AAA Insurance Named Multi-Line Insurance Brand of the Year

AAA Insurance has earned “Brand of the Year” status for its multi-line insurance offerings, according to the independent and prestigious 2018 Harris Poll EquiTrend® Study.
“AAA is honored to be recognized as the highest ranked multi-line insurance brand by American consumers,” said AAA President and CEO Marshall L. Doney. “An independent evaluation of our brand validates what we’ve known for years – quality products and exceptional customer service have created a brand that Americans trust to catch life’s curveballs.”
Using an academically vetted brand equity model that examines familiarity, quality and purchase consideration, the annual Harris Poll EquiTrend® survey captures and analyzes brand perceptions and measures and ranks them against key competitors in each category. In 2018, AAA Insurance ranked highest among leading competitors for its multi-line insurance products.
AAA Insurance received the highest numerical Equity Score among multi-line insurance brands included in the 2018 Harris Poll EquiTrend® Study, which is based on opinions of 77,031 U.S. consumers ages 15 and over surveyed online between Jan. 3, 2018 and Feb. 15, 2018. “Highest Ranked” was determined by a pure ranking of a sample of multi-line insurance brands.

As North America’s largest motoring and leisure travel organization, AAA provides more than 58 million members with travel, insurance, financial and automotive-related services. Since its founding in 1902, the not-for-profit, fully tax-paying AAA has been a leader and advocate for the safety and security of all travelers. Motorists can map a route, identify gas prices, find discounts, book a hotel and access AAA roadside assistance with the AAA Mobile app for iPhone, iPad and Android. Learn more at

For more information about AAA Insurance, visit a local AAA club, or online at

Geisinger Wyoming Valley Expands Cancer-Fighting Capabilities


WILKES-BARRE, Pa. –  The Henry Cancer Center at Geisinger Wyoming Valley now offers the TrueBeam radiotherapy and radiosurgery treatment system – a fast, non-invasive and precise image-guided radiotherapy to treat complex cancers in fewer sessions.

Varian TrueBeam linear accelerator with BrainLAB’s Novalis provides high-energy radiation, which enables treatment with high doses of radiation while minimizing doses to surrounding, normal tissues.

“Caring for cancer patients and their families is complex and requires a comprehensive approach,” said Dr. Rajiv P. Panikkar, chair of the Geisinger Cancer Institute. “This $4.5 million investment improves patients’ experiences and outcomes. Our team can tackle complex cancers in fewer treatments and even deliver repeat radiation in certain situations.”

This cutting-edge combination is the only platform of its kind in Northeastern Pennsylvania.

The Truebeam can generate high-quality, 3D images of the tumor and the surrounding anatomy. Combined with a 6D robotic couch system, Truebeam adjusts its targets as natural breathing moves the tumor. The TrueBeam can perform stereotactic radiosurgery, considered the most precise method of delivering a high dose of radiation into the body.

“Tumors are treated with pinpoint precision — no surgery, no incisions and no post-surgical healing. Treatments that once took 10 to 30 minutes can now be completed in less than 2 minutes,” said Dr. Anand Mahadevan, radiation oncologist and chair of Radiation at Geisinger. “We’re excited to add this cancer-fighting technology to help patients here in Northeastern Pennsylvania.”

For more information, please call 570-808-7075.


About Geisinger

Geisinger is an integrated health services organization widely recognized for its innovative use of the electronic health record and the development of innovative care delivery models such as ProvenHealth Navigator®, ProvenCare® and ProvenExperience®. As one of the nation’s largest health service organizations, Geisinger serves more than 3 million residents throughout 45 counties in central, south-central and northeast Pennsylvania, and also in southern New Jersey at AtlantiCare, a Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award recipient. In 2017, the Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine and Geisinger Jersey Shore Hospital became the newest members of the Geisinger Family. The physician-led system is comprised of approximately 30,000 employees, including nearly 1,600 employed physicians, 13 hospital campuses, two research centers, and a 583,000-member health plan, all of which leverage an estimated $12.7 billion positive impact on the Pennsylvania and New Jersey economies. Geisinger has repeatedly garnered national accolades for integration, quality and service. In addition to fulfilling its patient care mission, Geisinger has a long-standing commitment to medical education, research and community service. For more information, visit, or connect with us on FacebookInstagramLinkedIn and Twitter.

