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Senior Menu

John Gardner Fest In Susquehanna
Kindergarten Registration Make-up Day At Susky
Tickets Available For 100th Anniversary
NTC Hosts Public Zoning Meeting
Wild Musical Mushrooms
Enterprise Zone Public Meeting
LWV Hosts Flood Protection Seminar
Free Supplies For Great PA Cleanup
Earth Day Celebration
Earth Day Tour


April 18

BARBECUE DINNER, Wednesday, April 18, 5:30 – 8 p.m. at the Binghamton Elks Lodge, Kirkwood.

April 19

SUSQUEHANNA DEPOT AREA Historical Society meeting, Thursday, April 19, 7 p.m. in the Susquehanna Boro building.

PIZZA NIGHT, Thursday, April 19, 5:30 – 9 p.m. at the Binghamton Elks Lodge, Kirkwood. Eat in or take out.

April 20

SPAGHETTI SUPPER, Friday, April 20, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Hallstead-Great Bend Rod & Gun Club. All you can eat!

DINNER, Swedish meatballs or fish, Friday, April 20, 6 – 8 p.m. at the Binghamton Elks Lodge, Kirkwood.

CALLIGRAPHER’S GUILD of NE PA meeting, Friday, April 20, 7:30 p.m. at Marywood University. For info call 347–5063.

April 20 – 22

SNOOPY!! a musical, Friday, April 20 and Saturday, April 21, 7 p.m. and Sunday, April 22, 3 p.m. in St. Paul’s Parish Hall, Montrose. For info call the Endless Mts. Theatre Co., 278–7828.

BAREROOT TREE planting, Friday, April 20, 4-8 p.m. at the Rail–Trail in Forest City. Volunteers needed, bring shovel and/or wheelbarrow. For info call 785–7245.

April 21

BUFFET DINNER, Saturday, April 21, beginning at 4:30 p.m. at the Gibson United Methodist Church. Takeouts available.

FEDERATION OF SPORTSMEN’S CLUBS spring banquet, Saturday, April 21, 5 p.m. at the Susquehanna Community School. Reservations preferred, call 278–1638 or 853–2815.

ALTERNATE ENERGY and Green Building House Tour, Saturday, April 21, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Salt Springs State Park. Pre-registration required, call 967–7275.

CHICKEN BARBECUE and bake sale, Saturday, April 21 at the Elk Lake School. Takeouts available. Sponsored by the Dimock Community Church.

FAMILY STYLE breakfast, Saturday, April 21, 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Springville United Methodist Church.

SPAGHETTI DINNER benefit for Dick Wademan, Saturday, April 21, beginning at 5 p.m. at the Thompson Fire Hall. Chinese auction, big six, instant bingo. Call 442-1103 for info.

ROUND & SQUARE DANCE with Terry Rockwell, Saturday, April 21, 7 – 10 p.m. at the Binghamton Elks Lodge, Kirkwood.

GOOD NEWS LUNCH, Saturday, April 21, noon, at St. Mark’s Church, New Milford. Free.

RAIL-TRAIL CLEANUP, Saturday, April 21, along the D & H in Lanesboro. Meet at Luciana Park at 9 a.m.

April 22

CHICKEN BARBECUE, Sunday, April 22, beginning at 11 a.m. at the Mt. View Plaza, Great Bend. Sponsored by the Hallstead-Great Bend Lions Club.

BREAKFAST, Sunday, April 22, 8 – 11 a.m. at the Binghamton Elks Lodge, Kirkwood.

April 24

WING NIGHT, Tuesday, April 24, 5:30 – 9 p.m. at the Binghamton Elks Lodge, Kirkwood.

SOWING THE WIND, a Fulton Theatre Production, Tuesday, April 24, 7:30 p.m. at the Montrose Theater. Free.

April 25

FLOOD PREVENTION for Homeowners workshop, Wednesday, April 25, 7 p.m. at the County Office Building, Montrose. Free. For info call the League of Women Voters of Susquehanna County, 278–9082.

