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EVENTS, PROGRAMS, HAPPENINGS, SEMINARS:
WING NIGHT, Tuesday, June 28, 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Binghamton Elks Lodge, Kirkwood. All are welcome.
PIZZA NIGHT, Thursday, June 30, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Binghamton Elks Lodge, Kirkwood. All are welcome.
REGISTRATION DEADLINE is July 1, for an Endless Mountains Heritage Region Grant Development Workshop, to be held at Shadowbrook Inn on July 15. For info call 265–1528.
COUNTRY STYLE pancake and sausage breakfast, Saturday, July 2, 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. at East Ararat United Methodist Church. All are welcome.
PENNY Old Tyme Country Music Festival, July 1 through 3 at the Wrench Wranch, Coventryville, NY. For info call 869–2031.
CONCERT by the NEPA Philharmonic, Sunday, July 3 7:30 p.m. at Lackawanna County Stadium, followed by fireworks. Free. Car/Motorcycle Show from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. all are welcome.
PUNT, PASS & KICK Contest, with the NY Giants’ Chris Snee, Sunday, July 3, noon at Montrose High School. All children ages 7-14 can participate. Registration fee. For info call 278–3868. All are welcome.
BUDDY SPENCER BAND concert, Sunday, July 3, beginning at 2 p.m. at the Midtown Park, New Milford. Refreshments available. Bring a chair or blanket. Proceeds benefit Habitat for Humanity. All are welcome.
CONCERT by the NEPA Philharmonic, Monday, July 4, 7:30 p.m. at Kirby Park, Wilkes-Barre, followed by fireworks. Free. All are welcome.
CHICKEN BARBECUE, Monday, July 4, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. at the Thompson Hose Company. Parade at 11:30, games, food and music all day, bingo, fireworks at 10 p.m., much more. All are welcome.
CELEBRATE OUR KIDS events, Monday, July 4 in Montrose. Parade at 11 a.m. Food, crafts, music all day on The Green. Foot races at 7:30 a.m. fireworks at dusk. All are welcome.
July 8 & 9
FIELD DAYS, Friday, July 8 and Saturday, July 9 at the Silver Lake Volunteer Fire Company. Live entertainment, rides, food, games, prizes, fireworks Saturday night. All are welcome.
July 9 & 10
ANTIQUE SHOW, Saturday, July 9, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, July 10, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Wayne Highlands Middle School, Honesdale. Admission. All are welcome.
SUMMER FESTIVAL, Saturday, July 9, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Lake Como Community Hall. Pig roast, book sale, flea market, bake sale. Sponsored by the Northern Wayne Community Library. All are welcome.
FUN IN NATURE one-day program for girls ages 9-12, Saturday, July 9, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. sponsored by the Girl Scouts, Scranton Pocono Council. Admission. Call 344–1224, ext. 326 for info.
SLOG THE BOG nature walk, Sunday, July 10, 2 p.m. at the Florence Shelly Preserve led by Tom McLane. For info call 879–4244. All are welcome.
WEINER ROAST, Sunday, July 10, beginning at 5 p.m. at Fairdale Park (behind the Fairdale Grange). Bring chairs. Food, live music. All are welcome.
OPEN MEETING of the Blue Ridge Sportsmen’s Club, Monday, July 11, 7:30 p.m. All are welcome.
DEADLINE is July 11 to register for the Lackawanna County Tobacco-Free 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament, to be held July 16 and 17 at Lackawanna County Stadium. Call 1-800-22WELCOME for info.
July 11 – 13
NEXTLEVEL HOOPS basketball camp for boys and girls grades four to eight, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., July 11 to 13 at the Forest City Regional High School. For info call 785–3143.
NORTHERN TIER Neighborhood Crime Watch meeting, Tuesday, July 12, 7:00 p.m. at the Hallstead American Legion. All are welcome.
Monday, July 4: Centers closed for holiday.
Tuesday, July 5: Salisbury steak with gravy, noodles, tossed green salad, seeded rye bread, fresh apple.
Wednesday, July 6: stuffed pepper with sauce, mashed potatoes, mixed vegetables, dinner roll, graham cracker and peanut butter, butterscotch pudding or diet butterscotch pudding.
