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EVENTS, PROGRAMS, HAPPENINGS, SEMINARS:
Happenings
Senior Menu
An Amazing Story
Bridge Day Set In Nicholson
Thompson Clothes Closet Is Open
Entrepreneurs Club Now Organizing
Free Concert Honors All Local Heroes
Fiber Festival At Harford Fairgrounds
Breast Cancer Survivor Night At L C Stadium
Friends Of County Fund Raiser Set
Fiber Festival At Harford Fairgrounds
Literacy Program Apple Festival!
SAL To Commemorate September 11 Tragedy
Hazardous Household Waste Collection
League Speaker To Discuss Voter Numbers
DCNR Grant Workshop
Humane Society Needs Attic Treasures
Sen. Madigan To Hold Local Outreaches
Hop Bottom Ministry Honors EMC Personnel
H/GB Legion To Dedicate Memorial
Major Sets Wayne County Office Hours
Thompson Baptist To Host Patriot Day

Happenings

September 9

PIZZA NIGHT, Thursday, September 9, 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Binghamton Elks Lodge 70, corner of Rte. 11 and Trim St., Kirkwood. All are welcome.

September 10

CONCERT, Friday, September 10, 7 p.m. at United Methodist Community Church, Great Bend. Music by female hymn writers of the 19th century, presented by Rick Bunting. Refreshments to follow. All are welcome.

DINNER & SALAD BAR, Friday, September 10, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Binghamton Elks Lodge 70, corner of Rte. 11 and Trim St., Kirkwood. All are welcome.

September 10 & 11

RUMMAGE & BAKE SALE, Friday, September 10, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Saturday, September 11, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Franklin Forks United Methodist Church. All are welcome.

September 11

CHICKEN BARBECUE, Saturday, September 11, 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Lanesboro Community Church. Silent auction, craft table, bake sale. (Auction closes at 3 p.m.) All are welcome.

ECUMENICAL SERVICE of Remembrance for 911 victims and victims of war and terrorism, Saturday, September 11, 7:00 p.m. at the Clifford Firemen’s Hall. For info call 222-4701, 222-3331 or 222-4209. All are welcome.

NE PA KOMEN RACE FOR THE CURE, Saturday, September 11, beginning at the Lackawanna County Courthouse. Registration at 6:30 a.m., run/walk at 8:30 a.m., fun walk at 8:45. For info call 1–800–650–CURE. All are welcome.

RUMMAGE & BAKE SALE, Saturday, September 11, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Montrose Square Apartments (15 Church St.) community room. All are welcome.

BOOK SALE, Saturday, September 11, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Soldiers’ Orphan School, just off Route 547, between Harford and Kingsley. All are welcome.

ANTIQUES SHOW & Sale, Saturday, September 11, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, September 12, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Waverly Community House. For info call 5868191. All are welcome.

September 11 & 12

ANTIQUE SHOW, Saturday, September 11, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, September 12, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Waverly Community House, Abington Rd., Waverly. For info call 586–8191. All are welcome.

FIBER FESTIVAL, Saturday, September 11, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, September 12, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Harford Fairgrounds. Vendors, demonstrations, exhibitors, crafts, workshops, competitions. Admission. For info call 465–3360 or 942–6837. All are welcome.

September 12

OKTOBERFEST, Sunday, September 12, noon to 5:00 p.m. at P. J. O’hare’s, Riverside Dr., Susquehanna. Hosted by St. John’s Catholic Men’s Club. For tickets or info call 727–3075 or 853–4544. All are welcome.

IRISH FESTIVAL, Sunday, September 12, at St. Francis Xavier Church, Friendsville. Mass at 11 a.m., festival 12:30 to 7:30. Food, music, games. All are welcome.

"MARY SEPTAK," a one-woman presentation, Sunday, September 12, 2:00 p.m. at the Anthracite Heritage Museum, McDade Park, Scranton. Free. For info call 963–4804. All are welcome.

NICHOLSON BRIDGE DAY, Sunday, September 12. Vendors, food, events, entertainment, dedication of plaques to Congressmen Don Sherwood and Jim Saxton. For info call 942–6747. All are welcome.

September 15

LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS meeting, Wednesday, September 15, 7:30 p.m., basement meeting room, County Office Building, 31 Public Ave., Montrose. Guest speaker, Ms. Shawn Murphy. Topic, "The Vanishing Voters." All are welcome.

