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Senior Menu

Time For “The Big Read”
Free Zoning Program Set In New Milford
Soulfire In Concert
Local 4-H Club To Hold Horse Show
Endless Mountains Annual Quilt Show
Benefit Bike Ride
Annual Artists’ Open House
A Nature Walk
From Heart to Hand Exhibit Highlights


September 26

SPAGHETTI DINNER, Wednesday, September 26, 5 – 7 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.

PIZZA NIGHT, Thursday, September 27, 5:30 – 9 p.m. at the Binghamton Elks Lodge, Kirkwood. Eat in or take out.

September 28

CHICKEN & BISCUIT or fish dinner, Friday, September 28, 6 – 8 m at the Binghamton Elks Lodge, Kirkwood.

September 29

ROAST BEEF SUPPER, Saturday, September 29, beginning at 5:00 p.m. at the Thompson United Methodist Church.

SPAGHETTI DINNER, Saturday, September 29, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Montrose United Methodist Church. Tickets sold in advance or at the door. Takeouts available. Proceeds benefit Habitat for Humanity.

September 30

FROM HEART TO HAND exhibit and reception, Sunday, September 30, 2 – 5 p.m. at the Starrucca House, Susquehanna. A celebration of traditional and folk arts in the Northern Tier. Entertainment, refreshments. For info call Alice at 756-2044.

CHICKEN BARBECUE, Sunday, September 30, beginning at 11 a.m. at the Mt. View Plaza, Hallstead. Proceeds benefit the Hallstead-Great Bend Lions Club.

October 1

NORTH JACKSON CEMETERY ASSOC. meeting, Monday, October 1, 7:00 p.m. at the North Jackson United Methodist Church.

October 1 – 28

FROM HEART TO HAND exhibit, October 1 through 28 at the Susquehanna Boro Building. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. daily; Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sunday, 2 – 5 p.m. A celebration of traditional and folk arts in the Northern Tier.

October 3 – 6

RUMMAGE SALE, Wednesday, October 3, 9:30 – 7 p.m., Thursday and Friday, October 4 and 5, 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., Saturday, October 6 (bag day), 9:30 – noon at the Susquehanna United Methodist Church.

October 4

OPEN TRAP SHOOT, Thursday, October 4, 6:00 p.m. at the Hallstead-Great Bend Rod & Gun Club.

October 6

HARVEST OF THE ARTS, Saturday, October 6, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. in Susquehanna Boro. Art exhibits, street performances, crafts, farmers’ market, wine tasting, demonstrations, more.

MT. VIEW ALUMNI ASSOCIATION annual dinner, Saturday, October 6 at the high school. Reception at 5 p.m., dinner at 6 p.m. For info or reservations call Dava, 289–4680

PANCAKE & SAUSAGE BREAKFAST, country style, Saturday, October 6, 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. at East Ararat United Methodist Church.

RABIES CLINIC, Saturday, October 6, 1 – 3 p.m. at the Fairdale Grange. Proof of prior shot required for 3-year certificate. All animals must be leashed or caged. Distemper shots available.

HARVEST DINNER, Saturday, October 6, 3 – 7 p.m. at the South Gibson United Methodist Church. Takeouts available.

October 6 & 7

STUFFED CABBAGE and turkey soup sale, Saturday, October 6 and Sunday, October 7 at the St. Martin of Tours Parish Hall. Pre-orders preferred, call 756-3305.

October 7

FINE ARTS AUCTION and Harvest of the Arts reception, Sunday, October 7, 6 – 8 p.m. at the Starrucca House, Susquehanna. Donation. For reservations call Alice, 756–2044.

October 11

NORTHERN SUSQUEHANNA RIVER Watershed Association meeting, Thursday, October 11, 7:30 p.m. at the New Milford Township Building.

October 13

CHICKEN & BISCUIT SUPPER, Saturday, October 13, beginning at 4:30 p.m. at the Kingsley United Methodist Church.

SPAGHETTI DINNER, Saturday, October 13, beginning at 5 p.m. at the Clifford United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall.

ART EXHIBIT, Saturday, October 13, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Nicholson United Methodist Church. Refreshments available. Call 942-6995 or 942-4489 for info.

TROUBLE AT THE TROPICABANA, Saturday, October 13, 7:30 p.m. at the Union Dale Hall. Presented by The Lakeside Players. Call 226-6207 for ticket info.

October 17

CANDIDATES FORUM, Wednesday, October 17, 7 p.m. in the main courtroom, Courthouse, Montrose. Meet the candidates for county commissioners. Sponsored by the League of Women Voters. Free.

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Senior Center Menu September 24 – 28

Monday, September 24: sloppy Joe, scalloped potatoes, peas and carrots, hamburg bun, chewy granola bar, banana.

Tuesday, September 25: spaghetti and meatballs, tossed salad, Italian green beans, wheat bread, peaches.

Wednesday, September 26: pork chop in mushroom sauce, mashed potatoes, Monte carol blend vegetables, rye bread, graham crackers, mandarin oranges.

Thursday September 27: lasagna, Italian blend vegetables, honey wheat bread, pumpkin pie or sugar free chocolate pudding.

Friday, September 28: chicken cordon bleu, chicken flavor rice, corn, orange juice, whole wheat bread, fruit cocktail.

Senior Center Menu October 1 – 5

Monday, October 1: chicken parmigiana, parsley potatoes, tossed salad, green beans, whole wheat bread, graham crackers, diced pears.

