Sheffield Life

Photo submitted to Times Observer Sheffield Township Supervisor John Labesky.

Supervisor John Labesky

After 24 years of service and more than 600 meetings, the career of Sheffield Township Supervisor John Labesky will come to an end on December 31, 2017.

Supervisor Labesky retired from the Department of Labor & Industry in 1990 after a 30-year career. Being only age 60 at the time, his friend — the late Bert Lyle — talked him into running for township supervisor. On his first try at elective office, he was victorious and began his second career of 24 years of service to the township.

He stated his most important contribution to the township was writing grants and acquiring grant money for various projects.

John liked to talk about the various grants that he acquired. Jim McMillen and Tom Bulicz, fellow supervisors, always agreed when he proposed a project, and Carolyn O’Donnell and Kristi Kulka, the township secretaries, ended up doing a lot more work because of them.

His first grant proposal was a tree grant which resulted in trees for Memorial Playground, Tionesta Park and the flowering crab trees in front of the United Methodist Church.

Solicitor at the time, Arthur Stewart helped Labesky straighten out the deeds for Tionesta Park, Sheffield Memorial Park, and a 25-year lease for the Sheffield Sports Complex. Once that happened, Labesky acquired a small community grant and a Dirt & Gravel Road grant to construct Tionesta Park. Later, he acquired a $100,000 grant to purchase all new equipment for Memorial Park and a Growing Greener Grant II from the county commissioners to rehabilitate the bleachers at Memorial Park, which were in dire need for the Fireman’s Festival and Johnny Appleseed Festival.

Dan Glotz, Warren County Planner, was very helpful in helping Sheffield Township. John worked with Dan to acquire Growing Greener Grant II, Pennsylvania Wilds Grant for the welcome signs into the township. Dan was also very helpful when he served on the Northwest Commission to help Sheffield get two new bridges under the Transportation Improvement Program for the township.

Years later, the Sheffield Sports Boosters received a $100,000 grant from DCNR to rehabilitate the Sports Complex at the high school. They were short of funding to complete the track, Supervisor Labesky got in contact with then State Senator White and Representative Rapp. They came through with some walking around money so the project could be completed.

The most rewarding project for Supervisor Labesky was the (N.A.P.) Neighborhood Assistance Program that provided funding to rehabilitate the new Sheffield Area Food Pantry.

His biggest disappointment, he said, was his inability to get any financial help to alleviate the flooding problem on 2 Mile Creek.

During the past couple of years, John was disappointed in the direction the township has been moving. He feels there has been a degree of nepotism growing in the township which he feels is not good for the future of the township. In closing, he would like to thank all the citizens of the township who supported him throughout his years of service.

Community Blood

Bank at SUMC

On Wednesday, Jan. 3, from 2 to 5:30 p.m., there will be a Community Blood Bank blood drive. Appointments can be made at www.fourhearats.org, and walk ins are always welcome. January is national blood donor month, all donors will receive a t-shirt. Donors must be at least 17 years od or 16 with parental consent form. Must weigh at least 110 pounds, not received a tattoo or body piercing in the last 12 months and must be in general good health and eat well before donating. A photo id is required to donate.

Sheffield Township Re-organizational Meeting

The Sheffield Township supervisors will be holding its re-organizational meeting at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 2, at the Sheffield Food Pantry at 18 Leather Street.

Sheffield Area

Hospitality Center

May the dawning of this New Year

Open up for you New Horizons,

Fill your heart with New Hopes and bring for you!

Promises of Brighter Tomorrows!

Wishing you Happiness and Prosperity in the New year!

Upcoming class Beach Glass Class – Wednesday, January 17: Join us for a fun evening with easy instructions and helpful hints. Learn how to make a beach glass necklace with a sterling silver chain and a key ring. Beach glass will be available or you can bring your own personal remembrance from a vacation trip. Beach glass and supplies included cost is $25. To reserve a seat or more information, call 968-5667. This class is open to everyone.

Activates for this week are:

Monday, Jan.1 – Closed – Happy New Year!

Tuesday, Jan. 2- Knitting Class 6:30

Thursday, Jan. 4- Cards, chair exercises, Advisory Council 10:30, lunch at noon, bingo, exercise at 3:00

Friday, Jan. 5- Cards, make a fleece pillow 9:45, lunch at noon.

Lunch At The Center

Thursday- Chicken Cutlet, Au gratin Potatoes, sweet peas, Mandarin Oranges.

Friday-Mushroom Swiss Burger, Creamy Cauliflower soup, Fresh Fruit.

Reservation are a must stop in or call us at 968-5667

Upcoming Adventures

April 30 thru May 10, 2017: Iceland, Ireland and Scotland. You’ll fly from Buffalo to Dublin then board the Celebrity Eclipse for an 11-day/10-night cruise. Flights included in price. Call for pricing.

June 13-14, 2017: Sight and Sound Theater presents the newest production “Jesus” in Lancaster. This trip will also include a stop at include Kitchen Kettle Village, the Village Farm Market and Hershey’s Chocolate World. Lodging and transportation are included in the $249/double fee.

September 18-21, 2017: This trip includes a visit to Wildwood, a Victorian Cape May trolley tour, Atlantic City and Philadelphia. Tour the highlights of these famous cities by motor coach $449/double. Call 968-5667 for reservations and updates.

Coming Events

January 2nd – Sheffield Township Supervisors Re-Organizational Meeting 7:30PM at the Food Pantry.

January 3rd – Sheffield Girls Basketball game against Tidioute Charter 6pm JV, varsity to follow

January 5th – Sheffield Boys Basketball game against Kane, 6pm JV, Varsity to follow

January 8th – Sheffield Girls Basketball game against Elk County, 6pm, Varsity to follow

January 16th -Sheffield Township Supervisors Meeting at 7:30PM at the Food Pantry

Oct 12th-14th – 13th Annual Johnny Appleseed Festival