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William F. Farber, Chairman of Community Bank & Trust Co. is pleased to announce the promotion of Ron Smith from Montrose Branch Manager to Branch Administrator of the banks four county branch network. Mark Caterson replaces Mr. Smith as Montrose Branch Manager.
Mark Caterson, returns to Community Bank & Trust Co. in the capacity of Branch Manager of the banks Montrose office. Previously, he had been a Vice President and Senior Trust Officer for Community Bank & Trust Co. Mark graduated from Wilkes College with a BS degree in Commerce, Finance & Economics and from the Pennsylvania Bankers Association Trust School at Bucknell University and has a total of thirty years banking experience. He is a member of Montrose Lions Club, the Montrose Country Club and the long-standing president of the Montrose Hunting Club. Mr. Caterson and his wife, Lisa, reside in Montrose and have three children.
Ron Smith in his position of Vice President and Branch Administrator, will be responsible for Managing the Community Banking Divisions 16 Branch offices. Mr. Smith had served as the branch manager of the banks Montrose office for thirty of his 32 years with Community Bank & Trust Co., formerly First National Bank of Nicholson. Ron is on the board of the Montrose Bible Conference, Susquehanna County Library Board, Youth Activity Program Committee for the Susquehanna County 4-H and is active in the Montrose Area Chamber of Commerce. He is the board president of Dedication Evangelism, Inc. in Towaco, NJ and sings in a gospel quartet, "all for ONE". Ron, his wife Pat, and stepdaughters, Chrissy and Marie Kulikowski live in Montrose.
Additional promotions include: Timothy OBrien, Vice President and Head of Commercial Loan Department; Gary Lavelle, Vice President Retail Lending; Joseph Chiampi, Collections Manager; Roy Battaglia, Mortgage Originator; Thomas Sheppard, Clarks Summit Branch Manager; Paul Walsh, Carbondale Loan Officer; Brian Urbas, Branch Manager of Forest City and Lakewood. Mr. Farber welcomes new hires James Pietrowski, Commercial Loan Officer and Thomas Salus, Credit Administrator and Vice President of Credit.
Abigail Cordts (left) and Zoe Gauthier (right) are shown choosing the winner of the Antique Heirloom Quilt raffle, after attending preschool story hour, at the Northern Wayne Community Library. The winner was Joanne Daly of Windham, New York who purchased her ticket at the library's quilt and craft show in August. Ms. Daly is the daughter of Mary Smith, a member of the Como Quilters, who helped prepare the quilt top for the raffle.
Stop in at the library on Route 370 in Lakewood to take a chance on the newest library raffle, a large hand-crafted Christmas wall hanging.
DeAnn Holbrook and Robert Parker (pictured at the ceremony) were united in marriage October 16, 2003 on the sandy beach of Mangans Bay, St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands.
DeAnn is the daughter of Regina Dilello and the late Alton Dilello, Lanesboro, PA.
Robert is the son of Sharon Parker, Kentucky and Elmer Parker, Towanda, PA.
After a honeymoon in the Eastern Carribean, the couple will reside in Hallstead.
DeAnn and Bob are both employed at Frito-Lay, Binghamton, New York.
Puppies! Were two-month old Coonhound mix puppies, two females and one male. We and three terrier mix puppies have been waiting for that special family or person but no one seems to want us. Wont you come take a look?
Hi! My name is Ginger and Im a beautiful, five-year old yellow Lab. My owner couldnt keep me but Im spayed and housebroken which makes me just perfect. Please come see me. Ill be waiting.
Please come see us at the Susquehanna County Humane Society Shelter, in Montrose, (570) 2781228.
After 19 years, the Feed-A-Friend program in Susquehanna County is very much alive and kicking, and very much needed by many members of the community. This is what TREHAB Executive Director Dennis Phelps told more than 40 volunteers, from school students to local businesspersons and others attending the annual kick-off luncheon for the county's Feed-A-Friend program. The luncheon was held at The Basil Leaf Restaurant, Montrose, on Wednesday, October 15.
Feed-A-Friend helps needy county families celebrate Thanksgiving with all the trimmings through donations of non-perishable food items and of money to purchase holiday turkeys or hams.
In thanking all the attendees for volunteering to help, Mr. Phelps noted, "Poverty is a critical issue during tough economic times here in Susquehanna County. The job situation is brutal, employment is down, and many benefits have expired," he added.
