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Christmas Bird Count Scheduled
Senior Menu
Court House Closing Notice
Sen. Madigan Sets Local Meet Hours

Christmas Bird Count Scheduled

Audubon calls upon volunteers in Northeastern Pennsylvania to join birders across the western hemisphere and participate in the annual Christmas Bird Count (CBC) held on Friday, December 27, in and around Thompson, PA. For information and directions to the count, contact Kathie Shelly (570) 756-2429.

CBC began December 25, 1900, when 27 conservationists in 25 localities, led by ornithologist Frank Chapman initiated it as an alternative to the then-popular "side hunt," in which teams competed to see which could shoot the most birds and small animals. Chapman proposed to count the birds they saw, instead, founding one of the most significant citizen-based conservation efforts, lasting over a century. The Thompson Count began in 1960.

Apart from its attraction as a social, sporting and competitive event, CBC gathers scientific information on the winter distribution of various bird species. The CBC is important in monitoring the status of resident and migratory birds across the western hemisphere. The data, 100% volunteer generated, have become a crucial part of the US government’s natural history monitoring database.

Today, over 50,000 volunteers from all 50 states, every Canadian province, parts of Central and South America, Bermuda, the West Indies and the Pacific Islands count and record every individual bird and bird species seen during a 24-hour calendar day. Over 1,800 individual count circles will be covered during the two-and-a-half week official count period. Each group has a designated circle, 15 miles in diameter – about 177 square miles – where they try to census as much ground as possible in a day.

Count results will be available through Audubon’s website, and at BirdSource,, a collaborative project of Audubon and the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology.

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December 24

CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICE, Tuesday, December 24, 7:30 p.m. at the South Gibson United Methodist Church. Freewill donations will be accepted for the Children’s Hospital, Brooklyn (Red Stocking fund). All are welcome.

December 28

CARING CAFE Christmas dinner, Saturday, December 28, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the United Methodist Community Church, Main St., Great Bend. All are welcome.

PEOPLE FOR PEACE will gather on the steps of the Susquehanna County Courthouse, Saturday, December 28, at noon. For info, call Paul Gere, 278-2187.

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Senior Menu December 30-January 3

Monday, December 30: roast beef with gravy, mashed potatoes, sliced carrots, wheat bread, cherry pie, cherries.

Tuesday, December 31: meat lasagna, Italian green beans, Italian bread, tapioca pudding, diet pudding.

Wednesday, January 1: holiday; centers closed.

Thursday, January 2: baked pork chop, scalloped potato, blueberry muffin, chocolate cream pie, diet chocolate pudding.

Friday, January 3: Caesar chicken breast, rice pilaf, V8 juice, coleslaw, wheat bread, peaches.

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Court House Closing Notice

The Susquehanna County Commissioners announce the Courthouse will be closed on Wednesday, December 25, in observance of Christmas Day. All court related offices will be available.

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Sen. Madigan Sets Local Meet Hours

Harrisburg – State Sen. Roger A. Madigan (R-23) has scheduled four outreach events, in January to give Susquehanna County residents a chance to ask questions or discuss issues concerning state government.

"Whether it’s a problem with PENNDOT or a question about state programs or regulations, this is a chance to sit down and talk with a member of my staff," Madigan said. "Essentially, we’re taking my district office on the road, to make it more convenient to Susquehanna County residents."

Madigan said the events will be held each Tuesday in January.

On the first and third Tuesdays – January 7 and 21 – staff member Chris McLaud will be available to speak with constituents, from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Susquehanna County Offices Annex, 31 Public Avenue, Montrose.

On the second and fourth Tuesdays – January 14 and 28 – McLaud will meet with constituents, from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Hallstead–Great Bend Library, 201 Franklin Street, Hallstead.

No appointment is necessary.

The senator added that constituents who are unable to attend but would like to speak with him or a staff member should feel free to call either of his district offices, located at One Progress Plaza, Suite 13, Towanda, telephone (570) 265-7448, and 330 Pine St., Suite 200, Williamsport, telephone (570) 322-6457, or 1-800-443-5772.

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