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Ryan Wilkes Honored For Pole Vaulting Record

The Lackawanna County Commissioners presented Ryan Wilkes, center, a Senior at Valley View High School, with a proclamation in recognition of his gold medal pole vault of 16 feet, which tied a record, at the EmblemHealth Hispanic Games in New York.  Mr. Wilkes is currently ranked tenth in the country in his age group for pole vaulting and has won several PIAA Class AAA medals for his efforts. Ryan will pursue a degree in computer engineering in the Fall.

L-r, Commissioner Jim Wansacz, Commissioner Corey D. O’Brien, Mr. Wilkes, Tom Wilkes, Ryan’s father; Pete Kolankoski, Valley View’s Track & Field Coach; and Commissioner Patrick M. O’Malley.

The “Good Works” Of The Alzheimer’s Association

The Lackawanna County Commissioners recognized the “Good Works” of the Alzheimer’s Association Greater Pennsylvania Chapter.  The organization covers 59 of the 67 counties in the Commonwealth, providing assistance via online, over the phone or in person.  Last year, 2,000 Lackawanna County residents received some type of support from the association.  There are over 18,000 people in Greater Scranton//Wilkes Barre with a dementia diagnosis.  The organization conducts an annual walk to raise funds to underwrite its various programs, services and direct care activities.

L-r, Commissioner Jim Wansacz, Commissioner Corey D. O’Brien, Krista Somers, Constituent Events Manager; Jeffery Dauber, Education and Outreach Manager; and Commissioner Patrick M. O’Malley.

Lori Killino’s “Good Works” For Special Needs Children

The Lackawanna County Commissioners honored Lori Killino, center, the Mid Valley football cheerleading coach for her efforts in establishing the “Pride Squad,” an area-wide cheerleading team for special needs children.  The “squad” features 15 children, ranging from five to 10 years old with Down Syndrome or Autism.  The youngsters participating in the program are from Mid Valley, the Abingtons, Carbondale, Lakeland, Throop, Scranton, Jefferson Township, Moscow and Wallenpaupack.  The children learn the basic fundamentals of cheerleading, chants, dance routines, communication and social skills, and team bonding.

L-r, Commissioner Jim Wansacz, Ms. Killino and Commissioner Patrick M. O’Malley.