A New Partnership is Formed

The Northern Tier Industry & Education Consortium (NTIEC) is excited to have formed a new partnership with the Kitson Arts Alliance (KAA). In July 2019, Deb Tierney, educational coordinator at NTIEC, was presented with a challenge to help Northeast Bradford School District implement an arts segment to their summer camp. After reaching out to friends in the industry, Deb finally connected with Patrick Robinson, president of KAA, and the partnership was formed. Artists associated with KAA worked hand-in-hand with Northeast Bradford to bring an awareness of the arts to students at their summer program. The relationship with Northeast Bradford has continued into the school year where artists are now participating in their after-school program. Artists are also working with NTIEC by attending a variety of career events.

NTIEC is a local grassroots organization founded in 1993 as a 501(c)(3) work-based learning organization to serve students in the Northern Tier by integrating the education and employment processes. The basic premise is that students who have a good understanding of career opportunities, especially through first-hand experience, can make informed career and educational choices. Students who have mastered basic workplace skills and discipline are better prepared to be successful.

We are uniquely positioned to convene employers/individuals to schools and students to deliver opportunities to our local youth. Our reputation and proven techniques along with long-term relationships enable us to have students meet face-to-face for a “real world view” of career opportunities and the skills and education necessary to be successful. NTIEC offers a variety of programs for our local youth – paid internships, non-paid externships, job shadowing, career fairs and worksite tours to name a few.

In addition to Deb, NTIEC has two other educational coordinators on staff to serve the northern tier, Colin Furneaux and Carrie Bradley. Colin is responsible for coordinating paid internships in the east region covering Susquehanna, Wyoming, Lackawanna, Luzerne and a portion of Bradford counties. Carrie is responsible for coordinating the paid internships in the west region covering Bradford, Tioga and Sullivan counties. Their primary focus is to reach out to employers to bring them into the fold and to work closely with students to find them the perfect match offering them a high-quality work-based experience.

For more information about NTIEC, visit www.ntiec.com or call us at 570-278-5038. You can also visit our Facebook page.

It’s Happening at ArtWorks

It’s Happening at ArtWorks: ArtWorks Gallery & Studio, 236 Penn Avenue, Scranton, PA 18503


ArtWorks Student ArtWorks Sale Party

Join us February 7, 2020 at 6pm for a student artwork sale party. This funky, fun exhibit will showcase works created by all of the ArtWorks students. Proceeds from the sales support art programs and for the individuals we serve. Come shop original art! This event is free and open to the public. For any questions please call us 570.207.1815 or visit our website, www.artworksnepa.com.



Art For Your Sweetheart – SAM Inc.

February 9, 2020 – Noon to 4 pm

This special one day workshop will allow for families and their loved ones to come create something special for a special sweetheart, just in time for Valentine’s Day. Light refreshments like hot cocoa and sweets will be served.

Please sign up today for a special partnership hosted at ArtWorks Gallery & Studio and Service Access Management (SAM Inc.). SAM Inc. provides the following Supports Coordination Services to individuals with Intellectual Developmental Disabilities (IDD) and to their families:
Advocacy of Individual rights
Development and maintenance of an Individual Support Plan (ISP).
Determining the need for services and developing “outcomes.”
Identifying and locating providers of services.
Coordinating waiver services when funding is available.
Ensuring services are received as outlined in the ISP.
Ensuring health and safety.

The event is free but does require RSVP. There are limited seats. Call 570.207.6370 today to reserve your seat! For any question please call or email info@artworksnepa.com.


Mardi Gras Business Card Exchange – Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce

Tuesday, February 25, 2020 – 5 to 7 pm – at ArtWorks

March on down Penn Avenue and celebrate Fat Tuesday! Mingle with fellow members and earn some beads by bringing a non-perishable food item for the United Neighborhood Center Food Pantry. This is the largest FREE Business Card Exchange all year! Make your reservations today with Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce.


ArtWorks Gallery & Studio is a fully licensed Day Program for individuals with intellectual disabilities and autism. Celebrating the artist in each of us through fine art instruction, gallery exhibitions, that immerse people with developmental disabilities into a larger arts community that provide them diverse opportunities for fulfilling lives.

Room Taxes to Fund EMHR Projects

by Rick Hiduk


The Endless Mountains Heritage Region (EMHR) will receive funding for projects in Bradford and Sullivan counties now that grant requests to the Bradford County Tourism Promotion Agency (BCTPA) and Endless Mountains Visitors Bureau (EMVB) have been approved by commissioners in those counties.

Sullivan County’s parks and trails will be the focus of a new project by the EMHR in 2020, thanks to funding from the EMVB. The EMHR will develop a program showcasing the growing network of trails there called Sullivan County Bikes & Hikes.

The initiative follows on the heels of the EMHR’s successful Summer Parks series in Bradford County, part of the EMHR’s ongoing efforts to highlight the recreational assets of each of the four counties served by the organization.

“Sullivan County is blessed with unspoiled woodlands and the pristine Loyalsock Creek, which the Pennsylvania Organization for Watersheds and Rivers (POWR) named the River of the Year for 2018,” said EMHR executive director Cain Chamberlin. “The three events we are planning will provide a unique combination of exercise, education and exploration of these natural beauties.”

The EMHR will work with forest rangers and state park officials to conduct a hike at Ricketts Glen State Park in mid to late June; a cycling event in the Loyalsock State Forest in September; and an October hike at Worlds End State Park to highlight autumn’s spectacular colors.

A Room Tax grant from the BCTPA will help the EMHR with its annual Youth Heritage Sojourn planned for late May, and another will be used to promote at least two paddling sojourns on the river.

The water trail brochures will be designed and printed in time for spring kayaking. “We should have them done by March or April,” Chamberlin noted. The EMHR is the designated water trail manager for Susquehanna River’s Upper North Branch.

The new brochures will include information about the EMHR’s sojourns and recreational opportunities on the river, as well as a message about environmental stewardship. “There will also be instructions on how to join the 444 Club and begin logging river miles, as well as information for watershed organizations with which the EMHR partners throughout the year to promote and conduct events on and along the river,” said Chamberlin.

The annual Youth Heritage Sojourn planned for May 28 to 30 will start in Bradford County, though the precise stretch of river has yet to be determined. A second paddling sojourn geared to adults will be conducted in late August or September. Many of those details will be decided after Water Trail Committee members meet on January 25.

The Room Tax grants are made possible by the collection of fees assessed to hotel and bed & breakfast stays in Pennsylvania. The amount is returned by the county to its designated tourist promotion agency for disbursement to non-profit groups and municipalities.

The EMVB has served Sullivan, Susquehanna and Wyoming counties since 1962, and the BCTPA has served Bradford County since separating from the EMVB in 2014. The EMHR fosters and promotes sites and events related to history, recreation and agriculture in the same four counties. For more information about the organization, interested readers may log on to www.emheritage.org and follow the Endless Mountains Heritage Region on Facebook for current news.