Columbus Day Association Prepares for Annual Dinner

MaccioccoThe 109th annual dinner of the Columbus Day Association of Lackawanna County will be held on Sunday, Oct. 8, at Fiorelli’s in Peckville beginning at 5 p.m. with cocktails and dinner beginning at 6 o’clock.

The Columbus Association will honor Ross Macciocco and Ken Bianchi. Macciocco is a native of West Scranton and currently resides in Dunmore. He taught in the Dunmore School District for 35years. He coached for 28 years at Dunmore, six years at Scranton Prep, and one year at Marywood University.

Bianchi is a native of West Scranton and currently resides in Clarks Summit. He taught at Line Mountain School District, Cathedral High School, and the Scranton School District and coached at Line Mountain, Scranton Tech, West Scranton, and Abington Heights High Schools.  

James Colangelo is president of the organization.

Everyone is encouraged to attend the dinner, a highlight of the Columbus Day observance in Lackawanna County. Tickets for the dinner are $50 per person (tables of 8 to 10.) Please contact Joe Fazio at (570) 241-1691 for reservations



Coffee Company Brings Jobs to Lackawanna County

socafeState Rep. Kevin Haggerty (D) Lackawanna is pleased with news that a New Jersey-based coffee manufacturer and distributor will call Dunmore home, bringing 130 jobs to Lackawanna County.

“I’m extremely excited to welcome Socafe to Dunmore,” Haggerty said. “This announcement is an example of the commitment from our local and state officials to create opportunities for companies to become part of our community.”

Haggerty said Socafe has been in business for 30 years and is purchasing an existing 116,000-square-foot building in Dunmore, relocating both its headquarters and manufacturing operations from Newark, N.J. The third-generation, family-owned business offers private label manufacturing for large national retailers, in addition to distribution of its own branded coffee.

“Socafe has committed to investing at least $2,472,000 into this move and generating 130 jobs over the next three years,” Haggerty said. “It’s a great day for the residents of Lackawanna County and Dunmore.”

Socafe received a funding proposal from the state Department of Community and Economic Development that includes a $130,000 Pennsylvania First grant, an $18,000 WEDnet grant for employee training and $130,000 in Job Creation Tax Credits to be issued after the jobs are created.


Commissioners to Host Cross Country Invitational

Cross Country Race

The annual Lackawanna County Commissioners Cross Country Invitational Race will be held on Saturday, Sept. 9, from 9 a.m. to noon at McDade Park, Scranton, featuring high school athletes from a tri-state area.  The top 25 finishers in the boys and girls junior high categories along with the girls and boys varsity divisions will also be recognized.

Winning teams in each of the race categories will also be honored. Information on the meet is available from the County’s Parks & Recreation Department at 570-963-6764.

Shown from left are: William Davis, the County’s Deputy Director of Parks & Recreation; Commissioner Jerry Notarianni, Commissioner Laureen A. Cummings, Commissioner Patrick M. O’Malley, and Mark Dougher, the County’s Parks & Recreation’s Buildings & Grounds Manager.  


Applications Available for SAGE Awards

SAGEApplications for the Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce’s annual SAGE Awards (Scranton Awards for Growth and Excellence) are now available on the Chamber’s website.

The awards are presented annually to members of the local business community who demonstrate strong and consistent efforts through their talent, creativity and innovation. Applicants must be current Chamber members in good standing.

This year’s SAGE award categories include Best Practices in Community Development, Best Practices in Customer Service, Best Practices in Marketing and Communications, Business of the Year, Excellence in Leadership, Hometown Star, New and Emerging Business of the Year, Non-Profit Organization of the Year, Small Business of the Year and Woman of Excellence.

In addition, there will be three “Pride and Progress” awards available for interior and exterior renovations and new construction.

All SAGE Award finalists will be entered into the People’s Choice Award category. The recipient of that award will be determined by an online community-wide popular vote.

The SAGE Awards will be presented at the Chamber’s Gala will be held on Thursday, Nov. 2, at the Theater at North, 1539 North Main Ave., Scranton.

The deadline for applications is Friday, Sept. 15, at 4 p.m. For more information, including applications, instructions and judging criteria, visit