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In four years since the founding of the United Way of Susquehanna County its annual campaign results have increased more than threefold. Donations of $40,000 in 2001 doubled in 2002 to $80,000, rose again in 2003 to $115,000 and hit a record $135,000 in 2004.
United Way of Susquehanna County donors, volunteers and agency leaders celebrate record 2004 fundraising at Montrose VFW Hall.
At an annual celebration on January 14 at the Montrose VFW Hall, Untied Way President Joseph Burke expressed thanks to the community and urged volunteers to redouble efforts next year. He believes a one dollar per week donation from just half the county’s employed workers is attainable. That would generate $500,000 per year in support to local agencies. Operations Manager Ruth Donnelly and this year’s campaign co-chairpersons Cathy Chiarella and Marilyn Talboys hosted the event.
Local agencies and affiliate agencies served by United Way in 2004 include Interfaith, Literacy Program, Historical Society and Free Library, Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts of America, American Red Cross, American Heart and Lung Associations, Creative Adventures for Education, CareNet Pregnancy Center, End of Day, Inc., Habitat for Humanity, Women’s Resource Center, Self Discovery Wellness Arts Center, Hemodialysis Association, NE Rail-Trail Council, Friends of Salt Springs, Montrose Restoration Committee, Humane Society, Tri County Human Services Center, Volunteer Action Center, and Endless Mountain Theater Co.
At a recent meeting, the Scranton Rotary Club presented Tri-County Human Services Center, Inc., Carbondale, a check for $2500 to be used for their Tri-County’s Autism Program. Pictured (l-r) are: Mark Reese, Rotary Holiday Auction Chair; John Dickman, Rotary President; Michael Lynch, Tri-County Psychological Services Director; George Dermody Executive Director, Tri-County; Cyndi Hayes Rickert, Autism Program Specialist; Margie Cosgrove, Autism Program Coordinator; Ginger Refice, BHRS Program Manager; Barb Stone, Autism Program Specialist. For information about Tri-County’s Autism Services, contact Ms. Cosgrove at 282-1732.
The Community Foundation of Susquehanna County is pleased to report the following achievements for the year 2004: Value of assets in Foundation – $688,273; Number of funds – 38 (up from 24 in 2003); Total value of grants awarded – $263,368 (up from $45,109 in 2003); K-12 scholarships – $ 93,862; Preschool scholarships – $ 37,661; Schools receiving scholarships – 15; Students receiving scholarships – 133; Annual return on investments – 11.6%; 2 year return on investments – 35 %; United Way campaign donations – $137,900; Total Dollars benefiting Susquehanna County: $ 400,368.
Community Foundation of Susquehanna County Board of Directorslr : back row – General Council Jason Legg, Robert J. Brown, Chairman Earle A. Wootton, Treasurer James May, Vice Chairman William R. Lewis, Thomas Chamberlain; front row – Secretary Betty Kwader, Marian S. Miskell.
The Community Foundation provides philanthropic leadership for Susquehanna County by helping donors’ dreams come true. They are building a broad and permanent financial base to provide resources for community needs far into the future. The Board of Directors wishes to thank volunteers and donors who made the above possible. For more information call (570) 278–3800.
Pictured above (l-r), Christine, Samantha and John Valentine receive the No-Till Farmer of the Year Award from the Susquehanna County Conservation District.
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 No-Till Farmer of the Year. John and Christine Valentine, Lenox Township, were honored for their participation of the No-Till program offered by the SCCD. The Valentine’s planted no-till corn on 40 acres in 2004. John and Christine have taken advantage of the no-till seeder as well seeding approximately 100 acres of seeding over the years the program has been available. When farmers and landowners take advantage of the no-till program there is a huge reduction in soil erosion and for a nominal fee farmers may rent a planter and save the high cost of purchasing equipment.
Forest City, PA – And, the winners are Mr. and Mrs. Steve Schulz of Kingsley.
Simply by signing up for The North-Eastern Pennsylvania Telephone Company’s Data Vision the couple won a Sony 20” color television.
