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Local History Book Released

Submitted By Dennis Favello

Ten years in the making, "Orson: History of a Pennsylvania Village, 1840–2018" by Linda Dix Lee and Dennis Favello is now available. There will be a book signing and celebration at the Orson Church on September 8, 2018 from 1-4pm.

The hardcover, 288 page book was a collaborative effort. The project was initiated by a native Orsonian, the late Edna Llewellyn, with a ten-page, handwritten account. Author, Pleasant Mount native and current Coxton Lake resident Linda Dix Lee expanded Edna's story to include chapters on early settlers, community, commerce, selected local families, and scenic views. There are also sections on the Ontario and Western Railway, and the mid twentieth century sleepaway camp, Camp Keeyumah. The appendix of the book includes maps, a comprehensive list of burials in the village, and an index.

Orson was a boom town of the late nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries. "Seeing the town today, it may surprise people that this tiny village once had numerous family farms, stores, hotels, mills, blacksmith shops, icehouses, creameries, a school, a church, a parsonage, a railroad depot, a garage, a post office, and a Grange hall," said Lee.

Early in the process, calls were issued to the community for stories and historic materials. The response was strong, and the final product has 686 images, including photos, illustrations, maps, and other ephemera. "We used almost everything we got," said the book's designer, Dennis Favello. "The trick was putting it all together to tell a coherent story. It was sort of like doing a jigsaw puzzle."

The book includes the story of amateur photographer, Julian Campbell, who was active in the area from 1911–1915. His work appeared on local postcards in the early-twentieth century. Campbell's glass plate negatives are housed at the Bradford County Historical Society. Research at the BCHS turned up previously unpublished local views by Campbell, in addition to his known postcards. Included in that group are several stunning shots of O&W Railway crews and equipment. While researching Campbell, Lee discovered that she and Campbell are cousins.

Profits from the book will be used for maintenance, repairs, and improvements at the Orson Cemetery.

For local or mail order sales, contact or call 570-727-4369. The book is also available at the Wayne County Historical Society, the Equinunk Historical Society, Hall's Auto in Pleasant Mount, and the Camptons in Hancock.

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Local Kids Enjoy Summer Learning

On Friday, August 3 a group of 15 young teenagers gathered at Susquehanna County Interfaith to keep their brains engaged over the summer and learn all about managing money in a special program with NBT Bank.

As the 12-to-15 year old kids start to work their first jobs (official or unofficial) and enjoy new-found sources of income, NBT Bank of New Milford branch manager Ruth Burke and NBT Bank of Montrose assistant branch manager Tammy Johnson gave them a crash course in planning and tracking their expenses, learning how to create a budget, and tips on how to use their money wisely to become productive citizens.

"We often bring NBT's Strive® Financial Literacy programming into classrooms during the academic school year, but I find that youth and young adults are thinking about money very differently over the summer – it's a more active part of their day-to-day lives right now," said Burke. "Having their attention on this topic at this age will not only help these teens to budget their money now, but it will also help them develop good personal financial habits well into adulthood."

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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Red Cross To Continue Efforts

In response to last week's flooding, the Red Cross of Eastern PA continues its disaster recovery efforts throughout the region, including towns flooded in Susquehanna County.

Since Monday, August 13 the American Red Cross offered: 700+ Meals served by volunteers to those in need; 500+ Disaster Clean-up Kits distributed by volunteers; and 60 Overnight Stays provided at Red Cross Shelters to those displaced by the flooding.

Many meals and kits were handed out door-to-door by volunteers, driving through the hardest-hit areas. The shelter in Montrose remained open Thursday, August 16.

You can help people affected by disasters like floods and countless other crises by making a donation to Red Cross Disaster Relief. Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small across the United States. Please consider making a donation today. Visit, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

An average of 91 cents of every dollar the Red Cross spends goes to its programs and services, which includes providing food, shelter, relief supplies, emotional support and other assistance, as well as supporting the vehicles, warehouses, technology and people that make help possible.

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SCCP Updates County Comprehensive Plan

The Susquehanna County Planning Commission announced that the draft update of the 2003 County Comprehensive Plan is available for public review and comment. Many changes have occurred in Susquehanna County since 2003 and the Plan Update concentrates on county actions to address the community effects of those changes, including those associated with natural gas extraction. The Plan Update was prepared by the County Planning Commission with the assistance of Community Planning and Management, LLC, of Paupack, PA. County Planning Director Robert G. Templeton stated that the proposed update relies heavily on the background data and discussion in the 2003 Plan which remains accurate, but includes new information as needed to document changes and outline actions which the county can take based on the authority of the PA County Code and other state laws. The plan content and planning process must follow the PA Municipalities Planning Code. The update addresses county facilities and services, economic development, housing programs and affordability, land use and resource conservation, transportation and cultural resources.

