School to Work Committee highlighted in Wayne Independant

June 28, 2017

June 13th, 2017 the School to Work Committee was highlighted in the Wayne Independent focusing on two events the committee organizes every year. Mock Interview Day, puts high school students from four of the area’s school districts through their paces in practicing and refining their interview skills with local businesses. Manners Matter is an event that teaches proper dress and etiquette for interviews and networking over a meal. The committee is made up of teachers from each of the districts, local workforce development agencies, the Chamber of the Northern Poconos and our only local college, Lackawanna College Lake region Center. WPWA is a proud and active member in the committee.

Western Wayne Freshman Job Shadows Senator Baker

May 24, 2017

Western Wayne Freshman Job Shadows Senator Baker

Nadia Vanyo at the Women in Science Symposium

Nadia Vanyo in Harrisburg with Senator Lisa Baker










HARRISBURG – Nadia Vanyo, a freshman at Western Wayne High School, served as a guest page on the Senate floor and spent May 23 job shadowing Sen. Lisa Baker, R-20th.

Nadia, the daughter of Bill and Vicki Vanyo of Lake Ariel, was introduced by the senator during session and was able to take a photo on the Senate floor with Sen. Baker.

“She is not sure of what her career path will be but she has an interest in politics and is excited to have the opportunity to see government in action,” Baker told her fellow senators.

Nadia planted the seed to visit Harrisburg and spend the day with the senator on Sept. 20 when she was one of dozens of local high school students from the Western Wayne, Wallenpaupack Area, North Pocono, Wayne Highlands and Delaware Valley school districts that attended the annual Women in Science/STEM Symposium hosted by Lacawac Sanctuary & Field Station and Wayne Pike Workforce Alliance and held at Woodloch Resort. At that event, in which Sen. Baker was the keynote speaker, Nadia spoke with the senator and broached the idea of job shadowing her.

VANYO1: Western Wayne freshman Nadia Vanyo stands on the floor of the Pennsylvania Senate along with Sen. Lisa Baker. Nadia served as a guest page and was able to job shadow the senator on May 23.

VANYO2: During the annual Women in Science/STEM Symposium at Woodloch Resort on Sept. 20, Nadia Vanyo met Sen. Lisa Baker and asked the senator about the possibility of serving as a job shadow for a day in Harrisburg.


To hear audio of Sen. Baker’s floor remarks introducing Nadia Vanyo, go to:


WEDCO Annual Dinner Showcases Local Food and Agriculture

April 21, 2017

Wayne Economic Development Corporation held their annual meeting this week at the Bryn Mahr Camp Resort which was a celebration of local agriculture. Secretary Russell Redding from the PA State Department of Agriculture spoke on the importance of local agriculture and community involvement. Wayne Pike Workforce Alliance are partners in Countywide agriculture initiatives and work with state, local and regional partners to promote agriculture as a career and a course of study. Senator Lisa Baker and the Wayne County Commissioners were all in attendance. Local businesses showcased included: Here & Now Brewery, Calkins Creamery, Antler Ridge Winery, Alpine Wurst & Meat House, Stone Silo Foods, Creamworks Ice Cream, Irving Cliff Brewery, Shemanski Maple Syrup and The Buffalo Shoppe.

Aliana Propst and her chef from Here and Now Brewery opening on Main Street in Honesdale in May 2017

Left to Right: Secretary Russell Redding, PA Dept of Agriculture, Senator Lisa Baker, Robert Watts, Governors Action Team, Mary Beth Wood, Executive Director WEDCO

Left to Right: Brian Cobb from Irving Cliff Brewery, Secretary Russell Redding PA Dept of Ag, Troy Bystrom, WEDCO & Pocono Film Commission & Robert Watts, Governor’s Action Team

Beautiful room by Bryn Mawr Camp Resort

Senator Lisa Baker and Secretary Russell Redding with the Millers from Calkins Creamery

Photos by Jess Wolk