Ridgway Memorial Day plans announced

Staff Writer

The Ridgway American Legion Auxiliary’s Memorial Day planning committee has announced the itinerary for this year’s events.
The day starts with the Bridge Ceremony on the Rear Admiral Paul H. Speer Bridge over the Clarion River at 9 a.m. Monday, immediately followed by the parade to the courthouse lawn where Brent Pasquinelli will speak, weather permitting. In case of rain, it will be at the Central Fire Hall on North Broad Street where it will be followed by a luncheon for participants and the public.
Pasquinelli was born in Ridgway, raised in Toby Valley and graduated from St. Marys Area High School.
He served in the U.S. Army in Vietnam in 1969-70 with the 507th Engineer Battalion in support of the 82 Airborne Division and 11th Armored Cavalry Division. He was awarded the Purple Heart and served in West Germany with NATO Forces in 1971. He received an honorable discharge as a Specialist 5th Class.
Pasquinelli attended PSU DuBois and was later elected the youngest township supervisor in Pennsylvania. He served as chairman of Fox Township for six years and was appointed the first director of the Elk County Office of Aging. He oversaw the development of 23 senior citizen centers in northwest Pennsylvania.
Opened Air Land & Sea Travel in DuBois in 1978 which grew to the third largest travel agency consortium in the United States by 2005 with 900 members in 41 states.
Pasquinelli currently serves as Director of Fundraising for U.S. Congressman Glenn “GT” Thompson (R-5).
Pasquinelli is Past Chair of the Centre County United Way, Event Director of The Special Olympics Summer Games, Chairman of Downtown State College, Chair of The Shaner Sports Complex, a founder of the Bryce Jordan Center at Penn State University and a member of Boy Scouts of America Juniata Council.
Awards received over the years include the Good Scout Award (1996), Penn State DuBois Alumni society Outstanding Alumni Award (2009) and the Centre County United Way Award for Extraordinary Volunteerism (1998).
Pasquinelli is married to his wife, Cynthia, and is the father of two daughters, Jacinda and Monica, a son, David, and is blessed with three grandsons, Blake, Carter and Brent.