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In February, Metallo’s Formal Wear celebrated their 45th year in business in Downtown Hazleton.
 
Gary Perna was recently named the news director at WYLN-TV 35. Perna began his career at WYLN in 2012, and has hosted and produced numerous shows since then, worked in the sales department, moderated political debates and helped host the annual American Cancer Society Telethon.
 
Steve Daniloff, former director of sales, has been promoted to vice president and general manager of the station and associated digital services, including PAHomepage.com at WBRE-TV.
 
The Pennsylvania Theatre of Performing Arts (PTPA) will feature “A Few Good Men” as its March production. For more information, or to purchase tickets to any of their upcoming shows, visit ferraracenter.org or call 570-454-5451.
 
George J. Hayden, Inc. finalized the acquisition of the Howard Organization in Bloomsburg. The business will be re-named The Howard Company, and will remain at it’s present location, while both companies pursue future growth opportunities both in the region and nationally, with no job loss for current employees as a result of the purchase.
 
Penn State Hazleton named Andrea Shook of Bangor, as the new practical nursing program coordinator. The program is and 18-month certificate program. For more information, visit hazleton.psu.edu/practical-nursing-program
 
Miners Bank a division of Mid Penn Bank donated $1,000 to the United Way of Greater Hazleton to provide pre-kindergarten scholarship to area children through the Pennsylvania Educational Improvement Tax program.
 
Cargill Hazleton presented a $12,000 donation to the Hazleton City Recreation Department to revitalize the Beech Street Playground. The funds were raised through a golf tournament held late last year at
Mountain Valley Golf Course.
 
International Paper’s box plant in the Humboldt Industrial Park recently marked its 40th year of operation. The plant is among nearly 190 North American Container facilities that are part of the company’s largest business, industrial packaging. International Paper serves as one of the world’s premier manufacturers of containerboard and corrugated packaging.
 
Catholic Social Services auxiliary hosted their 11th annual Night at the Races. The event raised funds to continue the auxiliary’s support of the organization.
 
The Helping Hands Society held their annual Diamond Drop fundraising event. Funds raised at the event are used to provide educational and therapeutic support services to children in the Hazleton and surrounding areas.
 
PPL Electric Utilities has rolled out a program to keep old poles and other wooden waste out of landfills and reuse them in an environmentally responsible manner. The utility’s wood waste is now used for fuel at waste-to-energy facilities and cement plants. The program is expected to keep about 1,600 tons of wooden material out of landfills each year.
 
Brandon’s Forever Home received gifts of coats for children and food for its food bank from employees at Bimbo Bakeries USA, Humboldt Industrial Park.
 
Meals on Wheels of Greater Hazleton, Inc. relocated to 1058 Peace Street, Hazle Township, PA 18202 at the end of January 2017. The telephone number remains the same at 570-501-1700. Email:
 
Borton-Lawson is proud to announce the launch of Precise Visual Technologies (PVT). PVT is on the cutting-edge of visualization tools that help enhance our clients’ experience. Using the latest in 3D scanning and other visualization technologies, our team is able to create an intelligent and interactive model of your assets. Visit PVT at precisevisual.com to learn how we can transform the way you see your projects.
 
The Foundation for Free Enterprise Education unanimously named Karen M. Musante, current vice president & COO of the Foundation, to become the president & CEO of the Foundation upon the retirement of John Trombetta, the current president, at the end of 2017.
 
SSPTV News: “Out Of Left Field,” on SSPTV is in its third season of giving sports fans a different view of local sports. Every season host Ken Cara goes searching for the most interesting local sports stories that don't show up in the stats. “The whole point of the show is to illustrate how amazing our local athletes, coaches and fans are,” Cara says. “Sports is only part of the story. It's really about our neighbors doing great and interesting things. Out Of Left Field is meant for sports fans and fans of great human interest stories.” Past episodes of “Out Of Left Field,” are available online at SSPTV.com and ideas for segments are always welcome just e-mail .
 
The Girls on SSPTV celebrated their 5th anniversary. The Girls is now one of SSPTV's most popular shows, The Girls. Mother and Daughter Duo Debbie Lesante and Jeannine Lesante Mazurkiwecz have taped over 130 episodes on set and on location at places across NEPA, and New York and even Florida. All of their shows can be seen on www.ssptv.com Click Shows, the The Girls. A brand new Series will kick off this spring on April 7th.
 
Wild Bout Huntin New Season will kick off in April on SSPTV.
 
FNCB Bank News: FNCB donated $1,000 to the Helping Hands Society through the Pennsylvania Education Improvement Tax Credit Program.
Ronald S. Honick, Jr., CPA, CIA, FNCB Bank Senior Vice President, Operations & Technology Services Officer, graduated from an intensive 1-year program as a member of the inaugural 2016-17 class of the Pennsylvania Bankers Leadership Institute, an initiative of the Pennsylvania Bankers Association (PA Bankers). FNCB donated $5,000 of their Pennsylvania Education Improvement Tax Credits (EITC) to the Allied Services dePaul School.
 
