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4-H News Silver Lake Rod & Gun Club Donates
4-H News Four Seasons
99 And Counting!
Adams Cable Starts Phone Service
Annual Feed-A-Friend Campaign Kicks Off
Kingsley Civic Club Establishes Scholarship
Roundhouse River Cleanup

4-H News Silver Lake Rod & Gun Club Donates

The 4-H Shooting Sports program of Susquehanna County recently received a $1,000 donation from the Silver Lake Rod and Gun Club. The check is from proceeds from the Roger Everitt Memorial Shoot held at the club. The money is used to enhance opportunities for 4-H members in the 4-H Shooting Sports program. To date, $3,250 has been donated by the club from this yearly event. A big thank you to the club, and all those who support and donate items to this great event.

Norm McPherson, Bob Kuhn and Fred Guyette, directors of the Silver Lake Rod and Gun Club present 4-H leader Rip VanWinkle and 4-H members Rip VanWinkle, Jr. and Kenny Kiefer with a $1,000 check for the Susquehanna 4-H Shooting Sports program.

The county 4-H Shooting Sports program continues to grow through the support of leaders, parents, and organizations like the Silver Lake Rod and Gun Club.

In 2006, 119 members took the 4-H shooting sports projects. If you would like to know more about this program as a potential new leader, parent or new member all the Cooperative Extension office at 278-1158. Speaking of shooting sports, the office has great publications available on game and fish care: a pocket guide to “Field Dress a Deer,” “Proper Care and Handing of Fish,” “Proper Care and Handing of Game Birds,”  and more detailed publications, “Proper Field Dressing and Handling of Wild Game and Fish,” and “Proper Processing of Wild Game and Fish.” Single copies are all available at no cost by calling the office at 278-1158. Be sure to give the title of the publication you want.

Alex Bonavita Wins Champion Ribbons

Ten-year old Alex Bonavita of Meshoppen recently completed his second year in the Susquehanna County 4-H Dairy program with excellent results, showing his fall yearling Milking Shorthorn heifer, Jon-Ann Famous Rose.

Alex Bonavita and Jon-Ann Famous Rose pictured at the National Junior Dairy Show in Harrisburg with Virginia and Pennsylvania Dairy Royalty.

Alex walked out of the show ring at each of the 4-H Dairy shows, county, district and the state show carrying champion ribbons. It would seem this was just not enough accomplishment for Alex. He then took part in the National Junior Dairy Show in Harrisburg and placed first in his class. Alex then proceeded to enter Famous Rose in the All American Dairy Show, also held in Harrisburg and placed sixth in his class. Famous Rose and Alex also received Champion level recognition at this year’s Harford, Wyoming, Luzerne and Bloomsburg Fairs.

Alex is in the fourth grade at the Elk Lake School, and is a member of the Born to Show 4-H Club. Alex spends many hours working with his 4-H dairy animals and helping on his grandparents, John and MaryAnn Bonavita’s dairy farm where he keeps all of his animals. Alex not only shows Milking Shorthorns but also owns and shows several Holstein and Brown Swiss animals. Alex will be looking forward to the next show season not only with Famous Rose at his side but several of the other dairy animals he owns and keeps at Jon-Ann Farms.

Locals Attend National Dairy Conference

Submitted by Amanda Miner

On October 1, four 4-H members from Pennsylvania attended the National 4-H Dairy Conference held in Madison, Wisconsin. Attending were Amanda Miner, Billie Jo Kiel, Christie Sellers, and Greg Byham. The event lasted four days; there were almost 200 delegates from 20 states and three Canadian provinces. During the Conference we had the opportunity to visit several farms and dairy facilities. We saw the Crave Brother’s Cheese Factory and the R & G Miller and Sons, Inc. organic dairy farm. We also toured the Hoard’s Dairyman publishing company, Nasco, and the National Dairy Shrine. We spent an afternoon taking in all that the World Dairy Expo has to offer.

