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COLUMNS:
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

FLYNN: The old bachelors held their clam bake Monday evening and one of the most enjoyable times of the season was had. Refreshments were served on the lawn. Music and songs also dancing of all kinds were indulged in until a late hour, when all repaired to their homes longing for the return of the next annual gathering. Edward Gallager acted as chef and toastmaster.

AUBURN CENTER: Miss Laura Bushnell, who was to be assistant principal in the Auburn High school, resigned on Saturday night, and in about 24 hours afterwards, Miss Holland, from Laceyville, was on hand to fill the vacancy.

MONTROSE: Engineer J. W. Spence, daughter Fenella, Miss Bissell and two other friends, made a short call at C. W. Pierson’s, Auburn Center, Monday noon and the way he sends that Ford machine - his best engine on the DL&W would be nowhere. ALSO Engineer Spence, when he came in Tuesday evening immediately went to the head of the engine to see if there were any indications on the pilot of his having struck a man near Harrington’s crossing, and was relieved when he found none. “Jack” said that when he came down the grade he felt almost sure he had run over a man lying on the track. When Baggagemaster Finn returned on his “track automobile” he was told to keep on the lookout. The supposed “man” proved to be a warped plank lying alongside the rail, which the trusty engineer’s watchful eye had spied. There is nothing within the glare of the headlight that misses “Jack’s” eye.

HARFORD: Hon. E. E. Jones was here Tuesday. He is in the unique position of being a candidate for Representative on both the Republican and Democratic tickets and for one bearing so many testimonies of esteem, wears the honors gracefully and apparently enjoys it. ALSO Tuesday night, about 11:45, the residence of Mrs. Mary Quinlan was burned to the ground. The property was insured.

BROOKLYN: C. A. Rozelle is most popular with the housewives here at this time of year, the quality of his celery, radishes, corn, etc. always being the best and freshly picked. Growers of green truck say they easily sell all they can raise.

LAWSVILLE: Worthy Deputies C. P. Lyman and Allan D. Miller organized last week a new Grange with a charter membership of 24. The name of the Grange will be the Lawsville Grange. Meetings will be held the first and third Friday of each month.

GREAT BEND: Ernest Conklin, son of Henry Conklin, was found dead in a field a short distance from his father’s home in the township, Tuesday. The young man had been suffering from heart disease for some time. In the morning, although not feeling well, he told his mother he was going out to pick some berries. She tried to dissuade him but he persisted in going. After he had been gone some hours a search was made and his dead body found. He was 17 years of age.

UNIONDALE: The Tri County Fair, to be held here Sept. 26, 27, 28, 29, promises lots of excitement each day. There will be racing events every day and some close contests are looked for. There will be pulling matches, tight rope walking, trapeze performances & etc.

HOWARD HILL, LIBERTY TWP.: The people of this place are rejoicing over the rain that has fallen the last few days. ALSO Anyone needing good threshing done needn’t be afraid to call on the Wilbur boys of Rhiney Creek; they do their work quick and sure.

PARKVALE: There was preaching at Parkvale Sunday at 2 o’clock by Rev. Button of Brooklyn. He delivered a fine sermon and after the sermon they gathered at the water and baptized six and sprinkled four.

HOP BOTTOM: Diphtheria has again developed in the home of Orrin Rose.

LITTLE MEADOWS: William Brennan, aged 23 years, a native of this place, was fatally injured at Peekskill, N.Y. on Thursday, Aug. 25, dying a few hours later in a hospital. A rock from a steam shovel, which he was assisting to operate, fell from the scoop and fractured his skull. His father was the late Dr. Brennan. Two sisters, Miss Mary Brennan, of Carbondale, and a brother, Joseph Brennan, of Towanda, survive.

FOREST LAKE: James Farrell, who lives out on the Forest Lake road, found a pocketbook last Saturday, containing quite a snug sum of money. It was lost by F. W. Thornton of Old Forge, who has been occupying Mr. Safford’s bungalow at Pine Grove Camp. Mr. Thornton, on discovering his loss, went back over the road and met Mr. Farrell, searching for the owner of the pocketbook. Mr. Farrell and Mr. Thornton were strangers, but Mr. Farrell’s promptness in publishing his find soon brought them together.

SUSQUEHANNA: John P. Shanahan, our well known newspaper correspondent, has relinquished that line of work to go on the road as the advance representative of the high-class comedy company, “The Arrival of Kitty.”

FRANKLIN FORKS: Ward B. Smith, owner of a cutglass factory, is visiting his sister, Mrs. E. E. Tiffany at Wyalusing. Charles Strong has charge of the factory during his absence.

