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Senior Menu

Instrumental Music Information Night
County Natural Areas Inventory Completed
Coping With Loss
Fall Revival Services At Wesleyan Church
Book Fair Event At Susky Elementary
Adult Classes At Mt. View
Business Information Seminar
Locally-Authored Play Is A Hard-Boiled Hit!
Madigan To Hold Local Outreaches
Story Time & Computer Classes At Susky Library
The Human Influence


September 13

WORD OF LIFE CLUB begins on Wednesday, September 13, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at South New Milford Baptist Church, for teens grades 7-12. For info call 434–2101.

KIDS’ CLUB begins on Wednesday, September 13, 7-8 p.m. at South New Milford Baptist Church, for ages 5 through grade 6. For info call 434–2101.

SENSE OF WONDER program, Wednesday, September 13, 10 a.m. at Salt Springs State Park. Geared for kids 2 1/2-5 (with adult). Hands-on fun and outdoor exploration. Fee. Pre-registration required, call 967-7275.

STEAMED CLAMS or steak sandwich, Wednesday, September 13, 5:30 – 8 p.m. at the Binghamton Elks Lodge, Kirkwood.

GIRL SCOUT sign-ups, Wednesday, September 13, 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at Mt. View Elementary School. Girls ages 5-17 welcome.

GIRL SCOUT sign-ups, Wednesday, September 13, 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at Choconut Valley Elementary School. Girls ages 5-17 welcome.

PACK 50 sign-ups, Wednesday, September 13, 6 p.m. at the Choconut Elementary School. For info call Cindy Seeger, 663-9263.

PACK 90 & 91 sign-ups, Wednesday, September 13, 7 p.m. at the Blue Ridge Elementary School. For info call Trudi Hepler, 465-3259.

PACK 98 sign-ups, Wednesday, September 13, 6 p.m. at the Mt. View Elementary School. For info call Michelle Allen, 434-2384.

September 14

PIZZA NIGHT, Thursday, September 14, 5:30 – 9 p.m. at the Binghamton Elks Lodge, Kirkwood. Eat in or take out.

OPEN MIC COUNTRY with Steve Youngs, Thursday, September 14, beginning at 7 p.m. at the Binghamton Elks Lodge, Kirkwood.

CLIFFORD TWP. VOLUNTEER Fire Co. Ladies Auxiliary meeting, Thursday, September 14, 7 p.m. New members welcome.

September 15

CHRISTIAN CLOWNS (mime and sign language set to music), Friday, September 15, 7 p.m. at the United Methodist Community Church, Great Bend.

STUFFED PEPPERS or fish dinner, Friday, September 15, 6 – 8 p.m. at the Binghamton Elks Lodge, Kirkwood.

LAYETTE OUTREACH meeting and kit assembly, Friday, September 15, 2 p.m. at the TREHAB Center Conference Room, Montrose. For info call (607) 743–9969.

September 16

FAMILY STYLE BREAKFAST, Saturday, September 16, 7 to 10 a.m. at the Springville United Methodist Church.

GOOD NEWS LUNCH, Saturday, September 16, noon at St. Mark’s Church, New Milford. Free.

BUFFET DINNER, Saturday, September 16, beginning at 4:30 p.m. at the Gibson United Methodist Church. Takeouts available.

CHICKEN BARBECUE, Saturday, September 16, noon until gone at the Binghamton Elks Lodge, Kirkwood.

CHICKEN & BISCUIT SUPPER, Saturday, September 16, beginning at 5:00 p.m. at the Ararat United Methodist Church.

SOFTWARE FREEDOM DAY, Saturday, September 16, 10 a.m. to noon at the main library in Montrose. Learn about free and open source software.

September 17

MUSHROOM FORAY, Sunday, September 17, 1 – 5 p.m. at Salt Springs State Park. Look for wild mushrooms, identify them and cook them up to sample. Led by mycologists David Fischer and Julie Dugan. Fee. Limited enrollment, pre-registration required. Call 967–7275.

GET MOVIN’ HIKE, Sunday, September 17, 2-4:30 p.m. at Salt Springs State Park. Join a park guide on a moderately paced, four-mile hike. Learn about natural history during rest stops.

