Morgan Albrecht, Beth Albright, Sultan Alharthi, Sarah Alitz, Faisal Alkhirbit, Courtney Allen, Maryam Almarhoon, Zahr Alshareef, Salem Alsulaiman, Courtney Amoroso, Nicholas Anderson, Allison Andrew, Antonio Angelini, Cameron Anklewich, Jackilyn Annelli, Dhedhus Anumgba, Ivy Appleyard, Rebekah Araujo, August Axtman
Benjamin Bakanas, Alicia Balliet, Robert Bamrick, Dominick Barbarulo, Jordan Barnhill, Aaron Bartron, Matthew Basile, Rebecca Battista, Daryn Bay, Michael Beck, Emily Beehler, Elisabeth Belanger, Tara Bender, Jacob Benkinney, Thomas Betz, Anna Beyer, Lianna Bilbao, Mackenzie Bilbow, Alison Binderup, Mackenzie Bittle, Alexa Blandina, Aleaha Blazick, Laura Bogert, Jessica Boris, Justine Borneman, Christopher Boucher, Hannah Bowmaster, Meghan Boyle, Seamus Boyle, Rayn Bozek, Zoe Bozinski, Brielle Brace, Abigail Bradigan, Taylor Bradley, Conor Brady, Lindsey Brady, Krishna Brahmbhatt, Michael Brandle, Marykathryn Braun, Camiela Brent, Jennifer Britten, Talia Brogna, Meghan,Brooks, Nora Brown, Tyler Brown, Michael Brubaker, Samantha Bucher, Joshua Burkavage, Emily Bush, Caitlin Butchko
Samuel Cadman, Hope Caliendo, Emmanuelle Camille, Laura Campbell, Michael Caravaggio, Kerri Carbaugh, Melanie Carbery, Alexis Cardone, Zachary Cardone, Demetrios Carellas, Kayley Carey, John Cassidy, Ryan Castle, Erika Castro Santana, Liliana Cepeda, Daniel Chapin, Kohl Chevrier, Renee Chiacchiero, Mollee Chorba, Alyssa Christian, Kiera Chromey, Kayla Cianfichi, Nicole Ciprich, Nicole Cirelli, Isaac Cirinna, Molly Clewer, Claire Coe, Natalie Coffee, Jacob Cole, Kristen Coleman, Samayah Coleman-Smith, Evan Collins, Breaunna Colonna-Dotter, Brynn Connor, Allison Cook, Christopher Cook, Caleb Cooley, Elaina Coppola, Elisabeth Corbett, Patrick Corcoran, Rachel Corwin, Nikole Costaris, Samantha Cote, Orla Cottell, Lindsay Cousins, Jo Anna Cox, Allison Cragle, Lauren Crinella, Desmond Crosswell, Kate Cunningham, Grace Anne Curran, Chrysogonus Curry, Olena Czabala
Melissa Dagnall, Issa Dahdal, Minglun Dai, Brandon Daigle, Luke Damiano, Olivia Daniels, Joseph Danko, Vanessa Dankovitch, Joshua Dannunzio, Mia Dardanelli, Carl Darrup, Allison Davis, Andrew Davis, Michael Davis, Ryan Davis, Sara Davis, Christopher Degaetano, Fernando Delacruz, Bailey Delellis, Spencer Deros, Allison Detwiler, Allyson Devoir, Mary Deyell, Shawn Dickey, Kayla Dillinger, Michael Dischiavi, Gina Dodd, Trevor Douenias, Shannon Drevitch, Antonio Duardo, Collin Duffy, Jacob Dunham, Bradley Dunn, Jordan Dunn, Nathaniel Dyanick, Matthew Dziak
Michael Ecker, Angela Edgell, Michael Eichhorn, Catherine Elias, Tracey Ermer, Jacob Eshbach, Veronica Evans
Britney Fandl, Amber Farnholtz, Mallory Faux, Chase Feeney, Nicole Fenner, Benjamin Fenstermaker, Link Ferch, Emily Fernandez, Ashley Fidler, Johna Fiedler, Kristen Findlay, Zachary Fisher, Jennifer Fleissner, Bryce Floyd, John Flynn, Mitchell Forgash, Mitchell Foster, Kieran Frankenfield, Joshua Frankevich, Lauren Freeley, Jessica French, Jacob Fries, Noelle Fromuth, Sydney Fulton, Tina Fumo
Jarrett Gabriel, Kelsey Gabriele, Antonia Galasso, Martina Gale, Lauren Gallagher, Cassandra Genovese, Alyssa Gesek, Megan Giangiulio, Eugene Gibbons, Mykala Gillespie, Anthony Giovagnoli, Samantha Gnall, Sydney Gnall, Rebecca Goldberg, Melina Good, Brandon Goodlavage, Emily Gordon, Ryan Gorman, Heather Gormley, Amanda Goss, Paige Gould, Tabitha Grabowski, William Gray, Kristen Grebe, Noel Greenwood, Courtney Grim, Paige Grochal, Christina Grodzki, Hannah Grossmann, Jordania Grullon, Laura Grzezdzinski, Nicholas Gullo
