Area Resident Promoted to Director of Dental Operations

Kimberly McGoff, of Spring Brook Township, has been promoted to director of dental operations at The Wright Center for Community Health.

McGoff joined the nonprofit health care organization in December 2019, serving as manager for its fast-growing dental service line. The Wright Center operates state-of-the-art fixed dental clinics at two locations: its Mid Valley Practice at 5 S. Washington Ave., Jermyn, and its Scranton Practice at 501 S. Washington Ave., in the city’s South Side neighborhood.

McGoff assisted in establishing those clinics as approved training sites for dental residents who are completing an Advanced Education in General Dentistry Program offered by New York University’s Langone Dental Medicine Postdoctoral Residency Program. Through this new partnership, The Wright Center welcomed its first dental resident in July 2021.

During McGoff’s tenure, The Wright Center has successfully expanded access to dental services for Northeast Pennsylvania residents, especially those who are Medicaid users. She recently oversaw the startup of a monthly dental clinic at The Wright Center for Community Health Hawley Practice, 103 Spruce St., Hawley. The Wayne County site conducts its dental clinics on the second Monday of each month.

Similarly, The Wright Center has begun providing dental services to populations of special concern, including children, through the use of its mobile medical unit, Driving Better Health. The vehicle is deployed, for example, to Luzerne County Head Start locations, where The Wright Center’s providers offer screenings, oral exams and cleanings.

The Wright Center currently operates nine primary care practices in Northeast Pennsylvania, offering access to high-quality, nondiscriminatory and affordable health services. The organization, which in 2019 was designated a Federally Qualified Health Center Look-Alike, offers integrated care, providing patients with the convenience of going to a single location to access medical, dental and behavioral health care, plus addiction treatment and other supportive services.

The Wright Center treats patients of all ages, income levels and insurance statuses. No patient is turned away for lack of health insurance or an inability to pay. Certain patients may be eligible for its sliding-fee discount program.

Please go to or call 570-230-0019 for more information about the dental services provided by The Wright Center for Community Health.

Dunmore Winery Holds Label Competition

Space Time Mead & Cider Works is sponsoring its 4thAnnual Label Competition to design a bottle label for specialty wine. The theme for this year’s competition is Unity;inspired by the work of people towards peace and justice for Ukraine.Strides toward unity exemplify our hope for people to come together in the future. All proceeds from the contest will be given to Doctors Without Borders to provide funds for Ukraine and other efforts globally.

Dan Schreffler notes, “Unity was chosen as a reminder of the past accomplishments we earthling have done when working together for a better world. The International Space Station’s (ISS) module called Unity was put in orbit in 1998. It connects the Russian and United States segments of the station and is where the crew eats meals together, even now.”

Prizes will be given to the Judge’s Selection and People’s Choice winners. Judge’s Selection will be chosen by contest’s sponsors. They will have their name and artwork featured on special release of wine and will receive a cash award of $250. The People’s Choice will be selected by voting. The top voted label will receive a cash award of $250. The competition submission deadline is June 1, 2022. All official competition rules, forms and dates can be found by visiting

Summer AmeriCorps VISTA Positions at NeighborWorks

AmeriCorps VISTA Summer Volunteer

Looking for a fun and meaningful way to spend your summer? NeighborWorks is seeking two responsible, self-motivated individuals to provide 10 weeks of service, June 6 to August 14, 2022, through AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America). NeighborWorks is a nonprofit organization that revitalizes neighborhoods and creates opportunities for families to improve their lives through quality housing and financial guidance. VISTA Summer Associates are an integral part of our dedicated, hardworking team, which is devoted to bringing low-income individuals and communities out of poverty.

About the Position

  • Coordinating volunteer home repair projects
  • Installing home safety kits for seniors
  • Attending community events
  • Coordinating neighborhood and park cleanups
  • Maintaining vacant lots
  • Picking up litter along main commercial corridors
  • Documenting quality of life issues (property code violations, missing street signs, etc.)
  • Gathering stories from residents in written, audio, and video formats

This position requires a commitment to serve as a full-time team member for a 10-week period this summer. Although this is a non-salaried volunteer position, VISTA Summer Associates receive a bi-weekly living allowance of $575.40 and are eligible for an education award or cash stipend at the end of their term of service. For more information about the AmeriCorps VISTA program, visit


  • U.S. citizen at least 18 years of age
  • Ability to work independently on a variety of projects and lead others in service activities
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Basic computer skills, including proficiency in Microsoft Office
  • Valid driver’s license and privately owned vehicle for service-related travel

How to Apply

Applications will be accepted until May 2, 2022, or until the positions are filled. To apply, email your resume to Todd Pousley, Neighborhood Revitalization Manager, at

Starry Knights Learning Center Earns ECE Champion Award

Starry Knights Learning Center received the Equity in Early Childhood Education (ECE) Champion Award, honorable mention level.

