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EVENTS, PROGRAMS, HAPPENINGS, SEMINARS:
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.
CAREGIVERS’ SUPPORT GROUP meeting, Tuesday, April 19, 7:00 p.m. at the Area of Aging Office, Montrose. For info call 1-800-982-4346. All are welcome.
CRIMEWATCH meeting, Wednesday, April 20, 7:00 p.m. in the Susquehanna Borough Building. All are welcome.
MAKE A DIFFERENCE in your community by volunteering. Open meeting, Wednesday, April 20, 6:00 p.m. at the Montrose United Methodist Church with representatives from county agencies and nonprofit organizations. All are welcome.
SUSQUEHANNA DEPOT AREA Historical Society meeting, Thursday, April 21, 7:00 p.m. in the Susquehanna Borough Building. All are welcome.
PIZZA NIGHT, Thursday, April 21, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Binghamton Elks Lodge, Kirkwood. All are welcome.
WIMPIES LUNCHEON, Thursday, April 21, noon at the Starrucca Baptist Church social rooms. Sponsored by the Bag Ladies and Senior Citizens. All are welcome.
OPEN AUDITIONS for the Endless Mts. Theatre Co., Thursday, April 21, 6:30 p.m. at the Blue Ridge High School. All adults and teens 16 or older are welcome. Call 465–9518 for info.
TERRY WALDO in concert with the NEPA Philharmonic, Friday, April 22, 8:00 p.m. at the F.M. Kirby Center, Wilkes-Barre. For ticket info, call 457–8301. All are welcome.
MUSIC FOR MUNCHKINS, Friday, April 22 , 10:00 a.m. at the Northern Wayne Community Library. Children ages 2-5 welcome. Registration required, call 798–2444.
GRAND BUFFET, Friday, April 22, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Binghamton Elks Lodge, Kirkwood. All are welcome.
SPAGHETTI & MEATBALL DINNER, Friday, April 22, 4:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Lawsville Grange. Takeouts available. All are welcome.
April 22 – 24
ORCHID SHOW, Friday, April 22 through Sunday, April 24 during business hours at the Oakdale Mall, Johnson City. Sponsored by the Southern Tier Orchid Society. All are welcome.
TERRY WALDO in concert with the NEPA Philharmonic, Saturday, April 23, 8:00 p.m. at the Scranton Cultural Center. For ticket info, call 457–8301. All are welcome.
CHICKEN BARBECUE, Saturday, April 23, noon to 5:30 at the Elk Lake School. Takeouts available. Sponsored by the Dimock Christian Community church. All are welcome.
NATURE DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY program, Saturday, April 23, 10 a.m. to noon at Salt Springs State Park. Guest speaker is nature photographer George Schreck. All are welcome.
OPEN AUDITIONS for the Endless Mts. Theatre Co., Saturday, April 23, 9:30 a.m. at the Blue Ridge High School. All adults and teens 16 or older are welcome. Call 465–9518 for info.
April 23 & 24
ENDLESS MTS. MAPLE FESTIVAL, Saturday, April 23 and Sunday, April 24 at Alparon Park, Troy, PA. Gates open at 7 a.m. Admission. All are welcome.
BRUNCH, Sunday, April 24, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Binghamton Elks Lodge, Kirkwood. All are welcome.
EARTH DAY service, Sunday, April 24, 10 a.m. at the First Universalist Church, Brooklyn. Environmentalist Susan Chance and “Johnny Appleseed” will be guest speakers. For info call 289–4603. All are welcome.
FAMILY AL-ANON meeting, Monday, April 18, 7:30 p.m. at Holy Name of Mary Parish Center, Montrose. All are welcome.
LADIES NIGHT OUT, Tuesday, April 26 at the Montrose Bible Conference. Dinner at 6:30, followed by a program by Kelly Bushey of Cherith Counseling & Conference Ministries. For reservations, call 278–1001.
WING NIGHT, Tuesday, April 26, 6 p.m. at the Binghamton Elks Lodge, Kirkwood. All are welcome.
SPAGHETTI DINNER, Wednesday, April 27, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Binghamton Elks Lodge, Kirkwood. All are welcome.
