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On Saturday, April 25, NEPA Community Health Care hosted an open house for its newest medical facility in Susquehanna, PA. Adjacent to Schneiders’ Market, downtown in The Shops Plaza, the center provides primary medical services Monday through Friday with additional hours available in the evenings and Saturdays. The medical staff working out of the facility is comprised of Dr. Vasudeva R. Mudipalli, a board certified Family Practice physician, and physician’s assistant, Frank DeJesse. Dr. Patrick MacConnell, DPM, provides podiatry services. The 3,000 square foot facility also houses the federal Women, Infants and Children’s (WIC) Nutritional program.
Pictured (l-r), the NEPA Board of Directors: standing - Raymond Telnock, Mary Ann Warren, Gary Gray; sitting - Colleen Wilkes, Executive Director Terese DeLaPlaine, Alice Deutsch. Absent from photo: Robert McNamara, Jr., Michael Briechle, Joe Ferretti, Charlie Mulligan, Johnnie Florance, and Joseph Plonski.
Artwork created by area artists is on display throughout the building courtesy of Alice Deutsch, Sally Krimmel, Jay Krimmel and the Harvest of the Arts Council. In addition, artwork generated by students of Susquehanna Community School District is displayed in the examination rooms and was made possible from a grant by Bluestone Lodge #338 Free and Accepted Masons. The new furniture for the reception area was donated by the Friends of Susquehanna County.
“We are thrilled to provide the Susquehanna Community with a modern facility that is centrally located,” stated Terese DeLaPlaine, Executive Director of NEPA Community Health Care. “The support that has been displayed for this project has been tremendous and we are excited to serve the public in a professional, convenient and comfortable environment.”
The Susquehanna location is one of four locations operated by NEPA. Additional services are provided at offices located in Hallstead, PA and Kingsley, PA and also at the Joines Building in New Milford, PA. NEPA CHC is one of 1200 centers in the nation designated as a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC). This designation provides an annual benefit of $1,000,000 to the residents of Susquehanna County and surrounding areas.
Community interest in the May 19 primary created the environment for a successful “Meet and Greet” for the candidates in Clifford Township. On the evening of May 5, the Clifford Township Community Alliance hosted the first of hopefully many venues at which the residents could meet the people who will represent them. This event was moderated by former county commissioner, Gary Marcho, who began by pointing out the power of township-level officials: their ability to raise taxes, deal with roads, make decisions about waste management, enter into long-term contracts, provide fire protection and determine the direction of development.
Harry Phillips, who is running for his fourth term as tax collector, took the floor with a brief statement. He believes his integrity and accuracy make him effective in his job and his Main Street location makes him convenient to get to. He is running unopposed.
The second to speak was Dr. Todd Adams who is running, also unopposed, for school director. He and his wife Janet have resided here since 1992. A philosophy professor at Penn State, Worthington Campus, he admitted he had no real platform other than his interest in public service, supported by his many years in the field of education.
There are three candidates interested in the position of township supervisor. That vacancy will be created by the departure of Randy LaCroix, who is ineligible to run because of his job with the State of Pennsylvania. Present to address the voters was candidate Barry Searle (Republican).
Mr. Searle recalled his family roots in the township dating back to the 1800s. He and his wife Marvis, raised their three children here. His strong skills in fostering teamwork were built during his career as a director of sales and marketing and his years in the Army National Guard. He hopes to bring together and support the numerous volunteer organizations which have to date accomplished valuable contributions to the community under the guidance of past and present supervisors, such as the playground, the baseball field and the Bicentennial Celebration. Mr. Searle emphasizes that the township is more than Main Street and wants to address the different needs of all the areas within its boundaries. He stated the need to proactively manage the inevitable changes coming to the community by both attracting the positive while protecting the rural character from negative influences. Lastly, Mr. Searle asked that his Democratic supporters write in his name on their ballot.
The other candidates for supervisor, Jim Locker (Republican) and Jay Lynch (Democrat), were invited but unfortunately were unable to attend and did not send a position statement.
