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Extraordinary Gentleman Turns 108
Gibson Barracks Report
Courthouse Report


Extraordinary Gentleman Turns 108
Submitted By Nancy L. Narma

Many of us have heard of the “Treasure of Sierra Madre,” but are you familiar with the “Treasure of Susquehanna Depot?” His name is Ira T. Reynolds and he is truly an extraordinary gentleman and a treasure within our midst. On January 2, 2010, Ira turned 108 years young. To imagine the events he has witnessed, and the life trials he has endured within those 108, would make the hardiest of us weak in amazement. Ira has touched many lives in numerous ways over the years. Perhaps, as a student, you needed leaves (and information) to complete your assigned leaf collection and trekked through the “Nature Trail” that Ira and his late wife, Bea so lovingly tended for decades, teaching many the joys of our natural world.

Ira has been affiliated with Boy Scouting for 96 years, joining at the age of 12. An unproven fact is that Ira just may be the “Oldest Boy Scout” and is still a highly regarded member of the Baden-Powell Boy Scout Council. In past years, Ira has been the recipient of their prestigious “Silver Beaver” award for countless hours of effort and support to keep troop programs running smoothly. Even though Ira is unable to “camp out with the fellows,” as this publication reported he did to celebrate his birthday when he was “a slip of a lad” at age 100, that does not deter him from enjoying a piece of cake and some quality time at camp functions.

Ira has also been a cherished Brother in the Canawacta Masonic Lodge #360 and as a Master Mason, received the Daniel Carter Beard Masonic Scouter Award. The purpose of this award is to recognize the recipient’s exemplary service to scouting that reflects favorably on Freemasonry.

Within his 108 years, Ira has attended Penn-State University, served his country in the Navy (1920-1923) and toiled in the Erie Railroad, besides being a loving husband, father, grandfather to three and great-grandfather to seven. After some research, Ira may just have another “feather in his cap,” as in the designation of the oldest male in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania!

Maybe his pace has slowed, but some constants remain the same, such as Ira’s love of God, family, country, friends, scouting, masonry, plus the appreciation of the flora and fauna of our area.

If asked what his secret to longevity is, I’d bet it encompasses hard work, friendship, loyalty, honesty, integrity, seeing humor within life’s struggles and applying the ”Golden Rule” - do unto others as you would have them do unto you - to everyday life. The other “secret ingredients” belong to Ira, alone.

Whatever the “formula” Ira, we salute you as friend, citizen, leader, and one we have been honored to meet along life’s highway, and here’s hoping that your 108th year will be a bright and beautiful one!

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Gibson Barracks Report
Compiled By Melinda Darrow


On December 29 at 3:49 p.m., Eric Burns of New Milford was traveling north on SR 247, when he stopped at the posted stop sign at the intersection of that road and SR 171. Burns looked both ways and began to start his turn onto SR 171 north. The right front corner of Burns' vehicle impacted the right front of a second vehicle, operated by Louisa Rodriguez of Union Dale. Burns came to a rest at the point of impact. Rodriguez came to a rest 20 feet south of the point of impact facing south west.


On December 11 Lee Wilding of New Milford was operating a Ford Taurus, which was observed to be stuck in the snow on a property located on State Route 848. Wilding displayed signs of intoxication, and was taken for blood work to determine bac. The results of the bac showed that he exceeded the state legal limit of .08 percent. Charges were filed on 12/30/09 at District Court 34-3-02.


On December 24, between 3 and 3:15 p.m., a Montrose man came home after consuming alcohol at his employer’s holiday party. After a Montrose woman told him she wasn't taking him to her employer’s holiday party an argument ensued. The argument turned physical when the accused hit the victim. Charges of harassment were filed through district court 34-3-01. The accused had violated his probation by consuming alcohol. Susquehanna county probation took custody of the accused for probation violation, and he was taken to the Susquehanna county jail.


On November 29 Brian Cox of Montrose reported that on this date “James Martin” of Little Meadows punctured his tire while he was patronizing the township cabin bar in Franklin Twp. Anyone with any information on either the incident or on a James Martin of Little Meadows, PA is asked to contact PSP Gibson at (570) 465-3154 or 800-506-0372.


On November 28 at 8:30 Jessica Tedeschi reported the theft of merchandise by two area juvenile males, from her restaurant in Hallstead, PA. The juveniles are charged with violation and were waiting for future proceedings before the magistrate as of the time of report.


On December 28 at 7:52 a.m., a Susquehanna man was traveling south on State Route 29 in Liberty Twp. when his vehicle exited the roadway and struck a ditch. Upon impact with the ditch, the vehicle continued to travel south before coming to a final rest. The 2004 Chevrolet Malibu sustained extensive damage to its front and rear bumper areas. The rear passenger side tire was observed to be entirely off. The driver was utilizing a seatbelt and did not report any injuries. He was cited on the scene for driving on roadways laned for traffic.