PIZZA NIGHT, Thursday, April 28, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Binghamton Elks Lodge, Kirkwood. All are welcome.
ROAST BEEF DINNER, Friday, April 29, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Binghamton Elks Lodge, Kirkwood. All are welcome.
RUMMAGE & BAKE SALE, Friday, April 29, 9 a.m. to noon and 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Franklin Forks United Methodist Church. All are welcome.
LUNCH WITH THE LLAMAS, Saturday, April 30, 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Salt Springs State Park. Fee. Pre-registration required, call 967–7275. All are welcome.
BAG SALE, Saturday, April 30, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Franklin Forks United Methodist Church. All are welcome.
PANCAKE SUPPER, Saturday, April 30, 4:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Susquehanna Valley Grange, South Windsor. All you can eat! All are welcome.
ROAST BEEF SUPPER, Saturday, April 30, 4:30 p.m. at the Thompson United Methodist Church. All are welcome.
CHICKEN BARBECUE, Saturday, April 30, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at East Ararat United Methodist Church. Eat in or take out. All are welcome.
April 30 & May 1
HOUSE & GARDEN SHOW, Saturday, April 30, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, May 1, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Waverly Community House. For info call 586–8191. All are welcome.
PANCAKE BREAKFAST, Sunday, May 1, 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Hallstead-Great Bend Rod & Gun Club, Hallstead. All are welcome.
PANCAKE BREAKFAST, Sunday, May 1, 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the American Legion Post 86, Susquehanna. Take outs available, call 853–3542 (that morning). All are welcome.
REGISTRATION DEADLINE is May 1 for the Prezelski Basketball School, to be held at Montrose Area High School on June 22–24. Boys and girls entering grades 4-9 welcome. For an application, call 785–3913.
FAMILY AL-ANON meeting, Monday, May 2, 7:30 p.m. at Holy Name of Mary Parish Center, Montrose. All are welcome.
Monday, April 18: sliced turkey with gravy, French style green beans, sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce, wheat bread, graham crackers with peanut butter, fruit cocktail.
Tuesday, April 19: vegetable lasagna, three-bean salad, cooked peas, orange juice, rye bread, fresh apple.
Wednesday, April 20: Italian marinated chicken, long grain brown rice, Brussels sprouts, wheat bread, peaches.
Thursday, April 21: spaghetti and meatballs, tossed salad, seeded Italian bread, lemon meringue pie/diet vanilla pudding.
Friday, April 22: brown bag day; stuffed peppers with sauce, mashed potatoes, mixed vegetables, dinner roll, graham cracker with peanut butter, medium fresh orange.
Susquehanna County's award-winning, all-volunteer theatre group, Endless Mountains Theatre Company will be holding auditions on April 21, at 6:30 p.m. and April 23, at 9:30 a.m. at Blue Ridge High School, New Milford, PA.
EMTC's 2004 season resulted in 18 NEPTA awards. Photo by Joe Facinelli
All interested adults and teens 16 or over are encouraged to attend and join in the fun of community theatre!
These auditions are for the musical The Pajama Game (to be staged June 24-25) and the dinner-theatre comedy/mystery Southern Fried Murder (to be staged August 5-7). Please note that audition dates for both these summer shows are April 21 and 23.
The Pajama Game is an offbeat Broadway smash that pits a pajama-makers' union against management. Mind you, this is a musical comedy, so you know it's not going to be all work and no play! Labor meets love, thanks to the music and lyrics of Richard Adler and Jerry Ross and the dialogue by George Abbott and Richard Bissell.
And Southern Fried Murder is a rollicking send-up by playwright Billy St. John, which turns the South on its head and the actors loose into the audience!
"We use people of all levels of experience," says EMTC's new Chair Dianna Wayman. "Every year we take the stage with a team of teens and adults, veterans and novices. We all have a great time, and the audiences keep coming back for more."
The Company, now in its seventh season, recently took a whopping 18 trophies at the annual regional awards ceremony given by the Northeastern Pennsylvania Theatrical Alliance.
For more information about auditions or other EMTC activities (including the Ed Lonzinski Middle/High School Theatre Camp – 2005 registration now open!), call (570) 465-9518.
There will be no school for Forest City Regional students on Friday, April 22. This day is an Act 80 in-service day for the teachers.
