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EVENTS, PROGRAMS, HAPPENINGS, SEMINARS:
BLUEGRASS CONCERT with Gene Clayton and “Spare Parts,” Saturday, July 23, 7 p.m. at the Starrucca Community Hall. Admission. All are welcome.
CLUB CLEANUP DAY, Saturday, July 23, 10:30 a.m. at the Blue Ridge Sportsmen’s Club, New Milford. Refreshments for all who help. All are welcome.
BOOK SALE, Saturday, July 23, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Soldiers’ Orphan School, Harford. All are welcome.
DOO-WOP DINER Car Hop (rescheduled), Saturday, July 23, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Holy Name of Mary, Montrose. Proceeds benefit Habitat for Humanity. All are welcome.
COMMUNITY BENEFIT for Alicia (Carroll) Norris, Saturday, July 23 at the Starrucca House, Susquehanna beginning at 6 p.m. Raffles, Chinese auction, refreshments, bands, more. Admission. Must be 21. All are welcome.
July 23 & 24
AUDUBON FESTIVAL, Saturday, July 23 and Sunday, July 24, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Wallenpaupack School, Hawley. Donation. All are welcome.
BACK TO BASICS Nature Photography program with Renee Coy, Sunday, July 24, 1:30 to 5 p.m. at Salt Springs State Park. Fee. Pre-registration required, call 967–7275. All are welcome.
ST. JOSEPH/ST. AUGUSTINE Neumann Pro-Life group memorial dedication, Sunday, July 24, 3 p.m. Speakers will be Bishop John Dougherty, Mother Agnes Donovan, Fr. Charles Connor. Light refreshments follow. All are welcome.
July 24 – 29
CHRISTIAN WRITERS CONFERENCE, July 24 through 29 at the Montrose Bible Conference. Professional writers and editors, workshops, classes, more. For info call 278–1001. All are welcome.
R.E.S.C.U.E. ANNUAL MEETING, Monday, July 25, 7 p.m. at the Wayne County Visitors Center, Honesdale. Guest speaker will be Elliott Ross, ESCP Chairman. For info call 798–2530. All are welcome.
July 25 – 27
NEXTLEVEL HOOPS basketball camp, July 25 through 27, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for boys and girls, eighth through twelfth grade. For info call 785–3143.
WING NIGHT, Tuesday, July 26, 5:30 to 9:00 p.m. at the Binghamton Elks Lodge, Kirkwood. All are welcome.
FIELD & STREAM program, especially for kids, Wednesday, July 27, 10 a.m. to noon at Salt Springs State Park. All are welcome.
CLIFFORD PICNIC, July 27 through 30 at the Clifford Twp. Fire Co. Parade Wednesday, 7 p.m. Thursday, family night. Friday, fireworks, 10:30 p.m. Music, food, games, rides, more. All are welcome.
NE PA Area Health Education Center annual meeting, Thursday, July 28 at Keystone College. Keynote speaker will be Kevin A. Alvarnaz, MBA, Chief, Cardiovascular Health Section PA Dept. of Health. For info call 945–5623.
ROAST BEEF SUPPER, Saturday, July 30, 4:30 p.m. at the Thompson United Methodist Church. All are welcome.
July 30 & 31
QUILT SHOW and demonstration by Ingrid Rogler, Saturday, July 30 and Sunday, July 31, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Oldest House, Laceyville. For info call 869–2706. All are welcome.
Monday, July 25: vegetable lasagna, three-bean salad, peas, orange, Jewish rye bread, fresh apple.
Tuesday, July 26: Italian marinated chicken, Brussels sprouts, whole wheat bread, peaches.
Wednesday, July 27: stuffed peppers with sauce, mashed potatoes, mixed vegetables, dinner roll, graham cracker and peanut butter, fresh orange.
Thursday July 28: sliced turkey with gravy, French style green beans, sweet potatoes, wheat bread, graham cracker and peanut butter, fruit cocktail, cranberry sauce.
Friday July 29: spaghetti and meatballs, tossed salad, Italian bread, lemon meringue pie, diet vanilla pudding.
The 26th Annual Montrose Blueberry Festival will be held Friday, August 5th and Saturday, August 6th on the Village Green and Library Lawn. Mary Jo Bayer, Ellen O'Malley, and Marianne Meyer are chairing the Festival this year, and they're hard at work setting up blueberry food and fun for the celebration. This year's quilt pattern is a multi-colored Snowball. A huge, fully-furnished dollhouse has been donated (you may remember it from the Auction!) and will also be raffled. Chances for the quilt and the dollhouse are available now. Festival proceeds support county library services and the county Historical Society.
