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EVENTS, PROGRAMS, HAPPENINGS, SEMINARS:
PIZZA NIGHT, Thursday, June 8, 5:30 – 9 p.m. at the Binghamton Elks Lodge, Kirkwood. All are welcome.
OPEN MIC COUNTRY with Steve Youngs, Thursday, June 8, 7 p.m. until closing at the Binghamton Elks Lodge, Kirkwood. All are welcome.
CLIFFORD TOWNSHIP Volunteer Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary meeting, Thursday, June 8, 7:30 p.m. all are welcome.
STUFFED PEPPERS/FISH Dinner, Friday, June 9, 6 – 8 p.m. at the Binghamton Elks Lodge, Kirkwood. Music with Terry Rockwell. All are welcome.
CHICKEN BARBECUE, Saturday, June 10, noon until gone at the Binghamton Elks Lodge, Kirkwood. All are welcome.
WALK IN & WEAVE program, Saturday, June 10, 10 a.m. at Salt Springs State Park. Try your hand at weaving on antique looms, with instructor. All are welcome.
NATURE PHOTOGRAPHY Workshop, Saturday, June 10, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Salt Springs State Park. Indoor presentation, outdoor hands-on instruction. Free. Registration required, call 967-7275. All are welcome.
FOLK FESTIVAL/Country Home Days, Sunday, June 11, noon to 5 p.m. at Old Mill Village Museum. Fold music, crafts, medicine. For info call 278–4649. All are welcome.
CANCER SURVIVORS Celebration, Sunday, June 11, 1 – 4 p.m. at Montage Mountain. For info call 941–7984.
GET MOVIN’ HIKE, Sunday, June 11, 2 – 4:30 p.m. at Salt Springs State Park. Moderately paced, four-mile hike with a park guide. Learn about surrounding natural history during rest stops. All are welcome.
IRIS SHOW, Sunday, June 11, beginning at 1 p.m. at the Pyramid Mall, Ithaca, NY. Sponsored by the Southern Tier Iris Society. All are welcome.
WEINER ROAST, Sunday, June 11, 5 p.m. until dark at the Fairdale Township Park. Bring an instrument or just sing along. Bring lawn chairs. All are welcome.
FAMILY AL-ANON meeting, Monday, June 12, 7:30 p.m. in the Fr. Jim Nash Parish Center, Montrose. For info call 222-4240 or 289-4054. All are welcome.
BLUE RIDGE SENIOR CENTER will present a program on medical equipment (canes, walkers, oxygen, etc.) on Monday, June 12 at 11:45 a.m. All are welcome.
WING NIGHT, Tuesday, June 13, 5:30 – 9 p.m. at the Binghamton Elks Lodge, Kirkwood. All are welcome.
LAYETTE KIT Outreach quarterly meeting, Tuesday, June 13, 2:30 p.m. at the American Red Cross Conference Room, Montrose. For info call (607) 743–9969. All are welcome.
CAKE DECORATING with Kate Treible, Tuesday, June 13 at the Blue Ridge Senior Center. All are welcome.
YOUNG AT HEART luncheon, Wednesday, June 15, beginning at 10:30 a.m. at the Montrose Bible Conference. Reservations requested, call 278-1001.
FLAG DAY CELEBRATION, Wednesday, June 14, 7:00 p.m. at the Binghamton Elks Lodge, Kirkwood. All are welcome.
PIZZA NIGHT, Thursday, June 15, 5:30 – 9 p.m. at the Binghamton Elks Lodge, Kirkwood. Eat in or take out. All are welcome.
SUSQUEHANNA DEPOT AREA Historical Society meeting, Thursday, June 15, 7 p.m. at the Susquehanna Boro Building. Program will be a talk on the history of bicycles. All are welcome.
CONCERT, Friday, June 16, 7 p.m. at the United Methodist Community Church, Great Bend. Local musicians will play hymns in a variety of styles. Refreshments will be served following the concert. All are welcome.
ROAST BEEF/FISH dinner, Friday, June 16, 6 – 8 p.m. at the Binghamton Elks Lodge, Kirkwood. All are welcome.
STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL and chicken barbecue (eat in or take out), Saturday, June 17, beginning at 10 a.m. at the Springville United Methodist Church. Crafts, vendors, white elephant sale, silent auction. All are welcome.
GOOD NEWS LUNCH, Saturday, June 17, noon at St. Mark’s Church, New Milford. Free. All are welcome.
SQUARE DANCE, Saturday, June 17, 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the Starrucca Community Hall. Performers will be “Just Us.” Admission. Refreshments available. All are welcome.
