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PA Farm Bureaus 52nd annual meeting was held November 18-20, in Hershey, PA. At the membership dinner, PFB president Guy Donaldson honored counties for conducting the top programs, among 54 county farm bureaus, during the past year. Susquehanna County received recognition for excellence in Farm Bureaus Organization, Public Relations, Womens Committee, Promotion and Education, Political Education and Nationwide Insurance programs. In addition, Susquehanna County was honored for having the best total program among counties with 381 to 525 members.
Pictured is PFB president Guy Donaldson presenting Award for Excellence to SCFB members (l-r) Donna Williams president, Cheryl Matulevich Womens Committee and Kathy Shelly Promotion and Education.
"Game of Logging" was featured at the state Promotion and Education booth. SCFB spearheaded the successful "Game of Logging" program to teach area loggers and landowners chain saw safety and skidder safety.
SCFB received Honorable Mention award for Membership, National Legislation, Local Affairs, Policy Development, Ag Commodities, Friends of Ag, AG Literacy, Health Services and Contract Services accomplishments during the past year. Several hundred members from across the state met for this annual meeting, to elect leaders and set policy for the statewide organization on issues affecting farm and rural families. PFB represents nearly 30,000 families.
Barnes-Kasson Hospital is pleased to announce its purchase of a Transesophageal Echocardiogram. TEE probes are provided to patients who are heavy smokers, extremely overweight or have other anomalies which prevent a normal echocardiogram from taking place. The funds for this new TEE probe were donated from the Friends of Susquehanna County during a check presentation ceremony on November 19 at Barnes-Kasson Hospital.
Pictured (l-r) are: Dr. Lakshmi Mizin, Cardiologist; Dr. Mahender Gaba, Cardiologist; Mike Detwiler, Technologist; Barbara Hinkley, Friends of Susquehanna County; Nancy Hinkley, Friends of Susquehanna County; Frederick Jackson, CEO, Barnes-Kasson Health Centers.
On November 23, in the Blue Ridge High School Auditorium, David Senior of Great Bend Township and a senior at the school, joined some very distinguished company, when he achieved the rank of Eagle Scout, at a Court of Honor convened by Troop 89 of the Baden-Powell Council.
Close to 100 family, friends and Scout supporters witnessed the culmination of a lot of hard work, perseverance and determination over a very long haul by Senior. The highest advancement rank in scouting, Eagle Scout is attained by only about 2 per cent of those who join scouting. Its an honor Senior now shares with former Presidents Ford and Carter, astronaut James Lovell, Pulitzer prize-winning author Harrison Salisbury, NBA player John Koncak, businessmen H. Ross Perot and William Marriott, and other noted achievers.
To reach the lofty level of Eagle Scout, much is expected. Among which is earning 21 merit badges. Senior has 33, with additional accomplishments, such as a membership in the Order of the Arrow and BSA Lifeguard, and holding a leadership position in his troop. It also requires defining, organizing, supervising, and completing a project that benefits the community. Senior chose to build and put up 8 bat boxes and two songbird roosts in the state gamelands surrounding New Milford and Great Bend. Both bats and birds are beneficial because, as insect-eaters, one of their favorites is mosquitoes which carry the West Nile virus. Senior worked with the state Game Commission in filling out the forms to get the necessary permission, and then called upon the community and local businesses, who donated 100 per cent of the money and necessary materials. Between Senior and those who volunteered their time and skill, more than 400 hours was spent completing the project.
In accepting the honor, Senior told the audience that he "could not have made it without you, starting with Mom (Annette) and Dad (Brian) for your support both in and out of scouting, my grandmother, my troop and the community in which I live. I could not have done my project without your donations. And I thank God for making this possible."
Troop 89 Scoutmaster Latz told Senior he was especially proud of him for taking his leadership role seriously and setting an excellent example of pride in his uniform. Latz was never more proud than when, as a participant at the September 11 service at the high school that honored local heroes, he spotted Senior standing at attention on the hillside, wearing his uniform amid other scouts who chose not to on that day. "Once again," Latz recalled, "David stands out in the uniform he wears with honor and pride."
In addition to the good wishes Senior received from those at the Court of Honor, he received congratulations from President George W. and First Lady Laura Bush, Vice President Cheney, Governor Schweiker, former President Jimmy Carter, NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue, state Representative Sandra Major, national Representative Bob Sherwood, UN representative John Negroponte, FBI Director Robert Mueller, Boy Scouts of America President Roy Roberts and Chief Scout Executive Roy Williams, Baden-Powell Council Executive Mark Tyson, and Papal representative Archbishop Gabriel Montalvo.
Susquehanna County Farm Service Agency announced the deadline for filing an application for the Livestock Compensation Program will be Friday, December 13.
This program was authorized for counties designated as primary disaster designation for drought. Susquehanna County was designated as such for 2002.
Eligible livestock includes dairy, beef, buffalo, beefalo, steers, sheep and goats.
This is a one-time payment, based on the number of animals owned for at least 90 days. June 1 must be included in the 90-day period.
The FSA office is located on Route 706E in Montrose. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For more information call 278-1197 ext. 2.
I would like to thank the County Transcript for the thoughts and prayers you have sent for Mark. I also would like to thank the "whole town of Susquehanna" and surrounding areas for all their thoughts and prayers as well!
Big THANK YOU to Chris Davis and the Lakeys gang, American Legion Post 86, Unit 86 Auxiliary and SAL, Barnes-Kasson Home Health (Shirley Decker), Starrucca House and all who helped put a benefit together to help Mark. Also, thanks to the Susquehanna Fire Department.
A warm, loving thank you to David and Cheryl Tarbox who gave up their vacation time to transport Mark and I back and forth to Philadelphia, and for their emotional support.
Theres not enough room in the paper to keep writing down our thanks.
Its still a long road ahead, with radiation and other treatments. Mark is doing well, after November 4 and November 11 surgeries. So, keep sending all those prayers so he continues to do so.
In the past, Ive known a lot of people and been to benefits for families with illness or loss, and never thought it could happen to us. Now, I know it can. Its a great town we live in here and its wonderful how people pull together to help.
GOD BLESS YOU ALL for your continuos prayers and thoughts.
Anyone wanting to drop a few lines to Mark, or tell a new joke (cause we all know how witty he is with telling a good joke), our address is: 513 Franklin Ave., Susquehanna, PA 18847.
Thank you all!
Mark & Jackie Tarbox
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