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ZUMBA: Blue Ridge Senior Center, Great Bend is having Zumba classes every Wednesday with Joyce Jennings at 10:30 - 11:30am. Please call 570-879-2896 to register.


KIDS' BIBLE STUDY: For grades K-6. See what the Bible says about helping others, being good stewards, caring for each other and listening to parents. Join us every Friday night at Jackson Baptist Church, State Route 92, from 7:00 to 9:00pm. For questions contact Pastor Bayle at (570) 756-3345.


CELEBRATE RECOVERY: Begins Sunday the 16th, at the Susquehanna United Methodist Church on Main Street. From 6:00 - 8:00pm, and will continue every Sunday. For more information, call Pastor Vince Chiaramonte at 570-756-2420.


WELLNESS WEDNESDAYS: Come to the Health Care Technology Dept in Building B, at SCCTC to partake in free health screenings the first Wednesday of each month. For questions about any of our services or program offerings, please contact us at 570-278-9229.


OPIOID MEETING: "An Evening With Truth Pharm", Friday, 6:00pm, at the Susquehanna United Methodist Church on Main Street. An informative program addressing the problems of opioid addictions and overdose awareness. Free admission and light refreshments. Donations accepted.

ENCAUSTIC WORKSHOP: At the Slanted Art Gallery Co-Op, South Main Street, Montrose, with artist, Sonji Lee. Friday, 6 - 8:30pm. All materials provided to create an encaustic piece. To sign up: email,; message on Facebook, @slantedartcooperativesociety; or call 570-243-1075.


RUMMAGE/BAKE SALE: At the Franklin Hill Presbyterian Church, Friday, 9am - 2pm and Saturday,  9am - 1pm. Saturday will be a $3.00 bag sale. Located half between Lawsville Center on Route 29 and Summersville on Route 11. Lunch will be served both days.


BIKE TRAIL RIDE: On the newest section of D&H Rail-Trail, Saturday, 10am. Meet at the Union Dale Trail-head, next to Cable's Deli. A round-trip total of 15miles. Helmets required. For more information, call: 570-679-9300, or email:

FREE RETREAT: The Capuchin Sisters of St. Joseph Convent are offering a retreat, 10:00am to 2:30pm, at St. Martin of Tours Church, Jackson, intersection of Route 492 and 92. No reservation is needed and all are welcome. Please bring a lunch. Coffee and tea will be available.

TREES IN OUR BACK YARD: At Salt Springs Park in Franklin Forks, Saturday, 1pm. Hike and learn the basics of tree identification and some fun facts. Members and kids are free.

ROAST BEEF DINNER: Annual dinner at the First Universalist Church, Brooklyn, PA. Served family style starting at 4:30pm. Take-outs at 4:00pm.

ROAST BEEF SUPPER: Saturday, at the Thompson United Methodist Church, 586 Main Street. Take-Outs at 4:30pm. Eat-In at 5pm. All are Welcome.


QUILT SHOW: The Endless Mountains Quilt Guild will hold its biennial Quilt Show on Saturday and Sunday, 10am-4pm, at the Lynch-Bustin Elementary School in Athens, PA. Lunch Available. Special exhibits and vendors. Visit for more information.


BINGO: Sunday, at St. John the Evangelist Church, 15 E. Church St., Susquehanna. Doors open at 11:45am, kitchen opens at noon for lunch, first game starts at 1pm. Tickets are limited. Call Maria Cina, 607-242-4239; Irene McCarthy, 570-789-1837; Diana Shreffler, 570-434-3029; or Judi at the parish office 570-853-4634, for more information or tickets.

TWO-WHEELED TOUR: At Salt Springs Park in Franklin Forks, Sunday, 1pm. Bike the roads through Salt Springs Park and the Friends' land. Free-will donation.

FROM APPLES TO CIDER: At Salt Springs Park in Franklin Forks, Sunday, 2pm. Bring apples (1-bushel minimum) and an empty jug. Help Dana Woods run them through his cider press. Live music by Eli Gere and Friends. Kids 12 and under are free.


RAFFLE: October Calendar Raffle by the Historical Society and Free Library Association. Each day during October, at least one prize will be raffled off. Tickets on sale at any library location. Purchasing one ticket makes you eligible for all prizes. For more information, visit:


CEMETERY MEETING: The Annual Meeting of the North Jackson Cemetery Association will be held Tuesday, 7pm, at the North Jackson United Methodist Church.


