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4-H Kiddy Tractor Pull Held At Fair
SCCD Has Display Programs At Fair
Several Honored At TREHAB Dinner
Jackson, Stone Both Graduate UCLA
Dairy Showman At The Harford Fair
Civic Club Cooks For Community
Engagement Announced Briar - Mills
Discovering New Trails
Making A Difference Doing What Matters

Proposed Changes To FSA Committee Elections
Financial Assistance For Spay/Neuter
Pennstar Is Pacesetter For United Way
Pickett Noted Lawton Office Hours Change
Sept. Jurors Drawn


4-H Kiddy Tractor Pull Held At Fair

The annual 4-H Kiddy Tractor Pull was held at the Harford Fair. About 110 young contestants, ages 4 through 10 participated. Enthusiastic children pulled as parents and other spectators cheered them on. Children from all across Susquehanna County took part in the pull, as well as children from neighboring counties.

The tractors used were donated by Bartron Supply, Tunkhannock and Lindsey Lawn and Garden Center, New Milford. The tractors were altered for pulling and the weight sled built by Doug Puzo of Montrose. This event is organized by leaders and members of the Watrous Corners 4-H Club.

The Harford Fair Queen, Jessica Alquist and alternate Fair Queen, Danielle Benson were on hand to help present awards. The Harford Fair Association provided a trophy for the first place winner in each division and ribbons were awarded to all participants.

Susquehanna County Dairy Princess Amanda Zembrzycki, Ambassadors Ashley Franklin, Karin Mowry and Karly Mosier presented each tractor pull participant with a coupon for a glass of cold milk compliments of Susquehanna County Farm Bureau booth at the fair.

In the junior division the four year old first place winners were Rose Warner and Nicholas Walling; five year old winners were Audrey Shay and Kyle Osborne; six year old winners were Alexa Walling and Logan Stone; seven year old winners were Katelyn Zembrzycki and Zach VanWinkle.

In the senior division the eight year old first place winners were Sarah Tiffany and Austin Bennett; the nine year old winners were Katie Valentine and Seth Decker; 10 year old winners were Lydia Watkins and John Valentine.

The cheers and applause heard from the spectators indicated this event was once again well received. Look for the event to continue at the Harford Fair next year.

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SCCD Has Display Programs At Fair

The Susquehanna County Conservation District (SCCD) displayed programs and services offered by the District at the Harford Fair. The SCCD and Bureau of Forestry shared the display tent to exhibit their programs. One of several displays was a real live ant farm, giving children the opportunity to view ants tunneling throughout the play sand so viewers could witness first hand how ants reside in the living soil.

Associate director, Tom Helmacy, created a stonewall exhibit surrounding a water fountain pool, which also served as a wishing well.

Another exhibit was a question board in which youngsters had the chance to answer questions about our natural resources as the correct answer appeared on the board to test their knowledge.

The SCCD would like to thank volunteers that donated their time and talents.

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Several Honored At TREHAB Dinner

Congressman Don Sherwood was the keynote speaker and also received recognition at a gala dinner meeting sponsored by the Board of Directors of The TREHAB Center on Wednesday, August 11.

Spectacular art work at the Lizza Gallery in Tunkhannock served as an elegant stage for the TREHAB Center’s special Recognition Dinner held to honor individuals and businesses which have provided outstanding support to the community action agency’s programs. More than 50 persons attended.

"We have some big problems right now," Sherwood told those in attendance. "The first is terrorism. We were sleeping (before 9/11) and then we all woke up. We have to protect America." The other major problem, he said, is the economy, although he added that unemployment is lower here right now than in the ‘70s, ‘80s and ‘90s.

"But there’s always someone who falls through the cracks, and TREHAB does something about that," he noted. Sherwood was honored by the agency for his active support of continued funding for the Community Services Block Grant Program with which TREHAB provides community services such as housing development, weatherization, career development, and small business training.

"TREHAB is such an effective program," Sherwood said. "If all the programs in the country were run as well as here in these six counties I wouldn’t have to fight so hard (to preserve funding) in Washington."

In recognition of his efforts, Sherwood was presented with a bluestone figure of the TREHAB house logo, as well as a photo collage of the services offered by TREHAB.

State Representative Sandra Major, who is also a member of the TREHAB board of directors, made presentations to several persons representing local business and lending institutions. She thanked them all for helping their communities and the thousands of people served by TREHAB by supporting its programs.

Accepting the honors were Jack Ord for People’s National Bank, Chris Landis for First Citizens Bank, Don Abrey for People’s State Bank, and Wendy Dudley of All Seasons Realty.

"You have to give back to the community," said Jack Ord in his acceptance comments. "You have to embrace the community in the hopes that it will embrace you."

