Congratulations, Carol "Pinky" Donahue!
Pinky has been a server at DuBois Hoss's for 29 years!
by Bob Pleva
A short time ago my daughter, Jill, brought home a female black Labrador Retriever to meet our three Labrador grand-dogs, Pete, Frank and Grace. She was a breeder dog and was sent from Philadelphia to our local animal shelter. She had no name, and we decided to call her Bailey. We realized after the first couple of days that we should have named her Houdini after she escaped from her cage, opened the lid on the treat bin, ate a jar of peanuts and the chicken bones left in the garbage can. She obviously had a cast iron stomach and was also very intelligent. She looked chunky from having all of those pups, but we were surprised at her speed and agility on our walks with her and the other dogs.
Left to right: Bailey, Frank, Pete, and Grace
After about a month of fostering her, she was adopted by a family in New Jersey not far from where she had been living. The Lab Rescue group has volunteers that meet along the way to complete each leg of the journey. Pretty cool. We set out early Sunday morning to meet our Harrisburg connection named Danny. He was pacing around his car when we arrived and was concerned about the weather forecast. We told him it was no problem and that the storm was coming from the west and wouldn’t hit here until later that evening. Little did we know until we got a text as we were heading home that roads in Philadelphia and New Jersey were all closed due to a major ice storm that came up the coast and wreaked havoc on the region.
With major traffic accidents and travel restrictions Bailey may have been returned to us if they couldn’t find a place for her to stay. Fortunately, four volunteers along the way offered to take her in for the night. Even more amazing was that the adopting family from New Jersey managed to get to their destination to pick up Bailey! They took her home and they lived happily ever after.
Special Visitors to Hummelstown!
Christmas at Cressona!
Happy Holidays From The Home Office Staff!
Carol Saxton To Retire
General Manager from DuBois, Carol Saxton, will be retiring from Hoss’s at the end of December. DuBois recently had a surprise get together for Carol!
Congratulations, Carol, and thank you for all of your contributions to Hoss’s!
Home Office Hossers Participate in Turkey Trot
On Saturday, November 29, a few Home Office Staff members participated in the Hollidaysburg YMCA Perry Wellington 4.5 mile Turkey Trot Race and 2 mile Walk.
Phil Sukenik, Carl Swope, and Allen Hainsey ran the 4.5 mile race, and Ken Swope participated in the 2 mile walk. Congratulations to Ken for receiving the Gold Medal for his age group!
Veteran's Day At Chambersburg
by Kyle Coons, Assistant Manager
Here at Chambersburg, for this Veteran's Day, we wanted to make sure we acknowledged every veteran that chose to dine with us. We gave them the opportunity to sign their name, branch of service, and the years that they served onto a poster board. They absolutely loved this, creating some great conversations between different generations.
The crew could not have been happier to say "Thank you" to these great men and women, making Veteran's Day one of the most anticipated and best days to give back to the community.
Grove City Creation
Check out this very unique creation made by Grove City Hoss's with our mints!
Carl Raup Completes Baltimore Marathon
Congratulations to Carl Raup for completing the Baltimore Marathon last weekend!
Carl is 61 years old, and he finished in less than 4 hours! Wow, what an accomplishment!! Great job, Carl!
Lobsterfest for MS 2014
by Nancy Campbell
Lobsterfest for MS 2014 was an extremely successful event. On Friday, September 19, nearly 500 people attended, enjoying food, drink, music and auctions at the Bavarian Hall in Altoona, PA. For the fourteenth straight year, many of the Blair County Hoss’s family members participated in this large local fundraiser which benefits the Keystone Branch of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Hoss’s is one of the major sponsors. I can’t imagine this event ever happening without the wonderful Hoss’s volunteers who help to make it such a success.
Attendees enjoyed a great meal of either a whole Maine lobster or a Hoss’s filet mignon, complete with steamed shrimp, salads, appetizers, and desserts. Music for dancing, silent and live auctions are also a big part of the evening’s festivities. Many Hoss’s family members, friends, and vendors helped by donating product and auction items, by buying tickets, and by volunteering their time and talents. There are lots of other volunteers from the community, but the Hoss’s crew helps in every aspect of this event including organizing, decorating, preparing and serving the wonderful meals, and then cleaning up after the event. Many in the community tell us that this is one fundraiser folks truly look forward to attending.
