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July Is Ice Cream Month
Historical Society To Undergo Restoration
4-H Club News Hoofs In Clovers
4-H Club News Four Seasons
“Hats Off” To Civic Group

4-H Club News Sizzlin’ Steaks
Awards Ceremony Draws A Crowd

July Is Ice Cream Month
Submitted By Susquehanna County Dairy Princess, Daisy Matulevich

I am Daisy Matulevich, the Susquehanna County Dairy Princess, and I would like to remind everyone that July is Ice Cream month, the perfect time of the year to take the family out to enjoy an ice cream sundae. I've yet to meet someone who is not an ice cream fanatic, seeing as there are many different flavors that appeal to even the pickiest taste buds. My personal favorite is soft serve vanilla on a cake cone with rainbow sprinkles on top, but nothing can beat out chocolate chip cookie dough. If I were to list the numerous flavors of ice cream and include the combinations of toppings, then I'd be doing so for days. So instead, I think I'll make an attempt at educating people about the history of ice cream.

The history of ice cream begins in China, where the Emperors enjoyed snow and ice from the mountains mixed with fruit, wine, and honey. The Romans caught on to the idea quickly, and Emperor Nero enjoyed his ice with nectar, honey, and fruit as well. So where does the dairy come in, and how does it go from ice to ice cream? Well, after a trip to China, Marco Polo decided that adding some Yak milk to his snow would make it all the more delicious and creamy. So not only did Marco Polo make our summers fun with an enjoyable game of tag in the pool, but he's also the mastermind behind a refreshing summer treat!

It wasn't long until the idea of a frozen milk dessert traveled from Italy, to France, to England, to Maryland, and then in 1776 the first ice cream parlor in America opened in New York City. Obviously, there were certain changes this dessert experienced along its travels - such as adding flavors to it like chocolate and strawberry - and its texture changed, too. Nevertheless, people grew crazy about this delicious frozen dessert, and new inventions were being created all the time so that making ice cream would be easier and faster. People sold ice cream from wagons, pushcarts, in bowls, scooped on cones, and eventually on sticks. Many ice cream parlors opened when bars that sold wine and beer closed, and ice cream has been flourishing ever since. So no matter what your reason is, whether you're looking for a treat at the beach or a dessert after dinner, you can never go wrong with ice cream. Have fun enjoying your favorite flavor, and be sure to have your 3 a day of dairy!

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Historical Society To Undergo Restoration

The Susquehanna County Historical Society was awarded two grants for the restoration and repair of the three Palladian windows that grace the second story of the Historical Society and Library building.

Designed by the Philadelphia architectural firm of Cope and Stewardson and built in 1907 to house a free public library on the first floor and a museum on the second, the building still retains its original façade and layout. The building has had two additions to the original structure including the 1957 addition to the back of the building, which carefully matched the original brick, windows and architecture. The second addition was added in 1994, to comply with accessibility, by adding a two-story elevator.

Smith-Lawton Millwork, Montrose, will repair and restore the windows and John Bowie Associates, Historical Architects, Wallingford, PA, will oversee the project. Work is expected to begin in early July.

Grants were awarded by the Endless Mountains Heritage Region, Towanda and the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, in the form of a Keystone Historic Preservation Grant.

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4-H Club News Hoofs In Clovers

First we said the club pledges and then we went over our sponsorship forms. County Horse and Pony Roundup is on Saturday, July 25 at the Harford Fairgrounds. We then discussed the Spirit Award, when books were due and we then ordered 4-H hoodies. Members discussed and handed out sponsor sheets. Then we talked about horseshows, classes and did a paper called “What is in the Bag” from our project books. We also went over papers on how to check your horse’s health and how to make a health chart. Afterwards we practiced horsemanship skills.

News Reporter: Lydia Ofalt

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4-H Club News Four Seasons

The Four Seasons 4-H Club recently met to continue to prepare for the Harford Fair. Six of the 4-Hers gave demonstrations to the club.

Pictured above are 4-Hers who gave demonstrations at the Four Seasons 4-H Club meeting: back row - Travis Carter, Jacob Carter, Emily Carter; front row - Alex Benjamin, Betsy Warren, Katie Warren.

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“Hats Off” To Civic Group
Submitted By Mary Ann DeBalko, Starrucca Borough Mayor

For several weeks, the Starrucca Civic Group promoted an event held in Starrucca on July 4. The event was a town-wide garage sale. As families joined in for the sale, the event turned out to be quite large.

Starrucca came alive with many groups of people from far and wide walking the streets, talking to newly-made friends and generally having a truly wonderful time. People came from all over - from several states - to join in the fun.

The buzz from all who participated was outstanding. The event gave many newcomers to the area a chance to enjoy the beautiful town of Starrucca, meet the residents and ask “when are you doing this again?”

The amount of effort put forth by the Starrucca Civic Association was outstanding. There are not enough “thank yous” to all of the members who worked on this project. Starrucca applauds the Civic Association and looks forward to many more events sponsored by this group.

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4-H Club News Sizzlin’ Steaks

On June 23 we weeded the memorial garden.

