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Adam Diaz Honored As Distinguished Citizen

Submitted By Jason Legg

Adam M. Diaz, of Montrose, is being honored as the 2019 Susquehanna County, Boy Scouts of America Distinguished Citizen. Adam is the President and Founder of The Diaz Companies, an eight-company conglomerate based in the Northern Tier of Pennsylvania. He is a distinguished Alumni of Keystone College and he has been featured in the New York Times and was the 2013 recipient of Governor Corbett's Impact Award as Entrepreneur of the Year.

Adam is the son of Maurice and Gwenn Diaz, of Harford. The family were local dairy farmers, which taught Adam the valuable lesson of hard work and dedication to what he believes, which has led him to a prosperous growth in his family and business that all support the local communities. Adam graduated from Mountain View High School in 1995 and Keystone College A.F.A. in 1997. He is married to Julie Diaz and they have four daughters, Alexis, Tayler, Katelyn, and Avery Diaz.

Adam began the organization in 2000 as a Pennsylvania Bluestone manufacturer and distributor with a handful of employees. Since that time, he has expanded his businesses to include land and property management, cabinet door manufacturing, forest products, waste disposal services, car wash/lube facilities, tri-axle services and a wide-range of ancillary services to the natural gas industry. He currently employees a workforce of over 250 people, consisting mostly of local area residents. He is actively involved in the daily operations of all companies and fiercely protects a well-earned reputation for producing quality products and providing excellent services.

With the emergence of the natural gas industry in Pennsylvania, Adam had the vision to see the opportunities, not only for his business, but also for the community. Through his involvement with numerous community organizations, he has helped create a landscape that will have an enduring, positive impact on the area that will last for generations to come.

Adam's successful collaboration with the gas industry has allowed him to serve as a bridge to the community. His success has been passed down into the local marketplace; to local area vendors and customers, to his employees and their families. He was a major contributor for the construction of a new medical center, Endless Mountains Health Systems in Montrose.

Adam also serves on the Executive Committee Board for Endless Mountain Health Systems along with various other community organizational boards in his spare time. Adam's contributions, personal and professional, have become essential to the lasting economic growth of the community.

Diaz Companies is founded on a unique culture that supports a presence of growth and possibility. Adam has been able to take this possibility and create something lasting and tangible. It is by way of this very possibility that he intends to perpetually transform the community around him.

A dinner in Adam Diaz's honor will be held Saturday, April 27, 2019 at the Elk Lake High School Gym with doors opening at 5:00pm and dinner beginning at 5:30pm. The cost per ticket is $45.00 with a full table option of $460.00 for eight people and a full-page advertisement in the evening's program. Co-Chairs for the Distinguished Citizen Award are Tom Chamberlain, of Hallstead and Dr. Alice Davis PHD, Executive Director of the Susquehanna County Career and Technology Center. All proceeds from the dinner will go to support local scouting. For more information please contact Joshua Hanes, at the Baden-Powell Council Service Center at 607-648-7888.

Baden-Powell Council provides leadership and character development programs to over 3,000 youth through more than 1,200 adult volunteers. The council serves young people throughout the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes Region serving six-counties: Broome, Tioga, Chenango, Cortland and Tompkins Counties of New York and Susquehanna County in Pennsylvania. To learn more about Scouting, please visit www.bpcouncil.org.

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Dennis Farm Shines At PA Farm Show

Denise Dennis, President and CEO of The Dennis Farm Charitable Land Trust, was invited by PA Agriculture Secretary Russell C. Redding to speak at the Public Officials Luncheon during the 103rd Pennsylvania Farm Show. Her presentation in Harrisburg touched on the environmental and cultural history of the 153-acre farm that was settled by her ancestors, free African Americans, over 220 years ago in Susquehanna County.

The 2019 Farm Show theme, "Inspiring Pennsylvania's Story," highlighted the history, present and future of the agricultural industry in the state. Ms. Dennis was able to present her family's unique history in the Commonwealth as free African Americans who settled in the Endless Mountains after the Revolutionary War in 1793, and whose direct descendants, the Dennis family, have retained stewardship of the farm property to the present day.

