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Child Support Awareness Day held at courthouse

TOWANDA BOROUGH — It was Child Support Awareness Day on the Bradford County Courthouse lawn on Monday afternoon.

After the Bradford County Commissioners declared August Child Support Awareness Month on Thursday, a formal celebration was planned by the Bradford County Domestic Relations Office including a visit from Towanda Borough officer John Hennessy and K9 Hades, the Bradford County Bookmobile, the Bradford County Dairy Princess, Bradford County Conservation District, kids fingerprinting by the Sheriff’s Office, car seat checks by the Pennsylvania State Police, a fire truck from the Towanda Fire Department, face-painting, pizza, chances to win a back-to-school basket and movie ticket baskets and more.

“It’s geared for the children,” Director of the Bradford County Domestic Relations office Vonda Huffman said at the event. “We’re all here for the children, that’s our job.”

It’s the first year that the office has celebrated the day outside with a gathering. In years past the office would do something small just inside the office. According to Huffman, Governor Tom Wolf asked all of the child support offices in the state to do something extra in observation this year.

The office hopes to turn the good turnout and momentum from this year’s picnic into something bigger in the future, Huffman continued.

“Maybe a carnival theme in one of the county parks.”

Dozens of kids were on hand from groups from the YMCA, who partnered with the office for the picnic at the event that shut down Park Street, to see with K9 officer Hades, get a tour of Towanda Borough’s ladder truck or even read a book on the Bradford County Bookmobile.

Huffman iterated that the domestic relations office does not take sides in custody battles or whatever familial situation the office handles — they just want to see the kids thrive.

“We’re here to make sure they have that backpack when they go back to school, or play football or dance — whatever they need to help them.”

Towanda gives thumbs up to stream bank stabilization project

TOWANDA BOROUGH — The Towanda School Board gave approval to move forward with a $112K stream bank stabilization project in their work session meeting on Monday evening.

The project has been in the works since 2015, according to business manager Doreen Secor. HUNT Engineers have been working on the slow process of acquiring permits for the stream work that was identified as a need for the school’s property in their internal facilities survey years ago.

Near the Endless Mountain Athletic Complex, along Plank Road runs a stream that has been eroding the bank that borders the football field’s handicap parking. The project includes excavation, the installation of riprap, removing trees and seeding new grass to prevent the envelopment of the already limited handicap parking.

The agreement to enter into a contract with SJ Thomas Company Inc. who would sub-contract the project to a local contractor, passed in the meeting, 7-0 with vice president Evelyn Sherburne and president Peggi Munkittrick absent. The project was pre-bid through a state contract.

The project will be paid for out of the school’s capital reserve fund.

Due to the absence of the president and vice president of the board in the meeting, treasurer Guy Maryott was elected tempore president and conducted the meeting.

Later in the meeting, the board carried a motion to eliminate three secretarial positions at the school and create two more. Superintendent Dennis Peachey told the Review that the school identified an area to become “more efficient” and took advantage.