Trees Planted for COVID Memorial Plaza

As part of the 2021 Earth Day celebration and festivities, the Lackawanna County Commissioners planted trees on the Linden Street side of the Courthouse.  The area will be dedicated in the Fall as COVID Memorial Plaza, honoring those who lost their lives to the virus. 

The trees were donated by the Lackawanna County Conservation District and Corky’s Garden Path & Greenhouse.  Several area environmental organizations participated in the event, offering information handouts and giveaways. 

From left to right: Nicole Shapiro, Recycling Coordinator; Commissioner Chris Chermak, Commissioner Jerry Notarianni, and Commissioner Debi Domenick, ESQ.  

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.