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Caring for an aging parent or spouse is truly a labor of love. It can be rewarding, but also time-consuming. Caregivers are alert to the needs of the people they care for, but often neglect to consider their own needs.
Cheryl Straka, Lifeline Coordinator for the American Red Cross of Lackawanna County, sees this on a daily basis as she visits families to talk about the Philips Lifeline. “I enter homes where families are providing the best care for their loved ones in a familiar setting. They’re happy to be able to help their parents remain in their homes, but often the stress of providing round the clock care is taking its toll,” commented Cheryl. “I’m able to offer families some much-needed peace of mind.”
The American Red Cross partners with Philips Lifeline to provide the Lifeline Personal Emergency Response System to over 500 individuals in Lackawanna, Pike, Susquehanna and Wayne Counties. Lifeline is an easy-to-use medical alert system designed to help older, at-risk individuals remain independent in their homes longer. Subscribers wear a personal help button, on a wrist band or necklace, that when pushed, connects them to a trained personal response associate. Available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, personal response associates have access to the subscribers’ medical profile and personal emergency contacts and can dispatch the necessary help needed - sometimes just a phone call to a neighbor, other times a life-saving call to the emergency services. Seniors who may be wary of ‘making a fuss’ can call Lifeline, knowing that emergency services won’t be called unless it’s deemed necessary. Instead, family members or neighbors can be contacted first if it is not a life-threatening emergency.
“The beauty of Lifeline is that it works with your existing telephone and offers users two-way communication from anywhere in the home” notes Cheryl. “If a senior falls while in the bathroom, they’re able to summon help with just the touch of a button. I’ve seen for myself the peace of mind this kind of support gives to users and their families. Just knowing that their loved one can get help if they need it, frees them to take a little time for themselves. Maybe take a walk, visit a friend.”
Lifeline can also be used to summon help in non-medical emergencies. Subscribers can call Lifeline if a visitor in their home is taken ill, or if they need to summon the police or the fire department, and the cost is the same every month, regardless of how many times calls are placed. Lifeline Response Associates are certified yearly and are continually undergoing training to recognize and respond to emergencies.
To find out more about Lifeline and how it can help you or a loved one, call your local American Red Cross or Cheryl Straka, Lifeline Coordinator at (570) 207-0118 or call Philips Lifeline at 1-800-959-6989.
The Pennsylvania Association of Retired State Employees met on August 11 at the Zion Lutheran Church, Dushore, Sullivan County.
Thomas O’Neill, Northeast Region PARSE Vice President, spoke to members about the changes in health coverage for those retirees with Medicare on January 1, 2010. He said retirees will begin to receive more information by mail beginning in September and that informational meetings and town hall style meetings would be held around the state in September and October.
The PARSE members in attendance had many questions for Mr. O’Neill, which he answered with the information he had available. He said retirees should pay careful attention to all correspondence they receive about the medical benefit changes and attend meetings, if at all possible.
The next PARSE Chapter 15 meeting will be held on September 8 at the Towanda American Legion. To learn more about the organization and/or make reservations, contact Susquehanna County Vice President, John Benio, at 570-278-2380.
The Area Agency on Aging (AAA) recently held its annual Advisory Council Recognition Ceremony on July 24 at the American Legion in Towanda. Each year the AAA recognizes its Advisory Council members for their time and support to the aging network. Advisory Council members were presented with a gift. Representing AAA Advisory Council for Susquehanna County: Irma Bender, Clara May Benning, Josephine O’Peka, Don Ritner, Rita Tiffany and Bill Wagner. Special recognition was given to Rita Tiffany of Kingsley for her 20 years of service to the AAA Advisory Council.
Picture (l-r) are: front row - Bill Wagner, Clara May Benning, and Josephine O'Peka; back row - Rita Tiffany, Irma Bender, Don Ritner and Susquehanna County Commissioner, Leon Allen.
The AAA Advisory Council is comprised of older individuals whose role is to represent the needs and interests of seniors in their respective county. Advisory Council members communicate to the AAA and the community the “needs” of older persons and caregivers. Bi-monthly meetings are held throughout the 4 county service area to inform Advisory Council members of local, state, and federal issues and programs impacting our older population.
