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Senior Menu

Tribute Penned
Music, Murder, And Lucy & Ricky Too!
Green Side Up
Daffodils Give Hope
Call For Volunteers
Library's Auction Night Announced
Habitat For Humanity Benefit Art Auction


March 22

SPAGHETTI DINNER, Wednesday, March 22, 5 – 8 p.m. at the Binghamton Elks Lodge, Kirkwood. All are welcome.

March 23

RAIL-TRAIL COUNCIL meeting, Thursday, March 23 at The Beacon Restaurant, Union Dale. Dinner available at 6 p.m., meeting to follow at 7 p.m. For info call 785–7245. All are welcome.

March 24

BEEF/FISH dinner, Friday, March 24, 6 – 8 p.m. at the Binghamton Elks Lodge, Kirkwood. All are welcome.

PIZZA SALE, Friday, March 24, hosted by the Susquehanna Fire Dept. Auxiliary. Made to order, call-ahead required. Orders can be placed from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., call 853–3197. All are welcome.

March 25

WILD, WEIRD WEATHER program with David Nicosia, National Weather Service, Saturday, March 25, 4 – 6 p.m. at Salt Springs State Park. All are welcome.

ANCIENT ART program, Saturday, March 25, noon to 3 p.m. at the Everhart Museum, Scranton. Recommended for high school students. Call 346–7186 for info.

March 26

GET MOVIN’ HIKE, Sunday, March 26, 2 – 4:30 p.m. at Salt Springs State Park. Moderately paced, guided, four-mile hike. All are welcome.

March 26

LIVING WAY of the Cross, Sunday, March 26, 7 p.m. at Holy Name of Mary, Montrose. All are welcome.

BREAKFAST BUFFET, 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Binghamton Elks Lodge, Kirkwood. All are welcome.

March 27

YOUR FAMILY TREE program for seniors, Monday, March 27, 2 p.m. at the Everhart Museum. Registration required, call 346–7186.

FAMILY AL-ANON meeting, Monday, March 27, 7:30 p.m. in the Father Jim Nash Parish Center, Montrose. Call 222–4240 for info. All are welcome.

GAS LEASING WORKSHOP for landowners, Monday, March 27, 6:30 p.m. at the Susquehanna County Office Building conference room. Fee. Pre-registration required, call the Cooperative Extension, 278–1158.

March 28

ENDLESS MTS. THEATER Co. annual meeting, Tuesday, March 28, 7 p.m. in the Blue Ridge High School cafeteria. Meeting will be preceded by reading of revised bylaws at 6:30. Refreshments will be served. All are welcome.

March 30

BAG-A-BADGE Girl Scout Juniors Theater program Thursday, March 30, 4:30 p.m. at the Everhart Museum. Fee. Call 346–7186 for info or to register (required).

March 31

HAM & TURKEY PARTY, Friday, March 31, 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the Binghamton Elks Lodge, Kirkwood. Admission. All are welcome.

LASAGNA/FISH dinner, Friday, March 31, 6 – 8 p.m. at the Binghamton Elks Lodge, Kirkwood. All are welcome.

April 1

BLUEBIRDS in Your Backyard talk and slideshow program, Saturday, April 1, 2 p.m. at Salt Springs State Park. All are welcome. All are welcome.

CHICKEN BARBECUE, Saturday, April 1, 4 p.m. at the South Gibson United Methodist Church. Takeouts available. All are welcome.

FIRST AID & SAFETY CLASS, Saturday, April 1, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Tuesday, April 4 (9 hour class). Fee. Registration required, call the American Red Cross, Susquehanna County Chapter at 278–1427.

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

TROUBLE AT THE TROPICABANA, a musical murder mystery will be presented by the Endless Mts. Theatre Co., Saturday, April 1, 6:30 p.m. at the Mountain View Restaurant, Clifford. For reservations (required) call 434–2283.

April 1 & 2

HUNTER SAFETY Training Course, Saturday, April 1 and Sunday, April 2, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Blue Ridge Sportsmen’s Club, New Milford. Registration required, call 879–2483.

April 2

SPRING DINNER, Sunday, April 2, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Holy Name of Mary, Montrose. Takeouts available. All are welcome.

