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Senior Menu

Snee Adds Power To United Way
Adult Spelling Championship
50th Anniversary
Dr. Bodnar To Speak At FCR Ceremony
Classic Motorcycles To Be In Harpursville
Commissioner Warren Available To Meet
Montrose KLR To Celebrate Our Kids
Thompson Clothes Closet Update

Alicia Norris Benefit
Summer Adventure Offered To Youth

AARP Safe Driver Course Offered
SCHS 1960 Graduates
Senior Citizens’ Picnic Scheduled
Annual Sampson/ Whitaker Reunion
ACS Celebrates 20th Anniversary
When Flowers Become Art
Apply Now For A Summer Adventure


May 31

WING NIGHT, Tuesday, May 31, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Binghamton Elks Lodge, Kirkwood. All are welcome.

June 1

REGISTRATION DEADLINE is June 1 for a Grant Development Workshop to be held July 15 at the Shadowbrook Inn. For info call the Endless Mts. Heritage Region, 265–1528. All are welcome.

June 2

HILL COUNTRY ARTISTS meeting, Thursday, June 2, 7:00 p.m. at the Claverack Building, Montrose. Guest artist will be Julie Johnson. All are welcome.

June 3

BAKE SALE, Friday, June 3, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the South Gibson United Methodist Church. All are welcome.

June 4

MEASURING THE FOREST workshop, Saturday,  June 4 in the Water Discovery Center, Keystone College. For info call the Bradford County Extension office, 265–2896.

SCRAP METAL PICKUP, Saturday, June 4 in Susquehanna Boro. Items must be curbside by 8:00 a.m. No air conditioners, refrigerators or propane tanks will be accepted.

PANCAKE & SAUSAGE BREAKFAST, Saturday, June 4, 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the East Ararat United Methodist Church. All you can eat! All are welcome.

POMONA GRANGE #7 quarterly meeting, Saturday, June 4, 10:30 a.m. at the Lawsville Grange building. Dinner will be served.

BIKE RIDE, Saturday, June 4, beginning at the Candlelight Inn, Herrick Center. Registration begins at 8 a.m., ride at 10 a.m., followed by a barbecue. Proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society. For info call 679–2383. All are welcome.

June 5

BHARATA NATYAM Indian dance performance by Rima Shah, Scranton Prep sophomore, Sunday, June 5, 6:30 p.m. at the Waverly Community House. Proceeds benefit the American Red Cross for tsunami victims. For info call 587–9110. All are welcome.

CHILDREN’S FREE FISHING Contest for ages 4 to 15, Sunday, June 5 at Page Lake/Lakeside Outing Club area. Registration 9 a.m., fishing 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Prizes, lunch provided. For info call 879–2483. Sponsored by the Blue Ridge Sportsmen’s Club.

June 6

FAMILY AL-ANON meeting, Monday, June 6, 7:30 p.m. at Holy Name of Mary, Montrose. All are welcome.

June 7

BUS TRIP to Sight and Sound (“Ruth”), Tuesday, June 7. Departure from Dreyer Lodge at 7:00 a.m. For reservations or info call the Montrose Bible Conference, 278–1001. All are welcome.

June 8

RESERVATION DEADLINE is June 8 for the annual Senior Citizens Picnic, to be held June 16 at Alparon Park, Troy, PA. call 1-800-323-2051.

June 11

AFTERNOON TEA, Saturday, June 11, 2 p.m. at the South Gibson United Methodist Church. For reservations or info call 756–2091.

DEALING WITH Competing Plants in the Woods workshop, Saturday, June 11, 9:00 a.m. at the Quaker Lake Cottagers Association Lodge. For info or to register, call the Bradford County Cooperative Extension, 265–2896.

June 12

PET HIKE, Sunday, June 12 at Prompton Dam, Rte. 170, Prompton. For info call the Dessin Animal Shelter, 253-4037. All are welcome.

June 13

FAMILY AL-ANON meeting, Monday, June 13, 7:30 p.m. at Holy Name of Mary Parish Center, Montrose. All are welcome.

OPEN CLUB MEETING, Monday, June 13, 7:30 p.m. at the Blue Ridge Sportsmen’s Club, New Milford. All are welcome.

June 14

NORTHERN TIER Neighborhood Crime Watch meeting, Tuesday, June 14, 7:00 p.m. at the Great Bend Borough building. All are welcome.

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Senior Menu June 6 - 10

Monday, June 6: chicken marsala, long grain rice, orange juice, baby carrots, country honey bread, pears.

Tuesday, June 7: breaded cod filet, cabbage salad, baked beans, hamburg bun, peaches, graham crackers.

Wednesday, June 8: Swedish meatball with noodles, French style string beans, rye bread, pineapple tidbits.

