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Governor Wolf Announces $1 million in Funding for Scranton Downtown Revitalization Project January 12, 2018 Economy, Infrastructure, Jobs That Pay, Press Release Scranton, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today announced the approval of $1 million in funding to help transform a historic and underutilized downtown Scranton building into a vibrant, valuable office that will help revitalize the downtown and bring workers into the city.The funding, supported through the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) program, will help create the new Lackawanna County Government Center at the historic Globe building on Wyoming Avenue, bringing this piece of Scranton history back into use and allowing Lackawanna County to consolidate its government office footprint. Renovations to the building began in late summer 2017 and are expected to be completed this year.“I am proud to be here to announce my administration’s investment in downtown Scranton,” Governor Wolf said. “This targeted investment will help to revitalize downtown Scranton and bring workers into the city, while repurposing a historic building.Governor Wolf was joined for the announcement and tour of the project by Senator John Blake, Representative Marty Flynn, Commissioner Patrick O’Malley, and Scranton Mayor Bill Courtright.“I am excited to be here today to stand and work as one – with Governor Wolf, Senator Blake and our County Commissioners – on a project that is going to consolidate services for our residents, save our taxpayers money, return a former government building to the tax rolls and to grow business in our downtown,” Rep. Flynn said.“I sincerely appreciate Governor Wolf’s continued commitment to bringing state investment back to Northeastern Pennsylvania and specifically into the heart of downtown Scranton,” Sen. Blake said. “This state investment reduces the amount of debt Lackawanna County will have to incur to complete the consolidation of services at the former Globe Store. That means less debt service obligations on local taxpayers who will also benefit from more efficient access to county services. The state investment in this project will also serve as a catalyst for additional revitalization in Scranton’s core business district.”“Lackawanna County shares my goals of greater government efficiency, better government services, and the revitalization of our local communities, and this project dovetails with my GO-TIME initiative, which has already helped save over 217 million dollars in taxpayer money,” Governor Wolf said.“Since I became Governor, I have worked hard to ensure that when state government is investing in our local communities, we are directing our resources towards projects that transform our cities, municipalities, and counties into more livable places to work and live.” SHARE Email Facebook Twitter
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card There are times when the letters and emails about a person or a subject come through in packs, but never have I ever received more queries than I did about Snow’s service, ranging from former teammates of his at St. Anthony, to former Rams teammates, to people who had just peripheral contact with the man and considered him important in their life nonetheless. Former St. Anthony coach Jack Radford told of the time Snow volunteered to help coach the receivers during spring practice. Radford expected him to come out one day; instead, Snow came out for the entire week and spent two hours each day with the kids. Mike Browne, meanwhile, is a cartoonist who recalls being a 5-year-old and watching Snow make a diving catch of a pass, “and a shutter went off in my head,” he wrote. So he sat down and drew a picture of Snow’s catch, and hasn’t put his pencil down since. Snow died way too young, 62, and way too tragically, because of a staph infection. The reality, though, is that those who knew him would have said he died young if he had made it to 100. That’s how much people thought of him. News: Snow didn’t always see a barber. Today’s warm memories edition of The Sporting Muse: News: Jack Snow’s friends and fans pay their last respects today. Muse: A story here on Snow mentioned that he always wore his hair short. But the ever-vigilant Tom Patterson, the local lawyer and unofficial Poly baseball historian, sent along an old football card of Snow from the ’70s showing the receiver with long hair. True enough. It was, of course, the style back then, and the images that stick are of Jack at St. Anthony and early with the Rams when he had the buzzcut, and after his career when he went back to the short look. News: A crowd of 3,000 attend services for USC legend Rod Dedeaux. Muse: I have