NCC offers free ‘Introduction to OSHA’ program April 1

Each year, millions of dollars of fines are issued by the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA). Some fines are issued due to willful violation, but most are issued because companies are struggling to understand the standards and how they apply to their organization. Northampton Community College’s Center for Business & Industry (CBI) will offer a free “Introduction to OSHA” program on Wednesday, April 1. Attendance certificates will be issued to participants who attend the entire program and complete an evaluation. (read more)

  • NCC offers free ‘Introduction to OSHA’ program April 1
  • Learn what the Brodhead Watershed Association has found in your streams at March 31 meeting
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  • Ben Franklin announces ‘practical futurist,’ Michael Rogers as iXchange keynoter; event slated for May 7
  • Hazleton Chamber to host a woman’s luncheon program on ‘Aging Productively: The Key to a Prosperous Workforce’ March 31
  • Hazleton Chamber hosting 11th annual ‘Icebreaker’ golf outing April 24


Pottsville Business Association welcomes Ellen’s Gourmet Baskets

At its most recent meeting. the Pottsville Business Association (PBA) welcomed one of Pottsville’s newest businesses, Ellen’s Gourmet Baskets, operated by Ellen Micka. Ellen’s Gourmet Baskets provides specialty gift baskets by order with a specialization


Learn what the Brodhead Watershed Association has found in your streams at March 31 meeting

Would you like to know what the Brodhead Watershed Association (BWA) has found in your streams? Pollution levels in the lower Brodhead watershed have made the streams unsafe for swimming or other water contact. BWA will present a report to municipal partn

PennFuture and FracTracker introduce interactive map to show shale gas development on Pennsylvania public lands

Citizens for Pennsylvania’s Future (PennFuture) and FracTracker Alliance have created a unique GIS map that enables the public to investigate how shale gas development is changing the face of our public lands. The map shows, in one place: ■ Pennsylvania’s


ICBA announces ‘2015 community banking policy priorities’

The Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA) on March 3 announced its top legislative and regulatory priorities for 2015. ICBA made the announcement in Orlando, Florida at its national convention, ICBA Community Banking LIVE, the largest community


March 30: A day to honor our doctors

By Cor Catena The field of health care is constantly undergoing change, brought on by scientific breakthroughs, technological advancements, government regulation and reform. Many of the roles within the profession have changed as well. But there is one co

Opinion: In Pennsylvania, energy consumers hold the power

By Kerry Cooper, CEO of Choose Energy A new year nearly always marks a time for change, and for many residents in Pennsylvania, part of that change will be seen on their electric bills. Beginning in December, Pennsylvania Power and Light, which serves 1.5

CPA: Pennsylvania pension crisis solution must not be kicked down the road

March 2 To the editor: One of the most pressing issues facing The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is the ticking time bomb of underfunded state and municipal pensions. Adequate and responsible pension funding is the biggest threat to Pennsylvania’s long-term

Opinion: Wolf’s gas tax won’t help students, but will kill their job opportunities

On Feb. 11, Gov. Wolf unveiled his plan to impose a natural gas severance tax on Pennsylvania’s most promising industry to boost funding for public schools. He, unfortunately, rehashed disproven campaign rhetoric on a mythical $3 billion in education fund

Breaking down the Quality Counts report Money doesn’t always matter in education

By Michael A. MacDowell The 19th annual Quality Counts report in Education Week shows Pennsylvania was rated eighth for education among the nation’s states. This is a significant accomplishment for which the state should be given justifiable credit. A clo

You may still be able to enroll in health insurance coverage with a qualifying life event

By Suzanne M. Fletcher This column is part of a continuing educational series about Health Care Reform from Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania. Open enrollment for health insurance coverage in 2015 through the Affordable Care Act (ACA) recently ended

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How can you be a more effective seller and get more deals done?

Martin Limbeck, author of No is Short For Next Opportunity: How Top Sales Professionals Think, who is known as the “Porsche of Sales,” offers this advice: ■ When you first mention your price, don’t make it sound as if there is room for negotiation: Let th


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