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Senior Menu
Anger Management Workshop Offered
A Day Of Prayer
Arthritis Program Comes To Montrose
Spring Bird Walks In Shelly Preserve
Ecology Wrapped In Bike Safety Theme
EMTC Schedules Open Auditions
Several Fund-Raisers Need Your Support
Fiber Festival At Harford Fairgrounds
Grant Development Workshop Schedule
How To Deal With Worry And Anxiety
ACS To Present I Can Cope Series
Regional Art Show
Tina Pickett To Be Memorial Day Speaker
St. John's Cemetery Plans Clean-Up
Valerie (Holmes) Shook Memorial Walk
Free County Well Water Testing
Local Artist At Hill Country Meet
Celebrate Youth '04
Sen. Madigan To Hold Local Outreaches
Free Computer Training For Municipalities
Montrose Schedules July 5 Independence Celebration


May 5

OPEN AUDITIONS for Endless Mts. Theatre Co.’s summer/fall 2004 season, Wednesday, May 5, 6:30 p.m. at the Blue Ridge High School. Call 434–2422 for info. All interested adults and teens welcome.

BUS TRIP to historic Seneca Falls, NY, Wednesday, May 5. Cost includes round trip bus fare, entrance fees to historic sites, buffet lunch. For info call Ruth Wilmarth, President, League of Women Voters at 289–4226.

May 5 - 7

RUMMAGE SALE, Wednesday, May 5; Thursday, May 6; and Friday, May 7, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the United Methodist Church, Main St., Susquehanna. All are welcome.

May 6

RODRICA TILLEY will demonstrate pastel painting at the Hill Country Artists’ meeting, Thursday, May 6, 7:00 p.m. at the Claverack Building, east of Montrose. Refreshments will be served. All are welcome.

TURKEY BUFFET, Thursday, May 6, 5:00 p.m. at the Starrucca Methodist Church. Takeouts, 4:30 p.m. All are welcome.

BUS TRIP to Sight and Sound’s production of "Behold the Lamb!" Thursday, May 6, leaving Montrose Bible Conference at 7:00 a.m. For reservations (required) or info, call 278–1001. All are welcome.

May 7

SPRING RUMMAGE & BAKE SALE, Friday, May 7, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Franklin Forks United Methodist Church. All are welcome.

FLOWER SALE, Friday, May 7, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Fred Miller Pavilion, Main St., Honesdale. Proceeds to benefit the Dessin Animal Shelter. For info, call 253–4037. All are welcome.

May 8

LABYRINTH WALK, Saturday, May 8 at the Self Discovery Wellness Arts Center, Montrose, 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Donation requested. Call 278–9256 for information or registration. All are welcome.

SPRING BIRD WALK, Saturday, May 8, 7:00 a.m. at the Florence Shelly Preserve, led by Evan Mann. Identify different species by sight and by song. Bring binoculars. For info call 879–4244. All are welcome.

OPEN AUDITIONS for Endless Mts. Theatre Co.’s summer/fall 2004 season, Saturday, May 8, 9:30 a.m. at the Blue Ridge High School. Call 434–2422 for info. All interested adults and teens welcome.

RUMMAGE BAG SALE, Saturday, May 8, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Franklin Forks United Methodist Church. All are welcome.

HEART WALK, Saturday, May 8 at Nay Aug Park, Scranton. Registration begins at 10:00 a.m. For info call 342–8374. All are welcome.

VALERIE SHOOK Walk to Cure Juvenile Diabetes, Saturday, May 8, beginning at 9:30 a.m. at the Pump-n-Pantry, Montrose. For info call 278–1881. All are welcome.

RUMMAGE BAG SALE, Saturday, May 8, 10 a.m. to 12 noon at the United Methodist Church, Main St., Susquehanna. All are welcome.

CHICKEN BARBECUE, Saturday, May 8, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the East Ararat United Methodist Church. Eat in or take out. All a

NEW MILFORD CEMETERY Association clean up day, Saturday, May 8, 9 a.m. Remove any arrangements or wreaths that you may want. All are welcome.

