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The Foster Grandparents have been busy this past month! At a recent monthly in-service meeting they heard Dr. Nathan Feldman talk about bone density, osteoporosis, prevention of falls, and the importance of nutrition and assuring that calcium and vitamin D are in their diets. After lunch, Anna DAndrea, director of the Self-Discovery Wellness Arts Center, in Montrose, spoke of each persons inner motivation towards wholeness, wellness, and health through body/mind/soul/spirit, self-awareness and integration. Everyone felt great after participating in a mini yoga class.
On April 14, sixty two Foster Grandparents from Bradford, Sullivan, Susquehanna, and Tioga Counties were recognized for the 45,990 hours they gave special needs children in 2003. Site staffs, county commissioners, and staff from the Corporation for National Community Services in Philadelphia, and the Area Agency on Aging were present to honor their efforts and time. They enjoyed a delicious luncheon and socialization at the Troy Fire Hall in Troy, PA
The Foster Grandparent Program for the counties of Bradford, Sullivan, Susquehanna, and Tioga has been successful in touching the hearts and lives of "Grandmas and Grandpas" as well as of the children they spend time with. The program offers the appreciation that older people have wisdom, experiences, and love to share with younger recipients, who not only need it, but also actually welcome it.
The program provides meaningful and challenging volunteer opportunities for adults 60 years of age and older, who meet certain income eligibility requirements to earn tax free spending money, which will not affect their eligibility for other income eligible programs that they may be entitled to receive. Other benefits include travel reimbursement, a daily meal, paid holidays, vacation and sick days, an annual physical, and insurance coverage while being a foster grandparent.
South Gibson Postmaster James Shea (pictured) was recently honored with a 25-year federal service pin and a letter of appreciation from District Manager Edward Burke. The letter stated that, "Over the past 25 years Jim has encountered many changes and has adapted and been a dependable asset to the Postal Service and the customers which he serves." Mr. Burke also thanked Jim for his part "in making the USPS a truly service-oriented organization." Congratulate Jim on his accomplishment on your next visit to the South Gibson Post Office.
Susquehanna rural letter carrier Charles Colwell (left) was recently presented with a 35-year federal service pin and a letter of appreciation from Postmaster Roger Stonier (right). The letter was from District Manager Edward Burke and stated that, "Over the past 35 years Charlie has encountered many changes which required adaptation. Charlie has been a dependable asset to the Postal Service and the customers which he serves." Mr. Burke also thanked Charlie for his part "in making the USPS a truly service oriented organization." When you see Charlie making his rounds, congratulate him on his accomplishment and the service which he provides.
Please come see us at the Susquehanna County Humane Society Shelter, in Montrose, (570) 2781228.
Recently, I did an assembly for the seventh and eighth grade students at Mt. View High School. I decided to do this assembly for my fellow students as part of my graduation project because I felt that even the older students needed to be aware of the farming crisis and what a Dairy Princess is and does. Many of my fellow classmates have asked me this past year, "What do you do?"
A graduation project at our school is a project that the whole school participates in. When you are a freshman you start to decide on what you would like to do for your project, as a sophomore you write a research paper about your project and as a junior and senior you develop a final project and defend it in front of a group of teachers.
I thought that it would be interesting if I tied my project in with being a Dairy Princess. Why not kill two birds with one stone? I was able to develop a final project to defend but also do my job as Dairy Princess by promoting the dairy industry. After being advised by my vice-principal, Ms. Vagni and my mentor, Mrs. Jackson I decided to present my assembly to the seventh and eighth grade students.
Dairy Princess Shana Mack is pictured with her parents and six (of her seven) brothers.
During my assembly I talked about how farmers are being paid the same amount of money now as they were being paid to produce milk in 1979; yet pay 2004 prices for everything they need to produce their product. I also talked about the importance of the dairy industry in our economy. I explained Dairy Princess work with the American Dairy Association and Dairy Council and Dairy Management Incorporated and how being a Dairy Princess you are a spokesperson who works to increase the demand for U.S. produced dairy products on behalf of the American dairy farmers. I talked about the importance of dairy products in your diet and how 75% of people are not getting enough calcium. I was able to talk about osteoporosis and had a display about the nine key nutrients that fuel our body. I made students aware of lactose intolerance and how you can still consume dairy products even when you are lactose intolerant. I told the students about the Real Seal and the new 3-A-Day campaign.
To make things a little interesting I held a "mix it with milk" where five lucky students got to come up and mix jello flavors with their milk to make their own flavored milk and then they had to drink it all. I believe they enjoyed that, especially when they found out that they got prize bags.
I chose to end my assembly with a video called, "So God Made a Farmer" and dedicated my assembly to my parents, especially my Father who took the time out of working on the farm to come and support me by watching my assembly.
