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Commissioners Recognize Kessler
MVSD Discusses Stimulus
ELSD Runs Into Danger?
Courthouse Report
Harford Picks Supplier
Gibson Barracks Report
Susky Council Supports Harvest Of The Arts

Commissioners Recognize Kessler
By Carole M. Canfield

The Susquehanna County Commissioners’ meeting was held on March 25 at the Susquehanna County Office Building in the Emergency Management Agency Conference Room, with Commissioners Mary Ann Warren, Michael Giangrieco and Leon Allen, Chief Clerk Sylvia Beamer, and County Treasurer Cathy Benedict. Approximately eight taxpayers were in attendance.

The Commissioners asked James Kessler to come up to the front of the room, where Commissioner Mary Ann Warren presented Kessler with a commendation and thanked him for serving 37 years in the forestry service for Susquehanna County. Warren said that Kessler’s dedication and work for the county should be applauded.

A “Purchase of Service Agreements” between Susquehanna County Services for Children & Youth and 10 resource agencies was questioned about the lateness of signing the agreement. Ken Zahora, Children and Youth, explained that it is now a state mandate for this to be done and seeing that this was the “first” actually submitted, it did take some extra time to handle the agreement correctly. He added that it is an important agreement and important to fill out properly, especially because the state covers 83% of authorized resource use.

Commissioner Warren added that Children & Youth’s fiscal year runs from July, 2008 through July, 2009.

Chief Clerk, Sylvia Beamer added that not necessarily all these funds are used. They are only used when someone is sent to the facility or uses one of the resource agencies.

Commissioners also voted to sign the Intergovernmental Agreement between Susquehanna County and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare, whereby the Department of Public Welfare will provide the County with access to the Accurint Search Engine, for two County users under contract Number 4400001883, with Reed Elsevier d/b/a/ LEXISNEXIS for child welfare and juvenile justice business purposes. This agreement is effective when access to Accurint Search Engine is granted to the County through June 30, 2009. The agreement also may be extended by DPW for up to one year or the expiration of the contract number, whichever is earlier.

The Commissioners also signed a Blanket Amendment #2 to the County’s existing HAVA grant agreements with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, which reflects the extension of the grant period and also includes revised grant audit records retention requirements per Management Directive 325.9 as amended August 26, 2008.

The original grant agreements provided that the County shall expend all grant funds during the grant period of July 1, 2004 to June 30, 2009. A Blanket Amendment was executed that extended the grant period to June 30, 2009. Blanket Agreement #2 further extends the grant period to June 30, 2011.

Resolution 2009-05, a resolution of Susquehanna County on behalf of Trehab, authorizing the filing of a proposal for funds with the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) for $120,000, was agreed upon, for prevention and elimination of blight under Section 4 C of the Housing and Redevelopment Assistance Law.

The monies are reportedly for help with a building in Susquehanna which was being removed, apparently, according to Commissioners, a wall caved or fell in. When asked if this was going to “be a three million dollar” project, Commissioners stated no, that this was just one incident.

Appointed to the Susquehanna County Emergency Advisory Committee were: Chad Wallace, Sheriff Lance Benedict, Richard Hennessey, Jerry Fives, Robert Thatcher, Sr., Trent Turner, and Charles Daly.

Jim Jennings questioned the Commissioners on some of the work being done by a Texas firm and was told that it was testing for natural gas.

He was also told that the Susquehanna County Natural Gas Task Force (or which ever name the County gives it), “should be” announced at the Economic Development Meeting held on March 26.

Also disclosed at that meeting “should be” information regarding the possible usage of appropriated stimulus monies for the county.

The Commissioners had no indication of where the monies would be utilized at meeting time.

Also, Commissioners had no “list” or availability of “goals” or work projects or things that they were working on to provide service to Susquehanna County, when asked by Jennings for some information sheets or list of projects or goals, taxpayers could see (or follow for progress).

Commissioner Warren stated, “We are looking to paint the courthouse, to fix the bluestone steps, which are in poor repair, and fix water problem at the County Jail.”

