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In a recent visit to the Montrose Area High School, members of the Hill Country Artists were greatly impressed with the extensive murals that fellow artist Dineen Roeller had painted on the walls of the cafeteria.
Dineen had started the murals at the beginning of summer, expecting to complete the work in six weeks. However, a broken arm caused the project to expand to three months. The work began with measurements of the space and then deleting the spaces used by doors and windows. She chose earth tones, feeling they would work well in harmony and tie everything together to easily incorporate both Trompe l’oeil and Faux effects in the mural.
Considering the location of the work – the cafeteria, where grease and food would be present – Dineen used a primer as a base coat, followed by gallons and gallons of good quality interior house paint. The finished project is protected with varnish.
The artist included many personal touches in the mural. A careful study of the work may reveal her personal struggle with a limited range of motion due to a fractured arm and other areas where she was feeling especially good. In other sections, she asked herself, “What the heck am I doing here?”
Dineen feels that the mural will be in place for a long time. She has children in the school district and that was important to her.
The finished work is a marvel to see. Be sure to view it if you’re in the high school. Dineen Roeller is a talented artist who moved to the Friendsville area a few years ago. She can be reached at (570) 553-0215.
Susquehanna Postmaster Honors Area Veterans
Following the Veterans Day ceremony November 11 at Strider-Teskey Post 86 in Susquehanna, PA, Susquehanna Postmaster Roger Stonier (right) presented Post Commander Joe Bucci (left) with a beautiful framed artwork from the United States Postal Service containing this year’s stamps depicting the World War II Memorial, and the Korean War Memorial. Commander Bucci is also the Postmaster of Thompson, PA. Postmaster Stonier, an Air Force veteran, cited the sacrifice and dedication of the veterans of Post 86 in their effort to secure for us the freedom that we enjoy today.
Students Graduate B-K Nursing Program
On November 1, a graduation ceremony was conducted for students of the Nurse Aide Training Program at Barnes-Kasson County Hospital Skilled Nursing Facility. This course ran from October 4 through November 1 and consisted of 101 hours of classroom instruction, 14 hours of laboratory work and 45 hours of clinical instruction. Successfully completing this course entitles the Nurse Aide graduates to sit for the Pennsylvania Nurse Aide Competency Examination and to have their names placed on the Nurse Aide Registry in Pennsylvania.
The Nurse Aide Training Program at Barnes-Kasson has a 100% pass rate for its students taking the competency exam. The Primary Instructor for the class is Mrs. Arlene Collins, BSN. Those graduating were Christine Anderson, Connie E. Conklin, Nichole A. Cranage, Molly K. Dunn, Dale J. Hancock, Ashley N. Kelly, Holly A. Meadows, David Nalbone, Beatrice M. Smith and Mary Williams.
Haunted Woods Is Library Fund Raiser
Nancy Dennis, helped by her husband Ray and by 51 dedicated volunteers, organized a wildly popular Haunted Woods at her home, Forgetful Farm, Jackson Twp. On the Friday before Halloween, 180 people of all ages had the scare of their lives on a hay ride through the woods. An amazing 290 people came through on Saturday. Admission was free, but donations and the sale of refreshments allowed the Dennis family to cover their expenses and still have a profit of $290, which they donated to the Susquehanna County Library.
"This was truly a community effort," says Dennis. "Generous people contributed and loaned 300 bales of hay, candy, a fog machine, makeup, a tractor and wagon, lanterns, and CD players. A neighbor set up a parking area and lights. But most of all it was the volunteers, mostly teenagers, who made this possible. They came from Blue Ridge, Mountain View, Lakeland, and Binghamton. They wrote their own skits. People told me that it was like nothing they'd seen before. We got a lot of compliments, and people came from all over (Carbondale, Jermyn, even Wilkes-Barre) thanks to the excellent publicity by yet another volunteer."
Highlights of the Haunted Woods included a Pirates of the Caribbean area, with cannons on a real boat; a haunted tree house; the Crocodile Hunter's brother, who specializes in the undead; and the Headless Horseman. There was a hay maze and storytelling for younger children.
"We were thrilled at the turnout," says Dennis, "because we had no idea what to expect. I've been working on this for months and we had unexpected expenses like event insurance, so we are very grateful that so many people came!"
"The Susquehanna County Historical Society & Free Library Association is very grateful for this donation, and to everyone who made it possible," says Administrator/Librarian Susan Stone. "The creativity and generosity in this county is outstanding!"
Hello again, I’ve been very busy doing dairy promotions. Dairy Ambassador Karley Mosier and I served cheese and crackers at the Susquehanna County Farm Bureau meeting at the Fairdale Methodist Church. After dinner we each gave speeches. My speech was a report on the sale of McDonald’s new milk jugs, Karley talked about “Day on a Dairy Farm” and some recent promotions that she did. Another promotion that I did was at the Gelatt Grange Hall in Jackson at the ADADC regional annual meeting.
