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4-H Livestock Sale Awards 3 Scholarships

Submitted By Julie Harvatine, 4-H Educator, Susquehanna County

At the Susquehanna County 4-H Livestock Auction held on Saturday, August 25, 2018 the sale committee awarded three deserving young ladies with scholarships. The recipients are Jessie Purdum, Emily Shevchuk and Jamie Supancik.

Jessie Purdum is the daughter of Craig and Kathy Purdum from New Milford. She is a graduate of Blue Ridge High School and is attending Suny Broome Community College where she is currently studying Nursing. Jessie has shown both market swine and horses during her 11 year 4-H career. Her most meaningful award during her career is the Club Spirit Award, which is awarded at Achievement Night in the fall to a member that is supportive to others and sincerely takes on the true spirit of 4-H.

Emily Shevchuk is the daughter of Annmarie and David Shevchuk from Hop Bottom. She is a graduate of Mountain View Jr./Sr. High School and is currently a student at Arcadia University studying Criminal Justice and Psychology. During her 11-year career in 4-H she has exhibited Market steers, market swine and market goats. Emily cites her most meaning honor in 4-H is the ability to have been a part of this organization for 11 years. It wasn't one thing, it was a cumulative number of things that make up her 4-H experience such as, but not limited to friends, opportunities and privileges the organization gave her.

Jamie Supancik is the daughter of Robert and Diane Supancik of New Milford. She is a graduate of Mountain View Jr./Sr. High School, currently studying early childhood education at Penn State. For the past 10-years Jamie has taken part in Dairy Beef Feeder Steer project, market steer, market hogs, market lambs, dairy, photography, rabbit and many club officer positions. Jamie also stated that the club spirit award is her most meaningful award in her 4-H career. To Jamie, this award represents the passion she has for the program here in Susquehanna County. Since receiving this award Jamie states her passion for this program has grown. Furthermore, Jamie is left feeling heartbroken that her days as a 4-H member have passed, but is truly excited for what the future holds for her as a leader and volunteer with the program. She is excited to give back to the next generation.

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NWTF Turkey Calling Contest Results

Submitted By Bob Wagner

Sounds of the wild turkey were being heard at the band gazebo of the Harford Fair grounds on August 25th, from 9 to 11am. The Wilson F. Moore (WFMM) Chapter and the Full Fan chapter of the NWTF partnered to hold a sanctioned National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) turkey calling contest.

It was fortunate for these two NWTF chapters that they were able to join up with the Harford Fair Open Turkey Calling contest to hold two contests on the Saturday morning. The Harford Fair Open Turkey calling contest has been running for 15+ years, with the determined efforts of Judi Sartell, family and friends.

Judi Sartell graciously worked with NWTF Life member Dave Wilcox of the WFMM chapter to work out details and coordinate holding two turkey calling contests. Dave Wilcox and members of the WFMM chapter and the Full Fan chapter had been planning for months on how to revive a sanctioned contest that dates to the 1970's, the Susquehanna Open. The 2018 renewed Susquehanna Open Turkey calling contest would become a sanctioned event by the National Wild Turkey Federation. A NWTF sanctioned contest means that the winners of each class would be eligible to go to Nashville, Tennessee in the winter of 2019 to take part in the national NWTF Calling contests. The classes in the Susquehanna Open were Poults, Jakes and Seniors. In the Senior Division there was stiff competition from callers who were previous national champions – Hunter Wallace of Wayne County (a 4-time NWTF Junior National Champion) and Larry Scartozzi, a previous state Champion and award winner at past NWTF National Calling contests. This year Mr. Scartozzi edged out Mr. Hunter to become the first-place award winner in the Senior Division of the 2018 Susquehanna Open Sanctioned NWTF turkey calling contest.

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Before & Beyond The Blue Ribbons

Submitted By Kayleen Conklin

When it comes to 4–H there are so many different opportunities available. From shooting sports, to crafts, and even cooking, there are countless projects to try. As a young 4-Her selecting her projects there was always one project area that stood out to me... livestock! At the time, I was intrigued by the simple things, like the rush of energy you get as you enter the show ring, or the thrill of winning a blue ribbon. Later, however, I realized that there's so much more to showing livestock than that. In fact, you can learn so much from an animal. My animals have taught me patience, dedication, selflessness, and so much more.

