The Express highlights people, groups and activities worthy of applause, each Saturday morning.
THANK YOU for the Express' article: "Bellefonte gets its own Field of Dreams." It was a beautiful day to open the Teener League Baseball season. I wanted to write a note of thanks to Ed Adams, who has given 39 years of dedicated service to the Teener League. He coached me his first year 39 years ago. Ed's time as a volunteer was evident in every aspect of this renovation effort from raising funds to overseeing the project to planning the ceremony. Due to his unselfishness and showing the value of true character, he excluded himself from being recognized even though no one was any more instrumental in the project. If you see Ed Adams, please be sure to thank him for making Bellefonte's Field of Dreams come true!
- Donald Holderman, Bellefonte
THANK YOU to all the sponsors, donors and attendees who made our Gala and Auction a success. Special thanks to Grant Miller, Carroll Rhodes, Steve Poorman, Stephanie Simander, Rizzo's Flowers, Dennis Callahan, Rich and Lori at Haywoods on the Green and Diana Condo at APC Printing. Your support and generosity is greatly appreciated.
- The board and staff of the Clinton County Women's Center
APPLAUSE to Angela Harding and the United Way volunteers for the Trash to Treasure event last Saturday. Not only was this a great way to raise money, but it also helped our environment by "reusing and recycling." I was saddened to see the pictures of the "trash" left by the college students and imagining it all going directly to the landfill. Let's do it again next year!
- A shopper
Clinton Little League Girls Softball would like to THANK Clinton Lanes for allowing us to hold a car wash there this past Saturday. We would also like to thank everyone who came out to support us and get their car washed.
Clinton County Special Olympics would like to take a moment to THANK everyone who helped to make our local track and field event such a huge success. Thank you to the Howard Lions for again volunteering to start the races, measure, time and record the results; the numerous student volunteers from Central Mountain High School who assisted the athletes throughout the day; the Culinary Arts students from Central Mountain High School for baking such delicious and greatly anticipated cookies, as well as, for setting up, cooking, and serving everyone lunch; our guest speaker, Keystone Central School District Superintendent Kelly Hastings, for offering everyone encouraging words at the start of our event; to Bridget Bauchman for her musical talents in singing the National Anthem; to Save-A-Lot for the generous donation of all the hot dog rolls; to Judith Petruzzi, Keystone Central School District Director of Special Education for her continued support of Special Olympics; the Keystone Little League team for presenting medals to our athletes; to Central Mountain Middle School for graciously accommodating all of us during the inclement weather - thanks to Paula Lupold and Mark Rowedder, principals; to Diane Day for all her hard work to ensure that the day was such a huge success; to Larry Rupert for all the hours of hard work in setting up the heats, the heat sheets, the labels for the athletes, and the emceeing - what a super job; to Denny Manno for setting up and tearing down the tents in the rain; and to the coaches for all their time and dedication to the athletes and their success. Most importantly, thank you to all the parents and spectators for your continued support for the athletes. You stayed to support the athletes through the rain and it did not go unnoticed.
A special APPLAUSE to the youth group and their leaders, Wayne and Lisa Reeder, at the Sugar Valley Church of Brethren. On May 20, they fixed all the food and held a picnic at the church's picnic area for all the people of the church. Way to go youth group.
- Roy and Doris Reeder
An answer to prayer! I lost my Bible two Sundays ago as we packed to go home from a picnic. When arriving home we realized the Bible was missing. We looked for the Bible around the area where the picnic was held. We had many groups of people from the church praying that I would find it. On Tuesday, May 15, a man took my Bible into our church and said he found it along the side of Pine Mountain Road. We had even looked along there but did not see it. If the man who brought my Bible back to our church reads this, would you please call Walnut Street Baptist Church and tell them who you are so I can personally THANK YOU.
- Judy Nilsson
APPLAUSE to all the caring people of Clinton County who came out to support the 2012 Relay For Life. The weather was beautify, the volunteers were friendly and hope for a cure was everywhere. Congratulations to the first-time co-captains, Meredith Welshans and Rona Houser for a job well done.
- Ron and Cathi Vilello Houser (yes, Rona's very proud parents)
The members of Citizens Hose Company of Jersey Shore would like to THANK the local community for all gestures of support that contributed to the success of our annual Firemen's Carnival. We received cash donations from the Subway franchise in Jersey Shore, Enders Insurance Agency, Buttorff's Hardware, Ye Olde Print Shoppe, the Jersey Shore Weis Market, Lingle's Market and Jersey Shore Hospital. P. Stone and Wild Rose made cash donations, and Crystal Beverage made a donation of bagged ice for our soda booth.
