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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
Earth Talk
Barnes-Kasson Corner

100 Years Ago

GREAT BEND: Hallstead and Great Bend are becoming popular with city visitors. Daniel Sutliff has purchased the Messick place near Great Bend on the Susquehanna road. Mr. Sutliff became interested in the place when making a visit here. The farm has a river view which for picturesqness is beyond description. Other wealthy families in New York City are said to be considering either building or buying summer homes. They become interested in the place through Dr. [Frederick] Brush. ALSO The Great Bend Water company announces to their patrons that they can no longer furnish water from the lake and are pumping river water into the mains. Hence they advise boiling all water used for drinking purposes.

AUBURN CENTRE: Supervisor Treible has built a substantial bridge over the Cool Creek near James Keogh’s. ALSO The prohibition meeting at the Jersey Hill church was not greeted with a very full house on account of bad weather.

THOMPSON: Word came this afternoon of the death of Miss Margaret Crandall, at Uniondale. She had lived in Thompson for a year or two and for some months she was the efficient dining room girl at the Jefferson House. While here she became engaged to a Thompson young man and when he was taken sick she came to his bedside and helped the nurse care for him for a time. She went from here to her brother’s for a rest and was prostrated soon with fever, resulting in her death. Sad indeed.

BROOKLYN: Willis Lee, of Washington, D. C., spent Sunday with his mother, Mrs. J. C. Lee. Mr. Lee has a very responsible position in the Geological Department in Washington, and the past summer he has had charge of a party in the Rocky Mountains.

MIDDLETOWN: Patrick Degnan, very recently, had a valuable yearling shot by a hunter; also a cow poisoned. He has posted his farm now.

FOREST CITY: The Hillside [Coal] Company is building a new brick supply house, 22 x 60 feet, on the switch in their yard at the Forest City breaker. The company will also erect a new building for the Hillside Fire Company.

EAST KINGSLEY: Haven Lewis is calling on his many friends in this vicinity in the interest of the sulky steel plow.

HOP BOTTOM: Miss L. Georgianna Tingley was financially engaged at her farm in West Lenox, recently, where she has been making extensive repairs in the way of fencing the farm, roofing a large cow barn and building a fine large silo. Messrs. W. H. Gow and W. Patterson, of Harford, were the builders. She has also had the basement floor concreted in the cow barn on her farm in Harford.

NEW MILFORD: Landlord Walker, of the Walker House, has been adding more improvements to that already well equipped hotel. The kitchen has been supplied with two large ranges in place of the old one and a new steam heating plant has been installed. Mr. Walker has been constantly adding new and modern improvements since he took possession and now has one of the most complete hotels in the county. ALSO The long cherished hope for electric lights is soon to be realized for New Milford. The New Milford Advertiser says that the plant is progressing rapidly and the current will be turned on very soon.

HALLSTEAD: The people of Hallstead raised $2,500 quickly to secure a cut glass factory which promises to employ from seventy to one hundred men. Six thousand dollars in cash is to be raised by the people and it is said that Mrs. Lusk and son, Franklin, have donated a valuable piece of property for same.

SPRINGVILLE: D. Clarence Gibboney, the noted reformer and brilliant orator, of Philadelphia, will speak along the lines of Civic Reform at the Methodist church, Sunday morning, October 30 at 10:30 a.m.

SILVER LAKE: W. G. Hayes, a former Silver Lake boy, but now engaged in the carpenter and building trade in Binghamton, was calling on old friends here and at Montrose, the forepart of the week.

MONTROSE: “Dare Devil Dan,” which will be the attraction at the Opera House on Thursday, Nov. 3, is what Chicago critics term a play of the people because it caters to all classes. If you want pathos and laughter, Mr. Mannis’ new offering is the play to see. One of the large bounding joys of the production is ten new up-to-date song hits. ALSO The people of Montrose were shocked and saddened Monday noon when the news flew around town that Miss Anna Looker Nash had expired, suddenly, at her home on South Main Street, the direct trouble being heart failure. Miss Nash was 26 years of age and was one of the highly esteemed young ladies of Montrose. She was the trusted stenographer and accountant at Titsworth & Sons Insurance office for the past four years. She is survived by her father and mother Mr. and Mrs. W. W. Nash (he being a florist), two sisters, Edith, at home and Mrs. Fannie Palmer, Oneonta, N. Y. and one brother, Earl.

ELK LAKE: E. E. Stevens, one of the county’s most successful merchants, and a most genial gentleman, was at the County Seat yesterday, and was passing out good cigars to his friends. Mr. Stevens has very recently taken unto him a wife, and is receiving hearty congratulations on all sides, to which is added those of the Democrat.

