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Namedropper Dec. 18, 2018

December 18, 2018 GMT

Travelers talk Local travelers reminisced recently about trips through the Canadian Rockies by train and Portugal. Organized by Joe and Dolly Michalczyk, the event at La Cucina Restaurant in Dunmore featured a reunion and cocktail hour. Guests from the Portugal trip were entertained by Mark Michalczyk’s DVD featuring the Portuguese Riviera, the Estoril Coast, Azores and Madeira Island. Judges Kathy Ross and Bev Petrini awarded Brenda and John Hatton and Ed Pricci for their photos. The Hattons earned awards for Brenda’s comprehensive photo album, best animal photo of a swan and its babies and the architecture award for a photo of an ancient building in San Miguel. Pricci won best photo for his snap of an intense Fado singer. His photo of an elderly traveler with extensive equipment setting up a photo shoot and a colorful outdoor fruit stand won the best human interest and best nature prizes. All were treated to a small bottle of Portuguese wine and other remembrances purchased on the trip and group photos. Travelers, including Patricia Blades, Kay Kinnan, John and Barbara Pittman, Maureen Pricci, Cyndy Zeiss and Beth Hermelin discussed the medieval towns, ancient architecture, volcanic craters and islands, lush national parks and botanical gardens contrasting with the modern capital city of Lisbon during the dinner. Fatima was a trip highlight for many of the travelers. Travelers who visited Canada on Via Rail’s Canadian also were awarded for their photos. Susie Kern won best album, while her husband, Dick Kern, won best animal picture for his close-up of a bald eagle and best architecture photo for a shot of the castle-like Banff Springs Fairmont Hotel. Betty English won best photo for her colorful shot of Moraine Lake with its turquoise glacial water and for best nature photo of a pristine waterfall. Virginia Perfetto’s anniversary photo of Mickey and Ralph Mastrianni relaxing near a Harley- Davidson won a human interest prize. While in Canada, the group rode through ice fields, glaciers, the Canadian Rockies and pristine lakes and stayed overnight in a railway car. They were also treated to a cake reminding the groups to “keep on traveling.” Virginia Loughlin, Diana Callender, Elaine Cross, Susan Schaffer, John Hatton, John Kasteleba Jr., Burt and Marion Reese, Imelda Reno, and John and Marlene Shields also celebrated at the event in Dunmore. High notes Molly Mattes was installed into the Passport Club of Rotary District 7410 by her father, District Governor Roger Mattes. The new program allows members to attend meetings in any location throughout the Rotary district. Roger Mattes and his wife, Jackie, are members of the Rotary Club of the Abingtons.