While I co-chair this event with my very good friend and former Hoss’s Manager, Donna Bon, there are many other Hoss’s family members who deserve the credit for their total dedication to this event year in and year out. Hoping that I have not forgotten anyone, I wish to thank the following Hossers (including former Hossers) for all that they did this year. Special thanks to Dan and Donna Bon, Bob and Karen Pleva, Bill and Julie Bratton, John and Rhonda Brown, Mark and Molly Spinazzola, Bill Campbell, Phil Sukenik, Pam Weakland, Dave Decker, Chip Gapshes, Rob Billet, Ann McKay, Tami Smith, Troy Horner, Pat Imler, Rich Hollingshead, Todd Hill, Amy Topole, Jim and Sandy Fogle, Craig and Christine Campbell, Nancy Homan, Jenn and Sean Neff, Barb and Rocky Rhodes, Mark Ritko, Tom and Cynthia Smith, Billie Jo and Jake Walls, Krista Soellner, Dan and Valerie Vandrew, Patty Morgan, Ryan Mazoff, Dan Mutter, Justin Despoy, Adam Clemens, Tim Schmuck, Bridget Chesnut, Pam Elliott and Betsy (Hoover) Lehman. (Quite a list, isn't it? Now you can see what I mean about all of the Hoss's help.)
Some of the comments I received from folks who worked this event were: “I think everything went wonderfully. Everyone seemed to have a good time.” “Great event! Great Cause!” “What a great bunch of workers! Sure good to see everyone again.” and “I love helping with Lobsterfest for MS and can’t wait till next year. Thank you for letting me be a part of this event.” You can see from these comments how much fun it is to work with this group. Their enthusiasm and dedication are so very special to me.
This year's event netted more than $40,000. All of the proceeds go to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society which is a non-profit organization working to find a cure for the debilitating disease that effects so many of our loved ones. The National MS Society is dedicated to serving the needs of people with MS and their families. Hopefully, one day soon a cure will be found and events such as this will not be necessary.
Hoss U Class #87 Graduates
by Pam Weakland
"Oh, what a week!" is how I began the graduation ceremonies for Class #87 of Hoss University on Friday, September 12, 2014. This was one of the largest classes we have had in a very long time. It was a great week with 10 new Assistant Managers and 6 Department Managers meeting faces and learning a lot of details to help with their management duties.
During the week, the group worked together on two class projects which you may be seeing in Hossland soon! It is wonderful to see a new group of leaders with such passion and determination. Good Luck to all and Congratulations!
Back L-R: James Rush #31-LT, James Armstrong #17-ER, Devin Rush #09-BD, Bill Horne #12-CB, Josh Hinton #11-IN, Tricia Fogle #20-MR, Lindsay Masi #17-ER, Patricia Beightol #19-MD
Front L-R: John Price #05-SC, Christie Pleger #12-CB, Chad Whitehead #05-SC, Laura Middlekauff #04-CH, Alex Delozier #201-MZ DV, Jen Bonneau #27-LZ, Miranda Shaw #203-MZ GW, Dawn Hartman #26-ST
Lindsay Truesdale - Hoss Hero
Lindsay Tuesdale, server from Hummelstown, recently became a Hoss Hero when she saved a child who was choking. Thank you, Lindsay, for springing into action to help a guest in need.
St. Marys Crew Enjoys Treat For Charity
August 14th was Miracle Blizzard Day at Dairy Queen, and the crew at Hoss's put in an order for about a dozen blizzards to cool down and support the cause. $1 or more from every Blizzard® Treat purchased at participating DQ® stores have been donated to the local Children's Miracle Network Hospitals® to help children in need. Visit http://www.miracletreatday.com/ to learn more.
Pictured below are some of the crew members enjoying their blizzards.
Jeff Stephenson Runs 5K Muddy Run
On July 26, 2014, Jeff Stephenson, General Manager at Cranberry, participated in a 5K Muddy Run. The run raised money for Alzheimer's. Jeff, his daughter, and eight other family members ran to honor Jeff's father who had Alzheimer's and passed away a few months ago. Jeff's father was also a runner well into his 60s. Jeff finished 9th out of 400!
Hoss’s Wellness Challenge – The Biggest Loser
by Brenda Oakes, Benefits Manager
Hoss’s has always had an important part in communicating wellness to our employees. We want to give our employees the tools to live healthier lives. Our company works closely with Highmark, our insurance broker, Seubert, and Lytle Behavior to develop fun and feasible ways to bring wellness into their lives.
Over the past ten weeks, we had a Wellness Challenge. Employees voluntarily enrolled and paid a $10 entrance fee. Over the weeks, there were challenges that they had to complete. Calling a health coach two times over the period of time earned them 20 points and if they lost or maintained weight or exercised they received points. Each employee was responsible to enter their points.
At the end of the challenge, if a person reached 40+ points they were entered in a drawing. The winnings were $290 dollars, and Hoss’s matched the amount and would donate it to a charity of the winner’s choice. The drawing was held at the Corporate Meeting on July 23. We had six employees that reached the 40+ points and were entered into the drawing. They were Betty Duncan from Shamokin Dam, Julie Lohsl from Marzoni’s GW, Tami Smith from Corporate Office, DeAnna Oakes from Central Processing, Chris Reigel from Lititz, and Christy Steele from St. Marys. The winner was Tami Smith, and her charity was Dreams Go On Therapeutic Horseback Riding.
