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Carolyn Warner Wins DAR Service Award
Honoring The Dairy Farmer
Create A “Scent-sation” With Fragrance
Look To Your Local Florist
Pamper Mom On Her Special Day

RC&D Celebrates 40th Anniversary
What’s New At The Recycling Center?
SCDA Update
Stonebridge Lions Support E.M.T.C.
Area Children Go “Up, Down, And Around”
Various Talents Required!
Dairy Judgers Shine
Dan Gall Receives Sea Scout Awards
Waiting For You!
Lawmakers Celebrate Children
Leadership 2020 In Seventh Year
LHA Class Of “1935” Reunion
Ambulance Service Cell Phone Drive

Carolyn Warner Wins DAR Service Award

On April 10, it was announced that Carolyn Warner was the Pennsylvania state winner of the Daughters of the American Revolution Community Service Award. Her exemplary work as a Susquehanna County volunteer earned her this recognition over a field of 14 other entries throughout the state. A luncheon was given in her honor at the Montrose House by the Montrose Chapter DAR, where many of her family and friends also joined in the celebration of her accomplishments.

Pictured (l-r) are: Marleta Shadduck – Regent, Carolyn Warner – DAR Community Service Award winner, Nan Baker, - PA State Chairman, Community Service Awards.

Carolyn works with families in crisis, people in hospice and travels daily to many of the local hospitals and personal care homes offering help, prayers and communion. She serves on six service boards including Youth Advocacy, the Drug and Alcohol Commission and the Child Death Review Board. She is also instrumental in raising money for local children’s programs and has been a “secret Santa” for many years.

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Honoring The Dairy Farmer
Submitted By Susquehanna County Dairy Princess Abbey Puzo

Today, Susquehanna County is proud to announce that there are still nearly 150 working dairy farms. It’s amazing to think about all the years and all the work that have been put into dairy farming in our county. The changes over the years are incredible, and the process is still changing today. Dairy farmers have experienced changes, such as milking cows by hand, dumping stations and pipelines, and today there are robotic milkers where the farmer doesn’t even need to be present to milk the cows.

Susquehanna County Dairy Princess Abbey Puzo.

Herds have grown or decreased over the years due to the milk prices, feed cost, and fuel costs; all of these factors have changed farming today. There are many farmers in the county that are beginning to feel overwhelmed.

It is with great pride that some farmers are able to hand down the farm to a younger man or woman, so they can continue the tradition of many years of hard work and dedication. It would take a long time to honor all of the current and retired dairy farmers, and also honor all of the young, enthusiastic men or women entering the farming business. This article is for that purpose; to honor all the retired dairy farmers, the still-active seasoned dairy farmers, the young dairy farmers, and also the young men and women continuing education in the dairy business field with the hopes of a career in dairy farming.

To the retired farmer, “Thank You” for all of your hard work and dedication that you have put into your farm. You have put in your share of early mornings, long days and late nights for many years. You’ve watched the dairy business have its ups and downs, and learned valuable lessons along the way. I’m sure you’ve had some bad weeks and some great times during your career. Days when equipment had broken, milk prices that had dropped, or not getting the hay in before the rain. On the other hand, you have had days where the cows were freshening with heifer calves, all the field work was done, the cows were milking well and you were prouder than ever to be a dairy farmer. Your hard work is still appreciated and again, thank you for your many years of hard work and dedication.

To the seasoned farmer, “Keep up the good work.” Through the tough times you have managed to keep your head high and improve the dairy business. You have accepted change, dealt with highs and lows, and still are able to continue a successful business. Your family is a good reflection of you and your career. Not many occupations allow you to have your children by your side as you earn a living. Your children not only learn about what you do and who you are, but they learn life lessons along the way. Many people look forward to retirement day, when they get to spend time at home, outside, not worrying about going to work. You are lucky enough to have spent your career outside, working at home, and loving what you do. Just remember that the day will come when it is okay to slow down; you’ve definitely earned and deserve it.

