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Senior Menu

A Nature Walk All About Herbs
Assumption Feast At Holy Name Of Mary
Senior Information Event
Ben Stone Music Contest
Madigan To Hold Local Outreaches
Managed Forest Property Walk
Nicholson Bridge Day


August 9

R.E.S.C.U.E. annual meeting, Wednesday, August 9, 7 p.m. at the Wayne County Visitors Center. For info call 798–2530. All are welcome.

CLAMS/STEAK, Wednesday, August 9, 5:30 – 8 p.m. at the Binghamton Elks Lodge, Kirkwood. All are welcome.

August 10

OPEN MIC Country with Steve Youngs, Thursday, August 10, beginning at 7 p.m. at the Binghamton Elks Lodge, Kirkwood. All are welcome.

LAWN SUPPER, Thursday, August 10, 5 p.m. at the Starrucca Baptist Church social rooms. All are welcome.

PIZZA NIGHT, Thursday, August 10, 5:30 – 9 p.m. at the Binghamton Elks Lodge, Kirkwood. Eat in or take out. All are welcome.

August 11

BEEF/FISH dinner, Friday, August 11, 6 – 8 p.m. at the Binghamton Elks Lodge, Kirkwood. Music with Terry Rockwell. All are welcome.

August 11 – 13

PERIL ON THE HIGH SEAS, a comedy, Friday, August 11 and Saturday, August 12 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, August 13, 3:00 p.m. at the Mountain View High School. For info call the Endless Mts. Theatre Co., 278–7828. All are welcome.

August 12

BIRCHARDVILLE SCHOOL and Historical Assoc. picnic, Saturday, August 12, noon at the Grange Hall, Birchardville. Bring a dish to pass, dessert and table service. All are welcome.

CHICKEN & BISCUIT SUPPER, Saturday, August 12, beginning at 5 p.m. at the Ararat United Methodist Church. All are welcome.

STONE WALL Building Workshop, Saturday, August 12, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Salt Springs State park. Fee. Pre-registration required, call 967–7275. All are welcome.

August 13

ALL ABOUT HERBS nature walk with herbologists Len and Gerry Janus, Sunday, August 13, 2 p.m. at the Florence Shelly Preserve. For info call 727–4272. All are welcome.

WEINER ROAST, Sunday, August 13, 5 p.m. until dark at the Fairdale Township Park. All are welcome.

CHICKEN BARBECUE, Sunday, August 13, beginning at noon at the Green Gables, New Milford. Presale tickets available from members of the New Milford Area Rotary. Proceeds to benefit local flood victims. All are welcome.

August 15

SUNSET STROLL with the Llamas, Tuesday, August 15, 6:30 – 8:30 at Salt Springs State Park. Fee. Pre-registration required, call 967–7275. All are welcome.

WING NIGHT, Tuesday, August 15, 5:30 – 9 p.m. at the Binghamton Elks Lodge, Kirkwood. All are welcome.

REGISTRATION DEADLINE is August 15 for the United Cerebral Palsy of NE PA golf tournament, to be held on Friday, August 15 at the Stone Hedge Country Club, Tunkhannock. For info call 347-3357. All are welcome.

August 17

PIZZA NIGHT, Thursday, August 17, 5:30 – 9 p.m. at the Binghamton Elks Lodge, Kirkwood. Eat in or take out. All are welcome.

August 18

SWEDISH MEATBALLS/FISH dinner, Friday, August 18, 6 – 8 p.m. at the Binghamton Elks Lodge, Kirkwood. All are welcome.

August 19

SQUARE DANCE, Saturday, August 19, 7 – 11 p.m. at the Starrucca Community Hall. Performers will be Just Us. Admission. Refreshments available. All are welcome.

GOOD NEWS LUNCH, Saturday, August 19, noon at St. Mark’s Church, New Milford. Free. All are welcome.

HAM & CABBAGE/FISH dinner, Friday, August 25, 6 – 8 p.m. at the Binghamton Elks Lodge, Kirkwood. All are welcome.

CHICKEN BARBECUE, Saturday, August 19, noon until gone at the Binghamton Elks Lodge, Kirkwood. All are welcome.

BINGO, Saturday, August 19, beginning at 7 p.m. at the Blue Ridge Sportsmen’s Club. All are welcome.

August 20

BREAKFAST, Sunday, August 20, 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Blue Ridge Sportsmen’s Club. All are welcome.

