Annual Fishing Derby at McDade Park Scheduled for May 5th

McDade Fishing Derby Pix

The Lackawanna County Commissioners and the Parks & Recreation Department have finalized plans for the 26th annual fishing derby at McDade Park on Saturday, May 5. The event is limited to the first 250 children and costs $5 to register.

There are two tiers of fishing times – 11 am to 12:45 pm for kids 4 – 8 years old; and 1:15 pm – 3 pm for those 9 – 12. Call the park office for details (570) 963-6764.

Shown from left: William Davis, deputy director for the parks & recreation department; Commissioner Jerry Notarianni, Commissioner Laureen A. Cummings, Commissioner Patrick M. O’Malley and Mark Dougher, the Parks & Recreation’s Buildings & Grounds Manager.  



Baby Blankets Donated to Moses Taylor

Baby Blanket DonationVolunteer groups throughout Lackawanna County made and donated handmade blankets, hats and sweaters to babies and children at Commonwealth Health Moses Taylor Hospital.

Forty-six blankets, of all colors and sizes, along with several hats and sweaters were collected and delivered to the hospital in Scranton. Nurses at Moses Taylor distribute the blankets to newborns or young patients who have to spend time in the hospital due to sickness or injuries.

Shown from left: Andrea Kocher, nurse manager of mother-baby & pediatrics, Commonwealth Health Moses Taylor Hospital, and Mary Kluck, Simpson, volunteer.      


Environmental Education Center Offers Summer Day Camps

environmental day campThis summer, more than 200 local youths ranging from ages five through 18 will have the opportunity to participate in LCEEC Summer Day Camps, which are focused on connecting children to nature.  They will take place at the Lackawanna College Environmental Education Center in Covington Township.

Each weeklong camp takes place at LCEEC’s beautiful 211-acre property and LEED Gold Certified facility.  The property is home to native plants and wild animals, forested areas, a stream, a marsh, meadows, instructional gardens, and indoor and outdoor classroom space.  Campers will spend time exploring natural habitats and playing summer games while the experienced staff guides campers through innovative experiential activities including hiking, stream and forest ecology, environmental activities, nature-based art projects, and much more.

Focusing on discovery and teamwork, children gain a deeper understanding of the interconnectedness of all life while daily interactions with one another helps develop cooperation skills and encourage friendships. A low camper-to-counselor ratio ensures children are safe, supervised, and engaged in activities that keep their minds and bodies healthy.

High school students interested in getting a jump-start on their college career can register for a 10-day Environmental Quality field course. Students will assess the quality of our local environment to determine the extent and sources of pollution. This three-credit course is open enrollment for any high school student who has completed their sophomore year.  Completion of the course earns students three-credits towards their Environmental Science degree, which are transferrable within Lackawanna College or to other institutions.

Other weekly themes include ArtVentures, Wilderness Survival, Backyard Habitats, Closer Look, Eco Explorers, and Eco Quest.  On the last Friday of each camp, LCEEC hosts a family program where parents and siblings can come to watch the campers receive their Ecological Awareness Certificate of Completion and present a program about their week’s experience.

For more information or to register contact the Lackawanna College Environmental Education Center at (570) 842-1506 or email

County Sheriff’s Office Recognized for “Good Works”

Sheriff's Seminar Good Works Pix

The Lackawanna County Commissioners presented a “Good Works” certificate to the Sheriff’s Office staff who recently facilitated the eight session “Active Shooters” seminar series for all County employees.

Conducted at Marywood University, the program was designed to educate staff on how to: recognize signs of potential threats; protect/defend themselves, and be cognizant of the surroundings they are in.

Shown from left: Deputy Ryan DeLuccie, Deputy Robert Moore, Commissioner Jerry Notarianni, Jeanne Rosencrance, Trauma Services, District Attorney’s Office; Deputy James Malone, Chief Deputy John Tigue, Commissioner Patrick M. O’Malley, Commissioner Laureen A. Cummings, and Deputy Glenn Chapman.