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EVENTS, PROGRAMS, HAPPENINGS, SEMINARS:
PIZZA NIGHT, Thursday, February 3, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Binghamton Elks Lodge, Kirkwood. All are welcome.
DINNER & SALAD BAR, Friday, February 4, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Binghamton Elks Lodge, Kirkwood. All are welcome.
CAMPAIGN SCHOOL, February 5, beginning at 8:30 a.m. at the University of Scranton, Brennan Hall. All prospective candidates for local offices welcome. For info call the League of Women Voters of Lackawanna County, 941–7431.
PANCAKE & SAUSAGE BREAKFAST, Saturday, February 5, 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. at East Ararat United Methodist Church. All are welcome.
FAMILY STYLE BREAKFAST, Saturday, February 5, 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Springville United Methodist Church. All you can eat! All are welcome.
GOSPEL FEST, Saturday, February 5 at the South Montrose Community Church. Covered dish dinner at 5:30, music at 7:00. Performers include Sparks, Corky Staats, more. All are welcome.
PIZZA & WINGS SALE, Sunday, February 6, noon to 8 p.m. at the Thompson Hose Co. To pre-order call 727–2651. Day-of orders, 727–2431. All are welcome.
PANCAKE BREAKFAST, Sunday, February 6, 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Hallstead–Great Bend Rod & Gun Club, Dubois St., Hallstead. All are welcome.
PANCAKE SUPPER, Tuesday, February 8, 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at St. Mark’s Church, New Milford. All are welcome.
DONUT SALE. Pickup or local delivery on Tuesday, February 8. Call the American Red Cross at 278–1427 to order.
WING NIGHT, Tuesday, February 8, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Binghamton Elks Lodge, Kirkwood. All are welcome.
NE VEGETABLE GROWERS MEETING, Thursday, February 10, starting at 8:45 a.m. at RT’s Restaurant, Clarks Summit. For info or reservations call the Lackawanna County Extension office, 963–6842.
TODDLER TIME, songs, stories and rhymes for children ages 2 to 3 1/2, 9:30 a.m. on the second Thursday of each month beginning February 10 at the Montrose Library. Free, no registration required. For info call 278–1881.
PIZZA NIGHT, Thursday, February 10, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Binghamton Elks Lodge, Kirkwood. All are welcome.
THE BEST OF WEBBER & FRIENDS, Friday, February 11, 8:00 p.m. at the Scranton Cultural Center. Broadway performers and the NEPA Philharmonic will present the music of Andrew Lloyd Weber and other legends. For ticket info call 457–8301.
DINNER & SALAD BAR, Friday, February 11, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Binghamton Elks Lodge, Kirkwood. All are welcome.
BAKE & SOUP SALE, Friday, February 11, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Peoples National Bank, Hop Bottom. Hosted by the Hop Bottom Methodist Church. All are welcome.
February 11 & 12
PETALS FOR PAWS Valentine carnation sale, Friday, February 11 and Saturday, February 12 at the Dessin Animal Shelter. For order forms call 253–4037.
THE BEST OF WEBBER & FRIENDS, Saturday, February 12, 8:00 p.m. at the F.M. Kirby Center. Broadway performers and the NEPA Philharmonic will present the music of Andrew Lloyd Weber and other legends. For ticket info call 457–8301.
SPAGHETTI DINNER, Saturday, February 12, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus Hall, Kilrow St., Great Bend. All are welcome.
CAREGIVER FRIENDS Support Group meeting, Tuesday, February 15, 7:00 p.m. at the Area Agency on Aging office, 35 Spruce St., Montrose. For info call 1-800-982-4346.
WING NIGHT, Tuesday, February 15, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Binghamton Elks Lodge, Kirkwood. All are welcome.
Monday, February 7: roast beef with gravy, mashed potatoes, green beans, cabbage salad, ten grain bread, apricots, graham crackers.
Tuesday, February 8: brown bag day; stuffed cabbage roll, buttered noodles, apple juice, cooked California blend, wheat bread, butterscotch pudding/diet butterscotch pudding.
Wednesday, February 9: char broiled beef patty, home style beans, pickled beets, hamburg bun, tropical fruit and chocolate chip granola bar.
Thursday, February 10: sweet and sour chicken with long grain brown rice, cooked broccoli, wheat bread, fresh orange.
Friday, February 11: baked white fish, mashed potatoes, orange juice, tossed salad, seeded rye bread, graham crackers, Boston cream pie/diabetic chocolate pudding.
AARP’s Tax-Aide Program will be providing free tax assistance to low- or moderate-income taxpayers, with special attention to those age 60 and older in the Susquehanna County area. Tax-Aide volunteers are trained in cooperation with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).
Tax-Aide volunteers will be at the following locations on the days indicated from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Appointments may be made at the sites, or by calling the number listed.
Monday - Wednesday, February 7 - 9: Susquehanna County Office Building, Montrose, 1-800-634-3746.
Monday, February 28: Lawton Senior Center, Lawton, 1-800-763-8925.
Monday - Wednesday, March 7 - 9: Susquehanna County Office Building, Montrose, 1-800-634-3746.
Every Friday in March: Blue Ridge Senior Center, Great Bend, 1-800-763-8925.
Monday - Wednesday, April 4 - 6: Susquehanna County Office building, Montrose, 1-800-634-3746.
