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(The following article was written by Larry Spencer, a member of Susquehanna American Legion Post 86, who, along with his wife, Lynne Jenks, attended the World War II Memorial Dedication in Washington over the Memorial Day weekend. Mr. Spencer gives a vivid description of the Memorial and dedication):
While reading through the March issue of the American Legion Magazine, I noticed an article about the World War II Memorial dedication in Washington, DC over Memorial Day weekend, 2004. In the article the Legion asked each Post to send at least one representative to a Candlelight Walk they planned for Friday, May 28, the day before the dedication. Each participant was asked to bring the names and service information for the WWII veterans from their area. These records will eventually be entered into the World War II Registry on the memorials website www.wwiimemorial.com.
I have been going to DC for the past several years over the Memorial Day weekend for the Rolling Thunder Demonstration, so I asked Peter Janicelli, Susquehanna Post 86 Commander, if I could represent our Post at the walk. Being relatively new to the area and not knowing many people, I wasnt sure that I was best suited for the job. He said he didnt know that anyone else was going, so he accepted my offer. Scott Darling gathered as many local veterans names as he could find and entered them on the appropriate forms so that I could make the presentation. I picked them up on Wednesday, May 26 and my journey began.
Since the Memorial had been open for a couple weeks before the dedication, I wanted to see it before the walk. My wife, Lynne Jenks, and I made our way to the Memorial about 11 a.m. on Friday.
The Memorial is positioned at the North end of the reflecting pool, between the Lincoln and Washington Memorials. It can be accessed from many different directions, so depending on where you enter, you see a different perspective each way. Entering from the North, my first impression was that it continued all the way to the Lincoln Memorial, on the South end of the Reflecting pool.
The Memorial itself consists of two towers; one on the East end and one on the West, marked Atlantic and Pacific. Near the base of each of the towers are inscriptions about key battles of the war. A beautiful pool with fountains is in the center of the Memorial. There are also 56 pillars, arranged in two half circles around the outside edge that represent the US states, territories, and the District of Columbia that united for a common cause. To the South of the Memorial the Freedom Walk, with 4,000 gold stars commemorates the more than 400,000 Americans who gave their lives in the war.
I talked with several WWII veterans while visiting the Memorial. Everyone was very pleased with it and very proud to have been part of the events that ended the war. Everyone also felt that the Memorial was well overdue.
I arrived at the starting site for the Candlelight Walk, the FDR Memorial, at around 6:45 p.m. I turned in the approximately 400 veterans names from our post and received my tee shirt. The walk started at 7 p.m. First, we walked through the FDR Memorial. Then we continued for almost two miles around the tidal basin and ended near the WWII Memorial, where all of the walkers were presented with certificates.
My wife and I took several pictures of the Memorial and the walk. They are in an album available for viewing at the Legion Post in Susquehanna.
On June 2, 2004, Mrs. Esther Gall and Mrs. Alice Evans presented Sara C. Iveson, Executive Director of Barnes-Kasson Hospital, with a check for three thousand dollars. The Barnes-Kasson Hospital Ladies Auxiliary donated the money toward the 100th Celebration Committees effort to purchase and install a new state-of-the-art bathing system for the Medical/Surgical Floor.
Mary Iveson, Chairperson for the Barnes-Kasson Hospital 100th Celebration Committee, explained, "It is our goal to raise $20,000.00 toward a new bath tub for Second Floor. The new tub will allow our patients with disabilities much more freedom and safety." Mary went on to say, "The Ladies Auxiliarys donation has been an enormous help toward our goal and for that we thank them."
The Auxiliary consists of a group of community-minded volunteers who fund raise for capital projects at Barnes-Kasson Hospital. The organization was founded in 1963 and continues to staff and operate "The Gift Shop" which is located adjacent to the lobby of the hospital.
In addition to their recent donation, the Ladies Auxiliary has recently given two Gerri Chairs for the Outpatient Chemotherapy Unit, one Gerri Chair to the Acute Care Floor in memory of Ruth Thorton who served as the Treasurer of the group, and three thousand dollars toward replacing the dishwasher in the Dietary Department.
The ladies have also donated money toward the new DEXA Scanner which can be found in the new Imaging Center along with the MRI Unit. The Medical Staff at Barnes-Kasson has expressed their sincere gratitude to the Auxiliary Members for the DEXA because it will benefit the recent development of the Womens Health Program at Barnes.
Dr. Feldman, Radiologist at Barnes-Kasson, said, "The DEXA Scanner measure the density of the bone. Female patients should ask their physician about the DEXA Scanner because it can be a useful tool in early detection for Osteoporosis."
I had the opportunity to speak with Mrs. Gall and Mrs. Evans, two officers of the Ladies Auxiliary. The ladies are very pleased to make a donation to the Tub Fund and they are always looking for new projects to help fund with the hospital.
When I asked Mrs. Gall about the membership of the organization, she replied, "We are always looking for new members. We encourage anyone who is interested to call Administration of the hospital."
Mrs. Gall went on to say, "The current membership is now due and each member should get in contact with the President."
The Barnes-Kasson Ladies Auxiliary continues to play an active roll in the long range capital project expansion of Barnes-Kasson Hospital. The hospital community continues to benefit from their generosity and dedication. Mrs. Iveson spoke for the entire B-K Family in saying, "It is with our sincere thanks that we accept this donation. As the cost of health care continues to rise, community volunteerism and fund raising allows Barnes-Kasson to bring the best equipment to our patients.
Announcement is made of the engagement and upcoming wedding of Elizabeth Adamec, New Milford to Brian Parr, Baltimore, MD.
The bride-elect is the daughter of Robert and Susan Adamec of New Milford. She is a graduate of Mountain View High School and earned a Bachelors Degree in Biology from Lafayette College, Easton.