To the young farmer, “Congratulations.” You have not picked an easy career, but you can get through it. You don’t have a regular, 40-hour work week, but you love what you do. The career of farming takes a well-rounded person and is not understood by many people. You’re strong enough to work on machinery, but gentle enough to deliver a calf and help it take its first breath of life. It isn’t every profession that gets to connect with nature the way that yours does. You are being looked up to by many young kids that think they would also like to be a farmer someday. Remember, you were little once and had this dream. Your dream has now come true; continue being good role models, as these kids may be the next generation farmer.

I am very proud to say that I am personally friends with many kids that are going to college for agriculture, plan on attending an agricultural school, or staying home after graduation to be part of the family farm. At this time I would like to say, “Good luck to all of you,” not only my friends, but to all of you courageous individuals. Dairy farming has been a part of your life, and it is very obvious that it is something you all love. You’re all very smart when it comes to the dairy business, and you’re well respected for entering this occupation.

A general “thank you” to everyone related to the dairy business is much deserved as well. All occupations that deal with the dairy business such as the feed salesmen, milk truck drivers, equipment technicians, milk testers, and more help this business continue to be a success. All of your support helps our local farmers continue what they do. We need to remember, not only is being a farmer a career, but our dairy farmers take care of the people as well. Each day they provide us with Nature’s Most Perfect Drink, which is milk. It is our job as citizens of this county to give our thanks to our dedicated farmers by drinking and buying their products. By doing this, we will all have our 3-A –Day of Dairy, milk, yogurt and cheese for strong healthy bones and teeth.

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Create A “Scent-sation” With Fragrance (NewsUSA) - Looking for a special gift for mom that fits her style?

Fragrance is always a gift that's sure to please, but picking the perfect scent can be tricky. If she's worn the same scent for years, it's easy to go with the tried and true. But it may be time to introduce her to a new intoxicating elixir.

Gwyneth Paltrow, an actress and a mother, appreciates the gift of fragrance.

"No one likes to be thought of as totally predictable and set in their ways,'' says Melissa Milrad Goldstein, senior fashion and beauty editor of Better Homes and Gardens. "Even if she's worn the same perfume for years, it may be time to captivate her senses with something new."

If moving into the realm of newness seems more like a recipe for disaster rather than success, take heart. According to Karyn Khoury, senior vice president for corporate fragrance development worldwide of the Estée Lauder Companies, giving someone a fragrance she will truly love is not as difficult as it may seem.

"Taking into account your mother's style, where she likes to travel, her favorite foods, colors and flowers, the scent she wears now, as well as her personality, can all give you a pretty accurate picture of what she'll want to wear over and over again," she says.

But you can "cheat" a bit by giving her something that is both old and new. Here are some tips:

* Experiment with new forms of fragrance. Go beyond the traditional and surprise mom with an unexpected form of her favorite fragrance. It's not just about scented body lotions and bath gels anymore; there are new, modern forms of fragrance that will capture her senses. Pleasures Precious Drops by Estée Lauder, for example, is a lightweight silky serum that dries to a satiny feel after being dabbed onto skin with a wand applicator.

* Choose a variation on a theme. For the mom who likes to switch it up but stays true to certain fragrance families, a new twist on an old favorite may be the way to go. For example, Estée Lauder's new Beautiful Love was inspired by the voluptuous florals in the original classic Beautiful, but the notes were adapted to leave a creamier, more sensuous impression.

If flying "fragrance blind" still seems like a bad idea, never fear. It's unlikely you'll make a mistake.

"The beauty of fragrance is that by changing it, women can express different moods and the different sides of themselves," Khoury says.

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Look To Your Local Florist
Submitted By The Pennsylvania Floral Industry Association

Mother’s Day is a big holiday for the floral industry. After all, everyone has a mother.

Look to your local florist when sending long-distance flower orders.

It’s the No. 2 holiday when it comes to consumer purchases of fresh flowers and plants, according to the Society of American Florists. More and more, these purchases occur online.

The Internet has given rise to literally thousands of flower-delivery options – big names such as ProFlowers, and, as well as many others – and consumer confusion.

