Apprenticeship Training at Penn College is Starting Soon

In early 2018, Penn College will begin training to support apprenticeship programs in Mechatronics and CNC Machining with funding available from the Central Pennsylvania Workforce Development Corporation (CPWDC) to offset the cost to companies.

To learn more, please attend one of the upcoming curriculum planning meetings on Dec. 11 at:

Penn College’s Workforce Development & Continuing Education (WDCE) Office
1127 West Fourth Street
Williamsport, PA

Mechatronics: 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
CNC Machining: 1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

To RSVP or for questions, please contact John Paul via email

See this flyer for more information.

Leadership Central Penn Goes Back to School

November took the Leadership Central Penn class to the Central Columbia School District’s office for an education round table with superintendents Harry Mathias (Central Columbia), Dr. Donald Wheeler (Bloomsburg), Cynthia Jenkins (Millville) and Director of Curriculum for Berwick, Bob Croop, Jr. The educational leaders had four questions on the agenda, but it became apparently quickly that the LCP class was going the hijack the morning as it continuously challenged the panel on topics ranging from educational innovations, “new’ math, technology in the classroom, property taxes, family school life balance, and the ever changing challenges of teaching the next generation. The panel held its own, and the passion they use every day to meet these challenges and more as they educate our young people was evident. 

The class was treated to lunch with a wonderful menu of fresh baked yeast rolls, hot soup and perfectly dressed salad prepared by students from Columbia Montour Area Vocational Technical School.  Lunch was delivered and executed under the guidance of Joseph Edmondson, director of food preparation education at CMVT.

After lunch the class welcomed two more guests, Dr. Kim Bolig of Bloomsburg University’s STEM Education Center, and Diana Verbeck, executive director of the Danville Child Development Center.  The class saw Powerpoints about the wonderful empowering education being done for young girls and boys, through STEEM Magnet programs at BU.  STEM jobs are in great demand and growing in our economy, and this program is meeting the challenges of engaging and exciting young people about the possibilities in these future careers. 

As we look to the future, we learned that we need to start planning for that as early as six weeks of age — yes you read that right, six weeks, according to a presentation by Verbeck.  Research in neurodevelopment shows that early brain stimulation correlates to success later in life, and it has been widely debated, but the passion of Verbeck and others in the early childhood education field was very evident throughout the presentation.  They believe in development through play and tactile education, and the earlier the better. Offering these opportunities to all families regardless of socioeconomic status is imperative and has been echoed by industry leaders and government officials.

One can’t call it a day at Central Columbia without taking a walk on the Career Pathway. Students at this high school have a rare and unique educational experience to begin their career education in ninth grade. You want to be an Engineer; you start on the college prep Engineering, Manufacturing, and Industrial Technology pathway.  Four other pathways exist:

  • Human Services
  • Arts and Communications,
  • Business, Finance, Marketing, and Information Technology
  • Agri-Science, Science and Health

Students must pick one to focus on as well as a secondary pathway to study.  This allows students to get a variety of experiences before making life altering career and college choices.  The program is unlike any that any member of the class had experienced before, and it almost made some want to go back to high school.

Leadership Central Penn is sponsored by Bloomsburg UniversityKawneerSEKISUI SPI and USG

Welcome Law Offices of Lutz & Petty, LLC

More than 400 businesses and organizations belong to the Chamber to receive benefits and support efforts to strengthen their businesses and our region. Increased membership allows us to offer additional programs and benefits, have a stronger voice in advocacy and be involved in more activities and initiatives in our communities. The Chamber welcomes its newest member, the Law Offices of Lutz & Petty, LLC, to help us fulfill our mission.

Located in Berwick at 916 W. Front St., Lutz & Petty specializes in the following areas: criminal law, elder law & asset protection, nursing home/medicaid planning, estate planning & estate law, administration, family law, personal injury and real estate. Their mission is to provide the highest quality legal services to their neighbors in northeastern and central Pennsylvania. Attorneys Nicholas Lutz and Travis Petty are both lifelong residents of the Berwick area and are dedicated to using their skills to make the community a better place. Lutz & Petty can be reached at 570-218-4888, through email/email, or on their website

Member News – November 29, 2017

Member News

  • The Weis Center for the Performing Arts has added a free show featuring Lenny Kaye, acclaimed guitarist for the Patti Smith Group, to its schedule for Monday, Dec. 4 at 7 p.m. 

