday, August 11, and we’ll deliver a 6′ by 3′ wooden frame to your business on Monday, August 23. Click here to register. There is no fee to participate!
  • Let the creative juices flow! Design your scarecrow in keeping with the theme of your business.
  • Choose the best way to display your scarecrow in time for opening day (September 13). Scarecrows may be placed in a nearby planter during business hours, and in display windows after hours, or as temporary fixtures in window décors, day and night.
  • Encourage your customers to snap selfies and pics for social media using #scrantontomorrow #fallintodowntownscranton #scareupsomebusiness.
  • On November 1, your buddy goes into storage to make way for our big holiday campaign. (Details on that are coming soon!)

For more information email or call 570-963-5901

Tobyhanna Army Depot Keeps Soldiers Connected Through Partnership with Project Manager Tactical Radios

Employees at Tobyhanna Army Depot are playing a big role in the deployment of critical communications equipment for America’s warfighters.

The depot and Project Manager Tactical Radios (PM TR) are working together to create radio installation kits (IKs) for the Integrated Tactical Network (ITN) capability fielding.

A key priority for the Army, the ITN incorporates the Army’s current tactical network environment (applications, devices, gateways, etc.) with commercial components and transport capabilities to ensure warfighters are always connected, even in the furthest corners of the world.

“When battalions deploy, the IKs we create at Tobyhanna will help them set up a ‘communications bubble’ that does not rely on towers. Simply put, our work makes sure the warfighter is never without communication capability,” said Kris Martin, the logistics management specialist for the program.

Martin, who works in the Production Management directorate, is just one part of a 17-person team that is dedicated full-time to the ITN IK mission. The team consists of logistics support from the Production Management directorate, engineering support from the Production Engineering directorate and fabrication support from the Systems Integration and Support (SIS) directorate. He says the team is top-notch.

“We have phenomenal support from our teammates across the depot, especially the folks in SIS. They do an incredible job responding to the shifting priorities of this program, allowing us to always meet customer requirements.”

The fastest-growing segment of the partnership is fabrication work, which has doubled in the past year. Depot employees can fabricate more than 1,000 different items for PM TR, according to Martin.

“Our SIS artisans do an amazing job building power and signal cables as well as manufacturing a variety of metal components for the IKs.”

In addition to the work performed on-site, depot personnel also travel around the world to field the IKs – an endeavor that technical personnel say is key to mission success.

“IK fieldings help our team gain a cradle-to-grave understanding of this workload,” said Blake Small, an electronics technician assigned to the program. “It also allows us to identify potential improvements we can incorporate into our processes for the next fielding. We are committed to always growing.”

The depot also hosts two other PMs for interoperability testing – allowing for a validation and verification of components prior to the fielding. According to PM TR Fielding and Operations Chief Nelson Cespedes, the endeavor is vital to Warfighter success.

“The interoperability testing helps us ensure the IKs and other equipment perform as expected. By identifying issues proactively, we can ensure our Soldiers have the highest quality equipment that gives them the support they need on the battlefield.”

Tobyhanna previously collaborated with PM TR on a highly-successful program focused on integrating Manpack radios for Security Force Assistance Brigade (SFAB) units. The depot served as the central logistics hub, streamlining the process overall and reducing travel time for key personnel.

Timothy Ivory, Chief of PM TR’s Integrated Product Support Branch, says the continued relationship was a no-brainer.

“Our experience with Tobyhanna has been fantastic. The team here understands our dynamic, enduring requirements and always finds a way to give us what we need,” adding that the SIS team who builds cabling has provided mission-saving support more than once.

Ivory says he expects to be working with Team Tobyhanna long after the ITN kitting project ends in 2032.

“We don’t see ourselves going anywhere else – the investment in Team Tobyhanna has certainly been worth it.”

The continued partnership between Tobyhanna and PM TR is directly aligned with the depot’s long-range strategic plan, TOBY2028 – specifically the C5ISR Readiness and Shape the Future lines of effort. PM TR is part of the Program Executive Office for Command, Control and Communications-Tactical (PEO C3T), which works closely with the Army Futures Command’s Network Cross Functional Team to improve and grow the Army’s tactical network for current and future Soldiers.

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.

Scranton Cultural Center to Host Third Free Outdoor Summer Concert

The Scranton Cultural Center at the Masonic Temple will host its third free outdoor summer concert with The Dishonest Fiddlers on August 13.  The show will take place outside the Scranton Cultural Center at 420 N. Washington Avenue.

“The weather didn’t keep us down last month, even though we had to move our concert indoors.  It was a pleasure to host Erin Malloy & Friends on our stage as the first entertainment event in our theatre since last year,” said Deborah Moran Peterson, SCC Executive Director.  “We’re thrilled to feature The Dishonest Fiddlers next month.”