FACTORYVILLE: Christy Mathewson, the famous baseball pitcher from Factoryville, has broken down from overwork and will, it is reported, go to a sanitarium to rest.

HALLSTEAD: John Armlin, while cradling oats, heard an unusual noise near his feet and on looking down saw he had cut the oats away and exposed three rattlers. The snakes were coiled for business and Mr. Armlin knew that he had to strike before they did or he would get “struck out.” Fortunately he proved the best hitter, and when he went to dinner he dragged along three snakes, the smallest being over three feet long and the other two about four feet six each. When he continued cradling in the afternoon he could not be blamed for going a little slow and watching the ground close by. ALSO Ira B. Preston, aged 67 years, died at his home in Hallstead, Sept. 5, after an illness of about six weeks. He was a retired Lackawanna conductor, having been in the employ of the railroad company for nearly 40 years. He was a veteran of the civil war and widely known throughout the county. He is survived by a wife.

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

Back in November of 2004, I did a column on the tale of Nutkin the Squirrel. Nutkin had fallen from a tree when he was a wee little squirrel in South Carolina, and a good Samaritan took him into her home. Nutkin became domesticated - one of the family - and the family eventually moved to Pennsylvania with Nutkin. Under Pennsylvania game law, it is unlawful to take possession of a wild animal and domesticate that wild animal. When the Game Commission learned about Nutkin, a legal battle was launched as to whether the family could be criminally responsible for unlawfully possessing a domesticated wild animal and whether Nutkin had to be relinquished to the Game Commission. At that time, Nutkin was an 8-year old squirrel who had lived with the family his entire life.

After being convicted in the lower court, Nutkin’s owner appealed to the Pennsylvania Superior Court. In reviewing the case, the Superior Court found that there was an exception in the game law for out-of-state domesticated wild animals that were later transported into Pennsylvania. As long as the wild animal had been lawfully domesticated in another state, the animal could be brought into Pennsylvania. Because South Carolina did not have any law prohibiting the possession of a domesticated wild animal, the Superior Court reversed the conviction and Nutkin went home.

A reader of the column who remembered the Nutkin story recently sent me another article about a domesticated wild animal - this time a finch. This incident occurred in Lancaster County, where a woman rescued a small finch that had fallen from a tree, and then she kept it as a pet for the past four years. When the Game Commission learned of the finch, a search warrant was obtained from a magisterial district judge and the Game Commission went into her home and seized the finch. The finch was then taken to a wildlife rehabilitation center where it apparently now resides. The finch’s “owner/rescuer” was not charged, but she was issued a warning.

In response to this incident, the Lancaster County District Attorney, Craig Stedman, has implemented new rules that require the Game Commission to obtain the approval of the District Attorney’s Office prior to obtaining any search warrant. In media reports on the incident, Mr. Stedman has made abundantly clear his dissatisfaction with the way the entire matter was handled, and that the new rule requiring the involvement of the District Attorney’s office would serve as an added check to assure that resources and time were not wasted on matters that could be resolved through alternative means. Mr. Stedman called the seizure of the finch an “embarrassment” to law enforcement and stressed that law enforcement has discretion in making decisions on how to pursue appropriately enforcement. Mr. Stedman made clear his belief that the seizure of the finch was at best “a grossly misguided abuse of law enforcement discretion. At worst, it was just plain cruel.”

I concur with Mr. Stedman’s analysis of the case - it seems to be something that was unnecessary and a waste of valuable resources. On the other hand, the Game Commission is charged with enforcing the Game Code - the Commission did not write it, but they must enforce it. While law enforcement officers do have discretion in making investigatory and charging decisions, it is also unfair to be too critical of the strict enforcement of the law. After the Nutkin case, which got a decent amount of publicity, the Legislature could have changed the Game Law if the Legislature wanted to permit an ordinary citizen to continue to lawfully possess rescued Pennsylvania wildlife. This was not done - and the law remained in full force and effect - and the Game Commission has to enforce it.

Mr. Stedman’s approach is an appropriate one. It not only assures that the search warrant is reviewed prior to going to the judge for approval, but it also provides a different perspective from that of the investigating officer. An elected prosecutor (or his or her representative) has the chance to take a look at the facts and decide not only if there is probable cause, but whether the prosecutor even wants to proceed with a prosecution. In Susquehanna County, the requirement of prosecutor approval of search warrants has been in place for many years - and it does work very well.

