Parks & Recreation Staff Bids Farewell To Colleague

On December 14, the Parks & Recreation staff organized a surprise farewell reception for a great friend, James Bedford. He retired on December 18 after 40 years of service to Lackawanna County. Stationed at McDade Park, Mr. Bedford not only handled traditional duties, but also handcrafted many picnic tables, benches and the stream bridge.

Parks & Recreation staff at the event included, front row, l-r, Jerry Melvin, John Ghilardi and John Denunzio. Back, l-r, Bobbie Baille, Jamie Rowe, Karen Gerrity, Randy Cleary, Mr. Bedford, the guest of honor, Rich DeStefano, Jerry Hubsman, Andy Kudzinowski and William Davis, the County’s Deputy Director for Parks & Recreation.


County Playground Wins Pride & Progress Award

The Moosic Boundless Playground was the recipient of a Landscape & Site Design Pride & Progress Award from The Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce at its November 12 SAGE Awards Program at The Mellow Theater.  This project is a part of the County’s boundless playground initiative.  This new area provides rides and gym activities for children in a safe, state-of-the-art handicapped accessible setting. 

L-r, Commissioner Corey D. O’Brien, Commissioner Jim Wansacz, William Davis, the County’s Deputy Director of Parks & Recreation, and Commissioner Patrick M. O’Malley.


County Fishing Derby

The Lackawanna County Commissioners and the parks & recreation department finalize plans for the 20th annual fishing derby at Merli-Sarnoski Park, Carbondale, on Saturday, October 6. The event is limited to the first 250 children, ages 4 -12, and costs $5 to register. The event will run from 11 am to 1:15 pm. Call the park office for details (570) 963-6764.

l-r, William Davis, deputy director for parks & recreation; Commissioner Corey D. O’Brien; Bobbie Baillie and John DeNunzio, park staff; Commissioners Jim Wansacz and Patrick M. O’Malley; and Andy Kudzinowski, park staff.