CRIMEWATCH meeting, Wednesday, September 15, 7:00 p.m. in the Susquehanna Borough building. All residents and business owners welcome.

September 16

PIZZA NIGHT, Thursday, September 16, 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Binghamton Elks Lodge 70, corner of Rte. 11 and Trim St., Kirkwood. All are welcome.

September 17

SPAGHETTI DINNER, Friday, September 17, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Hallstead–Great Bend Rod & Gun Club, Dubois St., Hallstead. All are welcome.

DINNER & SALAD BAR, Friday, September 17, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Binghamton Elks Lodge 70, corner of Rte. 11 and Trim St., Kirkwood. All are welcome.

September 18

BAKE SALE, CRAFTS, miscellaneous items, food, more, Saturday, September 18, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Lanesboro Community Hall. Yard sales throughout the boro. Proceeds to benefit the Lanesboro Cemetery. Call 853–4632 or 853–3275 for info. All are welcome.

BUFFET DINNER, Saturday, September 18, 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Gibson United Methodist Church. Children under 6 free (with adult). Takeouts available. All are welcome.

CHICKEN BARBECUE, Saturday, September 18, 12:00 p.m. ‘til gone at the Binghamton Elks Lodge 70, corner of Rte. 11 and Trim St., Kirkwood. All are welcome.

FINNIGAN’S WAKE - halfway to St. Patty’s Day, Saturday, September 18, 5:00 p.m. to ? at the Binghamton Elks Lodge 70, corner of Rte. 11 and Trim St., Kirkwood. All are welcome.

September 18 & 19

HERITAGE FALL FESTIVAL, Saturday, September 18, and Sunday, September 19, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Farm Museum/Historic Inn, Alparon Park, Troy. Admission. All are welcome.

September 19

BREAKFAST, Sunday, September 19, 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon at the Binghamton Elks Lodge 70, corner of Rte. 11 and Trim St., Kirkwood. All are welcome.

September 21

FAMILY CAREGIVER training, Tuesday, September 21, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Peoples Bank Community Room, Montrose. Sponsored by the NE PA Chapter, Alzheimer’s Association. Free. For info call the Area Agency on Aging, 1-800-982-4346.

September 21 & 22

AARP SAFE DRIVING Class, September 21 and 22 at the Blue Ridge Senior Center, Great Bend. Reservations required, call 465–7375.

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Senior Menu September 13 - 17

Monday, September 13: pork chop, mashed potatoes, broccoli and cauliflower, ten grain bread, graham cracker with peanut butter, mandarin oranges.

Tuesday, September 14: brown bag day; barbecue chicken breast, home style baked beans, coleslaw, dinner roll, pineapple, granola bar.

Wednesday, September 15: Salisbury steak with gravy and noodles, tossed salad, spinach, seeded rye bread, fresh apple.

Thursday, September 16: slice ham, cooked peas, sweet potatoes, ten grain bread, graham crackers, apricots.

Friday, September 17: macaroni and cheese, cut green beans, grape juice, honey wheat bread, applesauce.

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An Amazing Story

A local resident of ours, and great friend of mine, Debbie Crisman, lost her son, Daniel H. Crisman, in the trade towers on 9/11/01. She, along with the help of our community, has built an amazing 10-acre park in his memory right here in our area. It is officially called "The Spirit of Nine-Eleven Enduring Freedom." It has been a work in progress since the tragedy and is coming closer to completion this year with the addition of the centerpiece monument. The monument is built on a very large and impressive stamped, concrete pad with six, seven-ft. tall monoliths around the edges. On these stones are the names of ALL of the victims on that day. It is a sight to see. Since this monument has gone up about one month ago, we have had many inquiries and public interest. The park is far more than our community expected, but it has been driven by a mother's love for her son.

Now that the park is almost completed, our biggest challenge will be to perpetuate it. We are not on an official fundraising campaign, but if anyone would like to contribute towards it, they can contact our local Community Foundation at: 36 Lake Avenue, Montrose, PA 18801.

On September 11th, 2004 there will be a dedication ceremony for the newest monument at the park, "Wall of Names."

Everyone is invited to arrive around 6:15, with the Montrose United Fire Company and guests arriving with their trucks around 6:30. The state police will apparently be closing off the road for the ceremony as well, to accommodate parking for everyone.

The ceremony will begin once everyone is situated. It will be a candlelight service with the following: Paul Reimel – dedication of new monument; Hayden Brunges – singing "I Could Only Imagine" and others; Bud Wilcox – playing TAPS; Representation from American Legion from the Gardner Post; Two Ladder Trucks (80' & 100') will cross their ladders at the entrance; Local dignitaries (potentially Congressman Sherwood, but nothing official).

