By Karen Blackledge
The Danville News
MAHONING TWP. — Bill Lavage, president and CEO of Service 1st Federal Credit Union, received the second Thomas Beiter Service Award from the Danville Business Alliance.
Alliance Board President George Santos recognized him Wednesday night during the annual business meeting in the Pine Barn Inn.
Santos said Lavage has supported the downtown for many years and was an instrumental leader in helping to get the alliance started. “A lot of work went into it,” Santos said.
A former alliance board president, Lavage no longer serves on the board but is still involved with alliance events.
Service 1st sponsors the annual scavenger hunt in Danville and has been a supporter of murals in the downtown, Santos said. “Service 1st is a wonderful asset to the community,” he said.
Saying he was humbled to receive the award, Lavage moved here in 1981 and said he immediately fell in love with Danville. Two years after he moved here, he met his wife, Cindy, and they decided to make Danville home. They raised two sons “in a great community and they got a great education in the Danville district,” he said.
“In Danville, you can walk down Mill Street and 90 percent of the people greet you with a smile and most know you by name. We have a world-class medical center in our backyard,” he said.
Lavage acknowledged Beiter, who received the first service award. He was one of the first people Lavage met when he moved to Danville.
“In Danville, a lot of good people want to make it better and somehow they do it. Danville keeps getting better and better,” he said, thanking his wife, the alliance board and alliance Executive Director Jim Wilson. “Jim was a tremendous find for Danville and hopefully he will be here a long time,” Lavage said.
He and Tom DiPasquale have had a lot of fun planning alliance special events. “It’s been an enjoyable decade and a half,” Lavage said. He thanked the Service 1st board of directors which has, as one of its core values, supporting the community.
Santos thanked DiPasquale and Marc VanSickle, who has resigned from the board but will continue to serve on the promotions committee, for their service. He presented a plaque to DiPasquale for his service on the board from 2001-14. DiPasquale is now board secretary.
New board members elected were Amanda Marko of Connected Strategy Group and Ted Strosser of Strosser Architecture and Conservation Inc.
Other board members besides Santos, of Merck Pharmaceuticals, are Chris Benjamin of FNB Bank, Robert Dressler of the Pub II, Kathryn Grandizio of Danville Pharmacy, Samuel Haulman of CATV Service Inc., Kenneth Holdren of Geisinger Health System, Tim Karr of Villager Realty Inc., Dan Knorr of Danville borough, Francis Moyer of Danville Area United way, Jay Reed of Service 1st and Attorney John Rodman and Danville councilman.
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