The Pennsylvania Farm Show is the oldest and largest indoor agricultural exposition in the nation, with nearly 6,000 animals, 10,000 competitive exhibits and 300 commercial exhibits every year. More than 600 invited guests attended the annual luncheon on Public Officials Day to network with agricultural industry leaders as well as local, regional and state officials.

Other presenters at the luncheon included Secretary Redding; Deputy Agriculture Secretary Cheryl Cook; Dr. David Wolfgang, Pennsylvania State Veterinarian; Dr. Steven Loerch, senior associate dean at Penn State College of Ag Sciences; Ken Kane, owner and president of Generations Forestry; and Hani White, co-founder of Feed the Barrel.

The purpose of The Dennis Farm Charitable Land Trust is to develop the farm into an educational and cultural site for scholars, researchers, educators and others interested in this extraordinary history. To learn more about The Dennis Farm, visit thedennisfarm.org.

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Area Students Can Compete In Contest

Area students in grades 7 to 12 can participate in The University of Scranton Earth Day Essay Contest. The contest is offered free of charge and this year's essay theme is "Caring for the Earth's Critters."

Essay submissions must be postmarked on or before April 1 and can be mailed to: The University of Scranton, Provost Office, 800 Linden Street, Scranton, PA 18510, Attn: Earth Day Essay Contest. Electronic submissions must be sent to: linda.walsh@scranton.edu on or before April 3.

Essay submissions will be showcased and contest winners announced at the Earth Day Evening of Environmental Science event on Thursday, April 11, 6 to 8pm in the Atrium of the Loyola Science Center. The event, which is free of charge and open to the public, will include refreshments and interactive science experiments and displays presented by University students.

Visit the University's website for submission rules and details at: https://www.scranton.edu/sustainability/docs/earth-week-2019/earth-day-essay-contest-guidelines-01-18-19.pdf; or call 570-941-7520.

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Women Helping Women Announces Grants

Submitted By Peter Quigg

Women Helping Women Fund of The Community Foundation of the Endless Mountains, a division of Commonwealth Charitable Management, Inc., is now accepting grant applications from local nonprofits that serve women and girls of the Endless Mountains.

Women Helping Women is searching for existing programs that serve one of their funding priorities: Promoting economic self-sufficiency; Education; Women's Health; Serving women and girls in crisis situations; Leadership.

Visit The Community Foundation's website for more information at: www.community-foundation.org.

The deadline to submit grant applications is April 15.

Grant awards will be distributed at our annual Mother's Day Brunch on Saturday, May 4, 2019, 10:30 to noon, at the Community Foundation of the Endless Mountains.

RSVP by April 26 if you will be attending the brunch. Reservations can be made by calling 570-278-3800; or by e-mail: info@community-foundation.org.

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Virtual Walking PA Tour Planned

Penn State Extension will be virtually walking for the sixth year through April and May – this time learning about the Natural Wonders of Pennsylvania. Everybody Walk Across PA is a great program for worksites, schools, community groups and more.

Gather your family, friends, or co-workers to form a team of up to five. Even your dog can be a member of your team. Team members will try and walk or exercise an average of 15 miles per week, for a total of eight weeks. Walk with your team or on your own, at a time and place convenient for you – virtually visit a different spectacular natural wonder each week. Team captains will be required to report the total number of miles walked each week.

Through weekly newsletters with web-links, photos, and stories, explore some of the beautiful and interesting natural wonders across the state of Pennsylvania. Newsletters will also include motivators to keep walking and strategies for eating healthy - so, everyone can keep moving towards a healthier lifestyle.

Moderate activity, such as walking, reduces stress and fatigue and increases mental alertness. It improves cardiovascular functioning and strengthens bones. Combined with healthy eating, it can help to reduce or maintain body weight and decrease incidence of certain chronic diseases.

Spring is a great time to get outside and be more active. Penn State Extension's eight week walking program can help turn behaviors into healthy habits. Take the first step and join Everybody Walk Across PA. Individuals with all levels of physical ability are encouraged to participate.

The program will run April 1, 2019 through May 26, 2019. It's free but registration is required by April 1. For more information or to register, visit extension.psu.edu/everybody-walk or contact Karen Bracey at 570-836-3196 or kbracey@psu.edu.

