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Lycoming Women Democrats name scholarship winners

By BARBARA C. BARRETT - | Jul 7, 2021

Seniors Emma Hogan from Muncy High School and Katelyn Taylor from Montgomery High School (center) each received a $400 scholarship from the Kay Ertel Scholarship Fund on June 24 at the annual picnic for Lycoming Women Democrats (LWD). With the students are Mary Wright, President of LWD (far left) and Mary Sieminski, chair of the scholarship committee for the organization. The event was held at Susquehanna State Park.

With a view of the Susquehanna River and the Hiawatha Paddle Wheel Riverboat, the Lycoming County Women Democrats (LWD) held their annual picnic at the Susquehanna State Park on Thursday, June 24.

Based on their community’s public service, two local senior girls were each awarded $400 scholarships from the Kay Ertel Scholarship fund.

Emma Hogan from Muncy High School will be attending Penn State University in the fall and wants to major in education and history. Emma hopes to lead students to make “well informed decisions and opinions for themselves.” She was class president and is involved with Polar Princesses, Make-a-Wish foundation, Future Business Leaders of America and other charitable work.

Katelyn Taylor from Montgomery High School, will also be attending Penn State University and is currently serving as the Lycoming County Dairy Princess. Her involvement with 4-H includes placement in the Word Dairy Expo and many speaking engagements throughout the county. She has raised funds for the Pennsylvania Food Bank and created a cookbook that raised over $2,000. She will major in Agricultural Science.

Local candidates were also present and spoke on behalf of their constituents. Lauren Baumann Frisco is running for Township Supervisor for Loyalsock Township and wants to help fix the congested traffic problem on East Third Street as well as offering pedestrian safety for more families.

Stacey Butterfield represented candidate Liz Miele who is running for re-election for Williamsport City Council. Miele’s background experience with the council and as a small business owner in historic Williamsport, Butterfield said Liz will continue to advocate for the city.

McKenna Long, a native of Hughesville and business owner, is running for Borough Council and is seeking support to help get more registered voters in her town. She also said she wants “more transparency” on issues for the public.

One of the guest speakers was candidate for Pennsylvania Supreme Court, Maria McLaughlin along with Timika Lane who is running for PA Superior Court and Lori Dumas who is running for Commonwealth Court. Judge McLaughlin said she intends on visiting all 67 counties, and so far has personally visited 39. She currently serves on the Superior Court and was elected in 2017.

Judge Lane has served for seven years on the Court of Common Pleas and has been rated as “Recommended” for Superior Court by the Pennsylvania Bar Association in 2021.

Judge Dumas came from Philadelphia and she has served on the bench for over 18 years, both in family court and the criminal division with a focus on human trafficking. She pleaded everyone to “vote for Democracy.”

LWD will not meet in July and prior to this, have held meetings by Zoom. The organization hopes to continue meeting in person starting in August on the fourth Thursday of each month. A fundraiser to support local candidates will be held on September 18 at Montgomery Park.