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Issue Home August 30, 2006 Site Home

Susquehanna On The Move
PARSE Update
4-H News North Jackson Ag
Veterans Sought For Recognition
Be Ready, PA
Engagement Announced DeFazio-Blocavage
Penn Dixie Plays At World Series
PennDOT Announces Hirings & Promotions
Denise Dennis Speaks At Brooklyn Society
DeRiancho Named AXA Vice President
Preschoolers Learn About Fire Safety
4-H Roundup Results
Youths Participate In Summer Program
Employees Receive Ambassador Award

Susquehanna On The Move

The Susquehanna Community Development Association (SCDA), home of the Main/Elm St. Committees and Susquehanna Borough continue to move forward on improving the quality of life on our Main Street and in our neighborhoods. The following is a overview of the strides we are taking.

Susquehanna Borough’s Parks & Recreation committee, with the assistance of Trehab has submitted applications totaling $120,500 to fund a 12-acre riverfront park. The Roundhouse Riverside Park will include a boat launch, walking trails and selective cutting to access a river view.

Housing & Redevelopment will begin Phase III of their streetscape project. The new sidewalk/shade trees project on W. Main and Center Lane will begin late fall/early spring.

Station House Apartments, 243 Main Street, Susquehanna. This 14,000 square foot structure will be renovated, with 25% used to provide professional office space. The two upper floors will provide six apartments for seniors.

Blighted homes were acquired by Trehab in the Susquehanna community. Renovations were completed and homes were available for purchase by local families.

The borough has increased police patrol hours, welcomed a new officer and is in the process of interviewing more. Increased speed traps have been set up on the gateways and throughout town.

Community partners including borough officials, SCDA members and the Trehab Center have submitted an application for an “Elm Street” designation. The “Elm Street” program provides assistance and self-sufficiency tools for community renewal. It also provides the potential for sidewalk, curbing, shade trees, acquisition/demolition projects and neighborhood façade challenge grants.

Housing and Redevelopment has been approved for $300,000, to be use for housing rehabilitation projects in Susquehanna Borough.

An additional $25,000 of Main Street grant funding has been approved for façade improvement projects in the Main Street business district.

Informational packets on promoting business growth, including information on e-commerce, alternative refinancing sources, and grants have been distributed to local businesses.

Web-site hosting for businesses and organizations, including picture galleries and forums are available at no charge through the SCDA.

Neighborhood fun – Washington Street will be hosting its first annual Block Party this September.

An application was submitted to the DCED for $37,000 for a community revitalization project that will beautify the Shops Plaza retaining wall.

The Susquehanna community has welcomed several new businesses to Main St.

A new investor has purchased the old pharmacy building on Main St. A welcome packet along with façade grant information and restoration information was included.

Thanks to the Garden Club, small community gardens have been established throughout the downtown.

Attendance at Hometown Days and the Pumpkin Fest has been on the rise over the past three years.

Be a part of putting “Susquehanna Back on Track.” SCDA meetings are held the fourth Wednesday of the month at 7:00 p.m. at the Susquehanna Borough Building.

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PARSE Update

The Pennsylvania Association of Retired State Employees (PARSE) met on August 8 at the Green Gables, New Milford for their annual picnic. The picnic was originally scheduled for July 11, but due to heavy damage from the June flood, the restaurant was unable to have the picnic then. During the meal the organization was treated to delightful music from The Joe Weldon Trio.

Bernice Landmesser, Nominating Committee Chairman, announced the following slate of officers; President, Jesse Bacon; Bradford County Vice President, Thelma Allis; Sullivan County Vice President, Tony Barnatovich; Susquehanna County Vice President, Joe Plonski; Secretary, Cynthia Sims; Treasurer, Roberta Barrett. Election of officers will take place at the September 12 meeting.

State Representative Sandra Major spoke to the membership. She stated that those persons with flood damage should be sure to contact FEMA by the due date. She also said that she would be favorable to an annual Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) for state retirees.

PARSE State President Arthur Schwartz also spoke at the meeting. He emphasized the need to increase PARSE membership in order to have influence with the state legislature. He said that if the legislature does not vote on the current COLA bills, the bills will expire and new bills will have to be reintroduced next year.

