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An Advertising Supplement to The Daily Item and The Danville News

MARCH 4, 2019

AGRICULTURE & INDUSTRY

First Citizens Community Bank Ranked one of the top Performing Community Banks in the Nation

Blaine Fessler

First Citizens Community Bank was recently ranked the #1 Bank for satisfaction and trust by their customers in a nationwide survey conducted by Forbes. According to the Bank’s CEO and President Randall E. Black, “Although we receive many accolades for our financial performance, this ranking brings us the greatest honor because it’s

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based on how our customers feel about us.” The Bank uses a proactive approach to taking care of customers, which they believe is what makes them different from other financial services providers. And that proactive approach is evident in their support of Agriculture. One of the Bank’s core strengths is their

Ag Banking team, which has over 350 years’ combined experience in both farming and Ag Banking. That’s rare in any industry. Most of their Ag team grew up on farms, and many still farm today, so they know the challenges farmers face on a daily basis. And all of this experience and knowledge is working for them, as they have been ranked one of the top Ag

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and Allegany County New York. Their local business loan office is located in Winfield, Union County. The Union County team has strong ties to the area and to farming. The two lead lenders, Blaine Fessler and Francis Strause, have over 80 years’ Ag Banking experience between them and both continue to farm today. Fessler earned his BS in Agronomy from Penn State University. He retired from the US Army Reserves after 30 years and a tour in Iraq, where he was awarded the Bronze Star. Strause lias his BS in Agricultural Business Management from Penn State University and has 43 years experience with agriculture, dairy, swine and poultry production. He and his wife operate a farm in Northumberland County and currently produce broilers for Sullivan Poultry of Monroe, Lenders in the country, number 2 in Pennsylvania for banks headquartered here.

First Citizens believes that without such strong employees, their years of experience, and the trust their customers have in them, they would be just another bank with average performance, but they are not average, and will continue to leverage their strengths and experience to create new opportunities to serve their customers and communities. First Citizens operates 28 offices throughout Tioga, Bradford, Potter, Clinton, Union, Centre, Lebanon, Lancaster, Schuylkill and Berks counties in Pennsylvania and Allegany County New York. To learn more about First Citizens Community Bank, visit FirstCitizensBank.com, or find them on Facebook.

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First Citizens has grown significantly over the past several years through acquistions and opening offices in new markets such as Lebanon, Lancaster and State College. They currently operate 28 offices throughout the state of Pennsylvania

Just A Word by Bob Garrett Leadership Susquehanna Valley 2019 Calendar of Events Tariffs and Milk... don’t mix well The ARC Ribbon Cutting CSVCC 2019 Renewing Members Walk, Run, Ride for Life

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2019 GSVCC Food & Wine Fest Saturday, April 6, 2019 at Iron Front, 434 Market St.# Lewisburg, PA Tickets Are Almost Gone! Register online at WWW.GSVCC.ORG VIP Admission (LIMITED TICKETS AVAILABLE) $60/ea includes:

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• One Hour Early Ent(2:00pm - 3:00pm O • Private VIP AccFront’s Newly < cond Floor for addit ' w i n e , music and mo. • Personalizplx'. .ame Badge • Access ^^^^ront’s Third Floor Ji the Valley’s p r e r r a n d Wineries • *3 (Vine Glass r Wine Lanyard • Li .Viitertainment • Chance to win prizes and vote for “Top Chef’ and “Best in Show” wine

General Admission $40/ea includes: • Entrance to the Event from 3:00pm - 7:00pm • Access to Iron Front’s Third Floor to meet with the Valley’s premier Chefs and Wineries • Wristband • Souvenir Wine Glass • Souvenir Wine Lanyard • Live Entertainment • Chance to win prizes and vote for “Top Chef’ and “Best in Show” wine

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IRON FRONT • LEWI5BURG, PA • SATURDAY, APRIL 6TH VIP SESSION: 2PM - 3PM GENERAL ADMISSION: 3PM -7PM

CHEFS: • Brasserie Louis • Elizabeth’s American Bistro • Heritage Restaurant • Isabella Restaurant • Rusty Rail Brewing Company • Springfield Banquet Hall • Susquehanna Valley Country Club • The Edison Restaurant • The Iron Fork • The Kind Café

WINERIES/CIDER/BEER/ SPIRITS: • Bastress Mountain Winery • Bee Kind Winery • Broad Mountain Vineyard • Civil War Cider Co. • Deep Roots Hard Cider • Fero Vineyards and Winery • Lucchi Family Winery • Mountain Top Distillery • Pedro’s Wine Collection • Rusty Rail Brewing Co • Spyglass Ridge Winery • Winery at Hunters Valley

Proudly Sponsored By: Geisinger, Susquehanna River Valley Visitors Bureau, Practical Business Solutions, The Ups Store #5918, Sunbury Broadcasting Corp., Meck-Tech Inc., Diversified Construction, Gilson, and PenTeleData

**MUST BE 21 YEARS OF AGE OR OLDER TO ATTEND** Photo ID required upon entrance to the event. All weather event - No Refunds.

GREATER SUSQUEHANNA VALLEY CHAMBER MISSION The Greater Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce advances the prosperity of its communities, commerce, culture, fellow citizens, and their businesses in its region through the leadership of its members.

Our Ag Banking Team has over 350 years' experience as farmers and Ag Bankers.

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BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Just A Word...

CHAIRPERSON Sue Greene, Penn State Executive Programs

"Welcome March"

VICE CHAIRPERSON Art Thomas, Meek Tech Inc.

March fourth versus march forth... A few years ago, my wife and I traveled down to Lancaster’s Long Park to hear, actually to witness, the internationally-acclaimed and genre-breaking musical sensation, known as the March Fourth Marching Band. If you’re thinking along the lines of your local high school’s marching band, you would only be slightly on track. You might want to try to imagine the Penn State Blue Band meshed into the Mummers from South Street Strutters String Band, and you would be even closer. Now, if you can, imagine this fantastic band marching into the arena on stilts. In some cases, 15-feet high stilts. The most amazing thing was, they sounded great. Just in case you don’t believe me about this band, check them out on YouTube. You’ll be amazed.

