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50th Anniversary
Lathrop Twp. Society Holds Annual Meet
95th Birthday!
Blue Ridge Senior Center Update
Topics To Discuss With Aging Parents

50th Anniversary

John and Bernice Palmer, Hop Bottom, recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. They were married November 28, 1954 in the Hop Bottom United Methodist Church by the late Rev. William D. Jenkins.

They were attended by: Elizabeth Myers, sister of the bride; Patricia Pratt, sister-in-law of the bride; June Parkton, Sandra Parkton and Meryl Parkton, friends of the bride and groom; the late Wesley Parkton, friend of the groom and Keith and Jim Pratt, brothers of the bride.

Bernice and John Palmer

Mrs. Palmer is the former Bernice Pratt, daughter of Anna Pratt and the late Kenneth Pratt, Hop Bottom.

Mr. Palmer is the son of the late Charles and Florence Palmer, Clarks Summit. He is a retired Master Sergeant of the United States Air Force and a veteran of the Korean and Vietnam Conflicts. He is employed by Peoples National Bank, Hallstead.

The couple have two children, Lt. Col. David J. Palmer, Hop Bottom and Technical Sergeant, United States Air Force retired Kenneth C. Palmer, Moreno Valley, California. They also are blessed with four grandchildren, Michael, Michelle, Brian and Grant.

They marked the occasion by dining November 28 with immediate family at Twigs Restaurant, Tunkhannock. A spring, 2005 overseas trip is planned.


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Susky Class of '64 40 Year Reunion

The Class of 1964, from what was then called the “Susquehanna Consolidated Junior/Senior High School”, recently returned from a seven-day cruise of the Eastern Caribbean in honor of their 40 year class reunion. They celebrated in grand style, with ports of call in San Juan, St. Thomas, and St. Maarten Islands, aboard the brand new cruise ship, The Caribbean Princess.

The group of thirty-three (sixteen classmates, plus their spouses and/or friends) embarked on this great adventure. It was such a memorable trip, renewing old friendships, and making new ones.

Pictured (l-r) enjoying the reunion cruise of the Susquehanna Consolidated School Class of 1964 are: front row – Sue Oropallo, Dawn Stanford, Carole Phillips, Lillie June, Cheyanne Botts, Joyce Deakin, Linda Truex, Virginia Crandall; back row – Ron Osterhout, John Box, Kirby Langford, Dennis Allen, Elwood Soden.

Highlights of the trip included the group dining together every night in the dining room; professional group photo on one of the formal nights; Kirby Langford’s dancing expertise, and his karaoke rendition of ‘You Should Be Dancing’ with Lana Box; and Elwood Soden’s debut as the ‘cowboy’ in a performance of The Village People’s ‘YMCA’. He was a fast learner!

But our favorite was the Grand Finale… a private party for the Class of ’64 in the ‘Skywalkers Lounge, which sits high atop the rear of the ship, with window views overlooking the entire length of the ship, with the majestic blue ocean all around – a breathtaking sight to behold!

At that party, a toast was made to the “Class of l964”, to those present, to those was couldn’t attend, and to our classmates who have passed on.

Joyce (Deakin) Neidlinger and Ron Osterhout were crowned “Cruise Princess” and “Cruise Prince”, respectively. They were presented with crowns, flowers, and beautiful certificates with a picture of the ship in the background. (Our cabin doors all had signs and balloons on them, signifying the Class of 64 from Susquehanna, PA Reunion Cruise).

Everyone had a wonderful time, and are eager to plan another cruise in 2 years…to celebrate our 60th Birthdays. We are hopeful that even more classmates (and our teachers) will be able to go at that time. Dates and destinations are yet to be determined. Planning for this cruise was done by Carole (Phillips) Phillips, and Joyce (Deakin) Neidlinger.

Those attending were: Dennis and Sue Allen (Albany, NY); John and Lana Box (Thompson, PA); Cheyanne (Botts) and Kevin Kenyon (Pt. Crane, NY);Virginia (Crandall) and Richard Tripp (Binghamton, NY); Joyce (Deakin) and Royce Neidlinger (Virginia Beach and Florida); Lillie (June) Fernback and friend Cindy Armer (Lititz PA); Kirby and Ann Langford (Shelburne Falls, MA); Sue (Oropallo) and Whitey Kurey (Vero Beach, FL); Ron and Pat Osterhout (Pompano Beach, FL); Carole (Phillips) and Bill Phillips (Vestal, NY); Bonnie (Spencer) Smith and cousin Diane Misko (Canyon Lake, TX); Dawn (Stanford) Thompson (Springville, PA); Elwood and Linda Soden (Susquehanna, PA); and Linda (Truex) Medlar and her daughter, Lynette Florance (Hallstead, PA).

