When Laure Carlo took over recently as executive director of the Greater Carbondale Chamber of Commerce, she said her primary goal was to have a much more active Chamber. And she has been sticking to that plan from the start.

When Laure Carlo took over recently as executive director of the Greater Carbondale Chamber of Commerce, she said her primary goal was to have a much more active Chamber. And she has been sticking to that plan from the start.

Regarding the Chamber's ongoing membership drive, she said "we're doing great."

"Within the past few days, we signed up about half a dozen new members," she noted. "I met with two other people during this time about membership and took a few calls about it as well."

"My goal was to register 30 new members this year and we're already halfway there in May, which is very exciting," she stated.

Carlo said she was also thrilled to welcome two new Chamber board members, Patricia Kameen Striefsky and Mary K. Haran.

Striefsky is a graduate of Forest City Regional High School and the University of Scranton with a bachelor's degree in criminal justice. She is currently the publisher of The Forest City News, where she has been employed for the past 20 years.

She is married to Brian Striefsky, a superintendent for Lindeco, and is the mother of Brandon, a sophomore at Scranton Prep, and Zachary, a fourth grade student at Forest City Regional.

She was the secretary of the Forest City Commercial Association for the past 20 years until it was reorganized recently. She is the secretary of Greater Forest City Industries, an industrial development group, and is the treasurer of Forest City Arts Council.

Striefsky was associated with the Forest City Old Home Week Committee for 20 years and was chairperson and co-chairperson of Ole Home Week festivities for the past five years. She is a member of Pennsylvania NewsMEDIA and the National Newspaper Association. She is a member of the Forest City Business Alliance and the Endless Mountains Visitors Bureau. She is a member of Ascension Parish in Forest City and she resides in Browndale.

Haran is an agent with New York Life Insurance Co. as well as a Registered Representative offering securities through NYLIFE Securities LLC, a member of FINRA/SIPC. A Carbondale native, she is a graduate of St. Rose High School, Kings College, and holds a masters degree from the University of Scranton.

Having lived both in Europe and in Asia, Haran said she is delighted to be back in Northeastern Pennsylvania. She is married to Paul J. Gallagher and they are the parents of three grown children.

Carlo noted that the Chamber also has a number of upcoming events scheduled, beginning with "The Art of the Cake" on Wednesday night, May 22. This juried exhibition of cake art is described by event organizer Nellie Connolly, owner of Personellized Cakes, as "a fun and tasty fundraiser."

The event will be held in the Chamber building, with doors opening at 6 p.m. and all attendees being allowed to view and taste the culinary treats on display. Then they can vote as many times as they like for their favorite cake to win the "People's Choice" award, at a cost of $1 per vote.

Carlo stated that bakers throughout the region are expected to enter their finest works into the competition, with the theme of "Spring into Summer," and all proceeds will benefit the Chamber Gallery.

Later in the week, Carlo said she will be on hand for the grand opening celebration of CBTB (Corner Bistro Tapas Bar).

The ribbon-cutting will be held at 5 p.m. on Friday, May 24, at the new business which is located at South Main Street and 8th Avenue.

She noted that two other big events are coming up next month as well. The first is Classic Voices, which is celebrating its fifth anniversary, performing an anniversary concert at the Chamber on Saturday night, June 8. That will be followed by the next art show at the Chamber Gallery on Friday night, June 14.

For more on Chamber membership, events or other information, call 282-1690.