Winner Announced in YMCA Lap Swim Challenge Fundraiser

On Saturday, June 17th, the Greater Scranton YMCA held its Inaugural Lap Swim Challenge. The event was a great success, raising $3,602 for the Greater Scranton YMCA’s Stingrays Swim Team. We had 38 community members participate in the challenge.

The grand prize winner, Rachel Frissell, swam 134 lengths of the pool in the allotted 45-minute challenge time frame. She will receive an annual membership to the Greater Scranton YMCA. Attached are the results of the challenge.

Johnson College Holds Competition

Johnson College hosted its fifth annual district SkillsUSA Competition. Over 100 high school students throughout the region competed in technical and occupational skills areas. SkillsUSA is a national organization serving teachers and high school and college students preparing for careers in technical, skilled, and service occupations, including health occupations and further education.

NE PA Wineries’ Collaboration Wins at National and International Competitions

From left: Dan Schreffler of Space Time Mead & Cider Works, and Pete Aiello of Honey Hole Winery with their Double Gold Medal award winning Lavender Mead.

A lavender honey wine (mead) made by Honey Hole Winery in Drums, and Space Time Mead & Cider Works in Dunmore has received medals in three national competitions.  Honey Hole Winery’s/Space Time Mead & Cidery Work’s “Collaboration Lavender Metheglin” received a Double Gold medal and “Best of Class” at the American Wine Society’s (AWS) 2021 Commercial Wine Competition held in Atlantic City, New Jersey.   At the 2021 Mazer Cup International Commercial Mead Competition, the mead took silver in the Semisweet Metheglin (spiced mead) category; and received a bronze medal in the Sweet Metheglin category at the 2021 National Honey Board’s Mead Crafters Competition.

“What is so great about this recognition is that the wine was made from all locally sourced ingredients,” said Pete Aiello of Honey Hole Winery.  “Northeastern Pennsylvania has some wonderful growers and beekeepers!”

“We love working with Honey Hole Winery,” weighed in Dan Schreffler of Space Time Mead & Cider Works.  “Pete has some wonderful ideas and is able to bring together some fantastic growers, like herbs from Graces Lavender Farm in Catawissa; and honey from the Bee Keeper’s Daughter in Plains.  To source ingredients close to home, partner with a friend at a local winery, and receive national recognition, is special.”

Out of 6 collaboration wines, the Lavender Metheglin is the second double gold medal award winning mead! The next collaboration will be released in Spring of 2022 featuring 100% Pennsylvania grown grapes!

Dunmore Winery Announces Finalists for Label Competition

Space Time Mead & Cider Works is sponsoring its 3rd Annual Label Art Competition. Four finalists have been selected from sixteen submissions.

This year’s theme is the “Overview Effect” – a shift in perspective, attributed to astronauts “experiencing firsthand the reality of the Earth in space.  During the past year, many of us had their own shift in perspective and priorities caused by the global pandemic.

“I love the creativity and hard work that went into this year’s entries – from literal interpretations to more abstract.” Says Dan Schreffler.  “Again, it was hard to choose just 4 out of all the entries, and will be even harder to pick just one winner.”

Two prizes will be awards – $250 for the Judges’ Selection and $100 for the People’s Choice Selection.

Online voting is is open now until August 29th. Each vote is $5 with proceeds from the contest going to the Everhart Museum.  

To vote:

Winners will be announced Thursday September 1 at the winery and via traditional and social media outlets.

Spacetime Mead & Cider Works Label Competition

Space Time Mead & Cider Works is sponsoring its 3rd Annual Label Art Competition. All proceeds from the contest will go to the Everhart Museum. Prizes will be given to the winners.

This year’s theme is the “Overview Effect” – a shift in perspective, attributed to astronauts “experiencing firsthand the reality of the Earth in space, which is immediately understood to be a tiny, fragile ball of life, “hanging in the void”, shielded and nourished by a paper-thin atmosphere.”

“I found by talking with our customers, vendors, and family that there has been a realignment of priorities as a result of the pandemic and other transformative events that occurred in the past year.” Says Dan Schreffler. “The change in day-to-day interactions, recovering from serious illnesses, accidents, and other losses have forced us to question how we spend our time and challenge us to make positive quality of life changes.”

The competition entry deadline is August 1, 2021. The winner will be announced in August. All official competition rules, forms and dates can be found by visiting

Lackawanna Students Earn National PBL Awards

Six Lackawanna College students competed alongside nearly 800 of the country’s top business students in the 2021 Future Business Leaders of America – Phi Beta Lambda (FBLA-PBL) National Leadership Conference (NLC) held virtually between June 24-27. Several Falcons placed in the top ten in their respective categories. 

The students had previously competed and won between first and third place in state competitions, also held online in April 2021, qualifying them to advance to nationals. 

At the NLC, Business graduate Jillian Martin ’21, of Berwick, and Accounting major Brian Davis, of Scranton, partnered to earn fourth place in the business category. Current Professional Studies bachelor’s degree student Mason Kay ’19, of Clarks Summit, earned fifth place in Digital Media. Current Accounting bachelor’s major Sara Kellerman ’17, of Honesdale, obtained seventh place in Accounting for Professionals. Brittany Flynn ’21, of Mayfield, placed eighth in Sports Management and Marketing and ninth in Contemporary Sports Issues. Scranton native Kelly Kuzma ’21 also competed in the national event. 

College faculty and staff supporting PBL include advisor Carolyn Chupko, co-advisors Suzanne Cercone and Karen Lipnichan, and Pennsylvania PBL State Advisor Beverly O’Hora.  PBL is the college division of FBLA with over 8,000 members and more than 350 chapters, helping students prepare for careers in business. As PBL’s mission is to “prepare students to become community-minded business leaders in a global society through relevant career preparation and leadership experiences,” Lackawanna’s chapter is open to students of all majors.