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Symphony Society Plans '22-'23 Season

Submitted by Charles Cesaretti

The board of the Susquehanna Symphony Society (SSS) has begun the planning for it's 2022-23 season. The first concert will be held on Friday, November 11, 7:00pm, at St. Paul's Church, Montrose.

The Northeastern Pennsylvania Chamber Music Society will present a program of music for oboe and strings. $10 admission, children and students under one year old are free.

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Students Experience Bees and Bottle Feeding

Submitted by Debra Tierney

Chock full of field trips to farms, hands-on activities with crops and animals, leadership activities, and plenty of delicious farm fresh food, Northern Tier Industry and Education Consortium's (NTIEC) most recent agriculture career summer experience was a blast. Earlier this summer, 12 students from five schools in NEPA gathered at Brown Hill Farms in Tunkhannock to learn about the many opportunities and career options in agriculture. The week-long experience was packed full of field trips and leadership workshops to not only give the students an immersive experience in the work lives of those in agriculture, but to build the communication and leadership skills necessary to succeed in any career! The students started out the week by meeting the owners of Brown Hill Farms, representatives from the PA Farm Bureau and the Wyoming County 4-H. The 4-H walked the group through leadership and communication ice breakers and workshops.

On Tuesday, the group jumped right into action with Dr. Maral of North Winds Veterinary Services. Dr. Maral spoke to the students about careers in veterinary medicine and specializing in large animal healthcare. The students then travelled to Milnes Breeding Facility in Tunkhannock where they were able to learn about horse breeding, monitoring health, ultrasound technology, and even learned about acupuncture and chiropractic treatments on large animals (plus some one-on-one time with a baby mule named Fireball).

On Wednesday, the students armored up in bee keeper suites and befriended the buzzing bees at Henningstead Holstein Organic Farm, where they were able to bottle and sample organic honey, among the many other sweet treats on the Henninsgtead farm. The students spent the rest of the day at Henningstead, where they learned all the ins-and-outs of animal care, farm equipment care, and what it means to be an organic farm.

The students started out their day on Thursday at Ross Feed Mill in Hop Bottom, where they learned how various blends of animal feed are made, and finished their day at Mud Pond Farm in Dalton, where they learned about one of the final steps in animal care: meat processing.

To wrap up their eventful week, the students spent the day on Friday at Brown Hill Farms learning about drone use on large farms, agritourism, hypertufa pot making, and ended the week on the cutest note ever: bottle feeding a baby goat named Orphan Annie!

The students noted in their reflections of the experience that their favorite parts were the personal connections made with the farm owners and guest speakers, the hand-on activities, and learning about niche careers and jobs in agriculture, like chiropractic treatments for animals, drone flying, and agritourism. In a reflection of the camp, one student also said "This program made an impact on me by really opening my eyes to all of the jobs that are available in the (agriculture) industry. I didn't realize how many jobs it took to run a farm."

It is NTIEC's goal to prepare the future generation for their careers and is extremely happy that students were able to take away valuable skills and knowledge from the Agriculture & Leadership Career.

Experience Summer program. For more information on NTIEC's programs, please call 570 278-5038 or email

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Energy Educators Meet In Summit

Since the merger of Cabot and Cimarex, Coterra Energy has found itself in a great position to assess the varying approaches to educating tomorrow's workforce in our PNG plays in New Mexico, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania and Texas. Bill desRosiers, Coterra's government affairs manager from Pennsylvania has spent time in the Midwest learning about operations in the Permian and Anadarko basins and meeting with educators there. And, recently, four strategic associates from Texas, New Mexico and Oklahoma traveled to northeast Pennsylvania for an Energy Education Summit in the Marcellus shale.

Participants in the two-day event represented the Oklahoma Energy Resources Board (OERB), Education Partnership of the Permian Basin (EPPB), American Petroleum Institute (API) New Mexico, Lackawanna College School of Petroleum & Natural Gas (LC PNG), Northern Tier Industry Education Consortium (NTIEC), Susquehanna County Career & Technology Center (SCCTC), and Commonwealth Charitable Management.