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EVPA Issues Charter School Report

Education Voters of PA, a nonpartisan, nonprofit, statewide public education advocacy organization, issued a report that finds cyber charter school funding reform in Harrisburg would eliminate wasteful spending and save more than $1,523,169 in taxpayer money in Susquehanna County.

Cyber charter schools are privately-operated, publicly funded schools that educate students at home on a computer. In Pennsylvania they are authorized by the state and paid for by school districts, which are mandated by law to pay tuition for each student who lives in the district and attends a cyber school.

Cyber charter schools have materially lower costs than either traditional public schools or brick and mortar charter schools. They have a higher student to teacher ratio than district schools and frequently use recorded programs that can be re-used in many classes or for students individually. Infrastructure is greatly reduced. In spite of this different cost structure, the state bases tuition on the cost of educating a child in the school district buildings and not on the actual cost of providing a cyber education.

State-mandated tuition rates for cyber charter schools range from $7,300 to more than $40,000 per student per year. In 2016-2017, cyber charter school tuition bills statewide totaled more than $463 million. Education Voters of PA's report finds that basing cyber school tuition on what it costs school districts to provide a full-time cyber education, $5,000 per student per year or less for a regular education student and basing tuition for special education students on the special education funding formula, would save more than $250 million annually statewide.

"Cyber charter school tuition bills harm both taxpayers and students who remain in district schools," explained Susan Spicka, executive director of Education Voters of PA. "When a student and his tuition go to a cyber charter school, not all of the student's cost leaves the district school. For example, the school district doesn't pay less for heat or for maintaining buildings and grounds when some students leave the district. When a handful of students in each grade leave, the district can't cut teachers to reduce costs without significantly raising class sizes or eliminating courses. As a result, school districts are often forced to raise property taxes, increase class sizes, or cut educational programs in order to pay cyber school tuition bills."

"If cyber charter schools improved student educational outcomes in Pennsylvania, an argument might be made to justify paying them a premium above what it costs them to educate children," Spicka continued. "Regrettably, this is not the case. Pennsylvania's cyber charter schools are notorious for poor academic performance."

Data from the Pennsylvania Department of Education shows that not one of Pennsylvania's cyber charter schools achieved a passing School Performance Profile score of 70 in any of the five years the SPP was in effect, and in 2017-2018, most were designated by PDE as among the bottom 5% of performers in the state. In addition, cyber charter school graduation rates are consistently and substantially below state averages.

The current funding system has also created significant opportunities for tax dollars that are intended to be spent educating children to be spent on other things.

"Pennsylvanians are paying higher property taxes in order to fund million-dollar cyber charter school advertising campaigns, giveaways of expensive equipment to cyber students, and inflated prices charged by private management companies," said Spicka. "This is unacceptable. Every year school districts struggle to balance their budgets because state funding comes up short. The time has come for lawmakers reform Pennsylvania's charter school law so that school district payments to cyber charter schools match the actual cost of educating a child at home on a computer. This will help control property taxes and keep school funding in local public schools instead of driving it into individuals' private pockets."

Those interested in reading the full report or learning how much each school district would save under this plan should visit www.EducationVotersPA.org or email edvoters@educationvoterspa.org.

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Courthouse Report

Bench Warrants

The Susquehanna County DOMESTIC RELATIONS Section has outstanding BENCH WARRANT'S for the following individuals as of 10:37am on March 15, 2019: Antonio L. Alcantara, Brett F. Barnes, Amanda C. Bedell, Adam Bohn, James L. Bradley, Ryan T. Brooks, Brandon J. Cicon, Christopher J. Clark, Ward Deska, Nathasha Everett, Jeremy W. Hall, Carrie Hiemenz, Robert W. Hobbs, Timothy M. Holmes, Tara M. Humphry, Jean M. Larson, Jessica Lobdell, John R. Martin IV, David N. Miller, Robert A. Muzzy, Vincent J. Petriello, Scott E. Roth, Bruce A. Schurr, Desiree L. Shifler, Jerome W. Slick, Robert Staff, Jason Traver, Jesse L. Trusky, Charles Vanwinkle, Jr., William R. Wayman, Jr., Thomas Whipple, Jr. Please contact the Domestic Relations Section at 570-278-4600 ext. 4050 with any information on the location of these individuals.