Lewistown's Unsung Hero, Carli Boreman
by Dan Isenberg, General Manager
Sunday evening (Father's Day), a family of about 14 diners became alarmed when their littlest member, an infant of several months, began to convulse. In the next few frantic minutes, the baby turned blue and was not breathing.
In all of the confusion, their server, Carli Boreman, instinctively took charge. She immediately blew directly on the baby, which seemed to jumpstart the infant. Because the baby was now breathing, the family declined to perform additional CPR as one of the family members was calling 911.
By this time, I was able to reach their table to see a now non-responsive infant with a very gray body color. Assessing the situation quickly, I heard the EMS unit responding on a nearby scanner. I was amazed to see Carli still in complete control, running her fingers over the baby's chest to stimulate the child as everyone stood back and watched. The baby began regaining color and now had her eyes opened; she was watching Carli talking softly to her.
The baby continued to close her eyes, but Carli would immediately speak quietly but firmly to her as she continued the gentle massage. In the next few minutes, we saw the baby's color return fully, and finally she left out a cry that every mother knows, meaning she was now breathing freely.
The EMS response was great. They examined her, and with the parents' permission, took the little one to the hospital. Carli found a quiet place to sit down and reflect as her emotions finally overwhelmed her.
We received a call from the family several hours later to tell us that the baby was doing well but would remain in observation as they ran tests to determine a possible cause.
Carli will tell you she only did what anyone else would do, but it was Carli that did it, and the child is fine today!
#21-Belle Vernon Hoss Heroes
by Heather Smith, Assistant Manager
On June 16 around 6:00 p.m., we had a guest who choked on her meal. Her name is Ms. Baker. One of our servers, Erick Adams, was dining with us in the booth next to her. When Erick realized she was choking, he sprang into action and performed the Heimlich Manuever, saving Ms. Baker. One of our other employees, Anna Vasquez, who was also dining with us sprang into action to assist and call 911. These two employees are true Hoss Heroes!
Steve McIlveen Runs 5K
Steve McIlveen, General Manager at our Richland Township location, competed in a 5K Saturday, June 28. He came in 1st place with a time of 24.00 in the 41-49 age group and 8th overall. The race benefited the Rockwood Rotary.
Huntingdon Welcomes Mark Shreffler
On Sunday, June 29, Huntingdon Hoss's held an all-store meeting to welcome their new General Manager, Mark Shreffler.
Home Office Hossers Participate in 5K/Walk
The 17th Annual John Healy Memorial Race was held on June 18th on the Lower Trail in Williamsburg, PA. Since the beginning, Hoss's has supported the event which raises money for the ongoing maintenance of the popular bike trail.
This year, as always, the Hoss's family supported the event through their volunteer efforts and participation.
Pictured from left to right: Karen Pleva, Bob Pleva, Lori Clauto, Sara Clauto, Phil Sukenik, Tami Smith, and Alyssa Smith
Districts 3 & 4 Input/Feedback Meeting
On Wednesday, June 11, 2014, Districts 3 & 4 held an Input/Feedback Meeting at DuBois Hoss's. Below is a a listing of those that attended and a photo of the group. Thank you all for your valuable input.
Kelly Divins - DB03; Raisa Nixon - SC05; Diane White - AL06; Matt Topole - GB08; Jody Galore - IN11; Christie Pleger - CB12; Jim Armstrong - ER17; Patricia Beightol - Meadville; Kristin Metcalfe - MR20; Dennis Evans - BV21; Val Henning - ST26; Abby Massimo - RT40; Hailey Lanzilatti - GC43; Cheryl Zimmerman - SM48.
On Sunday, June 1, Phil Sukenik, VP Human Resources, ran in the "Johnstown Path of the Flood" half marathon. Below he is approaching the finish line!
Troy Horner, District Manager, recently ran in the Gettysburg Marathon. His son, Josh, joined him the last three miles to the finish!
Thank you for setting a good example for wellness!
2014 Hoss Graduates
We would like to extend a special congratulations to all of our high school and college graduates in Hossland! You should all be very proud of your accomplishments!
Click here to see a listing of graduates submitted by our stores.
Mother's Day Monday in Hossland
Pictured below is Jamie Weeder, long-time server from #10-Shamokin Dam, enjoying dinner with her family!
Here is Tyler Clappsaddle, cook at #29-Gettysburg, and his mom, Wendy.
Below is Rachel Dennis, hostess at #29-Gettysburg, and her mom, Dana.
Pictured below is Jackie Buchheister, hostess at #29-Gettysburg, and her mom, Juanita.
#31-Lewistown Crew - Prom
Below are Lewistown employees who stopped in to eat at Hoss's on their way to prom.
From left to right: Erika Haines, Ryan Marshall,
Emily Boyd, and Jessica Stoner-Wagner
Ashlynn Soellner, US Naval Officer
On May 23, 2014, Ashlynn Megan Soellner was commissioned as a Naval Officer for the United States Navy.