SPAGHETTI DINNER, Wednesday, April 25, 5 – 7 p.m. at the Binghamton Elks Lodge, Kirkwood.

April 26

WILD MUSICAL MUSHROOM SHOW, Thursday, April 26, 7 p.m. at the Montrose Theater. Admission.

LUNCHEON (wimpies, etc.), Thursday, April 26, beginning at noon at the Starrucca Baptist Church social rooms. Proceeds benefit the church.

PIZZA NIGHT, Thursday, April 26, 5:30 – 9 p.m. at the Binghamton Elks Lodge, Kirkwood. Eat in or take out.

April 27

FARM BUREAU SPRING DINNER, Friday, April 27, 6:30 p.m. at the Montrose Bible Conference. For ticket info call 756-2429 or 278-1274.

TURKEY/FISH DINNER, Friday, April 27, 6 – 8 p.m. at the Binghamton Elks Lodge, Kirkwood.

April 27 & 28

RUMMAGE & BAKE SALE, Friday, April 27, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4-6 p.m. and bag sale, Saturday, April 28, 9-11 a.m. at the Franklin Forks United Methodist Church. Benefit Sky Lake Campers.

April 27 - 29

S. TIER ORCHID SOCIETY spring show, April 27 at 4 p.m. through April 29 at the Oakdale Mall, Johnson City. Free, show is open during mall hours.

ONCE UPON A MATTRESS at the Mountain View High School, Friday, April 27 and Saturday, April 28 at 7 p.m., and Sunday, April 29, 3 p.m. Admission.

April 28

TACO NIGHT, Saturday, April 28, 4 – 7 p.m. at St. John’s Parish Hall, Susquehanna. Eat in only. All you can eat!

SILENT AUCTION, Saturday, April 28, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the McClure United Methodist Church. Bidding begins promptly at 2 p.m. For info call 467-5455 or 467-3184.


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Senior Center Menu

Senior Center Menu April 16 - 20

Monday , April 16: seasoned pork chop, green beans, sweet potatoes, stuffing, rye bread, applesauce, grape juice.

Tuesday, April 17: cube steak with tomatoes and onions, succotash, egg noodles, whole wheat bread, tropical fruit.

Wednesday, April 18: breaded chicken patty with bun, potato salad, broccoli, fresh apple.

Thursday April 19: spaghetti and meatballs, Italian green beans, honey wheat bread, mandarin oranges.

Friday, April 20: chicken marsala, white rice, mixed vegetables, cabbage salad, whole wheat bread, pears.

Senior Center Menu April 23 – 27

Monday April 23: meatloaf with gravy, mashed potatoes, broccoli and cauliflower, whole wheat bread, graham crackers with peanut butter, orange.

Tuesday, April 24: sweet and sour chicken, long grain brown rice, cooked carrots, wheat bread, cranberry juice, butterscotch pudding.

Wednesday, April 25: pork barbecue, baked beans, cabbage salad, hamburger bun, graham crackers, fruit cocktail.

Thursday, April 26: chicken casserole, pineapple juice, green beans, 3 bean salad, dinner roll, cherry pie/cherries.

Friday, April 27: macaroni and cheese, zucchini and tomatoes, honey wheat bread, peach halves.


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John Gardner Fest In Susquehanna
Submitted By Sandy Hiortdahl, Director

This year's John Gardner Conference and Festival will be held at the Starrucca House Depot on Front Street in Susquehanna on April 21. The Festival is free, being held from 2:30-5:30, and we'd love to meet anyone interested in John or his life and works. There will be much fun and celebration, and John's children, Joel and Lucy will be on hand. Joel is making a movie about his father's life and will show a preview of it during the festival. Others who knew John as a friend and colleague will be on hand to reminisce. We're trying to reach all in the community who may be interested in joining us. There's no fee of any kind for the afternoon festival, though it would be nice to know how many may be on hand. Please contact me at for more information.

