Member News- February 26, 2020

  • Original Foundation Board Member Establishes Fund in Family Name
    The Central Susquehanna Community Foundation is pleased to announce the creation of a new field of interest fund, established by an original Foundation board member. The Bittenbender-Henry Fund will provide grants to support community programs and projects benefiting residents of the Shickshinny and Northwest Area School District service area.

    Freddie Bittenbender Henry is no stranger to the Community Foundation. As a member of the Foundation’s founding board of directors, she understood the way generous hearts can make a difference in improving local communities both now and in the future. Together with a small group of hospital board members, Freddie helped negotiate the sale of the Berwick Hospital to a for-profit organization, which created a $28 million endowment to forever benefit the greater Berwick area.

    When the opportunity for family to honor her life and work arose, Freddie turned to the Foundation to meet her charitable goals and create the largest community impact. The Shickshinny and Northwest areas are near and dear to Freddie’s heart. Her desire was to support community engagement opportunities, local projects and nonprofits that help these residents. As a field of interest fund, the Bittenbender-Henry Fund will continue to serve this community in perpetuity by annually making grants in her family name.

    “Freddie represents the quintessential philanthropist. Her connection with the Foundation began with its inception over 20 years ago. She helped to give our Foundation life and served as a role model and mentor to those of us brought onto the Board in its earlier years,” explains Holly Morrison, D.Ed., CSCF president and CEO. “We are excited to work with Freddie again as she creates a legacy through a fund that means a great deal to her and her family.”

    Contributions can be made to this Fund online at (click Donate and search “Bittenbender”), or mail to the Central Susquehanna Community Foundation, Attn: BittenbenderHenry Fund, 725 West Front Street, Berwick, PA 18603.

    The Central Susquehanna Community Foundation manages more than 280 charitable funds and makes grant investments throughout the region to improve the quality of life in the Central Susquehanna area. For more information, visit or call the Foundation at 1-866-454-6692

  • Ongoing Commitment to Service Earns Agents 2019 Quality Service Pinnacle Award
    Madison, NJ (Grassroots Newswire)– Century 21 Real Estate LLC recently recognized the following sales affiliates with the CENTURY 21 Quality Service Pinnacle Producer Award. The annual award is based on results from the CENTURY 21 Quality Service Survey (QSS) which is e-mailed to consumers immediately after the purchase or sale of a home. To earn the CENTURY 21 Quality Service Pinnacle Producer Award, an agent must receive completed customer surveys for at least 50 percent of their transactions surveyed from January 1 – December 31, with an average survey score of at least 95 percent or better for 2 consecutive years.

    * Angela Young, of CENTURY 21 Covered Bridges Realty, Inc., of Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania, will receive a customized glass trophy, in addition to being recognized at the CENTURY 21 Global Conference. 

    * Dorothy Rhone, of CENTURY 21 Covered Bridges Realty, Inc., of Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania, will receive a customized glass trophy, in addition to being recognized at the CENTURY 21 Global Conference. 

    * Karen Roadarmel, of CENTURY 21 Covered Bridges Realty, Inc., of Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania, will receive a customized glass trophy, in addition to being recognized at the CENTURY 21 Global Conference. 

    * Renee Sewall, of CENTURY 21 Covered Bridges Realty, Inc., of Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania, will receive a customized glass trophy, in addition to being recognized at the CENTURY 21 Global Conference. 

    * Ruth A. Killian, of CENTURY 21 Covered Bridges Realty, Inc., of Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania, will receive a customized glass trophy, in addition to being recognized at the CENTURY 21 Global Conference. 

    * Theresa Krasucki, of CENTURY 21 Covered Bridges Realty, Inc., of Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania, will receive a customized glass trophy, in addition to being recognized at the CENTURY 21 Global Conference. 

    “The Quality Service Pinnacle Producer Award is an integral part of our brand’s commitment to excellence and recognizes their dedication to making each and every client interaction a positive one,” said Mike Miedler, chief executive officer of Century 21 Real Estate LLC. “They provide their clients with knowledge and advice related to their real estate transaction and offers them confidence during what may be the most significant purchase of a lifetime.”

    About Century 21 Real Estate LLC
    Century 21 Real Estate LLC is comprised of approximately 11,500 independently owned and operated franchised broker offices in 84 countries and territories worldwide with more than 131,000 independent sales professionals. Century 21 Real Estate has numerous websites to help answer specific consumer needs. They are,,,, and

  • Bloomsburg Children’s Museum Announces March 2020 Kids Programs

    The Children’s Museum, 2 West Seventh Street, Bloomsburg is pleased to announce its programs for March 2020.


