Chamber Notes: Back Mountain Chamber preps for economic summit, candy fundraiser

Chamber Notes - Jim Reino

September was a very active month for the Back Mountain Chamber, as it held its fourth annual Cultural Committee event. This year the event featured a Jimmy Buffett Tribute Band, Jimmy and the Parrots, and was called “Back In Paradise.” Over 300 people attended the event at the Irem Temple Country Club Pavilion.

At the event this year, the BMC honored state Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski for his musical contributions to the region. In addition, the event raffle raised $1,200 for the 1st Lt. Michael Cleary Memorial Fund. Many thanks to chairpersons Sandy Race and Cindy Post-Mitchell, as well as the rest of the Cultural Committee, for bringing a memorable cultural event to the Back Mountain once again.

We would also like to give a big round of applause to all our sponsors, and especially to our major sponsors: UGI Energy Services, Penn East Pipeline, First National Community Bank, Frontier Communications, M&T Bank, Monk Plumbing and Heating, the Waterfront Business Group, Twin Stacks, Lamar Advertising, Motorworld, UGI Utilities, and Eye Care Specialist. Lastly, we would like to thank Gerrity’s Market, and master cake decorator, Jason Tarreto, for providing us with our “Back In Paradise” pineapple-filled cake with piña colada icing. Eat your heart out, Jimmy Buffett!

Future events

The Back Mountain Economic Development Committee will hold its Third Annual Back Mountain Chamber Economic Summit Breakfast, featuring a speaker from the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia. The presentation is a comprehensive review of the economy, similar to those given to Congress each fall, and provides critical financial information for senior corporate managers as well as small businesses. The event will be held at 7:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 21 at the Penn State Wilkes-Barre campus.

Reservations for the event can made on the BMC website,, or by calling the chamber office at 570-675-9380. The cost of the event is $20 for BMC members and $25 for non-members. The event is sponsored by First National Community Bank and Twin Stacks Realty. There is limited seating available so we recommend you make your online reservations as soon as possible.

New this year, the BMC is holding a Community Involvement Event featuring a Gertrude Hawk Christmas candy online ordering project, which will run now through Oct. 16. Members, friends and family can buy their Christmas candy online through the Chamber and support the Blue Chip Farm Animal Refuge at the same time. A portion of the proceeds from the fundraiser will go offset Blue Chip’s operational expenses as it continues to help local displaced animals throughout our community.

Orders can be placed by going to the BMC website,, and clicking on the Gertrude Hawk candy link. Candy can be sent directly to the buyer’s home for a meager shipping cost, or picked-up free of delivery charges at the BMC office in the Twin Stacks complex at a time and date to be determined. Let’s make this Christmas a special one for our furry friends, and put some delicious treats in our family Christmas stockings this year.


If you wish to have your community event placed on the BMC events calendar on our website, email your information to and we will be happy to include them.

Chamber Notes

Jim Reino

Jim Reino is the president of the Back Mountain Chamber of Commerce. Reach the Dallas Post newsroom at 570-675-5211 or by email at

Jim Reino is the president of the Back Mountain Chamber of Commerce. Reach the Dallas Post newsroom at 570-675-5211 or by email at

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