Limp Bizkit Tour Comes to Mohegan Sun Arena

Preeminent American rock band LIMP BIZKIT will return to the road this April for their month-long “Still Sucks Tour” including a stop at the ASM Global managed Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza in Wilkes-Barre, PA on Saturday, May 7th at 7:30pm. The AEG Presents trek will kick off in the band’s Florida home state and will include a stop in New York City at Madison Square Garden (May 13) with cross country shows including stops in Baltimore (May 15) and Las Vegas (May 28) before concluding with a Los Angeles-area date (Ontario on May 31).  Watch the band talking about the tour in this cheeky clip.  Tickets for the tour go on sale this Friday (March 18) at 10:00 AM (local time) at or Tickets will not be sold via Ticketmaster or in person at the NBT Bank Box Office at Mohegan Sun Arena.

Formed in Jacksonville in the mid-90s, the Grammy-nominated band has sold 40 million records worldwide and has been led since its inception by frontman FRED DURST.  Known for their powerful live performances, the band includes original members DURST, vocals; JOHN OTTO, drums; SAM RIVERS, bass, backing vocals; WES BORLAND, guitars, backing vocals; DJ LETHAL, turntables, sampling, programming.  LIMP BIZKIT will be supported by Scowl, Wargasm UK, $not, Dying Wish, and Yung Gravy for various shows (see breakdown below).  Later this year, the group will follow the U.S. shows with a European run of dates.

United Way Scholarships

The United Way of Lackawanna and Wayne Counties is pleased to announce the availability of the 2022 Mike Munchak Community Services Scholarship to assist high school seniors from Lackawanna, Wayne or Pike Counties, PA who plan to continue their education at an accredited university, college, or trade school in a two or four-year degree program. If selected, the 2022 recipient will receive a one-year award of $6,300 to commemorate Munchak’s #63, retired by the Houston Oilers. Funding for the award comes from proceeds of the Mike Munchak Charity Golf Classic and will be presented at this year’s 26th annual tournament, slated for this upcoming June at the Country Club of Scranton.

A 2001 enshrinee in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Munchak’s career has earned him accolades as both a player and a coach.  Yet, it is his work off the field that led to a scholarship program being established by the United Way to honor hislongstanding commitment to his hometown of Scranton and the people of the area.

“For the past 25 years, we’ve been honored to work with Mike and we remain grateful to him for his unwavering commitment to the people of our community,” said Gary Drapek, president of the United Way of Lackawanna and Wayne Counties.

To be eligible for the scholarship, candidates must be actively involved in community service activities within programs/agencies receiving funds from the United Way of Lackawanna and Wayne Counties, be full-time residents and/or students of a school district within Lackawanna, Wayne or Pike Counties, and be accepted by an accredited university, college or trade school, in a two or four-year degree program track, for the 2022/2023 school year.

Additional requirements include a demonstrated financial need, academic achievement, agency recommendation and a track record of community service.

Last year’s scholarship recipient was Molly Dougherty, a West Scranton High School graduate who served as President of the West Scranton High School Red Cross Club where she directed the club activities and various drives throughout her years of involvement.

Additionally, Dougherty was an active member with numerous organizations

in her community including St. Joseph’s Center, Friends of the Poor, Mathew’s Mission, Knights of Columbus, Cinderella’s Closet, and many others.  She was a member of the National Honor Society, student liaison of the senior class, Miss Invader, Varsity Cross Country Captain, President of the Drama, Spanish and Chorus Clubs, Editor of the West Side Story, graduate of the Leadership Lackawanna’s Tomorrow’s Leaders Today program as well as an array of clubs and activities in which she was engaged.  The Scholarship Committee noted Molly’s superior GPA as well as the leadership qualities she exhibited throughout her time at West Scranton

To be considered, completed applications must be postmarked no later than March 31, 2022. A complete listing of eligibility requirements and the application are available for download at or by calling Frank Kincel at the United Way 570.343-1267 x233.

Waverly Community House Upcoming Events

The Waverly Community House will host the following events this month.

Laurie Tuchel – “A Sense of Place”
Friday, March 18th from 5-7 pm

Art opening in our Waverly Small Works Gallery
Live music and refreshments.
Free event. Open to the public.

