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Archbald to Continue Maintaining Staback Park

ARCHBALD — A park used by hundreds of people will continue to be maintained by a community in Lackawanna County. Archbald currently maintains Staback Park located off Eynon Jermyn Road as part of a deal with the state. That agreement was in jeopardy as borough officials considered opting out of the agreement due to the costs. The park houses numerous athletic fields for youth sports, and people who opposed breaking the deal feared the park might fall into disrepair. “Staback […]

Where’s Kevin? The Search for State Rep. Haggerty Continues

DUNMORE — For a third straight day, State Rep Kevin Haggerty (D-Dunmore) has been an “unexcused” no-show at the state Capitol. His Democratic colleagues in Harrisburg have begun marking his absences as “unexcused,” and if Haggerty hits five unexcused absences in a row, he could be held in contempt of the House. Joe Sabia of Eynon has spent the past couple months taking the Democratic lawmaker who represents the 112th District to task at meetings and on social media. “To make $87,000 plus a […]

Police Developing Surveillance Camera Database

CLARKS SUMMIT — Police departments in part of Lackawanna County are asking people to play the role of crime fighters. Officers are developing a database of home surveillance systems. Neighboring police departments in South Abington Township and Clarks Summit are making an effort to make better use of technology that already appears all over the communities. “Time is of the essence when solving a crime, so the faster we can get a suspect identified or a vehicle identified, the quicker […]

New Year, New Tradition

SCRANTON — A new New Year’s Eve celebration is being planned for this year in Lackawanna County. County officials have teamed up with the Creative and Performing Arts Academy to put on the “Lackawanna County New Year’s Eve Spectacular.” The free family friendly event will be held from 7 p.m. to midnight at the Ritz Theatre along Wyoming Avenue in Scranton. Officials came up with the idea after the annual First Night celebration was canceled. “That is the backbone of […]

Judge Denies Cordaro’s Appeal

SCRANTON — A federal judge has denied former Lackawanna County Commissioner Robert Cordaro’s appeal. A jury convicted Cordaro on corruption charges back in 2011. Cordaro’s lawyers argued he should get a new trial. The judge ruled they failed to prove Cordaro was innocent of the crimes. Cordaro is serving an 11-year federal sentence. He’s been in prison since 2012. His fellow convicted Lackawanna County commissioner, A.J. Munchak, is out of federal prison. He is serving the last four years of […]

16 Salutes: Bringing Light to ‘a Dark Place’

SCRANTON — A woman in Lackawanna County has spent decades helping those behind bars.  She just turned 87 and shows no signs of stopping her work. Her friends say to know her is to love her.  At 87 years old, Anna Young is slender and small, but she is still a force to be reckoned with. “Well, you know, when you love what you do, it’s no effort, but if you don’t like what you do, then it’s hell on […]

‘Better safe than sorry’- First-Aid Buckets at West Scranton High

SCRANTON — Students in Scranton are being equipped with school supplies you may not expect — first-aid kits that could come in handy just in case there ever is a school shooting. At West Scranton High School, buckets are being used to keep students safe. It’s because of what’s inside the buckets — the makings of an advanced first-aid kit, an important line of defense if there’s ever an active shooter incident there. “Just with everything going on in the […]

PennDOT Offers Tips for Driving in the Snow

DUNMORE — With the temperatures dipping, and snow squalls popping up, driving conditions can become treacherous this time of year. This winter, the National Weather Service will send out snow squall warnings for the first time. PennDOT expects the warnings to be helpful. “What this will allow us to do is–especially if we know it’s only going to be a snow squall like they’re looking at over the next few days–we can begin to pinpoint our resources and get specific […]

Carbondale Manger Scene Moved for Legal Concerns

CARBONDALE — People in Carbondale have noticed that part of the city’s holiday display is missing A nativity scene that’s sat across from City Hall for years has been moved because city officials feared they would be sued. Over the past few days, folks in Carbondale have been questioning City Hall about the missing manger scene. It’s not in its normal spot in Memorial Park because of a letter the city received last Christmas. The famous stable in Bethlehem is […]

Pet Expo Held in Scranton

SCRANTON — All sorts of animals came indoors for a pet expo. Dogs, cats, pigs, and ducks all joined in the Winter Pet Expo at The Marketplace at Steamtown on Sunday. About a dozen rescues and shelters took part in the event that featured a pot belly pig, turtles, and more. Pet owners even got to take home photos of their pups with Jolly Old Saint Nick. This event was held to help those shelters help animals in need. “We […]