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Senior Menu
Gibson Barracks To Conduct Academy
Benefit Softball Game Scheduled
It Smells Like A Le Pewe Production!
Partners In Arts Grant Applications
God Bless America At Hallstead Presbyterian
Fiber Festival At Harford Fairgrounds
Annual Graduation Issue Scheduled
Senior Citizens Farm Market Program
Library Needs Workers!
You & Your Physician At Turnpike Terrace
Montrose To Celebrate 4th On The 5th
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 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.

SUSQUEHANNA COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION meeting, Wednesday, June 23, 7:00 p.m. in the Susquehanna Boro building. All are welcome.

June 23 & 24

AARP SAFE DRIVING Class, Wednesday, June 23 and Thursday, June 24, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Turnpike Terrace, Susquehanna. Reservations required, call 465–7375.

June 25 & 26

DROP DEAD, a comedy-mystery, will be presented by the Endless Mts. Theater Co., Friday, June 25 and Saturday, June 26, 7:30 p.m. at the Blue Ridge High School. For info call 434–2422. All are welcome.

June 26

COMMUNITY YARD SALES, Saturday, June 26 in Oakland, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., rain or shine. Vendors, food, more. For info call 853–3677, 853–3275 or 853–4679. Proceeds benefit borough park. All are welcome.

ROAST BEEF SUPPER, Saturday, June 26, 5:00 p.m. at the Thompson United Methodist Church. All are welcome.

SULLIVAN’S MARCH 225th Anniversary lecture, Saturday, June 26, 7 p.m. at the Tunkhannock Area Middle School auditorium, Tunkhannock. For info call 836–5303. All are welcome.

FAMILY DANCE & FUN DAY, Saturday, June 26, 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the Lake Como Community Hall. Proceeds to benefit the Northern Wayne Community Library. Admission. All are welcome.

DEMOLITION DERBY, Saturday, June 26, 4 p.m. at the Harford Fairgrounds. Sponsored by Harford Lodge 445, F & AM. Admission. For info call 434–2578; 289–4234; 434–2169; or 222–5713. All are welcome.

June 27

FOREST LANDOWNERS annual picnic, Sunday, June 27, noon at the Salt Springs Park picnic grounds. SCFLOA supplies hot dogs, hamburgers, rolls, drink. Bring a dish to pass and your place setting.

CAR SHOW, Sunday, June 27, at the Clifford Twp. Firemen’s Picnic Grounds. Breakfast, 8 a.m. Barbecue available. Entertainment. Admission. All are welcome.

June 27 - July 3

CAMP MONTROSE Teen Leadership Week, June 27 through July 3 at the Montrose Bible Conference for teens who have completed eighth grade through twelfth grade. Call 278–1001 for info.

DROP DEAD, a comedy-mystery, will be presented by the Endless Mts. Theater Co., Sunday, June 27, 4:00 p.m. at the Blue Ridge High School. For info call 434–2422. All are welcome.

July 2 - 4

PENNY COUNTRY FESTIVAL, July 2 through 4 at the Wrench Wranch, Coventryville, NY. For ticket info call (607) 639–1512.

July 2-5

FAMILY CAMP OUT, July 2 through 5 at the Montrose Bible Conference. Only By Grace will hold a concert on Monday afternoon. For reservations or info call 278–1001.

July 3

SILENT AUCTION, Saturday, July 3, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Pleasant Mount Community Center. Homemade items, gift certificates, plants, more. All are welcome.

July 4

NO PANCAKE BREAKFAST will be held on Sunday, July 4 at the Hallstead–Great Bend Rod & Gun Club.

GOD BLESS AMERICA!, a program presented by the First Presbyterian Church of Hallstead and the Franklin Hill Presbyterian Church combined choirs, Monday, July 4, 9:30 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, Hallstead. All are welcome.

CHICKEN BARBECUE, Sunday, July 4 at the Thompson Hose Co. Barbecue at noon, parade at 1:00, fireworks at 10:00 p.m. Games, entertainment, crafts, more. All are welcome.

July 4 - 10

Y! CAMP Middle School week, July 4 through 10 at the Montrose Bible Conference for young people who have just completed fifth through seventh grades. For info or to register, call 278–1001.

July 5

INDEPENDENCE DAY celebration, Monday, July 5 in Montrose. Pancake breakfast (7:30), foot races (8:00), chicken barbecue (10:00), parade (11:00). Food, music, arts and crafts. Fireworks at dusk. All are welcome.

CHICKEN BARBECUE, Monday, July 5, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. at the Montrose Bible Conference Recreation Hall. All you can eat! All are welcome.

GOSPEL CONCERT, Monday, July 5 beginning at 3:00 p.m. at the Torrey Home lawn, Montrose Bible Conference. Only By Grace will perform. Bring chairs or blankets. All are welcome.

