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The New Milford Area Rotary Club has donated a new, 30 flagpole to enhance the Borough Park memorial to the armed forces of the area. The memorial was originally given by the Rotary Club in the 90s and the new flagpole is certainly a nice addition.
At a ceremony held on Friday, May 14 the pole was presented to the Borough officials by the Rotary Club. Barbara Hill, President of the Rotary Club made the presentation and a number of residents, officials and Rotary Club members were present.
Shown raising the flags on the new pole are: Rotarian, Roger Whitaker; returned veteran from Iraq, E-5 Kevin Kruger; American Legion Post 357 Commander, Rick Rood; and Rotarian, Richard Pfeister. The donation included a new American flag and a new POW/MIA flag.
Kevin Kruger recently returned after a year-long tour in Iraq with the 744th MP Battalion. He presented the Borough officials with an American flag that had flown in Iraq. It will be encased in glass and kept in the Borough offices.
Will lead national multi-million-dollar scholarship campaign
White Plains, NY The National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering, Inc. (NACME) announced that John A. Lubbe, former vice president, fund development for Big Brothers and Sisters of America, has been named the organization's vice president of resource development.
NACME, the nation's largest private source of scholarships for African American, American Indian and Latino engineering students, has been a leader in promoting opportunity and inclusiveness in engineering and technology since its inception in 1974. The result has been a growing cadre of highly skilled, educated minority engineers and future business leaders in engineering, science and technology.
In addition to managing NACME's daily fund development activities, Lubbe will also spearhead the organization's Footprint Across America campaign, a multi-million-dollar effort to raise scholarship dollars to help students realize their dreams of becoming leaders in science, engineering and technology.
Announced at NACME's 30th anniversary Gala on May 4th, the campaign has so far raised more than $5 million. "To maintain the organization's leadership in technology, we need to attract and support more talented engineering students from underserved communities," said Lubbe. "I am proud to be leading this national campaign."
"John Lubbe is an experienced fund-raiser. His presence will add to the strength of our development effort as we strive to provide greater opportunities for minority youth to enter the field of engineering. We are pleased that he accepted our offer to join NACME," said NACME President and CEO Dr. John Brooks Slaughter.
Lubbe also served as the vice president for development and institutional advancement for the City College of New York. He has held senior-level positions with the New School University, the Trust for Public Lands, and the Rockefeller University. Earlier in his career, Lubbe managed the Upward Bound Program at East Stroudsburg University.
Lubbe, a native of Susquehanna, holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English from Pennsylvania State University. He has served on the boards of the Harlem Jazz Foundation, the I Have a Dream Foundations Melrose Program, Landmarks Harlem, and the China America Technology Corporation. He is a former VISTA volunteer.
Lifelong New Milford resident Agnes Jones has announced her retirement from the Board of Directors of the Community Foundation of Susquehanna County. During her tenure she established The Jones Family Fund. She is a retired president and CEO of Grange National Bank of New Milford where her career began as a teller and spanned 39 years.
Ms Jones most recent great achievement was her work with the Community Foundation to launch the enormously successful United Way of Susquehanna County Capital Campaign. The effort far surpassed its $300,000 goal, raising $350,000 in donations plus $100,000 of in kind contributions which brought the campaign overall value to $450,000.
The Capital Campaign effort is considered a model for charitable endowment creation and tapped only a small percentage of potential willing donors. It has inspired the next phase of United Way endowment development. That has the goal of providing 100 percent of ongoing Susquehanna County United Way overhead expenses, so that the agency endures and all contributions can flow directly to local charity.
Ms Jones was a member of the Pennsylvania State Bankers Community Bank Board, the Philadelphia Federal Reserve Bank Community Bank Board and represented the Keystone state on American Bankers Association Community Bank Board.
Agnes Jones has been an active New Milford Rotary Club member, member of the Binghamton, NY Afternoon Club, the Endless Mountain Theatre Company and Friends of Susquehanna County. Her retirement activities include extensive traveling and time with her family. She has three sons, Michael of Pittsford, NY, James of East Stroudsburg, Pa., and Andrew of Westport, CT.
