HS FOOTBALL: 2019 Lackawanna Football Conference Division III Schedules

Teams have held their spring practice sessions and most, not all, will take a break until after the Fourth of July, before getting back to work for the 2019 High School Football Season. This year remember, while being the second year of a two-year cycle, does have...

HS FOOTBALL: 2019 Lackawanna Football Conference Division II Schedules

Teams have held their spring practice sessions and most, not all, will take a break until after the Fourth of July, before getting back to work for the 2019 High School Football Season. This year remember, while being the second year of a two-year cycle, does have...

HS FOOTBALL: 2019 Lackawanna Football Conference Division I Schedules

Teams have held their spring practice sessions and most, not all, will take a break until after the Fourth of July, before getting back to work for the 2019 High School Football Season. This year remember, while being the second year of a two-year cycle, does have...

HS TRACK AND FIELD: 2019 Lackawanna Track Conference Coaches’ All-Star Teams

As the spring sports season enters its final week, ON THE BLOG begins to put a bow on the 2018-19 scholastic sports year. Today, the Lackawanna Track Conference Coaches' All-Star Teams are released. Western Wayne coach Justin Collins organizes a meeting of the coaches...

Wade, Didi team up for ‘extraordinary’ play

Didi Gregorius ranges up the middle to field a ground ball by Malquin Canelo in the third inning. Gregorius would spin and throw to first in time to get the Lehigh Valley leadoff hitter, but that wasn't even the most impressive defensive play he was a part of Friday...
Coronavirus Diaries Day 233: Trump courts dead vote

Coronavirus Diaries Day 233: Trump courts dead vote

I'm no high-paid political strategist, but it seems self-defeating to expose your most loyal voters to an airborne infectious disease and leave them out in the cold. Dead people don't vote. Not in large numbers, anyway.  As COVID-19 infection rates skyrocketed,...

Progress rolls on

Progress rolls on

During an interview for a just-released documentary, Pope Francis stated his support for the right of LGBT persons to civil unions, and thus enjoy the same legal protections as married heterosexuals. Given Francis' past comments on the matter, the latest development...

Silence is golden

Silence is golden

The candidates aren't the only ones who need mute buttons. Just ask my family.

Sign of the season

Sign of the season

As predicted, the rate of new COVID-19 cases is spiking with the arrival of autumn. Folks are shifting to indoor environments where they are closer to each other. Lackawanna County is the unfortunate regional leader in this regard.

Surf’s up

Surf’s up

As in other Pennsylvania counties, Lackawanna County's Dept. of Elections will face a Herculean task of collating and counting scores of mail-in ballots next month.

To Election Day, and beyond …

To Election Day, and beyond …

Pennsylvania doesn't offer early in-person voting, and waits until Election Day morning to begin counting absentee ballots. Those two factors create the possibility of real chaos this year, as millions of the state's voters are exercising their franchise using a...

Coronavirus Diaries Day 221: No debate

Coronavirus Diaries Day 221: No debate

By the subterranean bar set by the first presidential "debate" between President Trump, former Vice President Joe Biden, and the voices raging in Trump's head, Thursday night's dueling "town halls" were shining examples of civilized public discourse.  The...

My beautiful balloon

My beautiful balloon

Fracking -- the process drillers use to fracture the deep marcellus shale formation to release natural gas -- is an election issue for many Pennsylvanians, although it's debatable how much of a "hot-button" it actually is outside the immediate interests of the...

With apologies to Spinal Tap

With apologies to Spinal Tap

The Circle Drive-In in Dickson City has been making ends meet during the pandemic with regular outdoor concerts. These events ran afoul of nearby residents, however, who objected to the loud music, particularly after 10 pm, when the borough's noise restriction...

Elections have consequences

Elections have consequences

I'm not looking to create strawmen here. The uproar over Mitch McConnell's sheer hypocrisy in ramming through the nomination of a young, ultra-conservative justice to the U.S. Supreme Court mere days before a presidential election is righteous and deserved. However,...