BOW SHOOT, Sunday, August 20, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Blue Ridge Sportsmen’s Club. All are welcome.

August 22

WING NIGHT, Tuesday, August 22, 5:30 – 9 p.m. at the Binghamton Elks Lodge. All are welcome.

August 23

SPAGHETTI DINNER, Wednesday, August 23, 5 – 8 p.m. at the Binghamton Elks Lodge, Kirkwood. All are welcome.

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Senior Menu August 14 – 18

Monday August 14: sliced roast beef with gravy, mashed potato, baby carrots, coleslaw, rye bread, pears.

Tuesday, August 15: vegetable lasagna, mixed vegetables, honey wheat bread, mandarin oranges.

Wednesday August 16: Italian sausage sandwich with onions and peppers, baked beans, cranberry juice, granola bar, vanilla pudding.

Thursday August 17: chicken parmigiana, spaghetti, salad, green beans, honey wheat bread, pumpkin pie.

Friday August 18: lemon pepper cod, brown rice, peas and carrots, whole wheat bread, peaches.

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A Nature Walk All About Herbs

In recent years, there has been a growing interest in the efficacy of wild plants in medicine, cooking, cosmetics, and other fields. And as herbologists Len and Gerry Janus will show on their upcoming nature walk, Sunday August 13 at 2:00 p.m. at the Florence Shelly Preserve in Thompson, PA, it's not necessary to travel to distant mountains and rain forests to find a treasure trove of plants with long, colorful histories and often surprising uses.

In fact, the Januses often start this popular walk, which was last held in the preserve in 2003, with a survey of the preserve parking lot, where many supposed weeds are actually plants with a variety of properties. They then lead participants down the wooded trail into the preserve, where, one after another, ordinary plants are quickly discovered to be important "herbs."

Len and Gerry Janus have been studying, growing, and using wild plants for twenty-five years. They will describe the medicinal and culinary uses of plants as practiced by the native people of this region and those who migrated here later. They will also relate some folktales and legends about plant properties that have been passed down through the generations.

Participants will meet at the parking lot one mile north of Thompson on Route 171, opposite Stack Road. Some areas of the trail may be wet, so protective footwear is highly recommended. For further information, contact Trebbe Johnson, 727–4272.

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Assumption Feast At Holy Name Of Mary

The holy day of “The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary,” Tuesday, August 15 will be celebrated at the Holy Name of Mary Church, Montrose, with a vigil Mass on Monday, August 14 at 7:00 p.m. Masses on the holy day, Tuesday, August 15 will be at 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

Father Gerard Safko serves as Pastor of Holy Name of Mary Church.


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Continentals Return To Susquehanna

The Continentals are returning to Susquehanna. A team of 30 young vocalists and technicians who are touring the United States and one overseas country as part of the worldwide Continental Ministries Christian outreach, will be in Susquehanna, PA for an outdoor concert this Thursday, August 10, 7:00 p.m. in the Shops Plaza. The backup rain location will be the nearby Susquehanna United Methodist Church. They are hosted this year by the churches of the Tri-Boro Ministerium and also Northeastern PA Youth for Christ.

The Continentals

Presenting their 2006 program, “Reality Check,” a high-energy, high-impact, evangelical program featuring contemporary Christian music choreographed with motion and dance and enhanced by personal testimony, the Continentals are eager to communicate the absolute reality of God’s love at the August 10 event in Susquehanna.

Their concert is free, however, an offering will be received during the evening. CD’s, cassettes,  and tee shirts will be available for purchase and auditions for upcoming tours will be offered at the end of the concert.

For more information, call (570) 853–4805

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DCNR Recreation Grant Workshop

The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) has announced the 2006-2007 open application period for funding from the Community Conservation Partnerships Program.

Whether it’s rehabilitating a community athletic field, building a safer playground, preparing a watershed or greenway plan, developing an abandoned trail corridor or protecting a critical natural and open space area, DCNR’s Community Conservation Partnerships Program has the grants to meet your recreation and conservation needs.

DCNR will hold a pre-application workshop at Lackawanna College in Towanda on Thursday, August 17, 10:00 a.m. in partnership with the Northern Tier Regional Planning and Development Commission. The workshop will be conducted by Dennis Demara and Lorne Possinger from DCNR’s Northeast Regional Office. Bring your recreational project plans and ideas to the workshop for review or comment. The workshop will provide tips for completion of your grant application, plus help you gain insight into the program priorities and application requirements.

