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Pictured above (l-r) are: Jim Garner, SCCD District Manager, Luann Ransom, Jonathon Ransom and Levi Ransom receiving the Farmer of the Year Award.
The Susquehanna County Conservation District (SCCD) held their annual awards banquet recently at the Montrose Bible Conference. One of several awards was the Susquehanna County Conservation District’s Farmer of the Year. Levi and Luann Ransom, Lenox Township, Ransom Ransomed Dairy, were honored for their wide range participation of various programs offered by the SCCD.
Susquehanna County Dairy Princess, Amanda Zembrzycki recently presented a welcome gift to newborn Haylee Lyn Herrmann, daughter of Jamime Burns and James Herrmann. Haylee Lyn weighed 8 pounds, 4 ounces and was 20 inches long at birth. Amanda presented the baby a “got milk” creeper.
Andrew and Mary K. Sienko of Hallstead announce the engagement of their daughter, Sarah Marie Sienko to Joseph Patrick Hennessey of Baltimore, MD.
The future bridegroom is the son of John and Mary Hennessey, Fallston, MD.
Miss Sienko is a graduate of Blue Ridge High School and East Stroudsburg University. She is employed as an elementary teacher in Anne Arundel County, Annapolis, MD.
Mr. Hennessey is a graduate of Loyola Blakefield, Towson, MD and Villanova University. He is a medical sales representative for Empi, Inc.
A July 2, 2005 wedding is planned at St. Lawrence R.C. Church, Great Bend, PA.
December is such a busy month, people are baking , making those special cookies, shopping, addressing cards, and visiting with friends and family, and of course parties. We had a wonderful Christmas Dinner at the VFW in Great Bend. The ladies of the auxiliary prepared and served it and it was great. There was salad and delicious roast pork, dressing, veggies, all the extras and homemade pie. We also enjoyed a super DJ - the music was mixed some Christmas songs and some others, but it was all good, There were door prizes and the lucky ones were: Mary White, Dorothy Helman, Ruthie Allard, Marcie Makolich, Don Rittner, and David Hughes. David decided to redistribute his and Richard Randall took home a lovely door arrangement. There were over fifty (50) out and some enjoyed dancing to the music. All in all it was a marvelous evening. Thank you, Betty K. for arranging this great holiday affair for us
More Christmas enjoyment. One afternoon a van full of people went to Roberson Museum in Binghamton, NY and saw the wonderful Christmas Tree display. There were trees representing many countries of the world, some were breathtaking and so unusual. Also one was able to go thorough the whole three (3) floors of exhibits. On our way into town we stopped at Jane's Diner in Conklin and had lunch. Everyone was impressed with the Christmas Tree Forest and thought it a splendid day.
Several birthdays this month, those who arrived in cold December are: Peg Evans, Ed Doyle, Marion Nemire and Marcie Makolich. Hope you all had a wonderful day and will have a wonderful year.
The good times continue; one evening David Hughes drove the van (it was full) into Nicho's and dinner was enjoyed - then a Christmas Light Tour. We traveled about town looking and enjoying the lovely light displays. All were impressed with the time and work put into the decorations.
We had some super times this month, but we continued to play games, dominoes, cards, do our exercises, and we played Dirty Bingo one afternoon, that is always a howling good time, so much laughing and fun. Hope all had a blessed and happy holiday season.
Till next time.
The Pennsylvania Association of Retired State Employees (PARSE) held their last meeting of year 2004 on December 14, at the Towanda Gun Club. The guest speaker was Mary Lou McCamley of the Towanda Social Security Office. She spoke of the history of the Social Security Retirement and Medicare Programs. She itemized the proposed changes, but stressed that all changes are enacted by Congress. The Social Security Administration offices only can determine claimants’ eligibility. Members who have questions about Medicare may contact 1-800-663-4227.
During the business meeting, President Alton Arnold reappointed Helen Benio as membership chairman. She reported that there were 20 new members, all from Bradford County. She urged that retirees from Susquehanna and Sullivan Counties, as well as Bradford County join PARSE. For joining information, contact Mrs. Benio at (570) 278–2380.
Mr. Arnold also reappointed Jesse Bacon as Legislative Chairman. Mr. Bacon presented and circulated a letter of petition to the PARSE members present requesting an annual Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA). An opportunity for signatures to accompany this letter was provided. Even though raises have been tabled for this year by the General Assembly, the legislators will still receive a 5.2% cost-of-living on their current $66,203 salaries. Each representative and senator in our three counties of Bradford, Sullivan and Susquehanna will be mailed an individual letter and a copy of the signatures. Members were encouraged to write or contact their legislators individually. Their names and Harrisburg addresses were circulated to the membership.
Due to the possibility of inclement weather, there will be no meetings during the months of January, February and March. The first meeting of year 2005 will be held Tuesday, April 12, at the Fairdale Methodist Church. For more information, or to make reservations, contact Susquehanna Vice President, John Benio at (570) 278–2380.
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