Ironically, the Northeast Fireman's Convention is being held in Montrose on this same weekend. Fireman from MANY different companies will be here to attend that. The president of our local fire company told Deb that they were looking to bus fireman down to the park for this ceremony, so I would imagine that the numbers will be much higher than last year, which was still a wonderful turnout. (Last year about 200 people, this year ????)

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Bridge Day Set In Nicholson

Twelve spans form the majestic structure of the Nicholson Bridge, also known as the Tunkhannock Viaduct. The railroad and the bridge put Nicholson on the map, and every year this small town comes to life when it celebrates Bridge Day.

This year, Bridge Day is on September 12 and the events of the day include: live animals presented by the Ross Park Zoomobile from Binghamton (from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.); a one-mile run for all age groups at 11 a.m., registration at 10:45 a.m. (trophies and tee-shirts); chicken barbecue starting at 11 a.m.; Baby Contest (registration 11:15 a.m., judging at noon, ages 0-3); T-Town Twirlers from Tunkhannock at 1 p.m.; Pet show 3 p.m. (dogs, cats, and other small pets).

A very special event will be the dedication of markers honoring Congressman Jim Saxton, who has served on the United States House of Representatives for New Jersey’s Third Congressional District since 1984, and Congressman Don Sherwood who has served on the United States House of Representatives for Pennsylvania's Tenth Congressional District since 1998. Both congressmen grew up together, in the town of Nicholson. The dedication will be at 1 p.m., on Route 11 at the Nicholson Welcome area.

During the whole day music and entertainment will be provided by John Ackley of Good Tunz DJ Production. The group Black Sage will play bluegrass, country, Celtic and gospel music.

There will be a variety of vendors, food and children’s games. For information call 942–6364 or 942–6747.

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Thompson Clothes Closet Is Open

A Clothes Closet, located at the Thompson United Methodist Church, Route 171 in Thompson, PA is open every Friday, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Clothing is free of charge. If there is an immediate need, please call Mary Gray 756–2652, or Joy Mead 727–2518.

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Entrepreneurs Club Now Organizing

The Susquehanna County Department of Economic Development will host the introductory meeting of the Susquehanna County chapter of the Entrepreneurs’ Club of Pennsylvania on Tuesday, September 14. The event will take place at the Peoples National Bank Administrative Office in Hallstead, beginning at 5:30 p.m. and ending at approximately 7:00 p.m. The mission of the E-Club is to create an extraordinary group that empowers entrepreneurs and small businesses to become successful by promoting the exchange of ideas and experiences.

Those interested in attending the first meeting of the Susquehanna County E-Club are encouraged to contact the Susquehanna County Department of Economic Development at 278-4600 (ext. 558) to register or for more information. Pre-registration is encouraged, but not required.

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Free Concert Honors All Local Heroes

A concert is planned for Thursday, September 9, free to the public, to honor our local heroes; all fire, law enforcement and other emergency services personnel. There will also be a brief honoring of all military people, past and present. The concert will include patriotic, traditional, and pop selections performed by the Endless Mountains Neo-Phonic, a symphonic wind ensemble made up of musicians from all over Northeast PA and some areas along the NY/PA border.

All musicians are volunteering time, the Forest City Fire Dept. and Police Department are hosting this year’s concert at the Forest City High School auditorium. As hosts, they are primarily responsible for securing a location, contacting and inviting all EMS people in the Susquehanna, Lackawanna and Wayne County areas, publicity, and contacting the press. This year the Union Dale Masonic Lodge is helping to co-sponsor the event.

They ask that all law enforcement, fire company and EMS personnel come in uniform, bring their families and friends, and enjoy this concert given in their honor by the Endless Mountains Neo-Phonic. Following the concert they will be taking a picture of all the EMS personnel present, with elected officials.

Interested area musicians are invited to a rehearsal on Wednesday, September 8, 6:30 p.m., in the Forest City High School auditorium.

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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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Breast Cancer Survivor Night At L C Stadium

The Komen NEPA Breast Cancer Foundation and The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Red Barons have announced that they will once again team up to host Breast Cancer Survivor Night at Lackawanna County Stadium. This year’s event will be held on Thursday, August 5. The Red Barons will be taking on the Buffalo Bison in a doubleheader with the special program taking place between games. The first game is slated to begin at 5:00 p.m.

