Saturday, May 28, 2016

Kiwanis Trip to Freedom Tower in NYC

Kiwanis tripS

Saturday June 4th,
7 AM depart Price Chopper Montrose
$89.00 pp includes Bus Seat, Drivers Tip, General Admission 9/11 Museum,
Juice, Water, Danish and Snacks en-route, you will be able to bring a small personal
cooler on board for your lunch or have lunch around Ground Zero, Pizza, Burger King,
Deli's, India food, etc. We will stop for Dinner at Rockaway Mall Food Court en-route
home.
Restroom are available on board your bus.
We have 11:30 AM General Admission reservation @ 9/11 Museum, I would allow 3
hours for touring. After you can visit 9/11 Reflection Pools, The Savior Tree,
I would allow an hour to 1 ½ , One World Trade Observatory Deck (also known)
Freedom Tower is now open, the cost is Adults $32.00, $30,00 for Senior, on-line
reservations www.oneworldobservatory.com, Phone 1-848-696-1776 or in person at the
Box office, 285 Fulton Street, enter from West Street, (tickets maybe limited from Box
Office),
WTC Transportation Hub (opened March 3rd), after you have finished visiting WTC
Area, you can exit to Saint Paul's Chapel , Ladder 10 Firehouse and view FDNY Bronze
Memorial which is 56' foot in length and 6' high, you can walk to Battery Park which is
around 4 or 5 block or Wall Street Charging Bull in also close by.
On the day of our Trip you will be provide with a map of the area and full itinerary with
address. There are two points of reference I always recommend Brooks Brothers
Department Store and Burger King!
For information contact Debbie Crisman, 570-278-1026 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
This is made possible by Montrose Area Kiwanis Club.

Choral Music and Irish Folk Song at Montrose High School

 

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Enjoy an evening of choral music and Irish Folksong performed by the Montrose Area Jr./Sr. High School Concert Chorus with special guests, Four Shillings Short, at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 10th at the Montrose Area Jr./Sr. High School Auditorium, 75 Meteor Way, in Montrose.

 

Four Shillings Short is the husband and wife duo of Aodh Og O’Tuama from Cork, Ireland, and Christy Martin from California. They perform Traditional and Original music from the Celtic lands, Medieval & Renaissance Europe, India, and the Americas on a fantastic array of instruments (over 30) including Hammered & Mountain Dulcimer, Mandolin, Mandola, Bouzouki, Tinwhistles, Recorders, medieval and Renaissance Woodwinds, North Indian Sitar, Charango, Bowed Psaltery, Banjo, Bodhran, Guitar, Percussion, vocals, and even a Krumhorn.

 

The appearance of the Four Shillings Short is made possible through a generous grant provided by the Wert Family Fund administered by the Community Foundation of the Endless Mountains.


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Williams’ $25,000 donation to benefit Claverack members

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Officials with Williams present Claverack Rural Electric Cooperative representatives with a $25,000 check that the cooperative has used to create the Claverack Member Assistance Endowment Fund. The fund, established through the Community Foundation of the Endless Mountains, will be used to provide payment assistance to low-income members struggling to keep up with their electric bills. On hand for the check presentation are, from left: James Luce, chairman of the Claverack board of directors; Matthew D. Shaffer, E&C project manager for Williams; Bobbi Kilmer, Claverack president and chief executive officer; Steve Allabaugh, Claverack director of engineering; Peter Quigg, president of the Community Foundation of the Endless Mountains; Michael Atchie, Williams manager of public outreach; and Ty Christy, project developer for Williams.

 

