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Sea Scout Ship 90 Bridge Of Honor
Century Farm Enters Ag Easement Program
Barns Wanted!
Waiting For You!
Carolyn Warner Receives Community Service Award
OASIS Program Kicks Off
Turnpike Senior Center Update

Sea Scout Ship 90 Bridge Of Honor
By Ron  Hall, Commodore

At the call of the boson pipe and the sound of the bugle, the 64th Bridge of Honor of Sea Scout Ship North Star, New Milford, PA got underway! It took place in the newly refurbished Sea Scout Hall. The Sea Scouts worked for seven days, refinishing the cedar floor and walls, putting up new blinds and curtains, and the land ship repainted and improved.

Pictured (l-r) is the crew of Sea Scout Ship 90, North Star: standing – Chairman Doug Redfern, Skipper Chuck Jaget, Commodore Ron Hall, Sea Scouts Heather Neary, Tiffany Spencer, Kyle Collins, Austin Chludzinski, David Navickas, Boson Dan Gall, Second Mate Helen Reed; seated – Sea Scouts Christian Chludzinski, Tim Gall, T.J. Gall, Josh Warner, Brittany Birtch, Trinity Spencer, Mike Spencer, First Mate Marvin VanCott.

With a crew of 20 Sea Scouts and 11 adult officers, many Sea Scout ratings and awards were presented by First Mate Marvin VanCott and Second Mate Helen Reed. Notable advancement in Sea Scout ranks were Apprentice Seaman Rank to Brittany Birtch and Tiffany Spencer, Ordinary Seaman Rank to Christian Chludzinski and Austin Chludzinski, and Able Seaman to Ben Fisher, Dan Gall and Tim Gall, presented by Skipper Chuck Jaget.

Commodore Ron Hall was piped aboard (a 50-year veteran of Sea Scouting) and presented the Northeast Regional Commodore’s Award and the National Standard Ship Award for a very active and excellent Sea Scout program to the officers and crew of Sea Scout Ship North Star. The Sea Scouts have earned the National Standard Ship Award every year since 1970 and display four stars on the ship’s ensign (flag), and all wear special insignia on their dress blues and whites to note this high award.

Commodore Hall recognized our new committee chairman of the ship’s committee, Mr. Doug Redfern of Kirkwood, NY by presenting him his badge of office. Doug is an eight-year veteran of the US Navy and an officer in the US Power Squadron. Outgoing Chairman Don Johnson was named Chairman Emeritus by a special certificate from Susquenango Council, BSA and Sea Scout Ship North Star. Don has served over 35 years as Committee Chairman for Ship 90.

The prestigious Skipper’s Key was then presented by Commodore Hall to Skipper Chuck Jaget of Ship 90. Chuck Jaget has served as an officer with the Sea Scouts in New Milford since 1999 and as skipper the last three years, and is the officer most responsible for Sea Scout Ship 90’s very successful continued operation for young men and women between 14 and 20 who are interested in boating and seamanship. Ship 90 begins their 65th year in 2008.

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Century Farm Enters Ag Easement Program

The Pennsylvania Agricultural Land Preservation Easement Purchase Program of Susquehanna County, which is administered by the Susquehanna County Conservation District (SCCD), has purchased the development rights on the James and Sherolyn Hawk farm located in Auburn Township. A perpetual easement placed on this property helps preserve the rural nature of the township and contributes to maintaining a critical mass of agricultural land in the area. The Hawk farm is the 24th farm easement purchased in Susquehanna County, bringing the total acres preserved to 5,212.

Pictured (l-r) are: standing – Raymond Davis, County Solicitor; Eleanor Kurosky, Ag Preservation Board; Jim Garner, Susquehanna County Conservation District Manager; seated – Sherolyn Hawk; James Hawk.

The original Hawk farm was established in 1864 and is a documented Century Farm. The farm is still active today, being used for hay production and pasturing beef.

An agricultural conservation easement is a legal restriction on land development that limits the use of land to agricultural purposes. The application period runs from November 15 through January 15 each year. Applications are ranked according to soil quality, development potential, farmland potential, and clustering potential. The highest ranking farm is considered for purchase first. The farm is then appraised to determine the easement value.

