Name: Noelle Krempasky Lantka
Birthplace: Peckville, PA
College/University: Cedar Crest College- BA, Communications and Public Relations; University of Texas- pursuing MA in Writing and Rhetoric
Occupation: Marketing Communications Officer, Fidelity Deposit & Discount Bank

Profiles: Noelle Krempasky Lantka

“Growing up, I never in a million years imagined myself back in Scranton. The possibility did cross my mind that maybe after years of having a career and raising a family outside the area, I might return to NEPA but only after I lived the majority of my life elsewhere. But after four years of living away, something strange happened.I began to miss Scranton!

After attending college in the Lehigh Valley, I moved even farther in 2004, relocating nearly 3,000 miles away in El Paso, Texas. There, I worked in public relations for an international non-profit organization and as an editor for a local magazine. I liked living so independently, working in a field I loved, enjoying life as a newlywed and studying for my Master’s degree. But the longer I stayed there, the more I began to miss the little things Scranton has to offer. It was disheartening that no matter how many times I visited the same store or restaurant, I’d never bump into a familiar face. I missed meeting my girlfriends for lunch on a moment's notice and commuting nearly forty-five minutes each way was beginning to take its toll. I also missed having an array of cultural events to take advantage of and being able to visit cities like New York, Philadelphia and Baltimore within a few hours. Most importantly, I was heartbroken when I realized I saw my family- parents, sister, brothers, cousins, aunts and uncles- no more than twice a year, if that.

I knew Texas was just a temporary stop to be followed (I assumed) by New York, New Jersey or Philadelphia. But the more my husband and I began to plan the next phase of our life, the more we realized that Scranton offered everything we wanted! Of course no area is perfect and we have to take the good with the bad. But in my eyes, the benefits of living in Scranton greatly outweigh any sacrifices we might be making. There are new restaurants and art galleries opening all the time, fantastic concerts to take in and Scranton-Wilkes Barre Yankees games to enjoy. And who could forget annual festivals like Jessup’s La Festa dei Ceri (better known as St. Ubaldo Day)? It’s these kinds of events that make Scranton unique and fuel my desire to live in this area.

I haven’t once regretted my decision to live and work in NEPA and no one I know who's made the same choice feels any differently. Scranton is growing, becoming trendier and more contemporary because of those of us who believe in the city and its people. Join us! Rediscover Scranton!”

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