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Senior Menu
Notice To SCHS Class Of 1981
Main Library Closed This Monday
Cow Management Program Scheduled
County Dairy Day!
Madigan To Hold Local Outreaches
Attention Pie Bakers!
Winter Play Funds Summer Camp!
Wyalusing Watershed Association Meeting
Court House Closing Notice
Forest Landowners Conference Planned


February 11

VALENTINE’S DAY story hour, Wednesday, February 11, 10 a.m. at the Susquehanna Branch Library. Children ages 3 1/2 to 5 welcome. Register by February 9.

February 13

BATTLE OF THE BANDS, Friday, February 13, 7 p.m. at Lackawanna Trail High School. Admission. For info, call 836–6986 or e-mail All are welcome. Snow date February 20.

February 14

VALENTINE’S DAY dinner dance, Saturday, February 14, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Starrucca House. Music by Brother John. For ticket info or reservations call 853–4634. Proceeds benefit St. John’s Church improvements. All are welcome.

February 15

PIZZA & WING SALE, Sunday, February 15, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Thompson Hose Co. Eat in and watch the Daytona 500 on a big screen TV, or take out, call 727–2651 or 727–2431 to order early.

February 19

SUSQUEHANNA DEPOT AREA Historical Society meeting, Thursday, February 19, 7 p.m. at the museum under the water tower in Susquehanna. All are welcome.

February 20

REGISTRATION DEADLINE is February 20 for a preschool story hour, to be held March 2 through April 6, 10 a.m. at the Susquehanna Branch Library. The program will include stories, crafts, field trips. For more info, contact the library.

SPAGHETTI DINNER, Friday, February 20, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Hallstead–Great Bend Rod & Gun Club, Dubois St., Hallstead. All are welcome.

February 21

BAKED HAM DINNER, Saturday, February 21, 4:00 p.m. at the South Gibson United Methodist Church. All are welcome.

GOOD NEWS LUNCH, Saturday, February 21, 12:00 noon at St. Mark’s Parish Hall, Main St., New Milford. Free. All are welcome.

SPAGHETTI DINNER, family style, Saturday, February 21, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the First Baptist Church, New Milford. Sponsored by Sea Scout Ship 90. All are welcome.

February 24

PANCAKE SUPPER, Tuesday, February 24, beginning at 5 p.m. at St. Mark’s Parish Hall, Main St., New Milford. All are welcome.

February 25

NE VEGETABLE GROWERS meeting, Wednesday, February 25, beginning at 8:30 a.m. at RT’s Restaurant, Clarks Summit. For info or reservations, call the Lackawanna County Extension office, 963-6842.

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Senior Menu February 19 - 23

Monday, February 19: sloppy Joe, green beans, coleslaw, hamburger bun, pumpkin pie/diet butterscotch pudding.

Tuesday, February 20: baked pork chop, mashed potatoes, spinach, dinner roll, applesauce.

Wednesday, February 21: macaroni and cheese, stewed tomatoes, rye bread, fruit cocktail.

Thursday, February 22: boneless barbecue chicken breast, baked beans, baby carrots, wheat bread, pound cake/angel food cake.

Friday, February 23: brown bag day; beef lasagna, Italian green beans, Italian bread, tapioca pudding/diet vanilla.

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Notice To SCHS Class Of 1981

An open meeting to anyone who graduated in Susquehanna Community High School's Class of 1981. The basis of this meeting is to form and create a 25th class reunion committee. Local and non local former alumni are more than welcomed to attend. Hoping to see many familiar faces at P.J. O'Hare's Authentic Irish Pub (formerly Briar's Inn), Susquehanna, PA on Saturday, February 28,at 7:00 p.m. For questions, suggestions and feedback, please contact: AnnMarie Clarke - (315)-685-4830 / or Kelly Lee - (570)-853-2098 /

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Main Library Closed This Monday

On February 16, President's Day, the Main Library and Historical Society in Montrose will be closed. The staff will use this day to re-arrange the layout of the Historical Society and Museum. The branch libraries are always closed on President's Day and other minor holidays.

The Historical Society is bursting at the seams with the addition of the Garford Williams bequest of genealogical reference materials. Books, staff, and researchers are spread across various areas of the museum. The re-organization is designed to consolidate the work areas and make the shelves more accessible.

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Cow Management Program Scheduled

Dr. Armfelt, Technical Support Veterinarian for Monsanto Dairy Business will give a program titled, "The Dry Period, is 60 Days Essential?" Come see the science behind a shorter dry period, as well as the management considerations, and the economics.

