[Congressional Record Volume 141, Number 40 (Friday, March 3, 1995)]
[Extensions of Remarks]
[Pages E505-E506]
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                         HON. NICK J. RAHALL II

                            of west virginia

                    in the house of representatives

                         Friday, March 3, 1995
  Mr. RAHALL. Mr. Speaker, this Saturday, March 4, 1995, marks a sad 
day for the community of Huntington, WV. On Saturday, the Torlone 
brothers, Louie, Dominic, and Alfred, will close the doors of the 
Torlone's Community Bakery for the last time, after almost 50 
[[Page E506]] years of service to Huntington. The Torlone brothers are 
selling the bakery to retire, a retirement well deserved after their 
lifelong service to their country and community.
  It is a great honor to commemorate the Torlone's families' commitment 
to Huntington. Beginning in 1946, the small bakery, opened by Peter and 
Maria Torlone, and continuing until Saturday by their three sons Louie, 
Dominic, and Alfred, has been a staple to the community. It will be 
sorely missed by all.
  Louie Torlone commented last week that he hopes that the community 
will remember that the bakery treated everybody decently. Anyone who 
has visited the bakery in the last 50 years can attest to how well the 
Torlone's treated their neighbors. Each week, the Torlone family 
donates baked goods to local churches, to missions, and to veterans 
homes. And after the tragic Marshall University plane crash, the 
Torlones emptied every last shelf so that rescue workers could be fed. 
The Torlones are always ready to help others.
  Dominic Torlone will miss the people the most. For years, the 
residents of Huntington have been the Torlone's customers, but they are 
also the family's friends, likely to just stop by to share the warmth 
and conversation in the bakery. Dominic, who works the day shift, is 
always ready to provide a warm cup of coffee, advice, or a hug to any 
of his neighbors or customers.
  Alfred Torlone, the youngest brother, believes the family has flour 
in their blood; their father began baking bread in West Virginia 
shortly after he immigrated from Italy in 1912. Alfred and his brothers 
have maintained the store as--in his words--a ``perfect example of a 
mom and pop store like we used to have in the old days.''
  Throughout all these years, the Torlones have been a tremendous asset 
to the Huntington community. Their commitment to charity and their 
store has made Huntington a better place since 1946. Their family, 
friends, and neighbors all wish Louie, Dominic, and Alfred the best of 
luck as they enter their much deserved retirement. I salute their 
service to Huntington.