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In May, 1905 when skirts were long and hats were the fashion, Miss Caroline P. Morris was inspired to establish a garden club in Montrose, a small town in Northeastern Pennsylvania. “Miss Carrie,” as she was known, was inspired by her cousin, Mrs. Edward Martin, who had formed the Philadelphia Garden Club in 1904. That original club has since disbanded, thus earning The Garden Club of Montrose the title of “oldest existing garden club in Pennsylvania.”
Garden Club ladies of the past.
A scrapbook of historical significance to The Garden Club of Montrose was compiled in the early 1950’s. In a copy of the original By-Laws booklet it states, “Members shall be those who plan, plant or actually work in their own gardens.” At that time the club met only in the summer months since these ladies lived in Philadelphia, but spent their summers in the much more desirable climate of Montrose.
Also included in the scrapbook are minutes of meetings held in 1920 and for some years thereafter. According to a story told by an early member of the Club, the minutes for the years 1905-1920 were burned by the secretary who was mad at the president. Obviously, they weren’t ladylike all the time!
The Garden Club of Montrose became a member of the Garden Club Federation of Pennsylvania in 1930. They held their first flower show in 1934. In the past they organized lawn fetes for the benefit of the library, planted trees to honor World War I veterans, and planted yew hedges at the Episcopal Church to honor a Club member, naming but a few of their worthwhile projects.
At this writing The Garden Club of Montrose has 43 members, three of whom serve on the Pennsylvania State Federation Board of Directors. Also included in the membership are one Judge Emeritus, one Master Judge, one Life Judge, three Landscape Design Consultants and seven Master Gardeners. Members currently maintain the flower beds at the Court House, prune the plantings at the gazebo, furnish weekly flowers for the library desk in the summer months, and provide table arrangements for the Restoration Dinner and the Blueberry Festival. Baskets hung on the posts in downtown Montrose during the summer months are yet another project of the club. Monthly programs are held, some of which are open to the public, on a variety of educational topics.
The Garden Club of Montrose is mindful of the many contributions of past members who gave the club such a solid foundation. Now, 100 years later, we are celebrating our history. A Plant Exchange/Sale with complimentary birthday cake in May, participation in the 4th of July parade, an Anniversary Tree dedication in September, and a festive Holiday Gala and Flower Show in November will show the spirit of The Garden Club of Montrose.
Sunday, April 10, 2005, was a day of “remembrance” for several members of the Susquehanna American Legion Post 86 as they were honored at a luncheon with friends and relatives present.
Among those honored were members with continuous memberships of 50 years and 60 years.
Pictured (l-r) are: 60-year members (present) standing – Joseph Galloway, Matthew Alerio, Post Commander Joseph Bucci (who has a few years to serve to reach 50), Padraic F. Kane, Elbert VanHorn (50 years), Dominic (Spin) Battisti; seated – Elaine Burman (accepted plaque for her father), Gerald Perry, Walter Stein, Edmund J. Ahearn, Jr., Arthur W. Schell, Edward (Ted) Gordon. Photo by Joe Schell
Fifty-year members honored were: Henry G. Barnes, Anthony Napolitano, Thomas Trynoski and Elbert Van Horn.
Sixty-year members – receiving a plaque from the American Legion headquarters – were: Gerald Perry, Matthew Alerio, Vincent F. Pagano, John F. McMahon, Padraic F. Kane, John E. Lambiase, Edmund J. Ahearn, Jr., Edward J. Gordon, Walter D. Stein, Edward Slater, Arthur W. Schell, Joseph T. Galloway and Dominic Battisti.
With Commander Joseph Bucci opening the short program, the members (some were unable to attend) were individually called to receive their plaque along with a photo holding their plaque, with past commander Peter Janicelli, the “official” photographer.
TREHAB Drug and Alcohol Prevention, in Conjunction with the PA Department of Health and the Students Against Smoking Coalition, held a BUSTED! One-Day Conference on April 1, 2005 at the Montrose Bible Conference, and will sponsor additional tobacco events this spring.
Across the state 38,100 youth under the age of 18 become new, daily smokers each year.
BUSTED! is made up of teens from all across Pennsylvania to target big tobacco companies because tobacco companies target teens. They, through projects and events, promote actions against tobacco company use of deceptive marketing.
Caption: Joe Fuller, Penn State Cooperative Extension Youth Program Coordinator guiding BUSTED! Conference participants through a leadership exercise.
