Newman Named “2012 Historian Of The Year”
The Fulton County Historical Society held its annual meeting Saturday evening at Hustontown Area Volunteer Fire Co.’s banquet hall. Nearly 70 attended the event where the society named its 2012 “Historian of the Year” and enjoyed entertainment by Matthew Dodd.
Duane Richard “Dick” Newman of Waterfall was named the Historian of the Year but was not in attendance to receive his award. Instead, board member and former society president Dick Miller presented the award to Ken Keebaugh, who volunteered to deliver the award to his good friend.
Society members said they did not want to tell Newman of the award in advance because they did not believe he would attend if he had known. Instead, they invited him to attend because it would be Miller’s last meeting. However, even that did not work in getting Newman to the meeting.
Known for his shyness and reserved nature, Miller and Keebaugh recited the many ways that Newman had contributed to the society including the maintenance of the old Winegardner school in Taylor Township. Newman served as a longtime board member and past president of the society, and Keebaugh recognized him for his contributions to the annual Fall Folk Festival in helping to coordinate events in Waterfall. Calling him “an all-around nice guy,” Keebaugh went on to say “he is hardworking, has a rapier wit, is intelligent and athletic and a successful, self-made businessman.” In addition, Newman is also a church and community leader.
Newman told the “News” that he was totally surprised by the award when Keebaugh personally presented it to him. He laughed when asked about his absence at his own award ceremony. “I was completely caught off guard by this and had I known, I probably would have attended,” he said. He did admit to being somewhat shy and reclusive and said he has never been comfortable with such public events. Of the award, he said, “I didn’t deserve it, but I surely appreciate it.” He went on to say that he has really enjoyed his activities on the Historical Society’s board. Newman lives in Waterfall with his wife, Bonnie. They are the parents of two children and Newman owns and operates the Tin Man Body Shop in the area.
An election of officers was held, and Linda Garber was re-elected president with Edith Coleman as vice-president, Ken Keebaugh as secretary and Gene Leese as treasurer. Two new board members announced were Linda Mellon and Becky Brackbill.
Society treasurer Gene Leese reported on the organization’s finances saying that fundraisers for exterior renovations to the jail have yielded $48,500. He added that $20,655 has been spent on bricks leaving $21,275, most all of which will be used to finish the exterior job.
The society’s receipts for May 1, 2012 through April 20, 2013 total $31,983; expenses for the same time period equaled $16,722 leaving a profit of $15,262.
Leese reported that seven new life members came onboard this year putting the lifetime memberships account at $150,341. He also reported society assets at a total of $232,180.
During old business, the membership voted to approve three changes to the by- laws. One change was to have any change in the membership dues for individuals and businesses set by a twothirds vote of the membership at the annual meeting and to have a change in lifetime memberships set by a three-fourths vote of the membership at the annual meeting. The third change was to change the society’s financial reporting year to its fiscal year and not to a calendar year. The changes were unanimously approved.
Board member John Mentzer reported on last year’s societysponsored bus tours and announced that a tour of historical sites in Franklin County will be held on Friday, June 7, 2013. He said another bus trip, in conjunction with the Fall Folk Festival, is being planned for northern Fulton County and into Bedford County.
Following the dinner and business meeting, members and guests were entertained by Matthew Dodd, who presented songs and stories of the Civil War narrating and singing from the perspective of both the Union and the Confederacy.