Leadership Central Penn Goes to Court

Leadership Central Penn (LCP) wrapped up 2018 with a trip to the Columbia County Courthouse to learn about the law.  The Hon. Judge James graciously hosted the class for a morning session on the three types of law, the structure of Pennsylvania’s judicial system and his presentation, “The Cost of Justice.” The morning started with a substantive and procedural law overview by Judge James, and the following local attorneys:

  • Michael Smith, Esq. from Hummel, Lewis & Smith – Civil Law
  • David James, Esq. from Harding, Hill & Turowski – Domestics and Family Law
  • Christine Luschas, Esq. from Derr, Pursel, Luschas and Naparsteck – Domestics and Family Law
  • Rebecca Reimiller, Esq., Assistant District Attorney, Columbia County – Criminal Law

The class got an overview of each type of law and how the process works.  Each lawyer shared stories from their career that were entertaining, sad, scary and/or shocking.  Everyone realized that the law we see on television or read about in the news is not even close to the reality of what these professionals deal with on a daily basis.  The class thanks them for being willing to shared their knowledge and stories.

Judge James next presented an LCP staple (“The Cost of Justice”) educating the class on the societal and financial burdens of our legal system.  The class learned of some of the many innovative judicial programs like Drug and DUI Treatment Court, Veterans Court, Electronic Monitoring Home Detention Program and Juvenile Court Wood-Cutting Program for Restitution.  Programs like Drug and DUI court can help people recover, and not just be incarcerated.  Courts are constantly being tasked with controlling costs, while legislature continues to pass more laws to be enforced, with no additional funding for enforcement and adjudication. 

After a quick walk across Main St. in downtown Bloomsburg to the Greenly Center, the class was greeted by Adrienne Mael, CEO of the United Way of Columbia & Montour County.  She was joined by the following individuals:

  • Markie L. Troutman, Addictions Coordinator, Bloomsburg MAT Clinic
  • Colleen Brent, United Way Staff
  • Barbara Warunek, Court Programs & Development Director- Columbia County Courthouse
  • Samantha Barger, UW Intern

The class participants were permitted to move from station to station to learn about the United Way’s United in Recovery program and partners.  This included a mock-up of a traditional teenager’s bedroom with items where drugs and money could be hidden. All items were purchased online via Amazon and other websites. These included a fake wall outlet, lip balm that does more than fix chapped lips, a light bulb that hides your stuff, and so much more. Additional information was provided about the opiod epidemic and local, state and federal programs to address this issue.

After lunch, which was provided by Ponduce Farms, the participants met a panel from the Columbia County’s Court Judicial Advocacy Board (CJAB) subcommittee on education. The panelists included:

  • Ashley Mensch, Columbia County Family Center
  • April Miller, Columbia County Children and Youth Administrator
  • Denise Labuda, Columbia County Chief Juvenile Probation Officer
  • Michelle Freed, Domestic Relations

Each panel member told the story of what their organizations do and how they work collectively on the CJAB subcommittee.  The Foundation of the Columbia Montour Chamber of Commerce and United Way are both members of this subcommittee, as are some of the superintendents that class met a couple of months ago. 

Each organization is focused on youth programs to ensure kids from birth to adulthood have the supportive and nurturing environment then need to succeed as adults.  Many of these children live in bad situation, or have made some bad choices.  These ladies and their organization work to support these families and young people in the hopes of turning the ship around and headed in a more positive direction.  The class heard some heart wrenching stories of drugs, crime and abuse.  It was nice to know there are so many people working collectively toward solutions that make sense ethically, legally and morally with kids and families as the first priority.

The day was finished with a tour of the Columbia County EMS and new consolidated Columbia/Montour 911 center.  Here, the class saw that when 911 is dialed from a cell phone, technology helps pinpoint the location of the caller. While it won’t get first responders to the caller directly, it helps narrow the field. The 911 operators really are superheroes in headsets. This was one where television just might have it right. They deliver babies in cars along I-80, they help people keep loved ones alive with basic life support and CPR unless paramedics arrive, and help police track and catch reckless drivers all over the phone. Yes, they even get calls about people’s microwaves not working, or with questions about parades and toy donations. They do it all with professionalism, recognition attributed to first responders and grace.

Member News – January 9, 2019

Member News

  • A representative from the Wilkes University Small Business Development Center will be at the Chamber office at 238 Market St., Bloomsburg, on Friday, Jan. 18, from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. for its monthly small business outreach day. Any current or aspiring small business owner is welcome to stop in and speak to Ray Haden, business consultant with the Wilkes SBDC, for advice and guidance on starting or running a small business. SBDCs provide free, confidential consulting services to current and aspiring small business owners. Anyone interested in meeting with him should contact Ray at 570-408-4340 or email to schedule a time between 10-3 on Jan. 18 to meet. 


  • Geisinger HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital recently unveiled its new name and brand as part of its Company’s name change and rebranding initiative. As of Jan. 1, the inpatient rehabilitation hospital is now known as Geisinger Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital. It will continue to provide the same high-quality, post-acute care for patients overcoming a variety of major illnesses and injuries. To commemorate the new name and brand, the hospital will be hosting a open community celebration event on Thursday, Feb. 7, from 3-6 p.m. The event will be held in the hospital dining room, located at 64 Rehab Ln., Danville. Tours and photo booths will be available for event attendees, and hor d’oeuvres will be served. RSVP prior to the event to 510-271-6110 or by email. Birmingham, Ala.-based HealthSouth Corporation launched its new name and brand on Jan. 1, 2018 and has been transitioning its 130 inpatient rehabilitation hospitals and 273 home health and hospice locations serving 36 states and Puerto Rico over the last year, which will continue through 2019. All of the Company’s post-acute care service locations in Pennsylvania will migrate to the Encompass Health name and brand on Jan. 1.


