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Engagement Announced Serrette – Benedict
Martin Works Site Gets Noticed
Nursing Home Transition Program For Residents
NTRPDC Seeking Business Nominations

Engagement Announced Serrette – Benedict

Sunita Linn Serrette and John Henry Benedict, Jr. are pleased to announce their engagement and upcoming March 17, 2006 wedding.


John is employed at B & S Quarries, Montrose, PA.

The couple will reside in Lanesboro, PA.


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Martin Works Site Gets Noticed

Susquehanna Depot, PA - Stardust Radio interviewed Chief Technology Officer, Clay Martin, of Martin Works, Inc., a local computer services company, this week about their Freedom's Heroes web site. Stardust Radio invited Clay Martin to be interviewed on live broadcast radio. The "United We Roll" program highlights US Military support and resource groups, entertainers with positive US songs and music, and takes calls from listeners wanting to show their support. Clay was interviewed during the "United We Roll World Tour Show" on Tuesday, February 7, 2006.

Clay created the Freedom’s Heroes web site to be a resource for US Military families, friends and supporters to easily find ways to support our troops. During the interview Clay noted the items sent overseas make a difference, "Many things that we take for granted, mean a great deal to the troops." Since 2003 Clay has maintained the site, helped military families link up with the right support group, provided computer resources to deployed troops and support groups. He also helps to promote the Northeastern PA support groups. Check out Freedom’s Heroes at

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Nursing Home Transition Program For Residents

Nursing Home Residents age 18 to 59 who are interested in relocating to the community may be able to do so with the help of the Nursing Home Transition Program. Nursing Home Transition became available in the Commonwealth this past year as an expansion of long term care choices in Pennsylvania. A primary goal of Nursing Home Transition is to enable nursing home residents age 18 and older to choose a care setting which will best suit their personal preferences and needs.

Nursing Home Transition serves nursing home residents who seek information about available community living options, funding for relocation to the community, and help with the process of transitioning into the community. An important focus of Nursing Home Transition is to provide the under 60 population with information about available community resources of assistance and in-home services.

A Nursing Home Transition Coordinator is available to visit nursing home residents age 18 and older who have expressed a desire to return to the community. The Transition Coordinator may provide the resident with information about care and housing options available in the community.

A Transition Team, chosen by the nursing home resident meets and discusses whether the services and supports in the community will adequately meet the resident’s care needs. The Transition Team may include the resident, Nursing Home Transition Coordinator, nursing home staff, family members, and others of the resident’s choice.

If the resident decides that receiving care in the community will be feasible, the Transition Team works together to plan for the resident’s transition from the nursing home to the community. The Nursing Home Transition Coordinator may coordinate arrangements for In-Home Services and other transition arrangements requested by the resident.

Some nursing home residents may be able to return to the community and receive In-Home Services through one of several Waiver Programs available in Pennsylvania. These individuals must require the level of care provided in a nursing home setting, be eligible for Medical Assistance, and meet other eligibility requirements.

For more information about Nursing Home Transition in the counties of Bradford, Sullivan, Susquehanna, and Tioga, contact the Area Agency on Aging Towanda Office at (570) 265-6121 or toll free at 1-800-982-4346. A free brochure on Nursing Home Transition is also available by calling this number.

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NTRPDC Seeking Business Nominations

Nominations for the 2005 Business of the Year Award are now being accepted until March 31, 2006.

This year, the Northern Tier Regional Planning and Development Commission will recognize two businesses, a manufacturer and a non-manufacturer. Each will receive a cash award of $1,500 and a plaque. They will also be honored at NTRPDC’s annual meeting in April.

Nominated businesses must be located in Bradford, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Tioga or Wyoming Counties. They will be evaluated based on growth in employment and sales, community involvement, business accomplishments, participation in NTRPDC programs or services, and their history as an employer. A business may nominate itself or be nominated by another individual or organization.

Deadline for submission is March 31, 2006. Forms can be downloaded from NTRPDC’s website at or by calling toll free at 888-868-8800 or 570-265-9103.

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