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This beautiful, male, white and cream kitty was picked up as a stray. He is friendly, calm and would make a perfect companion for a single person or a small family.
He’ll be waiting for you at the Susquehanna County Humane Society Shelter in Montrose, (570) 278–1228.
Susquehanna County Democrats were joined by those from surrounding counties to enjoy an afternoon of good food and fellowship at the local organization’s Fall Rally held on September 17 at the Mountain View Inn in Clifford.
Visits by elected Democrat representatives and those whose names will appear on the ballots in the upcoming election this November were a highlight of the sunny and warm afternoon. All were enthusiastically received by the substantial crowd and introduced by County Democratic Party chair John Hoffman. They spoke passionately about issues important to all Pennsylvanians and Americans – effective homeland security and stopping global terrorism, ensuring the creation of jobs and economic development at home, health care coverage for the millions of uninsured and low-income Americans, the guarantee of Social Security for our elderly, and a refocus on average, hard-working citizens.
The crowd at the Susquehanna County Democratic Party Fall Rally had an opportunity to speak with, from left, Lackawanna County Commissioner Mike Washo; Bob McNamara, candidate for the state’s 20th Senatorial District; Susquehanna County Commissioner MaryAnn Warren; Chris Carney, candidate for Congress from the 10th Congressional District; John Hoffman, chair, Susquehanna County Democratic Party; and Jim Wansacz, state representative from the 114th Legislative District.
Chris Carney, Susquehanna County resident and candidate for Congress from the 10th Congressional District, stressed the importance of taking Pennsylvania values to Washington. If elected, Carney, a Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Naval Reserve and a Penn State professor, would be the first county resident to serve in Congress since the 1800s. Bob McNamara, superintendent of the county’s Blue Ridge School District and candidate for the state’s 20th Senatorial District, addressed the need to lower property taxes and make schools operate more efficiently, among other issues such as affordable health care for Pennsylvania’s seniors and working families.
Also on hand to address the gathering were state Rep. Jim Wansacz, who represents the 114th Legislative District which includes part of Susquehanna County, as well as Lackawanna County Commissioner Mike Washo and Susquehanna County Commissioner MaryAnn Warren.
Susky Fire Dept. 150 Club Winners
Following are the Susquehanna Fire Dept. 150 Club winners for August.
8/5: Linda Bedford, Phil Stein, Evie Smith.
8/12: Jim Crawford, Kelly Orr, Rosemary Parkinson.
8/19: Gus Fabrizi, Bill Zalewski, Mary Gow.
8/26: Dave Passetti, Judy Lair, Roger Holleran.
Agency On Aging Recognizes Kelly
The Area Agency on Aging for the counties of Bradford, Sullivan, Susquehanna and Tioga recently recognized Susquehanna County Commissioner Roberta Kelly for her contributions to the agency by serving as Chairperson of the Governing Board during fiscal year 2005-06.
Bill Farley, Executive Director of the B/S/S/T Area Agency on Aging presents Susquehanna County Commissioner Roberta Kelly with a plaque in recognition of her serving as Chairperson of the AAA Governing Board during fiscal year 2005-06.
The Area Agency on Aging is the organization designated by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to receive state and federal funding for the provision of social services for individuals 60 years of age and older. The Governing Board consists of the twelve county commissioners from the counties of Bradford, Sullivan, Susquehanna and Tioga, and acts on all matters of policy with regard to the initiation and direction of programs for the organization. In her role as Chairperson, Commissioner Kelly served as the Chief Officer for the Governing Board, overseeing operations of the Area Agency on Aging during fiscal year 2005-06.
Information regarding services available through the Area Agency on Aging can by obtained by calling 1-800-982-4346.
Blue Ridge Senior Center Update
It is already September and there is a chill in the air. School has started, watch for the school buses. Football is on TV and people are thinking about new winter coats. But here at the center we continue no matter what the season or climate.
