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Young Artists' Work Featured
Lathrop Twp. Society Holds Annual Meet
Snake Creek Lasers To Introduce Products
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H/GB Legion "Honors" Memorial Workers

Young Artists' Work Featured

Six blossoming artists from Lathrop Street Elementary School visited the Hill Country Artists during their regular monthly meeting on October 7. Mrs. Lori Keihl, art teacher at Lathrop Street, organized the group of students from grades 4 through 6 to not only display, but also speak about their work to the Hill Country Artists, families and friends.

The students shared examples of their personal art designs and answered questions about their ideas, inspirations and techniques. Mrs. Keihl said of the artists and their work, “The kids continually inspire and impress me with their work."

Two of the students, Alex Kuechler, Grade 6 and Kate Kielceski, Grade 5, brought two creation that are part of the permanent collection of art at Lathrop Street – Alex’s “Self Portrait” and Kate’s “Shapes and Shades of Blue” are on display at the school.

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Lathrop Twp. Society Holds Annual Meet

The third annual meeting for the Lathrop Township Historical & Genealogical Society was held on November 14, at the Union Grange #152, Lathrop Township. Officers elected were: Helen Janesky, President; Lori Mackey, Vice President; Ruth Williams, Treasurer; Gina Evans, Secretary.

The Society meets the second Sunday of every month, from 3 to 6 PM, and all are welcome to come and join us. We not only help people looking up ancestors of Lathrop and Hop Bottom, but of the entire area. Currently the Society is working on a book of Lathrop, Hop Bottom and the area. It is very time consuming, but when finished will have a lot of valuable information about people and places in the area.

Each year a person or group of people is honored by the Society. This year’s honoree was Ruth Roberta Williams. Ruth was born in Lenox Township, Susquehanna County, and has lived in the area most of her life. She is the daughter of Burton and Rachel Pratt Collins, and one of ten children. Being a mother of five, grandmother and great-grandmother does not hold this lady down. She has been a member of the Union Grange 152 for over 35 years. She is also a member of the Pomona and National Grange and has offices, or was a committee person in each and every one since 1968.

She is also a member of the Democratic Committee of Susq. Co., holding chairmanships throughout the time periods of 1970 to the present. Ruth has been on the board of directors of the Red Cross Chapter in Susquehanna County, being chapter chairman 1970-85, worked at blood drives and chaired the fund drive in 1978. Ruth was the Tax Collector in Lathrop Township for many years, and an elected Lathrop Township Supervisor. Ruth was one of the founders of the Lathrop Township Historical Society, in fact it would have taken us many years to get as far as we have gotten without Ruth’s help.

Ruth is really interested in the history of the area and has spent much of her life collecting articles, photos, and histories of her family and the families of many others. Many of her own family ancestors date back to the early 1600’s in the United States. It was the great honor of the Historical Society to have this special day for Ruth. She is a very hard working individual and her time is really appreciated. So, our hats are off to you, Ruth, and we thank you very much for being such a great pillar of the community.

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Snake Creek Lasers To Introduce Products

Snake Creek Lasers LLC, located in Hallstead, will introduce two new commercial laser products, MiniGreen and MicroGreen lasers, at the Photonics West show in San Jose, CA in January, 2005.

“These revolutionary miniature green lasers produce unprecedented power in very small packages,” Dr. David C. Brown, founder and manager of Snake Creek Lasers, explains, adding that the MiniGreen is about the size of a sugar cube, and the MicroGreen is one quarter that size.

Snake Creek Lasers introduces the MiniGreen Laser Series, a 9 mm 532 nm diode laser product. Applications for this product include biofluorescence, spectroscopy, metrology, semiconductor inspection, alignment and pointing, and laser displays.

The company’s products will initially be offered for large-scale military markets for targeting as gun pointers as well as for micro-displays. “Green light is five times more visible than red light under daylight conditions,” Dr. Brown explains. “Because of this characteristic, the MiniGreen and MicroGreen lasers also have commercial applications in many devices, including laser levels and pointers, cell phone displays and laser flashlights.”

Dr. Brown holds eleven issued U.S. patents for laser technology and has other patents pending. Dr. Jerry Kuper, the Manager of Laser Technology Development at Snake Creek, and also an owner in the company, holds fourteen U.S. patents for laser technology.

The Snake Creek team has also partnered with Onyx Optics of Dublin, CA for a military research and development project. Recently, Congressman Don Sherwood announced that the partnership project has received a $3 million U.S. government contract for the development of high power solid-state lasers. Snake Creek and Onyx will develop advanced composite laser materials and build a high power, cryogenically cooled solid-state laser under contract to the U.S. Air Force and Army. The contract will enable Snake Creek Lasers to become a major developer and manufacturer of high power laser systems for both military and commercial markets.

Snake Creek Lasers recently settled into its expanded facility at One Station Square (formerly the Lackawanna Railroad Station) in Hallstead. The new facility contains laboratories for laser research and development and manufacturing. "We're pleased to be growing in Pennsylvania," Dr. Brown said.

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Engagement Announced Truskolaski – Kelly

Tara Truskolaski and Brian Kelly are pleased to announce their engagement and upcoming wedding.

Tara is the daughter of Dawn Truskolaski, Susquehanna, and Marty Truskolaski, Windsor, NY. Tara is a graduate of Susquehanna Community High School and is currently working with Lancaster Development, Richmondville, NY, as an Office Manager while pursuing a degree in Civil Engineering.

Brian is the son of Jim and Debbie Kelly, Starrucca, and John and Debbie Pirnik, Susquehanna. Brian is also a graduate of Susquehanna Community High School and works with Carpenters Local 645, Scranton, PA. He served in the United States Marine Corps Reserves from 1998 to August, 2004, during which he was activated for Operation Enduring Freedom, NC and Operation Iraqi Freedom, Iraq.

An October, 2005 wedding is planned.

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H/GB Legion "Honors" Memorial Workers

Hallstead–Great Bend American Legion Post 357, on Sunday, November 21, at the Starrucca House, Susquehanna, thanked all those, who in “one way or another” were responsible for the building of “Freedom Memorial Park.”

The newly constructed Veterans Memorial, located on the Legion grounds is a tribute not only to those serving in the Armed Forces, but also to all those that gave their lives, those seriously injured, those held as Prisoners of War and those Missing in Action, and to Lawmen all over the country.

Post Commander Rick Rood welcomed guests and sincerely thanked all those present, especially those that supplied the equipment and material and did the major work. In his final words, Commander Rood told them, “You all did one heck of a job, for which we are all deeply pleased with a memorial that ranks tops in any community.”

(Note: if you haven’t seen the Memorial, take a few minutes to tour the “Freedom Memorial Park.” You will be more than pleased with what you will see.)

It would be nice to name all of the men and women who took part in the erection of the Memorial, but to one and all, a sincere “thank you” is extended from the officers and members of Post 357.

In addition to the “Appreciation Dinner” the guests were served in great style by Matis’ Starrucca House with a bountiful dinner and a delicious dessert.

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