Tobyhanna Recognizes Employees on National Tradesman Day

Tobyhanna Army Depot observed National Tradesman Day on September 21 by shining a spotlight on some of its expert tradesmen and saluting all tradesmen who contribute to the organization’s mission.

The depot employs artisans in a variety of trades for both mission and base operations. Many of these tradesmen work in the Directorate of Systems Integration and Support (SIS), supporting refinishing and manufacturing operations vital to Tobyhanna’s overall mission supporting the joint warfighter.

Charles “CJ” Janiszewski works in SIS’s Machining Branch and is responsible for a variety of tasks, including machine program editing and set-ups. A graduate of Johnson College, he says Tobyhanna Army Depot was always his employer of choice.

“As soon as I graduated college, I pursued a career here because I was interested in an important mission like supporting the warfighter. I also heard a lot about the modern facilities here, and they did not disappoint,” adding that he appreciated the opportunity for personal growth thanks to the depot’s vast number of career opportunities.

Machining Branch Chief Keith Knecht lauded Janiszewski’s performance and contributions to Team Tobyhanna.

“CJ’s positive attitude makes him a great team member. He goes out of his way to help others, regularly offers suggestions to make things better, and is always willing to learn new things. He’s a rare find.”

After 14 years as a member of the depot workforce, Sheet Metal Mechanic Christopher Valenza still comes into work with a smile on his face.

“It’s amazing to be able to take a simple sheet of metal and transform it into something useful. I appreciate that I get to create something new every day,” he said.

A carpenter by trade, Valenza always had an interest in other types of hands-on work, but it wasn’t until he joined Team Tobyhanna that he began working with metal. According to Valenza, legacy employees get the credit for helping him transform his career.

“When I started here, I was lucky to have great mentors that provided me with on-the-job training and helped me apply my existing carpentry skills to this similar type of work. All these years later, I’m still using their teachings.”

Keith Knecht, currently dual-hatting and acting as chief of the Sheet Metal Fabrication Branch, noted the important role Valenza plays in the cost center.

“Chris is our go-to guy in the forming area. He is a creative problem-solver, ensuring we can always address our challenges and meet our customer requirements. He is also excellent at communicating potential issues – an extremely important quality in such a dynamic environment.”

Welder Matthew Nelson is one of the Branch’s top employees, according to Welding Branch chief Robert Knecht.

“Matthew has a commendable work ethic and is dedicated to our mission. His knowledge and experience make him a true subject matter expert.”

Nelson began welding in high school and parlayed his hobby into a profession after earning a degree at the Pennsylvania College of Technology. After several years of working in the private sector, he pursued a career at Tobyhanna.

“I was looking for a stable place to continue practicing my trade and Tobyhanna fit the bill. I was also excited about the opportunity to travel the world in support of missions,” Nelson said. He also noted that his depot experience so far had been positive – especially because his co-workers have been so willing to share best practices and knowledge. Looking ahead in his career, he says he’d like to become a certified welding inspector to continue to support his unique trade.

“The science of welding continues to impress and interest me.”

Robert Knecht says the Welding Branch has more than one superstar.

“Gerard Reichle goes above and beyond to produce the best quality product and, without hesitation, is always willing to step up to help – no matter how challenging the task. He is a great asset to our Branch, and the depot overall.”

Reichle joined Team Tobyhanna in 2018 after his private sector company was bought out. He says the challenging experience led him to great things.

“I can sum it up in four words: I love it here. Although it was disappointing to leave my last job, I love the culture at Tobyhanna.”

Like Valenza, Reichle has a background in carpentry, but was drawn to welding after high school.

“I appreciate that welding allows me to do something different every day – my work is rarely repetitious.”

When the work day ends, Reichle continues to work with his hands, whether it’s a major woodworking project or another item on his “honey do” list.

“I like to keep busy.”

Those interested in future career opportunities with Team Tobyhanna can apply through USAJobs at

PennDOT Announces Virtual Plans Display for Bridge Replacement Project

The bridge is located on SR 3006 (Milwaukee Road) over Gardner Creek located approximately 0.5 mile east of SR 3001 (Newton Ransom Blvd.).

The existing structure is a steel I-beam, open grate steel deck bridge that will be replaced with a single span prestressed concrete spread box beam with a composite concrete deck on integral abutments.  The purpose of this project is to address the structural deficiency of the existing bridge due to its age and condition and provide continued safe and efficient access on SR 3006 over Gardner Creek.  The project will include replacement of the structure with roadway reconstruction and guide rail upgrades at each end of the structure.

