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At their May 5 meeting, members of the Susquehanna County Tourism Committee presented the Susquehanna County Commissioners with copies of the recently completed county tourism map . The map also provides a list of non-profit attractions throughout the county along with lodging facilities. County tourism related businesses and services shops, dining places, and campgrounds were contacted to purchase a listing on the map. The map will be distributed from county lodgings and businesses listed on the map. Additional businesses wishing to obtain copies of the map for distribution may contact the Susquehanna County Department of Economic Development at (570) 278-4600, ext. 558 to make arrangements to pick up copies of the map.
Committee members pictured (l-r) are: Elizabeth Janoski, Al Aronowitz, Commissioner Jeff Loomis (seated), Lee Brown, Commissioner Roberta Kelly (seated), Kim Ross, and Michele Suchnick.
The committee also created a logo for Susquehanna County Tourism publications and efforts and partnered with Elk Mountain Ski Resort to purchase ad space on the back cover of the 2004 Endless Mountains Visitors Guide. Members of the Susquehanna County Tourism Committee are drawn from the countys tourism industry and include Michele Suchnick, Chair; Kim Ross, Vice-Chair; Elizabeth Janoski, Secretary-Treasurer; Alan Aronowitz, Sue Fitch, and Lee Brown. The committee meets bi-monthly on the first Wednesday at the Colonial Brick Motel, at 10 a .m. The committees next meeting will be July 3, 2004.
Susquehanna Branch Library raffle winner, Ann Marie Leber, accepts a gift basket donated by Haiti and Nancy Narma. Proceeds of the raffle benefit the local branch library.
Please come see us at the Susquehanna County Humane Society Shelter, in Montrose, (570) 2781228.
Lawsville Grange #1455 would like to thank everyone who donated or participated in the Susquehanna County Big Brother Big Sister bowl-a-thon. With your help, they raised over $1,100.00. Pictured are members of the Lawsville Grange that participated.
To honor the memory of Lovina Holofchak, an employee of the Penguin Group, her co-workers, Jean Smith, Linda Canfield, Melody Robinson, along with employees of the second shift at the Penguin Group, started a fund drive to benefit foster children in Susquehanna County. The Penguin Group employees recently presented a generous donation of $770 to Susquehanna County Services for Children and Youth.
Lovina and her husband, Walter were foster parents to many neglected and abused children. Meeting the needs of neglected and abused children was a cause that was so near and dear to her heart. Her fellow employees will fondly remember her.
The Sizzlin Steaks 4-H Club met recently at the Mitchells. Certificates of Completion were handed out from last year. We held elections and this year Aaron Phillips will serve as President, Chrissy Zick as Vice President and John Corbin as the Treasurer.
Minutes were read from the previous meeting. Friday night we will have a litter pickup and then a meeting at Zicks. At the May meeting we will be doing our rocketry projects.
Call Mrs. Mitchell at 434-2716 with piglets choice and she will get books for the next meeting. All members are reminded to bring in registration forms and enrollments fees at the next meeting.
Meeting was adjourned.
On Saturday, April 24, over 200 Barnes-Kasson Senior Services volunteers attended a recognition dinner held at the Montrose Bible Conference. The purpose of the dinner was to thank the volunteers and recognize their contributions for working a total of 18,286 hours from July 1, 2003 to April 24, 2004.
A delicious plate served roast beef dinner was prepared and served by the Montrose Bible Conference kitchen and dining room workers. The Volunteer Coordinator, Debbi Birchard, and Program Director, Grace Magill offered the "welcome" and their gratitude to all of the volunteers for their dedication and hard work.
Pastor Mark Wyman, Friendly Visitor volunteer from Thompson, offered the Blessing.
Honored guests present were Mrs. Marlea Hoyt, Deputy Director of Bradford, Sullivan, Susquehanna and Tioga Counties Area Agency on Aging and county commissioners Mr. Jeff Loomis and Mrs. Roberta Kelly.
The Susquehanna County Area Agency on Aging Advisory Council members were introduced and recognized.
Administrative Assistant, June Ochse was acknowledged as well as the center managers who work hard to keep a friendly and active atmosphere at the six senior centers.
