Newsletter for retired SCS & NRCS Employees in Pennsylvania

Winter 2009 –10 Frederick Bubb, Editor


Gettysburg, PA Pennsylvania SCS/NRCS retirees enjoyed beautiful weather and great fellowship at the annual meeting in the Gettysburg area. The meeting was one of contrasts. In the morning the meeting was in the Lower Marsh Creek Presbyterian Church which was built in 1790 and in use today. Retiree Lee Bentz shared the history of the church which began in the 1740’s in a log cabin. During the business meeting, NRCS StC Craig Derickson presented an update on NRCS programs and funding.

After lunch at the church, there was a great change by going from the past to the future with a visit to the ultra-modern Mason-Dixon dairy farms. Twenty-four robot milkers provide self-service milking of 2400 dairy cows. .Owner Dick Waybright says it is nice to not have to get up to milk cows.

Another 2000 calves and heifers are the other residents of this 8000 acre operation. The farm has not purchased any electricity for the past 20 years, relying on their methane generated gas. Several large farm and dairy equipment companies use the farm for research on equipment development as they have designed large equipment to handle the grass and corn silage. No hay is fed.

Two interesting facts are that the farm is debt free and spends one million dollars annually on research and development.

Attending were Munk & Mo Munkittrick, Bobby & Donna Rakestraw, John & Ellen Mank, Don & Shirley Lindsey, Wes & Kathy Gordon, Bob & Carole Heidecker, Lee & Jean Bentz, Fred & Carol Bubb, Bill & Robin Branigan, Jim & Marie Olson, Bill & Mary Ann Bowers, Tom & Audrey Balthaser, Harvey & Vickie Pinkerton, Ted Ifft, John & Ann Akers, Francis & Joyce Lisko, Owen & Karen Lee, Frank & Jane Resides, Sam & Mary Ellen Young, James & Barb Bistline, Tim Murphy, Rose Marie & Dale Updegraff, Phil & Alice Sheets, Duane & B Pysher, Neil & Eleanor Bogner, Alan & Judy Wood, Harold & Marie Wingard, and Wayne & Phyllis Ray.

Thanks to John Mickley, Lee Bentz, and Don Lindsey, meeting planners and hosts.





Words from our Retiree President, Bill Bowers

The next PA Retirees Annual picnic is Monday, September 13, 2010. As Fred says, "I have been underwhelmed by volunteers to host this event." Anyone want to show off something special in their area?

Here are two potential locations with activities that I would like a vote on:

The Ned Smith Center, Millersburg (30 minute north of Harrisburg along the Susquehanna River). The Ned Smith Center for Nature and Art was founded in 1993 to celebrate the life and works of its namesake, nationally recognized wildlife artist. Ned is known for the artwork on many magazine covers and duck stamps. It is a place which provides a common ground where people of many backgrounds meet in celebration of the arts and the natural world. (

Another is at Penn State where we could take advantage of the Berkley Creamery. This is not the creamery which has a fond place in the memory of those of us in the retiree age group, but the new, more modern, greatly expanded Penn State Creamery. Nearby is the Penn State All Sport Museum. The museum honors all the coaches and student athletes who have helped make Penn State’s intercollegiate athletic program one of the best in the nation. The inspirational story of men and women sports is shown in dramatic visuals among which is the Heisman Trophy won by John Cappelletti in 1973.

(Editor’s Note: Another place Bill mentioned to me is the Middle Creek Waterfowl Refugee on the Lebanon – Lancaster County line. Operated by the PA Game Commission, it features a museum and has a large acreage of waterfowl development which attracts close to 100,000 geese during the migratory season. The large lake is also home to resident bald eagles.)

Please send Bill Bowers or Fred Bubb your vote and if possible, volunteer to serve on the meeting committee. Also remember to send Fred your "STORY" from the good old days of SCS.

Personnel Moves:

Congratulations to Craig Derickson, NRCS State Conservationist. Craig is moving on to National Headquarters to serve as the Deputy Chief for Programs.