The next meeting of the Susquehanna County Commissioners will be held on April 8, 9 a.m. prompt at the Susquehanna County EMA Conference Room in the Susquehanna county Office Building.

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MVSD Discusses Stimulus
By Melinda Darrow

The retirement of a long term secretary within the district was accepted at the March 23 Mt. View School Board meeting, though special education director Mary Hvezda, jokingly urged the board to vote no on the agenda item. Ms. Hvezda then became serious, however, stating that she wished to publicly thank Eloise Cobb for her indispensable service to the district. Ms. Cobb was a pleasure to work with, she said, and will be greatly missed.

Mt. View recently hosted, Mrs. Voigt reported, the North Eastern Pennsylvania High School Challenge competition, and performed quite respectably. Six schools competed throughout the day, Mt. View making it to the semi-finals seated third, only losing in the end to two teams.

The district is also applying to be a Reading Recovery Program site. This is part of the Title 1 reading program.

Dr. Chichura gave a short presentation regarding potential stimulus funds, utilizing a PowerPoint accessible to the public off the PDE website. He stated that the district had received two letters regarding the use of this money and cautioning districts not to spend this money before knowing for certain that it was coming. The state is experiencing a budget shortfall currently. Dr. Chichura stated that it was not known how much additional money Mt. View would be receiving in basic instructional subsidy, if any. His guess, however, was that it would only be a small increase. Care must also be taken regarding the use of the money, the letters said. The program is designed as a one-time expenditure over two years. Thus if the district or the state were to spend the money on anything needing to be maintained and additional funds were not forthcoming, trouble would result in the 2011/2012 school year. Taxes would need to be raised just to break even. If money is received, then, it should be spent on one-time projects, such as construction.

Does the district need so much Easter vacation? That was the discussion sparked by a visitor, when the calendar for the coming year was laid out. June 1 is the projected last day of school on the calendar, with August 26 being the start. The vacations were left intact, with all snow days made up at the end of the year. This led to the discussion of Easter. The visitor queried if three days of Easter vacation was necessary. It was responded that currently there were only two, Friday and Monday. Some seemed to feel as if even this were too many; Mr. Griffiths said that Monday could be worked on next year. It was also asked if deer day was still a vacation day. It was responded that this was the situation, with that Tuesday then being an in-service day.

Nutrition Group was contracted as the District’s Food Management company. A representative of the company stated that they were looking forward to continuing to grow a partnership between the company and the district, not just the school but also the community.

The administrators reported various accomplishments and initiatives at the two schools. Ms. Vagni complimented the secondary students that took the PSSAs, who appeared to be focused, she said, on the test. She also recognized the staff for their work in this matter. Core subject area staff were put in the rooms to proctor the exams, using active proctoring. Some secondary students attended a career fair in the gym, where speakers were available. Online scheduling was slated to begin for the first time the Friday after the meeting. The upcoming spring play, Cinderella, was mentioned, with note being made of the impressive number of student participants and the amount of energy which they had.

Mrs. Pippitone also described the elementary PSSA experience positively. She commended the faculty for their work in making the process run smoothly. There is a play at the elementary level as well, with enough interest having been shown that the director graciously offered to run two shows with two different casts rather than turning kids away.

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ELSD Runs Into Danger?
By Melinda Darrow

Acknowledged a few weeks prior at the Montrose School Board meeting, the Elk Lake swim program had an opportunity on March 24 to be mentioned at its own. A letter written by the teams’ head coach was read aloud, thanking the board for its support of the cooperative agreement that allowed Montrose students to become part of the Elk Lake team. These students were part of two successful relay teams, which broke school records. Overall the season was successful. Eight records were broken, in total.

