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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

CLIFFORD: Repairs seem to be in order in Clifford this spring. E. K. Oakley is treating his house to a new coat of paint and large scenery windows. Ira Snyder is raising his house two stories. However there was a sudden alarm of fire in the small hours of Sunday morning, which appeared to be his home, about one-fourth mile from Clifford corners. There was some sharp sprinting in that direction to find, instead of his dwelling, it was his hen house of good dimensions and resulted in the loss of the structure with 210 chicks and several incubators and brooders. This was Snyder’s third misfortune in a short time. First a fine colt, next a good cow, then the hennery and last night dogs were after his sheep. Surely trouble or misfortune does not come single.

GELATT: Will Gelatt has taken down the old house on his farm and will move the lumber to Fiddle Lake, to build a summer cottage. AND: Mr. and Mrs. Miner have moved in their new home, ready to make cheese, as soon as the factory is ready.

GLENWOOD: The post office in this place will be abandoned the first of May. Mail will be delivered by the Clifford stage.

HEART LAKE: Plans have been completed for moving the sawmill and manufacturing plant known as the Crossley Lumber Camp from Gibson to a tract of land near Heart Lake. The mill has been in active operation at Gibson for the past five years and at one time employed 45 men until at the present only 20 men are employed, in consequence of the scarcity of lumber. Gibson will feel the loss of its only manufacturing enterprise. Bobbins, spools and print rollers are manufactured besides the regular output of the saw mill. The Crossleys also operate mills at New Milford, South Gibson and Starrucca. W. L. Crossley resides at New Milford, W. A. Crossley, at Gibson and A. C. Crossley at Binghamton.

MONTROSE: Most of us have heard of Capt. C. N. Warner’s cow, which the captain for convenience sake has educated to go with but one milking a day. But H. D. Titman, the wagon man, tells of a singular circumstance, which happened to his cow. Mr. Titman was in Elmira and left in care of his brother Bruce, a cow and her calf, a horse, etc. Upon returning Harry found the calf on the barn floor, but to his surprise was unable to locate the cow. He was leaving the barn for the house to interview his brother when he heard a cow’s “moo” which came from the direction of the hay mow upstairs and on going up found the cow peacefully eating the hay, and only considerable difficulty, and the help of three men, was able to get the animal down the steep stairs and was glad to find his cow was not stolen.

FOWLER HILL, Auburn Twp.: Mrs. H. S. Hitchcock nearly choked to death Friday. She was eating a cookie and a piece of it got caught in her throat. Her boy made the remark afterwards that “she trembled till her sides rattled.”

FOREST CITY: The cases against Mrs. Joseph Dwillis, Mrs. Andrew Starinski and Mrs. Stephen Moran, of this place, charged with practicing midwifery, hinged largely on whether or not the practice of obstetrics is the practice of medicine. Mrs. Dwillis and Starinski were found not guilty and Mrs. Moran was found guilty. The case will be appealed and for the first time in the history of the State an opinion will be given by the superior courts on this subject. AND: P. T. Cheevers, while eating a clam purchased at Travis’s market the other day, ran his teeth into a hard substance which proved to be a pearl about the size of a pea. Jeweler Wildenberger says that it would have been worth about $25 if it had not been cooked.

HOP BOTTOM: Hop Bottom is far famed for being a great trading town and the proprietors and numerous clerks are busy from morning ‘till night waiting on their customers. The store of E. M. Loomis has assumed an air of even unusual activity, his genial clerk, Duane Fish, now working day and night to demonstrate the world-wondering advantages of a brand new stove, which just burns and bakes and all the while behaves most beautifully, tho’ Duane has exhausted all his resources to make it “cut up antics,” if it had any lurking ‘round, and does not even stop for the formality of a stove pipe. Mr. Fish expects the values of wood and coal properties to fall way below par as soon as he can get the ear of all the people.

BROOKLYN: The funeral of Mrs. W. L. Bailey was held from the Universalist church Friday at 2 p.m. The case is a sad illustration of the uncertainty of life. On March 25, Miss Grace Noble, of Dimock and W. L. Bailey, of Brooklyn, were united in the bonds of holy wedlock. They were both young and healthy and the prospect of a long and happy life was before them. About ten days ago Mrs. Bailey visited her old home and thought she would enjoy a ride on a young horse she had ridden before, but for some cause the horse became uncontrollable and threw the rider, falling upon her and injuring her to such an extent that her death occurred Tuesday night, one day less than four weeks from the day she was married.

SUSQUEHANNA: Rural Route #6 is to be established from here June 1. It will traverse the following points: Northeast to Stone Bridge Corners, Patrick’s Corners, Damascus, Tricorner, Comstock’s and Plunkett’s Corners, Cascade schoolhouse, Taylor’s Corners and return to Susquehanna postoffice. The route covers 25 1/10 miles and serves 474 residents. The route will cause the closing of the State Line postoffice, to take effect May 1. Raymond N. Tucker is the regular carrier and Leland Tingley substitute.

FLOWERY VALLEY [Anyone who knows this location, please contact us. We believe it to be in Franklin or Liberty Twp.]: Signs of spring are seen and the robins are singing cheerily, although we have a snowstorm once in awhile.

GREAT BEND: An order was issued by the court that the business of the Pennsylvania Tanning company, which is in the hands of receivers, be discontinued and the real estate and personal property sold.

NEWS BRIEFS: To drive nails into hard wood dip the points in lard or tallow and they will go straight and not double down under the hammer. AND: Councilman Daniel Springer sued the Tamaqua Courier for $10,000 because that paper called him a “robber of the taxpayer.” The jury awarded him six cents.

