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An Ice Cream A Day
Rep. Major Has Perfect Attendance
PNB Donates To Monument Fund
SCDED Partners With U of S SBDC
Engagement Announced Snyder – Robbins
Louise Bache Club Hears Speakers
Margaret Karmazin Has New Book

An Ice Cream A Day

Susquehanna County Dairy Maid, Abbey Hewitt recently did a school promotion for Mrs. Baker’s second grade class at the Lathrop Street Elementary School in Montrose. A short story about a cow was read and a treat of ice cream was served.

Susquehanna County Dairy Maid Abbey Hewitt visits Mrs. Baker’s classroom.

Ice cream is usually eaten for its delicious flavor and creamy texture, but when compared to other dessert options such as cake, pie or candy, it has a competitive advantage, nutritionally speaking. Calcium, riboflavin (vitamin B2) and protein are the primary nutrients in ice cream. So, have an ice cream a day as prescribed by Dairy Maid, Abbey Hewitt.

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Rep. Major Has Perfect Attendance

HARRISBURG -- Rep. Sandra Major (R-111) was recognized this week for perfect floor attendance during the 2001-02 session of the General Assembly.

Rep. Sam Smith (R-66), House majority whip, presented Major with a certificate noting her accomplishment.

Rep. Sandra Major (R-111) accepts a certificate of appreciation for perfect attendance during House floor sessions from Rep. Sam Smith (R-66), the House majority whip.

"I take my oath of office seriously and am always prepared to vote on the floor on behalf of the residents of the 111th District," Major said.

"In addition to voting on bills and resolutions that come before the House, Major serves on the Agriculture and Rural Affairs, Professional Licensure, Game and Fisheries, Local Government and Ethics committees.

She was elected to her fifth two-year term in the House last November.

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PNBDonates To Monument Fund

Peoples National Bank recently presented a donation of $500 to the Susquehanna County Civil War Monument Restoration Fund. Tom Bush, Community Office Manager for the Montrose branch of Peoples National Bank, presented the donation. "Peoples National Bank is committed to reinvesting back into the communities of which we are a part," he said.

Tom Bush, Community Office Manager for the Montrose branch of Peoples National Bank (left) , presents a donation to the County Civil War Monument Restoration Fund. Accepting the donation are committee members Commissioner Lee Smith, Elizabeth Janoski, Betty Smith and Ellen O’Malley. Other members of the committee are Ron Albert and George Starzec.

Mr. Bush noted the importance of the county’s Civil War Monument to both local residents and those visiting the area in search of their ancestors. Twelve of the county’s townships provided stone tablets, which surround the monument. On these tablets are inscribed the names of soldiers who died in service to the Union between 1861 and 1865. The Fall, 2002 and Spring, 2003 issues of the Susquehanna County Historical Society’s Journal of Genealogy contains the names of those listed on the tablet.

One of those names is Sgt. Owen Phillips. He was a Clifford Township resident who joined Company B, 143rd Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteers. At the battle of Gettysburg, the regiment suffered heavy casualties, including the loss of the regiment’s color-bearer, Sgt. Crippin. Phillips, who was then a private in the regiment, caught up the flag and carried it safely from the field. Philips was then made color-sergeant. Sergeant Phillips was later killed at the battle of the Wilderness. Following the end of the war, the Clifford G.A.R. post was chartered as the Owen Phillips Post, NO. 486.

Both Blackman’s History of Susquehanna County by Miss Emily Blackman, and a Centennial History of Susquehanna County by R.M. Stocker contain more information on county citizens who served in the Union Army . These are available through the Susquehanna County Historical Society, Monument Square, Montrose, PA 18801. Telephone (570) 278-1881, or visit their website

The Susquehanna County Civil War Monument Restoration Committee is accepting donations in care of the Susquehanna County Court House, PO Box 218, Montrose, PA 18801. More information on the monument is available from the county website,

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SSCDED Partners With U. Of S. SBDC

The Susquehanna County Department of Economic Development announced that it would continue to partner with the University of Scranton’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC) for the upcoming year of 2003.

Economic Development Director Justin Taylor said, "We are excited to continue this great partnership with the University of Scranton and their SBDC. Offering this free service to the people of Susquehanna County is a true benefit to the business community."

The University of Scranton’s Small Business Development Center offers free and confidential management consulting services to entrepreneurs and small business owners. The Scranton SBDC is part of a network of sixteen SBDC's in the State of Pennsylvania, and over 1,000 nationwide.

Pictured ((l-r) are: Donna Simpson of the University of Scranton’s Small Business Development Center, and Justin Taylor, Susquehanna County’s Director of Economic Development.

For more information about starting your own business in Susquehanna County, contact the Department of Economic Development at (570) 278-4600, ext. 558 or send E-mail to

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Engagement Announced Snyder - Robbins

Denise Snyder and Carl Robbins, of Hallstead, are proud to announce their engagement.

Denise and Carl

In front of family and friends, Carl asked his "Sunshine," Denise if he would be his wife, and she proudly said yes.

Denise is the daughter of Stanley and Evelyn Lindow, Susquehanna. She is mother to Shiloe Benedict, Hallstead, and Byron Benedict and grandmother to Codi, Nick and Mariah, of Hallstead.

Carl is the son of the late Carl, Sr. and Jennie Robbins, Nicholson, PA. He has a son and daughter-in-law, Micheal and Jen Robbins, Scranton, and a son, Robert Robbins, Gibson.

A June 14, 2003 wedding is planned.

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Louise Bache Club Hears Speakers

The Louise Bache Women’s Club met recently to hear Steve Lawrenson, VP of Security for PNB, speak about Identity Theft. He explained the crime, how it is perpetrated and provided instructions on how each of us can take steps to protect our credit history and good name. He noted that Identity Theft is a rising crime in Susquehanna County.

At a subsequent meeting, Shirley Masters, decked out as Minnie Pearle, presented a Christmas reading from Grinders Switch, by Minnie Pearle, and exhibited her collection of Christmas collectibles. The group was entertained by Victoria Hartt’s singing of Christmas carols. She is the granddaughter of chairwoman, Janet Hartt.

The LBWC in its continuing drive to support local needs, voted a donation to the New Milford Head Start Boot Drive.

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Margaret Karmazin Has New Book

Local author, Margaret Karmazin, has released her latest book, entitled "Cosmic Women," a collection of mind-stretching science fiction short stories featuring the role of women in the future, which are more than a match for any men of today.

Margaret is a highly original writer with the flair and energy of a modern American lady with a mind of her own. She has always marched to the proverbial different drummer. Whilst delving into her favorite areas of study - the paranormal, UFO's, anthropology, psychology and occasionally science, she writes short stories which appear in numerous literary magazines, and paints mystical pictures to hang in local galleries.

She lives by a lake in rural north-east Pennsylvania, with her husband and two cats.

Further details and review copies may be obtained from the author herself, Margaret Karmazin, PO Box 159, Susquehanna, PA 18847 Tel: 570-756-2363 Email:

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