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Senior Menu

Blondes, Bullets, & Blackmail!
28th Annual Blueberry Festival!
Hill Country Artists First Annual Show
Massed Band Concert At Blueberry Festival
“Oaklahoma!” At St. Martin’s
Lackawanna College Hosts Open House


August 1

MT. VIEW GARDEN CLUB meeting, Wednesday, August 1, 6 p.m. at the home of Norma Genevich. For info call 222-3591.

August 2

LAWN SUPPER, Thursday, August 2, beginning at 5 p.m. at the Starrucca Baptist Church social rooms.

PIZZA NIGHT, Thursday, August 2, 5:30 – 9 p.m. at the Binghamton Elks Lodge, Kirkwood. Eat in or take out.

August 3

DINNER, meat loaf or fish, Friday, August 3, 6 – 8 p.m. at the Binghamton Elks Lodge, Kirkwood.

August 3 – 5

OKLAHOMA!, an outdoor production by St. Martin’s Players, Friday, August 3 and Saturday, August 4 at 6 p.m. and Sunday, August 5 at 2 p.m. at St. Martin of Tours, Jackson. For info call 756–3305.

August 3 & 4

BLUEBERRY FESTIVAL, Friday, August 3 and Saturday, August 4, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on The Green in Montrose. Food, entertainment, silent auction, raffles, white elephant sale, crafts. For info call 278-1881.

August 4

PANCAKE & SAUSAGE BREAKFAST, Saturday, August 4, 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the East Ararat United Methodist Church.

QDMA FIELD DAY, Saturday, August 4 at the Bill Wallace farm. Seminars, field walks, catered lunch available (reservations required). For info call 278-1011 ext. 108.

CHICKEN BARBECUE & BAKE SALE, Saturday, August 4, noon until gone at the Binghamton Elks Lodge, Kirkwood.

August 4 & 5

THE ORPHANS, Saturday, August 4, 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, August 5, 3 p.m. at Union Dale Hall. Call 226–6207 for info.

August 5

MUSIC IN THE PARK, Sunday, August 5, 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Clifford Firemen’s Fairgrounds. Contemporary and traditional Christian music. Bring chairs. Ecumenical worship service at 10:30 a.m. Refreshments available.

STEVENS FAMILY REUNION, Sunday, August 5, 12:30 p.m. at Hareridge Sportsmen’s Club, Lawton. Bring table service and a covered dish. To RSVP or for info, call 278–3948.

PANCAKE BREAKFAST, Sunday, August 5, 8 a.m. – 11 a.m. at the Hallstead-Great Bend Rod & Gun Club. All you can eat!

August 7

WING NIGHT, Tuesday, August 7, 5:30 – 9 p.m. at the Binghamton Elks Lodge, Kirkwood.

August 7 – 9

BIBLE CLUB, August 7 – 9, 9:30 a.m. to noon at the New Milford pool. Crafts, story time, snacks, swimming for children kindergarten through sixth grade. For info call the South New Milford Baptist Church, 465–2547.

August 9

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

OPEN MIC COUNTRY, Thursday, August 9, beginning at 7 p.m. at the Binghamton Elks Lodge, Kirkwood.

August 9 – 11

ENDLESS MTS. THEATRE CO. presents Blondes, Bullets and Blackmail, Thursday, August 9 and Friday, August 10 at 7:30, and Saturday, August 11 at 3:30 at Montrose Area High School. For info call 278–3333.

August 10

DINNER, stuffed chicken breast or fish, Friday, August 10, 6 – 8 p.m. at the Binghamton Elks Lodge, Kirkwood.

August 11

CRAFT & FLEA MARKET, barbecue and ice cream social, Saturday, August 11, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Sliver Lake Presbyterian Church. Several gospel groups will perform in the afternoon.

August 13 – 17

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL August 13 – 17 at the Lanesboro Community Church, 9 a.m. to noon each day.  Transportation available. For info or to register, call 853–4730 or 853–3280.

August 13

CRAFTERS CORNER meeting, Monday, August 13, 6 p.m. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Montrose. Call 278–0205 for info.

August 14

WING NIGHT, Tuesday, August 14, 5:30 – 9 p.m. at the Binghamton Elks Lodge, Kirkwood.

August 16

SUSQUEHANNA DEPOT AREA Historical Society meeting, Thursday, August 16, 7 p.m. at the Susquehanna Boro building. Program will be live music from the 1800’s.

