Prison Staff Supports “Angel Tree” Drive

Several members of the Lackawanna County Prison staff donated gifts for the “Angel Tree” program. This group packed-up the toys for delivery to Santa’s Workshop for distribution on Christmas Day.

L-r, Paul Voglino, Tom Staff, Trish McNulty, Edward Williams, and Dave Langan.


RailRiders to Hold Open House at PNC Field

Public Invited to Choose Its Own Seats 

MOOSIC, Pa. – The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders will be holding an Open House on Saturday, Jan. 26.  Fans are invited to come out and check the progress of PNC Field.  The event, which is free and open to the public, will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

Fans are also invited to purchase season ticket or group packages.  Those interested in purchasing ticket packages will have the opportunity to select the seat they purchase and see its view in person.  New RailRiders merchandise will be available for purchase as well.  CHAMP, the RailRiders’ mascot, will be assisting with tours and will be on hand to entertain fans and pose for pictures. 

“I see the ballpark as often as just about anyone and there are days when I am still amazed at the progress,” said RailRiders president and general manager Rob Crain.  “The chance to sit in a seat, see the exact gorgeous, up-close view it allows, and purchase it on the spot?  That is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.  Perhaps literally, since these seats are moving very quickly.” 

The construction at PNC Field has been ongoing since the groundbreaking on April 30, 2012, and fans are invited to check the progress of the new $43 million site.  Crews have been working double shifts since Jan. 7, making the overhaul all the more extreme with each passing day.  Even for those folks that saw where PNC Field was at the Beam Signing, the Holiday Tent Sale or through Photo Fridays on the team’s Facebook page will be blown away at the progress when they come to this Open House.  The ballpark is scheduled to be ready for Opening Day on April 4.  The new PNC Field will feature a spacious club level, multiple suites, a new general seating area, and many more new additions and improvements. 

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! –

PROSPER Team To Conduct Breakfast Fundraiser

The Scranton PROmoting School – community – university Partnerships to Enhance Resilience (PROSPER) team is holding a pancake breakfast with the Nittany Lion on Saturday, February 2 at Applebee’s Restaurant in the Viewmont Mall, Scranton from 8:00 a.m. –10:00 a.m.  Proceeds from the event will be used for PROSPER drug and alcohol prevention programs in the Scranton School District.  The cost of the breakfast is $7.00 for adults; $4.00 for children ages 2-8 and free for children under 2. Tickets for the pancake breakfast can be purchased at the door or in advance by calling Penn State Extension at 963-6842.    

The PROSPER project is an innovative model for bringing evidence based prevention programs to communities in order to strengthen youth, families, and the community. The focus is on strengthening parent-child relations and problem-solving, building youth life skills, and teaching youth to avoid peer pressure or dangerous behaviors.    

The Strengthening Families Program for Parents and Youth 10-14 is one PROSPER program being implemented in the Scranton School District. It is a seven week program designed to reduce adolescent substance abuse and other problematic behaviors. It has been scientifically tested and results have shown that children who have completed the program are less likely to become involved in risky behaviors like drug and alcohol abuse.    

Youth benefit from attending the sessions by learning to: prepare for their teen years, communicate with their parents, deal with stress and peer pressure, and avoid alcohol and drug problems.  Parents and caregivers enhance their parenting skills by: learning to set limits and show love, making house rules, encouraging good behavior, protecting their children from substance abuse, and learning to handle stress.

The free program includes dinner for the family, prizes for attendance and free child care for younger family members.    

For more information about PROSPER or the Strengthening Families Program, contact Penn State Extension in Lackawanna County at 963-6842. 

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