Mrs. Heed spoke up during the visitor section of the meeting to express her concern over students running on the road. She felt the situation to be dangerous, especially as drivers coming over the knoll may have difficulty seeing runners early. People have said, she maintained, that they have had to slam on their brakes to avoid hitting runners. The students also, another person concurred, do not yield to cars, and often run three abreast. Someone recommended they be given orange vests, but it was pointed out that this would do nothing to alleviate the knoll visibility problem. The reasoning behind road running, it was explained, is that it builds mileage and allows students to train on the varied altitude of hills. Those concerned pointed out that the district does have a cross-country course, on which the students might train. The matter, those present were assured, would be further addressed.

In related news, students who had been skateboarding in the middle of the road, Mr. Mallery said, have been dealt with. The matter was discussed with both the kids and their parents.

In the administrators’ reports, several noteworthy items were brought up. Shea Skinner, from the forensics team, made it to the National Qualifying Tournament. The elementary and middle school students were scheduled to have an internet safety assembly.

As for the SCCTC, Mrs. Davis reported that the second house project was near completion. An open house was scheduled for May, with a proposed goal of putting it up for sale in June. The department of Labor and Industry provided the career center with $21,181. The money is to be used for equipment. A motion was formally made to accept this money. It was also decided that the adult tuition rate would stay the same as it has been.

The proposed calendar, described as not radically different than the current year’s, has been put on the website. Graduation is scheduled for June 12, building in eight snow days. The start date was set for August 26, giving the primary students a three day week at first, then a four and a half day week and a four day week thereafter, in which to transition.

The Arts Alive program was mentioned. The I.U., it was said, has a number of ways that it helps out families who wish to attend the program but can’t afford it.

Mrs. Moore was recognized at the meeting for her work in the cafeteria. The district has received a Project PA Breakfast grant to help promote school breakfast, etc. Not only did Mrs. Moore work on this grant, she has also changed the elementary breakfast rates for the better. There had been a problem with a loss of academic time due to kids getting to class late after reporting to their rooms and eating breakfast. After the procedure was changed, the problem was decreased and rates increased by perhaps 30 or 40%.

Elk Lake also received another grant, the Title 1 Academic Achievement Award. This money is given by the government to schools meeting AYP for two years, and totaled $100.

The stimulus money was discussed. Dr. Bush reported that the money promised was fluid, and may not come to fruition. It is spread over two years, and goes into Title 1 and IDEA.

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Courthouse Report
Compiled By Lauren P. Ficarro


Bremer Hof Owners, Inc. to Robert and Amber Renee Nestved, in Herrick Township for $200.00.

Bremer Hof Owners, Inc. to Raymond McGettigan, in Herrick Township for $1,500.00.

Bremer Hof Owners, Inc. to Dennis Transue, in Herrick Township for $100.00.

Floyd Bartlow, Jr. (Est) to Bremer Hof Owners, Inc., in Herrick Township for $100.00.

James and Rita L. Hallock to James and Rita L. Hallock, in Springville Township for one dollar.

Diana L. Robertson, Sandra R. and Michael A. Clifford to Michael A. and Corinne A. Farrell, in Silver Lake Township for $20,000.00.

Paula Slick and David J. Skube to Mary A. and Shawn S. Brown, in Forest City for $40,000.00.

John F. and Sarah J. Ashcraft to Burton and Elizabeth Baldwin, in Little Meadows Borough and Apolacon Township for one dollar.

Clifford J. and Bernice S. (Est) Mead to Clifford J. Mead, in Bridgewater Township for one dollar.

James D. and Cerise Kerr Hayes to James Dalton Hayes, II, in Bridgewater and Silver Lake Townships for one dollar.

John R. and Kristy L. Benscoter to John R. and Kristy L. Benscoter, in Auburn Township for one dollar.

Evelyn O. Hunter (By POA) to Evelyn O., Robert R. and Douglas O. Hunter, in Springville Township for one dollar.

Evelyn O. Hunter (By POA) to Evelyn O., Robert R. and Douglas O. Hunter, in Springville Township for one dollar.

Henry J., Eleanor D. and Joseph F. Mikrut to Joseph F. Mikrut, in Auburn Township for one dollar.

