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Senior Menu

Benfit To Support Katrina Victims
Antiques Appraisal
Sacred Icon Painting At Artists Meet
Local Girl Scouts Conducting Sign-Ups
Celebration Day At New Milford Baptist
Mt. View Garden Club Lecture
Susky Neighborhood Planning

Rabies Clinic To Benefit “Hammer”
AARP Driver Safety Program
Raffle Tickets Help Save Local History
Handicap Veterans Coming To Post 86
Madigan To Host Local Outreaches
Reception Set For Dr. Shelly
Christmas Cantata At Thompson UMC
Toddler Time At Montrose Library
Antiques Appraisal Night Scheduled


September 27

WING NIGHT, Tuesday, September 27, 5:30-9 p.m. at the Binghamton Elks Lodge, Kirkwood. All are welcome.

MUSIC MASTER, Tuesday, September 27, at the Starrucca Senior Center. Potluck supper at 6:00 p.m. music following. 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.

September 28

SPAGHETTI DINNER, Wednesday, September 28, 5 – 8 p.m. at the Binghamton Elks Lodge, Kirkwood. All are welcome.

CUSTOMER APPRECIATION DAY, Wednesday, September 28 at the Jackson Post Office. Coffee and refreshments will be served. Door prize. All are welcome.

September 29

PIZZA NIGHT, Thursday, September 29, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Binghamton Elks Lodge, Kirkwood. All are welcome.

September 30

DINNER/SALAD BAR, Friday, September 30, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Binghamton Elks Lodge, Kirkwood. All are welcome.

ANTIQUES APPRAISAL NIGHT, Friday, September 30, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Montrose. Advance tickets only, available at the Susquehanna County Library. Call 278–1881 for info. All are welcome.

September 30 – October 2

FALL GETAWAY WEEKEND, Friday, September 30 through Sunday, October 2 at the Montrose Bible Conference. For info call 278–1001. All are welcome.

October 1

CABBAGE ROLL DINNER, Saturday, October 1, 4:30 to 7:00 p.m. at the Dimock Community Church. Takeouts available. All are welcome.

CRAFT FAIR and Chili Fest, Saturday, October 1, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Community Bible Church, Rte. 107 near Heart Lake. For info, call 254–7419 or 876–5145. All are welcome.

FAMILY of SURVIVORS program, Saturday, October 1, 10:30 a.m. at Cancer Survivors Park, McDade Park, Scranton. For info call 941–7984. All are welcome.

HARVEST DINNER, Saturday, October 1, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the South Gibson United Methodist Church. Takeouts available 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. all are welcome.

PANCAKE & SAUSAGE BREAKFAST, Saturday, October 1, 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the East Ararat United Methodist Church. All are welcome.

CHICKEN BARBECUE & BAKE SALE, Saturday, October 1, beginning at 11:30 a.m. at the Lanesboro Community Church. For info call 853–4805. All are welcome.

October 1 & 2

APPLE & CHEESE FESTIVAL, Saturday, October 1 and Sunday, October 2 at the Manley Bohlayer property, East Canton. For fine art and photo show info, call 673–5500. All are welcome.

October 5

THE ATTIC SHOP will open Wednesday, October 5. Hours are Wednesdays and Fridays, 10 – noon, and first and third Wednesday nights, 7 – 9 p.m. For info call the Waverly Community House, 586–5991.

October 6

SACRED ICON PAINTING program, Thursday, October 6, 7:00 p.m. at the Hill Country Artists meeting at the Claverack Building, Montrose. All are welcome.

“ELM STREET” program planning and development meeting, Thursday, October 6, 7:00 p.m. in the Susquehanna Boro Building. Discussion will include ideas on neighborhood revitalization. All are welcome.

October 8

HARVEST SUPPER, Saturday, October 8 at the Franklin Forks United Methodist Church. Takeouts 4 to 6. Serving 4:30, 5:30 and 6:30. All are welcome.

