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EVENTS, PROGRAMS, HAPPENINGS, SEMINARS:
SPAGHETTI DINNER, Wednesday, March 23, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Binghamton Elks Lodge, Kirkwood. All are welcome.
PIZZA NIGHT, Thursday, March 24, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Binghamton Elks Lodge, Kirkwood. All are welcome.
CLAM CHOWDER SALE, Thursday, March 24, at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, New Milford. To order call 879–2907, leave message.
DINNER & SALAD BAR, Friday, March 25, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Binghamton Elks Lodge, Kirkwood. All are welcome.
SPAGHETTI & MEATBALL DINNER, Friday, March 25, 4:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Lawsville Grange. Takeouts available. All are welcome.
WING NIGHT, Tuesday, March 29, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Binghamton Elks Lodge, Kirkwood. All are welcome.
ENDLESS MTS. THEATRE CO. annual meeting, Thursday, March 31, 6:00 p.m. at the Basil Leaf, Montrose. New members always welcome.
PIZZA NIGHT, Thursday, March 31, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Binghamton Elks Lodge, Kirkwood. All are welcome.
April 1 & 2
CANCER SURVIVOR and Caregivers’ Conference, Friday, April 1 and Saturday, April 2 at the Mt. Laurel Resort, White Haven. For info or to register call 1-888-227-5445.
FOREST LANDOWNERS CONFERENCE, Saturday, April 2, beginning at 8:45 a.m. at Luzerne County Community College, Nanticoke. For info or to register (required), call 825–1701.
CHICKEN BARBECUE, Saturday, April 2, 4 p.m. at the South Gibson United Methodist Church. Takeouts available. All are welcome.
April 2 & 3
HUNTER SAFETY TRAINING course, Saturday, April 2 and Sunday, April 3, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Blue Ridge Sportsmen’s Club. For registration (required) call 879–2483.
LAKESIDE MAPLE FESTIVAL, Saturday, April 2 and Sunday, April 3. For information, call (570) 465–3343 or (570) 465–3926. All are welcome.
PANCAKE BREAKFAST, Sunday, April 3, 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Hallstead-Great Bend Rod & Gun Club, Hallstead. All are welcome.
SPRING DINNER, Sunday, April 3 at Holy Name of Mary Church Hall, Montrose. Seatings at 11:30, 12:30 and 1:30 p.m. takeouts available. All are welcome.
No Senior Menu For This Week.
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.
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.
Mark Saturday, April 9 on your calendar for a delightful evening of food and fun to support the Susquehanna County Historical Society & Free Library Association! In its seventh year, the Library Auction has grown to the point that it will now be held at the Montrose VFW on Rt. 706. The doors open at 5, buffet reception starts at 5:30, and the Auction kicks off at 6 p.m. (Hobby Day will not be held this year, but is planned again for 2006).
Organizer Anna Ruegner is busy gathering a huge array of wonderful art, crafts, baskets, and gift certificates for the auction. No matter what you're interested in, you're bound to find something you'd love! Special items this year so far include a spectacular doll house; bed-and-breakfast stays; a week at a cottage on the Outer Banks; useful things like luggage, a grill, and a crockpot. There are some great bargains to be had, and entertaining auctioneers Dave and Josie Coddington make this a delightful, laughter-filled event! Tickets (at the door) will be $5 each or $8 for a couple, and that includes the delicious buffet dinner.
All proceeds benefit the Library and Historical Society. Generous local businesses and individuals donate the items, the food, and buy ads in the program – all are being actively solicited, so if you can help, please call the Library at 278-1881 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Susquehanna County Farm Bureau announces its spring dinner, Friday, April 8. Starting with a reception at 6:30 p.m., dinner will be served at 7:15 p.m. at the Montrose Bible Conference, Lake Avenue Dining Room, Lake Avenue, Montrose.
We will honor Isabell Plonski and Genevieve Leet, widows of dairy farmers; Dewey and Marlene “Molly” Lyon, active dairy farmers; our Young Farmer/Ranchers, chaired by Rick Empet; our county Dairy Court, headed by Dairy Princess Amanda Zembrzycki; and our county 4-H program.
Special guests also include any new members who have joined since July 1, 2004. Those who attend will receive a special gift.
The stuffed breast of chicken dinner will be topped off by pie ala mode, and accompanied by dinner music by Barney Wilkins and Russ Lockwood.
“Our spring meeting includes reports from our various committees,” says Donna Williams, President. They are printed in the dinner journal, so we can spend our evening celebrating our farming traditions. Plonski, Leet and Lyon represent our elders and the special farming traditions of stewardship of our land and caring for their animals, while we look to the future with our Young Farmer/Ranchers, the Dairy Court and 4-H.
