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Girl Scouts Learn How To Go Green
Leadership 2020 Year VII Begins
R.E.S.C.U.E. Holds Annual Meeting
Turnpike Senior Center Update
Montrose Chapter DAR Holds October Meeting
Engagement Announced Phillips – Dubas
Susky Fire Dept. 150 Club Winners
Calcium And Kids
Engagement Announced Gaffey – Marchese
VFW Post 6223 Attends POW/MIA Program

Girl Scouts Learn How To Go Green

Kathy DellaValle of art by KD generously donated her time and talents to teach the Girl Scouts of Troop 177 about eco-business. She demonstrated how common recycling materials can be used to make beautiful jewelry, gift bags and boxes.

Girl Scout Troop 177 learned about using recycled material to make useful items from Kathy DellaValle.

The Juniors in Troop 177 are trying to make the world a better place while earning their eco-action badge. They started the year by picking up garbage throughout New Milford. At a fall event, they were pleased to reuse paper bags to create panels for a wigwam. The girls were surprised to learn about this young local artist, who was willing to come and tell them more about reusing and recycling.

Kathy provided each girl with a gift bag pattern to use and take home. She was a great example, by making the patterns from old magazines. She showed the girls how to use the patterns and make gift bags from old grocery bags. Kathy set up a great display and shared information about starting your own business and being self employed.

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Leadership 2020 Year VII Begins
By Ray Osburn

Leadership 2020 Year VII kicked off with ten students in attendance.

The Rosemont Inn Bed and Breakfast, Montrose, provided the venue for Friday evening, September 26 and Saturday, September 27. Amy Wert, Year II alumni, was our gracious host. Jill Aldrich, Year VI alumni, provided the keynote address entitled, “You are Some ONE.”

Pictured (l-r) are members of this year’s Leadership 2020 class: seated – Jennifer Fifth, Jenn Losier, Bruce Rossman, Maureen Klees; standing – Sue Abbott, Glenn Bailey, Logan Keeney, Sharee Hutchinson, Heather Hammon, Donna Simpson.

Leadership 2020 grew from a group of county residents/employers who had a vision to make a difference in the community. The Vision 2020 Steering Committee, in 2000, was Annette Senior, Joanne Decker, Joann Kowalski (Co-Founder), Ray Osburn (Co-Founder), and Bob Templeton. It was their leadership along with many others, businesses, farmers, youth, and non-profit organizations that support and continue to support this program we called Leadership 2020. People from all walks of life have graduated from Leadership 2020 and are empowered to give back to their communities.

For more information on participating in the program, or if you are a business interested in assisting with costs associated with the program or possibly sponsoring a participant, call Joann Kowalski, Penn State Extension, Susquehanna County at 278-1158.

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R.E.S.C.U.E. Holds Annual Meeting
By Joann Morsch, Secretary

About 150 concerned residents turned out for R.E.S.C.U.E.’s annual public meeting held on September 17 in the auditorium at the Forest City High School. The timely topic for this year’s program was entitled, “Natural Gas Leases and Drilling: How will they impact our lives, our community and our environment?”

R.E.S.C.U.E. president, Dr. Ken Mayers began the program by noting that for every glass of water we drink, there are molecules of water within it that may have come from thousands of miles away and been recycled by other plants and animals for thousands of years. His talk emphasized the fact that we have to protect the water we have, as we cannot create more water.

David Yoxtheimer, a hydrogeologist with The Arm Group specializing in water resource management, presented a power point program with detailed information on how geologists determine the sites that will most likely prove to be productive wells. The audience learned that the thickness of the Marcellus Shale isn’t as important as the amount of organic content in it. When the clean water taken from our streams is pumped back out of the wells, that water is then two to three times more salty than the water in the ocean. Facilities exist in western Pennsylvania to treat this brine, but we would have to build new treatment plants in our region to properly dispose of this brine that may contain chemicals as well.

Nathan Bennett, a Senior Geologic Scientist with the DCNR-Bureau of Forestry-Minerals Section, also presented a power point presentation with an update on the number of wells that have existed in the state in the last few years, documenting the dramatic increase in well permits in the Susquehanna County area. Mr. Bennett’s presentation showed the construction of wells, the tracking process, and the issues related to distribution through pipelines and other infrastructure necessities. He described the many ways that landowners could protect their land if they do decide to lease it.

