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LuAnn Killie Gets Statewide Award
Rep's. Baker, Pickett Take Office Oath
Ira Reynolds Honored On 103rd Birthday
More History Of Barnes-Kasson Hospital
Turnpike Terrace Center Update

A Bit Of Erie Railroad History
LIHEAP Can Help With Heating Costs
New Services For Medicare Recipients
Salt Springs Program Taught In Schools
2005 Visitors Guide Now Available

Feb. Jurors Drawn


LuAnn Killie Gets Statewide Award

LuAnn Killie of Hallstead has been named the recipient of the 2004 Self-Sufficiency Award for the TREHAB Center. The Community Action Association of Pennsylvania (CAAP) gives this award annually to individuals participating in programs through the state’s 43 member agencies, which include TREHAB.

LuAnn was one of 32 statewide winners honored at an awards reception and ceremony in Harrisburg last fall, receiving her award from Lt. Gov. Catherine Baker Knoll, CAAP Board President Ed Coleman, and CAAP Executive Director John Wilson.

Pictured during a presentation ceremony are CAAP Board President Ed Coleman and LuAnn Killie.

LuAnn started in TREHAB’s Supported Work Program with no driver’s license, walking to the Great Bend learning center each day. With help from the County Assistance Office and the Supported Work Program she successfully gained her permit, license, and car.

She was then accepted by the Barnes-Kasson Skilled Nursing Program to attend Nurse’s Aide training, which she completed by passing the state exam to become a Certified Nurse’s Aide. Upon receipt of the CNA she was hired by Barnes-Kasson Hospital, where she continues to serve area residents during the evening shift.

While working at Barnes-Kasson, LuAnn has started her RN training through Luzerne Community College.

The function of CAAs like TREHAB is to help people who are motivated to move out of poverty and into self-sufficiency through flexible programming tailored to their communities. CAAs are funded in large part by the federal Community Services Block Grant. They then leverage CSBG funding to attract other financial support and resources to help their customers become self-sufficient.

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Rep's. Baker, Pickett Take Office Oath

Baker, Pickett take oath of office: “I do solemnly swear that I will support, obey and defend the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of this Commonwealth and that I will discharge the duties of my office with fidelity.” With these words, Reps. Matt Baker (R-Tioga/Bradford) and Tina Pickett (R-Bradford/Sullivan/Susquehanna) last week began another term of office as state legislators. Baker begins his seventh two-year term, while Pickett is now a third-term lawmaker.

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Ira Reynolds Honored On 103rd Birthday

Ira Reynolds was 103 years old on January 2, 2005. He is still “right in the pink,” his granddaughter, Chikkie Hansen, noted. He is now walking well, after knee replacement surgery in September. He relishes outings as much as ever, and at home enjoys reading newspapers and magazines and doing puzzles – which is what this article is all about.

Ms. Hansen mailed pieces from a large, blank jigsaw to Ira’s friends and relatives, asking them to write a “little slogan” and sign the puzzle piece. At the top of the puzzle (which Ira enjoyed putting together) reads, “Happy Birthday Ira Reynolds 103.”

The finished puzzle pieces were mixed together in a pretty box for the birthday surprise – a special puzzle for Ira to put together on his birthday.

Was the Super Scout, Ira, surprised by friends and neighbors on his 103rd birthday? To say the least, he certainly was. The puzzle will be framed and hung in a conspicuous place in his home.

Miss Hansen, here from England to help care for her grandfather, would like to thank all those that responded to her letters to help make the “birthday puzzle” a pleasant day for Ira.

Happy Birthday, Ira, and may you continue to enjoy good health.

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More History Of Barnes-Kasson Hospital

The following was sent to this paper by a local resident. It answers questions that several people had asked. Recently the hospital celebrated its birthday, with parades, etc. This article will answer several questions.

Around January, 1964, a general board meeting of the building committee of the new hospital (now known as the Barnes-Kasson Memorial Hospital) was held. Chairman and cochairman were Robert F. Reddon and C. Carrol Smith.

Trustees were: President, Robert Langford; Vice President, C. Carroll Smith; Treasurer, Gerald Casey; Secretary, Michael Janicelli.