Thursday, July 7: chicken marsala with long grain rice, orange juice, baby carrots, pears.
Friday, July 8: seasoned pork chops, succotash, mashed potatoes, pineapple juice, w.w. bread, chewy granola bar.
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.
Endless Mountains Theatre Company is once again inviting kids and teens to have an unforgettable summer experience – the Ed Lonzinski Middle/High School Theatre Camp!
Theatre Camp is an opportunity for middle and high school students in 5th thru 12th grade (as of end of the 2004-5 school year) to attend a week-long camp full of workshops and clinics led by professional performers and teachers in the art of theatre and musical theatre. According to EMTC Chair Dianna Wayman, this year is special because EMTC is proudly introducing a new group of instructors with a new set of ideas. "Ed Camp has proved itself a very successful program, and now we're taking it to the next level," says Wayman.
Last year's Ed Campers kicking up some theatrical fun. Photo by Joe Facinelli.
Ed Camp runs July 18-22 at Blue Ridge High School in New Milford PA, with a Final Performance at 7:00 p.m. on July 22 (free to family and friends). Thanks to a generous grant from Blue Ridge, campers will receive free lunch and snacks. Limited scholarship money is also available. For complete registration details and requirements, call (570) 465-9518.
Ed Camp is named after Ed Lonzinski, who was a devoted director and theatre coach at Greene (N.Y.) High School. Through the generosity of Ed's parents, Dolly and Mike, a fund was established to create a living memorial to this extremely committed and talented young man. EMTC has now been honoring Ed – and enriching the educational and artistic life of local young people – for five summers running.
The family of David and Carol Carpenter (pictured) invite neighbors and friends to an open house in honor of their 40th anniversary. The open house will be held on July 3, from 1–3 p.m. at the North Jackson United Methodist Church.
An AARP driver safety program will be held July 14 and 15, 9 a.m. through 1 p.m. both days at the Odd Fellows Hall, Route 247 and Como Road (across from Lake Como Post Office).
For more info call (570) 798–2938.
One of the highlights of the 4th of July celebration in Montrose is the art show by the members of Hill Country Artists. Located between the fire hall and the post office, the show will feature works by members done in watercolors, oils, acrylics, encaustics, and other media. All works are by members of Hill Country Artists from Susquehanna County. Several artists offer note cards also. The exhibit will be set up early and many folks like to browse before the parade for the best selection. Face painting will also be available and is a popular spot for kids to get their favorite image painted on their faces (or occasionally on an arm). Artists will be available to chat about their work and answer questions. Be sure to stop by.
Kevin Kempa, a senior at Blue Ridge High School in New Milford is organizing a cancer memorial event. It will be the closing segment of the Chris Snee Punt-Pass and Kick Contest scheduled for July 3at Montrose High School. In memory of Kevin’s godfather David Burns and his great grandmother Paula Freitag who both died of cancer, Kevin will be selling balloons and donating proceeds to the American Cancer Society.
Balloons will come in two colors – one for cancer survivors and another that will honor the memory of someone who died of cancer. Purchasers of the helium balloons will write the name of the person they are remembering on the balloon and during a ceremony at the end of the Punt Pass and Kick Contest, balloons will be released.
Balloons may be purchased in advance at the United Way of Susquehanna County office in the Community Foundation building, 36 Lake Ave, Montrose. For more information call Ruth Donnelly at (570) 278–3868.
The Susquehanna County Commissioners announce the Courthouse will be closed on Monday, July 4, in observance of Independence Day. All court related offices will be available.
Dozens of kids, boys and girls age 7 to 14, are already signed up for the United Way of Susquehanna County’s Punt, Pass and Kick Contest, on Sunday, July 3, noon at the Montrose Junior/Senior High School. The area’s non-profit organization invites additional kids, ages 7 to 14, to register prior to or the day of the event featuring professional football player for the New York Giants, 23-year-old offensive lineman Chris Snee, a native of Montrose. The $15 event registration fee includes an event T-shirt.
Kids and adults of all ages are invited to attend the event at the Montrose High School Stadium, which will also feature family fun and activities, as well as an autographed football memorabilia silent auction and a raffle of fabulous raffle prizes provided by area businesses.
