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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 20 & 21
AARP DRIVER SAFETY program, Thursday, May 20 and Friday, May 21, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Odd Fellows Hall, Lake Como. For info call Irene Messinger, 7982938.
SPAGHETTI DINNER, Friday, May 21, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the HallsteadGreat Bend Rod & Gun Club, Dubois St., Hallstead. All are welcome.
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.
WOODLAND WILDFLOWERS program, Saturday, May 22, 9 a.m. at Salt Springs State Park. Master botanist Bill Olson will show how to identify spring wildflowers. All are welcome.
ALL DAY PAINT OUT, Saturday, May 22 (rain date May 23), 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Salt Springs State Park. Artists, professional and amateur, are invited to join members of the PA Plein Air Society and Artist in Residence Rodrica Tilley for a day of painting at the park.
SPAGHETTI DINNER, Saturday, May 22, beginning at 4:00 p.m. at the Rush Social Hall, Lawton. All you can eat! Sponsored by the Rush Ladies Auxiliary. All are welcome.
DUCK DERBY, Saturday, May 22, noon at the Silver Lake Volunteer Fire Co. Pre-sold chicken barbecue available at the finish line, Newman Hall, Choconut. All are welcome.
PLANT SALE, Saturday, May 22 at the Oldest House, East Main Street, Laceyville, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For info call 8691540. All are welcome.
HYMN SING-ALONG and choir concert, Saturday, May 22, 7:00 p.m. at Franklin Hill Baptist Church. All are welcome.
CHICKEN BARBECUE, CAR WASH, YARD SALE and BAKE SALE, Saturday, May 22, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (rain or shine) at the Hallstead Plaza. Sponsored by the Blue Ridge Girls Basketball Booster Club. All are welcome.
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) 7754839. All are welcome.
SPAGHETTI & MEATBALL DINNER, Friday, May 28, 4:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Lawsville Grange Hall, Rte. 29. Takeouts available. All are welcome.
BAKE SALE, Saturday, May 29 at the Shops Plaza, Susquehanna. Sponsored by the Susquehanna Depot Area Historical Society. All are welcome.
LAMB CEMETERY ASSOCIATION meeting, Saturday, May 29, 12 noon at the cemetery. In case of rain meeting will be at David Carpenters home. Work session at 10 a.m.
CHICKEN BARBECUE, Saturday, May 29, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Hop Bottom Methodist Church. Takeouts only. For tickets, call 2894196. All are welcome.
CHICKEN BARBECUE, Saturday, May 29, noon to 2 p.m. at the Ararat United Methodist Church. Sponsored by the Ararat Cemetery Association. For info call 7274949. All are welcome.
BOOK SALE, Saturday, May 29, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Northern Wayne Community Library, Rte. 370, Lakewood. Rain or shine. Refreshments available. All are welcome.
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., 4342422.
WOOL & TEXTILE DAY, Sunday, May 30 at Old Mill Village Museum, New Milford. For info call 4653448. All are welcome.
BUFFET DINNER, Monday, May 31, noon to 1:00 p.m. at the Gibson United Methodist Church. Takeouts available. All are welcome.
MEMORIAL DAY SERVICE, Monday, May 31, 9:30 a.m. at the Starrucca Memorial Board, followed by procession to cemetery. All are welcome.
STARRUCCA CEMETERY ASSOCIATION meeting, Monday, May 31, 11:00 a.m. in the Methodist Church.
CHICKEN & BISCUIT DINNER, Monday, May 31, 12:00 noon at the Starrucca Baptist Church social rooms. All are welcome.
June 2 & 3
HUGE RUMMAGE SALE, Wednesday, June 2 and Thursday, June 3, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at St. Johns Parish Hall, Susquehanna. New and used items. All are welcome.
BAG SALE, Friday, June 4, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at St. Johns Parish Hall, Susquehanna. All are welcome.
SUSQUEHANNA, OAKLAND, LAUREL HILL School Reunion, Saturday, June 5, at the Starrucca. For info or reservations call (570) 8533568 or (607) 6485608.
RUSH ALUMNI BANQUET, Saturday, June 5, 1:00 p.m., St. Francis Xavier Hall, Friendsville. For reservations, call (570) 3953477.