SPAGHETTI & MEATBALL SUPPER, Thursday, August 16, beginning at 5 p.m. at the Starrucca Baptist Church social rooms.

PIZZA NIGHT, Thursday, August 16, 5:30 – 9 p.m. at the Binghamton Elks Lodge, Kirkwood. Eat in or take out.

August 16 – 18

RUMMAGE & BAKE SALE, Thursday, August 16, Friday, August 17 and Saturday, August 18, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Christ Episcopal Church, Susquehanna.

August 17

SPAGHETTI SUPPER, Friday, August 17, 4 – 7 p.m. at the Hallstead-Great Bend Rod & Gun Club. All you can eat!

ROAST BEEF or fish dinner, Friday, August 17, 6 – 8 p.m. at the Binghamton Elks Lodge, Kirkwood.

August 18

SUMMER SAUNTER, Saturday, August 18, 6 – 8 p.m. at Salt Springs State Park. Join an easy-paced walk through some of the lesser known trails.

GOOD NEWS LUNCH, Saturday, August 18, noon at St. Mark’s Church, New Milford. Free.

August 21

WING NIGHT, Tuesday, August 21, 5:30 – 9 p.m. at the Binghamton Elks Lodge, Kirkwood.

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Senior Center Menu July 30 – August 3

Monday, July 30: Sloppy Joe, scalloped potatoes, peas and carrots, hamburg bun, chewy granola bar, banana.

Tuesday, July 31: spaghetti and meatballs, tossed salad, Italian green beans, wheat bread, peaches.

Wednesday, August 1: pork chop in mushroom sauce, mashed potatoes, Monte Carlo blend vegetables, rye bread, graham crackers, mandarin oranges.

Thursday August 2: lasagna, Italian blend vegetables, honey wheat bread, pumpkin pie or sugar free chocolate pudding.

Friday, August 3: chicken cordon bleu, chicken flavor rice, corn, orange juice, whole wheat bread, fruit cocktail.

Senior Center Menu August 6 – 10

Monday, August 6: chicken parmigana, parsley potatoes, tossed salad, green beans, whole wheat bread, graham crackers, diced pears.

Tuesday, August 7: breaded cod fillet, macaroni salad, broccoli, hamburg bun, tropical fruit.

Wednesday, August 8: sweet and sour meatballs, white rice, emperor’s blend vegetables, honey wheat bread, vanilla pudding.

Thursday, August 9: chicken casserole, cranberry sauce, California blend vegetables, rye bread, pineapple.

Friday August 10: Salisbury steak with noodles and gravy. green peas, cranberry juice, whole wheat bread, cantaloupe cubes.


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Blondes, Bullets, & Blackmail!

Get ready for another locally-authored detective classic: Endless Mountains Theatre Company presents Blondes, Bullets, and Blackmail, by David Schmidt.

Detective Nick Holliday (Mark Wayman) and a friend (Bonnie Love) brave danger in last year's Lust, Lugers, and Larceny.

Photo by Joe Facinelli

Nick Holliday – the hero of last year's Lust, Lugers, and Larceny – is back!

Nick and Dora (his girl Friday) are hired by Donna Barrister, wife of District Attorney Dan Barrister and an old flame of Nick's, to learn the identity of her husband's blackmailer. Nick quickly runs afoul of a crooked politician, becomes involved with a high-priced madam and incurs the ire of a gangster calling herself the Duchess. Soon a simple case of blackmail becomes a far darker affair with dire consequences.

This action-packed EMTC production of the work of local playwright Schmidt will take place Thursday, August 9 and Friday, August 10 at 7:30 p.m., and Saturday, August 11 at 3:30 p.m. at Montrose Area High School. Play content is comparable to that of a "PG" movie.

For more information call 570-278-3333 or visit

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28th Annual Blueberry Festival!

The 2007 Blueberry Festival will take place Friday, August 3 and Saturday, August 4, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., on the Village Green and library lawn in Montrose. The Blueberry Festival celebrates hometown living at its finest. Blueberries in every form, from ice cream to pies, games for children and entertainment for all ages, a used book and record sale, a silent auction, food, fun, and crafts, all draw thousands of visitors every year. Proceeds from the Festival help operate the Susquehanna County Historical Society and Free Library Association, which serves the county with a museum and genealogy research center, a main library and three branches, and Books-By-Mail and Books-On-Wheels.

