MOHEGAN VALUE NOT APPEALED
The assessed value for the Mohegan Sun Pocono casino property will remain $152.5 million because Mohegan Sun and the Wilkes-Barre Area School District did not appeal a Luzerne County Court decision from December, school district Solicitor Raymond Wendolowski said.
The assessment amount determines how much Mohegan Sun pays in property taxes to the school district, Plains Twp. and the county. Judge Thomas F. Burke Jr. ruled both sides were unable to meet the burden of proof to change the value of the property, which was determined by the Luzerne County Assessment Office.
Under a 2007 agreement to settle a lawsuit over the previous assessed value, the casino agreed to pay the school district a $15 million payment in lieu of taxes over eight years and an additional $6 million to Luzerne County and Plains Twp. — Michael Buffer
SCHIEL’S MARKETS NOW ONLINE
Schiel’s Family Markets in Wilkes-Barre launched an online shopping platform.
“Schiel’s Family Market Click&Go,” is powered by Rosie, an e-commerce partner for retailers.
Customers can shop using their smartphones, tablets or desktops, and same-day curbside pickup is available at Schiel’s locations at 704 S. Main St. and 7 George Ave. Home delivery is available for customers in most of Luzerne County. Customers can also schedule orders up to five days in advance. The price for in store pickup is $4.99 and home delivery is $9.88. — Denise AllaBaugh
MOHEGAN SUN ARENA 3RD IN SALES
Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza jumped to third in the state for event ticket sales in 2017, lagging behind only venues in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, according to Pollstar Magazine, a leading entertainment industry publication.
The Wilkes-Barre Twp. arena, which placed fourth in the state last year, overtook Giant Center in Hershey for third in the state behind Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia and PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh.
It ranked 77th in the United States and 126th in the world in the magazine’s annual report. Its U.S. ranking remained the same as last year and its worldwide ranking jumped from 141st last year.
Shows in 2017 included the first WWE RAW televised event in almost 10 years, Thomas Rhett, Jeff Dunham, Alan Jackson, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, the final Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus, Harlem Globetrotters, Disney on Ice and Paw Patrol Live. — Denise AllaBaugh
ADFINITAS ACQUIRES ADVANCED MEDICINE
Advanced Inpatient Medicine, a Mountain Top-based hospitalist group, has been acquired by Adfinitas Health, the largest private hospitalist group in the Mid-Atlantic.
Hospitalists are specialized physicians who take care of patients in the hospital.
AIM serves four hospitals and several long-term acute care and skilled nursing facilities. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.
The company and its nearly 40 employees will become part of Adfinitas Health, which partners with 40 post-acute facilities in Maryland, Virginia and Michigan.
In all, Adfinitas Health is a partner of more than 50 health care systems, hospitals and post-acute care centers in the Mid-Atlantic region. — Denise AllaBaugh
TWO HOSPITALS USING NEW PACEMAKER
Cardiologists at Commonwealth Health Regional Hospital of Scranton and Wilkes-Barre General Hospital are using a new leadless pacemaker that is about one-10th the size of a conventional pacemaker. The Micra Transcatheter Pacing System is comparable in size to a large vitamin and can be inserted directly into a patient’s heart, eliminating the need to place leads connecting the heart to the pacemaker.
LOCKHEED MARTIN GETS
The local global security and aerospace company received a $22.8 million contract from the Air Force on behalf of the Navy to produce Paveway II Plus Laser Guided Bomb kits. The award includes guidance kits and air foil groups (tail kits) for GBU-12 (500 pound) configuration LGBs, slated for delivery by fourth quarter 2019. The contract is a follow-on to the Air Force’s $131 million fiscal year 2017 LGB award. In that competition, the company secured the ninth consecutive majority share of available funding in the annual Air Force competition.
BANK EMPLOYEES SUPPORT
First National Community Bank employees, locally based for more than 100 years, recently donated $1,000 in groceries and more than 250 gifts to 10 local families as part of the bank’s Adopt-a-Family holiday project.
More than 200 staff members participated this year in Adopt-a-Family, the bank’s signature holiday gift-giving event. The program matches local families in need from the Catherine McAuley Centers of Lackawanna and Luzerne County and Children and Youth Services of Wayne County with those wishing to donate. Since the program was launched five years ago, 50 families have been matched.
GWC WARRANTY HOLDS TOY DRIVE
The best-in-class provider of used vehicle service contracts sold through automotive dealers recently completed a toy drive to benefit the annual toy shop at Geisinger Health System’s Janet Weis Children’s Hospital. Through toy and monetary donations from employees across the country, the company donated hundreds of toys to help families of hospitalized children shop for holiday gifts.
EDCNP RECEIVES $70,000 GRANT
U.S. Rep. Matt Cartwright announced that the Economic Development Council of Northeastern Pennsylvania (NEPA Alliance) received a $70,000 Cooperative Agreement grant for a partnership-planning project from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA). The EDA grant supports the development and implementation of a comprehensive economic development strategy (CEDS) for the region served by the NEPA Alliance, which includes Carbon, Lackawanna, Luzerne, Monroe and Schuylkill counties. The CEDS process is designed to bring together the public and private sectors in the creation of an economic development roadmap to diversify and strengthen the regional economy.
