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HomeCounty Living ( January 23, 2019 )

New Milford Rotary Sponsors SCHS Club

It was a first for the New Milford Area Rotary Club on January 3, 2019, when it formally chartered an Interact Club at Susquehanna Community Schools. Interact is a service club for youth, ages 12 to 18 who want to connect with other young people and have fun while serving their communities and learning about the world.

Clubs, which meet at least twice a month, are sponsored by local Rotary clubs. Interact clubs organize two projects every year; one that helps their school or community and one that promotes international understanding. Members of sponsor Rotary clubs mentor Interactors as they carry out projects and develop leadership skills. The forming of this club was prompted by positive student feedback from two years of Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) experiences. If you would like to learn more about Interact and Rotary, call 570-498-6637.

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10 Free Trees

Local residents can ring in the New Year with 10 free flowering trees by joining the Arbor Day Foundation any time during January, 2019.

By becoming a part of the nonprofit Arbor Day Foundation, new members will receive 10 free flowering trees or five crepe myrtles. The flowering trees include: two Sargent crabapples, three American redbuds, two Washington hawthorns and three white flowering dogwoods.

"These stunning trees will beautify your home with lovely flowers of pink, yellow and white colors," said Matt Harris, chief executive of the Arbor Day Foundation. "These trees are perfect for large and small spaces."

The free trees are part of the Foundation's Trees for America campaign.

The trees will be shipped postpaid at the right time for planting, between February 1 and May 31, with enclosed planting instructions. The 6- to 12-inch tall trees are guaranteed to grow or they will be replaced free of charge.

Members will also receive a subscription to the Foundation's bimonthly publication, Arbor Day, and The Tree Book, which includes information about tree planting and care.

To become a member of the Foundation and to receive the free trees, send a $10 contribution by January 31, 2019 to: Ten Flowering Trees, Arbor Day Foundation, 100 Arbor Avenue, Nebraska City, NE 68410.

Local residents can also join online at


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Rod & Gun Club Donates To 4-H

Submitted by Penn State Extension, Susquehanna County

Silver Lake Rod and Gun Club holds an annual shoot know as Roger Everitt Memorial Shoot. It is a fun filled, action packed day for all shooting sports enthusiasts. This event is open to the public and takes place in late spring. Fast forward a few months when the tally is done and the numbers are crunched, the kind members of the Silver Lake Rod and Gun Club invited 4-H Educator Julie Harvatine to accept a generous donation to the Susquehanna County 4-H Shooting Sports program area.

This generous donation helps to fund the shooting sports program and teach youth about shooting sports safety, fun and so much more. It is the kindness and generosity of community organizations like Silver Lake Rod and Gun Club that help 4-H make the best better for Susquehanna County Youth. For more information regarding 4-H please contact 570-278-1158 or email

Administered in Pennsylvania by Penn State Extension, 4-H is a non-formal educational youth-development program of the United States Department of Agriculture that helps young people develop knowledge and skills to become capable, caring and contributing citizens. To find your local program, visit the Penn State Extension website at

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Daisies Learn About Value Of Money

Local kindergartners and first graders from Girl Scout Daisy Troop #52283 spent some time with NBT Bank to earn their Money Counts Badge.

NBT Bank of New Milford Branch Manager Ruth Burke and Assistant Branch Manager Marissa Greene presented NBT's Strive® Financial Literacy program to the group of 20 girls on Thursday, November 8, 2018.

To earn their Money Counts Badge, the girls examined US currency and learn the value of each different piece as well as which president is on each bill. They also played games that teach them how to determine the total amount of coins, and heard a story about places that are and are not safe for storing money.

"We love that organizations like the Girl Scouts start introducing financial education to children as young as kindergarten," said Burke. "Teaching kids about money early and continuing that education as they grow can make a significant, positive impact on their financial skills as adults."

Strive provides in-classroom, in-branch and online financial education to help youth and young adults establish a positive relationship with money, grow their money skills, and navigate personal finance as their financial needs mature. NBT Bank's Strive program works with local teachers to help today's youth grow into financially responsible, independent adults. Since launching the program in 2012, the bank has conducted more than 1,000 presentations to school districts and community groups.

