Historical society recognizes volunteers

The Laurel Historical Society (LHS) named the Ippoliti family of Russet as its family of the year during the society’s volunteer appreciation event on Jan. 22. The family, including parents Megan and Alex, and children Rita, Mary, John, Rose, Victor, Christopher and Elijah, began volunteering with the society in 2018. They have served as tour guides, have tested children’s activities and frequently helped with the activity booth during events, according to a press release.

LHS named the Ippoliti family its family of the year. Front (from left): Elijah, Rita,
Rose, Christopher, Mary. Back: John, Alex, Megan, Victor
Courtesy of the Ippoliti family.

LHS also recognized these volunteers for their years of service.

Five years:  Cheryl Poulos, Beth West and Bob Mignon

10 years: Lisa Everet

15 years:  Maggie Hubbard, Eileen Collins and Holly Lilienthal 

20 years: Jhanna Levin

30 years: Larry Eldridge

40  years: Melanie Dzwonchyk 

Volunteers recognized for their years of service (from left) Cheryl Poulos, Maggie Hubbard, Beth Wes, Melanie Dzwonchyk, Bob Mignon, Eileen Collins, LHS Executive Director Ann Bennett, LHS President Denise Redmond and LHS Asst. Director Monica Sturdivant.
Courtesy of Karen Lubieniecki

Fire department holds elections

On Jan. 9, the Laurel Volunteer Fire Department members elected their new officers for 2023.

President: Vic Whipple

Senior VP: Robert “Pop” Grant

Junior VP: Wes Burns

Secretary: Mike Sellner

Recording Sec.:Careen Koubek Allen

Treasurer: Rosa Maher

Financial Sec.:Janette Lovell

Fire Chief: Jim Codespote

Deputy Chief: Travis Pearcy

Assistant Chief: Dave Riley

Assistant Chief: Brian Cox

Truck Captain: Willie McCluney

Engine Captain: Mike Falanga

Engine Captain:Dan Sheffield

Truck Lieutenant: Greg Masenheimer

Engine Lieutenant: Mike Windley

2-year Trustee: Michael Reardon

3-year Trustee: Greg Mettee

3-Year Trustee: John Fairall

1 year Trustee: David Pierce

1 year Trustee: Rick Bittinger


In a press release, the department expressed its appreciation to the volunteers who served in 2022 and thanked those who agreed to serve in 2023. To volunteer with the department, go to LaurelVFD.org.