Blind Association to Host “Swing for Sight” Golf Tournament

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Lackawanna Blind Association will host its 31st annual William J. Jordan, M.D., Memorial Swing for Sight Golf Tournament on Monday, June 19, at Glen Oak Country Club, Clarks Summit. Proceeds benefit Associations program.

For more information and reservations please call, 570-342-7613.

Planning committee members include, seated from left: Mary Lou Wascavich, Executive Director, and Noreen Burke, board member. Standing, same order, are board members, Fred Hickman, Jerry Musheno, Ron Leas, and Karl Pfeiffenberger.

County Commissioners to Host Annual Bike Safety Fair

Cyclist-Awareness-Sign-from-BicycleSigns1-203x300With Winter finally over, the nice weather has ushered in bike season.  

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

On Saturday, May 13, the Lackawanna County Commissioners Patrick M. O’Malley, Jerry Notarianni and Laureen A. Cummings are hosting the fifth annual bike safety fair and helmet giveaway at McDade Park, Scranton, from 10 AM to Noon.  

Three hundred helmets will be given away free-of-charge to the youngsters who attend.   Bike safety talks will be done by local police officials.  A bike rodeo is also planned to help the youngsters learn how to navigate in all kinds of weather and terrain.  

PNC Bank is the presenting sponsor.  Other sponsors are: Strive Multisport, Gerrity’s Supermarkets and the Scranton/Wilkes Barre RailRiders.   

The County is coordinating a helmet design competition once again.  Youngsters can go to the County’s website. print-off a blank helmet and then let their imaginations run wild.  Helmet design sheets are also available at Gerrity’s Supermarkets, Strive Multisport on Cedar Avenue, Scranton, and the Railriders offices.    

The designs will be judged and one boy and girl will win a bike, provided by Strive.  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 Wednesday, May 10.  They should be mailed to the Lackawanna County Commissioners Office, 200 Adams Avenue, Sixth Floor, 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 children will be able to pick-up a helmet.

There will be several fun activities, child finger printing by the District Attorney’s Office, face painting and giveaways. Hot dogs will be served, compliments of Gerrity’s Supermarkets.

For further information, contact Fran Pantuso, Community Outreach Manager, at 570-963-6750 or pantusof@lackawannacounty.org.  

 

Art for Artists Gallery Features Work of DHS Graduate

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Loren Sykes of Dunmore, a fine arts major at Keystone College, will exhibit works as part of her capstone project at the AFA Gallery on April 7th. (Photo Credit: Lori Ryan Photography)

The Art for Artists (AFA) Gallery of Scranton will be presenting the work of Dunmore High School graduate Loren Sykes and her fellow peers of Keystone College in their senior exhibit Coalescence. This exhibit will be open on Friday, April 7 from 6-9pm and runs through till April 28. The show is free and open to the public.

Ms. Sykes’s body of work consists of four large formatted oil paintings that play on the relationship of light and color. The idea behind the work is derived from light bulbs that Miss Sykes had painted previously. With the help of modern technology, using an application on her IPad, she then deconstructs the simple object and transforms it into a more abstract entity with the use of light and color.

Ms. Sykes and the other artists will be giving presentations on their work on April 8 at the Art for Artists(AFA) Gallery. This is also free and all are welcome.

For further information and gallery hours, call (570)-969-1040 and/or visit 514 Lackawanna Ave Scranton, PA 18503.

 

Annual Jog For Jude Race Scheduled for Sunday, April 23rd

Jog for Jude 2017 (2)Runners will lace up their sneakers and compete in the third annual “Jog for Jude” 5K run/walk on April 23 at the Dunmore Community Center. Unlike traditional races, runners will not be competing against each other but collectively competing against a rare and horrible disease known as Sudden Infant Death Syndrome or SIDS.

SIDS is the number one cause of death in children under one year of age in the U.S. Over 4,000 lives are suddenly cut short each year due to SIDS; that equates to about one in every 2,000 children.

On July 23, 2014, the terrible disease took the  life of a 3-month old Jude Zayac. In wake of his unexpected death, his parents, Greg and Theo Zayac of Dunmore, founded the Jude Zayac Foundation. The mission of Jude’s Foundation is to raise funds to support SIDS research and to enrich the lives of living children in the community.

Jog for Jude 2017 (1)The first “Jog for Jude” event was held on April 19, 2015, at the Dunmore Community Center. Since then, the foundation has raised over $167,000 and hosted over 3,000 runners/walkers with the help of hundreds of community volunteers.

The foundation has donated $110,000 to the Boston Children’s Hospital, which stands at the forefront of SIDS research. Also, it has donated $30,000 to St. Joseph’s Baby Pantry, which serves infants from families in need. This year’s event will again benefit the St. Joseph’s Baby Pantry.

The foundation hopes that members of the community will join it in the upcoming 5K run/walk and help it spread awareness and fight SIDS.