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Senior Menu
Antique Appraisals At Old Mill Village
Kirk VanZanbergen At Artists' Meet
EMMPA Maple Queen Contest Announced
Partners In Arts Grant Applications
Sampson/Whitaker Reunion Set
Fiber Festival At Harford Fairgrounds
Caring For Children At BiLo Market
Senior Citizens Farm Market Program
Senior Citizens' Picnic Set
A Nature Walk
Harford Fair Sets Program Practice
Free County Well Water Testing
Cancer Society Benefit
Sen. Madigan To Hold Local Outreaches
Montrose Schedules July 5 Independence Celebration
Susquehanna River Sojourn to Kick Off



June 2 & 3

HUGE RUMMAGE SALE, Wednesday, June 2 and Thursday, June 3, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at St. John’s Parish Hall, Susquehanna. New and used items. All are welcome.

June 3

TURKEY BUFFET, Thursday, June 3, 5 p.m. at the Starrucca Methodist Church. Takeouts available at 4:30 p.m. All are welcome.

HILL COUNTRY ARTISTS meeting, Thursday, June 3, with Kirk VanZanbergen speaking on "Photographing your Artwork," 7:00 p.m. at the Claverack Building near Montrose. For information call 553-2500.

June 4

BAG SALE, Friday, June 4, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at St. John’s Parish Hall, Susquehanna. All are welcome.

June 5

SUSQUEHANNA, OAKLAND, LAUREL HILL School Reunion, Saturday, June 5, at the Starrucca. For info or reservations call (570) 853–3568 or (607) 648–5608.

RUSH ALUMNI BANQUET, Saturday, June 5, 1:00 p.m., St. Francis Xavier Hall, Friendsville. For reservations, call (570) 395–3477.

CHICKEN & BISCUIT DINNER, Saturday, June 5, at Gibson Grange #798. Serving starts at 5:00 p.m. until sold. All are welcome.

PANCAKE & SAUSAGE BREAKFAST, Saturday, June 5, 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the East Ararat United Methodist Church. All you can eat! All are welcome.

WILDFLOWER DIGITAL Photography Workshop, Saturday, June 5, 10 a.m. at Salt Springs State Park. George Schreck will share photos and tips on close-up nature photography. Registration required, call 967–7275.

June 5 & 6

OTSININGO POW WOW, Saturday, June 5, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday, June 6, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Otsiningo Park, Binghamton, NY. Entertainment, Indian art, crafts, jewelry, food, more. Admission. All are welcome.

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.

PANCAKE BREAKFAST, Sunday, June 6, 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Hallstead–Great Bend Rod & Gun Club, Dubois St., Hallstead. All are welcome.

June 8

MAN to MAN Prostate Cancer Support Group meeting, Tuesday, June 8, 7:00 p.m. at the Lourdes Hospital Lecture Hall, Binghamton. Speaker will be Dr. Joseph Gold, Syracuse Cancer Research Institute. All are welcome.

June 9

COOKING FOR CROWDS seminar, Wednesday, June 9, 1:00 p.m. at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church Parish Hall, New Milford. Fee. For info or to register call the Cooperative Extension, 278–1158.

June 10

RESERVATION DEADLINE is June 10 for the Area Agency on Aging Senior Citizens’ Picnic Lunch, to be held Thursday, June 17 at the Troy Fairgrounds. Call 1-800-982-4346 for info or reservations.

June 11

TROMBONE & PIANO Praise Concert, Friday, June 11, 7:00 p.m. at the United Methodist Community Church, Main St., Great Bend. Tim and Bernadette Negus will perform. Refreshments to follow. All are welcome.

June 12

PLANT SALE, Saturday, June 12, at the Shops Plaza, Susquehanna. Proceeds benefit the Susquehanna Library Fund. All are welcome.

MATCH THE HATCH program, Saturday, June 12, 2 p.m. at Salt Springs State Park. Improve your fishing by learning how to identify what they are eating (valid PA fishing license required for adults). For info call 967–7275. All are welcome.

June 13

SURVIVORS CELEBRATION, Sunday, June 13, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Montage Mountain. Free. To register or for info, call the Cancer Institute, 941–7984. All are welcome.

PET HIKE, Sunday, June 13, at the Prompton Dam, Rte. 170, Prompton. Hike on park trails, picnic, prizes. For info, visit the Dessin Animal Shelter website,

NATURE WALK, Sunday, June 13, 2 p.m. at the Florence Shelly Preserve, Thompson. Tom McLane will show how to identify plants and explore the characteristics of specific habitats. For info, call 879–4244 or 756–2381. All are welcome.

DEDICATORY ORGAN CONCERT, Sunday, June 13, 4:00 p.m. at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Main St., New Milford. Reception to follow. All are welcome.

June 17 - 20

STOCK DOG TRIALS, beginning at 8:00 a.m. each day, June 17 through 20, at the Sheepy Hollow Farm, Hop Bottom. Refreshments available. Sponsored by the First Universalist Church of Brooklyn. All are welcome.

