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100 Years Ago
From the Desk of the D.A.
The Healthy Geezer
Library Chitchat
Rock Doc Break The Glass, Douse The Flames
What’s Bugging You?
Dear Dolly
Earth Talk
Barnes-Kasson Corner

100 Years Ago

GREAT BEND: That people should be very careful in purchasing stolen property was emphasized the other day, when a man at Hooper bought a horse stolen from liveryman F. W. Simpson, at Great Bend, for fifty dollars, which was much less than the horse was worth. Mr. Simpson went to Binghamton in search of the stolen animal and soon found where it was, the purchaser having gone to Binghamton to report the purchase when he had ascertained that Mr. Simpson had lost a horse, but thought that Mr. Simpson should stand the loss if he was careless enough to let the horse be stolen. Mr. Simpson, however, looked at it differently and his view will, of course, be borne out by law. The thief, who had a wooden leg, has not been apprehended.

HALLSTEAD: This has been a dead town how for a few days past owing to the sad fact that the crews have gone to Scranton o work in the New Hampton yard. Fifteen train crews, twenty-five switchmen and Yardmasters Flynn and Shaw, together with their office assistants, furniture, etc. have all been sent to Scranton, and what further is to be done has not yet developed. As to doing away with the town of Hallstead as a railroad terminal prominent railroad men say it an never be accomplished, for, with the 16 hour law which is now in force, it makes it necessary at the end of 10 hours for the men to have 8 hours rest, and on the return trip from Syracuse to Hampton it would be necessary for the men to be relieved at Hallstead.

DIMOCK: On Monday afternoon Dimock was visited by a very severe hail storm, which cut a strip through the township, including the Ballantine farm. We are told by a gentleman coming from there that in some places the hail laid on the ground two inches deep. The corn and oats were beaten into the ground in places and even the grass was beaten down as to be apparently almost worthless.

SPRINGVILLE TWP.: Charles W. Kilts and family are here from Los Angeles. They went west ten years ago, and Charlie is just the same “hale fellow well met” as in days of yore. He says there is very little paper money there, the circulating medium being mostly gold. ALSO At Lynn, Griffin Brooks met an auto one day last week and his horses, becoming frightened, made a wreck of the wagon. Griff made a jump for it and escaped injury.

ELK LAKE: H. T. Fargo recently received a box of oranges, lemons and apricots from Ontaro, Southern California, being sent to him by his brother from his orange and lemon orchard of that place. ALSO Our stage driver has been absent from duty the past week. Rumor says he has taken a wife. Congratulations.

HEART LAKE: Bullheads are dying at Heart Lake in great numbers and the shore is lined with decaying fish, which emit a most unpleasant odor. It is said that they die off at about this time of year, every third season. The other fish are not affected. ALSO The following young ladies are having a week’s outing in the Stephens cottage here. Miss Frances Wrighter, Florence Courtright Loretta Reynolds, May Smith, Margaret Torrey, Lillian Martin, Merle Hamlin, Ruth Ayres and Bessie Finn. Miss Sallie Courtright and Maude McKeage are chaperoning the party.

EAST KINGSLEY: Mrs. Watson Jeffers and daughter, Adalaide, went to Jeffers Lake Cottage, in Lenox, Monday, to help Mr. and Mrs. W. A. Jeffers celebrate the 27th anniversary of their marriage. A very pleasant time; plenty of fish and everything else in the eating line that would go to make a sumptuous wedding anniversary dinner.

AUBURN TWP.: An Auburn Twp. A man is charged by his neighbors with having left his wife in Montrose one day last week, and did not miss her until he arrived home and was asked by the family as to her whereabouts. He returned and met her half way, she having walked seven miles. You can draw your own conclusions as to what happened on the homeward drive.

SOUTH MONTROSE: L. A. Wells effected a settlement with the long distance telephone company for the horse, which broke its leg in the hollow of a pole which had been cut off flush with the ground. He received $200.

BROOKLYN: The large silo on the farm of Hon J. W. Adams was struck by lightning Monday afternoon. Jim got a hustle on, the same as he did when the Capitol at Harrisburg burned, when he was a member of the House. About a hundred dollar’s damage was done. During the same storm the old house on Charles Williams’ farm was struck and an old hen killed, and about two miles south a colt was killed on Lester Kinney’s farm.

SILVER LAKE: The two cottages which were erected for the Weed and Nelson families of Binghamton, were completed and are now occupied for the summer months. A Mr. Corbett, of Corbettsville, NY, is preparing to erect a handsome home at that place and is ready to start at once, a large structure, having a 85 ft. front and will be well finished, making a beautiful home, both summer and winter.

