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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

DIMOCK: T. B. Williams and A. W. Chase, who are both over 86 years old, seem to have the best gardens in Dimock Corners, as they spend most of the early mornings working in them while it is cool.

BIRCHARDVILLE: Postmaster and general merchant, J. S. Hosford, has sold his large stock of general merchandise (and good will) to D. Fred Birchard, also of Birchardville, to take effect September 1st next.  Mr. Birchard was born and has always lived on the old homestead farm, within a few rods of his newly acquired property, and already has had some experience in country store keeping.  This, with his sterling qualities and strict attention to business, which have always characterized his life, should warrant his success in this new enterprise.

MONTROSE: Montrose had a quiet and sane Fourth with no accidents of a serious nature reported.  The preaching of the press and magazines of the country seemed to bear fruit and after the statistics are in we believe it will be found a Fourth unusually free from fatal and serious accidents.  Fireworks and decorations are no so bad - in fact are quite appropriate.  ALSO  Outside the routine business of Borough Council, an ordinance was adopted granting to the Commonwealth Telephone Co. (Bell) all the rights and privileges formerly granted to the Pa. & N.Y. Telephone & Telegraph Co.

HEART LAKE: The following young people are spending the week in the Fancher cottage.  Misses Anna Warriner, Vida James, Helen Mackey, Ruth Burns, Kathryn Keller, Marion Allen, Nellie Smith, Carolyn Read, Florence Smith, Lillian Titsworth and Bertha Benedict.  Dr. and Mrs. F. S. Birchard are chaperoning the party.

SOUTH MONTROSE: Louis Wells recently received a check for $200 from the American Telephone & Telelgraph Co. for the loss of a horse caused by stepping into a rotten stump left by the telephone company near the highway, causing the horse to break a leg.  Attorney W. A. Titsworth acted as counsel for Mr. Wells and brought the case to an early and satisfactory settlement.

RUSH: The Fourth of July celebration was a decided success.  The day was perfect and all had a good time.  LeRaysville won the ball game against East Rush, and the single men beat the married men.  Donald Pierson took first prize in the running race and Ralph Bunnell second.  Walter Millard proved champion jumper.  The beautiful guessing cake made by Mrs. Anderson added much to the merriment of the occasion.  R. H. Hillis and Wilbur Terry proved able auctioneers in selling the provisions left after the multitude was served.  The proceeds of the day were $129.97.  We wish to express our thanks to J. C. Millard and wife for the use of their spacious lawn, and to all others who assisted.

BROOKLYN: Two carloads of machinery for use on the State road to be built between Foster (Hop Bottom) and Brooklyn, and north as far as the old DeWitt farm, reached Foster on Wednesday and work will begin in earnest next week.  The road will be finished by Dec. 1.

FOREST CITY: The hotly contested base ball game for a purse of $20 between the Polish club and the Slavish Giants, both of this place, took place on the local grounds on the Fourth of July afternoon.  It was a slugging match from beginning to end and in a ten inning game the Polish club won by a single run, the score being 21-20.  About 600 people witnessed the game and at times the rooting was a vigorous as the hitting.  The Giants, who held the lead until the eighth inning, believe that another game will tell a different story and have already challenged the victors to another game for $25 a side.

ELK LAKE: The Grange held its regular session June 25.  The first and second degrees were conferred upon one candidate.  During the Lecturer’s Hour there was a lively discussion on the question.  “Is woman’s work on the farm more monotonous than man’s?”  The brothers all agreed that they would not care to exchange places with the sisters.

ALFORD: The display of fireworks on the Fourth was grand.

CHOCONUT VALLEY: Last Friday the campers passed through this valley in autos and hacks on their way to Camp Choconut.

SUSQUEHANNA: Mrs. Ellen Keena died suddenly July 3.  She was taken ill while attending late Mass in St. John’s Catholic church.  She was taken to the residence of John McCoy, nearby, where she died in a few minutes, heart failure being the cause.  She is survived by five daughters: Elizabeth, Mary and Mrs. R. S. Crosskill, of New York, Mrs. Henry Whalen, of Binghamton, and Katherine, of Susquehanna.