Charles Hagerty, Michael Haggerty, Olivia Hains, Tanner Hale, Emily Hall, Breanna Halter, Larry Halye, Marlene Hamad, Rhyce Hammaker, Mikaela Hank, Emily Harden, Caitlin Hargrave, Daniel Harpersberger, Emily Harrington, Nicholas Harth, Ethan Hasenzahl, Carina Hastings, Mackenzie Hasuga, Matthew Haycock, Sarah Hayward, Rachel Healey, Elizabeth Hedrick, Cara Henahan, Jeremy Henegan, Shirley Herr, Cailyn Hillier, Madison Hindmarsh, Luan Hoang, Shelby Hoffmann, Kathryn Hohl, Jason Homschek, Jason Hoops, Nicole Hopper, Bryanne Horn, Luke Hoskins, Mikayla Hoskins, Thomas Hoskins, Cheyenne Huffman, Jacob Hummel, Joshua Hunter, Christopher Huntington, Travis Hunyara
Breanna Jacinto, Corey Jackson, Stephanie Jallen, Nicholas James, Zariah Januszewski, Christopher Jaycox, Hannah Jenkins, Jessica Jennings, Randi Jennings, Mercedes Johnson, Tara Johnson, Elise Johnston, Bethanie Jones, Joseph Jones, Rachel Jones, Daniel Julia
Tiffany Kalevich, Kailie Karensky, Michael Karycinski, Taylor Kaschak, Taisei Kashima, Kelsey Kasisky, Cassandra Keady, Meranda Keister, Richard Kell, Kevin Kelly, Magdalene Kelly, Emily Kemme, Mikayla Kidd, Tiana Kilbourn, Eunseo Kim, Jenna Kimmerle, Jonathan King, Paige King, Rebecca Kinzinger, Karlee Kioske, Noah Kita, Aimee Kizer, Matthew Klein, Nicole Klitchko, Maureen Kloap, Bailey Klocko, Mary Katherine Klodarska, Ray Knaub, Dylan Koch, Kaitlyn Kochanski, Julianne Kollar, Jillian Korgeski, Nathan Koscuk, Hubert Kostek, Janelle Kothe, Thomas Kozerski, Abigail Kramer, Haley Kramer, Joshua Kramer, Kelly Kramer, Aaron Kratz, Angelica Krisiak, Emily Kriston, Nicholas Kubishin, Abha Kulkarni, Madeline Kumm, Justin Kuna, Mary Katherine Kushnerick, Elizabeth Kutza, Ellen Kuzma
Matthew Labenski, Samantha Labenski, Michaela LaBlanc, Anna Lacalamita, Zachary Lagrue, Chet Lampron, Emily Landis, Katherine Landron, Zachary Lang, Michelle Lanning, Vivian Lattanze, Connor Lavin, Madison Lawrence, Nathan Lawyer, Gabriella Leary, Rosa Lebron, Emma Lehman, Nicholas Leon, Brianna Leung, Lily Leymeister, Erika Licciardone, Sabrina Lijo, Marissa Lines, Orion Linnehan, Corey Lisa, Sarah Little, Nicolas Littzi, Ariana Lizza, Peter Lombardo, Joseph Lonardi, Brianna Longo, Katlynn Lordy, Noah Loser, Jennifer Loughney, Sara Lucas, Lyle Luckenbill, Brandon Lukachko, Kaitlyn Lukashewski, Christopher Lupole, Cristina Lurito, Brooke Lutz, Savannah Lynch
Michael Maccio, Jocelyne Machuca, John Macri, Prachi Majamundar, Matthew Makara, Carianna Makowski, Skyler Makuch, Bethany Makuta, Desiree Malacusky, Adam Malec, Victor Mallory, Sean Maloney, Brianne Maluda, Connie Mangino, Sara Mangold, Peter Manzella, Darryn Marek, Chelsea Margallis, Desiree Margani, William Margarido, Sophia Marino, Keith Marks, Taylor Marouchoc, Gracelyn Marsh, Gianna Marsico, Gabriella Martinez, Juan Martinez, Cristian Martinez Montalvo, Amanda Martyn, Hannah Marvin, Nicholas Massa, Violeta Mattei, Jason Matunas, Maryrose Mauro, Alex Maya-Romero, Tyler Mayo, Daniel McBride, Quinlan McCarthy, Eann McCloe, James McDonough, Kayla McDonough, Dervla Mcerlean, Michael McFadden, Mackenzie McGeehan, Laura McGovern, Megan McGowan, James McGuigan, Meghan McGuire, Kathleen Mcintosh, Sean Mckee, Kyle McKiernan, Liam McLoughlin, Lia McNulty, Nicole McQuillan, Nicole Mealey, Michaelene Mecadon, Ifrah Mehran, Abbigail Menichini, Reese Mensinger, Dylan Metzger, Jacquelyn Michalski, Marlee Mierzwa, Meghan Mietlicki, Tristin Milazzo, Louis Milillo, Joshua Millan, Tyler Millan, Rachel Miller, Sarah Miller, Patrick Mitchell, Dominick Montante, Lyndsey Moore, Richard Moore, Nathan Morgan, Ryan Morgan, Taylor Morgan, Marissa Morreale, James Morris, Sean Morrissey, Magdalene Moses, Alexandria Mourges, Alison Moyer, Bobby Moyer, Neil Mras, Robert Mueller, Kellie Munro, Justin Muscovitch, Olivia Musto, Juliana Muta
