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Car, bike show was memorable

The Tommy Z Inaugural Car & Bike Show was held in memory of Tom Zielinski Jr. on Oct. 15 at Crestwood High School. There were a total of 81 cars and nine bikes. Featured classes included street rods, classics and muscle cars.

Some participants drove their vehicles from Williamsport, Mayfield, Kelayres, Lock Haven, Greentown, Thornhurst, Montoursville and Coogan Station.

The People’s Choice trophy was awarded to a head-turning 1970 customized Hemi Cuda owned by Dale Lehman from Zion Grove.

Numerous donations were received and raffled off as prizes. Donors include A&A Speed Shop, Auto Zone, Advanced Auto, Kost Tire, Riders World, Noto’s Harley Davidson, Northeast Fitness Center, Januzzi’s Pizza, King’s Pizza, Orloski’s Car Wash & Lube, Edgewood in the Pines Golf Club, Sand Springs Golf Course and Blue Ridge Trail Golf Club.

We would like to thank all the sponsors, participants and spectators for making this a memorable event.

Hope to see you next year.

Trail of Treats benefited many

“It was so wonderful!!”

That was just one of many enthusiastic comments that were heard about the Channel 16 WNEP Halloween Trail of Treats held at the Ramada Inn in Wilkes-Barre recently. The Wyoming Valley Children’s Association preschool children were among the 400 guests who were treated to tastefully done spook-friendly décor and live characters including Ronald McDonald and Cookie Monster.

This event had some very special guests -- a great opportunity to engage everyone in a trick or treat tradition. We applaud this community outreach. The community sponsors were the caring faces that greeted all and had the caring hands that filled the bags with treats.

Gratitude offered to W-B employees

On June 26, our sump pump, which was only 3 years old, failed. At this time, the heavy rains began and, as we know, a few days later the city of Wilkes-Barre had to evacuate due to the rising river.

When our sump pump failed, it filled our basement with 6 inches of water. Unsure of what to do, I called the Wilkes-Barre Fire Department and spoke with Capt. Murtha, who said that he would contact the Department of Public Works.

Within one hour of speaking to Captain Murtha, a man named Ray called me. Within one hour of speaking to Ray, two people named Ralph and Tony pumped the water out of our basement.

My wife and I want to express our gratitude to the Wilkes-Barre Fire Department, as well as the Department of Public Works and all their employees who assisted us in our time of need.

Restaurateurs to be commended

My family and I had the pleasure of attending the United Way’s fund-raising dinner at Thom Greco’s Oyster Restaurant recently. It was an extraordinary dinner and an extraordinary act of generosity by Thom Greco. He not only gave up an entire night of business, he also had the costs of preparing the dinners and serving them.

Thom Greco is one of three local restaurateurs who have participated in this fund-raising event.

Eric Lee, owner of Peking Chef, initiated the idea by giving up two nights in his Dallas restaurant and serving a gourmet Chinese meal. Tony Macri, owner of Mambo Italiano in Dupont, followed suit with Italian. It is their hope that other local restaurants will join them in years to come.

I commend Eric Lee, Tony Macri and Thom Greco for their generosity.

PennDOT winner to football fan

I would like to thank the state Department of Transportation for its efforts in making the trip to State College on Interstate 80 for the Illinois football game much more enjoyable than previous weekends.

The usual pinch-points of single lane construction that had previously caused massive backups and delays were non-existent.

Since the construction crews were off for the weekend, they restored both lanes of travel where they could thus making things nice for all of us. Seems like a win-win. They had a weekend off and we had smooth sailing. The win at State College was also sweet.

City, property owner praised

This letter is to thank Mayor Leighton, J.J. Murphy, Wilkes-Barre City Council and Dr. Patrick Kerrigan.

We have lived next to 470 Hazle Ave. for more than 40 years.

It was at one time a very productive property that housed a family market and meat market. When the owners died, the property passed to many owners.

For the past few years it has begun to decay and has been a very unpleasant property to live by. The building is beyond repair and has become very dangerous.

Dr. Kerrigan and the city have come to an agreement and Dr. Kerrigan is having the building razed. We could not be happier. We have waited a long time for something like this to happen. Our many thanks to all involved.

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