Main News
County Living
Church Announcements
Dated Events
Military News
Subscribe to the Transcript

Fall Car Care Special

Running October 25th



Please visit our kind sponsors

Issue Home October 18, 2006 Site Home

Follow these links to our area school districts...



Elk Lake Junior High Students of the Month
Blue Ridge 2006 Jogathon
Blue Ridge Elementary Citizens Of The Month
CTCO Donates To Scholarship Fund
Susky Elementary Students Of The Month
B/R Fifth Graders Study At Everhart Museum
Blue Ridge Welcomes New Faculty/Staff
Johanna Reed Raises Funds For Library
Locals Graduate Penn State Univ.
Susky Receives New Pian
Alumni Invited

Elk Lake Junior High Students of the Month

Elk Lake Junior High School principal Brain Mallery has announced the September, 2006 Students of the Month for grades seven through nine. Pictured (l-r) are: seated – Anthony Leiger, Erica Shuren, Danielle Sterner, Maria Trowbridge, Kelsey Hermick, Katie Mitchell; standing – Nick Seeger, Anthony Cona, Sean Carney, Mr. Brian Mallery, Marshall McCarty, Brandon Barnes, Mike Zeyher, Nick Hollister.

Back to Top


Blue Ridge 2006 Jogathon

Blue Ridge Elementary students celebrated their 2006 Jogathon on September 25. The Jogathon is an annual event sponsored by the Elementary Building and the PTO. Students were highly energized to do their part to help raise additional funds that will be used for cultural and educational programs throughout the school year. Pictured above, Mr. Jones’s fourth grade class proudly exhibits their Jogathon lap cards.

Back to Top


Blue Ridge Elementary Citizens Of The Month

Following are the Blue Ridge Elementary School Citizens of the Month for September, 2006.

AGE 4 KINDERGARTEN: Mrs. Orner – AM – Makenzie Cook, Mrs. Orner – PM – Olivia Martin, Mrs. Whitehead – AM – Sabreanna Sinclair, Mrs. Whitehead – PM – Mykenzie Layton.

AGE 5 KINDERGARTEN: Mr. Dibble – Jillian Stone, Mrs. Johnson – Danielle DelLongo, Mrs. Rhone – Jeff Zawiski, Mrs. Skal – Mackenzie Lewis, Mrs. Small – Andrew Merrell.

GRADE 1: Miss Bowman – Cole Auckland, Mrs. Button – Sequoia Marriott, Mrs. Farrell – Devon Colwell, Mrs. Scott – Jessica de La Mora, Miss Swartwood – Julian Kupst.

GRADE 2: Mrs. Berger – Dominick Fink, Jr., Mrs. Hepler – Andreya Darrow, Ms. Levine – Kyle Donovan, Mrs. Theophila – Maura Gillespie.

GRADE 3: Miss Pease – Nicholas Swaha; Ms. Pitcher – Deborah Roberts; Mrs. Tench – Nolan Hausser; Mrs. Watkins – Connor Hartman.

GRADE 4: Miss Daniels – Colten Hewitt; Mr. Goff – Amelia Kerr; Mrs. Harter – Christina E. Fuller; Mr. Jones – Austin White.

GRADE 5: Mrs. Buffington – Michelle Norton, Mrs. Chamberlain – Sara Price, Mr. Mazikewich – Bethany Krug, Mrs. Wolfe – Brittany Ucci.

MRS. BLECK: Codi Benedict.

MRS. HEAL: Ashley Meck.

MRS. HITCHCOCK: Heidi Fitch.

MRS. SUCHY: Rhonda Phillips.

MRS. KLENCHIK: Natasha Luce.

Back to Top


CTCO Donates To Scholarship Fund

For the second year in a row, Commonwealth Telephone Company (CTCO) has contributed $25,000 to the Kindergarten – 12 Grade Scholarship program administered by The Community Foundation of Susquehanna & Wyoming Counties. These scholarships are for students from families with an annual income of less than $50,000 who attend tuition-based programs and schools. In 2005, The Community Foundation assisted students from six schools. In 2006, students from nine schools will be eligible for scholarships. Information and applications are available online in the Scholarship section at

Peter Quigg, Director of Development for The Community Foundation states, “This contribution from Commonwealth Telephone is a tremendous help to numerous families in our service area. We thank the phone company for its generosity and community spirit.”

Back to Top


Susky Elementary Students Of The Month

Mr. Robert Keyes, Principal of Susquehanna Community Elementary School, announced the "Students of the Month" for September, 2006.

Kindergarten, First, Second, Third

Pictured (l-r) are: row 1 – Anthony Dolfini, Aaron Herbert, Angel Bieloski, Ashley Wallace; row 2 – Kiersten Kelly, Bridget Iveson, Elizabeth Delaney, Lucas Marco; row 3 – Tyler Towers, Danielle DeMaria, Marisa Conklin, Taylor Williams, Skyler Voege; row 4 – Austin Harper, Gabrielle Cina, Jessica Plutino. Absent from photo: Michael Skurski, Makala Sharer.

