ATHENS — The 16th Dr. Arthur B. King Scholarship, which pays for the recipients’ full college tuition, room and board, was awarded to Athens Area High School senior Cierra House at the Senior Academic Awards Night on Thursday.
The Dr. Arthur B. King Trust was established on Dec. 21, 1998. King passed away on Dec. 13, 2001, whereafter the Dr. Arthur B. King, M.D. Scholarship Award was established.
King was born on Nov. 22, 1914 in New York and received his M.D. degree from John Hopkins University in 1939. King served in the U.S. Army from December 1941 to January 1946, attaining a rank of Colonel, U.S. Army Reserve, Infantry. From 1946 to 1948, King was an assistant resident and resident neurosurgeon at John Hopkins Hospital, and from 1948 to 1950, he was a neurosurgeon at the Lahey Clinic in Boston.
In 1950, King joined the Guthrie Clinic/Robert Packer Hospital, where he was Chief of the Section of Neurological Surgery before retiring in 1979. King also served as assistant coroner of Bradford County for many years.
Outside of work, King was heavily involved within the local community. King was involved in the Athens Borough Council, serving as Vice President and President from 1983 to 1997, the Valley Joint Sewer Authority, Diahoga Hose Company No. 6, Tioga Point Museum Board and was the founder and longtime member of the Valley Philosophical Society.
The scholarship in King’s name is awarded to a deserving Athens Borough resident, male or female, upon their graduation or matriculation from the Athens Area High School. The scholarship pays for the student’s college tuition, on-campus housing and meal plan, up to a four-year period. To receive the scholarship each year throughout college, the student has to keep a 3.0 GPA.
The scholarship is based on academic qualifications, character, extracurricular activities, community service and financial need. The application for the scholarship requires the student’s school transcripts, letters of recommendation from a school teacher and guidance counselor, and their Free Application for Federal Student Aid report.
The Trustee board for the scholarship fund, consisting of Jonathan P. Foster, Sr., Jonathan P. Foster, Jr., Beverly J. Bleiler and Richard E. Shay, review applications and choose the recipient, according to Foster, Sr.
Seven students applied for this year’s Dr. Arthur B. King, M.D. Scholarship Award. But only one student stood out among the rest to receive this year’s award: Cierra House.
House has been on Honor Roll from 2016 to 2019 and has academic excellence in Spanish I, II, III; English; Algebra; Physics; Studio Art I, II; U.S. History II Honors; and Civics & Government. She is also apart of National Honor Society and Rho Kappa National Social Studies Honor Society.
Her extracurricular activities include Student Council and the History Club at Athens Area High School. For community service, House is involved with the Elks Antlers Program, where she serves as Vice President. House has held a part-time babysitting position throughout her high school career. In addition, she assisted children with special needs at the annual Elks Christmas party and participated in the Elks Easter egg hunt.
House plans to attend Penn State University Altoona to pursue a career in nursing.
SAYRE — Sister Kathleen Kelly celebrated her Golden Jubilee — a celebration which commemorates 50 years of religious service — at a mass celebration on May 17.
President of the Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Sister Ellen Maroney gave a speech in honor and recognition of Sister Kathleen’s Golden Jubilee and all the work and care she has put into teaching at the celebration.
“Knowing you, I can’t imagine any gift more appreciated by you than that effort and that expression of regard for you,” Sister Ellen Maroney delivered. “That kind of respect and regard doesn’t come automatically to a person. It’s earned by countless acts of service, dedication and inspiration wrapped in a deep love for God and others. It is built through developing caring relationships with others — faculty, parents, and especially the students everyday. It takes time, patience, fidelity and commitment.”
“So, Kathleen, when a teacher says that she so appreciates your support and understanding, and when a student writes ‘I love Sister Kathleen because she watches over me,’” Sister Ellen said. “When a parent expresses gratitude for your always honest and listening presence, and when your pastor contributes to the planning of this wonderful celebration and wants it to be the best ever — when these comments and actions, and many more like them, are made, it’s clear that you have embraced your call to service on behalf of others.”
Mayor of Sayre Borough Henry Farley was also in attendance at the Golden Jubilee celebration, presenting Sister Kathleen with an official Sayre Borough proclamation recognizing her Golden Jubilee on May 17.
Sister Kathleen has been within religious service for 50 years and has been working at Epiphany Elementary School for 27 years.
“The years go by quickly,” Sister Kathleen commented.
Of those 50 years, the most memorable part has been the children Sister Kathleen has worked with.
“A highlight is the children. It’s nice to watch them come into pre-K, watch them move up each year and when they leave us, how mature and responsible they’ve become,” Sister Kathleen said. “We just had our graduation the other night and I was thinking back on when those children first came here and how nice it is to see them grow up and move on to high school and college. Then to have some of them come back and talk to you and tell you where they’ve been and how college went.”
“It’s nice to see how well the children have done over the years, and that’s true of all the places I’ve been,” Sister Kathleen said.
