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Senior Menu
A Rain Or Shine Walk Event
5th Annual "Earth Day On Wheels"
Meet The Candidates
Indians Join Earth Day
Susquehanna County Support Parade, Rally
Council To Honor Friends Of Trail
Artsfest 03 At Athens High School
Spring Orchid Show
County Sponsoring Tire Collection
St. John's Cemetery Yearly Clean Up
Roselyn Hibbard To Open Local Show
Rail-Trail Cleanup
Republican Womenıs Fashion Show Set
Library's Hobby Day Auction Night
Quilts Of The Endless Mountains Returns


April 23

CANDIDATES DEBATE for the office of county commissioner, Wednesday, April 23, 7:30 p.m. at the Courthouse, Montrose. Sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Susquehanna County. All are welcome.

BIG BUCKS BINGO and pizza party, Wednesday, April 23, 6 p.m. at the Family Community Center, New Milford. Prizes, free books, refreshments. For info, call the Literacy office, 278-9027 or 465-2880.

April 24

LUNCHEON, Thursday, April 24 at the Starrucca Baptist Church social rooms. Serving at noon. Sponsored by the Bag Ladies. All are welcome.

April 25

SPRING FLING PACT, Friday, April 25, 6:30 p.m. at the Family Community Center, New Milford. For info, call the Literacy office, 278-9027 or 465-2880.

LYON STREET CEMETERY ASSOCIATION meeting, Friday, April 25, 7 p.m. at the home of Paul and Susan Harvatine. All shareholders and lot owners urged to attend. For info call 679-2386.

SPAGHETTI & MEATBALL DINNER, Friday, April 25, 4:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Lawsville Grange Hall, Rte. 29. Takeouts available. All are welcome.

EAST ARARAT Cemetery Association meeting, Friday, April 25, 6 p.m. at East Ararat United Methodist Church.

April 25-27

SOUTHERN TIER ORCHID Society Spring Show during regular hours April 25 through 27 at the Oakdale Mall, Johnson City, NY. All are welcome.

April 26

HIKE WITH THE LLAMAS, Saturday, April 26, 10:00 a.m. to noon at Salt Springs State Park. Tour the new Friends Land, adjoining the State Park, which offers beautiful vistas. Limited to 10. Call 967-2349 for reservations or info.

CHICKEN BARBECUE, Saturday, April 26, 12 noon to 5:30 p.m. at the Elk Lake School. Sponsored by the Dimock Community Church. All are welcome.

PANCAKE BREAKFAST, Saturday, April 26, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Lakeside United Methodist Church. Takeouts available. All are welcome.

CHICKEN BARBECUE, Saturday, April 26, noon to 3 p.m. at the Lakeside United Methodist Church. Takeouts available. All are welcome.

WELCOME HOME CELEBRATION for the 109th Infantry Company C soldiers who returned from a year in Bosnia, Saturday, April 26, 4 p.m. at the VFW, Montrose. All are welcome.

ROAST BEEF SUPPER, Saturday, April 26, 5:00 p.m. at the Thompson United Methodist Church. All are welcome.

SPINNERS’ WEB, a hand spinning guild will exhibit at the Anthracite Heritage Museum, Scranton, on Saturday, April 26, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For info call 1-866-PATRAIL.

PANCAKE SUPPER, Saturday, April 26, 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Susquehanna Valley Grange, Rte. 79, South Windsor. All are welcome.

RECYCLE DRIVE, Saturday, April 26, 10 a.m. to 12 noon at the Montrose United Methodist Church upper parking lot. Bring returnable aluminum cans, glass and plastic bottles. Sponsored by the Montrose Spanish Club.

CHICKEN BARBECUE, Saturday, April 26, at Kingsley Methodist Church. Takeouts only, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. all are welcome.

April 26 & 27

LAKESIDE MAPLE FESTIVAL, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 26 and 27. Open house at Warren’s Sap House. All are welcome.

April 27

CHICKEN BARBECUE, Sunday, April 27, noon to 3 p.m. at the Lakeside Methodist Church. Takeouts available. All are welcome.

