Three community stalwarts receive overdue honors

Oftentimes, we do not find out how much people are doing for the community until they are introduced when receiving long-overdue community honors.

Such was the case with three community stalwarts who were deservedly honored at the recent Central Pennsylvania State of Israel Bonds dinner.

Ruthanne and Timothy Crotty were honored for their multi-faceted community involvement and contributions.

Tim acquired Susquehanna Supply Co., a ready-mix concrete operation, in 1970. The company is most known for its construction of bridges in the area.

But the Crottys built other bridges through a broad portfolio of community involvement that has impacted everything from the Williamsport Home to Victorian Christmas, the Williamsport Historic District, the Susquehanna Health Foundation and the First Community Foundation.

They executed their community contributions with a modest understatement that belies the richness of their voluntarism.

The same is true of Glenn T. Smith, president/CEO of AAA North Penn since 1998.

In his position, Smith was a big booster of multiple transportation advancements in the region, including the Central Susquehanna Thruway that is now under construction.

But Smith also has made his mark as a leader in his church and as a senior high youth leader for 38 years.

This year’s Israel Bonds event served to bring to the forefront the contributions of its honorees while also underlining the essential partnership between the United States and Israel, our country’s most faithful Middle East ally.