Carbondale Area students learning to lead

Carbondale Area is proud to announce that five juniors were selected to participate in Tomorrow’s Leaders Today for the 2020-21 school year: Alyssa Cosklo, Emily Kelly, Ellen Higdon, Emma Baker, and Sophia Calzola.

Students from all of the Lackawanna County schools, as well as the Lackawanna Trail and Western Wayne School Districts, are invited to apply to the program as sophomores; 40 students are selected out of the applicants. It is a very selective process, as it has just a 40 to 50% acceptance rate.

Students meet once a month during the duration of the school year. This year, due to the pandemic, they are meeting virtually. The program, sponsored by Leadership Lackawanna, develops leadership, interpersonal and managerial skills; it also provides real-world experience in philanthropy, nonprofit organizations, and community service. Students also learn how to review grant proposals. TLT students also network with community leaders and with peers from neighboring school districts. This year, the focus is on history and heritage, science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics and crime and corrections.

“I am very proud to be a member of Tomorrow’s Leaders Today run by Leadership Lackawanna,” Alyssa said in a press release from the school district. “It is a great program that is extremely beneficial to high school juniors. Through the program, I have learned about different career paths in our community and have met with many community leaders in this virtual setting. ... This year our project focuses on a non-profit organization in our community. Each group of students are assigned a different non-profit and are required to make a presentation about it. We will be interviewing the leaders of the organization to gather information in a professional manner. This is a great activity to build our interviewing skills, and I know it will come in handy for me during the college admissions process. I am grateful for TLT for giving me the opportunity to learn these valuable skills now, and I am excited to see what the rest of our classes have in store!

Trail issues challenge for February

Join the Rail Trail Council of NEPA and the Northeast Chapter of Get Your Tail on the Trail and celebrate with a Tail on the Trail Kickoff Winter Challenge to walk 30 miles in 30 days.

The event will begin with a celebration Saturday from noon to 3 p.m. at the Union Dale Trailhead of the D&H Rail-Trail. Participants will then have until March 2 to complete the challenge.

At Saturday’s event, trail officials will have a promotional table with information on how to sign up for Tail on the Trail and start logging your miles. The D&H Rail Trail Council will host a calendar of activities throughout the month of February including Walking Mondays, Second Saturday Trail Yoga, snowshoeing, cross-county skiing and winter hikes to help you achieve your 30 miles.

Once you have registered as a participant at and completed your 30 miles in 30 days, you will receive a gift for your accomplishment.

The council is hosting a cross-country skiing clinic in the morning and a snowshoe hike in the afternoon. You must preregister for those events by e-mailing

In addition, the fire pit at the trailside Caboose will be blazing during Saturday’s event, creating a cozy space to sit and enjoy some hot beverages and refreshments available at Cables General Store.

School fundraiser brings the bling

A limited amount of tickets are still available for Johnson College’s first ever Designer Purse Lottery presented by Shop Rite.

Each $25 ticket gives you a chance to win purses from Coach, Fossil, Kate Spade, Michael Kors and Tori Burch throughout February. Plus, there’s a chance for a $1,500 Louis Vuitton on Valentine’s Day.

To purchase tickets and support Johnson College’s Annual Fund visit or contact the Johnson College Development team at 570-702-8991.

Each $25 ticket will list two, three-digit numbers. Throughout February 2021, if one of the numbers on a ticket comes in during the evening’’s Pennsylvania Pick 3 lottery, that ticket’s owner will win the designer purse of the day. The numbers on the tickets are valid throughout February, so participants can possibly win more than once.

All money raised will benefit the Johnson College Annual Fund.