Steam Into History Wins Award September 19, 2018
New Freedom-based organization Steam Into History received the York County History Center's 2018 Community Award for a Local History Organization on Sept. 13.
The award recognizes associations or organizations whose activity in local and regional history serves as a role model of excellence for others to follow. Recipients must be associated with local historical efforts that are deemed to have made a significant contribution in preserving, interpreting, promoting, researching or otherwise extending knowledge and understanding of the history of their locality, county or region within York County.
Downingtown Seniors Recognized September 19, 2018
The Downingtown Area Senior Center recently received a visit from state Sen. Andy Dinniman. The legislator presented Senate Certificates of Recognition to residents who have reached the age of 90 years or older.
Since taking office, Dinniman has visited senior centers and senior living facilities throughout the region to offer birthday wishes to almost 1,000 seniors each year who are part of his 90+ Birthday Program. Through the program, area seniors age 90 and up receive certificates on their birthdays. Dinniman said the 90+ Birthday Program is part of his effort to not only recognize the vast contributions of the senior community, but also to ensure that local seniors are receiving all the support and services Pennsylvania has to offer, from tax rebates to medical assistance.
Caring Cupboard Receives Recognition September 13, 2018
The Caring Cupboard, located on North Railroad Street in Palmyra, earned runner-up honors for the Agency Partner Award from the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank (CPFB).
Each year, the CPFB hosts its Agency Appreciation Conference. This year's event was held on Aug. 24. More than 900 agencies within 27 counties partner with the CPFB, including The Caring Cupboard.
The Caring Cupboard serves more than 420 families in the Palmyra and Annville-Cleona school districts. The organization averages roughly 150 families every week. The food pantry relies heavily on the help of volunteers and donors.
To donate or volunteer at The Caring Cupboard, readers may visit www.caringcupboard.org or call 717-838-9493.
Kiwanis Club Honors Barshinger September 13, 2018
The Kiwanis Club of the Lititz Area honored Ann B. Barshinger with its first Kiwanis Heroes Award on Aug. 28 at the Willow Valley Lakes auditorium. The event was attended by Kiwanis members, family members, friends, and representatives of organizations and agencies that Barshinger has supported.
Kiwanis is an international organization with the mission of supporting children everywhere. Through the Kiwanis Heroes program, the Kiwanis Club of the Lititz Area recognizes persons in the region who have been exemplary in their assistance of children.
Alan Stoeckle, president of Kiwanis Club of the Lititz Area and master of ceremonies, described Barshinger, a Lancaster philanthropist, as a generous supporter of many organizations and agencies, including numerous groups that serve children. Among these are the Lancaster Cleft Palate Clinic, the Lancaster Boys and Girls Club, Aaron's Acres, and VisionCorps. Stoeckle also mentioned that Barshinger recently contributed to the campaign to build a new pediatric inpatient center at Lancaster General Hospital. The new center will open in August 2019 to all children in the community who need medical care, regardless of their family's ability to pay.
The event was highlighted by special guest and motivational speaker Dr. Dennis Denenberg. He began his remarks by naming Barshinger the First Lady of Philanthropy of Lancaster. Through personal stories and comparisons with historical heroes, he highlighted Barshinger's heroic virtues, including doing good deeds for others, making a difference in the world, and teaching others values.
Stoeckle presented a check to Barshinger, who in turn presented it to the Lancaster Cleft Palate Clinic. Dr. Rusty Long, executive director emeritus of the clinic, thanked Barshinger and the Kiwanis Club of the Lititz Area for their long-term financial support. Rodger Weaver gave a testimonial on how his daughter Keturah received high-quality care at Lancaster Cleft Palate Clinic.
SYCSD Educators Will Receive Awards September 12, 2018
Two educators from Southern York County School District (SYCSD) are recipients of the Outstanding Teacher Award for 2018-19, sponsored by the Shippensburg University School Study Council. Susquehannock High School art teacher Wade Bowers and Friendship Elementary School sixth-grade teacher Katie Lhotsky will be honored with the award at a luncheon at Shippensburg University in November.
