Laceyville Community Day Roaring Success
By Kelly Cole
Those attending Saturday’s Community Day in Laceyville were met with a day of sunshine and heat while they flocked to Main Street in support of local businesses and organizations. The Laceyville Business Association had a variety of events scheduled to keep all ages busy and a delectable smorgasbord of food to appeal to any palate.
Festivities started on July 9 at 1 p.m., with the Pedal Tractor Pull that was sponsored by Indian Hill Antiques and Laceyville Hardware. The kids came forward with determination and had encouragement from the cheering crowd to keep their tractors going. There was amazing effort from each contestant, and they should all be proud of their performance.
Special acknowledgement to the top three in each age group is as follows:
Three- and four-year-olds: first place, Miranda Bowman; second place, Mylie Profitt; third place, Eric Edwards.
Five- and six-year-olds: first place, Alex Bowman; second place, Amelia Brown; third place, Carolyn Cannella.
Seven- and eight-year-olds: first place, Martin Cannella; second place, Hailey Jayne; third place, Thomas Tollaksen.
Nine- and 10-year-olds: first place, Caitlin Shaffer; second place, Macy Schillinger; third place, Bailey Ruhf.
13- and 14-year-olds: first place, Vincent Kurinzi; second place, Melissa Ciprich.
Between events, you could find a line at each booth from the dunking tank down to the water wars station and fast pitch booth. Bingo kept a steady crowd playing in hopes of having a winning card. There was no need to leave Main Street as anything you needed was right there at hand.
Raffle tickets were on sale all day with prizes ranging from $300 worth of gasoline to $1,000 for fireworks from Donnora’s Fireworks. Prizes were donated by the Laceyville Business Association and many other local businesses.
The Oldest House had a booth to display its history along with volunteers adorned in period clothes. Locals and those on vacation were able to make donations to help with the repair of the roof on the Oldest House.
The Turtle Race started promptly at 4 p.m., and First Liberty Bank & Trust had their hands full of turtles to contend with. Those participating had lined up early with their shelled friends patiently waiting in all types of containers to keep them cool and to hinder them from wandering off. Participants lined up their short, sturdy footed friends at the outer circle waiting anxiously for the start signal.
The goal was to reach the inner circle either first or second to win that race’s prize. As each group started, there were shouts of encouragement to push their turtles on. Some even slapped the pavement in hopes that this would spur their little friends forward. Some turtles decided to do as they pleased by either turning back toward their owner or walking around the inner circle to get to the other side. Turtle racers have spunk and tenacity, or what some may call stubbornness, to see that their turtle makes it to the center.
This continued until all turtles had raced and then there was one last race among those that had received first place status. It was a proud moment for Alyssa Sickler, 12, of Meshoppen, when her turtle, Angel, took home this year’s first place prize of $25.
Those dining on deliciousness from a booth or the Goodwill Fire Company’s chicken barbecue were able to enjoy the Baby Parade that followed the turtle race. Tots from six months to four years were signed up to showcase their costumes in hopes of winning one of the three prizes available.
As they made their way up and down Main Street, it was announced that Elicia Sharer, two, from Laceyville, won The Cutest title and her brother, Colby, four, won for being The Funniest. Most Original was shared by “Lil Motorcycle Mamas” Callee Warner, one, and Chloie Cummiskey, two, both of Wyalusing,
Liam Mulligan, an Irish tenor who splits his time between Laceyville and New York City, performed an amazing selection of songs from Irish classics to all-time favorites and even entertained the crowd with tidbits and stories from his life.
As it neared time for the firemen’s parade, the sidewalks began to fill with those waiting to cheer on each float and hopes of coming away with a huge candy haul.
Niles English led the way with the honor of being this year’s Grand Marshal. Fire trucks from Laceyville, Wyalusing, Elk Lake, Tunkhannock, Franklindale and Rome were scattered throughout the parade. Betsy’s Bombers had an undefeated season (11-0) in the RTL program and were full of smiles and cheers as their float made its way down Main Street from Vern’s Feed & Supply.
As the parade came to an end, folks piled back into the streets to continue visiting with friends and neighbors and possibly snack on some more clams, sweet corn, potato pancakes, cheesesteaks, burgers, fries, ice cream and funnel cakes.
Doug Clapper’s band, Northern Harmony, kept the crowd’s feet moving with their country western and square dance tunes. There had been dancers waiting for this moment all day who were outfitted in square dance attire and the moves to do-si-do. Mark and Joan Carlton provided vocals for the band and were accompanied by Manny Souto on the accordion, Doug Clapper on the electric bass and Harold Smith on the mandolin.
