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75th Wedding Anniversary!
PARSE #15 Update
Visitors Bureau Releases 2008 Visitors Guide
County Library Creates Permanent Endowment

75th Wedding Anniversary!


Dick and Eloise Masters, residents of Kingsley, pictured above, celebrated their 75th wedding anniversary, their “diamond jubilee,” on December 28, 2007. A dinner party was held at the Summit Tea Room in New Milford, and in attendance were the Masters’ five children and their spouses, as well as forty-two grandchildren and great-grandchildren. It was a festive and heartwarming evening, with music and dancing and people rising to speak of happy family memories. Amazingly, Eloise wore the same dress she had worn to her 25th and 50th anniversary parties! Mr. and Mrs. Masters were interviewed prior to the event by WPEL, and the tape was played during dinner. In the interview, the couple talked about their marriage, which took place during the Depression, and about their commitment to each other. Mr. and Mrs. Masters also spoke at the dinner to thank their family for coming from near and far to celebrate with them.

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PARSE #15 Update
By Cynthia Sims, Secy.

The Pennsylvania Association of Retired State Employees (PARSE), Chapter 15 held their last meeting of the year 2007 on December 11 at the Towanda Gun Club. The group was delightfully entertained with Christmas music and memorabilia by Mary Johnston. Mrs. Johnston is a member of Pro Musica, along with PARSE President, Jesse Bacon.

There will be no meetings in January, February and March due to the possibility of inclement weather. The first meeting of year 2008 will be held in April, date and place will be announced later. All retirees are invited to attend the meetings and join the organization. To preserve retirees’ health benefits and to pursue an annual Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) continue to be the goal of PARSE.

For more information, contact Susquehanna County Vice President John Benio, (570) 278–2380.

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Visitors Bureau Releases 2008 Visitors Guide

The Endless Mountains Visitors Bureau has announced the release of its 2008 visitors guide.

The 40-page color booklet is an informational guide to the Endless Mountains Region of Northeast Pennsylvania, covering everything from where to stay and dine, to what to see and do. It is designed with the tourist in mind, utilizing a category system that makes finding lodgings, shops, scenic sites and businesses simple.

Many people are drawn to the Endless Mountains for its rich, historical background, scenic beauty and recreational opportunities. In the guide, the reader will find where all the local museums, monuments and historic sites can be found. It also points out breathtaking scenic vistas and overlooks, as well as where to enrich the mind through art exhibits, music and theatre performances. The recreation section of the guide offers a variety of seasonal activities to choose from, including biking, hiking, canoeing, golfing and skiing.

Special articles in the guide highlight several themed road trips through the Endless Mountains, and looking at Route 6 as a vacation destination.

The Endless Mountains Visitors Bureau is the official tourism promotion agency for Bradford, Sullivan, Susquehanna and Wyoming counties.

To receive a copy of the visitors guide, call the bureau at (570) 836-5431 or 1-800-769-8999; e-mail at; or write 4 Werks Plaza, Tunkhannock, PA 18657.

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County Library Creates Permanent Endowment

The Susquehanna County Historical Society & Free Library Association has created a permanent endowment with The Community Foundation of Susquehanna & Wyoming Counties. The purpose of the endowment is to provide a perpetual source of revenue to assist the Historical Society and the libraries in Montrose, Forest City, Hallstead, and Susquehanna.

Pictured (l-r) are: standing – Daniel Regan - Co-Chair of New Library Development Committee, Susan Stone - Administrator/Librarian SCHS&FLA, Peter Quigg - Director of Development Community Foundation, Cornelia Page - Chair of Board of Directors SCHS&FLA, Earle Wootton - President of Community Foundation, Kim Harwood - Chair of New Library Development Committee; seated – Eleanor McKeage - Honorary Chair of New Library Development Committee, Cathy Chiarella - incoming Chair of Board SCHS&FLA. Not pictured: Michael Poster - Co-Chair of New Library Development Committee.

On November 8, 2007, the County Library and Historical Society celebrated the 100th anniversary of the dedication of the landmark building on Monument Square in Montrose. The announcement of expansion plans this year also marks an exciting moment in the evolution of the county’s library system and Historical Society. “Just as important as building an exciting new library to serve our county residents in the 21st century is providing the wherewithal to support that new facility,” said New Library Development Chairman, Kim Harwood.

In 2008 The Community Foundation will recognize its tenth year of serving our region and its second consecutive year of 50% growth. The Community Foundation is recognized as among the fastest growing community foundations in the nation. The Foundation, with a four-year average return of 13% on its investments, is in a robust position to be a responsible steward for the Historical Society & Free Library Association. This endowment may be enhanced by tax-deductible contributions and bequests sent directly to The Community Foundation’s office, 36 Lake Avenue, Montrose 18801, or to the Susquehanna County Historical Society & Free Library Association, 2 Monument Square, Montrose 18801.

Community Foundation Director of Development, Peter Quigg, commented, “Many people affiliated with the Library & Historical Society, and with The Community Foundation, have deep roots in Susquehanna County. This is an exciting time for a burgeoning institution like The Community Foundation to partner with well-established organizations like the Library & Historical Society that have already provided invaluable service to generations of patrons.”

For more information about the Library & Historical Society, visit, or call 278-1881. For more information about The Community Foundation, visit or call 278-3800.

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