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Engagement Announced Paterno – Carpenter
Dairy In Pennsylvania
Historical Locomotive Visits Susquehanna
4-H Club News Clover Pups Dog Club
Leadership 2020 Begins 7th Year
PARSE Update
Blue Ridge Senior Center Update
Brenda Kochmer Donates To Locks Of Love (Again)

Engagement Announced Paterno – Carpenter

George and Amelia Paterno, Jackson, PA, announced the engagement of their daughter, Lisa Marie Paterno to Joshua Steven Carpenter.

The future bridegroom is the son of George and Theresa Carpenter, New Milford, and Deatte and John Amrein, Susquehanna.


Miss Paterno is a graduate of Blue Ridge High School and Marywood University. She is pursuing a career in secondary education.

Mr. Carpenter also graduated from Blue Ridge High School, and is currently attending Luzerne Community College, majoring in elementary education.

A spring, 2010 wedding is planned.

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Dairy In Pennsylvania
Submitted By Eileen Walker

My name is Eileen Walker and I am the 2008-2009 Susquehanna County Dairy Princess. I would like to tell you some facts about dairy in Pennsylvania. Dairy is a very important part of life in Pennsylvania, with approximately 40,000 jobs created because of the industry. With approximately 560,000 cows in Pennsylvania, that’s a lot of jobs. Every nine cows provide one dairy-related job.

Eileen Walker, the 2008-09 Susquehanna County Dairy Princess.

Pennsylvania has about 9,000 dairy farms, with 98% of these farms family owned and operated. Did you know the average cow produces 6 1/2 gallons of milk each day? That’s over 100 glasses of milk! 99% of households in the United States purchase milk; the average American consumes about 25 gallons of milk a year.

The best source of calcium comes from milk, yogurt, and cheese. About 72% of the calcium in the United States’ food supply comes from dairy! Only 30% of teenage boys and only 12% of teenage girls get their recommended three servings of dairy each day. As Susquehanna County Dairy Princess I would like to encourage everyone to enjoy 3-A-Day of dairy; milk, yogurt and cheese for strong healthy bones and teeth.

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Historical Locomotive Visits Susquehanna
By Carole Canfield

The locomotive pictured here was part of an equipment move from Binghamton, NY to Port Jervis, NY. The locomotive's historical significance is that it was built in April of 1951. In October, 1960 Erie Railroad and Lackawanna Rail Road merged and the #833 was the last passenger train westbound to arrive and depart in Susquehanna in November, 1966. This #833 locomotive pulled car # 21. This was also the last time the locomotive was in Susquehanna.

In April, 1976 Conrail Railways was formed and took over several local railways. At this point, the locomotive received a new number and paint job.

In 2006, James Wilson, President of the NY& Greenwood Rail Road, purchased #833 and restored it to the original Erie Railroad colors and gave it back its original number.

It is noted that, at one point in time, the Erie Railroad employed as many as 3,000 people. Today there are none, although a number of retired Erie employees still live in the immediate area.

Joseph White, retired engineer and Division Manager of NY/Susquehanna & Western Railway, had the opportunity and pleasure of taking the #833 through its paces for the last time. White also lives in the Susquehanna, PA area.

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4-H Club News Clover Pups Dog Club

The Clover Pups 4-H Dog Club recently held two meetings. We begin our meetings by saying the Pledge of Allegiance and the 4-H pledge. The club has started obedience training with the dogs.

At our April 28 meeting we voted in officers and they are: President – Kaitlyn Wert, Vice President – Daniel Powers, Secretary – Jenny Grosvenor, Treasurer – Walker Beebe and News Reporter – Lillian Taylor.

So far my favorite part is obedience training. At our June 2 meeting we started by saying our pledges. The club has started agility training with our dogs. We tried jumps, teeter totter, the tunnel and weave poles. We set the teeter totter on the ground so the dogs could get used to it. We cut the tunnel shorter so the dogs would not get frightened. The club has decided at each meeting to pay $1.00 dues to gather more money so we can make jumps. We practiced recalls, which is where you leave your dog, then call them to you from a distance. We also did some figure eights.

News Reporter: Lillian Taylor

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Leadership 2020 Begins 7th Year
Submitted by Joann Kowalski

The Leadership 2020 Steering Committee is accepting applications for the upcoming class. This will be the seventh leadership development program for Susquehanna County since its inception in Fall, 2000.

Currently the numbers who have graduated from Leadership 2020 totals nearly 70, and many of our referrals come from graduates. We are looking for interested individuals for the September 26 and 27 kick-off. The series continues every two weeks on Tuesday evening, thereafter starting on October 7 until graduation on February 17.

Leadership 2020 is a comprehensive leadership development program open to anyone living and/or working in Susquehanna County. Public officials, business people, staff, volunteers and board members of non-profit agencies and service clubs, and anyone who wants to make a difference in their community or develop their personal leadership potential is encouraged to apply.

