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EVENTS, PROGRAMS, HAPPENINGS, SEMINARS:
COMMISSIONERS’ BLOOD DRIVE, Wednesday, September 7, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Lackawanna County Administration Building, Scranton. All are welcome.
SENSE OF WONDER program, Thursday, September 8, 10 a.m. at Salt Springs Park. Especially for kids 3-4 and their caretakers. Explore the woods with your senses. Fee. Pre-registration required, call 967–7275.
PIZZA NIGHT, Thursday, September 8, 5 – 9 p.m. at the Binghamton Elks Lodge, Kirkwood. Eat in or take out. All are welcome.
TODDLER TIME, Thursday, September 8, 9:30 a.m. at the Montrose Library Children’s Room. Songs, stories, and rhymes for children ages 2 to 3 1/2. Call 278–1881 for info.
September 8 – 10
JOB FAIR, Thursday, September 8, noon – 8; Friday, September 9, 10 to 6; Saturday, September 10, 10 – 3 at the Pocono Township Ambulance EMT Hall, Tannersville. Hosted by the Great Wolf Lodge.
DINNER/SALAD BAR, Friday, September 9, 6 – 8 p.m. at the Binghamton Elks Lodge, Kirkwood. All are welcome.
September 9 & 10
RUMMAGE SALE, Friday, September 9, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday, September 10, 9 a.m. to noon (bag sale at noon) at the Presbyterian Church, Pine St., Hallstead. All are welcome.
MUSHROOM FORAY with Julie Dugan and David Fischer, Saturday, September 10, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Salt Springs Park. Bring bag lunch. Fee. Pre-registration required, call 967–7275.
DEMOLITION DERBY (6 p.m.) and lawnmower races (4 p.m.), Saturday, September 10 at the Harford Fairgrounds. Gates open at 3. Food, refreshments, free parking. Admission. All are welcome.
POMONA GRANGE #7 meeting, Saturday, September 10, 10:30 a.m. at the Fairdale Grange Hall. Dinner will be served.
BOOK SALE, Saturday, September 10, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Soldiers’ Orphan School, Route 547 between Harford and Kingsley. All are welcome.
September 10 & 11
ENDLESS ENCOUNTER xc VI Racing Weekend, September 10 and 11 at the Camp at East Lake, New Milford. For info call 465–2169.
ANTIQUES SHOW & SALE, Saturday, September 10, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, September 11, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Waverly Community House. Admission. All are welcome.
NICHOLSON BRIDGE 90th anniversary celebration, Sunday, September 11, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Main St., Nicholson. All are welcome.
LATTIMER MASSACRE program with George A. Turner, Sunday, September 11, 2 p.m. at the Anthracite Heritage Museum. All are welcome.
OKTOBERFEST, Sunday, September 11 at P. J. O’hare’s. Ticket includes entertainment, food, beverage. For info call 727–3075 or 853–4544. Sponsored by St. John’s Men’s Club. All are welcome.
OPEN MEETING of the Blue Ridge Sportsmen’s Club, New Milford, Monday, September 12, 7:30 p.m. Open membership. All are welcome.
NORTHERN TIER Neighborhood Crime Watch meeting, Tuesday, September 13, 7:00 p.m. at the Hallstead American Legion. All are welcome.
WING NIGHT, Tuesday, September 13, 5:30 – 9:00 p.m. at the Binghamton Elks Lodge, Kirkwood. All are welcome.
SUSQUEHANNA DEPOT AREA Historical Society meeting, Thursday, September 15, 7 p.m. at the Susquehanna Boro Building. Guest speaker Bob Stanton will present a program on antique stringed instruments. Come early for homemade soup.
LAYETTE OUTREACH meeting and kit assembly, Thursday, September 15, 2 p.m. at the TREHAB Center Conference Room, Montrose. All are welcome.
PIZZA NIGHT, Thursday, September 15, 5 – 9 p.m. at the Binghamton Elks Lodge, Kirkwood. Eat in or take out. All are welcome.
FEATHERED FRIENDS program, Thursday, September 15, 10 a.m. at Salt Springs Park. Especially for kids 3-4 years old and their caretaker. Pre-registration required, call 967-7275.
RUMMAGE & BAKE SALE, Friday, September 16, 9 a.m. to noon and 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Franklin Forks United Methodist Church. All are welcome.