Don't bother with that garage sale--the Blueberry Festival's White Elephant sale needs your unwanted treasures (except clothing and exercise equipment). You can drop them off at any time (for directions to the barn where items are being collected, call 278-1881, stop by the Library, or visit susqcolibrary.org/white_elephant.htm).
As always, volunteers are eagerly sought, as are donations of crafts, preserves, and good used books. Please call the library at 278-1881 or visit susqcolibrary.org.
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.
A community benefit for Alicia (Carroll) Norris is planned on Saturday, July 23, at the Starrucca House, Susquehanna, PA, 6:00 p.m. to ??
Donation is $10 per person for all persons 21 or older, which includes food, beverage and bands. Raffles and a Chinese Auction will be held.
The organizers need your generous support to help this family in need. They are hoping that the businesses and the community alike will contribute their time and efforts to make this event a success.
Contact Debbie Norris (570) 853–4869 or Chris Davis (570) 853–4142 for information or to lend a hand.
All proceeds from the event will be donated to the Norris family.
The 26th Annual Blueberry Festival, which will take place Friday, August 5 and Saturday, August 6 (9 a.m. – 4 p.m.) on the Village Green in Montrose, will feature dozens of events and activities. All proceeds from the event help operate the Susquehanna County Historical Society and Free Library Association, which serves the county with a museum, a main library and three branches, and Books-By-Mail and Books-On-Wheels. Mary Jo Bayer, Marianne Myer, and Ellen O'Malley are chairing the Festival this year.
At 9 a.m. sharp on Friday morning the book sale opens, with donated hardcovers and paperbacks on sale in the book tent on the Green. Donations of good-quality used books are being accepted through Saturday, July 30 – please bring them to the library by then. Most books are very reasonable, but old and valuable books do come up for sale and are priced accordingly. The wide selection draws book dealers as well as readers and booklovers of all ages and interests. New books, both children's and adults, will also be for sale.
Don't bother holding that yard sale – the White Elephant Sale (Saturday only) will be glad to pass your treasures on. Please stop by the library or visit www.susqcolibrary.org/white_elephant.htm for directions to the barn where items are being collected.
A new T-shirt design and a pin with watercolor artwork by Alta Mae Hessert are planned to join the wide range of Festival t-shirts, sweatshirts, and more. Another limited-edition print of a watercolor by Sarah Miller will be issued this year, and there's a new pottery design too. Water bottles, candles, pewter key chains, aprons, and much more also make great souvenirs of Montrose and the Festival.
Volunteers are always needed to help with the Blueberry Festival. Anyone interested should call 278-1881.
The B/S/S/T Area Agency on Aging PrimeTime Health Program strives to maintain health and wellness in the older adult (age 60+) population through various programs. The AAA PrimeTime Health program is sponsoring a series of Medication Management programs, in cooperation with Endless Mountains Health Systems, in the Susquehanna County Senior Community Centers.
Medication Management continues to be a priority topic to ensure that patients are getting the maximum benefits they need from their medications. The topic for the next series, presented by Jessica Dibble, Medical Care Coordinator, Endless Mountains Health Systems, will be Medications that Treat Various Illnesses.
The schedule at the Senior Community Centers is: Lenoxville (222-9550), July 21, 10:30 a.m.; Forest City (785-3386), July 27, 12:30 p.m.; Susquehanna (853-3967), August 18, 12:20 p.m.; Great Bend (879-2896), July 21, 12:15 p.m.; Montrose (278-4370), July 20, Noon.
Registration for this free program is not necessary. However, if you would also like to enjoy lunch at the Senior Community Center, call that location at least one day in advance to make a meal reservation.
Barnes-Kasson Senior Services operates Senior Community Centers in Susquehanna County through a contract with the Area Agency on Aging.
The Northern Wayne Community Library is pleased to announce that Art Classes For Kids will be held in July and the Summer Reading Program, entitled Dragons, Dreams and Daring Deeds, will take place in August.
There is no cost for participation in these programs, but children must be registered with the library. Everyone is welcome to attend. Please call 798–2444 to register your child.
Art Classes will be held on three consecutive days, Tuesday, July 19; Wednesday, July 20; and Thursday, July 21. Times vary according to grade level: 10:00-11:15 a.m. for K, 1, 2; 11:45-1:00 p.m. for grades 3, 4, 5; and 1:30-2:45 for students in grade 6 and above. Come out to the classes and see if you can get some of your artwork entered in the Harford Fair.
Summer Reading Program will take place every Friday in the month of August from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon. The dates are August 5, August 12, August 19, August 26.