Deeds

Mineral & Royalty: Trinity Bay Energy LP to Cascade Energy LP for $10.00 in Auburn Township.

Hazen, John W (Estate) to Noldy, Derek C for $153,700.00 in Lathrop Township.

Graziano, William J and Graziano, Michelle R to Griffiths, Lora and Beach, Eric Tyler and Griffiths, Kevin M for $133,000.00 in Harford Township.

Oil and Gas Mineral Deed: Robinson, Richard J to Willow Dale LLC for $1.00 in Springville Township.

Kinnier, Frank A and Kinnier, Janet L to Davis, Alice M for $97,500.00 in Dimock Township.

Guenter, Janet to Davis, Alice M for $132,000.00 in Springville Township.

Frederici, Wayne R to Anthony, Daniel and Anthony, Linda for $5,000.00 in Harford Township.

Kozlevcar, Geraldine M (Estate AKA) and Kozlevcar, Geraldine (Estate) and Forsette, Karen and Kozlevcar, Frank M to Kozlevcar, Frank M and Forsette, Karen for $1.00 in Forest City.

Hickok, Donald E and Hickok, Ruth A to Detwiler, Lorrie A and Detwiler, Michael D for $1.00 in Jackson Township.

D'Angelo, Cecelia T (Estate) to Brewer, Sean P and Brewer, Kimber L for $124,500.00 in Forest Lake Township.

Mineral Deed: Knight, Danny G and Knight, Judy to Knight, Jessica L (NBM) and Welch, Jessica L for $1.00 in Bridgewater Township.

Peckins, Matthew S and Peckins, Nadine K to South Gibson Cemetery Association for $38,000.00 in Gibson Township.

Phelps, Dennis E and Fox, Patricia J to Alberston, James and Alberston, Marcia P and Alberston, Ryan for $150,000.00 in Lathrop Township.

Woods, Waldo M to Woods, Dana for $1.00 in Bridgewater Township.

Jurco, Richard Dennis (AKA Estate) and Jurco, Richard (Estate) to Jurco, Karen Lynn for $1.00 in Lenox Township.

Kilmer, Jeffrey to Kilmer, Jeffrey and Kilmer, Diane for $1.00 in Harford Township.

Kilmer, Jeffrey to Kilmer, Jeffrey and Kilmer, Diane for $1.00 in Liberty Township.

Kilmer, Jeffrey to Kilmer, Jeffrey and Kilmer, Diane for $1.00 in Liberty Township.

Kilmer, Jeffrey to Kilmer, Jeffrey and Kilmer, Diane for $1.00 in Apolacon Township.

Kilmer, Jeffrey to Kilmer, Jeffrey and Kilmer, Diane for $1.00 in New Milford Borough.

Zrowka, Ronald and Zrowka, Annette L to Zrowka, Ronald for $1.00 in Clifford Township.

Zrowka, Ronald and Zrowka, Annette L to Zrowka, Ronald for $1.00 in Clifford Township.

Oil Gas & Mineral Deed: Grover, Dale and Grover, Deborah and Grover, Timothy and Grover, Nicole to Cavallo Mineral Partners LLC for $1.00 in Rush Township.

Geiger, Lynne B to Lobdell, Bambi Lyn for $50,000.00 in Franklin Township.

Davenport, Harold to McElroy, Bruce R and Holtsmaster, Rosilene for $154,000.00 in Harford Township.

Corrective Deed: Jennings, David L (Estate) and Jennings, Rita M (Estate) to Klim, Amy J and Raub, Jessica L and Rollison, Stacy A for $1.00 in Harford Township.

JPF Resources LLC to NEP Sno Trails Inc for $115,000.00 in Forest City 2W.

Wallace, Chad D to Wallace, Chad D and Wallace, Kim L for $0.00 in Jackson Township.

Graham, Jane R to Sheare, Sean and Sheare, Tara for $90,000.00 in Clifford Township.

Nelson, Michael R (Trustee) to Nelson, Michael R and Nelson, Linda B for $1.00, two locations in Ararat Township.

Armstrong, Dorothy M to Armstrong, Jeffrey K and Armstrong, Jeanne M for $1.00 in Great Bend Township.

