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Scranton Members of the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau commemorated Food Check-Out Day with deliveries of food and supplies to the five Ronald McDonald Houses located in Pennsylvania. The event celebrates the fact that between January 1 and February 5, the average American will have earned enough income to pay for his or her familys entire 2004 food supply, according to the United States Department of Agriculture statistics. The Farm Bureau program has produced more than $250,000 worth of food and other contributions for Pennsylvanias Ronald McDonald Houses over the past six years.
Pictured (l-r) are: Richard Bradshaw, House Executive Director; Susquehanna County Farm Bureau President Donna Williams; Ronald; Cheryl Matulevich, Susquehanna County Farm Bureau; House Manager Bruce Davidson (holding check); Scranton Event Spokesperson Connie Teel.
"According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, it will take the average American family only 36 days this year to pay for their entire years supply of food. This speaks well of our nations increasing standard of living, which would certainly be reduced without the safe, abundant and affordable domestic food supply produced by Americas farmers," said Connie Teel of Meshoppen, PA Farm Bureaus spokesperson for the Scranton event.
"We hope Americans will come to understand that the high-quality, affordable food they enjoy is a product of our successful food production and distribution system, as well as Americas farmers retaining access to effective and affordable crop protection tools," said Teel.
In addition to Scrantons ceremony, events took place at the other Pennsylvania Ronald McDonald Houses in Philadelphia, Hershey, Danville and Pittsburgh. The Houses provide a "home away from home" for the families of seriously ill children receiving medical treatment at area hospitals. The food items and other donations collected by Farm Bureau families will be used to help care for visiting families staying at the Houses.
The event is part of a nationwide "Food Check-Out Day" observance by the American Farm Bureau Federation.
"Agriculture is one of Pennsylvanias leading industries," said Teel. "The more than 50,000 farm families in Pennsylvania generated over $4 billion into Pennsylvanias economy in 2003. Americas farmers and ranchers are the most productive in the world. Were proud of our contribution to society, and Food Check-Out Day gives us the opportunity to share some of our success with others that are in need at this time in their lives."
Pennsylvania Farm Bureau is a non-governmental, voluntary farm organization which represents over 33,000 farm and rural families in 54 county units. It is affiliated with the nations largest general farm organization, the 5.5-million member American Farm Bureau Federation.
Kelly Pratt, Hop Bottom and Markie Pratt, Brooklyn announce the engagement of their daughter, Kerri Ann, to Thomas Michael Denkenberger, son of Charles and Martha Denkenberger of South Montrose. Kerri, a graduate of Mountain View High School, will graduate in May, 2004 with a Bachelors Degree in chemistry from the Pennsylvania State University, Schreyer Honors College. Tom, a graduate of Montrose Area High School, will graduate in May, 2004 with a Bachelors Degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the Pennsylvania State University, Schreyer Honors College. Following graduation, Kerri and Tom will pursue their Ph.D.s in their respective fields. The wedding is set for July 10, 2004 at the First Universalist Church, Brooklyn, PA.
Announcement is made of the engagement and upcoming marriage of Melisa Lynn Marcy, Oswego, NY to Stephen Joseph Krick II, Muddy Creek Forks, Airville, PA.
The bride-elect is the daughter of Bradley and Joy Marcy, Kingsley, PA. Ms. Marcy is a graduate of Mountain View High School and earned Bachelors Degrees in Nuclear Engineering and Mechanical Engineering from Penn State University. She is employed as an engineer at Nine Mile Point Nuclear Facility, Oswego.
The prospective bridegroom is the son of Stephen and Dolores Krick, Airville, PA. Mr. Krick earned an Associates Degree in Hospitality Management from York Technical Institute. He is employed by S. J. Krick Construction Company, Airville.
A September 4, 2004 wedding is planned.
Following is the list of names drawn to serve as Petit and Traverse jurors for March, 2005, to appear in the Court of Common Pleas, Susquehanna County Courthouse main courtroom, Montrose, PA on the first day of March, 9:00 a.m.
Apolacon Twp.: John Michael Griffin.
Ararat Twp.: Sandy Kilmer.
Auburn Twp.: Charles W. Bevan, Brian Lee Brandon, Dorothy Girodano, Rick Sane, David L. Wright.