On December 21, sometime during the early morning hours, one or more unknown burglar(s) entered the residence of April Albrow in Hallstead. A pink Zen mp3 player and 20 dollars in US currency were removed from within. A stove burner was also allegedly turned on before the residence was exited.


On December 26 at 12:01 a.m., Joseph Simonson of Kingsley was traveling eastbound on SR 547 in Harford Twp. when he lost control of his vehicle while negotiating a right hand curve, exiting the roadway off the south berm and striking an embankment. The vehicle rolled over, coming to a rest on its left side on the eastbound lane of travel. Simonson had minor injuries but refused treatment. A passenger, David Simonson of Kingsley, was treated for minor injuries at EMHCF in Montrose. This Simonson was found to be wanted on a bench warrant out of Lackawanna County, and was taken into custody and lodged in the Susquehanna County Jail.


On December 27 at 8:50 a.m., Adam Pappas of Clifford was traveling east on SR 374 when in Lenox Twp. when he lost control of his vehicle, exited the roadway, and struck a mailbox and an embankment. Cottage EMS and Clifford Fire responded. Kozlowski towed the vehicle from the scene.


On December 22 at 5:15 p.m., Benjamin Yarczower of Clarks Summit PA was traveling west on state route 2067 in Gibson Twp., when he stopped at a stop sign located at the intersection of this road and State Route 92 there. At the same time, Andrew Artley of Hop Bottom was traveling north on SR 92. Impact occurred as Yarczower attempted to turn south onto that road and was struck by Artley. After impact both units ended up in the intersection of the roads, where they came to a final rest. All involved were transported to CMC in Scranton for further evaluation. One driver was not utilizing a seat belt. Yarczower was to be cited at district court 3403093 for stop signs and yield signs, as of the time of report.


On December 22, at 9 p.m., two unnamed drivers were at a gas pump in Harford Township. The first, operating a kenworth truck tractor pulled into a parking lot where the other, operating a Ford f150, was parked at a fuel pump getting fuel. The former sideswiped the latter. No fire or EMS responded, and both vehicles drove from the scene.


Between the 23rd and 24th of December, approximately six bags of household trash were deposited on the property of David Baker Jr. of Susquehanna, by an unknown perpetrator.


On December 9, at approximately 5 pm, an unknown person drove off after putting fuel in his truck, without paying for it, at the Flying J Truck Stop in New Milford Twp.


On December 22 at 4:50 p.m., an unnamed driver was entering onto 181 from exit 230 in Great Bend Twp. while another unnamed driver was traveling south in the passing lane. The entering vehicle struck the other, which in turn struck a bridge causing both vehicles to come to a stop. No fire or ems responded. Marvs towed the first vehicle, a Volkswagen Jetta, from the scene.


On December 17, at 1:30 a.m., John Sullivan was traveling east on Front Street in Susquehanna depot borough when his vehicle struck a Chevrolet s10 parked on the north side of the roadway. The Jeep Grand Cherokee, driven by Sullivan, then continued down Front Street and impacted a guide wire on the south side of the roadway, jumping the wire and becoming stuck and disabled. Sullivan then fled the scene.


On December 27 at 9:32 a.m., Maxine Fox of Kingsley was traveling west on SR 2024 in Brooklyn Twp. when, unable to maintain control on the icy road, she exited the roadway to the right and went over the embankment. The vehicle rolled over and struck a fallen tree with the roof, before coming to a rest on the driver’s side. Fox was extricated from the vehicle by the Springville volunteer fire company and the united fire company, and transported to Moses Taylor Hospital by Montrose ambulance. She was utilizing a seatbelt; she sustained minor injury.


On December 19 at 3:41 p.m., a Kingsley juvenile was traveling south on SR 167 in Brooklyn when he drove of the west hedge of the road. As he returned to the road he lost control and spun into the guiderail, before continuing south and exiting off the east edge of the roadway, striking a barn. He was utilizing a seatbelt; he sustained minor injury.


On December 17, at 12:50 a.m., Brandon Schwartz was traveling northbound on Interstate 0081 in Great Bend Twp. when he lost control of his vehicle and spun out on the snow-covered roadway, coming to a rest with the front end of his vehicle in the right lane and the rear of the car on the shoulder. Upon coming to a rest, Schwarz's vehicle was hit by another vehicle, driven by an unknown person, in the right lane. This driver fled the scene and Schwartz’s vehicle came to a rest in the roadway, before he moved it. He was utilizing a seatbelt and was not injured.


Sometime between the 17th and 18th of December, it was reported, aluminum siding trim was damaged at the construction site across form the Flying J in New Milford Twp.


