Wayne Bank

As of today Wayne Bank became our first, "Bronze Level Sponsor", investing in our program and supporting our community (as they always do sucessfully) through our new Sponsorship Program. Please email WPALP for more information on this great way to support our community.

President Lewis J. Critelli's October message

The third weekend in October brings three exciting film festivals to communities throughout our region.

On October 20th, Canal town’s 5th Annual Spookyfest will return to The Cooperage in Honesdale, PA with a selection of short, spooky movies created by area filmmakers, including a spooky commercial from Wayne Bank.

From October 19th-21st, the inaugural Great Western Catskills International Film Festival will take place throughout various venues in Andes, NY with the best in independent film from all over the world.

The Black Bear Film Festival will also return to Milford, PA, from October 19th-21st, with outstanding independent films, celebrities, and special events to promote economic development in the region. Enjoy an entertaining weekend at one of these fantastic local film festivals. 

Lewis J. Critelli, President & Chief Executive Officer Wayne Bank

President Petry receiving a donation from a great area supporter, the Wayne County Bar Association.

Illiteracy in our area is listed at 22% by Pro-Literacy, Inc.

Annette Petry and I received a substantial donation for the Wayne Pike Adult Literacy Program from the Wayne County Bar Association President, Ronald M. Bugaj, Esq. (Tan Coat) and association members. The Wayne County Bar Association is the place to find any and all legal help you may need.  

Support from our local businesses and associations is our biggest advantage in helping students become productive members of our community.       

The Board accepting a Citation from Sen. Lisa Baker's office for 30 years service to our community.

30 Year Anniversary

WPALP reached a milestone when we celebrated 30 years of community service. 

Pennsylvania Power & Light awarded a $1,000.00 grant to WPALP August 2018

Support to our Communities


“The challenges we face in our communities are complex and there is no easy solution. The goal of the PPL Foundation is to bring together people, ideas and resources to tackle some of these challenges collectively,” said Lissette Santana, Chief Operating Officer of the PPL Foundation. “We’re proud to be able to support nonprofit organizations working to address the issues most relevant to our community”.

President and Tutor Instructor Annette Petry conducting a Tutor workshop for new Tutors.

Tutor Workshop

We hold worshops regularly to keep our Tutors up to date on the latest information and teaching techniques as well as teaching new Tutors.

Wayne Pike Adult Literacy Program receives grant from the John & Helen Villaume Foundation.

Community Support

Annette Petry, Board President, and Gary Linton, Executive Director for Wayne Pike Adult Literacy Program,
accept a check from Villaume Foundation Board Members, Dr. Paula Bennett and Jon Villaume.

HONESDALE – The Board of The John and Helen Villaume Foundation announced that the Wayne Pike Adult Literacy Program was selected to receive one of the Foundation’s 2018 community grant awards. Gary Linton, Executive Director, and Annette Petry, Board President, on behalf of Wayne Pike Adult Literacy Program, received a check for $6,600 from Villaume Foundation board members, Jon Villaume and Dr. Paula Bennett.

Wayne Pike Adult Literacy Program is a non-profit organization which provides free tutoring, textbooks, and other educational assistance to over 3,500 adults in Wayne and Pike Counties since 1986. Tutoring is offered in several public locations which are close and convenient to the adults in need. For more information regarding the Wayne Pike Adult Literacy Program, please visit  www.WPALP.org .

The John and Helen Villaume Foundation, established by Honesdale natives John and Helen Villaume, was created to benefit charitable, religious, scientific, literary, and educational programs within Wayne County. Since its inception, the Foundation has made awards totaling over $1,000,000 with Wayne Bank managing the account in the Wealth Management and Trust Services Division of Wayne Bank.

 Upper Delaware Unitarian Universalize Fellowship donation.

Upper Delaware Unitarian Universalist Fellowship donation

The check presentation from the Upper Delaware Unitarian Universalist Fellowship. To the left is Ms. Pat Sanders from UDUUF, Ms. Elizabeth Wilson, Member of the Board of Wayne Pike Adult Literacy Program and Gary D. Linton, Executive Director WPALP. Our thanks to the Fellowship for their work and support.

The Governor's Cabinet in the Community

Fighting for support from Harrisburg


Over 200 people packed the auditorium at Wallenpaupck High School. The town hall forum connected government with members of the community.

Several of Governor Wolf's cabinet members served on the panel. They answered questions ranging from medicare concerns to the recent ban on fracking in the Delaware River Basin..However, out of all the topics discussed, it was the opioid crisis that got the most attention from the audience. PA's Secretary of Health, Dr. Rachel Levine, talked about the recent disaster declaration that the Governor signed to help with treatment and prevention efforts.

Levine says nine agencies, including EMA, Department of Health, and the Department of Alcohol and Drugs will work cohesively to improve treatment and prevention efforts. I attended this meeting yesterday. 

I was selected to be one of the few questioners which gave me the opportunity to inform the cabinet members present about, and to push for, support for adult literacy in Pennsylvania. GDL

New program developed by Wayne Pike Workforce Alliance and WPALP

Mapping Your Future

This is an introduction of a new program developed by all of the partners listed. I especially want to thank Cheryl Duquette from Wayne Pike Workforce Alliance and Dr. William R. Schaffer, PhD. Associate Director, Adult Literacy, Northhampton Community College for their support and work in developing this program. The next presentation will be in October, where we will have a expanded presentation.

New grant to help make our community better.

In the Lead, Making a Difference

 The Wayne Pike Adult Literacy Program is proud to announce that due to collaboration between the Wayne Pike Workforce Alliance, Lackawanna College and WPALP's application for and receipt of a grant from the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, we will be expanding our GED tutoring to youths 17 to 21 years of age who are within the juvenile justice system. This program is aimed at preparing these youths for entering employment or higher education once they are released from their probation. This is similar to our already in place tutoring within the Wayne and Pike Correctional Facilities, where our positive intervention has decreased recidivism rates in both counties. If anyone would like to become a volunteer tutor for this program or our program in general please contact me at wpalp@ptd.net. You can leave a positive legacy in our community for only a couple of hours a month 

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