The “Good Works” Of The Arts & Culture Department Recognized

The National Association of Counties (NACo) chose Lackawanna County’s ARTS Engage! Programs and Task Force to receive its 2019 Achievement Award in the category of Arts, Culture & Historic Perseveration. The local initiative was selected from a highly competitive pool of national entries. The ARTS Engage! Program is a cross collaboration of a variety of organizations all dedicated to building a better community through the arts and also working to solve social issues. The award will be presented to the County at a conference this July.

L-r, Chris Calvey, Arts & Culture Program Manager; Commissioner Jerry Notarianni, Commissioner Laureen A. Cummings, Maureen McGuigan Deputy Director for Arts & Culture; William Browning, Director of Human Services; Brenda Sacco, Acting Director of Economic Development; Sandy Opshinsky, County Grants Manager; Commissioner Patrick M. O’Malley, and Jason Kavulich, Director of the County’s Area Agency on Aging.

ServSafe Food Safety Certification Class Offered By Penn State Extension

Starting in 2020, the Pennsylvania Food Code will require that the person in charge of a food service operation be a certified food protection manager and be onsite at all times during operating hours. This means that at least one employee on each shift be certified.

Penn State Extension is offering a ServSafe Food Safety Manager Course at the Penn State Scranton Campus, 120 Ridgewiew Drive, Dunmore, in Room 29, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on July 11; and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on July 18. The certification exam will be on July 18, at 11 a.m.


These in-person trainings, taught by our certified ServSafe instructors, will help participants learn how to prevent contamination of food by properly receiving, storing, preparing, cooking, cooling, and serving the food, as well as the proper methods for sanitizing foodservice facilities.

After completing the course and passing the multiple-choice exam, with a 75 percent or higher score, participants will receive a ServSafe Food Protection Manager certificate, which is good for five years.

The course fee is $185 and includes the most recent edition of the ServSafe Manager book, exam, answer sheet and learning materials.

To register, visit or call 877-345-0691 or contact Nicole McGeehan at 570-421-6430 for additional details.  

Crocus Café Small Business Spotlight

Crocus Café was the small business spotlighted at the June 12 Lackawanna County Commissioners Meeting.  This downtown Scranton coffee shop/eatery offers something to suit everyone’s palate.  Its all-day menu features a special blend of house coffee, milkshakes, espresso drinks, egg sandwiches, wraps, salads, pastries and daily specials.  The café’s signature item is crepes.

L-r, Commissioner Jerry Notarianni, Commissioner Laureen A. Cummings, Marina Ginko, owner; and Commissioner Patrick M. O’Malley.

Al’s Pals Win The Commissioners Bocce Tournament & Stetz Tabbed As DePietro Awardee

Al’s Pals took first place in the 28th annual Lackawanna County Commissioners Bocce Invitational Tournament held at McDade Park in early June and Jack Stetz was honored for his service to the event.

Participants involved in the trophy presentation are, l-r, John Rettura, Al’s Pals;  Mark Dougher, Lackawanna County Parks & Recreation’s Deputy Director;  Anthony Rettura, Al’s Pals; Jack Stetz, award recipient; James Foley, Parks Building & Grounds Manager; and Bob Rossi and Steve Evers, Al’s Pals.  Ted Giglio of Al’s Pals was absent when the photo was taken.