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Masonic Lodge members elected their new 2008 officers. The current presiding officer, Dan Rupakus, of Lanesboro, passed the torch to Barney Wilkins, of Gibson Twp, as he was elected to preside over Canawacta Lodge for 2008. Elected to Senior Warden (essentially a "First Vice President") was Susquehanna resident George Lehoczky, and as Junior Warden (essentially a "Second Vice President") was Christopher Gorick, of Susquehanna. Re-elected to their posts were Eugene Graves of Hallstead and Richard Klim, Sr. of North Jackson as Secretary and Treasurer respectively.
Pictured (l-r) are members of the Canawacta Masonic Lodge: first row – Anthony Gerchman, Barney Wilkins, Erwin Herman; second row – Elson Stone, Robert Kline, Eugene Graves, Fred Collins, Dan Rupakus, Gerald Parks, Robert Benson; third row – Bernard Goluebeski, Clark Collins, Rich Klim Sr., Tom Drennan, George Lehoczki, W. Meredith Golden III, John Stuges, Chris Edwards.
Photo by Dean Lewis
Canawacta Lodge has a long and proud history as a fraternity serving the community. Meeting on the third floor of the Penn Star Bank building in Susquehanna, Canawacta Lodge also is home to the Susquehanna Royal Arch Chapter and St. Andrews Commandry of Knights Templar. All these organizations serve their community in many ways throughout the year. Among its activities, Canawacta Lodge provides a free Christmas dinner each December for area seniors. Canawacta Lodge is an active participant and co-sponsor of the well-known Child Identification Program (CHIP), which law enforcement experts say could save up to 48 hours of time in recovery of abducted or lost children. Ronald McDonald House has been the Royal Arch Chapters charity on the state level, and the Knights Templar have an eye foundation that provides free optical surgery for people who meet financial need requirements and do not qualify for government assistance. Many members of Canawacta Lodge are also involved in charities such as Special Olympics, the Shriners Children's Hospitals, and the Grotto Dental Foundation. The Masonic Fraternity gives a very effective venue to pool resources to help make successful contributions to these fine charities.
With new incoming officers, and a renewed spirit, Canawacta Lodge looks forward to continuing to serve its community, which it is very proud of.
Chester T. Chilewski III and Jamie Rodriguez Chilewski announce the birth of their son, Henry Ryan Chilewski. Henry was born Monday, December 3, 2007, at Wilson Hospital, Johnson City, NY. Henry weighed 7 lbs 15 oz and was 22 inches long at birth. Henry was welcomed home to Susquehanna, PA by his grandparents, John and Jeanne Ryan Rodriguez of Susquehanna, PA, C. Thomas Chilewski, Jr., also of Susquehanna, PA and Keith and Linda Tucker of Lake Ariel, PA.
This is "Brown Bear." She was brought in with three other rabbits, two white and black, and one white and grey. They are a little scared but can be handled.
To see Brown Bear stop by the Susquehanna County Humane Society, 278-1228.
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