The evening ended with Mr. Marcho thanking the candidates and the audience for their mutual interest in the important positions to be filled. People enjoyed the delicious assortment of desserts donated by the members of the Mountain View Garden Club and everyone mingled, asked questions and shared ideas.
Also in attendance were Larry Wilson (Democratic Chair), Helga Hooper (Republican Chair), Ellie DeFazio (Majority Chair), Charlotte Lyons (Minority Chair), Diane Bidwell (Judge of Elections) and Dennis Knowlton (Township Supervisor).
At the annual convention of the Garden Club Federation of Pennsylvania, First Place for a “Superior Flower Show” was awarded to The Garden Club of Montrose. This award was for excellence at its’ September 2008 show titled “Words to the Wise.”
Shirley Andre, flower show chairman, accepted the award for the club. She also accepted a third-place state award for the Schedule, the booklet that explains and describes the details for the public. The horticulture and design classes were titled with well-known sayings to depict the theme of the show.
The Garden Club of Montrose has a long history of excellent flower shows. The club archives has schedules dating from the 1940’s where the designs were traditional in nature. Today the trend is to interpret a theme in a more artistic manner. It also gives members and the public a chance to showcase their horticultural expertise.
The Hallstead Great Bend Lions Club is proud to announce that Lion Bob Walker has been presented with the Lions Lifetime Membership Award. Lion Bob Walker has been involved with the Hallstead Great Bend Lions Club for over 50 years. The Hallstead Great Bend Lions Club was founded in 1954. Lion Bob Walker joins Lion Bob Treible and Lion Ken Smith as Lifetime Members . Together, the three honored members total over 100 years of service within the club. Thank you very much for your continued service. Pictured above are: Lion Bob Treible, Lion Ken Smith and Lion Bob Walker.
Recently, Northeastern Educational Intermediate Unit and the Susquehanna County Historical Society partnered to present a program on “local history” to a contingent of social studies teachers from each of the Susquehanna County school districts. The main purpose of this all day program was to share the numerous exhibits and opportunities available at the historical society for teachers to utilize with their students in promulgating the unique history, heritage, and culture of Susquehanna County. The curators of the historical society, Betty Smith and Dawn Augenti, prepared a tour of the society’s extensive collections, including but not limited to: Civil War memorabilia, local newspapers on microfiche for the last 150 years, businesses and industries of the area, genealogy research library, paintings by local artists, biographies of famous Susquehanna County natives, etc.
Pictured (l-r) are social studies teachers: Jacquelyn Bain, Mountain View; Kevin Reuss, Mountain View; Bob Goodrich, Susquehanna; Kelly Morahan, Elk Lake; Mike Cutri, Elk Lake; Jan Ross, Montrose; Mitch Less, Blue Ridge; and Ben Orner, Blue Ridge. Standing in back are Betty Smith and Dawn Augenti, curators of the Susquehanna County Historical Society.
Tom Kennedy and Bill Gershey (not pictured) of NEIU, helped to coordinate the day’s activities.
The Montrose Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution was well represented at the recent 112th State Conference of the Pennsylvania State Society Daughters of the American Revolution held in Gettysburg, PA. Attending was Marleta Shadduck, Warren Center, Nan Baker, Montrose, Myrtle Carlson accompanied by her husband Rev. Dr. Paul Carlson, South Montrose.
Pictured (l-r) are: Mrs. Marleta Shadduck, Regent, Mrs. Nan Baker, Register and Chairman of Community Service Awards, Mrs. Myrtle Carlson, Honorary Chapter Regent and Rev. Dr. Paul R. Carlson, HODAR (Husband of Daughter of the American Revolution).
Each year during the spring and lasting for 4 days, the PSSDAR gathers to conduct the business of the organization by celebrating the accomplishments of each individual chapter, each individual state chairman, and each state officer. It is a time for members across the state to be with friends. Workshops are offered. Each chapter and state officer is asked to give an annual report of activities. Guests are invited. The PSSDAR State Theme is Educate for the Future.
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