The next meeting will be held on September 12 at the Towanda Gun Club. For more information or to make a reservation, contact Susquehanna County Vice President John Benio at 278–2389.

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4-H News North Jackson Ag

The North Jackson Ag 4-H club just held their last meeting on August 10 at the Pavelski’s house. The meeting was called to order by president, Tim Carey at around 7:00. Ashlee Latner lead the group with the American pledge and Lyle Foster lead the group with the 4-H pledge. Holly took role call. Then Holly read the minutes of the last meeting for anyone who was unable to attend. Aaron read the update on the treasurer’s report.

This time, the meeting began with demonstrations. Tim showed the club his tuba. Eric Giangrieco told the club about a motorized bar stool that his cousin invented and made. Chelsea Saam talked about the New Hampshire chicken breed and brought two of her chickens. Adam and Dylan Stout brought their hamsters and informed everyone of the proper way to care for them. Tim reminded the club that anyone who did not do a demonstration yet, would need to do one at the next meeting.

Then Tim brought up some old business. He asked how the 4-H fun day in Montrose turned out. The club members that were present said that it was fun and it seemed to draw a lot of interest. The horse kids did well at their recent show at the Harford Fair. Megan qualified for districts in four different areas. Sierra qualified for districts also. Mike qualified for districts in five areas. Ty Cundey is going to districts in two classes. The dairy kids also made names for themselves. At dairy round-up Casey Gorick broke her arm but luckily Eric G. was able to show her calf for her and bring in a fourth place. Katie K. got a first place. Ricky K. got a fourth and first place. Beth G. won a first and second place. Eric G. won second, third, and sixth place. Chelsea won many ribbons. Among some are two first and Sr. Reserve Grand Champion.

The club made a decent profit at the annual fund-raiser at dairy roundup this year. Thanks to all the patrons! Moving on to some new business, Tim, reminded everyone that Harford fair projects are due to the fair on Thursday the 17th. Tuesday of the fair is 4-H day this year. On August 20, the club will be participating in a beautification contest. Setup for that will be around 11:00. Coming up soon is the district dairy show on August 18 at the Wayne County Fair. The club will hold its next meeting on September 10 at the Onyon’s house at 12:30. Members are asked to bring a covered dish and place setting.

News Reporter: Kaitlin Flor

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Veterans Sought For Recognition

HARRISBURG – To honor living veterans who have served in military conflicts or wars at any time from World War II to the present, Rep. Tina Pickett (R-Bradford/Sullivan/Susquehanna) is asking that those veterans or their family members contact one of her district offices so they may be recognized at a ceremony to be held this fall.

"Over the years, hundreds of residents from Bradford, Sullivan, and Susquehanna counties have honorably served our county in conflicts all around the world," said Pickett. "They deserve to be publicly recognized for their sacrifice and dedication to protect our freedoms."

Pickett plans to hold three ceremonies, one in each of the three counties she represents in October. Veterans living in Bradford, Sullivan or Susquehanna counties who wish to be recognized should contact Pickett's Sayre office at (570) 888-9011, Towanda office at (570) 265-3124, Sullivan County office (570) 946-7673, or Lawton office at (570) 934-2557. Those who respond will receive an invitation to participate in the upcoming event.

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Be Ready, PA

HARRISBURG, PA – Disaster preparedness is one of the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) main messages. As FEMA and the Commonwealth continue their recovery efforts in response to the late-June floods, it is a good time for individuals, families and businesses to begin thinking about how they will prepare for future disasters. There are four important steps to take when preparing your home or business for disasters.

Prepare a Disaster Kit: A disaster kit should have essential supplies needed to sustain yourself and your family during and after a disaster. The most essential supplies for a kit are water, non-perishable food, a radio, a first aid kit, extra batteries, and unique family needs such as prescription medications and important family documents.

Make a Plan: Essential components should include a communication plan, an out-of-town contact, an evacuation plan, a shelter-in-place plan, and knowledge of emergency plans at work, school, and other areas of your community.