MIDWIFERY MINGLE: Sponsored by Wayne Memorial Community Health Centers and Wayne Memorial Hospital. Tuesday, 1pm - 3pm, The Cooperage, 1030 Main Street, Honesdale. Educational and fun activities. Free event. Children welcome. For more information, call 570-253-8390.


CHICKEN DINNER: Chicken and biscuit dinner, Thursday, at the VFW Auxiliary, 386 Main Street, Great Bend, PA. All you can eat, 5pm until gone. Take-out available.


DESIGNS FOR WINES: Wine glass painting class at the Slanted Art Gallery Co-Op, South Main Street, Montrose. Friday, 6:30 - 8:00pm. To sign up: email,; message on Facebook, @slantedartcooperativesociety; or call 570-243-1075.


BLOOD ANALYSIS: AMBA Annual Blood Analysis program, at American Legion Post #357, New York Ave., Hallstead, 6:00am - 10:00am. For appt. call 1-800-234-8888, Mon - Fri 8:30am - 5:00pm. Doctors authorization and photo ID required. Check or money order only; payable to AMBA Wellness Program.

PANCAKE BREAKFAST: At the East Ararat United Methodist Church, Saturday, from 7 – 11am.

TRAIN EXCURSION: Saturday trip to East Stroudsburg, PA's Fall Harvest Festival. Depart Steamtown NHS at 9:30am, return at 4:30pm. Info at 570-340-5204.

HARVEST DINNER/COAT DRIVE: At the South Gibson United Methodist Church, Saturday, 3 - 7pm, complete with roast turkey, stuffing and all the sides, including homemade pies. Bring coat donations to the dinner or on any Sunday between 8:50 - 11:45am or by appointment. To arrange for someone to pick up your donation, please call 570-396-5255.

DINNER: At the Starrucca Baptist Church, social rooms. Ham and scalloped potato supper for a donation plus food pantry item. Servings begin Saturday at 5pm. Public is welcome.


ARTISTS' OPEN HOUSE: Studio tours of Susq. Co. artists, 10am - 6pm daily. Artists will be demonstrating their craft on Monday. Maps and brochures provided at the Slanted Art Gallery Co-Op, South Main Street, Montrose; or download from website: For more information call 570-278-2332.


CHICKEN BBQ: At the Thompson Hose Co., Sunday, 11am - 2pm. Take-Out only. Pre-order is recommended. Call 570-442-1107; or 570-4421208.

TRAIN EXCURSION: Sunday trip to Tobyhanna, PA along the former Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Railroad's mainline to its highest point. Depart Steamtown NHS at 11:00am, return at 3:00pm. Info at 570-340-5204.


LUNCHEON: Wimpie Luncheon at the Starrucca Baptist Church, social rooms. Tuesday, serving starts at noon. Public welcome.


HALLOWEEN BLEACH ART CLASS: Friday, at the Slanted Art Gallery Co-Op, South Main Street, Montrose. Bring a shirt, scarf, or skirt to 'paint' spiders and webs, or create your own design. To sign up: email,; message on Facebook, @slantedartcooperativesociety; or call 570-243-1075.


FINAL BOOK SALE: Harford Historical Society hosting the final Used Book Sale and Historical Exhibits this year. Saturday, 9am - 2pm, at Soldiers Orphan School, 2238 Orphan School Road, Kingsley. The used books are donated and no buyer restrictions (cash only). See historical exhibits, free of charge, in building formerly used as dormitory school for orphans of the Civil War.

TRAIN EXCURSION: Saturday excursion from Steamtown NHS to the Delaware Water Gap, PA. Depart at 9:00am, return at 5:00pm. Info at 570-340-5204.

SPAGHETTI DINNER: At the Knights of Columbus, Council 356, 65 Kilrow Street, Great Bend, Saturday, 4pm - 7pm. Spaghetti & homemade meatball dinner includes: salad, bread, dessert and beverage. Take-outs available. Children under 5 are free. Live music by Carl Tanner & Friends.


TRAIN EXCURSION: Sunday trip to Moscow, PA restored passenger station and freight depot. Light refreshments and souvenirs will also be available, with sales supporting the restoration of the park's Boston & Maine #3713 steam locomotive. Depart at 12:30pm, return at 3:00pm. Info at 570-340-5204.


