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The annual 4-H Kiddy Tractor Pull was held recently at the Harford Fair. About 120 young contestants, ages 4 through 10 participated. Enthusiastic children pulled as parents and other spectators cheered them on. Children from all across Susquehanna County took part in the pull as well as children from neighboring counties.
The tractors used were donated, as was the weight sled, with the event organized by leaders and members of the Watrous Corners 4-H Club.
The Harford Fair Queen, Lisa Lopatofsky, and alternate Fair Queen, Alison McNamara were on hand to help present awards. The Harford Fair Association provided a trophy for the first place winner in each division and ribbons were awarded to all participants.
Susquehanna County Dairy Princess Shana Mack, Ambassadors Ashley Franklin and Abbey Puzo and Dairy Maids Karin Mowry and Karly Mosier presented each tractor pull participant with a coupon for a glass of cold milk, compliments of Susquehanna County Farm Bureau booth at the fair.
In the junior division the four year old first place winners were Audrey Shay and Jack Meyer; five year old winners were Darci Warner and Travis Novakowski; six year old winners were Rachel Johnson and Joseph Cerra IV; seven year old winners were Taylor Watkins and Austin Bennett. In the senior division the eight year old first place winners were Katie Valentine and James Eldred III; the nine year old winners were Lydia Watkins and John Valentine; 10 year old winners were Rachel Smarkusky and Jesse Frystak.
Jesse Frystak wins the overall Senior Champion Award and the Harford Fair Kiddy Tractor Pulling Contest.
The Watrous Corners 4-H Club and the Susquehanna County Dairy Royalty did a great job presenting the Kiddy Tractor Pull event. The Harford Fair is a great fair for everyone and the Kiddy Tractor Pull is an excellent opportunity for kids to take part in while attending the Fair.
The cheers and applause heard from the spectators indicated this event was once again well received. Look for the event to continue at the Harford Fair next year.
Marilyn Quick and her children set up the "David Quick 4-H Memorial Fund" as a memorial to David to recognize outstanding 4-H accomplishments of Susquehanna County 4-H members. This year a special award was received by the grand champion showman in both the junior and senior divisions at the Susquehanna County 4-H Dairy Roundup. A savings bond and a plaque was presented to Mariah Castrogiovanni, junior champion showman, a member of the East Bridgewater 4-H Club and Beth Giangrieco, senior champion showman, a member of the North Jackson 4-H Club.
Pictured is Heather Pease receiving the David Quick Memorial Award, presented by the Quick Family.
A savings bond and plaque were also presented to the 4-H member exhibiting the champion owned and bred animal at the Harford Fair youth colored breeds show and the Harford Fair Holstein youth show. Heather Pease of the North Jackson 4-H Club received this award for the colored breeds and Nick Pease received the award at the Holstein Show.
David was a long time supporter and leader of the countys 4-H program. This memorial fund established by the Quick family will continue to remind 4-H members and leaders in Susquehanna County of the importance of the 4-H program to David Quick and of his many years of participation and service in the 4-H program.
Emma Loch received the "Marty Randall Memorial Award" at the Harford Fair Animal Costume Contest. Emma was dressed as the "Princess" and her Brown Swiss calf was dressed up as the "Frog." The Marty Randall award plaque was presented to Emma by three of the Randall grandchildren, pictured above with Emma.
The fifth annual Dairy Showmanship Contest sponsored by Pennfield Feeds of Lancaster was held at the Harford Fair. Participants were judged in five different age divisions by Heather Pease, member of the North Jackson Ag 4-H Club. Heather was the Reserve Senior Champion Showman at the Susquehanna County 4-H Round-up and therefore earned the opportunity to judge the showmanship contest at the Fair.
The first three places in the 8 years and under division were: Kaitlyn Depue, Springville; Austin Mack, Brooklyn and Austin Bennett, Springville. Abbey Puzo, Montrose was the winner in the 9 to 12 year old division followed by Eric Giangrieco, New Milford and Jenna Sprout, Montrose. The first place winner in the 13 to 15 year old division was Jessica Sartell, Thompson; second place was Amanda Miner, Meshoppen; third place was Alyssa Sprout, Montrose. The 16 to 21 year old division was won by Beth Giangrieco, New Milford, Abby Onyon, New Milford was second and Dan Puzo, Montrose was third. Winner in the over 21 year old division was Shelly Woodmansee.
