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The following are questions frequently asked regarding Senior Community Centers. If you have additional questions or would like more information please call the B/S/S/T Area Agency on Aging at 1-800-634-3746.
Who can come to a Senior Community Center?
Senior Community Centers are open to the public and are geared towards adults age 60 or over and their spouse of any age. Individuals of all income levels and backgrounds can attend the centers as frequently or infrequently as they choose.
Is there a charge for coming to a Senior Community Center?
There is no charge or fees to come to a center. Anonymous donations are accepted towards the cost of the meal. Donations received at the Senior Center are placed into the budget to provide services for the Senior Center and meal programs for the following year.
What do you do at a Senior Community Center?
In addition to enjoying a hot, nutritious noontime meal and companionship, activities and events are planned which are designed to fit a wide spectrum of needs and interests of the senior community. Programs and activities include but are not limited to health screenings, guest speakers, live music, exercise and nutrition programs, programs and activities focusing on self enrichment, living independently and programs promoting the safety and well being of seniors. Monthly programs and lunch menus are advertised in local newspapers, on the B/S/S/T AAA website (www.aaaseniors.org) and can also be obtained by calling the B/S/S/T Area Agency on Aging office or your local Senior Community Center. Many volunteer opportunities are also available at the centers including assisting in the kitchen, dishing up and serving meals, delivering meals to consumers in their home and/or leading an exercise group or sharing a special talent or experience.
Where is my local Senior Community Center?
Susquehanna County has six Senior Community Centers located in the following areas: Blue Ridge, (570) 879-2896; Forest City, (570) 785-3386; Lanesboro, (570) 853-3967; Lawton, (570) 934-2575; Lenoxville, (570) 222-9550; Montrose, (570) 278-4370.
For more information on the Susquehanna County Senior Centers please call 1-800-634-3746. The B/S/S/T Area Agency on Aging is funded in part by the Pennsylvania Department of Aging and the Bradford, Sullivan, Susquehanna, and Tioga County Commissioners.
During the month of April, the Blue Ridge Leo Club (Hallstead-Great Bend Lions) raised money for Rett Syndrome. The Stepniak Family of Blue Ridge is affected by this condition. Lauren Stepniak is a very intelligent and caring student in Miss Miller’s 3rd grade class; her mother, Lisa, is the 7th grade reading teacher. Through donations by the students, staff and community members of Blue Ridge, the club able to raise more than $800 for Rett Syndrome research. When Lauren was asked what she thought about all of the money that was raised, she used her communication mat and spelled, “It is a fabulous gift!”
Lauren’s 3rd grade class was very supportive of the fundraiser.
The school sold and decorated paper flowers to create a “Garden of Hope.” The elementary and middle school also held a “Dress Up 2 Cure Day” on April 30. Rett Syndrome is the most severe form of Autism and it predominantly affects girls. Although it is the most severe, research shows that a cure and advance treatments may be found in the near future.
The Leo Club would like to thank all who participated in this fundraiser. Their generosity is overwhelming. The money raised will be used to find a cure and treatments for Rett Syndrome and other neurological disorders.
Upwards of one-hundred sportsmen attended The Susquehanna County Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs 63rd annual Spring Banquet, held Saturday, April 24, in the Susquehanna Community Elementary School Auditorium. A catering service from Thompson provided a delicious roast beef buffet style dinner. Federation President Robert Tiffany, Delegates John Ord, and Lew Davy seemed pleased with the support of sportsmen. The Federation thanks many sponsors providing gifts, and prizes.
The featured speaker was sportsmen’s favorite President of a nine-board panel of the Pennsylvania Game Commission, Commissioner Jay Delaney pictured above), an avid pheasant hunter. Selected by the Governor and state Senators, Commissioners function as a board of directors, establishing hunting and trapping regulation policy. Jay Delaney seemed pleased with the magnitude the County Federation organization has representing sportsmen. Sportsmen drive game law feedbacks of opinions, he said. His presentation highlighted an overview of Game Commission’s improved accomplishments in wildlife management.
For District 7, which includes Susquehanna and Wayne Counties, public comments bring about adjustments to deer, bear, turkey, trapping, and small game seasons. In our area 3C, a split deer season opens Nov 30-Dec 12, with holders of antlerless license Dec 5-12. Permit holders for licensed furtakers have a three-week bobcat-hunting season Dec 18-Jan 8, and trappers may harvest one fisher Dec 18-23. Bear season opens on a Saturday and changes for more hunting days depends upon the number of bear nuisance complaints. Hunting turkey, spring gobbler may have future changes from a half-day to an all-day long season.