Thursday, June 9: meat lasagna, grape juice, tossed salad, Italian bread, cherry pie/cherries.

Friday, June 10: seasoned pork chops, succotash, mashed potatoes, pineapple juice, whole wheat bread, chewy granola bar.

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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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50th Anniversary

The family of Bob and Shelby Colwell (pictured) will host an open house to celebrate fifty years of marriage on Saturday, June 11, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the Hallstead-Great Bend American Legion Post 357, Hallstead, PA. Please join in wishing them a happy fiftieth anniversary.

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Dr. Bodnar To Speak At FCR Ceremony

Forest City Regional High School Principal Anthony Rusnak is pleased to announce Dr. John Edward Bodnar as the Commencement Speaker for its 2005 Graduation ceremonies. Dr. Bodnar is currently the Chancellor’s Professor of History at Indiana University in Bloomington, IN.

Dr. Bodnar received his Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut and both his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts from John Carroll University. He is a Senior Fellow of the National Endowment for Humanities as well as a Fellow of the Center for Advanced Study at Stanford University.

Dr. Bodnar was awarded the Florence Chair in American History from the European University Institute in Florence, Italy, as well as a Visiting Lectureship at the John F. Kennedy Institute at the Free University of Berlin.

He is the author of eight books and was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for “Remaking America: Public Memory, Commemoration, and Patriotism in the Twentieth Century.”


Dr. Bodnar is a specialist in the history of immigration and the working class and was awarded Indiana University’s 2002 Distinguished Faculty Award.

2005 marks the 107th graduation in the history of Forest City Regional. Commencement exercises are scheduled for Friday, June 17, 7 p.m. at the Forest City Regional High School. Class Night is slated for Wednesday, June 15 at 7 p.m. The public is invited to attend.

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Classic Motorcycles To Be In Harpursville
Attention motorcycle fans! Mark your calendars for the weekend of June 24 and 25 when the American Historic Racing Motorcycle Association (AHRMA) rolls into Harpursville, NY for rounds seven and eight of the National Vintage Dirt Track Series.

Among the weekend’s highlights will be former ‘70s Yamaha and Triumph factory rider, Don Castro, who will be competing and signing autographs over the two days of racing at the Square Deal Raceway in Harpursville, NY.

For more info, contact the series sponsor, Metro Racing, toll free @ 1-877-746-3876.

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Commissioner Warren Available To Meet

County Commissioner MaryAnn Warren will be available to meet with residents on Thursday, June 2 and Tuesday, June 7 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, encourages County residents to meet with her 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 is a positive stride to honor that campaign pledge. I solicit your opinions and welcome your participation.”

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Montrose KLR To Celebrate Our Kids

The Kiwanis-Lions-Rotary (KLR) service clubs of Montrose are pleased to announce that plans for the annual Independence Day celebration are nearly completed. The festival will be held in Montrose on Monday, July 4.

The theme selected for the day and the patriotic parade will be “Celebrating Our Kids.” This will be the first time in the 29-year history of KLR sponsoring the event that the focus will be on the youngest generation of Americans. “Our desire is to instill in these youngsters a sense of tradition and patriotism so that they may continue to remember and celebrate our great nation in the years to come,” said Ann Marie Jennings, the general chairperson.

The Patriotic Parade will step off at 11:00 a.m. The KLR cordially extends an invitation to individuals, churches, clubs groups and businesses to participate. There will be a float contest for the floats that best depict this year’s theme, “Celebrating Our Kids.”

Floats can illustrate the theme in many ways. The floats should focus on our youth and can include such things as their participation in sports, school, play, church, or home. Another approach would be to highlight how we influence, guide, inform, instruct and coach our kids as they grow and develop into teenagers and adults.

Floats will be judged on the most original depiction of the theme as highlighted through the artistic colorful and eye-appealing use of props, people, bunting and other types of decorations. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top six floats as follows: first - $200; second - $150; third - $100, and fourth through sixth - $50 each. To be eligible for prizes, floats must be pre-registered. Contact Larry Kelly (278–3861), parade chairman, to participate in the parade.

In keeping with this year’s theme focusing on our kids, the Parade Committee has selected Mickey and Minnie Mouse as this year’s Grand Marshals. They will be accompanied by some cartoon friends also marching in the patriotic parade. Mickey, Minnie and friends will make themselves available on the green after the parade to have their pictures taken with the kids. Parents should provide their own cameras or videos for the pictures.

The parade committee has also selected Chris Snee, New York Giants offensive lineman to be the Honorary Grand Marshal for the parade. Chris is a graduate of Montrose Area High School and Boston College. He’s been selected as the Honorary Chairman of the 2005 United Way campaign and he will host a Punt, Pass, and Kick competition to be held Sunday, July 3, starting at noon at Montrose High School. Winners of the competition will ride with Chris and his family in the July 4 parade.

