Waverly Community House Upcoming Events

National Women’s History Month Luncheon

Our annual luncheon honoring the accomplishments of great women in our past and present, and inspiring great women in our future. Open to the public. Keynote speaker Mayor Paige Gebhardt Cognetti. Thursday, March 10th, 12:00 pm, Glen Oak Country Club. Tickets on sale HERE or through The Comm office and website.
Laurie Tuchel – ” A Sense of Place”

Art opening in our Waverly Small Works Gallery, Friday, March 18th. Live music and refreshments. Free event. Open to the public.

Visit “The Upstairs Thrift”!

Our upscale thrift shop featuring women’s, men’s, and children’s clothing and housewares.

Stop by The Comm Library

We have an updated assortment of adult and children’s books

Beautiful Blocks Program Open for Applications

Applications are now being accepted for the second year of Beautiful
Blocks in the City of Carbondale.
Beautiful Blocks is a home improvement program which provides matching grants of up to $1,000 per property to groups of residents to help them make exterior improvements to their homes. After a successful inaugural cycle in Carbondale, NeighborWorks Northeastern Pennsylvania is pleased to once again partner with the City of Carbondale to offer Beautiful Blocks to residents of the Pioneer City.

The Beautiful Blocks program seeks to make neighborhoods throughout Carbondale more attractive places to live. Eligible exterior improvements include everything from painting and mailboxes to larger projects like sidewalks and lamp posts. Grants will be awarded through a competitive application process. Applications will be judged on project impact, coordination, and the likelihood of neighbors continuing to work together in the future.

Pre-applications are being accepted until March 21. Awards will be announced in May, with work taking place throughout the summer. Residents must match their grant awards dollar-for-dollar, unless they meet certain income guidelines. Residents whose household income is less than 80% of the area median income are only required to provide a 20% match. For example, if a resident meets these income guidelines and receive the maximum $1,000 grant award, they must personally contribute at least $200 towards their project. Otherwise, participants must match the $1,000 grant with $1,000 of their own funds.

According to NeighborWorks President & CEO Jesse Ergott, “After a successful first year in Carbondale, we look forward to building on the positive impact of Beautiful Blocks to the City of Carbondale. We appreciate the support of our community partners in supporting this program, and encourage Carbondale residents to join with their neighbors in improving their neighborhood through Beautiful Blocks.”

“Mayor Justin Taylor is very excited about getting into our neighborhoods with Beautiful Blocks to create meaningful relationships with our residents, the City of Carbondale, and NeighborWorks NEPA,” Michele Bannon, Carbondale City Clerk and member of the NeighborWorks Northeastern Pennsylvania Board of Directors, said of the program’s expansion into Carbondale. “We see that building strong relationships between neighbors allows for a thriving, unified, and safe community dedicated to making Carbondale a great place to live, work, and raise a family.”

In the first year of the Beautiful Blocks program operating in Carbondale, three groups of neighbors participated, with more than $15,000 in grant funding awarded. This grant funding helped to leverage more than $30,000 in funds invested from participating homeowners.Carbondale residents interested in participating in the Beautiful Blocks program can download pre-application instructions and access the pre-application document by visiting the program homepage at https://www.nwnepa.org/programs/beautiful-blocks.html.

More information about NeighborWorks can be found at www.nwnepa.org.

NEPA Film Festival

Opening night festivities at the Northeast Pennsylvania Film Festival to feature Tony award winning playwright, screenwriter, author, filmmaker and Scranton native Stephen Karam, and screening of his first feature film, an adaptation of “The Humans” for A24 films. This inspiring conversation will be moderated by our CEO and Chief Creative Strategist Helen Lavelle! 

6:00PM Cocktail Reception

7:00PM “A Conversation with Stephen Karam: Evolution of “The Humans” from Stage to Screen” Moderated by Helen Lavelle

8:00PM   Screening of “The Humans.”

Helen Lavelle is a nationally-recognized leader in the advertising industry and the owner of Lavelle Strategy Group in Scranton. Ms. Lavelle is also an artist and an advocate for the arts in all genres. Her figurative, landscape and abstract work is held in corporate and private collections worldwide.

Stephen Karam is the Tony Award-winning author of The HumansSons of the Prophet and Speech & Debate. For his work he’s received two Drama Critics Circle Awards, an OBIE Award and is a two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist.  

Follow March Madness and Win with the RailRiders

It’s nearly tournament time and the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders are marching on towards their 2022 season with the return of a fan-fav ticket promotion. The RailRiders are giving fans the opportunity to pair ticket packages purchased with teams from the NCAA men’s college tournament field for a chance to win.

Each new Full Season Ticket Membership purchased through March 16 will be paired with FOUR NCAA men’s tournament participants. Each Half Season Ticket Membership purchased will be paired with three teams. A Partial Plan purchase will net two teams in the tournament and any Mini-Plan will be assigned one corresponding team in the big dance. The team assignments will be done on Monday, March 14, after Selection Sunday via a random lottery pick system. Teams will be assigned on a per-seat basis rather than being limited to one per account.

