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Empets Win 2008 PFB Achievement Award
Garden Club Update
60th Anniversary
Engagement Announced Grausgruber – Cook
’09 Historical Society Calendar Available
Lions Club Presents Two Lifetime Awards
Local 4-Hers In National Quiz Bowl Competition
County 4-Her’s Win At State Horse Show
4-H’ers Honored At Achievement Night
Blue Ridge Senior Center Update

Empets Win 2008 PFB Achievement Award

Pennsylvania Farm Bureau (PFB) has selected Richard and Dana Empet of Susquehanna County as the winner of the 2008 Young Farmer and Rancher (YF&R) Achievement Award, during PFB’s 58th annual meeting in Hershey.

Pictured (l-r): Rick and Dana Empet of Susquehanna County receive the 2008 Young Farmer and Rancher Achievement Award from Pennsylvania Farm Bureau President Carl Shaffer and YF&R State Chairman Mathew Meals.

The award honors the farm couple between the ages of 18 and 35 who have demonstrated outstanding farming and leadership achievements. The contestants were evaluated by a panel of judges on the basis of their farm operation, with emphasis on the farm’s growth and financial progress and the applicant’s record of leadership within and outside of Farm Bureau.

Richard “Rick” Empet operates a 450-acre crop farm and dairy enterprise that includes 110 milk cows and 100 replacement heifers, while his wife, Dana works as a dairy technical support specialist with a feed company. Rick has made numerous changes to the farm operation over the past two years to improve labor efficiency, feed quality and herd health. They include the installation of automatic take-off milking machines, a total mixed ration feed mixer, a new silo for corn silage, three grain bins, a round-bale hay barn, and additional farm equipment.

The Empets serve on Pennsylvania Farm Bureau’s Young Farmer & Rancher State Committee. Rick is a member of the Susquehanna County Farm Bureau board of directors where he also serves on the State Legislative Committee, Policy Development Committee and chairs the county YF&R Committee.

Dale and Tracy Heagy of Lebanon County were the other finalists for the award. The Heagys are part of a family partnership that operates a 318-acre dairy and crop farm.

The Achievement Award winner will receive a $5,000 Financial Planning Scholarship from AgChoice Farm Credit, $500 cash from Dodge, use of a tractor from Case IH, plus registration and lodging at PFB’s YF&R Leadership Conference in 2009. The winner will also travel to San Antonio, Texas to compete for national honors during American Farm Bureau Federation’s 90th annual meeting in January, 2009.

Pennsylvania Farm Bureau is the state’s largest farm organization with a volunteer membership of more than 44,000 farm and rural families, representing farms of every size and commodity across Pennsylvania.

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Garden Club Update
Submitted By Connie Tellep

The November Meeting of the Mountain View Garden Club was held at 7 p.m. on November 18 at the Clifford Twp. Fire Hall. Colleen Bobrovcan introduced our guest speaker, Chris Wargo. Chris gave our members a demonstration of her patent pending “Poise Pod.” This innovative device allows everyone to arrange professional looking floral arrangements in their own home.

The Veterans Day Committee thanked the Garden Clubs for the purchase of a ceremonial wreath for the Veterans Memorial in Clifford.

Our holiday party will be held on December 18 at Crystal Pines. Cocktails begin at 6:30 p.m. For reservations, contact Vicki at 222-3596 by December 8.

Members are reminded that it time to pay dues for 2009. Dues may be sent to the Mountain View Garden Club, P.O. Box 81, Clifford, PA 18413. There will be no meetings in January or February, our next meeting is scheduled for March 17, beginning at 7 p.m. at the Clifford Fire Hall. New members are welcome, and may contact Helen Newsom at 679-2443 or Linda Shuma AT 222-3377. Visit our web site at

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60th Anniversary

Lorenzo and Fern DeLarco, formerly of Susquehanna, PA celebrated their sixtieth wedding anniversary on November 20, 2008 at their home in Spring Hill, Florida with forty guests. The theme was all Italian, and the guests were entertained by a D.J. An enjoyable time was had by all.

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Engagement Announced Grausgruber – Cook

Ernest and Mary Jane Grausgruber of Susquehanna, PA announce the engagement of their daughter, Anne Marie to Kyle Cook.


