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Ive chosen to spotlight a farm that has made a great comeback, the Fallon farm.
To keep cows healthy, dairy farmers build and maintain animal housing and milking facilities that provide for the safety, comfort and hygiene for their herd. In March of 2002 this farmer had to face any farmers worst fear. The barn was on fire. The family was all heading in different directions that day and had it been a few minutes later no one would have been home. Luckily they hadnt left yet! They lost their barn but were able to save their herd of dairy cattle. This farm, owned and operated by Paul and Pauline Fallon is located in Lenox, Susquehanna County. They have owned the farm since 1984 and prior to this it was owned by Pauls parents. Both Paul and Pauline were raised on farms.
Dairy Princess Shana Mack and Dairy Ambassador Alyssa Sprout pictured with the Fallon family in the milking parlor.
After the fire they decided to rebuild and expand their herd. They now have a double twelve, parallel milking parlor with automatic take off milkers and a large, freestall barn, with the milking cows housed in three groups. The high group producing over 65 pounds; a second group under 65 pounds; and a third group of unbred cows. They have tip tank waterers and floor scrapers and feed TMR.
Dairy farmers use modern tools such as computers to keep records on each individual animal and to monitor cows for health problems, nutrition and general well being. Fallons new operation is computerized. Each cow has a computerized ID leg bracelet which is read as they exit the parlor. This ID bracelet then operates a sort gate to sort the cows into their proper group. Fallons are now milking 206 cows. They also have a calf barn with individual calf pens housing 100 calves, a heifer barn with 70 bred heifers and a dry cow barn. The herd is mainly Holsteins but they do have a few mixed breed calves. The Fallons have 500 acres of land and raise corn and alfalfa. Working on the farm with Paul and Pauline are their five daughters, Larissa, Sondra, Kristina, Victoria, Sabrina and hired help, Ron Jennings, Wayne Halstead, Jr. and Jake Tompkins.
The unique thing about this farm is how it is computerized. Fallons feel this helps them keep better herd records. The Fallons feel with their new operation the cows are more relaxed and there is less manual labor. The Fallons are planning an open house this fall. I found the operation very interesting and recommend you go and see it. I would like to thank the Fallons for letting me visit their farm and wish them great luck with their new facility.
On Friday, August 22, 2003, Joseph Bucci of Susquehanna, acting postmaster of the Hallstead Post Office, honored Purple Heart recipients of the HallsteadGreat Bend Post 357, with a framed plaque of the Purple Heart stamp, donated by the United States Postal Service.
Accepting an enlarged version of an encased stamp on behalf of the HallsteadGreat Bend American Legion Post 357 were its commander, Rick Rood and the posts first commander and former post office postmaster, Walter Woolbaugh.
Pictured (l-r) are: Rick Rood, Post 357 Commander; Walter Woolbaugh, past Commander Post 357; Joe Bucci, acting Postmaster and First Vice Commander of Susquehanna AL Post 86. (Note: The beautiful frame in which the stamp is encased was made by one of the Post Offices finest, Paul Deck, a mail carrier.)
Postmaster Bucci saw military service during the Vietnam War, serving from February, 1967 through November, 1970.
Commander Rick Rood served during the Vietnam era, from 1969 through 1977.
Past Commander Walter Woolbaugh saw service from March, 1941 through October 2, 1945.
The beautiful, framed stamp will hang on the walls of Post 357, along with flags and other war memorabilia.
Members of Post 357 who were awarded the Purple Heart Medal during their stints in the Armed Forces are: Terry White, Dave Hughes, chuck Suchock, Bob Lynch (2), Ivan Smith, Rob Robinson, Bud Burton, Lynn Boyd, Carl Moomey, Earl Armon, and Jim Willson.
The family of Guy Wells established a memorial award to be given at the Harford Fair Red and White Youth Dairy Show. This year exhibitors of the Red and White Champions received an embroidered fleece blanket, duffel bag or sweatshirt.
Pictured (l-r) are: Ryan Depew, Kaitlyn Depew, Dan Puzo and Shana Mack receiving the Guy W Wells Memorial Awards presented to the Youth Show Champions at the Harford Fair.
The Junior Champion was Hunsinger Sunset Ruby-Red, owned and exhibited by Kaitlyn Depew. Kaitlyn also exhibited the Reserve Junior Champion, Hunsinger Sunset Cherry-Red. Kaitlyn is seven years old and cant wait until next year when she will be old enough to be in 4-H and show her red and white dairy animals at the 4-H dairy shows. Kaitlyns parents are David and Annette Depew and live near Springville.