RUMMAGE & BAKE SALE, Friday, September 16, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Franklin Hill Presbyterian Church. All are welcome.
DINNER/SALAD BAR, Friday, September 16, 6 – 8 p.m. at the Binghamton Elks Lodge, Kirkwood. All are welcome.
ROUND & SQUARE DANCE, Friday, September 16, 7 – 11 p.m. at the Montrose High School cafeteria. Admission. Refreshments available. All are welcome.
September 16 & 17
DIARIES OF ADAM & EVE dinner theater presented by the Endless Mts. Theater Co., Friday, September 16 and Saturday, September 17 at William’s at the Ritz, Scranton. Dinner at 7, show follows. For ticket info call 344–8057.
BAG SALE, Saturday, September 17, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Franklin Forks United Methodist Church. All are welcome.
BUFFET DINNER, Saturday, September 17, 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Gibson United Methodist Church. Takeouts available. All are welcome.
BINGO, Saturday, September 17, 7 p.m. at the Blue Ridge Sportsmen’s Club, New Milford. All are welcome.
BAG SALE, Saturday, September 17, 9 a.m. to noon at the Franklin Hill Presbyterian Church. All are welcome.
CHICKEN BARBECUE, Saturday, September 17, beginning at noon at the Binghamton Elks Lodge, Kirkwood. All are welcome.
GOOD NEWS LUNCH, Saturday, September 17 at St. Mark’s Church, New Milford. Free. All are welcome.
FAMILY STYLE breakfast, Saturday, September 17, 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Springville United Methodist Church. All are welcome.
CHICKEN BARBECUE benefit for Peter Dubik, Sunday, September 18 at the Mt. View Plaza, Great Bend. Sponsored by the Lions Club. All are welcome.
PANCAKE BREAKFAST, Sunday, September 18, 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Blue Ridge Sportsmen’s Club, New Milford. All are welcome.
IRISH FESTIVAL, Sunday, September 18, 12:30 to 7:30 at St. Francis Xavier Church, Friendsville. Food, music, games. All are welcome.
BREAKFAST, Sunday, September 18, 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Binghamton Elks Lodge, Kirkwood. All are welcome.
ROUND & SQUARE DANCE, Sunday, September 18, 1-5 p.m. at the Riverfront Park, Towanda. Food available. All are welcome.
NATURE WALK: The Lives of Trees, Sunday, September 18, 2 p.m. at the Florence Shelly Preserve. Retired US Forest Service forester Hank Hartmann will lead. Call 879–4244 or 727–2385 for info. All are welcome.
WING NIGHT, Tuesday, September 20, 5:30 – 9 p.m. at the Binghamton Elks Lodge, Kirkwood. All are welcome.
FREE HELPLINE available to answer questions regarding lung health. Call the American Lung Association, weekdays, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at 1-800-LUNG-USA.
Monday, September 12: roast beef with gravy, mashed potatoes, green beans, cabbage salad, honey wheat bread, apricots, graham crackers.
Tuesday, September 13: brown bag day; baked white fish, mashed potatoes, orange juice, tossed salad, seeded rye bread, two graham crackers, Boston cream pie/diabetic chocolate pudding.
Wednesday, September 14: char broiled beef patty, home style beans, pickled beets, hamburg bun, tropical fruit, chocolate chip granola bar.
Thursday, September 15: stuffed cabbage roll, buttered noodles, apple juice, cooked California blend, wheat bread, butterscotch pudding/diet butterscotch pudding.
Friday, September 16: sweet and sour chicken, long grain brown rice, cooked broccoli, wheat bread, fresh orange.
The third annual Salt Springs Celebration will be held Saturday, September 3, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the park. This day is also the biggest fund raiser of the year for the Friends and supports educational programs.
Highlights this year include an exhibition of original photographs by Artist-in-Residence Renee Coy, Native American storytelling inside an authentic tipi, an expanded schedule of performances by local artists and musicians, and an expanded offering of children's activities – including a treasure hunt, paper making, stream searching, petting zoo, and pony rides.
At the silent auction, you can bid on unique items donated by local businesses, artists, and members. In the Friends' new shop, you can purchase a Salt Springs Park t-shirt, a walking stick, or one of the many beautiful notecards featuring photographs by local artist George Schreck. Visit the llamas, indulge in some homemade desserts, walk through the gorge and see the waterfalls, and have a wonderful day among Friends.
