Strength Training Classes Offered By Penn State Extension

Are you over 40 and finding it more difficult to take the stairs or get down and up from the floor?  Strength training can benefit you tremendously with your daily activities while protecting you from osteoporosis and losing your balance. Penn State Extension, in collaboration with The University of Scranton, will be offering strength training and nutrition classes to help men and women improve their muscle strength and bone density.

If you’re not physically active now and would like to begin an exercise program, plan to join the “Growing Stronger” program. This initiative, a 12-week highly effective weight-bearing physical activity, is designed for people 40 and over and includes food, health and nutrition education. The exercise portion of the program includes a five-minute warm-up and 8-12 strength-training exercises that work each of the major muscle groups in the body. The exercises also promote proper body awareness, positioning, flexibility and posture. Equipment used includes free weights and ankle weights. The workout is completed with a five minute cool-down.

A class is being offered on Monday and Wednesday mornings from 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. at West Side Active Older Adult Community Center, 1004 Jackson Street, Scranton, beginning September 10 at a cost of $115.

For questions or to register, please call 1-877-345-0691 or visit The registration deadline is August 27 and space is limited.  Registrations are taken on a first-come, first-serve basis.

North Pocono Library Good “Works”

Serving nine municipalities in its region, the North Pocono Library is more than a place to sign-out books. Founded in 1985, the library offers a wide variety of children’s programming, Summer reading initiatives, tutoring opportunities, creative design software, gardening projects, online classes, targeted activities for teens and adults, and more. Its “Good Works” also include various special events, a Veterans Day program and volumes of best sellers for people to enjoy.

L-r, Commissioner Jerry Notarianni, Commissioner Patrick M. O’Malley, Susan Jeffery, Library Director; John Bonacci, Mary Rable, and Mauri Kelly, Library Board Members; and Commissioner Laureen A. Cummings.

Mendicino’s Pizza & Family Restaurant Small Business Spotlight

Mendicino’s Pizza & Family Restaurant was the small business spotlighted at the August 9 Lackawanna County Commissioners Meeting. Located in Covington Township, the business has grown from a take-out operation to a full-service restaurant, offering a variety of traditional dishes made from family recipes. Mendicino’s offers both on-site and off-site catering and is a major supporter of community fund raisers.

L-r, Commissioner Jerry Notarianni, Commissioner Laureen A. Cummings, Lynn and Christina Mendicino, family members; and Commissioner Patrick M. O’Malley.