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Senior Menu
Notice To SCHS Class Of 1981
AAA Schedules Public Hearing
Local Artists In Scranton Exhibit
County Dairy Day!
ACS Relay For Life Kick–Off Planned
Attention Pie Bakers!
Winter Play Funds Summer Camp!
Wyalusing Watershed Association Meeting
Forest Landowners Conference Planned


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.

HYMN SING, Saturday, February 28, 4 p.m. at the Gibson United Methodist Church. Desserts and sandwiches will be served following the hymn sing. All are welcome.

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.

OUTDOOR WRITER Carl W. McCardell will speak on the Wyalusing Creek Watershed, Saturday, February 28, 7:00 p.m. at the Rush Ladies Auxiliary Community Hall, Lawton. For info call 7461581 or 2655539, ext. 119. 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.

March 3

"UNCOMMON WOMEN of Susquehanna County" with a presentation by Rodrica Tilley on Women Artists in History, Wednesday, March 3, 7:30 p.m. at the Rosemont Inn, Montrose. Sponsored by the League of Women Voters. All are welcome.

March 5 & 6

STEEL MAGNOLIAS, March 5 and 6, 7:30 p.m. at Blue Ridge High School, presented by the Endless Mountains Theatre Company. Admission. For info call 434–2422. All are welcome.

March 6

CHRISTMAS TREE Growers meeting and trade show, Saturday, March 6, 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Genetti Lodge, Hazleton. For info or to register, call the Carbon County Extension Office, 325–2788.

NWTF SUPERFUND BANQUET, Saturday, March 6, 6:00 p.m. at the Owego Treadway Inn. For ticket info, call the National Wild Turkey Federation at (607) 775–2146.

March 7

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

HAM & CABBAGE DINNER, Sunday, March 7, 12 noon to 3 p.m. at St. Thomas Apostle Hall, Little Meadows. Children under 5 free (with adult). All are welcome.

March 9

MAN to MAN Prostate Cancer Educational and Support Group meeting, Tuesday, March 9, 7:00 p.m. at Lourdes Hospital Lecture Hall. Call (607) 723–6246 for info. All are welcome.

2004 CAMPGROUND DIRECTORY available from the PA Campground Owners Association; for a copy call 1–888–660–7262, leave name and address.

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Senior Menu March 1 - 5

Monday, March 1: Swedish meatballs, noodles, spinach, V-8 juice, rye bread, pineapple tidbits.

Tuesday, March 2; breaded fish, stewed tomatoes, hamburg bun, mandarin oranges.

Wednesday, March 3: Italian sausage with peppers and onions, cabbage salad, orange juice, hot dog bun, custard/diet vanilla pudding.

Thursday, March 4: roasted turkey with gravy, mashed potatoes, broccoli and cauliflower, blueberry muffin, peach halves.

Friday, March 5: goulash, waxed beans, tossed salad, wheat bread, pear halves.

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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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AAA Schedules Public Hearing

The Area Agency on Aging for the counties of Bradford, Sullivan, Susquehanna and Tioga will conduct a Public Hearing on the agency’s Four Year Plan on Wednesday, March 3, 2004 at the County Office Building’s Downstairs Conference Room, Montrose, PA, beginning at 10:00 a.m.

The purpose of the Public Hearing is to inform the public of the AAA’s Four Year Plan which will be submitted to the PA Department of Aging by April 14, 2004. The Four Year Plan will be in effect from July 1, 2004 - June 30, 2008.

The major objective of the Four Year Plan is to help the Area Agency on Aging produce quality planning that will enable it to meet the goals set forth in the Older Americans Act. The plan will also assist the AAA to provide comprehensive services to older residents and facilitate long-range, need driven planning. Results of the Community Needs Assessment Surveys, program initiatives, and program focus for the next four-year planning cycle will be discussed.

Questions regarding the AAA’s Four Year Plan for 2004–2008 may be directed to Marlea Hoyt or Peter Lupkowski at (570) 265–6121 or 1–800–982–4346 (toll-free).

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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Local Artists In Scranton Exhibit

Three artists, David Barnes, Krystall Barnes, and Jordan Taylor will show recent works at the AFA Gallery in downtown Scranton, PA: "Genius Loci: Spirit of Place," open March 4-27, opening reception March 5, 6-8 p.m. The inspiration for this exhibition is the spirit and creative legacy of the Endless Mountains Farm, which was home for many years to well-known artists M.C. Richards, author of Centering and Paulus Berensohn, author of Finding One's Way With Clay.

M.C. asked her students the question, "Where are our words before we speak them?" about the origin of words. She believed in a source from which all creative impulse comes to us and acts through us if we are open and accepting of it. M.C. was part of a movement that treated the artist’s process as the work of art: "Art is a gate, not a product..." writes poet Robert Creely about M.C.’s message.

M.C. lived and worked on the Endless Mountain Farm from the early 1970’s until 1993. The farm is currently home to several artists, among them the three participating in this exhibition: David Barnes - painter and mixed media sculptor, Krystall Barnes - watercolor painter, and Jordan Taylor - potter.

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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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ACS Relay For Life Kick–Off Planned

2004 marks the tenth anniversary for the American Cancer Society’s annual Relay for Life in Susquehanna County. Plans are underway to kickoff this significant year at the Montrose House, Thursday, February 26, from 6-8 p.m. All past captains and participants are invited as well as any potential new participants who wish to learn more about this incredible event. Well over $350,000 has been raised over the past nine years from the Relay For Life event, benefiting the local Susquehanna County Unit. This money has helped fund patient services, the 24-hour, 7-day a week call center, research, educational programs and advocacy efforts to benefit the local residents of Susquehanna County.

Walkers and runners, cancer survivors, community leaders, team captains and hard workers are all needed to make the Relay a reality in Susquehanna County. Relay For Life is a unique fundraising event that allows participants from all walks of life – including patients, medical support staff, businesses, civic organizations, churches and community volunteers – to join together in the fight against cancer. It is a team event where participants walk or run around a track, relay style for 24 hours. Teams of walking and running enthusiasts from all walks of life will gather at the Montrose Area High School, July 16-17, 2004, to show their support in the fight against cancer. Dedicated volunteers from the community are needed to help make the tenth annual event a great success.

"Relay For Life is as much an awareness raiser about the progress against cancer as it is a fund-raiser," said Suzanne Brant, event co-chair. "Individuals who are willing to give their time and energy to this exciting event, as a volunteer or participant, have made a commitment to fight back against this disease and let the community know that you can beat cancer!"

Volunteers are needed to organize and recruit teams, seek community support and underwriting, coordinate logistics, plan entertainment and lend their support in any way. If you would like to join the Relay For Life in Susquehanna County as a team participant, captain or volunteer, come to the kickoff, Thursday, February 26, 6-8 p.m. at the Montrose House (downstairs), or call the American Cancer Society at 1–888–227–5445 and ask for Gina.

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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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