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Postmaster Visits Head Start Class
50th Anniversary
National Biologists Visit Susquehanna County
Exchange Student At Montrose Rotary

Gail Brown Retires After 28 Years
It’s A Girl!
Turnpike Senior Center Update
Amanda Miner Crowned County Dairy Princess

Local Talent In“Susquehanna Idol”

Postmaster Visits Head Start Class

Teachers at the school are Kelly Singer, Lora Fisk, Jim Iles, Doris DiCesare, all from the Family Enrichment Network – Head Start.

Hallstead Postmaster Gail Adams (pictured with students) recently read a story to students of the Head Start at Woodrow Wilson School. The story told how a letter, when written travels from Pennsylvania/New York to California. Each student was given a coloring stamp postcard to send to themselves. A Barney mail collection box was given to the class.

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50th Anniversary

Gerald and Doris Hall were married May 14, 1955 at the Mishawaka Gospel Chapel in Mishawaka, Indiana. They celebrated their Golden Wedding Anniversary with their family and friends at an Open House on Saturday, May 14, hosted by their children, Janice Laurent and her husband, Ray of Panola, TX, Lindy Hall of Longview, TX and Dwight Hall and his wife, Angela of Longview, TX.

Gerald and Doris Hall

They will continue to celebrate their 50th later this summer with family and friends on an Inside Passage cruise of Alaska.

Janice and Ray and Dwight and Angela celebrated their 25th Anniversary at the same Open House celebration.

The Halls enjoy their seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Gerald graduated from Susquehanna Consolidated High School in 1953 and graduated from LeTourneau University in 1970 with a degree in Aviation Maintenance Technology.

Gerald is currently employed as an independent contractor for General Dynamics in Kilgore, Texas. Doris retired from LeTourneau University in 1996.

The Hall’s moved to Texas in 1968 after residing in Indiana for 13 years.

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National Biologists Visit Susquehanna County

The USDA-Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) and USDA-Farm Service Agency (FSA) were recently visited by Bob Hotchkiss, NRCS liaison National Wild Turkey Federation; Sally Benjamin, FSA National Wildlife Biologist; and Randy Grey, NRCS National Biologist.

Pictured (l-r) are: Jim Garner, SCCD District Manager; Charles Perkins, CED USDA-FSA; Sally Benjamin, USDA-FSA National Biologist; Bruce Baessler, USDA-NRCS District Conservationist; Bob Hotchkiss, NRCS liaison National Wild Turkey Federation; Randy Grey, USDA-NRCS National Biologist.

The Susquehanna County service center for USDA-FSA, USDA-NRCS are renowned for their service when allocating funds to Susquehanna County farmers and landowners. The nationally recognized biologists met with USDA-NRCS, USDA-FSA and Susquehanna County Conservation District (SCCD) staff to discuss the farm bill and federal funding as it relates to Susquehanna County.

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Exchange Student At Montrose Rotary

Pictured above (l-r) are: Enfert, Rex Catlin – club president, student Paul Barnes. Barnes spent last year as a Rotary Exchange Student in Ecuador. Both students graduate this month from Elk Lake High School.

Montrose Rotary Youth Exchange Student, Arnaud Enfert, from France, recently spoke to the hosting club.

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Gail Brown Retires After 28 Years

Gail Brown, Great Bend Postmaster, was recently honored with a retirement dinner at Maloney’s for her 28 years of dedicated service.

Pictured (l-r) are: Hallstead Postmaster Gail Adams; Postmaster retiree Gail Brown; Union Dale Postmaster Gary Allen.

NAPUS (National Association of Postmasters) District Vice President, Gail Adams presented Mrs. Brown with a Certificate of Appreciation for her many years of service. Susquehanna County NAPUS President, Gary Allen was on hand for the presentation as well.

In attendance were her postal family (co-workers and patrons from Hallstead and Great Bend Post Offices) as well as her own family.

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It’s A Girl!

Mr. and Mrs. Frank A. Magel, Mechanicsburg, PA announce the birth of their first child, a daughter, Leeann, born April 23, 2005 at the Harrisburg Hospital in Harrisburg, PA. Mrs. Magel is the former Laura McCawley, daughter of Ann K. McCawley and the late Leo T. McCawley, formerly of Jackson Avenue, Susquehanna, PA.

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Turnpike Senior Center Update

Greetings from Turnpike Terrace for May.

We now have line dancing lessons and basket weaving at the Center! What a lot of fun. The first weaving we did was a trivet, the second a dream catcher; they turned out nice. The line dancing is really a lot of fun, even if my feet don’t go the way they are supposed to. You’ve heard of two left feet?

For Mother’s Day we had a lot of beautiful floral pieces being delivered to a lot of happy moms who live here!

For one of our Brown Bag Days we had a covered dish luncheon with a full house and a nice selection of dishes. We have a lot of good cooks here.

We had a trip to Conklin’s Store and lunch at Green Gables for another Brown Bag Day.

On May 11 we had a council meeting. We had 12 people here, including officers.

Our trees are just beautiful up here and all the flowers are out. It looks nice.

We have puzzles out in the Center for anyone to help put together. We have Bingo on Mondays, at 1 p.m. and on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6 p.m. Come join us.

We are planning a trip to Salt Springs, also to the Castle in New Milford.

We had a long Memorial Day weekend here, with a lot going on in the area.

On June 24, we are having the Watson Hill Bible Church here for another sing-along. We are looking forward to it! The last one was a lot of fun.

