PFC. Harold Hannon & Family Recognized

Lackawanna County Commissioner Patrick M. O’Malley presented to family and friends of PFC. Harold Hannon a proclamation during a ceremony honoring the fallen Marine. A decorated soldier, Mr. Hannon died in combat in 1943 in the Pacific Theater. His remains were finally recovered and returned home for interment.

L-r, Silas, Emily and Olivia Hecei, Dennis Hannon, Joel Sofranko, Commissioner O’Malley, Bill Hannon, Addison Hecei, Maureen Talarico, and Erica Hannon.

Commercial Tree Fruit Growers To Meet

The Commercial Tree Fruit School (formerly call the Northeast Tree Fruit Meeting) is planned for Thursday, February 15, at the Iron Skillet Restaurant in the Petro Plaza, Avoca, with registration at 8:45 am and the meeting starting at 9 am.

Commercial tree fruit growers have an opportunity to learn from Extension specialists and discuss current tree fruit issues. The meeting will give growers an opportunity to learn the results of the latest research on growing tree fruit and to get an update on regulations that affect the way they manage their orchards.

Program Topics 

  • What Are Your Herbicide Strategies: Can You Do Better?
  • Core Pesticide Safety Challenge
  • Tree Fruit Bacterial Disease Management 2.0: Going beyond Antibiotics
  • New and Evolving Insect Pests in Commercial Orchards
  • Apple Physiology – Bloom to Harvest: Use of PGRs & Other Tips
  • What’s New and Improved in the 2018 – 2019 Penn State Tree Fruit Production Guide
  • Brown Marmorated Stinkbug Update
  • Update from the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture

The Commercial Tree Fruit Meeting has been approved for two core recertification credits and six category recertification credits.

Interested parties can register for the program on-line by going to, under Where and When select Dupont, February 15, or by calling 1-877-345-0691. The registration fee is $30 per person if registered by February 12; and $40 at the door.

Registration includes handouts, morning refreshments, and a hot buffet lunch.

Please direct any questions about the meeting’s content to John Esslinger at 570-316-6516.

Northeast Vegetable Meeting

The local commercial vegetable growers Northeast Vegetable Meeting is set for January 25 at the Newton Ransom Fire Company, Newton Ransom Boulevard, Clarks Summit from 9 am to 3 pm. This is a great opportunity for growers to hear from the vegetable specialists conducting the latest research.

The morning session will provide information on the results of 2017 the phytophthora blight research, post-harvest food safety practices, emerging and persistent insect pests, and an update from the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture.

The afternoon will focus on the top disease problems of 2017, disease resistant varieties from the PSU trials, and backpack sprayer calibration.

The registration fee for the meeting is $28 per person if registered by January 17 or $36 if registered after January 17 or at the door. The registration fee includes morning refreshments, buffet lunch, and handouts.

Interested parties can register by going on-line to

or calling toll-free 1-877-345-0691.

Please direct any questions to John Esslinger at 570-316-6516.