Fourth, Fifth, Sixth

Pictured (l-r) are: row 1 – Emily Staros, Olivia Rockwell, Brianna Graves, Shelby Brinton; row 2 – Brittany Swank, Austin DeVries, Kyle MacDonald, Mollie Mroz; row 3 – Ryan Swanson, Caitlynn O'Dell, Emily Carmody.

Back to Top


B/R Fifth Graders Study At Everhart Museum

Recently, Blue Ridge Elementary School fifth grade students (pictured above) held classes in the Everhart Museum in Scranton, PA. The students traveled to the museum to continue their integrated curriculum studies on Native American Indians and spent the day learning from museum docent teachers about the museum’s collections and written documentations explaining the artifacts and artwork. Each gallery provided the students with an understanding of how and why museums preserve items, and allowed them to reflect on objects from various cultures and times. The students will return to their classrooms with their newly acquired knowledge to develop their own Native American Indian art projects and write text explaining their work for an exhibition in the spring of 2007.

Back to Top


Blue Ridge Welcomes New Faculty/Staff

The new school year at Blue Ridge Elementary has welcomed five new faculty and four new staff members.

Pictured (l-r) are Blue Ridge Elementary’s new faculty and staff: bottom row – Patricia Cramer, Wendy Casey, Robin Orner, Jamie Swartwood, Kristen Small; back row – Jessica Boyko, Kevin Davis, Robert Dibble, Diane Wilmarth, Suzanne Piorkowski.

The new pre-4 kindergarten class welcomes Ms. Robin Orner, a graduate of Mansfield University with a BS Degree in Elementary Education. Last year, Mrs. Orner was a long-term substitute in first grade and now looks forward to creating a first-year experience at Blue Ridge Elementary a joyous experience for 4-year olds. Ms Orner’s Pre-K aides, Diane Wilmarth and Ronnie Mattocks, will assist the teachers in providing the students with an age-appropriate curriculum that will create both a social and educational environment.

Robert Dibble joins the Kindergarten faculty along with Kindergarten aides, Wendy Carey and Patricia Cramer. Mr. Dibble, a graduate from Blue Ridge School District attended Kings College and received his teaching certification from Marywood University. He looks forward to his teaching role as a positive male role model as he directs his students towards an educational path that has them striving to do their best in whatever they do.

The first grade students welcomed two new teachers to their pod. Mr. Davis is a first grade long-term substitute for Mrs. Button while she is on maternity leave. Mr. Davis is a graduate of Blue Ridge High School and has a Bachelor’s Degree in Recreation and Parks Management from The Pennsylvania State University. He has recently completed his Master’s Degree in Elementary Education at the University of Scranton. “As an educator, I want to give back to the community I grew up in,” said Mr. Davis. Ms. Swartwood, alumni of Blue Ridge School District, is a graduate of Cedar Crest College where she received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education. Her goal, as a new faculty member, is to meet the needs of all her students so that they can grow in all aspects, academically and socially.

After graduating from Millersville University with dual majors in Elementary and Special Education, Mrs. Wolfe began her teaching career at Blue Ridge High School. She is now very excited to be part of the elementary faculty teaching fifth grade. Mrs. Wolfe is looking forward to working with the parents to make fifth grade the best year possible for her students. Mrs. Wolfe's goals for this year are to increase reading and math scores on the PSSA, get students to like science, teach students that it is alright to make mistakes if you learn from them, and provide students with a nurturing environment where they feel safe and comfortable on a daily basis.

Ms. Piorkowski, new school librarian, earned a Bachelors Degree in Communication Arts with a Minor in English from Marywood College. She recently received her Masters of Science in Information Science and School Library Certification. Before coming to Blue Ridge she worked in broadcasting at WNEP-TV, and most recently served as a librarian at St. Paul's School in Scranton. She plans on having the students at Blue Ridge become informed information consumers, whether students search library shelves or the World Wide Web. In addition to selecting quality reading material each week, students will learn grade-appropriate library skills.

Ms. Small is a graduate of Montrose High School and Cedarville University. After teaching elementary music for four years at Canton Elementary School in Bradford County, she looks forward to being back in Susquehanna County. She is getting to know the students, and with their enthusiasm will continue the wonderful tradition of excellent music at Blue Ridge Elementary.

Jessica Boyko earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from College Misericordia and a Master’s Degree in Elementary School Counseling from the University of Scranton. She comes to Blue Ridge as the elementary counselor after serving six years at the Scranton Counseling Center. Her goals as the elementary counselor are to promote an environment of positive growth through the use of classroom guidance lessons, individual counseling, small group counseling, and self esteem programs.