FREE LUNCH: At St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church, State Route 92 & 492 Jackson. Free Parish & Community Lunch, Wednesday, 12 - 1:30pm, includes: stuffed cabbage, roll, dessert & beverage. For reservations, call: Joanne 570-727-3441 or Fran 570-756-2468. Good will offerings accepted.

CHICKEN/HAM DINNER: At the Clifford United Methodist Church, Main Street. Chicken-n-Biscuit or Ham Dinner, Wednesday, 4 - 6pm. Take-out or dine-in includes: dinner, drink and dessert.


BLOOD DRIVE: Thursday, 1:20 to 6:30pm at St. Marks Church, New Milford. For appointments, call: 1-800-Red-Cross.

FEATURED ARTIST: Carol Matheson, watercolorist. Thursday, 4 - 8pm, at the Slanted Art Gallery Co-Op, South Main Street, Montrose. Refreshments provided.


FREE COATS: At the South Gibson United Methodist Church, Saturday, 9am – 4pm.

FREE LUNCH: Good News Lunch at St. Marks Church, New Milford. Saturday at noon. All are welcome.

TRAIN EXCURSION: Saturday trip to Moscow, PA restored passenger station and freight depot. Light refreshments and souvenirs will also be available, with sales supporting the restoration of the park's Boston & Maine #3713 steam locomotive. Departs Steamtown NHS at 1:00pm, return at 3:00pm. Info at 570-340-5204.


TRAIN EXCURSION: Sunday trip to Cresco, PA. Pocono Mountains fall foliage and the restored railroad passenger depot. Depart Steamtown NHS at 11:30am, return at 4:30pm. Info at 570-340-5204.


TRAIN EXCURSION: Saturday, Spooky Spectacular Halloween-themed trip to Ghoulsboro (AKA Gouldsboro, PA). Young and young-at-heart passengers are encouraged to wear their best Halloween costumes for the trip. Depart Steamtown NHS at 11:30am, return at 3:00pm. Info at 570-340-5204.

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Senior Menu - October 1-5

Monday: Meatloaf, Mashed Potato, Dinner Roll with Butter, Cottage Cheese and Berries.

Tuesday: Glazed Pork Loin, Mashed Sweet Potato, Green Beans, Dinner Roll with Butter, Cinnamon Baked Apples.

Wednesday: BBQ Chicken Roasted Red Potato, Broccoli Biscuit with Margarine, Rice Pudding.

Thursday: Beef Pot Roast, Carrots and Peas, Boiled New Potato, Dinner Roll, Ambrosia.

Friday: Open Face Turkey Sandwich, Vegetable Barley Soup, Crackers, Orange.

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Pheasant Hunt At Salt Springs

Submitted by Bob Wagner

On Saturday, October 6 the Wilson F. Moore Memorial chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation will sponsor a mentored and guided Instructional Junior Pheasant Hunt at Salt Springs State Park. To participate in the hunt, preregistration is a requirement as there are only 20 participant openings. Youth 12 to 16 years old must have successfully completed their hunter/trapper safety education course. Participants ages 12 and 13 must be accompanied by an adult member of the family (at least 18), or by an adult serving in place of a parent. All registrants for this event must be 12 years of age by October 6, 2018. Hunting licenses are not required.

To register for this hunt go to the Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC) web site. On the PGC Home page, look for the green Education box in the upper righthand corner. Click on it and find Junior Pheasant Hunt program, click on that and look for the second paragraph of the Instructional Junior Pheasant program where it says register for a hunt or registration. The hunt at Salt Springs State Park is listed on page 2 of the registrations. Or type in the following info on your computer:

All hunters, parents, adults, sponsors must wear the required amount of fluorescent orange (orange vest and hat - minimum) when they are in the field taking part in the hunt (hunting or observing). Mentors and Guides must have a pheasant stamp. Participants will meet at Salt Spring State Park at the Buckley Road parking area, not the main Salt Springs State Park lot. There will be three different areas to go hunting in. The Park is located 8 miles north of Montrose, off of State Route 29.