If your designated team advances, you will be given the following prizes based on performance: Advance to the round of 32 to receive the FULL Legends Race Bobblehead Series (Both the Mantle & Munson Bobblehead AND the DiMaggio & Martin Bobblehead); advance to the Sweet 16 to receive a team hat with the classic SWB logo; advance to the Elite 8 to receive four tickets to Yankee Stadium (2 vouchers) and four Standing Room Only tickets to the Geisinger Champions Club level for a RailRiders game of their choice this season; advance to the Final 4 to receive a Roger Clemens autographed baseball, $25 gift certificate to theSWB Station Team Store and a game-worn RailRiders jersey.

One person will ride their team’s success all the way to the title. If your randomly-assigned team wins the NCAA Championship, you will take home an autographed Legend’s Series bat, a personalized RailRiders jersey, 50% off RailRiders suite May through September and a $100 gift card to the SWB Station Team Store.

The 2022 season opens on April 5 in Syracuse with the home opener on April 12 against the Norfolk Tides at PNC Field. Season ticket memberships and mini-plans are available now on www.swbrailriders.com and single-game tickets will be available beginning at 10 A.M. on March 8.

HNB Promotes New Commercial Loan Portfolio Manager

Ryan Ehrhardt

Thomas E. Sheridan Jr., President and CEO of The Honesdale National Bank, has announced Ryan Ehrhardt has been promoted to Commercial Loan Portfolio Manager.

In making the announcement, Sheridan stated, “We are pleased to have Ryan grow his career here at HNB.” He continued, “He has done an excellent job in support of our commercial lending team. His local knowledge and background in credit will be very valuable in his new position.”

As Commercial Loan Portfolio Manager, Ehrhardt will be responsible for supporting commercial loan officers through developing and managing commercial loan relationships, which includes providing a high level of service and analysis of commercial credit opportunities.

Ehrhardt began his career in the financial industry in 2019 with a Commercial Lending Internship at HNB. After graduating college, he managed Client Services at Vanguard before returning to HNB as Credit Analyst in 2021.

In commenting on his new role at HNB, Ehrhardt noted, “I consider myself very fortunate to work and start my career in banking at HNB.” He noted, “In the short time I’ve been here, I can confidently say this is a bank that genuinely cares about the people, businesses, and communities they serve, which is why I’m excited about my new role further positioning me to support our areas local business people.”

Ehrhardt is from Paupack, Pa. and graduated from Wallenpaupack Area High School. He is a graduate of Bloomsburg University, 2020 (Magna Cum Laude) and has obtained a Bachelor of Science and Business Administration (BSBA) in Marketing and Finance.

Outside of the bank, he enjoys spending time with his dog Levi, skiing, boating, fishing, hunting, and hiking.

The Honesdale National Bank, established in 1836, holds the distinction of being the area’s oldest independent community bank headquartered in Northeastern PA, with offices in Wayne, Pike, Susquehanna, Lackawanna and Luzerne Counties. The Honesdale National Bank offers personal banking, business banking and wealth solutions. For more information on HNB’s products and services, visit www.hnbbank.bank.

Improv at the Scranton Cultural Center

WHO: Martin Media

WHAT: Whose Live Anyway?

WHEN: Friday, April 29 at 8:00 p.m.

WHERE: Scranton Cultural Center at the Masonic Temple – Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Theatre 420 North Washington Avenue Scranton, PA 18503

TICKET PRICE: $46.00-56.00 (plus fees)

The current cast members of the Emmy-nominated TV show “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” are proud to present their new improv tour: “WHOSE LIVE ANYWAY?,” appearing live in concert at the Scranton Cultural Center at the Masonic Temple on April 29 at 8:00 PM.

“WHOSE LIVE ANYWAY?” is 90 minutes of hilarious improvised comedy and song all based on audience suggestions. Cast members Greg Proops, Jeff B. Davis, Ryan Stiles, and Joel Murray will leave you gasping with the very witty scenes they invent before your eyes. Audience participation is key to the show, so bring your suggestions and you might be asked to join the cast onstage!

This particular style of improvisational comedy is rife with countless gags, one-liners, hilarious games and even songs so good you will hardly believe they were made up on the spot. The teamwork and trust that it takes to perform a show with no script is apparent, but when the best of the best do it, they do it effortlessly. Watch them build entire scenes, characters, and storylines right before your eyes as they take you on a white-knuckle ride through endless chuckles.

Ryan Stiles’ television credits include roles on “The Drew Carey Show” and “Two and a Half Men,” while Greg Proops has lent his vocal talents to animated characters in Star Wars: Episode 1, The Nightmare Before Christmas, and Brother Bear. However, both got their start as comedians and are excited to return to their funny-bone-tickling roots.

Jeff B. Davis is also a highly experienced improv comedian and starred in the cult classic cartoon series, “Harmonquest.” He has also starred in “Drew Carey’s Green Screen Show” and “Improv-a-Ganza,” while gaining fame for his spot-on impressions of Christoper Walken, Keanu Reeves, and Jeff Goldblum.

