The annual Italian flag raising was conducted at the beautiful Lackawanna County Courthouse Square, calling attention to the fact that October is “Italian Heritage and Culture Month” and Columbus Day, a national holiday, was just around the corner, as is our county Christopher Columbus Statue.
Initiated in 2012 by the Keystone Chapter UNICO National, and with the assistance of the County Commissioners, this has been an annual acknowledgement every year since. Local Italian organizations are invited each year to participate.
This year, County Commissioner Chris Chermak was present, along with representation by several local Italian American organizations. Participating were District Governor Cathy Bianchi, PA II UNICO National; President Mary Lynn Brannon, Carbondale UNICO; President Gail Cicerini, Scranton UNICO; President Mary Ann Coviello, Dunmore’s Keystone UNICO; Mike Iacavazzi, Past Department Commander, Disabled American Veterans of Pennsylvania; Stephanie Longo, Associate Producer of the Italian American Podcast; President Joe Macciocco, Lackawanna County Columbus Day Association and the Victor Alfieri Society; Mark McDade, Flag Raising Organizer and Event Speaker; Peter Noto, Past District Governor, UNICO PA II; First Vice-President Dr. Peter Pettinato, UNICO National; President Carmen Scrimalli, San Cataldo Club; and Carol Scrimalli, Dunmore Councilwoman.