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Spring Clean-Up June 11th

Bulk Item Collection

 

 

  • Carpeting and wood should be rolled, tied, bundled, and cut into 4ft. lengths
  • Mattresses and box springs must be sealed in a plastic mattress cover.
  • Large items such as desks or shelves should be broken down, if possible, and the pieces tied and bundled
  • Lawn mowers (push mowers only) must be emptied of oil and gasoline.
  • Propane grills must have propane tank removed.
  • Paint cans should be emptied, or they can be dried up by pouring cat litter I them. Once they are dried, they can be taken for trash.
  • Items containing freon such as refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners, and de-humidifiers must be emptied of the freon by a service technician before it can be taken. You can call any place that sells these appliances.  Once it is emptied, the technician will place a tag on it, which tells us it is ready to be taken.
  • We do not accept electronic waste of any kind because the landfills do not accept them.
  • We do not accept tires or car parts.
  • We do not accept construction material.

Welcome to the peaceful, charming township of La Plume, nestled in a Northeastern Pennsylvania valley in Lackawanna County, between the boroughs of Dalton and Factoryville. Replete with lush land, woods and sparkling ponds and streams, the township was established in 1885. Originally known for its crop farming, dairy farming and Maple syrup tapping, the township today encompasses 2.4 square miles with 3.6 miles of roadway and is primarily residential.

Lisa Huffsmith is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: April Township  Meeting
Time: April 8, 6:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us04web.zoom.us/j/72592970264?pwd=ckJmM3piZ2JRVjRDVFdYcHNXT001dz09

Meeting ID:746 4582 2636
Passcode: Y7bDHy

 

A Name That’s A Name.

The name La Plume is accredited to early settler Edith Brundage Tillinghast who was one of four to graduate from the first class of Keystone Academy (now College). A frequent contributor to the press, she used the nom-de-plume (pen name) La Plume which was adopted as the designation of the then-borough in 1876.

Residents

Households

Square Miles

History

The general area of Northeastern Pennsylvania of which La Plume is part was called Wyoming by the original Native American inhabitants, which meant “the beautiful.” The beginning of the Endless Mountains, it was the borderlands of the Iroquois and Delaware Indians, and covered by a primeval forest of massive trees. The valleys were intersected with clear, fish-filled streams and rivers, Tinkenpaugh and Tunkhannock Creeks being the main ones that remain today.

 Wildlife abounded, including the still common deer and turkey, as well as the long-gone passenger pigeon, elk, wolf, panther, moose and possibly wood buffalo. Although the native peoples had no settlements in La Plume, they used the area for hunting and gathering.  In 1753 settlers from Connecticut and Rhode Island began to move into the area where they could live with all the freedoms – religion, government, speech, etc.

Native Americans felt the settlers were unwelcome invaders who were killing off the game and destroying the forest, so drove off the first wave in 1762. More returned in 1769 and built a blockhouse at Forty Fort while others settled in the area and the conflicting claims led to actual fighting with the Indians, known as the Pennamite Wars, the first two of which were fought in 1769-1771 and 1775. 

The New Englanders had greater numbers so the conflict moved to the courts, then the number of European settlers increased to around 5,000. This greatly alarmed the Indians, and in 1778, encouraged by the British, they fought and defeated the Americans at the Battle of Wyoming, and massacred and drove off the survivors. In retaliation, General Sullivan was sent on a punitive expedition in the summer of 1779, which resulted in the destruction of every Indian village in the area and their permanent expulsion.

In 1799 new settlers from Rhode Island arrived in what was known then as the Luzerne area. The Luzerne area was chartered to the Abingtons, known as North, South and Central Abington. The western hill of the area to become La Plume was in the North Abington Charter.  Later in 1885 North Abington was divided into what is now known as West Abington Township and La Plume Township. It was on this hill that the earliest history of La Plume Township had its beginning.

On January 1, 1933, the La Plume Borough Charter was annulled by the Government of Lackawanna County. La Plume had been a borough since 1855 and now officially became a township. The boundaries remained the same as established by a survey which was made December 1884.

A more extensive history of the township is available at the township building.

Services

​La Plume Township Building

2109 Rt. 6 & 11

La Plume, PA 18440

Office Hours – By Appointment Only

Contact: Secretary /Treasurer Shirley Lewis

570 945 5438

laplumetwp@yahoo.com

POST OFFICE

La Plume Township Post Office

2092 East La Plume Road

La Plume, PA 18440

570 945 3310

 

POLICE

La Plume is serviced by the Pennsylvania State Police

Lackawanna County

Dunmore, PA

570 963 3156

* In the event of an emergency please call 911

 

FIRE PROTECTION

La Plume is serviced by both Dalton and Factoryville Fire Departments:

Dalton Fire Department

www.dfcfire.com

570 563 1313

Factoryville Fire Department

570 945 5769

* In the event of an emergency please call 911

 

REFUSE REMOVAL

La Plume residents and businesses are responsible for their own refuse removal. It is strongly recommended that you choose a hauler that has a recycling program.

 

UTILITIES

Annual Fall Cleanup: September 14

La Plume maintains detailed handbooks explaining Code, Zoning, and Subdivision and Land Development at the township building. Click here to access them.

Elected Supervisors

Lisa Huffsmith

570 351 1670

lisa.a.huffsmith@gmail.com

Jeremy Wohlken

570 468 7172

Gerald Henry

570 840 2023

perryhenry@aol.com

Appointed Officials

SOLICITOR

Shane Scanlon

ENGINEER

John Seamans

Administration

SEWAGE ENFORCEMENT OFFICER

Gary Wilding

ALTERNATE SEWAGE ENFORCEMENT OFFICER

David Lamereaux

BUILDING CODE ENFORCEMENT

BIU

BUILDING INSPECTION UNDERWRITERS OF PA

http://www.biupa.com/

 

EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT COORDINATOR

Barbara Scanlon

ROAD MASTER

Bruce Van Fleet

La Plume Township Roads maintained by La Plume include:

College Road

Maple Road

Overbrook Road

Sunset Road

Turnpike Road

 

La Plume Township Roads maintained by Pennsylvania Department of Transportation include:

East La Plume Road

Hickory Ridge Road

West La Plume Road

 

TAX COLLECTOR

Kimberly Henry

570 840 5682

kim.henry@aol.com

 

ZONING OFFICER

Jennifer Basalyga

 570 650 8317

 Jenniebas@aol.com

AUDITORS

Richard Shaver
Janelle Hawley
Gina Jerauld

HAZARD MITIGATION OFFICER

Jerry Aschenbrenner

ZONING HEARINGBOARD SOLICITOR

Ray Rinaldi, Esq.

FLOOD PLAIN COODINATOR

 Louis La Fratte

VACANCY BOARD CHAIR

JoAnne Klingle

PLANNING COMMISSION

Bruce VanFleet
Tom Huffsmith
Robert Smith
Jason Burke
Nelson VanFleet
Nancy Cerretani
JoAnne Klingle, Secretary

RIGHT TO KNOW OFFICER

Shirley Lewis

570 945 5438

www.openrecords.pa.gov

Phone: 717 346 9903

Schools

Keystone College

www.keystone.edu

570 945 8000

Lackawanna Trail School District

www.ltsd.org

570 945 5184

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