THOMPSON: The track-men are on a strike along the Jefferson Branch.  They have been receiving $1.40 per day; they demand $1.70.

LENOXVILLE: A large spider thought to be a tarantula was found on a banana stalk in Stephens’ store.  It was kept alive for a few days.

GREAT BEND: Joan C. O’Neill, who graduated from West Chester State Normal, will teach in Torresdale, with a salary of $550.  She is a daughter of Thomas O’Neill and taught for two years at Laurel Hill Academy in Susquehanna.

NEW MILFORD, HIGHLANDS: Last Friday, Bruce Darrow killed a rattlesnake in the dooryard, within a few feet of the house.

NEWS BRIEFS:  Eloping couples from Pennsylvania and others from the Keystone State who come to Binghamton to wed are becoming a source of considerable expense to the city taxpayers, says the Binghamton Press.  The law provides that a minister or person registering the record of a marriage shall be entitled to a fee of 25 cents for each wedding recorded.  At the last meeting of the Health Board, one minister had a bill of $50 for 200 marriages, which was audited.  Of the 828 marriages recorded last year, it is estimated that nearly 600 were from Pennsylvania, which would mean that eloping couples cost the local taxpayers $1.50.

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

When I was growing up, there were always guns in our home. I did not see it as unusual, terrifying or dangerous. I was taught at an early age not to touch the guns without my father’s permission. I suppose that the guns were locked up in the gun cabinet - though I never tried to test that boundary because I knew better.

I think that I was 6 or 7 when I got my first BB-gun rifle - and it was a momentous moment. It was a single pump air rifle without a lot of pop and I loved it. I cannot even estimate how many times I fired that little gun and it taught me some level of marksmanship. I can remember slowly graduating to firing a rifle with my father, and then waiting impatiently for my twelfth birthday so that I could go hunting with Dad. I remember my first gun - a little 20-gauge single shot shotgun - Dad got a matching pair of these - one for me and one for my younger brother. Guns were simply part of our family culture - and I suspect that most of you reading this column have a similar background.

It was not until I got to college that I started hearing people really grumble about guns and gun control. I eventually started to meet people who were literally aghast that I would have any firearm in my home. How could we feel safe with guns so close? It was a surreal experience for me - the fact that we had guns in the home always gave me a sense of safety and security. When I went off to law school, I found that there were more and more people who viewed guns in a negative way, and less and less of us that had a healthy respect and love for firearms. We were taught that the Second Amendment really did not mean what it said - it was only intended to provide firearms for state militias - not for personal use - and since we no longer had militias, the Second Amendment no longer had any application. I felt like I was in the Twilight Zone.

When I went off to clerk in federal court, I met a fellow law clerk who was very boisterous about his anti-gun feelings, and he stated unabashedly that people should not be allowed to possess guns. This was not only a fellow co-worker, but a good friend. When I pressed him on this issue, he would not bend. I continued to press him on this issue, and finally got him to concede that he would allow people to “check” guns out to go hunting or for other appropriate uses, but then they would have to return the guns after the event was completed. He was adamantly opposed to personal gun ownership - and he believed that this was entirely consistent with the Constitution. After all, the Second Amendment really did not mean what it said.

It always struck me how a very intelligent person could have such a strange view, but I knew that he had a different perspective than me growing up. He grew up in a city surrounded by people telling him that guns were bad things that needed to be banned. His perception was altered by his teaching and background. While I viewed him as being strange and out of touch on this issue, he viewed me as some backwoods redneck hillbilly clinging to my guns and dancing with rattlesnakes.

