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Covenant Cafe to meet Sept. 21

at Wayne Township Nature Park

McELHATTAN — The Covenant Cafe, an early stage Alzheimer’s activity group, will be meeting at the Nature Park in McElhattan on Tuesday, Sept. 21 from 1-3 p.m.

The group will participate in a nature scavenger hunt throughout the park conducted by volunteer Candy Gore. Afterwards, volunteer Carol Poorman will help participants create a door decoration using natural materials found during the hunt and provided materials.

Kitty Oechler will conduct movement and exercise activities and Pam Blesh will be there with her therapy dog Magnolia. She will talk about Help for Pets, a local non-profit organization which can help with medical bills for pet owners.

Guests are welcome and light refreshments will be served. The group will continue to hold their sessions outdoors through October, weather permitting.

The Covenant Cafe is a joint venture between the Outreach and Witness Committee of Covenant United Methodist, the Alzheimer’s Support Group and the Alzheimer’s Association.

Participants in this group are given an opportunity to be involved in socially and physically stimulating programs which will help them remain as active as possible. New members are always welcome.

Individuals and families who are interested in being involved in this special program or need directions or transportation to the Sept. 21 session are invited to call Fran Decker, Covenant Cafe Coordinator at 570-748-4302 or 570-263-2084.

JS Education Foundation to

offer swim classes

JERSEY SHORE — Beginning Swim Classes for students and Infant & Parent Swim Classes are being sponsored by the Jersey Shore Education Foundation this fall and will be held at the Jersey Shore Senior High School Pool.

The Beginning Swim Classes will be offered on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6-7 p.m. on the following dates: Sept. 21, 23, 28, 30 and Oct. 5 and 7. The cost is $10 per lesson with reduced rates for more than one child in a family.

The Infant & Parent Swim Classes will be offered on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 5-6 p.m. on the following dates: Sept. 20, 22, 27, 29 and Oct. 4 and 6. The infant must be at least one year old. The cost is $10 per lesson with reduced rates for more than one child in a family.

Registration is first come first served basis. Class is restricted to 20 swimmers. Applications can be found at the Jersey Shore Education website or any of the school offices. Applications may be returned via email to foundation@jsasd.org.

Jersey Shore Education Foundation is offering various Community Education classes as a fundraiser this fall. Teachers will be volunteers with various backgrounds in the areas of the classes.

Lou Anne Gasperine will be the lead instructor for the swimming classes. She has a prior background in Water Safety instruction and Lifeguarding as well as being a former High School swim coach at Jersey Shore.

Forest carbon storage to be

topic for expert panel

STATE COLLEGE — Carbon storage and what it means for Pennsylvania’s forested land will be the theme of a panel discussion, open to the public, to be held online at noon, Tuesday, October 12. The free event is sponsored by the State College and Susquehanna Valley chapters of Citizens’ Climate Lobby (CCL).

“Interest in natural carbon storage is on the rise,” says Cathy Cullen, a CCL volunteer who organized the panel. “We’ve asked three experts to look at why industry, landowners, and policymakers are talking about forest carbon. We think this will be of special interest to forest landowners everywhere.”

The event’s title is “Exploring Forest Carbon: Management, Markets and Policy.”

The panelists are Kevin Yoder, forester for the Family Forest Carbon Program; Ellen Shultzabarger, Pennsylvania State Forester, and director of the state’s Bureau of Forestry; and Matt Gabler, executive director of the Pennsylvania Forest Products Association. The event will be moderated by Calvin Norman, a Forestry and Wildlife Extension Educator at Penn State University.

Topics include how trees store carbon and why that matters, how carbon markets can generate income for small forest landowners, and the importance of a robust wood products market in preserving forested land.

They also will discuss how to weave carbon storage into the management of forests, conservation policies and priorities, forest management resources, and how to leave a healthy forest for our children and grandchildren.

While there is no charge to attend this online event, registration is required. Those interested may register by going to https://exploringforestcarbon.eventbrite.com. Citizens’ Climate Lobby empowers everyday people to work together on climate change solutions. It has more than 600 local chapters across the United States including 19 in Pennsylvania.

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