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Guess Who?
How Lucky You Are
4-H News North Jackson Ag
Harford Stage For Unusual Murders!
Home Town Days Parade Winners
Lewisburg Dentist Attends Forum
Local Visitors Bureau Accepting Events
Susky Fire Dept. 150 Club Winners
Susky Home Town Days Winners
Use IPM To Combat West Nile Virus

Guess Who?

He is a father to his children and a loving husband to his wife. He gets up every morning to slip on his work boots and he’s out the door in a rush as always. He has strong muscles to handle his heavy work. He doesn’t do it for money; many times there are bills he can’t pay. He can’t call in sick or take a vacation day on Friday. You will find him here everyday, even on the holidays. Have you figured out whom I am describing? That’s right, I’m talking about a Dairy Farmer!

Farmers are up and out the door every morning to milk the herd that provides you with healthy milk. Feeding time comes several times a day so that the cows can make their milk. The more the cows produce the better it helps the farmer pay the bills and the milk helps you have strong bones.

Since completing the Penn State Cooperative Extension Tractor Safety Course, Dairy Ambassador Abbey Puzo is able to help with the field work on her grandpa’s farm.

After breakfast there are many things the farmer has on his “to do list” for the day. It may be to get his hay in before the rain, or to fix the broken fence or tractor. Cleaning the barn is a daily chore and the farmer will need to wash the milk tank after the milk truck picks up the milk. During all of his planned chores he may need to stop and deliver a calf or take care of a sick cow. He may need to sit down with a paper and pencil and figure out the amount of feed each cow will get to eat. There is always something to do and something on a farmers mind. These are just some of the things that farmers do. All of this adds up to a lot of hard work and dedication!

Cows have to eat well to make their daily amount of milk. An average cow makes 100 or more glasses of milk a day. A good dairy farmer must have a lot of dedication to his farm in order to have good cows that provide you with good quality milk.

We should all do the farmers a favor as a way of saying ‘thank you’. We should all promise both ourselves and the farmers in America that we will enjoy 3 servings of dairy a day. This is called 3-A-Day. This slogan is to remind you to have 3 servings of dairy a day. Your ‘3-A-Day’ promise does not have to be just a glass of milk…it can be other dairy products. Treat yourself to a serving of cheese, yogurt, cottage cheese or a dairy smoothie. Keeping your promise to a dairy farmer is not as difficult as running a dairy farm, so let’s do this for the dairy farmers in America!

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How Lucky You Are

I would like to tell your readers how much Susquehanna means to me.

Now that I am 81 years old, I remember when I was very young (about 12) I traveled with my father from Long Island to my relatives’ homes, Aunt Jenny and Bob Zeller, Helen and Mary Alice Zeller, Aunt Dodi (Edna Ryan’s mother who lived in an apartment on top of the County Transcript which stands today), my Aunt Rose and Uncle Steve Smith who lived on Main Street and often had to climb lots of stairs to get to their apartment.

Aunt Rose, standing in front of her Main Street apartment.

I remember the movie house (theater), the ice-cream parlor that made their own ice-cream, walking along the road near the Susquehanna River and bridge near town.

Aunt Rose, Steve Smith and my father, Tom.

When my grandparents moved to Willow Road, I visited them often when I was in my twenties.

Susquehanna means (to me) my “homestead,” where folks are kind and loving. I remember how high the mountains were and how gorgeous the sunsets are at night.

Unfortunately, I am too old to travel and visit with all my relatives, buried in the Evergreen Cemetery.

Please let people know that they should treasure each day with their memories and never forget how great a town they live in, as I have done.

If anyone remembers the old days like me, let them write to me at Mrs. Charlotte Burke, 1505 Highland Ave., New Hyde Park, NY 11040.

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4-H News North Jackson Ag

The North Jackson Ag. 4-H club just held their last meeting on July 7 at the Flor’s house. The meeting was called to order by president Abby Onyon at 7:40. the American and 4-H pledges were led by Kelli Agler and Amber Latner. Next Holly Carey, the club secretary took role call. She then read the minutes of the last meeting for anyone who was unable to attend. The club’s treasurer, Aaron Onyon, read the treasurer’s report.

Then, Mrs. Pavelski told the club that their day to help out with the farmer for a day project at the Harford Fair would be on Tuesday. She also asked for volunteers to assist her in that.

A member of the club, Maria Preston, impressed judges at the fashion review contest with her hand-made prom dress. Eric Giangrieco and Jesse Sartell gave the club a report on dairy camp. On July 9 there was a livestock clinic at the Harford Fair grounds. On July 29-30 there will be a Horse and Pony roundup at the Harford Fair grounds. Abby reminded the club members that all projects are due at the fair on August 18in the 4-H building. All members should also remember that August 23 is 4-H day at the Harford Fair. Then Mrs. Pavelski brought up the beautification project that the club participates in every year. She asked the club members if they could each bring in a favorite picture of themselves for her to decorate the flower display with.

