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Lackawanna/Susquehanna Office of Drug and Alcohol Programs Hosts Youth Poster Holiday Campaign Reception

On Wednesday, November 29th, a Holiday Reception was sponsored by Lackawanna/Susquehanna Office of Drug and Alcohol Programs in conjunction with the Lackawanna County District Attorney. The annual event took place at The Scranton Cultural Center, 420 N. Washington Avenue, Scranton, PA. Awards were presented by District Attorney Shane Scanlon to the student poster contest winners. There were over 1,000 entries from 20 Lackawanna County schools, grades 1-12, in this year’s countywide holiday poster contest.

The five high school finalists, who were honored at the reception, included: First Place, Christine Kate DeNucci, Dunmore High School, Grade 10; Second Place, Olivia Carling, North Pocono High School, Grade 11; Third Place, Eugene Hall, Dunmore High School, Grade 12; and Honorable Mention, Annabella Massaro, Dunmore High School, Grade 11; and Jacqueline Cunha, Scranton High School, Grade 10.

The first-place artwork, which was unveiled at the reception, will serve as the Program’s Holiday Campaign theme. It will be featured in the media, displayed on three billboards, and 5,000 buttons throughout the community. The Program will provide the materials to County SADD chapters whose students will display the posters throughout their schools and have the choice of distributing the buttons to share the prevention message or also selling them to further SADD’s prevention efforts at their schools.

The Elementary Poster Contest winners will have their artwork displayed as monthly billboards, sponsored by the Lackawanna County District Attorney Shane Scanlon, promoting messages for parents and youth on how to reduce underage drinking. First Place winners included: January – Lily Kutz, Our Lady of Peace; February – Giovanni Ramos, St. Clare/St. Paul; March – Annie Johnson, Our Lady of Peace; April – Julia Murphy, Carbondale Area; May – Hayley Nolan, Lakeland Elementary; June – Alexis Straw, Our Lady of Peace; July – Chloe Mendicino, Our Lady of Peace; August – Yagandra Kami, John Adams Elementary; September – Anna Millett, Our Lady of Peace; October – Kirstin Murnock, Our Lady of Peace; November – Meredith Baker, St. Mary of Mt. Carmel; and December – Natalina DeNaples, Our Lady of Peace.

The prevention messages in the Honorable Mention category will also be featured on monthly billboards. Receiving Honorable Mention awards were: January – Monica Lam, Our Lady of Peace; February – Rosa Figueroa, de Paul School; March – Grace Osborne, St. Mary of Mt. Carmel; April – Talia Emiliani, Our Lady of Peace; May – Zoey Fawcett, Lakeland Elementary; June – Samantha Greenfield, All Saints Academy; July – Grace Devine, Our Lady of Peace; August – Ruby Rodriguez, John Adams Elementary; September – Allie Romanchick, All Saints Academy; October – Abryana Hewitt, Riverside East; November – Isabelle Normandia, All Saints Academy; and December – Clare Conaboy, Our Lady of Peace.

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Lackawanna/Susquehanna Office of Drug and Alcohol Programs Hosts Youth Poster Holiday Campaign Reception

On Tuesday, December 13th, a Holiday Reception was sponsored by Lackawanna/Susquehanna Office of Drug and Alcohol Programs, in conjunction with the Lackawanna County District Attorney. The annual event took place at The Scranton Cultural Center, 420 N. Washington Avenue, Scranton, PA. Awards were presented by District Attorney Shane Scanlon to the student poster contest winners. There were over 1,100 entries from 26 Lackawanna County schools, grades 1-12, in this year’s countywide holiday poster contest.

The five high school finalists who were honored at the reception included: Jordan Molinaro, Carbondale Area, Grade 9; Hailey VanLeuven, Carbondale Area, Grade 11; Emily Daley, Carbondale Area, Grade 10; Steve Martin,  Carbondale Area, Grade 11; Brenda Galeno, Dunmore High, Grade 12.

The first-place artwork, which was unveiled at the reception, will serve as the Program’s Holiday Campaign theme. It will be featured in the media, displayed on 3 billboards, 3,000 buttons, and 100 posters throughout the community. The Program will provide the materials to county SADD chapters whose students will display the posters throughout their schools and have the choice of distributing the buttons to share the prevention message or also selling them to further SADD’s prevention efforts at their schools. High School Recognition Winners will be featured on a poster calendar as well.

