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The 4-H Pumpkin Roundup was recently held in conjunction with Day on A Dairy Farm at Evergreen Lane Farm in Montrose. Shrouded in a backdrop of gorgeous fall foliage and a boastful bright blue sky, 4-H members brought their pumpkin projects to the festive Roundup tent. Twelve 4-Hers completed this years pumpkin project. Members are responsible for growing their own pumpkins and filling out a project book complete with their "pumpkin story." The members enter their pumpkins in categories such as largest, smallest, recipe, pumpkin people, pair, carved and painted.
Ben Hayes dropped off his two largest pumpkins, one weighing 146 pounds and the other weighing 128 pounds. Ben won a grand prize for his endeavors.
Julie Delanoy won a grand champion for the best pumpkin pair. Tiffany Testa won a grand champion for her painted pumpkin that featured a spooky haunted house. Tiffany also won a grand for her carved pumpkin and a reserve champion for her pumpkin muffin recipe. Elaine Mackey received a reserve grand champion for her Frankenstein painted pumpkin.
Dylan Jenner, of Montrose is shown with Anna Chichuras prize-winning pumpkin person at the 4-H Pumpkin Roundup.
Anna Chichura won two grand champions also. Annas pumpkin roll was a delicious delight and her pumpkin person clown was a big hit at the Pumpkin Roundup. Her brother Paul participated also with his pumpkin pig. This "pumpkin pig" had a pumpkin body and pumpkin head and was put on four large springs for legs. Luckily no one decided to try to ride the springy pig!
Other blue ribbon winners were: Courtney Erat, Jonathon, Mark and Ruth Delanoy.
If you are interested in the 4-H Pumpkin project or 4-H in general, call the Penn State Cooperative Extension of Susquehanna County office at 278-1158 to find a club near you. Penn State encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact the Susquehanna County Extension office in advance of your participation or visit.
Hi there, its Amanda Miner, Susquehanna County Dairy Ambassador checking in to say "hello" and reflect a little bit on this past year. For starters, spring was a washout without a doubt. The poor farmers who got their corn in got flooded out with rain nearly every other day. Then came summer, or should I say "the lack thereof." Hay season for most, including my family was a "bust." As I travel around I still see hay fields standing. Its such a shame.
The best thing summer brought me was the dairy shows and fairs my family and I got to participate in. My brother had a particularly good year with his calves and heifers winning many junior champion and reserve junior champion awards. Congrats, Andy! Although I cant say I did as well, I held my own and had a good time. I got to spend quality time with my family and friends and when you have that, who needs anything else?
Amanda Miner is not just a Susquehanna County Dairy Ambassador. Pictured here, Amanda and her Holstein heifer receive owner breeder awards at a recent dairy show.
Now were moving into the autumn and winter months and as the seasons change, so do our eating habits. We go from the typical hurried up dinner of hamburgers and hot dogs to the healthier dishes and meals that follow through autumn and winter.
When making this transition to autumn and winter dont forget to include dairy products in your diet. While the seasons change so do our bodies. We still need that valuable calcium and those vitamins and minerals found in dairy rich foods like milk, cheese and yogurt.
Its easy to get your recommended "Three A Day" of dairy by including one of these three items at each meal or snack. I personally like to add cheese to an English muffin or bagel for breakfast. Lunch is always good with a glass of cold milk or on those really cold days hot chocolate. Finish off with a pudding pop or cup of yogurt. One of my favorite dinner dishes is chili topped with grated cheddar cheese. You see, "Three A Day" isnt so hard to achieve when you stop to think about it.
I just covered three meals, each containing a serving of dairy products. You need a couple more ideas? Try these, a baked potato with melted cheddar, sour cream and bacon bits or salsa and sour cream. Or how about baked chicken with Swiss and ham for a healthy "Cordon Blue" or a bacon, egg and cheese muffin?
Looking for something on the sweeter side? Lets not forget the ever popular ice cream which can be served by itself or along side a piece of cake, pie or dumpling. The possibilities are endless!
So, what are you waiting for? Dig into some fresh, wholesome dairy products and have a "Dairy good Day!"
The children of John and Gertrude Bronson (pictured above on their wedding day, August 16, 1953), are proud to announce the celebration of their parents fiftieth wedding anniversary, August 16, 2003. The immediate family celebrated the occasion August 9 and 10, at the brides family homestead where they were married fifty years ago. The couple just returned from a two-week "honeymoon" vacation, in Hawaii.
On Friday, October 10, 2003, the Susquehanna Post Office honored two Purple Heart veterans, members of the Strider-Teskey Post 86, American Legion with a framed plaque of the Purple Heart Stamp, donated by the United States Postal Service.
Making the presentation to the two Purple Heart Veterans, Carl Lawrenson of Oakland Borough and David Soden of Starrucca Borough, on behalf of Post 86, to its Purple Heart Veterans were Clay Weaver, Postmaster, acting Postmistress Debbie Winans, a clerk in the Montrose Post Office, and Peter Janicelli, Post 86 Commander.