Peters Consultants, Inc. (PCI) announced an innovative technology service they now offer to their loyal clients and potential new clients. PCI provides professional aerial data collection services by using Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), also known as drones. PCI has the capability to enhance our land surveying related services such as topographic surveys, ALTA surveys, boundary surveys, construction surveys, GIS surveys and related services. This cost effective service coupled with their existing GPS capabilities reduces time in the field while obtaining accurate data in a straightforward, professional manner. Their service is provided by licensed Registered Professional Land Surveyors, Registered Professional Engineers and remote licensed pilots. For more information on their services, visit their new website at http://pciskycam.com/

Timothy J. Farrell, MD was recently named chair for the Northeast Regional Cancer Institute’s 14th Annual C.A.S.U.A.L. (Colon cancer Awareness Saves Unlimited Adult Lives) Day. C.A.S.U.A.L. Day, set for Thursday, March 30, 2017, is a dress down day to raise awareness for colorectal cancer in Northeast Pennsylvania.
 
D. Scott Wiggins, who has served as interim head of school at MMI Preparatory School since July, has been appointed as permanent head of school by the MMI board of directors.
 

Spotlight on New Members

Auker Multi-Trade is located at 126 Conyngham-Drums Road, in Sugarloaf, PA. Christopher Auker is the owner. Phone: (570) 233-3280, or (570) 582-3303. Email: . Website: aukermulti-trade.weebly.com. They provide commercial and residential landscaping, hardscaping, excavation, lawn/yard maintenance, debris clean-ups (spring, fall, winter), snow and ice management. If you want it done right; they can handle any job big or small.

Booty’s Place is located at 1087 North Church Street in Hazleton, PA. It was established in 1982. Elaine Beltrami is the owner. Phone: (570) 455-5551. Fax: (570) 454-7920. Booty’s Place has been an iconic part of the Hazleton area for over 20 years, offering a full line of Italian cuisine, delicious daily and weekly specials, homemade by their own wonderful Chef Bobby. They offer on-site catering for any special event, funeral luncheons, etc. Their entire menu is also available for your own off-site events and parties. Coming soon: on-site wedding catering facility available to accommodate up to 205 people. Food will be prepared by Chef Bobby and his staff. Call Chef Bobby for more details on this exciting addition to their restaurant!
 
Capital Drug & Background Screening is located at 572 West Broad Street, #103, in Hazleton, PA. Jim McGarry is the owner. Phone: (570) 956-0677. Fax: (570) 454-8883. Email: . Website: capitaldrugtesting.com. Capital Drug & Background Screening is a drug testing and background screening company. They offer employers many tools such as random drug testing, fully electronic background screening and integrity testing. Accurate and high quality results have a speedy turnaround time. Website visitors can learn about Capital’s pre-employment drug testing services, background screening, instant onsite drug tests, DOT drug testing, random drug testing and much more.
 
Community Option, Inc. is located at 3 East Butler Drive, Suite 102, in Drums, PA. Amanda Bidgood is the Administrative Assistant. Phone: (570) 497-8389. Fax: (570) 788-0119. Email: ; Website: comop.org. Community Options, Inc. is a non-profit organization that supports individuals with disabilities through residential and day programs. Community Options
believes in respect and dignity for each individual they support. Community Options seeks to promote the inclusion of people with disabilities in the community through person centered and natural supports.
 
Jerry Ibanez State Farm Agency is located at 588 Susquehanna Boulevard, Hazle Twp, PA. Jerry Ibanez is the agent for the company. Phone: (570) 455-7100. Fax: (570) 259-4433. Email: . Website: ibanezinsurance.com. The agency provides insurance products for life, home, car, annuities, property, business and banking. Their office hours are Monday through Thursday from 9am to 7pm; Friday from 9am to 5pm and Saturday from 10am to 4pm.
 
Kwik Solutions is located at 29 Amy Lane (The Meadows), in Sugarloaf, PA. Sushil Satija is the owner. Phone: (570) 956-7991. Email: . Kwik Solutions provides computer software solutions.
 
Pantry Quik has locations at 902 West Diamond Avenue and 902 East Diamond Avenue in Hazleton and 528 State Route 93 in Sugarloaf. Sunny Patel is the owner. The businesses were established in November, 2004. Phone: (732) 921-7339. Fax: (570) 455-8648. Email: . Pantry Quik is a convenience store that offers gas station services, a beer store and lottery. Pantry Quik is a family-owned convenience store. Their mission at Pantry Quik has been to meet the needs of customers on the go.
 
Standard Farms LLC is located at 96 Deep Hole Road, Drums, PA. Gerald J. Feissner is the Director of Community Relations for the company. Phone: (484) 332-1014. Email: . Standard Farms LLC processes plant products.

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