Tickets available for Masters lecture

A man known as one of the country’s greatest living humor writers will speak at the Lackawanna County Library System’s 2021 American Masters Lecture next month.

The event featuring author David Sedaris starts at 7 p.m. on Sept. 8 at the Scranton Cultural Center. Free tickets for the event will be available at Valley Community Library in Peckville and the Carbondale Public Library, as well as online at

Sedaris is the author of 11 collections of essays, many of which appeared first in The New Yorker.

The titles of his books alone suggest the wit to be found within: “Barrel Fever,” “Holidays on Ice,” “Naked,” “Me Talk Pretty One Day,” “Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim,” “When You Are Engulfed in Flames,” “Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls” and “Theft By Finding: Diaries (1977-2002).”

His most recent collection of essays, “Calypso,” published in 2018, was a New York Times best-seller, and a Washington Post Best Book of the Year.

Foundation announces

community grants

The Robert H. Spitz Foundation, administered by the Scranton Area Community Foundation, awarded a total of $717,500 to 45 nonprofit organizations in Northeastern Pennsylvania.

The Foundation distributed a total of $717,500 in grants to the following nonprofit organizations: Adopt A Boxer Rescue, Allied Services Foundation, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeastern PA, Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeastern Pennsylvania, Bread Basket of Northeast Pennsylvania, Catherine McAuley Center, Dress for Success Lackawanna, Fraternite Notre Dame, GAIT TRC, Griffin Pond Animal Shelter, Indraloka Animal Sanctuary, Jewish Community Center of Scranton, Jewish Family Service of Northeastern Pennsylvania, Johnson College, Junior Achievement of Northeastern PA, Lackawanna Historical Society, Luzerne County Animal Response Team, Marywood University, NativityMiguel School of Scranton, NeighborWorks Northeastern Pennsylvania, NEPA Pet Fund and Rescue, North Shore Animal League, Outreach – Center for Community Resources, PAWsitively for the Animals, Quigley’s Shelter Pets Inc., Saint Joseph’s Center, Scranton Animal Shelter Association Incorporation, Scranton Area Community Foundation, Scranton Lackawanna Human Development Agency Inc., SPCA of Luzerne County, St. Cats and Dogs of Scranton, Temple Israel of Scranton, The Arc of Northeastern PA, The Humane Society of Wyoming County Inc., The Salvation Army, The University of Scranton, Treatment Court Advocacy Center of Lackawanna County, United Neighborhood Centers of NEPA, Valhalla Veterans Services, Valley Youth House, VNA Hospice and Home Health, Volunteers of America of Pennsylvania Inc., Wilkes University, and Women’s Resource Center.

A complete listing of the 2021 grants awarded by the Robert H. Spitz Foundation can be found on the Scranton Area Community Foundation’s website,

“We are extremely grateful that the generosity of the Robert H. Spitz Foundation has allowed for the support of so many worthy charitable organizations in the region,” Laura Ducceschi, Scranton Area Community Foundation’s president and CEO, said in a press release. “The impact of Mr. Spitz’s legacy is transformative, and on behalf of the Foundation trustees, we are proud to help carry out the Foundation’s mission.”

Marywood gets health-related grants

Community briefs

From left, Nicholas Rodyushkin and Hosu Kim ventilate a mannequin in the respiratory therapy laboratory during Marywood University’s Healthcare Discovery Camp.

Marywood University has received two grants from the Moses Taylor Foundation to support the University’s comprehensive health and wellness initiatives.

Marywood, ranked among the 2021 Best Allied Health Professions Schools according to Health Care Degree Search, prepares its health and wellness students for a variety of health care fields.

The first of these grants supported students participating in “The Healthcare Discovery Camp: An Interprofessional Camp,” which ran from June 29-July 1, according to a press release. This program offered middle school and high school students an opportunity to learn more about a variety of healthcare fields and how each discipline works together to provide optimum care for their clients.

The second grant, in the amount of $79,054, will support Marywood’s College of Health and Human Services in the purchase of a Laerdal SimMom Birthing Simulator. The equipment will be used by the nursing and physician assistant programs. This advanced full body simulator, with accurate anatomy and functionality, will facilitate training for teaching prenatal, birthing and postpartum care, and will allow students to gain more experience with more complex and unpredictable circumstances that may not be common in a traditional hospital setting.

The health care field is rapidly growing, demanding well-prepared professionals and practitioners. Marywood University’s comprehensive focus on health and wellness programs, including nearly 30 programs of study, prepares students for these in-demand careers. For additional information about the Health and Wellness programs at Marywood University, please contact the Office of Admissions at or call 570-348-6234.