The public is invited to a reception for the Friends of Salt Springs' Specialist-in Residence, photographer Renee Coy. The reception will be held at the Wheaton House at Salt Springs Park on Friday, September 2, from 7 to 9 p.m. The evening will include refreshments and a "gallery talk" by the artist at 7:45 p.m.
Renee will be exhibiting about 25 of her new photographs, taken at Salt Springs during the past year.
Renee is a life-long resident of Susquehanna County. She is a recent graduate of Marywood College in Scranton and looks forward to sharing her personal views of the park.
Artist Joe DeOrio from Ararat, PA burns some of his art to make room for new work to be shown at his new studio September 10 and 11. “Burning (destroying) my art is very hard to do but it is absolutely the right thing to do. I must detach from the old to make room for the new. It’s a very Yogic thing to do. It is a lesson in non-attachment,” says DeOrio. Mr. DeOrio recently moved from New Jersey to Ararat, where he prepares for a retrospective covering forty years of his art. There will be more burning after the show so some of his work will never be seen again. There will be over a hundred paintings and sculptures exhibited. Mr. DeOrio has won many awards for his work and has shown in many galleries in New York City and the East Coast. His work is collected by many major corporations throughout the US. Mayo Clinic, AT&T, New Jersey Water Co. are a few of his patrons who have bought his work over the years.
The public is invited to attend this exhibit. All the artwork will be discounted for this special exhibit. Call (732) 397–0454 for directions.
The Susquehanna County Commissioners announce the Courthouse will be closed on Monday, September 5, in observance of Labor Day. All court related offices will be available.
An AARP Safe Driver course will be offered on September 19 and 20, 1:00 to 5:00 at the Montrose Senior Center, Montrose, PA.
RSVP to Bill or Helen Wagner at (570) 465–7375.
The Thompson United Methodist Charge will be holding their annual Craft Fair and Bazaar on Saturday, September 3, at the Church on Route 171 in Thompson, PA. Festivities will run 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
A large variety of craft items made by local artisans will be available, both outdoors and in the church. A bake sale with homemade pies, cakes and other delicacies will be abundant. The Fill-a-Can cookie sale, homemade maple products, jelly and jams 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 a lunch bunch. Some items on the menu are hotdogs, hamburgers, wimpies and homemade pies, all prepared by church members. Live entertainment will be ongoing throughout the day; games will also be available for the children. A dunk tank, cotton candy machine and magician will highlight the day. The Clothes Closet will be open to all.
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.
The B/S/S/T Area Agency on Aging and the Social Security Administration are co-sponsoring a series of meetings in Susquehanna County to help educate the general public about the new Medicare Prescription Program scheduled to begin on January 1, 2006. The informational meetings will provide an overview of Medicare’s Prescription Program, as well as extra help available from Medicare to pay for prescription drugs for Medicare recipients with limited income and resources.
The dates, times and locations for the Medicare prescription coverage public meetings are as follows:
Blue Ridge Senior Center, 755 Elizabeth Street, Great Bend, PA 18822, 8/30/05 – 12:15 p.m.
Montrose Senior Center, Montrose Square Apartments, Montrose, PA 18801, 9/1/05 – 12:15 p.m.
Forest City Senior Center, 535 Main Street, Forest City, PA 18421, 9/14/05 – 12:15 p.m.
Lenoxville Senior Center, Lenoxville Community Hall, Lenoxville, PA 18841, 9/15/05 – 11:15 a.m.
Lanesboro Senior Center, Turnpike Terrace, Lanesboro, PA 18847, 9/16/05 12:15 p.m.
Lawton Senior Center, Lawton Fire Hall, Lawton, PA 18828, 9/19/05 – 12:00 noon.
For additional information contact the B/S/S/T Area Agency on Aging at 1-800-982-4346, or (570) 265-6121.
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 Driver Safety Program will be held September 8 and 9 and September 29 and 30, 9 a.m. through 1 p.m. both days (these are the final classes for 2005 in Lake Como) at the Odd Fellows Hall, Route 247 and Como Road.
For more info or to register, call Irene Messinger at (570) 798–2938.