Festivities will begin immediately following the conclusion of the first of the two 7-inning games that evening.

Survivors wearing their Pink Survivor Komen NEPA Race for the Cure T-shirt will receive a free game ticket for that night’s game and fans who wear any white Komen NEPA Race for the Cure T-shirt get half off their game ticket for that night’s game.

Ceremonies will be highlighted by the formation of the Pink Survivors Living Ribbon with the assistance of the Seton Catholic High School Cheerleaders. The Pink Survivors Living Ribbon is made up of Breast Cancer Survivors wearing their pink Survivor Komen NEPA Race for the Cure T-shirts. Survivors are encouraged to participate in this celebration of their hope and strength. Any Survivor who is interested in participating in the Living Ribbon should contact Dolly Woody, at the Komen NEPA Foundation 969-6072 or 1- 800-650-CURE (2873).

Throughout the games, tables with various cancer-related support group and prevention information will be set up in the concourse and Komen NEPA Race for the Cure merchandise will be available for purchase. Fans will be encouraged to sign the Messages in Honor & Memory Banner. Additionally, registrations for the 2004 Komen NEPA Race for the Cure 1K Fun Walk/5K Walk / 5K Run, which will be held on Saturday, September 11 at 8:30 a.m. in Downtown Scranton, will be accepted.

For more information on this special night at the Stadium call the Red Barons at 969-BALL or Komen NEPA at 969-6072.

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Friends Of County Fund Raiser Set

The Friends of Susquehanna County will be holding their seventh annual fund raising event on Saturday, September 25, at the Green Gables Pavilion in New Milford. The theme of this year’s event is County Western Hoe-down. Cocktails will be served from 5 – 6 P.M. followed by a delicious western style dinner. Music and dancing (square, round and line) will be the program. The proceeds will benefit the Community Foundation of Susquehanna County. In years past, we have raised monies to purchase a dialysis chair, birthing and guest beds, a blood gas machine and secured monies for a chapel at Barnes Kasson Hospital. We have also donated monies to Habitat for Humanity, Women’s Resource Center, and the Endless Mountain Theatre Group through the Community Foundation. Friends of Susquehanna County has also started an ongoing endowment fund to raise money yearly for charity.

This year’s event tickets may be purchased by calling Beverly Updyke at (570) 4656–3637. and may be purchased by calling Paulette Rafferty at (570) 879–4181. Raffle tickets will also be available at aea businesses.

Come join for an evening of fun and entertainment and help raise money to benefit agencies and people of our own county.

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Fiber Festival At Harford Fairgrounds

The PA Endless Mountains Fiber Festival planning committee in conjunction with Penn State Cooperative Extension is planning the First Annual Fiber Festival for the area on Saturday and Sunday, September 11 and 12 at The Harford Fairgrounds. The fairgrounds will be open from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday and from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday.

The show will feature raw and processed fibers, yarn, clothing, spinning and weaving supplies, fiber arts and crafts, sheep skin products, and more. There will be vendors, exhibitors, animals, and workshops. Potential vendors from throughout the Northeastern United States have been contacted.

The goal of the show is to promote natural fibers, fiber arts and the animals and plants that produce them. The event will also showcase vendors who sell and promote these products. There is an admission fee for visitors twelve and over.

For more info contact Catherine Bente at (570) 465-3360. The group is also looking for volunteers to assist with the event.

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Literacy Program Apple Festival!

What do apples and firemen have in common? Nothing, really unless you’re talking about the 74th Annual Northeast Pennsylvania Volunteer Firemen’s Federation Convention and the Susquehanna County Literacy Program Apple Festival. The convention/festival will be held Friday, September 10 and Saturday, September 11 on the village green and United Fire Company grounds. Friday night, starting at 5:30 p.m. there will be games and raffles. The firemen’s museum will be open with guided tours. There will be a DJ for your entertainment and of course, food. You can find hot dogs, hamburgers, sausage, roast beef sandwiches, salt potatoes, homemade apple crisp, pizza, and lots more.

On Saturday, the Literacy Program will be having their annual bike races around the green. Shadows of the Old West will be performing on the green as well as many craft vendors on hand selling their wares. The Montrose Garden Club will be on hand with stepping stones to decorate. There will be an Apple Pie Baking Contest, fire truck rides and once again lots of food to chose from. At 11:00 a.m. there will be a memorial service, held at the Holy Name of Mary Catholic Church to honor our fallen brothers and sisters in fire fighting. 2:30 p.m. will mark the start of the Giant Fireman’s Parade. Finally, what better way to memorialize the anniversary of 9/11 than to attend the special memorial service held at the Daniel Crisman Memorial Park, South Montrose at 6:30 p.m.

