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curb-appealSeveral companies in CAN DO’s industrial parks received CAN DO Curb Appeal Awards for the appearance and visual appeal of their properties.

CAN DO, Greater Hazleton’s economic development agency, presented the sixth annual Curb Appeal Awards on Thursday to industrial park tenants who have beautified and maintained their properties. The awards were presented to companies in Humboldt, Humboldt North, McAdoo and Valmont industrial parks and the CAN DO Corporate Center during an industry mixer at Residence Inn by Marriott in Humboldt Station.

CAN DO President Kevin O’Donnell said, “These winners deserve to be recognized for the efforts they have put in to creating attractive properties and continuing to maintain them. CAN DO appreciates the dedication of the Curb Appeal Awards winners to ensuring their properties look great.”

The CAN DO Community Foundation recently presented the fifth annual Joseph Yenchko Awards - scholarships named for the first CAN DO employee – to three area students to attend Ferrwood Music Camp.

Foundation President Gary F. Lamont announced that the awards were presented to:

Melissa Clatch of Drums, a student at Drums Elementary Middle School; Sarah Habel of Hazleton, a student at Heights Terrace Elementary Middle School; Hannah Kunetz of Hazle Township, a student at McAdoo Kelayres; Megan Novak of Freeland, a student at Freeland Elementary Middle School; Dustin Snyder of White Haven, a student at Freeland Elementary Middle School; and Angelina Umbriac of Hazleton, a student at Heights Terrace Elementary Middle School.

The selection committee, chaired by Nancy Stasko, included Phil Latella, Jerry Panisak and Chris Stamatopolous.

Participating in the presentation of the fifth annual CAN DO Community Foundation Joseph Yenchko Awards for students to attend Ferrwood Music Camp are, from left, front: Megan Novak, Marissa Clatch, Dustin Snyder, Hannah Kunetz, Sarah Habel, and Angelina Umbriac. Back row, judging committee: Nancy Stasko, CAN DO Community Foundation assistant secretary, chair; Chris Stamatopoulos, CEO; and Phil Latella, HASD music instructor. Missing from photo: Jerry Panisak

CAN DO, Inc., Greater Hazleton’s economic development organization, marked another year during its 57th annual dinner held Tuesday at Capriotti’s in McAdoo.

During last month’s annual meeting, the organization’s board of directors elected officers and at-large board members.

images/dinner/CAN-DO-dinner-honorees-webCAN DO officers approved for 2013-2014 include: Llewellyn F. Dryfoos III, chairman of the board of directors; Daniel C. Jorgensen, vice chairman; Dr. John Madden, vice chairman; Patrick J. Ward, vice chairman; W. Kevin O’Donnell, president; David M. McCarthy, secretary; James Edwards, CPA, treasurer; Joseph F. Lettiere, vice president of sales and marketing; Nancy R. Stasko, assistant secretary; and Patricia Gendler, CPA, assistant secretary.

Dessen-00405-400pxOn behalf of the CAN DO staff, past leaders and our volunteer board members, we all graciously honor Dr. Dessen and his lasting legacy of contributions to Greater Hazleton, both as a caring doctor and an astute business professional.

Dr. Dessen was the driving force behind CAN DO's creation in the 1950s, believing in this area and its residents at a time when Hazleton's economy was in severe decline and the unemployment rate stood at nearly 23 percent. As president of the Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce, he noted the decline of the coal industry and came up with the idea – and name – for CAN DO when others said, "It can't be done." He chaired three fund drives that raised more than $2 million to establish CAN DO as the economic development organization serving the people of Greater Hazleton.

Since our founding in 1956, thousands of jobs have been created for men and women in the Hazleton area. CAN DO has developed Valmont Industrial Park, Humboldt Industrial Park (where more than 7,000 people are employed today), McAdoo Industrial Park, the CAN DO Corporate Center and Humboldt Station. Without Dr. Dessen and his vision, none of this would have been possible.

When it comes to Dr. Dessen, "thank you" can never say enough. We will miss his vision, drive and determination tremendously.

Kevin O'Donnell
President
CAN DO, Inc.

 

For the fourth consecutive year, CAN DO, Greater Hazleton’s economic development agency, presented its Curb Appeal Awards to industrial park tenants who have beautified and maintained the visual appeal of their properties.

CAN DO Curb Appeal Award winners include, front row, from left: Ryan Horvath, United States Cold Storage; Anthony Parrell, IMR Limited; Meghan Ball, JPC Equestrian; Karen Buckley, First Quality Nonwovens; Carla Hill Thaler, Residence Inn by Marriott; Kim Segilia, 5th Gear; and Lee Glassberg, High Mountain Hardware. Back row: Gary Danish, co-chair, Curb Appeal Awards; Charles Burkhardt, CAN DO Community Relations Committee; Kevin O’Donnell, president, CAN DO; Lonnie Polli, co-chair, Curb Appeal Awards; and Nancy Stasko, director of administration, CAN DO. Missing from photo: Representatives from Service Electric Cablevision, Inc. and Bemis Company, Inc.The awards were presented to companies in Humboldt, Humboldt North, McAdoo and Valmont industrial parks and the CAN DO Corporate Center during an industry mixer held Wednesday at Residence Inn by Marriott in Humboldt Station.

A New York company that was founded in 1997 out of the trunk of a car and has grown to be one of the top 10 online cigar retailers in the nation is moving its operations to the CAN DO Corporate Center in Drums.

Nancy R. StaskoCAN DO Director of Administration Nancy R. Stasko has been selected as the recipient of the 2011 Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce Athena Award, sponsored by Berger Family Dealerships.

The Award, presented each year to a Hazleton Area businesswoman “for outstanding professional achievement,” will be presented at the 119th Annual Meeting of the Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce. The dinner meeting will take place on Thursday, May 19th at the Genetti Best Western Inn & Suite Hall of Presidents.

CAN-DO-VCC-mixer-webCAN DO and the Valley Country Club co-sponsored an industry mixer at the country club Wednesday.

Leaders from various companies throughout Greater Hazleton attended, mingling with fellow business representatives. The event was chaired by Charlie Burkhardt, CAN DO Community Relations Committee chairman.

CAN-DO-Marine-webA local Marine who recently returned from an overseas tour visited Freeland Elementary/Middle School Friday morning to speak to the students who helped collect items for a care package through CAN DO and the Freeland American Legion.

Marine 1st Lt. Jeff Broyan received a care package through “Operation: CAN DO,” a drive organized by CAN DO’s Student Action Committee and coordinated through the Freeland American Legion to provide entertainment, personal hygiene and food items to servicemen and women serving abroad. Freeland Elementary/Middle School’s Builders Club is among the groups across Greater Hazleton that collects items for the troops.

CAN DO has announced that Capriotti’s is constructing a new banquet hall at the entrance to McAdoo Industrial Park.

The new facility will be called Capriotti’s Palazzo. The 10,000-square-foot catering hall will seat up to 375 people.

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