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Senior Menu

Library/Historical Society To Hold Annual Meeting
Centering Prayer Workshop
Madigan To Hold Local Outreaches
No appointment is necessary
Library Holds Annual Picture Book Contest
Faith Mountain To Host Spelling Bee
Northern Tier Coalition Hosts  Zoning Meetings


January 10

CITY CHICKEN, Wednesday, January 10, 5:30 – 8 p.m. at the Binghamton Elks Lodge, Kirkwood.

January 11

OPEN MIC COUNTRY with Steve Youngs, Thursday, January 11, 7 p.m. at the Binghamton Elks Lodge, Kirkwood.

January 11

CLIFFORD TOWNSHIP Volunteer Fire Co. Ladies’ Auxiliary meeting, Thursday, January 11 at 6 p.m. Covered dish dinner and installation of new officers. New members welcome. Call 222-4105 for info.

PIZZA NIGHT, Thursday, January 11, 5:30 – 9 p.m. at the Binghamton Elks Lodge, Kirkwood. Eat in or take out.

January 12

CHICKEN & BISCUIT or fish dinner, Friday, January 12, 6 – 8 p.m. at the Binghamton Elks Lodge, Kirkwood. Music by the Dirt Farm Band.

January 13

ROUND & SQUARE DANCE with Black Gold (“Sara”), Saturday, January 13, 7:30 p.m. at the LeRaysville Community Hall.

January 16

WING NIGHT, Tuesday, January 16, 5:30 – 9 p.m. at the Binghamton Elks Lodge, Kirkwood.

January 17

STEAMED CLAMS or steak sandwich, Wednesday, January 17, 5:30 – 8 p.m. at the Binghamton Elks Lodge, Kirkwood.

N. SUSQUEHANNA RIVER Watershed Association monthly meeting, Wednesday, January 17, 7:30 p.m. at the New Milford Township building. For info call 278-4600, ext. 289.

January 18

PIZZA NIGHT, Thursday, January 18, 5:30 – 9 p.m. at the Binghamton Elks Lodge, Kirkwood. Eat in or take out.

January 19

LASAGNA or fish dinner, Friday, January 19, 6 – 8 p.m. at the Binghamton Elks Lodge, Kirkwood.

January 20

FAMILY STYLE BREAKFAST, Saturday, January 20, 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Springville United Methodist Church.

GOOD NEWS LUNCH, Saturday, January 20, noon at St. Mark’s Church, New Milford. Free.

January 21

GET MOVIN’ HIKE, Sunday, January 21, 2 p.m. at Salt Springs State Park. Join a park guide on a moderately paced, 4-mile hike. Snowshoes optional, conditions permitting.

January 23

WING NIGHT, Tuesday, January 23, 5:30 – 9 p.m. at the Binghamton Elks Lodge, Kirkwood.

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Senior Center Menu

Senior Center Menu January 8 – 12

Monday January 8: beef stew, biscuit, graham crackers with peanut butter, pineapple.

Tuesday, January 9: goulash, tossed salad, Italian green beans, seeded Italian bread, mandarin oranges.

Wednesday, January 10: breaded cod fish, brown rice, mixed vegetables, honey wheat bread, tropical fruit.

Thursday, January 11: stuffed cabbage roll, egg noodles, California blend vegetables, seeded rye bread, chocolate chip granola bar, fresh apple.

Friday, January 12: Italian marinated chicken breast, macaroni salad, baked beans, whole wheat bread, grape juice, vanilla pudding.

Senior Center Menu January 15 – 19

Monday January 15: sliced turkey with gravy, mashed potato, green beans, honey wheat bread, graham crackers, cranberry juice, lemon meringue pie, diet vanilla pudding.

Tuesday, January 16: stuffed pepper with sauce, brown rice, baby carrots, seeded rye bread, mandarin oranges.

Wednesday, January 17: chicken with gravy, egg noodles, succotash, whole wheat bread, tropical fruit.

Thursday January 18: beef barbecue, hamburger bun, baked beans, cabbage salad, graham crackers, pineapple.

Friday, January 19: spaghetti and meatballs, tossed salad, honey wheat bread, applesauce.

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Library/Historical Society To Hold Annual Meeting

The Susquehanna County Historical Society & Free Library Association's annual meeting will be held on Saturday, January 27, at 2 p.m., in St. Paul's Episcopal Church Hall (Church St., Montrose). Reports on the Association's activities during 2006 will be presented. After the business portion of the meeting, refreshments will be served, and then the entertainment portion will begin, featuring local historian William S. Young. Bill's talk is entitled, "The Starrucca Viaduct: More than a Local Landmark."

Everyone is invited to the annual meeting – there is no charge. Members of the Association are entitled to vote at the meeting and help support library and historical society services across the county. For more information about membership, stop by your local library, visit, or call (570) 278-1881.

