Electric City Trolley Station & Museum to Host 25th Annual Winter Meet

The Event will take place at the Electric City Trolley Station & Museum, 300 Cliff Ave, Scranton PA.

The event will run during President’s Day Weekend, February 18, 19, and 20. The Hours of the event will be February 18 and 19 10:00 AM- 4:00 PM. February 20, 10:00 AM- 1:00 PM.

Come see running live steam model trains along with electric G scale and other
assorted large gauges. 2 layouts! One is a 20’ x 45’ loop, 42” high (10 foot radius.)
Also a 20’ x 50’ dual gauge (O&G) 2-track loop for live steam.
Admission to the Meet is $3.00 for adults, $3.00 for children
The Electric City Trolley will run to the Trolley Works in Moosic, PA, weather
permitting, on Saturday and Sunday, February 18 and 19. $5.00 per ticket.

Produced by the Pennsylvania Garden Railway Society, Warrior Run Loco Works,
Aikenback Live Steamers and Wyoming Valley Live Steamers. For information, call
Clem O’Jevich, Warrior Run Loco Works, 32 South Market St., Nanticoke, PA 18934.
570.881.9823. wrunloco@aol.com

Electric City Trolley Station and Museum 570.963.6590

Matt McGloin Foundation Provides Blankets to The Scranton Police Department

The Matt McGloin Foundation, administered by the Scranton Area Community Foundation, recently presented 96 blankets to the Scranton Police Department for their annual coat and toy drive.

PHOTO (l-r): Cathy Fitzpatrick, Scranton Area Community Foundation Grants and Scholarship Manager; Matt McGloin, The Matt McGloin Foundation; Melissa McCafferty, Scranton Police Department; Vivian Williams, Scranton Area Community Foundation Community Initiatives Manager.

The Matt McGloin Foundation, established in 2017 by Matt McGloin, supports charitable causes in the Lackawanna County region. This support has included funding to help a child being treated for cancer, providing oral health kits for hundreds of local children and youth, and providing funding to support veterans’ causes. Additionally, the fund awards a scholarship annually to a graduating senior of West Scranton High School. To date, over $100,000 has been distributed from the Matt McGloin Foundation to support charitable causes across the region. The Matt McGloin Foundation is administered by the Scranton Area Community Foundation.

United Way of Lackawanna and Wayne County Welcomes Vice President

The United Way of Lackawanna and Wayne Counties welcome Matt Ceruti of Old Forge as their Vice President of Resource Development and Campaign. 

Ceruti, comes to the United Way of Lackawanna and Wayne Counties with over a decade of development and fundraising experience. Beginning as campaign manager for the United Way of Wyoming Valley in Wilkes-Barre, he worked with local businesses and organizations to strengthen workplace and corporate giving. During his tenure at the organization he was elevated to Director of Campaign Operations, and in that role, he helped implement an online giving platform and led digital data management efforts to increase organizational efficiencies. Matt then accepted an opportunity as Director of Development at Junior Achievement of Northeastern Pennsylvania with a focus on diversifying funding streams during a time of organizational transformation. Prior to his time in non-profit development, Matt spent his career in radio: on air at 98.1 WHWK in Binghamton, NY, in production role at 97.1 WBHT and as the initial mid-day personality at 93.7 WSJR both in Wilkes-Barre, PA.

Other roles he’s held in the community have included account executive at the Times Leader and Keystone Automotive and healthcare administration/vendor relations at CIGNA. Matt lives with his wife Kristie and their daughter GiGi and enjoys exercising by walking around his town as well as cooking, listening to music and chauffeuring his daughter to her varied social engagements.

“We are thrilled to welcome Matt to the United Way of Lackawanna and Wayne Counties Team,” said Gary Drapek, President & CEO of United Way of Lackawanna and Wayne Counties.


“His experience, leadership and commitment to improving lives make him the ideal person to lead our efforts to create a better future for everyone in our community,” Drapek added.

