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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.
Jeffry and Theresa Sheldon, Thompson, are proud to announce the birth of a son on September 21, 2006 at Mercy Hospital, Scranton.
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.
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Newberry, Little Meadows, are pleased to announce the marriage of their daughter, Heidi to Troy Brown on August 19, at a ceremony in New Milford.
Mr. and Mrs. Troy (Heidi) Brown.
Troy is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Brown, Starrucca, PA.
The couple reside in Starrucca.
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.
A State Employees Combined Appeal (SECA) Campaign Kickoff for local coordinators was held at the United Way of Susquehanna County on Tuesday, September 12.
Pictured (l-r) are: back – Cheryl Packer, Ron Williams, Mileska Timarky, Ruth Donnelly; front – Denise Barnikow, Amy Steinberg, Donna Doyle, Connie Burgh.
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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