Tobyhanna Army Depot Celebrates Arrival of Navy Transporter

Personnel at Tobyhanna Army Depot marked the expansion of the AN/APX-123 common transponder workload with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on May 2.

An airborne identification friend or foe (IFF) system, the APX-123 is used in several branches of the U.S. Armed Forces. IFF systems are commonly used for command and control operations, utilizing a transponder to positively identify friendly aircraft. Thousands of aircraft fly with the APX-123. While Tobyhanna has had a robust APX-123 program for the U.S. Army, the ribbon-cutting denotes the beginning of depot support for the U.S. Navy’s version of the asset.

Depot Commander Col. Daniel L. Horn presided over the ceremony, which was also attended by depot senior leadership, personnel from Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Naval Supply Systems Weapons Systems Support – Philadelphia, representatives from BAE Systems, and members of the depot workforce who support the project.

In his remarks at the event, Horn praised Tobyhanna’s cooperative efforts across the joint services.

“Today is a great opportunity to celebrate another collaboration with the U.S. Navy. Team Tobyhanna is proud of its enduring support to America’s warfighters,” he said.

Electronics Mechanic Supervisor Frederick Granoski leads the C4ISR Directorate’s Transponders Branch; his team will execute both a repair and test/inspect programs for the APX-123. Granoski said he is excited about the possibilities ahead.

“The APX-123 represents a significant growth for our mission, allowing us to support more of this critical asset.”

Jason Kilmer agreed.

“Not only is our workload increasing, we are also increasing our capabilities by conducting more comprehensive testing on this important equipment,” he noted. Kilmer is an electronics mechanic leader in the Transponders Branch.

Representatives from the Navy are also very excited about the new collaboration, said Capt. David Neall.

“My team and I are thrilled; we’ve been working on this project for several years and it is great to reach the finish line.” Neall serves as the Deputy Program Manager for Combat Identification Systems.

Tobyhanna is slated to repair several hundred assets for the U.S. Navy APX-123 program through at least 2030.

The acquisition of new workload such as the APX-123 is directly aligned with Tobyhanna’s long-range strategic plan, TOBY2035. The plan, which focuses on posturing the depot to be competitive in the future, has lines of effort dedicated to expanding Tobyhanna’s portfolio through securing new workload and connecting with the community. The APX-123 represents growth for the depot’s expansive support of Naval weapons systems.

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.

WVIA Set to Premiere ROAR: The Story of the Southern Columbia Football Tigers

WVIA will premiere original documentary film ROAR: The Story of the Southern Columbia Football Tigers this Thursday, May 11 at 8 p.m. on WVIA television. The documentary chronicles the 2022 Southern Columbia Area High School Football Tigers as they chase a PIAA (Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association, Inc.) record sixth consecutive state championship.

Award-winning WVIA filmmaker Alexander Monelli tells the story of their season from the locker room to practices to the sidelines of the games, giving viewers an up close and never-before-seen look at one of the top high school football programs in the state. Located in rural Catawissa, Pennsylvania (near the world-renowned Knoebels Amusement Resort), the film aims to discover what makes the small-town team so successful year after year.

The film will feature interviews with the 2022 Southern Columbia football team and its coaches alongside interviews with former NFL players Henry Hynoski (Southern Columbia, New York Giants) and Bo Orlando (Berwick, Houston Oilers), as well as former WNEP sports director Jim Coles, who covered Southern Columbia and regional high school football for 33 years, and current WNEP sports reporters, Landon Stolar and Steve Lloyd.

“I can’t wait for people to see this documentary about the Southern Columbia high school football team. I spent every day for a year working on this film. I spent the last two months waking up at 3:45am every single day to finish the film properly,” said filmmaker Alexander Monelli. “It’s always exciting when WVIA puts out a new original documentary and I’m just super honored to be a part of that legacy. This company is the home of documentary filmmaking in the region and I’m proud to share this film with all of you on May 11th.”

“What I hope people will say after this documentary is ‘they do things the right way,” said head coach Jim Roth. “As far as the way we work, the way we treat players, the way we interact, and then the rest takes care of itself and translates into wins.”

“Southern Columbia High School football is a unique story, and we are excited to give our viewers an up-close and personal view of this team,” said Ben Payavis II, WVIA Chief Content Officer. “WVIA takes pride in shining a light on the stories of our region and giving them a platform to be shared with the world.”

The trailer for ROAR: The Story of the Southern Columbia Football Tigers can be viewed here:

The documentary film will broadcast on WVIA television and will also be available to watch on WVIA’s YouTube channel at and Facebook page at In addition to the broadcast premiere, there will be exclusive interviews with director Al Monelli, Southern Columbia Football Coach Jim Roth, and former WNEP Sports Director Jim Coles.

Johnson College to Celebrate Largest Graduating Class

Johnson College will celebrate its largest graduating class at its commencement ceremony on May 13, 2023, at 10 a.m. on its Scranton campus. Graduating students will report to the Moffat Student Center gym by 9 a.m.

