The Third Annual “Forest City Teague Trail Trot 5K and 1-Mile Community Walk” will be held this Saturday, May 11, 2024, on the D & H Trail! The event begins and ends at the Forest City Trailhead, on Commerce Boulevard. The 5K race start is scheduled for 10 am with a 1 mile “Community Fun Walk” to follow immediately thereafter.
The GFCBA is continuously striving to identify ways to promote local commerce, support our community and collaborate with other entities to enhance and highlight all that we are and can be. Funds from the Teague Trot are dedicated to this vision.
Specifically, in 2024, the GFCBA intends to support the continued development of a “sculpture trail” leading from the D & H Trail to Forest City’s downtown. The first sculpture is complete and located at the Forest City Trailhead, marking Wi-Fi at that location. The second sculpture, in the planning stages and managed by the Forest City Outdoor Town Action Team, is anticipated in 2024 and will be placed at the Erie Street Trailhead, with a historical theme planned. Further pieces shall “move up” into and through Forest City, with the complete project planned for 5 to 6 sculptures in total.
The GFCBA’s marketing committee, led by board member Tim Madden, has overseen a more than year-long project for the Greater Forest City Region – a seasonal video highlighting all that our area has to offer. The video creation was supported via funding awarded to the GFCBA by the Endless Mountains Visitors Bureau via the Room Tax Grant program, in 2022. The final video has an expected delivery at the end of this month and the GFCBA will invest in marketing this media to promote our trail town and all that we have to offer through the seasons. The project has relevance for community and commerce, not only within the city limits, but expanding to the “Greater” Forest City region. It will be an asset that can be used to touch markets well outside of our immediate area.
The 5K race is a chipped and timed race, assisted by Finish Strong Race Timing, LLC. Awards for the 5K will be presented for several age groups, male and female categories. Top Male and Top Female Finisher Awards will also be presented. One-mile walkers will not be chipped or timed, but 1st, 2nd and 3 rd place medals will be awarded in order across the finish line.
Race fees for the 5K are $30 per registrant and $15 for 1-Mile walkers. Race discounts are available for any organization pre-registering with 5 or more registrants – email gfcba13@gmail.com to request a coupon code. Commemorative race t-shirts and race bags will be given to both 5K participants and 1-Mile walkers on a first come, first served basis. Online registration is open until 5 pm on Thursday, May 9, 2024. To register, go to visitforestcitypa.com and click the link to the race website. Day of event registration is available and is open between 8:30 and 9:45 am.
For more information regarding this year’s Teague Trail Trot or if you’re a business wishing to include promotional items in our race bags, please reach out to the GFCBA at gfcba13@gmail.com prior to Friday, May 10. We hope to see the Forest City commUNITY on the trail on Saturday morning!

The Greater Forest City Business Alliance is excited to announce the Second Annual “Forest City Teague Trail Trot 5K and Community Walk” to be held on Saturday, May 11, 2024, on the D & H Trail! Race location is at the trailhead, located in Forest City, on Commerce Boulevard. The 5K race start is scheduled for 10 am with a 1 mile “Community Fun Walk” to follow immediately thereafter.

In January 2022, Forest City lost a longtime resident and “running icon”, Donny Teague at the age of 91. For all who knew Don, he was “always running”. He was known and will be remembered for his true love of the sport, boundless energy and his colorful and attention-grabbing outfits when hitting the pavement. He was also a faithful supporter, advocate, and statistician for the Forest City Regional Cross-Country Team, for more than 20 years. He was committed to the success of those student athletes and made sure each team member had the support they needed to cross the finish line. He was out on the course until they were in. The GFCBA is honored to continue to recognize Don with this event.

In line with Donny’s joy of running in, around and through Forest City, funds raised from this race continue to be earmarked to support projects connecting local commerce to our region’s outdoor experience. Specifically, in 2024, the GFCBA intends to support the continued
development of a “sculpture trail” leading from the D & H Trail to Forest City’s downtown. Our marketing committee has overseen a wonderful project for the Greater Forest City Region – a seasonal video highlighting all that our area has to offer. Once released this year, the GFCBA will invest in marketing this media. Additional plans developing or ongoing within our community include a façade program, a mural program, renovation of Center Street Park, streetscape planning and the placement of bike racks within the town. There are so many things the Greater Forest City community is accomplishing and the GFCBA is pleased to offer collaboration and support.

