County Living
Church Announcements
Dated Events
Military News
Subscribe to the Transcript

Call Today To Book Your Ad For Our Father's Day Special Running June 17th

Please visit our kind sponsors!

Issue Home June 17, 2009 Site Home

PA Fair Guide Now Available
Engagement Announced O’Neil – Decker
Brianna Monico Donates To Locks Of Love
Key Club Aids CART
Rebate Application Deadline Extended
Major Urges Caution To Prevent Lyme Disease

PA Fair Guide Now Available

HARRISBURG - Rep. Sandra Major (R-Susquehanna/Wayne/Wyoming) is encouraging residents to obtain free copies of the 2009 Pennsylvania Fair Guide, which is now available at her district offices.

Published by the state Department of Agriculture, the guide lists the dates, locations and contact persons for more than 100 agriculture fairs and events scheduled this summer and fall in Pennsylvania.

It is estimated that several million visitors will attend Pennsylvania fairs this year.

Whether an individual is a fan of harness racing, carnival games or animal exhibits, this booklet can be a useful tool to find entertainment close to home. Fifteen of this year's fairs will feature harness races.

The annual Pennsylvania State Farm Show, the largest indoor agricultural exhibition in the country, will be held in Harrisburg and is currently scheduled for Jan. 9-16, 2010.

For a free copy of the Pennsylvania Fairs Guide, visit Major's district offices at Route 706 Lake Montrose, RR 7 Box 7186, Montrose, PA 18801 (telephone: 570-278-3374) or 130 N. Bridge Street, Tunkhannock, PA 18657 (telephone: 570-836-5888).

The guide is also available online at

Back to Top


Engagement Announced O’Neil – Decker

Mr. and Mrs. Kevin O’Neil are proud to announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter Danelle Lynn to Mr. Shane Michael Decker, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Decker of New Milford, PA.

Danelle and Shane

The bride elect is a 2002 graduate of Blue Ridge High School. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and is currently teaching 4th grade at Blue Ridge Elementary.

The prospective bridegroom is also a 2002 graduate of Blue Ride and will graduate in January with a degree in Secondary Social Studies Education.

A July, 2009 wedding is planned.

Back to Top


Brianna Monico Donates To Locks Of Love

Brianna Monico, of Binghamton, NY, recently had 12 inches of her hair cut at Deana’s Hair Designs and donated to “Locks of Love.” Brianna, 8 years old, has wanted to donate to Locks of Love for two years. She is the daughter of Mary Scales Monico, the granddaughter of Dave and Carol Scales, of Susquehanna, and attends Woodrow Wilson School. Brianna is very proud of her donation.

Back to Top


Key Club Aids CART
Submitted By Julie Costello

The Elk Lake High School Key Club, lead by Josie Coddington, recently committed their latest project to helping CART by collecting two back boards and donating a generous monetary collection to the Susquehanna County Animal Response Team (CART). The check was presented by Amanda Carney, one of the Elk Lake Key Club members.

Pictured (l-r) are: Josie Coddington, Amanda Carney and Julie Costello.

According to Julie Costello, Coordinator of Susquehanna County CART, “The members of Elk Lake Key Club did an amazing job and their contribution to their community is a prime example of Susquehanna County’s youth and their devotion to help the community whenever help is needed”.

The Susquehanna County Animal Response Team is currently in the process of gathering supplies for a shelter area should a disaster, such as the flooding of 2006 or another type of emergency, hit Susquehanna County. These shelters will be located at any one of the six school districts in the county should a county evacuation occur. Residents of the county will now be able to evacuate with their pets. The Red Cross shelter will continue to remain inside the main school building while the pets will be housed in one of the school outbuildings such a garage. It is hoped that no lives will be lost due to pet owners not wanting to leave their pet behind and that pet owners instead will go to a shelter. However, until CART gets ample supplies, pet owners will have to bring crates/cages, their pet’s food and water and also their food and water bowls for at least ten days.

