Dunmore Pizzerias Now on the Map

Lackawanna County is known for its phenomenal pizza. The county is not only home to Old Forge, the so-called Pizza Capital of the World, and their signature style of pizza, but there are also 160 pizza shops throughout Lackawanna County, serving every variety of pizza imaginable.

To showcase just how amazing the pizza is, the county has created the Lackawanna County Pizza Trail, compiling the local favorites. This delicious list allows people to plan a self-guided tour the whole family will enjoy. 

Nine Dunmore pizzerias included on the website include: Calabria Pizza & Restaurant; Cali’s Don Tomaso Peatza, Cara Mia’s Delicatessan, Drinker Pizza, Gold Crown Pizza, Grande Pizza Restaurant & Bar, Nardozzi’s Pizza, Nina’s Wing Bites and Pizza, and Two Brothers Restaurant and Pizzeria.

The county designed a system for locals to vote for their favorite shops from over 160 pizzerias. The results created a map that consists of 63 pizza shops that span across Lackawanna County. Only locally owned restaurants are included, and many have been open for 30 plus years with recipes that have been passed down from generation to generation. 

The map can be found at https://www.visitnepa.org/things-to-do/tours-itineraries/pizza-trail/. It includes descriptions of the restaurants, photos, and where to find them in Lackawanna County. The map is color coded to the different cities or regions to help plan your itinerary and route. 

Scranton to Host Inaugural Ice Festival

A small group of community-minded volunteers in partnership with First Friday Scranton, Scranton Tomorrow, the Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce, and the Scranton Area Community Foundation, have joined together to host the inaugural Scranton Ice Festival, which will be held on Friday, Feb. 5, through Sunday, Feb. 7, in Downtown Scranton. 

The Scranton Ice Festival will feature a number of ice sculptures in front of businesses in downtown Scranton including various businesses located on Adams Avenue, North Washington Avenue, Penn Avenue, Linden Street, and Wyoming Avenue. Family-friendly activities are also planned. Some of these activities include ice sculpting demonstrations, musical acts, and more. The event coincides with First Friday. The Scranton Ice Festival aims to bring people to downtown Scranton to support small businesses after a challenging year caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

This free and largely outdoor festival will be an opportunity for the community to safely patronize local businesses and generate charitable support for the Scranton Small Business Relief Fund at the Scranton Area Community Foundation, which will help small business owners and employees experiencing hardship during the coronavirus pandemic. Any and all remaining proceeds from this nonprofit event and its sponsorships will go towards this charitable fund. Contributions will be tax-deductible. 

For questions about the Scranton Ice Festival, please email scrantonicefest@gmail.com.

Dempsey Enters Race for Lackawanna County Judge

Atty. Mary Walsh Dempsey of Scranton has announced her intention to run for an upcoming vacancy on the Lackawanna County Court of Common Pleas in the May Primary Election.

Dempsey, who currently serves as Senior Litigation Counsel for Ufberg and Associates in Scranton, has practiced law in Lackawanna County full time for the past 30 years. Her three-decade legal career includes extensive experience in civil law, both in state and federal courtrooms, and experience in criminal law.

“Over the past 30 years, I have represented thousands of individual clients with passion, tenacity, intellect, integrity and the utmost respect for the law.  I am proud to put my experience, my vast legal knowledge and my strong sense of community on the ballot in May as a candidate for Lackawanna County Judge.”

Dempsey just recently completed a one-year term as the President of the Lackawanna Bar Association, and she was selected to fill a five-month vacancy as a Scranton City Council member in 2019. She also worked as an Asst. District Attorney in Lackawanna County and still holds several leadership roles in the Pennsylvania Bar Association and other community organizations.

“I have always considered the practice of law to be a calling for me and a way for me to serve others. Presiding as a Judge in the Court of Common Pleas presents yet another opportunity for me to use my proven, and time-tested legal skills, to serve a community that has historically placed its trust in me.” Dempsey added “I know that I will maintain independence and that I will apply the rule of law to the facts of the case in all matters.  I will also uphold decorum, effectively maintain judicial temperament, and just as important, I will be tough and tenacious when needed.”

Mary Walsh Dempsey resides in Scranton with her four children. She is a graduate of Scranton Preparatory School, The University of Scranton, and the Dickinson School of Law. 

She will run for the seat on the Lackawanna County Court of Common Pleas that will be vacated upon the impending retirement of Judge Thomas Munley. The Primary Election will be held May 18, 2021.