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Large crowd gathers for Lucky 7 Travel Plaza grand opening

LAURA JAMESON/THE EXPRESS Clinton County Economic Partnership President/CEO Mike Flanagan addresses a large crowd during the Lucky 7 Travel Plaza’s grand opening on Wednesday afternoon.

LOCK HAVEN — Sunny skies greeted a crowd of local officials, contractors and residents as they gathered for the grand opening of the Lucky 7 Travel Plaza on Wednesday afternoon.

The newest addition to Lock Haven’s business community, located along East Walnut Street just off the Route 220 exit, has been a long time coming. Nothing could stop Sonny Singh and his family from providing a new service to residents and the many truck drivers that travel to First Quality Tissue.

“It’s been a long road to get here but we made it,” Singh’s son Sunjeet said. Sunjeet manages both the travel plaza and the Wayback Burger next door.

Sunjeet thanked the many officials, contractors and residents who helped them through unexpected hurdles like the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We couldn’t have done this without these people,” he said.

LAURA JAMESON/THE EXPRESS Lock Haven City Mayor Joel Long and Lucky 7 Travel Plaza owner Sonny Singh cut the ribbon at the truck stop’s grand opening Wednesday afternoon. Pictured, from left, are Clinton County Commissioner Angela Harding, Deb Rudy from Senator Joe Scarnati’s office, Paul Caimi from Woodlands Bank, Michelle McCann from State Representative Stephanie Borowicz’s office, Clinton County Commissioner Miles Kessinger, Singh’s wife Michelle, daughter-in-law Emily holding his granddaughter Stella, his son Sunjeet and Jeff Long from M&R Contractors.

Mike Flanagan, Clinton County Economic Partnership president and CEO, spoke about how the construction of the truck plaza has opened up the area to the existing businesses along Walnut Street.

“As you know with the cleaning out of this area it really opens up the neighborhood,” he said. The plaza takes the place of the former Lucky 7 Meats and LW Peters Disposal which moved to Mill Hall.

Commissioners Miles Kessinger and Angela Harding attended the event, offering their thanks and congratulations to Singh’s family.

Harding specifically thanked them for keeping the name “Lucky 7.”

“Thank you for naming it Lucky 7 so some of the history of this area remains here,” she said.

Kessinger acknowledged the good things Singh brought to Lock Haven and beyond, including his truck plazas in McElhattan and Avis.

He noted that he’d driven by the construction everyday, anticipating when it would be complete.

Lock Haven City Mayor Joel Long offered a few words as well, thanking Singh for bringing business to the city and city staff for helping push the project along.

“It shows we’re working to make things happen in a pandemic. We’re still getting things done here in Lock Haven,” he said.

Representatives from State Representative Stephanie Borowicz and Senator Joe Scarnati’s offices offered their thanks as well.

Michelle McCann spoke on behalf of Borowicz who had to return to Harrisburg for a House session before the ribbon cutting.

“She’s excited to see what we have in our community. It’s bringing local jobs here which is what we need,” she said. She concluded by thanking Singh and his family for their contribution to the community.

Deb Rudy, from Scarnati’s office, touched on the impact the travel plaza will have on the community.

“What a great investment in this region,” she said.

Both the truck plaza and the future expansion of First Quality Tissue serve as “the next phase of growth in Lock Haven,” she said.

Flanagan and Sunjeet thanked the county commissioners, and city officials as well as multiple businesses and organizations that made the plaza a reality including: Department of Environmental Protection representatives Dan Vilello and Randy Farmarie; Jim Russo and Dave Harger who initially purchased the property before selling it to Singh’s company VASAS, Inc.; Paul Caimi of Woodlands Bank; John Reichard from SEDA-COG; Tim Keohane from Penn State and Lock Haven Small Business Development Center; general contractor M&R Contracting; sub contractors Harger Utility, Precise Electrical, K.C. Larson; architect Charlie Grieb; Ultracon, Allison Crane and Rigging and Glenn Hawbaker.

Following the ribbon cutting, everyone was able to enjoy a complimentary meal from Wayback Burger, courtesy of the Singh family.

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