Lackawanna County Commissioners Announce Funding For Three Community Re-Invest Projects

Three projects, focusing on pet care, public safety and veterans were approved for funding by the Lackawanna County Commissioners through their Community Re-Invest Program totaling $7,389.  The public-private partnership investment for 2019 is $2,498,577.

The Community Re-Invest Program was established in July of 2013.  It represents the “last mile” funding to help bring the initiatives to fruition.  The overall public-private investment since its inception is $8,191,927.

The projects that were approved during the final round of funding for 2019 include:


       Project Description: A/C and new heating system at facility.

       Total Project Cost: $2,389                        

       Amount from CRP Program: $2,389



       Project Description: Station renovations that include flooring and windows.

       Total Project Cost: $10,000                     

       Amount from CRP Program: $2,500



       Project Description: Meeting hall floor improvements.

       Total Project Cost: $10,399                     

       Amount from CRP Program: $2,500

Globe Memorabilia Displays

Lackawanna County, City of Scranton and Lackawanna Historical Society professionals stand in front of the display cases containing Globe Store memorabilia at The Government Center. The cases, featuring items donated by the general public, will be stationed in the first floor lobby of the building for visitors and individuals handling business and legal transactions to experience a piece of nostalgia.

L-r, Kevin Shaughnessy, Deputy Director of Building and Grounds; James Rodway, Deputy Director of Community Relations; Mary Ann Savokinas, Executive Director Lackawanna Historical Society; Maureen McGuigan, Deputy Director Arts and Culture; Commissioner Patrick M. O’Malley; Commissioner Laureen A. Cummings; Scranton Mayor Wayne Evans; Fran Pantuso, Chief of Staff; Kayleigh Cornell, Community Relations Coordinator; Katelyn English, Community Relations Coordinator; Anna Tunney, Community Relations Coordinator; and Curt Camoni, Executive Director Lackawanna County Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Charl-Mont Small Business Spotlight

The Charl-Mont, downtown Scranton, was the small business spotlighted at the November 27 Lackawanna County Commissioners meeting. The eatery opened this Summer inside The Lackawanna County Government Center, harkening back the old days of The Globe Store. The Charl-Mont offers daily specials, soft drinks, snacks, breakfast and a variety of snack items.

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

2019 Pennsylvania State 4-H Horse Show

The 60th annual Pennsylvania State 4-H Horse Show was held October 25-27 at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. More than 700 youth from over 55 counties participated in 74 performance classes throughout the weekend. There were over 1,500 entries shown by youth who qualified for the show.

The State 4-H Horse Show is the final competition of the year for those 4-H horse members enrolled in performance horse projects. To be eligible for the show, members must advance through qualifying competitions at county and district levels. Events include showmanship, horsemanship, equitation, pleasure, over fences, driving, western riding, reining, trail and timed events. A therapeutic riding division for riders with special needs is also included in the show.

Lackawanna County 4-H members placed in the following classes:

  • Maggie Carper, Clarks Summit, fifth in Breed Type Hunter Under Saddle
  • Rylie Heusner, Scranton, sixth in Classic Hunter Under Saddle
  • Kara Judge, Scranton, sixth in Breed Type Hunter Under Saddle
  • Molly Landsiedel, Dalton, tenth in Western Horsemanship, Reserve Champion Open Trail Horses
  • Shayla VanVleck, Clifford Township
  • Corinne Jacoby, Clarks Summit, fourth in Hunter Hack and sixth in Working Hunter Horses
  • Alyssa Angelicola, Clarks Summit, third in Working Hunter Horses, fourth in Equitation Over Fences and third in Hunter Hack Horses
  • Lily Ballino, Clarks Summit
  • Rylin Puza, Tunkhannock

Equine Extension Associates, Lew Trumble and Joe Stanco, worked with Team Horse Power members to provide hands-on clinics for youth and adults. Team Horse Power is a leadership program that trains and empowers teens and young adults to develop their individual skills and then teach horsemanship skills to and mentor young members.

Team Horse Power members were presented medallions in recognition of their achievements and service to the 4-H Horse Program. Lackawanna County Team Horse Power members include: Maggie Carper, Clarks Summit; Molly Landsiedel, Dalton; and Shayla VanVleck, Clifford Township.

Left to right, Alyssa Angelicola, Clarks Summit; Camilla Fontini, Clarks Summit; Rylie Heusner, Scranton; Kara Judge, Scranton; Lily Ballino, Clarks Summit; Molly Landsiedel, Dalton; Maggie Carper, Clarks Summit; Cheyanne VanVleck, Clifford Township; and Rylin Puza, Tunkhannock.