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Senior Menu

Benefit Halloween Dance-A-Thon Set
Climb Aboard With Keystone College
Free Flu Shots For Area Seniors
Madigan To Host Local Outreaches
AMBA Blood Screening Changes
Commissioner Warren Available For Chat
Harford Haunted Hollow
It’s A Feast!
Parent-Child Book Club Starting
Halloween Curfew In Montrose
It’s A Country Western Hoedown
Ideas Sought To Combat Tobacco Use
Montrose Borough Halloween Parade
SCFLOA Dinner Will Be “Wild”


October 27

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.

PENNY BINGO, Thursday, October 27, 6 p.m. at Turnpike Terrace community room. All are welcome.

October 28

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.

HALLOWEEN PARTY and Dance-A-Thon, Friday, October 28, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Lanesboro Community Center. Sponsored by the Windwood Hill Dance Academy for the benefit of Kaitlyn Adam, an academy student, who has been taken sick. For info call 853–4882. All are welcome.

October 29

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.

PANCAKE SUPPER, Saturday, October 29, 4:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Susquehanna Valley Grange, South Windsor. All you can eat! All are welcome.

CHICKEN & BISCUIT DINNER, Saturday, October 29, 4:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at St. John’s Parish Hall, Susquehanna. Takeouts begin at 4:00. All are welcome.

CAREGIVER FRIENDS support group meeting, Saturday, October 29, 1:00 p.m. at St. Mark’s Parish Hall, New Milford. Caregivers and family members of long-term care facility residents welcome. For info, call 1-800-634-3746.

October 30

HALLOWEEN PARADE, Sunday, October 30, 3:00 p.m. in Susquehanna. Trick or treating will follow, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

November 3

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.

WEEKEND RETREAT, November 4 – 6 at St. Gabriel’s Retreat Center, Clarks Summit, for those who have struggled with the pain of abortion. Hosted by Rachel’s Vineyard Ministries. For info call 207–2283.

November 5

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.

PANCAKE & SAUSAGE BREAKFAST, Saturday, November 5, 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. at East Ararat United Methodist Church. All you can eat! All are welcome.

November 8

NORTHERN TIER Neighborhood Crime Watch meeting, Tuesday, November 8, 7:00 p.m. at the Hallstead American Legion. All are welcome.

November 9

HANDS AROUND THE GREEN, Wednesday, November 9, 1:30 p.m. in Montrose, in support of local libraries and of library services in PA. For info call 278–1881. All are welcome.

November 11

CHINESE AUCTION, Friday, November 11, 1:00 p.m. at the Turnpike Terrace community room. All are welcome.

THE BEETHOVEN BASH, a concert by the NE PA Philharmonic, Friday, November 11, 8:00 p.m. at the Scranton Cultural Center. Musicologist Peter Wynne will lead a pre-concert talk at 7:00 p.m. For ticket info call 457–8301. All are welcome.

November 12

THE BEETHOVEN BASH, a concert by the NE PA Philharmonic, Saturday, November 12, 8:00 p.m. at the F.M. Kirby Center, Wilkes-Barre. Musicologist Peter Wynne will lead a pre-concert talk at 7:00 p.m. For ticket info, call 457–8301. All are welcome.

ROAST BEEF DINNER & BAZAAR, Saturday, November 12 at the United, Methodist Church, Susquehanna. Takeouts available at 4:30, serving starts at 5:00 p.m. Bazaar opens at 1:00 p.m. All are welcome.

COUNTRY & HOLIDAY CRAFT FAIR, Saturday, November 12, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Mountain View Elementary School. Raffles, baked goods, refreshments, child sitting available. For info call 222–3464. All are welcome.

November 15

PARENT-CHILD BOOK GROUP, Tuesday, November 15, 7 p.m. at the Montrose Library. Inaugural book is "Bud, Not Buddy" by Christopher Paul Curtis. Sign up at the Library to check out your copy. For info call 278-1881.

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Senior Menu October 31 – November 4

Monday, October 31; sliced ham, cooked peas, sweet potatoes, whole wheat bread, graham crackers and peanut butter, tropical fruit.

