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The Executive Committee is now accepting applications for the upcoming Leadership 2020 program. This will be the fourth leadership development program for Susquehanna County since its inception in Fall 2000. Currently the numbers who have graduated from the program totals 35, and many of our referrals come from the graduates. We are looking for interested individuals for the March 11, 2005 kick-off. The program continues on every Tuesday evening until graduation on May 24.
Leadership 2020 is a comprehensive leadership development program open to anyone living and/or working in Susquehanna County. Public officials, business people, staff, volunteers and board members of non-profit agencies and service clubs, and anyone who wants to make a difference in their own community or develop their personal leadership potential is encouraged to apply.
The Leadership 2020 Program requires a significant commitment of time and travel within the County and will require homework and other out-of-class preparation, and at the end of the program series, occasional support and assistance to operate the program for future participants. This year for the first time, we are utilizing a newly-developed statewide Extension leadership curriculum which is comprised of 36 hours of instruction. The tuition for the program is $200.00. Financial arrangements can be made if necessary.
Leadership 2020 Planning Committee members (l-r) are: Joe Burke, Ray Osburn, Joann Kowalski, Debbie Dissinger, Marilyn Haskins, Marilyn Talboys. Missing from the photo are Rosi Hibbard, Brandy Pitcher, Mary Button and Bob Welch.
Applications will be reviewed and the Leadership 2020 Executive Committee consisting of Rosi Hibbard, Brandy Pitcher, Joe Burke, Debbie Dissinger, Ray Osburn, Marilyn Talboys, Bob Welch, Mary Button and Marilyn Haskins will select participants.
For an application, or if you have questions on any aspect of the program, please contact one of the Executive Committee members or Joann Kowalski at 278-1158. Applications are due by January 31, 2005.
If you are a business or organization interested in sponsoring a participant or would like to make a donation of money or space, please contact Joann Kowalski.
Charles (Chuck) W. Jaget of Gibson, PA is the new Skipper of Sea Scout Ship North Star, New Milford, PA.
Chuck has served with Sea Scout Ship 90 since 1999 as a member of the ship’s committee and the last three years as Committee Chairman. He was responsible for Ship 90’s participation in Scout Fleet 2002, the 90th Anniversary of Sea Scouting held in New York Harbor. Chuck provided his 30-foot slooped rigged sailboat, the “Gibson Girl” for the Sea Scouts to sail from Annapolis, Maryland to New York City and back; a three-week voyage that 12 Sea Scouts and officers took part in from Ship 90. The last two summers he has had Sea Scouts from Ship 90 aboard the 46-foot ketch sailboat, “Der Pelikan” on Chesapeake Bay for nine days.
Chuck is a retired Commander of the United States Navy Reserve and has sailed around the world on destroyers and destroyer escorts and is a veteran of the Vietnam War. He has a BS and MS Degree in Chemistry. He and his wife, Norma have sailed from Chesapeake Bay to Florida and on to the Bahamas and back on the “Gibson Girl” several times. His Sea Scout Awards include the Sea Scouter’s Training Award, the Honorable Order of the Monkey’s Fist and the Silver Anchor.
Skipper Jaget will officially take the helm of Ship 90 at the Change of Command Ceremony and Recharter Meeting of SSS North Star on March 14, held at the Sea Scout Hall in New Milford.
New Quarterdeck Elected
The Sea Scouts recently elected a new quarterdeck of petty officers to run the ship. Ordinary Seaman David Navickas is the new Boatswain of the ship, with Ordinary Seaman Steve Spencer reelected as Boatswain Mate. Mike Rifenbury is new Yeoman and Webmaster and Ben Fisher is Purser.
The Sea Scouts enjoyed a Christmas party, held at the Sea Scout Hall with lots of pizza and soda and they hooked up X Boxes on the TVs and enjoyed video games. A white water canoe trip is planned for the Delaware River this summer.
Any young men and women between 14 and 20 are welcomed to join the crew by calling Skipper Chuck Jaget, at 756–2805 or First Mate Marvin Van Cott, at 465–7454.
On December 31, 2004, rural letter carrier Charlie Colwell (pictured) hung up his keys and retired from the Susquehanna Post Office. He had more than 35 years of Federal Service. On his last day of work, he was presented with a letter and service award from District Manager Ed Burke. He was also awarded with a Certificate of Appreciation and a National Safety Council plaque congratulating Charlie with achieving one million miles of safe driving. The Susquehanna Post Office wishes Charlie a long, healthy, and prosperous retirement.
On January 4, State Rep. Sandra Major was sworn in to her sixth term in office representing the people of Susquehanna, Wayne and Wyoming counties. Her district offices are at Route 706 Lake Montrose, RR 7 Box 7186, Montrose, PA 18801 (telephone: 570-278-3374) and 130 N. Bridge Street, Tunkhannock, PA 18657 (telephone: 570-836-5888). She visits the Wayne County portion of the district for regular offices hours on the second Thursday of each month.