  • Knoebels Amusement Resort will hold its annual job fair on Saturday, March 2, from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., at the Elysburg Fire Department, located at 1 East Mill St., Elysburg. There are seasonal positions available in games, ride operations, food service, gift shops, grounds crew, security & first aid, admissions, crystal pool, campground, guest services, and more. If you have a particular interest or skill set, Knoebels has a job for you. Visit the Facebook event for more information. 

Welcome Caz Russell 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, and the first new member of 2019, Caz Russell LLC, to help us fulfill our mission. 

Caz Russell is a business consultant specializing in leadership development training. Based in Milton, Caz is an independent John Maxwell Leadership speaker, teacher, trainer and coach. Maxwell was voted the #1 leadership and management expert in the world by Inc. Magazine. Caz offers workshops on subjects such as leadership, communication, decision making, error prevention and creating a new safety culture. A retired veteran of the electric industry, Caz’ vision is to share his experiences with others to utilize, grow and learn from. Caz can be reached at 570-809-2493, by email, or visit his website or Facebook page

Email Safety Tips – A Must Read for Every Employee

From MePush

See original article from MePush website.


Hi, this is Andy Gritzer with MePush.  I just wanted to send out an email to assist with email safety.

Unfortunately, email has become the biggest concern regarding virus related incidents.  While there are measures in place to catch most viruses (spam filters and antivirus) the easiest way to prevent them is through proper handling of spam/malicious email.

I will assume that most of you receive spam email.  Spam filters will catch about 99% of spam that flows to your organization.  It’s the ones that get through that we need to worry about.  Below are some tips on how to avoid compromising your accounts, your computer, and your company’s network.  Really, all it comes down to is being aware and diligent.

Example of an organization’s spam filter statistics is in the below picture



NOTE:  I will use the terms “spoofing” and “phishing”.  Spoofing is a fraudulent practice in which an unknown source sends communication disguised as a known source.  Phishing is when an unknown source attempts to acquire information such as account credentials or credit card information.

Just because it says it’s from John Smith does NOT mean it is from John Smith.  You may receive an odd email from someone you have constant contact with.  Remember to look at the email address it is from and NOT just the name.  It might show John’s return address as “[email protected]” (just an example) when the reality his email address is [email protected]

That being said we are at the point where there are a lot of spam/fake/phishing emails being sent via “spoofed” addresses.  The name AND email address will look proper.  It will say it is from John Smith with an email address of [email protected]  But when you hit reply it goes to another account completely.  Anyone can spoof anyone.  Which makes it very difficult to determine what is legitimate or not.  Also, check to make sure the signature (if there is one) matches the sender.



I am not trying to scare you; just please assume anything that comes in with a link or attachment is NOT legitimate.  Make sure you cover your bases when opening attachments from known senders and especially UNKNOWN senders.

Were you expecting [email protected] to send you a document?  Does the document pertain to something you do at your workplace or a shared interest?  If not, do NOT open it.  Contact the sender and inquire about it to make sure before opening.  A lot of times the sender or the sender’s organization was compromised at one point and you might just be receiving spoofed emails.

You receive an email from Microsoft, Google, DocuSign, etc. asking you for your account credentials. These can look very legitimate.  No self-respecting company would every ask you provide your login credentials to them.  They have them already.  A dead giveaway is if you happen to click on the link and it takes you to a landing page asking to select what type of account (Microsoft, yahoo, google, adobe) and to enter your email address and password.  Also, ask yourself, do I even have an Office 365 account?  If not, then chances are it’s a scam/phishing email.









If you oversee finances never make a requested wire transfer or open a random invoice.  These phishing experts target specific people/positions within companies.  They will get the name of the CEO, send an email that looks like it is from the CEO to the CFO requesting a money transfer.  Please check the language of the email.  If it sounds generic, chances are it isn’t valid.  We have had clients do this at great financial loss.



So please just keep this in mind when opening email.  Email has generally been the part of our jobs/home that takes very little effort.  You never really had to pay much attention when looking at your email.  Email was just, email.  Unfortunately, now we need to be very careful.  So, if something seems a little odd, chances are it might be.

I hope these tips were helpful!

Thank you, Andrew Gritzer

Chamber Foundation Extends Thanks for Support of Educational Improvement Programs in Workforce Development

The Foundation of the Columbia Montour Chamber of Commerce would like to thank the following Chamber members for their support of its educational improvement programs in workforce development:

First Columbia Bank & Trust

First Keystone Community Bank

PPL Electric Utilities


Funds were received through the PA Department of Community & Economic Development’s EITC program.  The Foundation will use these funds to support the programs of Tech Theatre, EVERFI Financial Literacy, STEM Magnet with Bloomsburg University, STEM competition at the Bloomsburg Fair, Classroom in the Hospital, Classroom on Main Street and Pennsylvania Free Enterprise Week Scholarships.  Through these programs students from middle and high schools in Columbia and Montour Counties have opportunities to learn inside and outside the classroom, in a unique way not offered traditionally. To learn more about these programs, or other K-12 programs of The Foundation, contact Foundation director, Jeff Emanuel by email or at 570-784-2522.  Thanks again for your support!