Marines answer auction call | Go Lackawanna, Scranton, PA

Marines answer auction call | Go Lackawanna, Scranton, PA.


Sgt. Vladimir Dorcelus, left, Stephanie Shirmer, Cpl. Charles Bowman, Kimberly Eckhart and Lance Cpl. Gustavo Yque sing New York, New York during the Date a Marine auction to benefit the U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots campaign.

S.John Wilkin photo / For Go Lackawanna

PLAINS TWP. – U.S. Marine Cpl. Timothy Wirth seduced the ladies with a karaoke version of “All These Things That I’ve Done” by The Killers.


It seemed to do the trick as Wilkes-Barre residents Kim Woodrosky and Nicki Pimental were the first two ladies to get into a bidding war over a man in uniform.

Pimental won the war at $30 Tuesday night at the Woodlands Inn & Resort’s Executive Lounge during the first “Date A Marine” auction coordinated by the Northeastern and Wyoming Detachments of Marine Corps League to benefit the local Toys for Tots campaign.

“I think the best money I’ve ever spent is buying a man,” Pimental said with a laugh.

Cpl. Charles Bowman, originally of Roselle Park, N.J., was the second Marine auctioned.

The 26-year-old admitted it initially felt a little awkward to be auctioned. Knowing it was to help deserving children outweighed any oddness he felt.

Staff Sgt. Stephen Leskoven got the idea for the Marine auction from a similar event held in Stroudsburg a few years ago, when he was auctioned off himself for $235.

“It is meant to be a fun thing. Bring the adults out to have a few drinks and take part in something other than giving toys,” Leskoven said.

Woodlands management officials also donated a $50 gift card to Toys ‘R’ Us for each Marine at the event, for a total of $1,000. No final figures were available on how much money the Marines raised


Saturday Night in The Woodlands

The band, “Coast to Coast” will perform tonight on stage at 10 pm inside the Streamside Bandstand w/ DJ Godfather.  Fishboy from 98.5 KRZ will host the area #1 dance party inside Evolution Nightclub as we count down to NYE.  DJ’s Kev  & RedBull Ron mixing the club hits. Remember, the first 985 people get in free with $1 drinks from 9-11!

Kornfeld interview

I don’t know how many people saw the Kornfeld interview last night on WVIA, if you didn’t  you missed quite a show. Very funny, insightful, looked back 50 + years in the hospitality business. I’m sure it will be re-broadcast again, you don’t want to miss it.

Original Broadcast Date: Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Rick, Ross, and Mitch Kornfeld are second-generation owners of the Woodlands Inn and Resort in Wilkes Barre. In an industry where the days are long and the work is hard, hear how the Kornfelds have melded three very different personalities with a great sense of humor to grow a very competitive business.




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J. Brown: guest on 11/3

I had a great experience at this hotel and have made two additional reservations for the near future. based upon this experience, this hotel may be the hotel I choose for all business travel when in Wilke-Barre

Room Package

For those of you lucky enough to have the 5th of July off, why not spend the night at the Woodlands Inn. Book the 4th and receive a $10.00 free play coupon for Mohegan Sun, fireworks, complimentary breakfast, discount coupons for both the Woodlands and Mohegan Sun and complimentary shuttle back and forth to the casino. Our number to book is 570-824-9831.