County Commissioners to Host Annual Bike Safety Fair

Cyclist-Awareness-Sign-from-BicycleSigns1-203x300With Winter finally over, the nice weather has ushered in bike season.  

It is vitally important for: bicycles to be in tip-top shape; children to have the proper equipment; and drivers and youth to know the rules of biking and the road.

On Saturday, May 13, the Lackawanna County Commissioners Patrick M. O’Malley, Jerry Notarianni and Laureen A. Cummings are hosting the fifth annual bike safety fair and helmet giveaway at McDade Park, Scranton, from 10 AM to Noon.  

Three hundred helmets will be given away free-of-charge to the youngsters who attend.   Bike safety talks will be done by local police officials.  A bike rodeo is also planned to help the youngsters learn how to navigate in all kinds of weather and terrain.  

PNC Bank is the presenting sponsor.  Other sponsors are: Strive Multisport, Gerrity’s Supermarkets and the Scranton/Wilkes Barre RailRiders.   

The County is coordinating a helmet design competition once again.  Youngsters can go to the County’s website. print-off a blank helmet and then let their imaginations run wild.  Helmet design sheets are also available at Gerrity’s Supermarkets, Strive Multisport on Cedar Avenue, Scranton, and the Railriders offices.    

The designs will be judged and one boy and girl will win a bike, provided by Strive.  A drawing for another bike will be conducted the day of the fair.

The coloring competition is open to all public school districts and private schools throughout Lackawanna County along with the general public.

All entries must be submitted by Wednesday, May 10.  They should be mailed to the Lackawanna County Commissioners Office, 200 Adams Avenue, Sixth Floor, Scranton, PA 18503.

In order to receive a helmet at the fair, the youngsters will be required to attend a brief bike safety talk.  When the presentation is complete, the children will be able to pick-up a helmet.

There will be several fun activities, child finger printing by the District Attorney’s Office, face painting and giveaways. Hot dogs will be served, compliments of Gerrity’s Supermarkets.

For further information, contact Fran Pantuso, Community Outreach Manager, at 570-963-6750 or pantusof@lackawannacounty.org.  

 

Busy Performance Schedule for Emerald Isle Step Dancers

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The Emerald Isle Step Dancers will kick off their busiest time of the year on Friday, March 3, performing for The Emerald Society’s Annual St Patrick’s Dinner held at the Scranton/Dunmore FOP Lodge.

They will also entertain in the Pittston City St Patrick’s Parade on Saturday, March 4;  at Beech Mountain in Drums on Friday, March 10; and in Scranton’s 56th Annual St Patrick’s Day Parade, on Saturday, March 11, with a later performance at the Ancient Order of Hibernians, Division 6, 10th Annual Parade Day Party at St Joseph Hall, Davis Street.

Shown in the front row, from left: Emma Peters, Nora Gilligan, Emmaleigh Murphy, Martha Goffredo, Abby Kowalczyk, Hannah Dillon and Emma Roberts.

Second Row: Cierra Gaffney, Erica Gilligan, Jayden Herbert, Morgan Slusser, Ruth Mullisky, Michael Mullisky, Caitrin Mullisky, Emily Woss, Madison Day, Torey Burke and Laura Olsen.

Back Row: Cathy Otis, Sidney Snyder, Kalista Armitage, Abby Bartoli, Cecelia Otis, Jennifer Woss, director; Abby Gaffney, Emma Otis, Kaitlyn Slusser and Dorothy Jenkins.

 

Tax Defer Program Kicks off in March

seal5A tax defer payment program to provide assistance for the elderly of Lackawanna County will kick-off on March 1 for individuals who meet the income guidelines of the initiative.

The County’s Tax Claim Bureau’s “Extension For Elderly/Deferral of Taxes” will offer eligible persons 65 years of age or older an opportunity to extend or defer the period of time to pay their taxes.  The overall goal of this program is to prevent them for losing their residences and/or the equity in their homes as a result of unpaid real estate taxes.

The program was enacted by the Commissioners on Sept. 21, 2016.  It is being administered by the County’s Area Agency on Aging and the Scranton Lackawanna Human Development Agency (SLHDA).

To be eligible, an applicant’s household income must be equal to or less than the maximum household income necessary to qualify for a property tax or rent rebate under the Senior Citizens Rebate Act.

To determine eligibility, the Tax Bureau and Area Agency on Aging will review tax return documents, homeowner’s insurance data and income information.  If the applicant meets the requirements of the program, an additional three-month tax payment extension would be granted.

After this point, if the owner desires to continue to live in the residence and cannot afford to pay the taxes the Tax Claim Bureau may stay the tax sale and defer payment until such time as title to the property is transferred or the owner is no longer the sole occupant of the property.

Once the title to the property is transferred and the eligible owner is no longer the sole occupant, the taxes and simple interest shall be due.

For general tax information, call the Tax Claim Bureau at 570-963-6734.

For applications, guideline reviews and assistance, contact the Area Agency on Aging at 570-963-6740 or SLHDA at 570-963-6836.