“My parents have been married for 45 years and I always knew that was something that I wanted. I want our children to say, ‘My daddies are married.’ We wanted to feel like a complete package.” — Eric LaBonté
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Hotel Sterling is a closed hotel in downtown Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. Built in 1897, with approximately 175 rooms and 125 bathrooms, the hotel closed in 1998 when its owner was unable to pay a $227,000 electric bill.The hotel was essentially abandoned after that point, and a small fire broke out two years later. The fire and lack of maintenance quickly took its toll on the buildings, which then suffered from vandalism, leaking roofs, and the freeze-thaw cycle the area experiences. In September 2011, Luzerne County suffered record flooding due to Tropical Storm Lee. Flood waters from the nearby Susquehanna River flooded the Sterling’s basement to a height of several feet. While the water eventually drained, it left several inches of mud in the basement, and a subsequent inspection by local engineers determined that that parts of the building may be in danger of collapse.”