Administrator: Mrs. Alice Williams. Finance Committee: Langford, Smith, Casey and Thomas Anderson.

Directors: Thomas Anderson, Paul Baker, Edward Buchla, Gerald Casey, Clarence Claxton, Fenton Dixon, Kenneth Glidden, Edward (Ted) Gordon, George Houghton, Michael Janicelli, Fred Kotz, Reed Knorr, Robert Langford, Martin O’Malley, Raymond Page, Robert Reddon, Jesse Richards, Chris Schline, Ivon Silvernail, C. Carroll Smith, Vincent Stanton, George Thorn, Robert VanFleet, Harold Wescott. Honorary, Joseph Carrigg.

A statement by the Chairmen:

“With faith in the loyalty of our fellow citizens to respond to the needs of each other, we assume Chairmanship of this Campaign to build this vitally needed new hospital.

“If we all unite in resolution, and personal sacrifice, realizing that with successful accomplishment of this immediate objective, new horizons of community improvement will occur... this will be but the beginning of a  new and better era for all.”

(A quote): Only if there is real sacrifice by each individual of the communities served by the hospital, can this goal be achieved. (Evidently, the goal was reached, proven by our (today’s) new hospital.)

The brochure states that the new hospital would cost $548,500. The sum of $274,250 was an outright gift from the Government. The hospital donated $124,250. (The drive for funds was set at $150,000.)

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Turnpike Terrace Center Update

Greetings from Turnpike Terrace for January!

Well, a new year – a new beginning. We had a great holiday season here at the Terrace, and hope for a great year.

Seniors are welcome to come to our council meetings, to see what is going on at the center. We meet on the first Wednesday of the month, at 1 p.m. You can also come to our bingo games on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, at 6 p.m. and on Mondays, at 1 p.m. We have a lot of fun and fellowship at these games.

First snow fall – we were all out cleaning off our vehicles and moving them so the men could plow. It looks good out there, at least in the parking lots. Most of us say we have had enough of winter, but we all know it’s just getting started.

We have already discussed what we will be making for Valentines Day and Easter for our meals on wheels people. We also get to clean out our craft room – we have a lot of surprises in there.

We had a great brown bag day – a pancake lunch and a big turnout for it. Our next one will be a trip for lunch.

We had the flu shots given here last week and also a lady speaker; she spoke on depression and it was interesting.

Well bye for now, see you next month.

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A Bit Of Erie Railroad History

(An out-of-town former resident – on the elderly side – has asked us to relate a little history of the Erie Railroad. A thumbnail of the Erie Railroad in Susquehanna follows):

Known as the Delaware Division, famous for its railroad station and in Lanesboro, PA, the Starrucca Viaduct, known as the Stone Bridge with its many arches (17 or 18, I believe).

The Railroad Station not only housed a large “upstairs sleeping quarters,” but also a beautiful restaurant and bragged about one of the finest and largest engine machine shops in the country.

The Shops, opened in 1864, were busy repairing steam engines and freight cars until late in the 1920s. At least 1900 people were employed by the shops and railroad station.

Any night of the week you could see railroaders and local residents patronizing the Erie Restaurant, where you could hear “stories of all kinds.” The community was really booming at that time, and stayed that way for years, until Erie Railroad officials (with Mr. Bernet, president) decided to close the local shops. The town was in an uproar. But wait...

Not many know that the Shops remained open another five years, because Susquehanna Transcript Editor U. G. Baker, one of Susquehanna’s most dedicated citizens, grabbed the telephone (I know, for I was in the office when U. G. got Mr. Bernet on the phone). You don’t want to know some of language – but U. G., in no uncertain terms, told Mr. Bernet this, “Do you know what you are doing? Closing the shops will idle over 2000 employees and put them and their families on relief.” Needless to say, Mr. Baker won the “friendly argument.” But after five years, it seems the railroad had to close “us down” and move to other cities.

The Starrucca House, now owned by Mike Matis, and called the “Iron Horse,” is still open. It is well known throughout the United States as one of the “most magnificent” and largest brick railroad stations in the country.

(Readers please note: some of my “facts” may be wrong. If so, I will be glad to hear from you. Write to 600 Turnpike Street, Susquehanna.)