The Plan Update is available for review at and the County Department of Planning at 81 Public Avenue, Montrose, PA, 278-5950. Written comments may be submitted to the above address or to A public meeting to discuss the update and accept comments will be announced at a later date.

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Drive Sober Or Get Pulled Over

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 10,497 people were killed in drunk-driving crashes in 2016. The enforcement campaign, Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over, runs from August 17 through September 3, 2018, sending national messages about the dangers of driving impaired, aimed to drastically reduce drunk driving on our nation's roadways. The Labor Day holiday has become one of the deadliest, with drunk drivers endangering themselves and others on their way home from holiday festivities. South Central PA Highway Safety (SCPAHS) Coordinator, Matthew Frampton, stated, "We need individuals to understand: It's up to them to make smart decisions and drive sober – Labor Day, and every day. Over the 2016 Labor Day holiday period (6pm, September 2 – 5:59am, September 6), there were 433 fatalities nationwide. That's 433 fatalities too many." The American Trauma Society, Pennsylvania Division (ATSPA) and NHTSA want to remind individuals that drunk driving is illegal and to use the following tips to ensure you get home safely.

• Remind others that it is never okay to drink and drive.

• Designate a sober driver or plan to use public transportation or a ride sharing service to get home safely.

• If you see a drunk driver on the road, contact local law enforcement.

• Take away keys of those who are planning to drink and drive.

Frampton added, "Individuals also need to be reminded that being a designated driver does not mean you drink less. Being a designated driver means you don't drink at all."

For more information, contact the ATSPA at 717-766-1616.

The American Trauma Society, PA Division (ATSPA) is a non-profit trauma prevention education organization dedicated to reducing suffering, disability and death due to trauma. The ATSPA strives to help all Pennsylvanians survive and lead healthier lives through its trauma prevention education programs. For information, call 717-766-1616 and visit

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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 9:43am on August 17, 2018: Brett F. Barnes, Edward Bentler, Allen S. Bowman, James L. Bradley, Ryan T. Brooks, Lee M. Carter, Christopher J. Clark, Jeremy T. DeGraw, Tina Dolan, Nathasha Everett, Morgan A. Garcia, Jeremy W. Hall, Troy R. Heath, Lyle J. Hugaboom, Tara M. Humphry, Timothy J. Jackson, Jean M. Larson, Todd J. Layton, Lawrence M. McGuire, Peggy J. Mills, Matthew J. Moxen, Vincent J. Petriello, Thomas C. Phillips, Kelly A. Skinner, Jerome W. Slick, Tyrone M. Taylor, Edward Teshara, Renee A. Valentine, Brandi R. Wayman, William Webb, Thomas A. Whipple, Jr, Roderic R. Williams. Please contact the Domestic Relations Section at 570-278-4600 ext. 4050 with any information on the location of these individuals.


Arnold, Herbert C (Trust By Trustee) and Arnold, Evelyn A (Trust By Trustee) to Arnold, Jeffrey L and Arnold, Kathy for $1.00 two locations in Clifford Township.

Endless Mountains Community Development Corporation Inc to Wickizer, Deanna V for $30,000.00 in Montrose.

Faigle, Wayne L and Faigle, Deborah A to Woodcock, Lucas Jefferson III and Woodcock, Tina A for $255,000.00 in Springville Township.

Haller, Stephanie Ann and Fickes Living Trust (By Trustee) to Lazy Bear Lodge LLC for $10.00 in Gibson Township.

Weisel, Marion C (Estate) to Weisel, Richard W for $1.00 in New Milford Township.

Kipar, David R and Kipar, Susan to Kipar, Patrick Kurt for $1.00 in Auburn Township.

Rogers, Randy D (AKA) and Rogers, Randy David to Rogers, Randy D and Rogers, Brandon L for $1.00 in Bridgewater Township.

Haynes, Sharon D (Estate) to Haynes, Jared and Haynes, Leah for $70,000.00 in New Milford Township.

Haynes, Sharon D (Estate) to Grubb, Stacie for $40,000.00 in New Milford Township.

McQuillan, Scott C to Jones, John J for $21,000.00 in Ararat Township.

Jones, John J to Jones, John J for $1.00 in Ararat Township.

Dewald, Cheryl L (AKA) and Koval, Cheryl L and Dewald, Ralph L Jr to Dewald, Cheryl L and Dewald, Ralph L Jr for $0.00 in Lanesboro Borough.

Methot, Richard P and Methot, Suzanne L to Kipar, Paul K and Kipar, Sue R for $54,000.00 in Auburn Township.