Alice Ruth Evans (AKA) Alice Evans (Est) to George Evans, in Forest Lake Township for one dollar.

Isabelle S. Graham (Est) to Jacqueline G. Newman, Thomas W. and Robert M. Graham, in Clifford Township for one dollar.

Joseph P. Franceski to William and Doris Birtch, in Ararat Township for $82,000.00.

Theresa Miller to David W. Daugherty, in Forest City for $129,000.00.

Dolores Allen and Santa A. Claus to Ronald J. and Debra J. Duffy, in New Milford Township for $75,000.00.

Lois S. Carlsen to William Carlsen, in New Milford Township for one dollar.

Homesales, Inc. (By POA) to Kevin M. MacDonald, in Susquehanna for $7,000.00.

Barry Berkowitz and Montrose Hillbillies, II to Cheryl Arnold, in Jessup Township for one dollar.

Barry Berkowitz and Montrose Hillbillies, II to Edward C. Arnold, in Jessup Township for one dollar.

Bernice S. (Estate) and Clifford J. Mead to Bernice S. Mead (Estate), in Bridgewater Township for one dollar.

Ralph A. Harvey, Grace D. and David Allen, Sandra K. and Douglas Fink, Lynda J. and William Phinney, Janet Y. and Roger Clapper and Harry F. Cook, Jr. (Estate) to Gary E. and Shirley E. Johnson, in Dimock Township for $17,000.00.

James B. and Karen F. Todd to Paul and Tina Barker, in Herrick Township for $53,000.00.

Daphne F. (NBM) Daphne F. Nichols and Charles Herbert to Andrew Foster and Aron Eames Foldschneider, in Auburn Township for one dollar.

Albert B. and Barbara Taylor to Pamela Ferrari, in Forest City for one dollar.

Dunn Lake LLC to Daniel J. and Patricia A. Maisano, in Ararat Township for one dollar.

Lois J. Scott to Reginald A. Scott, in Auburn Township for one dollar.

Sheena (NBM) Sheena Severcool and Adam Bolles to Stewart A. and Amanda L. Moyer, in Bridgewater Township for $137,800.00.

Craig and Lisa L. Brown to Lisa L. Brown, in Great Bend Township for one dollar.

Donald J. McBride to Donald J. McBride, in Apolacon Township for one dollar.

Henry J. Bardel to Henry J. Bardel (Trust), in Lenox Township for one dollar.

Robert and Eleanor Hastings to Robert P. (Trust) and Eleanor E. (Trust) Hastings, in Little Meadows Borough for one dollar.

Elaine M. Andusko to Sean Hennessey, in Susquehanna for $115,000.00.

James T., Jr. and Virginia A. Connor (NBM) Virginia A. Tolerico to James T., Jr. and Virginia A. Connor, in Clifford Township for one dollar.

Duane, Sherri and Marion Naylor to Christopher M. Steele, in Auburn Township for $133,800.00.

Helena Arbosheski and Jean Grassman to Helena and Gary Arbosheski, in Forest Lake Township for one dollar.

Theodore and Phyllis Wellerson, Philip J. (AKA) Phil and Barbara Pass and Paswell Associates to Brian C. and Frieda C. Opielski, in Herrick Township for $200,000.00.

Lori A. Keller (NBM) Lori Masiello to Michael F. and Leslie A. Mulhern, in Lenox Township for $230,000.00.

Victor L., Sr. and Catherine M. Dubanowitz to Catherine Dubanowitz, in Oakland Borough for one dollar.

Debra Russell (NBM) Debra Powers to Debra and Michael W. Russell, in Silver Lake Township for one dollar.

Gary R. and Belinda L. Colwell and Walter and Mary Holtzman to Gary R., Jr. and Jason S. Colwell, in Great Bend Township for one dollar.


Francis K. Gregory vs. Daniel K. Gregory, both of Hallstead, married 1998.

Judith A. Sherman of Hallstead vs. Lyman Sherman of Crossville, TN, married 1986.

