Letters To The Editor 4/7/2018

April 7, 2018 GMT

Musical treasure

Editor: Let’s agree: Late March can be dreary in Northeast Pennsylvania. The ravages of a long winter reveal themselves in the harsh spring light. My personal aging and the constant drone of world news and national politics does little to lift my spirits.

Recently, after weaving through the construction-destroyed streets of my neighborhood and braving the litter-strewn speedway of Interstate 81, I arrived at the inauspicious setting of the WVIA studios in Jenkins Twp. to attend the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic Chamber Series concert.

The Sordoni Theater there provides an intimate venue with excellent acoustics. The audience of about 50 people didn’t quite fill the house. The program was superb: cello and piano, Bach, Beethoven, Chopin and Rachmaninoff.

The musicians, Jeremy Lamb (cello) and Spencer Myer (piano) gave me hope for my gender. Affable, modest and tremendously gifted, these young men offered no swagger or anger. From their rèsumés, they perform many venues and ply their artistry endlessly, because they can, but also, I assume, because they must.

From the first resonant stroke of the cello, through the Romantic yearnings of the Rachmaninoff, the performance was exquisite.

The philharmonic remains a tremendous community asset. It is hoping and planning to return in a bigger way in the near future. There were a few children in the audience. They are the future for keeping the great cultural heritage of classical music alive. I commend those parents. My love for the music stems from my childhood here.

Most of all, I thank the philharmonic for giving me and that small audience an experience of immense beauty on a dark March evening.




Volunteers saluted

Editor: My wife and I called 911 on March 27 at 10 p.m. because we detected an odor that smelled electrical.

Within minutes, members of the Moosic Fire Department arrived, followed by the Avoca fire company. After examining our home, they couldn’t find the source of what was an obviously suspicious smell.

The lead person on the team said, “Don’t worry, we are not leaving until we find the problem.” A short time later they found a faulty humidifier in the basement and dismantled the potential fire hazard from our heating system. We are grateful to them and their persistent efforts to help us stay safe. They were professional, caring and committed to their jobs.

These volunteers left the comfort of their own homes to help their neighbors. Although we have always supported local volunteer fire companies, we are once again reminded how valuable they are to our personal safely. Bravo to you all.




Parade’s great start

Editor: On March 17, the Avoca West Side Social Club held its inaugural St. Patrick’s Day parade and celebration.

The event was a big success, with an overwhelming turnout.

During this event, I was honored to receive the first man of the year award. I

am truly grateful and humbled by this recognition. It is impossible to list all the

people and organizations that participated in making this event successful.

However, on behalf of my family and myself, I would like to express our sincere

gratitude to all who contributed to this event.

More important, as a result of this event, approximately 20 nonprofit

organizations and families in need will receive financial donations from the Avoca

West Side Social Club that result from the proceeds of this event.

I would like to thank all my customers and friends for their support during my 57 years in business in Avoca. Your support and friendship is truly appreciated and will not be forgotten.



Performance praised

Editor: The drama club of Dunmore High School treated the community with the recent musical production of “The Little Mermaid.”

How wonderful it was to see the students share their extraordinary talent to the enjoyment of all attending.

With the trend to cut music and art programs in schools, this presentation would help emphasize the importance of keeping these programs.

The emotion of the students at the final show showed their love of music and performing for the audiences, which was in awe of the Broadway-like presentation.

Thank you to the Dunmore school administration for the support of the arts and the faculty members who work so hard with the kids.

Having witnessed my children and grandchildren enjoy playing in the band, being part of chorus and drama club, I saw confidence and joy in their accomplishments. We are blessed to share all of this.




Information sought

Editor: I am a fourth-grade student in North Carolina. We research a state for our state fair, and I have chosen Pennsylvania.

I am excited to learn more about the great state of Pennsylvania as I work on my report.

While we will research most of the information ourselves, we also like to get firsthand knowledge from people who live in the state. This is why I write. I hope that readers will be willing to send me some small items to help me learn more about the best things in your state.

It could be things like postcards, maps, pictures, general information, newspaper

articles and other items that may be useful. People can mail items to me by April 30. Our state fair is May 18.

I appreciate the help and will do my best to send a thank you note to every person who takes the time and makes the effort to help me with this project.