Kids ages 4 through 12 years are invited to come out for lots of fun reading activities, including games and crafts. Children may attend for one of the Fridays, or all four, but don’t miss the kickoff in August 5; there may be a real dragon visiting!
All programs will be held at the library on Route 370 in Lakewood, next to the Preston School.
On Saturday, July 30, 2 p.m. the Brooklyn Historical Society will meet at the Brooklyn (School) Township Building. As part of the program this year, an interesting DVD put together by David Palmer of Hop Bottom will tell the history of the Ku Klux Klan that held meetings in Kingsley and had members from Brooklyn. During the afternoon, the historical society books of schools, lands, and homes along with the Bicentennial Book, maps and other memorabilia will be available for purchase. The latest book entitled, “History of Brooklyn, 1887–2005” has a good possibility of being available for this meeting. The society encourages all to come out and see your Brooklyn Township neighbors. The business meeting will be conducted by Curtis Stone, President. Refreshments will be available.
On Sunday, July 31, 12 p.m. the Brooklyn School Reunion Society will kick off the afternoon with a luncheon in the Social Hall of the Universalist Church, prepared by the Association of Universalist Women. Reservations for the full luncheon or your preference for the light luncheon should be made with Margaret and Curtis Stone at 289–4610 no later than Sunday, July 24.
Following the luncheon the meeting will be held in the Brooklyn (School) Township building, with President Bob Stanton presiding. One of the speakers, Donna Williams, member of the Mountain View Alumni Association will extol the virtues of the organization and their work in establishing and honoring graduates of all schools in the district.
The afternoon will allow folks to share their timely memories, engage in mutual fellowship and sing a school song or two. The School Reunion encourages a warm invitation to all levels of graduation to attend the reunion. Handicap accessibility is available in back of the township building.
You won't have to mess around with campfires and sleeping bags to enjoy Ed Camp Final Performance.
The "camp" in Ed Camp means theatre camp, and it all happens indoors in the air-conditioned comfort of Blue Ridge High School.
Participants in the Ed Lonzinski Middle/High School Theatre Camp, an annual program of the Endless Mountains Theatre Company, spend a week learning the fine points of showbiz from dedicated professionals. And at 7:00 p.m. on July 22, the campers will put on a fantastic show to demonstrate what they've learned. This free, public performance is your chance to benefit from the Ed Camp experience. Just grab a seat in the BRHS auditorium, make yourself comfortable, and be prepared to applaud! You're sure to be impressed by this evening of delightful summer entertainment, a gift from the Ed Camp students, staff, and sponsors to the community.
For more information on Ed Camp and other EMTC activities, call (570) 465-9518.
The hot part of the year is finally here. I say, it’s time for a nice cold ice cream cone. Every time you have that irresistible treat, remember you are celebrating National Ice Cream Month with America’s most popular dessert.
Ice cream wasn’t first made in America; it has a very long history. It all started in England when Charles I hosted a special banquet for his friends and family. The meal had been exceptionally exquisite, prepared by his cook, DeMirco. But the best dish was yet to come. It was a new dish that had resembled freshly fallen snow but was much creamier than any other dessert. The new dish impressed everyone. Charles paid DeMirco to keep the recipe a secret so that it could only be served at royal gatherings. When Charles died in 1649 the chef was no longer bound to keep the secret and soon everyone could make the frozen cream.
Finally, a bit over a hundred years later, ice cream arrived in the United States. A caterer named Phillip Lenzi arrived in New York from London, in 1774, and announced that he would have ice cream to sell. It was not so popular at first. It was first formally served by Dolly Madison at her husband, President James Madison’s Inaugural Ball in 1813.
Commercial production of ice cream in the United States started in Baltimore, Maryland in 1851 by Jacob Fussell who is now known as the father of the American ice cream industry. Since Mr. Fussell’s advancement in ice cream production, it has become a household treat throughout America. President Ronald Regan was a well known “desert-lover.” His love for ice cream encouraged the designation of July as “National Ice Cream Month.”
May I suggest when you’re driving down the road and see an ice cream bar, stop by and celebrate America’s most popular dessert, ice cream?
Wayne/Susquehanna R.E.S.C.U.E. will be hosting its annual public meeting on Creating a Multi-Municipal Comprehensive Land Use Plan on Monday, July 25, 7 p.m. at the Wayne County Visitors Center, 303 Commercial St., Honesdale, PA. Guest speaker is Elliott Ross, founder and current Chairman of the Susquehanna County Council of Governments and member of the Eastern Susquehanna County Partnership (ESCP).
