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Senior Menu
Voices Of The Civil War In Montrose
Sally Iveson Gets Boy Scouts Selection
Barnyard Tour
SCDED Plans Welcome Back Downtown
Thursdays Are Live In Montrose
Sumo Coming To Blue Ridge
Tickets Available For Boy Scout Dinner
Legion Post 86 To Honor Davis
Altar And Rosary Fashion Show
95 Years Young
Bluebirds In The Back Yard Soon


March 20

SUSQUEHANNA DEPOT AREA Historical Society meeting, Thursday, March 20, 7 p.m. at the museum. Guest speakers will discuss early history of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. All are welcome.

ENDLESS MTS. MINISTRIES Layette public meeting, Thursday, March 20, 7 p.m. at the Family Literacy Center community room, New Milford. For info, call 278-2374.

THURSDAY NIGHT LIFELIKE, spontaneous live comedy presented by Endless Mts. Theatre Co. and Montrose Restoration Committee, Thursday, March 20, 7:30 p.m. at the Montrose Theater. Free. Call 278-3352 for info.

WYOMING VALLEY Civil War Round Table meeting, Thursday, March 20, 7 p.m. at Pickett’s Charge Restaurant, Rte. 415, Dallas. Program, Michael Riley as General John Reynolds. All are welcome.

March 21

RUMMAGE & BAKE SALE, Friday, March 21, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Hop Bottom United Methodist Church. All are welcome.

NE PA PHILHARMONIC concert, featuring pianist Catherine Lan, Friday, March 21, 8:00 p.m. at the Mellow Theater, Scranton. For ticket info, call 457-8301.

PROMISE OF SPRING Poetry Gathering, Friday, March 21, 7:00 p.m. at Salt Springs State Park, Franklin Forks, PA. Bring a poem you have written or one by a favorite poet. Call 967-7275 for more info. All are welcome.

March 22

BAG SALE, Saturday, March 22, 8:00 a.m. to noon at Hop Bottom United Methodist Church. All are welcome.

CHICKEN BARBECUE, Saturday, March 22, at Montrose Fire Hall. Serving 11:30 a.m. to ?? Sponsored by South Montrose Community Church. All are welcome.

NE PA PHILHARMONIC concert, featuring pianist Catherine Lan, Saturday, March 22, 8:00 p.m. at the F. M. Kirby Center, Wilkes-Barre. For ticket info, call 457-8301.

RECYCLING DRIVE, Saturday, March 22, 10 a.m. to noon at the Montrose United Methodist Church upper parking lot. Bring returnable aluminum cans, glass and plastic bottles. Proceeds benefit the Montrose Spanish Club.

PANCAKE BREAKFAST, Saturday, March 22, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Springville United Methodist Church. All are welcome.

BOWL-A-THON, Saturday, March 22, 3 p.m. at Idle Hour Lanes, Scranton. Proceeds benefit Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America. For info, call (215) 396-9100.

SPAGHETTI SUPPER, Saturday, March 22, at the Thompson United Methodist Church. Serving 4:30 until all are served. Sponsored by the Sunday school classes. All are welcome.

PEOPLE FOR PEACE, Saturday, March 22, noon at the Courthouse, Montrose. For info, call 278-2187. All are welcome.

March 22 & 23

OPEN HOUSE, Saturday, March 22 and Sunday, March 23 at Loch’s Maple, Springville, held in conjunction with Old Mill Village. Tours, demonstrations, call 965-2679 for info.

March 23

CHICKEN & BISCUIT DINNER, Sunday, March 23, 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Forest Lake Firemen’s Hall. Children 5 and under free (with adult). All are welcome.

March 26

PERSONAL CARE Home Training workshop, Wednesday, March 26, 8:30 a.m. at Marian Community Hospital, Carbondale. Meets DPW requirements for PCH Administrator Training. For info, call the Cooperative Extension, 836–3196.

WELCOME BACK DOWNTOWN seminar, Wednesday, March 26, 7 p.m. at the Peoples National Bank administrative office, 50 Main St., Hallstead. For info call the Dept. of Economic Development, 278–4600, ext. 558. All are welcome.

March 27

HEPATITIS C: The Silent Epidemic conference, Thursday, March 27, 8 a.m. at the Binghamton Regency Hotel. For info or to register, call 800-333-0892.

