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injured and the couple’s dog was rescued. However, all possessions were lost and they are still looking for their cat. Residents have been asked to be on the lookout for a black and white cat and to contact the McDonalds or the Hazleton Animal Shelter.
Damenti’s has been a fixture at the Route 309 location for nearly 60 years. The McDonalds, who are well known around the mountain for their artistic talents and generosity to the community, purchased the restaurant from Jimmy and June Damenti in 1978. Kevin, the restaurant’s main chef, is also one of the leading ice sculptors in the country and started the ice fest at Damenti’s many years ago. The ice festivals and sculpting demonstrations led to the now traditional ice bar, which has been the site of many fundraisers for local charitable organizations including Helping Hands and Kiss for a Cure, the United Way, the Kirby Library, Max and Lorraine Foundation, and the Beads of Courage program at the Janet Weis Children’s Hospital in Danville. Its more recent summer counterpart, the sand bar, has also hosted similar fundraisers, in addition to becoming a popular place to relax and enjoy the warm weather and long days of summer.
A fund has been established to help Kevin & Helen McDonald at First Keystone Community Bank, 18 N. Mountain Blvd., Mountain Top, PA 18707. People wishing to donate may send their check payable to McDonald Fire Fund and send it to the bank branch, or stop by the bank branch to make a donation. Questions can be directed to Marti Faytko at 570-474-2460.