Penn State Wilkes-Barre recently held its spring 2015 executive management forum titled
NEPA’s Major Federal Facilities: Economic Engines for our Region
. Attendees heard Colonel Gerhard Schroter and Dr. Michael Adelman discuss the region’s two major federal government economic engines — Tobyhanna Army Depot and the Wilkes-Barre VA Medical Center, respectively.
Lackawanna Pro Bono Inc., a Scranton-based nonprofit organization that provides free legal representation to indigent clients in Lackawanna County, will host its ninth annual golf tournament on Friday, June 5 at Blue Ridge Trail Golf Club in Mountain Top.
All proceeds from the tournament will support Lackawanna Pro Bono, which arranges with local attorneys to volunteer their professional time to represent indigent clients in urgent civil legal matters. Funds will be raised through registration fees and sponsorships.
By Natalie Gelb
Hundreds of wheels will hit the pavement along the Lackawanna River Heritage Trail and on streets passing through Blakely, the Mid and Upper Valley and north to the Still Water Dam on Saturday, June 20 as bicycle enthusiasts of all ages pedal their way to health and happiness at the sixth annual Heritage Explorer Bike Tour and Festival.
Hosted by Lackawanna Heritage Valley, the event will begin and end at Blakely Borough Recreation Complex in Peckville. Depending on the route chosen, riders leave between 8 a.m. and 9:30 a.m . The festival will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
ENGINEERS & BUILDERS
ALFRED BENESCH & COMPANY
Dominic J. Yannuzzi, P.E. received the American Society of Highway Engineers (ASHE) “Prestige Award.” This is the first award presented of its kind by ASHE. Yannuzzi was recognized for his leadership as past president and director for establishing and raising more than $125,000 in scholarships for five higher education engineering institutions — Wilkes University, Penn State University, Drexel University, Villanova University and Lafayette College. Fundraising efforts for students in financial need began in 1999 with an annual golf tournament, now being the largest of its kind. Yannuzzi is employed as a project manager by Alfred Benesch & Company.
Hawk Mountain Labs received financing from the USDA Rural Development and the Tri-District Loan Fund, capitalized by the Economic Development Administration Loan Fund, to purchase machinery and equipment. These loan funds are managed by NEPA Alliance. This funding will allow Hawk Mountain Labs to expand their business and establish new jobs. These loans were part of an overall funding package that included the NEPA Alliance and CAN DO Inc.
PENNSYLVANIA CREDIT UNION ASSOCIATION
The Pennsylvania Credit Union Association (PCUA) Board of Directors recently held its annual reorganization meeting and elected its Chairman of the Board and Vice Chairman of the Board. The new officers elected were:
Chairman of the Board — Louise Lingenfelser, CEO, ClearChoice Federal Credit Union, Wyomissing
Vice Chairman of the Board — Jeff DeBree, CEO, Penn East Federal Credit Union, Scranton
In an effort to support local distilleries, the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) is launching the Pennsylvania Spirits Program, which grants limited distillery license holders in Pennsylvania an opportunity to place up to 10 products in a select number of Fine Wine and Good Spirits stores of their choosing.
“In 2012, we launched the Pennsylvania Preferred Wine Program, and it has been very successful in expanding the selection of Pennsylvania products in Fine Wine & Good Spirits stores for those consumers who may want to shop local,” said Tim Holden, PLCB chairman. “The Pennsylvania Spirits Program is a natural extension to make sure we’re meeting the demand, not just of local wine enthusiasts but also those consumers looking for locally made spirits as well.”