I did a school promotion at Forest City Regional School about the importance of calcium in a person’s diet in Mrs. Erdmann’s speech class. This was a really fun promotion.
A couple of promotions I have planned for November include the Farm City Feast and the Conservation District’s annual awards dinner. At the Conservation District dinner I will be serving milk punch.
Remember to have your 3-A-Day, everyday, of milk, cheese and yogurt!
Clifford Township has a 200th birthday coming up in April of 2006. Recently some interested residents met over dinner at the Clifford Hotel, to discuss ideas of how to collect historical photos and stories about the township. A Clifford Township Historical Society may be formed soon to help in these efforts. If anyone has information or photos they would like to share, please contact Kim at 222-4261 or Sally at 222-3520 or drop items off for Kim at Clifford Supply, Main Street, Clifford. It is hoped that the information can be used to plan a bicentennial celebration and for possible historical publications. All printed material will be carefully handled and promptly returned to owners.
Wedding Announced Cumberland – Gorka
Crystal M. Cumberland and Stuart D. Gorka were united in marriage on June 5, 2004, at Corpus Christi Parish, Wanamie. Reverend Jacek Bialkowski performed the ceremony. Musical selections were performed by Tania Gronkowski. Bert Cumberland was altar server.
The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Albert J. Cumberland, Nanticoke and granddaughter of Mrs. Julia Cumberland.
The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. David J. Gorka, Nanticoke.
Maid of honor was Jill Shovlin. Bridesmaids were Linda Smith and Lori Smith. The flower girl was Morgan Ettinger.
Best man was Richard Erkfitz. Groomsmen were Stephen Gorka and Michael Gorka. The ring bearer was Ryan Gorka.
A reception following the ceremony was held at Corpus Christi Parish. The couple was honored at a bridal shower and a rehearsal dinner, both hosted by the groom’s parents at their home in Nanticoke.
The bride is a 1997 graduate of Greater Nanticoke Area High School. She received her Associate in Applied Science Degree from Luzerne County Community College and is employed by Barnes-Kasson Hospital, Susquehanna, PA as a Registered Nurse.
The groom is a 1993 graduate of Greater Nanticoke Area High School. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering from The Pennsylvania State University and is employed as a Structural Engineer with Delta Engineers P.C., Binghamton, NY.
The couple resides in Susquehanna.
Engagement Announced Henderson - Bianchi
Nicole Henderson and Brian Bianchi are very pleased to announce their engagement and upcoming marriage.
Nicole is the daughter of Dolores Henderson of Hallstead and George Henderson of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Nicole is a graduate of Blue Ridge School District, Penn State University (BS Marketing) and Marywood University (MBA/MSIS). She was a Rotary Exchange Student to Ecuador, South America. She is currently working as a substitute teacher at Blue Ridge School District while she pursues a career in her field of study.
Brian is the son of Anne Bianchi of Peckville, PA and Richard Bianchi of Eynon, PA. Brian is a graduate of Scranton Preparatory School and College Misericordia. He has a Masters Degree in Occupational Therapy and is a registered and licensed Occupational Therapist at Barnes-Kasson Hospital, Susquehanna. He recently finished his Post Masters Certificate in Pediatrics and is currently contracted to work with students in the Susquehanna School District.
A wedding will take place on Saturday, December 4, 2004 at the United Methodist Church of New Milford. A dinner reception will follow the ceremony at the Green Ridge Club in Scranton, PA. The couple will leave for their honeymoon trip on December 6, on a Caribbean cruise. The couple will reside in Hallstead, PA in their recently purchased home.
Hi! My name is Mya! I’m a four-year old, spayed, female Beagle mix who’s good with kids and cats. Not only do I sit, stay and shake hands, I’m also a good rabbit hunter if my owner wants to hunt with me. If not, I would be a wonderful companion for anyone. I’ll be waiting for you at the Susquehanna County Humane Society Shelter, in Montrose, (570) 278–1228.
Alzheimer's Disease To Be Observed
Harrisburg – Alzheimer’s Disease Month will be observed in Pennsylvania during November to focus awareness on the impact of a degenerative brain disease that affects an estimated 285,000 older adults and their caregivers in the state, according to Secretary of Aging Nora Dowd Eisenhower.
“In addition to simply raising awareness, we must also focus attention on new efforts to prevent the disease,” Dowd Eisenhower said. “The scientific opportunities exist to find the answers in time – but only if we make strategic investments and policy decisions today.”
Governor Edward G. Rendell has proclaimed Alzheimer’s Disease Month in the Commonwealth, noting the severe emotional and financial impact of the disease on patients and families, and encouraging Pennsylvanians to support Alzheimer’s research programs.
