Penn State Extension
Penn State Extension
The Penn State Cooperative is an extension of Penn State University and is designed to provide educational services at a local level.

Our Mission

To extend nonformal outreach educational opportunities to individuals, families, businesses, and communities throughout Pennsylvania. To enable the Commonwealth to maintain a competitive and environmentally sound food and fiber system and prepare youth, adults and families to enhance the quality of their lives and participate more fully in community decisions.

Pennsylvania Department of Health and Penn State Extension to Provide Free Water Testing for a limited number of Private Wells, Springs, and Cisterns in Lackawanna County

Have you ever had the drinking water from your well, spring, or cistern tested for lead and other health-related pollutants?  If not, here’s your chance!

Penn State Extension has received funding through the Pennsylvania Department of Health cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control, Environmental Health Capacity building initiative (Grant #1NUE1EH001414-01-00) and with support from the Penn State Master Well Owner Network to provide no-cost drinking water testing to a limited number of homeowners in Lackawanna County using private water wells, springs, or cisterns.

Each water supply will receive testing through a PA DEP state accredited water testing laboratory for  coliform bacteria, E.coli bacteria, nitrate, manganese, arsenic, lead, copper, barium, and sodium.  Registration will be limited to approximately 35 households.  Each household must own or rent a primary residence (no camps) in Lackawanna County that uses a private well, spring or cistern for a drinking water supply.  Registrants are required to attend a one-hour initial webinar on April 26, 2022 at 4:00 pm ET to learn about the testing program.  After attending the webinar, homeowners will be mailed a water testing kit.  Optional follow-up webinars will be offered to provide interpretation of results and to answer questions.  Registration and further information for this testing programs is available online at  or by calling 1-877-345-0691.

If you have any questions about this no-cost testing program, contact Peter Wulfhorst at 570-296-3400 (phone) or (email).

Penn State is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and is committed to providing employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.

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State 4-H Fashion & Textile Revue

Twenty-three 4-H members from across Pennsylvania recently took part in the annual 4-H State Fashion and Textile Revue near State College, entitled “Be Different Together.”

The Revue is the closing event for 4-H members ages 13-18 who completed a clothing or textile project, recognizing excellence in sewing and fiber arts.
The Pennsylvania 4-H’ers attending the one-day event participated in a modeling workshop, embroidery project, and a fashion show for family and friends. Participants’ projects were judged as either a garment (fashion revue) or a non-wearable fiber arts project (textile revue).  The fashion participants were judged on construction, appearance, fit, design, and fashion.

Fashion Revenue participants included, l-r, Faith Hosie, Ella Wilson, Julia Mazur, and Maria Parola.

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Stephen Alessi
Client Relations Manager
Phone: 570-963-6842
Fax: 570-963-6853
Email: Contact Me

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