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Namedropper 8/5/2018

August 5, 2018

New Hall of Famers

Gerald W. Atkinson, Anthony Bagnick, Sylvia G. Bailey, David R. Edwards Jr., M. Irene Eisele, Lorna J. Fries, Carole A. Grodack, Dorothy Keast, Jean Marie Tuman, Dale Percy Walker, Albert H. and Gineth Ann Wildenstein were inducted into the Pennsylvania Voter Hall of Fame.

The Wayne County citizens, who have voted in November elections for 50 consecutive years, were honored during the weekly commissioners’ meeting

Inductee Grodack said she always votes and sees it as her civic duty while she praised local school districts for focusing on history education.

Keast said her father was a World War II veteran who always voted, imparting the importance of it to her. Edwards served in Vietnam and began voting when he came home in 1968.

The honorees received a citation signed by Gov. Tom Wolf and the Acting Secretary of the Commonwealth Robert Torres to recognize the dedication and patriotism they have shown.

Voter Hall of Fame inductees set a standard for all registered voters, said Commissioner Chairman Brian Smith.

New university graduates

Sister Ann Walsh, I.H.M., former CEO and current assistant director of Friends of the Poor, was among honorary degree recipients during the University of Scranton’s undergraduate commencement in May.

Peter J. Danchak, a class of 1984 graduate and regional president of PNC Bank Northeast Pennsylvania, received an honorary degree and also provided the principal address at the ceremony.

Cecelia Lynett Haggerty, Times-Shamrock Communications and former university trustee, was also a recipient.

The Very Rev. Timothy P. Kesicki, S.J., president of the Jesuit Conference of Canada and the United States, read remarks of the principal speaker the Most Rev. George V. Murry, S.J., bishop of the Diocese of Youngstown, who was unable to attend the ceremony and who also received an honorary degree in absentia.

William Whitaker, founding president of the Washington Jesuit Academy, Washington. D.C., also received the honor.

High notes

Theresa Manning, Mark Panek and Kristie Baker from Keystone Community Resources went to the Disability Funding Rally at the Pennsylvania Capitol Building in Harrisburg to support funding for Pennsylvanians with disabilities

Manning, a production program manager at KCR Bridge Street, Panek,a day program participant, and Baker, a program developer at KCR, rallied with the “We Are Worth It, Fix The DSP Crisis!” initiative.

They joined advocates in and around Pennsylvania to advocate for fair funding for individuals with autism and intellectual disabilities and their Direct Support Professionals to help raise their wages to a living wage.

They also visited state Sen. Lisa Baker’s office to discuss issues that individuals and companies have that provide services.

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