NeighborWorks NEPA Receives Multiple Awards

NeighborWorks Northeastern PA (NeighborWorks) was honored with two awards at the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency’s (PHFA) housing counseling awards ceremony in Harrisburg on October 18, 2023. NeighborWorks won the Community Partnership Award, and Pamela Anslinger, HomeOwnership Center Manager at NeighborWorks, received the Best Housing Counseling Specialist award.

The Best Housing Counseling Specialist Award recognizes counselors who provide value-added housing counseling services to their clients. Agencies are encouraged to submit nominations for their counselors who have completed all PHFA-based training prior to the nomination.

Pam was selected based on her experience in the housing counseling industry, holding National Housing Counseling Certifications, consistently achieving outcomes such as “purchased home” or mortgages refinanced,” consistently receiving positive feedback from her clients, and initiating innovative ways for NeighborWorks to achieve desired results or improve efficiency in workflows.

“I am deeply honored and grateful to receive this award from PHFA. This recognition is a testament to the dedication of our team at NeighborWorks and the incredible clients we have the privilege to serve,” said Pam. “It is our mission to empower individuals and families to make informed housing decisions, and I am proud to be part of this transformative journey.”

The Community Partnership Award recognizes an agency whose outreach efforts to local community organizations have helped improve its program effectiveness and delivery. Selection criteria is based on the structure of the partnerships, how the partnerships enhances ability to provide quality counseling, the impact the partnerships have on the number of clients counseled, and client success stories that occurred as a result of the partnerships.

We also wish to congratulate all of our fellow award recipients, including our fellow NeighborWorks America and NeighborWorks Association of Pennsylvania member agencies in NeighborWorks Western Pennsylvania and Neighborhood Housing Services of Greater Berks.

Housing counselors from across the state attended the ceremony, representing 63 counseling agencies. These counselors help PHFA achieve its housing mission by assisting state residents with questions about homeownership, home foreclosure, budgeting, personal money management, and their personal credit score so they can make better informed housing decisions

Dimeco, Inc. Declares Cash Dividend

Honesdale, PA, September 14, 2023 / The Board of Directors of Dimeco, Inc. (OTCQX: DIMC) declared a dividend on September 13, 2023, of $0.38 per share to shareholders of record September 29, 2023. The dividend is payable on October 26, 2023, the anticipated date to release earnings for the third quarter of 2023. This dividend is an increase of $0.02 per share over the dividend declared in September 2022. This dividend of $0.38 per share produced a yield of 4.53% at the market value of $33.52 on September 13, 2023. 

President and Chief Executive Officer Peter Bochnovich stated, “We continue our commitment to provide the ultimate banking experience to our customers and our communities. This dividend is one way to thank our shareholders for their continued investment in and loyalty to Dimeco, Inc.”

About Dimeco, Inc.

Dimeco, Inc. is the parent holding company of The Dime Bank, a full-service financial institution serving Northeast Pennsylvania since 1905. Dimeco, Inc. reported balances on June 30, 2023, of $969 million in total assets, loans of $686 million, and deposits of $795 million. Dimeco, Inc. trades on the OTCQX Marketplace under symbol ‘DIMC’, operated by OTC Markets Group. For more information on Dimeco, Inc. and The Dime Bank, visit www.thedimebank.com.

NET Credit Union Sponsors Little Free Libraries in Lackawanna County

NET Credit Union is the sponsor for new Little Free Libraries throughout Lackawanna County that will be an accessible resource for reading in the community with book exchange boxes.

The Little Free Libraries are part of the Scranton City Pride Project. NET Credit Union partnered with Scranton Tomorrow, NeighborWorks of NEPA, and United Neighborhoods Centers of NEPA to make this community project a reality. The Albright Memorial Library ensured there was a wide variety of books included in each of the Little Free Libraries and will also maintain the reading material.

Carpentry students from The Career Technology Center of Lackawanna County built the little libraries while art students from West Scranton High School painted some.

The current Scranton locations of the Little Free Libraries are 135 Jefferson Avenue, 815 Smith Street, and 1158 Luzerne Street. More will be added soon in other Scranton neighborhoods. Visit https://www.scrantontomorrow.org/ for location updates.

Northeast Regional Cancer Institute Announces Staff Promotion

The Northeast Regional Cancer Institute’s President, Karen Saunders, recently announced a staff promotion of Ms. Karen Ryczak from Director-Surveillance & Navigation Programs to Vice President- Programs & Surveillance.

 Karen Ryczak, RN, of Archbald, has over 30 years of experience in oncology and will provide organizational supervision and management of Community and Patient Services programs in her new role.  In addition, she will continue to manage the Cancer Surveillance Program, including providing an annual report on cancer to the community.  Ryczak, who attended the University of Scranton and is a graduate of Mercy Hospital School of Nursing has been an employee of the Cancer Institute since 2000. 

Johnson College Now Enrolling Students in CDL Driver Training Course

Johnson College in partnership with Ancora Education is now enrolling students in its Class A CDL Driver Training course that begins on June 12, 2023, at the College’s new satellite campus, Johnson College at the CAN DO Training Center, in Hazle Township.

