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Continuing The Generosity
Dairy Royalty Meet Local Lawmaker
Waiting For You!
Chris Snee Honored
Grants Available For Families With Autism
Green Side Up
Waiting For You!
Engagement Announced Pease – Soden
Prepare For Emergencies
4-H Club News Four Seasons

Continuing The Generosity
Submitted By Amy Steinberg, Executive Assistant

The United Way of Susquehanna County is very excited about the success of Chris Snee and the New York Giants. Chris Snee is such a special person who gives back to Susquehanna County. Each summer, he takes time out of his busy schedule to participate in the annual Punt Pass and Kick Contest sponsored by United Way. To help promote and honor the accomplishments of Chris Snee, the United Way provided hundreds of donated posters to businesses and individuals in the area prior to the Superbowl. The United Way is thrilled with the response from so many people for displaying posters, decorations and signs all over town. The feeling of pride in Chris Snee is overwhelming.

Chris Snee from the New York Giants, at last year’s tailgate party.

In a further effort to honor Chris, the United Way has begun a Chris Snee PPK Kickoff Honorary Campaign. This campaign will allow individuals and businesses to provide a donation to the United Way in Chris’ honor. Donors will have the opportunity to attend the Punt Pass and Kick Tailgate party on May 31 with Chris Snee, and will be recognized that evening for their generosity in honoring Chris and his accomplishments.

The United Way has already received the first honorary donation. Dick and Eloise Masters of Masters Concrete provided a donation in the amount of $1,000 in Chris’ honor. The United Way is very grateful for Mr. and Mrs. Masters for continuing the generous attitude that Chris Snee represents.

All donations given to the United Way go to support programs and agencies within Susquehanna County, or you may chose to designate your gift to a specific non-profit organization. Chris Snee will be informed of all donations given to the United Way of Susquehanna County in his name.

Honorary gifts may be sent to: United Way of Susquehanna County, 6 Locust Street, Montrose, PA 18801. For any questions, call (570) 278-3868.

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Dairy Royalty Meet Local Lawmakers

Lawmakers attended the Susquehanna County Dairy Days at Elk Lake High School on March 7. Pictured (l-r) are: Sen. Lisa Baker (R-20), Abbey Puzo – Susquehanna County Dairy Princess, Autumn Henning – Wyoming/Lackawanna County Dairy Princess, Rep. Sandra Major (R-111), Alicia Roe – Susquehanna County Dairy Ambassador. Dairy Day is organized by the Penn State Cooperative Extension in Susquehanna County and the Dairy Day Committee.

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Waiting For You!

This Chloe. She is an eight–month old, spayed, domestic shorthaired grey, orange and white calico. She is litter box trained. She is very loving and playful. She loves to be petted and given attention.

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

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Chris Snee Honored
Submitted By Amy Steinberg

It rained – in fact, it poured - but that didn’t stop people from coming out on March 8 to a parade for Chris Snee in Montrose. In spite of the weather, people lined up along the parade route to get a glimpse of the hometown hero who made it to the Super Bowl.

Chris Snee and children from Montrose Junior Football posed in the rain before the parade.

The United Way of Susquehanna County organized this parade to celebrate and honor Chris and his accomplishments. When he arrived at the parking lot for lineup, he was greeted with cheers from the Montrose Junior Football league. Excited young football players and cheerleaders gathered around Chris while he talked and joked around with them and posed for photos. They even made up their own cheer just for Chris. Chris couldn’t have been happier. He was quoted as saying, “Those kids were awesome! I loved their enthusiasm!” Chris felt very honored to have so many people involved in the parade. The Fire Police cleared the way for the children of Montrose Junior Football, who lead the parade holding a banner congratulating Chris. Following were the Montrose High School Band, the WAAL Van, The Big Blue Bus filled with dedicated Giants’ fans, and ending with an ambulance from the Montrose Minute Men and fire trucks from the United Fire Company.

The parade was topped off by an award dinner at the VFW in Montrose. The VFW was filled to capacity, as over 250 people packed in to help celebrate Chris. The evening started with a delicious meal, followed by presentations of awards from the Montrose Borough, Price Chopper, The County Commissioners, Representative Sandra Major’s office and the United Way of Susquehanna County. Montrose School District Head Coach and Snee’s former high school coach, Tom Lucenti, was the guest speaker of the evening. His entertaining stories of Chris delighted the audience. Chris Snee then followed up with a Q & A time, where many people had the opportunity to ask their questions directly to Chris. The evening ended with Chris enjoying the company of his fans and signing footballs, shirts, and posters.

