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100 Years Ago
Along the Way...With P. Jay

From the Desk of the D.A.
The Healthy Geezer
Straight From Starrucca
Veterans’ Corner

100 Years Ago

100 Years

SUSQUEHANNA: An engine at the Erie roundhouse in Susquehanna on Friday night sunk into the ash pit, the supposition being that the supports in the pit became loosened, allowing the engine to fall. The hostler, R. E. Bedford, sustained a broken nose and other severe injuries in the accident.

MONTROSE: Geo. H. Watrous’ annual sale of muslin underwear begins Feb. 23, and closes March 9. This is the sale the ladies have all been waiting for. AND: On Tuesday afternoon, Lewis T. Harrower, the mill man, and Claude Rafe, a well known Wilkes-Barre businessman, were mixed up in a lively runaway. Mr. Harrower was driving his restive horse down Cherry street, Mr. Rafe being seated beside him. While making the turn down the steep grade at Church street, one of the thills dropped and the horse was off like a flash, tearing down the street at an uncontrollable pace. Nearing the Turrell book store, Mr. Harrower, endeavoring to turn the frightened animal into the alley leading to Perrigo’s livery, and thinking to slacken its speed by steering it into a snowdrift, encountered an unexpected rock, used for a stepping stone, in the center of the drift. The sleigh runners struck the rock, the horse parted from the vehicle, as did the young men, taking the quickest and most direct route over the dashboard. Strange to relate, all escaped injury, the sleigh, however, being put out of commission temporarily.

FOREST CITY: Editor F. T. Gelder, of the Forest City News, has been named as postmaster. Editor Gelder, besides being a good newspaper man and also versed in Blackstone, having acted as justice of the peace for a number of years, is a good all round fellow and will make the black diamond town a good postmaster.

RUSH: Clarence Larue has torn down and moved the old Featherly house and will re-erect it on the site of his recently burned home. AND: There will be a “toe” social at the home of Uzal Kinney on Friday evening, March 1. All are invited to purchase the foot of their chosen fairy. AND: After many months of patient suffering Jacob Cronk passed peacefully away on the night of Feb. 18, 1907, aged 81 years and 5 months. He had been a resident of Rush since 1844 and was one of the very last of the old settlers.

GELATT: An automobile passed through here on Sunday en route for Susquehanna. They said it was hard work to get through the snow. AND: E. R. Gelatt and Hubbard Payne went to Philadelphia, last week, and bought them each a farm horse.

NEW MILFORD: Jasper Jennings, in his “Geography and History of Susquehanna County” column, talked about New Milford Township and Moon’s Mills: The first mills at this place were built at an early day by Jeremiah Dowd. He constructed a log dam and reared a primitive grist and saw mill in the dark and frowning hemlock forest in a spot now covered by the pond, where he did custom grinding and sawing. Later he built the present building, which was purchased by Archibald Hill, who built a new stone dam and saw mill, and for many years did a large business. Hill finally sold the mill to Elias Moore, a first class mill-wright from Lenox township, who remodeled both mills, making them first-class in every respect and who did a very large business for a time. Ferdinand Whipple next came into possession of the property when the lumber business gradually played out in the section and the saw mill was permitted to go to decay, as many others have done where the stately forests have passed away. The grist mill was run for some time by D. A. Moon, and last by M. M. Moon, since which the place has been called “Moon’s Mills.” The plant has lately been purchased by the Electric Light & Power Co. of New Milford, who also purchased the Page Pond, at Lakeside, as a reservoir, and with an efficient dynamo and approved machinery furnish lights for New Milford borough. What a contrast to the primitive tallow dip used by the early settlers and even by many in the memory of our older inhabitants.

UNIONDALE: Thomas Davis, a man from near Elkdale and a little past middle life, went out one day last week to water his horses and fell dead.

HOP BOTTOM: To keep abreast of the times and have their product reach the city market in the most cleanly and sanitary condition possible, the milk station at Foster [Hop Bottom], in charge of J. J. Quailey, is undergoing a very thorough overhauling, in fact so much that nearly the whole building will be rebuilt like new, and large additions made to same, the complete structure having a frontage on the D.L.& W. of over 80 feet besides the ice houses.

GREAT BEND: What might have been a serious accident was averted as William Ely was driving E. E. Brooks’ young horse. Mr. Burke was in the cutter with Mr. Ely and as the sleigh struck a bare spot on the river bridge the weight of the load caused the horse to stagger and fall against the iron fender or guard rail which broke, and in an instant the horse partially fell over the bridge. Mr. Burke and Mr. Ely leaped from the cutter and quickly caught hold of the horse, whose head and forward feet were extending over the bridge, and as the animal did not struggle they succeeded in pulling him back and righting matters.

GLENWOOD: James M. Conrad, a veteran of the Civil War, departed this life Sunday morning, Feb. 18, 1907 at 8 o’clock a.m., aged 82 years. He leaves four children: Dennis, of this place; Ira, of Scranton, Alma, of Factoryville, and Lelia, of Lathrop. He had been a great sufferer for many years by reason of a gun-shot received while serving his country in its time of greatest trial. Peace be to his ashes.

