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Senior Menu

Blueberry Festival Is Scheduled
A Blueberry Festival!
Residents Can Meet With Commissioner
Blueberry Festival Is Underway
Medication Management At Senior Centers
Kids’ Programs At N. Wayne Library
It’s A Festival!

Tour Of Historic Montrose Home
Men Vs. Donkeys In Laugh Contest
N. Wayne Library August Events
Nunsense In Susky
Price Family Begins Another Century
St. John’s VBS
Old Mill Village Old Time Music
Stream Ecology At Shelly Preserve
Hershey’s Cocoa Classic Contest
Annual Craft Fair, Bazaar In Thompson


August 4

EMILY BLACKMAN house tour, Thursday, August 4. Meet at 7:00 p.m. at the house located on Church St., east of the “purple house” near the Presbyterian Church in Montrose. Sponsored by Hill Country Artists. All are welcome.

PIZZA NIGHT, Thursday, August 4, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Binghamton Elks Lodge, Kirkwood. All are welcome.

August 5

ROAST BEEF/FISH DINNER, Friday, August 5 at the Binghamton Elks Lodge, Kirkwood. All are welcome.

August 5 & 6

BLUEBERRY FESTIVAL, Friday, August 5 and Saturday, August 6 on the Green in Montrose. Entertainment, vendors, raffles, food. Proceeds benefit the Historical Society and Free Library Association. All are welcome.

August 5-7

“SOUTHERN FRIED MURDER,” a dinner-theater mystery, August 5 through 7, 6:30 p.m. at the Mountain View Restaurant, Clifford. Presented by the Endless Mts. Theatre Co. Reservations required, call 434–2283. All are welcome.

August 6

EMRC FLYING CLUB FUN FLY, Saturday, August 6, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Zaverton Airport, South Montrose. Models of all types, demonstrations. Bring chairs. All are welcome.

DOO-WOP DINER Car Hop,. Saturday, August 6, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the First Baptist Church, New Milford. Lunch available. Proceeds benefit Habitat for Humanity. All are welcome.

IRIS RHIZOMES and perennial plant sale, Saturday, August 6, 9 a.m. to noon at the Vestal Public Library. All are welcome.

GOURMET CAMPFIRE COOKING, Wednesday, August 6, 4 p.m. at Salt Springs  State Park. Learn how to make simple camp dinners over an open fire. Free. Pre-registration required, call 967–7275. All are welcome.

COUNTRY STYLE pancake and sausage breakfast, Saturday, August 6, 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. at East Ararat United Methodist Church. All are welcome.

August 7

DONKEY BASEBALL game, Sunday, August 7, 1 p.m. at the Fairdale Park. The Fairdale Grange will play the Lawsville Grange. All are welcome.

CHICKEN BARBECUE and picnic, Sunday, August 7, 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at St. John Neumann Center, Choconut. Dinner or take out. Country store, bingo, refreshments, games. All are welcome.

MUSIC IN THE PARK, Sunday, August 7, 11:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., rain or shine, behind the Clifford Firemen’s Fairgrounds. Worship service at 10:30 a.m., music all day. Refreshments available. Bring chair or blanket. All are welcome.

WAYMAN/HOBBS/WELCH reunion, Sunday, August 7 at the Rte. 11 park in Hallstead. Bring covered dish, a gift for Chinese Auction. For info call 879–2459.

August 8

AL-ANON Family Group meeting, Monday, August 8, 7:30 p.m. at Holy Name of Mary Parish Center, Montrose.

August 9

NORTHERN TIER Neighborhood Crime Watch meeting, Tuesday, August 9, 7:00 p.m. at the Great Bend Borough Building. All are welcome.

THOMPSON HIGH SCHOOL reunion, Tuesday, August 9, beginning at 10 a.m. at the Thompson United Methodist Church. For info or reservations, call Donna Burman Gelatt, 756–2791.

August 9

WING NIGHT, Tuesday, August 9, 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Binghamton Elks Lodge, Kirkwood. All are welcome.

CHICKEN & BISCUIT DINNER, Tuesday, August 9, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Binghamton Elks Lodge, Kirkwood. All are welcome.

