Local Greek-American organization celebrates AHEPA day


The Black Diamond Chapter 55, Order of the American Hellenic Educational Association (AHEPA) of Wilkes-Barre, celebrated AHEPA Day on May 20 at the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church in Wilkes-Barre. AHEPA is the largest Greek-American organization in the world. The Rev. Joseph Martin, temporary pastor, offered a prayer for the deceased members. The chapter also recognized the children of their members who are college students. Pictured in the first row, from left, are John Provatopoulos, vice president; George Vavlas, St. Joseph University; Georgia Calimeres, Eckerd College; William D. Anagnos, president; Notis Vavlas. Second row: Anthony Fotiadis; the Rev. Martin; Harry Salavantis, treasurer. A lunch was served after the ceremonies. Absent students were Marina Stelmack, Penn State University; Gia Panagakos, Westchester University; and William Norton, Luzerne County Community College.