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Senior Menu

“Slog The Bog” Nature Walk
Eucharistic Adoration At Holy Name of Mary
Madigan To Hold Local Outreaches
2006 Pasture Walks
Vacation Bible At Franklin Forks
VBS “Sets Sail!”


July 7 & 8

SILVER LAKE Volunteer Fire Co. annual Field Days, Friday, July 7 and Saturday, July 8. Rides, entertainment, food, bingo, games, fireworks Saturday night. All are welcome.

July 8

PANCAKE SUPPER, Saturday, July 8, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Franklin Hill Community Building. All you can eat! Proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society Relay for Life team. All are welcome.

ALTERNATIVE ENERGY bus trip, Saturday, July 8, departure from Honesdale Plaza at 8 p.m. For info or reservations call the NEPA Audubon Society, 253–9250.

ANTIQUE SHOW, Saturday, July 8, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Wayne Highlands Middle School. Admission. All are welcome.

July 9

FULL MOON LABYRINTH WALK, Sunday, July 9, 7:30 p.m. at the Self-Discovery Wellness Arts Center, Montrose. For info call 278–9256. All are welcome.

CHICKEN BARBECUE, Sunday, July 9 at the Green Gables, New Milford, noon until gone. Sponsored by the New Milford Area Rotary. All are welcome.

QUILTING PROGRAM, Sunday, July 9, noon to 5 p.m. at Old Mill Village Museum. Call 465–3448 for info. All are welcome.

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Senior Menu June 26 – 30

Monday, June 26: vegetable lasagna, three-bean salad, peas, orange, rye bread, fresh apple.

Tuesday, June 27: Italian marinated chicken, Brussels sprouts, whole wheat bread, peaches.

Wednesday, June 28, stuffed peppers with sauce, mashed potatoes, mixed vegetables, dinner roll, graham cracker and peanut butter, fresh orange.

Thursday, June 29: sliced turkey with gravy, French style green beans, sweet potatoes, wheat bread, graham cracker and peanut butter, fruit cocktail, cranberry sauce.

Friday, June 30: spaghetti and meatballs, tossed salad, Italian bread, lemon meringue pie, diet vanilla pudding.

Senior Menu July 3 – 7

Monday, July 3: sliced roast beef with gravy, mashed potato, baby carrots, coleslaw, rye bread, pears.

Tuesday, July 4: Holiday; all centers closed.

Wednesday, July 5: Italian sausage sandwich with onions and peppers, baked beans, cranberry juice, granola bar, vanilla pudding.

Thursday, July 6: chicken parmigiana, spaghetti, salad, green beans, honey wheat bread, pumpkin pie.

Friday, July 7: lemon pepper cod, brown rice, peas and carrots, whole wheat bread, peaches.

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“Slog The Bog” Nature Walk

According to legend, the glacial bog, Weir’s Pond, at Florence Shelly Preserve is hundreds of feet deep. Like most legends, this one is rooted in facts that are more modest (the pond is actually closer to fifty feet deep). Nevertheless, Weir’s Pond does possess a certain allure, for it is cold, ancient, and the home of several rare and distinctive plants. Moreover, the pond is just one part of the wetlands network that makes up the 400-acre nature preserve just north of Thompson, Pennsylvania.

On Saturday, July 15, at 2:00 p.m., educator, naturalist, and landscape architect Tom McLane will lead a walk to explore the plants of the bog and other wetlands areas in the preserve.

According to Mr. McLane, the Florence Shelly Preserve is an especially good site for a study of wetlands, since the land is under conservation and hence is stable, unpolluted by fertilizers or other chemicals. Furthermore, the trail that leads from the parking lot to the glacial pond slopes down gradually, passing many facets of the wetlands network – streams, a swamp, and seeps and springs. For this reason, the entire wetlands ecosystem becomes more comprehensible.

Starting at the trailhead just off Pennsylvania Route 171, the group will pass through several different plant communities until they reach the bog, where floating mats and carnivorous plants like sundew and pitcher plants feed on insects. Showing which plants are indigenous and which native, McLane will point out how different plant communities can affect each ecosystem.

A former teacher of wetland ecology at Keystone College, Tom McLane runs a landscape architecture business, is a member of the Society of Wetland Sciences and frequently works as a wetlands consultant. He last led the Slog the Bog walk in 2004 and looks forward to the lively conversations and questions of participants.

Participants will meet at the parking lot one mile north of Thompson on Route 171, just opposite Stack Road. Some areas of the trail will probably be wet, so protective footwear is highly recommended. For further information, contact Carol or Dave Clemens, 879-4244.

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Eucharistic Adoration At Holy Name of Mary

On Friday, July 7, monthly Eucharistic Adoration will begin after the 12:10 p.m. Mass and conclude with Mass at 7:00 p.m. at Holy Name of Mary Parish, Montrose. A prayer service with the Men of the Sacred Heart and Benediction will follow the evening Mass. Father Gerard Safko serves as Pastor.

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Madigan To Hold Local Outreaches

Harrisburg – State Sen. Roger A. Madigan (R-23) will host outreach events in June 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 July 7 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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2006 Pasture Walks

Pasture Walks give grazing farmers and other interested individuals a chance to see relevant Best Management Practices firsthand and discuss grazing topics with each other and with various conservation specialists. Several of these gatherings are held each year in different locations throughout Susquehanna, Wayne, and Lackawanna counties. The Pasture Walks are organized by the Project Grass Northeast Chapter on behalf of the Northeastern PA Grazing Committee. PA Project Grass is a grazing partnership program designed to promote pasture grazing and related conservation practices through education.

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Grazers and conservationists discuss pasture management on a Pasture Walk at Curt Hepler’s farm.

The first Pasture Walk of 2006 was held at Curt Hepler’s beef farm in Susquehanna County. Topics of discussion included control of Multiflora rose; poultry manure fertilizer, grass pathogens, forage quality, and other aspects of rotational grazing. The pasture walkers were also able to see improvements like a spring-fed watering trough, reclaimed pasture land, and a drainage system. Grazing specialists identified several plant species and provided advice on specific forage grasses, weeds, and forbs.

The second Pasture Walk of the season was at Art Cole’s farm in Susquehanna County. Art switched from grain and silage-based feeding to mostly pasture-grazed when he took over the family farm. He uses many paddocks in rotation. The milking cows are followed in the rotation by dry cows and heifers. Some of the BMP’s Art has installed include a cattle lane way, a concrete barnyard, and paddock fencing for rotational pasture grazing.

The next Pasture Walk is scheduled for July 17 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Louis Hawley’s farm just outside of Montrose, Susquehanna County. Some of the featured topics include a new stream crossing, an animal trail and walkway, new fencing, and grazing the far pastures. For more information on Pasture Walks and grazing events call Bob Wagner at 278-1011 ext 108.

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Vacation Bible At Franklin Forks

Franklin Forks United Methodist Church will hold Vacation Bible School, Sunday, July 9 through Thursday, July 13, 6:30 to 8:45 p.m. Registration will be held July 9 at 6 p.m. for children ages 2 through sixth grade. Adult bible study will also be offered. Join for an exciting celebration of Jesus’ love at “Fiesta Fun.”

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VBS “Sets Sail!”

Join at Brushville Baptist Church, Susquehanna, PA, for exciting Bible stories, crafts, games, skits, snacks, and prizes. Best of all, "Set Sail" can be the start of an exciting journey, discovering God's good news. Bring your friends ages four through sixth grade and join each day, July 10 - 14, Monday through Friday from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The program is free of charge. For further information, call Pastor Vosburgh at (570) 465-3861.

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