Dunmore Native Develops Super Baby App

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Dunmore native Karen Hennigan Holmes, co-creator of the Super Baby app, poses with her son Nathan and felllow co-creator Dr. Patrick Kelly.

Super Baby is a revolutionary exercise app that has been formulated by a team of pediatric experts to help your baby soar through the crucial first years of life. The app comprises 43 developmental activity videos, which cover many of the clinically proven therapeutic techniques to help your baby be well on the road to impressive lifelong development. Perform these interactive exercises with your little one a few times a day to help them achieve the key milestones in their physical development.

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Super Baby is the brainchild of pediatric physical therapist Dr. Patrick Kelly, PT, DPT and pediatric occupational therapist Karen Hennigan Holmes, OTR/L. Both of these experts have a combined experience of over 18 years in pediatric therapy and have used their clinical expertise to craft this developmental tracking app.

Karen Hennigan Holmes is originally from Dunmore and received a Bachelor of Science degree  in occupational therapy from The University of Scranton. She currently resides in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband Douglas Holmes, also from Scranton.  They have two boys, Noah, 3, and Nathan, 1, and are expecting a baby girl in September.  Holmes currently works with children of all ages in sensory gyms, homes, and schools in New York.

“After working with new parents for many years, we realized the need for a developmental activity resource that parents could follow to give their baby a head start in development,” said Holmes.

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The Super Baby app has 43 clinically proven developmental activity videos, which have been expertly designed to help your baby reach their developmental milestones effectively and effortlessly. This interactive app allows you the freedom of choosing to watch videos by age group or by the milestone you wish to work on.

From rolling over to crawling to walking, the Super Baby app will allow you to successfully track all your baby’s key milestones as well as their progress. The interactive format only requires that you enter your baby’s birthday, weight, and height to track their development and progress. The app provides your baby’s growth percentile ranking, and tells you which milestones you and your precious baby should be focusing on.

The app also provides useful tips for fine motor and sensory system development and notifies of any particular developmental concerns you should be aware of. There is a unique timeline feature that helps you track which videos you have watched and which milestones you have achieved.

Download the Super Baby app for free from the App Store.

Dunmore’s Kyle Lasher Beats Barriers

By Steve Svetovich

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Dunmore High School student Kyle Lasher doesn’t let his lack of hearing impair his performance on and off the field. (Photo credit: Rich Banick Photography)

Kyle Lasher was born profoundly deaf, but he doesn’t look at himself as having any type of disability. He just has to work longer and harder to succeed, and that he does.

Son of Tony and Rose Lasher, Kyle is entering his third season as a member of  the Dunmore High School football team. He is a tailback on offense and nose guard on defense. He also plays basketball and runs track for the Bucks. He is an honor student who loves science.

In his earlier childhood years, he played for the Dunmore Little League, Dunmore Biddy Basketball League and the Dunmore Oilers Midget Football team. He never worried about being deaf. He just wanted to play and succeed.

And he has done both.

The 17-year-old  is a member of the Health Careers Club at Dunmore High School and  plans on attending college upon his graduation. He wants to go to Gallaudet University, a college for deaf students in Washington, D.C., where he would like to play football there and study education. His goal is to become a teacher and coach.

Kyle is part of a Dunmore backfield that include stalwarts Colin Holmes, Garrett Murray and Pat Reese. Kyle rushed for 500 yards last season while averaging over seven yards per carry. He expects to see more action this season at both the tailback and nose guard positions.

Modest but with a quiet confidence, Kyle’s answers to questions are well thought out. He said his parents taught him to never give up. Kyle said Dunmore’s head football coach Jack Henzes has also been a very positive influence in his life.

“Coach Henzes teaches us so much more than just football. You have to be a good student, well behaved, a good person,” Kyle said. “Coach Henzes tells us how important it is to work hard in the off season to prepare for the season.”

Hard working in nature, Kyle said he never thinks of his handicap when it comes to sports. He never looked at it as an issue and never thought it would stop him. The Dunmore junior is looking forward to the upcoming football season.

“We need to do our best and improve every day. We need to forget about our loss in the state championship game and move on,” said Kyle. “It was a tough loss, but we have to move on from it.”

Kyle has no problem communicating with the Dunmore coaching staff. He has a certified sign language interpreter with him at all times while playing and practicing with the football team and other sports. Nora Foley is his sign language interpreter for sports. David Posner is his educational interpreter for academic subjects.

