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100 Years Ago
From the Desk of the D.A.
The Healthy Geezer
Straight From Starrucca
Veterans’ Corner
What’s Bugging You?
Food For Thought
Earth Talk

100 Years Ago

SHANNON HILL, Auburn Twp.: The terrible wind of last Saturday moved a barn from its foundation for Harry Stevens, and did considerable damage to the building. He will now move the barn on a foundation beside the other barn.

SUSQUEHANNA: Fred Ripple, of Carbondale, a conductor on the D & H coal train, walked off a trestle between Lanesboro and Ninevah and suffered a broken back and other injuries, which are expected to result in his death. Ripple was walking along the side of his train when he slipped from the bridge and fell about 30 ft. He was not missed for some time. The crew found him after more than an hours’ search lying unconscious underneath the bridge.

HOPBOTTOM: Eugene Wright has started a new milk route in this place, selling milk at four cents a quart delivered at your door. AND: The road between here and Brooklyn was never in a more disgraceful condition than it is now, notwithstanding the mud is nearly dried up.

JESSUP TWP.: The death of Byron Griffis occurred at his home on Tuesday, his age being 84 years. The funeral takes place this afternoon at 2 o’clock, Revs. W. C. Tilden and T. P. Morgan officiating. The deceased was a man well known and highly respected and is survived by four sons: L. H. Griffis, of Montrose, Oscar Perry and Eugene, of Jessup, and one daughter, Mrs. Elmer Tewksberry, of Auburn; also 14 grand-children.

LINDAVILLE, Brooklyn Twp.: L. O. King has made 135 gallons of maple syrup this spring. Who next? AND: A. W. Kent, administrator of the estate of the late E. P. Mack, of Brooklyn township, announces a public sale of the decedent’s personal property, to be held on Tuesday, April 21st. Among the articles to be sold are one secretary, hat rack, carpets, bedsteads, stoves, three swarms (of) bees, etc.

MONTROSE: The death of Rev. Edward Augustus Warriner, until within the past two years rector of St. Paul’s Episcopal church from 1866 until 1906, occurred at his home Tuesday afternoon. Rev. Warriner was born at Agawam, Hampden county, Mass., Feb. 19, 1829 and was a son of Captain Ruel and Anna Warriner. In 1865 Mr. Warriner married Miss Louisa Voorhis who died in 1874 at the age of 39. Their three sons--Samuel D., now superintendent of the Lehigh Valley Coal Co., located in Wilkes-Barre, Edward V., in Springfield, Mass., and Ruel C., who is an engineer with the Rand Gold Mining Co., of Johannesburg, South Africa. Children of his second wife, Esther Bolles, of Jessup, are Mrs. Calvin S. Smith of Hollidaysburg, Pa., Jesse B. Warriner, of Scranton, Philip B. and Paul S. of this place and Anna C., who is with her brother, Ruel, in Johannesburg. Rev. Warriner was an avid sportsman and lover of outdoor life. As a pulpit orator he had great ability and wrote several prose and poetical works, which were published. All who knew him will cherish kindly memories of this venerable, optimistic, kind-hearted clergyman.

EAST RUSH: Our butter maker is receiving over 8000 pounds of milk every other day. AND: In Rush, J. Millard has opened a new and up-to-date meat market.

BROOKDALE: The acid factory is being torn down and the machinery shipped to Kingsley.

HALLSTEAD: Intense excitement was caused at Hallstead Sunday morning by the finding of the dead body of Burton Crandall in a buggy just north of the river bridge, on the Harmony road. The dead man’s neck had been broken in some mysterious manner. His teeth were clenched on the box of the buggy; his body was sprawled over the side in such a manner that the legs stuck through the spokes of the wheels of the vehicle. Crandall and four other men were about the town Saturday night, and it is claimed that some of the parties were intoxicated and that when they started for home loud words were heard.

HARFORD: Miss Ella Seaman is confined to the house with gatherings in her head and is unable to attend to her duties as postmistress.

FAIRDALE: A black dog with tan paws and a slit in one ear went away from Aleck Hewitt’s on March 29th and has not been seen since. Anyone knowing of such a dog and will inform Mr. Hewitt will be suitably rewarded.

HERRICK CENTRE: It was a surprise to some Saturday to find the Prohibition Party in control of the election board, but Glen Miller says they will control the country soon. AND: The Elgin Butter and Tirzah Cheese factories started up last week, cutting off some of the milk supply at the station.

ELK LAKE: The Ladies’ Aid was largely attended at the home of Mr. and Mrs. W. B. Lathrop. Mrs. Chamberlain entertained them with her phonograph.

FRANKLIN: The people of the Franklin Hill church are trying to keep the church open without the aid of a pastor.

FOREST CITY: There are more Forest City cases on the court list at Montrose, this week, than usual. The cases of greater interest are those against Mrs. Andrew Starinski, Mrs. Mary Murin, and Mrs. Dewillis, charged with the unlawful practice of medicine. Those women have been assisting at child-births for years and the question for the court to decide is mainly as to whether or not the law allows the practice of midwifery in this state by others than graduate physicians. A large number of witnesses are in attendance on the cases.

NEWS BRIEF: Next Friday is Arbor Day. Let every landowner see that he plants a number of trees. This day should also be observed by every school in the county by planting trees on the school grounds with appropriate ceremonies. It will make an impression on the child-mind that time cannot erase, and be of untold benefit to generations yet to come. School teachers and principals can find many interested farmers who will grant permission for the removal of saplings from their thickly grown woods. Tree planting in times of peace should become as popular as flag-raisings in time of war. AND: Primary Election results for County Commissioners were: Democrat: J. E. Hawley, of Choconut and Jos. M. Ryan of Susquehanna, who won over Herbert Fish, of Lynn, by 93 votes. Republican: W. H. Tingley, of New Milford, with 1759 votes and Andrew J. Cosgriff, of New Milford, won second place, defeating Job Malpass, of Susquehanna, by 84 votes.

