The regular meeting of the Wayne County Commissioners brought with it cardiac awareness, Boy Scouts and grant awards.

 - The regular meeting of the Wayne County Commissioners brought with it cardiac awareness, Boy Scouts and grant awards.

The Wayne County Tourism and Promotion Committee released its official recommendation for grant recipients through the Wayne County Tourism Grant Program.

The program was established through the Hotel Excise Tax ordinance, enacted in 2005, and it "allows non-profit organizations to apply for tourism promotion funds" to help promote their event or attraction to out of town visitors.

The program has been offered annually since 2006 "to help promote activities and events" in Wayne County to outside marketing areas.

This year, for the 2013 grant award, the committee received requests "totaling almost $70,000" from various organizations throughout the county. A total of $26, 750 was awarded to various organization.

The current programs focus is on partnership marketing. The release states that each applicant was "encouraged to coordinate dates of events," partner with other organizations, or Wayne County accommodations to "enhance the visitors experience." Another goal is to increase the visitors potential for overnight stays.

The following award amounts were recommended:

Dorflinger-Suydam Wildlife Sanctuary, $2,000, internet and social media campaign; Lacawac Sanctuary, $1,000, video for website; Waymart Parties in the Park, $750, out-of-county advertising; Downtown Hawley Partnership, $3,000, Winterfest/Lake-Fest billboards; Harmony Presents, $500, concert series promotions; Women's Club of Honesdale, $1,000, out-of-county advertising; Friends of Prompton, $2,000, advertising campaign/promotion; Equinunk Historical Society, $1,000, heritage tourism rack card; Creative Arts Council and Campground Owners-joint project, $4,000, radio advertising campaign; Greater Honesdale Partnership, $3,000, Eat, Shop, Play, and Stay campaign; Wayne County Arts Alliance, $2,500, social media, radio and advertising; Pocono Lake Region Chamber, $3,000, billboard advertising, half marathon event; Wayne County Chamber, $3,000, on-line marketing video.

The commissioners approved the recommendations as presented.

Cardiac Rehabilitation Week

Another topic brought before the commissioners was the official proclamation of Cardiac Rehabilitation Week. Dr. Nadine Greco was on hand to discuss the importance of being aware and conscious of your heart health.

Greco says when a person experiences a cardiac event, cardiac rehab is often recommended. The problem is "only about 20 percent of people" prescribed the rehab take advantage of it. The rehab "really makes a difference."

During the course of the 12-week program, patients participated in exercise that is monitored by a physician and educated on aspects of heart health and lifestyle changes. The program is held in Wayne Memorial Hospital.

Greco says what she reccomends to maintain optimal heart health is a "minimum of 30 minutes" of heart-rate elevating activity, five times per week. She also pointed out the 30 minutes "do not have to be consecutive" as long as the intensity of activity is the same.

She said checking with a doctor to determine if you have certain risk factors is also an important step in prevention. For example, if a man's "waist is greater than 40, or a woman's is greater than 35," you would be at higher risk of experiencing a cardiac event.

If you are diabetic, Greco says the symptoms of a heart attack may not be the traditional ones. Most patients "don't get typical chest pain," but instead exhibit "shortness of breath."

Greco said an important thing to remember is heart disease "is a preventable disease."

It was declared by the commissioners that Feb. 10-16 will be observed as Cardiac Rehabilitation Week.

Lynn Johannes was also present at the meeting to discuss the 62nd annual John Tobey Scout Day in Government, which is held on Feb. 22.

This event, sponsored by the Scouts of Dan Beard District, Northeastern Pennsylvania Council, gives a Boy Scouts an opportunity to shadow a government official and to experience different aspects of government.

The itinerary for event includes visiting the Wayne County Emergency Operations Center, a visit with EMA, 911 Dispatchers and Recycling Center. There will also be a courtroom ceremony and all scouts will visit the Old Stone Jail.

A judicial appointment was made of Carol English to be the clerk at Magisterial District Judge Carney's office, effective Feb. 11. A promotion was for Edward Sparrow from part-time to full-time deputy sheriff, effective Feb. 19.