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Joe Burke, President of Susquehanna County Charities Distribution Fund/United Way, appeared at the Louise Bache Womens Club in September to discuss new opportunities for local employees to provide funding to area charitable organizations. Every employee in the County may donate as little as $1 per week to the Fund through payroll deductions. The Fund in turn will distribute it to nonprofit charitable organizations. Mr. Burke expects to distribute $100,000 in the first year and sees the Funds ability to give up to $500,000 in the coming years, helping to fulfill many local needs.
Pictured is Suzanne Cobb, meeting chair, with Joe Burke.
The Louise Bache Womens Club supports area needs by providing funds and goods to agencies such as the Womens Resource Center, Project KIDD, Caring Cafe, Susquehanna County Interfaith Friends' Christmas Bureau and Barnes Kasson Hospital. The Club provides three scholarships to area seniors.
The next meeting will be October 15 at Green Gables Restaurant in New Milford at 6:15. Contact Jane Manzer, 756-2608 for a reservation.
The Susquehanna County Literacy Program is proud to announce that the eighth annual Apple Fest, on Saturday, September 14, was a great success. Being held on the "Green" in Montrose, the event helped raise funds for the program and get the importance of literacy out to the community.
Everyone Enjoys A Festival!
Being blessed with perfect weather for the bike races, there was a great turnout this year. The 13-mile race was won, overall, by James Pitman with 34:09. The first place woman was Melissa Krezk with 38:00. Breaking the course record of one hour and seven minutes, Mike Jones won the 26-mile race with one hour and five minutes, in the 16-34 age category, Andrew Mehychenko in the 35-44 category, Todd Kapeghain in the 45+ category, and Maria Johnson for the women. The Donald Dean and Sons King and Queen of the Mountain titles go to Mike Johnson and Michelle Costello. Congratulations to all of the winners. Thank you to all of the volunteers who marshaled the course.
Great job to all of the winners of the Kids Bike Race in their age group: three years - Josiah Fredenburg, four years - Kenny Rose and Torriana Graham, five years - Bryce Warner and Nicole Barnes, six years - Chris Arnold, seven years - Will Ely and Danielle Barnes, eight years - Tim McNamara and Zoe Kreck, nine years - Chris OBrien, ten years - Andrew Jagel, eleven years - Pat McNamara and Teresa Johnson, twelve to fourteen years, Nicholas Cook and Danielle Schomp.
Congratulations to the winner of the 50/50 raffle this year, Jordan Kissell, with the winnings of about $446.00. Also, congratulations to the Tutors of the Year, Leland and Betty Pease and to the Volunteer of the Year, Fran Donovan for all of your hard work and contribution.
Apple Pie Baking Contest winners were: First Place - Beverly Grier; Second Place - Doreen Armitage; and Third Place - Joyce Siracuse. Great job, everyone.
The Susquehanna County Literacy Program would like to thank the whole community who helped make this event a success.
At a recent meeting of the Pennsylvania Democratic Party, in Pittsburgh, PA, Joey Franks, Susquehanna County Democratic Chairman, and Tom Hurley, State Committeeman, met with Ed Rendell (pictured above), Democrat candidate for Governor. Also in attendance was Rick Franks, Secretary of the Susquehanna County Democratic Committee.
Bernard Leo Remakus, M.D. (pictured with Rev. Richard Thomas of New Milford) is the author of a new book, "Medicine From The Heart," which is being published by "Universe." This latest literary work follows the Hallstead. physicians previous books, "The Malpractice Epidemic," and "Cassidys Solution," a novel set in Susquehanna County.
"Medicine From The Heart" is a collection of 50 essays that analyze contemporary and traditional health care issues through the real-life experiences of Dr. Remakus, his patients and fellow health care professionals. The essays demonstrate the value of a traditional doctor-patient relationship and the importance of such a relationship in modern society.
In a recent review, Dr. Kevin Riley, a clinical psychologist and faculty member at the Temple University School of Medicine and LaSalle University stated, "Medicine From The Heart is a reflection of medicine that captures the spirit of the doctor-patient relationship and reveals the humanity still possible in modern medicine. It should be required reading for every health care professional."
In another review, Dr. Agnes Cardoni, an author and faculty member at Wilkes University and Kings College noted: "I have used Dr. Remakus intelligent, compassionate and articulate essays for my courses in Literature and Medicine. His writings are a perfect accompaniment to the likes of Chekov, William Carlos Williams and Robert Coles."
Dr. Remakus latest book follows a 12 year career as a medical journalist in which he published over 200 separate articles in various medical journals. His column in "Internal Medicine World Report" was one of the longest running and most widely read physician-written columns published by medical journals in the United States.