The Susquehanna County Historical Society and Free Library Association's Annual Meeting will be held this Saturday, January 29th, at 2pm. The meeting will be held at St. Paul's Episcopal Church Hall, Church St., Montrose, PA. The President of the Board of Directors, the Administrator/Librarian, and committee representatives will report on the Association's progress and activities during 2004. The Annual Meeting marks the end of the Membership Drive for 2005--new members are still needed to reach the goal of 1000. If you would like to join the Association, forms are available at the libraries or online at www.susqcolibrary.org/member.htm. Members receive a 4-page quarterly newsletter about events at the Library and Historical Society (not to be confused with the semi-annual Historical Society Journal devoted to genealogy and local history).
After the business portion of the meeting, there will be refreshments. The entertainment portion of the Annual Meeting will feature a presentation by members of the Civil War Monument Restoration Fund committee.
The Monument, designed by Captain J. R. Lyons, has been the jewel of the Village Green in Montrose since the 1870s. It is currently in the process of rehabilitation (finished except for the tablets). The presentation will include a history of the monument, stories of the first dedication and of the soldiers commemorated on the monument (including historic photos), and readings of letters and diary entries of soldiers, as well as an update on the restoration effort.
This entertaining talk should be of interest to all ages. Everyone is invited to come enjoy the free program and learn more about the Association.
All Susquehanna County students in grades K-12 are invited to enter the Susquehanna County Historical Society & Free Library Association's Eleventh "Write and Illustrate Your Own Picture Book Contest." The final deadline is Saturday, February 26, so now is the time to get started if you haven't already! An entry form must be submitted with each manuscript. Rules and forms are available at the libraries, or on-line at www.susqcolibrary.org/wiobc.htm.
The contest is one of the most popular library programs. First place entries from previous years can be checked out at the county libraries, and are a wonderful addition to the libraries' collections.
The winners of this year's contest will be announced on March 23. All contestants will receive a Certificate of Recognition and personal comments on their books.
On the second Thursday of every month, at 9:30 a.m., children ages 2 to 3 1/2 and their parents are invited to the Children's Room of the Main Library in Montrose for songs, stories, and rhymes. No registration is required and there's no fee – just come and enjoy some time with your little one! The next sessions of Toddler Time will be February 10, March 10, April 14, May 12, and June 9.
Exposing your child to the joys of words and stories as early as possible is one of the best things you can do for him or her, and the library is the ideal place to do it. The Susquehanna County Libraries (Montrose, Forest City, Hallstead-Great Bend, and Susquehanna) are open evenings and Saturdays, and library cards are free. From Babies and Books for infants, to Teen Summer Reading, there's something for your children at the library.
Caregivers and family members of long term care facility residents are cordially invited to attend monthly meetings of Caregiver Friends which will be held the third Tuesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. at the Area Agency Office at 35 Spruce Street in Montrose. The next meeting will be held Tuesday, February 15 at 7:00 p.m.
The group is co-sponsored by the B/S/S/T Area Agency on Aging and the Greater Pennsylvania Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. There are no fees associated with the group and caregivers of loved ones who suffer with any type of medical condition are welcome to attend.
Caregiver Friends offers caregivers and family members of long term care facility residents an opportunity to share experiences, feelings, and concerns in a comfortable, confidential setting. Resource materials about a variety of topics related to caregiving are available and educational programs are featured on topics of interest to participants of the group. Previous educational programs have included Stress Management for Caregivers and Caregiving Strategies for Loved Ones Suffering with Alzheimer’s Disease.
For more information, about Caregiver Friends and other resources for Caregivers, contact the B/S/S/T Area Agency on Aging at 1-800-982-4346.
The annual Shrove Tuesday pancake supper at St. Paul’s Church, Church Street, Montrose, will benefit the Asian Tsunami Relief. The traditional supper of pancakes, ham, and sausage will be held on Tuesday, February 8, beginning at 5:00 PM in the Parish Hall. The men of the parish will prepare and serve the supper. “We want to join in the world-wide relief response to urgent needs of our sisters and brothers in South Asia,” said Bernie Zalewski, coordinator of the event. “We will be receiving a freewill offering from our diners and the proceeds will benefit the Tsunami Relief,” he added.
Shrove Tuesday is the day before Ash Wednesday, which is the first day of Lent. It is a day of celebration as the last chance to feast before Lent begins. Shrove Tuesday is probably the Christian festival that the family enjoys most, after Christmas and Easter, of course. There is much more to the day than eating stacks of pancakes, however; the pancakes are a part of an ancient custom with deeply religious roots.
“We are very proud of the response of the religious community to the horrible human toll of the earthquake and tsunami in South Asia,” reports David Calby, treasurer of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. “St. Paul’s is joining with other parishes across the worldwide Anglican Communion, of which the Episcopal Church in the US is a part, to provide immediate and long-term assistance.” The relief and development agency of the Episcopal Church has received more than $2.1 million in donations for the Asian relief effort.
Through its partner, the Church of South India, the Episcopal Church has provided medicine boxes for distribution to families in need of immediate medical assistance in Kerala and Tamilnadu, two of the most severely affected areas of India. Through the Church of Ceylon (Sri Lanka), 200-single family tents have been provided for displaced families in Sri Lanka, with 1,000 permanent shelters in construction.
“We know that those who come to our annual dinner will enjoy the food and the fellowship,” said Calby, “but we know that this is a caring community and they will be generous in supporting the ongoing, long-term needs of our sisters and brothers in South Asia.”
On Wednesday, February 9, Ash Wednesday, there will be services of the Holy Eucharist and Disposition of Ashes at 8:00 AM and 7:00 PM at St. Paul’s. All are welcome.
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