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Lackawanna County Commissioners Announce Funding For Twenty-five Community Re-Invest Projects

Twenty-five projects, focusing on social service, youth, public safety, veterans, and outdoor improvements to mention a cross section, were approved for funding by the Lackawanna County Commissioners through their Community Re-Invest Program totaling $172,755.  The public-private partnership investment for 2019 is $2,475,789.

The Community Re-Invest Program was established in July of 2013.  It represents the “last mile” funding to help bring the initiatives to fruition.  The overall public-private investment since its inception is $8,169,139.

The projects that were approved during this round of funding include:

RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE

       Project Description: Purchase and demolition of two blighted properties for future expansion.

       Total Project Cost: $230,000                   

       Amount from CRP Program: $10,000

 

BHUTANESE CULTURAL FOUNDATION

       Project Description: Upgrades to community hall, which will include new flooring, drywall, ceiling tiles, and three new doors.

       Total Project Cost: $13,000                     

       Amount from CRP Program: $7,000

  1. B. JERMYN LODGE #2 (Scranton)

       Project Description: Replacement of roof heating and air-conditioning units.

       Total Project Cost: $22,500                     

       Amount from CRP Program: $5,000

 

TRIPP PARK MISS-E LEAGUE

       Project Description: Renovation of kitchen in concession stand.

       Total Project Cost: $24,500                     

       Amount from CRP Program: $5,000

 

WESTON PARK TEENER LEAGUE

       Project Description: Professional restoration of the playing field (grass installation).

       Total Project Cost: $7,198                        

       Amount from CRP Program: $5,000

 

MAYFIELD BOROUGH

       Project Description: Municipal building renovations, including purchase and installation of commercial-grade railing for the back porch and stairs.

       Total Project Cost: $9,000                        

       Amount from CRP Program: $5,000

 

SHOPA-DAVEY VFW POST 6082 (Peckville)

       Project Description: Exterior and interior renovations, including wall and ceiling repairs and a bilco basement door installation.

       Total Project Cost: $4,800                        

       Amount from CRP Program: $4,800

VETERANS HOME ASSOCIATION (Jefferson Township)

       Project Description: Drill a new well and purchase a backup generator.

       Total Project Cost: $60,000                     

       Amount from CRP Program: $7,000

 

FRIENDSHIP HOUSE

       Project Description: Purchase a pickup truck for maintenance.

       Total Project Cost: $15,000                     

       Amount from CRP Program: $5,000

 

WOMEN’S RESOURCE CENTER

       Project Description: Ramp, walkway and step replacements around The Carriage House.

       Total Project Cost: $25,000                     

       Amount from CRP Program: $10,000

 

ARCHBALD BOROUGH

       Project Description: Replace play structure at Betty Street playground in Eynon.

       Total Project Cost: $14,465                     

       Amount from CRP Program: $14,000

 

SCOTT BASEBALL ASSOCIATION

       Project Description: Construction of an indoor recreation facility for use in inclement weather.

       Total Project Cost: $75,000                     

       Amount from CRP Program: $5,000

 

BLAKELY BOROUGH

       Project Description: Purchase radio equipment for the police department.

       Total Project Cost: $5,755                        

       Amount from CRP Program: $5,255

 

BLAKELY BOROUGH

       Project Description: Purchase four earth planters for the borough building and 11 cameras for security at the ambulance building, Brook Street Park, and the borough garage.

       Total Project Cost: $10,842                     

       Amount from CRP Program: $5,000

 

WAVERLY COMMUNITY HOUSE

       Project Description: Purchase an interactive learning center with sensory technology.

       Total Project Cost: $92,500                     

       Amount from CRP Program: $5,000

 

MAYFIELD BOROUGH

       Project Description: Repair roof at Emergency Services Center.

       Total Project Cost: $9,750                        

       Amount from CRP Program: $5,000

 

UNITED COMMUNITY OUTREACH FOOD PANTRY (Peckville)

       Project Description: Community restrooms construction.

