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Personal Ponies Sets Annual Open Barn
Senior Menu
Big Bucks And A Healthy Thanksgiving
Break The Cycle, Take A Coffee Break!
50's Christmas Party Planned
EMTC's Tony & Tina To Renew Vows
Rotary Citrus Sale To Benefit Children
Eagles Seminar At N. Wayne Library
EMTC Weds Improv, Stagecraft
Farm City Feast Set At Mt. View
Dairy Producers' Nutrient Management Workshop
Story Book Party With Bill Frye

Personal Ponies Sets Annual Open Barn

The large Personal Ponies (PPL) Christmas barn is located in Fairdale, approximately four miles from Montrose, PA, at Elisha’s Home, which is a breeding farm for Personal Ponies, Ltd. The annual open barn will be held December 1, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. (snow date, December 8).

The Christmas barn will be decorated for the holidays for visitors to tour. Come see the UK Miniature Shetland ponies, donkeys, baby miniature goats, sheep, llamas, cows, horses, and a potbelly pig named Brucie. There is no charge and the barn is handicap accessible.

Rocky, the trick pony (pictured) will perform for the children during the afternoon at two intervals. Numerous tricks have been added to his routine, as he shows off his UK Miniature Shetland type and makes children smile, which is what Personal Ponies is all about.

PPL is an organization that gives UK Miniature Shetland ponies to terminally ill and disabled children in PA and 48 states, for the past 16 years.

Elaine and Emil Nemeckay, regional directors and fund-raisers for PPL, commented, "We call them our gift ponies. The ponies are used for physical, as well as mental therapy. We are all volunteers for PPL, who enjoy putting a little magic into the lives of unfortunate children. Our ponies make children smile, who really need to smile. Many times, our ponies are a child’s only friend. We have had autistic children talk and many children walk to their very own special pony, raised by our volunteer breeding farms all over the country. There is something very magical that happens between a pint-size pony and a small child. Our ponies communicate with these children in a very, very special way."

Volunteers for Personal Ponies will conduct tours throughout the day and will be available to any any questions you might have.

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November 20

BIG BUCKS bingo and pizza party, Wednesday, November 20, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Susquehanna County Family Community Center. For reservations, call the Literacy office, 278-9027 or 465-2880.

SESQUICENTENNIAL committee meeting, Wednesday, November 20, 6:30 p.m. in the Susquehanna boro building. All are welcome.

November 21

THURSDAY NIGHT LIFELIKE, a live comedy presented by Endless Mts. Theater Co., Thursday, November 21, 7:30 p.m. at the Montrose Theater. Free admission. Call 278-3352 for info. All are welcome.

TURKEY PARTY, Thursday, November 21, 7:30 p.m. at St. Francis Xavier Church, Friendsville. Free admission. Refreshments. All are welcome.

WORKSHOP FOR BOARD MEMBERS, Thursday, November 21, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Keystone Theater, Towanda. For info or to register, call 888-868-8800.

BREAK THE CYCLE of Illiteracy presentation, Thursday, November 21, 10 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. at the Forest City Borough building, third floor. For info, call the Literacy Program, 278-9027. All are welcome.

November 22

GAME OF LOGGING, Level I chain saw training, Friday, November 22, 8 a.m. to 4 :30 p.m. at the Nagle Farm, Springville. For info, call 278-1011, ext. 101.

HAM & TURKEY PARTY, Friday, November 22, 7:00 p.m. at the United Fire Hall. Proceeds benefit the United Fire Co. All are welcome.

SPAGHETTI & MEATBALL dinner, Friday, November 22, 4:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Lawsville Grange Hall, Rte. 29. Takeouts available. All are welcome.

TURKEY RAFFLE, Friday, November 22, 7 p.m. at the Susquehanna Fire Hall. Free food and refreshments, door prizes. All are welcome.

COOKIE CARNIVAL, Friday, November 22, at the main library, Montrose. Tri-County Human Services will be selling cookies from 11 a.m. until sold out. All are welcome.

BLACK BEAR program, Friday, November 22, 7:00 at the Forest Landowners’ meeting in the Susquehanna County Office Building conference room. For info, call 278-4600, ext. 270. All are welcome.

November 22 & 23

TORREY HOME Christmas Boutique, 5 Locust St., Montrose, will be open Friday, November 22 and Saturday, November 23, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For info, call 278-1001. All are welcome.

November 23

HAPPY, HEALTHY THANKSGIVING (PACT), Saturday, November 23, 10 a.m., Barnes-Kasson Hospital Education Room, Susquehanna. For info or reservations, call the Family Literacy Program, 278-9027 or 465-2880.

