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Blue Ridge Is Competitive
SCSD Recognizes Members
Hallstead Vs. Foundry Property
New GB Twp. Building!
Courthouse Report

COG Clarifies Reporting
Father And Son Sentenced

Blue Ridge Is Competitive

Blue Ridge schools are competing in a lot of areas, and winning in many. At the school board meeting on October 17, Middle and High School Principals both reported outstanding performance of their cross-country squads, and Middle School Principal Matthew Nebzydoski said that while some of the other teams' records may be lackluster so far, the athletes' persistence is at least as important.

Some parents persisted for a long time before a football program was arranged in a cooperative sponsorship arrangement with Susquehanna Community Schools. The teams struggled for the first couple of years, but persistence is now paying off. Susquehanna's football teams hadn't won many games in recent years, yet this year they've already come out on top three times, with Blue Ridge's Anthony Dorunda behind center as quarterback.

The cooperative football program was established under a three-year agreement between the two neighboring school districts, which is now about to expire. Its success is expected to lead to a renewal of the arrangement, which should help to continue winning football in the region.

Blue Ridge students go to Susquehanna to play football. Still others come to Blue Ridge from elsewhere. Mr. Nebzydoski reported that of six Students of the Month for September in the Middle School, three were new to Blue Ridge, and one of those was a transfer from the hurricane-ravaged Gulf coast. He took note that youngsters new to the area could be welcomed so warmly that they fit right in and demonstrated outstanding achievement from the very start. The six standouts are Jackie Furch, Ethan Mansfield, Dylan Woloszczuk, David Delgado, John Salinkas and Julie Penton.

Elementary School Principal Robert Dietz took pride in his own students' achievements on last Spring's PSSA tests. State standards hope to lift student performance to "proficient" or "advanced" levels in a process of continual improvement. Current guidelines expect 45% of students to score proficient or above in reading, and 35% in math skills. Mr. Dietz reported for that the most recent battery, 65% of his third graders and 66% of the fifth grade scored at or above the proficient level in reading; and 86% of the third grade and 74% of 5th graders did as well in math.

A rising proportion of Blue Ridge students determined to have "special needs" doesn't seem to have affected academic achievement overall, but it does have proportionately rising impact on the district's finances. In an effort to keep class sizes down and to provide the extra assistance many of these students need, the district is gradually adding instructional staff. This time they decided to advertise for a special education instructional aide to be shared by the middle and high schools. Board President Alan Hall said that, although the position was not specifically budgeted, it is a measured response to the "volatile" special needs population at Blue Ridge. Superintendent Robert McNamara said that as the number of conditions regarded as "special needs" grows under state regulation, more students are being "identified" in the categories that require extra attention under the law.

When the new staff are hired, they may have a place to park next year. The Board will re-bid a project to expand the elementary school parking lot that was supposed to have been done this year. The winner of the first round of bidding, Adams Enterprises, decided it was cheaper to pay a penalty to get out of the contract than to do the work, so Blue Ridge will get $6,657 (10% of the original contract bid), and request bids on the work now to be done next summer. It is hoped that by scheduling the project when no "premium time" (overtime for nights and weekends) will be required the cost will be somewhat less than the next-lowest bid the last time, which was more than twice what Adams ultimately decided was way too low.

And when the staff are absent, their substitutes will be paid more. The Board accepted a recommendation to increase compensation for daily substitutes from $70 per day to $80 (with an increase of another $5 for longer periods). According to Mr. McNamara, the budget includes enough funds "for this kind of thing." He said that the new rate helps to keep Blue Ridge "competitive," since several neighboring districts "share the same pool" of qualified substitutes.

Staff have to drive themselves to school. Students ride on buses that are costing more to operate as fuel prices rise. Bus contractors have asked for an adjustment in contracted rates to account for the spike in fuel costs; they suggested a penny-per-mile increase for every five-cent rise in the price of gasoline. Instead, the district will offer them monthly adjustments based on the Consumer Price Index (CPI). The state reimburses the district for transportation expenses based on annual CPI calculations. According to Business Manager Loren Small, monthly reevaluation should be a fair way to help the contractors while still keeping costs under control for the district. He said that the budget includes enough "contingency" money to cover the increase in cost, which, at current CPI rates, could total over $27,000 for the year over the contract amount. Under the plan, the adjustment for the contractors can go up and down, but never below the amount contracted in August.