PAST CHAIRPERSON John Uehling, Contrast Communications

TREASURER Dave Herbert, Camp Mount Luther

REGION VICE PRESIDENTS Fred Scheller, The Daily Item Jennifer Hain , SUN Area Technical Institute

March Fourth vs. March Forth is officially known as a homonym. These are words, or in this case expressions, that are pronounced alike but have different meanings. Today, March 4,2019, is also the annual celebration of “March Fourth and Do Something Day.”

Kendra Aucker, Evangelical Community Hospital Judi Karr, Nottingham Village Jeff Reber, Susquehanna Valley Home Services LLC

On this “Do Something Day,” I would like to take this opportunity to introduce you to our March Voice of the Valley sponsor, First Citizens Community Bank. Locally established in Winfield, this bank traces its roots back to 1932. A full-service community bank, this Mansfield-based financial institution is beginning to make solid inroads in our valley. Dave Richards is one of the local bank representatives who you probably know. Please take a few moments to read more about First Citizens Community Bank on the front page of this edition.

Brion Lieberman, Geisinger

DIRECTORS Greg Zeh, Weis Markets Ken Potter, RHP LLC John Kurelja, Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit Jessica Brazier, M&T Bank Reed Byrum, Bucknell SBDC Gene Welsh III, GDK Development Aimee Buehner, Bowen Agency Josh Bradley, AgChoice Farm Credit

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Abbie Sholley

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Director of Finance as holley@gsvcc.org

Jenny Wentz

Vanessa Venios

Chris Berieth

Director of Membership & Communications jwentz@gsvcc. org

Relationship Director cberleth@gsvcc.org

Relationship Liaison vvenios@gsvcc.org

Malcom Derk, Susquehanna University Amber Depew, UPMC Susquehanna

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• Northeast Pennsylvania Business Center

• Milton Public Library

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www.miltonpalibrary.org The mission of the Milton Public Library is to be a vital resource to the community by providing practical access to materials in varied formats, as well as services and programs of popular interest. Our emphasis is on encouraging all patrons to develop an ongoing interest and enjoyment of reading and learning, while furnishing timely accurate information for personal, recreational, educational, and professional needs.

• Eclipse Craft Brewing 249 Market St. Sunbury, PA 17801

We o f f e r an array of services for companies that would like to expand or grow through increased sales, reduced overhead, and enhanced infrastructure. Our team includes experts in Accounting, Bookkeeping, Payroll, Human Resources, Management Consulting, Web Design, Information Technology, Marketing and Advertising.

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www.eclipsecraftbrewing.com Featuring some of the areas best craft beers and German-style cuisine. We began brewing beer back in the 1990's, and after a many year hiatus, we decided we wanted to brew beer for a living. After practicing and perfecting our brews, we opened a brew pub in the Fall of 2018 in downtown Sunbury.

• Latino Connection

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Beautifully remodeled banquet hall for weddings, showers, parties, corporate events, funerals, etc. Full service, delicious catering available, including off-site and box lunches.

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Chair’s Circle Members 1847 Financial BJE Poultry Brewser's/GDK Development/Burger King Coldwell Banker Penn One Real Estate Contrast Communications Evangelical Community Hospital Fulton Bank Kreamer Feed M&T Bank Members Choice Financial Credit Union Mifflinburg Bank & Trust Company North Shore Railroad Penn State Executive Programs Penn State World Campus PPL Electric Utilities Practical Business Solutions SUN Area Technical Institute Sunbury Broadcasting Corporation The Daily Item UPMC Susquehanna Wood-Mode

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2019 Renewing Members as of February 15th 18th Street Financial Services A&A Auto Stores A.S.P. Services, Inc. A-l Advertising Academy Sports Center ActionCOACH Lewisburg Air Management Technologies, Inc. Albright Footcare Center All Points Land Surveys, Inc. American Drug and Alcohol Diagnostics LLC Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc. Appraisal & Marketing Associates Bailey Farms Beiter’s Inc. Benigna’s Creek Vineyard & Winery, Inc. Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Hodrick Realty

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Better Business Solutions Beverly Attkisson, Associate Member BJ’s Steak & Rib House Bobby Jones, Associate Member Borough of Selinsgrove Bowen Agency Realtors Brake Technique, Inc. Brandon Fiedler, Young Professional Brookside Homes Bucknell Small Business Development Center Buffalo Valley Recreation Authority C.A. Reed Party Supplies Camp Mount Luther Capital Blue Cross Carload Express, Inc. Carriage Manor Builders, Inc. CazRussell.Com CCR&S TRANS LLC

Central Pennsylvania Food Bank Century 21 Mertz & Associates Lewisburg CILS, Inc. Comfort Inn Community Arts Center County of Northumberland CSP Office Equipment Custom Cut Tree Service CVC Mechanical Contractors, Inc. D&J Boarding Kennel Dale Carnegie Training Danville Business Alliance Diversified Construction, Inc. Donald L. Heiter Community Center Dr. Gerald Geist & Associates Educators Inc. El Encanto LLC (Continued on Page 7)

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Leadership Susquehanna Valley Class Challenged to Be Engaged Citizens by Chris Berleth To me, there is no better, more revealing moment in the Leadership Susquehanna Valley program than when class members share breakfast with the Valley’s elected officials. While many class members have a general sense of what’s going on in the community, the LSV Breakfast with Local Officials often proves to class members that they really are not as connected to the challenges and opportunities facing our communities as they may have thought when the meal began. Sponsored by Snyder County Commissioner and LSV Alumnus Joe Kantz, the 2019 Breakfast with Local Officials featured PA Representative Fred Keller, Representative Keller’s District Office Manager Ben Ranck, Middleburg Borough Council President Heidi Potter, Union County Commissioner Preston Boop, and Sunbury City Administrator Jody Ocker. Following the enlightening breakfast program, class members heard from Snyder County District Attorney and Program Day Sponsor Mike Piecuch, who challenged the

and Chili repeatedly proved that trust in relationships make all the difference in showcasing excellence.

class to engage with the local community. D.A. Piecuch, heavily engaged in activities and organizations in Snyder County himself, credits his family as the key reason that he became involved. “Everyone has a reason for getting involved. I’m involved because of the future that I want for my kids.” He added, “You’ve heard it said that 20% of the people do 80% of the work. That’s sometimes the toughest part of being a good volunteer - we’ve got to be able to juggle responsibility and still have the presence of mind to say “no” when it’s too much. Organizations that have strong volunteers need to watch for burnout.”

