Namedropper 4/7/2019

April 7, 2019

Foundation honors local veterans

Army veterans Warren Simms and William Gostomski were recently honored by the Quilts of Valor Foundation.

The foundation is a national organization founded in 2003 by Blue Star mother Catherine Roberts. The group’s broader mission is to recognize, honor and thank all veterans and current servicemen and women. Quilters throughout the United States work daily to create the unique quilts. To date, more than 214,000 Quilts of Valor have been awarded in the United States and abroad.

Simms of Scranton was in the Army from 1942 to 1945. He served in the Second Signal Company in all five of the major European campaigns. He delivered communiques. Simms landed on Omaha Beach on D-Day+2, was in the Ardennes during the Battle of the Bulge and was at the meeting of the American and Russian armies at the end of the war.

Simms left the Army as a technician fifth class. His quilt was pieced and quilted by Pat Brewster and awarded by Jim and Bonnie Fiedler, all members of the Columbia County Quilts of Valor.

Born in Scranton in 1923, Gostomski served in the Army from 1943 to 1945. He was a member of the 613th Engineers Light Equipment and served in all five European campaigns: Normandy, Northern France, Battle of the Bulge, Rhineland and Central Europe. Gostomski received the five-star European-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal. During the ceremony at Allied Services Terrace, where he resides, Gostomski recalled his time in England and his memories of Victory in Europe Day.

His quilt was pieced by Billie Blakeney of Pennsylvania and quilted by Mary Ames of New Jersey.

High notes

Brenda Bistocchi will be roasted by the Kiwanis Club of Scranton on April 25 during the club’s 2019 Community Roast at La Buona Vita in Dunmore.

Brenda, the co-owner of the former Bistocchi’s restaurant in Dunmore, is supportive of the Kiwanis Club. She works at La Bouna Vita and Stirna’s restaurants.

Last year, Brenda roasted Evie Rafalko McNulty. This year Evie will roast her.

Master of ceremony is Patrick “Nibs” Loughney. Roasters also include Cathy Gavin, John Harrison and Mary Jo Preno. Midge MacArthur, club president elect, is chairwoman of the roast. Ken Liebhold is Kiwanis Club of Scranton president.

Tickets are at $50 and can be purchased by calling 570-558-4792. Proceeds benefit the Kiwanis Club of Scranton’s charities. The event on April 25 begins at 5:30 p.m. and features a cash bar and light fare.

Super students

Graphic communication students from the Career Technology Center of Lackawanna County, including James Coursen, Blake McGarry, Isaac Laskowski and Andrea Walcott, traveled to Charlotte, North Carolina, for the Phoenix Challenge.

Graphic communication instructor Becky Rinella traveled with the students. They competed in a five-part international flexographic printing competition against teams from across the south, Midwest and Canada.

They are now the Career Technology Center’s first certified flexo pressmen.

Isaac and Andrea also won third place in color matching.