WELSH HILL, Clifford Twp.: Rev. R. N. Harris, formerly of Welsh Hill, went to Yale University about 18 months ago to take a post-graduate course and now has just accepted a call to become pastor of the Memorial Congregational church at New Haven, Conn. This church was established in 1835 and is one of the most influential in New Haven.

DIMOCK: There will be an oyster supper at the home of C. C. Mills, Feb. the 26th, for the benefit of the Dimock Free Library. Adults 20 cents; children 10 cents.

LATHROP: L. V. Lord got burned quite bad on the face. He was working in the stone quarry and one of the pipes bursted.

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Along the Way...With P. Jay


Ode to our county

Well what do you know it’s that time again,

The politicians will be around with buttons and pens.

And those who are in will say they did good,

And those who want in say they would if they could.

Roberta Kelly deserves a good score,

First female commissioner to be chair for four.

And Jeff Loomis whose encore performance,

Proved he’s the greatest of all the informants.

Mary Ann Warren did the Democrats proud,

She’s been quiet, effective and never too loud.

And Leon Allen will toss in his hat,

He’d like to see the county run by Democrats.

Tom Jurista will make a third try,

If it’s time for a change, perhaps he’s the guy.

And of course Fred Baker is giving some thought,

To running again and, hell, why not?

Attorney Mike Giangrieco will make his first bid,

For a commissioner’s seat with a GOP lid.

There’s talk that others may jump in the ring,

With a 50 thousand dollar purse, it’s not a bad thing.

What will the issues in the campaign be?

Well, the candidates don’t say much in this county.

They run on a name or attack their opponents,

And once in a while spring for coffee and donuts.

After all what does our county really need?

Just the same things it needed in 1963.

Some job opportunities with decent pay,

And a youth center or a YMCA.

A few fancy stores where the ladies can shop,

And a haberdashery with everything for Pop.

A Little Theater group with dinner and a play,

And an ice cream parlor with a CMP Sundae.

Since we ain't considered city folks,

How about a country inn with music and jokes.

And what’s better in the country than a square dance or two?

With a dos-a-dos and a howdy do.

Let’s make our county the mecca of the east,

Why we could even have a zoo with some wild beasts.

Let’s show the world where Ararat’s at,

And bluestone in its natural habitat.

Let’s not worry about politicians,

Statisticians or even morticians.

Let’s do the things that we do best,

And let the Lord take care of the rest.

Yeah, we could do it if we pool our resources,

Work together like them Clydesdale Horses.

It ain't as hard as it may seem,

Shucks, my alarm went off...

It was all a dream.

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From the Desk of the D.A.
By District Attorney Jason J. Legg

When a judge sentences a defendant, there are many factors that must be considered in determining an appropriate sentence. Moreover, the mechanisms of sentencing vary greatly between each state and between the states and the federal system. Defendants rarely protest their innocence; rather, defendants generally complain to appellate courts about the harshness of their sentence. Appellate courts are filled with cases involving sentencing challenges. While the vast majority of sentencing appeals fail, we occasionally hear or read that an appellate court has reduced a sentence and we are left with a feeling of bewilderment. Sometimes, appellate courts leave the sentencing judges feeling the same way.

Recently, in St. Louis, a woman was convicted for prostituting her 9-year old daughter to a pedophile to sexually abuse. The woman would hold her child down while the pedophile abused her, and she threatened to beat the child if she did not cooperate with the pedophile’s commands. The pedophile paid the mother $20 per visit, and authorities determined that the mother had rented her 9-year old daughter out to the pedophile on more than 200 occasions. The pedophile pled guilty and was sentenced to 15 years in federal prison.

The mother refused to enter a plea, and a jury convicted her of conspiring with the pedophile to sexually abuse her daughter. District Judge Charles Shaw initially sentenced the mother to 17 ½ years in prison, which was in the lower end of the federal guideline range for the offense. In the course of the sentencing, Judge Shaw seemed to indicate that he could not sentence the mother to a lesser period of incarceration because of the sentencing guidelines. The mother appealed, and the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals reversed the sentence. The Court of Appeals noted that Judge Shaw could have departed from the guidelines and imposed a lesser sentence if Judge Shaw determined that there were appropriate mitigating factors that warranted a lesser sentence than provided under the sentencing guidelines. The case was remanded to Judge Shaw for his reconsideration of his initial sentence.

After being reversed and instructed to reconsider his sentence, Judge Shaw reduced the sentence to 10 years, and justified the departure from the sentencing guidelines by noting the mother’s mental health problems, drug addiction, and her efforts to rehabilitate herself while incarcerated. After the second sentence, the government appealed to the appellate court contending that the sentence was too lenient and that Judge Shaw’s reliance upon the mitigating factors was improper.

On the second appeal, the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals agreed with the government, and again reversed the sentence. This time, the Court of Appeals criticized Judge Shaw for failing to recognize the horrific nature of the mother’s conduct, and that he had inappropriately reduced the initial sentence. The Court of Appeals also questioned the proportionality of her 10-year sentence as compared to the 15-year sentence that the pedophile received.

