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EVENTS, PROGRAMS, HAPPENINGS, SEMINARS:
OIL PASTEL demonstration by Martha Sampson at the Hill Country Artists meeting, Thursday, July 1, 7:00 p.m. at the Claverack Building, Montrose. For info call 553Ð2500. 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 2781001 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 4342422. All are welcome.
July 2 - 4
PENNY COUNTRY FESTIVAL, July 2 through 4 at the Wrench Wranch, Coventryville, NY. For ticket info call (607) 6391512.
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 2781001.
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.
COUNTRY STYLE pancake and sausage breakfast, Saturday, July 3, 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. at East Ararat United Methodist Church. All are welcome.
YARD SALE/OPEN HOUSE, Saturday, July 3, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Unity Stables, Laurel Lake Rd. Food, raffles, pony petting. Proceeds benefit the Pine Ridge 4-H Club. All are welcome.
PHILHARMONIC & FIREWORKS, Saturday, July 3, 7:30 p.m. at the Lackawanna County Stadium. The NE PA Philharmonic will present a concert, followed by fireworks. Free. All are welcome.
NO PANCAKE BREAKFAST will be held on Sunday, July 4 at the HallsteadGreat 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.
PHILHARMONIC & FIREWORKS, Sunday, July 4, 7:30 p.m. at Kirby Park, Wilkes-Barre. The NE PA Philharmonic will present a concert, followed by fireworks. Free. 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 2781001.
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.
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.
TURKEY BUFFET, Thursday, July 8, 5 p.m. at the Starrucca Methodist Church. Takeouts 4:30 p.m. All are welcome.
CAR CRUISE-IN, Friday, July 9, 6 p.m. at the United Methodist Community Church, Great Bend. New and old vehicles, refreshments available. All are welcome.
July 10 & 11
ANTIQUES SHOW, Saturday, July 10, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, July 11, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Wayne Highlands Middle School. Admission. All are welcome.
MS BIKE TOUR, Saturday, July 10 and Sunday, July 11, beginning and ending at Gettysburg College. For info or to register, call the Central PA MS Chapter, (717) 6522108.
FAMILY FUN DAY, Sunday, July 11, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the French Azilum Historic Site, Wysox. Fund, games, crafts, activities, entertainment, food. Admission (children free with adult). All are welcome.
July 11 - 17
KIDS KAMP, July 11 to 17 at Montrose Bible Conference for children who have completed first through fourth grades. For info or to register call 2781001.
RENEWABLE ENERGY presentation, Monday, July 12 7 p.m. at the Wayne County Visitors Center, Honesdale, with guest speaker Dick Riseling. Free. For info visit www.rescue-nepa.org.
July 12 - 16
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL, Monday, July 12 through Friday, July 16, 9 a.m. to noon at the South New Milford Baptist Church. Children pre-K to sixth grade welcome. Call 4657246 for info or to register.
HIKING IN THE NIGHT WOODS, Tuesday, July 13, 8:30 p.m. at the Woodbourne Sanctuary. For info call 2783384. All are welcome.
Monday, July 5: Centers closed for Independence Day.
Tuesday, July 6: breaded cod filet, cabbage salad, hamburg bun, peaches, graham crackers.
Wednesday, July 7: Swedish meatball, French style string beans, rye bread, pineapple tidbits.
Thursday, July 8: meat lasagna, grape juice, tossed salad, Italian bread, cherry pie/cherries.
Friday, July 9: seasoned pork chops, succotash, mashed potatoes, pineapple juice, whole wheat bread, granola bar.
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.
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.
The American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Susquehanna County sponsored by Donald Dean & Sons is just around the corner. Register your team today by calling the American Cancer Society at 1-888-227-5445. This "celebration of life" brings the residents of Susquehanna County together in a unified effort to fight cancer.
Former and current cancer patients, their families, businesses, civic organizations, and the public are invited to take part in this exciting team event. Relay For Life takes place from 3 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, July 16 and Saturday, July 17, at the Montrose Area High School.
Relay For Life is the American Cancer Societys version of an athletic relay, but with a twist. Relay For Life is a family-oriented event where participants enjoy the camaraderie of a team and also raise funds to support the activities of the American Cancer Society. Participants camp out at the Relay site, and when they are not taking their turn walking, they take part in fun activities and enjoy local entertainment.
Teams from companies, churches, organizations, hospitals, families and schools collect donations and can win individual and team prizes for their efforts.
"Relay For Life brings the progress against cancer to the forefront," said Suzanne Brant, event co-chair. "Many participants are our family, friends, and neighbors who have dealt with cancer themselves. Their involvement is proof of the progress that has been not only reducing death rates, but also in the quality of life following cancer treatment."
"The funds raised enable us to continue our investment in the fight against cancer through research, education, advocacy, and patient services," said Robin Wallace, event co-chair. "Thanks to the generosity of corporate sponsors like Donald Dean & Sons and TREHAB, the money raised by participants goes directly to the American Cancer Societys lifesaving programs."
Relay For Life started in May, 1985, when Dr. Gordy Klatt took the first step of his 24-hour walk around a track in Tacoma, Washington, raising $27,000 to support the American Cancer Society. The first Relay For Life is now entering its twentieth year, while the Relay For Life in Susquehanna County is proud to celebrate its tenth anniversary.
