Canton Bancorp, Inc. Shareholders Approve Planned Merger With Chemung Financial Corp.

Thursday March 26, 2009 Shareholders of Canton Bancorp Inc. approved the planned merger with Chemung Financial Corporation at the Special Shareholder meeting held on March 20, 2009 at the Bank of Canton, a subsidiary of Canton Bancorp Inc. In an overwhelming majority, the shareholders of Canton Bancorp, Inc. approved the planned merger with Chemung Financial Corporation. Of the 86% of shareholder votes cast, 96.9% were i...
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Global Tungsten And Powders Corp. Scholarships Available

Thursday March 26, 2009 Scholarship applications have been sent to each of the high schools in Bradford and Sullivan Counties regarding scholarships offered by Global Tungsten and Powders, Corp. Towanda. BLaST Intermediate Unit #17 administers the scholarships. Scholarships available are: John B. Merrill Memorial Scholarship in Science. This is a four- or five-year scholarship used for the payment of attending a professi...
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Grant Awarded For Sullivan County Food Bank Through CFTT

Thursday March 26, 2009 At the recommendation of the Sullivan County Advisory Board the Community Foundation for the Twin Tiers (CFTT) Board of Directors awarded a grant to the Sullivan County Food Bank. The CFTT through their Sullivan County Advisory Board solicited proposals from non-profits organizations in Sullivan County for meeting the immediate needs of county. One of the winning proposals was from the Sullivan Co...
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2009 Canton Cinema Celebration Seventh Week's Motion Picture

Thursday March 26, 2009 The seventh and last week of the 2009 Canton Cinema Celebration features the motion picture "The Wrestler" (rated R) which plays at 7:00 pm Tuesday, March 31; Wednesday, April 1 (2:00 pm, Matinee, too) and Thursday, April 2 at the Rialto Theatre in Canton. For a review of "The Wrestler", click here....
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Rialto Movie Minute: "Coraline" and "The Wrestler"

Thursday March 26, 2009 Coraline Rated PG Coraline will be this weekend's feature at the Rialto Theatre, showing on Friday, March 27 at 7 pm; Saturday March 28 at 2 and 7 pm; Sunday March 29 at 2 and 7. This animated fantasy adventure features the voices of Dakota Fanning, Teri Hatcher and John Hodgman. Young Caroline Jones, a spunky teen who is seeking attention from her mother and father, finds a secret door that take...
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Good Friday Service At Troy Baptist Church

Thursday March 26, 2009 On April 10th at 7:30 pm the Baptist churches of Troy and East Troy will once again hold a special service to remember the death of Jesus and its meaning for us all. This service will include special choir selections by a combined choir, our Youth will present a dramatic telling of the familiar song, "Watch the Lamb". All will be invited to share in the Lord's Supper which commemorates Jesus' deat...
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Mobile Main Link At Western Alliance

Thursday March 26, 2009 The Mobile Main Link has arrived at Western Alliance Emergency Services! Mobile Link is a part of the Main Link in Sayre and Towanda. It is a mental health peer support center and is made up of consumers in recovery from their mental illness. Consumers are individuals who are currently receiving mental health services now or have in the past. The Mobile Main Link promotes wellness, advocacy, educa...
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Psalm Sunday Concert: Commandment 11 At St. John's In Grover

Thursday March 26, 2009 Commandment 11, a contemporary Christian music duo from South Carolina, will be in concert at St. John's United Methodist Church, Grover, on April 5 at 9:30 am. The concert will be held during the regular worship hour. Scott Jacobs and Philip Robinson have been singing together for five years and have recorded three albums. They currently are in the process of recording their first Christmas CD. T...
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Blood Drive In Memory Of Don Lane

Thursday March 26, 2009 On Monday, March 30th there will be a blood drive in memory of Donald L. Lane, a long time blood donor and athlete who passed away in October of 2008 after a 3 year battle with esophageal cancer. Don was a hard working family man who had a flair for life. He loved sports of every kind and he played on his church's softball team until he was 66 years old. But he didn't enjoy being a spectator until...
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Local Snowbirds Take Part In Polk County Senior Games

Thursday March 26, 2009 The Polk County Senior Games took place in Lakeland, FL on Friday, March 13. Participants must be age 50 or older. They are separated into age groups of every 5 years. There were 2552 participants this year and that was a record. They took part in 48 different games. The oldest participant was 101 years old. Others from Canton that took part were Susan Stull, Al Stull and Glen Griffith....
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Troy Community Hospital Holds Stop-Smoking Program

Thursday March 26, 2009 A program to help those in the area quit smoking was held at the Troy Community Hospital. In the power point presentation residents had the opportunity to see how smoking affects your lungs and heart; talked about how you can avoid weight gain when you stop smoking; gave ideas to help you quit; and help for those cravings. Quitting smoking doesn't mean you'll automatically gain weight. And even if...
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"Battle Of The Bands" At Alparon Park

Thursday March 26, 2009 Start the music! A “Battle of the Bands” is in the works for Sunday April 26th at the 2009 Endless Mountains Maple Festival at Alparon Park in Troy. Just released: your band or individual can register for the Battle for the Bands contest. Register On line at www.maplefestivalpa.com or by e-mailing info@maplefestiv...
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2009 FFA State Legislative Leadership Conference A Super Success

Thursday March 26, 2009 On March 15-17, five Canton FFA students attended the 22nd annual SLLC conference in Harrisburg, PA. The conference is a unique opportunity for FFA members from across the state to come together and learn about and practice the state legislative process. The students spend the first two days working through the legislative process, by working on actual bills being discussed in the state capitol bu...
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Captain David W. Tomilson, MSC, USN To Retire

Thursday March 26, 2009 Captain Tomlinson was born on December 24, 1958, in Wellsboro, PA. He graduated from Canton Jr. Sr. High School in 1976, and enlisted in the U.S. Navy. He received his commission through the Inservice Procurement Program to Ensign in the Medical Service Corps from the rank of HM1/E-6 in 1984, while serving at the Medical Logistics Company, 2d Supply Battalion, 2d Force Service Support Group, Fleet...
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Ridgebury Sportsmen Announce Events