On the federal level, the National Institutes of Health will spend an estimated $600 million on Alzheimer’s research during 2004. While this amount is laudable, it pales in comparison to other federal expenditures, Secretary Dowd Eisenhower said.
On the state level, the Department of Aging is supporting researchers at the University of Pennsylvania who are developing innovative strategies to help delay the onset of Alzheimer’s Disease. Research indicates that if the onset can be delayed by only five years, it may be possible to cut in half the number of people afflicted by the disease.
Last spring, the Department launched a comprehensive partnership to integrate the efforts of academic researchers, government agencies, policy makers, care providers and advocates. The Department will convene a follow-up conference on November 22 to expand the partnership. The Department of Aging oversees almost $1 million in state and federal funds to support respite care, memory loss screening and outreach efforts with an emphasis on minority and rural communities. These efforts help people and families obtain needed information and services. Administered through the state’s network of Area Agencies on Aging, the Older Adult Day Services and Family Caregiver Support programs are designed to assist family and other adult primary caregivers in ways that are specific to their needs and preferences. Both programs provide a welcomed reprieve from the stresses often experienced by caregivers.
Consumers seeking information about resources available to caregivers may contact the Department of Aging’s Long-Term Care Helpline at 1-866-286-3636 or Alzheimer’s Disease hotline at 1-800-438-4380.
The Susquehanna County Entrepreneur Club welcomed two new members at their November meeting: Tammy Payne, of Brackney and Stephen Janoski, of Montrose.
Clay and Lori Martin presented their business, Martin Works, Inc., web page developers.
The next meeting of the Susquehanna County Entrepreneur Club will be on December 7, at 6:30 p.m. The club meets at the administrative office of Peoples National Bank, off Franklin St. in Hallstead. Donna Goff of Mountain Aire Cottage Care will present her business. The club will share Christmas Cookies and discuss organizing for 2005.
For more information on the Susquehanna County E-Club, contact the Susquehanna County Department of Economic Development at (570) 278-4600, ext. 558.
Janicelli Recertified As District Justice
Harrisburg – District Justice Peter Janicelli was again certified for service as a member of Pennsylvania's Unified Judicial System after successful completion recently of continuing legal education course work. Conducted by the Minor Judiciary Education Board and the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania courts (AOPC), the “school” for district justices is held in Chambersburg, PA.
The week-long instructional program is designed to ensure that district justices remain current in a variety of legal topics and management techniques required to fairly adjudicate cases and effectively run a district justice office. Included in this year’s curriculum are updates on Civil and Criminal Law and the Motor Vehicle Code; a comprehensive review of the Pennsylvania Crimes Code; and information pertaining to Gender, Racial and Ethnic Fairness.
Continuing education course work is required by statute of each of the more than 500 Pennsylvania district justices, with approximately 45 district justices attending one of 14 such classes at some time during each year.
District justices represent the “grassroots” level of Pennsylvania's judicial system. In counties other than Philadelphia, district justices have jurisdiction over summary, criminal and motor vehicle cases; landlord-tenant matters; and other civil actions where the amount claimed does not exceed $8,000. District justices may also accept guilty pleas in misdemeanor cases of the third degree under certain circumstances. They also have jurisdiction to issue arrest and search warrants and to hold arraignments and preliminary hearings in criminal cases.
Established by Constitution, the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts provides support to the Supreme Court in exercising its supervisory duties over each of the other state courts. The Minor Judiciary Education Board was established by legislative act to administer the continuing education program for district justices and Philadelphia bail commissioners, as well as certifying courses for district justices, bail commissioners and other minor court judges.
Mick Saravitz Gets Governors Club Award
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The Susquehanna Monday Club members and friends enjoyed a traditional Thanksgiving dinner at the historical Starrucca House, November 3. The tables were full and the conversation lively as election day drew to a close.
For nearly one hundred years the Monday Club has been in existence. Monday Club was the founder of the Susquehanna Library. They have been a great supporter of our town library through the years. Monday Club again donated monies to help offset the low funding by the state and federal government now in effect.
Amelia Paterno accepted a book presented to the library by Doris Deakin, in memory of Ruth Thornton called “Down A Sunny Dirt Road” written by Jan and Stan Berenstain. Evelyn Gerchman also presented a book called “Tatting,” in memory of Francis Starke.
The Monday Club was entertained by Paula Freitag, an entertaining young lady presently a senior in Susquehanna High School. Paula sang and danced several of the selections of the musical, “Sweet Charity.”
The club, with the help of many fund-raisers throughout the year donates money to several other Susquehanna organizations including the Susquehanna Fire Co., Women’s Resource Center, Barnes-Kasson Hospital, the Science Fair at the schools, Teddy Bears for Susquehanna Ambulance, etc.
Our main objective is to give back to the community all monies raised in the community.
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