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Lucchi Family Wine Cellars Small Business Spotlight

Lucchi Family Wine Cellars, a West Scranton-based operation, was the small business spotlighted at the December 7 Lackawanna County Commissioners Meeting. What began as a hobby for Robert Lucchi in the family basement, has grown into a major operation. Located at 134 N. Main Avenue, the entire family is involved in the process. The Lucchis grow their own grapes, label wine for any occasion and assemble specialty baskets.

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L-r, Commissioner Jerry Notarianni, Mary, Mark and Robert Lucchi, owners; Commissioner Laureen A. Cummings, and Commissioner Patrick M. O’Malley.

 

Lackawanna County Commissioners Announce Funding For Seventeen Community Re-Invest Projects

Seventeen new projects, focusing on youth, recreation, mine and coal history, seniors, safety, skills development, veterans and outdoor improvements to mention a cross section, were approved for funding by the Lackawanna County Commissioners through their Community Re-Invest Program totaling $178,000.

The Community Re-Invest Program was established in July of 2013.  It represents the “last mile” funding to help bring the initiatives to fruition.  The overall public-private investment to date is      $2,585, 390.

“This is a great program – community changing.  It has shaped the landscape of our area,” said Commissioner Patrick M. O’Malley.    “It is vital to give back because these ventures, and others like them, trigger additional growth in Lackawanna County.”

“Our neighborhoods are the backbone of our area.  This program continues to enhance the overall appearance of our cities and townships, while also creating a variety of economic, recreation and business opportunities,” explained Commissioner Jerry Notarianni.

“The Community Re-Invest Program is a true partnership with our communities and various civic groups.  It is about making a big difference, and I am proud to play a role in creating new opportunities and recreational amenities up and down the valley,” noted Commissioner Laureen A. Cummings.

“These projects highlight the Commissioners’ commitment to Lackawanna County’s communities, neighborhoods and quality of life.  This program has been vital for leveraging new growth and making “dreams come true,” explained George Kelly, the County’s Director of Economic Development.

The projects that were approved during this round of funding include:

 

Applicant: Greater Carbondale YMCA

        Project Description: Safety and wellness improvements including parking lot improvements (blacktop repairs), repairing water damaged sections of the preschool and gym floors, new outside lighting on Church Street, new energy efficient gym lighting, three new treadmills, and a bounce house.

        Total Project Cost: $45,000

        Amount from CRP Program: $20,000

 

Applicant: Lackawanna & Wyoming Valley Railway Historical Society

        Project Description: Funds will be used at the Moscow passenger and freight stations. Improvements will include converting broken electric heating system to gas, insulating the attic, and replacing a window lintel.

        Total Project Cost: $10,254

        Amount from CRP Program: $7,500

 

Applicant: Coal Miners Remembered

        Project Description: Monument to honor the coal miners of Blakely Borough.

        Total Project Cost: $26,500

        Amount from CRP Program: $6,000

 

Applicant: Sherwood Youth Association

        Project Description: Upgrade pavilion at Sherwood Park to include improved lighting, flooring, bathrooms, and additional electric outlets.

        Total Project Cost: $23,258

        Amount from CRP Program: $9,000

 

Applicant: Dunmore Historical Association

        Project Description: Funds will be used for water control and energy efficiency by installing rain gutters and insulation at the Historical Society Building.

        Total Project Cost: $12,726

        Amount from CRP Program: $10,000

 

Applicant: Lackawanna Heritage Valley Authority

        Project Description: Funds will be used toward construction of a pavilion at the Laurel Street Trailhead in Archbald.

        Total Project Cost: $40,090

Amount from CRP Program: $6,000

 

Applicant: St. Cats of Scranton

        Project Description: Rehabilitation of the former Nay Aug Park Zoo building that is currently being used to house and spay feral cats.

        Total Project Cost: $40,000

        Amount from CRP Program: $2,000

 

Applicant: Olyphant Borough

        Project Description: Installation of new sidewalks along Delaware Avenue between Lackawanna Avenue and Grant Street.

        Total Project Cost: $20,000

        Amount from CRP Program: $15,000

 

Applicant: Northeast Center for Independent Living

Project Description: Purchase new computers for the CIL’S transitional skills center. The new center facilitates the instruction and teaching of daily life skills to participants with physical, developmental and intellectual disabilities.

        Total Project Cost: $850,000                       

Amount from CRP Program: $15,000

 

Applicant: Benton Township

Project Description: Grant money will used at the community center to update unisex bathroom in order to bring it up to code.

Total Project Cost: $11,820

        Amount from CRP Program: $10,000

 

        Applicant: Abington Senior Community Center

Project Description: Expansion of the parking area to provide a safe environment for the elderly who participate in the various activities offered at the center.

        Total Project Cost: $31,821

        Amount from CRP Program: $15,000

 

Applicant: Electric City Trolley Association

Project Description: Grant money will used to purchase eight new profile wheels to allow Scranton Transit Trolley #505 to be used for excursion service.

Total Project Cost: $14,118

        Amount from CRP Program: $10,000

 

Applicant: Friends of the Poor

Project Description: Renovations including signage, a door, locks, shelving and office equipment at the new facility for the Clothes Line for Men program. The University of Scranton is allowing the agency to utilize a former vacant property on Linden Street. Also need to purchase items of clothing that are difficult to obtain through donation.

        Total Project Cost: $17,000

        Amount from CRP Program: $12,500

 

Applicant: Jessup Hose Company #2

Project Description: Construction of a building to house trailers and emergency equipment and supplies, including the county-supplied hazardous material stockpile.

        Total Project Cost: $20,000

        Amount from CRP Program: $10,000

 

Applicant: Taylor American Legion Post 306

Project Description: Renovations and energy updates to the Meeting Hall, which serves as a place for Taylor area veterans to meet and participate in various activities. Energy updates will include new air conditioning and LED lighting. Renovations will involve new flooring and shelving.

        Total Project Cost: $24,610

        Amount from CRP Program: $12,500

 

        Applicant: Elmhurst-Roaring Brook Volunteer Fire Company

Project Description: Purchase a backup generator for the new fire station to allow the facility to handle EMA operations and serve as an emergency shelter during a prolonged power outage.

        Total Project Cost: $13,800

        Amount from CRP Program: $10,000

       

Applicant: Old Forge Sons of Italy

Project Description: Construction of a pavilion over the existing bocce courts at Arcaro & Genell’s Restaurant that is used by the Sons of Italy for several non-profit fundraising events. The courts are available for public usage.

Total Project Cost: $65,000

        Amount from CRP Program: $20,000

       

Projects will continue to be reviewed and funded throughout 2016.  Boroughs, municipalities, townships and nonprofit entities are encouraged to submit applications for projects that are ready to start so that the Community Re-Invest Program can help to successfully complete them.