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County 4-Hers In State Horse Show
Blue Ridge Senior Center Update
Economic Development Dept. Receives Grant

County 4-H’ers In State Horse Show

Seven Susquehanna County 4-H members recently participated in the 4-H State Horse Show at the Harrisburg Farm Show Complex.

Bonnie Hayter, Jessie Casella, and Megan Smith showed their horses in the Production classes. Bonnie won fifth place in Two Year Old Geldings; Jessie won third place in Hunter Type Horses Two-year Old Filly. Megan received fourth place in English Futurity 3 year-old, fourth place in Hunter Type Horses Two-year Old Filly, and second place in Stock Type Horse Yearling Filly.

Ashley Gaffey placed ninth in Open Trail Horses. She also rode in Western Pleasure Sr. Riders.

Ali Giamanco showed in Miniature Horse Driving.

Sofia DeLouisa placed eighth in Saddleseat Pleasure Ponies and sixth in Saddleseat Equitation Jr. Riders.

Susquehanna County had three English riders qualify. Jessie Casella entered in Working Hunter Horses. Kyle Moyer rode in Hunter Under Saddle Horses Jr. Riders. Ali Giamanco participated in Hunter Seat Equitation and Hunter Hack Horses.

Congratulations to these riders for their outstanding efforts and performances.

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 Blue Ridge Senior Center Update

While we have had an almost perfect fall, with all the warm days and sunny skies, we must be prepared for dull overcast and windy cold days and that snow that is sure to arrive. We had better get used to the idea because we won’t be seeing much of the sun here in Northeast Pennsylvania for about the next six months.

Early in the month Betty K. and Mary White baked cookies which we enjoyed with our lunch. The rest were sent to Peoples National Bank for Bank Tellers Appreciation Day. Not only did we send cookies, but balloons as well. A nice thank you card was received from the tellers.

A breakfast brunch was enjoyed here on our first brown bag day of the month. Our chefs were Fred Kelly, Norm Darrow and Puff Parrillo; they prepared pancakes, bacon, sausage, eggs, home fries. Mary White, Alice Parrillo, Alice Hall, Ruth McDevitt and Etta Kelly served the hungry group that awaited.

Once again our quilt is traveling. we had the drawing for the beautiful hand crafted quilt made by our quilt ladies and the winner was Sandy Rinker. She is Lena's daughter-in-law and lives in Springville. Congratulations!

One afternoon Don Day, retired game warden, gave a very interesting talk about "The Great Bend Flats." He only spoke for a short while and we are hoping he will return and give the next installment on this local topic.

Have you ever thought about crime and the senior citizen? We don't have to be helpless, the booklet Betty K., passed out "What Senior Citizens should know about Crime Prevention" is and will be a very informative. We talked about what we could do to help ourselves, and tips in the booklet should be a great help.

A busload of folks went on the train ride trip. It was to Owego and there we boarded a train, enjoyed lunch and music and a sing-a-long. On the way home a stop was made at the Iron Kettle Farm Stand. Everyone had a good time.

Our spelling bee was held and the winners were, first place- Ruth Clift, second- Alice Smith and third- Wilma Robbins.

The best for last – the Halloween Party. Our dining area had been decorated with leaves in fall colors, pumpkins, gourds and lovely plants. A nut cup was by each table setting. Several came in costume, the one with the scary hair turned out to be Audrey La Hoda. Some told frightening stories about past Halloweens. Games were played and door prizes given out. Also that day the birthday cake arrived. Although there are many who celebrate birthdays in October, only Jennie Winnie, Audrey La Hoda, Bea Chandler and Ruth Van Cott were present. The candles were lit and everyone sang "Happy Birthday."

That’s all for now, remember we are meeting at the Emerson Apartments. Remodeling is being done on the Great Bend Building and this is a temporary stay. Keep those flags flying and God Bless America.

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Economic Development Dept. Receives Grant

The Susquehanna County Economic Development Department has been awarded a Local Economic Development Assistance (LEDA) Program grant in the amount of $27,768.00. This grant will be used to stimulate economic growth through marketing of commercial and industrial properties in the county and for site development.

"We’re pleased to be able to utilize the bulk of these funds for specific projects that enhance commercial and industrial sites in the county," said Justin Taylor, director of the Economic Development Department, adding that this LEDA grant will assist in funding a remediation study for the SOLIDA site in Oakland Township and to assist Kartri Industries of Forest City with site development for a planned expansion

The Economic Development Department also hosts a web site,, which lists properties in the county that are available for commercial and industrial development. The listing is provided at no cost to the owner or their agent. Inquiries regarding those properties are referred to the owner or a designated agent. Those wishing to list a property may contact the Economic Development Department at (570) 278-4600, ext. 558.

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