Judi just finished Myer's 2000 mystery The Crepes of Wrath and, sure enough, there was the Scranton reference. It occurs on page 6 at the beginning of the hardcover edition:
"Rumor has it our Chief of Police was kicked int he head by a bull--while trying to milk it. This rumor, I believe, was started by his mother. At any rate, Melvin is so out of touch with reality that he once mailed a gallon of ice cream to his favorite aunt in Scranton."
Thanks again to Miss Judi K. for this reference.