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The Montrose Area Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce their Citizens of the Year for 2004, Earle and June Wootton.
Earle and June Wootton have been members of the community since 1975. After they were married, June moved from Philadelphia to the family home here in Montrose, 30 Lake Avenue.
June grew up in Erie, Pennsylvania and in Oxford, Massachusetts. She attended Worcester Hahnemann Hospital School of Nursing and graduated as a Registered Nurse. She specialized in pediatric oncology at Boston Childrens Hospital and worked at St. Christophers Hospital for Children, in Philadelphia, where she helped to set up the first pediatric hemodialysis unit on the east coast. Later she became the units head nurse.
June has been active in many local organizations. As a member of the Library Committee, she served several years as chairman. She has worked on the Librarys Blueberry Festival since it began 25 years ago and was Co-Chair for four years. For 19 years, she served on the Board of Directors for the Library, until her retirement, which happened in January of this year.
June was a member of the Montrose Area Junior Womens Club. As a member, she volunteered at the Well Baby Clinic in Montrose. Currently, she is on the board of the Endless Mountains Theater Company, and serves as chairman for the theater companys Outreach Program, bringing Mother Goose Theater to children.
Her greatest commitment has been to the Hospice, at Lourdes Hospital, in Binghamton, where she has been taking care of patients and families in both Broome and Susquehanna Counties. She has served for 24 years as a volunteer, co-facilitating volunteer training, volunteering in the In-Patient Unit, as well as Home Care. June has provided a number of services, in support of the hospice, such as being an active member of the Speakers Bureau, to initiating an Annual Bereavement Service fifteen years ago. June is a member of the Lourdes Hospice Advisory Board, as well as a member of the Hospice and Palliative Care Association of New York State. She serves on the Annual Meeting and Membership Committees. In 1999, the organization recognized June as the New York State Hospice Volunteer of the Year, for her work at Lourdes Hospice.
For thirty-five years Earle Wootton has worked at the Montrose Publishing Company. Until 1997 he owned local newspapers including the Susquehanna County Independent. On June 30 he will retire from the Montrose Publishing Company.
Earle grew up and attended school in Montrose. He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree at the Rochester Institute of Technology and a Masters Degree at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. He served as a navigator in the Air Force and in the Pennsylvania Air National Guard.
His career at the Montrose Publishing Company began in 1969. He became President of the company in 1974. Earle also had printing and publishing businesses in Susquehanna and Canton, PA. He served as a director to a number of banks, including County National Bank, Commonwealth in Williamsport, Meridian in Reading, CoreStates in Philadelphia, and First Union in Philadelphia. He is currently a director on the board of Wachovia Bank in Wilkes-Barre.
During the past few years, Earle has devoted much of his time to establishing the Community Foundation of Susquehanna County and the United Way of Susquehanna. He intends to maintain an office, at the Community Foundation, at 36 Lake Avenue in Montrose.
He enjoys planning building renovations, as may be seen at the Times-Shamrock Building, located on South Main Street, at the Wellness Arts Center and at the Community Foundation, both located on Lake Avenue.
June enjoys working with high school students in the Endless Mountains Theater Group, and participating as an actress in the group. She also practices weight lifting, yoga and loves to read.
Together, the couple enjoys the family home that they have renovated, their three family cats, the flower and wildlife in their backyard and walking together. They travel extensively to become energized and refocused.
June said her work with hospice keeps her centered and focused on what is important in life. She feels that she gets so much more back than she gives. She feels fortunate to work with her families and says that she learns and grows as she gives to the community.
Earle commented that he is grateful to have had a lot of good, positive people in his life who had a genuine concern for other people in their close community and their extended community.
The Montrose Area Chamber of Commerce invites you to attend a dinner in honor of Earle and June Wootton. The event will be held on June 5, at the Montrose Bible Conference Dining Hall, Lake Avenue, Montrose, PA. Tickets for this memorable event will be available until May 27. Tickets may be purchased at Craiges Store, 50 Church Street, (570) 2781116; Lees Furniture, 26 Church Street, (570) 2783711; or The Butlers Pantry, 9 South Main Street, (570) 2782191, Montrose.
On May 18, 2004 Mrs. Janet Hogle, Registered Nurse, was officially awarded Nurse of the Year by Mrs. Sara C. Iveson, Executive Director of Barnes-Kasson County Hospital. Mrs. Hogle was one of three finalists in the contest celebrating National Nurses Week. The winner was determined by a vote of her peers.
