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Senior Menu

Spring Bird Walks In Shelly Preserve
Sign Up For Ed Camp!
Feast Of Ascension At Holy Name Of Mary
First Anniversary
LCCC To Offer Summer Classes
American Legion Golf Tournament
Legion Post 86 Hosts Memorial Day Parade
Madigan To Hold Local Outreaches
Valerie (Holmes) Shook Memorial Walk Saturday
Mothers’ Day Celebration
Spring Revival Services At Stateline Evangelical


May 9

DINNER, Wednesday, May 9, 5:30 p.m. at the Downtown Grounds, Montrose. Proceeds benefit the Susquehanna County Heritage Preservation.

“MISS POTTER” movie, Wednesday, May 9, 7:30 p.m. at the Montrose Theater. Proceeds benefit the Susquehanna County Heritage Preservation.

YOUNG AT HEART luncheon, Wednesday, May 9, 10:30 a.m. at the Montrose Bible Conference. Program is “How Does Your Garden Grow.” For reservations or info call 278–1001.

CHICKEN & BISCUITS, Wednesday, May 9, 5:30 – 8 p.m. at the Binghamton Elks Lodge, Kirkwood.

May 10

HARFORD HISTORICAL SOCIETY meeting, Thursday, May 10, 7 p.m. at the Harford Church. Speaker will be Jack Race, aviator, minister, pilot of the Orbis Global Eye Clinic and author.

SPRING CONCERT, Junior High Band and Chorus, Thursday, May 10, 7:30 p.m. at the Elk Lake School.

CLIFFORD TWP. Volunteer Fire Co. Ladies Auxiliary meeting, Thursday, May 10, 7:30 p.m. New members welcome.

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

OPEN MIC COUNTRY with Steve Youngs, Thursday, May 10, beginning at 7:00 p.m. at the Binghamton Elks Lodge, Kirkwood.

May 10 – 12

RUMMAGE & BAKE SALE, Thursday, May 10, and  Friday, May 11, 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Saturday, May 12 (bag day)., 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Lanesboro Community Center. Sponsored by the Lanesboro Community Church.

May 11

DINNER, lasagna or fish, Friday, May 11, 6 – 8 p.m. at the Binghamton Elks Lodge, Kirkwood.

May 12

BIRDING program, Saturday, May 12, 8 – 11 a.m. at Salt Springs Park. Meet in Wheaton House parking lot.

BIRDING with Ron Milliken, Saturday, May 12, 6 a.m. at the Florence Shelly Preserve.

ROUND & SQUARE DANCE, Saturday, May 12, 7:30 p.m. at the LeRaysville Hall.

SPAGHETTI DINNER, Saturday, May 12, 4 – 7 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus, Great Bend. Takeouts available.

GELATT CEMETERY ASSOC. meeting, Saturday, May 12, 1:00 p.m. at the home of William Wood. Call 756–2430 for info.

LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS annual dinner meeting, Saturday, May 12, 6 p.m. at American Legion Post 154. For ticket info call 278–9082.

CHICKEN BARBECUE, Saturday, May 12, noon until gone at the Binghamton Elks Lodge, Kirkwood.

CHICKEN BARBECUE, Saturday, May 12, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at East Ararat United Methodist Church. Take out or eat in.

May 13

BREAKFAST, Sunday, May 13, 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the American Legion Post 357, Hallstead. Sponsored by the Ladies Auxiliary.

WILDFLOWER WALK, Sunday, may 13, 2-4 p.m. at Salt Springs State Park. Stroll along the pretties trails and look at the birds and flowers.

BUFFET & CONCERT with Reg & Gretchen Dunneman, Sunday, May 13, 12:30 at the Montrose Bible Conference. For reservations call 278–1001.

CHICKEN BARBECUE, Sunday, May 13, 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Forest Lake Firemen’s Hall. Proceeds benefit the Forest Lake Fire Co.

May 14

EAT OR BE EATEN program for kids 7-10, Monday, May 14, 4 p.m. at Salt Springs State Park. Discover how inhabitants of the natural world depend on each other. Fee. Registration required, call 967–7275.

VACATION PACKAGE workshop, Monday, May 14, 4 p.m. at the Greater Wyalusing Chamber of Commerce. For info or to register, call the Endless Mts. Visitors Bureau, 836–5431.

May 15

WING NIGHT, Tuesday, May 15, 5:30-9 p.m. at the Binghamton Elks Lodge, Kirkwood.

BAKE SALE and cash-and-carry candle sale, Tuesday, May 15, beginning at 10 a.m. at the Shops Plaza, Susquehanna. Sponsored by the Oakland Boro Park & Rec.