Registration packets for the Punt, Pass and Kick Contest are available at all Pennstar Bank branches, Peoples National Bank branches, and at the United Way of Susquehanna County’s website, www.unitedwayofsusquehannacounty.org. Or, call the United Way at (570) 278-3868.
Montrose looked to Disneyland and New York’s Giant Stadium for leaders of a “Celebrating Our Kids” parade that will be the centerpiece of the annual July 4 patriotic celebration.
Mickey and Minnie Mouse will be parade grand marshals. Some cartoon friends will join them as parade marchers, and all will be available afterwards for picture taking.
Chris Snee, a Montrose Area High School and Boston College graduate who is now a Giants’ offensive lineman, will be the parade’s honorary grand marshal.
Snee is also honorary chairman of the local 2005 United Way campaign and will conduct a Punt, Pass and Kick competition starting at noon on July 3, at the Montrose High School.
He and his family will ride with competition winners in the parade.
The “Celebrating Our Kids” theme marks the first time the daylong celebration has focused on the youngest generation of Americans in the 29 years it has been sponsored by the Montrose Area Kiwanis, Lions and Rotary (KLR) service clubs.
“We want our youngsters to have a good time on the Fourth, and we hope to instill in them a sense of tradition and patriotism so that they will continue to remember and celebrate our nation in the years to come,” said Ann Marie Jennings, the general chairperson.
The annual festivities will open with a pancake breakfast at the Montrose United Methodist Church and conclude after dusk with fireworks provided by the Montrose Area Chamber of Commerce on the high school grounds.
A trio of footraces and the parade will be featured in the morning and early afternoon. KLR volunteers will provide the traditional chicken barbecue.
More than 130 arts and crafts booths and other food, music and entertainment vendors will be open on the Green near the Courthouse throughout the day.
Mickey and Minnie Mouse and Snow White, Tigger and Elmo will be in front of the post office from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Admirers who want pictures should bring their own cameras or videos. The cartoon characters will mingle with crowds on the Green for an hour thereafter.
Public safety officials said temporary “No Parking” signs will be posted on streets designated for emergency vehicle access. Violators risk fines and towing costs.
A dozen and a half off-street lots, plus lawn and driveway spaces volunteered by Montrose residents, will be available for visitor parking.
The buffet breakfast will be served at the church from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m.
The Endless Mountains Independence Day races will begin with runners registering, 6:30-7:45 a.m., at the Courthouse. A one-mile Fun Run (no registration needed) will start at 7:30 a.m., followed by a 5K race and a 10K race that will start simultaneously at 8 a.m.
The first 350 registrants for the 5K and 10K will get commemorative, long-sleeved shirts.
Racers may pre-register on-line and check later on race results at allsportrunning.com, said Rick Craige (278–3535). Craige said contestants without Internet access could contact him about pre-registrations. Dan Regan, race director also has race information (278–2750).
Arts and crafts vendors and soda, water and food suppliers will open their booths for the day by 9 a.m. on the Green. Bill Kohnke (278–3071) is vendor director.
Serving of the chicken barbecue will start at the fire hall at 10 a.m. and continue until the food is gone.
Floats, bands, vehicles and marching units will step off in the patriotic parade at 11 a.m., from the east end of Grow Avenue near Lake Montrose to Church Street and up Public Avenue to the Green.
KLR judges will award prizes to six parade floats that best depict the “Celebrating Our Kids” theme.
Cash prizes are $200, $150, $100, and, for fourth through sixth places, $50 each. To be eligible for prizes, floats must be pre-registered with Larry Kelly, parade chairman (278–3861).
Units with commercial advertising will be allowed in the parade only if they sponsor a theme float or if the parade committee says their decorations are appropriate.
Antique or classic cars may join the parade, and they may park along Public Avenue for display afterwards.
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.
According to legend, the glacial Weir’s Pond at Florence Shelly Preserve is so deep that anyone attempting to explore the bottom would need scuba-diving gear. While the legend greatly exaggerates (the pond is actually closer to fifty feet deep), what is true is that this cold, sprawling water system is a fascinating ecological zone characterized by rare and distinctive plant life. The pond, moreover, is just one part of the network of wetlands that make up the 400-acre nature preserve in Susquehanna County.