Livestock projects require a lot of work (there's no doubt about that), but the outcome is always so rewarding. Market goats require daily care in ways such as being fed, being given fresh water, and having their pen cleaned. They also have monthly needs (like having their hooves trimmed and getting deworming shots). Preparing a goat for show is also a demanding, but valuable experience. Tasks include washing your goat, clipping their hair and practicing showmanship. However, all of your hard work never fails to pay off. Every year at the Harford Fair dozens of 4-Hers show off their market goats, while smiling from ear to ear. Every year a judge sorts through the class and places two individuals at the very top for both the showmanship division and the market division.

This year, two hard working individuals earned the Master Exhibitor and Reserve Master Exhibitor awards. The winners were Amanda Gawel and Samantha Warner. Their hard work was evident and they set great examples for the younger showmen.

Two individuals also worked their way to the top in the market division. Susanna Hricko exhibited the 2018 Grand Champion Market Goat and KayLeen Conklin exhibited the Reserve. Whether a showman was at the top of the class or the bottom, champion or reserve, it is hard for them to say that their experience was not worth while.

Showing market goats allows 4-Hers to do so much more than earn ribbons and feel the excitement of winning. Showing market goats provides kids with a chance to build friendships, learn new lessons, get first hand experience with hard work, and so much more!

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You're "Hogging" The Spotlight

Submitted By Samantha Sebring

The Harford Fair is more than just a county event that happens the third full week of August every year to me and many other 4-H and community members. The fair is what we work forward to all year long, and man does it pay off when we are there. Kids get to raise animals for show, make and decorate cakes, design and model their own clothes, and so much more.

I have had the privilege to be able to raise and show pigs; I've been showing them for about six or seven years now and wish I had started sooner! When I say "raise and show pigs" you may think that it's pretty easy. In some cases, you are correct, but in many you are not. I breed my own pigs, so I can also show in the home-bred class at the Harford Fair, and this requires much more work. We breed our sows in the fall and then deliver their litters throughout the winter, in the freezing temperatures. Then we get to process the piglets and wean them. All during this time we watch them very carefully in case one gets sick, so we can medicate it or quarantine it from all of the other babies so no one else gets sick. Once we tag our show pigs we will work with them and wash them almost every day so that they can learn how to respond to our whips/canes/or sticks and so that they stay clean for the shows. After about 6 long months of growing with our pigs, we take them to the fair. We weigh our pigs in on the Sunday before the fair starts, the pigs have to weigh anywhere between 220 pounds to 290 pounds, anything under or over those limits cannot be shown in the 4-H classes but can be shown for showmanship.

Many people say that the week of the fair is their "vacation time" (my parents say it too) but we have a lot of work to do the week of the fair. Between getting up at 4am on show day to making sure we are there at exactly 7am and 5pm for feedings so our pigs don't go crazy. We also wash our pigs every day and clean their pens, which for my family takes about an hour and a half because we brought eight pigs to the fair this year. This year was a special year for me because it was my last year showing and my youngest sister's first year showing. All throughout the summer I worked with her so that she was confident when she went into the show ring for the very first time, and man was she ready.

This year Madyson Sebring won Grand Champion Market Hog and Grand Champion Home-bred Market Hog, Sophia Bianchi won Reserve Grand Champion Market Hog, and Samantha Sebring (me) won Reserve Grand Champion Home-bred Market Hog. I am very glad that the kids who won this year were of all ages. Madyson was a rookie at age 8 this year, Sophia was a rookie but not quite as young as Madyson, and I am 19 years old and aging out of 4-H. I believe that the age differences show the other kids that wining overall is achievable and that is what they should strive for. We also have a showmanship contest that we do at the fair, which is where we are judged on how we wash, clip, and walk our pigs in the ring. The Grand Champion Master Exhibitor for Swine this year was Kayleen Conklin, a senior showman, and the Reserve Grand Champion Master Exhibitor was Carson Ware, a rookie showman.

I would like to send a huge thank you to Scott Wagner for purchasing so many animals at the Harford Fair Annual Livestock Auction. He has greatly supported our 4-H program and all of the kids in the county.

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County 4-H Beef Show Results

Submitted By Emory Bewley

On Monday, August 20, 2018, Judge Jeff Keifer, Bangor, PA, judged the Susquehanna County 4-H beef show. He judged six breeding animals, three baby beef, six dairy beef, and 32 well-finished market steers.

In the breeding section, Rhys Evans was crowned champion of the baby beef show and Payton Lord was not far behind with reserve.

Next were the dairy beef feeder steers. Morgan Tweed took both grand and reserve along with winning the rate of gain contest. Her heaviest steer gain 3.45 pounds per day.


