Heroes Day Event To Honor Cpl. Dickson & Trooper Douglass

Police officers, firefighters, military personnel, sheriffs, EMS workers, 911 dispatchers and other “blue” officials are truly “everyday heroes” in both our community and nationwide.

This has never been more evident in light of the recent Blooming Grove Township tragic incident involving two local State Troopers – Cpl. Bryon K. Dickson, II and Trooper Alex T. Douglass.

According to Lackawanna County Commissioners Corey D. O’Brien, Jim Wansacz and Patrick M. O’Malley, this year’s fourth annual Heroes Day, set for Saturday, September 20, from 11 am to 2 pm at the County’s 911 Center, Valley View Drive, Jessup, will take on a special, deeper meaning because of the recent events in Blooming Grove Township.

A special donation area, staffed by wives of Pennsylvania State Troopers, will be set-up at Heroes Day for guests to contribute to assist the families of the late Cpl. Bryon K. Dickson II and Trooper Alex T. Douglass.

At the event, safety, disaster, road and SWAT equipment from throughout the County will be on display along with booths for residents to pick-up literature that they can utilize when the need arises.

The day will include free refreshments, entertainment, giveaways, prize drawings, tours of the 911 Center, and children’s activities. The event is being sponsored by the Lackawanna County District Attorney’s Office, Conxx, Maguire Electronics and Purosky & Tuckerman.

Jude Villano, a certified prevention specialist in the Lackawanna/Susquehanna Office of Drug & Alcohol Programs, will present two brief presentations at noon and 1 PM on the perils of heroin and other opiate-related drugs.

Canines from the County’s Sheriff’s Department and the public safety units of area municipalities will be at the event. Valuable information on County services and the programs offered by area community and social agencies will also be available.

Several antique emergency vehicles will also be a part of the program along with a variety of children’s activities.

The following organizations, along with their equipment, will be in attendance: Elmhurst/Roaring Brook, Throop, Mayfield Police and Fire Departments, Old Forge, Moscow, the Peckville Smoke House, and Lackawanna County Roads & Bridges.

The County’s DARE Program and SWAT Team will be on site along with the 911 Mobile Command Post, COLTS, Coordinated Transportation, Bookmobile, and other County Departments such as: Voter Registration, Parks & Recreation, Veterans Affairs, Community Relations, Drug & Alcohol Office, Highway Safety Program, IT Department, Environmental Sustainability Office, Representative Frank Farina’s Office, the Pennsylvania National Guard and Area Agency on Aging.

The Lackawanna County Visitors Bureau, Lackawanna Heritage Valley Authority, Wills For Heroes and Operation Life Saver will also be at the event.

The Penn State Extension will have displays featuring the Master Gardeners and 4-H programs along with its mini golf course.

For further information, contact Gerard Hetman, the County’s Community Relations Coordinator, at 570-963-6743, ext. 1872.

Lackawanna County Commissioners Support Station Park

The third phase of Jessup Borough’s beautification project involves the construction of a pavilion at Station Park. Students in the Classes of 2014 and 2015 in the Architectural Drafting and Design Technology Program at Johnson College created the contract drawings for the work being done on Station Park for the borough as a community project. Jessup will use the plans for pricing and project planning. The Lackawanna County Commissioners assisted in this development by presenting Jessup representatives with a $15,388 Community Re-Invest Program check.

L-r, George Kelly, the County’s Economic Development Director; Ron Kordish, Gene Varzaly, Richard Pirrami and Alice Vanston, Jessup Borough; Commissioner Corey D. O’Brien, Genie Lupini, Jessup Borough; Commissioner Jim Wansacz, Jessup Mayor Beverly Merkel, and Commissioner Patrick M. O’Malley.

Commissioners Support Old Forge Athletic Association

The Old Forge Athletic Association received $25,000 in Community Re-Invest funding from the Lackawanna County Commissioners to construct a 20’ x 40’ storage structure to house equipment, uniforms and supplies at Pagnotti Park.  To date, the Commissioners have approved 47 projects totaling $701,452 through their Department of Economic Development budget.

L-r, Commissioner Corey D. O’Brien, Bob Semenza, Old Forge Council Vice President; Nick DeMarko, Joe DiMattia, Eric Mulrooney, Old Forge Athletic Association; and Commissioner Jim Wansacz.