Remember Former PA SCS Deputy State Conservationist Bill Hunt. He also served in the NNTC. For the last 14 years he was StC in Minnesota. Bill is retiring January 1 with 44 years & one month in SCS/NRCS.

We wish both Craig and Bill success, happiness and good health.


Fairfax Station, VA ARSCSE is no more. In response to the national note, the name is now ARCSE, Association of Retired Conservation Service Employees. Also, dues are now $18 a year, just $1.50 a month – still a bargain.

Southeastern PA Retirees meet for Lunch

The following was received from Frank Resides: On November 20th, 19 former NNTC employees and wives met at the Simon Pearce Restaurant on the south bank of the Brandywine. The river was a beautiful coffee color, as it carried a number of Canada geese downstream. This was the first time we had lunch instead of the usual dinner. It was nice to see some new faces around the tables this year.

Those present: Len & Mary Beck, Helen Brossman, Pat Burkett, Jean Francis, Carolyn Gehlen, Tom Iivari, Lou & Jean Kirkaldie, Dave & Paula Lorenz, Ann Magee, Diane McMenamin, Frank & Jane Resides, Fred & Jane Schuetz, John Wenderoth and Joe Zurlo. As usual, all had a great time.

Unfortunately, some of our group, those who are still gainfully employed, were unable to attend. We regret that. The suggestion to try the 3rd Saturday in November next year will be considered, in a effort to accommodate more people.

Fred Schuetz receives national Community Service Award

Trappe Borough, PA Fred and Jane Schuetz traveled to Dearborn, MI where Fred received the Community Service Award presented at the ARSCSE meeting. Fred retired 15 years ago and reports the time has not been dull. For 12 years he has been leading a church group on a one week home repair mission in Appalachia. He has been involved in scouting since 1973, presently assisting three Eagle Scout candidates on their Eagle projects which are part of park development.

When he retired, he was appointed to the Borough Planning Commission. In that position he brought around $1 million to the community. For 20 years he attended Borough Council meetings and began to not like what he was seeing. With three associates, he ran for council and all four unseated the incumbents in 2007. Fred is now completing his second year as council president. Fred adds that with all this, things at home like the garden don’t fare so well, especially the garden after, a wet summer, deer and rabbits. Congratulations on a well deserved award!

WHY?? If con is the opposite of pro, is Congress the opposite of progress?

Congress, Health Care and You

Will the health care bill pending in Congress impact your federal health care? That’s a good question. There is no better time to be a joiner – if you are not already a member of ARCSE (Association of Retired Conservation Service Employees) and NARFE (National Active and Retired Federal Employees), now is the time to join. ARCSE keeps you up to date on what may affect you as a former USDA employee with a bi-monthly newsletter. To Join, send $18 to Ron Marlow, Treasurer, PO Box 7454, Fairfax Station, VA 22039-7454. To join NARFE, go to on the internet. Annual dues are $33 and include a monthly magazine plus frequent e-mail updates on legislation which could impact federal workers, past & present.


(From NARFE) If you are a CSRS retiree who is not eligible to receive Social Security, you can apply for the 2009 economic recovery payment when you file your 2009 taxes. You only receive the $250 payment in one way. If you got it through Social Security, you can not claim it on your 2009 taxes. If you did not get a payment through Social Security because your are a CSRS retiree, you should claim the credit on your 2009 taxes. IRS Publication 721, "Tax Guide to U. S. Civil Service Retirement Benefits," for tax year 2009 will provide specific instructions on how to claim your $250 credit.

(Editor’s Note) – This one item alone will pay your NARFE dues for many years..

WHY?? If flying is so safe, why do they call the airport the terminal?

In Memorial

Charles ‘Chuck" Slaton, former SCS Public Information Officer in PA, died on April 9 in Palm City, FL. He was 89 years old. Chuck worked in PA in the 1960’s . When he retired he worked for the state for a while before moving to FL.

Cynthia Franzen (62) died on May 12. Cindy was the wife of Robert Franzen, Wildlife Biologist at the NNTC in Chester. A memorial service was held in Painted Post NY on September 5.

