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.

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 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