Lackawanna County Commissioners Declare “Code Blue” Frigid Weather Alert

Based on current cold weather information, the Lackawanna County Commissioners are declaring a “Code Blue” frigid weather alert.

Utilizing forecasts from the National Weather Service at Binghamton, NY, and in consultation with the Lackawanna County Emergency Management Agency, a “Code Blue” will be declared for Lackawanna County beginning at 11:00 p.m. on Monday, November 17, 2014, and ending at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, November 21, 2014.

A “Code Blue” alert is issued when the forecasted temperature in Lackawanna County (including wind chills) is expected to reach 20 degrees Fahrenheit or lower. If necessary, based on weather conditions, an extension of the alert may be issued.

The goal of this notification is to make people aware of the extremely cold conditions, provide information relating to health and wellness in the cold weather, and to publicize the locations of emergency homeless shelters that are operated by area social service agencies.

During a “Code Blue” alert, homeless individuals can access an emergency shelter at the following locations:

- Keystone Rescue Mission Alliance (KRMA) Shelter at Bethel AME Church, 716 N. Washington Avenue, Scranton (hours: 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 a.m.)

- St. Anthony’s Haven, 409 Olive Street, Scranton (hours: 7:30 p.m. to 8:00 a.m.)

- Community Intervention Center, 445 North 6th Avenue, Scranton (hours: 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.)

Information on personal health and safety during freezing weather can be found on the Lackawanna County homepage by visiting and clicking on the “Code Blue Alert” icon on the right side of the screen. Alerts will also be posted on the County’s social media outlets for the duration of the advisory period.

Trolley Museum Sets Holiday Trips

The Electric City Trolley Museum will hold a series of holiday season trips, designed to bring cheer to the less fortunate.

Over Thanksgiving weekend, Friday, November 28, and Saturday, November 29, any child 12 and under who brings an unwrapped toy valued at $5 or more will receive a free trolley ride. All of the toys will be donated to “Toys For Tots.”

The Trolley will depart those days at 10:30 AM, Noon, 1:30 PM and 3 PM.

The other special Trolley Museum excursion features Santa Claus. These trips are scheduled for November 30 and December 6, 7, 13, 14, 20 and 21. Departure times are set for 10 AM, 11 AM, 12:30 PM, 2 PM and 3:30 PM. Reservations are required.

The 10-mile ride goes to The Trolley Works Building at the PNC Field and back to the Trolley Museum.

For information, call the Museum at 570-963-6590.

Lackawanna County Adopt an Angel Program in Need of Sponsors

Angel Sponsor Letter 2014

Lackawanna County’s Adopt an Angel Program has a pressing need for sponsors. The annual program provides holiday gifts to youngsters who are in foster care or who receive services from the county’s Office of Youth and Family Services.

The case workers and foster families of Lackawanna County are so grateful to the community members who help to make children’s wishes come true. It was hundreds of individuals, corporations and community groups who came together last year to provide toys, clothes and other gifts for over 700 children. The Angel Program is an incredible initiative that depends entirely on the goodwill of volunteers and community sponsors.

In order to ensure that all children in a family receive an equitable amount of gifts, sponsors are asked to spend approximately $100 per child. Since not everyone is able to afford that amount, potential sponsors are urged to join with others rather than sponsoring a child individually. The program also accepts monetary donations, a new unwrapped gift or a gift card. Each and every contribution is greatly appreciated. Please let Lea know by Monday November 24th if you want to be a sponsor!

Lea Dougherty, one of the Foster Parents, is coordinating the registration and matching process for the Angel Sponsors. You can reach Lea at the following:

Lea Dougherty, MSW, LSW
Marywood University Scranton MSW Program Coordinator & Pro Rata Faculty

University of Scranton Part-Time Faculty

Foster Parent

We hope this year the true holiday spirit will permeate our community and every child will get that special gift that he or she dreamed of but never thought possible. If you want to Adopt An Angel, you can fill out the information attached; you can scan and e-mail this form to Lea, fax it to OYFS 570-963-6384 or mail it in to Lea Dougherty c/o OYFS 200 Adams Ave Scranton PA 18503. You can also call Lea and give her your information.

Once they receive your information you will receive your child’s letter with further instructions.