The local Foster Grandparent Program (FGP), sponsored by the Area Agency on Aging for Luzerne/Wyoming Counties and federally funded by the Corporation for National Service, recently hosted its 42nd anniversary and recognition luncheon at the Genetti Hotel and Conference Center, Wilkes-Barre. The theme of this year’s luncheon was ‘Foster Grandparents Are Shining Stars.’ Special awards were presented to individuals who have served for five, 10, 15 and 20 years. Each 20-year honoree received a woven afghan depicting the FGP logo. Foster Grandparents are individuals age 55 or older that have a limited income and a desire to work with children. For 20 hours per week of service they are entitled to many benefits, including monetary compensation.The program is recruiting new members. To apply for the program, call Mary Lou Zerfoss or Kathy Dwyer at 822-1158 or 1-800-252-1512. Honorees of 20 years, from left: Mary Lou Zerfoss, director FGP; Nellie Kubik, Leo Solomon Elementary School, Wilkes-Barre Area School District; Helen O’Hara, Meyers High School, Wilkes-Barre Area School District; and Kathy Dwyer, coordinator, FGP.