Greater Pittston AmVets Post 189 recently held its annual family picnic at the Plains Pavilion in Plains Township. Veterans from the Gino Merli Veterans Center were guests of honor. The fun-filled day included award presentations and live entertainment and was attended by many state and local commanders of the AmVets organization. Some of the participants, from left, first row: Jerry Gurnari, Am Vets Post 189, Greater Pittston; Steve Ryersbach, AmVets State Commander, Post 293, Lebanon; Ivy Cook, National President, Junior AmVets; Amy Stopyra, State President, Ladies Auxiliary Post 224, Chambersburg; Cass DeSalvo, State Secretary, Ladies Auxiliary Post 77, Philadelphia; Art Stahl, Past District Commander, Post 59, Hanover Township. Second row: Bernie McDonald, Eastern Region Commander, AmVets Post 189; E. Jean Lipponcoot, State Department Treasurer, Ladies Auxiliary Post 77, Philadelphia; Jim Hummer, State Vice Commander, Sons of AmVets Post 59, Hanover Township; Joe Stopyra, Past National Commander, Chambersburg, Post 224; John Pliska, State Finance Officer, Post 189, Greater Pittston; and Bille Slabinski, Second Vice Commander Eastern Region, Post 59, Hanover Township.