Mr. and Mrs. Michael and Kathy Flor, Starrucca, PA are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Dr. Tara Anne Flor to Doron Tyler Antrim, son of Todd and Cathy Antrim, East Haddam, CT.
Dr. Tara Anne Flor and Doron Tyler Antrim
Tara is a graduate of Susquehanna Community High School, St. Bonaventure University and New York Chiropractic College, where she received her Doctor of Chiropractic degree. Tara practices at Living Well Center for Integrative Health in South Burlington, VT.
Her fiancée, Tyler, is a graduate of Nathan Hale-Ray High School, CT, SUNY New Paltz University, where he studied Political Science and Journalism, and is currently employed at Dealer.com in South Burlington, VT as a Campaign Coordinator.
The couple is planning a 2020 wedding.
She pulls into the closest parking spot she can find; checks her unmade face in the rearview mirror and looks down at the coffee stain on her shirt. This mom of three exhales sharply, and opens her door; it's time, time to take on an everyday shopping trip with three young kids. As she herds the three to a cart focused on the task at hand, she overlooks the ladies sitting at a table by the front of the grocery store with red poppies on the table and a donation box next to them. These women are of thousands of auxiliary members hoping to bring awareness of our veterans, remembered and forgotten.
The American Legion Auxiliary Unit 357 is an organization that aims to help veterans and our community; one of many and largest in our local area in Pennsylvania. The organization has many members sworn to the betterment of our veterans and community, but we don't see their faces. Day-to-day life can be overwhelming and constantly busy, and quite frankly, many dread the sometimes-arduous meeting? Being members of a Legion, its affiliates or any organization bettering the lives of others requires sacrifices, but not in comparison to the sacrifices of our Veterans. According to Merriam-Webster, the definition of a volunteer is "a person who freely offers to undertake a service" with no vested self-interest. We urge all members and non-members to join our meetings, our charity programs and events. Help when able and feel the fulfillment of doing for another. American Legion Auxiliary Unit 357 strives to show our active military and veterans that we support and thank them, of course, with the help of our community and volunteers.
Ask how often you may see a veteran, pass by and never thank them for putting their lives on the line, making sure we have our freedoms. There are so many large retailers that don't even offer a discount for our veterans, just a small gesture of kindness and appreciation. Ask how many veterans are in a Veterans' home that would love to talk to anyone and tell their stories, but sadly there is no one to listen.
On November 9, 2018, The Blue Ridge Leo Club expressed how much our local veterans are appreciated by hosting their ninth Annual Breakfast for our American Legion Post 357 Veterans, the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 357, the VFW of Great Bend and the Auxiliary of the VFW, along with some of our local veterans. They pleasantly served breakfast, refreshingly ensured each veteran felt at home and created a Veterans' program. The 5th grade sang "We will not forget" and local vet, Ed Arnold gave an inspiring speech. He stated, "One of the best things you can do for a Veteran is simply say thank you for your service".
The Blue Ridge High School Band played the "Armed Forces Salute" and all veterans in attendance stood at attention and saluted. The auditorium was filled with a representative of all branches; Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine. After another song, Madison Swisher played Taps, which inspired overwhelming emotion in the crowd. As the children exited the auditorium, the American Legion passed out comic books for each child. The American Legion Auxiliary Unit 357 gave each fifth grader a poppy and a booklet about the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. Some of the children made thank you cards and handed them to Veterans.
James Haggerty, a veteran and Blue Ridge alumnus said, "As a first-time participant, the innocence and heartfelt sentiment from these children makes it all worthwhile, once again. I hope to one day see these future warriors, male and female, on this stage again. I wish them luck in all their endeavors and I thank them for the great appreciation that they showed for all the veterans today. I will make every effort to return each year for this program. And, I will encourage all other Veterans to attend."
Next time you are in a rush and pass a table next to the doors of the local grocery store and see two ladies sitting there with poppies, please take a moment to stop, greet them and grab a poppy. Show your support and appreciation for the veterans. Don't let them feel forgotten.
The Cosmetology students at the Susquehanna County Career & Technology Center held their annual "Pink Out for Breast Cancer Awareness" on October 26, 29 and 31, 2018.
Elk Lake Elementary students were treated to pink glitter, pink hair gel, nail polish, hair braiding and fun tattoos for a small donation. The money raised this year totaled $1,302. Each year the Cosmetology Department contributes the money raised from Pink Out to the American Cancer Society. Dr. Alice M. Davis, Executive Director of the SCCTC states, "My staff and students never cease to amaze me with their commitment to the community. On behalf of the faculty, staff and students of the SCCTC, we would like to thank everyone that participated or donated to the Pink Out event."
"I like you the way you are." Those are words we all need to hear, and they were heard through the halls of Elk Lake and Blue Ridge Elementary School as the book Corduroy was shared with kindergarten students during United Way of Susquehanna County's (UWSC) Real Men Read program's first reading visit of the school year. The program originally launched during the 2017-18 school year at Elk Lake Elementary School. This year the program will serve kindergarten students at Elk Lake and Blue Ridge Elementary Schools and is welcomed by teachers, parents and children alike.
