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Cookin’ up a state award

Members of the Wayne Dietary Department kitchen staff are recognized by the county commissioners.
TRR photo by David Hulse

By David Hulse
June 11, 2014

HONESDALE, PA — Members of the Wayne Dietary Department kitchen staff were recognized by the commissioners on June 5 after having won the 2014 Secretary’s Award from Pennsylvania Department of Aging Secretary Brian Duke.

The award, given for “excellence in nutrition for older Pennsylvanians,” was the result of county’s introduction of local produce into the 9,800 meals prepared monthly by the county kitchen, said kitchen manager Amy Constantino.

Human Services Administrator Andrea Whyte said the kitchen’s innovations were a three-part effort, which in addition to employing locally grown, fresher foods—and resulting better nutrition—also included an a la carte salad to go, prepared for seniors to take home.

Commissioners Chair Brian Smith said the kitchen staff’s efforts “mean a lot, both to the growers and the consumers.

“You’ve set a new standard for everybody else to follow,” said Commissioner Wendell Kay.

In other business, the commissioners cancelled their June 17 work session meeting.

They approved the hiring of 20-hour-per- week intern, Nicole Grzejka, for the engineering department at $8 per hour; the 20-hour-per-week, on-call van driver Ronald Batista at $13.72 per hour; full-time tax assessment office data collector Jessie Heimback at an annual salary of $20,704; and Employment & Training Center accounting clerk I, Darlene McKenney, at an annual salary of $18,856.

Whyte also noted that her department has a continuing need for additional van drivers. Interested applicants with clean driving licenses should call 570/253-7462 for more information.