McDade Park Celebrates 40 Years

McDade-pondLackawanna County marked the 40th anniversary of McDade Park in Scranton on July 30. To celebrate the milestone, the Lackawanna County Commissioners, former Commissioners and other dignitaries celebrated the park’s anniversary on Sunday, July 30, at 11 a.m., the exact same date in 1977 that it was dedicated as The Joseph M. McDade Recreational Park.  The facility has become the “Crown Jewel” of the County’s park network.

“This is truly a great day for Lackawanna County as we recognize the 40th anniversary of McDade Park.  It is a gem of an operation, giving residents and visitors an opportunity to relax, get together, or enjoy the natural vistas of the park,” said Commissioner Patrick M. O’Malley.

“Today celebrates our history,” explained Commissioner Jerry Notarianni.  “Our past leaders are to be congratulated for being innovative and taking a chance on enhancing our quality of life for everyone to enjoy.”

“Today’s anniversary of the park is a testimony to the foresight of our community’s leadership.  McDade Park is a beautiful facility that families and groups can utilize for any occasion,” noted Commissioner Laureen A. Cummings.

The development of Keyser Park, as it was originally known, began when then Congressman McDade secured $2 million for use by the Bureau of Mines for the restoration of mine reclamation areas.

A badly-scarred 126-acre tract of land owned by the County was selected for the project.  The funding was used for site rehabilitation and top soil seeding.  The work gained national attention.

Additional Federal and State grants were secured during the park’s start-up to further enhance its development.  The resources were used for roadways, a sanitary sewer system, electric service, support buildings, athletic fields, sports courts, and a children’s playground.

The U.S. Forestry Service planted trees and special shrubs, and the State participated in the park’s growth with the construction of the Pennsylvania Anthracite Museum along with other enhancements.

McDade Park has, over the years, witnessed tremendous growth and expansion.  Every administration, since the park’s initial development, has invested significant dollars into the facility.

Since its inception, over $5 million in lease-hold improvements have been made.  They include: the Coal Mine Tour attraction, which has gained national acclaim for the park and area; a Coal Mine Building; pavilions; boundless playground; stocked fishing area; trails; swim complex; bathhouses; Cancer and 911 Memorials; street lighting; Coal Miner statue; and a maintenance building.     The anniversary program featured the Pledge of Allegiance followed by remarks from Commissioner Patrick M. O’Malley, Commissioner Jerry Notarianni and Commissioner Laureen A. Cummings, comments by William Davis, the County’s Deputy Director of Parks & Recreation; and brief statements from other invited guests.     


Farmers Market Voucher Program for Seniors

Lackawanna County senior citizens will once again be able to participate in the very popular local farmers market voucher program that has been a staple in our community for a number of years.     

The Lackawanna County Commissioners Patrick M. O’Malley, Jerry Notarianni and Laureen A. Cummings announced that the County’s Area Agency on Aging, in cooperation with the State Department of Agriculture, will be distributing Farmers Market Nutritional Program vouchers at either senior community centers or public facilities, beginning Monday, June 26.

Under the program, each eligible senior can receive up to four $5 vouchers that can be redeemed at participating farmers markets and farm stands for fresh fruit and produce.  The program is a win-win for both consumers and farmers.  It gives senior citizens access to locally grown produce and directs shoppers to area farmers that they generally may not see on a regular basis.     

The County has 20,000 vouchers available for distribution.    

Those who qualify are Lackawanna County residents who will be 60 or older by December 31, 2017 and whose annual income does not exceed $22,311 for a single person, $30,044 for a couple or $37,777 for a three person household.  Proof of age in the form of a driver’s license or birth certificate must be provided along with proof of Lackawanna County residency in the form of a utility bill or a driver’s license.

Vouchers will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis from 9 AM – 1 PM at the centers, unless otherwise indicated.  Seniors who are unable to visit a site may appoint a proxy to pick-up a voucher for them.  Proxy forms can be obtained at the Area Agency on Aging, local senior centers or online at

Any questions on the program should be directed to the Area Agency on Aging at

(570) 963-6740.


Lackawanna County Offers Free Electronics Recycling

clip_image001Area residents will have the opportunity to recycle electronic devices for free during a two-week period in mid-June through a program outlined by the Lackawanna County Commissioners and representatives from several participating communities.

The program will be in effect from June 12-26, with one television and one computer monitor/accessory per household being accepted.

“This is a very important service/program for our residents.  It is a great opportunity to discard electronic devices at no cost while also protecting our environment,” explained Commissioner Patrick M. O’Malley.  “We encourage everyone to participate so as to not litter our roadsides and common areas with televisions and computer hardware.”

“Aside from encouraging everyone to take the initiative to clean-out their of homes broken or unused electronics, we are also working to be a clean and green society,” said Commissioner Jerry Notarianni.  “Maintaining our County’s landscape and avoiding unsightly blight are important elements when marketing our area to investors and providing a positive view of our communities to out-of-town visitors.”

“This is a true intergovernmental partnership.  It is a great example of cooperation between the County, the Solid Waste Advisory Committee and our municipalities who are partnering with us on this venture,” noted Commissioner Laureen A. Cummings.

The municipalities participating in the program will be implementing special policies for the drop-off and /or pick-up of the items.  They will be responsible for alerting their residents on whether to either place the items curbside or bring them to their respective DPW facilities.

The majority of Lackawanna County’s municipalities are on-board with the program.

The electronics recycling program is being underwritten by Lackawanna County and the Solid Waste Advisory Committee.