Lackawanna College Unveils New Athletics Logo

Lackawanna College revealed today, Thursday, August 2, 2018, a new athletics logo and alternate esports color palette. The new logo will be implemented across future seasons, according to College officials.

“Our student athletes have always been proud to compete as Lackawanna College Falcons, and we know that they’ll continue to take flight under our new logo,” said Athletic Director and Head Women’s Basketball Coach Joya Whittington.

The new logo modernizes the former Falcon that fans had become familiar with over the last two decades. The primary athletics mark still features a profile of a stylized peregrine falcon, complete with the College’s long-recognized swooping head feathers. A secondary mark displays the Falcon in an intimidating pose with its wings and tail feathers fully extended.

The logo still features the College’s classic navy, white, and gray color palette. New red accents on the Falcon’s beak and eye pay homage to Lackawanna’s original charter.

The logos also feature an alternate color palette that exchanges gray for a bright blue. Lackawanna’s esports team will exclusively use that logo variation for its initial season in 2018-19.

The new athletics logo follows Lackawanna’s relaunch of its Falcons web site,, in August 2017.

About Lackawanna College:

Founded in 1894, Lackawanna College is a private, accredited college serving the people of northeastern Pennsylvania. With a main campus situated in downtown Scranton, Lackawanna’s expanding footprint also includes satellite centers in Hawley, Hazleton, New Milford, Sunbury, and Towanda. Learn more at

Lackawanna College Esports Program Joins NACE

The Lackawanna College Esports program announced this Monday that they have become members of the National Association of Collegiate Esports (NACE).

“This is a huge deal for our esports program in terms of growth and exposure. By joining NACE, we are getting our foot in the door of potentially the official governing body of collegiate esports” said Teddy Delaney, Lackawanna College Esports Administrator and Head Coach. “We will have more recruiting resources at our disposal as well as the opportunity to make contacts with other colleges across the collegiate esports stage. We are extremely excited to see how this partnership will help expand and strengthen our program.”

NACE is a member driven organization that focuses on the positive development of esports programs at the collegiate level, and advocates for members to create varsity programs that include scholarships for its participants and a strong institutional commitment to the sport. NACE is the only association of college and university sponsored esports programs that promotes the education and development of students through intercollegiate esports.

According to their website, NACE officially formed on July 28, 2016 at the first ever Collegiate Esports Summit held in Kansas City, MO. At that time only seven colleges and universities had varsity esports programs. Since then a rapidly growing number of institutions have launched varsity programming, with a current count of 80+ institutions. As of January 2018, over 90% of all varsity esports programs in the U.S. are members of NACE with an ever increasing number of schools exploring esports.

“This partnership is one that we have had on our radar since our beginning stages of developing esports at Lackawanna College. We are excited to partner with such a prominent association in order to give our student athletes the best possible opportunity for competition and success,” Joya Whittington, Lackawanna College Director of Athletics and Head Women’s Basketball Coach.

The Lackawanna College Esports team will be competing in the 2018-2019 academic year and are actively recruiting athletes for the inaugural team. The Falcons will initially compete in Overwatch, League of Legends, and Rocket League. Athletic scholarships will be available for new students who meet minimum eligibility standards.

For more information, visit


About Lackawanna College:

Founded in 1894, Lackawanna College is a private, accredited college serving the people of northeastern Pennsylvania. With a main campus situated in downtown Scranton, Lackawanna’s expanding footprint also includes satellite centers in Hawley, Hazleton, New Milford, Sunbury, and Towanda. Learn more at

Sustainable Energy Fund Seeking New Board Member

Sustainable Energy Fund is currently seeking to appoint a new board member for the organization’s Board of Directors.

