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Voice of the Valley An Advertising Supplement to The Daily Item and The Danville News

Agriculture & Industry


MARCH 2020

First Citizens Community Bank Ranked one of the top Performing Community Banks in the Nation First Citizens Community Bank has been consistently 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, “We’re humbled by the many accolades we receive for our financial performance, but this ranking brings us the greatest honor and our TEAM gets all the credit for this one.”

Their Winfield Ag Lending Office, located on Route 15, has an experienced Ag team with strong ties to the area and to farming. The two lead lenders, Blaine Fessler and Francis Strause, have over 80 years of Ag Banking experience between them and both continue to farm today.

Although headquartered in Mansfield, PA, the bank now operates 27 offices in Tioga, Bradford, Potter, Clinton, Union, Centre, Lebanon, Lancaster, Schuylkill and Berks counties in Pennsylvania and Allegany County New York. With the upcoming acquisition of MidCoast Community Bank in Delaware, that office total will increase to 30.

Blaine and Francis are about building realtionships with their customers which is what makes them different. Just ask Elvin Stoltzfus, from Stoltzfus Grain who said “First Citizens treated us like more than just a number. There’s much more of a personal relationship than we’ve experienced with other banks.”

At this time, their presence in Union County is an Ag Lending office located in Winfield. Ag Banking is a key line of business for the Bank. First Citizens Community Bank is currently ranked 2nd for banks headquartered in Pennsylvania and 68th in the nation for Ag Lending. Their Ag team has over 350 years of 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.

In addition, the bank is a FSA preferred lender, which means they can turn around FSA guaranteed loans quicker than other banks who do not have this designation. To learn more about First Citizens Community Bank, visit FirstCitizensBank.com, or find them on Facebook.

US Chamber Speaks about Business Climate INSIDE this EDITION

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Pictured from left to right: Art Thomas, GSVCC Vice-Chair and Tracie Witter, Regional Affairs Director for PPL Electric Utilities, pose with Ryan Gleason of the US Chamber of Commerce. Ryan served as the keynote speaker for the February Joint Legislative Breakfast, an event sponsored by PPL Electric Utilities. Ryan shared the US Chamber’s positive perspective on the state of American business.

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.

Ribbon Cutting The Greater Susquehanna Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting ceremony in January to celebrate BrightFarms First Harvest at their new $20 million, 280,000square-foot greenhouse in Pawling Station off Route 522 in Penn Township. BrightFarms was welcomed by more than 150 members of the local community including business leaders, politicians, media and longstanding retail partners. The first harvest of 5,000 pounds of salad greens grown at the newly opened BrightFarms hydroponic greenhouse is being donated to the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank. Executive Director Joe Arthur praised the donation to his nonprofit organization during the ribbon-cutting event and tour: “We want to make sure our


neighbors in need are eating healthy food. We care about the product we provide,” said Arthur who was among 200 people at the event attended by Pennsylvania Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding and Snyder County Commissioners Joe Kantz, Chuck Steininger and Adam Ewig. The greenhouse is the largest of the five facilities operated by the Irvington, N.Y.-based firm. The others are located in Bucks County, Pa., Ohio, Illinois and Virginia. Once it is fully operational, the facility will employ 50 people and produce about 2 million pounds of arugula, spinach, butter lettuce, pak choi, romaine and kale salad greens annually which is sold at Giant Stores and other markets in the East Coast. For more information on BrightFarms, visit www. brightfarms.com.


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President’s Message | President’s Message

Board of Directors

Just A Word...

Chairperson Sue Greene, Union County

“March, 2020”