Mrs. Sandra Marvin, Director of Nursing at Barnes-Kasson, explained, "We had many hospital sponsored events to honor the entire nursing staff including a bowling night, donated by the Medical Staff, and prizes donated by the hospital."
When she was presented with the check by Mrs. Iveson, Mrs. Hogle was quoted as saying, "I want to spend this money on my staff because I couldnt have done it without them." Janet works as the shift supervisor from three to eleven on the Medical Surgical Floor at Barnes-Kasson.
Hogle has been a Registered Nurse for fourteen years. She began working for the facility as a driver in the Transportation Department while continuing to work toward her nursing degree.
Janet explained, "Mrs. Iveson has always supported me and this award is the highlight of my career. Janet went on to say, "The best thing about Barnes is the personalized care each patient receives and the homelike atmosphere. A nurse is only as good as his or her staff and that is the reason I am so honored to have been chosen by my peers."
Mrs. Hogle relocated to the Susquehanna Area from Willow Grove, Pennsylvania, a suburb of Philadelphia. Hogle and her husband, Peter, had owned property in our area for 40 years.
Following Peters retirement, Janet and her husband picked up stakes and relocated to Susquehanna County. When asked the reason for choosing Barnes-Kasson for employment, Janet explained, "I was really surprised at how progressive the hospital was for a rural area."
Janet said, "I feel the key to being a good nurse is to go with the flow and to be adaptable to new things." Mrs. Marvin, Janets supervisor, added, "Janet is a good leader because she is dedicated, reliable, a hard worker, and she sets a good example."
Barnes-Kasson requires all Nursing staff to remain current with education and Mrs. Hogle is no exception. Janet explained, "I attend many in-services that the facility offers and I recently completed several Critical Care Courses and Dialysis Training."
Mrs. Hogle has no plans of retiring and she hopes to continue to serve the patients of Barnes-Kasson for many years.
Congratulations to Janet Hogle, Nurse of the Year, for a job well done.
For the last "spotlight farm" of my reign I would like to spotlight my parents farm. Our farm is Pleasant View Farm. It is owned and operated by my dad and mom, Dean and Jane Mack and us kids.
I have seven brothers, Lucas, Dustin, Cody, Logan, Austin, Keegan and Ethan. My parents were both raised on dairy farms. My mom was raised on a farm in Friendsville, where my Grandfather still resides. Their farm is now a century farm. My Dad was raised on the farm we own and operate. His family has owned this farm since 1950. My brothers and I are the third generation working on our farm. So as you can see I come from a long line of farmers.
Our farm consists of 330 acres although we also rent another 130 acres. We crop about 300 acres of the land from which we harvest corn, alfalfa, hay, oats and barley. We also have 60 acres of rotational graze pastures. We have two free stall barns and a 4x4-milking parlor. We own 160 head of registered Holsteins and Red and Whites of which we milk 70 to 80.
My Dad does all of the farm work along with a lot of help from us kids when we are not busy with school or sports. Lucas does much of the mixing rations and feedings, mechanical work and field work. I work with the calves and night milkings in the summer so Dad can continue working in the fields late. Dustin is the dry cow barn man and also helps with mechanical work and some fieldwork. Cody, Logan and Austin also help with the calves. But, when school is on Dad doesnt get much help but keeps things going.
We have received the Dairy of Distinction, Take Pride in America, Cooperator of the Year, Outstanding Conservation Farmer of the Year, Good Year Conservation and DEP Growing Greener awards.
I feel very privileged to have been raised on a farm. I think it teaches you a lot about being responsible and helps you to really appreciate nature and the environment around you and to respect it and take care of it. Dairy farmers work diligently to help develop and then comply with regulations designed to protect the environmental quality of land, water and air on and around their farm operations. Many dairy farms protect water quality because cows need clean water to drink, too.
As you can see I am very proud to be a farmers daughter.
Mr. and Mrs. Michael Detwiler proudly announce the engagement of their daughter, Michelle Detwiler to William Graziano.
Michelle is a graduate of Blue Ridge High School. She is currently a student at Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania and will graduate in May, 2005 with a BSW.
Bill is a graduate of Central Bucks West High School, Doylestown, PA. He is a graduate of Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania with a BS in Math. Bill is currently a math teacher at Carson Long Military Institute.
A wedding is planned for August 7, 2004.
