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EVENTS, PROGRAMS, HAPPENINGS, SEMINARS:
SWISS STEAK DINNER, Tuesday, October 18, 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Binghamton Elks Lodge, Kirkwood. All are welcome.
THOMPSON BOROUGH CRIME WATCH meeting, Tuesday, October 18, 7:30 p.m. at the Thompson Baptist Church. All members urged to attend. All are welcome.
WIMPIES LUNCHEON, Thursday, October 20 at the Starrucca Baptist Church social rooms. Serving at noon. All are welcome.
ENVIRONMENTAL PARTNERSHIP annual awards dinner, Thursday, October 20 at the Woodlands Inn, Wilkes-Barre. For info call 718–6507.
PIZZA/WING NIGHT, Thursday, October 20, 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Binghamton Elks Lodge, Kirkwood. All are welcome.
PENNY BINGO, Thursday, October 20, 6 p.m. at the Turnpike Terrace community room. All are welcome.
FALL DINNER CONCERT, Friday, October 21, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Montrose Bible Conference. Greg Buchanan will perform. For info or reservations call 278–1001. All are welcome.
HYMN SING, Friday, October 21, 7 p.m. at the United Methodist Community Church, Great Bend. Refreshments served following the concert. Call 879-4506 for info. All are welcome.
CHICKEN BARBECUE, Saturday, October 22, beginning at 10 a.m. at the Shops Plaza, Susquehanna. Hosted by the Canawacta Lodge 360. All are welcome.
COYOTE PROGRAM and annual meeting, Saturday, October 22, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Salt Springs State Park. All are welcome.
PA WILD TURKEY Woodlands Field Day, Saturday, October 24, 1 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Sorber property, Little Meadows. For info call (908) 319–6968. All are welcome.
PENNY BINGO, Tuesday, October 25, 6 p.m. at the Turnpike Terrace community room. All are welcome.
SPAGHETTI DINNER, Wednesday, October 26, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Binghamton Elks Lodge, Kirkwood. All are welcome.
CHICKEN & BISCUIT DINNER, Thursday, October 27 at the Springville United Methodist Church, beginning at 4:30 p.m. Takeouts available. All are welcome.
PIZZA/WING NIGHT, Thursday, October 27, 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Binghamton Elks Lodge, Kirkwood. All are welcome.
HALLOWEEN PARTY, Friday, October 28, beginning at 7:00 p.m. at the Fairdale Grange Hall. Admission. All are welcome.
INVASIVE PEST, Plants and Weeds Workshop, Friday, October 28 at the Luzerne County Emergency Management Building, Wilkes-Barre. For info or to register, call 825-1701.
DINNER/SALAD BAR, Friday, October 28, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Binghamton Elks Lodge, Kirkwood. All are welcome.
SPAGHETTI DINNER, Friday, October 28, beginning at 4:20 p.m. at the Lawsville Center. Takeouts available. All are welcome.
FALL FEST arts and crafts fair, Saturday, October 29, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Tunkhannock Area High School. Sponsored by the Tunkhannock Junior Women’s Club. All are welcome.
FALL CLEANUP DAY at the New Milford Cemetery, Saturday, October 29, 9 a.m. (rain date November 5). Bring rakes. Any flowers or arrangements should be removed prior to October 29.
ROAST BEEF SUPPER, Saturday, October 29, 5:00 p.m. at the Thompson United Methodist Church. All are welcome.
HALLOWEEN PARADE, Sunday, October 30, 3:00 p.m. in Susquehanna. Trick or treating will follow, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
EDUCATIONAL CONFERENCE, sponsored by the Susquehanna County Coalition for the Prevention of Child Abuse, Thursday, November 3, at the Montrose Bible Conference. Keynote speaker will be Dr. Vincent Monastra. For info or to register call 278–3889 or 679–2697.
“NORTHERN ELECTRIC” book signing by Norm Brauer, Thursday, November 3, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at First Liberty Bank & Trust, Clarks Summit. Call 945–6995 for info. All are welcome.
November 4 – 6
POST-ABORTION Healing Retreat, November 4 – 6 in Clarks Summit, hosted by the Catholic Diocese of Scranton. For info call 877-HOPE-4-Me. To register call 207–2283. All are welcome.
HARVEST DINNER and Christmas Bazaar, Saturday, November 5 at the Nicholson United Methodist Church. Bazaar opens at 10 a.m. Dining room service begins at 4. Takeouts begin at 3:30. All are welcome.
HAM DINNER, Saturday, November 5, 5 p.m. at the United Methodist Community Church, Great Bend. Call 879–4506 for info. All are welcome.
