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The Lanesboro Cemetery Association was recently visited by Rep. Sandra Major to present a grant award. The money we will be receiving this year will be used to do our roads. Work will begin soon to prepare for paving.
We would like to thank everyone for their support with our fund-raisers in April and May. We will have a vendor space on June 25, at the Oakland Boro Building. If you would like to donate items in good condition for our sale, please call 853–4524 or if you’d like to send a check please mail to P.O. Box 124, Lanesboro, PA 18827.
Once again, we are reminding everyone, if you place items on a loved one’s grave, please remember to remove them after a reasonable time, as we have no way to dispose of them. We appreciate your cooperation in keeping our cemetery beautiful.
All of the children at the Creative Play Preschool had their faces painted by teacher Norma Chacona, in preparation for their school trip to the Kahlurah Shrine Circus.
Pictured (l-r) are: Payton Rhone, Alexa Stanley, McKenzie Rhone.
The circus performed at the Arena, Binghamton, NY on May 7 and the preschoolers invited their parents and siblings to accompany them and share in the fun!
Fifty walkers, representing hundreds of sponsors, participated in the seventh annual Valerie (Holmes) Shook Memorial Walk to Cure Juvenile Diabetes, held on Saturday, May 14. Walkers took a 4 mile round trip on the Bridgewater Riding Club trail bed, starting behind the Pump'n'Pantry.
Walkers either raised money ahead of time or self-sponsored on the day of the walk. Paper sneakers had been sold in the months before the walk. Many local businesses also supported the walk with donations. Valerie's co-workers, family, and friends organized the event and made sure everything ran smoothly.
Adding together donations, sponsors, and sneaker sales, with some money yet to come in, over $8,000 was raised for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. More is coming! Cambria Montgomery's family is organizing a motorcycle Poker Run, to be held on July 16, which will benefit the JDRF and be added to the Walk totals.
Photos from this year's walk are on display at www.susqcolibrary.org/walk. Next year's date has already been set, so mark your calendars for Saturday, May 13. Coordination of the Walk is handled through the Susquehanna County Library (278-1881).
The Democratic Party of Susquehanna County held their annual Spring Fling and fund-raiser at the Hallstead American Legion Post 357. Attending and pictured above (l-r) are: Tom Hurley – State Committee, Nancy Hurley – Vice Chair, Don Morabito – State Executive Director, Rick Franks – Secretary, MaryAnn Warren – County Commissioner, Joey Franks – County Chairman, Jimmy Byrnes – Wyoming County Chairman and State Treasurer, Chuck Bullock – Treasurer.
HARRISBURG - Free copies of the 2005 Pennsylvania Travel Guide are now available from the legislative office of Rep. Sandra Major (R-Susquehanna/Wayne/Wyoming).
The annual guide, published by the state Department of Community and Economic Development, promotes the Commonwealth's great variety of tourism assets and natural resources.
Information in the guide is divided into seven regional sections including the Great Lakes Region, Pennsylvania Wilds, Northeast Mountain Region, Philadelphia and Its Countryside, Pennsylvania Dutch Country, Central Mountains and Valleys, and Pittsburgh and Its Countryside.
The publication includes helpful travel resources and a look at Pennsylvania's favorite drives and destinations, as well as information on the state's outdoors, history, activities and culture. New for 2005, the travel guide gives a comprehensive listing of accommodations in a user-friendly grid format.
Copies of the guide can be obtained from Major's district offices at Route 706 Lake Montrose, RR 7 Box 7186, Montrose, PA 18801 (telephone: 570-278-3374) and 130 N. Bridge Street, Tunkhannock, PA 18657 (telephone: 570-836-5888).
HARRISBURG - Free copies of the 2005 Pennsylvania Fairs Guide are now available from Rep. Sandra Major (R-Susquehanna/Wayne/Wyoming).
Published by the state Department of Agriculture, the guide lists the dates, locations, events, and contact information for more than 100 agricultural fairs and events scheduled this summer and fall in Pennsylvania.
The Department of Agriculture estimates that several million visitors will attend fairs across Pennsylvania.
For a free copy of the Pennsylvania Fairs Guide contact Major's district offices at Route 706 Lake Montrose, RR 7 Box 7186, Montrose, PA 18801 (telephone: 570-278-3374) and 130 N. Bridge Street, Tunkhannock, PA 18657 (telephone: 570-836-5888).
The Susquehanna County League of Women Voters has completed their 2005 “Citizens’ Guide to Government in Susquehanna County.” This guide gives citizens contact information regarding their elected officials, from President George W. Bush to local township supervisors. There is information on polling places, election dates, county commissioners, school board members, and useful county phone numbers. If you are interested in obtaining a copy, please send a SASE to Diane Beyea, RR 3, Box 181A, Montrose, PA 18801. To obtain the guide on line, go to www.susquehannaCIN.net.
