Annual Italian Flag Raising Continues Despite Pandemic

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.     

County’s Annual Italian Flag Raising

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Dunmore’s Keystone Chapter UNICO was front and center for the annual Lackawanna County Italian Flag Raising.

This annual salute recognizes October as Italian Heritage and Culture Month as well as the Discovery of the Americas by Christopher Columbus. This event was initiated by Keystone UNICO in 2012 and carried out by the Lackawanna County Commissioners ever since.

Special thanks to Commissioner Pat O’Malley, who has attended every year. All Lackawanna County Italian Organizations are invited to attend and receive a proclamation of this event. About 12 organizations were represented this year.

Pictured are members and friends of the Keystone Chapter, including the Carbondale Chapter UNICO, Lackawanna County Bocce Association, Victor Alfieri Society and Dunmore’s San Cataldo Club. ¬†

From left are Carmen Scrimalli, Cathy Gerard, Joe DeAntona, Mary DePalma, Jim Mack, Glenn Pettinato, Tom Carlucci, Terri Pettinato, Mark McDade, County Commissioner Pat O’Malley, Michele McDade, Frances Malinowski, Carol Scrimalli, Bob Tagert, Val Riggi, Guy DePalma, Marilyn Vitali, Sylvia Tagert, Mary Lou Karliak, Silvio Mele, Ann Summa, Danny Ricardo, Alfredo Pisa and Carlo Pisa.

Italian flag raising and proclamation

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The Lackawanna County Commissioners conducted an Italian flag raising and proclamation at the County Courthouse on Oct. 1.  Among the several county Italian organizations present was the Keystone Chapter UNICO National. Started at the request of the Keystone Chapter in 2012, this has become a traditional start of celebrating October as Italian Heritage and Culture Month.

Pictured are the Keystone UNICO members with County Commissioners from left: Michele McDade, holding the “October is Italian Heritage and Culture Month in Lackawanna County” proclamation; Marilyn Vitali; Tom Carlucci; Commissioner Jerry Notarianni; Mark McDade, PA II District Governor; Commissioner Pat O’Malley; Ann Summa; Mary Rinaldi, and Jim Mack.