Member News – June 7, 2017

Member News

 

First Columbia Hosts Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening for New Danville Branch

First Columbia will celebrate the opening of its new community banking office at 400 Walnut St., Danville, with a ribbon cutting and a pair of grand opening events. The ribbon cutting will be held tomorrow at 8 a.m. at the new branch. Then, later in the day, as well as the following day, June 9, there will be a pair of public grand opening events from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., which will feature community picnic buffets.  

 

Next First Step Seminar in Bloomsburg Set for June 9

Have you ever thought about starting your own business, but weren’t quite sure if it would be right for you? Or maybe you want to know what paperwork you need in order to open your doors? These and several other common questions for small businesses will covered at the next First Step Seminar given by the Wilkes University Small Business Development Center (SBDC) on Friday, June 9, at noon at the Downtown Bloomsburg, Inc. Business Incubator, 151 E. Main St., Bloomsburg. Laura Haden of the SBDC will speak about the different legal structures a business can be, how to write a business plan and create financial projections, and much more. Cost is $15 for the First Step book. Walk-ins are welcome but pre-registration is preferred. Register by calling 570-408-4334, email or online

 

Bucknell SBDC to Host First Step Seminar in Lewisburg June 14

Individuals interested in the First Step Seminar but who may be unable to attend the workshop in Bloomsburg on June 9 are welcome to attend the same workshop given by the Bucknell University Small Business Development Center (SBDC) on Wednesday, June 14, at 1 p.m. at the DeWitt Building, third floor, 416 Market St., Lewisburg. Attendees will learn about differences among business organization structures, business plan development, how to obtain financing, marketing of products and services and applications and licenses needed to start a company. Cost is $25 and veterans are welcome at no charge. Register by calling Shelley Gadoury at 570-577-1249 or online

 

Grow Your Business with Email and Social Media Workshop

The Bucknell University Small Business Development Center (SBDC) will hold a workshop titled “Grow Your Business with Email and Social Media” on Tuesday, June 20, at 1 p.m. at the DeWitt Building, third floor, 416 Market St., Lewisburg. This workshop will present tips and tricks for successful email marketing, including how to get your messages opened and read, shared and socially visible. Growing a healthy list, creating great content with a mobile-friendly format, effective subject lines and resulting tracking and reporting are among the topics that will also be covered. Cost is $35 and veterans are welcome at no charge. Register by calling Shelley Gadoury at 570-577-1249 or online

 

Children’s Museum Hosts Special Needs Night

The Children’s Museum, 2 W. 7th St., Bloomsburg, will host Special Needs Night on Friday, June 23, from 6-8 p.m. Come to a fun night out for families with special needs. Enjoy a reduced number of visitors, space and freedome to explore at your own pace, adapted exhibits, a quiet area, fun craft and sensory activities and an opportunity to network with other families. Special Needs Night is a free event held quarterly. 

North Shore Railroad Celebrates “Triple Crown” of Industry Awards

North Shore Railroad president and CEO Gary Shields speaks at last Friday’s awards ceremony.

On Friday, June 2, North Shore Railroad celebrated the three industry awards that it received this year with a reception and awards ceremony in Northumberland. The short line railroad company received three awards in 2017: the Marketing Award from the American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association, the Railway Age Short Line Railroad of the Year Award, and the Norfolk Southern Short Line of the Year honor. While it is usually impressive to win just one of these prestigious industry awards in a given year, to win all three is remarkable and unprecedented. Representatives from all three organizations came in from out of town to be in attendance and present North Shore with the awards.

See the video below from the Chamber’s Facebook page for Chamber President Fred Gaffney’s brief remarks at the ceremony.

Member News – May 31, 2017

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Knoebels Voted Favorite Traditional Amusement Park for Fifth Straight Year

For the fifth consecutive year, Knoebels Amusement Park was voted the Favorite Traditional Park in the National Amusement Park Historical Association’s (NAPHA) 31st annual Amusement Park and Attractions Survey. Knoebels was also named the Best Park for Families, beating out Walt Disney World among many others, and the Phoenix was named the Favorite Wooden Roller Coaster.

 

North Shore Railroad Garners Third Industry Award of the Year

North Shore Railroad (NSHR) was recognized last week as the Norfolk Southern (NS) “Short Line of the Year” at NS’ Short Line Convention held in Norfolk, Va. NSHR’s Lycoming Valley Railroad in Lycoming County and Union County Industrial Railroad also received NS 250 Business Initiative Awards at the same event. This marks the third highly coveted industry award that NSHR has garnered this year. In March, it received an American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association marketing award, as well as the Railway Age Short Line Railroad of the Year honor.

Pennsylvania State Representative Lynda Schlegel Culver commented, “I applaud the commitment and dedication of the employees and leadership of North Shore Railroad for rising to the challenge and meeting and exceeding the needs in the transportation network. North Shore Railroad has been integral for the transportation industry in our area and our state, and I wish them many years of continued success.”

 

Attend a Yoga Mala Event to Help Beautify Downtown Danville

Join your community in raising awareness and funds to help beautify downtown Danville as you help Mill Street become a thriving and vibrant downtown destination for everyone to enjoy. A yoga mala event will bring together community members to support this common cause this Sunday, June 4, at 2 p.m at Goose Cove Field at the Montour Preserve. Those that attend will be guided through 108 sun-salutations to honor growth, transformation, and new beginnings. This is a donation-based event, and the public is welcome. All donations raised will help provide for new public amenities such as bicycle racks, flowers and decorative plant potters, benches, and much more in downtown Danville.