The center managers conveyed thanks to their center volunteers and home-delivery drivers. The center managers present were: Betty Kegelman from Blue Ridge Senior Center, Ronnie Striefsky from Forest City Senior Center, Marsha Testa from Lanesboro/Susquehanna Senior Center, Kelly Allen from Lawton Senior Center, Ed Collins from Lenoxville Senior Center, Kate Snedaker from Montrose Senior Center.
Diane Medlar, Barnes-Kasson Transportation Director, accompanied by Joe Fisher playing the guitar, recognized her volunteer drivers by singing a beautiful song to them.
Other volunteers recognized through Barnes-Kasson Senior Services and Area Agency on Aging volunteer program were: friendly visitors, telephone reassurance callers, Apprise counselors, ombudsman volunteers Peppi volunteers, foster grandparents, Tri-County Human Services volunteers and special volunteer Helen Russiawa.
Many thanks were extended to everyone who helped make the recognition dinner a success.
Do you realize that April is all over, and we had the beginnings of our annual "Spring Spectacular." Yes, the greening of the grass, the show of early spring flowers, like crocus and snowdrops, even a few daffodils; the budding of the leaves, the return of the robins and other colorful birds. All this makes up our annual spring spectacular. Now let me tell you what happened at the center.
First of all many of us attended the annual Volunteer Recognition Dinner held at the Montrose Bible Conference Dining Hall. It was a beautiful day, sunshine and a soft breeze, everyone was in a festive mood, and the hall was filled to overflowing. We were welcomed by our new Volunteer Coordinator, Debbi Birchard. After the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag was repeated, everyone sang "God Bless America." Invocation by Pastor Mark Wyman, then lunch was served. We enjoyed a delicious roast beef lunch served by the Montrose Bible Conference workers. Many people were introduced and each of the Senior Center Managers spoke briefly, some lucky people got to take home pots of African Violets - as they were the door prizes. Judy Collins, our former coordinator was presented with a lovely floral arrangement. A young man with a beautiful voice, namely Hayden Brunges, entertained us with some vocal selections. It was a wonderful way to spend an afternoon, everyone went away happy.
We had a trip to Maloney's on one of our brown bag days. Everyone likes going out to eat, and we always have a good lunch and a great time at Maloneys. There were quite a few out and we all had a good time.
A number of speakers this month. Mary Jayne Westbrook spoke about health care proxies and living wills. We should all have one, that is the only way "Our wishes" can be carried out. Then Chris Bonacci of the Forest City Care Home told us about ways to prevent falls, and finally we had a very interesting program presented by Christina Carter regarding older person and alcohol abuse.
Our second Brown Bag Day was spent at the center, with home made rolls and soup. Yes Italian Bean Soup and some kind of veggie soup and those wonderful home made rolls made by Mary White. Thanks to all who cooked, served and in any way made this a pleasant afternoon.
Many April Birthdays: on the first of the month, Goldie Small celebrated and following her were Jim Bender, Don Ritner, Ruth Button, Maxine Cramer, Doris Florence (she's 87), Helen Elbrecht, Ed Krayeski, Irma Bender and finally Gerry Munson. One day there was Birthday cake and the singing of the birthday song. So Happy Birthday to all and many more.
We continue with our exercises, in fact we are getting so many out that we are needing more room. Also many play dominoes and cards, Vonnies comes in and takes our blood pressure. We are always busy. So come on out and join us, we miss you. Take care.
The B/S/S/T Area Agency on Agings Elder Abuse Awareness Project, funded by a grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Aging, is focusing on the problem of financial exploitation of older citizens.
Here are some tips for Seniors on how to avoid becoming the victim of financial exploitation or fraud:
Never sign anything under pressure from anyone, including family. You should always be given the options of getting more information, consulting others, or having more time to think about whether you should sign something. Never sign anything unless you fully understand and agree to all provisions in a document or paper.
Dont hire a stranger without interviewing him/her and carefully checking references.
Never pay money up front, especially for a job which has not been completed.