For more information contact: Marlene Bailey at 570-278-1011 Ext. 101.

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Barns Wanted!
By Jennifer L. Swain

Do you have an historic or unique barn? We are celebrating barns and looking for barns to include in a survey and other upcoming projects.

The Northern Tier Cultural Alliance (NTCA) is celebrating "2008: The Year of the Barn" in our region. It is our hope that residents and visitors alike will take time to appreciate the unique and varied architecture that surrounds us on local farms. Farm architecture can help us understand the lives of families who lived and worked in those buildings in the past as well as those who are doing so today.

The first phase of our Year of the Barn project is an inventory of regional barns. We have developed a comprehensive survey form and are now seeking public participation. If you have a barn and would be willing to complete a form, download a form from the Projects & Programs Overview section of our website at, contact, or Ruth Tonachel, Program Specialist at (570) 268-4093 to obtain a copy. If you are interested in volunteering to conduct surveys, call or email Ruth at While we don't expect to document every single barn in the Northern Tier, we would like to include as many as possible, particularly the most historic and/or unique ones.

Information collected will be archived with NTCA in Bradford County and also added to other statewide inventories of historic barns if not already included. A variety of architectural types of barns will be selected for inclusion in a self-guided driving tour brochure. Participation in the survey does not commit one to being on the tour – no one will be included without their permission.

In addition to the driving tour, NTCA will be producing a DVD that features interviews with farm families, photos of barns, history and folklore relating to Northern Tier agriculture and film of two barn dances to be held in 2008 in Potter and Bradford Counties. These items – the tour and the DVD – are designed to help both visitors and residents understand the role of farming in Northern Tier life and culture. In addition to the barns, we will be seeking out old-time musicians for the DVD.

Academic interpreters for this project include Dr. Sally McMurry, Penn State University Professor of History and Head of Department of History and Program in Religious Studies and Abby Werlock, Associate Professor of American Literature Emerita, St. Olaf College. Former PA State Representative, Sheila Miller, is also an advisor to the project.

For further information, contact the Northern Tier Cultural Alliance at (570) 265-7455 or

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Waiting For You!

This is "Noel". She is a Shih Tzu mix. She is very friendly and sweet and loves to be held and petted. She does need some work with her house-breaking. Noel was part of a rescue and is looking for a good home to be a part of.

To see Noel stop by the Susquehanna County Humane Society, 278-1228.

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Carolyn Warner Receives Community Service Award

Carolyn Warner, Montrose, was chosen by the Montrose Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution to receive recognition for her outstanding achievements in community service. The Community Service Award was presented to her at the December 13 chapter meeting, saluting her as a person who should be recognized for the quiet and humble work she does for the community.

Pictured (l-r) at the DAR Community Service Award presentation are: Beverly Fraser, Nan Baker, Carolyn Warner.

Mrs. Warner’s service to the community includes involvement with her church, providing religious counseling to families in crisis and families with members in hospice, daily visits to personal care homes, private homes and hospitals, visiting the elderly and shut-ins, organizing fundraising events for area children, volunteering at the annual Blueberry Festival, volunteering at the polls every election day, providing clothes, food and presents to the needy at Christmas as a “Secret Santa.” Mrs. Warner also works as a volunteer with Youth Advocacy, serves on the drug and alcohol boards of two counties, on the Child Death Review Board, the Bishop’s Ecumenism Board, and Safe Kids.

Carolyn and her husband, Brooks have been married 57 years. They have three children, Joann, Edward and Alan, and five grandsons. She is a member of Holy Name of Mary Parish and serves as Lector, Extra Order Minister and Sacristan. She graduated from Keystone College in 1983 as an outstanding Weekend Graduate. In 1985 she graduated from Wilkes College with a BS in Sociology, Psychology, and received her masters degree in 1985 from the University of Scranton. She was named the 1992 BPW Woman of the Year, received the Dale Carnegie Reporting Award in 1995, and in 1999 received the Eckard Solute to Women.

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OASIS Program Kicks Off
Submitted By Amy Steinberg

The United Way of Susquehanna County is pleased to introduce a new program for high school students in grades 7-12. The program – OASIS, stands for Opportunities After School Increase Success and will begin its year-round course in January with over 15 students from area schools.