Are you confused yet? You can bet that Judge Shaw is thoroughly confused. In his first sentence, he followed the guideline recommendations, but noted that there were mitigating factors that would have made him consider a lesser sentence. An appellate court then reversed his sentence, told him that he was not bound by the guidelines, and instructed him that he was free to consider any mitigating factors he deemed appropriate. After receiving this instruction, Judge Shaw then acted in accordance with the appellate dictate and ultimately imposed a lesser sentence. After Judge Shaw followed the appellate instructions during the second sentencing, the appellate court then reprimanded him for failing to recognize the horrific nature of the crime, and that the mitigating factors lacked sufficient weight to justify a lesser sentence. If you are an appellate court, it seems you can have your cake and eat it too.

Please submit any questions, concerns, or comments to Susquehanna County District Attorney’s Office, P.O. Box 218, Montrose, Pennsylvania 18801 or at

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The Healthy Geezer
By Fred Cicetti

Q. I’m 68 and my teeth are yellow. I’m thinking of getting them whitened. Is it worth it?

Whitening processes are effective. Based on clinical studies, 96 percent of patients with common stains experience some lightening effect.

But, be forewarned that whitening has to be repeated periodically if you want to maintain a sparkling smile. Whiteness can start to fade in a month.

The least expensive option is a bleaching system you buy over the counter and use at home yourself. These systems cost from $10 to about $150. A home-bleaching system that your dentist supervises runs from $300 to $600. Getting your teeth done in a dentist’s office usually costs between $600 and $1,200.

In addition to these options, you can get your teeth whitened with bonded resins and porcelain veneers. Bonding a composite resin onto the teeth can change its color. This procedure usually can be done in one office visit for $300-$700 per tooth. Porcelain veneers can be bonded onto stained teeth to whiten them. Veneers require at least two office visits and cost $700 to $1,200 per tooth.

There are also “whitening” toothpastes. These toothpastes don’t change the shade of your teeth, but help prevent stains from sticking to your teeth. Whitening toothpastes can be used to help preserve the results of a whitening procedure.

The most common reasons for yellow teeth are: Aging. As we age, we accumulate surface stains. Also, the insides of our teeth yellow and can be seen through the outer enamel as it gradually becomes thinner over time. Tobacco that is smoked or chewed. Beverages such as coffee, tea, red wine and dark-colored soda. Foods such as blueberries, tomato sauce, curry and soy sauce.

You can also have stains within a tooth. These can be caused by too much fluoride or certain antibiotics during tooth development. These stains are harder to treat than surface stains.

How should you proceed? I recommend seeing your dentist first. Don’t go to the drugstore and start putting chemicals on your teeth without professional advice. Then choose the technique that is appropriate for you. Here are more details about your choices:

There are several types of products available for use at home, which can either be dispensed by your dentist or purchased over-the-counter.

OTC products include clear, peroxide-based gels you apply with a small brush. And there are almost invisible strips coated with a peroxide-based whitening gel that you place on your teeth.

The most popular option is doing the whitening at home under your dentist’s supervision. You get trays molded to your teeth. These hold a peroxide whitening agent. The trays are usually made in one office visit. Then you wear the trays at home. Some products are used for about twice a day for two weeks, and others are intended for overnight use for one to two weeks.

Products used at home usually are not as strong as those used in a dentist’s office.

In the dentist’s office, whitening can take between 30 and 90 minutes and can require up to three appointments. Or, whitening may involve two to six visits of about 45 minutes each.

With in-office bleaching, the whitening product is applied directly to the teeth. These products can be used in combination with heat, a special light, or a laser to accelerate the whitening.

Any cavities must be treated first, because the whitener can penetrate decay and cause sensitivity. Whitening will not work on exposed tooth roots, because roots do not have an enamel layer. Receding gums – an age-related problem – can cause roots to become exposed. Whitening also does not work on crowns or veneers.

Regular whitening may not improve the appearance of a tooth that has had root-canal treatment. A dentist can employ a special treatment to whiten the tooth from the inside.

If you have a question, please write to

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Straight From Starrucca
By Danielle Williams

The Valentine’s Day Storm gave its first significant amount of snowfall this winter, as it did most areas. I was extremely pleased to see the white, fluffy snow cover the ground beginning on Tuesday night. I was especially thrilled when my sister, Cindy, and I got to enjoy our wonderful days off from school. This has been one of the biggest snowstorms to hit this area since 2002. Starrucca finally looks like the winter wonderland we all love.

Over on the other side of the hill, Roger and Barbara Glover are having their grandchildren, Connor and Ethan Knox, over for the weekend. Barbara said that she doesn’t get to enjoy the company of her grandchildren very often, so this will be a wonderful weekend for her and her family.

My grandmother, Gale Williams, traveled down to Florida this week with her two sisters, Naomi Getter and Joyce Medlar, to see their brother, Larry Medlar. Roger Getter also joined them on the trip to Florida. Gale, being a winter lover, was sad to miss the snowfall here in her hometown.

I hope everyone will enjoy this glorious white snow as much as I will.


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