    Paint Me A Story: Hoo Hoo Who?
    Tuesday, March 3; 1-2 p.m.
    This Tuesday afternoon story time art-studio-mashup is a whole lot of fun for your little ones ages 2-6. Hands-on activities while exploring rotating themes are available on a walk-in basis, while supplies last. Free with Museum admission.

    Little Sprouts: March Madness
    March Session: March 5, 12, 19, and 26, 10:15-10:45 a.m.
    Ages 2-6 and their caregivers will tumble and move, experiencing whole body motion through fun themes each week. Taught by Katie Rude of MomBoss Fitness. Four class session is $28 per family (same household); registration required.

    Girls Who Code
    Thursday, March 5 and 19
    4:30-5:30 p.m.
    Girls Who Code is a FREE after-school program for 3rd-5th grade girls. Learn the concepts of loops, variables, conditionals and functions that form the basis for all programming languages. All while having fun and making friends!

    4th Annual High School Art Show Open House
    Friday, March 6, opens at 5 p.m.
    Talented young adult artists from area high schools will be showcased in this exclusive juried art exhibition. Photography, drawing, painting and collage are all part of the fun. Prizes awarded to top-scoring artists.

    First Lego League Expo
    Friday, March 6, 5-6 p.m.
    This year’s challenge is Boomtown Build. Kids will showcase their team projects they have been working on. We will also have LEGO activities and other area LEGO clubs. Discounted admission is $5.

    First Friday: Rock Painting
    Friday, March 6, 5-6 p.m.
    The first Friday of every month the Museum will be open until 7 p.m. Check out our First Friday Workshops from 5-6 p.m. Workshops are $2.00/per person plus Museum admission. Registration required.

    Music Together ® Family Classes
    Demo Class Friday, March 6, 9:15-10 a.m.
    This internationally recognized early childhood music and movement program is led by certified music teacher, Kerry Kenny. Music Together ® stimulates a love for music, movement, and learning in children ages new-born to kindergarten and the adults who love them. Music CD and songbook included. Registration required. Register at or email [email protected].

    Preschool Discovery Days; Monthly on the first Saturday
    March 7: Under the Sea, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
    This monthly Saturday morning program is a whole lot of fun for your little ones ages 2-6. Hands-on activities exploring rotating themes are available on a walk-in basis, while supplies last. Free with Museum admission.

    Art Lab: Painted Rainbows and Shamrocks
    Saturday, March 7, 11 a.m.-12 noon
    A one-hour class exploring and introducing fine art techniques. Recommended for ages 6 and up. $6 per student plus Museum admission. Space is limited, register online today.

    Homeschool Hangouts
    Wednesday, March 11 and 25, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
    Parent/child activities designed to complement concepts taught in homeschool curriculum, grades K-12. Topics include: Kitchen Chemistry, Lego Engineering, Healthy Hearts, Financial Fitness. Discounted admission for homeschool families.

    Panera Bakers in Training
    Wednesday, March 11, 4:30 p.m.
    During this fun-filled culinary experience, your child will try their hand at bread making by stretching and scoring a mini French baguette. They will also sample from Panera’s Clean Kids Menu, and decorate their own cookie with pro tips from Panera’s artisan bakers. Register online at the Bloomsburg Children’s Museum. Class is held at the Panera Bakery, 60 Plaza Drive, Bloomsburg. $25/child, includes chef’s hat, apron, tastings, and baking activity.

    Grossology Lab: Squid Dissection
    Saturday, March 14
    Session A: 10-11 a.m. and Session B: 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
    Ewww gross! Get hands-on with Bloomsburg University’s Biology Club for a one-hour dissection activity using real scientists’ equipment. Students will dissect a squid in this lab. Free with admission, registration required.

    National Pi Day
    Saturday, March 14, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
    Join the Bloomsburg Children’s Museum for a celebration of Pi. Pi Day is an annual opportunity for math enthusiasts to recite the infinite digits of Pi, talk to their friends about math, and eat pie! Free with Museum admission.

    Flapjack Fundraiser Breakfast
    March 14, 8-10 a.m.
    All you can eat pancake breakfast at Applebee’s in Bloomsburg benefiting the Bloomsburg Children’s Museum. $4.50 Child Ticket, $7.00 Adult Ticket

    American Girl Club
    Monthly on the second Saturday, Saturday, March 14, 1-2:30 p.m.
    Explore the world of American Girl characters at this monthly club with make-and-take crafts and games inspired by a character’s time in history. Bring a doll or stuffed animal to join the fun. $12/class or $40 for Spring Session.