Mary Naccarato, Chelsea Nace, Kayla Nailor, Jennie Neifert, Giovannie Nerys, Christopher Neuhaus, Christina Newcamp, Jonathan Nixon, Samantha Nogula, Abigail Noone, Taylor Norris, Nicholas Novak, Lindsey Novy
Megan OBrien, William OBrien, Megan O’Brien, Jennifer O’Connor, Kelley Okeefe, Erich Olsen, Amanda Olszyk, Kyle Osifat, Kyle Osterhoudt, Olivia Ostrowski, Dakota Oswald
Amanda Pacenta, Brianne Pacenta, Christian Pack, Meghan Padden, Shaela Pagnanelli, Liliya Palashchuk, Jessica Parente, Katlyn Parsons, Shivani Patel, Jill Patton, Madelyn Pavlico, Mackenzie Pegg, Devan Pepe, Walkiria Perez, Emily Perna, Francesco Pesce, Freya Peters, Noah Pettenati, Brianna Pichler, Micaela Piell, Kelly Pierce, Daniel Pieszala, Matthew Piontkowski, Sam Pipicelli, Gabriella Pladocostante, Raquel Plata, Joshua Poplawski, Alexander Posly, Natalie Poulton, Jordan Powers, Ian Prator, Brianna Prinz, Jordan Pritchard, Rebecca Prociak, Meghan Prushinski, Katelyn Pugliese, Danielle Putnam
Ashlynn Rader, Sophia Raffai, Nathan Raffensberger, Emily Ralston, Emma Ramage, Matthew Ramos, Alisa Randall
Brianna Randall, Courtneyanne Randall, Akshata Rao, Megan Readler, Rachel Reago, Steven Ream, Kristen Reap, Hannah Redding, Paige Reese, Abbigail Reimer, Freudy Reyes, Mikayla Reynolds, Larson Rice, Cally Richardson, Morgan Richter, Kaley Rider, Courtney Rikoskie, Samantha Rinehimer, Jekyra Risher, David Rist, Madeline Ritsick, Emily Ritter, Chloe Rizzo, Hannah Robbins, Kaitlyn Roberts, Rayna Roberts, Thomas Roberts, Marielle Roberts-Mcdonald, Lia Rodriguez, Marissa Rogers, Jonathan Rokosz, Ryan Romeo, Kylie Rosamalia, Megan Rosler, Sarah Ross, Molly Roth, Joseph Rotondo, Lauren Rowski, Caden Rozitski, Andrea Ruby, Angeline Ruckle, Taylor Runo, Xzyla Russell, Samantha Russin, Taylor Russo, Annie Ryan, Bridget Ryan, Kristopher Rynkiewicz
Peter Saad, Danielle Saccente, Sophia Sacknievich, Armando Sallavanti, Camille Sandoval, Kyra Santasania, Jake Sarwar, Sarah Satkowski, Elizabeth Savidge, Amber Saylor, Josh Sayre, Alexandria Scalzo, Jake Scanlan, Eric Scatena, Victoria Scavo, Faith Schafer, Alex Schechterly, Jessica Schenfeld, Kassandra Schinski, Kali Schirra, Kristen Schmidt, Daniel Schmitt, Jeffrey Schmude, Matthew Schoch, Nicole Schroy, Sarah Schultz, Amanda Schwerdtman, Janelle Scillia, Brandon Scott, Desiree Scott, Audra Sebo, Kennedy Secoy, Amanda Selsavage, Zeynep Senyigit, Amy Shadle, Devon Shapiro, Dylan Shaver, Mackenzie Shughart, Mallory Shumaker, Victoria Sidari, Julie Silinskie, Matthew Silinskie, Emily Sims, Matthew Sipple, Kirsten Siwy, Emily Sklenka, Kristi Ann Skok, Abigail Smith, Benton Smith, Corinne Smith, Emily Smith, Evan Smith, Meghan Smith, Alexandria Smolenak, Alyssa Sohns, Daisy Sosa, Anthony Spina, Sienna Spotts, Alicia Spudis, Hana St. Clair, Haley Stackhouse, Jacob Stancato, Alanis Stclair, Alexis Steeber, Travis Steele, Brian Steiger, Lauren Sterner, Alyssa Stetler, Brooke Stevens, Larissa Stucker, Jessica Sudano, Bridget Sullivan, Christopher Surina, Victoria Swank, Peter Swartz, Kyle Swetz, Thomas Swiatek, Jack Symeon, Michael Symeon, Ethan Szczecinski
Katelyn Talbot, Jackie Tang, Rachel Tansey, Fiona Taylor, William Tellez, Carly Tepfenhardt, Danielle Thomas, Jeena Thomas, Claire Timbrell, Michael Tolan, Mitchell Tomaszewski, Sabrina Traver, Jenna Trentalange, Josephina Treslar, Francesca Trottini, Kasi Tryonas, Cameron Tuck, Megan Tucker, Kelly Tuffy, Natasha Tullo, Kathryn Tumbokon