Ensign Soellner will begin serving our great country first in Norfolk, VA, and in October, she will report to Mayport, FL. On December, 12, Ashlynn will have her first deployment on the LSD, Fort McHenry.
Ashlynn worked at Duncansville Hoss's for several years. Proud parents are Dave and Krista Soellner, and grandparents are Bill and Nancy Campbell.
Congratulations, Ashlynn, on all of your achievements, and thank you for your service to our country!
St. Marys Moms
Here are a few pictures from Mother's Day Monday In St. Marys!
Alida, Ellen, and Andy Leslie
Susan and Taylor Ross
Hoss Girls Participate In The Gretna Gritty Mud Run
A team of Hoss Girls from Annville and Hummelstown recently participated in the Gretna Gritty Mud Run 2014! Deb Lehman-AV; Ashley Gomez-AV; Nicole Rosencrance-AV; Lauren Bomberger-AV; and Michelle White-HM were up for the challenge this year. Deb Lehman reports that this year's run was even harder than last year with more obstacles!
Hoss's Team Runs 5K
Team members from Lititz, York East, and Cressona Hoss's recently ran in a 5K "Race Against Racism."
Team members included: Chris Reigel - Lititz; Megan Reigel - East York; Amy Reigel - Chris and Megan's daughter; Raechel Hiatt - Lititz;
Mikayla Hiatt - Raechel's daughter; Jay Kinyanjui - Lititz;
Kylie Hershey - Lititz;
Alicia Grim - East York;
Tiffany Petroff - Lititz;
Dani Herr - Lititz;
James Kane - Cressona.
James Kane was the big winner with the fastest time!
Bedford Crew Helps Julie Celebrate!
Here Julie Kopp's Team celebrates her Manager of the Year Win!
Lewistown Attends Kid Connection
by Stephenie Luke, Associate Manager
On Saturday April 26, Dani Rittenhouse, Shannon Kauffman (inside the Hossman), and myself attended Kid Connection. They shut down the streets of Lewistown and local businesses set up kid friendly crafts and activities.
The Hossman was lucky enough to get his picture taken with Smokey the Bear and two local radio mascots, the Merf Dog and the WCHX Chicken.
Our 7th Annual Eaglefest Celebration was held on Saturday, April 26, 2014. Eaglefest is a celebration of those high flying individuals who soar daily to new heights at Hoss’s through their enthusiasm, dedication, and compassion for others. Congratulations to all of our 2013 honorees!
Gabrielle McMahon-Green - Huntingdon; Jenn Dominski - Murrysville; Margie McAndrews - Murrysville; Tricia Fogle - Murrysville; Lisa Johnson - Huntingdon; Christy Woodson - Belle Vernon; Connie Beamer - Williamsport; Crystal Heller - Gettysburg; Tyler Grace - Gettysburg; Cole Herzing - Gettysburg; Melissa Dennis - Gettysburg; Stephanie Crecraft - Meadville; Bill Glacken - Duncansville
SHINY HAPPY PEOPLE AWARD
Deb Lehman - Annville; Andy Gibbs - Hanover; Bill Zinz - Erie; Denise Oplinger - Greensburg; John Tomlinson - York West
IDEAS OF THE YEAR
Clifton Zwergel - Murrysville; Missy Kline - West York
Best Salad/Prep - Bedford, Julie Kopp
Best Service - York West, John Tomlinson
Best Back of the House - York West, John Tomlinson
Christy Steele - St. Marys; Jennifer Dominski - Murrysville; Julie Kopp - Bedford; Chris Reigel - Lititz; John Tomlinson - York West; Ryan Miller - Enola; Denise Oplinger - Greensburg; Carol Saxton - DuBois
Dave Barber - York; Andy Gibbs - Hanover; Sherri Buckley - Grove City; Steve McIlveen - Richland; Joe Hirsch - Indiana; Amy Topole - Belle Vernon; Tim Royer - Carlisle; Michele Tayler - Gettysburg; Deb Lehman - Annville, Steve Stouffer - Elizabethtown
Christy Steele - St. Marys; John Tomlinson - York West
YEARS OF SERVICE HONOREES
Click here for a list of the Years of Service Honorees.
DISTRICT EAGLE LEADERS OF THE YEAR
Click the links below to learn more about each recipient.
