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EVENTS, PROGRAMS, HAPPENINGS, SEMINARS:
WEDNESDAY MORNING ESCAPADES Woods Walk, July 12, 10 a.m. to noon at Salt Springs Park. Learn about the plants that grow in the park, and the animals that call a wetlands home. All are welcome.
TURKEY BUFFET, Thursday, July 10, 5 p.m. at the Starrucca Methodist Church. Takeouts available at 4:30 p.m. All are welcome.
FAMILY BLESSING Thrift Shop, Thursday, July 10, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Hop Bottom Methodist Church. All are welcome.
IRISH DAYS festival, July 11 through 13 at Coal Street Municipal Park, Wilkes-Barre. Admission. For info, call 8220971, 8225206 or 8244421. All are welcome.
ARTS & CRAFTS FAIR, Saturday, July 12, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Wyoming County Kiwanis Fairgrounds, Meshoppen. All are welcome.
BLAZIN BOOT SCOOT ride on the Stourbridge Line, Saturday, July 12. Departure, 1:30 p.m. from Honesdale. Includes round-trip train ride, entertainment, barbecue. For ticket info call 2531960.
SUMMER FESTIVAL, Saturday, July 12, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Northern Wayne Community Library. Flea market, book sale, pig roast. All are welcome. FAMILY BLESSING Thrift Shop, Saturday, July 12, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Hop Bottom Methodist Church. All are welcome.
July 12 & 13
ANTIQUES SHOW, Saturday, July 12, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, July 13, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Wayne Highlands Middle School. Admission. Lunch available. All are welcome.
HELP A VET 5K FUN WALK, Sunday, July 13, 9:00 a.m., beginning at the Susquehanna Fire Station. Rain or shine. Entry fee. Registration by 8:30 a.m. All are welcome.
GREAT TRAIN ROBBERY run on the Stourbridge Line, Sunday, July 13. Departure 1:30 p.m. from Honesdale. For info call 2531960 or visit www.waynecountycc.com.
CHICKEN BARBECUE, Sunday, July 13 at the Green Gables, New Milford. Serving starts at noon until gone. Sponsored by the New Milford Area Rotary Club. All are welcome.
DRAGONFLIES walk, Sunday, July 13, 2 p.m. at the Florence Shelly Preserve, Rte. 171 and Stack Rd., Thompson. Nick Donnelly will lead. Call 8794244 for info.
FULL MOON HIKE, Sunday, July 13, 8:30 to 10:00 p.m. at Salt Springs Park. Observe the night life of the woods, learn how nocturnal animals are adapted to survive, have fun with some "night sense" activities. All are welcome.
FAMILY BLESSING Thrift Shop, Tuesday, July 15, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Hop Bottom Methodist Church. All are welcome.
WEDNESDAY MORNING ESCAPADES hike, Wednesday, July 16, 10 a.m. to noon at Salt Springs Park. Hike up the waterfalls and discover the geology and stream critters of Fall Brook Gorge. All are welcome.
SUSQUEHANNA DEPOT AREA Historical Society picnic, Thursday, July 17, 6 p.m. at Kirkwood Park. Bring a dish to share and place setting. Rain or shine. All are welcome.
FAMILY BLESSING Thrift Shop, Thursday, July 17, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Hop Bottom Methodist Church. All are welcome.
July 17 & 18
AARP DRIVER TRAINING COURSE, July 17 and 18, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Odd Fellows Hall, Rte. 247 and Como Rd. For info, call Irene Messinger, 7982938.
FIREMENS FIELD DAYS, Friday, July 18 at the Forest Lake Volunteer Fire Co. Antique farm tractor show, rides, games, food. Parade at 7 p.m. All are welcome.
SPAGHETTI DINNER, Friday, July 18, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the HallsteadGreat Bend Rod and Gun Club, Dubois St., Hallstead. All are welcome.