    Explorer Club
    Monthly on the 3rd Tuesday; March 17, 4:30 p.m.
    Exploring Club is for boys and girls ages 10 –17 who are interested in learn-ing about exciting career choices through activities, guest speakers and field trips to take an in-depth look at a wide variety of careers. Exploring Club is run through the Boy Scouts of America’s Learning for Life. $140/student for the entire year. (No meetings in July and August)

    Two Dollar Tuesday
    Tuesday, March 17, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
    Third Tuesday of the month, $2 admission all day. The Exchange will host hands-on Art Cart projects 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

    Peking Acrobats
    Friday, March 20, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
    Join the Bloomsburg Children’s Museum at the Weis Center in Lewisburg for FREE pre-show activities. Peking Acrobats perform daring maneuvers atop a precarious pagoda of chairs and display their technical prowess at such arts as trick-cycling, precision tumbling, juggling, somersaulting, and gymnastics. For ticket information contact the Weis Center for the Performing Arts at Bucknell University.

    Scout Badge Program: Soldering
    Saturday, March 21
    Session A: 1-2 p.m. and Session B: 2:30-3:30 p.m.
    Scouts will solder together a light sensing micro bot. Soldering procedure, safety, fixing mistakes, robot sensors, transistors, and resistors will be covered in the class. Registration includes a fun patch and materials for class.

    Kid Power Self Defense
    Saturday, March 21
    Session A: 10-11:00 a.m. and Session B: 11:15-12:15 p.m.
    Students will get empowered by learning to use key phrases and “get away” moves based on martial arts. Taught by teen instructor, Erik Weibel, black belt in taekwondo and Karate with ten years of martial arts experience. Adults must stay at program with children under 12. $2 fee plus regular admission.

    Teddy Bear Clinic
    Saturday, March 21, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
    At The Bloomsburg Children’s Museum students will walk in the shoes of health professionals by guiding their teddy bear “patient” through a hospital/clinic experience. Students will become familiar with medical equipment, resolve common misconceptions about the healthcare environment and lay the groundwork for healthy choices. Free with Museum admission.

    Nerf Modifications
    Fourth Saturday of the Month; March 28, 1-3 p.m.
    Join the Museum for this NEW club! Modifying your Nerf blaster is a fun and interesting way to expand on your new hobby. When done safely, modding can be a fun lesson in physics and mechanics. $25.00 for the year, ages 8 and up. March meeting held at Bloomsburg Fairgrounds.

    Saturday, March 28, 10 a.m.-4:00 p.m., Doors open at 9:30 a.m. Bloomsburg University is hosting their fifth annual BloomCON cyber security conference. To get kids in on the fun, The Bloomsburg Children’s Museum organized the Hak4Kidz event to coincide with the adult conference. Kids ages 7-17 are invited to attend kid-friendly presentations and activities on info security, electronics, programming and all kinds of hacks. An adult must attend with their child. Free t-shirt to the first 100 kids in attendance. Check for updates.

    The Children’s Museum is a non-profit organization with a mission to enrich the lives of people in the 10-county region by fostering a lifelong love of learning through interactive programs and exhibits that bring out the imagination in every child and the child in every visitor. Museum hours are Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visit or call 570-389-9206 for more information.  

The Workforce Push: Chambers Help Lead Bipartisan Efforts to Close Job Skills Gap

With content provided by the PA Chamber of Business & Industry

A daily focus at the PA Chamber and Columbia Montour Chamber was a major theme in Governor Tom Wolf’s sixth state budget address in early February: workforce development.

In 2016, the PA Chamber’s statewide Workforce Development Survey confirmed what local employers have been saying for quite some time, that Pennsylvania’s jobs skills gap was holding the state’s employers and workers back from realizing their full economic potential. The PA Chamber and Columbia Montour Chamber have since been committed to improving the lines of communication among students, educators and business leaders and arming them with information about the skills and training needed to pursue in-demand jobs in the 21st century.

