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Thomas and Debra Chris Renn, Lake Como, celebrated their tenth anniversary. The couple was married October 12, 1996 by Rev. Albert Chaffee at the Bryn Mawr Retreat & Conference Center, Honesdale. The Maid of Honor was Nichole Horst and the Best Man was Ed Ackerman. They celebrated the occasion by renewing their vows on the lawn of their historic 1899 Victorian farmhouse in Lake Como. The Rev. Bill Blackie officiated. Witnesses for the renewal were Nichole Horst Stiner, Forty Fort, and William Kovaleski, Mehoopany. The ceremony was followed by a small dinner with those in attendance.
The couple has one daughter, Nichole Horst Stiner, Forty Fort; and one grandson, Seth Allen Horst.
Debra Chris is the daughter Joan Hanadel, Lake Como, and the late Leon Hanadel. She is a 1977 graduate of West Side Area Vocational Technical School and a 1992 graduate of Luzerne County Community College with an associate’s degree in Journalism. She is currently employed by The Wayne Independent in Honesdale.
Thomas is the son of Nancy Renn, Ocala, FL, formerly of Hop Bottom, and the late Anthony A. Renn, Jr. He is a 1981 graduate of Mountain View High School in Kingsley. He is a US Army veteran with 8.5 years of service and a 1992 graduate of Luzerne County Community College with an associate’s degree in Journalism. He currently works for The News Eagle in Hawley.
Rep. Sandra Major is sworn in as a member of the Pennsylvania General Assembly, representing the 111th Legislative District in the House of Representatives. Major was chosen Republican Caucus Chairman by her colleagues for the 2007-08 session. Major was first elected to the state House in 1994. Her district includes parts of Susquehanna, Wyoming and Wayne counties. Major maintains district offices at Route 706 Lake Montrose, RR 7 Box 7186, Montrose, PA 18801 (telephone: 570-278-3374) and 130 N. Bridge Street, Tunkhannock, PA 18657 (telephone: 570-836-5888). She also holds office in Wayne County on the second Thursday of the month.
Sea Scout Shop North Star of New Milford has earned the National Standard Ship Award for 2006. This is the highest unit award for excellence in leadership, quality program, rank advancement and membership; 18 very active Sea Scouts make up the crew.
Pictured (l-r) are the members of Sea Scout Ship 90: standing – Second Mate Helen Reed, Boatswain Mate Phil VanCott, First Mate Marvin Van Cott, Boatswain Dan Gall, Skipper Chuck Jaget, Ben Fisher, Josh Neary, Josh Warner, Heather Neary, Trinity Spencer, Charter Representative Sally Morgan, Commodore Ron Hall; seated – Tim Gall, Tim Spencer, Austin Chludzinski, Mike Spencer, Maria Preston, Tiffany Spencer.
The Sea Scouts will display four white stars on their ship’s ensign (flag) and all wear a special patch on their dress uniforms to indicate this award that is earned by few Sea Scout ships.
Recent activities include the annual Christmas party at the Sea Scout Hall, and the Sea Scouts have just returned from the North-East Regional Training Weekend, January 5 – 7 at Catoctin Mountain State Park in Maryland, where they trained in all types of seamanship and nautical skills.
Ship 90 has also qualified for the North-East Regional Commodore’s Award for 2006.
This wonderful male Border Collie mix is still available. Because he needs time to bond with his forever owners, he should be kept in a fenced yard or on a leash until he gets comfortable with his new home. Also, because he is so gentle and sensitive, he should be in a home with older children. Please come see this beautiful, sweet boy!
He’ll be waiting for you at the Susquehanna County Humane Society Shelter in Montrose, (570) 278–1228.
The Four Seasons 4-H Club met on January 6 at Cassandra Summers’ home for games, food, and a quick business meeting.
During the business meeting Emily Carter was voted into the office of News Reporter. Other items of business included upcoming events and projects on the calendar.
The Riflery Project (22's) begins at Silver Lake in January with Bob Tiffany.
A 4-H Mystery Dinner will be held in February. Food will be cooked and provided by the Social Committee, parents, and other 4-H volunteers.
The 4-H group would also like to go sledding in February, but with the weather we have been experiencing, it doesn't look like it will happen this year.
The Ceramics Project will begin in March at Farmhouse Ceramics with Mary Rentner.
In April, club members will meet with Game Commissioner, Donald Burchell, to learn the skill of Orienteering. He will teach the group how to pace, use a map, and read a compass when walking through the woods.
The Pellet Gun Project (ages 8-16) will begin in the spring at The Montrose Fire Hall with Bob Tiffany.
After the meeting 4-Hers enjoyed playing games and eating the food which members and their families provided. A rousing game of Twister was played, and the food was demolished. Everyone had a lot of fun, and the night ended at 10:00 p.m.
News Reporter: Emily Carter
The annual Christmas party for Creative-Play Preschool was held on December 15. Over 100 people attended, sharing good food, songs and a lot of holiday cheer! The highlight of the day was an appearance by Santa Claus (Chris Chacona), pictured above with Garrett Decker.