The 5K race is a chipped and timed race, assisted by Finish Strong Race Timing, LLC. Awards for the 5K will be presented for several age groups, male and female categories. Top Male and Top Female Finisher Awards will also be presented. One-mile walkers will not be chipped or timed, but 1st, 2nd and 3rd will be awarded in order across the finish line.

Race fees for the 5K are $25 until April 30th and then increase to $30 through race day. Fees for the community walk are $12.50 until April 30th and then increase to $15 through race day. All participants registered by May 1st, 2024 can choose their commemorative race t-shirt size and will receive them on race day. A limited number of t-shirts will be available at the event. This year, race bags will also be provided to all participants, donated by Comprehensive Physical Therapy.

In addition to race participants, we are also seeking sponsors and donors to add to this event’s success. We are asking local businesses to support our mission through sponsorships, donations, and other items needed for race day. Both race registrations and monetary donations/sponsorships can be completed at VisitForestCityPA.com. Click on the link for the Forest City Teague Trot to lead you to our secure race website. For our race bags, if any Forest City Business has promotional items they would like to place in the bags, we would love to include them for you – they are a great way to get your business materials into the hands of the public. For more information regarding donations or volunteering during the event, please reach out via email to gfcba13@gmail.com.

We hope to see the Forest City commUNITY on the trail on May 11th!

CPT Forest City Occupational Therapy Services & Emily Chee OTR/L, CLT
Comprehensive Physical Therapy is pleased to welcome a new provider, Emily Chee, OTR/L, CLT, and announce the addition of occupational therapy services to the Forest City location.
 
Since 1997, CPT Forest City has provided physical therapy services to the Forest City community. Over time, four CPT locations – Carbondale, Dunmore, Hawley and Honesdale – have added occupational therapy to complement physical therapy services. The addition of occupational therapy supports a long term goal of CPT, to offer both service realms at all locations.
 
Ms. Chee will be providing occupational therapy care in our Forest City and Carbondale locations. She is a 2022 and 2023 graduate of Misericordia University, where she received her Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences and then her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy, with a specialization in pediatrics. Ms. Chee has earned her designation as a “certified lymphedema therapist” after completing her training through the Norton School of Lymphatic Therapy – the leader in lymphedema care and education.
 
Occupational therapists are actively involved in the care for both orthopedic and neurological conditions. The profession is known for working to help clients get back to their “occupation of living”. Occupational therapists within CPT also bring a set of specialty areas to the practice.
 
All occupational therapy providers within CPT are certified to provide lymphatic treatment, more specifically recognized as “complete decongestive therapy”. Lymphedema is an abnormal accumulation of protein-rich fluid caused by malformation or malfunction of the lymphatic system. It often affects an arm or leg, but can occur in the face, neck, abdomen, or genitals. Following the complete decongestive therapy approach, CPT’s lymphedema program offers total care to the patient with lymphedema. Treatments are rendered in 1 hour sessions, 2-4 times a week for 4-8 weeks. Length of treatment is typically dependent on the severity of the lymphedema. Conditions that often benefit from this treatment include post mastectomy, chronic venous insufficiency, peripheral vascular disease, deep vein thrombosis and various traumas.
 
We are also pleased to share that Ms. Chee has a strong focus to work with the pediatric population. Therapists who work within the specialty of pediatric rehabilitation utilize a distinct knowledge base of development and play-based therapy. Children are not “small versions of adults”, and rehabilitation approaches must recognize and consider typical and atypical development. Through a play-based approach, our pediatric therapists address a child’s unique development, focusing on developmental milestones. Treatment can begin in the infancy stage and progressively address each stage of development.
 
Occupational therapy services will be available beginning the week of April 8, 2024. A physician referral is required. For more information, please contact the office directly at 570-785-2018 or visit our website at www.cptrehab.net and visit our “lymphedema care” or “pediatrics” tab under “services”. There is also an option through the website with a chat feature to request a team member to contact you directly.
 
The CPT Family is excited about this progression for our services and are committed to continuing to serve the Forest City community.
 
