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Senior Menu
Scarecrows & Birds Get Fired Up!
Apples Are Appeeling
Wedding Off, Meeting On!
Story Hour At Susky Library
"I Do . . . Again!"
Fall Festival At S. Montrose Church
Beaver Ramble At Shelly Preserve
Public Meeting On Comprehensive Plan
Quilts Of The Endless Mountains Returns


September 3

"BIG BUCKS" BINGO and pizza, Wednesday, September 3, 6:00 p.m. at the Susquehanna County Family Community Center, New Milford. Prizes, free books, refreshments. For info call 278–9027 or 465–2880. All are welcome.

September 4

HILL COUNTRY ARTISTS meeting, Thursday, September 4, 7:00 p.m. at the Claverack Building, east of Montrose. Martha Sampson will present a program on the use of oil pastels. Call 553–2500 for info. All are welcome.

September 5

AWANA CLUB at South New Milford Baptist Church, beginning September 5 through April, Friday evenings, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. for children ages 3 to grade 6, and Word of Life Club for teens, grades 7-9. For info call 465–7246.

September 6

FALL FESTIVAL, Saturday, September 6, beginning at 11:00 a.m. at South Montrose Community Church. Ox roast, music, craft and bake sale, community wide yard sales, games for kids, lots of fun! All are welcome.

RUMMAGE AND BAKE SALE, Saturday, September 6, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Montrose Square Apartments Community Room, 15 Church St., Montrose. All are welcome.

CHICKEN BARBECUE, bake sale, silent auction and craft table, Saturday, September 6, at the Lanesboro Community Church. Serving 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Auction will close at 3:30. All are welcome.

COUNTRY STYLE pancake and sausage breakfast, Saturday, September 6, 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. at East Ararat United Methodist Church. All are welcome.

September 6 & 7

ANTIQUE SHOW and sale, Saturday, September 6, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, September 7, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Waverly Community House. Admission. For info call 586–8191. All are welcome.

September 7

PANCAKE BREAKFAST, Sunday, September 7, 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the Hallstead–Great Bend Rod & Gun Club, Dubois St., Hallstead. All are welcome.

TRAP SHOOT, Sunday, September 7, 10:00 a.m. to ? at the Hallstead–Great Bend Rod & Gun Club, Dubois St., Hallstead. All are welcome.

IRISH FESTIVAL, Sunday, September 7, at St. Francis Xavier Church, Friendsville. Mass at 11 a.m., festival 12:30 to 7:30 p.m. Food, music, games. All are welcome.

ONE MILE RUN, Sunday, September 7, 11:00 a.m. starting at Rte. 92 and Bacontown Rd., Nicholson. For information or to register, call Curt Stevens, 945–9863. All are welcome.

NICHOLSON BRIDGE DAYS, Sunday, September 7 on Main St., 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Entertainment, pet show at 3:00 p.m., chicken barbecue at 11:00 a.m., crafts, more. Call 942–6747 for info. All are welcome.

September 9

PUBLIC MEETING, Tuesday, September 9, 7:00 p.m. in the Main Courtroom of the Courthouse, Montrose. The League of Women Voters will host a review of the updated County Comprehensive Plan. All are welcome.

September 12

BRASS QUINTET CONCERT, Friday, September 12, 7 p.m. at the United Methodist Community Church, Main St., Great Bend. Music will be classical and fun pieces, too. All are welcome.

September 12 & 13

FLOWER SHOW, Friday, September 12, 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday, September 13, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Montrose Fire Hall. For info and entries, call Shirley Andre, Garden Club of Montrose, 278–1814. All are welcome.

September 13

BUFFET DINNER, Saturday, September 13, 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Gibson United Methodist Church. Children under six free (with adult). Takeouts available. All are welcome.

CABBAGE ROLL DINNER, Saturday, September 13, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Dimock Community Church. Children under four free (with adult). Takeouts available. All are welcome.

STREAM STUDY and birdwalk Saturday, September 13, 7:30 a.m. at the Woodbourne Preserve, Dimock. For info or to register, call 278–3384. All are welcome.

September 14

BEAVER RAMBLE, Sunday, September 14, 2 p.m. at the Florence Shelly Preserve, Thompson. For info or directions, call 727–3362 or 727–4272. All are welcome.

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Senior Menu September 8 - 12

Monday, September 8: roast beef with gravy, mashed potatoes, asparagus, dinner roll, peaches.

