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EVENTS, PROGRAMS, HAPPENINGS, SEMINARS:
VOLUNTEER TUTOR TRAINING, Saturday, January 17. For info or to register, call the Susquehanna County Literacy Program, 2789027.
SPAGHETTI DINNER, Friday, January 16, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the HallsteadGreat Bend Rod and Gun Club, Dubois Street, Hallstead. All are welcome.
"MAKE A MEMORY" PACT, Wednesday, January 21, 6 p.m. at the Family Community Center, New Milford. Make a memory book using your childs photos from birth to grade 3. For info, call the Literacy office, 4652880 or 2789027.
FINANCIAL AID WORKSHOP, Thursday, January 22, 7 p.m. in the fifth floor Executive Center, Brennan Hall, University of Scranton. Prospective students and their parents welcome. For info call the Financial Aid office, 9417700.
SPAGHETTI & MEATBALL DINNER, Friday, January 23, 4:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Lawsville Grange Hall. Takeouts available. All are welcome.
PRESCHOOL STORY HOUR, Friday, January 23, 10:00 a.m. at the Northern Wayne Community Library. Activities, snacks. To register, call 7982444.
MARRIAGE BUILDING WEEKEND, January 23-25 at the Montrose Bible Conference.
ANNUAL MEETING of the Susquehanna County Historical Society & Free Library, Saturday, January 24, 2 p.m. at St. Pauls Episcopal Church, Montrose. Guest speaker will be Mike Stevens ("On the Pennsylvania Road"). All are welcome.
COUPLES DINNER CONCERT, Saturday, 6 p.m. at the Montrose Bible Conference, featuring Reg and Gretchen Dunneman. For info or reservations, call 2781001.
Monday, January 19: Swedish meatballs, noodles, spinach, V-8 juice, rye bread, pineapple tidbits.
Tuesday, January 20: brown bag day; breaded fish, stewed tomatoes, hamburg bun, mandarin oranges.
Wednesday, January 21: Italian sausage with peppers and onions, cabbage salad, orange juice, hot dog bun, custard/diet vanilla pudding.
Thursday, January 22: roasted turkey with gravy, mashed potatoes, broccoli and cauliflower, blueberry muffin, peach halves.
Friday, January 23: brown bag day; goulash, waxed beans, tossed salad, wheat bread, pear halves.
What happens when summer theater expands into the winter? Everything's upside-down!
Normally, when Endless Mountains Theatre Company holds auditions for its crowd-pleasing shows, the plays are selected in advance. But for EMTC's upcoming winter 2004 productions, there's going to be an exciting inversion of this process.
"We're keeping our options open regarding the choice of play," explains EMTC Chair Bob DeLuca. "We may get some different people going out for theater at this time of year, and once we can assess all the talent at our disposal, we'll be in a great position to pick a play that's just right." Among the plays that the Company is considering are Steel Magnolias (which EMTC presented in 2000), Love Letters, The Nerd, Same Time Next Year, and The Diaries of Adam and Eve.
This winter production will actually be twin productions a weekend of performances at the Carriage Inn in Tunkhannock (weekend of February 15, in conjunction with the Endless Mountains Council of the Arts), followed by a return to Susquehanna County the weekend of March 6, when the same play will be performed at Blue Ridge High School in New Milford. The arrangement with EMCA follows EMTC's successful production of their summer hit "Figments," in Tunkhannock this September.
The New Milford production will serve as a fund-raiser for EMTC's important summer youth program, the Ed Lonzinski Middle/High School Theatre Camp. Like the 3-year-old theater camp, the presentation of winter shows demonstrates how much this community theater group has grown since its inception in 1999.
Open auditions will be held on January 3, 6:30 p.m. at Blue Ridge. Show and casting decisions will be made quickly, and rehearsals will kick off on January 5. EMTC encourages all adults and teens with a dramatic flair to escape the winter doldrums by taking to the stage!
