Judge Corbett Ribbon Cutting

Lackawanna County Commissioners Corey D. O’Brien, Jim Wansacz, Patrick O’Malley, elected officials, family, and friends attended the ribbon cutting ceremony at Magistrate Judge Joanne Corbett’s new office and courtroom at 1629 Pittston Avenue in Scranton.


Commissioner Corey D. O’Brien Participates In Read Across America Day

Lackawanna County Commissioner Corey D. O’Brien, standing in the back with his son, Casey, recently read to students at the Riverside East Elementary School as part of the Dr. Seuss “Read Across America” Day.

The students in the class were, row 1, l-r, Nikki Gilchrist, Julianne Skurka, Noah Ochman, Michael McDonough, Caden Tucker, and Aylah Decker. Row 2, l-r, Cassondra Jenkins, Robert Castaldi, Zachary Chilek, Jack Munley, and Alina Deluca. Row 3, l-r, Simran Sharma, Braden Beecham, Shayla Harris, Alyssa Pajalich, Emma Costantino, Jasmine hood, Chad Hoskins, and Nicole Falchetti. Row 4, l-r, Patrick Higgins, Jorge Rosario, Reese Gaughan, Taylor Edsall, Cameron Pilchesky, Justin Caliano, Izabella Zyatts, Madison Lipperini, Seth Robbins, and Imran Khan. Row 5, l-r, Dylan Borent, Cameron Altenhain, Deena Kahn, Nancy Padilla, Daniel Danilovitz, Jacob Riebe, Kyle Robideau, Kevin Chen, and Molly Alaimo. Row 6, l-r, Gracie Slaven, Robbie Garvey, Gianna O’Donnell, Shireza Khan, Brianna Scott-Holt, Robbie Price, Giada Gowden, and Zackary Wilson. Row 7, l-r, Sasha Kimble, Emily Durkin, Carolyn Burke, Angel Lozada, Isabella Odino, Sam Ott, and Tess Parchinski.


“Beauty Is In The Eye Of The Beholder” Exhibit Heading To Ireland

“Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder,” a cross-cultural children’s art exhibit, featuring the work of students from Northeastern Pennsylvania and Ballina, County Mayo, Ireland, is heading to the Ballina Arts Center for display this April and May.

This project is a partnership between the Lackawanna County Arts and Culture Department, the Everhart Museum and the Ballina Arts Center.  The exhibit, created by students, illustrates how contemporary Irish and American youth see themselves, their cultural identities, and the beauty around them.

This project came to life when Maureen McGuigan, Lackawanna County’s Arts & Culture Deputy Director, traveled to Ballina in with her father Jack McGuigan, a Pennsylvania Council on the Arts rostered poet, in October of 2010. They met with the Ballina Arts Center and the Mayo Arts Council to discuss possible artistic partnerships and exchanges with Lackawanna County. A suggestion by Nezka Pfeifer, the Curator for the Everhart Museum, was for a children’s art exchange. Both parties liked the idea and plans for the exhibit were formulated.

The project generated 165 entries; the largest amount ever for a community art show.  The Everhart utilized a panel of civic leaders to judge the works.  Twenty pieces from Northeastern Pennsylvania and 20 pieces from Ballina, which is Scranton’s sister city, were chosen for display in The Everhart’s Gallery One.  An additional 10 pieces were showcased in Lackawanna County libraries in the Summer of 2012.

The exhibit debuted at The Everhart in February of 2012 as the community show, complementing the main Winter exhibit – “Posing Beauty in African American Culture.” 

All 165 entries from the Northeastern Pennsylvania have been sent to Ballina for possible selection in their exhibit. Ms. McGuigan, Ms. Pfeifer and Mr. McGuigan will be attending the exhibit’s opening in April and giving a lecture on both the display and the arts in Lackawanna County.

The contingent will also discuss future artistic partnerships, which could include musical, theatrical or literature performances.

The local group is covering the cost of their travel and accommodations.  No County funds will be expended on the trip.