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Susquehanna County is the home of many family-owned and operated dairy farms; Sweet Peas, Holsteins and Jerseys is one of those family farms in Susquehanna County. Lloyd and Denise Pease, along with their son, Matt work fulltime on their family dairy farm. Matt’s fiancé, Aubrey Wood, Lloyd and Denise’s daughter, Heather, and Heather’s fiancé, Adam Soden help on the farm in their free time. Both Aubrey and Heather are fulltime college students. Aubrey attends Marywood University, and Heather attends Wilkes University. Both girls are studying nursing. Heather’s fiancé, Adam is a safety engineer at the Berwick nuclear power plant.
Pictured (l-r) are Lloyd Pease, Agriculture Secretary Dennis Wolff, Denise Pease.
The Pease family has been farming for a total of twenty three years. Fourteen of those years have been at their new facility located in Jackson, PA. Their farm consists of twenty four excellent cows, thirty very good cows and nine good-plus cows. The herd average for the Holsteins is 28,700 pounds of milk with 4.0% butterfat, and the jerseys average 25,000 pounds of milk with 5.2% butterfat. The Pease family uses bulls that are extreme type, plus for components and from good cow families.
“We concentrate on trying to develop quality cattle that possess high type, high production, high components, longevity and deep pedigrees. We also try to provide top management for the cattle; as a result we often have surplus cattle for sale. Last but not least, we try to keep the farm attractive to portray a positive image for the dairy industry," say Lloyd and Denise Pease.
Recently the Pease family hosted the Holstein Club’s summer barn meeting. At the meeting Secretary Dennis Wolff from the Department of Agriculture spoke about the changes in the dairy industry. Secretary Wolff commented, “The quality and the beauty of the farm is a direct reflection of the dedication the Pease family has for the dairy industry.”
At the barn meeting, as Susquehanna County Dairy Princess I reminded everyone of the impact every dairy cow has on the economy in Pennsylvania. More than milk comes from Pennsylvania’s dairy operations. The annual economic impact on the local economy of just one dairy cow is $13,737. When you reach for a refreshing drink of milk, it’s not only a healthy choice; it’s a show of support for dairy farm families. May I remind you to be sure to have your 3-A-Day of Dairy every day?
The Arrows and Clays 4-H Club recently held their second and final organizational meeting. Their next meeting was scheduled as the Arrows and Clays Fun Day on August 11, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. All members were reminded to bring a covered dish to pass, completed project, including books, and equipment to shoot.
The club also decided to decorate a float for the parade in Lawton on August 1. The club will decorate the float in "4-H colors," green and white, and title it "4-H Opportunities." This will show the many things 4-H has to offer.
The upcoming youth field day was discussed as well. This event will be held on September 22, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Harford Fairgrounds. This event is open to all girls and boys ages 8-16. This includes many events such as shooting, hunting, fishing, trapping, archery, and wildlife. The registration paper must be postmarked by September 7.
News Reporter: Callie Curley
The fourth annual Susquehanna “Hometown Days” held July 13 and 14 was a huge success! Record numbers of visitors and neighbors joined the Susquehanna community to celebrate Hometown Days. The event kicked off Friday night with a parade and continued through Saturday night with children’s games, live entertainment, great food, bingo, a fishing derby, games of chance and fireworks. SCDA President, Chet Walker said the events committee has done a great job once again and noted that the celebration gets bigger every year.
The Antiques Dealers Association of Susquehanna County held an impromptu auction this July 4, on the “Green” in Montrose. Several of the association’s shops donated items for the auction. All proceeds were donated to the library in Montrose, designated for children’s programs.
Pictured (l-r) during presentation of the donation to the Montrose Library by the Antique Dealers’ Association of Susquehanna County are: Sue Stone, Library Director; Fran Lyman, Children’s Librarian; Deb McNamee, Deb Johnson and Carol Masters from the Antiques Association.
Auctioned items included a handmade wooden bench, an antique bird cage, a walnut picture frame, a kerosene lamp, a crock, an antique pumpkin seed seeder and a yarn winder. Thrilled winners were Barbara Hawley, Jill Quigley, Jerry Gere, Jim Hawley and David Shanter.
As “Jay Gatsby” and “Daisy Buchanan” look on at the Susquehanna Branch Library, County Commissioner Roberta Kelly receives the special tee-shirt of Susquehanna County’s Big Read. The countywide read of The Great Gatsby will begin on September 8, launching two months of activities in local venues. Those interested in participating may contact the Susquehanna Literacy Program at 278-9027 or the Montrose Library at 278-1881. Pictured (l-r) at the Susquehanna Branch Library are: Amelia Paterno, Librarian; Fr. Charles Cesaretti, St. Paul’s, Montrose; Commissioner Kelly; Susan Stone, Susquehanna County Library’s Administrator/Librarian.
Jay and Cathy Harter, Susquehanna, PA, are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Laura Frances Harter to Matthew Robert Samson of Hallstead, PA.
LAURA and MATTHEW
Miss Harter graduated from Blue Ridge High School and went on to Keystone College to receive an Associate Degree in Fine Art. She then graduated from Moore College of Art and Design, Philadelphia, PA, with a B.F.A. in Textile Design. She is a Sales Associate at Mealey’s Furniture in Bensalem, PA.
Mr. Samson, son of Sue and Fred Mullen of Appomattox, VA and the late Michael Samson of Hallstead, graduated from Blue Ridge High School. He is a Staff Sgt. in the United States Air Force specialized in Aircraft Maintenance. He is currently stationed at Fort McGuire Air Force Base, New Jersey.
The wedding will be held August 30, 2008 at the New Milford Methodist Church.
The couple will reside in Bucks County, PA.
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