Robert Wachter, Alyson Wade, Courtney Wagner, Zoe Waizenegger, Tina Walker, Rachel Wallace, Joshua Walsh, Catherine Walsh Dipaolo, Ruizhe Wang, Valerie Warmkessel, Allison Warner-Senape, Alexis Washko, Rose Watters, Erich Weiss, Tara Weitz, Allison Werner, Bryce Willett, Gena Williams, Joel Williams, Olivia Williams, Samantha Williams, Alexandra Wolk, Theodore Wozniak, Jacob Wrede, James Wright, Kevin Wrobleski, Adam Wychock, Angelique Wygonowski, Alexis Wylam, Joshua Wynn, Kathryn Wynn
Vanessa Yao, Carol Yaracz, Matthew Yekel, Samantha Yeninas, Mackenzie Yori, Xiangru Yuan, Crystal Yuventi
Victoria Zaczynski, Jade Zamadics, Citlalli Zaragoza, Samuel Zavada, Robert Zbierski, Connor Zekas, Stephanie Zimmerman, Rachel Zultevicz
Can you imagine sticking your neck out for a barbers’ competition? One in which speed and straight-edge razors are factors?
Two characters in “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” stepped forward Monday night during a rehearsal of the Stephen Sondheim musical at Music Box Dinner Playhouse in Swoyersville. One allowed Sweeney Todd to shave his beard, and the other let a street barber named Pirelli have a go at his face.
Todd proved to be the better barber. But in Victorian England, barbers also were called upon for dentistry. As the competition continued, Sweeney found a bystander with a sore tooth who was willing to have it pulled.
Pirelli, finding no volunteer, turned to his assistant, Tobias, and started pulling a perfectly good tooth. Oh, how the youth, played by local thespian Davy Janoski, flailed and groaned in a scene that will likely have audience members raising protective hands to their own mouths when the show opens on Oct. 18.
And, if you think that’s gruesome, just wait until Sweeney Todd starts slitting people’s throats and sending their bodies to his landlady, Mrs. Lovett, who needs something to stuff her meat pies.
“He is a madman,” said Larry Vojtko, of Wyoming, who is enjoying the title role and the music it allows him to sing. “But he’s not one-dimensional. A corrupt society corrupted him.”
“I don’t see him as a complete villain,” Vojtko continued. “He is a murderer, but Mrs. Lovett is playing on his distress, goading him. He’s the murderer, but who chops up the bodies? She does the butchering.”
Alice Y. Lyons, of Wilkes-Barre, who plays Mrs. Lovett, agrees her character is a master manipulator.
“She plays a key role in how Sweeney Todd turns into a serial killer,” Lyons said. “Even though it may appear Sweeney is truly evil for what he does, she is the underlying Machiavelli, driving that evil to fruition.”
Also responsible for a huge share of villainy are the corrupt officials — a judge and a beadle — who cast their lustful eyes on Sweeney Todd’s wife more than 15 years earlier and arranged for Todd to be sent to prison in Australia.
If not for those two characters, Vojtko said, “Sweeney Todd could have had a fine life. He was an excellent barber.”
Vojtko, who last appeared on the Music Box stage four years ago, in the leading “South Pacific” role of Emile De Becque, said he’s wanted to play Sweeney Todd for a long time.
“It’s my third time to be in the show,” he said. “When I was younger I played Anthony (the love interest for Todd’s daughter, Joanna) and later I played the judge. Now with this role, it’s a Sweeney Todd trifecta.”
Vojtko’s son, Jonathan, is working on the sound design for the show, concentrating on appropriately eerie dockyard sounds “that will make the audience feel like they’re right there.”
“It’s so cool” to watch his father in rehearsal, the younger Vojtko said. “I’m so proud of him.”
Director Mike Marone said Halloween is the perfect time for a macabre show like “Sweeney Todd,” but added it’s not entirely gruesome.