📸Submitted by @Comprehensive Physical Therapy, Inc.

The Greater Forest City Business Alliance is pleased to announce their Board of Directors and Officers for 2024. Juliann Doyle will serve as President and also holds positions as President of the Browndale Fire Company, Secretary of the Forest City Area Historical Society and Junior Warden at Christ Episcopal Church; Suzanne Atcavage, will serve as Vice President, leads the Grant Committee and is the co-owner and Vice President of Comprehensive Physical Therapy; serving as Secretary is Katie Cicilioni, owner of Frugal Living and President of Mountain View Garden Club; serving as Treasurer is Karen Obelenus, a retired SCI employee and member of the Browndale Fire Company; Pastor Tim Madden of Cornerstone Bible Church, leads the Marketing Committee; Membership and Fundraising Committee is lead by, Michelle LaPenta, M&M Auto; Duffy Samuel, The Samuel Company and Cables General Store; Daniel Frederici, Brace Brook Home
Inspections, LLC; and Laura Wielebinski, Point W Real Estate.

The mission of the GFCBA is to unite local businesses, organizations, and individuals to promote the economy, assist in economic development and foster a positive community environment. The GFCBA is committed to conducting its interactions in a respectful and ethical manner that upholds the values of our community. The organization works to represent the interests of its membership
in a manner that fosters respect, credibility and strategic importance for the businesses within the Greater Forest City area. Collaboration with local organizations to support the betterment of the Greater Forest City community is highly regarded.

The GFCBA ended 2023 with nearly 120 members and continues to look toward growth in 2024. The organization supports their members via projects including a promotional brochure – this year to be updated with a QR code to maintain updated information for all members; The GFCBA continues to work with Golden Owl Consulting to professionally manage our website and social media pages which provide avenues for member promotion and support. Finally, 2023 was a “construction” year for a professionally developed seasonal video of the Greater Forest City Area, which will be released this spring. Phase 2 of the video project is dedicated to investing in it as a marketing tool to promote our region and inherently support our membership.

In 2024, our 3 rd Annual Forest City Teague Trail Trot is scheduled for Saturday, May 11. Our first BINGO this past fall wall was well received and the GFCBA is planning two this year – one in later spring and one mid fall, with dates and locations to be determined. The GFCBA earmarks the funding from these events to support community projects that support commerce and the betterment of the
Greater Forest City area. We invite the community to visit our website at www.VisitForestCityPA.com and follow us on Facebook at @GFCBANEPA. With our 2024 membership drive winding down, businesses of the area are encouraged to reach out for membership by contacting the GFCBA at: Greater Forest City Business Alliance – P.O. Box 155 – Forest City, PA 18421; email gfcba13@gmail.com.

(SUSQUEHANNA COUNTY, PA) — Forest City Borough’s Outdoor Town Action Team and the Rail-Trail Council of Northeastern Pennsylvania are proud to unveil two new additions to the D&H Rail-Trail Forest City Trailhead. We invite trail users and the Greater Forest City community to celebrate the unveiling of the first trail sculpture on the trail and an interpretive sign about coal mining and the railroads.

The unveilings will occur on Saturday, December 9, at 1 PM at the Forest City Trailhead. The event will feature the unveiling and the background behind each structure. Those instrumental in the funding, design, fabrication, and installation of the structures will be acknowledged.

The trail sculpture was funded in part by the Endless Mountains Heritage Region through Forest City’s Borough’s Outdoor Town Action Team. The FCOTAT plans to continue trail sculptures along the D&H leading up to Main Street. Artist Scott Nichols designed the sculpture to bring attention to the free Wi-Fi on the Forest City Trailhead.

The Rail-Trail Council through the Overlook Foundation and Endless Mountains Heritage Region has funded many of its historical interpretive signs. The Forest City sign highlights the influence coal mining and the railroads had on the growth of the Forest City area. The Forest City Area Historical Society and the Carbondale Historical Society both contributed to the content.