For more information, call the United Way at (570) 343-1267 x237.

Tobyhanna Army Depot Shines Spotlight on Employee Hobbies

For anyone who steps foot inside Tobyhanna Army Depot’s (TYAD’s) gates, or is familiar with the work done here, it is easy to see that Team Tobyhanna’s passion for supporting our Nation’s warfighters is the driving force of the depot. What may not be as apparent is the vast array of hobbies our workforce is passionate about in their free time. These various interests further bolster the ideal of a workforce diverse in talents, skills, and passions.

In observance of National Hobby Month, get to know members of Team Tobyhanna who have interesting hobbies.

Supply Technician Johnathan Ives and his fellow team members meticulously ensure the proper functioning and application of tactical radio to keep our Nation’s warfighters safe. In his free time, Ives enjoys a hobby which also requires meticulous attention to detail – miniature painting.

He describes miniature painting, along with blacksmithing, as a pandemic passion.

“The miniature painting I’ve always been really curious about. I didn’t really start getting into it until about roughly around the pandemic… when you (had) more time at home,” said Ives.

The figures and game board pictured can be used to play battle games like Marvel Crisis Protocol, but Ives said he is more into the painting/assembling side of the hobby rather than the gameplay. The figures all come attached to a plastic sprue. Ives then assembles the figures and paints them to parade standard, meaning he doesn’t stop at just putting a few colors on the figures, but instead also adds highlighting, weathering, and layering to the pieces he paints.

“The weathering – special effects, if you will – are the most fun on the model because I feel like it brings the model to life and tells a story,” said Ives. “I like to try to tell a story of what the characters do or where they’re at.”

In addition to all the figures he’s painted, Ives is particularly proud of his game board. Several players just roll out a mat to play, but Ives created his game board, which allowed him to put his own creative spin on it by adding things like Stephen King references.

Ives said the work/life balance at TYAD allows him to pursue his passion and makes him better served to support TYAD’s mission.

“I feel like a lot of your creativity, what you do outside of work, can really reflect on what you do here at work. I feel like I come into work every day, and I have a purpose to help the warfighter – someone who is helping us at the same time.”

Management Assistant Casey Stevens’ hobby is a family affair. The entire Stevens clan – including Stevens, her twin sons, husband, siblings, parents (including father, Bill, a depot retiree), cousins, and nieces – enjoys traveling together to Walt Disney World (WDW) in Florida.

The family’s first trip took place when Stevens and her two siblings were children, after many years of enjoying all things Disney right here in Northeastern Pennsylvania.

“We took many trips to Montage Video to rent films like The Parent Trap and Pollyanna, so getting to finally visit this magical place felt like a once-in-a-lifetime experience,” Stevens explained, adding that the vacation was “classic Griswold, complete with an excruciatingly long road trip.”

The family made a return trip to WDW when Stevens’ niece and nephew were born, taking in all that a Disney holiday event had to offer. After that, the entire family was hooked – especially Casey.

“I was taken by the feeling you have when you walk onto the property. It’s just a sense of happiness, especially in the Magic Kingdom. I’ve been to Disney five times in the past ten years, and I even honeymooned there!”

According to Stevens, the Disney brand has permeated other parts of her life as well.

“We have an all-Disney Christmas tree that goes up in our basement, the kids’ birthdays are Disney-themed, we love going to Disney on Ice, and each year, my twins dress up as Disney characters for Halloween,” noting that she often makes their costumes herself – such as last year’s homemade Rocket and Groot costumes depicting characters from Guardians of the Galaxy. The family also has a weekly movie night where they enjoy Disney films together.

Stevens says the collective hobby is all about family bonding across generations.

“Our trips are a great opportunity for us all to spend time together. I am so thankful my children can make these memories with my parents and their cousins – and I get to as well!”

Christopher D’Amico from the Production Engineering Directorate has a unique hobby inspired by his occupation: the cybersecurity specialist collects Tobyhanna Army Depot memorabilia.