Jessie Sartell receives Junior Champion Trophy. Pictured (l-r) are: Jessie Sartell, Heather Pease, Abbey Puzo, Susquehanna County Dairy Princess Shana Mack and Kaitlyn Depue.
Jessie Sartell, Abbey Puzo and Kaitlyn Depue competed for the overall junior champion award. Jessie Sartell won the junior champion trophy. The overall senior grand champion trophy was won by Beth Giangrieco.
Many participants were returning from taking part in previous years competitions and look forward to this contest continuing at the Harford Fair next year.
North Jackson Ag
North Jackson Ag club held their last meeting at the Walkers home. The meeting started with pledges. Beth Giangrieco took roll call to see who was there and who was not. She also gave the secretarys report on the minutes of the last meeting for anyone who was unable to attend. Amanda Nowicki read the treasurers report to keep the club informed of the finances.
Then Abby Onyon started with old business. Lyle Foster told the club what it was like on his one-day trip to Baltimore. He said they visited an aquarium and a science museum. Abby recognized the kids that participated in horse and pony roundup. Many kids from the club had made it to county team, and then if they qualify they will go on to district county team. Eight kids from the club went to state days at Penn State University to practice judging different kinds of animals; they were scored on how close they judged an animal to its real judging. Lots of 4Hers participated in the 4H dairy roundup and many did very well. Beth Giangrieco did well with her calves and cows. Mary-Katherine Walker, Ilene Walker, Chelsea Saam, and Abby Onyon also did exceptionally well with their cows.
Abby Onyon announced the new business. Monday, August 18 all dairy projects are due. Tuesday, August 19 all other projects are due in the 4H barn. August 16 there was a car wash at the Great Bend Exxon to help make money for the club. A special thanks was given to Mary-Katherine Walker for all her hard work at the clubs fund-raiser.
Demonstrations started out with Chelsea Saam and Mary-Katherine Walker on how to clip a rabbits toenails. Tim Carey did his demonstration on what it was like and what was involved to judge and animal at State Days. Casey did a demonstration on how magnets work. Mary Walker did her demonstration on her pet hermit crab. Holly showed the club how to take care of a ferret and keep them happy; she named hers, Squeak. A.J. Carey did his demonstration on Archery and how to use a bow. There are two different types of arrows. Eddy and Dustin did their demonstration on how to test for an antibiotic in milk.
The next meeting will be held on September 14 at the Onyons house.
News Reporter: Kaitlin Flor
pictured (l-r) are five generations of the Helen Carpenter family: son James Carpenter, Helen Carpenter, granddaughter Debbie Pirnik, great-granddaughter Shannon Crawford, great-great-grandson Dylan Crawford.
July ended with a good attendance and interest in our upcoming stint at the Harford Fair on Friday, August 22 with two food baskets, an afghan made by Edna Lopatofsky, pillows made by Dorothy Gates and cookies, cupcakes and quick breads for sale. Many thanks to our volunteers who worked at the Harford Fair.
Bonnie Austin, Foster Grandparent program director, reminded us of all the benefits students derived from this program and the fine volunteers serving in our local schools. Seniors interested in helping in their local school as a Foster Grandparent volunteer may call Bonnie at the Area Agency on Aging at 1-800-982-4346.
On the 7th of August at our council meeting we discussed a picnic at Lackawanna State Park.
August table decorations celebrated the seashore; lots of seashells and cups and saucers decorated with lighthouses.
On the 14th our interests were directed toward the need and benefits of exercise for seniors. The program, presented by Susan Atcavage, physical therapist from Forest City, was under the auspices of Nancy Moro, Program Director of Forest City Nursing Home.
August 21 was Hawaiian Day; a few loud shirts, grass skirts, leis, but sadly no one able to play the ukulele yes, we had one.
Meanwhile our flower border is in full, colorful bloom.
We were so very happy to see Gene and Rose Wagner again, but sorry that they will be absent another six weeks while he is receiving further treatment.
The end of the month and a cool breezy day was so welcome after the heat and humidity; cool enough for Adam Konopkas exercise class.
Lisa Oceanus and Nancy Moro visited us with a message on the nature and causes of osteoporosis.
Our own Florence Cottrell won a food basket at the fair and Carrie Miller won the beautiful set of pillows made by Dorothy Gates and Mary Allen won the afghan made by Edna Lopatofsky.
