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Turnpike Senior Center Update
Conference Highlights Susquehanna County
Fire Departments Host Educational Program
Seat Belt Program At Emerson Apartments
Five Fab Gift Ideas For Father’s Day

Gift Ideas For Dads Of All Types (NewsUSA) - Racking your brain to think of the perfect Father's Day gift?
Golf Card + Father's Day = Happy Dad! Help people breathe AND spoil Dad!
Quest for Father – Give Dad a Manatee!

Turnpike Senior Center Update
By Mary Heesh

Hello from Turnpike Terrace.

Happy birthday to all the May people.

We will be getting some new tenants up here soon.

We have a lot of flowers in the circle out front and in the other flower beds, they look nice and the colors brighten it up. Nora and Connie Bush did the work on them.

The way the gas prices are going up, there will be a lot of people staying home. Some seniors enjoy a short ride once in awhile. With fixed income, it’s all they can do. We are wishing for our brown bag day bus again so we can go shopping, or out to dinner or a movie.

We had a really nice crowd for our spaghetti dinner. Everyone enjoyed the meal and fellowship afterward.

Some of us went to Starrucca for a Soulfire concert. It was held at the Methodist Church. It was nice, as usual, and they had a Memorial Day picnic after the concert.

Mary Ryder has been in the hospital. She has been having trouble with her leg and foot. We are wishing her a good recovery.

Mary Melnick is home from the hospital. Stay well, Mary.

It is nice to see a lot of people outside more because of the nice weather.

We saw Marsha for a few minutes today. She has been out for awhile. She had surgery on her knee. We are all wishing her a full recovery.

See you next time.

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Conference Highlights Susquehanna County

Susquehanna was the featured county at the Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors’ 86th annual Educational Conference and Trade Show held in May.

Pictured (l-r) at the Susquehanna County exhibit at the PA State Association of Township Supervisors Educational Conference are: Michele Suchnick, Liberty Twp. Supervisor Ted Plevinsky, Eleanor Lempke.

As part of the county’s recognition, area attractions and businesses were highlighted at an information booth during the three-day conference held at the Hershey Lodge in Hershey. Michele Suchnick, from Colonial Brick Inn & Suites in Hallstead, Eleanor Lempke, from Lynn-Lee House Bed & Breakfast in New Milford, and Shelley McAndrew, from the Endless Mountains Visitors Bureau in Tunkhannock, manned the booth that promoted Susquehanna County and its assets.

Over 4,500 township supervisors, officials, and other township employees from across the Commonwealth attended the conference. The trade show portion of the event brought in over 300 vendors, featuring products and services beneficial to township government.

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Fire Departments Host Educational Program
Submitted By Melissa Lankford

On May 19, the Susquehanna Fire Department and Thompson Hose Company held a Recruitment and Education Assembly at Susquehanna Community High School. The main purpose of the program was to educate students in grades 7-12 on the various jobs that firefighters and emergency medical personnel have and to abolish the preconceived notions that many seem to have about the fire and EMS services, such as the images portrayed in movies and on television.

Members of the Susquehanna Fire Dept. and Thompson Hose Company held an educational assembly for students at Susquehanna Community High School on May 19.

After hearing a brief presentation from Chief Steve Glover (Susquehanna), Chief Chad Wallace (Thompson), Captain Todd Glover (Susquehanna), Swift Water Rescue Captain Steve Frederick (Susquehanna), and Captain Kim Conklin (Thompson) on the different jobs and aspects of the fire departments, the students were escorted out on to the tennis courts to have a hands-on perspective of the services. During this time, various personnel from both departments were available to answer questions, help demonstrate equipment and apparatus, and explain membership and training. Present was Thompson Engine, Thompson Ambulance, Susquehanna Engine 1, Susquehanna Rescue Truck, Susquehanna Brush Truck, Susquehanna RTV, Susquehanna Jet Skis, Susquehanna Ambulance, and Guthrie Air helicopter. The crew of Guthrie Air gave the students an up-close and personal view of a medical transport helicopter and answered many questions. They also gave the 7th, 8th, and 9th graders a special treat, watching the takeoff and an amazing flyover.