The Susquehanna County conference was open to area high school students. Thirty six teens representing three school districts in the county participated. Keynote speaker and American Lung Association representative, Anthony Delonti shared a program called Tobacco on Trial to demonstrate manipulation of youth by tobacco companies. Joe Fuller of the Penn State Cooperative Extension presented leadership topics; teambuilding, responsibility, and communication skills which allowed teens to meet new youth and work together to solve problems.
Trehab will also be sponsoring other events this spring such as a Kick Butts Day Campaign for April 13, a public showing of “The Insider” at the Montrose Theater on May 31st, and a luncheon for anyone in the county who would like to learn more about tobacco and secondhand smoke on May 23rd at the Montrose Bible Conference.
Any individuals or community groups interested in participating or getting free tickets to the spring tobacco events should contact Brandy Pitcher, TREHAB Tobacco Control Specialist, at (570) 278-5237.
Youth Advocate Programs, Inc., is proud to announce that Carolyn Warner (pictured) has earned the “Above And Beyond Award” for providing exceptional services with compassion and integrity to children and families of our community. Carolyn is a Mobile Therapist who has consistently provided qualify therapeutic interventions in her client’s home, school, and community, and is an excellent supervisor to her therapeutic team. She has been with this organization for the past four years and regularly exceeds expectations in her service to our community. Youth Advocate Programs is very fortunate and proud to have Carolyn as a member of their staff. YAP, Inc. provides excellence in community-based, behavioral health care to children, adolescents and their families. They have offices in New Milford, PA and may be reached at 465–5100.
Montrose, PA – Flo Wester-Simons, with Century 21 Mitchell Real Estate, has been awarded the Accredited Buyer Representation (ABR®) designation by the Real Estate Buyer’s Agent Council, Inc. (REBAC) of the National Association Of Realtors® (NAR). Flo had previously received her CRS (Certified Residential Specialist) designation in 2004.
“Today’s real estate brokers and agents want to provide a full menu of services for their clients, whether they are buyers or sellers,” explains Terrence M. McDermott, President and CEO of REBAC. “The ABR® designation, the benchmark of excellence in real estate buyer representation, demonstrates to clients that the agent has taken steps to continue their education in the field of buyer representation, and has the proven experience and training to deliver ethical and professional service to real estate buyers.”
Flo Wester-Simons joins more than 30,000 real estate professionals in North America who have earned the ABR® distinction. All were required to successfully complete a comprehensive course in buyer representation and an elective course focusing on a buyer representation specialty, both in addition to submitting documentation verifying professional experience. Buyer representation is one of the most critical real estate issues today. A realty agent with the ABR® designation is the answer to requests by consumer advocates, consumers, and other organizations for ethical and professional service specifically for those clients and customers interested in acquiring real property.
The League of Women Voters of Susquehanna County played host on April 6 to the County’s three commissioners at a public forum held in the large courtroom of the County Courthouse in Montrose.
LWVSC Program chair, Joann Kowalski, left, welcomes County Commissioners Mary Ann Warren, Roberta Kelly, and Jeffrey Loomis to the League’s public forum. League member Hilary Caws-Elwitt, right, served as the timer for the event.
Following introductory comments from Commissioners Roberta Kelly, Jeffrey Loomis, and MaryAnn Warren, LWVSC President Susan Newhart opened the forum to questions from the audience. The exchanges covered a wide range of topics, from tipping fees, to Salt Springs, to Conservation Corps funding, to required setbacks affecting hunting rights.
The three commissioners emphasized that they work well together and that they are very optimistic about future economic development in the county.
Some 40 persons attended this League event, which, like all regular League meetings, is open to the public.
Youth Advocate Programs, Inc. is proud to announce that Mark Snitzer (pictured) was January’s “Employee of the Month.” Mark is a Therapeutic Staff Support professional who has been with this company for one year. He has consistently provided quality therapeutic interventions to children and families he serves in Susquehanna County. Mark demonstrates high standards of professionalism and integrity and YAP, Inc. is very fortunate and proud to have Mark as a member of their professional team. Presenting the award is Debbie Mills, Assistant Program Director. YAP, Inc. provides excellence in community-based, behavioral health care to children, adolescents and their families. They have offices in New Milford, PA and may be reached at 465–5100.
PNB’s award winning investment program has received nationwide recognition. April Walker of Peoples National Banks Montrose office and Mick Saravitz located in the Hallstead Plaza office are the proud recipients of two prestigious awards.
Pictured during a presentation are Bob Burch, with Talbot Financial Network and April Walker.
April has been named the Licensed Bank Employee (L.B.E.) of the year for 2004 from Talbot Financial Network. Talbot has also awarded April with the Outstanding Achievement Award in the Financial Institution Division 2004. The L.B.E. program has been in existence at Peoples National Bank since the spring of 2003. The L.B.E. programs success is due to the Bank doing what is best for its customers, a 100 year tradition.
