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Commissioners Honor Reverend Riccio

Township officials acknowledged the work of Father Salvatore Riccio.

Rev. Salvatore M. Riccio gave his last invocation at a meeting May 10.

After 18 years with , to serve as a senior priest at Our Lady of the Assumption in Strafford.

Pastor Robert Davalt, of , gave the opening invocation during the board’s June 14 meeting.

Commissioner Paul Wechsler read a resolution to honor Riccio, who was present.

“We’re a community of family organizations,” Wechsler said. “Family values and community properties have benefited because of Riccio.

“He gave us a great foundation, presided over rough times. He’s performed weddings, funerals, baptisms and the whole circle of life.”

Wechsler said Riccio visited him in the hospital when he tore his Achilles tendon and noted Riccio served as chaplain for .

“If there were a book on leaders of Springfield Township, he would be included.”

Commissioners shook hands with Riccio and wished him well.

“He won’t be far,” Wechsler said.

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