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Flu Shots & Senior Health Fair

There is a crispness in the air and the days are getting shorter. This is signaling that Fall is on its way.

Now is the time, especially if you are 65 or older, to get vaccinated to combat the flu and its sometimes severe complications.

Lackawanna County is once again making it easy for area residents to do so. The County’s Community Relations, Community Outreach and Communications Departments and its Area Agency on Aging are conducting a Senior Health Fair and providing free flu shots in conjunction with Visiting Nurse Association of Lackawanna County.

This free event is scheduled for Friday, September 26, from 10 am – 1 pm in The Club Level at PNC Field, Moosic.

The fair, which is being sponsored by Geisinger Community Medical Center, Traditional Home Health & Hospice, Miracle Ear, Delta Medix, Senior Health Care Solutions, Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania, Allied Services, Matt Burne Honda, Northeastern Eye Institute, Pennsylvania Lottery, Visiting Nurse Association of Lackawanna County, and Citizens Savings Bank, will feature 49 exhibitors, offering information on a variety of programs, services, living arrangements, legal information, sight and hearing data, transportation, and financial advice.

“This health fair is a natural for us because Human Services are a huge part of our mission,” said Lackawanna County Commissioner Jim Wansacz. “The people who attend not only get a flu shot, but they also can learn about programs that they could utilize for themselves, a family member or a friend.”

“This is a very practical program,” said Commissioner Corey D. O’Brien. “This is a great example of collaborating with other organizations to help-out our seniors with information on what services they can capitalize on for their health and well-being.”

“This program has been a huge success. It is important to alert the public on how to stay healthy. We also want our seniors to know what services are available to help them out now or in the future,” noted Commissioner Patrick M. O’Malley.

“We have a very large elderly population that we care for everyday,” explained Colin Holmes, Executive Director of the County’s Area Agency on Aging. “The Senior Health Fair is a great for them to get information and a flu shot and to socialize.”

The event will open with remarks from Colin Holmes from the County’s Area Agency on Aging and the Lackawanna County Commissioners.

Flu shots will be given continuously throughout the day by staff from the Visiting Nurse Association of Lackawanna County. Attendees will need to provide their insurance or Medicare cards and name as a means of matching them and the serum batch that they receive.

Once the guests receive their flu shot, they will be able to visit the vendor displays and take part in the various screenings and other services being provided.

Light refreshments will be served. There will also be various giveaways at the booths and prize drawings.

Rides from the Abington, Dunmore, South Scranton and West Scranton community centers and other spots will be provided by the County’s transportation system. Individuals have to register for a ride.

Michele Burns of the County’s Community Relations staff is coordinating the fair.

Along with the sponsors, the companies and organizations participating in the fair are: Viewmont Health Associates, Center For Independent Living, Lackawanna County Community Relations Department, Hospice of the Sacred Heart, Jewish Home of Eastern Pennsylvania, Lackawanna County’s Library System, Little Sisters of the Poor, Greater Scranton YMCA, Lou Ruspi Foundation, Compassionate Care Hospice, and AARP – local chapter.

Also, Lutheran Home Care & Hospice, Oakwood Terrace, Serving Seniors, Telespond Senior Services, Lackawanna County’s Voter Registration Office, Lackawanna County’s Area Agency on Aging, Penn DOT, Consumer Credit Counseling Service, Bayada Home Health, BioScrip Infusion Services, Northeast Memory & Alzheimer Center, and Southern Care.

Also, St. Mary’s Villa Campus, Personal Home Health Care, Celtic Health Care, Mid Valley Medical Equipment, Lackawanna Blind Association, COLTS, Marshall, Parker & Weber, LLC., Alzheimer Association, Saber Health Care, Voluntary Action Center, Commonwealth Health EMS, American Lung Association, Proven Wellness Neighborhood, and The Commonwealth Medical College Library.

Proceeds from the event will benefit Meals On Wheels.

Heroes Day Event To Honor Cpl. Dickson & Trooper Douglass

Police officers, firefighters, military personnel, sheriffs, EMS workers, 911 dispatchers and other “blue” officials are truly “everyday heroes” in both our community and nationwide.

This has never been more evident in light of the recent Blooming Grove Township tragic incident involving two local State Troopers – Cpl. Bryon K. Dickson, II and Trooper Alex T. Douglass.

According to Lackawanna County Commissioners Corey D. O’Brien, Jim Wansacz and Patrick M. O’Malley, this year’s fourth annual Heroes Day, set for Saturday, September 20, from 11 am to 2 pm at the County’s 911 Center, Valley View Drive, Jessup, will take on a special, deeper meaning because of the recent events in Blooming Grove Township.

A special donation area, staffed by wives of Pennsylvania State Troopers, will be set-up at Heroes Day for guests to contribute to assist the families of the late Cpl. Bryon K. Dickson II and Trooper Alex T. Douglass.

At the event, safety, disaster, road and SWAT equipment from throughout the County will be on display along with booths for residents to pick-up literature that they can utilize when the need arises.

The day will include free refreshments, entertainment, giveaways, prize drawings, tours of the 911 Center, and children’s activities. The event is being sponsored by the Lackawanna County District Attorney’s Office, Conxx, Maguire Electronics and Purosky & Tuckerman.

Jude Villano, a certified prevention specialist in the Lackawanna/Susquehanna Office of Drug & Alcohol Programs, will present two brief presentations at noon and 1 PM on the perils of heroin and other opiate-related drugs.

Canines from the County’s Sheriff’s Department and the public safety units of area municipalities will be at the event. Valuable information on County services and the programs offered by area community and social agencies will also be available.

Several antique emergency vehicles will also be a part of the program along with a variety of children’s activities.

The following organizations, along with their equipment, will be in attendance: Elmhurst/Roaring Brook, Throop, Mayfield Police and Fire Departments, Old Forge, Moscow, the Peckville Smoke House, and Lackawanna County Roads & Bridges.

The County’s DARE Program and SWAT Team will be on site along with the 911 Mobile Command Post, COLTS, Coordinated Transportation, Bookmobile, and other County Departments such as: Voter Registration, Parks & Recreation, Veterans Affairs, Community Relations, Drug & Alcohol Office, Highway Safety Program, IT Department, Environmental Sustainability Office, Representative Frank Farina’s Office, the Pennsylvania National Guard and Area Agency on Aging.

The Lackawanna County Visitors Bureau, Lackawanna Heritage Valley Authority, Wills For Heroes and Operation Life Saver will also be at the event.

The Penn State Extension will have displays featuring the Master Gardeners and 4-H programs along with its mini golf course.

For further information, contact Gerard Hetman, the County’s Community Relations Coordinator, at 570-963-6743, ext. 1872.

Lackawanna County Commissioners Support Station Park

The third phase of Jessup Borough’s beautification project involves the construction of a pavilion at Station Park. Students in the Classes of 2014 and 2015 in the Architectural Drafting and Design Technology Program at Johnson College created the contract drawings for the work being done on Station Park for the borough as a community project. Jessup will use the plans for pricing and project planning. The Lackawanna County Commissioners assisted in this development by presenting Jessup representatives with a $15,388 Community Re-Invest Program check.

L-r, George Kelly, the County’s Economic Development Director; Ron Kordish, Gene Varzaly, Richard Pirrami and Alice Vanston, Jessup Borough; Commissioner Corey D. O’Brien, Genie Lupini, Jessup Borough; Commissioner Jim Wansacz, Jessup Mayor Beverly Merkel, and Commissioner Patrick M. O’Malley.