DC Pet Center Small Business Spotlight

DC Pet Center was the small business spotlighted at the October 18 Lackawanna County Commissioners Meeting. This full-service operation is owned by James Rotell and his family. The store features cats, dogs, reptiles, fish, all types of rodents, and a huge variety of supplies. DC Pet Center is open seven days a week.

L-r, Commissioner Jerry Notarianni, Ashley Waters, owner; and Mary Ellen and Jay Rotell, owners; Abby Waters, granddaughter; James Rotell, owner; Commissioner Laureen A. Cummings, and Commissioner Patrick M. O’Malley.

The Forever Sammi Foundation’s “Good Works”

The Henehan Family established the “Forever Sammi” Foundation in honor of their daughter who lost her battle last year to drugs. The goal of the organization is to raise awareness of chemical dependency and addiction and to assist those in recovery to rebuild their lives. The organization is joining forces with Doug Long Productions in presenting “Knockout Addiction,” an evening of amateur boxing on November 3 at Genetti Manor, Dickson City. The proceeds will assist individuals transitioning from treatment centers to the community once again.

L-r, Commissioner Jerry Notarianni, Stacy and Marty Henehan, Doug Long, boxing promoter; Commissioner Patrick M. O’Malley, and Commissioner Laureen A. Cummings.

Art & Global Culture

A panel of distinguished experts from a variety of disciplines will examine how the arts influence our thinking about different cultures, encourage understanding, and connect us globally at an October 15 Arts & Culture seminar.

The Lackawanna County Arts and Culture Department and the Lackawanna County Arts, Culture and Education (ACE) Council will present an Afternoon with the Arts: Art & Global Culture on Sunday, October 15, in Craftsman Hall on the third floor of the Scranton Cultural Center, 420. N. Washington Avenue, beginning at 1 PM.  The session will run from 1-2 PM, followed by a reception. Both activities are free and open to the public.

The panel discussion will be moderated by the County’s Deputy Director of Arts and Culture Maureen McGuigan and feature: Nezka Pfeifer, curator of the Everhart Museum; Cesar Reyes Mateo, leader singer of the Latin band; Grupo Zona, a musician, who will perform at the reception; Donya Jackson, artist and Communications Specialist; and Dr. Annie Hounsokou, Ph.D.

The group’s discussion will center on the interplay between culture and the art society. The audience is encouraged to bring its own thoughts and questions to generate dialogue.

 Afternoon with the Arts is modeled after the successful Wake-up with the Arts program, an annual breakfast that features national arts industry speakers.  The concept of Afternoon With The Arts is to integrate the arts into dialogues across multiple disciplines.

The Lackawanna County Arts and Culture Department was formed in 2004 and is supported through an education and culture fee that generates approximately $1.2 million for the purpose of enriching the County.  The office offers community grants, public arts programming, workshops, lectures and also oversees the operation of the Electric City Trolley Station and Museum.

To register for the workshop, contact the Lackawanna County Arts and Culture Department at 570.963.6590, ext. 102, or email