Pictured (l-r) during the presentation are: Clay Weaver, Carl Lawrenson, Pete Janicelli, David Soden, Debbie Winans.
The beautifully framed, enlarged stamp will hang in the Memorial Hall of Post 86, which will be open to the public for viewing.
Mr. Lawrenson saw military service with the United States Army during World War II, serving in the 88th Infantry Division, 351 Regiment, Co. K., in Italy and France. He was inducted in December, 1943 and discharged in March, 1946. He was awarded the Purple Heart twice.
Mr. Soden was a member of the 101 Airborne, serving in Vietnam and Cambodian, and was confined in a Japanese hospital with injuries and awarded the Purple Heart. He was inducted in March, 1969 and discharged in December, 1971.
Pete Janicelli, Commander of Post 86, served in the Vietnam War. A member of the Army, he served in 1st Air Cav. He was inducted in October, 1966 and discharged as a 1st Lt., in 1970.
Postmaster Weaver, a Navy veteran of the Vietnam War, served in the Helicopter Helsupron Six Squadron. He was inducted in June, 1964 and discharged as an E-4, June 20, 1968.
(This is a fine gesture by the United States Post Office, in honoring the nations Purple Heart recipients. Thanks are extended to Joe Bucci, 1st Vice Commander of Post 86 and Debbie Winans, Susquehanna (acting) Postmistress for arranging the presentation.)
Isabel Meyer (pictured), Izzy to most of her friends, will be 101 years young Thursday, October 30, 2003! She shares this special day with a very special great-niece, Kimberly Bryden. Kimberly will turn three this same day.
Izzy is originally from New Jersey, but spent most of her life in Stevens Point. She devoted every Sunday afternoon as a volunteer in the Barnes Kasson gift shop. She is currently living in New Milford.
Those interested in sending a card may do so at: Mrs. Isabel Meyer, RR 1 Box 157, New Milford, PA 18834.
The Susquehanna County Family Community Center in New Milford held a "Funny Cook Night" Pact (Parent and Child Together) on October 8. The children had fun with their parents while learning about measurement. Together they made homemade Kool-aid playdoh, homemade puffy paint, and giant bubbles. Each participant was given some new activities, to try out together at home. After all of the excitement, they handed out books, and thanks to a generous donation given by a friend of Literacy, each child went home with a new puzzle, game, or coloring book.
Children learned about measurement at Funny Cook Night at the Family Community Center.
The next fun filled event will be a "Halloween Party" Pact on October 28 at the New Milford Family Community Center from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Attendees will be learning about trick-or-treating safety, there will be lots of treats, and lots of fun activities! For more information or to sign-up, call 465-2880 or 278-9027.
Hi! My name is Patches and Im a beautiful, older female Calico cat. My owner just couldnt keep me so Im waiting for that special person, maybe someone who just lost their own cat, to take me home. My friends here at the shelter say I feel like a big plush toy! Wont you come and cuddle me?
Im Harley! Im a sweet, two-year old female Rottweiler who just loves everyone who comes up to me. Because Im a strong girl, Ill need someone whos willing to take the time to give me a little training, but I know it wont take me long to learn. Please come and say "hi" and see what a great pal I can be.
The shelter also has bunches of kittens and lots of Labs. Find your perfect pet at the Susquehanna County Humane Society Shelter in Montrose, (570) 2781228.
More than 70 people from near and far packed into the social room of the Starrucca Baptist Church Saturday, October 11, to participate in the Starrucca History Groups second major event of the year in celebration of Starruccas 150th anniversary. The evening passed quickly as neighbors, families, and guests socialized at the old-fashioned potluck supper, sang their hearts out during a rousing sing-along accompanied by Phyllis Chaffee, and delighted in the stories of Starruccas vivid history during the featured slide show presented by Raymond and Evelyn Sampson.
Young and old alike were mesmerized as the Sampsons brought the last 150 years alive through tales of Starruccas prominent families who built the early roads, the acid factories and other businesses, as well as the homesteads and mansions that still exist today. Evelyn and Ray also spoke with fond remembrance of the carnivals and horse racing that took place on "the flats," the prestige of having baseball rookies from Starrucca who made "the big time," as well as the early trains that came rumbling through Starrucca, bringing cargo as well as tourists from NYC and beyond during the late 1800's and early 1900's. As slide after slide went by, long-time Starrucca residents in the audience would point, nod, or put their heads together to share a memory or two while newcomers and guests gained newfound appreciation for the many historic landmarks and homes that were built in Starrucca on visions and dreams, guts and determination.
Some of these stories were passed down to Ray through his forebear, Henry Sampson (1768-1855), who helped settle Starrucca. Other stories came through Evelyns and Rays personal contacts as well as from their own experience of living in this beautiful, historical area many years ago.
