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 2013-14 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 Class A Eastern Champions, posting a 24-4 record.

Kneeling, l-r, Commissioner Patrick M. O’Malley, Commissioner Jim Wansacz, Lady Blue Devil Head Coach Tom Gatto, and Commissioner Corey D. O’Brien. Standing, l-r, Lady Blue Devils Seniors Rhyan Barnic, Kayla Florovito, Natalie Bieryla, Taylor Nemetz, Lauren Carey, Teri Vieira and Marisa Zambetti.

Penn State Extension Offers Dining With Diabetes Program

Type 2 diabetes is becoming more common due to the rising rates of obesity. Making good food choices, being physically active and monitoring blood glucose levels are important ways in which diabetics can manage their disease.

To help Type 2 diabetics understand and manage their diabetes, Penn State Extension in Lackawanna County in partnership with Elm Park United Methodist Church is offering a program called “Dining with Diabetes.” The four-week series will be held on Fridays, starting April 25 through May 16, from 10 AM – Noon.  A follow-up class will be offered on July 25 at Elm Park, 712 Linden Street, Scranton, the site for the sessions.

Each class will include:

  • Food demonstrations and tasting recipes
  • Physical activity and ideas to take home
  • Discussions regarding important information to help you manage your diabetes

In addition, lab tests to measure HbA1c will be offered. Participants will receive a pedometer, exercise DVD, recipes, and more. The cost of the program is $40 per person or $55 for two family members living in the same household. Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries receive FREE registration and scholarships are available.

For questions or to register, please call Penn State Extension in Lackawanna County at 570-963-6842, email, or visit and click on Lackawanna County.

Lackawanna County Commissioners Bike Safety Fair Reminder

The Lackawanna County Commissioners Bike Safety Fair and Helmet Giveaway is scheduled for Saturday, April 26, at McDade Park, Keyser Avenue, Scranton, from 11 AM to 1 PM.

Three hundred helmets will be given away free-of-charge to the youngsters who attend and participate in a brief bike safety talk.   Bike safety talks will be done by Lackawanna County Safety Coordinator Kathy Fox and The Scranton Police Department.

The Lackawanna Heritage Valley Authority will be supervising the bike rodeo.  Several other fun activities and an opportunity to visit the Bookmobile are planned.

Fidelity Deposit & Discount Bank, Kost Tire & Auto Service, Cedar Bike & Paddle, Gerrity’s Supermarkets, FNCB, Peoples Security Bank, Wayne Bank, and PNC Bank are sponsoring the event.

As part of the fair, the County is coordinating a helmet design competition.  Youngsters can go to the County’s website, print-off a blank helmet and then let their imaginations run wild.

The designs will be judged and one boy and girl will win a bike, provided by Cedar Bike & Paddle.  A drawing for another bike will be conducted the day of the fair.

For further information, contact Fran Pantuso, Community Outreach Manager, at 570-963-6750 or