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Demo Women Pick Scholarship Winners
Ryan Lima Gets Montrose Awards
Alcohol Awareness Poster Winners
Plans Progress For Placko Memorial
Stacey Rivenburg Makes LVC Dean's List
Forest City Regional Student Registration

Demo Women Pick Scholarship Winners

Martha Chamberlain, Democrat Women’s Club Scholarship Chairman has announced the following winners of their $100.00 scholarship, in each of the six county high schools.

Sarah Henry, Elk Lake High. She will be attending Keystone College for Elementary Education.

Justine Zigon, Forest City High. She will be attending East Stroudsburg University for Biology.

Sarah MacNeal, Montrose High. She will be attending Broome Community College.

Kathryn Onyon, Blue Ridge High. She will be attending Keystone College for Landscape Architecture.

Bettylou Mihal, Mountain View High. She will be attending Lebanon Valley College for Sociology, Criminal Justice.

Danielle Stone, Susquehanna Community High. She will be attending Wilkes University for Pharmacy.

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Ryan Lima Gets Montrose Awards

Ryan Lima has been named as the recipient of the first annual Montrose Band Aides Scholarship Award at Montrose Area High School. A member of the Class of 2003, Ryan received the award at Montrose’s Awards and Baccalaureate Program on June 8. He also received the John Philip Sousa Award, a national honor for excellence in music, and the VFW’s Gordon Joy Memorial Scholarship.

Ryan played the trombone in Montrose’s Concert Band, Jazz Band, and Marching Band. During his senior year, he auditioned for and was chosen for County Band, District Band, District Jazz Band, District Orchestra, and Regional Orchestra.

In the fall Ryan will enter Delaware Valley College with a major in Biology and Education. He will continue his interest in music as part of the Delaware Valley College Concert Band, for which he has received a music scholarship.

Ryan is the son of Luis and Sally Lima, of Montrose.

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Alcohol Awareness Poster Winners

Nearly 400 elementary school students statewide submitted posters for the annual Alcohol Awareness Poster Contest sponsored jointly by the PA Department of Health, PA Department of Education and TREHAB in Susquehanna County, along with support from local banks and businesses. The contest encourages students and their families to become more aware of the consequences of underage drinking, while reinforcing the positive concept that young people can reach their goals by remaining alcohol-free.

Blue Ridge Alcohol Awareness Poster Contest Award Winners (l-r) are: Joan Dooley – TREHAB, Jillena Bennet, Marissa Kotar, Ashley DelLongo, David Angeloni – guidance counselor.

Five local school districts (six schools) were represented in the contest. A $50 savings bond, provided by a local bank, was awarded to the first place winner in each school, and local businesses provided prizes for the first, second and third place winners. One poster, the first-place winner of Mariah Geisler of Choconut Valley, was selected for entry in the state level contest.

Susquehanna Community Alcohol Awareness Poster Contest winners (l-r) are: Mr. Keyes – Elementary Principal, Kelly Burke, Courtney Sterling, Bobby Skiba.

Pennstar Bank provided a savings bond for the top prizes at Blue Ridge and Susquehanna Elementary Schools; Community Bank & Trust furnished the bonds for the winners at Forest City and Lathrop Street (Montrose) Elementary Schools; and Grange National Bank of Wyoming County donated the bond awards for Choconut Valley and Elk Lake Schools.

McDonald’s of Montrose, New Milford Video, Elk Lake Filling Station, Lenox Dairy Bar, and Fred’s Market in Susquehanna gave food, cash, and other prizes for all the poster contest winners.

Johnine Barnes, Joan Dooley and Brandy Pitcher, prevention specialists for TREHAB, presented the awards at the schools during the final weeks of the school year, and delivered several winning posters to local businesses for display.

The contest winners, by school, are: Marissa Kotar, Ashley DelLongo, Jillena Bennet, and Gregg Lindner (Honorable Mention), Blue Ridge; Mariah Geisler, Ethan Jones, and Megan Walker, Choconut Valley; Mitchell Krieger, David Jensen and Joey Woodcock, Elk Lake; Jenna Tasso, Tabatha Rettberg, Sarah Marcinkus, Forest City; Amelia DiPhillips, Megan Honeyford, James Brewer, Lathrop Street; Bobby Skiba, Courtney Sterling, Kelly Burke, Susquehanna Community.

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Plans Progress For Placko Memorial

Plans are shaping up for a memorial to be constructed on the grounds of the Choconut Valley Elementary School in memory of the late principal, Stephen J. Placko.

The initial plan was to place a gazebo in the center of a memorial garden, but new ideas were contributed by community members and school district personnel and incorporated into the plan. Instead of a gazebo, a small building will be constructed which will ultimately resemble an old-fashioned school house.

The first design proved to be too expensive, so the plan was reduced in size to 14’ x 20’, and it was decided that the first phase of construction would maintain the outline of a school house, complete with cupola, but would be more open, giving it a pavilion appearance. This building will be large enough to be used as an outdoor classroom, and will be usable even in rainy weather.

A preliminary drawing of the "Placko Memorial Schoolhouse, Classroom and Garden".

The foundation will have a stone façade to add to the schoolhouse appearance. Field stones, approximately the size of an 8 1/2 x 11 sheet of paper, will be needed, and an area near the parking lot at the school has been designated for this purpose.

Once the initial preparation is complete, the final construction of the building is being planned as a community event similar to an old-fashioned barn raising. It is hoped that the project will be completed before the first day of school.

Some suggestions of items needed for the overall project include barn wood for the outside of the building, shingles for the roof, lumber for the frame and flooring, stone and/or brick for the walks, plants, small shrubs, and mulch for the garden, and benches for use in the outdoor classroom.

Anyone who is interested in donating time, talent or materials can call Rita Gahring at the Choconut School, 553-1600. Monetary donations may be sent to Pennstar Bank, RR 1 Friendsville, PA 18818. Checks should be made out to "Placko Memorial Garden".

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Stacey Rivenburg Makes LVC Dean's List

Stacey L. Rivenburg, of Kingsley, a junior Psychology Major, was named to the spring Dean’s List at Lebanon Valley College, Annville, PA. Students on the Dean’s List must maintain a grade point average of 3.4 or above.

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Forest City Regional Student Registration

Forest City Regional School will hold registration for any new students during the weeks of August 4 and August 11, from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Please bring birth certificate and immunization record. If your child has an individualized education plan, please bring it with you. If you have any questions, call 785–2408.

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