Tuesday, September 9: brown bag day; vegetable lasagna, Italian green beans, pineapple juice, rye bread, chocolate pudding/diet chocolate pudding.

Wednesday, September 10: chicken fricassee, three bean salad, V-8 juice, biscuit, tropical fruit.

Thursday, September 11: seasoned pork chops, parslied whole potatoes, pickled beets, wheat bread, Boston cream pie/diet pears.

Friday, September 12: sweet and sour chicken with rice, corn, tossed salad, white bread, cream puffs/diet vanilla pudding.

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Scarecrows & Birds Get Fired Up!

The Montrose Fire Company is going to the birds! And the garden. But before you become too alarmed, (no pun intended), read on.

The Garden Club of Montrose is sponsoring a Scarecrow and Birdhouse Contest. The entries will be judged by Bob Smith, retired high school art teacher, and Kathy Regan, elementary art teacher, and ribbons will be awarded. They will then be available for sale to the public. Proceeds will go to the Montrose Fire Company.

Miss Scarecrow says "Please come join me at the Montrose Fire Hall on September 19-20."

So get your imagination fired up and begin your scarecrow or birdhouse project now. Design, build and/or decorate in any manner desired. Beautiful, funny, useful, or just decorative, designs of any size may be brought to the fire hall on Friday, September 19 from noon until 6:00 p.m. All entries will be available for viewing after 6:00 p.m. on Friday and for purchase from 8:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 20, during the community United Way Sales Day. All ages are welcome.

For more information, call garden club president Brenna Aileo at 278-9703.

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Apples Are Appeeling

In the northeastern United States, fall is harvest time. In northeastern Pennsylvania, harvest time means apples. In Montrose, apples mean the Apple Festival.

The ninth annual Apple Festival will be held Saturday, September 13, on the Green in Montrose. Susquehanna County Literacy Program sponsors the event which provides books and programs for students, adult reading programs, tutoring and GED certification.

An addition this year to the Apple Festival will be a Standard Flower Show presented by The Garden Club of Montrose. Titled "A Is For Apple", the show will be staged in the Montrose Fire Hall on Friday and Saturday, September 12 and 13. It is open to the public and free of charge. Hours on Friday are 2:00 – 7:00 p.m. and from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. on Saturday.

Horticulture and design classes are open to the public in both adult and youth categories. For more information and/or to enter the show, contact show chairmen Shirley Andre at 570-278-1814 and Carol Lake at 570-278-9448.

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Wedding Off, Meeting On!

Theatre-lovers were disappointed to learn last week that Endless Mountains Theatre Company's upcoming revival of dinner-theater comedy Tony n' Tina's Wedding was to be canceled. The rights to perform the show, it turns out, are currently unavailable due to pending litigation involving the play's copyright holders.

But no one had to be disappointed for long. Because instead of "Tony & Tina", EMTC will present two encore performances of their recent comic tour-de-force Figments – at the same time and place as the Wedding was to occur! That's Saturday, September 13 at 6:00 p.m. and Sunday, September 14 at 1:00 p.m. at the Carriage Inn, Route 92 S., in Tunkhannock. The event is presented in conjunction with Endless Mountains Council of the Arts. Figments recently played to sizable, laughter-convulsed audiences in New Milford. Though the play was not widely known, word got around that it's a gem. Please note that Billy St. John's brilliantly funny Figments does contain some "coarse language."

Figments is a stroke of genius.

The EMTC annual meeting will be held from 2:00-4:00 p.m. at the Harford Lecture Hall on Sunday, September 28. All are welcome, no reservations are required, and admission to this "show" is free!

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Story Hour At Susky Library

The Susquehanna Branch Library will be hosting a story hour for children 3 1/2 to 5 years of age on Tuesday mornings, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. commencing September 23.

Parent must hold a valid library card to register their child. Class size is limited and registration begins immediately at the library. Activities will include stories, fingerplays and a craft.

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"I Do . . . Again!"

Endless Mountains Theatre Company has good news for you! You now have another chance to attend Tony n' Tina's Wedding! This time around, EMTC is working with the Endless Mountains Council of the Arts in their effort to give Valentina Lynne Vitale and Anthony Angelo Nunzio, Jr. an unforgettable dinner-theater wedding experience. Thanks to the joint efforts of EMTC and EMCA, Tina and Tony and their outrageous friends and family will be re-tying the knot at the Carriage Inn, Route 92 S. in Tunkhannock in September.