Key topics included Coterra's use of Education Improvement Tax Credits (EITC) in Pennsylvania to fund career and technical scholarships, deployment of the Mobile Oilfield Learning Unit (MOLU) to area schools, expansion of dual-enrollment options, and creating new pathways and partnerships with institutes of higher learning like SCCTC and LC PNG.

"The Education Partnership of the Permian Basin, serves as the regional intermediary or backbone entity aligning opportunities and resources from cradle to career, primarily in our education systems in the Permian Basin," noted Becca Myers, strategic initiatives and collaboration coordinator for the organizations. "One of our main initiatives on the career-end of that spectrum is to help align K-12, higher education, and industry partners so that more students are entering the workforce prepared for their career."

In addition to LC PNG, participants visited a Coterra drilling and production site, the SCCTC outdoor welding lab and the Center's CDL Training Center. Later, Coterra hosted a networking event at the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton RailRiders' stadium, to which a number of other economic development partners and education partners were invited to meet and talk with those who had participated in the Summit.

"We had a lovely time learning, collaborating, and sharing knowledge," said Fayth Franzoy, associate director of public affairs for API New Mexico.

"The Summit was an excellent opportunity to learn from other industry groups about how they are supporting workforce development," added Lisa Schwartz, OERB education director. "Investing in the next generation of our workforce is one of the OERB's core missions."

A common theme among Summit participants was the importance of both community and industry support for career-based education. But the visits to SCCTC and LC PNG were eye-opening for some of the participants.

"One thing our region has not been able to figure out yet is the hands-on industry partner engagement directly with students," Becca Myers remarked. "We have all the pieces right in our backyard, and being able to experience and meet people making it possible in Pennsylvania was exciting and inspiring."

"Each of the operational areas for Coterra have different challenges related to education and workforce deployments," Bill desRosiers offered. "I've spent the last six months learning of these challenges and, through working with this team from across the country, we are finding opportunities."

The underlying strategy of focusing on career and technical education as a feeder to the energy industry's workforce is the key focal point among Summit participants right now. The support of this in each area will be different but equally impactful once they get some new initiatives in motion.

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Blood Donation Sites Available

On the first day of fall, the American Red Cross is asking the public to start the season off with a lifesaving blood or platelet donation. While the leaves turn, the need for blood never changes. Those who give this fall play an important role in keeping the blood supply high enough to help patients counting on blood products for care, especially ahead of the busy holiday season. Book a time to give blood or platelets by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting or by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

As a thank-you, the Red Cross is offering these exciting opportunities for donors:

  • All who come to give through Sept. 30 will be automatically entered for a chance to win a VIP NASCAR racing experience, including two tickets to a 2023 Sport Clips Haircuts-sponsored race of the winner's choice, round-trip airfare for two, up to a three-night hotel stay, and entry to a Sport Clips racetrack hospitality tent, if available, plus a $750 gift card, thanks to Sport Clips.

  • All those who come to give at drive in the region through Sept. 30 will automatically be entered for a chance to win a $500 gas card.

  • Those who come to give in September will also receive a coupon for a free haircut by email, also thanks to Sport Clips. Details are available at

  • All who come to give Oct. 1-31, 2022, will receive a $5 e-Gift Card by email to a merchant of choice.

Local upcoming blood donation opportunities are as follows: October 5, from 1:00pm - 6:00pm, at the Harford Volunteer Fire Company, Fair Hill Road, Harford; October 11, from 1:00pm - 6:00pm, at Bridgewater Montrose, 10142 State Route 167, Montrose.

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Experts Offer Tips For Fall Foliage

Highlighting some of the world's most beautiful and diverse fall foliage, the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) again is making its experts available to serve as regional advisers, offering tips and resources to help residents and visitors experience a colorful autumn in a variety of ways across the commonwealth.

Beginning September 29, weekly fall foliage reports can be found online on the DCNR website. The report will be updated every Thursday. Fall foliage typically peaks for several weeks throughout October across Pennsylvania. Visitors can get suggestions about the best spots to view fall foliage on the Penn's Woods Fall Foliage story map and on the Pennsylvania Tourism Office website.

