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Commissioners Declare Christopher Thomas Day In Lackawanna County

Chris Thomas, inside right, Principal at Old Forge High School, was one of the 16 umpires to work the recent 68th Little League World Series in Williamsport, PA. Mr. Thomas has been an umpire since 1991, doing Little League games in Old Forge and Taylor. He is active in numerous collegiate, softball, basketball and baseball associations and has officiated several District 17, Eastern Regional and State Championship contests.

Presenting the proclamation are, l-r, Commissioner Corey D. O’Brien, Commissioner Jim Wansacz, Mr. Thomas, and Commissioner Patrick M. O’Malley.

The “Good Works” Of The Children’s Miracle Network

The Lackawanna County Commissioners lauded the outstanding “Good Works” accomplished by the Children’s Miracle Network. Since 1983, the Children’s Miracle Network hospitals have raised more than $5 billion dollars in 32 counties in Pennsylvania, aiding 170 children’s facilities across the United States and Canada. The donations support, research, training, equipment and uncompensated care. In our community, this year alone, funding has been used for recliners in the inpatient pediatric unit, Accuvein finders to make IVs less painful, and books for children to take home from well visits.

Participating in the presentation are, from left, Commissioner Corey D. O’Brien; Kate Billmeyer, Coordinator for the Children’s Miracle Network at Geisinger Health System; Matt, Melissa, Elias, Evan and Alex Stabinski; Commissioner Jim Wansacz; Commissioner Patrick M. O’Malley; Barbara and Ralph Peranich; and Eric Deabill, WYOU-TV.

Lackawanna County Commissioners Honor Mark Kwiatkowski

The Lackawanna County Commissioners designated August 20, 2014 as Mark Kwiatkowski Day.  He was also recognized for his outstanding athletic skills.  Mark has competed in the Area P Special Olympics, Pennsylvania State Special Olympics and USA Games. In 2013, he won a gold medal in golf skills at the Pennsylvania State Games and in 2014 a gold medal at the USA games.  He is also an avid fan of music, Elvis, baseball and theater and has performed with The Poets.

L-r, Commissioner Corey D. O’Brien, Commissioner Jim Wansacz, Mark Kwiatkowski, and Commissioner Patrick M. O’Malley.