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Food Safety Certification – ServSafe®

The ServSafe course, conducted by Penn State Extension, is being held at Penn State Worthington, 120 Ridgeview Drive, Dunmore, PA 18512 on Wednesday, August 2, from 9 am – 4 pm and also on Wednesday, August 9, from 9 am – 1 pm.

The exam for the program will be held at 11 am on Wednesday, August 9.

After attending the class sessions and passing the multiple choice exam, participants will receive a ServSafe certificate which meets the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture’s requirement for food safety certification. The course covers information related to preventing cross contamination, safe handling of food, temperature control, cleaning and sanitization, proper storage, and pest control in addition to other relevant topics.

The cost of the class is $185. The registration deadline is Thursday, . Interested parties can register online at www.foodsafety.psu.edu (choose ServSafe under “Courses and Workshops”).

Please contact Nicole McGeehan at 570-421-6430 or nmd5140@psu.edu with any questions on the seminar.

Penn State Master Gardeners Spring Open House May 6

The Penn State Master Gardeners in Lackawanna County are having a Spring Open House at The Plow & Hearth at The Shoppes at Montage, 2111 Shoppes Boulevard, Moosic, on Saturday, May 6, from Noon to 3 p.m.

Information on the following topics will be available:  tree care with free seedling trees; herbs; native plants; what grows best in our area; and plantings in containers and alternative spaces.

For more information, call 570-963-6842 or email: LackawannaMG@psu.edu.

PROSPER To Hold Recognition and Press Conference

The Carbondale and Riverside PROmoting School-community-university Partnerships to Enhance Resilience (PROSPER) teams will be holding a recognition and press conference on Friday, April 21, from     9 AM – 10 AM at the Electric City Trolley Museum, 300 Cliff Street, Scranton.

Dr. Daniel Perkins, director of the Penn State Military Clearinghouse and PROSPER researcher, will be presenting an update on the research results from the PROSPER study which also include prescription opioid misuse outcomes. Lackawanna County Commissioner Laureen A. Cummings and Lackawanna County President Judge Michael Barrasse will provide remarks.

The Friend of PROSPER award will be presented to an individual who has championed evidence-based prevention programs in Lackawanna County. Two additional awards will be presented to people who have supported and promoted PROSPER programs. PROSPER sponsors and members of the Carbondale and Riverside PROSPER teams will be recognized for their support.

The PROSPER project is an innovative model for bringing research-based, scientifically proven prevention programs to communities in order to strengthen youth, families, and the community. The focus is on strengthening parent-child relations and problem-solving, building youth life skills, and teaching youth to avoid peer pressure or dangerous behaviors.

The PROSPER team is comprised of a collaborative of community partners who meet regularly to assist in program planning and implementation, help secure funding and resources, and provide support and assistance as needed. Working together, they implement evidenced-based programs that meet the needs of family and youth in Carbondale and Moosic, and facilitate the implementation of these programs.

For more information about PROSPER or the recognition press conference, call Penn State Extension at 570-963-6842.