July 18 & 19
N. WAYNE FIRE CO. Annual Carnival, Friday, July 18 and Saturday, July 19 in Lakewood. Parade Friday at 7 p.m. Pancake breakfast Saturday, 7-11 a.m. followed by chicken barbecue, pony pulls, food, live music fireworks at dark. All are welcome.
PRATT MEMORIAL LIBRARY 100th birthday open house, Saturday, July 19, 1 to 5 p.m. Zoomobile, music, door prizes, giveaways, childrens activities, refreshments, more. All are welcome.
SAMPSON/WHITAKER REUNION, Saturday, July 19, 10 a.m. at the Baptist Church in Starrucca. Lunch at noon. Admission; children under 6 free (with adult). For info, contact Mrs. James Fiori, 928 Neal Rd., Endicott, NY 137601246.
FIREMENS FIELD DAYS, Saturday, July 19 at the Forest Lake Volunteer Fire Co. Horseshoe pitching contest (1 p.m.), childrens games, pet show (4 p.m.), kiddy tractor pull (4:30), chicken barbecue (5 p.m.), music, fireworks. All are welcome.
CHICKEN & BISCUIT DINNER, Saturday, July 19, at the Ararat United Methodist Church. Serving begins at 4:30 p.m. until all are served. All are welcome.
FAMILY BLESSING Thrift Shop, Saturday, July 19, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Hop Bottom Methodist Church. All are welcome.
50TH ANNIVERSARY Open House, in honor of Gino and Mary Ann Testa, Saturday, July 19. Mass at noon at St. Johns Church, Susquehanna, with reception to follow until 4:00 at the Parish Hall. All are welcome.
July 19 & 20
AUDUBON ARTS & CRAFTS FESTIVAL, Saturday, July 19 and Sunday, July 20, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Wallenpaupack Schools, Hawley. Admission; children 12 and under free (with adult). All are welcome.
3-D ARCHERY SHOOT, Sunday, July 20, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Blue Ridge Sportsmens Club, New Milford. For info, call 9672311. All are welcome.
PANCAKE BREAKFAST, Sunday, July 20, beginning at 7 a.m. at the Blue Ridge Sportsmens Club, New Milford. All are welcome.
GREAT TRAIN ROBBERY run on the Stourbridge Line, Sunday, July 20. Departure 1:30 p.m. from Honesdale. For info call 2531960 or visit www.waynecountycc.com.
WOODCARVERS ROUNDUP, July 20 through 24, 9 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Cherry Ridge Campsite, Honesdale. For info call (717) 2999921.
CHRISTIAN WRITERS CONFERENCE, July 20 through 25 at Montrose Bible Conference. For info, call (570) 2781001.
July 21 25
ED CAMP, July 21-25 at Blue Ridge High School for kids in grades 5-12. For registration info, call the Endless Mountains Theatre Co., 4342422 or visit www.4emtc.org
TRAILBLAZERS Vacation Bible School, July 21 through 25, at Thompson Baptist Church. 9 a.m. to noon for children 412; teen and adult program, 79 p.m. To register, call 7272461 or 7272083. All are welcome.
PASSPORT TO JESUS VBS, July 21 through 25 at First Universalist Church, Brooklyn, PA. Bible Stories, music, crafts, games. Everyone is welcome. For more info call 289-4603.
FAMILY BLESSING Thrift Shop, Tuesday, July 22, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Hop Bottom Methodist Church. All are welcome.
CONSERVATION EASEMENTS meeting, Wednesday, July 23, 7 p.m. at the Wayne County Visitors Center, Honesdale. For info, call R.E.S.C.U.E., 7982530. All are welcome.
BEGINNERS SCRAPBOOK class, Thursday, July 24, 10 a.m. to noon at the Susquehanna Branch Library. Bring photos, scrapbook, scissors, double-sided tape, colored scrapbook paper. Call 8534106 to register.
STARRUCCA SCHOOL REUNION, Saturday, July 26, 11:00 a.m. at the Starrucca Community Hall. For reservations, call Rebecca, (607) 7855198.