March 28

PACT, Friday, March 28, 6:30 p.m. at the Family Community Center, New Milford. Girl Scout Troop 283 will perform "Nursery Rhyme Diet." Dairy Maid Abbey Hewitt will present Milk Nutrition. For info call 278-9027 or 465-2880. All are welcome.

THURSDAY NIGHT LIFELIKE, spontaneous live comedy presented by Endless Mts. Theatre Co. and Montrose Restoration Committee, Thursday, March 27, 7:30 p.m. at the Montrose Theater. Call 278-3352 for info. Free. All are welcome.

RURAL FOCUS GROUP, hosted by the Small Business Administration, Thursday, March 27, 10 a.m. at the Northern Tier Regional Planning & Development Commission, 312 Main St., Towanda. For info, call Ana Gallardo, (215) 580–2707.

March 29

BLUEBIRDS in the Back Yard workshop, Saturday, March 29, 1:00 p.m. at Salt Springs State Park, Franklin Forks, PA. Slide show on the natural history and plight of the once common Eastern Bluebird, and how to encourage them to nest in your yard. Fee. Call 967-7275 to pre-register by March 28.

RECYCLING DRIVE, Saturday, March 29, 10 a.m. to noon at the Montrose United Methodist Church upper parking lot. Bring returnable aluminum cans, glass and plastic bottles. Sponsored by the Montrose Spanish Club. All are welcome.

SUMO WRESTLING fund-raiser, Saturday, March 29, 6:00 p.m. at Blue Ridge High School. Admission. For info, call the Literacy office, 278-9027.

March 30

FASHION SHOW, Sunday, March 30, 3 p.m. at St. John’s Parish Hall, Jackson Ave., Susquehanna. Fashions for all ages, door prizes, refreshments. Sponsored by the Altar and Rosary Society. Tickets available at the door. All are welcome.

March 31

PARENT CHAT Book Club, Monday, March 31, 6:30 p.m. at the Family Community Center, New Milford. Guest speaker, storyteller Judy Decker. Book title, "Where the Heart Is." Call 278-9027 or 465-2880 for info. All are welcome.

ENDLESS MTS. VISITORS BUREAU 2003 Spring/Summer Calendar of Events brochure available. Call 836-5431 or e-mail

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Senior Menu March 24-28

Monday, March 24: baked pork chop in mushroom gravy, stuffing, carrots, orange cranberry muffin, pears.

Tuesday, March 25: brown bag day; goulash, waxed beans, tossed salad, wheat bread, fruit cocktail.

Wednesday, March 26: barbecue chicken breast, sweet potato, coleslaw, dinner roll, fig Newton.

Thursday, March 27: vegetable lasagna, Italian green beans, orange pineapple juice, rye bread, pumpkin pie/diet vanilla pudding.

Friday, March 28: breaded fish, mashed potato, stewed tomato, hamburger bun, mandarin oranges.

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Voices Of The Civil War In Montrose

The Susquehanna County Civil War Monument Restoration Committee and the Susquehanna County Historical Society will present "Voices of the Civil War" on Sunday, March 30, 2 p.m. at the Montrose Theater. This living history program will present glimpses of the Civil War through the experiences of regimental field musicians, a Confederate wife living in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, and a Union mother who, years after the war, continues to mourn the loss of her son.

"We are pleased to be offering this wonderful opportunity to see the Civil War in a different light," says project manager Ellen O’Malley. "Our presenters’ skilled reenactments provide a window to the history of the Civil War, from not only a soldier’s point of view but also from the home front."

Ron Albert, a Civil War skirmisher with the 137th NY Volunteer Infantry and a member of Post 8, Sons of Union Veterans, Scranton, PA will display Civil War artifacts at Voices of the Civil War on Sunday, March 30 at the Montrose Theater.

Re-enactors Joshua Phillips, a fifer, and Michael Boris, a drummer, will portray young field musicians who played an important role in communication between troops on the field of battle. Both boys are active members of the 137th NY Field Music, a local Civil War fife and drum corps. Joshua Phillips, who is a resident of New Milford and a 7th grade student at Blue Ridge School, appeared as a fifer in the recently released movie Gods and Generals. Re-enactor First Sgt. Pete Boris of the 137th NY Field Music will also perform.