August 11

PIZZA NIGHT, Thursday, August 11, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Binghamton Elks Lodge, Kirkwood. All are welcome.

August 8 – 12

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL, Monday, August 8 through Friday, August 12, 9:00 a.m. to noon at St. John the Evangelist, Susquehanna. For info or to register, call 278–3286.

August 12

SUMMER SKIES and the Persiades, Friday, August 12, 9:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. at Salt Springs Park. See the meteor show and summer constellations with Kopernik Observatory astronomer Tony Pilato. All are welcome.

DINNER/SALAD BAR, Friday, August 12, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Binghamton Elks Lodge, Kirkwood. All are welcome.

August 12 – 14

SOUTHERN FRIED MURDER, a dinner theater mystery, Friday, August 12 through Monday, August 14 at William’s at the Ritz, Scranton. Presented by the Endless Mts. Theater Co. for info or reservations (required) call 344–8057. All are welcome.

August 13

STONE WALL BUILDING hands-on workshop with Rusty Ely, Saturday, August 13, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Salt Springs Park. Fee. Bring bag lunch. Pre-registration required, call 967–7275.

CHICKEN BARBECUE, Saturday, August 13, noon until gone at the Binghamton Elks Lodge, Kirkwood. All are welcome.

BIRCHARDVILLE SCHOOL and Historical Association picnic, Saturday, August 13, noon at the Grange Hall, Birchardville. Bring a dish to pass, dessert, table service. Chicken halves available, call 934–2256. All are welcome.

August 14

DOO-WOP DINER Car Hop, Sunday, August 14, 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Elk Lake School. Come for lunch and free soda. Proceeds benefit Habitat for Humanity. All are welcome.

QUILT & CRAFT SHOW, Sunday, August 14, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Preston School, Lakewood. Hosted by the Northern Wayne Community Library. Free. All are welcome.

STREAM ECOLOGY WALK led by biologist Stuart Slocum, Sunday, August 14, 2 p.m. at the Florence Shelly Preserve, Thompson. For info call 879–4244 or 727–3362. All are welcome.

August 15

AL-ANON Family Group meeting, Monday, August 15, 7:30 p.m. at Holy Name of Mary Parish Center, Montrose. All are welcome.

August 16

WING NIGHT, Tuesday, August 16, 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Binghamton Elks Lodge, Kirkwood. All are welcome.

HAM & CABBAGE DINNER, Tuesday, August 16, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Binghamton Elks Lodge, Kirkwood. All are welcome.

August 17

SUSQUEHANNA DEPOT AREA Historical Society meeting, Thursday, August 17, 7 p.m. in the Susquehanna Boro building. All are welcome.

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Senior Menu August 8 - 12

Monday August 8: sliced ham, cooked peas, sweet potatoes, whole wheat bread, graham crackers and peanut butter, tropical fruit.

Tuesday, August 9: brown bag day; meat lasagna, tossed salad, seeded Italian bread, mandarin oranges.

Wednesday, August 10: Italian marinated chicken breast, Brussels sprouts, dinner roll, long grain brown rice, canned peaches.

Thursday August 11: Swedish meatballs with noodles, baby carrots, coleslaw, honey wheat bread, graham cracker and peanut butter, fresh apple.

Friday August 12: fish munchies, mashed potatoes, mixed vegetable, cranberry juice, seeded rye bread, graham cracker, tartar sauce, Boston cream pie or diet chocolate pudding

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Blueberry Festival Is Scheduled

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

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

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A Blueberry Festival!

One of the highlights of the annual Blueberry Festival for most people is delicious food, which will be available in abundance Friday, August 5, and Saturday, August 6, during the 26th Annual Festival. The Blueberry Festival began in 1980 as a fundraiser for the Susquehanna County Historical Society and Free Library Association, which serves the county with a museum, a main library and three branches (Forest City, Hallstead-Great Bend, Susquehanna), and Books-By-Mail and Books-On-Wheels.

Breakfast and lunch will be served on the Village Green during the Festival. For breakfast (8 - 10:30 a.m.) there will be pancakes with blueberry sauce, sausage, and fruit. At lunchtime, the choices will include hamburgers, hotdogs, pizza, and more.