Mark you calendars and come out and show your support for the United Fire Company and Ladies Auxiliary and the Susquehanna County Literacy Program!

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SAL To Commemorate September 11 Tragedy

September 11, 2001 was the worst attack on US soil since Pearl Harbor. Strong memories come back and jar our minds so we don't forget the horrible events that rocked our country to the core in less than 2 hours and for probably the first time in US. history shut the United States down, completely. Air traffic in and over the United States was halted. All boarders in and out of the country were closed. All non essential activities in the country were shut down, and we were alerted that we had been attacked by terrorists. Life as we were used to was over. Unless you were on another planet that day, you know the rest.

Three years later, the memories are still there and we have not forgotten that fateful day in September. So many innocent people perished and the destruction was so vast, it was beyond comprehension.

This year as in the past, Squadron 86 Sons of the American Legion will be continuing to mark this day with a solemn flag lowering ceremony through out downtown Susquehanna. On Saturday morning, September 11 we will gather at American Legion Post 86, on Main Street between 8:00 a.m. and 8:30 a.m.

At approximately 8:35 a.m., we will begin our walk to the various Flagpole sites. At the appropriate times at each site, the flags will be lowered to commemorate the event of that moment. There will be a moment of silence at each flagpole for those attending to reflect and remember before moving on to the next site. These flags will remain at half-staff all day September 11.

The public is more than welcome to join Squadron 86 during this tribute. If you have young children, this can be an excellent learning experience for them as well and parents are strongly encouraged to bring them along.

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Hazardous Household Waste Collection

Susquehanna County is pleased to announce its third Household Hazardous Waste Collection Program for residents. The event will take place Saturday, October 2, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Susquehanna County Recycling Center.

Each person in Pennsylvania produces an average of four pounds of household hazardous waste each year for a total of 25,000 tons per year statewide. Included are such items as old paints and painted related products, pesticides, oils and pool chemicals.

Any county resident wishing to participate in the program must pre-register their waste. You can get information about the program by calling the Susquehanna County Recycling Center at 278-3589. The Pre-registration form is in this week’s issue of the County Transcript. The Recycling Center is open Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

This program is sponsored by the Susquehanna County Recycling Center/Solid Waste Dept. and paid for by a grant from the Dept. Environmental Protection and the Susquehanna County Commissioners.

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League Speaker To Discuss Voter Numbers

On Wednesday, September 15, the Susquehanna County League of Women Voters will sponsor a public meeting on the growing problem of voter turnout. Guest speaker Shawn Murphy will discuss "The Vanishing Voter: Who are they and Where are they?"

Ms. Murphy is Special Assistant and District Office Director for State Senator Charles Lemmond. A graduate of Marietta College, Ms. Murphy holds a M.Ed. degree from Penn State University. A former executive director of Planned Parenthood of Northeastern Pennsylvania and a former member of the Dallas Area School District, she is a year 2000 recipient of the Distinguished Leadership Award of Leadership Wilkes-Barre. A long-time member of the League of Women Voters, she is also a board member and past president of the Pennsylvania Women’s Campaign Fund.

The meeting, which is a regular meeting of the League and is open to the public, will be held beginning at 7:30 PM in the downstairs meeting room of the County Office Building at the top of Lake Avenue in Montrose.

The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan organization whose primary function is to promote political responsibility through informed and active participation of citizens in government.

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DCNR Grant Workshop

The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) has announced the 2004-2005 open application period for funding from the Community Conservation Partnerships Program.

Whether its rehabilitating a community athletic field, building a safer playground, preparing a watershed or greenway plan, developing an abandoned trail corridor or protecting a critical natural and open space area, DCNR's Community Conservation Partnerships Program may be able to help meet your recreation and conservation needs.

DCNR has been holding pre-application workshops on different dates and at various locations throughout the state. DCNR's Northeast Regional Office will conduct a free workshop at Lackawanna College in Towanda on Wednesday, September 8, at 10:00 a.m., in partnership with the Northern Tier Regional Planning and Development Commission.

The workshop will focus on providing tips for completion of grant applications, plus provide insight into the program priorities and application requirements. The agenda will consist of a program overview and the application process. Anyone interested should plan to attend.

