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Senior Menu

ECW Is Hosting Tea For Women
Holiday Shopping Can Benefit The Library
Children's Book Week At County Libraries
Madigan To Hold Local Outreaches
Good News Lunch For Senior Citizens

Medication Management At Senior Centers
No Time To Waste

Christmas At South New Milford Baptist
Storytime With Santa

Montrose Kiwanis to Conduct Toy Drive


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.

December 9

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.

December 10

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.

December 11

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.

BENEFIT for cancer patient Josefita Bents, Saturday, December 11, starting at 6 p.m. at the Starrucca House, Susquehanna. Bands, food and fun. Admission. All are welcome.

December 12

FIESTA DINNER, Sunday, December 12, 6 p.m. in the Susquehanna Community High School cafeteria, sponsored by the Spanish Club. For reservations call 853–4921, ext. 2211. All are welcome.

December 14

SPAGHETTI DINNER, Wednesday, December 22, 5:00 p.m. at the Binghamton Elks Lodge, Kirkwood. All are welcome.

December 16

ENDLESS MOUNTAINS MINISTRIES quarterly Layette meeting, Thursday, December 16, 7:00 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, New Milford. All are welcome.

PIZZA NIGHT, Thursday, December 16, 6 to 9 p.m. at the Binghamton Elks Lodge, Kirkwood. Eat in or take out. All are welcome.

December 17

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

December 18

FAMILY STYLE BREAKFAST, Saturday, December 18, 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at the Springville United Methodist Church. All you can eat! All are welcome.

HOLIDAY FOLLIES, Saturday, December 18, 7:00 p.m. at the Blue Ridge High School. Carols, comedy, dancing, magic, music, classic Christmas characters. Donation. All are welcome.

December 19

BREAKFAST, Sunday, December 19, 8:00 a.m. to noon at the Binghamton Elks Lodge, Kirkwood. All are welcome.

December 20

COUNTY COUNCIL of Republican Women meeting and Christmas party, Monday, December 20. For info or reservations, call 278–4015.

December 21

WING NIGHT, Tuesday, December 21, 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Binghamton Elks Lodge, Kirkwood. All are welcome

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Senior Menu December 13 - 17

Monday, December 13: roast beef with gravy, mashed potatoes, green beans, cabbage salad, ten grain bread, apricots, graham crackers.

Tuesday, December 14: brown bag day; stuffed cabbage roll, buttered noodles, apple juice, cooked California blend, wheat bread, butterscotch pudding/diet butterscotch pudding.

Wednesday, December 15: char broiled beef patty, home style beans, pickled beets, hamburg bun, tropical fruit and chocolate chip granola bar.

Thursday, December 16: sweet and sour chicken, long grain brown rice, cooked broccoli, wheat bread, fresh orange.

Friday, December 17: brown bag day; baked white fish, mashed potatoes, orange juice, tossed salad, seeded rye bread, graham crackers, Boston cream pie/diabetic chocolate pudding.

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ECW Is Hosting Tea For Women

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.

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Holiday Shopping Can Benefit The Library

Are you looking for special local-interest gifts? There's a wide selection available at the Library and Historical Society! Bring delight to everyone on your list, support a good cause, and make life easier for yourself. The Library's website now has a listing of items available, with photos, at You cannot shop online at this point, but you can see what strikes your interest and then visit the library to make the purchase.

At all the branch libraries (Forest City, Hallstead-Great Bend, and Susquehanna), you can buy fabric totebags (in 4 different colors) that feature the four county libraries--they're new this year, and they make great stocking stuffers. At the Montrose Library, you can also choose from a wide range of items. The cozy cotton coverlet, with landmarks from around the county, is available again this year. Blueberry Festival items include T-shirts and sweatshirts, hats, water bottles, mugs, prints, cards, and more.

The Historical Society's many items, including the histories of the county by Blackman and Stocker, the 1872 Beers Atlas, and many more, are available at their location in Montrose or through the mail. Visit for more information.

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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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Madigan To Hold Local Outreaches

Harrisburg – State Sen. Roger A. Madigan (R-23) will host outreach events in December 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 December 17, a staff member 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 300 Pine St., Suite 200, Williamsport, telephone 1-800-443-5772.

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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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Medication Management At Senior Centers

The B/S/S/T Area Agency on Aging PrimeTime Health Program strives to maintain health and wellness in the older adult (age 60+) population through various programs. The AAA PrimeTime Health program will sponsor a series of Medication Management programs, in cooperation with Endless Mountains Health Systems, in the Susquehanna County Senior Community Centers.

Medication Management continues to be a priority topic to ensure that patients are getting the maximum benefits they need from their medications. The topic for the next series, presented by Jessica Dibble, Medical Care Coordinator, Endless Mountains Health Systems, will be Over the Counter Medication and medication reactions/interactions.

The schedule at the Senior Community Centers is: Susquehanna – December 9, 2004, 12:20 p.m. (853-3967); Lawton – December 13, 2004, Noon, (934-2575) Monday or Friday; Forest City – January 12, 2005, 12:30 p.m. (785-3386); Lenoxville – January 20, 2005, 11:00 a.m. (222-9550) Thursday only.

Registration for this free program is not necessary. However, if you would like to have lunch at the Senior Community Center, call that location at least one day in advance.

Senior Community Centers in Susquehanna County are operated by Barnes-Kasson Senior Support, through a contract with the Area Agency on Aging.

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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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Christmas At South New Milford Baptist

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.

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Storytime With Santa

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.

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Montrose Kiwanis to Conduct Toy Drive

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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