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Pa.—The Northeast Pennsylvania Manufacturers and Employers Association (MAEA)
will hold a CFO/Finance Roundtable from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. discussing internet
fraud and risk update on March 20, 2012 at the Pottsville Club.

Presenter John Walp, Administrative Vice President and Corporate Information
Security Officer for M& T Bank, Buffalo, New York, will discuss
understanding internet risks and fraud trends, understanding Crimeware and the
threat it presents as well as how to protect yourself.

John Walp has more than 18 years of Information Technology experience, more
than half of which has been focused on information security challenges.
His responsibilities include forming and executing the overall strategy for
Information Security and Privacy at M&T Bank.  Mr. Walp was selected
as the 2009 North East Information Security Executive of the Year, an honor
given by the Executive Alliance.  John is a Certified Information Systems
Security Professional as well as a Certified Information Security Manager.

The cost to register, which includes lunch, is $36 for members and $72 for
non-members. To register, please email Nancy McCloskey at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call the MAEA
office at 570-622-0992.  You can also review our other offerings by
visiting our website at

Let's Roll Flight 93 Memorial Ride Leaves for Shanksville!!

The "Pottsville Flight" of 22 bikers left Schaeffer's Harley-Davidson, Orwigsburg on Saturday, September 10 for the "Let's Roll Flight 93 Memorial Ride" to Shanksville, PA. The send off included the Blue Mountain High School Band performing our national anthem and taps, Bagpiper Tyler Walthers of the Hawk Mountain Highlander Band performing "Amazing Grace", Schuylkill County Idol Shaina Graff singing our national anthem, and  Schuylkill County Junior Idol Bryel Frasch singing an a cappella version of "God Bless America." Gary Bates of the Christian Motorcycle Club performed the blessing of the bikes and The Veterans of the Vietnam War Post 29 honored the heroes of Flight 93 with a 21 gun salute.

Dignitaries present included: Senator David Argall, State Representatives Neal Goodman, Mike Tobash, and Jerry Knowles. Also present were representatives of Schuylkill County: Registrar of Wills Mike McCord and Clerk of Courts Steve Lukach. Orwigsburg Mayor Austin Scandiber, Orwigsburg Borough Council President Michelle Rudloff, and Orwigsburg Borough Manager Mike Lonergan were on hand to honor the heroes of Flight 93, and to wish our bikers well on their trip to Shanksville.  Representing the Northeast PA Manufacturers & Employers Association were President Darlene J. Robbins and Chairman of the Board of Directors Andy Falco.

As the bikers left Schaeffer's Harley-Davidson for Shanksville, they were escorted by the Orwigsburg Police Department and passed under a ladder arch provided by the Schuylkill Haven and Pottsville Fire Departments. The "Pottsville Flight" of bikers raised $22,000 for the Flight 93 Memorial in Shanksville, PA. Statewide the "Let's Roll Flight 93 Memorial Ride" raised nearly $250,000!

Motorcycle ride to benefit Flight 93 memorial

Republican Herald staff writer

Cherie Schaeffer-Bogotuik, Orwigsburg, is planning to rev up her merlot-colored 2011 Harley-Davidson Street Glide for a special salute to fallen heroes this September.

"This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity," Schaeffer-Bogotuik said of the Let's Roll Flight 93 Memorial Ride, a motorcycle event to raise funds for the Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville. Scheduled for Sept. 10-11, it will mark the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

The event is being hosted by the Manufacturer & Business Association, Erie, which is aiming to raise $360,000 by encouraging motorcyclists from across the state to participate.

Read more: Motorcycle ride to benefit Flight 93 memorial

Leaders pitch local rail hub

Standard-Speaker staff writer

Hazleton already has an intermodal facility used by buses, and the area has been proposed as the site of a regional cargo airport.

It could also become the home of a hub for trains.

The Manufacturers and Employers Association of Northeastern Pennsylvania held a roundtable discussion Thursday into the possibility of a rail intermodal facility being established in the area.

Read more: Leaders pitch local rail hub

Lawmakers discuss Marcellus Shale benefits

Standard-Speaker staff writer

The Marcellus Shale natural gas drilling project has the potential to ease Pennsylvania's $3 billion budget deficit next year, but taxes and fees derived from the gas also have to protect the environment, local lawmakers said Friday.

State Reps. Eddie Day Pashinski, D-121; Neal Goodman D-123; Jerry Knowles, R-124; and Tim Seip, D-125, answered questions from members of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Manufacturers and Employers Association on Friday at Top of the 80s in West Hazleton.

Legislators were questioned on four topics: the 2011 budget deficit, taxes, transportation and energy.

Read more: Lawmakers discuss Marcellus Shale benefits