For more information on services available for seniors, contact the Area Agency on Aging at (570) 278-3751 locally or 1-800-634-3746 (toll free).
In July, the Four Seasons 4-H Club held a business meeting. As part of the meeting, demonstrations were given by six members. Nathaniel Benjamin gave a demonstration on safety rules for swimming. Sara Schmidt gave a demonstration on how to dry-brush a ceramics piece. Levi Schmidt gave a demonstration on how to add texture to a ceramics piece. Cassandra Summers, Scott Sienko, and Felicia Head did their public speaking presentation. Cassandra spoke on respect for authority, Felicia spoke on the meaning of the 4-H Pledge and Scott spoke on building birdhouses. Pictured above (l-r) are: back row -Scott Sienko, Felicia Head and Levi Schmidt; front row - Cassandra Summers, Sara Schmidt and Nathaniel Benjamin.
Members are preparing their projects for the fair. We had refreshments and fun activities after the meeting.
News Reporter: Cassandra Summers
We began the meeting by saying the pledges.
Evan Clarkson and David Bradshaw went to One Day Camp. They talked about their day at One Day Camp. They picked up garbage, tie dyed shirts, played a scavenger hunt, sang songs, made bracelets, and ate ice cream.
Some of the 4-Hers did demonstrations tonight. Evan Clarkson did a demonstration on gardening plants. David Bradshaw’s demonstration was on how to make fruit parfait. Alyssa Clarkson's demonstration was on how to make pretzels.
For a snack we had pretzels and flavored ice.
Everyone is going to bring their 4-H books to the next meeting. Also at the next meeting we will be tie-dying shirts for the Cloverbud project.
Mrs. Stalter explained that the Newsline will be coming every other month; however, one may find it on Facebook on the computer. Remember to read the Newsline as it has all kinds of interesting and helpful information.
Mrs. Stalter handed out tickets for 4-H day.
News Reporter: Alyssa Clarkson
August 6 was our last 4-H meeting for the year.
To start off the meeting Olivia Zick had everyone tie die shirts. She helped everyone fold and dye their shirts for her demonstration. This was also a Cloverbud project. Everyone had fun doing the tie dying.
Abby also did her demonstration on how to make rabbits out of yarn, wiggle eyes, and a Styrofoam ball.
We worked on our books with the leaders.
On Sunday October 4 we are planning to go bowling at Idle Hour Lanes in Dickson City.
News Reporter: Alyssa Clarkson
On July 19 North Jackson 4-H Club held a picnic and meeting at the Pavelski’s house. The meeting was called to order by president Shawn Carey, and pledges were said. Old business such as 4-H One Day Camp was discussed. New business was also discussed. Horse round up was held on July 25, State days at Penn State University was on July 28. Demonstrations were done by Sondra Fallon on her pet rat and Kim Klim on archery.
News Reporter: Eileen Walker
On August 7, North Jackson Club held a meeting at Robert and Ann Walker’s house. The meeting was called to order and Pledges were said by Eileen Walker and Lyle Foster. Old news such as Dairy round up and a Rabbit workshop were discussed. New business was discussed also. Sandy Pavelski discussed the fair beautification project. The meeting was then adjourned. The next and last meeting will be held on September 13 at Onyon’s house at 1.
News Reporter: Eileen Walker
Recently I went on a mission trip to El Salvador. It has changed life for me in so many ways. It will take much for me to complain and whine these days - we live in a blessed nation and those who think they have little are so very rich compared to those in other countries. When I go to the grocery store and when I drink milk or eat ice-cream I now have a greater appreciation for American farmers and our wonderful food supply.
One thing that was clearly evident is the lack of a good food including dairy products in El Salvador. Those who live in El Salvador never had a glass of milk and cheese was a rare treasure, too expense for most households. Calcium is the most abundant mineral in the body; the bones and teeth account for about 99% of the total body stores. The children’s diets are suffering in these countries - under normal conditions the composition of bone is relatively constant but with a lack of calcium in their diet, children in foreign countries can suffer greatly. The process of bone building is complex and involves minerals and hormones that can be greatly influenced by dietary factors. Rickets, a disease common in many third world countries in infants and children is caused by lack of calcium/phosphorus and low levels of Vitamin D.
