HNB Supports Northern Tier Industry & Education Consortium

The Honesdale National Bank was once again authorized to make approved contributions under the Commonwealth’s Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) Program. HNB designated $5,000 of their approved allotment to the Northern Tier Industry & Education Consortium (NTIEC), located in Dimock, PA. The funds, donated by HNB, will support educational programs for area youth.

HNB President & CEO David Raven stated, “The missions of NTIEC are not only important for local youth, but the progress of the region through training and education.” He said, “We are glad that we can contribute funding for this program to continue to serve our area.”

Debra Tierney, Educational Coordinator/Administrative Systems Leader, Northern Tier Industry & Education Consortium, said, “NTIEC is so grateful to the Honesdale National Bank for their generous donation to help our students.” She continued “The support we received from the Honesdale National Bank will assist us in running our three week-long summer career experience programs in agriculture, healthcare and energy & oilfield. These summer programs help students explore careers available in NEPA in these three sectors.”

La Festa Italiana Set for Labor Day Weekend in Scranton

La Festa Italiana is back!

After the event was cancelled last year because of the COVID-19 pandemic, La Festa is returning and will be held Labor Day weekend (Friday through Monday, September 3-6, 2021) on Courthouse Square in the heart of downtown Scranton, Pa. Hours are Friday, 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Monday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. 

The festival committee is collaborating with the Lackawanna County Commissioners and the Mayor of Scranton’s Office to plan the event. COVID vaccines, masks and hand sanitizers will be available at no charge.

A variety of vendors will be offering great Italian food and other items, and continuous live entertainment will be featured. There is no admission charge. This year’s presenting sponsor is the Lehigh Valley Health Network.

Also returning this year are The Bronx Wanderers, La Festa’s main act on Friday night at 7:30 p.m. Festival patrons will recall these talented guys from previous appearances. They have been performing in Las Vegas for several years.

The Bronx Wanderers deliver a “Back to the Future” high-octane ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s rock n’ roll experience featuring the infectious energy of the music that skyrocketed classics like “American Graffiti,” “Happy Days” and “A Bronx Tale” to immediate success. Weave that nostalgic adrenalin into a soundtrack of the greatest hits of rock n’ roll replicated in a way that only a master record producer can achieve. 

Among the many other acts that will perform are The Cameos, comedian Uncle Floyd Vivino, Frank Sinatra tribute (Chris DiMattio), Dean Martin Tribute (Andy DiMino from Las Vegas), a Connie Francis tribute featuring Nikki Rasmus, Gene Dempsey Orchestra, Old Friends, Flaxy Morgan, Popstar Drive, Mike Lanza, The Luongo Brothers, The Wanabees, Daddy-O and the Sax Maniax, The Exact Change, Gerard Mayer Band, the Mark Montella Project featuring Erin Malloy, La Festa’s principal Italian tenor Michael Castaldo, Ballet Theatre of Scranton performing Italian-Folk street dances, plus many others including jugglers, magicians, street acts, favorite local bands and dance groups. 

The annual Mass in Italian will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 5, in the Cathedral of Saint Peter, located one block from the festival site. The Mass will also be televised live by CTV: Catholic Television of the Diocese of Scranton.

Fireworks presented by Dickson City Hyundai will be displayed on Sunday night.

For more information, the complete entertainment schedule and updates, visit the festival website.

La Festa Italiana will literally hit the ground running with the Ninth Annual Captain James R. Minicozzi Memorial 5K Run and 1 Mile Fun Walk on Saturday, Sept. 4, at 10 a.m. The race is being sponsored by the Scranton Chapter of UNICO, the Italian-American service organization, and proceeds will benefit the Boys and Girls Club of Northeastern Pennsylvania Christmas Party and West Scranton High School Scholarship Program. Pre-register by September 1 online!

PS Bank Supports Lackawanna Trail School District

PS Bank is proud to support the Lackawanna Trail School District for the 2021-2022 academic year with a charitable contribution of $5,000. PS Bank is an ardent supporter of the district as well as the greater Factoryville, Nicholson, and Dalton community.

In acceptance of the monetary donation, Business Manager Keith Glynn said, “The money provided by PS Bank over the past few years has helped to provide resources for sports and music in the classroom where budgets may not have been able to stretch.  For this year, we will be using the funds to buy a district-wide license for Kami which is a digital learning platform tool to help our educators create engaging and interactive materials in a virtual environment.”

The relationship between Lackawanna Trail and PS Bank extends beyond annual donations in support of students. “Lackawanna Trail is extremely grateful for the relationship with PS Bank. On top of the great financial services provided through the local branches, the bank has strived to meet the needs of our organization and has been a great tool for us in our financial planning strategies,” said Glynn.

Anthony Gabello, President & CEO of PS Bank knows that supporting public schools is the foundation of a prosperous community and is proud to have such a great relationship with Lackawanna Trail. “PS Bank is proud to support the Lackawanna Trail School District again this year. Serving the students and faculty of the district with our annual sponsorship of the high school auditorium allows school leadership to continue to provide an outstanding educational experience,” stated Gabello.

PS Bank serves the Lackawanna Trail community at 118 College Avenue, Factoryville. For more information about banking at this branch, please reach out to Janice Bevacqua, Assistant Vice President & Branch Manager at

Brian Floyd, ACBC, CBC Named Simply the Best Insurance Agent 2021

In addition to Gunn-Mowery winning Best Insurance Agency, our very own, Brian Floyd was named Simply the Best Insurance Agent. Brian began his career with Gunn-Mowery in 2004 and concentrates on employee benefits for the mid-market and large group market. Brian is also our Genesis Healthcare Consortium expert, a program unique to Gunn-Mowery that minimizes health care expenses and reduces insurance carrier profits. He hold the designation of ACBC (Advanced Charter Benefits Consultant) which gives him the expertise in the area of HSAs, FSAs, and HRA/MERP plans, as well as CBC (Chartered Benefits Consultant).

