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The United Way of Susquehanna County (United Way) will launch its 2003 Annual Campaign beginning Sept. 2nd through Dec. 31st with a $150,000.00 goal targeted this year. "A dedicated group of volunteers has been preparing all of the marketing and logistics for the past few months," commented Joe Burke, United Way President. According to Mr. Burke, this is the second annual solicitation with significant increases in the number of donors and gross income expected. "Our long term goal is to use only interest income from our endowment fund for operating expenses," said Burke. "This way, 100% of every donated dollar will go directly to the non-profit agencies we serve. The funds raised in the next few months will be allocated during 2004 to about 26 non-profit agencies serving all of Susquehanna County."
Of the 42,165 county residents, 17,444 are employed adults and about 8,000 of them earn their income outside the county, which in fact, amounts to two-thirds of the total personal income of all county residents. United Way donations are typically pledges made through each persons employer or place of business. Correspondingly, the challenge is to make the people employed outside the county aware that they can designate the United Way of Susquehanna County as the recipient of their pledge. They can do this by writing in "United Way of Susquehanna County" on their employers form where it asks if they want to designate their contributions. "Give where you live" is this years advertising slogan, and it will be made obvious to all county residents through an extensive county-wide marketing campaign and the generous in-kind contributions of many thoughtful businesses supplying newspaper ads, billboards, radio ads, posters and volunteers. Notably, the merchants of Montrose under the leadership of Dave Andre are hosting "Montrose United Way Sales Days" September 10-13. Over 30 merchants will participate with bargains, sales, seasonal closeouts, and a Carnival Cruise drawing for a grand prize. A portion of all proceeds will be donated to the United Way. Private individuals can also donate directly by completing a pledge form. Forms will be available through mailings to the home, newspaper advertisements, on-line web site forms at www.unitedwayofsusquehannacounty.org, and by calling the United Way offices in Montrose at 278-3868.
The United Way is a supporter of human services, and it emphasizes policies while educating the public regarding issues deemed to be critical to the local communities comprised of the 27 townships and the few boroughs in the county. Funds are allocated on a measured basis and positive outcomes and social impact are specified criteria. Priorities such as child care, senior services, handicap issues, rural health care and emergency food and shelter exemplify the types of fund applications to be addressed.
Recently elected Board Chairperson Alice Deutsch commented, "We are brimming with excitement and expecting a wonderful return this year. Based on all of the volunteer work done thus far, and with the kinds of commitments we are seeing, we anticipate a very positive outcome."
Each donor is eligible for the grand prize drawing of an original lithograph master print of a rural scene in Susquehanna County valued at $2,500.00 among other prizes. Volunteers and financial supporters are welcome and can receive further information from United Way headquarters at 36 Lake Ave, Montrose, PA 18801.
What had been Briars Olde Colonial Inn in Oakland Township has become P. J. Ohares under the new ownership of Dermot Ohare, a naturalized American citizen who hails from County Antrim, Ireland. He and his wife, Brooke, who is from Connecticut (of Irish descent) along with their daughter, Katrina, and nephew, Eamonn, from County Cork, Ireland are equally involved in transforming Briars into an authentic Irish pub and family restaurant.
The restaurant is named in honor of P. J. Ohare, Dermots father, who was in the bar trade all of his life in Ireland. It has been his dream, Dermot said, to have an Irish pub. He brings a wealth of experience with him, having introduced Jack OConnors Irish Pub in Bridgewater, NJ, which he managed for seven years, as well as experience managing a high volume restaurant and six years with the New Jersey Restaurant Association.
The Ohare family and staff welcome one and all to P. J. Ohares Irish pub.
While passing through the Susquehanna area, he and Brooke fell in love with it, as the area is so reminiscent of Ireland. "The people were just as friendly," he said. By chance, a week later, Brooke found an ad posted on the Internet, announcing that Briars was up for sale. They revisited the area, and met with owners Bill and Debbie Briar. It was easy, Dermot said, to envision Briars being turned into an authentic Irish pub and restaurant. After a few visits, he and Brooke decided to purchase, and officially took over on Wednesday, August 13. Since then, the Ohares have been working to transform the facility into an authentic Irish pub. Dermot spoke warmly about the welcome his family has received from people in the area. Their intent is to offer something for the whole community, both young and old. Among other entertainment, there will be a Thursday night sing-along with Irish music every week. "Dont be surprised if you see a disco for five-year olds," he said.
So far, Dermot reports that there has been a brisk business, without the benefit of advertising since the Ohares took over. Their goal, he said, is to build up the dinner crowd. A new chef has been hired, and new specials will be introduced. The menu consists of traditional American fare as well as Irish specialties. The restaurant will be open for lunch every day at 11:30, and will be open through dinner to late night. The Ohares will continue to make the restaurant available for parties and banquets. After successful talks with Immigration, there are plans to bring others from Ireland to work at the restaurant, who, along with local staff, will endeavor to create a fine restaurant, at fair, down to earth prices. "As with any family restaurant," Dermot said, "if theres ever anything wrong, let us know."
