City Butterfly


Color us blue
Did you hear that?
On Wednesday morning, there was a collective sigh of relief in The 570 and across the country that Election Day 2012 came and went.
Oh sure, we were as excited as the next butterfly about a nail-bitingly close Presidential race and we stayed up way past our bedtime to root for our candidates, but the political ads and continuous campaign phone calls eventually wore on the nerves of more than a few us. Just look at the Facebook rage that started bubbling to the surface on Tuesday … yikes!
On the bright side of things, the race for the Presidency between Barack Obama (D) and Mitt Romney (R) inspired visits by some famous politicians and celebrities to the Electric City on Monday, including the former President Bill Clinton, former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani and actor Jon Voight. Of course, their location was the only thing this powerful group had in common.
Mr. Clinton spoke in support of President Obama to a crowd of more than 2,000 people in Scranton High School. It was quite a scene. Mr. Giuliani and Mr. Voight were in Scranton to rally Republican support of Mr. Romney. (We wonder …. Did anyone notice if Mr. Voight arrived in a Chrysler Le Baron?). Anyway, that’s not really relevant.
What is relevant is that Lackawanna County found itself doused in shades of blue along the majority of the commonwealth, leading to victory for President Obama.
Another democrat who made headlines this week was Kathleen Kane, the first woman and the first democrat, to be elected to the office of Attorney General. Kane grew up in Scranton and now resides in Waverly. She has vowed to stay true to her roots as a prosecutor as she takes on this new role. We can’t wait to see her tap into her inner pit bull as she takes on the bad guys. Show them how it’s done, NEPA-style, Ms. Kane!
And while the election was certainly the biggest story this week, a couple of noteworthy changes in the area also caught our attention. Marvelous Muggs Restaurant and Pub on Montage Mountain is no more, and the doors are closed at one of our favorite pubs in downtown Scranton, the Banshee.
Marvelous Muggs was a staple on the mountain for the past 18 years. It closed its doors on Halloween night. If you didn’t get the chance to have one last beer and a look at all those “marvelous” muggs along the wall, you missed it.
And while there is no official statement on the Banshee’s website, the Penn Ave. pub hasn’t been open for a least a week. Rumors are flying that it is closed, and we hope that is indeed just a rumor. Imagine Parade Day without the Banshee? Oh, we shudder to think of it.
Lest we become overly emotional, let’s end on a positive note. You can’t possibly be sad when you think about Kock 107, right? Those fantastic, silly rockers will make their return to the Electric City on Friday at 9 p.m. at, you guessed it, The Bog on Adams Ave. They’ve reportedly “just seen 35 percent of the world” and they’re returning to Scranton for some “Steamtown electric lovin!” Oh yeah. We’ll be there. Our fishnets are ready. Pat Finnerty, are yours?
See you at the party!

— cb

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