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EVENTS, PROGRAMS, HAPPENINGS, SEMINARS:
BIG BUCKS BINGO and pizza party, Wednesday, February 19, 6 p.m. at the Family Community Center, New Milford. For info, call the Literacy office, 278-9027 or 465-2880.
SUSQUEHANNA DEPOT Area Historical Society meeting, Thursday, February 20, 7 p.m. at the museum under the water tower in Susquehanna. All are welcome.
THURSDAY NIGHT LIFELIKE, spontaneous live comedy presented by Endless Mts. Theatre Co. and Montrose Restoration Committee, Thursday, February 20, 7:30 p.m. at the Montrose Theater. Free. Call 278-3352 for info. All are welcome.
WYOMING VALLEY Civil War Round Table meeting, Thursday, February 20, 7 p.m. at the Dallas American Legion. Michael Dec of Forest City will present a program on the 1st Tennessee Light Artillery, Battery A. All are welcome.
RESERVATION DEADLINE is February 21 for the NE Regional Christmas Tree Growers Meeting to be held March 1 in Hazleton. To register, call Penn State Cooperative Extension, 278-1158.
TEEN SNOW CAMP, February 21-23 at Camp Montrose. For info or to register, call Montrose Bible Conference, 278-1001.
RECYCLING DRIVE, Saturday, February 22, 10 a.m. to noon at the Montrose United Methodist Church upper parking lot. All are welcome to bring aluminum cans, glass and plastic bottles. Proceeds benefit the Montrose Spanish Club.
SPAGHETTI & MEATBALL supper and bake sale, Saturday, February 22, 4:30 p.m. to ?? at the Thompson United Methodist Church. All are welcome.
GAME OF LOGGING Level II, Saturday, February 22 at the Lloyd Pease farm, Jackson Township. For info or to register (required), call 278-1011, ext. 101.
PEOPLE FOR PEACE gathering, Saturday, February 22, noon at the Montrose Courthouse. For info, call Paul, 278-2187. All are welcome.
BINGO, Sunday, February 23 at American Legion Post 357. Kitchen opens at 11 a.m., full menu bingo starts at 1 p.m. All are welcome.
SPAGHETTI & MEATBALL dinner, Friday, February 28, 4:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Lawsville Grange Hall, Rte. 29. Takeouts available. All are welcome.
18 HOLE INDOOR MINIATURE GOLF, Friday, February 28, 5 p.m. at the Montrose United Methodist Church. Light supper and snacks available. All are welcome.
COUNTRY STYLE pancake and sausage breakfast, Saturday, March 1, 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. at East Ararat United Methodist Church. All are welcome.
18 HOLE INDOOR MINIATURE GOLF, Saturday, March 1, 4 p.m. at the Montrose United Methodist Church. Light supper and snacks available. All are welcome.
BEGINNING FARMER WORKSHOP, hosted by PA Farm Link, Saturday, March 1, 8 a.m. at the Holiday Inn in Grantville, PA. For registration (required) or info, call (717) 664-7077.
LANDOWNERS CONFERENCE, Saturday, March 1, 9 a.m. at the LCCC Conference Center, Nanticoke. For registration (required) or info, call the Extension office, 825-1701.
SUPERFUND BANQUET, Saturday, March 1, 6 p.m. at the Owego Treadway Inn. For ticket info, call the National Wild Turkey Federation, (607) 775-2146.
RECYCLING DRIVE, Saturday, March 1, 10 a.m. to noon at Montrose United Methodist Church, upper parking lot. Proceeds benefit the Montrose Spanish Club. All are welcome to bring their aluminum cans, glass and plastic bottles.
RENEW 2000 Faith Sharing Group will begin meeting for six weekly sessions on Sunday, March 2, at Holy Name of Mary Church. For info, call 278-1504 or 278-9532. All are welcome.
Monday, February 17: Swedish meatballs in mushroom soup, noodles, French green beans, wheat bread, cherries.
Tuesday, February 18: beef stew, cranberry juice, biscuit, pineapple tidbits.
Wednesday, February 19: sliced turkey in gravy, mashed potato, spinach, dinner roll, peaches.
Thursday, February 20: stuffed pepper, apricot nectar, Italian bread, banana cream pie/banana.
Friday, February 21: macaroni and cheese, green beans, cran-grape juice, rye bread, tropical fruit.
The 14th annual Susquehanna County Dairy Day will be held on March 7, at the Elk Lake High School. The day will begin at 9:00 a.m. and conclude around 3:30 p.m. The day will be filled with educational presentations, commercial exhibits, door prizes, milk, ice cream, cheese, a pie contest, an auction and dinner.
This event is sponsored by Susquehanna County Penn State Cooperative Extension, farm supply dealers, marketing firms, and farm organizations. Pre-registration is required for dinner and the pie contest, call (570) 278-1158.
Educational programs will be held in classrooms across the hall and up the steps from the gymnasium. Participants will have the opportunity to register for door prizes in each of these educational programs.
Speakers this year will be:
Paul Knepley from the Department of Agriculture, speaking on Johnes Disease. His morning presentation will describe what Johnes Disease is, and his afternoon presentation will explain Johnes Disease control programs that are available.