Bridgewater Twp.: James P. Frystak, Pam Magnotti, Janice V. OBrien, Bruce W. Vail.
Brooklyn Twp.: Pamela M. Cobb, Mark C. Mecca.
Clifford Twp.: Rachel Machell.
Dimock Twp.: Ann V. Jennings, Dayle McCarey, Kathleen S. Prusack.
Forest Lake Twp.: Andrea M. Dundore.
Franklin Twp.: Richard A. Banker, Thomas J. Lonzinski, Russell L. Snow.
Gibson Twp.: Joseph F. Plonski, Jr.
Great Bend Twp.: Virginia H. Austin, Emerson F. Fiske, Rebecca S. Mitchell.
Hallstead Boro: Fred L. Mullen, Elizabeth L. Tompkins.
Harford Twp.: Peggy Jenkins.
Harmony Twp.: Frederick Gallagher, Cheryl B. Green, Angela Milos, Wanda M. Rockwell.
Jackson Twp.: Sandra Bradbury.
Lathrop Twp.: Patricia Fox.
Lenox Twp.: Bryan David Fick.
Liberty Twp.: Earl F. Decker, Jr., Olga Snyder.
Little Meadows Boro: Laurie A. Bennett, Marlin T. Corwin.
Middletown Twp.: Cynthia Erickson.
Montrose Boro 1W: Melinda P. Quigg.
Montrose Boro 2W: Carol E. Peckins.
New Milford Boro: Jeanne A. Dixon, Carol Page.
New Milford Twp.: Brock Scott, Janice L. Stewart, Brian G. Tyler.
Oakland Boro: Lee Hendrickson.
Silver Lake Twp.: Stanley A. Anderson, Jr., Colleen P. Gurn, Marian L. Muss, Kelly J. Myers, Julie M. Perlick, Mary E. Perry.
Springville Twp.: Denis Klein.
Susquehanna Boro 1W: Theresa M. Barnes, William Osterhout, John Pirnik, Donald Randy Reed.
Susquehanna Boro 2W: Christen Renee Brady.
Thompson Boro: Lisa Staros.
Thompson Twp.: Juanita M. David, Michelle Rockwell.
The Susquehanna Fire/Ambulance Department has reported that area residents have received telephone calls from individuals claiming to be soliciting funds for the department. A spokesman for the fire department advises that funds are never solicited by phone, only by mail. Any resident who receives one of these calls is urged not to give out any personal information and to contact their local police department.
Colorectal cancers are the third most common cancers in men and women, and the second leading cause of cancer deaths in America. Through education and testing, this disease can be prevented. Increased screenings, early detection and polyp removal are credited with preventing pre-cancerous polyps from developing into cancerous tissues.
The B/S/S/T Area Agency on Aging PrimeTime Health program is sponsoring Colorectal Cancer awareness programs for older adults (age 60+) in the Senior Community Centers during the month of March. This includes the distribution of a FREE colorectal test kit. The kit comes with mail-in instructions to a local health care provider/lab. All costs (kit, lab fee) will be paid by the PrimeTime Health program. Availability may be on a first-come basis. PrimeTime Health is a program promoting wellness for older adults.
Endless Mountains Health Care staff will also present a brief program. The programs and kit distribution are scheduled at the Senior Community Centers as follows: March 10 Forest City (535 Main St.), 12:30 p.m.; March 12 Lawton (Rush Fire Hall), 11:15 a.m.; March 13 Montrose (Square Apts.), Noon; March 19 Great Bend (Franklin and Maple Sts.), 12:30 p.m.; March 23 Susquehanna (Turnpike Terrace), 11:30 a.m.; March 25 Lenoxville (Community Hall), 11:00 a.m.
For more information call the Area Agency on Aging at 1-800-982-4346 (toll free).
Sunny Mountain Riders
The Sunny Mountain Riders 4-H Horse Club will be meeting at Resting Rock Farm on Saturday, February 28, 1:00 p.m. Members will elect officers, discuss field trips, fundraising, horse packets, and there will be a harnessing demonstration. All are welcome and encouraged to attend. Dress appropriately. For more information call Heidi at 278-1146.
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