May 2015 – Newsletter Issue 5

An awards dinner will be held on May 14th to honor these students.  Over 52,000 dollars have been given to deserving students over the past 14 years through our scholarship program.  This program is funded through our annual Scholarship Golf Tournament.  Please help us continue helping our future business leaders by sponsoring or participating in our outing this July 20th at Woodstone Golf Club.  See flyer or call for more details.

The 2015 SBCC Membership Directories are complete…..If you have not already received yours, stop by the office or any chamber event to pick one up.

Join us on May 9th at Three Brothers Beverage for a networking mixer and on the 14th for our Annual Scholarship Awards Dinner for the 5 area students at Tuscarora.  Our next Business Luncheon will be held on June 23rd at the Wind Gap Park with food provided from Café on Broadway in Wind Gap and guest speaker on the Appalachian Trail.  Flyers attached.

Economic Development Committee Update:  We are continually working to keep the Slate Belt commercial property inventory list up to date.  If you have a listing or know of a private listing please send in your fact sheets.  The committee is working with Northampton County to apply for a grant that’s main focus will be broadband.  In the past few month the committee has been gathering information on the top priorities of the area and answering the question “what do you perceive as the top challenges that hinder economic development. Broadband came in first, then others were infrastructure, marketing, vacant building, tourism, regional zoning, streetscape/traffic improvement along the 512 corridor and more.  We will begin to research deeper into these areas with the hope to have put a plan together by the end of the year.  Our next committee meeting is May 19th,

8 am at the chamber office.  Anyone is welcome to join us.


Berkheimer, Tax Administrator

Susan Ruch, Representative

50 North 7th St. Bangor, PA 18013

610-588-0965 x 2272


Web Site:

Specializing in all Pennsylvania Act 32 and Act 50 tax administration services.  We are the trusted partner for

32 TCDs and provide services to help individuals, employers, tax preparers and governments.


Liberty Fire Company #2

Rick Bruce, Secretary

67 North 8th Street

Bangor, PA 18013


E-Mail: Web Site: Fire prevention & fire suppression.


Victory Jcwooc of Martial Arts UC

Jason Victory, CEO

4 N. Robinson Ave. Pen Argyl, PA 18072



Web Site:

Martial arts & fitness classes for ages 4 and up.


Please change the following in your Membership Directory

Paramount Business Development has moved to

745 Main Street, Suite 205

Stroudsburg, PA 18360



  • 5/9: Three Brothers Beverage Mixer, 12 pm
  • 5/14: Scholarship Awards Dinner @ Tuscarora Inn
  • 6/19: Chamber Night Iron Pigs Baseball Game
  • 6/23: SBCC Business Luncheon @ Wind Gap Park
  • 6/24: Chamber Night at PA Shakespeare Festival “Les Miserables”
  • 7/20: Scholarship Golf Classic @ Woodstone Country Club
  • 8/19: Annual Bi Chamber Clam Bake @ Evergreen Lake
  • More events to come……call with your suggestions!

Additional Natural Gas Severance Tax Discussed on Latest Comcast Newsmakers

PA Chamber Government Affairs Manager Kevin Sunday discussed the specifics of Gov. Tom Wolf’s proposed severance tax on the natural gas industry during the latest segment of Comcast Newsmakers, a public and community-affairs focused TV interview program.

Sunday highlighted the attributes of the existing impact tax structure that was established under Act 13 of 2012, the state’s comprehensive Marcellus Shale oversight law. Since Act 13 was signed, the natural gas industry has been assessed at a very competitive tax rate of between 3 to 4 percent – a structure that is unique to Pennsylvania and has brought in about $220 million a year ($630 million total). That money is distributed among local governments in all 67 Pennsylvania counties, which is helping to fund key infrastructure and general improvement projects while supporting continued job growth through the industry.

Sunday further explained that while campaigning, Gov. Wolf promised to bring in $1 billion through a 5 percent severance tax – a concept that confused those who know that the cost of natural gas is currently quite low. The Wolf administration has since modified their severance tax proposal to place an artificial price floor of close to $3 on natural gas in order to achieve the $1 billion goal. Changing the effective rate of the proposed tax to the highest rate for natural gas in the nation will drive jobs and economic opportunity right out of the Commonwealth.



