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To Everyone At The Transcript

Thanks once again, from all of us at the Susquehanna County Historical Society & Free Library Association, for your wonderful coverage of the Blueberry Festival! The special section looked great. Thanks so very much for approaching advertisers on our behalf. Your coverage helps attract folks from all over. We had record crowds and a fantastic Festival!

Blueberry Festival proceeds directly support the library in Susquehanna, as well as the libraries in Forest City, Hallstead-Great Bend and Montrose, Books-by-Mail and Books-on-Wheels, and the Historical Society, Museum, and genealogy research center. The Festival is crucial to our operating budget for county services.

We appreciate your community spirit and generosity more than we can say. Once again, thank you very much.


Hilary Caws-Elwitt Publicity and the 2004 Festival Committee:

Mary Jo Bayer, Amy LaRue, Ellen O'Malley, Susan Stone

Taking The Wind Out

Many years ago I learned that the first responsibility of a Municipal Elected Official was the health and safety of the citizens. The 911 Communications Center of Susquehanna County is the focal point for citizens safety. Imagine reading, "If you are not happy in the department and you have problems, it might be time to look elsewhere." (I verified this with meeting attendees.)

I’ve attended many, many commissioner meetings over the years and observed that there has been a high turnover in the Communications Center. I also know some of these people and hold them in high regard. But, do you think it’s smart management to always assume it’s the employees’ problem?

Most people agree that these trained professionals should be paid considerably more than they are. I’m not suggesting another round of tax increase to accomplish this, let’s be responsible and cut expenses elsewhere to do this. Why are employees with perhaps the most responsibility given the low end of the county pay scale? The comment directed to them is frosting on the cake or so you think.

Unfortunately when the commissioner made the above comment, the other two commissioners said nothing instead of saying the comment was totally out of line. This sets the atmosphere for poor working conditions within the county. As a taxpayer I expect more from highly paid commissioners. Competent employees are probably harder to come by than county commissioners!


Tom Jurista

Silver Lake Township

We Applaud You!

As chairs of this year’s American Cancer Society Relay For Life committee, we would like to thank the residents of Susquehanna County for their generosity and support. 15 teams participated in this year’s event, raising more than $66,000 for the American Cancer Society’s research, education, advocacy and service programs. The outstanding support received proves that the people of Susquehanna County are truly committed to the fight against cancer.

We want to applaud the many survivors that participated in the celebration lap and reception. They are the reason we continue the fight because each year there can be more and more people living wonderful lives following a diagnosis of cancer.

A special thanks to the many Relay For Life volunteers who worked to make this event a success. The Relay For Life Committee did an outstanding job of putting the event together.

We also appreciate the generosity of this year’s corporate sponsors. Relay For Life would not be possible without them.

Again, thank you, Susquehanna County for supporting the American Cancer Society, and remember, it’s not too early to become involved in Relay For Life for next year.


Suzanne Brant,

2004 Relay For Life Chair

Robin Wallace


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