July 6

INFORMATION SESSION, Tuesday, July 6, 5 p.m. at the NTRPDC, 312 Main St., Towanda. Topics include the Home Town Streets and Safe Routes to Schools programs. For info or to register, call 888-868-8800.

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Senior Menu June 28 - July 2

Monday, June 28: roast beef with gravy, mashed potatoes, green beans, cabbage salad, ten grain bread, apricots, graham crackers.

Tuesday, June 29: stuffed cabbage roll, apple juice, cooked California blend, wheat bread, butterscotch pudding/diet butterscotch pudding.

Wednesday, June 30: char broiled beef patty, home style beans, pickled beets, hamburg bun, tropical fruit and chocolate chip granola bar.

Thursday, July 1: sweet and sour chicken, cooked broccoli, wheat bread, fresh orange.

Friday, July 2: baked white fish, mashed potatoes, orange juice, tossed salad, rye bread, graham crackers, Boston cream pie/diabetic chocolate pudding.

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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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Benefit Softball Game Scheduled

A benefit softball game for Make A Wish Foundation with Fuccillo Ford versus WHWK Radio Station will take place July 11, 11 a.m. at the Hallstead Ballpark - big field. Admission is a monetary donation. There will be a chicken barbecue, hamburgs, hot dogs and soda available for all.

Contact Judith, at 1-800-642-2767, ext. 125, for more info.

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It Smells Like A Le Pewe Production!

Local theatre-goers were astonished to learn that Susquehanna County will soon play host to a dramatic event staged by legendary director Victor Le Pewe. "I thought he was all washed up," commented one playgoer.

Drop Dead, a new play by neo-symbolist playwright Alabama Miller, will be the first Le Pewe production in quite a while. "We decided to go with New Milford this time instead of Broadway," explains producer Sol Weisenheimer, "Because of various factors I'm not at liberty to discuss."

"New York can be so unforgiving," adds Le Pewe himself.

When asked whether Miller's complex, highly-abstract work will really play to the summer theater crowd, Weisenheimer was reassuring. "Don't worry about that. Victor cut most of the highfalutin junk right out of it, and I personally spiced it up with some . . . well, it's no longer exactly a 'family show', if you know what I mean." The resulting play will be reminiscent - in style if not in quality - of English drawing-room mysteries like The Mousetrap.

With rehearsals for Drop Dead well underway, rumors of backstage troubles have begun to circulate around the county. "I deny that there has been any friction," says seasoned regional theater performer Brent Reynolds. "I am a professional, and it is part of my job to function smoothly with whatever other actors Fate lands me with -- whether they be amateurs, prima donnas, or antiques." Joining Reynolds in the leading roles are Miss Constance Crawford (voted one of Broadway's Top Ten Theatrical Performers of 1927), and one Mona Monet, who - according to archived issues of TV Guide - was once featured on a network television series. "It gives us great big stars such joy to come out here into the sticks and provide star-quality entertainment," gushes Ms. Monet, who spoke to us briefly after we mistook her for the lady from the dry cleaner's.

Even more ominous than hints of bickering was the news that an actor in the company was recently murdered. "No problem," says Weisenheimer. "We've already found a replacement."

Endless Mountains Theatre Company's Drop Dead is a hilarious spoof of the theater world. This unique comedy-mystery by Van Zandt and Milmore will be performed June 25-27 at Blue Ridge High School in New Milford, PA. Shows are June 25 and 26 at 7:30 p.m. and June 27 at 4:00 p.m. the show includes some strong language and adult situations. For more information call (570) 434-2422.

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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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God Bless America At Hallstead Presbyterian

The Fourth of July – a day possessing great meaning for our country! On that very special Sunday Franklin Hill Presbyterian Church and The First Presbyterian Church of Hallstead will remember our heritage with music, scripture and narrated passages from the Declaration of Independence, the Gettysburg Address and The John F. Kennedy 1961 Inaugural Address. Instead of a sermon, members of the Franklin Hill and First Church Choirs under the direction of Mary Shaw will present the cantata God Bless America – Affirming Our Faith and Freedom – a celebration of praise, remembrance and thanksgiving. The Battle Hymn of the Republic, God of Our Fathers, The Star Spangled Banner and many more favorites will be included in this rousing musical toast to our faith and our country. The combined service will be held at 9:30 a.m. on July 4, at The First Presbyterian Church of Hallstead, located on Pine Street in Hallstead. Come, and bring your friends to a memorable beginning for the Fourth of July. Everyone is welcome!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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Annual Graduation Issue Scheduled

The County Transcript will run our annual graduation issue next week, June 30, 2004.

This issue, as usual, will include graduates of all six school districts in Susquehanna County, with best wishes from caring area businesses, parents, relatives and friends.

Don’t forget to pick up an extra copy or two at your local newsstand!

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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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Library Needs Workers!