EAST ARARAT: A cow belonging to J. W. Silver was taken sick about a month ago and the nature of her sickness could not be determined. A week ago the cow was killed and a darning needle was found imbedded in her heart.

MONTROSE: Gov. Stuart appointed Judge R. B. Little, of Montrose, a member of the commission to build a State hospital for the criminally insane at Farview, upon the resignation of C F. Wright, vice State treasurer. Henry F. Manzer, vice president of the First National Bank has been appointed by the governor a member of the board of trustees of the State hospital, of the northern anthracite coal region, at Scranton.

GIBSON: Rev. H. D. Renville, of Jackson, will address the regular temperance meeting held here the first Sunday evening in July. The Jackson choir will furnish the music.

MESHOPPEN: While on her way to the office of the Wyoming Valley Stone Co, where she is employed as stenographer, Miss Elizabeth Harley was suddenly confronted by a huge blacksnake on Friday. The snake stood its ground and Miss Harley stunned the reptile with stone chips, and was about to dispatch it when two smaller but very vicious snakes appeared. A Mr. Sanford and Mr. Baldwin, who had heard the battle going on, helped to kill the snakes. This example of feminine courage and ability to act promptly in an emergency successfully refutes two antiquated adages; that a woman can’t throw a stone straight and that she is afraid of snakes.

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From the Desk of the D.A.
By District Attorney Jason J. Legg

On July 5, 2009, a horrific act was committed in a Taylor, Pennsylvania home. A monster, Felix Montoya, brutally physically assaulted, choked and raped a beautiful 5-year old little girl in her own bedroom. The family did not know Montoya, but a family friend brought Montoya to a party held at the home the previous evening. The family thought that Montoya had left; but he returned and secreted himself in the little girl’s bedroom laying in wait for her to go to bed. The child went to bed around 10:30 - and the parents thought everything was fine. At around 2 a.m., the little girl ran screaming out of her bedroom with physical injuries to her face and neck, and her underwear on backwards. The father went into his daughter’s bedroom, and found Montoya hiding under his daughter’s bed wearing only tennis shoes and a t-shirt. The family detained him until the police arrived. The little girl was hospitalized as a result of the injuries she sustained.

Lackawanna County First Assistant District Attorney Gene Talerico met this beautiful child at the hospital while she was receiving her medical treatment. In Gene’s words, Montoya did “unspeakable things” to this small precious child, but upon meeting her, Gene remembers that her spirit touched him and continues to do so. Montoya was convicted and received a sentence of life imprisonment followed by a consecutive period of 20 to 40 years. In other words, he will never walk out of prison.

Of course, the criminal justice system can only punish the offender, but nothing we do heals the wounds that a small child suffers - whether the wounds are physical, emotional or spiritual. There are programs out there that do help - and Gene emailed me recently to let me know about a program that has emerged from this horrible assault.

For obvious reasons, the little girl was having a hard time with therapy until she was introduced to Strawberry, a horse, and a whole new world opened up for her. Where trained counselors had struggled, Strawberry excelled. Strawberry held the key to this child’s healing. Strawberry opened up doors to growth and rejuvenation for a wounded spirit. Gene described it in his email this way: “[E]verything changed. Her confidence, her sense of accomplishment, her ability to be a little girl again. It was the horse that allowed her to trust again.”

Strawberry inspired everyone involved and the little girl’s mother launched Marley’s Mission, which officially and symbolically opens its doors on July 5, 2010 - one year after that brutal and horrific assault. It will be located on a farm in Wayne County where there will be horses, like Strawberry, stabled and waiting to help abused children free of charge.

After having the privilege of being a prosecutor for these past 11 years, I cannot begin to express in any meaningful way just how difficult the healing process is for an abused child. I hate the helpless feeling that comes when I know that an abused child is hurting and there is little that I can do to help ease that pain. I have also watched the frustration, anger, fear and pain that the parents endure in trying to find help for their abused child.

If you are looking for a way to make a real difference in the life of an abused child, I cannot think of a better way to start than making a donation to Marley’s Mission. The program will be open to abused children from Susquehanna County - and other counties as well - free of charge. Horses like Strawberry will be waiting there for these kids so long as we are willing to support the mission.

If you are interested in making a donation, you can send a check to Marley’s Mission, P.O. Box 132, Beach Lake, PA 18405. If you are interested in reading more about the program, I would recommend that you visit Marley’s Mission’s website: It is a moving website that is dedicated to a worthy cause.

