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Mmmm... chocolate. All of those mouthwatering chocolate cookies and cakes at the Harford Fair this year looked and tasted delicious. Our own hometown master chefs created tempting creations and were competing in Hershey’s Cocoa Classic baking contest at the 150th Harford Fair.
Hometown bakers outdid themselves this year with their sumptuous chocolate creations. This year’s Hershey’s Cocoa Classic cake contest winner is Mary Carite, from Peckville, PA, with her New Orleans Double Chocolate Cake.
Not to be outdone by the decadent cakes, the contest featured equally tantalizing cookies, brownies and bars. This contest was strictly for the young at heart, showcasing the talents of competitors between the ages of 8 and 18. The head chef in this baking arena was Chelsey Saam from Thompson, PA, with the winning recipe of Mint Chocolate Brownies.
Once again, 4-H brought the Kiddy Tractor Pull to the Harford Fair. About 90 young contestants, ages 4 through 10, participated. Enthusiastic children pulled as parents and other spectators cheered them on. Children from all across Susquehanna County took part in the pull, as well as children from neighboring counties and even other states.
Four-year old Emory Bewley is happy to show off her first place trophy in the girls’ division of the Kiddy Tractor Pull.
Tractors were donated to Watrous Corners 4-H. Tractors were altered for pulling and the weight sled built by 4-H leader Doug Puzo of Montrose.
Abbey Puzo, Susquehanna County Dairy Princess and Dairy Ambassador Alicia Roe were on hand to present awards and hand the kids coupons for a free glass of milk and an ice cream cone.
In the junior division, the four-year old first place winners were Emory Bewley and Kyle Spoor; five-year old winners were Tosha Shay and Brandon Butler; six-year old winners were Maggie Kowalewski and Wyatt Everitt; Allison Decker and Nickolas Hendrickson were winners in the seven-year old division. In the senior division, the eight-year old first place winners were Audrey Shay and RJ Arnold; nine-year old winners were Darci Warner and Hunter Watkins; 10-year old winners were Mackenzie Jones and Stephen Jesse.
The Watrous Corners 4-H Club did a terrific job presenting the Kiddy Tractor Pull event. The Harford Fair is a great fair for everyone, and the Kiddy Tractor Pull is an excellent event for kids to take part in while attending the fair.
The cheers and applause heard from the spectators indicated this event was once again well received. Look for the event to continue at the Harford Fair next year.
At the Harford Fair, Alex Bonavita from the Elk Lake area captured the “Best of Show” award with his Animal Dress-Up Contest entry of his dairy calf dressed as a load of hay being pulled by Alex in a John Deere Tractor costume. The Susquehanna County Dairy Princess, Abbey Puzo, her Dairy Maid Mariah Tompkins, Harford Fair Queen Lennae Riedsema and alternate Jessica Craige made the decision to award the Best of Show to Alex. Alex is a member of the Born to Show 4-H Dairy Club.
Pictured (l-r) gathered around Alex Bonavita are Harford Fair Queen Lennea Riedsema, Cherie Bonavita, Mariah Tompkins, Jessica Craige and Abbey Puzo.
Other entries included Katie Drake and her bunny dressed as cowboys. Macie Karhnak and Brianna Smarkusky dressed themselves and their goats ready to go trick-or-treating. Haley Hemmerly and her lamb were ready for a sleepover in their PJ’s. Ashli Quick, Allison Kiefer, Emma Loch and Kaitlyn Depew all dressed up their calves for the contest.
The Animal Dress-up Contest is always fun for folks to watch as the participants dress-up their cow, horse, lamb, goat, chicken, rabbit or whatever animals they choose to enter in the contest. Next year we will once again look forward to the creativity of the entries.
There has been a line dancing class at the Turnpike Senior Center on Tuesdays at 1:00 p.m. for the last three years. As the class teacher, I thought that having a little show for the seniors would show them how much fun they were having and how easy it was to learn the dances, then maybe more seniors would join in.
Pictured (l-r) afe members of the Line Dancing Class at Turnpike Terrace Senior Center: Elaine Kaiser, teacher; Vicki Swanson, Marie Curtiss, Marsha Testa, Mary Diaz, Judy Nelson, Bud Kaiser.
