Hose company receives grant

The William Walker Hose Company in Jessup received a federal grant to purchase new equipment for firefighters.

The $53,000-plus Assistance to Firefighters grant will be used to buy eight self-contained breathing apparatus units, which include harnesses, backpacks, face pieces and two cylinders. The funds were awarded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

“In an emergency, you want a well-trained, well-equipped team of first responders on the scene. Funding like (this) helps put necessary resources in the hands of our fire companies, so they can do their jobs safely and effectively,” said U.S. Rep. Matt Cartwright. “These brave people risk their lives for their neighbors and to keep our communities safe, and they deserve the best equipment and training available.”

As part of his work on the House Appropriations Committee, Cartwright helped craft legislation to provide $355 million to both the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program and the SAFER Grant for a total of $710 million for fiscal year 2020.

Feed a Friend program gets


United Neighborhood Centers of Northeastern Pennsylvania is once again partnering with WNEP-TV’s Feed A Friend program to provide families in need with a Thanksgiving meal — though the program will look a little different thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Instead of receiving a basket of food for the holiday, each registered family will receive a turkey voucher and a grocery store gift card to redeem at a local grocery store. Doing so will cut down on the number of people needed to organize and distribute food baskets.

Lackawanna County families with children age 18 and under in the household are eligible for the program. To register, call 570-343-8835 and have the following information available: names, dates of birth, Social Security numbers and income information of everyone in the household.

UNC anticipates providing up to 1,500 families with Thanksgiving meals with the help of community donations. A $40 donation will sponsor one family, but any amount is greatly appreciated. Donations can be made online at www.uncnepa.org/one-time-donation/ or by check made payable to United Neighborhood Centers of NEPA with Feed A Friend in the memo line and mailed to 425 Alder Street, Scranton, PA 18505.

Utility gives grants to local fire companies

Pennsylvania American Water awarded grants to several Midvalley and Upvalley fire companies so far this year.

All together, more than a dozen local fire deparrtments and rescue organizations received funding from the utility as part of $140,000 awarded to more than 100 departments across the state.

Local recipients of the annual Firefighting Support Grant Program include: Artisan Fire Company, Blakley Hose Company 2, City of Carbondale, Dunmore Fire Department, Eagle Hose Company 1, Eureka Hose Company 4, Jessup Hose Company 2, Jessup Hose Company 1 and Wilson Fire Company 1.

Rehab center offers scholarships

A rehabilitation center in Carbondale will award scholarships to 20 locals who are seeking help with addiction.

The Just Believe Recovery Center, 100 Lincoln Ave., will give away a full medical detox and one month of treatment. So far, the Gift of Life Program has awarded 100 scholarships since it started in 2015, according to Stephanie Fox, the center’s marketing director.

Applications are available at the Gift of Life scholarship page, justbelieverecoverypa.com/scholarship.

The program runs through January. Scholarship recipients will be responsible for their own travel expenses to and from treatment.

Marywood students walk for charity

Marywood Chapter participated in the 2.5 mile Walk to End Alzheimer’s on Oct. 17.

Although the walk was a “virtual” event this year, team members walked on their own or in small groups at various locations in the area and in their hometowns. The walk raised $61,345 through the efforts of 481 participants. The Marywood’s National Student Speech Language Hearing Association Chapter, composed of 21 members, raised $1,800 for the event.

Money raised will provide funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research.

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