AAA insurance named ‘Property & Casualty Insurance Brand of the Year’

AAA Insurance has earned “Brand of the Year” status for its property and casualty insurance offerings, according to the 2014 Harris Poll EquiTrend study. “At AAA North Penn, we’ve been providing our members with superior insurance at competitive rates for over 30 years-- whether at home, on the highway, or in preparation of life’s unexpected changes,” says Nina Waskevich, director of marketing/public relations AAA North Penn. “Our goal is for our insurance to be as helpful and reliable as AAA roadside service -- and we are honored that American consumers selected AAA Insurance as the highest rated property and casualty insurance brand.” (read more)

  • AAA insurance named ‘Property & Casualty Insurance Brand of the Year’
  • Hazleton Chamber networking mixer slated for Sept. 10. at Providence Place Retirement Community
  • Shareholders of OBA Financial Services Inc. approve merger with F.N.B. Corporation; effective closing date is Sept. 19
  • Pennsylvania coal companies receive exemplary surface coal mine reclamation and Keystone mine safety awards
  • $1.5 million verdict awarded in negligence case against Wilkes-Barre General Hospital
  • Fusion Hair Design, West Market Street, Scranton to hold cut-a-thon, bake sale Aug. 30 from noon to 4 p.m. to aid child fighting cancer
  • Hazleton Chamber announces golf tournament winners


Note Fragrances selected to be in the official gift bags backstage at the primetime Emmy awards

Note Fragrances, a boutique perfumery and custom perfume studio in downtown Scranton is taking Scranton to the red carpet next week. Note announced its acceptance into the only official gift bags given to the nominees backstage at the 66th Primetime Emmy


Pennsylvania coal companies receive exemplary surface coal mine reclamation and Keystone mine safety awards

The Pennsylvania Coal Alliance (PCA) recognized eight Pennsylvania coal companies with 14 different awards for their exemplary efforts in the field. Seven current sites were awarded the Keystone Mine Safety Award and seven former sites were recognized wit

DEP fines Cabot more than $76,000 for Susquehanna County well-control incident; company lost control of gas well for 27 hours in January

The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) on Aug. 19 announced it has fined Cabot Oil & Gas Corp. of Pittsburgh $76,546 for a January well control incident at the company’s Huston well pad in Brooklyn Township, Susquehanna County. “Cabot lost contr


Credit unions post highest loan growth since 2005

Credit unions posted strong overall lending numbers in the second quarter of 2014 according to data revealed during Callahan & Associates’ 2Q14 Trendwatch. Credit unions as a whole posted their highest loan growth rates since 2005, experiencing nearly 10


If you think you’ve outgrown vaccinations, think again!

By Nina M. Taggart, MA, M.D. Most adults probably remember going to the doctor as a child to have their ‘shots.’ While painful at the time, those shots — or immunizations —helped prevent potentially serious diseases such as mumps, measles and polio that w

Getting more loans into the hands of the under-served; SBA rolls out new credit-scoring model

By Natalia Olson-Urtecho As administrator for the U.S. Small Business Administrator’s mid-Atlantic region, it’s my job, and the job of the agency, to help as many entrepreneurs as possible access the capital they need to start or grow their businesses. We

Guest op-ed: Manufacturing: Learning from those who have done it well

By Michael A. MacDowell The Internet contains some amazing videos that showcase the innovations Germany has made in manufacturing. Immense robot-like machines produce precision automobiles, sophisticated railway cars, aircraft parts, and a variety of othe

Fear, not sloth, paralyzes us

We’ve all made New Year’s resolutions, so we know how hard it is to change. Once you’ve established a routine and it becomes your habit, doing something different seems either too burdensome, too demanding or just downright frightening. There’s a televisi

Quality pre-k education yields many benefits

Four prominent Northeast Pennsylvania business and civic leaders recently wrote an op-ed for this publication detailing the many benefits high-quality early learning has for communities — benefits ranging from a stronger, more competitive job market to a

Apple and IBM bury the hatchet in the ‘collaboration economy’

By Topher Morrison If you need any further proof that the information age is dead and the collaboration age is now in full swing, bitter rivals Apple Inc., and IBM have announced that they are going to be collaborating to create approximately 100 business

AMAC: Obamacare increases insurance rates and decreases economic growth prospects

The media focus on the Iraqi crisis has created a ‘fog of war’ that has obscured a series of reports in recent weeks on the damaging impact of Obamacare on health care insurance rates, in particular, and the economic recovery, in general, according to Dan

Avoiding college depression

By Jeremy Bamidele The recent string of school shootings has inspired school administrators to start taking a closer look at mental illness and the dangers it cause when left unchecked. Mental illness is not static; it progresses with time. We live in an

Pocono Medical Center, schedules free depression screenings in October

Free, confidential 15- to 20-minute screenings with a behavioral health professional, sponsored by Pocono Medical Center, will be held: ■ Monday, Oct. 6, from noon to 4 p.m. Homeless Street2Feet Day Center 130 N. First Street, Stroudsburg ■ Tuesday, Oct.

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