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Final Call To Support The Lackawanna River

The January 18 voting deadline for the Pennsylvania “River of the Year” competition is “rapidly”approaching. 

Currently, the Lackawanna River is in second place behind the Schuylkill River.  With a little luck and one final community push, we just may be able to wind up the winner.              

Lackawanna County, the Lackawanna Heritage Valley and the Lackawanna River Corridor Association have been the prime proponents of this activity along with Paul Brennan, Principal at Riverside Elementary West in the Riverside School District, who nominated the local tributary.                 

The winner will receive a great deal of publicity, a $10,000 grant and a large community celebration.                

To vote for the Lackawanna River, please go to http://pawatersheds.org/vote.

Trail Groundbreaking

The Lackawanna County Commissioners are present at the Lackawanna Heritage Valley National and State Heritage Area Groundbreaking of the Scranton to Taylor Trail, the newest section of the Lackawanna River Heritage Trail.   

Treevitalize Grants Available to Help Local Communities

Program Focuses On Planting Trees Along Streets and in Parks and Greenways

Scranton, PA (January 24, 2012) – The Lackawanna Heritage Valley National and State Heritage Area (LHV) announces that the spring 2011 round of the TreeVitalize Metro Grants Program is now open. The deadline for applications is Thursday, March 1, 2012.

Municipalities or municipal agencies in Lackawanna, Luzerne, and Wyoming counties are encouraged to apply to the program for tree planting projects. Trees may be planted within the public right-of-way along streets, or within parks and greenways open to the public. A TreeVitalize Metro grant will pay for trees and tree supplies, site preparation, and tree-planting costs. The grant will cover 50% of the total project cost, up to a maximum grant award of $15,000. The applicant must provide 25% of the total project cost in cash, and 25% in volunteer time and/or donated services.

Trees increase the quality of life for urban residents. They help to capture storm water and reduce runoff, improve air and water quality, reduce urban heat island effects, beautify communities and increase property values, reduce heating and cooling costs, and improve human health. TreeVitalize is a statewide initiative led by the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) in partnership with Penn State Extension Urban Forestry, local governments, organizations, and businesses to plant one million trees in Pennsylvania’s metropolitan areas by 2012.

LHV is the regional TreeVitalize Metro partner for Lackawanna, Luzerne, and Wyoming counties. Since 2009, LHV has awarded 20 grants totally $127,996 to communities in Northeastern Pennsylvania for their tree planting programs.

The TreeVitalize Metro Grant Program guidelines, application form, and additional information are available at http://www.LHVA.org/treevitalize.html, or by contacting April Rogato, LHV Executive Assistant, at (570) 963-6730 ext. 8200 or arogato@LHVA.org.

The Lackawanna Heritage Valley National and State Heritage Area works with community partners on projects that conserve, preserve, and educate the public about the region’s historic, cultural, economic and natural resources. For general information about the organization, visit www.LHVA.org.

Steamtown National Historic Site Announces Fall Foliage Excursions

SCRANTON, Pa. – Noticeably shorter September days, clear blue skies with a nip in the early morning air, yellow school buses in the morning commute: All unmistakable signs that Mother Nature is preparing for her annual autumn display of the finest fall foliage in Northeast Pennsylvania! One of the best ways to view this beautiful array of colors is aboard a passenger train traveling through beautiful fall scenery in the nearby Pocono Mountains.

Excursions to Moscow will depart the Steamtown NHS boarding platform at 11:00 a.m. on October 1, 8, 9, 16 and 29, with an expected return at 1:30 p.m. The Lackawanna & Wyoming Valley Chapter, NRHS, which leases the former Moscow passenger station and freight house, will offer light refreshments for sale during the train’s layover. Moscow excursion tickets are priced at $24.00 for adults 16 to 61, $22.00 for seniors 62 and older, and $17.00 for children 6-15. Children 5 and younger require a “no-charge” ticket.

Excursions to Tobyhanna, a village atop the Pocono Mountains, are planned for October 2, 22, 23 and 30; the October 22 trip will also make a stop at the Gouldsboro Station and will be greeted by t he Coolbaugh Township Historical Association, with a one-hour layover, and will have light refreshments for sale. Departure from the Steamtown NHS boarding platform is 11:00 a.m., with an expected 3:30 p.m. return. Ticket prices for the Tobyhanna excursions are $34.00 for adults 16 to 61, $29.00 for seniors 62 and older, and $22.00 for children 6-15. Children 5 and younger require a “no-charge” ticket.

STEAMTOWN NHS ANNOUNCES FALL FOLIAGE STEAM EXCURSIONS TWO

On Saturday, October 15, the destination is the borough of East Stroudsburg, nestled in the valley of the Brodhead Creek in the Pocono Mountains. The excursion is scheduled to depart the Steamtown boarding platform at 9:00 a.m., for a planned arrival in East Stroudsburg at approximately 11:15 a.m. The event will celebrate the re-dedication of the Dansbury Depot, a former passenger station of the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad built in the 1850 ’s. The excursion will be pulled by historic diesel locomotives and along with the train, a day-long festival will take place at Miller Park which is scheduled to include musicians and entertainers, railroad memorabilia and numerous other family-centered activities. The East Stroudsburg Community Alliance is sponsoring the event. Members of the Historic Railroad Switching Tower will offer tours of the building and discuss its preservation work completed so far. After a two-hour layover in town, the train departs for Scranton, with an expected arrival at 4:30 p.m. Ticket prices are $54.00 for adults 16 to 61 years old, $49.00 for ages 62 and older and $32.00 for children 6 to 15. Children to age 5 are free with a paying adult, but a ticket is required.

All excursion fares include the Park entrance fee. Reservations must be pre-paid, and tickets are non-refundable unless an excursion is cancelled by Park Management. We accept all major credit and debit cards. Reservations can be made by calling (570) 340-5204 or 888-693-9391.

The “Scranton Limited” short train rides continue to operate Wednesdays through Sundays through December 3, and will also run on Columbus Day, Monday, October 10. These 30-minute train rides depart from the Visitor Center boarding area at 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. and 1:00, 1:45 and 2:30 p.m. There is a $5.00 charge for this ride, in addition to the entrance fee. Admission to the National Park grounds and museum complex at Steamtown is $7.00 per adult, daily, ages 17 and older. Children under age 16, accompanied by an adult, are admitted to the Park at no cost. All walking tours offered by the Steamtown NHS staff, including museum access and the park movie, Steel and Steam, are covered by the entrance fee.

STEAMTOWN NHS ANNOUNCES FALL FOLIAGE STEAM EXCURSIONS THREE

Located in Scranton, Pennsylvania, Steamtown is open daily from 9:00 a.m. until
5:00 p.m. From I-81 follow exit 185 (Central Scranton Expressway); then, follow the signs to the main entrance at Lackawanna and Cliff Avenues. Excursion reservations may be made by phoning (570) 340-5204 daily, 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Additional details regarding interpretive and educational programs and activities may be obtained by phoning (570) 340-5200 during business hours, or by visiting the Park website at www.nps.gov/stea anytime!