ANNUAL MEETING of the New Milford Cemetery Association, Saturday, May 8, 1 p.m. at the New Milford Borough Hall. Interested lot owners and directors, please attend.

May 9

BUFFET DINNER & CONCERT, Sunday, May 9 at the Montrose Bible Conference. Dinner, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. All for One will be in concert at 2:30 p.m. For reservations or info, call 278–1001.

ENDLESS MTS. CALENDAR now available, listing events held April through September in the Endless Mountains Region. For info, call 836–5431.

May 11

SPRING PLANT SALE, Tuesday, May 11, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the Green in Montrose. Sponsored by the Garden Club of Montrose. Proceeds to benefit the club’s ongoing beautification efforts. All are welcome.

May 13

LIVING WELL program on retirement investing, healthy cooking, and gardening, Thursday, May 13, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Keystone College. For info or registration call 963–6842. All are welcome.

May 14

BORDERLINE BRASS QUINTET concert, Friday, May 14, 7 p.m. at the United Methodist Community Church, Main St., Great Bend. Refreshments will be served. All are welcome.

May 15

QUAKER LAKE CEMETERY Association meeting, Saturday, May 15, 2 p.m. at the Silver Lake Presbyterian Church, Laurel Lake.

EARTH DAY ON WHEELS, Saturday, May 15, noon to 4 p.m. at Midtown Park, New Milford. All free events. For info, call New Milford Bike Shop, 465–2169. All are welcome.

SPRING BIRD WALK, Saturday, May 15, 6 a.m. at the Florence Shelly Preserve. Bird expert Ron Milliken will conduct a census of resident and migrating birds. For info or directions call 879–4244. All are welcome.

ONE-ROOM SCHOOLHOUSES presentation with Dr. Robert Leight of the PA Humanities Council, Saturday, May 15, 2:00 p.m. at the Pleasant Mount Community Center. Free. All are welcome.

STUDIO 2B event for girls ages 11-14, Saturday, May 15, 3:45 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Marywood University. Fee. For info, call the Scranton Pocono Girl Scout Council, 344–1224.

May 16

OPEN HOUSE, Sunday, May 16, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Wyoming County Historical Society, Bridge and Harrison Sts., Tunkhannock, featuring Native American artifacts found in Wyoming County. For info, call 836–5303. All are welcome.

May 18

CAKE DECORATING class, Tuesday, May 18, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Susquehanna Branch Library. Free. Pre-registration required, call 853–4106. All are welcome.

May 30

ED CAMP registration deadline is May 30; program runs July 19-23 at Blue Ridge High School. Students in grades 5 through 12 welcome. For an application or info call the Endless Mountains Theater Co., 434–2422.

June 6

CLASS OF 1954, Susquehanna Consolidated High School reunion, Sunday, June 6, 1:00 p.m. at the Starrucca House, Susquehanna. For info or reservations call Naomi Medlar Getter, 727–2712 or Corella McDonald Pierce, 853–3617.

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Senior Menu May 10 - 14

Monday, May 10: sloppy Joe, green peas, coleslaw, hamburger bun, pumpkin pie/diet butterscotch pudding.

Tuesday, May 11: brown bag day; baked pork chop, mashed potatoes, spinach, dinner roll, applesauce.

Wednesday, May 12: macaroni and cheese, stewed tomatoes, rye bread, fruit cocktail.

Thursday, May 13: boneless barbecue chicken breast, baked beans, baby carrots, wheat bread, pound cake/angel food cake.

Friday, May 14: beef lasagna, Italian green beans, Italian bread, tapioca pudding/diet vanilla.

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Anger Management Workshop Offered

"Dealing with Anger - the Children’s and Yours" is the title of a workshop being presented by Penn State Cooperative Extension. All child care providers and interested parents can participate in the workshop from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 27 at the County Office Building in Montrose.

Karen Thomas, Penn State Cooperative Extension family living educator, says "Everyone gets angry at times--children and adults. How we deal with our anger is the key. Some people lash out at others or become physical, hitting and kicking. Others find ways to release their anger in less damaging ways."

