Lackawanna County Commissioners Recognize Old Forge Girls Basketball Team

The Lackawanna County Commissioners honored the Old Forge Lady Blue Devils basketball team at the school in recognition of its outstanding 2014-15 season. A proclamation was presented to the school and coach and certificates were given to each team member. The Lady Blue Devils were both the PIAA District 2 and PIAA Class A Eastern Champions, posting a 16-11 record.

L-r, Commissioner Patrick M. O’Malley and seniors Tori Tansley, Nina Pascolini, Kelci Yesnowski and Nicole Tagliaferri and Commissioner Jim Wansacz.

Protecting Intellectual Property Workshop Scheduled For April 29

The creative ideas, music, literature or other materials an artist or organization formulates in thought or design are very valuable and need to be protected because they just might lead to the next best seller, great innovation or world renowned performance.

Valuable information on safeguarding one’s work, concepts or discoveries will be offered at “Protecting Your Big Idea – An Intellectual Property Workshop For Artists” on Wednesday, April 29, from 5:30 Pm to 7 PM at the Electric Trolley Museum, 300 Cliff Street, Scranton, on the grounds of the Steamtown National Historic Site by the Lackawanna County Arts, Culture & Education (ACE) Council.

This free seminar is geared towards artists and organizations of all disciplines and will cover the basics of intellectual property as they relate to inventions, artistic works, inventions, design, words and a host of other items.

According to Maureen McGuigan, deputy director of the County’s Arts & Culture Department, the ideas for this program came from attendees who participated in other ACE programs.

The workshop will feature Atty. Damian Biondo from the Philadelphia Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts (PVLA), which is an arm of the Arts & Business Council of Greater Philadelphia.  His talk will include an overview of legal elements and data on intellectual property for the arts.  A panel discussion, featuring Thomas Geroulo, Entertainment Attorney; Christine Medley, Assistant Professor of Graphic Design at Marywood University and a local artist; and Rich Larsen, Theater Professor at the University of Scranton and a lighting designer, will follow the presentation.

The PVLA was founded in 1978 as a nonprofit legal services organization that provides pro-bono and low cost legal assistance, educational programs and business counseling to artists and arts and cultural organizations. In March 2008, the organization joined forces with the Arts & Business Council of Greater Philadelphia.

To register for the program, contact the Lackawanna County Arts & Culture Department at 570.963.6590, Ext. 106, or send an email to

Lackawanna County Commissioners Laud 911 Dispatcher’s Life-Saving Measures

The Lackawanna County Commissioners presented a Certificate of Recognition to Dane Sorensen, inside right, a 911 Emergency Medical Dispatcher, for his efforts in saving a baby’s life. On March 19, Mr. Sorensen spent nearly six minutes on the phone directing a mother through CPR to save her child’s life. When help arrived at the family’s dwelling, the baby was breathing on its own.

L-r, Commissioner Patrick M. O’Malley, Commissioner Jim Wansacz, Mr. Sorensen, and Commissioner Edward G. Staback.