Students will learn to inspect and operate tractor-trailers and to assume driver responsibilities on the road and at pickup/delivery points. Emphasis is placed on vehicle inspections, defensive driving, range maneuvers, motor carrier safety regulations (DOT 380 -397 and a certificate for entry-level drivers), trip planning, cargo handling, size/weight laws, general maintenance procedures, hours of service, and accident prevention. Participants in this 160-hour program can obtain their CDL in as little as four weeks. The course complies with the new Entry Level Driver Training (ELDT) rules established by the Federal Motor Carriers Safety Administration (FMCSA), which went into effect in February 2022.

To learn more or to enroll in the Class A CDL Driver Training course, visit johnson.edu/hazleton-cdl or contact the College’s Continuing Education department at continuinged@johnson.edu

Lackawanna College Beekeeping Certificate Registration Now Open

The Lackawanna College Environmental Education Center now accepting registrations for the next In-Person Beginner Beekeeping Certificate beginning May 4, 2023.

The program is designed to support both new and seasoned beekeepers through an entire apiary year. Participants will learn about honey bee biology, beekeeping equipment, apiary production and environmental challenges. By the end of this course, participants will be able to manage honey bee colonies for maximum bee health and honey production. Upon successful completion of the course, students will earn a certificate in beekeeping.

Classes start May 4, 2023 and run every Thursday from 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. until June 22, 2023. The cost is $250 for the certificate which includes 8 sessions. The program will be held at the Lackawanna College Environmental Education Center (LCEEC) located at 93 MacKenzie Road, Covington Township.

Dates                            

  • May 4, 2023 – History of Beekeeping
  • May 11, 2023 – Honey Bee Biology
  • May 18, 2023 – Behavioral Aspects of Honey bees
  • May 25, 2023 – Apiary Equipment and Installation
  • June 1, 2023 – Rules and Regulations
  • June 8, 2023 – Environmental Challenges
  • June 15, 2023 – Pollinators and their Benefits
  • June 22, 2023 – Hive Check and Applied Care

The Wright Center to Offer Dental Services at its Hawley Practice

The Wright Center for Community Health will begin conducting two regularly scheduled dental clinics each month at its primary and preventive care practice in Hawley, starting July 17.

The clinics will be held on the third and fourth Mondays of every month, with appointments  available between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. The Wright Center’s dental professionals will provide affordable, high-quality oral care services, including routine exams, cleanings, fluoride treatments, fillings, extractions, and other procedures.

A dental hygienist will be on site to assist new and returning patients on the third Monday of the month. A general practice dentist and a dental assistant will see patients during the subsequent monthly clinic, offering advanced treatment.

Appointments may be made for children and adults by calling 570-576-8081. The Wright Center for Community Health Hawley Practice is located at 103 Spruce St.

The community health center accepts most dental insurances, including Delta Dental, Guardian, United Concordia, and Medical Assistance (Medicaid). To ensure high-quality oral care is available to everyone, The Wright Center offers a sliding-fee discount program to individuals who qualify based on Federal Poverty Guidelines that take into account family size and income. No patient is turned away due to an inability to pay.

Receiving routine oral health care not only lessens the likelihood of developing cavities, tooth pain, gum infections, and other mouth troubles, it also promotes good overall health. A healthy smile also can boost an individual’s self-confidence in social settings, including public presentations and job interviews.

The Wright Center was designated in 2019 as a Federally Qualified Health Center Look-Alike by the Health Resources and Services Administration, an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. One year later, The Wright Center opened its Hawley Practice, expanding access to close-to-home care for rural residents in Wayne and Pike counties.

Today, the Scranton-based nonprofit enterprise operates nine primary care practices in the region, including a mobile medical vehicle called Driving Better Health. Its practices offer integrated care, meaning patients typically have the convenience of going to a single location to access dental, medical, and behavioral health care, as well as community-based addiction treatment and recovery services.

For more information about The Wright Center and its many health care services, visit TheWrightCenter.org or call 570-230-0019.

NeighborWorks Receives Contribution

NeighborWorks Northeastern Pennsylvania (NeighborWorks) recently accepted a contribution from The Dime Bank (Dime), in the amount of $10,000 through the Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development’s Neighborhood Assistance Program (NAP).
The contribution will support the Scranton Beautiful Blocks Program for 2023. Beautiful Blocks, which is jointly sponsored by NeighborWorks and the City of Scranton, provides matching grants of up to $1,000 to each member of a group of at least five Scranton residents to help them make exterior improvements to their homes. Grants are awarded annually through a competitive application process.
“As a community bank, The Dime Bank is proud to partner with NeighborWorks and contribute to their efforts of revitalizing neighborhoods and building community connections. We are excited to be part of their Beautiful Blocks program that encourages team work among neighbors and invests in property improvement,” stated William Boyle, The Dime Bank Senior Vice President, Chief Lending Officer.
“We want to sincerely thank The Dime Bank for their generous contribution towards this year’s Beautiful Blocks program in Scranton,” said Jesse Ergott, NeighborWorks Northeastern Pennsylvania President & CEO. “We are grateful for their commitment to making a positive impact in our community and beyond.”