Greater Scranton YMCA To Hold #VoteTogether Election Day Event


DUNMORE, PA, 10/31/2018 – The Greater Scranton YMCA has partnered with #VoteTogether to hold on Tuesday, November 6th, 2018, a free Election Day celebration from 3:00-7:00pm at our facility located at 706 N. Blakely Street, Dunmore, PA 18512.

#VoteTogether is a national organization aiming to celebrate voting. Thousands of sites across the country will be hosting events at polling sites to celebrate voting day. At the Greater Scranton YMCA, which is a polling site, we will provide free food, drinks, giveaways, entertainment and free child watch services for children while their parents vote! Pre-registration is not required.

Additionally, Uber has offered a discount code to partners of #VoteTogether. This code will give a $7 discount each way for a total of $14 (more than the national $10 off code in their regular promo on Election Day). Follow the instructions to use this code:

  • Make sure you have the most recent version of the Uber app.
  • Enter the Election Day Promo Code in your app. NOTE: The code for this special offer is EARLYVOTE2018.
  • Request your ride using Uber’s polling place locator (right in the Uber app).

For questions or more information, please contact Robert Duliba, Senior Director of Membership Services, at or Karen Clause, Associate Executive Director, at

About the Y

The Y is one of the nation’s leading nonprofits strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Across the U.S., 2,700 Ys engage 22 million men, women and children – regardless of age, income or background – to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the nation’s health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. Anchored in more than 10,000 communities, the Y has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change.

Gunn-Mowery, LLC Hires Mike Powers, Office Assistant

Lemoyne, PA (October 30, 2018) – We are pleased to welcome Mike Powers, Office Assistant, as a new team member at Gunn-Mowery, LLC.

Mike joined Gunn-Mowery, LLC after a thirty-four-year career with the IBM Corporation, most recently as an Executive Project Manager. Mike has a business degree from Niagara University, an MBA from Kutztown University and recently joined the professional faculty at Harrisburg University. In his spare time, he volunteers as an active Board Member of Friends of East Pennsboro Parks, is Vice President of the Ancient Order of Hibernian’s of Cumberland County and helps lead the teenage group in his local church.

Mike’s primary location will be in our Lemoyne office and he can be reached at or 717-761-4600.


About Gunn-Mowery, LLC

Founded in 1985, Gunn-Mowery, LLC is an independent insurance broker providing commercial insurance, personal insurance, employee benefits, captive insurance, financial services and surety bonds to clients in Central Pennsylvania and beyond. Our professionals are licensed in 40 states and have placement capabilities worldwide. We have four offices in Lemoyne, Lancaster, Dillsburg, and State College, Pennsylvania.
Recognized locally, regionally and nationally in our industry for service, innovation and best practices standards, we continue to meet the needs of our clients. To learn more about our agency, visit, or e-mail us at

Marywood University’s Symphony Orchestra to Perform Family Concert


SCRANTON, PA (October 29, 2018)—Marywood University’s Symphony Orchestra will perform a Family Concert on Friday, November 9, 2018, at 7:30 p.m., in the Sette LaVerghetta Center for Performing Arts. The performance is free and open to the public.

The concert will feature the world premiere of a piece by composer, Karen Neifeh-Harmon, titled “Celtic Princess of the Danube.” Nearly 100 young music students from Marywood University’s String Project, as well as from schools in Philadelphia and Oklahoma, will join the University’s Orchestra on stage for this piece, which tells the story of the mysterious princess through music.

Other music in the program will include Saint-Saens’ “Carnival of the Animals,” Rossini’s “Overture to the Barber of Seville,” and Vaughan Williams’ “English Folksong Suite,” and “Greensleeves.”

Marywood University’s String Project is an after-school, pre-collegiate program for students ages 7-18. Participants take small-group lessons in violin, viola, cello, and double bass; participate in orchestra; and perform in concerts. String Project participants are divided into three levels (beginner, intermediate, and advanced) based on experience.

For additional information about Marywood University’s Symphony Orchestra Family Concert, please visit, or call (570) 348-6268.

Final voting for All-Time SWB Team begins

MOOSIC, PA. (October 29, 2018) –  After a comprehensive nomination and review process, the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders are excited to move into the final phase of naming the All-Time SWB Team as part of the upcoming 2019 season.  Voting is now underway to determine the top players that will be commemorated next season as the best-of-the-best during the celebration of 30 years of professional baseball in Northeast Pennsylvania.

