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Blueberry Festival Drop Off Dates

Submitted by Cindy Reynolds

The 2024 Blueberry Festival has been in the planning stages for months! Be sure you have August 2nd and 3rd marked on your calendars. Every year we add new, interesting and fun things for families to enjoy. This year is no exception.

We know many of you look forward to donating to the White Elephant sale each year. It's a great opportunity to clear out unused items that have been lying around the house or hidden in closets, as well as helping the library to raise money.

Drop off dates for the White Elephant sale are coming up fast. Here are the guidelines for donations as well as the location and drop off dates: no clothing/books/large furniture/electronics/bed linens and baby items; only clean working small appliances such as toasters/irons/microwaves and such; any jewelry should be in a closed container; children's toys or stuffed animals should be clean and in decent condition; do not drop off any items anytime other than the scheduled days.

The drop off location has changed to 440 South Main Street, Montrose in the house next to JD&E hair salon.

The drop off dates are as follows: June 18th, June 20th, June 22nd, June 25th, June 27th, July 2nd, July 9th, July 11th, July 16th, July 18th.

An interesting fact that much of the public is unaware of is the library receives funds from Sate, and County tax dollars but these funds only cover roughly 50% of what is needed to keep our libraries' doors open. The other 50% must be covered by fund raising.

So, every time you come to the Blueberry Festival, donate an item to the White Elephant sale, buy a tee shirt or other commemorative item while knowing all proceeds benefit the Susquehanna, Hallstead-Great Bend, Forest City and Montrose branches, as well as the Historical Society Museum in Montrose, an Outreach Services Department and a genealogical research center.

We look forward to seeing you at the festival!

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June Is Dairy Month Starts With A Bang

Submitted by Maria Klim, Susquehanna County Dairy Maid

We started Dairy Month off with a bang by serving ice cream at the New Milford Mid-Town Festival. Dairy Maid Maria Klim and Dairy Maid Willow Borove helped scoop ice cream at the festival. We scooped ice cream at the Old Mill Village tent, as a fundraiser for Old Mill Village.

We also handed out "The Milk Story" coloring books, Dairy Princess Recipe Books and bracelets for kids and adults. Everyone enjoyed their ice cream sundaes and root beer floats while enjoying the beautiful weather we were having.

Did you know it takes 3 gallons of milk to make 1 gallon of ice cream?

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HNB Donates To Susky High School

The Honesdale National Bank has recently made a $5,000 contribution to the Susquehanna Community School District via Commonwealth Charitable Management, Inc. through the Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program. The funds will go towards financial education programs in the school district.

HNB President & CEO, Thomas E. Sheridan Jr., stated, "We are happy to support the Susquehanna Community School District as they enhance their educational programs." He continued, "The best way to get our future generations prepared for the next step in life is providing access to critical financial lessons and resources."

The mission of the Susquehanna Community School District is to nurture an educational environment that will develop life-long learners who will be successful participants in an ever-changing world. Commonwealth Charitable Management, Inc. has been administering EITC since 2003. They have over a decade of experience and have provided millions of dollars in funding to support thousands of students.

The Honesdale National Bank, established in 1836, holds the distinction of being the area's oldest independent community bank headquartered in Northeastern PA, with offices in Wayne, Pike, Susquehanna, Lackawanna, and Luzerne Counties. The Honesdale National Bank offers personal banking, business banking and wealth solutions. HNB is a Member FDIC and Equal Housing Lender with NMLS ID # 446237.

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MIP Hosts First Manufacturers Meet

Submitted by Lyndsay Coleman

On Thursday, April 25th, the Manufacturing Industry Partnership (MIP) held its first meeting with various manufacturers from Bradford, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Tioga and Wyoming counties in attendance. The Northern Tier Workforce Development Board was awarded a manufacturing industry partnership grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry. This grant provides an opportunity to bring manufacturing leaders together, to tackle some of the pressing challenges facing the industry.

With Northeastern Pennsylvania Industrial Resource Center's (NEPIRC's) President and CEO, Eric Esoda leading the collaboration, participants discussed the manufacturing landscape in the Northern Tier and issues that this group want to prioritize their discussions around in the future. At the forefront of these priorities were workforce attraction and retention, fostering awareness among our youth, non-traditional candidates, expanding training opportunities and how manufacturers adjust to the changing workforce.

