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Senior Menu

Snee Adds Power To United Way
Adult Spelling Championship
Future Of Food At Montrose Theater
Toddler Time At Montrose Library
Walk With The National MS Society
Band Concert At Susky High
Greg Maby Benefit
Clifford Township 2005 Spring Clean Up

Nonprofit Training Series Scheduled
Free Osteoporosis Awareness Programs

Contested Primaries And Ballot Question
SCHS 1960 Graduates
Diabetes Walk Needs Participants!
U of S Celebrates Premiere Performance
2005 Run For The Son Scheduled
Advice For Private Water Supply Owners
Planning Commission Seeking Comments
LWV District Justice Candidates Forum
Commissioner Warren Offers Outreach
Rail–Trail Honors Friends Of Trail
Red Visions Dance Troupe At Mt. View
Girl Scouts Seeking Women Of Distinction
Walk With A Doc


April 26

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.

April 27

SPAGHETTI DINNER, Wednesday, April 27, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Binghamton Elks Lodge, Kirkwood. All are welcome.

April 28

PIZZA NIGHT, Thursday, April 28, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Binghamton Elks Lodge, Kirkwood. All are welcome.

April 29

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.

EAST ARARAT CEMETERY ASSOC. meeting, Friday, April 29, 6:00 p.m. at East Ararat United Methodist Church.

SPAGHETTI & MEATBALL DINNER, Friday, April 29, 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at St. Patrick’s Church Parish Center, Nicholson. All are welcome.

April 30

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.

BENEFIT for Greg Maby, Saturday, April 30, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Susquehanna Community School track. Walk-a-thon, games, refreshments. Admission. For more info call 853–4843. 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.

May 1

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.

May 2

FAMILY AL-ANON meeting, Monday, May 2, 7:30 p.m. at Holy Name of Mary Parish Center, Montrose. All are welcome.

May 4

"PICTURE THIS!” Young People’s Concert, Wednesday May 4, 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. at the Scranton Cultural Center. For ticket info, call the NE PA Philharmonic, 457–8301. All are welcome.

May 4 – 6

RUMMAGE SALE, Wednesday, May 4, Thursday, May 5, and Friday, May 6, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Susquehanna United Methodist Church. All are welcome.

May 5

"PICTURE THIS!” Young People’s Concert, Thursday May 5, 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. at the F.M. Kirby Center, Wilkes-Barre. For ticket info, call the NE PA Philharmonic, 457–8301. All are welcome.

May 6

CALLIGRAPHER’S GUILD of NE PA program on Turkish Marbling, Friday, May 6, 7:30 p.m. at Marywood University. For info call 287–2485. Free. All are welcome.

May 6 & 7

MOTHERS DAY flower sale, Friday, May 6, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, May 7, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Fred Miller Pavilion, Main St., Honesdale. Sponsored by the Dessin Animal Shelter. For info call 253–4037. All are welcome.

May 7

LABYRINTH WALK, Saturday, May 7, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Self-Discovery Wellness Arts Center, Montrose. For info call 278–9256. All are welcome.

PANCAKE & SAUSAGE BREAKFAST, Saturday, May 7, 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. at East Ararat United Methodist Church. All are welcome.

BAG SALE, Saturday, May 7, 10:00 a.m. to 12 noon at the Susquehanna United Methodist Church. All are welcome.

May 8

CHICKEN BARBECUE, Sunday, May 8, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Blue Ridge Sportsmen’s Club, New Milford. For advance tickets call 879–0966 or 465–3796. Takeouts available. All are welcome.

MOTHER’S DAY WALK, Sunday, May 8, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Salt Springs State Park. Free, no registration required. All are welcome.

May 9

FAMILY AL-ANON meeting, Monday, May 9, 7:30 p.m. at Holy Name of Mary Parish Center, Montrose. All are welcome.

OPEN MEETING, Monday, May 9, 7:30 p.m. at the Blue Ridge Sportsmen’s Club,  New Milford. New members welcome.

May 10

NORTHERN TIER Neighborhood Crime Watch meeting, Tuesday, May 10, 7:00 p.m. at the Hallstead American Legion. All are welcome.


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Senior Menu May 2 - 6

Monday, May 2: roast beef with gravy, mashed potatoes, green beans, cabbage salad, ten grain bread, apricots, graham crackers.

Tuesday, May 3: stuffed cabbage roll, buttered noodles, apple juice, cooked California blend, wheat bread, butterscotch pudding/diet butterscotch pudding.

