C.A.S.U.A.L Day in Lackawanna County

The Lackawanna County Commissioners issued a proclamation to recognize the impact the Northeast Regional Cancer Institute’s (NRCI) 17th annual C.A.S.U.A.L Day has on the fight against colon cancer in our region.  Established by the family of the late Helen Phillips, the event urges residents to get screened for early detection of colon cancer and also highlights the medical breakthroughs that have saved lives.

    L-r, Commissioner Jerry Notarianni, Commissioner Debi Domenick, Laura Toole, NRCI’s Executive Vice President; and Commissioner Chris Chermak.

2020 Leadership Conference

Nearly 700 Pennsylvania 4-H youth gathered to network and enhance their leadership skills during the 2020 Pennsylvania 4-H State Leadership Conference from January 31 to February 2 at the Penn State Hotel and Conference Center in State College.

Five Lackawanna County 4-H members were in attendance:  Faith Hosie, Jessup; Meghan Graham, Clarks Summit; Julia Mazur, Olyphant; Ella Wilson, Clarks Summit; and Ava Davis, South Abington.

County 4-H members participated in workshops designed and presented by 4-H educators, Penn State faculty, and special invited speakers. The workshops included topics that encouraged youth to build their skills in public speaking, teambuilding, conflict resolution, and communicating through social media.

For additional information on Lackawanna County 4-H programs, contact Sandi Graham, 4-H Educator, 570-963-6842, Penn State Extension, 135 Jefferson Ave, Suite 101, Scranton, or e-mail [email protected].

4-H Leadership Conference Attendees  

4-H State Leadership Conference attendees from Lackawanna County were:  L-r,  Faith Hosie, Jessup; Meghan Graham, Clarks Summit; Julia Mazur, Olyphant; Ella Wilson, Clarks Summit; and Ava Davis, South Abington.



Military Medals Presented to Daniel Chermak’s Family

Lackawanna County officials presented Daniel Chermak, Jr., left, with a series of medals earned by his father, Daniel, Sr., who was shot down in Berlin and held in a prison camp until the end of World War II.  The elder Chermak flew multiple bombing missions in the Air Offensive European squadron.  The medals included Air medal, three oak clusters, European Africa Middle Eastern Service Medal, and a Purple Heart.

L-r, Mr. Chermak, Tyler Liput, his grandson; Commissioner Chris Chermak, and David Eisele, the County’s Director of Veterans Affairs.


Program Helps Kids Succeed


Are you a parent or caregiver of a 5th or 6th grader? Would you like to learn some additional skills to help your child succeed and make your strong family stronger? If so, then register for the free Strengthening Families program this winter.

The Strengthening Families Program for Parents and Youth is a seven-week program designed to reduce adolescent substance abuse and other problematic behaviors in youth ages 10 – 14 years. It has been scientifically tested and the results have shown that children who have completed the program are less likely to become involved in risky behaviors like drug and alcohol abuse.

Parents and children begin each Strengthening Families session with a shared meal followed by break-out sessions for adults and youth. During the last hour, the families reunite to increase family bonding, positive communication skills and learn to solve problems together.

Two sessions will be held in Carbondale and Moosic. The Carbondale sessions will be held from 5:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. on Wednesdays starting on February 5 at the Carbondale Area Elementary School.

The Moosic session will run on Mondays from 5:30 – 8 p.m. at the Riverside Elementary East School, starting February 24.

Youth will benefit from attending the sessions by learning to: prepare for their teen years, communicate with their parents, deal with stress and peer pressure, and avoid alcohol and drug problems.  Parents and caregivers can enhance their parenting skills by: learning to set limits and show love, making house rules, encouraging good behavior, protecting their children from substance abuse, and learning how to handle stress.

The free program includes dinner for the family, prizes for attendance, and free child care for younger family members.

For more information or to register for this fun, family oriented program, call Karen Thomas at Penn State Extension in Lackawanna County at 570-963-6842.

Hurry, spots are limited so call today.