With the recent focus on emergency preparedness, Board member Harold Empett entertained three local fire companies on campus recently to review the layout of the buildings and to familiarize the firemen with the campus and its facilities. He especially remarked the cooperative attitude of the three neighboring organizations.

The district will publish a new policy on "Student Wellness" for public comment. The new policy is a response to recent requirements levied by the state in an effort "to combat student obesity," according to Mr. McNamara. The wellness policy outlines the approach the district is to take to provide appropriate nutrition and physical activity.

On another level of "student wellness", a recent "in- service" day in the High School focused the attention of teachers on their responsibilities in recognizing and reporting child abuse.

The Board itself is apparently well and healthy. Mr. Hall was recognized for receiving a plaque as winner of the William S. Vincent Award at a recent event in State College sponsored by the Pennsylvania School Study Council. The award (announced in June) is given for Excellence in Support of the Public Schools.

The Blue Ridge School Board will meet next for a workshop on October 31, 2005, beginning at 7:30 p.m., in the cafeteria in the Elementary School.

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SCSD Recognizes Members

The Susquehanna Community School Board met for their monthly meeting on October 19; all members were present with the exception of Mary Wescott.

The second meeting of the year had been held to work on the district’s Strategic Plan. The committee had debated the merits of two proposed mission statements, and had combined elements of both to arrive at the final draft. The committee is also working on belief and vision statements, and will review data at the November committee meeting, after which the statements should be ready for the board to adopt.

Outgoing board members Pat Stewart and Mike Kosko were thanked for their years of service and given certificates of recognition on the board’s behalf. Mrs. Stewart has served four years, 2001-05, and Mr. Kosko twenty-six years, from 1979-2005.

A number of individuals and organizations who had contributed to a successful homecoming weekend were thanked. Among other contributions, funds to rent lights for a night football game were donated, as were materials for the annual bonfire. An estimated 1130-plus people had attended the game.

Three high school students who attend the Career & Technology program have been recognized with honors. A high school student will be attending a national leadership conference in Washington. And, a district student was chosen as a scholar/athlete of the week by a Binghamton TV station.

As a senior project, two high school students conducted a CHIP child identification program at the elementary school. 386 elementary students participated in the program, which provides identification materials to parents. The Masons, who sponsor the program, also conducted identifications at the Harford Fair this past August; between the two events, nearly 80% of the elementary students have benefited. On Monday and Tuesday of this week, PSAA re-takes for seniors who did not achieve proficiency in reading, math and writing were scheduled.

Recently retired high school librarian, Diana Hurlburt, who is the school newspaper advisor was present along with two of the paper’s staff members. Mrs. Hurlburt discussed some of the technological changes the staff has implemented, such as the use of digital cameras. Most of the staff is comprised of junior high students, and all involved have devoted time and energy to improve “The Cutting Edge.” Copies of the current issue, as well as some older issues are available through the district’s website.

After school homework tutoring for fourth, fifth and sixth grades will be conducted from November through February. Students are offered the program through teacher recommendations; it offers assistance with homework and other skills. So far, 22 students are enrolled in the federally funded program and can attend on an as-needed basis.

This week is Red Ribbon week, which is intended to promote school spirit as well as heighten awareness of the dangers of drug use. Elementary students will be participating in a number of activities, including placement of red ribbons throughout the boro of Susquehanna.

An appraisal of the district’s facilities is mandated, for insurance purposes, every five years. One will be conducted in December; its cost is a budgeted expense.

The board recognized the recent passing of David Slater, who had been a longtime bus contractor for the district.

Items approved by the board included the following:

The Business Office to pay bills in November.

