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Senior Menu
Notice To SCHS Class Of 1981
Mardi Gras Pancake Supper
Cow Management Program Scheduled
County Dairy Day!
Good News Lunch For Senior Citizens
Attention Pie Bakers!
Winter Play Funds Summer Camp!
Wyalusing Watershed Association Meeting
Forest Landowners Conference Planned


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.

GOSPEL FEST, Saturday, February 21, at South Montrose Community Church. Covered dish dinner at 5:30, music at 7:00. For info, call John at 278–2698 or Mary at 278–9403. All are welcome.

WHEELS FOR CHRIST Christian Motorcyclists Association meeting, Saturday, February 21, at McDonald’s, Montrose. Breakfast at 9 a.m. followed by meeting at 10 a.m. For info call 836–5030.

WINTER DISCOVERY HIKE, Saturday, February 21, 10 a.m. at Salt Springs Park. Travel by snowshoes, weather permitting. Bring lunch. 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.

NATIONAL SPAY DAY USA, part of the Doris Day Animal Foundation annual campaign will be observed by the Dessin Animal Shelter on Tuesday, February 24. For info or to sponsor a pet, call 253–4037.

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.

February 27

SPAGHETTI & MEATBALL DINNER, Friday, February 27, 4:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Lawsville Grange Hall, Rte. 29. Takeouts available. All are welcome.

BREAD & BAKE SALE, Friday, February 27, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Peoples National Bank, Hop Bottom. Sponsored by the Hop Bottom Methodist Church. All are welcome.

February 27 & 28

STEEL MAGNOLIAS, February 27 and 28, at the Mountain View Restaurant, Clifford. Dinner available at 6:30, show at 7:30. Reservations required, call the Endless Mts. Theatre Co., 879–2872. All are welcome.

February 28

MEAT GOAT PRODUCERS program, Saturday, February 28, 9:00 a.m. at the Butler Township Fire Hall, Luzerne County. For info or to register, call the Cooperative Extension office, 825–1701.

SPAGHETTI & MEATBALL SUPPER, Saturday, February 28, 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Thompson United Methodist Church. All are welcome.

February 29

ADULT AUDITIONS, Sunday, February 29, at the Bucks County Playhouse, New Hope, PA. Male singers at noon, female singers at 1:30, male and female dancers at 3 p.m. Visit for more info.

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Senior Menu February 23 - 27

Monday, February 23: roast beef with gravy, mashed potatoes, asparagus, dinner roll, peaches.

Tuesday, February 24: vegetable lasagna, Italian green beans, pineapple juice, rye bread, chocolate pudding/diet chocolate pudding.

Wednesday, February 25: chicken fricassee, three-bean salad, V-8 juice, biscuit, tropical fruit.

Thursday, February 26: seasoned pork chops, parslied whole potatoes, pickled beets, wheat bread, Boston cream pie/diet pears.

Friday, February 27: brown bag day; sweet and sour chicken with rice, corn, tossed salad, white bread, cream puffs/diet vanilla pudding.

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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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Mardi Gras Pancake Supper

Blueberry Pancakes top the menu at the Annual Mardi Gras Pancake Supper at St. Mark’s Church, Main St., New Milford, Tuesday, February 24, 5:00, 7:30 PM.

The annual dinner marks Shrove Tuesday, the day that precedes the season of Lent with its 40 days of fasting. "The word ‘shrove’ comes ‘to shrive’ or hear confessions," reports the Rev. Canon Carol Horton, rector of St. Mark’s. "The faithful would confess their sins at the beginning of the penitential season of Lent, so the day became known as Shrove Tuesday."

Most people know the day as Mardi Gras, which literally means "Fat Tuesday" in French. "It got this name," said Horton, "from the need to use up fat, eggs, and dairy before the fasting and abstinence of Lent begins. The pancake, or ‘crepe’ in French, was a convenient way to use all these products. This is how customs and traditions begin!"

Pancakes have been a part of human history for the past twelve thousand years. Pancakes are found in the Bible and a traditional treat of the Jewish Hanukkah festival. They are fried in oil to commemorate the oil found by the Maccabeans when they recaptured Jerusalem from the Syrians, two thousand years ago. The one-day’s supply of oil for the temple lamps burned miraculously for one week. And, tradition says, the wives of the soldiers hurriedly cooked pancakes behind the lines for their warring husbands.

"We look forward to hosting members of our community at our Annual Pancake Dinner," said Joan Flint, who is coordinating the dinner. "It is a time for us to gather together for good food, friendship, and fun as we prepare to journey throughout the coming 40 days of Lent."

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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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Good News Lunch For Senior Citizens

On Saturday, February 21, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Main St., New Milford will host a Good News Lunch for Senior Citizens. The churches of New Milford sponsor the free lunch the third Saturday of each month at St. Mark’s Parish Hall,beginning at Noon.

Picturied preparing for the February 21 Good News Lunch for Seniors (l-r) are: Ruth Kowalewski, Anne Davenport, Joan Flint, and Jean Secor.

The luncheon committee includes Ruth Kowalewski, Anne Davenport, Joan Flint, Ralph Johnson, Wendy Keklak, Lorraine Lewis, Jean Secor, and James Yeich.

The Good News Luncheons began a year ago and open to all who enjoy visiting with neighbors, meeting new friends, sharing a meal, and hearing helpful news related to seniors. "The good news for those who host the luncheons is that the number of guests is growing," said James Yeich. "In fact St. Mark’s has had to purchase more chairs to accommodate all our luncheon guests."

The Good News Lunch is a joint, community-wide undertaking of the First Baptist Church, St. John’s RC. Church, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, and the United Methodist Church.

The United Methodist Church will host the Good News Lunch for March on Saturday, March 20, at St. Mark’s Parish Hall. All seniors and their guests are welcome.

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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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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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