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Waiting For You!
Dr. Mike Kowalewski Is Young Dairy Leader
SCDA Welcomes New Members
Turnpike Senior Center Update
Blue Ridge Senior Center Update

Waiting For You!

This is Ma Ma Cat. She is a domestic, short-haired tabby. She is very sweet and loving. She is litter box trained. She has a very raspy meow, which makes her sound like she is sick, however, she is not.

To see Ma Ma Cat, stop by the Montrose SPCA, 278-1228.

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Dr. Mike Kowalewski Is Young Dairy Leader

Dr. Mike Kowalewski of Montrose was recognized by the Penn State Dairy Science Club as “Young Dairy Leader” for 2008. Dr. Kowalewski was honored at the Penn State Dairy Science Club’s annual spring banquet on May 1, held in Johnston Commons on the University Park Campus. The award goes to a recent college graduate who has excelled in his or her respective field within the dairy industry and who has also given back to the university and local community since graduation.

David Wilson of the Penn State Dairy Science Club presents Dr. Mike Kowalewski with the 2008 Young Dairy Leader Award. Pictured (l-r) are: David Wilson, Dr. Mike Kowalewski and his wife, Michelle holding their son, Andrew.

Kowalewski grew up in Forest City and is a 1995 graduate of Forest City Regional High School. After high school, Kowalewski went on to Penn State University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Dairy and Animal Science in 1999. After graduation, he continued his studies toward a veterinary degree at the Virginia-Maryland Regional Veterinary School located on the Virginia Tech Campus in Blacksburg, VA. Dr. Kowalewski received his degree in Veterinary Medicine in 2003 and began as an associate veterinarian with West Branch Mobile Veterinary Clinic in Lewisburg, PA. In 2006, Dr. Kowalewski and his wife, Michelle, moved to Montrose, Susquehanna County to purchase Montrose Large Animal Service (MLAS). Dr. Kowalewski is now sole-proprietor of MLAS, specializing in dairy cattle herd health.

Since graduating from Penn State, Dr. Kowalewski has given back numerous hours of volunteer time by serving on the Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences Alumni Board, President of the Penn State Dairymen’s Club, coaching the Susquehanna County 4-H Dairy Quiz Bowl Team, and also a member of the Harford Fair Agricultural Society. Kowalewski is a lifetime member of the Penn State Alumni Association and a member of the Penn State Nittany Lion Club, and Penn State Stockmen’s Club.

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SCDA Welcomes New Members

Susquehanna Community Development Association (SCDA) members from various committees add new names to the membership board. Local and regional businesses, as well as concerned residents are coming out to support the SCDA’s initiative to improve the community.

Pictured (l-r) at the membership board in downtown Susquehanna Boro are some of the current members of the SCDA: kneeling – John Sholtiss, Margaret Biegert; standing – Albert Cuevas, Alice Deutsch, Jay Krimmel, Sally Krimmel, Barb Whitehead, Darlene Slocum, Roberta Kelly, Ruth Burke, Joe Schell, Dan Wolfe.

While working with the borough, Trehab and state programs, the SCDA has facilitated over $70,000.00 in downtown façade grant funding, $250,000.00 per year (for five years) in neighborhood improvements in the form of sidewalks, tree plantings, blight removal and so far, $40.000.00 in neighborhood façade grants to homeowners in the “Elm Street District” that surrounds the downtown. They have secured $64,000 for phase I of the future Riverfront park; $30,000.00 for planting at the shops plaza wall, and will be placing a small greenhouse at the library for future community planting. The SCDA is made up of over 40 volunteers, who work in various parts of the community to help design improvements, plant downtown gardens, organize events such as Home Town Days, the Christmas Tree Lighting, Breakfast with Santa, and Harvest of the Arts. They are involved with a recruitment package for new businesses and working to get funding to further improve the business district.

The membership drive, including collection bottles placed around town, will last until May 24. By becoming a member and having your name added to the 2008 Membership Board, you will become a part in putting the community “Back on Track” Membership forms can be picked up at the Susquehanna Branch of People’s National Bank, PennStar Bank or Reddon’s Drug Store. For more information, call 853-5016.

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Turnpike Senior Center Update
By Mary Heesh

Hello everyone, from Turnpike Terrace, and a happy birthday to all the April babies.

Hope everyone had a nice Easter.

Some of the bulbs around the building are coming up. It looks nice when they all come up.

We had a nurse from the Cancer Society come and explain colorectal cancer to us. It is something we all think about. It was very interesting and we were well informed by her.

We had a birthday party here for Spin Battisti. It was a very nice party, with a lot of people from here and from town. We had a good time, and it looked like everyone enjoyed themselves.

A group went to South New Milford Baptist Church for the monthly Soulfire concert. It was very good, as usual and we enjoyed ourselves. We received a good message from Soulfire and Pastor Bruce.

We had exercise, there were around nine ladies, and we have bingo.

Marion Glover and I went to a benefit for a little boy that was badly bitten by a dog. There was a great show of people there. There were so many donations from businesses and local people. What a kind and generous area we live in.

Every one of us here is busy getting ready for the yearly apartment inspection. It is like doing spring cleaning when we were in our homes, only not so many rooms to do.

Some of us went to the high school to see the play. We had a good time. The kids did well.

We went to the South New Milford Baptist Church to hear the Coffee House program. It was very nice, a lot of talent.

Marion Glover has a pretty, new cat. They are good company.

Take care, and see you next time.

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Blue Ridge Senior Center Update
By Ruth VanCott

Ah spring, the time of the year when a young man's fancy turns to... well, we'll leave that to your imagination.

We have many interesting times during March and April. In March we celebrated St. Patrick's Day. The rooms were decorated with many green things. A corned beef and cabbage dinner was served on the 17th in the evening, for members and guests. Then a very talented gentlemen by the name of Pat Kane performed for us. He played the violin and also the guitar and flute, sang, told jokes and really kept us entertained with his Irish and other types of music. We even joined him in a few songs. It was a delightful afternoon.

Our Easter Bake Sale was held in the lobby of Peoples National Bank. It was a success.

Then our many birthdays in March; we honored the following: Dorothy Helman, Shirley Travis, Richard Randall, Juanita Brewer, Betty Goff, Lena Hartford. Cake and ice cream served as usual.

Talking about birthdays, we had a super one in April. Goldie Small, one of our volunteers, celebrated her 100th birthday on April 1. Manager Donna Cosmello made arrangements for the gala affair. Goldie was presented with l00 roses and a guest book signed by all who attended. Many special guests, including Grace Magill, Executive Director of Barnes Kasson Senior Services, also Debbi Birchard from Senior Services, Commissioners Warren and Allen.

Also, a letter from President Bush was read, citations were read from Rep. Sandra Major, and Rep. Chris Carney. There were roses on each table, delicious refreshments were served. It was a wonderful affair, and we wish Goldie all the best and many more years.

Our usual birthday party was held later in the month for the following: Don Itner, Mary Mastion, Helen Elbrecht, Elizabeth Ralston, Irma Bender and our manager Donna Cosmello. Yes, we again had cake and ice cream and sang the birthday song.

A representative from Area on Aging was here and gave a talk about skin cancer. Also, Bill Farley, Executive Director of Area on Aging spent some time here, asking questions about the food, menus and what changes could be made.

Our usual cards and dominos were played, also bingo. We were closed on election day. Council meeting and plans for next month made.

That’s all for now, take care.

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