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Meggie Vaccaro from Junior Girl Scout Troop 518 of Montrose, recently won the North East Pennsylvania Kids Judge! Neuroscience Fair Girl Scout activity patch design contest, at the University of Scranton in November. Her design will be used as next years Kids Judge! Neuroscience Fair patch.
Prizes awarded to Meggie included an official Kids Judge! Neuroscience Fair certificate, tee-shirt and tote bag. Prizes awarded to her troop, Girl Scout Troop 518, included a pizza party, pizza party patches, goodies and more!
Pictured (l-r) are: Dawn Augenti, Junior Girl Scout Troop 518 Asst. Leader; Kelly Mead, Junior Girl Scout Troop 518 Leader; Meggie Vaccaro, Junior Girl Scout; Kate- Sara Germershausen, NEPA AHEC; Nikki Barber, Marketing and Outreach Specialist, Girl Scouts, Scranton Pocono Council.
More than 75 Junior Girl Scouts had the unique opportunity to critique the work of University undergraduates and aspiring scientists. The Kids Judge! Neuroscience Fair allowed the college students to demonstrate and explain their scientific exhibits while Girl Scouts completed each of these originally created projects. This hands-on delivery method allowed the girls to learn while having fun. Each exhibit was then judged by the Girl Scouts whose input and scores were used to determine the class grade awarded to the college students.
About 70 family and friends and Grange member gathered recently to honor Joan Kiefer for 43 years of dedicated service as Treasurer of Susquehanna County Pomona Grange at South Auburn Grange.
After a delicious chicken and biscuit dinner the Master (president) of Fairdale Grange, David Hibbard, acting MC, introduced Ruth Williams, who presented Ms. Kiefer with a dozen red roses. Because of Ms. Kiefers genuine interest in history and genealogy, Ms. Williams also presented her with a reprint of Two Centuries of Memories of Lathrop Township Historical and Genealogical Society. A special booklet, encompassing the years between 1921 to present listing all of the Granges of Susquehanna County with the names of all the Pomona officers, was also presented.
Joan Kiefer took a moment to pose with several of her Granger gifts.
Ron Mowry, Finance Committee for Pomona, led the assembly in the flag salute and a taped version of patriotic songs which he, along with Don Jones and Bob Holdren, made when they were known as the Belltones, under the direction of Rita Bell.
Cathy Oakley, Susquehanna Deputy, presented Ms. Kiefer with an engraved pin. This was followed by heartfelt thank-yous from past Pomona Masters, Reed Burman and Wayne Oakley and present Master, Rick Oakley. The floor then opened to anyone who had a "story" to tell in regards to Ms. Kiefer.
A good and faithful servant is one of the ideas behind the Grange, and Ms. Kiefer has proven herself to be just that, over and over for 43 years.
Members of the Nellie Jane DeWitt Business and Professional Women's Club held their annual Chinese Auction at their February meeting. Held at the Starrucca House, the business meeting was conducted by President Louise Clark. Chairman Colleen Wilkes was auctioneer, with committee people Betty Koscelnak, Eleanor Dohnalek and Anna Napolitano assisting.
Pictured (l-r) are: Colleen Wilkes, Eleanor Dohnalek, Louise Clark, Betty Koscelnak.
A board meeting will be held on Thursday, March 13 at the Starrucca, 6 p.m. for dinner, 6:30 meeting. All officers and committee chairs are urged to attend.
The next regular meeting will be on February 27. Anyone interested in joining the organization may call membership chairman Colleen Wilkes at 853-3448 or Grace Brown at 853-3007.
Peoples National Bank recently donated $1,000.00 to the Susquehanna Sesquicentennial Committee to sponsor the band, "The Poets" for the scheduled celebration the week of July 12 through 19. Pictured (l-r) during presentation of the check are: Pam Hennessey, Co-Chairman; Darlene Slocum, PNB; Mary Jo Glover, Chairman.
Following is a list of 150 Club winners of the Susquehanna Fire Department for February. Winners are listed as $5.00, $10.00 and $25.000 respectively.