According to Karen Thomas, child care providers will learn how to encourage play and what their role is when children are playing. The workshop, Thomas says "will focus on skills that children and adults can learn to handle their anger in ways that are respectful and healthy for themselves and others around them."

Child care providers can receive two Department of Public Welfare training credits for participating in the workshop. For more information, call Penn State Cooperative Extension at 278-1158.

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A Day Of Prayer

A special observance and time of prayer will be held at the Gazebo on the Green in Montrose on Thursday, May 6, from noon to 12:30 p.m. Plan to come for all or part of the time, as millions of Americans gather in their communities to pray for our nation. There will be prayer activities for children who attend.

Dr. Barry Black, Chaplain of the United States Senate, has said, "As a sign of unity, we are asking people to pray the Prayer for the Nation at noon on May 6, wherever they are. Some will be at a public prayer observance at that time, while others will be sitting in front of their desks at work. Regardless of his or her location, it is important that His people, who are called by His name, seek Him in unity. If people participate in this form of corporate prayer, it will be like a wave of prayer flowing across our country."

The National Day of Prayer tradition dates back to February 19, 1795, when President George Washington issued a proclamation setting aside a day of public thanksgiving. An annual day of prayer was established by Congress in 1952 and was specifically designated in 1988 as the first Thursday in May.

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Arthritis Program Comes To Montrose

The Month of May has been proclaimed "National Arthritis Month." As with any signified day or month, the goal is to increase awareness and action. Arthritis is the nation’s leading cause of disability among Americans, yet half of those with arthritis believe nothing can be done. As part of the awareness campaign, the B/S/S/T Area Agency on Aging PrimeTime Health program is sponsoring a free workshop to provide information about how arthritis can be managed effectively.

Arthritis currently affects nearly 43 million people in the United States, or one in every six Americans. It is responsible for 70 million lost workdays and about 500 million days of restricted activity each year. Arthritis is also responsible for 39 million doctor visits and more than half a million hospitalizations annually.

Staff of Endless Mountains Health Systems Wellness and PT/OT Departments will discuss identifying symptoms, management of arthritis, and provide exercises to help ease the condition.

The one-hour program will be held May 21, 9:00 a.m. at the EMHS Community Room, 78 Grow Ave, Montrose. A free continental breakfast will also be provided.

To register for the program, call the Area Agency on Aging at 1-800-982-4346 by May 12.

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Spring Bird Walks In Shelly Preserve

Spring has arrived at last, and the woods, meadows, and wetlands all over our region are filled with the songs of migrating birds. For dedicated birders and curious amateurs alike, spring heralds the occasion of a popular tradition at the Florence Shelly Preserve, Thompson, PA.: the two annual bird walks. In the company of experienced and enthusiastic naturalists, walk participants identify birds by sight and song as they ramble through the nature preserve that is deservedly known as a "birder’s paradise."

On May 8 at 7 a.m. Evan Mann, a local birder and walk leader, conducts a leisurely walk around the preserve, providing an excellent education about birds. Besides identifying species that will be nesting in the preserve’s many ecological niches, he will discuss their habits and lifestyles.

On May 15 at 6:00 a.m., Ron Milliken will present his seventeenth annual walk in the preserve. Especially popular among birders, this walk often lasts the entire morning and covers a wide area of the preserve, with the result that participants can expect to locate between 60 and 65 species.

Both walks begin at the parking lot one mile north of Thompson on Route 171, where Stack Road intersects. The trails are certain to be wet, so walk participants are strongly urged to wear warm, protective footwear. Don’t forget your binoculars, and come prepared to spend a morning, or mornings, exploring the fascinating world of birds. For further information, contact Carol or Dave Clemens, (570) 879-4244.

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Ecology Wrapped In Bike Safety Theme

A day filled with fun, food, games and entertainment is planned to celebrate bicycle safety in New Milford.

The sixth annual "Earth Day on Wheels" will be conducted on May 15 from noon to 4 p.m. at Midtown Park, Main Street, along U.S. Route 11 in the borough. Participants include the state Department of Transportation (PENNDOT), the SAFE KIDS Coalition, several scout troops and numerous other organizations.

