“Good Works” By Parents Loving Children Through Autism

Kathleen Walsh, center, Founder of Parents Loving Children Through Autism (PLCTA), accepts a “Good Works” certificate from The Lackawanna County Commissioners for the organization’s commitment to helping families deal with this learning and socialization disorder. PLCTA was founded in 2002 and has over 300 families involved in the program, offering them information on services or other agencies that provide assistance, legislative alerts and news on dealing with the autism spectrum.

L-r, Commissioner Jim Wansacz, Commissioner Corey D. O’Brien, Ms. Walsh, and Commissioner Patrick M. O’Malley.



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Penn State Extension Offers 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, May 20, 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 May 10, 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.

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