Sustainable Energy Fund is seeking an experienced and passionate professional who lives or works in the 29-county area comprising the PPL rate territory to fill one vacant board seat. The ideal candidate should share a commitment to the Sustainable Energy Fund mission and a desire to work collaboratively. Interested and qualified candidates should send a cover letter and resume via e-mail to or via mail to Sustainable Energy Fund, 4110 Independence Dr., Suite 100, Schnecksville, PA 18078.

“Sustainable Energy Fund is excited at the prospect of adding a new professional to our team of Directors,” said John Costlow, president and CEO of Sustainable Energy Fund. “We are looking forward to the added expertise a new voice will bring to our organization.”

Candidate resumes will be reviewed by the SEF Board of Directors and selected candidates will be invited for an interview. The selected candidate’s appointment will be aprroved by the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission. All candidates are subject to a criminal background check.

To learn more about the organization and for information regarding the desired qualifications needed to be considered for candidacy to SEF’s Board of Directors, please visit or contact Sustainable Energy Fund at 610-264-4440.

About Sustainable Energy Fund
Sustainable Energy Fund (SEF), a nonprofit organization, assists energy users in overcoming financial, educational and regulatory barriers to a sustainable energy future. SEF provides a variety of services including financing energy conservation, energy efficiency and renewable energy projects; educating the leaders of today and tomorrow to create a passion for sustainable energy; and representing the interests of energy conservation, energy efficiency and renewable energy in proceedings before the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission. Visit



PennDOT to Host Public Meetings

August 7, 2018:   There will be a public meeting by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation  on SR 4010 Section D51 Structure Rehabilitation, Huntington Township, Luzerne County  at the Huntington Township Building 815 Municipal Road, Shickshinny PA  August 7, 2018 starting at 7 p.m.  The purpose of this meeting is to provide the project team an opportunity to explain the project and answer questions on an informal basis.  Preliminary design plans will be available for review.  Historic and Archeological resources may be present in the project areas and public comment regarding the presence of cultural resources and the effect of the projects on these resources is being solicited.

August 15, 2018 :   There will be a public meeting by the Pennsylvania Department  of Transportation:  S.R. 0081 section 239: Improvement Project City of Scranton, Lackawanna County. Scranton Municipal Building  340 N Washington Avenue, City Council Chambers 2nd Floor, Scranton, PA  on Wednesday, August 15, 2018 at 6 p.m.  The purpose of this meeting is to provide the project team an opportunity to explain the project and answer questions on an informal basis.  Preliminary Design plans will be available for review.



Masters of the Telecaster To Perform at Scranton Cultural Center


WHO:  The Scranton Cultural Center at the Masonic Temple

WHAT: Masters of the Telecaster featuring G.E. Smith, Jim Weider and Tom Principato

WHEN: Friday, September 21 – 8:00 p.m., Doors at 7:00 p.m.

WHERE: Grand Ballroom –  Scranton Cultural Center at the Masonic Temple

                  420 North Washington Avenue Scranton, PA 18503

TICKET PRICE: $35 Advance / $45 Day of Show

Blazing riffs, hot licks and jaw-dropping guitar mastery will be on full display Friday, Sept. 21, when “Masters of the Telecaster,” featuring three of the world’s preeminent blues-rock guitarists, take the stage at the Scranton Cultural Center at the Masonic Temple on September 21 in its Grand Ballroom.

The trio features G.E. Smith, a native of Northeastern Pennsylvania, who is best known as the leader of the Saturday Night Live Band from 1985-1995. Joining Smith will be legendary guitar masters Jim Weider and Tom Principato.