Varied entertainment is scheduled for the festival – schedules will be posted on the Green and in the library. The Poor Boys/Living History Guild Civil War re-enactors will be camping on the Green near the Civil War Monument, answering questions about a soldier's life, and strolling entertainer Manny Tikitz (in the lime-green tux) will return. On Friday, the musical entertainment begins at 10 a.m. with Joe Welden. Black Sage Band is on at noon, followed by Patrick Bayer at 1 p.m. Saturday begins with Noelani's Hula School and Polynesian Revue at 10 a.m., bringing the music and dance of the islands to Montrose. The Revue will be followed by East Bay View at 11 a.m.

At 2 p.m. on Saturday, don't miss the 15th annual Massed Band Concert! The concert will bring back the good old days of the 1930s when Maurice Taylor assembled an audience of 10,000 in Montrose to enjoy great traditional music. Bob Orner is conducting this year. Bring a chair and enjoy the show.

The children's games will keep your youngsters entertained for hours! There are skill games like Cards-in-a-Hat and fishing for colorful wooden fish for the youngest – everyone wins a prize. The Price Chopper Bounce Castle is absolutely free!

Older children will enjoy the contests, including the obstacle course, jump rope, and basketball, as well as arts and crafts. The artistically-inclined can decorate the wall next to the Post Office with chalk art.

Saturday morning features special activities for tweens and teens, with a bubble-gum blowing contest at 10 a.m., water balloon toss at 10:30, a pie-eating contest at 11, and finally "Fear Factor Challenge!" at 11:30.

Each year an heirloom quilt is hand-stitched by the Crazy Country Quilters to be raffled off at the festival. The pattern this year is blue embroidery work. The popular basket raffle is bigger and better than ever this year.

"Every year, the Blueberry Festival continues to grow and improve!" says Susan Stone, Administrator/Librarian of the Susquehanna County Historical Society and Free Library Association. "It's really wonderful how our community pulls together to make the festival possible. Local businesses and individuals contribute time, supplies, advertising, and everything else that's needed, to help support the Library and Historical Society. I hope everyone will come and enjoy the Blueberry Festival with us on the 3rd and 4th!"

For more information about the Blueberry Festival or the Library and Historical Society, call (570) 278–1881 or visit

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Hill Country Artists First Annual Show

At their July meeting, the Hill Country Artists (HCA) gratefully accepted a $200 endowment given in memory of deceased HCA member Peg Dudak. In life, Peg promoted the arts and this endowment will help promote the HCA First Annual Art Show & Sale slated for August 3 and 4 at the Father James Nash Parish Center, Montrose, PA.

From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., both days, HCA members invite browsers and buyers to a display of original works of art in a variety of mediums.

At the Parish Center, where you will find ample free parking, maps will be available to direct the public on an easy walk to other art galleries, specialty shops, and, of course, the Susquehanna County Library & Historical Society’s Annual Blueberry Festival on the Green in Montrose.

“To support the Blueberry Festival, all of the artists have agreed to donate a percentage of their sales to the Library and Historical Society,” explained Rita Eddy, HCA president. “Stop by to see what our talented artists have to offer, enjoy some light refreshments, perhaps take home a treasure, or just to say hello!”

The Hill Country Artists are a group of artists and art lovers endeavoring to promote the arts in and around Susquehanna County. April through December meetings are open to the public and new members, and new ideas are welcome. HCA member Joe Welden will speak on painting images with collage materials at the August 2 meeting, 7 p.m. at Claverack, Route 706 E., Montrose. Call Rita Eddy at 553–2500 for information.

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Massed Band Concert At Blueberry Festival

Music from Broadway to Big Band, Contemporary to the old Quickstep, will highlight the 2007 Massed Band Concert at this year’s Blueberry Festival, Saturday, August 4, at 2 P.M. Bob Orner, retired music teacher at Elk Lake High School, and Suzanne Bennici, band director at Montrose High School, will host the event.

Robert Orner conducting the Massed Band Concert at the 2001 Blueberry Festival.

The Massed Band concerts at the Blueberry Festival started in 1994, organized by Maurice Taylor and funded by a Humanities Council grant. Mr. Taylor, who had been band director at Montrose High School for 28 years, organized the first Massed Band Concerts in Montrose, running from 1930 to 1937. He went on to publish 159 music books, including Easy Steps To The Band, used by school students throughout the United States.