CHICKEN & BISCUIT DINNER, Saturday, June 5, at Gibson Grange #798. Serving starts at 5:00 p.m. until sold. All are welcome.
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, 7272712 or Corella McDonald Pierce, 8533617.
PANCAKE BREAKFAST, Sunday, June 6, 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the HallsteadGreat Bend Rod & Gun Club, Dubois St., Hallstead. All are welcome.
COOKING FOR CROWDS seminar, Wednesday, June 9, 1:00 p.m. at St. Marks Episcopal Church Parish Hall, New Milford. Fee. For info or to register call the Cooperative Extension, 2781158.
Monday, May 24: Swedish meatballs, noodles, spinach, V-8 juice, rye bread, pineapple tidbits.
Tuesday, May 25: breaded fish, stewed tomatoes, hamburg bun, mandarin oranges.
Wednesday, May 26: Italian sausage with peppers and onions, cabbage salad, orange juice, hot dog bun, custard/diet vanilla pudding.
Thursday, May 27: roasted turkey with gravy, mashed potatoes, broccoli and cauliflower, blueberry muffin, peach halves.
Friday, May 28: brown bag day; goulash, waxed beans, tossed salad, wheat bread, pear halves.
"Dealing with Anger - the Childrens 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.
Miss Shana Mack, Susquehanna County Dairy Princess is about to complete her reign as Dairy Princess. Shana invites everyone to attend the Susquehanna County Dairy Princess pageant Friday, May 28, 7:30 p.m. at the Episcopal Church Annex, corner of Church and Chestnut Streets in Montrose.
During her reign Shana has done over 200 dairy promotions in her county. Shana has visited dairy farmers and written interesting news articles about their farms, highlighting something unique about each dairy farm. Shana has visited classrooms of school children educating them about the three-a-day of dairy program. Other promotions Shana has done include radio programs, Harford Fair events, speaking at organization meetings, taking part in festivals and parades, restaurant promotions and 4-H events.
The evening Dairy Princess Pageant program will include scholarship and scrapbook awards as well as the current Dairy Princess Shana Mack making her farewell speech. Shanas court, Dairy Ambassadors Ashley Franklin, Amanda Miner, Abbey Puzo and Alyssa Sprout and Dairy Maids Lydia Carlin, Ashley Fuller, Karley Mosier and Karin Mowry will each speak briefly about their dairy promotion experiences and be recognized for their efforts. Shana Mack will crown the new 2004/05 Dairy Princess, Amanda Zembrzycki of Uniondale.
The evening will conclude with a reception for the Dairy Princesses, Dairy Ambassadors and Dairy Maids.
The Endless Mountains Maple Producers Association is looking for contestants for its maple queen contest, to be held June 10. All applications must be submitted by the May 24 deadline.
Young ladies interested in entering the pageant must be between the ages of 16 and 21 and reside in Bradford, Sullivan, Susquehanna or Wyoming County. It is not necessary for participants to have prior knowledge of the maple sugaring process, nor are they required to be from a maple producing family.
The title will be awarded and crowned during the associations annual banquet, which will be held at the Williamston Inn, Route 6, in Towanda. The competition consists of a one-on-one interview with the judges and a skit/presentation by each contestant in front of the panel of judges. The winner will then move on to the state level competition in the fall, where she will contend for the title of Pennsylvania Maple Sweetheart.
The new Endless Mountains Maple Queen will have opportunities throughout her reign to make public appearances at events such as county fairs, the PA Maple Tour, local parades, and the annual Maple Festival at Alparon Park in Troy.
For more information or an application, call Jamie at 9652679.
The Bradford County Regional Arts Council (BCRAC) is pleased to announce the availability of grant funds through the Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts Program (PPA), to support arts and cultural activities occurring between September 1, 2004 August 31, 2005. Funds are available to prior PPA applicants/recipients as well as to new applicants. Grant requests may not exceed $3,000.
BCRAC is one of twelve (12) regional service providers selected by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (PCA) to administer the PPA Program. BCRAC works in partnership with the PCA to design and create initiatives on a regional level that make a significant impact on arts and cultural opportunities in the Northern Tier counties of Bradford, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Tioga and Wyoming.
