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Senior Menu
Second Community Forum On Tourism
Improving Your Customer Skills
Local Artists In Scranton Exhibit
Export Development Video Conference
AAA Schedules Public Hearing
Free Tax Seminar For Area Seniors
Sen. Madigan To Hold Local Outreaches
Story Hour At Susky Library
Forest Landowners Conference Planned
Evening Pesticide Credit Meeting


March 11

BUS TRIP to the Philadelphia Flower Show, Thursday, March 11. Cost includes bus ride and show ticket. Departure from Dreyer Lodge at 6:30 a.m. For reservations (required) call the Montrose Bible Conference, 278–1001. All are welcome.

March 12 & 13

RUMMAGE & BAKE SALE, Friday, March 12, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and Saturday, March 13, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Hop Bottom Methodist Church. All are welcome.

March 13

SPRING CRAFT BAZAAR, Saturday, March 13, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Rush Social Hall, Lawton. Sponsored by the Rush Ladies Auxiliary. All are welcome.

REGISTRATION DEADLINE is March 13 for the Spring Fling Cash Bingo, to be held by the Canawacta Rod & Gun Club on Sunday, March 21, beginning at noon. For info or reservations call 853–4553. All are welcome.

LENTEN SOUP SUPPER, Saturday, March 13, 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at St. Mary’s of Kirkwood. All you can eat soup and salad. All are welcome.

SILENT AUCTION, Saturday, March 13, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Maple Street Café, Montrose. Sponsored by the Endless Mountains Medical Care Foundation. Proceeds to benefit the hospital equipment fund. All are welcome.

VESTAL AFRICAN VIOLET and Gesneriad Society meeting, Saturday, March 13, 3 p.m. at the Vestal Center United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall. Bob Clark will speak on flower arrangements. All are welcome.

March 16

LADIES SPRING BREAKFAST, Tuesday, March 16, 9:00 a.m. at Montrose Bible Conference. Speaker, Joanna Arp from Baptist Bible College. Music by Rose Ann Clough. For info or reservations call 278–1001.

March 18

SUSQUEHANNA DEPOT AREA Historical Society meeting, Thursday, March 18, 7 p.m. at the museum in Susquehanna, under the water tower. All are welcome.

March 19

SPAGHETTI DINNER, Friday, March 19, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Hallstead–Great Bend Rod & Gun Club, Dubois Street, Hallstead. All are welcome.

March 19 & 20

OKLAHOMA! Friday, March 19 and Saturday, March 20, 8:00 p.m. in the Windsor High School auditorium. For reserved seating, call (607) 655–8250. All are welcome.

March 20

LENTEN SOUP SUPPER, Saturday, March 20, 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at St. Mary’s of Kirkwood. All you can eat soup and salad. All are welcome.

March 21

CHICKEN BARBECUE, Sunday, March 21, 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Forest Lake Firemen’s Hall. Proceeds to benefit Forest Lake Volunteer Fire Co. All are welcome.

March 23

HEAVY EQUIPMENT Contractors’ Workshop, Tuesday, March 23, at Montrose Bible Conference, Dryer Hall. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. Pre-registration is required, call the Conservation office at 278–4600, ext. 283.

NATIONAL MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS Society program, Tuesday, March 23, 6:30 p.m. at the Montage Mountain Visitor Center, 235 Montage Mt. Rd., Moosic. For info or to register, call the Central PA Chapter, 1-800-556-6213.

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Senior Menu March 15 - 19

Monday, March 15: pork chops with mushroom gravy, whole parslied potatoes, Italian blend vegetables, wheat bread, fruit cocktail.

Tuesday, March 16: chipped beef and gravy, mixed vegetable, biscuit, banana cream pie/fresh banana.

Wednesday, March 17: vegetable lasagna, coleslaw, dinner roll, mandarin oranges.

Thursday, March 18: chicken casserole, cranberry juice, bran muffin, cherry pie/cherries.