Donald Haines, (72) of Berwick died December 6. Don began his career with SCS in 1956 at Middleburg, PA. In 1970 he transferred to the Bloomsburg Area Office as an Engineering Technician where he assisted 18 field offices in NE PA. He retired January 3, 1999. He had been in failing health for several years.


Thought For The Day

Suddenly a great company of the heavenly hosts appeared with the angels, praising God and saying, "Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace to men on whom His favor rests." Luke 2: 13,14.

WHY?? Ever wonder why Noah didn’t swat those two mosquitoes?


Jim Olson recently finished 44 days of radiation for prostrate cancer and 8 weeks of physical therapy and is finally beginning to feel a little less tired. He had been having problems since January but thinks things are now under control. Jim and Marie spent Thanksgiving with son and family in Fairfax, VA, always a fun thing to do.

Lee Bentz has always had a fascination with tractors. As a result, over the years he has gathered over 50 books on old tractors and farm machinery. His model collection numbers 85 different makes and models that were around and used as he grew up. In addition he owns and farms with eight big tractors including six IH. Lee says the fun is in owning and using them on a daily basis. If you remember from a recent issue of The PA BUGLE, Lee after retirement worked on the Eisenhower Farm at Gettysburg caring and restoring old farm equipment.

Lee and Jean Bentz like to attend farm sales for fun and to keep up on prices for old farm items. Recently they attended an old Oliver equipment sale in Farmersville, PA. The sale included old tractor parts, tractors, dealer signs, and about 50 Oliver outboard motors. Lee & Jean were surprised at prices. Old kids petal tractors went from a low of $175 to several that brought over $1000 and one that sold for $4500. Metal dealer advertising signs brought $600 to $5000 with one sign bringing $5400. But the shocker of the day was a 6’ high, 2 sided neon sign that did not work, 18" wide, with a 4’ base that read, "Oliver, Finest In Farm Machinery." The auctioneer wanted to start the bidding at $10,000 which the Bentz’s thought was absolutely ridiculous. Bidding started at $2000 and climbed steadily upward until it was finally knocked off to a woman for (Take a deep Breathe) $70,000. Who said this is a tough economy and there is no money out there?

From up Columbia County way, Liz Zimmerman says hello to all. She and Jim are doing fine. She continues to volunteer at the library and play golf occasionally.

Ed Brzostek, who started his SCS career in PA is 1974 is retiring on January 1, 2010. Ed worked for 27 years in PA before heading to the national office. His last 8 years were as the EQIP Program Specialist. Ed and his wife, Rita, are planning to sell their Rockville, MD home and move to Bethany Beach, DE. He still owns the family farm in Lackawanna County. He is back to PA on a regular basis to visit his mother in assisted living in Scranton. Ed has a daughter who is a marketing director in Arlington, VA and a son in a fellowship program for his PHD at Boston University.

Don and Shirley Lindsey had a wonderful Thanksgiving with their son, Bruce and family in Boiling Springs, PA. A special treat was to have their granddaughter, Katie, with them for a long weekend. Katie is student teaching in Washington DC and returned to her home in Alaska on December 12.

Summer vacation (can you vacation in retirement?) included a week at Deep Creek, MD for Bill and Mary Ann Bowers, doing fishing, golfing and goofing off. They also spent a long weekend at Williamsburg, VA with grandkid doing colonial things. Granddaughter Emily wore a colonial dress and grandson Ben wore a tri-cornered hat while learning about colonial times. The special events in Colonial Williamsburg really bring the history of the American revolution to life: an important lesson for our kids to learn and us to be reminded of. They enjoyed several Penn State football games (except the Ohio State game). They are looking forward to spending Christmas with the grandkids in Royersburg, PA.

On September 5, Frank & Jane Resides attended the memorial service for Cindy Franzen on Bob’s brothers farm about 4 miles north of Painted Post, NY. There were many sincere and emotional eulogies from friends, family members and her minister.

