Golf simulator coming to Jessup

Calling all golfers: If you need to work on your swing but the weather in Northeast Pennsylvania just won’t cooperate, there’s a new option.

Local businessman Joseph Macciocco will open Elite Golf, 517 Third Ave., next month.

The business will offer more than 100 professional — but simulated — golf courses for customers to polish their skills while remaining indoors.

There will be games to choose from and even a driving range available, all thanks to the magic of technology.

“The idea came about when a neighbor of mine back in February couldn’t get a tee time on any of the simulators in the area. Some of the area golf courses have 1 or 2 available,” Macciocco said in an email. “A good friend of mine had space available in his building. I called him, he loved the idea and Elite Golf was born.”

The Tru Golf simulators boast optical sensor-based technology. Three rows of

sensors inside a golf mat measure the club’s face and path through impact of hitting the golf ball. After every shot, the system will analyze and show information instantaneously on the swing analysis screen. The screen appears after you hit and the ball settles.

Elite Golf will have four simulators and offer food. Customers can bring their own alcoholic beverages. Hours are 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday-Thursday and 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Macciocco said he’s planning to have leagues and also host private events and birthday parties there, along with offering fundraising events.

A grand opening is planned for 11 a.m. Oct. 1. For more information, visit or call 570-382-8876.

Locals participate in 4-H competition

Community briefs

Local fashion Revenue participants included, from left: Faith Hosie, Ella Wilson, Julia Mazur and Maria Parola.

Twenty-three 4-H members from across Pennsylvania recently took part in the annual 4-H State Fashion and Textile Revue near State College, titled “Be Different Together.”

The revue is the closing event for 4-H members ages 13-18 who completed a clothing or textile project, recognizing excellence in sewing and fiber arts.

The Pennsylvania 4-H members attending the one-day event participated in a modeling workshop, embroidery project and a fashion show for family and friends. Participants’ projects were judged as either a garment (fashion revue) or a non-wearable fiber arts project (textile revue). The fashion participants were judged on construction, appearance, fit, design and fashion.

Local 4-H members who participated in the state revue included Faith Hosie of Jessup and Julia Mazur of Olyphant.

Marywood club earns honors

The Marywood University Chapter of the National Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association earned Gold Chapter Honors for the 2020-21 academic year, according to the National NSSLHA Executive Council.

Chapters who earn Gold Honors are credited for “increasing awareness of communication disorders among state and federal legislators and across communities; supporting clients, students, and organizations in their community; creating vibrant online conversations in the NSSLHA Community; providing monetary donations to support various organizations in the community and scholarships for students in CSD programs,” according to a press release.

This year the Marywood NSSLHA Chapter provided monetary donations and community service to the Alzheimer’s Association. Donations were also made to the Pacer Pantry and service was provided throughout the community.

“Our students go above and beyond to provide service whether it be on Marywood’s campus or in the community,” Andrea Novak, associate professor of practice in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders,

is faculty advisor for the Marywood NSSLHA Chapter said. “They

are such a unique

group of individuals who are always looking for ways to serve.”

The chapter consists of approximately 50 student members from the undergraduate

CSD and graduate

SLP programs.

County, state hosting career fair

If you’re looking for jobs in social services, the county and the state have news for you.

The county human services department and PA Career Link are hosting a professional social service career fair at 3 p.m. on Sept. 22 on the North Washington Avenue side of Courthouse Square.

In addition to meeting with local social service officials and learn about careers in that field, the career fair will have a free basket raffle.

Local employers will be on site during the event and community groups will have information on resources.

Historical society planning spooky fun

Celebrate Halloween in Scranton with a bit of history!

The Lackawanna Historical Society’s “Scranton After Dark” haunted walking tours will return this Halloween season. Join the Society for a guided walking tour around downtown Scranton for tales of mayhem and mysterious happenings at some of your favorite places, as well as findings from past paranormal investigations.

Tours will be given on Friday evenings: Sept. 17, Sept. 24, Oct. 1, Oct. 8, Oct. 15, Oct. 22 and Oct. 29. Each tour begins at 7 p.m. and will meet at the Society’sheadquarters, the Catlin House, 232 Monroe Avenue, Scranton. The walk will take about 1 ½ hours.

Tours are $15 per person; advance tickets are required. Tickets can be purchased at

All tours will be limited to 20 people, and participants must follow all local and CDC COVID-19 guidelines during the event.

The society has also expanded its virtual scavenger hunt to spotlight the many cultures that call Lackawanna County home! “Valley Quest: Showcasing Culture” will be open from Oct. 6 through Nov. 4 and will send participants on a mission around Lackawanna County to find interesting, often overlooked sites representing different ethnic groups or remnants of local history. Clues will be emailed to players each Wednesday, and will be focused on specific area of the county: the Upper Valley and Waverly, the Midvalley and Scranton neighborhoods. Participants will compete as teams and work to complete a challenge at each site, either to take a photo or gather objects.

For more information about these programs, contact the Lackawanna Historical Society at 570-344-3841 or email

Coal mine tour changes hours

Now that the summer season is coming to a close, the Lackawanna Coal Mine at McDade Park will now be open only on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

The mine’s hours will be 10 a.m. — 4 p.m. The last tour run will begin at 2:45 p.m. For information and prices, contact the park’s office at 570-963-6764.