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The Riding Every Stride Horse and Pony 4-H club held a meeting at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday. We made tie dyed t-shirts and discussed the results of our members who participated in the Scholarship show. We also talked about County Round Up which will be held on July 31 at the Harford Fair grounds. County Round Up will start at 8 a.m.
Our project books need to be completed at our August 9 meeting. The books need to be at the Harford Fair grounds between 12 and 8 p.m. on August 12. Districts will be at the Wyoming County Fair grounds on September 11. On October 24, our club will be holding a Breast Cancer Awareness trail ride at Sweet Water Farm. More details to come! If you are interested in riding or sending a donation, please contact our leader BJ Carey at (570)-465-3962 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you and I hope to see you there!
News Reporter: Austin Graham
Sixteen 4-H textile science members from Susquehanna County sewing clubs recently competed in the Northeast Region 4-H Fashion Revue, held June 30 at Montrose Bible Conference. They participated along with 19 members from Lackawanna, Bradford, Sullivan, Tioga and Wyoming Counties. During the event, the youth were judged with their garments in appearance, fit, design, fashion and construction techniques. In addition to the judging, they attended workshops on modeling and crafts. Pictured above, the Susquehanna County 4-H Sewing Club Participants.
Pictured (l-r) above, the Susquehanna County Senior Wearable Winners: Amanda Rucker, Theresa Staats and Jordan Noldy.
The event concluded with a fashion show after which honor awards were given. Three girls in the Senior Wearable division - Amanda Rucker, Theresa Staats, and Jordan Noldy - qualified to represent our region at the State Fashion Revue to be held at Penn State University in August! Alexa Suchnick was named 2nd alternate in this category. Other winners were: Lia Heath, first place, Junior Non-Wearable; Korena Kraynak, first place, Junior Wearable Year 1; Tracy Sephton, honorable mention; Stephanie Ostir, first place, Junior Wearable Year 4; Audra Everitt, honorable mention.
Special thanks are extended to Rhaylene Britten, Joan Webster, Evelyn Gerchman and Beth Everitt, 4- H leaders who helped plan and conduct the event; Carol Page and Sheryl Boyle for serving as judges; Hannah Cronk and LouAnn Kiefer for facilitating the workshops; and Cathy Rezykowski for providing beautiful piano music during the fashion show. Congratulations to all participants - keep up the good work!
HARRISBURG - More than $20,000 from the state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) will benefit Susquehanna County's recycling efforts, Reps. Tina Pickett (R-Bradford/Sullivan/Susquehanna) and Sandra Major (R-Susquehanna/Wayne/Wyoming) said.
The county will receive $21,678 to offset 50 percent of the salary and expenses for the county recycling coordinator.
"Recycling is an important part of protecting our environment and ensuring that materials that can be recycled and reused is a responsibility that many residents take very seriously," Pickett said. "I am pleased the Commonwealth sets aside funding so that rural counties like Susquehanna can continue to provide recycling programs without an undue financial cost on counties."
"Recycling has become essential in order to help preserve our natural resources, and our county recycling coordinators do a lot of work promoting the importance of recycling, making recycling easy and convenient for home owners and businesses, organizing recycling events and coordinating the collection and distribution of the recyclable waste materials once they reach the county facility," said Major. "I am thankful that we are able to provide money through the state for these efforts."
The funding is made possible through the County Recycling Coordinator Grant Program of 1988.
The county recycling center's residential drop-off area is one of the few in Pennsylvania that is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. More information about recycling in Susquehanna County, such as recyclable materials and special collection events, is available online at SusquehannaRecycle.com.
July is National Ice Cream Month and the Susquehanna County dairy royalty encourage you to visit a local dairy bar, have an ice cream cone and celebrate.
My name is Allison Kiefer. On May 28, I was crowned Susquehanna County Alternate Dairy Princess. To tell you a little about myself, I will be a junior at the Montrose Area High School in the fall where I am a wrestling cheerleader. I also attend the Susquehanna County Career and Technology Center for the culinary arts program. I am a member of the DES 4-H Club and Arrows & Clays 4-H Club where I show cows and shoot shotgun. I love my cows, Lizzy, Izzy and Lila. My parents are Ron and LouAnn Kiefer - my dad drives dump truck and my mom works at Penn State Cooperative Extension and also drives school bus. I have an older brother, Kenny who will be attending Luzerne County Community College in the fall to become a paramedic.
As the Susquehanna County Alternate Dairy Princess my goal is to promote dairy to make sure folks remember the importance of dairy farmers. Dairy products are important in everyone’s daily diet. One glass of milk alone has 9 essential nutrients to make your bones stronger and your body healthier. Cheese is a great source of calcium for strong, healthy teeth. Did you know that’s why you say “cheese” when someone takes your picture? There is yogurt, ice cream and other dairy products, so make sure that you get 3 servings every day!
