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Magistrate Janicelli Recertified
4-H State Horse Show Winners
Harvest of the Arts Festival A Success
CART Members Attend Mock Disaster Event
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Magistrate Janicelli Recertified

Magisterial District Judge Peter M. Janicelli was again certified for service as a member of Pennsylvania's Unified Judicial System after successful completion recently of continuing legal education course work. Conducted by the Minor Judiciary Education Board (MJEB) and the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts (AOPC), the educational facility for magisterial district judges is held in Harrisburg.

The week-long instructional program is designed to ensure that magisterial district judges remain current in a variety of legal topics and management techniques required to fairly adjudicate cases and effectively supervise a district court office. Included in this year’s curriculum are updates on Civil and Criminal Law and the Motor Vehicle Code Updates; information pertaining to Ethics, Ethical Implications for Personal Health, Magisterial District Judge (MDJS) Computer System, Public Access, Litigation Procedures, Game Law and Dog Law Updates, Rules of Evidence, Oversize/Overweight Vehicles and Special Hauling Permits, Procedure Audits, Search and Seizure, Board of Pardons Overview, Drug Recognition Expert Evaluation Program, and Right to Know Law.

Continuing education course work is required by statute of each of the more than 500 Pennsylvania magisterial district judges, with approximately 50 magisterial district judges attending one of 13 such classes at some time during each year.

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4-H State Horse Show Winners

Congratulations to Susquehanna County 4-Her’s who competed at the State 4-H Horseshow in Harrisburg October 12-14.

Kelli Agler of Oakland recently participated in the PA State 4-H Horse Show in Harrisburg, October 12-14. Kelli’s horse, “She’s Just Impressive,” won first place in the Registered Paint Two-Year-Old Filly division.

Local winners were as follows.

Devin Abbott and A Classic Reign placed fourth in Hunter Type Horse Yearling Filly.

Kelli Agler and She’s Just Impressive placed first in Paint Two-Year-Old Filly, and Bound to Be placed seventh in English Pleasure Pairs.

Alexis DeLousia and Gema Moon Princess placed third in Saddle Seat Equitation Junior and ninth in Saddle Seat Pleasure Ponies.

Sondra Fallon and Agape placed fourth in Stock Type Horse Filly of The Year.

Amber Johnson and Mai Tai placed seventh in English Pleasure Pairs.

Ashlee Lattner and Tass Oily Sun placed fifth in Pole Bending Horses.

Nathan Moyer and Unzipped and Exposed placed fifth in Western Pleasure Three-Year-Old Futurity and sixth in Western Pleasure Ponies.

Meghan Polcha and A Dream Come True placed eighth in Working Hunter Horses.

If you are interested in joining 4-H or becoming an adult 4-H volunteer leader, call 278-1158 to find out how.

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Harvest of the Arts Festival A Success
Submitted By Alice Deutsch, Chairman

Beautiful weather, great music, terrific food, accommodating vendors, interesting animals, outstanding crafts, fantastic art displays and delightful people were some of the comments that were heard during our “Harvest of the Arts” festival in Susquehanna Depot on Saturday, October 6.

Pictured (l-r) with some of the items donated to the “Harvest of the Arts” Fine Arts & Crafts Auction are: Gwen Chianese, Mary Jane Reddon, Margaret Biegert, County Commissioner Roberta Kelly, Carol Jackson, Kay Pacifici.

Mother Nature put forth a colorful arts display of her own, as visitors and locals enjoyed Susquehanna County, viewing the works of the artisans who live and work here and in nearby communities.

There was something for everyone to enjoy as they traveled from the Main Street, with the Youth Art Show, children’s luncheon, live music by street musicians, to the fire hall with crafters and outside food vendors, a farmers’ market, along with interesting animals from the petting zoo to the Zoomobile, pony rides and llamas. There were demonstrations by chainsaw artists, as they cut logs into works of art. The Fine Arts & Crafts Exhibit at the historic Starrucca House showcased an assortment of works that we were proud to display.

Sunday, October 7 was the highlight of the “Harvest of the Arts” with the Fine Arts & Craft Reception and Auction, as Jerry Pennay used his skills as a well-known auctioneer to work the crowd and obtain the best price for the works that were offered. Artisans who donated work to the auction received 50%, and 50% to a fund to promote the arts in Susquehanna County. Successful bidders were thrilled with their newly purchased artistic works and are looking forward to next year.

Yes, there will be a next year!

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CART Members Attend Mock Disaster Event
By Mark Wood, County EMA Coordinator

Three members of the Susquehanna County Animal Response Team (CART), Gordon Clark, Heidi Nikolaidis, and Nick Nikolaidis, recently attended a Mock Disaster Event which was sponsored by the SUN CART (Snyder, Union and Northumberland Counties). The event ran from October 12 through the 14th, and was a 24-hour operation. Training classes in such areas as Water Rescue Awareness, EARS Basic Sheltering, Lost/Missing Dog Rescue ran concurrent with a mock flooding situation. During the exercise, a temporary sheltering system was installed, a corral system was mobilized, and rescue operations were initiated. This was a great hands-on training situation for the CART members.

The Susquehanna CART was started after the passage of the Pets Evacuation and Transportation Standards, also known as the PETS Act, in late 2006. The PETS Act mandates that any county or state filing for aid through PEMA (The Federal Emergency Management Agency) must provide information on how they will accommodate service for animals and household pets. We are an all-volunteer disaster preparedness group that is activated upon the orders of the county’s Emergency Management Agency. We are in need of volunteers, who have experience with large and small animals. There are also promotional opportunities and administrative duties for volunteers who would like to help in other areas.

November starts the first of several information sessions being offered regarding disasters. The best way to be prepared for any disaster is to be informed. The more knowledge a person has concerning an emergency situation, the better able a person can be to make a sound decision to protect his/her family and animals. Become knowledgeable and know what to do when disaster strikes. This class will be on November 15 at the below location at 7:00 p.m. Registration is necessary to attend, call 278-6396.

Anyone who is interested in attending our next monthly meeting, which is scheduled for Friday, November 9 at 7:00 p.m. in the Susquehanna County Extension Office, located at 31 Public Avenue, Montrose, PA. Contact 289-4402 for additional information.

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Waiting For You!

This is "Jack." He is an eight-month old Jack Russell Terrier. He has short, tri-colored fur. He needs some refresher training on his housebreaking. He is very energetic and playful. His very good with kids and other dogs. To see Jack, stop by the Susquehanna County Humane Society, 278-1228.

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