Commonwealth Health Opens New Walk-In Clinic

(L-R): Whitney Holloway, CFO; Linda Lauer, walk-in clinic manager; Phillip Longnecker, PA-C; Alyssa Menghini, PA; Tom Neal, CEO and Chamber board member; Sue Lynn, director of physician practice; Fred Gaffney, Chamber president; Damien Scoblink, Berwick Borough

Commonwealth Health – Berwick Hospital Center opened a new walk-in clinic on July 18 and less than a week later on July 24, held a ribbon cutting for the new service, which is available at its West Front St. clinic in Berwick. Open 8 am – 8 pm Monday-Saturday, the clinic does not require appointments and treats things like cold/flu, abrasions, allergies and other minor issues that require medical attention but don’t rise to the level of requiring an emergency room visit.

U.S. House Votes to Repeal Affordable Care Act’s Destructive ‘Cadillac Tax’

From PA Chamber of Business & Industry

Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives voted in an overwhelming 419-6 vote in favor of the Middle Class Health Benefits Tax Repeal Act of 2019.  Supported by the PA Chamber and a broad-based nationwide coalition, the bipartisan legislation aims to repeal an impending 40 percent tax on employer-provided health care.  Dubbed the “Cadillac Tax,” this component of the Affordable Care Act has been delayed by Congress twice; however, the policy has contributed to deductibles increasing 89 percent while wage growth has remained comparatively flat.

In early June, the PA Chamber was among the signatories on a letter to Congress urging support for the bill, largely due to its impact on the nation’s middle class population.  “While this tax was intended to only hit Americans with ‘gold-plated’ plans, the reality is that very modest plans covering low-and moderate-income working families are projected to trigger the tax,” the national coalition of business, chamber and insurance groups wrote. 

The legislation, HR 748, now awaits consideration in the U.S. Senate.

Member News – July 24, 2019

  • The Bucknell University Small Business Development Center will hold its annual Celebration of Small Business breakfast this Friday, July 26 at 8 a.m. This annual event celebrates entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial leaders and also features awards. There is no cost to attend. Register online or call 570-577-1249. 

 

  • The Regional Impact Fund of the Central Susquehanna Community Foundation recently announced its second competitive grantround of $50K for projects that address current areas of unmet needs throughout the CSCF’s service area, which includes Columbia and Montour Counties. This year’s grantround will consist of an exciting new application process and opportunity for the public to get involved. Interested nonprofits will first submit a Letter of Inquiry introducing their organization, needs, service area, and budgetary request. Those proposals selected by the CSCF Grants Committee will then be invited to submit a full application and participate in The Nonprofit Narrative next Monday, July 29, at 8:30 a.m. at the Danville Area High School auditorium. The Nonprofit Narrative is a platform for these groups to share their grant requests and stories of regional impact—the joys, challenges, dreams and requests each face as they serve our neighbors, communities, and region at large. For more information on the Regional Impact Fund, competitive grantround or The Nonprofit Narrative, visit csgiving.org/rif.

 

  • Providence Engineering is excited to announce the promotion of Bart Foreman, P.E. to manager, distribution & warehouse facilities design.

    Bart Foreman of Providence Engineering

    Previously, as a project manager, Bart provided exceptional design and project management services for many clients in the distribution/warehouse market. Leveraging his 12 years of professional experience, Bart will now formally lead Providence’s distribution & warehouse facilities design department. In this new role, Bart will ensure that Providence and its clients remain at the forefront of the warehouse market by blending efficient design principles with the adoption of innovative construction technology.

 

  • The Bucknell University Small Business Development Center invites interested business in need of website development to connect with Bucknell students in the “Markets, Innovation, and Design 300” class in the Freeman College of Management. Each semester, these students make websites free of charge for local small businesses. These projects provide a hands-on learning experience for the students while bringing new ideas to these organizations. In early September, the students will be introduced to this assignment and divided into teams. Then the teams will have the liberty to choose with which businesses and organizations they would like to work. By early October, each student team will meet with their client to learn about the specific needs and goals of the organization and the purpose that the site should serve. Over the course of the semester, the students will then design and build the website with an online website software program, incorporating text and photographs provided by the organization. If your business or organization is in need of a website, or if it would benefit from a redesigned site, then please fill out this online form by Aug. 15 to ensure your organization is considered. Additional information is available on this form. 

