The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


October 17, 2013

True Pineknotters

It was once said, "that everything must die in order for something's to live." Those things that die are gone forever, but the memory of things and people linger on until the last one living perishes. Then the memory too will have died.

We become attached to things and people, for they played an important part of our growing up; have played a role in shaping our lives shaping us into adults; with high standards and morals to being a better person.

Such a thing was with the C.W. Rice building, soon to be no more. The C.W. Rice building that saw many of the finest people taught made Northumberland proud. Death is to come to such a building and with it, the name "Pineknotters" will be stricken from the pages of time and history.

The building was built in the 1930s; saw many students passed through its hallowed walls but never saw the success of its students yet remained loyal to its cause of educating the next group of students. Some even became famous and one even changes the course of history by bringing us into the atomic age.

Some went on to be doctors, scientists, and chemists. The most important fete the school had was when it beat Sunbury after going 60 years before it did it again. In those days a tie was the same as a victory.

The last class to graduate from the old school was the class of 1960 and the class of 61 was the first of the new section and the final class of 64-65 was the end of Northumberland Area Joint high school, making it the death of the rivalry schools of Sunbury and Northumberland.

To those that are of the last class of the Northumberland era of sports, education and of the old "Pineknotter" community spirit dies, then will end the true meaning of what it meant to be a "Pineknotter." The memory will live on but the spirit died with the merger. Those that came from the school district after 1965 were called "Shikellamy," the beginning of a new era and Sunbury got to keep its SHS banners while NHS was buried and, in time, will be forgotten.

The C.W. Rice building did its community proud, it has served Northumberland with high honors and great achievements. So we "Pineknotters" now bid you a farewell and lay you to rest but your memory will last until the final true Pineknotter is no longer among the living.

Paul Leese, Northumberland

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