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Issue Home November 23, 2004 Site Home

Senior Menu

Family Caregiver Month Proclaimed
Christmas Tea At Oldest House
Children's Book Week At County Libraries
Holiday Workshop
Good News Lunch For Senior Citizens

A Holiday Gala!
No Time To Waste
Seniors Urged to Take Active Role


November 24

CHRISTMAS POINSETTIA order deadline is Wednesday, November 24. For info, call the American Red Cross, Susquehanna Chapter, 278-1427.

November 25 & 26

COURTHOUSE CLOSING: the Susquehanna County Courthouse, Montrose will be closed Thursday, November 25 and Friday, November 26 in observance of Thanksgiving.

November 26

THE CLOTHES CLOSET at Thompson United Methodist Church will be closed on Friday, November 26. Regular hours are Fridays, 10 a.m. to noon. For info call 727-2341.

November 27

RIGATONI DINNER, Saturday, November 27, 4:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at St. John’s Parish Hall. Proceeds benefit parish hall new kitchen project. All are welcome.

November 28

HUNTERS’ BREAKFAST, Sunday, November 28, 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Blue Ridge Sportsmen’s Club, New Milford. All are welcome.

HUNTERS’ SIGHT IN, Sunday, November 29, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Blue Ridge Sportsmen’s Club. Targets provided, instructor present. All are welcome.

November 30

WING NIGHT, Tuesday, November 30, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Binghamton Elks Lodge, Kirkwood. All are welcome.

December 1

LIGHTHOUSE OUTREACH meal, Wednesday, December 1, 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Lanesboro Community Church. All are welcome.

December 2

PIZZA NIGHT, Thursday, December 2, 6:00 p.m. at the Binghamton Elks Lodge, Kirkwood. Eat in or take out. All are welcome.

December 3

HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS concert, Friday, December 3, 7:30 p.m. at the Scranton Cultural Center. Call 457–8301 for ticket info. All are welcome.

DINNER & SALAD BAR, Friday, December 3, 6:00 p.m. at the Binghamton Elks Lodge. All are welcome.

December 4

CHRISTMAS BAZAAR, Saturday, December 4, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Holy Name of Mary Church, Montrose. Fresh wreaths, religious items, crafts, baked goods, decorations. Lunch available. All are welcome.

HOLIDAY GALA Open House, Saturday, December 4, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Community Foundation, 36 Lake Ave., Montrose. For info call 756–2044. All are welcome.

HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS concert, Saturday, December 4, 7:30 p.m. at the F. M. Kirby Center, Wilkes-Barre. Call 457–8301 for ticket info. All are welcome.

PANCAKE & SAUSAGE BREAKFAST, Saturday, December 4, 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. at East Ararat United Methodist Church. All are welcome.

December 5

PANCAKE BREAKFAST, Sunday, December 5, 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Hallstead–Great Bend Rod & Gun Club, Dubois St., Hallstead. Trap shoot beginning at noon. All are welcome.

CHRISTMAS OPEN HOUSE with Santa, Sunday, December 5, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Susquehanna County Historical Society, 2 Monument Square, Montrose. Free. All are welcome.

December 6

GREAT BEND/HALLSTEAD AMBULANCE public meeting, Monday, December 6, 7:00 p.m. at the Great Bend Borough Hall. All are encouraged to attend to discuss the future of the ambulance service.

December 7

WING NIGHT, Tuesday, December 7, 6:00 p.m. at the Binghamton Elks Lodge, Kirkwood. All are welcome.

December 8

VOLUNTEERS’ NIGHT, Wednesday, December 8, 6 p.m. at the Montrose Area School auditorium. All new and active Red Cross volunteers welcome, as well as interested members of the community.

HOLIDAY WORKSHOP, Wednesday, December 8, 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the Montrose Square Community Room, hosted by The Garden Club of Montrose. For info or reservations (required) call 278–3106. All are welcome.

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Senior Menu November 29 - December 3

Monday,  November 29: sliced turkey with gravy, French style green beans, sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce, wheat bread, graham crackers with peanut butter, fruit cocktail.

Tuesday, November 30: vegetable lasagna, three-bean salad, cooked peas, orange juice, rye bread, fresh apple.

Wednesday, December 1: Italian marinated chicken, long grain brown rice, Brussels sprouts, wheat bread, peaches.

Thursday, December 2: spaghetti and meatballs, tossed salad, seeded Italian bread, lemon meringue pie/diet vanilla pudding.

Friday, December 3: stuffed peppers with sauce, mashed potatoes, mixed vegetables, dinner roll, graham cracker with peanut butter, medium fresh orange.

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Family Caregiver Month Proclaimed

Family Caregivers have been honored with a Proclamation issued by President George W. Bush recognizing their heroic efforts in caring for loved ones who are chronically ill, aging, or disabled.

November has been proclaimed as the month to remember and thank all family caregivers who contribute their time and talents to promote a high quality of life for their loved ones.

Caregiving may be a 24 hour a day, 7 day a week commitment for some, while caregiving tasks are sometimes shared by several family members or acquaintances. Caregivers may reside in the home with their loved one, live next door, or live hundreds of miles away.

The dollar value of the services family caregivers provide for “free” is estimated to be $257 billion a year. The loved ones of many caregivers may not be able to thank them due to their own health conditions or for other reasons. Remember a family caregiver in your life by thanking them during Family Caregiver Month.

For information about resources for caregivers in the counties of Bradford, Sullivan, Susquehanna, and Tioga, contact the B/S/S/T Area Agency on Aging at 1-800-982-4346.