"It’s a focus on ecology wrapped in a bicycle theme," said Stephen Bruno, owner of the New Milford Bike Shop. "Activities are aimed at our young people, to enlighten them on issues such as safety and the situation with our environment."

Featured entertainment includes the Pro Bicycle Stunt Team, NBL Racing Team, unicycling and juggling. On hand for the kids will be such special guests as Smokey the Bear, Uncle Sam, McGruff the Crime Dog, Will Straford Juggler Extraordinaire, and Ramp up the Jawn.

Bruno, the event organizer, said the main theme of the day will be fun and safety centered on bike riding. He pointed out that May is Bicycle Safety Month and events will be the kick-off to Bike to Work Week.

"Just as every day should be Earth Day, every day should be Bicycle Safety Day," Bruno said. "Be real cool, not a fool. In caring for our space, helmets will keep us safe."

In keeping with the safety theme, a Bicycle Rodeo will include safety inspection by AAA and the Pennsylvania State Police. The Susquehanna County SAFE KIDS Coalition will also conduct a car seat safety inspection to check on proper installation, correct size and fit as well as meeting all approved requirements.

Also, community youth groups will sponsor various activities, informative demonstrations and displays. Food and refreshments will be available.

Prizes for the bike contest will include awards in three categories: Race, Freestyle, and Mountain. Additionally, a brand-new bike will be chanced off, with a free raffle ticket available for children.

Local groups and organizations with displays and demos include Boy Scout Troop 89, Cub Scout Pack 91, Girl Scout Troop 177, SADD, Susquehanna County 4 H Club, Susquehanna County Recycling, Susquehanna County Conservation District and Susquehanna County Farm Bureau.

Also, state Department of Health, state Department of Forestry, Friends of Salt Springs Rescue, Wildlife Rescue, Head Start, Susquehanna County Interfaith, Family Community Center, Hallstead – Great Bend Lutheran Youth Out Reach, Columbia Hose No. 1, and Z-Canoe.

Additionally, Forgetful Farms, OEM, Endless Mountain Bike Club, Hallstead BMX, Rail to Trail Council and National Bicycle League as well as other local businesses and organizations.

For more information, call New Milford Bike Shop at (570) 465–2169.

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EMTC Schedules Open Auditions

From brand-new troupe in 1999 to award-winning regional group in 2004, Endless Mountains Theatre Company's roster of top-notch shows continues to grow. And, every year, part of that growth comes from people like you – people who have always wanted to become a part of community theater!

May 5 and 8 are EMTC's open audition dates for their Summer/Fall 2004 Season. The season will feature Drop Dead, a hilarious mystery-comedy by Van Zandt and Milmore (to be staged June 25-27); Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella, the dazzling family musical (August 13-15); and a fall show (TBA) slated for October.

Auditions for all three plays will be held May 5, at 6:30 p.m. and May 8, at 9:30 a.m. at Blue Ridge High School in New Milford, PA. As always, all interested adults and teens are welcome to drop by and try out! In addition, children are welcome to audition for Cinderella as long as they are at least 10 years old and will complete 5th grade this school year.

For more information on auditions, upcoming shows, Ed Camp, or other opportunities to get involved, call (570) 434-2422 or visit

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Several Fund-Raisers Need Your Support

The annual Valerie (Holmes) Shook Memorial Walk to Cure Juvenile Diabetes (May 8) is joined this year by another set of fund-raisers for the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation. Sue Rosenkrans, whose granddaughter Cambria has Juvenile Diabetes, has organized a Cut-a-Thon and Dance to be held this Saturday, May 1, at the Montrose VFW. The Cut-a-Thon, staffed by half-a-dozen professional stylists, will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For only ten dollars a head (no shampoo or blow-dry), your whole family can get an expert haircut. During the Cut-A-Thon, there will be a bake sale and Chinese auction, and hamburgers and hot-dogs will be for sale. The Chinese auction has some great prizes: a DVD player, gas grill, bike, and many more terrific items. Radio station Froggy 101 will be doing a live broadcast! Whether or not you need a haircut, please stop by and help support research for a cure.