Thursday March 26, 2009 Ridgebury Sportsmen's Club will be having a Ham Raffle on Saturday, March 28 at 7:00 pm in Centerville, PA. Hams will be raffled off along with beef loins. Snacks will be provided. Folks can win their Easter ham! The club has one activity per month to help finance the club and pay bills. The Hunter Safety Course will be offered March 30 and 31 from 6 pm until 9:30 pm and on April 1 from 6 pm to 9 ...
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Lackawanna College To Host College Transfer Visits

Thursday March 26, 2009 Lackawanna College in Towanda will be hosting College Transfer Visits at their facility at One Progress Plaza on various dates over the next few months. Representatives from area four-year Colleges and Universities will be available to speak with students interested in transfer opportunities. Representatives from the following schools will be present: Kings College ---- March 30 from 11 am to 2 pm...
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Tad Thomas Bagley, 44

Thursday March 26, 2009 Born in Elmira, NY, and spending his early childhood in Canton, PA, at age 3 Tad, his mother and sister moved to Southern New Jersey. Tad was a member of Bethany St. John's Methodist youth fellowship as a young boy. He grew into a wonderful and talented young man and was a 1983 graduate o Mainland Regional High School in Linwood, NJ. Tad met his wife in Atlantic City in 1985 and together they move...
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Charles F. Bristol, 72

Thursday March 26, 2009 Charles F. Bristol, 72, of Granville Summit, passed away on Wednesday, March 18, 2009 at home surrounded by his loving family to join his beloved wife Louise. He was born January 10, 1937 at Armenia Mountain, next to the church they now call Olde Covert Church. He was the son of the late Merle and Susan (Springer) Bristol. He and the former Louise B. Perry were married February 9, 1957. Charles wa...
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Janet L. Burt, 83

Thursday March 26, 2009 Janet L. Burt, age 83, of Mansfield, died Wednesday, March 18, 2009 at her residence. Janet was born July 27, 1925 in Wellsboro, a daughter of Joseph and Frances (Welch) Allen. She was the wife of the late Sidney Jack Burt. Janet had been employed by R & L Electronics; Sours Variety Store and Wundies. She enjoyed gardening, volunteering at Hospice and giving to others. Janet is survived by her chi...
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Charles Lee, 47

Thursday March 26, 2009 Charles Lee, 47 of Troy, passed away Sunday morning March 22, 2009 at home while surrounded by his loving family. Charles William Lee was born on Dec. 17, 1961 in Sayre. He was a son of the late William and Ruth (Swem) Lee. Chuck was a graduate of Troy High School, class of 1982. He was employed by various businesses throughout the area including; Bob’s Lawn Care & Landscaping, Hughes Refractoring...
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Harriet McNett, 80

Thursday March 26, 2009 Harriet McNett, 80, of Canton, peacefully passed away on Monday morning, March 23, 2009 at The Williamsport Home. Born in Elmira, NY on March 29, 1928, Harriet was the only daughter in the family of the late Raymond and Jeanette (Bates) Hoskins. On September 8, 1945, she married the love of her life Woods “Woody” McNett in Elmira. They were blessed with 50 years together before his passing on Augu...
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Kay Wesneski, 70

Thursday March 26, 2009 Kay “Vonnie” Wesneski, 70, of Canton, (Union Township) passed away peacefully on Friday evening, March 20, 2009 at the Bradford County Manor. Kay Lyvonne, “Vonnie” to family and friends, was born on May 22, 1938 in Milton, PA. She was the daughter of the late William James and Thelma Isabelle (Gearhart) Snyder. Vonnie married the late Harold “Tiny” Wesneski on January 23, 1958. They shared 35 year...
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Canton Area School District Holds March Board Meeting

Thursday March 19, 2009 The Canton Area School District Board of Directors met on March 12 in the Elementary Theaterette with Board President Dennis Sourbeer and directors Tom Wright, Bill Baker, Harold Hopkins, Jared Wilcox, Don Brown, Patsy Shaffer and Duane Castle present. Administration officials present included Superintendent Jeffery Johnston, Elementary Principal Diane Barrett, High School Principal Craig Coleman,...
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Canton Fire Board Holds March Meeting

Thursday March 19, 2009 The Canton Fire Department Board of Directors held its March meeting with President Wayne Lamont, Vice President Rich Bardo, Secretary Sherry Miller, Treasurer Terry Lamont, Fire Chief Kim Jennings, Deputy Chief J. Scott May, Assistant Chief Ron Seeley, Trustee Scott Lewis, and municipal representatives Ted Tomlinson, Roger Tracey, Dale Jackson, Marvin Woodward, Ken Quail and Mark McMurray. The mi...
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2009 Canton Cinema Celebration Competition

Thursday March 19, 2009 There is a contest among all of the eateries/restaurants in the Canton and Troy areas that has been announced and sponsored by the Rialto Theater here in Canton. The details of the contest are below, and you have the opportunity to help your favorite eatery/restaurant to win by dining/eating there and then redeeming your discount coupon at the Rialto Theater. If the register/server people at the l...
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"Building Bridges Out Of Poverty" Program Being Offered

Thursday March 19, 2009 As the economy continues to decline, human service providers, educators, and businesses will begin to see more and more families who are struggling to provide for themselves and their families. If your business, agency or organization works with families who are living in Poverty and what to better understand their challenges, and strengths in order to better partner with them to create opportunit...
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"From Our Farms To Your Arms" Family Event To Be Held On April 2

Thursday March 19, 2009 On Thursday, April 2, the Canton Area School District will host its second annual "From Our Farms to You Arms" family event. The program will celebrate local food and farms, and is part of a "Healthy Farms. Healthy Schools" grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture. The event will be held at the Canton Elementary School and will run from 6:30 pm to 8 pm. The public is invited to sample...
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Passport Day To Be Held At Troy Post Office On March 28

Thursday March 19, 2009 The Troy Post Office is hosting a Passport Fair on Saturday, March 28, from 10:00 am until 3:00 pm to provide passport information to U.S. citizens and to accept passport applications. The Troy Post Office is joining the Department of State in celebrating “Passport Day in the USA”, a national passport acceptance and outreach event. On June 1, 2009, U.S. citizens must present a passport book, passp...
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Give Daffodils, Give Hope: American Cancer Society 2009 Daffodil Days Begin

Thursday March 19, 2009 A new season of hope has arrived in Canton, thanks to the American Cancer Society Daffodil Days, which begins today. Volunteers throughout the area have begun to distribute thousands of daffodils to homes, offices, hospitals, and places of worship. This is the 36th annual American Cancer Society Daffodil Days, a campaign that has been bringing the first flower of spring - the flower of hope - to t...
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Pastor Norman Pierce Announces Retirement