CHICKEN BARBECUE, Sunday, April 27, 11 a.m. until sold out at the Clifford Fire Hall. Sponsored by the Community Rod & Gun Club. All are welcome.

JR. SABER PEE WEE Football/Cheerleader sign-ups for returning players only, Sunday, April 27, 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Susquehanna fire hall.

DRAMA/VARIETY SHOW, Sunday, April 27, 2 p.m. at the Montrose Theater, featuring the Endless Mountains Homeschool Dance Club. For info call 800-638-4247. All are welcome.

EARTH DAY celebration, Sunday, April 27, beginning at 1 p.m. at the First Universalist Church, Brooklyn. American Indians, drumming groups, Indian dancing, more. All are welcome.

April 30

REGISTRATION DEADLINE for EMTC’s Ed Camp. Students in grades 5 -12 will attend workshops and clinics the week of July 21-25 at Blue Ridge School, New Milford. Call 434-2422 or visit for info.

ED CAMP registration deadline is April 30. Camp to run July 21-25 at Blue Ridge High School, New Milford. Kids in fifth through twelfth grade (as of the 2002-03 school year) welcome. For info call 434-2422 or visit

RUMMAGE SALE, Wednesday, April 30 through Saturday, May 3. Hours Wednesday to Friday are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday (bag sale) 10 a.m. to noon. Donations accepted April 28 and 29. All are welcome.

May 1

ROAST BEEF DINNER, Thursday, May 1 at the Springville United Methodist Church. Serving 4:30 p.m. ‘til ? Takeouts available. All are welcome.

SIGN UP DEADLINE for the Julius Prezelski Basketball School to be held June 25-27 at Montrose Area High School. Call 785-3913 for info.

HILL COUNTRY ARTISTS will meet, Thursday, May 1, 7:00 p.m. at the Claverack Building, Rte. 706 E, Montrose. Kathy Yulke will lead the group in producing three quick paintings. Bring supplies for three small paintings in a medium of your choice. All are welcome.

May 2

RUMMAGE & BAKE SALE, Friday, May 2, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Franklin Forks United Methodist Church. All are welcome.

RUTHIE FOSTER, live in concert Friday, May 2, 8 p.m. at the Montrose United Methodist Church. For info call 278-3311. All are welcome.

JR. SABER PEE WEE Football/Cheerleader sign-ups for new players, Friday, May 2, 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Susquehanna fire hall. Must be 7 years by May 1 and not 14 years before February 1. Copy of birth certificate required.

May 3

SPAGHETTI SUPPER, Saturday, May 3, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Hallstead Presbyterian Church, Pine St. Takeouts available, starting at 4 p.m. All are welcome.

RUMMAGE BAG SALE, Saturday, May 3, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Franklin Forks United Methodist Church. All are welcome.

RECYCLE DRIVE, Saturday, May 3, 10 a.m. to 12 noon at the Montrose United Methodist Church upper parking lot. Bring returnable aluminum cans, glass and plastic bottles. Sponsored by the Montrose Spanish Club.

EARTH DAY ON WHEELS, Saturday, May 3, noon to 4 p.m. at Midtown Park, New Milford. Demonstrations, contests, games, more. All free events. For info call 465-2169. All are welcome.

HOBBY DAY, Saturday, May 3, 3-5 p.m. at the Susquehanna County Library, Montrose, PA. Demonstrations, exhibits, Q & A. Call 570-278-1881 for info.

AUCTION NIGHT, Saturday, May 3, at the Fire Hall, Montrose. Doors open at 5 p.m., buffet reception at 5:30 p.m. Auction of art, crafts, and other special items begins at 6 p.m. Proceeds benefit the Library. For ticket info, call 278-1881.

COUNTRY STYLE pancake and sausage breakfast, Saturday, May 3, 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. at East Ararat United Methodist Church. All are welcome.

May 3 & 4

ARTSFEST, Saturday, May 3, and Sunday, May 4, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Rowe JHS, off Rte. 220 between Binghamton and Elmira. Arts, crafts, entertainment, food, more. All are welcome.

HOUSE & GARDEN SHOW, Saturday, May 3, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, May 4, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Waverly Community House. Call 586-8191 for info. All are welcome.

