A New Chapter for the Annual Storytelling Dinner at The Settlers Inn

In a year with so much change, a beloved annual tradition at The Settlers Inn will go on essentially the same. Storytelling Dinner has been a highly anticipated part of the fall season since 1987. On October 30 and 31 the event will return with some slight adaptations that bring the festivities outdoors but preserve all of the elements that make it unique.

This year over 100 carved pumpkins will be displayed in Grant’s Woods. The newly opened area behind the Inn has an enchanted forest atmosphere with posh picnic cabins, gravel pathways, strings of overhead lights and an oversized fire pit. The open space provides the perfect setting for cocktail hour. Visitors may warm up with hot cider and spirits around the roaring fire. Those in attendance are encouraged to dress in bonfire attire for the evening’s festivities. Guests may gather in Grant’s Woods and stroll along the paths to see the intricately carved pumpkins illuminated for Halloween.

Many of the carved pumpkins boast elaborate, detailed designs. The Settlers Inn Founder Grant Genzlinger and friend David Dunsmore lead a team of carvers in a day long effort. Together they create everything from life-size pumpkin people to miniature scenes. Each jack-o-lantern is unique and imbued with its own characteristics. Grant says his ideas are fluid and he draws inspiration from everyday life and current headlines, but never repeats a look from year to year. David comes to the table with a host of creative ideas, fine-tuned throughout the year to incorporate the chosen theme. Carving will take place on October 29 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. at The Settlers Inn. Anyone interested in carving pumpkins should email GGenzlinger@settlershospitality.com or call the Inn at 570-226-2993.

A family-style seasonal meal follows cocktail hour. Dinner will be served in a heated tent beside the garden. Marcia Dunsmore, a former partner at The Settlers Inn, will join forces with Executive Chef Kate Woehrle to craft a menu of  hearty soups and stews. That will pair perfectly with a selection of crusty breads from Dunsmore’s popular bakery- Myrtle Avenue Bakehouse. Shawn and David, better known as the Dishonest Duo, will perform live Bluegrass music throughout the evening.

Following dinner, storyteller Neil Genzlinger will enthrall audiences with tantalizing tales. The New York Times writer and former film and theater critic is known for his offbeat and outrageous humor. He has performed at well-known storytelling venues such as The Moth and his plays have been performed at the New York International Fringe Festival.

“This year has been unpredictable, with many annual traditions falling to the wayside, so we’re delighted to be able to offer our Storytelling Dinner,” explains Justin Genzlinger, CEO/Owner, Settlers Hospitality. “It’s a signature event at The Settlers Inn and it was important for us to keep the tradition alive especially since this is our 40th anniversary in business. We’ve made some adjustments to allow everyone to enjoy this fall favorite in a safe way as we continue to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Reservations are required for the Storytelling Dinner. The cost is $65 per person. Call 570-226-2993.

Marywood University to Hold Its Fall Undergraduate Open Houses Virtually

Marywood University will hold virtual fall undergraduate open house events on Saturday, October 24, and Saturday, November 14, 2020, at 10 a.m. on each date. Prospective students can register online at marywood.edu/openhouse.

Prospective students and their parents can register for live virtual events with staff, current students, and faculty. Students and parents can then participate at their convenience in additional online open house experiences.

For more information about Marywood University’s virtual fall undergraduate open house events, please visit marywood.edu/admissions/, or call the Office of Admissions, at (570) 348-6234.

Lackawanna College Adding New Center in Tunkhannock

Lackawanna College has announced that it is opening a new Center in Tunkhannock, which will house the College’s School of Petroleum and Natural Gas as well as other degree and certificate programs. The Center is slated to open for the Fall 2021 semester.

“We are so excited to add Tunkhannock as another Lackawanna College location to serve even more students in northeastern and central Pennsylvania,” said Lackawanna College President Dr. Jill Murray. “As the College continues to grow, we are always looking for more opportunities to offer an affordable, accessible education, which leads to family-sustaining jobs in our community.”

Partners in the natural gas industry have expressed overwhelming support for the move to Tunkhannock.

“We are thrilled to see how much the School of Petroleum and Natural Gas has grown and matured in the past six years,” said George Stark, external affairs director of Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation. “Lackawanna College has become an educational force in Northeast PA and we know this move will give them the opportunity to expand both their physical presence but also their programs and offerings.”

Lackawanna has also received support from community partners and school districts in the region.

“Tunkhannock Area School District is excited about the opportunities that a local Center provides for our students,” said Heather McPherson, superintendent of Tunkhannock Area School District. “We look forward to building on our existing relationship with Lackawanna College.”

Lackawanna College’s other locations include the main campus in Scranton as well as Centers in Covington Twp., Hawley, Hazleton, New Milford, Sunbury and Towanda. The School of Petroleum and Natural Gas will relocate from New Milford to Tunkhannock.

Local Nicholas Litz to Appear on Good Morning America

Hawley, PA local, Nicholas Litz, has experienced firsthand what a good work ethic and contagious attitude can help you accomplish.

You may know Nick from a recent Tri-County Independent publication from August in which he was commended for his contributions to the Woodloch kitchen team. Author Alison Kandrovy, a job coach with Community Vocational Services Inc. who worked closely with Nick, described his remarkable ability to overcome challenges in his workplace and find success communicating with his co-workers, despite being nonverbal. Nick receives job coaching services through CVS Inc. and also partakes in vocational training studies at the Human Resources Center’s Pike county building.

