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00;i.ifflinlburg 00ele00xrapO. 19, 2004 TXXNTY-FIVE CENTS PER COPY Vol. No. 143 No. 50 F. Haney Park celebrates 2 5th anniversary Harry Park Committee the 25th of the cre- of the Harry F. Memorial Park past Saturday Aug. 14, was also Harry birthday. 100 peo- Were in dance, of which members of Haney's family whose coincided with day's activity. Others were Mifflin- Councilperson Bev Council President Bowman, Mayor Hall Solomon family members, and Park Treasurer Doug Farringer. N. Wagner, current President of Committee, presented a brief narrative about the park with highlights leading up to the pres- Wagner stated, "today is a day nce. appreciation, and Like many others my age including some of his members, I didn't know Haney; but what I do know is his time, and to this day, was hardly a person in the area whose life he did not in some way. When it comes to there are so many peo- that deserve credit, and its to recognize just one person, choice to name the park after bIaney must have been an easy 1974, plans were unveiled for a recreational park in Mifflinburg. 1977, a group of adult softball from the area who had been in the Lewisburg and East Township leagues, decided to a place to play softball in Aided by the leadership of Area Jaycees and local they began to turn those F. Haney of 1978, and the first field (which is now the main field), was ready to go in 1979. During this time, The Mifflinburg Area Adult Soft- ball League was formed and they played their first games at fields at the Union County St'x)rts- men's Club and Hidden Valley Campground in 1978, and today's Miffiinburg Adult Softball League offi- cially began play in Mifflinburg in 1979, Organizers decided to name the Park after Harry F. Haney, former teacher and coach of many sports at Mifflinburg sch(x)ls tor 42 years, and past Mifflinburg Jaycees 'Man of the Year' in 1973. "Harry Haney was a community leader who did things like coaching when it was still on a volunteer basis," Wagner said. On April 17, 1979, community lead- ers like flail E. Solomon, Sr., now the current mayor, and sports enthusiasts founded The Harry E Haney Memorial Park Committee; a non-profit corpora- tion dedicated to helping "maintain the park and provide recreational activities for the community, including, but not limited to, softball." It has four officers; Wagner, President; Farringer, Treasurer; Tim Miller, first Vice President; and Tea Jay Aikey, second Vice President. The Board of Directors is made up of one member from each softball team. The organization is mn by volunteers and operates on fundraising. Wagner recognized many volunteers, business sponsors, and Borough Council for their involvement in the success of the park, such as Treasurer Doug Farringer, Mayor Solomon, a major founder of the,Park, and current Borough Solicitor Mike Hudock, who was head of the Jaycees Park Committee during the park's creation. Wagner stated, "it's important tO men- tion all the entities involved, because 1974 into a reality. Ground ................................................... : ........... sometime around the fall cnued  l&e 2... Herr Library's goal is to preserve oral history of Mifflinburg The goal of the Herr Memorial Library's ongoing oral history history and heritage of Mifflinburg and the surrounding area. photo provided project is to preserve the One of the best ways to learn about a subject is to ask someone who knows. The goal of the Herr Memorial Library's ongoing oral his- tory project, "Memories of Mifflinburg," is to preserve the histo- ry and heritage of the Borough of Mifflinburg and the surrounding area through a Collection of recorded and archived oral remembrances from some of the community's oldest members. Through these oral histories, the library will be able to offer the Mifflinburg community a wide range of historical knowledge from dis- tinctly individual perspectives. Not only facts, but also the voices and images of people who helped shape the community's traditions are being preserved for future generations on DVDs and in corresponding book- lets. There is no other project cur- rently in existence in the area that  seeks to preserve this information. The first oral history DVD was completed in late 2003. It contains interviews with longtime Mifflinburg resident Marie Purnell Musser, as well as historical images to illustrate her memories. The second DVD, with information from lifelong Mifflinburg resident Mary Koons, is nearly complete; and the third DVD, with remembrances from Pauline Rotering, was begun in July. The library is pursuing state and federal grants, gifts from private foundations, and local donations to fund the oral history project. Members of the Mifflinburg com- munity may support the program by "adopting" a memory. The cost for a 2-hour interview is about $1,000, which includes materials as well as the services of a professional inter- viewer, transcriptionist and videogra- pher. To support the "Memories of Mifflinburg" oral history project, please call the library director, Jeanne Roberts at 966-0831. tnsilJe tlJi, tlitian: Obituaries-- 3 * Trail of History 4 * Library News--5 * Recipe of the Week 6 Green Thumb Corner-- 7 * Coming Events--- 8-9 * Classifieds-- 10 * Puzzle Corner---- 11 * Times of Worship-- 12