Shred your papers
In observance of Earth Day, the Geisinger Sustainability Program will team up with Cintas to host a “Community Shred Day” from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday at the Geisinger Orthopaedic Institute, 1175 East Mountain Blvd.
Participants are asked to bring confidential personal and business documents, such as bank statements, credit card bills and tax forms to be securely shredded on-site and recycled. All documents will be continuously monitored and protected. There is a limit of three boxes of documents per person.
For information, call 214-6376.
Residents can clean up
As part of the ninth annual Great American Cleanup event, Dumpsters will be available from Thursday to April 30 for township residents to get rid of junk and to clean illegal dumpsites in the community.
Also, community organizers are recruiting volunteers to take part in a roadside cleanup event from 8 a.m. until noon on May 4. Supplies will be provided
Volunteers will be served lunch at the municipal building after the work is finished.
Teenagers who volunteer in the roadside cleanup will receive a free pass to the Newport Township Community Organization’s spring teen dance on May 11. To learn more about these events contact Palmira at 736-6637 or Tom at 736-6981. Or visit www.newporttownship.com or www.gacofpa.org.
Y hosting ‘Healthy Kids’
YMCAs across the country will host “Healthy Kids Day” events from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday to encourage families to stay active through the summer as school activities end.
Recognizing the importance of promoting exercise and helping families make healthy lifestyle choices, the Wilkes-Barre Family YMCA is joined by Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania in presenting Healthy Kids Day in the Wyoming Valley. The Y would not be able to provide programs and services to children who really need physical activity and nutritional education without the support of Blue Cross of NEPA, said Jim Thomas, the area YMCA’s executive director.
Area families are encouraged to participate in the following free Healthy Kids Day activities: Bounce House, gym activities, magic show, Zumbatomic, water safety, open family swim, healthy snack making and free healthy lunch to children.
For more information, visit www.ymca.net/healthy-kids-day.
LCCC’s Leary wins award
Thomas P. Leary, president of Luzerne County Community College, has been named as a recipient of the 2013 Shirley B. Gordon Awards of Distinction from Phi Theta Kappa.
The award is named for the late Dr. Shirley B. Gordon, Phi Theta Kappa’s longest serving board of directors chair and president emeritus of Highline Community College in Des Moines, Wash. Gordon was named Phi Theta Kappa’s Most Distinguished College President in 1984. Phi Theta Kappa has been bestowing college presidents with the accolade since 1995.
Leary is the third Pennsylvanian to win the award.
Phi Theta Kappa, the official honor society for two-year colleges with more than 1,200 chapters and 2 million members, annually recognizes college presidents who have served in that capacity for a minimum of three years at their current institutions and have demonstrated during their tenures a strong level of support for their local chapters.
Leary will be honored at Phi Theta Kappa’s 96th annual convention in San Jose, Calif.
Notable Poles honored
This week the state House unanimously adopted resolutions introduced by state Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski, D-Wilkes-Barre, honoring Polish nobleman Casimir Pulaski and Polish engineer Thaddeus Kosciuszko for their contributions to the American Revolution.