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EVENTS, PROGRAMS, HAPPENINGS, SEMINARS:
KID SAFE NIGHT, Thursday, March 3, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Blue Ridge High School. Free refreshments. Baby-sitting available. For info call 465–3144, ext. 626. All are welcome.
March 4 & 5
MINIATURE GOLF, Friday, March 4, 5-9 and Saturday, March 5, 3-8 at the Montrose United Methodist Church. Refreshments available. Call 278–3311 for info. All are welcome.
FAMILY STYLE BREAKFAST, Saturday, March 5, 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Springville United Methodist Church. All you can eat! All are welcome.
HUNTING HERITAGE BANQUET, Saturday, March 5, 6 p.m. at the Owego Treadway Inn. For info call the NYS Southern Tier Chapter, National Wild Turkey Federation, (607) 775–2146.
CHRISTMAS TREE GROWERS meeting, Saturday, March 5, 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Genetti Lodge and Conference Center, Hazleton. For info call the Carbon County Extension Office, 325–2788.
PENNY MIDWINTER Bluegrass Festival, Saturday, March 5, 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. at American Legion Post 89, Vestal, Y. For info call (607) 748–6671. Admission. All are welcome.
COUNTRY STYLE pancake and sausage breakfast, Saturday, March 5, 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. at East Ararat United Methodist Church. All are welcome.
POMONA GRANGE #7 meeting, Saturday, March 5, 10:30 a.m. at the Union Grange #152, Lathrop Twp. For info call 942–6649. All are welcome.
HAM & CABBAGE DINNER, Sunday, March 6, noon to 3 p.m. at St. Thomas Apostle Hall, Little Meadows. Children under 5 free (with adult). Sponsored by the Altar & Rosary Society. All are welcome.
PANCAKE BREAKFAST, Sunday, March 6, 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Hallstead–Great Bend Rod & Gun Club, Dubois St., Hallstead. All are welcome.
BINGO, Sunday, March 6 (new time), at the Thompson Hose Co. Doors open at noon. Early birds, 1:15, regular games 2:00. Refreshments available. All are welcome.
SUSQUEHANNA FIRE CO. AUXILIARY re-forming meeting, Monday, March 7, 7:00 p.m. at the fire station. All community members welcome.
ORGAN MEDIATION, Wednesday, March 9, noon at the First Presbyterian Church, Montrose, by Martha Denkenberger. Luncheon to follow. All are welcome.
FLOWER SHOW bus trip, Thursday, March 10. Departure from Montrose at 6:30 a.m. For info or reservations, call the Montrose Bible Conference, 278–1001. All are welcome.
CALLIGRAPHERS GUILD of NE PA workshop, Saturday, March 12, 9:30 a.m. at Marywood University. For info call 287–2485.
SPAGHETTI DINNER, Saturday, March 12, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus, One Kilrow St., Great Bend. All are welcome.
CHICKEN BARBECUE, Saturday, March 12, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Susquehanna Fire Station. Presale tickets available from any SFD member. All are welcome.
LADIES BREAKFAST, Tuesday, March 15, 9:00 a.m. Debbie Mills will share devotional thoughts and music. For reservations, call the Montrose Bible Conference, 278–1001.
CAREGIVERS’ SUPPORT GROUP meeting, Tuesday, March 15, 7:00 p.m. at 35 Spruce St., Montrose. Sponsored by the B/S/S/T Area Agency on Aging and the Alzheimer’s Association. For info call 1-800-982-4346.
Monday, March 7: roast beef with gravy, mashed potatoes, green beans, cabbage salad, ten grain bread, apricots, graham crackers.
Tuesday, March 8: brown bag day; stuffed cabbage roll, buttered noodles, apple juice, cooked California blend, wheat bread, butterscotch pudding/diet butterscotch pudding.
Wednesday, March 9: char broiled beef patty, home style beans, pickled beets, hamburg bun, tropical fruit, chocolate chip granola bar.
Thursday, March 10: sweet and sour chicken with long grain brown rice, cooked broccoli, wheat bread, fresh orange.
Friday, March 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 Pennsylvania State Animal Response Team (SART) and the County Animal Response Team (CART) were created through a private-public partnership to serve as a unifying network of organizations, businesses, federal and state government agencies, and individuals that support the prevention, preparedness, response and recovery for emergencies affecting all animals. As a stake-holder in public health and/or animal health and well-being, SART & CART involves you!
The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture will be presenting an educational program at the Susquehanna County Dairy Day being held on March 4 at the Elk Lake High School. The educational program will be presented 10:30 – 11:30 in room 88 at the High School. Use the entrance nearest the gymnasium.
