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The Montrose Area Kiwanis was pleased to honor the seven members of their club at a recent meeting. The members were given the 30 Year Legion of Honors award on August 25. These members were also charter members of the Montrose Club.
Pictured (l-r) are: Bruce Legg, Sam Arnold, Ray Hollister, Tom Kerr, Dick Richards, John Gavenonis. Absent from photo were Ed DeWitt and Dennis Carey.
The presentation was made by incoming Lt. Governor John Gavenonis. The honorees were: Ed DeWitt, Ray Hollister, Sam Arnold, Dennis Carey, Bruce Legg, Tom Kerr and Dick Richards. These members have supported the local and International Kiwanis family activities since the organization of the Montrose Area Club. Each of the members have served as president of the Montrose Kiwanis Club. In addition, Tom Kerr has served Pennsylvania Kiwanis as a Lt. Governor.
All members of the Montrose Club were proud to honor these members for the service they have given and are giving to Kiwanis.
Scranton, PA (September, 2005) – David E. Raven, President & CEO of Pennstar Bank recently announced the appointment of Harold J. “Corky” Staats to the position of Mortgage Originator. In his new position, he will be responsible for originating residential mortgage loans in the Susquehanna region.
Harold brings over 26 years of experience to Pennstar Bank in the areas of mortgage loan origination, retail banking and most recently as the Program Coordinator and Homeownership Counselor at Trehab Inc. He holds a B.S. degree in Human Services from the University of Scranton. Other training includes PHFA/Fannie Mae Home Ownership and Counselor courses and an ABA certificate from Central American School of Banking at Bucknell University.
Harold resides in Montrose, PA. He performs volunteer work as a Scoutmaster for the Boy Scouts and at his church, Holy Name of Mary.
For the second time in three months, Commonwealth Telephone Company, headquartered in Wilkes-Barre, has donated $25,000 to the Community Foundation of Susquehanna and Wyoming Counties, as part of the Pennsylvania Education Improvement Tax Credit Program (“EITC”). Commonwealth’s current donation to the K-12 scholarship program matches its previous $25,000 donation that benefited the preschool EITC scholarship program. Both programs assist local children of families with an annual income of less than $50,000. Participating preschools have been recognized by their local school district superintendents as providing an adequate curriculum for preparing their students to enter kindergarten. The K-12 scholarship assists students who attend private schools, or who require special programs such as English as a Second Language, or programs for autistic children. Students attending Vo-Tech programs and who require materials or equipment for their classes can also receive assistance.
Pictured (l-r) are: Steve Skammer – Commonwealth Telephone's Senior Manager of Field Operations; Peter Quigg – Community Foundation's Director of Development; Russ Davis – Commonwealth Telephone's District Supervisor.
With The Community Foundation’s recent decision to expand services beyond Susquehanna County into Wyoming County, Peter Quigg, Director of Development for The Community Foundation states, “Commonwealth’s recent donation comes at a perfect time for us as we essentially double the size of the area we serve. So far in 2005 we have assisted approximately eighty families in Susquehanna County with these two scholarships. We look forward to doing similar work in Wyoming County. Commonwealth Telephone’s donation is a tremendous first step for us.”
The Community Foundation can be reached at 278-3800, 836-4444, or at Foundation@epix.net. Scholarship applications can be downloaded from its web site at www.community-foundation.org.
We were closed on Labor Day, but later in the week there was a trip to the Poconos for an Italian Festival. Quite a few from our group went and I was told what a great time they had, and how good the meal was. Alice Smith planned this trip.
Our Brown Bag Day was a covered dish, such a variety of food, and all so good. For dessert we enjoyed homemade pie and ice cream. The pies were delicious and in the following varieties: apple. blueberry, cherry rhubarb, peach and pumpkin. Thanks to all who furnished pies and all who helped make this such a great time. The same day as the covered dish, items to be sold for Christmas were started. A group were making "Kitchen Bunnies" – made out of towels and washcloths. Cute and easy to make. Games were also played.
One day Dirty Bingo was played, and on other days dominoes and cards are enjoyed. Also exercise several times a month.
What a fun time we had making greeting cards. Shirley Gillett (Helen's daughter), came all prepared with kits for us, and gave instructions on how to make the cards. This was a very enjoyable afternoon and everyone had a GREAT time.
Nettie Swingle had an emergency surgery, is now at home and Dean tells us she is doing well. All the best Nettie, we miss you. It is good to have Helen Hall back with us. She was recovering from a foot injury.
Our Birthdays for September were: Mary Ann Doyle, Ruth Allard, Marion Smith and Mark Allen. Hope you all had a wonderful day and will have a wonderful year to come.
There was a special games day. Many different games were played and enjoyed. Some of us learned new games and we all had a good time. Some of the games played were: Scrabble, Aggravation, Dominoes and Rummikub.
All the centers in the county prepared "Health Kits" to be sent to the victims of Hurricane Katrina. They consisted of toilet articles such as a toothbrush and toothpaste, comb, washcloth and towel, soap, nail clippers, bandaids. The response was fantastic, over 125 were collected. Thanks to all who shared in this worthwhile project.
It's just plain smart to come to the Senior Center, so see you there. Till the next time.
Without skipping a beat, President Martha Chamberlain called the 45th annual meeting of the Susquehanna County Federated Democratic Women’s Club to order as she has done for the last 10 years. The dinner meeting held September 27, at the Green Gables Restaurant was very well attended. Ruth Williams offered a brief history of the Club and how the heart of the Club began with the intent to get women elected to office in Susquehanna County and to support all Democrats. There was reminiscing of years gone by, the recognition of Charter member Isabel Plonski, and discussion of county, state and federal concerns.