Bowers has been teaching in Southern York County School District for 14 years. He started teaching fine arts at Susquehannock High School before taking over the visual communications program. He received his bachelor's degree from York College in graphic design with minors in fine arts, art history, and photography. Bowers completed his master's degree in art education from Messiah College.
Lhotsky recently began her 11th year at Friendship Elementary School as a sixth-grade teacher. She earned her bachelor's degree in elementary education from West Chester University with a minor in literacy. She earned her master's degree in curriculum and teaching from Northcentral University.
Siblings Earn Scouting's Highest Awards September 12, 2018
In June of 2009, the Community Courier featured an article about 9-year-old Amanda Wisk of Downingtown and her younger brother, Jonathan, 8, who sold rocks and toys to benefit the Smile Train, an organization that provides cleft palate surgery to children in need of the operation. Combining sales with other donations, they raised $250, the amount needed for one operation.
Now, nine years later, the siblings have earned the highest awards in Scouting, the Boy Scout Eagle Award and the Girl Scout Gold Award. Amanda, 18, a member of Girl Scout Troop 4952 in the Coatesville Service Unit and a graduate of Coatesville Area Senior High School (CASH), completed her Gold Award in the spring of 2018. Her project, titled "The Art of Being Unique," addresses issues associated with autism.
"Being on the spectrum herself, Amanda thought it was important to educate her school and community (about) how they could work with autistic students to foster acceptance and inclusion," said the siblings' mother, Tammy Wisk. "Amanda created paper puzzle pieces, which she gave to her classmates to fill out with something that makes them unique." She noted that some students depicted comic books or musical instruments, while others drew their favorite sports teams or foods.
Amanda collected the pieces and used them to create four murals, which are on display at CASH. She also developed pamphlets with data on autism that were made available to students and staff members at CASH.
Amanda had to present information about both the murals and the pamphlets to the school board at its monthly public meeting. Tammy said this was a proud moment. "When the crowd heard about her acceptance to West Chester University and her plans to become an author/illustrator of children's books for kids with autism, they gave her a standing ovation," Tammy reported.
Amanda is currently attending West Chester University (WCU), studying art and communications. "She wants to be that advocate who goes around to schools and tries to (promote) autism acceptance," said Tammy.
Jonathan, 17, officially earned the rank of Eagle Scout at his Board of Review on July 24. He is a member of Troop 2 in Downingtown in the Horseshoe Trail District, which is part of the Chester County Boy Scout Council.
Since he joined Scouting in the fall of 2007 as a Tiger Cub in first grade, he has participated in Scouting for Food drives, popcorn sales, five pinewood derbies, camping trips and other outings, as well as the troop's annual Easter flower sale.
Jonathan earned numerous awards and recognitions over the years and held a number of leadership positions in Troop 2. A senior at Bishop Shanahan High School in Downingtown, he is currently serving as junior assistant Scoutmaster.
For his required Eagle Scout service project, Jonathan spent more than 120 hours installing benches on the grounds of St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church, where the family attends. He researched and then ordered maintenance-free, recycled plastic benches, raising the funds to buy the benches, gravel, cement, mulch and other needed materials. Jonathan then led a group of 15 volunteers, including Scouts, friends and adults, in the assembly and installation of two benches - anchored to cement pads - on each side of a path leading to a statue of the Holy Family. He purchased flowers from the troop's Easter flower sale and placed them in large planters next to the benches, creating an area for meditation and prayer.
Jonathan plans to attend a college in the Washington, D.C., area to dual-major in political science and computer analysis with a minor in psychology. He aspires to one day become an FBI agent.
Jonathan's Eagle Court of Honor will be held on Sunday, Sept. 23, at St. Joseph's.
