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Personal Ponies Sets Annual Open Barn
Senior Menu
Literacy Cooks For Christmas
Tony & Tina's Guest List Still Building
50's Christmas Party Planned
EMTC's Tony & Tina To Renew Vows
Rotary Citrus Sale To Benefit Children
EMTC Weds Improv, Stagecraft
Dairy Producers' Nutrient Management Workshop

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 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.

THANKSGIVING EVE SERVICE, Wednesday, November 27, 7:30 p.m. at the South Gibson United Methodist Church. Non-perishable food items will be collected for the county Food Bank. All are welcome.

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

TONY & TINA’S WEDDING, an interactive dinner theater comedy (mature content), Friday, November 29, 7:00 p.m. at the Clifford Fire Hall. Call 465-2503 for reservations (required). All are welcome.

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).

TONY & TINA’S WEDDING, an interactive dinner theater comedy (mature content), Saturday, November 30, 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. at the Clifford Fire Hall. Call 465-2503 for reservations (required). All are welcome.

SNOWMOBILE SAFETY COURSE, Saturday, November 30, at Stewart’s Family Restaurant, Wysox. Registration begins at 7:45 a.m. Call 265-8073 for info or reservations.

LITERACY COOKS FOR CHRISTMAS, Saturday, November 30, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Acorn Bakery, Montrose. Sample treats from Literacy’s new cookbook. All are welcome.

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.

PANCAKE BREAKFAST, Sunday, December 1, 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the Hallstead–Great Bend Rod & Gun Club. All are welcome.

December 4

"BIG BUCKS" BINGO NITE and pizza party, Wednesday, December 4, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Susquehanna County Family Community Center, New Milford. Prizes, refreshments. Call 278-9027 or 465-2880 for info.

PAUL FERRINI, author of Love Without Condition, will present a program, Wednesday, December 4, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Unity Church, Wilkes-Barre. For ticket info, call 824-7722. All are welcome.

December 5

CHRISTMAS DINNER CONCERT, Thursday, December 5, 6:30 p.m. at the Lake Avenue Dining Room, Montrose Bible Conference. Musicians will be Billy and Paula Speer with Don Wyrtzen. Reservations required, call 278-1001. All are welcome.

December 6

HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS, a Christmas concert, Friday, December 6, 7:30 p.m. at the FM Kirby Center, Wilkes-Barre. For ticket info, call the NE PA Philharmonic, 457-8301.

CHRISTMAS DINNER CONCERT, Friday, December 6, 6:30 p.m. at the Lake Avenue Dining Room, Montrose Bible Conference. Musicians will be Billy and Paula Speer with Don Wyrtzen. Reservations required, call 278-1001. All are welcome.

CHRISTMAS BOUTIQUE, Friday, December 6, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Torrey Home, Montrose. For info, call the Montrose Bible Conference, 278-1001. All are welcome.

December 6-8

HOLIDAY COMEDY, 7:00 p.m. December 6 and 7, 2:00 p.m. December 8, at the Coal Company Theater, Carbondale. Call 282-1383 for ticket information.

HOLIDAY EMPORIUM at the Everhart Museum, Scranton. Hours are Friday, December 6, 6 to 8 p.m.; Saturday, December 7, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday, December 8, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call the Voluntary Action Center for info, 347-5616/

December 7

SANTA EXPRESS, Saturday, December 7, on the Stourbridge Line. Departures at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. from Honesdale. Reservations required. For ticket info call the Wayne County Chamber of Commerce, 253-1960 or visit

LADIES’ CANDLELIGHT Christmas Tea, Saturday, December 7, 6 p.m. at Thompson Baptist Church. Music by Simple Blessings and a guest storyteller. All ladies and teens welcome.

HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS, a Christmas concert, Saturday, December 7, 7:30 p.m. at the Scranton Cultural Center. For ticket info, call the NE PA Philharmonic, 457-8301.

CHRISTMAS DEPARTMENT STORE, Saturday, December 7, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Montrose United Methodist Church. Lunch available. All are welcome.

CHRISTMAS BAZAAR, Saturday, December 7, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Holy Name of Mary Church, Montrose. Lunch available. For info, call 278-1504. All are welcome.

CHRISTMAS BOUTIQUE, Saturday, December 7, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Torrey Home, Montrose. For info, call the Montrose Bible Conference, 278-1001. All are welcome.