After lunch, sponsored by CSS1 Technologies, the Class of 2019 welcomed Senator Gene Yaw to discuss the legislative priorities of the coming session, and then heard from Joe McGranaghan, Mayor of Shamokin Dam, about the role of a Mayor. In both sessions, the class were able to ask key questions about the future of the commonwealth and the challenges facing local and state officials. Especially interesting were Senator Yaw’s upcoming bill recognizing the hellbender as the state amphibian (the animal is a natural indicator of clean water), and Mayor McGranaghan’s advocacy for radar use by local police.

Caz Russell, in his final lesson with the Class of 2019, brought Chili and Huck, his two service dogs, to the classroom. Highlighting the ways that dogs hear commands, rely on relationships of trust, receive praise and give loyalty, Caz drilled home the idea that dogs and people both like to be treated kindly, with respect, with praise and with trust. The class had fun watching as Caz

Learn it, Live it, Lead it! Leadership Susquehanna Valley Leadership Coach, Caz Russell, brings you this monthly leadership moment. You’re not a tree. How do you handle change? I was amazed to hear the statement “people don’t resist change, they resist being changed!” This statement is very real to me. Everyone wants to be valued and most of us want to feel that we are needed. Ringo Starr sings the song “it don’t come easy!” 1 believe this is one of the primary reasons we resist change. Once we do accomplish something which is most important to us, we want to know and feel we have truly accomplished something and we want to make it permanent.

In today’s world, change is happening at the speed of other people’s choices. Let’s think about change and how we can learn to embrace it. Change happens all around us, every day. Loss of hair, the color of our hair and even the length of our hair never stops changing. Although we might not see this change every day, one morning we wake up and look in the mirror and see a different version of me. If change does happen without us realizing it, how do we become aware and use it to our advantage? A major contributor to dealing with change is our mood at the time of the event. Just because we are feeling

good or not so good at any given moment should not determine our acceptance of change. Our leadership qualities are determined by us by making a conscious decision to learn and grow. Leadership is a choice. Change is inevitable, creating, embracing and supporting change is a choice. Any day you wish, you can embrace change. You and I decide how, what and where to change. I learned a while back only I can change me. When a tree stops growing it begins to wither. You’re not a tree.

The program ended with a rap session whereby class members bounced ideas off one another. Thanks to our sponsors for a great day!

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PA State Senator Gene Yaw poses with the LSV Class of 2019. Senator Yaw spoke about his legislative priorities and encouraged civic engagement.

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Nearly every big business began as a small business. What makes small business thrive is big ideas. Ideas like how to efficiently manage payment processing and collection, borrow for growth, and guidance on how to stay competitive in the marketplace. We have the resources to help your business grow - whether you need to expand, renovate, or acquire. Plus, we are a Preferred Lender for the Small Business Administration (SBA), The Fulton Bank advantage means you get the products and services of a large bank along with the dedicated, one-to-one, service of a community bank. Visit a branch to meet your local relationship manager today.

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Class members listen closely as Caz Russell teaches. Caz Russell has served as the leadership coach for the LSV Class of 2019 over five program days.

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0 GREATER SUSQUEHANNA VALLEY CHAMBER | 2019 Calendar of Events

4% UPCOMING EVENTS 4% W W GREATER SUSQUEHANNA CHAMBER ▼ V Joint Legislative Breakfast

Financial Friday

Networking with Non-Profits

Friday, April 12

Friday, June 7

Thursday, August 8

7:30 am - 9:00 am The Country Cupboard -101 Hafer Rd, Lewisburg, PA 17837

8:30 am - 9:00 am On The Mark, 1070 AM

11:15 am - 1:00 pm Susquehanna Valley Mall One Susquehanna Valley Mall Drive, Selinsgrove, PA 17870

Women's Leadership Symposium Committee Meeting Tuesday, April 23 Business & Education Committee Meeting Wednesday, March 6 7:30 am - 8:30 am GSVCC - 2859 N. Susquehanna Trail, Shamokin Dam, PA 17876

8:30 am - 9:30 am GSVCC - 2859 N. Susquehanna Trail, Shamokin Dam, PA 17876 Communications Committee Meeting Wednesday, April 24

Community Prosperity Alliance Committee Meeting Thursday, March 7 9:30 am - 10:30 am GSVCC - 2859 N. Susquehanna Trail, Shamokin Dam, PA 17876 Transportation Committee Meeting

8:00 am - 9:00 am The Daily Item - 200 Market St., Sunbury, PA 17801

Governmental Affairs Committee Meeting Friday, June 7 11:30 am - 1:00 pm Marzoni's - 834 N. Susquehanna Trail, Selinsgrove, PA 17870 Programs & Development Committee Meeting Monday, June 10 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm GSVCC - 2859 N. Susquehanna Trail, Shamokin Dam, PA 17876

Ambassador Committee Meeting

Transportation Committee Meeting

Friday, April 26

Friday, June 14

8:00 am - 8:30 am Conference Call

7:30 am - 8:30 am Hoss's - 3134 N. Susquehanna Trail, Shamokin Dam, PA 17876

Friday, March 8 7:30 am - 8:30 am Hoss's - 3134 N. Susquehanna Trail, Shamokin Dam, PA 17876 Financial Friday Friday, March 8 8:30 am - 9:00 am On The Mark, 1070 AM Programs & Development Committee Meeting Monday, March 11 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm GSVCC - 2859 N. Susquehanna Trail, Shamokin Dam, PA 17876 Governmental Affairs Committee Meeting Friday, March 15 11:30 am - 1:00 pm Marzoni's - 834 N. Susquehanna Trail, Selinsgrove, PA 17870

MAY Business & Education Committee Meeting Wednesday, May 1 7:30 am - 8:30 am GSVCC - 2859 N. Susquehanna Trail, Shamokin Dam, PA 17876 Community Prosperity Alliance Committee Meeting Thursday, May 2 9:30 am - 10:30 am GSVCC - 2859 N. Susquehanna Trail, Shamokin Dam, PA 17876 Financial Friday