TURKEY PARTY, Saturday, November 23, 7:30 p.m. to ?? at the Forest Lake Firemen’s Hall. Raffles, refreshments. All are welcome.

ARTISANS’ MARKETPLACE, Saturday, November 23, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Waverly Community House. Admission. For info, call 586-8191. All are welcome.

HOLIDAY HOUSE TOUR, Saturday, November 23, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission. For info or advance reservations, call the Waverly Community House, 586-8191.

CARING CAFE Thanksgiving dinner, Saturday, November 23, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the United Methodist Community Church, Main St., Great Bend. All are welcome.

November 24

GAME OF LOGGING, Level I chain saw training, Sunday, November 24, 8 a.m. to 4 :30 p.m. at the Nagle Farm, Springville. For info, call 278-1011, ext. 101.

ARTISANS’ MARKETPLACE, Sunday, November 24, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Waverly Community House. Admission. For info, call 586-8191. All are welcome.

MUSICAL RECITAL by students of Hall’s Studios, Sunday, November 24, 3:00 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, New Milford. For info or reservations, call (607) 729-1548, ext. 217.

X–SHOOT, Clay Bird Shoot, Sunday, November 24 at the Blue Ridge Sportsmen’s Club. Pancake breakfast, 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. call 465-3881 for info. All are welcome.

November 26

MAKE-A-WISH volunteer information session, Tuesday, November 26, 6 p.m. in the Blue Room of Tyler Memorial Hospital. For reservations or info, call 1-800-480-9474.

WATERCOLOR CLASS with Raquel Sweeney, Tuesday, November 26, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Claverack Building, Rte. 706E, Montrose. For info, call the Hill Country Artists, 553-2500. All are welcome.

November 27

PIE & CHEESECAKE SALE, Wednesday, November 27, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the Lanesboro Community Church Fellowship Room. To order in advance (before November 25), call 853-3007 or 853-3449.

November 28

THANKSGIVING DAY Celebration, Thursday, November 28, noon to 3 p.m. at the Christian Missionary Alliance Church, Great Bend. Transportation available for those in need. For info, call Pastor Park, 879-2758.

November 28 & 29

COUNTY COURTHOUSE will be closed Thursday, November 28 and Friday, November 29. All court related offices will be available.

November 29 & 30

CHRISTMAS CRAFT SALE, Friday, November 29 and Saturday, November 30, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Torrey Home Christmas Boutique, Locust St., Montrose. All are welcome.

November 30

BENEFIT for Mark Tarbox, Saturday, November 30, 6 p.m. to 12 a.m. at the Starrucca House, Susquehanna. Admission includes food, beverages, live bands. Raffles. All are welcome (MUST be 21).

December 1

CHRISTMAS CANTATA, Sunday, December 1, 3:00 p.m. at the Thompson United Methodist Church. All are welcome.

PANCAKE BREAKFAST, Sunday, December 1, 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Hallstead–Great Bend Rod & Gun Club, followed by a trap, lucky "X", 25 position deer shoot. All are welcome.

SIGHT-IN-DAY, Sunday, December 1, at the Blue Ridge Sportsmen’s Club. Pancake breakfast, 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. Call 465-3881 for info. All are welcome.

UKRAINIAN CHRISTMAS program, Sunday, December 1, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Anthracite Heritage Museum, McDade Park, Scranton. For info, call 963-4804.

COMPUTER/INTERNET classes now forming at the Susquehanna Branch Library. Stop in or call the library to register.

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Senior Menu November 25-29

Monday, November 25, Thanksgiving dinner (except Lenoxville – roast turkey breast with gravy, mashed potatoes, stuffing, seasoned peas, cranberry sauce, dinner roll with butter, pumpkin pie with topping): hot dog, baked beans, macaroni salad, hot dog bun, fruit cocktail.

Tuesday, November 26: pepper steak, mashed potato, wax beans, wheat bread, apple strudel cake, diet apple sauce.

Wednesday, November 27: vegetable lasagna, green beans, tomato juice, rye bread, butterscotch pudding, diet pudding.

Thursday, November 28: holiday, centers closed.

Friday, November 29: holiday, centers closed.

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Big Bucks And A Healthy Thanksgiving

Susquehanna County Family Community Centers will be hosting a "Happy, Healthy Thanksgiving" PACT (Parent and Child Together) at the Barnes Kasson Hospital, Susquehanna, in the Education Room on Saturday, November 23, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Barnes-Kasson personnel will offer nutrition tips; along with some healthy recipes that will delight your family this Thanksgiving and help them stay healthy the whole year through. Every child who attends will receive a free book to keep and take home to read and parents will receive "Big Bucks".