The Friends of Susquehanna County decked the halls of the Community Foundation building on December 4th with garlands, wreathes and holly preparing for their Holiday Gala Open House and Auction. The charitable event filled the 1866 historic Lake Avenue home with county supporters who sampled festive foods, enjoyed music by the Blue Ridge Brass ensemble and theater group, and bid silently on holiday gifts.
This year the Friends members demonstrated extraordinary leadership. When fall flooding at the Green Gables Restaurant caused an earlier scheduled event to be canceled, they got to work calling on their many ticket holders and patrons by phone and in person. Despite the deluge, they managed to once again honor their commitments to the charities of Susquehanna County.
A highlight of the evening was the presentation of $1,000 Friends raised in donations to Habitat for Humanity, the Women’s Resource Center, Endless Mountain Theatre and Creative Adventures for Education. In addition to these contributions, for the second year the Friends will provide $5,000 towards the United Way Capital Campaign Fund; they intend to repeat that generosity next year.
Pictured are: June Wootton of Endless Mountain Theatre Co., Ann Marie Witko of the Women’s Resource Center, Nancy Hinkley of Friends of Susquehanna County, and Greg Myer of Habitat for Humanity.
This is the same dynamic organization that under the name of Friends of Barnes Kasson raised over $50,000 for a hospital dialysis chair, two beds for the birthing room, an arterial blood gas machine and set up a chapel or meditation room. In 2002 they expanded their horizons to raise funds for other agencies within the county, in partnership with the Community Foundation of Susquehanna County where they are currently building a permanent endowment fund.
The Friends have earned broad area support from professionals, individuals and businesses. They welcome energetic new members. If interested contact officers Nancy Hinkley at 879-2047, Alice Deutsch at 756-2044, or Barbara Hinkley at 879-2358.
The Creative Play Preschool held their annual Christmas party on December 17, at the St. John’s Church Hall. The preschool children sang, danced and presented their handmade Christmas gifts to their parents and grandparents. A surprise visit from Santa Claus entertained and delighted all 98 people who attended (pictured above with Megan Zabielski, daughter of Anastasia and Joe Zabielski).
The Baldwin School in Bryn Mawr, PA, formerly a 19th Century Victorian Hotel and now a private academy, was the setting for the June 5th wedding and reception of Hannah M. Smith and Keith P. Stein, both of Tarrytown, NY.
The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert A. Smith, Montrose.
The bridegroom is the son of Mary Breakstone, New York, NY and Michael Stein, Mt. Sinai, NY.
The bride is a graduate of Montrose H.S. She graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Art in Art History from the University of Massachusetts; attended the Marchutz School of Art in Aix-en-Provence, France and was a Morris Fellow at the Cooper Hewitt Museum in New York. She received her Masters in Arts Administration from Columbia University. Hannah is Director of Development at DreamYard NY.
The bridegroom is a graduate of Schreiver H.S. in Port Washington, NY. He received a Bachelor of Science in Wood Technology from the University of Massachusetts and a Masters in Civil Engineering from Columbia University. He is a project manager for W&W Glass, Nanuet, NY.
The couple resides in Tarrytown, NY.
Wayne County - On one of the coldest nights of this winter season so far, a small Lab mix dog was found abandoned near Lake Wallenpaupack suffering from a severe skin condition leaving her without fur. “Christmas,” so named by her rescuers, was examined by Dr. Andy Nebzydoski of Wallenpaupack Veterinary Clinic. She was found to be suffering from Demodectic mange, an inflammatory parasitic disease of dogs that is characterized by an increased number of mites in the hair follicles, which leads to severe itching and hair loss. “She has a very progressed case, which has caused her to loose most of her hair, and the itching has caused her to scratch herself raw,” Said Dr. Nebzydoski.
“We are looking for information on Christmas’ owner,” said Sue Frisch, Dessin Shelter Manager. “At this point we would like information on why her condition went untreated,” said Frisch. “Not only are we treating her skin condition, but she is obviously malnourished as well.”
North Jackson Horse Club
The North Jackson 4-H Ag Community Club would like to wish everyone a Happy New Year. We hope everyone had a Happy Holiday!
The club is growing with leaps and bounds. We had our Christmas Party on December 12, at the Lanesboro Community Hall. Everyone had a good time, good food, and the members exchanged gifts. We welcomed the new members; Sierra Hall, Taylor and Tye Cunde, Brittany Zebrowski, Jordan Ayers and Kelsey Kleiner.
We are looking forward to a great new year. Our plans are to go to a high school rodeo in Harrisburg at the Farm Show. Some are planning a trip back to the horse world Expo again this year in Harrisburg. We are also planning a two-day trip to Penn State for the Winning Ways Clinic in March. We are also sending our leaders and junior leaders to the National Youth Horse Leaders Symposium at Penn State in February.
We are looking forward to a great year in 4-H and hope everyone has a prosperous year. Our next meeting will be February 6, at BJ Carey's home at 1:30 p.m.
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