Dunmore Seniors Activity Hub

By Steve Svetovich

Dunmore seniors are gearing up for upcoming fall activity programs at the Dunmore Activity Hub and Cafe for Seniors, located at 1414 Monroe Avenue in Dunmore.

“Fall is in the air and the kids are back in school, ” said Jeanne Hugenbruch, executive director of the Dunmore Activity Hub and Cafe. “It is time for us to add some new activities as well. A lot is happening and new programs are starting here at the Activity Hub and Cafe.”

Jim Masters was there and informed the Dunmore Activity Hub seniors about Pulmonary Fibrosis Wednesday, Sept. 2. Mahjong classes began at the Activity Hub at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 3. Pinochle is now played every Tuesday after lunch. Beginner’s guitar and ukulele classes are held at 10 a.m. every Tuesday by appointment.

The Dunmore Activity Hub and Cafe is in the process of getting a Chorus and Comedy Troupe together.

One of the more popular new groups is the Laughter is the Best Medicine Group which meets at 1:30 p.m. every Wednesday. “Keep the laughter going,” said Hugenbruch. “Bring in a few jokes to share and we can all exercise that funny bone.”

Traditional Home Health in Dunmore, came to the Dunmore Activity Hub and Cafe on Sept. 15, to talk about reading food labels.

A program on Medication Disposal was held Tuesday, Sept. 22. The program was sponsored by the Lackawanna/Susquehanna Office of Drug and Alcohol Programs and Voluntary Action Center. Lunch was served and there were free giveaways and desserts. Dr. Shantanu Bishwal came to the Activity Hub on Friday, Sept. 25, to discuss Rheumatoid Arthritis.

The New-Celebration of Life series began last month.. Bill Frye was there for musical entertainment Wednesday, Sept. 30. Lunch was served with a choice of chicken salad or mock crab salad platter. The cost was $5 for seniors and $8 for friends.

Lottie Collins is site council president for the Dunmore Activity Hub and Cafe. Shirley Martinelli is reservationist. Carol Angerson is lead volunteer.

“Enjoy the fall weather and try to plan on joining us at the Hub,” said Hugenbruch.

For more information on upcoming fall programs or becoming a member, call (570) 207-2662.


The Dunmore Activity Hub and Cafe for Seniors is a non-profit agency supported in part through the Lackawanna County Area Agency on Aging, the Dunmore borough and through the fundraising efforts of the Senior Site Council and the Board of Directors.

Commissioners Honor Jeanne Hugenbruch


The Lackawanna County Commissioners presented Ms. Hugenbruch a Certificate of Recognition for her dedication to our community’s elderly. Pictured from left to right are Commissioner Ed Staback, Jeanne Hugenbruch and Commissioner Jim Wansacz.

Jeanne Hugenbruch, center, manager of the Dunmore Senior Center, received the 2015 Secretary’s Award for Excellence in Nutrition for Older Pennsylvanians from the Pennsylvania Department of Aging. This award recognizes those who work to improve nutrition programs within Pennsylvania’s aging network and are committed to strengthening the quality of life of older Pennsylvanians.

According to the PDA Nutrition Services Advisory Committee, “This includes Department of Aging funded nutrition service program meals such as congregate meals served in senior community centers or satellite centers and home delivered meals served to homebound consumers.”

Hugenbruch was recognized for her innovation in planning nutritionally balanced meals for older adults who utilize the Dunmore Senior Center.