Jim Scarpelli Sr. (center) is congratulated for 60 years of service with the South Cumberland Business and Civic Association by president Jim Ortiz (left) and state Sen. George Edwards. Scarpelli was presented with a proclamation from the Maryland Senate.

Cumberland Times-News

CUMBERLAND — Jim Scarpelli Sr. was honored as the last living founder of the South Cumberland Business and Civic Association during the organization’s May meeting.

Scarpelli received a Senatorial Certificate of Acknowledgment from state Sen. George Edwards for his 60 years of service with the association. The certificate was signed by president of the Senate Mike Miller.

Edwards gave an update on state issues, especially those that will affect Allegany County. Members then asked questions.

Calista and Georgetta Somerkamp of the Woodmen of the World were thanked for replacing the American flag in Smith Park.

With only eight members signed up for the June 6 cleanup on Oldtown Road, more volunteers are needed. The meeting was attended by 82 members.

The group also discussed this year’s Halloween parade before taking a summer break. The next meeting will be Sept. 8.

Dolores Ortiz reported on the Easter egg hunt at Smith Park, where 1,000 eggs were hidden for 150 children.

New members Mindy Twist Natally and Melanie Rice were introduced. Anyone interested in joining the association can call Rosella Chalkley at (301) 722-8553.

The group meets at St. Mary’s Hall on Oldtown Road. The hall was decorated by Sadie Koser and Dolores Ortiz for the May meeting.

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