District 1 - Colin Dinsmore, Elizabethtown
District 2 - Marcia Mull, Shamokin Dam
District 3 - Shawn Sayers, DuBois
District 4 - Patty Rathgeb, Murrysville
District 5 - Rebecca Sykes, Carlisle
District 6 - Brooklyn DePalmer, Gettysburg
Marzoni’s - Sophia Vaughn, Duncansville
Marzoni’s - Daun DeGennaro, Greenwood
HCP - Allen Hainsey
MANAGER OF THE YEAR FINALISTS
Julie Kopp - Bedford
Ryan Miller - Enola
Manager of the Year 2013 - Julie Kopp
SPECIAL PEPSI SPONSORED PRIZES AND TRIP WINNER
iPad - Ashley Hayes from Erie (10 Years’ Service)
TV – Joann Trimpey from Bedford (10 Years’ Service)
iPad – Rich Hollingshead from Marzoni’s (20 Years’ Service)
TV – Ethel Shade from Martinsburg (20 Years’ Service)
iPad – Janice Weibley from Marzoni’s (10 Years’ Service)
TV – Tricia Fogle from Murrysville (10 Years’ Service)
One week’s paid vacation and accommodations to Hoss’s Ocean Isle, NC, Condo, or to Hoss’s Bonita Springs, FL, Hossienda – June Powers from DuBois (30 Years’ Service)
Check back soon for pictures from the party.
Celebrity Visits Martinsburg Hoss's
Travis Bagent, from the show "Game of Arms" on AMC, is pictured here with Assistant Manager, Kristen Fisher. Travis posed for a few pictures with Kristen and the crew after he finished off a Hoss Ribeye.
Bedford Employee Utilizes Safety Gear
Below is a photo of Jared Baker from Bedford Hoss's wearing proper safety gear! Way to go, Jared!
Bill Glacken - Hoss Hero
Recently, Duncansville General Manager, Bill Glacken, successfully performed the Heimlich Maneuver on a gentleman who was choking. It was later learned that the man's blood pressure crashed and caused him to choke on the food he was eating.
Thank you, Bill, for springing into action to help a guest in need!
Lewistown Hoss's Raises Funds for Juniata Terrace Fire Victims
A Community Night was recently held at Lewistown Hoss's to benefit the victims of the Juniata Terrace Fire.
In addition to the Community Night, employees made baked goods for a bake sale. Altogether, the store was able to raise over $3,000! Congratulations, and thank you for all of your hard work to help those in need!
Beth Reesman and Stephenie Luke
Districts 2 & 5 Input/Feedback Meeting
On Thursday, March 20, 2014, Districts 2 & 5 held an Input/Feedback Meeting at Hummelstown Hoss's. Below is a a listing of those that attended and a photo of the group. Thank you all for your valuable input.
District 2: O1-DV Mike Imler; 10-SD Mike Griner; 13-WL Aaron Dunlap; 37-ET Brad Schaefer; 42-AV Fay Simmons; 46-CS Jenn Cinelli; 47-LP Zach Schlottman
District 5: 09-BD Tawnya McClucas; 18-MC Gabby Stetts; 23-CR Jen Bailey; 24-HT Becky Diggins; 28-HM Melanie Kline; 31-LT Michelle Royer; 49-EN Nate Zook
Eagle Leaders of the Year 2013
Congratulations to the following Eagle Leaders of the Year 2013. Each individual will be honored at our Eaglefest Celebration on Saturday, April 26, 2014, at Huntingdon Country Club.
We would also like to extend a special congratulations and thank you to all of our Eagle Leaders who were honored at our luncheons. We are very proud to have such an elite group of individuals as part of the Hoss Team.
Eaglefest Years of Service Recipients 2013
Below is a list of Years of Service Honorees. This list includes employees who have achieved 10, 20, 30, or 40 years of service between April 1, 2013, and March 31, 2014.
Home Office - Phil Sukenik
Hoss's Building Services
Hoss's Building Services - Ken Miller
Hoss's Building Services - Albert Bowmaster
Central Processing - Samuel Golden
Chambersburg – Barbara Miller
Chambersburg – Gregory Powanda; East York – Linda Dickison; Martinsburg – Ethel Shade; West York – Candy Martin
East York – Gary Harris, Corey Sine; Lititz – Bryant Hartz, Lindsay Means; Gettysburg – Lori Weaver; Martinsburg – Jennifer Blanco
Shamokin Dam – Stephanie Myers; Elizabethtown – Steve Stouffer
Williamsport – Angela Upham, Heather Schaeffer; Annville – Adam Bomberger, Fay Simmons; Leesport – Roseanne Rarick, Amanda Rotkiske
DuBois – Leanne Miller, June Powers, Janet Crawford
DuBois – Terri Beers; State College – Sandra Southard; Indiana – Erik Wyland, Jody Galore; Richland – Teresa Larson
State College – Candace Snyder; Somerset – Joline Creps
Cranberry – Cynthia Stoltenburg; Murrysville – Patty Rathgeb; Belle Vernon – Tracey Hetherington
Erie – James Armstrong; Murrysville – Tricia Fogle; Grove City – Brooke McCracken
Lewistown – Miriam Fultz, Carol Wilson, Kelly Huff
Bedford – Joann Trimpey; Mechanicsburg – Mark Deaver, Thomas Carmichael; Huntingdon – Angela Shope, Sandra Boone
Marzoni’s DV – Rich Hollingshead
Marzoni’s DV - Brandy Simington, Florence Delozier, Janice Weibley, Elizabeth Lovett, Brady Johnston, Anthony Mazoff, Dolores Fleegle; Marzoni’s GW – Jenny Poullos, Julie Lohsl
Manager of the Year 2013 Finalists
Congratulations to the following General Manager of the Year 2013 Finalists. Each individual will be honored at our Eaglefest Celebration at Huntingdon Country Club on Saturday, April 26, 2014.
