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Susquehanna County Family Community Centers hosted "Santa and a Sundae" PACT on December 20, at the New Milford Center. The children told Santa what they wanted for Christmas while sitting on his lap and getting their picture taken. They received gifts and candy from Santa before he left to visit other children. Then families joined together in making their own sundaes and enjoying other treats. Drawings were held for books, games and other prizes.
Ice Cream Sundaes being enjoyed after a visit with Santa Claus.
The "Santa and a Sundae" Parent and Child Together is becoming an annual event for the Susquehanna County Family Community Centers.
The next PACT planned is a "Sledding Party" on January 11, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. at the Holy Name of Mary Church, Grace Room, 60 S. Main Street, Montrose. Come and enjoy hot chocolate, refreshments, door prizes, free books and don't forget to bring your sleds. For information and to let them know you are coming, please call 278-9027 or 465-2880.
The Susquehanna County Department of Economic Development would like to welcome another new business to the County business community.
"The Shoppe," a unisex hair salon and day spa, recently opened at 78 Main Street in Clifford. This new, full-service salon offers everything from haircuts & styling, to massages, to facials, manicures and pedicures, during convenient hours and by appointment.
"The Shoppe," Nancy Hartmans new salon in Clifford.
The new facility is owned and operated by Nancy Hartman of Clifford. Her extensive experience in the field of hair styling and beauty treatments is a result of her training and previous employment at other salons, prior to her exploring her entrepreneurial spirit. Nancy currently has four (4) employees and may be looking to expand in the future based on business projections.
"Were very happy to see Nancy taking the initiative, with the support of her family and friends," said Justin Taylor, Susquehanna Countys Economic Development Director. "Her new business offers quality service to the people of Susquehanna County and the surrounding areas."
For more information about this new business or starting your own business in Susquehanna County, contact the Department of Economic Development at (570) 278-4600, ext. 558 or send E-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Angela Koziol and Shawn Hadden, both of Siler City, NC were united in marriage on November 29, 2002 at Thompson United Methodist Church, Thompson, PA.
The bride is the daughter of Stanley and Shirley Koziol, of Susquehanna, PA.
The groom is the son of Ralph and Barb Hadden, of Siler City, NC.
Tina Graves, Lanesboro, PA, cousin of the bride was maid of honor. Todd Hadden, Siler City, brother of the groom was best man.
Bridesmaids were Roxanne Martin, cousin of the groom; Megan Koziol, sister-in-law of the bride; Kelly Cook-Kelly, friend of the bride; Amanda Rockwell, cousin of the bride. Flower girl was Alexis Johnson, niece of the groom.
Ushers were Michael Martin, cousin of the groom; Jamie Koziol, brother of the bride; Scott Gaylord, cousin of the groom; Chad Downton, cousin of the groom; Aaron Whitney, cousin of the bride. Ring bearer was Ryan Koziol, nephew of the bride.
Pastor Bryan Lucas performed the 6 p.m. ceremony.
A reception followed at the Starrucca Baptist Church hall.
The bride is a 1998 graduate of Susquehanna Community High School and spent 2 1/2 years in the United States Air Force. She works in sporting goods for Walmart, in Siler City.
The groom is a 1994 graduate of Hancock Central School. He is employed by 84 Components, of Siler City.
North Jackson Ag
The North Jackson Ag Club recently held their first horse workshop. They elected Abby Onyon as president; Patricia Albrecht as vice president; Megan Carey as secretary; Tiffany Carpenter as the news reporter.
Members discussed fund-raisers and activities for this 4-H year. They want to include a group trail ride or a Stewart Riebach clinic.
News Reporter: Tiffany Carpenter
Non-profit and community organizations are encouraged to submit their 2003 events for publication on the countys official web site, www.susquehanna.pa.us.
"This easily accessible calendar will also help county organizations to better plan their events by checking to see what else is happening in the county," Susquehanna County Department of Economic Development Director Justin Taylor noted.
Information on events may be e-mailed to email@example.com for inclusion on the web site. Submissions should include date of event, location, cost, and a contact number for further information. Information should be received at least two weeks prior to the event. The department reserves the right to edit submissions. Event information may also be faxed to the department at (570) 278-7191.
Susquehanna County Family Community Centers will be offering a comprehensive college-level professional course to all Day Care Providers, Pre-school Teachers, Head Start workers and Parents. This course will be offered at the New Milford Family Community Center, and will be delivered via direct live TV satellite and the internet. Classes will begin on January 16, at the center. For more information and to register please call 465-2880 or 278-9027.
