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4-H Club News Sizzlin’ Steaks
Engagement Announced Ahearn – Gray
“Gallery Of Hope” Display At EMHS
PARSE #15 Update
Local United Way Has A Permanent Location

4-H Club News Sizzlin’ Steaks

Before the Sizzlin’ Steaks 4-H Club began their official meeting, they weeded the memorial garden at First Church. This is the club’s way of saying thank you for allowing us to have our meetings at the church.

Members said the pledges and Christina read the secretary’s report and took attendance. Christina reviewed the projects that everyone was taking.

Tonight there were four demonstrations.

Alyssa Clarkson did a demonstration on cooking peanut brittle.

Autumn Whitehead did a demonstration on caring for her cat. She brought her cat to the meeting.

Anna Housel played a piece on the piano.

Blaize Whitehead told us about two different dogs.

Everyone is to bring 4-H books and projects, except cakes and baked goods to the Harford Fair August 14, 12:00 to 8:00 Thursday. Cakes and baked goods are due Sunday, August 17, 1:00 to 4:00 at the Harford Fair in the 4-H building.

The Sizzlin’ Steaks 4-H Club’s last meeting will be Wednesday, August 6 at 7:00. In September we will have our final meeting for the year.

News Reporter: Alyssa Clarkson

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Engagement Announced Ahearn – Gray

Amy Ahearn, Scranton, PA and Josh Gray of Danville, PA are pleased to announce their engagement.


Amy is the daughter of MaryBeth and Pat Ahearn of Susquehanna. She is a 2001 graduate of Danville High School. She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Photography from The University of the Arts in 2006. In May of 2008, she received a Master of Fine Arts in Photography from Marywood University.

Josh is the son of Kathy Riley of Danville, PA and David Gray of Danville, PA. He is a 2000 graduate of Danville High School. He received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Plastic and Polymer Engineering Technology and a minor in Business Administration from Pennsylvania College of Technology in 2005. He is employed by Gray Builders.

A wedding is planned in May of 2009 in Scranton.

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“Gallery Of Hope” Display At EMHS

Endless Mountains Health Systems recently welcomed Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania to spread the message of hope through the 2008 Blue Cross Gallery of Hope. The Gallery of Hope is a collection of portraits featuring the photographs and personal stories of breast cancer survivors from throughout northeastern and north central Pennsylvania. It promotes the importance of screenings and early detection for breast cancer. To nominate a survivor for the Gallery of Hope, or to request the Gallery be displayed at your facility or event, call 1-888-245-3104. Pictured (l-r) are: Leigh Ann Wiedlich, Community Relations Specialist, Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania and Paula Anderson, Administrative Director of Human Resources, Endless Mountains Health Systems.

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PARSE #15 Update
By Cynthia Sims, Secy.

The Pennsylvania Association of Retired State Employees (PARSE), Endless Mountains, Chapter 15 met at Green Gables for a chicken barbecue on July 8. Honored guests were State PARSE President Nelson McCormack and Treasurer, John Class. Also present was Northeast Region Vice President Thomas O’Neill. Mr. McCormack advised that from information he has received, a Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) for state retirees is unlikely at this time. If no action on a COLA is taken by the legislature by November 30, the whole process will have to start over. Chapter 15 President Jesse Bacon said that it is his understanding that Reps. Tina Pickett, Matt Baker and Sandra Major are all in favor of a COLA for retirees.

President Bacon advised that Bill Pitzer of the Erie County PARSE chapter will be speaking to the membership on the vision, dental and long-term care programs. This information will be useful to members. He will be glad to answer questions about the coverage.

The next meeting will be held at the Zion Lutheran Church, Dushore, on August 10. Keeping in mind the high gas prices, we urge Sullivan County retirees to come to this meeting and learn more about the organization. Chapter 15 consists of Bradford, Sullivan and Susquehanna Counties.

To make reservations and/or to secure more information about PARSE, contact Jesse Bacon at 265-9785; Bernice Landmesser at 265-8812; or John Benio at 278-2380.

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Local United Way Has A Permanent Location
Submitted By Amy Steinberg, Executive Assistant

The United Way of Susquehanna County is pleased to announce its permanent office location at 6 Locust Street, Montrose PA. The United Way has been at this location for a year, which was originally meant to be temporary housing until the large Community Foundation Building was completely renovated.

United Way’s new office building at 6 Locust St., Montrose.

For several years, the United Way was able to share space with the Community Foundation of Susquehanna and Wyoming Counties, however, due to the success and growth of both non-profit agencies, there was an increased need for space. It was decided by the boards of both the Community Foundation and the United Way that 6 Locust Street would become the permanent home of the United Way. The United Way is very grateful to able to use this location as their office for a much lower cost than renting other facilities. The new office has plenty of space for the three employees and two volunteers, and the United Way will also be able to use space at the Community Foundation building for larger meetings.

Ruth Donnelly, Executive Director of the United Way, is thrilled with this arrangement. “It makes a comfortable and spacious work environment, and we have additional room for growth,” she says. “We have enjoyed our close working relationship with the Community Foundation.” Donnelly adds. “They are still only a phone call away.”

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