A $25,000 donation from Williams has enabled Claverack Rural Electric Cooperative to create an endowment fund to assist cooperative members experiencing financial hardships.
The Claverack Member Assistance Endowment Fund, established through the Community Foundation of the Endless Mountains, will be utilized to provide financial assistance to members of the cooperative facing difficulties paying their electric bills.
“This very generous donation from Williams will benefit Claverack and its members for many years to come,” said Claverack President & CEO Bobbi Kilmer. “We truly appreciate Williams’ generosity and commitment to the local community.”
Williams’ manager of public outreach, Michael Atchie, said the co-op was selected for the donation in appreciation of the positive working relationship that has developed between the two companies.
Claverack has extended electric lines and upgraded circuits in order to provide power to natural gas compressor stations Williams has constructed throughout the co-op’s service territory in recent years.
“Williams’ culture is to give something back to the communities where we live and work,” Atchie said. “We appreciate this opportunity to do something that will benefit the cooperative and its members. It’s indicative of the good relationship we’ve enjoyed with the organization.”
Kilmer said the co-op decided to utilize the donation from Williams as seed money for the creation of the endowment fund.
Claverack will be adding unclaimed capital credits monies to the fund for a period of years in order to achieve a self-sustaining source of funding. The cooperative would then be able to utilize up to 5 percent of the fund’s value for member assistance grants without the need to touch the fund’s principal.
The CEO added that Claverack doesn’t anticipate the need to tap into the endowment fund for a number of years because the co-op currently has adequate member assistance funding available to members experiencing financial hardships through its HOPE program and Operation Round-up.
Those programs are designed to provide assistance with electric bill payments to qualifying low-income members as well as those who have experienced unexpected financial hardships.
Operation Round-up is funded by cooperative members who voluntarily agree to have their monthly electric bill “rounded-up” to the next dollar amount. The round-up amount, which can be no more than 99 cents per month, is earmarked for member assistance. The HOPE program utilizes unclaimed capital credits refunds to provide financial assistance to qualified low-income members.
The idea behind the Claverack Member Assistance Endowment Fund is to provide for the continuation of member-assistance funding should the co-op experience a reduction in unclaimed capital credits in the future.
“We have an adequate supply of money now for our member assistance initiatives, but that may not be the case down the road,” Kilmer explained. “With the creation of the endowment fund, we are ensuring that we will always have financial assistance available to help qualified members who may be in jeopardy of losing their electric service due to non-payment.”
As with all community foundation endowments, the Claverack Member Assistance Endowment Fund can receive additional tax-deductible contributions from the general public. Contributions can be sent to the Community Foundation of the Endless Mountains at 270 Lake Ave., Montrose, Pa., 18801 or made online at www.community-foundation.org.
In addition to its new Member Assistance Endowment, the cooperative also holds the Claverack Education Fund at the Community Foundation. The education fund helps support the Skills USA programs at the Northern Tier Career Center and the Susquehanna County Career and Technology Center.
A member-owned, non-profit utility, Claverack serves approximately 18,000 consumers in Bradford, Susquehanna, Wyoming, Tioga, Lycoming, Sullivan, Lackawanna and Luzerne counties.
Williams, with headquarters in Tulsa, Okla., is an energy infrastructure company focused on connecting North America’s hydrocarbon resource plays to growing markets for natural gas and natural gas liquids. Williams owns and operates midstream gathering and processing assets, and interstate natural gas pipelines.

 

Ayres-Stone VFW Endowment Serves Montrose Schools

VFW LogoThe Ayres-Stone Post of the VFW located in Montrose recently established a permanent charitable endowment fund with The Community Foundation of the Endless Mountains. The fund will provide annual grants to the schools of the Montrose Area School District to assist student clubs, organizations, and classes that are comprised of students who exhibit a genuine concern for the betterment of the schools and the greater community in general. The Ayres-Stone Post has a long tradition of supporting a broad array of community and educational activities, and the Ayres-Stone VFW Charitable Endowment Fund will help the post continue that tradition. Quarter Master Richard Geiger points out that the general membership of the post felt it was important to recognize the accomplishments of our region’s young people and to lend support to their worthy efforts.

“This new endowment will provide a reliable and growing base of funding that Ayres-Stone will be able to utilize for many generations to come,” said Peter Quigg, Community Foundation president. Montrose Area Superintendent, Carol Boyce, adds “We are so appreciative of this opportunity to recognize our students for their service to the school community and the greater community in which they live. It is even more meaningful since it comes from the Veterans of Foreign Wars, a group whose service has meant so much to us all. They have set an excellent example for our young people to follow in offering their own service for the greater good.” To help enhance its value and its granting ability for our local students, this new fund can always receive additional tax-deductible donations, which can be sent to The Community Foundation of the Endless Mountains; 270 Lake Avenue Montrose, PA 18801 or made online at www.community-foundation.org.

Women Helping Women Annual Brunch and Available Grants

This April, The Community Foundation of the Endless Mountains will host the fifth annual brunch for its Women Helping Women endowment. Bring your mom, sister, daughter, or friend to celebrate Mother’s Day by meeting groups and individuals of the Endless Mountains who are concerned with women’s issues and practical solutions. Plus, meet the 2016 grant recipients.

Women Helping Women pools donations and volunteers to create a larger impact than any one of us could make individually. As a charitable fund of the Community Foundation of the Endless Mountains, the group provides annual charitable grants to regional organizations addressing issues important to women. Various agencies that have received support from the permanent endowment include Women’s Resource Center, Trehab, CareNet, Interfaith, Area Agency on Aging B/S/S/T, Children’s Advocacy Center and Tigress.

Applications are available online now for 2016 grants. The 2016 funding priority is education. All nonprofits serving women of the Endless Mountains are encouraged to apply online at www.community-foundation.org. The 2016 recipients will be announced and grants presented at this year’s brunch. The application deadline is April 4, 2016.

For more information about the Women Helping Women fund, contact Executive Director Cristine Clayton at 570 278 3800. For more information about the Community Foundation’s charitable endowments, email the Foundation This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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