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Senior Menu

Free Tax Assistance For Area Taxpayers
Library Schedules Auction Night
County Farm Bureau Spring Fund-Raiser
Toddler Time At Montrose Library
Walk With The National MS Society
NTRPDC To Honor Business Of Year
Share-A-Chair Benefit Planned
Composting Program Offers Free Bins

Nonprofit Training Series Scheduled
Hill Country Artists Meetings Resume

Madigan To Host Local Outreaches
SCHS 1960 Graduates
Seedling Sale
U of S Celebrates Premiere Performance
Underground Railroad Meeting Project
Tree Farm Tour
Excitement Builds For Library's Auction Night
Barbershop Chorus And Spaghetti Shindig
Commissioner Warren Offers Outreach
LWVSC To Sponsor Forum
Music For Munchkins At N. W. Library
Girl Scouts Seeking Women Of Distinction


April 6

LIGHTHOUSE OUTREACH MEAL, Wednesday, April 6, 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Lanesboro Community Church. All are welcome.

April 7

COMMUNITY BLOOD DRIVE, Thursday, April 7, 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Main St., New Milford. Call 278–1427 for info or to make an appointment.

PIZZA NIGHT, Thursday, April 7, 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Binghamton Elks Lodge, Kirkwood. All are welcome.

April 8

BAKE & RUMMAGE SALE, Friday, April 8, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Hop Bottom Methodist Church. All are welcome.

BUFFET DINNER, Friday, April 8, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Binghamton Elks Lodge, Kirkwood. All are welcome.

April 9

NIGHT SKY EXPLORATION, Saturday, April 9, 7:30 p.m. at Salt Springs State Park. Tony Pilato, Kopernik Observatory astronomer will lead. Telescope available, or bring your own. All are welcome.

KNITTING CLASSES for seniors, Saturday, April 9, 11 a.m. at the Senior Craftsmen Shop, 232 Wyoming Ave., Scranton. Call 344–7089.

LIBRARY AUCTION NIGHT, Saturday, April 9 at the VFW, Montrose. Doors open at 5, buffet dinner at 5:30, auction starts at 6. Admission (includes dinner). Call 278–1881 for info. All are welcome.

TREE FARM TOUR, Saturday, April 9, 9:00 a.m. at Dave and Carol Clemens’ farm. For info, call Jim Kessler, Bureau of Forestry, at 278–4600, ext. 270. All are welcome.

BAG SALE/BAKE SALE, Saturday, April 9, 9 a.m. to noon at the Hop Bottom Methodist Church. All are welcome.

SPAGHETTI DINNER, Saturday, April 9, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus Hall, Great Bend. All are welcome.

BAKE SALE & SPAGHETTI DINNER, Saturday, April 9 at the Lanesboro Community Hall. Bake sale 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., dinner 4:30 to 6 p.m. Takeouts only. Sponsored by the Lanesboro Cemetery Association. All are welcome.

CHICKEN BARBECUE, Saturday, April 9, noon until gone at the Binghamton Elks Lodge, Kirkwood. All are welcome.

April 10

SPRING FLING CASH BINGO, Sunday, April 10 at the Canawacta Rod & Gun Club. Doors open at noon, bingo starts at 2:00. For reservations or ticket info call 853–4553.

April 11

OPEN MEETING, Monday, April 11, 7:30 p.m. at the Blue Ridge Sportsmen’s Club, New Milford. New members welcome.

April 12

NORTHERN TIER Neighborhood Crime Watch meeting, Tuesday, April 12, 7:00 p.m. at the Great Bend Borough Building. All are welcome.

WING NIGHT, Tuesday, April 12, 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Binghamton Elks Lodge, Kirkwood. All are welcome.

April 14

PIZZA NIGHT, Thursday, April 14, 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Binghamton Elks Lodge, Kirkwood. All are welcome.

April 15

SPAGHETTI SUPPER, Friday, April 15, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Hallstead-Great Bend Rod & Gun Club, Hallstead. All are welcome.

TOWN MEETING, Friday, April 15, 7:00 p.m. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Montrose. Hosted by the Center for Anti-Slavery Studies to discuss NE PA’s Underground Railroad history. All are welcome.

“GOOD NEWS” Concert, Friday, April 15, 7:00 p.m. at the United Methodist Community Church, Great Bend. Refreshments will follow. All are welcome.

ROAST BEEF DINNER, Friday, April 15, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Binghamton Elks Lodge, Kirkwood. All are welcome.

April 15 & 16

PRAYER RETREAT, Friday, April 15, beginning at 4:30 p.m. and Saturday, April 16, until 3 p.m. at the Montrose Bible Conference. For info or reservations call 278–1001. All are welcome.

April 16

ALL YOU CAN EAT family style breakfast, Saturday, April 16, 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 at the Springville United Methodist Church. All are welcome.

