Scrantastic Spectacular

On Monday, July 3, Lackawanna County will hold the 2023 Scrantastic Spectacular

Courthouse Square in Scranton comes alive as Lehigh Valley Hospital Dickson City Presents the Lackawanna County Scrantastic Spectacular!

Bring the family and enjoy great foods, games and bounce houses for the kids, local bands on The Scranton Recycling Side Stage, and a LIVE performance from Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic Brass and Percussion Members beginning at 8 PM. Then sit back and enjoy the best fireworks display in NEPA sponsored in part by Alleima!

NOTE: Fireworks launch location is now at the Linden St. Garage above Catch 21. See the map for the best viewing locations.

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This event is sponsored in part by Scranton Tomorrow, the Lackawanna County Commissioners, The City of Scranton, and Audacy Pennsylvania.

Marywood University Announces Scholarships

Marywood University recently announced four new endowed scholarships, six new annual scholarships, and a new endowed special gift at the 2023 Scholarship Luncheon. The annual luncheon brought together students, donors, and esteemed guests to acknowledge the impact of scholarships and express heartfelt appreciation for their support.

Renée Gregori Zehel ’91, Ph.D. ’16, vice president for university advancement, opened the program by welcoming guests and recognizing this year’s scholarship honorees. Following lunch, Sister Mary Persico, IHM, Marywood University President, recognized the new scholarship benefactors and presented each of them with a citation. Student scholarship recipients also played a prominent role in the program, including Emily Gunsel ’23, who presented the invocation; Stephanie Golden ’22 (M.I.A. ’24), a graduate architecture student, who gave the keynote address, sharing her personal Marywood journey and expressing profound gratitude on behalf of all student scholarship recipients; and Eleanor Kloss ’26, who offered the benediction.

Marywood University remains dedicated to fostering a vibrant community of learners, where scholarships play an instrumental role in breaking barriers and creating opportunities. The Scholarship Luncheon serves as a testament to the university’s commitment to ensuring access to quality education for deserving students, regardless of their financial circumstances.

Marywood awarded 389 named scholarships, exceeding one million dollars, in the 2022-2023 academic year. New endowed named scholarships can be established with a gift of $50,000 or more. New annual named scholarships can be established with a gift of $10,000 or more. For information on establishing a named scholarship, please contact the Office of University Advancement at 570-348-6238 or

Settlers Hospitality Debuts New Private Social Club

Settlers Hospitality is making another investment in the Hawley community. The boutique multi-concept hospitality corporation purchased the former PNC Bank at the corner of Keystone Street and Main Avenue in 2022 with plans to launch the area’s first private social club, called Vault 240.

Hawley Bank opened in the location in 1929. The building features many original Art Deco touches, which will preserve and enhance the speakeasy aesthetic of Vault 240 Social Club. Members are invited to revel in the roaring 2020s lifestyle and refined services available. The club is billed as, “exclusively inclusive,” indifferent to politics, age, orientation or ethnicity. There are three membership tiers available. Members will have access to a wide range of amenities including dedicated concierge service, catered private dining, an on-site bar and restaurant plus personal services such as a cobbler, tailor and haberdasher. Additional club amenities include a mezzanine piano lounge offering periodic live entertainment, a boardroom for meetings and conferences, humidor services, card room and day spa. Members also enjoy reciprocal use opportunities at affiliate clubs, local businesses and Settlers Hospitality properties.

“You normally find private social clubs in big or larger cities. We think there’s a real niche here in the Lake Region for the type of social experiment offered at Vault 240,” explains Settlers Hospitality CEO/Owner Justin Genzlinger. “This is a natural extension of our hospitality brand. We are providing the high-level services and amenities guests have come to expect from Settlers Hospitality in a private setting that’s exclusive to members.” A select number of inaugural memberships are available now. The grand opening is expected to be held in July. For more information about membership, call 570-576-0484 or email

The Dime Bank Supports Lacawac Sanctuary

The Dime Bank donated $9,750.00 to Lacawac Sanctuary to support their hands-on academic enrichment and innovative educational programs. The Lacawac Sanctuary is a non-profit conservation, research, and education center providing the community with a host of quality environmental, historical, and cultural programs.

$7,500.00 was donated through the PA Department of Community and Economic Development’s Educational Improvement Tax Credit program to support Lacawac Sanctuary’s mission to educate students with important ecological and environmental science lessons, strengthening academic achievement in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. On-site visits to Lacawac, off-site teachings at schools, educational workshops, and curriculum for afterschool sessions are just some of Lacawac’s innovative and educational offerings.

$1,000.00 was donated as a corporate sponsorship, $1,000.00 was donated as an epicurean sponsorship of the 8th Annual Farm to Plate Dinner event, and $250.00 was donated to the Cocktails for Conservation fundraiser. All three help with the Sanctuary’s mission to help promote environmental understanding through education and conservation.

“Many schools have insufficient funding to create their own programs that allow students to explore our diverse lake and forest habitats. Lacawac’s programs are multidisciplinary and geared towards a wide audience. We are happy to support this vital sanctuary that is available not only to our students but to people of all ages,” stated The Dime Bank Vice President Marketing Deb Unflat.

