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Waiting For You!
County ARC Chapter Board Recognized
4-Hers Go To Dairy Camp
Susky Continues Main St. Project
Pennstar Donates To Blueberry Festival
Marc Schimsky Wins Best In Show Award

Waiting For You!

This is Goldie.  She is a one-year old Lab mix.  She is a gold color with medium length fur.  She has lived with other dogs and cats.  She is very playful.  She is housebroken.  To see Goldie stop by the Susquehanna County Humane Society, 278-1228.

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County ARC Chapter Board Recognized

The Susquehanna County Chapter of the American Red Cross proudly announced that all 15 members of its Board of Directors made financial donations in support of the chapter’s annual Board Giving Campaign, demonstrating the board’s commitment to the lifesaving work the Red Cross performs in Susquehanna County every day. The Susquehanna County Chapter received recognition from Red Cross national headquarters for achieving 100 percent board giving, with donations totaling over $2,500.00.

Donations to the Susquehanna County Chapter ensure that the organization is ready to answer the call – whether it is for lifesaving health and safety training, disaster relief assistance, such as the assistance provided in the wake of the June, ‘06 floods, or community programs, such as Together We Prepare, that help the community prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies.

“The American Red Cross is an organization that people, including our neighbors, friends, and families trust,” said Wayne Hibbard, First Vice Chair of the Board of Directors for the Susquehanna County Chapter. “This valued organization is certainly something I believe in, and I am very pleased that my fellow board members share the same sentiment as demonstrated through their generosity. I would also like to thank my other fellow donors in this community, and around the nation, for also supporting the Red Cross mission. Our gifts will provide help and hope to people during their time of need.”

This Annual Board Giving Program began in 2001, with the number of participating chapters and funds raised increasing each year. The Board of Directors of the Susquehanna County Chapter included for fiscal year 2006-2007: Cathy Benedict, Lance Benedict, Pete Butler, Lyn Coleman, Francis Flynn, Phillipa Follert, Dorothy Hibbard, Wayne Hibbard, Thomas Kurosky, Jason Legg, Cheryl Myers, Sue O’Brien, Jerry Rogowski, Gloria Teel and MaryAnn Warren.

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4-Hers Go To Dairy Camp
Submitted By Michelle Kowalewski

The Susquehanna County 4-H Dairy Leaders and Penn State Cooperative Extension in Susquehanna County recently organized a two-day, overnight camp for sixty 4-H dairy club members from Susquehanna and Wyoming Counties at the Harford Fairgrounds. Dairy Camp is a longtime tradition here in Susquehanna County for 4-H members to learn a variety of topics relating to their 4-H dairy projects and to have a little fun, too!

Sixty 4-Hers from Susquehanna and Wyoming Counties attended the annual Susquehanna County 4-H Dairy Camp held at the Harford Fairgrounds.

The sixty 4-H members were divided into teams, all named after breeds of cows – Holsteins, Guernseys, Ayrshires, Red & Whites, Jerseys, and Brown Swiss. Senior 4-H members Morgan Williams-Clark, Eric Giangrieco, Mike Greenwood, Tom Greenwood, Casey Gorick, Amanda Hirkey, Katie Klim, Ricky Klim, Amos Lyon, Amanda Miner, Nate Oleniacz, Abbey Puzo, Chelsey Samm, and Chris Schuler served as team captains to keep 4-Hers organized and to help the camp run smoothly.

4-H members, leaders, and parents had the opportunity to attend a variety of educational workshops on Friday morning to kick off Dairy Camp. The six workshops included Project Animal Selection by Owen Bewley, Susquehanna; Dairy Showmanship presented by Roger Sherwood, Meshoppen; Dairy Fitting lead by Josh Harvatine, Thompson; Large Animal First Aid presented by Dr. Dave Wolfgang, University Park; Dairy Jeopardy by Abbey Puzo, Montrose; and Dairy Farming Around The World conducted by Abby Onyon, New Milford. Friday afternoon the 4-Hers worked with their partners selecting, training, and clipping a dairy heifer for the mock showmanship and fitting contest held on Saturday morning. 4-H members practiced the 4-H slogan, “Learning by Doing” while working hands-on with a dairy heifer to develop their showmanship and fitting skills under the guidance of older members, adults, and leaders who attended the camp. The animals were graciously provided by 4-H dairy leaders Joe and Sandy Pavelski.