Dave Messersmith, Agronomy Extension Agent from Wayne County will be speaking on a variety of agronomy/ag topics. Daves morning presentation will cover bird control and reading pesticide labels, and his afternoon session will go over laws about spraying, pesticide record keeping and a review of herbicides. Pesticide points will be available.
American Red Cross will be presenting a morning program, "Your Heart Matters."
TREHAB Drug & Alcohol Prevention Team and Representatives will give you encouragement while presenting the program, "Quitting Smoking" during their afternoon session.
Several health screenings will be available through out the day as in past years. Also the very popular Farm Safety Demonstration will be taking place through out the entire day in a classroom as in previous years.
All dairy farmers 18 and older attending Dairy Day are eligible for the drawing of four DeWalt Power tools or four household appliances. This year there will be a grand prize drawing for dairy farmers at the conclusion of Dairy Day. Enter the drawing at the registration table when you enter the school. There will be a single door prize given away at the end of the day for people who have attended the Dairy Day and are not dairy farmers and are over the age of 18. Door prizes this year will be drawn through out the day. Those attending educational programs will have the opportunity to win door prizes also.
All entries in the Susquehanna County Historical Society & Free Library Association's Tenth "Write and Illustrate Your Own Picture Book Contest" must be turned in at the Main Library in Montrose by Saturday, March 1. Entries will not be accepted at the branch libraries or schools after Wednesday, February 26. An entry form must be submitted with each manuscript. Rules and forms are available at the libraries, or online at www.susqcolibrary.org/wiobc.htm.
Ponds can provide many recreational benefits to homeowners, but they have their share of problems, says a water resources specialist in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences
"Some may develop leaks or fill with sediment," says Extension Associate Bryan Swistock. "The water may be muddy, or choked with weeds and algae. And sometimes, that big fish you hoped would be there for the kids to catch just doesn't materialize."
To address the basics of pond management, experts from Penn State, the PA Fish and Boat Commission and Mansfield University will offer a live satellite clinic from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on February 27. The program will be aired locally at the County Office Building in Montrose through Penn State Cooperative Extension, of Susquehanna County. The actual program will begin at 7:00 p.m.
Swistock recommends that people who own a pond develop a management strategy depending on their goals.
"How you manage your pond depends on your goals," he explains. "People who want a pond for swimming, for instance, usually want a clean, sandy bottom without many weeds. But if you want a good fishery, you'll need some plants and structures."
During the program, the experts will offer tips and advice on common pond problems and proper management. Attendees will be able to ask questions by telephone and fax.
"The most frequent questions involve the control of aquatic plants and weeds," says Swistock, "so we'll spend time discussing how to identify and control nuisance plants and algae. We also get a lot of questions about fisheries, so we'll discuss the best kinds of fish to stock, the species to avoid and how to harvest to keep the populations balanced."
Other topics will include getting permits, general pond maintenance and testing water quality. Professional pesticide applicators can receive re-certification credits for attending the program. The clinic is free, but pre-registration is required. For more information on the satellite program or on pond management, contact the Susquehanna County office of Penn State Cooperative Extension at 278-1158.
The Susquehanna County Department of Economic Development invites the countys business community, municipal officials and non-profit organizations to attend a Welcome Back Downtown seminar on March 26, at 7 p.m. in the meeting room of Peoples National Bank Administrative Office, 50 Main Street, Hallstead.
"We want to provide you with the tools and information you need to revitalize your downtown area," says Justin Taylor, director of the Department of Economic Development. Taylor adds that a downtown community in Susquehanna County includes not only the countys thirteen organized boroughs but the countys villages as well. "Areas such as Harford, Springville, and Clifford add a great deal of character to the county landscape and wed like to be able to assist these communities as well," Taylor said.
Welcome Back Downtown is a seminar designed by the Center for Rural PA and the PA Downtown Center to address the special needs of small, rural communities. The seminar will create an awareness of the need for partnerships among community members to revitalize their downtown areas to provide for economic development and quality of life. The seminar will also provide tools and strategies as outlined in Welcome Back Downtown: A Guide to Revitalizing Pennsylvanias Small Downtowns, published by the Center for Rural Pennsylvania. Some of these tools include: developing a long term plan and financial backing, and creating commitments among partners. Types of community assessments are also explained, along with ideas for local business development, including recruitment of new businesses, tourism development and promotion techniques.
There is no fee for this seminar but the department does request those planning to attend to register by contacting the Susquehanna County Department of Economic Development at (570) 278-4600, ext. 558, or email email@example.com.
"Todays Toxic Culture" is the title for the first video session of the "Parent to Parent" program which will be held at TREHAB Page House in Great Bend on Tuesday evenings beginning February 25. The session will run from 6:30 to 7:30, and anyone can attend. Parents of adolescents will find the program extremely helpful for the everyday challenges that they may face as they raise their sons and daughters in this increasingly difficult environment.
For more information about the Parent to Parent program, contact Roselyn Hibbard at the TREHAB Center in Montrose, at 278-5229, or visit the Page House in Great Bend on Tuesday evenings, February 25 through April 15.
The Susquehanna Branch Library will be hosting a story hour, for children 3 1/2 to 5 years of age, on Tuesday mornings, from 10-11 a.m., commencing March 11 through April 15.
Parents must posses a library card to register their child. Class size is limited. Registration begins immediately at the library. Activities will include stories, fingerplays and a craft.
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