In receiving her award, Wendy Dudley said it was, "an honor to be working with TREHAB, an honor to be part of a system where we can provide homes to those who need them."

At the head table, besides Congressman Sherwood and Representative Major, were Frederick Jackson, vice chairman of the TREHAB Board of Directors, Henry Pease, chairman of the board of directors, Executive Director Dennis Phelps, and Judy Meade, board member and Wyoming County Commissioner. Also attending were Janet Lewis, Bradford County Commissioner, and Jeff Loomis, Susquehanna County Commissioner.

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Jackson, Stone Both Graduate UCLA

Los Angeles – Families and individuals who receive medical services from Barnes-Kasson Health Center, Inc. will be the ultimate beneficiaries of specialized management training completed by executives of the organization. Executive Director, Frederick Jackson and Chief Financial Officer, Loren Stone recently graduated from the Johnson & Johnson/UCLA Health Care Executive Program. The intensive two-week program, conducted at the UCLA Anderson School of Management, is designed to enhance the management and leadership skills of community-based health care organization executives.

Johnson & Johnson, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the US Department of Health and Human Services, and UCLA developed the program in 2002 in response to the need for community-based health care organizations to be better equipped to confront the mounting challenges in our nation’s health care and the rising cost of providing medical services. Community-based health care organizations provide doctors, basic health services and care facilities to millions of people, particularly the medically underserved and those living in vulnerable communities. Since the program’s inception in 2002, more than 164 executives have graduated with enhanced management and leadership skills. Seventy-nine participants, representing organizations that serve over one million patients and clients annually at 417 sites nationwide, graduated from the two programs in 2004.

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Dairy Showman At The Harford Fair

The sixth annual Dairy Showmanship Contest sponsored by Pennfield Feeds was held at the Harford Fair. Participants showmanship skills were judged in five different age divisions by Beth Giangrieco, a member of the North Jackson Ag 4-H Club. Beth was the Senior Champion Showman at the Susquehanna County 4-H Round-up and therefore earned the opportunity to judge the showmanship contest at the Fair. Beth’s ring assistant was 4-H’er Abby Onyon.

The first three places in the 8 years and under division were Trevor Tompkins, Montrose; Austin Bennett, Springville; Daniel English, Montrose. Eric Onyon, New Milford was the winner in the 9 to 12 year old division followed by Logan Mack, Brooklyn and Eric Giangrieco, New Milford. The first place winner in the 13 to 15 year old division was Mariah Castrogiovanni, Montrose; second place was Amanda Miner, Meshoppen, and third place was Chelsey Saam, Thompson. The 16 to 21 year old division was won by Matt Pease, Jackson, Kendal Miller, Jermyn, Andy Miner, Meshoppen followed. Winner in the over 21 year old division was Connie Zebrowski followed by Elizabeth Seaman and Cherie Bonavita.

Many participants were returning from taking part in previous year’s competitions and look forward to this contest continuing at the Harford Fair again next year.

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Civic Club Cooks For Community

Members of the Hallstead-Great Bend Civic Club turned out to raise money with a coffee-and-homemade-donuts and chicken barbecue sale held during the Great Bend Sidewalk Sales Day last month. All proceeds from this and its AMBA medical screening program – coming up on October 30 – are returned to the community.

The Club helps support the Hallstead Library, Barnes Kasson Senior Nursing Facility, the county Women’s Resource Center, various youth organizations, the Caring Café, the Blue Ridge school summer program (and sponsors that District’s Literary Award), and others in need.

The Club welcomes anyone from the area as a member. The group of women meets on the second Tuesday of the month. Call 879-5377 if you want to find out more.

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Engagement Announced Briar - Mills

Debra and William Briar of Susquehanna are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Erika Ann Briar, to Jeremy Anderson Mills, son of Maureen and Glenn Mills of Harmony Township.

Both are graduates of Susquehanna Community High School, and Erika is currently attending Kutztown University. The couple resides in Kutztown, Pennsylvania.

The couple are planning a winter, 2004 wedding.

