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Howard and Audrey Updyke, Meshoppen, ranked as ninth largest in registering the most Angus beef cattle in Pennsylvania, having recorded 59 head of Angus with the American Angus Association® during fiscal year 2007, which ended September 30, according to John Crouch, executive vice president of the American Angus Association.
Angus breeders across the nation in 2007 registered 347,755 head of Angus cattle. “The year-end statistics indicate a strong demand for Angus genetics in commercial herds as producers continue to focus on end-product quality and its effect on their bottom line,” Crouch said.
The American Angus Association, headquartered in Saint Joseph, Missouri, was founded in 1883. It is the largest beef registry association in the world in terms of both annual registrations and active members.
The Mt View Garden Club met Wednesday, October 10 at the Clifford Township Fire Hall. Guest speaker was Lee Nelson, teacher and consultant in horticulture in the Binghamton area. Ms. Nelson presented a slide program and explained how to keep gardens looking good all year long. The meeting was well attended by members and guests, and all enjoyed the program. A brief meeting and election of officers followed.
The November meeting will be held at the Clifford Fire Hall on Wednesday, the 14th at 7 p.m. Gladys Bennett, from the Montrose Garden Club, will give a Christmas arrangement demonstration. Members and guests are invited to attend. For more information, e-mail email@example.com or call 222-3591.
Well, they are putting new sidewalks up here. It is messy now, but will be nice when it’s all done. Right now they are tearing the circle apart so there is more room around it. It is about done, and it looks really nice.
We saw the homecoming parade. It was rainy and cold, but the kids did real well. We also came inside our dining room and had a great seat to see the bonfire. It brings back memories of when our own kids were all doing these things.
A group of us took our monthly excursion to South New Milford Church to listen to the Soulfire concert. It was great, and a nice bunch of people there.
I took care of my great-grandson, Lyman for an hour today. He was a very good boy and he visited a few tenants up here. He is eight months old.
Well, you know we can have one pet up here. I have a parolett. It is a miniature parrot named Bob. He got out of his cage and under my entertainment center. I tried to get him out, but couldn’t reach him. I called Marion; we still couldn’t get him. I called Rena; we still couldn’t get him. My son-in-law, Frank came over and lifted one end and out comes Bob, so I grabbed him and he bit me. He’s really very ungrateful, don’t you think? But we still love him. He’s back in his cage.
We had a basket-weaver come up to teach us how to make a basket out of willow. We got it started today. It seems easy, the way she showed us. I hope it is.
Our dance troupe went to SNF and put on a show for the guests up there. They had a good turnout and a great time.
We had our council meeting. We got old and new business all settled. We will be having a pancake supper, also a soup and sandwich supper. These are different suppers that we all enjoy.
The dining room volunteers are learning to do a lot of different things. It is interesting how it has to run. So far we are all doing okay.
Some of us went to a concert at the school. It was called Relevant, from Birchardville Baptist Church. There is a lot of talent there, and they gave us good messages.
That’s it for now, see you next month.
Planning and preparation phases for the Endless Mountains Health Systems’ Campaign to Build A New Healthcare Facility for Susquehanna County are now complete. Key to that planning was the recruitment and establishment of a Campaign Executive Committee. That committee had its second meeting on Monday, October 8, and will meet again every three weeks throughout the campaign.
At that meeting, Campaign Chairperson Chris Caterson announced that a total of $515,371 has already been subscribed from advance pledges from the EMHS Board members, medical staff, employees, and several lead gifts. He expressed special appreciation for the medical staff and employee pledges. Five key physicians have pledged a total of $120,000 toward the new building, and the hospital and clinic employees have already pledged $65,567from 91 pledges and donations.
The board members have each been asked for personal gifts to the campaign. All of them serve without pay as volunteer leaders for EMHS, and they have adopted this campaign and supported it with their own personal pledge commitments as well. Volunteering for the board gifts committee have been EMHS Board Chair, Ray Wilmarth, Jr.; Vice Chair, Allyn Hinds; Board Secretary-Treasurer, Chris Caterson, plus Endless Mountains Medical Care Foundation Board Chair, Laurence Kelly, Esq., and former Medical Care Foundation Board Chair, Thomas Pascoe, DMD. To date, $230,250 has been pledged personally from several EMHS board members and former board members.
Two key lead gift commitments total $75,000, and the Lead Gifts Committee, chaired by Jack Ord, is seeking at least eight more pledges, asking $50,000-plus each over a five-year pledge period. This fall also, the Major Gifts Committee and Major Business Gifts Committee will both seek pledge commitments of $10,000 or more – which equals $2,000 or more per year each – from another 50 to 75 key local donors and major area businesses.
The Community Campaign for the EMHS Campaign to Build a New Healthcare Facility is planned for January through March, 2008, following the completion of the Lead Gifts, Major Gifts and Major Business Gifts pledges being sought before the end of 2007. Caterson says he hopes the campaign will be able to top the $1 million mark by the end of 2007 so that the Community Campaign gifts can then take it over the top early in 2008.
After broadcasting at 1250 on the dial for 54 years, WPEL-AM, Montrose, will soon move to a new spot on the dial, 800 MHz.
The change will not affect WPEL's 57,000 watt regional FM station at 96.5 on the dial.
Known to listeners in Susquehanna County as AM 1250, WPEL-AM broadcasts southern gospel music from 6:00 a.m. to sunset seven days a week. Although it will become known as AM 800, the format will remain the same, according to AM 1250 Program Director James Baker.
The Federal Communications Commission approved the AM station's move from 1250 to 800 in August. The change will improve the station's signal and outreach when it is implemented later this month following the installation of a new AM transmitter.
WPEL has offered listeners separate programming on its AM and FM stations since 2002. While the AM station primarily serves Susquehanna County, the FM signal reaches listeners in 16 counties of Northeastern Pennsylvania and New York's Southern Tier.
Baker says announcements will be made on AM 1250 about the exact date of the change so that listeners will know when to tune to 800 instead of 1250 to hear the AM station.
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