Peoples National Bank was recently named as one of the Best Places to Work in PA. The award program, created in 2000 by the Ridge-Schweiker Administration, is the first of its kind offered by a state. The program is a public/private partnership of the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, Team Pennsylvania Foundation, Kuntz Lesher LLP, Central Penn Business Journal, the Great Place to Work Institute, and the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry.
This survey and award program was designed to identify, recognize and honor the best places of employment in Pennsylvania, benefiting the states economy, its workforce and businesses. The Best Places to Work in PA program is made up of 100 companies split into two groups; 50 medium sized companies (50-250 employees) and 50 large sized companies (more than 250 employees). Peoples National Bank has been named as number 13 in the medium category, having been named as number 20 in 2001.
Peoples National Bank was recognized and honored at the Best Places to Work in PA evening awards ceremony on Monday, December 9, 2002, at the Hilton Harrisburg Towers.
Placing 13th in the entire state of Pennsylvania is an extreme honor for Peoples National Bank and exemplifies the pride the Shareholders, Directors, Officers, and Staff have for the Bank.
Headquartered in Hallstead, Peoples National Bank has offices in Susquehanna County in Hallstead, Hop Bottom, Susquehanna and in Montrose; in Wyoming County in Nicholson, Tunkhannock, and Meshoppen; in Chenango County, Norwich, NY, and to open in 2003, Broome County, Conklin, NY.
(ARA) - Winter. Temperatures and wind chills that can take your breath away. Snow and ice that make stepping outside a dangerous proposition. You know all too well how winter affects you. It is important to take a moment to think about how it affects your car as well. After all, you don't want to be stranded in those sub-zero temperatures.
If you live where it snows, you know the damage that snow, ice, loose gravel and salt can do to your car. Minor scratches and nicks turn to rust, your heater gets a workout it may not be prepared for, and your windshield must deal with the temperature stress of a warm interior and a freezing exterior. Here are some maintenance tips for winterizing your car:
Thermal shock is the term engineers use to describe the stress caused by drastic differences in outdoor and indoor temperatures. If you have a small ding in your windshield, thermal shock can cause your minor ding to turn into a major crack.
Repairing a small ding costs as little as $50 to $60. Replacing a cracked windshield can cost hundreds of dollars; on some cars, the cost may be even higher. "Once a ding or star (star-shaped with points spreading out) expands, windshield replacement is often the only option," said Leo Cyr, vice president for marketing at NOVUS Windshield Repair.
"If the damage is reported quickly, the odds are much improved that NOVUS can save the windshield", says Cyr. "It is important to perform the repair before dirt infiltrates into the break. If you can't get to NOVUS right away, call your local NOVUS for a windshield saver patch. These patches cover the break until it can be repaired and do not obscure your vision."
NOVUS, with more than 20 million repaired windshields under its belt, follows a "repair first replace when necessary" philosophy. The company invented windshield repair in 1972 and has pioneered numerous innovations in the field.
To attain optimum consumer safety, Cyr recommends repairing a windshield whenever possible, instead of replacing it. Repair not only saves the windshield it preserves the factory's seal of windshield to auto body. "Since passenger side air bags deploy off the windshield, preserving the factory installation is an important safety consideration," explains Cyr. "Keeping the factory's original adhesive set also helps avoid air and water leaks."
As any mechanic will tell you, checking fluids is the least expensive and easiest preventive maintenance you can do. Change your oil frequently (consult your owner's manual for recommended frequency), and don't forget to change your engine coolant (diluted with 50 percent water) and transmission fluid, about every two years. Pure engine coolants can freeze at zero degrees, but mixing with water prevents freezing and provides great protection for the cold weather.
Though fluids like oil and transmission are commonly checked, other fluids integral to your vehicle's performance, may go unnoticed. Power steering, brake, radiator and battery fluids also should be filled to recommended levels.
Don't forget to top off windshield washer fluid. If you've ever driven after salt trucks have come through to melt snow and ice, you know the importance of windshield washer fluid. Do not dilute washer fluid with water since it can freeze during winter's harsh temperatures. While you're at it, you might want to change the wiper blades to prevent poor vision in already poor driving conditions.
Batteries and Corroded Cables
Winter mornings can wreak havoc on an older battery. The average life of a battery is 3 1/2 years. If your battery is older than that, it's probably time to replace. Have a mechanic check the battery and cables to ensure your car starts quickly and reliably.
Anything Made of Rubber
Worn, bald or badly aligned or balanced tires can mean accidents on ice, rain or snow. Have your tires checked for proper inflation and alignment, and rotate them about every 6,000 miles. If you live in unusually snowy areas, you may want to consider snow tires for added traction, or keep chains in your trunk or garage to help you through heavy snowfall.