vice chairperson

On the third Wednesday of each month, the Chamber’s Agriculture Committee members meet to discuss everything from the weather to corn futures to the folks that they met at the latest Chamber function. Our meetings are at Hoss’s in Shamokin Dam and we always know that our luncheon is going to be highlighted by delicious locally sourced food. Of course, you are always welcome to join this group which ranges from a half dozen to as many as 20 people. If you eat, and we all do, you have a stake in our valley’s agricultural prosperity. The Chamber’s Ag Committee traces its roots back about 25 years, when then-Penn State Cooperative Extension Community Development Agent, Guy Temple proposed this committee. His advocacy wasn’t really a hard sale, but it did represent a different direction for our Chamber. Guy’s point with the Chamber Board Members, which was really his life’s mission as well, was that people needed to know and to be reminded of where their food comes from. Last month’s Ag Committee meeting was particularly lively thanks to two guest presentations. First, Alicia Beachy of the Geisinger Fresh Food ‘Farmacy’ provided an update on what’s going on with this “food as medicine” initiative. The program is already changing lives for people with diabetes and pre-diabetes in our area. To date, three ‘farmacies’ are operating. The one in Coal Township is changing lives for the better in the coal region. Another farmacy, located in Lewistown provides access to people living in the western Snyder County area. After Alicia’s update, we heard from Tony Parr and Chris Hennessy who are the general manager and the head grower for Bright Farms. This company hosted their grand opening/first harvest celebration at the end of January. Tony and Chris were exuberant in their praise for the workforce of 48 people local people that they’ve been able to hire. They mentioned that the production at their big greenhouse just off of Route 522 outside of Selinsgrove was running a full month ahead of schedule. A second shift of ‘Bright Farmers’ got to work last week and before long up to 55 people will have careers at this fantastic new facility. Prosperity, both for farmers and for those of us who eat the food that they produce, is at the core of everything that we do as your Chamber of Commerce. This month’s Voice of the Valley sponsor, First Citizens Bank, shares this very same core mission. Please read more about this bank on Pages 1 and 8. While somewhat new to our backyards, First Citizens celebrates more than a century of service to customers just like you and me.

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Executive Director of Finance Abbie Sholley asholley@gsvcc.org

Director of Workforce Jenny Wentz jwentz@gsvcc.org

Executive Director of Membership Chris Berleth cberleth@gsvcc.org

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We deliver quality oil and gasoline to the majority of central PA. We service and install all types of HVAC systems.

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Region Vice Presidents Fred Scheller, The Daily Item Jennifer Hain , SUN Area Technical Institute Kendra Aucker, Evangelical Community Hospital Judi Karr, Nottingham Village Senior Living Community Jeff Reber, Susquehanna Valley Home Services LLC Brion Lieberman, Geisinger

Directors Greg Zeh, Weis Markets Ken Potter, RHP LLC John Kurelja, Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit Jessica Brazier, M&T Bank Gene Welsh III, GDK Development Aimee Buehner, Bowen Agency Sam Haulman, Service Electric Cablevision Malcom Derk, Susquehanna University Amber Depew, UPMC Susquehanna Leslie Temple, Fulton Bank

Director of Communications Vanessa Venios vvenios@gsvcc.org

WELCOME NEW MEMBERS • Blesst Landscapes Contact: Craig Gabel 179 Salem Church Road Middleburg, PA 17842 (570) 837-6800 www.blesstlandscapes.com

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GSV Chamber Launches New 501c3 Non-Profit The Greater Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce Engagement Fund mission is to mobilize the assets of schools, businesses, and organizations in order to become a primary resource to better its surrounding community. This non-profit was created to address the workforce concerns of our local community. With your support, we can help educate the future leaders of our region with the employability skills needed to grow the local economy. Engage local business. Mobilize resources. Unite the community. For additional information please contact Jenny Wentz at (570) 743-4100.

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2020 Chair’s Circle Members 1847 Financial Aloysius Butler & Clark BB&T BJE Poultry Bowen Agency Realtors Coldwell Banker Penn One Real Estate Contrast Communications Evangelical Community Hospital Fulton Bank GDK Development Geisinger Jersey Shore State Bank Kreamer Feed M&T Bank Mifflinburg Bank & Trust Company National Beef North Shore Railroad Company Nottingham Village Senior Living Community Panda Hummel Station Penn State Executive Program Penn State World Campus PPL Electric Utilities Practical Business Solutions Purdy Insurance Agency Service 1st Federal Credit Union Service Electric Cablevision, Inc. Stahl Sheaffer Engineering, LLC SUN Area Technical Institute Sunbury Broadcasting Corporation Susquehanna University The Daily Item

UPMC Susquehanna

An Evening With George Winston An Evening with celebrated solo pianist George Winston comes to the Campus Theatre in Lewisburg, PA on Wednesday, April 1 at 7:00 PM. George Winston is undeniably a household name. He’s inspired fans and musicians alike with his singular solo acoustic piano songs for more than 40 years while selling 15 million albums. A tireless road warrior playing nearly 100 concerts annually, live performance for Winston is akin to breathing. Winston’s music is evocative, offering us all a chance to take a step back from our perpetually busy lives and let our minds adventurously wander. Restless Wind is a portrayal of Winston’s place in 2

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a chaotic world – his compositions extend solace with an idiosyncratic grace. George Winston’s classic albums, Autumn and December, are perennial favorites, along with Winter into Spring, Summer, 2017’s Spring Carousel – A Cancer Research Benefit, as well as two volumes of the compositions of Vince Guaraldi, two volumes of benefit albums for the Gulf Coast disasters, and six other solo piano albums. He just released his 15th solo piano album, Restless Wind, via Dancing Cat Records/RCA Records. The album is available now at GeorgeWinston.com.