Sandra Conklin, owner of Conklin’s Authentic Antique Barnwood and Hand Hewn Beams, RD 1, Susquehanna, gave a very interesting and informative talk about the thriving business at the May meeting of the Susquehanna Area Depot Historical Society.
Business was conducted by President Clay Martin. Officers elected for 2005-2006 are: President, Clay Martin; Vice President, James Beavan; Secretary, Janet Hartt; Treasurer, Elaine Kaiser. Trustees are Gene Price, Don Day and Carl Tanner.
The Society will soon have a display window on Main Street, Susquehanna. Meetings are at the boro building, 7 p.m. the third Thursday of each month.
Carl Tanner will present a program on the history of Hallstead on June 23.
Plans are being made to participate in the July Susquehanna Days. Look under the tent for homemade pork barbecue sandwiches. Annual bake sale was Saturday, May 28.
Area residents are always welcome at meetings. Annual membership dues may be sent to Elaine Kaiser, RR 2 Box 69, Thompson, PA 18465 ($5 per year, $100 lifetime).
Educator Peter Quigg of Franklin Township has joined the Community Foundation of Susquehanna County staff as its new Director of Development. His 2005 top priorities are developing school foundations such as those already established at Blue Ridge and Montrose Area School Districts, and generating more scholarship dollars for all county children.
In 2004, 133 students in pre-school through grade 12 received Foundation scholarships amounting to over $95,000. Through popular programs like the state’s education tax credit initiative and memorial scholarships, Quigg believes this can continue and grow.
Peter Quigg at his office in the Community Foundation building.
The new Director brings experience as a teacher and administrator to his position. After receiving a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Bennington College, Vermont, and a Masters in Literature from Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, he taught high school English for 14 years at Killington Mountain School in Vermont. He also served as Dormitory Supervisor and Director of Student Life at that academy.
His family roots, however, are in Susquehanna County where he has maintained his residence and returned each summer. Peter is the son of Shirley and Tom Quigg, and brother to Scott Quigg who are well known to the community. In 1975 Tom Quigg established Seddon-Lathrop Oil Company which went on to become the Pump ‘n Pantry Convenience Stores which are managed by Scott. Shirley’s ancestry includes a couple who were aunt and uncle to the Harford nine partners, pioneer settlers from Attleboro, Massachusetts.
“It is nice to be home. I felt pulled back to my roots in Northeastern Pennsylvania. I’m grateful for the opportunity to do something worthwhile, to make a contribution. My personal hope is to have a positive impact upon Susquehanna County in the coming years.”
The Friends of Salt Springs Park are pleased to announce that their Specialist-in-Residence for 2005 is photographer Renee Coy. The Specialist-in-Residence position is available, on a yearly competitive basis, to those who find the park an inspiration for their art form or a resource for their scholarly pursuit.
Renee graduated from Marywood University this year with a Bachelor Degree in Fine Arts of Photography. She has also completed a photojournalism internship with the Scranton Times. Renee is a life-long resident of Susquehanna County. To Renee, photography is "all about finding the natural truth in things," and she is drawn by Salt Springs' natural truth and beauty.
Renee is proficient in traditional film photography as well as digital imagery and alternate creative processes. Her favorite alternative process is Polaroid imaging with emulsion transfer. This process will be shown in detail during her workshop this summer, on July 23, at Salt Springs.
Renee does not specialize in just one aspect of photography. She would find that to be too confining. She particularly likes photographing events and "catching emotions and movement," in particular with subjects from "extreme sports," local bands, landscapes, dance shows and recitals, and portraiture. Renee's approach is 100% hands on: she takes the pictures, develops the film, and prints the photos.
Plan to attend Renee's exhibit on Saturday, September 3, at the Wheaton House at Salt Springs during the Friends' annual celebration.
Master Gardeners Are Now At Your Service!
Do you have questions about gardening, fruit trees, plant identification, pruning, insect identification or anything else related to horticulture? Penn State Cooperative Extension of Susquehanna County is proud to announce that we have Master Gardeners to answer your gardening questions. The Master Gardener’s will be at the Extension office, 31 Public Avenue every Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. You can also call the office anytime at 278-1158 and we will forward the calls to the Master Gardeners. You may also email yours questions for the Master Gardeners at email@example.com and one of our Master Gardeners will contact you.
Penn State Cooperative Extension of Susquehanna County offered the Master Gardener training course to 18 individuals who are now serving their required 20 hours of volunteer time. Various responsibilities include answering gardening questions, conducting composting and other educational programs, planting demonstration gardens and staffing information booths at various festivals.