O'Brien, Philip to O'Brien, Teslee for $1.00 in Forest Lake Township.

Burts, Leon H and Burts, Marsha to Burts, Leon H and Burts, Marsha and Burts, Charles P for $1.00 in Forest Lake Township.

Burts, Leon H and Burts, Marsha to Burts, Leon H and Burts, Marsha and Burts, Charles P for $1.00 in Forest Lake Township.

Quit Claim Deed: Robinson, Patricia and Robinson, William to Osborn, Elizabeth Ann and Kracke, Flora for $1.00 in Clifford Township.

Comly, Jeanne M to Stauffer, Jeffery T for $18,000.00 in Springville Township.

Anderson, Raymond A and Anderson, Holly J to UGI Energy Services LLC for $10.00 in Auburn Township.

Quit Claim Deed: Komoroski, Joseph S (Trustee) and Komoroski, Barbara G (Trustee) to Joseph S Komoroski Revocable Trust and Barbara G Komoroski Revocable Trust for $1.00 in Thompson Township.

Knight, Marion to Cosklo, Kevin E and Cosklo, Tiffany M and PNC Bank for $445,000.00, two locations in Clifford Township.

Weber, Randolph L C and Weber, Cynthia S and Kelly, Patricia and Kelly, Michael to 5GK LLC for $6,250.00 in Great Bend Township.

Executors Deed: Angler, Deborah (Estate) to Angler, Robert for $1.00 in Herrick Township.

Mineral Deed: Gardoski, James J to Gardoski, James J and Gardoski, Linda for $1.00 in Brooklyn Township.

Nanton, Julian A (Estate) to Reddon, Robert P and Reddon, Casi for $135,000.00 in Harmony Township.

Spence, Karen to Spence, David for $1.00 in Bridgewater Township.

Laurie Family Trust (By Trustee) to Wodock, Christopher J and Wodock, Kera C for $265,000.00 in Harford Township.

Freeman, Michael L and Freeman, Grace Ann to Frost, Daniel J for $185,000.00 in Brooklyn Township.

McCormick, Marco K to Yoselovsky, Martin A and Yoselovsky, David M for $27,333.33 in Susquehanna.

Perrington, Andrew and Perrington, Rebecca to Howell, George Dale for $20,000.00 in Oakland Borough.

Levene, Louis S to Levene, Louis S (Trust) and Levene, Elyse Biedner (Trust) for $0.00 in Silver Lake Township.

Krager, Stephen K (Estate) to Krager, Matthew S for $1.00 in Apolacon Township.

Atticks, Robert C Sr (Estate) to Proof, Jerry for $74,226.00 in Montrose.

Knopick, Lucy Beverly to Myers, Luann A and Myers, Darren P for $1.00 in Franklin Township.

Welch, Carolyn E (Estate) and Welch, Michael P and Welch, Sarah to MacNamee, Steven $34,900.00 in Susquehanna.

Scwartz, Stacy to Gell, Thomas and Gell, Mary for $120,000.00 in Silver Lake Township.

Kairis, John and Kairis, Gertrude to Macaluso, Seth J and Macaluso, Heather A for $120,000.00 in Middletown Township.

Folger, William E and Folger, Tina M to Gardner, Harry E and Gardner, Julia A and Tyler, Brian G and Tyler, Nancy L and Tingley, Kevin for $25,000.00 in New Milford Township.

Fiondi Inc and Powers, Mark and Powers, Ronald J to Pennsy Supply Inc $350,000.00, three locations in Middletown Township.

Powers, Mark and Powers, Ronald J to Pennsy Supply Inc for $275,000.00 in Bridgewater Township.

Quit Claim Deed: Misa, Susan E to Ross, Jason for $12,000.00 in Lathrop Township.

Warranty Deed: Entenmann, Helene to Velasquez, Pedro and Gopar, Virginia for $89,000.00 in Auburn Township.

Marcinkus, Michael W and Marcinkus, Gwendolyn R to Bowers, Bryan for $65,000.00 in Susquehanna.

Chestnut, Kristina (AKA) and Chestnut, Kristina M and Chestnut, Cody to Kurz, Elise for $75,000.00 in Hop Bottom Borough.

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