Run for the Roses to Benefit NeighborWorks

This year, NeighborWorks Northeastern Pennsylvania is partnering with The Country Club of Scranton to be the benefiting organization of their Kentucky Derby Party – Run for the Roses. A portion of the event ticket and 50/50 raffle proceeds benefits NeighborWorks. It will be held on May 7, 2022 from 5-8pm at the Country Club of Scranton.

For over 14 years, Run for the Roses has emulated the festivities present at the Kentucky Derby. Complete with multiple areas to view the live broadcast of the horse race, passed hors d’oeuvres and an outdoor venue, it celebrates the 185-year-old race held at Churchill Downs racetrack. Event goers are encouraged to dress up in “Derby attire” complete with large hats, bow ties and colorful sun dresses and suits.

The event will feature food, an open bar, cigar lounge & bourbon bar, derby drink features and a 50/50 raffle.

Pre-registration is $85 per person, and non-members can pre-register with a credit card by May 2, 2022. To make a reservation, call 570-586-2311 by May 2, 2022. For more information on the event, please go to the country club’s website here.

Swift Kennedy’s Jerry Calistri Earns Self-Funding Specialist Certification

Jerry Calistri, President and CEO of the insurance brokerage firm Swift Kennedy & Associates, has been designated as a Certified Self-Funding Specialist by the Health Care Administrators Association.

To earn this certification, Calistri completed comprehensive courses about alternative funding and Third-Party Administration, which highlighted the advantages of using self-funded health care plans, such as level-funded policies.

Calistri is a Senatorial Member and PAC Board Member of Health Agents for America, a member of the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans, and a member the National Association of Health Underwriters. In addition, he is a Certified Healthcare Reform Specialist.

He has over 30 years of experience in the employee benefits industry, including working at the Pennsylvania Employees Benefit Trust Fund in Harrisburg and at Geisinger Health Plan as Regional Sales and Operations Manager for the Western Region.

Geisinger Hosts Free, Virtual Lung Cancer Screening Information Session

Geisinger will host a free, virtual lung cancer screening information session from noon to 1 p.m. May 10.

For at-risk patients, lung cancer screening is quick, easy and painless and just as important to the early detection and treatment of cancer as regular mammograms and colonoscopies.

Patients may be eligible for lung cancer screening if they are:

  • Between the ages of 50 and 80
  • Have a 20-pack-year smoking history
  • Currently smoke or quit within the last 15 years

The event will be hosted by Matthew Facktor, M.D.,director of the lung cancer screening program and chair of Geisinger’s Department of Thoracic Surgery, and George Ruiz, M.D.,chair of Geisinger’s Department of Cardiology.

The session will cover:

  • An overview of lung cancer screening
  • Who is a good candidate for regular screening
  • How to calculate pack-year history
  • A question-and-answer session

Anyone interested in learning about lung cancer screening can register for the information session by visiting During registration, participants can submit questions they’d like addressed during the session.

Meals on Wheels of NEPA Serves Smiles to Seniors

Meals on Wheels of NEPA celebrated National Humor Month by delivering more than 700 sets of postcards depicting food puns to their home-bound clients. Local artist Kathleen McHugh designed the illustrations featured on the front of the cards. This project was made possible by a Humor Therapy Fund Grant from the Scranton Area Community Foundation.

“By creating these cards, the Agency’s goal was to improve the moods of the clients it serves and remind them they are not alone,” said Kristen Kosin, Executive Director. “Meals on Wheels of NEPA is often a primary source of contact for clients, and even the smallest bit of humor can brighten someone’s day.”

Meals on Wheels of NEPA supports the independent living of home-bound seniors and disabled persons through the delivery of nutrition and supportive services. Each day, the Agency’s clients, whose life circumstances make it difficult or impossible for them to prepare needed nourishment, receive a hot meal delivered by volunteers. In addition to keeping these seniors well-nourished, the Agency often provides the only human contact many home-bound individuals experience each day. Meals on Wheels of NEPA has been in existence since 1969, and to date, has served over 5 million meals.

