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Focus on Wilkes-Barre

by Dave Gardner The dust-scarred coal miners would never recognize it. Today’s version of the greater Wilkes-Barre area offers little resemblance to the community of the anthracite era. Modern retail fulfillment centers such as those run by Adidas and Che (read more)

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Business briefs: Published January 2019

NEPA Alliance presents loan funds to Stoker’s Brewing Company LLC The Northeastern Pennsylvania Alliance (NEPA) presented Stoker’s Brewing Company LLC with a $50,000 loan. Stoker’s Brewing LLC received a $50,000 loan through the NEPA Alliance Tri-District (read more)

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Wealth planning in 2019 requires sharp focus

by Dave Gardner Amid a sea of financial change and uncertainty, several of NEPA’s experienced retirement “shepherds” are urging their clients stay focused, and to focus less. Wealth planning for 2019, according to, will unfold within a nationa (read more)

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Pennsylvania students have advantage in earning degrees in career-directed fields

by Thomas J. Botzman, Ph.D. Students and families have much to consider when choosing an academic major and then selecting an institution of higher education to achieve their professional dreams. Admittedly, it is not an easy decision as value and profess (read more)

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Local economic forecast for 2019

by Joe Sylvester The outlook for the Northeastern Pennsylvania economy is pretty solid for 2019, though it is lagging behind the national economy, regional economic experts said. A University of Scranton economics professor, however, said there are worris (read more)

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Let’s talk about wills

by Phil Yacuboski It might be a morbid topic to some, but a necessary one about which to have a frank discussion around the dinner table – your will. A recent study by says more than half of Americans don’t have a will and when it comes to mill (read more)

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A rocky year for dairy farmers

by Phil Yacuboski Expect 2019 to be a rocky year in Pennsylvania’s dairy farm industry with more farmers experiencing hardship along with the price of milk continuing to drop. “The farmers are just in an awful position because of the price of milk,” said (read more)

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Sanofi employees hold Adopt-a-Family Drive

Sanofi employee Saskia DeJesus carries a gift of a child’s bicycle into Pocono Services for Families and Children’s Mountain Center. This was one of thousands of gifts donated by employees and delivered as part of the Swiftwater site’s 24th annual adopt-a (read more)

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More than $729,000 donated during Candles for Kids fundraising campaign at GIANT Food Stores

GIANT Food Stores announced a total of $729,173 was donated to Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) Hospitals by its customers during the company’s recent Candles for Kids fundraising campaign. The annual campaign ran in more than 170 GIANT Foods Stores and M (read more)

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Adopt-A-Family program keeps on giving

Employees from FNCB Bank recently donated $1,300 and more than 250 gifts to 13 local families as part of the bank’s “Adopt-A-Family” holiday project. More than 200 FNCB staff members participated this year. The program matches local families in need from (read more)

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Leadership Lackawanna Executive Program Class of 2018 graduates

Leadership Lackawanna announced its 2018 Executive Program graduates during a recent celebration at The Scranton Cultural Center at the Masonic Temple. The Executive Program assists professionals in becoming more engaged in the community, broadens their s (read more)

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Leadership Lackawanna installs board members

Leadership Lackawanna, a regional community leadership and professional development organization, recently installed several new board members. Incoming board members will serve a three-year term. From left: Robbie Risley, Leadership Lackawanna Board Chai (read more)

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Skills in Scranton hosts session on logistics and transportation

Skills in Scranton, the workforce development affiliate of the Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce, recently hosted its first Educator in the Workplace cohort on logistics and transportation. Offered through a collaboration between the Lackawanna County (read more)

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Apprenticeships on the rise in Pennsylvania

by Phil Yacuboski Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate went up slightly in November at 4.2 percent as the number of job seekers grew and payroll shrank. It’s the first time there’s been a month-to-month increase since mid-2016 and in an effort to expand the j (read more)

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Wayne Bank celebrates employee milestones

Wayne Bank held a luncheon and awards presentation to recognize employees celebrating years of service milestones. Twenty-one employees were honored at the luncheon, which was held at The Honesdale Golf Club on Oct. 24. “The success and growth of our orga (read more)

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PennDOT secretary of transportation speaks at NEPA Moves Meeting

Nearly 100 community members gathered on Thursday, Oct. 18 at Benco Dental in Pittston for the NEPA Moves quarterly meeting where keynote speaker, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s (PennDOT) Secretary of Transportation Leslie S. Richards, delive (read more)

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For the Record: Published January 2019

DEEDS COLUMBIA COUNTY Eric R. Schmeck. Property Location: Scott Twp. Seller: Candida M. Stebbins. Amount: $375,000. Open Door Christian Fellowship. Property Location: Hemlock Twp. Seller: Kenneth E. Narber. Amount: $350,000. Julie A. Curland. Property Loc (read more)

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Personnel File: Published January 2019

ADAMS CABLE SERVICE Wendy Hartman, Jermyn, general manager of the Carbondale-based cable service, has been elected to a three-year term on the board of directors of the Broadband Cable Association of Pennsylvania, a statewide trade organization representi (read more)

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Celebrating Women Entrepreneurs

by Cassandra Wisdo If you’re looking to provide an adorable and unique experience for the little ones in your life, your next shopping destination should be Tiddlywinks Boutique in Dunmore. Or if you want something closer to home, Tiddlywinks will come to (read more)

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Scranton YP holds holiday mixer

Scranton YP, The Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce’s professional development group for area young professionals, recently held its Not So Silent Night holiday mixer at The Marketplace at Steamtown. The group’s next event, Nosh & Knowledge, will be hel (read more)

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Dart Zone Inc. holds ribbon cutting

The University of Scranton Small Business Development Center (SBDC) announced the grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony of the Dart Zone, Inc. Dart Zone is a Nerf battle arena where children of any ages, “can come in and blast their friends with the f (read more)

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