Applications for both departments are available for individuals 16 years and older, and there is a job for everyone who is willing to lend a hand. Volunteerism is at a low, and we are asking that if anyone is interested in becoming a volunteer, to see a member from either department. If any students have had a thought of becoming a firefighter as a career or getting into the medical field, we encourage them to become a volunteer. It will give you an insight of the career choice you have made, as well as giving you a sense of pride and accomplishment in your community. Thompson Hose Company also has their application online at or one can be obtained from any member. Susquehanna Fire Department’s application is available at the station on Wednesday evenings starting at 6:30 p.m., or also can be obtained from any member. For more information, visit their website

The Susquehanna Fire Department will be hosting an open house and adult recruitment program at the Susquehanna Borough’s Hometown Days in July.

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Seat Belt Program At Emerson Apartments

Cathy Sabulski, right, gathers with, from left, foster grandparents Esther Ketcham, Joann Perry, and Marybeth Bolt (coordinator) after a recent presentation on child passenger safety at the Emerson Apartments in Hallstead. Sabulski is the Central Northeast Coordinator of the PA Traffic Injury Prevention Project (TIPP), which is funded by PennDOT. TIPP is a statewide project focused on traffic safety issues for children. The program included a number of safety issues, especially the importance of buckling up. Although the presentation dealt primarily with child passenger safety, it was also intended to raise public awareness of Pennsylvania’s child safety seat and seat belt laws, and also incorporate PennDOT’s current Click It or Ticket mobilization.

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Five Fab Gift Ideas For Father’s Day

(NAPS) – Father’s Day is fast approaching and, as always, you’re faced with the challenge of finding the ideal gift. Forget the ties, socks and the standard Father’s Day fare. Target your gift to Dad’s special interests and you can’t go wrong. Here are some ideas to get you started.

For the Outdoor Adventurer: Maybe Dad has always wanted to try an exciting activity such as scuba diving, rock climbing or even skydiving. Gift him with lessons for the activity of his dreams to satisfy that adventurous spirit.

For the Family Filmmaker: Dad doesn’t have to be Steven Spielberg to capture great footage of family and friends on video. The Sony HDR-SR11 high-definition camcorder’s automatic face-detection technology ensures that Dad won’t have to worry about the kids being out of focus or the wrong exposure. Everyone will look their best with sharply focused faces and natural skin tones so they’re ready for the big screen HDTV.

For the Wine Connoisseur: Plan a wine-tasting tour of the local vineyards for Dad and pick up a bottle or two of his favorites from the wineries you visit. Hire a limo to travel in style and pack a gourmet picnic lunch so you and Dad can have some quiet time together. The wine may not last, but the memories will.

For the Woodworker: Pick up that special tool that Dad’s been wishing for. If his workshop is fully equipped, then consult the local lumberyard or go online to find an exotic type of wood to inspire his next creation.

For the Armchair Traveler: Put together a gift box representing a country (or city) that Dad has always wanted to visit. Bring the experience to him by filling the box with related travel guides, maps, music CDs and food.

Finding a fine Father’s Day gift can be a snap when you consider cameras.

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Gift Ideas For Dads Of All Types (NewsUSA) - Racking your brain to think of the perfect Father's Day gift?

Not to fret, there are great gift ideas to match the countless interests and hobbies of fathers out there. Here are some options to consider:

For the Sports Fanatic: Does dad spend too much time on the golf course or on the court in his mad pursuit for perfection? Give him a hand and buy him a new Sony DVD Handycam camcorder. He can film his golf swing or backhand in slow motion video, analyze his technique on TV and improve his game in record time.

For the DIY Dad: If dad enjoys tackling those summer fix-it projects, new tools, storage organizers and do-it-yourself books and DVDs make great gifts. Or pick up a gift card from a home improvement store and let him choose the perfect tool for his next undertaking.

For the Clothes Horse: New sunglasses and watches are perfect gifts for dads who are always in style. They will make him look and feel good.

For the Gardening Guru: If your dad has a green thumb, you might want to get him some new tools for his favorite trade; that leaf blower or weed whacker he's been eyeing; a few plants; or a book on the famous gardens of Versailles.

For the Barbecue Buff: If your dad loves to show off his ability to cook with fire, then consider barbecue utensils, aprons, cookbooks or even a new grill. Top it off with a gift membership to a "steak of the month" or "beer of the month" club to make for a perfect summer feast.

With these ideas, you'll be able to find a gift that's thoughtful, useful and appreciated - just like dad himself.

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Golf Card + Father's Day = Happy Dad! Help people breathe AND spoil Dad!

As Father's Day approaches, the American Lung Association's golf discount program is the perfect gift for the golfer in your life. The Golf Privilege Club® (GPC) is a great way to try out different courses and save money at the same time.

