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The Susquehanna County Department of Economic Development recently announced that it has been awarded a $490,000 Infrastructure Development Program grant from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvanias Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED).
Justin Taylor, County Economic Development Director, prepared the grant application and described the project as necessary to overcome some of the site preparation costs for companies looking to locate in the "Vision 2000 Industrial Park," along State Route 247 in Forest City Borough.
According to Mr. Taylor, this grant will be used in cooperation with Greater Forest City Industries, Inc. (GFCI) to grade and excavate three lots (about 15 acres) in the 29-acre business park. Combined with an additional $51,000 that GFCI obtained from the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development, the site will eventually have multiple lots completely ready for construction.
Pictured (l-r) at the recent grant announcement and new sign installation were: State Representative Jim Wansacz, MaryAnn Warren County Chamber of Commerce Coordinator, Rich Kresock GFCI Treasurer, Brian Fitzsimmons GFCI 1st Vice President, Calvin Dean County Commissioner, Jim Lowry Borough Council, Bob McGraw GFCI President, Justin Taylor County Economic Development Director and Frank Brager Mayor of Forest City.
"This park will be the only industrial complex in Susquehanna County offering such amenities as natural gas, municipal water and sewer, telecommunications, fire hydrants, a paved access road and Keystone Opportunity Expansion Zone tax abatements until 2014," said Mr. Taylor. "Site plans and engineering have already been started by the Quad 3 Group and bidding is expected in late fall or early spring of 2004."
County Chamber of Commerce Coordinator MaryAnn Warren said, "Its wonderful to see such a large grant coming to Forest City and Susquehanna County. I truly believe that this industrial park can flourish with help from the Economic Development Department."
State Representative Jim Wansacz of the 114th Legislative District was thrilled to be part of the grant announcement. "This grant signifies the progressive nature of the Commonwealths Department of Community and Economic Development. With continued partnerships like the ones that exist today between Greater Forest City Industries, Susquehanna County Economic Development and the Commonwealth, great things are on the way for the Forest City area."
For more information about this project or locating a business in the "Vision 2000 Industrial Park," contact the Department of Economic Development at (570) 278-4600, ext. 558 or send E-mail to email@example.com.
The rolling hills of the Canawacta Rod and Gun Club, Oak Hill Road, Oakland Township was the site on September 6, 2003 for the marriage of Nancy L. Glasgow and Heiti A. Narma; both of RR 2, Riverside Drive, Susquehanna, PA.
District Magistrate Peter M. Janicelli officiated at the 12 noon ceremony.
The bride was escorted by her aunt and uncle, Mr. and Mrs. Willard Estabrook, Vestal, New York.
Ms. Jeorganne Carpenter, cousin of the bride attended as matron of honor.
Mr. Pete Penny, Windsor, NY, friend of the bride and groom, was best man with Brendan Carpenter and Jacob Carpenter as ushers.
Miss Amber Dubanowitz and Master Daniel Biegert, special friends of the bride and groom, were their flower girl and ring bearer.
Musical arrangements were performed by bagpiper David Hall and vocal selections offered by Jason Miller and Janice Major.
The reception was held afterward on the grounds of the Canawacta Rod and Gun Club.
The bride is the daughter of the late Viola and Harry Glasgow and was former owner/designer for Glasgow's Florist and is presently employed by the Mirabito Fuel Group at their Susquehanna Division as a customer service representative.
The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Rein Narma, Randolph, Vermont and is a self-employed heli-arc welder and fabricator.
The couple are residing at Riverside Drive, Susquehanna, PA.
If your idea of 4-H is that it's all about rabbits, horses, cows, goats, poultry etc., then a recent trip to the 4-H building at the Harford Fair would have caused you to sit up and take notice. Fair week is the traditional time for Round-Up, when all the projects that 4-H club members have been working on all summer are brought to the building for judging. This year over 500 projects, completed by participants ages 8 to 18 were on display at the Harford Fair. Tuesday is 4-H Day at the fair when club members and their families visit the building and see what color ribbon they received for their project.
Jeremy Jahnke of the Dimock Community 4-H Club proudly displays his prize-winning 4-H entomology project.
There is much excitement generated by the young members who have worked so hard on their projects which range from cake decorating, archery, backpacking, bowling, ceramics, entomology (ick, bugs!), swimming, leadership, theater arts, gardening, fishing and the list goes on and on!
4-H is a long tradition having celebrated it's 100th anniversary last year. The program is an integral part of rural communities and provides opportunities for our youth to learn community service, leadership skills and personal interests.
If you or someone you know is interested in joining 4-H, please contact Penn State Cooperative Extension of Susquehanna County, at 278-1158 for a list of clubs and projects.
