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EVENTS, PROGRAMS, HAPPENINGS, SEMINARS:
SENSE OF WONDER program, Wednesday, May 3, 10:30 a.m. at Salt Springs State Park. Hands-on fun and outdoor exploration especially for kids 2 1/2 to 5, with adult. Registration required, call 967–7275.
PIZZA NIGHT, Thursday, May 4, 5:30 – 9 p.m. at the Binghamton Elks Lodge, Kirkwood. Eat in or take out. All are welcome.
CASEIN ARTISTIC PAINTING demonstration by Martha Sampson, Thursday, May 4, 7:00 at the Hill Country Artists meeting at the Claverack Building, Montrose. All are welcome.
ROAST BEEF/FISH dinner, Friday, May 5, 6 – 8 p.m. at the Binghamton Elks Lodge, Kirkwood. All are welcome.
May 5 & 6
RUMMAGE & BAKE SALE, Lunch Café, Friday, May 5 and Saturday, May 6, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 at St. Mark’s Church, New Milford. All are welcome.
RUMMAGE & BAKE SALE, Friday, May 5, 9-12 a.m. and 4-6 p.m. and Saturday, May 6 (bag sale), 9-11 a.m. at the Franklin Forks United Methodist Church. All are welcome.
WHAT’S GROWING Out There? Program Saturday, May 6, 1 p.m. at Salt Springs State Park. Botanist Bill Olson will lead a walk to discover and identify spring wildflowers. All are welcome.
CHICKEN BARBECUE, Saturday, May 6, 5 – 8 p.m. at the Binghamton Elks Lodge, Kirkwood. Live entertainment by the E Z Polka Band. All are welcome.
ADOPT A HIGHWAY cleanup, Saturday, May 6, 9 a.m. along Rte. 191 near Lake Ariel. Sponsored by the NE PA Audubon Society. For info call Marge, 253–9599. All are welcome.
CHICKEN BARBECUE, Saturday, May 6, noon until gone at the Binghamton Elks Lodge, Kirkwood. All are welcome.
RUMMAGE SALE, May 3,4, 5, 10 AM – 4 P.M. and Saturday, May 6 10 AM TO 12 NOON at the Susquehanna United Methodist Church, Main Street, Susquehanna.
May 6 & 7
ATHENS ARTSFEST, Saturday, May 6 and Sunday, May 7, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Rowe Junior High School, Athens. Arts and crafts, entertainment, more. All are welcome.
Sunday, May 7
The re-dedication of the Civil War Monument, on the Green in Montrose, will take place Sunday, May 7 at 2 P.M. The Ezra S. Griffin, Camp #8, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, will conduct the ceremony.
HYMN SING and Choir Concert, Sunday, May 7, 3 p.m. at Franklin Hill Presbyterian Church. Refreshments to follow. All are welcome.
FAMILY AL-ANON meeting, Monday, May 8, 7:30 in the Father Jim Nash Parish Center, Montrose. For info call 222–4240 or 289–4054. All are welcome.
WING NIGHT, Tuesday, May 9, 5:30 – 9 p.m. at the Binghamton Elks Lodge, Kirkwood. All are welcome.
THOMPSON CEMETERY ASSOCIATION meeting, Tuesday, May 9, 7:00 p.m. at the home of Jeanette Saulo. For info call 727–2179.
YOUNG AT HEART luncheon, Wednesday, May 10, 10:30 a.m. at the Montrose Bible Conference. Presentation and discussion on financial issues affecting seniors, followed by a luncheon. Reservations requested, call 278–1001.
SEEDS, Tiny Packages of Life program, Wednesday, May 10, 10:30 a.m. at Salt Springs Park. Hands-on fun especially for kids 2 1/2 to 5 (with adult). Fee. Pre-registration required, call 967-7275.
SWISS STEAK DINNER, Wednesday, May 10, 5:30 – 8 p.m. at the Binghamton Elks Lodge, Kirkwood. All are welcome.
