MILFORD, PA — The Laurel Villa Country Inn & Restaurant, a Milford tradition since 1876, has returned under its previous ownership. Three years ago innkeeper Janice Halsted and Chef Carl Muhlhauser turned the Laurel Villa over to new owner Ken Pisciotta, who re-named it the River Rock Inn, but it closed last winter. Read more
FOSTERDALE, NY — The Chicken Coop in Fosterdale opened its doors again this year under new ownership. Betty and Dan Snedeker, along with business partners and long-time friends Larry and Carmela Oliveri, greeted the community with the fried chicken everyone was waiting for, along with half-pound handmade burgers, fresh potato fries and homemade salads, topped off with soft-serve or hard-serve ice cream.
MILFORD, PA — Katrina Foster, founder of KKPR Marketing & Public Relations, has been elected to the Penn State Worthington Scranton Campus Advisory Board of Directors. Foster sits among 35 other elected members for a three-year term to help advance higher education’s role in local areas and develop a better understanding of community needs. Read more
WALTON, NY — The board of directors of Delaware Bancshares Inc., the holding company for National Bank of Delaware County, declared a $0.20 per common share dividend for the semi-annual period ending June 30. The dividend will be payable on July 10, 2015 to shareholders of record on June 30, 2015.
Delaware Bancshares Inc. has assets totaling $375 million with shareholder equity of approximately $21.2 million.
NBDC Bank serves its customers and communities through 12 retail banking centers it operates in Delaware and Sullivan Counties in New York State. Read more
MONTICELLO, NY — Empire Resorts, Inc. has announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Montreign Operating Company LLC, has awarded a mass excavation bid package to Cerrone, Inc., a New York State-certified woman-owned business enterprise. This is the first major contract award and will jump-start work on the project, which is scheduled to open two years after a gaming facility license is granted by the New York State Gaming Commission. Read more
MILFORD, PA — The Pike County Chamber recently celebrated the grand opening of its newest member Sweet Sweet Wonderland, a family-owned specialty bakery at 305 Broad St. It offers a selection of baked goods from gourmet cupcakes to brownies, cookies, cake pops, cakes, whoopie pies and more sweet treats. Using no preservatives, the bakery has the philosophy that “simple is better.” Special requests and care are welcome regarding any food allergies people may have. The bakery currently offers several gluten-free and dairy-free items daily. Visit sweetsweetwonderland.com or follow it on Facebook.
WALTON, NY — Succeed NBDC Bank, has earned BauerFinancial Inc.’s highest (5-Star Superior) rating for strength and stability. Achievement of this rating puts NBDC Bank in an elite category as one of the strongest banks in the nation. Read more
MILFORD, PA — Wells Fargo Bank, NA showed its support for music, Milford and local businesses, when Milford Branch Manager Joseph R. Bunk and brokerage associate Kris Jarmann presented a $2,000 check to Milford Music Festival organizer Adriane Wendell. Also on hand for the presentation were Laura Badea from the music festival and Charlie Reynolds representing the Music in the Park committee. Shown are Reynolds, left, Bunk, Wendell, Jarmann and Badea. The festival will take place on June 26, 27 and 28.
HAWLEY, PA — Cocoon Coffee House and Catering Company recently welcomed Julia Kent as executive pastry chef. The expansion will allow Cocoon to carry on the legacy of daily fresh-baked breads begun decades ago at its sister property, The Settlers Inn. Kent will create custom-made cakes for special occasions and provide freshly baked bread daily to Cocoon Coffee House and Mill Market at the Hawley Silk Mill.
Kent studied at Manhattan’s French Culinary Institute, now known as the International Culinary Center. She was most recently executive pastry chef at Milford’s Hotel Fauchère. Read more
EAST STROUSBURG, PA — Cove Haven Entertainment Resorts will hold a bridal showcase at Pocono Palace Resort in East Stroudsburg on May 3, offering a grand prize drawing for attendees to win $5,000 toward a wedding. Read more