Neil Armstrong School Recognized By Commissioners

The Lackawanna County Commissioners presented a Certificate of Recognition to the staff and students at Neil Armstrong School in Scranton for their support of Law Enforcement Awareness Day. This event honors the dedication and commitment of public safety personnel in their mission to protect and defend the residents of both the City of Scranton and Lackawanna County.

L-r, Commissioner Patrick M. O’Malley, Dan Gilroy, school principal; Commissioner Laureen A. Cummings, Commissioner Jerry Notarianni, and Scranton Police Chief Carl Graziano.

The “Good Works” Of My Brother’s Keeper Quilt Group

The Lackawanna County Commissioners presented a “Good Works” certificate to representatives of the “My Brother’s Keeper Quilt Group” for its efforts in providing sleeping bags to homeless people nationwide. Flo Wheatly began this crusade in 1985 when she met a homeless man in New York City and made him a sleeping bag out of her children’s outgrown jeans, shirt and sweaters. Utilizing volunteers and students from Keystone College, the group crafts nearly 100,000 quilted sleeping bags a year, 800 for the Greater Scranton area, to fight hypothermia. The supplies and materials for the bags are donated by local residents.

L-r, Marie Cochrane and Len Wheatley, My Brother’s Keeper Quilt Group; Commissioner Jerry Notarianni, Flo and Jim Wheatley, My Brother’s Keeper Quilt Group; Commissioner Patrick M. O’Malley, Lucas Taylor, My Brother’s Keeper Quilt Group; and Commissioner Laureen A. Cummings.

The “Good Works” Of Bethel AME Church Shelter

With Winter officially upon Lackawanna County, the Commissioners lauded the “Good Works” of the Bethel AME Church Emergency Shelter at 716 North Washington Avenue. The facility is open seven days a week from 7 AM to 8 PM and provides meals, snacks, coffee, tea, and hot chocolate. Guests are able to take a shower, eat and get a night’s rest. The shelter operates via donations of food, clothing, bedding and hygiene products, is staffed by church and community volunteers, and has a capacity of 24 people. During the extreme cold, the shelter will house as many people as possible who are seeking refuge from the elements.

L-r, Commissioner Jerry Notarianni, Frank Jordan, Bethel AME Church Shelter Coordinator; Rich Heim, Bethel AME Church; Rev. Darian N. Banks, Bethel AME Church Pastor; Commissioner Patrick M. O’Malley, Heather Bailey and Bonnie Warning, Bethel AME Church; and Commissioner Laureen A. Cummings.