Real Men Read connects volunteer male readers, MENtors from the community with kindergarten classes in schools to encourage reading and learning in young children, and boost early reading success. MENtors make a commitment to read to the class for an hour once a month. At the end of each reading visit each kindergarten student receives a copy of the book read, to add to their home library. The readers have been trained to interact with and lead the children in discovery. (Each reader must undergo a security clearance to work with the children.)
Pictured (l-r) are Real Men Read volunteers and supporters: front row - Sue DiCola, Kim Smith, Megan Shupp, Theresa Allen; middle row - Matt Markarian, Bob Welch, Dave Palmer, Cpl. Jeffrey Burman, Tpr. Tim Walker, Tpr. Brandon Cortazar, Stephen English, Bryce Powers, Jamie Orlandini; back row - Rich Mackey, Tony Price, Dahmel Griffin. Missing from photo were: Thomas Chamberlain, Sgt. Michael Joyce, Brian Lione, Brian Manzer, Zachary Morahan and Timothy Oakley
Why MENtors? 81% of children under the age of 5 are living in economically at-risk situations, coupled with an increase in female led single parent households in Susquehanna County. Experience has shown this to be a worthwhile program. Teachers are typically female so many children do not have a male mentor/positive influencer in their lives promoting the importance of literacy. Real Men Read is a great opportunity for students to have a positive role model who values education and encourages the love of reading.
From K-3rd grade students are learning to read, and from 3rd grade on students need to be able to read to learn. According to the Annie E. Casey Foundation, students who don't read proficiently by third grade are four times more likely to leave high school without a diploma than proficient readers. We can prepare our children for a lifetime of success in reading and learning simply by sharing books, encouraging literacy skills, and modeling the importance of reading.
It is UWSC's goal to bring Real Men Read to all Susquehanna County school districts, but this will depend on funding and volunteer support.
To sponsor or learn more about Real Men Read please visit: www.UnitedWayofSusquehannaCounty.org.
A planned surprise presentation of Paul Harris Fellow awards was conducted by members of the New Milford Area Rotary Club on October 31, 2018 at Green Gables Restaurant in New Milford, PA. Carol and Peter Conigliaro, owners of Green Gables Restaurant were nominated and recognized by the club with this highest Rotary recognition, while surrounded by their evening customers.
Pictured (l-r) are: Thomasita Carlson, John Reynolds, Carol Conigliaro, Peter Conigliaro, Luke Gorham, David Palmer, Annie Palmer
The Paul Harris Fellow award is the Rotary Foundation's way of expressing its appreciation for a substantial contribution to its humanitarian and educational programs. It is named for Paul Harris, a Chicago lawyer who started Rotary International with three business associates in 1905. Rotarians often designate a Paul Harris Fellow as a tribute to a person(s) whose life demonstrates a shared purpose with the objectives of the Rotary Foundation. Carol and Peter Conigliaro continue a legacy of Green Gables Restaurant supporting Rotary International going back to 1948.
In becoming Paul Harris Fellows, Carol and Peter Conigliaro join a remarkable company of persons throughout the world, all recognized for their devotion to the ideal of goodwill, peace and understanding. It is the goal of Rotarians the world over, and one they both clearly share.
During September and October, the Red Cross collected over 21,000 fewer blood and platelet donations than what hospitals needed. Blood donors of all blood types, especially type O, and platelet donors are urged to make an appointment to donate at RedCrossBlood.org or by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
An additional 4,300 blood drives nationally and over 170 blood drives are needed in the New York-Penn Region in December, January and February to help stop the shortage from continuing throughout winter. Donations often decline during the winter holidays when many groups postpone blood drives while regular donors are busy with holiday activities and travel. Severe winter weather may also cause blood drive cancellations contributing to fewer donations than needed.
To encourage donations around the Thanksgiving holiday, those who come to donate blood or platelets with the Red Cross Nov. 21-24 will receive a long-sleeved Red Cross T-shirt, while supplies last.
Upcoming local blood donation opportunities will be held as follows.
November 27, 9am - 2pm, Susquehanna Community High School, 3192 Turnpike Street, Susquehanna.
November 29, 10am - 3pm, Pivot Montrose, 417 Grow Avenue, Montrose.
December 5, 2pm - 6pm, Harford Volunteer Fire Company, Fair Hill Road, Harford.
United Way of Susquehanna County (UWSC) is announcing that qualified 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organizations that serve residents of Susquehanna County, PA may submit a Letter of Intent applying for United Way funding. UWSC's mission is to "Help Children Do Well" and specifically looks to fund programs that focus on the following areas: academic readiness, mentorship, childhood wellness, family development and stability.
Members of the volunteer Allocation Committee will determine which agency programs best align with our mission and have the greatest likelihood of demonstrating improved quality of life through outcome measurements. For those agencies interested in submitting a Letter of Intent, it is mandatory that a representative from the organization attend a training to be held on December 4, 2018 at 9:00am at the First United Methodist Church, 69 Pratt Street, New Milford, PA 18834. RSVP is required by Nov. 29, 2018 by contacting UWSC at 570-465-3868. We encourage you to refer any interested non-profit organizations to review the Letter of Intent available on our website: unitedwayofsusquehannacounty.org. Letters of Intent are due by January 17, 2017.