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Cancer Patient Drivers Needed

Submitted By Jennifer Washney, ACS

Many PA residents will learn they have cancer this year and getting to their scheduled treatment will be their greatest concern. The American Cancer Society has a volunteer program called Road To Recovery® that can help provide free transportation to and from treatment for people who have cancer and who do not have a ride or are unable to drive themselves. Patients need to call 1-800-227-2345 to register for this program.

Many volunteers decide to volunteer in honor or memory of someone who has been diagnosed with cancer. The Road To Recovery® program provides transportation options for patients in these situations and currently needs volunteer drivers across northeastern PA, especially in Wyoming and Susquehanna Counties. Drivers can drive locally in the county where they live. We also need drivers who will drive across county lines; longer distance drivers. Volunteer drivers donate their time and the use of their cars so patients can receive the lifesaving treatments they need. Drivers also provide encouragement and support.

To volunteer: you need to have a valid driver's license, a safe and reliable vehicle and proof of automobile insurance; be 18 to 84; have a good driving history; a clear background check, computer or Ipad access for online training. Volunteer drivers arrange their own schedules and can commit to as many or as few hours as their schedule allows. Rides are provided during the week from 7am until 5pm.

For information about the Road To Recovery® program and other Society programs and services, please call 1-800-227-2345, or visit

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In-School Winter Walking Program

Who says you can't stretch your legs in winter? From now until May 23rd, area schools are open after hours for walkers. The buildings are heated, secure and well-lit. For more than a decade, Wayne Memorial Hospital has partnered with local school districts to offer an indoor exercise option during the coldest months of the year. More than 200 people have signed up for the program this year. The following school is open every day the school is in session, from 6 - 8pm Monday through Thursday: Forest City Regional School.

For security reasons, walkers must be registered and log in/log out at each school for each visit. Logbooks are kept near entryways or school offices. To register, call Wayne Memorial Hospital's Community Health office at (570) 253-8990. There is a one-time $5 fee for badge processing and mailings. Each year, returning participants will receive a sticker— such as '19'—to place on their badge.

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Red Cross Issues Emergency Call

A donation shortfall over the winter holidays is prompting the American Red Cross to issue an emergency call for blood platelet donors to give now to prevent a blood shortage from continuing throughout winter and affecting patient care.

The Red Cross collected more than 27,000 fewer blood and platelet donations the weeks of Christmas and New Year's than needed to sustain a sufficient blood supply. During this period, about 1,350 fewer blood drives were hosted by volunteer sponsor groups than required to meet patient needs as busy holiday schedules kept many donors away.

"Many people may not realize that blood products are perishable, and the only source of lifesaving blood for patients is volunteer blood donors," said Cliff Numark, Senior Vice President, Red Cross Biomedical Services. "When donations decline – as they did around the holidays and may further decline if severe winter weather and flu season pick up – lifesaving medical treatments could be delayed."

Right now, the Red Cross has less than a three-day supply of most blood types on hand, well below the ideal five-day supply needed to respond to emergencies and daily hospital needs. Blood products are currently being distributed to hospitals faster than donations are coming in.

"We hope people can resolve to save lives now – when there is an emergency need – as well as throughout the year," added Numark.

All eligible donors, especially platelet donors and blood donors with type O blood, are urged to make an appointment to give in the coming days to help restock the shelves for hospital patients. Eligible donors can find a blood or platelet donation opportunity and schedule an appointment to donate by using the free Blood Donor App, visiting or calling 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Volunteer blood drive hosts are also critically needed to prevent the shortage from worsening this winter.

Winter weather poses risk to blood supply.

With several weeks of winter ahead, severe winter weather poses an additional threat to an already low blood supply. Snow, ice and extreme temperatures last January and February forced hundreds of blood drive cancellations, causing about 23,000 blood and platelet donations to go uncollected. In December, winter weather resulted in nearly twice the number of uncollected blood and platelet donations as December 2017.