A candid shot of one of Tina's demure and radiant bridesmaids (Donna Trusky).

For those who haven't heard, Tony n' Tina's Wedding is a legendary interactive theater piece created by Nancy Cassaro and Artificial Intelligence. EMTC players bring to life the bride, groom, relatives, and catering staff, with a hilarious – and largely improvised – program of antics, tantrums and surprises. And the best part is that the audience – who are Tony and Tina's wedding "guests" – get to participate in all of the fun and craziness!

Speaking of fun . . . EMTC's acclaimed recent production of the offbeat comedy Figments proved once again that Susquehanna County's community theater company knows how to keep the laughs coming on a nonstop basis. And after Tony & Tina crack you up in September, locally-authored farce, The Waffle Truth will keep you chuckling into October.

Show times for Tony n' Tina's Wedding are 6:00 p.m. on September 13 and 1:00 p.m. on September 14. Reservations are required (call 570-836-9686 or 570-836-EMCA). Please note that some of the behavior of the wedding party might be considered unsuitable for children.

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Fall Festival At S. Montrose Church

South Montrose Community Church is planning a day of fun, food, and great music on September 6, beginning at 11:00 a.m. Many wonderful activities are on schedule for the day, starting with an Ox Roast. For your listening pleasure many local musical groups will be performing. Also, in the Fellowship Hall downstairs, a craft sale will be going on with many wonderful homemade items. For those of you with a sweet tooth there will be a bake sale with lots of tasty treats. Weather permitting there will also be games for the young and the young at heart. To make this a truly community wide event, it is suggested that everyone in the area plan their yard sale for the day.

South Montrose Community Church is located right next to Robinson’s Market at the blinker light in South Montrose, PA.

Anyone interested in donating crafts may contact Desz Frazee at (570) 965-2556.

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Beaver Ramble At Shelly Preserve

For generations the land of the Florence Shelly Preserve in Thompson, PA has been a home for beavers. The extensive wetlands of the preserve have been shaped and modified over the years to suit the needs of these fascinating animals.

On Sunday, September 14 at 2 PM join Floyd Schnakenberg, president of the Northeast Pennsylvania Audubon Society, for a delightful ramble along the edge of a large wetland and a pristine forest stream to view evidence of the activity of the beavers and to talk about how they have modified their environment. Learn how what they do benefits the beavers as well as many other plants and animals.

Floyd is a local naturalist with many years experience in leading walks. This excursion promises to be an exceptional ramble on a brand new trail in the beautiful, pristine Shelly Preserve. Please wear shoes or boots appropriate for walking in a wet area.

For further information, contact Stu Slocum – (570) 756-2497, or Hank Hartmann – (570) 756-2385.

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Public Meeting On Comprehensive Plan

It happens about every ten years, following several years of surveys, visioning, and study of development trends both nationally, statewide and locally. It is used as a basis for development of a county or municipality, and its impacts could be felt for many years into the future. For those who may not know it, the time has come 'round again to update the Susquehanna County Comprehensive Development Plan, as mandated by the PA Municipalities Planning Code.

This 10-year update to the County Plan will include planning for land use, including water supplies, forestry and mineral extraction, community activities and services, economic development, transportation, housing, and historical resources in an attempt to address all possible changes and developments the county would be expected to experience within the next decade.

In early July, the Planning Commission and the Board of Commissioners unveiled the updated county plan for municipal and school district review and comment, and following this period of review, have scheduled a public meeting on the plan. Along with the Planning Commission, the League of Women Voters of Susquehanna County will host this meeting, to be held in the Main Courtroom of the County Court House in Montrose on Tuesday, September 9 beginning at 7 p.m.

In urging the public to attend, Planning Director Robert Templeton notes that public input into the planning process is "vitally important" and that the comprehensive plan represents no single municipality, but rather the entire county. "The plan is like a vision, a framework," he says, adding that it can serve as "a basis for doing other things, like passing ordinances."

The county plan, however, is not an ordinance. It changes as a county changes – its needs, its economic situation and its demographics. Templeton notes that it also serves as a basis when writing letters of support for grants and other funding sources. "We (the Commission) need to explain exactly what a comprehensive plan is, and isn't," he says.

League President Ruth Wilmarth underscores the importance of public input into the process. "It's important that the Commission knows what you think, what you are going to do," she says, since the plan represents a future direction for the county.

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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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