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Senior Menu
50th Anniversary Open House Set
Red Cross Swim Program Underway
BPW Plans Art Show
It's A Festival!
Wildlife Habitat Expo
Rob's Market To Hold Grocers Day
Forest Lake Fire Co. Field Days
Baker/Powers Reunion
Luminaries In Memory Of Donald Connelly
Locks For Love
A Blueberry Festival
Harford Fair Hosts Baking Competition
Harford Fair Entry Deadline Nearing
Locomotive To Help Susky Celebrate
A Picnic In The Park With Literacy
Pratt Memorial Library 100th Anniversary
Senior Wellness Group Diabetes Program
Quilts Of The Endless Mountains Returns


July 16

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.

July 17

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, 798–2938.

July 18

FIREMEN’S 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 Hallstead–Great 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.

July 19

PRATT MEMORIAL LIBRARY 100th birthday open house, Saturday, July 19, 1 to 5 p.m. Zoomobile, music, door prizes, giveaways, children’s 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 13760–1246.

FIREMEN’S FIELD DAYS, Saturday, July 19 at the Forest Lake Volunteer Fire Co. Horseshoe pitching contest (1 p.m.), children’s 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. John’s Church, Susquehanna, with reception to follow until 4:00 at the Parish Hall. All are welcome.

WHEELS FOR CHRIST Chapter, Christian Motorcyclists Association meeting, Saturday, July 10 at The Basil Leaf, Montrose. Breakfast at 9 a.m., meeting at 10 a.m. Call 836–5030 for info. 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.

July 20

3-D ARCHERY SHOOT, Sunday, July 20, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Blue Ridge Sportsmen’s Club, New Milford. For info, call 967–2311. All are welcome.

PANCAKE BREAKFAST, Sunday, July 20, beginning at 7 a.m. at the Blue Ridge Sportsmen’s 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 253–1960 or visit

July 20-24

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) 299–9921.

July 20-25

CHRISTIAN WRITERS CONFERENCE, July 20 through 25 at Montrose Bible Conference. For info, call (570) 278–1001.

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., 434–2422 or visit

TRAILBLAZERS Vacation Bible School, July 21 through 25, at Thompson Baptist Church. 9 a.m. to noon for children 4–12; teen and adult program, 7–9 p.m. To register, call 727–2461 or 727–2083. 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.

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL, July 21 - 25, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Brushville Baptist Church, Susquehanna, PA. Ages 4 to adult welcome. For more info or to register, call Pastor Jenks at (570) 465 3861.

July 22

FAMILY BLESSING Thrift Shop, Tuesday, July 22, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Hop Bottom Methodist Church. All are welcome.

July 23

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., 798–2530. All are welcome.

R.E.S.C.U.E. public meeting, Wednesday, July 23, 7 p.m. at the Wayne County Visitors Center, Honesdale. Topic will be Conservation Easements. For info call 798–2530. All are welcome.

WEDNESDAY MORNING ESCAPADES, Wednesday, July 23, 10 a.m. at Salt Springs State Park, Franklin Forks. Hike the park’s ten miles of trails and discover its many habitats. All are welcome.

July 24

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 853–4106 to register.

LAWN SUPPER, Thursday, July 24, at Starrucca Baptist Church social rooms. Serving 5 p.m. All are welcome.

July 25

ED CAMP Final Performance, Friday, July 25, 7 p.m. at Blue Ridge High School, New Milford. Students of the Ed Lonzinski Middle/High School Theater Camp will present a showcase performance. For info call 434–2422. All are welcome.

July 26

STARRUCCA SCHOOL REUNION, Saturday, July 26, 11:00 a.m. at the Starrucca Community Hall. For reservations, call Rebecca, (607) 785–5198.

HELP A VETERAN DAY, Saturday, July 26, beginning at 6 p.m. at American Legion Post 86, Susquehanna. Donations accepted, new clothing (not used) or cash for vets at the VA Hospital, Wilkes-Barre. Refreshments, entertainment. Free (must be 21).