Tuesday, November 1: meat lasagna, tossed salad, seeded Italian bread, mandarin oranges.

Wednesday, November 2: Italian marinated chicken breast, Brussels sprouts, dinner roll, long grain brown rice, canned peaches.

Thursday, November 3: Swedish meatballs with noodles, baby carrots, coleslaw, honey wheat bread, graham cracker and peanut butter, fresh apple.

Friday, November 4: fish munchies, mashed potatoes, mixed vegetables, cranberry juice, seeded rye bread, graham cracker, tartar sauce, Boston cream pie or diet chocolate pudding.

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Benefit Halloween Dance-A-Thon Set

Kaitlyn Adam, a very energetic 14-year old, was the student every dance teacher dreamed of having. She very seldom missed a class, practiced her steps from week to week, and had a great way with expressing herself when she performed. When health issues prevented her from dancing last year she came to Miss Bobbie and wanted to know what she could do to keep involved as she enjoyed dance; so during the summer recital she helped the younger students with costumes and whatever they needed and kept things moving backstage. At this point, Kaitlyn had been told to take the year off from dance and she could probably dance again the next year. Unfortunately, that is not the case. More setbacks and further testing have revealed more serious underlying health issues. Due to the rarity of the issues, Kaitlyn will be forced to go to a larger institution for further testing and a more accurate diagnosis in order that treatment can begin. She most likely will be seen at the Children’s Hospital in Philadelphia initially and depending on the findings will be treated there or referred to another facility.

Upon hearing of Kaitlyn’s condition and her dilemma, Miss Bobbie and her students decided that they would like to do something to help Kaitlyn and her family. A Halloween Party/Dance-A-Thon will be held at the Lanesboro Community Center on Friday, October 28, from 6 to 9 p.m. There will be costume prizes, door prizes, and refreshments will be available.

Kaitlyn is currently an eighth grade student at Susquehanna Community High School. She resides with her family on Riverside Drive in Oakland. The committee hopes you will come and help make this benefit a resounding success.

For more information, please contact the studio at 853–4882.

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Climb Aboard With Keystone College

The Keystone College Special Event Committee has planned a special evening of fine foods, libations and entertainment to benefit the student programs at Keystone College at the Electric City Trolley Museum in downtown Scranton Saturday, October 29 from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m.

Excursions of the Trolley Museum, libations and entertainment will begin at 6:30 p.m. until 7:45 when dinner will be served. Dr. Edward G. Boehm, Jr., President of Keystone will make remarks, and there will be additional entertainment from 9:30 until 10:30 p.m.

Principals in finalizing plans for the Climb Aboard With Keystone, an event to benefit student programs, are Liana Walsh ’66, left, and Holly D’Agati. A special evening has been planned for October 29 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Electric City Trolley Museum.

The Planning Committee is extending an invitation to the community to participate in an evening of fine food, sprits and great music while seeing all aspects of the Trolley Museum and viewing all the items for the Silent Auction. The proceeds will enhance all aspects of student life at Keystone College.

For reservations or additional information call Beth Miller at 945–8158.

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Free Flu Shots For Area Seniors

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 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.

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Madigan To Host Local Outreaches

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.

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AMBA Blood Screening Changes

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.

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Commissioner Warren Available For Chat

County Commissioner MaryAnn Warren will be available on Tuesday, November 1st and Thursday, November 3 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,” states Warren.

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Harford Haunted Hollow

“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 28 and 29.

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It’s A Feast!

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.

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Parent-Child Book Club Starting

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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Halloween Curfew In Montrose

Montrose Borough Council has enacted a Resolution providing for a curfew for minors on Halloween Night. It gives the Mayor authority to set times for Trick or Treating and the Police more power in making necessary arrests to insure everyone’s safety. This year’s time is set for 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Sunday, October 30. There will be no Trick or Treating on Thursday, October 27, after the Kiwanis Halloween Parade.

Parents are urged to use light colored or reflective materials when designing costumes and to use flashlights when moving about the town. Please respect the property of others and only Halloween at those houses that are known or have the front lights on. The curfew will be enforced by the state and local police and fire police will be on hand to assist those needing it.