"Each year we are blessed with the opportunity to view some of the world's most beautiful fall foliage here in the commonwealth," DCNR Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn said. "It is important to remember that Pennsylvania is a large state with more than 130 native tree species. This gives residents and tourists plentiful opportunities to see a wide array of colors, ensuring every autumn.

Dunn encouraged foliage viewers to check out one of DCNR's 121 state parks and more than 2.2 million acres of state forestland for some of the best views, recreation trails and park experiences. State foresters and park personnel are also available to recommend the best times and locations to experience the beautiful vistas of the season.

Pennsylvania also boasts an abundance of great festivals, pick-your-own farms, and unrivaled haunted attractions that make the state the obvious choice for autumn, to pair with fall foliage viewing. These tourist activities help fuel Pennsylvania's economy, with approximately 200 million travelers injecting about $45 billion into Pennsylvania's economy. Tourism generates more than $5 billion in tax revenues and is responsible for more than 500,000 jobs related to or benefitting from tourism.

Regional forestry experts can discuss the physiology of fall foliage color, as well as the projected outlook for fall foliage in their region of Pennsylvania.

For fall-inspired festivals and experiences, go to or follow Visit PA on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest. Pursue your happiness and join the conversation using the hashtag #FallinPA.

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Outdoor Action Team September Meeting

Submitted by Juliann Doyle

The Outdoor Town Action Team (FCOTAT) met on September 1, 2022 at Elegante's Restaurant and Pizzeria, Forest City. During the year-long Outdoor Town program, the FCOTAT established 8 Goals, also known as Action Items for Forest City and the surrounding area. These Action Items were identified as top priority by the Forest City community. Listed below are the Action Items and a summary of FCOTAT efforts for each to this point.

September meeting highlights include the following:

• Goal: Improve Main Street - Improve Building Facades

Gus Fahey reported that the façade program had 23 applicants initially apply and 8 with full applications as of mid-September. Thank you to Gus, of Valley in Motion for heading this project. Gus is assisted by a three member team, including the FCOTAT Committee Chairperson, Katie Zefran, who will help determine recipients.

• Goal: Improve Main Street - Create Murals

The first mural has been completed and was dedicated at Forest City's Trail Town event on August 6th. Kudos to all those involved to bring the beautiful mural to Main Street. The FCOTAT intends to identify resources and grant opportunities that can support bringing more murals to town and the D&H Trailheads.

• Goal: Improve Main Street - Enhance streetscape to include bike racks, planters and street trees

Planters and flowers were planted at the beginning of the summer thanks to assistance from the Mountain View Garden Club and donation of flowers and materials from Blueberry Hill Farm Greenhouses. Katie Cicilioni, FCOTAT member, GFCBA Secretary and President of the Mountain View Garden Club, oversaw the project with assistance from MVGC members, GFCBA Members and Main Street neighbors. Main Street business owners were asked to assist with maintaining the flowers during the summer.

The Center Street Park Project has gained a little momentum. A local resident has volunteered to be on the team to help create the Park. The Marywood University architecture program has not yet responded to a request to review the project. It was suggested that Johnson College may also be a positive resource for project assistance as well. The FCOTAT anticipates to partner with FC Parks and Rec to collaborate on this project.

• Goal: Build Business and Community Development by recruiting investors/developers for new retail, unique shops, restaurants and lodging.

No information to report at this time. The FCOTAT would appreciate anyone interested in assisting with this initiative to reach out to us. Please email us at

• Goal: Connect Outdoor Assets - Create safe bike/pedestrian routes

It was noted that PennDOT has not yet released the Multi-modal grant for sidewalks. The intention for this grant application would be to connect Erie Street and Main Street. Application for this grant will be evaluated by the FCOTAT when it opens.

• Goal: Undertake Marketing - Market Forest City as a Trail/Outdoor Town

The GFCBA remains a supporting entity for this action item. The 2022-2023 Forest City Brochure and Map are available, with nearly 3500 of the 5000 printed for this year distributed to date. The GFCBA intends to print an additional 2500 for 2023 with the support of grant funding. The GFCBA also maintains a professionally managed website and social media, highlighting member businesses, area attractions and events.

