’Mammothon’ happening this month

Commonwealth Health will conduct its ninth annual Mammothon from 5 to 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 22.

Volunteers from the six hospitals and related clinics will make calls to women who are past due for their annual mammograms, offering to schedule these critical screenings or to give a gentle reminder about the importance of yearly mammograms.

Breast cancer and other medical illnesses remain a risk for women — even in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Unfortunately, due to concerns about the virus, many women have postponed their annual screening mammograms, increasing their risk of undetected cancer.

Commonwealth Health is encouraging women who may have delayed their mammograms to schedule the screening now, because when breast cancer is detected early, life-saving treatment can begin immediately.

Nearly all breast cancers can be treated successfully if found early. The most effective way to detect breast cancer at an early, treatable stage is to have yearly mammograms.

Since mammography became widely used in the 1980s, the U.S. breast cancer death rate in women has dropped 43%.

Commonwealth Health offers eight locations for mammograms. For more information on mammogram locations or to find a primary care physician call 1-800-838-WELL (9355). Most major insurance plans are accepted, including Geisinger Health Plan.

WVIA airing Bognet, Cartwright debate

WVIA will air a live debate on Oct. 18 between the two candidates vying for the 8th Congressional District.

Congressman Matt Cartwright, a Moosic Democrat, and challenger Jim Bognet, a Hazle Twp. Republican, will air at 7 p.m. on on WVIA TV. The debates will also be simulcast live on WVIA Radio and streamed live at http://www.wvia.org/home/.

Panelists for the 8th Congressional District debate include: Borys Krawczeniuk, Times-Tribune staff writer; Bill O’Boyle, Times Leader staff writer, and Dr. Beth Admiraal, political science department chair at Kings College. The moderator will be WVIA’s Larry Vojtko.

The district includes all of Lackawanna, Pike and Wayne counties and parts of Luzerne and Monroe counties. Representatives serve two-year terms and earn $174,000 a year.

Help available for Medicare recipients

There’s a free service available for Lackawanna County resident who need help navigating the Medicare service options that best fit their needs.

APPRISE, sponsored locally by the United Way of Lackawanna & Wayne Counties, provide state-trained counselors to help with any Medicare issue.

In addition to doing Medicare Advantage Plan comparisons and Part D comparisons throughout the year, counselors will help beneficiaries apply for PACE, PACENET or Extra Help. There is also a scheduled monthly “New to Medicare” presentation through Zoom.

Those interested in this class can contact APPRISE. For those who do not have access to a computer, the United Way provides counseling over the phone.

Medicare beneficiaries have the opportunity to make changes to their health care plans during the Annual Open Enrollment Period until Dec. 7. During this period each year, Medicare beneficiaries can join, switch or drop their Medicare Part D or Medicare Advantage plans. Medicare Part D plans and Medicare Advantage plans change the coverage and costs each year, so it is important to review your plan and compare it to other plans.

“APPRISE is a great addition to our ever-expanding palette of community outreach programs. Assisting Lackawanna County residents in navigating all of the intricacies of Medicare further solidifies our commitment to strengthening our communities’ Health, Education and Financial Stability,” said Gary Drapek, president and CEO of United Way of Lackawanna and Wayne Counties.

The local APPRISE program for Lackawanna County residents has a new phone number this year. Beneficiaries must call this new number at 570-343-1267 ext. 239 to schedule an appointment.

For more information go to www.uwlc.net/apprise or call 570.343.1267 x239

Johnson College boasts largest enrollment ever

Johnson College’s 2020-21 total enrollment is breaking records.

The 497 students is the largest enrollment number in its 108-year history, increasing its enrollment by 5% from last year, which was also a record-setting year, with over 252 incoming freshmen and 228 students returning for their second consecutive year, according to a press release.

In addition, 17 high school students from Abington Heights, Forest City, Honesdale, Lakeland, Old Forge and Riverside are enrolled in Johnson College’s Dual Enrollment and Industry Fast Track programs held on campus.

This year, 27% of the incoming freshman class transferred in from another institution. Also, the college launched and welcomed its first class into its associate degree program for heavy equipment technology.

“As our record enrollment shows, incoming freshman found what they were looking for in the flexibility of our online classes and the opportunities provided by our hands-on labs,” said Bill Burke, Johnson College’s vice president of student and academic affairs, jn the press release. “The hybrid model we’re offering, along with smaller class sizes, labs at industry partner locations and the potential to complete their education in two years or less, give our students the opportunity to be well prepared to enter the essential workforce sooner.”

Johnson College will continue to follow its hybrid model throughout the 2020-21 school year. General education and program theory classes will be delivered online while labs and lab-related coursework will be in-person. Through this model, the college is prioritizing student safety while offering increased flexibility when it comes to the hands-on learning required to enter the workforce. Social distancing and mask guidelines will be followed on campus and at industry lab locations.

Johnson College provides real-world, hands-on learning and prepares graduates to enter into or advance in their careers. The school was founded in 1912 and offers associate degrees in 15 programs. An emphasis on hands-on instruction is supported by a low student-to-teacher ratio For additional information on Johnson College, please call 1-800-2-WE-WORK, email enroll@johnson.edu, or visit Johnson.edu.

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