The Susquehanna County Family Community Centers is now offering a new, fall incentive program for families. The "Big Bucks" program offers the redemption of "Susquehanna County Family Big Bucks" for prizes after completing enrollment in the Family Program. Family participants can choose prizes, from a large variety of household items to family fun packages. For information on the program, please contact the Susquehanna County Literacy Program at 278-9027 or 465-2880.

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Break The Cycle, Take A Coffee Break!

Did you know that more than "four million" adults in Pennsylvania lack the basic skills necessary for gainful employment and self-sufficiency? These days, the definition of "literacy" goes much farther than the traditional readin’, writin’ and ‘rithmatic. In reality, literacy also includes understanding, interpreting and applying written material to accomplish daily tasks. In addition to the "3Rs," oral English, problem-solving, research, and teamwork have become essential to function successfully in society. Without these basic skills, one’s health, family and community are affected.

Why should this concern you? You may know someone with a literacy problem. Low literacy negatively affects everyone, including the social and economic well-being of Pennsylvania.

What can you do? Spread the word. Refer anyone who might be helped by these services. Volunteer.

Find out more about the Susquehanna County Literacy Program and Family Community Centers at an informational coffee hour to learn the facts and find out what you can do to break the cycle of illiteracy in our county. Two presentations will be held, on the third floor of the Forest City Borough Building, Thursday, November 21, 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Call the main office for more information, or to request a presentation in your area, at (570) 278-9027.

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50’s Christmas Party Planned

A 50’s Christmas party will be held Saturday, December 14, starting at 7:00 p.m. in Freedom Hall, Thompson.

There will be a buffet dinner, followed by dancing with music by "Pulsations."

Advanced tickets for this good old fashioned rock and roll Christmas party are available at Hobbs’ Market, Thompson.

Come out and "twist with Santa"!

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EMTC's Tony & Tina To Renew Vows

Valentina Lynne Vitale and Anthony Angelo Nunzio, Jr. love getting married so much that they'll soon be walking down the aisle for the fourth, fifth, and sixth times this year. They're hoping that one of these days, the wedding will go right.

It's been a long day. A woozy Tina [Kitrina Phillips} attempts the cake-cutting, as Tony [Michael Maynard} steadies her and Maria Belles, Marc Leach, Hilary Caws-Elwitt, and CasSandra Bednarchik look on.

For those who haven't heard, Tony and Tina are actually characters in a hilarious play called Tony n' Tina's Wedding, originally created by Nancy Cassaro and Artificial Intelligence. Here in Susquehanna County, it's become the hit of the local theater season, as brought to life by the Endless Mountains Theatre Company.

The play is an ingenious blending of script and improvisation, a "you are there" simulation of an Italian-American wedding gone comically wrong. "Tony & Tina" involves the audience in a literal as well as figurative manner -- attendees are actually the guests at this dinner-theater wedding, where they eat, talk, dance, and laugh with the bride and groom's wacky family members, outlandish friends, and simply-impossible wedding staff, all played by EMTC performers.

Shows are Friday evening, November 29 at 7:00 p.m.; Saturday, November 30 matinee at 3:00 p.m.; and Saturday evening, November 30 at 7:00 p.m. All performances are at the Clifford Fire Hall. Reservations required (call 570-465-2503). Door open 20 minutes before the show. Some of the behavior of the wedding party may be considered unsuitable for minors.

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Rotary Citrus Sale To Benefit Children

Proceeds from the 2002 Montrose Rotary Citrus Sale will be used to fund a Rotary Foundation Matching Grant to purchase hearing aids at minimal cost for poor children in Calcutta, India. Monies raised by Montrose and Calcutta Rotary Clubs will be matched seven-fold by District and Rotary International funds. It is planned that up to 100 hearing impaired youths, who otherwise could not afford hearing aids, will obtain them through the matching grant.

Orders for premium Hale Indian River Grove citrus can be placed with any Montrose Rotarian through the month of November, for delivery the week of December 15. Holiday gift boxes are available, with red grapefruit, tangelos, and navel oranges as well. Contact Nancy Oakley, Montrose Rotary President, at 289-4545, or Tom Kurosky at 278-3063 for more info.

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Eagles Seminar At N. Wayne Library

Frank Dooley, Wildlife Conservation Officer for Wayne County, will be presenting a program on eagles at the NWC Library on Route 370 in Lakewood. It will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 20, with everyone welcome and no charge for admission. You can call the library at 798-2444 with questions but there is no need to pre-register.

Last year Mr. Dooley presented a program on bears to over 100 people at the library, so come not only to see a wonderful program about majestic birds, but also a very knowledgeable and captivating speaker.

Homemade refreshments will be available.