United Way Bestows Awards September 12, 2018
On Sept. 5, United Way of Chester County honored local businesses and community partners at its Campaign Kickoff and annual meeting held at Penn Oaks Golf Club. Guests enjoyed lunch and networking, and award winners were commended for their enthusiasm and dedication to the United Way's mission to support the health, education, and financial independence of each person in Chester County.
Each year, the United Way of Chester County spotlights a select list of partners who, for the past campaign year, have exemplified the spirit and dedication of hundreds of companies and organizations supporting the United Way.
This year's award recipients included the following: PECO, Spirit of Chester County Award, United Way of Chester County's highest honor; West Chester Area School District, Corporate Partner of the Year; Maryellen Derr of Cakes and Candies by Maryellen, Community Partner of the Year; Debbie Pierce of Rita's Water Ice, Community Partner of the Year; Friends Association for the Care and Protection of Children, Agency Partner of the Year; and Jocelyn Gilmore of the Chester County Intermediate Unit, Workplace Campaign Chair of the Year. Award winners were presented with a plaque and given an opportunity to share their reasons for supporting the United Way.
To find out more, readers may contact 610-429-9400 or visit www.liveunitedchestercounty.org.
Snyder Wins Award September 11, 2018
Representatives from the northeastern U.S. traveled to Lancaster for the National Association of Conservation District's (NACD) Northeast Regional Meeting. Conservation leaders from these states met for educational programs, tours, and networking.
After the meeting, the Pennsylvania Association of Conservation Districts Inc. (PACD) and the State Conservation Commission held its 71th Joint Annual Conference. Several Pennsylvania conservationists were recognized at an awards luncheon on July 18.
Jay Snyder of Ephrata received the Ann Rudd Saxman Conservation District Director Excellence Award, which is given to a conservation district director or associate director for his or her volunteer efforts which have furthered the activities and accomplishments of conservation districts on a statewide basis.
Since his appointment to the Lancaster County Conservation District (LCCD) board of directors in 2007, Snyder has served in various roles of leadership to support the district's overall mission. He has a combined 50 years of experience managing water and waste water and his experience is instrumental in serving the many committees and conservation organizations with which the District partners.
Snyder is an active volunteer, taking time off from his job to volunteer at Youth Conservation School and to provide presentations regarding wastewater and stormwater. During his tenure with the LCCD board of directors, Snyder has actively served on seven of LCCD's 10 program and operation committees. Active in his community, Snyder has worked with the Lancaster Clean Water Consortium, Conservation Foundation of Lancaster County, and the Cocalico Creek Watershed Association.
Business Award Nominees Posted September 11, 2018
Samaritan Business Consulting, in partnership with the Lancaster Society for Human Resource Management (LSHRM), announced its seven nominees for the 2018 Ethics in Business Award. Now in its 11th year, the Ethics in Business Program spotlights Lancaster County businesses and organizations that "do well by doing good" and to broaden the discussion of ethics in the community. The program also provides resources for individuals to establish best practices in ethics at their company.
The seven nominees for 2018 are Astro Machine Works, Ephrata; Benjamin Roberts Ltd., Lancaster; Fulton Theatre, Lancaster; Lift-All, Landisville; ModernEYES Optical, Lancaster; Murray Securus, Lancaster; and The Wenger Group, Rheems. All seven nominees will be recognized, and the final recipient will receive the Ethics in Business Award on Wednesday, Oct. 3, at the Lancaster Country Club.
In addition to honoring this year's nominees, the program will feature a panel discussion of best practices from the organizations that participated in the program. Panel members will share lessons learned on their organization's journey to integrate core values, integrity, and accountability throughout all their business practices.
For further information, including how to obtain tickets to the event, readers may contact Amy Winslow-Weiss at 717-560-2805, ext. 101, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Krick Receives Volunteer Of The Year Award September 11, 2018
Eleanor Krick of Stewartstown was awarded the Volunteer of the Year Award from the Mason-Dixon Public Library in Stewartstown during its annual Volunteer Breakfast on Aug. 4. Krick has volunteered at the library for more than 15 years and has done a variety of tasks to help both patrons and staff members. She volunteers at several other organizations in addition to the library.
