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100 Years Ago
From the Desk of the D.A.
The Healthy Geezer
Straight From Starrucca
Veterans’ Corner
The Road Less Traveled
A Day In My Shoe
Food For Thought
Earth Talk

100 Years Ago

PLEASANT VALLEY, Auburn Twp.: Married at the M. E. Parsonage, at Jersey Hill by Rev. A. R. Fiske, Jan. 22, 1908, Miss Lola Bell Green, of this place and Mr. Ferris Hibbard, of Rush. They then drove to Brooklyn, Pa. to visit friends there. Thursday morning left for Owego where they visited his uncle, from there they went to Binghamton and Castle Creek. On their return they will begin housekeeping at once at his home with his parents. Mrs. Hibbard was one of our most popular young ladies and will be greatly missed from our midst. She has been a very successful school teacher for a few years and has made many warm friends where ever she has been. We extend hearty congratulations.

HARFORD: “Saul, King of Israel,” the Great Dramatic Cantata, as sung by the [the] New Milford music club, twenty people, will be given in the Odd Fellows’ Hall, Harford, Friday evening, January 31, 1908, under the auspices of Live Oak Lodge, I.O.O.F. Admission 25 cents. Children under 12 years, 15 cents. The Cantata was given in the Opera House, New Milford, the 17th and was spoken very highly of. Chairs from the churches were brought in to accommodate the people.

LAWTON: The young men of this place are complaining of the scarcity of young ladies of an entertaining disposition in this burg. The committee of ways and means is seriously considering the problem. AND: For the second time this winter the planks on some of the bridges over the creek have been partly removed. The party or parties who would take such a criminal way of getting even for some fancied insult, if that is the purpose, if ever caught or found out should be put where they could not endanger life for years.

THOMSON: James Wall’s house, hard by the County line, was destroyed by fire last week with all its contents. This week the good ladies of our town are making garments for the family and bedding, quite a supply of household goods having been gathered by kind neighbors for the family. This is the second call like this our people have had recently, and their ready and hearty response is commendable indeed.

WEST LENOX: Our creamery is closed for the first time. It will reopen in the Spring again. Some of the farmers draw their milk to Harford, while others are making butter. AND: Mrs. Fred Green is suffering with her eyes.

BRANDT: A Republican Caucus was held in the Club House a few days ago, and all the farmers from Stevens Point came down to see about that “Justice o’ the Peace.” affair. Men, remember who has rendered such good service in that capacity for this town in the past term, and show what you can do for him when the “lection” comes around.

GREAT BEND: On Thursday morning, about noon, fire was discovered in the residence of Mr. Chapot, on Tannery street, in Great Bend, adjoining the beautiful residence of Mayor Parke. The Great Bend Hose Company responded to the alarm, and found the fire to be confined principally to the garret, where it is thought it started originally from a defective chimney. The fire was soon extinguished and the damage, which will not exceed more than $1,000, is covered by insurance. There were several exciting scenes at the fire when it first broke out, and Mr. William Dobson, an aged man, was knocked down by the hose cart and seriously injured. Another volunteer fireman was knocked off the ladder by the force of the water when it struck him in the face. He was knocked to the ground and seriously hurt. AND: The president of Locust Hill Aid Society recently received 400 books from Dr. F. L. Brush, of Boston, toward starting a library here. The books were accepted and it was voted to call the library “The Cora Brush Memorial Library.”

UNIONDALE: The R.F.D. from here to Orson takes many patrons of the Burnwood postoffice. In view of this fact the postmaster, the irrepressible Charley Ross, has sent his resignation to the department.

MONTROSE: Montrose people will be interested to know that the firm of Becker & Wilson, which moved its cutlass factory from this place to New Brunswick, N. J., is far pleased with its present location. They find many things against them, which they did not have to contend with when in Montrose. One of the principal ones is the difficulty to retain a force of men, rentals, cost of living and the like in the city being much greater than when here, and consequently as the employees secure no higher wages they are dissatisfied and unwilling to remain. Very few of those who went with the factory [from Montrose] are now in the employ of the firm.

LAWSVILLE: M. E. Lindsley has been suffering from a preliminary attack of appendicitis.

SOUTH GIBSON: W. D. Tobias has rented his mill property to G. G. McNamara and his house and farm to Harry Michael. Mr. Tobias and family are going to Hanford, Cal., where expect to spend a year. While we can hardly spare them from the community and church, we are glad that their long cherished desire to see the great west will be realized. We are glad that we have young men here who will carry on the business.

