On May 12, Boy Scouts from Troop 27, Troop 28 and Pack 28 placed flags on the graves of service men and women at Saint Hedwig’s Cemetery in Ewing. Front: Gavin White (left), Alex Knab and Erik Hawrylo. Center: Joey DeLauretis (left), Ryan Fobare, Aidan White, Russell Knab and Ryan Anderson. Back: scoutmaster Matt McChesney.

DECA members succeed in Atlanta

A number of Lawrence High School DECA students recently returned from the DECA International Career Development Conference in Atlanta, Georgia.

LHS sent 12 DECA members, who competed against over 19,000 students from all over the world in areas of marketing, finance, management and entrepreneurship. Three of the club’s members came away with special honors. Zoe Long was a finalist in Hospitality Professional Selling, Rebecca Jacob medaled in a role play event and Christian Hlewicki received an Army ROTC scholarship. The DECA advisor is Diane Schneck.

Library events set for this month

On Saturday, June 9 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., the Lawrence Library will hostthe world’s only science fiction convention devoted to the work of legendary author R. A. Lafferty. The library will have panels on three of Lafferty’s novels: Not to Mention Camels, Past Master and Okla Hannali. There will also be an art show and refreshments.

Gary D. Saretzky

On Wednesday, June 13 at 7 p.m., the library will also host resident Gary D. Saretzky, Monmouth County Archivist and renowned photographer, for a lecture entitled “19th Century New Jersey Photographers: Mercer County.”

Of the approximately 3,000 different photographers who were active in New Jersey before 1900, more than 250 lived or worked in Mercer County, most of them in Trenton. In a slide lecture, Saretzky will profile these pioneers, including Edward H. Stokes who lived in what is now the William Trent House, and discuss them within the larger context of New Jersey photography in the nineteenth century. As seen in the slides, these photographers documented the people and places of their times but, in addition, their individual histories provide insight into social conditions of their era.

Saretzky, archivist and photographer, has worked as an archivist for more than 45 years at the State Historical Society of Wisconsin, Educational Testing Service and the Monmouth County Archives, where he has been County Archivist since 1994. Saretzky taught the history of photography at Mercer County Community College, 1977-2012, and coordinated the Public History Internship Program for the Rutgers University History Department, 1994-2016. He has published more than 100 articles and reviews on the history of photography, photographic conservation, and other topics, including “Nineteenth-Century New Jersey Photographers,” in the journal, New Jersey History, Fall/Winter 2004. In 2012, he received the Maureen Ogden Award for Lifetime Achievement in New Jersey History at the New Jersey History Issues Conference.

The library is located at 2751 Brunswick Pike. Register for both events online. For more information about the library’s programs call (609) 989-6920, email lawprogs@mcl.org or visit mcl.org. For more information about the Lawrence Historical Society, visit thelhs.org.

Township hosts Arbor Day ceremony

The Lawrence Township Shade Tree Advisory Committee conducted an Arbor Day ceremony on April 25. The Department of Public Works planted a forest pansy redbud to complement the other planting on the grounds of the municipal Building.

“On Arbor Day we celebrate the importance of trees,” Shade Tree Advisory Committee Chairman David Bosted said. “Redbud trees bloom each springtime to make Lawrence Township a beautiful place to live and work. We are dedicated to preserving our woods and specimen trees as well as our environment.”

The Lawrence Township Shade Tree Advisory Committee was created by the township council to provide advice on street tree matters. The committee meets the fourth Monday of each month.

For additional information about the Arbor Day ceremony or contributing future memorial trees, contact Andrew Link at (609) 844-7087 or alink@lawrencetwp.com.

LTCF awards grants

On May 10, 12 nonprofit organizations serving Lawrencev residents of all ages were awarded grants totaling nearly $27,000 at a ceremony hosted by one of the grantees, Project Freedom. The Lawrence Township Community Foundation has in its 15-year history awarded nearly $1 million in grants to organizations that provide services to people who live in Lawrence Township. The services enabled by these grants vary from special health and nutrition programs for senior citizens to counseling and support to victims of child abuse.

This spring’s grantees are: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mercer County, Dress for Success, Greater Eldridge Park Association, Interfaith Caregivers of Greater Mercer County, Jewish Family and Children’s Services of Greater mercer County, Lawrence High School Project Graduation, Lawrence Lacrosse Club, NAMI Mercer, People & Stories/Gente y Cuentos, Prevention Education Inc. (PEI Kids), Project Freedom/Heart to Hearts and Womanspace.

LTCF is financially supported by: Bristol Myers Squibb, Educational Testing Service, The Lawrenceville School, Rider University and residents of Lawrence Township. Mercadien, Stark & Stark and Terhune Orchards provide in-kind support.

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