June 18

SPAGHETTI DINNER, Friday, June 18, 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Hallstead–Great Bend Rod & Gun Club, Dubois St., Hallstead. All are welcome.

June 19

STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL, Saturday, June 19, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Soldiers Orphan School, Harford. Museum tour, strawberry treats, book sale, craft vendors, white elephant sale. All are welcome.

DRAWING FROM NATURE, Saturday, June 19, 9:00 a.m. at Salt Springs State Park. Rodrica Tilley will lead an introduction to the art of field sketching. Bring sketchbooks, pens, pencils, markers. All are welcome.

GOOD NEWS LUNCH, Saturday, June 19, noon, at St. Mark’s Church, New Milford. Hosted by St. Mark’s Church. Free. All are welcome.

STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL & BARBECUE, Saturday, June 19, beginning at noon at the Springville United Methodist Church. Crafts, artists, entertainment, desserts. Admission, preschoolers free (with adult). All are welcome.

June 21

SUMMER SOLSTICE NIGHT HIKE, Monday, June 21, 8:30 p.m. at Salt Springs State Park. Watch for night critters, learn how animals survive in the dark and have fun with your "night senses." All are welcome.

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Senior Menu June 7 - 11

Monday, June 7: pork chops with mushroom gravy, whole parslied potatoes, Italian blend vegetables, wheat bread, fruit cocktail.

Tuesday, June 8: brown bag day; chipped beef and gravy, mixed vegetables, biscuit, banana cream pie/fresh banana.

Wednesday, June 9: vegetable lasagna, coleslaw, dinner roll, mandarin oranges.

Thursday, June 10: chicken casserole, cranberry juice, bran muffin, cherry pie/cherries.

Friday, June 11: meatball with tomato sauce, French green beans, potato salad, hot dog bun, applesauce.

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Antique Appraisals At Old Mill Village

Old Mill Village Museum, Rt. 848, New Milford, Pennsylvania, will host an antiques appraisal event on June 6, from 12:00 to 5:00 p.m. A new program at the Village, Ken Rivenburg of Rivenburg’s Auctions, will head a team of four appraisers. All will be ready to appraise any of your antiques at the rate of $3.00 per item. Participators may bring as many items as they wish for appraisal purposes. Each item will receive its own written appraisal which should satisfy insurance needs, or your own curiosity.

Each antique has a story to tell. Often the owner knows only part of that story. We have all enjoyed watching the stories of antiques unfold on the popular PBS "Antiques Road Show," marveling at the uniqueness, and often the value, of each item; and, perhaps, wondering about the worth of something in our own possession. Shirley Rifle, in her column "Slices of Life" written for the Susquehanna County Transcript, told of her experience in discovering the worth of a family violin at one such appraisal session. Although her story did not end with a violin worth thousands of dollars; nevertheless, she was able to add to the story and put to rest some unanswered questions.

Village shops will be open for your inspection and lunch is available at the Wooden Spoon.

Old Mill Village Museum welcomes you with your antiquities, while you visit their antiquities. Enjoy your day – June 6, 12:00 to 5:00 PM. Call (570) 465-3448 for more info.

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Kirk VanZanbergen At Artists' Meet

Commercial photographer Kirk VanZanbergen will explain the ins and outs of photographing your own artwork at the June meeting of Hill Country Artists. Every artist needs photos and/or slides of his or her work, be it a painting, wood carving or a piece of pottery. Quality photos or slides are important tools for keeping track of your work and are also needed for entering competitions and for submitting material for newspaper or magazine articles as well as for your personal portfolio.

Kirk and his wif, Leslie are commercial photographers who occasionally do portraits by appointment. Kirk will have many tips for better photography and will also explain digital photography. Bring your problem photos and he will endeavor to solve the problem so that your next photos will be improved.

The meeting will be held at the Claverack Building outside of Montrose on Thursday, June 3, at 7:00 p.m. The public is invited and refreshments will be served.

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EMMPA Maple Queen Contest Announced

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 association’s 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 965–2679.

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Partners In Arts Grant Applications

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) 268–2787 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.

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Sampson/Whitaker Reunion Set

The fourteenth annual Sampson/Whitaker Reunion will be held on Saturday, July 17, 10:00 a.m. at the Baptist Church in Starrucca, PA. Lunch will be served at 12:00 noon. Please send reservations before July 9, with a check payable to Gladys Fiori, President, 928 Neal Rd., Endicott, NY 13760–1246.

All descendants of Ezekiel and Luranna Sampson and of Squire and Elizabeth Whitaker are most welcome.

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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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Caring For Children At BiLo Market

As part of the 2004 Caring For Children Campaign, Tri-County Human Services Center, Inc. will sponsor a child care information seminar, "Disciplining Your Child," at the BiLo supermarket, Route 11, Hallstead, PA, on Friday, June 11, from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Informational handouts and children’s activity with prizes will be offered.