May 4

ST. JOHN’S CEMETERY CLEANUP DAY, Sunday, May 4, 11 a.m. Rain dates May 10 and May 18.

GENEALOGY & HISTORY program, Sunday, May 4, 2 p.m. at the Anthracite Heritage Museum, Scranton. For info, call 963-4804. All are welcome.

May 6

BUS TRIP to Sight and Sound, Tuesday, May 6. Featured program is "Daniel: a Dream, a Den, a Deliverer." Call the Montrose Bible Conference for info, 278-1001.

FOOD SAFETY and Sanitation Training for volunteer groups, Tuesday, May 6, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the County Office Building, Montrose. For info, call the Cooperative Extension at 278-1158.

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Senior Menu April 28 - May 2

Monday, April 28: meat lasagna, tossed salad, green beans, Italian bread, egg custard.

Tuesday, April 29: chicken ala king, mashed potatoes, broccoli, biscuit, plain donut.

Wednesday, April 30: slice ham, sweet potato, cauliflower, rye bread, applesauce.

Thursday, May 1: spaghetti and meatball, tossed salad, orange pineapple, Italian bread, lemon meringue pie.

Friday, May 2: baked white fish, rice pilaf, tomato and zucchini, orange cranberry muffin, apricots.

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A Rain Or Shine Walk Event

On Sunday, May 4, over 100 dedicated volunteers from the Susquehanna County and surrounding areas will be walking to save babies' lives as participants of the March of Dimes WalkAmerica. When you walk in WalkAmerica, you give babies born prematurely a fighting chance like this years ambassador child, Sarah Marble of New Milford. Walkers will be raising money to support the important mission of the March of Dimes. If you would like to register to walk, get more information, or participate as a corporate supporter in this event call 1888-864-9504 or register on-line at WWW.WalkAMERICA.ORG.

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5th Annual "Earth Day On Wheels"

The fifth annual "Earth Day on Wheels" will take place Saturday, May 3, noon to 4 p.m. in Midtown Park, Main Street (Route 11), New Milford, PA, with a focus on ecology, wrapped in a bicycle theme.

Stunts will abound at the fifth annual "Earth Day on Wheels."Community youth groups, whose interests are enjoying and preserving our lands and waters, will join in activities and displays with local groups who maintain safety and well-being. The event targets today’s youth, to enlighten them on the situation with our environment.

Entertainment includes a pro bicycle stunt team, NBL Racing team, unicycling, juggling, bicycle rodeo and bike contest (prizes for three categories: race, freestyle, and mountain), special attractions, special guest, games, challenges, activities, demos, good food from the good Earth and much more.

For more info, call New Milford Bike Shop (570) 465-2169. 278-3589.

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Meet The Candidates

The Susquehanna County Farm Bureau, a legislative organization with over four hundred members, will be hosting "Meet the Candidates," at the Lenoxville Community Hall, Lenoxville, PA on May 9, at 7:30 p.m.

The purpose of this event is to give Susquehanna County voters a chance to meet all of the candidates for county offices. All fifteen candidates have been invited to take part in this event.

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Indians Join Earth Day

The annual Earth Day Celebration this year at Brooklyn's First Universalist Church on Maple Street will bring together special events joining American Indian Traditions with Environmentalists and Earth-Friendly Groups from all over the County. It will take place on April 27, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

A representative of the Blackfoot Nation will be present, as well as 7 Cedars fingers coming from Reading, Hemlock Creek and other points in Pennsylvania which will represent tribes from the Leni Lenape Nation, the Delawares, and the Shawnee people and other tribal traditions. They will be playing Indian songs on Thunder Mountain Drum. A Cherokee flute player will share the haunting music of the People as well as Indian storytelling. A grass dancer will demonstrate his craft and lead dancing in the Stomp. A flint knapper from the Tsimtsin Tribe will display the fine art of American Indian West Coast flint work on arrows and other implements.

Invitations have been extended to the Susquehanna Farm Bureau, the Sierra Club and the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Farming. Representatives from the Nature Conservancy in Susquehanna County, local Watershed Associations, and members of R.E.S.C.U.E. are expected. Salt Springs Park representatives will be sharing the work and wonders of what they are doing in Franklin Forks.