Melissa R. O’Brien vs. Travis J. O’Brien, both of Forest City, married 2006.

Reginald A. Scott vs. Lois J. Scott, both of Meshoppen, married 2000.


The Susquehanna County Domestic Relations Section has bench warrants for the following individuals as of 11:08 a.m. on March 27, 2009.

David P. Atherholt, Jr., Erika L. Back, David S. Blaisure, Joseph Bonavita, Michael P. Bradley, Jr., David M. Brant, Kenneth G. Burgess, Tony R. Clark, Mark T. Conklin, Kevin Cowperthwait, Jeffrey A. Craig, Mary Dallasta, Paul H. Donovan, Deborah L. Drish, Jonathan Fathi, Kristoffer B. Fazzi, David J. Fischer, Thomas Fisher, Nesbitt W. Fitch, Jr., Ryan M. Forder, Kelly Fox, Dominick M. Franklin, Yvette Glover, Angela M. Grecco, David Haines, Jr., Suzanne R. Hansen, Keith G. Harms, William N. Hendrickson, Ann Hightower, Timothy M. Holmes, Carl M. Kelder, Kevin D. Klein, Erik E. Krisovitch, James R. Lee, Charlie J. Legere, Carlos L. Leiser, Howard J. Linder, George D. Lowery, Joseph Malloy, Jr, Tanika Marazzani, Patricia J. Marrero, Jason Marshall, Fred C. Materese, Zada A. McDonald, Joseph C. Moore, Anthony Neri, Todd M. O'Hara, Ivy U. Oropallo, Harriet Pabst, Donald Palmer, Gary Perico, Jonathan R. Powers, James E. Purse, Jeffrey A. Ransom, Neil D. Shaffer, Amy M. Squier, Earl H. Thompson, Jr., Christopher Trayes, Anthony M. Vaow, Keith W. Vroman, Joseph Watkins, Glynn Wildoner, III, Jamie L. Williams, Patrick L. Yachymiak, Karl D. Zantowsky.

Please contact the Domestic Relations Section at 570-278-4600 ext. 170 with any information on the location of these individuals.

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Harford Picks Supplier
By Ted Brewster

The Harford Township Supervisors stepped through a routine agenda on March 24, as they gear up for ice coming out of the roads and for Spring to arrive. In anticipation of a summer’s labor on township roads, the Supervisors selected a supplier for materials.

At the last meeting the Supervisors considered bids from a number of vendors, and handed the batch over to colleague and township Secretary Sue Furney to analyze and summarize. The bids were not all consistent with one another, some bidding on this, some on that. In the end, for AEP oil that the township uses for dust control, the Supervisors selected the low bidder, SuitKote at $1.59 per gallon. Ms. Furney said the SuitKote bid was “definitely the lowest,” and remarked that they have given “very good service” in the past.

The stone bids weren’t so easy. F.S. Lopke of Apalachin, NY had the low bid for #67 anti-skid used for traction in the winter, and Eastern Industries (the old State Aggregates) bid lowest for 2RC at $8.55 per ton, delivered. Supervisor Garry Foltz didn’t want to split the award, preferring not to have to work with two different suppliers for road materials. The Supervisors were also reluctant to try out a new supplier (Lopke). In the end, however, because of the total value of 2RC in the bids, Eastern Industry got the nod as the lowest for the overall package.

The Supervisors decided to get quotes from local operators for lawn care for this summer. Ms. Furney said she would “make some calls” for the quotes, which don’t require the formalities of competitive bidding because of the low dollar value of the work.

They also accepted a resolution that will allow the destruction of tax records after 8 years. The measure affects real estate and per-capita tax records only, and will help to minimize the volume of records that have to be maintained.

The Supervisors accepted the applications of two individuals that may be called upon for general labor on an “as-needed” basis. Each of the applicants has a CDL license and would be used for extra help plowing snow or whenever the township needs additional help. Wages were not determined.