In addition, earlier in the day there is a scholarly conference (from 10:00 a.m. -2:00 p.m.). Anyone interested in participating in it or attending this portion of the day, please contact me. For those who wish to attend and be part of the luncheon, there is a fee, with a reduced cost with a local student or teacher/faculty ID. The John Gardner Society is a non-profit organization which operates out of Genesee Community College. All proceeds go to covering expenses related to the conference.

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Kindergarten Registration Make-up Day At Susky

Mr. Robert Keyes, Principal of Susquehanna Community Elementary School, announced that there will be a make-up day for pre-kindergarten/kindergarten registration on Tuesday, May 1, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Elementary Health Office.

Any parent who registers a child for pre-kindergarten (K4) or kindergarten (K5) must bring a birth certificate, Social Security card and immunization records. A registration packet should be filled out at the time of registration.

A student must be five years of age on or before September 1, 2007 in order to be eligible for kindergarten, and a student must be four (4) years of age on or before September 1, 2007 in order to be eligible for pre-kindergarten.

To receive a registration packet ahead of time, call the elementary office at 853-4921.

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Tickets Available For 100th Anniversary

Don't miss your chance to get tickets for the Susquehanna County Historical Society & Free Library Association 100th Anniversary dinner! Starting on the 21st, the price goes up, and the last day to buy is the 27th. The dinner will be held Friday, May 4, at the Lake Avenue Dining Hall of the Montrose Bible Conference. The evening will be a lot of fun, with special favors, live entertainment, and interesting displays. Social hour starts at 6:30 p.m. and dinner at 7 p.m. You can purchase tickets at the Main Library in Montrose, or stop by the branches in Forest City, Hallstead-Great Bend, or Susquehanna to order. For more information, call 278-1881, or email

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NTC Hosts Public Zoning Meeting

The Northern Tier Coalition (NTC) is conducting a public meeting on April 30, 7:00 p.m., at the Montrose Square Community Room on Church Street in Montrose to discuss the zoning ordinance and zoning maps being considered by participating municipalities. Apolacon Township, Bridgewater Township, Choconut Township, Forest Lake Township, Franklin Township, Friendsville Borough, Jessup Township, Liberty Township, Little Meadows Borough, Middletown Township, Rush Township, and Silver Lake Township each adopted the 2005 Northern Tier Coalition Comprehensive Plan. The Comprehensive Plan recommends that the twelve municipalities work together to adopt and administer zoning.

Montrose Borough, also a member of NTC, has already adopted a zoning ordinance. A draft zoning ordinance has been completed along with draft zoning maps for each municipality. No specific ordinances will be proposed until additional public meetings have been conducted. The zoning ordinance is available for review from participating township and borough officials; the Susquehanna County Planning Department, 278-4600 ext 290; at; and at

The zoning maps will be available for review at the April 30 meeting. Four zoning districts are proposed. The Residential District would include existing residential neighborhoods and subdivisions, the Village Commercial District would include traditional commercial centers with a focus on retail and service establishments, the Commercial Industrial District would provide for higher intensity business uses, and the Rural-Agricultural District would include the mix of uses traditionally found in the NTC. The Rural-Agricultural District would encompass more than ninety percent of the area of the twelve municipalities.

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Wild Musical Mushrooms

On Thursday, April 26, the Friends of Salt Springs Park will bring David Fischer's Wild Musical Mushroom Show to the Montrose Theater. Sit back and enjoy this multi-media exposé on mushrooms – nature's fifth kingdom. Featuring outstanding original music and stunning fungal photography, David Fischer will captivate you with his prose, humor and expertise. A special treat of complementary wild mushroom hors d'oeuvres will also be served for your sampling pleasure.