PANCAKE & SAUSAGE BREAKFAST, Saturday, December 7, 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. at East Ararat United Methodist Church. All are welcome.

December 8

SANTA EXPRESS, Sunday, December 8, on the Stourbridge Line. Departures at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. from Honesdale. Reservations required. For ticket info call the Wayne County Chamber of Commerce, 253-1960 or visit

PANCAKE BREAKFAST and bake sale, Sunday, December 8, 8 a.m. to noon at the Clifford Township Volunteer Fire Co. All you can eat! Proceeds benefit local families in need. All are welcome.

December 10

NIGHTTIME STORY HOUR, Tuesday, December 10, 5:30 p.m. at the Susquehanna Branch Library, for children ages 2 1/2 to 6. Stories, craft, games, and a surprise visitor. Seating is limited, register in person at the library.

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

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Senior Menu December 2-6

Monday, December 2: meat loaf, scalloped potatoes, California blend vegetables, rye bread, apricots.

Tuesday, December 3: chicken casserole, peas, coleslaw, corn muffin, vanilla pudding, diet vanilla pudding.

Wednesday, December 4: Salisbury steak, noodles, pickled beets, wheat, pineapple.

Thursday, December 5: Italian sausage, potato salad, French green beans, hoagie roll, pound cake, diet angel food cake.

Friday, December 6: chipped beef and gravy, mashed potatoes, mixed vegetables, biscuit, banana cream pie, banana.

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Literacy Cooks For Christmas

Our Susquehanna County Literacy Program is right now marketing their newest project – "Reading, Writings and Cooking." A small, dedicated group of gals worked during those long, hot summer days to put together a book which encourages reading some very interesting stories relating to literacy as well as inviting every reader to try cooking a wonderful variety of delicious dishes.

On Saturday, November 30, the Acorn Bakery has invited us to join them as we invite you to sample a few of the taste treats from our newest cookbook. Although we won’t be offering samples of Mary Kelly’s recipe for paella, it is in the book, along with many others. Some of us were even lucky enough to share this special recipe with Mary years ago and we are sure that there are many who will remember fondly what a treat it was to be part of an evening with Mary, who endeared herself to so many during her years of teaching English and directing the drama program at Montrose High School.

And there are lots of other recipes from friends and neighbors that you will want to try, such as Pierce Johnson’s "World Famous Deviled Eggs," May Belle Golis’ "Veggie Bars," Lori Groover’s "White Hot Chocolate," Ruth Yeager’s "Cheese Wafers," Rose Blachek’s "Rhubarb Bread," or her "Best Blueberry Muffins." Actually there are a lot of really tempting recipes from our local cooks and bakers to be found in this gem of a cookbook.

Also scattered throughout the book are personal stories from tutors and students that will bring you face-to-face with the reality of illiteracy. The Literacy Program in our county has grown since it was inaugurated twenty years ago and the word is being spread in many exciting programs all around the county. The cookbook is just one way of spreading the word and perhaps help to bring in not only money (which we always need) but bring in people who are interested in improving their reading skills and developing a love for books or maybe just interested in tasting and testing the Reading and Writings of our book.

We will be selling these books at the Literacy office and on Saturday at the Acorn Bakery. Reading, Writing and Cooking will make a delightful, thoughtful and useful Christmas gift for the cooks you know or for anyone who likes to read. Won’t you come to join us this Saturday, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. – to taste, to browse, or just to visit at the Acorn Bakery.

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Tony & Tina's Guest List Still Building

"Everyone wants to come to my wedding," says Tina Vitale, the fictitious bride whose hilarious reception is the event of the season. "Fortunately, Mommy said we could have the wedding three more times, so that I can have a suitably large guest list."

Tina, her groom, and their family, friends, and wedding staff are actually performers from the Endless Mountains Theatre Company, who staged the Susquehanna County premiere of the Nancy Cassaro play Tony n' Tina's Wedding in August of this year.

With three "encore" weddings scheduled for Friday, November 29, and Saturday, November 30, there is still room on the guest list for anyone eager to experience this interactive dinner-theater comedy hit! Show times are 7:00 p.m. both evenings, plus a Saturday matinee at 3:00 p.m. All weddings will take place at the Clifford Fire Hall.

Reservations are required (but you don't have to bring a gift), so R.S.V.P. now at 465-2503. Doors open 20 minutes before each performance. Some content may be considered unsuitable for minors. For more information, visit

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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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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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