“The Future Of Food” is an important documentary about the story behind the foods we consume on a daily basis. This new documentary offers an in-depth investigation into the unsettling truth behind the unlabeled, patented, genetically engineered foods that have quietly filled U.S. grocery store shelves for the past decade. The Green Party of Susquehanna County cordially invites everyone concerned about protecting our farmers, environment, and our food supply to attend this 90-minute movie on Wednesday, April 27, at 7 p.m. at the Montrose Theater.
From the test tube, to the farm field, to the supermarket, “The Future Of Food” follows the personal stories of farmers in the US and in Canada who have been outrageously sued by large, multi-national corporations for continuing the time-honored tradition of saving seeds; of the scientists in the U.S. and Europe who have been censored for raising serious public and environmental health concerns; and finally, of the consumers, who are beginning to question why this has escaped the attention of both the media and the Federal agencies in charge of keeping our food safe.
“Most people don't realize that genetically engineered foods are now contained in an estimated 60 percent of all processed foods,” said Montrose organic farmer Leif Winter, a member of the recently formed Green Party of Susquehanna County. Adds Violet Stone, Dimock, organizer of Farmers’ Markets in upstate New York, "We used to be a nation of farmers, but now farmers represent less than two percent of the population in the United States; many people don’t realize where or how their food is being grown today,”
Shot on location in the U.S., Canada and Mexico, The Future Of Food gives a voice to farmers whose lives and livelihoods have been negatively impacted by this new technology. The health implications, government policies and push towards globalization are all part of the reason why many people are alarmed by the introduction of genetically altered crops into our food supply.
There is no charge for admission but donations will be accepted. For further information, please contact Joyce Stone, 278-4494, or Leif Winter, 879-4704.
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.
The hills of Susquehanna County will soon be filled with the sound of music. The Parish of St. Martin of Tours and St. Paul's, Jackson, PA has established a new Arts Council to promote visual and performing arts in the local community. This non-denominational organization welcomes all to share their talents and skills in the arts. Plans have started for a concert featuring local performers, art shows, trips to nearby museums, and theatrical productions.
The Arts Council first endeavor will be a summer production of Nunsense, slated for August 12, 13, 14, 2005, in cooperation with Samuel French, Inc. Auditions for this musical comedy will be held at the Church Hall at the corner of Routes 92 and 492 on Sunday, April 17, from 4-6 PM. For further information about the auditions or sponsorship, contact Director Chris Lake at (570) 756–2887.
If you are interested in joining this group of energetic artists, come to the next organizational meeting on Monday, April 25, beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the Church Hall in Jackson, PA.
The First Universalist Church of Brooklyn has announced it will have a special speaker at its 10 a.m. Sunday service on April 24. Susan Chance of Montrose, an environmental educator, has agreed to speak at the church’s annual Earth Day Worship Service. Ms. Chance has been very active in Susquehanna County and has shared a great deal of information in the past on many local venues regarding the natural world in this rural county. She is expected to share with all in attendance facts that will whet the appetite of those in attendance for getting out into our local forests and do some worthwhile exploring in the world of nature we have close at hand.
The church will be focusing this year on a special program regarding trees and all who come will have an opportunity to learn about planting the “seeds” for apple trees. “Johnny Appleseed” (historically known as John Chapman) will visit the church for this informative and lively program.
A light “natural snack” will be available after the church service. For further information or directions to the church, call Rev. Christianson, 289-4603. The public is cordially invited.
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.
May is National Osteoporosis Awareness Month and the B/S/S/T Area Agency on Aging PrimeTime Health program is sponsoring free Osteoporosis awareness programs for older adults (age 60+) in the Senior Community Centers. PrimeTime Health is a program promoting wellness for older adults.
Many people think of this bone-thinning ailment as affecting only women, but it also affects one in five men. Osteoporosis literally means “porous bones” and occurs when spaces between the bones become larger, weakening them and making them more fragile.
According to the U.S. Surgeon Generals report, each year an estimated 1.5 million people suffer an osteoporosis-related fracture – an event that often leads to a downward spiral in physical health and quality of life. This report outlines simple steps to prevent and treat bone disease and take action that can lead to better bone health.
