Adoption Day Program Honored

The Lackawanna County Commissioners recognized the Human Services and Office of Youth & Family Services (OYFS) Departments for their efforts in coordinating the annual Adoption Day ceremony. The November 2 event included basket raffles, refreshments, court proceedings and other activities.

L-r, Commissioner Jerry Notarianni, Lisa Sohara, (OYFS), William Browning, the County’s Human Services Director; Rebecca Brojack, (OYFS); Commissioner Patrick M. O’Malley, and Commissioner Laureen A. Cummings.

Bellissimo Children’s Hair Salon & Spa

Bellissimo Children’s Hair Salon & Spa was the small business spotlighted at the November 7 Lackawanna County Commissioners Meeting. Established in Dunmore in 2018, Bellissmo’s goal is to take the “nightmare” out of children’s haircuts. Owner LeeAnn Perry created an atmosphere where youngsters can dress up in costumes, sit in car or fly a helicopter while getting “spruced” up. The salon has a boutique that is stocked with clothes and accessories and also sells a line of bath products. Bellissimo also offers a wide array of grooming and manicure services.

L-r, Commissioner Jerry Notarianni, Commissioner Laureen A. Cummings, Mia Viera, Bellissimo manager and LeeAnn Perry, Bellissimo owner; and Commissioner Patrick M. O’Malley.

Taney’s Costume Shop Recognized

The Lackawanna County Commissioners presented Jim O’Hora, center, owner of Taney’s Costume Shop, with a proclamation marking the “end of an era” for the business as it winds down operations. Founded in 1926 by Pierce L. Taney, the firm is Northeastern Pennsylvania’s largest full-service theatrical store. Mr. O’Hora took over in 1974 when Mr. Taney became ill and expanded it in 1979 and 1980, doubling the size of the shop with over 10,000 costumes in stock. Taney’s has a storied history for serving many big-name stars.

L-r, Commissioner Laureen A. Cummings, Mr. O’Hora and Commissioner Patrick M. O’Malley.

Coal Miners “Good Works” Recognized

Silvia Passeri of Blakely, right, realized her dream with the dedication of the “Coal Miners Remembered” monument on October 7. The structure recalls the bravery and contributions coal miners made to our region. Located in the Blakely Borough Recreational Complex, the edifice contains over 600 names of those who toiled underground. The monument was financed by State grants and fund raising events.

Standing with a poster depicting the monument are, l-r, Commissioner Laureen A. Cummings, Commissioner Patrick M. O’Malley, Commissioner Jerry Notarianni, and Ms. Passeri.