While deployed with the United States Army in Yon Chon, North Korea, in September 1952, lifelong Glen Cove resident Ben Farnan’s reconnaissance unit was ambushed by Chinese soldiers. Separated from their leader, the groups’ lives were instantly put in the hands of the then 20-year-old soldier.
Rosemarie Kluepfel is an Elwood resident and single mother of three who makes a difference in her community by devoting countless hours to helping others. Ms. Kluepfel is a New York State Licensed Banking Mortgage Loan Specialist for Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation. In addition to her mortgage expertise, she is a writer, speaker and a member of several professional business organizations.
Dominick Feeney had just turned 18 years old when he enlisted in the United States Army. The Korean War started in the year 1950, and after being sworn in, Mr. Feeney was sent to Fort Bragg, North Carolina, for training as a paratrooper.
Upon completion of his training, Mr. Feeney was sent to Korea in 1951. Landing in Pusan, he was transferred to the 25th infantry division, where he was deployed to Pyong Yard above the 38th line. As the cold weather set in very quickly, Mr. Feeney developed frostbite on his feet and was admitted to the M.A.S.H. Unit.
Mr. Feeney fought alongside the United Nations forces and the South Korean Army. For his courageousness and his service, he was awarded the Combat Infantry Badge, The Korean Service Medal and three Service Stars.
Patricia Aitken, born and raised in Oyster Bay, Long Island, is a Planner at Nelson, Pope & Voorhis – an environmental planning fi rm with expertise in complex environmental project management and land use planning and analysis. In that capacity, Ms. Aitken assists in the protection of the coastal environment through her work on a Local Waterfront Revitalization Plan for the Town of Oyster Bay.
Gus Scutari is a World War II veteran who served in the Pacific from 1942 to 1946 aboard the USS Haynsworth. Fire Controlman First Class Scutari was just 24 years old when a kamikaze plane struck his ship and instantly killed 14 of his closest comrades. From that moment on, he never took his life for granted and has been tireless in his efforts on behalf of all veterans and the community at large.
Karen Acompora’s life changed forever when her 14-year-old son, Louis, passed away during his high school lacrosse game. Though devastated, she channeled her grief and turned it into something that would help others.
Louis Acompora was a high school freshman lacrosse goalie for Northport High School. In his first high school game on March 25, 2000, he blocked what appeared to be a routine shot with his chest protector. He took a few steps and collapsed on the field. After several minutes of unsuccessful revival attempts, he passed away from a blunt impact trauma to the chest during a critical cycle in the heart’s rhythm – a syndrome known as Commotio Cordis. To this date, no known chest protector is available on the market to prevent this tragedy from occurring.
First Lieutenant James Byler was born on July 25th, 1985. He attended Huntington High School and is a graduate of Purdue University. James enlisted in the United States Marine Corp and served as an Infantry platoon commander with the Third Battalion, 5th Marines, of Camp Pendleton, California. James has an exemplary military record and has demonstrated a true and resolute allegiance to his country.
Marie Colvin earned international acclaim as a fearless reporter for The Sunday Times of London making it her mission to expose injustice and human suff ering. After more than two decades of chronicling confl ict, Ms. Colvin became a victim of it in Homs, Syria.
Ms. Colvin was an extraordinary human being, whose dedicated calling as a foreign correspondent will continue to inspire admiration and hope for a better world. She was a foreign correspondent for more than 25 years, making a specialty of reporting from the world’s most dangerous places. She focused on the plight of women and children in wartime, and Syria was no diff erent.
Richard Evers was a member of the United States Marine Corp serving during World War II. Mr. Evers joined the Charles Wagner American Legion Post 421 in 1948, and remained an active member, and officer, until his death. Serving as Americanism Chairman for the American Legion Post, he was responsible for the Memorial Day Parade, the Veterans Day Services, and the placing of Flags on Broadway on the 4th of July. If any program had a patriotic flavor Mr. Evers was involved.
Lori Bahnik is an inspirational example of how the American dream can be attained for those who immigrate to this country. Born in Zurich, Switzerland, she received her education and graduated from there in 1964. In 1970, she immigrated to this country and is now a naturalized United States citizen.
Her first few years living in the States were dedicated to her family and to be becoming very involved in the Parent Teacher Association in Northport. She organized and implemented the first Kindergarten Parent Orientation and was active in the Northport Historical Society and the Presbyterian Church. In addition, she generously volunteered her time at the Huntington Hospital.
I would like to thank Dutch Lane School and their students for participating in our Earth Day Poster Competition. In keeping with the theme of our Earth Day Celebration of “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.” We will celebrate and honor Earth Day this year by displaying your work on my website. Also, each participant will receive a certificate acknowledging their participation in the competition. Thank you and don’t forget to “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!”