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For the month of October the Endless Mountain Service Unit of the Girl Scouts, Scranton Pocono Council has the Gold Award Project of Senior Troop #295 on display (pictured above at the Susquehanna County Courthouse). The Gold Award is the highest honor a Girl Scout can earn in Scouting. The project must be planned, designed and implemented by the Scouts, with 50 or more hours of time put into it. Senior Troop #295, with the theme of "It is Okay to be Different," made life-size puppets, wrote a play and song, designed their stage and presented the program to different Brownie troops in the Susquehanna County area. Scranton Pocono Council asked Troop #295 to video tape their project so that it could be put in the Council Library for other troops to see. They were honored by the Council at Girl Scout Day at the Lackawanna Stadium, where they performed their play for all Girl Scouts and Leaders to see. Stop by the Courthouse and see one of the many things that the Girl Scouts do in our area.
Birdhouses and scarecrows turned up in abundance at the Montrose Fire Hall on Friday, September 26. A contest sponsored by The Garden Club of Montrose was the calling card. A total of 15 birdhouses and 8 scarecrows arrived to help this worthy cause.
Small, medium and large, plain and fancy, with flowers and without, creativity was in evidence as art teachers Bob Smith and Kathy Regan judged the entries, which were entered by young and old alike. After the judging, the entries were sold and proceeds donated to the Montrose Fire Company.
Pictured are some of the birdhouses entered in The Garden Club of Montroses contest, held on September 26.
A big Thank You from the Garden Club is extended to all who helped make this contest a success. Neighbors helping neighbors small town living at its best.
Birdhouse winners were as follows: first place Linda Lawrence; second place Kelsey Warriner; third place Ruth Johnson; fourth place: Carol Lake.
Scarecrow winners were: first place Brenna Aileo; second place Brenna Aileo; third place District Attorneys Courthouse ladies; fourth place Debbie Nagle.
Yes! We have puppies! But please dont forget our wonderful older dogs, too. Many of our dogs are here because their owners have lost their jobs or have had to move to a place that doesnt accept animals. These dogs deserve a second chance!
We have oodles of kittens, too! Lots of kittens and the sweetest adult cats are just ready to go home with that special someone. Many of our cats are already neutered and some are declawed (no chance of shredded furniture!).
Please come see them at the Susquehanna County Humane Society shelter in Montrose, (570) 2781228.
The 4th annual "Endless Ride for the Children" will begin on the Green in Montrose, PA and will travel north to Great Bend, PA. Over the past few years the Endless Mountain Bike Club has raised over $3,000.00 to donate to the Susquehanna County Interfaith.
Susquehanna County Interfaith has established several programs that help low-income families in the County. The organization gets no public funding and only exists with the help of private donations. The Charity Ride officers shared this is the biggest fund-raiser for Interfaith.
Were ready to ride!
The Endless Mountain Bike Club has formed a new program called Wish-Upon-A-Bike. The club will donate a brand new mountain bike to a low-income family at Christmas this year.
Riders will be stopping at sponsor's locations for the presentations of donations and each rider will receive a raffle ticket at these locations. Riders will pay a $10.00 entry fee which will entitle them to a T-shirt, lunch, and raffle tickets. The final destination for the "17 mile downhill ride", is Marie's Pizza on Route 11 in Great Bend. For a donation of $50 the T-shirts will display local businesses on the back of the ride's tee-shirts.
For further information about the event, contact Raymond Tetlock, 879-2872 or Steve at the New Milford Bike Shop 465-2169.
At a recent luncheon/meeting of local and former residents residing in the Triple Cities area, the following (all in the photo below), attended:
Joe Galloway, Maylan Keenan, Tony Yannone, Jim Lisi, Jerry Hurley, Jerome Hurley, Ed Coddington, Eddie Dooley, John Coddington, Dave Kane.
Also Carl Lawrenson, Tony Napolitano, Dominic Battisti, Harry Kasson, Rom Radicchi, Le Stanton, Smokey Hurley, John Battisti, Sandy Battisti, Fritz Hillis, Jim Luciana, Tom Westfall, Bob McNamara, V. J. Pagano, and Lou Parrillo.
The Pennsylvania/New York Club meets once a month, on the third Wednesday at noon. For information where the next "get-together," October 15 will take place contact any of the above listed.
Harold Wegman, a member of American Legion Post 154, Montrose, PA on August 16, 2003 was sworn in as a Deputy District 15 Commander. The installation was held in the Legion Post Hall. Mr. Wegman (pictured front left) was administered the oath by District 15 Commander, Manny Marailh. Mr. Wegman is also Chaplain of the Gardner/Warner Post 154.
St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital announced that Mrs. Norma Chacona, with Creative Play Preschool has agreed to conduct a Trike-A-Thon For St. Jude Kids with their preschoolers.
