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By Cathy Benedict, Treasurer
Susquehanna County Treasurer, Cathy Benedict, announces that 2002 Dog Tags are now available in the treasurer's office.
In a combined effort with our office, the Department of Agriculture is mailing applications for 2002 dog licenses to residents of the county. If you receive one and don't have a dog, please pass it on to someone else. If you don't receive one in the mail, applications are available on our website, www.susqco.com on the Treasurer's page, at the county courthouse in the treasurer's office or at any of our sub-agents.
Dog licenses must be purchased by January 1 of each year for all dogs three months and older. Licenses are only good for the county in which the dog resides.
Postmasters, clerks, and rural carriers of the United States Postal Service, quality work team (pictured with residents) recently visited the Gracious Living Estates Personal Care Home, located in South Montrose, PA. The residents had their addresses ready, and the employees of the postal service addressed envelopes. It was an enjoyable evening to being the festive holidays.
The Treasure House Child Development Center in Montrose was the location for a recent dairy promotion. Susquehanna County Dairy Maid Abbey Hewitt read story books about cows and Dairy Maid Abbey Puzo played games with the children about the importance of drinking milk. After the reading of books and playing games the kids were all seated to enjoy a nutritious snack of milk and cookies. The Dairy Maids appreciated everyone at Treasure House for allowing them to tell the children the benefits of eating and drinking dairy products. Pictured are Susquehanna County Dairy Maids Abbey Hewitt and Abbey Puzo as they read and played games to the children at Treasure House.
Representatives from local schools and agencies recently attended and completed a "Parent to Parent 2000" Facilitator Training. "Parent to Parent 2000" is a video-based program that helps parents deal directly with their children on the critical issues facing adolescents today: drugs sex, violence, and issues of character development. This training prepares individuals to coordinate and facilitate this nationally acclaimed parenting program currently offered throughout Susquehanna County.
Roselyn Hibbard, TREHABs Drug and Alcohol Prevention Supervisor, conducted the training, which was held in Montrose.
The Blue Ridge School District was the first in the county to bring the Parent to Parent program to local parents. School nurse Jan Lee and teacher Anna Mack will join six others in the Blue Ridge District who were previously trained to facilitate the interactive parent sessions.
Pictured during the facilitator training for "Parent to Parent 2000" are, (l-r): Mary Keihl TREHAB D&A Prevention Specialist, Merriel Oliver program presenter, Roselyn Hibbard, Beth Martin, Marge Winkleblech, Marilyn Walsh, Darlene Page, Jan Lee, Anna Mack.
Montrose Area High School teacher Mary Keihl also participated in the training and will join the facilitation team which recently completed the second offering of the program.
Susquehanna County Children and Youth Services, Cooperative Extension, Lourdesmont and TREHAB were all represented at the training. Through their agency contacts Marge Winkleblech, Darlene Page, Beth Martin, Marilyn Walsh and Merriel Oliver will take the Parent to Parent program to parents throughout Northeastern Pennsylvania.
Parent to Parent 2000 is based on the premise that when parents are given the knowledge, the necessary skills and motivated by positive beliefs, they become capable of such action as: taking a stand against illegal drug, tobacco, and alcohol use, developing age-appropriate rules about friends, dating and activities, setting limits, earning trust in making consequences work, developing and communicating a family belief system, and building a parent network to help monitor kids social and peer behavior.
Trained facilitators offer parents an opportunity to explore why raising kids today isnt as easy as it used to be. Through eight sessions with topics such as "Awareness is Your Best Friend," "Traps to Avoid," and "Building a Family Vision" parents discover how to recognize elements of todays "toxic culture" which influences not only teens, but all members of the family, and can erode the value system of even the "best" families.
Parents wanting to know where and when the program will be offered, and organizations wishing to sponsor or schedule the program for members, employees, or other parents, can call Roselyn Hibbard at TREHAB, 278-3338, ext. 5229.
On November 29, after the crew was mustered on the deck of Ship 90s land-ship the "North Star," the call of the Bosn whistle announced the arrival of Skipper Barry Hall on board. After a uniform inspection of the crew the skipper welcomed all guests and ship committee members to the 56th Bridge of Honor of Sea Scout Ship North Star, 90, New Milford, PA. Two new Sea Scouts, Steven Spencer and David Navickas were welcomed into the crew. Skipper Hall and first Mate Nate Seymour then presented to the Sea Scouts nine Merit badges, three Able Ranks, several Long Cruise badges, one Gold Venturing Award, three Small-Boat Handler bars, 3 BSA Lifeguards, three Mile Swim awards, and Service Stars, veteran recognition to Sea Scouters who have served more than ten years and as long as 63 years!
Commodore Ron Hall was piped aboard, who presented the Ships Charter to Ship Chairman Don Johnson and Millard Hall, President of the Sea Scout Association and sponsor of Sea Scouting in New Milford. Ship 90 has qualified as a National Standard Sea Scout Ship and received the Quality Unit Award again this year. Commodore Hall welcomed aboard our new Vice Chairman of the ship committee, Charles Jaget and Marvin VanCott, the new Second Mate for the ship. The Commodore then presented the Venturing Advisor Award of Merit to Skipper Barry Hall of Ship 90. To earn this award a Sea Scout skipper must serve 18 months as skipper, complete all required officers training courses and his ship must have earned the National Standard Sea Scout Ship award and the Quality Unit award and be highly recommended by the quarter-deck officers in his ship (the Sea Scout petty officers). Congratulations Skipper Barry T. Hall, for a job well done!