On December 16 at 7:15 a.m., Kelley Ellsworth of South Montrose was traveling southbound on SR 29 in Springville Twp. at the same time Christopher Blosser of Spencer Roane, WV was traveling northbound, and entered the southbound lane into the travel path of Ellsworth. Ellsworth swerved right to avoid a head on impact and struck a wire fence, going into a pasture. Her vehicle traveled approximately 135 feet through the pasture, struck a drainage ditch, and over turned before coming to a rest on its roof facing easterly.

If you have information regarding any of these incidents, please contact PSP Gibson at (570) 465-3154.

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Courthouse Report
Compiled By Lauren P. Ficarro


William T. and Ruth A. Potter to Kevin B. Visavati, in Dimock Township for $106,383.00.

Randy D. Root to Venable Royalty LTD and Venro LTD, in Auburn Township for $10.00.

Vincent R. (AKA) Vincent R., Jr. and Cynthia M. Branning to Steven W. Furness and Susan C. Dooner, in Oakland Borough for $75,000.00.

Richard A., Steven L., Tammy Lea and Mark J. Hanakovic to John and Deborah Prince, in Apolacon Township for $75,000.00.

Eva Mae C. Seely (NBM) Eva Mae Olin to Richard Olin and Eva Mae C. Seelu, in Montrose for one dollar.

Dorothy Lutz to Mark Butler, in Bridgewater Township for one dollar.

Peoples National Bank to Robert and Patricia Aiken, in Montrose for $28,700.00.

Blanche E. Kauffman to Bradley and Deborah Coleman, in Clifford Township for $74,000.00.

Blanche E. Kauffman to Bradley and Deborah Coleman, in Clifford Township for $5,000.00.

Hennings Supermarket, Inc. to Susquehanna 10 LLC, in Herrick Township for $8,700.00.

Joseph E. Hefele to Cheryl Wille and Timothy Hefele, in Harford Township for one dollar.

Terrance J. Scanlin to Patricia A. Scanlin, in Forest Lake Township for one dollar.

Sommerville Land Development, Inc. to BBB Land Development LLC, in Great Bend Township for $100,000.00.

Reinaldo and Denise Rodriguez to Time No More, Inc., in Herrick Township for $100.00.

Robert (AKA) Robert, Sr. and Lila M. Wallace to Nichole Y. Hildebrand and Robert J. Wallace, Sr., in Lenox Township for one dollar.

John J. (by sheriff) and Teresa (AKA) Theresa (by sheriff) Liepinis to Pro-Ko Properties, Inc. and Bear Creek Properties, Inc., in Gibson Township for $17,801.66.

Tammy Lynn Scott to Joseph Bolles, in Hallstead Borough for $84,000.00.

Wilson, Josephine and Wesley St Clair to Neal G. Davies, in Auburn Township for $60,000.00.

Shirley D. Sheridan (by sheriff) to Peoples State Bank of Wyalusing, in Brooklyn Township for $10,304.22.


Kathy Wheaton vs. Barry T. Wheaton, both of Montrose, married 1991.


The Susquehanna County Domestic Relations Section has bench warrants for the following individuals as of 10:32 a.m. on December 31, 2009.

Antonio L. Alcantara, Duane Aldrich, David P. Atherholt, Jr., Erika L. Back, William D. Barton, Keith B. Beach, Harold R. Bensley, David Shawn Blaisure, Lisa D. Bollard, Joseph Bonavita, Howard A. Burns, III, Robert B. Carrier, Beverly A. Carvin, Darryl M. Chaffee, Christopher J. Clark, Jeanine A. Consla, Deborah L. Drish, Christina Elmy, Michael P. Fancher, David J. Fischer, Ryan M. Forder, Kelly Fox, Racheal L. Frisbie, Deborah E. Gould, George Graham, David Haines, Jr., John J. Hall, Suzanne R. Hansen, Amanda L. Henderickson, William N. Hendrickson, Erik E. Krisovitch, Lee Labor, Joshua Lee, Charlie J. Legere, Carlos L. Leiser, Jason Lindquist, Patricia J. Marrero, Bradley W. Megivern, Joseph Mershon, Kimberly L. Mershon, David N. Miller, Joseph C. Moore, Robert A. Muzzy, Steven Nannie, Shane Nelson, Anthony Neri, Sheri Pabon, Amberly D. Payne, Jesse R. Rhinebeck, Jr., Ryan A. Rhoads, Timothy W. Rogers, Robert A. Ryman, David J. Shiner, Richard D. Shoemaker, Darin Sink, Duane Spencer, Donald Louis Stocks, Garrett M. Thomas, Tamara Tyler, Keith W. Vroman, John Wansacz, Jr., Donald L. Welch, Jamie L. Williams, Kenneth L. Wilmot, Jr., Patrick L. Yachymiak, Karl David 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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