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Clarks Summit Borough Mayor Patty Lawler (left) and Kate Miller, owner of the Mad Batter Bakery, show off an example of one of the borough’s welcome baskets, part of its new welcome wagon program. PHOTO STEPHANIE LONGO

A tisket, a tasket — Clarks Summit is what’s in the basket.

A new program by Clarks Summit Borough seeks to welcome both homebuyers and renters to town by introducing them to local businesses with a personal touch.

The Clarks Summit welcome wagon will officially begin on Thursday, May 1, but mayor Patty Lawler is already collecting items for a key component of the program — a basket of cheer featuring a sampling of items from borough businesses that she will personally deliver to new residents.

“I want people to know how much I appreciate both businesses and residents choosing Clarks Summit Borough,” Lawler said. “The welcome wagon is a way to show our appreciation in a tangible way. It is a no-brainer, the businesses will be introduced to a new resident and new residents will see what businesses we have in town. It shows why the borough is so special.”

For Kate Miller, owner of the Mad Batter Bakery, rear 400 State St., Clarks Summit, offering a sample of her products for the basket helped promote her business in a unique way.

“Being a new business in town, I want to get our name out there and let people know we are here,” she said. “We want people to try the product, be it Welsh cookies or whatever we decide to put in there. If somebody tries our products, hopefully they will come in and check us out.”

“To me, it means a lot to participate in something like this,” she added. “It gets the word out; the baskets are given to new residents, so it is just something fun to be involved in. It says ‘welcome to Clarks Summit’ to our new residents.”

Lawler also encourages realtors who sell a home or landlords who rent a residence to contact the borough offices at 570-586-9316, so that they are aware of who should receive a basket. She also said that she is donating her mayoral stipend to the welcome wagon program as well as to other community-based initiatives in town, including the upcoming inaugural Easter Egg Roll on Sunday, April 13.

“We need, as a borough, for our residents and businesses to come together,” she said. “That’s why we are reaching out to them.”

Area businesses who are interested in participating in the welcome basket program are asked to call Barbara at 570-587-3026.