For an application or for more information, contact Brenda S. Thomas at (570) 2682787 or by e-mail at brenda@bcrac. Grant writing workshops are available to assist you in writing your proposal and are highly recommended. A workshop is scheduled in Susquehanna County on Monday, May 24, Noon 2:00 p.m. (bring a bag lunch), at the County Office Building, 31 Public Avenue, Montrose.
P. J. Ohares Irish Pub owners, Dermot and Brooke OHare, will on May 22, reenact Susquehanna for the past 151 years at their pub on Riverside Drive in Susquehanna. A letter drafted by the OHares follows:
Please come and join us on May 22, as we are planning a "Susquehanna: Remembering 151 years: at P. J. Ohares. 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 8533347 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 18532003 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.
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 4653360 or 9426837.
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.
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.
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) 7860820, ext. 306.
The Susquehanna County Planning Commission will hold its next Community Forum on Wednesday, May 19, 7:00 p.m. in the County Office Building Conference Room, 31, Public Avenue, Montrose. The topic of this forum is "Sprawl, Good or Bad?"
What is "sprawl" and how does it affect you, your taxes, and the future of Susquehanna County? Much has been written on sprawl, the consequences and the costs. But, is it all that bad? Some say no, sprawl isnt bad at all. What do you think? Come, join for a lively discussion where everyones opinion is welcome.
As with all the Planning Commissions Community Forums the public is encouraged to attend and participate. For more information contact the Susquehanna County Department of Planning at (570) 2784600, ext. 290.
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.
St. Johns 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.
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 4344300.
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.
In an effort to help raise funds for the American Cancer Society of Susquehanna County, there will be a benefit held at the American Legion in Hallstead on June 5, from 8 p.m. until midnight.
Included will be entertainment by the Road Dogs and door prizes will also be part of the fun. Pizza and soda will be served in addition nickel beer. There will be games and additional incentives for an enjoyable evening.
Tickets are available at the Susquehanna Beverage on Main Street, Hallstead.
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.
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) 2657448, and 330 Pine St., Suite 200, Williamsport, (570) 3226457 or 1-800-443-5772.
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.
Montroses 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 years event is "Americas 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, 2783861 for more information.
On Memorial Day, May 31, VFW Ayres-Stone Post 5642 will be honoring veterans with a 10:00 a.m. parade, followed by a Memorial tribute on the green. Guest speaker is Tina Pickett, State Representative for the 100th Legislative District.
The post encourages scout groups, ball teams and other organizations to participate in the parade. Floats are welcome. Line-up for the parade will be 9:30 a.m., at the East end of town by Tom Kerrs. Contact Parade Chairman, John Miner, 2782746 for more info.
Old Mill Village Museum, New Milford, PA, will open the 2004 season with Wool & Textile Day on Sunday, May 30, from noon until 5:00 p.m. Volunteers and guest demonstrators will spend the afternoon showing and sharing the beginnings of textile production here in Susquehanna County both wool and flax processing.
There will be a variety of textile-related activities occurring throughout the Village grounds. Cheryl Jagger-Williams will present two sheep herding demonstrations with her prize-winning Border Collies. Roger Thomas, sheep shearer, will amaze the onlooker with his expertise at removing those woolly coats from the ewes and, if its a very warm day, they will be grateful. Old Mill Village Spinners will spend 3 hours in the Gallery producing a shawl as in spinning, plying, and weaving. On the Lower Green, near the Blacksmith Shop, is the Herb Garden, and here will be a demonstration on the production and use of plant dyes. Flax processing, the ultimate product being linen threads, will be shown and explained by Pat Hilts. Other spinning and weaving activities will be happening in the Spinning House.
If exotic fiber animals interest you, check out the aloof llamas, actual Alpacas (do you know the difference?), and Angora rabbits. Meanwhile, in the School House, look for interesting quilts, with their handed-down histories as told by the current owners, or their proxies. Some of these date to the late 1800s.
Stop by The Wooden Spoon, where the special feature will be Shepherds Pie. Or try an altered sampling of the second manufactured good in the County a Peach Spritzer (peach cider and ginger ale), reminiscent of the peach brandy produced here. The Museum Shop will inspire you to start your gift shopping early this year. Or listen to the old time music of Elwin and Beverly Fiske theyll be on the Village Stage. Come, visit Old Mill Village Museum. With your membership card, the gate is free.