CHRISTMAS BAZAAR, Saturday, November 5, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Elk Lake School. Sponsored by the Springville Area Women’s Club. Food, beverages available. All are welcome.
BAZAAR & CRAFT SHOW, Saturday, November 5, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Thompson Fire Hall. For info call Kim at 727–2911. Lunch available. All are welcome.
Monday, October 24: roast beef with gravy, mashed potatoes, green beans, cabbage salad, honey wheat bread, apricots, graham crackers.
Tuesday, October 25: baked white fish, mashed potatoes, orange juice, tossed salad, seeded rye bread, graham crackers, Boston cream pie/diabetic chocolate pudding.
Wednesday, October 25: char broiled beef patty, home style beans, pickled beets, hamburg bun, tropical fruit and chocolate chip granola bar.
Thursday, October 26: stuffed cabbage roll, buttered noodles, apple juice, cooked California blend, wheat bread, butterscotch pudding/diet butterscotch pudding.
Friday, October 27: sweet and sour chicken, long grain brown rice, cooked broccoli, wheat bread, fresh orange.
A Child Identification Program is being offered free of charge to students Pre-K to sixth grade at the Susquehanna Elementary School, October 17, 18 and 19.
The Chip Program is the most comprehensive service of its kind and is being sponsored by the Masonic Grand Lodge of PA, the Freedom Lodge of Thompson and the Canawacta Lodge of Susquehanna. Chip provides parents and guardians with the means to quickly get vital information to emergency responders. The digital video included on a mini CD is compatible with the Amber Alert System.
All the child’s ID information, the digital video mini CD and fingerprints are given to the parents. Only the permission slip is kept by the program provider. Your child can participate only with a completed permission slip.
The digital video records the child’s height, appearance, speech, mannerisms and other important characteristics by asking the child questions. The children’s fingerprints are taken using an inkless pad. Parents are given a DNA kit to be completed at home as soon as possible. The DNA kit includes plastic Ziploc envelopes for a hair sample, nail clippings, and oral swabs for saliva samples.
At Open House, September 16, 195 permission slips were signed for the October Program. Permission slips will be sent home with the remaining students to give them the chance to sign up. A child can only participate with a completed permission slip. The program will be done during normal school hours.
Call Chuck Welch at Hobbs’ Country Market at 727–2090 with any questions or visit: www.pagrandlodge.org and click on PA Chip.
A leading proponent of universalism and author of the book, “Destined for Salvation: God’s Promise to Save Everyone,” The Rev. Kalen Fristad, will speak at the Sunday morning service at the First Universalist Church, Brooklyn, on October 23 at 10 a.m.
A United Methodist minister, Rev. Fristad served churches in Iowa for 27 years before founding “Destined for Salvation Ministries” in 2003 and taking his message of God’s unconditional love and unlimited salvation on a speaking tour across the country, accompanied by his wife, Darlene.
Kalen has been touring the United States, speaking to a wide diversity of congregations from mainline denominations to small groups. “We have met many wonderful, loving, faithful, and dedicated people. We have found people to be very open to spiritual understanding and growth, to affirm the importance of salvation for all, and to live with love, respect, forgiveness, and affirmation of each other,” says Rev. Fristad. In his commitment to continue his national ministry he plans to be a beacon to the words of John Murray, Father of Universalism in America: “You may possess only a small light, go out into the highways and byways of life. Bring more light and understanding to the hearts and minds of men and women. Give them not hell, but hope and courage.” The public is invited to hear the Fristad’s message and have a chance to chat.
Senior Community Centers will again host flu shot clinics for older adults in Susquehanna County. Health Care Providers Endless Mountains Health Systems and Barnes-Kasson Hospital will be the providers.
Flu shots are free to those eligible for Medicare. Individuals must present their Medicare or Medical Assistance card for processing the claim. A nominal fee may be charged for those not eligible for Medicare/Medical Assistance and those presenting without these cards. Registration is preferred by calling the Senior Center you are interested in attending. Additionally, if you have flu symptoms or are allergic to eggs, you will not be able to receive the vaccine.
Schedule is as follows: October 19 – Susquehanna (853-3967) 10:00 a.m.; October 26 – Great Bend (879-2896) 10:00 a.m.; October 27 – Lenoxville (222-9550) 10:00 a.m.; October 28 – Lawton (934-2575) 10:30 a.m.; October 31 – Montrose (278-4370) 10:00 a.m.