A portion of the cash donations went toward the purchase of baking materials that were put to good use by the students of Jersey Shore High School, under the direction of Linda Smith, to make nearly 60 cakes for our cake wheel. Smith and her students have taken on this baking project each spring for the past four years, but this year was the biggest one yet. We also had a group of teenage homeschoolers donating their talents at the Wheeland Center, baking cakes for us. It is very gratifying to see this kind of community support and if there is any service group interested in donating materials or manpower for next year's "bake-a-thon," please call the fire company at 398-7471. We would love to be adopted as your pet project.
Our cake wheel at the carnival is a major fundraiser because most of the raw material is donated and all proceeds are pure profit. Getting the support of residents and local business helps make this a success. Antes Fort residents Ed Willits and his granddaughter, Cheryl Wilson, have been making the operation of the cake wheel their project for at least 20 years. It has become a family tradition and they attempt each year to make it a record-breaking one in terms of raising more money for Citizens Hose Company. Their devoted efforts are truly appreciated.
This year we have also had several character cakes artfully baked and donated by Donna White of Antes Fort. These cakes were highly coveted by young and old alike and filled the table with anxious wagers.
Many of our retired members come out of "retirement" each carnival season and fill out the roster of volunteers needed to run the food stands. Without their help the stands might have to close any time an emergency calls the active volunteers to respond. We thank them for tirelessly donating their time.
Our thanks also go out to some special employees of Jersey Shore State Bank, who donated their time to help serve as a cashier in the ticket booth and assist us at the end of a long evening with counting nightly deposits.
The efforts of so many people go into making a carnival, or any fundraiser, a success and we thank everyone who either made donations or supported our fire company by coming here with family to eat at our concession stands or purchase tickets for the rides. Good weather and good friends made this year's carnival a success and we are thankful.
The Special Prom Committee would like to THANK all the businesses and people who donated to the dance. Over 90 individuals and their families enjoyed an afternoon of refreshments, dancing and prizes thanks to your generosity. Thanks to Club 903 40 Et 8 Inc.; Suzanne E. Edwards DMD, PC; Susquehanna Transit Co.; Richard Powers II DDS; Anastos Brothers Auto Sales Inc.; Bald Eagle Distributors Inc.; Love Disposal Inc.; Sons of American Legion Bitner Bechdel Post No. 623; Sons of Italy No. 146; Alpine Star Lodge No. 1827; Cathy, George and Kelly Gedon; Keller and Munro Inc.; Fitness Unlimited; Addies; Unkel Joes; Arby's; Snippers; Subway; Country Heart; Inspirations Floral Shop; Lock Haven and Mill Hall Weis; Robb Elementary School and staff; Eric Coleman and Tammy Fye for your donations and Judy Walker for providing the invitations. A special thank you goes out to Mark "The Shark" for providing the music. The Special Prom could not have been a success with out the help of Linda Zimmerman, Kim Keller, Allora Martin, Marissa Martin, Sue Miller, Brenda Bechdel, Nancy Banfield, Brooke Banfield, Emily Day, Josh Day,Tyler Plessinger, and Matt Hassinger's Uncle Dave. Thank you.
- Special Prom Committee, Lori Martin, Tim Martin and Diane Day
The Lock Haven Area Jaycees would like to THANK Clinton County Community Connections and Executive Director Scott Moore, Carol Liddick and students in her Recreation for Exceptional Citizens Workshop at Lock Haven University, Nicastro Enterprises, Joseph "Satch" Sanders, David Schultz, the Dunnstown Fire. Co. and volunteers Hump Smith and Jason Baker for helping with this year's annual Tim Sorgen Memorial Exceptional People's Picnic at the CCCC building on May 16. It is truly the Jaycees' most rewarding project each and every year.
If you would like to make a nomination for our weekly Saturday morning round of "Applause" for someone or some group for doing something special, send your nomination to the editor through our Virtual Newsroom at www.lockhaven.com/Express. You may also contact us at The Express, P.O. Box 208, 9-11 W. Main St., Lock Haven, Pa. 17745, phone 748-6791, fax 748-1544.