Thursday March 19, 2009 After almost 20 years of full time ministry, Pastor Norman Pierce and his wife Sharon are retiring as Pastors of Lighthouse of Faith Church formerly First Baptist church. They have been serving as Pastors in Canton since June 1989. Prior to pastoring, Norman retired from public school teaching at Canton Area Elementary in 1987. He then became Principal at Elmira Christian Academy, Elmira, where he...
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CHS SADD Group To Hold Two Assemblies On Safe Driving

Thursday March 19, 2009 Canton High School’s SADD group is having two assemblies on March 23 starting at 1:20 pm. The first is for the 9th and 10th grades and the second is for the 11th and 12th grades. The assembly is being presented by Canton Police Officer Brian Wibirt and is entitled “Survival 101”. Following the assembly, Canton’s SADD group is conducting a two-week seat belt check and will be awarding prizes for th...
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Summer Hours At Clothing Center

Thursday March 19, 2009 Canton Community Clothing Center would like to announce summer hours. Beginning April 1 the Center will be open three days a week. Monday and Wednesday, 8:00 to 2;00 pm. Fridays, open 1:00 to 5:00 pm. See you on April 3! The Center would like to thank everyone for their donations....
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"America: A Pilgrim's Prayer, A Patriot's Dream" DVD Available

Thursday March 19, 2009 Last November, the community joined together in a show of support for our troops and veterans. A community choir, together with local veterans, boy scouts and musicians presented “America: A Pilgrim’s Prayer, A Patriot’s Dream.” The successful program encouraged support for our troops through the efforts of Operation Holiday Morale. Lynn Whelden was gracious enough to use his skills to record the ...
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Amanda Stankiewicz To Attend State Chorus

Thursday March 19, 2009 Amanda Stankiewicz, a senior at Canton High School recently was selected to attend the PEMA State Chorus Festival. She is a member of Canton's High School Chorus and will attend college after graduation....
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Ignite Youth Rally At Vertical Youth Center On March 25

Thursday March 19, 2009 Ignite…an all youth rally! Youth from many different denominations have gathered for a night of fun, fellowship, and getting to know each other. • Chill out: Pool, Air Hockey, Xbox, Internet Café, Food Café, and Music. It’s all at Ignite. • Worship: Teens like you pulling together from all over the area for energetic, eardrum-shaking worship! If you’re pumped about God then Ignite is for you! • Re...
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American Legion Post Offering Scholarship

Thursday March 19, 2009 At a regular meeting the members of the American Legion Post 167 of Morris Run, approved funding scholarships for the 2008-09 school year, totaling $10,000. Five area schools will receive $2,000 each. The five schools are Canton, Troy, Mansfield, Liberty, and North Penn. The $2,000 is to be divided into two $1,000 scholarships. One for a four year college and one for a technical or trade school. T...
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GriefShare Grief Recovery Support Group Begins March 24

Thursday March 19, 2009 Your Journey From Mourning To Joy GriefShare is a special seminar and support group for people grieving the loss of someone close. This group is sponsored by people who understand what you are experiencing and want to offer you comfort and encouragement during this difficult time. Each weekly session includes a video seminar and group discussion. A GriefShare workbook assists you with note takin...
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CHS Spanish Club Helps Rural Students In Costa Rica

Thursday March 19, 2009 On March 12, 2009, seven boxes of used children’s books were sent to a library in Costa Rica. At Canton Junior-Senior High School, Mrs. Amy Martell’s Spanish classes have been corresponding with Josh Kagan, a Peace Corps volunteer, during this school year. Josh has written about the culture, climate, life, and needs of the students and families in his rural village in Costa Rica. Students have lea...
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Property Tax/Rent Rebate Forms Available

Thursday March 19, 2009 Rep. Matt Baker would like to inform residents that applications for the state's Property Tax/Rent Rebate program for 2008 are now available. Eligible participants can receive a rebate of up to $650 based on their rent or property taxes paid in 2008. The program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians who are 65 years or older, widows and widowers 50 years or older, and those 18 years or older with disab...
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First Citizens National Bank Announces Employee Of The Year

Thursday March 19, 2009 First Citizens National Bank named Cassy Dygert, Manager of the Troy and Gillett branches, as Employee of the Year for 2008 during their in-service day held in February. Employees receiving this prestigious award must show outstanding dedication, professional attitude, commitment, and concern for their customers and fellow employees. Cassy first joined First Citizens in 1999, where she worked as a...
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Mansfield University And First Citizens Bank Host CHS Tours

Thursday March 19, 2009 Twenty-nine tenth grade students from Canton High School toured Mansfield University and First Citizens Bank in Mansfield on March 12, 2009. The students were accompanied by teachers Jan Cooper and JoAnn Cuddy. The event was arranged by Joan Shuman, Career Resource Specialist, at the high school, and Ernie Coder, site advisor, for Northern Tier Industry & Education Consortium. The students were gr...
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Claverack Offers Online Tool To Help Reduce Energy Costs

Thursday March 19, 2009 Claverack Rural Electric Cooperative has added a free, easy-to-use feature to its website to help consumers identify ways to save on their energy expenses. The centerpiece of Claverack’s new HomeEnergySuite, located on the web at www.claverack.com, is the interactive Home Energy Calculator, which evaluates a home’s energy use based on inputs provided by the co...
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Nicole Siedhof Contines To Star For Colgate Softball

Thursday March 19, 2009 Sophomore catcher Nicole Siedhof, a 2007 graduate of Canton High School, cracked a two-run double in the sixth inning to lead Colgate to a 3-0 win over Norfolk State at the Norfolk State Tournament on March 7. Colgate scored its only runs in the sixth inning. Calla Yee (Salinas, CA) led off the frame with a bunt single, and moved to second when Jennifer Ortega (Aberdeen, NJ) singled through the le...
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Maple Sugarin' At Mt. Pisgah

Thursday March 19, 2009 Satisfy your sweet tooth with a taste of real maple syrup at Mt. Pisgah State Park. Maple syrup-making demonstrations will be given all day on Saturday, March 21 and Saturday, March 28 between 10 am to 3 pm. Join us at the Nature Center to tap a tree, discover some facts about the history of maple sugarin’ and also assist in the collection of the raw sap. Park staff will be demonstrating the “boil...
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Daniel F. Grafius, 88

