Code Blue Alert in Lackawanna County in Effect Through Monday

1_QG0KaoD7rK357jl7Jc0UlABased on current cold weather information, the Lackawanna County Commissioners are declaring a “Code Blue” frigid weather alert.

Utilizing forecasts from the National Weather Service at Binghamton, NY, and in consultation with the Lackawanna County Emergency Management Agency, a “Code Blue” will be declared for Lackawanna County, effective immediately,  and ending at noon on Monday, January 8.   

A “Code Blue” alert is issued when the forecasted temperature in Lackawanna County (including wind chills) is expected to reach 20 degrees Fahrenheit or lower. If necessary, based on weather conditions, an extension of the alert may be issued.  

The goal of this notification is to: make people aware of the extremely cold conditions; provide information related to health and wellness in the cold weather; and publicize the locations of emergency homeless shelters that are operated by area social service agencies.  

During a “Code Blue” alert, homeless individuals can access an emergency shelter at the following locations:

–        St. Anthony’s Haven, 409 Olive Street, Scranton (hours: 7:30 p.m. to 8 a.m.)

–        Community Intervention Center, 445 North 6th Avenue, Scranton (hours: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.)

Information on personal health and safety during freezing weather can be found on the Lackawanna County homepage by visiting and clicking on the “Code Blue Alert” icon on the right side of the screen. Alerts will also be posted on the County’s social media outlets for the duration of the advisory period.  



Commissioners Recognized for Supporting County Disability Fair

Disability Fair Recognition Pix

The Lackawanna County Commissioners were honored by the County’s Disability Fair Committee for their generous support of the group’s inaugural expo held in October.

The Commissioners provided seed money for the fair’s start-up and administration. Committee members presented the Commissioners with a shirt from the event.

Shown from left: Commissioner Patrick M. O’Malley, Keith Williams, committee; Commissioner Laureen A. Cummings, Commissioner Jerry Notarianni, and Bobby Walsh, committee.


Lackawanna River in the Running for “River of the Year”

River of Year pic

The Lackawanna River has been nominated for the 2018 Pennsylvania River of the Year Award.  The Lackawanna County Commissioners helped to spread the word about the campaign with remarks by Bernie McGurl, inside left, Executive Director of the Lackawanna River Corridor, at their recent meeting.

Interested parties can vote for the Lackawanna River by visiting the County’s website

Shown from left: Commissioner Jerry Notarianni, Mr. McGurl, Commissioner Patrick M. O’Malley and Commissioner Laureen A. Cummings.  


PennDOT Spreads Christmas Joy with Annual Wish Program

PennDOT holiday wish

PennDOT Employees of District 4, Dunmore, conducted their Annual Christmas Holiday Wish Program. This year, employees  delivered  65  Christmas gifts for preschool students ages 3-5 from the Head Start Program in Lackawanna County.

The funds were raised by the generosity of PennDOT employees in District 4.

Shown seated in the front row, from left: Marsha Boland and Dawn Foley. Standing, same order: Joseph Cerra, Christopher Rood, John Pivovarnik,  Charles Davis, Lonie Shalkowski, Thomas Capitano and Jennifer Borino.