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As far back as anyone can remember there has never been a sign for the Stevens Point Cemetery. Through the years, Ellis and Elaine Hobart of Stevens Point have answered many a knock on their door from inquisitive folks, looking for the cemetery and before them, Ellis’s parents, Raymond and Anna Hobart did the honors. But now all that has changed, with a template from Rosenkrans Signs in Great Bend, a beautiful bluestone from the Endless Mountain Stone Company and the time, talent and expertise from Stan Rockwell. Stan designed and constructed the new sign and with the help of other members of the Stevens Point Cemetery Association, installed it in Stevens Point (located on SR 1009 between Brandt and Starrucca) at the base of the Burdick Hill Road. This cemetery dates back to the mid 1800’s and is located about 200 yards up the Burdick Hill Road.
For nineteen 4-H'ers from Susquehanna County, Monday, June 30 was a special day. They represented Susquehanna County at the Northeast Regional 4-H Fashion Revue held at the United Methodist Church in Montrose.
Pictured (l-r) are senior Fashion Revue participants: Hannah Cronk, Lauralee Sears, Haley Case, Elaine Mackey, and Analyn Sears modeling their beautiful outfits. Hannah will be traveling to PSU to compete in the state 4-H competition.
The 4-H'ers made outfits they modeled as part of their 4-H textile science projects. Along with increasing their skills in clothing construction, they learned about wardrobe selection, color coordination, the importance of good posture and other aspects of grooming.
Members from several 4-H clubs in the county took part including Clovers, East Bridgewater, Deckertown, Four Seasons, Mill Pond, and Jackson Pin Thimblers. Members participated in either the junior non-wearable division, the junior wearable, or the senior wearable divisions by year of 4-H participation.
Winners from Susquehanna County were Alexa Suchnick and Stephanie Ostir in Junior Wearable Year 2. Emma Loch placed first in Junior Wearable Year 3, and Theresa Staats was first in Junior Wearable Year 4 and up. In the senior division, Elaine Mackey, Hannah Cronk, and Analyn Sears were winners and given the chance to compete in the State 4-H Fashion Revue. Hannah Cronk of Montrose has elected to go on to state competition which will be held on August 6 at the Eisenhower Auditorium at Penn State University, as part of the Penn State 4-H Achievement Week. This year’s program theme will be 4-H Project Runway. Hannah, who constructed a shirt, pants, and a plaid trench coat, will compete against 60 other 4-H’ers for a place among the 12 finalists in the state honor group.
Amelia Paterno, Branch Librarian, announced the successful completion of the Summer Reading Program of 2008, held at the Susquehanna Branch Library. The following students of the Susquehanna Elementary School District “caught the reading bug” at the library: Devyn Benson, Kelsea Benson, Angel Biebski, Daniel Braun, Michael Braun, Brandon Buman, Kiersten Buman, Evan Cantone, Peyton Cowperthwait, Anthony DeVoe, Clayton DeVoe, Annabelle Dinoto, Kerstin Dooley, Rodney Foote, Ashley Foote, Cori Glidden, Kathryn Glover, Jack Glover, Kaitlyn Gow, Austin Gow, Rebecca Haley, Rachel Hubal, Keith Hubal, Samantha Irwin, Jonathan Jenkins, Allison Jenkins, Benedict Kane, Matthew Kane, Garrison Kiernan, Meghan Kiernan, Emily Lawrenson, Sophie Lawrenson, Hannah Ludolph, Jarrett Ludolph, Hogan Ludolph, Liesl Ludolph, Nathaniel McArthur, Shannon Marinari, Brett Metcalf, Kasi Metcalf, Geena Miller, Jimmy Paynter, Saige Perry, Billy Perry, Rhiannon Potter, Reilly Potter, Benjamin Prentice, Rockell Rockwell, Alyis Rockwell, Julia Rudick, William Rudick, Ana Sargent, Alyse Sargent, Ryan Stallings, Andrew Stallings, Jonathan Teribury, Jessica Teribury, David Trevarthan, Lukas Trevarthan, Raya Vermilyea, Elvis Vermilyea, Niesha Wilcox, Robbie Wilcox.
Congratulations to all who participated in this year’s program.