Relay for Life of Slate Belt will be held on Saturday May 16th – Sunday May 17th at Bangor Memorial park.  10 am opening ceremonies.

Kirkridge celebrates Cinco de Mayo.  Join us for dinner at Kirkridge Retreat Center on May 5th, 6:30 pm.  Doors open at 6 pm at

the Turning Point Dining Room, 2495 Fox Gap Rd, Bangor.  Cost is $19.50 per person plus tax and BYOB.  For reservations call 610-

588-0249 or email or

Ginder Greenhouse & Garden Center is now open for the season.  April 1-June 21, Monday – Saturday 9-5 pm, Sundays in April 9-12 pm, May –June 9-4 pm.

Recovery Revolution was invited to participate in the “2015 Highmark Walk For A Healthy Community”

The walk will take place on Saturday, May 30, 2015, at DeSales University in Bethlehem. We need your support in the following manner:

Be a Walker (show up and support recovery on May 30, 2015) Be a Virtual Walker (sign up and promote the event)

Donate to a person or a team that is walking for Recovery Revolution

To support in these manners: Please go to

and select the option that you want to do or if you are unable to go online, please fill out the following and give to Recovery Revolution. We can accept cash, check, or credit cards at the office or if you sign up online you may use a credit card directly on the site above.

Walk Participants can look forward to:

  • A fun day! The walk will be held rain or shine with food, beverages, music, activities, and prize drawings immediately following the conclusion of the walk.
  • A walkway accessible for strollers and wheelchairs and a dog friendly environment.
  • A chance to win one of our great prizes valued at over $1000 collectively. For every $50 that you donate or raise in support of a participating organization, you will receive one raffle ticket.
  • Receiving a Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community t-shirt if you donate or raise $25 or more for a participating organization (while supplies last).

Onsite Registration and Check-In begins at 7:45 a.m. The 5K walk will start at 9:00 a.m. on the DeSales University Campus &

the One Mile Fun Walk begins at 9:15 a.m.

Pen Argyl Athletic & Park Association is seeking “Green for the Greens” sponsorship program.  Last year a completely new mini golf course was installed at Weona Park.  Your business can be a part of their mini-golf experience by sponsoring one of the holes. When you sponsor a hole, your company’s name will be engraved on a granite plaque that will be placed atop the score card stand at that hole.  Sponsorship cost is $1500 for an electrified hole and $1000 for a non-electrified hole.  If you are interested remit your company name, address and contact information to Pen Argyl Athletic & Park Association, 11-13 N. Robinson Ave., Pen Argyl, PA 18072 All contribution are tax deductible.  Join us for the Grand Opening on June 13th.

Slate Belt Nursing & Rehabilitation Center is looking for a part-time cook.  Experience preferred.  Must be able to work every other weekend/every other holiday.  Please inquire at the front desk at Slate Belt or apply on-line at

A space to Bloom & Create in Bangor.  Bloom Creative Studio is where people of all ages can discover new experiences through art. Walk in guests pay a studio fee to work in the space and use supplies such as paints, brushes, stamps, stencils and a wide variety of tools. Youth summer art camps and adult workshop series will be offered.  See attached flyer for more details.

Families First presents A Wine Tasting, Friday, May 15, 4:30-7 pm at Blue Ridge Estate Vineyard & Winery, 239 Blue Ridge Rd., Saylorsburg, PA.  Tickets $20 per person in advance includes, wine tasting & glass, tour & hor D’oeuvres.  For tickets contact, Fran Jones 610-863-9095 ext. 1308 or any Pen Argyl School.  Limited space.  All proceeds benefit the Families First Scholarship Fund.

Bangor Elks Lodge #1106 is looking for a part time cook, Thursday and Friday nights to start and two Saturdays per month.  Call Vic for details, 610-390-7107

SBCC Officers  & Directors

Steve Hurni, President

Mary Marshall, 1st Vice President

Jeff Ott, 2nd Vice President Fred Curcio, Secretary Rosemary Albert, Treasurer Nadine Moyer, Chairman


One Year Directors

Rosemary Albert, Mary Marshall, Jewel Williamson-Burns, Nadine Moyer, Joann Ginder, Chuck Niclaus, Jeff Ott, Adolph



Two Year Directors

Paul Donovan, Jr., Lucy Flinn, Fred Curcio, Kim Armitage, Steve Hurni, Bryan Gault, Victor Rodite