Libraries remember 9/11

The Carbondale Public Library has a slate of events coming up to mark the 20th anniversary of Sept. 11.

The week of events begins Sept. 3 with a lecture by Mark Desire, an assistant director with the New York City Office of Chief Medical Examiner. He is the is the only remaining member of the original forensics team assigned to identify the remains of the victims at the World Trade Center on 9/11. His talk will focus on keeping his promise to the victim’s families by giving them closure and returning their loved ones remains.

Also Sept. 3 through Sept. 17, the library at 5 N. Main St., will have a poster exhibit on display, a remembrance wall for visitors to write down their memories of the day, take-home activities and more.

On Sept. 10, the library will serve as a food distribution point and organize a health fair, in keeping with the concept of the 9/11 being a day of service and remembrance. The Red Cross Bloodmobile will be on hand for those wishing to donate blood, COVID-19 vaccines will be available, traffic safety seminars will be offered and other health organizations will have information tables for participants to visit.

The library will also be participating in the national Anniversary in the Schools webinar presented by the 9/11 Memorial and Museum. The webinar will feature a live chat with the museum staff, who will be available to answer questions in real-time on Sep. 10 and 11.

For more information on any of the events, contact the library at 570-282-2385.

Valley Community Library also has a poster exhibit commemorating Sept. 11. From Sept. 7 through 27, the library will display 14 posters from the “September 11, 2001: The Day That Changed the World” series. This educational exhibition recounts the events of Sept. 11, 2001, through the personal stories of those who witnessed and survived the attacks.

The library is open Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Friday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Genealogy workshop scheduled

The Lackawanna Historical Society will host a four-part genealogy workshop at the Weinberg Memorial Library at the University of Scranton during September.

Sessions will be held on Sept. 8, 15,

22, and 29 from 9:30 am to noon. Participants must commit to all sessions before registering.

Genealogy research is overwhelming, and the wealth of online resources often confuse the process further. This workshop is geared for those who are just starting a family genealogy project, or those who are “stuck” in the process. Participants will learn where to look for information and how to utilize resources.

The workshop will focus on local resources available in Lackawanna and the surrounding counties, Pennsylvania state resources and national records; international searches will not be addressed.

The fee for the workshop is $35 for society members and $50 for nonmembers. Participants are asked to bring a laptop, three-ring binder and notepaper. The workshop is limited to 10 people.

Call the society at 570-344-3841 or email to register. For more information, email

Local students completes U of S program

University of Success

Twenty rising high school students entered The University of Scranton’s University of Success program, a multi-year, pre-college mentorship program. From left: Gabriella Singh and Amiya Brown, both of whom attended Abington Heights Middle School; Dawson Reed Machado, who attended Valley View Middle School; Andrea Mantione, D.N.P., director of the University’s Leahy Community Health and Family Center; and Margaret Loughney, University of Success program director.

A Valley View student was among 20 rising high schoolers who participated in a University of Scranton program meant to provide academic, social and cultural enrichment.

Dawson Reed Machado of Peckille attended the University of Success on campus in July. The program’s goal is to assist participating students to successfully complete high school and gain entrance into a college or university. Students enter the program at the completion of the eighth grade and continue through their high school years.

The summer institute provides learning experiences designed to engage the students in creative thinking, problem solving and communication through activities that expose students to concepts in various academic disciples, according to a press release.

The summer program featured presentations by university faculty, staff and students as well as counselors from Lackawanna County Drug and Alcohol Treatment Center. At the institute, students learned about alternate renewable energy sources, sustainability, climate change, physics, neurobiology research and neurological disorders, among other topics. The institute included field trips to Pocono Environmental Education Center in Pike County and the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia. The students also volunteered for a cleanup project at the Advocacy Center and helped to water plants in the community garden on the university’s campus.

Following the summer institute, the students meet monthly throughout their four years in high school.

D&H celebrating Trail of the Year

Three events will highlight the D&H Rail-Trail as PA’s 2021 Trail of the Year.

The kick-off will be 10 a.m. on Sept. 1 at the Union Dale Trailhead with the unveiling of the Trail of the Year sign and remarks from state and local officials. Secretary of PA DCNR Cindy Dunn will offer congratulations along with other DCNR officials, local state representatives, trail funders and supporters and Susquehanna County Commissioners. Following remarks, trail enthusiasts can grab a snack and head out for a walk or bike on the trail.

This event kicks off our September D&H Challenge, where registrants can bike or walk the trail anytime during the month of September. There are 10-, 20-, and 40-mile bike challenges along with walking trail sections. The event helps to continue to get people out on the trail and raise funds for trail maintenance. Participants get a T-shirt, a raffle ticket and a new trail window cling. Follow the links to from our website events section at

And, after a year off, the group’s big fundraiser — the D&H Distance Run, a half-marathon and 5K— returns Sept. 12. The popular run is an out and back course from the Forest City Trailhead. Registration links can be found on the above listed website. The event is chip-timed by Scranton Running and is timed to be about five weeks before the Steamtown Marathon. For more information, contact the office at 679-9300 or

Dentist joins Wright Center practice



Satya Upadhyayula, D.M.D., a board-certified general practice dentist, has joined the oral health team at The Wright Center for Community Health, which includes two additional board-certified dentists and five certified public health dental hygienists.

Upadhyayula is accepting new patients of all ages at The Wright Center’s Mid Valley location, 5 S. Washington Ave., Jermyn, as well as the Scranton location, 501 S. Washington Ave. He is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine. He earned his master’s degree in oral biology from the University of Louisville School of Dentistry, Kentucky, and his bachelor’s degree in dental surgery from Dr. NTR University of Health Sciences, India.

Prior to joining The Wright Center, he completed his oral and maxillofacial surgery internship at the University of Maryland Medical Center, Baltimore, as well as externships with the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine, Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond and MedStar Washington Hospital Center in Washington, D.C.

The Wright Center offers comprehensive dental services for the whole family, including emergency services and routine check-ups and cleanings, plus denture care, oral cancer screenings, extractions, fillings and X-rays. As a Federally Qualified Health Center Look-Alike, the Wright Center provides safety-net primary care — including dental, medical, behavioral/mental health, addiction and recovery and Ryan White HIV services — regardless of insurance status or ability to pay, with a sliding fee discount scale available to eligible patients based on family size and income.