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Around The Towns 11/05/2017

November 5, 2017

Clarks Summit

There will be something for everyone at this year’s Dorothy Boccella Holiday Marketplace.

The annual event will bring about 30 vendors to the Abington Community Library, 1200 W. Grove St., on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and continuing Sunday, Nov. 12, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free.

Vendors will offer wares ranging from honey to wreaths to jewelry.

“Everything is 100 percent handmade by local artisans,” said Renee Roberts, young adult services and project manager at the library.

The event also serves as a fundraiser for the library through basket raffle sales. Tickets are on sale at the library now and will be available through Nov. 12, Roberts said. Prices are two for $1, 12 for $5 and 25 for $10. Winners will be announced Nov. 13, Roberts said.


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Dickson City

Borough leaders are celebrating the 125th anniversary of Eagle Hose Company 1.

Some of the recent festivities, including a dinner and a borough council proclamation, came on the heels of the department’s efforts in fighting a towering inferno that started at TSE Inc. construction materials late Oct. 6 into early Oct. 7 off Main Street.

“When you have large fires like that, you really feel the appreciation of the community firsthand,” Fire Chief Matthew Horvath said. “To celebrate your anniversary dinner the next day, it really hits home.”

The department incorporated in 1892, when volunteers still used horses and hose carts.

Council Vice President Jeff Kovaleski said at one point, the borough was home to several smaller fire companies but consolidated under one umbrella, sharing resources. He felt like that was a good move and found the longevity of the organization impressive.

“I think that’s pretty amazing for an all-volunteer fire department to be around that long,” Kovaleski said. “We’re very, very lucky to have the volunteers we have.”


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The Lackawanna County 911 Center, 30 Valley View Drive, will host a free active-shooter seminar Tuesday, Nov. 14, beginning at 6 p.m.

The program, which aims to educate the public on what to do during such a situation, will feature presentations by county Emergency Services Director David Hahn; Sgt. Thomas Carroll, a member of Scranton’s SWAT team; and Officer Joseph Decker of the Lackawanna County SWAT unit.

The information provided could prove to be lifesaving in the event of an active shooter, county officials said.


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City police officers raised $3,841 as part of their Fighting for a Cure fundraiser to benefit breast cancer research.

The final tally eclipsed the goal of $2,500, Chief Carl Graziano said. The money was raised by selling spaghetti dinner tickets to Fratelli’s Restaurant and T-shirts. The fundraiser was new to the department this year but will likely become an annual effort, Graziano said.

All proceeds benefited the local American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk, Making Strides of Northeast PA.


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Mayor Bill Courtright appointed Thomas Galella Sr. of Peller Avenue to the Scranton Housing Authority.

City council on Thursday adopted a resolution backing the mayor’s appointment of Galella to a five-year term.

He succeeds Bill Eagan, whose term expired Sept. 27.

Galella’s term was effective Oct. 12 and will expire Sept. 27, 2022.


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The U.S. Postal Service will hold a public meeting Thursday about its plan to move the post office from the William J. Nealon Federal Building in downtown Scranton to an as-yet-undetermined, smaller location nearby.

Postal officials will present the proposed downsizing relocation project at 5 p.m. at City Hall, 340 N. Washington Ave., in council chambers on the second floor, according to a public notice in The Times-Tribune.

The post office at the Federal Building, 235 N. Washington Ave., has about 10,000 square feet of space, which is too large for current needs, USPS relocation official David Wolff has said.

The USPS will look for a new location that has about 1,500 square feet of space, and within an approximate 1-mile radius of 235 N. Washington Ave.

The public meeting also will begin a 30-day public comment period. Information about where and how to submit public comments will be announced at the meeting Thursday.

The post office at the Federal Building won’t close until a new location opens, Wolff has said.

The original portion of the Federal Building containing the post office was built in 1930. The building was turned over to the U.S. General Services Administration in 1981, when the USPS moved its Scranton headquarters to a new location in South Side.

This relocation plan does not affect the other post office downtown. The post office in the Marketplace at Steamtown will remain there.


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