Please submit any questions, concerns, or comments to Susquehanna County District Attorney’s Office, P.O. Box 218, Montrose, Pennsylvania 18801 or at our website or discuss this and all articles at

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The Healthy Geezer
By Fred Cicetti

Q. What is the most common blood type?

The approximate distribution of blood types in the US population is as follows. Distribution may be different for specific racial and ethnic groups:

O-positive, 38 percent; O-negative, 7 percent; A-positive, 34 percent; A-negative, 6 percent; B-positive, 9 percent; B-negative, 2 percent; AB-positive, 3 percent; AB-negative, 1 percent.

Type O-negative blood is called the universal donor type because it is compatible with any blood type. Type AB-positive blood is called the universal recipient type because a person who has it can receive blood of any type.

People over the age of 69 require half of all whole blood and red blood cells transfused, according to the National Blood Data Resource Center (NBDRC).

With an aging population and advances in medical treatments requiring blood transfusions, the demand for blood is increasing. On any given day, an average of 38,000 units of red blood cells are needed.

Q. What exactly is GERD and how can I tell if I have it? I get lots of heartburn.

Heartburn two or more times weekly may be caused by gastroesophageal reflux disease or GERD. See a doctor if you have heartburn too often. The doctor can test for GERD.

In the upper GI series, you swallow a liquid barium mixture. Then a radiologist watches the barium as it travels down your esophagus and into the stomach. Another test is an endoscopy, in which a small lighted flexible tube is inserted into the esophagus and stomach.

GERD makes stomach acid flow up into your esophagus. There is a valve at the lower end of the esophagus that is designed to keep acid in the stomach. In GERD, the valve relaxes too frequently, which allows acid to reflux, or flow backward.

A hiatal hernia may contribute to GERD. A hiatal hernia occurs when the upper part of the stomach is above the diaphragm, which is the muscle wall separating the stomach from the chest. The diaphragm helps the valve keep acid from coming up into the esophagus.

When GERD is not treated, you can suffer from severe chest pain, narrowing or obstruction of the esophagus, bleeding, or a pre-malignant change in the lining of the esophagus. One study showed that patients with chronic, untreated heartburn were at substantially greater risk of developing esophageal cancer.

Q. What is the difference between HIV and AIDS?

HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) is a virus that damages the immune system. This makes you vulnerable to diseases, infections, and cancers. When that happens, you have AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome), which is the last stage of HIV infection.

HIV symptoms include headache, cough, diarrhea, swollen glands, lack of energy, loss of appetite and weight loss, fevers and sweats, repeated yeast infections, skin rashes, pelvic and abdominal cramps, sores and short-term memory loss.

Your health care provider can test your blood for HIV/AIDS. You can also test your blood at home with the “Home Access Express HIV-1 Test System” that you can buy at your drug store. It is the only HIV home test system approved by the Food and Drug Administration and sold legally in the United States.

The number of HIV/AIDS cases among older people is growing every year because:

Older Americans know less about HIV/AIDS than younger people; healthcare professionals often do not talk with older people about prevention; older people are less likely than younger people to talk about their sex lives or drug use with their doctors.

If you have a question, please write to

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Library Chitchat
By Flo Whittaker

At this time of year, we are constantly reminded of our country’s history. Memorial Day was originally established to remember those lost in the Civil War, but it now reminds us of the sacrifices of all our military personnel. In just a short time, we will celebrate Independence Day and the very beginnings of our country.

History defines us and is not static. Every year more and more books are printed about important persons and events of our past history. Continuing research provides us greater insights into the lives of our founding fathers and the rationale of our leaders.

I know a computer search can provide you information on our history. I recommend this for short answer. However, for in depth studies of our past, books are better.

The Susquehanna County Historical Society and Free Library Association should be one of your first stops in discovering more about the past. The Library has a variety of history books both for adults and children. The Historical Society has an extensive collection of information regarding the everyday lives of the settlers of our county. In this 200th year of the formation of Susquehanna County, the Historical Society has produced a book commemorating this event. This book will be available at the Society’s table in front of the library on July 5.

Please make a visit to the library and expand your knowledge of our past. Remember it is our goal to be your resource for lifetime learning.

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Rock Doc
By Dr. E. Kirsten Peters

Eggs From Near And Far

To me, there’s nothing like a breakfast that involves an egg. That dose of protein, I think, helps me last at work until noon or even beyond the lunch hour if need be.

