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Boy Scout Troop 88 Veterans Celebration
Businesses Receive Community Grant
Blue Ridge Senior Center Update
Endless Mts. Heritage Region Receives Grant
Kiwanis Supports Area Organizations
Turnpike Senior Center Update

Boy Scout Troop 88 Veterans Celebration

Boy Scout Troop #88 from the Delahanna District recently held a chicken barbecue dinner at the Pre-Veteran's Day celebration at Jayne's Orchards. Congressman Don Sherwood arrived to help the Boy Scouts with the dinner and also delivered a speech to thank the boys and leaders in Boy Scout Troop #88 personally for their participation in scouting, and spoke about how important scouting is to our country. Pictured (l-r) are:  Patrick Trowbridge, John Bunnell, Congressman Sherwood, Lucas Myers, Philip Trowbridge, Dave Reeder and John Prevost. Not pictured is Scout Master, James Trowbridge.

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Businesses Receive Community Grant

On Thursday, October 19, two small business entrepreneurs, graduates of TREHAB’s ASSETS program, were awarded grants of $2,500 each from the Wal-Mart Corporation. They are recipients of this grant through a Wal-Mart community giving effort to help small businesses get back on their feet following last summer’s flooding in the Susquehanna County area.

Pictured (l-r) are: Mary Anne Waddington, Anthony Ventello, Jill Aldrich, Roberta Kelly, Betty Ann Selenbrandt.

The recipients were Jill Aldrich, proprietor of Pure Pennsylvania and Betty Ann Selenbrandt of the Almost Amish Quilt Shop. Both enterprises share space in the Hallstead Plaza, located close to the banks of the Susquehanna River in Hallstead.

On June 27, with the store full of inventory prior to the busy Fourth of July holiday, the river overflowed its banks. Ms. Aldrich says she lost about a third of her inventory, along with display materials that were ruined by three and a half feet of water in the store.

James Davis, Senior Manager for Public Affairs for Wal-Mart in Northeast Pennsylvania, which distributed the funds, said, “Wal-Mart believes strongly in being a store of the community.” He added that the corporation wants to support efforts “that work to make our communities a safer and better place to live.”

The checks were presented to the two entrepreneurs by TREHAB’s Assets Program Director Mary Anne Waddington, Anthony Ventello, Executive Director of the Central Bradford Progress Authority, and Susquehanna County Commissioner Roberta Kelly.

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Blue Ridge Senior Center Update

Seasons change! Don't let the gray skies and barren branches of November make you blue! True, winter is just around the corner, but so are a lot things to enjoy. Think!

Each month we have Prime Time Health; usually a speaker comes and discusses a special subject. This past month we had Jody Ferdetlo, one of the pharmacists from Reddon's with us. She spoke on the how and whys of prescriptions – lots of interesting material for us to think about. Then, this being Breast Cancer Awareness Month, our new manager, Donna Cosmello spoke about her personal experience. She is a survivor. Both these programs gave us much to think about. Also, we had a representative from the Area on Aging speaking on the new Medicare prescription plan.

Something new, a fire drill with 25 people in attendance. It is good to know the rules and regulations in public buildings. Each are a little different. Also, there was a mandatory driver training session for the Meals on Wheels drivers.

We had fun making homemade apple butter to celebrate Apple Butter Day, and more enjoyment sampling our results. Good time had by all. We celebrated birthdays with cake and ice cream and there was quite a list this month: Beverly Lee, Bea Chandler, Beth McGuire, Larry Munson, Audrey LaHoda, Norman Darrow, Pat Stephens, Lucilla Darrow and Ruth Van Cott. All of us are still glad to be with you and hope for many more special days to come.

We had a bake sale for our fundraiser. It was held at People's National Bank lobby and was a great success. Thanks to all for furnishing goods and also for working. Last, but not least, on Halloween Day we had a party and a program. Mrs. Rhone from Blue Ridge School and her kindergarten class were here, and they did the entertaining, sang songs, and gave us little pumpkins with smiley faces to remember their being here. Some of the seniors came in costume and the little ones enjoyed that. All enjoyed punch and cookies. What a wonderful way to end the month. Thanks to Mrs. Rhone, the little ones, and the volunteers who prepared and served the refreshments.

Remember, you are always welcome to join us with our fun activities and interesting programs, also to play cards, dominoes, put together puzzles, exercise.

‘Til next time.

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Endless Mts. Heritage Region Receives Grant

Rep. Tina Pickett (R-Bradford/Sullivan/Susquehanna) announced that a $144,000 grant was awarded to the Endless Mountains Heritage Region by the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) Pennsylvania Heritage Areas Program.

"Promoting the scenery and history of the beautiful Endless Mountains is vital to the Northern Tier's tourism economy," said Pickett. "These state funds are necessary to maintain and improve our historic and scenic sites so that everyone may enjoy them."

The grant money will help with improvement projects, including planning and implementing an Endless Mountains Region agricultural education, promotion and marketing program, and to undertake renovations and improvements to the Montrose Theater in Montrose Borough.

The Heritage Area Program helps build these regional public-private partnerships to conserve and promote cultural, natural, recreational and scenic resources. Heritage Park grants are matched with private, local and federal dollars and will help create interpretive exhibits, renovate historical buildings, produce heritage education materials, enhance downtown revitalization, improve trails and parks and provide signs to help visitors understand and navigate heritage areas.

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Kiwanis Supports Area Organizations

The Montrose Area Kiwanis was pleased to present checks to two area organizations. Checks were given to the Montrose Ambulance Service and the local American Red Cross Chapter.

The Montrose Area Kiwanis has a special bond with the Montrose Ambulance Service. One of the first projects the club undertook was to raise money to purchase a "Jaws for Life" for the ambulance service. At that time this was a huge undertaking, thirty some years ago. The club raised $8,000.00 to purchase this piece of emergency equipment.

A $500 check was given to the Susquehanna County Chapter of the American Red Cross. This money was given to help the local chapter replenish monies used in June during the severe flooding of Susquehanna County.

The Kiwanis raises money in many ways, such as the Memorial Day chicken barbecue, KLR Fourth of July event, Rose Sale, and Luck Calendars; proceeds are distributed to various local organizations.

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Turnpike Senior Center Update

Greetings from Turnpike Terrace.

Happy birthday to September and October babies.

We went to ceramics; it’s relaxing and eventually we get to bring some of our ceramics home. It’s a lot of fun.

We had a picnic for tenants on Labor Day. We had a good crowd and such good food. We will probably have another before the holidays. See you there.

I went away for three weeks with Gwen McKee, to visit our children in Colorado. Gwen went to Rifle County and I went to Arvada County. We had a great time and saw a lot of the state. But, like the old saying goes, it’s good to be home.

We’ve had a lot of our tenants in the hospital since I left. We wish them all well and to be home soon.

It’s cold out today, but when we left Colorado we had snow, so I can’t complain about the cold.

We had our annual Halloween party here on Wednesday. We had some nice costumes, good food and prizes. We had a drawing for 50/50, which Nora Bush won, and Marie Delaney won the quilt. Congratulations, ladies. We are planning a tenants’ covered dish for November, it will be an Election Day dinner. We hope we se a lot of our tenants there. We always have a lot of fun at our dinners.

While I was in Colorado, my girls came here and changed my living room all around; it was like I had a new apartment, looks great.

We had our peppi exercise today with Kay. We have fun with that, even if we moan and groan a lot.

We have had our big frost, and now lots of rain. You know what comes next.

We had our trick or treat night on Sunday. A lot of kids came, all dressed up.

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