The Boy Scouts are planning to set up a special camp to demonstrate some safety issues, the Girl Scouts may be earning a special patch that day. Local 4-Her's, the Susquehanna Daily Princess, the Maple Syrup Queen and other County youngsters have been contacted. In addition, the Forest Landowners Association and our local Forestry Department have been invited.

For further information please contact Rev. Ralph Christianson at 289-4603. Your call will be returned..

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Susquehanna County Support Parade, Rally

The Susquehanna County Chapter of the American Red Cross in conjunction with community leaders invite the public to join in a show of support from Susquehanna County to our military personnel on April 27, in Montrose. While so many families are apart at this time, this event is an opportunity to show all of our troops and their families that, we their neighbors, friends, and relatives, support them during these difficult times.

To begin this event, a patriotic parade of support will start at 3:00 p.m. from the United Fire Company. If your group or organization would like to participate in the parade, please call the American Red Cross office at 278-1427. If you wish to march, with the supporters of our military personnel, please arrive at the United Fire Company at 2:30 p.m. Following the parade, join on the Green for a patriotic program with special music.

A special tribute has been created for photos of our military members. At the top of the Green, the Military Honor Wall will be placed. If you have a loved one in the military, please bring their photo with you to the event, or drop it off at the American Red Cross office, 6 Public Avenue, Montrose by Friday, April 25 to be included in the event. Please place their rank and name on the back of the photo. Once this event is over, the Susquehanna County Chapter of the American Red Cross would like to continue to honor service members by placing the Military Honor Wall in their front office windows, on Public Avenue. So that they may return your photos, please include a return name and address on the back of the photo.

All are welcome to take this opportunity to show our community’s support for all of our service personnel throughout this county, country, and world by attending this event. Wear your yellow ribbons and your red, white and blue.

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Council To Honor Friends Of Trail

The Rail-Trail Council of NE PA will be honoring the volunteer efforts put forth by individuals who have assisted in the growth and development of the D&H Rail-Trail and the Council. This year’s winners will be guests of honor at a dinner meeting of the Council at 6 p.m., April 24, at Orazzi’s Restaurant. All are welcome, reservations are required through the Rail-Trail office (785-7245).

The Friend of the Trail Award is given to Ed Wallace, of Simpson. Ed has maintained the Simpson trailhead for many years. He takes pride in a well-kept trail entrance and keeps an eye on the trail.

The Special Service Award goes to Joseph (Jay) Pollits, of Greenfield Township. As a landscaper, Jay has installed many of the D&H Rail-Trail’s trailheads. However, Jay goes beyond the call of a contractor and takes special care in his plantings, fitting them to the area. His expertise has enabled the Council to present a pleasant trail experience. Jay has done much to enhance the Rail-Trail.

The President’s Award for 2003 recognizes longtime board member Bill Keim, of Herrick Township. Bill was a founding board member in 1991 and has taken an active role ever since. Bill, as manager of Herrick Hill Huckleberry Farm has raised many funds for the RTC by donating proceeds from Labor Day blueberry picking. Bill also organized the first bike-a-thon on the trail, as well as taking part in many trail cleanups and Trails Day activities. When a volunteer is needed, Bill is always ready.

The Rail-Trail Council truly appreciates all its volunteers and their efforts put forth to help develop the trail system.

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Artsfest 03 At Athens High School

There’s no place like Artsfest 2003 – and it’s bigger and better than ever! Mark your calendar for Saturday, May 3 and Sunday, May 4 – rain or shine – at Rowe Junior High School for the annual celebration of the arts. Join for fun, entertainment, games, food, antiques appraisers and a lineup of more than 50 of the finest artisans in Northeast Pennsylvania.