The Susquehanna County Department of Economic Development honored five of the county's Young Entrepreneurs at their annual meeting on May 27. Chosen for this years awards were Bethesda Day Treatment Center (Bridgewater Township), a private provider of education and after-school programs; Custom Machining (Great Bend Township), a custom job shop providing precision machined parts and assemblies in steel, plastic, aluminum, carbon fiber and other materials; Metro-Racing (Silver Lake Township), an on-line mail order company that sells motorcycle racing memorabilia and clothing; Olde Church Emporium (Jackson Township) features antiques and collectibles for the family, home and garden; and Studio 511 (Forest City Borough), a day spa offering hair, skin and nail care, and massage.
Department Director Elizabeth Janoski explained that each of the Young Entrepreneurs has been in business in Susquehanna County for less than three years and has worked with the Susquehanna County Department of Economic Development to bring over thirty jobs to Susquehanna County.
Economic Development Board president Jack Ord added that small business development continues to be the largest influence on Susquehanna Countys economy and looked forward to the development of additional businesses through the establishment of a business incubator program in Susquehanna County.
Keystone College professor Dr. Sonji Lee, representing the colleges President Edward Boehm, offered Keystone Colleges partnership for the development of a business incubator as well as financial support for the program.
Keynote speaker Thomas Mailey presented his conclusions regarding the development of an incubator program in the county, noting that Susquehanna County has many unique strengths and qualities that are the basis for an incubator program, which can serve to attract entrepreneurs to the county. Mr. Mailey added that the presence of an incubator program in the county will also assist existing businesses, particularly the machine shop industry, in creating and marketing products of their own making. The incubator program can also assist agricultural-based operations in developing value-added products, including foods and crafts.
With the completion of the feasibility study, the countys incubator program is now moving into the strategic planning phase where the parameters of the program will be developed and funding sources obtained.
For more information on the countys economic development initiatives, contact the Susquehanna County Department of Economic Development at (570) 278-4600, ext. 558.
The Susquehanna County Democrats on Saturday, May 22, got the ball rolling to elect Robert (Bob) Casey, as their state treasurer. Presently, Casey is the States Attorney General. The Democrats - and friends - met at Hallstead Rod & Gun Club.
After a delicious meal, Joe Franks, county chairman, welcomed the group and thanked them for coming, introduced Mr. Casey, who in a short but inspiring talk, told the assembly that the State Treasurers job has more functions that just controlling the money. The treasurers job is also to see that schools are funded and that students are taking care of, plus a big part of the states activities. In closing, Mr. Casey added, "I am honored to be here and wish to thank you for all your help."
Chairman Franks introduced several guests who are playing a big part in getting Mr. Casey elected. Among those introduced and others present were: Thomas Hurley, state committeeman; Nancy Hurley, county vice chair; Chuck Bullock, treasurer; Sheriff Lance Benedict; former Sheriff Dick Pelicci; Cal Dean, former county commissioner; MaryAnn Warren, County Democrat Commissioner; Rick Franks, secretary; Sue Eddleston, County Prothonatory; Robert McNamara, Jr., Blue Ridge School Superintendent; District Attorney Jason Legg.
In closing Chairman Franks urged one and all to get out the vote on election day and put Bob Casey in the treasurers office.
TREHAB ASSETS, a successful multi-county micro-enterprise program, graduated a class of 25 prospective entrepreneurs during a ceremony held at the Lake Avenue Dining Room of the Montrose Bible Conference on May 12. Some 50 graduates, guests, and program trainers attended the dinner event.
The TREHAB Centers ASSETS Program (A Service for Self-Employment Training & Support) is a training, mentoring and technical support program for entrepreneurs in the process of beginning or expanding a small business. Since its inception in 1999, 290 ASSETS participants have successfully completed intensive six-week courses held in Susquehanna, Bradford, Sullivan and Wyoming Counties.
Dennis Phelps, TREHAB's executive director, welcomed and congratulated the graduates, who are in the process of starting up or expanding small businesses. The graduates came from Wyoming and from Susquehanna Counties, and their businesses and services will range from automotive repair to retail sporting goods to landscaping.
Mary Anne Waddington, ASSETS Program Director, introduced the graduates and presented each with a certificate of completion of the program.
