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The American Cancer Society raised over $70,000 during the ninth annual Relay For Life event for Susquehanna County. Festivities were kicked off at the Montrose Area High School on July 25, with members from all 18 teams walking the first lap of the Relay.
After the brief opening ceremony and the first lap by all team participants, one member from each of the teams began walking or running relay style for the remaining 21 hours. Inspirational music, provided by Main Street DJ Jason Miller, entertained the over 250 participants and kept energy levels at their highest throughout the event. After sundown, 430 lighted luminarias lined the track in honor of those living with cancer and in recognition of those who lost their battle to the disease. Candles were also lit in the stands and luminaria forming the word "hope," dedicated to the memory of Donald Connelly served as a backdrop to the touching ceremony that followed.
Following the ceremony and throughout the night, team members participated in a pajama dance, pie eating contest, limbo contest, movie trivia, and bingo. Alternating with several members from their teams, participants stayed on the track walking or running throughout the night.
Saturday morning, campers woke to the sounds of DJ Miller that kept those on the track in high spirits, while those on the sidelines tried their hand at aerobics led by Mary Jo Warner, a scavenger hunt and a quarter relay. By 2:00 p.m. activities came to a close and special awards were presented.
Surrounded by her friends and family making up the McWalkers, Honorary Chair Robin Wallace celebrates winning the Most Spirited Team award at the ninth annual American Cancer Society Relay For Life.
McWalkers team was voted Most Spirited showing tremendous enthusiasm throughout the event. Most Spirited Individual was Suzanne Brant from Peoples National Bank who continuously motivated her team as well as others. Suzanne was instrumental in putting together a first-time activity at the event where five of the top executives from Peoples National Bank got buzz cuts at the site because a $1,000 challenge was met from their colleagues and customers. Following the buzz cut several women had over ten inches cut from their hair, each to be donated to Locks of Love, an organization that provides wigs to children with permanent hair loss due to illness. Most Spirited Youth went to a group from Fairdale Granges team: Shane Daly, Rhonda Arnold, Shannon Daly, Donnie Arnold, Amanda Arnold and Eddie Arnold all great enthusiasts at the event.
McWalkers team won Best Campsite Decorations; Top Team Luminaria Sales were South Auburn Community; Top Rookie Fundraising Team was the Silver Lake Presbyterians; and Top Individual Luminaria Sales was PNBs Lori Moore. The South Auburn Community Team was recognized for raising the most money, turning in over $11,800.00. This is the second year for South Auburn to raise over $10,000 for the American Cancer Society. Another team topping the $10,000 mark also earning them Platinum Status for Fundraising was Peoples National Bank at $11,120.00. Top ten individual fund-raisers were: Geraldine Mokris, Tammy Love, Suzanne Brant, Luella Ruhf, Bonnie Morgan, Martha Lott, Louise Hicks, Lori Moore, Laura Conarton and Diane Conigliaro.
At the end of the event, all teams and their participants lined the track to walk the final lap of the relay together.
"We appreciate all the support we received from each of the teams as well as our event sponsors," said event chair Susan Dean. "We are especially grateful to the many volunteers and their families for all their hard work to make this event happen."
Funds raised from the Relay For Life event will support the American Cancer Societys programs of cancer research, education, and services to local cancer patients in Susquehanna County. For more information on cancer, call the American Cancer Societys 24-hour hotline at 1-800-ACS-2345 or visit the website www.cancer.org.
Local Emergency Service Personell from our area (pictured) were honored by a Concert given by the Endless Mountains Neo - Phonic, directed by Barney Wilkins, on Thursday Sept 11, at the Forest City Regional High School. This concert was given in memorium of the victims and heros of the 9/11 attacks, as well as to honor our local heros. Former Police Officer, County Commissioner, and current Director of the Dept. of Agriculture Ron Williams was the Master of Cermonies and State representative Jim Wanszak was the guest speaker. Attendees included the Wayne and Susquehanna County Sherriffs Departments, Forest City Emergency Services and Police Departments, Pennsylvania State Police Chaplian Donovan and Several Officers, and the Uniondale Fire Company.
Kenny Rogers sings, "You've got to know when to hold; know when to fold" - but the volunteers sitting around the big table at United Way of Susquehanna County Headquarters in Montrose are not gambling. They are folding thousands of letters, stuffing them into envelopes and sealing them. These faithful volunteers have been working together for many days so you will receive the information you need to make sure your charitable donations benefit Susquehanna County.
United Way volunteers preparing "Give Where You Live" information to mail out to county residents.
We all get lots of mail - pleas for money to support some very worthwhile causes. We want to give to The American Red Cross, The American Cancer Society, Habitat For Humanity, to name a few. We know how much good they do, but if we don't specify "Susquehanna County Chapter" on the check we write the money may go elsewhere. Eventually some of it comes back to our local organizations but that takes a long time.
The United Way's motto is "Give Where You Live." When you receive the letter that your friends have been folding and sealing you will be able to read the long list of non-profits that The United Way supports. You may indicate which charities you wish to support or you can let your yearly gift cover them all. Working through The United Way helps you budget your giving and it surely eliminates mailing out all those separate envelopes all year long. To learn more about your United Way, visit its web site at www.unitedwayofsusquehannacounty.org or call the office at 278-2868.
Im a handsome male, Springer Spaniel/German Shorthaired Pointer mix whose main goal in life is to be someones friend and forever buddy. Please come see me at the Susquehanna County Humane Society Shelter, in Montrose at (570) 2781228.
