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County Fishing Derby At Merli-Sarnoski Park

The 27th annual Lackawanna County fishing derby at Merli-Sarnoski Park, Carbondale, is set for Saturday, September 21, from 11 AM to 1 PM. The event is limited to the first 250 children, ages 4 -12. Sign-up information is are available from the County’s Parks & Recreation office at (570) 963-6764.

L-r, Bob Semenza, Parks & Recreation Program Manager; Commissioner Jerry Notarianni, Mark Dougher, the County’s Deputy Director of Parks & Recreation; Commissioner Laureen A. Cummings, Bob Noone, Parks & Recreation Supervisor; and Commissioner Patrick M. O’Malley

Flu Shots & Senior Health Fair

Fall is in the air and, with that, it is now time, especially if you are a senior citizen, to get vaccinated to combat the flu and its complications.

The Lackawanna County Commissioners are once again making it easy for area residents to do so. The County’s Community Relations, Community Outreach and Communications Departments and its Area Agency on Aging are conducting a Senior Health Fair and providing flu shots in conjunction with Visiting Nurse Association of Lackawanna County.

This free event is scheduled for Friday, September 20, from 10 am – 1 pm in The Geisinger Champions Club at PNC Field, Moosic.

The fair, which is being sponsored by Geisinger Community Medical Center, Traditional Home Health, Miracle Ear, Sweet Home Primary Care of Scranton, Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield, Allied Services Integrated Health System, United Healthcare, Coordinated Health, Pennsylvania Lottery, Visiting Nurse Association of Lackawanna County, The Wright Center for Community Health, Hospice of the Sacred Heart, Jewish Home Eastern Pennsylvania & Elan Gardens, Matt Burne Honda, FirstLight Home Care, Pennsylvania Ambulance, and United Way of Lackawanna and Wayne Counties, will feature a total of 59 exhibitors, offering information on a variety of programs, services, living arrangements, legal information, sight and hearing data, transportation, and financial advice.

Flu shots will be given continuously throughout the day by staff from the Visiting Nurse Association of Lackawanna County. Attendees will need to provide their insurance and/or Medicare cards and name as a means of matching them to the serum batch that they receive.

Once the guests receive their flu shot, they will be able to visit the vendor displays and take part in the various medical screenings and other services being provided.

The Lackawanna County District Attorney’s Office will be conducting an anonymous prescription and non-prescription drug take back at the Senior Health Fair. No injectable units or devices can be accepted. All attendees are encouraged to participate.

The County’s Area Agency on Aging will distribute Farmers Market vouchers to the attendees. Personnel will also be on hand to do “Carfit” for senior citizens.

Refreshments will be served. There will also be various giveaways at the booths, activities and prize drawings.
Rides from the various community centers will be provided by COLTS. Registration is required.
Along with the sponsors, participating are: AARP Chapter 3731 NorthEast Pennsylvania, AETNA/ Nachlis Insurance, Alzheimer’s Association, American Lung Association, Archangel Adult Day Care Services, CareGivers America, Cawley Physical Therapy & Rehab, Citizens Savings Bank (donor), Community Care Behavioral Health, County of Lackawanna Transit System (COLTS), and Fairview Memorial Park.

Also, Genesis HealthCare (Abington Manor & Carbondale), Gift of Life Donor Program, Greater Carbondale YMCA, Greater Scranton YMCA, Jewish Family Service of NEPA, Lackawanna Blind Association, Lackawanna County Area Agency on Aging, Lackawanna County Department of Elections, Lackawanna County District Attorney’s Office, Lackawanna County Heritage Fair, and Lackawanna County Highway Safety, Northeast Highway Safety & PennDOT.

Also, Lackawanna County Library System, Lackawanna County Office of Environmental Sustainability, Lackawanna County Veterans’ Affairs, Lackawanna Health & Rehab, LIFE Geisinger, Linwood Nursing Rehab Center, Lutherwood Apartments, Meals on Wheels of NEPA, NeighborWorks NEPA, Pennsylvania Department of Health, Revolutionary Nurses, and Service Coordination Unlimited (SCU) & Pennsylvania Assistive Technology Foundation (PATF).

Also, Serving Seniors, Inc., St. Mary’s Villa, Telespond Senior Services, Inc., UCP of NEPA, United Neighborhood Centers of NEPA: Active Older Adult Program, U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. Census Bureau, Washington D.C., Vector Security, and Voluntary Action Center.

Proceeds from the event will benefit older adults of Lackawanna County.

Heroes Day Event To Honor Public Safety Personnel

911 dispatchers, police officers, firefighters, military personnel, sheriffs, EMS workers and other “blue” officials are truly “everyday heroes” in both our community and nationwide.

According to Lackawanna County Commissioners Patrick M. O’Malley, Jerry Notarianni and Laureen A. Cummings, this year’s ninth annual Heroes Day is set for Saturday, September 14, from11 am to 2 pm at The County’s 911 Emergency Services Center, 30 Valley View Drive, Jessup.

At the event, safety, disaster, and SWAT equipment from throughout the County will be on display along with booths for residents to pick-up literature that they can utilize when the need arises.

The day will include free refreshments, giveaways, face painting and caricatures.  The event is being sponsored by the Commissioners,District Attorney’s Office, the Department of Emergency Services,and the Lackawanna-Susquehanna Office of Drug & Alcohol Programs.

Canines and the Mounted Unitfrom the County’s Sheriff’s Department and the public safety units of area municipalities will be at the event.

Valuable information on County services and the programs offered by area community and social agencies will also be available.

Some antique emergency vehicleswill be a part of the program.

The following organizations, along with their equipment, will be in attendance:  Mayfield’s William Walker Rescue, Brush Tanker from Taylor, the Smoke House from Wilson Fire Company of Peckville, Commonwealth Health Ambulance, Pennsylvania Ambulance,Dive Rescue Specialists of Scott Township, Dalton Ladder Truck, Command 93 from Old Forge, and Springbrook Engine.

The County’s SWAT Team will be on site along with the911 Mobile Command Post and Emergency Management Agency vehicles, COLTS, the Bookmobile, and the following County Departments: District Attorney’s Office, Voter Registration, Arts & Culture, Parks & Recreation, Veterans Affairs, Community Relations, Drug & Alcohol Office, the IT Department’s Wireless initiative, Environmental Sustainability Office, Area Agency on Aging, and the Coroner’s Office.

The Pennsylvania Army National Guard, Lackawanna Heritage Valley Authority, Lackawanna River CorridorAssociation, Flood Coalition, The Pennsylvania State Police, and the Scranton and Olyphant Police Departmentswill also be at the event.

The Penn State Extension will have displays featuring a variety of programs and its miniature golf course.

For further information, contact Gerard Hetman, the County’s Community Relations Coordinator, at 570-963-6743, ext. 1872.

Vintage Kitchen Small Business Spotlight

Vintage Kitchen was the small business spotlighted at the September 4 Lackawanna County Commissioners Meeting. The Scranton operation, based on Linden Street, offers a novel twist to family living. This enterprise offers a variety of classes for adults and children that focus on cooking, sewing and team building. The classes are tailored for beginners, intermediate and advanced participants. Vintage Kitchen will do private parties and in-home instruction, as well.

L-r, Commissioner Jerry Notarianni, Commissioner Laureen A. Cummings, Sandi Graham, owner; and Commissioner Patrick M. O’Malley.