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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

HALLSTEAD: The Mitchell House is being enlarged by the addition of 25 sleeping rooms, with bath and toilet room in connection. The hotel will then number some 50 sleeping rooms.

MONTROSE: The Montrose Athletics play two games with Great Bend here on the Fourth, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. The home team has been strengthened by the return of the Shafer brothers and Strous, and the local nine may be expected to put up a lively time for the strong visiting team. AND: Frank Wilson and Leo Mahon, two practical glasscutters, are preparing to re-open the glass factory. They will start in a small way.

BROOKLYN: B. A. Oakley and Phil Burbank have begun work on A. G. Sterling’s new house on Maple Street which, when completed, will be a great addition to the many beautiful homes on that street.

SUSQUEHANNA: Earnest Plew, 15 years old, whose home is in Oakland, is in the borough lock-up awaiting a hearing upon the charge of stealing a horse. This morning Earnest took a fancy to a horse belonging to David Mayo, of Locust Hill, which was standing hitched in front of Mitchell’s drugstore on Main St. and seating himself in the buggy, started on a pleasure ride, his destination being Comfort pond. Very soon Mr. Mayo missed his horse and a search was commenced with the result that young Plew was captured near Lanesboro by Jack Hennessy.

RUSHVILLE: Rushville holds the honors for coming out with the biggest fish story. It’s a true story, too. But that’s only one of the unusual features. The fish, a huge carp, was caught on Thursday night of last week near Giffin’s mill, in the Wyalusing creek, was 30 inches in length, 19 inches in circumference and weighed 10 lbs, 13 oz. Levi Light, with others, was in a boat spearing, when he succeeded in plunging the spear in the back of the fish. In its struggles it nearly upset the boat, and it was only after a companion jabbed another spear into it that it could be taken from the water. In the carp was found either a 38 or 44-calibre bullet, it being so flattened that it was impossible to determine the exact size, while the wound made had entirely disappeared, showing that the fish had attained a considerable age. There are many carp in the Wyalusing at this point, but this is the largest undoubtedly that has ever been caught in that particular place.

LATHROP TWP.: Considerable interest was manifested Wednesday afternoon in the suit instituted against Wm. Welch, who is alleged to have dynamited the Card pond in Lathrop, thereby killing a large number of fish. The hearing was held in the T. J. Davies’ law office, Game Warden Shoemaker being the prosecutor. The defendant was represented by Attorneys Little and Kelly, while Mr. Davies appeared for the Commonwealth.

LENOX TWP.: There was a quiet wedding at the home of G. N. Bennett at Glenwood on Sunday when Miss Vern Bell became Mrs. Jean L Tower. The happy couple left immediately for the home of the groom’s parents in Philadelphia and will go to housekeeping in Trenton, N.J., July 1. This leaves the bride’s father, G. S. Bell, without a housekeeper, and he will now reside with his daughters at Glenwood.

BEECH GROVE, Auburn Twp.: Thursday was Mrs. Amy Raub’s 80th birthday, and her brother, C. W. Pierson and wife and sister, Mrs. Milton Harris and husband, spent the day with her at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Charles Fuller. It was a very enjoyable day to all, and as they separated it was with best wishes and hoping for many happy returns. Mrs. Raub retains all her faculties and spends her time reading, sewing and doing the things she was accustomed to do in her earlier years. She often walks half a mile to call on friends and always enjoys the visits.

NEW MILFORD: Francis Washington Boyle, aged 83 years, died at his residence in New Milford on Tuesday, June 11. The deceased was born in June, 1825, son of Hon. John Boyle (formerly an associate judge of Susquehanna county) and for a number of years was proprietor of the Eagle Hotel in New Milford. From 1853 to 1861 he was postmaster of his home town, and in 1862 went to Susquehanna, where for four years he was a member of the mercantile firm of Boyle and Barber. He was appointed, under President Johnson, internal revenue collector and served in that capacity for two and a half years. Mr. Boyle resided nearly all his life in New Milford.

FOREST LAKE: The death of P. S. Kane, a well known and highly esteemed citizen of Forest Lake, occurred June 8, 1907, aged 63 years, he having been born on St. Patrick’s day, 1844. He had the distinction of being the tallest man in the county at six and one-half feet tall.

ST. JOSEPH: New memorial windows of beautiful designs have been placed in St. Augustine’s church.

SPRINGVILLE: Jos. H. Kelly, proprietor of the Springville Hotel, has decided to discontinue the livery business, which he has hitherto operated in connection with his hotel, and will make a public sale of all his horses, wagons, sleighs, harness, blankets, &c., on Saturday June 15.