The Pennsylvania Floral Industry Association (PFIA), which represents local florists, urges consumers to exercise caution when sending flowers long distance on Mother’s Day.

It’s certainly possible to get a good product from online retailers, but it’s also important for consumers to know exactly what they’re getting for their money.

Consider one website that offers a Mother’s Day bouquet – a mix of roses, mums, lisianthus and waxflower – handsomely arranged in a green ceramic vase. What you don’t notice at first glance is the note in small print under that photo that clarifies that the arrangement will be delivered by a shipping service “in a special box to maximize freshness.” In other words, the bouquet won’t be arranged as it is in the picture when it arrives at Mom’s house, but instead the flowers will be loose in the box, separate from the vase, and most disappointing, never touched by a local florist. Mom might be thrilled to receive the box of flowers, but the sender might be disappointed to discover that Mom had to arrange the flowers herself.

In addition to arrangements that are virtually “create-your-own,” some online retailers show an arrangement in a particular vase, but for an extra cost. For instance, one website offers 50 blooms of assorted garden spray roses in a square glass vase for what appears to be $29.99, but upon closer inspection, for that price you get a different (round) vase. The square vase is an extra $4.99.

Consumers are being confused and disserved by the array of options available to them on the Internet. Sometimes it’s a striking lack of detail that accompanies all of the pretty pictures; other times the information is simply misleading.

Here’s an example of the latter. Go to Google and type in “florists harrisburg, pa.” The top listing states that it is a “family owned and operated since 1970.” While that may be, it is not a Harrisburg florist – a fact confirmed by a customer service person at the company’s call center in Texas. This company simply places orders with local florists on the customer’s behalf – and adds a delivery charge, even though it never touches the flowers.

In fact, many call centers tend to charge high service and delivery fees, only to hand off deliveries to someone else. They charge fees that they don’t earn, and consumers don’t get what they pay for.

What is often overlooked is that local florists can send flowers anywhere – simply by working with other local florists wherever the order is to be sent – and often provide fresher product at very competitive prices.

If you have a good relationship with your florist, it’s likely that they’ll give you the same value and customer service for a long-distance delivery as for a local one. What’s more, should you encounter any problems, your local florist is available through a quick phone call or quick drive. The same can’t be said when the retailer exists only in cyberspace…

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Pamper Mom On Her Special Day
Luxury Ideas On A Kid-Sized Budget

Want to do something extra nice for mom on her special day? Treat her to the pampering she needs by creating a special at-home spa kit. For a fraction of the cost of sending her to the area’s snazziest spa, you can whip up a homemade milk bath, foot scrub or facial to help mom relax.

Why milk? The roots of the milk bath trace back to the Tang Dynasty in 712 AD. History says Cleopatra soaked in milk baths strewn with rose petals to augment her physical beauty and to help rejuvenate and enhance longevity.

American Dairy Association and Dairy Council, Inc. has collected the following ideas to ease your Mother's Day preparation. Package up the materials for one of the following beauty treatments in a basket, hatbox or other container. Don't forget to include directions for use, printed on pretty paper. If budget permits, you can include other niceties, like new slippers, nail polish, a favorite magazine, or a loofah or bath sponge. (The catch? You also have to leave her alone for a few hours while she indulges!)

Lavender-Honey Milk Bath

3 Tablespoons dried lavender flowers*

1-1/2 cups whole milk, cream or combination

1/3 cup honey

Process lavender flowers in a blender until they become a powder, turning off the blender and scraping down the sides as necessary. Whisk together lavender powder, milk, and honey in a glass bowl, then pour into a jar. Before each use, shake the jar and pour half of the mixture into the bath. Store covered in the refrigerator for up to one week. Makes enough for two baths.

* NOTE: Dried lavender flowers can be found in the spice section of gourmet and specialty stores.

Moisture Mask

2 Tablespoons honey

2 teaspoons milk

Mix honey with milk. Smooth over face and throat. Leave 10 minutes. Rinse off with warm water.

