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a celebration of the reopening of a navigable section of the Erie Canal.

Lancaster, NY, Lodge members awarded the Trench Trophy, which recognizes the best high school football lineman in western New York State, to Pioneer High School senior Dylan Anna during a banquet at the lodge. Anna, who played both offensive guard and defensive tackle, received a $1,000 scholarship along with the trophy. More than 200 people attended the banquet, including the other nine finalists, the finalists’ families, lodge members, local politicians, athletes, and journalists. Additionally, the lodge treated the ten finalists and 40 of their guests to dinner.

Carlsbad, NM, Lodge members distributed dictionaries to 650 third-grade students in the towns of Carlsbad and Loving. Pictured at Craft Elementary School are (from left) teacher Tara Cummings, students Marlee Webb, J. J. Melendes, Clem Ramirez, Audrey Dixon, and Sarah Fessenden, and lodge member James Miller.

entertainment, and a visit with Santa, who gave each child a gift.

Los Alamos, NM, Lodge members delivered gifts to 130 needy children.

Albion, NY, Lodge members adopted a local family and treated them to a Christmas meal, breakfast at the lodge, and more than 30 gifts for the mother and two children. Lodge members also shipped eight boxes of gifts to US troops serving overseas. In other news, the lodge donated $1,000 to the state major project, which supports the Cerebral Palsy Associations of New York State. In more news, lodge members gave 520 dictionaries to third-grade students at local elementary schools.

Brooklyn Queensborough, NY, Lodge raised $550 for the state major project, which supports the Cerebral Palsy Associations of New York State, at its Children’s Holiday Party, which featured music, food, and a visit with Santa for all the attending children. The lodge also donated four large boxes of toys to the US Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program.

Camillus, NY, Lodge members and ladies auxiliary members distributed


dictionaries to 460 third-grade students at five elementary schools. In other news, the lodge, along with

the local Rotary club and the local chamber of commerce, held a Break- fast fund-raiser, which 225 people attended, and raised $850 for the Camillus Canal Society to help pay for

Massapequa, NY, Lodge held its annual Cerebral Palsy Christmas Party and treated more than 200 children with special needs who attend the Hagedorn Little Village School and the Carman Road School, as well as graduates of those schools, to a meal, entertainment by clowns and costumed characters, and a visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus, who gave each child a gift.

Oswego, NY, Lodge donated $1,000 to Oswego High School senior Austin Tracz to help him ship donated golf

New York, NY, Lodge members attended a Court of Honor Ceremony for new Eagle Scouts Joseph Ford and Ryan Potter, of Boy Scout Troop No. 109, and gave each of them a US flag and a certificate. For his Eagle Scout Project, Ford created a children’s garden, including several flower beds, pathways, and benches, at the Tanglewood Preserve in Rockville Center. Potter’s Eagle Scout Project involved building a gathering area, including six benches and several large sitting stones, and replanting a garden area at the Tanglewood Preserve. Pictured are (from left) PDD John Neenan, Eagle Scouts Ford and Potter, and ER Anitra Butler. In related news, lodge members attended Court of Honor Ceremonies for new Eagle Scouts

Paul Ezagui, John McQuade, Alexander Orandello, and Timothy Ryan, of Boy Scout Troop No. 332, and Matthew Minola and Thomas Salmon, of Boy Scout Troop No. 24, and gave each of them a US flag and a certificate.


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