A Sabbatical Leave for George Moore, Secondary Guidance Counselor, 2005/2006 – second semester and 2006/2007 – first semester.

A request for a leave of absence with intent to retire from Eve Baker-Schwartz, Administrative Assistant, effective July 1, 2006.

Retirement of Audrey Sullivan, effective December 14, 2005.

Bus contract changes, all effective as of 9/28/05: Raymond/Nicole Swanson, Bus # 16B, from $78.41 to $102.56; Carol Potter, Bus # 21, from $169.60 to $128.00; Diane Stone, Bus # 19, from $198.94 to $208.22.

Requests for homebound instruction for two students, one in eleventh grade and one in eighth.

Resignations from Cheryl Cotter, Pre-K bus aide and Dan Demora, Junior Class Advisor.

Hiring of the following: Pre-K bus aide; wrestling cheerleading advisor; five after-school homework/tutoring program positions; Michael Reavey, junior high boys’ basketball; Ben Hibbard; , junior high boys’ basketball assistant.

Additions to the substitute list: Kyle Curtis, certified teacher K-6; Elaine Biesecker, elementary guidance; Melissa Lankford, emergency certification.

The customary lists of activities, workshops and fundraising requests.

Hiring of Dave Hobart, for snowplowing and cindering, at $44.50/hour.

The next meeting will be on Wednesday, December 7, 7:30 p.m. in the administration offices in the elementary building, at which time the board will conduct their annual reorganization.

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Hallstead Vs. Foundry Property

The October 20 meeting of the Hallstead Boro Council was attended by all members with the exception of James Gillespie. Also present were secretary Cindy Gillespie, mayor Willard Canfield and maintenance supervisor John Gordon.

At last month’s meeting, council had agreed to send a letter to the owners of the foundry property, informing them that immediate action needs to be taken to get the property cleaned or fenced in. As of the date of this meeting, no response had been received. Council president Michele Giangrieco had an appointment with the boro’s solicitor the following day, and would ask if he had had any response.

In response to complaints, PENNDOT had been contacted about several properties along Main Street, a state road, where barriers of different types have been placed alongside the road to prevent parking. PENNDOT warned that the property owners would be held liable for any damage or injury caused by the barriers. PENNDOT will inspect the areas and, if warranted, will notify the owners of their findings.

The Hallstead-Great Bend ambulance will, in the next few weeks, be conducting their annual membership drive. It was noted that the company would welcome anyone interested in becoming a volunteer.

There was some discussion about a rotted tree, near the property line between the fire company and the boro building that needs to be taken down. As it is on the fire company’s property, Mr. Callender agreed to discuss it with the fire company. If necessary, Mr. Gordon would be willing to assist in getting it down safely.

Council received an invitation from COG, to attend an informational meeting about setting up regional police departments. While it was agreed that the area could benefit from having a local police department, it was also agreed that the boro does not have the means to finance one. Mr. Canfield and Mr. Loomis agreed to attend the meeting, and to bring information back to council.

Mr. Franks had contacted the county 911 department and set up a meeting for October 25, to go over maps of the boro and ensure that all roads are accurately labeled for the county’s readdressing program. Mr. Giangrieco also agreed to attend the meeting.

Council will write a letter of support, to form a local watershed association. Once the association is in place, it would be eligible to apply for grant funding, which could be used to address flooding problems its member municipalities have had to cope with, especially in recent years.

The Route 11 park has been closed for the winter.

A number of recent incidents were reported, where damage has been done at the boro’s parks, and to signage along Main Street.

Some of the monuments in honor of boro residents who died in the line of military duty have been moved from the park along the river to the American Legion memorial park. Council wished to stress that they had been moved at the request of the soldiers’ families, and that additional ones might also be relocated to the memorial park, also at the request of family members. And, two new monuments in memory of soldiers who recently died in Iraq will be placed at the Legion’s park, also at the request of family members.