Come back to the VFW for the Dance, held from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Popular DJ Kurt Motsko will keep the dance floor hopping. There will be snacks, a cash bar, and raffles. Tickets are $5 each and should be purchased in advance (available at locations like JDE Hair Salon, Little & Nelson, and the Library, and also at the Cut-A-Thon).

The sixth annual Walk will be held on Saturday, May 8 – rain or shine! All proceeds go to the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, in memory of Valerie, who died at the age of 32 and was diagnosed with diabetes in childhood. The four-mile walk on the Rails-to-Trails path will start and end at the Pump'n'Pantry in Montrose. Walkers who will find sponsors are needed now, but you can also self-sponsor the day of the walk. A brochure is available at the Library, at JDE, or on-line at Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. and the Walk starts at 10 a.m. Please help honor Valerie's memory and raise funds to fight juvenile diabetes in our community and across the country!

Colorful paper sneakers are still on sale for $1 each, at JDE Hair Salon, the Main Library in Montrose, and at the Fashion Bug in Tunkhannock. For more information about the Cut-a-Thon and Dance, call Sue at 278-2200; for the Walk, call 278-1881.

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Fiber Festival At Harford Fairgrounds

A Pennsylvania Endless Mountains Fiber Festival will be held September 11 and 12, at the Harford Fairgrounds, Harford, PA.

There will be displays of raw and processed fibers, yarns, clothing, spinning and weaving, fiber arts and crafts, sheepskin products and more.

Vendors, exhibitors, animals, workshops and competitions will be available for all who attend.

For additional info, call 465–3360 or 942–6837.

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Grant Development Workshop Scheduled

TOWANDA PA - Endless Mountains Heritage Region (EMHR) will offer its third annual grant development workshop May 27. The workshop helps participants from organizations, agencies and municipalities more effectively seek funding from a variety of sources.

The workshop will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Old Mill Village, New Milford. Workshop participants will learn how to select appropriate funding streams and coordinate them to accomplish a project. Information about what types of projects fit EMHR's granting process through the Heritage Park Program will be available.

Workshop participants will receive blank applications, instructions, and points of contact for each of the grant programs presented. Contact the EMHR office at (570) 265-1528 to register by May 14. The workshop space is limited to the first 25 people registered. Lunch will be provided and a tour of the Museum facility is included.

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How To Deal With Worry And Anxiety

The B/S/S/T Area Agency on Aging PrimeTime Health program promotes the health and well-being of older adults through various programs. PrimeTime Health will sponsor a series of programs to be presented by staff of Tri-County Human Services.

The first program will be, How to Deal With Worry and Anxiety. In some cases anxiety and panic can interrupt daily lives to the point of dysfunction. This program will discuss these issues and how to change the way we think to decrease anxiety and worry to be able to lead more productive, healthy lives.

This free, 45-minute program will be held in Susquehanna County Senior Community Centers on the following dates: Forest City, May 3, 12:30 p.m.; Great Bend, May 6, 12:15 p.m.; Lawton, May 10, 11:00 a.m.; Montrose, May 10, 1:00 p.m.; Lenoxville, May 20, 10:30 a.m.

For further information contact the Area Agency on Aging at 1-800-982-4346.

Senior Community Centers in Susquehanna County are operated by Barnes-Kasson Senior Services through a contract with the Area Agency on Aging.

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ACS To Present I Can Cope Series

The American Cancer Society and Lourdes Regional Cancer Center will host a four-week series of educational sessions entitled "I Can Cope." I Can Cope is offered to individuals facing cancer, their family and friends.

This series will run for four consecutive Tuesdays, from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m., May 4, 11, 18 and 25, and will include lunch. There is no fee for this program.

Topics to be covered include: learning about cancer and cancer treatments; keeping well in mind and body; changes in appetite, nutrition and energy; understanding feelings and relationships; discovering resources and celebrating life.

Guest speakers for this series will include oncology and radiation physicians, nurses and social workers as well as those with backgrounds in nutrition and spirituality.

