New book chronicles 50 years of government service of Lackawanna Historical Society member

First Posted: 11/12/2014

Lackawanna Historical Society member and longtime volunteer John G. (Jack) Carling recently released a book chronicling his 50 years of government service, including years with the Scranton Redevelopment Authority and PA Department of Community Affairs.

Carling played a role in relocating the residents of Centralia, after a mine fire threatened the town, and named the often-joked-about North South Road in Scranton.

Carling was born in Scranton and spent most of his later years in the Pocono region of Northeastern Pennsylvania. His memoir covers his work responding to floods, tornadoes, and mine fires in a conversational style.

Copies are available for sale at the Lackawanna Historical Society, 232 Monroe Avenue, Scranton. The book is $18 for Society members and $20 for non-members. Fore more information, contact the Lackawanna Historical Society at 570-344-3841 or email

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