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GreenSylvania Recycling Winners

The Lackawanna County Commissioners and staff recognized first and second place winners in the 2017 10th annual Greensylvania paper recycling competition conducted in May at area schools. John Whitter Elementary School, Scranton, first place, recycled 8,195 lbs. of paper. South Scranton Intermediate School finished first with 5,821 lbs. of paper recycled. Holy Cross High School, Dunmore, finished first in the high school division with 2,943 lbs. of recycled paper. Carbondale High School was second with 4,651 lbs. recycled, but at a lower per capita rate.

L-r, Dan Gilroy, South Scranton Intermediate Principal; Mike Potomic, Walmart, sponsor; Barbara Giovagnoli, Lackawanna County Department of Environmental Sustainability; Commissioner Patrick M. O’Malley; Jeana Gatelli, Luann Lord and Nick Bradley, John Whittier Elementary School; Commissioner Jerry Notarianni; Emily Schultz and Kimberly Mecir, Holy Cross High School; Scott Michalek, Carbondale Area High School; Justine Tone, Holy Cross High School; and Mike Wincovitch, Diamond K Inc., sponsor.

David Eisele Honored For Service To Area Veterans

David Eisele, inside left, Lackawanna County Veterans Affairs Service Officer, was presented with a Certificate of Recognition by the Commissioners for his outstanding work with military personnel and their families and for his recent Francis X. McDonnell Service Award. Mr. Eisele was also honored for counseling a veteran in regard to a life-threatening matter.

L-r, Commissioner Jerry Notarianni, Mr. Eisele, Commissioner Patrick M. O’Malley, and Commissioner Laureen A. Cummings.

All Star Game Update

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The fifth annual Field of Dreams Game presented by Lackawanna County at PNC Field will be held this Sunday, June 25 at 5 p.m. The game was postponed because of rain from earlier this month.

The game is played by teams of 20 consisting of high school senior baseball players representing the Lackawanna League and the Wyoming Valley Conference on the area’s biggest stage for baseball.

North Pocono manager Brian Jardine will manage the Lackawanna League squad. He will be assisted by the Trojans coaching staff, Scranton High head coach Jamie Higgins, and Abington Heights head coach Bill Zalewski. Berwick manager Brian Pinterich will lead the WVC team. He will be assisted by Northwest skipper Lou DiPasquale and manager Gino Cara of Hazleton Area.

Mid Valley’s R.J. Gouldsbury replaced Valley View’s Joey Castellani on the Lackawanna League roster and is joined by West Scranton shortstop Cole Stetzar and outfielder Griffin Loureiro, Riverside shortstop Nick Sotille, Dunmore shortstop John Mandarano and catcher Andrew Salzman, Scranton pitcher Jack Kelly, Valley View pitcher Nate Seprosky, Scranton Prep catcher Kyler McAllister, Holy Cross second baseman Josh Mies, Delaware Valley shortstop Christin Jorgenson, Western Wayne outfielder Cameron Kilgallon, Forest City pitcher R.J. Kuruts,  Elk Lake pitcher Zach Groover, Blue Ridge shortstop Jake Decker and pitcher Derek Stento, Abington Heights first baseman Jake Swank and outfielder Colin McCreary, and North Pocono outfielder Patrick Noon and shortstop Pat Kravitz.

J.D. Barrett of PIAA Class 4A State Champion Dallas and Tony Molitoris of PIAA Class 3A Runner-Up Holy Redeemer were added to the WVC squad, replacing Meyers’ Gilgallon and Crestwood’s Steve Wegener. They join Meyers outfielder Colin Pasone, Wyoming Area outfielder Mike Bonita and pitcher Josh Kopcza, Pittston Area shortstop Kyle O’Fier and pitcher Tyler Jackson, Coughlin second baseman Jacob Lupas and third baseman Chase Nowak, Tunkhannock pitcher Conner Hulslander, Hazleton Area pitcher Colin Stauffer, outfielder Livan Reinoso and catcher Dayan Reinoso, GAR third baseman Ismael Lake, Crestwood pitcher James Graves, Wyoming Valley West outfielders Rich Sott and Dom Bayo, Hanover Area second baseman Kyle Kowalski, Nanticoke Area third baseman Kyle Pokrinchak and Berwick pitcher Austin Horsefield. Nanticoke outfielder Aaron Kreitzer was named honorary captain of the WVC squad.

Game sponsors are Lackawanna County, the Lackawanna County Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Luzerne County Convention and Visitors Bureau, The Times-Tribune, The Citizens Voice, the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders, Battaglia’s Sporting Goods and Electric City Baseball. Admission is $5. A portion of the proceeds go to the Bill Howerton Strikeout Cancer Scholarship Fund.