Melody Phillips provides an interpretation of the struggles of a Confederate wife living in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia in 1863. Using period diaries, letters and newspaper accounts, Melody has created the character of Charmaine Morgan, who is striving to keep her farm and her family together in the absence of her husband. Melody is a living historian and a member of the Civil War Society of Binghamton, NY.

Eileen Patch offers a poignant portrayal of a mother’s enduring grief at the loss of her son. Appearing as her great-grandmother, Sarah Leach Englis, Eileen reflects on the loss of her son, Sgt. George Englis who served in the 89th NY Infantry Volunteers. Mrs. Patch recently published a book, This From George, which contains the transcribed and annotated letters of Sgt. Englis.

Tickets may be purchased at the door the day of the performance or in advance from members of the Monument Restoration Committee. All proceeds will benefit the Civil War Monument Restoration Fund.

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Sally Iveson Gets Boy Scouts Selection

Baden-Powell Council, Boy Scouts of America have selected Sally Iveson, of Susquehanna to receive the 2003 Distinguished Citizen’s Award. Sally is executive director of Barnes Kasson Hospital and has spent 33 years working with its employees and staff to bring medical services needed in a rural area.

The dinner honoring Sally will be held on Saturday, March 22, at the Starrucca House in Susquehanna. A Silent Auction will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. prior to dinner. Call 570 879-2175 ext. 217 and Lori Moore will be happy to take your reservations. Tickets will also be available at both Pennstar Bank and Peoples National Bank in Susquehanna. Tables of ten will be available as well as open seating. All proceeds will benefit the Boy Scouts of America. Deadline for reservations is March 12.

The honoree lives at 308 Laurel Street, Susquehanna with her husband of 32 years, William. Sally and Bill are the proud parents of three sons, William, Jr., Michael Clark and Robert Cook and one daughter, Sara Francis. Just ask these four children and they will tell you there is another child named Barnes Kasson which takes up most of their mother’s time. Sally’s extended family includes Bill Jr.’s wife, Mary and their two daughters, Victoria and Amanda, Michael’s wife, Kelly and their daughters, Kyleigh and Bridget.

Sally graduated from Susquehanna High School, Keystone Junior College and Marywood College. She completed her education in 1980 with work in Community and Health Care Services at Empire State College, Division of State University of New York. The areas covered by her education are accounting, economics, personnel management, as well as marketing and management organization. Sally’s expertise and caring hand is evident in all departments at the hospital. She is truly a hands on administrator. According to Sally, her greatest strength is her husband, Bill. "If not for him I would not have been able to accomplish my goals," she said.

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Barnyard Tour

Conservation District Week Showcases Local Farm Managers

The Susquehanna County Conservation Team is proud to announce its "9th Annual Conservation District Week Farm Tour" scheduled for March 26. The "Team" consists of the County Conservation District and the USDA-NRCS. Two Coach buses will leave the USDA Service Center’s parking lot promptly at 10:00 a.m. to tour four farms that had new barnyards installed during the previous year. Meals will be served on the buses, with the tour ending at 3:00 PM. In order to participate, you must pre-register.

Bird’s eye view of Decker Farm, Rush Twp., shows site preparation for barnyard project. Perimeter silt fence keeps soil sediment from reaching stream as excavator digs perimeter drain for dewatering barnyard and dozer grades site of future concrete pad.

If you have any questions or wish to make reservations please call (570) 278-1011 ext. 101 or (570) 278-4600 ext. 280.

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SCDED Plans Welcome Back Downtown

The Susquehanna County Department of Economic Development invites the county’s 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 county’s thirteen organized boroughs but the county’s villages as well. "Areas such as Harford, Springville, and Clifford add a great deal of character to the county landscape and we’d 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 Pennsylvania’s 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

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Thursdays Are Live In Montrose

Since early November, "Thursday Night Lifelike" has been an almost-weekly event brought by Montrose Restoration Committee and Endless Mountains Theatre Company. Starting at 7:30 p.m. most Thursday evenings, members of EMTC join with audience members to entertain each other, and themselves, with a variety of spontaneous skits, games, frivolous discussions, and zany debates. The format is a highly interactive one, with constant patter and "foot traffic" flowing between stage and house. The lines between "cast" and "audience" blur, as newcomers who arrive to watch the show may quickly opt to take an active role in the on-stage fun.

