2019 Pennsylvania State 4-H Horse Show

The 60th annual Pennsylvania State 4-H Horse Show was held October 25-27 at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. More than 700 youth from over 55 counties participated in 74 performance classes throughout the weekend. There were over 1,500 entries shown by youth who qualified for the show.

The State 4-H Horse Show is the final competition of the year for those 4-H horse members enrolled in performance horse projects. To be eligible for the show, members must advance through qualifying competitions at county and district levels. Events include showmanship, horsemanship, equitation, pleasure, over fences, driving, western riding, reining, trail and timed events. A therapeutic riding division for riders with special needs is also included in the show.

Lackawanna County 4-H members placed in the following classes:

  • Maggie Carper, Clarks Summit, fifth in Breed Type Hunter Under Saddle
  • Rylie Heusner, Scranton, sixth in Classic Hunter Under Saddle
  • Kara Judge, Scranton, sixth in Breed Type Hunter Under Saddle
  • Molly Landsiedel, Dalton, tenth in Western Horsemanship, Reserve Champion Open Trail Horses
  • Shayla VanVleck, Clifford Township
  • Corinne Jacoby, Clarks Summit, fourth in Hunter Hack and sixth in Working Hunter Horses
  • Alyssa Angelicola, Clarks Summit, third in Working Hunter Horses, fourth in Equitation Over Fences and third in Hunter Hack Horses
  • Lily Ballino, Clarks Summit
  • Rylin Puza, Tunkhannock

Equine Extension Associates, Lew Trumble and Joe Stanco, worked with Team Horse Power members to provide hands-on clinics for youth and adults. Team Horse Power is a leadership program that trains and empowers teens and young adults to develop their individual skills and then teach horsemanship skills to and mentor young members.

Team Horse Power members were presented medallions in recognition of their achievements and service to the 4-H Horse Program. Lackawanna County Team Horse Power members include: Maggie Carper, Clarks Summit; Molly Landsiedel, Dalton; and Shayla VanVleck, Clifford Township.

Left to right, Alyssa Angelicola, Clarks Summit; Camilla Fontini, Clarks Summit; Rylie Heusner, Scranton; Kara Judge, Scranton; Lily Ballino, Clarks Summit; Molly Landsiedel, Dalton; Maggie Carper, Clarks Summit; Cheyanne VanVleck, Clifford Township; and Rylin Puza, Tunkhannock.


Irish Boxing Club Anniversary

For 30 years, the Irish Boxing Club has done “Good Works” to provide a home for individuals to learn the fight game. The Club provides equipment to boxers at the club and doesn’t charge a fee to be a member of the organization. It offers the perfect venue for people that want to spar, fight or just work out.

L-r, Commissioner Jerry Notarianni, Gene Reed, Boxing Club President; Commissioner Patrick M. O’Malley, and Commissioner Laureen A. Cummings.

Lackawanna County Flood Risk Coalition (LCFRC) to Host Public Flood Ready Open House

LACKAWANNA COUNTY, PA – Residents of Lackawanna County, PA are invited to attend a public Flood-Ready Open House hosted by the Lackawanna County Flood Risk Coalition (LCFRC), with support from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), to learn about changing flood risks as the County prepares for updated flood maps which will become effective in summer 2020. The Open House will take place on Tuesday, December 10 at the Albright Memorial Library, located at 500 Vine Street, Scranton, PA 18509 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm.

The goal of the Open House is to inform property owners and the community of how their flood risk will change when new Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) go into effect. The change to the flood maps will impact over 2,000 property owners, who may see an increase or decrease in flood risk to their properties. Properties in flood prone areas may have additional land use regulations and may be required to purchase flood insurance if they have a federally-backed mortgage.  Residents can look up their properties on the draft Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) by visiting

Representatives from FEMA as well as members of the LCFRC, which includes more than 20 community members from local, county, and state organizations, will be present at the Open House to meet one-on-one with attendees to discuss flood risk, flood insurance, and ways to mitigate future disasters. The LCFRC was established in April 2018 to ensure that communities throughout Lackawanna County understand the upcoming map changes and use this new information to take action to reduce future risk.

To RSVP for the Open House, please visit the Facebook page at Registration is encouraged, but not mandatory.

We are committed to ensuring that the meeting and materials are accessible to all, and so in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) (, reasonable accommodations are available upon request. To request accommodation, please contact Andrea Landau at or (609) 226-4670 and include a description of the accommodation you will need.

Lackawanna County To Light Courthouse Tree On December 5

The official lighting of the Lackawanna County Christmas tree will be held on Thursday, December 5, at 6 PM at the flag plaza on North Washington Avenue.

The festive event will offer refreshments, carols, and a lot of holiday fun.

According to the Lackawanna County Commissioners Patrick M. O’Malley, Jerry Notarianni and Laureen A. Cummings, the ceremony will commence at 6 PM with Christmas carols sung by The Catholic Choral Society, followed by brief remarks by the Commissioners and their family members.

At approximately 6:15 PM, the County tree will be lit, adding to the glow of the holiday season.

The Scranton Chapter of UNICO National and LaFesta Italiana of Lackawanna County are donating the refreshments for the ceremony and their members will be serving hot chocolate and cookies.