First Posted: 10/2/2014


Andy Molitoris

A seven-time winner in this category, Andy Molitoris has been a photographer for over 20 years. He opened Photography by Andy with services ranging from weddings to senior pictures to public relations projects.


Sue Hand

Sue Hand’s artwork is included in public and private art collections across the United States and in several foreign countries. She and her husband, Joseph, have owned and operated Sue Hand’s Imagery for nearly 35 years. She is a seven-time winner of this award. She also shares her talents with others through teaching classes.


State Sen. Lisa Baker

State Sen. Lisa Baker represents the 20th Senatorial District. She chairs the Senate Labor and Industry Committee, is a member of the Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness, Aging and Youth Appropriations, Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure, Public and Welfare. She resides in Lehman Township with her husband Gary. The couple has a son, Carson.


Lake-Lehman Black Knights Football

Belonging to the Wyoming Valley Conference League, Division 2 and coached by Jerry Gilsky, the Lake-Lehman football team team is hoping to have an impressive season.


Ted Jackson Sr.

Ted Jackson Sr. has been a coach in the area for more than 30 years and has won this award seven years in a row. He led the Dallas High School football team to a division championship in 2011 and is now a member of the coaching staff at Wyoming Valley West High School.


Jean Lipski

A born teacher certainly describes Jean Lipski, who has taught at Lake-Lehman for 37 years. She teaches the 7 to 12 gifted program at the junior/senior high school. She also teaches mythology and a new class introduced about two years ago for seniors called character development. Lipski was chosen to teach the class that she describes as a forum for students to discuss difficult life subjects and situations. A Wilkes College graduate, Lipski also coaches the Lake-Lehman girls field hockey team.


Misericordia University

Founded and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy in 1924, Misericordia University offers 34 academic programs on the graduate and undergraduate levels. The college offers small class sizes and more than 40 clubs and organizations.


John Mellon, Ed.D., CFSC, CDEP​

Dr. John Mellon, who has been teaching business classes at Misericordia University since 2002, believes his students appreciate his attention to detail. He says he enters the classroom every day prepared with solid and current business information. He also tries to incorporate practical application of theory in his classes. He takes his students into the business world, allowing them to design marketing plans for business and non-profit organizations.


Little Meadows Learning Center

Nestled on the campus of the Meadows Nursing and Retirement Home, Little Meadows Learning Center has been serving children ages six weeks through 5 years of age since 2000. Little Meadows is a before and after-school school age program. In addition, an “extension program” that offers care for children participating in half-day kindergarten is offered through the center. Intergenerational activities are conducted with the residents in the Meadows Nursing Homes and foster grandparents are welcomed into the program to allow for the children and adults to learn and grow together. The center is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and holds a STAR 4 designation by the Pennsylvania Keystone STARS Program.


Big Bear Fitness

Big Bear Fitness in the Twin Stacks Center in Dallas opened in April 2012. The facility offers a variety of fitness programs and classes. Among the most popular are spinning, Piloxing, Aerobics, Yoga, Cycling, Spin, Step, SilverSneaker, Zumba, Bodypump Bodyflow and Bodyvive. This year, Body Attack had been added and a new Refer and Friend promotion. Making sure his customers can work out in a comfortable atmosphere and with experienced trainers is of the utmost importance to owner Carmen Insalaco.


Back Mountain Bowl

Holding the title of Best Place for Family Fun for the sixth time, Back Mountain Bowl & Family Fun Center has entertained families for nearly 60 years. It offers 16 bowling lanes and a game room, pizza from Spare Time Pizza, ice cream and special events. Back Mountain Bowl & Family Fun Center hosts birthday parties, leagues and an everyday happy hour.


Wayne Laule

Fitness Instructor Wayne Laule opened his studio in the Back Mountain over two years ago, but has been a personal trainer for eight years. Weight loss and athletic training are his specialties. Presently located in Shavertown, Laule has plans to relocate his studio by Nov. 1 to a building also occupying Lakeway Beverage on Route 118 where he will add a six-month body boot camp to his list of training programs.


Irem Country Club

Designed by A.W. Tillinghast, Irem Country Club opened in 1922. The course features 6,480 yards of golf on a par 72 course. The Golf Association has approximately 260 members at present and is open to the public on Thursdays.


Dallas Harvest Festival

The Dallas Harvest Festival is held every September on Main Street in Dallas Borough, celebrating its 12th year this year. The event started in 2003 and has grown every year since. The day-long event features contests, pumpkin decorating, vendors and lots of food.


Darling & Sons Farms and Greenhouses

Winning for the sixth year, Darling and Sons Farms and Greenhouses have not only been supplying fresh vegetables and produce since 1930, but customers will find a wide assortment of plants, flowers, hanging baskets, wreaths and crafts.

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