April 3

FAMILY AL-ANON meeting, Monday, April 3, 7:30 p.m. in the Father Jim Nash Parish Center, Montrose. Call 222-4240 for info.

April 4

WING NIGHT, Tuesday, April 4, 6 – 9 p.m. at the Binghamton Elks Lodge, Kirkwood. All are welcome.

April 5 – 7

RUMMAGE SALE, Wednesday, April 5, 10-4, Thursday, April 6, 10-4, and Friday, April 7 (bag day), 10-noon at St. John’s Parish center, Susquehanna. Hosted by the Pro-Life organization of St. John’s. All are welcome.


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Senior Menu

Senior Menu March 20 – 24

Monday, March 20: barbecue chicken breast, home-style baked beans, coleslaw, dinner roll, pineapple bits, granola bar.

Tuesday, March 21: beef stew, cranberry juice, biscuit, graham crackers and peanut butter, vanilla pudding/diet vanilla pudding.

Wednesday, March 22: vegetable lasagna, mixed vegetables, orange juice, whole wheat bread, pears.

Thursday, March 23: spaghetti and meatballs, tossed salad, seeded rye bread, lemon meringue pie, diet vanilla pudding.

Friday, March 24: breaded cod filet, brown rice, peas and carrots, honey wheat bread, tartar sauce, mandarin oranges.

Senior MenuMarch 27 – 31

Monday, March 27: Sloppy Joe, macaroni salad, broccoli, hamburger bun, apricots.

Tuesday, March 28: seasoned pork chop, mashed potato, corn, grape juice, seeded rye bread, graham cracker, applesauce.

Wednesday, March 29: Italian sausage, home-style baked beans, hot dog bun, chewy granola bar, pears.

Thursday, March 30: chicken casserole, French style green beans, cranberry juice, honey wheat bread, cherry pie, cherries.

Friday, March 31: macaroni and cheese, baby carrots, three-bean salad, whole wheat bread, fresh orange.

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Tribute Penned

Will history repeat itself? Although Robert J. Sherman died in 1939 at the age of 50, dubbed “The Canvasback Shakespeare” of the Repertoire Tent Theatre, he is once again making headlines. For the first time the story of his life will be told through “The Manuscript.”

Robert’s great nephew, Mark S. Sherman (pictured above) grew up hearing stories told by his father, Nelson S. Sherman, about his Uncle Bob. Robert, born in Susquehanna, PA in 1889 had left home at the age of 14 to pursue his childhood dreams in acting. He became one of the most prolific playwrights of his time. As a leading actor, singer and manager along with operating several play leasing offices his life traveled far beyond his dreams. After he retuned to Susquehanna, Robert became a well respected citizen and community leader as a businessman, town councilman and philanthropist. At the age of 50, Mark’s desire to know more about his great uncle began to lead him down the most fascinating road that he has ever traveled.

As Mark started his research, he was surprised to find that there were more people interested in Robert’s life than just himself. Professors, museums, historical societies and retired tent folk were also interested in him. Discovering that his great uncle Bob was an extremely fascinating man with accomplishments beyond belief, he began to agree with the people that he had spoken with. Putting Robert’s life to pen was long overdue. In “The Manuscript” The Life of Robert J. Sherman, you too can learn about Robert’s life as his family knew him, along with the Robert that rest of the world learned to love and respect.

In honor of Robert’s desire to help others, Mark and Candie will donate $5.00 per book sold at a signing appearance (April 7 at the Susquehanna Branch Library) to the hosting nonprofit organization for their efforts in the preservation and/or restoration of the Repertoire Tent Theater.

There will also be a debut of “The Manuscript” at the Hilltop Lodge, Susquehanna, PA, Saturday, April 8, 12:30 p.m. to ??

Although the original lodge was lost to fire in the mid 70’s the Hilltop has been built on the same location. Some of the original trees planted by Robert during his community beautification project are still growing there.

Robert dedicated his life to the Repertoire Tent Theatre as a playwright, actor, singer, company manager, businessman, leasing agent and worked hard on behalf of other owners and managers. Before his untimely death he wrote over 300 plays, “Spooks” being his most recognized work.

