RailRiders Announce Details for Opening Night 2022

After a six-game trip to Syracuse to start the 2022 season, the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders return to Moosic on April 12 for Opening Night against the Norfolk Tides. The RailRiders front office will welcome baseball back to NEPA with a massive Opening Night bash and fans will have the chance to walk away $10,000 richer!

Festivities begin at 3:00 P.M. as WBRE-TV broadcasts PA Live from PNC Field. Hosts Chris Bohanski and Rachel Malek will give the scoop on everything to expect at the ballpark this season!

The RailRiders FanFest starts at 4:30 P.M. with fun and games for all ages courtesy of PA Party Rental, including a dunk tank, giant Connect 4 and Giant Jenga, cornhole, an inflatable rock climbing wall, inflatable axe throwing and inflatable darts. DJ Gordo will spin the tunes, food and beverages will be available plus much more.

Gates open at 5:30 P.M. and Scranton/Wilkes-Barre will have several guests on hand for commemorative first pitches to help start the 2022 home slate. Longtime WNEP-TV sports anchor Jim Coles, Regional President of PNC Bank Pete Danchak and West Scranton High and Penn State alum Matt McGloin will be in attendance to get things going

That’s when the fun really starts! Fans in attendance will have 10 chances at $10k.

During the game, the RailRiders faithful will have the opportunity to win along with a specific event designated for each inning. Register as you enter the ballpark during the FanFest and the RailRiders will select one fan at random from the entries for each inning. Selected individuals can win $10k if the in-game event listed below happens during their designated half inning.

Top of the 1st              RailRiders turn a Triple Play

Bottom of the 2nd        SWB hits Back-to-Back Home Runs

Top of the 3rd              Three Assists by the Second Baseman

Bottom of the 4th         RailRiders hit for a Team Cycle

Bottom of the 5th         A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Player hits a Grand Slam

Bottom of the 6th         SWB hits a Home Run off the Foul Pole

Bottom of the 7th         RailRiders score Exactly Seven Runs

Top of the 8th              SWB Pitchers Strike Out the Side on Nine Pitches

Top of the 9th              Three Assists by the Third Baseman

One additional fan will be selected before the game for the chance to win $10,000 if SWB’s starter throws a perfect game!

Terms and conditions apply. Visit swbrailriders.com for the complete contest rules and stipulations.

Opening Night 2022 is shaping up to be Off the Rails and the RailRiders can’t wait to see everyone back at PNC Field! For tickets or more information, please visit www.swbrailriders.com

Peoples Security Bank Announces Its First New Jersey Business Center

Peoples Security Bank & Trust Company (“PSBT”), is pleased to announce the official opening of its first business center in New Jersey, located at 444 Hoes Lane/Suite 301/Piscataway, NJ 08854. PSBT is one of the lone Pennsylvania-headquartered community banks to make a large-scale commitment in servicing the state’s small business owners.

Located in the heart of Middlesex County, PSBT will offer an array of commercial and retail loan options for new and existing customers. In comparison to its competitors, the Bank’s services will not be limited to customers in the immediate area, but rather extend throughout the entire state. Its establishment also represents a pivotal move for PSBT regarding its strategic organic growth plans to network outside of its Pennsylvania and New York-based geographic roots.

“Peoples Security Bank & Trust is excited to expand our full-service operations to New Jersey. Customers deserve to have a reputable and reliable financial institution like Peoples Security Bank & Trust that harmoniously unifies banking and business, and experienced banking professionals who are capable of enhancing our evolving services,” shared Neal Koplin, Senior Executive Vice President – Chief Banking Officer. “From complex commercial loans to home mortgages, the Bank is equipped to manage the unique needs of our expanding customer base.”

In addition to the previous executive appointments of John J. Pagano, Senior Vice President, New Jersey Market Manager and Thomas G. Guinan, Senior Vice President, Senior Commercial Lender this past fall, PSBT is also excited to announce additional highly experienced hires to support the Bank’s ongoing operations. Those individuals include Steve DeLuise, Senior Vice President, Senior Commercial Lender; Rhea Alimchandani, Assistant Vice President, Branch Manager; Brenda Rios, Commercial Loan Services Manager; Janina Repetto, Portfolio Manager; and Patti Henne, Portfolio Manager. As the Business Center continues to grow, the Bank is planning to hire more personnel throughout the year.