The board created a wild pheasant major change designed to re-establish pheasant populations, and a special junior cottontail rabbit season is open to juniors 12-16 that will coincide with the ring - necked pheasant junior hunter season.
Juniors have access to an on-line study course, and there are several near-by hunter-trapper education classes. Juniors reaching age twelve are encouraged to sign up for the class and obtain a hunter education certificate.
The new point of sale license program offers sportsmen convenient computer-generated licenses that are available at shopping malls, and sports shops. This year hunting license sales in PA were 943,209 - up three percent from the prior year.
The PA Game Commission has no control for possible Sunday hunting, and the United States Department of Agriculture governs the increasing Feral Swine problem in PA.
Pennsylvania Game Commissioners recommend sportsmen refer to the seasons hunting and trapping digest, and visit online at www.portal.state.pa.us for up to date information.
Finally, committee member Carolyn Paccio read letters from PA GOP Endorsed Candidate Governor Tom Corbett, U.S. Senate Candidate Pat Toomey, and for U.S. Congress Tom Marino. Candidate Governor Tom Corbett provided a valued gift certificate, a free door prize. There were various bumper stickers, poster signs, and paraphernalia available for handouts.
Brady Kuruts, a junior at Forest City Regional High School, has raised over $20,000 to purchase and install a WeatherBug Station reporting site at the school. Kuruts was recently granted $900.00 from the Jessie Osgood Tourje Memorial Fund, administered by The Community Foundation of Susquehanna & Wyoming Counties.
The WeatherBug Station will connect the school district with over 8,000 other schools across the country and the data collected will be available online, providing real-time weather reports to people from anywhere in the world through weatherbug.com. Over 20 million users at home or work, including the US Government, access the information, and meteorologists at more than 100 television stations use the data in their reporting. The station will track temperature, wind, barometric pressures, rainfall conditions, and has a digital camera to capture current conditions. Kuruts is working on obtaining the station for his senior project requirement for graduation, assisted by the Donna Potis, Special Education Supervisor, Kelly Twilley, Biology teacher and David Daugherty, Technology Coordinator.
Kuruts believes the program will resonate with students in K-12 grades, not just in science class but also in math, geography and technology, connecting them to events and places throughout the country. The program comes with teaching materials and meets Pennsylvania Department of Education standards. Brady states, ”I am proud of my accomplishments and what it will mean for all students at Forest City School District. The Weatherbug is an asset to the community as well.”
The Tourje family was intrigued at the scope of Kuruts’s project and decided to support his efforts to enhance science education at Forest City by donating to the effort. The Tourjes established their endowment with The Community Foundation a number of years ago to honor their family’s matriarch and to provide support for various unfunded projects in local school districts.
Fore more information on The Community Foundation of Susquehanna & Wyoming Counties please visit www.community-foundation.org.
The Montrose Area Kiwanis Club was pleased to host the induction of the 2010/2011 Key Club officers from the Elk Lake and Montrose Area Schools. Key Clubbers, parents and Kiwanis members gathered to induct the new Key Club Officers on Thursday, April 22 at JJ’s Restaurant in Montrose.
Pictured above, the incoming Key Club officers for the 2010/2011 year: sitting - Rachel Robinson, Sarah Sutton; standing - Megan Gregory, Tim Preston, Tyler Hollister, Matt Hohn, Abby Zdancewicz, Hunter Cole, Nicholas Marbaker.
Elk Lake Advisor, Josie Coddington, and Montrose Key Club Advisor, Sue Bennici, introduced outgoing and incoming officers for their clubs. Outgoing officers from Elk Lake were: Adam Wood, President; Kelly Clark, Vice President; Kelsey Hermick, Secretary/Treasurer; and Shannon Agredo, Editor. Montrose’s outgoing officers were: Alexis DeLousia, President; April King, Vice-President; Katelyn Spellman, Secretary; Ashley Nolan, Treasurer; Matthew Hohn, Editor. The advisors and members of the Kiwanis Club thanked those officers for the time and effort they have put in this year to make their clubs a success.