Nominations were submitted via social media and email and were then reviewed by the staff and local dignitaries.  The final list of possible candidates was narrowed down based on designated criteria, keying on players that made the most impact while playing for the Red Barons, Yankees and RailRiders.  Fans can now vote for their top choice at each of the nine positions online at, through the team’s social media platforms or by clicking here.  During the 2019 season, the RailRiders will have a nine-figure bobblehead series giveaway to commemorate the All-Time SWB Team.

“We are in the home stretch of this exciting process,” stated Josh Olerud, the RailRiders Team President and General Manager.  “The collaboration of our fans in determining the final list was fun to see play out.  The remaining candidates made their mark on N.E.P.A.  While many top players were with us on rehab assignments, it was decided that this All-Time Team should be based on those key players that created a lasting impact at Lackawanna County Stadium and PNC Field.”

The finalists for pitchers are Jonathan Albaladejo, Brandon Duckworth, Ivan Nova, Joe Roa, Luis Severino and Randy Wolf.  Albaladejo went 7-2 over 88 games for the SWB Yankees with a 1.52 ERA and 54 saves, 43 of which came in 2010 to set a franchise record.  Duckworth posted a 13-2 mark in 2001 for the Red Barons with a 2.63 ERA, striking out 150 over 147 innings and was the Triple-A Player-of-the-Month in July of the summer.  Nova spent portions of five seasons with Scranton/Wilkes Barre, including 22 starts during the 2010 season when he went 12-3 with a 2.86 earned run average.  Roa pitched to a perfect 14-0 mark in 2002 with a 1.86 ERA over 17 starts.  Severino has gone 15-1 for the RailRiders over two seasons with a 2.79 Triple-A ERA.  Wolf pitched in 38 games, starting 37 of them, for the Red Barons and struck out 197 batters over 234 innings pitched.

At first base, the final candidates are Tyler Austin, Ryan Howard, Jon Zuber and Gene Schall.  Austin hit 33 home runs over 203 games spanning four seasons.  Howard batted .336 over 90 games in two years with the Red Barons with 25 home runs and 83 runs batted in.  Zuber played in 454 games for the Red Barons between 1995 and 1999 with a .305 average while playing for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.  Schall appeared in 588 games for the Red Barons with 86 career home runs while at Triple-A for the Phillies.

The second base candidates are Marlon Anderson, Dave Doster, Jose Pirela and Chase Utley.  Anderson played in over 100 games during two separate seasons with the Red Barons.  He hit .306 in 1998 with 16 home runs and then batted .305 in 2000 with eight home runs.  Doster spent five seasons in Moosic, appearing in 604 games with a career-best .315 average in 1997.  Pirela appeared in 195 games over three seasons for the RailRiders, including 130 games during the 2014 campaign when he batted .305 with 10 home runs and 60 batted in.  Utley made the leap from Advanced-A in 2001 to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in 2002.  Over three different seasons on the Red Barons between 2002 and 2004, he played in 271 games with 41 home runs, 172 runs batted in and held a .291 average.

At shortstop, Eduardo Nunez, Jimmy Rollins, Nick Punto, and Tyler Wade were tabbed as finalists.  Nunez played 118 games for the SWB Yankees in 2010, committing just 10 errors over 101 games at short while hitting .289 with 23 steals and 60 runs batted in.  Rollins hit .274 over 133 games in 2000 for the Red Barons with 12 home runs and 69 runs batted in.  Punto appeared in 263 games over three years, including 2002 when he hit .271.  Wade won the 2017 International League batting crown with a .310 average, hit seven home runs, drove in 31 and stole 26 bases.

Miguel Andujar, Travis Chapman, Scott Rolen, and Rick Schu are the best-of-the-best at third base.  Andujar hit .317 in 2017 and launched nine home runs with 30 runs batted in.  Chapman, the RailRiders defensive coach in 2018, was drafted by the Phillies and hit .272 over 134 games with 12 home runs and 82 runs batted in during the 2002 season with the Red Barons.  Rolen held a .274 average for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in 1996 before going on to win National League Rookie of the Year in 1997.  Schu appeared in 217 games over two seasons, batting .321 in 1991 and .310 in 1992.

