Mayor’s Message: June 2022

By Max Conway
Mayor of Dunmore

This month I am thrilled to announce that our “Safe Transfer Zone” is up and running outside our Police Department on Blakely Street! With the increasing number of online sales, it is important to remain vigilant while conducting online business.

A safe transfer zone is a place where people involved in online transactions (Facebook marketplace, Craigslist, OfferUp, etc.) can meet SAFELY and exchange goods in a secured and monitored location. In addition to online transactions, it is also a place where you can safely handle child custody transfers and other domestic matters. A huge “thank you” to our Police Department for making this idea a reality!

Here are some tips for staying safe when buying and selling online:

• Meet at a police station or a location with a safe exchange zone under the watch of surveillance cameras. Do not jeopardize your safety for the sake of convenience.

• Do NOT accept a last-second change in location under any circumstance. This is a common tactic used to lure people to potentially dangerous areas.

• Be cautious of high-value items (current phones or laptops) that have a “too good to be true” list price. Sellers may use the low price as a reason for you to have to accommodate them, and meet them in a questionable location.

• Always try to bring an extra person when buying or selling.

• Keep all communication with the buyer/seller on the app. Do not give your personal information. It is best if the conversation is linked to all accounts involved.

• Use the app to look at the profile of the buyer/seller. Does the service offer a verified status? If it’s Facebook, is it a new profile with little to no information? Craigslist works with almost total anonymity and offers the fewest safeguards.

• If possible, do not use cash. Apps such as Venmo, PayPal, and Cash have made securely transferring money possible. Carrying cash is a liability and could set you up to be a victim of a violent crime.

Mayor’s Message: May 2022

By Mayor Max Conway

For this month’s message, I want to touch on a service that is often overlooked and could be of value for the citizens of the Borough. The Nancy Kay Holmes Library of the Lackawanna County Library System provides traditional library services like lending of books and DVDs, while also providing additional services, events, and programs for children and adults of all ages. 

In addition to those services and events, library patrons can, if they wish, request items online to be picked up at the branch or even opt for home delivery! While the library is in Scranton (1032 Green Ridge St), it is free to use for all Dunmore residents. 

If you would like to learn more about the services they provide, visit them today or check out their Facebook page!  

In some personal news, I was fortunate enough to spend the first two weeks of April on my honeymoon with my wife, Ally.

We spent 12 wonderful days in Europe with six days in Ireland and six days in Germany. While in Ireland, we took a quick detour to a small town called…you guessed it…Dunmore! 

We stopped in for a pint at a local pub and ended up talking with some of the locals. When my wife mentioned I was the Mayor of Dunmore, PA, the man who was sitting across the bar said, “STAY RIGHT THERE! I WILL BE RIGHT BACK!”

When he returned twenty minutes later, he handed us his flag of the Dunmore, Ireland Rugby Club to bring home with us! It was truly a trip and an experience my wife and I will never forget. 

If you would like to keep up to date on other announcements and information, please follow me on Facebook at Mayor Max Conway!

Mayor’s Message: April 2022

It has been a busy month in the Dunmore Mayor’s office, but I would like to use this column to wish a very Happy 160th Birthday to our wonderful Borough! 

Dunmore was first settled in 1783 when William Allsworth of Connecticut – a shoemaker by trade – reached here one evening and deemed it a suitable place to settle his family. It is rumored that these first settlers called Dunmore “Bucktown,” as it had a massive deer population. 

Allsworth would later open an inn on what is now Blakely and Drinker Streets. Fast forward several decades, and in the second year of the Civil War, the village of Dunmore was incorporated into the Borough of Dunmore when Governor Andrew G. Curtin signed a bill on April 10, 1862, making Dunmore an official Borough! 

To honor Dunmore’s birthday, Borough Council, DPW and I are planning a borough-wide cleanup on Saturday April 30th from 10 am. to noon. We hope to target our cleanup to the parks in the Borough (Sherwood, St. Anthony’s, Monroe, Schautz as well as Dunmore Corners).

If you can come out and join us, please register to volunteer with the link found on my Facebook page or with the QR code (use your camera on your phone and hold over the code)!

If you would like to keep up-to-date on other announcements and information, please follow me on Facebook at Mayor Max Conway!

Note: The information used for Dunmore’s History is from Dunmore’s Centennial History book, which was published in 1962.