Member News – August 2, 2017

Member News


LCCC Berwick Center Hosts Open House and Financial Aid Workshop Tonight 

Luzerne County Community College will host an Open House on Wednesday, Aug. 2 from 3-8 p.m. at its Berwick Center, located at 107 S. Market St., lower level, Berwick. Attendees will have an opportunity to learn how to apply, what programs and degrees are offered, costs, as well as clubs and activities available to LCCC students. A financial aid workshop will be conducted at 5 p.m. as a part of this event. For more information, visit here, or call Rose Goin, center director at 570-759-3900 or email


Weis Center at Bucknell University Announces 2017-18 Season Schedule

The 30th anniversary season at the Weis Center for the Performing Arts at Bucknell University features 33 events from across the United States and around the globe and includes Americana/roots, bluegrass, zydeco, classical, jazz, blues, world music, dance, and Family Discovery performances. Ten performances are free. Performances begin in late August and continue through April 2018.

The season will kick-off on Friday, Aug. 25, at 6 p.m. with a free outdoor concert on the Weis Center Plaza by Grammy-nominated Zydeco innovator Corey Ledet & His Zydeco Band. A second free outdoor concert will be offered on Thursday, Sept. 7, at 6 p.m. on the Weis Center Plaza by Ranky Tanky, a South Carolina-based quintet that performs Sea Island Gullah music.

For details of all 33 events of the Weis Center’s season, visit its website. To request a free hard-copy brochure, contact Lisa Leighton, marketing and outreach director, at 570-577-3727 or email.


Philadelphia Federal Credit Union to Host Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening of New Branch

Philadelphia Federal Credit Union (PFCU) will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony next Thursday, Aug. 10, at 11 a.m. at their new branch office located in the Route 11 Marketplace, 1615 Columbia Blvd. (Rt. 11), Bloomsburg. The ribbon cutting will be followed by a public grand opening featuring free food and giveaways, which will run until 2 p.m. 


Next First Step Seminar in Bloomsburg Aug. 11

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, Aug. 11, 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 Hosts Cybersecurity Workshop

Are you as secure as you think? Join Michael Frauenhoffer of MePush as he talks about compliance vs. actual security at StartUpLewisburg, 416 Market St., Lewisburg on Tuesday, Aug. 15 at noon. Hosted by the Bucknell Small Business Development Center, this event will also feature local pizza, networking and tours of StartupLewisburg, Bucknell University’s home for innovators and entrepreneurs in downtown Lewisburg. Register here.


Mandated Child Abuse Reporting Training Session Available

Montour County Children and Youth Services will host a free training for individuals who are mandated by law to report suspected child abuse on Thursday, Aug. 17, from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. The training program is put together by the Pennsylvania Family Support Alliance. Though this training is free, pre-registration is required. For more information or to register, fill out this form on the PFSA website. Those registering will receive an email once their registration has been processed, which will include the address for the training location. 


Wild For Salmon Hosts Annual Fishtival Aug. 19

Help the crew at Wild For Salmon celebrate the return of its fishing team from its record-breaking season in Bristol Bay, Alaska as it hosts its annual Fishtival on Saturday, Aug. 19 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. outside its Bloomsburg store at 521 Montour Blvd. (Rt. 11). Owner Steve Kurian and his crew caught over 100,000 pounds of wild salmon during this year’s fishing season, and with harvest numbers so high, they want to share some with the public. There will be free samples of salmon cooked by Chef Josh and the Wild For Salmon crew, and several other visitors will be on hand to free tastings, including beer and wine samples from fellow Chamber members Turkey Hill Brewing and Freas Farm Winery. There will also be an educational booth this year discussing the importance of preserving the lifeblood of the business, Bristol Bay. 

Bloomsburg Nationals Will Result in Main Street Closure Aug. 10

The annual Bloomsburg Nationals car show will be held next week, from Aug. 10-13 at the Bloomsburg Fairgrounds. The event’s Gridlock on Main Street, which will kick off the event on Thursday, Aug. 10, will result in Main St. in Bloomsburg being closed from 6-8 p.m. to accommodate the festivities. Main St. will reopen at 8 p.m., with the cars cruising to Quaker Steak & Lube in Buckhorn to continue the event from 8-10 p.m. 

More information on Bloomsburg Nationals, including a complete schedule, is available on its website or Facebook page. 

