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CORY BYKNISH | Herald file

Members of the Hickory High School marching band majorettes perform during the 2017 Buhl Day parade.

HERMITAGE – During this year’s Buhl Day, organizers plan to honor four people who emulate Frank and Julia Buhl in their community focus.

The 2019 Buhl Day Honored Guests are Sharon residents Joe and Ruthanne Beighley-George, Dr. Martha Bruce, and Jim Mondok.

This year’s Buhl Day is Sept. 2, with a slate of activities to recognize both the honored guests and the park’s namesakes, Frank and Julia Buhl. 

The “largest picnic in the park,” on Labor Day, is the culmination of a weekend of activities, with the David “Walleye” Wallace III Fishing Derby and the 45 and over Golf Tournament on Aug. 31.

Buhl Day will start with a parade led by the honorees, and, after opening ceremonies at 12:15 p.m., a day of entertainment will include children’s activities, a puppet show, petting zoo and pony rides, a car cruise, Buhl Mermaid performances, food and fellowship.

Carol Karol, honored guests co-chairwoman for Buhl Day, said the honorees are outstanding citizens, starting with Beighley-George, who will be recognized with her husband, Joe.

“She has been on so many boards it’s unbelievable,” Karol said of Beighley-George.

Beighley-George has been involved in the sanctuary, the Shenango Valley Urban League, Primary Health Network Charitable Foundation, Thiel College, Buhl Club recreation and the United Way of Greenville.”

Her husband, Joe, is on the Buhl Club’s board and an active member of the Sharon Rotary.

“Every time they had a dinner meeting, he always came,” Karol said. “They’re both very, very active and they’re both very surprised that they’re nominated . . . and we’re very surprised that they’re surprised.”

She credited Bruce for her work at WaterFire Sharon, where she staffs the information booth from beginning to end.

“She’s very active in the Shenango Valley Gardeners ... she’s opened her own gardens for their annual tour,” Karol said. “This lady’s on the go. I can’t believe for her age how active she is.”

Bruce was born and raised in Farrell, serves as a reader at the Shenango Valley and Stey-Nevant libraries and is active in Youngstown libraries as well. She possesses master’s and doctorate degrees from the University of Pittsburgh.

“She’s so well rounded,” Karol said. “She’s a true volunteer and she’s dedicated her life to learning and reading.”

Mondok’s service leans more toward a focus on conservation — he belongs to the Mercer County Conservation Society, the Shenango Valley Conservatory, the Buhl Park Arboretum and Wild Life Commission, the Shenango River Watchers and the Sharon Beautification Commission.

“He’s just very, very active in Buhl Park, the River Watchers and WaterFire,” Karol said.

All of these people give back to the community as they sit on boards, attend monthly meetings and countless activities, Karol said.

“All were truly shocked (to be chosen as honored guests),” Karol said. “They’re busy. They’re on the move.”

Follow Melissa Klaric on Twitter and Facebook @HeraldKlaric, email: mklaric@sharonherald.com

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