When I read the latest Supreme Court decision regarding the Second Amendment, I thought back to my arguments with my friend on this issue. The Supreme Court has finally and definitely stated that the Second Amendment confers a fundamental right upon American citizens to own and possess a firearm. This does not mean that the government (federal, state or local) cannot regulate ownership and possession of firearms - but it does mean that the ability of the government to regulate is substantially limited. Despite the plain language in the Second Amendment that confers this fundamental right, the vote was razor thin at 5 justices finding that the Second Amendment means what it says - and 4 justices concluding that it means something entirely different.

It is a matter of perspective - 4 justices plainly would have agreed with my friend as a result of their own personal journeys in life their perception of the Second Amendment was skewed. They were willing to engage in linguistic gymnastics and historical revisionism in order to conclude that there gun ownership was never intended to be protected by the Founding Fathers. One vote the other way and the Second Amendment would have been abolished by judicial fiat. That should be a sobering thought for all of us redneck hillbillies. We dodged the activist bullet this time and we can cling to our guns just a little longer.

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. When doctors perform a cardiac ablation, what do they use to clean the heart?

This question made me laugh because I had the same misconception as the correspondent. We both confused ablation with ablution. Ablation is a surgical excision of tissue. Ablution is a cleansing with water or another liquid.

Cardiac ablation corrects heart arrhythmias by destroying tissue that blocks the electrical signal traveling through your heart to make it beat. By clearing the signal pathway of the abnormal tissue, your heart can beat properly again.

Normally, an electrical signal spreads from the top of your heart to the bottom. As it travels, the electrical signal causes your heart to contract and pump blood. The process repeats with each new heartbeat.

A surgeon makes a small cut into one of the blood vessels of the groin, neck or arm. Then a catheter is inserted into the vessel and guided by x-ray into the heart. Flexible tubes with electrodes are run through the catheter. The electrodes locate the problem area and destroy it.

Radiofrequency (RF) energy usually is used for catheter ablation. This type of energy uses radio waves to produce heat that destroys the heart tissue. Studies have shown that RF energy is safe and effective.

Cardiac ablation is done in a hospital by a specially trained staff. The procedure lasts three to six hours. Some people go home the same day as the procedure. Others need to be admitted for one or more days. Most people return to their normal activities in a few days.

Before the procedure, a patient is given a drug intravenously for relaxation. The surgeon then numbs the catheter insertion site. Patients may experience some burning sensations during the procedure.

Your doctor may recommend catheter ablation if medicine can't control your arrhythmia or if you are at risk for a life-threatening type of arrhythmia or sudden cardiac arrest.

The risk of complications from catheter ablation is higher if you are older than 75 or have diabetes or kidney disease. These risks include: bleeding, infection, and pain at the insertion site; blood-vessel damage; a heart puncture; damage to the heart's electrical system; blood clots, which could lead to stroke or other complications; narrowing of the veins that carry blood from the lungs to the heart.

Although catheter ablation is often successful, some people need repeat procedures. You may also need to take medications, even after you've had ablation.

If you have a question, please write to

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Library Chitchat
By Flo Whittaker

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Rock Doc
By Dr. E. Kirsten Peters


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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 asked my Mom for a humming bird feeder as a birthday present this year. My mom helped me make the syrup and we put it up outside the living room window. It took a few days, but now I have a humming bird that comes to visit.

My friend came over and said that if we make the syrup red, the humming birds will like it better. Is this true? The directions didn't say anything about red syrup. How do I make it red? -Kyle

Dear Kyle,

What a great birthday present! Isn't it fun to watch those tiny birds zoom in and get a drink?

Years ago we use to think that adding a drop or two of red food coloring to the syrup was the way to attract humming birds. We have since learned that the red syrup is not necessary to attract the birds, and in fact is not as healthy for them. Usually the feeder itself is made of red plastic and this is enough to get the attention of a passing humming bird.

You are doing great if you have a visitor after only a few days. Remember to clean the feeder and add fresh syrup every 4 to 5 days, especially when the weather is hot. The syrup spoils after a few days and can make the birds sick. The easy way to do this is to make a batch and keep it in the refrigerator. Only add a half-cup or so to the feeder at a time, after emptying and carefully washing all the feeder parts.

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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