The Manufacturing Industry Partnership will meet quarterly, with the next meeting set for July 25, 2024. For more information or to be added to the distribution list for the partnership, please contact Melissa Fleming, Workforce Director, at fleming@northerntier.org.

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Donors Needed For Red Cross Supply

As World Blood Donor Day approaches on June 14, the American Red Cross stresses that blood and platelet donors are critically needed right now to combat a drastic shortfall in donations over the last several weeks. Donors of all blood types are needed, especially those with type O blood and donors giving platelets.

Record-breaking summer travel and severe weather conditions are expected to persist all season long, which may prevent donors from being able to give. When fewer people donate, less blood is available for hospital patients. Make a blood or platelet donation a priority this summer. Book a time to give now by visiting RedCrossBlood.org, calling 1-800-RED-CROSS or by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App.

June 14 is World Blood Donor Day, a day meant to raise awareness of the need for a safe, diverse and stable blood supply, and to recognize volunteer blood donors. This is the perfect time to give, especially for those who haven't given in a while, or who have never given before.

Those who come to give June 10-30, 2024, will get a $15 e-gift card to a merchant of choice. See RedCrossBlood.org/DoGood for details.

Local upcoming blood donation opportunities are as follows: June 14, from 1:00pm - 6:00pm, Browndale Fire Station, 620 Marion Street, Browndale; June 19, from 2:00pm - 6:00pm, Harford Volunteer Fire Company, Fair Hill Road, Harford.

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Frontier Settlement Earns PUC Approval

The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) has given final approval to a settlement aimed at addressing long-standing service issues with Frontier Commonwealth, according to a half dozen lawmakers who have been advocating for affected consumers.

The settlement was negotiated in response to a formal complaint filed by the Pennsylvania Office of Consumer Advocate (OCA) and Office of Small Business Advocate (OSBA) against Frontier last year for its failure to provide reliable service to residential and business customers.

Republican Leader Bryan Cutler (R-Lancaster) and Reps. Tina Pickett (R-Bradford/Wyoming), Clint Owlett (R-Tioga/Bradford), Martin Causer (R-Cameron/McKean/Potter), Jonathan Fritz (R-Susquehanna/Wayne) and Joe Hamm (R-Lycoming/Sullivan) represent thousands of residents and businesses that receive telephone and/or internet services from Frontier     and applaud the decision.

They offered the following statement:

"For years, Frontier customers have dealt with horrible customer service as well as frequent and sometimes lengthy service outages that were, at best, inconvenient and, at worst, a threat to public health and safety. We are very glad to see Frontier finally being held accountable for its failures. While it never should have gotten to this point, we applaud the consumers who spoke up to share their experiences and thank the OCA and OSBA for taking their complaints seriously and pursuing this case on their behalf," they said.

"We are encouraged by the elements of the settlement that force Frontier to address system maintenance issues, including long-neglected wire centers and remote terminal batteries that help ensure continued service, as well customer service concerns, including staffing levels and a new consumer hotline. These are the sorts of steps needed to help ensure customers of Frontier Commonwealth get the kind of service they need and deserve well into the future," they added.

"I am pleased with the commission's actions to approve the settlement, which brings much-needed relief to customers in terms of more than $100 million in capital spending, customer refunds and accountability. While no settlement achieves all the goals, this is a good settlement for Pennsylvania consumers in the Northern Tier," said Pennsylvania Consumer Advocate Patrick Cicero. "I am grateful for the cooperation and support that my office received in this case from the state representatives. They were champions of their constituents, and this case was a success because of their support."

"I applaud the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission, as well as our state legislators, in recognizing the necessity of small businesses having phone and internet services to conduct business," said NazAarah Sabree, Pennsylvania Small Business Advocate. "Any delay in service equates to a loss of revenue. Our primary mission is to represent the interests of small businesses across the Commonwealth. With this settlement approval, Frontier's commercial consumers will not only receive compensation for past service outages and a rate cap on future charges, but also have the security needed when conducting business going forward."

Under the terms of the settlement, customers may be eligible for credits, refunds and other remedies based on certain past or future issues with their telephone or internet services. Frontier will be required to invest in excess of $100 million in capital expenditures in its service territory, address staffing concerns in the Northern Tier region, and identify and invest in the most troublesome wire centers.

Additional requirements of the settlement include publicizing the company's medical certification process; accounting for its batteries in remote terminals; developing and filing a maintenance plan to address plant issues; reporting metrics and data related to service quality, including triggers for additional spending to meet benchmarks; providing a rate cap to small business customers; and establishing a consumer hotline.