The Dave Matthews Band Concert at Mohegan Sun Arena Date Change

The Wednesday, November 10th Dave Matthews Band show at Mohegan Sun Arena has been rescheduled to Monday, November 8th. The Tuesday, November 9th Dave Matthews Band performance will remain the same. Tickets for the November 10th show will be honored for the new date on November 8th. Refunds will also be available at the point of purchase for fans who cannot attend the rescheduled date.  Refund requests must be submitted by 10:00am ET on Tuesday, September 7th.  

Please note that both of these performances, the Event Organizer will require ticket holders to provide proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 (original vaccination card or a printed copy from at least two weeks after final dose) or a negative test taken within 48-hours prior to entry at Mohegan Sun Arena. Ticket holders using a negative test for entry will not need to get subsequent tests if they are attending both shows.

For questions and additional information regarding health checks, please visit Ticketmaster Fan Support here.

For more information on Mohegan Sun Arena and other great events at Mohegan Sun, please visit

Scranton Cultural Center to Host Final Summer Concert

The Scranton Cultural Center at the Masonic Temple will host the final show in its free outdoor summer concert series on September 10 with alternative rock/punk band Blind Choice.  The show will take place outside the Scranton Cultural Center at 420 N. Washington Avenue.

“This concert series has been such a great success, and we’ve loved providing live entertainment for our community again.  It was a great way to lead into our upcoming season,” said Deborah Moran Peterson, SCC Executive Director.

Blind Choice is an alternative rock & punk trio from Pennsylvania, Blind Choice was formed with its current members in March 2017. The band, with four years under its belt, has quickly gained success and has shared the stage with artists like Richie Ramone (The Ramones), Bowling For Soup, Drake Bell, Diamante, Sponge and TRAPT Official just to name a few! With well over 150 shows performed, the trio continues to perform throughout the tristate region playing at iconic music venues from The Bitter End to the Stanhope House, H*MAC, Chameleon Club and Mount Airy Casino & Lodge. The band is performs a mix of originals and covers, and stripped down raw acoustic tunes.  Band members include Dylan Pysher (Vocals/Lead Guitar), Matt Habrial (Bass/Backup Vocals) and Tanner Snyder (Drums).

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

Women’s Resource Center Wish List

The Women’s Resource Center (WRC) works to end domestic and sexual violence against women, children, teenagers, and men.

Women and children fleeing domestic violence are often in need of many essential items:

Gift Cards for groceries
Gas Cards
Colts Bus Passes
Phone Cards
Gift Cards for Car Repair
Retail Gift Cards
New Car Seats
Children’s Pajamas
New Women’s Socks
New Women’s Underwear
Women’s Pajamas
Hair Care Products for Women of Color
Pocket Calendars
Shampoo/Conditioner/Body Wash
Tampons, Pads
Hairbrushes/Combs New Hair Dryers
New Towels & Washcloths
New Bed Sheets & Pillowcases
Cookware-Pots & Pans
Utensils and silverware
Plates, Cups, Bowls
Backpacks for Boys & Girls
School Supplies
Flash Drives
New Small Household Appliances
Laundry Detergent
Laundry Basket
Pet Food (Dry and Canned) *smaller bags*
Cat Litter


  • Dishes set
  • Glasses set
  • Pots/pans set
  • Dish drying rack
  • Dish towels/cloths
  • Cooking utensil set
  • Knife block
  • Toaster
  • Coffee maker
  • Set of Silverware
  • Garbage Can


  • Bedding/sheets
  •  pillows
  • Mattress cover
  • Bedroom garbage can


  • Shower liner
  • Shower curtain (set w/bath rug)
  • Garbage can
  • Bathroom towels


  • Crib sheets/liner if applicable
  • Twin bed sheets for kids/comforter sets


  • Neutral window Curtains
  • Small vacuums
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Broom/dust pan

We do not accept: Used Clothing or sample sized or hotel toiletries.

Places that do accept these items are:
Angels Attic- United Neighborhood Center – 570 343-8835
Safety Net- (570) 347-4730

Lehigh Valley Health Network to Offer COVID-19 Vaccine at La Festa Italiana

In an effort to get our community vaccinated, Lehigh Valley Health Network will be offering the COVID-19 vaccine at La Festa Italiana on Sunday, Sept. 5 from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Both the Johnson & Johnson and the Pfizer Vaccine will be available. Anyone under the age of 18 will need to be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian to get vaccinated. The COVID-19 vaccinations provided by LVHN are free. To learn more about the COVID-19 Vaccines, visit

Inaugural Penguins 5k, a Success

Runners (and walkers) from around the area dodged the raindrops Sunday morning to take part in the inaugural Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins 5K, presented by PNC Bank.

Eryn Milius paced the field of 87 participants with a time of 19:49.86 on the Back Mountain Trail course, taking home first overall honors among all participants.

Twenty-two seconds behind Milius was Nathan Wood, whose 20:11.45 time led all male runners.

Awards were presented to the top three overall performers for both men and women, as well as in the 19-and-under, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, and 60-plus divisions.

All participants received a Penguins’ 5K t-shirt, participation puck, and a voucher good for a Penguins game during the 2021-22 season.

Proceeds from the inaugural Penguins 5K, presented by PNC, go to the team’s GOALS Foundation, whose mission is to provide young people and families with the opportunity to experience the game of hockey firsthand. 

In addition to PNC Bank, the Keystone Mission, Brand Graphics and the Gregory Center also provided support to the inaugural race.

A full listing of finishing times for the Penguins 5K is available online via the Falcon Race Timing website.