Supervisor Terry VanGorden reported that all is prepared on the bridge over Butler Creek on Pennay Hill Road, waiting for warmer weather so that the concrete deck can be poured. Mr. VanGorden relinquished his duties as Roadmaster to Supervisor Garry Foltz temporarily while he recovers from a medical procedure, but he did say that the first order for new road signs has been placed.

In his temporary capacity as Roadmaster, Mr. Foltz reported that the township crew has been “doing a good job” filling potholes and maintaining the equipment. Mr. Foltz also said that he would be submitting applications for grants to help with equipment purchases, to help pay for the new street signs and perhaps some new radios, and for the development and maintenance of a “community-based website” for Harford.

The next meeting of the Harford Township Supervisors will take place on Tuesday, April 14, beginning at 7:00 p.m., at the township building on Route 547, specifically, at 4514 State Route 547.

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Gibson Barracks Report
Compiled By Melinda Darrow


PSP Gibson is investigating an incident where a woman who is a registered sex offender failed to register as a Megan's Law Offender upon moving to Pennsylvania. The suspect's name is being withheld pending apprehension.


On March 14, at approximately 3:00 p.m., an unidentified black male entered the office area of the Dunkin' Donuts store in Great Bend Twp. and removed cash from a drawer. He then fled the scene. Anyone with information about the above incident is asked to contact the State Police at Gibson at (570) 465-3154.


A woman living in Owego, NY reported recently that on March 21, at around 11:10 p.m., her dad got into an argument with her mother, both of whom resided in Springville. The man allegedly hit his wife in the face with the back of his hand, and when she attempted to intervene he choked her and pushed her to the floor. The defendant was arrested for simple assault and harassment and was arraigned. He was remanded to Susquehanna County jail on $20,000 bail.


On March 22, at approximately 3:29 a.m., Jason Cronk of Montrose was traveling south on SR 29 when, while distracted by looking down at the floor of his vehicle, he steered across the opposing lane of travel and struck the northbound guardrail. Cronk them overcompensated in his steering and lost control of the vehicle, which traveled back across both lanes of travel, entered a ditch, and rolled over, coming to a final rest on its side/roof. Cronk freed himself from the wreckage and was not injured. It was stated at the time of report that he would be cited for violation of traffic laws. PSP was assisted at the scene by members of the Snake Creek F.D. and United F.D. The responding ambulance was from the Montrose Minutemen. Medical attention was refused and the operator was transported from the scene by family members.


On March 21 an additional search for Phillip Page was conducted by the State Police at Gibson, area volunteer fire departments, family members, friends, volunteers from the community, and a search and rescue bloodhound from Towanda. Page had gone missing on October 25, and was last seen in his backyard in Jackson Twp. A massive search was conducted at that time, with negative results. Page was discovered during the new search, deceased, in a body of water approximately 200 yards behind his residence. The Susquehanna County Coroner's Office assisted in this matter, and an autopsy was to be scheduled. No foul play was suspected.


On March 22, at approximately 3:00 a.m., troopers from PSP Gibson responded to a location on Dubois Street in Hallstead Borough where five juveniles were found to have consumed alcohol. The juveniles, who ranged in ages from 15 to 17, were released to their parents. Citations were filed against the juveniles at District Court 34-3-02 for violation of the Crimes Code, Section 6308, Purchase, Consumption, Possession or Transportation of Liquor or Malt and Brewed Beverages.


Sometime during the night of March 18, Marcie Marquez of Nicholson reported, an unknown person entered property in Lenox Twp. and smashed a window on her white 2005 Mazda, while it was parked in her driveway. Two bags containing school books and related items were stolen from within the vehicle.


Sometime between October 15 and March 19 an unknown person entered property in New Milford belonging to Carmine Monteforte of Westbury, NY, and smashed a camping trailer window.


One or more unknown perpetrator(s) utilized the debit card of a Montrose woman to purchase several items from different states. The incident occurred between the 19th and 20th of March.