WALK IN & WEAVE program, Saturday, June 17, 10 a.m. at Salt Springs State Park. Try your hand at weaving on antique looms, with instructor. All are welcome.
GOLF TOURNAMENT, Saturday, June 17, at Blue Ridge Trail Golf Club, Mountain Top. For info call Jackie at LCCC, 740–0680.
CHICKEN & BISCUIT SUPPER, Saturday, June 17, beginning at 5:00 p.m. at the Ararat United Methodist Church. All are welcome.
STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL, Saturday, June 17, beginning at noon at the Springville United Methodist Church. Chicken barbecue at noon, vendors, white elephant sale, silent auction. All are welcome.
STORYTELLING, Outdoor Cooking, and Carding, Spinning and Weaving presentations, Sunday, June 18, noon to 5 p.m. at Old Mill Village Museum. For info call 465–3448.
NEW CUB SCOUT PACK sign-up, Sunday, June 18, 5 p.m. at the Hallstead American Legion. Open to boys going into grades 1 – 6. For info, call Mike Welsch, 879–4277.
CHICKEN BARBECUE, Sunday, June 18, beginning at 11 a.m. at the New Milford Rifle & Pistol Club. Open trap shooting all day. All are welcome.
FAMILY AL-ANON meeting, Monday, June 19, 7:30 p.m. in the Fr. Jim Nash Parish Center, Montrose. For info call 222-4240 or 289-4054. All are welcome.
WING NIGHT, Tuesday, June 20, 5:30 – 9 p.m. at the Binghamton Elks Lodge, Kirkwood. All are welcome.
June 20 – 21
AARP MATURE DRIVING class with instructor Frank McKeon, Tuesday, June 20 and Wednesday, June 21, 1 to 5 p.m. at the Blue Ridge Great Bend Senior Center. For info call 879–2896 or 965–2521.
SUMMER SOLSTICE NIGHT HIKE, Wednesday, June 21, 9 p.m. at Salt Springs State Park. All are welcome.
SUMMER SOLSTICE LABYRINTH WALK, Wednesday, June 21, 7 p.m. at the Self-Discovery Wellness Arts Center, Montrose. For info call 278–9256. All are welcome.
CLAMS/STEAK sandwich night, Wednesday, June 21, 5:30 – 8 p.m. at the Binghamton Elks Lodge, Kirkwood. All are welcome.
PIZZA NIGHT, Thursday, June 22, 5:30 – 9 p.m. at the Binghamton Elks Lodge, Kirkwood. Eat in or take out. All are welcome.
CHICKEN/FISH DINNER, Friday, June 23, 6 – 8 p.m. at the Binghamton Elks Lodge, Kirkwood. All are welcome.
ROAST BEEF SUPPER, Saturday, June 24, beginning at 5:00 p.m. at the Thompson United Methodist Church. All are welcome.
WALK IN & WEAVE program, Saturday, June 24, 10 a.m. at Salt Springs State Park. Try your hand at weaving on antique looms, with instructor. All are welcome.
IT’S NOT JUST A TREE program, Saturday, June 24, 9 a.m. at Salt Springs State Park. Learn how to identify common trees as well as other interesting facts. All are welcome.
June 24 & 25
BLACKSMITH program with Tim Button, Saturday, June 24, and Sunday, June 25, noon to 5 p.m. at Old Mill Village Museum. For info or to register, call 434–3353. All are welcome.
BREAKFAST, Sunday, June 25, 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Binghamton Elks Lodge, Kirkwood. All are welcome.
FAMILY AL-ANON meeting, Monday, June 26, 7:30 p.m. in the Fr. Jim Nash Parish Center, Montrose. For info call 222-4240 or 289-4054. All are welcome.
Monday, June 12: barbecue chicken breast, home style baked beans, coleslaw, dinner roll, pineapple bits, granola bar.
Tuesday, June 13: beef stew, cranberry juice, biscuit, graham crackers and peanut butter, vanilla pudding/diet vanilla pudding.
Wednesday, June 14; vegetable lasagna, mixed vegetables, orange juice, whole wheat bread, pears.
Thursday: June 15: closed for Troy picnic; spaghetti and meatballs, tossed salad, seeded rye bread, lemon meringue pie, diet vanilla pudding.
Friday, June 16: breaded cod filet, brown rice, peas and carrots, honey wheat bread, tartar sauce, mandarin oranges.
Senior Menu June 19 – 23
Monday, June 19: Sloppy Joe, macaroni salad, broccoli, hamburger bun, apricots.