The Area Agency On Aging for the Counties of Bradford, Sullivan, Susquehanna, and Tioga is pleased to announce a list of Caregiver Resources available for loan. Some of the caregiver reference materials include books, videotapes, and audiocassettes.
To obtain a complete listing of resource materials and/or to borrow books and other materials, contact Joyce McClary at 1-800-982-4346 or (570) 268-1231.
Due to Governor Rendell's proposed budget cuts that affect Pennsylvania public libraries, the Scranton District Library Center has cut back on services to its member libraries, including the Susquehanna County Libraries. Although the administration has indicated that some of the proposed cuts may be restored, there has been no action taken yet. The education portion of the Commonwealth's budget (the budget year started in July) is still in limbo.
One of the services affected is Interlibrary Loan ( requesting items not held by your local library). Whereas you used to be able to obtain books from across the United States, now only those items that are represented in the ACCESS-PA database of participating Commonwealth of Pennsylvania libraries can be requested. In addition, much of the workload of Interlibrary Loan has moved to your local librarian, and deliveries are reduced in frequency, so the wait will be longer.
"We regret any inconvenience this causes," says Interlibrary Loan Librarian Amy LaRue. "This decision was made by the District Center because their budget year has already started. If state funding is reinstated, we hope this service will be reinstated as well."
The Susquehanna County Historical Society & Free Library Association's budget runs January to December, so the proposed 50% cut would not affect services until January.
"This cut would be a disaster for library services in this county and across Pennsylvania," says Administrator/Librarian Susan Stone of the Susquehanna County Historical Society & Free Library Association, "and even a less-drastic cut would present a significant hardship, since we already have an extremely tight budget. We haven't decided yet how cuts would have to be applied, but materials, hours, and services would all suffer."
Mrs. Stone adds, "If you haven't already communicated with your legislators and Gov. Rendell about how this will impact Susquehanna County, please do so. If you have, thanks for your efforts and please help us keep this issue alive by writing, emailing, or calling again! Please visit your local library or go to our website, susqcolibrary.org/petition.htm , where you'll find contact addresses and more information."
Glenn Miller of the Pennsylvania Library Association has commented, "Libraries stretch taxpayer dollars farther than just about any other public program. We teach moms and dads how to use computers. We give hope and skills to those who are unemployed and underemployed. We are the center of our community. The library community is willing to accept a reasonable and fair share of budget cuts, if cuts are necessary. But what has been proposed here is unfair and unreasonable by any objective standard."
The Dessin Animal Shelter, Honesdale, announces its second annual Amateurs Animal Photo Contest. All animal photos will be accepted providing that animals are the priority in the photo. There is a $5.00 entry fee per photo. Entries will be accepted until the closing date of November 15, 2003.
This year new categories have been added, and ribbons will be awarded for first, second and third place in the following categories: Most Humorous, Kids and Animals, Beautiful Babies (young/baby animal photos), Portraiture and Artistic. An overall Grand Champion and Reserve Champion will be awarded a ribbon and a prize. Also, once again the public will be allowed to vote for the most popular picture.
A complete copy of the rules can be obtained by calling the shelter at (570) 2534037 or by stopping by the shelters office. Dessin is funded by a trust, donations from supporters, fund-raisers, bequests and service fees. Items currently needed at the shelter include the following items: cat litter, kitten food, bleach, toilet paper, cat treats, canned cat food, and Clorox cleanup spray.
The second annual Friends of Tina Pickett barbecue was held at the Tom and Diane Elliott Farm, Rome Twp., Bradford County on August 30. Guests numbered over 300 with sponsors of the event pleased to welcome Congressman Don Sherwood, Senator Roger Madigan, former Lt. Gov. Bill Scranton, Bradford County Commissioner Nancy Schrader, Treasurer Becky Clark, Auditors Audrey Allen, Sally Vaughn, Susquehanna County Commissioner Lee Smith, Commissioner Candidate Jeff Loomis, Attorney General Candidate Joe Peters and Bradford County Commissioner Candidate Doug McLinko.
Good food and entertainment by Andy Boardman was enjoyed by all on the beautiful rural setting of the Elliott Farm.
A highlight of the day was the B & H pedal tractor pull for the children. The competition was great. The calf petting yard for children was a big hit, also.
Bradford County Dairy Princess Monica Franklin served ice cream and helped promote dairy products.
The opportunity for constituents to exchange views with legislators on local, county, state and federal levels is one of the objectives of this event. The interest that people bring to the Friends of Tina Pickett event is a valuable input to the process of democracy. Constituents from Bradford, Sullivan and Susquehanna Counties attended.
Volunteer to change a life! The Susquehanna County Literacy Program will be holding a Tutor Training for those who would like to be volunteer tutors for adults and families in Susquehanna County. Residents have needs ranging from reading skills, math skills, GED help, or childhood education. It is a twelve-hour training, held on October 4 and 18 in the New Milford Family Community Center (Joines Building, Jct. Rtes. 706 and 11) from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Lunch will be provided.
You can volunteer to help in various ways, from adults with very limited reading and math skills, to people wanting to obtain their GED, to children who may need help with their schoolwork or getting their reading levels where they should be. After completion of the training, you can make a decision on what group you feel most comfortable working with.
The average student/tutor meet two to three hours per week, at a mutually convenient location and time of day. All that is required is a high school diploma or GED. Helping others can be a very rewarding experience. If you would like to be a tutor or would like more info, call 2789027 or 4652880.
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