PIZZA NIGHT, Thursday, May 11, 5:30 – 9 p.m. at the Binghamton Elks Lodge, Kirkwood. Eat in or take out. All are welcome.
JAMAICAN CHICKEN/FISH dinner, Friday, May 12, 6 – 8 p.m. at the Binghamton Elks Lodge, Kirkwood. All are welcome.
CHICKEN BARBECUE, Saturday, May 13, 11 a.m. until gone at the East Ararat United Methodist Church. Take out or eat in. all are welcome.
SPAGHETTI SUPPER, Saturday, May 13, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus, Great Bend. All are welcome.
BIRDING program with Ron Milliken, Saturday, may 13, 6:00 a.m. at the Florence Shelly Preserve, Thompson. Call 879–4244 for info. All are welcome.
VALERIE (HOLMES) SHOOK WALK to Cure Juvenile Diabetes, Saturday, May 13. Registration, 9:30 a.m. at the Pump-n-Pantry, Montrose. For info call 278–1881. All are welcome.
MIGRATORY BIRD COUNT, Saturday, May 13, 5 a.m. to 12 p.m., spearheaded by Cornell Labs. For info call 226–8847.
ROUND & SQUARE DANCE, Saturday, May 13, 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the Elk Lake American Legion. All are welcome.
DINNER CONCERT, Sunday, May 14 at the Montrose Bible Conference. Buffet dinner at 12:30, followed by a presentation by a team from the Word of Life Bible Institute. For reservations, call 278–1001. All are welcome.
MOTHER’S DAY Get Movin’ Hike, Sunday, May 14, 2 p.m. at Salt Springs State Park. Join a park guide on a moderately paced, four-mile hike. All are welcome.
FAMILY AL-ANON meeting, Monday, May 15, 7:30 p.m. in the Father Jim Nash Parish Center, Montrose. All are welcome.
WING NIGHT, Tuesday, May 16, 5:30 – 9 p.m. at the Binghamton Elks Lodge, Kirkwood. All are welcome.
Senior Citizen Menu
Monday, May 1: barbecue chicken breast, home style baked beans, coleslaw, dinner roll, pineapple bits, granola bar.
Tuesday, May 2: beef stew, cranberry juice, biscuit, graham crackers and peanut butter, vanilla pudding/diet vanilla pudding.
Wednesday, May 3: vegetable lasagna, mixed vegetables, orange juice, whole wheat bread, pears.
Thursday, May 4: spaghetti and meatballs, tossed salad, seeded rye bread, lemon meringue pie, diet vanilla pudding.
Friday, May 5: breaded cod filet, brown rice, peas and carrots, honey wheat bread, tartar sauce, mandarin oranges.
Senior Menu May 8 – 12
Monday, May 8: Sloppy Joe, macaroni salad, broccoli, hamburger bun, apricots.
Tuesday, May 9: seasoned pork chop, mashed potato, corn, grape juice, seeded rye bread, graham cracker, applesauce.
Wednesday, May 10: Italian sausage, home-style baked beans, hot dog bun, chewy granola bar, pears.
Thursday, May 11: chicken casserole, French style green beans, cranberry juice, honey wheat bread, cherry pie, cherries.
Friday, May 12; macaroni and cheese, baby carrots, three-bean salad, whole wheat bread, fresh orange.
Chesty, the Mountain View mascot, gets to spread his wings as he takes to the Mountain View High School stage this Friday and Saturday night, May 5 and 6 at 7:30 p.m. The MVSD mascot may not be what you expect, however, at least at first.
“Our musical is about how it all began,” explains Will Hagenbuch, the author and director of the show that brings together both senior high and elementary school students from Mountain View. “We take a look at our mascot from his first days as a student. In doing this, we learn a lot about him, and, in turn, ourselves.”