Thursday March 19, 2009 Daniel F. Grafius, age 88, of Hendy Creek Road, Elmira, passed away peacefully on Saturday, March 14, 2009 at Arnot Ogden Medical Center, surrounded by his family and friends. Dan was born in Erie, PA on October 2, 1920, the only child of Daniel R. and Anna (Welch) Grafius. Dan grew up on farms in Windfall and West Burlington, near Canton. After graduating from high school, he eventually moved to ...
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Michael S. Hilfirty, 41

Thursday March 19, 2009 Michael S. Hilfirty, 41, of Williamsport, passed away March 15, 2009, in the Hershey Medical Center after a strong and courageous five and a half year battle with mantel cell lymphoma (Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma). Born in Philadelphia on January 20, 1968, he was the son of Janet Ralph of Troy and John “Jack” Hilfirty husband of Martha of Williamsport. Mike had worked in construction on steel buildings...
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Lenore Hogan, 80

Thursday March 19, 2009 Lenore Hogan, age 80, of RR 2 Columbia Crossroads, died Wednesday, March 11, 2009, at the Peace River Regional Hospital in Port Charlotte, FL. Born Nov. 21, 1928 in Dumont NJ, she was a daughter of the late Leonard and Luella Kubie. She attended Dumont High School. Lenore served many years as a Eucharistic minister with the St. Ann's Church in Bentley Creek. Her favorite pastime was tending her la...
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Mary McDermott, 79

Thursday March 19, 2009 Mary McDermott, 79, loving wife, mother and grandmother, passed away on March 16, 2009. Mary’s journey in this life ended at Grandview Health Homes of Danville, PA, and now goes with her Lord and Savior in Heaven. Born June 11, 1929 in Springfield Township, she was the daughter of Rush and Marion (Wright) Gates. She graduated from Troy High School in 1947. Horseheads, NY held many fond memories fo...
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Dixie P. (Engler) Orcutt, 73

Thursday March 19, 2009 Dixie P. (Engler) Orcutt, 73, of East Smithfield, passed away on Saturday, March 14, 2009 at the Robert Packer Hospital. She was the loving wife of Donald S. Orcutt of East Smithfield. The couple married May 18, 1956 and had 52 happy years together. Dixie was born on March 14, 1936 in Sonestown, Lycoming County, daughter of the late Oran Engler, Sr. and Gladys (Stackhouse) Engler of Williamsport. ...
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Julia Pecynski, 85

Thursday March 19, 2009 Julia Pecynski, 85, well-known resident of Morris Run, died unexpectedly on March 12, 2009, at home. Born in Tyler, PA on October 21, 1923, Julia Mary was one of nine children born in the family of the late Anthony Sr. and Veronica (McKay) Zuke. She was the beloved wife of Bernard “Babe” Pecynski Sr. for over 50 years and the mother of four children. As a young woman, Julia was proud of her servic...
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Walter Richard "Dick" Pettitt

Thursday March 19, 2009 Walter Richard (Dick) Pettitt, of Waverly, TN, on March 9, 2009. He is survived by his wife Theresa Pettitt, of Waverly, TN, sons, Steven (Sandy) Pettitt, Troy, Mike (Debbie) Pettitt of Amarillo, Texas; daughters, Susan (Bruce) Busia of Millerton, Gloria (Dan) Bauer, Baton Rouge, LA, Mary (Gordon) Mattocks of Waverly, Tenn., Teresa (Mike) Fuller of Baton Rouge, LA and Annette Marbaker of Troy; twe...
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Editorial: By Any Other Name?

By: John ShafferThursday March 19, 2009 Terminology is important, and the Obama Administration has made a couple of noteworthy changes in the acceptable words that deal with America's relationship with people that have caused circumstances that have resulted in tragedies. If that sounds convoluted, that is because we want to be politically correct in this era of change, and the Obama Administration has long ago dropped the phrase "Globa...
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Canton Borough Council Holds March Meeting

Thursday March 12, 2009 Canton Borough Council met on March 9 with President Ken Robertson and Councilors Roger Tracey, Sheila Riggs and Alfonse Ciaccio present, along with Mayor John Mosser, Administrator Amy Seeley, Police Chief Doug Seeley, Street foreman Lewis Howell and employee George Jennings, and Solicitor Matthew Brann. Mrs. Riggs and Mr. Ciaccio were ill but came to the meeting in order to make a quorum. The mi...
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2009 Canton Cinema Celebration Fifth Week's Motion Picture

Thursday March 12, 2009 The fifth week of the 2009 Canton Cinema Celebration features the motion picture "The Reader" which plays at 7:00 pm Tuesday, March 17; Wednesday, March 18 (2:00 pm, Matinee, too) and Thursday, March 19 at the Rialto Theatre in Canton. For a review of The Reader, please see below. On March 17, 18 and 19, Canton's Cinema Celebration will feature "The Reader" with Kate Winslet, 2009 Academy Award Wi...
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Guys Night Out Planned For "The Wrestler" At The Rialto Theatre

Thursday March 12, 2009 A Guys Night Out for men of all ages has been planned for the 2009 Canton Cinema Celebration (Extended) at the Rialto Theatre in Canton. The Tuesday, March 31 showing at 7:00 pm of "The Wrestler" (rated R, starring Mickey Rourke) is the main feature of the evening with a 6:00 pm gathering preceding the movie. Door prizes and refreshments will be available from 6 pm to 7 pm to all of the gentlemen ...
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2009 Canton Cinema Celebration Extended

Thursday March 12, 2009 Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner-Theater Options Too! Three More Films Confirmed & Scheduled at The Rialto Theater The 2009 Canton Cinema Celebration at the Rialto Theater in Canton, PA has been so successful to date that the Bradford County Regional Arts Council and the Rialto Theater Advisory Board decided because of the enthusiastic and strong support to add three more films to the event. The film ...
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Rialto Movie Minute: "He's Just Not" And "Inkheart"

Thursday March 12, 2009 He's Just Not That Into You Rated PG-13 Like Love Actually and any number of other ensemble romantic comedies in which we watch a starry cast navigate their way through the treacherous world of romantic relationships, He's Just Not That Into You -- based on the Sex and the City catch-phrase and very loosely on the resulting self-help book of the same name -- focuses on a select group of twenty- a...
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Ward Township Hears Of Fortuna's Plans