Two area employers have been awarded the Pennsylvania Older Workers Hall of Fames Outstanding Services Award for their employment of older workers in Susquehanna County, in cooperation with Experience Works, a national, nonprofit organization that provides training and employment services for mature workers. Andre & Son and Peoples National Bank are recipients of this prestigious award.
Jeannette Nowicki, of the Susquehanna County Office of Experience Works recently presented the Outstanding Services Awards to Kurt Kuechler, Manager of Andre & Son, Inc. at Andres in Montrose, and also, to Jack Ord, President of Peoples National Bank at the Administrative Offices in Hallstead. Ms. Nowicki thanked Mr. Kuechler and Mr. Ord for their recognition of the many assets and contributions offered by older workers in the workplace.
Pictured (l-r) are: Jeannette Nowicki of Experience Works and Kurt Kuecher, Manager of Andre & Son.Elizabeth Fry, Experience Works Regional Director said "With the rapid aging of the population, companies will need to hire more older workers if they want to remain competitive. National Employ the Older Worker Week serves to encourage more employers to hire, train, and retain older workers.
National Employ the Older Worker Week, September 21-27, promotes employment opportunities and acknowledges the special contributions of older Americans nationwide. The week is also an opportunity to recognize the employers of older workers who establish age-friendly work environments by training, recruiting, and retaining qualified older workers.
Charlotte Stone, Ararat, PA is pictured presenting her almond blueberry sour cream pound cake blue ribbon to Foster Oakley, New Milford, PA. Charlottes baking and Fosters berries were a winning combination at this years Harford Fair.
Squadron 86, Sons of the American Legion (SAL) of Susquehanna on Thursday, September 11, 2003, honored the victims of the World Trade Center of New York, as the Center was bombed by terrorists piloting two hijacked planes on September 11, 2001.
At 8:35 a.m., the SAL moved from their post headquarters to the end of the Susquehanna County Veterans Memorial Bridge, where at 8:45 a.m. they lowered the flag, the time the first plane hit the WTC at the North Tower.
Pictured (l-r) are John Bronchella, Bob Fiske, Matt Frailey, Brinton Cresse, and Ron Whitehead in front of the flagpole at American Legion Post 86, following the lowering of the flag.
At 8:55 they moved to the Post Office flagpole, where at 9:03 they lowered the flag as the South Tower of the WTC was hit with the building a mass of flames.
At 9:40 the SAL marched back to the Posts Memorial Hall, lowering the Posts flag at 9:43, as the Pentagon was struck.
At 10 a.m., they marched to the Veterans Memorial in the Shops Plaza, where they lowered the flag at 10:30 a.m., in honor of those who lost their lives in a hijacked plane that landed in a Pennsylvania field and blew up.
(There were no speeches, no bands at this wonderful tribute by the Strider-Teskey American Legion Post 86 Squadron SAL. The ceremony took just about two hours, where life as we knew it in the United States has been changed forever. Think about it!)
The ceremonies held a moment of silence and respect for private thoughts at each site for those brave and unknowing souls who died on September 11, 2001. (May they all rest in peace.)
Pictured above are some kindergarten, first and second grade students who completed the "Art Class for Kids" summer program at the Northern Wayne Community Library in Lakewood. The program ran for two weeks in July and 24 students were involved, ranging in age from five to 14 years. Thank you to Helene Marshall, Underwood Lake and Coopersburg, who volunteered her time and talent to teach the children. Classes for 2004 are set; call the library at 798-2444 for more details. Everyone is welcome to stop in and see a sampling of the kids artwork displayed in the library.
School districts throughout Susquehanna County have joined in to help the United Way of Susquehanna County reach its goal of $150,000 this year. So far, the United Way is at 5% of goal. Of the five school districts in Susquehanna County, it has yet been determined which one will lead the pack during this years campaign. Blue Ridge School District, Elk Lake School District, Montrose School District, Mountain View School District, Forest City District, and Susquehanna School District have all taken an active interest in contributing to the "Give where you live" themed campaign.
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. Funds are allocated on a measured basis, and positive outcomes and social impact are specified criteria. Priorities such as child care, handicap issues, rural health care, and emergency food and shelter exemplify the types of fund applications that are addressed. These are but some of the issues that school professionals deal with on a weekly basis. The United Way of Susquehanna County supports many non-profit organizations that make an impact on the quality of life in our community. That is why the local school districts have committed to contribute to the campaign.
Individual donors can support the effort by designating payroll deductions to the United Way of Susquehanna County via on-line forms at www.unitedwayofsusquehanna-county.org, or by calling the United Way office at 278-3868.