Monday, July 14: roast turkey with gravy, Italian blend, sweet potatoes, dinner roll, apple strudel cake/applesauce.
Tuesday, July 15: stuffed pepper, mashed potatoes, waxed beans, wheat bread, fruit cocktail.
Wednesday, July 16: Caesar chicken, potato salad, red beets, tomato juice, pineapple tidbits.
Thursday, July 17: spaghetti and meatballs, tossed salad, green beans, Italian bread, lemon meringue pie/pears.
Friday, July 18: baked white fish, AuGratin potatoes, mixed vegetables, rye bread, cherry pie/cherries.
The children of Gino and Mary Ann Testa (pictured) invite you to an Anniversary Mass and Open House, July 19, to celebrate their 50th Wedding Anniversary.
The Mass will be at 12:00, at St. Johns Church, with the Open House to follow, at 12:45 in the church hall until 4:00 p.m. All are welcome.
Once again the summer is upon us. Picnics, camping and just a nice backyard summer outing can be an opportunity for a child to experience a water-related accident. That is why it is so important to help teach our children water safety and to hopefully prevent a water-related accident in your family.
The Susquehanna County Chapter American Red Cross is again providing an opportunity for children to participate in their Water Safety program. Classes are scheduled for July 7 through August 8, at the Elk Lake School pool and August 4 through August 15, at the New Milford pool. Registration for last years swim participants will begin on Monday, June 2, at 9:30 a.m. Registration for all others will begin on Monday, June 9, 9:30 a.m. at the American Red Cross office, 6 Public Avenue, Montrose or by calling, 2783317 between the hours of 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. This years program will include Preschool through Level VI.
The Nellie Jane DeWitt Business and Professional Womens Club, Susquehanna is planning an art exhibit as part of Susquehannas Sesquicentennial. The boroughs week-long celebration ends on Saturday, July 19, with a parade, entertainment, an Arts and Crafts Festival and fireworks.
Both adult and youth art will be displayed in the American Legion Memorial Building, Main Street. County schools have been contacted and the art submitted will be viewed following the judging.
Adults interested in exhibiting work may call Louise Clark at (570) 853-3176 during business hours for information.
The Hill Country Artists will again be presenting their latest works on the "Green" in Montrose, on July 4. They will be located between the fire hall and the post office. Many local artists are in this group and produce works in watercolors, pastels, acrylics, and other media. Some works on note cards will also be available. Be sure to stop in and browse.
Due to the holiday, the regular meeting of Hill Country Artists is postponed until July 10, when they will meet at the home of Rita Eddy. After a covered dish supper, Rita will present a program on her travels in China. Prospective members and guests are always welcome.
For more information call Rita at 553-2500.
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.
Montrose, PA A free program to show sportsmen, conservationists, landowners and the general public how to develop and maintain wildlife habitat and food plots, will be held on Saturday, July 19, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at BSB Sportsmens Club, located five miles west of Montrose on Route 706 in Fairdale; watch for signs. The event is free to the general public with a complimentary lunch and is hosted by the Susquehanna Branch of The Quality Deer Management Association (QDMA).
This all-day event will give "how to" information and actual demonstrations on developing and maintaining wildlife food plots, native natural habitat, browse cutting, conifer and tree plantings, apple orchard management and timber stand improvement.
Several nationally known wildlife biologists will give 30 to 60 minute seminars.
Kip Adams, Regional Director and Wildlife Biologist from the QDMA will present a program on Quality Deer Management.
Rodney Dyer, Chief Wildlife Biologist and Director of Forage Research, from the Whitetail Institute of North America (Imperial Clover products) will present a program on food plot products and management.
Biologic - North Country Whitetails will present a program on Northeastern research on whitetail deer management.
Ron Wenning, a deer nutritionist will speak on minerals and supplemental feeding.
Also, Robert Hobbes, a regional forestry consultant, and locally known wildlife biologist Richard Gulyas will be present to give a walking tour regarding native habitat and timber identification.
Ducks Unlimited biologist Scott Rinehart will present wetland habitat areas.
The Pennsylvania Game Commission will be present to inform sportsmen and landowners on the new Wildlife Management Units (WMU), the new Deer Management Assistance Program (DMAP) and the new system for applying for antlerless deer permits.
For more information call Bruce Bonnice, at (570) 2783485 or Ed Grasavage, at (570) 6558181.
Robs Country Market has scheduled Grocers Day for Saturday, June 28, at their store in Hallstead, PA. Grocers Day is a special day that benefits the American Cancer Society, by Robs donating a percentage of that days sales, while raffles and tips to the volunteer baggers add to the effort. Volunteers from the Peoples National Bank Relay For Life team will be on hand throughout the day, bagging groceries, face painting, and selling raffle tickets for some wonderful prizes. All proceeds from the day will benefit the Susquehanna County Relay For Life event, to be held July 25-26, at the Montrose Area High School.
Rob Robinson from Robs Market has been a great supporter of the American Cancer Society over the years, by hosting Grocers Days and through other generous donations. Peoples National Bank is pleased to partner with Robs for this event. The Peoples National Bank Relay For Life team has also been a great supporter and fund-raiser for the American Cancer Society. Not only are they raising a significant amount of funds to benefit the local unit American Cancer Society, they are also contributing in a very personal way to help cancer youth patients. This year at the Relay For Life event, ten members from the Peoples National Bank team will be having over ten inches of hair cut off (each) to be donated to the Locks of Love organization that makes wigs primarily for children who have suffered permanent hair loss. It takes ten to fifteen separate donations of at least ten inches of hair to be able to make one wig, so they made this their goal. The American Cancer Society will also be highlighting their patient services at the Relay For Life event that are available to all cancer patients. Everyone is invited to attend the Relay to see what its about and to learn more about the American Cancer Societys programs.
The American Cancer Societys Relay For Life event on July 25-26, is a team event to raise money to combat cancer and awareness of the disease. The Relay For Life event, Cancer Survivors walk and reception, and Luminaria Ceremony will be held at the Montrose Area High School. For more information on Relay For Life, contact the American Cancer Society at 1-888-227-5445. For the most up to date cancer information, call the American Cancer Societys National Cancer Information Center at 1-800-ACS-2345, or visit www.cancer.org, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
The Northern Wayne Community Librarys annual "Summer Festival" fund-raiser will be held on Saturday, July 12, at the Lake Como Community Hall. It will include a pig roast, bake sale and flea market. Donations of flea market items and baked goods are needed. There are also some flea market sellers tables available. Call the library at 7982444 with questions or to reserve a table.
Just stop in a the library on Route 370 in Lakewood to buy a chance or three on a set of childrens Adirondack furniture, to be raffled off at the end of the Summer Festival.
The second event is the Quilt and Craft Show, which will be held on Sunday, August 10, at the Preston School. Anyone wanting to exhibit a quilt can call the library at 7982444 to make arrangements. There are also some tables still available for crafters. There is no entrance fee for the show or exhibition fee for the quilts.
The planning committee is trying to find members of the Powers and Baker families who are related to Rev Thomas and Sarah Ann Medford Baker and Frank and Annie Baker Powers. The seventh annual family reunion is being planned for Sunday, July 20, 1:00 p.m. at the Bob Powers Farm, Kingsley, PA. Call Bob for directions (570) 434-2082. Each family is asked to bring a beverage, dishes to pass, and their own table service.
Pictured (l-r) are: front Teresa Payne; second row seated Rev. Thomas and Sarah Baker; third row Annie Baker Powers, Gertrude and Merritt Payne, Frank Powers. Photo taken circa 1920
If family members have photographs, especially old ones, they would be fun to share. Tell other family members about the reunion and encourage them to come and meet their cousins. Please call Bob or Becky Ransom Darling (570) 945-5710) to tell her you are coming, or ask questions.
The employees of Peoples National Bank are selling American Cancer Society luminaries in memory of Don Connelly. Don, a member of the faculty of Blue Ridge High School for many years, lost his brave fight with cancer this past year.
Dons wife, Roxie, is considered a good friend to her fellow bank employees and they would like to say thanks for all he has meant to them. The luminaries will be displayed at the Relay for Life, scheduled for July 25 and 26 at the Montrose High School.
Those interested in purchasing a luminary may contact Lori Moore at Peoples National Bank, 879-2175 x 217.
Employees of Peoples National Bank invite all to join them in reaching cancer patients by donating their hair to "Locks for Love". Donated hair must be ten inches or longer. This hair-cutting event will take place at the annual Relay for Life, held at the Montrose High School the weekend of July 25 and 26.
Anyone wishing to donate hair, ten inches or longer, or has any questions, please call Suzie Brant at 879-2175 x 227. If anyone has been wondering why all the long hair at PNB, now you know.
The 24th annual Montrose Blueberry Festival will be held Friday, August 1 and Saturday, August 2 on the Green. Paula Catlin and Ellen O'Malley are chairing the festival this year, and they're hard at work setting up blueberry food and fun for the celebration. This year's quilt pattern is Cactus Basket in blue and green on a cream background. Another beautiful Victorian-style doll house has been built and donated by Tom Simpson; this one is a cottage, and it's on display at the Library. Raffle chances for the quilt and the doll house are available now. Festival proceeds support county library services and the county Historical Society.
Don't bother with that garage sale--the Blueberry Festival's White Elephant sale needs your unwanted treasures (except clothing). You can drop them off at any time or stop by the Library for directions to the barn where items are being collected).
As always, volunteers are eagerly sought, as are donations of crafts, preserves, and good used books and records. Please call the library at 278-1881.
One of the highlights of the upcoming Susquehanna Sesquicentennial will be the choral concert by Susquehannas Community Chorus on Sunday, July 13 at 3 p.m. in the Susquehanna High School Helen Gulley Auditorium. Tickets will be available at the door.
Under the direction of Leonard Kello, accompanied by Brenda Potter, the chorus will present patriotic, secular and gospel music.
The large chorus of over 60 voices has been rehearsing since April to bring you a musical afternoon to remember.
Mark this date down - Sunday, July 13 at 9 a.m. there will be a 5K Fun Walk for the benefit of veterans; veterans that are hospitalized, those that cannot "walk" without help. You can help a veteran!
Headquarters for the "walk" is the Susquehanna Fire Station. You can meet there (at least) by 8:30 a.m. The course is 3.1 miles; from the station, across the bridge, up Riverside Drive (towards Windsor) and return to the fire station.
The entry fee is $10. All proceeds will go to the American Legion Post 86 "Help A Vet Fund." Shirts are guaranteed to the first 150 pre-registered walkers. You can also register the day of the walk, at 8:30 in the morning.
Oh, yes, this "walk" will be in conjunction with Susquehannas 150th birthday celebration.
For more information call 8533440.
The vets need your help!
Lanesboro will be collecting old tires on Saturday, July 12 starting at 2 p.m. If anyone has any questions you can contact David Slater, at 8534123.
Friends of Literacy are gathering on Saturday, July 26 at Salt Springs State Park to mark the first celebration of their annual Awards Day. Through its 21 years, the Susquehanna County Literacy Program has reached out to every corner of our county, bringing their message of hope and encouraging all who want to read to improve their reading skills. It has been an exciting and rewarding program, one which has grown and developed an outstanding outreach, due in a large part to Friends of Literacy.
The picnic in the park is being planned in order to get everyone who has taken any part in literacy during the past years together to renew friendships and celebrate the progress that had been made, in just over two decades. The accomplishments of many of the volunteers will be acknowledged as all share the afternoon picnic. It is hoped that as many as possible who have worked with Literacy will come with their family and friends.