Marcho Family Limited Partnership to R&J Marcho Family Limited Partnership for $1.00 in Gibson Township.

Mineral: Demott, Gail B and Demott, Louis D to LPR Energy LLC for $1.00 in Lenox Township.

Mineral: Demott, Gail B and Demott, Louis D to Pennmarc Resources III LLC for $1.00 eight locations in Lenox Township.

Singer, Frederick W Jr and Deater, Constance M and Eiskant, Christina A (AKA) and Eiskant, Christina A and Singer, Teresa M to The Nelson Residence Inc for $97,500.00 in Forest Lake Township.

Honesdale National Bank to Karp, Michael and Karp, Linda for $6,000.00 in Forest City.

Quit Claim: Gauthier, Susan to Gauthier, Robert E for $1.00 in Thompson Township.

Interval No. (S) 04. (S)42: Rezac, Wayne and Rezac, Judith to Bremer Hoff Owners Inc for $100.00 in Herrick Township.

Quit Claim: Allen, Michelle E and Allen, Scott M to Allen, Michelle E for $1.00 in Harford Township.

O'Dell, Scott L and O'Dell, Julie A to Werkheiser, Jeremy Lee and Werkheiser, Jennifer for $169,600.00 in Harford Township.

Mitchell, Heidi E and Mitchell, David Robert to Salsman, Brent for $45,000.00 in Forest Lake Township.

Kane, Martin J and Kane, Connie M to Hooker, Homer for $92,000.00 in Franklin Township.

Richmond, Roger D (By Sheriff) and Richmond, Debra L (By Sheriff) to LSF10 Master Participation Trust for $1,666.54 in Montrose.

McFadden, Julia A (AKA) and McFadden, Julia to Noble, Robert and Noble, Mary for $158,000.00 in Auburn Township.

Moody, Shawn (By Sheriff) to H L Bradley Farm Inc (AKA) and HL Bradley Farm Inc for $163,898.00 in New Milford.

Kveragas, Alex to Fitzsimmons, Patrick M and Fitzsimmons, Laura for $10,000.00 in Forest Lake Township.

Maxey, Scott William (By Sheriff) and Maxey, Aurora Jean (By Sheriff) to Bear Creek Properties Inc for $52,561.00 in Gibson Township.

Coy, James H and Coy, Denise M to Ferrel, Matthew for $26,000.00 in Herrick Township.

Betker, Jennifer D to Betker, Theodore Jr for $1.00 in Apolacon Township.

Williams, Mark F to Peckins, Matthew S and Peckins, Nadine K for $26,000.00 in Gibson Township.

Smith, Eugene E (Trust) and Crostley, Greg A (Beneficiary) and Crostley, Eugene M (Beneficiary) to Crostley, Greg A and Crostley, Eugene M for $1.00 in Jackson Township.

Umhauer Pond LP to Umhauer Pond LP for $1.00 in Auburn Township.

Gustin, Lloyd E and Gustin, Ann L to Gustin Family Trust for $1.00 in Auburn Township.

Fitzsimmons, Michael and Fitzsimmons, Audry to Cooper, Laura E for $219,000.00 in Lenox Township.

Wright, David L and Wright, Joann L to Wright, Lisa A for $1.00 in Auburn Township.

Seward, Katherine G to Seward, Katherine G and Seward, Colleen K for $1.00 in Great Bend Township.

Booth, Mildred W to Winkleblech, Mahlon A Jr and Winkleblech, Marjorie for $1.00 in Franklin Township.

Applied Inspection Systems Inc to Now Industries LLC for $110,000.00 in Lathrop Township.

CR 2018 LLC to Cunningham, Jordan for $12,900.00 in Susquehanna.

Mercado, Jorge L (Estate By Sheriff) to Kulick, Kurt for $3,800.00 in Lenox Township.

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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:

Prepare for a cuteness alert at the highest level! It's min pin mania at the shelter and this delightful duo has us all in stitches with their antics and fun loving personalities. Meet Lucy and Sky, 2 year old bonded sisters who are petite pinchers with enough affection and love to fill any household. These girls will stick to you like glue seeking only your kindness in return. So if you can handle all this adorableness and would like to have two doll babies brighten your life, stop by and meet them. These munchkins will provide hours of entertainment, and fill your heart with joy if you are lucky enough to call them your own.

As you may already know, Woofstock was postponed last weekend due to severe flooding at Salt Springs Park. Our hearts are heavy and we are unbelievably disappointed, but we will never give up on our animals and keeping our doors open for the ones who need us.

Woofstock is our biggest fundraiser of the year, providing us with much needed income to get through the Winter months ahead. The animals in our care will remain an inspiration to have our 7th year Woofstock one way or another. We hope you, our local community, will be there when we do.

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