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Lackawanna County Family Fun Day Set For May 3 At PNC Field

The Lackawanna County Commissioners Corey D. O’Brien, Jim Wansacz and Patrick M. O’Malley are hosting a free, fun-filled, informative day for families and residents to relax, learn about vital County services, and experience the variety of youth activities available at PNC Field.

Lackawanna County “Family Fun Day” is set for Saturday, May 3, from 10 AM – 2 PM at PNC Field, Moosic.

“Families are the foundation of our community.  This event is the perfect venue to spend quality time with your children and friends and to enjoy the amenities of PNC Field,” said Commissioner O’Brien.  “It’s a chance to be on the field, get a behind-the-scenes look at the clubhouse, use the Family Fun Zone, sample ballpark food and enjoy a leisure day.”

“Our Family Fun Day was designed to be a fun and informative event,” explained Commissioner Jim Wansacz.  “Folks will have free reign to experience all facets of PNC Field and also meet members of our various departments to learn about programs that they may be able to utilize.  A variety of reference materials will also be available that may be useful in the future.”

“This program is about families,” noted Commissioner Patrick M. O’Malley.  “It is about having people relax and enjoy the accommodations at PNC Field.”

The lineup for the day is jam-packed with activities, tours, food and information stations.

Display tables, featuring County staff members, will be interspersed throughout the concourse.

The departments participating in Family Fun Day are: Community Relations, Elections, Drug & Alcohol, Area Agency on Aging, Parks & Recreation, Lackawanna County Convention & Visitors Bureau, Environmental Sustainability, Bookmobile, Sheriff, COLTS, and Arts & Culture.

Materials from Veterans Affairs, Lackawanna Heritage Valley Authority, Highway Safety Program and the Penn State Extension will be available.

The Scranton/Wilkes Barre RailRiders staff will be directing tours.  The Family Fun Zone will be open and children will also be able to run the bases.

The Sheriff’s Office will be providing horse rides on the mounted unit.  The Sheriff’s canines will also be on hand for demonstrations.

There will be face-painting and balloon art giveaways.

The RailRiders’ mascots will be “working the crowd,” signing autographs, posing for pictures, and providing handshakes and hugs.

Music, giveaways and ballpark food are also on tap.  A limited number of concession stands will also be open for purchases.

For more information on Family Fun Day, contact the Commissioners Office at 570-963-6800.

Child Abuse Prevention Month

Staff members from the Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC) gather with the Lackawanna County Commissioners for a proclamation designating April as “Child Abuse Prevention Month.” The CAC has been the leader in combating child abuse, neglect and exploitation by providing specialized trauma therapy, education, and advocacy services. Last year, the agency expanded its operation by opening a Teen Advocacy Center for youth 13-18 years old.

L-r, Commissioner Corey D. O’Brien, Commissioner Jim Wansacz, Mary Ann LaPorta, CAC Executive Director; Bridget Conway, CAC Family Advocate; Dr. Marla Farrell, CAC Medical team; Vhalla Otarod, CAC Intern; and Commissioner Patrick M. O’Malley.

Iron Furnaces Planning Group

Officials from Lackawanna County, the Lackawanna Heritage Valley Authority and the Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission met recently at the Scranton Iron Furnaces to outline plans for educational programs, site development activities, special events celebrating our history, and strengthening relationships with governmental agencies.

L-r, Brenda J. Reigle, Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, Director of Bureau of Historic Sites and Museums; Natalie Gelb, Executive Director of the Lackawanna Heritage Valley Authority; Lackawanna County Commissioner Corey D. O’Brien; Lackawanna County Commissioner Patrick M. O’Malley; Robert Savakinus, Iron Furnaces Associates Board Member; Lackawanna County Commissioner Jim Wansacz; Sarah Piccini, Iron Furnaces Associates Board Member; William J. Rinaldi, Esq., Anthracite Heritage Museum and Iron Furnaces Associates Board Member; and Chester Kulesa, Site Administrator, Anthracite Heritage Museum.