So take advantage of the great opportunity Penn State Cooperative Extension has provided the community and give them a call today!
The Four Seasons 4-H Club met on May 7 at the People’s National Bank in Hallstead. Our club leader discussed the importance of respecting each other’s time as the club continues to grow in size. The Community Service Committee gave the details for our next community service which will be held at the Hallstead and Montrose libraries in the end of May. Members will help the libraries by cleaning, dusting, and other duties that are helpful. They also announced that our next meeting will be at the Wildlife Rescue to help clean up with things around there. Cassandra Summers and Felicia Head did a demonstration on what they have learned in their project, "I Spy In the Kitchen". They did a great job showing how to properly measure ingredients using a measuring cup and measuring spoons rather than using a coffee mug or a regular tablespoon. There was a huge difference in the two. They also demonstrated healthy snacks compared to greasy snacks and the differences they have between them.
News Reporter, Rachel Johnson
At the recent Pennsylvania American Legion State Bowling Tournament in Sunbury, PA (May 14-15), our own Lou Parrillo, a member of Post 86 bowling team, was honored by the owners of the bowling lanes and members and officers of the host Northumberland American Legion.
When it was announced at the lanes that Lou was the oldest Legionnaire ever to participate in this tournament, he was very surprised (Lou is 90 1/2 years young)!
He was interviewed by reporters and photographers from Sunbury and Danville.
Post 44 club manager Terry Stevenson (pictured with Lou) presented Lou with a new bowling pin with signatures from post officers and members.
Every member of Post 86 received an autographed new bowling pin. The team included Ed Graves, Roger Williams, Dave Gelineau, Scott Darling and Dave Branning. Post 86 bowlers were accompanied by their “lady friends.”
When asked what his reaction was to all the attention, Lou said, “I never in my life expected anything like this. It was like I was a long-lost celebrity returning home. I really enjoyed it and will never forget Post 44 officers and its members. They really gave me and the team a royal treatment.”
The Susquehanna American Legion Post 86 and its units hosted war veterans from the Gino Merli Veterans Center of Scranton. Merli will be remembered by area veterans being awarded the Purple Heart during World War II. The party was held at the Legion Memorial Hall on Thursday, May 19, with nine vets present and five aides.
The veterans were wined, dined and presented monetary gifts by Post 86 and its Auxiliary. Entertainment was offered by the Susquehanna High School chorus, with Teresa Marino conducting.
The highlight of the day was when it was learned that one of the vets – Walter Hrynczszyn – is a former resident of the Jackson area. He graduated from the Laurel Street public school in 1949 and the following year entered the Armed Services. While a resident of Jackson, Walter and his family operated the Page Dairy on Route 92. Walter served in Korea four years.
Other veterans present were: Chet Zackoski, Clint Oshman, John Gilbus, Al Grzybicki, Len Dembrosky, John Rapoch, John Brady, and Tom Kena.
The Merli aides were: Jean Warner, ALA Merli Representative; Connie Phillips, ALA Deputy; Bill McCann, Tom Eknot and Ron Pierce.
The students and Ms. Marino mingled with the vets, enjoying conversation and camaraderie.
Also making the rounds was Mayor Nancy Hurley, with two members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Elders Hessing and Castellaw.
It should be “Hats Off” to Post 86 Vet Chairman Tom Hurley and his assistant, Mike Vaccaro, for the companionship provided to veterans of the area. It’s not an easy job to make arrangements for such events, which are “doubly” appreciated by the wheelchair vets who could not thank the post enough.
Without the help of Post 86 volunteers, it would be a “hard sell.” Making the day complete were: Candy Kuiper and Paula McKee, and “Chefs for the Day,” Commander Joe Bucci, Auxiliary President Mary Gow, Stan Lindow, Charles Callahan, Mike Kuiper, John Bronchella.
On May 19, 2005 fourth grade student Amberly Warner (above right) of Lanesboro was officially sworn in (by official Postmaster Robin Hobbs, above left) as Postmaster for a day. Postmaster Warner’s duties included the collection and delivery of mail, scanning packages for delivery, and serving customers at the retail counter.
During a well deserved “coffee break” which, for Miss Warner, consisted of hot chocolate and doughnuts, she was asked if a career with the US Postal Service was in her future. Her reply, “No, I’m going to be an actress.” After, all, she recently made her acting debut as a munchkin in the high school production of “The Wizard of Oz.”
Whatever vocation she chooses, Postmaster Hobbs wishes her well and thanks her for serving as Lanesboro’s Postmaster for a day.
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