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ASSETS Program Graduates Class
ASSETS Program graduates (l-r) are: seated – Bill Davies, Amy Natterer, Dawn Allen, Luther Giordano; standing – Mary Zdancewicz, Vicki Wooden, Carl Bufford, Terry Bufford, Mark Lindsey, ASSETS-TREHAB Program Director Mary Anne Waddington.
Garden Club Restores Wall
Garden Club workers at cemetery wall. A check to pay for the daffodil bulbs planted at the wall is presented by George Spedding from the Clifford Valley Cemetery. Shown in the front of the cemetery staircase are Mountain View Garden Club members Meg Suraci and Cherie Swetter, Mr. Spedding, Kathy Flora and JoAnn Hall.
Through the efforts on nine people on Friday and ten people on Sunday totaling 70 hours of work, the 300 foot length of wall was uncovered, the top leveled, three tree stumps removed and a 100 foot section was planted with daffodil bulbs. Visitors to the cemetery made many complimentary and encouraging statements.
The Susquehanna County 4-H Achievement Night was held recently at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Montrose to recognize outstanding accomplishments of 4-H members. Abbie Kulhman, Pennsylvania 4-H State Teen Council Representative from Bradford County spoke to folks attending about the State Teen Council program encouraging 4-Hers to get involved in this State 4-H program.
Each year two 4-H members, having graduated from high school are recognized as Outstanding 4-Hers. This year the awards were earned by Abigail Onyon and Daniel Puzo each completing eleven years as 4-H members. Abby and Dan each receive an engraved pewter tray. Abby credits 4-H with offering her opportunities she would have not found any place else particularly in the dairy project area. Dan appreciates 4-H bringing him lessons in leadership, pride, acceptance, competitiveness and the importance of helping others.
Abby completed projects in many areas including dairy, vet science, wildlife, shotgun, cake decorating, pumpkins, fishing, photography, horse, market hog and computer. Abby is a member of the North Jackson 4-H Club and has held several offices. Abby took part in several community service projects such as a tour guide at the Day on a Dairy Farm, petting zoo at the Old Mill Village, helped paint the dairy barn at the Harford fairgrounds and others.
Joe Fuller, 4-H Educator presents Outstanding 4-H’er awards to Abigail Onyon.
Dan’s primary project area was showing dairy animals, however also completed projects such as pumpkins, woodworking, rockets, forestry and tractor safety. Dan is a member of the Watrous Corners 4-H Club having served a president and vice president of the club. Dan’s community service includes roadside litter pickup for the past six years, cleaning up the Williams Pond Cemetery and helping with the county youth tractor safety program.
Abby Onyon also received the David Quick Memorial Scholarship. The David Quick scholarship application requires an essay answering the question “What has the 4-H program meant to me?” Abby answered with the word ‘memories’. Dairy judging may have met the most to Abby because of where it took her. Abby’s ability to judge dairy cattle took her all the way to national dairy judging competitions in Louisville, Kentucky and Madison, Wisconsin.
The County 4-H Development Fund Scholarships were awarded to Beth Giangrieco, Abby Onyon, Dan Puzo, Stacylyn Snyder and Matt Smarkusky. Each one of these young people has graduated from high school and is furthering their education. Beth is attending College Misericordia majoring in occupational therapy, Abby attends Delaware Valley College with plans of becoming a large animal veterinarian, and Dan is currently taking part in Penn State’s Dairy Alliance Dairy Production Skills Certificate Program and also plans on attending welding school. Stacylyn Snyder is attending SUNY Cobleskill majoring in beef science and Matt Smarkusky is a student at DeVry majoring in electrical engineering.
The 4-H horse scholarship recipients were Abby Onyon and Amanda Turner. Abby has completed several life skills projects in the horse area, attended horse camp and taken part in the scholarship show organized by the County 4-H horse leaders. Amanda is a member of the Cowboys and Cubbers 4-H Club and has participated three years riding at 4-H Horse Roundups.
Beth Giangrieco, Abby Onyon and Dan Puzo each received Outstanding Dairy Member scholarships and pewter trays for their 4-H dairy project accomplishments.