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It’s A Country Western Hoedown

The Friends of Susquehanna County will be holding their ninth annual fund raiser on Saturday, November 12, at the Hallstead American Legion according to Chairman Nancy Hinkley. This year's theme is Country Western Hoedown. Dress is casual. Following a Texas BBQ themed dinner, there will be square dancing and country music by Just Us Country Duo (Ray and Carol Rockwell). Johnny Montana will also be on hand for some line dancing.

Nancy Hinkley stated that in the past eight years, Friends of Susquehanna County (Barnes Kasson) have raised about $80,000. They have bought a dialysis chair, two birthing beds, a transesophageal echocardiogram probe used for the cardiology program, and an APT upper extremity arm ergometer for the occupational department of Barnes Kasson Hospital. The chapel for Barnes is complete and was dedicated on July 3, 2005. It is open to the public and can be found off the lobby next to the coffee/gift shop. Anyone is welcome to use the chapel.

According to Mrs. Hinkley $15,000 (matching funds) of the $80,000 was used for start-up and operational costs for the Community Foundation of Susquehanna County. The committee has started an Endowment Fund and given monies to several charities, including Women's Resource Center, Habitat for Humanity, Endless Mountain Theatre Company, and Creative Adventures for Education.

Mrs. Hinkley and the committee urge the public to please come, enjoy the dinner and music and help support our efforts to support our local charities. For tickets, please contact Beverly Updyke at 465-3637.

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Ideas Sought To Combat Tobacco Use

The Susquehanna County Drug and Alcohol Commission on behalf of the Tobacco Initiative, announces mini-grant applications are available to community groups, schools, and health organizations.

Grants must address programs committed to the prevention and education of tobacco use in Susquehanna County. The group looks for innovative, creative ideas inspired and facilitated by youth that outreach into the schools and community.

The deadline for applications is November 11.

If you are interested in receiving a grant application contact the Susquehanna County Drug & Alcohol Commission at (570) 278–1000.

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Montrose Borough Halloween Parade

On Thursday, October 27, the Montrose Area Kiwanis Club will sponsor the annual Halloween Parade. Lineup will begin at 5:30 at Andre’s Agway in Montrose and the parade will start at 6:00. Princesses, pirates, ducks and musical instruments will parade up Public Avenue to the Fire Hall where refreshments will be served. Judging for prettiest, scariest, and most original costumes will be held at the Fire Hall. Last year over two hundred and fifty children and adults participated in the parade. The Montrose High School Band lead the parade on its route.

All are invited to come and watch, because it’s not a parade without spectators.

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SCFLOA Dinner Will Be “Wild”

Montrose, PA –This year’s annual meeting of the Susquehanna Forest Landowners Association (SCFLOA) will be a “Feast of the Forest” dinner featuring wild meats, vegetables, fruits and nuts combined into taste-tantalizing creations created by hobby-chefs, and SCFLOA members, Clay Martin, Kathie Shelly, and Helga Walz. The dinner, a first for SCFLOA, will be held in the Lanesboro Community Hall on Main Street in Lanesboro starting at 6 p.m. on Friday, November 18.

To insure the success of this unique dining experience, the dinner will be limited to fifty people. Members who plan to attend should return the form in the SCFLOA newsletter or call Lori Martin at (570) 853-3020 no later than October 28. Members of the public interested in attending should call Lori and ask to be put on the waiting list. Non-members will be asked for a small fee to reserve any spaces that may be open.

Frank Dressler will be available to sign copies of his latest book, “The Harford Fatwa and Chainsaw Murders,” a Susquehanna County-based murder mystery that incorporates ideas on good forestry management practices. Not only is Frank a published mystery novelist, he’s also the President of SCFLOA.

After dinner, the annual meeting will feature the election of officers, a report on current Forestry Bureau programs from Service Forester Jim Kessler, an open forum discussion of programs the members would like SCFLOA to undertake and, for those non-members attending, an appeal that they consider joining the organization.

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