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The United Way of Susquehanna County has been up and running the last few years, and making a difference in our area. Under the direction of United Way President Joe Burke, the Board of Directors and you, the people that make all this happen, we have much to be proud of.
Chairman of the Board of Directors, Alice Deutsch stated, "There are 21 agencies that deliver some 40 programs to people throughout Susquehanna County. I should point out that only agencies that have a 501c3 status are eligible for funding and they apply each year to be considered for funding. A formula is applied to the information received and a determination made on eligibility and funding."
Pictured are sixth grade students and chaperones from Blue Ridge School during a visit to our State Capitol.
One of our member agencies Creative Adventures for Education provides a four-day educational field trip for the sixth grade students at Blue Ridge School. Currently the trip includes Gettysburg, PA, District of Columbia, Arlington and Mount Vernon, VA. Food, transportation, lodging, admissions, and first aid are provided. The student-to-chaperone ratio is four to one. In 2003, 88 students were provided with services, with projections for 2004 at 100 students, and 2005 at 100 students.
The mission of the organization is to provide all eligible students attending the Blue Ridge School District the opportunity to participate in various programs, lectures, and field trips which are intended to further their knowledge about, understanding of, and appreciation for our government. And, to encourage the use of suitable reading materials, such as books, newspapers, magazines and journals, or of other mediums such as television, radio, tapes, CDs and the Internet, to develop a keener interest in the workings of our governments and to study the development of our governments from the time of their inception through present day.
If you have questions regarding Creative Adventures for Education contact Thomas Chamberlain, at (570) 4653296 or write to: C.A.F.E., P.O. Box 431, 266 Main St., New Milford, PA 18834. If you would like information from United Way of Susquehanna County, you can contact them at 36 Lake Ave., Montrose, PA 18801, telephone (570) 2783868 or on the Internet at www.unitedwayofsusquehannacounty.org.
The family of Doug Heesh recently presented an American flag that was the pall on his casket to the Susquehanna Fire Dept. in his memory. Doug was the builder of the present Fire House. The flag was presented to President Nancy Culnane and Chief David Glidden by his grandson, Josh Hobbs (center). President Culnane stated that the flag will be permanently displayed in the fire house.
While making several visits throughout northeastern Pennsylvania the Secretary of Agriculture, Dennis Wolff stopped at the Susquehanna County Penn State Cooperative Extension Dairy Day event. Secretary Wolff visited with the Dairy Princess, Ambassadors and Maids about their involvement in the dairy industry. Pictured (l-r) are: Dairy Princess Shana Mack, Dairy Maid Karin Mowry, Ambassadors Amanda Miner and Abbey Puzo, Dairy Maids Lydia Carlin, Karley Mosier, Ashley Fuller and Ambassador Ashley Franklin.
U.S. State Senator Roger Madigan visited the Susquehanna County Penn State Cooperative Extension's Dairy Day held recently at the Elk Lake School. He is pictured here with Susquehanna County Dairy Royalty Ashley Franklin, Karley Mosier, County Dairy Princess Shana Mack, Abbey Puzo and Amanda Miner.
A long time Susquehanna resident recently returned with a surprise for the Susquehanna Fire Dept. Jim McGuane (left), a former resident, and 20 year member of the Fire Dept. attended the monthly meeting of the fire dept. and presented a check to President Nancy Culnane (center) and Chief David Glidden (right) for $1,000.00. Jim lives with his wife Helen in Beverly Hills, FL. Jim and Helen conducted a fund drive through the Knights of Columbus Council 6168 selling tickets for a Caribbean cruise. Remembering his home town Jim persuaded the Council to give the $1000. to the Fire Dept. Chief Glidden stated that the money is greatly appreciated and will be used to defray expenses in the purchase of the new fire engine.
Mr. and Mrs. James Russell, of Susquehanna are proud to announce the engagement of their daughter, Dawn to Mr. Kent Yavuz, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ed Yavuz, of Berwyn, PA.
The bride-to-be graduated from Susquehanna Community High School in 1999, and from Kutztown University where she earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Clinical and Counseling Psychology. She currently is an intensive case manager for the Childrens Division of Northwestern Human Services in Delaware County.