Both the bride and groom are graduates of Susquehanna Community High School. Anne Marie earned her Master’s Degree in Health Science from Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania. She currently practices as an orthopedic physician assistant within the Guthrie Health Care System.

Kyle is the son of Stuart and Diana Cook of Lanesboro, PA. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in History from Wilkes University. He is returning to school to pursue a degree in education.

The couple currently resides in Endicott, NY. A July 18, 2009 wedding is planned.

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’09 Historical Society Calendar Available

The fourth calendar in the collectible series highlights pictures of classes of school students in each of the original twelve school districts in Clifford Twp. as well as two schools in Herrick Center and Union Dale. Price of the calendars have been reduced in consideration of the present economic climate. Proceeds from the Historical Society's yearly calendar fundraiser benefit the Hoover School renovation project. Calendars are on sale at Clifford Supply, Endless Mts. Chiropractic Clinic, Dundaff Country Store, Endless Mts. Pharmacy, Lenox Propane and other local stores, or order by calling Mary Hoehing 222-4053, Sandra Wilmot 679-2723 or on the web at These calendars make a terrific, reasonably priced Christmas gifts – especially for folks out of the area.

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Lions Club Presents Two Lifetime Awards

The Hallstead-Great Bend Lions Club announced that Lion Bob Treible and Lion Ken Smith have been presented with the Lifetime Membership Award. The qualifications for this award are that the recipient must have over 15 years of active service, and must be over 70 years of age. Both men have served the Lions and the community with over 25 years of service.

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Local 4-Hers In National Quiz Bowl Competition
By Michelle Kowalewski

The Susquehanna County 4-H Dairy Quiz Bowl Team represented Pennsylvania at the Invitational 4-H Dairy Quiz Bowl Competition held at the 35th annual North American International Livestock Exposition (NAILE) in Louisville, Kentucky. The event features young people who have set their sights on a career in the dairy business, or in some other aspect of agriculture. This year marks the 29th year for the Dairy Quiz Bowl.

Pictured (l-r) are the Susquehanna County 4-H Dairy Quiz Bowl Team: sitting – Team Coach Dr. Mike Kowalewski, Amos Lyon; standing – Nate Oleniacz, Mackey Wright, Chris Schuler.

The North American International Livestock Exposition has always been a theatre of livestock agriculture that remains open to training, hosting and welcoming young people. The avenue to successful livestock agriculture and other farming activities has always been rooted in making educational opportunities available to youth. The NAILE was host to virtually every major youth livestock judging contest in the world, a total of seven in 2008.

The Susquehanna County Team consists of Amos Lyon, Nathan Oleniacz, Chris Schuler, and Mackey Wright, all of Montrose. The team has been practicing together since the fall of 2007 and has competed at several state competitions, but this marks their first participation at a national level contest. The team has been coached by Dr. Mike and Michelle Kowalewski, Nicole and Jeremiah Fearnley, and Maureen Kane.

Dairy Quiz Bowl is a team event in which youth must answer questions on dairy-related topics. Youth must be knowledgeable of such subjects as animal breeding, genetics, herd health, nutrition, record keeping, dairy products, and current industry events. Dairy Quiz Bowl challenges youth to learn life skills as they prepare for the contest – critical thinking, decision-making, problem solving, communication skills, listening skills, speaking skills, and independent thinking.

Youth interested in participating in the 4-H Dairy Bowl or learning more about other 4-H programs should contact the Penn State Cooperative Extension in Susquehanna County at 278-1158.

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County 4-Her’s Win At State Horse Show
Submitted By Joseph Fuller, Susquehanna County Cooperative Extension

Thirteen 4-H Horse members represented Susquehanna County at the 2008 Pennsylvania State 4-H Horse Show held October 24-26 in Harrisburg at the PA Farm Show Complex. Throughout the year, these and other 4-H members competed at the county and district levels with the ultimate goal being to compete at the state level. Congratulations to all who took part in the 4-H Horse program this year.

Pictured are Kelli Agler and “She’s Just Impressive,” first place winners in the Paint Two & Three-Year-Old Filly Division at the 2008 PA State 4-H Horse Show. Kelli and “Impressive” won this same class at last year’s State 4-H Horse Show.

The State Horse Show winners are as follows.

