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It’s A Girl!
25th Anniversary
Bucci Appointed to Keystone Committee
Blue Cross Seeking Cancer Survivors
Free Infant Vision Assessments Offered
Susquehanna Depot Garden Club Update
Turnpike Senior Center Update
Updyke’s Ranked 8th In State


It’s A Girl!

Heather Halbohm and Andrew Ficarro are very proud to announce the arrival of their daughter, Melissa Lynn Ficarro.

Melissa was born Tuesday, October 4, at Ridgewood Valley Hospital, Ridgewood, New Jersey. She was 8 pounds, 7 ounces and 19 3/4 inches at birth.

Maternal grandparents are Mary Halbohm, Mahwah, New Jersey and George Halbohm, Eagle Valley, New York and Paternal grandparents are Charles and Rita Ficarro, Susquehanna, PA.

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25th Anniversary

Lorie and Ed Rhoads, New Milford, PA will celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary on October 12. Reverend John Holt married them on October 12, 1980 at Central Baptist Church, Riverton, New Jersey.

Mrs. Rhoads is the former Lorie Woodruff, daughter of the late Albert and Eileen Woodruff. She is employed at the Barnes-Kasson Dental Unit and Health Center.

Mr. Rhoads is the son of Stanley Rhoads and the late Ida Kemp Wolk. Previous to retirement, he was a dental technician and a used car wholesaler.

The couple have one daughter, Donna Schauer and one grandson, Michael McDonald, both of Myakka City, Florida.

They marked the occasion with a trip to San Francisco, California.

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Bucci Appointed to Keystone Committee

Department of Pennsylvania Commander Jim Hales has appointed Post 86 Commander Joe Bucci to serve as a Vice Chairman of the Keystone Boys State Committee. Commander Bucci is one of six Vice Chairmen in the state overseeing the Boys State program.

Keystone Boys State is a one-week intensive learning experience conducted by the American Legion Department of Pennsylvania. The program is an example of living and operating a democratic society.

The participants form political parties, run for office, make laws enforced by a police force, publish a newspaper and compete in sports. The professional staff will give instruction in the principles of operating and participating in a democratic government.

The annual program is held at Shippensburg University, Shippensburg, PA. Any high school boy who will have completed his junior year of high school prior to the program is eligible. Either contact your school guidance counselor, or local American Legion Post for more information.

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Blue Cross Seeking Cancer Survivors

WILKES-BARRE – Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania is seeking nominations of breast cancer survivors who have given hope and inspiration to family and friends for the 2006 "Gallery of Hope," a traveling exhibit of portraits commissioned annually by the health care leader.

The Gallery shares the stories of survivors fighting breast cancer with courage, determination, and a willingness to share their experience to inspire others while highlighting Blue Cross's commitment to educating the community about the importance of mammograms and early detection in the battle against the disease.

More than 80 breast cancer survivors have been honored by the Gallery of Hope over the past six years. Honorees who are selected from this year's nominations will have their portraits and personal stories added to a traveling exhibit that will be displayed at events and venues throughout Blue Cross's 13-county service area during calendar 2006.

To nominate a family member or friend to be honored in the 2006 Gallery of Hope, please call Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania toll-free at 1-888-245-3104.

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Free Infant Vision Assessments Offered

Edmund W. Burdick, Optometrist, New Milford, PA, is one of 7,000 optometrists nationwide who are participating in InfantSEEä, a no-cost public health program developed to provide professional eye care for infants. Under this program, supported by former President Jimmy Carter, who serves as honorary national chair and spokesman, Dr. Burdick and participating optometrists will provide a onetime, comprehensive eye assessment to infants in their first year of life, offering early detection of potential eye and vision problems at no cost regardless of income.

“I’m very proud to be involved in InfantSEEä to ensure healthy vision for our community’s infants,” said Dr. Burdick.

InfantSEEä was launched in June by the American Optometric Association (AOA), in partnership with The Vision Care Institute of Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc.