• Goal: Connect Outdoor Assets - Create better connections to allow snowmobilers off-road access to downtown restaurants & Turkey Hill

No information to report at this time. The FCOTAT would appreciate anyone interested in assisting with this initiative to reach out to us at

• Goal: Enhance Erie Street and Forest City Trailheads

The FCOTAT was granted permission by the Borough at their September meeting, to apply for the Endless Mountains Visitors Bureau Room Tax Grant. The grant funds earmarked to introduce the beginning of a "sculpture trail" from the Forest City Trailhead. The sculpture will mark the Wi-Fi available at the trailhead. Long range plans encompass a series of sculptures, placed through town. An artist and design have been agreed upon for this initial project. The Greater Forest City Business Alliance has graciously agreed to collaborate and support this project with matching grant funds, not to exceed 25% of the awarded funding. $7000 will be the asking amount for the grant.

The Erie Street Trailhead Welcome Arch project has not had further progress at this time. However, the FCOTAT is working with students from Forest City Regional and Career Technologies along with Rail-Trail Council to complete this project.

The FCOTAT spent the final portion of September's meeting discussing the importance of reaching out to Forest City's Main Street business owners to further clarify the committee's role and intention with projects to support our commerce. The team agreed that a presentation and Q & A session would serve best to accomplish face to face communication. The presentation will be scheduled after the holiday season into 2023. Prior to the presentation, an invitation will be sent via mail and email.

The Outdoor Town Action Team conducts its meetings the first Thursday of each month at Elegante's starting at 6:00pm. The next meeting will be Thursday, October 6, 2022. We invite interested members of the community to attend. For further information or questions please contact Juliann Doyle, Board Member at 570-499-4908; or All are welcome!

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Grief Support At Wayne Memorial

A free support group designed to help people cope with the grieving process will be offered at Wayne Memorial Hospital (WMH). The four week session will focus on grief as a normal part of an individual's transition through life. The sessions will be held on the second floor of the hospital on Tuesday evenings from 5:30pm - 7:00pm on October 18th, October 25th and November 1st in the David Katz Conference Room and on November 8th in the adjacent Chatlos Conference Room.

"Grief is experienced by each individual very differently," explains Licensed Social Worker Anna M. Walsh, Wayne Memorial Home Health and Hospice. "There is no 'right or wrong' way to experience the process. Each person encounters the journey in different ways. Sharing the experience and the journey often helps us understand our own losses more clearly. It makes us aware we are not alone in our feelings."

Acknowledging that grief is a very individual process, the grief support group will encourage participants to explore their own solutions to the challenges of living without their loved ones and dealing with the many changes that follow a loss. The group will provide a safe place in which those attending can sort out their feelings and share as they are able and willing. No one will be required to share. Attending all sessions may provide valuable insight and support; however it is understandable if you cannot be present for some sessions. You may enter or exit at any time.

The support group will be facilitated by Walsh and Pastor Susan Treanor, a former WMH Hospice and Hospital chaplain.

Participants are asked to complete a registration form by October 2nd which can be found at For more information, email Walsh at

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Public Comment On Freight Plan Sought

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) invites the public to review and offer comments on a revised draft of the agency's 2045 Freight Movement Plan (FMP) during a 15-day public comment period from September 21 through October 5, 2022.

The FMP provides information on PennDOT's efforts to continually improve the safe and efficient movement of freight statewide. Having an approved and up-to-date freight plan helps ensure Pennsylvania remains eligible for federal funding under the National Highway Freight Program (NHFP). This federal program will add an average of $58.5 million annually to the state's program.

The plan is available on PennDOT's website, and an electronic comment form is available.

The plan is an update to Pennsylvania's current freight plan, PA On Track, which the Federal Highway Administration approved in November 2017.

Subscribe to statewide PennDOT news and traffic alerts at or choose a region under "Regional Offices." Information about the state's infrastructure and results the department is delivering for Pennsylvanians can be found at Find PennDOT's planned and active construction projects at

Follow PennDOT on Twitter and like the department on Facebook and Instagram.

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Farm-To-School Grants Available

Pennsylvania Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding invites schools and childhood education centers to apply for $500,000 in PA Farm Bill Farm-to-School Grants. Up to $15,000 per school is available for projects aimed at improving access to healthy, local foods and increasing hands-on learning experiences for children in pre-kindergarten through eighth grade.