The Elementary Poster Contest winners will have their artwork displayed as monthly billboards, sponsored by the Lackawanna County District Attorney Shane Scanlon promoting messages for parents and youth on how to reduce underage drinking. First Place winners included: January – Emily Ferguson, All Saints Academy; February – Kristina Tranovich, LaSalle Academy; March – Matthew Tucker; DePaul School; April – Robert Wall, Carbondale Area; May – Trevor Balcerzak, All Saints Academy; June – Marie Takach, LaSalle Academy; July – Megan Fallon, St. Stanislaus; August – Olivia Nepa, LaSalle Academy; September – Amara Lajoie, Riverside East; October – Adrianna Hoover, Riverside East; November – Keira Stofko, Our Lady of Peace; December – Christopher Transue, All Saints Academy.

The prevention messages in the Honorable Mention category will also be featured on monthly billboards. Receiving Honorable Mention awards were: January – Natalia Mazza, LaSalle Academy; February – Gabby Price, All Saints Academy; March – Rogemarie Navarrete, Carbondale Area; April – Maria Belardi, All Saints Academy; May – Hanna Curry, All Saints Academy; June – Emma Egan, All Saints Academy; July – Alyssa Kelly, Our Lady of Peace; August – Jenna Robertson, St. Mary of Mt. Carmel; September – Hannah Moore, Riverside East; October – Leena Conte, Riverside East; November – Emma Triano, St. Mary of Mr. Carmel; December – Lydia Davis, St. Stanislaus.

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Heroes Day Event To Honor Public Safety Personnel

911 dispatchers, Police officers, firefighters, military personnel, sheriffs, EMS workers and other “blue” officials are truly “everyday heroes” in both our community and nationwide.

According to Lackawanna County Commissioners Patrick M. O’Malley, Jerry Notarianni and Laureen A. Cummings, this year’s sixth annual Heroes Day is set for Saturday, September 24, from 11 am to 2 pm at the County’s 911 Center, Valley View Drive, Jessup.

At the event, safety, disaster, and SWAT equipment from throughout the County will be on display along with booths for residents to pick-up literature that they can utilize when the need arises.

The day will include free refreshments, giveaways, tours of the 911 Center, and children’s activities.  The event is being sponsored by the Commissioners, District Attorney’s Office, the Department of Emergency Services, the Lackawanna-Susquehanna Office of Drug & Alcohol Programs, Conxx, SkyPacket Networks, and Purosky & Tuckerman.

Jeff Thomas, a prevention specialist in the Lackawanna/Susquehanna Office of Drug & Alcohol Programs, will discuss the opioid epidemic at 12:30 PM in the center’s media room.

Canines and the Mounted Unit from the County’s Sheriff’s Department and the public safety units of area municipalities will be at the event.

Valuable information on County services and the programs offered by area community and social agencies will also be available.

Several antique emergency vehicles will also be a part of the program.

The following organizations, along with their equipment, will be in attendance:  Tanker 15 from Elmhurst/Roaring Brook, Command 93 from Old Forge, Throop Rescue 27, the Smoke House from Wilson Fire Company, Dunmore Ladder 6, Engine 58 from Jermyn, Decon Team, Commonwealth Health Ambulance, Pennsylvania Ambulance and Cottage Ambulance.

The County’s DARE Program and SWAT Team will be on site along with the 911 Mobile Command Post and EMA vehicles, COLTS, the Bookmobile, and the following County Departments: Voter Registration, Parks & Recreation, Veterans Affairs, Community Relations, Drug & Alcohol Office, Highway Safety Program, the IT Department’s Wireless initiative, Environmental Sustainability Office, Area Agency on Aging, and the Coroner’s Office.

The Pennsylvania National Guard, Lackawanna Heritage Valley Authority, Scranton Police Department and Civil Air Patrol will also be at the event.

The Penn State Extension will have displays featuring the Master Gardeners and 4-H programs along with its mini golf course.

For further information, contact Gerard Hetman, the County’s Community Relations Coordinator, at 570-963-6743, ext. 1872.

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