Honey Kissed Yogurt Facial

Here's a facial treat that' s good enough to eat! Afterwards, enjoy a yogurt parfait: Layer one cup of yogurt with your favorite fruit and crunchy cereal. Top with a dollop of honey.

1 ripe avocado

1/2 cup plain yogurt

2 Tablespoons honey

Mash avocado into small bowl. Mix in yogurt and honey. Apply thoroughly to face and leave on for 15 to 20 minutes. Rinse with warm water, and then use cold water to close the pores. Refrigerate any remaining product (will keep for 2 days in refrigerator).

Milk & Oatmeal Foot Scrub

Try this dairy-good remedy for tired feet. And the next time you make oatmeal for your "insides," use milk instead of water for an extra boost of calcium and a creamy taste.

1/2 cup warm milk

1/2 cup oatmeal

2 Tablespoons kosher salt

1 teaspoon peppermint extract or 1 Tablespoon fresh mint leaves, crushed (optional)

Mix all ingredients well. Massage gently into feet. Relax with feet in basin for 5 to 10 minutes. Rinse off with lukewarm water.

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RC&D Celebrates 40th Anniversary

To commemorate the fortieth anniversary of the Endless Mountains Resource Conservation & Development (RC&D) Council, Pennsylvania Senator Roger Madigan presented the council with a congratulatory proclamation from the Pennsylvania State Senate.

The Endless Mountains RC&D Council celebrates its 40th anniversary. Pictured (l-r) are: front row – Jackie Rouse - Sullivan County, Diane White - RC&D Program Assistant, Senator Roger Madigan, Council Chair Jim Weaver - Tioga County, Vice-chair Lillian Theophanis - Susquehanna County; back row – Jim Garner - Susquehanna County, Mike Lovegreen - Bradford County, MaryAnn Warren - Susquehanna County, Larry Schardt - RC&D interim Coordinator for Stacy Koch.

The Endless Mountains Resource Conservation and Development (Endless Mountains RC&D) Council was established in 1967 and included Bradford, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Tioga and Wyoming Counties. In 1992, Lycoming County was added to the area.

The RC&D Program is a unique combination of private enterprise and federal assistance that encourages the blending of natural resource use with local economic and social values. Program objectives address improving the quality of life, including social, economic and environmental concerns; while continuing prudent use of natural resources; and strengthening local citizens’ ability to utilize available sources of assistance through federal and state agencies, and other public and private entities. The RC&D program provides a form of “facilitated self-help” for conservation and economic development in communities across the nation, essentially serving as a regional rural development organization.

The RC&D program is facilitated through a cooperative agreement between the Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service and locally organized citizen groups.

The success of the EMRC&D Council’s programs and projects depends on the help of volunteers and the community.

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What’s New At The Recycling Center?
Submitted By Jennifer Morelli, Recycling/Solid Waste Coordinator

As we head into warmer weather and spring cleaning of basements and garages, let’s not forget Susquehanna County’s Recycling Center. Ours is one of the few recycling centers in the state that is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Located on Ellsworth Drive in South Montrose, we are able to take glass jars and bottles (green, brown or clear), cardboard, mixed paper, tin, aluminum and plastic. Did you know that at the recycling center we are only able to accept plastic bottles with a number 1 or 2 inside the recycling symbol on the bottom? Unfortunately, we cannot take food containers such as butter, cottage cheese, etc.

And as of Monday, June 2, the bins at the recycling center will no longer be labeled for commingling. ”Commingling” is the term used when plastic, tin and aluminum are mixed together. We hope that providing separate bins for these recyclables will help to make it clearer what we can and cannot accept.

If you’re a business that would like to bring in a large quantity of cardboard, please come see us Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. so that we can assist you in depositing your drop-off in the correct location. Or, give us a call to discuss pick-up possibilities. This will help us keep the open bins available for residential use.

Other programs also exist at our recycling center. During normal business hours, we can accept electronics, such as televisions and computers, for a fee. We have a bin for collecting scrap metal that is also only available during normal business hours. Rechargeable batteries and waste oil can be recycled at the recycling center. We also have a tire collection program at various locations in May. Tires must be pre-registered to ensure proper resources are available for transport.

