2015 Lackawanna County 4-H Roundup Scheduled

The 2015 Lackawanna County 4-H Roundup will be held on Saturday, August 8, from 10 a.m. –   4 p.m. at the Harry C. Brower Showground, Newton, PA.

Each Lackawanna County 4-H member’s registered project must have a judging sheet completed by a member and leader. All judging sheets are to be stapled to the back cover of the project book so judges can score the entries appropriately after viewing the project book. All entries must have the required components according to the 2015 Lackawanna County 4-H Round-Up Guide to be entered for judging (e.g. story, leader’s judging sheet, proper sized poster). Any project without a completed judging sheet will not be judged or exhibited.

Completed projects along with entry forms must be dropped off at the Lackawanna County Penn State Extension Office by Wednesday, July 15, no later than 4 p.m. Perishable projects are to be dropped off directly to the Showground between 8 a.m. – 9 a.m. on Saturday, August 8.  Entry forms for perishable projects are due to the Extension Office by July 15.

Please contact the Lackawanna County Extension Office at 570-963-6842 with any questions or requests for more copies of the entry form, roundup guide, or judging sheet.

Local 4-H Members Place At Regional Fashion Revue

Seven Lackawanna County 4-H textile science members from the Glenburn Sewing Club recently competed in the regional 4-H fashion revue in Mehoopany.  The individuals were: Ava Ramsey, South Abington Township; Hannah Conahan, Anna Domiano, Lara Kane, Alanna Mecca, and MariKay VanFleet, Clarks Summit; and Emily Northup, Carbondale.

Thirty-five members from Lackawanna, Susquehanna, Bradford, Sullivan, Tioga and Wyoming Counties had their garments judged for appearance, fit, design, and fashion and construction techniques.  In addition, participants attended workshops on modeling, arm knitted scarves, and hair styles.

The day concluded with a fashion show and awards ceremony. Hannah Conahan was named winner in the senior wearable division. In addition, MariKay VanFleet and Alanna Mecca were named as senior division alternates.

Ms. Conahan will represent the region at the state fashion revue on the main campus of Penn State University on August 5. She will compete against 4-H members from across the state for the top 12 places.

The 4-H textile science program is sponsored by Penn State Extension.  It teaches youth, ages eight to eighteen, clothing construction skills and also increases their self-esteem, poise and confidence.

To learn more about the 4-H program or to volunteer to become an adult leader, call the Penn State Extension in Lackawanna County at 570-963-6842.

The Lackawanna County 4-H textile science members who recently competed in the 2015 4-H Regional Fashion Revue included, front row, l-r, Emily Northup, Anna Domiano, Ava Ramsey, and Lara Kane. Back row, l-r, Hannah Conahan, Alanna Mecca, and MariKay VanFleet.

Grant-Writing Program To Help Non-Profits Get The Most From Their Efforts

A common misconception in the grant writing process is that the actual proposal is a major component of the grant seeking process.  However, to be successful, grant writing is a process that entails careful planning, research and outreach, as well as cultivating relationships. The grant-writing and fund-raising environment is increasingly competitive.  Organization and preparation matter and can assist in your organization successfully receiving a grant.

Penn State Extension is offering a program on grant-writing for non-profit organizations and municipalities seeking financial support for a project or a new program.

The workshop addresses how to work effectively with foundations, components of an effective proposal, evaluation strategies, and how a grant proposal is reviewed.  The program will conclude with a panel presentation of representatives from local foundations and an elected state official.

This workshop is recommended for staff, volunteers and board members of community nonprofits, local governments and other community organizations.

The program will be held Tuesday, May 12, 1 PM – 4 PM at the Penn State Worthington Scranton campus off Route 347 near I-81. The cost of the workshop is $25 per person.

To register, go to

For more information, contact Peter Wulfhorst at or 570-296-3400.