Turkish Coffee Night Slated For The Electric City Trolley Station & Museum

The flavor and flair of the Mediterranean is coming to Lackawanna County.

The County Arts & Culture Department is hosting a Turkish Coffee Night on Wednesday, March 18, beginning at 6 PM at the Electric City Trolley Station & Museum, 300 Cliff Street, on the property of The Steamtown National Historic Site.

The Scranton branch of the Turkish Cultural Center of Pennsylvania (TCCP) is a partner in this program, which will feature Turkish coffee and food and a brief presentation on Turkey.  The coffee night event represents the Arts & Culture Department’s commitment to diversity and cultural education.

The TCCP is a non-profit organization dedicated to fostering a strong bond and mutual respect among U.S. individuals and people of Turkish background.  This done through bringing people together in an open dialogue to introduce them to Turkish history, mores and culture.

Information on the Turkish Cultural Center of Pennsylvania (TCCP) can be found at

The coffee night is free and open to the public.  Individuals can register by either calling 570.963.6590, ext. 106, or by emailing


Lackawanna County Sets Guidelines For Armed Forces Drawing & Essay Contests

2015 armed forces contest announcement (MN)

Lackawanna County is once again sponsoring its patriotic drawing and essay contests for students in the public and parochial school systems focusing on our veterans, founding fathers and presidents.

Last year’s contest generated some 200 submissions.

The categories for the contest are as follows: kindergarten to second grade involves the youngsters preparing a patriotic drawing; third to eighth graders will be asked to develop an essay on the topic of “Why I Appreciate America’s Veterans;” and ninth through twelfth grade students will reflect on the topic of “Which President played the biggest role in the Armed Forces.”

The drawings should be done on 8 1/2 x 11 inch paper.  The essays for grades 3 – 8 should be no less than 100 words but no more than 300 words.  The upper grades essays should be no less than 300 words but no more than 500 words.

The format for the writing contests can be a traditional essay or a poem.  Each entry must include the student’s name, grade, school district, address, telephone number or email along with a parent’s name and contact information.

All participants must be residents of Lackawanna County.

Submissions should be sent to the Communications Office, Lackawanna County, 200 Adams Avenue, Sixth Floor, Scranton, PA 18503 by April 17, 2015.

Visit the County’s website at to print off a flyer.

There will be a winner from each grade and prizes will be awarded.

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