The Blue Ridge Elementary community welcomes these highly qualified faculty and staff and looks forward to sharing their enthusiasm and expertise with the students.

Back to Top


Johanna Reed Raises Funds For Library

Montrose High School student Johanna Reed organized a very successful concert for her senior project. “A Night of Music,” which was held on September 9, brought together musicians Josh Silver, Ann Reed, Nino Bennici, Sarah Birchard, Tapestry of Praise, Buddy Spencer Combo, Dave Andre's Barbershop Quartet, and Corky Staats. An enormous crowd filled the high school auditorium and thoroughly enjoyed the show, and lined up by the hundreds to buy homemade desserts at intermission. There was no admission charge, but free-will offerings and sales of refreshments added up to $1181.40 to benefit the Susquehanna County Historical Society & Free Library Association.

Pictured are MAHS Senior Johanna Reed (center), with her mentor, Suzanne Bennici (right), presenting the proceeds from “A Night of Music” to Administrator/Librarian Susan Stone (left) of the Susquehanna County Historical Society & Free Library Association.

Johanna explained that she organized this event for her senior project because it combined her two loves: the arts (especially music) and the library, where she has volunteered for the Blueberry Festival since she was a little girl and now works as a page.

"We are so very proud of Johanna," says Administrator/Librarian Susan Stone, "so very delighted that she chose to organize this benefit, so very thrilled with the result, and so very impressed, as was everyone who attended, with Johanna's organizational skills and poise! We thank Johanna for everything she has done for us, Suzanne Bennici (her mentor) and Ann Reed (her mother) for supporting and encouraging her, the musicians for giving their talents, the bakers for their skills, and everyone who attended for their support."

Back to Top


Locals Graduate Penn State Univ.

Penn State University conducted a summer commencement ceremony on August 12, 2006. Graduates from our county and the degrees earned are as follows.

Christine M. Cosmello, New Milford, A S, 2 year Physical Therapist Assistant.

Daynne C. Eaton, Susquehanna, B S, Human Development and Family Studies.

James E. Fowler, Brackney, B S, Management.

David A. Jagger, Hop Bottom, M Ed, Curriculum and Instruction.

Back to Top


Susky Receives New Piano

Susquehanna Community High School took possession of a brand new Grand Piano on Friday, September 29. This 6’1” Hallet & Davis Conservatory Model piano has been eagerly awaited for at least two years.

Present at the delivery and pictured above were Superintendent Mr. Bronson Stone, School Board members Mrs. Evelyn Cottrell and Mrs. Carol Jackson, High School Principal Mr. Michael Lisowski, Specialists/Music Department Head Mrs. Elizabeth Updyke, and High School Band and Choral Director Mrs. Teresa Marino, and Music Booster President Mrs. Kathy Matis.

Through the combined efforts of Mrs. Marino, her students, and generous donors, this piano has come sooner than expected. “I’m just so excited that it has happened so quickly” Mrs. Marino said. “We’ve worked really hard for two years to raise money, and I still knew that it wouldn’t be enough for a real quality new instrument. But we’ve had some amazing private contributions added to our fundraising. On top of that, the local chapter of the Sons of the American Legion donated all of their money from last spring’s Lenten Friday Fish Fry dinners. That was about $1,100 right there. We also had the good fortune of amazing timing, and were able to get an incredible deal. All of that, plus the generosity of the community in general. I am so appreciative of our school-community for its continued support of our schools.”

The Superintendent of the school district, Mr. Bronson Stone, is impressed with the instrument. “We have a real showpiece,” he stated.

The community will have its first opportunity to hear the piano at the high school’s annual Holiday Concert, held the evening of Tuesday, December 19, at 7 p.m. Admission is free and all are welcome to participate in the singing of the Hallelujah Chorus from Handel’s “Messiah,” (an annual tradition) to end the evening.

Back to Top


Alumni Invited
By Teresa Marino, SCSD Musical Director

Did you graduate from Susquehanna Community High? Did you play in the band? Ever wish you had an opportunity to play again? If so, we’re looking for you! You are hereby invited to join the band (with your instrument!) in the stands at football games. We have a lot of fun! We’d also like to have you join us at parades. Whatever you can make, and whatever you play, whether you graduated last year or so long ago you’d rather not say, there is room for you! Please contact Mrs. Marino (Band Director) at 853-4921, ext 2148, or email: Please let us know your name, instrument, whether or not you need to borrow an instrument, and the year you graduated. We will get back to you as soon as possible.

Back to Top

News  |  Living  |  Sports  |  Schools  |  Churches  |  Ads  |  Events
Military  |  Columns  |  Ed/Op  |  Obits  | Archive  |  Subscribe