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Muncy Locals Oct. 2, 2019

By Staff | Oct 2, 2019

Former Muncy resident Wayne Parfitt, living in Newport News Virginia for the last 16 years, recently learned some fairly impressive news. Back in the day, Wayne set a few records in cross country track while attending the Williamsport Area Community College, now known as Pennsylvania College of Technology. Most notable was Parfitt’s fastest marathon in the U.S. for anyone 19 or younger in 1984 (2:31:09); several years ago, Penn College named him “Outstanding Varsity Athletic Alumni Award for winning the PA state championship in cross country.”

But that’s old news. Wayne set aside his running shoes for nearly three decades before slipping them on again, and is making strides once more. Based on the Abbot World Major Marathons, Wayne is ranked eighth in the nation and 44th in the world for his age group. The ranking is based on running times in both the Chicago and Boston Marathon. Wayne is married to the former Sunday Dorsett, daughter of the late Donald Dorsett and Joyce Dorsett, who survives. Attaboy, Wayne!

Walking is such a therapeutic exercise and plenty of events to encourage it are scheduled this month, taking opportunity to witness fall foliage. Tails on the Trail, a 2-mile nature walk with or without your dog in the hills of Pennsdale is scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 13. The event is hosted by Trinity Farm, 748 Quaker Church Road. Registration begins at noon and the walk begins at 12:30 p.m. Afterwards, enjoy food, vendors, music and hayrides. There is an entry fee, register at www.lycomingspca.org/tailsonthetrail.

Additionally, the annual Monster Dash is Saturday, Oct. 26, 9:30 a.m., beginning at Ward L. Myers Elementary School. There is a registration cost.

And, if you want to walk without a monetary cost involved, feel free to join a Facebook group known as “Muncy Walks,” a group that launched last June. Banding together to challenge and keep each other accountable, the group meets weekly-typically a Sunday afternoon-at a different designated spot to walk. The location is announced on their Facebook page a week beforehand. All are welcome to participate.

The first Saturday of each month, learn a free dance lesson from 6:40-7 p.m. at First United Methodist Church’s Celebration Center, 602 South Market Street, Muncy. The next one is scheduled Oct. 5. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., dance music is from 7-10 p.m. Soda, water and light snacks are provided. Bring a snack to share. Monetary donations suggested.

Friday, Oct. 11, 5-8 p.m., is K-6 Kids Cardio Night dance-a-thon at Ward L. Myers Elementary School.

Oct. 14-17 is Parent/Grandparent/Special Guest Lunch Week at Ward L. Myers Elementary School.

Friday, Oct. 18: Homecoming Parade, forms at 5 p.m., launches at 5:30 p.m. Homecoming festivities follow in Schuyler Stadium; Muncy plays Sayre at 7 p.m.

Son Light House, Senior food distribution, 130 Carpenter St., Muncy, Wednesdays 8:30-noon and

Thursdays 4-7p.m. in October. Hours for donations are every Monday, Thursday, and Saturday. 7-

10 a.m., food, clean usable seasonable clothing, toys, and furniture only at this time.

Every first and third Wednesday of the month, members of the John Brady Lodge No.116 Independent Order of Odd Fellows meet at Muncy Masonic Lodge. For information call 570-584-0155 or 570-220-2037.

Vineyard Activity Center, located at 99 Sherman St. (corner of High and Sherman Sts.) Muncy, provides Youth Activity Nights for local and neighboring communities’ youth every Friday Night 6:30-10 p.m. Call 546-0633 for additional information.