He says the hobby was inspired by a lifelong interest in local history.

“I grew up in Gouldsboro and drove by the depot along Tobyhanna Road frequently. I always wondered what went on behind the gates, and, when I joined Team Tobyhanna in 2010, I became even more interested how our organization and mission has evolved over 100-plus years.”

Since then, D’Amico has amassed an impressive collection of depot relics, dating back to the earliest days of the Army’s presence in Northeastern Pennsylvania. The assortment includes hundreds of photos depicting construction of the buildings now part of Tobyhanna Army Depot; handwritten estimates for excavation of depot property; dozens of challenge coins; pins; postcards; patches; and a swath of newspaper clippings spanning decades.

The collection has become popular across the depot and continues to grow, according to D’Amico.

“I source a lot of items from eBay. You would be surprised how many Tobyhanna related items are out there,” he said. “Generous co-workers have also donated items since they know I enjoy them,” adding that he’s still searching for a special something to round out the collection.

“Because I also collect Zippo lighters, my holy grail item would be a Tobyhanna-branded Zippo – merging the two things I enjoy collecting.”

Perhaps the most treasured item among D’Amico’s collection is a newspaper clipping outlining how a crane operator crushed a car during the early days of depot construction, only to find out later it was the crane operator’s own car.

“I just appreciate the humor in it,” he said.

TYAD’s long-range strategic plan, TOBY2035, strives to position Tobyhanna for success in the coming years as the Department of Defense’s premier worldwide C5ISR readiness provider. The plan has four focus areas: C5ISR Readiness, Invest In Our People, Shape the Future, and Strategic Communications.

Tobyhanna Army Depot is a recognized leader in providing world-class logistics support for command, control, communications, computers, cyber, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (C5ISR) systems across the Department of Defense. Tobyhanna’s Corporate Philosophy, dedicated work force and electronics expertise ensure the depot is the Joint C5ISR provider of choice for all branches of the Armed Forces and industry partners.

Tobyhanna’s unparalleled capabilities include full-spectrum logistics support for sustainment, overhaul and repair, fabrication and manufacturing, engineering design and development, systems integration, post production software support, technology insertion, modification, foreign military sales and global field support to our joint warfighters.

About 3,100 personnel are employed at Tobyhanna, which is located in the Pocono Mountains of northeastern Pennsylvania. Tobyhanna Army Depot is part of the U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Command. Headquartered at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, the command’s mission is to empower the Soldier with winning C5ISR capabilities.

Allied Services Awards Employee Humanity Award

Representatives from Allied Services Integrated Health System and the Lackawanna-Susquehanna Counties Behavioral Health Intellectual Disabilities Early Intervention (BHIDEI) Program joined together to celebrate Heroes for Humanity award recipient, Erin Young, Assistant Director of Vocational Services, Allied Services Scranton. 

The Lackawanna-Susquehanna Counties BHIDEI Heroes for Humanity Campaign was initiated in June 2022 for the prevention of abuse and neglect by acknowledging exemplary staff for their contributions to the field and the services and supports they provide to the individuals they work with. 

“Erin is a fierce advocate. A defender of human rights and strong supporter of people with intellectual disabilities” noted Miki Drutchal, Director of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Services, Lackawanna-Susquehanna Counties BHIDEI.  “She is a tremendous human being and we are truly grateful to have her as part of our collective team and happy that we are able to honor her in such a manner.” 

Allied Services President & CEO, Atty. Bill Conaboy commented, “At our core, this is who we are. This is what we do. We care for those who are most vulnerable and to see one of our next-generation leaders honored as a ‘Hero for Humanity’ gives me great pride in our people, and the quality care they provide.” 