This information is the basis for the programs to be presented by staff of the PA Health Department. The programs will be held at the following Senior Center locations: Susquehanna (853-3967) – May 9, 12:20 p.m.; Forest City (785-3386) – May 11, 12:30 p.m.; Lenoxville (222-9550) – May 12, 11:00 a.m.; Lawton (934-2575) – May 16, 12:10 p.m.; Montrose (278-4370) – May 17, Noon; Great Bend (879-2896) – May 26, 12:15 p.m.
Registration is not required, however if you would also like to enjoy lunch at the Senior Community Center, please call that location at least one day in advance.
NORTHEASTERN PENNSYLVANIA – Volunteers are preparing for April 23 as the Great Pennsylvania Cleanup gets underway to remove litter and trash from the state’s roadways, parks, river banks and open spaces.
District 4-0 of the state Department of Transportation (PENNDOT) is joining in the massive, statewide effort to do some spring cleaning along our highways. District 4-0 includes Lackawanna, Luzerne, Pike, Susquehanna, Wayne and Wyoming counties.
District 4-0 is getting a head start on its spring cleaning with some efforts before the Great Pennsylvania Cleanup day. PENNDOT is currently conducting a concentrated litter pickup effort along parts of Interstates 80 and 81. Drivers are urged to keep alert for PENNDOT litter crews working along various sections of Interstates 80 and 81.
In addition, PENNDOT employees will volunteer their own time on April 19 to conduct a cleanup on the grounds of the district office as well as the I-81 interchange with the O’Neill Highway in Dunmore.
“Volunteers make all the difference,” said Stephen Shimko, PENNDOT District 4-0 District Executive. “No one likes to view a cluttered landscape. With the help of volunteers, we’ll continue to make a difference in beautifying Northeastern Pennsylvania.”
The Great Pennsylvania Cleanup on April 23 is a comprehensive effort involving local and state government, businesses, waste haulers, and environmental and civic groups. The state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and PENNDOT, in cooperation with Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful Inc.(KPB) are sponsoring the Great Pennsylvania Cleanup.
PENNDOT is looking for volunteers to take part in the community cleanup. More than 182,000 volunteers joined in PENNDOT’s litter pickup last year, gathering more than 233,000 bags of litter and debris. Volunteers who participate in the annual cleanup are provided with orange safety vests and garbage bags.
In past years, volunteers in the six counties of PENNDOT District 4-0 collected more than 50,000 garbage bags filled with trash.
Along with the Great Pennsylvania Cleanup Day, PENNDOT supports another volunteer anti-litter program called Adopt-A-Highway (AAH) program. AAH encourages volunteers to adopt a section of highway, and periodically pick up litter along their adopted roadway.
Since it began in 1990, PENNDOT’s AAH program has become one of the largest anti-litter programs in the United States. More than 1,400 miles of highways of Northeastern Pennsylvania have been adopted by 634 Adopt-A-Highway groups. Statewide, more than 17,000 miles of the state highway system, or 42 percent, has been adopted by 7,700 groups.
PENNDOT spends $10.1 million each year to remove litter from roadsides. Without the help of civic-minded individuals, groups and organizations, this number could easily be three or four times more, according to PENNDOT.
For information on the Great Pennsylvania Cleanup, and to find or register a cleanup, visit DEP’s Web site at www.dep.state.pa.us and click on the Great Pennsylvania Cleanup logo, or call toll-free 1-888-548-8372.
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.
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.
On Saturday, May 7, the Christian Motorcyclists Association will hold its 17th annual Run for the Son motorcycle ride. The Wheels for Christ Chapter in Montrose, PA is one of the approximately 500 chapters participating in this Run. This will be a 100-mile, scenic mountain ride in which riders will seek sponsors to help raise money for CMA to “spread the light of Jesus to every nation.” Over the past 16 years, CMA has raised over $8 million to help present the Gospel of Jesus Christ to millions of people around the world. Every penny promptly goes to work and CMA is a member of the Evangelical Council of Financial Accountability or ECFA. This year, twenty percent goes for Bibles to closed and restricted countries, twenty percent goes for motorcycles to native pastors around the world, twenty percent goes to help the “Jesus Film Project” spread the Word of God, and forty percent is used by CMA to help reach motorcyclists here in the United States.