LADIES’ RETREAT, Saturday, October 8, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Choconut. Free (good will offering accepted). Lunch will be served. For reservations or additional info, call 553–4237.

SPAGHETTI DINNER and Silent Auction, Saturday, October 8, 5:30 to 7:30 at the First Presbyterian Church, Hallstead. Takeouts available. Sponsored by Habitat for Humanity. All are welcome.

October 9

HYMN SING and covered dish supper, Sunday, October 9, 4:00 p.m. at the Thompson United Methodist Church. Proceeds benefit Hurricane Katrina victims. All are welcome.

LABYRINTH WALK, Sunday, October 9, 1-3 p.m. at the Self-Discovery Wellness Arts Center, Montrose. All are welcome.

October 10

OPEN MEETING of the Blue Ridge Sportsmen’s Club, New Milford, 7:30 p.m., Monday, October 10 at the clubhouse. Open membership. All are welcome.

October 11

NORTH JACKSON CEMETERY ASSOC. meeting, Tuesday, October 11, 7 p.m. at the North Jackson United Methodist Church.

NORTHERN TIER NEIGHBORHOOD CRIMEWATCH meeting, Tuesday, October 11, 7:00 p.m. at the Great Bend Boro building. All are welcome.

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Senior Menu October 3 – 7

Monday October 3: barbecue chicken breast, home style baked beans, coleslaw, dinner roll, pineapple bits, granola bar.

Tuesday, October 4: beef stew, cranberry juice, biscuit, graham crackers and peanut butter, vanilla pudding/diet vanilla pudding.

Wednesday, October 5: vegetable lasagna, mixed vegetables, orange juice, whole wheat bread, pears.

Thursday October 6: spaghetti and meatballs, tossed salad, seeded rye bread, lemon meringue pie, diet vanilla pudding.

Friday October 7: breaded cod filet, brown rice, peas and carrots, honey wheat bread, tartar sauce, mandarin oranges.

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Benfit To Support Katrina Victims

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.

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Antiques Appraisal

Are you a fan of Antiques Roadshow? Here's your chance to participate in a similarly entertaining and informative event! The Susquehanna County Historical Committee's Antiques Appraisal Night will be held on Friday, September 30, from 7 to 9 p.m., at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Montrose. The appraiser is Mr. Richard Axtell, of Deposit, NY.

Mr. Axtell will appraise all items in random order. Tickets are $5 each. The first 100 are good for one admission and appraisal of one item, and the next 20 are for admission (observation) only. You can get multiple items appraised by buying multiple tickets! Check with the Historical Society at the main library building in Montrose (278-1881) for ticket availability (they will not be sold at the door). Please bring antiques to the church between 5:45 and 6:45 p.m. Proceeds will benefit the Susquehanna County Historical Society & Free Library Association Capital Fund.

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Sacred Icon Painting At Artists Meet

The October meeting of Hill Country Artists will feature artist Judy Bayer explaining the process of painting Icons. Icons, or sacred images, are an ancient tradition that has experienced a revival in recent years. Judy became interested in this art a few years ago and has studied extensively to attempt to master the process of creating Icons.

The meeting will be held on October 6, 7:00 p.m. at the Claverack Building on Rte. 706 East of Montrose. The public is invited and refreshments will be served.

For more information on the program or Hill Country Artists, contact Rita Eddy at 663-2500.

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Local Girl Scouts Conducting Sign-Ups

In preparation for the start of the new Girl Scout membership year, Girl Scouts, Scranton Pocono Council is holding sign-ups for girls in Susquehanna County at the following times and locations.