The dinner journal provides the opportunity for paid congratulatory messages and ads. Proceeds go to the Pennsylvania Friends of Agriculture Foundation, to fund a teacher for Ag in the Classroom and for our county Promotion and Education and Women’s Committees.
The dinner is open to the public. For more information call Donna Williams 942–6348, Barb Roszel 278–2433 or Kathie Shelly 756–2429.
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 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.
Come and shed those winter blues by participating in the annual MS Walk hosted by the Central Pennsylvania Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. The 2005 MS Walk is a great way to enjoy the spring weather with friends while helping a great cause.
The MS Walk is an event for all ages, which raises money for MS research and the programs the chapter provides for over 5,000 individuals in this area who live with the devastating effects of MS every day.
This year, the MS Walk will be held locally on Sunday, May 15, with Walk sites in Wilkes-Barre and Scranton. The start times and route lengths vary by site. There is no fee or deadline to register.
If you want to get involved but do not want to walk, volunteers are needed to help with registration and check-in, route marking, managing the route, rest stop support, traffic and safety, photography, and cheering on walkers at the finish line. Volunteering is another way to get involved while supporting a great cause.
The MS Walk is one of the National MS Society’s largest fundraising events. Each spring nearly 200,000 people at over 700 sites participate in the MS Walk. The $275 million that has been raised since becoming a national event in 1991 goes toward research for treatment, as well as client programs for people with MS.
Multiple Sclerosis is an unpredictable disease of the central nervous system that is generally diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50. Because it is typically diagnosed in the prime of life, it is very unpredictable. The effects of MS can range from blurred vision and loss of balance to extreme fatigue, paralysis, and blindness. Although these problems may be permanent, or they may come and go, the unpredictable physical and emotional effects continue the rest of their lives.
For more information or to register for the 2005 MS Walk or for information on Central Pennsylvania Chapter programs, call 1-800-FIGHT MS.
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.
Tri-County Human Services Center, Inc., a member of Maxis Health System, will be sponsoring the 16th Annual Community Share-A-Chair Event onSaturday, April 9, at the Carbondale Area Jr./Sr. High School. Share-A-Chair is the largest game of Musical Chairs in the area. The event features prizes, guest appearances, refreshments and children's games. Doors open at 12 Noon and the game beings at 1:30 p.m. Tickets may be purchased by calling (570) 282-1732, Carbondale; (570) 253-0321, Honesdale; (570) 278-3393, Montrose; (570) 421-4553, Stroudsburg or at the door.
The Master Gardeners of Penn State Extension of Susquehanna County will be holding free composting classes! And, for attending the class you will receive a free compost bin supplied by DEP (Department of Environmental Protection); one per household.
Each class will take approximately one hour and covers all you need to know to make rich, black compost. All classes will be held in the downstairs conference room at the County Office Building. Immediately following the class, you will be able to pick up your compost bin. There are 100 bins available so pre-registration is required. Call the Penn State Cooperative Extension Office in Susquehanna County at 278-1158 right away to register.
Compost class dates: Tuesday, April 5 at 10 a.m., 1:00 p.m.; Thursday, April 7 at 10 a.m., 1:00 p.m., 5:00 p.m.; Saturday, April 9 at 9 a.m., 11:00 a.m.
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.
The Susquehanna County Commissioners announce the Courthouse will be closed on Friday, March 25, in observance of Good Friday. All court related offices will be available.
Postmaster, Diane Stanley, invites married couples, who have been married fifty years or more, to stop by the Jackson Post Office or call 756–2850.
The winning couple will be presented with a framed sheet of the new Love Bouquet Special Stamp.
The contest deadline is March 31. For more information, please call the Jackson Post Office at 756–2850.
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.
You don't have to audition, sing, or dance to be a part of the Endless Mountains Theatre Company's Annual Meeting. All you have to do is show up at 6:00 p.m. on March 31 at the Basil Leaf Restaurant in Montrose!
"All are welcome," says EMTC Chair Bob DeLuca. "We've got great things in store for the 2005 season, and we're eager to involve everyone who's interested in supporting their local theatre group." EMTC, the all-volunteer troupe that was founded in 1999, has grown since its inception into a cherished and respected part of the Susquehanna County community.
If you're already an EMTC member, this is a chance to show your support, vote for candidates to fill Board vacancies, and learn firsthand about the exciting 2005 season. And if you're not yet a member, this is a great moment to join. Or just come to learn more about EMTC! Light refreshments will be provided.
