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The above photo collage was taken this Spring, 2004 at a home in the Montrose area, and dropped off at the County Transcript offices by Cal Arthur, a Susquehanna area native.
Cal thought our readers might be interested in seeing what a "non-existent," Northeast Pennsylvania Mountain Lion looks like, in the flesh.
According to Cal, "I can confirm at least six other sitings, South of Thompson near the Callenders Maple Syrup Farm. Myself and several friends watched one run approximately 60 yards across an open field near the Welch Farm, on Welch Road in Stevens Point at the State Game Lands. There are just too many being seen and I dont know why the game commission continues to deny their existence."
Bear sightings in Susquehanna County are worth about a dime a dozen of late, my wife, Rita and I have had to call our dog off a young cub roaming in our back yard several times in the last few weeks alone, but these photos would appear to be pretty hard to contest. (At a quick glance I could tell this wasnt one of our house cats posing for a Kodak moment.)
When you stop and think about it, what (in our locale) would prey on such a predator? Is there ample quarry deer, turkey, etc. to sustain such an animal in our woods? And, finally, why is it so obvious that everyone involved with our game commission feels the need to "explain away" reported sightings and photographic proof like the above?
Do you remember this policeman? It has been fifty years (1954) since Sgt. Robert C. Hurlburt of the Erie Police Force passed away. He was a well known and highly regarded citizen of Susquehanna and a railroad detective from 1917-1954. He also worked as a town policeman and constable, and merited many commendations from his fellow employees.
He married Emily VanDeMark on December 2, 1911 and they had three sons, Donald, Bernard and Robert, Jr., and five daughters, Margaret, Helen, Doris, Clara and Betty.
Some of his fellow co-workers were Willard Collier, Michael Dean, Grantley Cooke, Leslie Schell, Lawrence Schell, Anthony Sellitto, Joseph Steinbacher and Carl Houlihan.
The Pennsylvania 4-H Shooting Sports Committee will conduct a training program and instructor certification course for adults interested in working with youths on September 10-12, at "His Thousand Hills Camp" and "Nessmuk Sportsman's Club" near Wellsboro, Tioga county. The workshop will be funded in part by grants from the The NRA Foundation, the National Wild Turkey Federation and Federal Cartridge Corporation. Programming will involve specialized training and certification for instructors in the NRA / 4-H Rifle, pistol, rifle and shotgun shooting sports programs.
Archery participants will receive National Archery Association Level 1 certification. Program participants will be certified to organize project clubs and conduct instruction in these program areas.
The 4-H Shooting Sports program has grown rapidly in Pennsylvania, with over 3,000 youths ages 8 to 18 completing projects in this program area in 2003. 4-H members receive training in marksmanship, firearm safety and handling. They also have the opportunity to compete in county, regional, statewide and national contests.
If you would like to join the 4-H Shooting Sports instructor team contact 278-1158. A fall training is planned, with a August 13 deadline.
Alice and Robert Gilleran, Starrucca recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. Married on July 17, 1954 at St. Pauls Catholic Church in Starrucca, they reside at Meadowside Farm on Little Ireland Road, RR #1, Susquehanna.
Alice is the daughter of Anna Zudoffsky Hobbs, Thompson and the late Willard Hobbs. Bob is the son of the late Robert and Loretta Kelly Gilleran, Starrucca. They are retired from dairy farming.
Their family includes daughter, Carol and husband, John Barnett, grandchildren, Kristin, Sara and Jonathan, Berwick; son, Robert Gilleran and wife, Rachael, grandchildren Ryan and Meghan, Starrucca; and son, James Gilleran, Starrucca.
Habitat For Humanity of Susquehanna County PA, Inc. announced the following election of officers and directors for the year 2004-2005: Greg Myer President, Jan Kessler Vice President, Cindy Hamby Secretary, Jon Reed Treasurer, Sharon Siedlecki, David Longacre, Lee Smith, Tracy DiPalma and Mary Llewellyn Directors. Pictured (l-r) are: Jon Reed, Cindy Hamby, Julia Gaines, Sharon Siedlecki, Greg Myer, Jan Kessler, David Longacre. Absent from photo were Lee Smith, Tracy DiPalma and Mary Llewellyn.