On Sunday, July 10, at 2:00 PM, educator, naturalist, and landscape architect Tom McLane will lead a walk to explore plants in and around the pond, and also around the streams, forests, meadow, bog and other areas that the preserve comprises. Walk participants will have a rare opportunity not just to identify individual plants, but to explore the ways in which they depend upon and are characteristic of specific habitats.
Starting at the trailhead just off Pennsylvania Route 171, McLane will lead the group through several different plant communities, contrasting upland and wetland species, different types of forest, emergent plants, and, finally, the floating mats and carnivorous plants of the glacial bog. Showing which plants are indigenous and which native, he will point out how surrounding communities can affect each ecosystem.
Participants will meet at the parking lot one mile north of Thompson on Route 171, where Stack Road intersects. Some areas of the trail will probably be wet, so warm, protective footwear is highly recommended. For further information, contact Carol or Dave Clemens (570/879-4244).
Hill Country Artists will be hosting a paint-out at Salt Springs State Park on Saturday, July 9, starting at 2:00 P.M. Artists in all media, as well as observers are welcome. Members of Hill Country Artists will greet you and you will be free to paint at a location of your choice in the park or join others in a group. If you haven’t painted outside (en plein aire), this is a good opportunity to give it a try. Beginning painters are welcome and will get tips from the more experienced painters. Be sure to bring all your painting supplies and insect repellent, sunscreen, a hat, and stool or easel if you prefer. Rest rooms are available at the park.
At 5:00 the group will convene for a pot luck picnic supper. Bring a dish to pass, table service, and drink. We will critique (and admire) each other’s paintings and enjoy visiting and eating together. Please come and bring a friend. For more information, call Rita Eddy at 553-2500.
Rep. Tina Pickett (R-Bradford/Sullivan/Susquehanna) announced that her Lawton and Sullivan County district offices, serving constituents of the 110th Legislative District each Wednesday, will be closed Wednesday, June 29 and Wednesday, July 6.
The staff will resume services at First Liberty Bank & Trust in Lawton, telephone (570) 934-2557 and at the Sullivan County Courthouse, telephone (570) 946-7673 on Wednesday, July 13.
Constituents who need assistance may call or stop in Pickett's district offices at 321 Main St., Towanda, telephone (570) 265-3124 or 106 West Packer Ave., Sayre, telephone (570) 888-9011.
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.
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 www.cancer.org.
The Northern Wayne Community Library will be holding its annual Summer Festival fund-raiser on Saturday, July 9.
The Summer Festival will include a flea market, bake sale, book sale and pig roast, at the Lake Como Community Hall, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Come out for some delicious pig, homemade goodies and lots of terrific bargains.
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.
The United Methodist Community Church, Main Street, Great Bend, PA will hold its third annual Cruise-In on Friday, July 15, 6 p.m. till dark. Do you have an old or new car, SUV, truck or motorcycle you would like to show to others? There will be a dash plaque for the first 30 registered vehicles. Call (570) 879–2933 if you would like more info.
The Buddy Spencer Band will perform and there will be spiedies, hot dogs, and ice cream to enjoy also. Come early because there is quite a crowd expected! In case of rain Friday evening, the cruise-in will be held Saturday, July 16 from noon to 4 p.m.
Vacation Bible School will be held at the First Presbyterian Church of Montrose from Sunday, June 26 through Thursday, June 30, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. each evening. Friends from the Montrose United Methodist Church, St. Paul's Episcopal Church and the Franklin Hill Presbyterian Church are participating as well.
The theme is "Kingdom of the Son: A Prayer Safari." The safari will take every member of the family straight into the Word of God where the message of love and salvation is waiting to be discovered. All family members from age four through adult will have their own individual "safaris."
Pastor Chuck Link will host his second annual hot dog roast Sunday afternoon, from 5 to 6 PM prior to the opening session. To register in advance, call the church office at 278-3296. Vacation Bible School is open to everyone in the community.
The First Presbyterian Church is located at 71 Church Street in Montrose.
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