He credited the Briars with having been of the utmost help in the transition. "Its unbelievable what theyve done for us," and included Betty and Bob Briar as being "absolutely fantastic" in their help. Dermot was also emphatic in crediting his wife, Brooke, who, he said has been phenomenal in helping with the undertaking.
In the near future, once redecorating is complete, Ohares will be offering specials and a schedule of entertainment. A new area for bands has been built, to allow room for dancing and a hot and cold salad bar, with a multitude of items will be available for lunch and dinner. In the meantime, the Tiki bar is now open daily, every night.
"Just have a wee bit of patience," Dermot said. "Were doing it all bit by bit."
One cant help but wish the Ohares success in their new endeavor.
Susquehanna County 4-Hers were big winners in statewide competitions during Penn States 4-H Achievement Days, held recently at Penn States University Park campus.
Pictured (l-r) are: Blannie Bowen, Professor and Head of Agricultural and Extension Education in PSUs College of Agricultural Sciences; Tricia Albrecht, 1st place winner overall in the Hippology contest; and Christy Bartley, 4-H State Program Leader.
Tricia Albrecht took first place overall in the Junior Hippology contest. Junior Livestock Judging team of Dana Hardisky, Denise Hardisky, Brenden Herbert and Tim Carey took first in their competition. In addition, Dana placed first as an individual in the competition.
Canine Superbowl 1st place winners pictured (l-r) are: Blannie Bowen, Heather Clarke, Hilary Clarke, Monica Turner, Jennifer Young, 4-H Coordinator Joe Fuller and Christy Bartley.
One Canine Superbowl team took first in their contest. Team members include: Heather Clarke, Hilary Clarke, Monica Turner and Jennifer Young. Another Canine Superbowl team consisting of Tiffany Johnson, Emily Johnson, Courtney Griffiths and Ashley Cobb did well ,placing 6th overall.
Senior Dairy Judging 1st place team pictured (l-r) are: Blannie Bowen, 4-H Coordinator Joe Fuller, Abigail Onyon, Katie Onyon, Bonnie Onyon and Christy Bartley. Team member Beth Giangrieco was absent for the photo.
Once again the Senior Dairy Judging team took first place with Abigail Onyon, Katie Onyon and Beth Giangrieco as team members. Beth was first individually in the contest while Abigail placed a close second. Junior Dairy Judging competitor Jessica Sartell did a good job placing 7th in her competition.
The Senior Shotgun team placed 4th with team members of Wyatt Adams, Nate Aldrich, Lucas Mack and AJ Carey. Junior competitors were Shana Mack and Larry Hardy. Sarah Stanley placed 12th overall in individual shooting for the .22 Caliber Rifle competition.
The Junior Horse Judging team of Megan Carey, Sofia DeLousia, Steffany Jahnke and Amanda Nowicki took 5th in their competition.
Four 4-Hers did an outstanding job representing Susquehanna County at the State Fashion Revue. The participants included: Emily Klees, Meggie Klees, Amanda Lass and Hilary Travis.
An excellent job was done by all the participants, coaches, leaders and parents who had a part in our countys great success!
At the August meeting of The Garden Club of Montrose, members were given an update on preparing for their September flower show. Shirley Andre and Gladys Bennett, flower show judges and club members, presented horticulture tips for cut flowers, such as conditioning after cutting and careful transportation to prevent breakage. Container plants should have dead and/or drooping leaves and stems cut off and any spray residue removed. Unobtrusive trimming is permitted. Fruits and vegetables should all be of uniform size, shape and color and must never be waxed or polished. All entries to the show should be clean and insect free.
Shirley Andre and Gladys Bennett instruct on miniature flower designs.
"A Is For Apple" is the title of the flower show, to be held at the Montrose Fire Hall in conjunction with the ninth annual Apple Fest. Class titles include "Apple of My Eye," "Johnny Appleseed," "Bobbing for Apples," and "Apple Crisp." Types of designs include Underwater, Still Life, buffet tables and exhibition tables. Shirley and Gladys gave a program on miniature design showing how to work with and stage these very small creations.
Three new members were welcomed at the August meeting held at President Brenna Aileos home. They are Laurey Christian, Linda Lawrence, and Ellen OMalley. After presenting each new member with the Handbook for Flower Shows, root beer floats were enjoyed by all.
The Garden Club of Montrose is a member of the Garden Club Federation of Pennsylvania, District III and National Garden Clubs, Inc. Guests are always welcome at meetings. For information on dates and times, call Membership Chairman Kathy Warriner at 278-1932 or President Brenna Aileo at 278-9703.