Also attending were Bill and Karen Hyrck, brother-in-law and sister-in-law of Cheyanne; John and Jan Holt (LaHabra, CA). John was a classmate of Carole’s husband, Bill Phillips, from U-E High School.

Our travel agent, Martha (Ficarro) Neidlinger, (also a SCHS alumni) and her husband, Helmuth also accompanied us on the trip. We wish to thank her for her countless hours of planning and making sure we all had our travel documents submitted, etc.

The Class of ’64 is a unique class. Even after all these years, we still love getting together. Our Class Motto is as true today as it was 40 years ago when we chose these words, “There Is A Bond Between Us That Shall Remain Throughout Our Lives.”

Can’t wait until 2006 for our next cruise and our summer picnic at Terry Rockwell’s!

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95th Birthday!

Marie is pictured above (l-r) with five generations of her family: great-granddaughter, Brenda Rockwell-Halesky holding her daughter, Marie’s great-great-granddaughter, Paige Halesky, granddaughter, Carol Rockwell, daughter, Jean Barton, and sitting, Marie (Nanna).

A 95th birthday celebration was held at the Susquehanna American Legion Hall on November 21, 2004 for Marie L. Saam (Nanna). Many friends and relatives came to celebrate this spectacular event!

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Blue Ridge Senior Center Update

There were several days that we closed this month. Namely for election, Veterans Day and Thanksgiving also black Friday. In spite of this we continued with our regular activities and enjoyed some others.

About 20 traveled to Binghamton and had lunch at Nicho's. Good time, good group. Lots of little boxes going home. Everyone, including Betty K. told me the desserts were excellent.

One day "Lisa," Ruth Kovaleski's daughter-in-law brought in her exercise ball and did we have fun. She gave a demonstration and several got down and used it, or at least tried. The only trouble was that once they got down they couldn't get up! You should hear the laughter, it truly was a "Fun" day. Thanks Ruth, hope I spelled your name right.

One afternoon found Caroline Fisher, Louise Ackley and Pearl Williams working on the Brownie Jars. These are mixes in a jar that are being sold. This day they were putting on the finishing touches, ribbons, and glitter and pretty flowers or birds, they look so festive. Thanks!

We celebrated with Thanksgiving dinner on the 15th of November. The tables were decorated with fall arrangements, pretty leaves and flowers. The tables looked lovely. We had turkey, sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie - all those foods associated with a typical holiday dinner. It was much enjoyed by the large group.

Our November birthdays are: Caroline Fisher, Nettie Swingle, Dean Swingle, and Walt Galloway. Happy Birthday to all.

Oh yes, we had the drawing for the Harvest Basket and Mary Maston was the lucky one. She got to take home the huge basket, overflowing with all kinds of food and goodies. Enjoy Mary.

Several people brought in some special recipes for us to share. Betty even printed them up so they can be tried at home. They were: Banana Bread - Nettie Swingle, Cranberry Bread - Shirley Travis, Cranberry Bread - Betty K, and a wonderful Fruit Cake by Gerri Munson. Thanks everyone for sharing.

This will be coming out before Christmas, so I wish to send greetings to all for a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful, healthy, happy 2005. Take care, till next time.

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Topics To Discuss With Aging Parents

It is said that love is the greatest gift of all. As many families gather together during the holiday season, it may provide a good opportunity to express how much we care through a frank and open discussion with older relatives about their well-being. As we age and live longer, financial legal, health care and long term care issues affect families, not just individuals.

The Eldercare Locator, a nationwide service funded by the U.S. Administration on Aging that links older consumers and their families to local aging services, has compiled a special guide to help families “face the facts” about these important topics. The guide addresses some key areas of concern, suggested questions to ask, and ways in which families might initiate conversations about these often difficult to discuss topics with their aging parents.

For information on available resources of help for older citizens and their families in the counties of Bradford, Sullivan, Susquehanna, and Tioga, contact the B/S/S/T Area Agency on Aging at 1-800-982-4346.

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