February is a unique month in many ways. According to the Old Farmer’s Almanac, February comes from the Latin word februa, which means “to cleanse.” We did seem to have a lot of “cleansing” rain this February. None of us can complain too much, since it could have all been snow.
February is the only month with a changing number of days, depending on the year. It’s also the shortest month of the year, and the only month that can pass without a single full moon. February 2018 had no full moon. The last time that happened was in 1999.
Despite the lack of a full moon, the Back Mountain Chamber did enjoy the light of a number of local shining stars this February. Our fourth annual Mardi Gras Awards Dinner was held Feb. 13 at the Apple Tree Terrace in Dallas and was a great success. A packed house enjoyed a fantastic meal and a program recognizing and honoring business and community leaders for all they do. Congratulations again to all of the winners!
The BMC welcomed the Honorable Richard M. Hughes, III, President Judge of the Court of Common Pleas of Luzerne County, who was the speaker for our February luncheon on Feb. 18 at Fire & Ice in Trucksville. Judge Hughes spoke about the recent implementation of Central Court in Luzerne County, and explained the resulting increase in court efficiencies, as well as the savings of time and money by reducing prison expenses and overcrowding.
The fourth annual Back Mountain Chamber Spring Food Drive kicks off on March 4 and the BMC needs your help to make this event a success. We hope this year to collect several tons of food. The Spring Food Drive will run from March 4 until March 24 and we are grateful to the many businesses and organizations helping in this effort.
Containers for the collection of non-perishable food items will be placed at the following locations:
Back Mountain Memorial Library
Chris’s Auto Repair
Dallas School District Schools (four schools)
Family Hearing Center
Hilbert’s Equipment & Welding, Inc.
Hillside Farms Dairy Store
I’m Big Now Preschool / Kindergarten
J & J Deli
Jack Williams Tire
Lake-Lehman School District Schools (four schools)
Michael Eckman Fitness
NAPA Dallas Auto Parts
Offset Paperback Manufacturers
Penn State Wilkes-Barre
Rep. Karen Boback’s Office
Sen. Lisa Baker’s Office
The Medicine Shoppe
Thomas’ Family Markets – Dallas and Shavertown
Tom Ochman Coins & Jewelry
Wild Birds Unlimited
Monetary donationd can be made payable to the Back Mountain Food Pantry and mailed directly to the Back Mountain Chamber at 1192 Twin Stacks Drive, Dallas, PA 18612. All monetary and food donations will go to the Back Mountain Food Pantry for the benefit of families in the Dallas and Lake-Lehman School Districts. Please give generously to this worthy cause.
Don’t forget to mark your calendars for the much anticipated Ninth Annual Business Expo which will be held from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 25 at the Sandy and Marlene Insalaco Hall on the campus of Misericordia University in Dallas. The Expo continues to be a great opportunity for local companies and community organizations topromote their services and products to the public. As is our custom, there will also be an historical presentation immediately following the Expo at 6:30 pm. Our speaker this year will be Wilkes-Barre City Councilman,Tony Brooks, whose topic will be the Butler House Restoration — the story of oldest house in Wilkes-Barre and history of three generations of Butlers from 1731-1860.
Welcome to new Back Mountain Chamber members: Fast Signs, Fidelity Bank, Justin Matus, Dan Meuser, Axiom Payments and Carrie Flower.
As always, if you wish to have your community event placed on the BMC Events Calendar on our website, please email details to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com, and we will include your event.
Atty. Thomas Mosca is the president of the Back Mountain Chamber. His column appears monthly in the Dallas Post.