Northern Harmony closed out an amazing day for Laceyville’s 15th Annual Community Day. The proceeds from Saturday will benefit local non-profit organizations and the continuing goal of community beautification.
Raffle winners for this year’s Community Day are:
Annual prize of $300 worth gasoline donated by Laceyville Business Association, Bea Wygrala;
$1,000 gift certificate for fireworks donated by Fireworks by Donnora, Jerry Gizenski
iPod Touch donated by Grudzinski Financial Services, Ed Rhinard
Stihl FS45 trimmer donated by Brickhouse Services, Lucia Sacco
Silverplate tea service donated by Indian Hill Antiques, Bev Wolf
$100 savings bond donated by First Liberty Bank & Trust, Felix Dziuba
Tom-tom GPS system donated by Bluhm’s Gas Sales, Deb Chrispell
Fireproof filing cabinet donated by Sears-Wysox, Ron Learn
George Foreman grill donated by Laceyville Hardware, David Robinson
$50 gift certificate by Eb’s Market, Becky Robinson
$50 gift certificate donated by Ringneck Ridge Preserve, Janet DeRemer
Voucher for two-night campover donated by Endless Mountains Campground, Bob Williams
One-year subscription donated by Rocket-Courier, Tasha Donnora
Kayak trip gift certificate donated by Endless Mt. Outfitters, Kevin Huyck
Quick Lube oil change donated by Huffman’s Service Center, Steve Mokris
$30 gift certificate donated by Hidden Creek Winery, Bryanna Sharer
Four-ton power puller donated by RG Brown’s Welding and Fab., Billie Jean Licea
$25 gift certificate donated by Lech’s Pharmacy, George Tiffany
$25 gift certificate donated by Vern’s Feed and Supply, William Ely
Country basket donated by Buckets of Bouquets, JD
$25 gift certificate donated by Kristi’s Kountry Kitchen, Kenneth Johnson
79 piece first aid kit donated by J&J Sales & Service, James Arey
$25 gift certificate donated by Kintner’s Country Connection, Woodcock
$25 gift card donated by Bluhm’s Shopping Center, Roger Jayne
$25 gift card donated by BZ Michaels Beauty Shop, Darlene Hudak
Voucher, two-night stay donated by Endless Mountains Campground, Jack Vanderpool
$25 gift certificate donated by Whipple Brothers, Inc., Doris Sharer
One-year subscription donated by Rocket-Courier, Donnie Cooper
$25 gift certificate donated by Eva’s Bar and Restaurant, Mary Davis
3’x5’ nylon U. S. flag donated by Sandra Major, Gary Rouse
Gourd birdhouse donated by Custom Cuts for Men, Tony DiMichele
$25 gift certificate donated by Lech’s Pharmacy, Genny O’Connell
$25 gift certificate donated by Vern’s Feed and Supply, Sarah Mosier
Tote full of Eco-friendly supplies donated by Cleaner and Greener, Linda Billing
$25 gift certificate donated by Bluhm’s Shopping Center, Morris Otten
5 lb. fire extinguisher donated by Goodwill Fire Co., Duane Adams
$20 gift certificate donated by Wiser Choice, Pop Heck
Voucher two-night stay donated by Endless Mountains Campground, Ariel McKennas
$20 gift certificate donated by Jeanne DeRemer’s Beauty Shop, Tony Donnora, Jr.
$25 gift certificate donated by Lech’s Pharmacy, Morris Fassett
$20 gift certificate donated by Mark’s Valley View, Maryanne Sandt
Haircut gift certificate donated by Custom Cuts for Men, Dean Jones
$20 gift certificate donated by Mark’s Valley View, Judy Melan
Haircut gift certificate donated by Custom Cuts for Men, Ken Meyer
5 lb. fire extinguisher donated by Goodwill Fire Co., Fern Tiffany
Haircut gift certificate donated by Custom Cuts for Men, Kaylee Fryer
$10 gift card donated by Sears Wysox Store, Larry Franklin
Free sub coupon donated by Dandy Mini Mart: John Huffman, Ryan Ruhf, Norm Wood, Barb Woodruff, Phyllis Decker, Merry deJong, Tasha Donnora, Dave Carnright, Todd Belle, Melany Philbin, Jacob Fryer and Derek Locey