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Susky Fire Dept. Dedicates Engine
Peoples Announces 2nd Quarter Earnings
Literacy Program Gets Accreditation
Conservancy Offers Stewardship Awards

Susky Fire Dept. Dedicates Engine

On July 15, the Susquehanna Fire Department dedicated their new Engine #2, following the Hometown Days parade. The 2004 Crimson tanker pumper was dedicated to Rose Swanson. Also known as “Station Six,” Rose was a dispatcher for the department for over twenty-five years.

Following speeches by Rose’s nephew and department member Jack Rood, and former department Chief Dave Glidden, a plaque was presented to Rose’s son, John Card. A custom, hand-painted rose is on each side of the truck, also in her honor.

Rose was very dedicated to the department, on call 24/7. She enjoyed her position in the department and is sadly missed.

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Peoples Announces 2nd Quarter Earnings

Peoples Financial Services Corp. has announced the following second quarter earnings for 2005.

Net Income through six months of 2005 was $2,462,000 vs. $2,188,000 in 2004. For the quarter ending June 30, 2005, net income was $1,188,000 vs. $891,000 for the same time period in 2004.

Total assets on June 30, 2005 were $386,309,000, which compares to $383,853,000 at the same time in 2004. Compared to the June 30, 2004 total of $236,340,000, net loans were up 4.31% at $246,527,000 on June 30, 2005.

Deposits totaled $283,155,000 on June 30, 2005, a decrease of $2,014,000, or .71% from $285,169,000 on June 30, 2004.

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Literacy Program Gets Accreditation

Montrose, PA – On July 25, 2005 Susquehanna County Literacy Program was awarded accredited status by ProLiteracy America, the US Programs Division of ProLiteracy Worldwide. Susquehanna County Literacy Program has served Susquehanna County for 23 years helping adults improve their reading, mathematics, listening, writing, speaking, and technology skills.

Peter Waite, Executive Director of ProLiteracy America, says, “We are proud to add Susquehanna County Literacy Program to our growing list of accredited organizations. They have demonstrated that their program meets the highest national standards for volunteer literacy programs and that their services to the community are effective. We applaud the many volunteers, staff, and students who have devoted their time and effort to achieve this goal.”

Pro Literacy America’s Accreditation provides literacy programs with a comprehensive process for: 1) conducting an organizational self-assessment; 2) developing program improvement plans; and 3) demonstrating that their organization meets the highest standards for governance, program management, program operations, and volunteer development.

Susquehanna County Literacy Program is a non-profit educational program dedicated to helping adults of all ages improve their lives and their communities by learning reading, writing, math and problem-solving skills.

ProLiteracy Worldwide is a non-profit educational organization that supports local literacy programs through a national network of approximately 130,000 volunteers and 1,200 local, state, and regional literacy providers in the United States. ProLiteracy’s purpose is to sponsor educational programs and services whose purpose is to empower adults and their families by assisting them to acquire the literacy practices and skills they need to function more effectively in their daily lives and participate in the transformation of their societies. ProLiteracy Worldwide was formed by the recent merger of Laubach Literacy International and Literacy Volunteers of America, Inc.

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Conservancy Offers Stewardship Awards

Do you like what your neighbor's doing on his land? "If you do, please tell us about it!" asks Mary Felley, Executive Director of the Countryside Conservancy. The Conservancy, based in La Plume, is inviting nominations for its Tenth Annual Stewardship Awards. The awards honor those who maintain their properties in a manner that respects the conservation values of the land and brings enjoyment to the community. Awards are made in three categories: Working Farm, Residential, and Other.

Farm winners have included dairy and beef cattle operations, horse breeding operations, and other farms both traditional and non-traditional. The farms must give attention to protecting the environment, including the local waterways that drain to the Chesapeake Bay, and should also embody and carry forward the farming heritage of our region.

Residential awards have gone to homeowners in towns such as Montrose and Tunkhannock as well as rural areas such as Brooklyn and Union Dale. Homes may be new or old, but should pay respect to and fit harmoniously into their surroundings.

The "Other" category takes in a wide range of other land uses. Past winners include local shade tree associations, art galleries, bed-and-breakfasts, organic vegetable gardens, public libraries, summer camps, cemeteries and more. The only requirement is that they be good stewards of their lands and their environment!

Owners of properties in the Tunkhannock Creek Watershed and surrounding areas are eligible for consideration. The search area takes in northwest Lackawanna County, northeast Wyoming County, and much of Susquehanna County. Anyone is welcome to nominate a property for an award. Nomination forms are available by contacting the Conservancy at (570) 945-6995. Nominators are encouraged to submit photos of the nominated property, which may be used in an award certificate! The deadline for nominations is September 15, 2005. Award winners will be honored at the Countryside Conservancy’s annual meeting in April, 2006. Susan Scranton Dawson of Dalton and Commander Jo-Ellen Greene of Thompson will chair this year's Stewardship Awards Committee.

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