Pictured (clockwise from top) are: choreographer Stephanie Kress, ninth grade; and actors, Joel Madas, sixth grade: Bradley Owens, sixth grade; Angel Kester, sixth grade; Megan Kress, sixth grade; Matthew Mecca, fourth grade.Photo by Cassandra Moran, sixth grade.
Sixth grade actress Melinda Miller shares what this original production, entitled “When Chesty Goes To Flight School,” is all about. She says, “Our show is not about whether or not Chesty actually flies – it’s about how he flies.”
Hagenbuch delivers a musical with a message. “As an MV grad, I’ve never seen our mascot actually fly, but I wanted to put him in a place that would not only challenge him but also ourselves and how we look at our own success. The juxtaposition of a bird who doesn’t fly in flight school…well, I think we have something there.”
The audience will meet Chesty, played by fourth grade student Matthew Mecca, as he enters flight school. Chesty quickly encounters first year flight cadets whose names are familiar with current elementary school students.
“There’s a lot of ‘play’ within this play,” adds Hagenbuch with a smile. For example, the cadet’s first names are the last names of MVES faculty. Angel Kester portrays “Whitney”; Joel Madas portrays “Everett”; Bradley Owens portrays “Harrison” and Megan Kress portrays “Vesda.” These four actors are in the sixth grade.
The elementary school cast of 75 brings together first to sixth grade actors. But the grade level doesn’t stop there. High school juniors and seniors are also involved.
Hagenbuch explains this. “I wanted a place where our young actors and actresses could easily be heard and seen and immediately thought of the high school auditorium. This move opened the door for very interested high school students to join the production in directing, music, and set design and construction.”
Bringing together both the elementary school and the high school is a win/win. This echoes the musical’s educational theme for anyone who struggles with initial disappointment yet looks for and accepts the positive. Sixth grade actress Melissa Walker, who portrays Professor Moher, sums up the show’s message. She says, “As a result of this musical, I’ve learned to see other talents in different people.”
Tickets at the door are $4 for adults and $2 for students.
Endless Mountains Resource Conservation and Development Council and its partners are once again holding the Woodland Resource Adventure Camp. This nineteen-year old program is held on the campus of Keystone College in LaPlume, PA. It begins on Sunday, July 16 at noon and runs through Thursday, July 20 at noon and is open for students ages 12-16. Students learn about plants, aquatic life, lakes and ponds, streams, wetlands and how they are all connected.
Students stay in college dorm rooms for the five days of activities. This year the program is limited to 30 students. Students are expected to pay tuition, with additional funding provided through a scholarship funded by local businesses, nonprofit organizations and County Conservation Districts.
Woodland Resources Adventure is recommended for young people who want to learn about the outdoors and the environment through an excellent hands-on experience. The camp is good in preparing for Envirothon competitions, 4-H events and can be used as credit toward Scout merit badges. Students learn about plant identification, aquatic life, lakes/streams/ponds, safe boating, and watersheds. They will participate in a kayaking field trip down the Susquehanna River, building turtle platforms, fly fishing, identifying fish, trout movement, aquatic birds, and water quality testing. These activities will be taught with the help of the PA Fish and Boat Commission, PA Dept. of Environmental Protection PA Trout, Conservation Districts, and US Fish and Wildlife.
For more information, contact your local Conservation District or the Endless Mountains RC&D office at 265–3409 ext. 5.
Woodbourne Forest and Wildlife Preserve represents the type of forest that blanketed most of the Northeast before the arrival of European settlers. It is one of a very few remaining ancient, uncut forests in Pennsylvania and it is the largest such forest in the northeastern part of the state.
Woodbourne Forest and Wildlife Preserve was originally part of the Cope family’s estate in Dimock. Francis R. Cope grew up at Woodbourne, as did his daughter, the nature writer Theodora Stanwell-Fletcher, later known affectionately as Teddy Gray. Francis was an avid naturalist and early supporter of land conservation. In 1956, he donated the tract of land that is now Woodbourne Forest and Wildlife Preserve to The Nature Conservancy. Woodbourne was The Nature Conservancy’s first property in Pennsylvania and the fourth in the Conservancy’s history. The Nature Conservancy now protects over 117 million acres worldwide.