As the latest business center to open in the Bank’s history, its hours of operation are from Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. For customers wishing to schedule a virtual or in-person meeting with a team member, visit the this page for their specific contact information.

‘Misericordia in Bloom’ Gala

Misericordia University will host ‘Misericordia in Bloom,’ the 2022 Trustee Associates Gala and Inaugural Celebration, on Saturday, April 23 on campus.  

The festive evening with an exceptional flower show theme, will celebrate the inauguration of Misericordia’s 15thPresident Daniel J. Myers, Ph.D., and will offer appreciation to Trustee Associate benefactors who generously donate to the university. In addition, the event will recognize the successful completion of Misericordia’s largest campaign to date, Now for Tomorrow: The Campaign for Misericordia University, and honor two of Misericordia’s most special alumnae, Mercy Mission Medal recipient Joan Krause, Class of 1958, of Nanticoke; and Trustee Associates Award recipient Nancy Smith Lynch, Class of 1968, of Glen Head, New York. The event will feature fabulous food and signature drinks with dancing to the music of Vinyl Groov.

Proceeds from the gala will support President Myers’ initiative to increase scholarship funding for deserving students.

Geisinger is the presenting sponsor for the event. Misericordia University Trustees Barbara Maculloch, PA president, Community Bank, N.A., and Roger G. Howell, president and CEO, Howell Benefit Services, are serving as Gala co-chairs.

Tickets are available for purchase at $250 per person by calling Wendy Ferrara at (570) 674-3341. Anyone wishing to honor President Myers, Joan Krause, and/or Nancy Lynch with a Sponsored Table of 10 for $2,500, purchase an ad, or become a sponsor of the event, should contact Meredith Vincelli, mvincelli@misericordia.edu, or (570) 674-6472. In addition, raffle tickets, available at $20 a piece or 6 for $100, with cash prize winnings of $3,500, $1,000 and $500, are available at Misericordia.edu/raffle.

For additional information about the ‘Misericordia in Bloom’ Gala, please call 570-674-8201.

The Dime Bank Donated $31,000 for Scholarship Opportunities

The Dime Bank donated $31,000 through the Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program to various educational institutions for scholarship opportunities: $18,000 was donated to Penngift Foundation of which $9,500 was allocated for St. Dominic’s Academy for their pre-k through 8th grade programs, $6,000 was allocated to Canaan Christian Academy for their elementary and secondary Christian education program scholarships, and $2,500 was allocated to Grace Ridge School to be used for their programs’ tuition assistance; $7,500 was donated to the United Way of Lackawanna and Wayne Counties to be used for pre-kindergarten program scholarships; $2,000 was donated to Yeshiva Beth Moshe for Scranton Hebrew Day school scholarships for Jewish and secular education; $2,000 was donated to Diocese of Scranton for their Catholic schools tuition assistance program; $1,500 was donated to the Greater Pike Community Foundation to be used for pre-k scholarship opportunities at Center for Developmental Disabilities (CDD) or Green Trees Early Learning Center in Milford, PA.

St. Dominic’s Academy Board Member Jen Suhosky said, “St. Dominic’s Academy in Honesdale, PA is celebrating our 10-year anniversary. We are so grateful to The Dime Bank for helping us achieve this goal by generously donating to the EITC program every year. Many of our students and their families benefit greatly from this program.”

FNCB Bank Donates $9,500 in Support of STEAM Programs

FNCB Bank, locally-based since 1910, has announced a $9,500 Pennsylvania Education Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) donation to the Howard Gardner MI Charter School in Scranton.

FNCB’s grant was used to support the Arts Alliance and STEAM Camp programs. Middle school students ventured into coding drones and designed a special coding course for kindergarten through second grade students. Students in K-2 participated in both in-school and after school programs entitled “Coding Around the World.”

Since 2010, FNCB has contributed just under $2,500,000 to local educational and scholarship organizations through the EITC initiative.

The support of the Howard Gardner School is part of FNCB’s larger Community Caring initiative. As a true, local community bank, FNCB Bank is making a difference through volunteerism, donations and outreach programs.

Johnson College will Host STEM Degrees Event

On Thursday, April 21, 2022, Johnson College is holding a Diving Into The STEM Degrees event from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the Moffat Student Center on its campus in Scranton. Prospective students, parents, teachers, guidance counselors, and administrators from local high schools interested in learning more about the College’s STEM-focused 2-year academic degree programs are encouraged to attend.

