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Susquehanna County 4-H Leaders were recently recognized at the annual 4-H Leaders Banquet held at Dreyer Hall, Montrose Bible Conference. Susquehanna County Dairy Ambassadors, Abbey Puzo and Amanda Miner started the evening off with a delicious milk punch reception prior to a delicious dinner by the kitchen staff of Dreyer Hall. Both Abbey and Amanda told of their 4-H experiences related to the dairy industry and how it wouldnt have happened without their 4-H leaders support.
Over fifty 4-H Leaders from Susquehanna County were recognized for their contributions at the annual 4-H Leaders Banquet. Pictured (l-r) are leaders who were able to attend the banquet with representatives of local financial institutions who support this event: Ann Vitale-25 year leader; Tom Bush of Peoples National Bank; Rhaylene Britten-30 year leader; Lori Mackey-10 year leader; Donna Testa-5 year leader; Richard Mackey-10 year leader; Janet DePue-1st year leader; Wendy Sivers-1st year leader; Carol Page-20 year leader; Peggy Empet-20 year leader; Yvonne Nuss, Grange National Bank of Lawton; Charlotte Severcool and Donna Brown of AgChoice Farm Credit ACA; Ron Smith of Community Bank and Trust of Montrose.
Teen County Council members Megan Carey, Dan Puzo, Ashley Jennings, Amanda Nowicki and Bill Liepinis reported on their past year 4-H highlights and how their leaders encouraged them to experience many of the events. Joe Fuller, 4-H Coordinator for the county thanked all of the leaders for their support and the support of our county commissioners for the great youth program.
Beginning in March, The Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Youth Program coordinated by TREHAB began a three-part workshop aimed at teaching youth about owning their own businesses. Mary Anne Waddington, project director for TREHABs ASSETS adult microenterprise program, ran the workshop, held once monthly for some 16 high and middle school students.
The Youth ASSETS program provided information on personal and financial considerations when starting up your own small business as well as basics of decision-making.
The May meeting was a special on-site facility tour of a local small business. John Gordon of Gordon Plastics Molding in Great Bend welcomed the youth participants to his newly-formed business. Mr. Gordon is a recent graduate of the TREHAB-ASSETS Program A Service for Self-Employment Training & Support.
Participating in the tour of the small business recently started up by John Gordon, at far right, (l-r) were: front row Brenton McHugh, Elizabeth Robinson, Sherry Magliulo, Earl Buchler; middle row Shawn Buchler, Josh Neer, Kim Seamans, Pam Buchanan, Joel Chamberlain; back row Jason Neer, Charles Robinson, Shawn Reed, Albert Paolucci, Doug DeBoer, Jason Welch.
"John did a great job offering tips and encouragement to the students about starting and owning a small business," said Ms. Waddington. "Hes someone who pursued his dream because he believed in himself."
Certificates of workshop completion were handed out to the participating youth during a celebration dinner held at Dobbs Country Kitchen Restaurant in Hallstead following the small business tour.
Born to Show
The Born To Show 4-H Club meeting was recently held at the County Office Building in Montrose. The meeting was called to order at 7:30 and pledges were led by Brian Castrogiovanni and Cody Mack. Officers were elected as follows: President - Sara Oliver, Vice President - Shana Mack, Secretary - Ben Oliver, Treasurer - Nicole Brooks, Club Historian - McKinzie Wallace, Callers - John Brooks and Brian Castrogiovanni.
Tim Forkal gave a talk about the County Holstein Club Tour he attended on March 15. It went to the Castrogiovanni Farm, Lloyd and Denise Pease Farm, and Joe and Sandy Pavelski Farm. The club talked more about having sweatshirts done this year. We voted on having black hooded sweatshirts with the name on the front and a cow on the back. We are waiting for more price quotes to come back.
Sara Oliver handed out Dairy Camp forms for this year and asked that they be handed back into Extension as soon as possible. She also said to start thinking about body clipping the animal you plan on showing. Get the old growth of hair off and the new growth will be easier to work with when it is time for show season. Our May meeting was scheduled at the Dean Mack Farm. The meeting was adjourned.
The D.E.S. Dairy Club recently held their re-organizational meeting at the Elk Lake Fire Hall. Nick Pease called the meeting to order. Pledges were led by Jenna Sprout and Amanda Miner. New members were welcomed. Officers were elected as follows: Nick Pease-President, Andy Miner-Vice President, Alyssa Sprout-Secretary, Amanda Miner-Treasurer, Jenna Sprout-News Reporter.