Until next time "Be an angel compliment your neighbor!"
The United Way of Susquehanna County would like to announce the appointment of Cathy Chiarella as the Cabinet Chairperson for the 2004 campaign. Cathy is currently the Director of the Literacy Council, is active on the board of the library, and was a graduate of Leadership 2020. "Im happy to be serving in this capacity," commented Cathy. Cathy is working with other United Way Cabinet members to achieve their 2003 goal of $150,000. This will ensure the continued support of many non-profit community agencies by the United Way of Susquehanna County. Cabinet members are volunteers from the community who give of their time and energy to put together strategies and tasks in order for the campaign to be a success. The current Cabinet members include: Lance Benedict, Joe Burke, Tom Chamberlain, Cathy Chiarella, Elly Conroy, Alice Deutsch, George Hill, Joann Kowalski, Betty Kwader, Bill Lewis, Jim May, Marilyn Talboys, Mary Anne Warren, Bob Welch, and Earl Wooton.
Hi! My name is Spot and Im a beautiful, two-year old female Dalmatian mix. Ive been here an awfully long time and I really need a special family or person to love. Please come see me at the Susquehanna County Humane Society Shelter, in Montrose, at (570) 2781228.
Seating is still available for Endless Mountains Theatre Company's off-the-wall comedy "Figments", to be presented in conjunction with Endless Mountains Council of the Arts at the Carriage Inn, Route 92 S., Tunkhannock. Shows are Saturday, Sept. 13 at 6:00 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 14 at 1:00 p.m. This is dinner theatre, so you'll need to make reservations. Call 570-836-9686.
"The Endless Encounter xc IV" will be held Sept.20, at the Camp at East Lake, New Milford.
The Endless Mountain Bike Club will host over $9,000 in prizes for this X-Country event. The course is a 4 mile loop, with progressive categories: beginner (2 laps), sport (4 laps) and expert (6 laps) for Juniors, Senior, Veteran and Masters, men and women. Plus the Clydesdales, (over 250 pounds). Smack in the heart of the Endless Mountains, through woods and fields, up rocky ravines, down quarry walls, over creeks and the most beautiful countryside in the USA, the Encounter has gone all the way to make it fun.
The race, after cooling down in the lake, will provide food, lodging and entertainment (live band and raffles galore). This is Non Norba. Early Registaration includes T-shirt (first 150) and lots of give-a-ways and insurance.
For more info contact Steve, 570-465-2169.
Endless Mts Ministries, Susquehanna County Layette Outreach, will hold a third quarter public meeting at The Family Community Center Room, Suite Four, Joines Building - Susquehanna County Family Literacy Center, Junction of Route 11 and 706, New Milford, PA, Thursday, Sept 18, 7-7:30 p.m.
For information on becoming involved in this nonprofit, low-income families of newborns layette kit outreach, or to make any type of donation, please contact: Thomas & Bonnie Hall, Co-Directors (607) 743-9969 or E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Residents of the 22 Pennsylvania counties bordering the Susquehanna River will have an opportunity to provide input to the Susquehanna Greenway plan at a series of five public forums, beginning September 24 through October 13. A draft design of the Susquehanna Greenway will be presented at each of the five public forums. Each forum will begin with a brief orientation meeting and then will open up for public comment and critique of the draft design. All comments will help develop the final plan prior to its adoption.
The Greenway, encompassing the full length of the Susquehanna and its West Branch, will connect recreational and historic resources, downtowns and neighborhoods, and public facilities along the river, while linking the regions communities with river-related open spaces and natural areas.
A team of economic development organizations, planning commissions, and conservation-based groups is leading the planning effort. The public arm of the planning effort is the Susquehanna Greenway Partnership, consisting of over 2,000 individuals and representing communities, businesses, environmental, recreational, and sportsmens associations, public agencies and private citizens. For planning purposes the 22 counties have been divided into the following six river reaches: Reach 1: Bradford, Susquehanna, Lackawanna, and Wyoming counties; Reach 2: Luzerne, Columbia, Montour, and portions of Northumberland counties; Reach 3: Snyder, Juniata, Perry, Cumberland, Dauphin, and portions of Northumberland counties; Reach 4: Lancaster and York counties; Reach 5: Cambria, Indiana, Clearfield, Centre, and portions of Clinton counties; Reach 6: Lycoming, Union, and portions of Clinton and Northumberland counties.
