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Issue Home December 10, 2002 Site Home

Inclinations Release Their First CD
Wedding Announced Moser - Botts
Project "Turkey" Is Community Service
Susky Fire Dept. 150 Club Winners
Blood Donors To Light Up A Life
Area Children Need Christmas Gifts
EMMCF Fundraising Goal Is Reached
Patricia Sarazen Is A Top 50 Poet
A.G. Casey Commends Silver Lake Firefighters
Put Toy Safety On Your List
Card of Thanks

Inclinations Release Their First CD

The Inclinations, a local group of teenagers dedicated to the preservation and performance of vocal group harmonies from the fifties, have finished work on their first CD. Entitled "Our Side Of The Street," it features over twenty tracks of music from the fifties, now referred to as "Doo-Wop." Also included in the CD are two original works by the group as well as a song entitled, "Ghost Of A Chance" featuring the group’s well-known jazz pianist Joe Welden doing lead vocals backed by the group. The cover of the CD, which was shot in front of The Montrose Theatre, also features Ken Roden’s vintage 1958 Corvette convertible.

Pictured (l-r) are: Eric Rood, Bridget Nowik, Jamie Simons, Ryan Machir, and Natasha Luce, collectively known as "The Inclinations." All are present or former students of Blue Ridge and Montrose High Schools.

The Inclinations have been performing in the tri-state area for the past five years at many venues on stage as well as on local television and radio stations. They were recently featured on a WVIA live radio interview with Erica Funke in the fall. On Labor Day weekend of this year they traveled to The Parsippany Hilton Hotel in Parsippany, New Jersey to perform at the biggest Doo-Wop concert of the year. Billed as "Lead East," this weekend extravaganza brings thousands of people from up and down the east coast as well as from across the country to this now famous site to celebrate the fifties. The Inclinations opened up three of the weekend a capella concerts, featuring top name entertainers in the field. Their biggest thrill was being asked to open the Sunday evening concert, at which they sang a track from their new CD in front of the thousand-plus people audience.

Their CD, which has been very favorably reviewed by the press, is currently available at "Pure Pennsylvania" in the Hallstead Shopping Plaza as well as "The Montrose Country Store" at the bottom of Public Avenue in Montrose.

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Wedding Announced Moser – Botts

Mr. and Mrs. Ian Botts

Taryn Moser and Ian Botts, both of Sparks, MD, were married September 14, 2002, at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Lewistown.

The bride is the daughter of Ron and Tamra Mills of Edgewood Place, Lewistown.

The groom is the son of Dan and Diane Botts of Susquehanna.

Mackenzie Seiler of Newport News, VA, sister of the bride, was matron of honor. The best man was Brian Blawm of Allentown.

Bridesmaids were Jennifer Sosnovik of Bethlehem, Rachel Cressman of Whitehall and Krista Gingrich and Tish Hunter, both of Lewistown. The flower girl was Morgan Rhone of Susquehanna, cousin of the groom.

Ushers were Ben Spoerl of Hoboken, NJ, Mark Andrusis of Columbia, MD, David Seiler of Newport News, VA, brother-in-law of the bride, and Tom Brown of Columbia, MD. The ring bearer was Justice Mills of Lewistown, brother of the bride.

The Rev. Gerald Krum performed the ceremony that also included Lynn Phillips as organist and Jana Sabol as scripture reader.

A reception followed at The Moose Family Center in Lewistown.

The bride is a 1996 graduate of Lewistown Area High School and a 2000 graduate of Susquehanna University. She is employed as a program director at Abilities Network, Towson, MD.

The groom is a 1995 graduate of Susquehanna Community High School and a 1999 graduate of Susquehanna University. He is employed as a programmer/analyst at KCI Technologies, Hunt Valley, MD.

Following a wedding trip to Negril, Jamaica, they live in Sparks, MD.

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Project "Turkey" Is Community Service

A Thanksgiving holiday craft project, decorating and filling baskets cleverly made to look like turkeys recently provided a group of youth with a community service opportunity. The youth, ages 15-22, are participants in TREHAB’s year ‘round WIA Youth Program in Susquehanna County.

The participants decorated the baskets, filled them with cookies and bread, and donated them to Barnes Kasson Hospital in Susquehanna. Two baskets went to the medical-surgical unit and a third went to the intensive care unit.

Pictured with their "turkeys" (l-r) are the following WIA Youth Program participants: front row – Gracie DeBoer, Barbara Cotter and Fawn DeBoer, all of Montrose; back row – Doug DeBoer, Montrose, Shawn Reed, Susquehanna, Charles Robinson, Susquehanna.

TREHAB’s WIA Youth Program provides employability skills to eligible youth, as well as offering the youth a forum to meet, socialize and do community service projects. The program is funded by the Northern Tier Regional Planning & Development Commission.

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Susky Fire Dept. 150 Club Winners

Following is a list of November winners of the Susquehanna Fire Dept. 150 Club drawing, with $5.00 winners first, $10.00 second and $25.00 third.

11/2 – Sandy Babcock, Gus Fabrizi, Clyde Harvey; 11/9 – Harold Hart, Lucy Parrillo, Nancy Culnane; 11/16– Lucy Parrillo, Tom Roe, Rachael Adornato; 11/23 – Fran Gelineau, Kelly Orr, Geri Kuiper and Kathy Irwin; 11/30 – Harry Weibel, Janet Burns, Larry Hanrahan.

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Blood Donors To Light Up A Life

The American Red Cross Blood Services, New York-Penn Region is calling on all volunteer blood donors to "Light Up A Life" this winter holiday season.