While people in El Salvador live in conditions which would be considered deplorable here in the United States, they were generous, loving people. They had so little to offer us, but were so proud to share their homes and everything they had. Garbage was piled up on the streets and raw sewage was clearly evident as you walked along the roads, yet they were happy, smiling and always hugging us even though we were complete strangers. The Nationals who translated for us told us that people from America were considered by the natives to be more blessed, and their prayers were sought after because we were a blessed Nation - let’s never forget how blessed we really are!
I so appreciate our farmers here in America and the delicious, healthy foods that are provided for us. We have a great dairy system and our government officials need to better support the American farmer and the great job that they are doing. Without our farmers we could end up like third world countries, struggling to provide healthy, abundant foods, and with very little dairy in our diets.
On my mission trip, we worked with King’s Castle whose mission is to reach, teach and feed the underprivileged children of El Salvador. Every day the children are provided a meal for lunch. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to be able to provide them with a healthy glass of milk, increasing their calcium and Vitamin D levels, each day?
Here in America we need to remember how fortunate we are to have America’s dairy farmers providing us with very affordable milk and dairy products so each and every one of us can have our 3-A-Day of milk, cheese or yogurt to be healthy Americans.
To make a contribution to King’s Castle write to: General Council of the Assemblies of God, Account #2169860, 1445 Boonville Ave., Springfield, MO 65802. Please include the following in the memo of your check: Don Triplett, Account #:2169860.
New Milford Area Rotary Club hosted Rotary District 7410 Governor Ted Silver, at the August 5 meeting held at Green Gables Restaurant. Also attending were Assistant Governor Ray Petty, and District 7410 Rotary members Buddy O’Malia, David Biffin and Robert Chavey.
Governor Silver spoke about the new International president, John Kenny from Scotland, and his focus on water, health and hunger, and literacy. Polio is still a top priority, even though the incidence of the disease is down 99 percent. Rotary International is committed to meeting the $200 million challenge grant from the Gates Foundation, and has set a goal of $2,000 per club.
Rotary has also set the goal of having more members at the end of the year than at the beginning. The presidential initiative is for each club to have grown by one net member by March 31, 2010. Governor Silver concluded with an overview of the District Conference scheduled for October 1-4 in Auburn, NY.
The New Milford Area Rotary Club sponsors youth programs in the Blue Ridge, Mountain View and Susquehanna School Districts. New members are welcome. For more information call Barbara at 756-2133 or John at 465-7174.
Bradford, Sullivan, Susquehanna, and Tioga County residents are urged to immediately report the suspected abuse or neglect of persons 60 years old or older by calling your county’s Protective Services at 1-800-982-4346. Persons 60 years old and older, who are being abused or neglected are also urged to call.
“Older adults have the right to live a life free from abuse and neglect, which can take many forms,” said Secretary of Aging John Michael Hall. “I urge citizens to check on older relatives and neighbors, be educated about the warning signs of abuse and notify authorities when they suspect that someone is being harmed. Reports can be made confidentially and without fear of reprisal.”
Abuse can range from physical actions - such as hitting or punching - to verbal and emotional attack, theft or pressure to sign documents, neglect and deprivation of dignity. Some warning signs of potential abuse are bruises or marks on the body, weight loss and the unexplained disappearance of money or personal property. Sexual abuse can be more difficult to determine, but can involve improper touching and rape. Neglect can include isolation and failure to provide proper nutrition and personal hygiene.
In partnership with Temple University at Harrisburg’s Institute on Protective Services, the Department of Aging has been instrumental in recovering or protecting from theft more than $6 million in assets belonging to older adults.
Call your local Area Agency on Aging at 1-800-982-4346 for prompt response. Reports can be made anonymously.
In keeping with the mission of Wayne/Susquehanna R.E.S.C.U.E. to “protect, preserve and restore the environment... through education... to ensure that future generations will enjoy the benefits of clean air, clean water, and a healthy environment,” the chapter recently sponsored “Close Encounters With Birds of Prey” by the Delaware Valley Raptor Center (DVRC) at the Forest City Regional School’s 6th grade annual science camp.