Residing in Binghamton, NY, David Fischer is a well known expert on the ecology and identification of wild mushrooms, as well as an accomplished photographer, composer and author. He is co-author of two major books on mushrooms, Edible Wild Mushrooms of North America: A Field-to-Kitchen Guide, and Mushrooms of Northeastern North America. He has served for nine years as president of the Central New York Mycological Society (CNYMS) and is also past president of the Northeast Mycological Federation, Inc. (NEMF). He is a mushroom identification consultant for the New York State Poison Control Center and for several mycological organizations. David has also served on the faculty of the annual Northeast Mycological Foray (the Samuel Ristich Foray) and the annual North American Mycological Association (NAMA) Foray, and is the scientific advisor for the Susquehanna Valley Mycological Society (SVMS).

Program time is 7-9 p.m. There is an entrance fee.

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Enterprise Zone Public Meeting

The Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development recently approved an Enterprise Zone application for Susquehanna County. The Central Bradford Progress Authority applied for this designation on behalf of Susquehanna County and will administer the new program. The Enterprise Zone status provides enhanced access to local economic development funding and priority consideration for competitive state business funding programs.

The Enterprise Zone takes in geographic areas along infrastructure nodes within Susquehanna County, particularly along major roadway corridors. The Susquehanna County Enterprise Zone includes portions of the following municipalities: Bridgewater Township, Forest City Borough, Great Bend Borough, Great Bend Township, Hallstead Borough, Harford Township, Lanesboro Borough, Lenox Township, Montrose Borough, New Milford Borough, New Milford Township, Oakland Borough, Oakland Township, and Susquehanna Depot Borough.

Susquehanna County’s state legislators are planning a joint announcement of this Enterprise Zone approval on Friday, April 20, 1:00 p.m. in the County Office Building meeting room, 31 Public Avenue in Montrose. The public is invited to attend. Contact the Central Bradford Progress Authority at (570) 265-0937 with any questions.

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LWV Hosts Flood Protection Seminar

Homeowners can do a lot to protect the community and their own property from flood damage, but it takes some know-how. The League of Women Voters of Susquehanna County has gathered professional experts and experienced area homeowners to share their knowledge with the public on April 25, 7-9 p.m. at the County Office Building (31 Public Ave. Montrose) downstairs conference room. This is a free event. Refreshments will be served and all are welcome to come and learn.

This seminar is directed especially at residents, even those whose property is small – who have already had damage, or could be vulnerable to streams and watersheds engorged with storm water. It will include the environmental “big picture” and describe tried and true practical solutions which can be readily implemented by everyone.

Jim Garner of the Susquehanna County Conservation District will introduce the concept of flood plain, best management practices and common mistakes landowners make. He will also explain about the permits necessary for working in and around streams, when permits are needed and how to apply.

Kathy Blaiser, a watershed specialist will explain the critical function and importance of wetlands to people and wildlife.

Vincent Cotrone, a Penn State Extension Forester will teach the group about how to minimize the impact of storm water on property.

Wendy and Don Sweppenheiser are area homeowners who will share their success story using various flood management techniques.

Ed Zygmunt, formerly of the Wyoming County Soil and Water Conservation District will be attending. He is currently a field representative for US Congressman Chris Carney. Ed’s work focuses upon water management issues and resources that the congressman’s office is providing to local communities.

Come prepared with your questions and ready to learn about riparian buffers, impervious cover, rain gardens, bio-retention in parking areas, tree canopy interception and more.

To learn more about the LWV go to . For a ride to this event call (570) 278–9082.

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Free Supplies For Great PA Cleanup

PennDOT’s District 4-0, covering Lackawanna, Luzerne, Pike, Susquehanna, Wayne and Wyoming counties, reminds volunteer groups to register for free cleanup supplies in observance of the Great Pennsylvania Cleanup, Saturday, April 21. The statewide campaign, which runs from now through May 31, is a massive effort to remove litter from the state's roadways, parks, riverbanks and open spaces.