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Class of 2020 Throws Down Gauntlet for Raise the Region, Local Government Day a Success By: Chris Berleth

: State Senator John Gordner shares his perspective on leadership and collaboration with the LSV Class of 2020.

There’s a running gag among the alumni classes of Leadership Susquehanna Valley that each program year is so packed with awesome experiences, so instrumental in forming connections, and made up of some of the most wonderful people in the Valley, that each class wishes to be known as the “Best Class Ever.” The Class of 2020 wants this acknowledgement so badly that at the Local Government program day, they weren’t only there to meet local officials and connect with amazing speakers, they were there to throw down the gauntlet for this year’s Raise the Region campaign, a 36 hour giving event promoted by the First Community Foundation Partnership. The challenge was this: I offered that if the LSV Class of 2020 has more than 50% of its class participate in the program, then they’ll be immortalized as the “Best Class Ever” in two key ways. First, they’ll hear me say it, and second they’ll see me wear it on a poster which will be shared on social media – a stunning blow to the egos of the classes who annually vie for the accolade. So it is here in Voice of the Valley that I extend an offer to all LSV alumni classes, that whichever class has the highest participation in the LSV Raise the Region Campaign – no matter the dollar amount given – you shall be deemed the reigning “Best Class Ever” until Raise the Region returns in 2021. You won’t let the upstart class of 2020 claim the title, will you? Raise the Region is a successful fundraiser for Leadership Susquehanna Valley no doubt, but for our organization, that’s not the main point of our participation in the event. Yes, we budget to meet a goal, but it’s conservative – because we expect our alumni to give

to multiple organizations. We expect that philanthropy in our community is an essential component of leadership, and we believe that if we can motivate just one alumnus to give to multiple organizations beyond our own, we’ve met our goal. We expect that giving is at the heart of leadership – and not only giving of financial gifts, but gifts of time, energy, talent and relationships. We desire for our alumni to run for office, to serve on non-profit boards, and to engage with the needs of our community. Raise the Region is a microcosm of a bigger picture, that when the community rallies, we can have an incredible impact for good. At Local Government Day, we had the privilege of being joined for breakfast by State Representatives Lynda Culver and David Rowe (respectively), Union County Commissioner Jeff Reber, Program Day Sponsor and Snyder County District Attorney Mike Piecuch, Anthony Township Secretary/Treasurer Penny Rishel, Roadmaster Frank Rishel, and White Deer Township Planning Commission member Gregory Prowant. These officials echoed the sentiments that our program preaches all year - that to be engaged in local government is to listen well, to plan well, and to work with many collaborative partners. Joining us throughout the day were State Senator John Gordner, Shamokin Dam Mayor Joe McGranaghan, and representatives from the Pennsylvania Manufacturer’s Association and the PA Chamber of Business and Industry. Special thanks to Snyder County Commissioner Joe Kantz for sponsoring breakfast, to CSSI Technologies for sponsoring lunch and for Mike Piecuch’s sponsorship of our entire program day together. Local Government day reveals that we have engaged leaders who care deeply about the day-to-day. Raise the Region reminds us that the community at large is powerful when working together, and the Class of 2020 reminds us that a little “fire in the belly” toward a goal can go along way. My hope is that you’ll join us in our competition to prove our love for this community with increasingly great leadership.

Learn it, Live it, Lead it!

Leadership Susquehanna Valley Leadership Coach, Caz Russell, brings you this monthly leadership moment.

Recognizing & Honoring Our Region’s Leaders Since 2002 The Guy Temple Distinguished Leadership Alumni Award was created in 2002 by Leadership Susquehanna Valley (LSV) in honor of an LSV Co-Founder and Alumnus, Guy Temple, who demonstrated regional and community leadership. LSV is a 501(c)(3) charitable corporation that provides leadership programs to educate and motivate a diverse group of citizens for effective community and organizational leadership. Since its inception, more than 500 professionals from over 85 different organizations have graduated from LSV. They have gone on to serve on boards, committees, and task forces in nearly every community throughout the Greater Susquehanna Valley. Through the creation of the Guy Temple Distinguished Leadership Alumni Award, LSV has the privilege to recognize and honor our Region’s leaders. Do you know someone who embodies the legacy of Guy Temple, and who inspires a new generation of community leaders to serve and make our Valley a better place to live, work, and play? Nominate them today! To submit your nomination, go to LeadershipSV.

