Lackawanna County Schedules Arts Reception

The annual arts and culture grants ceremony will be held on Wednesday, January 16, beginning at 5:30 pm with a reception in Shopland Hall, fourth floor, at The Scranton Cultural Center. 

The organizations that receive annual funding from Lackawanna County will be recognized.  The 2013 Arts & Culture Community Project Grants’ recipients will also be announced. 

Representatives from The Pocono Arts Council will also be on hand to unveil the 2012-13 Lackawanna County Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts grantees. The awards will be made to individuals and organizations that offer various quality of life programs in our community.   

The event is open to the public.  If you would like to attend, please contact Maureen McGuigan, the County’s Deputy Director of Arts & Culture, at 570-963-6590, ext. 102 or by email at, to make a reservation.

The Lackawanna County Arts and Culture Department was created in 2005 to support the arts and culture in our community and to provide access to the arts for all residents. The department offers: grants, free programming, workshops, and training for artists and arts organizations.  The work of the department is supported through an arts and culture fee, which generates approximately $1.3 million annually.

Commonwealth Honors Veterans With New License Plate

Pennsylvania residents now have an opportunity to recognize and support the State’s veterans who have done so much to safeguard our freedom and defend our nation in times of war.

A brand new blue, white and yellow license plate, featuring a bald eagle with an American flag backdrop and the phrase “Honoring Our Veterans” centered along the bottom, has been designed and is available for purchase.

The cost of the plate is $35. It is available for purchase by all Pennsylvania residents, especially immediate family members and friends of veterans. A portion of the proceeds from the plate, $15, goes to The Veterans Trust Fund.

The fund is used to support Pennsylvania veterans and their families. It is also utilized for grants to the Pennsylvania Veterans Foundation and other non profit veterans service organizations.

The law, passed last year to create the new plate, also enables Pennsylvania residents to donate $3 to the Veterans Trust Fund when applying for or renewing their driver’s license, identification cards or vehicle registration.

To apply for a veterans plate, go to Penn DOT’s website,, and complete Form MV-914, which is the “Application For Honoring Our Veterans Special Fund Registration Plate.