Waverly United Methodist Church to sponsor Food Safety Training for Volunteer Groups

Don’t take a chance with food safety! If you are involved in preparing or serving food for your non-profit or volunteer organization, consider attending “Cooking for Crowds: A Volunteer’s Guide to Food Safety.” The workshop is being held at the Waverly United Methodist Church, 105 Church Street, Waverly, on Monday, March 18, 2013 from 6 pm to 9 pm. Martin Bucknavage, Penn State Extension food science specialist, is the course instructor. 

The workshop is designed for volunteers who are responsible for preparing food for large numbers of people on occasion such as, church suppers, fire hall dinners, band boosters or other types of food fundraisers. The following topics will be discussed: how food becomes unsafe, purchasing and storage of food, keeping food safe during preparation, hot and cold holding, personal hygiene and cleaning and sanitizing. Even if your organization has never had a problem, sign up to learn more about safe food handling practices to protect the people you serve.

The cost of the program is $5 per person. Each organization is also suggested to purchase at least one “Cooking for Crowds” food safety manual for $10.00 each. Registration is required and the deadline to register is March 8, 2013. For questions or to register contact the Penn State Extension office in Lackawanna County at 570-963-6842. 

Penn State encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact Karen Thomas at 570-963-6842 in advance of your participation or visit. 

Penn State is committed to affirmative action, equal opportunity and the diversity of its workforce.

Finance Executive To Head Lackawanna County’s Economic Development Department

A former East Coast major metropolitan corporate executive who specialized in technology, securities, finance, operations, accounting and strategic planning has been selected by the Lackawanna County Commissioners to head-up the County’s economic development department.

George Kelly, Dunmore, has been appointed by Commissioners Jim Wansacz and Corey D. O’Brien to direct the County’s business development programs, corporate prospecting, community reinvestment opportunities, incubator initiative, and biosciences expansion.

“George will enhance the grant programs and other activities we already have in place. He will also be involved in marketing the area to outside firms and industries who are looking to relocate or open a satellite operation,” said Commissioner Jim Wansacz. “He will also strengthen our local business and corporate bases by utilizing our SBA 504 and 7 (a) fee waiver program, establishing retail incubator space to help start-up business grow, reinvesting in our infrastructure, and capitalizing on State and Federal funding programs to underwrite projects throughout our communities. All of these activities will hopefully lead to new job opportunities for our residents.”

“Having George on board shows our commitment to economic growth in Lackawanna County. This is the initial step in putting our economic development plan into action. We want to create jobs, attract new opportunities and revenue here, and also strengthen our community’s backbone – our small business base,” noted Commissioner Corey D. O’Brien. “We believe that George can help us with this important economic priority.”

Mr. Kelly will be responsible for d eveloping a comprehensive economic development plan for Lackawanna County, working closely with regional, local and community service organizations to support area economic efforts, and implementing and administering projects that will create family sustaining jobs in Lackawanna County.

George Kelly is a seasoned executive with a strong track record of providing business owners and major corporations a detailed blueprint for helping build, expand and streamline their businesses. Over the past 25 years, he has been directly responsible for building and growing healthcare, technology, housing, retail, and financial service companies in the Pennsylvania, New York, and New Jersey metropolitan areas.

Currently, Mr. Kelly is the principal in a business consulting service, which offers contract assistance to firms in the areas of real estate rehabilitation, investment operations and project management.

Mr. Kelly has held senior positions in National Securities Clearing Corporation, Depository Trust and Clearing Corporation and Public Service Enterprises/GE Capital. He has also been affiliated with Emery Worldwide, Diamond Glass Works, Milestone International Asset Management Inc., and RCN Inc. With these firms, he was involved in corporate initiatives, small business development, technology, marketing, finance and product development.

George earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Liberal Arts from Cathedral College, Douglaston, NY, and an MBA in Finance and Investment from Marywood University.

George resides in Dunmore with his wife, Sharon, and their children.


George Kelley Named County Economic Development Director

George Kelly, center, was introduced as the new Lackawanna County Economic Development Director by Commissioner Corey D. O’Brien, left, and Commissioner Jim Wansacz, right, at a program/press conference.

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