By working together, schools, churches, businesses, service organizations, and individuals will help some 1000 needy local families enjoy Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings this year.
Mr. Phelps emphasized that the effort did more than just provide a Thanksgiving dinner. "This allows families to use their resources for other needs, such as heating expenses," he said. TREHAB must raise some $8,000 to pay for the turkeys and hams, and must receive some 6,000 to 7,000 packages of donated food items.
The food banks run by TREHAB in Montrose and Oakland have already started taking names from persons requesting the Thanksgiving baskets. Lists of potential recipients are also sent to the food banks by Aging Services, Children & Youth Services, and school nurses.
Pictured during the luncheon to kick off TREHABs Feed-A-Friend Program (l-r) are: Montrose Area High School representatives Casey Tullar, Jeff Snyder, Justin Huff, advisor Teri OReilly, and Rachel Conway.
Students from the Elk Lake and Montrose Area High School Key Clubs and Student Council and from Blue Ridge Middle School Student Council joined with representatives from Peoples National Bank, Barnes-Kasson Hospital, the First Presbyterian Church and organizations like Kiwanis, the Montrose Chamber of Commerce and the Literacy Council in outlining their fundraising and other efforts for this program. Also on hand to congratulate the volunteers were the Rev. Henry Pease, TREHABs board president, Debra Valunis representing Rep. Sandra Major, Commissioner Cal Dean, and Suzanne Brainard, county clerk.
All food and money donations collected by TREHAB stay in Susquehanna County to help feed hungry families right here. Anyone interested in helping with or donating to the Feed-A-Friend program can contact Barbara Houlden, TREHABs Community Services Coordinator, at 278-0986 or toll-free 1-800-390-0352.
On October 29, Peoples National Bank was recognized during a ceremony held by the Community Foundation of Susquehanna County. PNB board members listened as representatives of the Foundation spoke of all the good PNB has done for our region by supporting the programs of the Foundation. PNB established the Peoples National Bank Fund at the Foundation and has pledged donations to help with its project to start the United Way of Susquehanna County. "Time and time again PNB steps up to the plate to support our region. We just want to be sure that the folks at PNB, and our residents, know how important PNBs continued support is," said Joe Burke, President and CEO of the Foundation. Pictured is Joe Burke presenting a certificate of appreciation to PNB Board Chair Gerald Pennay.
The Nellie Jane DeWitt Business & Professional Womens Club celebrated National Business Womens Week, which ran from October 19 through October 25, by hosting a tea at the Susquehanna Baking Company. This BPW local was formed in 1955 and has over 30 members who are actively involved in their communities. As part of the celebration a Chinese auction was held with proceeds going to the United Way of Susquehanna County. Alice Deutsch, a 25 year BPW member, was the host and auctioneer. Pictured is local BPW President Louise Clark presenting a check to United Way Board Chair Alice Deutsch.
Mr. Robert Keyes, Principal of Susquehanna Community Elementary School, announces that Fall Parent-Teacher Conferences for students in Kindergarten through 6th Grade have been scheduled for Thursday, November 6th, from 3:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., and Friday, November 7th, from 12:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
The conference assignment slips informing each parent of the time and date for their scheduled conference were sent home with each child on Friday, October 31st. Report cards will be passed out during Parent-Teacher Conferences. For those parents unable to attend Parent-Teacher Conferences, report cards wil be sent home on Monday, November 10th.
It is hoped that these Parent-Teacher Conferences will aid in the development of each child's immediate and future success and that all parents will make an effort to attend their scheduled conferences.
Every Friday morning, from 10:00 a.m. to 12.00 p.m. the doors of the Thompson United Church are open for a special community service. It is their wish to help any person or family in the community to replace items lost in a fire, or to supplement their wardrobe. All items are free of charge.
Racks of women and men's dress clothes, jeans, tee shirts, shoes and accessories are available to anyone in need of them. With the colder weather arriving, they have added sweaters, coats and jackets to the collection. A smaller selection of children's clothes is also available.
All items offered have been generously donated and are in excellent condition. Since they have a limited amount of children's items, they will appreciatively accept any donations, in all sizes of children's items.
Donations will be accepted at the Church on Fridays, or other arrangements may be made by calling Rev. Brian Lucas, 727-2341, or Mary Gray at 756-2652.
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