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Senior Menu

Snee Adds Power To United Way
Adult Spelling Championship
“Help Whip Cancer” With Pampered Chef
Toddler Time At Montrose Library
Walk With The National MS Society
Take A Walk In Birders' Paradise
Mt. View Elementary Spring Concert Set
Classic Car & Truck Show At SCSD

Nonprofit Training Series Scheduled
Free Osteoporosis Awareness Programs

Contested Primaries And Ballot Question
SCHS 1960 Graduates
Diabetes Walk Needs Participants!
Celebrate National EMS Week With Us
Valerie (Holmes) Shook Memorial Walk Saturday
SCHS To Present The Wizard of Oz
Nature Walk At N. Wayne Library
LWV District Justice Candidates Forum
Free Movie Night At Montrose Theater
Letter Carriers Collect Food This Saturday
Caregivers’ Support Group Meeting
Sen. Madigan To Hold Local Outreaches
Apply Now For A Summer Adventure


May 10

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

May 12

PIZZA NIGHT, Thursday, May 12, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Binghamton Elks Lodge, Kirkwood. All are welcome.

TODDLER TIME, Thursday, May 12, 9:30 a.m. at the Main Library in Montrose. Songs, stories and rhymes for children ages 2 to 3 1/2. Free. No registration required. Call 278–1881 for info.

May 13 – 15

THE WIZARD OF OZ, Friday, May 13 and Saturday, May 14 at 7:00 p.m. and on Sunday, May 15, at 2:00 p.m. in the Susquehanna Community High School auditorium. All are welcome.

TAKEOUT CHICKEN BARBECUE, Friday, May 13, at the Kingsley United Methodist Church. Pickup 4:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. All are welcome.

May 14

ARARAT TWP. Municipal Building dedication and open house, Saturday, May 14, beginning at 10:30 a.m. All are welcome.

VALERIE (HOLMES) SHOOK WALK to Cure Juvenile Diabetes, Saturday, May 14, in Montrose. Registration, 9:30 a.m. at the Pump-n-Pantry. Call 278–1881 for info. All are welcome.

CRAFTS, RUMMAGE SALE and bake sale, Saturday, May 4, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  at the Lanesboro Community Hall. Sponsored by the Lanesboro Cemetery Association. All are welcome.

SPRING BIRD WALK with Ron Milliken, Saturday, May 14, 6 a.m. at the Florence Shelly Preserve, Thompson. Call 879–4244 for info. All are welcome.

CHICKEN BARBECUE, Saturday, May 14, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Hop Bottom Fire Hall, sponsored by the Hop Bottom Methodist Church. Takeouts only, call 289–4196 for advance tickets. All are welcome.

SPAGHETTI DINNER, Saturday, May 14, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus, Great Bend. All are welcome.

May 15

OPEN HOUSE, Sunday, May 15, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Wyoming County Historical Society. Call 836–5303 for info. All are welcome.

WOOL FIBER ARTS DAY, Sunday, May 15, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Salt Springs State Park. Demonstrations of cleaning, carding, natural dying, spinning and weaving. All are welcome.

PANCAKE BREAKFAST, Sunday, May 15, 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Blue Ridge Sportsmen’s Club, New Milford. All are welcome.

CHICKEN BARBECUE, Sunday, May 15, 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Lanesboro Community Hall. For advance tickets call 853–3275 or 853–4632. Sponsored by the Lanesboro Cemetery Association. All are welcome.

4-H FAMILY FUN DAY, auction, and annual meeting, Sunday, May 15 at Lackawanna College, Scranton. Registration begins at 1 p.m. For info call the Penn State Cooperative Extension, 963–6842.

BREAKFAST, Sunday, May 15, 8 a.m. to noon at the Binghamton Elks Lodge, Kirkwood. All are welcome.

May 16

FAMILY AL-ANON meeting, Monday, May 12, 7:30 p.m. at Holy Name of Mary Parish Center, Montrose. All are welcome.

May 17

BAKE SALE, beginning at 10 a.m. at the Canawacta Rod & Gun Club, Oakland. Sponsored by the Oakland Boro Park and Rec. committee. All are welcome.

ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE support group meeting, Tuesday, May 17, 7:00 p.m. at the Area Agency on Aging office, Montrose. For info call 822–9915. All are welcome.

ELECTION DAY LUNCHEON, Tuesday, May 17, beginning at noon at the Ararat United Methodist Church. All are welcome.

