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Immigration adds to vibrancy in region

By John L. Moore In 2000, there were 508,291 Pennsylvania residents who were foreign-born, but by 2014 the number of Pennsylvanians born outside the United States had increased dramatically — to 821,700. Obtained from the Migration Policy Institute, Washi (read more)

263 early stage companies supported by KIZ program

Department of Community and Economic Development Secretary Dennis Davin announced the approval of $15 million in tax credits to support 263 early-stage companies through the Keystone Innovation Zone (KIZ) Program. “It is important that we support Pennsylv (read more)

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Retirement planning under a cloud of unknowns

By Dave Gardner By 2020, one in four Americans will be 60 or older, and as these individuals face an unknown future with the specter of Social Security and Medicare changes, plus volatile markets and defined contribution pensions, shrewd retirement planni (read more)

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Massage Magic

By Jeff Blackman, J.D. Since this issue has a focus on health and wellness, it seems appropriate to address the value of “massage.” Especially, when it delivers unexpected benefits and reminds you of the little things that really matter in business. Years (read more)

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Regional Hospital of Scranton first in nation for cardiac cath lab accreditation

Commonwealth Health Regional Hospital of Scranton has been notified that it is the first hospital in the nation to receive full Cardiac Cath Lab accreditation from the American College of Cardiology. “This accreditation reaffirms what we at Regional Hospi (read more)

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Do you have what it takes to start a business?

By Christine Fanning You want to start a business and you have the need in mind that you want to fill. As an entrepreneur you are willing to take on the financial risk to realize your dream, and the lifestyle sacrifice of an entrepreneur with no paid vaca (read more)

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Networking the Economy

By Howard J. Grossman, AICP To focus attention on economic development, there is a need to network the economy of the Pocono-Northeast. By this is meant the ability to bring together the various elements that dictate the extent to which the economy can gr (read more)

Latest on care for the elderly

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By Dave Gardner America’s geriatric physicians are facing a monumental task. According to data compiled by the Kaiser Family Foundation, Medicare benefit payments totaled $632 billion during 2015 and 10,000 baby boomers will be added every day to its rost (read more)

Common medical conditions in older adults

Americans are living longer and healthier lives. Even so, many older adults develop geriatric syndromes, which are problems that usually have more than one cause and involve many parts of the body. There are many treatments available for these conditions (read more)

Cardiac Care: Men and heart health

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By Dave Gardner America’s men may be their own worst enemy with heart health, but they also are benefiting from advancements in cardiac science that resembles technology from science fiction. Men are often resistant to reporting heart symptoms and their c (read more)

Regional Hospital of Scranton first in nation for cardiac cath lab accreditation

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Commonwealth Health Regional Hospital of Scranton has been notified that it is the first hospital in the nation to receive full Cardiac Cath Lab accreditation from the American College of Cardiology. “This accreditation reaffirms what we at Regional Hospi (read more)

Clues to heart failure could lie in the blood

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Heart failure means the heart can’t keep up with its workload — providing your body with the oxygen and nutrients it needs — by pumping enough blood. “While initially understood to occur when the heart was severely weakened by heart attacks, viruses or ge (read more)

Misericordia University to introduce BS in statistics

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The Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at Misericordia University is introducing a bachelor of science degree program and minor in statistics beginning with the fall 2017 semester in response to rapid advances in technology, the growing relian (read more)

Cancer prevention: 7 tips to reduce your risk

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You’ve probably heard conflicting reports about cancer prevention. Sometimes the specific cancer-prevention tip recommended in one study or news report is advised against in another. In many cases, what is known about cancer prevention is still evolving. (read more)

Drugs: Point to remember

Points to Remember Drug addiction is a chronic disease characterized by drug seeking and use that is compulsive, or difficult to control, despite harmful consequences. Brain changes that occur over time with drug use challenge an addicted person’s self-co (read more)

Understanding drug use and addiction

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Many people don’t understand why or how other people become addicted to drugs. They may mistakenly think that those who use drugs lack moral principles or willpower and that they could stop their drug use simply by choosing to. In reality, drug addiction (read more)

Geisinger: Opioids not helpful in treating chronic pain

A new study by a pair of Geisinger Health System physicians reports that the use of opioid therapy to treat chronic pain is not only ineffective, it can actually increase the likelihood of more harmful consequences, including death. Palliative care physic (read more)

Margaret Jarvis is vice president of the board of American Society of Addiction Medicine

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Margaret Jarvis, M.D., medical director of Geisinger Marworth Treatment Center, has been elected vice president of the board of the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM). ASAM, founded in 1954, is a professional society representing more than 4,20 (read more)

A good sign on opioid front

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The following is a statement from Charles Cutler, M.D., president of the Pennsylvania Medical Society and a practicing physician in Montgomery County. He reacts to news from an insurance company that reimbursements for opioid prescriptions have decreased. (read more)

Dollars & Sense: Janney Montgomery Scott

The start of every new year is time to think about setting new goals and resolving to do new things. If one of your resolutions is to find new and better ways to manage your finances and invest your money, then jump-start your efforts with the checklist t (read more)

Sharing the story of our heritage

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By Natalie Gelb One of the main goals of the Lackawanna Heritage Valley is to tell the region’s story. As we embark on a new year of projects and programs, we aspire not only to share the story, but also to make the story better. To that end, we will cont (read more)

When launching a new brand, be ready to tell a good story

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By Dave Taylor Human beings love a good story. In fact, we live for them. Every day, we listen to and tell a never-ending series of stories from the most mundane, “I found a five-dollar bill today,” to the most dramatic, “you’ll never guess who’s pregnant (read more)