NEWS BRIEFS: More and more farmers every day are posting their farms, and the hunter’s field is constantly getting more restricted. Many farmers have had stock injured by hunters and others say that promiscuous shooting even endangers the members of their own families. Then there is the vicious hunter who will leave gates open or throw a rail off from a fence and never know or care whether it is put up, and through these exploits farmers also have fruit, chestnuts and other things stolen and as he pays the taxes and has his own living to make, it is his right to post his farm, if he chooses. Of course, there are a great many very gentlemanly hunters who only go out for pure, manly sport and are exceedingly careful to do no damage to one’s property - but then there are others who are not. ALSO The Philadelphia Athletics are champions of the world, and their victory is mainly due to the good management of Connie Mack. They won the title by defeating the Cubs, champions of the National League, four games out of five. The fourth game, which was a ten inning affair, the Cubs, led by their pitcher “King” Cole, and assisted by “Three Fingered Brown,” managed to squeeze a victory to their credit by the score of 4 to 3.

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

A few weeks ago, I had the privilege of speaking with some folks over in Rush Township about my experiences serving on the Interbranch Commission on Juvenile Justice and its investigation into the "Kids for Cash" scandal in Luzerne County. During the course of that talk, someone asked a terrific question: Where were the parents of all those juvenile offenders who were unfairly treated in Luzerne County. After all, we now know that half of the juveniles in Luzerne County appeared in court without an attorney to represent them. Instead, it was simply the child and his or her parents.

There is an old saying that a person who represents himself has a fool for a client. I think that this is a fair statement when dealing with adults, but with children it does not even begin to identify the folly of proceeding without legal representation. First, it is likely that they simply do not know any better and may be relying upon the advice of a parent to determine how to proceed. Likely, the parent does not know the first thing about the juvenile system, and these folks become easy prey for a corrupt and broken system of justice. An important and fundamental right guaranteed by the constitution was simply ignored.

I suspect that many parents had economic concerns about getting together the money to hire an attorney. They probably trusted the juvenile system to do the right thing for their child. We are taught from a very young age to respect and trust judges, and the parents expected integrity, fairness, compassion and justice to come from the bench. Other parents had said that they spoke with attorneys who told them point blank not to waste their money as there was little that an attorney could do in that courtroom. With this atmosphere, many parents probably went into court thinking they would have the chance to talk to the judge, show that their child was taking responsibility and seek guidance and assistance in getting their child back on the right track.

What they got was wholly different - and frankly unimaginable in many ways. They got a judge who had a "hard love" judicial philosophy that aimed at "scaring them straight." This judicial philosophy ran in direct contradiction to the purposes behind the Juvenile Act where the least restriction means of rehabilitation was mandated for a juvenile offender. In other words, the judge was simply ignoring the law for his own purposes. Based upon the federal indictments, this judicial philosophy was reinforced by the blood money being funneled to the judge to make certain that a local detention center had enough juvenile offenders in it.

But the problem for the parents is that they did not understand what was happening in that courtroom. First, they did not know the law, and they assumed that the judge was following the law. While they had a feeling in their hearts that what they witnessed was not right, they did not know with certainty that the law was not being followed. They did not have the training or the education. Second, the parents likely questioned their own reactions to the judge's actions as a result of the natural bias in favor of protecting their child. Third, even when they knew something was wrong, they did not know where to turn. Fourth, they may have been embarrassed by their child's actions and this might have caused them to avoid making things public. Fifth, the parents were less concerned with what the judge had done, and more concerned with trying to help their child. This would have meant traveling to placement facilities, writing letters and cards, getting money together for fines and costs, and doing anything else in their power to assist the juvenile.

Some parents did complain and some of those complaints ended up in articles in the local papers. Even when the media was shining a light into this darkness, nothing changed. The public never really questioned what was going on - and seemingly most people simply shrugged their shoulders. It did not impact them personally and no real momentum was gained despite the media crying about the injustices in the Luzerne County juvenile system. Even with the parents who tried to get help, there was none to be had.

So, when someone asked me about where were the parents, the only thing I can say is that they were there, front row witnesses to terrible injustices perpetrated on unrepresented (and represented) juveniles. The parents were there - with broken hearts and shattered dreams, shedding tears as they wondered where they went wrong and where the juvenile system went wrong. I suspect that most of them lost their faith in the system - and they certainly did not expect a crooked system to straighten itself.