On March 11, Karl Knapp of Hop Bottom was traveling north on SR0011 in Hop Bottom Borough when, while negotiating a left curve, his vehicle exited the roadway and went onto the east berm. The Dodge Ram struck the end of a steel guide rail and a utility pole before continuing to travel north on top of the guide rail. It then flipped onto its roof and came to an uncontrolled stop, facing north on the east berm. Knapp departed the scene prior to arrival of any emergency personnel.


Between the 7th and 15th of March, one or more unknown perpetrator(s) damaged a mailbox belonging to Ignazio Cavallaro of Montrose.


The Pennsylvania State Police, Fire Marshal Unit, announced the arrest of Valerio Amato, 31 years of age, from Montrose, for an arson fire at his business, Amato's Pizza, located at 54 Main St., Lanesboro. The arson occurred on December 8, 2008. The building is owned by Robert Mireider of Susquehanna. Mr. Amato was arraigned before District Judge Janicelli in New Milford. DJ Janicelli set bail at $75,000 unsecured, and set the preliminary hearing date for March 31 at 1:30 p.m.


On March 18 an unnamed person driving a Hyundai Elantra was traveling south on SR 0081 in New Milford, Twp., when he or she struck a large bird. The impact resulted in windshield and roof damage.


On March 22 PSP Gibson conducted a Sobriety Checkpoint and other DUI enforcement initiatives in Susquehanna County. This was a continued effort to reduce traffic fatalities and injuries. The police aggressively looked for persons driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, or committing other criminal violations. Results of the last several checkpoints have resulted in numerous arrests for DUI Drug Possession, Underage Drinking, and related crimes. Many traffic citations for moving violations and equipment violations have been written. Several fugitives from justice have been arrested. The checkpoint was part of a continuing effort by the Pennsylvania State Police to aggressively enforce the Driving While Under the Influence laws. Every year, in this state approximately 1,600 people lose their lives on Pennsylvania's roadways. Almost 30% of these deaths involve alcohol. Remember, it is not only a good idea to always wear your seatbelts while driving, it is the law. All drivers are encouraged to obey traffic laws, wear seatbelts, and never drink and drive.


On March 12, at approximately 11:30 a.m., Darro Snyder of Chadswick, NY stopped at a rest area on SR 81 and parked his tractor trailer. Snyder then went inside for a short time. When he returned to his truck his orange and gray backpack was missing. Inside were money, a realistic CD player, and about 25 CD's.

ATV Accident

On March 15, at approximately 4:15 a.m., Dustin Concroe was traveling behind an unnamed juvenile ATV driver on SR 2020 in Lenox Twp. The ATV driver hit his brakes for unknown reasons, causing a collision when Concroe's Beretta struck the rear of the ATV. The juvenile was thrown from the ATV, suffering major head injuries due to the improper use of a helmet, and subsequently air lifted to CMC. The investigation was continuing at the time of report.


Sometime between the 15th and 16th of March, a vehicle belonging to Tamara Walsh of Montrose was smashed with an unknown object.


On March 14, at approximately 12:25, an unnamed person was traveling on Creek Road in Gibson, Twp. The driver swerved to avoid an oncoming vehicle, and struck a tree with the right front of the Dodge Ram.


On March 14, Joshua Debevec of Forest City was traveling south on SR 171 in Union Dale, and attempted to turn left into the parking lot of the Beacon Bar and Grill. Debevec was traveling too fast, lost control, and struck a Saturn Ion in the right side, causing the Ion in turn to strike a Dodge Avenger. Debevec then backed up and fled the scene, traveling north. Kozlowski towed the Ion from the scene.


In the commission of this crime, a juvenile was in possession of a green, retractable utility knife while on the property of the Susquehanna Community High School in Lanesboro Borough. The juvenile was suspended for 10 days. A juvenile petition was prepared and submitted to Susquehanna County Juvenile Court.


On an unspecified day, in an unlisted location, an accident occurred between three unnamed persons. The incident occurred as operator 1 turned left in front of unit two, which struck unit 1 and rotated into the path of unit 3, striking that vehicle. Operator 1 was cited for causing the crash, and operator 2 was cited for driving with a suspended license. Operator 2 was transported to CMC with moderate injuries, and was not belted. No other significant injuries were reported.