The DVRC’s licensed raptor rehabilitator Jan Lucciola awed the students at science camp with a presentation featuring five live birds: a kestrel, a 7 inch saw-whet owl, a barred owl, a red-tailed hawk and a mature bald eagle. During the hour-long presentation Ms. Lucciola covered predator/prey relationships, wildlife rehabilitation, specific adaptations of the birds present, and various issues facing wildlife today.
Most of the birds treated at the DVRC are returned to the wild. The birds featured in the educational programs are birds that were either “imprinted” on humans or were injured so badly that they could not survive in the wild. The young students were saddened to hear that too many of the injured birds brought to the center, unfortunately, are the result of intentional shootings. The shooting of any bird, other than game birds, which are regulated by the Fish and Game Department, is illegal.
Fortunately, many good citizens who find injured raptors do the right thing and bring the birds as soon as possible to qualified rehabilitators like the DVRC. To minimize stress the birds should be placed in a ventilated cardboard box with no food or water. Call the DVRC at 570-296-6025. To learn more about the center and all their work go to dvrconline.org.
To learn more about Wayne/Susquehanna R.E.S.C.U.E. please visit our website www.rescue-nepa.org.
The SCEDAC visited Susquehanna Depot to share the progress of their organization. The SCEDAC (The Susquehanna County Economic Development Advisory Council) is a non-governmental agency whose purpose is to assist individuals and businesses in Susquehanna County by promoting and creating economic and cultural development. Some of the issues they will be focusing on will be grant funding, gas drilling, foundation opportunities, job fairs, business promotion and planning for future county expansion.
Pictured (l-r) are: Kathy Matis; John Ord, Sportsmen’s Federation; Darlene Slocum, SCDA Co-Chair; Bill Kelly, SCEDAC President.
While The Susquehanna Community Development Association hosted the July meeting in Susquehanna Depot, the SCEDAC will continue to hold meetings throughout Susquehanna County so that all residents have an opportunity to get involved, ask questions, and voice suggestions or concerns. For more information about the SCEDAC visit www.scedac.org.
On Thursday, July 16, around sixty people gathered for a meal and fellowship at Green Gables Pavilion for the 2009 Susquehanna County Federation of Republican Women's annual picnic. The weather gave blue skies and sunshine as Republicans came from Susquehanna, Luzerne, Wyoming and Bradford Counties to attend. President Stacie Telnock officiated the event. 2009 Scholarship winner Christina Brush read her $1,000 winning essay to the group. The highlight of the evening was keynote speaker, Evan Price, who shared a powerful story of his military past with relevance to the party today, followed by some general comments on teamwork. He then led the group to sing "For He's A Jolly Good Fellow" to honor outstanding Republican Dick Masters, attending the event with his wife, Eloise. SCFRW's next event will be the Annual Christmas Party on December 6. For more information, please go to susquehannagop.org or call 570-879-2872. Pictured above (l-r) are: back row - Debbie Slater, 2nd Vice Pres.; Stacie Telnock, President; Debbie Kissell, Treasurer; Cathy Benedict, Secretary; front row - Lori Conarton, 1st Vice Pres.; Barbara Rydzewski, 3rd Vice Pres.; Evan Price, Keynote Speaker.
Maurice Taylor passed away in 2001, but his amazing legacy lives on. Jack Yeager, a fellow teacher from Montrose high school, and the husband of Maurice’s niece, Ruth Taylor Yeager, is proud to have been colleague, family and friend to Maurice, and wants to honor his achievements. Jack has established the Maurice D. Taylor Memorial Music Scholarship Fund at the Community Foundation of Susquehanna and Wyoming Counties. Maurice’s daughter Janet Taylor and brother A. Ralph Taylor have also contributed to establishing this scholarship.
The Scholarship, which will benefit a student from either Montrose or Elk Lake, will be awarded to a graduating senior with a GPA of at least 2.5, who has actively participated in the high school music program, either vocal or instrumental, and will major in music in college. Donations to the fund are tax deductible and can be directed to the Community Foundation.
Maurice Taylor was a legendary teacher, band leader, and music publisher who created a system of teaching players in a band that was used around the world, and is still followed to this day. Maurice, disappointed with the available books for teaching music, developed and published his own method, authoring a total of 158 titles before selling his music publishing business. His books, “Easy Steps to the Band,” are estimated to have helped teach between six to eight million students how to play as a group.
