Adult Day Services Support Family Caregivers in Hawley



PA Secretary of Aging Teresa Osborne (top left)) joined the Wayne County Commissioners, the Wayne and Pike Area Agencies on Aging and other dignitaries on Friday for the grand opening of the new Wayne County Adult Day Services Center in a new addition at the Drake Senior Center in Bingham Park in Hawley.

The Secretary spent much of her career in Northeast Pennsylvania and told the crowd of well-wishers she knows first-hand the sincere drive of all the partners in the center, which is being operated by Telespond Senior Services, to use their limited resources to care for the most vulnerable.

Sec. Osborne called it important work, “but it must be imbedded in reality. Our Senior Citizens expect and deserve real action to give them access to the support they need to live safely and well in their community.”

The impetus for the Adult Day Service Center sprang from a local support group, which first identified the need that was later validated by a community needs survey.

Adult Day Centers primarily serve older adults with either dementia-related conditions or adults with developmental or intellectual disabilities. The core services include personal care, nursing services, therapeutic activities, social services, nutritional and therapeutic diets, and emergency care, giving family caregivers peace of mind and a much-needed respite.

Telespond Board member Warren Watkins says the non-profit company is starting out small at the Hawley facility, but expects the program to grow as they have at the Lackawanna County facilities.

“The opening of the Wayne County Adult Day Services Center is vital to improving the lives of older Pennsylvanian’s and their caregivers in this largely rural area,” Secretary Osborne said.

Among those attending the open house and ribbon cutting were Wayne County Commissioner Joe Adams, whose mother served as the first director of the Hawley Senior Center. He was joined by Commissioner Wendell Kay, State Sen. Lisa Baker, State Rep. Mike Peifer, Governor’s Northeast Regional Director Cassandra Coleman and Hawley Mayor Kevin Hawk as well as members of the Wayne County Area Agency on Aging Advisory Council and the Telespond Board.

Wayne Offers Match for Ag Economic Development Study Grant


HONESDALE – In examining the county’s strengths, weaknesses and opportunities, the Wayne Tomorrow Initiative and its work groups saw agriculture as an ideal way of moving toward several of its highest priorities.

Wayne Economic Development Corporation Executive Director Mary Beth Wood calls farming, “The ultimate small business that also provides healthy food and promotes a sustainable environment.”

So the Wayne County Commissioners and WEDCO are asking the Appalachian Regional Commission for a grant to help fund an economic development study focused on agriculture, and where and how the county can build up the industry.

Wood said the pre-application has resulted in an invitation to formally seek the $50,000 grant, and the Commissioners recently provided a commitment letter for the $ 50,000 required match.

The scope of work includes traditional land use planning but also other types of infrastructure planning. The Wayne Tomorrow analysis has also shown, for example, that farms are trending toward smaller operations that need more support.

There’s also the question of building a qualified workforce to address needs in all elements of the industry from new farmers to veterinary services to post-production processing.

Efforts to revive agricultural education and workforce development here in Wayne County prompted state labor officials to recently add farming to the list of the Commonwealth’s high priority occupations.

“The agriculture industry,” said Wood, “is fundamental to our economy and to our standard of living.”

Adult Day Services Host Grand Opening at Hawley Senior Center


HAWLEY, PA — With the launch of an Adult Day Services program at the Hawley Senior Center in Bingham Park, older adults in Wayne and Pike Counties now have another resource to help them remain in their homes as they age.

The Wayne County Area Agency on Aging and its counterpart in Pike County worked with Scranton-based Telespond Senior Services to meet this growing need, which had been identified by a local support group as well as in a community survey and in the agency’s four-year plan.

Adult Day Programs provide additional assistance and supervision during the day to give caregivers, usually a family member, a much needed respite for shopping or other chores, or peace of mind while at work.

Wayne County Area Agency on Aging Director Jacqui Sturgis says such services make it more affordable for seniors to remain in their homes, with the center staff providing structured activities, health related services, and social and mental stimulation.

This Friday, Feb. 24, at 11 am, a Grand Opening celebration will be held with tours of the two-story addition behind the Hawley Senior Center at 337 Park Place, which opened earlier this month and has been licensed to handle up to 42 clients.

The Adult Day Program is open Monday through Friday from 7 am to 6 pm, and transportation services can be arranged through the Area Agency on Aging Office in Wayne County at 570-253-4262 or Pike County at 570-775-5550.

For information, call Jacqui Sturgis, Director, Wayne Area Agency on Aging at 570-253-4262 or email:

Wayne Conservation Takes Orders for 47th Annual Seedling Sale


The Wayne Conservation District accepts orders for its 47th annual Seedling Sale through March 18. The sale features seedlings and transplants of a variety of native trees, shrubs and ornamentals, many of which are favored by wildlife.

For large plantings, the Conservation District is offering White Spruce in packages of 10, 50 or 100 ten- to 18-inch seedlings. Growing up to 50 feet tall, this tree can endure heat and drought better than its cousins. You can also order 18- to 24-inch transplants of Douglas fir and Norway spruce in packages of three for just $6.

Those who want to attract wildlife to their property can purchase Red Oak or American Hazelnut seedlings in packages of two for $4, which both produce food for deer and other animals. To spice up the landscape, consider buying packages of Spicebush or Forsythia.

The Seedling Sale also offers several varieties of fruit trees, including a package containing two types of blueberry bushes, one with a peach tree and a two-variety pack of apple trees.

As part of the sale, the Wayne Conservation District offers five-foot-tall tree shelters that help protect the young seedlings from deer and rabbit damage as well as three-square-foot mats to protect them from weed competition and moisture loss.

Finally, blue bird nesting boxes are available at $12 each.

Orders must be received by March 18 and must be picked up Friday, April 21, from 3 to 6 pm or Saturday, April 22, from 9 to 11 am. For information or an order form call the Wayne Conservation District at 570-253-0930.

Click here for the Seedling Sale Order Form


Wayne Memorial Cardiac Rehab Helps to Ensure Long Lasting Recovery


The Wayne County Commissioners marked National Cardiac Rehabilitation Week on Thursday, Feb. 16, when Wayne Memorial Hospital Cardiac Rehabilitation Coordinator Nadine Greco, seated at center, said obesity, diabetes and smoking have meant her clients are getting younger, and the prevalence of hypertension and heart disease in adolescence means that trend is likely to continue. Peter Wynn, right, said the Cardiac Maintenance program has worked well for him. After routine blood work in September, Wynn said his doctor told him, “You are younger this year than you were last year.” Nick Barna, left, said Greco’s encouragement and the structure of the program led to his success. “If you don’t schedule these things, they don’t happen.” Greco said the hospital’s new Cardiac Catheterization Lab treated more than 18 people from last June through December.

2017 County Tourism Promotion Program Takes Applications


Wayne County Commissioners and the Pocono Mountains Visitor’s Bureau have announced the 2017 Tourism Promotion Program. Disbursements of up to $2,000 may be awarded for the marketing of any tourism-related initiative sponsored by an entity located within Wayne County that submits a completed application. Applications must demonstrate how the tourism industry within Wayne County will be enhanced.

Due to the adoption of Act 18 in 2016, the promotion program has changed. Applications need to contain a detailed budget to include the vendor/advertiser name, anticipated cost or estimate, dates of potential advertisement placement or a detailed description of your plan in order to be considered. PMVB will pay the vendors directly instead of reimbursing the organization that is sponsoring the event.

Applications should be sent to Vicky Botjer, Chief Clerk by March 1, 2017.  Program guidelines and an application can be downloaded here:

Wayne County Tourism Promotion Program Criteria and Guidelines for 2017