There were seminars for the delegates to choose from, ranging from dairy promotion to artificial insemination. Some of the more popular topics were proper nutrition for cows, and finding an effective mating strategy for your herd. Another choice was to visit the Sunshine Farms Goat Dairy farm.

There were many speakers, from sponsors to motivational speakers, as well as entertainers. Those few days allowed many 4-H members to meet kids from other parts of the nation and learn about the dairy industry from different perspectives. It was a very exciting and educational experience for all.

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4-H News Four Seasons

The Four Seasons 4-H Club had their first meeting of the new 4-H year on October 19 in Great Bend.

The members who went in September to the Montrose Jail and Recycling Center enjoyed and benefited from the club field trip. Everyone was encouraged to obey the laws and to start recycling.

It was reported that the club won first place on their 4-H window display in New Milford!

Election of officers took place and various committees were formed, results as follows: President – Cassandra Summers, Vice President – Felicia Head, Secretary – Julie Delanoy, Treasurer – Analyn Sears, News Reporter – Jonathan Delanoy, Game Leader – Travis Carter, Photographer – Scott Sienko, County Council Representative – Felicia Head.

The club discussed a community service to do in the fall. Members decided to help an elderly person with cooking and cleaning.

Since the club helped one of its members who lost everything in the flood, the club planned a fundraiser to replenish its funds and is now selling cookie dough, soft pretzels, cinnamon rolls, and New York City bagels.

Members were encouraged to be thinking about what projects they would like to do this year.

News Reporter: Julie Delanoy

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99 And Counting!

The Susquehanna County Historical Society & Free Library Association will be celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2007. The main building in Montrose was dedicated on November 7, 1907. The Association is planning several celebrations for 2007, including an anniversary dinner (May 4), a free Family Fun Day (May 5), and a rededication ceremony/open house (November 7). Mark your calendars and watch for future details as the new year begins. “We are very proud to be approaching one hundred years of service to Susquehanna County,” says Board of Directors President Cornelia Page, “especially when we look at how far we've come in that century!” For more information about the many services and programs offered by the Library and Historical Society, visit

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Adams Cable Starts Phone Service

CARBONDALE, PA – Adams Cable Service has announced the launch of Adams Digital Phone service to customers in Susquehanna County, including New Milford, Hallstead, Forest City, and Susquehanna. The introduction of this new primary line residential telephone service offers consumers a new alternative to existing providers.

“We are very excited to be able to offer Adams Digital Phone to consumers in the New Milford area,” said Wendy Hartman, general manager for Adams Cable Service. “We believe that the reliability of service provided by our managed network, the simplicity of our pricing and the opportunity to bundle phone service with video and broadband Internet access provides consumers with a tremendous value proposition.”

“A number of alternative phone services have made an appearance in the last few years,” notes Hartman. “We believe Adams Digital Phone offers consumers the best of the old and the new. It is a hybrid that employs IP technology traveling over managed networks, with end-to-end quality-of-service monitoring that provides more reliability, security and voice quality than VoIP services that use the public Internet for transport.”

Founded in 1949, Adams Cable Service provides cable entertainment, high definition television service, broadband Internet access, DMX Music service, and VOIP phone service to subscribers across several counties in northeastern Pennsylvania and the southern tier of New York state.

Adams Cable Service can be reached at 1-888-222-0077.

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Annual Feed-A-Friend Campaign Kicks Off

The Feed-A-Friend program coordinated by TREHAB in Susquehanna County, kicked off the 22nd holiday season with a special luncheon held at the Dreyer Hall Tea Room of the Montrose Bible Conference on Thursday, October 12. Some 35 guests were welcomed by TREHAB Executive Director, Dennis Phelps.

Pictured (l-r) at the luncheon to kick off TREHAB’s Thanksgiving Feed-A-Friend program, are Susquehanna Community High School student council members Ashley Hubal, Craig Soden, counselor/teacher Ben Hibbard, Misha Weldy, Ellen Matis.