American Red Cross Blood Drive Tuesday, March 19 10:00 am - 3:00 pm GSVCC - 2859 N. Susquehanna Trail, Shamokin Dam, PA 17876 Women's Leadership Symposium Committee Meeting Tuesday, March 26 8:30 am - 9:30 am GSVCC - 2859 N. Susquehanna Trail, Shamokin Dam, PA 17876 Communications Committee Meeting Wednesday, March 27 8:00 am - 9:00 am The Daily Item - 200 Market St., Sunbury, PA 17801 Ambassador Committee Meeting Friday, March 29 8:00 am - 8:30 am Conference Call

Friday, May 3 8:30 am - 9:00 am On The Mark, 1070 AM Governmental Affairs Committee Meeting Friday, May 3 11:30 am - 1:00 pm Marzoni's - 834 N. Susquehanna Trail, Selinsgrove, PA 17870

7:30 am - 8:30 am GSVCC - 2859 N. Susquehanna Trail, Shamokin Dam, PA 17876 Community Prosperity Alliance Committee Meeting Thursday, April 4 9:30 am - 10:30 am GSVCC - 2859 N. Susquehanna Trail, Shamokin Dam, PA 17876 Financial Friday Friday, April 5 8:30 am - 9:00 am On The Mark, 1070 AM Governmental Affairs Committee Meeting

11:30 am - 1:00 pm Marzoni's - 834 N. Susquehanna Trail, Selinsgrove, PA 17870 Membership Celebration

Thursday, November 7

Friday, August 9

Tuesday, October 1

7:30 am - 8:30 am Hoss's - 3134 N. Susquehanna Trail, Shamokin Dam, PA 17876

7:30 am - 4:30 pm The Country Cupboard -101 Hafer Rd, Lewisburg, PA 17837

11:15 am - 1:00 pm Front Street Station - #2 Front Street, Northumberland, PA 17857

Programs & Development Committee Meeting

Business & Education Committee Meeting

Monday, August 12

Wednesday, October 2

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm GSVCC - 2859 N. Susquehanna Trail, Shamokin Dam, PA 17876

7:30 am - 8:30 am GSVCC - 2859 N. Susquehanna Trail, Shamokin Dam, PA 17876

Governmental Affairs Committee Meeting

Community Prosperity Alliance Committee Meeting

Friday, August 16

Thursday, October 3

11:30 am - 1:00 pm Marzoni's - 834 N. Susquehanna Trail, Selinsgrove, PA 17870

9:30 am - 10:30 am GSVCC - 2859 N. Susquehanna Trail, Shamokin Dam, PA 17876

Women's Leadership Symposium Committee Meeting

Financial Friday

Friday, November 15

Friday, October 4 8:30 am - 9:00 am On The Mark, 1070 AM

7:30 am - 9:00 am The Country Cupboard -101 Hafer Rd, Lewisburg, PA 17837

Governmental Affairs Committee Meeting

Women's Leadership Symposium Committee Meeting

Friday, October 4

Tuesday, November 26

11:30 am -1:00 pm Marzoni's - 834 N. Susquehanna Trail, Selinsgrove, PA 17870

8:30 am - 9:30 am GSVCC - 2859 N. Susquehanna Trail, Shamokin Dam, PA 17876

Agriculture Luncheon

Communications Committee Meeting

Tuesday, August 27 8:30 am - 9:30 am GSVCC - 2859 N. Susquehanna Trail, Shamokin Dam, PA 17876 Communications Committee Meeting Wednesday, August 28

Women's Leadership Symposium Committee Meeting

8:00 am - 9:00 am The Daily Item - 200 Market St., Sunbury, PA 17801

Tuesday, June 25 Ambassador Committee Meeting Friday, August 30 8:00 am - 8:30 am Conference Call

Friday, November 29

7:30 am - 8:30 am Hoss's - 3134 N. Susquehanna Trail, Shamokin Dam, PA 17876

8:00 am - 8:30 am Conference Call

Ambassador Committee Meeting

Programs & Development Committee Meeting

Friday, June 28 8:00 am - 8:30 am Conference Call

Business & Education Committee Meeting Wednesday, September 4 7:30 am - 8:30 am GSVCC - 2859 N. Susquehanna Trail, Shamokin Dam, PA 17876 Community Prosperity Alliance Committee Meeting Thursday, September 5 9:30 am - 10:30 am GSVCC - 2859 N. Susquehanna Trail, Shamokin Dam, PA 17876

Governmental Affairs Committee Meeting

Financial Friday Friday, July 5 8:30 am - 9:00 am On The Mark, 1070 AM Programs & Development Committee Meeting

Annual Meeting Luncheon

Monday, July 8

Monday, May 20

12:00 pm -1:00 pm GSVCC - 2859 N. Susquehanna Trail, Shamokin Dam, PA 17876 Transportation Committee Meeting

Young Americans Banquet

Friday, July 12

Monday, May 20

7:30 am - 8:30 am Hoss's - 3134 N. Susquehanna Trail, Shamokin Dam, PA 17876 Communications Committee Meeting Wednesday, July 24 8:00 am - 9:00 am The Daily Item - 200 Market St., Sunbury, PA 17801

Governmental Affairs Committee Meeting

Programs & Development Committee Meeting Monday, September 9 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm GSVCC - 2859 N. Susquehanna Trail, Shamokin Dam, PA 17876 11th Annual Economic Forecast Luncheon 11:15 am - 1:00 pm Rusty Rail - 5 N. 8th St., Suite 1, Mifflinburg, PA 17844 Transportation Committee Meeting 7:30 am - 8:30 am Hoss's - 3134 N. Susquehanna Trail, Shamokin Dam, PA 17876

Tuesday, September 24 8:30 am - 9:30 am GSVCC - 2859 N. Susquehanna Trail, Shamokin Dam, PA 17876

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Financial Friday Friday, August 2

Communications Committee Meeting

8:30 am - 9:00 am On The Mark, 1070 AM

Wednesday, September 25

7:30 am - 8:30 am GSVCC - 2859 N. Susquehanna Trail, Shamokin Dam, PA 17876

Tourism Luncheon 11:15 am -1:00 pm La Primavera - 2593 Old Turnpike Road, Lewisburg, PA 17837

