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On February 16, Susquehanna American Legion Post 86 hosted a celebratory luncheon at their facilities with a number of guests present.
The cause for the gathering was a ceremonial check presentation to the local American Legion baseball team, the Generals, in the amount of $5,000, obtained through a state grant.
Pete Janicelli, the Post’s finance officer, explained that through a very long process, the grant had been obtained for the program, which is a united effort on the part of Post 86, the Forest City Legion Post, and the Lenox VFW. Mr. Janicelli explained that, although the program is through the American Legion, the VFW has been a vital part of the local team in order to allow students from the Mountain View School District to take part. He also commended Rep. Sandra Major and her staff for their untiring and diligent work in helping to get the application submitted. The process, he said, involved a lot of “red tape.”
Pictured (l-r) during a ceremonial check presentation at American Legion Post 86 are: Tom Hurley, Joe Bucci, Sandra Major, Peter Janicelli, Bob Pollish.
Although all three entities participate and support the Generals, there are a number of expenses involved not only for uniforms and equipment, but for travel expenses. Most of the tournaments the team participates in are held out of the area, with many in upstate New York. These tournaments are very important, as they are traditionally attended by scouts on the lookout for outstanding talent, not only for colleges but for professional farm teams. Many Legion ball players have been able to obtain college scholarships, and it was noted that the majority of the program’s players do go on to play baseball in college. The tournaments are, Mr. Janicelli said, an important showcase for the players, boys between the ages of 16 and 18.
In addition to Mr. Janicelli, those taking part in the ceremony were State Representative Sandra Major; Post 86 Commander Joe Bucci; District 15 Baseball Representative Tom Hurley; and Bob Pollish, President and General Manager of the Generals.
Mr. Pollish, who is also the Region 5 Director, Pennsylvania Activities Committee, took the opportunity to surprise Rep. Major with presentation of a Medal of Excellence, which recognizes exceptional achievement, exemplary performance, and distinguished and devoted service above and beyond, on behalf of the American Legion baseball program.
An outstanding luncheon, prepared and served by Candy Kuiper and Debbie Benson of Post 86 was enjoyed by all.
State Farm Grant To Community Park
Lanesboro, PA – State Farm agents Dan Ricci, Jr. and Judy Kelly recently presented Lanesboro Borough with a $1,500.00 grant to help support the Community Park project.
“We are pleased that State Farm has joined in our effort to develop the park’s Phase II project,” said Mayor Chris Maby. “This project is the first collaborative effort between local residents and businesses, and will create a hub for recreational activities and much more.”
According to State Farm agents Dan Ricci, Jr. and Judy Kelly, “State Farm is proud to support this park project and we hope that it will provide a safe and healthy place for children to play, families and the Lanesboro community to gather. We salute the efforts of Mayor Maby and all who have been involved with the development of the park.”