Gavin Chilson, Renee Chilson, and Austin Graham were welcomed. It was decided that Kenny Kiefer, Allison Kiefer, Andy Minor, and Jenna Sprout would do their demonstrations at the next meeting. Discussions about the walk-a-thon, club day camp, 4-H One Day Trip, and County Council were held. Lou Ann Kiefer talked about the Cloverbuds.
Recognizing their 4-H leaders for all their help, Susquehanna County Teen County Council members shared their past years experiences at the annual Leaders Banquet recently held in Montrose. Council members pictured (l-r) Megan Carey, Dan Puzo, Ashley Jennings, Amanda Nowicki and Bill Liepinis understand and appreciate all the time and effort their leaders put into improving the lives of 4-Hers throughout Susquehanna County. It is by their leaders examples that they take on their own leadership responsibilities, both in their 4-H clubs and in the 4-H Teen County Council program.
Family and friends of Denise Snyder and Carl Robbins are informed they are very sad to announce that due to a very unfortunate situation they have had to postpone their planned wedding date of June 14.
Harrisburg State Treasurer Barbara Hafer said Pennsylvania farmers may file claims for liquid fuels tax refunds between July 1, 2002 and June 30, 2003.
Hafer, who chairs the Board of Finance and Revenue, said claim forms must be returned postmarked not later than September 30 to the Board of Finance and Revenue, Motor Fuels Section, 1101 S. Front St., Suite 410, Harrisburg, PA 171042540.
Claim forms are available from the Board of Finance and Revenue at the above address. Questions may be answered by calling (717) 7876534 or e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
By definition a labyrinth is a network of winding, interconnected passages through which it is difficult to find ones way, or a maze. Members of The Garden Club of Montrose were recently treated to a tour of the Labyrinth Garden at the Self-Discovery Wellness Arts Center in Montrose. This garden is structured to give a rhythm that is intended to reduce stress, enlighten and allow for meditation.
Labyrinth gardens and symbols have been in existence since mankinds early history. The most ancient labyrinth represented the daily and seasonal path of the sun. European gardens used medicinal herb and knot gardens in medieval cloisters. Later evergreen shrubs were used to delineate paths. Mayan and Aztec cultures used the labyrinth symbol depicting a calendar and African societies used it to pattern intricate tribal dances. The Greco-Roman tradition tortured men in an inescapable labyrinth.
Today we use the labyrinth as a path that leads from the outer to the inner world. The center can be seen from the beginning, but can be reached only by traveling the entire pathway to the center. In traveling this path, one has time to meditate on the beauty they find around them.
After their meeting and garden walk, members were given a tour of the beautifully restored home from which the Self-Discovery Center operates. Many thanks are extended to Anna DAndrea for her wonderful hospitality.
Informative and educational programs such as this are part of each meeting of The Garden Club of Montrose. Those interested in being a guest of the club may contact Membership Chairman Kathy Warriner at 278-1932 or President Brenna Aileo at 278-9703 to learn of coming meetings and projects.
Four members of The Garden Club of Montrose were recently in Harrisburg to attend the annual convention of The Garden Club Federation of Pennsylvania. Brenna Aileo, Shirley Andre, Gladys Bennett and Gloria Teel, all members of the Board of Directors of the GCFP, were honored to represent their club and to bring home awards based on the clubs projects.
A Book of Evidence was submitted, highlighting the Landscape & Garden Tour that the club presented last spring. The tour was a great success in spite of the weather and was tied for first place in that category.
A Publicity Press Book containing articles and photos of projects undertaken by The Garden Club of Montrose during 2002 was awarded a second place.
Federated garden clubs all over Pennsylvania submit evidence of flower shows, garden tours, publications, beautification projects and many other areas of interest. These Books of Evidence are judged and awards given at the annual convention. It was an honor for these women to represent their club and to be recognized for their hard work.
Harrisburg - Rep. Sandra Major (R-111) urges non-profit organizations in Susquehanna, Wayne and Wyoming counties to take advantage of two grant opportunities from the Pennsylvania Humanities Council (PHC) for public programs.
"A goal of the council is to join with local organizations to create public opportunities to learn about the state's heritage," Major said.
Humanities Grants support public programs that rely on and draw strength from history, literature, religious studies, philosophy and other humanities fields.
Humanities-and-the-Arts Grants is a grant-making partnership with the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts to support projects combining arts and humanities.
For more information about these grant programs, contact the council via e-mail at email@example.com or by telephone at 18004620442.
For more than 70 years, the little red buddy poppy has been distributed to benefit Americas veterans and their families. Local members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars will be distributing buddy poppies the week of May 19, at local businesses, by Ladies Auxiliary members.
Show your gratitude to Americas veterans. Make a donation and proudly wear a buddy poppy. Your donation directly helps needy and disabled veterans and their families.
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