Community Prosperity Alliance Committee Meeting Thursday, June 6 9:30 am - 10:30 am GSVCC - 2859 N. Susquehanna Trail, Shamokin Dam, PA 17876

Joint Legislative Breakfast Friday, September 20

Friday, August 2

18th Annual Golf Classic Friday, September 27

Governmental Affairs Committee Meeting Friday, December 6 11:30 am -1:00 pm Marzoni's - 834 N. Susquehanna Trail, Selinsgrove, PA 17870

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Programs & Development Committee Meeting Monday, December 9 12:00 pm -1:00 pm GSVCC - 2859 N. Susquehanna Trail, Shamokin Dam, PA 17876

Financial Friday Friday, November 1 8:30 am - 9:00 am On The Mark, 1070 AM Governmental Affairs Committee Meeting Friday, November 1

11:30 am - 1:00 pm Marzoni's - 834 N. Susquehanna Trail, Selinsgrove, PA 17870 Business & Education Committee Meeting Wednesday, November 6 7:30 am - 8:30 am GSVCC - 2859 N. Susquehanna Trail, Shamokin Dam, PA 17876

Transportation Committee Meeting Friday, December 13 7:30 am - 8:30 am Hoss's - 3134 N. Susquehanna Trail, Shamokin Dam, PA 17876

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Wednesday, August 7 7:30 am - 8:30 am GSVCC - 2859 N. Susquehanna Trail, Shamokin Dam, PA 17876

Financial Friday Friday, December 6 8:30 am - 9:00 am On The Mark, 1070 AM

8:00 am - 9:00 am The Daily Item - 200 Market St., Sunbury, PA 17801

11:30 am - 1:00 pm Marzoni's - 834 N. Susquehanna Trail, Selinsgrove, PA 17870 Business & Education Committee Meeting

Christmas Party Wednesday, December 4 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm GSVCC - 2859 N. Susquehanna Trail, Shamokin Dam, PA 17876 Community Prosperity Alliance Committee Meeting Thursday, December 5 9:30 am -10:30 am GSVCC - 2859 N. Susquehanna Trail, Shamokin Dam, PA 17876

Friday, September 13

9:30 am - 10:30 am GSVCC - 2859 N. Susquehanna Trail, Shamokin Dam, PA 17876

Wednesday, June 5

8:00 am - 8:30 am Conference Call

Thursday, September 12

Thursday, August 1

Business & Education Committee Meeting

Friday, October 25

11:30 am - 1:00 pm Marzoni's - 834 N. Susquehanna Trail, Selinsgrove, PA 17870

Friday, May 31

Governmental Affairs Committee Meeting

Ambassador Committee Meeting

Friday, September 6

8:00 am - 9:00 am Conference Call

Thursday, April 11

Communications Committee Meeting 8:00 am - 9:00 am The Daily Item - 200 Market St., Sunbury, PA 17801

8:30 am - 9:00 am On The Mark, 1070 AM

4:00 pm - 8:00 pm Iron Front Events - 434 Market Street, Suite 301, Lewisburg, PA 17837

7:30 am - 2:00 pm The Country Cupboard -101 Hafer Rd, Lewisburg, PA 17837

Friday, October 18 11:30 am - 1:00 pm Marzoni's - 834 N. Susquehanna Trail, Selinsgrove, PA 17870

9:30 am - 10:30 am GSVCC - 2859 N. Susquehanna Trail, Shamokin Dam, PA 17876

Women's Leadership Symposium Committee Meeting

Wednesday, April 10

Governmental Affairs Committee Meeting

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm GSVCC - 2859 N. Susquehanna Trail, Shamokin Dam, PA 17876

Community Prosperity Alliance Committee Meeting

Young Americans Seminar

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm GSVCC - 2859 N. Susquehanna Trail, Shamokin Dam, PA 17876

Wednesday, October 23

Ambassador Committee Meeting

Monday, April 8

Monday, October 14

Financial Friday

Saturday, April 6

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm GSVCC - 2859 N. Susquehanna Trail, Shamokin Dam, PA 17876

8:00 am - 9:00 am The Daily Item - 200 Market St., Sunbury, PA 17801

Friday, October 11

Friday, September 6

GSVCC Food & Wine Festival

12:00 pm -1:00 pm GSVCC - 2859 N. Susquehanna Trail, Shamokin Dam, PA 17876

8:00 am - 9:00 am The Daily Item - 200 Market St., Sunbury, PA 17801

Thursday, July 4

Tuesday, May 28

Monday, November 11

Ambassador Committee Meeting

Monday, May 13

Women's Leadership Symposium Committee Meeting

Programs & Development Committee Meeting

Wednesday, November 27

11:15 am -1:00 pm Barn Appétit - 1300 State Route 405, Milton, PA 17847

Community Prosperity Alliance Committee Meeting

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Tariffs and Milk...don’t mix well By: Bob Garrett

When it comes to building strong economics, tariffs are at best blunt objects. Said another way, dabbling with raising our lower tariffs, as a means to create American jobs and prosperity, would be akin to a brain surgeon operating with an old, rusty, dull-edged machete as his/her only instrument. You see, the patient may in fact have their brain tumor removed, but there would be a lot of collateral damage.

Collateral damage might be just what some farmers, thanks to newly-enacted or threatened tariffs, are feeling these days. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, exports make up 20% of all farm income nationwide. Here in the Greater Susquehanna Valley, this national average is close to right on target. However, it doesn’t take into account farmers who have taken advantage of our North

Central Pennsylvania location that happens to be bisected by U.S. Route 15 and Interstate 80. These highways literally link our valley to the largest populations of Americans as well as to our biggest trading partner, Canada. While liquid milk may not be routinely shipped all the way to Canada, milk products, such as cheese, whey, and ice cream certainly are. Speaking recently at the 59th

Annual Convention of the Pennsylvania Young Farmers Association, Alan Ard of Ard’s Family Farm Market, located outside of Lewisburg, said, “You have to have confidence to take a risk, to change. If you run a family farm, you can’t always do everything that dad used to do.” As usual, Alan makes a good point. In fact, his testament to thinking anew and about making fresh choices could be

and should be applied by more of us, farmer and non-farmer alike.

don’t put our local businesses, particularly our farm family neighbors, at a disadvantage.