The PA Chamber is partnering directly with Gov. Wolf and a bipartisan contingent of lawmakers and stakeholders to tackle Pennsylvania’s workforce needs head-on – including the enactment of a first-of-its-kind ‘Clean Slate’ law that’s giving former low-level offenders a second chance to secure employment.  Last fall, the governor signed a PA Chamber-backed measure — Act 76 of 2019 – with a number of workforce development reforms that expand information available to students and help them better prepare for their post-secondary education and training.  And right now, the PA Chamber is advocating in favor of H.B. 1477, which would help to facilitate employment for people with prior criminal records by making it easier for them to obtain an occupational license and reenter and maintain employment.  

With PA Chamber President Gene Barr serving as a co-chair on Gov. Wolf’s Economic Development and Workforce Command Center, there are a number of other solid workforce development solutions being discussed that will help build a workforce that’s not only equipped to compete in the global economy, but will encourage skilled workers to stay in PA.   The Command Center’s recent report (link to:– which was unveiled at a news conference at the state Capitol – has identified and is addressing five major barriers to employment in Pennsylvania:  access to affordable childcare; job training or transportation; occupational licensing requirements; and challenges for those re-entering the workforce from the criminal justice system. 

The Columbia Montour Chamber and its Foundation have a strong working relationship with the PA Chamber and communicate regularly on legislative and policy issues. In 2019, Foundation Director Jeff Emanuel met with other chambers from across Pennsylvania to share ideas on workforce challenges and strategies with PA Chamber staff. This spring, Fred Gaffney, Columbia Montour Chamber President, will be chairing the annual Chamber Day at the Capitol, which brings chambers from across the Commonwealth to Harrisburg to meet with Legislative and Administration officials to discuss issues of importance to business. Workforce will again be among the topics discussed.

Navigate and Find Your Future Career

Middle and high school students (with their parents), can spend an evening exploring career options at the 2020 Future Careers Expo and Parent Pathways Awareness Night. The Chamber’s Foundation is partnering with PA CareerLink and Central Pennsylvania Workforce Development Corporation to host this wonderful opportunity to introduce parents and middle and high school students to the variety of career pathways that exist for success in a future career.  Employers can meet with students (and parents) and share information about the types of work that is done, and the jobs that are available. This is not intended to be a “job fair”, but an opportunity to inspire students to explore a career path. 

The event will be held Tuesday, March 3rd from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. at the Columbia Montour Area Vocational Technical School.  Refreshments will be available. 

Middle and high school students and their parents from at least eight area districts (Benton, Berwick, Bloomsburg, Central Columbia, Columbia Montour Vo-Tech, Danville, Millville, Southern Columbia) are invited to attend. The goal of this event is to educate students about the many great career opportunities in our area, including the types of industries available here, the skills and education needed for specific careers, and future job openings.  Representatives will be present from healthcare, manufacturing, law enforcement, military, hospitality and more.

Register for the event at no later than Wednesday, February 26. For questions or additional information, contact Jeff Emanuel at the Foundation at [email protected] or 570-784-2522.

Welcome The Good Insurance Group

Close to 430 businesses and organizations belong to the Chamber to receive benefits and support efforts to strengthen their businesses and the region. Increased membership allows the Chamber to offer additional programs and benefits, have a stronger voice in advocacy and be involved in more activities and initiatives. The Chamber welcomes The Good Insurance Group to help us fulfill our mission.

The Good Insurance Group is independently owned and locally operated to handle your insurance needs. They focus on the Bloomsburg and Berwick areas and offer a variety of insurance choices across Pennsylvania.  To learn more, visit their website.  

Thank you Sponsors of the 2020 Annual Meeting

The Chamber wishes to sincerely thank all of the valuable contributors that helped make the 2020 Chamber Annual Meeting a successful and enjoyable event for its members and guests. It is the continued support of these businesses, organizations and individuals that helps the Chamber fulfill its mission of offering programs, benefits and events to its members, giving them a stronger voice and advocacy and being involved in more activities and initiatives in our communities. 

Thanks to all of the sponsors of this year’s Annual Meeting.

Event Sponsor
PPL Electric Utilties



Small Business of the Year Award Sponsor
First Columbia Bank & Trust


Large Business of the Year Award Sponsor

Community Progress Award Sponsor                             
 Atlantic Broadband





Outstanding Citizen Award Sponsor
Berwick Industrial Development Association

Dinner Sponsor
Commonwealth Health – Berwick Hospital Center


Hospitality Sponsors


World Kinect Energy Services









Corporate Tables
Atlantic Broadband
Bloomsburg University
First Columbia Bank & Trust
M&T Bank
Marr Development
PPL Electric Utilities
Service 1st Federal Credit Union
United Way of Columbia & Montour Counties