Dr. Frank Janicki, Ph.D. Nutrition Consultant for Purina Mills, LLC will present, "Management and Nutrition of Transition Cows."

Pennsylvania Cooperative Extension and Select Sire Power will be teaming with Monsanto Dairy Business and Purina Mills, LLC in hosting the seminar on Wednesday February 18, at the County Office Building in Montrose, with lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., presentations and questions answered from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

RSVP, by February 11, to the Extension Office at 278-1158 if you plan to attend.

For more info call Owen Bewley, at (570) 756-3418.

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County Dairy Day!

Join for the 15th annual Susquehanna County Dairy Day, March 5 at the Elk Lake High School. The day will begin at 9:00 a.m. and conclude around 3:30 p.m. The day will be filled with educational presentations, commercial exhibits, door prizes, milk, ice cream, cheese, a pie contest, an auction, delicious roast beef/baked fish/macaroni and cheese dinner!

This event is sponsored by Susquehanna County Penn State Cooperative Extension, farm supply dealers, marketing firms, and farm organizations. Pre-registration is required for dinner and the pie contest; please call (570) 278-1158.

Educational programs will be held in classrooms across the hall and up the steps from the gymnasium. Participants will have the opportunity to register for door prizes in each of these educational programs!

Regional Extension Director Mike McDavid is pictured with the 2003 Dairy Promotion Committee.

Speakers this year will be:

– Hal Needham, Penn State GIS analyst, will be showing how use of the internet will help geographically find your farm and your commodities. He can assist you with getting your farm on the map. Check out the AgMap program at

– Dave Messersmith is the Agronomy Extension Agent from Wayne County. He will be speaking on a variety of agronomy/ag topics. Dave’s morning presentation will cover learning to use the PSU Pesticide Education website and new herbicides for 2004 , and his afternoon session, Pesticide Jeopardy and Managing Corn Insects with New Bt Hybrids. Pesticide points available!

– Debra A. Bryant, Farm and Family Financial Management from Wayne County will discuss Planning Your Retirement. Whether you are looking forward to retirement or putting off thoughts of "being out to pasture", this session will help you think about several issues that should be considered before you retire.

Several health screenings and the very popular Farm Safety Demonstration with Connie Teel will be taking place throughout the entire day.

All dairy farmers 18 and older attending Dairy Day are eligible for the drawing of four DeWalt power tools or four household appliances. This year there will be a grand prize drawing for dairy farmers at the conclusion of Dairy Day. Enter the drawing at the registration table when you enter the school. There will be a single door prize given away at the end of the day for people who have attended the Dairy Day and are not dairy farmers and are over the age of 18. Door prizes this year will be drawn through out the day. Those attending educational programs will have the opportunity to win door prizes also. Come join in the fun!

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Madigan To Hold Local Outreaches

Harrisburg – State Sen. Roger A. Madigan (R-23) will host outreach events in February, to give Susquehanna County residents a chance to ask questions or discuss issues concerning state government.

"Constituents are invited to stop by and discuss any problems or questions they might have about state issues or state programs," Madigan said.

The senator said on Friday, February 13, a staff member will be available to speak with constituents from 11 a.m. until 12 p.m. at the Susquehanna County Offices Annex, 31 Public Avenue, Montrose.

They are then available to meet with constituents from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Great Bend/Hallstead Public Library, 201 Franklin Street, Hallstead.

No appointment is necessary.

The senator added that constituents who are unable to attend but would like to speak with him or a staff member should feel free to call either of his district offices, located at One Progress Plaza, Suite 13, Towanda, telephone (570) 265–7448, and 330 Pine St., Suite 200, Williamsport, telephone (570) 322–6457, or 1–800–443–5772.

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Attention Pie Bakers!

Abbey Puzo shows her strawberry pie.

Guidelines for the 2004 Dairy Day Pie Contest are as follows: submit one pie per participant; pies should be baked in a 9-inch aluminum pie plate; pies need to be entered at the registration table by 11:30 a.m. on Friday, March 5 and will be assigned a number so that the judges will not know who the pie baker is; the top three adult participants will each receive an engraved pie tin and the top two youth will also receive an engraved pie tin; all pies will be auctioned off at 2 p.m. and the proceeds will benefit the 4-H Dairy Program and the Dairy Promotion Program in Susquehanna County; pre-registration is required! Call Cooperative Extension at 570-278-1158; anyone is eligible to enter the pie contest; only the first 30 pies will be accepted; it is recommended that you bake a pie that doesn’t need to be refrigerated due to limited space in the cooler.