For more information, read the news release from the PUC at: https://tinyurl.com/5n7ycu5a.

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Master Gardeners Love Pollinators

Visit the Penn State Extension Master Gardeners of Susquehanna County during National Pollinator Week to celebrate the vital role pollinators play in our ecosystem and agriculture. On Thursday, June 20, Master Gardeners will share information on creating pollinator-friendly gardens at the Educational Demonstration Garden located at the Extension office at 88 Chenango Street in Montrose. Drop-in between 10:00am and 12:00pm to tour the garden and learn why pollinators are important, the benefit of native plants to pollinators, and how to incorporate native plants and shrubs into home landscape designs. Take home garden design templates, native plant profiles and complimentary pollinator-friendly flower seeds. Master Gardeners will be on hand to help answer your home gardening questions. This program is free, open to the public and family-friendly; registration is not required. The program may be canceled in the event of inclement weather.

Interested in becoming a Certified Master Gardener volunteer? Applications are currently being accepted for the next Master Gardener Basic Training course beginning in October. For additional information, contact Melissa Wright, Master Gardener Coordinator, at 570-666-9003 or mbw5781@psu.edu.

Penn State Extension Susquehanna County is located at 88 Chenango Street, Montrose, PA 18801.

Penn State is committed to affirmative action, equal opportunity, and the diversity of its workforce.

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Courthouse Report

The Susquehanna County DOMESTIC RELATIONS Section has outstanding BENCH WARRANTS for the following individuals as of 8:36am on June 7, 2024. Jeremy W. Hall, Charles M. Lynady III, Matthew M. Morley, Charles VanWinkle JR, Matthew A. Williams. Please contact the Domestic Relations Section at 570-278-4600 ext. 4050 with any information on the location of these individuals.

DEEDS as of 06-12-24

Quit Claim: Beaudry, Rose M (Estate) to Beaudry, Michael Martin and Wollman, Michelle Beaudry for $10.00 in Clifford Township.

Special Warranty: Beaudry, Rose M (Estate AKA) and Beaudry, Rose W (Estate) to Beaudry, Michael Martin and Wollman, Michelle Beaudry for $10.00 in Herrick Township.

Stanley, James L and Kowalewski, John J (Estate) and Get Away Properties LLC (AKA) and Get Away Property LLC and Klempel, Lori A to Get Away Property LLC for $1.00 in New Milford Township.

Stanley, James L and Kowalewski, John J (Estate) and Get Away Properties LLC (AKA) and Get Away Property LLC and Klempel, Lori A to Get Away Property LLC for $1.00 in New Milford Township.

Jones, David A (Trust By Trustee) to Jones, Sandra M for $1.00 in Clifford Township.

Drab, Walter and Drab, Eileen to Drab, Walter II for $1.00 in Middletown Township.

Torres, Jeffrey M and Torres, Rebecca to Torres, Rebecca for $1.00 in Gibson Township.

Torres, Jeffrey M and Torres, Rebecca to Torres, Rebecca for $1.00 in Gibson Township.

Phillips, Jaqueline M to Speirs, Alecia Sharon for $144,000.00 in Harford Township.

Ford, Michael III and Ford, Mary Darlene to Ford, Michael IV and Ford, Lindsey for $1.00 in Lenox Township.

Norton, Nevin A to Norton, Nevin A for $1.00 in Springville Township.

Kojs, Miroslav to Ford, Bradley for $150,500.00 in Forest City.

Ellis, Richard M to Ellis, Amy N for $1.00 in Silver Lake Township.

Hudock, Diane to Hester, Michael L for $1.00 in Silver Lake Township.

York, David to Trehab Associates Inc for $30,000.00 in Susquehanna.

Glover, Jean H to McCain, Barbara J for $1.00 in New Milford Township.

Quinn, John J to Quinn, John J for $1.00 in Choconut Township.

Dooley, R Thomas (Trust By Trustees) and Dooley, Anne M (Trust By Trustee) to Dooley, R Thomas and Dooley, Anne M for $1.00 in Jackson Township.

Snyder, Mary E to King Hill LLC for $1.00 in New Milford Township.

McCauley, Corey R and McCauley, Arlena N to BGRS Relocation Inc for $335,000.00 in Auburn Township.

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