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PennDOT paving roads in Throop

Starting today, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation will pave several streets in Throop.

Paving work on Rebecca, Oleckna and Sanderson streets will go on between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. daily through the end of July.

Motorists can check driving conditions by visiting www.511PA.com. 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information, and access to more than 1,000 traffic cameras.

511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional twitter alerts accessible on the 511PA website.

Fire companies receive grant money

Several local fire companies and emergency medical service companies will share in a total of more than $242,000 in state grant money.

The funding is provided by the Fire Company and Emergency Medical Service Grant Program, according to state Rep. Bridget M. Kosierowski. Overseen by the Office of the State Fire Commissioner, this annual program provides funding opportunities for volunteer and career fire companies, emergency medical services and rescue squads.

“For more than a year, our fire and EMS companies here in NEPA and across the commonwealth have seen the calls increase and the associated costs of the COVID pandemic create challenges, challenges that were met head-on and without any decrease in the level of service provided to our communities,” said Kosierowski in a press release. “Today’s announcement is welcomed news, as these funds will offer aid at a time when it’s needed most.”

Funding awards include:

  • Carbondale Fire Department: $12,589.72.
  • Cottage Hose Ambulance Corps Inc.: $12,411.47.
  • Cottage Hose Company Number 2: $12,054.98.
  • Eagle Hose Company Number 1: $14,728.69.
  • Justus Volunteer Fire Company: $12,054.98.
  • Justus Volunteer Fire Company/EMS: $8,993.20.
  • Scott Township Hose Company: $12,767.97.
  • Scott Township Hose Company/EMS: $8,993.20.
  • Whites Crossing Hose Company: $12,411.47.
  • Whitmore Hose Company: $11,698.48.
  • William Walker Hose Company: $15,000.
  • William Walker Hose Company/EMS: $8,993.20.

Eligible organizations can use the grants for facilities and equipment, debt reduction, training and education, recruitment and retention and to supplement operational expenses incurred by lack of opportunity for fundraising and inability to create revenue due to compliance with measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, Kosierowski explained.

Dunmore Farmers Market underway

The Dunmore Farmers Market is open for the season.

The market, in the Fidelity Bank Parking lot, 101 N Blakley St., operates from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Saturday through Oct. 2.

The market features fresh produce, eggs, meat, jellies/jams, herbs, cheese, honey, maple syrup, and wine. In addition to the food products, there are curated, artisan, local crafters of jewelry, crocheted items, blankets and soaps.

“The Dunmore Farmers Market is an excellent way to get fantastic quality items while supporting local growers and makers,” Marlene Sebastianelli, president of the Dunmore Farmers Market, said in a press release. “We thank our patrons, and community supporters like Fidelity Bank who have made our market such a success.”

This year’s vendors include Mulberry Bush, Buttercup Farm, Blue Magic Farms, Case Quattro Winery, Space Time Mead & Cider Works, Janet’s Crafty Creations, Jazzy Treasures, Crafty Psycho and Miss Debbie’s Soap.

Archbald hosts town motto contest

Archbald Borough’s newly formed Community Development & Economic Committee is looking for a snappy motto for the borough.

From Aug. 1 to Aug. 31, the committee will accept motto suggestions. The winning motto — and the person who suggested it — will be announced on Sept. 26 at the Fall Harvest Festival held by the Eynon Archbald Lions Club at AC Field.

“A motto is an expression of your town’s aspirations, its beliefs about itself. A town’s motto should portray the town’s history, embody its population, and leave a lasting impression on travelers passing through,” according to a press release about the contest. “A town motto should sum up something specific that sets it apart from other towns and cities.”

Submissions must be from borough residents and consist of no more than 10 words. People can submit more than one idea. If two people submit the same motto, the first submission will be declared the winner.

The individual who submits the winning motto will receive a gift of $100 and four runner ups will each receive a $25 gift card. Prizes were donated by Mayor Shirley Barrett and Councilman Dave Moran.

To enter, email your suggestion along with your full name, address, phone number and submission date to ArchbaldCDEC@gmail.com. You can mail or hand deliver your suggestion, along with all the information mentioned above, to Attn: Archbald CDEC 400 Church St. Archbald, PA 18403.

Vet center gets federal grants

Gino J. Merli Veterans’ Center will receive $2.8 million in federal funds through recent COVID-19 aid packages for repairs.

The center was awarded $2,080,000 through the Veterans Affairs Department State Home Construction Grant Program. The money will be used for renovations and general repairs, including replacing the roof, mechanical louvers, exterior lighting and fencing.

Another award of $760,062.60 from the December 2020 government funding and coronavirus relief package will be used to buy personal protective equipment, including N95 respirators, surgical masks, isolation gowns, face shields and surgical gloves. Additionally, the funds will be used to purchase specialty disinfecting equipment, equipment, and supplies for the fit testing of respirators, temperature monitoring, and screening equipment, and other items to promote safe operations during and after the pandemic.

“The Gino J. Merli Veterans’ Center has always been dedicated to providing excellent care for our veterans, including throughout this pandemic,” U.S. Rep. Matt Cartwright, D-8, Moosic, said in a press release. “Investing in the modernization of our veterans’ nursing homes, while providing them with the resources to safely tend to their residents helps ensure veterans continue to get the high-quality care they deserve. This funding will help the center complete updates to make the facility safer and better equipped to assist them into the future.”

Marywood fundraiser features Harry Potter

Next month, Marywood University’s Alumni Office is hosting the second of two unique fundraisers at the Circle Drive-In, Dickson, City.

“Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” will be shown on 9 p.m. on Aug. 18. Tickets are $8 for adults, $5 for children ages 12 and under.

Proceeds from the movie feature events will be donated to the Marywood Alumni Lackawanna County Scholarship. In addition to the movie features, attendees can purchase basket raffle tickets (cash only), and the winner will be announced prior to the start of each of the movies. The Harry Potter basket includes gift certificates to Hank’s Hoagies, a Harry Potter movie and popcorn, back to school supplies, a Harry Potter joke book and jigsaw puzzle, candy and more.

For additional information about the feature film screening, contact Marywood University’s Alumni Office, at 570-348-6206, or visit marywood.edu/connect/events.

Two new part-time officers, Clayton DeVoe and Kyle Kovleck, were sworn in on July 6 in Olyphant. From left, Olyphant Police Chief James DeVoe, Clayton DeVoe, Kovleck and Mayor John Sedlak Jr.