Maurice taught himself how to play a wide variety of musical instruments and gave lessons in the community in the 1920’s. He was asked to form a band at Montrose High School, and was hired by the school in spite of his lack of teaching certification. He taught from 1927 to 1955 and then again from 1967 to 1972. He also organized Mass Band Concerts annually in Montrose and surrounding areas, and in 1935 brought over 600 musicians to play in concert. State police estimates at the time put the attendance for that concert at over 12,000 people.
Susquehanna University conferred an “Honorary Doctorate of Music” on him in 1980, and he was honored by many other organizations for his innovation and impact on band music.
Maurice recognized that this region was home to many talented musicians and was dedicated to helping them realize their full potential. Jack Yeager wants to continue Maurice’s mission by helping gifted musicians attend college. For more information on this scholarship and the Community Foundation in general, please visit www.community-foundation.org.
Sea Scout Ship 90 of New Milford has gone on several trips this summer, and their annual Chesapeake Bay trip was one of the most exciting. Ten sea scouts and officers embarked on the ten-day cruise on board the “Der PeLiKan,” a 48 foot ketch rigged sailboat, which was an educational adventure for all.
Pictured above (l-r) are Sea Scouts at the U.S. Naval Academy: Josh Warner, Austin Chludzinski, Tiffany Spencer, Zoe Gauthier, Coral Brady and Christian Chludzinski.
The scouts made the arduous drive down to Baltimore on July 7, and arrived at the marina ready to embark on their expedition. However, bathroom and engine repairs delayed the trip for two days.
On July 9 the scouts got up bright and early to set sail for the South River. They anchored in the river and feasted on grilled hot dogs and macaroni and cheese.
The next day the anchor was hoisted and the scouts sailed to Solomon’s Island, a tourist hot spot that boasts a shopping district and maritime museum, as well as several good restaurants and cafes. After stretching their legs with a walk along the boardwalk, the scouts checked out some outrageously priced souvenirs and then went back to the boat and showers at the marina.
At 5:30 in the morning the scouts set sail for Crisfield, MD on the east shore of the Chesapeake Bay. After navigating through the shallow and dangerous Kedge’s Straits, they pulled into Crisfield harbor.
Crisfield, an old seafood processing town that recently expanded its harbor with Maryland state money, was a great place. From a pool to cheap soda to fudge and candy shops, Crisfield was one of the scouts favorite stops.
They then sailed to Annapolis, the capital of Maryland. While there, the scouts shopped, enjoyed a Navy Band concert, toured the U.S. Naval Academy, sailed the outer harbor and enjoyed a seafood buffet. The night was spent playing cards and watching movies on a laptop, and even dancing on deck.
After departing Annapolis they sailed back to Baltimore. Arriving there in the later afternoon, the scouts spent the next few hours joyriding in their motor dingy. The next morning they cleaned the ship from bow to stern and made the long drive back up to Susquehanna County.
All of the scouts learned a lot of new skills, especially the newest sea scouts, and they all had a blast. They plan to take another cruise on the Chesapeake Bay next summer, so if you’re a teen, age 14 to 20, why not join the crew? The sea scouts meet every Monday, so if you are interested call commodore Ron Hall at 465-3218 for more information.
Sea Scouts on board the “Der PeLiKan” this year were boatswain Christian Chludzinski, Austin Chludzinski, Tiffany Spencer, Josh Warner, Zoe Gauthier, Coral Brady, Frankie Carr, skipper Chuck Jaget, commodore Ron Hall and committee member Nancy Decker.
Consumers should not eat or preserve tomatoes and potatoes infected with late blight. This is the latest news from Food Science experts at Penn State, according to Cathy Guffey, Penn State Cooperative Extension food safety educator.
Late blight is a common disease in tomatoes and potatoes. It is caused by a fungus which thrives in cool, moist conditions.
In tomatoes, infection first appears as water soaked lesions on the leaves and stems. Under cool and moist conditions the tomatoes may develop firm, dark brown lesions that rapidly become enlarged, wrinkled, and somewhat sunken. The rotted areas are usually on the top of the fruit and may stay firm or become mushy.
Both green and ripe tomatoes can be infected. Green fruit that is picked early and ripened indoors may develop symptoms before it is ready to eat.