ALL YOU CAN EAT breakfast, Saturday, April 16, 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at the United Methodist Community Church, Great Bend. All are welcome.

BUFFET DINNER, Saturday, April 16, 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Gibson United Methodist Church. Takeouts available. All are welcome.

CHICKEN & BISCUIT DINNER, Saturday, April 16, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Forest Lake Firemen’s Hall. Proceeds benefit the Forest Lake Volunteer Fire Co. All are welcome.

FISHERMEN’S BREAKFAST, Saturday, April 16, 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at the Rush Social Hall. All you can eat! All are welcome.

JAIME JORGE in concert, Saturday, April 16 at the Montrose Bible Conference. Dinner at 6:00 p.m., concert to follow. Reservations necessary, call 278–1001. All are welcome.

BINGO, Saturday, April 16, 7:00 p.m. at the Blue Ridge Sportsmen’s Club, New Milford. All are welcome.

AWAKENING OF SPRING LIFE program, Saturday, April 16, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Salt Springs State Park. BU Biology professor Julian Shepherd will be guest speaker. All are welcome.

April 17

PANCAKE BREAKFAST, Sunday, April 17, 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the Blue Ridge Sportsmen’s Club, New Milford. All are welcome.

April 19

WING NIGHT, Tuesday, April 19, 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Binghamton Elks Lodge, Kirkwood. All are welcome.

VISITORS’ BUREAU 2005 Spring-Summer Calendar of Events now available, listing events in Bradford, Sullivan, Susquehanna and Wyoming counties. Call 836–5431.


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Senior Menu April 11 – 15

Monday, April 11: chicken marsala, long grain rice, orange juice, baby carrots, country honey bread, pears.

Tuesday, April 12: brown bag day; breaded cod filet, cabbage salad, baked beans, hamburg bun, peaches, graham crackers.

Wednesday, April 13: Swedish meatball with noodles, French style string beans, rye bread, pineapple tidbits.

Thursday, April 14: meat lasagna, grape juice, tossed salad, Italian bread, cherry pie/cherries.

Friday, April 15: seasoned pork chops, succotash, mashed potatoes, pineapple juice, whole wheat bread, chewy granola bar.


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Free Tax Assistance For Area Taxpayers

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.

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Library Schedules Auction Night

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

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County Farm Bureau Spring Fund-Raiser

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.

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Toddler Time At Montrose Library

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.

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Walk With The National MS Society

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.

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NTRPDC To Honor Business Of Year

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.

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Share-A-Chair Benefit Planned

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.

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Composting Program Offers Free Bins

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.

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Nonprofit Training Series Scheduled

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.

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Hill Country Artists Meetings Resume

April 7 marks the first meeting of Hill Country Artists for the 2005 year. The group will meet on the first Thursday of each month at 7:00 p.m. at the Claverack Building, just East of Montrose on Rt. 706.

Hill Country Artists is an informal group of artists from Susquehanna County (although all are welcome) who meet to study art and share information with other artists. Members display their work at the Montrose House, Penn Star Bank and the County Office Building, all in Montrose. In addition, a booth at the Fourth of July celebration on the Green in Montrose features paintings in a variety of mediums.

The April 7 meeting will include a program on Techniques of Oil Painting by member Maureen VanNostrand.

The meetings are open to the public; all artists and other interested persons are most welcome. Refreshments will be served after the meeting and program.

For information contact President Rita Eddy at 553-2500.

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Madigan To Host Local Outreaches

Harrisburg – State Sen. Roger A. Madigan (R-23) will host outreach events in April 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 Friday, April 15, 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.

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SCHS 1960 Graduates

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.

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Seedling Sale

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: 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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U of S Celebrates Premiere Performance

Pennstar Bank presented a check to The University of Scranton as corporate sponsor of the 22nd World Premiere Composition Series, which is set for Saturday, April 30, featuring guest composer/conductor Jumaane Smith of the Juilliard Jazz Orchestra.  Shown at the presentation are, from left: Pennstar representatives Karen L. Thomas, vice president and marketing manager, and David E. Raven, president and chief operating officer; and from The University of Scranton, Cheryl Y. Boga, director of performance music, and Paul Strunk, vice president of institutional advancement.


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Underground Railroad Meeting Project

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

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Tree Farm Tour

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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Excitement Builds For Library's Auction Night

The seventh year of Auction Night is shaping up to be the best ever! This fun-and laughter-filled event, which includes a buffet dinner, will be held at the VFW on April 9. A few of the special items this year are an elaborate, fully-furnished and electrified dollhouse (pictured above); a week in an Outer Banks beach cottage (one sleeps 10) – two will be auctioned; and a handmade cutwork linen tablecloth with matching napkins. There are also bed-and-breakfast stays, event tickets, antiques, art, crafts, special baskets, extraordinary desserts, and much more, including wonderful door prizes. The doors open at 5, dinner starts at 5:30, and the auction begins at 6 p.m., hosted by entertaining auctioneers Dave and Josie Coddington. Tickets are available at the door. All proceeds support the Library and Historical Society. For more information on Auction Night, call 278-1881.