Information about how to form a team or become involved in Relay For Life is available from the American Cancer Society at 1-888-227-5445. For more information on cancer, call the American Cancer Society at 1-800-ACS-2345, available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, or visit www.cancer.org.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Dont forget to pick up an extra copy or two at your local newsstand!
Harford, Pennsylvania Be a Kid Again at the Harford Fair, August 16 - 21. The 147th Harford Fair brings together the best in entertainment, music, rides, crafts, animals and food!
This year come listen to a Rock N Roll Oldies Show and have a good time at the Salute to the Grand Ole Opry featuring Lynn Anderson, Bill Anderson, Little Jimmy Dickens, Tommy Cash and Ralph Emery. Entertainment highlights include a Classic Car Show, ATV Drags, the Redeye Rodeo, Local Farm Tractor Pull, MOD Tractor & MOD 4WD Truck Pull and the Demolition Derby.
All week long you can come see fun jungle antics during the Baboon Lagoon, watch an assortment of Motorsports Exhibits, agricultural exhibits and craft demonstrations. Plus, dont miss the Full Midway with a giant Ferris Wheel presented by S&S Amusements, musical entertainment bands and other attractions!
The Harford Fair Monday, August 16 to Saturday, August 21, with opening ceremonies on Sunday, August 15. Take Interstate 81 to exit 217, and follow the signs for Harford.
For additional information, admission tickets, or family rates call (570) 434-4300 or (570) 434-4302. For reserved seating, call (570) 434-4318.
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.
Every summer the Harford Fair offers something new in contests, challenges, and activities for participants to try their luck and test their skills.
This year there are several interesting items for fairgoers to try to win prizes. In the area of baking delicious treats is the "Blue Ribbon Apple Pie Contest," the certified first place winner of which will have the opportunity to enter an apple pie at the 2005 Pennsylvania State Farm Show. Each pie will be judged on overall appearance, crust color, flavor, texture, filling consistency, and creativity. Entries do not have to be limited to a "traditional" two-crusted apple pie; however, the pie must include at least 60% apples in the filling, which may include a variety of items.
Also, this year bakers may enter the "Angel Food Cake Contest," sponsored by the Pennsylvania Egg Quality Assurance Program and the Pennsylvania State Association of County Fairs. This new competitive foods contest should be popular because angel food cakes, classic examples of foam cakes, are 100% fat free. Cakes must be made from scratch and must use PEQAP eggs. The recipe and the PEQAP symbol from the egg carton must be submitted with the entry. Cakes will be judged on overall appearance, texture, crunch, lightness, flavor, creativity, and topping, icing, or decoration.
Again this year the "Hersheys Cocoa Classic Cake Contest" will offer cash prizes for the best "Hersheys Cocoa Cake" and the tastiest "Hersheys Baking Chips Cookies/Brownies Bars," made from scratch. Winners can then enter the 2005 Pennsylvania Farm Show next January in Harrisburg. For rules for these baking contests, please contact the Harford Fair office at 434-4300, or the website, www.harfordfair.com.
Young ladies interested in entering the 13th annual Harford Fair Queen Contest are encouraged to return applications by the deadline of August 1. This very popular activity is always one of the highlights of the entire week, and contestants are given the opportunity to write and essay and to speak about "What the Harford Fair Means to Me" and "Why You should Come to My Fair." Those chosen as Queen and as Alternate make many special appearances at a variety of events during fair week.
Harford Fair Directors are sponsoring a contest to design the cover for the 2005 Fair Book. A very worthwhile project, the design should represent a wide variety of activities that are available for fun and enjoyment when families are spending a day at the fair, e.g., animals, crafts, food, rides, arena shows, the Little Red Schoolhouse, floral and Vegetable halls, and, of course, various exhibits and contests. Included in the design must be 148th Harford Fair, August 22-27, 2005.
An innovative feature of the 2004 Harford Fair will be the "Turkey Calling Contest," on Saturday, August 21, from noon to 2:00 PM in the Shade Pavilion. This contest, run by Quaker Boy-Staffer Jim Gilbert, will include the following calls; yelp of a hen, assembly of a hen, cutting of a hen, and callers best call. Come to the fair to try out your skills!
Among the most enjoyable contests at the Harford Fair are all-time favorites, such as the Baby Show, tractor pulls, horse pulling, animal costume contest, the kiddy tractor pull, lawn mower racing, the Woodsmens Contest, and the Demolition Derby.
Theres something for everyone! Come to the fair, and Enjoy!
The annual Fourth of July celebration in Montrose will be on Monday, July 5 this year.
"Americas 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 1980s. 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 allsportrunning.com, said Rick Craige.
Regan has race information (2782750). 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 (2783071) 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 Americas freedoms, rights and liberties that are supported by the sacrifices of Americas 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 (2783861).
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.
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.
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.
Harrisburg State Sen. Roger A. Madigan (R-23) will host outreach events in July 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 July 9 and 23, 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 18004435772.
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.
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.
The Susquehanna County Commissioners announce the Courthouse will be closed on Monday, July 5, 2004 in observance of Independence Day. All court related offices will be available.
The Pleasant Mount Public Library will be conducting their first annual Book Sale on Saturday, July 3, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. The library will have almost 1,000 books for sale with the selection containing paperbacks, hardbacks, and childrens books. Prices for the books are $1.00 per hardback and 25 cents per paperback. Additional items for sale will be CDs, audio tapes and videos. This event is co-sponsored by Friends of the Library and the Library Board of Directors. The book sale will take place on the library lawn, during this years July 4 celebration.
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