For the past several years, family members and friends of Tim Fancher have held a memorial race, and donated proceeds to the boro to be used for the boro’s parks. The funds were allowed to accumulate, $3,000 as of this date, so that they could be used for a substantial project. Council will contact the Fancher family to ask for suggestions as to how the money should be used, whether there was a particular interest Mr. Fancher had that the money could be used for, and to get input on appropriate placement of a memorial plaque in his honor.

A meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, November 1, at 7:00 p.m. to work on the 2006 budget.

Penelec will be contacted with a list of pole numbers where street lights are in need of attention.

And, council will get some price quotes on having sealant applied to cracks on some of the boro’s roads.

The next regular meeting will be on Thursday, November 17, 7:00 p.m. in the boro building.

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New GB Twp. Building!

On the evening of October 17 and with the eight people in the audience seated in comfy new chairs, the three-person board of supervisors of, and the secretary for, Great Bend Township conducted its first meeting in the township’s spanking-new building. They sat behind a new meeting desk that none of the board wanted to mar with any sort of gavel to start or end the meeting.

So with a clap of the hands and after the Pledge to the flag, the meeting began, starting with an announcement that two local fellows – Terry Mroz from the township and Tony DeSalvo from Great Bend – have been hired as the township’s new road crew. Both are licensed for the kind of work the township needs, they were scheduled to start on October 24 and their one of their first assignments will probably be taking care of some potholes at the base of Airport Road. The two were selected after board interviews with four applicants.

Until then, the roadmaster’s report was still confined to work done by a contractor on Old Route 11. All that remains is for putting the stripe down the middle of the 4.5 miles that have been repaved. Chair Bob Squier has been trying to contact the striping company, but his calls have not been returned. So, he will look elsewhere to get this finishing touch taken care of.

Supervisor George Haskins reported that the Bridging Communities plan has to be adopted by the municipalities involved in the project – Hallstead and Great Bend Borough and Township. A resident asked whether the grant would be lost if action is delayed and Haskins replied that they would not; the monies would be applied somewhere else in the communities.

In permit business, an assessment permit was issued to Larry French and an engineering firm notified the township it is in the process of applying for a permit for two sanitary sewer crossings on Route 11 for the Sewer Authority. (And, in another sewer matter, township secretary Sheila Guinan reported that there’s recently been a very bad smell by a pumping station on Old Route 11 and in New Milford Township. The information will be passed along to the Authority.)

Communications and correspondence included a letter from the county 911 coordinator requesting a meeting with at least two supervisors to discuss the mapping and readdressing project in the township. The board adopted the readdressing plan some time ago.

Guinan also reported that she received an application for 2006 community development block grants, adding it was this type of grant through which the township obtained the funds for its handicapped-accessible bathrooms in its new building. She noted that the grant could also be used to assist very low-income residents in the township.

The board also heard from its solicitor, advising that the township take no action on the Blue Ridge school tax issue; the township tax collector is obligated to collect the township and county taxes as an elected employee of the township. Because of a sharp decrease in the amount school district tax collectors will be reimbursed, district collectors have been asking their municipalities for their “blessing” should they choose not to collect school taxes from a municipality’s residents. With its solicitor’s opinion, the township will take no action on the request from Margo Merritt, its tax collector.

A letter has been sent to a property owner in response to numerous complaints about junk accumulating once again on a New York Avenue property. A resident reported at the meeting that a boat has now been added to a property that’s hard not to notice.

With the township building finished, the board will need to turn its attention to two leaks in the garage roof as well as the roof of the barn which reminded Haskins, who discovered them, of water coming through a strainer. The board will figure out a way to take care of both roofs right away.

In other community or township news, Del Austen told the board that the ambulance subscription drive for 2006 will be launched this November. He noted that this year, the corps will cover any employee who works in a business that subscribes to the service.

Virginia Austin asked if anyone knew if there would be a write-in for an auditor. The current auditor, Sandy Yarosh, was appointed and the position is up for election. The board wasn’t aware of anyone who was asking people to write-in his or her name, although any registered voter who chooses to do so could certainly write-in Yarosh’s name.

