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NJDBPW Honors Girl Of The Year
O’Connor Elected PA Bar Assoc. Treasurer
Fieldstone Farm Receives 2008 Conservancy Award
Lions Club Update
Literacy Is Expanding

Making Magic
Waiting For You!
Come Check Out Our Window On Main St.!
Eileen Walker Crowned County Dairy Princess

NJDBPW Honors Girl Of The Year
Submitted By Karen Trynoski

The Nellie Jane DeWitt Business and Professional Women’s Club held their annual dinner meeting honoring the Girl of the Year on Thursday, May 22 at the Starrucca House. The club members welcomed Girl Of The Year, Tamara Sager with her guests, Brittney and Conrad Zembrowski. Tamara is from the Class of 2008 of Susquehanna Community High School.

Pictured (l-r) at the annual meeting of the Nellie Jane DeWitt BPW are: seated – Darlene Slocum - President of the NJDBPW, Tamara Sager - Girl of the Year; standing – Carol Dubas - Chairman of the evening, Brittney Zembrowski - guest/friend of Tamara.

Carol Dubas, committee chairman for the evening introduced Tamara and asked her to share a few thoughts. Tamara thanked the club for the honor, and informed the members of the teams and clubs she has participated in over her years in school. Tamara is a member of the cross country team and the track and field team, and served as team captain of the Scholastic Bowl and the Reading Competition. She has also been a member of the SADD organization, the school newspaper and the Spain Club.

Tamara will be attending Kings College to major in Spanish, with secondary studies in English. She hopes to become an author someday. Tamara resides in Thompson with the Zembrowski’s. Carol Dubas presented Tamara with a plague and gifts on behalf of the Nellie Jane DeWitt BPW.

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O’Connor Elected PA Bar Assoc. Treasurer

Francis X. O'Connor, a sole practitioner in Great Bend, will become treasurer of the 29,000-member Pennsylvania Bar Association at the conclusion of the organization's annual meeting, June 4 - 6 in Hershey.

Attorney Francis X. O’Connor, newly elected treasurer of the Pennsylvania Bar Association.

O'Connor is a former member of the PBA Board of Governors, having served as the Zone Five Governor representing lawyers from Bradford, Lackawanna, Luzerne, Monroe, Pike, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Wayne and Wyoming counties from 2003 – 2007.

O'Connor, a member and past chair of the PBA Membership Committee, is also a past president of the PBA's Conference of County Bar Leaders. He serves on the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania and has spoken to numerous groups on lawyer discipline and legal ethics and has authored a number of articles on these topics. He is the secretary/treasurer of the Susquehanna County Bar Association.

O'Connor is active in his community and serves as solicitor for and is a life member of the Great Bend Fire Company. He is an Eagle Scout who presently is an assistant scoutmaster for Troop 89 of the Boy Scouts of America. He has received numerous awards for his scouting activities, including the Silver Beaver and the District Award of Merit. A Eucharistic Minister at St. Lawrence Roman Catholic Church and a fourth-degree member of the Knights of Columbus, he also serves as a member/attendant for the Great-Bend/Hallstead Volunteer Ambulance Company.

O'Connor is a graduate of the University of Scranton and the St. Louis University Law School.

He and his wife, Sharon, have three grown children.

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Fieldstone Farm Receives 2008 Conservancy Award

Fieldstone Farm, located at 1807 Chestnut Ridge Road in Forest Lake Township and owned by Frank J. Pinkowski, recently earned a Countryside Conservancy Award in the Residential category. The award was given at the 2008 Stewardship Awards Ceremony held at Keystone College in LaPlume, PA.

Frank J. Pinkowski accepts the Residential Stewardship Award from Countryside Conservancy board member Amy Broadbent.

The Countyside Conservancy is a land trust dedicated to conserving lands and waters in and near the Tunkhannock Creek watershed in northeast Pennsylvania for the public benefit. The Stewardship awards are given to express appreciation to landowners, organizations and individuals who maintain their properties with respect for conserving the land, water and cultural values.

Fieldstone Farm, a re-created 18th century Northern Virginia farmstead, lies on a high level ridge where two watersheds begin. The 135-acre farm, developed by Pinkowski since 1967, features several miles of old and new stone walls. The farm is adorned with many outbuildings, including a stone and frame well house. An outbuilding of special significance is an early 19th century carriage barn that once was located at the Silver Lake Presbyterian Church at Laurel Lake. The carriage barn was disassembled and carefully resurrected at Fieldstone Farm. One of the main focal points of the property is a 4 ¼ acre spring-fed pond, which is overlooked from a recreated 18th century colonial farmhouse. Fieldstone Farm is dedicated to preserving the rural landscape and a country way of life.