The final candidates at catcher are Mike Lieberthal, Austin Romine, Carlos Ruiz and Gary Sanchez.  Lieberthal played portions of four seasons on his rise to the Majors from 1992-1995, including carrying a .281 average during the ‘95 campaign, before coming back to the club again in 2006.  Romine has played for both the SWB Yankees and the RailRiders, paced in part by his last season in the Minors (.260 average over 92 games in 2015).  Ruiz hit .300 over 100 games for the Red Barons in 2005 and then .307 during 100 games in 2006.  Sanchez has spent a few rehab stints with the RailRiders but also hit 10 home runs over 71 games in 2016 while batting .282.  He has 21 home runs in 116 Triple-A games with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

In the outfield, Pat Burrell, Shelley Duncan, Ben Gamel, Brett Gardner, Aaron Judge and Shane Victorino have been tabbed as finalists.  Burrell played in 50 games over two seasons and hit .294 for the Red Barons in 2000.  Duncan was the I.L. MVP in 2009, his third summer with the SWB Yankees, after hitting .277 with 30 home runs and 99 runs batted in.  Gamel earned the 2016 MVP honor after batting .308 over 116 games; one year after hitting .300 over 129 games for the RailRiders.  Gardner played for the SWB Yankees in 2007 and 2008 prior to his MLB debut, batting .294 over 94 games in ‘08 to help earn his call-up.  Judge played 124 games for the RailRiders between 2015 and 2016, hitting 27 home runs and driving in 93.  Victorino was the league MVP in 2005; the first Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to earn the honor.  He hit .310 with 18 home runs and 70 runs batted in during 126 games played.

“This truly is a comprehensive list of our best,” Olerud added.  “We are excited to see the final tallies on the All-Time SWB Team.  2019 is truly shaping up to be a terrific season as we honor 30 years of players and memories.”

The RailRiders open the 2019 season on the road on April 4 and begin their home schedule one week later.  Ticket plans are now available by calling (570) 969-BALL or by visiting

Vascular Surgeon Joins Geisinger Community Medical Center

SCRANTON, Pa. — David Phang, M.D., has joined the medical staff of Geisinger Community Medical Center (GCMC) as a vascular surgeon.

Vascular surgeons treat patients with all types of vascular diseases — conditions in which the normal flow of blood through the arteries and veins becomes blocked— including aneurysms, varicose veins, carotid artery disease, peripheral artery disease (PAD), renal artery disease and foot ulcers. They manage patients’ conditions through a treatment plan that includes medical therapy, minimally invasive catheter procedures and/or surgical reconstruction.

Dr. Phang earned his medical degree from West Virginia University School of Medicine, Morgantown, W. Va. He completed a vascular surgery residency at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, Ohio. Dr. Phang has contributed to medical journals and publications, as well as presented multiple scholarly lectures.

Dr. Phang will see adult patients in Scranton. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Phang, please call Geisinger’s Physician and Services Referral line at 1-844-703-4262.

Geisinger is a leader in vascular surgery offering a full range of minimally invasive to complex vascular procedures. Geisinger uses the latest technology and the most innovative techniques to treat vascular conditions resulting in faster recovery and less discomfort for patients.

Marywood University Students Raise Money at Walk to End Alzheimer’s

SCRANTON, PA (October 29, 2018)—Marywood University’s Chapter of the National Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association (NSSLHA) recently volunteered at the two-mile Walk to End Alzheimer’s that was held at PNC Field. Through the efforts of more than 850 participants, over $100,000 was raised. Money raised will provide funds for Alzheimer’s care, support, and research.

First row (left to right): Katie Dearborn, Bedminster, Pa.; Maggie Carter, Archbald, Pa.; Nicole Coombs, Highland Mills, N.Y.; Emily Zarrilli, Staten Island, N.Y.; and Lauren Besecker, Flemington, N.J. Second row (left to right): Kelsey Killeen, Scranton, Pa.; Nicole Koestler, Hazlet, N.J.; Danielle Schearer, Mertztown, Pa.; Katelyn Gjini, Ramsey, N.J.; Brianna Mallia, Staten Island, N.Y.; Ashley Faus, Muncy Valley, Pa.; Kristen Meyer, Skillman, N.J.; Mary Wisnesky, Coraopolis, Pa.; Megan Monack, Latrobe, Pa.

For additional information about Marywood University’s communication sciences and disorders department, please visit, or call (570) 348-6299, ext. 2608.

Wolf Administration Announces Opening of Indiana CNG Transit Fueling Station

Harrisburg, PA – Today, the Wolf Administration announced the formal opening of service at one of the 29 Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) fueling stations planned as part of a Public Private Partnership. Officials from PennDOT, Trillium CNG, and IndiGO-Indiana marked the start of fueling at the facility at 1657 Saltsburg Ave., Indiana.

“This addition to our growing ranks of transit-based CNG stations means savings for transit operators and a step towards a better environment,” Governor Wolf said. “CNG-fueled vehicles translate into better efficiency, cleaner burning fuels and lower fuel costs.”

Through the $84.5 million statewide P3 project, Trillium is designing, building, financing and will operate and maintain CNG fueling stations at 29 public transit agency sites through a 20-year P3 agreement. Other stations will be constructed over the next several years, and Trillium is also making CNG-related upgrades to existing transit maintenance facilities.

