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STAFF PHOTO/ROBERT BAKER Happy 90th Birthday! Jim Welch, Tunkhannock’s veritable renaissance man, celebrated his 90th anniversary on the planet with the good wishes of hundreds of townsfolk at a reception at the Triton Hose House Saturday afternoon. With the egging on by his granddaughter Stacey Peterson, Welch grabbed what he called an old trumpet and played ‘Happy Birthday to You’ while the crowd, which included George Gay Jr. and Bryan Lee, chimed in the lyrics. He was quarterback of the Tunkhannock High School football team, a one-time Triton Fire Chief, and has entertained thousands through jazz band performances. He attributed his long life to always staying busy.

Happy 90th Birthday! Jim Welch, Tunkhannock’s veritable renaissance man, celebrated his 90th anniversary on the planet with the good wishes of hundreds of townsfolk at a reception at the Triton Hose House Saturday afternoon. With the egging on by his granddaughter Stacey Peterson, Welch grabbed what he called an old trumpet and played ‘Happy Birthday to You’ while the crowd, which included George Gay Jr. and Bryan Lee, chimed in the lyrics. He was quarterback of the Tunkhannock High School football team, a one-time Triton Fire Chief, and has entertained thousands through jazz band performances. He attributed his long life to always staying busy.