Commissioners’ Bocce Tournament Set For June 6

The Lackawanna County Commissioners gather with organizers of this year’s 24th annual Commissioners’ Bocce Tournament, which will be held on Saturday, June 6, from 9 AM to 7 PM at McDade Park, Scranton. The event will feature 24 teams with over 96 players in men’s, women’s and mixed teams categories. For information, contact John Rettura at (570) 961-2335 or the McDade Park Office at (570) 963-6764.

Front row, l-r, Sam Taffera, Sara Evans, Andrew Evans, Atty. Steve Evers, Board Chairman; John Rettura, Director; Commissioner Jim Wansacz, Silvio Mele, Honorary Chairman; Margaret Rettura, Commissioner Patrick M. O’Malley and Chick Thomas. Back row, l-r, Al Santarelli, Sam Junta, John Troiani, Liz Kosarev, Constantine Kosarev, Bill Davis, the County’s Deputy Director of Parks & Recreation; Nick DePietro, Tournament Founder; Anthony Rettura, Food Chairman; and Sam Cortese.

Advanced Skywarn Spotter Cource

DATE: June 3, 2015
TIME: 7:00 PM
Location: Lackawanna County Center for Public Safety
30 Valley View Drive
Jessup, PA 18434

Sponsored by Lackawanna County Emergency Management Agency


To train storm spotters about advanced severe weather topics and what to report to the National Weather Service(NWS) and Emergency Management relating to severe thunderstorms, tornados, hail and lightning.

Topics Include:

Review of NWS, importance of spotters and ground truth storm reports, and reporting procedures; radar meteorology, advanced discussion on thunderstorm ingredients and how meteorologists measure thunderstorm and tornado potential including concepts like CAPE, lifted index, and how wind shear affects thunderstorm and tornado development; review of severe weather safety and terminology and how to get severe weather information.

Who Should Attend:

Individuals who have taken BASIC SKYWARN in the past 3 years or someone with a background in meteorology. SKYWARN spotters are independent of any government agency and are not by definition “Storm Chasers”.

For more information, please visit the National SKYWARN homepage at


Armed Forces Week Designated In Lackawanna County

The Lackawanna County Commissioners and the County’s President Judge presented a proclamation to a retired military official, designating May 11-16 Armed Forces Week in our community. The presentation honored the thousands of men and women who have dedicated their lives to serving our country and protecting our freedom.

L-r, Commissioner Jim Wansacz, Commissioner Edward G. Staback, Judge Thomas Munley, Master Sergeant Joseph Sylvester, and Commissioner Patrick M. O’Malley.