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SCRANTON, PA – Pennstar Bank recently held their annual employee recognition dinner, “StarWards” at the Radisson Lackawanna Station in Scranton. Highlights of the event featured several dedicated employees who walked down the red carpet to receive a variety of awards.
Pictured (l-r) are: Branch Managers, Linda Bonham, Lenox office, Terry Cooper, , Montrose, Linda Ketchur, New Milford, Robert Welch,VP & Regional Sales Manager, Susquehanna County.
The Susquehanna Region, managed by Robert Welch, Vice President, took home 15 awards. This group was honored as the “Top Sales & Achievement Region” for 2005.
Employees honored as “Business Partners of the Year” were Terry Cooper and Linda Ketchur. Richard Soden, Vice President, received the Top Loan Growth award in the Commercial Lending area.
The Montrose Branch, managed by Terry Cooper, Asst. Vice President, was the branch leader, taking home awards including Branch of the Year, Top Mortgage Referral, Top Equity Loan, Top Direct Loan, Top Business, Top Sales Points and Top Sales & Achievement branch awards.
The New Milford Branch, managed by Linda Ketchur, Banking Officer, received the Branch of the Year award in addition to an award for Few Info Processing Errors.
The Lenox Branch, managed by Linda Bonham, Banking Officer, also received the Top Sales and Achievement award.
Andy Zilnik, Delahanna District Executive of the Baden Powell Council, Boy Scouts of America just returned from the first level of professional training at the National Council Headquarters in Irving, TX. While there he met the top Boy Scouting professional, Roy L. Williams. The training lasted two weeks.
Pictured are Andy Zilnik (left), Delahanna District Executive, and Roy L. Williams, Chief Scout Executive.
The Delahanna District includes all of Susquehanna County, and Eastern Broome County. Andy is the first full-time District Executive to serve the youth of the District in almost four years. He is a Life Scout from Troop 137, formerly of Binghamton, US Navy Veteran, and graduated in December from SUNY Oswego with a BS in History.
Photo by Dr. Paul B. Kerr
On hand for the Civil War Monument dedication held Sunday, May 7 in Montrose were (l-r) the Honorable Don Sherwood, Representative 10th District; local businessman and lecturer on the living history of the Civil War, Patrick J. Burke; the Honorable Kenneth W. Seamans, President Judge, Court of Common Pleas, 34th Judicial District.
On Wednesday, April 26, at Evans Hall, Keystone College, Jim and Mary Ketterer (pictured above) of Beaver Meadow Farm, Harford Township, were among those honored by the Countryside Conservancy with a 2006 Stewardship Award. These awards, initiated ten years ago, are to express appreciation to landowners, organizations and individuals who maintain properties with respect for conservation of land, water, and cultural values. Every year the public is invited to submit nominations for these awards in three areas: Working Farms, Residential, and Special Uses. A group of area residents is then convened to consider the nominations. The Ketterers' home won an award in the Residential Category. The house, originally built in 1834, has been lovingly restored. The buildings are in harmony with the hills behind and the open fields. One's eye goes to the pond where work has been done on the dam, and the drainage from the fields is carefully done. The Ketterers have worked closely with the USDA in caring for their property. The Countryside Conservancy is actively involved in conserving land for future generations, and those who practice those beliefs are those honored.
PENNDOT District 4 will install new signage at the intersection of Route 2061, Tingley Lake Road, at Plan Road in Harford Township, Susquehanna County, the week of May 29.
A new “Stop” sign and an “Except Right Turn” sign will be installed.
PENNDOT’s Traffic Studies unit reviewed the intersection at the county’s request. The signs will be installed in order to prevent angle-type collisions.
Drivers are urged to take caution during the next several weeks after installation as motorists and pedestrians adjust to the new signs.
Childcare providers from across Susquehanna County gathered Thursday, May 4 for a sweet thank you. Susquehanna County CARES (Childcare, Agencies, Resources and Educational Services) hosted a “Choctail Hour” as a way to recognize the hard work of those who provide care for our young children. The event was held at the CARES Family Resource Center in Hallstead.
With a theme of chocolate, more than 30 people enjoyed a chocolate tasting complete with chocolate facts, plenty of sweet desserts and music by Mountain Aire Brass. Awards were also presented honoring those who have provided years of service to the care and education of young children.
The “Choctail Hour” recognition event was organized as a part of the national “Child Care Appreciation Day” May 12. Susquehanna County CARES urges parents with children in childcare to show their provider how much they appreciate them.
On April 19, sixty-eight “magicians” were honored for the wonderful things they do for children with special or exceptional needs, at the Troy Fire Hall in Troy, PA.
The real life “magicians” participate in the Foster Grandparent Program for Bradford, Sullivan, Susquehanna, and Tioga Counties. They can be found almost daily, with children in sites such as day care centers, Head Start Centers, school classrooms, day camps, juvenile residential facilities, or with teenage moms, sharing their wisdom and providing emotional support, academic support, one-on-one attention, and love, while assisting them to become full and productive citizens of the future.