For those who were not able to purchase tickets for the award dinner, you will have another chance to meet Chris Snee at upcoming United Way events. On May 31,at 6:00 p.m., the United Way will be sponsoring a Tailgate Party with Chris Snee at the Summit in New Milford. Tickets are on sale now. It is expected that this will be another sold out event, so don’t wait to get your tickets. Chris Snee is extremely excited about this year’s Punt, Pass, and Kick contest on June 1. He will be there to assist participants out on the field at the Montrose High School, beginning at 1:00. This free contest is open to everyone ages 5 and up, and Chris is looking forward to a lot of participants. So kids, parents and grandparents, get your game on and sign up today for the PPK contest!

For more information about either of these events, to purchase Tailgate Party tickets, or to obtain a registration form for the Punt, Pass, and Kick contest, call the United Way office at (570) 278-3868.

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Grants Available For Families With Autism

Rep. Sandra Major (R-Susquehanna/Wayne/Wyoming) announced the availability of mini-grants from the Bureau of Autism Services within the Department of Public Welfare (DPW) and is encouraging eligible people to apply.

The maximum mini-grant is $500, and can be used for the following services, which will occur between March 1 and August 31: respite or child care, including private babysitting; summer camp programs; autism or advocacy related conferences, workshops or training opportunities; recreational or community programs; modifications or adaptations for home and community safety.

In order to be eligible, applicants must reside in Pennsylvania, be either an adult with ASD or have a family member with ASD, and may not have received other family support services for the past 12 months.

Applications must be postmarked no later than April 18, and faxed or e-mailed applications will not be accepted. Those individuals applying for ineligible services will have their applications disqualified.

Grants will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, and awardees will be notified by mail in mid-May. According to the DPW, applicants who did not receive grants in 2007 will be given priority. For additional information on the mini-grant program or for an application, visit Major's Web site at

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Green Side Up
By Maureen Kupiec, Master Gardener

February: A Good Time to Catch Up

The holidays are over, the decorations put away for another year. With the exception of a few warm days, its still cold and snowy. A good time to catch up on some reading, perhaps a seed catalogs, garden magazines or maybe a book on garden planning. Although it’s cold out it is a good time to think about a new garden, or restructuring an existing one. Nothing warms me up like looking at one of my favorite garden magazines. Two of my favorites are Garden Gate (, no advertising, just great articles on everything from garden design to plant specific subjects. Backyard Living Magazine ( , again no advertising, articles from people across the country on everything from building your own fountain (a one-day project) to recipes for perfect containers, hanging baskets and window boxes. Their website also has projects with step-by-step instructions. Speaking of projects, this is also a good time to repair and paint window boxes, lawn furniture, tools and other items in preparation for outdoor use.

If you should decide to venture outdoors, you should check your flower beds for plants that frost may have heaved out of the ground. Add mulch as needed. Also check for animal damage on trees and shrubs.

It’s also a good time to stroll around and trim back any branches that have winter damage. Branches of forsythia, pussy willow, quince, spirea, and dogwood can be forced for indoor bloom. Make long, slanted cuts when collecting the branches and place the stems in a vase of water. Change the water every four days. They should bloom in about three weeks.

If you plan to grow lobelia, ageratum, verbena, petunia, vinca, or other slow growing plants from scratch, the seeds should be started indoors in the later part of the month.

House plants may notice the longer days, and begin growing. You can begin feeding them again, but use a diluted ( about 50% ) fertilizer mix until the growth is robust. Make sure to mist them or place them on a tray with moist pebbles.

The Penn State Master Gardeners in Susquehanna County now have a blog that is available for home gardeners to access gardening information and also ask questions of the Master Gardener volunteers. The website address is There you will find information about programs, topics of interest and also a link called “Ask a Master Gardener.” There you can post a gardening-related question and one of the volunteers will answer it. You can also post comments about articles on the blog.

And finally, a little food for thought:

Gardening adds years to your life and life to your years. - Author Unknown

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Waiting For You!

This is Mick. He is a two-year old, neutered, male Manchester Terrier. He is house broken and can give paw and sit up. He is leash trained and enjoys his walks. Mick needs to be in a home that has no children. Mick is a little tough when you first meet him, but is actually very sweet when he gets to know you. He likes other little dogs, but does not care for big dogs.