The Department of Human Services Acting Secretary Meg Snead announced the Equity in Early Childhood Education (ECE) Champion Award recipients to programs across the commonwealth. More than 50 ECE providers were awarded based on their ability to enhance equitable practices within their program as part of providing quality services for children and families.

“Early Childhood Education professionals, providers and programs have been such an inspiration during the pandemic, and it should come as no surprise they are also leading equity and inclusion efforts as well,” said Acting Secretary Snead. “Month of the Young Child is focused on bringing attention to the needs of young children and their families and to recognize ECE programs and services that meet those needs – including equity and inclusion.”

“It has been a rough two years for ECE programs, and I am so proud to highlight programs that are going above and beyond during this time,” said Deputy Secretary of the Office of Child Development and Early Learning, Tracey Campanini. “The work around equity and inclusion is so important and we really wanted to make sure that work was recognized and celebrated.”

Boback, Pickett, Fritz to Co-Host Gun Law Seminar

In their continuing effort to better inform the public regarding Pennsylvania’s firearms laws, Reps. Karen Boback (R-Lackawanna/Luzerne/Wyoming), Tina Pickett (R-Bradford/Sullivan/Susquehanna) and Jonathan Fritz (R-Susquehanna/Wayne) are co-hosting a Gun Law Seminar in Laceyville on Thursday, May 5. The free event will begin at 6 p.m. at the Black Walnut American Legion, 328 Route 6 Road. Doors will open to attendees at 5:30 p.m.

“If you already have a concealed carry permit, or are thinking of obtaining one, please consider attending our seminar,” said the legislators. “There are some misconceptions about Pennsylvania’s concealed carry law out there and we’re co-hosting this event in an effort to lay out the facts for gun owners, with the help of our panel of experts.”

The seminar will be conducted by Wyoming County Sheriff Robert Roberts and Wyoming County District Attorney Joseph Peters, who will also take questions from the audience.

“Even if you are not a gun owner, the information that will be provided regarding the concealed carry law and Castle Doctrine is helpful for everyone to know,” added the co-hosts.

Attendees are required to register for the seminar. They can do so by calling Boback’s office at 570-836-4777 or RSVP online at; Pickett’s office at 570-265-3124 or; or Fritz’s office at 570-278-3374 or  

The Wright Center Names Executive Vice President

Higher education strategist and Luzerne County resident Scott Koerwer, Ph.D., Ed.D., has joined The Wright Centers for Community Health and Graduate Medical Education in the role of executive vice president and chief administrative officer.

In his new role, Koerwer will provide executive leadership oversight of The Wright Center’s human resources, information technology, facilities and marketing and communications departments, as well as contribute to the organization’s clinical delivery and educational missions. 

He also will guide the integration of the organization’s graduate and undergraduate interprofessional medical, behavioral and dental education activities.

“I’m both pleased and honored to have Scott as a member of our executive leadership team,” said Dr. Linda Thomas-Hemak, president and CEO of The Wright Center. “He has a passionate commitment to building and empowering accountable, high-performing teams of employees with a shared understanding of goals and purpose.”

Koerwer previously served as vice president for strategy and planning at the Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine. He also was founding dean of its Graduate School.

Koerwer has more than 30 years of experience working at world-class institutions of higher education. At Newberry College, in Newberry, South Carolina, he served as the 21st president of the college and as professor in the department of business. He served as deputy dean and clinical professor of management at The Darla Moore School of Business, University of South Carolina; associate dean of graduate and executive programs and services at the Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland; and as a director in the Executive Education Division of the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. Koerwer also has served in leadership and partner roles at private and early-stage companies.

Active in the community, Koerwer has served on boards of organizations including the Sidhu

School of Business and Leadership Advisory Board at Wilkes University, the Lehigh University Rossin School of Engineering, Keystone College Board of Trustees, the Abington YMCA Advisory Board and multiple chambers of commerce.

A lifelong learner, Koerwer has a bachelor’s degree from Muhlenberg College. He earned a master’s degree in government from Lehigh University, a Doctor of Education from the University of Pennsylvania, and a Doctor of Philosophy from Thomas Jefferson University.

Koerwer and his family reside in Dallas, Pennsylvania.

VIM to Host The Office 5k

Valley in Motion is hosting The Office 5K. The road race passes sites featured on NBC’s “The Office.” Starting in the shadow of the Electric City sign in downtown Scranton, runners or walkers will pass the Penn Paper, Cooper’s, the Dwight mural, and more. Participants can dress up as their favorite Office character for fun and prizes.

