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April Is Environmental Awareness Month
Engagement Announced Gow – Bixby
“Iron-Jawed Angels” Was A Big Hit!
Waiting For You!

Locals Win NEPTA Awards
Salt Springs Is Unique in Penna.
Spring Cleaning?


April Is Environmental Awareness Month

The Susquehanna County Commissioners proclaimed April “Environmental Awareness Month” in Susquehanna County during their public meeting March 23. Joining them were members of various county agencies as well as others involved in environmental projects throughout the county.

Pictured (l-r) are: front row – Steve Barondeau - SCCD Watershed Specialist, Jim Garner - SCCD Manager, Jeff Loomis - County Commissioner, Roberta Kelly - County Commissioner, Eric Hamby - Recycling Coordinator, Nancy Wottrich - Friends of Salt Springs Park; back row – Leif Winter - Organic Farmer, Sue Chance - Friends of Salt Springs Park, MaryAnn Warren - County Commissioner, Jay Harter - Environmental Educator. Not pictured: Roger Sherwood - SCCD Outreach and Education, Jodi Anderson - Recycling Center.

Reading from the proclamation, County Commissioner MaryAnn Warren said, “Whereas the citizens of Susquehanna County have demonstrated interest in their natural environment through involvement in environmental projects, organizations, and recycling programs… Now, therefore, we, the Commissioners of Susquehanna County, in acknowledgement of our responsibility to place a sound natural resource base in the hands of children, do proclaim the month of April of each year to be designated as Environmental Awareness Month.”

Newly appointed County Recycling Coordinator Eric Hamby thanked the commissioners for their proclamation and stated that he looks forward to working with those involved in environmental programs.

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Engagement Announced Gow – Bixby

Mr. and Mrs. Lynn Jesse Gow of Susquehanna, PA announce the engagement of their daughter, Diana Gow, to Jason Bixby.


The future bridegroom is the son of Mrs. Theresa Bixby and Mr. Matthew Frailey of Susquehanna and Mr. John Bixby of Forest City.

Miss Gow graduated from Susquehanna Community High School. She received her BS and MS in Special Education from Bloomsburg University. She will receive certification in Education Leadership and Supervisor of Special Education from Marywood University in June, 2005. She is a Special Education Teacher at Windsor Central High School, Windsor, NY.

Mr. Bixby graduated from Susquehanna Community High School. He received his AA in Business Administration from Broome Community College. He is a sales agent for AFLAC of NY.

A July 2, 2005 wedding is planned.

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“Iron-Jawed Angels” Was A Big Hit!

The League of Women Voters of Susquehanna County recently gave a present to itself and the community with a special showing of the HBO film, “Iron-Jawed Angels”, starring two-time Academy Award-winning actress Hilary Swank. Some 40 persons met at the historic Rosemont Inn in Montrose on Saturday, March 5 to celebrate March as Women’s History Month.

“Angels” is the true-life story of suffragists Alice Paul and Lucy Burns’s struggle for passage of the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote. The film focuses on the activism of their National Women’s Party that often conflicted with the older, more conservative National American Women Suffrage Association.

Pictured are from right, Sarah Boyle, guest speaker for the LWVSC showing of the film "Iron Jawed Women", along with Women's History Month meeting committee members Joann Kowalski, chair, Ruth Wilmarth and Marcia Yoselson.

To introduce the movie and set it in its historical context was Sarah Boyle, a PhD candidate in US History at Binghamton University. She offered a perspective on the progression from the “earnest” nature of the earlier movement, which pushed for the vote because “only as enfranchised citizens could women truly protect their homes and families from injustice and immorality,” and the feminist activism of the nineteen teens, in which the only issue was political: the vote for women. What they did with their vote didn’t matter, according to Paul; the vote did.

Ms Boyle’s intro concluded on this note: “The modern women's movement, while not dismissing the importance of feminism and suffrage, would also do well to remember the lessons of the nineteenth century woman's movement: that women should come together as women not only for their own advancement but for the betterment of society.”

The LWVSC has donated the "Iron Jawed Angels" DVD to the Susquehanna County Library in Montrose for public enjoyment and education.

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Waiting For You!

We have three of these beautiful, orange, male kitties. Their names are Matt, Jeff and Tony. One of them almost leaps into your arms to be taken home. Come and find out which of these handsome gentlemen it is.

They’ll be waiting for you at the Susquehanna County Humane Society Shelter, in Montrose, (570) 278–1228.