Tuesday, June 20: seasoned pork chop, mashed potato, corn, grape juice, seeded rye bread, graham cracker, applesauce.
Wednesday, June 21: Italian sausage, home-style baked beans, hot dog bun, chewy granola bar, pears.
Thursday, June 22: chicken casserole, French style green beans, cranberry juice, honey wheat bread, cherry pie, cherries.
Friday, June 23: macaroni and cheese, baby carrots, three-bean salad, whole wheat bread, fresh orange.
The Susquehanna Community High School Class of 1986 will hold their 20th class reunion, beginning on Friday, July 21, 6 p.m. at P. J. O’hare’s. This icebreaker party is open to the public.
On Saturday, July 22, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. there will be a tour of the elementary and high school buildings. Saturday afternoon, from noon to 4 p.m. there will be a family picnic at the Green Gables, New Milford.
For information, call Maria Cina Halfmann, (585) 624–8193.
As summer officially begins, the Endless Mountains will come alive with The Sound of Music! Yes, this is the big one, folks – the world's most famous musical, a heartwarming story of love, courage, and spirit that's bursting with song.
Pictured (l-r): Postulant Maria (Jennifer Geary) bids farewell to the Sisters (Cathy Holleran, Bethany Page, Nicole Keklak, Victoria Pritchyk).
Photo by Joe Facinelli
Don't know the story? The Sound of Music tells the tale of a high-spirited Austrian governess, who wins the heart of a thick-skinned widower by bringing sunshine into the lives of his children. The action is set during the Nazi expansion into Austria, and the Trapp family's bravery comes to the fore as the clouds gather over their homeland. It's a show that theatre-lovers the world over can never get enough of, with songs by Broadway's most celebrated classic team – Rodgers and Hammerstein. Music by Richard Rodgers. Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II. Book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse. Suggested by "The Story of the Trapp Family Singers."
Bringing it alive here in Susquehanna County is another great team – the volunteer performers and crew who make up Endless Mountains Theatre Company. 2006 is EMTC's eighth year of bringing quality entertainment to our region. Tim Hutchins has been one of EMTC's directors for four seasons now, and it was he who directed another Rodgers and Hammerstein classic two summers back – EMTC's dazzling production of Cinderella.
Don't miss this full-scale production of a beloved show! The Sound of Music will run June 23-24 at 7:00 p.m. and June 25 at 3:00 p.m., at Blue Ridge High School.
A rousing patriotic parade to celebrate America’s freedoms will pause briefly in Montrose on July 4 for ceremonies commemorating the deaths in Iraq of six soldiers from New Milford’s National Guard unit.
Marchers in the parade, which will be the centerpiece of a daylong program of Independence Day festivities, will halt when parade leaders reach Public Avenue. There, in front of the Susquehanna County Courthouse, there will be a roll call of those who died, followed by a special soldier’s prayer, a rifle salute and Taps.
The parade’s honorary grand marshal will be Eleanor “Ellie” McKeage of Montrose. She has been a longtime volunteer for community activities, including St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, the Susquehanna County Historical Society and Library, the Susquehanna County Humane Society, the Montrose Cemetery Association and the Montrose hospital that is now part of the Endless Mountains Health System. She was recently named Montrose Area Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year.
Six Army soldiers of Company C, 109th Infantry (Mechanized) died in Iraq in 2005. They were Staff Sgt. Daniel Arnold of Montrose, Staff Sgt. George Pugliese of Carbondale, Spc. William Evans of Hallstead, Spc. Lee Wiegand of Great Bend, Spc. Eric Slebodnik of Greenfield Township, and Spc. Oliver Brown of Athens.
“Let Freedom Ring Fourth” is the theme for the celebration, which has been sponsored for 30 years y the Montrose area Kiwanis, Lions and Rotary (KLR) service clubs.
“Just as our forefathers welcomed their freedom from the dictates and oppressions of the British in 1776 by ringing the Liberty Bell, we want to celebrate Independence Day by remembering what freedom really means to all of us and to honor and cherish those who gave their lives in Iraq,” sad Ed DeWitt, the general chairman (278–3537).
Parade participants will include Chris Snee, a Montrose Area High School graduate who is an offensive lineman for the New York Giants football team.
He will conduct a Punt, Pass and Kick competition on July 3 for the Susquehanna County United Way. Boys and girls who are winners will ride with him in the parade.
The annual festivities will open with a pancake breakfast at the Montrose United Methodist Church and conclude after dusk with fireworks provided by the Montrose Area Chamber of Commerce on the high school grounds.
