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EVENTS, PROGRAMS, HAPPENINGS, SEMINARS:
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.
September 15 & 16
DONATION ACCEPTED, Thursday, September 15 and Friday, September 16 for Habitat for Humanity’s yard sale. No books, clothes, or exercise equipment, please. One mile south of Montrose on Rte. 29.
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.
CONCERT by local artists, Friday, September 16, 7 p.m. at the United Methodist Community Church, Great Bend. Refreshments available following the concert. 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 & BISCUIT SUPPER, Saturday, September 17, at Ararat United Methodist Church, 5:00 p.m. until all are served. All are welcome.
YARD SALE, Saturday, September 17, Rte. 29, one mile south of Montrose. Proceeds benefit Habitat for Humanity. All are welcome.
CHICKEN BARBECUE and bake sale, Saturday, September 17, beginning at 11:30 a.m. at the Lanesboro Community 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.
LADIES BREAKFAST, Tuesday, September 20, 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Dreyer Lodge Tea Room. For info or reservations call the Montrose Bible Conference, 278–1001.
GOSPEL CONCERT by Charlie and Carol Reed, Wednesday, September 21, 7:00 p.m. at East Ararat Unified Methodist Church. All are welcome.
SEEDS OF LIFE program, Thursday, September 22, 10 a.m. at Salt Springs Park. Especially for kids 3-4 years old and their caretaker. Pre-registration required, call 967–7275.
PORK BARBECUE, Thursday, September 22, 5 – 9 p.m. at the Binghamton Elks Lodge, Kirkwood. All are welcome.
PIZZA NIGHT, Thursday, September 22, 5 – 9 p.m. at the Binghamton Elks Lodge, Kirkwood. All are welcome.
DIARIES OF ADAM & EVE, presented by the Endless Mts. Theatre Co., Friday, September 23, 7:30 p.m. at Blue Ridge High School auditorium. All are welcome.
COOKIE CARNIVAL, Friday, September 23, beginning at 11 a.m. at the Susquehanna Library, Montrose. All are welcome.
DINNER/SALAD BAR, Friday, September 23, 5 – 9 p.m. at the Binghamton Elks Lodge, Kirkwood. All are welcome.
September 23 & 24
ART SHOW, Friday, September 23, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday, September 24, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Montrose Area High School. Students’ and local artists’ work will be shown; a portion of sales will benefit the United Way of Susquehanna County. All are welcome.
CHICKEN & BISCUIT DINNER, Saturday, September 24, 4:30 p.m. at Kingsley United Methodist Church. All are welcome.
KIDS’ FISHING DERBY for youths ages 1-15, Saturday, September 24 (rain date Sunday), 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Cole Park, Harpursville, NY. For info call the Broome County Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs, (607) 775–2146.
HARVEST DINNER & BAZAAR, Saturday, September 24, 4:30 p.m. at the First Universalist Church, Brooklyn. Takeouts available at 4 p.m. All are welcome.
September 24 & 25
DIARIES OF ADAM & EVE dinner theater, presented by the Endless Mts. Theatre Co., Saturday, September 24 and Sunday, September 25, beginning at 6 p.m. at the Mountain View Restaurant, Clifford. For info or reservations call 434–2283. All are welcome.
WING NIGHT, Tuesday, September 27, 5:30-9 p.m. at the Binghamton Elks Lodge, Kirkwood. All are welcome.
September 27 – October 31
PRESCHOOL STORY TIME at the Susquehanna Branch Library, September 27 through October 31, 2 p.m. for children ages 3 1/2 – 5. Registration is limited.
SPAGHETTI DINNER, Wednesday, September 28, 5 – 8 p.m. at the Binghamton Elks Lodge, Kirkwood. All are welcome.
Monday September 19: sliced ham, cooked peas, sweet potatoes, whole wheat bread, graham crackers and peanut butter, tropical fruit.
Tuesday, September 20: brown bag day; meat lasagna, tossed salad, seeded Italian bread, mandarin oranges.
Wednesday, September 21: Italian marinated chicken breast, Brussels sprouts, dinner roll, long grain brown rice, canned peaches.
Thursday September 22: Swedish meatballs with noodles, baby carrots, coleslaw, honey wheat bread, graham cracker and peanut butter, fresh apple.
Friday September 23: fish munchies, mashed potatoes, mixed vegetables, cranberry juice, seeded rye bread, graham cracker, tartar sauce, Boston cream pie or diet chocolate pudding.
Mark your calendars, this is your chance to do something you have been wanting to do.
On October 9, a Hymn Sing and Covered Dish Supper will take place at the Thompson United Methodist Church at 4:00 p.m. A donation will be collected for the purpose of helping victims of Hurricane Katrina, directly through the auspices of UMCOR, the United Methodist Relief Organization. UMCOR has been working to help our neighbors in the South since the “Terrible Storm” devastated the Gulf Region.
Never before has our help been needed so much. We’ve all seen the scenes on our televisions of folks just like us trying to cope with what seems like an impossible situation. They can’t even think about the future. We can help. And we can make a few of our Brothers and Sisters in Christ a little more comfortable.
UMCOR is distributing Health Kits and Cleaning Bucket Kits that are being prepared by United Methodist Churches all over the country. Check with your Church Pastor on what is needed. Money always helps. Money buys more items. Church members will pack them out.
Yes, we can make a difference to friends in need.
Come out and sing God’s praise and enjoy a “good ole country covered dish supper” October 9, 4:00 p.m.
Mr. Robert Keyes, Principal of Susquehanna Community Elementary School, announces that Open House will be held at the Elementary School on Thursday, September 15.
The school will be open on Thursday, September 15, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., from 1:00 p.m. to 2:50 p.m., and from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. in the evening for parents and other interested persons.
