Take Photos of Food, Drink for Area Contest

Taking a page out of both the prophets and medieval times lore, Lackawanna County and the Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce are asking local restaurants and other food and beverage establishments to participate in the “Lackawanna Eat, Drink and Be Merry Restaurant Trail” holiday promotional photo contest activity.  

Interested patrons are invited to take and post photos of their favorite food or drink items at a local establishment(s) for a chance to win a gift card prize.  Restaurants/establishments must register to be part of the activity.  They will then be contacted with the contest’s details.   

The “Lackawanna Eat, Drink and Be Merry Restaurant Trail” will be marketed on the Chamber and Lackawanna Markets websites in conjunction with other partners throughout the holidays. There is no cost to participate, and the deadline to submit information is Friday, Oct. 15. 

The registration form is located at https://bit.ly/3tKFS8M

For more information, contact Maureen McGuigan, Deputy Director of Arts and Culture, at 570.496.1724 or email her at mcguiganm@lackawannacounty.org.  

Presence of West Nile Virus in Lackawanna County

The presence of West Nile virus has been detected in five new mosquito samples collected in Lackawanna County. Positive samples were found at: intersection of Marion Street and Powell Avenue in Clarks Summit; May Street in Moosic; Spring Street in Moosic; the intersection of South Irving Avenue and East Locust Street in Scranton; and the intersection of Palm Street and Crown Avenue in Scranton.  

No human cases have been reported in Lackawanna County at this time.  

Officials from Lackawanna County and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection are responding to the situation.  Residents in these areas are advised to take precaution when outdoors.  

For more information on West Nile virus and the Pennsylvania West Nile Virus Control Program, please visit https://gis.dep.pa.gov/WNV/index.html

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.