This year’s goal is $2,400,000. Anyone interested in participating in this event can meet at 9:45 a.m., May 7, at McDonald’s, Montrose, PA. You will go approximately 100 miles, round trip. For further information or if you would like to sponsor someone for the Run, call (570) 836–5030.
Owners of wells, springs and other private water systems in Pennsylvania can get information on maintaining a safe water supply by viewing a satellite videoconference, 7-8:30 p.m. on May 3 at the County Office Building, 31 Public Avenue, Montrose, PA.
Sponsored by Penn State's Master Well Owner Network and the Pennsylvania Ground Water Association, the program will originate from Penn State's University Park campus and will air live at more than two dozen Penn State Cooperative Extension offices around the state. The program will cover well construction, maintenance, water testing, wellhead protection and water treatment.
"The program will mark National Drinking Water Awareness Week," says Stephanie Clemens, coordinator of the Master Well Owner Network. "There will be a period for questions and answers with the experts in the studio and master well owners will be on hand at downlink locations to answer questions before and after the satellite program. Contact the Penn State Cooperative Extension office in your county to find out if it is hosting the satellite program, to sign up to attend, or to find out where the closest viewing site will be."
At this writing, extension offices in Bradford, Cambria, Carbon, Centre, Chester, Clearfield, Clinton, Crawford, Cumberland, Elk, Greene, Huntingdon, Indiana, Jefferson, Lancaster, Lawrence, Luzerne, McKean, Mercer, Mifflin, Monroe, Northumberland, Perry, Pike, Potter, Susquehanna, Wayne and Westmoreland counties are planning to air the program.
"The Master Well Owner Network, Pennsylvania's volunteer network for private water source protection, is a group of trained volunteers dedicated to promoting the proper construction and maintenance of private water systems in Pennsylvania," says Clemens. "To date, there are 244 trained Master Well Owner volunteers in 55 counties in Pennsylvania. They have provided assistance to more than 4,000 homeowners with private water systems. Master Well Owners have gone through an eight-hour training on private water system management. Each master well owner's job is to go out into his or her community and spread that new information to at least 100 people over a two-year period."
To register call the Extension office at 278-1158, or contact Clemens at (814) 865-2250.
The Susquehanna County Planning commission will hold a public meeting on Thursday, April 28, beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the Conference Room of the County Office Building, 31 Public Avenue, Montrose. The purpose of the public meeting will be to receive comments on the proposed changes to the Susquehanna County Subdivision and Land Development Ordinance. The proposed changes to the Ordinance are the first major changes in the document since 1995. Minor changes were made to the Ordinance in 1998.
A Subdivision and Land Development Ordinance (SALDO) governs how land is divided into lots and how infrastructure (roads, water, sewer, drainage facilities, etc.) is provided to major subdivisions and commercial developments. Without a SALDO, lots in subdivisions would be divided with no particular organization and without any consistent standards. This would lead to unplanned development and result in subdivisions with inadequate roads, water supply, sewage disposal, or other improvements. The SALDO is also the means to ensure that subdivision maps are filed with the County Recorder of Deeds for legal identification and orderly land transfer from owner to owner.
The County’s SALDO applies to thirty-three of the forty municipalities in the County. Seven municipalities have adopted their own SALDO which supersede the County Ordinance.
The proposed changes to the SALDO include 1) smaller minimum lot sizes but with the deduction of constrained land such as wetlands and floodway, 2) a requirement for a plan submission for certain additions to commercial and industrial developments, 3) a rearrangement of the Plan Processing section, including specific forms to be used by the Planning Department when receiving a plan, 4) the addition of a final plan application and as-built plans, 5) a new classification called “Minor Land Development” to simplify the approval process for small developments, 6) an expanded section on improvement guarantees required from a developer when all roads and other improvements are not installed at once, 7) performance standards for commercial and industrial developments, and 8) further defining the circumstances under which a waiver of the requirements may be allowed by the Planning Commission.
Anyone wishing to review the proposed documents may obtain a copy from the Susquehanna County Department of Planning, 31 Public Avenue, Montrose, PA. A full text is also available on-line at www.susqco.com.