They are: February 1 Shirley Fisk, Janet Denny, Ken Gumaer; February 8 Bill Culnane, Chuck Glidden, Stosh Stein; February 15 Sue Burns, Helen Bronchella, Ron Crawford; February 22 Tony Napolitano, Clay Weaver, Ed Wilmot.
Susquehanna County PENNDOT advises drivers that a bridge project is getting underway along PA Route 267 near Lawton in Rush Township, Susquehanna County.
PENNDOT is replacing the old one span concrete slab bridge over a branch of Deer Lick Creek along PA Route 267 with a concrete box culvert (type of large rectangular concrete pipe). The new bridge will have wider lanes and shoulders. The project also includes a temporary roadway, new pavement on the roadway approaching the bridge, drainage improvements, new guide rail and new pavement markings. Traffic is expected to be shifted to the temporary roadway in April. PENNDOT advises drivers to use caution when traveling through the work area.
With new numbers showing a dramatic boost in the nations uninsured, Barnes-Kasson Health Centers have joined the ground-swell of support to raise public awareness about the more than 41 million uninsured Americans during Cover The Uninsured Week (CTUW), March 10-16. New data also shows that Americans who do have insurance are worried about losing it. The surveys come as community health centers join the coast-to-coast CTUW campaign aimed at highlighting the growing problem of the uninsured and the need for a viable solution.
"Barnes-Kasson Health Centers know well the faces of the uninsured in America," said Frederick Jackson, CEO Barnes-Kasson Health Centers. "They are our hardworking neighbors and friends whose jobs do not provide them insurance or who cannot afford private coverage. We are proud that we provide vital, lifesaving preventive and primary health care to every man, woman and child who comes through our doors. But for every uninsured patent we help there are ten other people who are sick and need lifesaving specialty and inpatient care, or prescribed drugs and diagnostic tests, and dont have the insurance to cover it. That is why we are participating in Cover The Uninsured Week because community health centers alone cannot solve the problems of the uninsured."
The participation of Barnes-Kasson Health Centers in CTUW comes as community health centers are trying to expand across the country and also meet growing patient loads. Health centers are one of the few places to which the uninsured can turn for care as "safety net providers," a health care network which offers primary and preventive health care services to anyone who needs it, regardless of their insurance status or ability to pay. Health centers do such a great job of providing health care that a recent report by the National Academy of Sciences Institute of Medicine cited them as part of the solution to the current health care crisis. Health centers are the family doctor to nearly 13 million people, and are ready to help more. President Bush has made it a goal to expand health centers and serve twice as many people over the next five years.
Just off the heels of a successful annual campaign, the United Way of Susquehanna County looks to the future and begins appointing members to its Campaign Cabinet for 2003-04. Last years campaign, the first year operating as a United Way, saw contributions jump from $45,000 to just under $80,000. According to Joe Burke, President, indicators are the potential is between $300,000 to $500,000 annually within 5 years. Success in reaching its goals hinges on the United Ways ability to coordinate a group of some 20 community minded volunteers to become members of its annual Campaign Cabinet.
Cabinet members help by attending a few meetings and assisting in getting the word out about the United Way, the agencies it serves, and the menu of options a donor has in making a tax-deductible charitable donation. According to last years Campaign Chairperson, Shirley Masters, "People just dont realize the impact they can have by giving 1 or 2 dollars a week. Our biggest job is to make people understand they must write down United Way of Susquehanna County when they make donations through their workplace or else their donation wont come back to help the community where they live. This is critical in a county like ours where 50% of our work force works outside the county."
Anyone interested in an appointment to the short term Campaign Cabinet should contact the United Way of Susquehanna County by calling 278-3868 or e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org. "We need representation from across the region", said Joe Burke. "The only way we can succeed is to get folks from Forest City to Susquehanna to Little Meadows. We need representation from all the school districts; federal, state, county, and local employee representation; small businesses; professionals; and employees who work for companies outside Susquehanna County," he continued.
Harrisburg US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development Pennsylvania State Director, Byron E. Ross, announced that as of March 1 the Towanda (Bradford County) and Montrose (Susquehanna County) offices will be combined into a new location. These offices will join the USDAs Wyoming (County) Service Center located at 1 Hollowcrest Complex in Tunkhannock and may be reached by calling (570) 8364157.
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