STARS & STRIPES ride on the Stourbridge Line, Saturday, July 26, departing at 10 a.m. from Honesdale. For ticket info, call the Wayne County Chamber of Commerce, 253–1960.

FRIENDS OF LITERACY picnic, Saturday, July 26, noon to 4 p.m. at Salt Springs Park. Volunteer awards, trivia contest, Best Character from a Book costume contest. Bring a dish to share; hot dogs and drinks provided. Call 278–9027 or 465–2880 to register.

GREEN PARTY potluck, Saturday, July 26, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 2255 Franklin Hill Rd., 1/2 mile east of Milk Can Corners. Grassroots music jam session. For info call 879-4704. All are welcome.

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

July 27

GREAT TRAIN ROBBERY RUN on the Stourbridge Line, Sunday, July 27, departing at 1:30 p.m. from Honesdale. For ticket info, call the Wayne County Chamber of Commerce, 253–1960.

July 27 - 31

WOODLAND RESOURCES ADVENTURE, July 27 through July 31 at Keystone College for students 12-15. Fee. Call 265–3409, ext. 5 for registration info.

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL at North Jackson United Methodist Church, 6:30 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. for children grades K-12. Call 727–3123 for info.

August 2

PRESTON HIGH SCHOOL REUNION, Saturday, August 2, 11:00 at the Preston School, Lakewood. For info or registration, contact Mr. and Mrs. William Ellicks, RR 1 Box 1828, Starrucca, PA 18462.

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Senior Menu July 21 - 25

Monday, July 21: sloppy Joe, green peas, coleslaw, hamburger bun, pumpkin pie/diet butterscotch pudding.

Tuesday, July 22: baked pork chop, mashed potatoes, spinach, dinner roll, applesauce.

Wednesday, July 23: macaroni and cheese, stewed tomatoes, rye bread, fruit cocktail.

Thursday, July 24: boneless barbecue chicken breast, baked beans, baby carrots, wheat bread, pound cake/angel food cake.

Friday, July 25: brown bag day; beef lasagna, Italian green beans, Italian bread, tapioca pudding/diet vanilla.

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50th Anniversary Open House Set

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. John’s Church, with the Open House to follow, at 12:45 in the church hall until 4:00 p.m. All are welcome.

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Red Cross Swim Program Underway

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 year’s 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, 278–3317 between the hours of 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. This year’s program will include Preschool through Level VI.

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BPW Plans Art Show

The Nellie Jane DeWitt Business and Professional Women’s Club, Susquehanna is planning an art exhibit as part of Susquehanna’s Sesquicentennial. The borough’s 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.

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It's A Festival!

The 24th annual Blueberry Festival, which will take place Friday, August 1 and Saturday, August 2 (9 a.m.-4 p.m.) on the Village Green in Montrose, will feature dozens of events and activities. All proceeds from the event help operate the Susquehanna County Historical Society and Free Library Association, which serves the county with a museum, a main library and three branches, and Books-By-Mail and Books-On-Wheels. Paula Catlin and Ellen O'Malley are chairing the festival this year.

At 9 a.m. sharp on Friday morning the book sale opens, with donated hard covers, magazines, records, and videos on sale in the Book Tent on the Green, and paperbacks in the garage of the Library. Donations of good-quality used books are being accepted through Saturday, July 19–please bring them to the library by then. Most books are very reasonable, but old and valuable books do come up for sale and are priced accordingly. The wide selection draws book dealers as well as readers and book lovers of all ages and interests. New books, both children's and adults, will also be for sale.

Don't bother holding that yard sale--the White Elephant Sale (Saturday only) will be glad to pass your treasures on. Please stop by the Library, or call 278-4709 for information on where to bring items ahead of time; priced items only will be accepted Saturday morning.

A long-sleeved T-shirt with Alta Mae Hessert's beautiful blueberry design (also on note cards) is a new addition to the wide range of Festival T-shirts, sweatshirts, and more. The popular jewelry, newly introduced last year has been re-ordered. Another limited-edition print of a watercolor by Sarah Miller will be issued this year. Water bottles, candles, pewter key chains and more also make great souvenirs of Montrose and the festival.

Volunteers are always needed to help with the Blueberry Festival. Anyone interested should call 278-1881.

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Wildlife Habitat Expo

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 Sportsmen’s 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) 278–3485 or Ed Grasavage, at (570) 655–8181.

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Rob's Market To Hold Grocers Day

Rob’s 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 Rob’s donating a percentage of that day’s 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 Rob’s 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 Rob’s 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 it’s about and to learn more about the American Cancer Society’s programs.

The American Cancer Society’s 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 Society’s National Cancer Information Center at 1-800-ACS-2345, or visit, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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Forest Lake Fire Co. Field Days

The Forest Lake Volunteer Fire Company will be hosting their annual Field Days July 18 and 19.

Festivities will begin on Friday evening, with a chicken barbecue at 5 p.m. A parade, at 7 p.m. will start at the Forest Lake Baptist Church and conclude at the fair grounds. DJ Pete Bomboy will be playing music, starting at 8 p.m.

The barbecue, steamed clams and other foods and refreshments will be available. Fun for everyone will include rides and games for all ages. New this year will be an antique tractor show. For information on the tractor show you may contact Tim Wickizer, at (570) 278–4293.

Saturday has a horseshoe pitching contest, at 1 p.m. Children’s events start at 4 p.m., including a pet show and kiddy tractor pull. The evening will conclude with a spectacular fireworks display.

The Forest Lake Volunteer Fire company asks that you come out and support the event. This is their main fund-raiser that provides much of the needed financial support for the operation of the company.

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Baker/Powers Reunion

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.

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Luminaries In Memory Of Donald Connelly

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.

Don’s 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.

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Locks For Love

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.

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A Blueberry Festival

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.

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Harford Fair Hosts Baking Competition

The smell of chocolate will fill the air as the Harford Fair conducts its Hershey "Cocoa Classic Chocolate Contests" at the 2003 Fair. The contests are co-sponsored by Hershey Foods Corporation, the world’s largest producer of chocolate and cocoa.

This year over 100 fairs across Pennsylvania are offering cash prizes for the best "Hershey’s Baking Chips Cookies/Brownies/Bars" made from scratch. Harford Fair’s contests are preliminary competitions that lead to the selection of the Commonwealth’s cocoa cake and baking chips cookies/brownies/bars at the 2004 Pennsylvania Farm Show, which will be awarded a grand prize of $500 and $250, respectively.

All Hershey’s baked good entries are judged on shape, flavor, appearance, tenderness and crumb.

So dig out that favorite chocolate recipe and give it a try. You could be this year’s winner of the blue ribbon and a chance to compete for a grand prize of $500 or $250. For more information on entry requirements, call the Harford Fair office at (570) 434-4300.

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Harford Fair Entry Deadline Nearing

To really get involved in the Harford Fair, try entering some items or contests this year!

The entry deadline for entering items for competition is quickly approaching. Entries must be postmarked by August 1. Those entering three items or more will receive a one-day pass to the fair. If you are in need of a Fair Entry Book, call the office at 434-4300.

Reserved seating, along with free seating is available for evening entertainment programs. To order tickets you may call the ticket office at 434-4318 or check the fair website for schedule and order form at

Harford Fair is known as an agricultural, educational, family oriented fair. Whether entering a competition or coming to enjoy the exhibits and top entertainment, there is always something for everyone to enjoy at the Harford Fair. This year’s dates are August 18 through 23.

Be sure to get your entry forms in by August 1.

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Locomotive To Help Susky Celebrate

The County Transcript was informed that a locomotive and several cars will be "parked" in the general area of the Starrucca House Restaurant to help Susquehanna celebrate its Sesquicentennial (150 year) birthday as a Pennsylvania Borough. The train, as we were informed will be available for inspection by one and all for this entire week. This will be an opportune time for area children (of all ages) to get "up close and personal" with the giant we see traversing the track throughout our northern tier.

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A Picnic In The Park With Literacy

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 Literacy’s "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.

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Pratt Memorial Library 100th Anniversary

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 Pratt Memorial Library

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 can’t 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!

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Senior Wellness Group Diabetes Program

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 area’s 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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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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