Mick Saravitz, the recipient of the 100% Goal Achievement Award for 2004, has received many awards over the past 5 years from Talbot Financial Network. Mick is an experienced investment consultant in our area. Whether shopping for insurance or an IRA, Mick is ready and willing to share his knowledge in the investment field with the community.
Mick Saravitz is a Registered Representative with Financial Network Investment Corporation. April Walker is a Licensed Insurance Agent with FN Insurance Services. Securities are offered through Financial Network Investment Corporation, member SIPC. Insurance products offered through FN Insurance Services, a licensed insurance agency. Financial Network and FN Insurance Services are affiliated companies. Peoples National Bank is not affiliated with either Financial Network nor FN Insurance Services.
•Not FDIC Insured•No Bank Guarantee•May Lose Value•Not a Deposit•Not Federal Government Agency Insured.
This is Meesha! She’s a one-year old Shepherd mix who is already housebroken and micro-chipped. This terrific sweetie-dog would make a perfect addition to any family or person. Just like any dog, Meesha loves her walks. Won’t you come and give her one?
Here’s Jeff again. This cuddly cat is four years old and already neutered and housebroken. He is so laid back and affectionate, it would be so easy to just scoop him up and take him home. Won’t you come and see him?
They’ll be waiting for you at the Susquehanna County Humane Society Shelter, in Montrose, (570) 278–1228.
The North Jackson Ag
The North Jackson Ag 4-H Club held their second meeting on April 2. If you remember back to that Saturday night, you’ll remember that Susquehanna County was in a flash flood warning! Somehow the club members managed to get to the Pavelski’s barn and pull off another productive 4-H meeting.
The meeting started off with the American and 4-H pledges, as always. Holly Carey, the club’s secretary, took role call and summarized the last meeting for the members who were unable to attend. Tim Carey, club treasurer, read the treasurer’s report to the club. Abby Onyon, our former President, reminded the club members to bring his/her candy fundraiser money in as soon as possible. Also the members who didn’t receive their candy bars to sell yet, should get them from Sandy Pavelski. Abby also told the club to make sure they handed in their enrollment forms for the upcoming 4H year.
Megan Carey updated the horse members in the group of their upcoming events. Ed Cameron, the head of the shooting sports, announced the upcoming events for all shooting sports participants. Sandy Pavelski reminded the dairy members to sign up for dairy camp. She also informed the club that Eric Giangrieco placed 8th at the Penn State Dairy Judging.
Then the club began its annual officer elections. From a show of hands, this is what they came up with. Abby Onyon will continue to be the club’s president. Beth Giangrieco will assist Abby and hold the position of Vice-President. Holly Carey was re-elected as the club’s secretary. Kaitlin Flor was also re-elected as the club’s news reporter. The new club treasurer will be Aaron Onyon. Tara Flor and Megan Carey will reside as the club historians.
Before the meeting was officially adjourned Abby told the club members that the next meeting will be on May 7.
News Reporter, Kaitlin Flor
The changing of the season isn't the only reason to head out and about this spring, although with the greening of the grass and the bursts of color from the spring flowers, it is a compelling reason.
March was a full month. We had two holidays to celebrate. That meant the rooms had to be decorated twice. First with shamrocks, leprechauns and green things, then with the pastels and lighter color flowers, colored eggs and lovely centerpieces. Also many were wearing of the green. First let me tell you about St. Patrick's Day. We had a young man from New Milford come and entertain us. Bill McCarey is his name and he played some lovely Irish music on his violin. He really was very good, everyone enjoyed this treat. There was a surprise from Betty K., for all of us, I can't tell you what it was, but if you were there you know, if not? Thanks to Alice Hall for all her help.
Then we had our Easter dinner, which was very good. We had favors at our places this day. They were little plastic eggs filled with candy. I think thanks go to Betty K's grandchildren. There was a large crowd out and another surprise was we had Vonnie with us. She took blood pressures. We were glad to see her, she is now retired, and was helping out.
Just a half dozen birthdays this month - born in March are: Dorothy Hellman, Shirley Travis, Richard Randall, Juanita Brewer, Bob Nichols, Betty Goff. Hope it was a happy day for all.
Had a speaker, namely Jayne Westbrook from United Health Services. She spoke on "Stress". We have had some cold hands and is it or isn't it?
The walking program has started again, and we continue to play dominoes, cards, throw darts, work jigsaw puzzles, exercise, and in general enjoy our friends and neighbors.
Take care, till the next time.
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