Camp Hill, PA Paddlers from across the region will join local communities and elected officials in the fourteenth annual Susquehanna Sojourn a week-long paddling expedition designed to elevate local awareness about the need to restore and protect the Susquehanna River and Chesapeake Bay.
The Sojourn begins June 23 with a kickoff dinner and festivities in Sayre, PA. Paddlers take to the water June 24 and continue 91 miles downstream to Pittston/West Pittston ending on June 30. This section of the North Branch of the Susquehanna River has been selected as Pennsylvania's Feature River of the Year by the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. Throughout the week, paddlers will celebrate this designation through educational programs, riverside camping and meetings with elected officials about the importance of the North Branch and its watershed.
As part of this years theme, "Windows to the Susquehanna," programs will highlight the culture, history and recreational resources of the communities that have settled along the river. Participants will learn of current local initiatives and meet the committed people working to improve and protect the natural qualities of the river.
Registration for the 2004 Susquehanna River Sojourn is open until May 25; paddlers should contact Sojourn Coordinator Dana Lomma at (717) 7378622 or visit www.AllianceChesBay.org for more information about this unique opportunity to experience the Susquehanna watershed.
A Memorial Day program and parade, hosted by the Strider-Teskey American Legion Post 86, will take place in Susquehanna at 11 a.m., Monday, May 31. The parade will form on the Oakland Side of the Memorial Bridge and march to the Shops Plaza in front of the Veterans Service Board and Military Monuments.
This year the Parade Grand Marshall will be one of Post 86s members, Carl Lawrenson (pictured above) of Oakland Borough. Carl, a well-known area barber, served in World War II, in the Italian war zone, where, in addition to being awarded several other medals, was wounded twice and hospitalized, receiving Purple Hearts.
Mr. Lawrenson entered the service in December of 1943, was discharged in March of 1946. He is a graduate of the Laurel Street High School. After training at several barber schools, he opened his own shop. Although retired, he occasionally "subs" for his daughter, Jane Mazikewich, proprietor. He is married to Betty (Reagan) Lawrenson and they have, in addition to Jane, several other children.
"Thursdays" are the day when you see Carl behind the chair. In addition to "clipping you" you can be assured of a lengthy conversation by Mr. Carl. (Congratulations, Carl, I know you will make a worthy Grand Marshall of the Parade.)
The program will have several featured speakers, with Susquehanna High principal, Michael Lisowski, the main speaker. Music will be furnished by the High School Band. The theme of the Memorial Parade this year is "Remembering World War II." The World War II Memorial in Washington was recently completed and is open to veterans and the public. Official dedication will be on May 29. Larry Spencer, a Vietnam veteran, will represent Post 86 at the dedication.
Refreshments will be served in Memorial Hall, starting at 9 a.m.
The annual Thompson Memorial Day Service to honor area veterans will be held on Sunday, May 30, 2:00 p.m. at the Thompson Memorial Park, Water St. Guest speaker will be LTC Mark D. Carmody. LTC Carmody was raised in Thompson and graduated from Susquehanna Community High School. He started his Army career with the PA National Guard as a member of Bravo Co. 2/109Th Infantry (Mech.). He entered active duty as a First Lieutenant, receiving a reserve commission from the US Army through the Army ROTC program at Bucknell University.
LtC Carmody has served with the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, NC; the 3rd US Infantry in Washington, DC (better known as "The Old Guard"); Battalion Executive Officer for 1st Battalion 38th Infantry in Fort Benning, GA; was assigned to NATOs Southern Region at Joint Command Southwest in Madrid, Spain and in 2003 was selected as the Battalion Commander and Professor of Military Science and Leadership for the University of Scranton.
Thompson Borough has scheduled two more days for residents to pick up permits for sewer hookups, May 22, from 1 p.m. - 3 p.m., and June 5, from 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. at the fire hall on Water St.
At the Memorial Day parade on May 31, the Susquehanna American Legion will be honoring all World War II Veterans. In an effort to focus on local World War II veterans, Joe Schell has made arrangements for an Army truck to be available for any interested World War II Veterans to ride in. The truck will be available for easy loading at the Veterans Memorial (Schneiders parking lot) at 10:30 on Monday, May 31. Parade will begin at 11:00. Following the parade, the veterans will return to the Legion Hall to join for lunch.
Area residents are invited to join the local Legion Post in honoring all World War II Veterans.
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