Since 1979, "Miss Ruby" has provided visitors to Salem Avenue Elementary School with a smiling first impression.
The school's front office secretary has enrolled hundreds of students, answered countless phone calls and divvied out more than her share of late slips. She's calmed upset parents, loaned lunch money to students, supported teachers and administrators - and watched former students return to school with children of their own, she said.
"That sort of blows your mind at first. It just doesn't seem like I've been doing this for that long," said Ruby Roessner, 58, of Williamsport.
She will end her 40-year career in Washington County Public Schools this summer, when she retires to spend more time with her husband, Quentin, and her ailing mother.