Each year, sponsoring sportsmen's organizations from around the state host these instructional events and the local chapter of the NWTF is one of them. The WFMM does not do this hunt alone, the PGC supplies the pheasants and the Friends of Salt Springs (Park managers) supply the land and opportunity. Al Cuevas, Vice President of the WFMM NWTF chapter explained, "These hunts will allow young hunters the opportunity to gain hunting experience and help build a hunting support system for them as they pursue interests in hunting and the outdoors." Mr. Cuevas further stated, "The WFMM NWTF chapter will supply Juice, water and donuts for participants during a safety meeting prior to the hunt. Lunch and beverages will be provided after the hunt. Hunting dogs and their guides will be utilized during the hunt."

Contact Albert Cuevas with any questions at

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Introduction To Horticultural Therapy

Submitted By Kim Grace

Horticultural Therapy is just what it sounds like: using horticulture as a therapeutic modality. Join Janelle Zignon, retired Occupational Therapist at Clarks Summit State Hospital on Wednesday, October 3, 6:00pm at St. Marks' Parish Hall, Main Street, New Milford and learn how gardening/horticulture activities are used in various settings to help clients meet goals and enhance productive living. Experience the therapeutic qualities of gardening by creating a succulent garden to take home with you.

For more information or help registering call Penn State Extension Office at 570-666-9003 or email:

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South Gibson UMC Harvest Dinner

Submitted By Marianne Meyer

The South Gibson United Methodist Church will hold their annual Harvest Dinner complete with roast turkey, stuffing and all the sides, including homemade pies on October 6th from 3 - 7pm.

As you clean out your closets to prepare for the fall and winter season, won't you set aside your gently used coats and jackets for our upcoming coat drive?

You can bring your donations on the day of the Harvest Dinner, October 6th or on any Sunday between 8:50 - 11:45am, or by appointment. If you want to arrange for someone to pick up your donation, please call 570-396-5255.

Please make sure coats are clean with working buttons, snaps and zippers. The free coat giveaway will be held at South Gibson UMC on Saturday, October 20th from 9am to 4pm.

Thank you in advance for your donations! Learn more about South Gibson UMC at

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Forest Land Owners Fall Bus Trip

Submitted By Rob Alfred and Bob Wagner

The Susquehanna County Forest Land Owners Association (SCFLOA) will be heading to Waverly, NY to visit the Susquehanna River Archaeological Center (SRAC). The group's 2018 Columbus Day Bus Trip (October 8th) is open to members and anyone who would like to take part in it.

Rob Alfred, SCFLOA President stated, "This year we are going to be touring along the southern border of New York. We will visit the SRAC museum in the morning for an informative talk and tour by the curator. The SRAC museum is the largest exhibit of local Native American artifacts in the region that date as early as the Ice Age and as late the Revolutionary War. Their gift shop includes the largest historical and archaeological book selection in the area as well as rare rocks and minerals, kids learning toys, and jewelry, pottery and many unique museum gifts!"

The fall bus trip will include time for shopping at an Antiques/collectibles building (Coop) which belongs to the museum just across the street. Lunch will be on your own at one of several restaurants including the Rail House restaurant right next door. After lunch the bus will take us to the Newtown Battlefield (Revolutionary War) which is just east of Elmira. Newtown Battlefield State Park, formerly known as Newtown Battlefield Reservation, was the site of the Battle of Newtown fought in August 1779, during the American Revolutionary War. It was the only major battle of the Sullivan Expedition. The armed offensive led by General John Sullivan was ordered by the Continental Congress to end the threat of the Iroquois who had sided with the British in the American Revolutionary War. In the battle, the Iroquois were defeated decisively. The present-day battlefield is now quite heavily wooded and obscured to the casual passerby on the highway below. There is a narrow column of white granite known as the Newton Battlefield Monument sits atop the hill where this historic battle once took place in Elmira, New York. The site was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1965.

Our return trip will be along the New York/Pennsylvania border and a county road ride back to Montrose.

The bus will be leaving from the Price Chopper shopping center in Montrose at 8:00am, returning around 5pm. To make reservations to join us please contact Doug Sheldon, our Treasurer, at 570-906-0913 or

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Midwifery Mingle Set In Honesdale

Submitted By Maria Diehl

Wayne Memorial's 9th Annual Midwifery Mingle is slated for Tuesday, October 2, from 1pm to 3pm at The Cooperage in Honesdale. The event, sponsored by Wayne Memorial's New Beginnings Birthing Suites and the Women's Health Center, is held in honor of National Midwifery Week--observed between September 30 and October 6th this year.