A TNL skit is one place where a kid can often have the last word.

For more information about Thursday Night Lifelike, including the show's current schedule, visit . To check on a possible weather cancellation on show day, call the Montrose library (278-1881) and ask for Hilary. For general information about Endless Mountains Theatre Company, visit

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Sumo Coming To Blue Ridge

On March 29, the Susquehanna County Literacy Program will hold a Sumo Wrestling fund-raiser at Blue Ridge High School, New Milford, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

"Sumo wrestling" suits will be provided for a team of two participants (ninth grade - adult). Each team will register, either in advance or participants can register the night of the fund-raiser for a small fee. If you would like to register to participate in this fun-filled event, please call (570) 278-9027.

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Tickets Available For Boy Scout Dinner

Tickets are still available for the Baden-Powell Council, Boy Scout of America dinner honoring Sally Iveson to be held on Saturday evening, March 22, at the Starrucca House in Susquehanna.

Mrs. Iveson, executive director of Barnes-Kasson Hospital, Susquehanna, will join an outstanding group of former recipients who have received the Distinguished Citizen’s Award.

For information and reservations, call Lori Moore at (570) 879-2175, ext. 217.

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Legion Post 86 To Honor Davis

The Strider-Teskey American Legion Post 86 will honor another of its outstanding citizens, Christine (Chris) Davis on Saturday, March 22. The public is invited to attend. Tickets available at the Legion Post.

Not receiving "too much fanfare and publicity," Miss Davis has been involved with many useful and important programs. Over the past several years, she has been the "leader" in organizing benefits for many occasions.

Among the many projects she instituted are/were: rejuvenating the Washington Street Park; the Dave Terpstra Memorial at Washington Street Park; raising money for Susquehanna Boro streetlights; helping with numerous booster, fund-raisers for children’s activities; organizing the benefit for Tim Brown, who has cerebral palsy, to go to Poland for treatment; aiding the Brown benefit for treatment in California; helping raise money for Michaela Zeck, suffering with leukemia; helping Mary Sisler with a fund-raiser to pay for cancer treatments; raising money for Mark Tarbox for medical bills; helping the Stone family raise money after the loss of Donna Stone (the mother of two young boys) who died in a tragic accident; helping raise money for Carli Palmer, to defray the expenses for a kidney transplant.

The above acts of generosity only name a few of the many areas where Chris Davis has helped. She is an example to the community of what kindness and generosity can do. She brings out the best, in all of us.

Let’s show Chris we sincerely appreciate her love of people and attend her testimonial at the American Legion. For more info call the Legion, at 853-3835.

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Altar And Rosary Fashion Show

The Altar and Rosary Society of St. John’s Church, Susquehanna is planning a Spring Fashion Show for Sunday, March 30. With fashions by R&A Boutique, the 3 p.m. show, to be held in the Parish Hall, will feature local models. The members of the society are planning a full afternoon of door prizes and refreshments. Tickets are available from members of the Altar and Rosary Society, R&A Boutique or at the door the day of the show. Proceeds will be used for church renovations.

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95 Years Young

All are welcome to come to an open house at the Great Bend Borough Building in celebration of Goldie Small’s 95th birthday.

There will be a party honoring Goldie, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 29, at the Senior Center, Great Bend. No gifts please.

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Bluebirds In The Back Yard Soon

On Saturday, March 29, 1–3 p.m., the Friends of Salt Springs State Park will offer a slide show and workshop on the Eastern Bluebird. As little as 50 years ago, the bluebird was a common sight on farms and in back yards throughout the region. Due to pesticides, habitat loss, predation and nesting competition with non-native species, their numbers dwindled dramatically until they were rarely if ever seen. In recent years, however, and thanks to numerous conservation efforts, the bluebird’s population has increased to the point that they are one of wildlife conservation’s best success stories. Nesting boxes erected in appropriate habitats have contributed greatly to the renewed nesting success of this species. Bluebirds, often referred to as Harbingers of Spring, are easy to attract to your property and their melodious songs are a pleasure to hear.

This workshop, limited to 20, will feature an informative slide show and talk on the bluebird’s natural history and how best to attract them to your property. Participants will also receive a pre-cut bluebird box kit to assemble at the workshop. Call 967-7275 for information and to pre-register, by March 28.

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