Shana Macks senior three year old O-Mac Oakes Hot Amber-Red was the Senior Champion. Shana lives near Brooklyn and is a member of the Born to Show 4-H Club. She is the current Susquehanna County Dairy Princess. Shana has been exhibiting dairy animals in 4-H and at the Harford Fair for eight years. Shanas parents are Dean and Jane Mack.
Goff Farms Noz Cherry CJ-Red, a five year old cow owned and exhibited by Dan Puzo received the Senior Reserve Champion award. Dan has been a member of the Watrous Corners 4-H Club for nine years, showing black and white and red and white Holsteins. Dan has exhibited dairy cattle at the Harford Fair for twelve years. Dan lives near Montrose with his parents, Doug and Mary Puzo and his sister Abbey.
Pictured (l-r) are: seated Tammy Jackson and Jeffrey Witts, Pennstar Bank employee team captains for the 2003 Heart Walk meet with David Raven (standing), President, Pennstar Bank and Jeri Quinn, AHA Corporate Events Director, to discuss the bank's sponsorship of the 2004 Heart Walk. Mr. Raven will serve as Chairman for the May, 2004 event.
North Jackson Ag
The North Jackson Ag 4-H Club held their most recent meeting at Joe and Sandy Pavelskis house. The day started out with a picnic at 1:00 and then ended up with a meeting that was called to order at 2:08 p.m. by president Abby Onyon. The meeting started with the American and 4-H pledges. Then Beth Giangrieco took role call and read secretarys report. Following, Amanda Nowicki read the treasurers report. Holly Carey gave the club a report on livestock clinic. Megan Carey told the club how the County Council car wash turned out. Amanda Nowicki told us about the County Council dance and how that turned out. Megan Carey also read a list of how everyone did at the scholarship horse show. Abby Onyon informed the club of the 4-H events, one-day trip to Baltimore, the Pony roundup and Dairy roundup. The club will take a trip to Knobels Grove. After that demonstrations began with Jessie Casella, Emily Walker, and Tiffany Carpenter on Jack Russell Terriers. John Valentine did his presentation on diabetes. John and Josh McAllister did their demonstration on what it was like to be at one-day camp.
News Reporter: Kaitlin Flor
Pennstar Bank employees recently donated $500.00, proceeds of a benefit held at a recent bank sales rally, to the Lackawanna Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Pictured (l-r) are: seated Jana Boyer, Campaign Coordinator and David Raven, President, Pennstar Bank; standing Regional Sales Managers, Robert Welch and Raymond Ceccotti, Co-Chairs of the sales rally.
Take thirteen three gallon tubs of delicious ice cream flavors like panda paws, maple walnut, peanut butter cup, strawberry, cookie dough as well as Americas favorite vanilla and pile on the chocolate syrup. Add strawberries, bananas, cookie crumbs, sprinkles, caramel, M & Ms and peanuts. Top with a generous amount of whipped cream and a cherry. Youve good a giant ice cream sundae ready to serve to fair goers.
The "giant sundae" is ready. Standing by the sundae (l-r) are: front row Ashley Franklin, Karin Mowry, Karley Mosier; back row Amanda Miner, Alyssa Sprout, Shana Mack, Abbey Puzo.
This complimentary sundae was served by the Susquehanna County Dairy Princess Shana Mack and her Dairy Ambassadors Amanda Miner, Abbey Puzo, Alyssa Sprout and Ashley Franklin and Dairy Maids Karin Mowry and Karley Mosier.
Ice cream and toppings were donated by area businesss and the Susquehanna County Dairy Promotion Program appreciates the support.
Speaking of ice cream did you know? Each American consumes an average of over 23 quarts of ice cream yearly. More ice cream is sold on Sunday than any other day of the week. Americas favorite topping is chocolate syrup.
The ice cream sundae served at the Harford Fair was not a world record. The biggest ice cream sundae ever made was 12 feet high and made with nearly 5000 gallons of ice cream and 7000 pounds of toppings. Treat yourself and enjoy some ice cream today.
Gary Green , an accomplished landscape artist from Ephrata, PA, recently led a delightful watercolor workshop at Salt Springs State Park. The rainy day didn't dampen the spirits of the participants and each produced two paintings and sketches under the guidance of Mr. Green. He showed many tips such as modeling trees and the use of wax as a resist.
Gary Green with some of his paintings.
Green has a wonderful command of his craft and produces many landscapes regularly. He sells his work in several galleries as well as from his home studio
The workshop was sponsored by the Hill Country Artists and it is anticipated that it will be repeated again next summer. For more information contact Rita Eddy at 553-2500.
Hi! My name is Noah. Im a sweet, five-year old male buff-colored Cocker Spaniel whos waiting so patiently for that special someone to take me home. Please come visit me at the Susquehanna County Humane Society Shelter, in Montrose at (570) 2781228.
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