In late October, Frank and Jane took a 6 day bus trip to Montreal and Quebec. Old Quebec is worth a visit with its magnificent architecture of historic buildings, military history, narrow streets and a chance to learn a little French. The trip included a boat ride on the St. Lawrence. In Montreal they visited the Biodome which included four environments: tropical, temperate, polar and marine. On the way home stops were made at Lake Plcid Village and the Brotherhood Winery. Frank adds that the leaves were at their height of fall color in Quebec and northern NY.

Wes Gordon reports that less than a week after the Gettysburg picnic, he and Kathy were in Pittsburgh walking through the lobby of Phipps Conservatory when someone called his name. It was fellow NRCS retiree Neal Parker. Wes and Neal worked together when Wes was DC and Neal was a summer trainee. Neal was in Pittsburgh to visit his daughter who is a student at Carnegie Mellon University. Neal works part time for a private consulting firm in Meadville.

John & Ann Akers were off to Manistee, MI in September for the wedding of their grandson Ryan. He had just graduated from advanced officer infantry training school at Quantico, VA. He is presently stationed in CA but will head to Afghanistan in March.

John & Ann have been helping their youngest daughter get settled in her new house in Richmond, VA. Our Thanksgiving visit included raking leaves and cleaning spouting. John works some with the Fulton County Conservation District on the soil testing program. With the help of his son, they cleared and blazed the boundaries on his 160 acre woodland.

Charlie Ford checked in on Facebook. The Ford’s are doing well. The latest – Charlie has gone to digital photography with all the special effects.

Carl Dupoldt keeps busy with environmental group activities. On October 14 & 15 he presented poster papers on passive flood water retention at the Villanova Urban Storm Water Symposium. November 15 was the 25th anniversary of the Darby Creek Valley Association. US Congressman Bob Edgar was the keynote speaker. Carl serves on the Board of Directors for the association which covers four counties and 31 municipalities.

Always on the go Harvey and Vickie Pinkerton helped move Vickie’s cousin to MD to wrap up a hectic summer. They are planning (?) a more subdued winter, Vickie’s mother is spending the winter with them – in their 35 foot motor home in FL. The grandkids dad is deployed and their mother has to work over Christmas, so the grandkids are moving into the motor home, too. Harvey says this should be an experience – a Christmas to remember. Sounds like the start of a subdued winter. Harvey and Vickie send along a cheery Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays.

The Larry Staley’s are back in AZ for the winter after a busy summer in OH. Larry got back to his SCS roots – he built a pond, a diversion terrace with a level lip spreader and some major road construction, He did this for his daughter who is in the assistance dog business and needed to expand with a new building. Larry says he also planted the biggest garden he ever planted. He doesn’t know why. He gave most of the produce away. He planted most of the garden to grass to discourage him from such an endeavor in future years.

Fred & Carol Bubb keep busy at New Hope Ministries which provides help to those in need in parts of a two county area through centers in Dillsburg, Dover and Mechanicsburg.. During the past year, New Hope’s Mechanicsburg center’s service area was doubled in size – now serving a population of 138,000. The expansion resulted in the present center being wall to wall people and groceries.. A new building was found just outside town in the direction of the new service area but $900,000 was needed to buy the building which needs complete remodeling. A foundation would give $1,000,000 if locally we raised $500,000. God blessed us – in 5 months we raised $630,000. Then Giant Foods gave a walk in freezer and refrigerator and a forklift, and a furniture store gave a box truck. Contractors offered free wiring and parking lot paving. All architectural, real estate and attorney services were donated. God is good. The target date to move into the new building is March 29. Fred serves on the NHM Board of Directors and as President of the Mechanicsburg NHM Advisory Council made up of supporting churches and organizations.

Tom and Audrey Balthaser are doing well, still growing acres and acres of Christmas trees. They had the grand champion Christmas tree at the PA Farm Show last January. Tom also donates a load of trees to Trees For Veterans, an organization that gives free trees to families with a member is the military.

Former SCS State Engineer Mervin Ice was seen in colonial attire at a Christmas Service in the historic Monaghan Presbyterian Church in Dillsburg. After the service, Merv carried a lantern to lead worshippers from church to the restored Dill Tavern.


Editor’s Note: No one sent in a story so I am carrying out my threat of another Don Lindsey tale. Actually, I have at least a bushel of tales relating to Don, but I am sure you want more variety.