Experts from AOA and American Public Health Association (APHA) agree that visual development is most dramatic between 6 and 12 months of age and that early detection can prevent and help reduce the threat of serious vision impairments. In fact, one in every ten children is at risk from undiagnosed eye and vision problems by the time they are 18 years of age. However, a survey fielded by, on behalf of the AOA, reveals that nearly half of new and expectant mothers mistakenly believe that because a baby’s eyes are changing and their vision is developing in their first year of life, it is best to wait until the child is older to get them screened by an eye care professional. This discrepancy suggests a lack of understanding about the importance of early intervention. If left untreated, eye and vision problems can impact learning and may lead to permanent vision impairment.

Although infants cannot respond verbally, the first year of life is an ideal time to conduct an extensive eye assessment. Not only is this a critical time for eye and vision development, but generally children at this age do not yet fear doctor visits and find the assessment painless and often enjoyable. Typically, infants sit on their parent’s lap during the assessment, in which the optometrist uses lights and other handheld objects to check that their eyes are working together and that there are no significant refractive issues that will impede proper vision development. The optometrist may also use drops or a spray to dilate the baby’s pupils to ensure the health of the eye.

To learn more about InfantSEEä, call toll-free 1-888-396-EYES (3937) or visit

To set up a free appointment with Dr. Burdick, call 465–3188.

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Susquehanna Depot Garden Club Update

It has been a good year for the borough’s Garden Club. Our Mum sale in September went so well. The greatest satisfaction for us was all the smiles we received and compliments on the mums (from all) that were purchased. Thank you for your support! The money earned will be reinvested in garden spots planted in our town. An extra plus we didn’t realize at the time was all those mums, about 158 of them are now proudly displayed throughout our neighborhoods. What a beautifying extra!

Look for us at the Pumpkin Fest October 15 and watch for our Poinsettia Sale in December! We are always happy to receive new members and welcome anyone who wishes to join. You can call Rachael Smith at 756–2013 and we’ll add your name and number to our calling list for scheduled meetings and workshops.

Did you know Lilacs tell time?

Actually the ability to tell time by certain plants is called Phenology – the study of events that occur in regular cycles in the lives of plants and animals.

The common lilac is one of the most widely used indicator plants and my own personal guide. Do you have one? Use it! Lilacs develop according to a regular schedule that is easy to observe. Here is how to use it.

When Lilacs begin to leaf out (widest part of the earliest leaves have grown out past the bud scales that had enclosed the leaf bud) it is time to plant hardy annuals such as calendula and sweet alyssum, cool weather veggies like peas, lettuce and spinach and cold tolerant herbs like parsley and chervil.

When Lilacs are in full bloom (all flowers on 95 percent of the plant’s flower spikes are fully opened) it’s time to plant tender annuals such as marigolds and geraniums and warm weather edibles like tomatoes, corn and basil. Plants have an inner clock that lets them know, so this year my potatoes grew earlier because my Lilac said when to start!

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Turnpike Senior Center Update

Greetings from Turnpike Terrace!

We had a good day with our raffle between here and the Harford Fair. The winner for the 50/50 was Debbie Oakley and the winner for the handmade doll was Colleen Wilkes.

We have a few new tenants in the last couple of months. A warm welcome to them all. We even got one of them to join our dominoes game!

We had a nice size group at Tuesday and Thursday bingo this past week. Some ladies from town came up to play with us; welcome to all the ladies.

We did good at our craft and bake sale we had up here, and also the one on Saturday; thank you to everyone who made it possible.

Now we are getting ready to do crafts for our Halloween party and meals on wheels.

Our trees are starting to turn colors on us – you all know what that means!

Watson Hill Bible Church came here for a sing-along and it was a very good time; thank you to Mary Ryder for filling in until their piano player could get here. We all had a good time and hope they will be back. We had refreshments for the nice group attending.

We are having a Halloween party here, so we hope to see a lot of spooky people at it.

See you around.

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Updyke’s Ranked 8th In State

Howard and Audrey Updyke, Meshoppen, ranked as eighth largest in registering the most Angus beef cattle in Pennsylvania having recorded 59 head of Angus with the American Angus Association during fiscal year 2005, which ended September 30, according to John Crouch, executive vice president of the American Angus Association.

Angus breeders across the nation in 2005 registered 324,266 head of Angus cattle compared to 298,770 in fiscal 2004. “The year-end statistics with an increase of more than 8 1/2 percent from a year ago, indicate a strong demand for Angus genetics in commercial herds as producers continue to focus on end-product quality and its effect on their bottom line,” Crouch said.

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