TREASURE HUNT Run, Sunday, September 17 from Union (Wayne County) to Union Dale. Sign-up noon at the Union United Methodist Church. All vehicles welcome. Entry fee. Sponsored by the Union UMC and Union Dale UMC.

September 18

GIRL SCOUT sign-ups, Monday, September 18, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Lathrop Street Elementary School. Girls ages 5-17 welcome.

September 19

WING NIGHT, Tuesday, September 19, 5:30 – 9 p.m. at the Binghamton Elks Lodge, Kirkwood.

PACK 81 sign-ups, Tuesday, September 19, 6 p.m. at the Susquehanna Elementary School. For info call Cheryl Hubal, 727-3358.

September 20

FOOD FOR PROFIT seminar, Wednesday, September 20, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Evans Hall, Keystone College. For info call 945-8009.

FEATHERED FRIENDS program, Wednesday, September 20, 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Salt Springs State Park. Geared for kids 2 1/2 -5 (with adult). Fee. Pre-registration required, call 967-7275.

CHICKEN & BISCUIT supper, Wednesday, September 20, 5:30 – 8 p.m. at the Binghamton Elks Lodge, Kirkwood.

September 21

PIZZA NIGHT, Thursday, September 21, 5:30 – 9 p.m. at the Binghamton Elks Lodge, Kirkwood. Eat in or take out.

September 21 & 22

AARP DRIVER TRAINING course, September 21 and 22, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Odd Fellows Hall, Lake Como. For info or to register (required), call Irene Messinger, 798-2938.

September 22

ROAST BEEF/FISH DINNER, Friday, September 22, 6 – 8 p.m. at the Binghamton Elks Lodge, Kirkwood.

September 22 & 23

ENDLESS MTS. THEATER CO. presents Lust, Lugers and Larceny, Friday, September 22 and Saturday, September 23, 7:30 p.m. at the Montrose Area High School. (PG-13) For info call 278–7828.

September 23

BAKE SALE, Saturday, September 23, beginning at 10 a.m. at the Lanesboro Community Hall. Sponsored by the Lanesboro Cemetery Association.

CHICKEN BARBECUE, Saturday, September 23, beginning at noon at the Lanesboro Community Hall. Takeouts only. Tickets available now, call Bill, 853–4524. Sponsored by the Lanesboro Cemetery Association.

HARVEST DINNER & BAZAAR, Saturday, September 23, beginning at 4:30 p.m. at the First Universalist Church, Brooklyn.

CABBAGE ROLL DINNER, Saturday, September 23, 4:30 – 7 p.m. at the Dimock Community Church. Takeouts available.

September 24

HARVEST FESTIVAL, Sunday, September 24, noon to 5 p.m. at St. Patrick’s Church, Nicholson. Chicken barbecue, raffles, games, big six, specialty baskets.

NATURE WALK, “The Human Influence in Nature,” Sunday, September 24, 2 p.m. at the Florence Shelly Preserve, Thompson. For info call 727–4272.

AUTUMN EQUINOX Labyrinth Walk, Sunday, September 24, 6 p.m. at the Self-Discovery Wellness Arts Center, Montrose. Fee. For info call 278–9256.

TAILGATE PICNIC, Sunday, September 24, beginning at 2 p.m. at the Meadowsweet Preserve, Dalton. Fee. For info call the Countryside Conservancy, 945–6995.

BREAKFAST, Sunday, September 24, 8 – 11:30 a.m. at the Binghamton Elks Lodge, Kirkwood.

September 26

WING NIGHT, Tuesday, September 26, 5:30 – 9 p.m. at the Binghamton Elks Lodge, Kirkwood.

REGISTRATION DEADLINE is September 26 for a bus trip to the Martin Guitar Museum in Nazareth, PA, departing from St. Paul’s Church, Montrose. At 7:30 a.m. . For info or to register, call 278–2954.


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Senior Center Menu

Senior Center Menu September 18 – 22

Monday September 18: sloppy Joe, hamburger bun, scalloped potatoes, corn, chewy granola bar, fresh orange.

Tuesday, September 19: barbecue chicken, mashed potato, cabbage salad, Italian blend vegetables, butter top whole wheat bread, graham crackers, fruit cocktail.

