Around Town: Mother’s Day, Harveys Lake and POWER!


A simple spring bouquet, a card, and an early-in-the-day visit were a few of the things that made Mother’s Day special last weekend.

All moms should be special to their sons, and as anyone who knows us knows, this is especially true in the Mary and Mike (Michael, if you ask her) McGinley case.

She and I share many interests and similarities: watching pro-tennis Grand Slams, daily Good Morning America banter, community activism, self-deprecating senses of humor and so much more.

Through all the time spent together these last 30-some years, I can only hope she knows how much the moments together mean.

Mother’s Day was probably the highlight of last weekend. After spending the morning with Mom, though, I trekked to Harveys Lake for early-evening pizza with the Woodroskys.

A great family, I enjoy spending time with the clan, which consists of the parents as well as 14-year-old Marshall, 13-year-old Ty and 8-year-old Brynn.

We picked up pizza from Back Mountain Bowl – a place I haven’t been in ages – on our way. It was news to me that inside they have a pizza shop and bar called Spare Time Pizza, where the Sicilian pizza is as good as any other I’ve had. All different types were on the menu, but we settled on two plain and one white to order.

As we were leaving the lake, Damien’s on the Lake caught our eye. Not sure what to expect, since the lake typically gets busy for the season on Memorial Day weekend, it was delightful to see tables of families wrapping up their Mother’s Day meals. The first-floor bar is long and inviting with a tremendous lake view, so it was an idyllic way to end a beautiful spring day.

Speaking of pizza and views, the latest Wilkes-Barre POWER! event was Thursday at King’s Restaurant in Mountain Top.

Antonio from King’s and his staff took excellent care of the more than 70 people who showed up for networking, conversation and a night out.

The deck – in case you haven’t been there – is huge. It’s officially opening tomorrow, so my recommendation is to check it out. The POWER! members who’d never been there before commented on its splendor.

One of the highlights of the night was chatting with Donna Nelson, a holistic empowerment coach and lifestyle strategist, who founded Adopt-a-Single-Mom. When she’s not busy helping to empower single moms and working to enhance the quality of their lives through social, emotional and financial support initiatives, she’s writing for the Times Leader Media Group’s newest product, 18702.

18702 comes out Fridays and is filled with community news and photos of things happening in and around that zip code.

Our newsroom is working hard to create a product families love, and so far, the response has been terrific.

In this day and age where news and information is at our fingertips the second we want it, there’s still a lot to be said about getting the newspaper. The hard copy speaks for itself, with local sports coverage and action photos, community news, meeting information and more.

I still clip items of interest and photos to hang on the fridge.

I still save editions showcasing commemorative pieces, such as presidential elections and royal weddings (I could go on forever about yesterday’s events).

Now, with the addition of Donna’s positive column to 18702, I’ll be reading that weekly.

Maybe I’ll save some of those too.

Mike McGinley is the Times Leader Media Group’s major accounts executive. Reach him at [email protected] or 570-704-3945.

Mike McGinley is the Times Leader Media Group’s major accounts executive. Reach him at [email protected] or 570-704-3945.