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Seniors Alerted About Scams

Susquehanna County authorities have been kept on the go in recent weeks, investigating reports of individuals bilking senior citizens out of large sums of money, attempts to gain entry into homes of older persons, and issuing counterfeit payroll checks, a scam that has netted the culprits a sizable amount of money. At press time, no arrests were made.

The rash of incidents has caused Sheriff Lance Benedict and Debbie Millard, chief county detective, to issue alerts urging seniors not to do any type of business with strangers or individuals who do not have proper identification.

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Susky Rescinds Parking Ban

The March 11 meeting of the Susquehanna Boro Council was unusual, in that it was held with a "packed house." There were very few empty seats when the meeting began, with more arrivals after the meeting was underway. With the exception of Roy Williams, all council members were present as well as Mayor Roberta Kelly, Secretary Margaret Biegert and CEO Shane Lewis.

The meeting began with Mayor Kelly’s report. In an effort to "try to help a few folks," she had a proposal to consider with regard to the parking ban on West Main St. She suggested that a committee be formed, with council’s approval, members to include residents Andy Whitehead and Andy Francis. She recommended that enforcement of the ban be postponed until September, to give time to devise a reasonable solution. "We all realize we have a problem," She said, "but we do want to come up with a solution. This is a ‘horse and buggy’ community, it was set up for that. Obviously, the dead of winter is not a great time to enforce a parking ban." Another suggestion was that the ban possibly be lifted for a couple of hours a day, to allow for visitor parking, unloading, etc.

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