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Where we live: Lackawanna


James S. Sieracki who directed the Lackawanna Youth Bureau for more than a decade, resigned last week, ending a career of community service that included several terms on the Lackawanna School Board.

Appointed to the Youth Bureau post in January 2005, Sieracki completed his 11th year as director before tendering his resignation. In leaving office, Sieracki expressed gratitude to Mayor Geoffrey Szymanski for his assistance in youth programs, particularly the Winter Fest Chili Cookoff.

Sieracki also thanked Lackawanna School Superintendent Anne G. Spadone and former superintendent Nicholas D. Korach for their assistance in Youth Bureau activities.

Sieracki worked with zeal raising funds for many community endeavors, but it was the Pennies to Heaven Chicken Barbecue that resonated with many residents. Held every summer at Our Lady of Victory Basilica, 767 Ridge Road, the event invited visitors to “bring your pennies and other coins to cover the sidewalk leading to the main entrance of the basilica.”

This week:

• Reorganization and regular meeting of the Lackawanna City Council will be held Monday with caucus at 6:30 p.m. and meeting at 7 in Council Chambers of City Hall, 714 Ridge Road.