Kelli Agler, with “She’s Just Impressive” won first place in the Paint Two & Three-Year-Old Filly Division. At last year’s state horse show, she and Impressive won first place in this same division. Kelli, a 7-year member, plans on becoming a 4-H leader in the Susquehanna County horse program.

Alexis DeLousia, with “Gema Moon Princess” won seventh place in the Saddle Seat Equitation Senior Division. They also won third place in the Saddle Seat Pleasure Ponies Class.

Nathan Moyer and “Unzipped and Exposed” won first place in the Western Pleasure Four-Year-Old Futurity Class.

Angela Sullivan and “Scenic by Skippy” won second place in the Paint Three-Year-Old Gelding Division. They also won fourth place in the English Pleasure Three-Year-Old Division.

Samantha Turner and “Rousing a Clu” won fourth place in the Quarter Horse Yearling Gelding Division.

Other 2008 4-H State Horse participants were: Brittany DeLousia and “Gingerbred Buck”; Morgan Duke and “El Ghazis Quick Silver”; Samantha Graham and “Lena’s Spun Gold”; Sierra Hall and “Trumpet”; Meghan Honeyford and “Sugar Boy Dun”; Stephanie Koloski and “Taffy”; Katelyn Kvergas and “Jem Trader”; Liana Stinson and “RV Zipped Up”; Samantha Turner and “Zippo’s Cattin’ Round.”

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4-H’ers Honored At Achievement Night
Submitted By LouAnn Kiefer

On October 18, Susquehanna County 4-H held the annual 4-H Achievement Night and Pumpkin Roundup. This annual event honors our county’s 4-H members for their outstanding efforts. Over 110 people enjoyed an exciting program and delicious covered dish dinner at the Montrose United Methodist Church.

Pictured (l-r) are the 2008 4-H Spirit Award winners: front – Sydney Decker, Evan Clarkson, Nathanial Wallace, Piper Gauthier; back – Mike Greenwood, Mackey Wright, Elaine Mackey, Extension Educator Joe Fuller, Alissa Petty.

The 2008 4-H Project Diversity Award winner was Austin Chisek of the Fancy Feathers 4-H Club. Austin took and completed the most 4-H projects of any other 4-H’er in Susquehanna County. Alyssa Clarkson of the Sizzlin’ Steaks 4-H Club was recognized for being the 2008 Outstanding 4-H Club News Reporter for Susquehanna County.

The 2008 4-H Dairy Project Book winners are Alison Teel, Jamie Supancik, Kenzie Jones, Keri Jones, Austin Graham, Emily Supancik, Eileen Walker and Daisy Matulevich. The 2008 4-H Livestock Project Book winners are Jamie Supancik, Dempsey Hollenbeck, Emily Supancik, Mackey Wright, Eric Onyon, and Holly Carey.

Mackey Wright represented our county 4-H Dairy Quiz Bowl team, which won the state contest and will be competing at the national contest in Kentucky in November. Michelle Kowalewski, County Extension Educator presented Mackey with a check donation from the County Livestock Sale to help offset the costs to travel to Kentucky. Joe Fuller, 4-H Extension Educator presented special awards to Cassandra Summers, Mackey Wright, and Rip VanWinkle III, for their accomplishments beyond the county and state programs. Each of these individuals entertained the large crowd with power point presentations of their experiences. Cassandra traveled to Japan as part of the International 4-H Exchange Program. Mackey represented Pennsylvania at the National 4-H Dairy Conference in Madison, Wisconsin, and Rip traveled to Grand Island, Nebraska as a key member of our state 4-H Shotgun Team.

The Clover Pups 4-H Dog Club was awarded for their window display during National 4-H week. The display was located at Montrose Sporting Goods.

Something new this year was the 4-H Spirit Award; 4-H Clubs were asked to nominate one member from their club who has shown the most “4-H Spirit” this year based on some basic guidelines, such as someone who has shown the most improvement, who has been helpful to others, or who exhibits any kind of good 4-H spirit. These winners were Christopher Jordan, Arrows & Clays 4-H; Tristan Alleman and Piper Gauthier, Mill Pond 4-H; Cheyann Conklin and Nathanial Wallace, Jackson Pin Thimblers 4-H; Mara Kerr, OASIS Elk Lake; Sydney Decker, OASIS Blue Ridge; Evan Clarkson, Sizzlin’ Steaks 4-H; Mike Greenwood, D.E.S. 4-H; Elaine Mackey, Deckertown 4-H; Chris Schuler, Delmonico’s 4-H; Alison Krishak, Schooley Pond 4-H; and Samantha Valentine, North Jackson Ag 4-H. Each of these 4-Her’s was presented with a certificate and 4-H camp chair for their efforts.