Wednesday, May 4: char broiled beef patty, home style beans, pickled beets, hamburg bun, tropical fruit and chocolate chip granola bar.

Thursday, May 5: sweet and sour chicken, long grain brown rice, cooked broccoli, wheat bread, fresh orange.

Friday, May 6: baked white fish, mashed potatoes, orange juice, tossed salad, seeded rye bread, graham crackers, Boston cream pie; diabetic chocolate pudding.


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Snee Adds Power To United Way

NY Giants offensive lineman, 23 year old Chris Snee will be home to ride in the Montrose Fourth of July parade. He’s been selected as Honorary Chairman of the 2005 United Way campaign, adding celebrity muscle to his hometown charity’s 2005 Kickoff. In his honor, a Punt, Pass and Kick competition open to all boys and girls age 7-14, from Susquehanna County and beyond, will be held Sunday, July 3 starting at noon at Snee’s alma mater, Montrose High.


Hometown hero NY Giants star guard, Chris Snee.

Registration packets for the event can be picked up at all Pennstar Bank or Peoples National Bank branches. Special prizes will be awarded for gathering United Way sponsorship pledges before the event. For more information call 570-278-3868.

Snee is a soft-spoken drive blocker 6-2, 314 pounds who can bench press 225 pounds 29 times. But in school he showed he had scholastic strength as well and was a member of both the French Honor Society and the National Honor Society. This standout defensive lineman also excelled on his basketball squad and was a team captain for both sports.

That talent led to a three-year starter position at Boston College where he was an All-Big East first-team selection as right guard. In April, 2004 the NFL came knocking when the Giants needed to protect their young quarterback Eli Manning. At the time, Giants general manager Ernie Accorsi said, “Chris Snee is by far the highest-rated player at a need position, a critical position.” Head coach Tom Coughlin describes Snee as able to play center in a pinch and “an outstanding football player, a physical football player, athletic and able to pull.”

Chris’ decision to go with the Giants was made easier by the team’s location. “I did a couple of interviews and they asked me where I would like to go and I told them I would like to stay on the East Coast since I’m from Pennsylvania. The Giants are 2 ½ hours from my house, so it’s a great spot.”

Chris’ parents, Diane and Ed Snee live in Montrose.


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Adult Spelling Championship

The Area Agency on Aging will be sponsoring an Older Adult Spelling Championship on Thursday May 19, at 1:00 p.m., at the Troy Fire Hall, located in Troy, PA. The competition is open to adults, 55 years of age and older who reside within the counties of Bradford, Sullivan, Susquehanna, and Tioga. Pre-registration is required by May 13 in order to participate in the event.

The local winner will advance to the 2005 Pennsylvania Older Adults Spelling Championship which will be held in Washington County, at Washington & Jefferson College on June 9.

If you would like to Pre-register for the 2005 Older Adult Spelling Championship, or would like additional information, contact the Area Agency on Aging at 1-800-982-4346, or (570) 265–6121.


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Future Of Food At Montrose Theater

“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.


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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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Band Concert At Susky High

Susquehanna Community High School will present their annual Junior/Senior Band Concert on Sunday, May 1, 2:00 p.m. under the direction of Mrs. Sandra Schell. The students are ready to entertain you, their family and friends with such selections as Flight of the Thunderbird, Light Calvary, Colonel Bogey, Malaguena, and Gershwin Portrait. All music lovers are invited to an afternoon of fun and relaxation. Admission is free.


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Greg Maby Benefit

A benefit for Greg Maby will be held April 30 from 3-5 at the Susquehanna  High School Track. There will be a walk-a-thon, games for kids, prizes, food, soda, and baked goods. Donation is $10.00 per person or $25.00 per family. For more Information, call Judy at 853-4843.


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Clifford Township 2005 Spring Clean Up

Coinciding with the "2005 Great Pennsylvania Cleanup" on April 23, Clifford Township will start its roadside cleanup immediately. Bags and gloves are available at Clifford Auto Center until April 30. When your area is clean, call 222–5805 or 222–4628 and leave a message saying where the garbage bags are located. Township workers and volunteers will be dispatched to pick up and dispose of the garbage.

The annual trash collection is scheduled for May 6 and 7, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sponsored by the Clifford Township Community Alliance and the Clifford Township Supervisors, it is a great opportunity to get rid of what you no longer want, but do not know how or where to dispose of these items. Bring these things to the Township Building. Glass, tin, and aluminum have no fee. Not acceptable are household garbage, leaves, tree limbs, heavy machinery and farm equipment. For the exact price schedule go online to community section.