org/GuyTempleAward and fill out the online form. The nomination deadline is Thursday, April 9, 2020. Nominee Criteria In addition to being a LSV alumnus who has successfully completed the program’s coursework requirements, a nominee should exemplify the following attributes: • Service - Actively serve one or more organizations, which have a positive impact on the Susquehanna Valley and its communities. • Leadership - Provide leadership or other talents, which contribute directly to the ability of these organizations to fulfill their missions. • Achievement - Have been responsible in demonstrable ways for significant accomplishments in these organizations through their leadership and service. For more information about the Guy Temple Distinguished Leadership Alumni Award, please contact Chris Berleth, LSV Executive Director, at (570) 743-4100.

Pictured L to R: Kristen Moyer of SEDA-COG, Bill Seigel’s nominator; Heather Buttorff of M&T Bank, Premier Sponsor of the Guy Temple Distinguished Alumni Award Breakfast; Janet Temple, wife of the late Guy Temple; Bill Seigel of SEDACOG, 2019 Guy Temple Distinguished Leadership Alumni Award Recipient; Phebe Cipriani of Keystone Forging, Sponsor of the Guy Temple Distinguished Alumni Award; Leslie Temple of Fulton Bank, 2019 LSV President.

Stress, the perception of control! Dr. Scott Geller from Virginia Tech University shared with me the most important definition of the word stress. “Stress, is the perception of control!” Dr. Geller was on the campus of Virginia Tech Univer-sity when the shooting occurred on April 16, 2007. Once I understood this most important lesson, I learned to tackle this pressure called stress differently. There’s nothing quite like coming home from work after a “stressful” day only to find more issues to be dealt with. The car’s transmission has failed, the family pet needs a visit to the vet, the hot water heater has failed and even family issues can add to an already stressful day. See what I mean about the perception of control? The more we try to control, the more we add to our plate of issues to deal with. By understanding our emotional intelligence, we create a way to recognize and understand stress. The 1st of 4 areas of Emotional Intelligence is entitled – Self Awareness. Once we are self-aware of our emotional feeling of being stressed, then we can utilize “tools” to help us to not say things like “Its your fault, its’ not fair, you failed, that’s not my problem or I don’t care!” The following are just some of the tools that my mentor has taught me. I have found them to be very successful in helping me handling stress. Let’s face it, stress is something that happens to everyone, no one likes it and no one wants to be the cause of stress to someone else. “Don’t major on the minor things and don’t minor on the major things!” I often get the two confused which causes me stress. I find myself stressing over stuff of which I have no control. Learn to stay in your lane, Bro, as the tattoo artist commercial on TV says. “Write it down, keep a journal!” Don’t rely on your memory. Driving home at the end of the day and trying to recall something very important from early in the morning, well, it just doesn’t come to mind. “Take 6 seconds to breath!” My doctor reminds me, in through the nose, out through the mouth. I found it an amazingly useful tool, to decompress and supply much needed oxygen to the brain. “Learn to ask for help!” There are certain leadership myths and one of them is “If you ask for help, you will be perceived as weak!” Hand the baton off. Everyday, people are out there that are waiting for you to ask them for help. Don’t deprive them of a blessing by not asking for their help. “Nothing changes around me, until I begin to change!” Do you know what the next 5 years of your life will look like? It will look exactly the same as the last 5 years unless you do something different.”

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Agriculture & Industry | Adopt and Acre

Adopt-an-Acre Program Returns to the Chamber in 2020 By: Chris Berleth

“You know, farming looks mighty easy when your plow is a pencil, and you’re a thousand miles from the cornfield.� No, the above quote is not recent; it wasn’t issued by a 2020 political candidate looking to score points against an opponent; it was offered in remarks to Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois by President Dwight D. Eisenhower on September 25, 1956, and seems as relevant today as it was sixty-four years and sixteen presidential elections ago. It’s easy to be critical of anything when you’re not close to it, and farming is no exception to that rule. In fact, we need look no further than American cartoons and television to drum up a trope about the American farmer. Close your eyes and think about it for a second – and if you have no experience with farming you might be inclined to dream up a farmer who looks more like a farmer of the 1950’s than one of today. Is