This fully furnished doll house will be raffled off at the Blueberry Festival. Photo By Joe Facinelli

Members of the community will provide a variety of food and snacks all day on Friday and Saturday, starting of course with fresh local-grown blueberries. Blueberry muffins, ice cream, pie and other baked goods will be for sale, as well as lemonade and iced tea. Jams, jellies, and produce of all sorts are donated by local people to benefit the Association. You can even keep the Festival flavor going all year by purchasing one of the popular cookbooks featuring local recipes.

Once again there will be a Blueberry Muffin Contest. "Many wonderful cooks volunteer to bake muffins for the Festival," says Administrator/Librarian Susan Stone, "and this is a great way to honor the best home-made muffins." The muffins will be judged at 10 a.m. Friday by a panel of local celebrities. Afterwards, winning muffins will be available to buy! To enter, please submit two dozen home-made (no mixes) blueberry muffins by 9:30 a.m. Friday, accompanied by a form available at the Montrose Library ahead of time, on the library's website ( or at the Muffin Table Friday morning. You don‚t have to enter the contest to bring muffins for the table, and mixes are fine for those! Baked goods of all kinds are needed (please bring to the Library starting Thursday evening), as are volunteer workers. If you can spare an hour or two either day, please call 278-1881 or stop by the library.

Reminder: rehearsals are underway for the Massed Band Concert, to be held Saturday the 6th at 2 p.m. Please contact Bob Orner at 278-2630 if you would like to play.

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Residents Can Meet With Commissioner

County Commissioner MaryAnn Warren will be available on Thursday, August 4 to offer 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 Borough Building during the hours of 3:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. No appointment is necessary. “I believe that I am a resource to the taxpayers of Susquehanna County for any matters that may affect them. The services available in our County do not always reach the ones that need it most and I would be pleased to assist you,” stated Warren.

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Blueberry Festival Is Underway

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 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.

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Medication Management At Senior Centers

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.

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Kids’ Programs At N. Wayne Library

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.

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It’s A Festival!

The 2005 Blueberry Festival will take place Friday, August 5 and Saturday, August 6, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., on the Village Green and Library Lawn in Montrose. The Blueberry Festival celebrates hometown living at its finest. Blueberries in every form from ice cream to pies, games for children and entertainment for all ages, a used book and record sale, a silent auction, food, fun, and crafts, all draw thousands of visitors every year. Proceeds from the Festival help operate the Susquehanna County Historical Society and Free Library Association, which serves the county with a museum and genealogy research center, a main library and three branches, and Books-By-Mail and Books-On-Wheels.

Newberry The Blueberry. Photo By Joe Facinelli

Varied entertainment is scheduled for the Festival--schedules will be posted on the Green and in the Library. Noelani's Hula School and Polynesian Revue will appear at 10 a.m. on both days, bringing the music and dance of the islands to Montrose. On Saturday, The Poor Boys/Living History Guild Civil War re-enactors will be camping on the Green near the Civil War Monument, answering questions about a soldier's life. Strolling entertainer Manny Tikitz (in the lime-green tux) will also bring his improvised shtick to the Festival. After the Hula show at 10 a.m., John Swavola and his students will demonstrate Tae Kwan Do moves at 11 a.m. At 1 p.m., you're invited to enjoy the music of the Mountain Aire Brass Quintet.

At 2 p.m. on Saturday, don't miss the 12th Annual Massed Band Concert! The concert will bring back the good old days of the 1930s when Maurice Taylor assembled an audience of 10,000 in Montrose to enjoy great traditional music. Bob Orner is conducting again this year. Bring a chair and enjoy the show.

The Children's Games will keep your youngsters entertained for hours! There are skill games like Cards-in-a-Hat and fishing for colorful wooden fish for the youngest--everyone wins a prize. The PriceChopper Bounce Castle is absolutely free!

Older children will enjoy the contests, including the obstacle course, jump rope, and basketball, as well as arts and crafts. New this year are activities for teens: "knockout" basketball both days, and a 4-on-4 Volleyball Tournament from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. Everyone enjoys greeting the Festival mascot, Newberry the Blueberry, who'll be stopping by on both days.