Last issue the Don Lindsey and hairless beaver tale was shared. If you remember, Don took advantage of a young but eager to learn SCS national photographer that I made the mistake of sending to Wellsboro and Don alone. The tale of the Concrete Woodpecker happened on the same trip.

The photographer was to gather photos to use with the new Rural Abandoned Mine Program (RAMP). They were at an abandoned coal mining facility that contained numerous concrete building ruins. In preparation to blast these buildings down, holes had been drilled for dynamite, As in the last story, the observant young photographer asked, "Why are there holes in the concrete?" Then came those famous words from Don, "Funny you should ask!"

:This old concrete contains insects and a bird has developed that has a strong bill and pecks away at the concrete just like woodpeckers do to wood. At that time, as if on cue, a flock of birds, probably startled by their movement flew out the back side of the building.

"There they go!" exclaimed Don. The poor photographer went back to NHQ disappointed because he did not get a picture of the concrete pecker.

Don and his creative staff started with the body of a pheasant and constructed their version of the concrete pecker and sent the photographer a photo. That is not the end of the story. Much later, I, Fred Bubb, received an envelop from NHQ, marked ‘High Security’, ‘Deliver to Addressee Only’, etc. I wondered what I had done now – if my career was finished. Upon opening, there on official stationary, was the following instruction: "Immediately forward to National Headquarters the original and official SCS photograph of the Concrete Pecker so that NHQ Photo Files can be complete." I wonder if it is still in the files in NHQ!

(I know there are a ton of these stories out there. I’ve heard some of them and know there are many, many more to be heard. Send to, same place you send items for THE PA BUGLE. Thanks to all who sent items for The PA BUGLE)

WHY?? Why don’t you ever see the headline, "Psychic Wins Lottery?"



Winter 2009    Frederick Bubb, Editor


Hollidaysburg, PA The countryside was beautiful, the weather perfect, the food tremendous, and the best of fellowship – all of these added up to an annual retiree picnic to be remembered. What a way for a new PA Retiree SCS/NRCS Representative to begin. New state retiree rep Bill Bowers welcomed the gathering who just completed a surprising light breakfast of eggs, sausage, bacon, potatoes and biscuits served by Clem’s Woodfired Barbecue at Seven Point Marina. Praise was given to John and Ann Akers, our hosts.

Bill opened a short business meeting with a report from Treasurer John Mickley who asked for voluntary contributions to keep the treasury afloat. Main uses are the annual meeting needs and the newsletter. John and Donna Mickley noted the newly opened Visitors Center at the Gettysburg National Battlefield which resulted is an offer to host next year’s annual meeting on September 14. John said he would draft Don Lindsey and Lee Bentz to help.

Francis Lisko Mentioned benefit changes listed in the Federal Employees Newsletter. Tim Murphy added that NARFE memberships were dropping and urged retirees to consider joining. Rose Marie Updegraff gave an update on several members who could not attend due to health problems including Jim Olson, Dick Kirk and Munk Munkittrick. She also said that Bill Parrish was not present as he was doing volunteer training in Salt Lake City, UT

Terry Wentz, Waxwing Associates, talked about the natural history of the area. Terry was retired state Park Director at Canoe Creek, Trough Creek and Warriors Path and gave an illustrated program on the natural history of those areas as well as Raystown Lake. Craig Derickson, NRCS StC, updated the group on programs and the outlook for 2009.

After a lunch of barbecued ribs and chicken and all the things that go with it, the group waddled (fortunately downhill) to the marina to board a charter boat for a two hour trip on the lake. The boat’s naturalist was joined by Terry Wentz, providing a wonderful narrated tour is bright sunshine and cool breezes. Our thanks to John and Ann Akers for being great hosts.