Pictured (l-r) are: proud parents, Shelly and Chad Hollenbeck, Judge Jeff Keifer, Exhibitor Delaney Hollenbeck with Otis, 2018 Grand Champion Market Steer

Finally, the market steers were judged. Gavin Bewley and Jillian Gustin were champion and reserve of the light weight division. Next, champion and reserve of the middle weight division were Delaney Hollenbeck and Emory Bewley. Lastly, Lyndon Bello was champion followed by Jack Kowalewski in reserve of the heavy weight division. Jack Kowalewski also won the rate of gain contest with his steer gaining 2.81 pounds per day. Concluding the show, Delaney Hollenbeck was the overall grand champion of the market steer show and Lyndon Bello was reserve grand champion. Also, Lyndon Bello was grand champion home-bred market steer and Gavin Bewley was reserve champion home-bred market steer.

On Thursday of the Harford Fair, Christina Kern, Cassville, PA judged 4-H beef showmanship. Out of the eleven seniors, Jamie Supancik was senior champion and Allana Warner was reserve. Jack Kowalewski was intermediate division champion followed by Gavin Bewley in reserve. For junior division champion, Lyndon Bello was champion and Jillian Gustin was reserve. Finally, Madison Soden was the rookie champion followed by Rhys Evans in reserve. The overall master showman was Jack Kowalewski and the reserve was Gavin Bewley.

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County 4-H Council Hosts Meeting

Submitted By Emma Zipprich

A Susquehanna County 4-H Council meeting was called to order at 6:11pm on August 6th, 2018. Nate Pettyjohn led the Pledge of Allegiance. The council recited the 4-H Pledge. The old business was discussed. The council decided on the best three fund-raising ideas; Yankee Candle, Krispy Kreme, pizza, and cookie dough. The success of One Day Camp was reviewed. The council decided on the QOD (Question of the Day) for the 4-H Building for every day of the Harford Fair. Members of the council were assigned when to go to the 4-H Building and set up/take down the QOD display. The council was informed of their tasks that they have to do before the fair. The council also discussed fall fund-raising ideas which include a 4-H Fun Night or a 4-H Dance. The next meeting was scheduled for September 15th, 2018, at 9am. The meeting was adjourned at 7:17pm.

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Pin Thimblers Hold Meeting

Submitted By Brooke Marvin

On Monday, August 6th, the Jackson Pin Thimblers 4-H Club met at the North Jackson Methodist Church to end a great 4-H year on a high note.

With the 161st Harford Fair being an important event for 4-Hers, every member said their status on their projects. It helps to ensure that members are on track and ready to enter their projects on time the week prior to the Harford Fair. On that note, the 4-H building is a great place to visit, as it shows hours and hours of work in posters, books, activities, and foods.

With that in mind, every 4-H Club competes to win blue ribbons on both projects and shifts of time working in the 4-H building. The Jackson Pin Thimblers 4-H Club planned to work in individual shifts throughout the week of the Harford Fair.

Our Community Garden behind the Susquehanna United Methodist Church is going great! On August 12th, half of our vegetables will be picked and delivered to the Susquehanna United Methodist Church. The other half was to be given as a donation for their Free Lunch program on August 18th.

Either way, thank you for reading and checking in on the Jackson Pin Thimblers 4-H Club!

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The article in the September 5, 2018 issue of the County Transcript seemed to imply that the contractor that applied the material on Lower Podunk Road in Harford Township was at fault for the condition of that section of road. To be clear, it was the material itself, and the supplier of that material, that was determined to be the problem, rather than the application of the material. We apologize for any confusion.

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Funds Available For Flood Damage

Rep. Jonathan Fritz (R-Susquehanna/Wayne) said the Wolf administration is now offering flood recovery aid to local governments to assist with  flood recovery efforts in flood-stricken areas of northcentral and eastern Pennsylvania. Harrisburg officials have announced the availability of $6.25 million for streambank restoration and recovery efforts by local communities.

"Portions of our region saw catastrophic flood damage," said Fritz. "We have been working hard since to make resources available to our local municipalities. Municipalities should know that these funds require no match. We kindly urge those needing help with repairs to reach out and seek these resources."

The administration directed the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to provide the required cost-share for the projects so that eligible projects will be available at no cost to local governments. The funding will assist communities recovering from the recent floods and help them prepare for future storm events.