A trio of footraces and the parade will be featured in the morning and early afternoon. And an experienced team of volunteer cookers will again prepare the “world famous” KLR chicken barbecue for midday dining, DeWitt said.
More than 130 arts and crafts booths and food vendors will be open on the Green near the Courthouse all day.
Historical and patriotic characters – Uncle Sam, Benjamin Franklin, Abraham Lincoln, the Statue of Liberty and a Minuteman – will be in front of the post office from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Admirers who want pictures should bring their own cameras or videos. The characters will mingle with crowds on the Green for an hour thereafter.
Public safety officials said temporary “no parking” signs will be posted on streets designated for emergency vehicle access. Violators will be fined and charged towing costs, DeWitt said.
Off-street parking lots, plus lawn and driveway spaces volunteered by Montrose residents, will be available for visitor parking.
The buffet breakfast will be served at the church from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m.
The Endless Mountains Independence Day races will begin with runners registering, 6:30 a.m. to race time, at the Courthouse. A one-mile Fun Run (no registration needed), will start at 7:30 a.m., followed by a 5K race and a 10K race that will start simultaneously at 8 a.m.
The first 350 5K and 10K registrants will get commemorative long-sleeved shirts.
Racers may pre-register on-line and check later on race results at allsportunning.com, said Rick Craige (278–3535). Craige said contestants without Internet access could contact him about pre-registration. Dan Regan, race director, also has race information (278–2750).
On July 3, pre-registered runners can pick up their race packets in front of the Courthouse, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Arts and crafts vendors and soda, water and food suppliers will open their booths for the day by 9 a.m. on the Green. Bill Kohnke (278-3071) is vendor director.
Serving of the chicken barbecue will start at the fire hall at 10 a.m. and continue until the food is gone.
Floats, bands, vehicles and marching units will step off in the patriotic parade at 11 a.m. from the east end of Grow Avenue near Lake Montrose to Church Street and up Public Avenue to the Green. KLR judges will award prizes to six parade floats that best depict the “Let Freedom Ring” theme.
Cash prizes are $200, $150, $100 and, for fourth through sixth places, $50 each. To be eligible for prizes, floats must be pre-registered with Larry Kelly, parade chairman (278-3861).
The Montrose Area Kiwanis Club will present the second annual Ted Brzuska Memorial Award of $100 to sponsors of the parade float with the best floral presentation.
Units with commercial advertising will be allowed in the parade only if they sponsor a theme float or if the parade committee says their decorations are appropriate.
Antique or classic cars may join the parade, and they may park along Public Avenue for display afterwards.
The Windwood Hill Dance Academy will perform their annual summer recital on Friday, June 16 at 7:00 p.m. and again on Saturday, June 17 at 1:00 p.m. at the Susquehanna Community High School. The recital will showcase the accomplishments of all of the students for the past year and will feature a variety of selections in ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop, and Celtic.
For information, call 853–4882.
The Canawacta Rod & Gun Club will be providing a free fishing seminar on June 17, from 9:00 a.m. until noon at their Oak Hill location. Instructors and fishing equipment will be available to teach kids how to cast, tie fishing knots, use bobbers, sinkers, live bait, and lures. A free lunch will be provided and you may bring your own fishing poles if preferred. All children must be accompanied by an adult guardian.
A two-year effort to identify Susquehanna County’s most ecologically significant natural environments will conclude with a public presentation of the team’s findings to the citizens of Susquehanna County. With funding provided by the Wild Resource Conservation Program and a State Wildlife Grant, the biologists with the PA Science Office of The Nature Conservancy conducted a countywide inventory to locate and document undisturbed wetlands, forests and other high-quality natural habitats harboring uncommon animal and plant species. The inventory is a natural partnership between local governments, the state, and private organizations, and increased the available information about the county and state’s biological diversity. The presentation of the report will include a visual overview of the project; its methods, results and conclusions. The public is encouraged to attend and learn more about Susquehanna County’s natural heritage. The presentation will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 28 in the Conference Room of the County Office Building, 31 Public Ave., Montrose. For more information contact the Susquehanna County Department of Planning at (570) 278–4600, ext. 290 or the PA Science Office of The Nature Conservancy at (717) 948–3836.
Once again, it is that time of year. As it has in the past fifteen-plus years, the Canawacta Rod & Gun Club will be holding its annual fishing derby at the club’s premises on Oak Hill. The event will be July 9, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. The derby is open to all kids under the age of 16. Prizes will be awarded in many categories including best, biggest, and most fish, to name a few. Be assured that prizes will be available to all fishermen/women entered. Free lunch will be provided, and the cost of entry will also be free.
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