Pictured (l-r) are Mr. and Mrs. Steve Schulz of Kingsley; Karen Sampson, Marketing Coordinator; Steve Tourje, General Manager for The North-Eastern Pennsylvania Telephone Company.
The Schulz’s were surprised when they won the television. Just a couple of days after their new DataVision service was installed, they got word from Karen Sampson, Marketing Coordinator at NEP that they were selected in a random drawing as the winners.
Awarded during midyear commencement ceremonies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Christopher L. Henry, son of Russell and Mary Ann Henry of Forest City, has completed studies and fulfilled the requirements of the faculty for the degree Doctor of Pharmacy.
Christopher L. Henry, Pharm.D.
The Doctor of Pharmacy degree is a clinically oriented professional degree whose requirements at UNC include, but are not limited to, advanced didactic and experiential studies in clinical therapeutics, patient physical assessment, drug literature analysis and interpretation and clinical pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics. A 1990 graduate of Mountain View High School, previously he had earned a Bachelors of Science Degree in Pharmacy and Evaluative Sciences with an emphasis in Pharmaceutical Economics and Health Outcomes Research from the University of North Carolina in 1998. Named a Scholar of the American Foundation for Pharmaceutical Education in 1996, he also attained certification status as a Project Management Professional through the International Project Management Institute in 2001.
Dr. Henry currently holds the position of a Senior Project Manager within the PAREXEL International Corporation. In his role, he is responsible for the day to day management of staff from clinical operations, medical and regulatory affairs, data management, medical writing, biostatistics, quality assurance, laboratory, pharmacy, finance and various information technology departments both internal and external to the company as related to the conduct of phase II-III multinational clinical drug trials.
Headquartered near Boston, MA, PAREXEL International is one of the largest biopharmaceutical outsourcing organizations in the world operating in 57 locations throughout 36 countries and providing a broad range of knowledge-based contract research, medical marketing and consulting services to the worldwide pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device industries.
Dr. Henry currently resides with his wife, Karen (Tomazic), also formerly of Forest City, in Durham, North Carolina.
Even though there is snow on the ground and the weather is frightful, the Waverly Woman’s Club Attic Shop is “Thinking Spring!” The Attic Shop has terrific spring things in the store now, consignors are bringing in their finest spring and summer merchandise for sale.
The Attic Shop features top-of-the-line, name brand items; clothes for all ages, jewelry, handbags, shoes and household items, all at great prices. The shop also boasts selected merchandise at 50% off and even a real bargain $1.00 rack for your shopping pleasure.
Attic Shop chairpersons displaying wares (l-r) are: Nancy Bill and Eileen Hewitt.
The Attic Shop is located in the lower level of the Waverly Community House with regular shop hours: Wednesday and Friday from 10:00 a.m. to noon and the first and third Wednesdays of the month from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. If you are interested in being a consignor, those hours are Wednesdays from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and the first and third Wednesday nights from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
All proceeds from the Attic Shop are donated to local charities. For more information about shopping, consigning or donating items to the Attic Shop, call 586–5991.
This is Baby. She is a cute, five-year old gray/black female mini Schnauzer. This adorable bundle of fur is already spayed and housebroken. If you’re looking for a small, friendly dog, Baby is waiting for you.
Flossy is a three-year old, orange and white female cat. She is already spayed and litter-trained and comes equipped with loads of purrs. Come and see for yourself!
We’ll be waiting for you at the Susquehanna County Humane Society Shelter, in Montrose, (570) 278–1228.
The Postal Service requests that customers clear their mailboxes and walkways of snow and ice during the winter months. Postal carriers have suffered serious injuries related to slips, trips and falls during the past years.
“Several of our letter carriers have suffered broken ankles, fractured elbows, fractured arms and even more serious injuries,” said USPS Central Pennsylvania District Manager Ed Burke.
Letter carriers are instructed to hold mail to addresses where ice and snow are not cleared. But many risk their safety in order to provide service to the customers. “No one wants to inconvenience the customer,” Burke said, “but we must ensure the safety of our employees.
“The best way to avoid injury is prevention, please help our letter carriers provide the best service they can, as safely as possible,” said Burke. “Your cooperation is most appreciated and will help us provide timely delivery of your mail,” added Burke.
