People in business

Employee of the

year selected

Steve Mutchler has been named state Department of Transportation district employee of the year for 2016.

Mutchler is an assistant traffic engineer in charge of the operations section of the traffic unit. According to a news release, “he is known throughout the district and the state for his extensive knowledge of transportation engineering, particularly as it relates to signing and pavement markings. That knowledge comes from decades of experience as a PennDOT employee.”

He continually is called upon by district and county staff to assist with traffic control, signing issues, pavement marking concerns and detour coordination. He provides timely responses to the questions and concerns and interacts professionally with PennDOT staff, legislators and the public.

Mutchler, the news release said, is “a dedicated professional whose enthusiasm and passion sets him apart from others. It is obvious to all who meet him that he truly loves his work. That enthusiasm is reflected in the work performed by his staff, as well. Steve serves as a mentor to his employees so the knowledge he has gained through years of dedicated service can be carried well into the future.”

His tenure, experience and interpersonal skills have enabled him to build strong relationships within PennDOT and other state departments of transportation, other state agencies, municipalities and his co-workers.

Mutchler was instrumental in coordinating with the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources the use of a pedestrian/bicycle trail for a motor vehicle detour during a project on Route 414 in Lycoming County.

A nearly 37-year PennDOT employee, Steve lives in Hepburn Township with his wife Julie. He has two grown children, Matthew and Danielle.

January’s employee of

the month picked

Fred Stackhouse has been named state Department of Transportation district employee of the month for January 2017.

Stackhouse is the building maintenance foreman responsible for the maintenance of district office buildings and grounds. This workload includes overseeing plumbing, electrical and mechanical systems, building maintenance, lawns and landscaping and removing snow from sidewalks and parking lots.

According to a news release, “one word that describes Fred best is ‘dependable.’ He can be counted on to give his best effort in everything he does. He is helpful, hard-working and always willing to go the extra mile to ensure his work is done correctly and efficiently. He is will provide assistance to anyone who needs it.”

Stackhouse has taken on several challenging facility projects in recent years and each time he was able to manage his time to ensure the work was completed within required deadlines. One of these projects was the reorganization of the design unit. He made sure the work was performed in an organized manner and with the least amount of disruption to district employees. Stackhouse’s diligence during this project helped ensure it was completed ahead of schedule.

“If a job demands extra time to complete, Fred will put those hours in, even if it’s during a weekend or other off hours,” the news release said. “During the winter, he constantly monitors the weather so he can be at work for snow removal before staff arrives.”

Stackhouse, a 19-year PennDOT employee, lives in Hughesville with his wife Donna and daughter Amanda.

2 real estate agents

complete training

RE/MAX West Branch  announces that 2 of the agency’s real estate agents, Kim DiRocco and Barbara Reed, recently completed the peak producers training program, a comprehensive, 12-week educational training course. According to a news release, offering the training program is RE/MAX West Branch’s latest endeavor to fulfill our commitment to developing the most highly skilled team of professionals who deliver the best possible service to the community we support.

Facilitated by Chris Wallace of RE/MAX West Branch, this program taught the agents how to work by referral, which means giving personalized care and attention to their clients’ individual needs. Because a primary source of new business is referrals, the agents, the news release said, “are dedicated to building long-term relationships based on trust and providing exceptional service before, during and after every transaction.”

For additional information, please contact Cami Rooney at RE/MAX West Branch by calling 570-321-1010 or via email at