Each year an heirloom quilt is hand-stitched to be raffled off at the Festival. The pattern this year is Snowball Scrap. A Black Forest style clock (pictured above) crafted by George Bryan and a fully-furnished dollhouse will also be raffled. The popular Basket Raffle will return once again.

Don't forget to bring your PRICED good quality household goods (no clothing or exercise equipment) on Saturday for the White Elephant Sale!

"Every year, the Blueberry Festival continues to grow and improve!" says Susan Stone, Administrator/Librarian of the Susquehanna County Historical Society and Free Library Association. "It's really wonderful how our community pulls together to make the Festival possible. Local businesses and individuals contribute time, supplies, advertising, and everything else that's needed, to help support the Library and Historical Society. I hope everyone will come and enjoy the Blueberry Festival with us on the 5th and 6th!"

For more information about the Blueberry Festival or the Library and Historical Society, please call 278-1881 or visit

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Tour Of Historic Montrose Home

The public is invited to join the members of Hill Country Artists on a tour of the historic “Emily Blackman House” on Church Street in Montrose on Thursday, August 4, at 7:00 p.m. Barbara Klim will lead the tour and explain the work that the Susquehanna County Heritage Preservation group is doing to restore the building. Barbara and several other local women have been working hard toward returning the house to its original structure and eventually hope to furnish it as it was at the time that Emily Blackman lived there.

Meet at 7:00 at the house, located on Church Street to the East of the “purple” house. For more information contact Ethel Hollister at 278-2515.

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Men Vs. Donkeys In Laugh Contest

Men versus Donkeys. That’s right – men versus donkeys. The donkey baseball game scheduled at Fairdale Park on August 7, at 1 p.m., will pit the Fairdale Grange against the Lawsville Grange in a game that will be filled with laughs, thrills, spills and fun galore. We say “men versus donkeys,” because players on both teams will have their problems moving the stubborn donkeys toward the base. They’ll have trouble staying on the donkeys from time to time. Of course, this will bring much laughter to the fans. Donkey baseball has often been called the “Craziest Show on Earth.” It combines the circus, the rodeo, and baseball. It is a source of laughter from the time the players attempt to climb on the donkeys until the final out. New cowboy stars will be born during the game. Out of nowhere will come new heroes of the circus world. Of course, the newfound stars will only be the local riders, but the thrills they give the fans are not to be forgotten. You will want to bring the whole family to this fun-filled evening.

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N. Wayne Library August Events

The Northern Wayne Community Library will be hosting a Quilt and Craft Show on Sunday, August 14, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Preston School in Lakewood.

Many quilts will be displayed including those in historical, traditional and contemporary styles. There will be assorted handicrafts available for purchase.

The show is an educational and cultural community event with no admittance fee and free refreshments.

A pancake breakfast will be held on Sunday, August 21 at the Odd Fellows Hall in Lake Como from 7:00 a.m. until noon. The breakfast will benefit the Northern Wayne Community Library and is all you can eat with pancakes, eggs, sausage, juice and coffee.

Come out to both events in support of the library.

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Nunsense In Susky

The St. Martin of Tours and St. Paul's Parish Arts Council proudly announces its production of NUNSENSE, a musical comedy by Dan Goggin. Under the direction of Christopher Lake, the cast of ten "dedicated sisters" and a five piece band will entertain the young at heart on August 12 and 13, at 7:30 p.m. and on August 14, at 2:00 p.m. at the Susquehanna Community High School.

In order to raise some much needed cash due to a misfortunate at the convent, the Little Sisters of Hoboken are presenting a variety show with the "best talent they have left," after 52 of their sisters have died unexpectedly. The sisters would have been fine if Reverend Mother (played by Martina Lingobardo) had not over spent the monthly budget, so Sister Hubert (Pat Stewart), Sister Robert Anne (Sue Lee), Sister Leo (Sharon Panasevich), and Sister Amnesia (Ellen Reavey) have volunteered to help by performing some of their favorite songs. Completing the cast are Dolores Goodger, Eileen Hartman, Katherine Kempa, Shirley Masters, and Deb McNamee.

