Their deeds are golden
Northampton Mayor Thomas Reenock and Northampton Borough Manager Gene Zarayko were inducted May 15 into the Northampton Exchange Club's prestigious Golden Deeds Club.
During a ceremony at the Northampton Memorial Community Center, Reenock and Zarayko received plaques as the club's 59th and 60th inductees.
They also penned their names into The Book of Golden Deeds. The volume holds the names of all previous honorees, beginning in 1930 with Ida Schock Bennet.
Club President Kim Belletti said the Exchange Club was pleased to bring Reenock and Zarayko into the fold and honor them for their community service. She said their dedication and service to the community and its people has no bounds.
Leroy Brobst, assistant to the manager, introduced Zarayko.
"[Zarayko's] accomplishments have been made possible by a dynamic and progressive group of individuals who serve on borough council, but many of the ideas and concepts that make him unique have come from a deep desire to see the borough as an icon of local government," Brobst said. "He is a very humble man and he is quick to praise others and share plaudits with them. No one could ever consider him to be self-serving."
Serving as borough manager since 1986, Zarayko is credited with updating and modernizing the wast water treatment plant and the construction of a public works building, a new fire station and borough complex that includes offices and council chambers, a new police station and the Atlas Cement Museum. In addition, he was instrumental in the building of the recreation center, displaying of holiday street decorations, the Lerchenmiller Drive Bridge and the opening of Washington Avenue from East 10th Street to Lerchenmiller Drive.
"These, however, are not the things that make him remarkable," Brobst said. "His love for the Borough of Northampton is the driving force."
Councilman Ed Pany, curator of the Atlas Cement Memorial Museum, introduced Reenock as a man of passion and commitment for Northampton and its people.
"He is a man of charity," Pany said, noting Reenock, without any fanfare or publicity, visits homebound residents and drives people to doctors appointments.
Dedicated to serving seniors and children, Pany said the mayor has been an advocate for these two age groups.
"He is a man of compassion," Pany said of Reenock.
The mayor, nearing 40 years of service on council and the mayor's office, was a driving force in the restoration of the community's Joint Veterans Memorial Plaza, performing electrical work and completing other tasks.
Pany said Reenock addresses the borough's youth in different programs, going far beyond what most people commit themselves to doing.
State Rep. Julie Harhart presented citations from the Pennsylvania House of Representatives to Reenock and Zarayko for their tireless service to the community and its people.