HALLSTEAD: Work in the chair factory has been reduced to six hours per day.

SOUTH MONTROSE: Guy E. Wells left on Friday last for Buffalo, where he will enter the employ of the Thomas Automobile Co.

SPRINGVILLE: One of George Lee’s team horses fell dead one day last week while driving through town.

SUSQUEHANNA: The office of Erie superintendent Hayes, with its large clerical force, is to be transferred to Port Jervis.

FOREST CITY: W. H. Wildenburger, for Enterprise hose company, made a request for material and the [town] council, after some discussion, authorized the purchase of 250 feet of hose, two ladders, one nozzle, one dozen jackets, one hand axe, totaling to about $325.

CRYSTAL LAKE: School is progressing finely under the careful attention of Mrs. John Wayman.

NEWS BRIEF: The grading of the new court house plot in Wilkes-Barre has caused the obliteration of the little knoll near the Lehigh Valley tracks, on North River street, which has been pointed out for many years as the site of the old Fort Durkee, a defense erected by the settlers during the Revolutionary War.

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From the Desk of the D.A.
By District Attorney Jason J. Legg

There are some people who suggest that raising a child “takes a village.” Under this theory, the entire community bears some responsibility for the successful rearing of a child into adulthood, and, I would assume, that the entire community bears some of the blame when a child does not do well. In my experience, this approach to childrearing is dangerously naïve and irresponsible.

To some extent, the criminal justice system forms part of the “village,” when juvenile offenders end up in the system. When this occurs, there are generally three parental personalities that you encounter: (1) the parents that are truly concerned and seek to work with the system to teach and rehabilitate their child; (2) the parents who show no initiative or interest in the proceedings except to the extent that it is an inconvenience to their schedule; and (3) the parents that enable their child’s delinquency by defending the child and degrading the system that is designed to help the child. The juvenile justice system works well with the first set of parents, not so well with the second set, and there is little chance of rehabilitation with the third set of parents.

But in the end, it is not the village, i.e., the juvenile justice system or any other community tool that raises the child – it generally all comes down to the influence of the parents and the extended family structure in the child’s life. In the end, community resources certainly play a role in a child’s life – but no amount of community involvement or resources can ever truly replace the natural influence of parenthood. For most parents, the responsibilities of parenthood are obvious and apparent – and those responsibilities are personal – not societal.

Destructive behavior can be as easily learned as constructive behavior. If a child watches their parent use cocaine every day, it probably will not matter that the school (part of the village) tells the child that this behavior is destructive. If a child watches a parent being physically abusive, it probably will not matter what they are taught at Sunday school regarding violence. The old adage to do as I say, not as I do is a poor example of parenthood. While our society loves to glorify the super model, it does little to market the role model. This is simply another example of why the village is not well-equipped for parenting. If we rely upon our society (the village) to help raise our children, we are only setting ourselves up for failure.

When I was getting my hair cut a few weeks ago, a woman handed me a small news clipping and suggested that it might make a good topic for this column. The clipping told the story of Jane Hambleton, the “meanest mom on the planet.” Jane found alcohol in her 19-year old son’s 1999 Oldsmobile Intrigue, and given his age, this was illegal. Jane then took out an advertisement in the local paper, which read: “OLDS 1999 Intrigue. Totally uncool parents who obviously don’t love teenage son, selling his car. Only driven for three weeks before snoopy mom who needs to get a life found booze under the front seat. $3,700/offer. Call meanest mom on the planet.”

Wow! If law enforcement had caught the 19-year old, he would have paid a small fine and simply lost his driver’s license for a short period. This is the punishment that the village (state) would impose for the violation. He would not have lost his wheels! But the wisdom of a parent often far exceeds the collective wisdom of the village. I can remember my parents telling me that if I ever broke the law, the last thing I needed to worry about was the police. I suppose they were much like Jane Hambleton, the meanest mom on the planet. No, I daresay Jane may be one of the smartest moms on the planet – regardless of what the rest of the village may think.

Please submit any questions, concerns, or comments to Susquehanna County District Attorney’s Office, P.O. Box 218, Montrose, Pennsylvania 18801 or at

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The Healthy Geezer
By Fred Cicetti

Q. I retired and moved from northern Minnesota to Florida. I was wondering if there is any way that someone in the Sunshine State can get hypothermia.