Good Luck Baking!

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Winter Play Funds Summer Camp!

Every summer for several years now, Endless Mountains Theatre Company has offered local kids and teens a unique opportunity to get their feet wet in the dramatic arts. And when this summer (finally) rolls around, the Ed Lonzinski Middle/High School Theatre Camp will once again invite young people to learn about all aspects of theatre from EMTC's hand-picked team of gifted instructors.

How does a great program like Ed Camp happen? It takes talent. It takes dedication. It takes organization. And, it takes funding. This year, EMTC has come up with an inspired approach to the funding question: a winter play whose ticket revenues will help make Ed Camp 2004 come to life!

"It's great when one terrific event can serve as a fundraiser for another terrific event," says EMTC Chair Bob DeLuca. "We're proud to be presenting the hit comedy-drama Steel Magnolias at two locations this winter, and we're especially proud that this classic show is going to translate into another top-notch Ed Camp season." DeLuca, who has led the all-volunteer theatre company into an increasing assortment of community-enriching activities since assuming the organization's chairperson post in 2001, believes that staging a major winter play is an important step for what was once just a summer-theatre group.

Steel Magnolias, playwright Robert Harling's funny and poignant study of the charm and idiosyncracies of Southern womanhood, will be directed by Tim Hutchins, whose EMTC directorial debut brought us the uproarious Figments last year. The play will be performed as dinner-theatre, at the Mountain View Restaurant in Clifford, on February 27 and 28; reservations required – call (570) 879-2872 now! It will then be performed at Blue Ridge High School in New Milford the following weekend, March 5 and 6.

Come see another first-class production by your community theatre group, and let your evening of entertainment build an important summer opportunity for our kids!

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Wyalusing Watershed Association Meeting

Everyone lives in a watershed. The Wyalusing Creek Watershed Community includes Montrose, Friendsville, LeRaysville, Herrick, Lawton and Camptown as well as its final point, Wyalusing itself. Come and find out more about watersheds, what is up and downstream from you, as well as the wildlife and recreational opportunities the creek supports.

The Wyalusing Creek Watershed Association invites you to its first public meeting on Saturday, February 28 at the Rush Ladies Auxiliary, 7 p.m. Outdoor Writer Carl W. McCardell will be the featured speaker and other experts such as Bryan Bendock, Waterways Conservation Officer from Montrose will be on hand to answer questions and take ideas for keeping the watershed healthy and productive. Refreshments will be served.

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Court House Closing Notice

The Susquehanna County Commissioners announce the Courthouse will be closed on Monday, February 16, in observance of Presidents’ Day. All court related offices will be available.

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Forest Landowners Conference Planned

Forests cover nearly 60% of Pennsylvania's 28 million acres. The 17 million acres of forest land provide the Commonwealth's citizens and visitors with many benefits. Forests support wildlife habitat. They provide places to hike, camp, hunt, fish, and enjoy nature. Forests help protect water supplies and help remove carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas, from the air. Additionally, forests generate significant economic activity. In fact, timber and forest products are the fourth-largest manufacturing industry in Pennsylvania. The industry employs 90,000 workers in 2,500 firms and contributes almost 5 billion dollars to the state's economy.

Approximately 13 million acres of the state's forests are privately owned by more than 600,000 landowners. Sustaining Pennsylvania's forests depends on the management they receive from landowners. On Saturday, March 27, the fourth annual Northeast Pennsylvania Forest Landowners Conference will be held at Keystone College in LaPlume, Pennsylvania.

The day will begin with a welcome from Dr. Edward Boehm, President of Keystone College and Congressman Donald Sherwood, 10th U.S. Congressional District. Dr. Jim Grace, Pennsylvania State Forester with DCNR will share his views on the state of Pennsylvania’s forest resources. Other presenters from the Penn State University, DCNR Bureau of Forestry and other regional organizations will discuss forest health and management options, forest land tax issues, forested wetland habitats, working with private consulting foresters, maple syrup production, and a deer management program called DMAP, designed to help landowners.

The conference is scheduled from 8:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and includes lunch, breaks and written materials. Pre-registration for this conference is required. For more information, contact Penn State Cooperative Extension at (570) 825–1701 or your local DCNR Bureau of Forestry office.

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