COAL TOWNSHIP - A review of the first duck race, a report on the food pantry and approval of a new member marked a meeting of the Salvation Army Board of Directors held recently at the army headquarters at 1300 W. Spruce St.

A detailed report on the Duck Race held to benefit the Salvation Army was given by Ron (Buddy) Knoebel, a member of the board of directors and chairman of the duck race committee.

The event was held at the Giant Flume at Knoebels Amusement Resort and was a big success according to committee members. The event raised $2,180 for the army and came at a time of great need. Knoebel said he was pleased with the results, but added it was the first race and he believes the next race will be even bigger and better.

Judy Orner, social services director for the army, said the funds are a big help since the food pantry is extremely low and the need is great.

In other action, John (Skip) Rabuck was nominated and approved as a new board member. Rabuck is very active in community events.

Donating prizes for the Duck Race were the following companies and individuals: Knoebels Amusement Resort, Old Forge Brewing Company, the Law Firm of Diehl-Dluge-Jones and Michetti. Metro Pest Control, The News-Item, Ned and Karen Sodrick, Henry and Sandy Linton, Janice and Ed Kotwica, Gerry and Kay Knapp, Bill and Betsy Richie, Brian and Linda Persing, Violet Feudale and Orner.

The next meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 29, at Knoebels Amusement Resort.

Board members attending the recent Salvation Army meeting, were Jan Diorio, Buddy Knoebel, Skip Rabuck, Briar Persing, Ned Sodrick, Harry Deitz, Bill Richie, Janice Kotwica, Violet Feudale, Gerry Knapp, Maj. Tina Streck and Orner.