The Pennsylvania State Animal Response Team (SART) and the County Animal Response Team (CART) programs support the prevention, preparedness, response and recovery for emergencies affecting ALL animals. Join their presentation at Elk Lake school room 88 on March 4 at 10:30.
Who should attend? County EMA Coordinators, veterinarians and technicians, SPCA employees and other animal shelter and rescue employees, members of the American Red Cross, County Commissioners, first responders and others associated with livestock, animal health and public health.
If you are interested in attending the presentation you can just show up at 10:30 in room 88. If you would also like to have a complimentary lunch provided by Dairy Day exhibitors you must call the Penn State Cooperative Extension Office in Susquehanna County (278-1158) to make a lunch reservations no later than March 3 at noon.
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.
All entries in the Susquehanna County Historical Society & Free Library Association's eleventh "Write and Illustrate Your Own Picture Book Contest" must be turned in at the Main Library in Montrose by Saturday, February 26. Entries will not be accepted at the branch libraries or schools after Wednesday, February 23. An entry form must be submitted with each manuscript. Rules and forms are available at the libraries.
The contest, for Susquehanna County students in grades K-12, 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 library 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.
Nominations for the "2004 Business of the Year Award" are now being accepted until March 18, 2005.
Sponsored by the Northern Tier Regional Planning and Development Commission, $2,500 will be awarded to the business that exemplifies growth, leadership and community involvement. The business will also receive a plaque and will be recognized at NTRPDC's annual meeting on April 21. Recent winners include Metadyne, Inc. from Towanda (2001), Intelligent Direct (2002) located in Wellsboro, and Lübbering, Inc. (2003) from Troy.
Nominated businesses must be located in Bradford, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Tioga, or Wyoming counties. A business may nominate itself or be nominated by another individual or organization.
"Each year we receive a lot of outstanding nominations, and while it's difficult for our committee to select a winner, the process allows us to learn so much about the businesses in our region," Jill Koski, Economic Development Program Manager, said.
NTRPDC provides economic, community, and workforce development assistance to Bradford, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Tioga, and Wyoming Counties. To receive an information packet and nomination form, call NTRPDC toll free at 888-868-8800.
March is Women’s History Month, and traditionally the League of Women Voters of Susquehanna County celebrates the occasion with a special meeting that, like all League meetings, is open to the public. This year’s special event will be the premier showing in this county of the Golden-Globe Award-winning HBO film, “Iron-Jawed Angels”, starring Hilary Swank and Frances O’Connor. The League invites all to join them to view this outstanding film at the historic Rosemont Inn in Montrose beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 5 (rain date, Sunday, March 6).
“Angels” is the true-life story of suffragists Alice Paul and Lucy Burns’ struggle for passage of the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote. The film focuses on the activist nature of their National Women’s Party that often conflicted with the more conservative National American Women Suffrage Association. This is a movie with a very contemporary tone (and musical score) and none of the dry feel of distant history.
The showing of the film will be preceded by introductory remarks from Sarah Boyle concerning this tumultuous time in American history. Ms. Boyle, who is currently a Ph.D. candidate in US history at Binghamton University, previously worked at the National Archives in Washington DC, helping to develop a traveling exhibit entitled “Our Mothers Before Us: Women and Democracy, 1776-1920.”
Before and during the showing of “Angels,” movie munchies will be served. The League invites all to join them for this special event.
Join for the 16th Annual Susquehanna County Dairy Day to be held on Friday, March 4 at the Elk Lake High School, sponsored by Penn State Cooperative Extension. The event will begin at 9:00 a.m. and conclude around 3:30 p.m. The day will be filled with educational presentations, free health screenings, commercial exhibitors, door prizes, free lunch, free dairy bar (milk, cheese and ice cream) and a pie baking contest and auction.
The Miner family, Connie, Amanda and Andy join current Dairy Princess Amanda Zembrzycki serving free ice cream at last year’s Dairy Day.
Let’s not forget the free roast beef, baked fish and macaroni and cheese dinner compliments of the Dairy Day exhibitors. Dinner reservations are required, call the Extension Office at 278-1158. Dinner reservation deadline is 12:00 noon, Thursday, March 3. Individuals making dinner reservations will pick up meal tickets at the registration table upon arrival at the school.
Secretary of Agriculture, Dennis Wolff will be on hand and will speak at the event at 2:00 in the gymnasium just before the pie auction.
Educational workshops will be held in classrooms. Those attending the workshops will have the opportunity to win door prizes. Workshop pre-registration not necessary.
Health education and free health screenings will be offered from 9:00 till 3:00.