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Lions Club Update
Submitted By Peter Dubik

In the past three months, the Hallstead - Great Bend Lions Club has been involved in the following projects. Our first chicken barbecue of the year was held in April with great success, over 200 dinners were sold. We also completed our Rte. 171 Clean up. For over ten years we have been involved with the Adopt A Highway Project. Rte. 171, approximately two miles, from the red light in Great Bend to Red Rock has been cleaned twice a year.

As we enter our summer months, the Hallstead - Great Bend Lions Club will be awarding the Sam Whaite Award to a graduating Blue Ridge High Senior. Our annual golf tournament will be held in July. Also included in the summer months will be a raffle, with a first prize of a $500.00 shopping spree, with a second and third prize also awarded. Another chicken barbecue will be included in our July calendar.

If anyone needs any information on any of the Hallstead - Great Bend Lions Club upcoming events, or is interested in becoming a member, feel free to contact the Lions Club at the following numbers: 879-4729, 879-5363 or 879-2219.

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Literacy Is Expanding
By Rhonda White, Coordinator

Family literacy of Susquehanna County is growing. We are a program for families to bond and become stronger in today’s busy world. Parents experience successes to share with their children, and we are looking for more families to come join our program. You will enjoy social time with other families who are becoming strong in today’s economic struggles.

Children’s social time at Family Literacy Workshops!

Family literacy provides fun activities to help parents, grandparents and other family members become their child’s first teacher. Parents learn, while teaching their children and playing together as families.

Currently we are working on projects that involve summer activities for parents to continue development of their child’s learning over the summer months.

Parents have used literacy’s computer lab to make flash cards for their children.

Parents designed newspaper posters outlining their children’s lives in a unique and special way.

Families will be participating in outside fun (weather permitting).

The families have learned different ways to use nature to teach their children simple concepts.

Parents will learn ways to use household items to teach and have fun with their children.

Parents with children not yet in school have developed their own nursery rhyme books that they share with their babies and toddlers.

Families develop and learn from each other, different ideas to strengthen the family as a unit.

Parents inspire happy children.

If you are interested in joining the fun, call Rhonda at (570) 465-2880

Families and volunteers are invited to sign up for a summer of fun!

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Making Magic
Submitted By Stephnie Thornton

Childcare providers, also known as early learning practitioners, from across Susquehanna County gathered Thursday, May 22 for a special event honoring their work with our children.  Susquehanna County CARES (Childcare, Agencies, Resources and Educational Services) hosted “Making Magic: Recognizing All That You Do” as a way of paying tribute to those who provide quality early care and education.  The event was held at the CARES Family Resource Center, inside the Susquehanna County Literacy Program’s New Milford office.

Bravo the Great performs for early learning practitioners at the CARES Family Resource Center.

With a theme of magic, those gathered enjoyed a fun evening featuring Bravo the Great.  The world class magician stunned the audience with such feats as making animals appear and other items disappear.  Awards by Senator Lisa Baker were also presented to each provider, and special recognition was given to those facilities which participate in Pennsylvania’s quality early education initiative, Keystone STARS. 

“Making Magic” was organized as a part of “Early Learning Practitioner Day,” as proclaimed by the Susquehanna County Commissioners.  While Susquehanna County CARES hosted the event, it would not have been possible without the support of CARES Advisory Board members and volunteers.  

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Waiting For You!

This white rabbit is up for adoption. It came in with four other rabbits. Three are brown, and one is a white and black lop-ear. They are very timid and are in need of socialization.

To see these rabbits stop by the Montrose SPCA, 278-1228.

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Come Check Out Our Window On Main St.!
By Elaine Kaiser

The Susquehanna Depot Area Historical Society has changed the display in their window on Main Street. The new owner, Jeff Benzak, is renovating the building and has allowed us to display our historical artifacts in the window until he has rented it. We will be changing the window every two months.

The Susquehanna Depot Area Historical Society’s display window on Main Street in Susquehanna.

Each month we try to have a mystery object in the window, and the person who guesses what it is will get a year’s membership free. The first winner was Diane Wilcox, of Susquehanna. She guessed the mystery item to be a World War II double edge razor blade sharpener.