A scene from last summer's production of Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella. (photo by Joe Facinelli)
EMTC delighted playgoers in 2004 with the bittersweet Steel Magnolias, the hilarious comedy Drop Dead, and the magical family musical Cinderella. And this year promises another round of top-notch entertainment.
Our local community theatre group is a member of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Theatrical Alliance, the regional organization that has announced EMTC's own Lee Schroeder as recipient of the 2005 Lifetime Achievement Award, to be presented in Scranton on March 19.
For more information, call (570) 434-2422.
Montrose, PA – The Center for Anti-Slavery Studies and Keystone College invite the public to a Town Meeting on Friday, April 15, from 7:00-9:00 p.m. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Montrose to discuss the local history project, The Place I Call Home: Northeastern Pennsylvania’s Underground Railroad History. The multi-county project will spend the next few years researching and interpreting the under-told role that Northeastern Pennsylvania played in the national Anti-Slavery movement. Hosted by the Susquehanna County Historical Society, the Town Meeting will introduce the project and invite public participation in this local history project. Admission is free of charge.
The Place I Call Home, spearheaded by The Center for Anti-Slavery Studies (CASS) and Keystone College, is a multi-year project that will research the Underground Railroad and Abolition activities of a ten county area of Northeastern Pennsylvania. Its initial consultation phase was funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Pennsylvania Humanities Council. The second phase, the research and planning phase, runs from early 2005 to late 2006, and has been funded to date by the Pennsylvania Humanities Council, the Pennsylvania Historic and Museum Commission, the Lackawanna Heritage Valley & Endless Mountains Heritage Region, and the Luzerne Foundation. This phase will assess existing research, conduct additional research, and invite public input, including oral histories and family records, to provide an accurate account of this region’s Underground Railroad “story.” At the end of the research and planning phase, collected information will be formatted into a traveling exhibit, companion web-based and DVD resources and curriculum materials, and a “how-to” guide for conducting Underground Railroad research.
Early research for The Place I Call Home seems to be showing evidence of strong African-American communities across Northeastern Pennsylvania and good working relationships between white abolitionists and black citizens in the mid-nineteenth century. Refugees from slavery were assisted by free blacks, active Abolitionists, and ordinary residents across the area. Karen James, Manager of the UGRR Initiative for the Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission (PHMC), and an expert on the topic of the Underground Railroad notes that, “Pennsylvania was at the heart of the anti-slavery movement in the U.S., and a part of that movement we call the Underground Railroad. Our goal is to learn more about the role of Pennsylvanians in UGRR history. We do this by using all sorts of documents to help us find the names of the people involved or the actions of many people from different communities in Pennsylvania.”
“Even with a few years to research this amazing region, we will not have an exhaustive understanding of what took place here,” says project coordinator, Kim Glemboski. “What we will have is an accurate representation of the role this region played on the national stage, punctuated by specific accounts and stories. Our greatest hope is that after the project’s conclusion, each of the communities of NEPA will continue to build upon this foundation, exploring their Underground Railroad stories and putting those stories in context with what was happening across the region.”
April’s Town Meetings will give the public a personal overview of the ambitious local history project. Project Team members will also detail how community members can contribute to and/or become involved in the research process. “The history of Abolition and Underground Railroad activities can not be found using traditional methods of European-style historic research,” Karen James noted, “but the history is there. You just have to know where to look.”
For more information about the upcoming Town Meetings or The Place I Call Home, contact the Center for Anti-Slavery Studies at (877) 772-6084 or email@example.com.
Dave and Carol Clemens, of Hallstead, will open their tree farm for a tour on Saturday, April 9, beginning at 9:00 a.m. Their tree farm was selected as the Outstanding Tree Farm of Pennsylvania in 2004.
Topics to be viewed will include a recent sustainable timber harvest, a regeneration harvest, an intermediate, improvement harvest, deer fences, how to lay out and maintain walking trails, tree ID and wildlife habitat improvement through forest management.
Presenters will include hosts, Dave and Carol, Jim Kessler – Bureau of Forestry, Bob Hobbes – consulting forester.
This walking tour should be interesting for adults and kids over six years old. There will be something for everyone to learn about working with and improving your own forest.
A pancake, sausage, and egg lunch will follow at a nearby location for a nominal fee.
For more information, contact Jim Kessler, Service Forester, Bureau of Forestry, County Office Building, Montrose, PA 18801, phone (570) 278–4600 ext. 270 or Dave Clemens, 879–4244.
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