Francis Cope intended Woodbourne to be a source of education and inspiration, as well as conservation. To that end, the Preserve offers educational workshops for adults and children, and provides solace and subject matter to naturalists, artists and all those who take delight in a quiet and unspoiled landscape. The Preserve is located one mile north of Dimock on Route 29.
To celebrate 50 years as a forest preserve, the Stewardship Committee of Woodbourne has planned several family-friendly public events to share the experience of this special place.
Saturday, June 3, the “Ben Stone Memorial Overlook” will be dedicated. Ben Stone and his wife Joyce were long time resident naturalists at the Preserve. The public is invited to share this event and enjoy a guided tour to the new structure overlooking the Woodbourne Swamp. The program will begin at the Woodbourne Parking Lot at 1:30 p.m.
At the Montrose Fourth of July celebration on the Green, Woodbourne will unveil its newly designed fiftieth anniversary T-shirts. The booth will also have updated brochures and information about new hiking trails. Stewardship Committee members will be available to answer questions.
On Sunday July 16, Woodbourne will host an Open House and Fiftieth Birthday Party from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Preserve. The fun will include guided walks along the trails, birthday cake, and gifts for everyone. Bring the whole family and join the party!
The final 50th Anniversary event will take on Saturday, September 16th at 1 p.m. Local stone wall expert Ken Ely will give guided tours of Woodbourne’s historical stone walls. In addition, local artists will be on location gaining inspiration from the forest and creating new works on their easels. The program will begin at 1 p.m. in the Woodbourne Parking Lot.
For additional information contact the resident naturalist Dr. Jerry Skinner at (570) 278–3384.
Organizations that are governed by a board of directors often have a difficult time defining roles and staying organized. Fundraising to support the organization’s needs is also challenging. A workshop sponsored by the Northern Tier Regional Planning and Development Commission will be held to address both of these issues.
The workshop will be held on June 6 at the Montrose Bible Conference, in Montrose. It will begin at 5:30 with registration and end at 9:00 p.m.
Municipalities and non profit organizations such as libraries, historical societies, community organizations, etc. are all encouraged to attend. Organization leaders and staff will learn how to identify and select board and committee members who can move an organization forward and how to attract key volunteers. The program will also focus on how to develop a clear and concise plan and communicate a need for financial support. With a compelling need and committed volunteers leading the charge, an organization can attract much needed funding.
Instructors include John Sterling, who has taught volunteer and organizational management for more than thirty years. He recently retired from Cornell University where he served as Assistant Dean. He was also the Executive Director for the New York State 4-H Foundation, Inc. Ann Noble Shephard was an instructor at Michigan State University and is a member of the National Association of Fundraising Professionals, and American Agriculturist Foundation.
Registration deadline is June 2. For more information, contact NTRPDC toll free at 1-888-868-8800.
The rededication of the Civil War Monument will take place Sunday, May 7, at 2 p.m. on the Green in Montrose. The Ezra S. Griffin Camp #8, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, will be conducting the ceremony. The Ezra S. Griffin Camp is the largest Sons of Veterans group in the State, with approximately 168 members. The Camp covers Susquehanna, Lackawanna, Luzerne, Wayne and Wyoming Counties.
A booklet will be available at the dedication giving the names of all the men who are listed on the tablets. Additional information, such as rank, regiment, place and date of death and where interred is also given, if known. A list has also been compiled of those soldiers who are not found on the tablets. The booklet is dedicated to the memory of Ron Albert, a former member of the Restoration Committee.
Endless Mountains Theatre Company presents A.R. Gurney's Love Letters, a heartwarming and heart-wrenching story of a lifelong attachment, told entirely through correspondence. This remarkable two-person show will be staged as dinner theatre at P.J. O'hare's (Susquehanna, PA), May 13 at 6:30 p.m. and May 14 at 1:00 p.m. Admission includes dinner and show. Reservations required, call (570) 434-2283.
