SWB RailRiders Announce All-Time Team Outfield

MOOSIC, PA (December 17, 2018) – The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders are thrilled to announce the outfielders selected for their All-Time SWB Team. The RailRiders will spend the 2019 season honoring 30 years of professional baseball in Northeast Pennsylvania.

Pat Burrell, Brett Gardner and Aaron Judge captured the three outfield spots. Burrell played for the Red Barons during 1999 and 2000, while Gardner was a SWB Yankee and Judge was a RailRiders star, covering the full gamut of franchise identities since 1989. Each will be honored with a custom bobblehead giveaway during the 2019 season.

During October and November, fans nominated and then voted on their all-time favorites that graced the field in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre for the home club. Nominations spanned the full history of baseball in NEPA, were pared down to the finalists before the voting determined the fan’s ultimate selections.

Gardner topped the six-man field with 28% of the vote, followed by Judge at 27% and Burrell with 23% topping Shelley Duncan, Ben Gamel and Shane Victorino.

The All-Time SWB Team Bobblehead Series begins on May 11 featuring the Jimmy Rollins giveaway and continues on June 1 with Chase Utley. After Gardner’s giveaway on June 8, the fourth bobblehead is Luis Severino on June 22. Rick Schu is slated for July 6 with Burrell’s night on July 19. To conclude the series, Ryan Howard’s bobblehead will be given away on August 3, followed by Judge on August 10, courtesy of Casey Dental, and Gary Sanchez, set for August 31 and presented by Geisinger.

The RailRiders are offering a bobblehead plan for the 2019 season, guaranteeing all nine bobbleheads in addition to your game ticket. A field reserved plan is $110 per seat and the bleacher plan is $100.

To purchase the bobblehead plan, season tickets or for more information, visit swbrailriders.com or call (570) 969-BALL. The 2019 season begins on April 4 at Buffalo with PNC Field opener set for April 11.

PennDOT District 4 Employees Holiday Wish Program

Picture left to right: John Pfeiffer, Emma Pugh, Marsha Boland, Carmen Sanchez, Caitlyn Drumheller, Jenn Borino, Dawn Foley, Sue Williams and Lonie Shalkowski


Every year employees from PennDOT District 4 Engineering Office conducts a Holiday Wish Program with donations collected from district employees. This year the district will help 65 people at the Domestic Violence Service Center in Wilkes-Barre with gifts donated by Once Upon Child Consignment Shop, Dickson City.  They will also provide 37 patients at the Mid-Valley Health Center, Peckville with Christmas gifts.


Rep. Boback Announces January Outreach Hours

Rep. Karen Boback (R-Lackawanna/Luzerne/Wyoming) today announced her outreach events for January.

“Representatives from several different organizations will visit my district offices throughout January,” said Boback. “My staff and I offer these monthly outreach events to ensure residents of the 117th District have access to many of the great opportunities for veterans assistance, help with federal issues, information about starting a small business and more.”

  • On Friday, Jan. 4, the American Legion will hold office hours from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Tunkhannock district office, 133 W. Tioga St., Suite 4. Area veterans may seek assistance and information pertaining to specific benefits and programs. Please call (570) 836-4777 to make an appointment.
  • On Monday, Jan. 14, the Mobile Vet Center will be set up from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Ace Hardware-Brady and Cavany Store, 809 Hunter Highway, Eaton Township. Some of the services available for veterans and their dependents include individual, group, family and bereavement counseling; medical referrals; assistance in applying for Veterans Affairs benefits; employment counseling; guidance and referrals; and alcohol and drug assessments.
  • On Tuesday, Jan. 15, veterans outreach hours will be offered from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Dallas district office, 105 Lt. Michael Cleary Drive. A representative from the Wilkes-Barre VFW will answer questions and address concerns of local veterans and their families.
  • On Wednesday, Jan. 16, a representative from the Center for Independent Living will be available for appointments at the Tunkhannock district office. The center provides innovative programs and servicesthat empower persons with diverse disabilities to live well. Please call (570) 836-4777 to make an appointment.
  • On Wednesday, Jan. 23, a representative from the University of Scranton Small Business Development Center will visit the Tunkhannock district office from 10 a.m. to noon. The center provides educational programs and no-cost, confidential consulting services to entrepreneurs looking to start or grow a small business.