Harry Weiss, a partner in the Philadelphia-based law firm of Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll, LLP., gave an enthusiastic pep talk stating that we are not going to stop the gas companies from drilling in our area, so we have to live with it the best that we can. He emphasized to control what you can control through your lease to protect your land while trying to make a profit. Landowners should do anything/everything in writing. Treatment facilities are already polluting streams in our area, so we must act wisely to protect our sources of water from further degradation.

Weiss explained that the gas companies are not newcomers to understanding that there are regulations out there, as they have all been operating in other states. The Susquehanna Basin River Commission has issued permits recently to one of the local gas companies, so Weiss expects more gas drilling activity in the next few weeks.

Elliott Ross, a local resident and business owner in addition to being an organizing member of the Susquehanna Wayne Oil Gas Group (, an alliance of property owners in both counties, gave an eloquent talk emphasizing that we have to act as responsible land stewards in dealing with the gas companies. We don’t want any loose or lax regulations. We all need to work to see that environmental impacts are minimized. Ross pointed out that gas is a clean burning fuel, and thus better for the environment than burning coal or oil.

The audience presented questions for over an hour, mainly searching for answers on how to protect the quality of our water. For more information about Wayne/Susquehanna R.E.S.C.U.E. and this recent program, visit

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Turnpike Senior Center Update
By Mary Heesh

Hello, everyone.

Happy birthday to all our birthday kids up here.

We lost a neighbor and a friend, Kitty Myskiew. She was a nice lady. We will miss her. She spent a lot of time in SNF lately. Our hearts go out to her family. They have been very busy, cleaning out her apartment. It’s a hard job.

Some of us went to the Starrucca Baptist Church to hear Soulfire. They were great, as usual. Some of us went to Thompson Baptist Church to hear them again. We like their music, and especially their messages.

Our new food service in the dining room is picking up. We have a few more diners coming in, and the food is good.

We see a lot of Ellen Kelley’s little grandson lately. He’s a cute little guy.

We had bingo. We had about eleven ladies and the caller here. We have a good time.

It’s a little chilly at night lately, so we know what we have to look forward to.

Well, it is autumn and you can see some trees are starting to turn colors. Our pretty flowers are starting to fade. Now in the stores we see a lot of pumpkins.

Our thanks to everyone that left fresh vegetables for us. We do miss our gardens at this time of year. We just don’t miss all of the work it takes to do them.

I heard geese go over a few mornings ago, you all know what that means. We get to make snowmen eventually.

We had a mandatory meeting for all the tenants up here. We greeted our newest tenants and listened to some suggestions.

We play bingo two nights a week, and some of us play card games and dominoes on the other days. Everyone up here can use the community room after 4:00 unless it has been reserved by someone. There are tables for all of us to use when we want to. There’s a television in there, and some exercise machines for our use. So let’s get busy and do things up here.

We had a pancake supper, it was a big success. We had a lot of happy diners. Thanks to everyone who helped and all the work they did.

We have been having a lot of people out for the meals at noon lately. It’s great to see all of our tables full.

We miss seeing Alice and Roland Wheeler up here and all are hoping they get well soon so they can come up again.

Take care, and see you all.

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Montrose Chapter DAR Holds October Meeting
Submitted By Susan Pratt

A meeting of Montrose Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution was held Thursday, October 9 at the Montrose VFW Post 5642.

The President General’s message was read by Kathryn Darrow. Carol Masters presented constitutional highlights with the focus on our country’s history concerning the right to vote. Mary Ann Cunningham spoke about national defense and what we all should learn from 911; we are all basically equal and ground zero on September 11 proved that. We never know when this could be the last day we’re alive; treat everyone with love and respect. Support our country, be patriotic, vote and take nothing for granted.

Pictured (l-r): Montrose Chapter DAR Regent Marleta Shadduck puts the DAR pin on a new chapter member, Dolores Goodger of Susquehanna.

Dolores Goodger, Susquehanna received her DAR pin during the meeting. Montrose Chapter DAR has 66 members to date.

Two new chapter officers were sworn in; Beverly Fraser – Chaplain and Mary Ann Cunningham – Recording Secretary.