Gallery Hours:
Tuesday 3pm- 7pm
Wednesday 1 – 5pm
Thursday 3 – 7pm
Or by appointment

From Receipt to Recipe: Considering Cookbooks as American History
Sunday, March 20, 1 pm

A Talk with Dr. Adam Shprintzen Celebrating the 36th Anniversary of The Flavor of Waverly Cook Book.

If you are what you eat, what are you when you cook? In recognition of the 35th anniversary of The Flavor of Waverly community cookbook, this talk will explore the power of cookbooks as historical sources, tracing the changes in recipe writing and cookbook publishing as a way to better understand our food-focused past, community history, and the power of food in understanding American history.

Refreshments will be provided, created from recipes from The Flavor of Waverly cookbook. This talk is free and open to the public. Click HERE to reserve your seat! Walk-ins welcome!

Marywood University Wind Symphony Members Earn National Recognition

Five members of the Marywood Wind Symphony recently participated in The College Band Directors National Association Eastern Division (CBDNA-E) Intercollegiate Band. The students were selected through a process that included video submissions of solo performances, a dossier of related activity, and director recommendation.

The Marywood students rehearsed for two days in Baltimore, MD, at The Peabody Institute of John Hopkins University under the artistic leadership of Dr. Carolyn Barber, who serves as Professor of Music and Director of Bands at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Glenn-Korff School of Music. The concert was presented on Saturday, February 19, in the Miriam A. Friedberg Concert Hall for the membership of the CBDNA-E.

Marywood participants included (pictured left to right in attached photo):

Lilly Vito • Clarinet • Music Therapy
Elizabeth Vito • Tenor Saxophone • Music Education
Lia Schwenk • String Bass • Music Education
Madelynn Ross • Bass Clarinet (principal) • Music Education
Gabriella Comes • Clarinet • Music Education

PennDOT Announces Regional Innovations Challenge Winner

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) today announced that a team of students from the North Pocono School District, in Lackawanna County has been selected as the PennDOT District 04 winner for its fifth Innovations Challenge.

Mentored by Nathan Jones, advisor, North Pocono Trojans Engineering team members include Daniel Pierzchala, Mason Natalini, Aaron Witherite, and Logan Alefantis.

Now in its fifth year, the PennDOT Innovations Challenge invites high school students in grades 9-12 to use their problem-solving, creative, and strategic-thinking abilities to solve real-world transportation challenges. The Innovations Challenge aims to not only help students explore actual transportation challenges that PennDOT is facing, but also open their minds to the very real possibility of working for PennDOT after graduation.

Since last fall, students have been working hard to solve this year’s challenge. Taking Pennsylvania’s diverse demographics into consideration, this year’s Innovations Challenge asked students to develop a comprehensive and cost-effective public engagement strategy, beyond the current public engagement procedures (outlined in detail in Publication 295) that uses innovative technologies and tools that PennDOT can implement to more effectively engage and connect with all age groups during the transportation planning and project development process.  

“Public engagement is vital to PennDOT’s transportation planning and project development efforts,” said PennDOT Secretary Yassmin Gramian. “However, it can be challenging to bridge technology and generational gaps to ensure everyone is engaged and involved as we plan for transportation improvements.”

The winning regional team’s innovation was Rate-A-Ride.

Regional winners will now move on to compete virtually in Harrisburg for the state championship.

For this year’s challenge, the Associated Pennsylvania Constructors (APC) and the American Council of Engineering Companies of PA (ACEC/PA) are providing a combined total award of $4,000 to the statewide winning team.

For complete Innovations Challenge details, visit and click on Innovations Challenge.

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Johnson College to Host Boy Scouts’ Merit Badge College

Johnson College announced it will host over 150 Scouts during the Northeastern Pennsylvania Council, Boy Scouts of America 23rd annual Merit Badge College on Saturday, March 19, 2022, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on its campus in Scranton, PA.

