Penn State Extension – Lackawanna County Elects New Board Members At Annual Meeting

The Lackawanna County Cooperative Extension Association held its annual meeting in late October at the Carbondale Technology Transfer Center, Carbondale.

During the business meeting, four new members were elected to its board of directors: Cathy Hardaway, Director of Active Adult Programs at United Neighborhood Centers; Jamie Rollison, Energy Coordinator at Scranton Lackawanna Human Development Agency (SLHDA); Lisa Landsiedel, Valley Equestrians 4-H Club Organizational Leader and 4-H Youth Programming Advisory Committee President; and Vivian Williams, Community Impact Director at Voluntary Action Center of NEPA.

At the conclusion of the meeting, attendees received a tour of the Carbondale Technology Transfer Center (CTTC) given by Director Paul Browne and business owners housed in the business incubator.

Penn State Extension in Lackawanna County is part of an educational network that gives local residents access to the resources and expertise of the Pennsylvania State University. For more information, contact the Extension office at (570) 963-6842.

Penn State Extension Elects New Board Members – The new Board Members of the Penn State Extension, who were elected at the recent Annual Meeting, are, l-r, Cathy Hardaway and Jamie Rollison, new Board Members; Carol Chaykosky, Board President; Leonard Sacco, Vice President; Ellen Caggiano, Board Secretary; and Terry Schettini. Extension District Director.

Northeast Greenhouse Seminar Planned for November 10

The Northeast Greenhouse Growers Seminar will be held Tuesday, November 10, at the Luzerne County Community College Conference Center in Nanticoke. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m., and the program runs from 9 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.

The seminar is designed to keep greenhouse growers competitive in an increasingly challenging environment. Presentations will cover Finding, Training, & Keeping Good Employees; Basic Plant Nutrition and pH; Gaining the Upper Hand on Thrips; Outstanding Cultivars at the Penn State Trial Gardens; Growing Hydroponic Lettuce; Top Tips for Pesticide Applicators; and an Update from the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture. Two core and two category pesticide applicator re-certification credits will be available.

Speakers include representatives from Penn State Extension, Cornell University, local growers, and the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture.

Participants will also be able to visit several commercial exhibitors who will display their company’s latest products and services at the program.

The deadline for pre-registration is Tuesday, November 3. The cost of the program is $30 if pre-registered by November 2 and includes morning refreshments and a hot buffet lunch. The fee after November 2 is $40.

To register for the program, go to The events are listed chronologically. Scroll down to November 2015 and look for the Greenhouse Seminar on November 10, click on title and then click the Register button to fill in your information.

If you do not have internet access, call the toll free number at 888-825-1701 for assistance.

For more information or a registration form, contact the Luzerne County Cooperative Extension office at (570) 825-1701.

Lackawanna County Cooperative Extension Association Tour & Annual Meeting

The annual meeting of the Lackawanna County Cooperative Extension will be held on Wednesday, October 28, at 6 p.m. at the Carbondale Technology Transfer Center, 10 Enterprise Drive, Carbondale.

After the annual business meeting, tours of the collaborative business incubator environment will be given.  There will also be an opportunity to meet with the entrepreneurs working in the incubator.

The cost of the event is $10 per person, which includes appetizers.  Registration is required and the deadline is Wednesday, October 21.

For questions or to register, contact the Penn State Extension office in Lackawanna County at 570-963-6842 or email

The Penn State Cooperative Extension in Lackawanna County is an educational network that gives local residents easy access to the resources and expertise of the Pennsylvania State University. Through educational programs, publications, and events, cooperative extension educators deliver unbiased, research-based information to Lackawanna County citizens.