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Senior Menu
Gibson Barracks To Conduct Academy
Atty. General Rep. To Be In Montrose
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
Harford Fair Sets Opening Program
Sen. Madigan To Hold Local Outreaches
Montrose Schedules July 5 Independence Celebration
Susquehanna River Sojourn to Kick Off



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 10 - 13

WIND GAP BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL, June 10 through 13 at Mountain View Park, Rte. 512, south of Wind Gap, PA. For info call (973) 584–2324. All are welcome.

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.

FUN FEST, Saturday, June 12, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Recreation Park, Binghamton. 400 free bicycle helmets, music, puppets, food, more. All are welcome.

PRIDE & PATRIOTISM DAY, Saturday, June 12, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Wayside Park, Waymart. Parade, displays, activities, Rail-Trail events. Call 785–7245 for info. 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 16

SELLING STRATEGIES for Small Business seminar, Wednesday, June 16, 6:00 p.m. at Keystone College. Pre-registration required, call 941–7588.

June 17

ENDLESS MTS. MINISTRIES, Susquehanna County Layette Outreach meeting, Thursday, June 17, 7 p.m. at the New Milford United Methodist Church, New Milford. For info call (607) 743–9969. 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.

CHICKEN & BISCUIT DINNER, family style, Saturday, June 19, at Ararat United Methodist Church. Serving 5:00 p.m. until all are served. All are welcome.

SPINNING DEMONSTRATION, Saturday, June 19, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the French Azilum Historic Site, Rte. 187 South, Wysox. Admission. All are welcome.

June 20

BREAKFAST, Sunday, June 20, 8:00 a.m. to noon at the Binghamton Elks Lodge 852, Rte. 11 and Trim St., Kirkwood. 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.

June 21 - 25

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL at the New Milford United Methodist Church, sponsored by four New Milford Churches, June 21-25, 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. for ages three and up. For info, call 465–3500.

June 22

CRIMEWATCH meeting, Tuesday, June 22, 7 p.m. at the Susquehanna Borough Building. All are welcome.

COMPUTER MODELING workshop of forest management practices, Tuesday, June 22, 6:00 p.m. at Montrose Area High School (back playing field), followed by an indoor session with Paul A. Roth, School of Forest Resources. Free. All are welcome.

June 23

SPAGHETTI DINNER, Wednesday, June 23, 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Binghamton Elks Lodge 852, Rte. 11 and Trim St., Kirkwood. All are welcome.

CHRISTMAS TREE Growers Workshop, Wednesday, June 23, noon to 4 p.m. at Jim Kessler’s farm, Franklin Hill (near Milk Can Corners). All are welcome.

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Senior Menu June 14 - 18

Monday, June 14: roast turkey with gravy, Italian blend, sweet potatoes, dinner roll, apple strudel cake/applesauce.

Tuesday, June 15: stuffed pepper, mashed potatoes, waxed beans, wheat bread, fruit cocktail.

Wednesday, June 16: Caesar chicken, potato salad, red beets, tomato juice, pineapple tidbits.

Thursday, June 17: spaghetti and meatballs, tossed salad, green beans, Italian bread, lemon meringue pie/pears.

Friday, June 18: baked white fish, AuGratin potatoes, mixed vegetables, rye bread, cherry pie/cherries.

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Gibson Barracks To Conduct Academy

Troop R, Gibson Barracks, Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) will be conducting a Citizens’ Police Academy in Susquehanna County from August 3 through September 7.

The classes will give attendees an "inside look" at the resources the PSP utilizes to serve the citizens of the Commonwealth including, but not limited to: Recruiting, K-9, Special Emergency Response Team, Criminal Investigation, Fire Marshal, Forensic Services, Patrol and Aviation Units.

Classes will be held on Tuesdays, from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. for six weeks. Interested applicants must be at least 18 years old and can obtain applications at PSP Gibson. The application deadline is July 20.

Class size will be limited, so apply early.

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Atty. General Rep. To Be In Montrose

Harrisburg – Attorney General Jerry Pappert announced that representatives of his Bureau of Consumer Protection will be available to answer questions from the public in Susquehanna County on Monday, June 14, as part of the Attorney General’s continuing outreach program.

Pappert said bureau personnel will be at the Commissioners Meeting Room, Susquehanna County Courthouse, Montrose, from 1 p.m. to 3:0 p.m.

Pappert said the Bureau of Consumer Protection deals with a wide range of consumer issues, including vehicle purchases and repairs, disputes between contractors and consumers, deceptive advertising and landlord-tenant disputes.

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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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Harford Fair Sets Opening Program

This year's opening program of the 2004 Harford Fair on Sunday, August 15 will be a music and drama presentation by area youth, ages 10 through 19. It will start off your week at the Fair with an inspirational and thought provoking experience. Youth are encouraged to come out to the kick-off practice on Thursday, June 17 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Kingsley Community Church. Practices will be held there each Thursday evening through June and July, with the last few practices in August being held at the Fair grounds.

There is no charge to be involved in the program. If you have any questions, please call the Fair office at (570) 289-4405.

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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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