Lackawanna County Seals Time Capsule; Cummings Calls Newspaper ‘fake News’

July 28, 2018

SCRANTON — Lackawanna County’s time capsule of residents’ letters and other memorabilia is now sealed in a pillar of the county government’s future home at the former Globe store.

County leaders sealed the time capsule at a ceremony Friday. It is expected to be opened in 100 years or so.

“Preserving history is always something that’s really important,” said Curt Camoni, the executive director of the Lackawanna County Convention and Visitors Bureau. “I’m curious to see what that was in the visitors guides we sealed up is still going to be around. So will they have any clue what ‘The Office’ is? ... Will the coal mine tour still be there?”

Officials are optimistic that the Globe still will stand a century from now, making it an appropriate place to house the time capsule.

“I was thinking how exciting it is that (the capsule) is going into this building, because perhaps that will guarantee that this building will be here in 100 years and whatever is in the capsule will just add to that history,” Lackawanna Historical Society Director Mary Ann Savakinus said, praising “the idea of carrying the legacy not just of the county’s history but the personal legacy of the folks who put their stories in there.”

The time capsule also has documents detailing the recent history of the county, its government and its people, as well as notes for the future from schoolchildren, letters from county residents, old Globe store advertisements, copies of the county’s visitors guide and more.

Commissioner Laureen Cummings added a copy of Friday’s edition of The Times-Tribune, which had an editorial critical of her, with a note in which she calls the newspaper “fake news.”

“Just for the president I did that,” Cummings said, a nod to President Donald Trump and his penchant for labeling media outlets and news reports he disagrees with as “fake.”

She later said she didn’t find all the newspaper’s reporting to be fake, but argued many of the paper’s editors and editorials are biased against her.

Times-Tribune Executive Editor Larry Holeva invited Cummings to spend a day at the newspaper to learn about its journalistic practices.

“There’s nothing fake about our editors, reporters, editorials or newspaper,” Holeva said. “We welcome Laureen Cummings to spend time in our newsroom so she can learn the difference between fake news and real journalism.”

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