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The Countryside Conservancy announced the winners of its 2007 Stewardship Awards at a ceremony on March 28 at Keystone College. Ten property owners in our region were recognized as outstanding stewards of their farms, homes, businesses and lands at this year’s awards.
The majority of the Working Farm awards went to Susquehanna County farms: Gary and Shary Skoloff for Skoloff Valley Organic Farm in Stevens Point, Reuben and Beth Everitt for Everitt’s Vue Dairy Farm in Silver Lake, and Eliza and Peter Comly for Clodhopper Farm in Springville. Brad and Lori Bilinsky of Greenfield were also honored for their Painted Acres horse farm.
John and Barbara Wilkerson were recognized for outstanding stewardship of their residential property in Silver Lake, as were Judy and Ed Adams of Fleetville, and Jean and Dan Pope of Tunkhannock.
The Summerhouse Grill restaurant in Montrose captured a “Special Use” award for its emphasis on sustainability and support of local farmers; other Special Use winners were the Waverly Country Club for its protection of green space, and the Lake Carey Cottagers Association in Wyoming County for its environmental work.
All award winners received certificates of appreciation and a one-year membership in the Conservancy. Jo-Ellen Greene and Susan Scranton Dawson were co-chairs of this year’s Stewardship Award Committee; committee members were Lydia Coulter, Jim Garner, Margaret Hull, Ernie Keller, Gerald Kenjorski, Mary Rhodes, Joanne Smith and Ed Zygmunt.
The Stewardship Awards were instituted 11 years ago to express the Conservancy's appreciation for the efforts of good stewards of the land. The Countryside Conservancy conserves lands and water in and near the Tunkhannock Creek watershed for the public benefit now, and for the future. It is part of its mission to recognize and thank land owners and stewards who maintain their properties with respect for the land's conservation and cultural values and thereby bring pleasure to the public.
Elizabeth A Trowbridge, Meshoppen, is a new junior member of the American Angus Association, reports John Crouch, executive vice president of the national organization with headquarters in Saint Joseph, Missouri.
Junior members of the Association are eligible to register cattle in the American Angus Association, participate in programs conducted by the National Junior Angus Association and take part in Association sponsored shows and other national and regional events.
The American Angus Association is the largest beef registry association in the world, with more than 34,000 active adult and junior members.
The Susquehanna County Conservation District (SCCD) hosted its annual Contractor Workshop March 20 at the Montrose Bible conference. Breakfast was served to over 80 contractors and vendors. Following breakfast the workshop was held in the main conference room where vendors displayed their wares and programs.
District Manager, Jim Garner, started off with a slide presentation summarizing the variety of successful programs the Conservation District provides. The Susquehanna Conservation District is currently celebrating its 60th anniversary.
Following Jim’s introduction, Carl Deluca of the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) spoke about the Chapter 105 Program, which regulates Waters of the Commonwealth such as wetlands, streams, and bodies of water. DEP Water Pollution Biologist, Pete Kawash provided information concerning Emergency Permitting related to the recent flood events occurring in NE PA in 2006.
After a break in which attendees were able to interact with vendors and network with agencies and other contractors, Rob Parker, Watershed Specialist for Bradford County Conservation District, gave a presentation on Environmentally Sensitive Stream Maintenance. Rob provided several educational graphics and explained many aspects of stream morphology such as the physical characteristics leading to the movement of different size particles in the stream. Slight variations in slope or width can create enough force to move sediment, gravel, or large rock causing bank erosion and the formation of gravel bars.
Jennifer Morelli and Willie Keeney, Program Specialists for the SCCD, discussed their responsibilities for responding to complaints under the District’s delegation agreement with DEP. In 2006 the District responded to over fifty complaints related to the Chapter 102 (Erosion and Sediment Control) and Chapter 105 Programs. The workshop concluded with door prizes being given out, thanks to the gracious donations of several vendors.
The Four Seasons 4-H Club met at Farm House Ceramics on March 26.
The 4-Her's arrived and selected their projects, and Mary Retner, ceramics teacher, helped them get started. The group held a 4-H meeting while working on their ceramic projects.
The group will be going to the Hallstead Game Lands in May for an orienteering project. Game Commissioner Donald Burchell will assist 4-Hers in this event. The meeting ended with the understanding that the 4-Her's would be responsible for coming back to complete their projects.
News Reporter: Emily Carter
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