Jermyn fire company gets grant

William Walker Hose Co Inc. received more than $7,000 in federal grant money to buy personal protective equipment and essential supplies.

The grant, made through the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant – COVID-19 Supplemental Program, is part of more than $140,000 given to first responders around the reigon.

FEMA is providing $100 million in supplemental funding for PPE and essential supplies to the fire service community to prevent, prepare for and respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. PPE supplies include masks, gloves, gowns, goggles, respirators and related items. More award announcements are expected into August.

“In Congress, we recognize our responsibility to help our first responders get the basic equipment they need to stay safe,” said U.S. Rep. Matt Cartwright, a member of the House Appropriations Committee, in a press release. “This funding through the CARES Act supports our emergency responders and enables them to continue answering their communities’ calls during the coronavirus pandemic.”

Carbondale clinic expands Saturday hours

To improve access to outpatient primary care and offer patients the conve-

nience of seeing their provider on a Saturday, Wayne Memorial Community

Health Centers expanded hours at its Carbondale facility.

Starting Saturday, the Carbondale Family Health Center, 141 Salem Ave., will be open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the first and third Saturdays of each month.

“We ask patients to call ahead, even the same-day they wish to be seen,” WMCHC Practice Manager Wynter Newman

said in a statement. “Our staff will then offer them the most convenient appointment available.”

All WMCHC office sites are taking extra precautions to provide the safest environment in which to receive care during the COVID-19 outbreak. Screening questions are asked prior to and upon arrival to appointments. Staff and patient masking is required. Social distancing is practiced in waiting rooms and exam rooms are cleaned between patients more thoroughly than ever before, according to officials.

To reach the Carbondale Family Health Center, call 570-282-2031.

Rail-Trail events scheduled

Rail-Trail Council of NEPA is offering a slate of activities in August.

At 9 a.m. every Monday, the council hosts a walk. Participants should meet at the Rail-Trail Office in Uniondale. At 6 p.m. every Wednesday, bike riders meet at the Union Dale trailhead for a ride.

In addition, the council will host Trail Yoga on Aug. 8. Meet at the Rail-Trail office at 9 a.m. to caravan to the selected section of the trail.

Participants at all events should wear a mask and observe social distancing requirements. Bring insect repellent, water and wear sunscreen.

The council is also planning several biking and walking challenges in September to help raise money for trail improvements and maintenance. For more information, visit or call 570-679-9300.

Johnson College offering online courses

Johnson College’s Continuing Education Department is now offering 21 exclusive online courses.

The education and training these courses provide students the opportunity to advance in or begin new careers in many of Northeastern Pennsylvania’s essential industries.

The courses include Clinical Medical Assistant, Pharmacy Technician, Computer Technician (CompTIA A+), Front End Web Developer, Project Management Professional, Six Sigma and a variety of trades-related courses.

Many of these non-credit bearing courses offer externships and clinical practice which provide the hands-on learning. Some courses give students the opportunity to take national certification exams to further opportunities to advance their careers.

“Our new exclusive online courses are perfect for anyone who wants to advance in their current job or start a new career but cannot participate in on-campus classes due to personal or work schedules.” said Johnson College Continuing Education Manager A. J. Cimahosky. “These online courses are a perfect example of how Johnson College students go beyond sitting in a classroom.”

More information about the online courses can be found at or by calling 570-702-8979.

COVID-19 testing site to close

The COVID-19 testing site at the Pike County Training Center in Lords Valley closed today.

The site was operated by Wayne

Memorial Hospital. Hospital officials say the number of tests being done in Pike, which hovered around or less than

10 a day, was not enough to warrant

the staff. At the same time, the uptick

in elective procedures at Wayne Memorial, including surgeries and cardiac

catheterizations, called for more testing availability in Wayne. Anyone who is admitted to the hospital for surgery

or otherwise must undergo a COVID-19 test prior to admission.

The hospital’s alternate testing site at the Wayne County Fairgrounds in Honesdale will move from three days a week

to five days a week, Monday — Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Wayne Memorial Hospital requires a prescription for all coronavirus tests. Wayne Memorial Laboratory Services offers analysis at the hospital and through an outside service, LabCorp. For more information, visit

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