"Introducing children to fresh, locally produced foods changes lives," Secretary Redding said. "Children in turn introduce their families to fresh foods and make connections between their food and people who raise it for them. Their habits change, their minds are fed, and their career possibilities expand. Farm-to-School grants are a solid investment in feeding minds and feeding our future."

The Pennsylvania Farm Bill Farm-to-School Grant Program enriches the connection between families and local producers of fresh, healthy food by changing food purchasing habits in schools. In doing so, the program increases access to markets for local farms, and exposes children early to agriculture, agriculture careers, and healthy food choices.

Any school district, school, charter school, private school, or center with prekindergarten, kindergarten, elementary, or middle school classes through eighth grade that participates in a Federal Child Nutrition Program is eligible to apply.

Farm to School Grant Program 2021-22 Awardees in Susquehanna County included Montrose Area School District who was awarded $3,392 to build school gardens for the second grade curriculum.

Projects identify local farmers to supply fresh, in-season products to support educational programming, or cultivated their own school gardens. In addition to improving student access to local, nutritious foods, funded projects provide hands-on agriculture education experiences.

Grant applications must be submitted online through the PA Department of Community and Economic Development Electronic Single Application. Applications are due by 5:00pm on October 14, 2022.

Full grant guidelines are published in the September 10 edition of the PA Bulletin.

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Enjoy Pansies This Fall

By Melinda Myers

Pansies have long been a fall and winter garden favorite. These cheery flowers are sure to brighten landscapes and containers and add a smile to any occasion. Look for fun and new ways to add them to your garden and fall celebrations.

You will find these cool weather favorites at your local garden center. Pansies thrive in the cooler temperatures of fall and during mild winters when your summer annuals fade or succumb to frost. They make great fillers in garden beds and containers or displayed in their own planter.

Cool Wave®, WonderFall and other trailing pansies are perfect for hanging baskets, as trailers in container gardens, or as edging plants in garden beds. You will need half as many of these pansy varieties to cover the same garden space.

Plant a basket of white trailing pansies, add some sunglasses and you have a ghost for Halloween. Scoop out the inside of a pumpkin, add some drainage holes and use it for a planter. Fill it with potting mix and you'll have a biodegradable pot for the compost pile when finished. Or simply set a container of pansies inside your pumpkin pot.

Be sure to include a few favorite colors, fragrant varieties, and some All-America Selections winners. Ultima Morpho was the 2002 winner that was selected for its distinct blue and yellow flower design. Padparadja is a true orange pansy that is perfect for fall and Majestic Giants pansy, selected in 1966, can still be found for sale. Generations of gardeners have planted this large-flowered, traditional-faced pansy.

Include pansies in your fall meals and gatherings. Only use pansies and other edible flowers that have not been treated with pesticides. Be sure to let your guests know that the pansies are safe to eat, so they can enjoy this unique dining experience. Otherwise, you will find blossoms at the bottom of glasses or left on plates.

Pick a few flowers, remove the reproductive parts, and freeze them in ice cube trays to serve in your favorite beverage. Float a few of the flower ice cubes in your favorite punch.

Add a gourmet touch, some unique flavor, and color to your salads by topping a bed of greens with a few flowers. Continue the theme by decorating cookies or cakes with a few of your favorite pansies. The cheerful flowers will generate happy thoughts and for some, a way to enjoy the last of this season's garden.

Brighten the start of school and your classroom while showing your favorite teacher a bit of appreciation. A do-it-yourself planter filled with cheery pansies is sure to elevate the mood of both students and teachers alike.

All you need are two yardsticks, a 4" x 4" wooden planter box, and a potted pansy and saucer that fit inside the planter box. Gather your glue gun and glue sticks, sandpaper, and a hobby knife to create your gift.

Cut the yardsticks into four-inch pieces and sand the cut edges smooth. Glue the yardstick pieces vertically and next to each other onto all four sides of the planter. Set the saucer in the bottom of the planter box and place the potted pansy on top of it.

Purchase plenty of pansies. You are sure to find other creative ways to utilize them this fall or simply use them as colorful fillers for voids in gardens and containers.