The daylong festivities “On the Green” in Montrose will also include the Endless Mountains Independence Day Races (contact Dan Regan – 278–2750), over 130 arts and crafts vendors (contact Bill Kohnke – 278–2566), and lots of food, including the famous KLR chicken barbecue.

The day will conclude with a gigantic fireworks display on the high school grounds beginning at dusk. The Montrose Area Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring the fireworks again this year.

For additional information contact Ann Marie Jennings (570) 504–5850 or Ed DeWitt 278–3537.

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Thompson Clothes Closet Update

The Clothes Closet is heading into its second year of service to the community at the Thompson United Methodist Church. There is a large selection of men’s, women’s and children’s apparel and accessories to choose from, which are made possible by donation. The clothes are free of charge to anyone wishing them.

Each Friday morning, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. patrons are greeted by a church member to assist in clothing selections, but in order to make it more convenient for patrons who do not have the opportunity to come in during the week, they will be opening the doors on the first Saturday of each month beginning June 4, in addition to the regular Friday mornings. The hours will remain the same, 10:00 to 12:00 p.m.

Many thanks are extended to everyone who has donated clothing and to those who have worked to make this service possible. If more information is needed contact Pastor Brian Lucas at 727–2341, Joy Mead at 727–2518 or Mary Gray at 756–2652.

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Alicia Norris Benefit

At Christmas, 2002, Alicia (Carroll) Norris wasn’t feeling particularly festive and she knew something wasn’t quite right. She ended up in the hospital in January with her calcium level dangerously high. The doctors at Sayre Hospital removed a mass but discovered that Alicia had the early stages of ovarian cancer. It has been 22 years prior to this that her mother, Louise Carroll, had passed away from this very same disease.

The fact that Alicia had been diagnosed in the early stage of cancer gave a good prognosis. She made it through six chemotherapy treatments, but in October, 2004, follow-up exams showed her calcium level was elevated. Alicia underwent surgery in Syracuse and six more sessions of chemotherapy at Lourdes Hospital, in Binghamton.

The doctors recommended Alicia apply to be part of a clinical study. There seems to be a genetic connection with ovarian cancer. By going through a clinical study, she hoped to find a cure for herself as well as other women who suffer the same dreaded disease. But after a visit to Sloan Kettering in New York City, she was told that the doctors couldn’t help her. So this month, Alicia discontinued working and began her third series of chemotherapy treatments. She is in the fight for her life!

The family’s insurance will pay part of the medical cost, but the loss of income will put a financial burden upon the Norris family. There is a chance the that treatments she is undergoing may not even be a viable answer and other options may be necessary. No matter what the decision, medically or those that the family needs to make, there will still be a monetary need.

Alicia (Carroll) Norris is a 1977 graduate of Windsor Central High School and longtime resident of Susquehanna, PA. Alicia, her husband Chris, son Cody and daughter, Kacey are a vital part of the Susquehanna community. Many of you may know Chris from BK Norris Distributors. Their children attend Susquehanna Community School and Alicia was employed at Gery’s Hair Designs, Binghamton, NY. They re very proud people, always willing to help others in need. Now it is their turn to receive support.

Family and friends of Alicia and Chris Norris gathered together to plan several benefits to help cover the Norris family’s expenses. According to Chris Davis, friend and owner of Lakey’s and Debbie Norris, sister-in-law, the following events are being planned.

A Golf Tournament Benefit, sponsored by Moose Club 797 of Susquehanna, PA on Saturday, June 18, morning and afternoon tee times at Golden Oak Golf Course, Rte. 79, Windsor, NY. $50 per person, Captain and Crew, four-person teams. Includes cart and chicken barbecue to be held at the Moose Club 797 following the tournament. All proceeds will be donated to the Norris family. Contact Dick Bagnall at (570) 853–3005.

A Benefit Ride, sponsored by the SAL (American Legion Post 86) of Susquehanna, PA on Saturday, June 25, 11:00 a.m. registration. $10.00 per person. Ride ends at 5:00 p.m. at American Legion. Refreshments and entertainment. Contact Kevin McKee, (570) 853–3542.

A Community Benefit for Alicia Norris on Saturday, July 23, 6:00 p.m. to midnight at the Starrucca House, Susquehanna, PA. $10 per person, must be 21 or older. Includes food, beverage and bands. Raffles and Chinese Auction will be held. Contact Debbie Norris, (570) 853–4869 or Chris Davis, (570) 853–4142.