Be Informed: Keep informed about all the different types of disasters that could affect your home and community. Remember, some of the things you do to prepare are the same for both natural and man-made disasters. To become more familiar with how to react in an emergency, go to or call 1-800-BE-READY (1-800-237-3239). The Ready website provides helpful information about disaster preparedness. It is a valuable resource that places the tools and knowledge in a central location, accessible to all Americans. Even those without Internet access can call the 800 number for information.

Get Involved: Once you have your home and family prepared, reach out to your neighbors and make them aware of the importance of preparedness. Encourage your kids to take information to school, or volunteer your time at the school, your community center, or a civic club to do a short presentation about preparedness that can help your community. A valuable resource that can help you reach out to your neighbors is the Citizen Corps. Citizen Corps helps people prepare, train, and volunteer in their communities. Visit for more information.

To learn more about getting your home, family, business, or community ready, call 1-800-BE-READY or visit In addition to general disaster preparedness tips, the website has information specific to different groups, such as children and the disabled, and provides links to some local resources. There are also brochures and booklets available that can provide you with more tips on disaster preparedness that are downloadable from the website, or can be mailed to your home or business by ordering through the toll-free number or online.

FEMA manages federal response and recovery efforts following any national incident. FEMA also initiates mitigation activities, works with state and local emergency managers, and manages the National Flood Insurance Program. FEMA became part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security on March 1, 2003.

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Engagement Announced DeFazio – Bolcavage

Announcement is made of the engagement and upcoming wedding of Christina Marie DeFazio, Lenoxville to Jeffrey Michael Bolcavage, Harford.

Jeffrey and Christina

The bride-elect is the daughter of Peter and Ellie DeFazio, Lenoxville. She is a 1999 graduate of Mountain View High School and earned a Bachelor's Degree in Management Information Systems from College Misericordia. She is a System Support Specialist for Topp Business Solutions, Scranton.

The prospective bridegroom is the son of Raymond and Karen Bolcavage, Harford. He is a 1994 graduate of Mountain View High School and earned a Bachelor's Degree in Biology from Ursianus College. He is a Sales Representative for Sandvik Materials Technology, Waverly.

The wedding is set for November 4, 2006 at 2 p.m. at Saint Pius X Church, Royal Pennsylvania.

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Penn Dixie Plays At World Series

Governor Ed Rendell appeared as Grand Marshal this past week with Barney Wilkins and his Penn Dixie Band at the Little League World Series Parade in Williamsport.

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PennDOT Announces Hirings & Promotions

Dunmore – PennDOT District Engineer Stephen J. Shimko announced the following promotions and appointments in PennDOT District 4-0. The District covers Lackawanna, Luzerne, Pike, Susquehanna, Wayne and Wyoming Counties.

Recent hires are Leonard Aldrich, Equipment Operator A, James West, Equipment Operator A, Curt Sparks, Equipment Operator B.

Brian Small, Roadway Programs Coordinator in the Maintenance Division for both Susquehanna and Wyoming counties has been a PennDOT employee for four years. He oversees administrative, technical, and procurement staff in both Susquehanna and Wyoming counties. Small previously held the position of Roadway Programs Technician II. He holds a B.S. degree in surveying from The Pennsylvania State University.

William White, Asst. Highway Maintenance Manager, supervises county maintenance crews. A five-year employee of PennDOT, White was previously a civil engineer in the maintenance unit. He holds a B.S. degree in structural engineering from The Pennsylvania State University.

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Denise Dennis Speaks At Brooklyn Society

Ms. Denise Dennis, author, lecturer, and president of the Dennis Farm Foundation, was the featured speaker at the annual meeting of the Brooklyn Historical Society the last weekend of July.

Ms. Dennis first impressed the members with her charm and vivacity, then she impressed them with her industriousness and tenacity in the pursuit of plans for the Dennis Farm Charitable Land Trust in Brooklyn Township.

She traced her efforts to obtain aid and counseling from the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School’s department for historic preservation, thence to the preservation officer for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, thence to John Milner Associates, a firm that specializes in preservation, architecture and archeology, and thence to their Elizabeth Watson, who had recently completed a plan for the Endless Mountains Heritage Region.