Where your Chamber of Commerce fits into all of this is as the liaison or the link, if you prefer. With the only constant in life being change, look to your Chamber to offer training classes on how to profit in an ever-changing economy. At the same time, rest assured that your Chamber will always advocate for policies which

Trade wars, historically, have had few true winners. Our current trade discussions and debates need not rise above the level of skirmish to achieve the overachieving goal of brining parity to any existing imbalance when it comes to locally produced agricultural products.

Dries Orchards Inc., Naturally Delicious Dries Orchards Inc., located at 1724 Dornsife Mountain Road, Sunbury, PA, has been family owned and operated for over 65 years. The orchard consists of about 240 acres of Apple, Pear, Peach, Nectarine and Sweet and Sour Cherry Trees as well as grape vineyards and strawberry and raspberry fields. We also pride ourselves in our freshly pressed apple cider made weekly at our orchard. We have store locations at our orchard and Rt. 405 outside of Lewisburg and every Wednesday at the Lewisburg farmers market. Our first fruit of the season will be in early June with strawberries, then black raspberries and early season peach and nectarines and sweet and sour cherries followed by a myriad of apple varieties ready to pick in the fall. We have different varieties of pick your own apples, cherries and grapes for customers to come out to the orchard and enjoy a day of orchard life picking their own fruit right off the trees. All our apples, because we pick for fresh eating, have to be picked by hand each fall. Millions of apples are picked by hand each autumn

and we can store over 66000 bushels of apples year round. So we can pick and store an apple and pack it for sale right up until we start to pick new apples the following year. Dries orchard has certainly changed and adapted throughout the years. Older variety and strains of apple trees were larger, less disease resistant and harder to pick and trim. Newer, younger trees that we currently plant are smaller dwarf varieties that can be picked and trimmed without ladders, planted closer together and more per acre and yield higher volumes of fruit. With the disease resistance of new varieties of apples that we are planting along with our strict (IPM) Integrated Pest Management regimen we are able to lower our spray amounts for pests and diseases and provide a quality more environmentally friendly fruits. We consistently monitor insect populations and life cycles in our orchard so we know when to spray and when not to spray for certain pests. We also use biological controls and hang certain insect pheromone markers in the

orchards to pretend that predatory insects are in the area or mating disruption pheromones that make the insect not reproduce. We also use predatory bird recordings to scare birds away from fruit so fruit isn’t pecked and we hang small bars of dial soap on young fruit trees to keep deer away and make our orchards smell like humans are in the area. We also have much to worry about in the spring when frost is an issue, a late frost can decimate blossoms or soft fruit buds and ruin a crop. We have wind machines that will circulate the higher elevated warm air to the ground and pull the colder air away from our fruit trees when frost is an issue. We also incorporate a frost dragon machine, which is a few propane tanks that throw off a flame and when pulled behind a tractor during the evening can raise the ground temperatures a few degrees in an orchard to save the buds from frost damage. To keep our fruit trees pollinated we also rent hundreds of honey bee hives during blossom in the spring so we can make sure all our trees are well pollinated. Rain

issue for cherry trees that we now have over 900 trees planted under a plastic high tunnel, we can pull the plastic over the top and keep rain off so cherries don’t split from too much water and we can change temperature inside the tunnel with the plastic on or off to bring cherry varieties into blossom earlier or later as well as protect the cherry from birds and other pests. On some of our orchards and berry fields we

the trees and berries to cut down on excess water waste and misuse. We can set the trickle irrigation to give just the right amount of water to the trees and sometime even add fertilizer to the system so we have healthier more robust crops of fruit. Dries Orchards is a wholesale fruit provider to large grocery chains like Weis Markets, Giant/Ahold and Wegmans. We also provide fresh, local

fruit to Bucknell University, Susquehanna University, Lock Haven University, Bloomsburg University, Lycoming College and Penn College. We also do wholesale deliveries to local restaurants, cideries and markets like Civil War Cider and Elizabeths Bistro in Lewisburg and Ards Market in Mifflinburg as well as many other buyers and distributors within a 60 miles radius of our orchard. It certainly is a team effort at the orchard year round from all of our employees, from taking care of the susceptible and delicate spring buds, to picking and trimming all the fruit trees to packing the fruit and delivering to the right places. We all come together when needed and it often feels like we are a family here at our business and dealing with variables like weather, diseases, insects and incorporating new technology like wind machines and high tunnels. Dries Orchards has learned to adapt and take some risks over the years. Like Mark Twain once said, “Why not go out on a limb? That’s where the fruit is.”

FURMANO FOOD’S ROLE IN THE FOODSERVICE INDUSTRY EVOLVES Fourth generation, family-owned Furmano’s, in Northumberland, has been primarily known for their fresh packed tomatoes, tomato sauces, and pizza sauces found in grocery stores across the Susquehanna Valley and along the east coast. But did you know that Fumano’s growth is largely driven by sales of beans and tomatoes to restaurants and manufacturers nationwide?

meet consumers ever changing tastes,” said Chef Earley. Since Furmano’s inception in 1921, the company has continued to grow, with sales of more than 14 million cases annually and

will continue to help meet the needs of today’s diners and their changing lifestyles. For more information about Furmano’s, visit furmanos.com or look for us on Facebook.

