HONESDALE – Members of the Wayne County Dietary Department were present at Thursday's meeting of the Wayne County Commissioners to share some exciting news.

The department recently received an award from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Department of Aging for work they've done.

It is the Secretary's Award for Excellence in Nutrition for Older Pennsylvanians and was presented by Secretary Brian Duke.

“The staff was recognized for the work they've been doing to bring fresh produce from our local farms and providing it to seniors,” said Andrea Whyte, Human Services administrator.

The Wayne County Dietary Department provides seniors with approximately 9,800 meals a month.

Whyte stated the department also works with the Behavioral Health Agency to provide the program to seniors.

“They are working hard in the department,” Whyte stated.

The commissioners congratulated them on the award.

“You do a fantastic job,” stated Chairman Brian Smith.

“I see an impressive team and am very thankful,” added Commissioner Jonathan Fritz.

Commissioner Wendall Kay stated it's a meaningful recognition.

“People are comparing you to everyone else in the state, so it's more than just us seeing the great work you do,” he said. “I hope you feel good about that.”

Seeking drivers

Whyte also said the Transportation Department is also looking for van drivers.

Interested individuals must have a Pennsylvania driver's license. They will also fill out a basic questionnaire.

Contact Juliann Doyle at (570) 253-4262 if you are interested in becoming a driver.


Several positions were approved during the meeting.

• Nicole Grzejka was hired as an intern for the Engineering Department, effective June 9. The salary was set at $8 an hour for around 20 hours a week.

• Ronald Battista was hired as an on call van driver, effective June 9. The salary was set at $13.72 an hour for 20 hours a week and no more than 1,000 hours a year.

• Jessie L. Heimback was hired as a data collector in the Tax Assessment Office to fill a vacancy, effective June 23. The salary was set at $20,704.43 for 40 hours a week.

• Darlene McKenney was hired as an accounting clerk 1 for the Employment and Training Center, effective June 9. The Salary was set at $18,856.50 for 37.5 hours a week.