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Mt. Pleasant Borough-based group names new president, officers

| Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2015, 3:18 p.m.

Ashley Wolk plans to pick up where Rick Meason left off in leading the Mt. Pleasant Area Historical Society, she said.

At its December meeting, society members selected its 2016 officers, including Wolk, an Acme resident, who will take the reins as the nonprofit organization's president effective Jan. 1 at the endorsement of Meason, who has served in that role since 2013.

“I will do what I can to make sure we'll stay on track and do what we can for the community,” she said.

Prior to the vote, Meason told members he feels the society's future will be a bright one under Wolk's leadership as he plans to continue contributing his efforts to research and bringing aspects of the area's history to light.

“I hope you all will join me in putting your support behind Ashley, as I know she will do a great job,” he said. “I am not stepping away from the organization, and I thank this organization for its support; the only thing you really knew about me when you met me was that I like history.”

Meason's accomplishments as president included the revitalization of the group's annual Cemetery Walk fundraiser.

He also devoted countless volunteer hours to uncovering the previously obscured story of late Mt. Pleasant Police Chief Denver Braden Pore, the only borough officer to be killed in the line of duty.

“Rick, you did a great job during your tenure,” said Richard Snyder, one of the organization's founding members.

Society member Aaron Wolk appealed to his fellow members to establish an appointed position for Meason.

Snyder said the organization's board of directors will consider the suggestion in the near future.

Other officers named by the organization at the recent meeting include vice president James Lozier, secretary Jaime Golobish and treasurer Phyllis Newell.

Joseph “Coke” Yancosky was also voted to remain on the society's board of directors.

In other business, Meason reported the society's board of directors and officers have agreed to relocate the society's office from its current location at 535 W. Main St. to the Overly Log Cabin at 422 Washington St. at a to-be-determined date, he said.

“The move is to take place after the holidays,” Meason said.

The relocation is pending installation of Internet and phone service at the cabin, Snyder said.

In the meantime, Ed Christofano, the owner of the building where the society's current office is located, has agreed to permit the society to continue to operate there as long as is needed, Meason said.

Snyder stressed the society will need additional volunteers willing to help out with the move.

The group also announced its Facebook page counts have exceeded 2,000 followers, up 161 from the last tally in November.

Those interested in volunteering to help with the society's move can call the group's office at 724-547-9115 and leave a message, Snyder said.

A.J. Panian is an editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-547-5722 or