Librarian honored with award

From left, Michelle Georgetti, Kristen Wallo and Fawn Contreras pose in front of Valley Community Library after Wallo received an award from Victim’s Intervention Program.

From left, Michelle Georgetti, Kristen Wallo and Fawn Contreras pose in front of Valley Community Library after Wallo received an award from Victim’s Intervention Program.

A Valley Community librarian was recently honored with an award from a local group.

Adult Services and Fundraising Librarian Kristen Wallo was nominated for the award by coworkers Fawn Contreras and Michelle Georgetti. The award is given by Victims’ Intervention Program, which has services for domestic violence survivors and provides educational programs throughout Wayne and Pike counties.

In her nomination, Contreras talked about the work Wallo does in the community and highlighted the impact she’s had as a single foster parent. VIP came to Valley Community in late June to surprise Wallo with the award.

VIP educates the community on the issues of domestic and sexual violence, empowers victims and survivors to make the best choices for their individual situations and invites the community to envision a world free from violence, according to their website.

They offer counseling, education and crisis services for Pike and Wayne county. For more information, visit their website at

Beard competition coming to Scranton

Grab your beard oil and your mustache wax.

The 2021 National Beard & Moustache Championships is coming to Montage Mountain in September — and one Midvalley barber will be serving as a judge.

The exclusive barbershops for the 2021 Championships are Three Saints Barber Shop & Shave Parlor in Jessup and Guy’s Barber Shop from Scranton. The owners of both shops, Damian Biancarelli and Mike McAndrew, will also be judges for various categories of the Championship. Participants and spectators can receive a haircut, beard trim, or a shave during the competition.

Competitors can enter their bristles in one of more than 50 categories, including natural moustache, full beard, Dali moustache, realistic beard, natural craft moustache and creative beard.

The competition, presented by Honest Amish, starts Sept. 9 with an early bird meet and greet, with the exhibitions and judging starting Sept. 10 through Sept. 11. Festivities end Sept. 12 with a brunch and walking tours of Scranton.

In conjunction with the competition, a marketplace will be available for visitors and participants. Vendors include breweries, wineries, distilleries, barbershops, tattoo artists and artisans. Guests can also enjoy Montage Mountain Resorts’ facilities.

Every year, Beard Team USA donates a large portion of the ticket proceeds to local charities in the championship’s host city. This year, donations will be made to Camp Freedom in Carbondale and the Women’s Resource Center in Scranton. Donations will also be made to national organization Direct Relief.

“We couldn’t be happier about having the National Beard & Moustache Championships in Lackawanna County,” Curt Camoni, executive director of the Lackawanna County Visitors Bureau, said in a press release. “I’m especially proud because not only is this an amazing and unique event that will bring national attention along with economic impact, but it’s an event that the Visitors Bureau brought in through our sales efforts.”

To register for the competition, purchase spectator tickets or for more information, visit

Mayfield woman wins business award

Mayfield native Brittany Flynn was one of six Lackwanna College students to place in the 2021 Future Business Leaders of America – Phi Beta Lambda National Leadership Conference competition held last month.

Flynn placed eighth in Sports Management and Marketing and ninth in Contemporary Sports Issues, according to a press release from the school. Her performance at state competitions, held virtually in April, qualified her to advance to the national competition.

College faculty and staff supporting PBL include advisor Carolyn Chupko, co-advisors Suzanne Cercone and Karen Lipnichan, and Pennsylvania PBL State Advisor Beverly O’Hora.

PBL is the college division of FBLA with over 8,000 members and more than 350 chapters, helping students prepare for careers in business. As PBL’s mission is to “prepare students to become community-minded business leaders in a global society through relevant career preparation and leadership experiences,” according to a press release. Lackawanna’s chapter is open to students of all majors.