The Scoop



Vote! Vote! Vote!
It’s that time again … time to think about the people and places that mean the most to you and vote for them in the annual electric city and diamond city Best Of Readers’ Poll. If you aren’t familiar with the Best Of poll, we tally up votes from readers in Lackawanna County for the electric city awards, and our diamond city readers cast votes for their favorite businesses and people in Luzerne County. This year, voting runs through 5 p.m. on Nov. 1. We’ll tally up the votes in November, and share the results in a special edition on Dec. 12. Winners will receive awards to display on their walls, and they’ll also earn bragging rights for a full year. In addition, they’ll be invited to a fabulous party to celebrate their victories with our readers (age 21 and over). Be sure to watch future editions for the announcement of the Best Of party date.
In the meantime, we want to share some important information on what you’ll find when you hop online to vote. This year’s categories include many you’ll be familiar with from the past, such as the ever-popular Nightlife, Love & Romance, Eats & Drinks and Goods & Services. However, you won’t find all the same questions in those categories, so be sure to look for a few newbies in the group.
Speaking of new, we’re introducing another category this year: Superstars. Oh yes. This category is devoted to the people who make life better all the way around — from your hair stylist who always knows just the right shade of auburn you’re looking for, to the chef who makes a killer Roast Beef au Jus that can turn around any lousy day, to the bartender who knows how to mix your drink just right. Take some time to consider who makes your world better, and cast your vote.
You’ll also discover some timely, thought-provoking and (we think) funny new questions in the Survey Says portion of the poll. Our questions cover a wide spectrum of topics, from the best and worst local trends in 2013 (is anyone else tired of seeing ombre hair everywhere?) to your thoughts on selfies to how you might greet an alien visitor if he landed in northeastern Pennsylvania. Feel free to use your creativity and respond to our funny questions with your own silly answers. Keep them (mostly) clean and have some fun with it.
Now, on a more serious note, we would be remiss to not review the rules of the competition:

  • You must be at least age 18 to vote.
  • You must answer at least 25 questions in order for your ballot to count.
  • The system is set up to count one vote per person. Don’t try to beat it. Last year, we told you about our technical wizards who work behind the scenes in the ec and dc offices, and not only are they still here, but they’re working overtime this year just to make sure the contest is fair. And they get mighty snippy when they think someone is trying to cheat, so just don’t do it.
  • Last, but certainly not least, remember to vote for local people and places. If you vote for Paula Deen as Best Chef in the Superstars category or MILF Island as best television show (random 30 Rock reference there — stay with me), your votes aren’t going to count. Save your sense of humor for the Survey Says portion of the ballot, where it will truly be appreciated.

Vote. Be honest, have fun, and fire up those laptops and phones by Nov. 1.
That’s the scoop! Thanks for reading, and I’ll meet you here again next week.

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