Missing Children’s Day Event Set For May 25

A special program will be conducted on May 25 at 6 PM on the Spruce Street side of Courthouse Square near the Michelle Jolene Lakey kiosk to mark National Missing Children’s Day. Several law enforcement personnel and family members will offer remarks.

Participants involved in planning the event are, l-r, Scranton Police Lieutenant Len Namoetka, Scranton Police Captain Dennis Lukasewicz, Lackawanna County District Attorney Shane Scanlon, Commissioner Patrick M. O’Malley and Lackawanna County Judge Thomas Munley.

Commissioners Schedule Earth Day Activities

The Lackawanna County Commissioners will mark Earth Day (April 22) with a variety of environmental activities ranging from trees and flowers planting, gardening advice, landscaping, and general clean-up activities around Courthouse Square.  A program, beginning at noon, will be held on the Linden Street side of the Courthouse.

“The late Senator Gaylord Nelson was a visionary in creating Earth Day.  It is vitally important to protect nature, as we are doing today,” said Commissioner Patrick M. O’Malley.  “We are also very appreciative of the efforts Grasshopper is providing to beautify the Courthouse grounds, which will be use a great deal during the upcoming Spring/Summer months by so many community groups for a variety of events.”

“The Courthouse and square are symbols of strength for our community.  Upgrading the natural surroundings and planting trees and flowers add to the stature of the area.  I am very grateful for the businesses and organizations that offered their services to us on Earth Day to enhance the appearance of our grounds,” explained Commissioner Jerry Notarianni.

“It is vitally important for us to protect the environment and safeguard our natural resources for future generations,” said Commissioner Laureen A. Cummings.  “Earth Day is the perfect time to reflect on this and to take action to clean-up and enhance our greenspaces and vistas.”

Grasshopper Lawns, Inc. of Larksville will begin the day by donating time, materials and services for treating the grounds around the Courthouse.

Grasshopper will apply a Spring fertilizer, crabgrass preventer, broadleaf weed control along seeding and core aerating the lawn areas.  This is all part of the National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP) “Day of Service,” which centers on caring for the nation’s greenspaces.

The Commissioners will plant trees, donated by the Hilton Scranton & Conference Center and Live Nation, on the Courthouse grounds.

Two trees will be planted along the Linden Street side of the Courthouse as part of the City of Scranton’s 150th anniversary celebration.  Remarks will be made by former Scranton Mayor David Wenzel and City Forester Anthony Santoli.

The Penn State Extension will offer tips and activities on gardening, composting and Spring clean-up tasks.


April Showers Organizers Display Umbrellas For April 1 Dance

Lackawanna County Commissioners and organizers of the April Showers art project display their colorful umbrella designs that will be part of the upcoming First Friday. The decorative artworks will be used for an umbrella dance on April 1 at approximately 7:30 PM on the Linden Street side of the Courthouse.

L-r, Justin Roach, Social Media Technology Specialist for Wayne Bank; Maureen Duffy of Duffy’s Accessories; Eli Tomlinson, Vice President of Information Technology for Wayne Bank; Matt Swartz, Community Office Manager for Wayne Bank; Maureen McGuigan Deputy Director of the Lackawanna County Arts and Culture Department; Cristin Powers, Director of ScrantonMade; Janine Baux, Ballet Theatre of Scranton; Lackawanna County Commissioner Patrick M. O’Malley; Samantha Nardelli, Shantytown Design; and Lackawanna County Commissioner Jerry Notarianni.