Chamber notes: August may be bittersweet but fresh vegetables are in abundance

Chamber Notes - Tom Mosca

August is always bittersweet. Vacations have come and gone and we all know summer is coming to an end. The weather is still warm and everyone is trying to enjoy every possible outing before school begins again. August is also the best month for fresh produce. The farmers markets and local farm stores are brimming with zucchini, tomatoes and other vegetables and, of course, a variety of fresh fruits. It’s a great time to can fruits and vegetables to have throughout the winter.

The Back Mountain Chamber hosted its end of summer party Aug. 16 at Grotto Pizza, Harveys Lake. Members and guests enjoyed a beautiful summer evening on the deck. It was a relaxing night with both new and old friends. The weather cooperated, which was nice for a change.

BMC members attended a ribbon cutting and grand opening Aug. 24 for Annarella Pizza & Pasta at Yalick Farms in Dallas. The atmosphere is charming and the food is delicious. If you haven’t been there yet, be sure to stop by soon.

The BMC cultural committee announced several weeks ago that the Back to Motown Event set for Aug. 31 at the Beaumon Inn’s Grande Pavilion is sold out. Thank you to all who have supported the cultural events over the years. Also thank you again to all of our major sponsors: Waterfront Six Hundred, MotorWorld, The Citizens’ Voice, Lamar, Misericordia University, Philadelphia Hand and Shoulder Center, UGI Energy Services/Penn East Pipeline, International Security & Training Associates and AMP Global Strategies.

Honoree for the Back to Motown Event is the Hanson Family/Hanson Amusement Park. Raffle basket proceeds will be donated to the Back Mountain Regional EMS.

A Cocktail Reception for Autism Awareness and Acceptance will be held from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Sept. 6 at the Huntsville Golf Club in Dallas. Admission is $40 per person. Tickets may be purchased through Huntsville Golf Club or Allied Services. For more information, visit the BMC website at

The Third Annual 9/11 Memorial Seminar is scheduled to be held from 9 a.m. to noon Sept. 8 at the Saxton Pavilion in Kingston. The seminar is titled “Rediscovering Chivalry in Response to Islam” and the speakers are Mark Tapson and Steven Howard. Admission is free but registration is required by emailing

Irem Shrine Sportsman’s Fundraiser will be held from noon to 5 p.m. Sept. 16 at the Irem Country Club. Admission is $25. For more information, contact the Irem Shrine Office at 570-675-4465, ext 227/228 or visit: to purchase tickets online.

Welcome to our newest members: Maslow Lumia Bartorillo Advertising, Nittany Commons and Annarella Pizza & Pasta.

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

Chamber Notes

Tom Mosca