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Perkasie historians honor longtime secretary, elect officers

At its final meeting of the year on Dec. 4, the Perkasie Historical Society presented its annual Living History Award to June White Cressman, the society’s longtime secretary.

Cressman, 89, lives just outside Perkasie in East Rockhill Township. She was married to the late former Perkasie businessman, Russell Cressman.

June Cressman has two children, four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. A graduate of Sell-Perk High School, she worked for nearly 50 years for First Savings Bank, now Penn Community Bank.

Starting with First Federal Savings and Loan Association, the bank’s longtime secretary retired as administrative assistant/vice president.

She was previously named Secretary of the Year by the Pennridge Chamber of Commerce.

Cressman loves to travel, cook, host family gatherings, play cards and read mystery novels. She is active in St. Stephen’s United Church of Christ, Perkasie, where she has served as a deacon, elder and secretary to the consistory.

The award was presented by former society president Charles Baum who thanked Cressman for her longtime dedicated service to the organization. He said the society would plant a tree in her honor next spring in the park system.

The Pennridge Chamber Choir, under the direction of Steve Mosser, performed a number of Christmas selections after the society’s dinner.

The Society also re-elected the following officers for next year: Lee Metzger, president; Louise Doll, vice president; Joyce Barndt, secretary; and Jerry Treffinger, treasurer. The society does not meet in January or February. Its next meeting will be held March 5, with Aaron Heckler presenting a postcard history of Perkasie.

Another community project recently completed by the society was the cleaning and preservation of the datestone plaques, which have now been reinstalled in the recently opened Walnut Street Bridge in Perkasie. The society has begun raising funds for the planned refurbishing of the South Perkasie Covered Bridge in Lenape Park, the oldest covered bridge in Bucks County.

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