The United Way of Susquehanna County’s pilot program, OASIS, has been running successfully this year with the help of TREHAB and the Penn State Cooperative Extension. OASIS (Opportunities After School Increase Success) has been teaching 7-12th grade students from local schools valuable life skills, confidence building and enhancing leadership qualities in the participants.
Pictured are this year’s OASIS participants and leaders.
Photo Courtesy of Melissa McHugh Photography
The OASIS program held a summer camp for its participants June 16- 20 where they learned valuable skills such as leadership, public speaking, team-building activities, and stress management. The staff at TREHAB did an excellent job in teaching the kids through fun activities and inviting special guests throughout the week.
The week ended with a free community event, showcasing the participants of the OASIS program and what they had learned throughout the week. Parents, sponsors and other invited guests attended the event at the Montrose Theater where they were treated to a dog show, fashion show, comedic skit and presentations from several of the participants.
In order to prepare for the day, the teens and counselors split into three groups. One group went to the Susquehanna County Humane Society, another to the Susquehanna County Red Cross, and the other to Susquehanna County Interfaith. The teenagers loved working with the animals at the shelter and getting them ready for the dog show. At Interfaith, they sorted and hung donated clothing and had a great time picking out their outfits for the fashion show. While at Red Cross, they learned a comedic skit which they performed at the theater as well. The children learned from firsthand experience what it was like to work at a non-profit agency. From washing, walking and grooming dogs to sorting and hanging donated clothing, they learned that each of these agencies provide necessary services to residents of Susquehanna County. At the event, several teens presented information they had learned about each agency. The teens had such a great time, and many of older participants filled out applications to further volunteer their time at these non-profit agencies. What a success!
To help reward the participants of OASIS for their dedication to the program, they will be taking a day trip to a New Jersey beach, aquarium and fun house. The OASIS program will wrap up the one-year program at the end of summer. The United Way is looking forward to starting another OASIS group next Fall, with students from local schools in grades 7-12. Anyone interested in the program as a participant or donor should call the United Way of Susquehanna County at (570) 278-3868.
Pictured (l-r) are Harold Wegman of the Montrose Lions Club and Fred Malloy, VP, Controller of Peoples National Bank. PNB made a $1,000.00 donation to the Montrose Lions Hearing Aid Program. This program has been in existence since 1999 to help people who need hearing aids but do not have the financial ability to pay for them. Every dollar given is made available to provide this service for eligible applicants. This is one more way PNB has found to fill a need in our communities. If you want to get involved or find out more about this program, contact the Montrose Lions Club.
Vestal’s Boy Scout Troop 225 held an Eagle Court of Honor dinner on June 19 at the Vestal United Methodist Church. Lucas P. Schwarztrauber was awarded the Eagle rank, which is the highest rank of Boy Scouting.
Lucas Schwarztrauber of Springville, a member of Boy Scout Troop 225 has attained the rank of Eagle Scout.
Lucas, a member of Troop 225, is the son of Paul and Kim Schwarztrauber, Springville. Lucas’ Eagle project was to construct an arbor/bench with plants and landscaping for the Springville Park. On the path to the Eagle rank, Lucas has earned 24 merit badges. He is also the Vice President of Venturing Crew 5389. He is a 2008 graduate of Elk Lake High School. He plans to attend Johnson College, Dickson City, PA for Electrical Construction and Maintenance Technology.
The North Jackson Ag and Community 4-H Club meeting was held on June 7 at Pavelski’s Farm. The meeting was called to order by President Holly Carey and pledges were led by Eileen Walker and Eric Giangrieco. The secretary’s report was read and approved, along with the treasurer’s report. The County One Day trip was discussed, as well as requirements for dairy and livestock members. Then demonstrations were done by Kim Klim on the pheasants she raises, Katie Klim on her clarinet, Emory Bewley on brushing her dog Darby, and Emily and Jamie Supancik on the parts of a dairy heifer. The next meeting will be held on June 22. The meeting was then adjourned.