Can you bake a pie? A pie baking contest and pie auction will once again be held at Susquehanna County Dairy Day. Folks are invited to exercise their pie baking skills by participating in this contest. All pies will be auctioned off at 2:00 p.m. in the gym with all proceeds benefiting the 4-H Dairy Program and the Dairy Princess/Promotion Program in Susquehanna County. Pre-registration is required, call the Extension Office (278-1158). Anyone is eligible to enter the contest.
Many door prizes will be offered to dairy farmers, dairy farmers wives and dairy farm employees 18 years and older attending Dairy Day. Enter the drawing at the registration table when you arrive at the school. There will also be a door prize given away at the end of the day for non-farm folks attending dairy day.
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 is sponsoring 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 generic vs. brand name prescriptions. The schedule at the Senior Community Centers is as follows: Lenoxville (222-9550), March 10, 11:00 a.m.; Forest City (785-3386), March 16, 12:30 p.m.; Susquehanna (853-3967), March 23, 12:30 p.m.; Great Bend (879-2896), March 30, 12:15 p.m.
Registration for this free program is not necessary. However, if you would also like to enjoy lunch at the Senior Community Center, call that location at least one day in advance to make a meal reservation.
Barnes-Kasson Senior Services operates Senior Community Centers in Susquehanna County through a contract with the Area Agency on Aging.
The Honorable Kenneth W. Seamans, Susquehanna County President Judge, the Susquehanna County District Attorney’s Office, Susquehanna County Juvenile Probation, and Blue Ridge School District will present “Kid Safe Night” on Thursday, March 3, 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Blue Ridge High School.
County agencies, law enforcement, and other governing bodies will be on hand to present information on the following topics: Internet Safety, Drugs and Underage Drinking, Child Predator Information, Teen Driving Safety, Abduction Prevention and Child Identification, Tobacco Laws, Bullying, Piercing and Tattoo Laws, Child Abuse, Gun Safety and Weapons Laws, Conflict Resolution Strategies for Children and Teens, Child and Teen Sex Offenses, Talking to Your Child About Sex, Information on HIV/Aids and STDs, Fire and Emergency Information, Teen Gambling, and more.
Free refreshments for all and baby-sitting will be available for children ages 3 and up. This event is open to all county residents, especially parents! A special presentation will be given in the auditorium from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on the current trends in drug use, distribution, and possession.
For more information, call 465-3144, ext. 626.
On Saturday, March 12, there will be a "Silent Auction," from 2-5 p.m. at the Maple Street Cafe located by the Village Green in Montrose, PA to benefit the Endless Mountains Medical Care Foundation.
They are very excited about the items which they have been promised; the list is varied and most unique. Musicians will provide a feast for the ears, light refreshments will satisfy the taste buds and the eyes will relish the host of antique and new treasures available for sale. Payment can be made with cash, personal check or credit card. Donation of quality items accepted. Please call Jean Farrell at 278-2222.
All proceeds will benefit Endless Mountains Medical Care Foundation to purchase new equipment for the local hospital.
On Saturday, March 5, from 10 am to 4 p.m., Kim Gazzillo, of Springville, will conduct a hands-on open-hearth cooking class in the Wheaton House at Salt Springs State Park. The public is invited to help prepare an authentic 19th century meal over an open hearth and then enjoy the taste of their own creation. The class is limited to 12 people, and registration is required. The registration deadline is February 28. Call Kim at 967-2807 to sign up. There is a program fee.
Several years ago, Kim decided to combine her love of history and her love of food and took classes in open-hearth cooking. Now, she prepares meals over an open hearth at home for personal pleasure and at several historic sites in Pennsylvania for the benefit of others.
The fireplace in the Wheaton House, an 1840s farmhouse at Salt Springs, was completely restored in the summer of 2005. This project was supported by a grant from the Endless Mountains Heritage Region to the Friends of Salt Springs, the nonprofit organization that manages Susquehanna County’s state park. Local mason Wayne Rounds performed the work.
After learning about the restoration, Kim said, “I am so pleased there is an outlet for open-hearth cooking in this area. This was my fear when I began taking classes myself, that I would not have the hearth to cook on!”
Kim has held classes and demonstrations at Salt Springs State Park, The Roth Living Farm Museum in Bucks County, and The Oldest House in Laceyville. She is also a member of the Historic Foodways Program of Lower Pennsylvania and a student of Native American cooking. Cooking is not her only love, however. She and her husband, John are members of the 24th Connecticut Regiment out of Wilkes-Barre, a Revolutionary War re-enactment group. In this capacity, they have participated in programs at Old Mill Village.