On August 21, the dance class, Elaine Kaiser, Marsha Testa, Vicki Swanson, Mary Diaz, Judy Nelson, Marie Curtis and Bud Kaiser, put on a mini show. There were about 50 seniors that attended. When we finished the four dances in the show and served refreshments, one of the seniors asked what we were doing after the intermission. I told her that we were finished with the dances that we had rehearsed. She was disappointed, as many of the seniors were unable to dance, but were still able to keep time to the music while sitting down. So, instead of ending the show, we decided to do our regular dance class for them, which they really enjoyed, watching us have fun.
You still have time to join us for some of that fun, as I will be teaching for the next five or six weeks. It’s free, and the only requirement is that you’re 62 years or older.
The Susquehanna Borough Park & Recreation Committee, with the support of the borough council, is proud to announce some improvements at the Reddon Sports Complex. This year, three new picnic tables and another barbecue grill were added to the pavilion area. The big news is that the Park & Rec. Committee, with help from the Barnes-Kasson Hospital Maintenance Dept., Susquehanna Borough Streets Dept., Tri-Boro Municipal Authority, Tim Tompkins, Alec Mazikewich and Joe Cameron installed new playground equipment for older children, called a Dual Beam Kid Koaster, pictured above. The committee has seen a busy year, providing a safe and fun park for hundreds of area youth involved in Little League, girls’ softball, and now youth soccer league. The park has also been used for several family parties and birthday parties throughout the summer.
The Susquehanna County Conservation District has available two no-till seeders for the planting of Fall cover crops. The cover crop protects bare soil from erosion during the winter months by establishing a root network and vegetative cover that holds soil in place.
Resource Conservationist John Benscoter measures the growth of a no-till rye cover crop just two weeks after planting.
The Cover Crop also adds organic matter to the soil matrix. Organic matter helps improve fertility by enhancing the natural soil ecology; providing food for earthworms, fungi, and other beneficial soil organisms such as the nitrogen-fixing bacteria. These soil organisms render soil components into forms available for uptake by plants and preserve the excess fertility in the non-leaching form of structural organic matter. The process of nutrient cycling is the defining difference between fertile topsoil and infertile subsoil.
Tilling releases valuable carbon from the soil into the atmosphere. The specialized No-till equipment plants directly into the soil without the need for tillage. A cover crop is especially useful for the protection of bare soil left after harvesting corn. The organic matter left on the field shields the soil from erosion as mulch and provides food for beneficial soil organisms, especially earthworms. The cover crop can be harvested in the spring, tilled into the soil, or killed chemically or mechanically before the next planting.
Winter rye grain is a cold season plant that will grow early in the spring, locking even more carbon and nutrients into the soil. Winter rye not only provides further erosion protection in the spring but can also be harvested. Oats can be planted to obtain added fertility and erosion protection throughout the cold season, but will not grow back in the spring. Some farmers prefer planting oats instead of rye because rye often grows quickly in the spring and can be more difficult to remove from wetter fields without causing soil compaction.
The District’s no-till seeders are available for rent in a cost share program in conjunction with the Chesapeake Bay Program. The District will pay $10 per acre out of the $12.50 per acre cost of renting one of the no-till seeders to plant fall cover crops on at least eight acres of land. Contact No-till Technician, Bill Zick, 278-4600 ext. 282 or the Conservation District office, 278-4600 ext. 280 for information.
The eighth annual Dairy Showmanship Contest was held at the 150th Harford Fair. Participants’ showmanship skills were judged in five different age divisions by (4-H) Chris Schuler from Lawton. Chris was the Senior Champion Master Exhibitor at the recently held Susquehanna County 4-H Dairy Round-up, and this earned him the opportunity to judge the showmanship contest at the fair. The bleachers were full as the contestants began showing off their dairy showmanship skills.
Pictured (l-r) are Dairy Showmanship winners in the under eight division: Jamie Supanik, Ethan Mack, Mariah Tompkins.
People taking part in the Showmanship Contest included current and former 4-H dairy project members from Susquehanna and neighboring counties, as well as first-time participants. The contest is open to anyone attending the fair. The Harford Fair Queen and her alternate, Lennae Reidsema and Jessica Craige were coached by the 2006 Harford Fair Queen, Amanda Miner just minutes before the contest. Both Lennae and Jessica showed their calves like pros.
