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CTC Gives $25,000 For Scholarships
Tim Fancher Memorial Another Success
Legion Post 357 Honors Collegians
Story Hour Class Graduates
Turnpike Senior Center Update
Volunteers Sought
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CTC Gives $25,000 For Scholarships

The Community Foundation of Susquehanna County is pleased to announce the receipt of a $25,000 donation from Commonwealth Telephone Company (CTC), in conjunction with the PA Educational Improvement Tax Credit program. The funds will be used to provide county pre-kindergarten children with scholarships to attend programs that will prepare them for success in grade school.

“We are very pleased to be able to help the community by giving money to meet the needs of our local schools. This money will assist in creating successful futures for the children,” said Steve Skammer, CTC’s Senior Manager of Field Operations.

Pictured (l-r) are: CTC Senior Manager of Engineering and Construction Wayne Devine, Community Foundation Director of Development Peter Quigg, CTC Senior Manager of Field Operations Steve Skammer, and CTC Engineering and Construction Supervisor Jeff Bolton.

Peter Quigg, Director of Development for the Community Foundation, stated, “The Foundation is very excited to have Commonwealth Telephone join us in this program this year. The Foundation’s purpose is to assist the citizens of our area, and Commonwealth Telephone’s donation will certainly help with our work. Deserving families will directly benefit from these funds.”

For more information contact Peter Quigg, at 570-278-3800 or

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Tim Fancher Memorial Another Success

It wasn’t unusual to see Tim Fancher along our local roads. An avid runner and outdoors enthusiast, Tim was born, raised and lived in the Hallstead-Great Bend area until his untimely death in August, 2001 when he collapsed while running in the area he loved.

To commemorate Tim and honor his life, Tim’s friends and family organized the Tim Fancher Memorial 5K Walk/Run, which recently held its fourth annual competition in Great Bend’s Glenwood Park where the race begins and ends. New highs were reached by number of people who registered – 175 – and who finished – 165. Participants came from not only Susquehanna County and New York’s Southern Tier, but also from Upstate New York and the Scranton-Wilkes-Barre area. This year, Rob Morrow of Endwell won the men’s race in a course-record time of 15:33. Awards are presented at the Tim Fancher Monument in the Great Bend park.

Beyond the competition, the event draws more than two dozen volunteers who park cars, set up the course, hand out water and selflessly tend to the needs of both participants and spectators. Area businesses are generous with prizes for eagerly anticipated drawings.

But the best part is the money raised for parks and recreation in Great Bend and Hallstead. Since its inception, $8,000 has been raised by Tim’s Run, and presented to the borough councils of both Great Bend and Hallstead for their dedicated use in parks and recreation. It is a legacy that Tim Fancher would have mightily approved.

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Legion Post 357 Honors Collegians

As has been their custom for ten years, the Hallstead-Great Bend American Legion Post honored several county students attending various colleges.

Each year the Post awards students selected a cash gift to help with their school tuition. The students are selected by members of the Post. They can be children of members, friends and from Susquehanna County.

The Post called “a halt” to their regular meeting on Wednesday, July 20 to award the students their prizes. Making the presentations were Post Commander Dick Rood and Judge Advocate Mike Welch.

Pictured above are some of the college students that received the Legion Awards. (Back row, with Legion caps are Commander Rick Rood and Judge Advocate, Mike Welch.)

Several parents – and grandparents – of the students were present for the awards.

Receiving the awards were: Tiffany Fisher, daughter of Donald and Susan Fisher; Darci Margets, daughter of Jack and Connie Margets; Ashley Sinnett, daughter of Kim and Sterling Sinnett; David Kerr, son of Dave and Teresa Kerr; Tracy Soller, daughter of Philip and Kathryn Soller; Lawrence Tompkins, son of Larry and Lisa Tompkins; Lydia Tompkins, daughter of Larry and Lisa Tompkins; Tim Robinson, son of Mary Jane Robinson; Beth Giangrieco, daughter of Jim and Frida Giangrieco; Jamie Swartwood, daughter of Debbie Vogel; Katie Dietz, daughter of Robert Dietz; Beth Dietz, daughter of Robert Dietz; Victor Welch, son of Mike and Deb Welch; Sarah Button, daughter of Patty Button and John Demer; Ashley Hanyon, daughter of Deb Leonard; Robert Murphy, son of Judy and Arden Murphy; Trishalaine Murphy, daughter of Judy and Arden Murphy; Heather Chapman, daughter of Susan and Rick Nelson; Samantha Hollister, Daughter of Adam Hollister; Justine Rood, daughter of Commander Rick Rood.