WING NIGHT, Tuesday, May 17, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Binghamton Elks Lodge, Kirkwood. All are welcome.

May 19

SUSQUEHANNA DEPOT AREA Historical Society meeting, Thursday, May 19, 7:00 p.m. at the Susquehanna Boro building. Guest speaker will be Sandy Conklin. All are welcome.

PIZZA NIGHT, Thursday, May 19, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Binghamton Elks Lodge, Kirkwood. All are welcome.

May 20

SPAGHETTI SUPPER, Friday, May 20, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Hallstead-Great Bend Rod & Gun Club, Hallstead. All are welcome.

DINNER/SALAD BAR, Friday, May 20, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Binghamton Elks Lodge, Kirkwood. All are welcome.

C1 PRAISE BAND from Camillus, NY will perform a concert on Friday, May 20, 7 p.m. at the United Methodist Community Church, Great Bend. Call 879–4506 for info. All are welcome.

RESERVATION DEADLINE is May 20 for the Susquehanna, Oakland Laurel Hill High School Reunion, to be held Saturday, June 4, 6:00 p.m. at the Starrucca House. For info, contact Corella Pierce, 6 Boyden St., Susquehanna, PA 18847.

May 21

QUAKER LAKE CEMETERY Association annual meeting, Saturday, May 21, 2:00 p.m. at the Silver Lake Presbyterian Church, Laurel Lake.

NEW MILFORD CEMETERY Association annual meeting for directors and lot owners, Saturday, May 21, 1:30 p.m. at the New Milford Boro Hall. Please remove any wreaths, etc. that you may want prior to meeting.

FAMILY STYLE BREAKFAST, Saturday, May 21, 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Springville United Methodist Church. All you can eat! All are welcome.

ALL DAY PAINT OUT with Rodrica Tilley, Saturday, May 21, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Salt Springs State Park. Bring your own art supplies. All are welcome.

BINGO, Saturday, May 21, 7 p.m. at the Blue Ridge Sportsmen’s Club, New Milford. All are welcome.

PLANT SWAP/SALE, Saturday, May 21, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Gazebo in Montrose. Sponsored by The Garden Club of Montrose. For info call 278–9703. All are welcome.

NATURE WALK, Saturday, May 21, 9:30 a.m. at the Northern Wayne Library, facilitated by Nathaniel Whitmore. All are welcome.

CHICKEN BARBECUE, Saturday, May 21, beginning at noon at the Binghamton Elks Lodge, Kirkwood. All are welcome.

DUCK DERBY, Saturday, May 21, noon at the Silver Lake Volunteer Fire Co. Pre-sold chicken barbecue available at the finish line at Neumann Hall. All are welcome.

YARD SALE, chicken barbecue, bake sale and car wash, Saturday, May 21, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Colonial Brick Motel, Hallstead. Donations of pre-priced clothing and household goods accepted. Sponsored by the Blue Ridge Girls’ Basketball Booster Club. All are welcome.

May 22

BREAKFAST, Sunday, May 22, 8 a.m. to noon at the Binghamton Elks Lodge, Kirkwood. Bill Flynn’s Polka radio show will be broadcasting live, starting at 10 a.m. All are welcome.

May 23

FAMILY AL-ANON meeting, Monday, May 23, 7:30 p.m. at the Holy Name of Mary Parish Center. All are welcome.

May 25

RESERVATION DEADLINE is May 25 for the Rush Alumni banquet to be held Saturday, June 4 at the Fairdale Methodist Church Hall. Call 395–3477 for info.

GARDEN HELPLINE, Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. hosted by Penn State’s College of Agriculture. Call 963–6842 with questions.

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Senior Menu May 16 - 20

Monday, May 16: sliced turkey with gravy, French style green beans, sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce, wheat bread, graham crackers with peanut butter, fruit cocktail.

Tuesday, May 17: Blue Ridge Center closed; vegetable lasagna, three-bean salad, cooked peas, orange juice, rye bread, fresh apple.

Wednesday, May 18: Italian marinated chicken, long grain brown rice, Brussels sprouts, wheat bread, peaches.

Thursday, May 19: spaghetti and meatballs, tossed salad, seeded Italian bread, lemon meringue pie/diet vanilla pudding.

Friday, May 20: stuffed peppers with sauce, mashed potatoes, mixed vegetables, dinner roll, graham cracker with peanut butter, medium fresh orange

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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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“Help Whip Cancer” With Pampered Chef

Hallstead, PA – Recognizing that one in seven women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime, The Pampered Chef has teamed with the American Cancer Society for the sixth year in a row to “Help Whip Cancer.”

