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Benton Township Receives Community Re-Invest Funding

The Lackawanna County Commissioners presented a $10,000 check to members of the Benton Township Athletic Association to upgrade its Little League complex. The project entails installing drainage in the outfield, constructing a covered pavilion, and repairing the dugouts, storage shed and concession stand. The County’s Community Re-Invest Program is designed to strengthen local neighborhoods by assisting them with local funding for various expansion and enhancement projects.

L-r, First Row; Ty, Thomas and Teagan Vokes; Second Row; Commissioner Partick O’Malley, Commissioner Corey D. O’Brien, Danielle Vokes, Rich Cocchini, Jerry Decker, Commissioner Jim Wansacz and George Kelly, Director of Planning and Economic Development for Lackawanna County.

Lackawanna County Commissioners Honor Mark Kwiatkowski

The Lackawanna County Commissioners designated August 20, 2014 as Mark Kwiatkowski Day.  He was also recognized for his outstanding athletic skills.  Mark has competed in the Area P Special Olympics, Pennsylvania State Special Olympics and USA Games. In 2013, he won a gold medal in golf skills at the Pennsylvania State Games and in 2014 a gold medal at the USA games.  He is also an avid fan of music, Elvis, baseball and theater and has performed with The Poets.

L-r, Commissioner Corey D. O’Brien, Commissioner Jim Wansacz, Mark Kwiatkowski, and Commissioner Patrick M. O’Malley.

The “Good Works” Of The U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps

The Lackawanna County Commissioners presented a “Good Works” certificate to Petty Officer Second Class Andrew J. Kudasik, USNR, Executive Officer of the U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps, Wahoo Division, third from left, for the organization’s volunteer and color guard activities in the community.  The Naval Sea Cadet Corps was established in 1958 and today has over 380 units and approximately 9,000 young men and women involved.  The program is designed to instill strong moral principles, expose the cadets to public service, demonstrate the value of an alcohol, drug and gang-free lifestyle and introduce young men and women, ages 13-18, to a variety of hands-on training with the nation’s armed services that stresses teamwork, discipline and service.

L-r, Commissioner Corey D. O’Brien, Commissioner Jim Wansacz, Petty Officer Kudasik, Seaman Edwin Paramo, Seaman Michael Santorsa and Commissioner Patrick M. O’Malley.