Dunmore Fire Dept. receives service grant


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State Rep. Frank Farina, D-Lackawanna, announced today that fire departments, ambulance and rescue squads serving the 112th Legislative District are receiving state grants totaling more than $250,000. Dunmore Fire Department will receive a grant of $13,789. Farina said he is proud of the award recipients in his legislative district.

“This state funding is vital because our fire and ambulance squads save lives in times of tragedy and are always available when we need them throughout the year,” Farina said.

The grants are from Pennsylvania’s Fire Company and Volunteer Ambulance Service Grant Program and were awarded in February. In all, 2,538 grants were awarded statewide. The grants are funded partly by gaming revenue.


State Rep. to host Medicare advisers in district offices

farinaState Rep. Frank Farina, D-Lackawanna, said he will continue to host Medicare counselor advisers at both of his district offices on a regular, monthly basis.

Trained staff and volunteers from APPRISE, the State Health Insurance Assistance Program, will be in Farina’s Eynon office, 423 Main St., from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. the first and third Monday of each month. The next visits are Monday, April 4 and 18.

Farina’s Dunmore office, 1414 Monroe Ave., will host identical meetings on the first and third Wednesday of each month. The dates for the meetings are April 6 and 20.

The APPRISE counselors will be able to answer questions regarding Medicare, Medicaid, Medigap and long-term care insurance, as well as preventive medicine and assist with paperwork related to Medicare appeals.

For more information on these meetings, contact either of Farina’s two local constituent service offices: at 423 Main St., Eynon, phone 570-876-1111 and at 1414 Monroe Ave., Dunmore, phone 570-342-2710.


Dunmore Activity Hub for Seniors

By Steve Svetovich

State Representative Frank Farina hosted a Senior Fair at the Dunmore Community Center last month. The event was held Thursday, May 21, from 10:00 a.m. To 2:00 p.m.

There were a variety of topics discussed at the successful four-hour event. The topics included rehabilitation therapy, blood pressure screenings, chiropractic care, insurance information, diabetes care, assisted living programs, health screenings and other areas of interest pertinent to senior citizens.

May was a very busy month at the Dunmore Activity Hub for Seniors, 1414 Monroe Ave., Dunmore. A Chicken and Biscuit Dinner was held Thursday, May 14. The dinner was held from 5-7:00 p.m., with takeouts beginning at 4:00 p.m. The cost was only $8.50 for adults and $4 for kids.

All proceeds from the dinner went to the Dunmore Activity Hub for Seniors to benefit various programs offered.

There was an Intercultural Dance Program presentation held Friday, May 15. Light refreshments were served in the Community Room followed by the presentation in the gym.

“It was the winter without end,” said Jeanne Hugenbruch, executive director of the Dunmore Activity Hub and Cafe for Seniors. “April went out like a lamb, which should have been March’s job. We have no complaints though, as the flowers are blooming and the days are now lovely.

“Even the rainy days, this is spring’s way.”

Hugenbruch said the Alternative Meal Option is back. It is a little different, she said, but every day in May there was a choice of three entrees, a Special of the Day, a Vegetarian Special and an Alternative option.

“No other center provides so many choices.”

Other interesting new programs include Red Hat Ladies, Learn to play Pinochle, Pinochle Group, Learn to play Mahjong, Beginners Ukulele and Guitar, Making Brandies and Flavored Vinegars and Summer Supper Seminars which included topics of interest with a nutritious and tasty light supper.

Other activities at the Dunmore Activity Hub for seniors include bingo, chair exercises, Wordless Wednesday Games, dance with Vince Brust, Bible Study, Tai, Chi, speakers, blood pressure alternate Thursdays, volunteer time, sketching, ballroom dancing, oil painting, Stretchin’ with Gretchen and yoga.

Toni Powell is kitchen coordinator at the Dunmore Activity Hub and Cafe for Seniors. Shirley Martinelli is reservationist. Lottie Collins is site council president. Carol Angerson is lead volunteer.

For more information on the Dunmore Activity Hub and Cafe and its programs, call 570-207-2662. Their web site is dunmoreseniorcenter@yahoo.com.
The fax number is 570-207-2640.