The next time you see a dairy farmer in your travels make sure you thank him or her for the great job that they are doing. The job dairy farmers do every day helps put all those great dairy products on your table. You should feel good knowing where your dairy products come from - the farmer down the road!
I hope to see you out and around Susquehanna County eating an ice cream cone celebrating ice cream month.
Ethan Mansfield of New Milford, PA recently attended (WLA) Pennsylvania Drummers field school to study the Ruffed Grouse. Wildlife Leadership Academy is a corporative education initiative equipping future leaders with a better understanding of wildlife and conservation. The five-day event took place at Powdermill Nature Reserve located in Westmoreland County, PA.
The week involved hands-on learning about the biology, ecology, and management of Pennsylvania’s state bird, the Ruffed Grouse. Activities included grouse necropsy, using radio telemetry in the field, using GPS in the field, habitat evaluations, nature photography and journaling, bird dog training, and plant collections. Speakers included leading wildlife professionals from the state representing a variety of conservation agencies and organizations.
The field school is administered by the Pennsylvania Institute for Conservation Education (PICE), which is committed to creating a more ecologically literate population. Ethan received a scholarship to attend this camp through the Northeast Pennsylvania Audubon Society.
While the Harford Fair is noted for its truly agricultural focus, there are many other things for families and friends to do to enjoy the fair. One of those, especially for the young and the young at heart, is the amusement area at the south end of the fair.
Back in January, a committee of Harford Fair directors began their search for a new company to provide the rides for the fair. After much research, the committee recommended that the contract be awarded to the Jim Houghton Enterprises, Inc. for the midway rides at the fair this year. The family-owned business which began in September, 1980, includes Jim and his wife, their two sons and their wives. They pride themselves on safety and daily maintenance and are located in Cochranville, Pennsylvania. They also play the Wyoming County Fair, the Reading Fair and the Schnecksville Fair. They will feature new rides as well as specials for families.
This year, a special wristband is available every day - and all day - that will allow unlimited rides all day. This is a change from the past when specials were available only on certain days and during certain hours. If your family plans to attend the fair for several days, another wristband is available that is good for unlimited rides all day, every day of the fair.
So make your plans now to be one of the 65,000 fair-goers to come and enjoy the Harford Fair, August 16-21. Visit the Fair’s website at harfordfair.com for more information.
Pittsburgh - Volunteer firefighters and EMS personnel from six Susquehanna County and two Wyoming County fire departments participated in an outreach and education program sponsored by Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation (Cabot) on July 14. Seventy-five volunteer firefighters and EMS personnel from the Elk Lake, Hop Bottom, Meshoppen, Montrose, Nicholson, Rush and Springville fire companies, along with members of the Montrose Minutemen Ambulance participated.
“Cabot is committed to safe operations, environmental stewardship, and collaboration with government entities,” said George Stark, Director of External Affairs for Cabot. “Building relationships and exchanging information with first responders like these Susquehanna and Wyoming County volunteer firefighters and EMS personnel is an integral part of ensuring our employees, contractors and the residents of our communities are safe.”
The event included presentations at the Springville Volunteer Fire Department, as well as an on-site tour of Cabot’s nearby Patterson #154 rig site. Information on the equipment used by Cabot and its operating procedures was provided. In addition, a discussion of the issues associated with responding to a call from a natural gas production site was conducted. At the conclusion of the event, Cabot made a donation of a mobile light unit to each participating fire department.
“We appreciate efforts like those made by Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation,” said Scott Aylesworth, Operations & Training Officer for Susquehanna County Emergency Management. “Building relationships and sharing information between companies like Cabot and our County’s First Responders assists us in our planning and preparedness,” Aylesworth added.
The Pennsylvania Association of Retired State Employees, Endless Mountains, Chapter 15, met on July 13, at Green Gables, New Milford, for a delicious chicken barbeque. Honored guests were State PARSE Officers Shirley McCormick, Secretary; John Class, Treasurer; and Tom O’Neill, Northeast Regional Vice President. All three advised the members of current retirees’ issues.
Chapter 15 President Jesse Bacon announced that the annual state PARSE meeting will be held on September 13 and 14 at Camp Hill. Our chapter will be sending two delegates. Other members may attend but will be responsible for their own expenses.
Bradford County Vice President Bernice Landmesser reported on the PARSE display table at Representative Tina Pickett’s Expo in Athens on June 18. She said information material and applications were given to retirees. President Bacon thanked Bernice and John Landmesser, Chester and Carolyn Harris and Cynthia Sims for their efforts in attending the booth.
The next meeting will be held on August 10 at the Zion Lutheran Church, Dushore. To make a reservation and/or learn more about the organization, contact President Jesse Bacon at 570-265-9784 or Susquehanna Co. Vice President John Benio at 570-278-2390.
