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 the “Growing Stronger” program, a 12-week highly effective weight-bearing physical initiative for people 40 and over and includes food, health and nutrition education.

The classes are designed to help men and women improve their muscle strength and bone density.  Nutrition topics are also discussed and handouts with additional information are given at each class. 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.

The class is being offered on Monday and Wednesday mornings from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. at West Side Active Older Adult Community Center, 1004 Jackson Street, Scranton, beginning February 6 at a cost of $115.

The registration deadline is February 1, and space is limited. Registrations will be taken on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Direct questions to Karen Thomas at 570-963-6842.  To register, please call 1-877-345-0691 or visit

Winter Golf Clinic

The Lackawanna County Commissioners 2019 Winter Golf Clinic will be held from February 25 to March 22 at the Goodwill Industries of NEPA administrative headquarters, 925 Prospect Avenue, Scranton.

Please call the Lackawanna County Parks and Recreation Office at 570-963-6764 for further information or to register.

Tom Grudis Optical & The Bare Accessories Small Business Spotlight

Tom Grudis Optical & The Bare Accessories were the small businesses spotlighted at the January 9 Lackawanna County Commissioners Meeting. These family-owned business have been an integral part of Scranton’s landscape for over 30 years. Grudis Optical has been serving the eyewear needs of the community since 1980 with the latest styles at affordable prices. Stephanie Grudis-Whisner teamed-up with her father, Tom, through “The Bare Accessories, offering distinctive accessories such as scarves, jewelry, handbags and clothes at modest prices.

L-r, Commissioner Jerry Notarianni, Commissioner Laureen A. Cummings, Tom Grudis and Stephanie Grudis-Whisner, owners; and Commissioner Patrick M. O’Malley.

Lackawanna County Commissioners Declare “Code Blue” Frigid Weather Alert

Based on current cold weather information, the Lackawanna County Commissioners are declaring a “Code Blue” frigid weather alert.

Utilizing forecasts from the National Weather Service at Binghamton, NY, and in consultation with the Lackawanna County Emergency Management Agency, a “Code Blue” is now in effect for Lackawanna County until 2 PM on Saturday, January 12.

A “Code Blue” alert is issued when the forecasted temperature in Lackawanna County (including wind chills) is expected to reach 20 degrees Fahrenheit or lower. If necessary, based on weather conditions, an extension of the alert may be issued.

The goal of this notification is to: make people aware of the extremely cold conditions; provide information related to health and wellness in the cold weather; and publicize the locations of emergency homeless shelters that are operated by area social service agencies.

During a “Code Blue” alert, homeless individuals can access an emergency shelter at the following locations:
– St. Anthony’s Haven, 409 Olive Street, Scranton (hours: 7:30 p.m. to 8 a.m.)

– Community Intervention Center, 445 North 6th Avenue, Scranton (hours: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.)

Information on personal health and safety during freezing weather can be found on the Lackawanna County homepage by visiting and clicking on the “Code Blue Alert” icon on the right side of the screen. Alerts will also be posted on the County’s social media outlets for the duration of the advisory period.