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SCRANTON, PA - Pennstar Bank recently made a $20,000 donation to the Community Foundation of Susquehanna County representing the second payment of a three year pledge to the foundations capital campaign and a $15,000 donation made under the PA Tax Credit Program which will be used for scholarships administered by the foundation. For more information regarding the Community Foundation telephone (570) 278-3800.
Now in its 20th year, the Feed-A-Friend program in Susquehanna County continues to seek, and get, community support for its important goal of providing Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings for Susquehanna County families in need.
This is what TREHAB Executive Director Dennis Phelps told some 35 volunteers, from school students to local businesspersons to community organization representatives and others attending the annual kick-off luncheon for the county's Feed-A-Friend program. The luncheon was held at The Basil Leaf Restaurant, Montrose, in early October.
In thanking all the prospective volunteers at the luncheon, TREHAB Executive Director Dennis Phelps pointed out that the three food banks in Susquehanna County feed some 1000 persons per month. In the fall and winter months, he added, the un- and under-employed have to deal with increasing basic needs for gasoline, oil, and heating fuel, as well as the increased demands of the holidays. The Feed-A-Friend Program, he notes, gives persons in need a chance to deal with these other pressing needs.
"This is a massive undertaking," Phelps concluded. "We feed about 1000 families, and this requires up to $10,000 in community financial support, not to mention the non-perishable food donations."
Students from the Elk Lake Key Club and Student Council and from the Susquehanna Community High School and Blue Ridge High School Student Councils joined with representatives from Peoples National Bank, Barnes-Kasson Hospital, and organizations like the Montrose Chamber of Commerce, the Literacy Council and Interfaith in outlining their fundraising and other efforts for this program. Also on hand to extend Rep. Sandra Majors congratulations to the volunteers was Majors district aide, Debra Valunas.
All food and money donations collected by TREHAB stays in Susquehanna County to help feed hungry families right here. Anyone interested in helping with or donating to the Feed-A-Friend program can contact Barbara Houlden, TREHABs Community Services Coordinator, at 278-0986 or toll-free 1-800-390-0352.
This is Punkin! She is a beautiful, two-year old yellow Lab mix with such a sweet, gentle and dignified personality that we cant understand why she is still here especially since she is also housebroken! This is one classy lady that anyone would want walking by their side! Please come see this very special dog at the Susquehanna County Humane Society Shelter, in Montrose, (570) 2781228.
There is an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) class currently being held at the Montrose High School, sponsored by the Bradford / Susquehanna EMS region.
EMT education is the cornerstone of pre-hospital education. It involves learning about airway management, CPR and AED usage. The most important step is the patient assessment (which is the examination of a person to find what problems are present). Depending upon what the findings are, this would help the EMT decide what type of treatment may be needed.
Some of the students enjoying a casual conversation with an instructor.
Participants in the class are from multiple areas around Susquehanna County. There are students from Rush, Springville, Silver Lake and Montrose.
The fall meeting of PASR Susquehanna Chapter, held at the Harford Congregational Church on September 21, featured the following agenda items at the business meeting conducted by Ruth Roman, chapter president: annual reports of the treasurer and the auditors; reports of standing committees (Membership, Social Service Memorial Honor Fund, Pre-Retirement, Legislative, Community Service, Public Relations, and RECREO); and approval of meeting dates for 2005.
A very entertaining musical interlude was provided by the Blue Ridge School District Elite Select Choir of 32 voices, who sang four beautiful selections under the direction of Mr. Nino Bennici.
Mr. Leroy Spoor, Region 3 Director of PASR and the main speaker, discussed important items of legislative significance and commented on numerous benefits and endorsed services now being provided for all school retirees in Pennsylvania.
At the 2004 PASR State Convention, held in late September at the Willow Valley Resort in Lancaster, the chapter was represented by Ruth Roman, Mary Ketterer, Barbara Kelly, and Joan Peters, who attended general sessions and both professional and personal enrichment seminars. At the banquet Susquehanna Chapter received a check in recognition of being a finalist in chapter awards for the Legislative Committee.
At the Region 3 fall meeting at Genettis in Wilkes-Barre on October 19, ten members attended from the local chapter and enjoyed the guest speaker, namely, Sally Turley, annuitant representative to the Pennsylvania School Employees Retirement System, who offered informative remarks about the current status of the pension system in our state. In addition, Marilyn Race was among those honored as "Volunteer of the Year" for over 600 hours of service to the Susquehanna County community, especially to the youth in 4-H groups.
The highlight of the month was our trip to the Olive Garden and Town Square Mall. It was a delightful day, and everyone had a wonderful time.
Another great time was had at our pancake supper. Yes, it was in the evening and we had all the usual breakfast foods, pancakes of course, eggs, bacon, sausage, home-fries and more. Good crowd out!
Another 55 Alive Class was held, the Wagners were the leaders and there is always a good number taking the course.
What do you know about the ice cream cone? For over a century we have been enjoying our ice cream in one, and find it to be very convenient and handy. Well one afternoon we had a discussion about this and we learned that it was patented on December 13, 1903. An Italian emigrant by the name of Marchiony is credited with its invention.
September birthdays: Mary Ann Doyle, Ruth Allard, Marion Smith, hope you all had a happy day!
Everybody loves a sing-a-long. Charlotte Wescott played the organ and we sang, it was a parody of "Jesus Loves Me." We have to do this more often. We keep busy with our exercises, cards, dominoes, games, trivia and walking. Have been seeing some new faces at our lunches - it is a great place to meet and greet.
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