We said pledges. We planted flowers in the Maplewood Cemetery on the veterans’ graves. At the end of the planting we took a group picture. We signed a thank you card to be sent to the VFW for giving us a donation.

Autumn did her demonstration on cake decorating. We had her cake for a snack.

We held a bake sale on July 17 at 9:00.

We are going to have a meeting on July 23 at Mr. and Mrs. Mitchell's house at 7:00. Everyone is going to be able to make a bird house. We will also work on our Wildlife project book.

At our next meeting Olivia, Rebecca, David, and Blaze are going to do their demonstrations. Olivia is bringing refreshments for next meeting.

News Reporter: Alyssa Clarkson

North Jackson Ag

On July 6 North Jackson 4-H club held its 6th meeting. The meeting was called to order by Eric Giangrieco, and pledges were led by Emily Supancik and John Valentine. Demonstrations were then given by Hunter Marcy on turkey hunting, Katelyn Supancik on her dog Scooby-Doo, Eileen Walker on her chinchilla, Emory Bewley on her flower garden, and Casey Gorick on her art class.

Old business was discussed. Sondra Fallon and Jamie Supancik spoke on the Livestock Clinic that was held, and Emily Supancik talked about dairy camp.

New business included Robert Supancik talking about weighins for live stock kids, Dairy Roundup and the club trip to Knoebels.


The D.E.S 4-H club held their meeting at the East Rush Church on July 12.

We talked about one day camp which was Tuesday, July 14 at the Harford Fair grounds. We also talked about our trip to Ozzy’s Fun Park on July 21. Also, County Round-up is August 1 at the Harford Fair grounds. Check in is July 31 from 3-8. You need to bring your book, with everything completed except for your pictures and story. You also need to bring your registration papers, CVI, and vet client/patient relationship form. D.E.S 4-H club is doing the concession stand, as a fundraiser at horse round-up on July 25. Please give any baked goods to LouAnn Kiefer on Friday, July 24. If you can come and help it will be greatly appreciated. Our next meeting will be held at Alison Teel’s house on July 26at 12:30; this will be our picnic so please bring a dish to pass. There is a pond for fishing and swimming!

News Reporter: Austin Graham

Sizzlin’ Steaks

On June 30, we met at 7:00 for a meeting. After the pledges were said we began our meeting.

Our bake sale was on July 17 at People's National Bank beginning at 9:30.

Evan Clarkson is the only one from our group who is going to One Day Camp at the Harford Fair Grounds.

A reminder was given that everyone must attend three of the last five meetings in order to show their projects in the 4H building during fair time. If an emergency arises and there is a meeting planned, please call Mrs. Mitchell or Mrs. Harvatine and let them know what is happening.

We are to be considering some one for the Spirit Award to be presented at 4H Achievement night in the fall. Last year we selected Evan Clarkson.

Becky Gardner did a very nice demonstration on painting. She also showed us some of her very nice paintings that she has finished.

Our next meeting is at Mitchell's. We will be putting together bird houses for the Wildlife project that we are doing. Julie Harvatine volunteered to bring refreshments.

Mrs. Harvatine did a Cloverbud project with us. There were a number of balloons filled with different small things one would find in a kitchen. We all had fun trying to feel and guess what was in each balloon.

We will have a meeting at the lecture hall on July 30, at 7:00.

News Reporter: Alyssa Clarkson

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Awards Ceremony Draws A Crowd

On Saturday, May 30, sixteen young authors and illustrators and their proud families and friends attended the awards ceremony for the 13th Write and Illustrate Your Own Picture Book Contest. The contest, sponsored by the Susquehanna County Historical Society & Free Library Association, drew thirty-seven original entries from grades K through 9.

A PowerPoint presentation with pages from the winning entries displayed on the screen as librarians summarized each book. Two copies of each first place winner's book were hardbound, one to be added to the collection of the Main Library, the Forest City Branch, the Hallstead-Great Bend Branch, or the Susquehanna Branch, and one awarded to the winner. The honorable mention books were softbound for the young authors.

The Picture Book Contest winners are: K-3 Winners - Odessa Gaster, Kyle McGranaghan, Maxwell Brewer and Henry Rogers; K-3 Honorable Mention - Liam Trunk, Jacob Lutz, Alison Bell and Grace Rogers; 4-9 Winners - Jackson Rogers, Kirsten Hollister, Cynthia Eichelberger and Abigail Costley; 4-9 Honorable Mention - Keri Jones, Nicole Sherman, Cori Glidden and Zoe Gauthier.

The library copies of the first prize books were on display and will tour the four county libraries as a collection before being available to borrow in the fall. The young authors' names are permanently added to the county-wide computer catalog (, and their books are also now listed in the state-wide ACCESS-PA catalog (

The PowerPoint presentation, which is now viewable online at the library's website, was created with software donated by the Gates Foundation. Visit any of the county libraries to learn and use PowerPoint and other Microsoft office programs at no charge. The presentation was shown with a laptop and projector acquired with a federal Library Services & Technology Act grant.

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