For more information about these and other programs, call the Recycling Center at 278-3589 or 278-3509.

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SCDA Update

After a quiet, less eventful winter, spring has been full of activity with the planning of upcoming fundraising events and the continuation of ongoing projects in our community. Susquehanna Community Development Association (SCDA) volunteers have contributed over 300 hours in order to make our community a nicer place in which to live.


The Garden Club is very excited about their new greenhouse, soon to be erected next to the library. A new subcommittee has formed as part of the Garden Club, who will be responsible for growing new flowers in the greenhouse for community planting. In the meantime, the Garden Club members have already begun spring clean-up and more planting in the downtown gardens.

Parks and Rec.’s Committee ordered a dedication sign in memory of Donny Ayers. After re-siding the concession stand, volunteers erected the new sign on the side of the stand. All are encouraged to come out to watch a game and buy a hot dog, while admiring the newly renovated concession stand which commemorates Don Ayers.

Selective cutting has been completed this winter at the Roundhouse Riverfront Park. A utility road has also recently been cut. A grant application has been submitted for fencing, a pavilion and a picnic table. The Parks and Rec. Committee will meet with the Fish and Boat Commission in May to discuss further improvements to this multi-phase project. Feel free to stop by and enjoy the beautiful view of the Susquehanna River.

Trehab has purchased another blighted property on Erie Avenue, through the Elm St. program, which will be demolished this spring… another one bites the dust! Downtown snow removal issue has been discussed for next winter.


The Events Committee’s second annual Rummage Sale in April was another huge success! Proceeds will benefit Hometown Days, Breakfast with Santa and the Tree Lighting Ceremony for 2008.

This year’s Hometown Days (July 16-19) will include a four-day carnival, a parade, fireworks, bands for Thursday and Saturday nights, a DJ on Friday night, and much more. So, be sure to mark your calendars for a week full of fun and surprises!

The Harvest of the Arts Committee is already planning for their second annual festival to be held in September of this year.


The 2008 Membership Drive has been a huge success this year! The committee decided that this year it would be nice to give public recognition to each member. A membership drive board has been placed by the Veterans’ Memorial Monument facing Main Street, which acknowledges new members, who are supporting the SCDA goal of revitalization.

Fundraising for the Committee’s Spring Fling “Casino Night” has been successful in obtaining a barbeque grill, which will be raffled off at the Shops Plaza. Casino Night is set for May 24 at the Lanesboro Community Center. Texas Hold’Em, Over/Under, Chinese Auction, Big 6, and fish races will be some of the events. Local and regional businesses have been very generous in donating gift certificates, gifts, etc. in support of our fundraiser. So, bring your luck and have some fun while supporting our Spring Fling “Casino Night fundraiser!”


Trehab will be starting their $1.6 million renovation project on the Station Housing building (formerly the Pryne Building) this May.

Volunteers collected demographic information on approximately 15 streets in the Elm Street district to be used for applications for future funding. More updates were added to the Neighborhood Recruitment Packages. Committee members are supporting the Endless Mountain Technology Center with volunteer hours to establish this regional technology center in Susquehanna County.


After a long, icy winter, the arrival of spring has allowed for the continuation of the sidewalk project on Erie Avenue. Also, we sent an incentive letter to the high school to encourage more teenagers to volunteer for spring painting projects.

Committee members have been receiving applications for façade grants for Main Street and homes in the Elm Street District. They have been working on the next phase of funding, which will include sidewalks and plantings on Franklin Avenue and the beginning of Washington Street. Another application was submitted to the state and approved for the next $250,000 worth of Elm Street funding. Another $30,000 of façade grant funding was received for the downtown. There’s never been a better time to spruce up!

For more information call 853-5016.

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Stonebridge Lions Support E.M.T.C.

The Stonebridge Lions Club presented Endless Mountain Technology Center (EMTC) advisory board members with a check for $500.00 to support plans for a Best-in-Class technology center in Susquehanna County.