PA Senate Passes $600 Million Tax Increase Package

From PA Chamber of Business & Industry

In a close 26-24 vote held July 27, the state Senate narrowly passed a revenue package that will significantly increase the cost of doing business in the Commonwealth.

House Bill 542, the Tax Code bill, contains $600 million in tax increases on Pennsylvania residents and job creators.  The Senate’s revenue proposal includes: a new tax on residential and commercial use of natural gas; an increase to residential and commercial electric bills; a higher tax on phone bills; as well as a severance tax on the natural gas industry.  In addition to these tax increases, the Senate’s plan calls for borrowing $1.3 billion against the state’s Tobacco Settlement Fund; $200 million in special fund transfers and $200 million from a yet-to-be enacted gaming expansion bill in order to balance the 2017-18 budget.

Prior to the vote on final passage, the PA Chamber sent a memo to the entire Senate, raising concerns with the impact the new and increased taxes will have on Pennsylvania’s economy and urging Senators to oppose the bill.  In a statement released following the vote, PA Chamber President Gene Barr said: “We’re disappointed that the Senate has voted in favor of a $600 million tax increase that will hurt Pennsylvania’s ability to compete and will increase job creators’ operating costs for electricity, natural gas and communications services. At a time when the state’s unemployment rate has consistently been above the national average, proposals like H.B. 542 – which will make Pennsylvania’s business climate more burdensome – will only further weaken the state’s economic growth.”

While the proposal is supported by the Wolf administration, its fate in the House is uncertain. The PA Chamber is encouraging businesses to urge the House of Representatives to oppose this bill.  Contact information is available on the Columbia Montour Chamber’s website.

New Mobile Career Center, The Link, Debuts in Columbia County

(l-r) Dean Girton, Girton Manufacting and Central Pennsylvania Workforce Development Board member; Donna Eyerly, CareerLink business services rep; Michael Baron, CareerLink; Fred Gaffney, president, Columbia Montour Chamber; Julia Dwilet, CareerLink; Megan Bair, CareerLink; Melissa Amato, CareerLink; Wendy Gearhart, CareerLink; Kelly Johnson, Link outreach coordinator; Robert Eddy, Link outreach coordinator; Stacie Snyder, CareerLink site administrator; Mark Gardner, chair, Columbia Montour Chamber Board of Directors

The Columbia Montour Chamber stopped by the Columbia/Montour PA CareerLink office in Bloomsburg on Monday, July 31 in the middle of its public open house and conducted a ribbon cutting for The Link, PA CareerLink’s new mobile career center. 

The Link is operated by Central Susquehanna Opportunities, Inc. and will provide services to Centre, Clinton, Columbia, Lycoming, Mifflin, Montour, Northumberland, Snyder and Union Counties. Its schedule will include recurring stops, as well as time for special events like recruitments, job fairs and other community events. To see its latest schedule of stops, visit The Link’s Facebook page. If your organization in interested in scheduling The Link for a special event, contact Kelly Johnson, The Link’s outreach coordinator, at 570-220-0003, by email, or send a message on Facebook. 

New Danville Housing Development Groundbreaking on Aug. 9

From T-Ross Brothers Construction

More luxury townhomes are coming to Danville along the Susquehanna River.  A groundbreaking ceremony will take place on Aug. 9 to kick off construction of Phase Two of Jacobs Landing, presented by Villager Realty

The upscale residential community is located on the north bank of the Susquehanna River.  The homes are just upstream of the site of the historic ferryboat, operated by Jacob Gearhart beginning in the early 1800’s.  Gearhart’s ferry was vital to commerce in this region of the Susquehanna River Valley. 

In this next phase of construction, eight additional brownstone units will be added along with eight riverfront condominiums, in a total of three buildings. This adds to the existing 12 homes at Jacobs Landing. The primary design-build contractor for the project is T-Ross Brothers Construction Inc.

Jacobs Landing enjoys spectacular views of the Susquehanna River from every one of the new condominiums. Downtown Danville is a five-minute walk from Jacobs Landing, with Geisinger Medical Center just a five-minute drive away.

The groundbreaking ceremony at Jacobs Landing Way in Danville will take place Aug. 9 at 1 p.m.  Light refreshments will be served.  Those scheduled to attend include representatives from the Columbia Montour Chamber, the Danville Business Alliance, T-Ross Brothers Construction Inc. and Villager Realty.  The public and press are encouraged to attend.