Other activities held during Dairy Camp included a Dairy Skill-A-Thon, Dairy Quiz Bowl Challenge, Dairy Ethics, games and relays, and an ice cream social hosted by Abbey Puzo, the 2007-08 Susquehanna County Dairy Princess and the Susquehanna County Dairy Promotion Committee.

On Saturday morning, members had the opportunity to show off their talents in the mock showmanship and fitting contest. The showmanship contest was judged by Cathy Bewley of Susquehanna, and the fitting contest was judged by Steve Pavelski of Greenfield Twp.

Dairy Camp is one of the many 4-H activities offered in Susquehanna County. For more information about the 4-H program in Susquehanna County, contact Penn State Cooperative Extension at 278-1158.

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Susky Continues Main St. Project

The Borough of Susquehanna will soon see enhancements taking place on West Main Street. The Susquehanna County Housing/Redevelopment Authority has secured over $415,000 in funding from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation‘s Hometown Streets/Safe Route to Schools grant program and the Department of Community and Economic Development’s Elm Street Residential Reinvestment Program to complete new sidewalks along Depot Street, West Main Street, and Center Lane. In addition, $25,000 in funding was secured from the Northeastern Pennsylvania Urban & Community Forestry Program for the planting of new trees along West Main Street upon completion of the sidewalk work.

Pictured (l-r) on Depot St. in Susquehanna Boro are: top row – Susquehanna Mayor Denise Reddon, Main St. Manager Ann Stewart, Bill Johnson – Leeward Construction; front row – Lynn Conrad – Forestry Program, Karen Allen – Executive Director Susquehanna Housing & Redevelopment, Roberta Kelly – Susquehanna County Commissioner.

The sidewalk project has been awarded to Leeward Construction of Honesdale. Leeward is expected to begin construction the last week of July. The construction is expected to take sixty days complete. ES Beautz Architects has designed the sidewalk project. Questions about the project can be directed to the Susquehanna County Housing/Redevelopment Authority at 278–4096.

This project, in conjunction with a host of other improvement projects taking place under the direction of the SCDA, Trehab, and the Borough will improve the quality of life for residents of the Borough of Susquehanna Depot.

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Pennstar Donates To Blueberry Festival

Pictured above, Pennstar Bank Senior Vice President, Michael Duricko recently presented a check in the amount of $1,500.00 to Sue Stone, Executive Director of the Susquehanna County Library and Historical Society as a donation to their Annual Blueberry Festival.

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Marc Schimsky Wins Best In Show Award

The Regional Juried Art Exhibition hosted by the Roberson Museum and Science Center opened on Saturday evening, July 14 with a gala reception for artists, members and guests. The Roberson extended an invitation to artists working in all media (except video) who lived within a 100-mile radius of Binghamton to submit their work for consideration. Internationally acclaimed realist, Philip Pearlstein juried entries submitted by over 500 artists from throughout our region and chose 140 works by 99 artists to be displayed at the museum. Marc Schimsky, an artist who lives and works in Montrose, PA, was the recipient of the "Best-In-Show" award for his two large oil paintings entitled "Red Dress" and "Waiting For An Answer."

The Regional Juried Art Exhibition consisting of paintings, drawings, photographs, prints and sculpture will be on display in the Sears Harkness Gallery of the Museum from July 14 to September 16. Information is available at

Marc Schimsky's works can be viewed at his studio on Columbus Day Weekend as part of the annual Susquehanna County Artists' Open House Tour, October 6, 7 and 8.

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