Incoming officers for the 2010/2011 year took their oath of office from Kiwanis Past Lt. Gov. Tom Kerr. The new officers for Montrose are: Matthew Hohn, President; Tyler Hollister, Vice-President; Rachel Robinson, Secretary; Tim Preston, Treasurer; Megan Gregory, Editor. The new officers for Elk Lake are: Nicholas Marbaker, President; Hunter Cole, Vice President; Abby Zdancewicz, Secretary/Treasurer; and Sarah Sutton, Editor.
A program about the USS New York was presented by Debbie Crisman, Gary Barnhart and Bob Kimmel.
The participants of Leadership 2020 Year 8 completed one of the requirements for the program of contributing to a team project by developing a business plan that would create jobs and enhance the quality of life in Susquehanna County. Each year, the program focuses on a particular aspect of leadership; for Year 8, that focus was entrepreneurship/business development. The participants presented the plan for the convenience store known as Leader 8 Enterprises to a panel of professionals at the Elk Mountain Resort on Friday, April 16.
Pictured above: Rachel Magargal, Dennis Magargal, Julanne Skinner, JR Wolfe, Jim Mangel, Kimberly Smith, Kyle Herbert and Michelle Kowalewski.
The panel included Paulette Potter, Loan Program Manager/Northern Tier Regional and Planning Development Commission; Desiree Ranella, Business Development Specialist/MetroAction; and Steve Ursich, Business Consultant, Small Business Development Center/University of Scranton . Also present was Scott Quigg, President and CEO of Pump N Pantry, Inc., Donna Simpson, also from the Small Business Development Center, and a graduate of Year 7, who provided assistance to the group as they developed their plan.
Year 8 participants include Kyle Herbert, Michelle Kowalewski, Dennis Magargal, Rachel Magargal, Jim Mangel, Kimberly Smith, Julanne Skinner, and JR Wolfe.
The Year 8 program will conclude with graduation on May 20, at the Montrose Bible Conference. If you are interested in attending, please contact the Penn State Extension office by calling (570)278-1158 or e-mailing email@example.com.
Leadership 2020recruits individuals from all walks of life - regardless of economic status, age or occupation - and exposes them to the leadership techniques that will help them develop the skills they can use to be leaders in their communities.
For over 25 years The Hallstead Great Bend Lions Club has sponsored the Children's Easter Egg Hunt. The weather was beautiful, the children were excited and the Easter Bunny got to ride on a motorcycle throughout the town. Approximately 175 children turned out for the event. Every child who attended was able to receive an Easter favorite; some of the Easter Eggs were specially marked, which allowed them to get special treats. Children were also able to have their pictures taken with the Easter Bunny and all had a great time. Some of the parents even commented that it was just a short time ago that they came as children to enjoy this event; they are now bringing their children - how the years go by.
The Club’s first chicken BBQ of the season was held at the end of the month. The weather was not as nice as the beginning of the month, but thanks to the support of the community all went well. The Club was able to reach their goals for the month and every one had a great time. Once again, thank you for your support.
The Club’s next fund raiser will be July 25 - the annual Hallstead Great Bend Lions Captain and Crew Golf Tournament, to be held at Golden Oak Golf Course, Windsor NY, and a chicken BBQ in Great Bend. For more information on this event please contact Vic Arnold at 570-879-2219 or Pete Dubik at 570-879-4729.
Area lawmakers and other special readers demonstrated their commitment to young children during “Week of the Young Child” April 11-17, by sharing their story telling talents at various early education and childcare facilities. State Representative Sandra Major visited the Pre-Kindergarten classrooms at Blue Ridge Elementary School, while the Legislative Assistant to State Senator Gene Yaw stopped by Treasure House Child Development Center in Montrose.
Rep. Sandra Major reading to Blue Ridge Pre-K children.
At each location, young children were treated to a special story time featuring this year’s Pennsylvania One Book, Every Young Child selection, “What a Treasure,” by Jane and Will Hillenbrand. The book explores the real meaning of treasures in an adventurous way.
Children involved in other programs also had special visitors, including the main character from the book, Mole. Dressed in costume, Cindy G. Reynolds shared with youngsters at Elk Lake Head Start and Children’s Palace in Hallstead. The children also enjoyed matching activities and play acting. It was a similar experience for youngsters who attended the CARES Young Children’s Fair April 17 at Susquehanna Community School District.
The visits were organized by Susquehanna County CARES (Childcare, Agencies, Resources and Educational Services) as a way of promoting Pennsylvania’s Promise for Children, because every child is Pennsylvania’s future.
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