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EVENTS, PROGRAMS, HAPPENINGS, SEMINARS:
LIGHTHOUSE OUTREACH meal, Wednesday, December 1, 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Lanesboro Community Church. All are welcome.
PIZZA NIGHT, Thursday, December 2, 6:00 p.m. at the Binghamton Elks Lodge, Kirkwood. Eat in or take out. All are welcome.
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.
BONFIRE & CAROLING Friday, December 3, 6:30 p.m. at Salt Springs State Park, led by Corky Staats. Bring an edible ornament or help make one for Christmas trees for the animals. All are welcome.
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.
ALL YOU CAN EAT, family style breakfast, Saturday, December 4, 7:00 a.m. to 10;00 a.m. at the Springville United Methodist Church. All are welcome.
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.
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.
WING NIGHT, Tuesday, December 7, 6:00 p.m. at the Binghamton Elks Lodge, Kirkwood. All are welcome.
CHRISTMAS TEA, Tuesday, December 7, 1:30 p.m. at the Montrose Bible Conference. Christmas music, group caroling, and devotional thoughts by Marilyn Parker. For info or reservations, call 278–1001.
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.
PIZZA NIGHT, Thursday, December 9, 6:00 p.m. at the Binghamton Elks Lodge, Kirkwood. Eat in or take out. All are welcome.
ORGANIC PRODUCE growers’ meeting, Thursday, December 9, 7 p.m. at the Iron Skillet Restaurant. For registration or info, call the Cooperative Extension, 278–1158.
DINNER & SALAD BAR, Friday, December 10, 6:00 p.m. at the Binghamton Elks Lodge, Kirkwood. All are welcome.
BAKE SALE, Friday, December 10, beginning at 9:00 a.m. at the Kime Apartments, Main St., Great Bend. Sponsored by the Tenants Association. All are welcome.
DINNER CONCERT, Saturday, December 11 at the Montrose Bible Conference. Dinner at 6 p.m., followed by a concert featuring Billy and Paula Speer and their son, BJ. For reservations or info call 278–1001.
SPAGHETTI DINNER, Saturday, December 11, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus Council 356, One Kilrow St., Great Bend. All are welcome.
SPAGHETTI DINNER, Wednesday, December 22, 5:00 p.m. at the Binghamton Elks Lodge, Kirkwood. All are welcome.
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.
The Episcopal Church Women (ECW) of St. Mark’s Church, New Milford are hosting a tea for all the women of New Milford on Tuesday, December 14, at 2:00 p.m. to benefit the Women’s Resource Center (WRC). Ann Marie Witko of the WRC will be the guest. The event will be held at St. Mark’s Parish Hall, Main St.
On Election Day, November 2, the women of the four churches in New Milford joined in a community-wide bake sale to benefit the WRC, which raised $700. Ms. Witko will receive the funds at the tea and will talk about the WRC, and show a special video, “The Empty Place at the Table.”
“We are pleased to invite our church partners who joined in making the bake sale such an outstanding success,” said Ruth Kowalewski of St. Mark’s ECW. “We want to invite all the women of New Milford to join us in presenting the money to WRC and are pleased that Ms. Witko will join us. The tea is a celebration not only of the success of the bake sale but also of the solidarity of the women of New Milford in support of all the women in our county.”
The ECW of St. Mark’s will welcome women from the community with a spread of tea, punch, cookies, fruit, and cheese and crackers. “This tea gives the women of St. Mark’s the opportunity to offer special hospitality to our friends and partners in our community, as we all join hands to reach out to our sisters in need,” said Betty Mitchell, of St. Mark’s ECW.
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.
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!
A Christmas Cantata, “The Promise of a King,” music by Lloyd Larson and Joseph M. Martin, will be presented at the Thompson United Methodist Church, Main Street, Thompson, PA on December 5, at 3:00 p.m. The Cantata will be performed by a combined choir from the surrounding areas and is open to the public. All are welcome to come and join in preparation of the advent season.
On Saturday, October 16, the second year of free lunches for area senior citizens and their friends will be held at St. Marks 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. Marks 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. Johns R. C. Church, St. Marks Episcopal Church, and the United Methodist Church.
The annual Thanksgiving Dinner is scheduled for Sunday, November 21, 5:30 p.m., at St. Marks Parish Hall. A special holiday luncheon is planned for Saturday, December 18.
Joan Flint of St. Marks Episcopal Church and Joan Kerr of St. Johns R. C. Church have been elected as co-chairs of the Good News Lunch Coordinating Committee.
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.
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.
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.
The Forest City Regional Choral Department will present their annual Christmas concert on Sunday, December 5, at 3 p.m. in the Forest City Regional High School auditorium.
The program will open with the Elementary Chorus, which is composed of approximately 50 fifth and sixth grade students from the Forest City Regional Elementary School. They will be doing varied songs of the season from the serious to the silly including, “A Song of Peace” and “A Christmas Cartoon Celebration.”
The Forest City Regional Girls’ Choir will be performing. This is a new group this year and includes approximately 30 girls from the eighth through the twelfth grades at Forest City Regional. They will be performing music specifically written for women’s chorus in three and four parts.
