In October 2007, Rotarian Leah Ducato Rudolph wrote her first column for the Abington Journal. Now some 70 columns later, Leah will retire from writing this column. She has chosen a new Rotary volunteer job. She will be the chair of our dictionary project, providing dictionaries to each third grader in our local school districts. Leah initiated the column as a means of telling Abington Journal readers about the accomplishments and vision of Rotary. Her columns have always been informative and newsy. Her writing style is clear and inviting. She added interesting pictures of Rotary events and always invited anyone reading the column to come to Rotary meetings, meet local members and join in the good Rotary does.
Leah is known best as the librarian of the Abington Community Library. Since 2005, she has developed the library into a community gathering place where computers, videos, games as well as books intrigue library lenders. Toddlers can be found in the Children’s library along with older children, playing with puzzles and LEGOS. Library computers are always in use by students and non-students alike, while magazines and newspapers from far off places, make leisure reading available. Leah has made the library a busy, active place where information and socialization are exchanged.
In her many pursuits, she is supported by her husband of 33 years, Dr. Ken Rudolph and her three grown children, Dania, Julia and Michael. She comes prepared for any job. Her degrees are from the University of Pittsburgh. Her master’s degree was the first online Library of Science degree, awarded to Leah in 2003.
As club members we have all been grateful to Leah for the interesting columns she has written for the Abington Journal these past six years. Leah Ducato Rudolph has put our best Rotary foot forward and invited others to follow those footsteps.
The Fourth of July on the Third of July
For 25 years, the Rotary Club of the Abingtons has presented a spectacular celebration marking our nation’s independence. On July 3, 2013, once again Rotarians will set up all day at the Abington Heights Middle School, in preparation for the big show in the evening. Vendors selling specialty fun foods will set up temporary grills and wagons to entice revelers to eat summer specialty foods. Lemonade, grilled sausages, hot dogs, hamburgers, fries, popcorn, potato pancakes, cotton candy, ice cream on sticks, are just a few of the many foods available from 5 on. Glow ropes can be purchased to light up the night . The summer air will be filled with music as one of our sponsors, radio station 105 The River, broadcasts from the middle school site.
The highlight of the celebration of the Fourth on the Third, is the fireworks, which begin when the sky darkens. A half hour or more of rolling, colorful, blasts of light will delight all in the viewing area. The best seats in the house are close to the middle school. Parking is available on the hillside opposite the school for just $5 per car. This collection helps the Rotary Club defray costs of the fireworks display. Rotarian Ed Nuzzaci , chairman of this event, said that it takes an army of Rotarians to put this event on from set up on the day of, to clean up on the day after, but every Rotarian is happy to be part of this fun filled night as our gift to the community. If you would like to help with the expenses, please send a check to the Rotary Club of the Abingtons, P.O. Box 392, Clarks Summit, PA. 18411.