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Issue Home December 31, 2002 Site Home

George Hayes Is New Farming Director
Transcript Staff Enjoys Get-Together
21st Birthday!
Mick Saravitz Receives American Funds Award
January Jurors Drawn
Lenoxville Senior Center Update
Top 10 Tips For A Healthy New Year
How To Get Organized & Stay Organized In 2003

George Hayes Is New Farming Director

George Hayes (second from left), of Forest Lake Township was named to Susquehanna Conservation District Board of Directors at their December meeting. Lee Smith administered the District oath with DEP District Liaison Karl Dymond (right) looking on.

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Transcript Staff Enjoys Get-Together

The Susquehanna County Transcript staff and several other county dignitaries enjoyed a Christmas party at Briar’s Inn, Susquehanna, on Friday, December 20. The well-attended event was hosted by the Transcript owners, Chuck and Rita Ficarro.

After digesting a meal, with roasted chicken as the main course, and a delicious strawberry cake as the dessert, a gentleman in attendance "reappeared" as Santa Claus, handing out several gifts to the youngsters present.

Pictured is "Izzy" Ficarro, getting ready to "pounce on" Santa's shared treasure.

Not only were the youngsters photographed sitting on Santa’s lap, but also several adults, along with this reporter. I just couldn’t wait to see the photos of some adults who were asking Santa for gifts. One of the adults asked, he would like to have something on four wheels, regardless of the color. This story would not be complete, unless we help one of my co-writers fulfill a wish she made while sitting on Santa’s lap. "My big wish," she said, "is for Santa to bring me Mel Gibson." Sure hope her wish comes true.

Not only was it a very enjoyable evening, but everyone present felt "safe and secure" as some of the guests were former Sheriff Dick Pelicci and wife, Nancy; Sheriff Lance Benedict and wife, Carla; and "IF" something did happen we had county District Attorney Charlie Aliano and wife, Marcy present.

A nice touch during the evening – with Editor Chuck doing the emceeing – was Chuck calling on his "hired hands" for brief speeches, along with all guests.

So, not to forget the Ficarro’s who hosted the party, each adult was given a nice, warm, burgundy sweatshirt, with the words "County Transcript" on the front. (Matter of fact, I have mine on while trying to think what else to write.)

All in all, it was a nice get-together, meeting some of the Transcript reporters I had not known or seen in quite awhile. But the "Big Man" of the evening was none other than Santa (AKA Gary Gray) who did a great job as Santa and the "lead singer" of Christmas carols. (My thanks to Chuck and Rita, the entire Transcript staff and special guests for a wonderful holiday evening.)

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21st Birthday!

Pictured is Arika Ficarro, who will celebrate her 21st birthday Thursday, January 2, 2003!

Arika, a junior at Thiel College, is the daughter of County Transcript owners, Rita and Chuck Ficarro.

Congratulations, Arika!

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Mick Saravitz Receives American Funds Award

An American Funds award was recently presented to Mick Saravitz. This award is presented when an investment representative reaches a benchmark level of sales and service. Mick handles investments for over 800 clients for Peoples National Bank, headquartered in Hallstead, PA.

As investment representative for the bank since April, 1999, Mr. Saravitz provides access for bank customers to purchase individual securities, mutual funds, annuities and insurance products as well as financial planning services for asset allocation analysis, college education planning and retirement analysis.

Peoples National Bank has offices located in Susquehanna County in Hallstead, Hop Bottom, Susquehanna and Montrose, in Wyoming County in Nicholson, Tunkhannock and Meshoppen and in Chenango County NY in Norwich.

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January Jurors Drawn

Following is the list of names drawn to serve as Petit and Traverse jurors to appear in the Court of Common Pleas, Susquehanna County Courthouse (Main Courtroom), Montrose, Pennsylvania, on the sixth day of January, 2003, 9:00 a.m.

Apolacon Twp.: Melissa J. Rogers, Elton E. Winskie.

Ararat Twp.: Larry Cassidy, Donna Passetti.