Pictured (l-r) during presentation of the Stonebridge Lions Club’s donation to the EMTC are: Pat Ahearn – Lions Club President, Roberta Kelly – EMTC Board member, John Kukowski – EMTC Vice President.

The EMTC will partner with the county school districts to provide concurrent education in advanced technology. The center will also provide adult education for retraining and will partner with industry to provide updated workforce retraining, applied process and application development, analytical equipment for failure analysis, and a non-competitive consortium. Contributions such as this allow plans for this community endeavor to continue to move forward in establishing this technology center in Susquehanna County.

The EMTC board members are hoping to continue to receive support from the community, as the technology center will be the catalyst in promoting economic development in our area. The Endless Mountain Technology Center is a non-profit community effort, with representatives from Peoples National Bank, North-Eastern Telephone, Trehab and B&S Quarries, and superintendents from the county school districts.

For more information about the EMTC, contact. (570) 879-2175, ext. 217. To help support this project, tax deductible contributions may be sent to: Peoples National Bank, P.O. Box A, 50 Main St., Hallstead PA 18822.

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Area Children Go “Up, Down, And Around”
Submitted By Stephnie Thornton

Children from across Susquehanna County enjoyed special story times April 29, as Katherine Ayres, the author of the children’s book “Up, Down, and Around,” toured the county. Making stops at Blue Ridge Elementary School, Forest City Regional Elementary School, Susquehanna Community Elementary School and Montrose Public Library, she shared her story-telling talents with more than 450 young children.

Children’s author Katherine Ayers reads her book, “Up, Down and Around” to children at the Montrose Library.  The children are from the library’s group, Angel Beginnings and Treasure House.

“Up, Down, and Around” is this year’s selection for Pennsylvania’s “One Book, Every Young Child” program which highlights the importance of early literacy development. The story is a celebration of how things grow, featuring a garden teeming with life. With illustrations provided by Nadine Bernard Westcott, children enjoy a colorful look at plants such as corn that grows up, onions that grow down and tomato vines that grow around and around.

During her visits, author Katherine Ayres discussed different vegetables with the children, led them in special songs and encouraged them to move up, down and around.

Susquehanna County is just one of several counties Ayres will visit as a part of the “One Book, Every Young Child” project. Ayres lives in Pittsburgh, but was happy to see this part of Northeastern Pennsylvania.

Her visit was made possible through collaboration between the Commonwealth Libraries, the Susquehanna County Historical Society and Free Library Association and Susquehanna County CARES. Each is dedicated to promoting Pennsylvania’s Promise for Children because every child is Pennsylvania’s future.

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Various Talents Required!

Students at the Elk Lake Career and Technology Center have been hard at work, preparing display racks for Susquehanna County’s “Harvest of the Arts,” which will be held in Susquehanna Depot. These racks will hold all types of two-dimensional art, including oil and pastel paintings, photography, fabric art works, watercolors, etc. Three-dimensional works in wood, stone and metals will also be displayed. All artwork is created by artisans in and around Susquehanna County and will be displayed on September 20 and 21. Mark your calendar now so you won’t miss this special event! For more information contact Jay and Sally Krimmel at or (570) 465-2365.

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Dairy Judgers Shine

The Susquehanna County 4-H Dairy Judging Team recently competed at two statewide dairy judging contests this spring.

Pictured (l-r) are members of the County 4-H Dairy Judging Team: front row – Jamie Supancik, Kim Klim, Emily Supancik; back row – Katie Klim, Ricky Klim, Eric Giangrieco.

Six 4-H members from Susquehanna County competed at the Penn State Spring Dairy Judging on Saturday, April 5 at University Park and on April 12 at the Delaware Valley Spring Dairy Judging Contest in Doylestown.

The senior team consisted of Eric Giangrieco, New Milford; Katie Klim, Susquehanna; and Ricky Klim, Susquehanna. The junior team consisted of Emily Supancik, New Milford; Jamie Supancik, New Milford and Kim Klim, Susquehanna. These six 4-Hers are all members of the North Jackson 4-H Ag and Community Club.

