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GFCBA Membership Drive Underway

Submitted by Erin Debish, Secretary

The Greater Forest City Business Alliance (GFCBA) is undergoing a membership drive for 2019-2020 to continue progress in uniting local businesses, organizations and individuals in order to promote our economy, assist in economic development and foster a positive community environment.

Since our last membership drive the GFCBA has put into action the goals of our Strategic Plan. We have engaged our membership through quarterly mixers. We have formed solid alliances with our Forest City Borough Council, Forest City Regional School District, Rail-Trail Council of NEPA, Endless Mountains Visitors Bureau, Endless Mountains Heritage Region, the Carbondale Chamber of Commerce, Forest City Area Historical Society, the Small Business Development Center, and the Herrick Township supervisors. Using these alliances we have created 3 successful town events; a Main Street Halloween Trunk or Treat, our Christmas in a Small Town, and the inaugural Trail Town Festival. We have also published the second edition of our Greater Forest City Visitors Map & Guide.

Looking ahead through 2020, the GFCBA will be re-applying for the Susquehanna County Room Tax grant in order to create a third edition of the Visitors Map & Guide. At the conclusion of our membership drive we will be making necessary updates to the Map & Guide, website and new signage located along Main Street and along the Forest City D & H trailhead while continuing to seek other opportunities to advertise our Alliance. These publications and maps provide residents and visitors a clear picture of our unification as business owners who see the greater Forest City area as a place where heritage, hospitality, and natural surroundings come together to create a community that takes pride in its past and plans for a prosperous future. The deadline to be included in this map is November 1st, 2018.

In accordance with our Strategic Plan, we are continuing to extend olive branches to other local organizations like the Greater Forest City Industries, the Susquehanna County Commissioners, the Wayne County Commissioners, the Clifford Township Supervisors and the Clifford Township Historical Society. Our strategic plan allows for 3 priorities: 1. Retain, Strengthen, and Promote existing businesses; 2. New Small Business Development; 3. Establish effective marketing and communicating efforts. We are hoping to work with the SBDC to create a comprehensive marketing plan to promote our town and surrounding areas. We will continue to improve on our town events and we hope to have cooperation with Forest City Borough Council to explore any and all avenues to bring more small business to our Main Street and other struggling Main Streets in our surrounding areas.

We are an 80-members strong organization – each small business a vital piece to the Greater Forest City community. We hope you will rejoin us in our mission as an Alliance and we welcome new members to become a part of our unified group. "Unity is strength…when there is teamwork and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved."

Please go to our website for your application:

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Updykes Ranked 10th In State

Howard and Audrey Updyke, Meshoppen, ranked as tenth largest in registering the most Angus beef cattle in Pennsylvania with the American Angus Association® during fiscal year 2018, which ended September 30, according to Allen Moczygemba, Association chief executive officer.

Angus breeders across the nation in 2018 registered 327,067 head of Angus cattle. "Our growth this fiscal year continues to demonstrate strong demand for Angus genetics and solidifies our long-held position as a leader in the beef cattle industry," Moczygemba says. "These results underscore our members' commitment to providing genetic solutions to the beef cattle industry."

The American Angus Association is the nation's largest beef breed organization, serving nearly 25,000 members across the United States, Canada and several other countries. The Association provides programs and services to farmers, ranchers and others who rely on Angus to produce quality genetics for the beef industry and quality beef for consumers. For more information about Angus cattle and the Association, visit

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10 Free Trees

The Arbor Day Foundation will brighten up your fall by offering 10 colorful trees and bushes when you join the organization in October.

The free trees are part of the nonprofit Arbor Day Foundation's Trees for America campaign, a program dedicated to environmental stewardship through the planting of trees.

Everyone who joins the Arbor Day Foundation in October will receive 10 colorful trees and bushes selected for your area.

"Members will especially enjoy these trees during the autumn months because they'll add abundant, vibrant color to any yard or landscape for years to come," said Matt Harris, chief executive of the Arbor Day Foundation.

The trees will be shipped postpaid at the right time for planting, between November 1 and December 10. The 6- to 12-inch trees are guaranteed to grow or they will be replaced free of charge. Planting instructions will be enclosed with each shipment of trees.

To receive your free trees, send a $10 membership contribution with your tree selection to Arbor Day Foundation, 100 Arbor Ave., Nebraska City, NE 68410, by October 31, 2018, or join online at

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PennDOT Customizes Customer Website

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) has modernized its online Customer Care Center – – to make it easier to report concerns on state-maintained roadways with new mapping capabilities, optional photo uploads and a mobile-friendly interface.

"We continually look for ways to use technology to improve our customers' experience, and our new Customer Care Center makes it easier to share their concerns or feedback," PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards said. "The public reports help us in our roadway maintenance and safety responsibilities, and this modernization will ensure we get better information from our customers right from the start."

The modernized service sorts concerns into categories: road or bridge conditions; removing something from a roadway; traffic, signs or signals; ongoing roadwork or projects; or general questions and concerns. Users can map their current location to document a concern or choose an address or roadway, as well as other relevant location information, and even upload photos related to the concern. These descriptions will provide better information for PennDOT staff and can reduce the amount of time needed to gather more information from customers submitting concerns.

As of September 30, the previous Customer Care Center had nearly 45,000 concerns submitted this year, with more than 96 percent of those concerns being resolved.

Motorists are asked to be as specific as possible when providing locations of concerns. Motorists should report the county, municipality, street name, and state route number, which can be found on small black and white signs posted along state highways. In addition, a description of any familiar landmarks would be helpful for PennDOT to locate the problem area.

Maintenance concerns will be corrected as soon as possible. Emergency road repairs, such as road wash-outs, are handled on a top-priority basis.

Concerns may also be reported through 1-800-FIX-ROAD (1-800-349-7623), though the number should not be used to report traffic accidents, disabled vehicles or other emergencies. Motorists should continue to call 911 to report these types of emergencies.

Customers with questions or concerns related to driver or vehicle services should visit For concerns related to the Pennsylvania Turnpike, visit the Turnpike Commission website at

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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:

Look into my eyes… I'm hoping you can't resist me. My name is Leon and not only am I adorable, but when you hold me, I wrap my arms around you for a hug. I love attention from the human kind, but also don't mind other felines and EVEN dogs. If you are looking for a good lap kitty, I'm your man! I do need to be on Science Diet c/d food for the rest of my life because I had some urinary tract problems. The food just prevents me from having any further issues. I'm hoping though that someone out there thinks that's a small price to pay for having such a very special cat like me! I am neutered, UTD on shots, dewormed, and microchipped. My adoption fee is being waived in hopes of finding me a home soon. I want so much to spend the rest of my life with someone special to love.

True Friends had yet another successful "Empty the Shelter" event finding homes for 5 cats and 13 dogs including our long time resident hound, Willie!! We are hoping to keep up the momentum and are waiving fees on ALL our cats and most of our dogs. Come see us at the shelter!

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