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ARARAT TWP. Amy Holmes, 44, of Thompson, is the first winner of the $1 million top prize in the Pennsylvania Lotterys $1 MILLION BLOCKBUSTER instant game.
Lottery Deputy Executive Director for Operations Tom Blaskiewicz and Area Manager Pat Loughney presented Holmes with a check for $1 million, less 25 percent federal withholding. The check presentation took place at the store September 27, where Holmes purchased the top prize-winning ticket, Arlos Country Store, located at the intersection of Rt. 171 and Twp. Rd. 726 in Ararat Township. AJ Gallagher and Frank Freno, owners and managing partners of Arlos, hosted the celebration.
Holmes purchased her winning ticket on August 25, and scratched it off at home. In disbelief of the $1 million prize she saw under the number 22 the one she matched to the winning numbers Holmes immediately called her mother, Shirley. She then took the ticket to her parents for evaluation.
Holmes arrived back at her house just as her husband, Sam, was returning from putting a down payment on a used Harley-Davidson motorcycle.
"Wouldnt you rather have a new one of those?" Holmes teased, before sharing the news of her win with her husband. Neither Amy nor Sam completely believed her luck until she took the ticket to Arlos that evening for validation.
Holmes said the couple plans to invest most of her winnings and use a portion to pay off their home. The Holmes plan to indulge in a few special splurges, including a new Harley for Sam, a trip to Vegas (Holmes life long dream) and a new car.
Steven, Amy and Sams 17-year-old son, just got his drivers license and will inherit his mothers old car as a result of her good fortune. Holmes says her win will also enable their other son, 13-year-old Matthew, to "move up in go-cart competitions."
Mr. and Mrs. Rodman C. Azar, Tunkhannock, PA, and Mr. Fiorello G. Mincarelli, Lovington, VA, are proud to announce the engagement of their daughter, Jennifer Mincarelli, to Stephen A. Gomez, son of Edward and Edwina Gomez, Nicholson, PA.
The bride-to-be is a graduate of Tunkhannock Area High School and earned an Associates Degree in Visual Communications at the Art Institute of Philadelphia. She is employed at Cigna Healthcare in Scranton.
The prospective bridegroom is a graduate of Lackawanna Trail High School and earned his Bachelors Degree in Political Science at Penn State University. He is a Resource Coordinator for Prudential Retirement and an Executive Board Member of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, Local Union 329.
A June, 2005 wedding is planned at Bolt Castle, Thousand Islands, NY.
The Northern Tier Workforce Investment Board and the CareerLink Centers across the region have collaborated to create a new regional Rapid Response Team to present the resources available to workers who have, or are about to, become unemployed.
The five-member team consists of representatives from Bradford, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Tioga, and Wyoming Counties who represent all of the partners and the multitude of services provided through the CareerLink system. These include, but certainly are not limited to: filing for Unemployment Compensation, job search assistance, resume writing, training and education.
The creation of this team standardizes, streamlines and localizes the rapid response procedure. "Most employers believe that only a large layoff would qualify for the rapid response process," Melissa Fleming, the regional coordinator stated. "With this new team, we can provide the same service on a more efficient scale. Even layoffs of only three or four people."
"One of our goals," Fleming continued, "is that more businesses faced with laying off employees will give us a chance to let their employees know what they need to do once they're faced with unemployment."
Dan Heitsenrether, the Regional Representative for Rapid Response Coordination Services, with the Department of Labor and Industry, helps coordinate the team and serves as the liaison with the Commonwealth.
Any employer facing a layoff is encouraged to contact their local CareerLink or the Northern Tier Regional Planning and Development Commission at (570) 2659103. CareerLinks are located in Dushore, Sullivan County; Great Bend, Susquehanna County; Towanda, Bradford County; Tunkhannock, Wyoming County; and Wellsboro, Tioga County.
TOWANDA PA - Endless Mountains Heritage Region's Board of Directors elected a new slate of officers at an annual dinner meeting September 23 in Dushore. Thomas Wooden of Montrose was elected president, Mollie Eliot of Laporte vice president, Nancy Famolari of Montrose secretary and James Pruyne of Towanda treasurer. The new officers will serve for one year.
Honored with presentation of commemorative wooden plaques were former board member Vivian McCarty of Hillsgrove and outgoing board members who have served two consecutive full terms, Dan Jackson of Forksville and Marilyn Bok of Towanda. Outgoing Executive board members received plaques made of Pennsylvania Bluestone in the shape of the Heritage Park.
Ed McMullen, Curator of Scranton's Everhart Museum presented a program on the Sullivan Expedition of 1779. Items donated for fundraising by regional organizations, artists, craftsmen and businesses were sold via a silent auction.
The organization is seeking to fill several vacancies on the board. For information visit the Endless Mountains Heritage Region office at 10 Park Street, Towanda, 18848, or call (570) 265-1528.
You can now easily search the Susquehanna County Historical Society's website, www.susqcohistsoc.org, thanks to a free service provided by Google to non-profits. This means that over 300 weeks of "100 Years Ago Today" are indexed. It's a fascinating repository of county history! You can look up family names, but also any other word. For example, did you know that in 1904, deer were so rare in the county that when one was spotted in New Milford, people wondered where it came from? This was found by a search on the word "deer."
The Historical Society's website, which was designed by Montrose Area High School students under the supervision of Mr. Chris Buffington, also includes sections about past Museum exhibits, lists of resources available in the genealogy reference library, order forms for the Journal and publications like the county histories, and much more. For more information about the Historical Society and its many services, visit the website, or call 278-1881.
The Lanesboro Cemetery Committee met on September 29. Present were Bill Kuiper, Tim Tompkins, Robin Truex, Jim Crawford and Kathy Crawford.
We are asking people to remove items placed on the graves within a reasonable time, or they will be disposed of to assist with mowing and to keep the graves looking nice. You are asked to take items home, as we have no garbage. We appreciate your cooperation.
Our big event scheduled for September 18 was overpowered by Tropical Storm Ivans big event! A lot of flooding and damage was done to the boro and we were thankful no one was hurt. Wed like to thank everyone who helped in any way prepare for our event and for the donations we received from all the wonderful people. Unfortunately, we are unable to do what was planned for this year. Perhaps in the spring we can try again. Til then, we are having a bake sale on October 20, at Schneiders Market starting at 10 a.m. to help us raise funds. We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your interest and continued support.
Any people wishing to send a donation can do so by mailing to: Lanesboro Cemetery Association, P.O. Box 124, Lanesboro, PA 18827.
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