Come early on Saturday for the 5K run at 9:00 a.m. The juried professional artists and craftspeople will welcome you at 10:00 a.m. to their collections of nature photography, stoneware, jewelry, candles, metal sculptures, oils, watercolors, acrylics, pencil drawings, art prints, handmade soap, wreaths, gourd crafts, birdhouses, theme bears, emu eggs, woodcarvings, hand-crafted hardwood gifts, and much more. All work will be available for sale. You will also have an opportunity to watch blown-glass demonstrations as well as a pastel portrait artist and a cartoon illustrator at work. An author and an illustrator of two wildlife books will be available for book signing during the two-day event. Adults as well as children will enjoy the puppet exhibit and demonstrations. You won’t want to miss the ever-popular and exciting clay tent, where you can learn to "throw on the pottery wheel" and create your own clay sculpture.

The popular local band, Bridge Street, performing Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and again from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m., will kick off the live entertainment schedule for the ‘fest. Matt Noldy and James Pierce will perform solo acoustic guitar selections. Sunday’s festivities begin at 10:00 a.m. with Brian Murphy’s Trio performing from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tom Knight will entertain children and adults of all ages with his music and puppet show at 1:30 p.m., and Scott Henderson will close the show with his solo performance of folk rock songs from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.

Wath for "Kids Corner" where the Athens High School Student Council will offer a free child watch service, entertaining your children with arts and crafts projects. Inflatable rides will be available for $1.00 per ride. Kids and adults alike will enjoy the free hay rides that will be offered throughout the ‘fest. Hansom cab rides will be available and for a small fee you can take aim at your favorite community celebrity at the dunking booth. Check your attic and cellar for "treasures" to bring to the antiques appraisers (Saturday only) in the junior high gym, for a nominal fee.

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Spring Orchid Show

The beauty and variety of orchid flowers is truly amazing. There are over 30,000 species alone, not to mention tens of thousands of manmade hybrids. Approximately 400 of these remarkable flowers will be on display at the annual Southern Tier Orchid Society 2001 Spring Orchid Show, at the Oakdale Mall in Johnson City, NY. The Southern Tier Orchid Society is a group of your friends and neighbors who share a fascination for these amazing plants. Many of the most active members hail from Northeast PA, especially Susquehanna County.

This American Orchid Society judged show begins Friday, April 25 at 4 p.m. and remains open during mall hours until Sunday, April 27 at 5 p.m. Here you will see hundreds of delightful, fascinating orchids displayed by local hobbyists as well as by clubs from Syracuse and Wilkes Barre.

In addition, there will be many exhibits by local florists using orchids in arrangements, a display of paintings including several by Montrose native Rodrica Tilley and photographs featuring orchids, educational exhibits and vendors with plants for sale at attractive prices. Members of the Southern Tier Orchid Society will be available each day to answer your questions and perhaps even start you on the way to a fun and rewarding hobby.

If you wish to learn more, or perhaps have an attractive orchid you want to enter in the show, contact Dave or Carol Clemens at 570-879-4244.

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County Sponsoring Tire Collection

Susquehanna County Solid Waste Department is holding a waste tire collection for county residents. There is a $1 charge per tire that are 16 inches or less (all non-industrial tires), and there is a $.10 per pound for tires that exceed the 16 inch diameter (all industrial tires). No tires will be accepted if they are on rims. Residents must first pre-register and pre-pay for their tires during a scheduled three-week registration period, April 14 to May 9. Residents may register in person at the Susquehanna County Recycling Center during this time, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Forms will be available at the Recycling Center. Residents may also mail their registration forms, with their payment, to the Susquehanna County Recycling Center, P.O. Box 218, Montrose, Pa, 18801. Forms are also available in local newspapers and at your local township building or borough offices. Complete instructions on filling out the form, along with tire collection guidelines, are included with the registration form. Residents will be able to choose one of the four tire collection sites listed on the registration form. Residents can only drop-off their tires at the collection site chosen on the registration form.

The actual tire collection will be held on four different days, at four different sites in the county, with the first scheduled to begin on May 17 at the Choconut Valley Elementary School grounds, followed by the Susquehanna Borough Building just off of Rte. 171 on May 24, then the Clifford fairgrounds on May 31 and Susquehanna County Recycling Center on June 7. The times for all four sites will be 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. No tires will be accepted from anyone who has not pre-registered and pre-paid for their tires. The large tires will need to be at the Recycling Center on June 7 before noon. You will be required to present your registration form and proof of county residence (either a per-capita tax record, a property tax slip or a valid Pa drivers license) when dropping off your tires. Any questions, call Derek Smith, County West Nile Virus, (570) 278-4600, ext. 286 or the Susquehanna County Recycling Center, (570) 278-3589.