Eventive Offers Business Event Planning Assistance

The weather is getting warmer and people are starting to come together again! As you bring your team back together in the office and/or at company meetings and events, we hope you keep us in mind for your team building and meeting planning needs. We have been working hard here at Eventive creating new programs and experiences for our clients.

We have team building programs to fit all of your goals and objectives! Take a look at our updated outline: for In-Person – Hybrid – Virtual events.

Team Building Highlights:

  • Bring your team back together while giving back to the community. Our charity based events are a great way to do both.
  • Choose an activity that focuses on re-grouping and getting to know each other.
  • Host the event at your office or off-site! We bring everything to your venue.

Full-service meeting planning services are also available including site selection, audio-visual, catering, entertainment, registration, and more. We do all the legwork, leaving you time to focus on your job and actually attend the meeting with your co-workers.

The Wright Center Holds COVID-19 and Routine Vaccination Clinics

The Wright Center for Community Health is holding Driving Better Health Mobile COVID-19 and Routine Vaccination Clinics in Lackawanna County in April, May and June from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at each location.

Driving Better Health is a 34-foot mobile medical unit that brings high-quality health care services directly to the underserved communities of Northeast Pennsylvania. The mobile medical unit has been serving populations of special concern since 2020. It is regularly deployed to senior living centers, regional schools, homeless shelters and other community gathering spots.

COVID-19 vaccines and boosters are available for anybody age 5 and up. A guardian must accompany patients who are younger than 17. Walk-up appointments are welcome depending on vaccine availability, but appointments are encouraged for the convenience of patients. Please go to or call 570-230-0019 to schedule an appointment. The Wright Center for Community Health clinical staff will also offer COVID-19 testing and routine vaccines at the clinics.

The Wright Center for Community Health is offering the following vaccination clinics in Lackawanna County:

  • Thursday, April 28: The Recovery Bank, 120 Wyoming Ave., Scranton;
  • Friday, April 29: Scranton Healthy Aging Campus, 1004 Jackson St., Scranton, (10 a.m.-noon);
  • Thursday, May 12: Drug and Alcohol Treatment Service, 441 Wyoming Ave., Scranton;
  • Thursday, May 19 and Thursday, June 16: St. Francis Commons, 504 Penn Ave., Scranton;
  • Friday, May 20 and Friday, June 17: Community Intervention Center, 445 N. 6th Ave., Scranton;
  • Friday, May 27 and Friday, June 24: St. Francis of Assisi Kitchen, 500 Penn Ave., Scranton;
  • Tuesday, June 14: Carbondale Public Library, 5 N. Main St., Carbondale;

Guests are asked to observe public safety measures, including masking and social distancing, during the clinic and bring identification and insurance cards.

Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Investments in Electric Vehicle Charging

As the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) continues developing its plans for electric-vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure investments from the federal Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL), the public is encouraged to learn about planning and funding for electric vehicle infrastructure, as well as submit questions during a webinar on Wednesday, April 27.

The webinar with PennDOT Secretary Yassmin Gramian as well as PennDOT and state Department of Environmental Protection officials will be livestreamed from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. The public can register on the department’s EV web page under “National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) Formula Program.” The public can also register or submit feedback by emailing

The webinar will build on outreach the department is conducting with lawmakers, planning partners, utilities, local government organizations, EV charging companies, and stakeholders with equity, labor, education, and environmental expertise. Additional public feedback will be gathered on the draft plan in June.

As part of the BIL’s nationwide investment in growing the EV charging network, over five years PennDOT will receive and distribute $171.5 million in formula funds for EV charging infrastructure. The department must outline and submit its plans to invest these funds to the U.S. Department of Transportation by August 1, 2022.

