Ken VanGiesen always has been a soldier's soldier.
He earned this distinction by his attention to detail in every assignment he was ever given as a 12-year member of the Pennsylvania Army National Guard.
VanGiesen, the 30-year-old son of Tom and Sue VanGiesen of 137 Lincoln St., Kane, died Monday when an improvised explosive device (IED)Â exploded on a convoy near Bagram in eastern Afghanistan. Two other soldiers riding in the same vehicle also were killed in the explosion, Sgt. Edward Koehler, 47, of Lebanon, and Sgt. Brian Mowery, 49, of Halifax. Five others were wounded.
The 2011 Picnic In the Park continues to grow, offering even more family-friendly events than before. This year's community summer celebration, taking place Saturday, July 30 and Sunday, July 31 at Memorial Park in St. Marys, features a variety of activities, games, food, entertainment and vendors.