The first three placings in the 8 years and under division were Mariah Tompkins, Montrose; Ethan Mack, Kingsley; and Jamie Supanik, Harford. Evan Castrogiovanni of Montrose was the winner in the 9 to 12 year old division, followed by Kaitlyn Depew from Elk Lake, and Trevor Tompkins of Montrose. The first place winner in the 13 to 15 year old division was Morgan Williams of Montrose; second place was Ryan Depew, Elk Lake; third place was Bryan Castrogiovanni, Montrose. The 16 to 21 year old division was won by Abby Onyon, New Milford, followed by Michael Greenwood, Montrose and Nate Oleniacz of Montrose. Winner in the over 21 division was Stacy Rezykowski, formerly from Dimock, followed by Denise Pease, Jackson, and Dan Puzo, Montrose.
Look for this contest to continue at the Harford Fair again next year.
One of the highlights of Sea Scout Ship 90 this summer was their four-day, white water (rapids) canoe trip on the Delaware River from Hancock, NY to Matamoras, PA, a distance of 75 miles. Sixteen Sea Scouts and officers survived the rapids and the treacherous canoe-tipping rocks again this year. This was Ship 90’s 23rd run on the Delaware River, the first being in 1973.
Pictured are the Sea Scouts of Ship 90 departing Hancock, NY, after launching their canoes.
Attending from Sea Scout Ship 90 were Sea Scouts Josh Neary, Heather Neary, Dan Gall, Tim Gall, T.J. Gall, Austin Chludzinski, Christian Chludzinski, Mike Spencer, Josh Warner, Dave Navickas, Jorden Clapper, Ben Fisher, Skipper Chuck Jaget, First Mate Marvin VanCott, Second Mate Helen Reed, and Commodore Ron Hall. All earned Ship 90’s Delaware River patch, and Boatswain Mate Dan Gall and Crew Leader Ben Fisher have been promoted to Able Seaman rank.
Other highlights of Ship 90 this summer have been sailing at Whitney Pont Reservoir, NY, canoeing the Susquehanna River, four days as guests of Sea Scout Ship Eagle in Lewis, Delaware, to sail Delaware Bay on their 43-foot sloop, and a Sea Scout picnic, volleyball and swimming at Commodore Ron Hall’ home before five of our Sea Scouts left for college.
The 150th Harford Fair celebration has come and gone but memories, photos, and conversation will live on for years to come for thousands of fair-goers. The work of the twelve directors, the office staff, the planning committee and volumes of volunteers made for an event which was truly a once-in-a-lifetime happening in Susquehanna County. The theme of the celebration, “Where Traditions Come Alive” was certainly fulfilled as people enjoyed the tractor pull, horse pull, rodeo, demolition derby, demonstrations, food, animals, rides, exhibits and old friends.
New traditions which were a part of this year’s celebration were the five-panel permanent mural, the on-the-fairgrounds parades, the old fashioned contests, the crowd pleasing magician, the cultural heritage storyteller, and the variety of commemorative items. Throughout the area since May, people had been attempting to collect five wooden nickels so they could get a free ice cream cone at the Harford Fair Ice Cream Stand. Refrigerators everywhere are now sporting the magnet with the dates of the next five fairs and anyone who was on the fairgrounds on Monday evening at 7:00 p.m. will never forget the huge birthday cake, the singing of Happy Birthday with the Lenoxville Band and then the sharing of 1,000 pieces of the cake.
Some of the commemorative items can still be purchased at the fair office at special prices. Tee-shirts, pins, mugs and postcards are still available, however, some of the very popular items such as the blankets, hats and fleece jackets quickly sold out. The beautiful one-day passes were specially designed and anyone wishing to have some as a souvenir can pick them up at the office at no cost. Call 434-4300 for office hours.
The old-fashioned contests on Monday afternoon proved to be a very entertaining free event in the main arena and by the sounds of talk since the fair, they may become new traditions at Harford Fair. The winners in each of the age categories in the Women’s Skillet Throwing Contest were Michelle Conklin, Joy Seamans, Peggy Maynard and Joan Root, with Michelle Conklin throwing the longest distance in the “throw-off.” The Hay Bale Throwing Contest winners were Harry Gardner, Matt Cottrell and Richard Klim, with the grand champion being Harry Gardner. The winning team in the Wheelbarrow Race was Nancy and Brian Tyler. Jessica Calderone was the first place winner when she retrieved the $20.00 bill at the top of the greased pole, and Andrew Tyler placed second. Abigail Roe and Spencer Craige tied for first place when they blew the first bubble in the Watermelon Eating Contest. Each of the winners received a specially designed tee-shirt with their name and the event they won silk screened on the shirts.
