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Not only was it "Joans Night" with her entire family present, children, grandchildren, relatives, friends, it was a night Joan (Langan) Hurley, will remember the rest of her life.
The affair could have been called "the Hurley Clan Gets Together to Honor the Matriarch." All of the Hurleys at least 15 sat at the head table, with the grandchildren having "a great time" at a table of their own.
Jesse Gow, Post 86 finance officer served as Master of Ceremonies. Paying tribute to Joan for her outstanding service, not only to the Barnes-Kasson Hospital, but also to all of the patients that were in her care, were: Commander Peter Janicelli, First Vice Joseph Bucci; Trustees, Tom Hurley and Charles Aliano, along with Dr. Warren DeWitt, James Hurley, Mayor Nancy Hurley, Hospital Administrator Sally Iveson and County Transcript columnist, Lou Parrillo.
After being presented several gifts, that included an American Legion Wrist Watch, a Proclamation Plaque from the County Commissioners, a Certificate of Appreciation from Susquehanna Borough Council, and a Certificate of Appreciation from the Officers and Members of AL Post 86, Joan took to the "Podium" with a standing ovation. She thanked all for gifts, etc., and proceeded to tell "tales" of her service as a nurse for 36-some years.
It was a "Hurley Night" without a doubt. Jimmy Hurley, Joans son, took to the microphone to introduce the Hurley clan.
All in all, it was a "Great Night For Joan." You are not just honored because you are a "so and so," its because (you, Joan) have earned it through your dedication to the nursing and healing profession, not only that "you deserved it." (So, Joan, enjoy the accolades!)
Needless to say the Legion Hall was filled to capacity. The hall was beautifully decorated with balloons and ribbons by Mary Gow, Candy Kuiper, LeAnn Holly.
No doubt, it must have been a grand feeling, not only to be honored by an American Legion Post, but to have her (Joan) entire family present to share her honor.
So as the program read: American Legion Post 86 honors Joan Hurley "for a lifetime of service to our community."
The Susquehanna County Conservation District held its annual seedling sale April 17, at the Montrose Fire Hall. Conservation District staff, District Directors, and staff from USDA-NRCS provided the workforce for this years event which has been in place for many years.
Profit from this event is used for environmental education materials which are used for Susquehanna County youth.
Please come see us at the Susquehanna County Humane Society Shelter, in Montrose, (570) 2781228.
The American Legion Post 357 has rechartered with the Scouts of Hallstead and Great Bend. The Legion has sponsored the Boy Scouts for many years. The money they give the boys pays for their memberships, their Boys Life magazines, and for their groups insurance. Pictured above is Legion Commander Rick Rood, giving Mrs. Hinkley a check for the Cub Scouts and Troop 89. Mrs. Hinkley is the Cubmaster of Pack 91, of Hallstead and Troop 89, of Great Bend is being represented by Senior Patrol Leader, Tim Latz (far right). Mr. Jack Ord (left) is the Unit Commissioner for both groups. He makes sure the groups get their charter in to the Baden-Powell Boy Scout Council. The boys extend their deepest appreciation for the Legions support; if it were not for their organization, the boys would not be able to function successfully. Anyone wishing information about joining Boy Scouts should call Kathleen Hinkley, at 8794441 or Ron Latz, at 4657498.
The Library's Hobby Day/Auction Night was held on Saturday, April 24. Attendance was down at Hobby Day (the 13th year), but the Auction's sixth year was record-setting! Over 100 people enjoyed a delicious dinner, bid on a wide variety of items, and raised $8,000 for the Susquehanna County Historical Society & Free Library Association.
From 3 to 5p.m. at the library, interested visitors explored different hobbies and activities. Al Schack demonstrated his antique, foot-powered scroll saw. Bob Smith used the technique of paint graining to decorate a wooden trunk. Stephen Janoski and Jacob Horn showed spectators the basics of fencing and livened up the library lawn with some spirited swordplay.
In the Children's Room, Chris Lathrop demonstrated watercolor art, painting a bunch of daffodils as spectators watched. Ellen O'Malley brought orchids she has grown and answered questions about their care. Sarah Horn and a friend helped kids and adults make simple but cute designs on cupcakes, while Donna Horn showed how to make bookworm bookmarks at the Kid Craft table.
In the Reference Room, Connie Stevens turned glass rods into amazing beads in front of an admiring crowd, and Diane Grick demonstrated her craft of creating beautiful, cuddly teddy bears.
On the second floor, home of the Historical Society and museum, Curator Betty Smith and Assistant Curator Debra Adleman showed how to use the many Historical Society resources to trace your family tree. Civil War re-enactor Brian Swartz answered questions about what the soldiers ate and how they camped. Dawn Augenti demonstrated the craft of drying flowers and creating beautiful art from the results. Hilary Caws-Elwitt helped visitors try their hand at egg art, using wax and dye to create colorful patterns.
As Hobby Day ended, the Auction began! The doors of the Fire Hall opened at 5 p.m. and guests began enjoying the huge variety of delicious food donated by local businesses. By the time bidding began, it was standing room only!
Organizer Anna Ruegner had been preparing for many months, requesting items from local businesses, artists and craftspeople, and the selection was outstanding. Dave Coddington's masterful auctioneering kept the excitement high and the audience in stitches, as he teased and encouraged people to "dig deep" for a good cause. The enthusiastic audience snapped up every item, including two vacation stays in the Outer Banks, a hot-air balloon ride for two, native and exotic hardwood lumber, amazing baskets, lovely art, furniture, and crafts, and delicious baked goods. A wide array of door prizes made the lucky winners happy.
