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Senior Menu
Country Artists To Meet
Concert Benefits Placko Scholarship Fund
Meet The Candidates
EMTC Auditions
Two Walks In Nature Preserve
Juvenile Diabetes Walk
County Sponsoring Tire Collection
Cystic Fibrosis Walk
Republican Women's Fashion Show Set
Quilts Of The Endless Mountains Returns


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.

SABER FOOTBALL BOOSTER CLUB meeting, Tuesday, May 6, 7:00 p.m. at the Susquehanna Community High School. For info, call Kathy Whitney, 879-4440.

May 8

TURKEY BUFFET, Thursday, May 8, 5 p.m. at the Starrucca Methodist Church. Takeouts available, 4:30 p.m. All are welcome.

OPEN AUDITIONS for Endless Mts. Theatre Co., Thursday, May 8, 6:30 p.m. at Blue Ridge High School. Call 434-2422 for info. All are welcome.

EMTC OPEN AUDITIONS, Thursday, May 8, 6:30 p.m. at Blue Ridge High School. For info call 434-2422. All are welcome.

May 9

ALL FOR ONE, men’s gospel quartet will host a Friday Nite Sing, Friday, May 9, 7:00 p.m. at the Montrose Bible Conference Dining Hall. Free. Call 278-3222 for info. All are welcome.

CAR SEAT CHECK, Friday, May 9, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Fucillo Ford Mercury, Rte. 11. Sponsored by Susquehanna County Safe Kids. Call 278-3889 for info. All are welcome.

May 9 & 10

OZ! Presented by the Mountain View Elementary Players, Friday, May 9 and Saturday, May 10, 7:30 p.m. at the Mountain View Elementary School, Kingsley. All are welcome.

May 10

SPRING BIRD WALK, Saturday, May 10, 7 a.m. at the Florence Shelly Preserve, Stack Road, Thompson. For info call 879-4244. All are welcome.

OPEN AUDITIONS for Endless Mts. Theatre Co., Saturday, May 10, 9:30 a.m. at Blue Ridge High School. Call 434-2422 for info. All are welcome.

ORTHOPAEDIC OUTREACH clinic for kids, Saturday, May 10, 8 a.m. to noon at Moses Taylor Hospital, Scranton. Advance appointments required, call 1-800-281-4050.

CHICKEN BARBECUE, Saturday, May 10, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at East Ararat United Methodist Church. Take outs or eat in. All are welcome.

QUAKER LAKE CEMETERY ASSOCIATION meeting, Saturday, May 10, 2 p.m. at the Silver Lake Presbyterian Church, Laurel Lake.

EMTC OPEN AUDITIONS, Saturday, May 10, 9:30 a.m. at Blue Ridge High School. For info call 434-2422. All are welcome.

May 11

MOTHER’S DAY BUFFET dinner and concert, Sunday, May 11 at the Dreyer Lodge Tea Room. Buffet, 12:30 p.m. with concert (Carrie Brush) to follow at 2:30. For reservations, call the Montrose Bible Conference, 278-1001.

SPAGHETTI DINNER, Sunday, May 11, noon at the Rush Social Hall, Lawton. All you can eat! Sponsored by the Rush Ladies Auxiliary. All are welcome.

May 15

SUSQUEHANNA DEPOT AREA HISTORICAL SOCIETY meeting, Thursday, May 15, 7 p.m. at the museum, under the water tower in Susquehanna. All are welcome.

May 16

RUMMAGE & BAKE SALE, Friday, May 16, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Franklin Hill Presbyterian Church community building, Hallstead. All are welcome.

FULL MOON LABYRINTH WALK, Friday, May 16, 7:30 p.m. at the Self-Discovery Wellness Arts Center, Montrose. For info call 278-9256. All are welcome.

MUSIC FOR MUNCHKINS program for preschoolers, Friday, May 16, 10 a.m. at the Northern Wayne Community Library. For info or to register (required) call 798-2444.

May 17

BAG SALE, Saturday, May 17, 9 a.m. to noon at Franklin Hill Presbyterian Church community building, Hallstead, PA. All are welcome.