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Music, Murder, And Lucy & Ricky Too!

Get ready to take a walk down memory lane on April 1, as you enjoy fine food, tropical drinks, and Latin music and dancing at Ricky’s club. Ricky? Yes, you'll be spending your evening with recreations of the Lucy, Ricky, Fred, and Ethel characters from I Love Lucy!

Ricky is getting ready to sign a contract with movie mogul heiress Celia B. DeMilo. Is Celia who she claims to be? Will Lucy and Ethel ruin Ricky's big chance with another of their harebrained schemes to get into show business? What's the notorious gangster Mr. Big doing at Ricky's club? And who committed the murder? The murder? That's right – the murder!

MaryLou Ambrose re-creates the Lucy you love.

It's all part of the show – a hilarious musical mystery spoof called Trouble at the Tropicabana, performed by Honesdale's Lakeside Players and brought to Susquehanna County by Endless Mountains Theatre Company.

EMTC and Lakeside Players are fellow members of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Theatrical Alliance, and the two companies are showing their support for that great organization by staging "Tropicabana" as a NEPTA fundraiser. EMTC has scheduled the event as a prelude to their Summer/Fall 2006 season (soon to be unveiled!). Lakeside Players have the show up and running – it's one of several original interactive mystery/comedies in their repertoire – and they're excited about bringing it to our area.

"Tropicabana" is sure to be fun for the whole family. It's one show only, so don't miss your chance to laugh, dance, dine . . . and solve a murder! Ricky's make-believe club will really be at Mountain View Restaurant in Clifford, PA. The evening begins at 6:30 p.m. (doors open 6:10). Reservations are required (call 570-434-2283).

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Green Side Up

Greetings from the garden! Green Side Up is a column written by Penn State Master Gardeners for the purpose of educating the public. Let’s get down and dirty with compost!

I like to think of composting as recycling that I can do right in my own backyard. It’s good for the environment and it’s one of the best fertilizers you can use. There are several different types of containers you can use to compost in, or you can do as I have in the past and just make piles in your yard. The benefit of a composting container is that it will keep critters out and will give you a useable end product much quicker.

There are some basic do’s and don’ts to composting and I will list a few for you here. Your old grass clippings, leaves, coffee filters and tea bags are good for your compost. Also egg shells, cow manure, and twigs.

Never use plant material that has been recently sprayed with any kind of chemical or has contracted a disease that can be spread when using your compost elsewhere. Large branches are not a good idea because they will take far too long to decompose. Don’t use meat or dairy scraps or weeds that have gone to seed, as the temperature in the compost pile may not be enough to kill the seed and then you will just be moving your weeds to a different area of your garden. Also never use human, dog, or cat waste in your compost as these can also carry disease.

If you are interested in learning more about composting and even receiving a free composting bin, the Master Gardeners of Susquehanna County will be holding free composting classes in April. We have 100 compost bins for people who take the class and just ask that later in the year you fill out a survey letting us know how your composting worked out.

We will be holding classes April 4 at 1 p.m.  and 7 p.m.  April 6 at 10 a.m., 1 p.m.  and 5 p.m.  and April 8 at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. To register please call the Extension Office at 278-1158 and let us know which day and time you would like to come.

I hope you will come back and visit us in the garden next time. If you have any questions you would like answered by our Master Gardeners please write to: Green Side Up, c/o Penn State Cooperative Extension, 31 Public Ave, Montrose, PA. 18801. May through October our Master Gardeners man the phones in our office at (570) 278 – 1158 Mondays and Wednesdays 10 a.m. to noon.

Happy Gardening!

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Daffodils Give Hope

Welcome spring this year as the American Cancer Society's Daffodil Days take place March 20-26. This year marks the 33rd anniversary of the event, which raised almost $3.9 million last year in Pennsylvania. Funds raised from daffodil sales help the American Cancer Society continue its mission of fighting cancer through research, education, advocacy, and patient service programs.

UPS, Inc. returns for the 13th year as delivery partner for Daffodil Days. Each spring UPS employees donate their time transporting thousands of daffodils for local campaigns around the state.