The highlight of the evening is the presentation of the annual Scholarship Awards and the 2008 Outstanding 4-Her. The Outstanding 4-H Horse members for 2008 are Courtney Griffiths and Brittany DeLousia. The 2008 Outstanding 4-H Dairy Member is Chelsey Saam. The recipients of the Susquehanna County Youth Program Advisory Committee 2008 Scholarships include: Chelsey Saam, Angela Cosner, Nathan Palmer, Zach Matulevich, Christina Zick, and Tara Flor. The 2008 Outstanding 4-Her’s are Holly Carey and Christina Zick.

The annual 4-H Pumpkin Roundup is also held in conjunction with Achievement Night. 4-Her’s entered their home-grown pumpkins in the following categories: largest, smallest, best pair, carved, painted, pumpkin recipe, and pumpkin people. Entries this year were made by the following 4-Her’s: Zachary Chisek, Allysa Johnson, William, Rachel, LaAnna, Sarita and Catie Farnelli, Sage, Zoe, and Piper Gauthier. All received blue ribbons for their efforts in completing this project; cloverbud members received green participatory ribbons for their efforts. In addition to their ribbons, the following awards were also presented: Grand Champion Largest Pumpkin and Pumpkin Recipe – Piper Gauthier; Grand Champion for Carved and Pumpkin People – Zoe Gauthier; Reserve Grand Pumpkin People – William Farnelli; Reserve Grand Pumpkin Pair – LaAnna Farnelli.

If you are interested in learning on how to join 4-H, call the Penn State Cooperative Extension office in Montrose at 278-1158. Our 4-H program has 38 clubs throughout the county, with over 175 project areas to choose from.

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Blue Ridge Senior Center Update
By Ruth VanCott

Time to tell you what we did and are doing at the Center. We had a lot of birthdays in September and October. Those who were celebrating during this time are: Dick Kowalewski, Ruth Allard, Bonnie Sherwood, Marion Smith, Gussie Chandler, Marllyn Hughes, Lloyd Litts, Ruth VanCott, Mere Kelly, Audrey La Hoda, Norm Darrow, Pat Stephens, Caroline Clough, and Lucille Darrow. Cards are usually sent to each and we have a party, cake and ice cream and the birthday song. Hope all had a really super day.

A representative from AARP came and talked about the scams and fraud telephone calls seniors are getting, and how to handle them. Also, a representative from People's National Bank came and spoke about the economic decline our country is in, and how it will affect us. A state trooper was with us one afternoon and spoke on crime prevention. All these programs have proved to be helpful and interesting. Thanks to all.

The exercise program continues to grow, many are coming out for this low-impact exercise. Always room for more. Our annual hoagie sale was a success, 104 were made and sold. Thanks to all who helped in any way for this event.

Flu shots were given here by personnel from the Endless Mountain Health Care. A very large turnout. The week of October 8 - 11 was Breast Cancer Awareness Week. Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women in the United States. Remember to have a yearly mammogram.

Having trouble paying your electric bill? We had a young lady here from First Energy. She gave us useful hints about saving energy and also saving money. She spoke about the LIHEAP program and also WARM. Both of these programs may help one save money if one meets the income requirement.

Betty Kegleman was with us several days, as Donna C. (manager) was at a training class learning about Medicare and PACE. It was good to see Betty. We had the drawing for our quilt. The winner was Nancy Watson of Binghamton. The quilt was beautiful as usual, and a great big thanks to all who worked so hard to make it. Our rooms have been decorated with fun flowers, fall colored leaves and garland. It looks so nice.

Good to see Nettie back with us, but hear that Dean is now in Mercy Hospital in Scranton.

We continue to have special chicken feet games and bingo, also cards and dominos. Our new menus started in September, the food is so much better and the selections are varied. Everyone has much praise for the improved meals.

That's all for now, take care ‘til the next time.

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