The funding supports the commonwealth goal of expanding EV charging along the previously designated Alternative Fuel Corridors (AFCs) (list) and Interstate lookalikes. Federal AFC criteria was updated earlier this year to require AFC designated corridors to have charging stations no more than 1 mile from an Interstate exit or highway intersection (previously 5 miles) and no more than 50 miles apart. The department has been reviewing all corridors to align all AFCs with the new criteria.

Pennsylvania has over 1,700 miles of AFCs. Per the guidance from USDOT, any EV charging infrastructure installed with NEVI formula funds shall be located along a designated AFC and meet U.S. DOT minimum standards and requirements. Should PennDOT determine, and U.S. DOT certifies, that the AFCs are fully built out, then Pennsylvania may use funds to build EV charging equipment on any public road or in any publicly accessible location, including but not limited to parking facilities at public buildings, public schools, and parks.

Additionally, PennDOT – following guidance issued from U.S. DOT – will use its EV Equity Guiding Principles announced this year to help the department evaluate EV proposals in accordance with the federal guidance. The principles aim to increase accessibility to the infrastructure and maximize benefits for all Pennsylvanians and fall into five categories:

  • Make EVs more affordable;
  • Make EV charging more accessible;
  • Invest in fleet electrification;
  • Invest in traditionally underserved, low-income, persons of color and otherwise vulnerable population areas; and
  • Increase EV awareness, education, and technical capacity.

The commonwealth’s previous work and the new funding will support growing EV usage and industry transitions. There are more than 23,000 EVs registered in Pennsylvania, more than double the roughly 9,700 that were registered in March 2019. To enhance traveler information for the growing number of EV drivers, the state’s traveler information system – 511PA – now also includes EV charging station locations as an option on its traffic map. Using data from the U.S. Department of Energy, the map shows locations across the state by connector type, including CCS, J1772, CHAdeMO, Tesla, and NEMA.

More information on PennDOT’s Alternative Fuel Corridors can be found on the department’s website. 

More information on Electric Vehicles in PA, including details on the DEP Alternative Fuel Rebate that provides higher rebates on the purchase of new or used EVs to income-eligible Pennsylvanians, can be found on DEP’s website.

Keith Urban To Perform at Mohegan Sun Arena

Four-time GRAMMY© Award winner Keith Urban has set Summer ’22 for the North American debut of his first world tour in four years, THE SPEED OF NOW WORLD TOUR. The tour’s newly announced North American leg, with 3x GRAMMY© nominee Ingrid Andress, will hit the ASM Global managed Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza in Wilkes-Barre on Thursday, October 20th.

“Every night is the first time we’ve played these songs for that audience, in that moment,” says Urban. “It’s why every show is different – spontaneous and unpredictable – even for us!” He adds, “After two years we’re finally gonna get the chance to play some of the new songs we haven’t done live before. We’ll throw in a bunch of the songs that everyone comes to hear, a couple of which we’ll rework a bit, and it’s really gonna be tough to get us off the stage.”

Tickets are on sale Friday, April 29th at 10am online at or in person at the NBT Bank Box Office at Mohegan Sun Arena.

Blue Ain’t Your Color, The Fighter, Somewhere In My Car, Wasted Time, Somebody Like You, Long Hot Summer, his latest single Wild Hearts, and his global smash One Too Many with P!NK, will anchor a night of music from one of the touring world’s best.

Critics from around the globe have hailed Urban’s concerts as ones “not to be missed,” as unpredictable as they are explosive. Combine his infectious showmanship, virtuoso guitar playing, effortless spontaneity with a fist-pumping, arena-ready arsenal of hits and THE SPEED OF NOW WORLD TOUR promises to be one of the concert events of the Summer.

Tickets On Sale Friday, April 29th at 10am at

Jermyn Self Storage & U-Haul Rentals Opens to Fulfill a Need for Storage

Available storage space remains at a premium in NEPA. Since the summer of 2020 the need for storage has not slowed down making availability unlikely.To fulfill the need for traditional and temperature-controlled storage Jermyn Self Storage & U-Haul Rentals recently opened their doors to serve Jermyn and surrounding communities.