Golf Privilege Club® cardholders are entitled to golfing opportunities at over 125 different courses and driving ranges throughout New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Each course offers free, reduced green fees or unlimited play at a flat rate. The Golf Privilege Club® program is an inexpensive Father's day gift for just $20.

This American Lung Association golf discount program makes a great gift any time of year. For more information on the program, call the American Lung Association of the Mid-Atlantic at (717) 541-5864 x 55. For a list of participating courses and driving ranges and/or purchase on-line visit: . Cards can be ordered over the phone with quick turn-around time. This year give dad a Father's Day gift he will really appreciate and use. Order one today and put a smile on the face of your favorite golfer this season!

Money raised stays in the region to support programs, services, research and advocacy efforts by the American Lung Association of the Mid-Atlantic. Treat yourself or your loved ones to an American Lung Association Golf Privilege Club® card and help improve life, one breath at a time. If you have a question concerning a lung health issue or would like to contact your local American Lung Association office, call the American Lung Association HelpLine toll-free at 1-800-LUNG-USA.

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Quest for Father – Give Dad a Manatee!

Let the pondering and head scratching begin! What to get dad for Father’s Day can be a daunting quest. Last year, Aaron Levy from Washington, DC, broke free of traditional gift-giving and adopted a manatee for his dad, Barry, who lives in Massachusetts. “My dad already has more ties and golf paraphernalia than he knows what to do with,” explained Aaron. “I wanted to get him something different and he certainly wasn’t expecting a manatee for Father’s Day, though I know he has a soft spot for endangered animals like manatees. Of course, I also realize it’s a gift that supports a good cause.”

Aaron adopted Ariel for his dad from Save the Manatee Club’s adoption program at Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park in Homosassa, Florida. The park is a rehabilitation facility for manatees who are recovering from injuries before being released back into the wild. However, Ariel is one of five females in the Club’s adoption program at Homosassa who currently cannot be released because of past injuries or for other life threatening reasons. Because the park is Ariel’s home year-round, those who have adopted Ariel can visit her at the park and, most anytime, have the opportunity to see how she’s doing. “I adopted Ariel for dad because she’s described as a friendly manatee who smiles at visitors,” Aaron said.

Thirty-two manatees are up for adoption in Save the Manatee Club’s three Florida adoption programs at Blue Spring State Park in Orange City, Tampa Bay, and Homosassa. For a $25 tax-deductible donation – which works out to a little over $2 a month for a year – gift recipients receive an adoption certificate, a color photo of a real, live Florida manatee, biography, and a handbook brimming with manatee facts and information. And shipping is free.

“Dad put Ariel’s adoption photo in the kitchen/den area at home for all to see,” added Aaron. “He chose this prominent spot because he likes explaining Ariel to visitors. It’s a great conversation piece, and the photo is still hanging in the same place a year later.”

The adoption package also includes a subscription to the Club’s quarterly newsletter, The Manatee Zone, and the bi-monthly e-newsletter, Paddle Tales. And this Father’s Day, each new member who joins the Adopt-A-Manatee program online will receive the Club’s official T-shirt with a beautiful, full color underwater design by renowned artist, Nancy Blauers, whose artwork is also featured on Florida’s new official manatee automobile license tag.

And if you really want to evoke that twinkle in your dad’s eye, you can also enter the Club’s donation drawing to name a baby manatee after him. Go to to find out more.

Aaron has fond memories of visiting his grandmother in Miami Beach when he was younger. It was where he first learned about the good-natured, laid-back marine mammals who inhabit Florida’s waterways. Today, there are about 3,000 manatees concentrated year-round in the Sunshine State. Tragically, the largest known cause of manatee deaths is from boat strikes.

“The thought of a harmless manatee injured by a speed boat is just heartbreaking,” said Aaron. It’s a shame we can’t find safer ways to share the water with these peaceful creatures. Personally, when I’m not working, I like to take life as slow as possible – kind of like a manatee.”

Whenever a manatee is adopted from Save the Manatee Club, funds raised go toward numerous conservation and education programs. The national, nonprofit advocacy organization was founded in 1981 by signer/songwriter Jimmy Buffett and former U.S. Senator and Florida Governor, Bob Graham.

To adopt a manatee for Father’s Day, or to make a donation, contact Save the Manatee Club at 500 N. Maitland Ave., Maitland, FL 32751, call 1-800-432-JOIN (5646), or visit their web site at where you can also sign up for the Club’s free e-newsletter.

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