Northeast Tree Fruit Meeting

The Northeast Tree Fruit Meeting is planned for Thursday, February 16, at the Iron Skillet Restaurant in the Petro Plaza, Avoca. Registration is at 8:45 am and the meeting starts at 9 am.

Commercial tree fruit growers have an opportunity to learn from Extension specialists who are experts in their program areas 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. They will also get an update on laws that affect the way they manage their orchards and the workers that help them.

Program Highlights 

  • Diseases for the Fruit Grower Radar
  • Predictive Strategies and Best Management Practices for Brown Marmorated Stink Bug
  • New Tools for Orchard Weed Control
  • Disease Management Considerations for 2017
  • Debunking Horticultural Myths
  • Pear Psylla – the On-Going Battle with an Evolving Pest
  • New Worker Protection Standards Revisions
  • Pesticide Applicator Training

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

Individuals can register on-line by going to or by calling Beth at 570-988-3952. The registration fee is $25 per person if received by February 10 or $30 at the door and includes handouts, morning refreshments, and a hot buffet lunch.

For questions on the meeting’s content, please contact John Esslinger at 570-316-6516.

Strengthening Families Program Helps Kids Succeed

Are you a parent or caregiver of a 5th or 6th grader? Would you like to learn some additional skills to help your child succeed? If so, then register for the free Strengthening Families program.

The Strengthening Families Program is a seven week series designed to reduce adolescent substance abuse and other problematic behaviors in youth ages 10 – 14 years old. It has been scientifically tested and results have shown that children who have completed the program are less likely to become involved in risky behaviors like drug and alcohol abuse.

Parents and children begin each Strengthening Families session with a shared meal followed by breakout sessions for adults and youth. During the last hour, the families reunite to increase bonding, positive communication skills and learn to solve problems together.

Three sessions will be held in Carbondale and Moosic. The Carbondale sessions will be run from 5:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. on Sundays starting on February 12 or on Wednesdays beginning on February 15 at the Carbondale Area Elementary School. The Moosic session will be held from 5:30 p.m. –  8 p.m. on Thursdays starting February 2 at the Riverside East Elementary School.

Youth will benefit from attending the sessions by learning to: prepare for their teen years; communicate with their parents; deal with stress and peer pressure; and avoid alcohol and drug problems.  Parents and caregivers can enhance their parenting skills by: learning to set limits and show love; making house rules; encouraging good behavior; protecting their children from substance abuse; and learning to handle stress.

The free program includes dinner for the family, prizes for attendance, and free child care for younger family members.

For more information or to register for this fun, family oriented program, call Karen Thomas at Penn State Extension in Lackawanna County at 570-963-6842.