Suburban Propane partners with the American Red Cross in the first nationwide ‘Fuel Your Community’ campaign

During October, Suburban Propane is joining the American Red Cross to raise awareness of the constant need for blood and platelet donations with the first, nationwide Fuel Your Community campaign. All presenting blood and platelet donors at Red Cross blood drives and donation centers during October will be eligible to win one $5,000 Visa gift card as part of the campaign, courtesy of Suburban Propane. (read more)

  • Suburban Propane partners with the American Red Cross in the first nationwide ‘Fuel Your Community’ campaign
  • SAGE award finalists announced, winners will be revealed Nov. 11 at the Scranton Chamber Gala
  • ESU ‘Bizzy’ awards recipients announced
  • Eric Trump to attend ‘A Night for the Kids,’ a community benefit for St. Jude Children’s Reearch Hospital on Oct. 19 at Glenmaura
  • Staples survey highlights importance of technology to small business owners
  • Wilkes University’s Family Business Alliance hosts bestselling author Alan Robinson Oct. 7 at PSU Worthington and Oct. 8 at Benco Dental
  • New report from Trout Unlimited focuses on areas it deems ‘at risk from shale gas drilling and hydrofracking’


NEPIRC Executive Director Eric Esoda talks about Manufacturing Day

ESU ‘Bizzy’ awards recipients announced

East Stroudsburg University President Marcia G. Welsh, Ph.D., presented four ESU Innovator of the Year Awards at the ninth annual Bizzy Awards on Sept. 18, 2014 at the Chateau Resort & Conference Center in Tannersville. The Bizzy Awards are an Academy Awa


New report from Trout Unlimited focuses on areas it deems ‘at risk from shale gas drilling and hydrofracking’

Trout Unlimited, a coldwater conservation organization, features the Upper Delaware River watershed in a new report highlighting outstanding public fishing and hunting areas in the Central Appalachian region that are at risk from shale gas drilling and hy

Chesapeake Bay Foundation applauds Luzerne County Council for adopting clean water resolution

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) applauds the Luzerne County Council for adopting a “Clean Water Counts” resolution, calling on state officials to make clean water a top priority for the Keystone State. “Healthy families, strong communities, and a thri


SBA will continue to zero out fees on small dollar loans, expands relief for larger loans to veterans

The U.S. Small Business Administration has announced that fee relief on 7(a) loans of $150,000 or less implemented last year and originally slated to expire on Sept. 30, will be extended through fiscal year 2015. SBA has also announced that fee relief mea


More Americans die annually from drug overdoses than car crashes, so let’s talk about prescription drug safety

By Kara Malitsky, Pharm. D., R.Ph. Prescription drugs have helped many people combat disease and live longer, healthier lives. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that nearly half of all Americans have taken at least on

Generation Generosity: 35% of grandparents expect to contribute at least $50,000 to college

According to new research from Fidelity Investments®, more than half (53 percent) of grandparents are saving or plan to start saving to help pay for college costs, and a full 90 percent report they would be likely, if asked, to make a contribution to thei

A novel approach to saving for college

By Michael Dillon With the average 2013/14 tuition for of private college at $30,094 per year, even parents who have prepared well could use some relief from this financial burden. And since 2008, private college tuition inflation has run at 3.6 percent t

The roles of leaders and managers

By Jon Craighead Recently I was asked to distinguish the primary differences regarding the roles and responsibilities of leaders and managers. The major differences occur in the areas of change and complexity. Depending on the size and dimension of the or

Forging forward

By Howard Grossman, AICP Forging forward should be the marching order for the Pocono-Northeast. This slogan could invigorate the region over the next several years and be a standard by which progress could be measured. To accommodate a forging forward mis

Pennsylvania electricity prices drop for four consecutive months

By John Tough As various state media have recently reported, this summer was one of the coldest in Pennsylvania history. These lower temperatures have had many positive effects—trees started to change colors earlier, mowing the lawn hasn’t seemed like suc

Opinion: In governor’s race, voters should note how pensions came to be under-funded

By Kelly Lewis I have read about 5 percent of the noise surrounding the upcoming governor’s race in Pennsylvania. As a former member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, I’m always amazed at what issues become amplified, minimized, and often buri

Auditing resource material project seeks to establish checks and balances for volunteer organizations

By Fred Croop, Ed.D., C.P.A., Misericordia University Our region is fortunate to have an enthusiastic base of community volunteers. They come from various backgrounds and age groups to enhance our local churches, synagogues, fire companies, ambulance asso

September is Healthy Aging Month: Make growing old a happy and healthy experience

By John Viteritti, D.O. Aging is an inevitable part of life, but getting older doesn’t necessarily mean we’re getting less healthy. Remember fitness guru Jack LaLanne? He followed a daily diet and exercise routine well into his 90’s, and encouraged others

Pennsylvania CPAs: President Obama misses the mark on inversions

Playing the blame game is Politics 101, but President Barack Obama missed the mark earlier this month when he placed blame for the wave of corporate inversions on “accountants going to some big corporations… and saying we found a great loophole.” The real

Level funding good option for employers considering self-funded insurance plan

By Ken Mazzie Level Funding: If you desire the freedom of a self-funded insurance plan but need a little more certainty for your budgeting concerns, level funding might be an option for you. In the South Central PA, area, we have experienced an increased

Medical perspectives on medical marijuana

By Lucy J. Cairns, M.D. Several factors have recently converged to make passage of a medical marijuana law in Pennsylvania a distinct possibility. First, public opinion in the state is now overwhelmingly in favor of legalizing marijuana (cannabis sativa)

Pulitzer Prize finalist to speak at ESU Oct. 15 about son’s odyssey with mental illness

After journalist Pete Earley’s son was arrested for breaking into a house while in a delusional state, Earley decided to investigate the workings of America’s mental-health system and the laws governing it. His disturbing findings became the subject of Ea

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Staples survey highlights importance of technology to small business owners

For small business owners, e-mail rates as the top software tool (47 percent) for running their business, followed by financial management software (29 percent), according to a Staples’ study of 510 small business owners conducted online by Harris Poll du

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