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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.

Local 4-H’ers Compete At 4-H Food Challenge

Eight Lackawanna County 4-H food and nutrition members recently competed in the regional 4-H Food Challenge Contest in Carbon County.

The Junior team members were: Emily Bartell, Clarks Summit; Lindsey Bartell, Clarks Summit; Lauren Bartell, Clarks Summit; and Erin Bartell, Clarks Summit.

Anna Flowers, Clarks Summit; Abby Adamsky, Clarks Summit; Emma Adamsky, Clarks Summit; and Charlotte Rozenburg, Factoryville; competed in the Senior Division.

Fifty-three 4-H members from across the state competed in this new Pennsylvania 4-H Contest, which is modeled after the television show “Chopped.”  In addition to cooking a dish from designated products and a limited pantry, participants had to have nutrition and cost comparison knowledge for their presentation.

The Lackawanna County Junior Team placed second and the Senior Team placed first in their region. The 4-H food and nutrition program is sponsored by Penn State Extension.  It teaches youth ages eight to eighteen cooking, nutrition, meal planning, and cost comparison skills.

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

Food Challenge participants were, front row, l-r, Charlotte Rozenburg, Factoryville; Emma Adamsky, Clarks Summit; Erin Bartell, Clarks Summit; and Emily Bartell, Clarks Summit. Back, l-r, Anna Flowers, Clarks Summit; Abby Adamsky, Clarks Summit; Lindsey Bartell, Clarks Summit; and Lauren Bartell, Clarks Summit.

Emerging Leaders in Agriculture

Penn State Extension’s Leadership Network will be hosting an Emerging Leaders in Agriculture Leadership Professional Development event on Thursday, November 14, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Dawson Building on the Penn State Scranton Campus in Dunmore.

This workshop is for any young or new farmer, rancher, agricultural worker or agribusiness employee looking for quality leadership professional development. The topics will include conflict resolution, trust, mindfulness, and team performance.

At the workshop, participants will be able to: network; learn effective conflict management skills to minimize the lingering effects of conflict in their respective organizations; hear about trust-based communication strategies to help assimilate a culture of trust with partners and collaborators; participate in practices to help improve well-being, relationships, and the work atmosphere; and gain practical skills to promote powerful team performance.

The registration deadline is Monday, November 11.  Refreshments will be provided.

To register, please visit extension.psu.edu/emerging-leaders-in-agriculture or contact Dr. Suzanna Windon at [email protected] or 814-863-3825.

Extension Open House Set For September 7 At Plow & Hearth

The Penn State Master Gardeners in Lackawanna County are having Fall open house at Plow & Hearth 2111 Shoppes at Montage, Moosic, on Saturday, September 7, from noon to 3 p.m.

The Penn State Master Gardeners in Lackawanna County will be available to answer your seasonal home horticulture questions and offer information on timely topics, such as Fall lawn care, composting, growing garlic, and the newest invasive insect – the spotted lanternfly.

For more information please call the Extension office at 570-963-6842 or email [email protected].