always wanted to find out what would happen if the Trojan baseball coach who passed ever met Tiger Woods would he call him Tiger, as he did most everyone, or Eldrick? I can trace my affection for college baseball to Dedeaux, and even before I became a newspaperman. At Dorsey High School, my baseball coach was Art Mazmanian (his daughter Nancy worked at USC and is now an exec with the Angels), who had played at USC for Dedeaux and was a two-time All-American. Trojans current and past would often drop by Dorsey practices to throw batting practice, which gave me the chance to get behind the plate and catch the likes of Don Buford and Marcel Lachemann. My hand still hurts. At L.A. City College, the baseball coach was another Dedeaux product, the robust Bob Zuber, and several future Trojans spent a year at LACC, including Roy Smalley, before heading to Exposition Blvd. Zuber was the kind of coach who offered to create a spot on the bench for an overweight catcher with a weak arm. Then I went to Cal State L.A., where the “Diablos” of the politically incorrect time had their best-ever teams under Larry Cochell and went to war with USC in the NCAA regionals twice, 1973 and 1974. They had a late lead in Game 3 of their 1974 regional, which would have ended USC’s NCAA title run at four, before losing 11-9. Those ’74 Trojans may have been the best college team ever, considering all of its pros Smalley, Steve Kemp, Rich Dauer, Randy Scarbery, Pete Redfern and Dennis Littlejohn. There were also three football players on the ’73-74 teams Anthony Davis, Marvin Cobb and Rob Hertel. A year later, my first extended road trip in the newspaper business came thanks to Dedeaux. In 1975, he created a U.S. vs. Japan college all-star series that featured games at USC and in Omaha, and a young reporter was fortunate enough to make the trip. Dedeaux never forgot that when we would cross paths all these years later, which was always a treat, considering he was the guy who was unforgettable. News: Pitchers and catchers have reported. Muse: The college season gets an unofficial start in Long Beach next Saturday when two alumni events will be held at Blair, the old-timers game followed by the pro alums versus the 2006 Dirtbags. That doubleheader will be preceded Thursday by the annual Lead-Off banquet, which should be quite the happy place what with Astros reliever and Dirtbag alum Mike “Pepe” Gallo the guest speaker. The season opens for real Feb. 3 when the Dirtbags host USC. Mike Weathers’ team is ranked No. 22 by Baseball America, which clearly respects the program. Three players made the all-league team (Evan Longoria, Jared Hughes and Sean Boatright), Longoria and Hughes were ranked the 1-2 prospects in the Big West for the 2006 draft, Vance Worley was named freshman of the year and three of the five top newcomers are Dirtbags: Worley, Andrew Carpenter and Danny Espinosa. But Weathers is wary of expectations what with such a young team, no big bats added in the offseason, and the death march of schedules. Eight of the Dirtbags’ first 12 games are against ranked teams, as are their first 12 games in March. The season truly may start in April when league play begins, with everything before that a shaking-out period that Weathers hopes won’t be too shaky. News: Baseball America projects the West Coast will get 12 bids to the 64-team tournament. Muse: Or just three less than the SEC. I guess we should consider this projection as optimistic, considering the magazine projects at-large bids for a third team from both the Big West and West Coast conferences. The teams on this coast truly do batter each other with all their nonconference games. There are 23 California Division I programs and nine are projected to get bids, but it might be more if teams scheduled more interstate contests. Here’s how good baseball is in the state: Sonoma State and UC San Diego are preseason ranked in Division II, Chapman is ranked No. 5 by Baseball America in Division III, Biola made the NAIA rankings, and four of the top 10 draft prospects among junior college teams are playing in California. News: 49ers have a date with destiny Saturday. Muse: If Larry Reynolds’ team beats UC Riverside, the 49ers will improve to 9-8 the first time he’s ever been over .500 in his three-plus seasons as head coach. You take your plaudits wherever you can find them. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Muse: Here’s how many the late St. Anthony and Rams wide receiver had: His three kids held a public funeral last Saturday in St. Louis and were planning a private burial today. But so many of his friends and former teammates wanted to attend that they decided to open the first part of the service up to the public, at All-Souls Cemetery today at 12:30 p.m.