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4-H News Watrous Corners
Picture Book Contest Winners Announced
Waiting For You!
Waiting For You!

It’s A Boy!
Safe Kids Chapter Hold Bike Derby
What Does "Free" Mean?


4-H News Watrous Corners

Watrous Corners 4-H Club has been busy with community service projects. The club’s kick off meeting started during “Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful Week” with a litter pick up along the road that the club adopted through the “Adopt a Highway Program.” The club adopted the highway several years ago, and continues to keep the litter cleaned up so that community members can enjoy a beautiful view as they travel along the country road.

Several Watrous Corners 4-H Club members gather for a picture at the conclusion of their iron fence painting at the Williams Pond Cemetery. Pictured (l-r) are: front row – Guy Cosantino, Ian Packard, Will Ely and Dakota Costantino; back row – Connor Packard, Aubrey Wood, Dustin Yonkin, Daniel English.

Watrous Corners 4-H Club has also taken the responsibility of cleaning up the cemetery which is located near William’s Pond. This cemetery is the resting place for many local veterans and each year prior to Memorial Day, the club meets to rake the leaves and plant flowers at the gate of the cemetery. This year the club voted to repair and repaint the iron fence that borders the cemetery. With team work and persistence, the fence now has a functional gate and a fresh coat of paint.

The Watrous Corners 4-H Club members would like to thank Bridgewater Township and the local businesses that donated to the project.

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Picture Book Contest Winners Announced

On Saturday, June 7, the Montrose Theater was filled with thirty-one young authors and illustrators and their proud families and friends as the awards for the 10th Write and Illustrate Your Own Picture Book Contest were presented. The contest, sponsored by the Susquehanna County Historical Society & Free Library Association, drew about one hundred original entries from grades K through 12.

First place winners (l-r) were: Joanna Schwartztrauber, Troy Ely, Leah Ofalt, Basia Polack, Rachelle Stevens, Rebekah Lynn Costley, Frankie Carr, Jesse Korty, Christopher Carlsen, Colee Carr, Tyler Butler, Aaron Costley, Jessica Jinghoor. Photo by Joe Facinelli.

A PowerPoint presentation with pages from the winning entries displayed on the screen as librarians summarized each book. Two copies of each first place winner's book were hardbound, one to be added to the collection of the Main Library, the Forest City Branch, the Hallstead-Great Bend Branch, or the Susquehanna Branch, and one awarded to the winner. The second and third place winning books were softbound for the young authors.

Second place winners (l-r) were: T.J. DeMartino, Autumn Stoddard, Shawn Darrow, Natalie Meagher, Mike Robbs, Marci Rose, Mary C. Magdin, Sean Stanley, Zoe Gauthier, Korie Travis, Gracie Lutz. Not pictured, Thomas Ord. Photo by Joe Facinelli.

The library copies of the first prize books were on display and will tour the four county libraries as a collection before being available to borrow in the fall. The young authors' names are permanently added to the county-wide computer catalog, which can be viewed online at, and their books are also now listed in the state-wide ACCESS-PA catalog (

Third place winners (l-r) were: Cody Smith, Louise Thompson, Robert Fleming, Jackson Rogers, Piper Gauthier, Abby Costley, Zachary Mead, Jacob Hinkley. Not pictured, Mike Gathany, Shanyn Mattocks, Michelle Sheridan, Cassidy Rose Walters. Photo by Joe Facinelli.

The PowerPoint presentation was created with software donated by the Gates Foundation. Visit any of the county libraries to learn and use PowerPoint and other Microsoft office programs at no charge. The presentation was shown with a laptop and projector acquired with a federal Library Services & Technology Act grant, as part of the upgrade of all county library computers.

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Waiting For You!

Hi! I’m Pepper! I’m a beautiful, three-year old, male, black Lab. I’m already housebroken and neutered, so it makes it even easier to come and take me home. Please make me a member of your family.

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

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Waiting For You!

If you’re looking for an outside dog who will also make a wonderful companion, Buddy is the dog for you! Buddy is a beautiful, male, three-year old Lab mix who is waiting for his special home. Please come see him.

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

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It’s A Boy!

Nicole and Brian Crawford of Susquehanna were blessed with the birth of their son, Miles Nelson Crawford. He was born on may 10, 2005 at 8:32 p.m. at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital. He was born one month premature at a birth weight of 8 pounds, 3 ounces and his length was 20 inches long.

His grandparents include Janice and Nelson Eckrote of Williamsport, PA and Kathleen and James Crawford senior of Susquehanna, PA.

His great-grandparents include Jeanne and the late Thomas Sennett of Clearfield, PA; Helen and Oscar Eckrote of Allentown, PA; Erma and the late Nelson Crawford of Springville, PA; and Kathleen and Ralph Barnard of Susquehanna. This is the couple’s first child.

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Safe Kids Chapter Hold Bike Derby

The Safe Kids Chapter Of Susquehanna County held a very successful bike derby on Memorial Day, at the Montrose Park as part of the Memorial Day activities.

Children were encouraged to decorate their bikes in a patriotic theme and to ride them in the annual parade. Over 40 children participated and the bikes were both artistic and creative.

Prior to the parade children in need of new helmets were fitted with one and those who had good helmets were checked for proper fit.

A full size, 20 inch bike was donated by Wal-Mart in Tunkhannock and chanced off after the parade. The winner of the bike was Brook Warner.

The local Safe Kids chapter was awarded a third place trophy for creativity and dedication to keeping kids safe.

Local volunteers stated the participation was great and the children were enthusiastic and energetic.

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What Does "Free" Mean?

Librarians at the Susquehanna County Library just heard about a new Internet-based company called The concept is that subscribers borrow books through the mail. Far from being "free", the service starts at $13 a month for 4 books at a time.

"We thought that was pretty funny," said Administrator/Librarian Susan Stone, "since we offer a very similar service, Books-by-Mail, for our definition of free: zero dollars a month! But we don't limit you to paperbacks, and almost any title that we don't have, we can request for you – also for REALLY free!"

Library services are supported through tax dollars, and librarians are about the most efficient spenders of public money anywhere. For about 40 cents a month in local taxes, and 48 cents a month in state funding, every resident of Susquehanna County is entitled to borrow not only paperbacks, but also hardcovers, videos, cassette books, CDs, magazines, and more. That same amount also covers free high-speed Internet access, Microsoft Office programs and training, and games at each location (there is only a charge for printing or buying a diskette or blank CD). But wait...there's more! For that same 88 cents a month you have access to a real live librarian to help you with any kind of question you may have; your children and grandchildren are provided with story times and Summer Reading programs; teachers and students are supplied with materials to help support classroom education; and library service is provided to daycares, nursing homes, and the jail.

Your state taxes also support Inter-Library Loan, the service that allows you to borrow just about any library item in the state that's not held locally; and the POWER Library databases, which provide access via the Internet to millions of magazine articles, eBooks, photos, health information, and other educational and recreational content for adults and children (normally very far from free).

"We do wish the state would be able to restore library funding to its previous levels (about 62 cents a month per person)," says Mrs. Stone. "That extra 14 cents – which adds up to about $60,000 for our library system – really made a big difference to us!"

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