BiLo Foods’ fourth annual Caring For Children campaign is designed to help protect children and families by raising community awareness of the problem of child abuse and neglect and raising money to help support local child abuse prevention organizations. "We are working harder than ever this year to ensure that our Caring For Children campaign reaches as many people as possible with the message that child abuse can be prevented," said Mary Ann Hankins, Director of Consumer and Public Affairs for The Penn Traffic Company, which operates 26 corporate BiLo supermarkets in Pennsylvania and 28 associated BiLo and Riverside stores.

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Senior Citizens Farm Market Program

The Area Agency on Aging for the Counties of Bradford, Sullivan, Susquehanna and Tioga is working with the PA Dept. of Agriculture to administer the Senior Citizens Farmers Market Nutrition Program. The Farmers Market Nutrition Program offers senior citizens age 60 and older and meeting financial criteria the opportunity to receive free Pennsylvania grown fresh fruits and vegetables from approved WIC Farm Markets.

Each eligible senior will receive $20.00 in food vouchers to use at approved WIC Farm Markets to purchase free fresh fruits and vegetables. Seniors must meet the following income guidelines to participate in the program: $17,224 for single person and $23,107 for married couple. Seniors must be residents of Bradford, Sullivan, Susquehanna or Tioga Counties. Proof of age and residency is required at the time of sign-up (driver’s license, photo ID, etc.).

The food vouchers can be used at any approved WIC Farm Market. A listing of approved WIC Farmer Markets will also be available at the designated senior centers.

Seniors may pick-up their food vouchers at the following locations and times: Lanesboro Senior Center– Turnpike Terrace, June 14, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon; Blue Ridge Senior Center – 755 Elizabeth Street, June 15, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.; Lenoxville Senior Center – Lenoxville Community Center, June 24, 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.; Lawton Senior Center – Rush Fire Hall, June 28, 12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.; Forest City Senior Center – 535 Main Street, June 23, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.; Montrose Senior Center – Montrose Square Apts., June 21, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.; Area Agency On Aging Office: Lake Avenue, Montrose, Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. during the months of June and July.

For more information on the Farmer’s Market Nutrition Program, contact the Area Agency on Aging at their toll-free number, 1-800-982-4346, Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

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Senior Citizens' Picnic Set

The 29th annual Senior Citizens Picnic sponsored by the Advisory Council of the B/S/S/T Area Agency on Aging will be held on Thursday, June 17 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Troy Fairgrounds in Troy, PA. The Buddy Spencer Band, a 12 piece band with a "big band" sound will provide live entertainment in a "Salute to the Big Band Era." Senior Citizens residing in Bradford, Sullivan, Susquehanna, and Tioga Counties are invited to attend. Picnic goers are encouraged to dress in the costume of the big band era and Veterans may wear the hat from their branch of service.

There will be 50 booths, including free health screenings, informational booths and crafts sales. Seniors will have the opportunity to play Bingo, win door prizes, and vote on the King and the Queen of the picnic.

A delicious picnic lunch of pork barbecue, macaroni salad, fresh fruit, baked beans chips, and ice cream will be served with a suggested donation of $3.00 per person. Lunch is by reservation only. Lunch reservations may be made by calling the B/S/S/T Area Agency on Aging at 1-800-982-4346 by June 10.

Seniors in Susquehanna County may reserve a ride to the picnic by calling SCTS at 1-800-323-2051 by June 10th.

For more information about the picnic, contact Joyce McClary at the B/S/S/T Area Agency on Aging at 1-800-982-4346.

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A Nature Walk

According to legend, the glacial Weir’s Pond at Florence Shelly Preserve is so deep that anyone attempting to explore the bottom would need scuba-diving gear. While the legend greatly exaggerates (the pond is actually closer to fifty feet deep) what is true is that this cold, sprawling water system is a fascinating ecological zone characterized by rare and distinctive plant life. The pond, moreover, is just one part of the network of wetlands that make up the 400-acre nature preserve.

On Sunday, June 13, at 2:00 p.m., educator, naturalist, and landscape architect Tom McLane will lead a walk to explore plants in and around the pond, and also around the streams, forests, meadow, bog and other areas that the preserve comprises. Walk participants will have a rare opportunity not just to identify individual plants, but to explore the ways in which they depend upon and are characteristic of specific habitats.

Some areas of the trail will probably be wet, so warm, protective footwear is highly recommended. For further information, contact Carol or Dave Clemens, (570) 879-4244 or Barbara Vernovage, (570) 756-2381.

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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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Cancer Society Benefit

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.

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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 June 11 and 25, staff member Chris McLaud will be available to speak with constituents from 11 a.m. until 2 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 fee 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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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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Susquehanna River Sojourn to Kick Off

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 year’s 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) 737–8622 or visit for more information about this unique opportunity to experience the Susquehanna watershed.

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