Greater Pittston AMVETS Post 189 held its annual family picnic Sunday Aug. 26, at the Plains Lions Pavilion in Plains Twp.
The AMVETS hosted U.S. Rep. Matt Cartwright, state Rep. Mike Carroll and Luzerne County Judge Fred Pierantoni at the event. The trio presented a first place award to Pittston Area ninth grader Haley Sworen for her essay in the Americanism program and cited three other students who were unable to attend the picnic. Besides Sworen winning top honors for her essay on what the United States Constitution means to her, the three other Greater Pittston students who won prizes were Kathryn Ross, second place among eighth graders; Angelina Penatzer, third place among 10th graders and Kyle Miscavage, third place among 11th graders.
In addition, the post presented Commander Bernie McDonald with a certificate for being named Most Outstanding AMVET in Pennsylvania.
The post also gave Mary T. McGrail a plaque for her continued support as a volunteer throughout the year.
Post 189 recognized Cartwright for winning the Silver Award, which he displayed at the picnic. He received the award at the state AMVET convention in Reading earlier this summer. Pennsylvania state AMVETS presented the award to Cartwright for his work to fund veterans programs and for fighting for legislation to protect veterans and their families.