According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer among women in the United States and is the second leading cause of cancer death in women. The Society estimates there will be 211,240 new cases of invasive breast cancer diagnosed in the United States this year.

The Pampered Chef created the Help Whip Cancer campaign in 2000 to increase awareness of the importance of early detection and to raise funds for the fight against breast cancer which will run from May 1–31, 2005.

For more information about Help Whip Cancer, please call Lisa McVaugh, Independent Kitchen Consultant for The Pampered Chef at (570) 967–2300.

For more information about breast cancer, call the American Cancer Society toll-free at 1-800-ACS-2345 or visit

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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 session of Toddler Time is on May 12.

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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Take A Walk In Birders' Paradise

Spring is here, the snows are melting at last, the warblers are arriving from the south, and one of the most beautiful nature preserves in the area is proud to host naturalist Ron Milliken on his nineteenth annual spring bird walk.

On Saturday, May 14 at 6 AM, Milliken, who lives in Apalachin, NY, will set off down the trails of the Florence Shelly Preserve, Thompson, PA on a trek that is always a treat for seasoned birders and beginners alike. This 400-acre preserve had been called a "birder's paradise," for its many different ecological niches provide ideal habitats for a variety of bird species. It is an unforgettable experience to immerse yourself in these varied zones, one after another, each with its distinctive plant life, sounds, and soils, and to observe how the conditions in each suit different species of birds.

Just off Little Ireland Road, for example, is a brushy meadow where tree swallows, wrens and sparrows nest. This trail is soon steeped in the shade and silence of a hemlock forest, home to black-capped chickadees and warblers in season. An observation platform stands at the edge of a boreal bog, and from this vantage point you may look out to see eastern bluebirds nesting in dead snags and swamp sparrows, belted kingfishers and the occasional hawk hunting in the open skies. Other niches include a brushy swamp area, a mowed field, deciduous woods, and a beautiful, pristine brook.

Ron Milliken will identify the birds of each by their sights, habits, and songs. He typically points out 60-65 species of birds during this walk, providing an ongoing natural science record not just about the bird species recorded, but also about the ecological health of the preserve.

So whether you are a dedicated birder, like some of our regular participants, who have traveled the world to study birds, or an amateur who can currently identify only a few species, you are welcome to join us. Milliken and the most devoted members of the group often walk for up to four hours, but you are welcome to turn back at any time.

Since this is a wetlands area, appropriate shoes or boots are strongly recommended. Binoculars are a big help for close up looks at the birds. The walk starts at the Preserve parking lot one mile north of the village of Thompson on Route 171, at the point where Stack Road intersects. A large sign marks the entrance. For more information call Dave or Carol Clemens at (570) 879-4244.

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Mt. View Elementary Spring Concert Set

When it comes to music, everyone enjoys a “blast from the past”! That’s just what you’ll experience at this year’s Mountain View Elementary Spring Concert as the Elementary Band takes its audience through a historical review as well as flashbacks of sports, TV and movie theme musical memorabilia.

The students of the Mountain View Elementary 5th and 6th grade band and chorus plan to stage this trip down memory lane as the theme of their 2005 Spring Concert scheduled for May 13 at 7:00 p.m. at the Mountain View High School Auditorium. The public is invited to attend. Admission is free (an optional free-will donation may be given at the door—also, a bake sale sponsored by the band parents will donate proceeds toward the purchase of an elementary band instrument.)

The elementary band will fill the stage with its 90 members representing nearly 50% of Mountain View 5th and 6th grade students. These talented musicians have been rehearing their concert music in “Advanced Band” and “Beginner Band” groupings since the first week of February. During the latter part of April, both groups will combine their efforts into one big sound making their final preparations in only four full group rehearsals for the big night on May 13.

The band will open the evening of entertainment with the patriotic “America” followed by the “Overture 1812” which depicts the Russians celebrating their victory in driving our Napoleon’s selections which will remind us of days of old with a touch of European flavor.

“When the Band Goes Marching In” featuring the woodwind and brass sections jumping on the bandwagon on cue will bring the evening of musical variety into a memorable era. Sports pep band song and an audience opportunity at a sing-along with the nostalgic “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” will continue the fun.

Several talented sixth grade students will perform small ensemble renditions of movie themes from “Rocky”, “Beauty and the Beast”, and “A Whole New World” from the movie “Aladdin”.