This unique event, now in its eighteenth year, was developed by St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital with the help of early childhood development specialists.
The Trike-A-Thon For St. Jude Kids raises funds to continue the hospitals programs of research, patient care, and education into childhood cancers and other catastrophic diseases. What makes this event so unique is that it is designed to expose preschoolers to using riding toys safely through a week-long fun activity and provides a parent-awareness program that involves the parents in safe behavior practices to help ensure their childs well-being.
Cancer is the leading disease killer of American children, and St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital is the leading cancer center for the conquest of these killers. Yet, as dreadful as childhood cancers are, accidents kill far more children every year. But, unlike cancer, whose cause and prevention is as yet unknown, most accidents can be prevented through safety education, starting at an early age. Accidents involving children on bicycles, tricycles, and other popular riding toys are a major cause of death and injury of young children. Knowing that the lack of training is the most frequent contributing cause, the Trike-A-Thon For St. Jude Kids will provide a direct, immediate benefit for the preschoolers and their parents.
St. Judes sincerely appreciates the concern and dedication of the people at Creative Play Preschool and with the support of the community the Trike-A-Thon For St. Judes Kids will benefit children with catastrophic diseases and reduce accidents involving children on riding toys.
Late summer supplied us with a happy day at Lackawanna State Park and now that the fairs are over we can settle down to cool autumn weather.
On September 11, Judy Collins, center manager, presented a message from the PA Nutrition Education Network on the importance of fruits and vegetables to supply our dietary vitamins, minerals and fiber needs.
On the 18th, Vonnie Taylor was back to check blood pressures. Pinochle, rummy, bingo, dominoes and exercise continued and were well attended.
September 25 Nancy Moro from the Forest City Personal Care visited with a message on the importance of a living will to insure ones personal wishes are in control and is applicable at any age.
Rev. Bartholomay recited the memorial his mother had written at the time of his brother Bobbys fatal accident.
October 2 brought us an unusually cold morning. But there were warm, friendly smiles at our center.
At our meeting we planned for flu shots on October 23. It is from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. On the 30th we will have a costumed Halloween party and a Chinese auction. Bring your good white elephant items.
On November 11, there will be a brown bag trip to Target and Wal-Mart with lunch at the Country Buffet.
On November 13, Nancy Moro will be back to speak on fall prevention. On November 20, Diane Gow from North Central Sight Services will be here to speak and do eye screenings.
Sounds like a busy fall! Today we were happy to have Rose Kakuk back with us, but very sorry that Doris Bartholomay was on the sick list. This getting older is a very iffy business, but they tell me the alternative is not acceptable. Stay healthy and be happy!
The Susquehanna Community Development Association has taken over from the Sesquicentennial Committee in regard to taking orders for the very popular commemorative book. If enough pre-orders at least 300 are received, another printing of the books will be ordered. If you are "really" interested in copies of the book, call, do not wait until its too late. This will be your last chance to get a copy. Reservation for a book (or books) can be made by calling the SCDA at (570) 8534729 or stop in at the SCDA office, on Main Street.
Harrisburg In conjunction with National Mental Health Awareness Week on October 5-11, Pennsylvania Department of Welfare (DPW) Secretary Estelle B. Richman and Department of Aging Secretary Nora Dowd Eisenhower have announced a joint effort to increase awareness of mental illness among older Pennsylvanians.
"National estimates show that about 20 percent of older adults have a mental illness, most commonly depression or some form of anxiety disorder," Secretary Richman said. "Yet only about half of them are receiving treatment, despite the fact that treatment is very successful."
Secretary of Aging Nora Dowd Eisenhower added, "We must address the myths that mental illnesses, including depression, are a normal part of aging and that they are the result of some sort of weakness or failure. This kind of thinking is pervasive and unfounded."
The great number of older Pennsylvanians with mental illness, coupled with the growing number of baby boomers who will reach 60 years old within the next few years, prompted Governor Edward B. Rendell to direct the departments of Public Welfare and Aging to work cooperatively at the state and local levels to shed light on mental illness in Pennsylvania.
In supporting the joint effort, Governor Rendell said, "By utilizing the existing resources of both departments during Mental Illness Awareness Week and throughout the year, we can greatly improve opportunities for older Pennsylvanians and Pennsylvanians of all ages to lead fulfilling and productive lives in spite of mental illness."
"DPW is working with the Department of Aging to understand who among our older adults is receiving treatment, who is not, and why not," Secretary Richman said. "And we are working to ensure that the needs of older adults are addressed throughout our service systems."
"We encourage caregivers for our seniors, communities and family members to learn more about good mental health and make sure Pennsylvanias seniors seek treatment," Secretary Dowd Eisenhower said.
DPW develops resources and programs to assist people with mental illness; provides funding to counties to deliver treatment services; and funds behavioral health services for Medicaid-eligible consumers.
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