Twenty-seven Carbon voters are inducted into 'Hall of Fame'
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Carbon County residents who were inducted into the 2013 Pennsylvania Voter Hall of Fame include, front from left, Marianne F. Smelas, Kathryn McArdle, Betty Williams, Mary Scapanda and Sara E. Solt. Back row, state Sen. John Yudichak, Tom C. Gerhard, Daniel Barno, Vincent Spisak, Alexander W. Sommers Sr., John V. Student and state Rep. Doyle Heffley.
They've cast their ballots faithfully for the past half century.
For their stout devotion, 27 Carbon County residents were honored recently at the 2013 Pennsylvania Voter Hall of Fame Ceremony.
The program, held at the Vista at Blue Mountain Ski Area, was hosted by state Rep. Doyle Heffley (R-Carbon) and state Sen. John Yudichak (D-Carbon/Monroe/Luzerne).
Heffley gave the welcome, and said that 50 years of voting was quite the accomplishment.
"Your vote is your voice as an American citizen," Heffley said. "It's an opportunity to have your voice heard."
Heffley told the inductees it's great to see that they care enough about their community, state and country to have voted for as long as they have.
"You're a role model to your generation, and a role model to the next generation," he said. "I hope that in 50 years from now, we have just as many, if not more, people filling these tables."
Yudichak told the inductees "It's a beautiful honor to be here in Carbon County in the distinguished company of our newest members of the Pennsylvania Voter Hall of Fame."
He then quoted President Dwight Eisenhower, who once said "The future of this republic is in the hands of the American Voter."
Yudichak said he believes that President Eisenhower would be very proud to know that America has been in such good hands over these last 50 years.
Among the inductees were Rose Marie Armon, Daniel Barno, Christine Carnish, Glenn F. Confer Sr., Lena Dominic, Tom C. Gerhard, Yvonne Ann Hibler, John J. Huber, Angelo P. Konstas, John P. Lavelle and Kathryn McArdle.
Also, Jean Mikovich, Mary Ann Mikulca, Peter Mikulca, Anna M. Nagle, Frank T. Piscelli, Mary Scapanda, Gerard A. Scaran, Marianne F. Smelas, Janet M. Snyder, Sara E. Solt, Alexander W. Sommers Sr., Vincent Spisak, John V. Student, Thomas Wildoner and Betty Williams.
The Voter Hall of Fame was established to acknowledge and honor Pennsylvanians who have voted in every November election for at least 50 consecutive years.
As of 2013, there have been 21,131 inductees statewide, and 479 inductees from Carbon County.