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Senior Menu
Memorial Day Service Set In Thompson
Concert Benefits Placko Scholarship Fund
Montrose VFW Sets Memorial Day Plans
Classic Car & Truck Show In Susky
Two Walks In Nature Preserve
Cystic Fibrosis Walk
Republican Women's Fashion Show Set
Quilts Of The Endless Mountains Returns


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.

WYOMING VALLEY Civil War Round Table meeting, Thursday, May 15, 7 p.m. at the American Legion, Rte. 415, Dallas. 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.

SPAGHETTI SUPPER, Friday, May 16, 4:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Hallstead–Great Bend Rod & Gun Club. All are welcome.

MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS support group meeting, Friday, May 16, 6:00 p.m. at the new Barnes-Kasson Hospital conference room, first floor. For info or to register, call Diane, 727-2166.

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.

SABER WRESTLING BENEFIT, Saturday, May 17, 7 p.m. till midnight at the Moose Lodge, Susquehanna. Music by Unstable. MUST be 21 to attend. Tickets available at the door.

CHICKEN BARBECUE, Saturday, May 17, beginning at 10:30 a.m. at the Shops Plaza, Susquehanna. Sponsored by Canawacta Lodge 360. All are welcome.

WHEELS FOR CHRIST, Christian Motorcyclist Association meeting, Saturday, May 17, at The Basil Leaf, Montrose. Breakfast, 9 a.m., meeting 10 a.m. call 836-5030 for info.

CHURCH YOUTH FEST, Saturday, May 17, noon to 6 p.m. at Midtown Park and Blue Ridge Park. 5-K race, 8:30 a.m., parade at 11:15. Buggy rides, vendors, games, prizes, more. For info call 465-3500. All are welcome.

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.

CHURCH YOUTH FEST, Sunday, May 18, noon to 5 p.m. at Midtown Park and Blue Ridge Park. Buggy rides, vendors, games, prizes, more. For info call 465-3500. All are welcome.

May 21 & 22

55 ALIVE Driving Class, Wednesday, May 21 and Thursday, May 22, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Blue Ridge Senior Center. To register, call 465-7375.

May 22

GRACES ABLAZE SEMINAR, Thursday, May 22, 9 a.m. at Montrose Bible Conference. Featured speaker will be Joy Jacobs. For info or reservations, call 278-1001.

May 23

MUSIC FOR MUNCHKINS, Friday, May 23, 10 a.m. at the Northern Wayne Community Library. All preschool children welcome. For info call 798-2444.

SPAGHETTI & MEATBALL DINNER, Friday, May 23, 4:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Lawsville Grange Hall, Rte. 29. Takeouts available. All are welcome.

May 24

CLASS OF 1968 REUNION for Susquehanna Community School reservation deadline is May 24. Reunion to be held Saturday, June 7, 6 p.m. at the Starrucca House. For reservations call Linda, 727-2231 or Peggy, 727-2476.

LAMB CEMETERY annual meeting, Saturday, May 24, 2 p.m. at the cemetery. Work day, 9 a.m. Rain date, May 31.

May 25

HARFORD HIGH SCHOOL ALUMNI Celebration and meeting, Sunday, May 25, beginning at noon at Mountain View High School. For reservations or ticket info call Gene Franklin, 434-9056.

May 28

FAMILY LITERACY PICNIC, Wednesday, May 28, 6 p.m. at the Community Center, New Milford. For info or reservations, call 278-9027 or 465-2880. All are welcome.

June 6

MFHS GOLF TOURNAMENT, Friday, June 6 at Mount Laurel Golf Club, White Haven. Registration form available at or call 826-1777.

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Senior Menu May 19 - 23

Monday, May 19: roast beef with gravy, mashed potatoes, California blend, wheat bread, vanilla pudding.

Tuesday, May 20: chicken breast with sweet and sour sauce, rice pilaf, cranberry juice, sliced carrots, dinner rolls, coconut cream pie.

Wednesday, May 21: stuffed cabbage, whole parslied potatoes, peas, rye bread, apricots.

Thursday, May 22: spaghetti and meatballs, tossed salad, green beans, wheat bread, chocolate cream pie.

Friday, May 23: brown bag day; baked white fish, AuGratin potatoes, peas and carrots, blueberry muffin, peaches.

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Memorial Day Service Set In Thompson

The annual Thompson Memorial Day Service to honor area veterans will be held on Sunday, May 25, 2:00 p.m. at the Thompson Memorial Park on Water Street. Guest speaker will be Mr. Daniel Kowalyk. Mr. Kowalyk sailed with the US Merchant Marines for ten years, including World War II, and served in the US Army during the occupation of Germany from 1954-56. He earned several service ribbons and medals, including the US Merchant Marine Victory Medal WWII.

In this time of heightened patriotism, take the time to show your respect for our fallen heroes who gave their lives that we may continue to have the freedom we so cherish each day.

As always, bring lawn chairs for your comfort.

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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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Montrose VFW Sets Memorial Day Plans

VFW Ayres-Stone Post 5642, Montrose will be honoring veterans with a 10:00 a.m. parade, May 26, Memorial Day, followed by a memorial tribute, and a special speaker, Captain Roland C. Farr, who served in the US Marine Corps from 1953 to 1975.

They encourage Boy Scout groups, ball teams, and other organizations to participate in the parade. Floats are welcomed. Lineup for the parade will be at 9:30 a.m., at the East end of town by Donald Dean’s.

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Classic Car & Truck Show In Susky

The Susquehanna Community Education Association is sponsoring the 14th annual Susquehanna Classic Car & Truck Show, Sunday May 18, on the Susquehanna Community School Complex, Susquehanna, PA. All monies raised from this event goes into the Senior Scholarship Fund. "Over the past 15 years, we have given over $25,000 in scholarships and gifts to our students, the event has grown bigger each year," said Show Chairman, Michael Catalano.

Classic cars like this Studebaker will be at the 14th annual Susquehanna Classic Car Show.

There will be 37 Classes to be judged. Cars from a 150 miles radius of Susquehanna will be attending the show this year. Arts/crafts, a flea market and Chinese auction are also part of the show.

Gates open at 8:30 a.m. for registration of vehicles and vendors. The show will run until 3:30 p.m. General admission tickets ($2.00 per person or $5.00 per car load, children under 12 are free).

For Information call (570) 853-4104.

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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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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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