Restaurant operators are more aware than ever of how customer perceptions drive change. Diners are eating more foods because of their health and wellness features such as lower sodium content, cleaner ingredients, alternate proteins and plantbased dishes. Furmano’s, producing nutritious tomatoes, beans and vegetables, is committed to fostering a culture of innovation and driving future growth by helping foodservice operators stay on trend and meet the demands of their restaurant customers. The company recently announced the addition of Chef Bill Earley. Chef Earley is an experienced research chef with expertise in recipe development, new product development and foodservice consultation. He has a wealth of experience developing food products and recipes that align well with Furmano’s focus on the demand for healthier, plant-based ingredients. Chef Earley is a food industry veteran, with an extensive career that includes an internship at

For nearly 100 years, fourth generation, family-owned Furmano's in Northumberland, continues to grow to meet the everevolving health and wellness needs of today's restaurant patrons.

the world-renowned Charlie Trotter’s in Chicago. Earning an Associates Degree of Applied Business in Culinary Arts and Bachelor of Science in Culinary Science from the University of Cincinnati, he turned his love of food and restaurant experience into a career of developing innovative, on-trend recipes for a number of well-known Consumer Products companies. In fact, in 2017, Chef Earley won Best New Savory Snack from the Specialty Foods Association. His emphasis on organic foods and fresh ideas was a natural fit for this role at Furmano’s. “My new role lets me provide exciting ideas on how to use beans and tomatoes in creative

new ways that allows restaurant operators to think outside the

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Ronald Henry won the ribbon cutting raffle prize at Mifflinburg Bank and Trust’s new location in Selinsgrove, PA. The TV prize was presented by Deborah Thompson and Karen Clow. Pictured from left to right: Maria Henry, Deborah Thomas, Ronald Henry and Karen Clow.

Congratulations to The Arc, Susquehanna Valley on their Ribbon Cutting on January 30th in downtown Sunbury! The Arc, Susquehanna Valley, is committed to promoting awareness, opportunities, quality programs, and advocacy for people with intellectual disabilities and their families.

F RST GSVCC MEMBER LUNCHEON OF 2019 Over 50 Chamber members of the Greater Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce gathered at The Bull Run Tap House in Lewisburg on Wednesday, February 13th for the first GSVCC Member Luncheon of 2019! Themed on finance, this luncheon featured Dr. Matthew Rousu, Ph.D., Professor of Economics and Dean of the Sigmund Weis School of Business at Susquehanna University. The luncheon, sponsored by Jim Richmond and 1847 Financial, started out with a Made in the Valley Moment by Skyler Deitrick from Workabilities Clubhouse, part of CSG - Community Services Group, who shared about their employment program. Following Skyler’s discussion, the GSV Program Committee Chair Alison Hall of The UPS Store of Lewisburg introduced Dr. Matthew Rousu who discussed the great success the University is having on providing Economic Education to K-12 programs

Dr. Matthew Rousu, Ph.D., Professor of Economics and Dean of the Sigmund Weis School of Business at Susquehanna University

across the Valley. With close to 300 educators taking advantage of the business school’s programs, Dr. Rousu gave a fun presentation demonstrating how pop culture and children’s content can speak about economics today.

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Thank You You Make a Difference 2019 Renewing Members as of February 15th (Continued from Page 2) Family Care for Children & Youth First Community Foundation Partnership of PA First National Insurance Agency LLC, Mid Penn Division Focus Central Pennsylvania Foss Jewelers, Inc. Gable blouse Bakery Gass Electric, Inc. Gladiolus Business Solutions LLC Golden Living Center - Mansion Greater Susquehanna Valley YMCA Gregory E. Prowant Grudi Associates, Inc. GS Woods Financial Solutions LLC Flampton Inn by Hilton Hampton Inn by Hilton - Danville Hummels Wharf Fire Company Ideal Group, Inc. Individual Point of Sales Solutions - iPOS Innotek Computer Consulting, Inc. Iron Front Cowork Jack Williams Tire & Auto James Shaffer, Associate Member Joe McGranaghan, Associate Member Keller Marine Service, Inc. Kelsey’s Dream Kendy Alvarez, Young Professional Keystone Communications Service Keystone Forging Company Keystone Human Services, NCPA Kip Flock Consulting Kleen Mist Car Wash Kreamer Auto Service

Volunteers are Needed for Meals on Wheels at RiverWoods

RiverWoods Meals on Wheels is in need of kindhearted, conscientious and caring volunteers to deliver meals in Mil­ ton, Lewisburg, Watsontown, and nearby communities. Cindy Walker, the coordinator of the Meals on Wheels program at RiverWoods, says the heart and soul of Meals on Wheels is the dedicated volunteers, “They are the most wonderful group of people you would ever want to work with. They are just so willing to help.” Currently there are eight meal delivery routes, and ap­ proximately 90 meals are delivered daily, Monday through Friday. Cindy explained, “We are providing more than a meal. We are providing needed nutrition. For instance, we had a refer­ ral for meals from a concerned family member because their mother was eating oatmeal three times a day. Good nutrition is a preventative to poor health, so we are being proactive as we address poor nutrition with our meals.” Other vital aspects of the program are socialization and safety. Cindy said, “Our volunteer might be the only person the meal client sees, and if they don’t come to the door as expected, we place a call to their emergency contact per­ son.” Patty Schmieder, who has been a Meals on Wheels volun­ teer for seven years said, “You get to chat with the custom­ ers. Many of them really look forward to the company and conversation.” Meals are prepared at RiverWoods. They are ready for pickup at 10:45, and expected to be delivered between 11 and noon. To learn more about becoming one of our vital volunteers for Meals on Wheels, contact Cindy Walker by calling 570-522-1934 or email cynthia.walker@albrightcare.org. RiverWoods Senior Living Community is owned and oper­ ated by Albright Care Services, a faith-based non-pro t corporation that serves all of central Pennsylvania. Albright also owns and operates Normandie Ridge Senior Living Community in York; Living Independently For Elders (LIFE) sites in Williamsport, Lebanon and Lancaster; and manages Warrior Run Manor, a HUD-approved housing complex in Watsontown. For more information on Albright, visit www.albrightcare.org. Allison Kauffman Marketing Assistant/PR Writer Albright Care Services (570)524-3848

Larry Neidig, Associate Member Law Office of Andrew D. Lyons Law Office of Lonnie C. Hill Leroy L. Martin, Contractor & Builder Lewisburg Sunrise Rotary LTVTC Civil Luzerne Community College Madison Settlement Services - Selinsgrove LLC Majik Rent to Own (Sunbury) Middle Creek Signs, Inc. Middleburg Yarn Processing Company Miller Travel Agency MoJo Active, Inc. Muirfield Energy, Inc. New Enterprise Stone & Lime Co., Inc. Nicholas Wolff Foundation, Inc. (Camp Victory) Northumberland County Anthracite Outdoor Adventure Area Oakes Coffee & Bottled Water Olvany Insurance Agency On Fire Promotions Orchard Pump & Supply Company, Inc. PA CareerLink Paul Q. Ross Construction, Inc. Penn Cheese Corporation Penn State Executive Programs Penn Township Supervisors PenTeleData Pfeiffer-Naginey Insurance Play world Systems, Inc. Point Township Supervisors Public Library for Union County Ralpho Township Supervisors Rothermel - Heizenroth Funeral & Cremation Service

