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It’s A Boy!
Cheryl Hunsberger Earns Certification
Beta Rho Honors Prudence Clark
Pack 81 Competes In Space Rocket Derby
VISTA Volunteers Play Critical Roles

It’s A Boy!

Trevor Byron White was born on February 3, 2009. He weighed eight pounds, and was twenty-one inches at birth. Parents are Brian White and Catrina Meadows. Grandparents are Bill and Carlene Vanteger, Michael Meadows, and Byron and Pat White.

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Cheryl Hunsberger Earns Certification
Submitted By Juliann Doyle

The Browndale Fire Company is pleased to announce that member Cheryl Hunsberger has been certified as a Firefighter 1 (FF1) which includes Federal Hazardous Materials Operations certification.

Cheryl Hunsberger, the first female member of the Browndale Fire Company, has earned certification as a Firefighter 1.

Cheryl joined Browndale Fire Company in 2004, and is the first female firefighter in the department’s 96-year history. Ms. Hunsberger started as a cadet, or junior member, and has flourished in the fire company by attending many training and practice sessions. All of her hard work paid off when she recently received her FF1 certification. The FF1 certification is an extremely rigorous training of over 200 hours, which includes classroom time, four written examinations, two practical examinations, hazmat instruction and certification, and a structural burn class and testing. Cheryl not only completed FF1, she also completed her Emergency Medical Technician Certification during 2008. She is now certified as both a firefighter and EMT.

Cheryl attends Forest City Regional School and will be graduating in the Spring of 2009. Cheryl is the daughter of Virginia and Jeffrey Hunsberger. With all of this training under her belt, Ms. Hunsberger’s plans for the future include being a live-in at a fire station in Maryland and studying pre-med at Prince George’s Community College. Her goal in life is to be an emergency room doctor. The members of the Browndale Fire Company are extremely proud of Cheryl and her accomplishments and wish her the best in her future career endeavors.

For more information about the Browndale Fire Company and to see pictures of Ms. Hunsberger and other members, visit

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Beta Rho Honors Prudence Clark

Prudence Clark, who will celebrate her 94th birthday on March 22, was recently recognized for being the oldest member of the Beta Rho Chapter of the Delta Kappa Gamma Society International. Cindy Reynolds, charter president of the chapter, visited Prudence at her home and following some reminiscing, presented her with a red rose preserved in a glass dome. The red rose symbolizes friendship, loyalty and helpfulness in the Society.

Pictured is Prudence Clark, admiring the gift of a preserved red rose from the Beta Rho Chapter. The gift was presented to her recognizing her 50-year membership in the chapter.

The Delta Kappa Gamma Society International is a professional honor society for women educators with more than 115,000 members. Established in 16 member countries around the world, the Society defines its mission as promoting professional and personal growth of women educators and excellence in education. In addition, the Society offers more leadership training opportunities for women educators than any other professional organization. These include scholarships for both active and retired members, stipends for educational projects, and online courses for professional growth.

Prudence was born near Muncy Valley, Pennsylvania, and in 1923 moved with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Jason D. Clark and her five brothers and sisters to the old “Dixon Farm” in North Harford, where she still resides. A graduate of Harford High School, Mansfield State College, and the Pennsylvania State University, she was a teacher for 41 years in what is now the Mountain View School District. Prudence is a member of the Harford Congregational Church and served the church in several capacities throughout the years. She continues to attend the church as often as the weather and her health permit.

Along with church activities, Prudence was also very involved in the Harford Fair for many, many years, serving as the superintendent of the Little Red Schoolhouse at the fair from 1956 to 1969. Fondly known as the “Harford Fair Historian,” she authored the book Harford Fair, 125th Year, 1858 to 1982. She was a fixture in the New Log Cabin at the fair and proudly displayed memorabilia from the fair in that building. During the past few years, Prudence’s niece and sister have taken over manning the display, but she continues to make her annual visit to the fair.

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Pack 81 Competes In Space Rocket Derby

On Sunday, February 22, Cub Scout Pack 81, Susquehanna held a Space Rocket Derby at the Moose Lodge in Susquehanna. The Scouts and their parents made the Space Rockets from wood, rubber bands and a propeller, and raced them on fishing line. Everyone had a great time.

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VISTA Volunteers Play Critical Roles
Submitted By Becky Naylor

Have you heard the name VISTA and wondered, what is that? VISTA is Volunteers in Service to America, which is a part of AmeriCorps. Through the collaboration of AmeriCorps and the PA United Way, the United Way of Susquehanna County was able to offer VISTA to non-profit agencies.

Pictured (l-r) are current Susquehanna County VISTA volunteers: back row – Sharee Hutchinson, Bruce Rossman, Jennifer Loiser; front row – Amy Steinberg, Lavonne Lewis.

For over 40 years, VISTA has been helping bring communities and individuals out of poverty. Today, nearly 6,000 VISTA members serve in hundreds of non-profit organizations and public agencies throughout the country – working to promote literacy, improve disaster preparedness, financial development, and building programs for our children, as just a few examples.

Service is and always has been a vital force in American life. Throughout our history, our nation has relied on the dedication and action of citizens to tackle our biggest challenges. Agencies were able to apply for a volunteer by filling out an application and having a specific job description that showed how their involvement would help the agency with capacity building. There were five VISTAs assigned to four agencies in the county, to help tackle some of our bigger situations.

Bruce Rossman was placed with the Susquehanna County Chapter, American Red Cross. His main focus is coordination and recruitment of disaster response volunteers, and coordinating free public disaster preparedness education.

Sharee Hutchinson is with the United Way of Susquehanna County. She is helping to enhance the functions of United Way's Campaign and their fundraising.

Amy Steinberg is also with the United Way of Susquehanna County and is helping to enhance the functions of United Way's campaign and their fundraising.

Jennifer Loiser was placed with the Susquehanna County Big Brothers/Big Sisters program, and is coordinating and supervising the school-based program.

Lavonne Lewis was placed with the Susquehanna County Literacy Program. She is helping to provide support and assistance to the Literacy programs.

All of these VISTAs are playing a critical role in their community. Their participation in the VISTA program shows a much bigger commitment to the enhancement of the programs they are involved with.

If you are interested in learning more about the VISTA program, visit

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