The next step was to secure a grant so that a feasibility study could be made of the Dennis farm. The Pennsylvania Heritage Parks Program provided a grant, which enabled the John Milner Associates firm to conduct the feasibility study. The feasibility study was completed earlier this summer and will serve as a blueprint for what needs to be done and how to do it.

The John Milner Associates firm drew high praise from Ms. Dennis. She noted they have worked on several preservation projects throughout the east, including the Andrew Jackson Hermitage in Tennessee and the African American burial grounds in lower Manhattan. They provided a project manager, an historian, and an archeologist who also wrote the study.

Ms. Dennis remarked that the archeologist described the farm as, “Very exciting, a treasure for the region, and unique to Pennsylvania.” He further wrote, “The Dennis Farm is a remarkable property… unique in its potential combination of African American History, Agricultural History, Research and Education Center, and Environmental History Center.”

The feasibility study included the recommendation that the farm be nominated for the National Register of Historic Places, and the opinion that the farm, the Bristol Budd Sampson site, the portion of the Milford-Owego Turnpike, and the Underground Railroad connection might qualify as a National Register District.

Ms. Dennis concluded by saying, “The researchers see it as a destination site for educators, scholars, school groups and cultural heritage tourism. Only those with a keen interest in history will make the trip to the farm, but their trip will be most worthwhile.”

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DeRiancho Named AXA Vice President

Vestal, NY – Steven DeRiancho, CFPâ has been named a Vice President in the Northeast Division of AXA Advisors, LLC. Mr. DeRiancho will be responsible for the recruitment and development of financial professionals in the Greater Scranton Wilkes-Barre, PA area.

In addition, Mr. DeRiancho will continue working with clients in the Vestal, NY and Scranton, PA area to help them define their financial goals.

Mr. DeRiancho joined the company as a financial professional in 2003. He has earned numerous awards for outstanding sales and management including National Leaders Corp and the Centurion Award.

Mr. DeRiancho holds a Finance Degree from the University of Scranton with a minor in Economics. In addition, he has earned his series 66, 24 , 7 and Life and Health licenses and earned his CFP® certification in January, 2006. He resides in Montrose, PA.

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Preschoolers Learn About Fire Safety

The children of Time to Grow Preschool learned about fire safety from the Snake Creek Volunteer Fire Company. On a field trip to Liberty Park with teacher Debbie Martyn, fire company members Donald Gilbert and Matthew Brand showed the children what a firefighter looks like in full gear. The children then got a chance to try on the gear themselves. The firefighters also let the children spray the backpack hoses and talked about how to stay safe if there is a fire. Pictured above (l-r) at the fire company are: Rowan Ryan, Donovan Oliver, Noah Millard, Emory Gilbert, Christian Gregory, Dakota Stoddard, Alyssa Sherwood, Cameron Franks.

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4-H Roundup Results

Sixty 4-H members of six different 4-H clubs showed over 120 dairy animals representing all seven dairy breeds at the Harford Fairgrounds. Judging the event were Dewitt Head, type judge; Beth Cooley, fitter judge; Jarrod Burleigh, showmanship judge.

The Grand Champion Holstein, Dymond-S Durham Lena was exhibited by Jessie Sartell and Reserve Champion Holstein, JoSan Eclipse Lynn was exhibited by Chelsey Saam. Tom Greenwood received the colored breeds Grand Champion award with his Jersey, SHF Renaissance Joyful-ET. Brandon Loch proudly displayed his Brown Swiss, IDR Fieldsbrook B Emory RC receiving the Reserve Champion Colored Breed award.

Having received the Grand Champion and Reserve Champion Holstein and Colored Breed awards, Jessie, Tom, Chelsey and Brandon now have earned the opportunity to take part in the Susquehanna County 4-H Livestock Sale by selling a gallon of milk representing their champion dairy animal. The milk will be auctioned and the proceeds will go to the 4-H member. The 4-H Livestock Sale will take place on Saturday, August 26, beginning at noon at the Harford Fair.

