Bethlehem Press

Friday, July 21, 2017

Area residents honored for their efforts for others

Thursday, May 18, 2017 by CONTRIBUTED ARTICLE in Local News

Five Bethlehem area residents are among those honored by The Advisory Council of the Northampton County Area Agency on Aging for contributing their time and talents for the benefit of others in the community. The “Outstanding Senior Awards” Program took place April 27, at Wesley United Methodist Church in Bethlehem.

Suzanne Boundy of Bethlehem has volunteered with Habitat for Humanity for over 20 years, and has traveled to Mississippi at least twice to assist with rebuilding efforts after Hurricane Katrina. The Bethlehem Public Library Book Drive, WDIY Public Radio, and the “Well Read Hatters”, are among other groups benefitting from Boundy’s volunteerism.

Betty Gailey of Hanover Township Northampton County, has volunteered at Meals on Wheels of Northampton County since 2014 delivering 3-5 day/week, and also volunteering at Second Harvest Food Bank, The Salvation Army Soup Kitchen, and Miller Keystone Blood Bank. A serious health problem intervened, but Gailey is getting back to doing what she loves.

Ruth Mary McIlroy of Bethlehem Township volunteers weekly in the guidance office at Wilson Area HS, and has done so for approximately four years, providing general secretarial support. McIlroy is also a Past Matron of the Eastern Star, Easton Branch, and also volunteers regularly at Safe Harbor Easton and at her church.

Marlene Walker of Bethlehem volunteers every Thursday at Fountain Hill ES, spending 30 minutes each with five students whom she serves as a mentor.

Other county residents honored are Harriet Abt of Washington Township., Sherman LaBarre of Portland, Beverly Lambert of Forks Township, Mary Jane Long of Palmer Township, Mark W. Queen of Walnutport, and Linda Roberts of Easton. Joan McBride of Easton received an Intergenerational Award. Also recognized was the The Sit & Sew Group of the Easton Area Lifestlye Campus in Forks Township.

Frances Greene, Area Agency on Aging Advisory Council president, said “The Area Agency on Aging, under the leadership of its’ Advisory Council, believes it is very fitting to recognize the older adults who have helped to make our community what it is today and to provide an example for future generations to follow.”

John R. Mehler, Area Agency on Aging administrator, noted that, at the ceremony, which the Area Agency on Aging initiated in 2004, short essays which highlight each person’s passion for helping others, whether by outreach, personal action, public service, or sharing of time and talents, was shared with the public as a means of recognizing the contributions of those being honored.

The Northampton County Area Agency on Aging is that part of county government which exists to maintain and enhance the independence and dignity of adults age 60 and over.