The “Good Works” Of Frankie’s Voice Committee

The Lackawanna County Commissioners recognized the outstanding civic service of Frankie’s Voice Committee, a group established to honor the memory of Dunmore native Frank Bonacci, Jr., who was tragically killed on July 20, 2013. The “Good Works” of the committee included the “Frankie’s Voice Bandana 5K run/walk this July and “Christmas in the Park,” a party at Nay Aug with candy, music, hot chocolate and a visit from Santa. Proceeds from the fund raisers benefit Marley’s Mission, Children’s Advocacy Center and Frankie’s Voice.

L-r, Joyce Piccolino, Doug Long, Courtlind Davis, Joelle Ryan, Robin Bonacci, Frankie’s mother; Commissioner Jim Wansacz, Barbara Romanchick, Nicholas Tielli, Robert Romanchick and Commissioner Patrick M. O’Malley.

Festival Of Trees Reception

The Electric City Trolley Station and Museum will be all aglow on Friday, December 12, during the Lackawanna County Arts & Culture Department’s gala Festival of Trees reception from 5:30 PM to    8 PM.

This year’s theme is “A Hollywood Holiday.”  The trees for the exhibit were decorated by local businesses and organizations for both the Toys for Tots fund raiser and the Museum for the holidays.

Awards will be presented for first, second and third place along with honorable mention and the Peoples’ Choice.

The cost for the reception is $20 and includes food and beverages. The Mark Montella Band will entertain the crowd with sounds of Hollywood.

The trees will be on display until December 31 during the hours of 9 AM to 4 PM.

For organizations or businesses interested, there is still time to enter a tree. The cost to sponsor and decorate a tree is $50 for non-profits and small businesses (under 50 employees) or $100 for corporations.  Organizations must provide an artificial tree and decorations.

For additional information on the Festival of Trees program, contact the Trolley Museum at 570.963.6590 or email

Lackawanna County’s 911 Staff Members Earn Emergency Certification

Three members of the Lackawanna County Public Safety Center’s emergency management staff were recognized by the Commissioners and the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) for successfully completing the basic certification training requirement for their emergency management positions. This career development program provided the three men with vital information and readiness training for disasters and emergencies.

L-r, Commissioner Corey D. O’Brien, David Hahn, Director of the County’s 911 Public Safety Center; Commissioner Jim Wansacz, Anthony Camillocci, Director of PEMA’s Eastern Area Office; Mark Tagliaterra, Tommy Taylor and Mike Kelechowa, County EMA staff members and 911 Supervisors, who gained certification; and Commissioner Patrick M. O’Malley.