Free COVID-19 Workplace Vaccine Clinics

The Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce – in partnership with Lackawanna County – is offering Lackawanna County businesses the opportunity to set up free, on-site COVID-19 vaccine clinics for employees and their families, including children ages 12-15.

“As a business organization, the Chamber understands the impact COVID-19 has had on our community,” said Bob Durkin, president of The Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce. “Collaborating with Lackawanna County on this initiative gives us the opportunity to help our businesses and their employees in fostering a safe work environment, as well as supporting the NEPA economy.”

“The pandemic has taken a tremendous toll on the national, state, and local economic landscape. As we begin to return to work and a sense of normalcy, it is vital for everyone to get vaccinated for their own protection and that of others.  Companies that hold vaccine clinics for their employees are to be lauded for their commitment to their workers in an attempt to safely move ahead to return to the environment everyone is accustomed to,” explained the Lackawanna County Board of Commissioners. 

Lackawanna County and their approved vaccine providers will coordinate the clinics for the businesses that apply. Businesses looking to schedule a clinic can apply at www.scrantonchamber.com/covid-19-workplace-vaccine-clinics.

For more information or questions, contact Amy Luyster at aluyster@scrantonchamber.com.

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.  

Former Commissioner Running for Register of Wills

Patrick O’Malley is running for Register of Wills of Lackawanna County. A former two term Commissioner of Lackawanna County and a former Scranton School Director, his life has been about giving back to the community. 

O’Malley began playing Santa Claus at the age of 13, and has long been a speaker on behalf of women’s rights and on behalf of the Women’s Resource Center. His sister /godmother was a victim of domestic violence when he was 11 years old. 

O’Malley is also the co-director of the “Hook” O’Malley Race Against Cancer”, which is celebrating it’s 29th year, with all proceeds going to the American Cancer Society. 

He’s also the cochairman of the O’Malley Free Holiday events which include Easter, Halloween, and Christmas, and is active in numerous other organizations and charities. 

O’Malley promises that he will working on behalf of the 214,000 citizens as a full time Register of Wills.