Supervisor Walt Galloway, who was in charge of the building project, recommended that the board send Joe Kovitch, contractor, a letter of appreciation for a “super job” and to return his performance bond. The building was finished at least two weeks ahead of an already aggressive schedule, with Kovitch working around obstacles like a late furnace delivery and a troublesome door delivery.

Galloway also reported that Mrs. Galloway received a phone call from a PENNDOT representative who wanted to invite township supervisors to the long-awaited opening of the Welcome Center. Galloway hasn’t yet received the invitation, but he understands the event is supposed to be low-key, and latest word is that the Center might be open on October 27 (but the key word is “might”).

The new township building looks great, and residents who want to take a look around might think about attending a regular meeting of the board of supervisors. The board meets on the first and third Mondays of each month at 7 p.m. Their next meeting is scheduled for November 7.

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Courthouse Report


Richard L. Italiano, Jean M. Italiano to John C. Couture and Carla J. Couture, in Choconut Township for $175,000.

William J. Schwartz to David W. Schwartz, in Oakland Borough for one dollar.

Joseph O. Shay and Virginia D. Shay to LeWallace P. Howard III, in Susquehanna for $1,000.

Leonard M. Burdick (estate) to Walter and Fern Brown, in Harmony Township for one dollar.

George Campbell (estate) aka George C. Campbell III (estate) to Stephen L. Campbell, Douglas J. Campbell, Robert Alan Campbell, in New Milford Township for one dollar.

Mary B. Cramer (estate) to William A. Bush Jr., in Clifford Township for one dollar.

Brian S. Gibbons, Christine A. Gibbons to Martin Farnelli, Patricia Farnelli, in Dimock Township for $160,000.

Hubert A. Widener, Gisella P. Widener to Jonathan W. Leedom, in Thompson Township for $27,500.

Hubert A. Widener, Gisella P. Widener to Jonathan W. Leedom, in Thompson Township for $27,500.

Julius Stoppock, Patricia A. Stoppock to Kelly Anne McCollum, in Lenox Township for $244,000.

William T. Chance, Susan D. Chance to William T. Chance, Susan D. Chance, in Rush Township for one dollar.

Charles L. Baker, Deborah E. Baker to Michael T.Way, Terry E. Way, in Dimock Township for $38,000.

Josephine Storey to Fred C. Storey, Doris Storey, in Auburn Township for $12,544.

Richard C. Kern, Susan E. Kern. Donald G. Gray, Judith A. Gray to Timothy R. Kern, Kristin L. Kern, in Springville Township for one dollar.

Charles P. Kaskey to John J. Keane Jr., Deborah V. Keane, in Middletown Township for $270,000.

Frank W. Valvano, Kathleen G. Valvano to Jeffrey S. Falcone and Tammy James, in Auburn Township for $270,000.

Kenneth J. Robbie, Barbara J. Robbie to Linda Venturini, in Thompson Township for $349,000.

Bruce R. Bender (estate) to Bruce P. Bender, Michele A. Williams, Colleen Friel, in Thompson Township for one dollar.

Frank E. Wood to Dean Vaughn, Melissa Vaughn, in Thompson Township for $225,000.

Deborah A. Davis (now by remarriage) Deborah A. Buck to Deborah A. Buck, in Lenox Township for one dollar.

Timothy J. Godshall, Kimberly S. Godshall to Kimberly S. Godshall, in Auburn Township for one dollar.

James Barnes to Ruth A. Gillespie, in Montrose for $86,500.

William C. Booth, Mildred W. Booth to Aaron C. Booth and Lesa B. Booth, in Franklin Township for one dollar.

Elizabeth J. Cain to Clifford W. Cain Jr., in Bridgewater Township for $30,000.

Paul Dudley, Wendy MacDonald-Dudley to Lisa R. Allen and Kelly J. Goff, in Oakland Borough for $65,000.

Kelly Goff to Paul Dudley, Wendy MacDonald-Dudley, in Susquehanna for $17,000.

Paul Dudley, Wendy MacDonald-Dudley to Robert A. Soules, Anne D. Labarre, in Susquehanna for $20,500.