After the Commodore, Skipper, and other officers were piped over the side and the crews disembarked, all enjoyed pizza, soda, fellowship while looking over log books that contain the history and many photos of Ship 90, from its beginning in 1943 to the present one of the oldest and best known Sea Scout ships in the United States.
Thanks to all who have supported our flag sales. We sell all sizes of US flags, poles, armed forces flags, historical and state flags and we are getting more in all the time. If we were out of what you needed, please check back with Ron Hall, at 465-3218.
The Susquehanna County Library has received a gift of one hundred new children's books, ranging from pre-kindergarten through early readers. These books were a donation from the Brownstone Book Fund, a private foundation in New York City, which is devoted to fostering early reading, a love of books, and encouraging parents and children to read together. The new books, including some of the very popular "Magic Tree House" series titles, have been added to the library collections in Montrose, Forest City, Hallstead-Great Bend, and Susquehanna. Visit your local library to explore and enjoy new books!
As winter and the end of the year approaches, Mothers Against Drunk Driving in Pennsylvania is asking people with unwanted cars to remember them.
Mothers Against Drunk Driving notes that the cars must be not older than 1990, intact and in running condition, and the donor must have a valid certificate of title. All a donor needs to do is call 1-800-720-6233 at any time and arrangements will be made to pick up the vehicle in just a few days.
The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission has awarded a General Operating Support Grant for $10,000 and a Museum Project Grant for $4,800, to the Susquehanna County Historical Society for the fiscal year 2001-2002. The Operating Support Grant allows the Historical Society to purchase books for the genealogy reference room, preservation and archival materials for storage, showcases, photographs, document repair, records management and exhibits. It also provides support for salaries of the staff. The Museum Project Grant will allow the Society to purchase and install ultra violet filtering Plexiglas windows throughout the entire museum.
The Susquehanna County Historical Society was founded in 1890 and joined with the library to form the Susquehanna County Historical Society and Free Library Association in 1907. The Society houses a large collection of genealogical research materials and since 1989, publishes a biannual Journal of Genealogy and Local History, and sponsors reprints of both county histories. The museums collection is comprised of artifacts from Susquehanna County and its people dating back to the Revolutionary War veterans and settlers who came to the county in 1787. Two exhibits, "Witness to A Civil War" and "Cornets and Quicksteps: Bands of Susquehanna County" won awards of merit from the Pennsylvania Federation of Museums and Historical Organizations and the latter received an honorable mention from the American Association for State and Local History. In 1998, "Waiting For the Lord: 19th Century Black Communities in Susquehanna County," by Debra Adleman, was awarded an Honorable Mention in the book publication category. The Society received three local history research and writing grants for this project, undertaken by researcher Adleman, from PHMC.
The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission administers the Pennsylvania History and Museum Grant Program, the Keystone Historic Preservation Grant Program, and Certified Local Government Grants.
Harrisburg New 2002 Pennsylvania House of Representatives calendars are available from any of Rep. Tina Picketts (R-110) district offices.
"The calendars are always popular due to the beautiful photographs of our Capitol," Picket said. "Please stop and pick one up while supplies last."
Pickett has a limited supply of calendars, which feature spectacular photographs of the Capitol Complex, Harrisburg cityscapes and artwork that can be found in the Capitol.
Picketts offices are located at 321 Main St., Towanda, (570) 265-3124; the Grange National Bank Building, Lawton, (570) 934-2557; 138 West Lockhart St., Sayre, (570) 888-9011; and 24 Main St., Hallstead, (570) 879-4120.
Harrisburg Free eye examinations and vision care are available to low-income working families under the VISION USA program, said Rep. Tina Pickett (R-110).
The program, sponsored by the Pennsylvania Optometric Association and the Pennsylvania Vision Conservation Institute, offers comprehensive eye examinations and basic eyeglasses, if needed, during Save Your vision Month in March, 2002.
To qualify for the program, applicants must be employed or live in a household where at least one person is working full- or part-time and have an income falling below an established level based on household size. Applicants also must not have health insurance that covers eye examinations or have had an eye examination during the past two years.
The deadline to apply for the program is January 31, 2002. Patients will be notified by mail at the end of February which doctors office to call for an appointment.
Qualified applicants will be assigned a volunteer optometrist from their community who will perform a comprehensive eye examination at no charge during March.
Application materials and additional information about the program are available by contacting one of Picketts district offices in Sayre (570) 888-9011, Towanda (570) 265-3124, Hallstead (570) 879-4120 or Lawton (570) 934-2557.
The final draft of the Upper Lackawanna River Watershed Conservation Management Plan is available for review and comment in three locations: Forest City Public Library (Main St.); Rail-Trail/Trails Conservation Corporation office (334 R. Main St., Forest City); and the office of the Lackawanna River Corridor Association (Providence branch, Scranton Public Library, 2006 main St.). A comment sheet is available and can be left at the libraries, or mailed to the TCC office. The plan is available for review until December 31.
The plan was developed with the assistance of a grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. The plan discusses the land, water, biological, and cultural resources of the watershed. It identifies areas of concern, reviews prior river studies, and makes recommendations for the protection and conservation of the watershed. Projects and recommended actions can be funded by future implementation grants through PA DCNR. Questions can be addressed to the TCC office at (570) 785-7245.
The family of Marge Barton would like to thank everyone for their acts of kindness, while she was a patient at Barnes, for the loving care given to her by Dr. Saran, the nursing staff, the many cards and prayers, those who stopped by to say hello or visit awhile. She was thankful for all of you and so are we. A special thank you to Rev. Batzel for always being there for her, and us. And to all of you who helped us in any way thank you!
She was a special lady!
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