Angela Lansbury originated the role of Mrs. Lovett on Broadway, winning a 1979 Tony Award for her portrayal, “and she’s a comedic actress,” Marone pointed out.
Mrs. Lovett does provide some of the lighter moments in the show, said Lyons, who early in Act I shows the character baking with vicious gusto — not only poking and prodding the dough but slamming it with a rolling pin as if, well, she wouldn’t mind putting it out of its misery.
For all shows, audience members have the option of purchasing a dinner and show ticket or a “show only” ticket. There is also an option of Sunday brunch instead of dinner.
For all shows, audience members have the option of purchasing a dinner and show ticket or a “show only” ticket. There is also an option of Sunday brunch instead of dinner.
“I’m sick and tired of picking these thorns from my leg,” Rick Mitarotonda wrote for a song called “Turned Clouds.”
“I’ve packed every inch of the getaway car for someplace new,” he penned for a song called “Lead the Way.”
Then there are the words from the Bhagavad Gita, a Hindu sacred text, that he included in song called “Indian River.”
If you’re intrigued by Mitarotonda’s lyrics, or the idea of a band called Goose that blends contemporary folk and funk with a touch of jazz and blues, reggae and rock, and even a hint of Sanskrit, you can hear more during a concert set for 10 p.m. Oct. 25 at the River Street Jazz Cafe.
Goose, a four-musician band based out of Norwalk, Conn., that performed in July at Scranton’s Peach Music Festival, includes Peter Anspach on vocals, keyboards and guitar; Trevor Bass on bass and Ben Atkind on drums.
Mitarotonda sings and plays guitar and since he writes the songs, a reporter just had to ask him about the inspiration behind those lyrics.
“At the time, I was struggling with a lot of physical illness,” Mitarotonda said of writing that line about metaphorical thorns in his leg. “It took some time to really figure it out, but the real cause of that physical illness was emotional — the grief and drama. The line largely refers to that.”
While he’s worked through that difficult period, he said, “for the most part, life continues to throw new things at you. You graduate from one challenge and level up to another.”
Meeting people at a Hare Krishna Temple in Denver — “They were fantastic musicians and singers,” he said. “They made this great food and everybody sings these chants” — sparked his interest in Eastern culture, and led to his inclusion in “Indian River” of the words avinasi tu tad viddhi yena sarvam idam tatam, which speak of the indestructibility of the soul.
As for “Lead the Way,” the song about the getaway car and a friend named Sadie who would get to ride shotgun, Mitarontonda said, “It was actually my dog. I wrote it while she was passing away.”
“The beginning of the song is just like, ‘Let’s get out of here and we’ll go away.’ I knew she was dying. It’s like you’re losing something and you’re rejecting it (the idea.) You’re in denial and holding on really tight. But the end of the song is the acceptance of it. The last chorus, instead of ‘won’t you stay with me forever’ is like ‘lead the way to our heaven.’ ”
When asked how the band got its name, Mitarotonda said he used to work for “a hole-in-the-wall taco place in Colorado,” where he and his co-workers would call each other Goose, just for the silliness of it all, or use the word in place of a common restaurant phrase such as “to go.”
“It was just a stupid, mindless joke,” he recalled. “The kind that comes up when you work in a kitchen all day with colorful characters. I thought it would be a funny word for a bar band. Each time I tried to change it, it wasn’t happening.”
The band’s press materials say “the atmosphere Goose radiates could be likened to a keg party in the woods,” and the band actually did record its debut album, “Moon Cabin,” at a cabin in New Hampshire near a frozen lake.
“We were pretty much inside working for 12 days,” Mitarotonda said. “The only time we went out was to the grocery store.”
Well, there was one other time. “Our good friend and engineer that we brought with us — his name is Kenny Cash — he strung microphone cables together and we went out 50, 60, 70 feet onto the lake” to record a song. “He wanted to get that natural reverb.”
“To be honest the tonal quality doesn’t sound that great,” Mitarotonda said. “But us knowing that we did that is kind of special.”
Admission: $8 in advance. $12 at the door. Call 570-822-2992 or see riverstreetjazzcafe.com. Event is for ages 21 and older.
Michael Messersmith, of New York, N.Y., a 1999 graduate of Wyoming Seminary, received the 2019 Class of 1986 Outstanding Young Alumnus Award at Sem’s recent Homecoming festivities. He was recognized for his exceptional, ongoing volunteer service and many contributions to the school, as well as his professional accomplishments.
Messersmith is an active representative of the Class of 1999 and serves as an Annual Giving volunteer and on class reunion committees.
A native of Dallas, Messersmith holds a bachelor of arts degree from Duke University, a master’s degree in engineering management from Old Dominion University and an MBA from Harvard University. He serves as North America General Manager of Oatly, a company that produces oat milk and oat milk products. Before starting his career, he served as an officer in the Navy in a variety of roles, including nuclear engineering management on aircraft carriers.