Graduates will complete programs for Associate of Science and Associate of Applied Science degrees, academic certificates, and Readiness in Skilled Employment (RISE).

John W. Cosgrove, Chief Executive Officer of AllOne Foundation & Charities, will give the commencement address. Degrees will be presented by Katie Leonard, Ed.D., President & CEO of Johnson College, and Heather Bonker, General Education Director of Johnson College.

Recipients of Johnson College’s Award for Academic Excellence A.A.S., Jacob Banta, an Automotive Technology program graduate, and Richard Christianson, a Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning Technology program graduate, will serve as student speakers.

Matthew Michalek ’85, Vice President of Operations of L.R. Costanzo Company, and Co-Owner of B & M Property Development, will give the alumni address to the newly graduated Johnson College class of 2023.

The event will be live-streamed on the College’s YouTube channel at

Alpha Beta Kappa (ABK) is the premier national collegiate honor society for trades and essential occupations. The society honors excellence not only in the classroom, but also in shop, studio, and laboratory study. Additionally, students must be a member of a student organization or club to become Alpha Beta Kappa members.

The National Technical Honor Society (NTHS) is an educational non-profit that exists to honor, recognize, and empower students and teachers in Career & Technical Education The appearance of the degree candidate’s name does not verify satisfactory completion of degree requirements.

Health Coaching by Yolanda Spring Specials

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Lexington Entertainment Summer Lineup

Saturday, May 6                                DOUG SMITH’S DIXIELAND ALL-STARS              5:00 – 8:00

                                                                Run for the Roses Kentucky Derby Day Fundraiser

                                                                           Scranton Country Club

                                                                           1011 Morgan Highway

                                                                           Clarks Summit, PA     $100 donation

Saturday, May 13                              DOUG SMITH BAND                       8:00

                                                                           Saturday Night Dance & Grand March

                                                                           Skytop Lodge

                                                                           Skytop, PA

Friday, May 19                 ARCADIA CHORALE with the DOUG SMITH JAZZ TRIO                  8:00

                                                                           Opposites Attract

                                                                           Saint Luke’s Presbyterian Church Hall

                                                                           232 Wyoming Avenue

                                                                           Scranton, PA

Saturday, May 20                         DOUG SMITH’S DIXIELAND ALL-STARS  12:30- 3:30                                                                                                                      

  Community Day –Free to the Public

                                                                           Everhart Museum

                                                                           Nay Aug Park

                                                                           Scranton, PA

Saturday, June 3                                DOUG SMITH’S DIXIELAND ALL-STARS                  8:00

                                                                           Saturday Night Dance & Grand March

                                                                           Skytop Lodge (History Week)

                                                                           Skytop, PA

Sunday, June 4                                  DOUG SMITH’S DIXIELAND All-STARS                1:00 – 3:30

                                                                           featuring Erin Malloy      

                                                                           Lackawanna County Heritage Fair

                                                                           Montage Mountain

                                                                           Moosic, PA         

Thursday, June 1                               DOUG SMITH JAZZ TRIO                                     6:00 – 9:00

                                                                           Jewish Family Services “Community Matters” Event

                                                                           Scranton Cultural Center

                                                                           420 North Washington Avenue

                                                                           Scranton, PA

Wednesday, June 14                         GUITARIST BRIAN KEELER w/ the DIXIELAND ALL-STARS    5:00 – 7:00                                                                    Summer Solstice Fest

                                                                           French Azilum Historic Site

                                                                           Bradford County, PA

Saturday, June 17                              DOUG SMITH BAND                        8:00

                                                                           Saturday Night Dance & Grand March

                                                                           Skytop Lodge

                                                                           Skytop, PA

Sunday, June 18                         DOUG SMITH’S DIXIELAND ALL-STARS                    1:00 – 4:00

                                                            Community Celebration

                                                            Cresco Train Station

                                                            Cresco, PA          

Friday, June 23                          PAULETTE COSTA & FRIENDS                                   5:00 – 7:00

                                                                           Friday Night Concert

                                                                           Allen Park

                                                                           1100 Price, Street

                                                                           Scranton, PA

Tuesday, June 27                              ERIN MALLOY & FRIENDS                                   6:30 – 8:30

                                                                           Tunes on Tuesday

                                                                           Suraci Bocce   Reservations: 570-806-1158 – $15

                                                                           Intersection of Routes 2012 & 2014

                                                                           Clifford Township, PA

Saturday, July 1                                 DOUG SMITH BAND                                      6:30 –7:45

(Rain Date July 7)                                               Independence Day Celebration

                                                                           Central Park

                                                                           Church Street, Honesdale, PA

                                                                           Fireworks at Dusk

Thursday, July 6              DOUG SMITH BAND featuring Erin Malloy                          5:00 – 7:00

                                                                           Summer Concert Series                                                                                                         Waverly Community House

                                                                           Waverly, PA

Friday, July 7                BRIAN KEELER & THE DOUG SMITH JAZZ QUARTET            5:00 – 7:00

                                                                           Brain Keeler Art Opening (First Friday)                                                                                                         Artworks Gallery & Studio

                                                                           236 Penn Avenue

                                                                           Scranton, PA

Saturday, July 15                              DOUG SMITH’S DIXIELAND ALL-STARS              3:00 –5:00

                                                                           Summer Concert

                                                                           Gouldsboro Train Station

                                                                           Gouldsboro, PA

PennDOT District 4 Now Hiring

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is seeking hardworking individuals for paid internships, summer maintenance, and student summer workers in Lackawanna, Luzerne, Pike, Susquehanna, Wayne, and Wyoming counties. If you enjoy working in an active, fast-paced environment with the potential for promotion into a permanent position, check out the various opportunities at PennDOT and apply today!