Attending were: Judy & Nevin Ulery, Joyce & Francis Lisko, Carol & Frederick Bubb, Mary Ann & Bill Bowers, Craig Derickson, Hurshal Boyd, Jean & Lee Bentz, Donna & John Mickley, Tim Murphy, Ann & John Akers, Barb & Jim Bistline, Rose Marie & Dale Updegraff, Shirley and Don Lindsey, Harold Wingard, Joyce & Byron Roth and Mary Lou Shryock. (Group photo is an attachment)


Seasons Greetings to each of you! Is it possible that this is 2009? I hope you all enjoyed a great holiday season with family, friends, and doing what you wanted to do.

A special greeting to those of you who (along with me) made the big decision in 2008 and retired! Isn’t it great to do what we want to do, when we want to and at the pace we want to? Please remember that you get a free year of membership in the ARSCSE including the Pennsylvania group!

Those of you who traveled to Raystown Lake in September had a great time learning about the lake and enjoying the nature on that great boat ride. The food was great too. Thanks, John and Ann Akers for the hospitality! John Mickley, thanks for the apples!

John Mickley, Don Lindsey and Lee Bentz have offered to host the 2009 PA Retirees picnic in Gettysburg. With the new visitor’s center and all the history of Gettysburg, this will be a special day. Put September 14th on your calendar for a special day.

Bill Bowers


WEST CHESTER, PA On November 21, the SEPA retirees and wives met at the Simon Pearce Restaurant for dinner, drinks and a social evening. Present were Len & Mary Beck, Jim & Maria Cropper, Bob & Nancy Escheman, Howard Hall, Tom & Joyce Iivai, Dave & Paula Lorenz, Ann Magee, Joe & Janice McDonough, and Frank & Jane Resides.

A beautiful 4" snowfall that hit parts of Chester County that morning prompted some last minute cancellations, however, all that attended enjoyed the evening. It is a real blessing to have worked in an agency where we were all like family, and to have maintained contact and friendships for so many years. The NNTC closed in December 1995! It was a great place to work. We hope to do it again in 2009, at the same place, on the third Friday in November.

116+ Years of U.S. Government Experience

These four very experienced members of the NRCS Northeast Team 2 have over 116 years of soil and water conservation experience working for NRCS/SCS. These members are Bruce Baessler 34+ years, Bob Wagner 32+ years, Ed Patchcoski 29+ years, and Ken Harvey 21+ years of experience. Something else in common is that all have worked in Susquehanna County – two have worked for the Susquehanna Conservation District besides working for USDA in that county. Three of the guys have worked for Conservation Districts,and two have worked for State Agencies. Their USDA experience covers many different counties and several

states – Ed has worked in seven different counties and has served details to Iowa and Connecticut, Ken has worked in 11 different counties and was detailed up to Vermont; Bruce has worked in 12 different counties and had been detailed to West Virginia; and Bob has worked in eight different counties.

This article is from Keystone Connection, the NRCS newsletter in Pennsylvania, prepared by Molly McDonough. Included with this article was a photo of the four men with tools of their trade back then – a 6’ ruler, a hand soil auger, 18"engineers level, 12’ survey rod, and a tile spade. Remember when?


One of the e-letters I subscribe to had this motivation message for 2009 and I want to share it with you.

20 Tips for Making 2009 a Positive Year!    By America's Energy Coach Jon Gordon

1. Take a 10-30 minute "Thank you" walk every day. While you walk, practice gratitude. It is the ultimate anti-depressant.

2. Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes each day. Buy a lock if you have to.

3. Buy a DVR/TIVO, tape your late night shows and get more sleep - it's the
ultimate energizer.

4. When you wake up in the morning complete the following statement: My purpose is to___________ today.

5. Live with the 3 E's. Energy, Enthusiasm, Empathy.

6. Read more books than you did in 2008.

7. Make time to practice meditation, prayer, yoga, tai chi, qigong.
They provide us with daily fuel for our busy lives.

8. Do the "one thing" you have always wanted to do.

9. Dream more while you are awake.

10. Eat more foods that grow on trees and plants and eat fewer foods that are manufactured in plants.

11. Mentor someone and be mentored by someone.

12. Engage in daily random acts of kindness.

13. Clear your clutter from your house, your car, your desk and let new and flowing positive energy into your life.

14. Don't waste your precious energy on gossip, energy vampires, issues of the
past, negative thoughts or things you cannot control. Instead invest your
energy in the positive present moment.