Harveys Lake Chapter Antique and Classic Boat Society (ACBS) was well represented at the 2019 ACBS International Boat Show held Sept. 20-21 in Alexandria Bay, NY.
The beauty of the Thousand Islands combined with perfect weather for boating made this year’s international boat show even more rewarding for all of the owners who brought their antique wooden boats to the big international event.
The Harveys Lake Chapter Antique and Classic Boat Society (ACBS) is always looking for new members to join the local organization. Membership is open to the public and boat ownership is not required. For more information about becoming a member, email email@example.com
Misericordia University will hold a free interactive program on Tuesday, Nov. 19 from 9 to 11:30 a.m. as part of the fourth annual National Health Professions Week for high school students interested in exploring the many exciting career opportunities available in health care.
Sponsored by the Misericordia University Interprofessional Education Committee, the Health Professions Day program enables students to gain a better understanding of the many specialty careers available in the national health care system by participating in a case study. Academic programs participating in the simulation program include diagnostic medical sonography, exercise science, medical and health humanities, medical imaging, nursing, occupational therapy, patient navigation, physical therapy, physician assistant, psychology, social work, and speech-language pathology.
Registration for the program begins at 8 a.m. in Huntzinger and Alden Trust Rooms 218-219 of Sandy and Marlene Insalaco Hall. Health Professions Day begins at 9 a.m. with a welcome by Barbara Schwartz-Bechet, Ed.D., dean of the College of Health Sciences and Education. The program concludes with lunch in John and Mary Metz Dining Hall.
The simulation program outlines the importance of health care professionals working together as a cohesive unit during a trauma in order to deliver the best patient outcomes possible.
The hands-on case study involves a motor vehicle accident in which the teenage driver suffers a spinal cord injury. Set up in stations, faculty members and students will represent their academic programs and explain the roles their respective professions play in treating, rehabilitating and returning the accident victim to an active lifestyle.
The interprofessional education program is free, but due to limited seating registration is required. To register, contact Rachel Oberg, assistant director of admissions, at 570-674-8023 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Caveat emptor. Let the buyer beware. A principle in law holding that in a commercial bargain, the buyer needs to be wary about the suitability of the thing bought to the intended purpose.
The annual open enrollment period for many health insurance plans, including Medicare, is upon us. Starting today, and through Dec. 7, customers will have the opportunity to shop for and purchase the insurance plan that best suits them for 2020.
But beware, open enrollment typically coincides with a rise in health insurance scams, where customers are convinced to purchase plans that offer insufficient or downright fraudulent coverage. Con artists often target the Medicare audience, those 65 and older who may be uninformed about healthcare reform and current industry trends.
An article published in January by AARP informs those looking for Medicare plans of the warning signs of insurance fraud.
Be wary of anyone claiming to be a government representative. You see, government agents do not sell insurance! Plans inviting customers to join an “association” or “union” can be a ploy designed to dupe the unsuspecting into buying nonexistent group health insurance. Plans claiming to be licensed under the federal Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) are fraudulent, because insurance companies are licensed by states, not the federal government. And expiring offers that pressure buyers into purchasing “right away” to secure a low-cost plan or a special rate are phony as well.
In addition to citing these red flags, AARP offers a list of “Dos” and “Don’ts” to help Medicare shoppers investigate and vet legitimate insurance brokers while weeding out grifters.
· Comparing rates, because “comprehensive” coverage listed well below competing plans is likely a trap
· Understanding the difference between medical discount plans and health insurance and asking explicit questions to define which is being offered
· Researching an “association” or “union” and verifying a street address to confirm activity other than selling insurance
· Vetting unfamiliar companies who claim to sell big name insurance with the established, reputable company named in the pitch
· Submitting personal information to a website to get a price quote, as it could be a doorway to identity theft or endless sales calls
· Discussing anything with a sales agent who avoids giving information by using vague or evasive language
· Signing up for a plan if the minimum requirements seem insufficient. If a plan doesn’t require a physical or medical history, it’s probably not legitimate.
· Offering bank, credit card or personal information to make a payment to someone who calls regarding Affordable Care Act insurance. ACA guidance is available free of charge at Healthcare.gov.
Once you’re secure in the insurance provider you’ve researched and chosen, considering a Medicare Advantage plan could be the right fit. According to the Alliance of Community Health Plans, an organization aimed at improving affordability and outcomes in the healthcare industry, Medicare Advantage plans provide all the benefits of traditional Medicare plus enhanced benefits, high value coverage, better health outcomes, greater transparency and superior customer experience — all at a lower price.
Geisinger’s Gold Medicare Advantage plans include a wide range of cost-saving features and wellness programs not available with original Medicare such as prescription drug coverage, dental, and vision benefits. These plans include: important vaccines covered at no cost; savings on eligible prescriptions through CareSite mail-order pharmacies; health management programs for complex and chronic conditions like diabetes, high blood pressure and cancer care; and access to more than 29,000 primary care and specialty physicians, 120 hospitals and 132 urgent- and convenient-care locations.
