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La Festa Celebrates 40th Anniversary

La Festa Italiana is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. The end-of-Summer festival attracts over 100,000 guests, who are afforded the opportunity to enjoy live entertainment, Italian food, specialty pastries, various activities and novelty shopping. The event has expanded to four days, opening on Friday for the very first time. The Lackawanna County Commissioners marked the organization’s milestone with a “Good Works” certificate.

L-r, Commissioner Edward G. Staback, Commissioner Jim Wansacz, Christopher DiMattio, La Festa President; and Commissioner Patrick M. O’Malley.

Lackawanna County Cross Country Invitational Set

The annual Lackawanna County Commissioners Cross Country Invitational Race will be held on Saturday, September 12, from 9 AM to noon at McDade Park, Scranton, featuring high school athletes from a tri-state area. The top 25 finishers in the boys and girls junior high categories along with the girls and boys varsity divisions will also be recognized. Winning teams in each of the race categories will also be honored. Information on the meet is available from the County’s Parks & Recreation Department at 570-963-6764.

L-r, William Davis, the County’s Deputy Director of Parks & Recreation; Commissioner Jim Wansacz, Jack McAuliffe and Dave Grecco, Meet Co-Chairmen; Commissioner Patrick M. O’Malley, and John DeNunzio, Parks & Recreation staff.

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.