The Susquehanna County Rural Development Committee met on September 9. The partners discussed meeting with the Pennsylvania Rural Development Committee, PRDC, to gain a better understanding on the states vision and goals for RDC. Past successes, such as the 1990 Agricultural Conservation Field Days and the 2000 Land Resource Days, were reviewed and discussed. Economic development was also a topic of discussion. Many of the partners believe that the RDC needs to concentrate more of its efforts towards economic development in the county. The partners want to use the countys existing resources, such as its rural character, agriculture, outdoor recreational opportunities, and natural areas to attract tourists. It was suggested that the RDC take the time to visit tourism destinations in the county and to become acquainted with the operators.
The next regular meeting of the Rural Development Committee is scheduled for November 10, 2003.
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court (Harrisburg), on September 4, 2003, announced organizational changes on the Disciplinary Board.
Attorney Francis X. OConnor, Esq., of Great Bend, Susquehanna County, was appointed as a new member of the board for a term of three years, beginning September 19, 2003.
Attorney OConnor was educated at the St. Louis University of Law School, St. Louis, MO, and the University of Scranton, PA. He was admitted to both the New York State and Pennsylvania Bar. He is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, Susquehanna County Bar Association and the Broome County (NY) Bar Association.
Attorney OConnor has been secretary/treasurer of the Susquehanna County Bar since 1979. He is a member of the Hearing Committee of the State Supreme Court. He served as a delegate to the Pennsylvania Bar Association, and during 2001 was elected to the PBA of Delegates.
During the present year he spoke at seminars on Driving While Intoxicated and also authored a section of a book on driving intoxicated.
He is an active member of the Scouts. He became an Eagle Scout in 1967; at present he is Assistant Scout Master, Troop 89 and acting Scout Master of Troop 89 of Summer Camp 2002-2003.
The Endless Mountains Visitors Bureau 2003-2004 Fall/Winter Calendar of Events brochure is now available.
The calendar covers events held in September through March. It includes a wide range of community events such as holiday happenings, suppers, arts and crafts shows, fairs and festivals in the Endless Mountains region.
The complete listing of events can also be found on the visitors bureau website (www.endlessmountains.org). Not only can anyone view all the events going on in the Endless Mountains region, but nonprofit and community organizations located in the four counties can submit their events for publication. The easy to follow instructions on the bureaus website will guide the user through the on-line form, which can be found on the events page.
To receive a copy of the calendar, contact the visitors bureau at (570) 8365431 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
We did something we never did before, a group went to the Farmer's Market in Scranton. Yes, on the 8th of August we left after lunch and drove to Scranton and the market. It was a great experience. Fresh produce and baked goods were bought by several. A good day.
Ed Collins cooked for us again. This time it was delicious barbecue and a variety of salads, then we enjoyed cake provided by Lena Rinker and brownies brought by Helen Randall. It was a great meal and many stayed after to play dominoes.
Blueberry time again. A small group went to Oakley's outside of New Milford and picked berries and also enjoyed breakfast at the New Milford Coffee Shop.
Work continued on the quilt and it was finished in time for the Harford Fair. It was taken to the Fair and raffle tickets were sold for the quilt and also cookies, brownies, cupcakes and hot coffee. There is still time to get your tickets. I say this every year, the quilt is beautiful and I mean it; each year a beautiful quilt is produced by the group at the center. I really mean it, the quilt is beautiful!
Many thanks to all who worked on the project. And also thanks to all who furnished the goodies that were sold at the fair.
Doris Florence and Bea Chandler are both home from the hospital. It was good to see Bea at the Center one day. Hurry back Doris, we miss you.
Birthdays were celebrated by the following in August: Louise Ackley, Janet Moser, David Hughes, Mary Jane Fleming, Alice Hall and Sarah Lord. Cake was enjoyed one day, happy birthday to all.
That's about it for this month, take care.
Following is the list of names drawn to serve as Petit and Traverse jurors for October, 2003, to appear in the Court of Common Pleas, Susquehanna County Courthouse (main courtroom), Montrose, PA, on the sixth day of October, 9:00 a.m.
Auburn Twp.: Denise E. Adelsberger, Lillian Clapper, Stella McCawley.
Bridgewater Twp.: Alan Jerauld, John W. Lasher.
Choconut Twp.: Allen P. Hayes.
Clifford Twp.: Linda S. Bryan, Carol L. Kaufman, Elizabeth A. Osborn, Eileen T. Parise.
Dimock Twp.: Robert D. Chamberlain.
Forest City Boro 2W: Judith M. Slish.
Forest Lake Twp.: Carol Jemmott.
Franklin Twp.: Samuel C. Little.
Gibson Twp.: Aylisa A. Biondo, Peggy Chidester, Terry G. Crandall, Emily D. Whitney.
Great Bend Twp.: Dorothy M. Dribnack, Mary Lou Hunter.
