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The “Good Works” Of SCOLA Help Adults To Read

The Lackawanna County Commissioners recognized the efforts of the Scranton Council of Literacy Advance (SCOLA) for helping adults learn to read with a “Good Works” certificate. For over 30 years, SCOLA and its volunteer tutors have provided one-on-one and small group instruction to adult non-readers from 36 different countries who now reside in Northeastern Pennsylvania. The instructions deal with basic reading, writing, and life skills. In April 2011, SCOLA merged with United Neighborhood Centers.

L-r, Commissioner Corey D. O’Brien, Commissioner Jim Wansacz, Lisa Durkin, Chief Operating Officer of United Neighborhood Centers of Northeastern Pennsylvania; Laurie Thorn, SCOLA volunteer; and Commissioner Patrick M. O’Malley.

County’s Veterans Affairs Office Honored By Northeastern Detachment Marine Corps League

The Northeastern Detachment Marine Corps League honored Lackawanna County’s Veterans Affairs Director Robert Tuffy and his staff for their efforts in securing benefits and providing a multitude of services for the 28,000 veterans in our community. In 2013-2014, the County office secured $3,836,656 in benefits to assist local veterans and their families. The office also provides information on housing, self-help programs and medical treatment and schedules in home or assisted living visits to accommodate veterans and their families.

L-r, Anissa Akulonis, Veterans Affairs Coordinator/Veterans Service Officer; Richard Kane, Northeastern Detachment Marine Corps League; Commissioner Corey D. O’Brien; David Eisele, Veterans Service Officer; Commissioner Jim Wansacz; Thomas Rummerfield, Northeastern Detachment Marine Corps League; Robert Tuffy, Director of Veterans Affairs; William Coolbaugh, Northeastern Detachment Marine Corps League; Joel Sofranko, Northeastern Detachment Marine Corps League Commandant; Vince Carden, Northeastern Detachment Marine Corps League; Steuart Bailey, Veterans Affairs Office Assistant; James McLain and Michael McLane, Northeastern Detachment Marine Corps League; and Commissioner Patrick M. O’Malley.

The “Good Works” Of The Scranton Half Marathon

The Lackawanna County Commissioners presented a “Good Works” certificate to the organizers of the inaugural Scranton Half Marathon, which took place on April 6 with 2,825 registered race participants and over 150 youngsters for the kids quarter mile fun run. The event hosted runners from 23 states and Washington D.C., which broke down as 52% female and 42% male. Robert Aherns of Clarks Summit and Heidi Peoples of Taylor won their respective divisions. The 2015 race is set for April 12.

L-r, Commissioner Corey D. O’Brien, Justin MacGregor and Natalie Solfanelli, Marathon Committee; Commissioner Jim Wansacz, Linda Mlodzienski, Justin Sandy, Kara Sherman and Sandy Opshinsky, Marathon Committee; and Commissioner Patrick M. O’Malley.