As part of the conversion, IndiGO-Indiana will replace its current 13 CNG buses with updated versions.

In addition to the transit bus fueling, the Indiana station will be open to the public 24/7.

PennDOT’s overall P3 project includes CNG fueling accessible to the public at six transit agency sites, with the option to add to sites in the future. PennDOT will receive a 15 percent royalty, excluding taxes, for each gallon of fuel sold to the public at public sites, which will be used to support the cost of the project.

Using the P3 procurement mechanism allows PennDOT to install the fueling stations faster than if a traditional procurement mechanism were used for each site, resulting in significant estimated capital cost savings of more than $46 million.

To date, stations have opened at:

  • Cambria County Transportation Authority, Johnstown Facility, includes public fueling.
  • Mid Mon Valley Transportation Authority.
  • Central Pennsylvania Transportation Authority, York Facility, includes public fueling.
  • Cambria County Transportation Authority, Ebensburg Facility
  • Westmoreland County Transportation Authority
  • Centre Area Transportation Authority
  • Beaver County Transit Agency
  • Crawford Area Transportation Authority
  • New Castle Area Transportation Authority, includes public fueling.
  • County of Lebanon Transportation Authority
  • Altoona Metro Transit
  • Lehigh and Northampton Transportation Authority, Allentown Facility
  • Central Pennsylvania Transportation Authority, Gettysburg Facility

A list of other agencies participating in the P3 project, in order of construction-start timeline, follows:

  • Butler Transportation Authority (2018)
  • Erie Metropolitan Transportation Authority (2019), includes public fueling.
  • Mercer County Regional Council of Governments (2019)
  • Fayette Area Coordinated Transportation System (2019)
  • Monroe County Transportation Authority (2019)
  • Area Transportation Authority of North Central PA, Bradford Facility (2019)
  • Area Transportation Authority of North Central PA, Johnsonburg Facility (2019)
  • County of Lackawanna Transportation System (2020), includes public fueling.
  • Area Transportation Authority of North Central PA, DuBois Facility (2020)
  • Lehigh and Northampton Transportation Authority, Easton Facility (2021)
  • Luzerne County Transportation Authority (2021)
  • Schuylkill Transportation System (2021)
  • Transit Authority of Warren County (2021)
  • Capital Area Transit
  • Port Authority of Allegheny County

When the project is completed, the fueling stations will supply gas to more than 1,600 CNG buses at transit agencies across the state. To learn more about this and other P3 projects visit

7th Annual Run Against Hunger

The 7th annual “Run Against Hunger”, which benefits St. Francis of Assist Kitchen, will take place on Saturday, November 10.   The 5k/10k run and two-mile walk will take place at the LHVA River Trail, Olive Street Trailhead, in Scranton (near the Ice Box Sports Complex).

Cost to pre-register is $25 for the 5k run or two-mile walk and $30 for the 10k run.   Registration the day of the run/walk is $35.  Free for children under age 10.

Race day registration will take place from 7:30 a.m. to 8:45 a.m.  Run/Walk begin at 9:00 a.m.

The Scranton Running Company and AllOne Charities are hosting the weekend’s events.  For more information and to pre-register for the event, visit

Hospice to Deliver Thanksgiving Meals to Homebound Patients For 12th Year

Hospice of the Sacred Heart volunteers prepare food assembly line for 2017 Thanksgiving meal packaging and delivery

On Thanksgiving morning, Thursday, November 22nd, Hospice of the Sacred Heart will deliver meals to their patients and their families. This is the 12th year the hospice will provide this service project. Meals will be prepared by Mansour’s Market in Scranton, packaged, and delivered by hospice staff members and volunteers.

“We look forward to this day every year. It’s a great way to demonstrate our gratitude for the blessings in our lives by bringing together staff, their families and volunteers to assemble and deliver Thanksgiving meals to our patients and their families,” said Diane Baldi, CEO, Hospice of the Sacred Heart.



Media outlets are invited to photograph the packaging process beginning at 7:30 am at Mansour’s Market, 969 Prescott Avenue, Scranton. Deliveries are made between 8 and 10 am. Diane Baldi, CEO, will be available for interviews between 7:30 and 10 am.

About Hospice of the Sacred Heart:

  • Not-for-profit, free standing hospice program serving Northeastern Pennsylvania since 2004
  • Main office is located in Wilkes-Barre, with an Inpatient Unit located in Dunmore and a Center for Education in Moosic
  • Care provided for over 1,600 patients in 2017 and over 13,000 to date
  • Employs approximately 120 employees throughout Northeastern Pennsylvania
  • Volunteers provided over 7,000 hours of support to patients and families in 2017