Then demonstrations began. Troy Carey did his demonstration on the projects that he did while in the fourth grade. He showed the club a turtle project, space project, an art project, a skit on Martin Luther King, Jr., his concert that he was both a speaker and a soloist in, and a Japanese mask that he had made. After that his brother Shawn Carey did his demonstration on Milton Hershey, the creator of Hershey’s chocolate. Next, Amber and Ashlee Latner did a presentation on their goats. They told the members the diseases that are prevalent in goats and how to treat them properly. They also told the club about some of their experiences and stories of raising their goats. After that, the meeting was adjourned at 8:10 and the club planned to meet on July 17 at the Pavelski’s for a picnic and meeting.

News Reporter Kaitlin Flor

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Harford Stage for Unusual Murders

The small farming community of Harford, best known as the home of the annual Susquehanna County fair, is the stage for several unusual murders in “The Harford Fatwa and Chainsaw Murders,” Frank Dressler’s fifth mystery in the Kate Flaherty/Ben Pierce series and the third that is set in Susquehanna County.

What appears to be an unfortunate chainsaw accident to a reclusive neighbor at Kate and Ben’s Harford vacation home near Harford pulls Ben and Sergeant Brad Jackson into a whirlpool of activities involving an unscrupulous logger, a young Muslim scientist who is also a neighbor but largely unknown in the Harford community and, ultimately, three deaths.

“The Harford Fatwa and Chainsaw Murders” is unusual in that it uses the basics of the Muslim faith and forest stewardship as backdrops for the plot. Dressler said the mix of Islam and forest management practices reflects two of his ongoing interests. He also said, “ Like many other Americans, I have sought a better understanding of Islam since 9/11. My service in Azerbaijan on two occasions helped me to personalize and gain a deeper understanding of this great religion, and also to better understand the goals of jihadists in Afghanistan and Iraq.”

Dressler, a retired non-profit organization executive, has served abroad as a church and business volunteer for more than two years in seven countries on three continents. During his working career, he was chief executive officer of four different non-profit groups as well as a top executive of a Philadelphia advertising agency. As a Susquehanna County resident, Dressler’s volunteer activities have focused on economic development and forest management issues. Presently he serves as President of the Susquehanna County Forest Landowners Association.

“The Harford Fatwa and Chainsaw Murders,” can be ordered from the publisher, iUniverse, by calling 1-800-AUTHORS. When calling, give the name of the book, the author and the ISBN Number ( D-595-36138-2).

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Home Town Days Parade Winners

Following are parade trophy winners from the recent Susquehanna “Home Town Days.”

Antique Tractors: Oldest – Red McCormick 1946 – owner Darius Shimer; Best Appearing – orange 1953 Allis-Chalmers – owner Ken Post.

Animal Bike Contest: First Place – Zebra – Amber Dubanowitz; Second Place – Elephant – Christen Burke; Third Place – Elephant – Alycia Cuevas.

Floats: First Place – Red Hatters; Second Place – Susquehanna Borough.

Cars: Pink Ford – Jerry Gow; Firemod – Don Shelley.

Walking Group: Lil’ Beginning Miniature Horses; Maple City Fife and Drum Corps.

Fire Trucks: Longest Distance – Rush Fire Dept. Brush Truck; Oldest Engine – New Milford Ward LaFrance 1955; Best Appearing Engine – 2004 Thompson Crimson Pumper; Best Appearing Engine Pre-1980 – Ouquaga 1980 American LaFrance; Best Appearing Brush Truck – United/Montrose; Best Appearing Ambulance – Great Bend/Hallstead; Fire Dept. Most Apparatus – Great Bend.

Congratulations and thanks were extended to all for participating.

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Lewisburg Dentist Attends Forum

Dentist Dr. David Robinson of Lewisburg recently attended the Leading Dentist Forum in Salt Lake City, sponsored by BECDEN Dental Laboratory, Inc.

Robinson was chosen from more than 350 BECDEN clients around the country to be one of eight dentists to attend the forum.

During the two-day workshop, attendees met with their team of technicians, received instruction on the latest products and techniques available to their patients, and shared their expertise with each other.

Dr. Robinson grew up in Susquehanna and is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Robinson, Laurel St.

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Long Term Care Choices Expand

The B/S/S/T Area Agency on Aging is pleased to announce the availability of a new program in the counties of Bradford, Sullivan, Susquehanna, and Tioga which serves nursing home residents interested in transitioning into the community. Nursing Home Transition provides information about long term care opportunities in the community to nursing home residents age 18 and older of all income levels.

Nursing Home Transition is a collaborative effort directed by the nursing home resident and includes a Transition Team of Nursing Home Staff, a Nursing Home Transition Coordinator, and other individuals of the resident’s choice.

Nursing Home Staff pay a key role in Nursing Home Transition planning, advising the nursing home resident about their specific care needs and other considerations. Nursing Home Staff have been an excellent source of referrals in the Area Agency on Aging’s four county service area and in other areas of the Commonwealth.

