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Senior Menu

Masonic CHIP Benefit Dinner
50th Anniversary!
1920s Family Fun Day
Hill Country Artists Explore Sensations
Special Meetings With Peter Parkas
RCIA Classes Set
AWANA Begins At Susky First Baptist
“Big Read” Begins
Mommy & Me Story Time


September 5

WORD OF LIFE Club at South New Milford Baptist Church for teens in grades 7-12, beginning Wednesday, September 5, 6:30 p.m. For info or transportation call 434–2101.

September 6

OPEN TRAP SHOOT, Thursday, September 6, 6:00 p.m. at the Hallstead-Great Bend Rod & Gun Club, weather permitting.

CHICKEN & BISCUIT DINNER, family style, Thursday, September 6, beginning at 5 p.m. at the VFW 6223, Great Bend. Takeouts available.

September 6

PIZZA NIGHT, Thursday, September 6, 5:30 – 9 p.m. at the Binghamton Elks Lodge, Kirkwood. Eat in or take out.

September 7

EUCHARISTIC ADORATION, Friday, September 7, at Holy Name of Mary Church, Montrose, beginning after the 12:10 p.m. Mass and concluding with Mass at 7 p.m. A prayer service with the Men of the Sacred Heart and Benediction will follow.

DINNER, roast pork with dressing or fish, Friday, September 7, 6 – 8 p.m. at the Binghamton Elks Lodge, Kirkwood.

September 7 & 8

RUMMAGE SALE, Friday, September 7, 9-1 and 4-6 and Saturday, September 8, 9-12 (bag sale) at the First Presbyterian Church, Hallstead.

RUMMAGE SALE, Friday, September 7, 9-12 a.m. and 4-6 p.m. and Saturday, September 8, 9-11 a.m. at the Franklin Forks United Methodist Church.

September 7

AWANA CLUB at South New Milford Baptist Church, for ages 3 through sixth grade, beginning Friday, September 7, 7 to 9 p.m. For info call 434-2101.

September 8

RACE FOR THE CURE, Saturday, September 8 in downtown Scranton. Registration begins at 6:30 a.m. at Lackawanna County Courthouse Square. Race starts at 8:30 a.m. For info call the NE PA Susan G. Komen Affiliate at 800-650-2873.

LAWN MOWER RACES, Saturday, September 8, 2:30 p.m. at the Thompson Hose Company. Refreshments available. For info call 727–4949.

POMONA GRANGE #7 meeting, Saturday, September 8, 10:00 a.m. at the Fairdale Grange Hall. Dinner will be served.

BOOK SALE, Saturday, September 8, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the soldier’s Orphan School, Harford.

FALL FESTIVAL, Saturday, September 8, beginning at 11 a.m. at the South Montrose Community Church. Pig roast, bake sale, white elephant table, Chinese auction.

September 9

IRISH FESTIVAL, Sunday, September 9, 10:00 t 7:30 p.m. at St. Francis Xavier Church, Friendsville. Food, music, games, fun.

WEINER ROAST, Sunday, September 9, beginning at 5 p.m. at the Fairdale Township Park. Bonfire, games, music. Bring chairs or blankets. Sponsored by Fairdale Grange.

NICHOLSON BRIDGE DAY, Sunday, September 9, beginning at 9 a.m. in Nicholson. Music, entertainment, pet show, pony rides, more. Sponsored by the Nicholson Women’s Club.

DISCOVER THE D&H Rail–Trail Tour, Sunday, September 9, 10 a.m. at the Forest City trailhead with a bike ride for all levels.

September 11

WING NIGHT, Tuesday, September 11, 5:30 – 9 p.m. at the Binghamton Elks Lodge, Kirkwood.

September 12

MT. VIEW GARDEN CLUB meeting, Wednesday, September 12, 6:30 p.m. at the home of Cindi McCawley. Bob Richards will present a program on growing dahlias. For info call 222-3377.

September 13

OPEN TRAP SHOOT, Thursday, September 13, 6 p.m. at the Hallstead-Great Bend Rod & Gun Club.

PIZZA NIGHT, Thursday, September 13, 5:30 – 9 p.m. at the Binghamton Elks Lodge, Kirkwood. Eat in or take out.

OPEN MIC Country, Thursday, September 13, beginning at 7 p.m. at the Binghamton Elks Lodge, Kirkwood.

