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Treasures from Avalion Bossler’s Recipe Drawer
In 1955, Avalion Bossler started working for Met-Ed providing administrative support to the Sales Department. This was a time when the company was heavily promoting the use of electricity to industrial, commercial and residential customers.
Part of this effort included an on-site test kitchen so Met-Ed’s home economists could demonstrate all the wonderful features of electric appliances.
For Hometown News, Avalion searched through her drawer full of recipes and came up with a stack of recipes used in the kitchens. She also discovered some vintage Met-Ed bill inserts that featured recipes!
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Looking back, demonstrating the uses of the electric skillet wasn’t the only thing that seems incongruous to today’s electric utility workplace. When Avalion became pregnant with her first son, she knew she would be leaving the company. At the time, like many employers, the company preferred single or married women without children so there would not be a position for Avalion if she wanted to continue working. “My co-workers – mostly men – gave me a baby shower in the Met-Ed kitchen,” laughs Avalion. Using her memory that seems absolutely undimmed, she remembers, “They gave me an electric bottle warmer shaped like a rocket and an electric bottle sterilizer!”
As Avalion left Met-Ed, her husband Clark Bossler joined the company, grateful for the regular work and good benefits to support his new family. He started as a janitor at Titus Station eventually becoming a well-respected leader in the Met-Ed line department. He retired from Met-Ed in 1994 and sadly died in 2019.
Avalion and Clark were married for 63 years. They met at a basketball game in Fleetwood. They have two sons and seven grandchildren. Avalion welcomed her first great grandchild in December 2021. She is active with the Laureldale Senior Club, the Leesport Historical Society, her church and MERA (obviously). She is a member of the Lady Colfax Rebekah Lodge and the Order of the Eastern Star. She likes to read and cook – her mac and cheese is famous among friends and family. But what really lights her up is swimming. “I love to swim. It just relaxes me.” Weather permitting, she does 15-20 laps a day. Just four years ago, prior to a health scare, Avalion was swimming 50 laps a day! Avalion’s advice to fellow retirees: Make each day count and spend time reading your Bible.