Guest speakers Mary Ann Warren, Susquehanna County Commissioner, and Donna Simpson consultant manager at the SBDC (Small Business Development Center) at the University of Scranton. Both praised the graduates for their hard work and urged them to go forward and live their dreams. Judy Mead, Wyoming County Commissioner, also offered her congratulations to the group.
John Wilson, executive director of the Community Action Agency of Pennsylvania, was keynote speaker. He told the graduates that "what youre doing is very important," and "its all about community, which, when you think about it, means common unity."
"Its a great time to be doing this," he added, noting that each new business/service is good for "yourself, your family, and your community." He concluded by emphasizing that TREHAB is considered "a leader in our work." Mr. Wilsons CAAP organization comprises 43 community action agencies statewide.
ASSETS offers formal training in the form of a Business Design and Management course that includes marketing, finances, record keeping, legal and tax issues, management, insurance and advertising. Mentoring is also offered through the volunteer services of area businesspersons or other professionals. The ASSETS program coordinator also offers case management and follow-up to assist in business plan completion, locating loan sources, and making referrals to other support groups.
Anyone interested in learning more about the ASSETS-TREHAB program should contact Mary Anne Waddington at 278-5228 or 1-800-982-4045, ext. 5228.
On Friday, May 21, representatives from the Susquehanna County Library (board, staff, and users) met with State Senator Lemmond in his Dallas office to talk about the library funding crisis. During the next two weeks, the House and Senate are expected to discuss final budget compromises. Governor Rendell's proposed budget for 2004-2005 raises public library funding by 10% from last year--which still leaves libraries 30% short of where they were in 2003. In that scenario, our county library will face a $110,000 budget shortfall for 2005. The House passed a budget proposal which fully restores library funding to its 2003 levels, while the Senate has approved a small increase beyond Rendell's proposed amount. "This is the time to really press our message that library services are crucial, especially in rural areas," says Administrator/Librarian Susan Stone. "We are hearing from Harrisburg that the volume of letters needs to be kept up, so please, even though you've done it before, please write again."
"We were pleased that Senator Lemmond gave us a full hour of his time," says Mrs. Stone. Senator Lemmond told the library advocates that he believes in the importance of libraries, but that he felt that Pennsylvania libraries should do even more fundraising and look for additional grant sources on the Internet. He did not express optimism about restoring state funding, but indicated that he welcomed suggestions for alternative methods.
Please write to Governor Rendell with copies to your state senator and representative, supporting the House's budget proposal and asking that state funding for libraries be FULLY restored for 2005.
The addresses to write to are: Governor Ed Rendell - 225 Main Capitol Building, Harrisburg PA 17120; Senator Roger Madigan - Senate Box 203023, 286 Capitol Building, Harrisburg PA 17120; Senator Charles Lemmond - Senate Box 203020, 178 Capitol Building, Harrisburg PA 17120; Representative Tina Pickett - PA House of Representatives, House Box 202020, Harrisburg PA 17120; Representative Sandra J. Major - PA House of Representatives, House Box 202020, Harrisburg PA 17120.
Following is a résumé of former resident Ron McIntosh, who recently retired from being a faculty member of Independence Community College in Kansas.
Ron became a member of the adjunct faculty at Labette Community College in Parsons, KS in August, 1991. He taught speech and management. (Including offering one class in the Oswego (KS) Correctional Facility). In January of 1992 he began a bimonthly specialty newspaper/magazine in Independence, KS. The magazine, The Real Estate Paper, grew quite well. Ron ran the magazines until selling them in July, 2003. At various times, Ron published The Real Estate Paper for Independence-Coffeyville, Pittsburg-Girard, Ottawa-Garnett-Iola, Fort Scott-Nevada, MO, Emporia, Hutchinson, Winfield-Arkansas City, and Bartlesville, OK. He also started Auto World in 1997, a monthly magazine distributed in all areas, published an annual Wedding Guide, and a semi-annual Antique Market.