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Barbershop Chorus And Spaghetti Shindig

For an evening of song and entertainment join The Southerntiersmen Barbershop Chorus on April 16th at Montrose High School. The High School Band will offer a spaghetti supper starting at 4:30 prior to the show. Music begins at 7:00 PM with a keyboard-rocking, ragtime pre-show featuring Rick Pedro. The Barbershoppers arrive at 7:30 and will feature homegrown and regional stars including the Troubadours, Yesterday, and Sound Celebration quartets, plus more.

The Yesterday Barbershop Quartet is shown here with MRC Administrator Debbra Nagle in center. The quartet includes (from left) Dave Andre, Homer Middleton, Ron Leonard and Webb Comfort.

The Sourthentiersmen represent the best of this area’s vibrant tradition of Barbershop harmony. These gents (plus a Sweet Adeline lady or two) love what they do and sing their hearts out, lifting the rafters wherever they perform. The group is well known for fall performances in Johnson City, which have sold out for 61 years. This show will bring the full chorus to Susquehanna County for the first time in many years and it is expected to become an annual spring shindig.

Tickets are available at several Montrose stores. Proceeds will benefit the Montrose Restoration Committee and the Montrose High School Band. For information call (570) 278-6854.

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Commissioner Warren Offers Outreach

County Commissioner MaryAnn Warren announces an outreach program to offer all County residents an opportunity to share their concerns, questions, and ideas for Susquehanna County. Commissioner Warren, in an attempt to represent all the people of Susquehanna County, will be available to meet in an informal setting at the New Milford Boro Building on the first Tuesday and Thursday of the every month, during the hours of 3:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. No appointment is necessary. Warren states, “When I offered myself as a candidate, I campaigned that I would try to make County government more accessible to all the citizens of Susquehanna County, and scheduling hours during non business hours will be a step to honor that campaign pledge. I solicit your opinions and welcome your participation.”

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LWVSC To Sponsor Forum

The public is invited to join the League of Women Voters of Susquehanna County for a special meeting with the Susquehanna County Commissioners. The County Commissioners’ Forum will be held on Wednesday, April 6 beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the large courtroom of the Susquehanna County Courthouse in Montrose.

The forum will offer each commissioner three minutes to discuss the past year's events and accomplishments, following which they will take questions from the audience. Each commissioner will then have three minutes to answer each question.

"This is a great opportunity for residents to bring their questions and concerns to the commissioners in an organized forum," says LWVSC President Susan Newhart, urging all interested citizens to attend this public meeting.

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Music For Munchkins At N. W. Library

The Northern Wayne Community Library will host a “Music for Munchkins” program for preschool age children (2-5 yrs.) on Friday, April 1, and Friday, April 22.

The program will run from 10:00 to 11:15 a.m. at the library, which is located next to the Preston School in Lakewood.

Mrs. Linda Lee of Starrucca will facilitate the program. Mrs. Lee has more than 40 years of experience in the music field as an elementary school music teacher, private piano teacher and a bell and chime choir director.

“Music for Munchkins” is open to the general public and free of charge. A snack and story time will also be included in the program.

Pre-registration is necessary, however it is not mandatory for a child to attend for both sessions. Parental involvement in the activities is necessary.

Please call Maria or Julie at 798–2444 to register or with any questions.

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Girl Scouts Seeking Women Of Distinction

Girl Scouts, Scranton Pocono Council is currently seeking nominations for its Ninth Annual Women of Distinction Awards which will be presented at a “Stars & S’mores Soiree” at the Hilton Scranton and Conference Center.

The Women of Distinction Award is presented to women who embody the ideals of the Girl Scout Movement. For a nominee to be awarded this honor, she must be or have been a Girl Scout as a child or as an adult within the Council's geographic service area of Lackawanna, Monroe, Susquehanna, Wayne, Wyoming and Pike Counties. In addition, she must be recognized for her contributions to personal and/or professional endeavors, possess strength of spirit, display a commitment to her community and strive to live her life by the code of conduct appropriate for a Girl Scout alumna.

Pictured (l-r) and ready for "s'more fun" are: back – Peter Curtin, PNC Bank and Terry Wise, Keystone College; front – Chris Clark, Highlights for Children and Melinda Ghilardi, event co-chair.

“The Women of Distinction Award celebrates the success of today’s woman and the contribution of Girl Scouting to the lives of women and girls,” said Cindy Garren, council executive director.

The application deadline is April 29. For more information about the Women of Distinction Awards or for a nomination form, call Joann Hoban toll-free at 877-582-2100.

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