Emphasis this year will be placed on the Litter-Free School Zones as a way of encouraging students to keep their school grounds litter-free and help raise the public's awareness of the problem of litter. Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful provides participating schools with a “Litter-Free School Zone” sign to be placed outside the school as a way to encourage students, families, and neighbors to help keep their community clean and litter free.

By visiting the official registration website,, individuals may click on “Find an Event Near You” to determine where they may volunteer. Volunteers are welcome to register on the website for free cleanup supplies provided by sponsors and to register for sweepstakes prizes, including a Honda Accord hybrid-powered vehicle offered as part of the national sweepstakes.

The Great Pennsylvania Cleanup is a comprehensive effort involving local and state government, businesses, waste haulers, and environmental and civic groups. The state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and PennDOT, in cooperation with Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful Inc. (KPB) are sponsoring the Great Pennsylvania Cleanup.

Last year, 348 groups or more than 8600 volunteers, joined the litter pickup in the six counties of PennDOT District 4, gathering more than 19,770 bags of litter and debris over 527 miles. That included several miles along the Lackawanna River Corridor Basin, Rails for Trails, 13 parks, 14 school yards and 18 neighborhoods.

Drivers are urged to keep alert for PennDOT litter crews working along various sections of Interstates 80 and 81.

Volunteers for the Great Pennsylvania Cleanup or the Adopt-A-Highway program may contact the PennDOT District 4 county coordinator, Connie Burgh, at 278-1171.

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Earth Day Celebration

Sunday, April 22 is the 37th anniversary of Earth Day since its chief organizer, Denis Hayes, initiated the first Earth Day on April 22, 1970.

This year on Sunday, April 22, the Worship Committee of the First Universalist Church, Brooklyn, announces an Earth Day service at 10 a.m. The service will open with the hymn, “Earth Was Given As A Garden” followed by litanies and poetry readings, along with special music by the choir. Cheryl Matulevich, Director of the Susquehanna Farm Bureau Women’s Leadership Committee and AG Communicator, will deliver the message entitled, “Earth Day and Farmers.” The service will close with the sharing of a candlelight ceremony entitled, “The Green Pledge For Mother Earth.” The public is welcome to join.

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Earth Day Tour
Submitted By Debra Adleman

The Friends of Salt Springs Park will be conducting a full day tour to see homes in Susquehanna County that have incorporated alternate energy and green building materials into their designs. The tour is set for Earth Day, Saturday, April 21, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The group will car caravan from the park to five different sites.

Tom Campbell and John Puzo of Campbell's Residential Design will provide commentary throughout the day on incorporating alternate energy or retrofitting homes to take advantage of energy savings. There are many things a homeowner can do without having to redesign his or her home. In order to obtain the maximum amount of savings, however, designing a home to incorporate both alternate energy and green building materials is a must.

Highlights of the tour include two passive solar houses with very different designs, but both able to capture the sun's energy to reduce heating costs; a newly constructed and super insulated straw bale house, with an R value of 35 to 50; a small-scale hydroelectric system to supplement resident electrical use; an overview of certified green construction materials with handouts and samples; a buffet lunch (included with the tour fee) at Downtown Grounds in Montrose; information packets for all registered participants.

As America searches for ways to deal with foreign oil dependency and decrease the amounts of carbon dioxide added to the atmosphere each year, we must also look to each other to be part of the solution. We cannot wait for government to take charge – the solutions lie in the hands and motivation of the people. Each of the homeowners in this tour has made a commitment to consciously reduce the amount of energy consumed in running their homes. Earth Day, started some 37 years ago, reminds us all to slow down, and be aware of our impact, particularly the ecological footprint we leave behind on the earth.

The Friends of Salt Springs Park is a non-profit, largely volunteer organization that has been maintaining and improving the facilities at Salt Springs State Park for over ten years. The Friends conduct education programs to teach an understanding and appreciation of the natural and historical heritage at the park, and to promote stewardship of our precious natural resources.

Participation in the tour is limited and pre-registration is required. For more information and to register contact the Friends at 967-7275 or

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