The prospective bridegroom graduated from Conestoga High School in 1999. He is a Support Engineer for Innovative Print and Media Group. Kent will graduate from Immaculata University, in June with a Bachelors Degree in Management Information Systems.
The couple is planning an August, 2004 wedding.
Hi! My name Molly! Im an eight-months to a year-old female. A bubbly and bouncy red and white hound mix with freckles on my legs. I just love everyone who comes to see me. No ones stopped yet, but I just know my special person or family will. Then, I know theyll love me because Im so much fun to be with. Please come and stop.
My name is Omar! Im a beautiful, eight-month old gray and white male who just cant stop purring! I purr even before you pick me up for a cuddle! What a wonderful companion I will make for that special someone. Please come and hug me and see me purr!
Please come see us at the Susquehanna County Humane Society Shelter, in Montrose, (570) 2781228.
It will never win a Pulitzer Price, but folks in Clifford Township are proud of The Clifford Newsletter and they have every right to be. While it is just a couple of years old, the Newsletter was recently awarded third place honors for its entry in the Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors Annual Township Citizen Communication Contest.
The Newsletter was chosen as third place winner in the Class Four Newsletters category which recognizes townships that have 2,500 or less population. A certificate presented to the township notes that the award is for "outstanding efforts and achievements in citizen communication."
The Clifford Township Newsletter is the brainchild of the Clifford Township Emergency Services Committee (ESC). Jay Lynch, who was the ESC chairman at the time, said the first edition was published and mailed to township residents in July 2002. To date, there have been just four editions of the Newsletter.
John Regan, chairman of the Board of Township Supervisors, was ecstatic over the award.
"Not bad when you consider our Newsletter had published only three editions when we submitted it," he said. "I am happy and very proud of the committee and the people who put the Newsletter together." Mr. Regan was vice chairman of ESC when the first edition of the Newsletter was published.
Mr. Lynch said the first edition featured articles relating to the volunteer fire company; the township supervisors; important telephone numbers; and, the objectives of the Emergency Services Committee.
"We found out that people did not know what was going on in the township," Mr. Lynch said. "For instance, they were not aware that the fire company needed help. So we put the Newsletter together to make people aware."
Mr. Lynch said Karen Harmer put the first Newsletter together. At the time, Mrs. Harmer was secretary of the ESC and Mr. Lynch was chairman. Others who have since become involved with the Newsletter include Sherri Swetter and Sally Fischback. The township supervisors paid the printing and mailing costs.
Mr. Lynch said the most recent edition of the Newsletter featured some advertising sponsors to help pay the expenses. At the present time, the Newsletter is published twice a year.
Not long after it was started, the ESC was contacted by other civic-minded groups who were involved in community-wide projects. And as the ESC became more diversified, the need for a name change was imminent. The end result was the rebirth of the group and it was christened the Clifford Township Community Alliance.
Besides community-wide projects, such as dotting Main Street with American Flags and Christmas decorations, members of the Alliance also assist the township supervisors with projects. For example, Griff Reynolds has assisted the township with its grant application for funds to put a new roof on the municipal building. He has also prepared the specifications for the roof.
At the present time, the Alliance is planning for the townships annual Spring cleanup.
Clifford Township homeowners enjoy one of the lowest municipal real estate tax rates in the state. Some of the credit for it can be traced to township residents who eagerly step forward to help the community whenever their assistance is needed.
The Susquehanna County Farm Bureau announces the availability of three scholarships, worth $600.00 each for teachers interested in attending "Ag in the Classroom" teacher workshops. This years workshops will be held at Penn State, State College, July 18-23 and at Delaware Valley College, Doylestown, August 1-6.
Teachers attending these workshops spend time with interactive classroom activities, tour farms, agricultural production facilities and research labs with the goal of learning about agriculture from the source to the consumer. Teachers are given hands-on, ready lesson plans that fit and meet state standards, along with lots of ideas and support materials for fun classroom activities. All grades, K-12, are covered as well as information on agricultural careers. The workshop carries 60 hours certification for Act 48, with 2 or 3 graduate credits (your cost) or IU in-service credits (your cost).
Any teacher interested in either workshop may contact Ginny Wright, at 2783924 locally or PA Farm Bureau (717) 7612740 for further information or for a teacher registration form. Registration deadline is April 30, 2004.
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