Applications Available for SAGE Awards

SAGEApplications for the Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce’s annual SAGE Awards (Scranton Awards for Growth and Excellence) are now available on the Chamber’s website.

The awards are presented annually to members of the local business community who demonstrate strong and consistent efforts through their talent, creativity and innovation. Applicants must be current Chamber members in good standing.

This year’s SAGE award categories include Best Practices in Community Development, Best Practices in Customer Service, Best Practices in Marketing and Communications, Business of the Year, Excellence in Leadership, Hometown Star, New and Emerging Business of the Year, Non-Profit Organization of the Year, Small Business of the Year and Woman of Excellence.

In addition, there will be three “Pride and Progress” awards available for interior and exterior renovations and new construction.

All SAGE Award finalists will be entered into the People’s Choice Award category. The recipient of that award will be determined by an online community-wide popular vote.

The SAGE Awards will be presented at the Chamber’s Gala will be held on Thursday, Nov. 2, at the Theater at North, 1539 North Main Ave., Scranton.

The deadline for applications is Friday, Sept. 15, at 4 p.m. For more information, including applications, instructions and judging criteria, visit

Organizations gather to sponsor YMCA Healthy Kids Day


Sponsors of the 2016 Healthy Kids Day held April 30 at the Greater Scranton YMCA include, front row, from left: Joseph Tomko, Senior Vice President, Community Bank, N.A., Maureen Burke, Athletic Trainer, NovaCare Rehabilitation; Maria Kelly, District Manager & Vice President, Wells Fargo; Katie Kemmerer, Community Affairs Analyst, Highmark; Bob Taylor, Director of Operations, Tech42 LLC; David Abdalla, Customer Relationship Manager, Tech42 LLC.

Back row, same order: Paula Scotchlas, Community Outreach Director, Greater Scranton YMCA; Meghan Carnevale, Mission Advancement & Marketing Director, Greater Scranton & Wilkes-Barre Family YMCAs.

Not pictured: LifeFitness, Gertrude Hawk Chocolates, PDQ Print Center, Quadrant EPP, Rainey & Rainey CPAs, Fidelity Deposit & Discount Bank, and H&J Vending.


Home for the Holidays in Bucktown

All of Dunmore is invited to join the fun as we celebrate our great, small town community with an inaugural event called: “Home for the Holidays in Bucktown.”

The Dunmore Pride Committee and many local family owned small businesses will be hosting an afternoon of events for children and the inner child in all of us

From 1-6 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 29., Drinker Street at Dunmore Corners and several neighboring streets will be filled with holiday cheer. Santa will arrive and offer goodies for the kids. His elves and other holiday characters will be also be at the event to welcome the crowd.

home for holidays adThere will be face painting, pictures with the Saint Nick, caroling, storytime, hot cocoa, milk and cookies, and more.  Additionally, many businesses will be offering sales and specials to complete “Support Small Business Weekend” shopping.

The day’s events will culminate with Dunmore’s Inaugural Christmas Tree Lighting.

If you are a Dunmore business owner, there is still  time to contribute to the event.  Monetary donations will be gratefully accepted by the “Dunmore Pride Committee” c/o The Wonderstone, 101 E. Drinker St. Dunmore, PA 18512.

For more information, contact the committee via