In August of 1992, Ron was hired as the journalism instructor and adviser to the college newspaper at Independence (KS) Community College on full-time status. Throughout the years he taught speech, news writing, photography, college skills, mass communication, public relations, advertising, desktop publishing with PageMaker, introduction to computers, and management. His favorite subject to teach was speech. Ron was tenured at ICC in August, 1995. Throughout his 11 years at ICC, Ron was advisor to "The Buccaneer," the college newspaper which was published about 16 times per college year. He officially retired from the college August 1, 2003, with 11 years of service. While at ICC, Ron was a member of the Academic Council four years where he was chairman two years, headed the college committee in charge of writing ICC academic standards, was elected president of the faculty section of the Kansas Association of Community Colleges, was ICCs faculty representative to the KACC for four years, was ICCs representative to the Kansas "Great Teachers" workshop in Great Bend, KS, and was nominated 2002-2003 Master Teacher of the Year at ICC.
(Note: Ron, son of the late Arnold and Veda McIntosh, was very active in sports and journalism while a resident of the area. He was a feature story writer for both the Susquehanna Transcript and the Montrose Press. He was active in promoting sports such as bowling matches, softball games, etc.
Leaving Susquehanna he worked for a Miami newspaper, a Washington, PA paper and later accepted a position at the Kansas College where he was involved in the school newspaper. After 11 years, he "retired" from the college, but is kept busy publishing real estate and auto sales magazines.)
Please come see us, in Montrose, (570) 2781228.
The Susquehanna County Humane Society Shelter is running out of room; theyve got oodles of adorable kittens, wonderful affectionate cats and a whole passle of eager, loving dogs to make someones life complete. Wont you please take a look? Theyll be waiting.
The Elk Mountain Community club recently met at the home of Denise Hardisky. Our leader Heidi Stephens opened the meeting with the pledge of allegiance and the 4-H pledge.
Election of officers was held. Elected to the following positions were: President Stacie Snyder; Vice President Stephanie Snyder; Secretary Misty Karnak; Treasurer Denise Hardisky; Club Reporter Sarah Johnson.
The first thing our club discussed were the upcoming 4-H events and the Harford fair beautification project. Project books were handed out and our members discussed the projects they are working on for this years fair.
We then headed out to the barn where Denise gave a great presentation on how to show sheep.
Our next meeting will be held at the Stephens home on Monday, June 28.
New Reporter: Sarah Johnson
For more information on the Susquehanna County 4-H program, call Penn State Cooperative Extension of Susquehanna County at 278-1158.
Wayne County The Dessin Animal Shelter, along with the American Humane Association, is showcasing cats during June, national Adopt-A-Cat Month. While cats are available for adoption anytime of year, June is always the busiest month in terms of the number of cats and kittens that arrive at shelters. Come in and visit the Dessin Animal Shelter to find your new best friend. Your love will be returned tenfold.
"Some people may be surprised to find that cats are the most popular pet in America," says Sue Frisch, shelter manager. "If you want to find out what all the feline fuss is about, stop by Dessin during June, national Adopt-A-Cat Month. You will be happier for the companionship these feline friends provide."
In celebration of Adopt-A-Cat Month, the Dessin Animal Shelter will reduce cat/kitten adoption fees to $40. This includes spaying or neutering, leukemia test, initial vaccinations, first de-worming, microchip, and first months flea treatment.
The Dessin Animal Shelter is located at 138 Miller Drive Honesdale, just behind the Wayne County Fairgrounds. For more information on adopting a pet or other ways you can help call (570) 253-4037.
The Susquehanna Depot Area Historical Society, located in Susquehanna, is in need of help. Due to certain circumstances, the Society is looking to move to a new location. The problem? At the present time they have no place to move to. They are asking for the help of the community - and surrounding areas - with their plight. According to a brochure distributed recently at the communitys 151st birthday party at Ohares Inn - it says in part: We are a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation and education of the history of Susquehanna Depot and the towns that surround it. Our museum is located in the building under the water tower in the back of the Shops Plaza.
We are open on Sundays, 1 to 4 p.m. between Memorial Day and Labor Day. We are also open one hour before our meetings on the third Thursday of the month, February through November, at 7 p.m. The public is invited. (The museum contains historical photos, maps and artifacts collected from all over the county. Also books that list businesses of years ago.