 

  • Each year at the Little League World Series, Beiter’s Home Center, located right across the street from the Little League Complex in South Williamsport, allows a nonprofit organization to manage its parking lot, with the nonprofit keeping the proceeds from the parking fees. For the next two years beginning with next month’s event, Beiter’s has selected the Ronald McDonald House of Danville to be the nonprofit beneficiary. RMHD is in need of several volunteers to help run and manage the parking lot for the entirety of the event, which runs Aug. 15-25. There are several shifts available on each day of the event. If you would be interested in volunteering at the LLWS to help benefit the RMHD, please call Michael Jacobs at 570-214-1792 for more information. Volunteers must be 18 or older. 

 

  • Wild For Salmon will holds its annual Fishtival on Saturday, Aug. 24, from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. at its retail store at 521 Montour Blvd. (Rt. 11) in Bloomsburg. The annual event, which welcomes back the fishermen from a successful fishing season in Alaska, features an assortment of delicious dishes with the signature sockeye salmon and other fish and seafood, as well as several other vendors. There is no cost to attend. 

 

  • Camp Victory will host its annual Community Open House on Sunday, Sept. 8, from 12-3 p.m. This free afternoon of family fun includes its rock climbing wall, zip line and paddle boats on the pond as well as hot dogs, ice cream, drinks, an arts and crafts project, a moon bounce, wagon rides and live music. at 1 p.m., there will also be a ribbon cutting to celebrate the recent expansion of the Welcome Center. 

Chamber Foundation Receives Grant From PPL Foundation for Two High School Workplace Exploration Programs

The Foundation of the Columbia Montour Chamber of Commerce has received a $4,100 grant from the PPL Foundation. These funds will be used to support Classroom in the Workplace programming, and will directly help us to provide real-world experiences to area high school students.  This grant will provide funds for two of the Foundation’s Keystone programs, Classroom in Healthcare and Classroom on Main Street. 

“Thanks to the support of PPL, the Foundation will once again be able to offer students the opportunity to get first-hand experience and knowledge about two of our key local economic drivers, healthcare and, small business and entrepreneurship,” states Jeff Emanuel, Foundation of CMCC director. 

Through strategic partnerships, the PPL Foundation will support organizations that are working to create vibrant, sustainable communities and empowering each citizen to fulfill her or his potential. The PPL Foundation contributes more than $3 million annually to a wide variety of nonprofit organizations in north and central Pennsylvania.

Downtown Bloomsburg Group Invites Public to Learn About Enhancement Project

Miller Ave. in downtown Bloomsburg.

Downtown Bloomsburg, Inc. (DBI), invites everyone interested in the Main Street business district to meet the design team of the Miller Avenue Improvement Project.

DBI has undertaken the redevelopment of a block of Miller Avenue into a multi-use, pedestrian friendly asset for the downtown; this block connects Fog & Flame coffee shop on the Main Street end and Rose Marie’s restaurant on the Pine Avenue end. After a request for proposals and a rigorous evaluation process by DBI board members, DBI chose Larson Design Group to draw up plans and manage the project’s construction; with an expectation of ground breaking in early 2020.

The meeting will take place on Monday, Aug. 5, from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Greenly Center, 50 East Main Street in Bloomsburg, with representatives of DBI and Larson Design present. No reservations are necessary.

As one of the most important thoroughfares between Main Street and Pine Avenue, Miller Avenue sees heavy pedestrians traffic; once it closes permanently to cars and trucks, users will see a significant increase in safety. In addition, tables and chairs from the eateries at both ends, as well as other seating, will welcome citizens and visitors alike into an “outdoor living room”, complete with artwork, plantings, and attractive lighting.

DBI’s investment in the downtown comes from donations and money raised at events including the Easter and Santa train rides. DBI also received matching funds through the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Community Development Block Grant program, for which DBI acts as the Town of Bloomsburg’s designated agent.

For any questions about the project, contact DBI board member Oren B. Helbok, executive director of The Exchange, at 570-317-2596 or email.