Dr. Remakus writings have earned the recognition of United States presidents, legislators, religious leaders, businessmen, and health care professionals. In a published commentary, veteran journalist and reviewer, Odom Fanning, stated: "There are some who believe that Bernard Leo Remakus, M.D. is the best medical writer in America."
"Medicine From The Heart" is the first in a series of essay collections that Dr. Remakus plans to publish in the next few years. The book is available through bookstores and internet websites, and can be previewed on the internet at Universe.com.
The Susquehanna County Historical Societys exhibit, "Grand Old Flags," (pictured) will be open to the public until October 15. Opening on July 4, the exhibit has attracted numerous visitors throughout the summer months. Shown in the background is a handmade 36-star flag, used by Union League of New Milford to proclaim Union victories toward the end of the Civil War. Because of its large size, the flag could only be carried horizontally. In front of the Union League flag is a 40-star flag with hand appliquéd stars, made between 1877 and 1896. It belonged to Richmond Moss Hall, a Civil War veteran. The large flag in the center is a 34-star flag made by the Ladies Aid Society of Montrose during the Civil War. On different occasions it hung in front of the store of B. R. Lyons on Public Avenue. Among the many other flags on display are flags with 17, 30, 31, 45 and 46 stars; a Harrison and Reform political banner; an original 1876 Centennial flag and a 1976 Bicentennial flag. The hours are Monday through Friday, 9-5. The museum is located on Monument Square, Montrose.
Two area residents recently
participated at the Philadelphia Harvest Show, at the Horticulture Center
in Fairmount Park. This annual show is produced by the Pennsylvania
Horticultural Society and features homegrown vegetables and fruits,
preserved products and baked goods, in addition to flower designs.
Shirley Andre does a last-minute flower arrangement.
As with most large endeavors, things can go wrong even at a large, well-planned event. Just before the deadline for design entries, it was realized that one person had not arrived with her arrangement. Pressed into service, Shirley was handed a container and a bucket of leftover flowers and asked to get a design ready for judging. With a little kibitzing from bystanders, an arrangement was made in record time. As sometimes happens, the least planned things turn out well. Shirley was awarded another second place ribbon on this design.
In addition to local garden club work, Shirley is Chairman of the NE Area Judges Council, treasurer of District III, and secretary to the Garden Club Federation of Pennsylvania Judges Council.
Gladys Bennett is currently secretary of the NE Area Judges Council and of District III, treasurer of the GCFP Judges Council and GCFP Nominating Committee alternate. Both women are also Landscape Design Consultants, certified by National Garden Clubs, Inc.
The Bradford County Regional Arts Council (BCRAC), working in partnership with the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (PCA), was pleased to present its annual PA Partners in the Arts Awards Ceremony on Monday, September 16, 2002 at the Bradford County Historical Society in Towanda.
Senator Roger A. Madigan, Representative Sandra Major and Representative Tina Pickett joined five county commissioners in presenting the 2002-2003 PA Partners in the Arts Grant Awards to 21 organizations from across Bradford, Sullivan, Tioga and Wyoming Counties.
Local organizations and artists receiving funding included: Art & Cultural Alliance of Susquehanna County; Endless Mountains Theatre Company, Inc.; Montrose Restoration Committee (MCR).
Volunteer to change a life! The Susquehanna County Literacy Program will be holding Tutor Training for those who would like to be volunteer tutors for the adults and families in Susquehanna County. Residents have needs ranging from reading skills, math skills, GED help, or childhood education. It is a twelve-hour training, held on October 19 and November 2 in the New Milford Family Community Center, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Lunch will be provided.
You can volunteer to help in various ways. Adults ranging from very limited reading and math skills to people wanting to obtain their GED. Children may need help with their schoolwork or getting their reading levels where they should be. After completion of the training, you can make a decision of what group you feel most comfortable working with.
The average student/tutor meet two to three hours per week, at a mutually convenient location and time of day. All that is required is a high school diploma or GED. Helping others can be a very rewarding experience. If you would like to be a tutor or would like more info, call 278-9027 or 465-2880.
Harford Fair is pleased to announce the winners of this years baking contests. In the Hershey "Greatest Cocoa Cake" contest, the winner was Tiffany Morgan, from Montrose, PA, with her Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Cake. This cake also won the top bid at the fairs annual pie and cake auction. The Hershey "Greatest Cookie/Brownie/Bar Contest, open only to youth ages 8 to 18, was won by Gale Matthews, of Nicholson, PA.