(So, folks, the Society need a place to move. The museum is "packed" with historical news contained in books and albums. It will be a shame to store their accumulation in a place that cannot be visited. If you can help, please call Cal Arthur, 7272488 or Clay Martin, 8533020. The officers of the Society have worked hard over the past couple of years to keep the museum going. Now its our turn to help them find a place for the Society.)
On February 1, 2004 Jessica Squier sat with 23 other ninth and tenth graders who were in attendance at the Veterans of Foreign Wars annual Voice of Democracy (VOD) essay winners banquet, held in Harrisburg, PA. Montrose VFW Post 5642 and its Ladies Auxiliary sponsored Jessica, daughter of William and Laura Squier, Montrose, in the contest.
This years essay topic was "My Commitment To Americas Future." Jessica won first place at the state level and placed 23rd on the national level!
At a commanders banquet, held recently at Towanda VFW 1568, Jessica was honored by the post and State Rep. Tina Pickett, who presented her with a citation. Also present was Sen. Roger Madigan and statewide VFW officers.
Following is the list of names drawn to serve as Petit and Traverse jurors for June, 2004, to appear in the Court of Common Pleas, Susquehanna County Courthouse main courtroom, Montrose, PA on the seventh day of June, at 9:00 a.m.
Apolacon Twp.: Carol L. Reed.
Ararat Twp.: Tom Allen, John C. Bilsky, Jr., Donald H. Glover, Harvey A. Hugaboom.
Auburn Twp.: John R. Benscoter.
Bridgewater Twp.: John J. Delaney, Walter Frystak, Jr., Stacy Gelatt, Sheila Palmer, Betty Jane Rick, Janyce Simonetti.
Brooklyn Twp.: Pamela M. Cobb, Anna O. Kaufman.
Clifford Twp.: Cynthia A. Goodwin, John S. Niles III, Cindy Young.
Forest City Boro 1W: Francis X. Lapera.
Forest City Boro 2W: James J. Tomazic.
Forest Lake Twp.: Patricia Fraser.
Friendsville Boro: Daniel J. Poirier.
Gibson Twp.: Michael F. Chubirka, Jr., Theresa A. Conrad, Auburn D. Lyons.
Great Bend Twp.: Margaret E. Coombs, Jeremy Perry, Sr.
Hallstead Boro: Thea Denny, Shawn M. Edwards, Robert Mickle, Barbara A. Slater, William Vanteger.
Harford Twp.: Debra H. Cerra, Theresa E. Henry, David R. Jenkins, Matthew Peckins, Kevin W. Schmidt.
Harmony Twp.: Gail Cook, Carol A. Jackson.
Herrick Twp.: Linda Zembrycki.
Jackson Twp.: Stephen W. Arcuri, Kathleen Ann Borowicz, Jefferey A. Hall.
Jessup Twp.: Karen I. Moore.
Lathrop Twp.: Mary K. Colombo, Janet Healy, Diana L. Oakley.
Lenox Twp.: Wade F. Rendle.
Little Meadows Boro: Sherry Smales.
Montrose Boro 1W: John T. Hawkins, Cynthia C. Lewis.
New Milford Twp.: Linda Coleman, Lally J. Snell.
Oakland Boro: Debbie Heller, Raymond Wolf.
Oakland Twp.: John L. Watkins.
Rush Twp.: Geoffrey F. Lay, Maureen A. Plitt.
Silver Lake Twp.: Laurie Ann Laskowski, Edmund H. Nichols, Jr., Elizabeth M. Rieselman, Jeff West.
Springville Twp.: Douglas James Andrews, Sr.
Susquehanna Boro 1W: Eugene J. Delsandro, Rose Oropallo, Elaine Powers.
Susquehanna Boro 2W: M. Jean Kosko.
Harrisburg - Francis X. OConnor, a sole practitioner in Great Bend, was elected to the Pennsylvania Bar Association Board of Governors during the organizations annual meeting, held May 13-15 in Hershey.
One of 12 zone governors who serve on the PBA Board, OConnor will represent lawyers from Bradford, Lackawanna, Luzerne, Monroe, Pike, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Wayne and Wyoming Counties. His term will expire in 2007.