15. Realize that life is a school and you are here to learn. Problems are simply
part of the curriculum that appear and fade away like algebra class but the
lessons you learn will last a lifetime.

16. Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a college kid with a maxed out charge card.

17. Smile and laugh more. It will keep the energy vampires away.

18. Each night before you go to bed complete the following statements:
     I am thankful for __________!    Today I accomplished____________!

19. Remember that you are too blessed to be stressed.

20. Enjoy the ride. You only have one ride through life so make the most of it and enjoy it.

If you are interested in this "Motivation in a Minute" e-letter, here is the address to subscribe:

Thanks to Fred Bubb for the PA BUGLE and fitting it in around his international travels! Have a great 2009 and please send Fred or me any information or news of interest!


When Treasurer John gave his report at the annual meeting, after all bills were paid, our treasury was in TWO figures. Our main expense is sending out this newsletter. More than half the copies are still printed and sent out by US mail. You can help in a couple of ways. First, send a contribution to John Mickley, Treasurer, 66 White Run Lane, Gettysburg, PA 17325-7025. make the check payable to John Mickley, Treasurer. The second way is if you get The PA BUGLE by regular mail and have e-mail, send your e-mail address to The e-mail list has several advantages is addition to lower costs, such as special notices during the year and a photo of the annual picnic.


Thanks to Frank Resides who has been tracking retirees for many years, we received many names that presently are not on our mailing list. Bill Bowers and Fred Bubb are going to work on merging this list with the existing mailing lists. New mailings will receive a complimentary copy and asked if they want to be added to future mailings

ARSCSE – Have you paid your 2009 dues?

Annual dues are still only $12 per year. That is $1 per month or about 25 cents a week. Send payment to ARSCSE, PO Box 523615, Springfield, VA 22152-3615

Retiree Happenings

Judy and Alan Wood retired on the same day - June 30 (her as school nurse from the Mechanicsburg School District). We then went on an 18-day trip to Peru and Ecuador, which included a short stay in the Amazon jungle and the Galapagos Islands. While there, our house sold and we were homeless for 3 months until our new home in Alden Place (a 55+ community in Cornwall - only 2 miles from the Lebanon TC) was ready in November. Besides staying with friends during that time, we also had training in CA for Lifewater International. This is an NGO that we will be volunteering with - teaching sanitation and hygiene in developing countries.

"I am sorry I will not be at the annual picnic," reports Bill Parrish. "I’ll be in salt Lake City teaching "Managing For Excellence." For someone supposedly retired, I seem to be hanging out with the NRCS crowd, adds Bill. (Incidentally, I understand that Bill does this as a volunteer.)

Speaking of volunteers, Lee Bentz is a volunteer at the Eisenhower Farm on the Gettysburg National Military Park. Lee and a friend are responsible for the farm machinery inventory and maintenance of Ike’s farm equipment. Duties include writing descriptions of each piece and a brief synopsis of its function. The equipment is scattered over several farms and in some cases, re-assembled. One of the frustrations is that the machinery can not be "refurbished", only "maintained" and allowed to slowly deteriorate. Also, there are no facilities (money) to display the equipment to the public.

Don and Shirley Lindsey are doing well. Don’s kidney tumor has shrunk and there is no evidence that it is growing. Thanks for all the caring prayers. Don has spent much of last summer helping our daughter Julie open a veterinary hospital in Littlestown in mid September. Shirley went to New Brunswick in September to visit family. They also went to Alaska to visit son Scott.

Nevin and Judy Ulery are really experiencing the empty nest syndrome at
this time. Their oldest daughter, Beth moved to Austin, TX in September.
She remarried and inherited three grown stepchildren, one stepgrandson
and another stepgrandson to arrive shortly. She did leave her two kids
and one grandson in PA. So Nevin and Judy do get to babysit their great
grandson occassionally. Their other daughter, Amy, still lives in Oak Harbor, WA so their will
be lots of excuses for doing some traveling. Fortunately everyone was able to spend Christmas in PA except their oldest grandson, Marc, who lives in Burlington, Washington. Last summer, Nevin and Judy visited six national parks including Yosemite, Sequoia in CA and Zion, Bryce, Canyonlands and Arches in UT.