Tuesday, September 27, 6:30-8:00 p.m. at the Susquehanna Elementary School

There are four levels of Girl Scout Troops available to interested girls based on their age or grade. Daisy Girl Scouts are five years old or in kindergarten. The Brownie Girl Scout experience is open to all girls six through eight years old or in first through third grade. Junior Girl Scout Troops are for girls between nine and 11 years old or in grades four through six. Girls 12-17 years old who are in grades seven through 12 can join Cadette and Senior Girl Scout Troops or STUDIO 2B Groups. A girl need not have participated in a previous level in order to join a Troop appropriate to her age or grade level.

For more information about joining Girl Scouting or to find out about adult volunteer opportunities, please call 344-1224 or 1-877-582-2100.

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Celebration Day At New Milford Baptist

South New Milford Baptist Church invites you to attend "Celebration Sunday," October 2, at the new multi-purpose, Christian Education facility located west of Rt. 81 Gibson exit 219, 1.5 miles from the junction of routes 848 and SR 2063 (Harford Road). Regular services are at 8:30 and 11:00 a.m. with Sunday School at 9:45 a.m. There will be a fellowship dinner at 1:00 p.m. All are welcome. Please bring a dish to pass. At 3:00 p.m., a time of music, message, and fellowship in thanksgiving begins. Please join for this special day of praise and celebration. For more information, call 434-2101.

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Mt. View Garden Club Lecture

Gardening Revolution: Lecture on Earthbox

The Mountain View Garden Club is pleased to announce a lecture by Molly Philbin, education coordinator for the Earthbox Company, to be held on Wednesday, October 12, 7 p.m. at the Clifford Township Fire Company Hall on Route 106, Clifford. The hour-long presentation will touch on its development, test trials and the resulting product with its application for commercial and leisure gardeners.

The advanced system allows for simplified and automatic watering and fertilizing and the elimination of weeding. Equally suitable for flowers and vegetables, the Earthbox can be used on farms, at public sites, on patios, and even to adorn bridges.

The Mountain View Garden Club is inviting other area garden clubs and any interested individuals to attend at no charge. After the lecture, refreshments will be served. For those interested in Garden Club membership, please feel free to stay for a brief meeting afterwards.

For more information, please call Kathy Flora (570) 222-4451, or Meg Suraci (570) 679-9055.

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Susky Neighborhood Planning

The Susquehanna Community Development Association and The Trehab Center will be sponsoring a meeting for neighborhood Planning and Development on October 6, at the Susquehanna Borough Building, 7:00 p.m. This is a volunteer effort that will focus on an “Elm Street” neighborhood designation. The “Elm Street” program provides assistance and resources for neighborhood improvement projects throughout Pennsylvania.

The topics for discussion will be “your ideas” on neighborhood revitalization by improving exterior appearance of building and streetscape projects; improved quality of life in neighborhoods and community; prevention of neighborhood decline; promoting recreational and volunteer opportunities; and improved community and neighborhood appeal.

It takes community involvement to make constructive changes. Even the smallest ideas can make a big difference. Please come and share your dreams, ideas and vision for the community. Only by working together, can we can make a positive change.

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Rabies Clinic To Benefit “Hammer”

There will be a rabies clinic (for dogs or cats) on Saturday, October 8, noon to 3:00 p.m., at the Carbondale Fire Hall to benefit “Hammer,” newest member of the Lackawanna County Detectives’ Drug Unit (LCDDU).

According to Detective Mazzoni, it will cost approximately $10,000 to properly equip and train “Hammer” to be effective in the field, but once up and “running” Hammer is thought to be a big asset to the police.

Hammer, according to Detective Mazzoni will help Lackawanna, Susquehanna and Luzerne counties in his daily duties once trained.

Local veterinarian Margaret Stinavage-Kipps is coordinating the clinic, with materials and related costs donated so all proceeds can go directly toward Hammer’s care.

If you would like to make a separate monetary donation to assist the LCDDU, contact Detective Mazzoni at (570) 499–8081, or Dr. Kipps at (570) 222–9815.

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AARP Driver Safety Program

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.