Dave Brown and The Dishonest Fiddlers are an up and coming Folk/Americana group based in NEPA. Since 2013, they have been performing original music, honing their craft, and developing a nice fan base along the way.  Their newest studio album, “Based on a True Story” was recorded in 2019-2020 and includes 10 original hand crafted tunes.  Band members include Dave Brown (guitar/harmonica/vocals), Brendan Gosson (fiddle), Shawn Caden (mandolin/banjo), Stephen Kurtz (bass) and Jami Novak (percussion).

All current CDC Guidelines will be followed at each performance with any updates being shared via social media.  Patrons are requested to wear face coverings while inside the building.  All performances will run from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM; a cash bar with light fare will open at 6:00 PM prior to each show.  In the event of inclement weather, the concert will be moved indoors.

The final concert in the series will feature Blind Choice on September 10.  To learn more about the Scranton Cultural Center and its upcoming events, visit

The free outdoor summer concert series is sponsored by LT Verrastro, Truly Hard Seltzer, UGI Utilities Inc., WBRE/WYOU and Fidelity Bank.  It is supported by Lackawanna County and the PA Council on the Arts.

Cancer Institute Names Chair for 29th Annual Cancer Survivors Day

Cynthia Mailloux, Ph.D., R.N., C.N.E., has been named chair for the Northeast Regional Cancer Institute’s 29th Annual Cancer Survivors Day- Honoring, Remembering, Sharing.

Cynthia Mailloux, Ph.D., R.N., C.N.E., is professor and chair of the Department of Nursing at King’s College. She had been chair of the Department of Nursing at Misericordia University for 12 years prior to going to King’s College. Dr. Mailloux earned her doctorate in nursing with a concentration in education from Penn State University, her master’s degree in nursing from Misericordia University and her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Wilkes University. She is a member of the Pennsylvania State Nurse Association, American Association of Colleges of Nursing, and the National League for Nursing. She is also a member of the NRCI Board of Directors.

Dr. Mailloux’s area of practice includes pediatrics and nursing education. As an innovator in nursing education, she presently has started an RN to BSN program at King’s with a Dual Degree in Nursing Partnership with LCCC.  Her primary teaching responsibilities include nursing research and teaching/learning education courses. Her research interests have evolved around the principles of “learner empowerment” and “professional nurse autonomy” a study identifying how to better prepare nursing students for professional practice upon graduation.

Cancer Survivors Day is a dual-location event set for Saturday, September 18th at McDade Park in Scranton and Saturday, September 25th at Kirby Park in Wilkes-Barre from 10am – 12pm and is free of charge although pre-registration is encouraged. The events feature the Circle of Survivors, an activity during which every person in attendance can say a few words about their experience with cancer. Conversation and light refreshments provide an additional opportunity for connection and support. Cancer survivors, their families, and friends, as well as caregivers and healthcare professionals are invited to attend. For more information, go to or call the Northeast Regional Cancer Institute at (570) 904-8808.

Pocono Farms Country Club Raises Dollars for Hospice Services

On July 24th, Pocono Farms Country Club Association’s Swim Team held their annual “Laps for Cancer” event. The swimmers and supporters raised over $2,000 that will be donated to hospice services located in the Lehigh Valley Pocono Hospital. This event was first started in the loving memory of Mary Lou DeCroti, a pool staff member. Since its inception, the Pocono Farms Country Club Swim team has raised over $10,000.00 for Hospice Services.

This event was another huge success! Pocono Farms would like to thank all of the participants and organizers of this event!

Geisinger Launches On-Demand Telehealth Visits

When you need care right away but it’s not an emergency, you can now see a Geisinger urgent care provider without leaving home.

On-demand virtual visits are available for conditions typically seen at Geisinger’s ConvenientCare urgent care centers. These include cold and flu symptoms, allergies, rashes, headaches, insect bites, sinus infections and urinary tract infections. Providers can assess your symptoms virtually and provide care, referrals and/or prescriptions without having to see you in the clinic.

“Virtual on-demand visits add another level of convenience for Geisinger patients who need to see a provider quickly,” said David Fletcher, Geisinger’s associate vice president for telehealth. “Geisinger’s telemedicine capabilities provide patients with the care they need in the comfort of their homes.”

If you’re a Geisinger patient, you can access on-demand virtual care at, via the symptom checker feature of’s Virtual Assistant, or through the myGeisinger portal at On-demand visits are available Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends.

The use of telehealth has increased tremendously during the COVID-19 pandemic, and Geisinger now offers telehealth visits for primary care, urgent care and 72 specialties. For more information about telehealth at Geisinger, or to see a demo, visit