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Chamber honors Weatherly Hill Climb Association

Published November 21. 2018 01:50PM

Ask race car drivers about the Weatherly Hill Climb, and they will probably mention “the wall” — a near-vertical hairpin turn — and the way the small town embraces the event.

That community spirit no doubt played a role in the Carbon Chamber and Economic Development Corporation’s decision to name the Weatherly Hill Climb Association as its “Tourism and Entertainment Business of the Year” for 2018.

To celebrate the honor, Weatherly Borough Council recently approved a proclamation recognizing the Hill Climb Association, which has operated the time trial for race cars for the past 18 years.

Council recognized the Hillclimb Association for boosting the local economy by attracting guests and providing recreation for residents.

Twice a year, in June and September, the Hill Climb Association puts on the event, which attracts drivers from around the East Coast.

“The Hill Climb Association has been chosen to be recognized for its positive impact on the community for decades … and is passionate about utilizing local small businesses whenever possible,” the citation read.

Council President and Mayor Tom Connors singled out Joseph Cyburt, president of the Hill Climb Association and a borough councilman, for his work on behalf of the organization.

Cyburt said receiving the honor from the chamber on behalf of the hillclimb was special. He thanked those who have made it possible for the association to run its events.

“It’s really nice to have a group of people who work as well as the group does. I’m just happy to be a part of it,” Cyburt said. “I’m very proud of the group, and I’m very thankful that we get to do what we do.”

The Hillclimb Association is currently in the process of improving its pit area at the base of Buck Mountain Road. They are moving forward with a project that will create a permanent pavilion for the local volunteer groups that sell food at the semiannual hillclimbs. Lions Clubs, Scout troops and student groups from Weatherly Area High School all sell goods during the events.

The project was made possible through a $20,000 grant, Cyburt said.

“I’m very proud of the group, and I’m very thankful that we get to do what we do,” he said.

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