DIME BANK MAKES CONTRIBUTION
The bank recently contributed $22,500 to the Wayne County Public Library toward approved innovative educational programs for kindergarten through 12th-grade students throughout Wayne County. This donation, which was made through the Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program, will provide funds for all seven Wayne County libraries. Supporting the seven libraries as vital community assets enables more students to have access to science, technology, engineering and mathematic resources through the libraries’ teen and after-school programs.
COMMUNITY BANK HOLDS LUNCHEON
The bank recently celebrated the completion of the 2017 Education Improvement Tax Credit program during the organization’s recipient luncheon at the Westmoreland Club. This is the 17th consecutive year the bank has been a supporter of EITC. An educational improvement organization, EITC helps fund innovative programs, such as Pre-K Credit and Opportunity Scholarship, in public schools to assist children with school tuition and enhance educational programs. Since 2004, the bank has donated more than $1.7 million to the EITC Program, Pre-K Program and Opportunity Scholarship.
PINSTRIPES DONATE FOR CANCER AID
The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders hosted the Triple-A National Championship Game at PNC Field on Sept. 19. Throughout the season and leading up to the championship game, the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Pinstripes Foundation raised funds for local charities, including the Foundation for Cancer Care of Scranton.
DIME BANK SPONSORS PROGRAM
The bank recently contributed $7,000 to the Central Susquehanna Community Foundation to support the Pennsylvania Council on Financial Literacy (PennCFL). The donation, which was made through the Educational Improvement Tax Credit program, will provide funding to support local schools in the sponsorship of the Wayne and Pike County Stock Market Challenge from PennCFL.
LEADERSHIP CLASS TO HELP PAVILION
Leadership Lackawanna’s service projects will help to revitalize the Marmie Pavilion, built in 1897, located in Nay Aug Park in Scranton. The group will be hosting fundraisers in the coming months and plans to have renovations complete by June.
The team will revitalize and refurbish the pavilion, create a walkway and complete various landscaping tasks.
MASCARO WINS $800K CONTRACT
Ridley Park Borough Council awarded local solid waste hauling company, J.P. Mascaro & Sons, its comprehensive waste collection contract valued at $800,000. The contract encompasses weekly collection for trash removal, recycling and yard waste collection. The contract term will be two years, with a third-year option. The company is the largest privately owned waste and recycling company in the Northeast.
DOCTOR CONSULTANT ON BARIATRICS
Ryan Horsley, D.O., minimally invasive/bariatric surgeon, is now offering bariatric surgery consultations at the clinic, 126 Market Way, Mount Pocono. Fellowship-trained in minimally invasive and bariatric surgery, Horsley specializes in the latest weight-loss surgery techniques, including Roux-en-Y gastric bypass and sleeve gastrectomy.
W-B FIRM TOPS BUSINESS CATEGORY
Barry Isett and Associates Inc., a multidiscipline engineering firm with offices in Wilkes-Barre, was named the 2017 Business of the Year in the 101-plus employee category at a December celebration organized by Lehigh Valley Business, a news weekly published by BridgeTower Media. The program, held at DeSales University, Center Valley, recognized the area’s most dynamic businesses and business leaders who share a commitment to professional excellence, business growth and the community.
WELLNESS CENTER OPENS IN FORTY FORT
Vital Source Acupuncture recently opened at Balance Yoga & Wellness, 900 Rutter Ave., Forty Fort. Vital Source offers acupuncture, which is a type of medical healing therapy in which thin needles are inserted into the skin using very precise points on the body, as well as cupping, an ancient healing therapy using suction, and other traditional Chinese medicine therapies. It has been proven to be an effective treatment for adverse reactions to radiotherapy and/or chemotherapy, allergies, depression, dysentery, dysmenorrhea, many types of pain disorders, headache, hypertension, hypotension, issues related to pregnancy, low back pain, rheumatoid arthritis, sciatica, sprain, stroke, tennis elbow and many other conditions.
CLARKS SUMMIT BRANCH MOVES
Wayne Bank’s Clarks Summit Community Office recently relocated to its brand new, state-of-the-art Community Office at 841 Northern Blvd., Clarks Summit.
CENTER ACCEPTS BANK DONATION
The Center for Independent Living accepted a generous donation from Fidelity Bank at its Transitional Skills Center in Scranton. The contribution of $20,000 will be used to support TSC programming. The skills center enables people with disabilities to develop workforce, social, emotional well-being, and self-sufficiency skills that promote success in adult living and employment. It is a resource for many school districts in the area whose students are enrolled in TSC programs.
ACCOUNTING FIRMS CONSOLIDATE
McGrail Merkel Quinn & Associates PC, Certified Public Accountants and Consultants, Scranton, acquired the business and tax practice of James R. Verano, CPA, Clarks Summit. MMQ is a regional CPA Firm serving Northeast Pennsylvania and the surrounding states. Both firms have practiced in the area for many years prior to the merger. This consolidation offers the opportunity for the firms to offer specialized services while maintaining the continuity of personal contacts.
HOSPITAL EARNS ACCREDITATION
Commonwealth Health Regional Hospital of Scranton is the first hospital in the country to receive the Cardiovascular Center of Excellence accreditation. Representatives from the American Heart Association presented the hospital with their accreditation certificate during the hospital’s executive leadership meeting on Dec. 6. The Cardiovascular Center of Excellence is a new accreditation awarded from the American Heart Association in collaboration with the American College of Cardiology. It recognizes hospitals committed to following proven treatment guidelines incorporated into a comprehensive system of care to fully address the care needs of patients with complex cardiac conditions.