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

On Friday, April 11, 2008, I had the privilege to be at the Blue Ridge High School for a presentation sponsored by the Blue Ridge SADD organization and the Susquehanna County Drug & Alcohol Commission. Throughout the day at the high school, a bell would ring around every 30 minutes, and a member of the SADD group, playing the Grim Reaper, would enter a classroom to remove a student. A message was then read over the school public address system that this exercise was being performed to remind people that every 30 minutes a person was killed in the United States as a result of a drunk driving. This was a somber reminder throughout the day of the deadly effects caused by drunk drivers.

But the effectiveness of this exercise was dwarfed by the words of Sam Thomas. At 12:30, the Blue Ridge high school students had the opportunity to hear Sam speak – and I was fortunate enough to have been able to attend the event. Sam Thomas graduated from Blue Ridge High School in 1993, and his wife, Marci Thomas, graduated from Mountain View High School in 1994. For those students who simply hear statistics and think that it never happens here were in for a rude awakening.

If you have read this column in the past, you may recall that Sam and Marci Thomas’ 5-year old daughter, Megan Thomas, was killed by a drunk driver in March, 2006. The defendant has been prosecuted and is now in state prison, serving his punishment for killing Megan. Sam, Marci, their two little boys, and their entire extended family and friends are now living their lives without Megan – and Sam came to Blue Ridge to share his story, his feelings, his pain and suffering with these students seated in the Blue Ridge Auditorium.

Sam is a teacher, a coach, and a church youth director – and he knows how to speak to kids. He took a life-shattering event and channeled it into a presentation meant to inspire the students. He took misery and pain and transformed them into a life lesson. He spoke of his daughter, his first child, his pride and joy, his little princess, and he told the students that she was full of life, songs, laughter and love. He told them how that there was nothing special about the Friday night that she died – nothing to forewarn the family from their usual course. Sam spoke of Megan’s last moments as she rode with her grandmother to her church for a children’s program – and how a drunk driver rammed the van carrying Megan. Sam described the drunk driver momentarily getting out of his smoking truck, only to get back in and flee the scene. While Sam spoke, there were pictures of Megan flashed by projector for the students to see – a precious, perfect little girl. Sam repeated Megan’s last words and how she asked her grandmother why she could not see anymore. I cannot say how Sam Thomas did it – he spoke with compassion, courage and passion – his voice occasionally breaking as he described the memories of his daughter and that horrible evening. But he never stopped – his message was too important for the students to hear.

In the end, Sam challenged each student to make better life decisions – not only with reference to drinking and driving, but also in the way they lived each day. He suggested that they each set standards and goals for themselves – boundaries they would not allow themselves to cross, such as refusing to break the law and drink alcohol underage. He encouraged them to find a good role model to emulate. Finally, he asked them to remember that life is not just about pursuing a selfish agenda, and that they should each strive to make a difference in their communities. It was an extraordinary presentation with an important message – and I know that it made an impact on the students.

As I sat there, I wished that every student in Susquehanna County would have the opportunity to listen to Sam tell Megan’s story. With the upcoming prom season (and the summer months that follow), the pressures on our children to “party” by drinking alcohol increases. For those Blue Ridge students who heard Sam’s words, I am certain that they have an entirely different perspective – and hopefully Megan’s memory will help them make better decisions.

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. What exactly is tartar, that stuff on your teeth?

Bacteria, mucus, and food particles in our mouths produce a colorless film on the surfaces of teeth. This film is called “plaque.” Plaque contributes to tooth decay and gum disease. Plaque that is not removed can harden and form “tartar.”

Brushing your teeth will remove plaque, but not tartar. Once tartar builds up, you need a professional cleaning, one of those fun things we all look forward to. Well, it’s definitely better than gum disease.

Gum disease is common among seniors because it develops painlessly over a long period of time. Gum disease can be aggravated by ill-fitting dentures and poor diet – both of them senior problems. Symptoms include bleeding, swollen or receding gums, loose teeth, a change in your bite, and persistent bad breath or taste.

Gum disease, known officially as periodontal disease, affects about 80 percent of American adults. Periodontal disease ranges from gum inflammation (“gingivitis”) to a serious stage that causes tissue damage and tooth loss. In fact, periodontal disease is the leading cause of adult tooth loss.

You’re at greater risk of developing periodontal disease if you smoke; suffer from diabetes, cancer or AIDS; are under great stress; are taking drugs such as antidepressants that reduce saliva in your mouth; are a woman going through hormonal changes; or have a genetic predisposition for gum disease.

The American Academy of Periodontology says that about one in three people in the USA may have inherited a susceptibility to gum disease. People who are genetically predisposed to gum disease may be up to six times more likely to develop it, even if they are extraordinarily diligent about dental hygiene.

To prevent gum disease, you should brush your teeth twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste, floss daily, see a dentist regularly, eat a well balanced diet, and avoid tobacco.

[Personal note. Several years ago, I started using a high-powered electric toothbrush that cleans between the teeth. I brush after breakfast and before bed, and I don’t use floss. My dentist has been amazed at how little plaque there is on my teeth.]

Periodontal disease is treated by scaling and root planing. Scaling is scraping off tartar from above and below the gum line. Root planing gets rid of rough spots on the tooth root where the germs gather, and helps remove bacteria that contribute to the disease. Medications may be used with scaling and root planing.

Your dentist or periodontist may recommend flap surgery to remove tartar deposits in deep pockets. In flap surgery, the gums are lifted back and the tartar is removed. The gums are then sutured back in place.

In addition to flap surgery, your periodontist may suggest bone or tissue grafts. Grafting is a way to replace or encourage new growth of bone or gum tissue that has been destroyed.

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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