    Guitarist Lenny Kaye (photo by Dina Regine)

    As musician, writer, and record producer, Kaye has been intimately involved with the creative impulse that marks the music.  He has been a guitarist for poet-rocker Patti Smith since her band’s inception more than forty years ago, and has worked in the studio with such artists as Suzanne Vega, Jim Carroll, Soul Asylum, Allen Ginsberg, and Pussy Riot. He is the co-author of Waylon, the life story of Waylon Jennings; and his impressionistic study of the romantic singers of the 1930’s You Call It Madness: The Sensuous Song of the Croon, was published in 2004. His seminal and influential anthology of 60’s garage-rock, Nuggets, has long been regarded as defining a genre.


  • Secret Agent 23 Skodoo will bring its unique kid-friendly hip-hop to the Weis Center for the Performing Arts on Tuesday, Dec. 5 at 7 p.m.

    Secret Agent 23 Skidoo

    The performance is free and tickets are not required. More Fraggles than Wiggles, more Soul Train than Thomas the Train, Secret Agent 23 Skidoo is equal parts Dr. Seuss and Dr. Dre. This Grammy-winning artist combines the excitement of hip-hop with the magical world of childhood. With sophisticated instrumental funk and positive, witty wordplay, he has earned a loyal national following. His latest album, Infinity Plus One, took home the Grammy Award for Best Children’s Album of the Year. 



  • Dr. David Hamilton of Hamilton Dental Care and president of the The Jubilate Choir and Orchestra, is pleased to announce The Jubilate Choir and Orchestra’s Annual Christmas Concert, A Holy Night of Angels, will be on Saturday, Dec. 9 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 10 at 3 p.m. The choir and orchestra, under the direction of Dr. Alan J. Hack, is made up of community singers and instrumentalists along with Mrs. Kathy George accompanying on the piano. It invites all to join them at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church, 123 Market St., Bloomsburg for this exciting concert, a high point of the Christmas season celebration in our area!


  • Co., a social and professional networking group that is run by the United Way of Columbia and Montour County, will hold its annual holiday party on Tuesday, Dec. 12, from 5:30-7 p.m. at Filet 18, 18 W. Main St., Bloomsburg. Come and join this group of area professionals for a fun night of socializing and networking. Co. was founded to give area residents the opportunity to take advantage of all the great things this area has to offer. This group is for everyone, which means any age, ability, or area of residence. It holds multiple events each month. For more information about Co., including future events, visit its Facebook page


  • It is the season of giving and the Ken Pollock Auto Group, is continuing its yearly tradition of collecting new or slightly used coats, in all sizes to benefit local families. From now through Dec. 15, Ken Pollock Auto Group will be collecting coats that can be donated at any of its auto dealerships, including locally at Ken Pollock Ford Lincoln in Berwick. All coats collected in our area will be donated to the Columbia Child Development Program – Head Start for distribution to families in need. For more information, contact the Ken Pollock Auto Group at 570-655-4575. 

Businesses & Individuals Encouraged to Explore Health Insurance Options During Open Enrollment

Panelists at the recent community health insurance forum included (L-R); Craig Pritts, ChamberChoice; Craig Shively, Geisinger Health Plan; Sandy Darlington, Columbia Montour Area Agency on Aging; and Mark Middlebrook, PA Health Access Network.

As evaluating and selecting health insurance in today’s ever-changing environment is confusing, resources exist to help individuals and businesses choose the best option. At a recent community forum co-sponsored by the Chamber, panelists advised people on the marketplace to reevaluate their coverage. This year’s timeline for making changes is considerably shorter than in previous years, as open enrollment ends Dec. 15.

Recent changes to the Affordable Care Act are significantly impacting health insurance marketplace rates, particularly with silver-level plans, according to the panelists. In some cases, gold-level plans with better benefits can be competitive with silver plans. Group plans have also seen smaller annual increases, compelling small business owners to revisit the overall affordability of having an employer-sponsored plan.

The forum, held Nov. 15 at The Greenly Center, was co-sponsored by the United Way of Columbia and Montour County. Panelists included representatives of Geisinger Health Plan, the Columbia Montour Area Agency on Aging, the PA Health Access Network, and ChamberChoice, the Chamber’s member benefits program. The PA Health Access Network offers the services of free navigators to help individuals register and enroll with the marketplace. ChamberChoice agents can also help individuals select plans and work with members to set up group plans for employers, including health savings accounts and flexible spending accounts. Certified counselors at the Agency on Aging can work with anyone of any age who is eligible for Medicare. Geisinger Health Plan has local representatives to help individuals and businesses understand their options on and off the marketplace.