May 16

MT. VIEW GARDEN CLUB meeting, Wednesday, May 16, 7 p.m. at the home of JoAnn Hall. Guest speaker will be Marie Risboskin.

CITY CHICKEN, Wednesday, May 16, 5:30 – 8 p.m. at the Binghamton Elks Lodge, Kirkwood.

May 17

BUILDING PRODUCTIVE GROUPS workshop, Thursday, May 17, at the Bradford Extension Office, Towanda. For info or to register, call 265–2896.

SPRING CONCERT by the Elk Lake Fifth and Sixth Grade Band and Chorus, Thursday, May 17, 7:00 p.m. at the school.

PIZZA NIGHT, Thursday, May 17, 5:30 – 9 p.m. at the Binghamton Elks Lodge, Kirkwood.

May 18

ART & MUSIC SHOW, Friday, May 18, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Harford Congregational Church.

SPAGHETTI SUPPER, Friday, May 18, 4 – 7 p.m. at the Hallstead-Great Bend Rod & Gun Club. All you can eat!

DINNER, roast beef or fish, Friday, May 18, 6 – 8 p.m. at the Binghamton Elks Lodge, Kirkwood.

ROUND & SQUARE DANCE, Friday, May 18, 7:30 – 10:30 p.m. at the Binghamton Elks Lodge, Kirkwood.

May 19

ROAST BEEF SUPPER, Saturday, May 19, 5:00 p.m. at the Thompson United Methodist Church.

LADIES TEA, Saturday, May 19, 2 p.m. at the Brushville Baptist Church. Bring unwrapped new baby items for Care Net. For info or reservations, call 465–3861.

POT LUCK SUPPER, Saturday, May 19, 6 p.m. at the Hale Eddy Community Center, followed by round and square dancing. Donation.

FAMILY STYLE BREAKFAST, Saturday, May 19, 7 to 10 a.m. at the Springville United Methodist Church.

YOUTH SOCCER sign-ups, Saturday, May 19, 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. at the American Legion Post 86, Susquehanna.

HARFORD DAYS, Saturday, May 19, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Community-wide yard sales, kids’ activities at the parsonage, 10-2, food at the fire hall, 10-2.

BARBERSHOP HARMONY Showcase featuring the Southerntiersmen, Saturday, May 19, 7:00 p.m. at the Montrose Area High School. Admission. For ticket info call 278-6854. Proceeds to benefit the Montrose Restoration Committee.

BIRDING with Evan Mann, Saturday, May 19, 8:00 a.m. at the Florence Shelly Preserve.

GOOD NEWS LUNCH, Saturday, May 19, noon at St. Mark’s Church, New Milford. Free.

ARTISANS SHOWCASE juried fine crafts and arts show, Saturday, May 19, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Nordahl Park, Nicholson. Entertainment, exhibits, more. Free.

PLANT SWAP, Saturday, May 19, 11 a.m. at Nordahl Park, Nicholson. Sponsored by the Nicholson Women’s Club. Free. Bring plants to swap. Exhibits, info, more. Call 942-0341 for info.

May 20

GET MOVIN’ HIKE, Sunday, May 20, 2-4:30 p.m. at Salt Springs State Park.

LABYRINTH WALK and healing workshop, Sunday, May 20, 1-4 p.m. at the Self-Discovery Wellness Arts Center, Montrose. For info or to register, call 278–9256.

May 21

BIRDS ARE BACK program, Monday, May 21, 4-5:30 p.m. at Salt Springs State Park. Geared for kids 7-10. Registration required, call 967–7275.

May 22

WING NIGHT, Tuesday, May 22, 5:30-9 p.m. at the Binghamton Elks Lodge, Kirkwood.

GRANT WRITING workshop, Tuesday, May 22, 9 a.m. at the Penn State Worthington Scranton campus. For info or to register call the Extension office, 278-1158.

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Senior Center Menu May 7 - 11

Monday May 7: sliced turkey with gravy, mashed potato, green beans, honey wheat bread, graham crackers, cranberry juice, lemon meringue pie, diet vanilla pudding.

Tuesday, May 8: stuffed pepper with sauce, brown rice, baby carrots, seeded rye bread, mandarin oranges.

Wednesday, May 9: chicken with gravy, egg noodles, succotash, whole wheat bread, tropical fruit.

Thursday May 10: beef barbecue, hamburger bun, baked beans, cabbage salad, graham crackers, pineapple.

Friday, May 11: spaghetti and meatballs, tossed salad, honey wheat bread, applesauce.

Senior Center Menu May 14 – 18

Monday May 14: Sloppy Joe, hamburger bun, scalloped potatoes, corn, chewy granola bar, fresh orange.

Tuesday, May 15: barbecue chicken, mashed potato, cabbage salad, Italian blend vegetables, butter top whole wheat bread, graham crackers, fruit cocktail.