All people attending are asked to sign the book in the elementary office upon entering the building and put on an identification tag.
Refreshments will be served in the cafeteria during the evening hours.
Parents are reminded that individual Parent-Teacher Conferences will be scheduled for November 17 and 18.
Chitza, a ten-year old Doberman Pincher owned by Judy Crowley, Susquehanna has been chosen as mascot for the fourth annual YWCA/ENCORE Plus Canine/Companion Breast Cancer Awareness walk September 17 in Otsiningo Park, Binghamton, NY.
Chitza, a breast cancer survivor will be joined by an estimated 80 other dogs and companions in an attempt to raise awareness of the agency and its goals.
Groups will be on hand during the event, from 9:30 a.m. to noon, to give demonstrations on first aid for dogs, guide dogs and grooming tips.
All are welcome and encouraged to attend the event.
Susquehanna Community High School will have their annual Open House on Thursday, September 15 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Parents and all members of the school community are invited. There will be the opportunity to meet teachers, tour the facility and become familiar with many of the programs and extra curricular activities the school offers. This is a great opportunity for parents and teachers to get acquainted in this positive setting. The more formal parent-teacher conferences dealing with academic issues will occur at other times during the year. Please attend to experience the people, facilities, and offerings of SCHS.
The Susquehanna Girls Volleyball team hosts Blue Ridge starting at 6:00 p.m. There will be no admission fee.
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.
On Wednesday, September 21, at 6:30 p.m., Dr. Matthew Corso will be giving a presentation on Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) and Low vision Rehabilitation at the Northern Wayne Community Library located in Lakewood, on Route 370, next to the Preston School.
Dr. Corso practices general optometry and low vision rehabilitation at Family Eye Care of Northeastern Pennsylvania.
The presentation will answer the commonly asked questions pertaining to AMD and detail how low vision rehabilitation may be able to help someone afflicted with this disease.
Dr. Corso graduated from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry and completed internships in primary care, pediatrics and ocular disease. He finished his low vision rehabilitation training at the William Feinbloom Vision Rehabilitation Center in Philadelphia.
Call the Northern Wayne Community Library at (570) 798–2444 with questions; the presentation is free of charge and open to the public.
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:
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.
Anyone who has a sweet tooth should make sure to drop by the library in Montrose on Friday, September 23! The Tri-County Human Services Adult Partialization Program will be selling a rainbow of cookies, from 11a.m. until they are sold out. These delicious homemade treats always go fast, so come early for the best selection! Proceeds will benefit the Library and Historical Society's Capital Fund.
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.
The Montrose Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) remind you that September 17-23 is Constitution Week, as proclaimed each year by the President of the United States.
This great document, the guardian of our liberties, established our Republic as a self-governing nation dedicated to rule by law. Constitution Week provides an opportunity for all Americans to recall the achievements of our Founders and the nature of limited government, as well as the rights, privileges, and responsibilities of citizenship.
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.
Christmas already? Well maybe not just yet, but for years we have performed a Christmas Cantata at the Thompson United Methodist Church as a gift to the community. Practice makes perfect is the saying, and practice for the Cantata, which will be performed in early December, will begin on September 28, 7:30 p.m. in the church.
The choir is comprised of people from various religious denominations, and other areas, from beginners who can’t read music to others who can that help the rest of us along.
The Cantata is our gift to the community, by community members. If anyone is interested in offering their voices for sheer joy, all are welcome to join.
For more information please contact Brenda Tiffany, choir director at 727–2448.
Area artists Chris Lathrop, Rodrica Tilley, Anna Maria Bakermans, Joe Weldon, Rita Eddy, Warren Furman, VanZandbergen and others are teaming up with Montrose student artists to benefit the United Way of Susquehanna County. The Colors of Fall exhibit scheduled for Friday, September 23 (3 to 7 p.m.) and Saturday, September 24 (10 to 4 p.m.) will be held at the Montrose High School gallery.
“It’s been really rewarding to do something that involved everyone,” says Clarissa Plank, show organizer. “It’s going to be fun and we’ll have a great time.” Clarissa, an 18 year old 12th grader, initiated the event as her senior class project. From the annual Artists Open House weekend, friends and local connections she developed a list of potential exhibitors, and found them surprisingly responsive and generous in sharing about 24 works so far assembled.
Clarissa Plank in her 1840’s farmhouse studio in Franklin Township.
Clarissa has personally augmented four years of art studies with Cathy Regan at Montrose High, with art courses at Keystone College and traveling to see the museums of France. She plans to settle here or in France after college.
Colors of Fall will include paintings in oil, acrylic and water color, drawings and photographs on many themes. It is free to the public and 30 to 100 percent of sales revenue from each work will be donated to United Way hometown charities.
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.
An Antiques Appraisal Night is being hosted by the Susquehanna County Historical Society on Friday, September 30. It will be held from 7 to 9 pm in the parish house of St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Montrose. Proceeds will benefit the Susquehanna County Historical Society & Free Library Association.
As in past years, the appraiser will be the popular Mr. Richard Axtell of Axtell Antiques in Deposit, New York. Items (which should be brought to the church between 5:45 and 6:45 p.m.) will be appraised in random order.
Tickets for this informative and entertaining event are $5.00 and are on sale now. The first 100 tickets are each good for the appraisal of one item; 20 more will be sold for observers. Tickets may be purchased at the library in Montrose (upstairs in the Historical Society during business hours). Everyone needs a ticket in order to attend! No tickets will be sold at the door.
Doug and Joan Burman will celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary on September 17, at the New Milford United Methodist Church, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. They are going to Hawaii to commemorate this occasion so their sons, Scott and Chad feel it is only appropriate to have a tiki bash sendoff.
Feel free to dress up in grass skirts or other Hawaiian attire. All are welcome!
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