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Susky Police Attend PA DUI Seminar
Babies & Books Program Receives Randall Grant
We're Waiting For You!
VA Launches "Kids Page"
Library Membership Drive Underway
Susky Fire Dept. Oct. 150 Winners

Susky Police Attend PA DUI Seminar

On October 21 - 23, Officer in Charge, Tom Golka and Officer Jon Record of Susquehanna Borough Police attended a PA DUI Association annual seminar in Lancaster, PA. They received advanced training in DUI procedures for the new .08% tolerance law. Other topics were preventing underage drinking parties, evidence procedures, statistics, and advanced procedures for alcohol related incidents.

Pictured (l-r) are: Officer Jon Record, Wendy Hamilton – National President of MADD, Officer in Charge Tom Golka.

Since the training, DUI arrests have increased by 75% in the Borough of Susquehanna between these two officers. Things to see in the future are DUI checkpoints, and more positive interaction between school students and police. This could include a DARE program, Police Explorers, and/or Auxiliary Police.

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Babies & Books Program Receives Randall Grant

The Susquehanna County Library's "Babies and Books" program gets infants and their families on the road to reading. Babies under a year old are eligible for this free program, which provides the family with an attractive bag of useful information and a free board book. Now, thanks to a grant from the Jonathan Randall Memorial Fund, the next forty babies signed up will also receive an adorable "READ" T-shirt.

Jonathan Randall died in the World Trade Center attacks, and his family set up the Fund (administered by the Community Foundation of Susquehanna County) in his memory. His parents, Charles and Hedi Randall, live in the Brackney area. Daughter Katie, who lives in Brooklyn, NY, has enjoyed visiting the Susquehanna County Library and chose the Babies & Books program as a grant recipient. "Reading to your baby is one of the most important things you can do to get your child off to a good start," says Mary Beth Manns, Outreach Services Librarian. "We are very grateful that the Randall Fund is helping make Babies & Books an even better program."

Through the Susquehanna County Library's Babies & Books program, twins Elexa and Edward Wirth (with mom, Darci) are the first recipients of READ T-shirts funded by the Jonathan Randall Memorial Fund.

On the child's first and second birthday, Babies & Books also provides a special gift. At 2 1/2 and up, programs like Toddler Storytime, Preschool Story Hour, and Summer Reading take over to help children enjoy the benefits of reading. The library is your lifetime source for information, entertainment, and knowledge.

To register your baby for Babies & Books, simply stop by one of the four county libraries (Forest City, Hallstead-Great Bend, Montrose, and Susquehanna).

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We're Waiting For You!

I’m Rocky! I’m a one-year old male buff Cocker Spaniel whose owner lost her home. I’m just the right age for that special someone to train me to be the perfect companion. Please come visit and see what a great pet I could be.

Hi! My name is Tini! I’m a four-year old female Calico cat with gorgeous green eyes whose owner moved away. I’m just the perfect cat to love and cuddle. Won’t you come by and cuddle me?

Please come see us at the Susquehanna County Humane Society Shelter, in Montrose, (570) 278–1228.

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VA Launches "Kids Page"

Washington – The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced the launch of VA Kids, a new web page designed to help young people understand what it means to be a veteran.

"The ideals of military service and patriotism can be unfamiliar to some children and young adults," said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Anthony J. Principi. "The VA Kids web page supports President Bush’s initiatives on education and volunteerism by providing an entertaining and informative way for young people to learn why veterans are special."

The web page, at, contains areas for students in kindergarten through grade 5, for grades 6 through 12 and for teachers. VA Kids also has information about VA, Veterans Day, scholarships, student volunteer opportunities, rehabilitative and special events for disabled veterans and links to veteran-related sites.

For younger students, VA Kids have interactive activities such as puzzles, coloring pages, matching contests and age-appropriate language to describe a number of patriotic topics. For older students, there is information on volunteer programs, scholarships and more sophisticated educational resources, games and reference links. The teachers’ section contains additional information, links and suggested classroom activities.

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Library Membership Drive Underway

The 2004 membership campaign for the Susquehanna County Historical Society and Free Library Association is in progress. Membership materials have been mailed and are also available at local libraries.

Once again, the goal is 1,000 members-a modest one, considering that there are over 14,000 registered library users and thousands more who use the Historical Society and museum. Individual members contribute $20 or more, families $25 or more, sustaining members $100 or more, and benefactors $250 and up. Contributions of any size are welcomed. Local support is one of the factors used to determine the amount of funding provided by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania – the more local support, the more funding received.

The membership drive is especially crucial this year since state funding for public libraries is in peril (please visit your local library or to write a quick and easy letter to your state senator). "The 50% cut that is still in the state budget will mean $150,000 less for our county libraries next year," says Administrator/Librarian Susan Stone. "That's a huge amount to take out of our very lean budget."

Members of the Association support county-wide library services and the county Historical Society. They receive a quarterly newsletter devoted to the Association's activities and events (if funding permits!), and are entitled to vote at the annual meeting.

The money given by members and friends helps fund county-wide library service, provided through four locations (Montrose, Forest City, Hallstead-Great Bend, and Susquehanna) and by the county-wide Books-by-Mail/Books-on-Wheels service. Contributions enable the Association to purchase books, videos, CDs, magazines, books-on-tape, and other materials, which are available to all residents of Susquehanna County. Continually-expanding informational resources are available through the libraries. At each location you will find free high-speed Internet access and Internet training; on-line databases that can also be accessed from home with your library card; high-powered workstations with the full Microsoft Office suite, free training programs, and high-speed laser printers; CD-ROM games for children; and a catalog of library holdings across Pennsylvania (which can be requested through Inter-Library Loan at no charge). Visit the library's website at for more information.

Donations also help fund the County Historical Society and its museum, open to the public at no charge. People seeking information on their local ancestors visit the Historical Society's Genealogy Research Center. Visitors come from all over the country, bringing their tourist dollars to benefit local businesses! The Historical Society is open every weekday (October to April: 9-5 on Monday, Thursday, and Friday, 12-5 on Tuesday and Wednesday; 9-5 all week the rest of the year), more hours than any neighboring historical society. The Historical Society also publishes a biannual journal, available by subscription, on local history and genealogy. The Historical Society's website has a wealth of information about our county; visit

The many programs sponsored by the Library and Historical Society also depend on community support. Open houses, Babies & Books, Toddler Time, Pre-School Story Hour, Summer Reading, educational programs for home-schooling families, the Write and Illustrate Your Own Picture Book contest, guest speakers, Hobby Night, and other special events are very popular.

Treasurer Mr. Chris Caterson leads the Membership Drive committee this year. He is assisted by Mrs. Carol Carpenter, Mr. Jed Garm, and Mr. Andrew Snitzer.

For more information about the membership drive or any of the Association's services, call 278-1881.

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Susky Fire Dept. Oct. 150 Winners

October 4: Toots Frost, Bill Wescott, Jim Lee.

October 11: Catherine Adornato, Roger Holleran, John Vaughn.

October 18: Marge Walker, Tim Orr, Dolores Brown.

October 25: Mag Stackowitz, Debby Doyle, George Napolitano.

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