Phoenixville Citizen Recognition Awards Issued

Mayor Leo J. Scoda welcomes everyone to the annual Mayor's Awards at Borough Hall. Photo by Barry Taglieber

The following information was provided by the Office of the Mayor of Phoenixville.

The office of the Mayor of Phoenixville presented the 2013 Citizen Recognition Awards on Sept. 25 in the Council Chambers at the Phoenixville Borough Hall. These annual awards, which were established in 1999, honor individuals and organizations that exemplify a commitment to improving the quality of life in the Borough of Phoenixville. This year there were 11 awards presented by Mayor Leo Scoda.The recipients are listed below, along with a brief biography and description of their contributions.

Eubank “Ted” Travis-Bey, Jr.

“Ted” has served the community for over 20 years. A Viet Nam veteran he earned a BS degree from Wilkes University where he was an outstanding athlete and a Master’s degree from the University of Utah. A career in accounting spanned 40 years including jobs with the OIC/A and Freedom’s Foundation. His community activities are many and varied: Phoenixville area Progressive Club Scholarship Committee, Secretary of Phoenixville area Athletic Association, Treasurer of the Phoenixville Community Health Foundation, Treasurer and board member of Phoenix Homes now Petra Community Housing. In the past he has served on the President’s Council of Wilkes University and presently serves on the Board of PAPA (Phoenixville Area Positive Alternatives) and the Finance Committee of the Phoenixville Community Health Foundation.

Emil “Jay” Kolick

“Jay” has a Master’s degree and graduate certificate in Project Administration and is currently employed by Chester county in the parks services. In Phoenixville Jay serves as Emergency Management Director. He has created an EOC with 12 volunteers committed to serving Phoenixville in times of an emergency. Hurricanes, flooding, snowstorms, fires and other events have all been monitored by the EOC. He and his committee have worked on creating an emergency shelter in the borough. The borough now has a fully revised and compliant emergency operation plan, radiological emergency response plan, winter emergency plan and a hazards vulnerability analysis. Jay has established outstanding relationships with Chester county, FEMA, PEMA, National Guard, Red Cross, DES, Exelon and the Phoenixville Hospital. Thru Jay and his committee the borough was able to receive approximately $900,000 in Federal Funding for generators, a water retention wall and storm reimbursement.

Claire Harper

Clare was born and raised in Phoenixville and is a graduate of Phoenixville Area High School. She has held many positions in the community such as PALS, the Phoenix newspaper and the YMCA. She currently works for Vanguard, an investment firm in Wayne, PA. Claire is a member of Bethel Baptist Church and thru her mentor, Debbie Mitchell she took on the roles of Sunday School teacher and secretary. She feels she has been especially blessed to work with children and young women. Her efforts included teaching baton twirling with Booker Barr, developing a Christian girl’s dance troupe and teaching swimming. Claire has been an active member of the Phoenixville Jaycee’s, a member for 17 years one of her key activities was the Dogwood Pageant where she served as Pageant Director in 1997. She served as the “backstage mom” for many contestants thru the years. In the past she has served on the Social Concerns Committee, Senior Center, Kiwanis, PAPA and Historical Society.

Susan and Charles “Bob” Marshall

The Marshalls are a husband and wife team that have devoted hundreds of hours of volunteer work to the Historical Society of Phoenixville area. In many years of service Susan has been a volunteer, board member and officer. She is presently in her fourth year as Society President. During the tenure she has promoted the visibility of the society in the community. Speaking engagements to various groups and organizations and hosting tours of the HSPA Museum and organizing town walks have all been part of Susan’s activities. Susan has sought training to verge the professionalism of the society operations and has encouraged other members to seek this training and attend programs. “Bob” has been active with the society for several years serving a number of committees. Bob currently serves as property chairman with the responsibility of overseeing many projects to maintain and renovate and upgrade the society’s museum and research areas. Sue is also an active member of the Schuylkill River Heritage Center where she serves as Board of Director’s Secretary. Bob is active with the Fernley Homeowners Association currently serving as President.

Walt and Timothea (Timi) Cory

Walt and Timi are active members of the very active Phoenixville Kiwanis Club for the past 13 years. Name the Kiwanis activity-chicken BBQ, Dogwood, Children’s Plaza, spaghetti dinner/auction, Christmas parade, etc. and you will find the Cory’s there. This past Saturday 9/21 they continued their highway clean up on Route 23 from Whitehorse Rd to 252 in Valley Forge Park. The cleanup is in partnership with Grace Valley Fellowship Church and Kiwanis and has earned the Phoenixville Kiwanis highway sign on the road. Timi has also served as Kiwanian treasurer. They have been members since 2000. Their volunteering began at their Church in Mont Clare Otterbien Methodist, first as head of the children’s ministries for three years. Timi served as a Sunday school teacher and as chair of Pastor-Parish relationships. Walt was a trustee. Their volunteer work continued as their children reached school. Reading programs (Timi), animal show and tell (Walt), chaperones and the school fair. High School saw more volunteer work as band parents, chaperones, ticket sales and refreshment stand. They have assisted in all.