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LIHEAP Can Help With Heating Costs

HARRISBURG - Rep. Sandra Major (R-Susquehanna/Wayne/Wyoming) today reminded residents struggling with home-heating costs that they can now apply for Pennsylvania's Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).

LIHEAP, which is funded by the federal government and administered by the state Department of Public Welfare (DPW), helps low-income households pay their heating bills and covers weather emergencies through energy assistance grants.

The 2004-05 program opened Nov. 8 and eligible residents can continue submitting applications through March 24, 2005, or until funding is depleted.

For more information, contact the county assistance office or call the toll-free LIHEAP hotline at 1–866–857–7095.

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New Services For Medicare Recipients

HARRISBURG, PA – Most people with Medicare know that Medicare helps to pay for their health care when they get sick or are injured. But do you realize that Medicare provides many preventive services to help you stay healthy? In 2005, Medicare is providing three new preventive care services.

“Welcome to Medicare” Physical. For persons who enroll in Medicare on or after Jan. 1, 2005, Medicare will cover a one-time preventive physical exam. The exam must be obtained within the first six months that you have Part B. The exam covers a thorough review of your health, including measurement of your height, weight, and blood pressure. It also includes an EKG, education, and counseling about other preventive services you may need. The “Welcome to Medicare” exam is a great way to get up-to-date on your health status.

Cardiovascular Screening. This blood test checks for cholesterol, lipid, and triglyceride levels. By checking these levels, your doctor may be able to determine if you are at risk for cardiovascular disease. If so, you might be able to make lifestyle changes that lower your chances of having heart problems. Your doctor can discuss with you whether or not you should get this test.

Diabetes Screening Tests. Diabetes is a medical condition in which your body doesn’t make enough insulin, or has a reduced response to insulin. Diabetes causes your blood sugar to be too high, which is not good for your health. Medicare now covers a fasting plasma glucose test to check for diabetes. Persons at risk for diabetes may get this test. You are considered at risk if you have any of the following: high blood pressure, a history of abnormal cholesterol and triglyceride levels, obesity, or a history of high blood sugar. Other risk factors may also qualify you for this test, and based on the results, you may be eligible for up to two screenings each year.

In addition to these new preventive services, Medicare also provides coverage for the following: bone mass measurements, colorectal cancer screenings, diabetes supplies, glaucoma testing, pap test and pelvic exam, prostrate cancer screening, screening mammogram, flu and pneumococcal shots.

Medicare helps to pay for these services because staying healthy is important. Quality Insights urges you to use these services to help you stay healthy and alive in 2005!

Quality Insights of Pennsylvania, under contract with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), protects Medicare patient rights and works collaboratively with hospitals and other health care providers in Pennsylvania to assist them in their efforts to improve the quality of the care they deliver. To learn more about this non-profit organization, visit or call 1.800.MEDICARE and ask for information about Quality Insights of Pennsylvania. CMS is an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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Salt Springs Program Taught In Schools

In 2004, the Friends' Earth Ecology and the Environment (E3) program was taught to 4th graders from Lathrop Street, Mountain View, and Elk Lake Elementary Schools, with an overwhelmingly positive response. “I would highly recommend this program to other schools,” says Karen Walsh, fourth grade teacher at Lathrop Street Elementary.

E3 was created by the Education Committee of the Friends of Salt Springs Park, Inc., to help county schools comply with Governor Ridge’s revised “Academic Standards for Environment and Ecology.” These standards, which establish what students should know by the end of the 4th, 7th, 10th, and 12th grades, went into effect in 2002. According to Nancy Wottrich, chairperson, “many schools were unprepared to incorporate a comprehensive component into already bulging curricula.” The Friends’ E3 program meets several specific standards for 4th grade students and supports many more.

E3 consists of 2 classroom sessions and 1 all day field trip to Salt Springs State Park. It is available to all 6 county school districts and can be scheduled in either the spring or the fall. There is a fee to participate in the program. These fees do not, however, cover all of the Friends’ expenses. Additional funds have previously been obtained from the Susquehanna County Conservation District and a legislative initiative grant from Senator Madigan.