This is a “fine thing they do” said one of the guests present, helping the students with their tuitions. It’s “Hats Off” to the Hallstead-Great Bend Legion for their contributions to area programs such as this.

It’s not often publicized – the donations and “gift baskets” distributed by the area’s three service clubs – but it is well known among members. The fine work they do helps many of the deserving in their Post areas.

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Story Hour Class Graduates

The Pre-School Story Hour Program at the Susquehanna County Library in Montrose held graduation ceremonies on Tuesday, June 7, and Wednesday, June 8. Children received diplomas certifying attendance during the '04-'05 school year, enjoyed refreshments, and sang along with singer/guitarist Corky Staats (who could not be there on Wednesday).

Tuesday Story Hour Graduation class (l-r) are: front row – Maverick Beeman, Grace Aukema, Joe Swart, Ryan Farley, Pat Nowalk, Brandon Curley, Dylan Olszewski; back row – Cole Aukema, Mrs. Amy Johnson, Renee Arnold, Miranda Woosman, Mrs. Sue Stone, Megan Birchard, Riley Jenson.Photo by Joe Facinelli

Story Hour at the Montrose Branch of the Susquehanna County Historical Society & Free Library Association runs each year from September through May. For an hour each week, 3 1/2 to 5 year olds listen to a story, watch a movie, play games, and make a craft to take home. There are two sessions, which are held on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Special programs during the year celebrate holidays and occasions like National Library Week. "Story Hour is often a child's first introduction to group activities," said Amy Johnson, Story Hour Director. "It's wonderful to see how much they change and grow over the year. We all have a lot of fun."

Wednesday Story Hour Graduation class (l-r) are: first row – Collin Chidester, Georgia Smith, Kyle McGranaghan, Sara Fetter; second row – Sawyer Lewis, Romey Washo, Nathan Grosvenor, Justin Grosvenor, Griffin Arnold; third row – Max Brewer, Mrs. Amy Johnson, Serena Gardner, Kylie Slater, Adriana Scarfalloto, Mrs. Sue Stone, Molly McVaugh, Mikayla Carlton.Photo by Joe Facinelli

This past spring, many visitors came to Story Hour: Nurse Ada Hess – "Mr. Yuk" poison awareness; Dr. David Rechlicz – dental health; Justin Sprout and Vince Birchard – Montrose Minute Men Emergency Medical Services; Marcia Yoselson – Susquehanna County Humane Society; Doug Lotten and Ryan Tator – United Fire Company; and Trooper Tim Jones and Trooper Connie Devens with "Trooper B. Smart" – Pennsylvania State Police.

Registration for the '05-'06 Story Hour program, which runs during the school year, begins on August 15. After the openings have been filled, a waiting list will be started. To attend, children must be at least three and a half years old, and a parent must be a member of the Susquehanna County Historical Society & Free Library Association. Membership costs $20 and includes a subscription to the quarterly newsletter. If you have any questions about the program, please call 278–1881; however, registration will only be accepted in person.

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Turnpike Senior Center Update

Hello from Turnpike Terrace for July.

A happy birthday for the July people!

To start the month, we had a lot of rain and we sure needed it.

We need bingo players; come and join us.

We have been playing dominoes on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings. We have about eight or nine players and a lot of fun.

We sat out and watched the parade; it was a good time!

Most of our people are home from the hospital now – stay healthy.

Some of our ladies had a brown bag day at Salt Springs State Park. It’s been so hot you don’t want to go outside.

We had some rain July 30 and we sure needed that as well. The ladies up here watch after our flowers and they take good care of them.

Not much going on this month – see you next month!

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Volunteers Sought

APPRISE, the State Health Insurance Counseling Program for older Pennsylvanians is recruiting short-term volunteers to assist with Medicare Part D Enrollment late this fall. Medicare Part D is the new prescription drug benefit that will be available to all Medicare beneficiaries beginning January 1, 2006.

The initial enrollment period for Medicare Part D will be held November 15 through December 31 of 2005. Several enrollment sessions will be scheduled at various locations in the counties of Bradford, Sullivan, Susquehanna, and Tioga. Volunteers may be asked to assist with the enrollment sessions or to meet with Medicare beneficiaries individually to explain or to clarify the different enrollment options.

For more information on becoming a Short-Term APPRISE Volunteer, contact the Area Agency on Aging Montrose Office at 1-800-634-3746 or (570) 278–3751.

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Waiting For You!

This is Marshall. He is a beautiful, five-year old, black and beige German Shepherd. Marshall is already neutered, microchipped and housebroken! On top of all this good news, he is also a wonderful dog who will make someone a terrific companion and friend. He’s been at the shelter much too long. Won’t you come see if he’s the dog for you?

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

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