When I speak with parents of teenagers, I try to stress to them that they should view the juvenile justice system as a tool - not an enemy. Hopefully, as a parent, you will never have to use it, but, if your child makes a mistake, then you should not be afraid to reach out to the juvenile justice system to help you rehabilitate your child. That is what it is there for - not retribution, not punishment - it is all about rehabilitation. When the parents and the system work together, the prospects for the juvenile offender are good. When the parents work against the system, positive end results are a little harder to achieve.

The problem in Luzerne County was not the parents - it was the system itself. The goal now should be to restore the public faith in the juvenile justice system so that we can begin working together to help those children who end up making poor decisions and taking the wrong path.

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. How does acupuncture work?

Studies show that stimulating “acupoints” causes multiple biologic responses. For example, this stimulation can prompt the release of the body's natural pain-killing endorphins.

By the 3rd century B.C., the Chinese had documented a medical system that is based on qi (pronounced “chee”), a concept of vital energy that is believed to flow throughout the body.

Qi is said to regulate a person's physical, spiritual, emotional and mental balance. Advocates of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), say qi is affected by yin (negative energy) and yang (positive energy). When the flow of qi is disrupted and yin and yang are unbalanced, the condition leads to pain and disease, according to TCM.

To correct the flow of qi, acupuncture uses superfine metal needles inserted into the skin at more than 2,000 acupoints along pathways known as “meridians.” It is believed that there are 12 main meridians and 8 secondary meridians. The points can also be stimulated with heated herbs, magnets, mild electrical current, manual pressure, low-frequency lasers, or even bee stings.

The World Health Organization recommends acupuncture for more than 40 conditions as diverse as asthma and nausea from chemotherapy.

Q. Any ideas about how to deal with motion sickness?

Motion sickness is caused by conflicting messages arriving at the central nervous system. For example, suppose you’re below deck in a storm. Your body is getting information that the boat is moving violently. But your eyes see the unmoving walls of your cabin. This is a common scenario for nausea and vomiting.

Here are some tips to avoid motion sickness:

Always ride where your eyes will see the same motion that your body senses. For example, sit in the front seat of the car and look out the windshield to distant scenery; don’t stare at the rapidly passing telephone poles outside the passenger window.

If you’re on a boat, go up on deck and watch the horizon.

On an airplane, sit by the window and look outside. Also, choose a seat over the wings where there is the least motion.

On a train, take a seat near the front and next to a window. Face forward.

Minimize head movement. Avoid strong odors and spicy or greasy foods. Don’t overeat. Don't smoke or sit near smokers. Take motion sickness medicine recommended by your physician.

Q. How can you tell if someone is an alcoholic?

Alcoholism is a disease with four primary symptoms: craving or compulsion to drink, the inability to limit drinking, high alcohol tolerance, and physical dependence.

The American Medical Association publishes the following list of physical symptoms to diagnose alcoholism. If an older person shows several symptoms, there is a high probability of alcoholism.

* Bruises, abrasions, and scars in locations that might suggest frequent falls, bumping into objects, physical altercations, or other violent behavior.

* Cigarette burns on the fingers.

* Flushed or florid faces.

* Jerky eye movement or loss of central vision.

* Damage to nerves causing numbness and tingling.

* Hypertension, particularly systolic (the first number).

* Gastrointestinal or other bleeding.

* Cirrhosis or other evidence of liver impairment, such as swelling in the lower extremities, and other signs of fluid retention.

* Psoriasis.

If you have a question, please write to

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Library Chitchat
By Flo Whittaker

It is definitely autumn. We can tell this not just because the leaves have fallen, but because we are being bombarded by unceasing political ads and the new television season is presenting a variety of new shows to capture our attention.

I, too, like to watch TV. There are many interesting, entertaining and informative programs on TV, but television programs have to be tailored to fit certain time slots and to allow for commercials. Since time is limited, content is also limited. If you want the “whole story,” don’t rely on the television.

Since I am an advocate for the library, I would propose that in order get the full picture of any situation, you need to explore the world of books and cultivate the love of books. History does not lend itself to the allotted minutes between television commercials. Just as an example, almost 150 years after the Civil War, historians are still writing books about its people and events.

Here are just of few of the interesting things happened that in the upcoming month of November you might want to read more about: the fall of the Berlin Wall, Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, King Tut’s tomb discovered, and the Lewis and Clark Expedition reached the Pacific Ocean.

The Susquehanna County Library’s purpose is not solely educational - it also seeks to be the source of hours of entertaining reading and viewing that fits within your budget. Make a trip to your nearest library a regular part of your schedule.

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Rock Doc
By Dr. E. Kirsten Peters

No Rock Doc This Week

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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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