“These positions are a great opportunity for students to work where they live and have a positive impact on the transportation network.” said Jonathan Eboli, P.E., PennDOT Engineering District 4-0 Assistant District Executive of Maintenance. “Students will have the opportunity to learn more about engineering and PennDOT which may lead to interest in full-time careers with the Department after graduation.”

Engineering Internship – PennDOT – Statewide (College)

Are you looking for a paid internship?  The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) offers statewide paid internship opportunities during the summer to students in a variety of majors, predominantly in engineering, science, and technology fields; however, PennDOT does more than just road construction and snow removal. PennDOT is a customer-driven service organization responsible for the planning, design, construction, and maintenance of Pennsylvania’s multimodal transportation system.

PennDOT interns enjoy opportunities in various areas of PennDOT operations. Internship opportunities associated with this posting will be headquartered throughout PennDOT’s Engineering Districts. Although all assignments may not be offered in every location, additional examples of work and special projects may be available. View PennDOT’s District map to see where your home county lies.

You may be able to obtain academic credit through participation in PennDOT’s internship program. Ask your academic advisor if your college offers credit for paid internships.

Additionally, some internships may offer the flexibility to telework if determined operationally appropriate by the hiring organization.

PennDOT College Student Summer Worker

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is seeking hard-working college students for employment during the summer months for the 2023 Summer Employment Program! If you enjoy working in an active, fast-paced environment while performing public service, check out this opportunity and apply today!

PennDOT Summer Employment Program (Non-Student)
The Commonwealth is an equal employment opportunity employer and is committed to a diverse workforce. The Commonwealth values inclusion as we seek to recruit, develop, and retain the most qualified people to serve the citizens of Pennsylvania. The Commonwealth does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religious creed, ancestry, union membership, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, AIDS or HIV status, disability, or any other categories protected by applicable federal or state law. All diverse candidates are encouraged to apply.

The Gallery of Scranton Celebrates Special Showcase

The Gallery of Scranton will celebrate naming “Diva Theater its “Theater in Residence” and the closing of “The Artist’s Soul” exhibit with a special presentation on Friday, May 5.

The Diva troupe will use music, movement, acting and original works in response to the visual art of
prominent Northeast Pennsylvania artists Robert Bergstrasser, Michele Davis, Paul DeLuca, Timothy Hawkesworth, Earl Lehman, Allison Maslow, Travis Prince, Frank Wengen, and the gallery’s owner, Helen Lavelle, who were all featured in “The Artist’s Soul” exhibit. The collaborative event is sponsored by Fidelity Bank who understands the positive impact that the arts have in our community. “The importance of the arts and creative sector on economic growth and vitality is often overlooked, but cannot be overstated,” said Dan Santaniello, president of Fidelity Bank.

“Collaborative partnerships between nonprofits and the business sector make sense for our community.” Diva Theater is a nonprofit, award-winning community theater celebrating its 25th Anniversary in the city of Scranton. The company is under the direction of Paige and Bob Balitski with performances held in the Olde Brick Theatre. The performers have been rehearsing in the gallery itself and Paige Balitski said she is excited for the chance to partner on this special event.

“At Diva Theater, we pride ourselves in producing original plays by local writers and showcasing the
talented performers we have here in Northeast PA. Everything we do works toward fostering the arts
throughout the community so we are excited to partner with Helen and The Gallery of Scranton to bring the work of these accomplished artists to life,” she said.

The Gallery of Scranton will open at 5 p.m. and the Diva performance will begin promptly at 6 p.m.
Attendees will have a chance to meet and interact with all of the performers during a reception following their ½ hour show. Lavelle adds, “When the arts are integrated into the fabric of our community, great things happen. The Artist’s Soul exhibit has been viewed by hundreds to date. Now we are honored to bring Diva Theater talent to The Gallery of Scranton…and are thankful to Fidelity Bank whose support allows all to enjoy this performance free of charge.”

Center City Print Picnic in the Park

As a way to commemorate Center City Print’s 10 year anniversary, the Paperback Foundation was created to promote positive environmental initiatives in communities across Pennsylvania. Enjoy our first annual Picnic In The Park where we bring our event to Lackawanna County’s McDade Park. Enjoy live music by Daddy-O & The Sax Maniacs, local eats and crafts, environmental education, and a day full of family fun. Together we can revitalize natural areas, create habitats for biodiversity, and improve our communities. Learn more about the Paperback Foundation by clicking here.