Program Directors and instructors from the College’s Biomedical Equipment Technology, Electronic Engineering Technology, Advanced Manufacturing Technology, and Mechatronics Technology programs will discuss each program’s hands-on curriculum, overall learning goals, and career opportunities. Attendees will also receive tours of each program’s labs.

To attend the Diving Into The STEM Degrees event, please register at https://johnson.edu/stem/ or contact the College’s enrollment team at enroll@johnson.edu or (570) 702-8856.

Wayne Bank Announces New President and CEO

On March 28, 2022, Norwood Financial Corp (the “Company”) (NASDAQ Global Market: NWFL) announced that James O. Donnelly had accepted an offer (the “Offer”) to become President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company, and its wholly owned subsidiary, Wayne Bank (the “Bank”), effective upon his first day of employment with the Company, anticipated to be in early May, 2022.  Following his appointment as President and Chief Executive Officer, he will also be appointed as a member of the Board of Directors of the Company and the Bank (the “Board”).  Mr. Lewis J. Critelli, current President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company and Bank previously announced his intention to retire during the first half of 2022, subject to the successful completion of a search process for a successor.  Mr. Critelli intends to continue serving as a director of the Company and Bank upon his retirement as Chief  Executive Officer.

Mr. Donnelly joins the Company with over 30 years of banking experience, most recently with Bangor Savings Bank where he served as its Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer.  Mr. Donnelly will bring to the chief executive officer role substantial experience and leadership skills in the areas of commercial lending, retail and mortgage banking, credit, financial management, wealth management and franchise growth through acquisition and market expansion.  Mr. Donnelly has a long and distinguished history of community service, including in the areas of healthcare, higher education and the United Way.

Mr. Critelli remarked, “Jim is an experienced, dedicated and successful community banker.  We look forward to Jim joining the Company and the Bank in this key leadership role.

We welcome him and his wife, Melissa, to the Bank and to our Community.”  He has an MBA from Post University, a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Maine, as well as leadership courses from various banking schools.  He and his wife plan to relocate to Northeastern Pennsylvania.

Norwood Financial Corp is the parent company of Wayne Bank, which operates from fourteen offices throughout Northeastern Pennsylvania and sixteen offices in Delaware, Sullivan, Ontario, Otsego and Yates Counties, New York. The Company’s stock trades on the Nasdaq Global Market under the symbol “NWFL”.

Allied Services Scranton Celebrates Best Nursing Homes Award

Staff at Allied Services is celebrating the national recognition they received for their quality care. Allied Services Scranton Transitional Rehab Unit received U.S. News & World Report’s “High Performing” ranking for Short-Term Rehabilitation. This is the highest possible ranking awarded. 

U.S. News gives the designation of Best Nursing Home only to those homes that satisfy U.S. News’s assessment of the appropriate use of key services and consistent performance in quality measures.  

3 skilled-nursing facilities operated by Allied Services Integrated Health System are among the 13% of facilities nationwide that were recently recognized as a Best Nursing Home for 2021-22 by U.S. News & World Report. 

Allied Services Wilkes-Barre Transitional Rehab Unit also earned the “High Performing” ranking for Short-Term Rehabilitation and/or Long-Term Care. 

This is the 5th consecutive year that the Allied Services Transitional Rehab Units have received the survey’s top rating of “High Performing” for Short-Stay Rehabilitation, earning them the title of “Best Nursing Homes.” The Short-Stay Rehabilitation rating was introduced in 2018 to provide patients with a clearer view of the quality of care provided by nursing homes to short-stay patients in need of intensive rehabilitation or nursing services before they return home after a surgery, stroke, accident or illness. 

“As a non-profit health system, we have made it a priority to give patients in our region access to the very best in clinical expertise and advanced rehab technology” commented Karen Kearney, MSW, Vice President, Inpatient Rehabilitation. “This carries through to our Transitional Rehab Units where patients receive nationally-acclaimed short-term rehabilitation under the direction of our Nursing Home Administrators, Chris Minich and Chris Fazzini.”  Now in its 12th year, the U.S. News Best Nursing Homes ratings and profiles offer comprehensive information about quality of care, COVID-19 vaccination requirements for residents and staff, flu and pneumonia vaccination rates, and infection control violations listed on the resident safety summary. Individuals can easily conduct customized research for a highly rated nursing home by location, size and Medicare and Medicaid coverage.