Winners Named in “Greensylvania” Competition

Recycling winners photo

The Lackawanna County Commissioners and staff recognized first and second place winners in the 10th annual Greensylvania paper recycling competition conducted at area schools.

Holy Cross High School in Dunmore finished first in the high school division with 2,943 lbs. of recycled paper. Carbondale High School was second with 4,651 lbs. recycled, but at a lower per capita rate.   John Whittier Elementary School in Scranton, first place, recycled 8,195 lbs. of paper.  South Scranton Intermediate School finished first with 5,821 lbs. of paper recycled.

Shown from left: Dan Gilroy, South Scranton Intermediate principal; Mike Potomic, Walmart, sponsor; Barbara Giovagnoli, Lackawanna County Department of Environmental Sustainability; Commissioner Patrick M. O’Malley; Jeana Gatelli, Luann Lord and Nick Bradley, John Whittier Elementary School; Commissioner Jerry Notarianni; Emily Schultz and Kimberly Mecir, Holy Cross High School; Scott Michalek, Carbondale Area High School; Justine Tone, Holy Cross High School; and Mike Wincovitch, Diamond K Inc., sponsor.


Dunmoreans Earn Degrees from Lackawanna College

LCLogoFUTURE1Lackawanna College awarded more than 370 associate degrees and certificates to students from 15 states during its 123rd commencement on May 20 in the College’s Student Union in downtown Scranton.

The following Dunmore students earned degrees and certificates: Pasquale Joseph Mandarano, Associate in Applied Science, Accounting; Thomas Swinick, Business Studies; Lin Zhu, Cardiac Sonography; Sardar Shahzeb Khan, Computer Information Systems; Kaitlin Rose Gardier, Criminal Justice-Counseling; Brandon Michael Kukawski and Robert J. Seprish, Criminal Justice-Police; Kaitlin Rose Gardier, Human Services; Al Husayn Al Mukhtar Abu Bakr, Elisabeth Jamison Padula, and Shannon Margaret Regan, Liberal Studies; Laurel Nicole Leppo, Sport Management.

Lackawanna College is a private, accredited two-year college serving the people of Northeastern Pennsylvania.

With a main campus situated in downtown Scranton, Lackawanna’s expanding footprint also includes satellite centers in Hawley, Hazleton, New Milford, Sunbury, and Towanda. 


Honoring Old Glory at the County Courthouse

Flag Day photo

Lt. Col. Thomas Bracey, a World War II veteran, seated front, recited the Pledge of Allegiance at the recent Flag Day ceremony held in front of the Lackawanna County Courthouse.  

Participants in the program were, standing from left: Ashley DeFlice, Scout Master Eric Myers, Commissioner Patrick M. O’Malley, Charlie Spano, Kendra Lynn, Joseph Louis Guido, who has been involved in the program for the past five years, Pamela Guido, Shirley Guido, Frank DeAngelo, Joe Guido, Maria Guido, and Joseph Guido.


Letter to the Editor: July 2017

letterDear Editor,

My wife and I recently completed an interaction with the Lackawanna County Land Bank.  For the past eight years we have tried in vain to obtain possession of a now vacant lot which borders our property.  The lot located at 211 N. Cameron Avenue once supported a single dwelling.

This home was abandoned approximately eight years ago.  Since that time we were informed that there was a $24,000 H.U.D. demolition loan attached to the property.

After reading about the creation of the land bank, we contacted the Lackawanna County Commissioners Office, and soon received a call from Commissioner Patrick O’Malley.  He directed us to the appropriate officials at the Land Bank and the red tape was dissolved.

My wife and I were pleasantly surprised at the professionalism and swiftness which allowed us to finally complete the purchase.  

I would like to thank Commissioner O’Malley, the Land Bank officials, and all governmental officials associated with the project.  This experience has been a sterling example of government working with and for its citizens.

Greg and Joan Popil
Scranton, PA