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

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Engagement Announced Pease – Soden

Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Pease, Susquehanna, PA, announce the engagement of their daughter, Heather Michelle, to Adam Joseph Soden, son of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Soden, Starrucca, PA.

Adam and Heather.

Heather is a 2004 graduate of Blue Ridge High School and will graduate in May with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from Wilkes University.

Adam is a 2002 graduate of Susquehanna Community High School and earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Industrial Health and Safety from The Pennsylvania State University. He is employed as a Safety and Industrial Hygiene Specialist at the Susquehanna Steam Electric Station in Berwick, PA.

An outdoor wedding is planned for July 12, 2008.

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Prepare For Emergencies

History shows that Pennsylvania is one of the most flood-prone states in the nation, and floods in recent years have caused hundreds of millions of dollars in both personal and business economic losses.

For that reason, state and county emergency management officials are encouraging residents, businesses, and special care facilities to review emergency plans and procedures.

“Families need to have an emergency plan that is frequently reviewed, discussed, and practiced,” said Mark Wood, Susquehanna County Emergency Management Coordinator. “The plan that was put together three years ago might not work anymore. For example, maybe there are now extended family members living there, or someone who needs assistance in getting into a protected area of the home in case of severe weather. Even something as simple as a new addition could change which doors are used to exit the home in case of an emergency.”

The plan should include an emergency kit that will enable the family to survive without outside help for at least 72 hours. The kit should contain water, high energy ready-to-eat foods, and personal medications for each family member, as well as a first aid kit, blankets, a change of clothing, flashlights, a battery-operated radio and fresh batteries.

“A big part of preparation includes knowing what types of severe weather hit your area, and knowing how to protect yourself and your family when that weather hits,” the coordinator said. “It’s also important to understand the difference between a weather warning and a weather watch so you know what, if any, action you need to take when you hear or see those alerts on your local Emergency Alert System (EAS) station."

A “weather watch” means there is a possibility of severe weather. Advance preparations should be made.

A “weather warning” means that severe weather is imminent, and your severe weather plan should be implemented.

"The only thing we know for sure is that we will experience severe weather in Pennsylvania,” Wood said. “The questions are when and where. That uncertainty requires preparation in advance, to minimize loss of life and property during a weather emergency."

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4-H Club News Four Seasons

On Tuesday, March 18, 2008 the Four Seasons 4-H Club met at Farmhouse Ceramics. The 4-Hers arrived between 6:00 and 6:30 p.m. to pick out their projects and start cleaning. At 7:12 p.m. Analyn called a business meeting to order.

Scott Sienko gave the Social Committee report, and the group voted to go to Montrose for our next social gathering. We’re planning some time in April to visit the old jail, the courthouse, and the 911 Center.

Emily Carter and Scott Sienko presented the Community Service ideas. The group voted to help at the Humane Society. The Community Service Committee will plan the dates and times.

The scrapbook leaders gave a progress report for the Scrapbooking Committee. The committee will need to plan and get together in the near future.

Scott Sienko gave the County Council Report. He said that the council is looking for more people to become involved. Felicia Heads went to the Officer Training Day and brought back a 4-H banner for the club.

The Four Seasons 4-H club would like to go to Skate Estate to finish our skating project when the weather is warmer. On February 9, the group went to the BCC ice rink for the first half of the project.

The group decided that they needed to get started on demonstrations if they wanted to fit everyone in by fair time. Emily Carter offered to take the May meeting, as she will use her horse and will need warmer weather.

Donna Benjamin offered to head up a small group of 4-Hers in putting together a window display for the club.

The meeting was adjourned and the members had snacks provided by the Benjamins and drinks provided by the Sears.

Arrows & Clays

The Arrows & Clays 4-H Club recently held their organizational meeting and elected the following officers: President – Kenny Kiefer; Vice President – Matthew Forba; Treasurer – Sam Mattocks; Secretary – Allison Kiefer; News Reporter – Emily Forba.

Leaders, Bob Forba and “Rip” VanWinkle gave us our schedules for archery and shotgun. Members also discussed upcoming fundraisers, one of those being a spaghetti dinner, at the ladies auxiliary in Lawton. The dinner went very well with almost 150 people enjoying spaghetti, salad, fresh bread, cupcakes and a drink. We want to thank all those that attended, donated and helped to make the dinner successful.

We start our shooting meetings the week of April 21, so if you want to try archery or shotgun contact us and we’ll get you started.

News Reporter: Emily Forba

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