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Much to celebrate
As we traveled throughout the region last week, we were reminded that there is much to celebrate in northeastern Pennsylvania. There’s no better place to begin our festive journey than at the Westmoreland Club in Wilkes-Barre where we fluttered into the Fall for the Osterhout Gala on Friday night.
After a busy week at the office, we joined friends of the library for a cocktail (or two) in the lovely, historic building on South Franklin. Among those we saw dining and dancing the night away were Joe Amato, Pat Finan, Janet Flack, Kathy Dunsmuir, Molly Hoegen, Robert and Ginny Tambur Marion Pollock, Judy Ellis, Dr. Susan Sordoni, Linda Gramlich, Lisa Borchert, Gus Genetti, Susan Yelen and Richard Hazzouri, just to name a few. Library staff members Joanne Austin, Chris Kelly, Jocelyn Chocallo, Rick Miller, Elaine Rash, Elaine Stefanko, Cathy Yavorchak, Alissa Lukasavage and Kristen Lynch were also on hand for the festivities, and of course, no gala would be complete without media personalities we all know and love — Mindi Ramsey and Tom Williams from WNEP TV’s morning show.
Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs’ Chief Executive Bobby Soper also attended, which brings us to our next piece of news: this will be the last autumn in northeastern Pennsylvania for Soper. We learned earlier this week that he’s leaving the area for the same position with Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Conn. Soper has been part of our community for the past six years and he will surely be missed. Best wishes to Soper as he heads north later this month and to Mike Bean, assistant general manager at the casino in Luzerne County, who will replace Soper.
Our friends in public broadcasting are also making headlines this week. WVIA, based in Pittston, just brought home an Emmy award for Remembering The Scranton Sirens an original film about a band from the Electric City’s past, The Scranton Sirens. Members of WVIA management and staff who produced the film attended the 30th Annual Mid-Atlantic Emmy Awards in Philadelphia on Sept. 22, accepting the award on behalf of the Sirens crew. They included Andrew Sordoni, executive producer, Bill Kelly, president/executive producer, Tom Currá, executive producer, Greg Matkosky, creative director of documentary films, Kris Hendrickson, editor, Kathryn Davies, production administrator and Ben Payavis II, production manager.
In addition to wining the Outstanding Documentary category, WVIA Public Media also took home an Emmy in the Outstanding Human Interest Program/Special for its production of the 2011 Little League Challenger Exhibition Game.
On another note, when we flew into Scranton earlier this week, we couldn’t help but notice the doors to the Boom Boom Beach Club (formerly Scranton’s Hardware Bar) were closed. After a bit of investigating, we learned that the closure is just temporary. The bar is participating in a reality show that gives establishments $50,000 to reinvent their bar in five days. The club will reopen its doors on Friday night with a new concept and a new name. We can’t wait to see the big reveal!
Guys, if you want to look your best for the babes at the (former) Boom Boom Club, you might want to stop by a new barbershop in downtown Scranton – and be sure to arrive thirsty. That’s right, thirsty. Guy’s Barber Shop opened at 626 Spruce St. on Monday. The Head Guy is Damian Biancarelli, who will not only give you a great new do, but he’ll hook you up with a cold beer upon check-in. Check them out on Facebook at

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