The library depends on volunteers like Krick to assist in providing good service to library patrons. Anyone interested in helping out at the library may contact librarian Carol Stampler at 717-993-2404.
Spirit of YoCo Awards Announced September 10, 2018
The 2018 Spirit of YoCo Awards breakfast will honor community volunteers, elected and appointed officials, and community organizations and individuals for their service to York County. The event will take place on Wednesday, Sept. 26, from 7 to 9 a.m. at the Wyndham Garden York, 2000 Loucks Road, York.
The Nonprofit Community Impact Award will be presented to Give Local York. Michael D. Jefferson will be honored with the Community Service Award, and the Education/Workforce Development Advocate of the Year will go to James Sterner. The Appointed Official of the Year award will go to Nadine Huber, and the Elected Official of the Year honor will be presented to Sandie Walker. Volunteer of the Year honors will go to Amy Reinert and the Nonprofit/Government Employee of the Year award will honor Holly Metzger-Brown.
For more information or to register, readers may contact Tristalyn Bixler-Kint at email@example.com.
SMPS Members Win Awards September 6, 2018
The Society for Marketing Professional Services (SMPS), Central Pennsylvania Chapter, recently announced its Horizon Award and Keystone Award winners from the 2017-18 program year.
SMPS Central PA recogized Leah Williams from Stahl Sheaffer Engineering LLC with The Horizon Award. This award is presented to a person new to the AEC industry whose early success and commitment to the industry shows outstanding potential for business stardom as an AEC marketer.
The Keystone Award was presented to Eric Arcudi from Stewart and Tate Construction. This award honors a more senior professional in the AEC industry whose career accomplishments and service to the Central PA Chapter are especially noteworthy.
In addition, the Central PA Chapter recognized the following member anniversaries: Kelly Fry, Barton Associates Inc., five years; Loren McClosky, Buchart Horn Inc., five years; Thomas Donley, Butz Family of Companies, five years; Janet Helsel, The EADS Group, 10 years; Jeffery Lynch, Poole Anderson Construction, 15 years; and Jacque Foster, Skelly and Loy Inc., 15 years.
SMPS represents a network of nearly 7,000 marketing and business development professionals from architectural, engineering, planning, interior design, construction, and specialty consulting firms located throughout the U.S. and Canada. The society and its chapters benefit from the support of more than 3,700 design and building firms, encompassing 80 percent of the Engineering News-Record Top 500 Design Firms and Top 400 Contractors.
For more information, readers may visit www.smpscentralpa.org.
CV To Induct Former Athletes September 6, 2018
On Friday, Sept. 21, Conestoga Valley (CV) will welcome three former athletes into its 20th Athletic Hall of Fame Class. A reception and induction ceremony will be held in the Conestoga Valley High School lobby and auditorium beginning at 4:45 p.m. Following the ceremony, this year's honorees will be introduced to the CV community during halftime of the football game against Solanco. The newest members of CV's Athletic Hall of Fame include James Bounds, Robert Cardina, and Tony Franciscus.
Bounds, a 1997 graduate, earned seven varsity letters while a member of the football and wrestling teams. On the gridiron, Bounds received Section II Honorable Mention recognition his junior year, was named a Section II All-Star his senior year, earned the team's Offensive and Defensive Player of the Year Awards, and participated in the War of the Roses Game. As a wrestler, he was a Section II All-Star his junior and senior years, won a Section Title, and finished fourth in the PIAA District 3 Tournament. Following high school, Bounds played football for the University of Richmond.