The bridge is expected to be closed during the summer of 2023 for construction.  A 4.5 mile detour will be posted using SR 3006 (Milwaukee Road), SR 3001 (Newton Ransom Blvd.) and SR 3009 (Milwaukee Road).

The existing steel I-beam, open grate steel deck bridge was built in 1951 and is posted with a 34 ton weight limit.  Approximately 255 vehicles a day use the bridge, on average.

The virtual plans display includes digital picture boards and an online comment form.  It can be accessed by visiting the PennDOT District 4 website,, clicking on Public Meetings under District Links, clicking on Lackawanna County and choosing tile mark SR 3006 Over Gardner Creek Bridge Replacement Project in Newton Township in Lackawanna County.

In accordance with Governor Wolf’s COVID-19 mitigation efforts, the comment period will be held online. It will be open from October 4th to October 18th, 2021. Those unable to access the study online may give feedback by contacting PennDOT ASSISTANT LIAISON ENGINEER AMY M. LOLLI,  at  or (570) 614-2958.

Six Munley Law lawyers named to 2022 Best Lawyers list

Munley Law is pleased to announce that 6 of their lawyers have been included in the 2021 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America. Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence.

In addition, Katie Nealon was named to the 2022 “Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch,” for Personal Injury Litigation-Plaintiffs. “Ones to Watch” is an honor given to attorneys early in their legal careers.

Lawyers on The Best Lawyers in America list are divided by geographic region and practice areas.They are reviewed by their peers on the basis of professional expertise, and undergo an authentication process to make sure they are in current practice and in good standing. Lawyers must have at least ten years of experience practicing law to be considered.

Munley Law would like to congratulate the following lawyers named to 2022 The Best Lawyers in America list:

  • John M. Mulcahey – Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs
  • Caroline M. Munley – Workers’ Compensation Law – Claimants, Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs
  • Daniel W. Munley – Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs, Medical Malpractice Law – Plaintiffs, Product Liability Litigation – Plaintiffs
  • James Christopher Munley – Workers’ Compensation Law – Claimants, Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs
  • Marion K. Munley – Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs, Medical Malpractice Law – Plaintiffs, Product Liability Litigation – Plaintiffs
  • Robert W. Munley, III – Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs

Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield fighting hunger with RailRiders home runs

The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders are proud to partner with Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield to raise money for National Hunger Awareness Month. Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield will donate $10 for every home run that the RailRiders hit during the 2021 season to the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Northeast Regional Food Bank in Pittston.

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre has hit 120 home runs so far this season, putting the current donation total at $1,200.  The RailRiders have 21 games remaining this season, including the remainder of the regular season and The Final Stretch.

“We are proud to partner with our friends at the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders on this important initiative,” said Brian Rinker, Market President at Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield. “Now more than ever, we want to support local organizations that address hunger and food insecurity in our community. We wish the RailRiders the best of luck for a successful finish to the season!”

In our region, one in six children and one in eight adults face hunger each day. The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Northeast Regional Food Bank is a Feeding America partner and works to reduce hunger and promote proper nutrition in addition to preventing food waste. The Food Bank serves four counties in Northeast Pennsylvania: Lackawanna, Luzerne, Susquehanna, and Wyoming.

“Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield has been a great partner over the years and we appreciate their support of the Northeast Regional Food Bank,” said Katie Beekman, the RailRiders’ General Manager. “We have all seen the disheartening statistics and truly hope that this program can benefit those in need in NEPA. Now it’s time for the RailRiders to finish strong.”

For more information, visit or call (570) 969-BALL.

Geisinger Life Flight reaches 40 years of life-saving service

This year, Geisinger is honoring 40 years of providing life-saving critical care. What started as a single-aircraft operation at Geisinger Medical Center in 1981 has grown to a nine-aircraft operation, with six bases, two critical care grounds trucks, a crew of 150, and more than 75,000 transports completed across northeastern and central Pennsylvania. Since 2001, Life Flight 3, based at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport, has been a crucial part of the Life Flight program.  

This month, we invite you to consider covering this milestone in local medical history. Current and former Geisinger Life Flight leaders, current crews, and patients are willing to share their stories of how the Life Flight program has impacted medical care locally and helped to save lives. Geisinger also continues investing in the program, with the addition of its latest helicopter, which recently went into service this summer.

Maternal and Family Health Services Celebrates 50th Anniversary with New Logo

As part of its 50th anniversary of serving those in need, Maternal and Family Health Services (MFHS) launched a new brand identity and website this week. The rebrand is designed to enhance recognition of the organization and array of services it offers, particularly during this difficult period for the thousands of women, children and families who rely on it for care. MFHS began its mission of care in 1971, with a vision to improve the quality of life of families in Northeast PA through preventative healthcare services.