Geisinger Gold 360 Rx, a plan available for 2020, features a zero-dollar premium, no deductibles and copays starting at zero dollars.
If you’re eligible for Medicare’s open enrollment, I am SURE you’ve already been bombarded by email, letters, pamphlets and even prone calls from many insurers with Medicare Advantage programs. It may seem like a big pain to wade through the options, but it is important to get the right coverage selected by December 7. Don’t let the mountain of information scare you away. Get help. You can speak with an advisor from Geisinger or schedule a home visit with them by calling 800-823-9633. For other options, just look in your mail box!
Dr. Alfred Casale, a cardiothoracic surgeon, is associate chief medical officer for Geisinger and chair of the Geisinger Heart Institute. Readers may write to him via email@example.com. For a free heart risk assessment, visit geisinger.org/heartrisk.
This week was chock full of fun experiences – a movie that made you think, an event that marked an anniversary and a golf tournament that raised thousands for children.
On Wednesday night, some local creative types debuted their short film “Blackhole.” which made guests at the premiere party think about what they would do if the world was coming to an end.
It left many in the audience noticeably emotional as they watched the 17-minute film at the THINK Center in Downtown Wilkes-Barre.
Filming locations included various spots around the Wyoming Valley, too, which the cast and crew – including Holly Pilcavage, Jessica Ross, Samuel O’Connell and Alex Manganella – shared during its question-and-answer session.
Kudos to this crew for making something thought-provoking locally and choosing to debut it here before submitting it to film festivals. It’s awesome that a group of young people can pursue their filmmaking interests in Northeastern Pennsylvania.
Also last week, Metz Culinary Management and Ruth’s Chris Steak House hosted the third annual Golf Classic at Huntsville Golf Club, benefiting Dinner for Kids, a program that provides healthy meals to children who need them.
After the golf tournament, a dinner and awards reception was held at Ruth’s Chris, where awards were bestowed upon the deserving competitors, including my buddy Lorenzo Medico, his brother, Mariano, and their dad, Larry, who came in first in their flight again this year.
The tournament raised $50,000 this year – more than $12,000 higher than last year’s total. It was an amazing feat for a one-day event.
Finally, the week ended with the 32nd annual Business Hall of Fame and 50th anniversary of Junior Achievement of Northeastern Pennsylvania at PNC Field in Moosic.
Guests were invited to mingle, hear about JA’s history and honor supporters who have so generously donated to the cause of enabling young people to achieve economic success. Through experiential learning and entrepreneurial programs, area grade and high school students are empowered.
The crowd especially enjoyed getting tours of the Montage facility and listening to WBRE’s Nick Toma as he hosted the event.
That same night, the Wilkes-Barre POWER! October meeting was held at Le Manhattan Bistro in Downtown Wilkes-Barre. Guests were beyond impressed by the food selection and passed hors d’oeuvres LMB served.
The night raised awareness for Kiss Theatre Company and the Dancing Stars of Wilkes-Barre competition on October 19. More information can be found at kisstheatre.org/events.
As I wrap up writing this on Friday, I’m grateful for the amazing people I came across this week in Northeastern Pennsylvania – and all the amazing things that were happening.
Mike McGinley is the Times Leader Media Group’s major accounts executive. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org or 570-704-3945.
SWOYERSVILLE — A special event on Saturday will help raise funds for the restoration of a piece of Wyoming Valley history.
“Trolley Fare for Car 790” will be held from Noon to 6 p.m. on the grounds of Baut Studios, 1095 Main St., where the streetcar is being housed and restored.
Nonprofit group Anthracite Trolleys Inc. was founded to rescue and restore the car, which was built by the J.G. Brill Co. of Philadelphia in 1924.
It was sold off as a summer cottage after the Wilkes-Barre trolley system closed 69 years ago next week, on Oct. 15, 1950. Car 790 was then moved to a site overlooking Perrins Marsh, where it remained until being relocated to Swoyersville this summer.
The event will feature food trucks, music, antique cars, a basket raffle and historic presentations, including by Harrison Wick, an author of a book about the history of trolleys in the Wyoming Valley.
Anyone wishing to help the effort can also send donations to Anthracite Trolleys Inc., 228 Pollock Drive, Pittston, PA 18640.
Plans call for the trolley body to be restored at Baut Studios, after which electrical and mechanical gear will be re-installed with a view toward operating the trolley once again at a museum in Scranton.
Baut has estimated the entire project will take three or four years and cost $300,000, which the group aims to raise through donations.
Car 790 is believed to be the last surviving trolley from a far-flung rail transit system that extended up and down the valley from Nanticoke and Hanover to as far north as Pittston and Old Forge in the early 20th century.