The Champion Owner Breeder award for the Holstein breed went to Jessica Sartell’s Grand Champion animal “Lena.” Jessie is a member of the Born to Show 4-H Club. Brandon Loch’s Reserve Champion “Emory” received the Champion Owner Breeder award for all colored breeds. Brandon is a member of the Deckertown 4-H Club. Jessie also received the Overall Best Bred and Owned Award.

4-H members receiving Senior Champion and Senior Reserve Champion awards included Amanda Miner, Brandon Loch, Jessie Sartell, Tom Greenwood, Douglas Brooks, Shannon Oliver, Cassie Clark, Chelsey Saam, Jenna Sprout and Amanda Atkinson.

The Junior Champion and Junior Reserve Champion awards went to Cassie Clark, Nathan Palmer, Brandon Loch, Steven Rezykowski, Chelsey Saam, Alex Bonavita, Evan Castrogiovanni, Drew Nunemacher, Beth Giangrieco and Shannon Oliver.

Brian Castrogiovanni, Evan Castrogiovanni, Jessie Sartell and Beth Giangrieco received the Champion Showman Awards. Brian and Jessie also received the David Quick Memorial Award, a savings bond and plaque. Senior Fitter Champions were Chris Schuler and Nate Oleniacz. Junior Fitter Champions were Rachel Sprout and MacKensie Wallace.

Susquehanna County 4-H would like to thank the many sponsors that give financial support to the County 4-H dairy program and the many hours volunteers willingly give to make the 4-H dairy program so successful in Susquehanna County.

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Youths Participate In Summer Program

Beginning on June 19, six youth participants who had enrolled in The TREHAB Center’s Workforce Investment Act program participated in a six-week summer work experience. Through this program, coordinated by the TREHAB Center WIA, the participants earned money and gained experience in the work force.

Pictured are the three Summer Youth Program participants who were placed in Susquehanna Borough, along with their supervisor from the Parks and Recreation Committee, Dick Hennessey, (second from left): Brady Stark, Jessica Antolos, and Cara Burdick.

Three youth were placed in Susquehanna Borough. Brady Stark, Cara Burdick, and Jessica Antolos participated in a leadership theme around their employment. They assisted Susquehanna Borough, the Susquehanna Fire Company and the Susquehanna Park and Recreation Committee with various duties such as general maintenance, painting and staining.

The youth also experienced volunteerism first hand in the areas of local government, fire and emergency ambulance services, and the operation and care involved with upkeep of a town park.

The other three youth participants, Cassie Race, Chris Race and Adam Belles, were employed in the Montrose area at Interfaith, Andre & Sons, and Broadline Construction.

Five of the participants were nominated for awards by their work site supervisors for displaying the following: positive attitude, teamwork, cooperation with other youth and supervisors, initiative, consistent responsibility and quality of work, no unexcused absences, and following the program rules and regulations.

Some of the participating youth also volunteered in their communities to assist with distribution of supplies to victims of this summer’s flood.

Northern Tier Regional Planning and Development Commission provides funding for The Trehab Center Youth program.

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Employees Receive Ambassador Award

Montrose, PA is home to two of the nation’s top McDonalds’ restaurant crew members. Tyler Distad and Marcine Carpenetti have recently been selected to receive the Ambassador Award. Tyler, soon to be a freshman at Bob Jones University in South Carolina, has been employed at McDonald’s of Montrose for a year, and Marcine has served at McDonald’s of Montrose and Gibson for over two years.

The McDonald’s Ambassador award is given to distinguished crew members who deliver exceptional customer service. Winners were nominated and selected based on criteria, including leadership, striving to deliver excellent customer service and hospitality, and participation in school and community activities.

“We are thrilled Tyler and Marcine  have been recognized as outstanding crew members in the Philadelphia region, which includes over 550 McDonald’s restaurants,” said Jeff Bushong, general manager at Montrose and Marcus Roman of Gibson. “We are not only proud of their accomplishments, but also the good example that they have set. They deliver quality service, positive experience and cleanliness that keeps our customers happy.”

McDonald’s is the leading food service retailer, with more than 30,000 restaurants serving nearly 46 million people each day in more than 100 countries. McDonald’s of Montrose and Gibson are owned and operated by Doug and Cindy Lattner.

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