Festival Of Trees Reception

The Electric City Trolley Station and Museum will be all aglow on Friday, December 12, during the Lackawanna County Arts & Culture Department’s gala Festival of Trees reception from 5:30 PM to    8 PM.

This year’s theme is “A Hollywood Holiday.”  The trees for the exhibit were decorated by local businesses and organizations for both the Toys for Tots fund raiser and the Museum for the holidays.

Awards will be presented for first, second and third place along with honorable mention and the Peoples’ Choice.

The cost for the reception is $20 and includes food and beverages. The Mark Montella Band will entertain the crowd with sounds of Hollywood.

The trees will be on display until December 31 during the hours of 9 AM to 4 PM.

For organizations or businesses interested, there is still time to enter a tree. The cost to sponsor and decorate a tree is $50 for non-profits and small businesses (under 50 employees) or $100 for corporations.  Organizations must provide an artificial tree and decorations.

For additional information on the Festival of Trees program, contact the Trolley Museum at 570.963.6590 or email

Lackawanna County Commissioners Announce Funding For Four More Community Re- Invest Projects

Four new projects, focusing on youth sports activities, holiday lighting and recreation facility upgrades, were approved for funding by the Lackawanna County Commissioners through their Community Re-Invest Program totaling $100,000.

Since the Community Re-Invest Program was established in July of 2013, the Commissioners have approved grants for 57 projects totaling $904,667.  In all of the projects, the Community Re-Invest Program has provided the “last mile” funding to help complete the initiatives, which has allowed these valuable community projects to come to fruition.  The total amount of public-private investment in all of the ventures is $4,150, 978.

The funding for these projects once again highlight the Commissioners’ commitment to the growth, development and enhancement of Lackawanna County’s communities and neighborhoods.  The funding for the activities have helped to serve as a catalyst to leverage new growth and development in other boroughs, townships and municipalities.

Commissioners Jim Wansacz, Corey D. O’Brien and Patrick M. O’Malley noted that the Community Re-Invest Program has been a true partnership with the surrounding communities and civic groups.  It has served as a win-win opportunity for everyone involved.

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

Applicant: Archbald Borough

        Project Description: Upgrade the existing basketball and tennis courts at Ed Staback Park with the application of an acrylic, colored sport surface.

Total Project Cost: $45,168

        Amount from CRP Program: $30,000

Applicant: Dickson City Light Committee

        Project Description: Purchase new Christmas lights and banners for Dickson City, including 45 snowflake lights, 12 angel lights, and 40 banners for Main Street from I-81 to Blakely Borough line.

        Total Project Cost: $60,000

        Amount from CRP Program: $10,000 

Applicant: Carbondale YMCA

        Project Description: Purchase a hot water heater system, pool heater, gym divider, Astroturf for outdoor play area, and an upper body ergometer.

        Total Project Cost: $34,245

        Amount from CRP Program: $30,000 

Applicant: Triboro Soccer

        Project Description: Purchase and installation of a permanent lighting system at the soccer field next to the Eagle-McClure Hose Company.  The Triboro league serves the communities of Moosic, Taylor and Old Forge.

        Total Project Cost: $110,000

        Amount from CRP Program: $30,000 

Projects will continue to be reviewed and funded throughout 2015.  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.      

Joint Statement Regarding Issues Related To COLTS

Earlier this afternoon, we met with the Secretary of Transportation regarding issues related to COLTS.   We had a positive discussion and are pleased to announce that Saturday service will continue until a permanent and satisfactory solution is crafted.  This outcome is a direct result of the coordinated efforts of County and State Officials.

Dialogue will continue between the Department and COLTS.  This dialogue will include a comprehensive review of all operating expenses while at the same time trying to finalize the terms of the repayment obligation that COLTS must bear while minimizing adverse impact on County residents.

We are grateful for the Secretary’s participation in the discussion and pleased that he has agreed to continue the dialogue leading to a final resolution.

Lackawanna County Commissioners

Robert Fiume

Senator Blake

Rep. Flynn

Rep. Kavulich

Rep. Carroll

Rep. Farina