Melinda Myers has written more than 20 gardening books, including the recently released Midwest Gardener's Handbook, 2nd Edition and Small Space Gardening. She hosts The Great Courses "How to Grow Anything" instant video and DVD series and the nationally syndicated Melinda's Garden Moment TV & radio program. Myers is a columnist and contributing editor for Birds & Blooms magazine and her website is

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Courthouse Report

The Susquehanna County DOMESTIC RELATIONS Section has outstanding BENCH WARRANTS for the following individuals as of 9:38am on September 23, 2022. Jessica Backus, Jackie J. Bean, Lee M. Carter, April L. Finan, Jeffrey A. Fisk, Keith R. Hurd, Helen Johnson, Christopher M. Kuiper, Charles M. Lynady III, Mariah N. McCann, Veronica Mitchell, Paul Newhart III, Danielle Norris, Chad Schurr, Brandon Sena Bruzek, Jordan M. Shelp. Please contact the Domestic Relations Section at 570-278-4600 ext. 4050 with any information on the location of these individuals.

DEEDS as of 09-28-22

Conigliaro, Peter A Jr and Conigliaro, Carol M to Allens Properties and Investments LLC for $258,000.00 in New Milford Borough.

Conigliaro, Peter A Jr and Conigliaro, Carol M to Allens Properties and Investments LLC for $185,000.00 in New Milford Borough.

Conigliaro, Peter A Jr and Conigliaro, Carol M to Allens Properties and Investments LLC for $40,000.00 in New Milford Borough.

Auburn Baptist Church to Pennsylvania Commonwealth of -Dept of Transportation for $1.00, three locations in Auburn Township.

Warriner, Stella M F (Trust) to Fernheim Farm LLC for $1.00 in Bridgewater Township.

Oil, Gas and Mineral Deed: Warriner, Stella M F (Trust) to Newlin, William S Jr for $1.00 in Bridgewater Township.

Warriner, Stella M F (Trust) to Fernheim Farm LLC for $1.00 in Bridgewater Township.

Oil, Gas and Mineral Deed: Warriner, Stella M F (Trust) to Newlin, William S Jr for $1.00 in Bridgewater Township.

Kugler, John E and Kugler, Sandra J to Hashagen, Susan J for $1.00 in Ararat Township.

Interval 11 Unit 43: Dion, Wayne C to Luton-Hodges, Lisa (AKA) and Hodges, Lisa Luton and Hodges, Lane for $100.00 in Herrick Township.

Cornelius, Herbert F (Estate) to Cornelius, Kendra L for $1.00 in Auburn Township.

McNamara, Charles and McNamara, Barbara to Peranich, Cody and Peranich, Tracy L for $235,000.00 in Choconut Township.

Butcher, Nicholas and Butcher, Trudy to Nacinovich, Regina for $114,000.00 in Forest City.

Teddick, Michael Jr to Rinaldi, Robert A and Rinaldi, Wendi Sue for $300,000.00 in Brooklyn Township.

Teddick, Michael Jr to Rinaldi, Robert A and Rinaldi, Wendi Sue for $200,000.00 in Brooklyn Township.

Teddick, Michael Jr to Rinaldi, Robert A and Rinaldi, Wendi Sue for $100,000.00 in Brooklyn Township.

Kelly, Pamela E and Kelly, Paul A to Kelly, Pamela E and Kelly, Paul A for $1.00, two locations in Bridgewater Township and three in Dimock Township.

Terpstra, William Jr and Terpstra, Beth to Squid Holdings Inc for $50,000.00 in Susquehanna.

Astleford, Patrick K and Astleford, Dawn D to JMR2K LLC and Pentro Resources LLC and Colgate Resources LLC for $4,000.00 in Lenox Township.

Vratsinas, Gus M (Trust) to Vratsinas, Gus M (Trust) for $10.00, two locations in Springville Township, one in Lathrop Township, one in Harford Township and one in Gibson Township.

Laude, Ella Mae to Woodford, Rebecca D for $115,000.00 in Jackson Township.

Weiler, Susan G to Weiler, Susan G (Trust) and Weiler, Robert D (Trust) for $1.00 in Lenox Township.

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