The Susquehanna County Conservation District supports the adoption of a severance tax in Pennsylvania, as proposed by Governor Rendell, that includes a percentage of the proceeds dedicated toward natural resource protection activities and dedicated funding for conservation districts, and that some portion of that percentage be dedicated to the conservation district in the county in which it originated. In addition to dedicated funding for the Conservation District Fund, the Conservation District endorses an additional percentage of a severance tax to be distributed to host counties and host municipalities, with a share for non-host municipalities within counties where natural gas has been severed, to reduce negative infrastructure impacts that may occur from wells in neighboring areas. The District also supports a portion of any severance tax to be used to for the Environmental Stewardship Fund, Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, and the Pennsylvania Game Commission.
The Environmental Stewardship Fund is the source of funding for Growing Greener Grants. Many local watershed groups and municipalities have funded important projects with Growing Greener grants. The position of Watershed Specialist, at the Conservation District, is also funded with these monies.
“It is undisputed that conservation districts provide much needed services to Commonwealth citizens to help them identify and resolve critical natural resource concerns,” MaryAnn Warren, PACD president and Susquehanna County Commissioner, said. “Conservation districts deliver essential services that protect our soil, water and air for a reasonable cost. Since there is a direct link between the removal of natural resources and natural resource protection activities, it makes sense to consider allocating a portion of a severance tax for natural resource protection activities,” she concluded.
Similar experience in other states shows us that a severance tax will not send the industry away from Pennsylvania. There are enormous natural gas deposits in our state and huge leading companies are among those already doing business here. Because a severance tax will be based on extraction they will not pay a dime until after the gas is taken from the ground, deflating the argument that PA should not tax a new birth industry.
Conservation districts lead local conservation efforts to sustain, protect and restore the natural resources for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. For over sixty years, the State’s sixty-six conservation districts have served as leaders, addressing local natural resource concerns at the county level. With the onset of significantly increased gas drilling in Pennsylvania, conservation district technical assistance to landowners and industry is vital to maintaining a balance between natural resource extraction and environmental protection.
The Susquehanna County Conservation District, in an effort to serve the County’s communities, expects to be consulting with municipal officials and gas company construction firms to maintain roads in an environmentally sensitive manner. We anticipate hosting a special dirt & gravel road training with a focus on heavy road use. A dedicated portion of a severance tax can help fund these trainings.
The Susquehanna County Conservation District urges all Susquehanna County residents to contact your State Senators Lisa Baker and Gene Yaw and House Representatives, Sandra Major and Tina Pickett, and Jim Wansacz and urge them to support the severance tax including a dedicated fund for conservation districts to ensure natural resource protection activities. It could be the most important vote legislators cast to protect our natural resources for generations to come.
Five local youth participants joined Trehab’s executive director, Dennis Phelps, to kick off Pennsylvania’s Way to Work program in Susquehanna County. The teens are part of the summer employment program, where local youth are matched with area employers for six weeks. The employers receive summer help, and the youth gain work experience and training in key employment skills.
This year, the youth were placed at job sites in Montrose, Great Bend, New Milford, Forest City, and Susquehanna. The work they are doing is diverse, ranging from placements as custodians at Susquehanna and Montrose Area school districts, to customer service work at local Pump N’ Pantry stores.
The crew in this photo, under the direction of crew leader Tim Gall, had the mission of assisting Susquehanna Depot with preparation for Hometown Days. They painted the wall on Main St., and weeded and swept the surrounding area. The youth were happy to help their community and to have been instructed on Local Government. Pictured members include: Mary Kemmerer, Nicolas Wilmot, Brittany Ballard, Miranda Rieman, and Delbert Rowlands. Also in the photo are the Trehab Site Supervisor, Don Robinson, and the Youth Program’s director, Joan Mazikewich.
A second crew, not pictured, also worked to improve the town. This crew was comprised of two Trehab Youth, Tom Gall and Andrew Sullivan, under the direction of Street Commissioner Steve Glover.
Trehab administers programs funded by Department of Community and Economic Development and the Northern Tier Regional Planning and Development Commission.
Greetings from Turnpike Terrace. All the flower beds are blooming up here. They all look really nice. Out front, in the circle, looks like an old fashion English garden. Also, the tenants have their flowers all in bloom.
We got some new outdoor chairs down back and up front for the tenants. A lot of us sit out in the evening. The other night a black bear wanted to join us, but he changed his mind after he got a good look at us. He went towards the hospital - maybe for supper. We think he is a dumpster diver.
One of our tenants is in the hospital. We hope he gets well soon.
We went to a Soulfire concert at Great Bend and the Methodist Church in Susquehanna (a great time). We went for ice cream after.
We had a hoagie sale last week. It went well.
We now have Sandy Davis (and Izzy, her dog), Mary Burke and Mr. Simonetti. We hope they like it here.
We have been having some hot weather lately, a little rain would be nice. Take care and see you soon.
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