Author: Loretta Rodgers

From Obama to Yeadon: Pioneering female WWII vet honored at local annual luncheon

By LorettaRodgers  lrodgers@myspiritnews.com When 98 year-old Staff Sgt. Millie Dunn Veasey walked into Yeadon Borough’s third annual Veteran’s Appreciation Luncheon on Saturday, she received a prolonged standing ovation. Veasey traveled from her home in Raleigh, North Carolina to be the honored guest at the luncheon and expressed great appreciation. “I have no prepared speech today,” she said. “But I am sure happy to be here.” Veasey was born in Raleigh in 1918 and during World War II, served overseas with the Women’s Army Corps in the 6888th postal battalion; the first all-female, all-African-American military unit sent to a war...

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Brookhaven enjoys Halloween Trunk or Treat

By LorettaRodgers  lrodgers@myspiritnews.com Hundreds of Brookhaven children flocked to the borough’s second annual Trunk or Treat event last Saturday at Coebourn Elementary School. Organized by residents Mike and Janice Garvey and a group of dedicated neighbors, the afternoon event featured decorated car trunks in every theme imaginable. From goblins, witches and the Lion King to Ghostbusters, The Wizard of Oz and crazy beach scenes, the time that was put into this event was more than obvious. “The Brookhaven Trunk or Treat was an idea I had to promote unity,” said Mike Garvey. “I asked for assistance and received so...

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Local woman named 2016 PA School Counselor of the Year

By LorettaRodgers  lrodgers@myspiritnews.com Northley Middle School guidance counselor Nicole Sayre was named 2016 Pennsylvania Middle School Counselor of the Year (SCOY) by the Pennsylvania School Counselor Association. Sayre was nominated by Northley Principal L.J. Blair and underwent a rigorous application process.  Along with recommendation letters from colleagues and students, Sayre completed an application including five essay questions and created a video submission.   The SCOY award honors professional school counselors who have made significant contributions to their students and school districts through the development and implementation of comprehensive school counseling programs that are based on the American School Counselor...

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BOO! Area haunted hayride transformed park

By LorettaRodgers  lrodgers@myspiritnews.com More than 2,000 fun loving people attended Trainer’s annual Haunted Hayride event last weekend. Hosted and organized by Councilman Joseph Maher and a group of volunteers, Henry Johnson Park was turned into a haunted display of goblins, witches, ghouls and other frightening things. “The borough donated the park for the day,” said volunteer Michele Merritt Holloman. “I was so impressed with the numbers of people who attended, and of course, all of our excellent volunteers. The young people in Trainer really stepped up to help us. It was a great event.” Volunteers arrived at the park...

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Historical Society seeks to stop demolition of Mattson-Crozer house

By LorettaRodgers  lrodgers@myspiritnews.com Members of the Aston Township Historical Society (ATHS) will be at tonight’s 7 P.M. meeting of the Aston Board of Commissioners to publicly declare their opposition to the proposed demolition of the Mattson Crozer House, 10 Red Hill Road. According to ATHS President Sheila Withelder, the home, which sits in a bucolic setting, was built in the late 1800’s by the Mattson family near the West Branch Mills. The Mills are still standing and were once owned by the Mattson family. Aaron Mattson held church meetings in his home and also opened his home to Francis Asbury and later donated the land on which Mt. Hope...

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