Dress for Success Lackawanna’s 16th annual luncheon will take place March 25 at the Radisson Lackawanna Station

In its ongoing effort to plant seeds of success among its local communities, Dress for Success Lackawanna announced its 16th annual luncheon presented by NBT Bank to be held on Wednesday, March 25 at the Radisson Lackawanna Station Hotel in Scranton. The Scranton-based affiliate of the worldwide non-profit promotes the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and life. (read more)

  • Dress for Success Lackawanna’s 16th annual luncheon will take place March 25 at the Radisson Lackawanna Station
  • Workshop for contractors bidding on federally-funded projects being held March 6
  • Wire Guys by Arc Electric now authorized dealer for Kohler generators
  • Hazleton Chamber hosting women’s social at Benigna’s Creek Winery Feb. 24
  • Ribbon-cutting ceremony celebrated ‘year-round’ opening of Blue Mountain’s Slopeside Pub & Grill
  • Brodhead Watershed Association seeks volunteers to help monitor stream quality
  • Arts & Crafts Fairs in Bingham Park set for June 13, Sept. 12; vendor space available


Workshop for contractors bidding on federally-funded projects being held March 6

Space remains available for a special workshop intended for contractors and subcontractors planning to bid on federally-funded projects. Tools for Federal Compliance, a morning seminar sponsored by the SEDA-Council of Governments, will be held Friday, Mar


Brodhead Watershed Association seeks volunteers to help monitor stream quality

The Brodhead Watershed Association (BWA) is looking for volunteers to help protect the pristine waters in the Poconos by becoming trained Streamwatchers. The BWA is holding two upcoming Streamwatch Training sessions where the public can learn how monitor

Observers: Don’t get accustomed to cheap oil

By Dave Gardner Crude oil pricing has been on a roller coaster ride, creating economic positives and negatives, as well making an accurate forecast of business conditions virtually impossible. In mid-2014, the global selling price of crude oil exceeded $1


Nine deductions you can take even if you don’t itemize

The IRS allows certain deductions from your income before you need to compute your tax liability. Depending upon your filing status and your personal circumstances over the past year, you need to determine if you are going to itemize your deductions or ta


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

Education the answer to rising inequality

I find it interesting that three items in this month’s edition have a common link. First, on page six is an analysis of Pennsylvania’s increasing inequality. Then, there’s our profiles of some of the technological talent at UM Tech in Moosic. UM Tech want

How to have a healthy New Year: Manage your mental and physical health

By Daelene Long It’s the beginning of another New Year, and for many, it’s a time to make resolutions. Some of the most popular New Year’s resolutions are losing weight, exercising more, and reducing stress. Fortunately, there are strategies that can help

Keep healthy vision a priority all year long with these seasonal tips

By Thomas Engle Winter ■ Eat healthy foods. The holidays can be especially tempting for poor diet choices. Make sure you eat plenty of leafy greens, colorful fruits and omega-3 fatty acids for better eye health. ■ Quit smoking immediately. Smoking is harm

Curing math phobia

Recently I got a call from UM Technologies, a local firm on the brink of a big expansion. They have a problem, but it isn’t one you’d think of right away — particularly given our region’s stubbornly high unemployment rate. UM’s problem: They can’t find pe

Opinion: ‘Math’ will challenge Gov. Wolf’s campaign promises; force pension, labor reform

Matthew J. Brouillette, president and CEO of the Commonwealth Foundation, issued the following statement in response to Tom Wolf becoming the 47th Governor of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania: We congratulate Tom Wolf on becoming Governor of Pennsylvania.

In my opinion: Municipal pensions: The rest of the story…

The Pennsylvania State Associationof Township Supervisors supports a proposal that would stop third-party arbitrators from including municipal police and firefighter pension benefits in contract negotiations. By David M. Sanko Make no mistake: Pennsylvani

Penn College and WVIA to host ‘Working Class: Promoting Classroom and Career Connections ‘ workshop for educators April 24

Connecting career awareness to secondary school classroom activities will be the focus of an upcoming workshop for educators presented by Pennsylvania College of Technology and WVIA Public Media. Teachers, school counselors and other interested educators


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