Wednesday, May 16: Salisbury steak with gravy, brown rice, spinach, seeded rye bread, pears.

Thursday, May 17: sliced ham, sweet potato, green peas, honey wheat bread, graham crackers, chocolate pudding.

Friday May 18: breaded chicken cutlet, macaroni salad, mixed vegetables, honey wheat bread, peaches.

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Spring Bird Walks In Shelly Preserve
By Trebbe Johnson

Spring 2007 is taking its time to arrive. Bird feeders are still visited by juncos and cardinals, as well as blackbirds and starlings, and the robins hop desolately over frozen lawns. Nevertheless, spring will reach our area, and once again the beautiful and diverse Florence Shelly Preserve in Thompson, PA will host its two annual bird walks. Dedicated birders and curious amateurs alike will enjoy exploring the woods, fields and wetlands of the 400-acre preserve as they identify birds by sight and song.

On Saturday, May 8 at 6:00 a.m., Ron Milliken will present his twentieth annual walk in the preserve. Especially popular among birders, this walk focuses on migratory birds. The excursion often lasts the entire morning and covers a wide area of the preserve, so participants can expect to locate between 60 and 65 species.

On Saturday, May 19 at 8:00 a.m. Evan Mann, a local birder and amateur naturalist, will conduct a leisurely walk around a smaller area of the preserve. Besides identifying birds that are nesting in the preserve’s diverse ecological niches, Mr. Mann will discuss the habits of the various species that the group spots.

Diversity is the key to the Shelly Preserve’s beauty and value and also the reason it hosts so many species. The brushy meadows are home to tree swallows, wrens and sparrows, while the deep boreal bog attracts eastern bluebirds nesting in dead snags, swamp sparrows, and belted kingfishers. Hawks can be spied hunting in open areas, while the preserve’s pristine brook and dense woodlands provide habitats for the northern water thrush, Baltimore orioles, scarlet tanagers and least flycatchers. Plews Swamp is the preferred habitat for families of wood ducks, mallards and red-winged blackbirds. Participants can expect to see both familiar species and some surprises.

Both walks begin at the parking lot one mile north of Thompson on Route 171, where Stack Road intersects. The trails are likely to be wet, so wear warm, protective footwear. Don’t forget your binoculars, and be prepared to spend a morning – or mornings – exploring the fascinating world of birds. For further information, contact Carol or Dave Clemens, (570) 879-4244.

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Sign Up For Ed Camp!

Endless Mountains Theatre Company is once again inviting kids and teens to have an unforgettable summer experience – the Ed Lonzinski Middle/High School Theatre Camp! Registration is now open for this wonderful program, and will remain open until all slots have been filled. Don't miss your chance!

Pictured are some of the participants of last year’s Ed Camp.

Photo by Joe Facinelli

Theatre Camp is an opportunity for middle and high school students in fifth through twelfth grade (as of end of the 2006-7 school year, minimum age 10) to attend a week-long camp full of workshops and clinics led by professional performers and teachers in the art of theatre and musical theatre.

Ed Camp runs July 16-20 at Blue Ridge High School in New Milford, with a final performance at 7:00 p.m. on July 20 (free to family and friends). Limited scholarship money is available. For complete registration details and requirements, visit or call 434–2422.

Ed Camp is named after Ed Lonzinski, who was a devoted director and theatre coach at Greene (N.Y.) High School. Through the generosity of Ed's parents, Dolly and Mike, a fund was established to create a living memorial to this extremely committed and talented young man. EMTC has now been honoring Ed – and enriching the educational and artistic life of local young people – for seven summers running.

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Feast Of Ascension At Holy Name Of Mary

The holy day of “The Ascension of the Lord,” Thursday, May 17, will be celebrated at the Holy Name of Mary Church, Montrose, with a vigil Mass on Wednesday, May 16 at 7:00 p.m. Masses on the Holy Day, Thursday, May 17 will be at 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Father Gerard Safko serves as Pastor.

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First Anniversary

Kristopher and Dena Slocum of Lake Como, PA, will celebrate their first wedding anniversary on Monday, May 14. They were married on Mothers’ Day, May 14, 2006 at the East Ararat Church. Kristopher is the son of Bruce Slocum, Susquehanna, PA and Ann Romanofski, Honesdale, PA. Dena is the daughter of Arnold Cottrell, East Ararat, PA and Sharon Darling-Nuttal, Forest City, PA.

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LCCC To Offer Summer Classes

Luzerne County Community College will offer courses during the summer in Elk Lake and Susquehanna.

