Edward F. Rossley wore multiple uniforms and proudly served our nation in World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. His decorated military career is matched only by his continued devotion to his fellow service members and his commitment to ensuring the safety and well-being of his community.
Mr. Rossley enlisted in the United States Navy in 1943, at the age of fifteen. He was assigned to the USS Burke, a destroyer escort for the Atlantic Fleet. Aboard the Burke, Seaman First Class Rossley engaged in sea combat operations during the battles for Guadalcanal and Tarawa.
Mary Alice Bellardini is a trailblazing leader who has made countless contributions to present day Cortland County and the community’s future well-being. An elected offi cial, a driven champion of historic preservation and an insightful advocate for economic development, Ms. Bellardini has stayed true to hervalues while advancing ideals that have benefi ted the greater good.
A United States Army Sergeant from January 1966 to September 1968, Kenneth Taylor proudly served our nation in Vietnam. When Sergeant Taylor retired from active service, his sense of duty and dedication to his country and fellow servicemen and women never waned. During his time in uniform and the years since, Sergeant Taylor has exhibited unparalleled leadership and service.
Rosalie M. Burgher has been a fixture for over six decades in the Ulster County Town of Olive, touching the lives of those who live in the close knit community. Throughout the years, she has been involved in the local school PTA, the American Legion Auxiliary, Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts and many other community organizations. Ms. Burgher’s greatest contribution was helping establish the Olive Free Library.
A U.S. Army Sergeant from March 1943 to February 1945, Anthony J. D’Arpino served in the United States Army during World War II. He was wounded during the Battle of the Bulge and was awarded the Purple Heart for his valor. D’Arpino received several other awards for his courageous service to his country including the bronze star, combat infantry badge, Presidential Unit Citation for Rhine River Crossing, and European Theatre of Operations medal.
Susan K. McGiver is an award-winning business owner who continues to lead a third-generation family-owned manufacturer. The Harva Company was founded by Ms. McGiver’s parents, Harry and Virginia Kintz in 1949. In 1977, Ms. McGiver joined the company as vice president of manufacturing and took the reins as owner and president in 1991. Today, Susan’s daughter, Amber, fi lls the role of operations manager, continuing the family tradition.
John P. Nowhitney, Oneonta, served in the United States Navy during World War II. Nowhitney saw service with the famed Task Force 58, and spent a great deal of his service time on board the aircraft carrier U.S.S Bealleau Wood in the Pacific Theater of Operations.Nowhitney’s acts of heroism and bravery were many and he was duly recognized and decorated for such deeds.Among the honors bestowed on Nowhitney, a presidential citation which reads in part:
Mary Morse is a trailblazing business leader who has helped mold and shape the Mohawk Valley economic landscape for more than three decades. As a founding member of the Mohawk Valley Chamber Alliance, Ms. Morse has promoted the needs and priorities of the upstate business community and played a pivotal role in ensuring the success of businesses of all sizes. As Past President of the Herkimer County Chamber of Commerce, she has been instrumental in advancing positive business practices and providing lasting job opportunities. She is a past winner of the national ATHENA award for outstanding women for contributions to the local chamber.
Sergeant Chester A. Scerra, Richfield, served in the U.S. Army during World War II. As a member of the 390th Paratroop Battalion of the 98th Infantry Division, Scerra made 29 jumps, assisting in various demolition efforts, disabling enemy bridges and communication. Scerra was assigned to the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), under the direction of General William J. Donovan. His unit, a forerunner of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) was sent to Northern Africa for specialized training in soldier-spy skills. Scerra’s unit was then deployed to Corsica, tasked with gathering information on German troops who controlled the region, and relaying information to Allied forces.