In cooperation with sponsor WNEP-TV 16, Scranton, Feed-A-Friend helps needy county families celebrate Thanksgiving with all the trimmings through donations of nonperishable food items and of money to purchase holiday turkeys. Through a coordinated local volunteer effort, the food will be collected, sorted, bagged and then, on November 22, will be distributed to eligible families.

In thanking the attendees for volunteering to help, TREHAB representative Edlyn Flannery noted, “With decreased public funding, we really appreciate the food and money donations. Times have been hard for families, with high unemployment, gas prices, utilities, medical needs – the list goes on. Without Feed-A-Friend, many families would be without a Thanksgiving dinner.” She added that last year the program distributed over 950 dinners .

The food banks run by TREHAB in Montrose and Oakland have already started taking names of persons requesting the Thanksgiving baskets. Lists of potential recipients are also sent to the food banks by Aging Services, Children & Youth Services, and school nurses.

Dennis Phelps also thanked the participants, calling this assistance to families to help offset the extra expenses incurred during the winter months a “critical part of our continuum of services to the community.”

He then invited attendees to outline their food collection and fundraising efforts for this program. Among the groups and businesses represented were People’s National Bank, the Chamber of Commerce, Montrose Kiwanis Club, Barnes-Kasson Senior Services, and Elk Lake and Susquehanna Community high schools.

All food and money donations collected by TREHAB stay in Susquehanna County to help feed hungry families right here. Anyone interested in helping with or donating to the Feed-A-Friend program can contact Edlyn at 278-5235, Lynn Senick, Food Bank Coordinator, at 278-5269, or Aletha Monahan at the Oakland Food Bank, 853-4342.

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Kingsley Civic Club Establishes Scholarship

The Kingsley Civic Club has established a college scholarship with The Community Foundation of Susquehanna & Wyoming Counties to benefit graduates of the Mountain View High School. Recipients of the scholarship must have maintained at least a 3.0 Grade Point Average in a curriculum comprised of college preparatory courses, and also write a winning essay about their greatest achievements in high school. This scholarship in fact has existed for almost fifty years, but the Civic Club recently transferred it to The Community Foundation to ensure its permanence and future growth. This $35,000 fund will generate three annual scholarships that will increase their dollar awards in the coming years as the value of the fund increases.

Pictured (l-r) are: front row – Margaret Stone and Jeanette Price of the Kingsley Civic Club; back row – Peter Quigg, Community Foundation Director of Development.

The Civic Club was formed in 1929, and members of the club have raised money for this scholarship fund by selling pizza at the Harford Fair since 1957, and by making personal contributions. For many years the fund acted as a loan, and in some cases recipients of the scholarship are still making payments on their loans. These payments will be added to the current fund to increase its value and to subsequently increase the assistance provided to future generations. Earle Wootton, President of The Community Foundation, states, “This is the very reason The Community Foundation was formed; to ensure the long-range benefits of projects people have been working on for years.” Individuals wishing to contribute to the scholarship fund can send tax-deductible donations to The Community Foundation, 36 Lake Avenue, Montrose, PA 18801. More information about this and other funds can be seen at the Foundation’s web site at

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Roundhouse River Cleanup

Mayor Reddon, members of the Susquehanna Community Development Association, Borough council, students and neighbors all pitched in to help cleanup the site of the future Roundhouse River Park. Mayor Reddon said, “Real progress can be made in a community when every one works together in a positive direction.”

Along with numerous bags of litter, over seven tons of scrap metal was collected from the riverbank and through out the wooded property. Charley Wormuth and Bob Reddon volunteered the use of their equipment to haul larger pieces of debris. Volunteers helped to separate garbage from cut trees, shrubs and lawn debris that had accumulated along the riverbank area and under the Veteran’s Memorial Bridge for many years. With funding from the Endless Mountain Heritage Region the natural material was chipped and will be used along the current walking paths.

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