Oh Say Can You Sing?

Fans Invited to National Anthem Auditions 

MOOSIC, Pa. – The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders are welcoming the NEPA area to audition to sing the National Anthem before RailRiders’ games this upcoming season in the brand new PNC Field.  Tryouts will be held at the Steamtown Mall in downtown Scranton on Saturday, Feb. 9 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 

Soloists, duets, groups, and instrumentalists are welcomed to audition.  A celebrity judge panel will select the lucky contestants who will get to showcase their talents in front of thousands at PNC Field, beginning in April. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre’s favorite mascot, CHAMP, will be on hand to entertain fans.  Due to a conflict of interest, he cannot try out himself, but he will sign autographs and partake in all the fun. 

“We want the public to be an integral part of the ballpark experience at PNC Field,” said RailRiders president and general manager, Rob Crain.  “There’s not much in this world more personal and touching than singing in front of thousands of your neighbors, co-workers and friends while honoring our country.” 

Reservations to try out will be on a first-come, first-served basis.  Those interested in trying out can e-mail RailRiders community relations manager, Ryan Beardsley, at or call him directly at (570) 969-2255 ext. 3140.  Reservations will be taken until Feb. 6, but they will close once spots fill up.  There will be a stand-by line for those who did not register in advance, however registered performers will be the only ones guaranteed an audition. 

The RailRiders’ 2013 season gets underway with the grand opening of a reconstructed PNC Field on April 4 when the defending IL champion Pawtucket Red Sox come to town for a rematch of their 2012 playoff clash with SWB.  It will mark the first “Thirsty Thursday” promotion of the year with $1 beer specials and $1 Pepsi products along with a pre-game live band performance and post-game fireworks.  Club seating, partial and full-season ticket plans are now available. 

– SWB RailRiders – All Aboard! –

911 Staffers Attend Public Safety Communications Workshop

The Deputy Director of the Lackawanna County 911 Center and three supervisors attended a public safety communications training in Bethlehem, PA, to learn how to better handle the intricacies of active shooter incidents.                

Deputy Director John Lewis and supervisors Joseph Klapatch, Anna Kearney, and Paul Murphy went to the workshop presented by APCO Institute.  They were able to gather valuable information and practical experience for addressing the challenges posed by active shooter incidents.                

It is vitally important that telecommunicators be cognizant of the challenges an active shooter incident presents and know in advance how to properly address the situation.                

An active shooter incident is much more difficult to deal with than any other armed subject call or violent in progress incident for one simple reason – media coverage.                

These incidents historically generate great attention, live on-the-scene coverage and a large amount of public scrutiny.  This type of activity poses a grave threat to public safety.                

The telecommunicator must handle a multitude of issues such as, providing information, directing authorities to where they need to be, and guiding law enforcement on what has to be done.                

At the program, the 911 staffers: were introduced to the phases of an active shooter incident; learned the difference between active shooter incidents vs. school shootings; examined law enforcement, fire service and EMS roles in active shooter incidents; discussed response and secondary dangers;  and reviewed the role a telecommunicator plays in an active shooter incident.

Good Works By The Voluntary Action Center

The Lackawanna County Commissioners presented a “Good Works” certificate to volunteers and staff of The Voluntary Action Center for the organization’s multitude of programs designed to assist young and elderly individuals in a number of areas, such as Medicare, tax preparation, youth issues and senior citizens concerns. The crown jewels of VAC continue to be its 24 hour-7 days-a-week FIRST information system and the annual Christmas Holiday Bureau that helps families with support for gifts and other necessities.

L-r, Commissioner Jim Wansacz;, Commissioner Corey D. O’Brien; Deborah Moran Peterson, VAC’s Executive Director; Nancy Post, VAC’s RSVP Director; Carole Boettger, VAC’s Office Secretary; Guy Leach, VAC’s Board President; and Commissioner Patrick M. O’Malley.