Friday, March 19: meat ball with tomato sauce, French green beans, potato salad, hot dog bun, applesauce.

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Second Community Forum On Tourism

The Susquehanna County Planning Commission will hold a follow-up Community Forum on Tourism on Wednesday, March 10, 7:00 p.m. in the County Office Building Conference Room, 31 Public Avenue, Montrose. There were many questions and comments left unaddressed from the first Community Forum on Tourism, held in January. Inclement weather reduced attendance to 25 people but did not prevent a lively discussion.

Further discussion is expected on the importance of tourism to the local economy, how to promote local businesses, who should take the lead in tourism promotion, and what tourism could mean to residents of the county. Amy Gruzesky, Executive Director of the Endless Mountains Visitors Bureau, is expected to provide an overview of that agency’s contributions to tourism in Susquehanna County.

As with all the Planning Commission’s Community Forums the public is encouraged to attend. For more information contact the Susquehanna County Department of Planning at (570) 278–4600 ext. 290.

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Improving Your Customer Skills

The University of Scranton's Small Business Development Center, in conjunction with the Wyoming County Chamber of Commerce, is presenting an informative session on customer service skills for small business owners and employees.

The session, "Customer Service Skills in a Tourist Economy" will be held March 18, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Tunkhannock Public Library.

The featured presenter at this seminar will be Elaine Tweedy, SBDC Director and HR Specialist. She will present topics such as what a "tourist economy" is and the impacts on it, steps to achieve high quality customer service in your staff, customer service myths, how attitude shapes customer service, how to manage customer behavior in your business, the costs of poor service, getting your employees to give the right first impression and more.

Pre-registration and pre-payment are required. For more information, or to register please contact the University of Scranton SBDC at 1-800-829-7232.

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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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Export Development Video Conference

The Susquehanna County Department of Economic Development (SCDED) encourages county companies with an interest in exporting their products to attend the Spring 2004 Video Conference series for Export Development offered by the Northern Tier Regional Planning and Development Commission (NTRPDC).

"These video conferences offer an opportunity for our companies to learn more about the process of exporting, including the new markets opening up in Poland and Hungary," said SCDED Director Elizabeth Janoski, adding that hardwoods products are one example of our county’s products that could find markets, particularly in eastern Europe.

This year, United States Embassy Commercial staff in Brazil, Poland, Canada and Hungary, will participate. Chad Rimbey, Export Development Program Manager for the NTRPDC, explains that the video conference series is for companies that are new to exporting, or are in need of technical information regarding shipping and regulations, or export to Canada and have questions regarding the NAFTA certificate of origin.

The Video Conference Market Briefing with Poland will be held on Tuesday, March 30. The Canada briefing will be held on Thursday, April 29, and the Hungary Briefing will be held on Thursday, May 27. All video conferences will be held at the NTRPDC’s conference room in Towanda. Each session will last for two hours, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

For more information or a registration form, contact the Susquehanna County Department of Economic Development at (570) 278-4600, ext. 558.

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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 Thursday, March 11, 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).

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Free Tax Seminar For Area Seniors

If you are a senior, age 65 or over, and have questions regarding filing your tax return, join on March 15, at 10 a.m.

Carol Galloway, of H & R Block will be at the Susquehanna Branch Library to answer your questions.

Please call the library to register, as seating is limited.

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Sen. Madigan To Hold Local Outreaches

Harrisburg – State Sen. Roger A. Madigan (R-23) will host outreach events in March, 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, March 12, 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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Story Hour At Susky Library

The Susquehanna Branch Library will be hosting a story hour, for children 4-6 years of age, on Wednesday mornings from 10-11 a.m., beginning March 10.

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

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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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Evening Pesticide Credit Meeting

An evening pesticide credit meeting will be held on Thursday, March 25th at the County Office Building in Montrose from 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. 2 core and 2 category credits will be available. No need to pre-register, just show up. If you have any questions call Dave Messersmith at 570-253-5970 extension 239.

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