The band will complete its part of the evening with these favorite blasts into TV/movie memories of the past: “Flintstones Meet the Jetsons,” “Ghostbusters,” and “Rock Around the Clock.”

The 120-member chorus will be presenting a program featuring songs about our world and this great country. The theme “patriots for peace” reminds us that our country has always persevered troubled times with the hope for a brighter future.

The song selections reflect both our pride in our nation and our wish for peace in the world. Some songs include “Wonderful World,” “Yankee Doodle,” and “God Bless the USA.” Soloists will be performed by 6th grade students throughout the performance.

The elementary music department of the Mountain View School District is very proud of its many young band and chorus participants. With such musical talent and enthusiasm all on the same stage, it is certain that these students will provide an evening of fine musical entertainment for all those who come out to enjoy this “blast from the past” on concert night.

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Classic Car & Truck Show At SCSD

The Susquehanna Community Education Association is sponsoring their fourteenth annual Susquehanna Classic Car and Truck Show on Sunday, May 15 at the Susquehanna Community School Complex, Susquehanna, PA. All monies raised from this event go into the Senior Scholarship Fund. “Over the past sixteen years, we have given over $25,000 in scholarships and gifts to our students. The event has grown bigger each year,” said Show Chairman Michael Catalano.

Attending the show again this year will be Bill Thomas of Montrose, PA pictured with his 1957 Chevy BelAir National Winner.

There will be 25 classes to be judged. Cars from a 100-mile radius of Susquehanna will be attending the show this year. A Chinese Auction is also part of the show.

Gates open at 9:00 a.m. for registration of vehicles and vendors. The show will run until 3:30 p.m. General admission tickets are available at the gate. For information call (570) 853–4921 or (607) 775–9043.

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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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Celebrate National EMS Week With Us

Submitted By The Hallstead Volunteer Ambulance Board of Directors

The Great Bend-Hallstead Volunteer Ambulance will hold an open house on Sunday, May 15 from 1:00 p.m. through 5:00 p.m. There will be free blood pressure screening and free blood sugar screening. For the first 50 people there will be free cholesterol screening. Refreshments will be served. Door prizes, handouts, free information, and activities for children. Subscription forms will be available.

Stop and meet the new board of directors and the members of the ambulance. See the new automated external defibrillators purchased by the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion. Come learn what the public needs to know about Emergency Medical Services. There will be information on 911 dispatch procedures used in the county. See the ever-growing, long list of businesses from the communities that have donated money to help the ambulance purchase turnout gear and a computer.

Have you ever called 911? Have you ever been transported in an ambulance? Each year, millions of people need emergency medical care while at work, in their homes or in places outside of a hospital. That’s when Emergency Medical Services, or EMS, is there for you – any time, any day, anywhere that you need us. The public often wonders about EMS because ambulances and the people who work on them vary so much from community to community.

Stop and see us on May 15, from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. and we will answer some of your questions.

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Valerie (Holmes) Shook Memorial Walk Saturday

Come join the Valerie (Holmes) Shook Memorial Walk to Cure Juvenile Diabetes on Saturday, May 14, starting at the Pump'n'Pantry in Montrose. The walk begins at 10 a.m., but come early to register if you are self-sponsoring, or to turn in funds raised if you sought sponsors. All proceeds go to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, in memory of Valerie, who died at the age of 31 and was diagnosed with diabetes as a child.

The four-mile walk will be held (rain or shine) on the Bridgewater Riding Club trail bed, two miles out and two miles back. It's a lovely setting and a great way to do good and get good exercise at the same time!

You can also help "walk" by purchasing colorful sneakers in stores across the county.

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

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SCHS To Present The Wizard of Oz

Susquehanna’s drama department, under the direction of Kristin Stanford, assisted by Hannah Barnes will be performing The Wizard of Oz for their Spring production. The performances are scheduled for May 13 and 14, at 7 p.m. and Sunday matinee, at 2 p.m. in the Helen Gulley Auditorium.

Veteran actor Angela LoVolo has been cast as Dorothy with Ellen Reavey as the Scarecrow; Connor Freitag as the Tinman; Casey Glidden as the Cowardly Lion; Ashley Hubal as Glenda the Good Witch and Paula Freitag as the Wicked Witch. David Jackson, a fairly new face on the Susquehanna stage will play the Wizard.

