Back Mountain

September 27, 2016 GMT

The Back Mountain Chamber’s Cultural Event Committee hosted its fourth annual musical showcase recently. More than 300 guests enjoyed the music of Jimmy and the Parrots, a Jimmy Buffett tribute band from the New York/New Jersey area. The band, led by Jimmy Maraventano, has performed throughout the United States and the Caribbean. The cultural committee selected Eddie Day Pashinski as its special honoree this year. As a member of the Star Fires, which was organized in the late 1950s, they made several recordings, including “You’ve Done Me Wrong.” Many popular recording artists played with the Star Fires over the years at the former Hanson’s Amusement Park at Harveys Lake, including Chubby Checker, The McCoys, Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, Patti and the Emblems, Bobby Goldsboro, Freddie Cannon, the Shangri-Las, and others. Cindy Post Mitchell, event co-chair, said in a prepared release, “We honored Eddie for his outstanding contribution to providing music in our area over the years.” As in previous years, a basket raffle was held with gifts donated by local Chamber members and businesses. More than $1,200 was raised. This year’s raffle proceeds are being donated to the 1st Lt. Michael J. Cleary Memorial Fund. The Dallas native and first lieutenant was killed in Iraq on Dec. 20, 2005, while serving during Operation Iraqi Freedom. This fund honors the memory of and advances causes in the community that Cleary believed in and supported. From left, are Bill Leandri, Back Mountain Chamber executive director; Jim Reino, UGI and Back Mountain Chamber president; Donna Luksh, Luksh Lawn Care; Susan Slocum, state Sen. Lisa Baker’s office; Malcolm Williams, M&T Bank; Cheryl Summa, Eye Care Specialists; Royal Sutton, Back Mountain Men’s Ecumenical Group; Cindy Post Mitchell, Event co-chair and RichSoil Alliance; Sandy Race, event co-chair and Penn State Wilkes-Barre; Joanne Gensel, Mountain Beverage; Ross Spengler, The Waterfront Complex, and attorney Tom Mosca, Mosca Law Offices. Also participating were Amy Campbell, FNCB; Suzanne DePrimo, Barber Ford; Marty Leandri, First Keystone Community Bank; Nadine Wesolowski, Millazzo Industries; Dawn Wiringer, Berkshire Hathaway, and Ali Zurawski, Community Bank N.A. At the Back To Paradise event are Bobby Baird, 2014 honoree; Eddie Day, 2016 honoree, and Joe Nardone, 2015 honoree.