The arch at Marywood University.

Rail Trail offers wellness activities

Rail-Trail Council of NEPA is continuing their Building Health Series through July.

Walking Mondays are held at 9 a.m. every Monday. Meet at the Rail-Trail office on Main Street in Union Dale. Biking Wednesday take place at 6 p.m. every Wednesday, starting at the Forest City Trailhead. And Second Saturday Trail Yoga will begin at 9:30 a.m. on July 11. Meet at 9 a.m. at the Rail-Trail office.

Participants should wear a mask and practice social distancing. For more information, visit or call 570-679-9300.

Locals complete University of Success

Sixteen high school students completed the University of Scranton’s University of Success program, a multi-year, pre-college program that is designed for high school students to develop the skills needed to successfully gain acceptance to college.

Students enter the University of Success at the completion of the eighth grade and continue through their high school years. The program offers enrichment courses in study skills, SAT prep, public speaking, math, science, art and cultural activities, as well as financial aid and wellness seminars. The ultimate goal is for University of Success students to be accepted into a four-year college or university.

The University of Success, offered free to participants, is funded almost entirely by corporate and foundation grants. Donors to the program include AT&T, BB&T Bank, Charles A. Frueauff Foundation, Dime Bank, Fidelity Bank, Carl and JoAnne Kuehner, Memco Realty Co., MetLife Foundation, Overlook Estate Foundation, Peoples Security Bank and Trust, PPL Corp., Prudential Foundation, Dr. Lisa C. Thomas, Waste Management and Wells Fargo.

Local graduates include Lisa Blanchard of Carbondale, Carbondale High School, who plans to attend Maryville University; and Simal Sami of Jessup, Valley View High School, who plans to attend the University of Scranton.

Jessup group gets grant

Pennsylvania American Water awarded an $1,800 grant to Citizens for a Healthy Jessup to promote stormwater pollution education.

The grant was part of $40,000 given to 11 watershed project throughout the state as part of the water company’s 2020 environmental grant program.

Citizens for a Healthy Jessup will use the grant to buy a three-dimensional, interactive stormwater model demonstrating how runoff flows through watersheds and into bodies of water. They also plan to use the money to fund community stormwater management workshops.

Marywood offering summer workshop

Marywood University’s School of Architecture will offer its Design your Future pre-college summer workshop for high school students virtually.

The two-week program will take place from July 27 – Aug. 7. The registration fee is $200 and is non-refundable after July 15. To register, visit your-future/.

The DyF program cost is $1,350 and includes tuition and program kit and materials, which will be mailed to students prior to the start of the program.

“Design your Future (DyF)” students will design projects through digital and tactile methods and will work with a different industry professional daily, addressing topics such as sustainability, socially responsible design, biomimicry, digital design methods and adaptive reuse. Design exercises and lectures expose students to the unique blend of visual orientation, creative process, academic investigation and professional training that forms an architectural education. Students will explore the ideas, methods and current issues of architecture and interior architecture with top professors and practicing professionals in their field, according to school officials.

The DyF program at Marywood University was established seven years ago to offer high school students a significant first experience in architectural education. The program gives students an opportunity to participate in the process of design and to develop the basic tools of imagination and expression. The program emphasizes that architecture and interior architecture combine the practical concerns of building with the artistic freedom of design.

Students who have completed their sophomore year at high school have the option to take the course for three college credits through Marywood University’s Momentum Program, which provides high school juniors and seniors the opportunity to get a head start on college by enrolling in college-level courses. Students can choose from a variety of courses during the fall, spring or summer semesters through to the student’s high school graduation.

In addition to earning credits, DyF students are exposed to design processes and innovative applications in diverse studio projects, as well as preparing for the creative exploration of architecture school and with campus life at the university level. Tuition for the three-credit college Momentum program is $1,950.

For additional information about the Design your Future workshop, contact Kate O’Connor, assistant professor in the School of Architecture and director of the workshop, at

Jessup group raising cash for park

The Jessup 21st Century Association is raising money to finish off the dance floor in Station Park.

The group is selling engraved bricks for $75 each. Each brick will be placed on the park’s dance floor. Message the group on Facebook for an order form or for more information.

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