For more info contact Theresa Cora at (570) 265–9103 or 888–868–8800 by September 6.

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Humane Society Needs Attic Treasures

The Susquehanna County Humane Society will host a fundraising yard sale on September 11. Anyone who has items they would like to donate may drop them off at the Susquehanna County Humane Society, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (closed Wednesday and Sunday), or you can call 278–1228. Items will be accepted until September 4.

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Sen. Madigan To Hold Local Outreaches

Harrisburg – State Sen. Roger A. Madigan (R-23) will host outreach events in September 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 September 10 and 24, 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, telephone (570) 265–7448, and 330 Pine St., Suite 200, Williamsport, telephone (570) 322–6457 or 1–800–443–5772.

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Hop Bottom Ministry Honors EMC Personnel

On Thursday evening, September 9 at 7 p.m. at the fire hall on Prospect Street, Hop Bottom, Ministry members are inviting all the community to honor Hop Bottom's Fire, Rescue and Disaster Volunteers who serve them.

The ministers are continuing a tradition that started after the 9/11 disaster. Hop Bottom Borough's Disaster Emergency Volunteers will be included in this gathering honoring those in this community who give their time and talent for the Borough's safekeeping. Light refreshments will be served at the reception.

For further information, contact Rev. Kim Bode, Grace Lutheran Church at 289-4468 for details and to offer help on this occasion.

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H/GB Legion To Dedicate Memorial

("Let us not forget those who gave their lives for this country. Let us not forget those who served and those who continue to fight for the freedom of this great nation.")

American Legion Post 357 of Hallstead–Great Bend, PA will hold a all Veterans Memorial dedication ceremony on Saturday, September 11, 2004 at its newly constructed "Freedom Memorial Park," located on the grounds next to the American Legion in Hallstead, PA.

A parade will begin promptly at 9:30 a.m., at New York Avenue and Park Avenue in Hallstead and conclude at the American Legion on Route 7, where the dedication ceremony will immediately follow.

There will be a number of different events during and after, including a opening ceremony, the raising of our flags, a special tribute to "911," guest speakers from both military and political backgrounds and a special military gun salute. Music by Carol Canfield will be from 1-5 p.m. and continue into the evening with music by Billy Band from 8-12 p.m.

Parking is available on the ballflats located next to Fuccillo Ford, the vacant parking lot located on Main Street across from the old foundry and at the Baptist Church located on Pine Street in Hallstead. Shuttle bus service is available to and from the American Legion, beginning at 8:00 a.m. They encourage parking at these locations as parking at the Legion is limited.

Remember, "As a nation united, we must remain committed to supporting the men and women of our armed forces as they continue to serve with honor and courage."

The public is invited to attend and join for this special occasion.

(Please note: As of this date, guest speakers who have committed to speak are: Senator Roger Madigan, State Representative Sandy Major, County Commissioner Roberta Kelly, Hallstead Mayor Willard Canfield, Congressman Don Sherwood, Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell, with the possibility (?) of President Bush attending!)

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Major Sets Wayne County Office Hours

HARRISBURG – Rep. Sandra Major (R-Wayne, Susquehanna and Wyoming) will conduct office hours at the Preston Township Building in Lakewood from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 9.

"I encourage citizens who may be encountering problems with state government or want to discuss legislative issues to visit the township building at that time," said Major.

The township building is on the Crosstown Highway (Route 370).

Major's 111th District includes Buckingham, Lebanon, Manchester, Mount Pleasant, Oregon, Scott and Preston Townships, part of Clinton Township and the Borough of Starrucca in Wayne County.

Constituents in Wayne County also are encouraged to contact her district office on Route 706, Lake Montrose, RR 7 Box 7186, Montrose, PA, 18801. The telephone number is (570) 278-3374. The toll-free number is 1-800-418-5048.

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Thompson Baptist To Host Patriot Day

Sunday, September 12, three years and one day after our nation's most horrific experience, Thompson Baptist Church will host its second annual Patriot's Day Service at 6:00 p.m.

Men and women who are currently serving in our country's armed forces or who are retired from the service are being invited to attend the service. National Guard and Reservists have been asked to attend, as have fire companies, law enforcement personnel and first responders.

The evening's program will include guest speakers, a color guard, patriotic music and special salutes and recognition made to the men and women who serve our county, state and nation as our finest patriots.

Pastor Mark Wyman extends a warm welcome to the entire community to join in this day of honoring our nation's best !

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