Community Briefs: Springfield Recognizes Outstanding Volunteers in 2022 – The Delaware County Daily Times | Candle Made Easy

SPRINGFIELD—In a recent ceremony, the 27th annual bronze plaque was installed on the Springfield Volunteer Memorial Wall, located at Saxer Ave. and Powell Road, Springfield Township. The names of volunteers who have provided exemplary service as a member of a Springfield community service organization for ten or more years have been engraved on a bronze plaque and mounted on the wall of the Springfield Volunteer Memorial. This year’s honored volunteers include Albert Carocci, Ambulance Corps; Jay Logan, Springfield Fire Department; Robert Dobie, American Legion Post No. 227; Mike Forgione, community volunteer; Carlo DiMichele, youth club; Joseph Saunders, Lions Club; Sean Duffy, Springfield Athletic Association; Charlie Kuhn, community volunteer; Steve Todaro, Springfield School District; and Robert Sinkinson, Springfield Ward.

This is the 27th anniversary of the founding of the Springfield Volunteer Memorial Fund, Inc. In 1996, a group of local volunteers established this 501c3 nonprofit organization to promote community service in Springfield by recognizing exemplary volunteer service. The Memorial Wall is sponsored by the Board of Directors of the Springfield Volunteer Memorial Fund, Inc., a nonprofit organization that includes representatives from nine Springfield Community Service organizations.

To be recognized by the Springfield Volunteer Memorial Fund, Inc., the candidate who is a resident of Springfield or Morton must have demonstrated exemplary volunteer service as a member of a Springfield nonprofit organization serving the benefit of the Springfield-Morton community. The candidate should have been a full member for at least ten years. In addition to ten or more years of service with the nominee’s organization, the individual must also provide volunteer service with other nonprofit organizations. To nominate someone for next year or to make a contribution, email Springfield Volunteer Memorial Fund, Inc., c/o 217 Saxer Avenue, Springfield, PA 19064.

Aston Lions inaugurate new president

Lion William Harkins was installed as the 75th president of the Aston Township Lions Club. President Harkins encouraged each member to induct a new member this year.
His counterparts are 1st Vice President Matthew Berger; 2nd Vice President William Sarosy; admissions secretary Robert Shufelt; Financial Secretary Steve Allman; Treasurer Anthony Shahadi; Tail Twisters Donald Mercadante, Paul Maletsky; lion tamer Michael Petrillo, William White; Chaplain Rodney Powell; Director, Biennial, Richard DeWees, James Hinderhofer, John Vernon; Directors, one year term, Robert Sexton, Steve Reed and John Jason; Immediate Past President Joseph Bradley; and membership chairman Robert Hoyt.
For more information about the Aston Lions Club, call 610-494-2956 or email

The Lima UM Church is hosting a free concert

Lima United Methodist Church (LUMC), 209 N. Middletown Rd., Middletown Twp., is hosting a free gospel concert with The Padgetts on Sunday, July 31 at 3 p.m.
The public is welcome. Light refreshments will be served after the concert. Call for more information

Delaware County Community College and Hedgerow Theater Present Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night”

Delaware County Community College and the Hedgerow Theater Company have partnered to produce William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, which will be performed Wednesday through Saturday, August 3 through 6 at 8 p.m. on the outdoor stage at the college’s Marple campus, 901 S. Media Line Rd., Marple Township.

General admission is $15 and tickets can be purchased online at and in person on the night of the performance. Attendees are asked to bring chairs and blankets, as well as refreshments to enjoy during the performance on the courtyard lawn under the stars.

Twelfth Night is the college’s second annual summer Shakespeare production and is directed by Associate Professor of Drama Stephen Smith, with music composed and performed by retired Assistant Professor of Music Joseph Nocella. In collaboration with the Hedgerow Theater, student actors from Delaware County Community College worked side-by-side with professional theater artists for this production, which includes several graduates of the college’s theater program.

The cast includes Clark Clement, Dontay Driver, Marissa Emerson, Drew Garrison, Wonder Gaye, Zach Holzberg, Sandra Lawler, Chelsea Lombard, Will Myer, Umani Padmore, Joshua Peacock, Daniel Romano, Ray Saracini, Susan Wefel and Oniha Warren.

The stage crew includes Stephen Smith, director; Marcie Bramucci, artistic director of the Hedgerow Theater Company; Joseph Nocella, original music; Joseph Nocella, Stephen Campitelli, pianists; Stephen Wiseley, set design; Mimi Kenney Smith, costume design; Jerry Forsyth, lighting design; Nicki Bonura, stage manager; Umani Padmore, Wonder Gaye, Kelly Montgomery, assistant stage managers; Adam Bramucci, Stephen Smith, set design; Vanessa Saharko, poster and program design; Elizabeth Hanson, Wardrobe and Costume Builder; Susan Wefel, props; David Hulford, topiary sculptor.

Upon completion of production at Marple Campus, Twelfth Night will continue at the Hedgerow Theater Company from August 12-28. To learn more about these performances, visit

The Springfield Area Ed Foundation is seeking artists and sponsors for the first juried art exhibition

The Springfield Area Educational Foundation (SAEF) and the Springfield School District (SSD) have announced plans to hold the inaugural Juried Alumni Art Exhibition. The art exhibit will be held November 11-12 in Springfield High School’s new lobby area.

The Foundation’s Arts Weekend, which will be open to the public, seeks to showcase the legacy of Springfield’s art and design programs by offering many works by the school’s alumni for sale. SAEF’s goal is to celebrate Springfield’s history of fine arts through the works of its artistic alumni, while raising funds for the school’s student scholarship programs.
“We are pleased to announce that the inaugural exhibit will be dedicated to our beloved Springfield art teacher, Beth Fellona,” said Chris Belton, SHS art educator and co-chair of the events committee. “Art is a powerful educational tool. In addition to creativity and self-expression, the arts teach problem-solving, critical thinking, innovation and collaboration.”

By showcasing the work of their alumni, SAEF and SSD seek to highlight the importance of arts education and recognize the achievements of their graduates. Show organizers hope to attract a variety of alumni artists and designers from all media, both professionals and amateurs. All submissions will be evaluated for the exhibition by a panel of current art educators, art students, community members and SAEF/SHS board members.

The deadline for art contributions is September 16th. For submission guidelines/submission forms, visit For more information on the exhibition, please contact Chris Belton, SHS Art Educator, at To sponsor the event, contact Jan Griesemer at or 610-938-6034.

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William Harkins was recently installed as the 75th president of the Aston Township Lions Club. (INSERTED PHOTO)

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