Wednesday, September 20: Salisbury steak with gravy, brown rice, spinach, seeded rye bread, pears.

Thursday, September 21: sliced ham, sweet potato, green peas, honey wheat bread, graham crackers, chocolate pudding.

Friday September 22: breaded chicken cutlet, macaroni salad, mixed vegetables, honey wheat bread, peaches.


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Instrumental Music Information Night

Parents of Susquehanna Community Elementary fourth, fifth and sixth grade students interested in participating in this year’s Instrumental Music program at Susquehanna Community Elementary School are invited to an Instrument Rental and Information Night, on Tuesday, September 5, at 7 p.m.  in the school’s LGI.  If you have any questions about an instrument for your child or about the program itself, this is your opportunity to get the answers you need.

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County Natural Areas Inventory Completed

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., Thursday, September 28 in the Conference Room of the County Office Building, 31 Public Avenue, Montrose. For directions or further 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.

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Coping With Loss

A gathering of people affected by the June flooding in North-Eastern PA and Southern New York will be held on Tuesday, September 19, 7:00 p.m. at the Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church, Greenwood St., Hop Bottom. Facilitator will be Rev. Carlos Hernandez, Director of North American Ministries of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod World Relief Agency. This is an opportunity for all who have experienced loss during this recent disaster to come together and listen, learn and also share about this experience. For info or directions, phone (570) 289–4468.

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Fall Revival Services At Wesleyan Church

The annual fall revival services of old-fashioned preaching, singing, and gospel music will be conducted at the Stateline Evangelical Wesleyan Church, located one mile north of Great Bend on Route 11, beginning on Friday, September 15 to September 24, each evening at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 11:00 a.m.

The guest evangelist for the services will be the Rev. Spencer Johnson of Ward, Arkansas. Rev. Johnson is a general evangelist of the Bible Missionary Church, Inc. and served as their General Superintendent for many years. He has authored many good holiness books, preached in revivals, camp meetings, conventions, tent meetings, as well as serving on the mission field. He has been instrumental in starting many churches and seeing them established. He is a dynamic speaker with an evangelistic message.

There will be special music during all the nightly services and Sunday school will be held each Sunday morning at 10:00 a.m.

Pastor, Rev. Donald D. Snedeker extends a cordial welcome to the public as well as pastors and area churches to participate in the revival services.

Form more information call 879–2699 or 222–3600.

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Book Fair Event At Susky Elementary

Susquehanna Community Elementary School will host a Scholastic Book Fair on Thursday, September 14 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. during Open House. All proceeds will go towards the purchase of materials for the library. Families, teachers and the community are invited to attend the fair, which will feature a special Rain Forest theme: Reading Rain Forest – Wild For Books!

As an added convenience, major credit cards will be accepted. The fair will offer specially priced books and educational products, including new releases, award-winning titles, children’s classics, interactive software, adult books, and current bestsellers from more than 150 publishers.

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Adult Classes At Mt. View

The Mountain View School District will once again be offering an adult education program during the fall of 2006. The classes will be offered on different nights throughout each week so that more people can participate in the programs.

Tuition will be charged for each class. However, if a resident of the district attends 80% of the classes, he or she will have the tuition refunded. The tuition will not be refunded to non-district people who are participating in the program. A resident of the district who attends less than 80% of the classes will not receive a refund.

All expenses for materials in the classes will be borne by the participant. Classes may not be held for fewer than nine participants in each course.

To register for one or more classes call Mrs. Joy Marcy at 434–2180, ext. 413 on any school day between the hours of 7:45 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.

Registration must take place before attending any class. Following are the classes that will be offered: adult recreation volleyball, adult recreation basketball, painting from photographs (watercolor), basketry/chair caning, digital photography.

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Business Information Seminar

The Central Bradford Progress Authority, in collaboration with the Endless Mountains Business Association, Susquehanna County Economic Development board, Susquehanna County Commissioners and Trehab is conducting a business information meeting for all Susquehanna County businesses.

The meeting will be held on September  26, at 8:30 a.m. at Maloney's Family Restaurant, Route 11, Hallstead. The purpose of the meeting is to inform local businesses of programs, services, requirements and assistance available for business development projects. The informational seminar is open to all and membership in the Endless Mountains Business Association is not required.