Auburn Twp.: Susan Hallock, Eugene Purdy, Liza K. Smith.

Bridgewater Twp.: John J. Benio, Paul G. Dunn, Harold Ely, David W. Kosik, James Rogers, Nathan Simonetti, Barbara R. Terpstra, Carole J. Wood.

Brooklyn Twp.: Charles Choplosky, Heather Diehl, Karen E. Gardoski, Joseph Ofalt, Kimberly K. Robertson.

Choconut Twp.: Richard Ghezzi Jr., Dianne Sue Knowles.

Clifford Twp.: John P. Flynn, Daniel Wayne Thomas.

Dimock Twp.: Sherri R. Arnold, Ellis D. Arthur, Calvin Brace, Elwin J. Ellis, Walter R. Palmer Jr.

Forest City Boro 2W: Barbara L. Mihelc, Thomas G. Snykus.

Forest Lake Twp.: Mary V. Nye, Nathan R. Small, Margaret M. Spolar, Winifred Towner.

Franklin Twp.: Brenda L. Ognosky.

Gibson Twp.: William J. Dingethal, Ann Marie Medeiros, Linda I. Sivers.

Great Bend Boro: Ron Pickering, John W. Zawiski.

Great Bend Twp.: Amanda Brand, Earl C. Lindsey, Amy Sue Olmstead, Frederick Scheideler II.

Hallstead Boro: James J. Kasten.

Harford Twp.: Ryann E. Rood, Donna Kay Warren.

Harmony Twp.: Harry J. Weibel, Patricia Weibel.

Jessup Twp.: John Rafferty.

Lathrop Twp.: Mae E. Nowalk, Nicole Strelecki.

Lenox Twp.: Kevin C. Bialy, Frank Billus, Lucille Dizek, Kenny C. Morcom Sr., Kevin J. O’Malley, Henry A. Sobolak Jr., Marvin Sussman, Ruth A. Taugher.

Little Meadows Boro: Walter J. Bridges.

Middletown Twp.: Abigail R. Upham Jones, Rachelle McGowan.

Montrose Boro 2W: Judith Vaccaro.

New Milford Boro: John A. Brigham, Mary A. Hand, Hope Perry, Melody Phillips, Gary Rose, Sandra K. Smith.

New Milford Twp.: William R. Egner, Penny Kleiner, Melissa M. Whitney.

Oakland Boro: Melissa Brush, Jeffery Collins.

Oakland Twp.: James G. Decker.

Rush Twp.: Carol A. Becker, Carl Fasset, Mark R. Rosengrant.

Silver Lake Twp.: Justin P. Demaree, David R. Greenough, Raymond J. Shuta.

Springville Twp.: Luann Kenely, Karen R. Klein, David Lathrop, Bruce A. Strait Sr.

Susquehanna Boro 1W: Susanna Daniels, Nelson Whitmore.

Susquehanna Boro 2W: Edward F. Collins.

Thompson Boro: Elizabeth E. Evans, Jewel K. Lee.

Thompson Twp.: Barbara E. Stone.

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Lenoxville Senior Center Update

At last we had a Thursday free from the crippling snow; now we are able to convene our December council meeting. In fact, it was our second sunny day – we met for our yearly banquet and as usual we were festive, well decorated and well fed.

Our regular meeting day found the center even more colorful, due to the efforts of our Manager, Judy Collins and the Clifford area Girl Scouts who created Christmas place mats for us.

Thank you, Cadet Troop 281, and Pat and Robin.

Do not forget to sign up for the 2003 council. We find that even after the cost of our banquet we will still be solvent. It was decided to order some new Bingo cards. The nominating committee for the 2003 council are Faye Marcho, Gladys Rosencrans and Diana Konopka.

Vonnie Taylor arrived to take blood pressures and everyone enjoyed our Barnes-Kasson Christmas dinner. Mr. Reed Burman brought his delicious maple products, just in time for Christmas.