The evening, supported by the Montrose Rotary Club, raised over $8000 for the Susquehanna County Historical Society & Free Library Association. "This is by far the record for this event, and we want to express our thanks to everyone who made it possible!" said Administrator/Librarian Susan Stone. "In these times of state budget cuts, it's heartening to feel the incredible support from the community that is reflected in Hobby Day/Auction Night."
The United Way of Susquehanna County continues "Making a Difference." Chairman of the Board of Directors, Alice Deutsch is committed to keeping the public informed about the types of programming being delivered because of your generosity in supporting your United Way.
One agency, providing human service programming, selected for funding this year by the United Way is the Baden Powell Boy Scouts. More specifically, it is funded for youth development programming for boys, ages 7-12 and girls, ages 14-21. Programs include Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, and Exploring/Learning for Life.
Be prepared we have all heard this phrase and associate it with the Boy Scouts. But what does it mean to be prepared? The mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law. Scout Oath: On my honor, I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country, and to obey the Scout Law, to help other people at all times, to keep myself physically strong, mentally awake and morally straight. Scout Law: A Scout is Trustworthy, Helpful, Courteous, Obedient, Thrifty, Clean, Loyal, Friendly, Kind, Cheerful, Brave and Reverent.
District Executive Jon Ames, of Susquehanna County's Delahanna District of Baden Powell Council #368, works with Chairman Bob McNamara and Commissioner Gene Trowbridge in servicing our county. The organization provides young people with the skills and moral integrity to be successful in life. Cub Scouting encourages strong family relationships while developing good social skills. Boy Scouting introduces the patrol concept, where groups of boys learn self-direction with less parental involvement. Exploring and Venturing offer career experience combined with high adventure and leadership training. Through experiences gained at every level of development, youth are equipped with a solid foundation of values and a rich experience in life skills.
Thanks to you, it is all happening for our youth. For more information regarding the Boy Scouts call 1-877-674-8876. For more information regarding the United Way of Susquehanna County, contact Joe Burke at 36 Lake Avenue, Montrose PA 18801, (570) 278-3868.
Take a look around and youll see animals everywhere. And now is a perfect time to make the world a better place for the nations chirping, barking, meowing and mooing friends! Help the Dessin Animal Shelter celebrate the 89th annual Be Kind to Animals Week, May 2 to 8!
Be Kind to Animals Week is the perfect time to demonstrate this years theme, "Kindness Through Action" and take an active role on behalf of animals everywhere.
"Be Kind to Animals Week represents a wonderful tradition of celebrating and respecting animals," says Susan Frisch, Dessin Shelter Manager. "This week is a time to reflect on the happiness and joy these companions bring to our lives. Visit the Dessin Animal Shelter and help us make this unique occasion a success."
In honor of this week, The Dessin Animal Shelter, located at 138 Miller Drive, Behind the Wayne County Fairgrounds wants all families to spend more time appreciating their companion animals.
For more information call the shelter at (570) 253-4037.
Combining people from the many walks of life and across the market area, Peoples National Bank has established its new Advisory Boards for 2004. Bringing together business owners and professionals to discuss what is happening in the local communities, as well as what PNB can do to help, is the prime the purpose of the meetings. Board members also offer opinions on the products and services that PNB has to offer and how they can be enhanced to better serve the customers. Working together on common issues gives both sides a more informed position to improve the local area.
For the Susquehanna County Regional Advisory Board, returning members include Jim Considine, Larry Coy, Mike Dopko, Tom Edmister, John Gage, Dennis Maloney, Doug Overfield, David Passetti, Craig Reimel, Todd Schmidt, Andy Sienko and Bob Woosman. New members comprise of Jill Aldrich, Roger Batzel, Wendy MacDonald Dudley, Rick Golding, Kim Hollister, Willis Smith, Bronson Stone and Sue Stone. The Wyoming County Regional Advisory Board consists of Eric Brown, John Bunnell, Lynn Butler, Alice Davis, Pat Furneaux, Bill Irion, Richard Jerauld, Tom Kukuchka, Bob Lizza, Shirley Masters, Scott Muller, Mary Lou Swank, Curtis N. Stevens, Richard Williams and Kay Wilson. New members joining the team in Wyoming County are Ann Henry, John Kwiatkowski, Hildy Stevens Morgan, Mark Stanley, and Glen Werkheiser.
North Jackson Ag
North Jackson Ags second meeting was held on the evening of April 3rd at seven oclock. The Pavelskis were kind enough to once again let the club members use their barn as a meeting place. Abby Onyon began the meeting by calling on volunteers to lead the club with the American and 4-H pledges. Abby then brought up some old business that needed to be addressed. She reminded the 4-Hers to bring in their candy money. She summarized the last meeting and what went on there.
Then the club began their annual election of club officers. Abby started with reminding the club of the past years officers. Then she organized a vote for Club President; she was voted Club president. Katie Onyon was elected the clubs Vice-President. The clubs new Secretary would be Holly Carey. Tim Carey would be the new club Treasurer. Kaitlin Flor was elected the Club News Reporter. Tara Flor and Jess Sartell will take on the role of Historian. And a few of the clubs new song and game leaders are Shawn Carey, Jonathan Onyon, and Maria Preston. The club had all its club officers picked for the 2004 4H year.
Then Abby continued with some New Business. There will be an upcoming Alpaca show. There was one demonstration given. Ashlee Lattner gave a very nice demonstration on "Care of the Newborn". She explained how to care for newborn puppies and also sheep. Before the meeting was adjourned, Abby reminded all club members that the next club meeting would be held on May 8 at three oclock. Also there will be a bowling party before the meeting starting at twelve oclock at the bowling alley in Great Bend.
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