For questions or to register for this series, call your American Cancer Society at 1-800-ACS-2345 or (607) 786–0820, ext. 306.

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Regional Art Show

Images of Susquehanna County, a regional art exhibit presented by the Edward L. Rose Conservancy, is now on view in Montrose. This juried show includes works of clay, wood, stone, painting, fiber and photography; 65 works were selected from 120 entries.

The exhibit is housed in two historic buildings on Lake Avenue and will be open Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., now through May 16. The Community Foundation of Susquehanna County, 36 Lake Avenue is one venue; the other, the Rosemont Inn Bed & Breakfast, is at 19 - 21 Lake Avenue, almost across the street. Admission is free; the art is for sale.

The Edward L. Rose Conservancy has sponsored this exhibit to help fund the Montrose Heritage Greenbelt, an initiative created by the conservancy to highlight and preserve historic and natural features of the area.

For more information you may call Hedi Randall, at (570) 663-2923.

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Tina Pickett To Be Memorial Day Speaker

On Memorial Day, May 31, the VFW Ayres-Stone Post 5642 will honor area veterans with a 10:00 a.m. parade, followed by a Memorial Tribute on The Green in Montrose.

Tina Pickett, State Representative since 2000 for the 110th Legislative District, will be guest speaker. Tina resides in Towanda, and has one daughter, Lynn. She has earned a reputation as an outstanding public servant.

Before being the Representative for the 100th Legislative District, she served as Bradford County Commissioner, for five years and held many other public service positions.

Pickett currently serves on numerous House of Representative and local committees. She has extensive business experience. Pickett founded and owned the Fireplace Restaurants, in Tunkhannock and Towanda.

VFW members are honored and looking forward to having Tina Pickett as their guest speaker.

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St. John's Cemetery Plans Clean-Up

St. John’s Cemetery, Susquehanna, is asking parishioners to help get the cemetery ready for Memorial Day. The date for cleanup is Saturday, May 8 (alternate dates May 15 and 22), beginning at 10:30 a.m. Everyone is asked to bring rakes, shovels, carts, etc. and meet at the vault.

Anyone having decorations they wish to keep should remove them before May 8. All decorations remaining that are beyond repair will be removed and stored at the last entrance to the cemetery on Turnpike Street. Your cooperation is appreciated.

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Valerie (Holmes) Shook Memorial Walk

Join the Valerie (Holmes) Shook Memorial Walk to cure Juvenile Diabetes on Saturday, May 8, starting at the Pump ‘n’ Pantry in Montrose. The walk begins at 10 a.m., but come early to register if you are self-sponsoring, or to turn in funds raised if you sought sponsors. All proceeds go to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, in memory of Valerie, who died at the age of 31 and was diagnosed with diabetes as a child.

Valerie (Holmes) Shook

The four-mile walk will be held (rain or shine) on the Bridgewater Riding Club trail bed, two miles out and two miles back. It's a lovely setting and a great way to do good and get good exercise at the same time! For more information, call 278-1881.

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Free County Well Water Testing

The Susquehanna County Conservation District will be offering Free Well Water testing to the first 256 people to pick up kits at the Conservation District Office located in the Susquehanna County Office Building, 31 Public Avenue Montrose. The County Office building is adjacent to the Courthouse in Montrose. Kits can be picked up starting now and the deadline for picking up the kits is May 13. The sampling and drop off dates will be May 13 and May 14. The kits will include the specific time and day to draw the sample and drop them off at the Conservation District. The results of your test will be mailed to the address you provide on the kit return papers. A Wells Watershed Day will be held July 20, at the Montrose Bible Conference to help residents understand the results of their tests. Professionals will be on hand to answer questions. Springs and wells are both included in the testing. Only samples from wells and springs in Susquehanna County will be accepted. If you have any questions or concerns call Steve Fisher 278-4600 ext. 289 or stop in the office.