September 14

DINNER, lasagna or fish, Friday, September 14, 6 – 8 p.m. at the Binghamton Elks Lodge, Kirkwood.

September 15

TRAIL RESTORATION DAY, Saturday, September 15, beginning at 8:00 a.m. at Salt Springs State Park. Join Keystone Trails Assoc. members for a work weekend to rebuild trails damages in 2006. Call 967–7275 for info.

CHICKEN BARBECUE and bake sale, Saturday, September 15, beginning at noon at the Binghamton Elks Lodge, Kirkwood.

BUFFET DINNER, Saturday, September 15, beginning at 4:30 p.m. at Gibson United Methodist Church. Takeouts available.

September 14 & 15

RUMMAGE & BAKE SALE, Friday, September 14, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Saturday, September 15, 9 a.m. to noon at the Franklin Hill Presbyterian Church. Lunch available  at the Community  Building.

LECTIO DIVINA program, Friday, September 14, 6:30 p.m. and Saturday, September 15, 8:45 a.m. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Montrose. For info call 278–2954.

September 15

FAMILY STYLE BREAKFAST, Saturday, September 15, 7 – 10 a.m. at the Springville United Methodist Church.

CAR WASH, Saturday, September 15, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Lenoxville United Methodist Church. Sponsored by the Clifford UMC Charge Youth Group.

DEMOLITION DERBY, Saturday, September 15 at the Harford Fairgrounds. Gates open at 4 p.m., demo begins at 7 p.m. Admission. Refreshments available. For info call Harford Lodge #445, 434–2169 or 756–5366.

September 16

TRAIL RESTORATION DAY, Sunday, September 16, beginning at 8:00 a.m. at Salt Springs State Park. Join Keystone Trails Assoc. members for a work weekend to rebuild trails damaged in 2006. Call 967–7275 for info.

September 18

LAYETTE KIT OUTREACH meeting, Tuesday, September 18, 10 a.m. at the TREHAB Center conference room, Montrose. For info call (607) 743-9969.

WING NIGHT, Tuesday, September 18, 5:30 – 9 p.m. at the Binghamton Elks Lodge, Kirkwood.

September 19

SENIOR LUNCH, Wednesday, September 19, noon at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. Call 278-2954 for reservations or info.

September 20

SUSQUEHANNA DEPOT AREA Historical Society meeting, Thursday, September 20, 7 p.m. at the Susquehanna Boro building. Patricia Donohue will give a presentation based on a lecture by Elizabeth Cady Stanton.

OPEN TRAP SHOOT, Thursday, September 20, 6:00 p.m. at the Hallstead-Great Bend Rod & Gun Club.

PIZZA NIGHT, Thursday, September 20, 5:30 – 9 p.m. at the Binghamton Elks Lodge, Kirkwood. Eat in or take out.

September 21

DINNER, roast beef or fish, Friday, September 21, 6 – 8 p.m. at the Binghamton Elks Lodge, Kirkwood.

September 22

BIRDING In Susquehanna County program, Saturday, September 22, 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the High Point Preserve, E.L. Rose Conservancy. Sponsored by Friends of Salt Spring.

VENISON WORKSHOP for hunters, Saturday, September 22, 8:30 a.m. at the Penn State University Park campus. Call (814) 865-8862 for info.

September 23

BREAKFAST, Sunday, September 23, 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Binghamton Elks Lodge, Kirkwood.

September 25

WING NIGHT, Tuesday, September 25, 5:30 – 9 p.m. at the Binghamton Elks Lodge, Kirkwood.

September 27

OPEN TRAP SHOOT, Thursday, September 27, 6:00 p.m. at the Hallstead-Great Bend Rod & Gun Club.

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Senior Center Menu September 3 - 7

Monday, September 3: Centers closed, Labor Day.

Tuesday, September 4: Italian marinated chicken breast, peas and carrots, macaroni salad, rye bread, butterscotch pudding.

Wednesday, September 5: goulash, tossed salad, broccoli, whole wheat bread, applesauce.

Thursday September 6: seasoned pork chop, coleslaw, sweet potatoes, dinner roll, graham crackers, lemon meringue pie or angel food cake.

Friday, September 7: chicken cacciatore rustica, Italian green beans, noodles, honey wheat bread, pears

Senior Center Menu September 10 – 14

Monday, September 10: meatloaf with gravy, mashed potatoes, succotash, whole wheat bread, graham crackers, orange.

