Jeanne Hugenbruch Honored By The Commissioners

Jeanne Hugenbruch, center, Manager of the Dunmore Senior Center, received the 2015 Secretary’s Award for Excellence in Nutrition for Older Pennsylvanians from the Pennsylvania Department of Aging. She was recognized for her innovation in planning nutritionally balanced meals for the older adults who utilize the Dunmore Senior Center. The Lackawanna County Commissioners presented Ms. Hugenbruch a Certificate of Recognition for her dedication to our community’s elderly.

L-r, Commissioner Ed Staback, Ms. Hugenbruch and Commissioner Jim Wansacz.

Gypsy Moth Suppression Public Meeting Scheduled

Lackawanna County, in cooperation with the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources – Bureau of Forestry, will hold a public informational meeting regarding the 2016 Gypsy Moth Suppression Program on Tuesday, July 7, at 7 PM at the Lackawanna Heritage Valley Authority Office, 213 South 7th Avenue, Scranton.

Requests for treatment for the 2016 program will be taken until August 7.  Property owners should contact Mike Chisdock, Lackawanna County Gypsy Moth Program Coordinator, at 570-963-6850 to request a treatment.  If a request has already been made, there is no need to call again.

If you are a person with a disability and you wish to attend the meeting, please contact Mr. Chisdock.

Scrantastic Spectacular Set For July 3 On Courthouse Square

Celebrating America’s birthday in downtown Scranton will be “Spectacular” once again!!

The fifth annual Scrantastic Spectacular will be held on Friday, July 3, on the streets around Courthouse Square, starting at 4 pm.  This free, family-friendly event, which generally attracts a crowd of 10,000, is a partnership between Lackawanna County, Entercom Communications, the City of Scranton, Prudential and the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic.

The festival-like atmosphere will feature live bands, vendors and children’s activities, and Wendy’s 5K Race and Wendy’s Kids Dash.  All of these events will be followed by a free performance from the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic at 7:30 pm.

First Friday Scranton will also be taking place from 6 – 9 pm.  The public is encouraged to walk around downtown Scranton and enjoy the various art exhibits and performances.

The evening will be capped-off at approximately 9:30 pm with a spectacular fireworks display from a new launch point – The Casey Garage.  The aerial show will be choreographed to music and also be broadcast live over the Entercom Communications family of stations.  People can bring lawn chairs to enjoy the music and fireworks.  Central Parking is offering a special $5 rate in the garages for the event, starting after 3 PM.

The traffic patterns for the “Spectacular” are as follows:  on Thursday, July 2, North Washington Avenue will be blocked-off between Linden Street and Spruce Street, starting at 9 AM to put up the stage. On Friday, July 3, at 9 am N. Washington Avenue and Spruce Street will be blocked along with one lane of Adams Avenue and Linden Street between Adams and Wyoming Avenues. Starting at 2 PM, Mulberry Street to N. Washington Avenue will be closed.

The schedule of events for “Scrantastic Spectacular” is as follows: 

4 PM

Local Bands Perform on the Side Stage on Spruce Street

Food & Entertainment Vendors Open. There will be face painting, inflatable rides, games, and vendors with all types of food surrounding the Square.

6 PM
Wendy’s 5K Superhero Run Begins at the corner of Spruce Street & N. Washington Avenue

6:45 PM
Wendy’s Superhero Kids Dash begins on Spruce Street

7:30 PM
Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic Performs on the Main Stage

Fireworks Spectacular Begins from Casey Garage Launch Point

For more information visit or contact Maureen McGuigan, Deputy Director of Arts and Culture for Lackawanna County, at 570.963.6590, ext. 102, or email