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It’s been a long, cold winter. So when the weather breaks, the streets and playgrounds will be filled with youngsters riding their bikes.


The time is vital for bicycles to be in tip-top shape; children to have the proper equipment; and drivers and youth to be well-versed in the rules of biking and the road.


The Lackawanna County Commissioners Jim Wansacz, Corey D. O’Brien and Patrick M. O’Malley are sponsoring their second annual bike safety fair and helmet giveaway at McDade Park, Keyser Ave., Scranton, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 26.


Three hundred helmets will be given away free-of-charge to the youngsters who attend. Bike safety talks will be done by Lackawanna County Safety Coordinator Kathy Fox and The Scranton Police Department. A bike rodeo is also planned to help the youngsters learn how to navigate in all kinds of weather and terrain.


Fidelity Deposit & Discount Bank is the presenting sponsor. Other major event sponsors are: Kost Tire & Auto Service, Cedar Bike & Paddle, Gerrity’s Supermarkets, FNCB, Peoples Security Bank, Wayne Bank and PNC Bank.


The County is coordinating a helmet design competition once again. Youngsters can go to the County’s website www.lackawannacounty.org, print-off a blank helmet and then let their imaginations run wild. Helmet design sheets are also available at all Lackawanna County branches of Fidelity Bank and Gerrity’s Supermarkets.


The designs will be judged and one boy and girl will win a bike, provided by Cedar Bike & Paddle. A drawing for another bike will be conducted the day of the fair.


The coloring competition is open to all public school districts and private schools throughout Lackawanna County along with the general public.


All entries must be submitted by Tuesday, April 22. They should be mailed to the Lackawanna County Commissioners Office, 200 Adams Ave., Sixth Floor, Scranton, PA 18503.


In order to receive a helmet at the fair, the youngsters will be required to attend a brief bike safety talk. When the presentation is complete, the youngsters will be given a hand stamp to pick-up their helmet.


The Lackawanna Heritage Valley Authority will be supervising the bike rodeo and safety checks. Several fun activities, child finger printing by the District Attorney’s Office, and giveaways are planned. The Scranton Public Library’s Bookmobile will be on site and numerous events will be coordinated at Fidelity Bank’s playhouse at McDade Park.


Kato, the Sheriff Department’s bomb detection canine, will be on hand for various demonstrations. Hot dogs will be served.


For further information, contact Fran Pantuso, Community Outreach Manager, at 570-963-6750 or pantusof@lackawannacounty.org.


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