Lyle E. Leonard, Nelda Leonard to Donald E. Hickok, Ruth A. Hickok, in Jackson Township for $24,000.

Timothy Carpenter, Brandy L. Carpenter to Stephen M. West, Laura M. West, in Hallstead Borough for $45,000.

Ronald A. Franks, Beth A. Franks to Ronald A. Franks, in Clifford Township for one dollar.

Phillip M. Avery (by Sheriff) and Linda M. Avery (by Sheriff) to Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp, in Thompson Township for $2,745.

Barbara J. Reynolds (by Sheriff) aka Barbara J. Reynolds Dearie, to Community Bank and Trust Co., in Oakland Borough for $6,050.

Donald J. Mauro, Mary Ann Mauro to John Kozlowski, Linda Kozlowski, in Clifford Township for $185,000.

Jo Ann K. Meder to Jo Ann K. Meder (trust), in New Milford Township for one dollar.

Gerald F. O’Neil and Marcia A. O’Neil to Kathleen B. Buglione, in Silver Lake Township for $375,000.

Rafe H. Zeyher and Susan M. Zeyher to Richard Austin, in Auburn Township for $220,000.

Gale Hamilton and Mary Barlow to Marius Navasaitis and Rima Navasaitis in Lenox Township for $288,000.

Rowena J. Shager and William E. Shager to Robert C. Boonen, Marion G. Boonen, in Liberty Township for $28,000.

Esther Stephens (by Sheriff) to Federal National Mortgage Association in Forest Lake Township for $1,163.

Donald R. Jackson, Gladys M. Jackson aka Gladys Jackson to Lionel O. Bradley and Valerie G. Stone, in Liberty Township for $149,000.

Anne Marie Inman, Charles R. Inman to Charles R. Inman, in Springville Township for $10.


Brian James Kelly and Tara Lynn Truskoloski, both of Susquehanna.

John Anthony Sacks and Jennifer Catherine Bare, both of Liverpool, NY.

John W. Reed and Valerie L. Aldridge, both of Deposit, NY.

Eric Charles Hellmuth and Holly L.Housen, both of Montrose.

Jason A. Chandler and Charity L. Turner, both of Susquehanna.

Richard Robert Brown and Angelina Susan Jacoby, both of Friendsville.

Michael Spolar, Montrose and Rachel C. Nelson, Apalachin.

Richard A. Schwab, Lafayette and Sandra Jean Russell, Nanticoke.

Gregory Thomas Piechocki and Trisha Laine Grace Murphy, both of New Milford.

Mark Christopher Wallen and Stefania Axo, both of Hyde Park.

Christopher Michael Graves and Janes Mary Wall, both of Susquehanna.

Jason Matthew Fissel and Traci Lynn Corse, both of Susquehanna.

Christopher Lee DeHaven and Jill Elaine Bixly, both of Union Dale.

Domonick Miguel Franklin, Susquehanna and Shannon Lee Cookson, Simpson.

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COG Clarifies Reporting

With no correspondence, no administrative actions to discuss, and not much to report from its various committees (planning, building, PENNDOT) but for Street/Road Signs, the October 18 meeting of the Council of Governments, presided over by Eliot Ross, was amazingly brief.

Karen Trynoski reported that this year’s insurance audit was scheduled to take place over the telephone – a change from in-person visits. She’ll report how it went at the next meeting.

Ross reminded members about a COG-sponsored meeting on the evening of October 26 at the Hallstead American Legion on New York Avenue at which DCED’s Ron Stearns will share information about forming regional police departments. COG has also invited officials from non-COG municipalities. To plan for refreshments and hand-outs at the meeting, Ross and Trynoski asked for head count of who planned on attending. About nine members did, and some planned on sending at least two representatives.

A guest was on hand from the recently formed Wayne County COG, there to do some fact-finding for his organization. Ross planned to share information with him after the meeting, and requested other members to do the same.

COG Sewage Committee chair Harvey Rosenkrans reported that the SEOs have been busy and that everything was “hunky-dory.”