Each unveiling will feature some key person comments:
Chris Glinton – Mayor Forest City Borough
Cain Chamberlin – Executive Director, Endless Mountains Heritage Region
Christine Dettore – Northeast Regional Advisor, DNCR Bureau of Recreation and Conservation
Erin Debish and Deb McNamara – Forest City Outdoor Action Team
Suzanne Atcavage – President Greater Forest City Business Alliance
John Kameen — Forest City Area Historical Society
Lynn Conrad — Executive Director Rail-Trail Council of NEPA

Warm beverages will be available. If the weather is favorable, you are welcome to explore the D&H Rail-Trail by foot or bike. The trailhead is located off State Route 247 along Commerce Boulevard, Forest City 18421.

For more information, call 570.679.9300, or email nepatrails@gmail.com or visit neparailtrails.org

Browndale Fire Company is promoting winter preparedness and encouraging their residents to take action to prepare for winter weather. The fire company is committed to supporting winter preparedness. Winter storms can occur anywhere and bring freezing rain, ice, snow, high winds, or a combination of all these conditions. Winter weather can knock out heat, power, and communications services to your home or office, sometimes for days at a time. Heavy snowfall and extreme cold can immobilize an entire region. Being prepared for winter weather can decrease your risk.

Our entire Community can act against the upcoming winter weather this season by:
• Winterizing your Emergency Supply Kit.
• Planning how to communicate with family and friends with an Emergency Communication
Plan.
• And knowing how to receive important weather information and updates, including signing-
up for regional weather alerts.

Online Resources:
• Ready.gov
• Ready.gov Winter Weather
• Weather.gov
• Weather Terms
• CDC Winter Weather
• American Red Cross Winter Weather Resources
• Department of Health and Human Services Winter Weather Resources
• U.S. Fire Administration Severe Weather Fire Safety

If you must travel for work or another appointment, we suggest you be prepared. We wish everyone Happy and safe Holidays and a safe New Year. Thank you for supporting the Browndale Fire Company.

 

Thank you for being a part of the Greater Forest City Business Alliance and a Forest City Business owner.  Especially, in these times, we strive to make this town more of a destination.  We continue to develop a vibrant community atmosphere for people to visit, shop, and stop for a bite to eat.

As Autumn and Winter approach, we are hoping to decorate the town, particularly on Main Street, on Wednesday, October 25th from 4 pm – 7 pm we will be hosting a “Trunk or Treat” event, pumpkin painting, costume contest, and some good old-fashioned fun.  This event is planned to bring more people to patronize your businesses and organizations.  For this event, your business or group will have the opportunity to sponsor and carve a Jack O’Lantern.  The pumpkins, with your name prominently featured, will be displayed on the 500 block of Main Street.

Furthermore, in a two-for-one decorating opportunity, all proceeds from your pumpkin sponsorship will go towards the Holiday Light Fund.  Our current Main Street lights are in desperate need of replacement, so new ones are needed across our town to create an inviting atmosphere for the December Tree Lighting Ceremony.

In the upcoming holiday season, please help us to help you and our town draw more people to our local businesses.  Donations, no matter how small, are important and your donation of any amount will sponsor your pumpkin.

Respectfully,

Paul Daugevelo, Main Street Coordinator

Rosal@nep.net

 

 

THE FOREST CITY AREA HISTORICAL SOCIETY IS PROUD TO ANNOUNCE AN EVENING OF FOLK MUSIC BY RUSS RENTLER ON SATURDAY OCT. 7TH AT 7:00 P.M. AT THE FCA HISTORICAL SOCIETY MUSEUM, 629 MAIN STREET, FOREST CITY, PA.

RUSS RENTLER, BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND, STARTED PLAYING STRINGED INSTRUMENTS WITH HIS FIRST UKULELE IN FIFTH GRADE PURCHASE WITH S&H GREEN STAMPS IN DOVER, NJ.  HE PLAYED MUSIC AT MORAVIAN COLLEGE IN A FOLK BAND WITH JOHN GORKA, WHO LATER BECAME A LUMINARY IN THE NEW FOLK MOVEMENT.

AFTER COLLEGE,  RUSS WENT TO MEDICAL SCHOOL IN NEW JERSEY AND SPECIALIZED IN INTERNAL MEDICINE.  IN HIS FREE TIME HE CONTINUED TO PURSUE HIS PASSION OF PERFORMING ACOUSTIC MUSIC ON HAMMERED AND MOUNTAIN DULCIMER.

