Area Anglers Celebrated the Opening of Trout Season

Area anglers celebrated the opening of trout season (April 13) by fishing at Lackawanna County’s Aylesworth & Merli-Sarnoski Parks. Here is a brief glimpse of the opening day action.

Aylesworth Park

Merli-Sarnoski Park

Lackawanna County Commissioners Bike Safety Fair

With Spring just around the corner and the school year rapidly drawing to a close, the streets and playgrounds will be filled with youngsters riding their bikes.

It is important for: bicycles to be in tip-top shape; children to have the proper equipment; and drivers and youth to be well-versed in the rules of biking and the road.

On Saturday, April 27, the Lackawanna County Commissioners Jim Wansacz, Corey D. O’Brien and Patrick M. O’Malley are sponsoring a fun-filled bike safety fair and helmet giveaway at McDade Park, Keyser Avenue, Scranton, from 11 AM to 1 PM.

“This is a family oriented activity,” explained Commissioner Jim Wansacz.  “It is an opportunity for families to spend time together, enjoy our park system, and, most important of all, learn how to be safe and keep a bike in tip-top condition.”

“This is a very important program because it will not only provide children with a free helmet, it will also introduce them to proper riding equipment, ways to handle rough terrain, and how to make small repairs to their bikes,” said Commissioner Corey D. O’Brien.  “Our District Attorney’s Office will also provide fingerprinting that will help with child identification.”

“This will be a great community day with important services for our families and children.  A number of local businesses and banks helped to make this possible.  They recognized this event as a vital child safety program and important community event, and they stepped-up to help the County make this happen,” noted Commissioner Patrick M. O’Malley.

Three hundred helmets will be given away free-of-charge to the youngsters who attend.   Bike safety talks will be done by Lackawanna County Safety Coordinator Kathy Fox and The Scranton Police Department.  A bike rodeo is also planned to help the youngsters learn how to navigate in all kinds of weather and terrain.

Kost Tire & Auto Service, Cedar Bike & Paddle, Gerrity’s Supermarkets, FNCB, Penn Security Bank, Fidelity Deposit & Discount Bank, and PNC Bank are sponsoring the event.

As part of the fair, the County is coordinating a helmet design competition.  Youngsters can go to the County’s website, 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 Cedar Bike & Paddle.  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, April 23.  They should be mailed to the Lackawanna County Commissioners Office, 200 Adams Avenue, 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 youngsters will be given a hand stamp to pick-up their helmet.

The Lackawanna Heritage Valley Authority will be supervising the bike rodeo and safety checks, and several other fun activities and information will be incorporated.

Hot Dogs will be served, compliments of Gerrity’s Supermarkets.

For further information, contact Fran Pantuso, Community Outreach Director, at 570-963-6750 or