Never give out personal information like your Social Security Number, your credit card number, or your bank account number under any circumstances over the phone. Never give this information out at all unless you have initiated the contact and youre sure you know who youre dealing with.
Be sure to consult an attorney about long term care planning, including Durable Power of Attorney information and options.
If you have a concern that you may be a victim of financial exploitation or fraud, contact your local police. Consumer complaints should be filed with the Bureau of Consumer Protection at 1-800-441-2555.
For more information in the counties of Bradford, Sullivan, Susquehanna, and Tioga, call the B/S/S/T Area Agency on Aging at 1-800-982-4346.
Peoples National Bank is pleased to announce the addition of Mrs. Kellyanne Truesdale to its Commercial Services Department. Kellyanne will be responsible for Commercial Business Development within the Broome County market. She brings nine years of sales and service experience to the local banking network.
Kellyanne began her career as an Insurance Underwriter, and then Agent. Her affiliations include Animal Care Council, the Humane Society and she is quite active in area school districts with after prom parties and Students Against Drunk Drivers, to name a few. Mrs. Truesdale is currently attending Excelsior College, in pursuit of her Bachelors Degree in Risk Management Insurance.
New Milford, PA Diagnostic Testing Centers of America (DTCA) announced the opening of a new, state-of-the-art neurodiagnostic testing center at RR 2 Box 110A-5, in cooperation with Dr. Glendon C. Summers. DTCA enables a national network of physician practices to provide precision, on-site diagnostic testing services.
Dr. Summers, a chiropractic physician serving patients for over eight years, has recently affiliated with DTCA. The doctor will be on-site to monitor the quality of testing services. "I am very glad to have my practice become an affiliate of the DTCA network," stated Dr. Summers. "This will enable me to offer more in-depth diagnostic services to my patients and the community."
Dr. Summers advised that people who suffer from symptoms such as neck pain, weakness or numbness in the extremities, radiating pain, and lower back pain often can benefit from diagnostic testing to determine the cause of discomfort. The chiropractic physician uses this information to locate and help alleviate interference with the bodys natural state of being healthy. Having DTCAs diagnostic testing center on-site offers individuals who suffer from pain an easily accessible resource for accurately diagnosing illnesses or injuries that may have gone untreated.
Harrisburg Rep. Sandra Major (R-Wayne, Susquehanna and Wyoming) will conduct office hours at the Preston Township Building in Lakewood, from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 13.
"I encourage citizens who may be encountering problems with state government or want to discuss legislative issues to visit the township building at that time," said Major.
Major said copies of a booklet designed to help citizens protect themselves from identity theft will be available during the office hours.
The township building is on the Crosstown Highway (Route 370).
Major's 111th District includes Buckingham, Lebanon, Manchester, Mount Pleasant, Oregon, Scott and Preston Townships, part of Clinton Township and the borough of Starrucca in Wayne County.
Constituents in Wayne County also are encouraged to contact her district office on Route 706, Lake Montrose, RR 7 Box 7186, Montrose, PA, 18801. The telephone number is (570) 278-3374. The toll-free number is 1-800-418-5048.
As of April 29, the Susquehanna Community Development Association office reopened. Office hours are Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., Main Street (next to the Town Restaurant).
Bricks are on sale for "The Memory Walk" along Main Street. There will be four bluestone cornerstones and twenty bricks placed around each of the twenty-seven light poles. All cornerstones have been purchased, however, bricks are still available.
They are also taking orders for the Sesquicentennial Book. They need 300 pre-orders, so if interested call 8534921 and your name will be put on the list. If the office is closed, you may call Joyce Mallery-Finch at 8535011.
The Executive Board of the Susquehanna Chapter of PASR held a meeting on April 20, at Green Gables in New Milford, with nine members in attendance. President Ruth Roman conducted the meeting, the first one in her biennium as president.
The agenda: (1) The importance of supporting the re-election of Sally Turley to the PSERS Board. (2) The completion of membership lists according to school districts. (3) A discussion about establishing a chapter newsletter - quarterly. (4) Selection of the date for a membership meeting in June of this year. (5) Discussion of sites for a RECREO bus trip for members in 2005. (6) Decision of the amount of the increase in dues, effective July 1. (7) Reports from chapter chairmen of standing committees. (8) Discussion of ways of raising money for annual scholarships.
