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Vouchers Available August 23 At Farmers Market Site

The Lackawanna County Area Agency on Aging distributes Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Vouchers provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture.

A distribution will be held at the Co-Op Farmer’s Market, Stall 17, 900 Barring Avenue, Scranton, PA on Friday, August 23, 2019 from 10:00 AM-2:30 PM.  

Farmers Market Vouchers Available For Veterans

The Lackawanna County Veterans Affairs Office is joining forces with the Area Agency on Aging to distribute farmers market vouchers on Thursday, August 22, from 9 AM – Noon in the VA office on second floor of The Lackawanna County Government Center on a first come, first served basis.

Each eligible veteran can receive up to four $5 vouchers that can be redeemed at participating farmers markets and farm stands for fresh fruit and produce.

Individuals must be Lackawanna County residents and be 60 or older by December 31, 2019.  The annual income guidelines are as follows:  $23,107 for a single person, $31,284 for a couple, $39,461 for a three person household, or $47,638 for a four person household.  Proof of age in the form of a driver’s license or birth certificate must be provided along with proof of Lackawanna County residency in the form of a utility bill or a driver’s license.

Veterans who are unable to come to the office may appoint a proxy to pick-up the vouchers for them.  Proxy forms must be obtained at the Area Agency on Aging and filled-out prior to picking up the vouchers.

Contact the Veterans Affairs Office at (570) 963-6778 or the Area Agency on Aging at (570) 963-6740 with any questions.

Carbondale Takes Ownership Of Playground

City of Carbondale officials accept the deed to the property on which the White Bridge Playground, Hemlock Street, sits. The Lackawanna County Board of Commissioners donated the property to the City after it remained on the County’s tax delinquent repository list since the 1940’s. The City has maintained the property as a public park since the early 1960’s.

L-r, Brian Durkin, Director of Parks & Recreation, City of Carbondale; John Masko Jr., Councilman, City of Carbondale; Lackawanna County Commissioner Patrick M. O’Malley; Michele Bannon, Carbondale City Clerk; Michael Duddy, Jr.; and Atty. Donald Frederickson, County Solicitor.

The Lackawanna County Commissioners rededicated the pond at Covington Park once again to the DeSandis family, the original owner. The property had a cabin and pavilion, and Uncle Peter DeSandis hosted a variety of parties and events there. It was also used as a hunting and fishing destination. The County purchased the land in the late 1980s and transformed it into Covington Park.
L-r, Mark Dougher, the County’s Deputy Director of Parks & Recreation; Peggy DeSandis Burke, Lillian DeSandis, Peter DeSandis, Karen DeSandis, Shirley DeSandis, Carol DeSandis Tucker, and Commissioner Patrick M. O’Malley.