Hill Country Artists invite the public to their May meeting on Thursday April 6, 7:00 p.m. at the Claverack Building, East of Montrose on Rt. 706, featuring a demonstration by artist and educator Martha Sampson. Martha is proficient in painting with many different mediums and is especially known for her work with pastels. She teaches workshops in the various mediums at the Endless Mountains Council of the Arts in Tunkhannock and other places.
Martha will be demonstrating the use of Casein on April 6. Though little known today, Casein has been used for thousands of years and is still evident in cave paintings. It is a quick-drying, aqueous medium using a milk-based binding agent, and is one of the most durable mediums known to man. The program promises to be very informative and interesting.
A short business meeting will precede the educational program and is an excellent time for interested artists and art lovers to be introduced to the Hill Country Artists. They meet on the first Thursday of each month, April through December. The group is very informal and enjoys exchanging information of the art world and local art happenings, as well as individual art endeavors. Light refreshments will follow the program.
The Garden Club of Montrose is proud to host naturalist Rick Marci at a public meeting to be held on Sunday, May 7, at 1:00 p.m. at the Montrose Theatre on Public Avenue, Montrose. Mr. Marci will be presenting a slide program entitled “My Susquehanna,” which documents his canoe trip along hundreds of miles of the Susquehanna River from its headwaters in Cooperstown to its mouth at the Chesapeake Bay. His program will take you on several canoe trips, stopping along the way to meet river people and talk about river issues. Traveling with Rick, you will come to understand and appreciate the beauty of the Susquehanna and the numerous challenges it faces.
Rick Marsi is a freelance writer, photographer, lecturer and nature travel consultant. He is the author of three books – Wheel of Seasons, Once Around the Sun and A Doctor's Life – as well as numerous magazine articles. The recipient of many writing and photography awards, Rick has written regularly on nature and travel for the book division of Reader’s Digest.
In addition to his weekly column for the Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin, Rick writes columns for Sierra Club, the outdoor newsletter of Sen. Thomas Libous and the Waterman Outdoor Education Center in Apalachin, NY.
Recent awards Rick has received include an Environmental Achievement Citation from the Federation of New York State Garden Clubs; communications awards from the Upper Susquehanna Coalition and the Susquehanna County, PA Conservation District; and a special commendation from the Susquehanna River Basin Commission for a series of stories on the Susquehanna River. Rick also is the recipient of Earth Day Southern Tier's Earthstar Award, for “excellence in promoting public understanding of the natural world.”
This program is open to the public, free admission.
Mark your calendars and plan to attend this entertaining, informative program.
On Friday, May 5, monthly Eucharistic Adoration will begin at Holy Name of Mary Church, Montrose after the 12:10 p.m. Mass and conclude with Mass at 7:00 p.m. A prayer service with the Men of the Sacred Heart and Benediction will follow the evening Mass. Father Gerard Safko serves as Pastor.
The annual Valerie (Holmes) Shook Memorial Walk to Cure Juvenile Diabetes raises money for the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation. The eighth annual Walk will be held on Saturday, May 13 – rain or shine! All proceeds go to the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation in memory of Valerie, who died at the age of 32 and was diagnosed with diabetes in childhood. The four-mile walk on the Rails-to-Trails path will start and end at the Pump'n'Pantry in Montrose. Walkers who will find sponsors are needed now, but you can also self-sponsor the day of the walk. A brochure is available at the Susquehanna County Library in Montrose or online at www.susqcolibrary.org/walk. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. and the Walk starts at 10 a.m.
Colorful paper sneakers are on sale for $1 each at the Main Library in Montrose and at the Fashion Bug in Tunkhannock. For more information about the Walk, call 278-1881.
