Spring Brook Community Park Unveiled

Lackawanna County and Spring Brook officials unveil the new community playground that was recently completed. The County provided $20,000 in Community Re-Invest funds to help make the project a reality. The complex, located near the firehouse, features swing sets, a see-saw, play set, benches and ADA-compliant walkways. The project’s total cost was $81,500.

L-r, Tammi Gillette, Spring Brook Township Secretary; Joe Zurcher, Spring Brook Township Senior Supervisor; Jonathan Haikes, Jeff Jones, Spring Brook Township Vice Chairman; John L. Flyte, Spring Brook Township Chairman; Commissioner Patrick M. O’Malley, Jeff Bonacci, Spring Brook Township Supervisor; and Gerard Hetman, the County’s Community Relations Coordinator.

How Can Your Organization Benefit From Volunteers?

Does your organization have trouble finding or retaining your volunteers? Does your organization recognize your volunteers? Does your organization have policies for volunteers that protect your organization from risk of using volunteers?

Volunteers provide critical services for non-profit and faith-based organizations, as well as municipalities. Many organizations couldn’t function without volunteers.

Penn State Extension is offering a class for organizations that rely on volunteers to help carry out their mission.  The class, “Tools For An Effective Volunteer Program” will be conducted on Tuesday,       September 1, from 1 pm – 4 pm at the Penn State Worthington Scranton Campus.

Fire companies, faith-based groups, neighborhood civic organizations, youth athletic associations, environmental advisory committees, and many human service organizations are challenged to find volunteers to help carry out their programs.

“Tools For An Effective Volunteer Program” will help managers of volunteer programs to improve their volunteer recruitment and orientation, identify and manage risks, and plan recognition events that are appropriate for both the organization and the volunteers.

Register for the workshop online at

For more information, contact Peter Wulfhorst at 570-296-3400 or by email at

Allegiant Flight to Tampa

Lackawanna County Commissioners joined Airport and elected officials in announcing Allegiant’s new low-cost, non-stop flights from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton to Tampa, Florida beginning November 6, 2015. In celebration of the flight addition, Allegiant is offering fares as low as $49. Flight days, times and fares can be found at