Artists Needed to Help Beautify the Government Center

Lackawanna County is seeking art work by Lackawanna artists for the “Beautify the Building!”

Area artists are invited to submit images of artwork celebrating Lackawanna County.  The program’s goal is to showcase local artwork throughout the Government Center located at 123 Wyoming Avenue, Scranton.  

Selected artists will receive $150 for the use of their image(s). Works in all mediums will be considered; however sculptures or other three dimensional forms must be in the format of a photograph. 

Lackawanna County will cover the cost of printing images in varying sizes. Artworks must be original, and the artists retain all intellectual property rights. 

Applications may be found at www.lackawannacounty.org and the submission deadline is May 15.   

Artworks should be uplifting, positive and reflect one or more of the following themes relating to Lackawanna County:

*Community life in Lackawanna County (people, places, streetscapes, homes,  heritage, food, health & fitness, diversity and inclusion)

*Memorializing COVID-19 (honoring those who have passed, front line workers, symbols of hope and resilience, and positive messages)

*Civic Duty (patriotism, voting (non-partisan) celebrating veterans, and volunteering)

*Environment (Lackawanna landscapes, flora & fauna, animals, outdoor recreation, and recycling)

*Arts & Culture (celebrating arts & culture activities, events and programs, organizations, and artists of all disciplines, history, and heritage)

*Older Adults, Children and Youth, Persons with Disabilities, Mental Health, Diversity and Inclusion 

For more information, contact Maureen McGuigan, Lackawanna County Deputy Director of Arts and Culture, at 570.963.6590 or mcguiganm@lackawannacounty.org. 

WARNING: Elderly Scams

Opportunists and thrill-seekers are at it again.  

 So, Lackawanna County older adults, beware.  

Scams pertaining to two very important subjects – vaccine shots and stimulus checks – are running rampant.  Seniors and their families need to be aware of this and the ramifications.  

Here are the facts as provided by the County’s Area Agency on Aging:  

*Vaccine Scam – Any calls stating that if you pay, provide credit card information, or personal information, you can get a vaccine shot is false.  All vaccines are free; covered by insurance. 

*Stimulus Scam – Any calls stating that if you pay, provide credit card information, or personal information, you will get additional stimulus payments.  This is certainly untrue.  

Dunmore Pizzerias Now on the Map

Lackawanna County is known for its phenomenal pizza. The county is not only home to Old Forge, the so-called Pizza Capital of the World, and their signature style of pizza, but there are also 160 pizza shops throughout Lackawanna County, serving every variety of pizza imaginable.

To showcase just how amazing the pizza is, the county has created the Lackawanna County Pizza Trail, compiling the local favorites. This delicious list allows people to plan a self-guided tour the whole family will enjoy. 

Nine Dunmore pizzerias included on the website include: Calabria Pizza & Restaurant; Cali’s Don Tomaso Peatza, Cara Mia’s Delicatessan, Drinker Pizza, Gold Crown Pizza, Grande Pizza Restaurant & Bar, Nardozzi’s Pizza, Nina’s Wing Bites and Pizza, and Two Brothers Restaurant and Pizzeria.

The county designed a system for locals to vote for their favorite shops from over 160 pizzerias. The results created a map that consists of 63 pizza shops that span across Lackawanna County. Only locally owned restaurants are included, and many have been open for 30 plus years with recipes that have been passed down from generation to generation. 

The map can be found at https://www.visitnepa.org/things-to-do/tours-itineraries/pizza-trail/. It includes descriptions of the restaurants, photos, and where to find them in Lackawanna County. The map is color coded to the different cities or regions to help plan your itinerary and route.