NEPA SHRM Hosts Event for Opioid Epidemic

NEPA SHRM hosts The Opioid Epidemic & Substance Abuse in The Work Place.

The event will take place on March 9, 2023 from 8:00-10:30AM at Top of the 80s in Hazleton, PA

Breakfast will be included.

Attendance is FREE for NEPA SHRM Members and $25 for non-members

Please Register by March 6, 2023 at

Lexington Entertainment February Music Schedule

Lexington Entertainment is hosting live music at local events throughout the month of February.

Friday, February 17, 2023 at 6:00PM-7:00 PM               

DOUG SMITH’S DIXIELAND ALL-STARS                              

Blakely/Peckville Crimewatch

Association Fundraiser – Mardi Gras Style

Fiorelli’s 1501 Main Street, Peckville PA 570-489-6777

The cost is $65

Tuesday, February 21, 2023 (Fat Tuesday) at 5:00PM-7:00PM              

DOUG SMITH’S DIXIELAND ALL-STARS                                  

  Mardi Gras Celebration – Authentic Cajun Cuisine

Villa Maria  II  1610 Washburn Street, Scranton, PA (570) 347-8010

Outreach to Host Job Fair

Outreach invites job seekers to attend the Department of Corrections Job Fair to be held at the LEAD Center at Outreach, 431 North Seventh Avenue, Scranton, on Wednesday, February 15. 2023 from 10 am to 2 pm. 

In the event of snow, the makeup date will be Friday, February 17, 2023, from 10 am to 2 pm.

The LEAD Center at Outreach is hosting an on-site job fair with the Department of Corrections. Timothy Budgeon, Lieutenant Department of Corrections Recruitment and Retention Specialist, will be on-site to provide information regarding the amazing career opportunities available with the Department of Corrections. 

Job opportunities include work with:

  • State Corrections
  • State Parole
  • State Community Corrections

The Department of Corrections has positions that cover all spectrum’s of experience and education in Civil and Non-Civil Service categories. Positions range from administrative, security, maintenance, food service, education, psychology, medical, dental, and more. Earn up to $22.28 per hour to start!

Outreach – Center for Community Resources serves over 4,500 adults and children each year by offering a variety of programs that promote family stability and economic self-sufficiency, with respect for the individual and with the highest professional standards. The LEAD Center at Outreach helps individuals overcome barriers to employment and is proud to partner with the Department of Corrections to serve our local community. For more information, contact: Jennifer Shoemaker at 570-703-0049.

PA Route 6: Facade Grant Program

Lackawanna County businesses, nonprofits, and commercial property owners could be awarded matching funds up to $5,000 to improve storefronts and exterior upgrades.

The $5,000 matching funds is a dollar-to-dollar grant for recipients. Eligible projects can include but are not limited to exterior painting, new signs, and canvas awning replacement.

Commercial buildings may be located anywhere in Lackawanna County, but applicants whose properties are located on Route 6 will be given extra weight.

PA Route 6 has partnered with the Lackawanna Heritage Valley National and State Heritage Area on the grant program.

Public meetings are scheduled with the Route 6 Alliance to explain the program guidelines and grant procedures:

February 7, 6 PM at the Carbondale Chamber of Commerce

February 8, 10 AM at the Carbondale Chamber of Commerce

February 8, 6 PM at the Lackawanna Heritage Valley Office

February 9, 10 AM at the Lackawanna Valley Heritage Office

February 15, 6 PM virtual meeting is scheduled.

Contact Vanessa Billings-Seiler at or (812) 774-7082 with questions on the public meetings or grant program.

Contact the Lackawanna Heritage Valley at (570) 963-6730 for questions.

Learn more about the program online atçade-meeting.

Read the full article online at The Times-Tribune.

Pilgers’ Pastries Offers Valentine’s Day Specials

Pilgers’ Pastries is helping you find the perfect gift this Valentine’s Day. Stop in the bakery to take part in our Valentine’s Day Lovers Basket Giveaway! One large basket valued at $80 and two small baskets valued at $25 each will be awarded February 11th, 2023. Follow us on Instagram or Facebook or check out our website for details.

Former State Rep. Mike Peifer Joins Novak Strategic Advisors

Novak Strategic Advisors today announced that former State Representative Mike Peifer has joined the firm as a Senior Advisor. Peifer most recently served in the State House of Representatives, representing the 139th legislative district – which consists of parts of Pike and Wayne Counties – for eight terms.

“We are thrilled to have Mike join the Novak Strategic team,” Novak Strategic Advisors’ Managing Partner Dan Hayward said. “Mike’s private sector experience working in the financial field and as a small business owner coupled with his vast knowledge of state government gives him unique perspective and insight on a wide range of issues affecting the Commonwealth’s business, higher education, regulatory and taxation environments. As an elected official, Mike’s leadership and consensus building skills were recognized and respected by members on both sides of the political aisle. We look forward to adding his valuable insights, knowledge and experience to the Novak team.”

Throughout his tenure in the state legislature, Peifer garnered a reputation for thoroughly understanding the state’s complex fiscal issues. As a member of the House Appropriations Committee and chair of the House Finance Committee, he was intricately involved in the Commonwealth budget process, as well as updates and changes to Pennsylvania’s Tax Code.
Additionally, for the past 6 years, Peifer has served as Chair of the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA). The agency administers financial aid resources and tools for Pennsylvania students. Peifer’s public service career also includes local government experience – he previously served as the Pike County Treasurer. Prior to running for office, he worked as a certified public accountant and was a senior tax consultant for Price Waterhouse.

“Novak Strategic Advisors has long been regarded as one of the most reputable, well-rounded, results driven advocacy organizations in Harrisburg and across the Pennsylvania,” Peifer said. “Whether it be public affairs, government relations or grassroots and grasstops strategies, I learned very early in my career as a state representative that when the Novak team is involved you are dealing with a slate of hard-working professionals that know the issues inside and out. I’m excited to lend my expertise to the firm and look forward to helping our clients locally, regionally and across Pennsylvania.”

For more than 20 years, Novak Strategic Advisors has offered comprehensive and targeted government relations and public affairs solutions to real-world business needs. Its unique, client-centered approach is based on personalized and focused strategies that incorporate its vast statewide networks, consensus and relationship building, and creating cohesive coalitions. To learn more about Novak Strategic, please visit its website at