They enjoyed a delicious meal, and were recognized for their efforts by site staff, program staff, state and county dignitaries.
With joy on their faces, Foster Grandparents report that they now have a reason to get up in the morning and face the day. They feel extra special when they walk into the room and are greeted with smiles and a hug. Site staff reports that the children actually miss “grandma” or “grandpa” if they should not be there.
The Foster Grandparent Program has been a force in the four county areas for over six years. The impact it has had on children has been extremely positive. Goals that have been established for these children have been met and even exceeded, due to the one-on-one relationship that had been established with the Foster Grandparents.
The program provides meaningful and challenging volunteer opportunities for adults 60 years and older, who meet certain income eligibility requirements to earn tax free spending money, which does not affect their eligibility for other income eligible programs. Other benefits include travel reimbursement, a daily meal, ongoing training, paid holidays, paid vacation and sick days, an annual physical, and insurance coverage while being a Foster Grandparent.
If you, or someone you know is 60 years of age or older, and has a minimum of fifteen hours a week to give to a child, call 1-800-982-4346 to find out how you can provide magical moments and make a difference in a child’s life. Classes are forming for each county and will be given in the near future. The program is funded by the Corporation for National Senior Services and sponsored by the Area Agency on Aging for Bradford, Sullivan, Susquehanna, and Tioga Counties.
Girl Scouts, Scranton Pocono Council (GS, SPC) recently presented the Traveling Trophy award to the Endless Mountain service unit. This award is presented annually to the service unit which maintains the best membership-to-population ratio in the most, if not all, Girl Scout age levels (Daisy, Brownie, Juniors and girls 11-17). This criterion recognizes and supports services to girls through membership extension.
Pictured (l-r) are Beverly Knopick and Luann Myers, both of Franklin Forks, proudly displaying the Girl Scout Traveling Trophy, awarded to the Endless Mountain service unit for achieving Girl Scout excellence.
GS, SPC presently serves 5,500 girl members and 1,600 adult volunteers in a 5 1/2 county region of northeastern Pennsylvania encompassing Lackawanna, Monroe, Wyoming, Susquehanna, Wayne and Pike counties. This jurisdiction is broken into 16 geographic areas called service units. The Endless Mountain service units covers half of Susquehanna county including Franklin Forks, Montrose, Lawton, Auburn Center, Elk Lake and Choconut. Approximately 250 girls, ages 5-17 are served in this unit.
The Endless Mountains service unit earned the Traveling Trophy award because they stood out as a remarkable symbol of excellence this year. This unit had a 16% market share, which can be defined as the percent of girls in Girl Scouting compared to all available girls in that area. Nationally, GSUSA is serving a 11% market share. This unit also had a 6.0 overall membership-to-population ratio, which means they are serving 1 in every 6 available girls within their unit – better than the national average of 1 in every 9 girls. More specifically, this service unit serves 1 in every 3 available Brownie-age Girl Scouts and 1 in every 3 Junior-age Girl Scouts. “This service unit has truly demonstrated a commitment to serving every girl, everywhere. We are extremely proud of their effort. Their commitment to serving girls is deserving of special recognition,” commented Cindy Garren, CEO of GS, SPC.
Girl Scouts provides a multitude of all-girl learning experiences, such as extraordinary field trips, sports skill-building clinics, community service projects, personal development and leadership workshops where girls grow courageous and strong. For more information or to join, please call 344-1224 or toll-free 1-877-582-2100.
USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will soon be conducting the 2006 June Agricultural Survey in Pennsylvania. Farmers across the state will be surveyed to accurately measure crop acreages and livestock inventories. Major commodities to be measured include small grains, corn, hay, tobacco, potatoes, grain stocks, hogs, cattle, and sheep. Data collected from each and every farm will be instrumental in establishing official statistics regarding the commodities listed above, as well as estimates of the number of farms, the amount of land in farms, land values, and cash rents. Federal and state agricultural appropriations rely heavily on farm numbers.
As a primary source of agricultural information, this survey is one of the largest and most important conducted by NASS. The resulting information will be used to make reliable state, regional, and national estimates of crop acreage, grain stocks, and livestock inventories. All surveys are kept confidential.
Approximately 2400 Pennsylvania farmers were randomly selected to participate in this voluntary study. Enumerators will be contacting selected producers either for phone or face-to-face interviews from late May through mid-June. Field enumerators will ask for assistance with outlining tract and field boundaries on an aerial photo for these selected operations.
For a copy of the finished report or to obtain other agricultural statistics, visit the PA Field Office website at www.nass.usda.gov/pa. For more information or questions about NASS, contact Mark Jordan or Marc Tosiano at 1-800-498-1518.
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