Involved in bar association activities, OConnor is a member of the PBA Membership Committee, is the secretary/treasurer of the Susquehanna County Bar Association and is a past president of the Conference of County Bar Leaders. He also serves on the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania.
OConnor is active in the community and serves as a solicitor for and as a life member of the Great Bend Fire Company. He also is an assistant scout master for Troop 89 of the Boy Scouts of America, the chair of the Finance Committee of the St. Lawrence Roman Catholic Church and a fourth degree with the Knights of Columbus.
OConnor is a graduate of the University of Scranton and the St. Louis University Law School. He and his wife, Sharon, have three children.
Susquehanna County Conservation District (SCCD) is pleased to announce that in excess of $100,000.00 has been awarded to the countys Dirt and Gravel Roads program for fiscal year 2004-2005. The PA State Conservation Commissions Dirt and Gravel Road Pollution Program provides training and funding to local townships to help prevent stream pollution. The program annually distributes $4 million to County Conservation districts who administer the program at the local level. Susquehanna County Conservation District, which is the 6th largest funded District in PA, works with local townships in the county to develop a work plan to correct pollution problems on unpaved roads as well as a drastic decrease in road maintenance once projects are completed. The Dirt and Gravel Road program is designed to prevent excess sediment, which is the states largest single contributor of pollution of the states waters, from entering the streams.
Contact Roger Sherwood, SCCD Dirt and Gravel Road Coordinator at 278-4600 ext. 285 for more info.
"Looking forward to our next birthday in 2053" seemed to the be the consensus of all the speakers at P. J. Ohares on Saturday, May 22.
Nancy Hurley, Susquehanna, Mayor; Chet Walker of the Susquehanna Community Development Association; Cal Arthur and Clay Martin, both members of the Susquehanna Area Historical Society; Sandy Marvin, Director of Nurses at the Barnes-Kasson Hospital all spoke on Remembering Susquehanna, the past 151 years.
During the entire meeting, slides of Susquehanna "Old and New" were shown by Joyce Mallery Finch.
Mr. Arthur demonstrated a "train Whistle" that was on the boat Ermine, that for years "paddled" up and down the area river. The boat was launched in 1895, but destroyed by fire in 1900.
Mr. Martin, very much interested in the Historical Society, "is looking for a new home for the Society which contains many, many old and historical items." (If you know of a place they can move to please call Cal Arthur or Clay Martin).
Sandy Marvin stressed the importance of our hospital and how helping to make (BKH) a better health care institution is looking forward to our "next" centennial.
To help promote the hospital, "Celebrating 100 Years," on July 10 there will be a parade, followed by a dedication ceremony to Congressman Don Sherwood in the hospital parking area. A chicken barbecue will be available.
Ms. Martin also announced that on June 19, on Main Street, a 100th birthday party bash will be held. (More details later). On July 24, BKH will sponsor a "Local Garden Tours," followed by wine and cheese. For more information call the hospital. Proceeds to benefit Hospital Foundation Fund.
Thanks are extended to the Ohare Pub owners - Brooke and Dermot - for the wonderful evening enjoyed by all those "wishing in" our 151st birthday. "Hats off" for the fine job they did in "starting off" the first year of our next centennial. The OHares expressed their thanks to all those that attended and to Ms. Finch for slide show.
Twenty-three members and visitors attended the May meeting of the Susquehanna Area Depot Historical Society. The following were elected to office for 2004-05: President - Clay Martin; Vice President - Heiti Narma; Secretary - Janet Hartt; Treasurer - Elaine Kaiser; Assistant Treasurer - Cal Arthur; Trustee - Carl Tanner.
The museum will be open to receive visitors on Sundays (1-4 p.m.) beginning May 23. Several new historical items have recently been donated to the Society.
Plans were made for the annual bake sale at Schneiders on Saturday, May 29. Five beautiful and useful items will be offered via a summer raffle. Drawing will be held in October.
All area residents and their guests are welcomed to Society meetings and open house events. The society includes Susquehanna, New Milford, Hallstead, Great Bend, Jackson, Gibson, South Gibson, Gelatt, Brandt, and townships of the same areas.
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