Voters are invited to meet the five Republican candidates vying to replace retiring Senator Charles Lemmond in the Pennsylvania State Senate District 20 seat. The League of Women Voters of Susquehanna County is hosting a Candidates Debate on May 8, 7-9 p.m. at the South Gibson United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall. All Republican candidates have committed to attend. They include Lisa Baker, Russell Bigus, Jim Haggerty, David Madeira, and Carl Sutton. Since Democratic Candidate Robert McNamara is running uncontested in the Democratic primary, he will not be debating at this time.
The League has prepared questions on key state issues, such as the lack of public hearings on the pay raise, deer licenses and hunting seasons, factory farming and property rights, education and economic development. The public will be invited to submit questions as well. A League officer will moderate the debate and responses will be timed to ensure an equal opportunity for each candidate to address the issues.
The 20th State Senatorial District includes all of Pike, Wayne and Wyoming Counties, parts of Luzerne and Monroe Counties and the following portions of Susquehanna County: Ararat, Clifford, Gibson, Harford, Harmony, Herrick, Jackson, Lathrop, Lenox, Oakland, Springville, Thompson, Forest City, Hop Bottom, Lanesboro, Oakland, Susquehanna Depot, Thompson and Uniondale.
Join with your questions and comments for the candidates and be ready to vote in the Primary Election on May 16.
Now that the snows are finally melting, the woods, meadows, and wetlands are filled with the sight and songs of migrating birds. For dedicated birders and curious amateurs alike, spring heralds the occasion of a popular tradition at the Florence Shelly Preserve, Thompson, PA, the annual bird walks. In the company of an experienced naturalist, walk participants identify birds by sight and song as they ramble through the 400-acre nature preserve that is deservedly known as a "birder's paradise."
On Saturday, May 13 at 6:00 a.m. Ron Milliken will present his nineteenth annual walk in the preserve. Especially popular among experienced birders, this walk covers a wide area of the preserve, with the result that participants can expect to locate between 60 and 65 species. An enthusiastic and tireless naturalist himself, Milliken typically keeps trekking throughout the morning, though participants are free to leave the group at any time they wish.
On Saturday, May at 20 at 8:00 a.m. Evan Mann, a local birder and walk leader, will conduct a leisurely walk around the preserve, providing an excellent education about birds. Besides identifying birds that will be nesting in the preserve’s many ecological niches, he will also discuss the habits and lifestyles of the various species
On either of these walks, birders can expect to see and hear tree swallows, wrens and sparrows in the brushy meadows. The deep boreal bog, Weir's Pond, attracts eastern bluebirds nesting in dead snags, swamp sparrows, and belted kingfishers. Hawks can be spied hunting in open areas, while the preserve’s pristine brook and dense woodlands offer ideal habitats for the northern water thrush, Baltimore orioles, scarlet tanagers and least flycatchers. Plews Swamp, on the northern end of the preserve, is the preferred habitat for families of wood sucks, mallards and red-winged blackbirds.
Both walks begin at the parking lot, one mile north of Thompson on Route 171, just to the left of Stack Road. The trails are certain to be wet, so be sure to wear warm, protective footwear. Don’t forget your binoculars, and come prepared to spend a morning, or mornings, exploring the fascinating world of birds. For further information, contact Carol or Dave Clemens, (570) 879-4244.
On May 7, Wildlife Rescue and Adopt An Angel Companion Animal Rescue will hold its annual fund raiser dinner and auction at Newman Hall, Rte. 267, Friendsville (Choconut), PA.
This year's event will feature a fabulous Italian buffet. Dinner will include salad and dessert. Beverages will be extra. Hours are from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. and take-out will be available.
Wonderful auction items will include tickets to local sports teams and philharmonics; stays at numerous resorts within driving distance; gift certificates to many of the area's better restaurants; fishing charters; garden parties; crafts; art work; gift baskets; terrific animal products and much, much more.
Kurt Motsko will once again be emcee, DJ and auctioneer (with quite a bit of comedian thrown in).
All proceeds will support continuing work to help all animals in need.
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