ServSafe Food Safety Certification Class Offered By Penn State Extension

Starting in 2020, the Pennsylvania Food Code will require that the person in charge of a food service operation be a certified food protection manager and be onsite at all times during operating hours. This means that at least one employee on each shift be certified.

Penn State Extension is offering a ServSafe Food Safety Manager Course at the Penn State Scranton Campus, 120 Ridgewiew Drive, Dunmore, in Room 29, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on July 11; and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on July 18. The certification exam will be on July 18, at 11 a.m.


These in-person trainings, taught by our certified ServSafe instructors, will help participants learn how to prevent contamination of food by properly receiving, storing, preparing, cooking, cooling, and serving the food, as well as the proper methods for sanitizing foodservice facilities.

After completing the course and passing the multiple-choice exam, with a 75 percent or higher score, participants will receive a ServSafe Food Protection Manager certificate, which is good for five years.

The course fee is $185 and includes the most recent edition of the ServSafe Manager book, exam, answer sheet and learning materials.

To register, visit or call 877-345-0691 or contact Nicole McGeehan at 570-421-6430 for additional details.  

Earth Day 2019 With The Master Gardeners

The PSU Master Gardeners are committed to the values which established Earth Day decades ago. They want people to understand they can have a positive effect on the environment and community.

The Marketplace at Steamtown will be hosting the Master Gardeners on Saturday, April 13, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the first floor, center court of the mall, 300 Lackawanna Avenue, Scranton.

This is an opportunity to visit with the Master Gardeners for information on composting, growing vegetables, herbs, pollinator gardening and more. They will answer any of your home gardening questions, as well.

There will also be fun, games, prizes, free seedlings, herbs and more.

Special guests for the event include:

  • Lackawanna College Environmental Education Center
  • Lackawanna River Conservation Association
  • The Greenhouse Project
  • Lackawanna County Office of Environmental Sustainability
  • Taylor Community Library
  • Lackawanna Backyard Beekeepers Association
  • Penn State Extension Master Watershed Stewards
  • Pawsabilities

And more!

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



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: