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100 Years Ago
Along the Way...With P. Jay

From the Desk of the D.A.

Straight From Starrucca
The Healthy Geezer

100 Years Ago

SPRINGVILLE: The men who have been in the habit of getting a Sunday morning shave will be obliged to have their tonsorial work done Saturday evening, or furnish their own scraper, as the barber has shut up shop on Sunday. AND: S. O. Culver wishes to state to the public that he is handling wall paper as usual, at the same reasonable prices, contrary to some of the reports afloat.

OAKLEY, Harford Twp.: Charlie Tanner seems to be the banner fisherman in this section, as he caught a carp in Oakley pond, Tuesday, that weighed 8 lbs. AND: W. J. Daley and Archie Carpenter attended the Barnum [Circus] show at Scranton on Monday.

UNIONDALE: Stephen Bronson was in Buffalo the forepart of the week, after fat cattle.

NORTH BRIDGEWATER TWP.: Nine of the boys of the North school played base ball against three of the regular team of this place on the home diamond last Saturday afternoon, the B.B.C. boys winning to the tune of 23 to 37. Our B. B. C. talks of playing with the Heart Lake team in the near future.

LAKE CAREY, Wyoming County: A steamboat capable of carrying 200 passengers has been placed on the Lake. It will be run in connection with the Lehigh Valley picnic grounds at that place.

MONTROSE: Commencement exercises were held in the Presbyterian Church, Thursday, May 25. Reig’s Orchestra of Binghamton furnished excellent music. The graduates are: Richard C. Upton, Homer Butterfield, Iva B. Hards, D. Truman Brewster, Jr., Frank A. Roy, Fredricha A. Horn, Nellie F. Quain, C. Pauline Cruser, John E. O’Brien, Ella Kintner, Edith Bronson, Marion Allen, Ernest E. Finn, M. Carlton Griffis, Fredrick W. Connell. AND: The Montrose Golf links, a 9-hole course, are destined to be among the most famous in the U.S. There are but two clubs in America having an island green, so far as known, and Montrose is one of them. The whole grounds are being made as smooth as a velvety lawn. AND: Ground was broken on May 23, between the Court House and School building, for the new Historical and Free Library building. The breaking of this ground stands for the beginning of the erection of a building suitable not only for the safe preservation of the historical relics which have come and are coming into the possession of the Society, but for housing and protecting a valuable working library for the community.

SUSQUEHANNA: Thursday, May 25, is the day for the opening of James Paye’s wholesale and retail auction of wagons, harness, farm implements and household goods. Geo. H. Stevens, the celebrated auctioneer, has been engaged to address the multitude assembled in his unique way.

BROOKLYN: Mabel Tiffany is teaching in South Dakota, where she went from Brooklyn for her health. AND: The Christian Endeavor society of the Presbyterian church will sell ice cream on the lawn of S. B. Eldridge, Memorial day.

HARFORD: Mrs. Ansel Stearns, with her grand-daughters, Lena and Georgianna, have been in Philadelphia attending the graduating exercises at Blockley Hospital, from which institute Miss Gertrude Stearns, who has been there for the last three years, now graduates. AND: The annual Memorial Service in connection with the Grand Army will be held in the Congregational church on Sunday morning. The sermon will be preached by the Rev. Wm. Usher. Army veterans will be present and special music will be rendered. The community at large ought to show their respect for the men who fought to save the Union by coming to church. On Memorial Day meetings will be held in the Odd Fellows Hall in the afternoon, when the chief speaker will be the Methodist minister, Rev. E. E. Pearce.

LIBERTY TWP.: The neighbors met at Thos. Wilbur’s for a bee, to assist him with his farm work, as he is behind on account of the sickness of his little son, Lawrence, who is ill with rheumatism; he is some better, but still unable to work.

HOPBOTTOM: The Hopbottom graduating class of 1905 is as follows: Ethel Cool, Lulu Reynolds, Tracy Brown and Susie Pope.

FLYNN, Middletown Twp.: Those who attended the opening party at the Hillis Hotel, in Rush, reported a good time. AND: Joseph Degnan reports the fishing fine in the North Branch creek. AND: Miss Catheryne Degnan is teaching in St. Josephs Academy, Binghamton.

SOUTH AUBURN: G. C. Judson celebrated his 90th birthday last Wednesday. Mr. Judson is remarkably smart for a man of his age. He takes his daily walk with the aid of a cane. [Rev. Gould C. Judson was born in 1815 in Woodbury, Conn. He died at the age of 92 years, 8 months, Feb. 2, 1908.]

FOREST CITY: Thomas Hudson, one of our best-known and most esteemed citizens, died at one o’clock Sunday morning as the result of injuries received in the mines on Saturday. By a fall of overhead rock, he was squeezed against a mine car and so badly injured internally that death was the inevitable result. Thomas was born at Essington, England, on the fifth day of March 1842. In the year 1861 he was married to Mrs. Margaret Mead, and in September 1888, came with his family from the mother country to Forest City. Besides his wife, one stepson, Thomas Mead, of Avoca, and two daughters, Mrs. Thomas Mott and Mrs. Joseph Adley, survive him. His was the simple life of an honest, unassuming and contented man, at peace with his God, his neighbor and himself.

HERRICK TWP.: Answering a correspondent who wishes to know the highest point in the state, the Scranton Tribune says: The report of the United States geological survey gives Bald Knob, 2,924 feet, as the highest point in the state, but it is impossible, with the publications at hand, to identify Bald Knob. In one publication, North Knob, 2,700 feet, which is in Herrick township, Susquehanna county, is given as the highest point in the state. It may help to settle the dispute to say that Farview is 2,328 ft.; Bald Mount, 2,287 ft.; Sugar Loaf, in Wayne county, 2,450 ft., and Elk Hill, 2,600 ft. The North Knob of Elk Hill, noted above as the highest point in the state, is owned by W. T. Davis, of this place, and his brother, T. B. Davis, of Tresco.

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Along the Way...With P. Jay

The Young and the Ageless!

The light voter turnout in Susquehanna County last week should serve as some sort of awakening for all political parties in the county but especially for the dying Democratic Party.

Democrat candidates for municipal offices were hard to find on specimen ballots in most municipalities and with little or no competition Republican after Republican waltzed to victory unopposed and unscathed. Not that there is anything wrong with Republican officeholders mind you but with no local contests there is little incentive for voters to trek to the polls in an off-year election.

The sad part of it is the Democrat Party leaders, such as they are, just don’t seem to give a hoot. Recently, Joey Franks, the party chairman, surfaced long enough to pen a letter to the editor. But it was not a message to Democratic voters who are finding it extremely difficult to remain associated with a political party that has been asleep at the wheel since Don States was party chairman some 20 years ago.

The most difficult task facing today’s political parties is attracting the interest of young people. I doubt if anyone ever took an honest census but it would not surprise me if the average age of elected municipal officials in Susquehanna County is crowding 60. Young folks are just too busy raising families and enjoying some of the finer things in life, like a free overnight stay at an Atlantic City casino or a free weekend in Las Vegas, golfing in Pebble Beach or skiing in Vermont.

Perhaps what is needed is a summer camp for would-be politicians. Start the kids off while they are young, curious and eager to learn. Tell 'em “there’s gold in them thar voting booths if’n they are willing to spend time learning how to go after it.”

Can’t you just see the television ads already?

“Attention Moms and Dads! Do you want your sons and daughters to have a secure future? A job with a lucrative starting salary and a benefit package second to none? Did you know that US Congressmen and Senators are paid $175,600 a year plus a benefit package and a generous expense account, not to mention other fringe benefits? And that’s not all! There are hundreds of federal jobs across the country with above average salaries just waiting for the politically astute.

“With summer vacation fast approaching, consider sending your child to Camp Politics. Your sons and daughters will learn the ins-and-outs of politics from getting started to knowing how, when and where to apply for a position in politics.

“Listen to an unsolicited testimonial about the teachings at Camp Politics.”

“My son was somewhat of an introvert until I sent him to Camp Politics. In one summer, he learned the importance of becoming involved with the political community. He even found a paying job working on a political campaign and plans to apply for full time employment opportunities in state and national government.”

“Yes, Moms and Dads, your children will learn the ABC’s of politics, from campaign strategy to becoming a candidate. But wait, there’s more! If you phone our toll free number right now and enroll your child for two consecutive summers at Camp Politics, we will take 25 percent off the price and, as a special bonus, teach him or her how to look someone straight in the face and lie. We all know that one of the trademarks of a good politician is to be able to lie and have people believe it. Our instructor was the valedictorian of his class at the Nexsin School of Lying.”

A bit exaggerated perhaps but you get the idea. And seriously, newspapers across the nation are writing editorials about the lack of interest in politics on the part of young Americans.

Here’s what one recent editorial had to say about young people and politics:

“Will the younger generations step up to fill the shoes of aging politicians. Or will political participation dwindle as Generation X and the millennials continue to age? Today’s younger generations do not have a good track record for civic participation, especially when it comes to voting.”

According to the US Census Bureau, in the 2000 presidential election about 36 percent of people age 18 to 24 voted. About 50 percent of 25-34-year-olds voted, and about 60 percent of those 35 to 44 cast a ballot. Seventy percent of those age 55 to 64 and 72 percent of those age 65 to 74 voted in 2000.

Somehow, political leaders at the grass roots level – municipal and county- need to focus more attention on getting young people involved. If young people do not come forward and offer themselves as candidates for elective offices and as volunteers or paid members of political campaigns, this nation as we know it today could be facing a real serious problem.

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From the Desk of the D.A.

A reader recently requested an article concerning Pennsylvania’s leash law. Actually, the leash law is very simple – it is unlawful for the owner of any dog to fail to (1) confine the dog on the owner’s property; or (2) firmly secure by means of collar, chain or other device to prevent the dog from straying beyond the owner’s premises; or (3) keep the dog under reasonable control while under the supervision of the owner of some other person. 3 P.S. § 459-305. Simply stated, a dog owner must keep his or her dog confined to the owner’s real property, or, when not on the real property, must have the dog on a leash and/or under reasonable control and supervision.

As one might expect, there are not many reported criminal cases involving violations of the leash law. In Commonwealth v. Glumac, 717 A.2d 572 (Pa. Super. 1998), Cindy Faulk was operating her motor vehicle on a private roadway shared by a number of residences. As a result of her vehicle becoming stuck on the ice, Ms. Faulk had to get out of her vehicle, and began to walk down the private roadway to her destination. As she was walking, the defendant’s dog left the defendant’s home and began running toward Ms. Faulk. Ms. Faulk yelled at the dog to go home and kept walking. The dog, undeterred by the verbal commands, jumped onto Ms. Faulk, tore her coat, and caused her to fall to the ground. The dog retreated as a neighbor came to the rescue. The defendant was convicted under the leash law for not controlling his dog.

The defendant contended that he could not be convicted because the dog never left his property, i.e., the dog was actually on a right of way owned by the defendant – the common driveway shared by a number of residences. The driveway itself actually ran over the real property owned by the defendant, and the other residences simply had the right to use the driveway. In response, the Pennsylvania Superior Court rejected this argument noting: “While [defendant] still owns the land upon which the roadway lies, he has no control regarding who passes over the land to access the five homes served by the right of way. Here, to allow [defendant’s] dog to roam the roadway, which accesses five homes and may be traveled by an unsuspecting member of the public, would not allow the purpose of the Legislature to be met.” Thus, because the dog was in a public area (the shared driveway) not properly restrained or under control, the defendant was convicted of a violation of the leash law.

In short, the leash law requires that the owners not allow their dogs to leave their property unless collared/leashed and/or under the direct supervision and control of a handler. As noted in Glumac, shared common areas between neighbors and any other areas shared by the public generally are not considered part of the dog owner’s property, even if the dog owner actually owns title to the real property upon which the general public has access. Furthermore, a violation of the leash law can result in civil liability if the dog causes injury to any person and/or property. Hopefully, this provides some clarification for dog owners as to their responsibilities as to their canine companion.

Please submit any questions, concerns, or comments to Susquehanna County District Attorney’s Office, P.O. Box 218, Montrose, Pennsylvania 18801.

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Straight From Starrucca

My son, Norman and wife, Elaine plucked the following out of the Internet – a relative of whom we knew very little.

Alonzo Kinne was born October 22 in Fly Creek, NY in 1806. His wife’s name was Rosanne. In his 95th year he walked from East Mountain to Burnwood, a distance of ten miles. His eyesight is impaired but his hearing is good. He hopes to wear his campaign boots and put in a vote for McKinley. He died in 1902 and was buried in Manzer Cemetery. Alonzo was my husband’s great-great-grandfather.

Seventy people voted last Tuesday. Those winning a vote for town council were: Bridget D’Agati, Kirk Rhone, Fred Rhone, and I believe, Donald Haynes.

Carl and Virginia Upright and grandson, Billy spent last weekend with son, Brett, in Modena, NY.

Plans have jelled for Memorial Day. Our speaker will be our mayor, who was in the service. We will have a folding of the flag, with each fold having a meaning, and the usual, placing a wreath in front of stone, commemorating our heroes, placing flowers at bottom of memorial board, prayers and singing, Taps by Danielle Williams and a heartbreaking story, told by Senator John McCain while a prisoner of war in Hanoi Hilton.


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The Healthy Geezer

Q. I’m not sure what’s going on, but, once in a while, I find myself losing my balance. Is this just an aging thing or what?

A. About one in ten people over 65 experience difficulty with balance. More than 40 percent of Americans will go to a doctor complaining of dizziness. Getting older is only part of the problem. Inner-ear disturbances are the primary cause.

Losing balance when you’re older is serious stuff. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that, each year, more than one-third of people over 65 years suffer a fall. Falls are the leading cause of injury deaths among older adults. And, even if the fall doesn’t kill you, you could fracture a hip and then a whole bunch of problems can cascade over you – limitations on activities, isolation, loss of independence, depression.

Not all balance problems have the same cause. Here are several major ones:

Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV). With BPPV, one of the most common causes of balance problems, you get vertigo when you change the position of your head. You may also experience BPPV when you roll over, get out of bed, or look on a high shelf. BPPV is more likely in people over 60.

Labyrinthitis, an infection or inflammation of the inner ear. The labyrinth is the organ in your inner ear that enables you to maintain balance.

Ménière's disease, which also can give you intermittent hearing loss, a ringing or roaring in the ears, and a feeling of fullness in the ear.

Other causes may involve another part of the body, such as the brain or the heart. Aging, infections, head injury, certain medicines, or problems with blood circulation may also cause problems with balance.

Blood-pressure medications and some antibiotics can cause balance problems. If you are taking any drugs in these categories and feel off-balance, it’s worth discussing with your doctor.

Some people may have a balance problem and don’t know it. Balance disorders can be difficult to diagnose because patients sometimes can’t describe their symptoms well.

Balance disorders can be signs of other health problems, so it’s important to have them checked out.

If you can answer any of the following positively, discuss the symptom with your doctor.

Do I feel: Unsteady? Disoriented? As if the room is spinning? As if I'm moving when I'm still? As if I'm falling? As if I might faint?

Also, do you ever lose your balance and fall? Or, do you experience blurred vision?

Persistent balance problems are not something you should pass off as a harmless part of the aging process. They should always be examined carefully.

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