On Friday, May 14, Cindy A. Cina, Susquehanna, and her three daughters were the victims of an apartment fire that took all of their belongings.
A fund has been set up for donations. Those wishing to help may send them care of: Peoples National Bank, 222 Erie Blvd., Susquehanna, PA 18847.
Montrose, PA The clock is running down for producers who have not yet signed up for the 2004 Direct and Counter-cyclical Program, USDAs safety net program for farmers. To receive DCP program payments and avoid costly late filing fees, producers must update their contracts by the June 1 deadline, according to Charles Perkins, Susquehanna County Executive Director of the Susquehanna County Farm Service Agency.
Perkins encouraged producers to contact their local FSA county office as soon as possible to schedule appointments with the staff. The Susquehanna County FSA office is located at RR 7 Box 7113, Montrose, PA 18801. Telephone number (570) 2781197.
Peoples National Bank has been named a member of the 2004 BNKElite by John Walker, Ph.D., CFA, managing director of the BNK Analytics division of BNK Advisory Group.
The BNKElite is a select group of 12 banks recognized yearly as distinct leaders among community banks. In selecting the BNKElite BNK does not include banks that are high-performing simply due to favorable aberrations in performance. Instead, they compile a group of banks that are performing above average as a result of superior and consistent financial management. Periodically, all of BNKs clients are ranked according to a composite score that is based on each institutions balance between profitability and risk management. The top dozen banks in terms of their composite scores comprise the BNKElite.
"These banks have achieved a very high level of performance, consistently over time, and we are proud to name them as our top performers," commented Walker. "In recent years, we have seen tremendous mismanagement of risk within corporate America, to the detriment of shareholder value. I want to emphasize that the BNKElite are recognized not just for their strong returns, but also for successful risk management. Bank stocks tend to help investors diversify and lower the risk of their portfolios. Therefore, it is appropriate to recognize those banks that seem to do the best job of balancing risk and return for shareholders."
In a ceremony at the Rush Volunteer Fire Department, Rep. Tina Pickett (R-Susquehanna/Sullivan/Bradford) presented department president Brock Small with a $10,000 check from the state Community Revitalization Grant Program.
"For many years this volunteer fire company has answered emergency calls from residents all across the Rush-Lawton township area of Susquehanna County, helping to save lives and property," Pickett said.
"The members have devoted thousands of hours in fire and rescue training exercises, learning the newest techniques and practicing with the latest technologies. Additionally, they have spent thousands more hours in various fundraising endeavors so that new, state-of-the-art fire equipment could be purchased.
"However, now they are faced with a serious problem. The new fire vehicles are larger than previous equipment, resulting in difficulties housing the trucks in the old fire house," she said.
In addition, poor lighting in the fire station has been the cause of many minor accidents and it is only a matter of time until a serious accident occurs.
Renovations to the building are needed to allow firefighters better access to trucks and to get onto the street in a safer, faster manner. Improved lighting is also necessary.
"The department has raised $3,250 toward the $13,250 total cost. Additionally, firefighters have volunteered to do some of the labor. With this $10,000 check, the project is now fully funded, and construction can begin next month. I was very pleased to help the fire department process and secure the grant," Pickett said.
The United Fire Company and The Susquehanna County Literacy Program are joining forces and holding their Fall Festival and Apple Festival together on September 10 and 11, 2004 on the Green.
The United Fire Company will be hosting the 74th annual Northeastern Pennsylvania Volunteer Firemens Federation Convention that weekend. "Were expecting a large turnout," according to Mark Wood, Chairman of the event.
Planning is underway for fun, food, games, crafters and entertainment. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, 11:00 a.m. at Holy Name of Mary Catholic Church and a parade at 2:30 p.m. Look for more details as plans progress and mark your calendars for a fun filled weekend.
Wayne County- The Dessin Animal Shelter has an ever changing wish list. The list contains items that are currently needed at the shelter, and the list changes monthly. You can help the shelter by purchasing items on the list and dropping them off at the shelter, located directly behind the Wayne County Fairgrounds at 138 Miller Drive, Honesdale.
Mays list: liquid laundry soap, bleach, scoopable cat litter, regular cat litter, paper plates, plastic ware (forks, spoons, knives), 10 and 12 oz styrofoam cups.
The Dessin Animal Shelter would like to remind everyone that Pet Hike 2004 will be held on June 13, at the Prompton Dam. For more information call the shelter at (570) 253-4037.
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