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Cancer Treatment Services Available
Conservation District Supports Legislation
County 4-Hers Participate In County Dairy Camp
July Is Ice Cream Month
PNB Donates To Building Fund
United Way Announces Spirit of America Award

Cancer Treatment Services Available

Rep. Sandra Major (R-Susquehanna/Wayne/Wyoming) is encouraging eligible women to seek free cancer prevention and treatment services through two state programs.

The Department of Health provides free mammograms, clinical breast and pelvic exams and pap tests through the HealthyWoman Program. The program is open to women between the ages of 40 and 65, who have low to moderate incomes, are uninsured or have insurance that does not cover screening for breast or cervical cancer.

If a woman is diagnosed with breast or cervical cancer, or pre-cancerous conditions of the breast or cervix, through the HealthyWoman Program, she is eligible for full health care benefits through the Breast and Cervical Cancer Prevention and Treatment Program. Coverage for treatment begins immediately.

For more information, call the HealthyWoman Program at 1-800-215-7494.

For more information about the HealthyWoman Program or the Breast and Cervical Cancer Prevention and Treatment Program, visit Major's website at and click on "Cancer Services for Women."

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Conservation District Supports Legislation

The Susquehanna County Conservation District applauds the PA General Assembly for its unanimous passage of SB 1020 and the governor for signing the legislation into law. This legislation updates the Conservation District law, which is the Pennsylvania statute that created the State Conservation Commission (SCC) and provided the authority for county governing bodies to create conservation districts.

Pennsylvania's conservation districts administer a wide array of delegated and contracted state programs with a number of funding sources. SB 1020 was introduced by Senator Rob Wonderling to update and strengthen Act 217, the law creating conservation districts, and continue to meet the conservation needs of the Commonwealth. The bill increase the capacity of conservation districts to deliver locally led conservation, and further defines and strengthens the State Conservation Commission. This legislation was endorsed by PACD, the Rendell administration, and many legislative leaders in the House and Senate. Senator Roger Madigan’s extensive knowledge and overwhelming support of conservation efforts in his district and throughout the Commonwealth, co-sponsored the bill.

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County 4-Hers Participate In County Dairy Camp
Submitted By Michelle Kowalewski, Dairy Ag/Enterprise Educator

The Susquehanna County 4-H Dairy Leaders and Penn State Cooperative Extension in Susquehanna County recently organized a two-day, overnight camp for seventy 4-H dairy club members from Susquehanna, Wyoming, and Bradford Counties on Tuesday, July 1 and Wednesday, July 2 at the Harford Fairgrounds. Dairy Camp is a longtime tradition here in Susquehanna County for 4-H members to learn a variety of topics relating to their 4-H dairy projects and to have a little fun too!

70 dairy members from Susquehanna, Wyoming, and Bradford Counties recently participated in Susquehanna County's Dairy Camp.

The seventy 4-H members were divided into teams, all named after breeds of cows – Holsteins, Milking Shorthorns, Ayrshires, Red & Whites, Jerseys, and Brown Swiss. Senior 4-H members Bryan Castrogiovanni, Eric Giangrieco, Mike Greenwood, Tom Greenwood, Amanda Hirkey, Allison Kiefer, Ricky Klim, Brandon Loch, Amos Lyon, Amanda Miner, Nate Oleniacz, Abbey Puzo, Chelsey Saam, Jenna Sprout, Trevor Tompkins, Eileen Walker, and Mackey Wright served as team captains to keep 4-Hers organized and to help the camp run smoothly.

4-H members, leaders, and parents had the opportunity to attend a variety of educational workshops on Tuesday to kickoff Dairy Camp. The six workshops included Dairy Nutrition by Brad Swendsen, Cochecton Mills Feed Company; Dairy Showmanship presented by Dave Jonas, Pleasant Mount; Dairy Fitting lead by Steven Pavelski, Greenfield Twp.; It’s Fair Time! Presented by Michelle Kowalewski, Montrose; Tracking Your Dairy Heifer’s Growth, Abby Onyon, New Milford; and Dairy Jeopardy & Butter Making by Eileen Walker, Susquehanna County Dairy Princess. Tuesday afternoon the 4-Hers worked with their partners selecting, training, and clipping a dairy heifer for the mock showmanship and fitting contest held on Saturday morning. 4-H members practiced the 4-H slogan, “Learning by Doing” while working hands-on with a dairy heifer to develop their showmanship and fitting skills under the guidance of older members, adults, and leaders who attended the Camp. The animals were graciously provided by the following 4-H families: the Pavelski’s, Goff’s, and Tompkins’.