If the nursing home resident decides that receiving care in the community will adequately meet his/her care needs, the Nursing Home Transition Coordinator helps with all transition arrangements including housing, in-home services, moving and other arrangements.

Special funds are available to help nursing home residents with limited financial resources pay for moving expenses, security deposits, furniture, and utility installation costs.

Some Nursing Home Residents may be eligible to receive Waiver Services in the community which offer an alternative to receiving care in a nursing home setting. Other individuals may be able to receive other sources of help in the community to assist with their needs.

Liberty Resources of Allentown, PA serves individuals who are age 18 to 59 and is a collaborative partner with the B/S/S/T Area Agency on Aging in Bradford, Sullivan, Susquehanna, and Tioga for Nursing Home Transition and Waiver Services.

Nursing home residents are age 60 or older may qualify for the PDA Waiver Program which provides in-home services for individuals age 60 or older who meet income and medical eligibility guidelines.

For more information on Nursing Home Transition, please contact the B/S/S/T Area Agency on Aging Towanda Office at (570) 265-6121 or 1-800-982-4346.

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Local Visitors Bureau Accepting Events

Tunkhannock, PA – Events that take place between October 1, 2005, and March 31, 2006, are now being accepted for the Endless Mountains Visitors Bureau 2005-06 Fall/Winter Calendar of Events.

Any public event that is sponsored by a community or non-profit organization can be submitted for the upcoming calendar free of charge. The events must take place in the Endless Mountains Region – Bradford, Sullivan, Susquehanna and Wyoming counties.

To get an event in the calendar, log onto the Endless Mountains Visitors Bureau website - – and click on “events.” At the bottom of the events opening page, you will find where to “add an event.” Events that have multiple dates must be submitted individually (example: a performance given on Oct. 3, 10, 17, and Nov. 7).

The information will be fed to the bureau via e-mail. Once reviewed, it will be put on the bureau’s website for immediate viewing by the public. The bureau reserves the right to edit and/or delete any submission.

All events received by the August 20 deadline will be printed in the calendar of events brochure for distribution throughout the Endless Mountains Region, the surrounding area, and to potential visitors that request information on the area.

Anyone without Internet access can contact the bureau and request a calendar of events form. All events must be submitted online or on the form provided by the bureau to ensure accuracy and complete information.

For more information or to request a form, call the visitors bureau at 1-800-769-8999.

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Susky Fire Dept. 150 Club Winners

Following are the Susquehanna Fire Department 150 Club winners for July 3: Gladys Troup, $100.00; Bill Kuiper $100.00; Ron Whitehead $500.00; Grace Schell $500.00.

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Susky Home Town Days Winners

Following are results from the St. John’s Pro-Life Beautiful Baby Contest, held during the Susquehanna Community Home Town Days celebration.

In the six months to one year category, winners were: first – Abigale Oakley; second – Justin Bray; third – Liam Jannson.

In the one year to two year category, winners were: first – Jordyn Gover; second – Olivia Snyder; third – Justin Scheiner.

During the Chinese Auction, high bidders were: big boot with plants/flowers, Darlene Slocum; nursery set, Mickey Harcar; candle collection, Cathy Yoder; cookie jar, Cathy Yoder; set of pictures, Cathy Yoder.

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Use IPM To Combat West Nile Virus

UNIVERSITY PARK, PA – Ordinarily, mosquitoes are little more than a mild irritant, but because they can transmit diseases such as West Nile encephalitis to humans and pets, people should take steps to avoid being bitten and eliminate mosquito-breeding areas.

In 1999, 62 people in the New York City metropolitan area were hospitalized with West Nile encephalitis, previously only found in Africa, Eastern Europe, Middle East, and West Asia. Seven of those people, all elderly, died. In response, the Pennsylvania Departments of Health and Environmental Protection, in cooperation with other state and local agencies, finalized plans to monitor the Commonwealth for potential mosquito and bird carriers of the virus that causes West Nile encephalitis.

West Nile encephalitis cases occur primarily in the late summer or early fall. Mosquitoes get the virus when they bite, or take a blood meal, from birds infected with West Nile virus. Those mosquitoes then transmit the virus to people and other animals when taking a blood meal. Over the last several years, dead birds in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, and Maryland have tested positive for the virus.

During warm weather, mosquitoes can breed in any still water that stands for more than four days. The most effective way to control mosquitoes is to eliminate standing water. Homeowners should use IPM, or integrated pest management, tactics to protect themselves and their families. IPM aims to manage pests – such as insects, diseases, weeds and animals – by combining physical, biological and chemical tactics that are safe and environmentally compatible.

Organize your community to clean up mosquito breeding areas. Neighborhood clean up days can be organized through civic or youth organizations. Homeowners can be encouraged to clean up their yards, and water collecting containers can be picked up from vacant lots.

For more information on West Nile encephalitis, contact the program at (814) 865-2839, or visit Web site

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