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Blue Ridge Senior Center Update
A Dairy Princess
Wedding Announced Clement – Conigliaro
Friends Announce 2005 Specialist In Residence

Endowment Funds Local CASS Project

Blue Ridge Senior Center Update

Baby dolls, bride dolls, Shirley Temple dolls. old dolls, hand crafted dolls, dolls copied from Norman Rockwell paintings and even a Bumble Bee doll. They were all at the center for our "Doll Show". This was a special event. Many brought their dolls and told a story or the history of that doll. Betty K. had two beautiful dolls that came from Germany; each were at least a hundred years ago. Debbie made all her dolls, Shirley brought one that was her mother's. Caroline had a beauty from the Danbury Mint. There was an old rag doll. This was one of the most enjoyable afternoons, sorry if you missed it.

The Conklin Crafters came one day to have lunch and play bingo after. On the 10th we had lunch at Brandt's and then a trip to New Milford to see the castle that Ron Hall built behind his home. It is an amazing structure made from fieldstone. After the viewing Mrs. Hall served some light refreshment to our group. A pleasant afternoon spent so close to home.

Birthdays this month: Mary White, Charlotte Wescott, Katherine Seward, Hattie Hunter, Evelyn Galloway, Herman Ebhardt, Mary Deyo and Betty Kegleman. Happy Birthday to all. I hear you are all over 21.

Seems funny to be going over to the Center at 5 p.m., but we had a spaghetti dinner on Friday, the 27th. There was a good size crowd out, even some people I didn't know. The food was prepared by Betty K, and her volunteers. A nice salad bar with Italian bread, spaghetti and meat balls, and cake for dessert. Thanks to all for preparing this meal.

Closed a couple days this month, election day and memorial day, but we continued to play dominoes, cards, enjoy trivia, have blood pressures taken and exercise on the days it was open. That's all for now.

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A Dairy Princess

I am Amanda Miner, the 2005-2006 Susquehanna County Dairy Princess.  You may or may not remember me from previous years as a Dairy Ambassador, but let me start out by saying that I feel extremely honored to represent Susquehanna County’s fine dairy farmers and educate its residents on dairy wellness.

Susquehanna County Dairy Princess Amanda Miner being crowned by the 2004/2005 Dairy Princess Amanda Zembrzycki.

My association with the dairy industry began about seven years ago when I joined 4-H.  Back then it was my brother, Andy and I, showing calves through the 4-H dairy project leasing program, courtesy of Dick and Linda Naylor.  We leased animals for two years and then branched out on our own when our parents, Pat and Connie, bought us each our own calf.  For about three years after that we raised calves in our backyard, until we had too many for the amount of land we own.  It was at that time Dad and Andy started building a barn for our herd.  I say herd because we grew from two small calves to seventeen cows, calves and heifers.  We don’t own that many today, because Andy is getting ready to go to college in the fall and is selling some of his animals.  I am an avid 4-Her who loves Holsteins and Ayrshires.

Now, it’s haying season and we are busy filling the barn with hay for the coming months.  Although I think haying is the worst part of farming, besides getting up early to do chores, my motto is “the family that hays together, stays together.”

I guess you could say my life revolves around this fine dairy industry because, besides being involved with dairy cattle in 4-H, I also work on a dairy farm owned by Don Wilson.  I milk the cows nights after school and morning and night on the weekends or when Don or his hired man are on vacation.  It may sound like a lot, but not really when you consider Don gives me time off to do my dairy promotion work and to show my cows.

In the coming year I hope to meet many of you and visit as many schools, daycare/preschools, senior centers and as many other events as possible.  I guess I’m saying I will be many places getting the message across, that our County’s dairy farmers need your support, and we as individuals need the ‘three-a-day’ of dairy in our diets; the quality milk product our farmers are responsible for producing.  Without dairy farmers, think about all the wonderful foods we would not have.  Since we are celebrating “June is Dairy Month,” I would especially encourage everyone to eat your 3-A-Day of dairy, milk, cheese or yogurt.

I’d also like to remind you that the upcoming month of July is National Ice Cream Month.  What do you say, save some room for dessert?

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Wedding Announced Clement – Conigliaro

James Clement of Danbury, Connecticut and Anne Treadwell of Bridgton, Maine are delighted to announce the engagement of their daughter, Julie Anne Clement to Joseph Anthony Conigliaro, son of Joseph and Diane Conigliaro of New Milford.


The bride-elect is a graduate of Danbury High School and earned a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism from The Pennsylvania State University. She is a senior media researcher at Vocus, Inc. in College Park, MD.

The bridegroom is a graduate of Blue Ridge High School and earned a Bachelor's Degree in Actuarial Mathematics from The Pennsylvania State University. He is an actuarial analyst for Mercer Human Resources Consulting in Washington, DC.

The wedding is set for October 22, 2005 in St. Lucy's Church, Scranton.

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Friends Announce 2005 Specialist In Residence

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 is a life-long resident of Susquehanna County and appreciates the infinite beauty of the park. She will share the natural wonders of Salt Springs with the public through her photography.

Renee Coy.

Renee is a recent graduate of Marywood College in Scranton and has worked as a photographer for the Scranton Times. She is proficient in traditional film photography as well as digital imagery and alternate creative processes.

Her work will be exhibited in the Wheaton House on Saturday, September 3, during the Friends of Salt Springs Park’s annual Celebration. At that time, the public can meet Renee and discover the artistry in her photographs taken at the park. Look for Renee earlier in the summer at her workshop on July 23, or when she is taking pictures throughout the park or at an event.

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Endowment Funds Local CASS Project

La Plume – An important regional project has awarded a $40,000 planning grant by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). The project is an initiative of The Center for Anti-Slavery Studies [CASS] in partnership with Keystone College, to bring the story of the Abolition and Underground Railroad activities in Northeastern Pennsylvania to local, regional, and national audiences through a traveling exhibit and multi-media educational materials and programs. The project will also produce a guide on how to conduct Underground Railroad research projects, the first known resource of its kind.

The NEH has twice awarded grant funds to this project, entitled “The Place I Call Home: Northeastern Pennsylvania’s Underground Railroad History.” In 2004, they funded the Consultation Phase of this grass-roots effort and the $40,000 is being awarded for the Research and Planning Phase. In addition to awarding vital funds, NEH has included “The Place I Call Home” as one of the featured projects in their prestigious “We the People” Initiative, a designation given to projects that “explore significant events and themes in our nation’s history and culture, and that advance the knowledge of the principles that define America.”

“The Place I Call Home” was also designated by NEH as one of “America’s Historic Places,” an initiative by NEH to support public programs that use historic sites to address themes and issues central to American history.

This project, which explores a relatively unknown chapter of Northeastern Pennsylvania’s history, is one of only nine projects in the country to receive this coveted honor. "The NEH grant and designation are important far beyond their obvious value. NEH's recognition of the project speaks volumes in the world of education, culture and philanthropy-and thus really bodes well for the future,” said Sondra Myers, a consultant on international, civic and cultural projects, and a member of the Advisory Committee for “The Place I Call Home.”

The Center for Anti-Slavery Studies (CASS) was established in 1996 by a group of citizens in Montrose, Pa., to research and preserve the activities of the Underground Railroad and Abolition movements in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Sherman Wooden, CASS president and a native of Susquehanna County, says the project is a natural extension of CASS’ work to preserve the history and stimulate discussion about the Anti-Slavery movement in this region. “We are committed to telling the story of African American presence and contributions in this area,” he says, “but by telling our story and examining what happened here, we see the larger truth – that this is not black history, it is American history.”

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