Reach Advisory Committees (RACs) have been established in each area to help guide development of the Greenway in local communities and regions. Committee membership is open to the public.
The schedule for local Reach 1 (6:00-8:00 p.m.) is Wednesday, September 24 at the Tunkhannock Public Library 220 West Tioga Street, Tunkhannock.
The Concept Design illustrates the components of the proposed regional framework that will form the Greenway and shows the interconnection of existing and potential Greenway projects. Citizen involvement will be used to shape the final Concept Design, which will be adopted by the Susquehanna Greenway Partnership in early 2004. That will be followed by development of the Strategic Action Plan, which will culminate in the creation of a permanent entity to oversee the Susquehanna Greenway.
Individuals seeking more information may visit the Greenway web site, www.susquehannagreenway.org, or contact Elizabeth Baker of the Pennsylvania Environmental Council, tel. 717-230-8044, ext. 14, e-mail email@example.com.
Harford Mmmm... chocolate. All of those mouthwatering chocolate cookies and cakes at the Harford Fair looked and tasted delicious. You would have thought Julia Child was in town whipping up creamy cakes and cookies. On the contrary, it was our hometown master chefs competing in "Hershey Cocoa Classic Contest" at the Harford Fair.
Hometown bakers outdid themselves this year with their sumptuous chocolate creations. This years Harford Fair "Hersheys Cocoa Cake" contest winner is Tiffany Morgan, from Montrose and the winning recipe is Dark Chocolate Raspberry Layer Cake.
Not to be outdone by the decadent cakes, the contest featuring cookies, brownies and bars was equally tantalizing. However, this contest was strictly for the young at heart; competitors had to be between the ages of 8 and 18 to enter this particular contest. The head chef in this baking arena was Gale Matthews, from Nicholson, with the winning recipe of Double Chocolate Mint Bars. Gale was the winner of this contest last year and went on to win at the Pennsylvania State Farm Show in 2003.
The Harford Fair contests were part of preliminary competitions that will culminate at the 2004 Pennsylvania Farm Show, next January in Harrisburg when the ultimate chocolate creation is chosen from both the cake and cookie categories. The first place winners at the Farm Show will be awarded grand cash prizes of $500 and $250, respectively. Entries are judged on shape, flavor, appearance, tenderness and crumb.
If you happened to miss out on all of these creamy chocolate creations, dont forget to attend the ultimate chocolate experience at the Pennsylvania Farm Show in January, 2004 to witness and sample "Hersheys Cocoa Classic Contest" firsthand.
In a surprise turn of events a simple bike safety program, started by a local Hop Bottom woman, has grown into a town event that will encompass many interesting and fun-filled activities.
Bonnie Bradley got an idea about safety issues after seeing many of her younger townspeople riding around on their bikes after school got out for the summer. She thought it might be a great idea to have the kids think about some simple safety issues. So, in mid-July she got together about a dozen or so youngsters and started looking into "boring" stuff like helmets and safe bike riding habits. Needless to say, she had a limited audience; bike safety is not an exciting issue. However, the surprise came when a number of the young teenagers offered to help her with an event after school started and the ideas just grew and grew.
The young people thought it would be a great idea to raise money for a BMX bike to be chanced off and to cover expenses for a bike-riding exhibition show. They are setting up a car wash to take place between 9 AM and 12 Noon on Saturday, September 13, in the parking lot of Hop Bottom's branch of Peoples National Bank. The bank is located on the corner of Route #11 and Main Street. On their own, with a lot of help and encouragement from town adults, they decided to hold a bike show at the Mary Karnak Park on Greenwood Street, just past the Grace Lutheran Church.
The young people are setting up a special course for the event to be held late Friday afternoon, September 19, starting approximately 4:30 PM. Local trick riders will "strut their stuff" with wheels flying while bike safety is being practically reinforced. Refreshments will be available for an early evening snack. Mrs. Bradley noted that anyone who wishes to make a donation can present it on the day of the car wash or at the registration table at the park. Mrs. Bradley has heard people discuss the continuance of bike interest with possible bike rides, entrance into local bike tournaments and starting a local bike club or association may be in the future.
For further information, please contact Mrs. Bradley at 289-4578.
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8/9: Linda Barrett, Ron Crawford, Lois Murch.
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8/23: Nancy Glasgow, John Graves, Marion Glover.
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