A limited number of 2007 Pennsylvania House of Representatives election calendar booklets are now available from Rep. Sandra Major (R-Susquehanna/Wayne/Wyoming).
The election calendar booklets provide a list of important dates to remember for the 2007 election cycle. Also included in the booklets are detailed explanations of the significance of the dates listed.
The election calendar booklets also include information on campaign finance reporting dates and information regarding filing fees and the number of signatures required on nomination petitions for offices to be filled at the 2007 elections.
The booklets are free and available on a first-come, first-served basis, and can be obtained by visiting one of Major's district offices.
Major's district offices are at Route 706 Lake Montrose, RR 7 Box 7186, Montrose, PA 18801 (telephone: 570-278-3374) and 130 N. Bridge Street, Tunkhannock, PA 18657 (telephone: 570-836-5888).
The fourth annual Toys for Tots fund-raiser was recently held at D.G.’s Bar in Forest City. Forest City Mayor Nick Cost and Vandling Mayor Joe Brady were on hand to help out with the collection. Santa, Mrs. Claus and coordinator Deb Giddings made the presentation to Forest City Regional High School Class Advisor, Jill Zarnowski. “Elves” Sam Yank and Dave Pelick delivered the toys to the high school.
Pictured (l-r) are coordinator Deb Giddings, class advisor Jill Zarnowski, Santa and Mrs. Claus with some of the toys donated to Toys For Tots.
Many patrons donated toys or money to make this the most successful year so far. With the help of the Elk Mountain VFW Post 8488 in Lenox and the Albert Crane Post 221 American Legion in Carbondale, over $3,000 worth of toys, books, crayons and gloves were donated to the school. 74 families with over 300 children were helped to have a very Merry Christmas.
The Carbondale Legion and the Elk Mountain VFW have continuously supported this worthy cause. The VFW donated toys with money raised from their tenth annual Erik York Dart League. Every year this league raises money and donates it to a worthy charity in Susquehanna County in Erik’s memory. Many members of the VFW also donated toys and money to this cause and it was truly appreciated.
Funding is available to help municipal governments save time and money by working together to deliver local services. The grants are provided through the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development’s Shared Municipal Services program.
Any group of two or more municipalities is eligible to apply for funds. Any authorized municipal function accomplished together may be considered eligible. However, the purchase, renovation, or construction of buildings is not eligible. Grant funds are usually used to finance up to fifty percent of the total project cost.
Shared Services Grants may be awarded to groups of two or more municipalities acting in concert to defray the cost of performance of any local government function. Typical projects for which funds may be awarded include combined police records administration, shared technology initiatives, municipal insurance pooling, shared public works operations, regional recreation activities, shared code enforcement operations, and shared motorized equipment (not exceeding a maximum grant of $25,00).
Intermunicipal Organization Start-Up Grants are also available to help newly formed Councils of Governments or similar organizations defray the cost of initial administrative expenses.
For more information and grant writing assistance for municipalities and non-profit organizations in Bradford, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Tioga, and Wyoming Counties, please contact Tom Schill, Community Development Program Manager with the Northern Tier Regional Planning and Development Commission toll free at 888-868-8800 or e-mail email@example.com.
The Montrose Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution welcomed five new members at the Christmas meeting. Pictured (l-r) are: Mrs. Janet Winemiller, Mrs. Esther Patterson, Mrs. Nicole Schake, Mrs. June Bishop, Mrs. Connie Arthur. Welcoming the new members (far right) is Mrs. Nan Baker.
For the last 22 years, residents of Susquehanna County have been generous donors of their time and their charity to provide a perfect holiday dinner, with all the trimmings and lots of leftovers, through the Feed-A-Friend program. The program is sponsored by WNEP-TV in Scranton and is coordinated by The TREHAB Center through its Food Banks in Montrose and Oakland.
Surrounded by their handiwork, hundreds of holiday dinner bags ready for distribution, are members of The Susquehanna Community High School Student Council.
Under the watchful eye of Oakland Food Bank Coordinator Aletha Monahan, volunteers spent several days sorting and packaging "baskets" (actually, bags) for a traditional holiday feast. On one of those days, the volunteers were joined by hardworking members of the Susquehanna Community High School Student Council so that everything would be ready for the big distribution day, November 21.
Pennsylvania motorists should make note of two new state laws that aim to make driving safer in the Commonwealth, Rep. Sandra Major (R-Susquehanna/Wayne/Wyoming) said.
State law has long required drivers to remove snow and ice from their vehicles before hitting the highways. However, a new law imposes severe fines on drivers if snow or ice they failed to clear from their vehicle causes injury or death to another person. Specifically, the fines could range from $200 to $1,000 per offense.
Another new law requires all motorists in Pennsylvania to turn on their headlights any time their vehicle wipers are in continuous or intermittent use due to weather or other conditions, such as fog or mist. Once this law takes effect (January 29), drivers who fail to follow it will face fines and fees approaching $100 per offense.
This law will help remind people they are more visible when their headlights are on. Foggy or snowy conditions, or even smoke from a fire along a roadside, can make driving conditions dangerous for those without lights and others on the road. The simple act of turning on the lights can significantly improve the safety of Pennsylvania's roadways.
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