Codes Committee chair Ted Plevinsky followed up with the group about an issue that was discussed last month, and that was what procedure to follow should municipal officers become aware that building is going on that requires a building permit, but one has not been obtained.

Plevinsky reported that COG inspectors would investigate such a situation, but needed information before they did. Trynoski passed out a sheet that listed information that should be obtained before calling COG for Codes, UCC or Sewage (for sewer matters) to report a complaint or violation.

Trynoski told the group that this procedure would also apply where a building has been changed – such as an addition has been made to it without a permit. Same thing, added Plevinsky, for pole barns or a two-car garage going up without an assessment permit in municipalities for which COG is doing assessment permitting.

Trynoski also said that sometimes the COG office will get a call from a municipality’s residents about these situations. This information is passed along to the municipality’s officials. “COG will not go out there unless you tell us it’s okay to go out there.” She also pointed out that COG is receiving landlord-tenant disputes, which is something that it does not involve itself in. It is not a construction-codes issue, but rather one that would come under property maintenance codes, and no member municipalities have adopted it or sections of it.

The next regular meeting of the Council of Governments is scheduled for November 15, 7 p.m. at COG offices in the New Milford Borough Building on Main Street.

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Father And Son Sentenced

Susquehanna County President Judge Kenneth W. Seamans handed down 10 sentences last week to defendants involved in an assortment of violations.

Among those sentenced were a father and son, Mark Douglas Decker Sr., 50, and Mark Douglas Decker Jr., 28, both of South Montrose. Affidavits of Probable Cause allege that the Douglas’s were involved in the theft of pallets of stone from Delaware Quarries in Dimock Township on December 5, 2003.

Mark Douglas Decker Sr., 50, was given a suspended jail sentence of one month to 23 months and placed on probation for theft by unlawful taking. He was also fined $800 and must perform 50 hours of community service.

Mr. Douglas’ son, Mark Douglas Jr., 28, was placed on state probation for one year, fined $300 and will do 25 hours of community service for defiant trespass.

Michael Lews Kamansky, 25, of Brooklyn, was placed on probation for 12 months and fined $300 for reckless endangering of another person. Mr. Kamansky was also received six months probation and a second $300 fine for driving under the influence. Both charges resulted from an incident in Springville Township on November 21, 2004.

Shane Nicholson, 21, of New Milford was placed on state probation for one year and fined $200 for theft by deception in Great Bend Township on August 14, 2002.

John Edward Simpson, 38, of Nanticoke was given a suspended jail sentence and placed on probation for 18 months for simple assault in Nicholson on February 17, 2005. Mr. Simpson was fined $250 and must perform 50 hours of community service.

Shannon Hollister, 26, of Montrose was remanded to the Susquehanna County Jail for a period of one month to one year with credit for time served for issuing bad checks in Great Bend Township on January 2, 2005. He was also fined $250, must give 25 hours of community service, and make restitution to his victim.

Lisa Ann Visavati, 33, of Springville received a suspended jail term of four months to one year and was placed on state probation for simple assault in New Milford Township on April 5, 2005. Ms. Visavati was also fined $500 and must perform 25 hours of community service.

Jerry Michael Danowski, 47, of Jermyn will serve 72 hours to six months in the Susquehanna County Jail for driving under the influence in Lathrop Township on May 26, 2005. He was also fined $1,000 and was ordered to pay $210 in related costs. Mr. Danowki was given a second jail sentence of one month to 12 months with credit for time served for disorderly conduct also in Lathrop Township on May 25, 2005 and he was fined an additional $250.

John J. Barney, 49, of Nicholson was given a suspended jail terms of two months to 18 months and placed on state probation on two counts of simple assault in Lenox Township on October 12, 2004. Mr. Barney was also fined a total of $550 and ordered to perform a total of 50 hours of community service.

Steward A. Moyer, 24, of Meshoppen was sentenced to 30 days to six months in the county jail and fined $750 for driving under the influence in Springville Township on November 21, 2005.

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