MOLLY MAGUIRE TRIALS presentation by Lance Metz, Saturday, May 17 2 p.m. at the Anthracite Heritage Museum, Scranton. For info call 963-4804. All are welcome.

SPRING BIRD WALK, Saturday, May 17, 6 a.m. at the Florence Shelly Preserve, Thompson. Bird expert Ron Milliken will conduct a census of resident and migrating birds. For info call 879-4244. All are welcome.

NEWMAN CEMETERY ASSOCIATION spring cleanup and meeting, Saturday, May 17. Cleanup, 10:00 a.m., meeting at 1 p.m., rain or shine.

May 18

WYOMING COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY open house, Sunday, May 18, 1-4 p.m. Program: the building of the Nicholson Bridge through photographs. For info call 836-5303. All are welcome.

PANCAKE BREAKFAST, Sunday, May 18, starting at 7 a.m. at the Blue Ridge Sportsmen’s Club, New Milford. All are welcome.

3-D ARCHERY SHOOT, Sunday, May 18, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Blue Ridge Sportsmen’s Club, New Milford. All are welcome.

CHICKEN BARBECUE, Sunday, May 18, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Forest Lake Firemen’s Hall. Proceeds benefit Forest Lake Volunteer Fire Co. All are welcome.

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Senior Menu May 12 - 16

Monday, May 12: Swedish meatballs in mushroom soup, noodles, French green beans, wheat bread, cherries.

Tuesday, May 13: brown bag day; beef stew, cranberry juice, biscuit, pineapple tidbits.

Wednesday, May 14: sliced turkey in gravy, mashed potato, spinach, dinner roll, peaches.

Thursday, May 15: stuffed pepper, apricot nectar, Italian bread, banana cream pie/banana.

Friday, May 16: macaroni and cheese, green beans, cran-grape juice, rye bread, tropical fruit.

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Country Artists To Meet

The May meeting of Hill Country Artists will feature a program called "Express Yourself in Quick Paintings". Local artist Kathy Yulke studied the procedure in a workshop with Tom Browning and will share the information with the group. Participants are asked to bring supplies for producing three small paintings in the medium of their choice. The public is invited to join in this fun activity.

The meeting will be held on Thursday, May 1, 7:00 p.m. at the Claverack Building on Route 706 East of Montrose. For information, call 553-2500.

The Hill Country Artists will also sponsor a showing of the art work of the late Betty Horton. Betty was a charter member of Hill Country Artists and a very talented artist. The show will be held on May 3, 12 - 5 p.m., and May 4, 1 - 4 p.m. at Westminster Hall in the Montrose Presbyterian Church. Collectors who have paintings by Betty Horton and would like to loan them for the exhibit are asked to call Ethel Hollister at 278-2515. Please plan to attend the Betty Horton Art Show to honor her memory and view her excellent paintings.

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Concert Benefits Placko Scholarship Fund

On Thursday, May 15, jazz/funk group whisperNOT will play at the Choconut Valley Elementary School as a benefit for the Stephen J. Placko Memorial Scholarship fund. The band’s drummer, Ryan Placko, is the son of the late principal of the Choconut School.

whisperNOT is a three piece group that has been well received at numerous Pennsylvania clubs and colleges. Frequently appearing at Mr. CD in Scranton, and Café Rouge in Wilkes-Barre, they have recently played at Juniata College, Penn State Wilkes-Barre and Marywood University. Pat Spadini, an Elk Lake graduate, plays bass guitar, and Jordan Bernstein, an Abington Heights High School student, plays lead guitar. Placko and Spadini are both students at Marywood University.

Pictured (l-r) are: Pat Spadini, Jordan Bernstein, Ryan Placko.

The group will do a special performance for the Choconut students in an all-school assembly on the afternoon of the 15th. The evening performance will be open to the public, beginning at 6:00 p.m. A free will offering will be taken to benefit the scholarship fund.

The scholarship was established by friends of Ryan Placko immediately after Mr. Placko’s unexpected death this past January. The first scholarship will be awarded this year to a Montrose graduating senior who attended Choconut Valley Elementary School, will be continuing his or her education, and exemplifies the qualities that were important to Mr. Placko.

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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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EMTC Auditions

It's no figment . . . the auditions being held May 8 and 10 by Endless Mountains Theatre Company are open to all interested community members!

