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Turnpike Senior Center Update
Laurel Hill Academy 1966 Class Reunion
It’s A Boy!
ASSETS Class Graduate
Blue Ridge Senior Center Update

Turnpike Senior Center Update
By Mary Heesh

Greetings from Turnpike Terrace for June and July.

June: Everyone is home from the hospital. Hope they are all feeling better. We had preschoolers here for a lot of good singing. They were so cute and very friendly afterwards.

All our trees got trimmed around here.

We had a fellow from Lourdes Hospital visit us to talk about different health items we may need, like oxygen appliances, walkers and so on. It was helpful and interesting. You never know when you may need them.

We had a tenants’ covered dish on a Sunday. We had a good crowd and we have a lot of good cooks up here.

July: Well, I went to Vermont for two weeks to visit relatives and saw on TV about the flooding. We saw a lot of it on the way home, starting about Sidney, NY. The water lines on trees and houses, and so  many fields washed out. It was so scary to look at. We thank the folks that brought water for all of us at the Terrace.

We had the Hobbs family from Lanesboro, Robin, Frank, Isaac and Rachel for a concert. We had a house full and refreshments were served after. Thank you, we really enjoy the concerts.

We had a bake sale and Chinese auction and had a lot of fun.

We have line dancing on Tuesdays at 1:00.

We go to ceramics every other Wednesday.

We still have our bingo and domino games going.

We got all our parking lots done and the new door locks. Been busy up here this year.

We have a lot of visitors’ parking in front of the Terrace, if anyone wants to come for line dancing, bingo or dominoes. Come join us.

We had a loss this month at the Senior Center. Marcene Phillips, one of our center volunteers, passed away. Marcene was a caring and dedicated woman who exemplified volunteering. She was always there to help when an extra hand or a dozen cookies was needed. We miss her very much.

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Laurel Hill Academy 1966 Class Reunion

On Saturday, July 29, Charles and Marcia Aliano graciously hosted the Laurel Hill Academy Class of 1966 reunion at their home on Jackson Ave., Susquehanna.

In attendance out of 20 graduates were the following: Charles Aliano and wife, Marcia; John Conklin and wife, Judy; Ray Corse and Susie; John Dunn and wife, Diane; David Evans; Ken Merrill and Fred Mayer; John Schell; Toni Napolitano DiBella; Pauline Grausgruber LeStrange and husband, Tom; Susan Lannon Plotkin; Adrienne Chianese Rigo; Pat McAuliffe Testa; Margaret Ann Lee Vacca and husband, George; Diane Parrillo Armetta-Welch and husband, Jim; Elaine Brush Welch. Several from various other classes were also in attendance.

A wonderful day and evening spent by the pool were enjoyed by all as we caught up with each other’s lives.

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It’s A Boy!

Joe and Michelle Burke, Susquehanna, PA, announce the birth of their son, Joseph Maurice Burke, III.

Joseph was born at Lourdes Hospital on July 15, 2006, weighing seven pounds, twelve ounces. He was welcomed home by his big brother, Christian Joseph.

Maternal grandparents are Marie and David Canfield, Windsor, NY and Martin and Cara Brady, Susquehanna.

Paternal grandparents are Joseph and Ruth Burke, Susquehanna.

Paternal great-grandparents are Lynnie French, Susquehanna, Mary Burke, South Yarmouth, MA, and Maurice Burke, Susquehanna.


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ASSETS Class Graduates

The TREHAB ASSETS Program graduated a class of 22 small business entrepreneurs – many of them in the process of reinforcing an existing small business – from Susquehanna and Wyoming counties during a ceremony held at The Tea Room of the Montrose Bible Conference on May 9. TREHAB Executive Director Dennis Phelps welcomed and introduced the graduates, guests, and program trainers attending the evening dinner and graduation.

The ASSETS Program (A Service for Self-Employment Training Support) is a training, mentoring and technical support program for entrepreneurs in the process of beginning or expanding a small business. ASSETS participants complete a six-week series of classes held in Susquehanna and Bradford Counties.