The show will feature a wide array of rock, blues, rhythm & blues and roots music, while celebrating the Fender Telecaster, the first commercially successful solid-body electric guitar sold in America. The iconic “Tellie,” as it is known among guitar players, debuted as the Broadcaster in 1950 and was the first mass-produced, affordable solid-body electric guitar, quickly becoming a staple in every rock band in America and beyond. With very few modifications from its original design, it has been in production continuously since its incarnation, and has been used in genres ranging from rock, country and blues to reggae, pop, folk, soul, rhythm and blues, jazz, punk and heavy metal. G.E. Smith’s mother bought him a Telecaster for his 11th birthday in 1952. He still has the guitar and marvels, “There’s no sound that I can’t find in it.”

Born George Edward Haddad in Scranton, Smith grew up in Stroudsburg and got his big break as guitar player for Hall & Oates where he spent six years with the chart-topping duo. Considered rock royalty and one of the best all-around guitar players in the world, he is perhaps best known for his decade-long stint as SNL bandleader from 1985 to 1995, for which he won an Emmy Award. In the midst of his SNL tenure, Smith toured with Bob Dylan during the “Neverending Tour” from 1988 until October 1990. He has been the musical director for many special events, including the 1988 Emmy Awards, 1993 Rhythm and Blues Foundation Awards, Bob Dylan’s 30th Anniversary Concert at Madison Square Garden, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Concert in Cleveland. He has played on albums by many artists, including Mick Jagger and David Bowie, and helped compose the “Wayne’s World” theme song. From 2010-2013, Smith performed on Roger Waters’ “The Wall Live” tour.

Jim Weider, best known for his roles in The Band, The Levon Helm Band and The Weight Band, is a master of classic telecaster and traditional blues slide guitar techniques. A Woodstock, N.Y., native, he is one of a select group of musicians to have an endorsement from Fender, and has built an international reputation among fellow musicians worldwide. He has performed with Bob Dylan, Hot Tuna, Keith Richards, Los Lobos, Dr. John, Paul Butterfield and many more, and fronts ProJECT PERCoLAToR.

Washington, D.C.-based blues king and powerhouse front man Tom Principato has been setting the telecaster on fire across the globe with some of the finest performers for more than 25 years. With 20 albums under his belt, he’s had endorsement deals with Fender, Seymour Duncan pickups and Roger Mayer guitar effects pedals.

“Masters of the Telecaster” is certain to be a magical and historic night of guitar mastery performed by three of the world’s greatest exponents of the Telecaster. The show will include songs by Roy Buchanan, Little Richard, Bo Diddley, Sam Cooke and many more. They will be joined by Randy Ciarante on drums and vocals, and Lincoln Schleife on bass and vocals to complete this most righteous and rockin’ band. Don’t miss “Masters of the Telecaster”!

“Masters of the Telecaster” is sponsored by United Gilsonite Laboratories, Medico Industries and LT Verrastro.  It is supported by Lackawanna County and the PA Council on the Arts.

The show will take place in the SCC’s Grand Ballroom and begin at 8:00 p.m. with the doors opening at 7:00 p.m.  There will be a cash bar and light fare for purchase.  Tickets are $35 in advance and $45 on the day of the show.  They can be purchased at the Fidelity Bank Box Office at the SCC in person or by calling (570) 344-1111, or via Ticketmaster. For additional information and a full schedule of events, visit

The Scranton Cultural Center at the Masonic Temple’s 2018-19 Season is sponsored by United Gilsonite Laboratories and LT Verrastro.  It is supported by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and the Lackawanna County Office of Arts and Culture, and Commissioners Patrick M. O’Malley, Jerry Notarianni and Laureen A. Cummings.  A special thank you to its media partners:  Allied Services, Bold Gold Media, Citizens’ Voice, Electric City, Entercom Communications, Lamar Advertising, MAC Signs, The Times-Tribune, Times Shamrock Communications and Eyewitness News – WBRE/WYOU –