Young has been with Allied Services Integrated Health System since 2013 and has served as a Program Specialist, Lead Program Specialist, and as Clinical Coordinator. She is the Incident Management Lead contact, part of the team involved in the Quality Assessment Improvement Process (QAI), an Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) Certified Investigator, and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) trainer for the Vocational Services Division.PHOTO ID: Miki Drutchal, Director of ID Services, Lackawanna- Susquehanna Counties; Taryn Dean, Quality Coordinator, Lackawanna-Susquehanna Counties; Erin Young, Assistant Director of Vocational Services, Allied Services; Margy Fiscus, Director of Vocational Services, Allied Services; Atty. Bill Conaboy, President & CEO, Allied Services

Wayne Bank Promotes Employee to Executive Vice President & Chief Lending Officer

Jim Donnelly, President and Chief Executive Officer of Wayne Bank, is pleased to announce the promotion of Vincent (“Vinny”) G. O’Bell to Executive Vice President and Chief Lending Officer.

“Vinny is a talented leader and commercial lender,” remarked Mr. Donnelly.  “This promotion is in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the communities we serve, to our employees, customers, and his help in building shareholder value.  Vinny’s contributions to the bank makes him deserving of this promotion.  His leadership of our commercial loan division was instrumental in the record growth Wayne Bank achieved in 2022.”

Mr. O’Bell joined Wayne Bank in 2016 as a Senior Vice President, Commercial Loan Officer, and Team Leader.  He holds a degree in Banking and Finance from Lackawanna Jr. College and is a graduate of the Stonier School of Banking.  Mr. O’Bell was recognized by the Pennsylvania Bankers Association (“PBA”) in 2019 for his 40 years of service.

Mr. O’Bell is involved with his community and serves as a Scranton Lackawanna Health and Welfare Board Chairman, a Paul Harris Fellow for the Rotary Club of Scranton, Treasurer and Board Member for the Carbondale Chamber of Commerce.  He is also Eucharistic Minister and finance council for the Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish, and a Finance and Investment Committee Member for the Congregation of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. He resides in Jessup, with his wife, MaryLynn.

Wayne Bank is a subsidiary of Norwood Financial Corp., Member FDIC, and is located in Honesdale, Pennsylvania.  The Bank has 29 Community Offices serving Wayne, Pike, Monroe, Lackawanna, and Luzerne Counties in Pennsylvania, along with Delaware, Sullivan, Otsego, Ontario, and Yates Counties in New York State, including those offices operating under the Bank of Cooperstown and Bank of the Finger Lakes brands.  The stock trades on the NASDAQ Global Market under the symbol— NWFL.

Keystone Mission Launches New Program

Keystone Mission’s Scranton Innovation Center launches a new vocational program called Pathfinders. The Pathfinders Program was created to produce job-ready and purpose-filled individuals who can get off the streets by securing sustainable pay. Guests are given job-like responsibilities and gain new skills like how to interview, résumé-building, and communication skills.

When guests enter Keystone Mission’s Innovation Center for Homeless & Poverty, they find more than basic relief. The Innovation Center is designed to connect men and women experiencing homelessness with mental/physical health resources, housing assistance, and vocational training.

Individuals suffering from chronic homelessness often lack the vocational skills necessary to secure gainful employment. The Pathfinders Program was created to produce job-ready and purpose-filled individuals who can get off the streets by securing sustainable pay.

“Pathfinders is a groundbreaking volunteer program. Enthusiasm is spreading quickly. [Guests] are taking pride in their work, and that is success any way you look at it,” says Kathy Regan, Scranton Program Manager.

The Pathfinders Program was launched in November 2022, and in the first three months, there has been a positive response among guests with significant growth in accountability, restructuring of routines, and strength in fellowship. Guests are given job-like responsibilities around the Mission and also gain skills such as how to interview, build a résumé, and interact in a professional sense.

“This program allows our guests to make mistakes, to have do-overs that they wouldn’t typically have during the hiring and employment process of traditional employment,” says Lasha Wyman-Klein, Vocational Specialist. “[Pathfinders] focuses on helping guests learn new skills, sharpen existing skills, and give back… it’s something that they can feel proud of and something that feels like it is theirs.”