       Total Project Cost: $53,139                     

       Amount from CRP Program: $10,000

 

ONE HOT MEAL (Scranton)

       Project Description: Bathroom renovations for ADA compliance for the nonprofit agency that utilizes St. Stanislaus Church facilities to provide meals to those in need.

       Total Project Cost: $8,900                        

       Amount from CRP Program: $5,000

 

FRIENDS OF THE BUCKS (Dunmore)

       Project Description: Erection of a Coach Jack Henzes tribute statue at Dunmore High School.

       Total Project Cost: $40, 000                    

       Amount from CRP Program: $5,000

 

WHITMORE HOSE COMPANY (Mayfield)

       Project Description: Prime and re-paint the ladder room and new addition.

       Total Project Cost: $11,875                     

       Amount from CRP Program: $5,000

 

MARINE CORPS LEAGUE

       Project Description: Ceiling and floor repairs in the main hall.

       Total Project Cost: $9,000                        

       Amount from CRP Program: $9,000

 

LACKAWANNA HISTORICAL SOCIETY

       Project Description: Exterior improvements to The Catlin House, including new handicapped ramp.

       Total Project Cost: $43,100                     

       Amount from CRP Program: $10,000

 

LACKAWANNA RIVER CONSERVATION ASSOCIATION

       Project Description: Construction of a pavilion at Sweeney’s Beach, a river access and educational site.

       Total Project Cost: $27,500                     

       Amount from CRP Program: $10,000

 

THROOP HOSE COMPANY #1

       Project Description: Matching funds needed for purchase of breathing apparatus though FEMA AFG grant.

       Total Project Cost: $101,200     

       Amount from CRP Program: $9,200

 

  1. UBALDO SOCIETY

       Project Description: Building and grounds renovation, including exterior painting and new fencing.

       Total Project Cost: $6,550                       

       Amount from CRP Program: $6,500

 

  

Marion Munley Named Distinguished Citizen

Former State Representative Marion L. Munley is the next Distinguished Citizen to be featured on the Spruce Street Lackawanna County Courthouse Square monument. Ms. Munley was the first woman elected to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, serving from 1947-1964. Her son, Senior U.S. District Judge James Munley, inside right, holds up a placard of his late mother announcing the selection.

At the October 16 ceremony were, from left, Commissioner Laureen A. Cummings, Commissioner Patrick M. O’Malley, Judge Munley, and Commissioner Jerry Notarianni.

Lackawanna County Groups Celebrate Columbus Day With Flag Raising

Principals from various Italian service clubs and organizations and Lackawanna County government raise the Italian flag in the plaza in front of the Courthouse in honor of Columbus Day and to celebrate October as Italian heritage and culture month in the community.

From left: Commissioner Jerry Notarianni, Keystone UNICO President Frank Coviello, UNICO National PA II District Governor Cathy Bianchi, Past National President of UNICO Glenn Pettinato, Carbondale UNICO President Terri Pettinato, Columbus Day Association of Lackawanna County President Mark McDade, Commissioner Patrick M. O’Malley, Order Sons and Daughters of Italy Gloria Lodge member Rick Notari, and Victor Alfieri Director Joe Macciocco.

“Good Works” For Running

The Captain James R. Minicozzi Race Committee has done “Good Works” for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeastern Pennsylvania and several other local organizations. The annual Minicozzi Memorial Race, now in its sixth year, has raised over $50,000 for the youth agency with the proceeds going towards the Club’s Christmas party and gifts. Funds from the race, which kicks-off LaFesta Italianna, are also utilized for scholarships at West Scranton High School, Jim’s alma mater.

L-r, Commissioner Jerry Notarianni, Germaine Helcoski, Race Committee; Theresa and James Minicozzi, parents; Leslie Minicozzi Galacci, sister; Commissioner Patrick M. O’Malley, and Commissioner Laureen A. Cummings.