Welcome Bloomsburg Care and Rehabilitation Center

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, Bloomsburg Care and Rehabilitation Center, to help us fulfill our mission. 

Formerly known as the Bloomsburg Health Care Center, the Bloomsburg Care and Rehabilitation Center was previously a part of the Bloomsburg Health System and later Geisinger after it acquired BHS. Earlier this year, it was sold to a new ownership group and renamed. It provides top-of-the-line healthcare expertise in a relaxing recovery home and offers both shorter and longer term rehabilitation for individuals with various medical conditions, including but not limited to fractures, hip replacement, wounds, amputations, diabetes, heart disease, stroke and other disabilities. It has a team of physicians, therapists, nurses and caregivers to provide each patient with a friendly and familiar environment that feels like home. Bloomsburg Care and Rehabilitation Center is located at 211 East 1st St., Bloomsburg, and can be reached at 570-784-5930, or visit its website or Facebook page

Report Offers Options for Keeping Nuclear Power Viable

A recently-released report from the state legislature’s Nuclear Energy Caucus details possible policy solutions that could reduce the risk of premature closure of nuclear power plants in the state. A coalition that works to educate Pennsylvanians about the economic and environmental benefits of nuclear energy and the industry’s positive impact on local communities applauded the report. The Columbia Montour Chamber is a member of the Nuclear Powers Pennsylvania coalition.

NPP thanked Caucus leadership, including Co-Chairs, Senators Ryan Aument and John Yudichak, and Representatives Becky Corbin and Rob Matzie. In total, nearly 80 lawmakers, Republicans and Democrats alike, from both the House and Senate, are members of the Nuclear Energy Caucus.

“This bipartisan Nuclear Energy Caucus is the first such caucus anywhere in the United States – and the release of this report is a critical step forward for the 16,000 men and women whose livelihoods rely on Pennsylvania’s nuclear industry,” said Martin Williams, NPP Co-Chair and Business Manager of Boilermakers Local 13 in Philadelphia. “The members of my union and of this coalition would like to see our state government properly recognize the clean-air attributes of nuclear energy and level the playing field with other clean technologies, like wind and solar. By creating this report and now sharing it with their colleagues in the state House and Senate, along with Gov. Wolf, it is our hope it will set us on a path toward identifying solutions that will protect thousands of good-paying jobs and keep the air we breathe clean.”

“Over the course of the five hearings held by the Caucus, members heard from witnesses who detailed the economic and environmental benefits of nuclear energy and the industry’s positive impact on local communities throughout the Keystone State,” said Fred Gaffney, Chamber President. “We know that nuclear power is an important part of Pennsylvania’s energy mix. We encourage all lawmakers to read the Caucus report and to recognize the tremendous value of nuclear energy across the state.”

Pennsylvania today ranks second in the nation for nuclear power generating capacity. Nuclear energy is the single greatest contributor to Pennsylvania’s energy generation portfolio, representing 42% of the mix, while accounting for more than 90% of the Commonwealth’s clean power. However, that production is threatened with news that at least two of Pennsylvania’s five nuclear plants are preparing for premature closure without a legislative remedy. Three Mile Island in Dauphin County and Beaver Valley in Beaver County are slated for closure in 2019 and 2021, respectively. According to an April 2018 report from The Brattle Group, should those two plants close, along with two nuclear plants slated for closure in Ohio, it would reverse environmental benefits equal to 25 years of wind and solar development.

The report is available online

Central Susquehanna Community Foundation Showcases its Work at Final Business After Hours of 2018

Jennifer Rempe (center) of WVIA was the winner of a drawing for a $250 donation to the charity of her choice for attending the November Business After Hours at the Central Susquehanna Community Foundation. Presenting her with the check is Holly Morrison (right), president and CEO of the CSCF At left is Fred Gaffney, president of the Columbia Montour Chamber.

The Central Susquehanna Community Foundation gave attendees a brief education about community foundations in general as well as its work over the last 20 years as it hosted the final Chamber Business After Hours of the year back on Nov. 14 at its Berwick headquarters. In addition to learning more about the CSCF’s work and about the history and work of community foundations in general, attendees were able enjoy some delicious food from Lucy’s Kitchen & Catering, as well as beer from Berwick Brewing and local wine.

Members also had an opportunity to take part in a fun educational activity that allowed them to learn a little bit about community foundations and the CSCF while also having an opportunity to win a $250 donation to a charity of their choice. Each attendees picked up a four-question quiz on the way in, with the answers all scattered in clues throughout the building (answers to the quiz are noted below). All submitted quizes, whether they had the correct answers or not, were then entered into a drawing for the $250 donation prize. The winner was Jennifer Rempe of WVIA, who elected to make the donation to DJ Choices, a unique educational program that promotes opiate addiction awareness among students, parents and communities through school assembly programs and other forums and channels. 