Leadership 2020 requires a significant commitment of time and travel within the county, and will require homework and other out-of-class preparation. Instructors have been utilizing a newly-developed statewide Penn State Extension leadership curriculum which consists of 36 hours of instruction. The tuition for the program is $200.00. Financial arrangements can be made if necessary. Scholarships are available from the United Way to participating agency staff or those wishing to volunteer for the agency.

Applications will be reviewed by the Leadership 2020 Steering Committee consisting of Ray Osburn, Ruth Donnelly, Marilyn Morgan, Becky Naylor, Bob Welch, Marilyn Haskins, Tami Cortright and Cheryl Matulevich. The committee will select approximately 15 participants for Year VII.

For an application, or if you have questions on any aspect of the program, please contact one of the Steering Committee members or Joann Kowalski at 278-1158. You can also access the application at Applications are due by August 26, and should be forwarded to Penn State Extension, 31 Public Avenue, Montrose, PA 18801.

Leadership 2020 is sponsored by Penn State Cooperative Extension in partnership and with the support of businesses and community organizations throughout the county. Accommodations will be made for those with disabilities.

If you are a business or organization interested in sponsoring a participant or would like to make a donation of money or space, contact Joann Kowalski at the Penn State Cooperative Extension office at 278-1158 or 31 Public Avenue, Montrose, PA 18801.

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PARSE Update
By Cynthia Sims, Secy.

The Pennsylvania Association of Retired State Employees (PARSE), Chapter 15 Endless Mountains met on June 10 at the Towanda Gun Club. Bill Pizer of the Erie County PARSE Chapter, who was scheduled to speak to the members on the vision, dental and long-term care programs, was unable to attend the meeting. Arrangements will be made for him to attend a future meeting.

As Chapter 15 encompasses the counties of Bradford, Sullivan and Susquehanna, the membership discussed the transportation cost of attending the meetings, as well as the increasing cost of the dinners. There are nine meetings per year, with three in each county, and it was suggested there may be a need to reduce the number of meetings per year to three. Alice Hoose, a member from Athens, told the group how she contacted the EMT bus for a ride to the meeting this date. She stated that the bus came to her home, brought her to the meeting and would pick her up and take her home for a minimal fee. The members thought this appeared to be a possible solution for the transportation problem.

The next meeting will be a chicken barbecue at noon on June 8 at Green Gables, New Milford. To learn more about the PARSE organization or to make reservations for the barbecue, contact Susquehanna County Vice President John Benio at (570) 278–2380.

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Blue Ridge Senior Center Update
By Ruth VanCott

Spring has finally arrived, proving that the coldness of winter cannot prevent nature's rebirth. We welcomed spring with many special events.

We had a special "Tea Party" near Mother's Day. Donna C. read the history of the tea party and we enjoyed sandwiches and cookies with our tea. Real nice. Then the annual volunteer recognition dinner was held at the American Legion here in Hallstead, It was May 10, and many of our seniors were able to attend. There was a chicken barbecue, which was enjoyed. Each of the six managers of our centers gave a report, and we were entertained by Terry Rockwell. Thanks to all who had any part in arranging this special day.

The senior vouchers were passed out. We seniors certainly appreciate them, and all the other benefits offered to us by the state of Pennsylvania. The annual senior citizens’ picnic was held in Troy, PA, on June 26. There was a musical entertainment, informational booths, a picnic lunch and bingo . The Area Agency on Aging were our hosts; this included Bradford, Sullivan, Susquehanna and Tioga counties.

I have to tell your about the quilt that is being made by our quilt ladies. It is beautiful. I was pleased to see the sample square, and it is in lovely pastel shades of pink, blue and green with a pretty floral piece. Chances are being sold now, so be sure you get yours, you could be the winner.

Some sad news to report. Shirley Travis who was a former green-thumber and a volunteer passed away. Also, Ruth McDevitt. Her family donated a gift of money to our group in her memory, and we purchased some round tables for the center. Also, Carol Scales, who had been our green-thumber this past year, has left. We miss you! Nettie Swingle had surgery and is now on the road to recovery.

We honored some seniors ourselves, namely the following: Babe Simons, Katherine Seward, Pearl Williams, Howard Perry, Lois Blakeslee, Hattie Hunter, Betty Kegleman, Al Maholick and Helen Randall. We had our monthly birthday party for the above, with the usual cake and ice cream. May you all have a wonderful year.

Each month we have a super bingo and a super chicken feet day. There are always ten winners in bingo, and also a winner for each hand of chicken feet. But there is also a super winner at the end of each game. Some recent winners were Lena Rinker, Mary White and Ruth Clift.

We have started a walking program, and everyone is welcome to come and join us. We continue to play cards and dominos, exercise on Monday and Thursday. We usually have a good crowd out, but there is room for more, so come down and get in good shape. The exercise is low-impact, so any senior can do it.

That’s all for now, ‘til next time.

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Brenda Kochmer Donates To Locks Of Love (Again)

Brenda Kochmer, Thompson, has done it again. She has, for the second time, donated 13 inches of her hair for Locks of Love. This is an agency that accepts donations of hair for children who have lost their hair due to illness or cancer. Brenda hopes that her donation will, in some small way, help a child to feel better about themselves during the hard time they have to endure.

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