Congratulations to our “All-Star” judgers Eric Giangrieco for finishing eighth overall and second in reasons, and Ricky Klim for finishing fourteenth in reasons at the Delaware Valley College contest.

Dairy Judging Coaches were Owen and Cathy Bewley and Josh Harvatine. The following dairy producers allowed the team to judge on their farms this spring: Charlie and Kim Clark, Bill and Evie Goff and Dan Puzo, Carl, Paul and Josh Harvatine, Joe and Sandy Pavelski, Mark and Sue Pease, Mark and Cindy Tompkins, and Joe and Melinda VanderFeltz.

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Dan Gall Receives Sea Scout Awards
Submitted By Ron Hall, Commodore

At the 25th annual North-East Regional Sea Scout Ball and Bridge of Honor, held at Bridgeport, NJ, Boatswain Dan Gall of Sea Scout Ship 90 North Star of New Milford, PA received the Sea Scout of the Year Award, one of several awarded from the Regional Sea Scout Committee.

Dan Gall of Sea Scout Ship 90 North Star recently received the Sea Scout of the Year award from the Regional Sea Scout Committee.

Dan holds the rank of Able Sea Scout and the Venturing Silver Award. He has sailed the last three years on Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Ocean and canoed the white (rapids) water of the Delaware River the past three years. Dan also serves as Student Body President in the Susquehanna Community High School and attends the Brushville Baptist Church. He also received the Regional Commodore’s Award of Excellence from Regional Sea Scout Commodore Bob Shirhal for Sea Scout Ship 90.

In other news, under the leadership of First Mate Marvin VanCott, Ship 90 Sea Scouts attended the Regional Sea Scout Training Weekend in the Catoctin Mountain Park, Maryland for advancement training and a sock hop that Saturday night. Mr. Scott Preston drove the Great Bend Community Church van, so that all Sea Scouts and officers could travel in one vehicle. Ship 90 was the senior ship present, being organized in 1943.

Second Mate Helen Reed organized an all-day First Aid Course and CPR Class at the Sea Scout Hall with the American Red Cross. Most all Sea Scouts and officers are now certified in first aid and CPR.

Skipper Chuck Jaget, Chairman Doug Redfern and Commodore Ron Hall moved a 25-foot MacGregor sailboat and trailer from Lake Wallenpaupack to Gibson, PA. This boat and trailer were donated to the Sea Scouts by Mr. Alan R. Stein of Pittsburgh, PA and is in good condition.

Recently taking training courses with the Baden-Powell BSA Council was Chairman Doug Redfern, who attended the University of Scouting, and Commodore Ron Hall attended the Key Leadership Conference. Earning the Specialized Sea Scout Officers’ Training certificates were Chairman Doug Redfern and Nancy Chludzinski, president of the Sea Scout Association, sponsor of Ship 90.

Ahead for 2008, sailing the Chesapeake and Delaware Bays, and canoeing the rapids of the Delaware River.

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Waiting For You!

These are 8-week old, domestic, short-haired kittens. They are very loving and playful. They are litter box trained.

To see these kittens and others, stop by the Montrose SPCA, 278-1228.

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Lawmakers Celebrate Children
Submitted By Stephnie Thornton

Area lawmakers demonstrated their commitment to our young children during “Week of the Young Child,” April 13-19, by sharing their story telling talents at various early education and childcare facilities. State Representative Sandra Major visited Treasure House Child Development Center in Montrose, State Senator Elisabeth Baker met with pre-kindergarten children at Forest City Regional Elementary School and Legislative Assistant to State Senator Roger Madigan stopped by Children’s Palace in Hallstead.

At each location, young children were treated to a special story time featuring this year’s Pennsylvania One Book, Every Young Child selection, “Up, Down and Around,” by Katherine Ayres. The book promotes early literacy and features children learning how things grow up, down and around.

