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Golf Tourney Brings Fundraising To The 'Fore'
September National Preparedness Month

NEP Supports Local Scholarships

Golf Tourney Brings Fundraising To The 'Fore'

Raising nearly $4,800 for community activism is a pretty good take for a one day golf outing. That's what New Milford Area Rotary Club accomplished at the fifth annual golf tourney held July 25 at Conklin Players Club. The 109 golfers on 28 teams braved the rain as the tournament began, and enjoyed a day of golf as the sky cleared until the end of play.

Prizes awarded went to: Longest Drive woman, Melissa Glasgow; and Longest Drive men, Chris Lazor. Corey Butler took Closest to Pin Hole No. 7 with a distance of 9 ft 6 in. Brian Glasgow's team was the winning team in the First flight with a score of 60, or 12 under par. The Second flight winning team was Brad Page's with a score of 67, or 5 under par.

Golf Tourney chair Mike Bailey, Jr. said, "The event was such a success this year due in part to Conklin Players Club hosting the tournament, and Green Gables Restaurant providing once again the perfect facility and meal for the after tournament festivities." Forty-five additional sponsors supported the event as well.

New Milford Area Rotary Club supports the efforts of Rotary International in providing humanitarian services worldwide. Closer to home, the club enables youth in the Blue Ridge, Mountain View and Susquehanna Community school districts through International Youth Exchange, Essay contests, distributing free dictionaries to all third grade students yearly, and scholarships for graduating seniors. At Blue Ridge, the Robert Kerr Scholarship goes to a male student and the Agnes Jones Scholarship benefits a female student.

The club holds a road clean up effort each spring and serves the local community as needs arise.

New Milford Area Rotary Club welcomes new members. For more information contact Barbara Hill at (570) 756-2133.

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September National Preparedness Month

Harrisburg - Governor Edward G. Rendell encouraged Pennsylvania residents to be better prepared for a disaster by creating emergency kits for their homes and cars, as well as creating a family emergency plan.

“It’s been five years since Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf states, and as we look back at the devastation of that storm, we all have the opportunity to take steps now to ensure the safety of our loved ones before we have an emergency here in Pennsylvania,” said Governor Rendell.

The Ready PA website - - offers comprehensive information on steps people can take to prepare for emergencies, what to do when disaster strikes, and tips for recovering after the event. ReadyPA encourages all Pennsylvanians to “Be Informed, Be Prepared and Be Involved.”

Governor Rendell said history has shown that emergency responders cannot reach everyone immediately after a disaster, so families should have enough food, water, medication and other necessities, including pet supplies, to survive without outside assistance for at least three days. Families should also prepare a plan to communicate and reunite if they are separated during an emergency.

Residents also are encouraged to help their neighbors and communities prepare for and recover from an emergency by taking formal training through their local Citizens Corps council or Red Cross chapter.

Downloadable materials, including home and car emergency kit checklists and emergency plan templates, are available at and also through 1-888-9-READYPA. Citizens can find information about getting involved in local emergency response efforts and other volunteer opportunities through the Web site or the toll-free line.

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NEP Supports Local Scholarships

Montrose, PA - The North-Eastern Pennsylvania Telephone Company has provided a generous contribution of more than $26,000 to the K-12 Scholarship Program administered by The Community Foundation of Susquehanna & Wyoming Counties. This is the fourth year in a row that NEP Telephone has assisted this program, and in that time has generously provided more than $123,000 in funding. These donations help deserving local students achieve their educational goals by assisting with expenses for various K-12 schools and programs.

For the 2009-2010 school year The Community Foundation provided assistance to 154 students, with similar assistance expected for the current school year. In six years of providing this assistance The Community Foundation, in partnership with corporate donors such as NEP Telephone, has helped more than 800 Kindergarten through 12th grade students attend more than 20 local schools and educational programs.

Without the assistance of companies like NEP Telephone many of these children might not receive these opportunities. Peter Quigg, President of The Community Foundation, states “we very much appreciate this exceptional contribution from NEP Telephone Co. The Tourje family and the employees of NEP Telephone have shown sincere concern for local families and their children.”

In addition to this donation for K-12 assistance, the Tourje family also holds the Jessie Osgood Tourje Memorial Fund with The Community Foundation which is intended to provide grants to the Blue Ridge, Forest City Regional, Mountain View, and Susquehanna Community School Districts for special projects in the local schools. Most recently this endowment has assisted Project Lead the Way for the Susquehanna Community School District and a Weather Station project at Forest City Regional School District. The Tourje family, and the employees of NEP Telephone, have exhibited substantial support for local schools, students, and families over the years. For more information about Community Foundation activities and NEP Telephone please visit and

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