The Monday and Wednesday parades took spectators back in time as they applauded along the route within the fairgrounds. Selecting the winners of the parades in special categories were judges Faye Blachek, Anne Davenport, and Chuck Latwinski. The float best depicting the parade theme “Celebrating 150 Years of Traditions” was won by the Lenoxville Community Band on Monday and Old Mill Village on Wednesday. Lynn Hollis Adams sported the best heritage costume on Monday and the Civil War Sons of the Union Veterans on Wednesday. The Victorian High Wheelers were the best street entertainers on Monday and unicyclist Brandon Russell won on Wednesday. On Monday, Frank Little Bear and the Red Vision Troup was voted best performing group and the Windwood Hill Dance Academy from Hallstead took that award on Wednesday. The best vehicles other than a float were Benedict’s 1953 Farmall Super H Tractor on Monday and the 1943 1/4 Tone 4X4 Jeep owned by Robert Sokol on Wednesday. Each of the winning entries received $75.00 prize money.
Those groups who participated both days in the parade had an opportunity to win one of three grand prizes and $100.00 each. The Prudence Clark Award, which was the best entry depicting fair history, went to the Lenoxville Community Band. The Harford Fair Directors’ Award, the most entertaining unit in the parade, went to Frank Little Bear and the Red Vision Dance Troupe. Charles Benedict’s 1953 Farmall Super H Tractor won the “Moooooving” Award for the best unit representing local agriculture.
The 150th Harford Fair Celebration certainly proved to be a fun-filled community event where traditions came alive and will be talked about for a long time throughout the northeast. Plans are already underway for the 151st fair, which will be August 18-23, 2008.
The United Way of Susquehanna County is gearing up for its 2007–2008 annual campaign. Last year, United Way met its goal of $250,000 and supported 19 agencies throughout Susquehanna County. This year’s goal is set at $300,000 and they, again, will be supporting 19 agencies who provide assistance to Susquehanna County residents.
In order to meet this goal, the United Way is excited to announce prize incentives for this year’s campaign, which runs from September to November. For anyone who gives $2 a week ($104.00) or more during the campaign, they will be eligible for entry to win one of these great prizes: 2007 Pontiac G5 from MotorWorld; mobile, wireless ready laptop from GBM; $750 in free gas from Pump ‘n’ Pantry; shopping spree at Wegman's; dinner for 20 at Mambo Italiano; Mohegan Sun getaway package.
The United Way makes it easy to give. They offer custom billing to your home, direct debit from your Visa or Mastercard, and offer payroll deduction where available. Cash and checks of any size are always welcome. If you have questions or would like to make a donation, please contact the United Way of Susquehanna County, 36 Lake Avenue, Montrose PA 18801. Phone (570) 278-3868.
This is Buddy. He is a male Collie and Blue Heeler mix. He has medium length, black fur with brown on his legs. He is a little shy at first but, when he is familiar with you he is very loving and playful. He is housebroken and does have some training. He has lived with cats and other dogs.
To see Buddy stop by the Susquehanna County Humane Society, 278-1228.
Harford Fair is pleased to announce the winners of this year’s baking contests. In the Hershey “Greatest Cocoa Cake” contest, the winner was Mary Carite, from Peckville, PA, with her New Orleans Double Chocolate Cake. This cake also won the top bid at the fair’s annual pie and cake auction. The Hershey “Greatest Cookie/Brownie/Bar Contest, open only to youth ages 8 to 18, was won by Chelsey Saam, of Thompson, PA. Chelsey’s entry was Mint Chocolate Brownies.
The fair also held its annual Blue Ribbon Apple Pie Contest. The judges choose from the first prize winners in the Traditional and Non-Traditional Categories. This year’s winner was Beverly Vauter, from Forest City, PA.
The Fourth Annual Angel Food Cake contest, sponsored by PEQAP (Pennsylvania Egg Quality Assurance Program) was won by Kay Gow, Lenoxville, PA.
All contest winners are eligible to compete at the 2008 Pennsylvania State Farm Show in January.
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