AWANA will begin on Monday, September 12, from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. at the First Baptist Church, 312 Jackson Avenue, Susquehanna, PA. This is for children ages 3 through sixth grade. There will be bible stories, bible verses, fun, songs and games. come and bring a friend with you. If you have questions or need information please call 853-4102.
Lion Peter Dubik is the kind of person that will be there for anyone at anytime. Now it is time to be there for him. The Hallstead/Great Bend Lions Club will hold a chicken barbecue/bake sale benefit on September 18 at the Mountain View Plaza in Great Bend, PA.
Peter was born with a condition called spina bifida, a birth defect that affects the spinal cord. Most babies born with this condition do not live past the age of 5. Peter has been lucky to get to the age of 54, but not without suffering side effects of the condition.
Besides being a paraplegic and confined to a wheelchair for the past 18 years, he has had his bladder removed in 1999 and most recently has developed decubitus ulcers, “bed sores” which cause major infections, such as Staph or Sepsis that may result in death. Peter has been through numerous operations and lengthy hospital stays.
Peter joined the Lions club in 1996. For the past 9 years, he has held numerous positions in the club ( past secretary and president) and in the Pa State region District 14-H (Zone B) Chairman; Beacon Lodge Director and Delegate for various State and District Convention. In 2004, Peter alone raised $6,000.00 for Beacon Lodge, a camp for disabled people located in Central Pennsylvania. He has always been involved with the club’s activities, even though he is confined to a wheelchair. He would pound stakes in the ground for tent rentals or sit in the cold snow to sell a tree during our annual Christmas tree sales.
Until April of this year, he was able to get himself around independently, but his latest bout of infections has confined him to his home. Currently he is in Binghamton General just having another surgery to stop the ulcers.
Area residents are urged to show their support by attending the September 18 benefit.
Donations can be sent to Peter Dubik, c/o Peoples National Bank, Hallstead, PA 18822.
Harrisburg – State Sen. Roger A. Madigan (R-23) will host outreach events in September 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 September 16 and September 30 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 Hallstead-Great Bend Public Library, 201 Franklin Street, Hallstead.
No appointment is necessary.
The senator added that constituents who are unable to attend but would like to speak with him or a staff member should feel free to call either of his district offices, located at One Progress Plaza, Suite 13, Towanda, telephone (570) 265–7448, and 330 Pine St., Suite 200, Williamsport, telephone 1-800-443-5772.
In 1978, when a small group of local, amateur naturalists first contacted The Nature Conservancy about a small, seemingly nondescript wetlands area in northeastern Pennsylvania, regional directors of the international environmental organization were immediately interested. The Nature Conservancy purchases valuable wilderness areas in order to protect them, and their decision to acquire the land that was to become the Florence Shelly Preserve was based on several important factors: the diverse wetlands areas, which contribute to the ecological health of a bioregion; the diversity of plant and animal species; and the presence of a small stand of balsam firs growing wild there. The balsam fir normally thrives in northern woodlands, and it is believed that these trees make up one of the southernmost stands in the country.
Besides the rare balsams, the Florence Shelly Preserve features many species of trees that tell a unique tale about this particular area and its human and natural history. On Sunday, September 18, at 2 p.m. Hank Hartmann, a retired forester with the U.S. Forest Service, will lead a walk to identify some of these trees, discuss their special qualities, and describe some of the modern environmental challenges they are under.
Other indigenous trees at the preserve include maple, ash, a few species of oak, shadbush (named because they flower around the time the shad are running in the rivers), black cherry, and many others. There is even a rare American elm. Walk participants will notice a line of sugar maples along the main trail, planted for convenient sugar tapping by the farm family who lived on the land almost a hundred years ago. Apple trees and a lilac half hidden in goldenrod and hardhack give further evidence of human habitation in what is now a wildlife refuge. Dense, dark patches of scotch and Austrian pines are remnants of the pine plantations planted by the Conservation Corps during the Depression more than seventy years ago and never thinned. Mr. Hartmann will give tips for identifying trees by their bark, leaves, cones and other characteristics. He will point out damage caused by insect species from remote lands and explain why trees–and the humans who are concerned about them–have such difficulty combating these pests. The walk will last approximately two hours.
