9/11 remembrance planned at McDade Park

The 9/11 Memorial Committee of Lackawanna County will hold its annual commemoration of the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 on Sunday, Sept. 11, 2022, at 9 a.m. at the Memorial Site in McDade Park, Scranton. The public is invited. Prayer, songs, wreath laying and a firing salute are scheduled.

Shown from left: Sheila Shaufler, Joe DeAntona, Pastor Terry Drost, Patrick O’Malley, and Charlie Spano.

5K Race and Pet Parade to Benefit Griffin Pond

Griffin Pond Animal Shelter will host its inaugural Wag-O-Ween 5K and Pet Costume Parade Saturday, Oct. 16, at McDade Park, pavilion 1, at 1 Bald Mountain Rd., Scranton. Registration and check-in are from 8:30 to 9:45 a.m., and the race begins at 10.

At the event, runners are invited to wear their favorite Halloween costume or running gear as they dash through a 5K course designed by Scranton Running Company. The top male and female runners in each age category will receive a medal. 

The runners who compete in costume also will vie for the scariest, funniest, best superhero, and most unique costume prizes. All runners will receive a complimentary Griffin Pond Animal Shelter Wag-O-Ween 5K and Pet Costume Parade t-shirt. Registration is $35 and can be completed at www.runsignup.com/griffinpond.

Following the race at approximately 11:30 a.m., Griffin Pond will host a Halloween pet costume parade. Parade participants should check in at 11 a.m. at pavilion 1. During the event, pet owners will escort their pets as they contend for the funniest, cutest, most creative, and most unique costume prizes. Parade registration is $15. The shelter also has numerous sponsorship options available which are great advertising vehicles for businesses or a way to honor someone. To register for the parade or as a sponsor, please visit www.griffinpondanimalshelter.com.

All proceeds will benefit the shelter’s canine and feline enrichment program.

For more information, contact Jackie Galvin, M.S., development and communications director, at 570-586-3700, ext. 522 or jackie@griffinpondas.com.

Griffin Pond Animal Shelter was established as the Humane Society of Lackawanna County in 1938 to provide shelter for homeless, unwanted, and abused animals. The shelter cares for more than 200 animals on a daily basis. As a non-profit organization, Griffin Pond Animal Shelter does not receive any assistance from government agencies or subsidies from other institutions. The shelter operates on donations from the community. For more information about Griffin Pond Animal Shelter, please visit www.griffinpondanimalshelter.com.

Lackawanna County Parks Now Accepting Reservations for Pavilion Gatherings

The Lackawanna County Commissioners – Jerry Notarianni, Debi Domenick, Esq., and Chris Chermak – have announced that the four County parks are now accepting reservations for gatherings at the respective pavilions.   

During the upcoming season, McDade, Merli-Sarnoski, Covington and Alyesworth Parks will be open to the general public Monday to Sunday from 7 AM until dusk when the parks close.  

People will be able to walk, hike, jog, bike and fish.  

All individuals or families that rent the space must follow the Governor’s mitigation practices on social distancing and other virus safety protocols in regard to group gatherings.  

The restrooms will be open; and sports activities will be permitted.  All safety protocols must be followed.    

The Coal Mine Tour will remain closed until further notice.  

The Commissioners urge everyone using the facilities to have fun and remember to be safety-conscious at all times.   

Call the Parks’ office number at 570-963-6764 for reservations.