Fire company hosting gun or cash raffle

The Browndale Fire Co. will be holding a Gun or Cash Raffle for the month of August 2021. The winning number will be the 3-digit lottery number of the first drawing of the evening state lottery number.

Each day will have the prize of either a shotgun, rifle, cross bow or inline and the winner has the choice of the firearm or a cash value as stated for that day on the winner’s ticket. Tickets are a $25 donation each.

Winners will be contacted by phone or mail. All firearms may be upgraded at winner’s expense. All winners must comply with all firearms regulations, otherwise the winner must take the cash value for that day.

All firearm prizes must be claimed by the winner at Heberling’s Sport Shop in Prompton by Oct. 16. The firearms are subject to availability.

Tickets are available from any Browndale Fire Company member, or by calling 570-785-5300 and leave a message, messaging us on our Facebook page or visiting our website at

Borough manager honored for achievement

At a borough meeting last month, Jermyn Mayor Anthony Fuga Jr. recognized borough Manager Dan Markey for several recent achievements.

Markey has received his Certified Borough Official designation from the Pennsylvania State Association of Boroughs and his Administrative Road Scholar designation from Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s Local Technical Assistance Program. He’s also been named to the General Code’s Municipal Clerks Honor Roll, a nationwide listing of municipal clerks who go above and beyond in their work every day.

Fuga proclaimed June 17 as “Daniel Markey Day” in Jermyn.

Dunmore native ordained as Diocese of Scranton priest

A Dunmore man was ordained as the Diocese of Scranton’s newest priest, according to a news release.

The Rev. Mark Joshua DeCelles, 39, a parishioner of Immaculate Conception Parish in Scranton, was ordained a transitional deacon in 2020. Bishop Joseph Bambera presided over the ordination Mass on June 26.

“I’m very excited,” DeCelles native said in a press release.“I didn’t picture myself here and now it is happening and it’s thrilling what God is doing in my life and what God is doing in the life of the Church at this moment.”

DeCelles completed his preparatory studies for the priesthood at Saint Mary’s Seminary and University in Baltimore.Describing himself as an “incurable academic,” DeCelles said he experienced several powerful moments during his seminary experience, including taking part in hospital ministry.

“The joy was really what caught me, the joy in being with people, just being present, not only with people who were suffering a lot and to be a comforting presence there but also with people who inexplicably were filled with the joy of the Lord,” DeCelles said.

Geisinger launches Nursing Scholars Program

Geisinger employees interested in a nursing career will have an easier path, thanks to a new program the healthcare provider launched.

The Geisinger’s Nursing Scholars Program offers financial, educational and wellness support to its employees pursuing a career in nursing.

The program awards $40,000 in financial support with a 5-year work commitment as an inpatient nurse. The goal is to support 175 scholars per year by offering rolling admissions to the program. While supporting employee career and professional goals, the program will also mitigate a shortage of nurses across the organization and beyond.

“There is a recruitment gap of approximately 300 registered nurses per year across the Geisinger system,” Janet Tomcavage, chief nursing executive at Geisinger, said in a press release. “According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Employment Projections, registered nursing is listed among the top occupations in terms of job growth through 2029. The RN workforce is expected to grow from 3 million in 2019 to 3.3 million in 2029, an increase of 7%. Community members across our footprint can join the Geisinger workforce and take advantage of this wonderful career advancement opportunity.”

The program serves as an entry point into the health care profession for high school students and for anyone considering a career in nursing. Community members who are not Geisinger employees can apply for available positions within Geisinger and qualify for the program after only one year of employment.

Geisinger will support the employee scholars in preparation to go back to school to set them up for success. Guidance in choosing a school and type of degree is available via an internal website and personal counseling. Those who wish to attend prep classes may do so through internally offered classes designed by Geisinger experts.

While employees are in school, support via study groups, mentoring from Geisinger nurses and professional development opportunities will be available at Geisinger.

“Studying while working is a huge undertaking and we understand that employees will need more than just financial support. We want to be able to support our employees’ well-being and provide them with help that they might need when preparing to go back to school. Geisinger’s Nursing Scholars Program is designed to motivate and support employees in achieving their best at work and at school,” said Rebecca Stoudt, associate dean of nursing student education at Geisinger.

Students named to dean’s list

Three local students were named to the 2021 winter dean’s list at Wyoming Seminary.

Gabriel Lott of Olyphant, Giovanni Ramos of Peckville and Marshall Curtis of Forest City all earned high honors, the school announced.

Wyoming Seminary Upper School recognizes two levels of academic honor each trimester. Students who are named to the dean’s list honors maintain a grade point average of 3.80 and above, while students who earn dean’s list hold a grade point average of 3.30 and above.

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