Volume LIVFebruary 2007Number 1

Building toward Tomorrow

Muncy Area Masons Burn Mortgage

Left to right: Ronald A. Aungst, Sr., R.W. Grand Master; Marty R. Braim, W.M., Muncy Lodge; Bro. Daniel C. Berninger, President of Muncy Bank and Trust Co.; Bro. Roger D. Jarrett, Vice President of Muncy Masonic Temple Association; and Kenneth W. McClintock, D.D.G.M. of the 18th Masonic District.

The members of Muncy Lodge No. 299 held a Mortgage Burning Celebration at their new Lodge Hall, located on E. Penn Street, Muncy, Pa., on Oct. 1, 2006. A ground breaking ceremony was conducted in 2001 and construction was completed in 2002 for this $600,000 structure, which houses the Lodge Room and Social Hall. Through numerous fund raising events and the financial support of the membership and friends, the mortgage has been eliminated.

The event was attended by more than 150 members and guests, at which time several members were recognized for their extraordinary efforts during the past six years during the capital campaign to eliminate the mortgage.

Pictured left to right with Bro. George N. White (seated) are Bros. Dean Sipe, Kenneth Gillam, Edward Morgan, Larry Harpster, Kenneth Harpster, James Yoder, Larry Harpster Jr. and Samuel Whiteman.

Officers and members of McVeytown Lodge No. 376 recently gathered to recognize Bro. George N. White as being the most senior member of their lodge. Bro. White was initiated into the mysteries of Freemasonry on Jan. 6, 1925, at the age of 21 and observed his 103rd birthday on Aug. 15, 2006.

New Masonic Center Groundbreaking
With shovels (L to R): Rodney E. Boyce, D.D.G.M. of the 30th Masonic District; Joseph C. Nicola, W.M., James Cochran Lodge No. 614; Brian E. Shick, W.M., Marion Lodge No. 562; James C. Mayes, W.M., King Solomon's Lodge No. 346; and Alan R. Sandusky, P.M., King Soloman's Lodge No. 346, President, CDS Building Corporation

Standing (L to R): CDS Building Corporation Board Members Richard E. Bigley, P.M., Marion Lodge No. 562, Secretary; Robert H. Lynn, Sr., Cochran Lodge No. 614; Charles G. Etling, P.M. (partially hidden) and Paul E. (Sam) Truxel III, P.M., King Solomon's Lodge No. 346; Karl E. Burkhart, Sr., P.M., Marion Lodge No. 562; Matthew A. Christner, P.M. (hidden) and Ellis H. (Alex) Christner, P.M., Cochran Lodge No. 614

On Sept. 2, 2006, the first shovelsful of earth were removed from the site of the new Pleasant Valley Masonic Center in Bullskin Township, Fayette County.

Ten years ago, members of King Solomon's Lodge No. 346, Marion Lodge No. 562 and James Cochran Lodge No. 614 formed the CDS Building Corporation to raise $500,000 to construct a new Masonic Center. CDS's President, Bro. Alan R. Sandusky, told the crowd that the 8,000 sq. ft. facility, which will be built on five acres donated by Bro. Jeffrey Wonderling, P.D.D.G.M., King Solomon's Lodge No. 346 and his wife, Sharon, will also house three Order of Eastern Star chapters and a chapter of Royal Arch Masons. The new center will be a single-floor, handicap-accessible building with an office/conference room, a large dining hall and warming kitchen, restrooms, parking and storage areas.

Rodney E. Boyce, District Deputy Grand Master of the 30th District, congratulated the lodges on their efforts, proclaiming it a historic day for the lodges, and stating that this new facility will quickly become a hub for community activity and service. Robert Adamovich of Adamovich Design said that in designing the building he looked to Bro. George Washington's home at Mt. Vernon. He said if Bro. Washington were to come to the area and "wished to go to lodge here, maybe this would be the structure he'd be most comfortable with."

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