Rubber parts under your hood need maintenance, too. Radiator, heater and vacuum hoses, among others, should be checked for cracks and bulges. Also, inspect all belts for damages and splits.
Rust, Minor Scratches and Nicks
Road salt can turn a slight scratch or nick to an ugly rust spot that's impossible to avoid. And it can spread. Avoid costly body work by restoring spots before they turn into larger problems.
NOVUS' Paint Restoration System corrects many problem spots, from key nicks to minor rust on metal. And since NOVUS uses an advanced paint formula that matches not only the paint and color texture, but also picks up the characteristics of the paint around the repair, the new and old paint will shine equally, or fade, at the same rate -- even on metallics, pearls and tri-coats.
Front-wheel drive vehicles equipped with CV (constant velocity) joints should have the boots checked for rips and cracks. Boots protect CV joints, but when the joints are exposed to salt, ice and snow, they can damage the joint. Replacing a joint can costs hundreds of dollars, but replacing a boot costs a small fraction of that.
Worn or misfiring spark plugs can affect how efficiently a vehicle burns the fuel/air mixture, ultimately affecting engine performance. Worn spark plugs waste gas and increase exhaust emissions, so have them checked and replaced often.
Don't postpone needed brake work. It's dangerous to drive with poorly performing brakes, especially in snowy weather. Postponing brake service also can cause the cost of overhauling your brake system to skyrocket.
Last, but not least, check your lights. Accidents can occur if you can't see where you're driving, or if other drivers can't see you, especially as we approach winter's short days and long nights.
Maintain your vehicle regularly to provide years of service with better performance and safety.
For more information or to locate the nearest NOVUS technician, call (800) 77-NOVUS (800-776-6887).
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(ARA) - Between the drive to deflate the holiday spare tire and the desire to get swimsuit-trim for that winter Caribbean cruise, gyms and health clubs are currently overflowing with would-be athletes performing dozens of crunches in pursuit of the coveted "six-pack" of abdominal muscles.
But while exercise is certainly preferable to the sofa-bound lifestyle, the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) warns that people who fail to use proper form while performing abdominal exercises run the risk of injury.
"After the holiday season, a lot of people who have been sedentary all year rush into the gym and a new workout program," says APTA member Lori Thein Brody, MS, PT, SCS, ATC, senior clinical specialist with the University of Wisconsin Clinics Research Park in Madison, Wis. "They're in a big hurry to get trim, and they don't always take the time to make sure they are exercising properly. People need to realize that there's a right way and a wrong way to work the abs."
"At best, doing abdominal exercises improperly can result in an inefficient and non-productive workout; at worst it may put novice exercisers at risk of injury," says Ms. Brody. "To prevent injuries, it is necessary to have correct body position throughout the entire range of motion for an exercise. It is also important that the body's muscles and tendons possess adequate strength, endurance, and flexibility to maintain proper technique from start to finish."
Ring in the New Year with Flatter Abs
The crunch is a classic way to tighten the tummy because it specifically targets the muscles in the abdomen. Unlike a traditional sit-up, where the abdominal muscles are assisted by the hip muscles, the crunch emphasizes the abs for maximum effect. For people with back problems, physical therapists recommend a curl-up. This exercise is done by starting with the arms at the sides and slowly curling up, beginning with the head and neck, raising up until the shoulder blades leave the floor.
Once the crunch has been mastered, consider the "plank," an effective exercise for flattening the abdominal wall. This exercise is performed with the stomach toward the floor and the body extended. With the individual balanced on the elbows and balls of the feet, the plank strengthens the abdominal muscles by stabilizing the trunk/spine. The plank not only works the abdominal muscles, but also it improves the strength of the back and gluteal muscles. However, it is important to work up to this high-level activity over time. Begin by holding the position a few seconds and gradually extend to one-minute intervals.
Ms. Brody recommends exhaling during contraction and inhaling while relaxing the abdominal muscles, always maintaining focus on the muscles being exercised. To determine the body's readiness and fitness level, work with a physical therapist before embarking on any new exercise program. Often you can find a physical therapist who is affiliated with a local gym or wellness center and who may hold office hours or special seminars during the week. "People need to view fitness as a journey and not a destination," continues Ms. Brody. "Going into a gym and expecting to look like a magazine cover model in two or three weeks is unrealistic and can make people overdo their workout. The key is to assess your current fitness level and match the exercises to that level, go slowly and realize that results will come with time and consistent effort."
With the proper technique and a little perseverance, even the most dedicated couch potato can work toward a holiday six-pack that will last all year long.
The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) is a national professional organization representing more than 63,000 members. Its goal is to foster advancements in physical therapy practice, research, and education.
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