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Mark Dougher Named The County’s Deputy Director of Parks & Recreation

Mark Dougher, Scranton, has been promoted to Lackawanna County’s Deputy Director for Parks & Recreation.

The appointment was announced today (February 22) by Commissioners Patrick M. O’Malley, Jerry Notarianni and Laureen A Cummings.

In a joint statement, the Commissioners cited Dougher’s over 35 years of experience involving various facets of parks management, administration, recreation events, safety and construction.

As Deputy Director, Mark will be responsible for the parks’ staff, budget, capital projects, properties’ maintenance, and community activities.

Mr. Dougher’s career has been centered on parks, public works, conservation and youth activities.  His work history began in 1983 as the City of Scranton’s Paving Inspector.

From there, Mark worked for Ghilardi Construction, the Bricklayers Union #5, the Wilkes Barre/Scranton International Airport, and the Scranton Housing Authority, handling a variety of positions involving building maintenance and specialty crafts.

In 2006, he became the Deputy Director of Safety & Conservation for the City of Scranton.  It was in 2007, that Mark began his parks, recreation, supervisory and administrative career.

He served as Scranton’s Director of Parks & Recreation 2007-2010, moving on to Deputy Director of Scranton’s Public Works.  In 2012, he took over as the Director.

He has also worked as Director of Maintenance Operations for Latona Trucking & Excavating.

Mark started his County career in January 2017 as the Buildings & Grounds Manager with the Parks & Recreation Department. He was responsible for special events activities, supervising staff, and maintaining all facets of the parks’ equipment, amenities and landscaping.  He was currently serving as Parks Acting Director.

Mr. Dougher is a graduate of Scranton Technical High School and attended Lackawanna Junior College.

He possessed several certifications in Health & Safety, Emergency Medical Services, firefighting and masonry.  He also has been involved in a variety of youth and coaching activities.

His salary has been set at $55,000 and his appointment will take effect immediately.

Winter Golf Clinic

The Lackawanna County Commissioners 2019 Winter Golf Clinic will be held from February 25 to March 22 at the Goodwill Industries of NEPA administrative headquarters, 925 Prospect Avenue, Scranton.

Please call the Lackawanna County Parks and Recreation Office at 570-963-6764 for further information or to register.

County Fishing Derby At Merli-Sarnoski Park

The 26th annual Lackawanna County fishing derby at Merli-Sarnoski Park, Carbondale, is set for Saturday, September 22, from 11 AM to 1 PM. The event is limited to the first 250 children, ages 4 -12, and costs $5 to register. Sign-up information is are available from the County’s Parks & Recreation office at (570) 963-6764.

L-r, William Davis, the County’s Deputy Director of Parks & Recreation; Commissioner Jerry Notarianni, Commissioner Laureen A. Cummings, Commissioner Patrick M. O’Malley, and Mark Dougher, the County’s Parks & Recreation’s Buildings & Grounds Manager.

Lackawanna County Commissioners Bike Safety Fair Set For June 23 At McDade Park

Well, it’s finally here!!!

The nice weather has ushered in bike season.  It is vitally important for: bicycles to be in tip-top shape; children to have the proper equipment; and drivers and youth to know the rules of biking and the road.

On Saturday, June 23, the Lackawanna County Commissioners Patrick M. O’Malley, Jerry Notarianni and Laureen A. Cummings are hosting the sixth annual bike safety fair and helmet giveaway at McDade Park, Scranton, from 11 AM to 2 PM.

Three hundred helmets will be given away free-of-charge to the youngsters who attend.   Bike safety talks will be done by local police officials.

PNC Bank is the presenting sponsor.  Other sponsors are: Strive Multisport and Schiff’s Restaurant Service.

The County is coordinating a helmet design competition once again.  Youngsters can go to the County’s website www.lackawannacounty.org, print-off a blank helmet and then let their imaginations run wild.

The designs will be judged and one boy and girl will win a bike, provided by Strive.  A drawing for another bike will be conducted the day of the fair.

The coloring competition is open to all public school districts and private schools throughout Lackawanna County along with the general public.

All entries must be submitted by Tuesday, June 19.  They should be mailed to the Lackawanna County Commissioners Office, 200 Adams Avenue, Sixth Floor, Scranton, PA 18503.

In order to receive a helmet at the fair, the youngsters will be required to attend a brief bike safety talk.  When the presentation is complete, the children will be able to pick-up a helmet.

There will be several fun activities, child finger printing by the District Attorney’s Office, face painting and giveaways.

Hot Dogs will be served, compliments of Schiff’s Restaurant Service.

For further information, contact The Commissioners Office, at 570-963-6750.