Many of Sampsons stories and photos are documented in two books that hes written, A History of Starrucca and Starrucca Remembrances. For more information on Raymond Sampsons books or future events planned by the Starrucca History Group, call (570) 727-3133.
Former Montrose residents, Joe and Isabel Jagger will celebrate 65 years of marriage on Wednesday, November 5, 2003. Joe and Isabel, both born and raised in Dimock Township, lived on Meshoppen Creek Road for over 60 years. In 1999, Joe and Isabel moved to Horseheads, NY to live closer to their son, Tom and his family. Help Joe and Isabel celebrate their upcoming 65th wedding anniversary by sending a card to them at their new address, 117 Rocking Chair Road, Horseheads, NY 14845.
Caregivers of loved ones who suffer with any type of medical condition and also family members and friends of individuals residing in long term care facilities are invited to attend meetings of the Caregivers Support Group, held the first Tuesday of each month, 11:00 a.m. to 12 noon at the County Office Building in Montrose. Those attending the meetings are invited to bring a brown bag lunch to enjoy after the meetings. The support group will hold its next meeting on Tuesday, November 4, 11:00 a.m. at the downstairs conference room of the County Office Building.
The group offers caregivers a safe, friendly and confidential setting to share experiences and feelings, helpful resource information and educational programs of interest to the group. There are no fees associated with the support group. For more information, please contact Joyce McClary at the B/S/S/T Area Agency on Aging at 1-800-982-4346.
The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC) has awarded a General Operating Support Grant to the Susquehanna County Historical Society for the fiscal year 2003-2004. The grant, in the amount of $10,000, is awarded to official county historical societies as a way to recognize the outstanding work the societies do for their communities.
For over a decade the Susquehanna County Historical Society has received this grant from PHMC. It has allowed The Society to expand hours, enhance exhibits and displays, continue the program of conservation of paintings and paper artifacts; expand the genealogy reference room materials with the purchase of books on local history, genealogy and reference and to continually upgrade the journal of genealogy and local history.
The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission has offered grants for many years to nonprofit organizations and local governments across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The grant programs have improved the quality of life and encouraged economic development in hundreds of Pennsylvania communities by strengthening local institutions, supporting downtown and neighborhood revitalization, and promoting heritage tourism.
Following is the list of names drawn to serve as Petit and Traverse jurors for November, 2003, to appear in the Court of Common Pleas, Susquehanna County Courthouse Main Courtroom, Montrose, on the third day of November at 9:00 a.m.
Ararat Twp.: Sam S. Holmes, Clifford Tinklepaugh.
Auburn Twp.: Denise E. Adelsberger, Maryanna M. Dobrosielski, Kimberly S. Godshall, David W. Harlan.
Bridgewater Twp.: Robert Burke, David J. Calby, Nancy Strohl.
Brooklyn Twp.: Leonard J. Wheatley.
Choconut Twp.: Christopher Snedecker.
Clifford Twp.: Francis G. Lesniewski.
Dimock Twp.: Shannon Krukowski.
Forest Lake Twp.: Gordon L. Curtis, Sally A. McCarthy, Clayton Shultz, Ann L. Wilbur.
Franklin Twp.: Helen E. Viteritto.
Gibson Twp.: Leland L. Parsons.
Great Bend Boro: Doris Keiser, Gary W. Keiser.
Great Bend Twp.: Tracy Haley, Mary Lou Hunter, Delores D. Kane.
Hallstead Boro: John T. Katchmore, Dorothy Wilbur.
Harford Twp.: Alex Burns, James M. Ketterer.
Harmony Twp.: Timothy Babcock, Richard M. Hennessey.
Jackson Twp.: David R. Benedict.
Lathrop Twp.: Gary Czekalski.
Lenox Twp.: Patricia M. Carr, Tina M. Compton, Richard Hellerman, Robert E. Lajoie, Darryl Lock, Cheryl Mills.
Liberty Twp.: Ralph D. Jackson, Susan Rosenkrans.
Little Meadows Boro: Nanete Tomchick.
Middletown Twp.: Nicole L. Madill.
Montrose Boro 1W: Aivars Gerlins, Susan Lathrop.
New Milford Boro: Albert C. Lempke, Perry Hope.
New Milford Twp.: James Bishop, Donna Lee Edwards, Jack L. Luce, Joan MacConnell.
Oakland Twp.: Jamie R. Rodriguez.
Rush Twp.: Ryan P. Guiton, Amy Hibbard, Richard Lathrop, James Newhart.
Silver Lake Twp.: Beth Anne Klein, Darrell R. Tullar, Sr.
Springville Twp.: Charles D. Clark, Lisa Ann Rutherford, Charles Stone.
Susquehanna Boro 2W: Mark M. Matis, George C. Overmeyer.
Thompson Boro: Rhondra L. Baldwin, Steve W. Winner.
Thompson Twp.: Glenn M. Stone.
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