“Good Works” For “The Bird”

Jeanne Donovan and Tina McGuire, center, comprise the “Great Blue Heron” rescue squad. In early October, the two women heard about the story of the bird being tangled in fishing line at McDade Park, Scranton, and was unable to break free. Using Heron calls, canned salmon and ingenuity, the animal activists were able to draw the bird in and hold it to perform their “Good Works” of setting it free.

L-r, Commissioner Jerry Notarianni, William Davis, the County’s Deputy Director of Parks & Recreation; Ms. Donovan, Ms. McGuire, Commissioner Patrick M. O’Malley, and Commissioner Laureen A. Cummings.

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.

Kneeling, from left, Alfredo Pisa and Mary DePalma. Back row, l-r, Carlo Pisa, Danny Ricardo, Stefanie Longo, Sylvia Tagert, Guy DePalma, Ann Summa, Silvio Mele, Melanie Naro, Bob Tagert, Joe DeAntona, Mary Mararra, Tom Carlucci, Terri Pettinato, Glenn Pettinato, Marilyn Vitali, Cathy Gerard, Valerie Riggi, Mary Lou Karliak, Jim Mack, Ann Marie Longo, Carol Scrimalli, Frances Malinowski, Carmen Scrimalli, Michele and Mark McDade, and Lackawanna County Commissioner Patrick M. O’Malley.

“Old And New: Three Threats”

Penn State Extension is having an educational session on three invasive insects that have a detrimental effect on our environment – the: hemlock woolly adelgid; emerald ash borer; and spotted lanternfly.

The workshop, presented by Vincent Cotrone, Penn State Extension’s Urban Forester, will be held on Monday, October 22, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Lackawanna College’s Environmental Educational Center, 93 MacKenzie Road, Covington Township.  The latest information, management tools, and how you can help to curb this issue will be addressed.

The seminar is free, but registration is required.  For more information or to register, please call 570-963-6842, or email: