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.

Local 4-H’ers Compete At 4-H Regional Fashion Revue

Seven Lackawanna County 4-H textile science members recently competed in the regional 4-H fashion revue in Dushore, PA.  The young women were:  Maria Parola, Moscow; Julia Mazur, Olyphant; Alexis Heffley, Dalton; Lindsey Bartell, Emily Bartell, and Lauren Bartell, Clarks Summit; and Faith Hosie, Jessup.

Thirty-six members from Lackawanna, Susquehanna, Bradford, Sullivan, Tioga and Wyoming Counties were judged with their garments in appearance, fit, design, and fashion and construction techniques.  In addition, participants attended workshops on modeling, Dress for Success, and making scissors pouches.

The day concluded with a fashion show and awards presentation.  Lindsey Bartell was named winner in the junior wearable year 2 division. In addition, Maria Parola and Julia Mazur will represent Lackawanna County at the State fashion revue on the main campus of Penn State University on July 24, competing against 4-H’ers from across the State for the top 12 places.

The 4-H textile science program is sponsored by Penn State Extension.  It teaches youth, ages eight to eighteen, clothing construction skills as well as increases their self-esteem, poise and confidence.

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

Fashion Revue participants include, l-r, Maria Parola, Moscow; Julia Mazur, Olyphant; Alexis Heffley, Dalton; and Lindsey Bartell, Emily Bartell, and Lauren Bartell, Clarks Summit.

Food Safety Certification – ServSafe®

The ServSafe course, conducted by Penn State Extension, is being held at the Penn State Campus, 120 Ridgeview Drive, Dunmore, on Thursday, July 26, from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. and on Thursday, August 2, from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

The class’s exam will be held at 11 a.m. on August 2.

After attending the class sessions and passing the multiple choice exam, participants will receive a ServSafe certificate, which meets the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture’s requirement for food safety certification.  The course covers information related to preventing cross contamination, safe handling of food, temperature control, cleaning and sanitization, proper storage, and pest control in addition to other relevant topics.

The cost of the class is $185, and the registration deadline is July 23.

Interested parties can register online at Contact Nicole McGeehan at 570-421-6430 or for further information.