Joel Murray is the youngest of the nine Murray brothers, including Bill Murray, but has become a star in his own right. Though he has over 250 sitcom appearances, he is best known for his recurring roles like Freddy Rumsen on “Mad Men” and Eddie Jackson on “Shameless.” He has also appeared in One Crazy Summer, The Artist, Scrooged, and Bobcat Goldthwait’s God Bless America..

WHOSE LIVE ANYWAY? showcases some of the improv games made famous on the long-running TV show as well as some exciting new ones, featuring musical direction by Bob Derkach. All ages welcome.

Tickets for “WHOSE LIVE ANYWAY?” will be on sale on February 24 at 10:00 AM. Tickets range from $46-56 (plus fees) and are available for purchase at the Fidelity Bank Box Office at the SCC in person or by calling (570) 344-1111, or via Ticketmaster. For more information or to view a full schedule of events, visit SCCMT.org.

The Dime Bank Donated to Greater Pike Community Foundation

The Dime Bank donated $10,000 to the Greater Pike County Community Foundation (GPCF) through the PA Department of Community and Economic Development’s Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) program.

Through the GPCF, The Dime Bank’s donation provides significant funding for innovative educational programming enhancements in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) at Delaware Valley School District (DVSD). The funding supports programs that prepare students for a technology-centered future.

“On behalf of the Delaware Valley School District, especially our students and staff from our STEM program, thank you for your generous contribution to the grant presented to us by the Greater Pike Community Foundation. We are very grateful for the support The Dime Bank has given our students,” stated Jayson Pope, Supervisor of Academic Services.

“Technology has taken on a more crucial role with the need for remote learning during a pandemic. Greater Pike is pleased to partner with The Dime Bank, Delaware Valley School District, and the PA Department of Community and Economic Development for this important contribution to the future success of students,” said Greater Pike Executive Director Jenni Hamill.

Local Girls’ Basketball Team Raises Funds for NRCI

Mountain View Basketball Event 

The Mountain View Girls’ Basketball Team hosted a fundraiser on Monday, January 31st during their basketball game. The event featured a memory board, a 50/50 raffle and a variety of raffle baskets.  

This event raised $1,800 for the Northeast Regional Cancer Institute.  The Northeast Regional Cancer Institute is a local nonprofit whose mission is to ease the burden of cancer in northeastern Pennsylvania.  The Mountain View Girls’ Basketball team hopes to continue this event next year.  

The Northeast Regional Cancer Institute is a nonprofit community-based agency serving seven counties in northeast Pennsylvania with offices located in Scranton and Wilkes-Barre.  Focusing on surveillance, community and patient services, and hospital and practice support services, the Cancer Institute invests 100% of its resources locally. The mission of the Northeast Regional Cancer Institute is to ease the burden of cancer in Northeastern Pennsylvania. 

FNCB Bank Supports Women’s Resource Center with $1,500 Grant

FNCB Bank, through the FNCB Bank Charitable Foundation, has announced a $1,500 grant to the Women’s Resource Center for their Restoring Hope capital campaign.

The Women’s Resource Center provides comprehensive services for female and male victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence and stalking in Lackawanna and Susquehanna Counties. Their services include a crisis hotline, crisis counseling, emergency shelter, safe housing, legal services, support services, community education and advocacy.

The FNCB Bank Charitable Foundation strives to meet the needs of the communities FNCB Bank serves by supporting organizations that improve educational and economic opportunities of low-and-moderate income individuals, youth initiatives and programs that enhance the cultural and economic development of Northeastern Pennsylvania. For more information, visit www.fncb.com/Community-Giving.

HRC Program Specialist Accepted into Leadership Academy

Human Resources Center, Inc. Program Specialist, JoHanna Wnenta-Schultz, was accepted to the highly selective ANCOR Leadership Academy in February, 2022. The ANCOR Foundation is a 501(c)3 organization dedicated to supporting the development of innovative programs and disseminating information intended to improve the quality of life for individuals with disabilities. ANCOR’s Leadership Academy, established in 2017, exists to provide training and mentorship to mid-level leaders in the intellectual and developmental disability services industry. Over the course of two years, the ANCOR Foundation supports selected professionals in cultivating their areas of expertise, promoting thought-leadership in an effort to shape the next generation of leaders.

JoHanna was selected as one of twenty professionals across the nation to participate in ANCOR’s Leadership Academy. JoHanna, Community Participation Support Specialist at HRC’s Church Street Day Program, is no stranger to balancing continued education while maintaining her work of supporting individuals with disabilities. Just last year, she obtained her Master’s in Education: Curriculum and Instruction for Special Education from Liberty University and graduated with Highest Honors of Distinction in just two years. Now, JoHanna hopes to build upon her leadership skills as she embarks on her new journey in March.

JoHanna’s participation in the ANCOR Leadership Academy will be sponsored by her employer, Human Resources Center, Inc. HRC fosters a culture of continuous learning and encourages staff to seek additional avenues of education by financially supporting them in work-related educational endeavors. These values stem from HRC’s mission to provide individuals with disabilities gold-standard service and support.