Scholarships funded through donations of the Club members continue to be presented to deserving students in each of the County’s six school districts. Meetings are held on the fourth Tuesday of each month, at 7 p.m. at the Green Gables Restaurant, New Milford. The Club welcomes new members willing to share ideas and work together toward the betterment of Susquehanna County.
The November meeting of the Susquehanna County Entrepreneur Club will have two guest speakers: Donna Yale from Penn State and Cindy Krise from Northern Tier. Donna is the Senior Technical Specialist for the Pennsylvania Technical Assistance program. She focuses on assisting small businesses with their Information Technology needs. Cindy is from Northern Tier Regional Planning and Development Commission (NTRPDC). Cindy helps new businesses get started and existing businesses expand through planning, financing, and other types of assistance.
Donna and Cindy will be joining the Susquehanna County Entrepreneurs at their club meeting on Tuesday, November 1. They will be giving an overview of their services and sharing some tips on how to improve your business. Any business owner in Susquehanna County is welcome to attend. There is no fee. The meeting will be held at the Peoples National Bank Administration Building in Hallstead at 6:30 p.m.
On Thursday, September 29, the Montrose Area and Tunkhannock Kiwanis combined for a very enjoyable evening at the Carriage Inn for installation of officers for 2005/2006.
Montrose Area’s past President, Will Tripp expressed his thanks to the club for their support during his term as president. He also wished Debbie Crisman, the 2005/2006 president, a great upcoming year as president. Also inducted was Irene O'Malley, Vice President; Sue Heed, Secretary; Greg Myer, Treasurer; and Bob Brown, Sr., Sergeant at Arms. New Board Members are Jim VanNostrand, Jim Gehris and Bob Brown.
The Montrose Kiwanis meets at 7:00 p.m. every Thursday at the Montrose House. If you are interested in knowing more about Kiwanis, feel free to contact any member.
The Old Middletown Cemetery on Route 858 was recently the site of a DAR grave marking. The Montrose Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, in conjunction with the Judith Robinson Chapter of McComb, Mississippi erected a commemorative plaque for Patriot Henry Elsworth.
Henry’s Revolutionary War Service was for the state of New York but he immigrated to Susquehanna County, PA around 1803. He is believed to have been interred next to his wife and other relatives, although his exact burial site is not known.
The dedication service was conducted by Regent, Myrtle Carlson and assisted by Sue Bennett-Dyson of the Montrose Chapter. Also present was Patsy Ellsworth Carruth, fourth great-granddaughter of Henry and a member of the Judith Robinson Chapter in MS.
Pennstar Bank recently made a donation of $7,500 to complete its two-year $15,000 pledge to the Education Improvement Tax Credit Program administered by The Community Foundation of Susquehanna and Wyoming Counties. This most recent donation is to the K-12 Scholarship which enables deserving students to attend private schools, special programs, and to purchase materials for courses at the Susquehanna County Career and Technology Center in Elk Lake.
Applications for the scholarship may be downloaded from The Community Foundation’s web site at www.community-foundation.org.
The Susquehanna County Recycling Center is proud to announce that through efforts to minimize the waste stream, and maximize resources, they can now take your Rigid Plastic items.
Rigid Plastics encompass a wide range of plastic items found in your homes and businesses, from children’s toys to plastic pallets. Rigid plastics also account for a substantial amount of space used in a landfill and recycling them is another step towards the main goal of environmental sustainability.
Since there are so many rigid plastic products, it is easier to say what they cannot take. Rigid Plastics does not include any food containers, oil containers, vinyl siding, or any PVC piping.
For more information, please call (570) 278-3509 / 3589. The recycling center is located on 5 Ellsworth Drive, South Montrose, PA 18801.
Winners of the SCEA Scarecrow Contest were: First Place – Oscar the Grouch - 5 & 6 Grade Lifeskills Class, Mrs. Burdick; Second Place – Two Headed Scarecrow - Grade 4-1, Mrs. Homer; Third Place – Johnny Appleseed - Grade 1-2, Mrs. Rowe.
The Montrose Area Kiwanis is proud to sponsor three area youth clubs: the Elk Lake K-Kids, the Montrose Key Club, and the Elk Lake Key Club. Kiwanis is about "Serving the Children of the World." The Montrose Club is pleased to be able to serve our local children as they contribute in many ways to our local community.
The most recently organized club is the Elk Lake K-Kids. The K-Kids are sixth graders from the Elk Lake Elementary School. Their advisor, Louise Hicks is very excited about activities planned for this school year. Fifty-six students have joined for the 2005/2006 school year. This will be the second year for the Elk Lake K-Kids. The first meeting was held on Friday, October 14. The K-Kids are planning a relay race for fellow students at Elk Lake.
The Montrose Key Club attended a recent Kiwanis meeting to introduce their new co-advisor. Mrs. Petorak will work with Mrs. Bennici as advisors for the Montrose Club. The Key Club members updated the Kiwanians on upcoming projects they have planned. During the next couple months the Key Club will participate in the UNICEF Collection, hold a blood drive at the school, assist with the Annual Kiwanis Halloween Parade and help with the area Thanksgiving Food Drive. The Montrose Club is pleased to have 63 active members.
The Elk Lake Key Club continues to be on the move with 71 members under the direction of Josie Coddington. Many of the members have participated in activities at Elk Lake since the beginning of the school year. Assisting the Kindergarten teachers on a recent field trip to the pumpkin farm was top on their list. It was a perfect fall day and all had a great time. The health office was grateful for help from the Key Club during the yearly hearing screening. The Elk Lake Club also plans to assist with the Annual Kiwanis Halloween Parade and help with the area Thanksgiving Food Drive.
If you are interested in knowing more about the Kiwanis Family, feel free to contact any Kiwanis member or visit their web site at www.kiwanisinternational.com.
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