The Lackawanna County Commissioners recognized Meals on Wheels of Northeastern Pennsylvania for 45 years of “Good Works” in providing nutritional services to the elderly and disabled residents of our community. Over 800 individuals receive a daily, hot meal Monday – Friday. The food, supervised by a registered dietitian, is delivered by a trusted group of 110 volunteers. The organization is participating in the 12th annual “March For Meal” nationwide campaign designed to keep seniors happy and healthy.
Coaches Vs. Cancer Recognized
Coaches vs. Cancer of NEPA was honored by the Lackawanna County Commissioners for its “Good Works” in raising awareness and funds to fight the disease. Under the direction of Andrew Kettle, III, center, head basketball coach at Scranton Prep, the organization has raised approximately $500,000 to date. What began as a one- game event has blossomed into school fundraisers, “Suits & Sneakers” week, a BasketBall and a New Year’s Eve game. L-r, Commissioner Corey D. O’Brien, Commissioner Jim Wansacz, Andrew Kettle, IV, Coach Kettle, Patrick Kettle, Bridget Kettle, wife, and Commissioner Patrick M. O’Malley.
“Good Works” By Valley View High School Biology Club
The Lackawanna County Commissioners recognized the “Good Works” of the Valley View High School Biology Club for its efforts in preserving the environment. The club organized a school-wide recycling competition, which entailed collecting plastic shopping bags. The students collected 37,000 bags, which were sent to Target for recycling. The junior and senior chemistry fourth block classes won the competition gathering 11,000 bags from family and friends, earning a pizza party.
Tessa Barrett Honored For Running Excellence
Tessa Barrett, inside right, received a proclamation from the Lackawanna County Commissioners for her outstanding achievements in track and field and cross country. Ms. Barrett, a senior at Abington Heights High School, is one of the most decorated runners, both nationally and statewide, in our area’s history. She was named the Gatorade Girls State cross country “Runner of the Year” and holds numerous intermediate and long distance records. A PIAA champion, Tessa will attend Penn State and participate in cross country and track and field
Gerard Hetman Recognized For Creating “Code Blue” Program
The Lackawanna County Commissioners present Gerard Hetman, inside left, Community Relations Coordinator, with the signed resolution creating the “Code Blue” cold weather alert program. Mr. Hetman worked with staff and local agencies to develop the program, which is designed to make the public aware of extreme cold conditions and wind chills and the locations of emergency homeless shelters, via various news outlets and social media. L-r, Commissioner Corey D. O’Brien, Mr. Hetman, Commissioner Jim Wansacz and Commissioner Patrick M. O’Malley.
“Good Works” By Caring Hands & Always In Stitches
Caring Hands and Always In Stitches have not only done “Good Works” in Lackawanna County, but they have kept a lot of people warm and raised money for many local charities. Founded in Scranton in 1996 by the Retired Senior Volunteer Program(RSVP), Caring Hands members knitted and crocheted blankets, scarves, hats and mittens for various causes. The group moved to the Abington Community Library in 2008 to participate in weekly classes and to join forces with “Always In Stitches,” who made quilts for various causes and organizations. The Commissioners honored the groups, comprised of over 40 members, for their commitment to comforting others.
“The Salvation Army’s “Good Works”
The Salvation Army has been a staple in the Greater Scranton community for 128 years. The Lackawanna County Commissioners honored the agency for its “Good Works,” which involve providing at risk children with a Summer camp experience, offering food from its pantry, assisting displaced individuals, administering a utility assistance program, visiting nursing homes, Veterans Centers and hospitals, mentoring the disadvantaged, aiding the homeless, and conducting a variety of youth character building programs.
The Lackawanna County-owned Taylor Bridge, a major artery connecting Greater Scranton to the downvalley communities of Taylor, Old Forge and portions of Luzerne County, was officially opened today (December 12) with a brief program.
The Lackawanna County Commissioners Corey D. O’Brien, Jim Wansacz and Patrick M. O’Malley gathered with students from West Scranton, Dunmore, Valley View, Mid Valley and North Pocono to celebrate Red Ribbon Day on Courthouse Square.