Like me, you probably often have a dozen eggs on your grocery list. And when you wake up bleary-eyed on a Saturday morning, you face the choice of how you will buy those eggs.

In some parts of the country, there are three choices for procuring eggs. You can buy them at a supermarket, at a local farmers market or directly from a local farm. If you want to support small farms - for any reason - then the second or third choice will be yours. But what if you care most intensely about what are increasingly being called “food miles” and how much energy is used bringing the food from the farm to your doorstep?

Food miles are the number of miles that food has traveled to reach you. It seems intuitively obvious that the lower the number of food miles, the less energy you are causing to be used for your groceries. It’s better to buy food produced near you than food grown across the country, right?

Sadly, intuition does not always agree with reason and arithmetic.

Jude Capper of the Animal Sciences department at Washington State University recently took me through the example of buying eggs from the three sources mentioned above. The numbers that follow are just an example - your numbers would vary.

Let’s say it’s 1.5 miles from a house to the supermarket, 7 miles from that house to the farmers market, and 27 miles from that same house to a local poultry farm that will sell to the public. (Those numbers fit my situation pretty well, although they were chosen by Capper for another location.)

Now let’s think of the food miles of the eggs themselves. In the case of the supermarket, Capper’s example has them coming from 800 miles away in an 18-wheeler. Add the 1.5 miles for a person to get to the store and that’s 801.5 miles of total driving around before the consumer first picks up the eggs.

“Obviously, on the first analysis, the food miles for the supermarket example are looking grim,” says Capper with a laugh.

Even if the semi-truck hauls other goods (like apples) back to where it came from, there’s a lot of traveling involved to get eggs and produce to us.

The farmers market example and the local poultry farm case do involve less traveling for each egg. But there are other issues we want to consider since our real concern likely isn’t food miles itself but how much energy is consumed getting the eggs from the chickens to our frying pans.

Here are two important facts. Let’s say the farmers market eggs get to their sales booth via a pickup truck, and I go back and forth to where I buy my eggs in a car.

I know it may not seem like it, but 18-wheelers are really quite fuel-efficient compared to pickups and cars when you consider all that they haul. Capper tells me they typically get about 5.4 miles on a gallon of diesel (plus, for a refrigerated truck capable of carrying eggs, they burn half a gallon of fuel per hour to keep everything cool). But the trucks move up to 23,400 dozen eggs!

Capper showed me the arithmetic that clearly shows the most energy efficient way for me to buy eggs for my household is to go to the supermarket, essentially relying on that highly efficient 18-wheeler. And that’s not even considering the notion that I’ll likely go to the supermarket anyway, to buy laundry detergent, light bulbs, toothpaste and bottles of eye-drops. (What can I say, I swim a lot.)

There are other reasons to buy locally produced eggs, Capper is quick to point out. You might want to support local agriculture, or you might prefer the taste of eggs from alternative systems. But if energy conservation is your primary concern in what groceries you buy, it pays to reason and go with the numbers rather than following your gut.

Dr. E. Kirsten Peters, a native of the rural Northwest, was trained as a geologist at Princeton and Harvard. Follow her on the web at and on Twitter @RockDocWSU. This column is a service of the College of Agricultural, Human and Natural Resource Sciences at Washington State University.

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What’s Bugging You?
By Stuart W. Slocum

No What's Bugging You This Week

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Dear Dolly,

Dear Dolly,

I don't know what's up with my scalp. When I go to the hair salon to have my hair done, my head starts itching the next day and soon after I have blisters and flakes, especially on the top of my head. It takes a couple of weeks to clear up. What can I do? -Evelyn

Dear Evelyn,

You may be allergic to the product being used on your head at the salon. Laural Sulfate is an ingredient added to make soaps and shampoos lather up. Salon varieties, to make them feel more luxurious, may have a stronger formula with extra Laural Sulfate and this could be the problem.

Find a "sulfate free" shampoo and start using it at home. There are a number of these products on the market. One that I am familiar with is called "Naked Naturals." You will find the product does not lather up like your usual shampoo, but cleans your hair just as well, and is very gentle and less drying.

The next time you go to the salon, take your own shampoo and conditioner with you. If you use hair spray or other products, be sure to take your own along and ask the stylist to stick to what you know doesn't make you itch.

All Transcript readers are welcome to submit their questions to Dear Dolly at

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From the Editors of E/The Environmental Magazine

No Earth Talk This Week

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Barnes-Kasson Corner
By Cara Sepcoskiw

No Barnes-Kasson Corner This Week

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