A local blood donation opportunity is scheduled for January 24, 1:30pm - 6:30pm at Saint Mark's Episcopal Church, 1148 Main Street, New Milford.

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Montrose Pantry Deadline Near

The deadline to register for the February 8 Montrose Mobile Pantry free-food distribution is January 31.

In January, 276 Susquehanna County households received food, including 142 children, 240 adults and 193 seniors. The monthly distributions are funded by local donations and The Weinberg Northeast Regional Food Bank.

Food distributions are held from 3 - 5:30pm the second Friday of every month, at the Montrose United Methodist Church, 526 Church Street.

The February 8 distribution is open to all Susquehanna County residents. You do not need proof of income, but income limits do apply. You will be required to prove residency.

Pre-registration is required for every monthly distribution. To pre-register, call 571-214-2184.

Volunteers are always welcome to unload the Weinberg truck, package and give out food on the day of distribution.

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County Cancels January Meet

The Susquehanna County Commissioners' Meeting scheduled for January 23, 2019 is canceled. The next Commissioners' Meeting will be February 13, 2019 at 9:00am in the Commissioners' Meeting Room in the Susquehanna County Courthouse at 31 Lake Avenue, Montrose, PA.

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Visitors Bureau Is Accepting Events

Events that take place April 1, 2019, through March 31, 2020, are now being accepted for the Endless Mountains Visitors Bureau annual calendar of events booklet.

The deadline to submit events is Friday, February 15, 2019.

All community and non-profit organizations in the Endless Mountains are encouraged to submit their events before the February 15 deadline. Events must take place in the Endless Mountains region of Sullivan, Susquehanna and Wyoming counties and should be of interest to visitors coming to the area. There is no charge and no limit to the number of events an organization may submit.

To get an event in the calendar, go to the visitors bureau website (, click on 'add event' on the homepage, fill out the online form, and submit once complete.

The event information will be reviewed and placed on the bureau's website once approved. All events submitted by the February 15 deadline will be included in the printed calendar of events booklet. The bureau reserves the right to edit and/or delete any submission.

The calendar will be distributed at the bureau's visitors center on Route 6 in Tunkhannock, in brochure racks located throughout the Endless Mountains, as well as at visitors bureau member businesses, PennDOT welcome centers, other visitors bureau offices throughout the state, travel and sports shows the bureau attends, AAA offices, and to individuals who request them from the bureau via phone calls and other marketing initiatives.

For more information, contact the Endless Mountains Visitors Bureau at: 570-836-5431, 800-769-8999, or

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Courthouse Report

Bench Warrants

The Susquehanna County DOMESTIC RELATIONS Section has outstanding BENCH WARRANT'S for the following individuals as of 9:37am on JANUARY 18, 2019: Antonio L. Alcantara, Brett F. Barnes, Amanda C. Bedell, Adam Bohn, James L. Bradley, Ryan T. Brooks, Lee M. Carter, Christopher J. Clark, Ward Deska, Nathasha Everett, Donald Goble, Jeremy W. Hall, Timothy M. Holmes, Brandon Housen, Tara M. Humphry, Timothy J. Jackson, Jean M. Larson, Jessica Lobdell, Lawrence M. McGuire, David N. Miller, Robert A. Muzzy, Kayla M. Payne, Vincent J. Petriello, Sunshine X. Quick, Scott E. Roth, Andrew Sepanek, Desiree L. Shifler, Jerome W. Slick, Edward Teshara, Jason Traver, William R. Wayman, Jr., Thomas Whipple, Jr. Please contact the Domestic Relations Section at 570-278-4600 ext. 4050 with any information on the location of these individuals.


Niles, Sally D (FKA) and Dixon, Sally D to Allen, Felicia M for $169,000.00 in Gibson Township.

Zercoe, Karl (Estate) and Zercoe, Avery to Zercoe, Sheila Ann for $1.00 in Springville Township.

Deleo, Frank R to Deleo, Frances for $1.00 in Choconut Township.

