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MONTROSE - The Susquehanna County 4-H livestock sale will celebrate its 40th anniversary at this year’s Harford Fair! The 4-H livestock sale marks the culmination of many long, hardworking hours spent by 4-H members throughout the years. 4-H members begin raising their animals in the spring or fall depending on their project. They then complete their project by showing at the County 4-H roundup and selling their animal at the 4-H livestock sale. Market steer projects begin in November of the previous year, and market lamb, market goat, market pig, and dairy beef feeder steers begin in April and May. These young people spend several hours every day caring for their project animals, as well as spending a substantial amount of money on purchasing and feeding their animals.
The Grand Champion Market Steer at the 2009 Susquehanna County 4-H Roundup was exhibited by Jessica Sheruda, Dalton and purchased by Carizo Oil & Gas Company. Carrizo Oil & Gas graciously donated this animal to the Susquehanna County Food Bank. From left to right, Daniel Sheruda, Dalton; Edlyn Flannery, Susquehanna County Food Bank; Bruce Bonnice, Carrizo Oil & Gas Co.; Richard Smith, Carrizo Oil & Gas Co.; and Jessica Sheruda, Dalton.
The 40th annual Susquehanna County 4-H livestock sale will be held on Saturday, August 21, beginning at 10:00 a.m. The sale order for the 2010 sale is as follows: market lambs, market goats, dairy beef feeder steers, market steers, market hogs, and gallons of milk from champion dairy cows.
For local business owners, the livestock sale is a great way to advertise their business and support local youth. Buyers not only get the bonus of advertisement, but also get to take home some of the finest meat produced locally, here in Susquehanna County, by 4-H members. Animals purchased at the livestock sale can be transported to a number of local meat processors; at buyer check-out simply designate the meat processor and how the meat should be processed.
Your generosity and investment in their future is the 4-H member’s reward. The education and experience they receive is priceless. Join other community leaders and 4-H supporters at this year’s Susquehanna County 4-H livestock sale at the Harford Fair! It only comes around once a year.
What words come to mind when you hear about a 60 mile canoe trip down the Delaware River in only four days? For Sea Scout Ship 90 of New Milford, PA, the words that came to their minds were “hard work” and “fun.” The group consisted of ten scouts: Brittany Birtch, Tyler Chidester, Christian and Austin Chludzinski, Katee Grubb, Sean Kusnierz, Eric Potter, Chris Powers, Tiffany Spencer and Josh Warner. Two leaders, Ron Hall and Helen Reed, along with six canoes made this journey possible.
From June 14-17 these young adventure-seekers had to survive the wilderness of the Delaware River watershed. With the blazing sun scorching them, they had to overcome sunburns, heat exhaustion and the vigorous paddling of the canoes. The group stopped many times along the journey for food, bathroom breaks, and to set up camp for the nights.
The customized patch issued to all who canoe the Delaware River.
Not only was the trip challenging, but it also proved to be quite enjoyable. On the down time, the scouts had free time to enjoy their surroundings. They viewed the beautiful scenery and enjoyed the company of their fellow scouts. The scouts passed time by playing many games such as “manhunt” and card games.
For the majority of the trip the weather was fair, but the scouts did encounter their fair share of rain. The scouts had to huddle under a tarp to stay dry during the rain. They had to waterproof their belongings to keep them dry on the trip. For the most part they succeeded in keeping their belongings dry; however, two canoes tipped and many took on water which drenched some of their supplies.
The trip consisted of several changes in the water’s current. During some parts of the trip the current was weak, therefore the scouts had to paddle hard. At other times, the current was strong and the scouts had to manage through the rapids. Some of the rapids were very strong and the scouts had to courageously canoe through them. The scouts also had to paddle harder if they had brought too many belongings with them. Some scouts had packed too much so they came up with the motto “pack light, paddle hard” for future trips.
The trip was an overall success. The scouts received the chance to canoe the Delaware River, cliff jump and camp out in the wilderness. They reluctantly left Mattamoris, and made the two hour drive back to New Milford. The scouts returned home sun burnt and soaked, but they brought back memories that will last a lifetime.
Hello from up on the hill.