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Centering Prayer Workshop

Centering Prayer is coming back again to Montrose. A workshop will be held in St. Paul’s Fellowship Hall on Sunday, January 28, from 1-6 p.m. Last year, Dr. Christine Kessen, a professor at Marywood, conducted a workshop on Centering Prayer. She’ll be back to reach a new group of interested people.

Dr. Kessen was invited in January of 2006 by Rev. Elizabeth Moulton, former rector of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Montrose, PA. Looking back, Rev. Moulton said, “I always wondered how Christians were to follow the directive to be transformed without the transformation process somehow resembling making New Year’s resolutions. Right now, in my life, the most profound process for transformation is simply abiding in the presence of God at a level beyond words and thoughts. It is called Centering Prayer and has been the practice of Jesus’ followers from the earliest times.”

Registration is not needed, and all are welcome. There is no charge.

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Madigan To Hold Local Outreaches

Harrisburg – State Sen. Roger A. Madigan (R-23) will host outreach events in January 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 January 12 and January 26, 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.

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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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Library Holds Annual Picture Book Contest

The Susquehanna County Historical Society & Free Library Association is sponsoring the 12th "Write and Illustrate Your Own Picture Book Contest" for Susquehanna County students in grades K-12.

Entrants should submit original picture books they have written and illustrated on or before Wednesday, February 21, to the branch or school libraries, or to the Main Library in Montrose by the final deadline of Saturday, February 24. Please see the rules booklet (available at the main library and at the branches in Forest City, Hallstead-Great Bend, and Susquehanna) for complete rules, or visit the webpage: An entry form must be submitted with each manuscript. Rules and forms have also been distributed to school libraries.

Winners will be chosen in each of three or four grade categories (depending on the number of entries). The first place entries will be professionally hardbound and added to the library's collection – with the author and title listed in the library's online catalog, and in the state-wide ACCESS-PA database! The first-place winners will also receive their own hardbound copy (winner makes the copy). Second and third place entries will be paperbound and returned to the authors. All contestants will receive a Certificate of Recognition and personal comments on their books.

"Our collection of great books by young Susquehanna County authors is growing – to date we have well over one hundred!" says Administrator/Librarian Susan Stone. "Stop by your local library to borrow past years' winning books."

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Faith Mountain To Host Spelling Bee

Faith Mountain Christian Academy is seeking participants to join them in a Spelling Bee on Friday, January 19, at 10:00 a.m. Homeschoolers from grades 4 – 8 may register for this round, in which the winner will be going to the WVIA Regional Spelling Bee. Participants and guests should register by January 17, by calling the school at 465–2220.

Faith Mountain Christian Academy is located on Rte. 848 at the former South New Milford Baptist Church building.

Homeschoolers may also register to take the Stanford Achievement Test for grades K – 12. The tests will be given the week of April 16 – 20. Registration is requested by the end of January so that materials may be ordered in time.

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Northern Tier Coalition Hosts  Zoning Meetings

The Northern Tier Coalition (NTC) is moving forward with implementing the 2005 Northern Tier Coalition Comprehensive Plan, which calls for the twelve participating municipalities to consider the adoption of zoning to manage community growth and development. The NTC is comprised of Apolacon Township, Bridgewater Township, Choconut Township, Forest Lake Township, Franklin Township, Friendsville Borough, Jessup Township, Liberty Township, Little Meadows Borough, Middletown Township, Montrose Borough, Rush Township, and Silver Lake Township. Montrose Borough has already adopted a zoning ordinance.

Two public information meetings are planned to discuss zoning with residents and landowners as follows: January 23, 7:00 p.m., County Office Building, 31 Public Avenue, Montrose; and January 30, Rush Ladies Auxiliary Hall in Lawton between Route 267 and Route 706. Carson Helfrich of Community Planning and Management, LLC, who is working with the NTC, will inform residents and landowners about the process, provide a general overview of how zoning works, outline the goals for zoning in the Northern Tier, and answer questions.

The NTC completed the Comprehensive Plan in 2005, which was adopted by all twelve participating municipalities. Part of a growing statewide trend, the multi-municipal planning effort was the first in Susquehanna County to be completed and one of the largest groups to work together statewide. The Eastern Susquehanna County Partnership, including Ararat Township, Gibson Township, Herrick Township, Thompson Township, Thompson Borough, and Uniondale Borough, also recently completed a comprehensive plan and is working on zoning. The Commonwealth is promoting the idea of communities working together to address growth and development issues which go beyond municipal boundaries, such as land use changes, the road network and recreation facilities.

A copy of the NTC Comprehensive Plan is available for public review from participating Township and Borough officials, the Susquehanna County Planning Department at 31 Public Avenue, Montrose, 278-4600 ext 290, and at

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