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Local Artist At Hill Country Meet

The May meeting of Hill Country Artists will feature local artist Rodrica Tilley demonstrating pastel painting. Rodrica is well known locally for her watercolors of flowers, some of which have appeared in Horticulture, Woman’s Day and Garden Style magazines. She is now working in pastels as well as watercolors and is the resident artist at Salt Springs State Park. Her landscapes are equally as appealing as the florals. Artists and those who appreciate art will enjoy the demonstration.

The meeting will be held on Thursday, May 6, 7:00 p.m. at the Claverack Building on Route 706 East of Montrose. The public is invited and refreshments will be available following the meeting. Plan to attend and bring a friend.

Hill Country Artists gather each month to informally study art and art methods and exchange information and ideas with others who are interested. They are also dedicated to bringing art to the community and to encouraging young artists to pursue the arts.

For more information contact one of the members or president Rita Eddy, at 553-2500.

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Celebrate Youth '04

With the leadership of the Rev. Joyce Allen, pastor of the First Methodist Church of New Milford, supported by members of the congregation, the churches of New Milford will host a two-day event, "Celebrate Youth ‘04." The community-wide event will begin at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 23 with a Walk-a-Thon to benefit United Way of Susquehanna County. The walk will begin at the United Methodist Church, 15 Pratt St., New Milford.

The two-day schedule is packed with free events, entertainment, and food for youth. A giant inflatable "bouncy" house and a twister game will be erected on the New Milford Common. Horse and carriage rides, face painting, karaoke, a silent auction, and a grand parade are all on the schedule. "We have planned for a variety of activities for all ages," reported Tammy Manning, event planner and facilitator. "We are pleased to have the Ross Park Zoo mobile on both days and the wonderful magician, Jeremy Biesecker on Sunday afternoon. The Columbia Hose Company will have their fire engine at the Common and children of all ages are welcome to visit it."

Local churches have joined in providing a variety of food options. Crafters are welcome, call the United Methodist Church, 465-3500, for information.

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Sen. Madigan To Hold Local Outreaches

Harrisburg – State Sen. Roger A. Madigan (R-23) will host outreach events in May 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 May 14 and 28, staff member Chris McLaud will be available to speak with constituents, from 11 a.m. until 12 p.m. at the Susquehanna County Office Annex, 31 Public Avenue, Montrose and from 2 p.m. until 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, (570) 265–7448, and 330 Pine St., Suite 200, Williamsport, (570) 322–6457 or 1-800-443-5772.

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Free Computer Training For Municipalities

Free computer training classes are being offered to municipal personnel on a first-come first-serve basis. All participants should have basic computer skills, including keyboarding and mouse operations. Participants registering for the intermediate classes should be familiar with the basic concepts of the programs.

Four different topics are available: Basic Microsoft Excel 2002, May 6; Intermediate Microsoft Excel 2002, May 12; Basic Microsoft Word 2002, May 19; Intermediate Microsoft Word, May 26.

Lunch will be included for all trainings. For more information and to register, contact Cynthia Krise, Information Technology Program Manager, 888-868-8800. All classes will be held at the Northern Tier Regional Planning and Development Commission, 312 Main Street, Towanda from 8:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

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Montrose Schedules July 5 Independence Celebration

Montrose’s annual Independence Day celebration will be held on July 5 this year, according to committee chairman Fred Mack. "Because the Fourth falls on Sunday in 2004," he said, "the KLR will continue with our past custom of holding the activities on Monday, the fifth."

The KLR Committee (Kiwanis, Lions, Rotary) is responsible for planning the annual event, which draws thousands of visitors to the community. Activities will include 10K, 5K, and "Fun Run" races, a chicken barbecue, a patriotic parade, and arts and crafts and entertainment on The Green throughout the day.

The theme for this year’s event is "America’s Heroes Fourth." Throughout history, America has been blessed with many heroes. It is because of the dedication our many heroes and heroines who are our military forces, police, firemen, civic and religious leaders, and many others that we Americans enjoy the freedoms and liberties that shape our lives.

Those planning to enter floats in the patriotic parade are urged to consider the theme and focus on recognizing and honoring those American heroes who rose to the occasion when Americans needed them the most. Contact Larry Kelly, parade chairman, 278–3861 for more information.

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