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

“Justice for Victims, Justice for All” – that is the theme for the 27th annual National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, which will be celebrated nationwide from April 13 – 19, 2008. Justice for victims includes important rights, such as information, notification, participation, protection, restitution, and being provided with supportive services to help them recover in the aftermath of a crime.

The concept of victims’ rights is still relatively new to the criminal justice system. In Pennsylvania, the victims’ rights movement began in the mid 1970s with the creation of certain non-profit organizations, such as the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape (1975), the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence (1976), and Mothers Against Drunk Driving (1981). In 1984, the first Victims’ Bill of Rights was legislatively created and embodied in statute. From that date forward, the concept of victims’ rights has been continually strengthened and reinforced in the criminal justice system. The most important manner in which the state supports victims’ rights is through grant funding to counties to provide for the hiring of victim/witness coordinators.

In Susquehanna County, the District Attorney’s Office has obtained grant funding for such a position, and Erica Johnson has served the interests of our crime victims. Over the past four years, Erica has serviced and supported nearly 1,500 victims of crimes committed by both adult and juvenile offenders. These services include providing the victims with notification of court proceedings, coordinating meetings between myself and victims, providing assistance and guidance in applying for compensation allowed by the state, supporting victims by accompanying them to proceedings, explaining the criminal justice system to victims, assisting victims in preparing an impact statement to be presented at sentencing proceedings, compiling restitution figures so that defendants are ordered to provide financial compensation to the victims, and even making travel and lodging arrangements for victims when they are required to travel long distances for proceedings. The importance of these duties cannot be overstated, not only from the victim’s perspective, but from the prosecutor’s perspective as well.

Susquehanna County is now in the process of further expanding the victim services that are provided on a daily basis. Susquehanna County is one of 32 counties currently implementing the PA SAVIN system, which will cover 68% of the Commonwealth’s population. PA SAVIN allows victims and others concerned with individual and public safety to confidentially register and access information about the status of offenders, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. PA SAVIN also provides automated telephone and email notification of key activities related to a case, including the release, transfer or escape of a county jail inmate.

PA SAVIN was initiated in 1994 following the murder of Mary Bryon in Louisville, Kentucky. Mary and her parents, John and Pat Byron, had asked to be notified when her ex-boyfriend was released from jail. They were never told that he was released, and Mary was murdered on her 21st birthday. Pat Bryon, President of the Mary Bryon Foundation, described SAVIN as “a true legacy to Mary’s brief life and brutal death, and a vital service that can prevent similar crimes from occurring today and in the future.”

Information and notification are key components to assuring that victims have the knowledge necessary to protect themselves – the knowledge that Mary Bryon tragically did not possess. In today’s technical world, PA SAVIN provides a true 21st Century solution to the vital role of victim notification and education. It is anticipated that Susquehanna County will be implementing the PA SAVIN program by the end of 2008.

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


In my last column, I wrote about homosexual parents. Today’s column is about health issues faced by homosexuals.

I was trying to persuade an editor of a gay publication to carry my column. He said he would be interested only if the column were dedicated to health issues that affect gays and lesbians. I had to admit that I was ignorant about this subject. He told me I should write a column someday about gays, lesbians and their health to inform my readers. So here is a primer in alphabetical order.

AIDS: Sex between men increases the risk of HIV infection, a chronic medical condition that can be treated, but not yet cured. There are effective ways to prevent complications and delaying, but not preventing, progression to AIDS. Most people infected with HIV will progress to AIDS if not treated.

Alcohol: There is a common perception, probably based on old, flawed studies that gays and lesbians have a much higher incidence of alcohol problems. However, the scientific literature on this subject doesn’t give a clear picture. Some studies suggest that older gays and lesbians have a greater problem with alcohol than younger people in this group.

Cancer: Lesbians have the highest concentration of risk factors for breast cancer than any category of women. Lesbians have higher risks for many gynecologic cancers. There are increased rates of anal cancers in gay men.

Depression: Alienation, discrimination and fear of discovery are all components in creating depression and anxiety in both gay men and lesbians at greater levels than the general population. Adolescents and young adults may be at particularly high risk of suicide because of these concerns.

Drug Abuse: Gay men and lesbians use drugs more frequently than the average person. One of the most popular drugs among gay men is amyl nitrate, known as “poppers,” which is amyl or butyl nitrate. The vapors of the liquid drug are inhaled. The drug alters the perception of time and heightens sexual arousal. Long-term use can lead to delirium and impaired respiration.

Heart problems: Smoking and obesity are the most prevalent risk factors for heart disease.

Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs): Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) occur in sexually active gay men at a high rate. These include syphilis, gonorrhea, chlamydia, hepatitis and human papilloma virus.

Tobacco: Recent studies seem to show that gay men use tobacco at much higher rates than straight men, reaching nearly 50 percent in several studies. Research also indicates that lesbians may use tobacco and smoking products more often than heterosexual women use them.

Weight: Problems with body image are more common among gay men than their straight counterparts, and gay men are much more likely to experience an eating disorder such as bulimia or anorexia nervosa. Research confirms that lesbians have higher body mass than heterosexual women.

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

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What’s Bugging You?
By Stuart W. Slocum

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Food For Thought
By Lauretta L. Clowes DC

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From the Editors of E/The Environmental Magazine

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