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Montgomery Locals 5.20

By Staff | May 20, 2020

As the nation observes Memorial Day on Monday, May 25, this year’s commemoration will look very different due to coronavirus restrictions. While we may not be able to gather as a community as we have always done, members of the American Legion Bower-Decker Post along with volunteers placed American flags on every servicemember’s grave in the Montgomery area. The organization was careful to issue social-distancing instructions on how to complete the task in a safe manner that followed the guidelines in place.

Let us all reflect on the significance of Memorial Day in our own way this year. Every American servicemember who fell in combat, those who later died as a result of physical wounds or suffered from PTSD, and those who died in uniform away from the battlefield while in some form of service all deserve our deepest thanks and most profound respect.

Our liberties were paid for in blood by those willing to face unimaginable horrors to ensure that others could live as free people. We are all the recipients of a precious gift that we can never fully express adequate appreciation. For every servicemember’s name that is carved into a memorial, there is a group of family members and friends who will walk through the rest of their lives carrying grief and longing for someone who chose death over freedom being threatened. They have lost a beloved part of their lives, too.

None of us are capable of comprehending the true magnitude of the cost of our freedom. But let’s do our best to honor the memory of our servicemen and servicewomen and remember them in the way they deserve to be every day of the year.

THOT “It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us — that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion — that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain — that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom — and that government of the people, by the people, for the

people, shall not perish from the earth.” Abraham Lincoln

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Happy birthday to Seth Heasley, who will be commemorating another year on May 20.

Logan Phillips will be marking his birthday on May 20. Have a great one, Logan!

Many happy returns to Jennifer Winters who will be celebrating on May 23.

Birthday wishes go to Rubi Solano, whose special day is on May 24.

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The Montgomery Area Alumni Association’s annual banquet is canceled for this year.

Borough residents who would like to have their brush picked up on Wednesdays can arrange it by calling the Borough Office at (570) 547-1671. Residents can also drop their own brush at the brush pile on

Wednesdays. The only brush that is being accepted is limbs and sticks less than four inches in diameter. No leaves, weeds, grass, etc. at this time.

Until the library reopens, residents can download free e-books by going to the library’s website at www.montgomerylib.org. Library Director Nicole Loffredo is also providing a wide range of interesting content on the library’s Facebook page and has created a separate page for children called Miss Nicole’s MAPL Moments.

Do you want to go down in history? If so, keep a journal of your experiences in quarantine and donate it to the Montgomery Area Historical Society. After the restrictions are lifted they will be collected and placed in a time capsule that will be sealed for 50 years.

Please hold your donations for Community Aid until further notice. The bins remain closed.

Hometown Hero Banners can be ordered until September. To get an order

form contact Fae Herb at faeherb@aol.com or (570) 506-9892.

Residents who live in the Montgomery Area School District can rent a plot in the Community Garden by emailing Susan Andrews at sandrews@montgomeryborough.org.

To stay up-to-date on COVID-19 statistics, emergency weather warnings, and rising river levels, please follow the Montgomery Emergency Management Agency Facebook page. If you would like to learn about

volunteering for the Agency, please contact Dennis Gruver at (570) 547-6777.

If you want to serve with one of our local fire companies, please call either the Montgomery Volunteer Fire Company at (570) 547-1380 or the Clinton Township Fire Department at (570) 547-1000. Volunteers are needed to serve as emergency responders and as non-emergency support personnel.

Are you interested in joining the Montgomery Lions Club? For membership information please call Roger McRae at (570) 971-2825.