This cleanup is for Clifford Township residents only; proof of residence is required. Cash or a check made out to "Clifford Township" is required at the time of drop off. Call 222-9364 and leave a message if you have any questions.

Additional volunteers are needed to keep this program going. Please call Griff at 222-3309, or just show up to lend a helping hand.


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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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Free Osteoporosis Awareness Programs

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.


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Contested Primaries And Ballot Question

Contested races which will be decided by voters in the May 17 Primary Election include the Democratic candidate for mayor in Forest City where Frank Brager and Nicholas H. Cost are on the ballot, and the Forest City Tax Collector position sought by Pamela Franceski Green and Paul J. Amadio. Both are four-year terms.

Susquehanna Borough Democrats will also be choosing between David J. Scales, Sr. and Nancy Hurley for the mayor’s job and between Shane Lewis, Sr. and Patricia Frederick for a two-year council slot.

Bridgewater Township Republicans will be choosing between Connie J. Ely and Sylvia Baker for the tax collector job. In Brooklyn Township both Bryce E. Beeman and Lucrecia D. Jesse are running for a single school director seat on the Republican ticket. Jesse is also running uncontested on the Democratic ticket for the same seat.

Republican voters will decide if a supervisor position in Harford Township will be filled by either Terry L. Van Gorden or James M. Ketterer. Both Paul J. Himka and Linda Castorina are running on the Republican ticket for a single Lathrop supervisor position. In Lenox a six-year supervisor position is contested by Republicans William E. Zick and Fred Benson, and in Liberty Township a four- year supervisor position will be won by either Dan Henry or Alton B. Wilber.

New Milford Republicans will be choosing between Jack T. Conroy and John Clirehugh for a six-year supervisor position. In Oakland Borough Jerry M. Hallisey, Gary Boughton, Brian Rhone and Ronald E. Beavan are competing for positions on the borough council. A six-year supervisor position in Thompson Township will be determined by voters to go to either Richard Wademan or Stacy-Nier Yoskowitz.

Political campaigns to win the state court Montrose District Justice position are being fought by four candidates: Jeffrey L. Hollister, Linda LaBarbera. Darrell L. Sands and Ray Smith. DJ candidates will address questions at A League of Women Voters public forum on May 5 in the County Office Building, 31 Public Avenue Montrose, at 7:30-9 p.m.

Primary voters will also be asked to weigh in on a state initiative to borrow $625-million for environmental cleanup and land preservation. Its champion, Governor Rendell, proposes repaying the debt with higher trash hauling fees, while Republicans want to use existing revenue.


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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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Diabetes Walk Needs Participants!

The seventh annual Valerie (Holmes) Shook Memorial Walk to Cure Juvenile Diabetes will be held on Saturday, May 14 – rain or shine! All proceeds go to the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, in memory of Valerie, who died at the age of 32 and was diagnosed with diabetes in childhood. The four-mile walk on the Rails-to-Trails path will start and end at the Pump'n'Pantry in Montrose. Walkers who will find sponsors are needed now, but you can also self-sponsor the day of the walk. A brochure is available at the Montrose Library. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. and the Walk starts at 10 a.m. Please help honor Valerie's memory and raise funds to fight juvenile diabetes in our community and across the country!

For more information about the Walk, call 278-1881.


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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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2005 Run For The Son Scheduled

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.


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Advice For Private Water Supply Owners

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.


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Planning Commission Seeking Comments

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


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LWV District Justice Candidates Forum

Four candidates vying for the Montrose District Justice position (currently held by Watson Dayton) will participate in a League of Women Voters public forum scheduled for May 5, from 7:30-9 p.m. in the County Office Building at 31 Public Avenue in Montrose. Jeffrey L. Hollister, Linda LaBarbera, Darrell L. Sands and Ray Smith will appear on both Democratic and Republican ballots in the May 17th Primary Election in Susquehanna County municipalities west of Montrose: Apolacan, Auburn, Bridgewater, Choconut, Dimock, Forest Lake, Friendsville, Jessup, Liberty, Little Meadows, Middletown, Montrose, Rush, Silver Lake and Springville.

The Forum will give voters a chance to question and size up the person they may stand before in a renter-landlord dispute, bounced check or traffic incident, theft or civil action involving less than $8,000.

