Carbondale native to lead local hospital

A Carbondale native will become the new leader of Wayne Memorial Health System and Hospital in Honesdale.

On Dec. 31, James Pettinato, RN-HP, MHSA, will take over as CEO of the hospital. The former director of patient care services replaces David L. Hoff; he was offered the position by the Wayne Memorial Hospital and Health System Board of Trustees after a nationwide search.

“We reviewed 23 resumes in our search and conducted several on-site interviews,” Board and Search Committee Chairperson Hugh Rechner said in a press release. “But throughout our process, Mr. Pettinato stood out as the best candidate. Since 1999, he has demonstrated not only his clinical knowledge and expertise, but also his leadership and vision for this health system and we are more than confident that he will continue to build upon Mr. Hoff’s excellent service and leadership in advancing this organization in its service of providing exceptional healthcare to our community.”

Pettinato, who also received Hoff’s blessing, said he was humbled and grateful.

“It is a privilege to serve Wayne Memorial and even more of a privilege to be trusted to take the helm,” he said. “I have worked alongside Dave (Hoff) on and off for more than 20 years, and he has helped build a great team focused solely on providing the highest quality of care and the safest environment possible for the community we serve.”

Born and raised in Carbondale, Pettinato earned both a bachelor of science degree in nursing and a masters in health administration from Marywood University. He started out in the Intensive Care Unit at Community Medical Center in Scranton, but found his way to Wayne Memorial in 1999 where he was the head nurse for the emergency department, the intensive care unit and the telemetry department. In 2008, Pettinato left Wayne Memorial for a position as director of critical care at CMC, which became a Geisinger facility in 2012. He returned to Wayne Memorial in his present role in 2010. As director of patient care services, Pettinato heads up all departments that provide direct patient care, such as the ICU, the ED, New Beginnings Birthing Suites, Oncology/Hematology, Wound Care and inpatient units.

Despite his hectic schedule at the hospital, Pettinato has maintained his position as an EMS captain with Cottage Hose Ambulance Company since 1982.

Archbald picks new motto

“Archbald: Where our heritage meets our future” is the borough’s new motto.

The phrase, submitted by Chris Goldyn, was selected from more than 50 submissions, part of a contest launched by the borough’s Community Development and Economic Committee. Officials announced the winner at the annual Eynon-Archbald Lions Club Harvest Festival on Sept. 26.

“A motto is an expression of your town’s aspirations, its beliefs about itself. A town’s motto should portray the town’s history, embody its population, and leave a lasting impression on travelers passing through,” a press release about the contest read. “A town motto should sum up something specific that sets it apart from other towns and cities.”

Motto suggestions had to be 10 words or less and must be submitted by a borough resident. Prizes donated by Mayor Shirley Barrett and Councilman Dave Moran were awarded to the winning submitter and four runners up.

County setting up restaurant trail

Lackawanna County and the Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce are asking local restaurants and other food and beverage establishments to participate in the “Lackawanna Eat, Drink and Be Merry Restaurant Trail” holiday promotional photo contest activity.

Interested patrons are invited to take and post photos of their favorite food or drink items at local establishments for a chance to win a gift card prize.

Restaurants/establishments must register to be part of the activity. They will then be contacted with the contest’s details.

The “Lackawanna Eat, Drink and Be Merry Restaurant Trail” will be marketed on the Chamber and Lackawanna Markets websites in conjunction with other partners throughout the holidays. There is no cost to participate, and the deadline to submit information is Oct. 15.

The registration form is located at

For more information, contact Maureen McGuigan, deputy director of Arts and Culture, at 570-496-1724 or

Heritage Trail recognized by state group

The Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Planning Association has named the Lackawanna River Heritage Trail one of their distinguished “2021 Great Places in Pennsylvania.”

The trail, which is managed and developed by the Lackawanna Heritage Valley Authority, was nominated for this designation by the Lackawanna County Visitors Bureau in April. LHVA officials were joined by the Lackawanna County Visitors Bureau to accept a certificate from Steve Pitoniak and Mary Liz Donato, local representatives of the APA’s Pennsylvania Chapter, at a small ceremony at the Nick Staback Veterans Fishing Pier and Laurel Street Trailhead in Archbald on Sept. 24, according to a press release.

The American Planning Association developed the “Great Places in Pennsylvania” program to recognize unique and memorable places that display a wealth of best practices in community planning, serve as a community focal point and strengthen the local economy. They also demonstrate the rewarding results that occur through planning, partnerships and community engagement. Including the eight “Great Places” named in 2021, there have been 46 “Great Places in PA” designated by the APA’s Pennsylvania Chapter since the program’s inception. The Lackawanna River Heritage Trail is one of five designated across the commonwealth in 2021 for the “Greenways and Trails” category.

Valley View student receives scholarship

From left, Skylar Bianchi and Taylor Ott, DPT. Bianchi was one of three scholarship recipients announced by Physical Therapy Associates Inc. of NEPA

From left, Skylar Bianchi and Taylor Ott, DPT. Bianchi was awarded a scholarship by Physical Therapy Associates Inc. of NEPA

A Valley View student was among the recipients of scholarships awarded by a local physical therapy practice.

Skylar Bianchi is pursuing a degree in psychology, according to a press release from Physical Therapy Associates Inc of NEPA about the awards. She joins a student from Old Forge and another from Riverside in being awarded the scholarships by Bernard J. Povanda, PT, COMT, Physical Therapy Associates’ founder and owner.

Povanda has been in private practice for 35 years. Physical Therapy Associates, Inc of NEPA has locations in Old Forge, Hamlin and Peckville.

Marywood to host county college fair

Marywood University will host the Annual Lackawanna County College Fair on Oct. 20 from 7-8:30 p.m., in the Center for Athletics and Wellness.

Prior to the fair, a higher education presentation will take place at 6:15 p.m., and a financial aid presentation will take place at 7:15 p.m., both at the Swartz Center for Spiritual Life in the McGowan Community Room. This event and the presentations are free and open to the public.

Representatives of more than 50 colleges and universities, from both in and out of state, will attend the Annual Lackawanna County College Fair and will be available to offer information and answer questions. High school juniors and seniors are encouraged to attend.

For additional information, call the Office of Admissions at Marywood at 570-348-6234, or email Sarah Polinchak, senior admissions counselor, at

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