The ESCP is a multi-municipal group consisting of Union Dale and Thompson Boroughs, and the Townships of Thompson, Ararat, Gibson, and Herrick, formed for the primary purpose of creating a multi-municipal comprehensive plan to address the future growth and development the area is likely to see, with emphasis on preserving the rural character all cherish. With the plan nearly completed Mr. Ross will provide invaluable information and insight for anyone interested in the entire process from beginning to end.
The chapter president, Dr. Ken Mayers will continue the discussion with "Land use Planning, One Citizen at a Time," with a presentation of a variety of strategies in our daily life that the average citizen can adopt that will help preserve communities and the surrounding landscape. Working to understand the connection between daily choices and the large-scale changes occurring around us every day is the first step to take in becoming part of the solution rather than simply being part of the problem.
The meeting is free and open to the public. This presentation offers a wealth of information for municipal planners and anyone interested in the future of land use in their community.
You will have a wonderful time at First Baptist Church, 312 Jackson Avenue, Susquehanna during the week of July 25 thru July 29, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. All week long they will offer a great Vacation Bible School called, "It's A Jungle Out There." They would like to invite all children ages four through sixth grade (teens and adults are also welcome) to join and explore the jungle with fun songs, silly skits, scrumptious snacks, exciting Bible stories and so much more. Admission is free. You won't want to miss out on a single day!
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.
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 of Great Bend, PA and the First Presbyterian Church of Hallstead, PA will hold Vacation Bible School July 25 to July 29 at the Methodist Church on Main Street, Great Bend.
The theme of the bible school this year is “Good News Clues.” The school is held from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m., Monday to Thursday with a special program on Friday for families and friends. Children from preschool through fifth grade are invited to attend. Call Tracy Weed at 879–2933 or Hallstead Presbyterian Church at 879–2174 to register your children.
Harrisburg – State Sen. Roger A. Madigan (R-23) will host outreach events in July 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 July 15 and July 29, 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 300 Pine St., Suite 200, Williamsport, telephone 1-800-443-5772.
Harford – Calling all bakers for the 2005 Hershey’s Cocoa Classic baking contest to be held on Monday, August 22 at the Harford Fair. The contest is co-sponsored by Hershey Foods Corporation and the Pennsylvania State Association of County Fairs.
Over 100 fairs across Pennsylvania will offer cash prizes for the best cake and tastiest cookies, brownies, or bars in the youth category. The Harford Fair’s contest is a preliminary competition that leads to the selection of the final Hershey’s Cocoa Classic blue ribbon winner held each January at the Pennsylvania State Farm Show. First place winners at the Farm Show will be awarded a cash grand prize of $500 for the winning cake recipe and $250 for the winning cookie, brownie, or bar recipe.
For rules on the Harford Fair’s contest or for more information on entry requirements, obtain a Harford Fair Premium Book at the fair office, or contact Heidi Page at (570) 434–4300.
Carlton (Pat) and Roberta (Tingley) Bailey were married July 30, 1955 by the Rev. Walter Mosher at the home of Justin and Leona Tingley, Upper Lake, New Milford Twp. Their sons Glenn, Mark, Brian and Gary are honoring this special occasion with an Open House celebration on Saturday, July 30, 2005 at the First Baptist Church, New Milford, PA from 2 to 5 p.m. in the fellowship hall downstairs. Please come with your memories and well wishes, no gifts please.
The Thompson United Methodist Charge will be holding their annual Craft Fair and Bazaar on Saturday, September 3 at the Thompson United Methodist Church on Route 171 in Thompson, PA. Festivities will run 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.
As in past years, a large variety of craft items made by local artisans will be available both outdoors and in the church. A bake sale, fill-a-can cookie sale, and the church bazaar will be sure to satisfy even the most discriminating shopper.
The Attic Treasures will be open with a variety of items both old and new at prices that can’t be beat.
The Sidewalk Café will again be open for the lunch bunch. Some items on the menu are hot dogs, hamburgers, whimpies and homemade pies, all prepared by church members.
Live entertainment will be ongoing throughout the day; games will also be available for the children.
As a service to visitors, parking will be available at the Thompson Firehouse on Water Street, with transportation available to bring participants to the church.
Come shop, eat and enjoy the entertainment and the community spirit of the town.
Anyone interested in obtaining an application to secure a craft space for the day can do so by contacting Tootsie Stone at (570) 727–2158 or Mary Gray at 756–2652.
An AARP Safe Driver course will be held July 19 and 20, 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. at the Blue Ridge Senior Center, Great Bend, PA.
RSVP is needed. Contact Bill or Helen Wagner at (570) 465–7375 for more info.
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