The keynote speaker for the event was Anthony J. Ventello, Executive Director of the Central Bradford Progress Authority. Mary Anne Waddington, ASSETS Program Director congratulated the graduates and presented each with a certificate of completion of the program.

The graduates of this ASSETS class are: Hope Benson and Scott Simmons, Dorothy and Gil Chapel, Julie Gaines, Richard A. Gary, Carlene Haggerty, Wayne M. Hussong, Paul Koval, Frank E. Kwader, Cheryl LaRue, Leonor Maston, Joy Powell, Kathy Richards, Ryan Rosengrant, Geore Shiffer, Diane Sneed, Dorothea Wheeler, Cheryl Whitney, Jennifer White, Julie Whitehead, and Mark Whitehead.

ASSETS offers formal training in the form of a Business Design and Management course that includes marketing, finances, record keeping, legal and tax issues, management, insurance and advertising. Mentoring is also offered through the volunteer services of area businesspersons or other professionals. The ASSETS program coordinator also offers case management and follow-up to assist in business plan completion, locating loan sources, and making referrals to other support groups.

Anyone interested in learning more about the ASSETS-Trehab program should contact Mary Anne Waddington at 278-5228 or 1-800-982-4045, ext 5228.

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Blue Ridge Senior Center Update

The past two months have been busy. We had so much to do, our council works hard along with Betty K to have new and interesting things for us to enjoy. Let me tell you about some of the recent activities.

In June we took a trip to Greystone Gardens in Clarks Summit. Went by bus, had a good time, and on the way home stopped at Randall's in New Milford for ice cream.

A representative from Lourdes Health Support Group was here. They told us about medical equipment such as special canes, walkers and other things to make life a little easier as we get older.

The Center was closed on the 15th of June. A good many went to the Troy Picnic, everyone I have spoke to tells how it has improved and grown. Maybe more of us will be going next year. A good time had by all.

We held our Dart Tournament differently this year, all in one day and it went much faster. Our winner was Marie Munoz.

The AARP held Drivers Training here, a two-day affair. Many always take advantage of this service. Then we had a wonderful Strawberry Festival, homemade biscuits by Mary White, strawberries and whipped topping. It was delicious, let’s do it again, Betty!

Finally in June we had the distribution of Food Vouchers, also a good turn out for them. Our state of Pennsylvania does a lot for the senior citizens, from Pace, to transportation, and the food vouchers. Hope all appreciate the many services we receive.

Don't think July was as busy as June, we did things. First off we were closed for 4th of July. Hope all enjoyed the time with family and friends. Lorraine Colwell presented a program about Osteo Arthritis of the knee. There was a slide presentation and leaflets passed out. It was very interesting and we have a better understanding of that problem now. Our annual Rock-A-Thon was held , only four rockers, but a good bit of money was made. We had to cancel our trip to Hawkins Pond, it was after the flood of '06, and the roads were pretty bad, so we held it here at the Center. It was a covered dish, held in the evening, and it was good. Lots of great food and the fellowship of our friends. The day of our birthday party in July we were entertained by Ed Simmons on his keyboard. Lots of older music, from the 40's 50's and beyond. Some even sang along Everyone one enjoyed the "Real Music." The last event of the month was a movie and popcorn party. The movie was "The Unfinished Life."

A number attended the dedication ceremony of the memorial garden at the Great Bend Welcome Center. The garden honors the seven National Guardsmen who lost their lives last year in Iraqi. A very pleasant area with trees, perennials and benches. After the service many went to the VFW in Great Bend and enjoyed refreshments.

We continue with our cards, dominoes, and exercises. Our birthdays are celebrated with cake and ice cream The past two months we sang the birthday song for the following: Al Mahalick, Helen Randall, Helen Wagner, also Jennie Paumghartin, Alice Parrillo, Bill Wagner and Alice Smith. Oh yes, we are sharing our space with the Barnes/Kasson personnel who suffered the loss of their offices in Great Bend, during the flood.

Why not join us here, it is cool and it is interesting, and we miss you.

‘Til the next time.

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