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Wayne Independent - Honesdale, PA
  • Becker named county historian

  • At Thursday's meeting of the Wayne County Commissioners, a new county historian was named per recommendation of the Wayne County Historical Society (WCHS).
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  •  At Thursday's meeting of the Wayne County Commissioners, a new county historian was named per recommendation of the Wayne County Historical Society (WCHS).
    Peter Becker, of White Mills, was named county historian by a unanimous vote.
    WCHS submitted a resolution to the commissioners, recommending Becker to the position.
    The primary responsibility of the county historian is to “act in an advisory role to assist WCHS in the interpretation of Wayne County's past for the public,” according to the resolution.
    The county historian is a non-voting member of the WCHS Board of Trustees.
    Becker's name was placed into nominations to fill the position, which was previously held by the late Richard Eldred.
    The WCHS board approved Becker by a majority vote during their May meeting.
    The commissioners made a motion to approve Becker as county historian on Thursday.
    Historical tradition
    Becker said his parents were always very interested in local history since he was a child and he soon shared the same interest.
    He has done many things involving local history. Becker compiled the Bicentennial book for the county in 1998.
    He also worked on a book for the 150th Anniversary of the Wayne County Fair in 2012. Becker also has a weekly column in The News Eagle, of which he is the managing editor, about local history.
    Having the honor
    “I'm astonished,” Becker said. “I'm used to being the one asking about the history.”
    He added he will continue his research to help WCHS.
    “It's a great honor,” Becker stated. “I'm very humbled.”
    He added he wants to help keep local history alive.
    Becker also said he's been asked to write a book on the history of Hawley through the Wallenpaupack Historical Society.
    “As time allows I wouldn't mind doing another book,” he said.
    “That position has a rich tradition,” said Commissioner Wendall Kay. “I'm happy the historical society made this recommendation.”
    Commissioner Jonathan Fritz added Becker will bode well with WCHS.
    “We welcome Peter aboard,” said Carol Henry Donn, president of the WCHS Board of Trustees.
    “Thank you very much,” Becker said.
    Employment
    The commissioners approved the resignation of the following employees:
    • Geneva Robinson, chief clerk for the District Attorney's Office. Her resignation is effective July 4.
    • Tom Belantz, a full time corrections officer. His resignation is effective July 31.
    Page 2 of 2 - The commissioners also approved the following position:
    • Alexandria Mohn was hired as an Adult Probation clerk, a judicial appointment. It is effective July 21.
    The salary was set at $9.40 per hour for 37.5 hours, to total $18,330.

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