“He has to work very hard for both sports and academics. He has to work a lot harder than most kids. He has to put in extra time and effort,” said his mom, Rose. “He is very much in tune with what he wants to accomplish in sports and in school. His football coaches go above and beyond every day for Kyle. He would not be able to do it without their help. The coaching staff is great to him. We are so very proud of Kyle and all his accomplishments.”

Hugenbruch recognized as Dunmore seniors start new groups

By Steve Svetovich

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Jeanne Hugenbruch recently with a Certificate of Recognition for her efforts and dedication to senior citizens.

The highly recognized Dunmore Activity Hub and Cafe, located at 1414 Monroe Avenue, will be holding several new activity groups as the fall season approaches. The award winning Jeanne K. Hugenbruch holds the title of executive director.

Hugenbruch recently was awarded the 2015 Secretary’s Award for Excellence in Nutrition for Older Pennsylvanians from the Pennsylvania Department of Aging. The prestigious award recognizes those who work to improve nutrition programs within the state’s aging network and are committed to strengthening the quality of life of older Pennsylvanians.

Hugenbruch, always an advocate to improve nutrition programs for senior citizens, was recognized for her innovative ideas in planning nutritional, balanced meals for the senior citizens at the Dunmore Activity Hub and Cafe.

Lackawanna County Commissioners Ed Staback and Jim Wansacz presented Hugenbruch recently with a Certificate of Recognition for her efforts and dedication to senior citizens.

Always an innovator, Hugenbruch continues to plan new groups as well as new meals for the seniors who attend the Dunmore Activity Hub and Cafe. Some of last month’s menu items included beef stew, Greek lemon chicken, Italian Veggie Ricotta Frittata with Ciambotta, fish steak with peppers, cheese tortellini alfredo, veggie stuffed meatloaf, pasta with meat sauce, stuffed chicken breast, fish filet Italiano, chicken sauté in peanut sauce, pork with lentils, eggplant Parmesan, chicken Parmesan, steak and cheese hoagie, roast turkey sandwich, French chicken ratatouille, pork cutlets with butternut squash and a Cowboy Day dinner featuring ham steak with red-eye gravy and roasted seasoned spuds. And that is just a small sample of the featured meals!

One of the new groups will be a Celebration of Life series that begins this month. Once a month, the Dunmore Activity Hub and Cafe will have a special afternoon luncheon with live entertainment. There will be more information coming.

“This will be a lot of fun and will put a smile on your face,” said Hugenbruch.

A Pinochle Group began last month and meets Tuesdays after lunch around noon.

The Wii Bowling Tournament was delayed because the disc was not operable.  However, a new disc was received and the tournament began on Aug. 4. Two winners will each receive a $25 gift certificate this month. The winner with the highest total score and the winner with the highest total average will each receive a prize valued at $25. If you miss a day, you can make it up on a Friday. The program will run through the end of this month.

Caring Matters was held on Aug. 25 at 10:30 a.m. Caring Matters provided a bingo game and refreshments. Country-Western Day was held on Aug. 4. The Assistive Tech Resource Center visited the Dunmore Activity Hub on Aug. 11 to talk about eligibility for the Telecommunications Device Distribution Program (TDDP) and other services offered. April Murphy spoke about nutrition on Aug. 18. The very popular ballroom dancing group returns this month at the Hub.

“We welcome all of our new site council members,” said Hugenbruch. “We had a great meeting recently and brainstormed ideas to make this place hop. We have a lot of new things happening and coming up soon. Enjoy the weather and plan on joining us at the Hub soon.”

Other activities at the Hub last month included bingo, crafts, speakers, chair exercise, Bible Study, big bingo, volunteer time, sketching, Stretchin’ with Gretchen, yoga and oil painting. Winner takes all with Big Bingo which is Wednesdays at 9 a.m. All money collected will be given out in prizes.

“Bring your friends,” said Hugenbruch. “The more that play, the better the prizes.”

A Volunteer Recognition Dinner was held Saturday, Aug. 29, from 11 a.m to 1 p.m. There was live entertainment from the duo, Roger and Joe, and a dinner provided by Chef Bill. The event was only $5 for seniors and $8 for friends. Members of Site Council, the Board of Directors and anyone who helps at the site on a regular basis were able to attend for free.

Nolan Lukey is kitchen coordinator at the Dunmore Activity Hub and Cafe. Shirley Martinelli is reservationist. Lottie Collins is Site Council president. Carol Angerson is lead volunteer. For more information, call 570-207-2662.