On March 14, at approximately 7:25 p.m., an unknown person flimflammed a cashier at the Flying J in New Milford Twp., for a total of $289.93. The perpetrator, reported to be a black male, kept asking for change from a $100 bill, and confused the cashier. He then walked away from the store in an unknown direction.


On March 14 at approximately 7:40 p.m., an unknown person drove off from the Great Bend Sunoco in that town, without paying for $65.37 worth of gas. The offender, driving a vehicle described as an older Chevy 1500 pickup truck, maroon in color with a wooded box and a smoke stack on the right side, drove toward New Milford.


On March 13, Melanie Reid reported, someone drove over her yard in Great Bend Twp.


On March 13, a suspect described as a white male pumped $17.90 worth of fuel from the Montrose Pump N Pantry into a blue Chevrolet truck with unknown registration. The perpetrator then fled the scene on 706 East toward New Milford.

Anyone having information regarding any of these incidents please contact Gibson State Police at (570) 465-3154.

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Susky Council Supports Harvest Of The Arts
By Barbara Whitehead

Alice Deutsch, chairman of the Harvest of the Arts committee, addressed the Susquehanna Boro Council at their March 24 meeting and gave a rundown of the plans for this year, which will include some new exhibits and activities. Last year, the Youth Art Show, which is open to students from all county school districts, was held in a storefront on Main St. Mrs. Deutsch asked if the boro building’s meeting room could be used for the show this year, to bring it in closer proximity of the other exhibits and activities. Council approved the request, and expressed support for the yearly event.

During public comment, a resident asked of the status of the proposed ordinance banning parking on West Main St. Council said that it has been tabled for the time being, and that different options to deal with the issue are being discussed. Council also agreed that the parking committee would be invited to participate in any further discussion.

John Ackley, who owns the property adjacent to what used to be the upper portion of Second Ave. addressed council. He said that research at the Courthouse showed that Second Ave. is still listed as belonging to the boro. However, as he has maintained it for more than 21 years, he has the right to claim it through adverse possession. His claim could be made in the form of a complaint (suing the boro), or he and the boro could come to an amicable agreement, where the boro would sign the property over to him. Council president Mike Matis thought that the matter should be discussed in a closed-door session, as it is a legal issue. Mr. Ackley was also requested to notify council in writing of his findings and intentions.

Ordinances 416 (parking ban) and 458 (parking enforcement officer) were both tabled, with no action taken.

Three price quotes were obtained for painting the library’s portion of the boro building. One quote was said not to be very specific, while the other two each contained information not included in the others. Council agreed to draw up specific specifications and request that the quotes be re-submitted.

Due to a scheduling conflict, the committee meeting for April has been changed to the 20th.

Council reviewed a LERTA (tax abatement) application for the Station House Apartments on Main St. As some of the required information was missing from the application, no action was taken until the required information is furnished.

Dave Scales said that the boro’s police officers have been using the old Ford car, rather than the new Dodge. He thought it might be because the Vascar unit is in the Ford, and asked if it could be reinstalled in the Doge, leaving the Ford to be used as a backup car. Council agreed that this should be discussed further at the next committee meeting when both the mayor and police officers are present.

Mr. Scales also relayed come complaints he had received about the NJ Transit railroad cars “parked” on the rails behind the fire station. One of them is severely tilted, and is being held as upright as it is by a crushed railroad tie. Children have been known to play in the area, and Mr. Scales said he was certain they have been going into the cars; it is a hazardous situation, he said. Council will contact the railroad and apprise them of the situation.

And, among items approved were minutes of a special meeting held on March 3, during which a motion carried to approve the extension requested by the Tri-Boro Municipal Authority.

The meeting adjourned to an executive session to discuss personnel/legal issues, after which no action was taken.

The next regular meeting will be on Tuesday, April 28, 7:00 p.m. in the boro building.

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