Thursday March 12, 2009 The Ward Township Board of Supervisors held its March meeting with Chairman Cheryl Gould and Supervisors James Tompkins and Leon Nouse present. There was an audience of about fifteen people. The bulk of the meeting was taken up by a presentation from Barr Shriver of Fortuna Energy, who explained the company's plans for the 5,000 acres of state forest lands it has leased for gas exploration. Fortun...
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McNett Township Discusses Road Work

Thursday March 12, 2009 The McNett Township Board of Supervisors held its March meeting with Chairman Kevin Shep-ard and Supervisor Phyllis Clegg, Secretary Michele Karpinski, Road Foreman Robert Guthrie, employee Tim Crays, Tax Collector Melody Kitchen and Auditor Donna McKnight. The minutes of the February meeting and treasurer's report were approved, with these balances: General Fund, First Citizens, $307.60; C & N ch...
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Canton Chamber Plans Summer Events

Thursday March 12, 2009 The Canton Area Chamber of Commerce held its March meeting at First Citizens National Bank in Canton. Vice-President Ken Robertson conducted the meeting. Membership chairman Amy Seeley reported that membership is now up to 57. Members are reminded that they are entitled to free promotion on WTZN radio. They may contact Dave Rockwell for details. The Canton Garden Club will clean out the flower tub...
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Senate Approves Bill To Combat Methamphetamine

Thursday March 12, 2009 A package of bills designed to stop the continuing problem of illegal production of methamphetamine has passed the Senate, according to Senator Gene Yaw, a co-sponsor of the measures. “For many years, it has been too easy to obtain the ingredients to make methamphetamine,” Yaw said. “It has and remains an issue in the 23rd Senatorial District. I am confident these proposals will make it more diffi...
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Missoula Children's Theatre To Perform Robin Hood

Thursday March 12, 2009 Saturday, March 14 in Canton Join Robin Hood, Maid Marion, Marion’s Maid, the Sheriff of Nottingham and a host of others in a musical wonderland this Saturday, March 14 when the Missoula Children’s Theatre and more than 60 local students present an original musical adaptation of Robin Hood. The production will be held in the Nelle Black Westgate Auditorium March 14, 2009 at 3:00 pm and 5:30 pm. ...
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Rekindle The Spirit Announces Nature Art Exhibits

Thursday March 12, 2009 Rekindle the Spirit, Inc. is excited to announce a series of six art exhibits to be held at the Manley/Bohlayer Heritage Farmhouse from April through September. The first exhibit will be held on Friday April 17 from 6 to 8 pm and Saturday April 18 from 11 am to 4 pm. The exhibit will feature three extremely talented nature and wildlife artists who will display and offer many of their watercolors, ...
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Brian L. Shaner Memorial Scholarship Offered

Thursday March 12, 2009 For Troy High School Senior A scholarship for Academic Excellence will be awarded to a Troy Area High School Senior (Class of 2009) who will be pursuing a BS degree in Engineering, Science (Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Computer Science, etc.) or Mathematics. Application Requirements: • Official High School transcript • SAT and/or PSAT • Class Rank • Copy of acceptance to a four-year college • Es...
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Canton Lions Club Eye Glass Recycling

Thursday March 12, 2009 The Canton Lions Club has been deeply involved in the Lions Recycle for Sight program for many years, For the last year or so, the Lions have maintained a purple and gold drop box in front of the Independent-Sentinel office at 4 West Main Street in Canton, where folks may drop off their used eyeglasses for recycling. Thanks to the support of the community, the Canton Lions have collected more than...
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Hunter-Trapper Education Course In Troy

Thursday March 12, 2009 A Hunter-Trapper Education Course will be offered at the Troy Middle School on April 6, 7 and 9. Pre-registration is required. Please register online at www.pgc.state.pa.us. Participants must be at least eleven years of age to register and must attend all three nights. The course will be offered from 5:30 to 9:00 pm on each night. Class is limited to fifty s...
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Pastor Charlotte Morse Lenten Luncheon Speaker At Canton

Thursday March 12, 2009 Week two of the Canton Ministerium Lenten Luncheons, and no snow! Praise God for the weather that we are having, and for the Alba Church of Christ. The Rev. Charlotte Morse provided the message for 83 people after we enjoyed the Chili con Carne, relish trays, and desserts. This community is blessed to have area ministers and congregations who sacrifice for the community in this way. We thank the m...
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Local Dairy Farmers Meet With Representatives

Thursday March 12, 2009 Milk prices are at the same level as they were in 1978. The Farmer is receiving approximately 78¢ per gallon for their milk. That's after working 16+ hours everyday seven days a week. Most Farmers are not "in it" to get rich, they just want a fair price for their milk. Concerned farmers met in the Fellowship Hall of LeRoy Baptist Church on March 5 and again on Monday, March 9 with Representative A...
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From Our Farms To Your Arms At Canton Elementary School

Thursday March 12, 2009 The Canton Elementary Kindergarten Class has been enjoying learning about local Pennsylvania food production. This year, the students have sampled, corn on the cob, pears, apples, broccoli, cauliflower, veal meatballs, and maple cream. In March a field trip is planned to visit a maple syrup production in the Leraysville area and a hydroponic greenhouse in West Burlington. On Thursday, April 2th at...
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Mansfield University Festival Chorus To Perform In Mansfield And Troy

Thursday March 12, 2009 The Mansfield University Festival Chorus will perform The Mass in Time of War by Franz Joseph Haydn and Gabriel Fauré’s Requiem on Friday, April 3, at 7:30 p.m. in Steadman Theatre and Saturday, April 4, at 7:30 p.m. in the Troy High School Auditorium. Under the direction of Peggy Dettwiler, a full orchestra of faculty, student, and professional players, will accompany the chorus and the professio...
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Ross Gerbino Named To Troy Bowling Hall Of Fame

Thursday March 12, 2009 Ross Gerbino was born In New York City and grew up on Long Island. Ross joined the New York City Fire Department in September of 1970 and was promoted to Lieutenant in 1983. During his career as a firefighter Ross received many awards and citations, including a medal presented to him by Mayor Edward Koch in 1983. Ross retired from the NYC Fire Department in 1990. Ross and his wife Janet have been ...
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Canton Area Little League Needs Coaches

