SRAC installs Native American canoe

The Susquehanna River Archaeological Center in Waverly recently put up for display a donated Native American birch bark canoe believed to be over 100 years old.

The canoe was donated in 2008 by Waverly native Les Rolfe, but was not able to be safely displayed until recently, said SRAC executive director Deb Twigg. The SRAC contacted Barbara Koehn, known for her work at the Don Merrill Museum in Waverly, to assist them in safely suspending the canoe, which now hangs in the Broad Street center's exhibit hall, Twigg said.

The canoe at SRAC's Broad Street museum was created with hand-carved split spruce, sheets of birch bark, spruce root strapping and sealed with a mix of spruce gum and charcoal. The canoe is over 13 feet long but only weighs about 70 pounds, according to a release from the center. The canoe's weight made it the perfect way for Native Americans to travel from portage to portage and down streams to their destinations.

50-year Masons member celebrated

At the November stated meeting of Rural Amity Lodge No. 70 of the Free and Accepted Masons, William S. Murphy, past master of the lodge, received a 50-year membership pin from Raymond G. Bagley Jr., district deputy of the 16th Masonic District of Pennsylvania.

Murphy has been an active member of the lodge for over 50 years and was most recently involved in the refurbishing of the lodge building, located on South Main Street in Athens, as part of last year's flood recovery effort, according to a release from the Masons. Murphy was worshipful master of the lodge in 1969 and has played a key role during his time with the organization, the release reads.

Rural Amity Lodge #70 is one of the oldest Masonic lodges in the Penn-York region and was chartered in 1796, according to the release. For information, call Neil T. Coy at (570) 423-2468 or email

Middle school FBLA takes home trophy

Thirty-six members of the Harlan Rowe Middle School chapter of Future Business Leaders of America recently competed in the 2012 PA FBLA Region 27 Middle Level Leadership Conference at Sayre High School, according to information from the Athens Area School District.

The middle had 25 finalists at the conference, including six first place finalists, and the chapter received its first-ever Middle Level region 27 team trophy at the event, according to the district.

This year, the Harlan Rowe FBLA chapter has 47 members, 12 of which will be competing in January in desktop publishing, keyboarding and spreadsheet design, according to the district. The HRMS FBLA chapter is advised by Mark Lemmon and Tressa Heffron.