During the month of August we were collecting household items for the flood victims. There are three who were hit mighty bad that come to the center. A large number of items were given and they have been distributed. Lorraine Colwell held a "Home and Garden Party" for the benefit of those who had their homes damaged or destroyed during the flood. A good crowd attended.
Also we had an exchange recipe day, quite a number (recipes) were brought in and even some came with samples of the recipes. Twice this month we had speakers. Dorothy Gardner spoke on "positive things" which gave us food for thought. Then Valerie Bell from the Pennsylvania Health Department had a very good program on skin cancer. We were informed how to protect ourselves; it proved to be very informative.
We had our day at the Harford Fair. Quite a few worked selling raffle tickets for our quilt and also selling cookies, brownies and other walk-away foods. Those who gave of their time were Donald Rittner, Erma Bender, Alice Hall, Nettie Swingle, Shirley Travis and Betty K. We say thank you to all; without the volunteers this and other centers would not be able to function.
Our birthday party and cake and ice cream day was well attended. We sang the birthday song and enjoyed the sweets. Those who are now one year older are: Louise Ackley, Pricilla Allen, Janet Mosser, David Hughes, and Alice Hall – hope your day was special! Toward the end of the month, Betty Kegleman announced that she would retire by the first of September. We are so sorry to see her leave, Betty has given us many good years and a large amount of good times. I have found Betty to be understanding, kind, helpful, useful, thoughtful, caring, appreciative, sympathetic, fair and always ready to listen. Probably many more words could be added to the above, but there has to be an end to everything. Her daughter, Karen, sent a delicious cake so we could have a small farewell get-together with her. We will miss you Betty, please come and visit us sometimes.
‘Til next month.
Through the Susquehanna County United Way, county residents can make a difference by donating a small amount from each paycheck to charitable causes. Whether or not you work in the county or even the state, your employer can set up United Way withholding at no cost and have the proceeds benefit the community where you live. Just a few dollars a week adds up to a meaningful amount over the course of a year!
By designating your donation to go the Susquehanna County Historical Society & Free Library Association, which you can do on your sign-up form, you can help support services to everyone across the county. The Library offers free borrowing of books, audiobooks, DVDs and more; Babies and Books, Story Hour, Summer Reading, and homeschool programs; free use of computers, high-speed Internet access, wireless, scanning, CD-burning, and other technology; and free databases of high-quality information, as well as the new Ask Here PA live 24/7 reference service. The Library serves Susquehanna County through the headquarters in Montrose, branches in Forest City, Hallstead-Great Bend, and Susquehanna, and by Books-on-Mail/Books-on-Wheels.
The Historical Society preserves our county history and offers a free museum of local history, as well as extensive genealogy services and a journal of local history (by subscription).
Consider earmarking your United Way donation, in whole or in part, for the Susquehanna County Historical Society & Free Library Association.
For more information about the Library and Historical Society, call (570) 278-1881.
The United Methodist Church on Main St., Clifford, offers a free preschool playgroup every Wednesday, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. in the downstairs family room. Play games and visit with other people in the community. Free admission and parking. All are welcome.
Guaranteed Rural Housing Program
USDA Rural Development offers a Single Family Guaranteed Rural Housing Program (GRH) designed to assist low and moderate income, credit worthy families and individuals in purchasing existing or building new homes in rural areas. This is made possible by USDA Rural Development’s guarantee of loans made by conventional lenders.
To qualify, applicants must be under the moderate-income limit for the county in which they would live, have an acceptable credit history, and adequate and dependable income sufficient to meet all obligations. The applicant’s income and loan repayment ability will dictate the maximum loan amount. The applicant must be the owner/occupant of the property.
For more information on the programs offered by USDA Rural Development, contact the Wyoming Local Office at (570) 836–4157, ext. 4.
HARRISBURG – Rep. Tina Pickett (R-Bradford/Sullivan/Susquehanna) and Rep. Sandra Major (R-Susquehanna/Wayne/Wyoming) announced that the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has awarded a $7,445 Small Business and Household Pollution Prevention grant to Susquehanna County.
