Lackawanna County Heritage Fair Board Announces Postponement of 2020 Fair


The Lackawanna County Heritage Fair Board has postponed the 2020 Heritage Fair from the scheduled opening date of May 27, 2020 to an undetermined date later this year. The Board’s decision followed several weeks of evaluation and internal discussion of the best available data on the progression of the COVID-19 contagion in NEPA, including a meeting with Dr. Shubhra Shetty. Dr. Shetty is Regional Associate Dean, North Campus, at the Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine in Scranton, and Medical Director of the Ryan White Infectious Disease Clinic at the Wright Center for Community Health in Scranton. She is an infectious disease consultant in two area hospitals.

The Board’s decision was guided by current orders from Governor Wolf which suspended non-life sustaining business activity until further notice and requires sheltering at home until April 30, 2020; by the rate of ongoing active infections in the NEPA region; and by the need to update and implement enhanced disease prevention protocols for the Fair.

The Board will choose a new date for the 2020 Fair following the release of Governor Wolf’s plan for lifting social distancing limits and reopening businesses.

Lackawanna County Public Defenders Office Establishes Free Legal Hotline

Lackawanna County Public Defenders Office Establishes Free Legal Hotline

Staff attorneys from the Lackawanna County Public Defenders office are providing free legal advice in criminal matters over the phone for an initial consultation only during the COVID-19 pandemic, beginning Wednesday, April 8.

This “round-the-clock” assistance is being staffed by highly experienced staff. This service is being offered regardless of whether the client meets income guidelines, which typically determine eligibility for the office’s legal services.

The hotline was initiated to help reduce the stress and anxiety caused by the current health issue, and the closure of the courthouse due to the pandemic.

The service will enable the office’s regular client base and new individuals to obtain guidance and assistance over the phone without the necessity of an in person conference.

Lackawanna County Chief Public Defender Atty. Larry Moran, Sr., stresses that this service would be limited to an initial conference. Also, it would not, and could not, extend to representation in court. This scenario would only change if it was determined that the caller qualified financially for a Public Defender. Then, the caller would be instructed to file a formal application.

If a caller needed to engage a private attorney because he/she was deemed ineligible for the office’s services,
they would be assisted in contacting a private lawyer.

For assistance during the day, evening, weekends and holiday, the number to call is 570/963/6761.

Lackawanna Historical Society Collects Covid-19 Data to Build Local Archive

DATE: 4/1/2020

Lackawanna Historical Society
Mary Ann Moran-Savakinus, Executive Director
232 Monroe Ave., Scranton, PA 18510
[email protected]

Lackawanna Historical Society Collects Covid-19 Data to Build Local Archive

SCRANTON, PA – History happens every day, some days are more historic than others. Right now, we’re certainly living through a bit of history that will undoubtedly be studied by scholars in the future. To make their job easier, we’re excited to unveil the LHS Covid-19 Archive project, a virtual ‘instant archive” for members of our community to record their thoughts and reactions to the pandemic. In an effort to document this historic moment, the Lackawanna Historical Society has prepared two online surveys, one for students and one for adults, and created an upload link where individuals can share their personal experiences and reflections of how the pandemic is effecting them. The Lackawanna Historical Society is dedicated to documenting, preserving and interpreting Lackawanna County history and whats happening right now is a significant part of that history.

We invite the public to participate by going to:
to complete our survey or upload their story.

The Society will continue to not only document and collect data but is also working to provide interesting and educational local history programs including an online local history curriculum with discussion questions at

The public is encouraged to check our website and daily Facebook posts for more details on future projects.

For more information or to make reservations for the opening, contact the Lackawanna Historical Society at 570-344-3841 or email [email protected].

County Measures To Fight Coronavirus

The Lackawanna County Government Center, Courthouse and County offices are very busy places.

There is a great deal of foot traffic in our buildings every day, with people coming for court matters, legal activities and business transactions.

In light of the Coronavirus outbreak, the Commissioners have initiated several measures to keep all facilities clean, sanitized and germ-free.

In a joint statement, Commissioners Jerry Notarianni, Debi Domenick and Chris Chermak explained that the “County Administration is doing its very best to combat the Coronavirus in the Government Center, the Courthouse and its other administrative/professional/public locations.”

For employees and the general public’s safety, the Buildings & Grounds staff disinfects the time clocks, elevator buttons and inside the elevators for the prevention of Coronavirus and the regular flu on a daily basis. Additional hand sanitizer stations have been installed at the time clocks and other public areas. The floors, restrooms, railings and public accessories are Cloroxed every night.

In regard to our Court system, all individuals must still follow through on their court requirements/appearances. To that end, the Lackawanna County Courts have conferred about this action with both the Administrative Office of the Pennsylvania Courts and surrounding County Court administrators. All bodies are implementing measures to reduce exposure to the virus.

For the safety of everyone involved, the County and Court system are asking that anyone who has traveled outside the country or was exposed to a contaminated area and/or suffering from flu-like symptoms, to please not enter any public facility until you are feeling well.

All of the sanitizing actions in every County facility and Courthouse will continue until the outbreak is over.