Member News – July 5, 2017

Member News


Yard Sale to Benefit Ronald McDonald House of Danville

A yard sale featuring music, food vendors and raffles will benefit the Ronald McDonald House of Danville this Friday, July 7, from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. at BAYADA Pediatrics, 2041 Columbia Blvd. (Rt. 11), Bloomsburg. It will be held in BAYADA’s front yard. All proceeds from the sale will benefit RMHD. For more information, call 570-389-1568. 


Hamilton Dental Care to Host Open House at New Office Location

Hamilton Dental Care will celebrate the recent opening of its new location at 2 Audubon Court, Bloomsburg, with an Open House on Thursday, July 13 from 4:30-8 p.m. The public is invited to bring the family for a fun night of food and prizes. Attendees can tour the new office and meet the friendly staff. Kids will enjoy face painting and balloons by The Balloon Man, Lanny Lee.  Adults can register to win a variety of prizes and baskets.  All new patients that schedule during this event will receive a 50% savings off their new patient exam.  A door prize of free whitening will also be given away to one lucky winner. 


Bucknell SBDC Hosts First Step Seminar July 12

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 Bucknell University Small Business Development Center next Wednesday, July 12, at noon at the DeWitt Building, 3rd Floor, 416 Market St., Lewisburg. Cost is $25 and pre-registration is required. Register by calling Shelley Gadoury at 570-577-1249, email or online.


First Step Seminar in Bloomsburg July 14

An identical First Step Seminar will also be offered in Bloomsburg by the Wilkes University Small Business Development Center (SBDC) on Friday, July 14, 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

Welcome Fairfield Inn & Suites Bloomsburg

More than 450 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, Fairfield Inn & Suites Bloomsburg, to help us fulfill our mission.

The Fairfield Inn & Suites is operated by JDK Management Co. under license from Marriott International. It opened for business in early May and is the first Marriott property located in Columbia and Montour Counties. The hotel has three floors, 70 rooms and 20 suites along with on-site laundry services, valet dry cleaning, a breakfast area with complimentary breakfast each morning, a fitness center, indoor swimming pool, as well as business services. Located at 1065 Alliance Park Dr., Bloomsburg, the Fairfield Inn & Suites is the first developed property in the new Columbia County Business Park. For more information, visit its website, or call general manager Joe Bissol at 570-416-2777.


Legislature Passes Budget Without Funding

From PA Chamber of Business & Industry

House and Senate lawmakers finalized the state General Appropriations bill (H.B. 218) and sent it to Gov. Tom Wolf’s desk on the constitutional deadline of June 30, just one day before the 2017-18 Fiscal Year began. House Bill 218 spends about two-tenths of one percent more than was spent in 2016-17. Notable components of the deal include a $100 million increase in basic education funding, with $8.8 million extra going to schools under the State System of Higher Education and state-related schools being flat-funded over the prior year; and a funding cut to the Department of Labor and industry of 13.3 percent (with a total spend of $10.5 million). Despite getting the General Appropriations bill completed, lawmakers will reconvene later this week after the 4th of July holiday to pass a number of bills related to the budget – including the Fiscal Code bill that will spell out how money should be appropriated across state departments.

This week (lawmakers are projected to come back on Thursday), conversations will focus on where new revenue to close a $1.5 billion shortfall in the new fiscal year and about $700 million in new money to cover new spending for 2017-18 would come from. Options include gaming expansion, borrowing against future revenue from the Tobacco Settlement Fund or a combination of both. Broad-based tax increases remained off the table, and the idea of placing another tax on the state’s natural gas industry also appeared to be a non-starter. With disagreement between the House and Senate on the gaming bill, borrowing appears to be a likely scenario. Last week, the governor referred to the state’s cash shortfall as “a onetime gap,” adding that he was open to agreeing to a borrowing plan as long as Republicans could determine new recurring revenues from other sources that would help to avoid future deficits. “For that one time, I’m comfortable,” Wolf said, though he declined to give a firm dollar amount.

Governor Wolf has until July 10 to take action on the bill.

New Addresses in Montour County Expected to Roll Out in Early July

Montour County has implemented a readdressing project for Montour County, Riverside Borough, and Rush Township, based on a consistent county-wide addressing scheme. This project is almost complete, and it has been done to allow for faster emergency response by fire, police, rescue, medical and any other emergency services and also to name streets with conflicting or duplicate names in order to provide more efficient emergency services.

New address notifications began to be rolled out on June 30. Some businesses and residents in Danville Borough will begin receiving their new address information early during the week of July 3. The second round of notifications will be sent on July 14 to the other half of Danville Borough and outlying townships. The post office will deliver to both old and new addresses for up to one year. For more, please call 570-387-4930 or visit

The Chamber expects to receive the updated address information once it is finalized and will be working to update member information on the website and for the 2017-18 Membership Directory. Members that already have that information are asked to provide it to the Chamber at [email protected].

Thanks to the Danville Business Alliance for providing this update.

Ronald McDonald House of Danville Cuts Ribbon on New Family Room Inside Hospital; Seeks Volunteers

Kevin Lanciotti, Ronald McDonald House of Danville Board President; Gloria Gerrity, Vice President of the Women’s and Children’s Institute for Geisinger Health System; Thomas Sokola, Geisinger Central Hub Chief Administrative Officer; and Michael Turlis, Ronald McDonald House of Danville Executive Director, cut the ribbon on the new Ronald McDonald Family Room inside the Janet Weis Children’s Hospital on June 27. (Photo courtesy of the Daily Item)

The Ronald McDonald House of Danville (RMHD) officially cut the ribbon on its new Family Room, located inside the Janet Weis Children’s Hospital at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville on Tuesday, June 27. The area was created as an extension of the RMHD, which is adjacent to but in a separate building from the hospital, and to give parents of critically injured or ill children a place to stay while they are being treated just steps away in the children’s hospital. The room took approximately 10 months to complete after a fundraising drive kicked off last summer.

The room is scheduled to open for families of patients in early July. However, volunteers are needed to help assist in getting the area ready to house guests. Anyone interested in volunteering can contact RMHD volunteer coordinator Joan Williams at 570-214-1792 or by email

RMHD is in its 36th year of serving families in medical crises by providing them with a place to stay while their child is receiving care. It has served nearly 400,000 families in its nearly four decades. For more information, visit its website.