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St. John’s Cemetery Yearly Clean Up

St. John’s Cemetery Committee and the St. John’s Men’s Club announce the cemetery cleanup day on Sunday, May 4, to begin at 11 a.m. Rain dates are Saturday, May 10 and Sunday, May 18. The cleanup volunteers will leave all graveside decorations, urns and vigil candles in place, providing they are in good condition. All others, damaged beyond repair will be picked up and placed near the last cemetery entrance off Turnpike St. If they are not picked up at a later date, they will be discarded. Your cooperation will be appreciated to keep the cemetery in excellent condition.

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Roselyn Hibbard To Open Local Show

Roselyn Hibbard, one of the best known and favored local singer/songwriters, will open the show for nationally recognized Ruthie Foster on Friday, May 2, at the Montrose United Methodist Church. Doors open at 7:00. Admission is free, but donations for the Center for Anti-Slavery Studies are encouraged.

Roselyn, a lifelong resident of Susquehanna County, will perform original acoustic works that reflect her local roots and appreciation for the traditions of rural Pennsylvania. Expected to join Rosi for a few songs will be Janet Lunger and Gene Hubbard. The three together, known as "oneVoice," offer interweaving harmonies and delightful melodies but they encourage the audience to "listen to the words."

Ruthie Foster hails from College Station, Texas, and is best known for her hybrid of blues, gospel, roots and folk music. Ruthie appeared this past Saturday at the Old Settler’s Music Festival in Austin, Texas which also featured many world renowned artists including the Del McCoury Band, Jerry Douglas and Patty Griffin.

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Rail-Trail Cleanup

The Rail-Trail Council of NE PA will hold its annual trail cleanup on Saturday, April 26, starting at 9 a.m. Rain date is Sunday, April 27. Volunteers are needed! A twenty-mile segment of trail will be covered, so volunteers are encouraged to bring bikes. Volunteers can meet at one of five locations. Call the Rail-Trail office for details at 785-7245.

This will be a general trash pickup and brush removal, mostly small items. Bags and gloves will be provided. The D&H Rail-Trail will welcome over 200 bikers this summer to kick off the Pennsylvania Greenway Sojourn, an off-bike family biking experience from Thompson to Washington Crossing, PA.

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Republican Women’s Fashion Show Set

Susquehanna County Council of Republican Women will hold their annual luncheon and fashion show on Saturday, May 17 at the Montrose United Methodist Church. Lunch will begin at noon, served by the ladies of the church with fashion show to follow.

R & A Boutique of Susquehanna will present fashion with members of the local council, family members and friends as models. The usual highlight of the afternoon will be door prizes from county business people who so generously give for this annual event. According to Chairman Mary Evans, arrangements are being made for special music.

SCCRW President Donna Cosmello has extended an invitation to anyone interested in attending. Tickets are available by calling Mary Evans at 570 278-4600, ext. 113.

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Library's Hobby Day Auction Night

Two special spring events have been combined once again! Mark Saturday, May 3 on your calendar for an afternoon of hobbies at the Montrose Library, from 3 p.m.-5 p.m., followed by a reception and auction at the Fire Hall. "Hobby time demos to try, then snacks, and mementos to buy!"

This is the twelfth year that the Susquehanna County Historical Society & Free Library Association has invited a dozen or more hobbyists and crafters to show their work and answer questions. Hobby Day is a free program that's fun for all ages. Featured activities so far include ballroom dancing, bee keeping, children's crafts (origami frogs!), cookie or cake decorating, glass beads, miniature quilts, researching family history, stir-frying, scrapbooking, and woodworking. Stop by anytime between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m., and bring the whole family.

An auction to benefit the library returns for a fifth year, immediately following Hobby Day. Tickets are available at the door. The Fire Hall doors will open at 5 and the festivities start at 5:30 with a buffet reception. The auction begins at 6 p.m., with an incredible array of art, crafts, tickets and gift certificates, and lots more to bid on, including some of the hobbies represented at Hobby Day. Entertaining auctioneers Dave and Josie Coddington make this a delightful, laughter-filled event. For more information on Hobby Day or Auction Night, call 278-1881.