 

Free Cancer Screenings in Bloomsburg

Geisinger Health System will provide free skin cancer screenings next Tuesday, June 6 from 1–4 p.m. at Geisinger Bloomsburg, 2407 Reichart Road, Bloomsburg. Appointments are required. To register, visit geisinger.org/events or call 800-275-6401.

 

First Columbia Hosts Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening for New Danville Branch

First Columbia will celebrate the opening of its new community banking office at 400 Walnut St., Danville, with a ribbon cutting and a pair of grand opening events next week. The ribbon cutting will be held on Thursday, June 8 at 8 a.m. at the new branch. Then, later that day, as well as the following day, June 9, there will be a pair of public grand opening events from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., which will feature community picnic buffets.  

 

Next First Step Seminar in Bloomsburg Set for June 9

Have you ever thought about starting your own business, but weren’t quite sure if it would be right for you? Or maybe you want to know what paperwork you need in order to open your doors? These and several other common questions for small businesses will covered at the next First Step Seminar given by the Wilkes University Small Business Development Center (SBDC) on Friday, June 9, at noon at the Downtown Bloomsburg, Inc. Business Incubator, 151 E. Main St., Bloomsburg. Laura Haden of the SBDC will speak about the different legal structures a business can be, how to write a business plan and create financial projections, and much more. Cost is $15 for the First Step book. Walk-ins are welcome but pre-registration is preferred. Register by calling 570-408-4334, email or online at pasbdc.org/events

Addressing Flood Insurance Affordability

Bill Seigel, Chief of SEDA-COG’s Community Development program, provided an overview of the Biggert-Waters Insurance Reform Act of 2012 and its impacts on flood insurance at a recent public meeting in Danville.

SEDA-Council of Governments (SEDA-COG) has begun an education and training process that helps municipalities and residents in the region find solutions to flood-related issues.

SEDA-COG received funding for the completion of a planning process to develop a Self-Help Assessment Tool for several central Pennsylvania riverine communities. The assessment is aimed at assisting the municipality and its citizens in defining and designing flood resiliency strategies and to better implement those strategies. The planning process has been tested in the pilot community of Selinsgrove and are proposed to be replicated in five additional communities to include the boroughs of Milton, Danville, Newport, and Lewisburg; and the Town of Bloomsburg

Specific project activities include public meetings to educate and increase awareness about flood-impacts and flood insurance reform. A meeting was held in Danville on May 18 and the Bloomsburg meeting is Tuesday, May 30, at 6 p.m. at Town Hall. Residents learn how to develop a response to these threats through a series of community working groups and data analysis. The community teams identify appropriate flood-mitigation options, match structures with best-suited options to mitigate flood impacts, and identify means of financing those options. Additionally, SEDA-COG will assist each community with the creation of a Flood Task Force Committee, and members of this Task Force will be recommended to Council for approval. The Task Force Committee members will vary from community to community, but may be comprised of a combination of citizens, insurance agents, real estate agents, and Council members. 

SEDA-COG has also entered into a contractual agreement with a professional services provider to provide discounted Elevation Certificates for citizens in these communities. The need for Elevation Certificates has become increasing important with the increase in flood insurance, particularly for Pre-FIRM structures with the enactment of the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012 and the Homeowner Affordability Act of 2014. 

The completion of this initiative will allow SEDA-COG to examine legislative solutions to flood insurance reform with local, state, and federal officials.  For more information, or to participate in either the Danville or Bloomsburg working group, contact Teri Provost at SEDA-COG at 1-800-332-6701.

Leadership Central Penn Class Celebrates Graduation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The 18th Leadership Central Penn class celebrated its graduation last Thursday at Frosty Valley Country Club. The keynote speaker was Dr. Holly Morrison, CEO of the Central Susquehanna Community Foundation, and the elected class speaker was Randy Hartranft of PPL Electric Utilities. The class community service projects this year benefitedThe Women’s Center, EOS Therapeutic Riding Center, Camp Victory and the Northern Columbia Community & Cultural Center.  Special thanks also go out to the program’s sponsors:  Welch Performance Consulting and the Central Susquehanna Community Foundation.
 
Applications for the 2017-18 Leadership Central Penn class are now being accepted and sought. The application deadline is July 31. For more information about this program or for questions, contact Donna Eyerly.

Congratulations to the 2016-17 class members:

Athena Aardweg
Northern Columbia Community & Cultural Center

Phil Baney
Autoneum North America, Inc.

Jordan Barbour
Geisinger Bloomsburg Hospital

Nikki Dietterick
First Keystone Community Bank

Gordy Evans
Geisinger Medical Center

Wren Fritsky
Bloomsburg University

Robert Geiger
Girton Manufacturing

Kevin Gordon
Autoneum North America, Inc.

Randy Hartranft
PPL Electric Utilities

Mark Hepler
Kawneer, an Arconic Company

Artur Jagielski
Kawneer, an Arconic Company

Megan Kiliti
Berwick Area Swimming Pool Association

Brian Klinefelter
First Keystone Community Bank

Shelly Tyson
Geisinger Medical Center

Aubry McConnell
Bloomsburg University

Christiana Paradis
The Women’s Center

Hannah Sick
First Columbia Bank & Trust

Cassie Weaver
Columbia Child Development Program