Rowe Family Farm Company Rue Rothermel, Associate Member Schindler’s Studio SEDA-Council of Governments Senator John Gordner Shimock’s Furniture Slivinski Law Offices Snyder County Libraries, Inc. Stahl Sheaffer Engineering, LLC Stahl’s Sawmill & Logging Supplies Star Physical Therapy & Fitness Inc. State Representative Fred Keller State Representative Lynda Schlegel-Culver Steve Bilger, Associate Member Street of Shops Restaurant SUN Area Chapter of the American Red Cross Sunbury Christian Academy Susquehanna Valley Home Services, LLC Susquehanna Valley Limousine, Inc. Swank & Son Well Drilling & Pumping The ARC, Susquehanna Valley The Eye Center of Central PA The Primary Health Network The Ship Zone Truck & Trailer Sales and Leasing Corp. Ultimate Express Car Wash Villager Realty Villager Realty Inc. - Selinsgrove VNA Health Systems Vought’s Rental Waste Management Workforce

GSVCC and Bucknell SBDC Partnership The Greater Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce collaborates with and supports allied community and regional organizations that join in a shared mission of the advancement of economic development in the region. The Chamber marked a high point in their long­ term relationship with one of these partners, the Bucknell University Small Business Development Center (SBDC), late last year when they collaborated on a Strategic Survey designed to assess the needs of the business community and set the Chamber’s priorities for 2019-2020.

Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce “The SBDC has long partnered with the Greater Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce (GSVCC) in advancing the prosperity of commerce and small business owners in our region. Our small business clients are well served with the strategic priorities the GSVCC is pursuing through its advocacy and programming. We’re especially pleased to re-affirm this partnership at this time by announcing a series of “Programs for Prosperity” to be co­ sponsored by the SBDC and GSVCC, which feature workshops specifically designed to meet the needs expressed by small business owners in the recent strategic survey. The SBDC is wellpoised to help chamber members and members of the business community develop their management skills to address the rising costs of doing business. By arming business owners with knowledge, research tools, and expert advising; we help them make smart decisions about how to manage their business more efficiently and to pursue opportunities for growth.” - Steven Stumbris, Director, Bucknell Small Business Development Center.

“With overwhelming consensus, the members of the Greater Susquehanna Valley Chamber agreed that the Cost of Doing Business and Workforce Issues were their biggest concerns. While modest inflation is to be expected, businesses and small businesses in particular, simply can’t thrive let alone survive when the cost of basic goods and services get out of hand. The Chamber is uniquely positioned to press for public policies, at national, state and local levels, that don’t unduly burden business and dampen economic stimulus. Workforce, specifically a well-trained, prepared cadre of potential employees is an ever-growing concern. Through our CareerBASICs and by partnering with the Career Pathways efforts of local school districts, the Chamber is making sure that students are learning the skills to be successful in our region’s booming economy.” - Robert Garrett, President & CEO of the Greater

Upcoming “Programs for Prosperity” workshop topics to help businesses grow and prosper include “Branding and Rebranding for the Small Business Owner” on March 13 and “Social Media 101 for Small Business” on March 14. Additionally, the SBDC aims to help business owners attract, retain, and

develop a thriving workforce through a Spring HR Series, kicking off on March 21 with “Personality Styles for Improved Communication”. Additional topics in this Human Resources series include “The Millennial Dilemma - How to Attract, Motivate & Retain Your Young Professionals” on April 25 and “Best Practices of Performance Management” on May 23. Chamber members will receive a $10 discounted registration simply by mentioning “Chamber Prosperity” when signing up. A full listing of “Programs for Prosperity” can be found at the Chamber’s website, and individuals can register at www.bucknell.edu/ SBDCevents About the GSVCC The Greater Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce advances the prosperity of its communities, commerce, culture, fellow citizens, and their businesses in its region through the leadership of its members. The Chamber engages its members to serve as an

engine of growth that drives the region’s jobs, businesses and opportunities through economic development, collaborative partnering, strategic technology, and resource training. About the Bucknell SBDC The Bucknell University Small Business Development Center (SBDC) has been helping businesses start, grow, and prosper for over 40 years in Union, Northumberland, Juniata, Montour, Perry and Snyder counties. Bucknell’s center is part of the network of Pennsylvania SBDCs, the only statewide, nationally accredited program that provides high quality one-on-one consulting, training, and information resources to empower new and existing businesses. The SBDC program is a public/ private partnership with the U.S. Small Business Administration, the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) and 18 universities and colleges across the Commonwealth. www.Bucknell.edu/SBDC

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Walk, Run, Ride for Life It has been 14 years since the Pregnancy Care Center has opened its doors in Shamokin. It was originally an affiliate of the Lewisburg and Williamsport centers. Several years ago, the Pregnancy Care Center

became their own entity and are now known as PCC Corner of Hope. The Lord provided what they needed to expand and become a medical facility. Since then, they offer ultrasounds, STI testing, and multiple other

services for families. On Saturday, May 11th, you can find PCC Corner of Hope at Knoebels Amusement Resort (Pavilion U) for their annual fundraiser, Walk for Life. The course is three

miles (5K) and takes place on the outskirts of Knoebels. Participants of all ages ask family and friends to support their cause as they walk, run, or ride to benefit the mission of our nonprofit organization. Everyone is welcome— walkers, runners, bicyclists, motorcyclists—as we trek three miles as advocates for life. Any team that raises over $3,000 will win a pizza party,

and the team that raises the most money will receive a trophy. Following the walk, a hot dog lunch is provided. Door prizes, donated by local businesses, will be handed out during lunch. Music will be provided by WGRC. Because of your amazing support, PCC Corner of Hope can host the Walk, Run, Ride for Life fundraiser each year.

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