Mask donation helps pets
Representatives from Invisible Fence of Northeast PA, including owner Shawn Prohaska, donated a set of pet oxygen masks to first responders from the Fleetville Volunteer Fire Company.
The donation is a part of Invisible Fence Brand’s Project Breathe, which was established to help equip every fire station in America and Canada with pet oxygen masks.
The masks allow first responders and officers, including Phil Saxton, fire company treasurer, Gregg Barber, secretary and captain; Chief Tony Saxton and Michael Halmo, firefighter and trustee, to give oxygen to pets who are suffering from smoke inhalation.
The Fleetville crew from Benton Twp. was equipped with the masks after a training session and demonstration Tuesday.
“Pets are valued family members, so we want families to know that their pet can be cared for if tragedy strikes,” said Prohaska. “We realize that humans are the first priority, but in many cases, pets can be saved if firefighters have the right equipment.”
Invisible Fence Brand has donated a total of more than 10,000 pet oxygen masks to fire stations.
To donate to the effort, visit www.invisiblefence.com/O2.
Carbondale Area senior Emily Wall helped her teacher, MaryJo Naniewicz, organize a Powder-puff football game to benefit the Susan G. Komen Foundation.
Naniewicz, a physical education teacher, lost her mom a few years ago to breast cancer. She is the chairwoman for the event, which is becoming a tradition at Carbondale Area High School.
The flag football or touch football game is between girls from junior and senior classes. To generate more school spirit, the boys dress up in cheerleading uniforms and cheer on their classes.
Emily worked with a committee including Calista Calabro, Madison Hayner, Gretchen Gilia, Kristina Gorel and Jessica Borders to bring the idea to life.
“It was a great night,” said Emily. “We generated a lot of school spirit with student sections producing banners and we had a very good turnout from our community.”
The game was combined with a night of entertainment, and teachers donated baked goods and refreshments.
The students raised $2,000 for the foundation.
“We hope to continue this tradition for many years to come,” said Emily.
Many of the regular volunteers who help run the St. Francis of Assisi Client Choice Food Pantry were recently recognized.
Sheila Ramos, Joan Robinson and Darlene Johnson have volunteered for one year; Stanley Burton, two years; Lori Fortese and Patty Hannon, three years; and Ken Green, four years.
Some of the volunteers spend three days a week at the pantry while others volunteer one day a week.
The pantry at 504 Penn Ave., Scranton, is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from noon to 2 p.m. to serve those in need.
Interested volunteers, who can serve at least one day per week on a regular basis, can contact 570-342-5556 for details.