"Getting our communities back on their feet after these floods is one of my administration's top priorities, and these grants to local governments will help make sure that flooding can be reduced in the future," said Gov. Tom Wolf. "DEP will work collaboratively with the federal government on the design, permitting, and construction of these projects so that we can ensure long-term protection from flooding."

Funding will be available for Berks, Bradford, Chester, Columbia, Dauphin, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Lebanon, Luzerne, Lycoming, Montour, Northampton, Schuylkill, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Wayne and Wyoming counties for the flooding events that occurred in summer 2018. Applications will be accepted until October 15, by NRCS.

"Restoring and repairing streambanks in these areas can help protect residents from future flooding," said DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell. "We are grateful to NRCS for making this funding available and are looking forward to working with affected local governments to begin this important work."

The United States Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will provide 75 percent of restoration funding, with DEP providing the 25 percent match for eligible projects.

Projects eligible for funding include removing debris from waterways, reseeding damaged areas and protecting eroded streambanks from further damage. Funding is not available to repair or maintain existing structures or repair damage to homes and businesses caused by floodwater.

Local municipal officials may contact the Susquehanna County NRCS at 570-278-1011 or the Wayne County Conservation District at 570-253-0930 for assistance in requesting resources.

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Renovations To Begin On Nicholson Center

The Nicholson Heritage Association is excited to announce that renovations will commence on the Nicholson Tourism Center at the Historic Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad (DL&W) Railroad Station. In late 2014, this historic transportation facility preservation and community economic revitalization project received a Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) grant for preservation and rehabilitation of the historic train station.

The three bids received in response to the June 2018 call for bids were reviewed by PennDOT and Perry's General Contracting, Dunmore, base bid of $1,154,000 was selected. While this is more than the original grant amount awarded, PennDOT is fully funding the project. The Nicholson Heritage Association is required to cover inspection costs.

Marion Sweet, the Nicholson Heritage Association's Chair, said, "We couldn't be more pleased! While it's taken a long time to get to this point because of grant requirements that needed to be met, we look forward to work being done on the Historic DL&W Railroad Station."

The Association purchased the station in June 2012, with donations from individuals, businesses, and a $25,000 Pepsi Refresh Project grant. In 2014, the Association held two public meetings, to present and discuss the results of the feasibility study, funded mainly in part by a grant from the Endless Mountains Heritage Region with PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources funds. The designs are complete and possible in part to a Tom E. Dailey Foundation grant. Reuther+Bowen, a highly accomplished and diverse engineering, design, and construction services firm in Dunmore, PA, has been working with the Nicholson Heritage Association on the project, including the designs.

The Nicholson Tourism Center at the Historic DL&W Railroad Station will revitalize the region by attracting tourists to the station, the Tunkhannock Creek Viaduct (also known as the Tunkhannock Viaduct or the Nicholson Bridge), Nicholson, Historic Tunkhannock, Wyoming County, and the Endless Mountains. The station also will attract visitors to the region by linking to the area's railroading and transportation attractions, including the Martins Creek Viaduct, Viaduct Valley Way Scenic Byway, Starrucca Viaduct, Steamtown, Anthracite Heritage Museum and Iron Furnaces, Electric City Trolley Museum, Lackawanna Coal Mine Tour, D&H Gravity Railroad Depot Museum, and Honesdale: the birthplace of American Railroad. It will also be used for community events.

While the TAP grant provides the funds needed to rehabilitate the station, donations continue to be needed and are greatly appreciated, either by mail to the historical group at PO Box 496, Nicholson, PA 18446 or PayPal. Please visit for more information, including a list of supporters.

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Hurricane Causing Blood Shortage

Thousands of lifesaving blood donations have gone uncollected due to drive cancellations forced by the hurricane, but patients still need critical medical care.

As the American Red Cross responds to Hurricane Florence, providing food, shelter and comfort to those affected, individuals outside the affected areas are urged to help by giving blood or platelets to care for patients in the storm's path and across the country. People can also help by making a financial donation to support relief efforts.

Hurricane Florence's wrath left catastrophic damage behind and took a toll on blood and platelet donations. Nearly 200 Red Cross blood drives in the Southeast were forced to cancel, resulting in more than 5,200 uncollected blood and platelet donations.

"Natural disasters like hurricanes can disrupt blood drives and prevent donors from giving, but hospital patients still depend on lifesaving transfusions," said Cliff Numark, senior vice president, Red Cross Blood Services. "There is an especially critical need for platelets to help cancer patients and type O blood donations for ongoing patient care and emergencies. Every donation can be a lifeline for patients."