Tuesday, September 11: sweet and sour chicken, brown rice, stir fry vegetables, wheat bread, fruit cocktail, chewy granola bar.

Wednesday, September 12: stuffed cabbage roll, noodles, green beans, cranberry juice, whole wheat bread, chocolate pudding.

Thursday, September 13: Italian sausage with peppers and onions, scalloped potatoes, emperors blend vegetables, hot dog bun, chocolate chip granola bar, diced peaches.

Friday, September 14: macaroni and cheese, zucchini and tomatoes, carrot sticks, rye bread, cherry pie or cherries.

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Masonic CHIP Benefit Dinner

The 15th Masonic District Free and Accepted Masons are holding a benefit dinner at Woodloch Pines Resort in Hawley, PA on Saturday, September 22, 6 p.m. in the Golf Club House at Woodloch Springs. The gala affair will begin with cocktails (cash bar) at 6 p.m., dinner with a complete seafood smorgasbord, followed with an evening at the resort’s nightclub for dancing, a Broadway show and a topflight comedian.

The 15th Masonic District has provided Child Identification Program (CHIP) packages to the parents of over 8,222 children in the last several years, free of charge. With the support of the lodge members and the community, the program will continue to provide this valuable service.

All are invited to come out and enjoy a wonderful evening with the members of the 15th Masonic District and to support the CHIP program. For information and reservations contact Nathan A. Foster DDGM15, (570) 663-2736 or email


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50th Anniversary!

Darius and Glory Shimer will celebrate their fiftieth wedding anniversary on October 5, 2007. An open house celebration will be held for the Shimers, 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, October 6, at Franklin Hill Church Fellowship Hall. The couple request no gifts, please.

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1920s Family Fun Day

The Susquehanna County Literacy Program and the Susquehanna County Library invite everyone to a 1920s Family Fun Day, Saturday, September 15, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., on the Green and in the Montrose Main Library.

The Family Fun Day is held as part of "Susquehanna County Reads," in which Susquehanna County residents are encouraged to read F. Scott Fitzgerald's short Jazz Age classic, "The Great Gatsby." You do not need to be registered to attend, but it's a great way to find out more about the era in which the book is set.

There will be entertainment, including music, Charleston dance demonstrations and Cake Walks, children's games and activities, craft demonstrations, a walking 1920s fashion show, displays of historic items, antique cars and farm equipment, and food and drinks popular in the 1920s. A classic Charlie Chaplin movie will be shown in the library, and the Fire Hall museum will be open. Admission is free for all ages!

Susquehanna County Reads is made possible by a Big Read grant. The Big Read is a national program by the National Endowment for the Arts, in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and Arts Midwest, that encourages literary reading by asking communities to come together to read and discuss one book. To find out more, visit the Susquehanna County Reads website at, or contact Literacy at 278-9027 or the library at 278-1881.

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Hill Country Artists Explore Sensations

The next regular Hill Country Artists (HCA) meeting/program on October 4 will feature HCA member Chris Lathrop presenting the theories and background of syneathesia, a rare clinical anomaly where people experience unusual and real sensations. The meeting/program starts at 7 p.m. and is held at the Claverack Building, along Route 706 E., Montrose.

The few who are born with it, the 'Syns' (synesthete is the proper word), experience sensations such as the color of sound or the taste of shapes, without any help other than their own sensory perceptions and the stimulus of the world around and within them.

For a period spanning over three centuries, many artists have been inspired by the notion, devising ways of simulating it by (re)creating one media out of another, and attempting to communicate their work to the public as joined sensations. Historically, synaesthetic art has referred to a range of artistic experiments that synthesize different art disciplines evident in genres such as visual music, abstract painting and film, experimental theatre, symbolist poetry, science fiction and intermedial, electronic and generative art.

Today the interest in sensorial art is rife, but it is more down to earth and integrated into contemporary art practices. It is more accepting of interrelated experiences than concerned with heightened awareness because our world is more connected and we, and our digital media and devices are more synaesthetic.

The Hill Country Artists promote the arts in and around Susquehanna County. April through December meetings are open to the public and new members are welcome. Call HCA president, Rita Eddy, 553-2500 for information.