The North Jackson Ag and Community 4-H Club picnic was held on June 22 at the New Milford Pool. The meeting started with pledges led by Casey Gorick and Chelsey Saam. Roll was taken by secretary, Shawn Carey. The treasurer’s report was read and approved. Dairy members were reminded that Dairy Camp will be held on July 1 and 2. There was a demonstration done by Lyle Foster. The next meeting was held on July 8 at the Harford fairgrounds in the dairy barn. After that the meeting was adjourned.
News Reporter: Troy Carey
WASHINGTON –As several states recover from the destruction and loss of life caused by recent tornadoes, floods and wildfires, and other areas prepare for the beginning of the 2008 Atlantic Hurricane Season, the U.S. Small Business Administration is urging the public to develop an emergency plan before the disaster hits.
“Every threat, from wind storms, floods and wildfires, to power outages and computer system failures, reminds us to be proactive when it comes to planning strategies to survive a disaster and recover quickly,” said SBA Deputy Administrator Jovita Carranza. “The catastrophic events of the last few years demonstrate the need for preparedness at the individual level, to diminish the risk to life and property.”
The SBA stands ready to help communities recover in the aftermath of a disaster. Following the Gulf Coast Hurricanes of 2005, the SBA approved more than $5 billion in disaster loans to 102,700 homeowners and renters in the region. Businesses in the area were approved for 16,780 business disaster loans worth $1.6 billion.
During the past two years, the SBA has been preparing to respond to major disasters by reengineering the Disaster Assistance program with a significant focus on customer service, direct accountability, and new technologies that have quadrupled processing capacity. In June, 2007 the agency completed its Disaster Recovery Plan, which includes procedures to better handle future catastrophic disasters, and has begun testing this plan through simulations conducted with outside experts.
Disasters strike in all seasons. Since October 1, the SBA has responded to 137 declared disasters, including those for drought. Of those, 118 are open at present.
Disaster preparedness for homes and businesses should include:
A solid emergency response plan: Find evacuation routes from the home or business and establish meeting places. Make sure everyone understands the plan beforehand. Keep emergency phone numbers handy. Business owners should designate a contact person to communicate with other employees, customers and vendors. Ask an out-of-state friend or family member to be your “post-disaster” point of contact – a person to call to provide information on your safety and whereabouts.
Adequate insurance: Disaster preparedness begins with having adequate insurance coverage – at least enough to rebuild your home or business. Homeowners and business owners should review their policies to see what is or isn’t covered. Businesses should consider “business interruption insurance,” which helps cover operating costs during the post-disaster shutdown period. Flood insurance is essential. To find out more about the National Flood Insurance Program, visit the Web site at www.floodsmart.gov.
Making copies of important records:It’s a good idea to back up vital records and information saved on computer hard drives, and store that information at a distant, offsite location. Computer data should be backed up routinely. Copies of important documents and CDs should be stored in fire-proof safe deposit boxes offsite.
Protection of windows, doors and roofing:Installing impact-resistant window and door systems, or simple plywood shutters installed before the storm hits can enhance their ability to resist impacts from wind-borne debris. Hire a professional to evaluate your roof to make sure it can weather a major storm.
A Disaster Survival Kit:The kit should include a flashlight, a portable radio, extra batteries, a first-aid kit, non-perishable packaged and canned food, bottled water, a basic tool kit, plastic bags, cash, and a disposable camera to take pictures of the property damage after the storm.
More preparedness tips for businesses, homeowners and renters are available on the SBA’s Web site at www.sba.gov/services/disasterassistance/disasterpreparedness/index.html. The Institute for Business and Home Safety (www.ibhs.org) also has information on protecting your home or business. For learn more about developing an emergency plan, visit www.ready.gov or call 1-800-BE-READY to receive free materials.
The SBA makes low-interest loans to homeowners, renters and non-farm businesses of all sizes. Homeowners may borrow up to $200,000 to repair or replace damaged real estate. Individuals may borrow up to $40,000 to cover losses to personal property.
Non-farm businesses and non-profit organizations of any size may apply for up to $1.5 million to repair or replace disaster damaged business assets and real property. Small businesses that suffered economic losses as a direct result of the declared disaster may apply for a working capital loan up to $1.5 million, even if the property was not physically damaged.
To learn more about the SBA’s disaster assistance program, visit the Web site athttp://www.sba.gov/services/disasterassistance/index.html.
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