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Christmas Tea At Oldest House

On December 4 and 5, the Oldest House in Laceyville will carry on its 27-year holiday tradition – a Christmas Tea with all the familiar trimmings.

The festive event will take place at the Oldest House between 1 and 4 p.m. both days, giving visitors to this 1781 structure a chance to marvel in the beauty of the Christmas season.

Each of the three large rooms on the first floor will house beautiful fresh Christmas trees, decorated with care by local volunteers. One of the trees will have special meaning, as it will be decorated in memory of the late Mable Clark, using a selection of her favorite ornaments. Mable was well known in the Laceyville community and an active member of the Oldest House Historical Society for many years.

Guests will also experience a working miniature train setup and an antique toy display. A variety of refreshments will be served, including homemade cookies and candy, punch, mulled cider, and – of course – tea!

There is no admission charge for the Christmas Tea, however, a freewill offering will gratefully be accepted. All proceeds benefit the Oldest House Historical Society.

Regarded as the oldest frame house in the Endless Mountains Region (Bradford, Sullivan, Susquehanna and Wyoming counties), the Oldest House is wonderfully preserved with every chink and corner revealing a story of the simple living of the past and legends of history. The Oldest House is located on East Main Street in Laceyville, PA, just off Route 6.

For more information, call (570) 869–2706.

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Children's Book Week At County Libraries

The Susquehanna County Library will celebrate Children's Book Week from November 15-20. Stop by your local library (Forest City, Hallstead-Great Bend, Montrose, or Susquehanna) for free bookmarks, packs of colored pencils, and posters to color!

The posters have intricate, beautiful designs that teens and adults will enjoy also. There's a variety to choose from, including dragons, trains, rainforest, unicorns, a candy store, carousel horses, and more. All ages are encouraged to pick up a poster between November 15 and 20, color it, and bring it back by December 20. Posters will be displayed at the libraries, and visitors will be encouraged to vote for their favorites in each age category.

At the Montrose library, children can enter two contests to win either a Barnes and Noble gift certificate or admission to the movie "A Series of Unfortunate Events." Forms are available in the Children's Room.

Make every week Children's Book Week by regularly visiting your library and sharing the joy of reading with your family. It's the gift that lasts a lifetime!

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Holiday Workshop

Last December more than twenty area residents attended a workshop to learn to make holiday centerpieces. Fresh greens, candles, pine cones and a large assortment of painted and gilded dried flowers were used in the designs. Each person was thrilled with the outcome of their creativity and went home with an arrangement which would last through the season.

The Garden Club of Montrose will once again present a workshop to make holiday centerpieces. The workshop is open to the public and will be held at the Community Room of Montrose Square, located on Church St. in Montrose. Two sessions will be held, on at 3:00 p.m. and one at 7:00 p.m. You may bring a favorite small container if you prefer.

Space is limited and registration is required. Call Gladys Bennett at 278-3106 to reserve your spot.

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Good News Lunch For Senior Citizens

On Saturday, October 16, the second year of free lunches for area senior citizens and their friends will be held at St. Mark’s Parish Hall in New Milford beginning at 12 Noon. A hot meal of ham and noodle casserole, mixed salad with mandarin oranges and poppy seed dressing, and apple cake highlight the menu. St. Mark’s Episcopal Church will host the luncheon.

A team from Barnes Kasson Hospital will be available to the seniors for free health screening.

The Good News Lunch is a joint, community-wide undertaking of the First Baptist Church, St. John’s R. C. Church, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, and the United Methodist Church.

The annual Thanksgiving Dinner is scheduled for Sunday, November 21, 5:30 p.m., at St. Mark’s Parish Hall. A special holiday luncheon is planned for Saturday, December 18.

Joan Flint of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church and Joan Kerr of St. John’s R. C. Church have been elected as co-chairs of the Good News Lunch Coordinating Committee.

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A Holiday Gala!

All are welcome to join the Holiday Gala Open House at the Community Foundation Building, 36 Lake Avenue, Montrose, PA, on December 4 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.

The Friends of Susquehanna County will be hosting this final fund-raiser of the year for the Community Foundation of Susquehanna County, which supports the United Way of Susquehanna County.

There will be refreshments, entertainment, silent auction and an opportunity to share with others this magical time of the year.

"Thanks to the generous contributions by area businesses we have many items for our silent auction. Get a head start on your holiday shopping and feel good about your purchases while making a contribution that will benefit the area we live in," stated Nancy Hinkley, chairman of the Friends of Susquehanna County.

For more information contact Alice, at (570) 756–2044.

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No Time To Waste

December 17 is the end of the United Way Campaign for Susquehanna County.

If you have been putting off filling out the contribution form in the newspapers or filling out the insert that you received, now is the time. The Charities of Susquehanna County, that are in part funded by the United Way, need your commitment now. Consider a tax deductible contribution today, to United Way of Susquehanna County, 36 Lake Ave., Montrose, PA 18801. "Make this a gift to yourself, feeling good that you are helping so many charitable programs, that make such a big difference in the lives of people that live around us. If we make no effort to take care of our own county, who will?", stated Alice Deutsch, chairman of the board of directors.

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Seniors Urged to Take Active Role

The B/S/S/T Area Agency on Aging PrimeTime Health program will provide a free program on You and Your Physician: Partners in Health Care, on December 2, at the Great Bend Senior Community Center, Franklin and Maple Sts., at 12:15 p.m.

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 879-2896.

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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