Hoss Hero - Stephanie Crecraft
On Saturday, February15, Stephanie Crecraft, server at Meadville Hoss's sprang into action to help an 8-year-old boy who was choking. Stephanie performed the Heimlich Manuever and was able to dislodge a piece of steak.
The boy's parents were so thankful that Stephanie was there to help them. They believe that Stephanie is one of God's angels who was put there to help them in their time of need.
Thank you, Stephanie, for all of your efforts!
Chantel Glasser Scores 1,000 Points
Chantel Glasser from Indiana Hoss's recently scored her 1,000th point in High School Girls Basketball!
She is a senior at Marion Center High School and has been working as Hostess at Indiana for almost two years.
Congratulations, Chantel, on this remarkable achievement!
Store Eagle Leaders Of The Year 2013
The Eagle Leaders Of The Year were honored at the Annual Eagle Leader Luncheons held during the month of January. Congratulations to all of these individuals for achieving this prestigious award!
Click here to see pictures of all the honorees.
Somerset Greeter Wins Oratorical Contest
by Mike Reing, Associate Manager
Whitney Miller, a junior at Somerset High School, won the Somerset American Legion’s District/County Oratorical Contest on Saturday, January 18. Whitney had to memorize and precisely time an eight minute prepared speech, in which she would be penalized a point for going above or below the five second mark of exactly eight minutes. Whitney nailed it, finishing at eight minutes and one second. An amazing finish, for she had no way to keep track of time until the eight minute mark had been reached. The speech was entirely based upon the United States Constitution, and Whitney’s knowledge and interpretation of the First Amendment. She had given the speech at her school beforehand, but presenting this in front of the men and women who fought to defend our country and the freedom that the constitution enables us to have, was an entirely different experience.
Whitney’s personality and outgoing nature allowed for her to shine and win the heart of the judges. A nice cash prize was awarded, and we happened to make the front page of the Somerset County’s Daily American. I had the honor and pleasure of being her escort, and the point tabulator for the judges. She plans to move on to the State competition held in DC, where we know she will do well. A greeter at our Somerset location, we are proud to have her on the team, and happy to support her all that we can.
Hoss Heroes At Gettysburg & Williamsport
Gettysburg: On Sunday, December 8, 2013, a lady pulled into the Gettysburg Hoss's parking lot with a medical emergency. While on her way to the emergency room, her husband became unconscious, and she pulled into our parking lot to have us call 911. Crystal called 911, and the crew went into action with their instructions. Tyler and Cole were instructed to pull the man from the car and begin CPR. Crystal gave instructions from the dispatcher while Tyler administered CPR. Melissa helped comfort the lady and try and keep her calm. Tyler performed CPR until medics arrived. We later learned that the gentleman had a long-term history of heart issues and had gone into cardiac arrest. The lady was so appreciative of everyone's help in her time of need.
Left to right: Crystal Heller, Tyler Grace, Cole Herzing, & Melissa Dennis
Williamsport: Our Williamsport server, Connie Beamer, gave a man CPR on Friday night, January 3, 2014.
She worked on the man, who was scheduled to have a by-pass surgery, until the paramedics got there and took over.
The paramedics said she kept him alive until they got there. Unfortunately, he did pass away a few hours later at the hospital.
Thank you, Connie, for helping a guest in need!
Altoona Hostess To Be Feature Twirlist At 2014 Super Bowl
by Travis Folmar, Assistant Manager
Meghan Sinisi, a freshman at Syracuse University and Hostess for Hoss's in Altoona, PA, will be the feature twirlist at this year's Super Bowl Pre-Game Show held in New York City on February 2 at Met-Life Stadium. The Syracuse Marching Band, whom Meghan is the feature twirlist, was contacted by the NFL to perform.
Meghan has been competing in twirling since she was four years old, becoming the feature twirler for her junior high and high school. Last year, she won her region and national championships in her age bracket. She also performed this year at the Texas Bowl in Houston, a Buffalo Bills game, and a Canadian Football League game. She also was homecoming queen her senior year, representing the majorettes! Meghan has been with us for two years, and her favorite Hoss food is Buffalo Chicken Tenders and Fries.
