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The Northern Tier Children's Home in Harrison benefitted because of the brethren of the 17th Masonic District having raised $12,000 to expand the Home's learning center which provides home schooling for children. This is the second year for the brethren of the District's nine lodges to donate their time and effort to an auction selling such items as antiques, used furniture and appliances, tools, lawn equipment, and more at the Northern Tier Children's Home. The brethren also helped with the pickups, delivery, set up and clean up that made the event successful. The auction raised more than $6,500 for the school and the lodges contributed an additional $5,800.

The school's Learning Center opened its doors in August 1998. Not long after the school opened, a need to expand was realized. Executive Director for the Northern Tier Children's Home, Bro. J. Merle Herr, said "The support and encouragement of our Masonic friends and others has made this dream come true...the school is expanding from one classroom to five."

The lodges in the 17th Masonic District that made this project possible were: Friendship Lodge No. 247, Mansfield; Ossea Lodge No. 317, Wellsboro; Bloss Lodge No. 350, Blossburg; Cowanesque Lodge No. 351, Knoxville; Tioga Lodge No. 373; Osceola Lodge No. 421, Elkland; Westfield Lodge No. 477; Lewisville Lodge No. 556, Ulysses; and Galeton Lodge No. 602.

Northern Tier SchoolReceiving the proceeds from the benefit auction are (l-r): Front - Bro. William Faughnan, W.M., Bloss Lodge No. 350; Jerry McCaslin, V.P. of NTCH Board of Directors; Warren White, President of NTCH Board; Bro. Gary B. Stahley, D.D.G.M., 17th Masonic District. Rear - Bros. Butch Camp; Tom Hoppe, NTCH Director of Finance; and J. Merle Herr, NTCH Executive Director, Lewisville Lodge No. 556; Ed Baily, Secretary; Frank Everette, S.W.; Rusty Cole; and Harold Ross, Treasurer, Galeton Lodge No. 602. Not pictured is Bro. Larry Gee, J.W., Tioga Lodge No. 373.

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