Note from Commissioners about Vaccine Appointments

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues its grip on the United States and our community, it is vitally important that everyone protect themselves by getting vaccinated.  

Patience is a big part of the process.  Scheduling only one appointment at one location is also tantamount for medical professionals to vaccinate as many individuals as possible in a timely fashion.  

The Lackawanna County Commissioners, their Human Services Department and their Area Agency on Aging caution all residents from signing-up on multiple lists at multiple locations.  This is compounding the problem for vaccine providers as they move through their waiting lists, trying to serve as many people as possible.  Multiple sign-ups take away spots from other consumers.  

To that end, if you did sign-up at multiple locations, and got the vaccine, please make sure that you cancel the other appointments to free-up the time slots so more can be served.  

The best avenue for one to take is that if you are a patient or customer of any medical group, doctor, or pharmacy, add yourself to one of their lists.   

Streamlining the process to quickly serve a large number of people and help keep everyone healthy is the goal of the vaccination program.  Inundating the system does not allow the process to move forward.     

Lackawanna County Parks Now Accepting Reservations for Pavilion Gatherings

The Lackawanna County Commissioners – Jerry Notarianni, Debi Domenick, Esq., and Chris Chermak – have announced that the four County parks are now accepting reservations for gatherings at the respective pavilions.   

During the upcoming season, McDade, Merli-Sarnoski, Covington and Alyesworth Parks will be open to the general public Monday to Sunday from 7 AM until dusk when the parks close.  

People will be able to walk, hike, jog, bike and fish.  

All individuals or families that rent the space must follow the Governor’s mitigation practices on social distancing and other virus safety protocols in regard to group gatherings.  

The restrooms will be open; and sports activities will be permitted.  All safety protocols must be followed.    

The Coal Mine Tour will remain closed until further notice.  

The Commissioners urge everyone using the facilities to have fun and remember to be safety-conscious at all times.   

Call the Parks’ office number at 570-963-6764 for reservations.

Relief for Small Businesses in Lackawanna County

Lackawanna County Commissioners approved $4.725 million in CARES Act funding to provide grants to more than 200 Lackawanna County businesses that applied for assistance through the COVID-19 Relief Statewide Small Business Assistance program.  

“Small businesses are the backbone of both our local and national economy.  The pandemic has severely impacted the operations of our area’s small business community.  We funded the Small Business Assistance Program to invest in our companies and to help strengthen their future.  We want to assist them in keeping their doors open to provide all types of services to residents up and down the valley,” explained the Lackawanna County Board of Commissioners.    

MetroAction, the small business affiliate of the Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce, will provide technical assistance to those chosen for grant awards on behalf of Lackawanna County.