After lunch Rose Wagner presented monetary gifts to President Mary Allen and Manager Judy Collins. Candles in crystal bowls from manager, Judy Collins, and door prizes from Burman’s maple products were won by Arlene Zablotsky, Jackie White, Kate Satunas, Diana Konopka and Tony Blodnikar.

The Lenoxville Seniors wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! God Bless!

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American Medical Association’s Top 10 Tips for a Healthy New Year:

1. Eat sensibly and engage in brisk activity for at least 30 minutes a day.

2. Make an honest evaluation of your use of alcohol and medications.

3. Stop smoking cigarettes or using tobacco products.

4. Check and make sure you are receiving age-appropriate screenings and examinations.

5. Talk to your physician if you are feeling sad or anxious for extended periods.

6. Ensure that you and your children have received all necessary immunizations. Talk to them about healthy ways to resolve conflicts and monitor their exposure to violence.

7. Double-check that you are taking all medications as prescribed. Don’t be afraid to talk to your physician if you have any questions. Make sure there are no interactions with foods, beverages, dietary supplements or other medicines that you may be taking.

8. Work with elected officials to ensure that good public health laws are enacted.

9. Learn essential life-saving techniques, such as the Heimlich maneuver and cardio-pulmonary resuscitation.

10. Pledge to become an organ donor. Inform your family and physician of your commitment.

For more information, log on to

Courtesy of ARA Content.

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How to Get Organized & Stay Organized in 2003

(ARA) - The new year is upon us and it is time once again to reflect on the year that has been and the year that lies ahead. It’s exciting to look forward to all the possibilities of 2003, and reflect on all the successes of 2002. But it can also be a painful exercise to look back and see all those 2002 resolutions that went unfulfilled. It’s time to sweep those failed diets and aborted exercise regimens under the rug and focus on new goals in the new year.

According to AT-A-GLANCE, the leading manufacturer of calendars and organizing supplies, getting organized is one of the most popular New Year’s resolutions. If you are looking to get out from under the clutter and get your schedule in order, here are some quick tips (after all, tax season is right around the corner, too!):

Write down your goals -- Create a list of your professional as well as personal goals and keep it handy at all times. Review and update the list when necessary to keep it current and relevant.

Assess how you currently use your time -- For a few days, keep a log of how you use your time. This will help you determine what activities are necessary as opposed to those that do not contribute to reaching your goals. Eliminate activities that are “time wasters” and focus your energies on those activities that will help you reach your goals.

Take time to plan -- Take five to 10 minutes to plan your day. It can be done the evening before or early that morning. It is important that you do this during a quiet time, without interruptions, so that you can focus on what you need to accomplish.

Learn to be flexible -- Things will happen everyday that are out of your control. You can regain some control, though, by realizing delays will occur and allowing for buffer zones in your daily planning. This will help you go with the flow when the unexpected pops up. There is always tomorrow.

Break down big projects -- Tackle the big events and projects by breaking them down into smaller and more manageable tasks. This helps alleviate the feeling of being overwhelmed and will keep you moving towards completion.

Utilize waiting or travel time -- Listen to books on tape while you commute to work. Keep a file marked “reading materials” and insert magazine and newspaper articles that you would like to read but never seem to have time to get to. Take the folder with you when you travel. Bring mail and articles or write correspondence to old friends and family members while you wait at the dentist’s or doctor’s office.

Be considerate of others’ time -- Plan all meetings and communications carefully. Check the email distribution list before sending -- does everyone you have included really need to be copied? Publish meeting agendas and stick to them.

Select the right planning tool -- Try out many varied planning tools and select one that fits your needs. Don’t use one that simply looks nice or that your co-workers use if it doesn’t fit your planning style. Things to keep in mind: do you write large or small, do you like to plan by the day, week or month, are you desk-bound or on the go, do you want to plan personal and professional events together, how often do you use/need reference information?

The keys to staying organized are planning in advance and developing a routine. By staying ahead of the game, you can be prepared for what is coming up, and can be better prepared to handle those situations that have a tendency to pop up at the least convenient time.

For more information, please visit

Courtesy of ARA Content

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