#16-York East Christmas Donation
By Mo Grinnell
Every year, we pick two charities to donate to - always the food bank and one other. This year, we found York Youth Development Center. Four of us toured the center to learn how they help children ages 10 to 20. It is a court-awarded center for children who either have no family or home or have a bad environment. They try to help them with medical treatment, education, show them that there are people who care for them, and try to get them into foster care. To visit a place like this in December makes my world perfect with no problems.
The one thing the children wanted was a blanket of their own. Our employees have made us so proud of them! We put a box up for guests and employees to donate blankets and received 54 new blankets! We even had a red hat ladies group donate. Also, all of our employees cleaned out their clothes closets, and we took four car loads of clothes to the center. We also had some guest donate clothing.
On Thanksgiving, we donated food for their dinner. We also raised $955.00 to buy a Christmas present for every child . . . all 22 of them! We also bought an X-box 360 and games for the center. The pride and heart pouring was everywhere. We had our kids wrapping the gifts, one server make boxes of cookies on her day off, another server took up a collection at his other job, and servers went along with me deliver the gifts. On Christmas morning, they had something to smile about. We all wanted to see the look on their faces. We also paid for pizza for their Christmas party. Now that was one Christmas East York can be proud of!
Pictured: Beth from The Center and Kendra and Danielle (Hoss Servers)
#10-Shamokin Christmas Decorations
Click here to see
pictures of Shamokin Dam's Christmas decorations.
Belle Vernon Helps Local Family
by Amy Topole, General Manager
This year, we set up a tree for a local family. Their last name was Miller. They were a family of four with two little boys (one was 10, and the other was 18 months). We put up a tree for the family in our dining room with suggestions of what to buy them. Our crew responded greatly, and all bought lots of presents and clothes. We also had some awesome regular guests that pitched in and helped buy items. Just to name a few were Chuck and Dianna and Larry and Carol. Also just some other guests gave money towards the cause. : )
Today, before we delivered presents to them, we went to Wal-Mart with the money we had collected and bought two stockings full of items and four outfits for each child. Then, my Hoss's bought a bike for the older boy and a tricycle for the younger one. I am really proud of all that helped in this experience with this family in need. We dropped all the items off today while the one boy was in school, and the family was sooo ecstatic!
Santa Visits Hummelstown
On Thursday, December 19, 2013, Santa came into our Hummelstown store and visited with our guests and handed out some candy canes. Santa was kind enough to take a picture while he was here.
Hossman Visits Preschool
by Tammy Smith, Assistant Manager
The Hossman and I, Tammy Smith, Assistant Manager, attended a Fundraiser at the Zion Lutheran Church here in Hummelstown on Sunday, November 18, 2013, to help raise funds for their Preschool that they offer there in the Church. The Hossman got to visit with many of the children there and hand out kids' cash, coloring pages and pens, and even take some pictures with some of the children.
The Hossman also got to meet with one of the Hummelstown Police Department Police Officers, and he was kind enough to let the Hossman sit in his patrol car and see what the patrol car looked like on the inside. Although, the Hossman didn’t fit very well in the back of the patrol car! The Hummelstown Fire Company was also there doing a presentation for the children to experience.
The Fundraiser went well, and everyone enjoyed that the Hossman was there to see them. They asked that he come back to see them again soon, and the Hossman of course, said he would come back to visit them.
Santa Visits Murrysville Hoss's
Santa Claus recently visited the crew at Murrysville Hoss's!
Rachel Keener, Miranda Yonker, Peggy Wagner, Corey Noel, Margie McAndrew, Barb Matassa, Kevin Slezak, Kristin Metcalfe, Heather Salvio, Jaime Monecupo
Front Row: Betty Reiter, Santa
#17-Erie Christmas Decorations
Erie has been very busy decorating for Christmas. They have four big Christmas trees and two small "snowman" trees! Click here to see
pictures of their beautiful decorations.
Friendly Delivery Guys
Below is a picture that Assistant Manager, Margie McAndrew, took of Tom Smith and Bob Pleva. These friendly guys delivered many many gallons of water and soda to Murrysville Hoss's when they had a "Mandatory Boil Water" advisory earlier this year.
Martinsburg Thanksgiving Dinner
Several Martinsburg crew members and their families volunteered their time and talents to help serve over 1,000 people a free Thanksgiving Dinner. This is the fifth year Hoss's has participated in this event.
Click here to read an article published in the The Martinsburg Journal.
District 5 Getting Fit!
District 5 General Managers spent 15 minutes walking during their District Meeting to get more steps for the Wellness Challenge!
Front Row: Tim Royer, Tami Smith, Don Heavner, Julie Kopp
Back Row: Dan Isenberg, Erik Lindberg, Ryan Miller
#24-Huntingdon Halloween Parade
by Cheryl Querry, Associate Manager
This year, Huntingdon Hoss's decided to share the 30th birthday celebration with some friends from the 80s. We had some 80s rocker chics, Smurfette, Mr. T, Michael Jackson, Maverick from Top Gun, a mini Scooby-Doo, a cabbage patch doll, a care bear, Princess Leia, and Darth Vader.