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Discovering New Trails

Once again, it is my privilege and honor to announce the following area students who have successfully participated in the Susquehanna Branch Library’s Summer Reading Program: Karolena Berg, Leif-Axle Berg, Jamie Boerner, Daniel Braun, Michael Braun, Emily Carmody, Kelsey Carmody, Sydney Carmody, Carissa Carpenter, Bradley Childers, Ian Collins, Austin Cowperthwait, Peyton Cowperthwait, Jack DeLaPlaine, Joseph DeLaPlaine, Jacob Downton, Gabrielle Glover, Victoria Greenleaf, Keith Hubal, Rachel Hubal, Emily Lawrenson, Bethany Maby, Kamden Maby, Thomas Maby, Troy Maby, Amanda Marco, Lauren Marco, Lucas Marco, Nicholas Marco, Ellen Matis, Taylor Millard, R. J. Palonis, Tyler Petriello, Lauren Reddon, Airyll Rockwell, Alyssa Rockwell, Alexis Roe, Ryan Rosenthal, Brooke Sampson, Sheyanne Shearer, Kelly Sheriff, Anastasia F. Smith, Austin J. Smith, Daniel Staros, Emily Staros, Jessica Staros, Andrea Walker, Brandon Wolf.

The program, entitled Discover New Trails, was filled with fun as we shared stories, played games, experienced new cultures, and embarked on a railroad excursion at Steamtown in Scranton, PA.

We congratulate these children for their participation during the summer reading program and look forward to the Summer of 2004.

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Making A Difference Doing What Matters

Every day we come in contact with friends and neighbors who use the services or know of someone who has used the services of a United Way agency in Susquehanna County. We think first of the American Red Cross, Heart Association and Lung Association but did you know that the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts along with Susquehanna County Historical Society and Free Library Association are supported in part by the United Way. Creative Adventures for Education, End of Day, Inc., CareNet Pregnancy Center of Northeast PA, Self Discovery Wellness & Arts Center, Tri County Human Services Center, Inc. and Voluntary Action Center of Northeastern Pa., Habitat for Humanity, Susquehanna County Interfaith, Susquehanna County Literacy Program, Inc. and Women's Resource Center make up the list of Member Agencies. There are Affiliate Agencies such as the Endless Mountain Theatre Co., Friends of Salt Springs Park, Hemodialysis Association of Northeast Pa., Montrose Restoration Committee, Rail-Trail Council of Northeastern Pa. Inc and Susquehanna County Humane Society who receive designated funds.

Your contributions make your community a better place for people to live, work and grow. By making a contribution you support nonprofit agencies delivering important programs reaching every corner of the County. These agencies are facing challenges that impact people in our communities. Member and Affiliate Agencies deliver over 50 programs and served over 130,000 residents during this year.

This past year's campaign allowed the United Way of Susquehanna County to distribute $72,000 to the above agencies. The need for continued support during this coming year will be even greater. Campaign goal is $150,000.

"During the next few months, volunteer representatives from the United Way of Susquehanna County, will be presenting and asking for your support, at your place of employment your club or one on one. Consider making a contribution of your time along with your supporting financial contribution. We all have different talents and interests but together We Can Make A Difference!", stated Alice Deutsch, board member.

For more information about United Way of Susquehanna County write to: 36 Lake Ave., Montrose, PA 18801; log on to www.unitedway of or call (570) 278–3868.

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Proposed Changes To FSA Committee Elections

Montrose, PA – Charles G. Perkins, County Executive Director for USDA’s Farm Service Agency in Pennsylvania, announced that USDA is proposing new guidelines designed to ensure that FSA County Committees fairly represent agricultural producers, especially socially disadvantaged (SDA) producers. The public has 30 days to comment on the changes published in the August 17, 2004 edition of the Federal Register.

"The guidelines are some of the most proactive steps taken by USDA in recent history to ensure that the County Committee election process is fair and transparent," said Perkins. "The reforms clearly illustrate the FSA’s deep commitment to encouraging minority and under-served producer participation in our County Committees."

The 2002 Farm Bill gave the Secretary of Agriculture discretion to issue uniform guidelines governing the County Committee election process if she deems that such guidelines are necessary. The proposed guidelines were prepared with input from community groups and leaders, as well as USDA’s Office of Civil Rights. The public has 30 days (until September 16) to comment on the proposed guidelines published in the August 17 Federal Register. The guidelines will not become final until USDA has received and considered public comments.

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Financial Assistance For Spay/Neuter

The Dessin Animal Shelter is excited to announce that they have received a grant in the amount of $10,000.00 to be used for spaying and neutering of pets in the community. The granting foundation, which prefers to remain anonymous, provides money to key organizations in the country to help defray the cost of altering companion animals.

Vouchers are available on a first come, first serve basis. A co-payment will be requested for each voucher issued, however no-one will be denied a voucher due to their inability to pay. The vouchers expire 30 days from date of issue, so it is recommended that a veterinarian appointment for the surgery be secured before picking up the voucher from the shelter.

Besides the obvious reduction in the surplus of puppies and kittens, the benefit to your pet's health and life expectancy is the best argument for spaying and neutering.

For more information on the spay/neuter assistance program contact the Dessin Animal Shelter at (570) 253-4037 or visit the shelter at 138 Miller Road, above the Wayne County Fairgrounds, Honesdale.

