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Director of information services retires, assistant director steps up to fill vacancy

After nearly 19 seasons at Little League International, Barry Grove has officially announced his retirement as the Little League director of information services. With Grove’s last day set for April 7, Little League’s current assistant director of information services, Andrew Frederick, has officially been announced as the new director, a news release said.

“Barry’s service and dedication to Little League throughout his career has been a testament to the success of the Little League program as a whole,” said Stephen D. Keener, Little League president and CEO. “We are truly thankful for the commitment, servitude, and compassion that Barry has shown over the last 18 years, and we are excited for the future of the Little League Information Services department under the leadership of Andy in his new role.”

In March of 1999, Grove joined the Little League headquarters staff following a 35-year career at Yorktowne Cabinetry in York, where he served as the director of information technology. Joining the staff nearly 19 years ago, at a time when Little League International didn’t have e-mail or a fully-functioning website, Mr. Grove has helped lead the way on the technological advancements that Little League currently uses today, such as the Little League Data Center, an integrated e-mail system, a comprehensive website, and much more.

“I’ve never considered working at Little League as a job,” said Grove. “You get to help millions of people around the world and you get to meet countless numbers of people that you never would have met otherwise.”

Frederick joined Little League in November 2015 as the assistant director of information services, where he served alongside Grove for the last year and a half. According to the news release, during that time, Frederick has assisted with the development and transition of the Little League Data Center, worked with the mapping of the League Finder program, and has helped develop a variety of information systems to assist with operations, finance, marketing, and communications.

“Barry’s shoes are certainly going to be large to fill. He has been an excellent mentor and friend throughout this transition and he is certainly going to be missed,” said Mr. Frederick. “I am thankful to Little League for giving me this opportunity and looking forward to building upon the hard work and dedication that Barry has put into this program.”

Prior to his time at Little League, Frederick spent nearly seven years at Computer Support Services Inc., where he served as software product manager and as business development manager. Along with his experience at CSSI, Frederick has worked for Geisinger Health System, Earthlink Inc., and Regulation Scanning Technologies Inc.

Frederick graduated from Bucknell University in Lewisburg, in 1996 with a bachelor’s degree in classics.

Founded in 1939, Little League Baseball and Softball is the world’s largest organized youth sports program, with nearly 2.4 million players and one million adult volunteers in every U.S. state and more than 80 other countries, the news release said. During its nearly 80 years of existence, Little League has seen more than 40 million honored graduates, including political leaders, professional athletes, award-winning artists, and a variety of other influential members of society. Each year, millions of people follow the hard work, dedication, and sportsmanship that Little Leaguers display at our seven baseball and softball World Series events, the premier tournaments in youth sports.

Woman joins

real estate agency

RE/MAX West Branch announced recently that real estate agent Stacey Braunsberg has joined the growing real estate franchise. Braunsberg brings to the office years of real estate experience in both North Carolina and Pennsylvania and specializes in helping Veterans use the VA loan program, short sales, foreclosures, military relocation programs and conventional loans.

“I’m eager to be part of the most productive real estate network and heighten the buying and selling experience for my clients,” Braunsberg said, according to a news release. “The real estate season is upon us and new trends are beginning to form — The Williamsport area and surrounding communities are in high demand and homes are selling quickly. I’m here to help guide them through this process.”

Braunsberg understands the importance of providing her clients with the latest market information and industry expertise, the news release said. Braunsberg also is a member of the National Association of Realtors and the West Branch Valley Association of Realtors.

RE/MAX West Branch is a locally owned and operated full-service real estate brokerage located in Williamsport, PA and Watsontown, PA. The brokerage has 12 Realtors® and specializes in Residential, Multi-Use and Commercial real estate. RE/MAX West Branch is a proud supporter of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and and other charities, and is located at 1719 Four Mile Drive, Williamsport, and at 210 Main St., Watsontown. To learn more, please visit www.EveryHouseMatters.com.

Attorney serves

on panel

Julieanne E. Steinbacher, of Steinbacher, Goodall and Yurchak recently served on a panel of medical and legal professionals to discuss ways of communicating end-of-life preferences. The general public was invited to view PBS’s Frontline film “Being Mortal” in February at the Trade and Transit Center II, in downtown Williamsport. UPMC Susquehanna hosted the free film screening as a part of its Hospice and Palliative Care and Caring programs. Panel members were available after the showing for a question and answer session.

“Being Mortal” is based on the book by the same name written by Dr. Atul Gawande to educate audiences on the importance of planning ahead for the unthinkable. Audiences are encouraged to take real, concrete action to identify their wishes for end-of-life care, and how to properly communicate these wishes to loved ones. Free film screenings are occurring nationwide to stress the importance of proper planning and clear communication.

Steinbacher, Goodall and Yurchak is an elder care and special needs law firm offering quality representation in litigation to clients throughout Pennsylvania. Since 1976, the firm and its predecessors have dedicated themselves to practicing law with extraordinary standards of ethics and values while proudly serving as humble benefactors to local charities–solidifying the firm’s place in the Williamsport and Centre County communities.

New real estate agent

for Danville firm

Realty World Booth and Deutsch introduce Nency Taffe, who comes to us with over 25 years of professional real estate experience, according to a news release. She has received her GRI & CRS designations, and is fluently bilingual in German. She grew up in New Hope, and then settled in Sullivan and Bradford counties. She is an avid outdoors person who loves fishing, hunting and watching nature.