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More than 150 people celebrated “Week of the Young Child” Saturday, April 28 by participating in the CARES Young Children’s Fair. Susquehanna County CARES (Childcare, Agencies, Resources and Educational Services) teamed up with Forest City Regional Elementary School to offer the free event. Several organizations involved with the care and education of children filled the gymnasium of the school.
Young and old participated in everything from headband making to tossing a ball sky-high by using a parachute. The special fair geared toward youngsters up to the age of eight and their parents also featured Mother Goose story time, song time and other craft projects. The Masons provided free child identification kits and the Pennsylvania State Police checked child safety seats.
Parents enjoyed the opportunity to learn about quality childcare from various early learning practitioners who are also a part of Pennsylvania’s quality education initiative Keystone STARS. Studies show children who receive a quality start before the age of 5 have a greater chance of success later in life.
The Young Children’s Fair would not have been possible without the help of several volunteers and donations from businesses and organizations such as the Forest City Commercial Association. All have helped CARES fulfill Pennsylvania’s Promise for Children, because every child is Pennsylvania’s future.
Snowy weather didn’t dampen the spirits of the hardy group who attended the annual Drug & Alcohol Recognition Luncheon held at the Montrose Bible Conference Tea Room on April 16. The event, sponsored by the Susquehanna County Drug & Alcohol Commission and coordinated by the TREHAB Center Prevention Program, honors the schools, students and staff who have supported TREHAB in the provision of prevention services to all six county school districts.
Representing the county Drug & Alcohol Commission and TREHAB, Robin Kaminski-Waldowski, left, and Roselyn Hibbard, right, present a certificate to Benjamin Hibbard of the staff at Susquehanna Community Schools for that district’s participation in D&A Prevention programs.
At the luncheon, winners from several school districts received poster contest awards, and certificates of appreciation were awarded to the school districts on hand to attend the event, including Blue Ridge, Mountain View, and Susquehanna Community. Because of the bad weather and school closings that day, the other participating school districts were not represented, but were presented with certificates at a later date.
Drug and Alcohol Commission staffers, headed by Jim Martin and Robin Kaminsky-Waldowski, were on hand, along with several board members. Representing TREHAB was Executive Director Dennis Phelps. Prevention Director Roselyn Hibbard introduced the TREHAB Drug & Alcohol staff, including prevention specialists Michelle Sterner and Leonor Maston. Also in attendance to offer her thanks for the efforts of both the Commission and the TREHAB Center was Susquehanna County Commissioner Roberta Kelly.
Ms. Hibbard also presented a “Look What You Did!” list enumerating cooperative efforts by the TREHAB Prevention Program and the school districts over a seven-month period. These included: elementary classroom presentations (640), support group sessions (15), placemat and bookmark contest (448 entries), alcohol awareness poster contest (130 entries), Student Assistance Programs helping 331 students, anti-tobacco assemblies, and end-of-day programs.
The Endless Mountains Visitors Bureau 2007 Spring-Summer Calendar of Events brochure is now available.
The calendar covers events held April through September. It includes a wide range of community events such as holiday happenings, suppers, arts and crafts shows, and fairs and festivals in the Endless Mountains Region of Pennsylvania. The calendar is available at the Endless Mountains Visitors Bureau office in Tunkhannock, and at area businesses that are members of the visitors bureau. A complete listing of events can also be found on the visitors bureau website, www.endlessmountains.org.
The Endless Mountains Visitors Bureau is the designated tourism promotion agency for Bradford, Sullivan, Susquehanna and Wyoming counties. The bureau promotes the region as a whole, concentrating its efforts outside the four-county region to draw potential visitors into the area for a memorable vacation, while at the same time, boosting the local economy.
To receive a copy of the calendar or the 2007 Endless Mountains Visitors Guide, contact the bureau at 1-800-769-8999 or (570) 836-5431.
Since the beginning of 2007, the Hallstead-Great Bend Lions Club has been actively involved in our community with special projects.
In February, we sponsored the Caring Café at the United Methodist Community Church in Great Bend. The Lions purchased, cooked and served dinner for 218 individuals.
The annual Lions Club Easter Egg Hunt was held April 7. The Lions Club cooked and dyed 1800 donated eggs for the event. Children up to 11 years of age are divided into three different groups and allowed to hunt for Easter eggs at our athletic field. Each child is also given assorted Easter candy after the event. If any of the eggs collected are marked with one of the following, “L,” “S” or “Lions,” a special Easter item is given to that child, including all the eggs that they had collected.
Also in April, the club held a chicken barbecue and sold 250 chicken dinners. Our Adopt a Highway program was also completed.
In the coming months, the club will be presenting the Sam Whaite Memorial Award to a graduating senior at Blue Ridge High School, and assist in sponsoring two Blue Ridge High School students on a missionary trip to Africa. Also included in our activities are supporting autism awareness in Susquehanna County, hearing and eye care, and the memorial at the Pennsylvania Welcome Center for our fallen soldiers from our area that fought in Iraq, for they should be remembered and not forgotten.
If anyone is interested in any of our projects, becoming a member, or would like information about the Hallstead-Great Bend Lions Club, contact Vic Arnold, 879–2219 or Pete Dubik, 879-4729.
The Pennsylvania Association of Retired State Employees (PARSE), Endless Mountains, Chapter 15, which includes the counties of Bradford, Sullivan and Susquehanna, had their first meeting of the year 2007 on April 10 at the Methodist Church, Fairdale.
Past President Alton Arnold announced that Regional Vice President Clara Smith retired in December, 2006. The new regional vice president is Thomas O’Neill of Shenandoah.
The guest speaker for the meeting was Jason Legg, Susquehanna County District Attorney. He said he was running for reelection unopposed and cited many successful programs which were initiated during his term of office.
The next PARSE meeting will be held on May 8 at the Zion Lutheran Church, Dushore. All Pennsylvania state retirees are invited to attend the meetings. Membership in the organization enables the retiree to be aware of all benefits to which he or she is entitled, and to learn of legislation that could affect their benefits. To join PARSE, contact Helen Benio, 278–2380.
To make reservations for the May meeting and/or to learn more about the association, contact Susquehanna County Vice President John Benio, 278–2380.
Sea Scout Ship 90, North Star will be setting off on a two-week sailing adventure, July 8 to July 21, cruising around Chesapeake Bay, to the Atlantic Ocean into Delaware Bay, through the Chesapeake and Delaware channel, and back into the upper Chesapeake Bay, aboard the 46-foot ketch, “der PeLiKan,” a Sea Scout training vessel owned by the Friends of Sea Scouting, Maryland.
Sea Scout Ship 90, North Star will set sail on the 46-foot ketch, “der PeLiKan” in July.
We will tour numerous museums and other points of interest. Ship 90 Sea Scouts will operate the ketch, sailing, navigating, galley duty and planning the itinerary. We will sail both day and night to reach our next day’s port or anchorage. Working on Ordinary, Able and Quartermaster Sea Scout ratings, this is the long cruise to be on this summer.
This is the fourth time Ship 90 has sailed on the “der PeLiKan,” but the first time for two weeks. Officers from Ship 90 will be Skipper Chuck Jaget, Second Mate Helen Reed, and Captain Steve Nichols of the “der PeLiKan.”
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