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Tri-County Services Hosts Open House
Pennstar Bank Supports Blueberry Festival
Just Another "Kitty"
Peoples Donates To Interfaith Friends
4-H News North Jackson Ag
PNB Announces Harford Fair Results


Tri-County Services Hosts Open House

Maxis Health System: Tri-County Human Services Center, Inc., recently held a ribbon cutting ceremony to mark the grand opening of their newly remodeled offices located on Route 706 E, Montrose. Tri-County Human Services is the largest community based human service agency in Susquehanna County. Tri-County Human Services has served Montrose and the surrounding communities of Susquehanna County for the past 30 years. Pictured (l-r) are: George Dermody, Executive Director, Tri-County; Tom Sheeran, Director of Services for Susquehanna County, Tri-County; Jeffrey Loomis, Mary Ann Warren, Roberta Kelly, Susquehanna County Commissioners; Judge Kenneth Seamans, Susquehanna County; Richard Berezinsky, Assistant Executive Director, Tri-County, Steven Arnone, MH/MR Director, Lackawanna, Susquehanna and Wayne Counties, Sue Adamec, Director of Children and Youth Services, Lackawanna, Susquehanna, and Wayne Counties, and James Martin, MH/MR Program Deputy Administrator, Lackawanna, Susquehanna, and Wayne Counties.

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Pennstar Bank Supports Blueberry Festival

Scranton, PA – This year, as in past years, Pennstar Bank supported the Blueberry Festival as a corporate sponsor by purchasing all of the blueberry pies for this major fund raising event that benefits the Susquehanna County Historical Society and Free Library Association. Pennstar employees worked the day of the event selling the pies.

Susan Stone, Administrator for the Library commented, "Please let everyone at Pennstar know that we appreciate your efforts on our behalf. It is businesses like Pennstar that enables non-profits and other community groups to continue to provide quality services to rural counties like ours."

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Just Another "Kitty"

The above photo was taken of this "KITTY" right outside the kitchen window of the home of Joseph and Janice Ofalt in

Gelatt, PA - Gibson Township on Labor Day, 2004 about 10:30 a.m. As "Kitty" hobbled off into the adjacent cornfield owned by the Ofalt family they noticed it had three legs; one must have been shot off or caught in a trap. The tall grass was between two trees right on the lawn.

Bobcat or Mountain Lion? Looked large to be a Bobcat and a

Mountain Lion had been spotted in the area in Susquehanna County!

Photo taken by Janice Ofalt.

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Peoples Donates To Interfaith Friends

Interfaith Friends and Susquehanna County Interfaith has helped nearly 500 families in Susquehanna County and nearly 560 in Wyoming County over the years. Deborah Courville, Executive Director of Interfaith Friends in Wyoming County is quite thrilled. "We will use these funds from Peoples National Bank to assist those who cannot meet home heating bills. This kind and wonderful gift will help to keep children and their families warm this winter, with the rising costs of gas and fuel."

The large percentage of the families that are helped are the working poor. Many have full-time jobs but making ends meet is still difficult. Brenda Loubet, Executive Director of Susquehanna County Interfaith states, "We will be using this donation for children’s programs which include back to school clothing and supplies."

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4-H News North Jackson Ag

The North Jackson Ag. 4-H club held their eighth meeting of the year on August 10. The meeting took place at the Walker’s home and started at 7:00 with the American and 4-H pledges. Holly Carey took role call to see who had attended and read the secretary’s report. Then Tim Carey read the treasurer’s report.

Next the club had to venture out into the Walker’s yard where it was just beginning to rain so that the horse members could present their demonstrations. Kelli Agler brought her horse and demonstrated "hunter jumper" class, which is a certain type of horse jumping, I believe. Tiffany Carpenter also brought her horse and demonstrated "dressage". Angela Turner, also a horse member, showed the club the two different ways to braid a horse’s mane. Rachel Turner demonstrated with her horse, how to properly clean out a horse’s hoofs. Then Kaitlin Flor informed the club on how to give a beginner ski lesson, which she explained; she formerly gave lessons to kids at Mount Tone Ski Resort. Next, Tara Flor taught the club about the techniques and skills of playing the piano and also played two numbers for the club members. Beth Giangrieco brought a basket of gadgets which she uses at her job at the hospital while learning to be an occupational therapist. Megan Carey made a beautiful scrapbook of her recently passed away horse; she did a great job explaining it to the club.

After demonstrations were done, Abby brought up the club’s old business. Sean and Troy Carey told the club about their experience at dairy camp. A few horse members reported on the recent horse show. Katie Onyon told the club how she did at state days in her category of physical fitness. Chelsea also shared with the club her accomplishments at state days in the shotgun category. Ilene Walker apparently won many trophies at dairy camp, the club was very proud of her. Also the other kids that placed at dairy camp are Chelsea Saam, Eric Onyon, Eric Giangrieco, Beth Giangrieco, and Abby Onyon.

The new business for the club was that the 4-H building still needs judges. 4-H projects were due on the 12th of August. The Sunday before the fair was the day that the club worked on their garden project near the dairy barn. Then next meeting was scheduled for September 12 at the Onyon’s house.

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PNB Announces Harford Fair Results

The 147th year of the Harford Fair was another great success from the viewpoint of Peoples National Bank.

PNB sponsored the Baby Show again this year with a terrific turnout. Kid Care pictures were taken for identity purposes by Peoples as a service to families in the community. The bank also had an M&M guess jar with the following results: the amount of candies in the two jars was 1353. With over 11,000 entries the two winners were Rosemary Kozlowski of Vestal, NY and Ruth Purdy of Kingsley, PA. The top 50 guesses are listed in the branch offices.

Peoples National Bank also had a tee-shirt giveaway this year. Over 200 shirts were handed out to fair goers with an opportunity of gift certificates to local restaurants to those "spotted" wearing the shirt during fair week. This was great fun for the PNB employees as well as the people attending the fair. By Saturday evening, it was difficult to walk a few feet without seeing a PNB shirt! This new promotion may catch on as an annual event.

As in years past PNB hosted the grand roundup in the cattle barn on Saturday evening. Of the $1,000 available, the two contestants scrambled for over $540.00. The two winners were Lee Herbert of Susquehanna, PA who captured $289.00 and Bill Howe of Hallstead, PA, with $252.00. Bank employees had a "grand" time and the crowd really made some noise, encouraging the contestants.

Peoples’ giving nature was demonstrated again by matching the funds given to the contestants in the grand roundup. The $541.00 plus an additional $2,000 was given to Interfaith of Wyoming County and Susquehanna County Interfaith. The two counties split the $2,514, which is a welcome and much needed donation.

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