By Rick Dandes
The Daily Item
NORTHUMBERLAND — Thousands of spectators were on hand at the official opening of Pineknotter Days in the King Street Park on Monday night, and the threatening weather held off long enough for everyone to enjoy the food and entertainment — by Re-Creation — and the naming of the Pineknotter of the Year, an annual honor given to an individual who exemplifies good citizenship and community service.
This year’s winner was Darv Straub, and he couldn’t have been more surprised by the recognition, even though his wife of 39 years, Kay Krohn, had known for some time that he was going to be honored.
“She can keep a secret,” Straub said admiringly minutes after the announcement.
Straub was born and raised in Northumberland, and although he taught in the Camp Hill School District for 39 years, when he retired, he returned home to the borough, where he has come to be known as someone who helps out in the community wherever and whenever he can. Straub has had an important and positive influence at the Liberty Recycling Center and served on the Northumberland Borough Council for seven years. He has two children, Greta and Hans, and two grandchildren.
Earlier, five sixth-graders received Good Citizen Awards for their good grades and service to the community. They are: Logan Strouse, son of Tom and Cheryl Strouse, of Northumberland, who was nominated by the Priestley Elementary School; Sarah Lehman, daughter of Jennifer Skelly, of Northumberland, also nominated by Priestley Elementary; Erin Savidge, daughter of Shawn and Rachel Savidge, of Northumberland, nominated by the Sunbury Christian Academy; Joshua Derk, son of Richard and Denise Derk, of Northumberland, also nominated by Sunbury Christian Academy; and Gwyneth Hudson, daughter of Bill and Christine Hudson, of Northumberland, nominated by the Northumberland Christian School.