By: Steve RockwellThursday March 12, 2009 The registered players have all been sorted into associations and teams. There is a good turn out this year and all four association fields will have several teams playing on them. The League is still looking for players to fill a Minor Boys (8,9, and 10) team in Ralston and a Major Girls (10,11, and 12) team also in Ralston. Junior Boys (13 and 14) need six more players to make a second team and ...
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Suzanne Vickery Albers, 67

Thursday March 12, 2009 Suzanne Elizabeth Vickery Albers, born Sept. 20, 1941, in Elmira, NY; passed away on February 28, 2009, in her home in Atlanta, GA. Suzanne, the daughter of Gerald and Emma Vickery, grew up in Tro alongside brother, Gerald (Jerry) Vickery, and Carolyn (Carol) Vickery Kilborn. Suzanne (Susie) cheered her way through Troy High School, graduating in 1959. Suzanne’s career goals took her from her belo...
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Anita "Polly" Boughton, 76

Thursday March 12, 2009 Anita M. "Polly" Boughton, age 76, a lifelong member of the Gillett community, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, March 4, 2009, at St. Joseph's Hospital, Elmira, NY. Anita was predeceased by her husband, Jervis "Jervie" Boughton, in July of 2008. She is survived by her son, Jack (Beverly) Boughton of Gillett; granddaughter, Patriece (Jason) Barnes of Elmira; great-grandson, Mason Barnes; brothe...
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James "Bub" Butcher, 45

Thursday March 12, 2009 On Sunday, March 8, 2009, James Leroy Butcher of Towanda passed away unexpectedly at his residence. He was 45 years of age. Born in Troy on October 9, 1963, he was the son of James A. and Beatrice (Barrett) Butcher. Known to family and friends as "Bub," he was raised in Granville Summit and was a 1982 graduate of Troy High School. After graduation Bub enlisted in the Army and trained as a demoliti...
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Esther Lee Danneker, 98

Thursday March 12, 2009 Esther Lee Danneker, 98, Williamsport, passed away at Manor Care South where she had been a resident for the past three years. She was predeceased by her husband Clarence Danneker, Sr. She was born October 1, 1910 in Morris Run and was the daughter of John A. and Dorothy Heindmarsh Lee. Esther retired from Trimtex and formerly worked for Spencer Heater and Keystone Friction Hinge. She graduated fr...
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Helen M. Estep, 84

Thursday March 12, 2009 Helen M. Estep, 84, Troy, passed away peaceful, March 3, 2009 at Memorial Hospital, Towanda. Born August 17, 1923 in Troy, she was the daughter of the late L. Paul and Eleanor Knowlden Manley. She was a graduate of Troy High School and a lifelong Troy resident. Helen was employed for many years by the Troy Area School District and worked in the cafeteria. Later she taught and instructed Ceramics i...
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Jane French, 82

Thursday March 12, 2009 Jane Wrisley French, 82, Carlisle, died, March 5, 2009, at Sarah A. Todd Memorial Home, Carlisle. Born June 28, 1926, in Troy, she was a daughter of the late Perley and Helen Teribury Wrisley and the widow of Joseph French. She was a graduate of Troy High School, Class of 1944. She was a former member of the Fassett Baptist Church. Surviving are son, Jeffrey French and wife Lonann, Dallas, Texas; ...
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Dora A. Hart, 81

Thursday March 12, 2009 Dora A. Hart, 81, of Wellsboro, died Thursday, Feb. 26, 2009, at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital. She was the wife of the late Leland C. “Zibby” Hart. Dora was born Dec. 20, 1927, in Holliday, the daughter of the late Herbert E. and Leona G. Bryant Andrews. Dora was a graduate of Wellsboro High School and had been an inspector for Corning Glass Manufacturing until her retirement in 1990. Do...
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Richard S. Haven, 73

Thursday March 12, 2009 Richard S. Haven, Age 73, of Sun City, AZ, formerly of the Elmira and Troy area passed away Friday, March 6, 2009 at Boswell Hospital in Sun City, Arizona following a brave battle with cancer. Richard was born May 27, 1935 in Columbia Township, son of the late Sterling B. and Edna Louise (Wolfe) Haven. Richard received his Bachelor’s Degree from Mansfield University and then his Masters Degree in ...
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Josephine Kasala, 91

Thursday March 12, 2009 Josephine Kasala, 91, of Canton Township, formerly of New Jersey, passed away on March 9, 2009 at the Troy Community Hospital. Josephine Theresa was born on September 22, 1917 in Connecticut, a daughter of the late Charles and Emma Belli. She was a devoted mother and the beloved wife of the late Michael Kasala who passed away in February of 1992. Josephine especially loved spending winters in Flor...
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Barbara J. McClure, 87

Thursday March 12, 2009 On the evening of Friday, March 6, 2009, Barbara Jane (Grover) McClure of Canton passed away quietly at the Skilled Nursing Unit of Memorial Hospital in Towanda. She was 87 years of age. Born February 8, 1922, in Geneva, NY, she was the daughter of Earl and Lula (Kepler) Grover. Known to her friends as “Barb,” she began her life with what were perceived as insurmountable health problems, and was n...
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Christine N. Micklitsch, 58

Thursday March 12, 2009 Christine N. Micklitsch, 58, of Newton Highlands, Massachusetts died on September 17, 2008, at home surrounded by loving family and friends. A Penn State graduate, and member of Alpha Omicron Pi, Christine was a vibrant spirit, community leader, health care professional and author. She died after a valiant battle with lymphoma and myelodysplastic syndrome. Before her illness, Christine was Directo...
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Robert A. Moyers, Sr., 63

Thursday March 12, 2009 Robert A. "Bob" Moyers, Sr., age 63, of Covington, died Wednesday, March 4, 2009 at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hospital, Wellsboro. Bob was born August 15, 1945 in Middle Mountain, WV, a son of Bertha (Weese) Moyers. He was the husband of Catherine Cathy (Frost) Moyers. Bob was employed as a welder for Ingersoll Rand for 37 years. He graduated from Liberty High School in 1965. Bob was a member of...
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Ellen L. Sargeant, 82

Thursday March 12, 2009 During the early morning hours of Tuesday, March 10, 2009, Ellen L. (Burguess) Sargeant, formerly of Armenia Township, passed away quietly at Bradford County Manor. She was 82 years of age. Born February 10, 1927, on her family's Armenia Township farm, she was the daughter of Truman Sr. and Eunice (Barrett) Burguess. She was married to Roy A. Sargeant Sr. and together they raised four sons and thr...
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Hila D. Walcheski, 93

