March 2015 – Newsletter Issue 3

A Message from your President:

I know it is hard to believe but spring is just around the corner.  As the warmer days approach and we become more active recovering from another brutal winter please do not forget to patronize Slate Belt Chamber of Commerce members with your business.

We have members who can provide home repair, flower/garden centers, lawn services, accounting, automotive, computer repair, just to name a few; then, at the end of the day when you are hungry, you can clean up and enjoy a meal at a local restaurant.  Or, you can buy beer or wine to enjoy at home.  Our members offer a wide array of services so please visit them first.

And, if you are in need of a service and we do not have a chamber member providing it, let us know and we will

make every attempt to locate a service provider and get them to become a member of the growing Slate Belt


There are a number of great upcoming chamber events so please join us.  It is a great way to publicize your business.  Check this newsletter or our website for updated information and registration forms, if needed.  The Board looks forward to ever growing numbers at our events.

If you missed the Valentine mixer with our two independent chamber (Nazareth-Bath and Whitehall) partners you missed an enjoyable late afternoon at the Best Western.  Good food and drink was had by all.  We hope to see you at upcoming events.

Thank you for being a member and for supporting local businesses.

Steve Hurni

We are approaching our deadline for the 2015 Slate Belt Chamber of Commerce Membership Directory (3/15/15).  If you have not paid your 2015 membership dues, please do so ASAP.  The information you provide will be used to update this year’s Membership Directory and our web site. (  There

is still an opportunity for the front inside and back inside cover ad for the membership directory, cost is $150, first come first serve, call today!

We are also in the early stage of producing the next edition of the Slate Belt Community Information Guide and only chamber members will be included in this.  Don’t miss your change to market yourself, these directories and information guides go to hundreds of residents and businesses each year.  Get your membership renewals in now!

We have partnered with the Hometown Press to produce our Community Information Guide.  This guide will provide information about the 10 municipalities, Slate Belt history, recreation and tourist attractions, schools, emergency contacts, organizations, resources and chamber members.  Representatives will be canvasing the

area offering advertising opportunities beginning this March.  This is a great tool for new residents, businesses and will serve as a permanent file to assist them with community information, parks and recreation and more. We are looking at June for the information guide to be completed.


The Slate Belt Chamber of Commerce Scholarship applications are available in the 5 area high schools, Bangor, Pen Argyl, Faith Christian, Pius X and Career Institute of Technology.  Any Slate Belt resident that is a senior in one of these schools is eligible to apply.  Application deadline is April 10th.

Over $55,000 have been given to deserving students over the past 15 years through our scholarship program. This program is funded through our annual Scholarship Golf Tournament.  Please help us continue helping our future business leaders by sponsoring or participating in this event to bel held on July 20th at Woodstone Country Club.  Flyers will be emailed shortly!


Grand Opening & Ribbon Cutting

Johnsonville Farm & Garden

154 Johnsonville Rd. Bangor


Saturday, March 21st, 12 noon

Johnsonville Farm & Garden, INC originally known as the Agway Incorporated-Johnsonville Farm Center was built in 1943 and ran business as a Grange League Federation for many years. Since opening the store has seen many owners including the Hartzell’s, Nepa’s, and Irwin’s. The Farm Center closed in the mid-90’s and began a long stint of deterioration. Last July, 2014 the Johnsonville Farm & Garden came under new ownership, in an effort to reestablish an agricultural store and hub for our rural community.

Jesse Poliskiewicz & Aline Haddad with the immense help of family, friends and the community at large began the renovation and revitalization process of the property and structure. As a new chapter opens for the Farm & Garden store, Jesse & Aline are truly excited to service the agricultural community and create lasting relationships locally and beyond.

Jesse owns Poliskiewicz Farms INC a commercial crop and livestock operation in Bangor, PA and his

partner Aline Haddad is a production gardener.

Johnsonville Farm & Garden offers:  hay, straw, shelled corn, oats, livestock feed, animal medicine, animal tack, fencing, hardware, wildlife supplies, deer corn, birdseed, pest control items, pet supplies, gardening supplies, home goods, handmade soaps and lotions, hand spun wool, local honey, local eggs, fresh local non- certified organic produce.  Hours of operation, 8-5 Tuesday through Saturday, 8-1 Sunday, Closed Monday’s.



