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The Gerald and Tinamarie Carlin farm recently became the twentieth farm in Susquehanna County to become part of the counties farmland preservation program. The Carlin farm consists of 106 acres, located in Auburn Township. This parcel joins 4,377 acres in our county already part of farmland preservation.
County Commissioners present checks to Gerald and Tinamarie Carlin for the purchase of the development rights on their farmland. Seated are Gerald and Tinamarie Carlin. Standing (l-r) are: Commissioner Roberta Kelly, John Benscoter, Evie Goff, Commissioner Jeff Loomis, Eleanor Kurosky and Commissioner MaryAnn Warren.
Susquehanna County farmlands are preserved through the Pennsylvania Agriculture Conservation Easement Purchase Program and funded jointly by the state of Pennsylvania and our Susquehanna County Commissioners. Developed to protect prime farmland, the program enables state and county governments to buy development rights from farm owners. Land under easement is preserved in perpetuity and therefore protected from development. The State program was approved in 1988, and the first development rights in Susquehanna County were purchased in 1992. Pennsylvania has become the national leader in farmland preservation preserving 2,340 farms totaling 272,466 acres as of February 2004.
For more information about the Susquehanna County program contact Evie Goff, program administrator at 278-1158 or any board member. Board members include Dewey Lyon, Brian Gesford, John Benscoter, Byron Hunsinger, Clarence Smith, James Wolf, Eleanor Kurosky and Commissioner Mary Ann Warren.
Jessica Squier, home school junior from Elk Lake/Montrose area is a distinguished PA State winner in the VFW Voice of Democracy annual Essay/Cassette Competition among students from grades 9-12. Students were to write an essay, and put it on tape with the theme, "My Commitment to Americas Future." Jessica placed first in local and first in District #14 competitions. There were 24 District winners, chosen from four thousand, four hundred sixteen entries in PA, and Jessica placed first in State Department competition. Her tape will be judged among 80,000 entries for National, and she will go to Washington, DC from March 6-10, for the final judging. While in DC, she and 50 other winners from the US will be hosted by Veterans of Foreign Wars and will be treated to tours, museums, a White House tour and meeting with President Bush, among other memorable visits of historic interest and, of course, social activities with representatives of the other 49 states.
Pictured (l-r) at the ceremony for the PA State VFW VOD winner are: Judy Callahan, District #14 President VFW Auxiliary; Betsy Elbrecht, VOD Chairman, Great Bend Auxiliary; Jessica Squier, State Winner; Merle Young, District #14 Commander; May Belle Golis, Chaplain, VOD Chairman #5642, Montrose.
Jessica and her mother traveled to Harrisburg to receive this distinct award of a $5,000 bond, a jacket and trophy. She presented her speech, live at the banquet held at the Radisson Conference Center. She has been entering the VFW competitions since seventh and eighth grades, where she placed first in local Patriot Pen essay writing.
Besides winning in the field of writing and speaking, Jessica was named Athlete of the Week in a Scranton newspaper, and Athlete of the Month in Elk Lake School, receiving third place All State Runner in Cross Country PIAA Cross Country Championship.
Will and Laura Squier are her very proud parents. Jessica hopes that the students in grades 7, 8 and high school will take advantage of the opportunity to voice their opinions in these competitions, sponsored by VFW Ayres-Stone Post 5642, Montrose and the Ladies Auxiliary.
The County Transcript wishes Jessica the best in the final competition at Washington, DC.
Ray and Margaret Frederick, Endicott, NY, announce the engagement of their daughter, Laura Ann, to William Brian Nagorny. Miss Frederick is the granddaughter of the late George and Helen (King) Sine, Great Bend.
The future bridegroom is the son of Robert and Carol Nagorny, Binghamton, NY and the grandson of the late Ason and Nellie (Sedor) Nagorny, Susquehanna and Winfred and Dorothy (Colwell) Quinn, Windsor, NY.
The bride-to-be graduated from Union-Endicott High School and Mansfield University. She is an Executive Assistant at Roberson Museum and Science Center, Binghamton.
Her fiancé graduated from Binghamton High School, Broome Community College, and Arizona State University. He is an Assistant Manager at Robbys Wine and Liquor, Inc., Binghamton.
An October 16, 2004 wedding is planned.
Susquehanna Branch Librarian, Amelia Paterno (r) presents quilt raffle winner, Lucky Struble (l) with a fall quilt crafted by the Susquehanna Quilters. The library extends a warm thank you to the Susquehanna Quilters for their generous donation.
Pictured are Natalie and Nicolette Derr, twin daughters of Jonathan and Nancy Derr, Owego, NY. The girls are granddaughters of Dave Derr, New Milford, PA and Linda Derr, Binghamton, NY and great-granddaughters of Foster and Helen Oakley, New Milford.
Teresa P. Munson of Hallstead Borough, and Gary A. Marvin of Jackson, were married on January 17, 2004 at the Blue Ridge Sportsman Club in New Milford, PA.
The bride is the daughter of Larry and Gerri Munson, New Milford. Teresa graduated high school at Nashaminy Maple Point, in Langhorne, PA.
The groom is the son of Arthur and Thelma Marvin, Jackson. Gary graduated high school at Blue Ridge High School. Gary and Teresa work together doing landscaping.
Gary and Teresa will be residing in Jackson, PA.
Hi! My name is Reno. Im a beautiful, gray and white, four-year old neutered male Shepherd mix. Im also housebroken and have had some basic obedience training. With all that good news, Im sure there is that special someone to give me a wonderful home. Please come see me!
