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:

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.


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.