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Electronics Recycling Event Set For November 16

Electronic manufacturer, hp, is sponsoring an electronics recycling collection for the residents of Lackawanna County in cooperation with the Lackawanna County Environmental Office.

In celebration of America Recycles Day, this one day only event will take place on Saturday, November 16, at the Viewmont Mall parking lot from 9 am to 1 pm.  Televisions and computers will be accepted by hp along with copiers and peripherals.

For further information, contact the County’s Environmental Office at 570-963-2017.

Lackawanna County Commissioners Declare “Code Blue” Frigid Weather Alert

Based on current cold weather information, the Lackawanna County Commissioners are declaring a “Code Blue” frigid weather alert.

Utilizing forecasts from the National Weather Service at Binghamton, NY, and in consultation with the Lackawanna County Emergency Management Agency, a “Code Blue” is in effect for Lackawanna County, beginning at 2 PM on Tuesday, November 12, and ending at 2 PM on Wednesday, November 13.  

A “Code Blue” alert is issued when the forecasted temperature in Lackawanna County (including wind chills) is expected to reach 20 degrees Fahrenheit or lower. If necessary, based on weather conditions, an extension of the alert may be issued.

The goal of this notification is to: make people aware of the extremely cold conditions; provide information related to health and wellness in the cold weather; and publicize the locations of emergency homeless shelters that are operated by area social service agencies.

During a “Code Blue” alert, homeless individuals can access an emergency shelter at the following locations:

  • Anthony’s Haven, 409 Olive Street, Scranton (hours: 7:30 p.m. to 8 a.m.)
  • Community Intervention Center, 445 North 6th Avenue, Scranton (hours: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.)

Information on personal health and safety during freezing weather can be found on the Lackawanna County homepage by visiting www.lackawannacounty.org and clicking on the “Code Blue Alert” icon on the right side of the screen. Alerts will also be posted on the County’s social media outlets for the duration of the advisory period.

Local 4-H’ers Compete At 4-H Food Challenge

Eight Lackawanna County 4-H food and nutrition members recently competed in the regional 4-H Food Challenge Contest in Carbon County.

The Junior team members were: Emily Bartell, Clarks Summit; Lindsey Bartell, Clarks Summit; Lauren Bartell, Clarks Summit; and Erin Bartell, Clarks Summit.

Anna Flowers, Clarks Summit; Abby Adamsky, Clarks Summit; Emma Adamsky, Clarks Summit; and Charlotte Rozenburg, Factoryville; competed in the Senior Division.

Fifty-three 4-H members from across the state competed in this new Pennsylvania 4-H Contest, which is modeled after the television show “Chopped.”  In addition to cooking a dish from designated products and a limited pantry, participants had to have nutrition and cost comparison knowledge for their presentation.

The Lackawanna County Junior Team placed second and the Senior Team placed first in their region. The 4-H food and nutrition program is sponsored by Penn State Extension.  It teaches youth ages eight to eighteen cooking, nutrition, meal planning, and cost comparison skills.

To learn more about the 4-H program or to volunteer to become an adult leader, call the Extension office at 570-963-6842.

Food Challenge participants were, front row, l-r, Charlotte Rozenburg, Factoryville; Emma Adamsky, Clarks Summit; Erin Bartell, Clarks Summit; and Emily Bartell, Clarks Summit. Back, l-r, Anna Flowers, Clarks Summit; Abby Adamsky, Clarks Summit; Lindsey Bartell, Clarks Summit; and Lauren Bartell, Clarks Summit.

New Yorker Cartoonist & Author To Present A Lecture On The History Of The Snowman

The Lackawanna County Arts Department in partnership with the Lackawanna County Library System and the Scranton Cultural Center is hosting an evening with Bob Eckstein, a New Yorker cartoonist and author of The Illustrated History of the Snowman at the Scranton Cultural Center on Thursday, November 7, at 7 p.m.

Mr. Eckstein will discuss the process for writing his book and experiences as a New Yorker cartoonist. The lecture will be followed by a reception and book signing with copies available for sale.

Mr. Eckstein is an award winning illustrator whose work has been featured in The New Yorker, The Wall St. Journal and The New York Times, as well as more than a dozen other publications. He has taught at The School of Visual Arts and the Pratt Institute. In 2000, Bob sought to solve the mystery of who created the first snowman. The inquiry enabled him to travel around the world.  The project took seven years to complete, which created a fascinating and entertaining read.

The lecture, which is free and open to the public, kicks-off the County’s holiday events.  The theme for this year is “Snow People,” and various activities will be featured at both the Lackawanna County Winter Market at the Globe and at Scranton businesses and organizations where people may take photos at the “Snow People Trail,” located throughout the downtown.

For more information about the lecture and book signing, please contact the Lackawanna County Arts and Culture Department at 570.963.6590, ext. 102, or email arts-culture@lackawannacounty.org.