CART is still in need of any gently used animal items, including farm animal items and cages or crates for the shelter area. These items may be dropped off at The Lucky Dog Pet Spa located in Montrose. In lieu of a donated item, monetary donations may be made to PASART, 2605 Interstate Drive, Harrisburg, Pa. 17110-9364. Note Susquehanna County in the memo section of the check.

Anyone who is interested in joining CART please contact the Penn State Cooperative Extension at (570) 278-1158.

Back to Top


Rebate Application Deadline Extended

HARRISBURG - Rep. Sandra Major (R-Susquehanna/Wayne/Wyoming) said that the deadline to file for the state's Property Tax/Rent Rebate program has been extended from June 30 to Dec. 31, 2009.

Eligible participants can receive a rebate of up to $650 based on their rent or property taxes paid in 2008. The program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians who are 65 years or older, widows and widowers 50 years or older, and those 18 years or older with permanent disabilities.

Eligibility income limits for homeowners were expanded last year to the following levels, excluding 50 percent of Social Security, Supplemental Security Income, and Railroad Retirement Tier 1 benefits:

$0 and $8,000, up to $650 rebate (homeowners and renters).

$8,001 to $15,000, up to $500 rebate (homeowners and renters).

$15,001 to $18,000, up to $300 rebate (homeowners only).

$18,001 to $35,000, up to $250 rebate (homeowners only).

The Property Tax/Rent Rebate program is one of five programs supported by the Pennsylvania Lottery, which dedicates its proceeds to support programs for older Pennsylvanians.

As of May 29, the Revenue Department had received more than 517,000 rebate applications. About 578,000 older Pennsylvanians and residents with disabilities are expected to benefit from the program this year, compared to 310,000 prior to 2006.

The Department of Revenue will begin distributing rebate checks on July 1.

Application information is available at Major's district offices at Route 706 Lake Montrose, RR 7 Box 7186, Montrose, PA 18801 (telephone: 570-278-3374) and 130 N. Bridge Street, Tunkhannock, PA 18657 (telephone: 570-836-5888).

In addition to application materials for the rebate, individuals can also check the status of an existing rebate claim, by going to and clicking on "Where's My Property Tax Refund?"

Back to Top


Major Urges Caution To Prevent Lyme Disease

HARRISBURG - While summer begins officially on June 21, the Lyme disease season is already here and Rep. Sandra Major (R-Susquehanna/Wayne/Wyoming) is partnering with the Pennsylvania Department of Health to remind residents of the dangers of the disease.

According to information provided by the Department of Health, the first and most effective line of defense against Lyme disease is prevention. The best ways to prevent tick-borne illnesses are to avoid tick-infested habitats, use personal protective measures such as repellents and protective clothing, and frequently check for and remove attached ticks when in an infested habitat.

Early diagnosis is also important in fighting Lyme disease. Most cases of the disease can be treated successfully with antibiotics, especially if treatment is started early enough. However, left untreated or inadequately treated, the infection can spread to joints, the heart, and the nervous system, resulting in increasingly serious complications and requiring intensive therapy.

Lyme disease can infect several different parts of the body making diagnosis difficult. Symptoms often vary from person to person. However, typical symptoms include fever, headache, fatigue and a characteristic circular skin rash called Eythema Migrans (EM).

EMs are usually the first sign of infection and occur at the site of the tick bite. The rash, which occurs in approximately 85 percent of infected persons, is normally evident after a delay of three to 30 days. Moreover, one of the distinctive characteristics of EMs is that they gradually expand over the course of several days and can reach nearly 12 inches in diameter.

Residents are encouraged to visit Major's Web site at and click on "Lyme Disease" for more information.

Back to Top

News  |  Living  |  Sports  |  Schools  |  Churches  |  Ads  |  Events
Military  |  Columns  |  Ed/Op  |  Obits  | Archive  |  Subscribe