The Community Improvement Committee of the Back Mountain Bloomers Garden Club recently awarded $300 in response to Casey Weaver’s application to advance his Eagle Scout project. Casey, of Dallas, is a member of Boy Scout Troop 241 in Lehman. He and his family have been volunteering at the Back Mountain Food Pantry Garden in Lehman for some time and saw the need for more fruit trees. In April 2019, Casey, with the help of other Scouts, planted nine peach trees with the hope the trees will eventually bear fruit for the Back Mountain Food Pantry to share with families of the Back Mountain. From left, are Joanne Bittner, grant committee chairwoman; Casey Weaver, Eagle Scout candidate; Carol Sorber, club president.
The Community Improvement Committee of the Back Mountain Bloomers Garden Club recently awarded $150 in response to Maddie Lewis’s application to advance her Girl Scout Gold Award Project.
Lewis, of Pittston, is a member of Girl Scout Troop #34958. She has chosen as her project to establish an historical marker on the grounds of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Wilkes-Barre featuring Florence Foster Jenkins, a woman born in Wilkes-Barre in 1868.
Her goal in this project is to spark interest in local history, educate the community and display the legacy that Florence Foster Jenkins left behind through her support of the arts. Lewis plans to use the awarded grant money to plant perennials around the marker to brighten up the area and ensure that the flowers continually grow back each year.
Trinity Learning Center, Dallas, recently went on a field trip to the Whistle Pig Pumpkin Patch in Noxen. Students ages 2-5 were in attendance and began their trip with a hayride, made their way through a corn maze, jumped in piles of hay, picked pumpkins, decorated them and ended with a delicious snack of cookies and apple cider. Students in Mrs. Carla Decker’s preschool class are, from left, Gio Ricci, Logan Brown, Raegan Rinehimer, Ben Swire, Dylan Martin, Miller Frederick, Liam Lawless, Natalie McLeod, Allen Morrow and Richie Costello.
Misericordia University recently honored staff and faculty for service during the 40th annual Awards Dinner in Sandy and Marlene Insalaco Hall. Part of the Mercy Heritage celebration, the 61 honorees were recognized for five-year increments of service, including a special recognition for Elaine Halesey of Hanover Twp., professor of medical imaging, who was commended for 35 years of service.
Glenn Bozinski, of Kingston Twp., vice president of Enrollment Management, was honored for 30 years of service.
The university also recognized Jerry Bradford, Shavertown; Dawn Evans, Hanover Twp.; Ronald Hromisin, Dallas; Sharon Hudak, Forty Fort; George Hunter, Mountain Top; Jennifer Luksa, Luzerne; Annmarie Narcum, Dallas, Georgia Young, Exeter, and Metz Culinary Management employees Bonnie Major, Shavertown; and Cindy Mulloy, Dallas, for 25 years of service.
Employees honored for 20 years of continuous service at MU included Grace Fisher, Dallas; Jo Anna Naylor, Shavertown; Tammy Sponenberg, Dallas, and George Young, Exeter.
Being recognized for 15 years of service were James Clarke, Hanover Twp.; Jill Dillon, Mountain Top; Michelle Donato, Plains; Brian Herron, Luzerne; Alicia Nordstrom, Drums; Bernadette Rushmer, Shavertown; Mark Van Etten, Dallas; and Metz employee Paul Hill, Shavertown.
Employees honored for 10 years of service were Alyson Harvey, Harveys Lake; Michelle Hawkins, Bear Creek Township; James Hedglin, Dallas; Matthew Hornak, Dallas; Joseph Redington, Scranton; Sameera Redkar, Clarks Summit; Kathleen Scaler Scott, Flemington, New Jersey; Scott Woolnough, Wilkes-Barre; Anne Zaborny, Drums; and Metz employee Frank Varvaglione, Pittston.
An additional 27 employees were honored for five years of service. They are Catherine Becker, Shickshinny; Jennifer Black, Shavertown; Laurie Brogan, Pittston Twp.; Rita Carey-Nita, Shavertown; Karen Cefalo, Wyoming; Lori Charney, Duryea; Dominick De Matteo, Dallas; Joseph Donahue, Pittston Twp.; Nicola Edwards, Kingston; Matthew Hinton, Forty Fort; Paul Hurn, Trucksville; Kristen Karnish, Nesquehoning; Joseph Krasson, Plymouth; Elizabeth Lipski, Shavertown; Charles Makar, Shavertown; Patricia Maloney, Hanover Twp.; Matthew Mihal, Dallas; John Mokychic, Monroe Twp.; Rita Molino, Kingston; Patricia Ross, Dallas; Morgan Sadowski, Hunlock Creek; Jeffrey Stephens, Dallas; Tiffany Wiernusz, Forty Fort, and Jennifer Yarnell, Stillwater. Also honored were Metz employees Cynthina Porasky, Falls, and Betty Ward, Dallas.
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