- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 28, 2015

July 28—Doris Pollack brought a small folding fan to the recent Freeland Senior Citizens pig roast.

“I take this with me every place I go,” the Beaver Meadows woman explained.

Pollack didn’t really need the fan, though. Despite the day’s hot and humid weather, the temperatures inside the pavilion at Freeland Public Park were comfortable.

“It’s beautiful in here,” she said.

And the pork?

“It was stupendous,” she laughed.

Pollack sat with a table of women from Freeland and Hazleton, who, like the estimated 65 others in attendance, dined on pork, baked beans, stuffing, salad and dessert.

Don Peck of Kurian’s Catering of Mainville, said the 100 pound pig was roasted off-site and ready for seniors as they arrived.

As he separated pieces of the meat, he greeted Walter Suchosky, of Freeland.

“Back for seconds?,” Peck asked.

Suchosky accepted another helping of pork — but nothing else. The meat, he said, tastes best when its freshly roasted.

“I come every time they have one,” Suchosky, 93, said of the annual event organized by the Freeland seniors.

Barb Tulanowski, president of the Freeland seniors, said roasts have been held for the last three years.

“We open it to all seniors from anywhere,” she said.

Joe Gallagher of Freeland is a repeat attendee.

“We’re always happy to come,” he said, as he finished a forkful of pork and proclaimed, ‘This is done just right.”

And despite the mugginess outside, organizers said no one canceled.

“It’s just a delightful day in the park,” Tulanowski said.

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