The prospective bridegroom is the son of Peter and Joan Parr, Baltimore. He is a graduate of Loyola-Blakefield High School, Towson, MD. He earned a Degree in Psychology from Lafayette College, Easton.
The wedding is set for August 7, 2004 at 2:00 in the New Milford United Methodist Church, New Milford.
Please come see us at the Susquehanna County Humane Society Shelter, in Montrose, (570) 2781228.
With Skipper Barry Hall of Sea Scout Ship 90 moving to Arizona for employment, a Change of Command ceremony was held recently by the Sea Scouts and officers at Timber Toss Lake, New Milford, PA. First Mate Marvin Van Cott and Committee Chairman Chuck Jaget, assisted by Commodore Ron Hall will lead the Sea Scouts of Ship 90 until a new skipper is chosen. Barry served as skipper for five years and was first mate for ten years before assuming the position of skipper, in 1999. All the Sea Scouts enjoyed pizza, soda and canoeing on the lake before the change of command ceremony.
The Sea Scouts have been busy sailing at Whitney Point Reservoir, NY, canoeing the Susquehanna River, Great Bend and Hallstead area. Meetings have been held at Timber Toss Lake for canoeing and first aid and CPR have been taught to the Sea Scouts. Ship 90 had an elaborate display on Sea Scouting for Youth Day in New Milford Park and two new Sea Scouts will be joining the crew shortly.
Pennsylvania Association of Retired State Employees met on June 8, at the Towanda Gun Club.
With 52 members and guests present, speaker Judy Finnegan, a retired state employee told of her adventure as one of 11 others from her church that took a mission trip to the Philippines. She spoke of how poor the people are and that the children were delighted with receiving only a pencil with an eraser and some writing paper. She was also amazed that their eagle was only the size of our crow. Mrs. Finnegan was invited to be guest of the LaBarr family and extended her mission, from two weeks to three months.
Under new business the members voted to adopt the changes to their bylaws as presented by Mrs. Cynthia Sims, chairman of the bylaws committee. Mrs. Sims was thanked for all her hard work put into the review and amendments to the bylaws.
Mrs. Clara Smith, as well as the vice presidents, urged that all retirees contact their representatives by letter, phone and petitions to tell them to vote for an annual COLA to their pensions. A motion was made and adopted that petitions be prepared asking for a vote in favor of the COLA and available at the July meeting for all present to sign.
The annual picnic will be held July 13, 12 noon at the Green Gables picnic area in New Milford. Call John Benio (570) 2782380 for reservations and directions.
Adrienne Rigo Melick and Brian Melick of Stoughton, MA announce the arrival of their daughter, Rylee Theresa Melick, born June 10, 2004. Rylee was six pounds, five ounces and 19 inches at birth.
Maternal grandparents are Adrienne and George Rigo, Lanesboro.
Paternal grandparents are Karen and Paul Melick, Pottstown, PA.
Fifty years after their graduation from Harford High School, the Class of 54 held a meeting at Shadowbrook Inn. A total of 38 were present, more than half of whom were graduates, besides spouses and three former teachers, including Mr. Robert Klenk, who was principal of the school at the time of graduation, and to whom their yearbook was dedicated, as he was their counselor. Mr. Raymond Popick was unable to be present because of poor health, but he sent a note of regret. Also, Mr. Robert DeLuca could not attend because of the illness of his wife.
Most of the classmates and their spouses came at 7:00 p.m. or shortly before, and for the next hour everyone enjoyed meeting and talking with others, some of whom they had not seen for many years. Name tags were provided in case the graduates had changed in appearance during the past 50 years!
The 1954 class President, Walter Halupke, who now lives in Marietta, Georgia, once again acted as class president and called the meeting to order. He announced the names of the four members who are deceased: Thelma Cameron, Ruth Ann Scott, Larry Tracy, and Margaret Wagner. A moment of silence and a prayer followed.
President Halupke then introduced the former officers: vice president, Alex Hunter; secretary, Eloise Kaminski; and treasurer, Alex Scott. He announced that Lorraine Cooley Underwood, who lives in California, had planned to be present, but cancer prevented it.
Then a roll call around the table began. Each class member took his or her turn, announcing the name, occupation, the place of residence, and the number of children or grandchildren, even great-grandchildren in a few cases!
A committee had prepared a booklet containing graduation pictures and a short life history of the members who submitted the material. These were distributed to each graduate present and to the three faculty members who attended. This is a beautifully done booklet, and will certainly be cherished through the years to come. Unfortunately, not all the living members contributed their life stories.
Following is a list of those who attended the meeting of their class, plus a few who attended only the big reunion of all Harford graduates: Eugene Biesecker, Delores Pavelski Buck, Eloise Kaminski Canfield, Mary Holgate Canfield, Carl Carlsen, Melsenia Tiffany Crea, John Franklin, David Gow, Dolores Bailey Henderson, John Kaminski, Alex Hunter, Irene Benson MacDonald, Gloria Eaton Maxwell, Arlene Palmer Rought, Lois Canfield Salansky, Alex Scott, Austin Sicher, Michael Teddick, Dona Brainard Miller Warner, Maureen Spedding Warren, Ruth Wickizer Wilmarth, and Donald Zablotsky.
Following are the Susquehanna Fire Dept. 150 Club winners for May.
May 1: Damion Scales, Jim Crawford, Gladys Troup.
May 8: Buster Schell, Linda Barrett, Rob Kelly.
May 15: Alec Mazikewich, Lisa Allen, Marge Wood.
May 22: Joe Schell, Chris Kane, Mary Jo Glover.
May 29: Mary Gow, Tully Perry, Bob Romanofski.
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