Applause, Applause!

Each Saturday, The Express community newspaper highlights people, groups and activities our readers deem worthy of Applause.

The Flemington Hi-Neighbor Committee would like to THANK the following businesses and individuals who donated door prizes at the Flemington Church of Christ Senior Thanksgiving Dinner: Arby’s, Haywoods, Dutch Haven, Walmart, The Cottage Restaurant, The Hair Refinery, Browns Hill Tavern, Burger King, McDonald’s, Pizza Mia, Weis of Lock Haven, Weis of Mill Hall, Flowers by Monica, Wreaths by Betsy Coffee and Candy Showan. There was a great turnout, wonderful food and service and many happy seniors.

— Mary Gugliocciello, Flemington

On behalf of the Avis American Legion Post 284, we would like to THANK everybody who came to our Turkey Bingo on Nov. 11, 2018. Next year we will have it bigger and better with more prizes and a free meal. The legion would also like to thank the volunteers who helped during the bingo.

— Members of the Avis American Legion

Friends up and down the Nittany Valley, I would like to THANK the churches of the Nittany Valley Fellowship which helped out with this year’s Thanksgiving Eve service. Our attendance was down, but with the weatherman calling for whiteouts and slick roads, it wasn’t surprising. However, it makes for a very special service when you have churches of different denominations working together for a service of Praise and Thanksgiving to a God which deserves every bit of it. Someone made the statement that they believed that God would like seeing that, and you know what? I was glad to be a part of it! We want to thank all of you and look forward to doing it again next year. The offering was $145 and was given to Jim and Diane Heckman, who recently lost a daughter. She had three children and Jim had recently been involved in an accident.

— David Benner, Nittany Valley Fellowship

The 40th annual Christmas parade in Mill Hall on Nov. 24, sponsored by the Kiwanis Club, was cancelled due to inclement weather. But there was much participation over the past few months for which the parade committee is very THANKFUL. Thanks to The Express for advertising our parade on numerous occasions; and Mark Sleshinger of WBPZ for the plugs they gave about the parade. It means a lot to the have the media support for an event that a number of members of the Mill Hall Kiwanis have spent time preparing. The parade is something that we had wanted our children to enjoy and without any media help, many would never know about it. We also want to thank Steve Brion and Pete Rinella of Addies Awards and Printing for providing us with our trophies. Thanks to Mill Hall Borough Council for allowing a parade route and the borough police for being prepared as needed. We thank Dan Duck and others at the Mill Hall Volunteer Fire Co. Also the Mill Hall Senior Cititzen Center personnel who had the Christmas tree set up for Santa Claus to sit by. All of the above, plus Kiwanis members had helped in the preparation stages, even though we felt we had to cancel the parade. Also there were the entries who had prepared and were ready to come until weather reports became a deterrent. Thanks to VA Director Bill Bechdel and RWB for being prepared to lead the parade with a color guard; for Ashley Peters of Central Mountain High School Band and Joe Mauck of Sugar Valley Charter School Band for preparing their bands; for the various Fire Companies, several tractors, the Turbulent Twirlers and other entries that had been ready to join the parade. The lineup people of Charlie Gephart, Dean Wetzler and Brian Hoy were prepared to get people lined up; and Jennifer Hoy, Karla Hoy and Gail Gephart were ready to be judges. Those who were prepared to help Santa Claus at the fire hall included Judy and Art Turner and Dot Jackman. Judy and Art Turner also packed all the treats. Our thanks to each and all for your assistance. And a special thanks to Mr. and Mrs. Claus. Without you, there would not even have been the planning for a parade.

— Co-Chair Bob Jackman