Merit Badge College is a special advancement program available to all Northeastern Pennsylvania Scouts holding a rank of 1st class or above. Through the pre-registration process, scouts enrolled in one to four courses from a slate of nearly 25 different Merit Badge offerings, such as Automotive Maintenance, Electronics, Chemistry, Energy, Digital Technology, Woodwork, Citizenship, Dog Care, Business, Veterinary Medicine, and many more. The classes vary from 2 to 6 hours in length. They are facilitated by volunteers from Johnson College’s faculty, staff, and Boy Scout Leaders selected based on being accomplished professionals or experts in the specific field.  

Merit Badges are earned by Scouts only through the completion of designated prerequisites, active participation, and demonstrated knowledge of the specific material. This event helps Scouts gain understanding and make progress in their Scouting advancement. It also affords opportunities to meet other Scouts and adults throughout the area and get a real taste of a collegiate atmosphere.    

“By offering our Scouts the chance to earn multiple merit badges for rank advancement, Merit Badge College remains an essential part of the Scouting advancement program,” Dr. Larry Morton of the Boy Scout’s Executive Board and the Council Advancement Chair.

Women’s History Month Events at Penn State Scranton

Penn State student organizations and units at campuses across the commonwealth will be holding events in honor of National Women’s History Month, and Penn State Scranton is joining in the effort with a weeklong slate of events, many of which are free and open to the public.

According to the National Women’s History Alliance, the theme of National Women’s History Month this year is “Women Providing Healing, Promoting Hope,” which is both a tribute to the ceaseless work of caregivers and front-line workers during the ongoing pandemic and also a recognition of the thousands of ways that women of all cultures have provided both healing and hope throughout history.

March 21, Noon to 1:30 p.m. — International Women’s History Kick-off Event (The View Cafe):  International Women’s History Month Kick-off Event announcing a week-long clothing drive in partnership with Dress for Success, as well as showcasing businesses that represent a diverse community of women leaders who are contributing to community wellness. Business owners and student leaders at Penn State Scranton will speak, exploring topics of multiculturalism, professionalism, and challenges women face as global citizens in today’s socio-political climate. This event is free and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

March 22, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. — Women’s History Month Bingo Night (The View Cafe): Join Student Affairs in the View Cafe for a Women’s History Month-themed Bingo Night and play for a chance to win prizes and learn about prominent female figures in history! OPEN TO PSU STUDENTS ONLY

March 22, 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. — Encanto Movie Screening! (The Sherbine Lounge):  Join the Student Organization of Latinos for a night with the Madrigal family in Colombia as we watch Mirabel Madrigal try to save her family and her magical house with the determination and strength she possesses as an independent woman! FREE popcorn will be available to attendees! OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

March 23, Noon to 1 p.m. — Frontline Worker Panel (The Sherbine Lounge):  Penn State Scranton welcomes women frontline workers from the external surrounding community to speak on their experiences and challenges they have faced during the pandemic as they engage participants in a dialogue that will allow the community to reflect on action steps we can take as a collective nation moving forward in participating in women’s solidarity. There will be a Q+A with the panel to follow the presentation. Featured Panelists will include Nuris Perdomo (Women’s Resource Center), Jasmine Berrocal (State Trooper), Casey Lewis (State Trooper), Marybeth Mecca (Nursing Department), Options Women’s Center, Fire Department.

Webinar information available soon. This event is also OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

March 24, Noon to 1 p.m. – United Nations Multicultural Fashion Show (The Sherbine Lounge):   The Student Government Association’s U.N. Red Carpet Multicultural Fashion Show featuring our very own students, faculty and staff as catwalk participants, will model attire from their own heritages and ethnic backgrounds. There will be brief remarks for each attire as participants walk. Come experience our wonderful women ambassadors of Penn State Scranton in this multicultural event! Free food and giveaways will be provided! OPEN TO PSU STUDENTS ONLY.

