Chamber Notes: Thanks to Back Mountain road crews for dealing with Stella

Chamber Notes - Tom Mosca

The most memorable part of March for many of us was the visit from Stella when we experienced record snowfalls throughout the Back Mountain. Thank you to all of the borough, township and PennDOT road crews across the Back Mountain for their hard work in clearing away the snow.

The March BMC Luncheon was held March 9 at Leggio’s in Dallas. Our speaker was Harold Hill, assistant district executive and engineer for PennDOT. The topic was the roundabout in Dallas and the timing of construction for this multiyear project. Mr. Hill gave a general overview of the roundabout and answered a variety of questions. It is our hope to have him speak to us again around this same time next year to update us on the progress of construction.

The BMC Spring Food Drive officially got underway March 18 and will continue until April 8. All food and monetary donations will go to the Back Mountain Food Pantry and benefit families in the Dallas and Lake-Lehman School Districts. Thank you to all the businesses and organizations willing to help us collect food for this worthy cause. Please give generously at one of the following drop off locations:

Dallas Elementary

Dallas High School

Dallas Middle School

Dallas Wycallis Elementary

G + Me Children’s Yoga & Boutique

I’m Big Now Preschool / Kindergarten

Lake-Lehman Jr/Sr. High School

Lake-Lehman Lake/Noxen Elementary

Lake-Lehman Lehman/Jackson Elementary

Lake-Lehman Ross Elementary

Luzerne Bank

Misericordia University

NBT Bank

Back Mountain Memorial Library

Hillside Farms Dairy Store

Wild Birds Unlimited

Bernie’s Pizza

Hilbert’s Equipment & Welding, Inc.

The Medicine Shoppe

First Keystone Community Bank

M&T Bank – Dallas

M&T Bank – Shavertown

Valentine’s Fine Jewelry

Jack Williams Tire

Offset Paperback Manufacturers



Chris’s Auto Repair

Penn State Wilkes-Barre

Thomas’ Family Markets – Dallas

Thomas’ Family Markets – Shavertown

Tom Ochman Coins & Jewelry

Senator Lisa Baker’s Office

Northeast Title and Tag

Family Hearing Center


Brand & Coslett Family Dentistry

Ideaworks Marketing

Community Bank

On March 26, the BMC participated in a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Eye Care Specialists for its new Retina Center on Rutter Avenue in Kingston. Welcome to Retina Specialist Joshua Hedaya M.D., and best wishes to Eye Care Specialists at its newly expanded facility.

Please remember the BMC Expo will be held April 26 at Misericordia University. There will be plenty of vendor tables at which you can learn more about our local businesses, services and professionals. There will also be food vendors, who will let you sample their specialties. Last, but not least, there will be an ice cream treat for every member of the public who attends.

Immediately following the Expo, there will be a History Presentation. The topic will be “The Titanic and its Wyoming Valley Passengers – 105 years after the great disaster.” The main speaker will be Dr. William V. Lewis, commissioner of the Pennsylvania Historical Museum Commission, past president of the Luzerne County Historical Society and author of the book “Stories of the Wilkes-Barre Titanic Passengers.”

If you wish to have your community event placed on the “BMC Events Calendar” on our website, email details to or and we will include your event.

Chamber Notes

Tom Mosca