PASR Regional Meeting
A meeting of PASR members was held at Genettis in Wilkes-Barre on April 27, with an attendance of approximately 70. The meeting was called to order by Director Leroy Spoor, and was opened with a patriotic song and flag salute, led by Hendrick Marr of Susquehanna County. An invocation was then given by Miss Joan Peters.
Dr. Frank Chopko introduced those at the head table. The minutes of the October, 2003 meeting were available to each member and were accepted.
Director Leroy Spoor gave a report, following which the committee members from each area met at separate tables and discussed the important items of each committee. Then the general group was called to order again, and reports were given by the chairman of each committee. Treasurer Gerry Glaser gave a report, after which Leroy Spoor gave information about the convention in 2005.
State officers were called upon for remarks: State Vice President Ureneus Kirkwood; State Assistant Treasurer John Nye; Past State President Geraldine Hourigan; and State Community Service Chairman Joan Peters.
A delicious dinner was enjoyed by the members, after which the business meeting was called to order again for the afternoon program, which was given by Richard Rowland, Executive Director of PASR.
He gave an excellent talk on current issues of interest to all retired school employees. First he gave an update on the recent Medicare legislation and how it will affect the state membership. He suggested that present members urge new retirees to join the local and state organizations.
Mr. Rowland also spoke about possible changes in payment for prescription drugs, and other Medicare items and legislative possibilities. He answered a number of questions from the members.
After this excellent presentation, the meeting was adjourned, with printed announcements for future meetings: Region 3 picnic at Frances Slocum State Park on July 22; the PASR Convention at Willow Valley in Lancaster, with Region 4 as host, September 26 through 29; and the next Region 3 meeting at Genettis in Wilkes-Barre in October, all these during the current year.
Harrisburg The Susquehanna River Basin Commission (SRBC) announced its new Susquehanna Map Package program. Through fall 2005, SRBC will produce, at no charge, customized map packages for up to 50 eligible groups, to enhance their work in watershed planning. Eligible groups include watershed organizations, lake associations and county conservation districts in the Pennsylvania portion of the Susquehanna River Basin. Applications are available by calling SRBC at (717) 2380425. Completed applications must be mailed to SRBC and postmarked no later than June 15, 2004.
Each group will receive a Susquehanna Map package tailored to the groups watershed. The map package will include a map featuring four geographic themes of the watershed geology, land cover, soils and watersheds on one map. Abandoned mine lands, political boundaries and hydrologic features such as wetlands will be incorporated, where applicable. In addition, each map package will include a CD-ROM containing electronic versions of the map, the date depicted on the map and software for groups to create their own customized maps and to perform basic geographic analyses.
The United Way of Susquehanna County (UWSC) broke a record with a 2004 first quarter distribution of $50,102 to charities countywide. This represents 69% of all dollars distributed throughout 2003. The UWSC serves 21 nonprofit agencies and hopes to add more, providing needed services over the next few years as its contributions rise. According to Joe Burke, President, the recent increase is much needed. He sites the library as an example, "With significant funding cuts to the library by the state, it couldnt come at a better time. This years first quarter distribution to the library is 58% more than for the same quarter last year." Burke went on to say, "Even though we had a very good year, were not even close to our potential, and we have a lot of charities that need to participate in our program; we just dont have enough money." According to Burke, if half the workers in Susquehanna County gave $1 per week, contributions would reach $468,000 per year. He believes its not unreasonable to think that half the people you know would give $1 a week, and the United Way plans to continue building the mechanism to make it happen. Anyone interested in volunteering or donating to the United Way should call 278-3868 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Following are the April 150 Club winners of the Susquehanna Fire Dept.
April 3: Larry Hanrahan, Nancy Gorton, Fred Williams.
April 10: Marge Walker, Rachael Burns, Geri Kuiper/Kathy Irwin.
April 17: Candy Kuiper, Bob McNamara, Dave White.
April 24: Tom Roe, Tony Napolitano, Debbie Frye.
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