Liane Maureen Norris and Michael St. John Fabrizi, Jr. were married August 3, 2003 in Las Vegas, NV at the Treasure Island Casino and Resort.
Pictured (l-r) are Liane and Michael.
The bride is the daughter of Richard and Linda Norris of Susquehanna. The bridegroom is the son of Michael Fabrizi, Sr. of Susquehanna and Charlene Rivera of Davenport, FL.
The bride was escorted by her father.
Danielle Carmody, sister of the bride, was matron of honor. Lynne Norris, sister of the bride was maid of honor and Maggie Reynolds, friend of the bride was a bridesmaid.
Steven Fabrizi, brother of the bridegroom, was best man. Richard Fabrizi, Jr., cousin of the bridegroom and Jim Klock, friend of the bridegroom were groomsmen.
A reception was given at the Starrucca House in Susquehanna on August 9.
The bride graduated from Susquehanna Community High School and Broome Community College. She is employed as a call center manager for HealthNow in Binghamton, NY.
The bridegroom graduated from Susquehanna Community High School. He is employed as an operator for PENNDOT in Montrose, PA.
The couple spent their honeymoon in Las Vegas. They are living in Susquehanna, PA.
Hi! My name is Shane. Im a really striking, two-year old male Boxer mix. Besides being beautiful, Im very loving and willing to please.
Unfortunately, it doesnt seem like my special family has found me yet and my time is running out. Please come see me, soon! Ill be waiting for you at the Susquehanna County Humane Society shelter in Montrose, at (570) 2781228.
Nancy L. Glasgow and Heiti A. Narma, Oakland Township, happily announce their engagement and approaching marriage.
Ms. Glasgow is the daughter of the late Viola and Harry Glasgow, of Susquehanna, previously owned and operated Glasgows Florist and is presently employed by the Mirabito Fuel Group in their Susquehanna Division.
Mr. Narma is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Rein Narma, Randolph, Vermont. He is self-employed as a heli-arc welder and fabricator in the Susquehanna area.
An early Autumn, 2003 wedding is planned.
The Susquehanna Branch Library, in conjunction with Susquehanna County Literacy, provided an atmosphere of reading and gaming fun, through its summer reading program entitled, Get In The Game.
The summer was chockfull of fun as participants enjoyed stories, games, spirit day and were treated to various demonstrations such as ballroom dancing, yoga, fencing and a special theatrical presentation of Babes In The Barnyard, presented by the Endless Mountain Theatre Company.
Moving up ceremony was held on August 12. The library is proud to announce the following graduates of Get In The Game Summer Reading 2003: Michael Braun, Lucas Marco, Elizabeth Dudley, Phillip Barnes, Samantha Yoskowitz, Keith Hubal, Rachel Hubal, Lauren Marco, Zoe Gauthier, Brooke Sampson, Donald Wilmot, Nicholas Marco, Jakki DeCicco, Austin French, Carissa Carpenter, Peyton Cowperthwait, John Abruzzo, Piper Gauthier, Lacee Hodge, Leif-Axel Berg, Marissa Hodge, Alexis Roe, Cameron Barnes, James Boerner, Austin Cowperthwait, Morgan Ofsharick, Jordan Boerner, Christian Burke, Charlotte Hall, Isabella Abruzzo, Karolina Berg, Alyssa Rockwell, Daniel Braun, Susan Chamberlain, Nicholas Chamberlain, Nicholas Wilmot, Amanda Marco, Daniel Cordner, Victoria Greenleaf, Daphne Barnes, Scott Cordner, Corbin French, Allison Hall.
The library congratulates these students for their participation during the summer reading program and looks forward to the summer of 2004.
In early August, Mike Stevens, WNEP-TV, Channel 16, paid a visit to the residence of Catherine, Tom, and RoseAnn Escandel, RR 1, Hop Bottom, to highlight the beautiful flower gardens they have been developing during the last three years. Actually, for 49 years there were three acres of lawns, trees, shrubbery, and a lovely little pond. At the present time, as a result of the creativity and excellent planning of RoseAnn, there is vibrant color in every corner.
When Mike visited this attractive spot, he commented on the inherent value of "saying it with flowers," and his cameraman filmed the glorious gardens, where bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds abound. This peaceful site seems almost a miniature "Longwood Gardens."
"Show me your garden, and I shall tell you what you are" (Alfred Austin), is a noteworthy quotation which epitomizes what the Escandels have done to accent the fascinating scenic advantages and loveliness of Susquehanna County.
Mr. David Darrow, of Franklin Township, was among the more than 70 township officials to participate in an August 5, statewide conference call with US Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge, Pennsylvania's former governor.
The hour-long phone call marked the first time that township supervisors, managers, secretary-treasurers, and secretaries have sat down at the table with Ridge and other senior members of President George Bushs staff to discuss security concerns and issues.
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