the farmer of your mind’s eye a strong, somber man with a stern look and a weariness about his eyes, tired from the backbreaking labor of his farming? Or, is your mind filled with the farmer of the 21st century – increasingly innovative and efficient, conservation-minded, technologically-savvy enough to use GPS in his tractor, and to produce more food with less water consumption than ever before in history? As a suburbanite from Lincoln, Rhode Island, you might think me ill-qualified to speak on the subject, but each year, I am absolutely mesmerized at the ingenuity, the small-business know-how, the fortitude and the breadth of business knowledge possessed by our salt-of-the-earth, giveyou-the-shirt-off-their-back neighbors who farm here in the Greater Susquehanna Valley. This year, I’m pleased to offer you a chance, on behalf of the Chamber, to connect a little

bit closer with farmers of the 21st century – farmers who are weary less because of the backbreaking labor, although there’s still plenty of that to be had- and more because of the changing global markets and the drop of the price of milk, soy, corn, or ‌hemp. The Chamber is pleased to bring back its “Adopt-an-Acre Programâ€?, where 35 individuals may purchase one share of one acre for a $20 investment, and then regularly receive updates as to that acre’s progress from our farmer at Chamber meetings throughout the year. The program will be sponsored so that our volunteer farmer loses nothing in the way of his or her acre, and so that our investors may experience the joys and heartaches of investing in a Pennsylvania farm. We’ll give you the behind-the-scenes look at local farming that President Eisenhower dreamed of for America – that perhaps those of us who are pencil-pushers

Leadership Susquehanna Valley (Class of 2019) tours the Platts’ Farm, observing milking equipment.

(I’m describing myself more than you of course) might get an appreciation for the transformation of farming from

the stereotype we think we know to the powerhouse of the Pennsylvania economy. Register for the Adopt-an-

Acre Program, found on the Chamber’s online calendar (listed as an event on March 31) at www.gsvcc.org.

Celebrating 20 Years in the Valley | Boyd Station By Russ Cotner Approximately twenty years ago, the Cotner family was looking for ways to control the feed costs for its egg producing hens in Rush Township. The largest two components to almost any animal diet are corn and soybeans. While the Cotners were able to grind and feed the corn that they produced on their and neighboring farms, soybeans must be heat-treated prior to consumption. At that time, heat-treatment meant hauling the soybeans out of state to solvent-extraction crush facilities to cook the beans and use hexane to separate the oil from the meal. The crush facilities then turned the meal product around and shipped it back to Pennsylvania

feed mills for inclusion in diets. The supply chain was inefficient, costly to the environment due to trucking and the hexane extraction process, and most of all, detrimental to the economics of local agricultural – there had to be a better way to use locally grown soybeans. The solution was to build a facility in Danville that uses mechanical extrusion and pressing techniques to process local soybeans into value-added feed ingredients. Boyd Station began purchasing soybeans for extrusion in 2004, and its expelled meal and oil products that were first produced for the family’s laying hens quickly caught on with many other

Pennsylvania feed mills. The mechanically processed meal met a growing demand for feeds supporting markets where consumers wanted more natural foods with supply chains void of chemicals and byproducts. The natural processing also translated well into the emerging organic market. Growth for the expelled and organic products led to the construction of a second extrusion facility; one to continue processing local soybeans for local feeds, and a second dedicated to organic production. The most recent expansion relates to the other product that results from pressing soybeans, the soybean oil. Boyd Station completed the

construction of a vegetable oil refinery in January 2018. The facility further refines expeller pressed vegetable oils, including soy, canola, and sunflower, into specialty food

grade oils for use in products such as cooking oils, dressings, and spreads. The refined oils go to food manufacturers as close as 15 miles and as far away as 2,500 miles from

Danville. If an ingredient list on a product includes expeller pressed or organic vegetable oil, there is a good chance that the Susquehanna Valley has contributed to its production.

Celebrating 20 Years in the Valley | Shade Mountain Winery

Shade Mtn Winery at the Old Train Station

By Jenny Zimmerman

53 North D & H Ave Danville, PA 17821 **Enjoy their indoor loft & outdoor patio seating! The Wine Shop in Millheim 108 East Main Street Millheim, PA 16854 Ard’s Farm Market 4803 Old Turnpike Rd Lewisburg, PA 17837 **Enjoy their market and restaurant (with wine in-hand!) The winery & vineyard also

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play host to numerous events during the year, such as an annual harvest festival and outdoor entertainment. Please find a listing of some of our upcoming events below: Saturday, April 4th: 20th Anniversary Celebration: 12:00-

5:00pm Friday, May 22nd: Open Deck Night w Kim Reichley & Company: 5:30-7:30 Friday, June 5th: Open Deck Night w Tyler Spooner & Sean Farley; 5:30-7:30 Friday, June 26th: Open Deck Night w Mark Alexander:

Combs & Bonnie Wicher: 1:004:00 Please come visit one of the Valley’s hidden gems‌..it truly showcases what defines our region: Family, Farming and Friendship.

