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Bralla Publishes Handbook
Gino Merli Veterans Visit VFW Post 6223

Bralla Publishes Handbook

Industrial Press of New York has announced the publication of the Handbook of Manufacturing Processes – How Products, Components and Materials Are Made. James G. Bralla of North Jackson is the author. The book is a reference book intended for those employed in manufacturing-related occupations or having an interest in manufacturing and in how many products and materials are made. It descries the workings of more than 1,500 manufacturing processes in the metalworking, chemical, textile, plastics, ceramics, electronics, wood, paper and food industries. It also includes a presentation of how more than 600 important products, components, and materials are made. The book is written for both people with technical backgrounds and those that are not technically trained. A copy of the book is in the reference section of the Susquehanna County Library and is available for sale locally at Pure Pennsylvania at the Hallstead Plaza.

Bralla and his wife, Martha retired to their vacation house in North Jackson in 1993. Prior to that, he was a manufacturing engineer and executive with several companies and was Industry Professor at Polytechnic University. He has published two other books on manufacturing and product design. He is a member of the county economic development board and has been active in SCORE and the county forest landowners association.

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Gino Merli Veterans Visit VFW Post 6223

On Sunday, April 29, VFW Post 6223 in Great Bend was visited by 13 special veterans from the Gino Merli Veterans’ Center in Scranton. The Sons of the VFW Unit 150, along with VFW Post 6223 and the Ladies’ Auxiliary were the hosts of this special day. A chicken barbecue dinner was enjoyed by all. After dinner, the group played a few fun games of bingo.

Photo by Lonnie Fisher

Included in the group is Louis Ross, a veteran who was a firefighter after his service to our country. Lou (pictured center front) was paralyzed after a burning house collapsed on him as he was attempting to rescue its residents. The VFW Post collected fire department patches and shirts from various local fire companies and ambulance services. Past VFW Post 6223 Commander Dave Hughes presented these to Lou as an appreciation for his valiant efforts as a firefighter and a veteran.

Before the day concluded, the veterans were presented a touching message by VFW Post 6223 Post Commander Gene Rafferty and enjoyed some old tunes played by Eric Knifer. Gift bags were presented to the veterans by the VFW Ladies Auxiliary and a gift was given by the Sons of the VFW. A great time was had by all. Everyone is looking forward to another visit next spring.

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