A guest speaker, Judy Seroska, RN, from the Northeastern Pennsylvania Chapter of the Alzheimers Association will present a short program during the January 20 meeting of the Caregivers Support Group to be held at 11:00 a.m. at the County Office Building downstairs conference room in Montrose. The group is open to caregivers of individuals who suffer with any type of medical condition and also family members of long-term care facility residents. The group offers opportunities for individuals to share their experiences and provide moral support to one another in a safe, confidential setting. Resource materials are also available, free of charge.
The Caregivers Support Group has announced that 2004 meetings will be held the third Tuesday of the month at 11:00 a.m. at this location. For more information, and to inquire about wheelchair accessibility for the County Office Building location, contact Joyce McClary at the B/S/S/T Area Agency on Aging at 1-800-982-4346.
The Susquehanna County Historical Society & Free Library Association's annual meeting will be held on Saturday, January 24, 2 p.m., in St. Paul's Episcopal Church Hall (Church St., Montrose). Reports on the Association's activities during 2003 will be presented. After the business portion of the meeting, refreshments will be served, and then the entertainment portion will begin, featuring Mike Stevens of WNEP TV's "On the Pennsylvania Road." Mr. Stevens was a huge hit at his last appearance, so this should be a very enjoyable presentation.
Everyone is invited to the annual meeting--there is no charge. Members of the Association are entitled to vote at the meeting and help support library and historical society services across the county. For more information about membership, visit your local library or www.susqcolibrary.org, or call 278-1881.
Senior Citizens from the New Milford area are invited to a Good News Luncheon sponsored by the churches of New Milford. The free lunch will be held on Saturday, January 17, beginning at noon at the Parish Hall of St. Marks Episcopal Church, Main St., New Milford. The lunch is being planned and prepared by St. Johns RC Church.
Along with the lunch, the St. Johns/St. Laurence Folkgroup will present a musical program. The group includes singers from New Milford and Great Bend. Sharon OConnor is the director and Cathy Holleran is the guitarist.
The Good News Lunch is held once a month on the third Saturday in the Parish Hall of St. Marks Church. Volunteers from First Baptist Church, First Methodist Church, St. Johns RC Church, and St. Marks Episcopal Church prepare and serve the hot lunch.
In February the luncheon will be held on Saturday, February 21. The parishioners of St. Marks Episcopal Church will prepare and host the event.
Dr. Bryan Bordeaux, a physician practicing in New Milford, PA, is organizing a letter writing campaign to help persuade our elected officials in Washington, DC to address the healthcare needs of all Americans through a universal healthcare system. Approximately 250 letters have already been sent and Dr. Bordeaux expects to mail at least 1,000 letters from people locally.
The first major public event has been rescheduled for Thursday, January 15 at the Blue Ridge High School auditorium, starting at 7:00 p.m. The original meeting was canceled because of weather. This event is free and open to the public. After a brief talk about the current healthcare system, Dr. Bordeaux will have letters available for interested people to personalize and sign. He will also be recruiting volunteers to help expand the letter writing campaign regionally and nationally. Letters are available now in Dr. Bordeauxs office in New Milford for those individuals who cannot attend the meeting. You do not have to be a patient of his to sign these letters or get involved.
Dr. Bordeaux recently attended the annual Physicians for a National Health Program meeting in San Francisco. He is working with their leaders and over 10,000 of their members to reform our healthcare system. To help reach the national goal of 1,000,000 letters sent, Dr. Bordeaux has established a website, www.writecongress.org, which will serve as a center for his grassroots movement. He will also be sending a mailing to all of the free clinics across the United States to recruit them in his efforts.
Americans are becoming increasingly discontent with the current healthcare system, as almost 44 million people are without insurance, tens of millions more have inadequate insurance and the rest are facing double digit rises in health insurance premiums for the past five years. A recent ABC News/Washington Post poll indicated that 62% of Americans are in favor of adopting a universal healthcare system. Another recent study showed that half of all physicians also favor a universal healthcare system in the United States. Despite spending more on healthcare than any other nation, the American healthcare system was recently ranked 37th in the world by the World Health Organization.
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