Alexander Szabo

Alexander “Alex” Szabo is a young 94 years of age. Alex, as he is known has been a big part of this community for many, many years. You will always find him at the many of the events that take place in Phoenixville throughout the year. He is usually snapping pictures of local people and places. This hobby has led him to be known as Phoenixville’s unofficial photographer. He develops his pictures and donates them to many individuals and organizations. A lifetime member of St. Ann’s Roman Catholic Church in Phoenixville Alex also serves as official photographer for the church to record its many events. He is also an active member of the Phoenixville Area Senior Activity Center where he devotes his energy to assisting with their many events and he feels a special connection with the Historical Society of the Phoenixville area and is often found at their museum and office at the corner of Church and Main Streets.

Antonietta Maruscak

Antonietta Maruscak has been part of the Phoenixville Community since 1950 and has lived in the same house on Hall St. near the old Borough Hall for all these years. She has been a member of Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church since 1947 until its closing in June of 2012. During that time she served as Church Sextant preparing the church for all religious events 7 days a week for 65 years. She was there to open the church early in the morning, regardless of the weather and would close up at any hour after any church event, Mass, funeral, weddings, baptisms, etc. Antonietta helped to make events run smoothly. Antonietta supported the church fundraisers whether it was selling raffle tickets, garage sales or festivals. She worked in the school cafeteria serving the children from the 1960 opening until the school closed. During the summer she cleaned, scrubbed and waxed the floors of the classrooms. She is also a volunteer at the Phoenixville YMCA from 1970 to the present day assisting with their fundraisers and events. In 1987 she received the YMCA Volunteer of the Year Award for supporting the “Y” in their excellent family services. She practices good citizenship voting in every primary and general election and is always supportive of the community.

Gwynne Hagee

Gwynne has been active in a number of organizations in the Phoenixville area and contributes her talents in many ways. Gywnne is a member of the Social Concerns Committee which serves as an advocate for minority interests and also as a liaison group that works to insure better relations between all aspects of the community. She acts as corresponding secretary for this committee but also assists in its many activities including the annual community breakfast in which honorees are chosen as the recipients of the annual Martin Luther King Award and the Emma Valenteen Award. She has been involved for over 12 years with Diversity in Action, a group that works to facilitate dialogue in race relations, youth issues, and non-violence. Gwynne is also an active member of her church, United Church of Christ, Valley Forge. She has assisted with the media center and membership committee has held the positions of Steward, Elder and Church Council. On election days she serves as the Judge of Elections for the north ward, third precinct.

Bernard and Rosalyn Sheckleford

Bernard and Rosalyn moved to Phoenixville from Philadelphia in 1976. Both are now retired, Bernard from Lockheed Martin Corporation and Rosalyn as a high school special education teacher at the Devereaux Foundation. They joined Bethel Baptist Church in 1985 and have been active members since. Bernard assisted in the fundraising and construction of the new church on Fairview St. An ordained Deacon he also served on the Board of Trustees for 11 years prior to assuming the Deacon’s position. Bernard has been the Church Treasurer from 1996 to the present. Rosalyn has been the church clerk for six years with the responsibility of disseminating information to the Congregation regarding church and community. She has served as President of the Better Baptist Seniors Ministry for 11 years and continues an active role in organizing events for seniors at Better Baptist and other churches. Rosalyn is the author and director of the Christian Community Theatrical group providing Christian based performances throughout the area. Both find time to be active members of the Kiwanis Club and its many activities and Kiwanis International which supports children’s projects both here and abroad. Bernard served 3 years on the Board of the Senior Center and is Treasurer for PAPA in its support of local youth. Rosalyn volunteers with the Citizen’s Advocacy Group and is currently a member of the Community Advisory Council at Phoenixville Hospital.

Marie Reynolds (posthumous award)

Marie was an active member of St. Ann’s Roman Catholic Church where she volunteered in a number of capacities. Marie served as secretary for a number of years and upon retiring from that position volunteered to clean the church which she did every other week. Marie serve has the Hope Captain reaching out to homebound and needy people to provide rides to doctor’s appointments, clinics, banks among other destinations. She was an active member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Phoenixville Knights of Columbus where she was in charge of the Seminary Mass cards. She assisted in the preparation of meals for the homeless thru St. John’s Hospice in Philadelphia. Marie served as the Minister of Hospitality with Sunday Masses and was a volunteer for Eucharistic Adoration at St. Ann’s. The local AARP was also the beneficiary of Marie’s efforts. Marie was in charge of the cards that would be sent to member’s that were ill or to condolences sent to families on the death of an AARP member. She attended the AARP meetings and assisted in any way she could. Marie also served for years on the local election board in the precinct in which she voted.

Teena Peters

Teena is a graduate of Phoenixville Area High School and Penn State University and works as a Legal Assistant and Office Manager for the law firm of Diehl and Fosnocht. Teena has been a member of the Phoenixville Borough Planning Commission since 1989 and as such has overseen much of the development and changes that have taken place in the borough over the past 20 years. She is currently the Chairperson of this important Commission having served as Vice Chair. Teena also worked on 3 separate borough redistricting committees following the census in 1990, 2000, 2010. Teena was elected to two terms as Chester County Clerk of Courts and served on local election boards and as Chair of the Phoenixville Republican Committee. Her other activities included volunteering for a number of school and parent activities involving her children. She is former President and Trustee of the Phoenixville Library Board and is a member of the Phoenixville Chamber of Commerce. Since 1989 Teena has done volunteer work with the United Way of Chester County.