HE BROKE JAIL AGAIN: Walter Brugler has again escaped from the county jail. The wily young fellow got away sometime during the night by affecting an entrance to the jail yard, twisting his bed blankets into a rope, which he threw over the high wall and thus managed to get away. He evidently obtained, in some inexplicable manner, a key which would unlock his cell and gain admission to the cell used for sick inmates. Here he sawed through a bar that had been partially cut at some previous time by another prisoner in a vain attempt to secure liberty. In the yard it would even then take the most daring ingenuity to scale the wall, but in this the shrewd young criminal succeeded and left no clue as to his probable destination. [Brugler is the same one who escaped on the evening of March 31 and a few weeks ago was captured at Poughkeepsie, N.Y.]

NEWS BRIEF: Governor Stuart has signed the bill appropriating $1000 annually to counties in which agricultural fairs are held. Each of the incorporated societies will receive its share of the whole. Susquehanna county has three--Harford, Lawton and Montrose.

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Along the Way...With P. Jay


Walk for Wellness

June 20 is a date you just might want to highlight on your calendar. What’s so special about it? Well, aside from being one day away from the start of summer, it is the day of the “Walk for Wellness.”

From 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. a lot of good people will be walking around tracks at Blue Ridge, Elk Lake and Mountain View school districts. Why? The answer is quite simple. They are raising money for the Endless Mountains Medical Care Foundation.

The inaugural event was held a year ago and raised $5,500 for the Foundation. This year, the Foundation would like to top that figure, so you can see that your help is critical.

And just what does the Foundation do with all this money? A good question deserves a good answer. So we asked Ruth Wilmarth who, along with some other volunteers, was responsible for launching the Walk for Wellness.

“As explained on our Walker Sponsor List,” said Ruth, “we use the money to help advance the variety of services offered at Endless Mountains Health System. We buy equipment for the hospital. When they need something, they come to the Foundation and we give them the money to fulfill the need.”

Not too long ago the Foundation gave EMHS $18,000 for equipment and also contributed $10,000 toward the hospital’s building fund. As you probably know by now, EMHS is planning a new, multi-million dollar facility near the Montrose Area High School in Bridgewater Township.

Besides the highly successful Walk for Wellness last year, the Foundation also sponsored a Dinner-Theatre at The Summit in New Milford. After an auction that raised $3,000, the large crowd was treated to a delicious meal followed by the Endless Mountain Theater Company’s outstanding presentation of “The Gift of the Magi,” based upon a short story by O. Henry. The theatre group may team up with the Foundation later this year and put on another show and dinner. If they do, make it a point to attend. You will not be sorry.

If you would like additional information about the Walk for Wellness, including a Walker Sponsor List, give Ruth Wilmarth a buzz at (570) 289-4226. Not only will you feel good for having done your share, but you just might win yourself a nice prize.

By the way, 2007 marks the tenth anniversary of the Endless Mountains Health Care Systems. We managed to pry the following quotes from Rex Catlin, chief executive officer, who was employed at Montrose General Hospital during its troublesome times and watched the transition from the original hospital to Endless Mountains Health Care Systems.

“We focused our attention and our energy,” said Catlin, “on maintaining the original intent of Montrose General since it first opened its doors in 1956, and that was, preserving the acute care hospital and medical services.

“Part of the objectives for the first 10 years has been the addition of services to meet the needs of the area and its people. The most recent has been the addition of fulltime orthopedic surgery services. This required renovation of an operating room, various pieces of equipment, and expansion in a number of departments. The Endless Mountains Medical Care Foundation played an important financial role in helping us achieve our goal.”

Catlin said in the past 10 years, there have been approximately 10,000 hospital admissions, 35,000 emergency room visits, 330,000 physician visits and thousands upon thousands of laboratory studies, imaging studies and other ancillary studies and services.

“Also during the past decade,” he concluded, “Endless Mountains Health System has moved to digital imaging services, CT, expanded rehabilitation, expanded specialty providers, including orthopedic, cardiology, urology, rheumatology, gynecology and more. We also expanded our emergency room, computerized the pharmacy system, and installed new equipment.”

Those of us who live in Susquehanna County are fortunate to have hospitals such as Endless Mountains Health System and Barnes-Kasson available to us. And, of course, there is always someone waiting in the wings to criticize any time, place or occasion you might care to mention. But don’t sell them short. For every complaint politicians or anyone drums up against them, there are many others who will tell you their son, daughter, cousin or friend would not be alive today had it not been for the medical miracles that take place inside the walls of these facilities.

If you only do one good deed for the balance of this year, make it a contribution to the new hospital being planned by Endless Mountains Medical System. Who knows? The next life they save just might be yours.

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

There are countless ways for an unscrupulous person to take advantage of good, honest, and trusting people. There are so many classic examples: I have a bridge to sell you in Brooklyn, or how about some oceanfront property in Iowa. I often wonder how people are suckered into some of the schemes that seem so obviously fraudulent. There is a common ingredient for any good con – the prospect of making lots of money with little or no effort or financial investment. It sounds too good to be true, but what if it is true? The hope of wealth and fortune proves so difficult to resist for so many people, and the con man uses this hope to weave his web of deception and lies.