The Florence Shelly Preserve is located one mile north of Thompson, PA on Route 171. Parking is available in the lot just opposite Stack Road. The hike is easy, but the trail may be damp, so participants are urged to wear shoes appropriate for walking in wetlands. For further information call Carol or Dave Clemens at (570) 879-4244 or Hank Hartmann, (570) 727-2385.
On September 11, 2005 the town of Nicholson will celebrate the ninetieth anniversary of the Nicholson Bridge on Main Street in Nicholson. Various events are being prepared by the Nicholson Women’s Club, including a great family day with activities, starting at 9 a.m. and ending at 4 p.m.
Live entertainment during the day will include music by the group Sage performing bluegrass, gospel and Celtic; children’s games and face painting. The Ross Park Zoo Mobile will present live animals to “touch and learn,” from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will be a baby show for children age 0-36 months at 11 a.m., with registration at 10:30. At 11:30 a.m. a chicken barbecue will be served until sold out. A pet show will be held at noon with registration at 11:30 a.m. The Tunkhannock T-town Twirlers and Robinson Martial Arts will be performing at 1 and 2 p.m. respectively. At 3 p.m. Illusions by Jeremy will present a wonderful magic show.
Main Street will be closed this day and will be lined with many vendors offering a variety of products including arts and crafts, antiques and various foods. Historical information, photos and memorabilia about the Tunkhannock Viaduct (Nicholson Bridge) will be available at the booths of the Historical Society of Nicholson and the Nicholson Women’s Club. DJ for the day will be John Ackley from Good Tunz DJ Production and the Tunkhannock radio station 107.7: The Buzzard will be broadcasting live from Nicholson this day.
Come join the party and enjoy a good time a the Oktoberfest, sponsored by the St. John’s Men’s Club, Sunday, September 11 at P. J. O’hare’s. Enjoy live German music by Jolly Joe and the Bavarians and all the German food you can eat.
There will be raffles, children’s games and fun for the entire family. Ticket price includes live entertainment, food, beverages and fun.
For ticket information call Louie Stone (570) 727–3075 or Buddy Brown (570) 853–4544.
Be sure not to miss the upcoming September 15 (Thursday) League of Women Voters of Susquehanna County program at the Montrose Courthouse from 7-9 p.m. Tim Potts of Democracy Rising will be addressing the need for state legislative reform. This has been a very hot topic since the recent 16% pay raises legislators and judges awarded themselves; Governor Rendell failed to veto the unpopular move. The raise makes them the second highest paid legislators in the nation, behind only California. This followed a controversial Gambling Bill that was gutted, expanded from one to 145 pages and passed in 36 hours without debate.
Democracy Rising speaker, Timothy Potts.
Potts will speak on the need for lobbyist disclosure law in this state. Among many other issues that impact this county, he has concerns about the upcoming agriculture bill which could favor factory farm special interests over local municipalities.
Potts has a bi-partisan political pedigree and is a thoughtful, very engaging speaker. He was appointed to the Dept. of Education in 1984 by Republican Gov. Dick Thornburgh, and later Democratic Gov. Bob Casey promoted him to a deputy chief of staff position in that department. He then worked for the House Democratic Caucus as press secretary and was director of a non-profit non-partisan education advocacy organization, PA School Reform Network. He is currently applying his 33 years of Harrisburg public policy experience as a consultant in education, politics and communications to a variety of statewide organizations.
At this event Tim Potts is representing Democracy Rising, a non-partisan public interest coalition advocating citizen participation to hold legislators accountable. This event is free and open to the public.
On the second Thursday of every month, at 9:30 a.m., children ages 2 to 3 1/2 and their parents are invited to the Children's Room of the Main Library in Montrose for songs, stories, and rhymes. No registration is required and there's no fee--just come and enjoy some time with your little one! The next sessions of Toddler Time will be tomorrow (September 8th), October 13th, November 10th, and December 8th.
Exposing your child to the joys of words and stories as early as possible is one of the best things you can do for him or her, and the library is the ideal place to do it. The Susquehanna County Libraries (Montrose, Forest City, Hallstead-Great Bend, and Susquehanna) are open convenient hours (including Saturday), and library cards are free. From Babies and Books for infants, to Teen Summer Reading, there's something for your children at the library. Don't forget the amazing POWER Library resources for homework, school projects, and general knowledge! Visit www.susqcolibrary.org for more information.
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