Kaitlyn Callan with first-time chemo bags at Wayne Memorial Hospital’s Chemotherapy/Infusion Clinic

Kaitlyn Callan with first-time chemo bags at Wayne Memorial Hospital’s Chemotherapy/Infusion Clinic.

Carbondale woman on mission

Kaitlyn Callan of Carbondale believes in “Michelle’s Mission,” a project started by her mother, a cancer patient, to help others like herself.

“About six months before she passed in September ... my mother started collecting items for patients undergoing chemotherapy for the first time because she knew what that was like and she wanted to help, to let them know they weren’t alone,” Callan said.

To date, Callan has delivered more than 320 first-time chemo bags, including 50 to Wayne Memorial Hospital. The bags are filled with donated items including lozenges, blankets, socks, puzzle books, a baseball cap for men, hand sanitizer, a bottle-holder koozie and — most importantly — sunscreen.

Michelle Callan lost her life to advanced melanoma, a type of skin cancer.

“I was very proud of my mom,” Callan said. “She was a very caring person, even at the end. I want to make her proud, keep her memory alive.”

Callan plans to keep donating bags because “I promised her forever,” she said.

Relive St. Ubaldo Days

Local Comcast Channel 19, EC- TV will be televising past St. Ubaldo Day features filmed and directed by Larry Spegar from June through August.

The features include scenes of The Race of the Saints, interviews with runners and other participants and music to highlight the excitement and tradition of St. Ubaldo Day in Jessup from past years. Features include years 2001-2019, including references and footage from the 70s, 80s and some from Gubbio, Italy.

For more information, call 570-498-8066 or email to Larryspegar@aol.com.

Museum brings camp to you

Inspired by weekly summer camp themes, the Everhart Museum is offering Museum Adventure Kits to help keep kids entertained.

The curated box of hands-on activities, exclusive to the Everhart, include digital codes for access to live classroom experiences with museum educators. Each week has a unique story to tell, as campers will follow characters through adventures in nature, art, and mysteries of the ancient world.

Two kits will be available, one for kindergarten through second graders, and one for third- through sixth-graders. Each kit contains supplies for one child, but the adventure can be shared with the whole family.

The kits include a short story, written by museum staff and exclusive to the Everhart Museum Collection, full printed lesson plans, all tools and supplies needed for projects, printed artworks or 3-D printed collection pieces, codes to unlock digital step-by-step instructions, links to recommended virtual field trips and additional resources, schedule of live-daily classes or discussions and morning warm-ups with museum staff, and family membership for a year.

The kits, valued at $90, have been discounted to $15 thanks to the additional support provided by the Everhart’s board of trustees. Pre-registration deadline for $15 kits is only available until June 15th or when kits sell out. Payment is due upon registration.

Limited quantities will be available at the $15 special discount. A waitlist will be available once kits sell out.

To learn more, visit everhart-museum.org/museum-adventure-summer-kits-and-virtual-camp/.

County showcasing talent

To support local artists and creative local businesses during this time, Lackawanna County along with Anthracite Events is launching the “NEPA Artists, Creators and Small Business Showcase” on July 1. It will run seasonally through December with the intent to create an online space to make shopping locally easier for the public. Applications will be accepted until June 19 and can be found at www.lackawannamarkets.com.

Go green with Valley Community

What is the problem with plastic? This is the question the Sierra Club and the Valley Community Library will be exploring with a three-week online program starting July 6th.

Children and families can join in for fun discussions, book readings and activities. Youth Services librarian Fawn Contreras will be reading a few chapters from the book, “Go Green” by Paul A. Reynolds at the start of each online meeting. Everyone will then discuss the book, talk about how much plastic is used in our daily lives, create art and brainstorm solutions for our future.

The book was chosen for its empowering message to kids, that even if they are young and don’t feel like they are heard, they are powerful forces.

Sarah Corcoran, from the Sierra Club Pennsylvania Chapter, will be presenting information on issues mentioned in the book and teaching the children how they can become advocates for the change they want to see.

Families can get more information by emailing Contreras at fcontreras@albright.org or Corcoran at sarahcorcoran@sierraclub.org. Families can register for the secure online meetings by visiting www.sierraclub.org/pennsylvania where they can also explore a full list of upcoming events the Sierra Club has planned.

Families can also view all Valley Community Library summer events and get the secure online registration by visiting https://lclshome.org/b/valley-community-library/

Geisinger modifies visitors policy

As Geisinger resumes operations at our clinics, hospitals and outpatient centers, they updated the visitation policy. Inpatient visitation remains limited and Geisinger officials encourage everyone to use alternative ways of interacting, including phone calls, Facetime, Skype and other means, if possible.

Visitors will be allowed for:

- Patients undergoing surgery or procedures: One single-time visitor immediately after the procedure,

- Patients who are medically unstable: One visitor.

- Patients who are at the end of life:

Two visitors.

- Delivering mothers: One support person

- Patients who are minors and those with limited decision-making capacity: Up to two parents or guardians.

- Patients who have altered mental status, an intellectual, developmental or cognitive disability or a communication barrier: One visitor.

- Patients with disruptive behavior, where a family member is key to their care: One visitor.

Approved visitors must be 18 or older, bring a form of identification, not have symptoms of fever, cough, shortness of breath, recent loss of taste or smell or flu-like illness suggestive of COVID-19 or an active COVID-19 infection, be symptom-free for at least 14 days if they previously had active COVID-19 infection, complete health screening, including a temperature check, at the entrance before entry, wear a mask at all times while in the facility, respect social distancing guidelines of 6 feet from all others, wash hands with soap and water or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer before entering and after leaving a patient’s room, use the same entrance for entry into and exit from the hospital, identify themselves and stay in designated areas.

Patients who have an appointment at a Geisinger clinic, laboratory or radiology, as well as those visiting the Emergency Department, may have one person accompany them, if necessary.

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