Business After Hours provide regular opportunities to build business relationships while learning about the services offered by other Chamber members. The next Business After Hours will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 30 at a location TBD. The first two Business After Hours of 2019 will be announced within the next week, while the remainder Business After Hours schedule for 2019 will be announced by the end of the month. 

Answers to quiz questions:

1. George H.W. Bush created Community Foundation Week, November 12-18, in 1989 to recognize the work of community foundations throughout America and their collaborative approach to working with the public, private, and nonprofit sectors.

2. Central Susquehanna Community Foundation is celebrating its 20th Anniversary this year!

3. In 2017, the Foundation awarded $2.7 million in grants across our 5 ½ county footprint, through the 250+ funds we administer.

4. Name a board member you know! Our regional CSCF Board of Directors are: John Parker, Chair; Timothy Apple, Vice-Chair; JoAnn Ferentz, Treasurer; Nancy J. Marr, Secretary; Robert L. Albertson, O.D.; Sam Balukoff; Jeff Cerminaro; Paul R. Eyerly, IV; Peggy Fullmer; John M. Kurelja, Ed.D.; Heather H. Rowe; Rhonda Seebold; J. Donald Steele, Jr.; Connie Tressler; and, Wendy Tripoli.

Member News – December 5, 2018

Member News

  • The dealerships of the Ken Pollock Auto Group are currently holding their annual coat drive through Dec. 18 at all of its dealerships through northeastern Pennsylvania, including Ken Pollock Ford Lincoln in Berwick, located at 1120 West Front St. (Rt. 11). Those interested in making a donation can drop off new or slightly used coats of all sizes for both men and women, and the donations will be given to the Columbia County Head Start


  • NEPIRC will conduct a free leadership training seminar titled “Leadership Development Essentials” on Thursday, Dec. 6, from 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. at the Central Susquehanna Community Foundation, located at 725 West Front St. (Rt. 11) in Berwick. This program is intended to help individuals become stronger, more impactful leaders. While joining other managers and supervisors to discuss workplace challenges, attendees will explore topics that include self-awareness, power & authority, risk & failure and leadership style. Using self-assessment tools and experiential learning, attendees will examine their strengths and weaknesses while exploring best practices of exceptional leaders. Register via the NEPIRC event website


  • Wild For Salmon will host a holiday tasting event at its retail store on 521 Montour Blvd. (Rt. 11) in Bloomsburg on Saturday, Dec. 8, from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. There is no cost to attend. Much like its other public tasting events throughout the year, this event will feature some dishes specially prepared by Wild For Salmon’s in-house chef featuring salmon and other seafood for attendees to taste, only this time, there will be a winter and holiday theme to the menu selections. 


  • North Shore Railroad will once again host the NARCOA Speeders for its 15th annual Toys for Tots drive. The mini cars will travel up and down the railroad tracks from North Shore’s headquarters in Northumberland through Berwick and back on Saturday, Dec. 8, beginning at 8 a.m. in Northumberland. Anyone is welcome to come alongside the railroad tracks to meet the speeder drivers and hand them a new, unwrapped toy for the drive. The speeders are scheduled to arrive in Danville at the Middle School at 9 a.m., Rupert at 10 a.m., Bloomsburg at 10:30 a.m., and Berwick at 12:30 p.m. If unable to meet the speeders on this date, but if interested in making a donation to the toy drive, donations can be dropped off at the North Shore office, located at 356 Priestley Ave., Northumberland, by Friday, Dec. 7. For more information, check out the Facebook event


  • HR4ALL will hold a free luncheon and executive briefing on affordable healthcare options and human resources consulting services on Thursday, Dec. 13, from 12-12:45 p.m., at the Farrington Place, located at 416 W. 3rd St., Williamsport. This event will feature a trio of strategic partners, including HR4ALL, a professional human resources expertise consultant, speaking about a group of small and medium-sized businesses getting together to pool resources that will hopefully enable them to access less expensive, self-funded health plans in the future. For more information, call 570-592-0518, or see the event flyer at right, and to RSVP, text HR4ALL to 555888. 

Welcome Aggressive Realty

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, Aggressive Realty, to help us fulfill our mission. 

Aggressive Realty is a new real estate agency founded earlier this year by local veteran realtors Marc Nespoli and Rebecca Turner. Aggressive Realty is passionate about its clients’ goals and aims to treat each client as if they were its only one. It primarily serves the greater Berwick, Bloomsburg and Danville communities, as well as Benton, Catawissa, Lewisburg and Millville. Located at 157 West Main St., Bloomsburg, Aggressive Realty can be reached at 570-213-4245, by email, or visit its website or Facebook page