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5:30-7:30 Friday, July 10th: Open Deck Night w Bret Alexander: 5:307:30 Friday, July 27th: Open Deck Night w Ryan Carter Trio; 5:307:30 Sunday (FUNDAY!), Aug 9th: Open Deck Night w Allan

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Shade Mountain Winery is a family-owned and operated winery and vineyard, which has grown into one of the Commonwealthâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s largest independent wine-grape vineyards, as it currently encompasses 70 acres of grapes. When the proprietors began their business in 1999, Karl and Carolyn Zimmerman, firmly believed that the quality of wine began in the vineyard, and they continue to remain dedicated to their mantraâ&#x20AC;&#x153;Good wine comes from good grapes.â&#x20AC;? As we celebrate a hallmark 20-year anniversary, that mantra still rings true as our vineyard continues to flourish and our wine continues to flow! We hope that our product is enjoyed for 20 more years, as we have to sway from the staples that have brought us to this point-hard work, dedication and loyalty to the land. Come visit the winery and vineyard as a day trip to enjoy spectacular views of the Susquehanna Valley and their own vineyard from their expansive deck seating. Chilled bottles, cheese and crackers await you in their 19th Century Bank barn tasting room and gift shop. Perhaps a visit to one of their satellite stores may suit your time constraints. See them listed below:


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Ribbon Cuttings

Tastecraft Café Ribbon Kelly RV Inc. to Host Cutting & Grand Opening Ribbon Cutting Event Please join the Greater Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce on Friday, March 13th at 9:00am for an official ribbon cutting ceremony for Kelly RV Inc.! From its humble beginnings in 1957 in a backyard in Kelly Township, Kelly RV Inc has grown into a full-service dealership that represents the Northwood and Gulf Stream Coach lines of campers. Started by Lake Hartman, the business is now on its third location, 60 Old Route 15 in West Milton, and third generation of family management. They are proud to say they have helped families up and down the east coast experience the fun of the RV lifestyle.

Coleby Kauffman, owner, is joined by local businesses and community members as he officially cuts the ribbon to Tastecraft Café in Milton.

Kelly RV has always made a priority of maintaining its commitment to customer service and quality you would expect from a family run business. The store offers a wide variety of RV parts and accessories to keep your camping fun, ranging from basic supplies to the latest in high tech conveniences. The service department offers a comprehensive array of repair and maintenance services ranging from PA Inspections to appliance repair to rebuilding damaged superstructures. You can learn more about the business at www.KellyRVinc. com. Since 1957, Kelly RV has helped thousands of people become satisfied “Kelly Campers” and they would love to help you too!

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Tastecraft Café celebrated their grand opening this January with an official ribbon cutting event. Tastecraft Café, located at 41 Broadway in Milton offers delicious coffee and espresso drinks, fresh baked goods including French Macarons and breakfast and lunch options.

Birch & Beam Custom Homes to Host Ribbon Cutting Event at Iron Front in Lewisburg LEWISBURG, Pa. – Birch & Beam Custom Homes, LLC (www.birchandbeam.co) will host a ribbon cutting celebration March 30 at 12 noon at Iron Front, 434 Market St. suite 301. The Mifflinburg-based company, owned by Delmer and Junita Bender, is celebrating one year of building premium custom homes in central Pennsylvania. Birch & Beam is an outgrowth of Si-Be Builder, a firm owned by Bender’s father, Simon Bender, where Delmer Bender served as vice president and partner for more than 21 years. Simon Bender now works as a subcontractor for Birch & Beam. Delmer and Junita Bender say they are passionate about offering area home buyers an exclusive home building experience and are anxious to show prospective customers that there is a better way to build a home. “We’re grateful for the rich heritage of quality home building that my father laid while building here in Junita Bender and Delmer Bender - Owners of Birch the Susquehanna Valley for 45 years,” said Delmer and Beam Custom Homes Bender. “We’re now taking things a step further, raising the bar in every area of the custom home building client experience. From permits to closure, we pay attention to every detail.” “If you’re considering building a custom home from State College to Harrisburg or anywhere in between, or if you’re just interested in learning more about what Birch & Beam has to offer and how our homebuilding Local High School Sports & More experience is different, we invite you to join us at Iron Front at noon on March Exclusively on 30 to hear more about our company,” Junita Bender said. Service Electric Cablevision The ribbon cutting Channel 508 HD or 8 SD. event, which will include information about Birch Other opportunities include: & Beam, refreshments Community Bulletin Board and and remarks from elected In Your Neighborhood. officials and representatives of the Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce and Bucknell University’s Small Business Development Center, is free and open to the public. Metered parking is available along streets and 570.275.8881 • contact@secv8.com in public lots in Lewisburg. 6