Mr. Taylor established a program of excellence at MAHS, and his bands won state and national titles. The late Dayton Birchard, former principal at MAHS, wrote the following tribute to Mr. Taylor, speaking of his humbleness and dignity following his return from retirement and finding the band in need of reconstruction. “Maurice rallied a strong corps of students and went to work. At that time a proposed Massed Band Concert was being planned for (the) Penn State football field. Along with the other schools of the state, Montrose was invited to attend. There was such a state of affairs that actually the band could not be suitably attired in available band uniforms. So, electing to attend in civilian clothes and not to attempt to play, the small group went to State College and appeared on the field. Five thousand, more or less, brilliantly attired high school students were grouped on the field. It is a fact that more than half of those band students from all over Pennsylvania had been instructed from Easy Steps To The Band. During the program it was the policy for each band leader to be recognized. At the proper time, James Dunlop, leader of the Penn State Blue Band, said something over the loudspeaker which seemed almost a benediction: ‘From Montrose Area High School – the Dean of School Bandmasters of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania – Maurice D. Taylor.’ ”

The Massed Band Concerts of today are a tribute to Maurice Taylor, who died in 2001. They are comprised of musicians ranging from teenagers to senior citizens, some of whom were former students of Mr. Taylor. All music lovers are invited to bring a chair or sit at the surrounding lunch tables on the Green on Saturday, the 4th at 2 p.m. There is no charge for the concert. Enjoy the rousing music and talented players while savoring an ice cream cone or a blueberry muffin!

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“Oaklahoma!” At St. Martin’s

The St. Martin’s Players, under the direction of Dr. Christopher Lake and Mrs. Susan Lee, will present an outdoor production of the Broadway classic, Oklahoma! at St. Martin of Tours Church in Jackson. Show dates and times are Friday, August 3 and Saturday, August 4 at 6 p.m. and Sunday, August 5 at 2 p.m. Tickets may be purchased at the “gate” or preordered by calling 756-3305.

The Arts Council of St. Martin’s and St. Paul’s Parish will donate one third of the proceeds to the Susquehanna County Women’s Resource Center.

This two-act musical tells of the personal and communal struggles of those living in the Indian Territory in 1907. Young Curly, played by Jonathan Stewart, has to win the heart of Laurey (Ellen Reavey) from the hired hand, Jud (John Freitag). With the aid of Aunt Eller (Martina Lingobardo), Curly fights for his land and his girl. Meanwhile, Old Man Carnes (Bill Dingethal) is determined to find a husband for his daughter Ado Annie (Sharon Panasevich), who must decided between the peddler (Chris Lake) and the best steer-roping cowboy, Will Parker (Anthony Maloney).

Also included in the cast are Bill Leahy, Wallie Smith, Samantha Cramer, Justin Lee, Connor Freitag, Liam Maloney, Elaine Arsenault, Jenni Marcho, Theresa Whitehead, Paula Freitag, Joel Whitehead, Pat Stewart, Pam Bagnall, Mary Beth Zincone, Eileen Hartman, Katherine Kempa, Ashely Hubal, Cayli Allen, Alyssa Hubal, Loraina Cramer, and Peter Maloney.

Providing the music are Susan Lee, Melissa Leet, Ashley Hubal, Holly Snitzer, Jeff Burkett, Jimmy Stewart, and Theresa Marino.

Bring a picnic lunch and a lawn chair or blanket to enjoy an evening/afternoon of Broadway magic in the rolling hills of Susquehanna County. Refreshments will be available as well.

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Lackawanna College Hosts Open House

Lackawanna College’s recently opened New Milford Center will hold an Open House on Monday, August 13, for anyone interested in attending the college. The event will offer two sessions, one from 8 to 10 a.m. and the other from 5 to 7 p.m. They will be held at the college's New Milford facility located at 266 Main Street.

Among the topics Lackawanna's counselors and staff will discuss are financial aid, degree programs and their requirements, certificate programs, the college's bachelor degree transfer programs, MSHA Part 46 Annual Refresher courses and commercial driver training. Career Advancement and Continuing Education courses will also be discussed. The college’s Fall Semester begins on September 4.

Individuals who have taken college courses in the past but never completed a degree can utilize the Open House to learn how their past credits can be funneled into an associate degree. Lackawanna’s evening classes with flexible programs enable students to attend part time and work toward their degree at their own pace.

For more information about the New Milford Center Open House, phone Lackawanna at (570) 465-2344 or e-mail

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