Penn State Extension’s “Growing Stronger” Program

Penn State Extension, in collaboration with The University of Scranton, will be offering strength training and nutrition classes to help men and women over 40 years of age improve their muscle strength and bone density.

If you’re not physically active now and would like to begin an exercise program, plan to join the “Growing Stronger” program. This 12-week, highly effective weight-bearing physical activity program is designed for people 40 and over and includes food, health and nutrition education. Nutrition topics are discussed and a handout with additional information is given at each class.

The exercise portion of the program includes a five-minute warm-up and 8-12 strength-training exercises that work each of the major muscle groups in the body. The exercises also promote proper body awareness, positioning, flexibility and posture. Equipment used includes free weights and ankle weights. The workout is completed with a five minute cool-down.

A class is being offered on Monday and Wednesday mornings from 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. at West Side Active Older Adult Community Center, 1004 Jackson Street, Scranton, beginning February 7. The cost is $115.

For questions or to register, please call 1-877-345-0691 or go online.

The registration deadline is January 25 and space is limited. Registrations are taken on a first-come, first-serve basis.      



Marywood junior receives scholarship for community service


Rebecca Skakal, a junior in Marywood University’s Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, was notified she was the recipient of the 2016 Jacquie Walker American Association of University Women (AAUW) Scholarship.

This $5,000 scholarship is awarded to a full-time matriculating student who demonstrates a commitment to community service and who graduated high school in Western New York.

Rebecca, a Speech-Language Pathology major who is also minoring in Nutrition/Dietetics, is shown with department chair, Andrea Novak.

Hugenbruch recognized as Dunmore seniors start new groups

By Steve Svetovich

Hugenbruch Recognition Pix

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.