Senior Community Centers are operated by Barnes-Kasson Senior Services through a contract with the B/S/S/T Area Agency on Aging.
Harrisburg – State Sen. Roger A. Madigan (R-23) will host outreach events in October 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 October 28, 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.
For well over a decade, about 500 area residents have taken advantage of the annual, low-cost AMBA Blood Screening Program, sponsored by the Hallstead-Great Bend Civic Club.
This year’s program will be held on October 29 at the American Legion on New York Avenue in Hallstead.
The Civic Club wants to make those who have signed up for the testing aware of two important changes to the annual testing.
The first is the cost of the screening, which has not changed from last year. However, in the past, AMBA included in its fee and was able to collect the $4 sponsor fee that goes to the Civic Club for sponsoring the blood screening. Every dollar the non-profit Club collects is donated back to the community – the Blue Ridge School, Hallstead library, area youth groups and other community groups and charities.
Because of changes in the law, AMBA can no longer collect the $4 sponsor fee for the Civic Club.
The second important change is that, this year, AMBA will only accept a check or money order (no cash).
Thus, residents who take advantage of the testing on October 29 should know that they will need to write a check to AMBA or have a money order for the testing. The Civic Club will separately collect its $4 sponsor fee (cash gladly accepted!).
As usual, refreshments will be available after the testing.
The necessary vaccine for free flu shots to area seniors was not received by the providers and all scheduled clinics will be postponed until further notice.
Watch the County Transcript for new dates and times as soon as the vaccine is made available.
“This one is the best!”(haunted house that is) according to local ghouls and goblins.
Informal exit polls show that everyone enjoys being scared out of their wits in a comfortably safe environment! Every year a team of ghostly volunteers adds new, bone-chilling delights to the program.
The venue is the Soldiers Orphan School in Harford, maintained by the Harford Historical Society (new members always welcome). The school is on the road that bears its name, a turning off the road between Kingsley and Harford village (Rte 547). Haunting hours are 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on four evenings, October 21, 22, 28 and 29.
The 39th Annual Farm City Feast will be held at 7:30 p.m., November 19 at the Mountain View High School. Farm City Feast was established to continue the important connection between farm people and city people to create bonds of friendship and get a first hand look at each others’ way of life.
The Pennsylvania Farm-City Program was created in 1955 to bridge the communication gaps between rural and urban neighbors. Without farms, cities would have no food. Without cities, farmers would have no markets and processing facilities for their products. The link between farms and urban dwellers is vital to economic opportunity and progress throughout the state.
The program not only includes a delicious meal but special awards, door prizes, and fabulous entertainment. This year’s entertainment features cowboy poet and storyteller Ken Krieg. Ken lives in Fairbanks, Alaska in the spring, summer and fall and he spends his winters in Arizona and Missouri. The poems Ken writes and recites range from just plain silly to some that pull hard at your heartstrings. He began setting true and “almost true” stories to verse thirty-five years ago. Ken is a retired Agricultural Agent with thirty years of Extension work. Ken has entertained audiences in Alaska, Canada, and a few of the “48 little states.” His original poetry and stories touch on everything from kids to cowboys and promise to tickle your funny bone, make you think and may even draw a tear or two.
Special accommodations will be made for those with disabilities. If you require special needs or would like to purchase tickets to this fun-filled event, call the Penn State Cooperative Extension Office at 278-1158.
In celebration of Children's Book Week, a Parent-Child book club is starting at the Montrose Library. The first book is "Bud, Not Buddy" by Christopher Paul Curtis and the meeting will be held on Tuesday, November 15, at 7 p.m. "We're going to start with this book and see how many people are interested in participating," says Outreach Library Mary Beth Manns. "If it's successful, we'll continue here and also investigate starting clubs at the branch libraries in Forest City, Hallstead-Great Bend, and Susquehanna."
There's no charge to participate in the club. Simply stop by the Montrose Library and sign up with the names of the adult and child who will be reading, and you'll be able to check out a copy of the book with an extended due date of November 15. For this first meeting, the cut-off will be 15 parent/child pairs (which will allow each family to borrow one copy of the book).
The first meeting will be held in the Children's Room of the Montrose Library (7 p.m., November 15) and will be an enjoyable exploration of the book, its characters, and what it's "really about," following a technique developed by Lawrence and Nancy Goldstone in their book "Deconstructing Penguins." Parent/child book clubs have become popular recently because they are a fun way to connect more deeply with reading and with each other. Children and adults share their thoughts and opinions and learn from each other – everyone's opinion is valued.
For more information about the book club and other library services and programs, call 278-1881.
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