The crew, as usual, kept the crowd entertained as they danced down the streets of Huntingdon and Mt. Union handing out thousands of kid cash. We were excited to read in the newspaper the next day that the Hoss float won a prize. Everyone involved had a great time, and the kid cash started flowing in the next day.
Lewistown Halloween Parade
#37-Elizabethtown's Gift Card Area
Elizabethtown has outdone themselves with their Gift Card Area this year! Great job!
Hoss U Class #85 Graduates
One of the largest classes of Hoss U graduated on Friday, October 4, 2013! Fifteen new managers and Department Managers spent the week getting to know each other and learning things from HR, Diversity, expectations of the CI Evaluation, Safety and Sanitation, and some fun things like doing their own restaurant evaluation from the guest perspective and relating to their everyday life through the 7 Habits. Wow, what a week!
Along with that, we asked the group to participate in two class projects which they presented at their graduation. Team one worked on creative ideas for increasing guests and sales in our restaurants. Team two collaborated on ideas to rollout the new no gratuity added to parties change coming in the new year. It was a great week spent with the group. Congratulations Class #85!
Back L-R: Jen Estep #01-DV; Kurt Stamford Marzonis; Josh Gibson #04-CH; Joel Cerro #19-MD; Christina Romanelli #21-BV; Melissa Chotta #19-MD; Blake Reihl #10- SD; Erik Wyland #11-IN
Front L-R: Tina Shawley #26-ST; Maria Baslick #10-SD; Melissa Chotta #19-MD; Brandy Edmundson Marzonis; Sophia Vaughn Marzonis; Ashley Gomez #42-AV; Nicole Bankert #29-GT
Flash Back Photo #2 - Hummelstown
by Tammy Smith, Assistant Manager
Here is a picture of a gentlemen by the name of Robert R. Kohr, who is now 80 years old and is a regular guest here at the Hummelstown location.
Robert is on one of our wall murals, which is of the Hestco Dress Company which was located in Hummelstown and was taken on June 28, 1950. Robert worked at the dress company for awhile when he was 16 years old.
Robert giggled and said he didn't like the job too much and left shortly after the picture was taken.
30th Birthday Party At Corporate Office
The 85th Hoss U Class joined the Corporate Office Staff on Thursday, October 3, to celebrate Hoss's 30th Birthday!
Flashback Photo #2 - Hummelstown Hoss's
by Tammy Smith, Assistant Manager
Tonight we had a the pleasure of meeting a lovely lady that is on one of the pictures on our wall in our Parade Room. The lady's name is Margaretta Morrow, and she is 75 years old now. The picture was taken in 1946 during a Parade to honor the soldiers coming home from World War II. At the time the picture was taken, Margaretta was 9 years old and in the 4th Grade!
Guest Celebrates 98th Birthday At Richland!
Clyde May of Tanneryville celebrated his 98th birthday last week at Richland Hoss's! Clyde comes in several times a week and gets his broiled whitefish sandwich and talks to everybody. Everyone loves Clyde for his personality, sense of humor, and spark for his age.
He is very interesting . . . a retired Army radio control operator, former TV repairman, and radio guy from the old WCRO. He attributes his longevity to a diet of fish and berries. He still drives and has renewed his license for four years. Clyde has been married for 70 years, has four children and two grandchildren. His wife asked why he goes to Hoss's for lunch, and he said for the good food and pretty women. She replied that it's okay as long as he doesn't bring one home!
Districts 1 and 6 Input/Feedback Meeting
On September 12, 2013, Districts 1 and 6 held their Input/Feedback Meeting.
Those in attendance were:
District 1: Lititz - Jen Bonneau; Hummelstown - Erica Moyer; Elizabethtown - Cherie Lewis; Annville - Lauren Bomberger; Cressona - Alyssa Kercher; Leesport - Kenianne Rarick
District 6: Chambersburg - Zach English; East York - Lynn Gromling; Gettysburg - John Monn; Martinsburg - Jason Hull; West York - Robert Neal; Hanover - Randy Lawver
Special Guest At Hummelstown
by Tammy Smith
On Wednesday, September 11, we had a very special guest the Hummelstown store.
His name is David J. Klinepeter, and he is 87 years old. David is a Patriotic Instructor/GAR Historian, General Hartranft Camp 15, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War.He has been doing all this for 70 years!
He has four children ages 64, 63, 61, and 60 and grandchildren that range from ages 41 to 21. David sat and talked with us for almost a half hour about his life. He states that he still has some spark left in him . . . he just didn't know what he wanted to do with that spark! He was absolutely a genuinely kind man and told us that he would be back to see us because we were so friendly and it gives him something to do and people to talk to.
The birthday cakes keep getting better and better!
#34 - York West #42 - Annville
#08 - Greensburg
Carlisle's Birthday Decorations