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Lackawanna County To Light Courthouse Tree On November 30

The official lighting of the Lackawanna County Christmas tree will be held on Thursday, November 30, at 6 PM at the flag plaza on North Washington Avenue.

The festive event will offer refreshments, carols, and a lot of holiday fun.

According to the Lackawanna County Commissioners Patrick M. O’Malley, Jerry Notarianni and Laureen A. Cummings, the ceremony will commence at 6 PM with Christmas carols sung by The Catholic Choral Society, followed by brief remarks by the Commissioners and their family members.

At approximately 6:15 PM, the County tree will be lit, adding to the glow of the holiday season.

The Scranton Chapter of UNICO National and LaFesta Italiana of Lackawanna County are donating the refreshments for the ceremony and their members will be serving the hot chocolate and cookies.

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St. George’s Family Restaurant Small Business Spotlight

St. George’s Family Restaurant was the small business spotlighted at the November 15 Lackawanna County Commissioners Meeting. This full-service establishment is located in Jessup and is renowned for its family atmosphere. Everything is homemade, and the restaurant offers customers a variety of “specialty” nights such as burgers, wings, pasta and steak at very reasonable prices. Owner George Bolsar began his career at age 16, learning a variety of jobs that helped him when he opened his own place in 1987.

L-r, Commissioner Jerry Notarianni, George Bolsar, owner; Commissioner Laureen A. Cummings, and Commissioner Patrick M. O’Malley.

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2017 Pennsylvania State 4-H Horse Show

Members, from Valley Equestrians 4-H Horse Club in Lackawanna County, attending the 2017 State 4-H Horse Show October 26-29 at the State Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg include, l-r, Corinne Jacoby, Taylor Tylutke, Camilla Fontini, Carliegh Tylutke, Sophie Tylutke, Isabella Fiebus, Rylie Heusner, Kara Judge, Megan Fitzpatrick, Sara Williams, Skylar Tylutke, Molly Landsiedel, Shayla VanVleck, Alyssa Angelicola, Carissa Morgan, Zoë Keller, and Joey Racavich.

The 58th annual Pennsylvania State 4-H Horse Show was held October 27-29 at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. More than 700 youth from over 55 counties participated in 73 performance classes throughout the weekend.

The State 4-H Horse Show is the final competition of the year for 4-H horse members enrolled in performance horse projects. To be eligible for the show, members must advance through qualifying competitions at county and district levels. Events included: showmanship, horsemanship, equitation, pleasure, over fences, driving, western riding, reining, trail and timed events. A therapeutic riding division for riders with special needs is also included.

Lackawanna County’s Valley Equestrians 4H Club has a total of 24 members. All members competed at the County and District Horse Shows in August. Members placing in the top of their classes moved on to the next level, with 13 members moving on to compete at the state competition.

Results for the Valley Equestrian 4-H Club at state competition are:

Molly Landsiedel:

3rd place in Western Grooming and Showmanship, 12-14

1st place in Open Trail Horses, 8-13

Carleigh Tylutke:

9th place in Beginner English Equitation

Shayla VanVleck:

1st place in Western Horsemanship, 12-14

8th place in Western Pleasure Horses, 14-18

Taylor Tylutke:

8th place in Raised Box Keyhole Horses, 8-13

Skylar Tylutke:

3rd place in Hunt Seat Equitation on the Flat, 8-11

7th place in Hunter Under Saddle Ponies (13.2 hands & under)

Camilla Fontini:

5th place in Hunt Seat Equitation on the Flat, 15-18

Corinne Jacoby:

4th place in Low Equitation Over Fences, 14-18

3rd place in Classic Hunter Under Saddle Horses, 14-18

3rd place in Hunter Hack Horses

Rylie Heusner:

6th place in Hunter Under Saddle Ponies (over 13.2 hands)

Zoe Keller:

8th place in Low Working Hunter Ponies

Alyssa Angelicola:

10th place in Hunter Hack Horses

All class champions in the show were awarded champion ribbons and pewter plates, as well as embroidered champion jackets. Reserve champions in each class received a ribbon and leather bracelet or leather key chain donated by Perri’s Leather of Lincoln University, Pennsylvania. All exhibitors in the therapeutic riding division received personalized horse shoes made by Randy Rider Jr. and sponsored by Randy and his wife, Amanda Rider.

Reserve Champion Sponsors for the horse show included:  Perri’s Leather, P.W. Wood & Sons, Inc., and Valley Ag & Turf LLC; Blue Ribbon Sponsors were: C & M Pine Products and Purina; and Clover Level Sponsors were: Vetericyn, Tory Leather Co., Dennis & Joyce Sawford, Triple Crown, Soergel Orchards, Altmeyer Trailer & Tack Sales, and Herr’s Foods.

Friends of the Show included: Walnut Grove Farm Morgan Horses, Mr. Dave Campbell, the Decker Family, and Keystone International Livestock Expo.

For additional information on 4-H horse programs in Pennsylvania, contact the county Penn State Cooperative Extension office at extension.psu.edu/counties or visit the Pennsylvania 4-H Horse Program web site at extension.psu.edu/4-h/projects/horses.

 

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