Anyone interested is invited. An RSVP is appreciated at or call toll free, 888-263-0937.

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Locally-Authored Play Is A Hard-Boiled Hit!

Endless Mountains Theatre Company presents Lust, Lugers, and Larceny, a hard-boiled detective yarn authored by local playwright David Schmidt!

Pictured (l-r): Thug Ricco (James Treible, left) menaces hero Nick Holliday (Mark Wayman) and suspect Gwen Leigh (Bonnie Love).

Photo by Joe Facinelli

It is the 1940's, the era of hard-boiled detectives and gangsters. Private Detective Nick Holliday and his girl Friday, Dora Chase, are hired by a grieving widow, Kathleen Neuman, to find her husband's murderer. A routine case quickly becomes anything but for Nick and Dora when they run afoul of gangsters and learn the existence of a criminal mastermind calling himself The Sicilian. As the play progresses, Nick battles hired thugs and encounters an array of odd characters.

"I have been a fan of the hard-boiled detective for as long as I can remember," explains Schmidt, a theatre veteran who has been active with EMTC as a performer since 2002. "What most appealed to me about the hard-boiled detective is that he is a common man but at the same time an unusual man," says Schmidt. "He embodies all that is right and good in a man, but he's no saint." The playwright notes that a protagonist like his Nick Holliday is "a hero for the common man."

Lust, Lugers, and Larceny will be performed September 22-23 at 7:30 p.m. at Montrose Area High School. For those of you who have attended EMTC productions in the past, please note that this is a different location from previous shows. Parental advisory: this play's contents are comparable to those of a PG-13 movie. For more information, call (570) 278-7828 or visit

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Madigan To Hold Local Outreaches

Harrisburg – State Sen. Roger A. Madigan (R-23) will host outreach events in September 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 September 15 and 29, staff member Chris McLaud 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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Story Time & Computer Classes At Susky Library

The Susquehanna Branch Library will be hosting a Mommy and Me story time for children ages two and up, on Monday mornings at 10:30, beginning September 18. Bring your young ones for songs, stories and rhymes. Registration begins immediately at the library. Parent must have a valid library card. Registration is limited.

Computer/Internet instruction classes are now forming. Call the Susquehanna Branch Library to register, 853–4106. Class size is limited.

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The Human Influence

Although the 400-acre Florence Shelly Preserve in Thompson, PA is a protected wetlands area and home to many species of wild plants, birds, and animals, you can detect traces of the land’s relationship with humans over many scores of years if you know where to look. How humans work with and in nature, in both positive and negative ways, and in the preserve in particular, is the subject of a nature walk to be led by Andrew Gardner on Sunday, September 24 at 2:00 p.m.

“No matter where we go, there’s human influence and there’s the influence of nature,” says Gardner, a potter, graphics designer, and willow furniture maker from Thompson. “We make judgments about nature, either thinking it should be 'pristine' and off limits to humans or else assuming that nature is a commodity we can use as we want. Either attitude tends to separate us from the natural world. Working in partnership with nature benefits both.”

Starting at the trailhead just off Pennsylvania Route 171, the group will pause at several places in the preserve where humans have altered nature, deliberately or accidentally. For example, many of the wild plants, some of them with important medicinal and culinary properties, arrived as seeds embedded in the shoes of European immigrants. Farther down the trail and hidden among vegetation is the stone foundation of an old barn – along with a lilac bush and a row of maple trees that the farm family used to tap sugar. In another area of the preserve, damaged topsoil and rows of scotch pines planted in the 1930s as Christmas trees show evidence of short-sightedness and faulty planning. In these and many other places, participants will get a glimpse of what’s behind the screen of green vegetation that is their first impression of the preserve and will discern how different generations and different cultural values have contributed to the shifting landscape.

Andrew Gardner is a long-time member of the Florence Shelly Preserve Stewardship Committee. He himself turns to nature when he harvests willow for his rustic furniture and local clay for his pottery.

Participants will meet at the parking lot, one mile north of Thompson on Route 171, just opposite Stack Road. The walk will last approximately two hours and is free of charge. Some areas of the trail may be wet, so protective footwear is highly recommended. For further information, contact Andrew Gardner at (570) 727-3362.

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