Carol Hodack of Lanesboro, PA, Dan and Kathy Hodack of Susquehanna, PA and Diane and David Medlar of Oakland, PA are pleased to announce the engagement of Denise Anne Hodack and Jeffrey Allen Medlar.
Denise is a graduate of Lock Haven University and is employed by a contracting firm in Wilmington, Delaware.
Jeffrey is a graduate of Rochester Institute of Technology and works for the Bureau of Labor Statistics in Washington, DC.
A November, 2005 wedding is being planned.
During World War II, the US Army had only one division who were specially trained in mountain and winter warfare. Many of the finest skiers and mountaineers in the world volunteered as these troops. The 10th Mountain Division trained at and above 10,000 feet altitude in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. They were called the Ski Troops, although skis were really just a method of moving troops and weapons through deep snows.
360,000 German troops in Italy had retreated to a mountain defense line, which they held against three major Allied attempts to break through. The 10th Mountain Division was brought into line and because of their special mountaineering skills were able to break through the German Gothic Line and spearhead a drive through the Po River Valley and on to the Alps, where all the Germans in Italy surrendered.
After the war, men of the Mountain Troops formed an Association which now consists of about 4,000 veterans and their descendants. Peter Austin, of Brackney was a Sergeant with the 10th Mountain Division during mountain training and combat and is now the Quartermaster of the Association. He and his wife, Jane do this volunteer job which requires mailing approximately 1,000 packages a year to their membership all over the nation.
North Jackson Ag. 4H club held their sixth meeting on July 10, at the Careys pavilion. The meeting started with the American and 4-H pledges. Then Holly Carey took role call to see who was there and read the secretarys report. Tim Carey read the treasurers report to the club.
Abby read a thank-you letter that the club had recently received for donating money to the 4H clubs in California that lost a lot of animals in the wildfires. Next Eric Onyon and Eric Giangrieco told the club what dairy camp was like this year. All the dairy campers and their families seemed to have had a good time but were exhausted from dairy camp. Beth Giangrieco also told the club of her accomplishments in the "Senior Fitter" category at dairy camp. I believe she came in second. After that Maria Preston read some upcoming events for the horse club and some of their recent accomplishments.
The State days will still be on August 3, 4, 5 this year. The deadline for 4H project books this year will be on August 12, before 8:00 p.m.
Demonstrations were then started. Katie did her demonstration on her chicken. Mary-Kathryn Walker taught the club how to take care of a tree frog. Tim Carey told the club what it was like to be at district chorus and regional chorus. Troy Carey showed the club all there was to know about playing soccer. Shawn Carey did his demonstration on NASCAR and talked a little bit about Jeff Gordon. Holly Carey explained how she weighs her pigs. She even had a homemade contraption for weighing pigs at home.
I would like to bring up a mistake that was made in the last article I wrote on the June 25 meeting. Austin Chisek did a wonderful presentation on dinosaurs and told the club that his favorite one was the T-Rex. And Dylan did a great demonstration on his trip to Ross Park Zoo. Somehow those two demonstrations were mixed around, sorry guys!
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.
The Susquehanna Community Development Association (SCDA) held its last meeting on July 28. Meetings are every fourth Wednesday of the month, 7:00 p.m. at the Boro Building. Anyone wishing to attend is welcome.
The SCDA hosted its first Hometown Days this year. It was well received, the weather held out and everyone attending and participating really enjoyed it. Plans are already underway for next year; also in the planning are some events for October and December. Watch for more details.
Lori Martin reported she is well underway with the website; a host has been found and will be contracted with, so it will be up and running very soon. It will be a great way for people to link on and find out whats what and whos who in Susquehanna.
The SCDA is working together with the borough on the Main Street Project; some grant monies have been received. Gold, silver and platinum memberships for this program are being offered. For more information, contact Margaret Biegert, Chet Walker or Darlene Slocum.
For those of you who dont know, the SCDA has an office on Main Street, next to the Town Restaurant. The lettering has just been completed on the window, summer office hours are Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. They have several fundraising items for sale, stop by or call (570) 8534729 for more info.
Orders are still being taken for the Sesquicentennial Book, which is currently in its third printing. Call the above number for more info.
The SCDA goal is to work with the borough and businesses to keep improving Susquehanna and make it a place where people want to live and raise their families. Anyone wishing is welcome to join in this venture.
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