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Family History month observed at Heritage Days

By Staff | Oct 7, 2014
CAROL SHETLER/The Luminary Nolah Moyer, third grade student at Myers Elementary School placed names of the family tree poster at Heritage Days near Turbotville last weekend.
CAROL SHETLER/The Luminary Alexis McKeta of Muncy placed a leaf on the family tree at Heritage Days last weekend. Alexis is the granddaughter of Crystal Hearn and great-granddaughter of the late Thelma Laidacker.

TURBOTVILLE – October is “Family History Month” and nowhere was that more evident than last weekend at Heritage Days hosted by the Warrior Run-Fort Freeland Historical Society near Turbotville.

Upon entering the grounds, students in grades three, four and five received passports to be stamped when attending various activity sites. The passports were circulated by Bernadette Boerckel, curriculum director at Warrior Run School, and aided by volunteers.

Family history was promoted in the genealogy department where students learned the parts of a name; the first name is a given name, and the last name is known as a surname passed down through the paternal side of the family. On a leaflet, students wrote the maiden names of the mother and grandmothers then attached them to a family tree poster.

In other activities, tribute was given to the late Wayne Appleman who passed away suddenly last June. A wooden pump placed by the barn was dedicated in honor of Appleman who’d mentored that department. He was the son of Lucille Poust Appleman formerly of Hughesville.

This year’s event chairpersons were Betsy and Randy Watts who invite all to a hymn sing, Sunday Oct. 12 at 2 p.m. in the pavilion at the park next to the Watsontown Bridge.