Locally owned and operated, Jermyn Self Storage is conveniently located off Exit 5 from the Robert P. Casey Highway and the Jermyn Exit off Business Rt. 6at 21 Franklin Street, Jermyn. They are fully fenced and gated, well-lit,24/7 video surveillance and maintain a clean and appealing property.

Currently, there are161 traditional and temperature-controlled storage units ranging in size from 5’x 5’ to 10’ x 30’. They have plans to grow to over 200 units. Each storage unit has its own lighting for those who must access the contents of their unit outside daylight hours.

Their convenient location allows businesses looking for a mini warehouse to securely store inventory and supplies. Easy accessibility allows businesses to access supplies quickly to get back on the road to service their customers.Does your business need package acceptance and delivery service? For a small monthly fee, and prior authorization, staff will accept, sign for, and deliver packages to your storage unit.

In addition to serving their local communities, Jermyn Self Storage’s customer base spans to Vandling and Moscow. Homeowners storing furniture and household items sensitive to changes in temperature can opt to store their belongings in a temperature-controlled building. The building is heated in the winter and cooled in the summer maintaining a constant temperature year-round.

Looking to store a car for the winter season, Jermyn Self Storage has a limited supply of traditional drive-up storage units with electrical supply for a trickle charger(call for availability). Do you have a need for an outdoor parking space, they can help with that too. Outdoor space is available for cars, boats, Rvs, and commercial equipment.

In addition to storage, Jermyn Self Storage is also a U-Haul Authorized Dealer. Being an Authorized Dealer allows them to schedule or rent a U-Haul truck or equipment for the self-mover anywhere in the country. Their trucks range in size from a pick-up truck and cargo van to a 26’ truck, which can transport the contents of a home. Along with trucks, they offer open and closed trailers, tow dolly and auto transports. Are you moving out of state? They can schedule a U-Haul truck and an auto transport to haul your extra vehicle.

If the U-Haul truck or equipment is not available in Jermyn Self Storage’s inventory, they will go the extra mile to pick it up at another location so that you don’t have to(based on availability).

In addition to truck and equipment rentals, they offer U-Haul moving and packing supplies, appliance and furniture dolly and furniture pad rentals.

Call today for a tour or to make a storage or U-Haul reservation. Calls are answered 24/7 and Denise and Liz will be happy to help you and give you personalized service.They come with over 10 years of storage and U-Haul knowledge and experience. Phone 570-843-1900.

Geisinger To Host Hiring Events for All Positions

As Geisinger continues recruitment efforts to make better health easier for northeastern and central Pennsylvania,the health system will hold in-person hiring events in Danville, Scranton, Williamsport and Lewistown on Wednesday, April 27.

Attendees can discuss career opportunities at Geisinger, as well as potential recruitment incentives. They can also learn about benefits such as retirement programs, parental paid leave, tuition reimbursement and health insurance that starts on the first day of employment. Those who plan to attend should bring an updated resume,as certain positions will offer on-site interviews.

Geisinger offers a variety of career opportunities in departments that provide direct patient care and those who support operations. Openings throughout Geisinger in northeastern and central Pennsylvania include registered nurses, licensed practical nurses,respiratory therapists,patient companions, pharmacy technicians, phlebotomists, social workers, environmental services technicians, and food service workers, among others.

The hiring events will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on April 27 at the following locations:

  • The Pine Barn Inn, 43 Pine Barn Place, Danville
  • Hilton Scranton, 100 Adams Ave., Scranton
  • Farrington Place, 416 W. Third St.,Williamsport
  • Geisinger Lewistown Hospital, 400 Highland Ave., Lewistown

Registration is encouraged, but notrequired for the April 27 hiring events.Walk-ins are welcome. to register and view all roles that are eligible for hiring incentives.To learn more about job opportunities at Geisinger or to sign up for Geisinger job alerts, visit