WHEN: Saturday, April 30, 1pm
WHERE: Race starts and ends at the 500 Linden Street block in downtown Scranton
PRE-PARTY: Packet pickup and pre-race party at Cooper’s Seafood House on April 29 from 5-7pm. Office trivia, raffle baskets, and special Firkin Friday small-cask beer will be on tap.

A fun promotional video is here:

Race proceeds benefit Valley In Motion, a non-profit fostering community and quality of life in the Lackawanna Valley. More information about VIM at

Steamtown National Historic Site Announces 2022 Train Schedule

Train rides are returning to Steamtown National Historic Site (NHS) beginning Saturday, May 14, 2022 and coinciding with National Train Day. The Steamtown rail experience varies from short 30-minute trips exploring the park’s historic railroad yard to full-day trips through the Poconos. Short train rides, the Scranton Limited and Caboose Experience, will begin on Saturday, May 14th. The first excursion trip of the season will take place on Saturday, May 28th to Jessup, PA allowing visitors to experience the annual Saint Ubaldo Day “Running of the Saints” (La Corsa dei Ceri).

New for the 2022 season, all ticket sales will be credit card only. Starting Tuesday, April 19th visitors will be able to purchase advance tickets online through for our summer excursions (May-Aug.); tickets for our autumn excursions (Sep.-Oct.) will be released later in the season on Friday, July 15th. Tickets for our short train rides, the Scranton Limited and Caboose Experience, will not be available for advance purchase online and must be purchased on-site at the Information Kiosk, the day of your visit.

Beginning Saturday, May 14th:

· The Scranton Limited or the Caboose Experience will operate on Saturdays and Sundays, as staffing permits. Departure times are: 10:30am, 11:30am, 1:30pm, and 2:30pm.

· Tickets are $6 for adults and kids over the age of 5; kids 5 and under are free. Tickets must be purchased on-site at the Information Kiosk, the day of your visit.

On days we offer our longer excursion rides, the Caboose Experience will be offered in lieu of the Scranton Limited, as staffing permits.

2022 Summer Excursions: Tickets available for purchase online Tuesday, April 19th at 10:00am

· Saturday, May 28th – Jessup: Saint Ubaldo Day “Running of the Saints” (La Corsa dei Ceri)

· Sunday, June 12th – Gouldsboro: Special Railfest Excursion

Saturday, June 18th – Carbondale: Outdoor Train (BIKE)

· Saturday, June 18th – Archbald: Outdoor Train (HIKE)

· Saturday, July 16th – Tobyhanna: Ice House Tour

· Saturday, July 23rd – Archbald: Penn Division History

· Sunday, July 31st – Cresco: Antique Cars and Live Music

· Saturday, August 13th – East Stroudsburg: Lunch in the Park

· Sunday, August 28th – Cresco: Antique Cars and Live Music

2022 Autumn Excursions: Tickets available for purchase online Friday, July 15th at 10:00am

· Saturday, September 24th – Carbondale: Autumn Marketplace

· Saturday, October 1st – East Stroudsburg: Pickle Me Poconos

· Saturday, October 8th – Gouldsboro: Pumpkin Patch

· Saturday, October 22nd – Tobyhanna: Fall Foliage and Town Tour

· Saturday, October 29th – Gouldsboro: Ghoulsboro Halloween

It’s never too early to start your trip planning! Specific event information can be found by visiting the event calendar on the park website anytime. Station information and ticket pricing can be found on by searching “Steamtown National Historic Site.”


· The NPS has updated its masking guidance based on the CDC’s new COVID-19 Community Levels tool, which helps communities decide what prevention steps to take. Masking requirements in NPS buildings are based on local conditions, however masks are still required on all forms of public transportation, including trains operated at Steamtown NHS.

· Train rides are subject to cancellation due to mechanical issues, inclement weather, or crew availability.

The following spaces and activities are available during regular visiting hours:

· The Visitor Center;

· The Park Store;

· The 1902 Roundhouse including the “Cut-a-Way” display;

· The 1937 Roundhouse;

· The Theater;

· The History Museum;

· The Technology Museum;

· Designated areas within the Railyard.

The health and safety of our visitors, employees, volunteers, and partners continues to be paramount. While the listed areas are accessible for visitors to enjoy, services may be limited. The CDC has offered guidance to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. We will continue to monitor all park functions to ensure that visitors adhere to CDC guidance for mitigating risks associated with the transmission of COVID-19 and take any additional steps necessary to protect public health.

Located in downtown Scranton, Pennsylvania, Steamtown NHS is open 9:00am to 5:00pm, daily. From Interstate-81 follow exit 185 (President Biden Expressway, formerly known as Central Scranton Expressway); then follow the brown and white signs to the park entrance at Lackawanna Avenue and Cliff Street (GPS: N 41.41, W 75.67). General park information is available by phoning (570) 340-5200, or by visiting the park website anytime: