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Senior Menu
A Blueberry Festival!
Country Artists Sponsor Outdoor Workshop
24th Annual Blueberry Festival This Weekend
It's A Festival!
Forest City Sets Old Home Days
Herb Walk At Shelly Preserve
Big Band Ice Cream Social
A Blueberry Festival
Harford Fair Hosts Baking Competition
Harford Fair Entry Deadline Nearing
Quilts Of The Endless Mountains Returns


July 30

WEDNESDAY MORNING ESCAPADES, 10 a.m. to noon, July 30 at Salt Springs Park, Franklin Forks. Join for a treasure hunt and follow nature’s clues to a special surprise. All are welcome.

ROADMAP YOUR SUCCESS: An Interactive Business Plan Workshop, Wednesday, July 30, 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in the County Office Building, Montrose. To register, call 1-800-829-7232.

July 31

SUGARING AND NIGHTLIGHTING program, Thursday, July 31, 8:30 p.m. at the Woodbourne Preserve, Dimock. Bring flashlight. Call 278–3384 for info. All are welcome.

GREENWAY Partnership quarterly meeting, Thursday, July 31, 10 a.m. at Lock Haven University. For agenda or directions, visit|7986

August 1 & 2

BLUEBERRY FESTIVAL, August 1 and 2 in Montrose, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the Green. Blueberries, entertainment, raffles, more. For info, call the Susquehanna County Historical Society and Free Library, 278–1881. All are welcome.

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.

PANCAKE & SAUSAGE BREAKFAST, Saturday, August 2, 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. at East Ararat United Methodist Church. All you can eat! All are welcome.

STONE WALL Building program, Saturday, August 2, 10:00 a.m. at Salt Springs State Park, Franklin Forks, conducted by Rusty Ely. Stones and drink provided; bring lunch. Registration required (fee); call 9677275.

August 3

MUSIC IN THE PARK, Sunday, August 3, at the Clifford Firemen’s Grounds, Rte. 106.10 a.m. worship service followed by day-long entertainment until 7 p.m. Bring chairs. Refreshments available. All are welcome.

GREAT TRAIN ROBBERY RUN on the Stourbridge Line, Sunday, August 3. Departure from Honesdale at 1:30. For info call the Wayne County Chamber of Commerce, 253-1960.

PANCAKE BREAKFAST, Sunday, August 3, 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Hallstead–Great Bend Rod & Gun Club, Dubois St., Hallstead. All are welcome.

August 3 - 9

FAMILY CAMP at Montrose Bible Conference, August 3 through 9. Family activities, concert by Carrie Brush, adult Bible teaching, kids’ chapels, more. For info call 278–1001. All are welcome.

August 6

CAPTURING the Many Wonders in a Small Piece of Nature art program for children, Wednesday, August 6, 10 a.m. at the Woodbourne Preserve, Dimock. To register, call 278–3384.

August 7

ANNUAL SHERWOOD BARBECUE, Thursday, August 7, 6:00 p.m. at the home of Ivan and Elaine Burman. For info or reservations call 756–2406.

TURKEY BUFFET, Thursday, August 7, 5 p.m. at the Starrucca Methodist Church. Takeouts available at 4:30 p.m. All are welcome.

HILL COUNTRY ARTISTS meeting, Thursday, August 7, 7 p.m. at the Claverack Building, Montrose. Gary Green will present a program on plein aire painting. Call 553–2500 for info. All are welcome.

August 9

SCRAP METAL PICKUP, Saturday, August 9 for Susquehanna Borough residents. Items should be at the curb by 7 a.m. Freon must be removed prior to pickup. Call 853–3235 to register.

STREAM STUDY program, Saturday, August 9, 10 a.m. at the Woodbourne Preserve, Dimock. Visit a stream to catch and study fish, crayfish, insects. Swimsuits and footwear a must. Call 278–3384 to register.

EN PLEIN AIRE workshop, Saturday, August 9, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Salt Springs State Park. Gary Green, artist and teacher will present the program. Call 553–2500 to register. All are welcome.

BAVARIAN FESTIVAL and Dinner Theater run on the Stourbridge Line, Saturday, August 9. Departure 5:30 p.m. from Honesdale. For ticket info, call the Wayne County Chamber of Commerce, 253–1960. All are welcome.

OPEN HOUSE at the Self-Discovery Wellness Arts Center, 26 Lake Ave., Montrose, Saturday, August 9, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Call 278–9256 for more information.

BIRCHARDVILLE SCHOOL picnic, Saturday, August 9, 12 noon at the Grange Hall. Bring a dish to pass, dessert and table service. Drinks provided. Chicken barbecue available, call 934–2256. All are welcome.

August 10

GREAT TRAIN ROBBERY RUN on the Stourbridge Line, Sunday, August 10. Departure from Honesdale at 1:30 p.m. For ticket info, call the Wayne County Chamber of Commerce, 253–1960. All are welcome.

MEDICINAL HERBS program, Sunday, August 10, 2 p.m. at the Florence Shelly Preserve. Len and Gerry Janus will spotlight these interesting plants. For info, call 879–4244. All are welcome.

QUILT & CRAFT SHOW, Sunday, August 10, at the Preston School, Lakewood. Raffles, refreshments available. Free. All are welcome.

August 15

DEADLINE for submissions for the 2003-04 Fall-Winter Calendar of Events is August 15. For info, contact the Endless Mountains Visitors Bureau, 836–5431.

SPAGHETTI DINNER, Friday, August 15, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Hallstead–Great Bend Rod & Gun Club, Dubois St., Hallstead. All are welcome.

August 23

4 X 4 POLARIS Sportsman 500 ATV raffle drawing, Saturday, August 23, 6 p.m. at the Harford Fair. For info, call the Susquehanna County Chamber of Commerce, 278–7222.

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Senior Menu August 4 - 8

Monday, August 4: Swedish meatballs, noodles, spinach, V-8 juice, rye bread, pineapple tidbits.

Tuesday, August 5: breaded fish, stewed tomatoes, hamburg bun, mandarin oranges.

Wednesday, August 6: Italian sausage with peppers and onions, cabbage salad, orange juice, hot dog bun, custard/diet vanilla pudding.

Thursday, August 7: roasted turkey with gravy, mashed potatoes, broccoli and cauliflower, blueberry muffin, peach halves.

Friday, August 8: goulash, waxed beans, tossed salad, wheat bread, pear halves.

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A Blueberry Festival!

One of the highlights of the annual Blueberry Festival for most people is delicious food, which will be available in abundance Friday, August 1, and Saturday, August 2, during the 24th Annual Festival. The Blueberry Festival began in 1980 as a fund-raiser for 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.

Breakfast and lunch will be served on the Village Green during the Blueberry Festival on August 1 and 2. For breakfast (8-10:30 a.m.) there will be pancakes with blueberry sauce, sausage, and fruit. At lunch time, the choices will include hamburgers, hot-dogs, and more.

Members of the community will provide a variety of food and snacks all day on Friday and Saturday, starting of course with fresh local-grown blueberries. Blueberry muffins, ice cream, pie and other baked goods will be for sale, as well as lemonade and iced tea. Jams, jellies, and produce of all sorts are donated by local people to benefit the Association. You can even keep the Festival flavor going all year by purchasing one of the popular series of recipe collections by local cooks.

Once again there will be a Blueberry Muffin Contest. "Many wonderful cooks volunteer to bake muffins for the Festival," says Administrator/Librarian Susan Stone, "and this is a great way to honor the best home-made muffins." The muffins will be judged at 10 a.m. Friday by a "local celebrity panel" of Commissioner Lee Smith, Father Jim Nash, and Marie King. Afterwards, winning muffins will be available to buy! To enter, please submit two dozen home-made (no mixes) blueberry muffins by 9:30 a.m. Friday, accompanied by a form available at the Montrose Library ahead of time, on the library's website ( or at the Muffin Table Friday morning.

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Country Artists Sponsor Outdoor Workshop

The regular meeting of Hill Country Artists will be held on Thursday, August 9, 7:00 p.m. at the Claverack Building on Rt. 706 East of Montrose. Following a short business meeting, Gary Green, artist and teacher from Efferta, PA, will present a demonstration of watercolor painting using his en plein aire sketches as references. He will give information on painting en plein aire (outside, rather than in a studio) as he works. The following Saturday, August 9, Mr. Green will offer an all day workshop at Salt Springs, painting en plein aire with the medium of your choice (he will work in watercolors).

All interested persons are welcome to attend the meeting and/or workshop. For more information and to register, call Rita Eddy at 553-2500.

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24th Annual Blueberry Festival This Weekend

The 2003 Blueberry Festival will take place Friday, August 1 and Saturday, August 2, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., on the Village Green and Library Lawn in Montrose. The Blueberry Festival celebrates hometown living at its finest. Blueberries in every form from ice cream to pies, games for children and entertainment for all ages, a used book and record sale, a silent auction, food, fun, and crafts, all draw thousands of visitors every year. Proceeds from the Festival help operate the Susquehanna County Historical Society and Free Library Association, which serves the county with a museum and genealogy research center, a main library and three branches, and Books-By-Mail and Books-On-Wheels.

Lots of entertainment is scheduled for the Festival--watch for schedules on the Green. Noelani's Hula School and Polynesian Revue will appear at 10 a.m. on both days. On Friday, String Band Central will perform at 11 a.m., the Tri-County Handbell Choir at noon, and Mary Kay Osburn with the Montrose Presbyterian Singers will sing "Songs for the Spirit" at 2 p.m. On Saturday, John Swavola and his students will demonstrate Tae Kwan Do at 11 a.m., followed by the Young Men In Harmony barbershop quartet at 11:30.

At 2 p.m. on Saturday, don't miss the 10th Annual Massed Band Concert! This year features the premiere of a new work, "The Blueberry Festival March," composed by conductor Dean Houck. The concert will bring back the good old days of the 1930s when Maurice Taylor assembled an audience of 10,000 in Montrose to enjoy great traditional music. Bring a chair and enjoy the show. On Saturday, strolling entertainer Manny Tikitz will also be about; his lime-green tuxedo makes him easy to spot, so you can choose to avoid or approach him for some improvised shtick.

Pictured is the Victorian Cottage doll house crafted by Tom Simpson.

Gather round the Monument to remember the Civil War! Eileen Patch is tentatively scheduled to read a soldier's letters to his mother on Friday, and a Civil War soldier's camp will be re-enacted all day on Saturday.

The Children's Games will keep your youngsters entertained for hours! There are skill games like Cards-in-a-Hat and fishing for colorful wooden fish for the youngest--everyone wins a prize! Older children will enjoy the contests: the popular obstacle course, jump rope and basketball. Prizes include gift certificates for pizza, ice cream, and McDonald's. New this year is a squirt gun game! There are games for all ages-especially popular is the dunking booth! Everyone enjoys greeting the Festival mascot, Newberry the Blueberry, who'll be stopping by on both days.

Each year an heirloom quilt (as pictured above) is hand-stitched by volunteers to be raffled off at the Festival. This year, the pattern is Cactus Basket. A beautiful Victorian Cottage doll house crafted by Tom Simpson, a "For the Woman in Your Life" basket created by Terri LaRue, and an afghan crocheted by Helen Pacanowski will also be raffled. The popular Basket Raffle will also return.

Don't forget to bring your good quality household goods (no clothing), NOT priced, on Saturday for the White Elephant Sale!

"Every year, the Blueberry Festival continues to grow and improve!" says Susan Stone, Administrator/Librarian of the Susquehanna County Historical Society and Free Library Association. "It's really wonderful how our community pulls together to make the Festival possible. Local businesses and individuals contribute time, supplies, advertising, and everything else that's needed, to help support the Library and Historical Society. I hope everyone will come and enjoy the Blueberry Festival with us on the 1st and 2nd!"

For more information about the Blueberry Festival or the Library and Historical Society, please call 278-1881.

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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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Forest City Sets Old Home Days

This year’s Forest City Old Home Days, July 31 to August 2, will have a big emphasis on craft stands. A total of 22 craft vendors have registered to attend this year’s event, to be held along the town’s Main Street, along with local merchant Sidewalk Sales.

For the first time, some of the local craft people will be located inside, on the second floor of Community Bank. Signs will direct the public to the entrance.

Local food and entertainment will be the focus of this year’s Old Home Days. The Pixie Chicks, Jeffrey James Band, Hickory Rose, the Two Polka Jet Bands, Primetime, Nameless and Shane Williams Band will be featured during the three days.

In keeping with this year’s theme of Country and Western, there will be a Wild West Bank Robbery and Cowboy Show along Main Street on Thursday, July 31, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. It will end with a horse parade of area horse enthusiasts. There will be audience participation, with sheriff badges and wanted posters for the kids.

The annual fireworks will be Friday, August 1 at 9:30 p.m. The annual parade will start at 12 noon.

There will be a hat show, pet show, doll show and bike contest Thursday and Friday. The Kennedy Park chicken barbecue will be Sunday at the park, starting at noon. Tickets can be purchased at the Forest City offices of Honesdale National Bank or Community Bank. Music in the afternoon by Primetime.

For information on Old Home Days, contact coordinator Jason Pantzar at 785–3938 or call 785–3800.

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Herb Walk At Shelly Preserve
By Trebbe Johnson

In recent years, as holistic medicine becomes increasingly popular and the protection of indigenous species more urgent, interest in wild plants has grown. On Sunday, August 10, at 2:00 PM, herbologists Gerry and Len Janus will demonstrate that it's not necessary to travel to remote mountains and rain forests to find a treasure trove of plants with long, rich histories and multiple benefits.

As the hosts of a nature walk at the Florence Shelly Preserve, Thompson, PA, the Janus’s will demonstrate that many plants we casually overlook, or even pluck out of our gardens and toss away as "weeds" are, in fact, valuable herbs. Owners of Vileniki, an Herb Farm in Olyphant, PA, the Janus’s have been studying, growing, and using wild plants for almost thirty years. They will describe the medicinal and culinary uses of plants, as practiced by the native people of this region and settlers from Europe, and will also tell some of the tales that have been passed down through generations of plant folklore.

For more information call (570) 879-4244 or (570) 756-2429.

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Big Band Ice Cream Social

The United Methodist Community Church, Main Street, Great Bend, PA will hold a Big Band Ice Cream Social on August 8 in the church parking lot from 7 p.m. until 8:30 p.m.

The Fabulous Moonlighters will present an evening of big band music at this fun(d)raiser. The band plays at many functions throughout the area. Ice cream will be available, as well as other goodies.

Spend a summer evening hearing great music and enjoying ice cream too! This social has become very popular and is looked forward to each year.

Bring your family and friends to this fun evening. Donations accepted.

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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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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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