Im Sarah! Im a three-year old, spayed female German Shepherd mix. Like Reno, Im housebroken, too! Im such a sweet girl that I just know Ill make someone so happy. Please come and take a look.
Please come see us at the Susquehanna County Humane Society Shelter, in Montrose, (570) 2781228.
Following are the submitted Susquehanna Borough Police Reports from January, 2004.
TRAFFIC COMPLAINT / DUI
On January 4, at 2:55 a.m., two residents reported to Police several traffic violations occurred in the Borough in which a resident was forced off the road by another vehicle. Investigation by Police led to Bernard Smith of RD 3, Box 262A, Susquehanna. Assisted by the District Attorneys Office, Police have charged Smith with DUI / Resisting Arrest / and four other traffic offenses at District Justice 34-3-02.
On January 7, at 9:30 p.m., Aaron Benson of 416 W. Main St. reported his car to have been punched. Investigation led to find the suspect in which the matter was handled civilly.
FURNISHING ALCOHOL TO MINORS
Also on January 7, it was reported to Police of Katherine Shatinsky, 220 East Main St. serving alcohol to a minor on or around 4:30 p.m. Shatinsky was arrested and charged for Furnishing Alcohol to a Minor and has since pled guilty in front of District Justice 34-3-02.
On January 7, a juvenile reported to Police of being struck in the face by Jeff Wolfe of RR 2 Box # 326, Thompson in front of 900 Prospect St. Wolfe is charged with Harassment with 34-3-02.
On January 10 at 10:30 p.m. Police assisted Susquehanna Fire and EMS at Barnes Kasson Hospital in which a patient reported being in accident with a driver who was possibly at the Viaduct Inn or PJ Ohares. Investigation revealed to be unfounded.
HIT AND RUN
On January 13, DeMetro Perez of 702 West Main St. reported someone to have fled after striking the rear of his 91 Chevy Lumina at 7:15 p.m. Witnesses led Police to find Charles VanWinkle of RD 2, Box 739, Susquehanna who was involved. VanWinkle was charged for Damage to an Unattended Vehicle, Careless Driving and Driving without a License with District Justice 34-3-02.
PROWLING AT NIGHT TIME
On January 15 at 11:45 p.m., Connie White of 511 Prospect St. reported someone to have been prowling around her house and knocking on a window. Police suspect it was a juvenile from Oakland Borough.
On January 20 on or around 1:30 a.m. an alleged assault occurred to a Lee Slocum of Susquehanna, PA at the Hilltop Bar. Police have since charged Jeff Norton Sr. of Susquehanna, PA with Aggravated Assault, Simple Assault, Harassment, and Disorderly Conduct. Police are asking any witnesses to this incident that would like to come forward to contact Susq. Police at 853-3147.
On January 21, at 7:35 p.m., a Scott Nier of Thompson, PA reported that Terona Johnson of 617 Washington St. had damaged a window of his 1993 Eagle Talon. Investigation led Police to cite Johnson for Criminal Mischief with DJ 34-3-02.
HIT AND RUN
On January 22, Loretta Corse of Susquehanna reported that between 1 p.m. and 4:15 p.m., someone had hit the rear of her 1998 Honda Civic in the Barnes Kasson Hospital parking area. Police are asking anyone witnessing this event to contact them at 853-3147.
On January 27 at 8:15 p.m. Police found 2 juveniles on an ATV trespassing in the Reddon Park off of Prospect St. Police escorted juveniles to residence with no further incident.
Michael Robbs of 101 Willow St., Susquehanna reported an Oakland Borough resident harassing him in Susquehanna Borough on January 28. Police advised both parties to avoid each other.
Sometime on January 29 someone damaged the steps in front of 107 Erie Ave. Anyone with any information to this is asked to call Susquehanna Police at 853-3147.
Susquehanna Police would like the public to know that a successful community service program was implemented in the month of January. The program is for juveniles that have broken the law and is being used as an alternative to the Judicial System. This program is an addition to court ordered community service.
La Plume, PA In December, 2003, Commanders Jo-Ellen and Michael Greene, U. S. Navy (retired), donated a conservation easement on their 152-acre property in Thompson Township to the Countryside Conservancy. This beautiful property overlooks The Nature Conservancy's Florence Shelly Preserve.
The farm was originally purchased by Michael's parents in 1979. Over the years, the Greenes had seen the results of sprawl while living in many different areas of the country. They eventually decided that, in order to preserve this beautiful land for future generations to enjoy forever, a conservation easement was the perfect solution.
Half of the Greenes' property is in pasture and is currently being farmed. The rest is woodland, dominated by maples, hemlocks, beeches and other species. Smaller areas of forested wetland, wet meadow, shrub land and several man-made ponds complete the landscape mosaic.
The Greenes plan to continue to farm the property using environmentally sustainable methods. At the same time, they are committed to maintaining the forest and other habitats on site in a healthy condition as well as protecting the land's scenic values and those of its surroundings. A Forest Management Plan is already in place to ensure sustainable forestry in its woodlands.
The conservation easement on the Greenes' land is the Countryside Conservancy's first in Susquehanna County. "We are delighted to be able to help preserve this property, and we salute the Greenes for their foresight and commitment," commented the Conservancy's Executive Director, Mary Felley.
The Countryside Conservancy is a regional land trust dedicated to the preservation of open lands and natural resources in and near the Tunkhannock Creek watershed for the public benefit, now and for generations to come. Anyone interested in learning more about conservation easements and land preservation can contact the Countryside Conservancy at (570) 945-6995.
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