Other activities held during Dairy Camp included a dairy judging contest, dairy ethics and quality assurance training, scavenger hunt, games and relays, and an ice cream social hosted by the Eileen Walker the 2008-09 Susquehanna County Dairy Princess and the Susquehanna County Dairy Promotion Committee.

On Wednesday morning members had to opportunity to show off their talents in the mock showmanship and fitting contest. The showmanship contest was judged by Jeremiah Fearnley, Little Meadows and the fitting contest was judged by Dave Castrogiovanni, Montrose.

Dairy Camp is one of the many 4-H activities offered in Susquehanna County. For more information about the 4-H program in Susquehanna County, contact Penn State Cooperative Extension at 278-1158.

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July Is Ice Cream Month
By Alicia Roe, Susquehanna County Dairy Ambassador

The school year is over and summer is officially here, along with hot, sunny days. Seeing all the stress-free smiles, the smell of fresh cut grass, the sound of children laughing and playing outside, and most of all, eating a big bowl of ice cream on a warm summer night are some of my favorite things that I enjoy about the month of July.

Susquehanna County Dairy Royalty celebrate “July is Ice Cream Month.” Pictured (l-r) are: Alicia Roe, Madeline Mitchell and Olivia Mitchell.

From graduation parties to family reunions, many of us have been busy this summer, getting together and catching up with friends and family. This is a special time of the year, when we can enjoy the outdoors and reacquaint ourselves with those we enjoy the most. Even though we have busy schedules, we all need to take time to make sure we are eating healthy, nutritious foods. One way we can accomplish this is by always having dairy foods readily available. Having three servings a day of milk, cheese, or yogurt is an easy way for families to get the healthy nutrients our bodies need. Building strong bones, reducing the risk of osteoporosis, and helping maintain a healthy weight are just a few good reasons to include dairy in your diet. As we all know, maintaining a healthy weight during swim-suit season is probably one of the things we stress over the most. Unfortunately, research shows about one half of Americans are not getting enough dairy foods. So, what can you do?

Encourage 3-A-Day of dairy foods. Enjoy quick and easy snacks such as fruit and yogurt, cheese, a glass of milk or, my personal favorite, an ice cold dish of your favorite flavor of ice cream.

Enjoying time with friends and family is important. Preparing quick and easy snacks like these gives you more time to enjoy their company. So the next time you have guests over, serve up something dairy. Who can resist a delicious bowl of ice cream?

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PNB Donates To Building Fund

Peoples National Bank has made a donation of $50,000 to the Susquehanna County Historical Society & Free Library Association. Pictured (l-r) are Debra Dissinger, Kim Harwood and Mark Caterson. After a century of service to county residents from the building at 2 Monument Square in Montrose, they are raising the money to build a new home for the library that will meet the needs of our growing communities.  They will have more space for children and adult programs, computer/internet access, as well as room for more books.  The present building will be used for the Historical Society museum. If you would like to join with PNB and others in making this facility possible, call the library at:  278-1881, or visit their website at

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United Way Announces Spirit of America Award
Submitted By Amy Steinberg, Executive Assistant

The United Way of Susquehanna County is pleased to announce that Nationwide Insurance has been selected to receive the United Way of America’s prestigious Spirit of America Award for 2007, one of our nation’s highest awards for corporate citizenship.

Tom Chamberlain, Chairman of the Board of the United Way of Susquehanna County, is one of the recipients of the Spirit of America Award.

Tom Chamberlain, Nationwide Insurance, New Milford has easily earned his part of this national award. Tom is an integral part of the United Way of Susquehanna County. He serves as the Chairman of the Board of Directors and is very active in Creative Adventures for Education, a United Way participating agency. He graciously gives of his time whenever there is something to be done and gives generously to the United Way annual campaign while encouraging his employees to do so as well.

This is the second time that Nationwide Insurance has won the award, which was previously earned in 2000. Only two other companies – UPS and Valero Energy – are two-time winners.

The United Way of America chose Nationwide for the 21st annual award not simply for running a great campaign across the country, but also for their year-round approach to encouraging volunteerism among agents and associates and for their ongoing commitment to projects that improve lives in local communities.

The Spirit of America Award recognizes Fortune 500 companies that are United Way’s National Corporate Leadership member companies. Recipients are judged by distinguished corporate volunteers and local United Ways. According to the United Way of America, winning this award is only possible when a company has dedicated, truly exceptional employees who go above and beyond to help people right where they live. We have all heard the slogan for Nationwide Insurance, and this time you can see the reality – Nationwide is On Your Side.

Congratulations to Tom Chamberlain, Nationwide Insurance and all the other fine Nationwide Insurance agents in our area for their outstanding effort in supporting the local community.

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