A Note From The Editor

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The new Republican administration is taking giant steps to enact campaign promises. For those of us who are staring at Social Security and Medicare benefits in the next several years, the idea that cut-back adjustments will probably be made is unsettling. (read more)


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20 Under 40: JenniferDessoye

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Dr. Jennifer Dessoye is assistant professor of occupational therapy at Misericordia University and owner of Bright Beginnings Early Learning Academy (BBELA). Discontent with the early education curriculum and understanding of human development and neurolo (read more)

20 Under 40: Amy Hlavaty Belcher

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Amy Hlavaty Belcher, 39, owner and artistic director of Abrabesque Academy of Dancing, believes that for those who have been given much, much is expected. “I just try hard to do my best,” she said. I have been blessed with many opportunities and many gift (read more)

20 Under 40: Christopher Hetro

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Chris Hetro, 33, works hard and plays hard. “A strong work ethic is important, but finding balance outside of work is important because life is too short and you need to enjoy it,” he explained. As an electrical engineer and project manager at Borton-Laws (read more)

20 Under 40: C. David Pedri

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For attorney C. David Pedri, 37, it’s all about a combination of qualities that contribute to success. “My philosophy is simple: be open and honest, treat people the way you would want to be treated, with respect, and work hard to attain your dreams. The (read more)

20 Under 40: Ed Frable

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Ed Frable, 28, believes “if I work hard and stick to my word, good things will happen. My crew will not be deterred. We will re-evaluate our game plan and not give up until the job is complete,” explained Frable, the owner/operator of Ed Frable Constructi (read more)

20 Under 40: William H. Bender II

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William H. Bender II, CFP, CIMA, CRPC, loves what he does. “I’m lucky. I come to work every day excited to help the people and institutions we work with,” explained Bender, 34, first vice president at Bender Wealth Management Group, Merrill Lynch. The fam (read more)

20 Under 40: Angelo Venditti

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Angelo Venditti, 38, heard a call to the helping professions early on. Geisinger Northeast’s chief nursing officer answer was to volunteer for his local fire company. After high school, he became a paramedic, then enrolled in nursing school. Three years a (read more)

20 Under 40: Donald Mammano

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At 20, Donald Mammano began his own company, while attending the University of Scranton. Mammano, now 33, and president of DFM Properties, recalls, as a youngster, holding a flashlight while his father fixed the kitchen sink. “From that point on I was fas (read more)

20 Under 40: William J. Fennie III

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William J. Fennie III, 27, is always knocking on the proverbial door, because he knows one day, one will open. As an investment specialist with Integrated Capital Management (iCM) he cannot take “no” for an answer. “I make cold calls every day to invite f (read more)

20 Under 40: Marcus Magyar

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As an advisor at CAPTRUST Financial Advisors, Marcus N. Magyar, CFP, 30, provides comprehensive wealth management and investment portfolio services to business owners, executives, families and high-net worth individuals. His multi-disciplinary team of pro (read more)

20 Under 40: Heather Davis

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Heather M. Davis, 33, director of marketing and communication, is responsible for creating, overseeing and implementing a strategic marketing and comprehensive communications plan for The Commonwealth Medical College (TCMC). She is also responsible for pr (read more)

20 Under 40: Alexandria Duffney

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Alexandria Duffney, 30, is competitive by nature and loves a good challenge. These qualities have led her to her position as associate director of graduate admission at Wilkes University. Here she works with prospective students interested in enrolling in (read more)

20 Under 40: John Culkin

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John Culkin’s tenets inform: “Less haste equal more speed; the same boiling water that softens the potato hardens the egg, it is all about what you are made of, not the circumstances surrounding you; and don’t ask someone to walk a mile in your shoes, bef (read more)

20 Under 40: Conor O'Brien

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“What could be worse than getting to the end of your life and realizing you hadn’t lived it,” mused Conor O’Brien.” As co-founder and executive director of the Scranton Fringe Festival, O’Brien, 25, is responsible for leading the development of the overal (read more)

20 Under 40: Jessica Siegfried

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Jessica Siegfried, 38, is senior designer with BlackOut Design Inc., where she is responsible for all creative design at the full-service agency, from traditional branding and print to collateral and front end web design. “I’ve always had an interest in t (read more)

20 Under 40: David Johns

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David Johns’ career path has been shaped by his diverse experiences. As director of structural engineering at Greenman-Pedersen Inc., Moosic, Johns, 39, ensures that his engineering and consultant teams provide clients with their best effort. “We complete (read more)

20 Under 40: Robyn Jones

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Robyn Jones, 38, president of ReferLocal LLC, has learned just as many lessons from her business successes as she’s had from her failures — and she believes it’s important to share that knowledge with her employees. After graduating from American Universi (read more)

20 Under 40: Nisha Arora

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Nisha Arora, 36, tries to be the best version of herself every day. As general counsel for ERA One Source Realty Inc., she realized she cannot control other’s behavior so “I try to focus on myself and how I can be better,” she explained. Arora’s responsib (read more)

20 Under 40: Justin Sandy

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Starting at a young age in Hazleton, Justin C. Sandy, 33, found a passion for running. He became a member then a coach for Misericordia University’s cross country and track and field programs. “It was at Misericordia that I also garnered the profound sati (read more)

20 Under 40: Dr. Ariane Conaboy

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As a doctor of internal medicine at Physicians Health Alliance, Dr. Ariane M. Conaboy, 34, realizes the importance of human life and how fragile it can be at times. Conaboy graduated from Scranton Prep and the University of Scranton with a double major in (read more)

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Pepperjam laying off 19 workers nationally

Pepperjam, an international internet marketing company headquartered in downtown Wilkes-Barre, is laying off 19 employees across the country, including two in Wilkes-Barre, Chief Executive Officer Michael Jones confirmed Monday. (read more)