You really get to know your neighbors a lot better after they’ve showered in your house!’

How NEPA weathered the storm
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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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When Superstorm Sandy barreled up the East Coast, it wrecked property, killed dozens and left millions without power. While the massive hurricane spared much of northeastern Pennsylvania the most severe damage, power outages remained a huge problem.
Close to 100,000 were left without power during the height of the storm, according to numbers provided by the power companies across the region.
“Five days and we just kind of opened and sold cigarettes,” said Joe Hughes, owner of the Dalton Country Store who talked about how long his businesses was without power.
“It’s very unusual,” he said, adding that this was the first time in the history of his business they had lost power for this long. Normally, he said it’s just one day at the most. He said they were ‘not prepared.’ “We had a pretty good sized loss. Frozen food, dairy, meats — all that kind of stuff was gone.”
Hughes said the loss was in the thousands, but said he doesn’t think adding a generator system would be beneficial.
“I really don’t know because if you put in a generator system it would be very expensive to hardwire. It’s not just like plugging in your refrigerator at home. It’s very costly.” But cost depends on how much your business requires ‘necessary’ power.
“Most businesses need a liquid-cooled generator but it all depends on the type of business it is, what the electrical load is and the type of electricity the business has,” said Ben Rinker, an electrical contractor in Lake Ariel who installs generators in homes and businesses.
Rinker said a generator system can cost anywhere between $7,000 to $8,500.
He said many businesses can use a residential system because of their need. Once they upgrade to a commercial system, the price jumps; those systems can cost anywhere between $20,000 to $50,000.
Does it pay for itself?
“It depends what your losses could potentially be and it depends on your insurance and your peace of mind,” said Rinker. “If they have a grocery store, absolutely but if they have an office, people are going to call off because of the storm anyway and they won’t lose much.”
Rinker said he’s had a number of people call after Superstorm Sandy to set up generator systems in homes.
“There are people out there looking for them,” he said. Rinker has been in business for 25 years.
In Pike County, Sean Strub, owner of the Hotel Fauchere, Milford said they closed for a short period of time and weathered the best of the storm. For him and his staff and guests, it was much of a waiting game.
“We appreciated all the warning about the storm and were able to get refrigeration hooked up to a portable generator, so we didn’t have much loss. We closed for two nights, but then got power back and reopened on Wednesday,” he said.
“I live right in back of the hotel and I have a generator at my house. So I became power- central — phone-charging, showering and laundry central — for friends and neighbors, which was actually kind of cool. You really get to know your neighbors a lot better after they’ve showered in your house!”
Strub said after the storm was over, several customers came from the New York and New Jersey areas because they themselves were without power.
“People would come in and start sharing their storm stories and power problems with total strangers at the bar and quickly bonded,” he said.