Sister Kathleen first started teaching at St. John’s in Scranton, Pa., moving then to Poughkeepsie, N.Y. and Danville, Pa. to teach, before finally ending up at Epiphany Elementary School in 1992.
“Teaching has always been enjoyable for me. I always like to see the children advance academically, and more so, I like to see them advance in how they are with each other, like how they deal with problems, how kindness is a big part of their lives,” Sister Kathleen said.
“That has been a big part of my enjoyment, is being a part of this community and part of the other schools I’ve worked in,” She said. “If it’s your vocation, it is very rewarding. Those of us who have that vocation, especially as a religious sister, it focuses in on the child and that’s what we’re all about, helping each other and making each other better.”
For Sister Kathleen, the biggest challenge for her has been the drastic change in education over the years.
“When I first started to teach, you just went into your classroom and you basically had your textbooks and if you had a record player you were lucky. But today, technology has overtaken the school,” Sister Kathleen said. “Sometimes I find that to be a disadvantage because I’m still old school where I think children need to have hands-on (teaching) with blackboards and chalk. I know that they’re learning with the technology, but sometimes the old-fashioned ways of teaching them is more visual than today.”
“You have to change with the times so I have, but sometimes I miss the way it used to be,” She commented. “The changing in teaching I think has been my biggest challenge.”
Despite some of the disadvantages of technology in the classroom and its heavy connection to teaching, Sister Kathleen believes technology has some significant advantages for the students as well.
“It’s amazing to see how far we’ve come. It’s a good thing, it’s good that we’ve gotten to this point. That’s where the children are going, out into this technology world. They have to be prepared and they are when they leave (Epiphany),” Sister Kathleen said.
Sister Kathleen has witnessed the substantial changes in teaching first-hand in her own classrooms, telling a story of the first time computers were introduced to classrooms.
“I remember when I was in the Poconos, back in the 80s, computers were just coming into the classroom. We had this computer and nobody would use it, so I said to one teacher ‘would you do me a favor and just put it in your room and try it,’” She recalled. “So she did, and after she had it in there a couple days, the other teachers were going in and they said ‘we should all have a computer.’ And I said ‘that computer I practically had to beg you to use.’”
So, what’s next for Sister Kathleen?
“I plan on staying at Epiphany. I like the children. And as I say to them, ‘where else would you rather be?’” Sister Kathleen said. “This is a nice area. I like the children, the parents, the whole community. It’s so supportive. And I’m in good health. I enjoy being here.”
WAVERLY — Waverly officials are moving forward with a proposal to install stormwater drainage infrastructure along Clinton Avenue to help alleviate run-off concerns.
Mayor Patrick Ayres said the board of trustees recently approved hiring HUNT Engineers to perform the engineering work for the project, and the village hopes to go out to bid soon.
“We’re paying HUNT about $10,000 for their part of the work, which leaves us with about $115,000 for the actual construction process,” Ayres said.
The endeavor is being paid for via a state grant that was awarded to the village, the mayor noted.
Ayres added that officials were unsure what the exact scope of the project would be, explaining that it would depend on how the bids came back since trustees are looking to price the work per linear foot.
“We may even look at expending some our own money to reach a little further down the line and add in some more linear feet,” said Ayres. “It just depends on the cost.”
The mayor said the installation of the stormwater system was the first step in a larger plan to add more stormwater laterals down some of the side streets attached to Clinton Avenue.
“We have to start somewhere,” Ayres said. “We’re looking to get this main lateral done, and then hopefully add some more of the side streets over time. And who knows — ideally, this will help with the stormwater problems downstream from there.”
Ayres said the project is expected to be completed by the end of this year’s construction season.
WAVERLY — The Tioga Land Bank continues to move forward with plans to demolish several dilapidated houses in the village, Waverly Mayor Patrick Ayres informed the board of trustees this week.
And that work could begin as soon as next month, which would mark approximately the one-year mark since the land bank officially took over ownership of nine blighted parcels located in the village.
“Six of the structures on those properties could be demolished by the end of July,” said Ayres. “So, it continues to move forward.”
The announcement was met with relief from trustees who have been battling with how to handle the blighted properties for years.
The land bank owns the following parcels in the village:
• 112 Park Place
• 35 Lincoln St.
• 452 Cayuta Ave.
• 108 Park Place
• 530 East Chemung St.
• 457 Fulton St.
• 207 Howard St.
• 127 Providence St.
• 429 Chemung St.
The goal of the land bank is to obtain blighted properties throughout the county, demolish any dilapidated structures on the parcel and then flip the empty lot to put the property back on the tax rolls.
The money earned from the selling of the properties would then be re-invested back into the land bank.
Regarding other parts of the village, residents thanked the board for its efforts in cleaning up a property on Fulton Street that was brought up last month in a public comment period.
“We want to thank you guys as well as (code enforcement officer) Chris Robinson for the work being done,” a resident stated. “There’s still a lot of work to do, but it’s starting to get a little better.”