RSVP to Heather Bartholomew at (570) 265–9103.

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Senior Information Event

Be sure to mark your calendars for a free information event to be held at the Montrose Bible Conference’s Dreyer Center, Friday, September 22.

The Pennsylvania Energy, Utilities and Aging Consortium will conduct a day-long roundtable event designed to provide valuable, up-to-date information for Susquehanna County seniors in areas including health care, utility options, Social Security and insurance issues.

After registration, a continental breakfast will kick off the event at 8:30a.m. Introductions and instructions at 9 a.m. Roundtable sessions will begin at 9:30 a.m. There will be 10 separate topics, each presented six times throughout the day. Each session will run 30 minutes. Participants can choose the six topics that most interest them.

There will be four sessions in the morning, a break for a hot lunch at noon, and then two more sessions before drawings for door prizes. The event ends at 2:30 p.m.

Register early, beginning August 14, by calling BSST Area Agency on Aging at 1-800-982-4346. Registration will close after the first 100 persons call in. The deadline to register is Friday, September 15.

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Ben Stone Music Contest
Submitted by Joyce E. Stone

The 30th Ben Stone Country Music Contest will be held on Sunday, August 27. Due to the damage caused by the recent flood to the Old Mill Village parking lot and buildings, the music contest will be conducted on the grounds of the old Presbyterian Church in the center of New Milford. The church, which is owned by the Village Associates, is located at the back of the town park off of Rte. 11 (Main St.). Parking is available along the streets and in the bank’s parking lot across from the park. The Snack Shop will be set up to provide delicious food.

The contest is open to all musicians of acoustic (non-electric) guitar, banjo, fiddle, miscellaneous instruments, and to vocalists and groups. Each year hundreds of spectators watch as a field of about 40 musicians compete for ribbons and $400.00 in cash prizes that are awarded to the winning contestants. A special $150.00 donation has been contributed for cash prizes for young people sixteen and under who compete in the youth category. In past years, the variety of miscellaneous instruments has included autoharps, hammered dulcimers, mandolins, and such oddities as cow bells and musical saws! Spectators may want to bring lawn chairs or blankets.

Contestants should register at the judges’ table promptly so the contest can start at 1 p.m. sharp. Because the event cannot be held at OMV, the trustees have decided not to charge an entrance fee this year for anyone. However, donations to repair the flood damage will be gratefully accepted.

For more information, email the Village at or the Stones at, or call 278-4494.

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Madigan To Hold Local Outreaches

Harrisburg – State Sen. Roger A. Madigan (R-23) will host outreach events in August 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 said on August 11 and 25, staff member Curtis Fay will be available to speak with constituents 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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Managed Forest Property Walk

Have you ever wondered what Indian clubroot looks like? Ever see a forest with ground cover so thick that you have to push it aside to get through? How about ten different species of forest seedling trees growing within an acre area? There are several areas of Susquehanna County where you can see all of these and more. If you do not believe that it is possible because of acid rain, too many deer, poor logging practices, or that it cannot happen in Susquehanna County, mark August 11 on your calendar.

On the evening of August 11, Dave and June Sienko will open up their managed forest property for an evening walk/ride to this special site. The site will feature timber stand improvement, 8’ high deer fencing, wildlife habitat food plots, hay land management and proper forest management practices. If you still need convincing that the forest is not affected by deer, come and see what a protective fence can do. Bob Wagner from the Susquehanna Branch of the Quality Deer Management Association says, “There is a day and night difference between what is inside the fence and what is on the outside of the fence.” This evening seminar will start at 5:30 p.m. at the Sienko home, just off of Old Rte. 11 on Sienko Rd. If you are older, disabled and have an ATV the Sienkos are allowing you to ride your ATV to the forested site. The talk/walk is open to the public. Come on out and have your eyes opened up!

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Nicholson Bridge Day

Every year the town of Nicholson celebrates the anniversary of the Tunkhannock Viaduct or Nicholson Bridge, the beautiful, majestic structure that spans the valley to give passage for trains. This year the town of Nicholson was especially hard hit by the flood, but nevertheless will come together to celebrate the 91st anniversary of the bridge on September 10 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This event is organized by the Nicholson Women’s Club and the day will be filled with music, food, vendors, crafts, entertainment, children’s games, and much more.

For information, call (570) 942–6747.

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