DJ’s (soon to become District Magistrates) have a six-year term. They are not required to be a lawyer, but must complete an educational course and pass a qualifying exam before taking office. The full-time responsibilities are rewarded with an approximate $60,000 state of PA salary.


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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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Rail–Trail Honors Friends Of Trail

The Rail–Trail Council of NE PA will be honoring the volunteer efforts put forth by individuals who have assisted in the growth and development of the D & H Rail–Trail and the Council. This year’s winners will be guests of honor at a dinner meeting of the Council at 6 p.m., April 28 at The Corner Bistro, Carbondale. All are welcome, with reservations appreciated through the Rail–Trail office (785–7245).

The Member Award is given to Dennis Favello of Union Dale, who has volunteered his graphic design expertise to help redesign the RTC newsletter. The “clean and green” new look of the newsletter has been admired by many.

The Friend of the Trail Award is given of Joe Vargo, of Simpson. Joe has taken care of the Simpson trailhead entrance for many years. He has fixed the broken gate numerous times and kept the RT office informed of problems in the area.

Another Friend of the Trail Award recognizes Dave and Carla Stackhouse of Forest City. They have maintained the Erie Street D & H trail entrance for many years. They have cut the grass around a landscaped area and around the railroad station sign.

Two Special Service Awards are being given this year. One is to the Clifford Girl Scout Troop #281, who organized a trail cleanup from start to finish in the Union Dale area. Bethany Zablotsky, Elizabeth Haley, Valerie Maciuska, and Nancy Acker are to be commended for their initiatives.

Another Special Service Award is given to two brothers, who volunteered three consecutive Sundays to assist in the decking of a railroad bridge in the Brandt trail area. Christopher and Gregory Reed of Honesdale are members of the NEPA Sno-Trails who did much of the work on this bridge.

The President’s Award is given to Tom Frost, Jr. of Nicholson, a longtime board member of the RTC and its secretary for the past six years. Tom has been an active volunteer in all RTC events and fund-raisers since the inception of the Council in 1991, over fourteen years ago. The Council recognizes Tom’s excellent job at keeping the RT minutes, with his attention to detail. Tom is well known for his dedication to biking and his convictions of bikers’ rights.

The Rail–Trail Council truly appreciates all its volunteers and their efforts put forth to help develop the trail system and advance the cause of the Rail–Trail Council.


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Red Visions Dance Troupe At Mt. View

The Mountain View Elementary Parent Teacher Organization is proud to be sponsoring a live performance of The Red Visions Dance Troupe, a group of talented and renowned Native American performing artists.

The Red Visions Dance Troupe will perform live on Friday evening, May 6, at 7:30 in the Mountain View Elementary School located on Route 106 in Kingsley.

Red Visions will demonstrate their diverse styles of dance and music as they deliver descriptions of the dances; they will also explain the different clothing and ornamentation worn during their performance. Audience members will be able to witness, and participate in, dance from the Southwest, North Plains and Eastern Woodlands. Traditional dance and stories will combine with contemporary styles to captivate and educate audiences of all ages.

There is no admittance charge for this event and everyone is welcome to attend. Come out and join the Mountain View community for this exciting, educational and cultural opportunity.


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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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Walk With A Doc

The Susquehanna County Obesity Reduction Effort (SCORE) is pleased to announce the launch of their second “Walk With a Doc” program. As of April 25, several health care providers began leading weekly walking groups throughout Susquehanna County. Last year, a total of 183 people walked together. Participating in this program is free and open to anyone interested in improving their health through regular, low-impact exercise. No reservations or registration is required; simply wear comfortable clothing and attend when you can. The walks will take place rain or shine, until winter.

Dr. Dorothy Anthony will lead a noontime walking group each Monday at the Montrose High School track.

Susan BeGassi, Ms., CRNP from Dr. DeWitt’s office will lead a noontime walking group each Tuesday at the Susquehanna High School track.

Beverly Bennett, RN from the PA Department of Health will lead a walking group each Wednesday afternoon at 12:00 p.m. at the Montrose High School track.

Dr. Bryan Bordeaux will lead an 11:30 walking group each Thursday at the Blue Ridge High School track.

Starting July 1, Dr. Michelle Pavelski will be leading a 1:30 walking group at the Blue Ridge School track.

Additional health care providers are encouraged to contact SCORE if they are interested in participating.

Call the SCORE office at (570) 465–5151 if you have any questions about the Walk With a Doc program or other activities, including a free weight loss program.


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