From December 2 through January 4, the Red Cross is challenging blood donors to help bring hope and life to hospital patients in their community and throughout the region by giving blood. The holiday season is extremely challenging for the blood supply, as blood donations traditionally decrease by ten percent between Thanksgiving and the New Year.

Furthermore, there is an urgent need for approximately 3,000 more blood donations in December alone. Blood donors can help the Red Cross save lives this winter holiday season by donating blood when it is needed most. Not everyone is fortunate enough to be in good health during the holidays. Volunteer blood donors can help bring life, and light to hospital patients battling emergencies and illnesses this winter holiday season. To help light up a life, blood donors in Susquehanna County are urged to schedule an appointment to donate blood by calling 1-800-GIVE-LIFE. To be eligible to donate, donors must be healthy, age 17 or older and weigh at least 110 pounds.

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Area Children Need Christmas Gifts

Have you ever wanted to do something charitable for a child? Have you ever thought to yourself, I am so busy I don’t know where I’d find the time? Now is your opportunity to do something special for a (area) foster child. There are more than 100 children in the KidsPeace foster care program in Northeast Pennsylvania. Like all children, foster children have wishes, dreams and hopes. By supporting KidsPeace Secret Santa you can help brighten a child’s holiday. It’s easy and takes next to no time at all. Simply contact Roberta at 836-9987, Jill at 1-800-551-2238, or Jennifer at 253-7910. They will give you a child’s name along with his or her age, hobbies and a wish list. You can then donate personalized gifts to the child you have chosen to sponsor. All gifts should be unwrapped and "elves" will take care of the rest. KidsPeace can even arrange to have the gift picked up for you. Monetary donations would be gratefully accepted. All proceeds will go directly toward children’s gifts.

KidsPeace is one of the oldest, largest and most successful organizations working to halt, help and heal the pain of kids in crisis. The 120-year old, nonprofit organization treats more than 2,000 children a day with some of the highest success rates in the country.

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EMMCF Fundraising Goal Is Reached

The Board of Directors of the Endless Mountain Medical Care Foundation (EMMCF) is proud to announce that its goal of raising $80,000.00 during its 2002 fundraising drive has been met, and exceeded. The progress of the drive has been reflected on the "thermometer" that is displayed on the front of the hospital.

Chairman of the Foundation Board, Dr. Thomas Pascoe, made this announcement at the November board of directors meeting, held at the hospital, and wishes to express the gratitude of the entire Board of the Foundation to the citizens of the county who contributed so generously to make the effort a success.

The Foundation is a nonprofit, community organization whose sole purpose is to solicit, receive, administer and distribute private, tax deductible donations made to it by concerned citizens for the purpose of enhancing the delivery of state of the art medical care in Susquehanna County at Endless Mountains Health Systems (EMHS), Montrose, PA. This year’s donations have made it possible for EMMCF to purchase the latest diagnostic imaging technology for both endoscopic and radiological examinations. All who donated are thanked for their support.

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Patricia Sarazen Is A Top 50 Poet

Patricia Sarazen, a Susquehanna, PA poet has attained a coveted spot among the To 50 Poets appearing in the most recent issue of Bell’s Letters, a nationally circulated poetry magazine based in Gulfport, Miss., and now in its 46th year.

The Top 50 are chosen each quarter of the year entirely by a vote of the readers of Bell’s Letters. Some 2,000 vote-points were cast for more than 100 finalists in that issue.

Participants included voting members from as far away as Australia and Germany who admired the poet’s work.

Among the Top 50 in the nation, this poet placed No. 13 with the poem, "Golden Peace."

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A. G. Casey Commends Silver Lake Firefighters

HARRISBURG (December 4) – Auditor General Robert P. Casey Jr. has released an audit of the Silver Lake Volunteer Firefighters’ Relief Association (VFRA) covering the period from January 1, 1999, through December 31, 2001. The audit found that the Susquehanna County VFRA continues to conduct its financial affairs in compliance with applicable laws and regulations.

"I applaud the efforts of the Silver Lake firefighters’ relief association," Casey said. "Their continued success is critical to providing the necessary support local volunteer firefighters need to protect the lives and property of their neighbors."

The Silver Lake VFRA received $34,475 in state aid, through Choconut and Silver Lake townships, during the years 1999-2001.

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Put Toy Safety On Your List

Festive decorations, twinkling lights, the smell of freshly baked cookies and shoppers scurrying about with packages; these things signal the approach of the holiday season. During this time, countless individuals will be heading to the stores to purchase a variety of toys to please every child. North Central Sight Services (a United Way agency) warns that many purchasers are not aware of the serious injuries that can occur when toys are not selected with safety in mind.

The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), once again warns that thousands of children receive toy-related injuries each year. Since it would be impossible to make all toys safe for children of all ages, the responsibility lies with those who are purchasing these toys. The CPSC has four simple categories of toy safety: 1. Selection – select toys that suit the age, skills, interests and abilities; 2. Supervision – set ground rules as well as having close supervision while children are playing with their toys; 3. Maintenance – inspect all toys and make immediate repairs if necessary; and 4. Storage – teach children to put their toys safely away. Careful toy selection and proper supervision of children at play is and always will be the best way to protect them from toy-related injuries.

For more information on children’s eye safety, send a self-addressed, stamped business size envelope to: North Central Sight Services, Inc., 901 Memorial Avenue, Williamsport, PA 17701.

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Thank You From Adrian "Stubby" Baldwin Family

We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who sent cards, letters, food, flowers and gifts during our time of grief.

Thank you also goes to the Thompson Hose Company who hosted a benefit for Adrian "Stubby" Baldwin and to everyone who donated their time and to the businesses that donated food and items for the auction and individuals who donated money for soda.

Thank you to everyone who came and showed his or her support and love.

Rhondra Baldwin & Family

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