Col. and Mrs. Sam Astin, commanding officers of The American Rescue Workers Williamsport Corps, announced recently that Michael T. Kane has joined the organization as the men's program director. The American Rescue Workers is a church/non-profit charitable organization that gives spiritual and material aid to those in need; majoring in hunger and homeless prevention programs.
The organization has had a ministry to indigent men for more than 79 years; offering short term transitional shelter and a longer term Men's Program designed to minister to the individual in a holistic approach as they seek a positive return to society and a productive living environment.
Kane graduated from Lycoming College with a bachelor of arts degree in May of this year. Kane came to the church with excellent credentials and recommendations including this one from Mitch Marcello, First United Methodist Church director of college and community outreach: "Michael Kane's heart is evident in all he does serves others before himself, works hard as a leader and refuses to settle for good enough," a news release said.
"This is just the type of person we need on our team and we are delighted he's with us," said Col. Astin.
Kane served as college and community outreach intern at First United Methodist Church. At Lycoming College he served in various capacities including: resident adviser, residential life; president, United Campus Ministry; service coordinator, Community Service Center; orientation leader, summer orientation Staff and student technician, Information Technology Services. He was also an environmental planning intern, for Lycoming County.
Kane is a resident of the city utilizing the parsonage that is owned by the American Rescue Workers.
Attorney to present
on irrevocable trusts
Certified elder law attorney Julieanne E. Steinbacher will present at the Pennsylvania Bar Institute seminar "Irrevocable Trusts: Drafting with the Right Ingredients." The continuing legal education program will be held Aug. 5 in Mechanicsburg.
Steinbacher will present "What are Irrevocable Trusts and Why Use Them?" The topic will focus on the differences between revocable and irrevocable trusts, different types of irrevocable trusts and how they work, federal estate tax issues, planning for Medicaid and Veterans benefits, creditors and lawsuits, management of funds, and avoiding probate. The audience will consist of attorneys, judges, and paralegals from across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
The Elder Care and Special Needs Law Firm of Steinbacher & Stahl was established in 2002 by Julieanne E. Steinbacher, who, in addition to being an attorney, is a gerontologist and social worker. In 2008, long-time associate Adrianne J. Stahl, Esquire, joined Attorney Steinbacher as a partner.
Brokers take course on health care law
The Benefits Team at The Sholley Agency fully understands the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also commonly known as Obamacare. Each member of the Team recently completed a 10 hour course and passed a proctored exam to become certified through The National Association of Health Underwriters' new PPACA professional development course.
Brokers successfully completing this course, according to a news release, have confirmed their knowledge of the key technical components of the law and are prepared to counsel their clients on upcoming required health care changes and new health plan options for employer groups and individuals.
"By taking this course, the Sholley Benefits Team has joined an elite group who are uniquely qualified to assist clients in complying with the new law," said association CEO Janet Trautwein. "They understand how the market is likely to change over the next few years, and are in the perfect position to advise families and businesses in planning for the future."
"As broker consultants, staying current with the changes introduced by health care reform and educating our clients is our top priority. Understanding the nuances of the law enable us to identify opportunities for our clients," said Chris Bailey, of Sholley Agency, Inc.
Area business owner attends convention
William Bardo, owner of ServPro of Williamsport and Montoursville, recently returned from ServPro's 44th annual Convention in mid-June at the Anaheim Marriott Hotel and the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, Calif.
ServPro, a disaster cleanup, restoration and remediation services company, welcomed a record number of franchisees to the annual event, a news release said, The convention offered more than 60 workshop sessions covering more than 30 different topics. This year's keynote speaker was former NBA player Walter Bond.
"The variety and quality of this year's educational and business sessions was better than ever," said Bardo. "This Convention is my opportunity to learn about the latest initiatives from ServPro Corporate, and the developing trends in our industry. I know the time I spend in sessions and talking to fellow Franchisees benefits not only my business, but also my community when customers call on us for our services."
In addition to providing a networking and educational forum for the more than 1,600 Franchise Owners in the ServPro franchise system, the annual event provides a platform for ServPro to recognize and reward franchisees for outstanding success in their businesses.
New real estate
agent for group
Weichert, Realtors - Premier has announced that real estate agent Matthew Brown has joined the sales team of the Williamsport agency. A resident of Muncy, he will assist homebuyers and sellers in Lycoming County - particularly Muncy, Hughesville, Montgomery, and Muncy Valley - and Eagles Mere.
In service to the community, Brown is an Eagle Scout committee member for the Boy Scouts of America.
Holding an associate's degree in building construction technology, he is a member of the West Branch Susquehanna Builders Association. He is the owner of Lycoming Fence Co. LLC, and has a background in building materials and home building estimates.