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Commissioners Salute Blakey Borough’s Recycling Efforts

The Lackawanna County Commissioners presented a “Certificate of Recognition” to Blakely officials for the Borough’s recycling collection efforts. Since 1990, Blakely has been one of the leading municipalities in providing these services to its residents.

L-r, Commissioner Jerry Notarianni, Tom Wascura Blakely Borough Manager; Commissioner Patrick M. O’Malley, and Commissioner Laureen A. Cummings.

English’s Appliance Small Business Spotlight

English’s Appliance, a Blakely hardware store, was the small business spotlighted at the August 16 Lackawanna County Commissioners Meeting. English’s Appliance is a family-owned operation that opened in 1932. The store, staffed by four people, carries all types of hardware, vacuum bags, drills and mixers, to mention a cross section.

L-r, Commissioner Patrick M. O’Malley, Carolyn English, owner; Commissioner Laureen A. Cummings, Gail and Kevin English, owners; and Commissioner Jerry Notarianni.

Strength Training Classes Offered by Penn State Extension

Are you over 40 and finding it more difficult to take the stairs, or get down and up from the floor?  Strength training can benefit you tremendously with your daily activities while protecting you from osteoporosis and losing your balance.

Penn State Extension, in collaboration with The University of Scranton, will be offering strength training and nutrition classes to help men and women improve their muscle strength and bone density.

If you’re not physically active now and would like to begin an exercise program, plan to join the “Growing Stronger” 12-week strength training program designed for adults 40 and older. Two classes are being offered.  One is on Monday and Wednesday mornings from 10:30 am to 11:30 am at West Side Active Older Adult Community Center, 1004 Jackson Street, Scranton, beginning September 6.  The other one is on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 1 pm to 2 p.m. at Abington Senior Center, 1151 Winola Road, South Abington Township, beginning September 7. The cost is $115.

For questions or to register, please call Penn State Extension in Lackawanna County at 570-963-6842 or visit The registration deadline is August 25.  Space is limited and registrations are taken on a first-come, first-served basis.