The funding will reimburse 50 percent of the costs associated with developing and operating household hazardous waste collection events that were held at Forest City, Lanesboro, Silver Lake and recycling center locations from May 6 through June 3, 2006.
Jeffry and Theresa Sheldon, Thompson, are proud to announce the birth of a son on September 21, 2006 at Mercy Hospital, Scranton.
Lenoxville Senior Center Update
At our meeting on September 14, Carolyn Taylor was happily surprised when her family arrived to help her celebrate her 88th birthday. They brought a delicious birthday cake, ice cream and sweet cider to be shared by all. It was a very happy occasion.
We appreciate Carolyn’s many talents that she has shared with us throughout the years. She taught basket making, chair caning, led our Peppy exercise class, and has done numerous other things to help our center. We all wished Carolyn many more happy birthdays.
We had another special day on September 12, when our center’s annual picnic was held at Lackawanna State Park.
Our manager, Ed Collins made chili and barbecued hotdogs. We all brought a covered dish. The meal was delicious and the day was beautiful. We were especially glad to have Judy Collins as our guest. Everyone enjoyed the day.
Our center is open every Thursday from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00. We play bingo, dominoes, cards, have Peppy exercise class and sometimes have yoga classes. We have a good attendance, informative speakers and special events. We welcome new members to come and join us at our center.
Chapter 15 of the Pennsylvania Association of Retired State Employees (PARSE) held their September meeting on the 12th at the Towanda Gun Club. Five years ago, on September 11, the organization was holding their meeting at the time of the terrorist attack on our country. Bernice Landmesser gave a prayer in memory of those persons who were lost in that attack.
The membership elected the following officers for the years 2007 and 2008: President, Jesse Bacon; Bradford County Vice President, Anne Madden; Sullivan County Vice President, Tony Barnatovich; Susquehanna County Vice President, John Benio; Secretary, Cynthia Sims; Treasurer, Roberta Barrett.
Delegates to the annual PARSE state meeting held September 18 were elected. They were Jesse Bacon, Norma Bacon, Alton Arnold, Joe Plonski and alternate Clara Mae Benning. A new state president would be elected at this meeting.
As membership has decreased since last year, the group discussed efforts to get new members. All annuitants of the Pennsylvania Retirement Fund are eligible for membership. Spouses of annuitants are eligible for associate membership. For more information or to apply for membership, contact Helen Benio, RR 1 Box 188, Montrose, PA 18801, (570) 278–2380.
The next meeting will be held on October 10 at the Zion Lutheran Church, Dushore. To make a reservation or get more information, contact Susquehanna County Vice President John Benio, 278–2380.
SECA Kickoff At The United Way
A State Employees Combined Appeal (SECA) Campaign Kickoff for local coordinators was held at the United Way of Susquehanna County on Tuesday, September 12.
Cheryl Packer, Loaned Labor Leader for Susquehanna and Clinton Counties, began the event by welcoming everyone and explaining the Loaned Labor Leader program and how she could work with the local coordinators to make this year another successful year for the SECA campaign. She also explained the eight umbrella agencies listed under the SECA campaign, which are The Environmental Fund of PA, The United Negro College Fund, America's Charities, Community Health Charities of PA, Christian Services Charities, Independent Charities of America, Global Impact and the PA United Ways. Special guest speaker was Amy Steinberg, Administrative Assistant at the United Way of Susquehanna County. Mrs. Steinberg spoke about the United Way and the 19 agencies that the United Way in Susquehanna County helps to support. Last year almost $4 million was raised through the generosity of the state employees statewide.
The following local coordinators were in attendance: Connie Burgh from the Dept. of Transportation, Ronald Williams and Mileska Timarky from the Dept. of Agriculture, Donna Doyle and Denise Barnikow from the Susquehanna County Assistance Office. Also in attendance were Ruth Donnelly, Executive Director of the Susquehanna County United Way and Joel Levy, United Way Volunteer.
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