Cardina, a 2012 graduate, earned 14 varsity letters through his involvement in track and field, soccer, basketball, and football. On the track, Cardina captained the team that won the Lancaster-Lebanon (L-L) League Championships in 2010, 2011, and 2012. He scored numerous top 10 finishes and registered a school record of 761 career points. As the football team's punter and place kicker, he was Special Teams Player of the Year three times and a Section II All-Star. On the basketball court, Cardina captained the 2012 team, was named to the Lancaster-Lebanon League First All-Star Team, and helped the Bucks win an L-L League Championship in 2009. On the soccer pitch, he was a four-year starter, recorded 38 goals and 19 assists, and was a member of the Section II Championship Team. He was named to the Section II All-Star First Team in 2009, 2010, and 2011, and he was Section II Player of the Year in 2011. At Penn State University, Cardina participated in the decathlon and heptathlon and was named NCAA First Team All-American in the decathlon.
Franciscus, a 1985 graduate, was a scholastic standout in football and wrestling, earning five varsity letters. As a football player, he was selected to the Second Team All-State, received the Lineman of the Year Award, and played in the Big 33 Game in 1984. As a wrestler, Tony won a Section Championship his junior year. At the University of Maryland, he earned two varsity letters.
Hall Of Fame Names Inductees August 30, 2018
Four former standout Solanco athletes and one longtime supporter of sports programs have been selected for induction into the Solanco Athletic Hall of Fame. Inductees include former athletes John Glackin, Richard Herr, Robert Martin, and Ronnie Perry, along with supporter Ronald Althoff. They have had a positive impact on local youths as coaches and through their leadership in the development of local youth athletic programs.
Glackin, Class of 1974, earned two varsity letters in both soccer and basketball and was named Lancaster-Lebanon League Section 2 First Team All-Star in both sports. A goalkeeper in soccer, he was Most Outstanding Player in Section 2 and was named to the Pennsylvania All-State Team. As a goalkeeper at Kutztown University, Glackin tied the school's all-time record for most shutouts in a season. Additional accomplishments include 23 years of fast-pitch softball for Peach Bottom and other local teams, serving as the Solanco boys' JV basketball coach, and serving as an assistant varsity coach for Solanco girls' basketball. Glackin lives in Mount Joy.
Herr, Class of 1957, earned three varsity letters in football, was captain of Solanco's 1956 football team, and earned all-county honors during his junior and senior years. His talents were recognized on offense, defense, and special teams. As a senior, he was named the "Ballplayer's Ballplayer." He played center on the Lancaster County Mohawks 1964 semiprofessional football team. In 1972, Herr was involved in the creation of the Solanco Midget Football program and coached the A team. In 1985, he was named to the Solanco All-Time All-Star Football Team. Herr and his wife, Norma, have been married for 60 years and live in Quarryville.
Martin, Class of 1976, earned two varsity letters each in track and football and was captain of both teams during his senior year. In 1976, Martin earned a District III Class AA gold medal in javelin and a silver medal in the javelin at the Lancaster-Lebanon meet. He coached track and field at Solanco High School for 10 years and was a sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps, serving from 1978 to 1982 and guarding American embassies in several countries. Martin lives in Quarryville.
Perry, Class of 2013, earned three varsity letters in wrestling. He was a two-time champion at the Mule Classic wrestling tournament and earned a second-place finish in districts and seventh in states. Following his Solanco career, Perry wrestled at Lock Haven University, where he was the 2018 national runner-up at 149 pounds, earned 2018 All-America recognition and 2018 Academic All-America recognition, was named 2018 Male Senior Student Athlete at Lock Haven, was a two-time Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) champion, and earned 2018 PSAC Wrestler of the Year honors. Perry is currently a volunteer assistant wrestling coach at Lock Haven, where he is studying in the master's program for sports and exercise psychology.
Althoff, who received a Bachelor of Science in agriculture and a master's degree in agriculture education from Penn State University, was an agriculture teacher at Solanco from 1973 to 2003. He was a part-time bus driver for Solanco sports during much of his teaching career, and he has driven more frequently in retirement. From 2012 to the present, he has participated in Solanco athletic field maintenance and preparation. He served as the scorekeeper for varsity and JV girls' basketball from 2002 to 2012. Althoff and his wife, Deborah, live in Quarryville.