Donors of all blood types are urged to help restore hope to patients across the country by making an appointment today to give blood or platelets. Appointments can be made by using the Blood Donor App, visiting or calling 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Financial donations are also needed and allow the Red Cross to provide disaster relief immediately. Help people affected by Hurricane Florence by visiting, calling 1-800-RED-CROSS or texting the word FLORENCE to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

Up-to-date information about how the Red Cross is responding to Hurricane Florence is available at

Upcoming local blood donation opportunities will take place as follows.

Montrose: September 27, 2pm - 6pm, at the Endless Mountains Health Systems, 100 Hospital Drive; September 29, 9am - 1pm, at the Gardner Warner Post 154, 14514 State Route 3001; October 2, 11:30am - 6:30pm, at the Montrose United Methodist Church, 90 Church Street.

New Milford: October 18, 1:30pm - 6:30pm, at the Saint Mark's Episcopal Church, 1148 Main Street.

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4-H Rabbit Roundup At Harford Fair

Submitted By Dayla Jones

This year at the Harford fair grounds the rabbit barn had an eventful week. Thanks to Jennifer Sartell and her crew, any 4-H kid had the opportunity to do many things in the rabbit barn. The 4-H children could take rabbits out for public meet and greets, help setup/ tear down, and go throughout the week to help clean, feed, or water rabbits. Many of us had an amazing time taking our rabbits out to give small children a chance to pet them, putting us in a perfect position to educate the general public on differences in breeds and general care of rabbits. There was also an angora fiber spinning demonstration given by Terry Hornung amd Sharon Milesky at the end of the week.

Featured in the rabbit barn there were 21 out of 49 breeds represented by Susquehanna County! Not to mention, a doe and litter class and 2 meat pen entries. We had more 4-H kids showing this year than in many years past. Every single one of them did their best in rabbit showmanship and all did amazing over all during the rabbit show. Congratulations to Dayla Jones to getting Best in Show for 4-H and Zoey Wright for getting reserve. I want to thank every one who volunteered to help. I'm very excited for Harford fair 2019 in the rabbit barn!

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Annual Medicare Open Enrollment

Submitted By Kelly Hall

Every year beginning October 15 and ending December 7 the Annual Medicare Open Enrollment period (AOEP) takes place. The coverage and costs of Medicare Prescription Drug Plans and Medicare health plans, known as Advantage Plans, can change from year to year, and this is an opportunity for Medicare beneficiaries to review any changes, and choose the coverage that will best suit their needs.

The Apprise program, Pennsylvania's State Health Insurance Assistance Program, has counselors available to Medicare beneficiaries for assistance with plan comparisons, helping to ensure individuals' insurance and prescription drug plan needs will be met in in the coming year.

During the AOEP, the Apprise program will be holding open enrollment events. Appointments at these events are free, confidential, unbiased, and open to all Medicare beneficiaries. Appointments are necessary to attend, and can be made by calling 1-800-634-3746.

Events will be held at the Susquehanna County Area Agency on Aging, Inc. office at 157 Spruce Street, Suite 1 in Montrose on October 29, November 5, and November 26, from 9:00am to 3:00pm.

Additional dates and appointment times are available. For more information or to schedule an appointment for a plan review, please call your local B/S/S/T Area Agency on Aging, Inc. office at 1-800-634-3746.

The Apprise Program and the B/S/S/T Area Agency on Aging, Inc. are funded in part by the Pennsylvania Department of Aging; the United Way of Bradford County; the United Way of Susquehanna County, the Lycoming County United Way, and the Bradford, Sullivan, Susquehanna, and Tioga County Commissioners.

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Senator Baker Sets October Hours

Senator Lisa Baker, R-20th, announced that Field Representative Tom Yoniski will be available for consultation from 10am - 12pm on Tuesday, October 2 at the Susquehanna Depot Borough Building, 83 Erie Boulevard, Suite A, Susquehanna Depot.

He will also be available from 10am - 12pm on Tuesday, October 16 at the Forest City Borough Building, 535 Main Street, Forest City and from 1 - 3pm that same day at the Lenox Township Municipal Building, 2811 State Route 92, Kingsley.

Constituents are encouraged to visit with any questions or problems relating to state matters and no appointment is necessary though they can be scheduled. Concerns may also be addressed by visiting Senator Baker's district office at 22 Dallas Shopping Center, Dallas, by visiting her website at or by calling (570) 675-3931.

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