Back Mountain Chamber notes: Hello, spring. Goodbye, snow

Chamber Notes - Tom Mosca

Spring is in the air. Cherry blossoms, Daffodils and colorful tulips decorate the area with bursts of color, and the longer days and warmer temperatures renew weary spirits. Best of all, no more snow.

The Back Mountain Chamber held its quarterly board meeting March 30. Welcome to our newest board members: Dr. Dale Jones, Penn State University, Wilkes-Barre, Anthony Giacometti, Times Leader, Stacia Arnaud, Community Bank and Molly Lorenzen, Misericordia University.

The Back Mountain Chamber Luncheon was held April 13 at Huntsville Golf Club and our speaker was David Pedri, Esquire, Luzerne County manager. Mr. Pedri gave an interesting overview of the county’s progress, some of its future plans, and shared his management philosophy.

The Back Mountain Food Pantry enjoyed the benefit of a very successful BMC Spring Food Drive. With the help of the Back Mountain community, the BMC collected 2,179 pounds of food and $470 which were donated to the Back Mountain Food Pantry. Thank you to all members of the public who made donations. Thank you also to the many businesses which allowed us to place collection boxes at their locations.

On April 19, many BMC members attended a ribbon cutting ceremony at Age of Innocence and the introduction of Collini MD, a professional skin care cosmetical product line. Congratulations to the Collinis and their staff on the addition of their new American-made skin care products.

BMC also enjoyed great success with the eighth annual Business Expo held April 26 at Misericordia University. The event attracted 55 vendors and over 450 visitors. Guests and vendors enjoyed meeting local business owners and employees, and had the opportunity to sample tasty treats provided by participating food vendors, Fire & Ice, Gerrity’s and SBC.

Immediately following the Expo, Dr. William V. Lewis gave an interesting presentation on the Titanic and some of its connections to the Wilkes-Barre area. Dr. Lewis was joined on stage by Mae Thomas, whose mother and brother were survivors of the Titanic, and David DeCosmo, who has given many presentations on the subject.

As we ease into the season of vacationing, barbequing and relaxing, the BMC Cultural Event Committee is hard at work planning the Back to Country Event which will be held on Friday, Sept. 8 at the Irem Pavilion in Dallas. Shine up your cowboy boots and mark your calendars for what is sure to be another great night.

Welcome to our newest members:

* City Market & Cafe

* FA Electric

* Odak Water

* The Dawe Group – John Dawe

* Meadow’s Nursing & Rehabilitation Center

* Premier Home Builders

* Scott Lloyd

* Metz Culinary

* Cabot Oil & Gas

* Damien’s – Harvey’s Lake Restaurant

* Dallas Centre Hardware

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

Chamber Notes

Tom Mosca

Tom Mosca is president of the Back Mountain Chamber. His column appears monthly in the Dallas Post. Reach the Dallas Post newsroom at 570-704-3982 or by email at

Tom Mosca is president of the Back Mountain Chamber. His column appears monthly in the Dallas Post. Reach the Dallas Post newsroom at 570-704-3982 or by email at