The honorees will be officially inducted on Friday, Sept. 7, during the Hall of Fame football game against New Oxford, which will kick off at 7:30 p.m. at the football field at Solanco High School, 585 Solanco Road, Quarryville.
Tongate Named Volunteer Of The Year August 30, 2018
The National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors Inc. (NAWCC) has named Lancaster County resident Clayton Tongate its Volunteer of the Year for his contribution of time to the Fortunat Mueller-Maerki Library and Research Center and the NAWCC National Watch and Clock Museum building and grounds.
Tongate has volunteered many hours in the library and museum grounds over the past year as a volunteer member of the library staff, conducting research for reference questions, lending a hand in circulation, and spearheading the effort to clear the basement shelves to prepare for the installation of the new archival rolling shelves, according to library and archives supervisor Sara Butler-Tongate.
Volunteers are the lifeblood of the NAWCC National Watch and Clock Museum and the Fortunat Mueller-Maerki Library and Research Center. Dozens of volunteers donate thousands of hours, contributing significantly to the achievement of the NAWCC's mission. The volunteers provide much of the manpower needed for daily operations, programs, special projects, and events. From event planning to education, and exhibit construction to archival research, volunteers get involved at various levels that fit the individuals' time and commitment availability.
To volunteer, readers may call Abby Krouse at 717-684-8261, ext. 234, to request an application. The application is also available at www.museumoftime.org.
Students Win Theater Awards August 30, 2018
Penn Manor High School students won four National Youth Arts Awards for their work in theater productions at the high school over the past year.
Senior Hailey Fafel won an award for outstanding lead performance in a musical for her role in "Mary Poppins," which was presented last March.
In addition, Max Minnick, a 2018 graduate, won an award for outstanding supporting performance in a musical for his portrayal of George Banks, and the entire "Mary Poppins" cast was honored with an outstanding ensemble award.
Penn Manor sophomore Brianna Clow won an award for outstanding set design for "And Then There Were None," presented last fall at the high school. In addition, several students were nominated for awards for their roles in the two productions. The individuals involved in "Mary Poppins" include Claudia Heitland as Mrs. Corry; Leilani Torres as Bird Woman and Miss Andrew; Kassidy Ponton as Winifred Banks; Garrison Webster as Bert; Brianna Clow, set design; and John Matusek, direction.
Students in "And Then There Were None" include Claudia Heitland as Vera Claythorne; Max Minnick as Phillip Lombard; Caitlin Moser as Emily Brent; and Garrison Webster as Sir Lawrence Wargrave. In addition, the cast was nominated for an ensemble award.
During the Arts Awards evaluations, more than 600 productions spanning 17 states and the United Kingdom were considered for awards. The awards ceremony, which took place on Aug. 19 in New York City, was modeled after the Tonys, with awards and speeches mixed in with winning performances.
PAANG Firefighter Receives Public Safety Award August 30, 2018
The Pennsylvania Department of Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) recently recognized recipients of its annual Public Safety Awards. Each year, the Pennsylvania VFW presents awards to an outstanding firefighter, police officer, and emergency medical technician to honor them for the critical roles they fill as first responders. This year's award winners are residents of Middletown, Lenox/Clifford Township, and Erie.
The PA VFW Firefighter of the Year was awarded to Gregory A. Chandler, a firefighter with the Pennsylvania Air National Guard (PAANG) in Middletown, sponsored by VFW Post 5265 in District 21. Chandler serves as a fully trained firefighter with a primary duty of protecting life and property for the PAANG 193rd Special Operations Wing.
Prior to this position, Chandler was a firefighter for Harrisburg International Airport, an assistant fire chief for West Manchester Township, and a crash fire rescue specialist for the United States Marine Corps. He is a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5265, the International Association of Fire Firefighters, and the Crash Fire Rescue Association.
