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Local Donates $25,000 To Girl Scouts
Lanesboro Senior Center Update
4-H News
Arts Council Meets
County Library Has Reading History

4-H News


Local Donates $25,000 To Girl Scouts

Long-time Girl Scout, Virginia “Ginny” John, recently made a $25,000 donation to Girl Scouts, Scranton Pocono Council and established the Ginny John Camp Archbald Fund. This generous endowment will help preserve the land and facilities at Camp Archbald, a Girl Scout Resident Camp in Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania.

Girl Scouts, Scranton Pocono Council (GS,SPC) announces the establishment of an endowment fund to preserve the land and facilities at Camp Archbald, a Girl Scout Resident Camp in Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania.

Generously contributed by Virginia “Ginny” John, the Ginny John Camp Archbald Fund provides financial support, in perpetuity, for Camp Archbald - the second oldest Girl Scout camp in the United States. The Fund will help ensure the maintenance, upkeep and preservation of all 288 acres at camp.

Pictured (l-r) are: Jeanne Bovard, Executive Director, Scranton Area Foundation; Ginny John, long-time Girl Scout and founder of the Ginny John Camp Archbald Fund; Cindy Garren, CEO, Girl Scouts, Scranton Pocono Council.

“Any individual who has ever experienced the fun and friendship of Camp Archbald understands the importance of preserving this legacy,” commented Cindy Garren, CEO of GS,SPC. “Camp Archbald offers Girl Scouts and non-scouts alike one of the most beautiful campsites in PA where girls can enjoy the outdoors while building leadership skills. Because of Ginny John’s kindness Camp Archbald will last forever for the girls of northeast Pennsylvania.”

The Ginny John Camp Archbald Fund has been established at the Scranton Area Foundation in order to provide a permanent legacy that will benefit Girl Scouts, Scranton Pocono Council. All contributions to this Fund will be matched by the Scranton Area Foundation, a public charitable organization dedicated to sustaining the health and vitality of our area for generations to come.

Ginny John, a native of Bucks County, resides in Harford and has been involved in Girl Scouting for 58 years. As a young girl she attended Camp Archbald during the summer of 1948 and fell in love with its natural beauty. “The fund honors my Girl Scout Troop leaders, Betty Berger Porter and Mary DeCoursey Stewart. Our Troop still meets once a year to make s’mores and rekindle memories,” she said. Many years later Ginny accepted a teaching position at Mountain View High School and re-discovered Camp Archbald. Ginny then joined the Scranton Pocono Council as a Cadette and Senior Troop leader. As a key Council volunteer, Ginny has taken an active role in advocating the many benefits of Girl Scout camping. In her words, “Camping makes a Girl Scout a resourceful citizen and there’s no better camp in the country than Archbald.”

Summer opportunities at Camp Archbald still exist for girls age 6-18. All interested girls should register now by calling (570) 344–1224 or toll-free, 1–877–582–2100. You do not have to be a Girl Scout to attend. Summer programs at Camp Archbald run the entire month of July and the first week in August.

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Lanesboro Senior Center Update

Greetings from Turnpike Terrace for June.

Only three birthdays up here for June. Happy Birthday to everyone.

We had a bad storm with hail, wind, rain and lightening. We could see it all in the dining room with the big windows.

We had our council meeting and elected a new president and treasurer, namely Ellen Kelley and Mary Diaz. Good luck to you, girls.

We have been having a great time with dominoes. We get eight or nine girls playing; we have a lot of fun and fellowship. If we keep it up, some day we may get really good at it.

We had a speaker on Thursday. She spoke on nutrition and activity for seniors. It was very informing for us. I think we all may have learned a little something. Thank you, Michelle.

Lynnie French came to see us last week. It was really nice to see her again. She played bingo and visited. Come again, Lynnie!

We had our Volunteer Dinner in Montrose. It was a nice meal and a big crowd. We had a good showing from our center.

On Friday we had the Watson Hill Bible Church here for a sing-along. There was quite a group here and we had a good time. Refreshments were served after.