One of the very special activities will be a Jeopardy style Literacy Quiz, emceed by Alexandria Trebeck (also known as MaryAnn Warren). Upon arriving at the park individuals or teams may sign up to participate and there will be no limit on the number of contestants. The highest scoring team or individual will win a cash prize. The quiz will begin at 1:00 p.m., so come early and be ready to see how you score on literacy.
Although it is not a requirement for attending, children and adults are encouraged to dress in costume to represent some well-known character from a book, or even a book title. All those who come in costume are eligible to be judged to determine the Funniest, the Most Recognizable, the Most Outstanding, and the Most Unusual. Prizes will be awarded for these categories.
The Literacy office will be grilling hot dogs and providing something to drink and are suggesting that each family bring something to share. Hopefully there will be some special dishes to taste made from recipes in Literacys "Reading, Writing and Recipes" cookbook. Literacy is looking forward to seeing all of those friends and people who care about literacy. So come and join in for a fun afternoon. Reservations would be appreciated but all are welcome more is always merrier on Saturday, at noon, July 26 for the picnic in the park.
One hundred years ago, the town of New Milford was obviously much different than it is today. Main Street was a wide dirt road, used more by horses and buggies than the newfangled "horseless carriages" of 1903. However, the people riding in those buggies could do something that people can still do today. That is, they can visit the Pratt Memorial Library! This year, the library is celebrating its 100th anniversary in the stately building located in the heart of New Milford.
The first library in New Milford was actually opened in 1893 in the house across the street from the present location, which was owned by Ezra Pratt. Mr. Pratt donated 1000 volumes to open the library. The first librarian was Mrs. U.B. Gillett, who lived in the house with her husband. By the time the library had been open a year, it had a membership of 200 people and contained 1600 books. Mr. Pratt paid the operating expenses of the library until he died, in 1898. In 1903, Charles Pratt, the son of Ezra Pratt, had the present library erected as a memorial to his parents. The Pratt family maintained the library until 1922, when it was donated to the community and a Library Association was chartered under the laws of Pennsylvania. Since that time the library has been run by a volunteer board of directors, and a dedicated group of librarians who have served the library over its 100 year history.
In honor of this special occasion, the library will hold an Open House on Saturday, July 19 from 1:00 to 5:00. Mr. George Campbell, a New Milford historian, has been working diligently on a commemorative Library History Book which will be available for a small donation, or free to those who have already made a contribution toward its publication. This book is sure to be enjoyed by library patrons and anyone interested in local history. Activities planned for the Open House include the Ross Park Zoomobile, which will be at the library from 1:00 till 4:00, featuring a different animal every 15 minutes. Music will be performed by Linda Rood and friends, to help keep you entertained. There will be kids activities throughout the afternoon, door prizes and giveaways for children and adults, as well as refreshments.
If you cant visit during the Open House, stop in to see the library. Regular hours are on Monday from 2:00 to 5:00, Wednesday from 2:00 to 7:00, Friday evenings from 6:30 to 8:30, and Saturday from 2:00 to 5:00. During these hours, librarian Betty Mitchell will be happy to show you around the library, including a large collection of up-to-date books, books on tape, magazines, and computer with Internet access.
Becoming a member of the library is still a bargain, probably even more so than it was in 1903! The membership then was 50 cents. In 2003, you can still sign up for a library card for the same 50 cents! So, join the Open House and see what the Pratt Memorial Library is doing after 100 years!
A Seniors Wellness Group has begun holding monthly meetings at the Northern Wayne Community Library located on Route 370 in Lakewood next to the Preston School.
The group is arranging speakers on various topics of particular interest to the areas senior population. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend and can call the library at 798-2444 with questions, or suggestions for topics.
The next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, July 16, 7:00 p.m. and will feature Dr. Robert Dohner who will discuss diabetes and will include a question and answer session with the presentation.
There is no fee for this program and everyone is invited to attend.
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