Borin, Karen to Canfield, Daniel and Canfield, Jean for $375,000.00 in Bridgewater Township.

Rupp, Mary A to Ledwith, Kevin and Ledwith, Erica for $21,000.00 in Clifford Township.

Price, Allen and Price, Debra to Altenbach, Kenneth C and Alktenbach, Mary M for $29,000.00 in Brooklyn Township.

MacDonald, Terri Lynn to MacDonald, Jeffery for $1.00 in Susquehanna.

Int 22 Unit 24: Vasquez, Lorraine V to Bremer Hof Owners Inc. for $100.00 in Herrick Township.

Pettinato, Ann M to Pettinato, Ann M and Pettinanto, Laura Kathryn for $1.00 in Clifford Township.

St. Hilaire, Christine to St. Hilaire, Edward Joseph Jr and St. Hilaire, Christine for $1.00 in Forest City 2W.

Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania to Despirito, Louis E and Despirito, Karen M for $152,000.00 in Brooklyn Township.

Baldwin, Melinda and Baldwin, Paul Scott to Frishko, Zachary for $79,900.00 in Harford Township.

Oil Gas & Mineral: Mockingbird Minerals LLC to Persia, Christy Thorp for $10.00 in Jessup Township.

Smith, James P and Smith, Valerie to Yonke, Erika F for $289,000.00 in Bridgewater Township.

Rookstool, Susan M and Black, Dale E and Black, Sandra R to Rookstool, Susan M for $1.00 in Springville Township.

Rookstool, Susan M and Black, Dale E and Black, Sandra R to Black, Dale E and Black, Sandra R for $1.00 in Springville Township.

Foster, Thomas, W and Foster, Evelyn F to Foster, Thomas (Trust) and Foster, Evelyn (Trust) for $1.00 in Bridgewater Township.

Allen, Richard and Allen, Janet to Allen, Richard (Trust) and Allen, Janet (Trust) for $1.00 in New Milford Township.

Morgan, Fred L (Estate) and Morgan, Jessie Marie to Owens, Robert and Owens, Karen Lynn for $120,000.00 in Bridgewater Township.

Valentine, Dennis J and Valentine, Alice L to Rivenburg, Lee and Rivenburg, Deborah for $0.00 in Brooklyn Township.

Keith, Bertram G and Keith, Olivia J (AKA) and Keith, Olive J to Keith, Bertram G (Trust) and Keith, Olive J (Trust) for $10.00 in Harford Township.

Quit Claim: Harvey, April to Orner, C Robert and Orner, Norma G for $1.00 in Montrose.

Quit Claim: McArthur, James to Orner, C Robert and Orner, Norma G for $1.00 in Montrose.

Brooks, Clayton D (AKA) and Brooks, Clayton and Brooks, Rachel N to Culley, William and Culley, Denise Suzanne for $105,000.00 in Rush Township.

Rifle, Shirley A (By Guardians) to Derose, Pamela for $84,000.00 in Montrose.

Wrigley, Albert B Jr to Wrigley, Albert B Jr and Wrigley, Judi K for $1.00 in New Milford Township.

Wostbrock, Teresa and Wostbrock, James A to KMJ Realty Smain LLC for $1.00 in Montrose 2W.

Wostbrock, James A and Wostbrock, Teresa to JMK Realty Smain LLC for $1.00 in Montrose.

Swanson, Taryn M (Executrix) and Swanson, Victoria (Estate AKA) and Swanson, Victoria P (AKA) and Swanson, Vicki to Maple Highlands LLC for $288,500.00 in Herrick Township.

Swanson, Taryn M (Executrix) and Swanson, Victoria (Estate AKA) and Swanson, Victoria P (AKA) and Swanson, Vicki to Maple Highlands LLC for $136,500.00 in Herrick Township.

Roczkowski, David C and Roczkowski, Laurie to Slamka, Daniel for $30,500.00 in Herrick Township.

Roczkowski, David C and Roczkowski, Laurie to Roczkowski, David C and Roczkowski, Laurie for $1.00 in Herrick Township.

