The Riverside PROmoting School, community and university Partnerships to Enhance Resilience (PROSPER) team is holding a spring vendor craft fair on Saturday, April 6, at the Riverside East Elementary School, 900 School Street, Moosic, from 10 AM – 3 PM, which will benefit PROSPER’s evidence-based drug and alcohol prevention programs at the school.

Direct sale vendors and crafters will be selling products and handcrafted items such as jewelry, hair bows, candles, home décor, soap, American Girl and Barbie clothes, and more. In addition, free pictures with the Easter bunny and face painting will be available from 11 AM – 2 PM. Door prizes will be given throughout the day and food will be available. Admission is $2 per person with children under 12 free.

The PROSPER project is an innovative model for bringing evidence based prevention programs to communities in order to strengthen youth, families, and the community. The focus is on strengthening parent-child relations and problem-solving, building youth life skills, and teaching youth to avoid peer pressure or dangerous behaviors.

The Riverside School District has participated in the PROSPER project since 2015. A team which consists of Penn State Extension, school personnel, students, families, community leaders, health and social service providers, and others work together to implement and sustain scientifically-proven programs that meet the needs of family and youth in the Moosic and Taylor area. Currently, The Strengthening Families Program for parents and youth 10-14 is being implemented in the community. This initiative is a free seven week, two-hour program, which improves parenting skills, builds life skills in youth and strengthens family bonds.

For more information about the spring vendor craft fair or to sell at the event, call Penn State Extension at 570-963-6842.

The Penn State Master Gardeners in Lackawanna County Are having a Spring Open House at The Plow & Hearth Shoppes at Montage

The Penn State Master Gardeners in Lackawanna County

Are having a Spring Open House at

The Plow & Hearth

Shoppes at Montage

2111 Shoppes Boulevard, Moosic

Saturday, March 30, from Noon to 3 p.m.


Information on:

 Tree Care plus a free seedling to take home and plant

Houseplants for an indoor garden

Native plants (Learn what does and does not grow best in our area)

Containers gardening

And more!

For more information, call 570-963-6842 or email:


Spring Vendor Craft Fair Benefits Drug & Alcohol Prevention Program

The Riverside Promoting School-community-university Partnerships to Enhance Resilience (PROSPER) team is hosting a Spring vendor and craft fair on Saturday, April 6, from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Riverside Elementary East School.

Vendor space is available for $30 for a single space, and all exhibitors are asked to provide a door prize.

Proceeds will benefit PROmoting School-community-university Partnerships to Enhance Resilience (PROSPER) drug and alcohol prevention programs at Riverside Elementary East School.

For more information or a vendor application, please call the Penn State Extension at 570-963-6842.

Pennsylvania 4-H Youth Attend State Leadership Conference

Nearly 600 young people descended on State College, PA, during the first weekend of February for the Pennsylvania 4-H State Leadership Conference and Junior Leadership Conference. The weekend afforded the youngsters is an opportunity to come together for leadership training, networking, and learning experiences.

The weekend, themed “Leadership in Overtime”, kicked off with welcome addresses by the Director of Pennsylvania 4-H Dr. Joshua Rice and Pennsylvania Secretary of Agriculture Russell Redding. The Pennsylvania 4-H State Council — a premier group of young people selected from around the state to be the official spokespeople for the Pennsylvania 4-H program – and the Pennsylvania 4-H State Office coordinated the weekend event.
Saturday was a full day of leadership workshops for the 13-18 year-old attendees of the leadership conference. Those workshops included topics such as teambuilding, stress management, understanding leadership styles, etiquette, interview preparation, and many others.

The Junior Conference for the 10-13 year-old participants gave the younger members a small glimpse of what they can expect to see when they are older. The workshop topics included communication and being a positive role model.

One of the highlights of the Conference was the keynote speakers. The juniors enjoyed an entertaining talk by Katina Hunter, 4-H alum and current volunteer in Pennsylvania. Friday’s keynote speaker, Clint Pulver, entertained the older teens with his comedy and message about leaving a mark and making the best for the world instead of best in the world.

Lackawanna County 13-18 year-old 4-H members attending the leadership conference were, l-r, Maria Parola, Moscow; Ava Davis, South Abington; Hannah Albano, Dunmore; Meghan Graham, Clarks Summit; Julia Mazur, Olyphant; and Faith Hosie, Jessup.
Lackawanna County Junior attendees were, l-r, Emmy Jones, Factoryville; Katie Jones, Factoryville; and Nora Evans, Dalton.

For more information on 4-H, contact Sandi Graham, 570-963-6842.