Regent Marleta Shadduck read a letter from the PSSDAR State Regent, Andrea J. Snedaker congratulating our chapter for sponsoring Kerri A. Denkenberger for the William Robert Findley Graduate Chemistry Scholarship. Kerri is a 2000 graduate of Mt. View High School, 2004 graduate of the Penn State Schreyer Honors College and is currently attending the University of California, San Diego for a Ph.D. in Chemistry. Kerri is the daughter of Markie Pratt, Brooklyn and Kelly Pratt of Montrose.

The program, “Susquehanna County Women” scheduled for the October meeting has been moved to spring, 2009. Program speaker will be Betty Smith, Museum Curator, Susquehanna County Historical Society.

For those interested in learning more about the DAR, go to the PA State DAR website or contact Registrar Nan Baker at 278–3025.

The next meeting of the Montrose Chapter DAR will be November 13.

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Engagement Announced Phillips – Dubas

Announcement is made of the engagement of Melissa L. Phillips and Ryan L. Dubas.


Melissa is the daughter of Sharon and  Doug Phillips, Susquehanna. She graduated from East Stroudsburg University with a Bachelor's Degree in Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management.

Ryan is the son of Carol and  Ronald Dubas, Susquehanna. He will be graduating from East Stroudsburg University in May, 2009 with a Bachelor's Degree in Business Management.

A September, 2009 wedding is planned.

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Susky Fire Dept. 150 Club Winners

Following are the Susquehanna Fire Dept. 150 Club winners for August and September, as submitted.

August 2: Nancy Hadden, Dennis Fisk, Jeremy Krall.

August 9: Shane Lewis, Dave White, Brian McFadden.

August 16: Ed Wilmot, Ken Gumaer, Dolores Brown.

August 23: Diane Wilcox, Buster Schell, Tully Perry.

August 30: Dolores Brown, Jeff Krall, Bill Kuiper, Jr.

September 6: Jeff Krall, Harold Hartt, Andy Cizike.

September 13: Judy McGuane, Herb Cottrell, Janet Burns.

September 20: Sharon Ball, Roger Holleran, Bud Frisbee.

September 27: Harold Hartt, Ray Klym, Candy Kuiper.

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Calcium And Kids
By Madeline Mitchell, Dairy Maid

It’s the season for all kinds of sports, including soccer, my favorite sport! I recently distributed milk to the soccer players at the Blue Ridge youth soccer program to promote dairy products. It is very important for all athletes, especially kids, to get three servings of dairy each day. Today, many kids lack calcium in their diets. We need the proper amount of calcium to keep our bones, teeth and muscles healthy.  Calcium is a very important mineral, but many are lacking enough calcium in their diets.

Blue Ridge Youth Soccer players and coaches are treated to a container of milk by Dairy Ambassador Olivia Mitchell and Dairy Maid Madeline Mitchell at a recent soccer game.

During childhood, we use calcium to build strong bones and teeth. If athletes, including soccer players, do not have three servings of dairy a day, children could develop problems with their bones and get injured much easier when playing at sport events.

A recent study by the USDA says, “Seven out of ten children are not consuming the proper amounts of calcium needed for strong bones.”  If you are not a milk drinker, you can get your three-a-day by eating cheese and yogurt.

Remember to have your three servings of dairy every day, to keep your bones, teeth and muscles healthy and strong!

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Engagement Announced Gaffey – Marchese

Robert and Dawn Gaffey, Thompson, announced the engagement of their daughter, Ashley Yovone Gaffey to Daniel David Marchese.


Ashley graduated from Texas A&M University in May, 2007 and is currently attending the Texas A&M School of Veterinary Medicine.

Daniel graduated from Texas A&M University in May, 2007 with a degree in mechanical engineering technology. He is currently an engineer for TETRA Technologies in The Woodlands, Texas.

The couple is planning a wedding in the summer of 2009 in Houston, Texas.

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VFW Post 6223 Attends POW/MIA Program

Members of the VFW Post 6223 of Great Bend, Pennsylvania attended the POW/MIA program at Bradford Courthouse in Towanda, Pennsylvania on September 19. This worthy program is hosted by the VFW District 14. The guest speaker was John Getz (past Pennsylvania State Commander VFW). Pictured (l-r) are: VFW Post 6223 Commander Ron Cranage, VFW Past PA State Commander John Getz.

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