Debi Dissinger, Executive Vice President and Rick Lochen, President and CEO of Peoples National Bank were pleased to present a generous donation to United Way’s OASIS Program on behalf of the bank.

The United Way is constantly looking for new and interesting ways to support the community and its residents. It was brought to their attention that there was a need in Susquehanna County currently not being met. After much planning and consideration, the United Way, in collaboration with TREHAB and the Penn State Cooperative Extension, decided to start their very own program. The OASIS program is designed to motivate and educate youth by building life and leadership skills which will benefit them now and in their future endeavors. It will balance skill building activities and leisure projects as well as community service events to provide an overall successful learning experience.

The staff at United Way is very excited and passionate about the new OASIS program. The program will help students become more confident and attain the life and social skills needed to become successful college students and citizens of the community. Ruth Donnelly, Executive Director of the United Way said, “This program is a perfect fit for the United Way because it gets to the root of some the most predominant problems in our county and will have a huge impact in the students’ future and on the next generation. I believe this course will allow these kids a better chance to attend college, help reduce violence, and through their success they can make a difference to others around them.”

Many others in Susquehanna County share the United Way’s passion for OASIS. Many people have provided funds to sponsor a child to attend the OASIS program this year. Peoples National Bank has been very generous and has provided funding in the amount of $2,500 to support students attending this program. The cost per student for the one-year course is $500, but the cost to the student is absolutely free. The United Way of Susquehanna County will be funding this program and has been actively seeking donations for OASIS; many people have responded generously. The United Way and students attending this program would benefit greatly from additional support. You many send donations to the United Way of Susquehanna County, 6 Locust Street Montrose, PA 18801. Please mark OASIS on your donation.

The OASIS program is currently offered after school at three locations: Blue Ridge, Elk Lake and Susquehanna Community School Districts. Teachers, guidance counselors and school administrators have been very supportive of this program and have been sending many referrals of students that would benefit from this course. Although the program is offered in these three schools, any high school student is welcome to participate. Openings are still available in all locations. To recommend a student for OASIS, contact Roselyn Hibbard at TREHAB by calling (570) 278-5229 or for questions about donations, contact Ruth Donnelly at United Way, (570) 278-3868.

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Turnpike Senior Center Update
By Mary Heesh

We are in our holiday seasons. We had the Senior Center Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday a week before the holiday. We all have a lot to be thankful for.

We put up all the Christmas decorations after Thanksgiving. It looks so pretty and festive when it is all done.

We had another door decorating contest for everyone up here who signs up for it.

Happy Birthday to all the birthday babies up here.

Everyone is home from the hospital. Keep well, everyone.

We made crafts for the Christmas tree lighting. We will do our other crafts soon.

I spent the holiday with my family in Johnson City and Apalachin. Had a really nice time. I took Bob the parrot along with me, he liked all the treats and attention he got.

Marsha was busy getting the Christmas decorations out for the community room. She decorates for each holiday and season.

Our domino games are still going on, also bingo. We had a 50/50 raffle going on. It went to the benefit for the Walker family at the Lanesboro Community Hall. It was really nice to see so many people come out to help the family. There was tons of food and so many donated items for the Chinese auction. Good luck to the Walker family.

It’s looking a lot like Christmas up here. The hall trees are up, and in the dining room it’s all decorated.

We had the Lanesboro Senior Center’s volunteer Christmas party at the Lanesboro Community Center. We had great food that Ellen Kelly made for us, we also had the band Just Us and they were a fun band. Thanks to everyone who donated or helped in any way, and thank you to Regina for having the Community Hall decorated so pretty.

Kay was here for Peppi exercise. We also had our regular walking program, we have that on each weekday.

We had our Senior Center Christmas dinner on Thursday. We also picked our 50/50 winner – it was Diana Cook of Lanesboro.

Our decorated door winners were picked; ground floor – Ellie Esposito; first floor – Mary Heesh; second floor – Ellen Kelley. Congratulations to everyone.

Our hearts go out to Agnes Roy on the loss of her daughter, Becky.

We all got a gift from our office people, thank you.

See you next month!

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