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Special Meetings With Peter Parkas

Peter Parkas is a Gentile who grew up in a Jewish neighborhood in New York City. His father later married a Jewish woman who became very involved in Peter's upbringing. While growing up, he attended Jewish summer camps in both the United States and Israel. In spite of a good upbringing, in his search for meaning and purpose in life, Peter turned to drugs. In 1984 he was given a Bible and was convinced it was God's Word. He met a Jewish believer who led him to the Lord. He earned a Master's Degree in Jewish Studies and has been involved in Jewish ministry for over 10 years. He is the Northeast Ministry representative for CJF Ministries. He and his wife, Diann, have four children. His messages demonstrate God's love for Israel and why it is important to bring the gospel to His covenant people. He is an excellent communicator of God's word, in both its historical and contextual meaning. Peter is a gifted speaker whose enthusiasm for the word of God will excite all who hear him.

Peter will be speaking at the First Baptist Church, Susquehanna on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, September 14, 15 and 16. On Friday he will speak on "The End Times"; on Saturday he will speak on "Islamic Terrorism – the Big Picture." Both these meetings are at 7:00 p.m. On Sunday, at 11:00 a.m. he will be giving his personal testimony and then at 6:00 p.m. he will be speaking on "Messiah in the Passover," and he will also be demonstrating the Passover. The public is cordially invited to attend these meetings.

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RCIA Classes Set

RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults) classes will be held at St. John the Evangelist Church, Susquehanna, in the Fall. Group sessions are informative and fun. If you or anyone you know is interested in learning about the Catholic religion, call Vicky Mulligan (278–3286) or the parish office (853–4634) for details. Also, Catholics desiring to brush up on their faith as well as new team members are welcome. The first meeting will be held on Wednesday, September 19, 7:30 p.m. in the parish hall.

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AWANA Begins At Susky First Baptist

AWANA will be held at the First Baptist Church, Susquehanna for children ages 3 through sixth grade on Mondays, from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. AWANA will begin on Monday, September 10. All boys and girls are invited to attend and bring their friends with them. There will be Bible lessons, lots of songs, games and refreshments. If you have questions or need further information, call 853-4102.

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“Big Read” Begins

250 copies of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby have arrived for the Susquehanna County Big Read. The books will be given free to those county residents registering for the community-wide read.

Pictured (l-r) are: Marilyn Morgan, Executive Director of the Susquehanna County Literacy Program, and Susan Smith, Susquehanna County Library’s administrator/Librarian, unpacking copies of The Great Gatsby, which will be given free to those registering for the countywide Big Read.

“We are thrilled to have the books in hand,” opined Marilyn Morgan, Executive Director of the Susquehanna County Literacy Program, co-sponsor of the program along with the Susquehanna County Historical Society & Free Library. “We are now in the process of putting together the packets for all who have registered for the Big Read, which officially begins on Saturday, September 8.”

The Big Read is scheduled for Susquehanna County from September 8 to November 8, 2007. The kick-off will be at 2:30 p.m. on the Courthouse steps in Montrose, at the 13th Annual Apple Festival. A full round of activities are planned for that event, including the grand arrival of “Jay and Daisy” in a vintage 1920’s auto, readings from the book by local officials, a demonstration of the Charleston by the Windwood Hill Dance Academy, and refreshments, including sparkling apple cider in champagne flutes.

“Our two-month ‘read’ will include book discussion groups, dance lessons, jazz music, and movies,” reports Susan Stone, Susquehanna County Library’s administrator/Librarian. With a registration fee of only $2, every registrant will receive an attractive wristband that entitles him or her to free admission to all programs. They also get a free copy of the book, a reading guide, and a calendar of events.”

Registrations for the Big Read are at the following locations: Susquehanna County Main Library, 2 Monument Sq., Montrose; Forest City Branch Library, 531 Main St., Forest City; Hallstead-Great Bend Branch Library, 201 Franklin Ave., Hallstead; Susquehanna Branch Library, 286 Erie Blvd., Susquehanna; Pratt Memorial Library, 247 Main St., New Milford; Susquehanna County Literacy Program Office, Bendix Rd., So. Montrose; Susquehanna County Family Literacy, Junction of Rts. 76 and 11, New Milford.

On Monday, September 10, an Open House/Welcome will be held from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the four branch library locations, plus 2 p.m. – 5 p.m. at the Pratt Library. Refreshments will be served; there will be jazz music, and a drawing at each location for a Great Gatsby DVD.

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Mommy & Me Story Time

The Susquehanna Branch Library will be hosting a Mommy and Me story time for children ages two and up, on Wednesday mornings at 10:30, beginning September 26.

Registration begins immediately at the library. Parent must have a valid library card.

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