The Pathfinders Program is one more way Keystone Mission can provide life-transforming opportunities to the homeless, hungry, and hurting in Northeast PA.

Scranton Primary Health Care Center Launches New Website

It is now easier for area consumers seeking medical services to find professionals and available
services through a new website for The Clinics at Scranton Primary Health Care Center, where
no one is denied services due to an inability to pay.

The new website, launched at the beginning of the year, provides consumers with key
information about the services, hours, health insurance, directions, and lists registration forms
in addition to the Clinics’ policies. The site provides short biographies for the Clinics’ providers
in internal medicine, pediatrics, OB/GYN, perinatal, family medicine, general dentistry,
behavioral health, and infectious diseases.

The new site also lists employment opportunities and the current availabilities at the Clinics.
Applicants can apply for open positions directly on the site through an interactive application
form. The job openings are updated regularly so potential applicants can determine if new
opportunities match their skills and experiences.

“The launch of the new employment section of the website coincides with the kickoff of a
multimedia marketing campaign to attract additional Clinics staff members that features a
‘Follow Your Heart. Find Your Career.’ campaign theme,” relayed Joseph Hollander, Chief
Executive Officer of SPHCC. The new recruitment theme will also be featured in future job fair
events to be held by the health care center.

Scranton Primary Health Care Center is a Federally Qualified Health Care Center, located at 959
Wyoming Avenue, Scranton. The new website can be accessed at ScrantonPrimary.org

FNCB Bank Donates to Hazleton YMCA Project

FNCB Bank, locally based since 1910, today announced a $10,000 Neighborhood Assistance Program/Special Program Priorities (NAP-SPP) donation to the Greater Wyoming Valley Area YMCA for their Hazleton YMCA Childcare Center Revitalization Project.

The project, when completed, is expected to provide daycare and early childhood education services to the underserved population in Hazleton.

“The need for early childhood services is great,” said Jerry Champi, FNCB Bank President and CEO. “We are pleased to play a small part in this extremely important project to benefit the Hazleton community.”

Including the Greater Wyoming Valley Area YMCA donation, FNCB Bank has made NAP-SPP commitments to seven different community projects in Northeastern Pennsylvania.  As a true, local community bank, FNCB is making a difference through volunteerism, donations, and outreach programs.

The Wright Center names CRNP for Mid Valley Practice

Maggie Dempsey, R.N., BSN, MSN, of Dunmore, has joined The Wright Center for Community Health as a certified registered nurse practitioner at the Mid Valley Practice, 5 S. Washington Ave., Jermyn. She will see patients of all ages.

Dempsey received a Bachelor of Science in nursing degree from Drexel University and Master of Science in nursing degree from Clarion University of Pennsylvania. Prior to joining The Wright Center for Community Health, she worked as a registered nurse at medical centers in Philadelphia and Scranton.

She holds a certification as a family nurse practitioner from the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, as well as certifications in basic, coronary, and advanced life support from the American Heart Association. As a certified registered nurse practitioner, Dempsey will provide primary health care services, including the assessment and management of patient care through The Wright Center’s patient-centered medical home model that places patients at the forefront of their care and delivers high-quality, affordable health care with a coordinated team-based approach.

The Wright Center for Community Health provides integrated care at convenient locations in Lackawanna, Luzerne and Wayne counties. The nonprofit’s network of nine primary care clinics provides patients with the convenience of going to a single location to access medical, dental, behavioral health, and addiction and recovery services, as well as other supportive service lines. With a sliding-fee discount program available, The Wright Center reduces barriers to care by ensuring health care is affordable for everyone in need, regardless of their ability pay.

Patients can schedule appointments at the most convenient location by using the express online scheduling service at TheWrightCenter.org. To learn more about The Wright Center’s mission and integrated health care services, call 570-230-0019 or visit TheWrightCenter.org.