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Namedropper, 2/18/18

February 18, 2018 GMT

Local towman receives prestigious accolade

For his dedication to the towing trade and serving the community, David A. Duchnik of Duchnik’s Towing, was inducted into the Order of Towman by American Towman Magazine.

Duchnik of Scott Twp. was also awarded the Cross of the Order, a Maltese Cross with a unique towing icon sculpted inside.

He was nominated for the Order of Towman by Moscow Borough Police Chief Ivy Brenzel and Olyphant Police Chief James Foley.

Duchnik is now a member of an elite organization of towing professionals nationwide. Inductees take an oath to continue their unparalleled dedication to their towns. Much of the work these towmen perform are accident-related tows dispatched by town police or fire departments.

Duchnik received the honor in November during the 29th Annual American Towman Exposition at the Renaissance Harborplace Hotel in Baltimore.

High notes

Joe and Judy Price, attorneys at DLP Law, and Scott and Dan Meuser, Pride Mobility, will received the Northeastern Pennsylvania Council of the Boy Scouts of America’s Distinguished Citizen Award.

The leaders in Northeast Pennsylvania will be awarded for acting as role models in the community and representing the ideals of scouting in their personal and professional lives.

Earl Granville, Army National Guard veteran and Purple Heart recipient, is the event’s keynote speaker. Granville is a motivational speaker and determined athlete. He competes in extreme physical challenges and was recognized internationally for carrying his race partner and guide across the finish line at the 2017 Boston Marathon, according to the council.

Members of the volunteer committee who planned the event, include event chairpersons Marianne Gilmartin, attorney at Stevens & Lee, and Pete Danchak, regional president, PNC Bank Northeast Pennsylvania.

All proceeds support quality scouting programming for area youth, The 2018 Distinguished Citizens Award Dinner is scheduled for Thursday, March 8, at Mohegan Sun Pocono Casino and Resort in Wilkes-Barre. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. with a reception, networking and food stations; the awards presentations and keynote speaker is at 7 p.m.

All proceeds support quality scouting programming for area youth. Tickets are $150 each or $1,500 for a table of 10. For more details or to purchase tickets, contact the scouting office at 570-207-1227 or visit www.nepabsa.org.

Super students

North Pocono senior Daniel Jaggars won first place in the annual 10th District, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Voice of Democracy essay contest.

Daniel’s entry also placed fifth in the statewide competition. He was recognized during a program at Fiorelli’s in Peckville where Thomas Hanzes, VFW senior vice commander, Department of Pennsylvania, was guest speaker...

Local Wilkes University students who are gaining professional experience at internships including: Coletta Rempe,of Scranton, a mechanical engineering major, is interning with Pride Mobility-Quantum Rehab; John Segilia of Moosic, a mechanical engineering major, is interning with Liberty Tax; Mariah Curtis of Dupont, a marketing major, is interning with Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Commerce; Derick DeMorrow of Carbondale, a mechanical engineering major, is interning with Wyman-Gordon, worldwide supplier to the aerospace and industrial gas turbine markets; Joe Palmadessa of Dingmans Ferry, an accounting major, is interning with Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Wyoming Valley, the central organization for the Unitarian Universalist religious movement in the United States; and Joseph Irving of Greentown, an accounting major, is interning with R&J Accounting.