The largest group to perform is the Forest City Regional Mixed Chorus, and this group is made up of both boys and girls from seventh through the twelfth grades at Forest City Regional. Their portion of the program includes both sacred and secular, solemn and lighthearted songs of the season.
Admission at the door is $2. The public is cordially invited to come and join in the celebration of the season with the young singers.
The Susquehanna County Historical Society invites area children, parents, grandparents and friends to join them at their annual Christmas Open House with Santa, 2 to 4 p.m., December 5, at the museum, Two Monument Square, Montrose.
Photographs with Santa are being provided free, compliments of Community Bank and Trust. Santa will also have a gift for each child.
Come celebrate with them! A Christmas tree, donated by Susan and Larry Newhart of Arcadia Trees, will be decorated with authentic Victorian ornaments. Enjoy the homemade Christmas cookies, punch and entertainment provided by Girl Scout Troop #518.
On Friday, December 5, at 7:30 p.m., St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 115 Main Street, New Milford, PA, will host a special concert of music for the season, featuring the Schola Cantorum of Delbarton School, Morristown, New Jersey. The concert will be preceded by a lasagna dinner. Both events are open to the public.
The Schola Cantorum is a vocal ensemble of thirty boys who attend Delbarton School, a college preparatory school grades 7 through 12 operated by the Roman Catholic Benedictine Monks of St. Mary's Abbey. The Schola Cantorum has performed in England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland, and will be giving concerts in England in June of 2005. For the last several years the group has run a Christmas tree sale at the school to help fund their travel. Following the concert, several members of the group will stay overnight and help load trees early on Saturday morning for transport to New Jersey.
Friday's program will include choral music appropriate for the Advent and Christmas season. In addition, there will be music for brass and organ, featuring the recently installed Chapline tracker pipe organ.
The directors of the Schola are Mr. David Blazier and the Reverend Canon Carol Horton, Rector of St. Mark's Church New Milford and Christ Church, Susquehanna, and wife of the founder of the group, the late Dr. Roy L. Horton. A free will offering will benefit the work of St. Mark's Church.
The lasagna dinner will be served from 5:30 p.m. in the Parish Hall of the church. The concert will follow at 7:30 p.m. in the church. All are welcome. For more information about the dinner or the concert, call (570) 465-3896 or (570) 879-2907.
Christmas activities abound at South New Milford Baptist Church this year, starting with an old fashioned Christmas Hymn Sing on December 5 at 7 p.m. Come join in singing all the old favorites! Then on December 12 at 7 p.m. there will be a special showing of the video, "Jacob's Gift". This is sure to be enjoyable for the whole family. The children as well as the adults will get into the spirit of the season at the Live Nativity, presented on Friday night, December 17 from 7 to 8:30 PM at the Midtown Park on Rt. 11 in New Milford. The children from Sunday School classes will be presenting their Christmas Program on December 19, at 9:45 AM. If you don't have children or grandchildren of your own, come watch these! They are practicing hard to get all their parts and songs just right! That evening you can come listen to the 'older folks' of the church perform a Christmas Cantata, at 7:00. The finale to the Christmas season will be the annual performance on Christmas Eve, at 6:00 by Robert Fisher and Rae Belle Albeck. This special musical program sets just the perfect mood of Christmas joy and peace to get you ready for Christmas Day. If you would like any more information on any of these programs, just call the church, at 465-7246.
Storytime with Santa will take place at the Susquehanna Branch Library on Monday, December 20, at 10 a.m.
Ages 2 1/2 - 6 years are welcome to join for “stories with Santa”!
Please call the library to register, as seating is limited, at 853–4106.
The Kiwanis Club of Montrose Area is pleased to announce they will conduct their annual Christmas Toy Drive in cooperation with the Susquehanna County Christmas Bureau. For the past 24 years, the Kiwanis Club has participated in the collection and distribution of toys during the Christmas season for needy families throughout Susquehanna County. Last year 400 children were able to enjoy Christmas in a special way because of the generosity of so many caring neighbors and organizations that contributed to the toy drive.
The Kiwanis Club is asking for the public’s help and support in this service-to-others project. Donations of new toys or used toys in clean, reusable condition are requested. Cash donations are urgently solicited and gladly accepted in order to meet the goal of giving at least one new toy to each child. Please forward cash contributions to: Kiwanis Club of Montrose Area, P.O. Box 275, Montrose, PA 18801.
Toys will be accepted from now until Saturday, December 11, and may be dropped off at the following locations: Tom Kerr Chevy-Olds, Grow Ave., Montrose; or Robinson’s Market, South Montrose. For additional information please contact the Montrose Kiwanis Club at 278–3537.
Distribution of toys will be coordinated by the Susquehanna County Christmas Bureau and Interfaith Friends in Montrose. Christmas toys and food baskets will be distributed on Thursday, December 16.
The Kiwanis Club of Montrose Area invites community participation in this annual service project to provide the opportunity for everyone to enter the spirit of the holiday season and help “Put a smile on a child’s face on Christmas.”
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