As you may recall, we are looking for a home so that we can again open our museum to the public. It is important to save our history for the next generations.

The Historical Society meets once a month at the Susquehanna Borough building at 7:00, the third Thursday of each month, from April to November. We usually have a speaker at each meeting, show and tell, and refreshments. Also, look for our booth at the Susquehanna Home Town Days on July 20 and 21. We will be selling home-brewed iced tea, and will also have a display of books and postcards for sale.

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Eileen Walker Crowned County Dairy Princess
By Evie Goff

After being escorted by her two favorite farmers, brother Dan Puzo and grandfather Bill Goff, the 2007/2008 Dairy Princess, Abbey Puzo took the stage to begin the events leading up to crowning Eileen Walker 2008/2009 Susquehanna County Dairy Princess.

Eileen Walker, new Susquehanna County Dairy Princess, is ready with new ideas to promote the dairy industry in Susquehanna County.

Shana Mack, 2003/2004 Dairy Princess welcomed everyone to the pageant and introduced members of the dairy court as they took the stage. Mariah Tompkins, daughter of Mark and Cindy Tompkins and Madeline Mitchell, daughter of David and Heidi Mitchell will be promoting the dairy industry as Dairy Maids. Alicia Roe, daughter of Steve and Vicky Roe and Olivia Mitchell, daughter of David and Heidi Mitchell will be doing promotion work as Dairy Ambassadors. Each of the Dairy Maids and Ambassadors spoke about their promotion plans.

Abbey Puzo, assisted by the Bradford County alternate Dairy Princess, Shelby Crawford presented sashes to the Dairy Ambassadors and Dairy Maids.

Betty Reibson, Northeast District Dairy Princess and Promotion Coordinator, spoke to the group about the many opportunities the young ladies involved in the promotion program can look forward to as they begin a new year’s program.

Abbey Puzo presented the Tompkins family with a gift certificate in appreciation for their hosting of the sixth annual “Day on a Dairy Farm” event, held on their Evergreen Lane Farm. Hundreds of people attend this event, spending a few hours experiencing a dairy farm.

Kelly Diaz, 2001/2002 and 2002/2003 Princess presented Abbey with a scholarship on behalf of the County Dairy Princess and Promotion Committee. Kelly then recognized Abbey Puzo, Mariah Tompkins and Alicia Roe for promotion work they did during Abbey’s reign as Princess. The girls completed 129 on-site promotions and had 42 news articles printed.

Amanda Zembrzycki, 2004/2005 Dairy Princess commented on the excellent quality of Abbey, Alicia and Mariah’s scrapbooks. Members of the Dairy Court keep a scrapbook recording the many promotion events they take part in and news articles they have printed. Abbey also received an award at the State Dairy Princess Pageant for having one of two top scrapbooks in the state.

Abbey made her farewell speech, referring to lyrics to several country music songs as she noted the benefits she enjoyed and the many people that touched her life during her seven years of dairy promotions, first as a Dairy Maid in 2000 then progressing to a Dairy Ambassador, and then being crowned the 2007/2008 Dairy Princess. Abbey stated her appreciation of growing up very close to dairy farming, spending time at her grandparents’ farm ever since she was a little girl, showing cows in 4-H and at the Harford Fair since she was five years old and being part of dairy promotion since she was nine. Abbey said, “Many of my very best friends are a result of my connections to dairy farming.” Abbey plans to continue her involvement with dairy promotion as a county committee member.

Amanda Miner, 2005/2006 Dairy Princess introduced Eileen Walker, currently a junior at Mountain View High School as Dairy Princess for 2008/2009. Eileen’s the daughter of Robert and Ann Marie Walker, living in the Jackson area. Eileen is a 10-year 4-H dairy project member in North Jackson Ag 4-H Club. Eileen’s dairy animals that she has shown as 4-H projects are part of her uncle and aunt’s dairy farm, Joe and Sandy Pavelski. After high school graduation, Eileen plans on entering college, studying elementary education.

Before being crowned, Eileen spoke, stating, “Having new ideas and new ways to promote the dairy industry, I can’t wait to begin my work here in Susquehanna County.” Eileen was crowned the 2008/2009 Dairy Princess by outgoing Princess Abbey Puzo. Emory Bewley, daughter of Owen and Cathy Bewley, served as crown bearer.

The evening concluded with a reception hosted by the Dairy Promotion Committee.

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