Hypothermia occurs when your body doesn’t maintain a normal temperature, which is about 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit. When your core temperature drops to 95 degrees, you are suffering from hypothermia, which can be lethal.

Can your internal temperature drop to 95 or below in Florida? Yes. You can get hypothermia in an air-conditioned environment. It can strike you if you are soaked in the rain on a cool, windy day, or if you fall into chilly water. Water colder than 70 F can begin to cause hypothermia quickly.

People older than 65 years are especially vulnerable to hypothermia because they tend to suffer from illnesses or take medications that interfere with regulating body temperature. Also, older adults often produce less body heat because of a slower metabolism and less physical activity.

Seniors make up about half of the annual fatalities from hypothermia in the United States.

Low body temperature impairs the brain, so hypothermia is especially dangerous because its victims may not know they’re in trouble. Severe hypothermia eventually leads to cardiac and respiratory failure, then death.

Hypothermia comes on gradually. Shivering is a common and obvious sign. Shivering is a natural response that increases muscle cell activity and generates heat.

But, shivering alone does not mean you have hypothermia. Healthcare professionals recommend looking for “umbles,” too. These are stumbles, mumbles, fumbles and grumbles.

Watch for these specific symptoms: confusion or sleepiness; slowed, slurred speech; shallow breathing; weak pulse or low blood pressure; changes in behavior such as apathy; change in appearance such as pale skin; poor body control or slow reaction times.

If you suspect that someone has hypothermia, call for emergency medical treatment. Here are some first-aid tips to follow until professional help arrives:

In general, try to warm the victim. Replace wet clothing. Share your body heat.

First warm the chest, neck, head, and groin with an electric blanket or warm compresses. Don’t use direct heat from a lamp or hot water.

Don’t warm the limbs because you will drive cold blood to the heart, lungs and brain; this will lower the core body temperature. Use an electric blanket or warm compresses.

If the person's breathing has stopped or appears dangerously low or shallow, begin cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) immediately if you're trained in that procedure.

Provide warm, non-alcoholic beverages. Alcohol lowers the body's ability to retain heat. Forget that image of the St. Bernard with the brandy keg.

Don't rub the victim, especially an older person who may have thin skin.

Handle people with hypothermia gently, because they're at risk of cardiac arrest.

A typical scenario that can lead to hypothermia is being stranded in the snow while driving. The following are some valuable recommendations for surviving this type of ordeal:

Attach something that is brightly colored to the car antenna so you can be seen.

Wrap your entire body, including your head, in extra clothing, blankets, or newspapers.

Stay awake.

Run the motor (and heater) for about 10 minutes per hour, opening one window slightly to let in air. Make sure that snow is not blocking the exhaust pipe – this will reduce the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.

As you sit, keep moving your arms and legs to improve your circulation and stay warmer.

Do not eat unmelted snow because it will lower your body temperature.

If you have a question, please write to

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Straight From Starrucca
By Danielle Williams

No Straight From Starrucca This Week

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Veterans’ Corner

E-4 Sgt. Cheryl Warner Jenner, of Montrose, PA is a June, 1986 graduate of Montrose Area Schools. After graduation, she reported for basic training in July, 1986 at Lackland AFB, San Antonio, Texas. Upon completing six weeks of basic training as an honor flight member, she reported to Shepard AFB, Wichita Falls, Texas, for eight weeks of training for aircraft maintenance specialist.

Cheryl was then assigned to the 14th Organizational Maintenance Squadron (OMS), Columbus AFB, Columbus, Mississippi. After 154 hours of specific aircraft training, she was assigned to Bravo Flight as a primary crew chief of a T-37 (trainer) aircraft, the only E-1 Airman to have this honor.

In September, 1988, Cheryl was assigned to the 60th OMS – Flight Sierra 17, Travis AFB, Fairfield, California and completed four months training aircraft specific. She worked as a C-5 (cargo) assistant crew chief (the only E-4 to have this honor) until she was honorably discharged from active duty in January, 1994.

While she was at Travis AFB, she was requested by the senior NCO of mobility to serve as the senior NCO of the flight line communication center and assistant to the mobility NCO; she served two years in this position.

In the spring of 1993, Cheryl went TDY to Cairo, Egypt in support of Restore Hope.

Cheryl was awarded the Aircraft Maintenance Specialist badge, the Good Conduct Medal with oak leaf cluster, and Outstanding Unit with two oak leaf clusters.

