Reuseable bag offered by Giant to support Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

Reuseable bag offered by Giant to support Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

Rail-trail group hosts ride

The Rail-Trail Council of NEPA will host a 20-mile round trip bike ride Saturday.

The ride will follow the railroad through Ararat, and Thompson and ending at beautiful Bucks Falls in Starrucca. Riders will see lakes, ponds, streams, fields, fieldstone walls and forests. The trail is not improved, so mountain bikes are required. Participants should bring a lunch; the group will be dining by the falls.

Meet at 7:15 a.m. the Rail Trail Office, 948 N Main St., Union Dale to get signed in. The group will caravan to Ararat Trailhead at 7:30 a.m. for an 8 a.m. start.

Scott Twp. orchard and cidery opening early

Lakeland Orchard and Cidery has moved up their opening day to Aug. 1.

The date was previously set for later in the month, but was changed to allow families additional chances to get out and enjoy the outdoors while easily following social distancing guidelines, the orchard said in a news release.

“We knew people would be excited to get out of the house and we wanted to give them something safe to do outdoors, all while still keeping a safe social distance from others. With so many large you-pick fields, guests can spread out easily, enjoy the beautiful weather, and still make fun memories with their families,” says Jeff Roba of Lakeland Orchard and Cidery.

The orchard at 1649 Lakeland Drive, Scott Twp. has also announced new activities for the 2020 season including U-Pick produce beginning Aug. 1st and a third flower season featuring flowering kale starting in October.

Although visitors to the orchard have always had the opportunity to pick their own apples, they will now also be able to pick their own tomatoes, beans, potatoes, eggplant, peppers, sweet corn, winter squash and more.

All visitors and staff will be required to wear masks, seating and lines have been configured to maintain social distancing guidelines, hand sanitizing stations will be placed throughout the venue and all transactions will be cashless, according to the orchard.

To learn more about the many new features being offered and upcoming events, visit their website

Groups collecting

info about pandemic

The Lackawanna County Historical Society, the Luzerne County Historical Society and the Anthracite Heritage Museum are working together to document the COVID-19 pandemic.

The groups are collecting artifacts and local stories to preserve the historical significance of this event and provide a regional perspective on how the pandemic has changed our lives and society.

Complete the survey or upload personal stories personal reflections through the Lackawanna Historical Society at You may donate items related to the pandemic, including facemasks, gloves and other personal protection equipment, hand sanitizer made by local businesses, social distancing signs and take out menus. Submit a digital image of the items to John Fielding

Hospital centennial celebration postponed

Wayne Memorial Hospital has postponed a big centennial celebration scheduled for Sept. 19th in Honesdale’s Central Park.

Hospital officials made the decision because they could not guarantee there would be fewer than 250 people at the event — the limit for outdoor gatherings. The celebration plans also included high school marching bands, an antique car show and food stands, all of which posed a challenge for social distancing and infection control, according to a news release.

“The Wayne Memorial Centennial Celebration Committee’s decision to postpone our September 19th Community Celebration was not an easy one,” said Joann Hudak, chair of the committee. “However, we are confident that we will be able to join together in the near future to celebrate the wonderful history of our hospital and community.”

The September celebration was one of several events marking the hospital’s 100th anniversary. In May, the hospital was rededicated to all veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces. It had been dedicated previously to veterans only from Wayne and Pike counties. A plaque was installed near the main entrance during a small ceremony attended by only hospital and local VFW and American Legion leadership.

The hospital also commissioned a mural by Hawley-based artist Juan Espino, which depicts the past 100 years in the hospital’s history. It is due to be unveiled this fall in the hospital’s new pedestrian concourse.

The committee has not chosen an alternative date yet for the postponed celebration.

Videos showing historic photos of the hospital’s founding and subsequent decades can be found on the hospital’s website at

Marywood group honored with Gold award

The Marywood University Chapter of the National Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association earned Gold Chapter Honors from the National NSSLHA Executive Council for the 2019-20 academic year.

Chapters who earn Gold Honors are credited for “increasing awareness of communication disorders among state and federal legislators and across communities; supporting clients, students, and organizations in their community; creating vibrant online conversations in the NSSLHA Community; providing monetary donations to support various organizations in the community and scholarships for students in CSD programs,” according to a statement issued by the association’s Marywood chapter.

This year, the Marywood NSSLHA Chapter provided monetary donations and community service to the Alzheimer’s Association. The Chapter was also recently honored with a similar award from the Pennsylvania Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

Andrea Novak, associate professor of practice in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, is faculty advisor for the Marywood NSSLHA Chapter. Maggie Carter of Archbald, served as the chapter’s president for the 2019-20 academic year.

Grocer introduces bag fundraiser

Giant, a local grocer, recently introduced a new reusable bag program designed

to provide additional support to comm-

unity partners focused on eliminating hunger, changing children’s lives and heal-

ing the planet.

The bags will rotate seasonally, each retailing for 99 cents, with 50 cents from the sale of each going back to the corresponding nonprofit partner.

“The Giant Company is committed to building healthy communities, and this new reusable bag program is just one way we are better aligning with our corporate social responsibility efforts to make an even greater impact,” said Emily Steinkamp, manager of social impact. “Our customers have generously joined with us to support our charitable giving efforts in the past and this is another way they can help give back to their local communities, while also healing the planet by using reusable bags when they shop.”

The first bag, in stores now, benefits eight local Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals in the communities where the company has a presence, including Geisinger Janet Weis Children’s Hospital in Danville.

In September through early next year, the reusable bag will have a hunger relief focus in support of regional food banks. In spring 2021, customers can support Planet Bee Foundation, a nonprofit organization focused on driving awareness for pollinators in local communities.

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