We had some ladies come and tell us about scams that are going on now involving identity theft. It was one of the best meetings we have had here. Anyone that has a chance to go to one should go. You will be surprised at how people can get your money without you knowing about it.
We had a quick rain shower. We needed it for the flowers.
My granddaughter came to see me for a couple hours with her two children. My great grandson tells his mom that I work up here - he said, “she’s always up here.”
We are going to have a picnic in August up here.
The ladies got rained out recently from out front. So we sat in the lobby and talked and watched television. It was a nice evening, and to top it off after that, some of us saw a beautiful rainbow out back.
Our bear was back out back the other night.
Sandy Davis came down to show one of the beautiful quilts she is making. There’s a lot of people that can make different things up here - good old fashion talent.
We still have our Monday bingo at 1:00. It’s 5 cents a card and penny bingo on Thursday evening at 6:00. It’s fun and gives us something to do. We also have peppy exercise on Tuesdays with Kay Pacifica. There’s also cards, phase 10 and dominoes - keeps us out of trouble.
We got to see the parade for the Home Town celebration. It was a lot of fun and we got some candy from some of the parade people.
That’s all for now, take care!
On May 15, Sean Hennessey and Alec Mazikewich of the Susquehanna Fire Department completed Firefighter I and Firefighter II. This certification was achieved through the Bucks County Community College Department of Public Safety Training Center and the Pennsylvania State Fire Academy. Firefighter I and Firefighter II are the two basic classes that firefighters must complete to become state and nationally certified professional firefighters. These classes included basic firefighting, ropes, search and rescue, engine operations, truck operations, water supply, hazmat operations, flammable liquids, sprinkler systems, alarm systems, and much more. These classes also required written and practical exams to be completed, adding up to over 230 hours of commitment to this certification.
Although this was a great accomplishment, Sean and Alec are not the first to achieve this level of training for the Susquehanna Fire Department. They follow Todd Glover, Dave Jenkins and Damion Scales who completed their Firefighter I and Firefighter II in 2009, and also Jack Rood who has held a professional firefighting certification the longest of any active member of the Susquehanna Fire Department.
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.
St. John’s Pro-Life is happy to announce the following winners of their recent raffle at Susquehanna Hometown Days.
Jewelry Box and Rocking Horse - Barbara Stone; Afghan - Debbie White; Teddy Bear Tub - Makenzie Cook; Baby Boy Blanket - Paula Ralston; Baby Girl Blanket and Picnic Basket of Bears - Mary Gow; Chair with Clown Doll - Audrey Sullivan; Basket of Bears - Colleen Woodruff.
Thanks are extended to all who participated in the raffle and bread sale at St. John’s Pro-Life booth at the Susquehanna Hometown Days celebration.
Sea Scout Ship 90 of New Milford has been sailing this spring and summer with their force 5 and sea witch class sailboats, 12 foot boats, at Gibson, Pages Lake and Clarks Pond in Hop Bottom. The sea witch class sailboat was recently donated to Sea Scout Ship 90 by Mike Freeman of Conklin, NY. Pictured above, the force 5 sailboat at Pages Lake with Christian and Austin Chludzinski aboard.
The Franklin Hill Community 4-H group met outside the Susquehanna Offices to do their community service project. The group did a little weeding, planted some annuals and perennials, and added mulch to finish it off. A special thanks to Kelly & Kelly and Andres for their donations of flowers.
Congressman Carney’s staff will be holding office hours in Susquehanna County on Wednesday, August 11 at the County Commissioner’s Office in the Susquehanna County Courthouse in Montrose, PA.
Congressman Carney’s Director of Constituent Services will be available to meet individually with constituents to assist them with any problems they may be having with Federal agencies and departments. The staff will be available to meet with anyone who would like to voice their opinion regarding federal legislation or policy which is pending or being discussed in Congress.
Congressman Carney said, “Being accessible to the people of northeast and central Pennsylvania is one of my goals and I hope that people can take advantage of these opportunities to meet with my Constituent Service Director during these regularly scheduled office visits.”
Anyone with further questions or concerns or would like to schedule an appointment in advance, please contact Congressman Carney’s Clarks Summit office at 570 585 9988 or toll free at 866 846 8124.
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