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EMTC Weds Improv, Stagecraft

Susquehanna County's indefatigable community theater group, the Endless Mountains Theatre Company, continues to liven things up this month with two recurring events.

Thursday Night Lifelike, a weekly live comedy show produced in conjunction with Montrose Restoration Committee, debuted before an enthusiastic audience on November 7 at the Montrose Theatre, and will take place each Thursday this month except Thanksgiving, and most Thursdays thereafter. The show starts at 7:30 each week, and features improvised skits, monologues, and games with EMTC performers. "This is a 'happening' that will be completely different each week," says Jonathan Caws-Elwitt, one of the organizers of TNL. "We're hoping to blend the spontaneity of contemporary improv with the lighthearted electricity of vaudeville or early live television."

And for the ultimate marriage of improv and theater, you'll want to attend Tony n' Tina's Wedding, the hilarious dinner-theater comedy that EMTC is reviving later this month. "We had high hopes for the popularity of this outrageous show when we launched it in August," says EMTC Chair Bob DeLuca, who is also the director of "Tony & Tina". "But our hopes were exceeded when the performances sold out and the waiting list grew to some 150 names. The cast is absolutely thrilled at the opportunity to do the show again." These "encore" performances of the classic interactive play – which simulates an Italian-American wedding gone uproariously wrong – will take place November 29 and 30 at the Clifford Fire Hall, and will even feature an expanded cast.

Reservations are required for Tony 'n' Tina's Wedding, and, as the show is expected to sell out once again, wedding guests are encouraged to "RSVP" early. To make your reservations, call 465-2503. Performances will be Friday, Nov. 29 at 7:00 p.m.; Saturday, Nov. 30 at 3:00 p.m.; and Saturday, Nov. 30 at 7:00 p.m. Doors open 20 minutes prior to each performance. Some material may be considered unsuitable for children.

For more information on EMTC's plays and other programs, visit .

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Farm City Feast Set At Mt. View

The 36th Annual Farm City Feast will be held on Saturday, November 23, 7:30 p.m. at the newly-renovated Mountain View High School. Another first is the fact that the Penn State Cooperative Extension annual meeting will be held in conjunction with Farm City Feast, 6:30 p.m. in the auditorium.

In addition to the regular program which includes one of the best roast beef dinners around served by the Harford Willing Workers, a group of young entertainers known as Re-Creation will be on hand with a show that is sure to delight all ages. Rhythm, style and energy are blended together to transform the stage into a showplace of unforgettable entertainment with comedy, choreography, colorful costumes and audience participation.

For the annual meeting, the board members who have served for five years will be recognized, as well as presenting the Extension Award to a person or group who exemplifies volunteer commitment and service to the Extension mission.

Emcee for the evening is Tom Chamberlain. Please join for this tradition in Susquehanna County. Tickets available from Farm City Feast committee members (call the Extension office at 278-1158 for names) or directly from the Extension office at 31 Public Avenue. Priority parking and seating will be available for those needing special assistance.

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Dairy Producers’ Nutrient Management Workshop

A Dairy Nutrient Management Workshop will be taking place on December 10 in the conference room in the bottom of the County Office Building in Montrose from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. There will be three main topics of the day which will be covered.

Robert Van Saun, Vet Science, PSU, will be speaking on Transition Cow Health: potassium, magnesium, calcium, and phosphorus. This presentation will help you understand calcium metabolism in the transition, potassium metabolism, downer cow problems, and current practices in preventing milk fever in dairy cattle.

Les Laynon, Crop and Soil Sciences, PSU, is going to speak on diagnosing and correcting high potassium situations on the farm. This farm potassium management talk will cover crop potassium uptake and content, tools for monitoring potassium status, responding to high potassium in rations, and farm management leading to high potassium.

Zhiguo Wu, Dairy and Animal Science, PSU, will speak on reducing dairy phosphorous for less manure phosphorous and lower feed cost. You will learn in this session the dairy phosphorous requirements and if you need to supplement phosphorous.

Lunch will be provided at this meeting. If you are interested in attending please call Andrea at the extension office at 278-1158, or you can send an e-mail to The deadline to sign up is Tuesday, December 2.

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Story Book Party With Bill Frye

As part of the celebrations surrounding Children's Book Week, the Susquehanna County Library is holding a Story Book Party, with special guest Bill Frye, on Friday, November 22, at 6 p.m. in the Main Library (Montrose). Bill Frye is a singer and guitarist who entertained hundreds of children and their parents during Summer Reading and is back by popular demand.

All children are invited to come dressed as their favorite story book characters (if they'd like-no costume required). The party is free and no pre-registration is required. There will be stories, games, and snacks. Don't miss this exciting event!

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