Certified Nurse Midwives Patricia Konzman, Christina MacDowell and Megan Jones of the Women's Health Center are hosting the afternoon gathering and invite women of all ages to attend, socialize and share experiences. The venue and atmosphere are kid-friendly so moms are encouraged to bring their young children.

"I am excited to see women of all ages and stages of life come together in support of one another," stated Christina MacDowell, CNM, reflecting on a favorite aspect of the annual event. "Amazing things happen when women come together and raise each other up." MacDowell has been a practicing midwife for more than a year. However, she previously attended the Mingle as a midwifery client with her five children in tow--giving her a unique perspective.

Educational booths with resources for women, refreshments from Ant Hill Farm Kitchen, live music by Randy Light, and kids' activities will all be featured this year. An indulgent "Just for Mom" basket of handmade soaps, aromatherapy products and soothing bath scrubs will be raffled off to one lucky attendee.

Patricia Konzman, CNM, who was recognized for 25 years as a nurse midwife at Wayne Memorial during last year's celebration, has served as hostess for all nine Mingles. Konzman is proud to have been part of Wayne Memorial's Midwifery program from its inception over a quarter century ago. "I think of all the midwives I've had the pleasure of working with over the years." she stated, "Our ability to offer midwifery services in our community has been consistent. We've always had at least two midwives at a time--most often three. We're recruiting a fourth now, so our program continues to grow."

Wayne Memorial's midwives hope to see moms and babies whose delivery they facilitated at the October 2nd celebration. However, the Mingle isn't just for young moms or those who are already patients. National Midwifery Week is an ideal time to remind women that "midwifery care doesn't stop at birth. We can be with you throughout your life span," stated MacDowell.

Midwifery services include prenatal care, childbirth (including water births), gynecological exams, family planning and menopause counseling.

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Woody Plant Class Offered On Conifers

Submitted By Kim Grace

Conifers, typically evergreens such as pine, fir, spruce and other cone-bearing trees and shrubs provide the structural framework for many gardens, serving a variety of roles as specimens, focal points, screens, hedges, and backdrops. Join Tom Butzler, Penn State Extension Horticulture Educator and Jim Kessler, Retired State Forester/Kessler's Tree Farm to learn about the distinctive growth habits of conifers and how to use conifers in your landscapes to add bold foliage color contrasts and texture. Success in the landscaping begins with a comprehensive knowledge of plant material available in the trade, matching site conditions with appropriate woody plants. This certificate program in woody plant identification will train you in the identification of woody ornamental plants. Site and cultural requirements as well as associated insect and disease problems. Class will cover both native and non-native species.

The class will be held Tuesday, October 9, 2018 from 10:00am - 4:00pm at the Franklin Hill Presbyterian Church, 400 Franklin Hill Road, Hallstead, PA and Kessler's Tree Farm at 742 State Route 1018, Hallstead, PA. This is an excellent class for everyone from Master Gardeners, to Christmas tree growers, to those in the forest products business, such as landscapers! Registrants will receive a full-color manual of the conifers covered during class and pizza and drinks will be provided for lunch.

For more information please contact the Penn State Extension Master Gardeners in Susquehanna County, at or call 570-666-9003.

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Music Programs From The Adult School

Submitted By Ann Vitale

The popular Endless Mountains Trio of Corky Staats, Carl Hagstrom and Paul Fazio will perform in concert on Thursday, September 27, at 7pm. Their blend of contemporary folk music, bluegrass, and blues has drawn audiences for over six years. Don't miss this opportunity to see and hear them at the First Presbyterian church. Registration is appreciated through the Montrose Adult School, but walk-ins are welcome.

The Adult School has a musical week in October planned. On Monday, October 15, at 1:30, also at the Presbyterian Church, Charlene Thompson, musician and composer, will present another of her rollicking programs of familiar music. This time Rodgers and Hammerstein tunes from such favorites as Oklahoma, South Pacific and the Sound of Music are on tap. Ms. Thompson includes biographical information about the composers and printed song sheets encourage singing along.

On Wednesday, October 17, at 6pm, Jan Quackenbush will present a biographical film of World Champion Old-time fiddler, Jehile Kirkhuff. Kirkhuff was a resident of Lawton and the film highlights his tunes and the historical context of many of them. This program will be in the community room at the Susquehanna County Library. Pre-registration through the Montrose Adult School is appreciated for room set-up, but pay-at-the-door is an option.

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