Attendees Get Tour of Camp Victory, Learn About Volunteer Opportunities at Second Business After Hours of October

Attendees had an opportunity to take a tour of Camp Victory on a tractor-pulled wagon while also learning about the camp’s history and opportunities to get involved as volunteers as Camp Victory continued its ongoing celebration of its 25th anniversary by hosting the second of two Business After Hours in October.

Camp Victory, founded by Denny Wolff, who made a brief appearance at the event, hosted its first residential campers in 1994, making 2018 the 25th year of overnight camps. In 1994, there were five camps that brought about 325 campers to Millville. Since then, Camp Victory has hosted over 30,000 overnight campers and counselors, and today offers over 30 camps annually from February-November. For those interested in volunteering, there are numerous opportunities to do so. Anyone interested can contact the camp at 570-458-6530. 

Members also had an opportunity to enjoy some great-tasting food, including some seasonal fall treats such as apple cider, prepared by Camp Victory’s in-house food services director, Gail Truax, who also doubles as assistant camp director. 

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 at the Central Susquehanna Community Foundation, located at 725 W. Front St., Berwick, on Wednesday, Nov. 14, from 4:30-6:30 p.m. 

Free Training in Berwick For Online Designing Tool and Resources

Businesses and non-profit organizations in the Berwick area are invited to attend a free training session on Thursday to help with marketing efforts. The Berwick: The Next Step committee has worked with a consultant this fall to develop marketing materials to promote healthy living in Berwick, using the online design platform The committee is now inviting Berwick area businesses to a free training workshop to learn how to use the website, and the materials that have been developed. Canva offers a free version so that businesses can easily develop their own marketing materials.

The workshop is Thursday, Nov. 8, from 6-8 p.m. at the Central Susquehanna Community Foundation. Attendees should bring a laptop to get hands-on exposure. There is no cost to attend the workshop or obligation to purchase any software or subscription.

Anyone interested in attending should RSVP to Josh Nespoli at Community Strategies Group via email.

Welcome Motel 6

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, Motel 6, to help us fulfill our mission. 

Motel 6 is the former Budget Host – Patriot Inn, which is under new ownership and just last month was rebranded as a Motel 6. It offers 59 total rooms, as well as amenities that include but aren’t limited to wireless internet, laundry service, irons and ironing boards in rooms, and a meeting room facility. Also attached to the hotel is the Morris Family Restaurant. Located at 6305 Columbia Blvd. (Rt. 11) in Bloomsburg, Motel 6 can be reached at 570-387-1776, or visit its website

REAL ID Mobile Verification Unit to Visit Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Airport

From Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Airport

Will you need a REAL ID for air travel?  Get an early start on the verification process and eliminate your trip to a PennDOT Driver’s License Center by visiting the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport (AVP) on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018.

AVP is hosting a REAL ID Mobile Verification Unit (also known as a REAL ID Pop-Up), which allows Pennsylvania residents to pre-verify for REAL ID without visiting a PennDOT Driver License Center. PennDOT staff will scan the required documents to a particular driver’s record and mark it as “REAL ID Eligible.”  The REAL ID Mobile Verification Unit is scheduled to be at AVP on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018 from 5–8 p.m. in the Terminal Building, Main Level.

“AVP is committed to ensuring our passengers understand the importance of REAL ID and making the resources available before it becomes mandatory for air travel in October 2020,” said Carl R. Beardsley, Jr., AVP Executive Director

Once REAL ID’s are available in March 2019, Pennsylvania residents can apply for their REAL ID online, pay the applicable fees, and it will be mailed to them directly within ten (10) business days. PennDOT is required to verify original versions or certified copies of the documents listed below:

  • Proof of Identity – Examples: Original or certified copy of a birth certificate with raised seal; valid U.S. Passport or Passport Card, etc.
  • Proof of Social Security Number – Original social security card (cannot be laminated or sealed in plastic)
  • Proof of PA Residency (TWO documents) – Examples: Current, unexpired PA driver’s license or photo ID card, No more than 90-day-old bank statement or utility bill with the same name and address, W-2 Form, etc.
  • Proof of all Legal Name Changes – Examples: Marriage certificate or court order issued by your county’s family court, etc.

If you’re unable to make the Nov. 8 date but will eventually need a REAL ID, additional dates for the REAL ID Pop-Up at AVP have already been added: Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018 and Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019.

Traditional and Longstanding Events Dot Calendar For Holiday Activities in Berwick

Some long-running and traditional events highlight the holiday activities schedule in Berwick, which kicks off with the 109th Run for the Diamonds on Thanksgiving. 

The following day, Black Friday, Nov. 23, will mark Santa’s first appearance of the year in our area as the Santa Parade begins at 10:30 a.m. at Crispin Field and runs down Mulberry, West Front, Market & 11th Streets. Later in the day, Santa will also make an appearance at WHLM’s Parade of Lights in Bloomsburg, and then in Danville the following weekend on Nov. 30 in Danville’s Welcome Santa Parade, sponsored by First Columbia Bank & Trust. Berwick will also have a Small Business Saturday event on Nov. 24 to promote patronage of small businesses in town. 

Berwick’s WinterFest will be on Saturday, Dec. 1, and will feature numerous activities in the downtown including free cookie decorating, horse & carriage rides, a gingerbread house contest, crafts, face painting, marshmallow roasting stations and more. Enjoy live music from The Bennett Brothers Band and ice sculpting while walking the streets. Santa will make another appearance at 5 p.m. before heading to the opening of the Christmas Boulevard at 6 p.m., which the tree will be lit up in St. Charles Park. Sponsors and vendors are still being accepted for WinterFest. Contact the Berwick United Way or visit the Experience Berwick website for more information. 

McBride Memorial Library will also host a Holiday Party on Monday, Dec. 17, from 6-7:30 p.m., that will feature holiday crafts, do-it-yourself presents and carol singing. There will also  be an opportunity to make homemade ornaments and cards for members of the community. Refreshments will be provided. 

For more information on events in Berwick, visit