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Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center has been recognized as part of the Blue Distinction Centers for Specialty Care program in the areas of knee and hip replacement and spine surgery by Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania.


The Blue Distinction Centers for Specialty Care program is a national designation awarded by Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies to medical facilities such as Geisinger Wyoming Valley in Plains Township that have demonstrated expertise in delivering quality specialty care.


Attorney Christopher T. Powell Jr., a senior partner in Powell Law in Scranton, has been named to the National Trial Lawyers Top 100, an invitation-only organization composed of the premier trial lawyers from each state.


A graduate of Villanova University, Powell earned his juris doctorate from Loyola University Law School in New Orleans. He handles all types of personal injury cases.


The Wyoming Valley Chapter of the International Association of Administrative Professionals received several awards at the recent international Education Forum in Anaheim, Calif. The chapter placed second out of more than 500 chapters worldwide for their fundraising efforts on behalf of educational scholarships for administrative professionals and housing for their retired colleagues in need and earned the Chapter of Excellence designation for the fourth year. In addition, six members attained the Member of Excellence designation.


The group meets the second Tuesday of the month and include educational programs such as coaching and mentoring, cultural diversity, self-care essentials, iridology and time management. The chapter also raises community awareness with local charity projects. For more information visit www.iaap-wyomingvalley.org.


Robert Silvi, director of human resources at Penguin Random House, will receive the Community Leader of the Year Award at the 118th Annual Meeting of the Family Service Association of Northeastern Pennsylvania. The meeting will take place Sept. 9, at noon, at the East Mountain Inn in Plains Township.


Born and raised in Plains Township, Silvi is an alumnus of Wilkes University where he received a B.S. and M.B.A. Silvi began his career at Met Life, in New York City, as a recruiting/training representative. Returning to the Wyoming Valley in 1972, Silvi held various human resources positions in the manufacturing and banking sectors locally. Silvi has spent the past 15 years in his current position with Penguin Random House.


Cross Valley Federal Credit Union was recently honored by Luzerne County Head Start as their 2013 Outstanding Community Partner.


Each year Luzerne County Head Start recognizes area businesses, organizations and individuals who have made significant contributions to the center and program over the years. Staff and members nominate those whose support and generosity of time, talent and treasures have made a difference in the lives of Head Start and Early Head Start Children and their families.


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