This story did not have a “happy” ending. While Nutkin got to go home, the finch will not be going home as the Game Commission cannot release a domesticated wild animal. Rather than living in a cage in the rescuer’s home, the finch will now live in a netted area in a wildlife rehabilitation center. In both cases, the animals would have died but for human intervention. Under Pennsylvania law, however, the rescuer of a wild animal cannot attempt to domesticate that animal; rather, the animal needs to be turned over to a wildlife rehabilitation center. If you disagree with this result, you need to contact your legislator.

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 www.SusquehannaCounty-DA.org or discuss this and all articles at http://dadesk.blogspot.com/.

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The Healthy Geezer
By Fred Cicetti

It's time for a flu shot.

You can get the flu vaccine from your doctor, and at public health facilities, senior centers, pharmacies and supermarkets. Adults over 50 are prime candidates for the vaccine because the flu can be fatal for older people.

There are two types of vaccines: the injection, which is approved for people older than 6 months, including healthy people and those with chronic medical conditions; and the nasal-spray, which is approved for use in healthy people 2-49 years of age who are not pregnant.

The seasonal flu vaccine protects against three influenza viruses that research indicates will be most common during the upcoming season. The 2010-2011 flu vaccine will protect against 2009 H1N1, and two other influenza viruses (an H3N2 virus and an influenza B virus).

Flu season in the northern hemisphere can range from as early as October to as late as May. The peak month usually is February.

More than 200,000 flu victims are hospitalized annually in the United States. The death rate from flu ranges from 3,300 to almost 49,000 a year.

The flu strikes the elderly the hardest. About 90 percent of flu deaths in the 31 flu seasons between 1976 to 2007 occurred in people over age 65.

Flu is a contagious illness of the respiratory system caused by the influenza virus. Flu can lead to pneumonia, bronchitis, sinusitis, ear problems and dehydration.

Droplets from coughing and sneezing spread the flu. An adult with flu can infect others beginning one day before symptoms develop and up to five days after becoming sick. Children may spread flu for more than seven days.

The best way to combat the bug is to get the flu vaccine. You have to get inoculated annually because new vaccines are prepared every year to combat new versions of the virus.

When you battle the flu, you develop antibodies to the invading virus, but those antibodies don’t work on new strains. The vaccine does not prevent flu in all people; it works better in younger recipients than older ones.

[Personal note: I used to catch the flu every winter. About 10 years ago, I started getting the vaccine. I haven’t had the flu since.]

Contrary to rumor, you can’t catch the flu from the vaccine. The flu vaccine is not made from a live virus. The recovery time for the flu is about one to two weeks. However, in seniors, weakness may persist for a longer time.

The common scenario for flu is a sudden onset of symptoms, which include chills, fatigue, fever, cough, headache, sore throat, nasal congestion, muscle aches and appetite loss.

While nausea, vomiting and diarrhea can be related to the flu, these are rarely the primary flu symptoms. The flu is not a stomach or intestinal disease. The term “stomach flu” is inaccurate.

When symptoms strike, get to a doctor as soon as possible; the faster the better. There are prescription antiviral drugs to treat flu. Over-the-counter medicines can help relieve symptoms of the flu. You should also drink liquids to prevent dehydration, and sleep to bolster your immune system,

If you have a question, please write to fred@healthygeezer.com.

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Library Chitchat
By Flo Whittaker

A few years ago, there was a popular book entitled “It Takes a Village to Raise a Child.” I would like to submit that it takes the support of the entire county, both individuals and businesses, to maintain the Susquehanna County Historical Society and Free Library Association. This August we were especially blessed and we wish to thank each and every individual and business that contributed.

Gorgeous weather and many, many dedicated volunteers made the 31st annual Blueberry Festival a rousing success. We anticipate matching or exceeding the 2009 receipts of $71,000. All of the monies earned at the Blueberry Festival are used for the operating expenses of the main Library in Montrose, the three branches (Susquehanna, Hallstead-Great Bend, and Forest City), the county-wide Outreach Department, and the Historical Society.

The 1999 van, used by the Outreach Department, “died” in July and the Library was in no financial position to replace it. Cabot Oil & Gas Corp. came to the rescue and donated $20,000 for the purchase of a pre-owned van and Phil Chamberlain of C & F Motors was able to facilitate the acquisition of a low mileage 2010 van.

The Blueberry Barn Dance, held on August 6, raised $4,500, which will also be used for operating expenses. Carrizo Marcellus, LLC, donated $5,000 for the purchase of children’s books.

In light of increased statewide cuts in library funding in the last two years, it is even more vital to have continued, county-wide community support. We thank you all.

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Rock Doc
By Dr. E. Kirsten Peters

No Rock Doc This Week

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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,

No Dear Dolly This Week

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EARTH TALK
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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