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What is a Young American? What is a Young American? This may be a question you ask yourself every time you see them in the media. Let us shed some light and answer that question for you. The Valley’s Young Americans are a part of the next generation of leaders for the business community. The Young Americans program enables us to honor our students and everything they are doing in their schools and communities. These students are our future; we need to make sure they are prepared and willing to take on the everyday challenges of life. Without our guidance and support, who knows where these students will be in five years? We need to show these young adults that we care about them and the future they can create. The program includes a one-day leadership seminar that builds workforce readiness skills, supports diversity and inclusion, as well as providing tools for the future. Each student is honored at a Recognition Banquet among their peers, mentors and administrators as well as guests of honorees. This banquet features a past Young American recipient telling their story and illustrating how being named a Young American was instrumental in his/her success. You are invited to be a Champion of Future Leaders and support today’s Young Americans by contributing to the Greater Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce Engagement Fund. Your donation is 100% tax deductible and will ensure that ALL students and their guests can celebrate together at the Annual Recognition banquet in May. Donations can be sent to 2859 North Susquehanna Trail, Shamokin Dam PA 17876. Your contribution should be made payable to GSVCC Engagement Fund. For additional information please contact Jenny Wentz at (570) 743-4100.

March Stops for the Mobile Susquehanna Community Bank Donates $2,500 to Donald Health of Evangelical Bus Mobile Health of Evangelical brings preventive and primary care services directly into the communities surrounding the Hospital and beyond. A variety of services are offered on the 38-foot-bus throughout the area. For March, upcoming locations are as follows: Union County • Tuesday, March 3, 9-11 am, FREE blood glucose and blood pressure screenings at the Service 1st Credit Union, 101 Walter Drive, Lewisburg. Call 570-768-3200 for information. • Tuesday, March 17, 9-11 am, FREE blood glucose and blood pressure screenings at the Buffalo Valley Produce Auction, 22 Violet Road, Mifflinburg. Call 570-7683200 for information. Columbia County • Thursday, March 5, 9-11 am, FREE blood glucose and blood pressure screenings at the AGAPE Love From Above, 19 East 7th Street, Bloomsburg. Call 570-768-

3200 for information. Snyder County • Tuesday, March 10, 7-10 am, comprehensive blood screening at the Middlecreek Area Community Center (MACC), 67 Elm Street, Beaver Springs. Fee: $50. Call 570-768-3200 for appointments. • Thursday, March 26, 9-11 am, FREE blood glucose and blood pressure screenings at the Middlecreek Area Community Center (MACC), 67 Elm Street, Beaver Springs. Call 570-768-3200 for information. • Tuesday, March 31, 8 amnoon, FREE blood glucose and blood pressure screenings at the Middleburg Livestock Auction, 6592 US-522, Middleburg. Call 570-7683200 for information. Montour County • Thursday, March 19, 9-11 am, FREE bone density screening at Weis Markets, 600 Continental Boulevard, Danville. Call 570-768-3200 for information.

Northumberland County • Tuesday, March 24, 9-11 am, FREE bone density screening at the Service 1st Credit Union, 2613 State Route 45, Milton. Call 570768-3200 for information. To find out more about the services available through Mobile Health of Evangelical and where it will be stopping, call 1-833-251-0187 or visit www.evanhospital.com/ MobileHealth. Mobile Health of Evangelical was introduced in 2018 as a new service of Evangelical Community Hospital to increase access to healthcare in the more rural communities of the Susquehanna Valley. An extension of the Hospital, the bus provides space for comprehensive blood screenings, free health screens, wellness education outreach, and specialty care such as primary, women’s health, and cardiac visits.

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Susquehanna Community Bank donated $2,500 to the Donald Heiter Community Center (DHCC) through the Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) Program. No Ringer, Vice President/ Market Manager of Susquehanna Community Bank presented a check to Andrea Tufo (left), Executive Director of DHCC; Leslie Hosterman, DHCC Board Member; and Chris Arnold, DHCC Board Member. For more than 25 years, the Donald Heiter Community Center has served the evolving needs of the local community. They aim to bring the community together with innovative programming and welcoming multipurpose facilities.