The Susquehanna County Library has a booth on the Library Lawn in Montrose each year during the KLR's Independence Day celebration (Monday, July 5 this year). This is a kick-off to the Blueberry Festival (August 6 & 7), with T-shirts, sweatshirts, pottery and more for sale. This year's quilt (a sampler pattern, in honor of the 25th anniversary of the Festival) will be on display and chances to win it will be for sale. It's also a refreshing stop for the hordes of visitors, who can get cold drinks, coffee, scones, and other snacks. All proceeds benefit the Library. Volunteers to staff the booth are desperately needed! If you're going to be enjoying the festivities that day, why not contribute an hour or two of your time? Please call the library at 278-1881 if you are able to help.

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You & Your Physician At Turnpike Terrace

The B/S/S/T Area Agency on Aging PrimeTime Health program will provide a program on You and Your Physician: Partners in Health Care, on June 29, 12:15 p.m. at the Susquehanna/Lanesboro Senior Community Center, located at Turnpike Terrace Apartments.

This free program, presented by Sue Silva, RN, staff of the AAA, is designed to help older adults take a more active role in their health care. It demonstrates how to develop better communication with one’s doctor(s), and shows what to do before, during and after a doctor’s visit.

Registration is not required. However, if you would like to eat lunch at the Senior Community Center, call the center manager at least one day in advance, at 853-3967.

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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Montrose To Celebrate 4th On The 5th

The annual Fourth of July celebration in Montrose will be on Monday, July 5 this year.

"America’s Heroes 4th" is the theme for the day and for the traditional patriotic parade, which will feature community volunteers as representatives of all those individuals and organizations who contribute so much to American society by offering their time and talents to help other people, said Fred Mack, the general chairman.

Parade grand marshals will be three Susquehanna County Red Cross volunteers – Henry Pease, Nancy Blaisure and Jim Lucas. Earle and June Wootton of Montrose will be honorary grand marshals.

Pease has been local Red Cross Chapter President since the early 1980’s. As a disaster services human resources team member since 1999, Blaisure responded to two national disasters – New York City after September 11, 2001, and the Virginia and West Virginia floods in May, 2002. Lucas has been a Susquehanna County Red Cross instructor trainer since 1967 and a United Fire Co. firefighter since 1987.

Earle Wootton was a founder of the Susquehanna County Foundation and the United Way of Susquehanna County. June Wootton was named New York State Hospice volunteer of the year in 1999. She has worked with Hospice at Lourdes Hospital in Binghamton, NY for 24 years.

The annual festivities will open with a pancake breakfast at the Montrose United Methodist Church and conclude after dusk with fireworks provided by the Montrose Area Chamber of Commerce on the high school grounds.

A trio of foot races and the parade will be featured in the morning and early afternoon. The celebration sponsors – the Montrose Area Kiwanis, Lions and Rotary (KLR) service clubs – will provide the traditional chicken barbecue.

More than 130 arts and crafts booths and other food, music and entertainment vendors will be open on the Green near the Courthouse throughout the day. The Penn Dixie band of Kingsley will perform near the Green.

On the day before, vendor setup will be organized after 3 p.m., following rededication ceremonies for the refurbished Civil War memorial.

Public safety officials will restrict parking on designated streets during the celebration and will encourage use of a dozen and a half off-street lots, plus lawn and driveway spaces volunteered by Montrose residents for visitors’ cars.

The buffet breakfast will be served at the church from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m.

The Endless Mountains Independence Day races will begin with runners registering, 7-8:15 a.m., at the Courthouse. A one-mile Fun Run (no registration needed) will start at 8 a.m., with a 5K race at 8:30 a.m. and a 10K race at 8:40 a.m.

Contestants may pre-register on July 4, from about 5 to 7 p.m. in front of the Courthouse, said Dan Regan, race director. Racers may also register on-line and check later on race results at, said Rick Craige.

Regan has race information (278–2750). The first 300 5K and 10K registrants will get commemorative, long-sleeved shirts.

Arts and crafts vendors and soda, water and food suppliers will open their booths for the day by 9 a.m. on the Green. Bill Kohnke (278–3071) is vendor director.

Serving of the chicken barbecue will start at the fire hall at 10 a.m. and continue until the food is gone.

Floats, bands, vehicles and marching units will step off in the patriotic parade at 11 a.m., from the east end of Grow Avenue near Lake Montrose to Church Street and up Public Avenue to the Green.

KLR judges will award prizes to six parade floats that best depict the theme or focus on America’s freedoms, rights and liberties that are supported by the sacrifices of America’s heroes, said Larry Kelly, parade chairman. Cash prizes are $200, $150, $100 and, for fourth through sixth places, $50 each. To be eligible for prizes, floats must be pre-registered with Kelly (278–3861).

Units with commercial advertising will be allowed in the parade only if they sponsor a theme float, or if the parade committee says their decorations are appropriate.

Antique or classic cars may join the parade, and they may park along Public Avenue for display afterwards.

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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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