Representative Sandra Major got a first hand look at how funding through Pennsylvania Pre-K Counts is helping children in Susquehanna County. Treasure House received a grant under the statewide initiative. Not only are 17 children now receiving free quality Pre-K, the child care center has also invested in new flooring, furniture and equipment. “I’m happy to support it!” Representative Major stated as teachers and staff outlined the changes made possible because of the pilot program.

Forest City Regional School District also received Pre-K Counts funding. Senator Baker followed her story time by touring one of the classrooms and interacting with the children. More than 40 youngsters in three classrooms participate in the full-day program.

In Hallstead, Senator Madigan’s Legislative Assistant checked out new equipment at Children’s Palace, purchased through Pennsylvania’s Keystone STARS. The early learning initiative provides grants to child care facilities that reach various “STAR” levels. Children’s Palace is a STAR 2 facility.

The visits were organized by Susquehanna County CARES (Childcare, Agencies, Resources and Educational Services) as a way of promoting Pennsylvania’s Promise for Children, because every child is Pennsylvania’s future.

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Leadership 2020 In Seventh Year
By Ray Osburn, Co-founder Leadership 2020

Are you are a leader or a follower? I truly believe, one person can make a difference in their community, whether they are a follower or a leader or both.

There is a program called Leadership 2020 that will reveal and develop your leadership potential.

Class VII begins September 26 with a kickoff. On purpose, students travel around the county to different locations to learn and explore.

Some of the topics discussed are Personal Leadership Skills; Verbal and Non-Verbal Communications to include Listening; Group Discussions; Change and Conflict Management; How to run an Effective Meeting; Local and State Government; Education and Literacy; Decision Making; Stress Reduction; and many more areas of Leadership.

Most speakers and facilitators live and work in Susquehanna County and they are giving back of their time and talents. Alumni and sponsors of the program join us throughout the 11-week program. We have over 70 alumni throughout the county who have graduated from Leadership 2020.

Make a commitment, and say yes, I am interested in participating in the Leadership 2020 program. For additional information and an application for Year VII, contact co-Founder Joann Kowalski or Ray Osburn. Joann can be reached by phone 278-1158 or email: Ray at 278-4600, Ext 6.

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LHA Class Of “1935” Reunion

The Laurel Hill Academy Class of 1935 was feted to a reunion, hosted by Joe and Linda Schell at the Depot Restaurant, Susquehanna, PA on Friday, April 25.

Attending were Mary (Ryan) Baker, Virginia (Geary) Evans, Grace (Ficarro) Schell and Mary (Connolly) McCormick.

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Ambulance Service Cell Phone Drive

Many families in America have at least one or two old cell phones lying around their homes, maybe in a drawer or closet, doing nothing really, except collecting dust. Some may see these unwanted cell phones as trash, but Great Bend-Hallstead Volunteer Ambulance Inc. has found a way to turn them into treasure.

The organization is collecting used and unwanted cell phones in order to raise funds for a new ambulance. The public can help by donating cell phones at the following locations: Rob's Market – Hallstead, Maloney's Pub – Hallstead, and various other businesses in the Great Bend and Hallstead areas. This is an ongoing fundraiser.

Great Bend-Hallstead Volunteer Ambulance Service has partnered with cell phone recycling company PaceButler Corporation of Edmond, Okla. PaceButler provides collection boxes, prepaid shipping and promotional materials for the organization's fundraiser at no cost, which means that 100% of the proceeds can be used to benefit the Volunteer Ambulance Service.

Pace Butler pays for each shipment of cell phones they receive, while ensuring that each phone is recycled in a responsible manner and that no phone ever ends up in a landfill. Some phones are even donated to individuals in need of emergency 911 service, including victims of domestic violence and senior citizens. The money raised benefits a worthy cause, while the environment is spared of cell phones' harmful toxins.

By donating cell phones, the public not only helps Great Bend-Hallstead Volunteer Ambulance Inc. raise money for a new ambulance, they also help the environment, while at the same time getting rid of unneeded clutter in their homes.

For more information, call (570) 879-4483.

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