Incorrectly jump starting a dead battery can cause eye injuries or blindness. Statistics show that thousands of eye injuries occur each year from accidents resulting from exploding batteries.
North Central Sight Services, a United Way agency, stresses the importance of battery safety and recommends the following battery jump starting procedures to prevent serious eye injuries.
For maximum eye protection, wear safety goggles. Anyone working with car batteries or standing nearby should wear protective eye wear to keep fragments and chemicals out of the eyes should an accident occur.
Before attaching cables, extinguish all cigarettes and flames. Make sure cars cannot touch. Set both cars’ parking brakes and automatic transmissions to park (manual transmissions to neutral). Turn off ignition. Add battery water, if needed. Replace caps. Cover battery with damp cloth, if available. Do not jump start unless both batteries are negatively grounded and the same voltage. American cars are either 12-volt or 6-volt. Check your owners’ manual. Never jump start a frozen battery.
Attaching the cables (do in order listed): clamp one jumper cable to positive (+) pole of dead battery. Then clamp cable’s other end to positive (+) pole of good battery. At good battery, clamp second cable to negative (-) pole. Then clamp cable’s other end to dead car’s engine block. Keep jumper cables away from carburetor, fuel line, any tubing, or moving parts. Stand back from both vehicles. Start car with good battery first, then start the disabled car.
Remove cables in reverse order, starting with the engine block and other car’s negative pole. Then remove cable from positive poles.
Should an accident occur and battery acid gets into the eyes, flush them immediately with water continuously for 15 minutes. Consult a doctor immediately.
North Central Sight Services offers a free vinyl adhesive backed sticker listing step-by-step safety instructions that can be placed under the hood or in the glove compartment. This sticker tells a stranded motorist with a dead battery how to jump start the car safely. For a free sticker, send a self-addressed business size envelope to: North Central Sight Services, Inc., 901 Memorial Avenue, Williamsport, PA 17701.
A mere mention of the words “Girl Scout Cookies” leads people to visions of their favorite sweet treats—Thin Mints, Caramel deLites, Peanut Butter Patties, Shortbreads, Peanut Butter Sandwiches, Animal Treasures, Lemon Pastry Cremes and Iced Berry Pinatas. But did you know that a secret ingredient is baked right in to every Girl Scout Cookie?
For nearly 90 years, the Girl Scout Cookie Program has helped girls learn important entrepreneurial skills that they will use throughout their lives. Arguably the most well known and respected Girl Scout activity, the Cookie Program teaches girls to work together as a team, set goals and develop plans for reaching those goals. As they sell America’s favorite tasty treats, girls ages 6-18 learn about business ethics, advertising, marketing, fiscal responsibility and time management.
In addition to developing and strengthening these all-important life skills, the Cookie Program revenue helps Girl Scouts, Scranton Pocono Council supply essential services to Troops, Groups and individual girls such as program resources and communication support, adult volunteer training and special events. Girls can also use Cookie credit to attend various summer program opportunities.
As with all Girl Scout activities, the Cookie Program is conducted with tireless family support and under the supervision of dedicated volunteers and staff. The Girl Scout Movement prides itself on being the world’s preeminent organization for girls and young women that cultivates values, social conscience and self-esteem while teaching critical life skills they will need to succeed as adults. Indeed, Girl Scouting is a recipe for success!
So, when a Girl Scout asks you if you’d like to buy a box of Cookies, you’ll know that the real reward isn’t the tasty treats themselves but the character, teamwork and leadership skills baked right in to every bite!
The Scranton Pocono Council’s annual Cookie Program runs through February 15, 2005. For more information, please contact, toll-free 1-877-582-2100.
Following are the Susquehanna Fire Department 150 Club winners for January.
1/1: $100.00 – Vi Ficarro; $100.00 – Jack Norris; $500.00 – Gladys Troup; $500.00 – Les Schell.
1/8: Ted Gordon, Buster Schell, Fred Williams.
1/15: Lou Canfield, Joe Cina, Roger Holleran.
1/29: Bill Iveson, Grace Schell, Chris Herbert.
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