We celebrated a special birthday in June. It was Anna Napolitano’s ninetieth birthday. Anna is very active in her church and at the center. She also comes for cards and bingo. She even line dances. Keep up the good work, Anna.

We have a few people in the hospital and wish them all a speedy recovery. Come home, soon!

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4-H News

North Jackson Ag Club

The North Jackson Ag Club held their last meeting at the Onyon’s house on May 7. The meeting began at 3:25 after following a club bowling party. Everyone who went seemed to have enjoyed it. Abby Onyon called the meeting to order by picking club members to lead the club with the American and 4H pledges. Then Holly took role call. After finishing that, Holly Carey read the minutes of the last meeting to the club in case anyone had missed important information. Aaron Onyon gave the club an update on the finances when he read the treasurer’s report. Abby informed the club of some old business. She reminded the members to bring in their candy-fund raising money as quickly as possible. She also let the club know about her latest accomplishments in the Alpaca Show in Harrisburg, which was held in April of this year. Abby and Stephanie Schaffer show Alpacas and earned recognition for placing in the show. Abby then brought up some very important new business. She explained about the meeting at Ed Cameron’s house for all shot gun members. The members would be practicing for state days. On May 19, there was to be a county council meeting. The club had to make an important decision on where they would go for an annual club trip. The choices were to go to Knoebles Theme Park for a day or to go to Gettysburg for a day. Any members who didn’t get his/ her project book should let Mrs. Pavelski or Mrs. Onyon know immediately. The registration for Camp Brule (June 22- July 1) was due on May 20. Any members that planned on showing livestock needed to attend a clinic at the Stevenson’s farm on July 9. Before officially adjourning the meeting, Abby reminded the club that the next meeting would be held at the Pavelski’s house on June 4. The meeting was short; it made North Jackson Ag’s history for the shortest meeting ever to be held. It was a mere five minutes; guess everyone was tired from bowling!

News Reporter: Kaitlin Flor

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Arts Council Meets

In April, a few people met to explore the idea of starting an Arts Council in the greater Susquehanna area. There seems to be some interest!

We discovered that a very vibrant Arts Council is already in place, in Jackson. St. Martin of Tours and St. Paul’s Arts Council will be presenting “Nunsense” at Susquehanna Community Schools on August 12-14. The play is under the very able direction of Chris Lake. This group is also sponsoring some concerts and tours which are planned into February of next year.

It is our hope to complement the Jackson group and we hope to work together to find different ways to encourage and support the arts in this area.

The Greater Susquehanna Arts Council is meeting in the borough building once a month, presently the third Monday of each month at 7:00 p.m. If you have an interest in arts in our communities, please join us.

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County Library Has Reading History

Many library users would like to be able to keep track of which books they've read (or which audio books they've listened to). The Susquehanna County Library's online catalog now has a "My Reading List" feature that lets patrons do this privately and securely for the first time.

"We are delighted to be able to offer this service--people have been asking about it for years!" says Systems Librarian Hilary Caws-Elwitt. For help using this feature, or more information about the library's services, please call Hilary at 278-1881 or email

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4-H News

Sizzlin’ Steaks

The Sizzlin’ Steaks 4-H Club recently held a meeting at the Harford Church Lecture Hall. Club officers were voted in as follows: President – Chrissy Zick; Vice-President – Olivia Zick; Secretary – Karie Lynn Zupanovich; Reporters – Rebecca Gardner and Alyssa Clarkson; Treasurer – Brittany Greenwood.

Community service project was voted on. We chose to plant geraniums on all the veterans’ graves in the Maplewood Cemetery. Members in attendance were Olivia Zick, Rebecca Gardner and Alyssa Clarkson. With help of group leaders and family, the club planted nearly 80 geraniums on the veterans’ plots at Maplewood cemetery outside of Kingsley, PA. The 4-Hers received their project books for the year.

The club project will be kite making. Mr. Mitchell will be in charge of the kite making.

News Reporter: Alyssa Clarkson & Rebecca Gardner

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