See you next month.

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Amanda Miner Crowned County Dairy Princess
Submitted By Evie Goff

After a successful reign, Dairy Princess Amanda Zembrzycki, daughter of Bernard and Linda Zembrzycki of Uniondale handed down her reign to Amanda Miner. Amanda is the daughter Patrick and Connie Miner from Springville. Amanda is 16 years old, attends the Elk Lake School, has previously served as a Dairy Maid and as Dairy Ambassador along with being very active in her 4-H Dairy Club work.

Pennsylvania Dairy Princess, Amy Hartle welcomed everyone to the evening event, held at the Episcopal Church in Montrose. After the NE District Dairy Promotion Coordinator, Betty Riebson commented on the County program, delivered the invocation and led the flag salute, Susquehanna County Commissioner, Mary Ann Warren introduced each of the young ladies as they were escorted to the stage.

Girls introduced by Ms. Warren included Karley Mosier, daughter of Gordon and Marcia Mosier; Karin Mowry, daughter of George and Patricia Mowry; Abbey Puzo, daughter of Douglas and Mary Puzo; Ashley Franklin, daughter of Dennis and Penny Franklin; Nicole Brooks, daughter of John and Laura Brooks and Cassandra Clark, daughter of Charles and Kim Clark. Bernard Zembrzycki proudly escorted his daughter Amanda and Amanda Miner was escorted to the stage for her crowning as the 2005/2006 Dairy Princess by her dad, Patrick Miner. Each one of the girls spoke briefly about their accomplishments and/or their plans of dairy promotion work here in Susquehanna County.

The girls gather before the crowning of the new County Dairy Princess. Pictured (l-r) are: first row – Karley Mosier, Cassandra Clark, Katelyn Zembrzycki, Karin Mowry; second row – Abbey Puzo, Nicole Brooks, Ashley Franklin; back row – four Princesses, Amanda Miner, Amanda Zembrzycki, Amy Hartle, Kelly Over.

Junia Isiminger, Executive Director, PDPPS commented on the great job being done locally by the Dairy Royalty and County Committee members. Kelly Over, Pennsylvania Alternate Princess was on hand to make a few comments about dairy promotion.

Local dairy farmers, Mark and Cindy Tompkins and their children, Trevor and Mariah were presented a scrapbook by Abbey Puzo. The scrapbook contained photos from the past three years taken at the countywide dairy promotion ‘day on a dairy farm’ held annually at the Tompkins’ farm. Abbey thanked the Tompkins family for opening their farm for barn tours each year and stated, “This is the largest dairy promotion here in our county attracting several hundred visitors each year.”

Former Dairy Princess Shana Mack presented the Princess Scholarship award to Amanda Zembrzycki and scrapbook awards to Amanda, Karley Mosier, Karin Mowry and Ashley Franklin. Each of the girls participating in the County Dairy Promotion Program keeps a scrapbook of the events they take part in. The scrapbooks were on display, chocked full of memories from the year’s events for Pageant attendees to view.

Susquehanna County 2004/2005 Dairy Princess Amanda Zembrzycki gave her farewell speech telling how she has grown through her involvement in the Dairy Promotion Program and feeling confident she has made a difference through her work as Dairy Princess.

Amanda Miner spook about her first encounter with dairy cows when she was very young and afraid to leave the porch of her home because there were cows pastured nearby; she was afraid they might hurt her. Amanda now owns several dairy animals, shows them at many 4-H and open dairy show events in the County, neighboring counties and at the State 4-H show. Amanda made several comments about her plans for dairy promotion work here in Susquehanna County before Amanda Zembrzycki handed over her reign by crowning Amanda Miner the 2005/2006 Susquehanna County Dairy princess.

Along with the new Princess Amanda Miner, Abbey Puzo, Nicole Brooks, Ashley Franklin and Karley Mosier will serve as Dairy Ambassadors and Cassandra Clark will serve as Dairy Maid.

The evening concluded with the crowd greeting the girls and enjoying refreshments.


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Local Talent In“Susquehanna Idol”

The Susquehanna American Legion Post 86 and Lakey’s Hotel sponsored a local version of American Idol. During the month of May, there were three separate contests held, complete with “Idol” judges and enthusiastic contestants.

Round one got underway at Lakey’s on May 7. The judges, Barb Fenescey, Bill Briar and Richard Nalbone, were joined by guest judge Mike Burke. The top three semi-finalists were Lee Houck, Keith Smith, and Monica Case.

The singing continued on May 17 at the Legion, where the guest judge was Pete Janicelli. The competition was so close that four singers, Trish Barnes, Danielle Keenan, Paula McKee and Mark Wainman, qualified for the final round.

The third round and the Finale were held back at Lakey’s on May 21. The crowd heard a variety of music and were stomping to Country, swaying to slow Ballads, and shaking to Rock and Roll. Judith Herschel, Tonto Haleski and Jodi Benson joined the semi-finalists.

The judges, including guest judge Jamie Chilewski, had their work cut out for them as they considered appearance, stage presence, vocal ability, and applause for each singer. Finally, the scores were totaled, and the winners announced.

Clifton Branning, who had entertained each week, received honorable mention for his performances. The third place winner was Keith Smith (it was the cowboy hat that clinched it!). Judith Herschel (she was just too cute!) took second place. The first place winner was Monica Case. She had the hat, was cute, and could she hit the high notes!

Rumor has it that a similar competition may be coming this fall, so warm up those vocal chords.

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