Every spring, in preparation for their big summer season, Susquehanna County's energetic, all-volunteer community theater group puts the call out to any adult or teen with an urge to get in the dramatic spotlight. "We draw on people from all walks of life with all levels of experience," says EMTC Chair Bob DeLuca. "We try to find a place for everybody."

Performing in community theater can be as exciting as your wedding day.

Theatre-lovers were excited to find out that EMTC's July musical this year will be the ingeniously bizarre Broadway smash by Menken and Ashman, Little Shop of Horrors. " 'Shop' is a great show to go out for, whether it's your first musical or your fiftieth," says co-director Ric Rackett, who joins EMTC veteran DeLuca in staging this production. "And you'll never think of plant food the same way again." Rackett, whose credentials in theater have previously taken him into the "pro" scene of entertainment hot-spot Orlando, FL, made his EMTC debut last fall in the encore run of Tony n' Tina's Wedding.

"We're expecting a record turnout for these auditions," says DeLuca. EMTC can also boast a burgeoning reputation, given its 5-season-strong history of pleasing the crowds with its musicals, plays, dinner theater, children's shows, theater camp and improv events.

Auditions will be at Blue Ridge High School in New Milford at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday evening, May 8, and (again at BRHS) on Saturday morning, May 10 at 9:30 a.m. No appointment necessary -- just take this cue and walk in! For more information or to volunteer for off-stage jobs, call (570) 434-2422, or visit .

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Two Walks In Nature Preserve

The deep snows of the winter of 2002 have finally melted into the earth and the air is filling with birdsong. And for many bird enthusiasts, spring would not be complete without a visit to the beautiful Florence Shelly nature preserve in Thompson, PA, where two knowledgeable and enthusiastic naturalists will guide birdwatching walks. Evan Mann will lead a walk on May 10 at 7:00 AM, and Ron Milliken will offer an excursion on May 17, beginning at 6:00 a.m.

By mid-May, male birds will have found the places in the ecologically diverse preserve where they will nest, and they will be singing their distinctive songs to attract females. It is not unusual for participants to see and hear as many as sixty different species on a spring morning. Meandering among the woodlands and meadows, fringing the tangled underbrush of Plews Swamp, and exploring the edges of deep glacial Weir's Pond, birders will get an education in birds and their habitats, and may add some species to their life list.

Evan Mann, a chemical plant manager who used to own a business building birdhouses, focuses on identifying birds both by sight and sound, and in educating walk participants in the types of habitats birds favor and why. Ron Milliken, a former programmer at IBM, who calls the Shelly Preserve, "a perfect place for birding," has been leading his annual bird walk there for eighteen years. A tireless birder who customarily shows up an hour before participants to start counting species, he stresses birding by ear, or identifying the birds by their call. Mr. Milliken's walks typically last longer and cover the entire preserve, whereas Mr. Mann tends to focus on fewer areas in more detail.

The group will meet in the parking lot across from Stack Road, a mile north of Thompson on Route 171. For further information call (570) 879-4244.

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Juvenile Diabetes Walk

For the fifth year, walkers raising money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation will meet at the Pump ‘n’ Pantry in Montrose on Saturday, May 10. The four-mile walk (2 miles out and 2 miles back) follows the Bridgewater Riding Club path. The Walk is organized by friends and family of Valerie (Holmes) Shook. Walkers are encouraged to find sponsors, or self-sponsor the day of the walk (no minimum). Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. with the walk starting at 10. Please call 570-278-1881 or visit to register and/or pick up an information packet.

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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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Cystic Fibrosis Walk

Cystic fibrosis is a genetic disorder that affects 30,000 individuals in the United States. A walk will be held at the Susquehanna Community High School, on May 31, to help raise money for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. The money raised will be used to start new gene therapies and treatments. The walk will be held, rain or shine, on the high school track. Registration will be at 9:30 a.m. and the walk will begin at 10:00. There will be an intermission and there will be refreshments, music and lots of prizes for the participants who raise large amounts in donations. If you would like to help raise money for the cause by being a participant, you can pick up a registration form at the Susquehanna Community High School office during regular school hours.

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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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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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