Historical Society offering haunted tours

The Lackawanna County Historical Society is offering a spooky take on local history this month.

The group is offering “Scranton After Dark” walking tours each Friday in October. Tours begin at 7 p.m.; participants should meet at the historical society’s Catlin House, 232 Monroe Ave., Scranton.

The 90-minute tour is $15 per person and tickets must be reserved in advance at lackawannahistory.org. All tours will be limited to 16 people, and face masks will be required for all participants.

The Society is also launching Valley Quest, an app-based competitive scavenger hunt open from Oct. 10-30. Players will take part in a “Scranton Safari” around the city’s downtown to find interesting, sometimes hidden, architectural details that represent animals and other whimsical creatures.

Registration fee is $10 and participants who complete the adventure and have the most correct answers will be entered in a drawing to win a grand prize of a Basket of Family Fun. Register online at lackawannahistory.org/ScavangerHunt.html.

For more information about these programs, contact the Lackawanna Historical Society at 570-344-3841 or email lackawannahistory@gmail.com.

Marywood program recognized among nation’s best

Marywood University’s School of Architecture was recently ranked among the Top 50 Best Architecture Degrees by Learn.org.

The website ranked Maywood University at No. 29, noting that undergraduate students have several exceptional ways to earn an architecture-focused degree, including bachelor of architecture, bachelor of environmental design in architecture and bachelor of interior architecture.

Learn.org also noted Marywood’s world-class facilities that were built with sustainability in mind and re-use the school’s former natatorium and gymnasium.

The Center for Architectural Studies includes wood and metal shops, a reference library, a digital fabrication room and a Computer-Aided Design lab. Students can also round out their academic studies with a study abroad program that takes place at the International Studies Institute in Florence, Italy.

Additionally, there is a 60-credit master of interior architecture degree program on the graduate level, featuring classes that range from lighting design to sustainability.

Geisinger offering breast cancer screenings

Geisinger is making high-risk breast cancer screenings more convenient for the community by offering assessments through a phone call during a free, all-day event on Oct. 17.

Those who register for the event will have a one-on-one breast cancer screening call with a Geisinger provider to discuss their individual risk factors, health options and follow-up care, if needed.

The event is open to all women ages 18 and older who are concerned about their breast health. During the 15-minute phone appointments, a member of the Geisinger care team will complete an assessment with the participants to determine their level of risk for breast cancer.

“Routine breast cancer screenings are important for all women, but even more so for those at higher-than-average risk,” said Dr. Jacqueline Oxenberg, Geisinger surgical oncologist. “While we’re all dealing with the uncertainty of COVID-19, cancer occurrence is not stopping, and neither should cancer screenings and regular health checks. This event is making it easier for our community to continue these important health discussions. While these telephone screenings are a valuable piece of the breast health puzzle, they do not replace yearly mammograms.”

After the phone call with the Geisinger team, participants will receive information on their results and additional resources or follow-up actions, if necessary. The care team can set up an appointment for an in-person evaluation if the clinician has determined there’s a risk.

Geisinger offers a multidisciplinary team of specialists — including oncologists, radiologists, surgeons, geneticists, integrative medicine specialists and behavioral health counselors — to care for patients with breast cancer.

Appointments are limited during the Oct. 17 event, and registration is required. To schedule your time slot for this event, visit geisinger.org/breast-screenings.

PennDOT resumes reissuance of REAL ID

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation resumed issuing REAL IDs at reopened Driver License Centers throughout the state.

PennDOT paused REAL ID issuance in March 2020 as the coronvirus pandemic worsened. The federal Department of Homeland Security postponed the enforcement date for REAL ID to Oct. 1, 2021 in response to COVID-19 and the national emergency declaration.

There is no requirement that any Pennsylvania resident obtain a REAL ID. PennDOT continues to offer standard-issue driver’s licenses and photo IDs.

REAL ID is a federal law that affects how states issue driver’s licenses and ID cards if they are going to be acceptable for federal purposes. A federally acceptable form of identification must now be used starting Oct. 1, 2021 as identification to board a commercial flight or visit a secure federal building that requires a federally acceptable form of identification ID for access.

Customers can obtain a REAL ID by presenting documents for verification and processing at any driver license center. For a list of documents, visit www.dmv.pa.gov/REALID.

When a customer gets their first REAL ID product, they will pay a one-time fee of $30, plus a renewal fee. The expiration date of their initial REAL ID product will include any time remaining on their existing non-REAL ID product, plus an additional four years, unless the customer is over 65 and has a two-year license.

For a full list of opened driver license centers and their services, please visit the PennDOT Driver and Vehicle Services website.

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