Johnson College Enrolling Students in Welding Courses

Johnson College’s Continuing Education Program is currently is enrolling students for their next Fundamentals of Welding course starting on July 13, 2023, and an Intermediate Shielded Metal Arc Welding course starting July 27, 2023.  Both classes will be held on the Johnson College Scranton campus. To learn more or enroll, visit or contact the Johnson College Continuing Education department at 570-702-8979 or email

During the Fundamentals of Welding, students will learn the basics of the major welding processes.

The Intermediate Shielded Metal Arc Welding (Stick) Welding course will teach students equipment set-up, basic techniques and safety for oxy-fuel welding and cutting.  In addition, basic metallurgy, welding codes, welding inspection and welding symbols will be discussed.

FNCB Bank Names New Nanticoke Community Office Manager

FNCB Bank, locally-based since 1910, today announced the promotion of Nicole Nevel to Nanticoke Community Office Manager, where she will be responsible for the daily operations of the branch, as well as generating new business and providing excellent customer service.

“We are delighted to have Nicole lead our Nanticoke Community Office,” said Deborah Kennedy, FNCB Bank Vice-President, Retail Market Manager. “She is very familiar with the Nanticoke community and possesses all the qualities and characteristics to serve our customers and staff well.”

Prior to her promotion, Mrs. Nevel served as a Personal Banker in the Nanticoke Office. Before joining FNCB Bank, she was a teller, head teller, PBR, and acting assistant manager at First National Bank, along with serving as a Veterinary Technician at Sweet Valley Veterinary Clinic.

She is a graduate of Northwest Area Junior Senior High School and Allied Medical and Technical Careers where she received an Animal Care Technician diploma. As an active member of the community, she has volunteered for numerous causes including as a girl scout leader for eight years. She resides in Ross Township, Shickshinny with her husband Phillip “Rick” Nevel and children Corey Lynn, Kylie Ann, and Benjamin.

United Neighborhood Centers to Host Celebration for Julia Mellody

United Neighborhood Centers of Northeastern Pennsylvania (UNC) invites you to to celebrate the birthday of Julia Mellody on Monday, July 3, 2023, at 2 p.m. at our Mid Valley Healthy Aging Satellite Campus at 310 Church Street in Jessup.

Mellody is turning 102 on July 4, 2023, but you wouldn’t know it from her youthful appearance. She is an active participant of UNC’s Healthy Aging Campus and a tenant of the Jessup Senior Housing Apartment Building that houses the center. Mellody loves parties and eating her favorite food, raviolis. UNC’s very special centenarian birthday cookout bash will include food, fun, and live music.

PS Bank Nationally Ranked on American Banker List

PS Bank is pleased to announce it has been ranked as the #42 highest bank on American Banker’s list of the Top 200 Community Banks under $2 billion in the United States as published in its June 2023 edition of the magazine.

The 2023 ranking marks the eleventh consecutive year that Peoples Ltd. (PPLL) was included among institutions that are ranked based on three-year average Return on Equity (ROAE). For the fourth time in five years, Peoples Ltd. was the highest-ranked Pennsylvania-based institution on this list.

With a three-year average ROAE of 14.84%, PS Bank continues to be a strong bank proudly serving customers throughout northeastern and central Pennsylvania.

Anthony J. Gabello, President & CEO, said “I am extremely proud of the hard work being done on a daily basis by our PS Bankers throughout the communities we serve. Earning the #42 ranking from American Banker and the highest ranking in Pennsylvania is a testament to the dedicated service we provide to our customers and to our strength as a community bank.”

Wayne Bank Supports United Way of Lackawanna and Wayne Counties

Jim Donnelly, President, and Chief Executive Officer of Wayne Bank, is pleased to announce that Wayne Bank has supported the United Way of Lackawanna and Wayne Counties with a donation through the Educational Improvement Tax Credit Scholarship Program.

The United Way of Lackawanna and Wayne counties works with a dedicated team of educators and community stakeholders to help better align Early Childhood Education and school districts, while building a strong bridge for families to help ensure every child in our community is supported through all the stages of growth and development. For the past 13 years, the United Way has been approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (PA DCED) as a Pre-Kindergarten, Educational Improvement, Scholarship, and Opportunity Scholarship organization. Through their support and the generosity of local companies, hundreds of children from Preschool to High School are on the path to a bright future.

Matt Ceruti, Vice President of Resource Development & Campaign with the United Way of Lackawanna and Wayne Counties, accepted a check in the amount of $5,000 from Senior Vice President and PA Retail Market Manager of Wayne Bank, Joseph Castrogiovanni.

“We are so pleased to make this donation to the United Way of Lackawanna and Wayne Counites. Wayne Bank is proud to support the goals and initiatives of the United Way and feels strongly about investing in our local youth and giving back to our communities,” stated Mr. Donnelly.

The gift was made possible as a result of the Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program offered by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, acting through the Department of Community and Economic Development.