IN 2016, RUSS RENTLER LEFT HIS PRACTICE OF INTERNAL MEDICINE AND GERIATRICS, WHICH HAS ALLOWED HIM TO PURSUE HIS LIFE-LONG DREAM AND PASSION OF PERFORMING ORIGINAL AND TRADITIONAL MUSIC.

SING OUT MAGAZINE HAS DESCRIBED HIM AS “A GIFTED SONGWRITER AS WELL AS A FINE MUSICIAN”.

HIS SHOWS ARE FAST-PACED WITH MULTIPLE INSTRUMENT CHANGES INTERSPERSED WITH FUNNY STORIES OF HIS LIFE AS A PHYSICIAN WITH THE HEART OF A TROUBADOUR.

NOTE:  “RUSS RENTLER IS A FIRST RATE PERFORMER.  THIS IS A CONCERT YOU DON’T WANT TO MISS,”  SAID PAUL FERRARO, FCA HISTORICAL SOCIETY EVENT MANAGER AND FOLK MUSICIAN.

WHILE AT THE CONCERT, VIEW THE MANY HISTORICAL ITEMS AND HISTORY OF THE FOREST CITY REGIONAL AREA.  THE FOREST CITY AREA HISTORICAL MUSEUM IS HANDICAPPED ACCESSIBLE AND AIR CONDITIONED.

THERE IS NO ADMISSION FOR THE CONCERT,  DONATIONS WILL BE WELCOMED.  COME AND ENJOY!

Halloween Costume Drive
Last year the Greater Forest City Business Alliance held its first free Halloween costume giveaway, giving local kids gently used costumes donated by the community.
This event was a huge success, putting smiles on the faces of many of our neighborhood families! We have already been asked if we would be having this event this year as well. The answer is YES!!
Please consider donating your gently used costumes to this community event. Items can be dropped off at M&M Auto Service located at 144 South Main Street in Vandling Monday – Friday from 8am – 5pm or Saturdays from 9am – 3pm. Please contact Michelle @ 570-785-4444 if you have any questions. Pick-up is available within 10 miles.

The Forest City Outdoor Town Action Team (FCOTAT) is pleased to announce that they have been awarded $2,362.00 in mini-grant funding through the Endless Mountains Heritage Region, in support of their project, “Connecting Forest City to its Outdoor Resources Through
Art”. The funding is made possible through the Endless Mountains Heritage Region, the Environmental Stewardship Fund (ESF) and the Commonwealth’s Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR). Grant match funds for the award have been provided by the
Rail Trail Council of NEPA and the Greater Forest City Business Alliance. Letters of support were also received from both of these organizations and also the Mountain View Garden Club.

The intent of this project is to place the first of several sculptures to creatively connect the D&H Rail Trail to the Forest City community and downtown. The end vision is to create a system of several sculptures that capture the heritage and character of the Forest City region, of
which our natural resources have always contributed. The first sculpture, for which this grant was requested, will be placed at the Forest City Trail Head marking the free WiFi – a service to trail users made possible with a grant awarded by the Endless Mountains Visitors Bureau in
2019. The sculpture will be commissioned by local artist Scott Nichols and creatively integrates nature and outdoor recreation. The natural resources surrounding us have always played a role in our commerce and community – from coal mining in years past to current tourism in the form of activities such as walking, hiking, skiing and biking. As this project grows, a sculpture/art walk will lead trail users from the Forest City Trail Head via Erie Street to Main Street. The addition of the artwork within the community is intended to engage residents and visitors, reminding and representing our culture and heritage to all who pass through. This project supports a main focus of the Outdoor Town/Trail Town initiative, connecting our community and visitors to our outdoor spaces.

Completion of this first artwork is anticipated to occur in mid to late summer. The Rail Trail Council of NEPA has approved the placement of the sculpture at the Forest City Trail Head and as a WiFiservice marker. And, the Samuel Company has committed to construct a concrete
slab on which to place and secure the unique art. The FCOTAT and Forest City Borough are excited to partner with the Endless Mountains Heritage Region for this initial sculpture and appreciative of their support for progress within our community.