Daffodils will be available at direct sales sites across the community. A bunch of 10 daffodils is available for a donation of $7. To find the closest direct sales site and a complete listing of local products please call your local American Cancer Society office or 1–800–ACS–2345.

Daffodils are delivered during National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month in March. The Society estimates that more than 55,000 people will die from colon cancer this year, a number that could be cut in half if Americans followed American Cancer Society screening recommendations.

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Call For Volunteers

Those of us who call Susquehanna County home are fortunate, indeed. We are blessed to live in a gorgeous natural environment of mountains and meandering streams. Many of us hunt, fish, hike and take advantage of what we have right here on our front porch. We are proud of it – and rightly so.

It’s the reason Susquehanna County Commissioner MaryAnn Warren is organizing an effort that will reflect the pride that residents have in their boroughs and townships and in the county’s beautiful natural surroundings. It’s all part of the Great PA Cleanup and the Great American Cleanup, and it is local. Hopefully, it will become an annual event. Projects can kick-off on Earth Day, April 22, and finish up May 20 – just in time to enjoy all the pleasures that summer brings county residents.

Taking part in the clean up is easy, and the state will help, too! Here’s what you need to know: volunteers and volunteer groups can be any size and any age appropriate to the project. It’s also a great way for families to have fun; volunteers select their own project – say, cleaning a stretch of a local road or creek, planting shrubs or flowers in public areas, or cleaning up playgrounds and parks – you name it!

A variety of resources are available simply by going online. Volunteers may want to assign a person to do this, because when they do, they’ll receive cleanup/safety supplies from PennDOT (gloves, trash bags and safety vests) and be eligible for sweepstakes prizes as well.

Here’s all it takes:

Go to If your group doesn’t already have a project, you’ll find plenty of suggestions here.

Register your project online by following simple instructions and review the information for your personal safety.

Once your project is registered, call PennDOT’s Montrose office at 278-1171 and they’ll arrange for your cleanup/safety supplies.

Volunteers will get a window cling, announcing their participation in the first county-wide Great Susquehanna County Cleanup.

If you or your group has any questions about the process, call Commissioner Warren at 278-4600 ext. 108 and she’ll lend a hand.

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Library's Auction Night Announced

Mark Saturday, April 22 on your calendar for a delightful evening of food and fun to support the Susquehanna County Historical Society & Free Library Association! This is the eighth year for the Auction, which has grown to the point that it fills the Montrose VFW on Rt. 706. The doors open at 5, buffet reception starts at 5:30, and the Auction kicks off at 6 p.m.

Organizer Anna Ruegner is busy gathering a huge array of wonderful art, crafts, baskets, and gift certificates for the auction. No matter what you're interested in, you're bound to find something you'd love. There are some great bargains to be had, and entertaining auctioneers Dave and Josie Coddington make this a delightful, laughter-filled event! Tickets (at the door) will be $5 each or $8 for a couple, and that includes the delicious buffet dinner.

All proceeds benefit the Library and Historical Society. Generous local businesses and individuals donate the items, the food, and buy ads in the program--all are being actively solicited, so if you can help, please call the Library at 278-1881 or email

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Habitat For Humanity Benefit Art Auction

Habitat For Humanity of Susquehanna PA, Inc. will host an Art Auction on Friday, March 24 at the Hallstead American Legion 357, Hallstead.

The preview will begin at 7 p.m. with the live auction starting at 8 p.m. Ross Galleries of Holbrook, NY will conduct the auction, which will feature more than 150 custom framed and matted works of art, lithographs, etchings, serigraphs, animation cels, watercolors, original oils signed by artists, documented sports memorabilia.

Featured artists include Kinkade, Wooster Scott, Picasso, Delacroix, Chagall, Boulanger, Newuman, Fauchere and Shaviko. The majority of the art will have opening bids ranging from $45 to $300. Openings bids are generally 50% less than traditional framed gallery prices.

Tickets for the event are $10 (single) or $15 (couple). The community is welcome. The ticket price includes refreshments, a cash bar will be available.

The funds raised by the event will be used to help fund a new home, which will be built in Susquehanna Depot.

For tickets or further information contact Darlene Slocum, at (570) 853–4901 or Suzanne Brant, at (570) 850–6556.

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