Pat Cecil writes from Texas that she traveled in November with my family. My daughter-in-law who is a high school teacher, put a trip together for her students, and they invited me to go too! My son and 3 grandsons also were on the trip so it was a family affair and it was just super. We toured Rome and Florence in Italy, had a wild train ride to Paris where we spent 3 days. Highlights included a visit to Normandy Beach - absolutely awesome - the Eiffel Tower, Versailles Palace, and several side trips - we even got to see Keanu Reeves coming out of his hotel in Paris - quite exciting. And we ended the trip with 2 days in London where we saw all the major sites, ending our visit by seeing the play Wicked - it was really great! I am road weary - I have decided that I will not travel this year - at least not until the "bug" bites me again!!

Texas has been a little cool this fall - we even had an inch of snow the second week of December - an early white Christmas - I realize that is nothing compared to what you folks receive, but hey, it's quite something to see here in East Texas!!

Bob Stumpf provides updates on some of the NW PA folks. According to word from his son, Danny: Dick Crowley, with health problems, is tooling around his home in New Hampshire on a "Hoveround." I told him he no doubt looked better years ago in his Mustang.
Ron Donlan working locally here with a VFW post to set up a fishing spot for disabled vets.

Fred Bubb traveled back to Bosnia-Herzegovina for the first half of December. He attended a national three day prayer conference. The rest of the trip was spent visiting church pastors and leaders to discuss USA/BiH church partnerships. Fred said it was definitely unusual to go from the commercialization of Christmas to nothing about the Holiday. Fred has been going to BiH at least once a year since 1996.

Kathy and Wes Gordon are no longer PA residents. In September, they moved back to the family farm which is at 18300 Breakneck Road NE, Flintstone, MD 21530, two miles off I-68 at the Rocky Gap exit.

Jeff and Suzanne Kenyon are enjoying retirement off the boat. Jeff took up cycling and did a 300 mile camping trip last summer. Finding himself bored, he gound a parttime job at the History Center Museum in St. Paul as an interpreter. He was also hired for a similar job at the Mill City Museum in Minneapolis. Now he isn’t bored anymore. Suzanne took up woodworking through a community ed program in St. Paul. The planer is fun. The jointer is fun. The table saw is rascally and keeps spitting the wood back at her. She has learned where to stand and so has the rest of the shop. They are the proud owners of one of the most expensive knife racks ever made. Their kids, nieces and nephews keep having babies so Suzanne keeps busy baby sitting and sewing baby blankets and other things. They’d like to hear for old friends.

Congratulations to Bob McCombs as having one of the longest SCS retirements. Bob retired in 1966 – 42 years ago. Ivan McKeever was StC when Bob retired.

Thought For The Day

"Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body, you were called to peace. And be thankful." Colossians 3:15

May you have good health, happiness and blessings in this New Year


The Newsletter of SCS & NRCS retirees in Pennsylvania

Summer 2008   -   Frederick Bubb, Editor

Annual Picnic at Raystown Lake

Huntingdon, PA The annual gathering of SCS and NRCS employees will be at Seven Points Marina along Raystown Lake. Our hosts are John and Ann Akers. Sincere thanks to John and Ann for stepping forward and arranging a wonderful place and activities for us.

The meeting will be at Clem’s Woodfired Barbecue at the Seven Points Marina on Monday, September 8th. The day will begin at 9:00 AM with a light breakfast and social time. At 10:00 AM the business meeting will be held (see item below on the business meeting). At 11:00 AM, Terry Wentz will talk about the Raystown Lake history and attractions. From noon to 1:00 PM, a lunch of smoked barbecue chicken and ribs will be held. From 1:00 â€" 2:30 the group will take a boat cruise of the lake.

The cost is $32. per person, payable to our treasurer, John Mickley before August 27th. Money must accompany your reservation form (Reservation form included at the end of this newsletter).