Recently, a reader sent me a letter she had received outlining the problems of Mrs. Saara Umar. She lives in Iraq, and her husband had worked at the British embassy in Iraq prior to his death in 2002 after a brief illness. Somehow, during his short life as a diplomat, her husband amassed approximately $15 million in U.S. dollars, which for some reason was held in a finance company in France. Tragically, Mrs. Umar has a terminal illness, she will die childless, and her last desire is to donate this money to a Christian or Muslim organization to fund churches or mosques and to proclaim the word of God. She is trying to find someone to take the $15 million and needs your help. Of course, she is unable to speak to you on the phone, but has provided a telephone and facsimile numbers for contact information. All you need to do is contact the attorney at that number, provide him with the necessary information, and you will become $15 million richer. The letter is filled with prayers and faithful messages, and concludes with the message that, “Until I hear from you my dreams will rest squarely on your shoulders, may the Almighty God continue to guide and protect you.”

Why would a stranger contact you, out of the blue, and offer you $15 million for simply making a telephone call and providing a little information to an attorney? The answer is clear: to steal from you if you are foolish enough to call and provide your personal information. The example listed above is typical of the schemes that are popping up everywhere. People have dropped off similar letters purporting to be from various foreign countries – and they all contend that there is some small problem that needs assistance from which a fortune could be made. We turn the letters over to the FBI, but I doubt that they ever make much progress tracking down the offenders in foreign countries.

Technology has advanced to a stage that the con man can access millions of targets with relative ease and without expense. The internet and email services provide a ready means to allow for mass solicitation of potential con targets, and also provides an easy mechanism to be fed the target’s vital personal information immediately. We have received email notes where an alleged credit card company or bank is having a problem with an account and requests the customer to simply provide some personal information to clear up the problem. For the customer’s ease, there is a link provided which the customer can access via the Internet to provide the information quickly and easily. Once the con man has the personal information, the only limit for them is the extent of your credit history and the credit card limits they receive under your name.

I believe it was P.T. Barnum who said that a sucker is born every minute. This is not a very politically correct assessment of the great ability of the human heart to believe and trust, and our corresponding susceptibility to fall for the good con. The bottom line is simple: you need to be very careful with your personal and private information to avoid becoming the next fish on the con man’s hook.

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. My husband is getting a drinker’s nose. He reminds me of W.C. Fields. But my husband doesn’t really drink more than an occasional beer. I don’t get it.

W.C. Fields, the vaudevillian and comedic actor in early films, was known to hoist more than an occasional beer. But, Fields got his red, bumpy nose from rosacea, not alcohol. Former President Bill Clinton has rosacea and so did the late financier J.P. Morgan.

Rosacea (roh-ZAY-shee-uh) is a chronic skin disease that causes redness and swelling. It usually affects the face. It can also strike the scalp, neck, ears, chest and back. You can also get it in your eyes; this condition is called ocular rosacea. The disease can make the eyes look bloodshot.

Rosacea affects about 14 million Americans, and most of them don’t know they have it. According to a Gallup survey, almost 8 in 10 Americans do not know that rosacea exists.

There is no cure for rosacea and science hasn’t found a cause. However, dermatologists can attack the symptoms with medication – both oral and topical – laser surgery and other treatments if the disease is caught early. It may take two months of treatment before skin affected by rosacea looks better.

Some believe that early treatment may reverse the disease. If ignored, rosacea often worsens and becomes difficult to treat. Rosacea may last for years. For most people it tends to get better and then flare up again.

Symptoms usually begin in adults between the ages of 30 and 60. When women with rosacea go through menopause, they may experience additional flushing.

Rosacea often starts with what looks like a blush. Then the disease progresses to red pimples and bumps filled with pus. Tiny blood vessels may become noticeable. The skin on the nose may become thick and red.

Research has debunked the old tale that rosacea is caused by heavy drinking. Alcohol aggravates rosacea but does not cause it. Another myth is that rosacea is “adult acne.” The disease has little to do with the pimples and blackheads of acne.

People with fair skin tend to get rosacea. Women are afflicted more often than men, but men get more severe forms of the disease. Rosacea often runs in families

If you have rosacea, here are some tips to avoid flare-ups:

Shield yourself from the sun and extreme cold .

Abstain from alcohol, if you can. If not, cut down.

When you put anything on your face, do it gently. No scrubbing.

Avoid spicy foods and hot beverages.

Do not use facial products containing alcohol, acids and fragrances. Wash with mild soap.

Avoid overheating. When exercising, make sure it’s in a cool place. And no hot showers or baths.

Don’t get hair spray on your face.

If you have a question, please write to

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Straight From Starrucca
By Danielle Williams

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Veterans’ Corner

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