“Our 50th anniversary was the perfect time to revisit our logo. MFHS continues to adapt to the needs of our community, and our new logo and website reflect those changes,” said Maria Montoro Edwards, Ph.D., President & CEO of Maternal and Family Health Services. “As we continue to add services such as behavioral healthcare, we wanted to create a logo that is fresh and modern, but still connected to our history of creating a ‘circle of care’ of services for our clients.”

The new Maternal and Family Health Services logo is accompanied by a new website, which highlights the services the agency offers the community. The site is designed to be welcoming and easy to navigate. The improved location finder enables the community to search by zip code to find services like the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Nutrition program and reproductive health care near them.

“We also wanted to rebrand now, during the pandemic, because there is so much need in the community. While our name remains the same, our logo and website are a clearer reminder that MFHS is here to help families struggling during such a difficult time,” commented Jim Schilling, MFHS Development and Communications Officer. “The layered, circular design represents the different people we serve: children, adults, parents, families, and our entire community. Our new website reflects this as well, with an updated look and a focus on easily connecting our community with vital healthcare information.”

MFHS encourages the community to see its new look by visiting the new website at:

NROC Sole Radiation Oncology Practice in NEPA to Achieve APEx Award

“APEx” is the Accreditation Program for Excellence, an award carefully given to select practices in the United States for excellence in safety and quality by the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO.) Northeast Radiation Oncology Center’s (NROC) achievement means that it has once again earned this prestigious four-year accreditation, the only facility in Northeastern Pennsylvania to do so.

“Receiving this accreditation from the premier radiation oncology society in the world validates our practices and recognizes the efforts of our team to deliver patient-centered, highest quality care to our community,” says Christopher A. Peters, M.D., Medical Director.

Having attained this during the reality of COVID-19 is especially commendable, as NROC’s physicians, nurses, radiation therapists and entire staff provide continuous care. Cancer patients, physicians and families can feel confident in this award-winning culture of safety available to them in Dunmore. At its core, this exceptional accreditation reflects competencies and practices identified and endorsed in the 2012 ASTRO publication Safety is No Accident: A Framework for Quality Radiation Oncology and Care.

Accreditation through APEx is a rigorous, voluntary, multi-step process that can take up to one year to complete. It’s the result of devotion, efficient communication and a myriad of technologies and training. Each center seeking APEx accreditation must have its policies and procedures

evaluated using objective, verifiable expectations for performance in radiation oncology. It must demonstrate its commitment to cancer care by promoting effective communication, coordinating treatment, and engaging patients and their families as partners in care.

“ASTRO is proud to recognize Northeast Radiation Oncology Center for achieving APEx accreditation,” says ASTRO chair Bruce D. Minsky, M.D., FASTRO. “NROC has demonstrated a commitment to providing their patients with safe, high-quality radiation therapy services.”

APEx has a distinctive program structure that includes both a self-assessment process and a facility visit conducted by a medical physicist and a radiation oncologist, radiation therapist, nurse, dosimetrist, nurse practitioner, physician assistant or practice administrator.

The team of physicians at NROC offers the most comprehensive, advanced radiation therapy technologies available in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Doctors carefully advise patients with a cancer diagnosis about the therapies most effective for their type and stage of cancer, and educate them and family members on their treatment options. The Center works with all insurances. Patients are also given the opportunity to participate in cancer clinical research trials. NROC physicians have served as Principal Investigators for National Cancer Institute research trials for over thirty-five years. More information is provided at

Woodloch Pines Named Number One Family Resort in the United States by USA TODAY

Woodloch Pines, an all-inclusive family resort located in Pennsylvania’s Pocono Mountains, has been selected by USA TODAY as the number one family resort in the United States in their 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards. Woodloch Pines claimed the same honor in 2019 and took the number two spot in 2020.

Nominees are chosen by a panel of travel experts, a well-traveled and well-educated group who are not only experts in their fields and their cities but also discriminating in their tastes. These include a combination of editors from USA TODAY, editors from, and other professional contributors.

“We are ecstatic to be chosen as the number one family resort by USA TODAY. Woodloch has been in our family for over 60 years, and it is humbling to see our resort ranked among so many amazing properties and national brands,” said Brad Kiesendahl, CEO and President of Woodloch Pines.  “This could not have been accomplished without the hard work and sincere hospitality of our staff members, as well as our loyal and passionate guests who want to share their experiences with the world. We are eternally grateful for their continued support especially through the challenges of the past few years,” he continued.

To obtain more information or to book a stay, please visit, or call 1-800-Woodloch.