For more legislative information, visit Boback’s website at RepBoback.com.

University of Scranton Announces December Addition and January Events


Dec. 25           8 a.m. Community Christmas Day Breakfast. Doors open at 8 a.m., Fresh Food Company, DeNaples Center. Free. No reservations necessary. Call 570-941-7401 or email info@scranton.edu.

Jan. 6               7:30 p.m. Performance Music: “In Concert” featuring The Scranton Brass Orchestra. Houlihan-McLean Center. Free. Call 570-941-7624 or email music@scranton.edu.

Jan. 26             8 a.m. Campaign School 2019. Learn the essentials of running for local government office from the petition process to organizing your campaign to effective use of media.  Sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Lackawanna County and co-sponsored by the Political Science Department. Brennan Hall, McShane Executive Center. Fees vary. Call 570-941-7431 or email jean.harris@scranton.edu.

Marywood and CaPAA to Present Newsies


SCRANTON, PA (December 11, 2018)—Marywood University and The Creative and Performing Arts Academy (CaPAA) will be presenting the Broadway Musical, Newsies, a musical based on the Disney film, on Thursday, December 20, at 7:30 p.m.; Friday, December 21, at 8 p.m.; Saturday, December 22, at 2 and 8 p.m.; and Sunday December 23, at 1 p.m., and 6:30 p.m. The performances will take place at the Ritz Theater and Performing Arts Center, 222 Wyoming Avenue, Scranton, Pa. 18503.

Starring “So You Think You Can Dance” Season 9’s Daniel Kermidas as “Jack Kelly,” the musical is based on the 1992 musical film Newsies, which in turn was inspired by the real-life Newsboys Strike of 1899 in New York City.

The cost of the show if $14.50-$28.50. Tickets are available at www.ShowTix4U.com. For additional information, please visit www.CaPAA.org, call (570) 252-4156, or email sheri@capaa.org.

AVP To Offer TSA Pre-Check Enrollment

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport invites passengers to enroll in the popular TSA Pre✓®​​​​​​​ expedited screening program December 17-21, 2018.

TSA Pre✓® is an expedited screening program that enables identified low-risk air travelers to enjoy a smart and more efficient screening experience. For TSA Pre✓® travelers, there is no need to remove shoes, 3-1-1 liquids, laptops, light outerwear or belts. Today, TSA Pre✓® has more than 450 lanes at 200+ U.S. airports.

Airlines that serve AVP, including American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Southern Airways Express and United Airlines, participate in TSA Pre✓®. A passenger must be flying on a participating airline in order to be eligible to use the TSA Pre✓® lane.

Applying for TSA Pre✓® through this local enrollment event is easy.  First, we encourage applicants to Pre-Enroll ahead of time by simply clicking here, choose “Start Application Now” then “New Enrollment”. Fill out Steps and choose “Next” at the bottom of each screen. Type in your location at ZipCode/City/Airport Code box and Search to schedule appointment. Choose your location “Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport” and click “Next”. Select your desired appointment time (Please be sure to make note of your appointment time – no reminders will be sent out).

IMPORTANT! To complete the application process, you will need to bring proof of identity and U.S. citizen documentation (such as a U.S. Passport or a birth certificate and a driver license). If you have a valid U.S. passport, that is all you need for ID!

The application process is completed on site where your fingerprints are captured for a background check and the $85 application fee is collected for five years of service.  The fee can be paid by credit card, money order, company check, or certified/cashier’s check. Cash and personal checks are not accepted.

A temporary enrollment center will be located at the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport, in the Barry J. Centini Conference Room, from Monday, December 17, 2018 through Friday, December 21, 2018.

This location will be open:

  • Monday to Wednesday – 9 AM to 1 PM and 2 PM to 6 PM
  • Thursday to Friday – 7 AM to 11 AM and 12 PM to 4 PM

Enroll in TSA Pre✔® today and begin to enjoy the expedited security screening program that helps take the stress out of travel.