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Raffle Tickets Help Save Local History

The Clifford Township Bicentennial Committee has held several monthly meetings to start planning the celebration next July. One year prior, the Clifford Township Community Alliance’s historical committee started working on projects which will add immeasurably to the success and significance of this event. These efforts, still in progress, include an historical video, a calendar highlighting the twelve school districts and pictures of all the remaining barns in the township. As with all good works, the support of the community is essential. The bicentennial committee will be holding a raffle beginning in October. The tickets will be for sale in area stores and from committee members. Purchasing them will assist with the preservation of the townships history for this and future generations. Your help is greatly appreciated.

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Handicap Veterans Coming To Post 86

Handicap veterans from the Gene Merli Post, Scranton, will be guests on Thursday, September 29 at the Susquehanna Legion Post 86. Local veterans are urged to come and help with the “unloading and loading” of the vets. You need not be a veteran to come and converse with the vets.

Activities will start around 11 a.m., the vets will be “wined and dined” and entertained by musical numbers. Remember the date, Thursday, September 29 at 11 a.m. The vets enjoy talking to other veterans. So, if you are a vet, why not come and give the post a helping hand with handicapped vets.

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Madigan To Host Local Outreaches

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.

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Reception Set For Dr. Shelly

Robert M. Shelly, MD will be honored for his many years of outstanding service to the community Saturday, October 8, 2–5 p.m. at a reception at the Thompson Fire Hall. The community is invited. Light refreshments will be served, courtesy of Barnes-Kasson Hospital.

Dr. Shelly first came to the county in 1958, when he purchased an old farmhouse in Ararat Township as a second home. Hearing that Dr. Stevens was leaving Thompson, Shelly said goodbye to his pediatric practice near Philadelphia and moved his family here. “In Abington, I was one of many doctors. Here, they were losing their only doctor. Besides, I’d always wanted to be a country doctor,” he said. So when, in 1962 the Stevens’ moved out at the end of July, the Shelly’s moved in August 1. The practice continued, hardly missing a beat.

Patients remember the honeybees behind glass in his Thompson waiting room, they remember the dog under his desk, the ducks on the lawn, Dr. Shelly arriving by motorcycle, the packets of pills dispensed right there, because it was seven miles to the drug store. Many remember the warm welcome to the living room for a cup of coffee.

The Shelly’s worked with community leaders, churches and organizations to raise funds for a new hospital building. Sen. Joseph Clark sent them a telegram with news that Congress had appropriated funds for the project. The present Barnes-Kasson Community Hospital was built and has since expanded to include the SNF wing and the Robert M. Shelly pavilion.

The Shelly home welcomed many young doctors in an effort to recruit them to the Susquehanna area, and Dr. Shelly’s colleague from Abington, Dr. James McClure, followed him here. Among innovations were Lamaze classes and teen counseling.

The Shelly’s donated 300 acres to The Nature Conservancy. First called Thompson Wetlands, it was renamed for Florence Shelly after her death in 1987. The Preserve, on Rte. 171 remains open for walks to this day.

A third major project was River Bounty, refurbishing a dam and hydroelectric plant on the Susquehanna River between Susquehanna and Oakland. Revenues from the electricity raised thousands of dollars for hospital and community projects for several years and may do so again.

But most of all, Dr. Shelly has been a people person. “How many times,” said his daughter, Attorney Kathie Shelly, “Have I heard, ‘Your father delivered my children,’ or ‘set my leg,’ or ‘saved my child’s life,’ or ‘came to the house to see my mother.’ Everyone knows him. And now,” she continued, “they say, ‘I saw Dr. Dayton Shelly at the health center and he’s just like your father!’”

Dr. Shelly will be 90 at the end of October. He and his wife, Barbara live in Florida and summer in Susquehanna County. He is looking forward to greeting everyone at the reception.

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Christmas Cantata At Thompson UMC

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.

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Toddler Time At Montrose Library

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 for more information.

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Antiques Appraisal Night Scheduled

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.

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