Little Sisters Night at PNC Field

LSP RailRiders 2017

Residents of the Little Sisters of the Poor’s Holy Family Residence attended the fifth annual “Little Sisters of the Poor Night” recently at PNC Field, Moosic.

Prior to the game time, Sister Kathleen, l.s.p., provided an on-field interview about Holy Family Residence and the Sisters’ mission of serving the elderly poor throughout the world, and Sister Patrice, l.s.p., threw out a ceremonial first pitch of the game.

Pictured are just a few of the residents and staff of Holy Family Residence who attended the event, including, from left:  Alyce Farrell, Rob DeSantis, Lourdes Pola, Lisa Torch, Karen Graham, Anastasia Chilek, Bernice Bullick, Henrietta Kaczmarczyk, Sister Kathleen, l.s.p., Sister Laurelliya, l.s.p., and Sister Patrice, l.s.p.

Strengthening Families Sessions scheduled for February

The Strengthening Families Program is a seven week series designed to reduce adolescent substance abuse and other problematic behaviors in youth ages 10 – 14 years old. It has been scientifically tested and results have shown that children who have completed the program are less likely to become involved in risky behaviors like drug and alcohol abuse.

Parents and children begin each Strengthening Families session with a shared meal followed by breakout sessions for adults and youth. During the last hour, the families reunite to increase bonding, positive communication skills and learn to solve problems together.

Three sessions will be held in Carbondale and Moosic. The Carbondale sessions will be run from 5:30 – 8 p.m. on Sundays starting on Feb. 12 or on Wednesdays beginning on Feb. 15 at the Carbondale Area Elementary School. The Moosic session will be held from 5:30–  8 p.m. on Thursdays starting Feb. 2 at the Riverside East Elementary School.

Youth will benefit from attending the sessions by learning to: prepare for their teen years; communicate with their parents; deal with stress and peer pressure; and avoid alcohol and drug problems.  Parents and caregivers can enhance their parenting skills by: learning to set limits and show love; making house rules; encouraging good behavior; protecting their children from substance abuse; and learning to handle stress.

The free program includes dinner for the family, prizes for attendance, and free child care for younger family members.

For more information or to register for this fun, family oriented program, call Karen Thomas at Penn State Extension in Lackawanna County at 570-963-6842.


Dunmoreans take winter hike in Moosic Mountain Preserve

Polar Vortex Hike pic 1

Shown during a winter hike by long-time friends at the start of polar vortex in the Moosic Mountain Preserve are, from left:  Jim McCormick, Chick Harle, Ed Coleman, Pat Cuff, Bill Ciccotti, and Brian McAndrew. In foreground is Jim McCormick’s dog Finnegan.

Polar Vortex Hike pic 2

Enjoying the strenuous winter hike were friends including, from left: Pat Cuff, Chick Harle, Jim McCormick, Bill Ciccotti, Ed Coleman, and Brian McAndrew.