Auction helps park
EAST SMITHFIELD - A flier advertising the Fourth Annual East Smithfield Veterans Memorial Park Auction urged everyone to "pull together."
And that's just what they did, judging by the results of the auction at the former VFW grounds.
According to organizer Jackie Kingsley, a total $8,675 was raised from the hundreds of items, many of them donated, that were auctioned off.
The flier notes that the purpose of the auction is to raise money in order to keep the park open to the public.
Kingsley said that a few years ago, the veterans felt that they could no longer maintain the park, but didn't want to see it lost to the community. They deeded it over to the township, with the stipulation that no tax money be used to maintain the grounds and it be self-supporting.
According to Kingsley, they hope to grade off a section of the park where old railroad tracks were once located, and then open that up to the public.
Each year, the park is home to the Bradford County Old Timers Association's annual show, and it's also available for rent by calling the township office.
The Athens FFA served lunch, and auctioned off baked goods. One person paid $200 for an apple pie.
Sales at the auction included $80 for a print of a deer picture, with the proceeds benefiting the Wounded Warriors Project.
Unique items at the auction included a large antique floor radio.
Eric Hrin can be reached at (570) 297-5251; email: firstname.lastname@example.org.