Your generous support is needed to help this family in need and all are hoping that the businesses and the community will contribute their time and efforts to make these events a success. Please mark your calendars and join to support Alicia, Chris and their children. The money will be used to help defray medical expenses and other costs that the family has and will incur. Donations may be made out to Alicia or Chris Norris and sent to: Peoples National Bank, 222 Erie Blvd., Susquehanna, PA 18847. If you are unable to contribute or attend a benefit, offer your prayers for Alicia and her family.

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Summer Adventure Offered To Youth

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, PA. Woodland Resources Adventure begins on Sunday, July 17 at noon and runs through Thursday, July 21 at noon 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 the county Conservation District or the Endless Mountains RC&D office at (570) 265–3409, ext. 5.

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AARP Safe Driver Course Offered

An AARP Safe Driver Course will be held June 8 and 9, 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. at the Blue Ridge Senior Center, Great Bend, PA.

Contact Bill and Helen Wagner at (570) 465–7375 for more info.

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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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Senior Citizens’ Picnic Scheduled

The 30th Annual Senior Citizens Picnic sponsored by the Advisory Council of the B/S/S/T Area Agency on Aging will be held on Thursday, June 16 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Troy Fairgrounds in Troy, PA.

The Country and Western theme will feature live entertainment by Andy Boardman and Sara Romanik and the Old Time Square Dancers. Senior Citizens residing in Bradford, Sullivan, Susquehanna, and Tioga Counties are invited to attend. Picnic goers are encouraged to dress with the Country and Western Theme.

There will be 50 booths, including free health screenings, informational booths and crafts sales. Seniors will have the opportunity to play Bingo, win door prizes, and vote on the King and the Queen of the picnic.

A delicious picnic lunch of pork barbeque, macaroni salad, fresh fruit, baked beans chips, and ice cream will be served with a suggested donation of $3.00 per person. Lunch is by reservation only. Lunch reservations may be made by calling the B/S/S/T Area Agency on Aging at 1-800-982-4346 by June 8th.

Those Seniors in Bradford, Sullivan, or Tioga Counties needing a ride to the picnic must convene in groups of a minimum of 6-8 persons at a location like a Senior Center, church or grocery store and must reserve their ride by calling EMTA at 1-800-242-3484 by June 8.

Seniors in Susquehanna County may reserve a ride to the picnic by calling SCTS at 1-800-323-2051 by June 8th.

For more information about the picnic, contact Marlea Hoyt at the B/S/S/T Area Agency on Aging at 1-800-982-4346.

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Annual Sampson/ Whitaker Reunion

The fifteenth annual Sampson/Whitaker Reunion will be held on Saturday, July 16, 2005 at the Baptist Church in Starrucca, PA.

All descendents of Lt. Ezekiel and Luranna Sampson and Squire and Elizabeth Whitaker are most welcome.

For more information, contact Alice Sampson, Sec. at (570) 448–2434.

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ACS Celebrates 20th Anniversary

Northeast Pennsylvania… Why will hundreds of people stay up all night, walk in circles around a track, laugh, cry and have a great time? For the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life, a 24-hour event to celebrate survivorship and raise funds for cancer research, education, advocacy and service programs. Relay events will take place at various locations throughout Northeast Pennsylvania.

2005 marks the 20th Anniversary of Relay For Life. In Pennsylvania, Relay For Life events will take place in 188 communities statewide.

Locally, a Relay For Life will take place July 22 and 23, 1 p.m. to 1 p.m. at the Montrose Area High School.

Relay For Life brings together teams of 8 to 15 people from local businesses, schools, churches, and families for camaraderie, food, fun, music, entertainment, and a night under the stars – all while team members take turns walking or running on a track for 24 hours. Relay For Life features a Survivors Victory Lap and reception to celebrate life, and the evening’s moving Luminaria Ceremony memorializes those we have lost to cancer and honors those who are fighting or have conquered the disease.

For more information about the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life or to register a team, call the American Cancer Society at 1-800-ACS-2345, or visit

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When Flowers Become Art

The next meeting of Hill Country Artists will feature a program by local floral designer Julie Johnson. Julie was born and raised in the area and has recently returned after 30 years in southern Florida. Her background is in the floral design - special events industry. She is presently with Barnes Florist in Binghamton, as a designer. The program will cover the elements of floral design when designtransforms and transcends into creative artistry. In simple language; when flowers and their form become art. Anyone interested in flowers and/or art will enjoy this presentation.

Julie will do live demonstrations of floral arranging with some group participation. She will show how collective talents will be defined together as a piece of art. Hill Country Artists is a small, informal group which always welcomes visitors to their meetings.

Come to the meeting on June 2, 7:00 p.m. at the Claverack Building on Route 706 East of Montrose and enjoy an evening of flowers and art. Refreshments will be served and all are welcome (bring a friend). For information call Rita Eddy at 553-2500.

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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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