March 25, 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. — Movie Night: Hidden Figures and Diana Iracheta, A Night with Women in STEM (The Sherbine Lounge):  Diana Iracheta, founder of the non-profit organization Latina Engineer, is special guest for a special screening of “Hidden Figures” and  panel presentation discussing the challenges women face in S.T.E.M. fields. She will also give a brief overview of her seminal work as an engineer, programs she runs, and services she offers through her non-profit foundation. In tandem with the presentational portion of the evening, Penn State’s very own Engineering Club will feature some of their own female students’ projects on display in a gallery format in Sherbine Lounge where the screening will be held. FREE giveaways including Women in S.T.E.M. OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

March 26, 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. — Walk a Mile in Her Shoes Baseball Game (SLC Patio, Matt McGloin Baseball Field):  Walk a Mile in Her Shoes is a nationwide event that is meant to raise awareness and show solidarity for women who have suffered sexual assault. Penn State Scranton’s baseball team will partner with student clubs, faculty/staff and the DEI office to lead the 2022 Walk a Mile in Her Shoes campaign on campus from the Study Learning Center Patio to the baseball field. OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

Settlers Hospitality to Host Wally Wine Fest

One of the most anticipated rites of spring in the Pocono Mountains returns to Lake Wallenpaupack, April 8-10. Wally Wine Fest spotlights a multitude of domestic and international brands from wine regions around the world. Festivities kick off on Friday, April 8 as The Settlers Inn hosts a Tuscan Dinner featuring Banfi Wines. On Saturday and Sunday, Silver Birches overflows with wine tastings, food pairings, seminars and a marketplace.

Purchase tickets for one of three seated wine tastings on Saturday and Sunday. During the two-hour sessions, attendees will be seated at communal tables to enjoy four small plate tasting courses accompanied by three wine samples per tasting. Ticket holders will select their top three sampling choices from eight different wines for each course. Settlers Hospitality Sommelier, Claude Briere personally chose the featured wines, which include domestic and international labels. Tastings are scheduled from 11 a.m.-1 p.m., 2-4 p.m. and 5-7 p.m. each day.

A Bubbly Brunch at The Settlers Inn on Saturday and Sunday from 11:30 am. to 2:30 p.m. adds a bit of sparkle to the festival. Visitors may savor a prix fixe brunch menu, live music and a tasting flight of sparkling wine. Wine seminars all weekend let attendees delve into pours from across the globe. The schedule includes sessions such as Explore High Altitude Wines with Argentina’s Capeta Zapata, Debate the King of Italian Reds: Brunello vs Super Tuscans and Australia vs California Challenge. Seminars are scheduled for Saturday at 11:30 a.m., 2:30 and 5:30 p.m. as well as Sunday at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Sessions range from $35- $50 per person.

“We pour our hearts and souls into Wally Wine Fest each year to make it dynamic and engaging for visitors,” states Justin Genzlinger, CEO/Owner, Settlers Hospitality. “It’s gratifying to see the way people have embraced the event and anticipate its arrival every spring. We are thrilled to present such high caliber wineries and make these fabulous vintages accessible to both the novice wine enthusiasts and connoisseurs.”

Bottles of every wine featured will be available for sale. Prices range from $10-$100. Fine food, gift items and decor fit for wine lovers overflow at The Marketplace. Visitors may shop offerings from places such as Art on the Edge, which features home/wine décor. The Silent Auction benefits Lake Wallenpaupack’s fireworks display and features overnight stays at area accommodations plus gift cards to local restaurants and businesses. Golf and spa packages, as well as boat and paddle board rentals, are also up for grabs. Live entertainment rounds out the weekend-long festivities.

Everyone who attends the festival at Silver Birches receives a commemorative wine glass. General admission is $60 in advance and $75 at the door. Designated drivers may attend for $30. A $200 platinum ticket includes the Tuscan Dinner featuring Banfi Wines at The Settlers Inn on April 8. For $125, guests may attend the Tuscan Dinner only. Visit to purchase tickets. Visitors may opt to stay over and take advantage of a $199 Sunday Night Lodging Special offered at the Hawley properties of Settlers Hospitality.

Special thanks to Champagne Level event sponsors Silver Birches Resort, Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau, E. & J. Gallo Winery and Bold Gold Media Group, as well as Cabernet Level sponsors, AM Skier Insurance. Organizers also acknowledge the participation of Rose Level sponsorsThe Dime Bank, Wayne Bank, Chant Realtors and Lighthouse Harbor Marina. Settlers Hospitality would also like to thank local sponsors Moka Origins, Lake Region IGA and Adams Outdoor.