Experts advise that tomatoes used for canning should be free of disease, preferably vine-ripened, and firm. Tomatoes showing signs of late blight disease should not be used for canning. The disease lowers the acid level of the tomatoes making them unsafe for canning. Even tomatoes with small amounts of disease should not be used. The infection may have spread to the inside of the tomato which is not always easy to spot.
It is safe to preserve lesion-free tomatoes that are growing on plants with leaves, stems, or nearby tomatoes that show signs of late blight. However, these tomatoes have a high risk of developing lesions after they are picked so they should be eaten or preserved quickly. Green tomatoes picked early to ripen indoors should be checked regularly for signs of disease.
It is best not to eat fresh or freeze tomatoes that show any sign of late blight. The fungus by itself is not harmful to eat. But the damage to the tomato and decrease in acid level can allow other microorganisms that cause food borne illness to grow. Also, disease free sections of a tomato affected with late blight will have an off flavor and may not look appetizing.
In potatoes, late blight appears as a shallow, coppery-brown, dry rot that spreads irregularly from the surface through the outer one-eighth to one-half inch or more of tissue. Lesions appear on the potato surface as brown, dry, and sunken. Infected tissue under the potato skin appears granular and tan to copper-brown. Symptoms can appear before harvest or after harvest. Spread of late blight during storage of potatoes can be minimized by storing in cool, well-ventilated conditions.
Use firm, disease free potatoes for canning and freezing. Potatoes showing signs of late blight infection should not be preserved or eaten. Discard the whole potato rather than cutting off diseased portions since the fungus may have spread to the interior of the potato.
For additional information about late blight or preserving food contact Penn State Cooperative Extension in Bradford County at (570) 265-2896 or http://bradford.extension.psu.edu/.
The sixth Annual Dale & Rick's Golf Tournament was held on July 19 at the Conklin Player's Club. It was a tremendous success, with 34 teams participating, and double last year's sponsorship. The event raised a record-setting $3,200 for the Hallstead-Great Bend Library, a branch of the Susquehanna County Historical Society & Free Library Association. The Board and staff are very grateful to organizers Trudy Henry, Dale Henry, and Rick Armondi, the players and sponsors, and everyone who made the tournament possible. Teams and sponsors are already lining up for next year's tournament. For more information, call 570-879-2227. Pictured above (l-r) are: Rick Armondi, Trudy and Dale Henry.
Hello from Turnpike Terrace. Everyone up here is fine. A group of us (alias, the turnpike terrorists) went to a Soulfire concert at First Baptist Church in New Milford. They pretty much had a full house.
Well, we had our cleaning brigade up here and got the kitchen and dining room all shiny clean. We had a pizza and juice after.
We have a lot of birthdays in July. Happy birthday to all of you.
Bob the bird’s wings have to be clipped again. He’s getting too frisky lately; he will get where I can’t reach him when he’s out of his cage, and he hides in my plants which are as green as he is.
We had a good meal in the dining room today. Marion Glover and I work in there on Thursdays. We keep pretty busy up here. All the volunteers do.
Marion Glover went to her grandson’s wedding and will be in Owego overnight. We all hope she has a good time.
A group of us went to a place called the frog pond in Bainbridge, NY. We got a lot of fruit and vegetables. We had lunch after. Everyone had a good time.
Feels like fall today and it’s still July. But I am told summer will get here eventually. Maybe in October.
Well, people are starting to bring us their extra vegetables out of there gardens. Thank you from the Terrace.
A birthday party was held for Gwen McKee and her family at the Legion. She rode out of here and back on the back of a motorcycle. Good for your Gwen and happy birthday to you.
The Turnpike Terrorists went to the Lanesboro Church for a picnic and concert put on by Soulfire. We had a nice time and good food. There was quite a crowd there. Thanks to all for a nice time.
Rena Rood won our 50/50 up here. Congratulations Rena.
We had our tenants covered dish dinner. We had a lot of good food; we didn’t have as many tenants as we hoped we would, but we did have signs on our boards and in the elevators.
Please look on our boards on each floor so you will know what’s happening here. You missed a good meal, we have very good cooks up here.
Well, that’s all for now. Take care and see you soon.
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