In December, 1987 Cheryl married Dale Nelson. They had three daughters, Carolann, Elizabeth and Holly.

She remarried in August, 1997, to Jason Jenner. They have one daughter, Cheyenne.

Cheryl is the daughter of the late Warren (Buster) and Mable (Mead) Warner.

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The Road Less Traveled
By Bob Scroggins

It's Only Paper

Imagine waking up one morning to find that 50 percent of your money has disappeared: your bank account, the cash in your wallet, the change in the coffee can, the coins under the sofa pillows – all gone by half. Well, maybe you won't have to imagine it. Reality may catch up with imagination. It's not that your physical money will disappear, but its purchasing power will. To see how, we must first understand exactly what money is.

Money is anything that can be used as a medium of exchange. Cows, corn, and chickens are still used as money. More exotically, on the island of Yap huge stone blocks, some weighing over two tons, were the medium of exchange. The American Indians opted for something lighter. They used strings of polished beads called wampum. But far and away the gold standard for money is gold. Gold is the eternal metal. Bury it or throw it into the ocean, retrieved a thousand years later, it will be unchanged. The yellow metal cannot be adulterated. Mixing it with another metal changes its density, something easily measured. Fire cannot destroy it and it is immune to counterfeiting.

But governments and bankers don't like gold. It cannot be inflated or manipulated. For this reason, the partnership of the dollar and gold has always been an on-again-off-again relationship. To finance the War Between the States, Lincoln decoupled the dollar from gold. This enabled the North to print all the money necessary to finance the war. In 1878 the link between gold and the dollar was reestablished. Fifty-five years later the gold-backed dollar was attacked again, this time by President Franklin Roosevelt. He made owning gold illegal. FDR was then free to run the printing presses for his New Deal programs without fear that Americans would trade inflated dollars for gold.

Finally, in 1975 the dollar's mooring to gold was completely and permanently severed. The dollar was now no more than high-quality paper (really cloth) that cost the government four cents to print. Five years after this, trouble came knocking at the door disguised as mortgages. At the time no one realized that this would soon pose the greatest threat to the dollar. It was the beginning of the housing boom. Mortgage requirements, once strict, were eased. Eager buyers lined up.

Packages of high-quality mortgages worth tens of millions quickly found a market. They were snapped up by hedge funds, wild-west financial institutions free from government oversight. These mortgages were then used as collateral to borrow money for investment, a questionable practice. The definition of money had broadened; mortgages had became money. Banks became less demanding. Mortgages were issued to sub-prime borrowers. These, too, were collateralized and became a kind of money.

For a while, using I.O.Us. – i.e., mortgages – as money stimulated the economy. Now there were many kinds of money and lots of it. In an atmosphere of artificial, pumped-up prosperity, banks started issuing interest-only mortgages. No down payment or financial checking, if you could sign your name, you were a home owner. Even these mortgages were purchased by hedge funds and joined the lengthening list of money.

But the harsh light of truth ended the dream: debt-based securities weren't really secure and not the same as a stack of greenbacks. Predictably, the rate of defaults accelerated from a trickle to a torrent, hedge funds and individual investors took stock; what was and was not money? Interest-only mortgages? Dump them. Sub-primes? Cross them off the money list. Banks tightened their mortgage requirements. The housing boom turned into a bust, and the bust now threatens a death dive into a crash.

As the housing bubble deflated, debt instruments were dumped for whatever they could get. The global supply of money contracted and mortgage pseudo-money devalued sharply.

Now another kind of paper money is being eyed with suspicion: the dollar. Isn't the US the greatest debtor nation in history? Will foreign creditors continue to lend the United States $2 billion a day? If so, for how long? Can the US ever repay the $900 billion – soon to top the $1 trillion mark – borrowed from China, Japan, and 62 other nations? In short, is the United States a deadbeat?

In fact, is the dollar really money? After all, it's only paper. Its value depends solely on the strength and stability of the US economy. If the economy falters, so will the perceived value of the dollar. Its purchasing power will plummet, prices will skyrocket. We won't have to imagine what it will be like to have our wealth depreciate by half – or more – it will be a reality.

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A Day In My Shoes

No A Day In My Shoes This Week

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Food For Thought
By Lauretta L. Clowes DC

No Food For Thought This Week

From the Editors of E/The Environmental Magazine

No Earth Talk This Week


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