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Pennstar Is Pacesetter For United Way

Pennstar Bank has announced a 440% increase in pledges by its employees to the United Way of Susquehanna County this year, compared to last. Almost 75 percent of Pennstar employees have made pledges. President and COO David Raven has said that Pennstar will match each dollar employees pledge. Last year Pennstar’s six Susquehanna County branches pledged $1,000, and this year the total was more than doubled to reach an unofficial $2,219. With Pennstar’s corporate matching funds, the 22 local non-profit agencies the United Way of Susquehanna County supports will receive $4,400 from the Pennstar team. Vice President Robert J. Welch says, "We are setting the pace. Let’s see what others can do."

Establishing the United Way of Susquehanna County was the first major project of the Community Foundation. This year the third annual United Way Campaign Kick Off was held at the Harford Fair where its local non-profits showcased their services to the community. The campaign runs from August 16 through December 17 with a goal of raising $150,000. Funds raised during the Annual Campaign will be allocated in grants during 2005 to agencies serving all of Susquehanna County.

United Way Board Chair, Alice Deutsch says, "We are hoping to break all records this year and we’re expecting a very positive outcome."

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Pickett Noted Lawton Office Hours Change

LAPORTE - Rep. Tina Pickett (R-Sullivan/Susquehanna/Bradford) has announced that beginning on Wednesday, Sept. 15, the office hours at the Lawton satellite district offices will change.

"In order to more efficiently and effectively serve area residents, beginning Wednesday, September 15, the Lawton office will be open from 8:30 a.m. until 12 noon," Pickett said.

Currently, the Lawton office is open on Fridays. However, beginning on September 15, it will be open on Wednesdays from 8:30 to 12 noon. The phone number is (570) 934-2557.

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Sept. Jurors Drawn

Following is the list of names drawn to serve as Petit and Traverse jurors for September, to appear in the Court of Common Pleas, Susquehanna County Courthouse, main courtroom, Montrose, PA, on the seventh day of September, 9:00 a.m.

Ararat Twp.: Elaine E. Burman.

Auburn Twp.: Rebecca Baker, Rebecca S. Place, Blanche Poulsen.

Bridgewater Twp.: John F. Collins, Jr., Cynthia Grisafi, Joann Henry, Cheryl M. Jenner, Mark Mead, David R. Parsons, Amanda Sue Rozell, Robert Thomas, Pamela R. Tilley.

Brooklyn Twp.: Chris Hadnagy, Melanie S. Lasher, Nancy Oakley, Barbara J. Raught.

Dimock Twp.: Jay E. Birtch, Jr., Arvin F. Hibbard, Yolanda Joyner, Esther Rayias.

Forest City Boro 1W: Donald W. George, Matt M. Solomon.

Franklin Twp.: Kristy L. Bliss, Bonnie Brigham.

Gibson Twp.: Michael F. Chubirka, Jr.

Great Bend Boro: Lorraine Pomeroy.

Great Bend Twp.: Dorothy M. Armstrong, Kathleen A. Hinkley, Arlene E. Krug, Valerie McConnell, Joshua J. Recene.

Hallstead Boro: Norman C. Button, Loretta M. Debella, Melvin E. Wolfe, Jr.

Harmony Twp.: Cassandra L. Slocum.

Herrick Twp.: Myron G. Semack, Carl Steger.

Hop Bottom Boro: Willard Conroe, A. Taylor Hortman, Jr.

Jackson Twp.: Christopher S. Borowicz.

Jessup Twp.: Jennifer Strickland.

Lanesboro Boro: Maria D. Cina.

Lenox Twp.: Marlene R. Dean, Tracee McEvoy Kilmer, Wayne H. White.

Liberty Twp.: Donald D. Gilbert, George T. Southworth, Jr., Maria Teets, Denver Tyler.

Middletown Twp.: Mark L. Lepay.

Montrose Boro 2W: Janice Rosenkrans.

New Milford Twp.: Linda J. Hunter, Kathleen T. Purdum, Roxanne Tennant, Carlene H. VanCott.

Oakland Boro: Lee Hendrickson, Cindy LoVuolo.

Oakland Twp.: Laura Braun.

Rush Twp.: Charles E. Warner, Jr.

Silver Lake Twp.: Evelyn M. Goetz, Kim Alan Snyder, Douglas Walters, Lori Jeanne Zaleski.

Springville Twp.: Priscilla M. Carey, Guy R. Potter III.

Susquehanna Boro 1W: Gregory Lake.

Susquehanna Boro 2W: Debbie L Benson.

Thompson Boro: Steven C. Conklin.

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