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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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Al Neuner, Geisinger Health System vice president of facility operations, said 144 solar panels installed on the roof of the Janet Weis Children’s Hospital as part of a $150,000 green project, continue to perform without incident or unexpected maintenance issues and is able to meet 20 percent of the hospital’s total power needs.

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“Arbre à Vent” (Wind Tree) from the French company NewWind, is a 26-feet tall wind tree fitted with 63 tiny blades inside the ‘leaves.’ It can generate electricity in wind speeds as low as 4.5mph

By Dave Gardner

A highly-charged business climate has emerged as energy suppliers and consumers throughout the nation deal with a mix of conventional sources plus advancing greener technologies.

Natural gas prices have risen a bit, but a plentiful supply of crude oil continues to dominate the fuels arena, according to Gene Barr, president and CEO of the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry. He has urged Harrisburg to promote sensible regulations to continue Pennsylvania’s expansion of its natural gas bonanza, and he noted that solar cells and windmills, while increasingly popular in select applications, for generating electricity, are only part of a niche energy market.

“Wind and solar are awaiting a major battery breakthrough because the electrical output from these sources is up and down,” said Barr. “Despite all of the money being spent on research, as of now there’s nothing on the immediate horizon with a vastly better battery.”

On the global stage, a French company known as New Wind, has created a backyard windmill system called “Arbre à Vent” (Wind Tree). This is a 26-foot wind tree fitted with 63 tiny blades inside the “leaves’’ which can generate electricity in wind speeds as low as 4.5 miles per hour.

The power output of the tree, which is relatively silent, is 3.1 kilowatts a year depending on the wind. Retail price of the Arbre à Vent is listed at $33,670. 

Japan’s venerable industrial giant Mitsubishi is now marketing a combined-cycle, gas-turbine power plant which uses jet engine technology combined with a steam turbine to rotate generators that produce electricity. The system’s fuel efficiency exceeds 63 percent and the system produces approximately 65 percent less carbon dioxide than the coal-fired power plants.


Geisinger Health System has taken the alternative energy plunge. Al Neuner, vice president of facility operations, noted that 144 solar panels installed on the roof of the Janet Weis Children’s Hospital as part of a $150,000 green project, continue to perform without incident or unexpected maintenance issues.

These panels are providing a variable output depending on the amount of sunshine and obviously produce zero current at night. Overall the system is able to meet 20 percent of the hospital’s total power needs, and require only a “dusting” quarterly to operate at top efficiency.

“The cells themselves are a black material so snow melts quickly,” said Neuner. “We’re also moving ahead with a similar installation of 106 cells at our Catawissa Clinic to help reduce what we pay for electricity because it’s a municipal supply and very expensive.

Neuner added that, despite advancements in solar cell efficiency, 20 years are required for these systems to achieve a return-on-investment. Geisinger is also considering a wind study to determine the feasibility of generating electricity with windmills.

“In our case, one of the factors that must be considered with wind turbines is that we have helicopters frequently flying in and out,” said Neuner.

Pipelines galore

Pennsylvania’s natural gas business will benefit from extensive pipeline construction and modification by the Williams Co. This energy giant operates the Transco Pipeline with natural gas running from Texas to New York City, and a plan is now in play to channel Marcellus gas into this system while creating a bi-directional gas network that can reverse its flow and send Pennsylvania’s Marcellus Shale gas to the Gulf Coast.

Chris Stockton, spokesperson for Williams, is also optimistic about the company’s massive $3 billion Atlantic Sunrise project which will allow vast amounts of gas to flow from the Marcellus region to transmission pipelines. According to Stockton, one of the system’s great safety features is that unlike oil, natural gas will rise upward and dissipate if a pipeline breach occurs, instead of penetrating the ground and water table like oil.

Stockton said his company’s construction efforts with Atlantic Sunrise are on schedule for completion before the end of 2018 and 96 percent of the survey work has been completed. Transco should be bi-directional by end of this year and the extensive permitting required for the construction packages is proceeding.

“President Trump appears to recognize the value of domestic energy and President Obama’s clean air plan helped promote the gas industry,” Stockton said. “Already, Pennsylvania is the nation’s No. 2 gas producing state after Texas.”

Expansion is also occurring on the drilling front, as Cabot Oil & Gas positions itself for increased production when Williams opens its expanded pipeline network. George Stark, Cabot’s director of external affairs, explained that the company has added a second drilling rig in Susquehanna County, with a daily operational cost exceeding $20,000.

“This is another illustration of the investment being made in the Marcellus Shale area,” Stark said. “We drilled 33 new wells during 2016, and have a goal of at least 50 more in 2017. The output of our 300 existing wells is 2 billion cubic feet of gas per day, which is record-setting and unlike anything seen in this country. The only factor holding us back is the lack of a pipeline infrastructure, which is about to change.”

Stark confirmed that Trump also seems interested in new pipeline construction for gas transmission over long distances. In addition, the investment occurring in Pennsylvania as gas turbines are increasingly used to generate electricity show no signs of waning.

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