Hallstead Boro: Jeffrey M. Holgate, Dean A. Silver, Heidi L. Thatcher.
Harford Twp.: Virginia E. Aberant, Betty L. Bennett, Richard S. Demi.
Harmony Twp.: Timothy Babcock.
Herrick Twp.: Susan M. Satunas.
Jackson Twp.: Jason Camp, Gwen M. Chianese, Donald L. Perrington.
Lathrop Twp.: Douglas P. Pascoe.
Lenox Twp.: Laura J. Crifasi, William K. Doney, Ross J. Doolin.
Liberty Twp.: Stephanie J. Carter, Pamela A. Hartman, Barbara A. Miller.
Little Meadows Boro: Rebecca L. Cooper.
Montrose Boro 1W: Thad L. Brzuska.
Montrose Boro 2W: Mary Ann Hrabovsky, Susan D. Legg.
New Milford Boro: Hope Perry.
New Milford Twp.: Randy A. Balanis, Ellen Luce, Lorie Rhoads, Sandy J. Tingley.
Oakland Boro: Raymond Wolf.
Rush Twp.: Tonya Baltzley, Brenda S. Mitchell.
Silver Lake Twp.: James Nagy, Michael W. Russell, Darrell R. Tullar, Sr.
Springville Twp.: Douglas James Andrews, Sr., Linda C. Johnson, Harold A. Loch, Walter O. Sutton.
Susquehanna Boro 1W: Roze DeCicco.
Thompson Twp.: Walter L. Lacey.
Union Dale Boro: Orson E. Corey, Patrick P. Foster.
On September 9 members and guests of the Pennsylvania Association of Retired State Employees (PARSE), Endless Mountains Chapter 15, met at the Towanda Gun Club. As usual, Barb and her helpers served a delicious roast beef dinner. President Alton Arnold welcomed everyone and Vice President from Bradford County, Nancy Spencer introduced the speaker, Michael Lovegreen, District Manager of the Bradford County Conservation District Office. He spoke how the conservation program was first managed by the extension service and has expanded area and services to conserve soil and manage natural resources in the district. They provide services to individuals as well as agencies and schools. They provide training sessions to develop leadership and preserve natural resources, such as the watershed programs.
The Chapter voted to make a donation to the Library System in memory of John George, who was a longtime member and had done much to keep the chapter active. A memorial was given in memory of Betty Horton and Ethel Brown, also.
Delegates to go to the annual meeting, on October 22 were appointed by the president. They are John Benio, Clara Mae Benning, Helen Benio, alternate and president Alton Arnold will attend the meeting.
The next meeting will be held October 14, at the Zion Lutheran Church, in Dushore. All retired Pennsylvania state employees are welcomed. The chapter will meet at 12 noon with dinner followed by meeting. For more information please call Susquehanna County contact John Benio, at (570) 2782380.
Prince - an absolutely gorgeous, one-year old male Great Dane mix. He has a wonderful personality and is not too big. Perfect for an active, fun-loving family.
Buddy - a striking black and white, nine-month old male Springer Spaniel mix. Ready now for a happy home thats willing to do some obedience training. This dog is worth it!
The next several dogs are the perfect size for the smaller home. They are all small to medium size and oh-so-ready for that special family or person.
Diego - a beautiful golden-colored 9 1/2 month male Husky mix. This little Eskimo dog is so eager for someone to take him home.
Duffy - this two-year old female Husky/Keeshond mix always seems to be smiling at you! This happy girl is waiting for that special someone to smile for. Wont you be that someone?
Jill - this little 14-month old female Corgi mix is lonely. Her brother was adopted and now she waits for her turn. Please see if she would be perfect for you.
Mandy - an older buff female Cocker Spaniel needs a special home. Her owners just didnt want her anymore.
Sammy - this 1 1/2 year old male Beagle is just one little package of fun. Just right for that energetic family who wants a happy, energetic dog.
Weve got puppies! Weve got puppies!
Rollie - this gorgeous five-month old male Red-bone Coonhound mix is only going to be a medium size dog. A wonderful personality, this "redhead" needs a forever home soon.
Two three-month old Beagle/Spaniel mixes, one male, one female. Please give these sweet puppies a name. Theyre starting to think no one will ever want them.
Shante - a lovely, three-month old female Dalmatian. Shes just ready for that special forever home.
Jenna - a beautiful, three-month old female Rottie/Doberman mix. Dont let this combination scare you. This sweetheart of a girl just loves to cuddle. Shes feeling so lonely after her sister was adopted and really needs someone to cuddle her forever.
Please come see all of these wonderful dogs (and terrific cats, too) at the Susquehanna County Humane Society Shelter, Montrose, (570) 2781228.
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