Audience members will tap their feet to "Tackle that Temptation," clap to "Holier than Thou," and reminisce with "Growing up Catholic." Melissa Leet, Ben Frye, Jeffrey Keyes, Connie Panasevich, Allen Weakland, and Holly Snitzer will bring the tunes alive.

Come share a laugh at one of the funniest Off-Broadway shows. For advanced tickets call 756-3305. Tickets may also be purchased at the door.

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Price Family Begins Another Century

The 101st Annual Reunion of the Descendants of Daniel Q. and Rachel (Owens) Price will be held August 13 at the Union Dale Firemen's Grounds. This year the business meeting at 11 a.m. will begin the events. All are asked to attend to discuss and decide reunion plans. Covered dish lunch will be served at 1 p.m., followed by the trap shoot, children's games with prizes, auction and entertainment. Last year 354 family members signed the registration book and they hope to draw as many again. Last year's best shot award will be presented, delivery of the family group picture and Centennial T-shirts, Welsh memorabilia and family lineage booklets will be available if you did not get one last year.

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St. John’s VBS

St. John the Evangelist in Susquehanna is planning a week of fun at Vacation Bible School. They invite all of the children in the area to come and join Kingdom of the Son. Have your children come and enjoy a week of fun, with Father Robert Simon and staff on an exciting safari. Kingdom of the Son creates a fun and exciting safari atmosphere where children will have a great time singing, watching skits, creating crafts, playing games and bible stories.

Kingdom of the Son begins Monday, August 8 and continues through Friday, August 12, 9:00 a.m. to noon each day at St. John the Evangelist Church, 101 Jackson Ave., Susquehanna. For more information or to register please call Vickie Mulligan at 278–3286.

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Old Mill Village Old Time Music

The 29th annual, Ben Stone Old-Time Country Music Contest will be featured at Old Mill Village, New Milford, PA on Sunday afternoon, August 28. The gates will open at noon with the contest set to begin at 1 p.m. sharp.

The contest is open to all musicians of acoustic (non-electric) guitar, banjo, fiddle, miscellaneous instruments, and to vocalists and groups. Each year hundreds of spectators watch as a field of about 40 musicians compete for ribbons and $500.00 in cash prizes that are awarded to the winning contestants. A special $150.00 donation has been contributed for cash prizes for young people sixteen and under who compete in the youth category. In past years, the variety of miscellaneous instruments has included autoharps, hammered dulcimers, mandolins, and such oddities as cow bells and musical saws! Spectators may want to bring lawn chairs.

For more information, call the Village at (570) 465–3448 or the Stones at (570) 278–4494.

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Stream Ecology At Shelly Preserve

Would you like to have fun learning about a stream and the critters that live there? At 2 p.m. on Sunday, August 14, retired Mountain View High School biology teacher Stuart Slocum will lead a walk through the Shelly Preserve, investigating what is in and around the stream connecting Plew’s Swamp with Weir's Pond.

This small stream is an important part of the system of wetlands at the nearly 400-acre preserve. Mr. Slocum will discuss the role it plays in the Susquehanna River watershed, which he describes as "a kind of highway map of water" moving over this bioregion. The group will look for mayflies, dragonflies and other insects that are indicators of water quality. The larvae of these, and other insects, are also great food for fish. Anyone wishing to make a closer inspection of the stream will be invited to get wet feet, turn over rocks and look behind logs to find out what lives there.

Participants will also be on the lookout for signs of animals that depend on the stream. There should be some clear animal tracks, including deer, fox and bear. Mr. Slocum will help identify these, so watch where you walk.

In the past this walk has been popular with kids of all ages, anyone who wants to come close to nature. This is one of the favorite walks of the summer season. Try it!

The Florence Shelly Preserve is located one mile north of Thompson on Route 171. Parking is available in the lot just opposite Stack Road. For further information call Carol or Dave Clemens at (570) 879–4244 or Andy Gardner, (570) 727–3362. The hike is easy but the trail may be damp, so participants are urged to wear shoes appropriate for walking in wetlands.

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Hershey’s Cocoa Classic Contest

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.

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Annual Craft Fair, Bazaar In Thompson

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.

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