Lansford honors 3 residents
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Don Gildea holds a resolution from Lansford Borough Council honoring him for his contributions to the community. Council presented Gildea with the resolution at a public meeting Wednesday. Council also honored Vince Spisak and Dr. Thomas Pollock for their efforts.
Lansford borough council on Wednesday honored three residents, Don Gildea, Vince Spisak and Dr. Thomas Pollock, for their contributions to the community.
Gildea was the only honoree who was at the meeting to accept the resolution. He was a member of the 1950 Anthracite Catholic Basketball League championship team; became a PIAA official in 1955 an office he has held to this year; was a Little League umpire from 1957 through 2011, and was recently inducted into the Carbon County Sports Hall of Fame. He was also honored with the Shamrock Award from the Panther Valley Irish-American Association.
Pollock was a dentist in the borough, and an active volunteer with the Jaycees, Masons, Lansford Alive!, and Lion's Club, for 46 years. He retired on May 26, and was honored at a surprise party given by Lansford Alive!
Spisak taught for 40 years at the former Lansford High School and subsequently, at the Panther Valley High School. He taught anatomy, CPR, health and physical education, and coached JV basketball, football and baseball, and was instrumental in introducing wrestling to the school district. He coached numerous league all-stars, tournament and district champions.
Spisak retired in 2002, and was recognized as Educator of the Year by the Panther Valley Chamber of Commerce; and received the John J. Dillion PASR Service Award and PASR Commendation Award for outstanding service.
Spisak remains active with the Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees, serving as state chairman of the Retirement Planning Committee. Further, the American Legion Post 123 recognized Spisak as its 2012 Lansford American Legion Person of the year.