I enjoyed doing the assembly and hope that my fellow students learned during it and will pass the information on to their family and friends.
Paws & Tails
On March 27, the meeting of Paws and Tails 4-H Club began at 7:00 p.m., with 27 members present. 4-H leader, Ann Vitale began by taking roll and then tested everyones skills by showing us a few of the grooming tools spoke about at the last meeting.
Next, new members introduced themselves by telling a little bit about their dog. Then everyone got to know each other by getting in groups to speak about different kinds of dog collars that are used for training. After everyone met, Monica Turner, vice-president last year, suggested we vote on new officers.
Monica then led the voting and began with president. Monica was nominated and she accepted her nomination. Jenn Young was also nominated, but she declined. Monica was unanimously voted into office.
Second, vice-president was voted for. Hilary Clarke was the only one nominated. She accepted and was unanimously voted in. Nominations were then open for secretary. Gillian Clarke, Ashley Johnson, Kim Farr, and Sara were all nominated but only Kim accepted. Again, she was unanimously voted into office. Fourth, Jenn Young was voted into office unanimously as treasurer.
Last, the nomination was open for news reporter. Ashley Johnson, Caroline Jones, Kim Far, Alexis, and Megan Clough were nominated and accepted. Stacey Badger and Sara were also nominated, but declined. This was then voted on. Caroline Jones, Ashley Johnson, and Megan Clough were voted into office.
The last order of business was dues. Jenn Young opened the floor to options of paying dues or not. It was decided to pay dues so the floor was open to ideas of what to pay. It was decided that every week a member attended they would pay $0.50 and $0.25 for each additional child in a family.
Everyone then had snack and the meeting was adjourned at 8:30.
News Reporter: Megan Clough
North Jackson Ag
The horse kids of North Jackson 4-H Ag held their meeting on April 4. The meeting was opened by President Megan Carey. Maria Preston gave the Secretarys report and Emily Walker gave the treasurers report.
The hoagie sale was discussed.
A reminder of clinic dates and registration dates was given out. A reminder of 4-H enrollment and horse enrollment was given.
A date was set for the club trail ride, leaving Sue Cronks at 10:30 on May 2.
We broke up and the older kids helped the younger and newer kids with their books. We also went over some fun sheets.
Our next meeting will be May 16, 1:30 p.m. at B.J. Careys. Please bring your books so that they can be signed and ready for the fair.
Amanda and Ashley Boman will be bringing the snacks for the next meeting. Angela and Rachel Turner will bring drinks.
If you are interested in joining 4-H, or becoming a volunteer contact the Susquehanna County 4-H program at (570) 278-1158 or Penn State Cooperative Extension, 31 Public Avenue, Montrose, PA 18801.
Harford, Pennsylvania based Liberty Travel Plazas and Petroleum Distributors announce the merger of their Heating Oil Division, Bargain Oil Company with Airline Petroleum Company, effective immediately. Airline Petroleum will take over servicing the fuel needs of Bargain Oil Company customers.
Bargain Oil Company served a wide range of residential and commercial customers in Susquehanna, Lackawanna and Wyoming Counties. Nicholson based Airline Petroleum Company has been in business since 1936 and is one of the largest oil companies in the area.
Liberty Travel Plazas and Petroleum Distributors will continue their other business operations, which include travel plazas, gas stations, C-stores, restaurants, wholesale distribution of Exxon gasoline and other fuels.
Many Susquehanna County Township Supervisors attended the 82nd annual State Convention of the Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors, April 18-21 at the Hershey Lodge and Convention Center.
More than 4,700 township officials, exhibitors, and guests participated in the four-day event.
The purpose of the annual convention is to provide township officials with information to help them better serve their constituents and to give them an opportunity to exchange ideas on important local government issues.
President George W. Bush delivered a 45-minute address to a packed house at Monday afternoons general session. Bush spoke on the critical role local government officials have in the democratic process and commended supervisors across the state for their commitment to public service.
Other notable speakers included US Senator Arlen Specter; Allen Frischkorn, executive director of the National Association of Towns and Townships; Kenneth Klothen, executive director of the Governors Center for Local Government Services; Dennis Yablonsky, secretary of the state Department of Community and Economic Development; Kathleen McGinty, secretary of the state Department of Environmental Protection; Allen Biehler, secretary of the state Department of Transportation; Michael DiBerardinis, secretary of the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources; and Dennis Wolff, secretary of the state Department of Agriculture.
During the conventions business session, delegates adopted resolutions establishing the official policy of the state association. These resolutions will serve as guidelines for the association in pursuing legislation and regulations favorable to townships.
Pennsylvania's 1,456 townships of the second class represent more than one-third of the states population and make up the largest percentage of the four types of municipal government in the Commonwealth.
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