Thursday March 12, 2009 Hila D. Walcheski, age 93, of Troy, died Sunday, March 8, 2009 at the Towanda Skilled Nursing Facility, Towanda. Hila was born September 19, 1915 in Athens, a daughter of Fred and Hattie (Perry) DePew. She was the wife of the late Leigh Sickler, and John Walcheski. Hila worked for the former Preston and Jaquish in Troy. She was a religious woman who read her Bible daily. She was a member of the Au...
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Rowena M. Ward, 84

Thursday March 12, 2009 Rowena M. Ward, age 84, of Troy, passed away Saturday, March 8, 2009, at the Bradford County Manor, West Burlington, with her loving family by her side. Rowena was born Feb. 8, 1925, in Troy, daughter of the late Max and Rebecca (McKean) Mingos. She graduated from Troy High School and was married to the late Robert L. Ward, who died in 1984. Her memberships included East Troy United Methodist Chur...
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Editorial: "Anything Goes" A First Rate Show

Thursday March 12, 2009 The Troy High School Drama Club has done it again! Last week's presentation of Cole Porter's Anything Goes was another in a growing list of terrific performances. Director John Wile and Music Director Cherilyn Ayres are to be congratulated for another wonderful show, and the cast did a marvelous job. The leads, Kevin Malmrose as Billy Cocker, Kendra Birdsall as Reno Sweeney, Raelyn Jackson as Hope...
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Canton Township Discusses Gas Exploration

Thursday March 5, 2009 The Canton Township Board of Supervisors held its March meeting with Chairman Gary Ferguson and Supervisors Jasper Smith and Mark McMurray present. Rob Parker of the Bradford County Conservation District was present to explain a recent grant of $230,000 made by the Conservation District through the township. The money, less than 25% of the amount requested, is to be used for stream work, dirt and ...
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Fatal Accident On Southside Road

Thursday March 5, 2009 PA State Police report that Justin Copp, 25 of Monroeton, perished as a result of an automobile accident along Southside Road in Franklin Township at 7:49 pm on March 1. The vehicle, a 1990 Plymouth Laser, was operated by Bryan Dodge, 19, of Canton and was traveling west on Southside Road. The vehicle traveled off the left side of the roadway, striking the berm and an embankment, then traveled bac...
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PennDOT Posting Five Roads In Bradford County

Thursday March 5, 2009 Weight Restrictions to Curb Damage PennDOT is advising motorists in Bradford County that five roads will be posted soon with permanent, year-round, 10-ton weight restrictions. The following state highways will get the weight restrictions along their entire lengths: • Route 514 between Routes 14 and 414 • Route 3017 (Allen Meadow Road) between Route 514 and Fairview Road • Route 4014 (Springfield...
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Canton Lions Club Sponsors AMBA Blood Screening For April 4

Thursday March 5, 2009 The Canton Lions Club once more will sponsor the AMBA Blood Screening Event in Canton. This year's screening will be held on Saturday, April 4, 2009 from 6 am to 10 am at Canton Elementary School. The AMBA panel includes tests for: • Coronary Disease - Cholesterol, HDL cholesterol; Cholesterol/HDL ratio; Triglycerides; LDL cholesterol • Anemia- Red Blood Indices (MCV, MCH, MCHC, RDW); Hemoglobin; ...
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Wonderful Program On Harry Davenport Shown At Rialto Theatre

Thursday March 5, 2009 The Harry Davenport program, under the sponsorship of the Bradford County Historical Society, was presented by Matthew Carl at 1:00 pm on Saturday, February 28 in Canton's Rialto Theatre. The program was well-received by the one hundred thirty-five people who attended. It was almost a full house. Matthew Carl of LeRoy, a 2000 graduate of Canton High School, and the Curator of the Bradford County H...
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Lara Ciaccio Is Runner-Up At Young Artist Competition

Thursday March 5, 2009 The Williamsport Symphony Orchestra's 36th Young Artists' Competition took place February 22nd. Nine finalists came from around the Susquehanna Valley, Williamsport and as far away as Blair County. The competition judges were Dr. Gary Boerckel (Lycoming College Chair of Music Department), Judy Burke (WSO clarinetist), Andrew Rammon (WSO principal cellist), and Tomasz Golka, WSO Music Director. The...
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Lenten Luncheons Underway In Canton

By: Greater Canton Area MinisteriumThursday March 5, 2009 'Tis the season for Lenten Lunches. Tuesday March 3 was a happy day for all those who look forward to the Lenten Lunches as a sign of the nearing of spring. We, in the ministerium, are doing our best to keep the snow away for this year’s series of lunches. Seventy-four people enjoyed Chicken Corn Soup, salad, and whoopee pies. Doug Graybill preached on Ecclesiastes 11:1-8. What God gives is better...
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Patty Melt Visits Canton Elementary

Thursday March 5, 2009 On Friday, February 27 the kindergarten class at the Canton Elementary School learned about veal production Patty Melt, the Pennsylvania Beef Council’s costumed burger mascot. Carrie Bomgardner, marketing director, explained about feeding and caring for the animals. A life sized veal calf cut out was on display. The students returned to their commons area to enjoy a snack of veal meatballs in spag...
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Rialto Movie Minute: "Paul Blart", "Confessions", and "Milk"

Thursday March 5, 2009 The Rialto Theatre here in Canton has three (3) motion pictures scheduled from Friday, March 6 through Thursday, March 12. Brief descriptions are below. SEE the Rialto Theatre display on page 6 for the dates and times of the showings as well as the ratings. Paul Blart: Mall Cop Rated PG, 1 1/2 stars out of four, one hour and twenty-seven minutes Paul Blart (Kevin James) is a good-hearted single d...
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2009 Canton Cinema Celebration Fourth Week's Motion Picture

Thursday March 5, 2009 The fourth week of the 2009 Canton Cinema Celebration features the motion picture "Milk" which plays at 7:00 pm Tuesday, March 10; Wednesday, March 11 (2:00 pm, Matinee, too) and Thursday, March 12 at the Rialto Theatre in Canton....
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Faith Baptist Church To Present "Messiah In The Passover"