Beth has shown several animals through the 4-H dairy leasing program, leased from Joe and Sandy Pavelski. Beth has shown her animals at 4-H events at the County, District and State levels. Beth has also helped organize 4-H Dairy Camp, serving as a team leader. Beth’s other dairy related project has been taking her little brother Eric under her wing, talking about cows and helping Eric with leading, clipping and now dairy judging.
Abby also did her 4-H dairy projects through the dairy leasing program leasing from Pavelski’s. Abby commented on her scholarship application, “4-H has made her a person who is smarter and stronger for going through the 4-H program.”
Dan on the other hand has had the opportunity to own and breed his own dairy animals. Dan has shown over 20 different dairy animals at 4-H shows all born on his farm. Dan owns about 40 Holsteins, most of them red and white Holsteins. Dan’s scholarship application states his biggest accomplishment in the 4-H program was exhibiting the Grand Champion at the State 4-H Red and White Dairy Show in Harrisburg and how showing dairy animals has influenced his decision to be a dairy farmer.
4-H Livestock scholarships were awarded to Matt Smarkusky and Stacylyn Snyder. Both Stacylyn and Matt have been in 4-H for ten years. Matt showing swine through the Baconeers 4-H Club and Stacylyn showing beef, sheep and swine through the Elk Mountain 4-H Club.
Other awards at Achievement Night included Rebecca Gardner and Alyssa Clarkson received news reporter awards. Both Rebecca and Alyssa are members of the Sizzling Steaks 4-H Club. Paul Chichura, member of the Deckertown 4-H Club received the project diversity award for completing seven 4-H projects this year. The North Jackson 4-H Club received the first place award for their window display during National 4-H Week.
The top 4-H Dairy Project Book awards were given to Kinzie Jones, Kaitlyn Depew, Abby Onyon, Christian Sprout, Emily Adams and Beth Giangrieco.
Emily Adams was recognized for participating in the State 4-H Dairy Judging Contest held in Harrisburg during the All American Dairy Show. Emily was the first place individual receiving a ribbon and a monetary award.
Amanda Miner, Susquehanna County 4-H Dairy Princess spoke about how 4-H prepared her for becoming Dairy Princess.
The evening concluded with refreshments served by the Dairy Princess and a Dairy Ambassador Abbey Puzo. Both Amanda and Abbey are also very active 4-H members in Susquehanna County.
By Evie Goff
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Susquehanna County Treasurer, Cathy Benedict, announces that 2006 Dog Tags will be available December 1, 2005 in the treasurer's office.
Dog licenses must be purchased by January 1 of each year for all dogs three months and older. Licenses are only good for the county in which the dog resides. To purchase a license fill out an application and be sure to sign it! Mail the information with a check or money order made payable to "County Treasurer" P.O. Box 218, Montrose, PA 18801-0218.
For a county other than Susquehanna you may use this application and mail it to the proper county treasurer. You must be 65 to qualify for the senior citizen discount. You must have proof of a disability to qualify for a disability discount - as an SSDI card.
For the convenience of the citizens of Susquehanna County we have sub-agents who sell dog licenses around the county until July 1 each year.
In a combined effort with the Department of Agriculture, our office will again this year be mailing applications for 2006 dog licenses during the month of December to residents of the county. If you receive one and don't have a dog, please pass it on to someone else. If you don't receive one in the mail, applications are available on our website, www.susqco.com on the Treasurer's page, at the county courthouse in the treasurer's office or at any of our sub-agents. Any questions please call 278-4600 x130, 131,132 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
On Thursday, November 17, the Annual Kiwanis Harford Fair Pig Raffle drawing was held. This year there were two lucky winners. Chris Montross of Tunkhannock and Bob Linden of Montrose each won a half cutup and wrapped pig. Each year two Kiwanians, Will Tripp and Dennis Carey, purchase a pig from a 4-H member at the Harford Fair. This pig is processed and raffled off. The Montrose Area Kiwanis thanks all who purchased tickets. Special thanks to Will and Dennis for their contribution in this fund-raising effort.
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