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RE/MAX River Valley Realty in Northumberland Welcomes Steve Slotter Steve Slotter, a Selinsgrove resident who has 11 years of experience as a licensed real estate professional and has served for three years of the board of directors for the Central Susqehanna Valley Board of Realtors, has joined RE/MAX River Valley Realty in Northumberland. His experience includes 10 years in real estate sales management and five years in residential property management, including sales of residential and commercial real estate, farmland, recreational properties, vacant land and subdivisions and leasing of commercial and residential properties. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Steve has extensive sales and customer service experience, and we are thrilled to have him join our growing

Steve Slotter Family of full-time real estate professionals,â&#x20AC;? said Ann Hilliard, brokerowner of RE/MAX River Valley Realty and RE/MAX Bridges in Lewisburg. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He is also active in his church and community,â&#x20AC;?

Hilliard said, noting that he has been involved in numerous roles within the Boys Scouts of America, Susquehanna Valley Church of Christ, Selinsgrove Little League and Upward Flag Football. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When asked, a friend said simply, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Steveâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a good man,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; exactly what we are looking for as we continue to build an exceptional real estate team to serve the entire Central Susquehanna Valley,â&#x20AC;? Hilliard said. Slotter, a graduate of Troy Area High School, earned a bachelor of science degree in human resource managment at Messiah College. When not at work, he enjoys hunting, fishing, camping and hiking. He and his wife, Angelina, have two children.

In 2020 we celebrate the centennial year of the founding of the League of Women Voters and ratification of the 19th amendment, ensuring that â&#x20AC;&#x153;the rights of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.â&#x20AC;? From 1868 through 1920, Carrie Chapman Catt, a suffragist who led the National American Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Suffrage Association, estimated there were â&#x20AC;&#x153;56 campaigns of referenda to male voters; 480 campaigns to urge Legislatures to submit suffrage amendments to voters; 47 campaigns to induce State constitutional conventions to write woman suffrage into State constitutions; 277 campaigns to persuade State party conventions to include womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s suffrage planks in party platforms, and 19 campaigns with 19 successive Congresses.â&#x20AC;? It took a total of 909 campaigns and three generations of women to get the 19th Amendment ratified in 1920. Carrie believed that her group needed to be nonpartisan because men from both parties were needed to get the 19th amendment ratified.


ALICE: How Local Non-Profits Can Support Employers and Employees ALICE is an acronym that stands for â&#x20AC;&#x153;Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employedâ&#x20AC;?. It refers to employees who make too much money to qualify for most benefits but live paycheck to paycheck. An unexpected bill, such as a medical bill or a car repair, begins a cascade of financial events that sometimes ends with utility shut-off or eviction notices. As every good employer knows, people do not leave their problems at the door when they show up for work. They may not talk about it. But many people classified as ALICE work two or more jobs. That means they may show up exhausted, and that is likely to affect work performance. Some people have almost no time with their families, and this can affect their overall physical and mental health. At times, an employer may reduce someoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hours. It can take weeks for partial unemployment to kick in. For someone living from paycheck to paycheck, this can spell financial catastrophe, making them late with the rent. And there is the older car that suddenly breaks down. With no way to get to work, employers find that they have lost an employee overnight, leaving them short-staffed and forcing them to go through the process of finding a replacement. What can be done? The United Wayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Local Vision program can pay a bill that comes due during the lay-off or fund a small car repair. Local food and diaper pantries can help, lowering expenses for a month. Career Link can help improve someoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s skills and facilitate employment. These are just a few non-profits that can help employers hold on to their good employees and, when unavoidable, take the edge off a lay-off. For more information, contact the Greater Susquehanna Valley United Way: 570-9880993.


In 1920, just prior to ratification of the 19th amendment, Carrie foresaw when women would get the vote, formed a group, and named it the League of Women Voters. Carrie wanted women to be prepared to vote when that opportunity became reality. The vote was won by those brave and persistent women who fought the battles to attain womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s suffrage.

Now it is our time to remember and celebrate these women at the Lewisburg Campus Theatre, 1pm March 8th. Open to the public and free, the event features refreshments, songs by Kj Reimensnyder-Wagner, presentation by Bruce Teeple of the Union County Historical Society on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s History in Union County,â&#x20AC;? recognition of women presently serving in elected offices in Union County, proclamation presentation by Union County Commissioner Preston Boop, and a toast to the tenaciousness of women who battled to win the right to vote by Mifflinburg Mayor David Cooney.

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