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Locals Win NEPTA Awards

It's a good thing the representatives of Endless Mountains Theatre Company weren't planning to return from the NEPTA Awards by plane, because the 18 trophies awarded to EMTC on March 19 in Scranton would certainly have exceeded any airline's luggage limit.

NEPTA is the Northeastern Pennsylvania Theatrical Alliance, a regional organization of community theatre groups that helps organizations like EMTC network support one another and, once a year, vote for the region's best productions, directors, and performers.

"We were very proud last year of our five awards," says EMTC Chair Bob DeLuca. "This year 'proud' doesn't really cover it – it's more like 'flabbergasted'! And while we're speaking of pride, I'd like to emphasize how extremely proud I am not only of our award winners, but of all our nominees."

The list of awards taken by EMTC for their 2004 season, with the production for which the awards were won in parentheses, are as follows: Best Supporting Actress in a Musical: Nancy Dennis (for Cinderella); Best Supporting Actor in a Musical: Bob DeLuca (Cinderella); Best Musical Director: Karen Kalinowski (Cinderella); Best Choreographer: Jessica Williams (Cinderella); Best Director of a Musical: Tim Hutchins (Cinderella); Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy: David Schmidt (Drop Dead); Best Director of a Comedy: Dianna Wayman (Drop Dead); Best Family Production: Cinderella; Best Supporting Actress in a Drama: Jessica Reed (Steel Magnolias); Best Juvenile Actress: Cassie Bednarchik, Tonya Griffin (Steel Magnolias); Best Juvenile Actor: Logan Nalbone (Cinderella); Best Lead Actress in a Musical: Melina Smart (Cinderella); Best Lead Actor in a Musical: John Madas (Cinderella); Best Musical: Cinderella; Best Lead Actor in a Comedy: Joseph Bednarchik (Drop Dead); Best Comedy: Drop Dead; Best Lead Actress in a Drama: Dianna Wayman (Steel Magnolias).

In addition, the Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to EMTC's Lee Schroeder, in a ceremony that included the delivery of a custom-written song.

DeLuca mentions that details will be publicized soon regarding EMTC's newest round of award-winning shows – and how you can audition for an opportunity to become part of this trophy-taking community theatre group! For more information, call (570) 434-2422. All are welcome to attend EMTC's annual meeting on March 31, 6:00 p.m. at the Basil Leaf in Montrose. Light refreshments will be served, no reservations necessary.

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Salt Springs Is Unique in Penna.

What makes Salt Springs State Park different from every other Pennsylvania state park? It is the only one of the 116 state parks, according to Roger Fickes, Director of the Bureau of State Parks, that is managed by a private organization.

What does this mean? It means that the private organization, the Friends of Salt Springs Park, Inc., not the State, is the force behind all the improvements at the park in the past 10 years.

The Friends is a nonprofit organization, governed by a 12-member board of directors, that operates Salt Springs according to a Management Agreement with the Bureau of State Parks. The first agreement was between the State and Susquehanna County, with the Friends as subcontractors of the County. This 10-year agreement expired in December, 2004. The Friends were so successful at fulfilling the first contract that the second, which began January 1, 2005, is between the State and the Friends directly.

Although Salt Springs is a state park, state support is limited. It includes monitoring water quality and maintaining the parking lot. Because of the Friends' vision, planning, and ability to raise money through memberships, donations, and grants, the farmhouses are renovated, the old trails are clear and new ones exist, a boardwalk and overlook area make the waterfalls more accessible, restroom facilities have been upgraded and expanded, the park has a pavilion, and camping is now possible. Public programs are offered year round, and the Friends' fourth grade environmental education program is taught in several county school districts.

Visit and spend time with your family at the park. For more info or to become involved call 967-7275.

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Spring Cleaning?

Dessin Animal Shelter in Honesdale is once again gearing up for its annual yard sale. Donations of new and gently used items are needed to make this year’s sale a success. Items such as used furniture in good condition, kitchen items, books, knick-knacks, lawn and garden items are just a few ideas.

The sale this year will have an exciting new location just off the Carly Brook Road in Honesdale! The shelter is requesting no clothes, exercise equipment, or electric appliances be dropped off. So, while you are doing the task of spring cleaning, instead of tossing out those unused items, call the Dessin Animal Shelter to make arrangements to donate your items and help our community’s orphaned pets.

You can reach the shelter by calling (570) 253-4037 or e-mail at

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