Lackawanna County To Sponsor Anti-Opioid Public Service Announcement Contest

Lackawanna County Government is strongly committed to fighting the Opioid epidemic.

In that vein, Commissioner Laureen A. Cummings is spearheading a public awareness campaign surrounding the issue to discuss its inherent dangers.

As part of the strategy to eradicate this crisis, she and her colleagues, Commissioners Patrick M. O’Malley and Jerry Notarianni, are sponsoring a Public Service Announcement contest entitled “Say Yes to Life!”  Its intent is to educate the public about the dangers of opioid use and its debilitating affects on our youth.

In 2015 in Lackawanna County, 69 people died of overdoses most of which were attributed to opioids and everyday deaths from this opioid use continue to be reported. Opioids are drugs that act on the nervous system to relieve pain. These include the illegal drug of heroin, as well as legally prescribed drugs such as oxycodone (OxyContin®), hydrocodone (Vicodin®), codeine, morphine, fentanyl, and many others. These drugs can be highly addictive and when misused or abused can lead to death.

The County is seeking submissions for its online video contest that individuals or organizations (both for profit and non-profit) may apply.  Awards of $500 each will be given in three categories: Judges’ choice – Youth (under 18 years of age); Judges’ choice – over 18 years of age; and People’s Choice.

The People’s on-line voting will start Tuesday, October 17, and run until Monday, November 6.

The PSA submission deadline is Monday, October 16.  The winners will be announced on Friday, November 10.

Applications to enter the contest may be found on the County website or by contacting the Lackawanna County Arts and Culture Department at 570.963.6590, ext. 106, or email

Free Marketing and Branding Workshop

The Lackawanna County Arts and Culture Department and the Lackawanna County Arts, Culture and Education (ACE) Council will present “Telling Your Story: A Workshop About Communicating Your Brand” on Thursday, September 14, at the Electric City Trolley Museum, 300 Cliff Street, from 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM, featuring a distinguished expert in the field of marketing and branding – Michelle Feldman, Executive Director of Keep Philadelphia Beautiful (KPB).

Ms. Feldman possesses a wealth of knowledge in organizational management, small business development, politics and non-profit administration.  Michelle oversees all facets of KPB, which is committed to protecting the environment and natural landscape of Philadelphia for both visitors and residents.

Keep Philadelphia Beautiful is a nonprofit organization dedicated to community building through community greening. An affiliate of Keep America Beautiful, KPB is focused on litter abatement, waste reduction, and recycling education and promotion.

Prior to joining Keep Philadelphia Beautiful in 2016, Michelle served as Commercial Corridor Manager and Communications Director for the Frankford Community Development Corporation, where she assisted small businesses along the Frankford Avenue commercial corridor worked to attract new companies to the area. She served as Outreach Chair of Young Involved Philadelphia from January 2014 to December 2015 and was promoted to Vice President in January 2016.  She is currently the Communications Chair for Philadelphia Mayor James Kenney’s Millennial Advisory Committee.  She also has experience in political media consulting.

A Philadelphia native, Michelle holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Brandeis University and a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from Drexel University.

The Lackawanna County Arts and Culture Department was formed in 2004 and is supported through an education and culture fee that generates approximately $1.2 million for the purpose of enriching the County.  The office offers community grants, public arts programming, workshops and lectures, and it also oversees the operation of the Electric City Trolley Station and Museum.

The workshop is free and open to the public. To register contact the Lackawanna County Arts and Culture Department at 570.963.6590, ext. 106, or email

Commissioners Support Scranton Jazz Festival

The Lackawanna County Commissioners awarded a $10,000 arts & culture grant to organizers of the 13th annual Scranton Jazz Festival, which will be held on August 4, 5 & 6 at the Radisson Lackawanna Station Hotel. Jazz icons The Stanley Clarke Band, John Pizzarelli and The Royal Scam headline the festival.

L-r, Commissioner Patrick M. O’Malley, Maureen McGuigan, the County’s Deputy Director for Arts & Culture; Michael Kearney, Radisson Lackawanna Station Hotel; and Robert Schlesinger and Marko Marcinko, Jazz Festival Committee.