Countryside Conservancy will present its ninth annual Stewardship Awards at its annual meeting on April 20 at Keystone College. With this year's Awards, ten property owners in and around the Tunkhannock Creek watershed will be recognized as outstanding stewards of their lands. Awards are presented in three categories: Working Farm, Residential, and Other. Awards Committee chair Sandra Boyle is proud to announce that the Conservancy will present multiple awards in all three categories this year, including several from Susquehanna County. Come and find out who this year's winners are!
The annual meeting is the Conservancy's yearly opportunity to review its progress in land and water preservation. Major achievements in 2004 include 149 acres of new conservation easements and the Conservancy's acquisition of Little Rocky Glen, which will be the subject of a special presentation. Attendees will find out what Conservancy lands are open to the public free of charge, what progress has been made on the Trolley Trail, what the South Branch Tunkhannock Creek Watershed Coalition has discovered about water quality in our local creeks, and what new initiatives the Conservancy plans in 2005.
This year's Stewardship Awards and annual meeting will run from 7 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, April 20, and will be held in Evans Hall at Keystone College. The meeting is free and open to the public, and all are most cordially welcomed. Annual meeting chairs Penny Davis and Susan Scranton Dawson have gone to great lengths to ensure a comfortable atmosphere, and a delicious selection of coffees and desserts are on offer.
Countryside Conservancy conserves lands and water in and near the Tunkhannock Creek watershed for the public benefit now, and for the future. For more information about the Conservancy, call 945-6995.
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.”
Volunteer your time and talents – and you’ll be joining nearly 29 percent of Americans, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ latest study on volunteers.
Susquehanna County residents who want to share their time and talents, are invited to a local Volunteer Fair to be held Wednesday, April 20, 2005, from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. at the Montrose United Methodist Church.
Volunteer opportunities are available for all ages and skill levels. According to United Methodist Outreach Committee Leader Carole Nasser, representatives from 19 organizations will be attending the Volunteer Fair.
“This will be a great opportunity for people who want to make an impact on our community, but aren’t sure how to connect with volunteer agencies. The Fair will be a great educational tool in that people can learn how to volunteer their services, and learn more about what organizations exist in our area,” said Nasser.
Outreach member Sharon Siedlecki is involved locally with Red Cross, and volunteers for other organizations throughout the year. She said, “Volunteering is rewarding in many ways. You feel like you’ve made a positive difference in the community, you meet new people, and it’s fun. You get to learn something new, and it’s satisfying to know you’ve helped someone.”
Siedlecki says she encourages anyone who has thought about helping others to attend the Fair.
“This is a great opportunity for people to discover how they can make a difference,” said Siedlecki.
Nasser says she hopes that this event will encourage people to learn more about the organizations in our area, and pointed out that National Volunteer Week coincides with the Fair.
National Volunteer Week pays tribute and calls public attention to volunteers across the nation. During National Volunteer Week, April 17-23, thousands of volunteers will receive presidential recognition for their service through the President’s Volunteer Service Award – the most prestigious volunteer award associated with the White House.
National Volunteer Week is sponsored by the Points of Light Foundation & Volunteer Center National Network. Points of Light Foundation President Robert K. Goodwin said, “It’s easy to overlook the importance of volunteers because they rarely sing their own praises; yet they change so many lives.”
Goodwin said, “National Volunteer Week is a way of saying ‘Thank You’ to the selfless men, women, and young people who embody the American spirit of caring for one another.”
For more information about the local Volunteer Fair, call the Montrose United Methodist Church office at 278-3311.
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.
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.
Mr. Robert Keyes, Principal of Susquehanna Community Elementary School, announces that there will be a make-up day for Pre-Kindergarten/Kindergarten Registration on Tuesday, April 19, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Elementary Health Office.
Any parent who registers a child for pre-kindergarten or kindergarten must bring a birth certificate, Social Security card and immunization records. A general health history form and pupil transportation form should be filled out at the time of registration.
A student must be five (5) years of age on or before September 1, 2005 in order to be eligible for Kindergarten, and a student must be four (4) years of age on or before September 1, 2005 in order to be eligible for Pre-Kindergarten.
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