Thursday March 5, 2009 Messiah in the Passover, a vivid and exciting demonstration how Jesus fulfilled the ancient feast of Passover, will be held on Wednesday, March 18, at 6:00 pm at the Faith Baptist Church, Route 414 east of Canton. The public is invited. Messiah in the Passover will be conducted by Israel Cohen of Chosen People Ministries. Chosen People Ministries is an over one-hundred year-old mission that was fo...
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"Birth Order" Series To Begin March 15

Thursday March 5, 2009 Have you ever wondered why your family of origin still has so much influence on you? Come and hear Dr. John and Carol Kenzy explore the birth order from Kevin Lehman’s book, The New Birth Order Book, and find out… Why you should never treat two children the same Why you and your spouse are so compatible…or not Who tends to be the bossiest in the family Which birth order has produced the most presi...
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Recreational Therapy Room Renovated At County Manor

Thursday March 5, 2009 The newly renovated Recreational Therapy room at the Bradford Co. Manor, held an open house recently where residents and their families could go and see all the major improvements to the facilities. Connie Taylor, director of nursing help the residents celebrate this updated room where volunteers, families, residents and staff enjoy the many extra activities which Bradford Manor had to offer its r...
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Nicole Siedhof Catching For Colgate Softball Team

Thursday March 5, 2009 Colgate's softball team has a win and a loss at the Florida Gulf Coast University Spring Break Tournament at Fort Myers, Florida. Colgate won 8-7 pver Bryant College, but lost 8-0 to Florida Gulf Coast. Senior centerfielder Calla Yee (Salinas, CA) scored from third base on a wild pitch to give Colgate an 8-7 win over Bryant College in nine innings at the Florida Gulf Coast University Spring Break ...
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Robert Alexander, 68

Thursday March 5, 2009 Robert G. Alexander, 68, of Liberty, died Sunday, February 22, 2009, at the Williamsport Hospital. He was born August 17, 1940, the son of Marion (Mase) and the late Cameron Alexander. Robert graduated from Liberty Jr., Sr. High School and was retired from Ward Manufacturing, Blossburg. Surviving are his wife of 44 years, Carol (Wilson); eight children, Richard, Ryan, Christopher, Brian, Derek of ...
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James R. "Jim" Barton, 79

Thursday March 5, 2009 James R. "Jim" Barton 79, of Towanda RR 2, Asylum Township, formerly of Monroeton, passed away peacefully early Tuesday morning March 3, 2009 at the Skilled Nursing Unit of Memorial Hospital. Born February 27, 1930 in Altoona, PA, he was the son of the late Charles B. Barton and Lois B. Coffman Barton. "Jim," as he was known by his family and friends, was a graduate of Altoona High School. Followi...
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Blanche Briggs, 83

Thursday March 5, 2009 Blanche "Tiny" Crawford Briggs (nee Makinster), 83, of Gillett, went to be with the Lord on February 25, 2009, at Arnot Ogden Medical Center. She is survived by husband, Alden James Briggs; daughter, Blanche (Boe) Shock; sons, Lee (Pam) Crawford, Roy (Shani) Crawford, Les (Chris) Crawford; daughter, Rhonda (Art) Putnum; stepson, Robert (Judy) Briggs; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and...
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Charles R. Campbell, 97

Thursday March 5, 2009 On Feb. 24, 2009, Charles Richard "Dick" Campbell, Millerton (Daggett) passed away quietly at Bakercrest Retirement Home. He was 97 years of age. Born in Canton on May 27, 1911, he was the son of George J. and Clara E. (Babcock) Campbell. He attended Canton High School and in his youth worked at harvesting ice from Canton's Lake Nephawin with a team of horses. He also hauled coal, and worked as a ...
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Justin M. Copp, 25

Thursday March 5, 2009 Justin M. Copp, age 25, of Monroeton, died Sunday, March 1, 2009. Justin was born July 16, 1983 in Wellsboro, a son of Robert and Paula Marie (Minner) Copp. He was the husband of Desiree (Gleason) Copp. Justin enjoyed the Patriots football games, tattoos and his Harley Davidson. Justin is survived by his wife, Desiree; his parents, Robert Copp of Mansfield and Paula Marie Copp of CA; two sons, Jar...
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Emery M. Davis, 80

Thursday March 5, 2009 Emery M. Davis, 80, of Middlebury Center, PA, died February 20, 2009 at the home of his son. He was the husband of the late Janet Taylor Davis. Emery was born November 24, 1928 in Chatham Township, the son of the late A. Ray and Jesse Ransom Davis. He was a farmer and long time member of the Holiday Christian and Missionary Alliance Church and more recently a member of the Shortsville Baptist Chur...
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Shirley Greenough, 83

Thursday March 5, 2009 Loving wife, mother and grandmother, Shirley Greenough, 83, of Columbia Cross Roads, passed away on Friday evening, February 27, 2009 at the Bradford County Manor. Shirley Belle was born on October 6, 1925 in Elmira Heights, NY, the last of five children born in the family of the late Frank J. and Lena (Kellogg) Dunbar. She was a graduate of Troy High School, class of 1942. She served as Bradford ...
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Douglas E. Thomas, Sr., 79

Thursday March 5, 2009 Douglas E. Thomas, Sr., 79, Mansfield, went home to be with his Lord and Saviour on Sunday, March 1, 2009 with his loving wife at his side. He was born April 8, 1929 in Nelson, PA, a son of Clarence and Mary Thomas. Douglas was married to Ruth D. (Sargent) Thomas with whom he would have celebrated a 62nd anniversary on April 21. He was owner of C & T Manufacturing. He was a member of the former La...
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Paul Henry Wood, 80

Thursday March 5, 2009 Paul Henry Wood, 80, of Columbia Cross Roads, died March 1, 2009 at the VA Hospital in Bath, NY. Paul was born June 22, 1928 in Tioga, PA, a son of Leon and Hazel (Dunning) Wood. He graduated from Tioga Central School and was a substitute agricultural teacher. He had worked on several area farms from the age of thirteen; was a US Army veteran having served in the Korean War, and served with the Mi...
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Editorial: Tough Choices

By: John ShafferThursday March 5, 2009 The President has told us how dire our future is, and he also has told us that we must make "tough choices." But how can our future be dire, given the resilience and flexibility and adaptability of the US economy and the American people? Our nation has weathered worse than this, and will overcome its current problems. We are of the opinion that we will lift ourselves out faster and more efficientl...
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