During his military career, Chandler earned many military awards and decorations, including the Marine Corps Expeditionary Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Kosovo Campaign Medal with two Bronze Stars, the Good Conduct Medal with one Silver Star, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with Gold Star, and many others.
The PA VFW Emergency Medical Technician of the Year was awarded to Phillip P. Price, an emergency medical technician with the Clifford Township Volunteer Fire Department, sponsored by VFW Post 8488 and District 14. The PA VFW John Radko Police Officer of the Year was awarded to Lt. Christopher Crawford, a crime scene unit commander with the Erie Bureau of Police, sponsored by Erie VFW Post 470 in District 28.
Nominations for PA VFW safety awards must be processed through a local VFW Post with a nomination letter and resume from the sponsoring safety organization. State winners advance to the national level for consideration as the VFW's national first responder award winners.
For more details, readers may call 717-234-7927 or visit www.vfwpahq.org.
Local Resident Inducted Into Martial Arts Hall Of Fame August 28, 2018
After a lifetime of practicing the sport of karate and also serving as an instructor, Edward Max of Honey Brook was recently inducted into the USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame.
Max was informed of the honor by the Hall of Fame committee. "I was in competition for so long and I had a national rating, so they knew of me," he said. "They have regional banquets throughout the United States, and my banquet was in New York." Although Max opted not to attend the banquet, he later received a Hall of Fame plaque, a certificate and a pin.
Max started his career in martial arts in 1979 while a student at Twin Valley High School. "I had been in ROTC and I wanted to add on to that, so I was looking for a good karate instructor," he recalled. "I did karate and jiu jitsu, and I started competing at tournaments." He also took part in breaking competitions.
"There is point fighting and full-contact fighting," Max explained. "I did full-contact for a short time, but at the time I was boxing too, so it was too much. My lips and gums never had a chance to heal, so I did point fighting."
He noted that point karate also had its risks and that he often left the competition ring with an injured nose or lip. "In point karate you were not supposed to have full contact to the face, but everywhere else on the body was (open) to contact," he explained. "But there are a lot of blind techniques. When you execute a move like a spinning back kick, you cannot see your opponent, so you are not really sure where you are hitting."
Max attended Dillman Karate Institute in Reading, which is now Dillman Karate International. Max's instructor was George Dillman, who trained Muhammad Ali and Bruce Lee. Max's jiu jitsu instructor was Wally Jay, who also trained Bruce Lee.
"Dillman was a four-time national champion," Max said. "Bruce Lee did not participate in tournaments, but he came to the tournaments and did exhibitions. He and Dillman became really good friends.
"Muhammad Ali would drop in our tournaments a lot," he added, noting that Ali trained at Deer Lake, located near Reading.
Max was a three-time Northeast champion, won one national championship and was nationally ranked by the Professional Karate League (PKL). "I have a third-degree black belt right now; when I was competing, I was a first-degree black belt," he noted.
Max said his strength during bouts was kicking. "My bread and butter for scoring points was a lunging black flip," he said. "I am right-handed, but I am left-footed. My right leg is my strongest leg, but my left leg is my most graceful leg, so I did kicking with my left leg. It threw the fighters off; they would have to change their stance."
During his career, Max appeared on TV shows and in magazines with Dillman. "What made George famous was his pressure point knockouts," Max noted. "He could touch three nerves and put you out."
Dillman and Max did ice-breaking demonstrations on the 1980s television show "The George Michael Sports Machine," where Dillman also demonstrated the pressure point knockout. They also appeared on "Real People" and "The Merv Griffin Show."
Max's competition days ended in 1993 after a knee injury he sustained while doing karate. He then focused on karate instruction, which included teaching martial arts to members of the military.
In addition to his devotion to martial arts, Max and his wife, Faye, are Civil War re-enactors.