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Quilts Of The Endless Mountains Returns

Montrose, in the heart of Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania, will again be host to the (re)named "Quilts of the Endless Mountains Show," Friday and Saturday, October 10 and 11. The show committee's goal is to display 300 quilts from the Endless Mountains - but that's just the beginning!

As in 2001, the show will be housed in several buildings, most within easy walking distance of each other. Each building will feature a unique aspect of the show - in addition to quilted items of all sizes on display. Although there is no fee to enter any quilted item in the show, there will be a slight fee ($3.00 per person) to attend the show. One ticket will admit the holder to all of the sites and will be available at each site.

The United Methodist Church on Church Street, probably your first stop, will house antique quilts in the sanctuary. A vendor's mall in the main Social Room will feature local and national vendors. A quilt made by the Show Committee and a Janome sewing machine (compliments of Sister's Choice Quilt & Fabric Shop, Great Bend), both to be raffled by the close of the show on Saturday, will also be located here. A light lunch will be served by the United Methodist Women in the downstairs Wesleyan Room. Parking is available and fire police will be on hand to direct traffic at that busy intersection.

The next stop on Church Street is at The Center for Anti-Slavery Studies, headquartered at 75 Church Street, location of the oldest building in Montrose. Built in 1816 as the first bank in Susquehanna County, it was later home to one of the members of the Anti-Slavery Society from 1840 to the 1880's. Enjoy the ambiance while you view the Challenge Projects, a new feature at the show this year. Fifty-some kits have been sold with a few still available. This project challenges a quilter to produce a finished quilt of 24 x 24 inches from a specific choice of fabrics. P & B Fabrics, a favorite line with many quilters, generously provided QEM with two bolts of fabric, "A Garden Plan" being the fabric which every challenge project must contain. Challenge Project 2005 kits will be available at this site to provide quilters the opportunity to begin creating their submissions for the next QEM Challenge immediately. Visitors to the show will enter and exit through the wide side porch off the drive; however, parking is at the Presbyterian Church next door.

The next stop, as already mentioned, is the First Presbyterian Church, at 71 Church Street. Pedestrians may walk through the back yard of 75 Church Street to reach the entrance off the church parking lot. A borrowed exhibit from the American Quilter's Society entitled "United We Quilt" will be shown in the Westminster Dining Hall. These works were produced in response to the September 11, 2001, attack on the World Trade Center by internationally known quilters, a truly one-of-a-kind exhibition. The Show Committee is pleased to present this to the public. Thirty-three unique pieces are included in this exhibit.

Further along and on the opposite side of Church Street is St. Paul's Episcopal Church. Using the center front entrance will bring the viewer to the quilts in the Parish Hall. With its high ceiling and large windows, this space offers perfection in displaying the larger quilts. From the side entry on Chestnut Street, pre-registrants will have opportunity to participate in a lecture and a class with well known author and quilt teacher, Anna Marie Tucker, of Milford, Pennsylvania. A limited number of openings will be available for each of the sessions, one to be held Friday afternoon; the other, Saturday morning, both in the Meeting Room below the Parish Hall.

Another event limited to pre-registrants will be held on Saturday afternoon at Holy Name of Mary Parish Center, the pink Victorian gingerbread on South Main Street. This will be a combination slide-lecture and tea, limited to 35. Gloria Driscoll, of Endicott, and her sister present a fabulous program called "Stadell Mountain Quilts." These are antique quilts found in an old family-owned farm house. The tea will precede the program so that nothing sticky gets near the quilts. Sign up early. There is plenty of parking space next to this site.

The QEM Show Committee welcomes inquiries regarding any of its planned activities. Those wishing to display one (or more!) quilted items may request a registration form. Those interested in the classes or the lecture/tea may request a show brochure. All participants in the 2001 show have received preliminary information and registration forms regarding the 2003 event, and will automatically receive the show brochure with schedules, classes and lecture/tea registration information. Call Cindy Applegate, Show Chair, at (570) 934-2297.

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