But what do the students think? Eli Washburn, of Montrose, says, “This is awesome! I’m going to bring my Mom and Dad here!” By helping to transform school lessons into a family adventure, the Friends exceeded one of its educational goals.

For more information, or to sign up your class, contact Nancy Wottrich at 967-PARK (7275).

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2005 Visitors Guide Now Available

The Endless Mountains Visitors Bureau has announced the release of its 2005 visitors guide.

The 40-page color booklet is an informational guide to the Endless Mountains Region, covering everything from where to stay and dine, to what to see and do. It is designed with the tourist in mind, utilizing a category system that makes finding lodgings, shops, scenic sites and businesses simple.

Easy-to-read charts have been added to the guide this year, so readers can find the lodging establishment and restaurant that suits their specific needs. There is also a chart listing the public fishing areas and boat launch accesses throughout the Endless Mountains Region.

Many people are drawn to the Endless Mountains for its rich historical background, scenic beauty and recreational opportunities. In the guide, the reader will find where all the local museums, monuments and historic sites can be found. It also points out breathtaking scenic vistas and overlooks, as well as where to enrich the mind through art exhibits, music and theater performances. The recreation section of the guide offers a variety of seasonal activities to choose from, including biking, hiking, canoeing, golfing and skiing.

Special articles in the guide highlight some of the major fairs and festivals happening in the region, an assortment of cultural events to check out, and some interesting recreational ideas to explore.

The Endless Mountains Visitors Bureau is the official tourism promotion agency for Bradford, Sullivan, Susquehanna and Wyoming counties.

To receive a copy of the visitors guide, call the bureau at (570) 836-5431 or 1-800-769-8999.

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Feb. Jurors Drawn

Following is the list of names drawn to serve as Petit and Traverse jurors for February, to appear in the Court of Common Pleas, Susquehanna County Courthouse, main courtroom, Montrose, PA on the seventh day of February, 9:00 a.m.

Apolacon Twp.: Mary Ellen Griffin.

Auburn Twp.: Ronald A. Carroll, Jr., Alayne D. Kipar, Larry Lyne, Leann Richards, Charles L. Thompson, Elias L. Whipple, Jr.

Bridgewater Twp.: Gregory Hempstead, Franklin W. Herb, Joyce B. Marshman, Michael Mead.

Choconut Twp.: Karen Deasy, Carolyn E. Doolittle, Timothy C. Hess.

Clifford Twp.: Darius Compton, Annette M. Lynch, Margaret A. Tomazic, Thomas J. Virbitsky.

Dimock Twp.: Kenneth F. Cuomo, Amber Martin.

Forest City Boro 1W: Thomas Curtis, Robert F. Jones III.

Forest City Boro 2W: Rose E. Emmett, Sharon L. Kilmer.

Gibson Twp.: Bernard H. Tomcykoski.

Great Bend Boro: Edward J. Sherry, Janice Slater, Loretta W. Soller.

Great Bend Twp.: Nicola A. Allard, Marjorie E. Marvin, Armetta Slocum.

Hallstead Boro: Jamie G. Schroeder.

Harford Twp.: Manuel Diaz, Jr., Michelle L. Estabrook, Donald Lindsey, William J. Matthews, Lloyd O. Williams, Edward Lawson.

Hop Bottom Boro: Racheal Robinson.

Jackson Twp.: Paul McGinley, Casey Porter, Kenneth R. Powers, John Snyder.

Lenox Twp.: Daniel J. Colachino, Sharon Herron, Adella E. Matthews, Lorraine Valentine.

Liberty Twp.: James P. Luce.

Montrose Boro 1W: Donna Birchard, Joann H. Reimel, Ada Warner.

New Milford Boro: Christina Whitney.

New Milford Twp.: Roy Edwards, Christopher J. Hausser, Jonathan Westcott.

Rush Twp.: Gordon M. Moore, Jr.

Silver Lake Twp.: Douglas A. Bickford.

Springville Twp.: Rosemary F. Cosner, Stella J. Swingle.

Susquehanna Boro 1W: Allen C. Wolf.

Susquehanna Boro 2W: Kenneth Soules.

Thompson Boro: Ronald Wasko.

Union Dale Boro: Keith Foster, Donna Seney.

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