Registration for courses at the Elk Lake site will be held at Elk Lake High School on Tuesday, May 8, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Registration for courses at the Susquehanna site will be held at Susquehanna Community High School on Thursday, May 10, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Off-campus classes for the summer session begin on Wednesday, May 30 and end on Wednesday, August 8.

For more information, call (800) 377-LCCC, extension 835 or e-mail

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American Legion Golf Tournament

The American Legion Post 154 third annual golf tournament will be held on Saturday, July 14 at Tall Pines Players Club. There will be an 8:00 a.m. start for  captain and crew foursomes. Registration begins at 7:15 a.m.

For information on the tournament, or to sponsor a tee or green call Mike at 965-2066, or sign up at American Legion Post 154 on the Elk Lake Road. All sponsorships go directly to benefit the veterans’ center in Scranton.

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Legion Post 86 Hosts Memorial Day Parade

This year’s Strider–Teskey Post 86 American Legion Memorial Day Parade will be held on Monday, May 28. The parade will start at 11:00 a.m. This year’s main speaker will be Congressman Christopher P. Carney who was elected in 2006 to represent Pennsylvania's 10th District.

Congressman Chris Carney will be the main speaker at the Strider-Teskey Post 86 American Legion Memorial Day Parade.

Congressman Carney grew up in rural Iowa, near Cedar Rapids. He worked his way through Cornell College as an EMT and he double majored in Environmental Science and U.S. Diplomatic History.

After college, Congressman Carney did graduate work at the University of Wyoming, where he met his future wife, Jennifer. After enjoying teaching at the University of Wyoming, Congressman Carney decided to pursue a career in higher education and in 1992, the Carney family moved to Northeastern Pennsylvania where Congressman Carney became an Associate Professor at Penn State University in Scranton.

After 9/11, Congressman Carney served at the Pentagon as an intelligence analyst and senior advisor on intelligence and counterterrorism issues. He coordinated counterterrorism activities in the Middle East and later worked on the integration of national-level intelligence products in the effort to destroy international terrorist networks.

A Lieutenant Commander in the United States Navy Reserve, Congressman Carney served multiple tours overseas and was activated for operations Enduring Freedom, Noble Eagle, and Southern Watch.

Currently in Congress, Mr. Carney serves on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and the Committee on Homeland Security. Congressman Carney lives in Dimock with his wife, Jennifer and their five children, Ryne, Sean, Seth, Keeley and Brett.

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Madigan To Hold Local Outreaches

Harrisburg – State Sen. Roger A. Madigan (R-23) will host outreach events in May 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 May 11 and May 25 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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Valerie (Holmes) Shook Memorial Walk Saturday

Join the Valerie (Holmes) Shook Memorial Walk to Cure Juvenile Diabetes on Saturday, May 12, starting at the Pump 'n' Pantry in Montrose. The walk begins at 10 a.m., but come early to register if you are self-sponsoring, or to turn in funds raised if you sought sponsors. All proceeds go to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, in memory of Valerie, who died at the age of 31 and was diagnosed with diabetes as a child.

Valerie (Holmes) Shook at her desk in the Historical Society, in 1991.

The four-mile walk will be held (rain or shine) on the Bridgewater Riding Club trail bed, two miles out and two miles back. It's a lovely setting and a great way to do good and get good exercise at the same time!

You can also help "walk" by purchasing colorful sneakers ($1) at ABC Market in Montrose and at the Montrose Library. They are also being sold at the Elk Lake School.

For more information about the Walk, visit or call 278–1881.

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Mothers’ Day Celebration

On Sunday, May 13 at 10 a.m., the first Universalist Church of Brooklyn will open the service recalling the efforts of Julia Ward Howe in establishing the first Mothers’ Day in America. Mrs. Howe was one of the most persuasive peace and human betterment proponents of her day. She referred to this day as “Mothers’ Peace Day” in response to the horrors of the Franco-Prussian War and it was celebrated in 16 American cities on June 2. Later on, in 1908, Anna Jarvis would initiate the present Mothers’ Day, established by President Woodrow Wilson on the second Sunday in May.

During the 10 a.m. service, Marilyn Ace, Flo Wheatley and Kelly Rafferty will present Mothers’ Day meditations. Special music will be presented by soloist, Tom Escandel. At the close of the service, children of the congregation will distribute flowers to all mothers. The public is welcome.

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Spring Revival Services At Stateline Evangelical

Spring revival services of old-fashioned preaching and gospel music will be conducted nightly at the Stateline Evangelical Wesleyan Church, through May 13, each evening at 7:30 p.m., and 11 a.m. on Sunday.

The guest evangelist and singers will be the Rev. Mark Hamaker family of Odon, Indiana.

All are welcome to attend the services. Transportation by the church bus to any of the services will be provided by calling 879–2699 or 222–3600.

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