The article highlighted Nick’s admirable work ethic and perseverance in adjusting to the COVID-19 pandemic. The piece touted his ability to learn to navigate a new landscape of social limitations and constraints while remaining an indispensable team player. Good Morning America soon picked up the story and requested to get Nick on the air. His team, along with his family and friends, sprung into action to see this opportunity through.

You can watch Nick on the ABC network on October 16 at 1 p.m. This date is subject to change. Please be sure to check the Human Resources Center’s Facebook page for updates.

Johnson College in Conjunction with Don’s Machine Shop are Now Enrolling Students in CNC Machining Training

Johnson College in conjunction with Don’s Machine Shop in West Pittston continues to bring CNC Machining training to Luzerne County. Starting November 30, 2020 students will train to utilize, maintain and program Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machines inside Don’s Machine Shop’s classroom and lab at 100 Elm Street, West Pittston. Open enrollment for this 510 Hour CNC class is going on now. Space is limited. To learn more or to enroll, contact the Johnson College Continuing Education Department at 570-702-8979 or continuinged@johnson.edu.

CNC machinists manufacture precision products and components used in a variety of applications such as automotive, medical, electronics, aerospace, transportation, military, and more. Industries throughout northeastern Pennsylvania are currently in need of well-trained CNC machinist.

This 510 hour class for beginner-level students includes theory and hands-on learning experiences. The hands-on training, delivered at Don’s Machine Shop, is on some of the most state of the art equipment in the region. This unique, one-of-a-kind training will help open up new career opportunities right away. This relationship truly demonstrates how industry is a Johnson College student’s campus. Social distancing and mask guidelines will be followed at all times. The cost of the class is $7,500. Financial assistance may be available for those who qualify.

For more information visit http://www.donsmachine.com/.

For additional information on Johnson College’s Continuing Education Program, please call 570-702-8979, email continuinged@johnson.edu, email enroll@johnson.edu, or visit Johnson.edu/continuing-education.

Marywood University’s First Ever Virtual Community Leadership Celebration Honors Conaboy Family, Salutes Frontline Workers

Marywood University’s first ever Virtual Community Leadership Celebration took place on Thursday, September 17, 2020, honoring The Judge Richard P. and Marion Conaboy Family. Marywood joined the honorees in saluting Marywood students, alumni, and community members working on the front lines. Funds raised through this year’s Community Leadership Celebration (CLC) totaled $280,000. Beginning in 2014, to date, the CLC, held annually, has raised $2.5 million dollars for the University.

The evening was emceed by Msgr. Joseph G. Quinn, J.D., J.C.L. and featured powerful performances by student vocalists Mason Marie Clark and Leanne Onofrio, and Michele Conaboy McGrath and Stephen Murphy, as well as testimonials from Sen. Robert P. Casey, Jr., Judge Terrence R. Nealon, and longtime family friend, Rev. Bernard R. McIlhenny, S.J. Also featured was a video montage saluting frontline healthcare workers, educators, social workers, and counselors.

Sr. Mary Persico, IHM, Marywood University President, proudly bestowed The Judge Richard P. and Marion Conaboy Family with the Lead On Award, to recognize their exemplary lifetime community leadership endeavors and the meaningful difference they have made through decades of public service, abiding faith, and dedication to the greater good of all.

“On behalf of my entire extended family, so many of whom are Marywood graduates, we are so honored by this award,” said Atty. Mary Ann Conaboy Abrahamsen ’73. “My parents would have been thrilled to have this.”

“We started in our own family, the 14 of us; that was our own community, and that is where my parents taught us the value of community service,” said Atty. William P. Conaboy, President and CEO of Allied Services. “There is a drastic shortage of trained nurses. We work very closely with Marywood’s PA and Nursing programs, integrating the students needing to be trained to be the future caregivers. The University has done an outstanding job as a neighbor, as a collaborator, as an educator with our system.”

“We were very honored and humbled to act as co-chairs for this event,” said Ann Henry ’73 and Mary Ellen Coleman H(’68). “We came together in an unusual way to support Marywood, its students, and the Conaboy Family. While COVID-19 may be keeping us physically distant, our support, love, and friendships continue to bind us together, and, in some ways, may have made us even stronger.”

Marywood University’s CLC event is the University’s largest fundraising event that provides special support to Marywood students. Proceeds from this year’s event will benefit the President’s Innovation Fund, which supports Marywood students through initiatives that enhance the academic experience in the IHM tradition.

To learn more about Marywood University’s Community Leadership Celebration please visit marywood.edu/support/clc or call (570) 348-6238.

Electric City Classic Fall Photo Promotion

Let’s Bike & Hike Our Way through Scenic Northeastern PA!

Through October 29, 2020, we’re celebrating healthy fun and the beauty of Northeastern Pennsylvania in autumn with the Electric City Classic Fall Photo Promotion on Instagram.

The promotion is made possible through the support of DiscoverNEPA, Powered by Mericle, gold sponsor of the 2021 Electric City Classic. The Electric City Classic Fall Photo Promotion runs through October 29, 2020, and is open to people of all ages in Northeastern Pennsylvania.

Click here for details!