Harvey, April L to Robinson, Peter J and Robinson, Michele L for $140,000.00 in Montrose 2W.

Humbert, John J III to Humbert, William Howard and Humbert, John Joseph IV for $1.00 in New Milford Township.

Humbert, John J III to Humbert, Judith Ann for $1.00, one location in New Milford Borough and one in New Milford Township.

Sayre, William H Jr and Sayer, Kimberly to Lee, Robert and Pope, Shane for $55,000.00 in Clifford Township.

Maskaly, Joy E (Estate) to Maskaly, Stephen N for $1.00 in New Milford Borough.

Maskaly, Stephen N to Maskaly, Joason L and Maskaly, Julie H for $1.00 in New Milford Borough.

Maskaly, Stephen N to Maskaly, Joason L and Maskaly, Julie H for $1.00 in Franklin Township.

Sutton, Eleanor to Sutton, Eleanor and Sutton, Brett and Sutton, Gerald for $1.00 in Auburn Township.

Strzelecki, Stephen to Barton, David J and Barton, Julie I for $187,000.00 in New Milford Township.

Decker, Randy D to Decker, Lou Ann for $1.00 in Harmony Township.

Decker, Randy D to Decker, Lou Ann for $1.00 in Harmony Township.

Whitney, Sally L to Earl, Chad for $115,000.00 in New Milford Township.

Higgins, Douglas V and Higgins, Lisa to Monteforte, Robert Allen and Monteforte, Marita Lahood for $310,000.00 in New Milford Township.

US Bank National Association to Adkins, Carol and Nichols, Christopher and Nichols, Kaylynn for $46,900.00 in Montrose.

Galloway, Steven J to Lindquist, David for $21,500.00 in Hallstead Borough.

Lindquist, David to Equity Trust Company (Custodian FBO) and Galloway, Carol G Ira for $21,500.00 in Hallstead Borough.

Corrective/Confirmatory: Williams, Brian C to Williams, Brian C for $1.00 in Lathrop Township.

Confirmatory: R & D Land Company (AKA) and R & D Land Associates to R & D Land Company of Montrose LLC for $1.00 in Montrose.

Confirmatory: R & D Land Company to R & D Land Company of Montrose LLC for $1.00 in Bridgewater Township.

Confirmatory: R & D Land Company to R & D Land Company of Montrose LLC for $1.00 in Bridgewater Township.

Confirmatory: R & D Land Company to R & D Land Company of Montrose LLC for $1.00 in Montrose.

Bank of New York Mellon (FKA) and Bank of New York to King, Jason for $28,500.00 in Hop Bottom Borough.

Hagan, Nora C to Osborne, Mark T and Osborne, Tammy L for $32,500.00 in Middletown Township.

Dime Bank to Peterson, Nakine A and Dolph, Katlyn K for $23,000.00 in Forest City 2W.

Oil Gas & Mineral: Szakal, Steven and Szakal, Jeannette to Consulting Concepts LLC for $10.00, two locations in Lathrop Township.

Paulin, William and Paulin, Carrie to Borner, Edward for $97,000.00 in Forest City 2W.

McArthur, James Marshall, Dirk M and Marshall, Sandra K for $ 105,000.00, two locations in Montrose 2W.

Collins, Frederick E to Collins, Frederick E and Collins, Clark E for $1.00 in Oakland Borough.

Quit Claim: Buxbaum, Nancy (Trust By Trustee) to Buxbaum, Nancy (Trust) for $1.00 in Franklin Township.

Lesjack, Carol J to Tanzini, Matthew and White, Jamie N for $121,000.00 in Hallstead Borough.

Corrective Quit Claim: Oved, Penina to Oved, Elan for $0.00 in Susquehanna.

Korty, Robert F and Korty, Tammy A to McDonald, Jeffrey Alan for $38,000.00 in Forest City.

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Pet of the Week

Submitted by True Friends Animal Welfare Center, 16332 SR 706, Montrose, PA 18801. Phone 570-278-1228 Website:

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