The fair also held its annual Blue Ribbon Apple Pie Contest. The judges choose from the first prize winners in the Traditional and Non-Traditional Categories. This years winner was Sharon Wilbur, from Kingsley, PA.
A new contest held at the fair this year was the "Simply Delicious" Vegetable Quick Bread Contest. With 21 breads entered, Martha Bellas, of Waymart, PA was chosen the winner with her Zucchini Cheese Bread.
All contest winners are eligible to compete in the PA State Farm Show in January, 2003. Harford Fair wishes all contest winners Good Luck.
Parent Education Network (PEN) has provided information and technical assistance to parents of children with disabilities and the professionals who serve them since 1984. PEN assists parents to develop strategies to work effectively within the educational system to advocate for their child to obtain a free appropriate public education as required by federal law. PEN is continuing under a five-year grant from the US Department of Education to provide services for the state of Pennsylvania.
PEN provides parents of infants/toddlers, preschoolers and school-age students with one-on-one consultation with a knowledgeable staff person to assist in developing strategies to resolve issues specific to their child. PEN has added additional regional staff persons throughout the state to assist parents on a local and regional basis. PEN distributes written information and parent guides that address the special education process and provides workshops throughout the Commonwealth addressing special education laws, regulations, communication, negotiation and advocacy skills development. PEN has an informational series of quick reference cards that are available from the PEN office.
PENs services and written materials are available free of charge. Parent Education can be contacted at 1-800-522-5827 V/TDD for information and consultation, to request a workshop in your area, or to be placed on a mail list to receive the quarterly newsletter, PENews, special education alerts and flyers for PEN workshops and conferences.
Across the United States, residents of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities will be celebrating Residents Rights Week 2002, October 6-12. Designated by the National Citizens Coalition for Nursing Home Reform, the week highlights the dignity and individuality of the 1.8 million residents who live in over 60,000 nursing homes, assisted living, and board and care facilities with the theme "Giving Voice to Quality: Affirming Residents Rights in Long-Term Care."
On Monday, October 7, the contributions of Resident Councils will be recognized. Residents participate in these councils to provide facilities with important information about the quality care that can be provided and how the quality of the residents lives can be strengthened. Saturday, October 12 is Family Council Day, affirming the contributions of Family Councils that are vehicles to bring about improvements in care and provide forums for discussions on topics of interest to family members who are concerned about their loved ones.
For thirty years, the National Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program has worked to promote resident rights and resolve complaints. The Area Agency on Aging for Bradford, Sullivan, Susquehanna and Tioga Counties operates the local Ombudsman program. To learn more about the Ombudsman or Volunteer Ombudsman program, call the Area Agency on Aging at (570) 265-6121 (locally) or 1-800-982-4346 (toll-free).
The Rotary Clubs of District 7410 in Northeastern Pennsylvania are seeking four outstanding business and professional people to visit Taiwan from March 18 to April 16, 2003 as part of the Group Study Exchange Program of The Rotary Foundation.
Through the program, teams of business and professional persons exchange visits between paired areas in different countries. The exchange involves a four-week visit, during which team members share personal knowledge of their own country and experience the customs, vocations and lifestyles of another.
District 3480 is located in the prosperous developed island state of Taiwan. It is described as a magical, mountainous island with bustling modern cities, beautiful monuments and museums celebrating the past and future, spectacular natural wonders with mountain vistas, waterfalls, gardens, tea plantations, a pleasant subtropical climate, and with traditional arts and crafts, and temples celebrating a variety of spiritual beliefs.
The purpose of a Group Study Exchange is to promote international understanding and goodwill, through person-to-person contact. While abroad, team members stay in Rotarians homes and have the opportunity to meet their business and professional counterparts. They also give presentations to Rotary Clubs and other groups about their home country.
The Rotary Foundation provides a round-trip air ticket and local Rotarians in the host country provide meals, lodging and group travel in their district. Team members pay for personal and incidental expenses.
Those interested in applying for team membership should be employed full-time in a recognized business or profession for at least two years. Young professionals within the age range of 25 to 40 are encouraged to apply. Applicants must live or be employed in Rotary District 7410 that includes Tioga, Bradford, Wyoming, Susquehanna, Wayne, Pike, Monroe, Carbon, Luzerne and Lackawanna Counties. For more information visit the Rotary International website at: www.rotary.org/programs/gse/index.htm. For an application contact Barbara Hill at 756-2133, Nancy Oakley at 289-4545 or Tom Kurosky at 278-3063.
Completed applications must be received by the local Rotary Club no later than October 20 for their review.
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