The Wizard of Oz, a favorite of high school drama departments, entertains the audiences with such musical numbers as “Over the Rainbow,” “Ding-Dong the Witch is Dead” and “If I Only Had a Brain.”

Reservations may be made by calling 853-4291, contacting the high school office and asking for Sue Crawford.

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Nature Walk At N. Wayne Library

The Northern Wayne Community Library, located on Route 370 in Lakewood next to the Preston School, will be hosting a Nature Walk on Saturday, May 21.

The walk will begin at the library at 9:30 a.m. and will be facilitated by Nathaniel Whitmore. It will concentrate on identifying and collecting various plants and herbs with an emphasis on edible plants.

The walk is geared toward adults but children are also welcome to learn more about their environment. There is no cost to the program.

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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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Free Movie Night At Montrose Theater

The public is invited for a free showing of “The Insider” at the Montrose Theatre on Tuesday, May 31 at 7:00 p.m. This Academy Award Nominated film is the story of a former tobacco executive who took on the tobacco industry to expose its suspected unscrupulous practices. The free show, along with complimentary popcorn and soda for all attending, is offered to celebrate World Tobacco Day.

The movie, rated R for explicit language, pitted an ordinary man against the tobacco industry and dragged two people into the fight of their lives. Academy Award winner Al Pacino plays 60 Minutes producer Lowell Bergman, and Russell Crowe plays tobacco executive Jeffery Wigand. As they find out, Corporate America will use legal means to save their billion dollar habit. “The Insider” has a cold, hard edge and will thrill you with unbelievable twists and turns.

Based on the true story, “The Insider” shows how important one individual’s actions were in finally exposing the insidious intent of the tobacco industry. Wigand was successful where many before him had failed because he had inside information. His moral and ethical dilemmas are mirrored in the plight of the corporate media, (CBS) in the story as well. All this makes for a thought provoking script that will have viewers talking about it for days.

The Trehab Center’s Drug and Alcohol Prevention Department and the PA Department of Health are sponsoring this event. Although it is not necessary to make reservations, groups may want to call ahead to secure block seating. Please Contact the Trehab Center at (570) 278–5237 for your free tickets!

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Letter Carriers Collect Food This Saturday

Residents throughout Pennsylvania are being asked to help feed the needy by participating in a nationwide food drive sponsored by the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) in conjunction with the Postal Service. Letter carriers will collect non-perishable food donations left by mailboxes along their routes as they deliver mail on Saturday, May 14, to help stock local food banks for the needy. Customers can contact their local Post Office should they have any questions about the food drive and specific office participation.

“We ask all residents to leave at least one non-perishable food item next to their mailbox on May 14 to help make this drive a success and help feed the needy,” said Letter Carrier Postal Ambassador Lyle Rockwell of Sayre. “The generosity of postal customers to the food drive is overwhelming,” added Rockwell. “Last year, the food banks, soup kitchens, churches and most everyone in need of food for others were filled to capacity.”

“We are pleased that our postal facilities can act as a conduit for our customers to help others in the community,” said Ed Burke, USPS Central Pennsylvania District Manager. “The Postal Service is pleased to be a partner in this humanitarian effort.”

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Caregivers’ Support Group Meeting

The Montrose area Caregivers Support Group will host an informational session for caregivers with Judy Seroska, RN, of the Northeast Regional Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association on Tuesday, May 17 from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Area Agency on Aging Office Conference Room, 35 Spruce Street, Suite 1 in Montrose. There are no fees associated with the session.

For more information, call the Area Agency on Aging Towanda Office at 1-800-982-4346.

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Sen. Madigan To Hold Local Outreaches

Harrisburg – State Senator Roger A. Madigan (R-23) will host outreach events in May 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 stated that a staff member will be available to speak with constituents on May 13 and May 27, 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 Great Bend-Hallstead 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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Apply Now For A Summer Adventure

Endless Mountains Resource Conservation and Development Council and its partners are once again holding the Woodland Resource Adventure Camp. This eighteen-year old program is held on the campus of Keystone College in LaPlume, Wyoming County, PA. Woodland Resources Adventure begins on Sunday, July 17 and runs through Thursday, July 21 and is open for students ages 12-15. The camp is a great summer environmental education experience where students learn about trees, wildlife, aquatic life, streams, soils, and how they are all connected.

For more information on the Woodland Resources Adventure, contact your local Conservation District or the Endless Mountains RC&D office at (570) 265–3409, ext. 5. Your local Conservation District can be reached, in most cases, by calling the County Courthouse.

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