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Senior Menu
Anger Management Workshop Offered
Arthritis Program Comes To Montrose
Spring Bird Walks In Shelly Preserve
Ecology Wrapped In Bike Safety Theme
O'Hare's Promoting Susquehanna Boro
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
Harford Fair Sets Program Practice
Free County Well Water Testing
Arts & Crafts Program In Forest City
Celebrate Youth '04
Sen. Madigan To Hold Local Outreaches
Free Computer Training For Municipalities
Montrose Schedules July 5 Independence Celebration


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.

GOOD NEWS LUNCH, Saturday, May 15, noon at St. Mark’s Church, New Milford. Hosted by St. John’s Church. Free. All are welcome.

NE PA ARTS & CRAFTS PROGRAM, Saturday, May 15, 2 p.m. at the Forest City Library. Commonwealth speaker Robert Stark will show slides of studios, artwork and artists from our area. Free. All are welcome.

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.

BREAKFAST BUFFET, Sunday, May 16, 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the United Fire Hall, Montrose. All you can eat! All are welcome.

BREAKFAST, Sunday, May 16, 8:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Binghamton Elks Lodge 852, Rte. 11 and Trim St., Kirkwood. For info call (607) 775–4839. All are welcome.

PANCAKE BREAKFAST, Sunday, May 16, 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the Thompson Hose Co., Water St., Thompson. 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.

STRESS MANAGEMENT program at the Caregivers’ Support Group meeting, Tuesday, May 18, 11:00 a.m. at the County Office Building, Montrose. For info call the B/S/S/T Area Agency on Aging, 1-800-982-4346. All are welcome.

May 20

SUSQUEHANNA DEPOT AREA Historical Society meeting, Thursday, May 20, 7 p.m. at the museum in Susquehanna, under the water tower. All are welcome.

May 21

SPAGHETTI DINNER, Friday, May 21, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Hallstead–Great Bend Rod & Gun Club, Dubois St., Hallstead. All are welcome.

May 22

ROAST BEEF SUPPER, Saturday, May 22, 5:00 p.m. at the Thompson United Methodist Church. Takeouts at 4:30 p.m. All are welcome.

May 26

SPAGHETTI DINNER, Wednesday, May 26, 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Binghamton Elks Lodge 852, Rte. 11 and Trim St., Kirkwood. For info call (607) 775–4839. 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 17 - 21

Monday, May 17: roast beef with gravy, mashed potatoes, asparagus, dinner roll, peaches.

Tuesday, May 18: vegetable lasagna, Italian green beans, pineapple juice, rye bread, chocolate pudding/diet chocolate pudding.

Wednesday, May 19: chicken fricassee, three-bean salad, V-8 juice, biscuit, tropical fruit.

Thursday, May 20: seasoned pork chops, parslied whole potatoes, pickled beets, wheat bread, Boston cream pie/diet pears.

Friday, May 21: sweet and sour chicken with rice, corn, tossed salad, white bread, cream puffs/diet vanilla pudding.

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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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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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O'Hare's Promoting Susquehanna Boro

P. J. O’hare’s Irish Pub owners, Dermot and Brooke O’Hare, will on May 22, reenact Susquehanna for the past 151 years at their pub on Riverside Drive in Susquehanna. A letter drafted by the O’Hare’s follows:

Please come and join us on May 22, as we are planning a "Susquehanna: Remembering 151 years: at P. J. O’hare’s. We will be having music by Tony Di Orio and his 11 piece band, featuring big band music. There will be a special limited dinner menu and a viewing of the slide show, "Remember When," created by Joyce Mallory Finch to help raise money for the Susquehanna Community Development Association.

We would love for anyone to come and speak regarding what you are trying to do to promote the Susquehanna area. We will allot 5 to 15 minutes for each group to speak on what you are trying to accomplish. We would also like to hear from you with any suggestions that you may have to help make this a successful day.

Speakers will be presented between 6:30 and 7:00 (depending on the response). Music will start at 7:30, ending at 9:30 with a 15 minute break in between if anyone would like to get up then as well.

Give us a call at 853–3347 with any questions or suggestions.

The program will have speakers from Barnes-Kasson Hospital; Mayor Nancy Hurley; Chet Walker from the Susquehanna Community Development Association. Also, the SCDA will be selling bricks for Main Street and orders will (still) be taken for the 1853–2003 Centennial Book. Joyce Finch, noted Susquehanna "History Buff" will show slides of the area "from way back to today," on CDs that will be for sale. All money received will go to the SCDA. The public is invited to attend.

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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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Harford Fair Sets Program Practice

The committee for the Harford Fair Sunday Night program announce a practice date on June 17, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Kingsley Community Church. Ages ten to nineteen are encouraged to participate; any adults that would like to be helpers are welcome.

This year, the program will include scenes with some drama, lots of music and fireworks, ending with a patriotic tribute to God and country.

They ask for your support, to help make it a great opening night. Committee persons are Russell Sears, Eileen Craig, and Terri Madas.

If you have any questions, fell free to call the fair office, at 434–4300.

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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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Arts & Crafts Program In Forest City

Robert Stark, director of the Art Exchange for the past 30 years, will be giving a program entitled "Arts and Crafts in Northeastern Pennsylvania" on Saturday, May 15, at 2 p.m., on the third floor of the Forest City Borough Building (531 Main Street above the Library) and is hosted by the Forest City Library. The program is free and open to the public. No pre-registration is required!

In the past 30 years, many artists and crafters have made this area their home. Using slides of studios, artwork, and artists such as potter Jordan Taylor of Union Dale and MaryLouise Chibirka of Dalton, Robert Stark will discuss the development of artists' studios and their influence and effect on their surrounding communities. Mr. Stark has exhibited hundreds of artists in yearly open studios at the Art Exchange, has served on panels for the Pennsylvania Council of the Arts, and is a well-known photographer and painter.

For more information on this program, call the Forest City Library at (570) 785-5590.

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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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