  • 4/28: SBCC Business Networking Luncheon, Teresa’s Pizza, Mt. Bethel
  • 5/2: Slate Belt Safety Fair & Expo
  • 5/9: Three Brothers Beverage Mixer, 12 pm
  • 5/14: Scholarship Awards Dinner @ Tuscarora Inn
  • 6/19: Chamber Night Iron Pigs Baseball Game
  • 6/23: SBCC Business Luncheon @ Wind Gap Park
  • 7/20: Scholarship Golf Classic @ Woodstone Country Club
  • More events to come……call with your suggestions!

Member Spot Light for February

Realty Executives

Joe and Nancy Kessler opened their Realty Executives office in December 2005. Since then they have grown to

eight very professional and successful Realtors. The Executives specialize in residential sales but also have extensive experience in multi-family, land and farm sales. A number of the Executives have experience with commercial real estate and one Executive is also an auctioneer. The office covers Northampton County, Monroe County, Lehigh County and some of Carbon County.  Realty Executives belongs to both the Greater Lehigh Valley Association of Realtors and the Pocono Mountains Association of Realtors. This is a plus to both sellers and buyers. According to statistics in the Greater Lehigh Valley Association of Realtors, Realty Executives in Wind Gap has been ranked number 1 in volume in the Slate Belt since 2011.

Edo’s Training Fund Raiser


Broad Excavating Inc.

& the Slate Belt Chamber of Commerce

To help raise funds for Bangor Police Department K-9 unit. It’s that time of year again for Edo’s re-occurring training.

Edo’s primary handler Officer Kevin Jones, will accompany the dog in training.

Remember that Edo is not just used in Bangor Borough but shared to the neighboring municipalities when needed!

To make a donation:

Checks payable to Bangor Borough, in the memo write K-9 Unit Fund

And mail to Slate Belt Chamber of Commerce

187 Blue Valley Dr. Bangor, PA 18013

610 588 1000


We are excited to announce the following fundraising events for the Blue and White Foundation. Please help spread the word.

March 3rd next Blue and White Foundation meeting at Columbia Fire Co at 7pm.

April 11th Blue and White Foundation 3rd Annual Meat Wheel at 7pm at Columbia Fire Co. We will have the meat wheel, a 50/50, basket of cheer, cash bar, and refreshments will be served.  Event is for ages 21 and over. April 17 Blue and White Foundation Annual Royal Gala

We will be honoring the class of 1965 and three Pius graduates who have done commendable things for Pius,

our community, and have created a successful life.

The Royal Gala will be held at Stroudsmoor from 6-10pm. More information on ticket and ad prices and how to purchase to follow.

*** Get involved!  Please feel free to contact us with questions, ideas, or learn how to get involved by emailing us at or visit us at Our-School/534870139917487 (you do not need a facebook account to visit this page for updated information).

*** Donate!  For donations you can visit our Go Fund Me, send donations to PO Box 17, Bangor, PA 18013 made payable to Blue and White Scholastic Foundation Inc., or a donation can be sent directly through Pay Pal to The donations to Pius X are placed into escrow and are tax deductible.

God Bless, The Blue and White Foundation

Kirkridge: Medieval Times on The Mountain!  March 4th at the Kirkridge Farmhouse on Fox Gap Road. Door open at 6 pm, dinner at 6:30.  $29.50 per person plus tax, BYOB call for reservation, 610-588-0249 or email

Congratulations to Anthony Biondi, CEO and Director of Merchants Bank, is the 2015 Slate Belt-Nazareth Area Friends of Scouting award recipient!  A breakfast will be held in his honor on Friday, April 24th, at the Washington Banquet Facility, 7:30 am.  Support Scouting, see attached for details.

East Bangor Community Day:  all vendors are welcome, Saturday, May 9th, 10-5 pm at East Bangor Park. Rain Date, May 16th.  Table cost for the day is $20.00 Contact Maureen Cramer at 570-242-9628 or email

SBCC Officers & Directors

Steve Hurni, President

Mary Marshall, 1st Vice President

Jeff Ott, 2nd Vice President Fred Curcio, Secretary Rosemary Albert, Treasurer Nadine Moyer, Chairman


One Year Directors

Rosemary Albert, Mary Marshall, Jewel Williamson-Burns, Nadine Moyer, Joann Ginder, Chuck Niclaus, Jeff Ott, Adolph



Two Year Directors

Paul Donovan, Jr., Lucy Flinn, Fred Curcio, Kim Armitage, Steve Hurni, Bryan Gault, Victor Rodite