Our view: Lend a hand and help set a record


Five miles.

For some, it’s a long drive. For others, it’s just a short morning jog.

For John Maday, president of the Downtown Wilkes-Barre Business Association, five miles and a little chalk is a path to putting Wilkes-Barre in the Guinness Book of World Records … OK, five miles and a whole lot of chalk.

Maday wants to set a record for the world’s longest continuous chalk drawing at the business association’s annual Chalk Fest set for Sept. 29 along the River Common.

Even though the current record sits at 3.5 miles, Maday wants to shatter the record by having a chalk drawing five miles long. It will have to go back and fourth between the area near Wilkes University’s Dorothy Dixon Darte Center and the Luzerne County Courthouse nearly five times and will take quite a while to complete.

But that hasn’t deterred Maday’s enthusiasm.

“Even if I have to be there until midnight, we will get there,” Maday told staff writer Bill O’Boyle on Friday.

Anyone who knows Maday knows he is an energetic guy. His motor always seems to be in fourth gear.

But even with all that energy, if Maday doesn’t get a whole lot of help he will have to be there way past midnight to reach his goal.

So here is a chance for all of us to get involved in setting record.

The task isn’t that difficult.

“Come out and make history with us,” Maday said, according to O’Boyle’s story. “Be a part of it. You will be given a box of chalk and all we ask is that you just draw.”

And draw, and draw, and draw …

Well, you get the idea.

But the more of us that come out, the better chance the chalk drawing has of landing in that coveted book.

As the old saying goes, if we all do a little, together we will all do a lot. (May be that’s not an old saying but it should be.)

So head on over to the Downtown Wilkes-Barre Business Association’s Facebook to register for the record bid. Then on Saturday, Sept. 29, pack the kids, Grandma, Grandpa, the babysitter, the next door neighbor and anyone else that can hold a piece of chalk and head to the River Common

John Maday will be waiting their for you with that box of chalk and quite possibly a world record.

– Times Leader