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.

Lackawanna County Courthouse To Be Featured In PNC/CCAP Documentary Series; Public Screening Planned

Residents of Lackawanna County will get a fascinating glimpse of the beauty and history of the County Courthouse through an upcoming documentary on the Pennsylvania Cable Network (PCN) – Comcast cable channel 186.

As part of the “Pennsylvania’s Historic Courthouse” series, a documentary, detailing the architectural and historical value of the Lackawanna County Courthouse, was recently produced through a joint effort of the Pennsylvania Cable Network (PCN) and the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania (CCAP).

The Lackawanna County Courthouse segment will debut on PCN on Thursday, August 20, at 7 p.m. The segment is approximately 30 minutes long and is jointly narrated by Lackawanna County Commissioner Patrick M. O’Malley and the Honorable Thomas J. Munley, President Judge of the Lackawanna County Court of Common Pleas.

“We were delighted when PCN and CCAP decided to feature our Courthouse as part of its excellent documentary series,” said Commissioner Jim Wansacz.  “We are proud to present to our residents a unique look at this amazing building.”

“The crews from PCN and CCAP were very cooperative and helpful in the filming and production of this documentary,” added Commissioner Patrick M. O’Malley. “It was a pleasure to be able to speak about our rich history and culture and the stature of this stately structure.”

“It is a great honor for our Courthouse to be featured with many other historic courthouses from around the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in this unique series,” said Commissioner Edward Staback. “This documentary will serve as a source of reference on the history of the courthouse for many years to come.”

Produced at no cost to the Lackawanna County taxpayers, the segment highlights the historical significance of the many monuments around Courthouse Square, while also detailing the various architectural features of the exterior. The video explores the décor and history of the Courthouse’s courtrooms and public spaces. Special attention is given to the opening hearings of the 1902 Anthracite Coal Strike Commission, which were held in the building, and the impact of the hearings on local and national history.

The segment will be rebroadcast on Saturday, August 22, beginning at 2 p.m.  Future rebroadcasts of the segment on PCN will be announced as schedules become available.

In advance of the broadcast debut of the documentary, a public screening will be held on Tuesday, August 18, at 7 p.m. at the Lackawanna County Children’s Library, 520 Vine Street, Scranton. The screening is free and open to the public.

The Lackawanna County Courthouse joins courthouses in Cumberland, Westmoreland, Warren, and Cambria Counties that are being featured in the 2015 “Pennsylvania’s Historic Courthouses” series. Other Pennsylvania counties previously highlighted include: Allegheny, Armstrong, Berks, Bradford, Butler, Centre, Chester, Dauphin, Delaware, Franklin, Lancaster, Lebanon, Mercer, Montgomery, Washington, and Wyoming.


3 On 3 Basketball Tournament Traffic Arrangements

The Lackawanna County 3 On 3 Basketball Tournament will be conducted on the 100 – 200 blocks of Wyoming Avenue on Friday and Saturday, August 7 and 8. Sunday, August 9, has been reserved as a rain date.

The City of Scranton will close the 100 and 200 blocks of Wyoming Avenue to accommodate the tournament set-up early Friday morning, beginning at approximately 8 AM. It will remain closed through early Sunday evening, if necessary.

COLTS pickup and discharge will be done in the 100 block of Franklin Avenue on Friday and Saturday, August 7 and 8.

The areas impacted by the tournament are the intersections of: Spruce Street and N. Washington Avenue, except for bank traffic and alley accessibility; Lackawanna and Wyoming Avenues by Citizens Savings Bank and The Oppenheim Building; and Linden Street and Wyoming Avenue.

The parking lots on Wyoming Avenue adjacent to Linden Street will be accessible. On Saturday, Spruce Street will be open only to North Washington Avenue.

Directional signage will also be posted by the County.