Call Kim today to reserve your place.
Tyler Hill, PA – Area County Farm Bureaus, along with the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture will host a day-long information session on Saturday, March 12 at the Tunkhannock High School, beginning at 10:00 a.m. Farmers, restaurants, grocers, wholesales, ag processors, nurseries, agri-tourism businesses and farmers’ markets are all encouraged to attend. The session, which includes a free lunch, will focus on the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture’s PA Preferred program.
“We are using the day to educate those involved in agriculture about the opportunities available with PA Preferred,” said Dave Williams of Honesdale and Pennsylvania Farm Bureau State Board Member.
The PA Preferred program promotes raised, processed or produced in Pennsylvania by labeling them as such and marketing them directly to the consumer.
For more information or to register for this meeting contact any one of the following individuals: Dave Williams, (570) 253–0832; Marian Schweighofer, (570) 224–4352; Ken Teel, (570) 833–5830; or Donna Williams, (570) 942–6348.
Harrisburg – State Sen. Roger A. Madigan (R-23) will host outreach events in March 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 March 18, 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 Hallstead–Great Bend 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 1-800-443-5772.
In order to assist nonprofit organizations to expand management capacity and demonstrate credibility in the communities they serve, Penn State Cooperative Extension is offering a series of programs to be held at the Penn State Worthington Scranton campus. Many nonprofits struggle to focus their resources on their mission while still managing their organizations.
In this age of increased emphasis on accountability by assessing program outcomes, program evaluation should not become just one more job to do. On March 22, 2005, from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., Penn State Extension will sponsor a program that will focus on how to do an evaluation by using the program goals and objectives. Also covered will be the design and implementation of simple data collection strategies to assist in the evaluation process so that programs are effective and outcomes are achieved.
On May 24 from 9:00 a.m. - 12:30 a program on Board Development will be held once again at the Penn State Worthington Scranton campus. With increasing demands on people’s time, nonprofit organizations are finding it difficult to retain qualified, experienced board members to function effectively and grow. The volunteer Board is critical for setting organizational policies, and seeing that staff implement these policies to achieve the nonprofit’s mission in the community. This workshop will help board members and staff to better understand their roles and responsibilities and make board development a routine part of the organization’s procedures and practices.
Presenters for the programs are Joann Kowalski and Peter Wulfhorst, Community and Economic Development educators in the NE Region.
For registration information, contact the Extension office at 278-1158.
Are you looking for that purrrrfect quilt for your home? Why not stop at the Susquehanna Branch Library and take a chance to win this beautiful cat quilt, crafted by the Susquehanna Quilters.
Safety events for kids – as well as health screenings for adults – are scheduled in Susquehanna County next week.
The Susquehanna County SAFE KIDS Coalition and the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PENNDOT) will sponsor booths at events on March 3 and 4 to provide information on bicycle safety. Safe kids will also distribute helmets and safety reflectors to kids.
The events include “Kid Safe Night” on Thursday, March 3, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Blue Ridge High School, New Milford. In addition, the coalition will be at “Dairy Day” on Friday, March 4, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Elk Lake High School, Dimock.
More than 1, 000 people are expected to attend Dairy Day, a major agricultural event in Susquehanna County. The health-related activities include cancer screenings, blood screenings, hearing and eye checks as well as other offerings. Refreshments will be available.
Kid Safe Night will feature a wide variety of safety programs for children and parents. Presentations will be made by county agencies, law enforcement and other organizations.
“When the weather turns nice, you can be sure kids will be out on their bikes,” said Beverly Bennett of SAFE KIDS. “We want to get out the word on bicycle safety.”
A member of the National SAFE KIDS Campaign network, the Susquehanna County SAFE KIDS Chapter is dedicated to the prevention of unintentional injury to children. It is composed of many organizations which deal with the health and safety of children. PENNDOT and SAFE KIDS are partners in numerous safety initiatives.
Susquehanna High School Classmates of 1960, we need your help! We are looking for some of our classmates for a planned reunion on June 4, 2005. Also, if any of our classmates want to help, please call Marie Maby 853–3496 or Janet Smith 853–3934.
The Susquehanna County Conservation District (SCCD) is excited to announce their annual seedling sale April 23, at the Montrose Fire Hall. Send checks and completed order forms by April 4 to: Susquehanna County Conservation District, 31 Public Ave., Montrose PA., 18801. Order forms may be obtained on the SCCD website at: www.suscondistrict.org or by contacting the SCCD at 278-4600 ext.: 280.
Profit from this event is used for environmental education materials and a Conservation Scholarship for Susquehanna County youth.
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