As the year draws to a close we mourn the passing of George Bercik on 29 December 2019.
George was an avid birder and longtime member of the Wissahickon Nature Club who loved the outdoors. He often joined the club on outings and, over the years, made many trips to his favorite place in the woods of Canada. In recent years as his health declined we missed him at our meetings and outings.
Long time member and past president, Tim Manka, passed away September 4, 2019. He will be remembered for his love of science and nature. His stories from past park ranger jobs, boy scouts and years of teaching at Shaler High School added interest to our meetings. He was always willing to share “treasures” from his archival library, and enjoyed partaking of the cookie table. It was a long standing Wissahickon tradition that he did an animated rendition of “The Night Before Christmas” at our annual cookie exchange meeting. His absence at our meetings will be felt by all.
Viewing will be at Neid Funeral Home on Washington Street in Swissvale on Friday, September 27, 2019 from 2-4 pm and 6-8pm. and Saturday September 28 at 9:30 am, followed by a service.
Tim is to be named a Glacier National Park ranger posthumously!
Read member Dianne Machesney's article in the Sunday Post-Gazette (10/21/18) http://www.post-gazette.com/life/garden/2018/10/19/Pollinators-messy-winter-garden-butterflies-moths-bees-hoverflies-beetles-Penn-State/stories/201810190007
Longtime member, Joel Platt, passed away Friday, June 23, 2017. He attended many of our meetings and outings. He was our Refreshment Chair – making sure the water was hot for coffee/tea by the time members arrived and keeping our inventory bin stocked. He was a kind and intelligent man, who will be missed by all.
Joel’s obituary may be found at http://www.schugar.com/obituaries?id=1382
Remember, our club year starts in September and runs to the end of August. Dues for the 2014/2015 year are being accepted now. Please bring your check to a meeting or mail to our Treasurer at 105 Lindley Lane, Pittsburgh, PA 15237. Checks should be made payable to: Wissahickon Nature Club. $7 for an individual or $10 for a family..
Our kick-off meeting on September 4th will be a wine and cheese reception . The club will provide the wine. Members will kindly bring hors d’oeuvres or cheese rather than desserts. Please leave a reply below to RSVP so we know how much wine to purchase.