Tuesday, October 2: breaded cod fillet, macaroni salad, broccoli, hamburg bun, tropical fruit.

Wednesday, October 3: sweet and sour meatballs, white rice, emperors blend vegetables, honey wheat bread, vanilla pudding.

Thursday, October 4: chicken casserole, cranberry sauce, California blend vegetables, rye bread, pineapple.

Friday October 5: Salisbury steak with noodles and gravy, green peas, cranberry juice, whole wheat bread, cantaloupe cubes.

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Time For “The Big Read”

Have you registered yet for The Big Read/Susquehanna County Reads the Great Gatsby? The program, which runs from September 8 to November 8, is full of great events. You can register at any library in the county. For a $2 registration fee, you'll receive a wristband which will admit you to all of the events, a reading guide, a calendar, and more – plus your very own copy of the book, if you need one.

There is no pre-registration required for most of the events, but there are three in October where a count of participants will make organizing easier. Two are in Montrose on October 18, and the other is in Susquehanna on October 19. All events are free with your wristband!

The Butternut Gallery and Second Story Books (Church St., Montrose) is hosting an exhibit of 1920s dresses from the Historical Society's collection, and of Joe Weldon's artwork for the Big Read program, featuring flappers and musicians. The exhibit runs from Wednesday, October 17 through Sunday, October 21. In conjunction with the exhibit, Dawna Ellenberger will give a talk on 1920s fashion on Thursday, October 18, at 2 p.m., in the Gallery. If you are interested in attending, please call the Gallery at 278-4011 by October 17 so they can assemble enough chairs.

Noelle Short will lead a Ghost Walk in Montrose on Thursday, October 18 at 7 p.m. (tying in with the 1920s fascination with the supernatural). Please call the Library at 278-1881 to register, as it will be rescheduled if the weather is inclement.

The Rising Star School of Dance will offer a Charleston Dance Lesson in Susquehanna on Friday, October 19, at 5:30 p.m. Depending on the number of people who wish to attend, the dance session will be at their studio or at the Borough Building. Pre-register by calling the Susquehanna Library at 853–4106.

The Big Read/Susquehanna County Reads is organized by Susquehanna County Literacy and the Susquehanna County Library and 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 (toll-free 866-300-5772) or the Library at 278-1881.

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Free Zoning Program Set In New Milford

An informational program on zoning will be held on Monday, October 22 from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. at the Blue Ridge School District auditorium. The “Nuts & Bolts of Zoning” will present how zoning evolved in the United States and Pennsylvania, fundamentals of zoning – what zoning as stated in Pennsylvania law can provide communities, the relationship of zoning to comprehensive planning, key zoning terms used and how they are applied, and basic zoning administration.

The word “zoning” exhibits a wide range of emotions in many rural communities in Pennsylvania. Many residents are fearful of what zoning regulations can do to their private property rights. However, this doesn’t have to be the case. Municipal governments and the courts no longer look upon zoning only as a “negative” tool to keep certain land uses out of a neighborhood. They recognize its value as a “positive” tool for encouraging certain development and for creating an attractive community. Zoning is a method a community may use to regulate the use of land and structures. It is initiated by the adoption of a zoning ordinance designed to protect the public health, safety, and welfare and to guide growth. In addition, zoning now frequently attempts to control development in areas subject to flooding, to preserve natural features (i.e. wetlands, forests, aquifers) and historic features, and to save farmland.

Presenter for the evening is Peter Wulfhorst, AICP, Economic and Community Development educator, Penn State Cooperative Extension in Pike County. Representatives from the Northern Tier Coalition and the Eastern Susquehanna County Partnership, two multi-municipal planning partnerships in the county, will present information on their planning efforts in the county. Also present will be Carson Helfrich, Community Planning and Management Associates.

This program is presented through a partnership with the Susquehanna County Department of Planning and Penn State Cooperative Extension. There is no charge for the program, but RSVP if you plan to attend. Phone (570) 278-1158 or e-mail at

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Soulfire In Concert

Join for “Saturday Night Praise ‘n’ Worship” featuring music by Soulfire, a contemporary Christian band, followed by free refreshments, on Saturday, September 29, 7 p.m. at South New Milford Baptist Church. Soulfire, pictured above, consists of Luke Thomas, Dave Jennings, Frank and Robin Hobbs.

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Local 4-H Club To Hold Horse Show

The Endless Possibilities 4-H Horse and Pony Club will be holding an English and Western Horse Show on Saturday, September 29 at Johnson’s Ring in Lemon, PA beginning at 9:00 a.m. Poles, Barrels and Jumping will also be part of the activities. The rain date is Saturday, October 6. For more information call Judy Jenkins at 434-2883 or Kim Jennings at 965-2629.

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Endless Mountains Annual Quilt Show

Montrose is again hosting the “Quilts of the Endless Mountains Show” Friday and Saturday, October 12 and 13.

As in previous years, the show will be housed in several buildings, a short walk through town for those who can, or drive and park at each location.

This year the show is hosting two traveling trunk shows, Keepsake Quilting and Quilt in a Day. These quilts will be housed in the United Methodist Church along with a vendors’ mall. The United Methodist Women will again be preparing a lunch.

Demonstrations will be going on both days at the First Presbyterian Church. Check out quilting techniques, from hand quilting to machine and long arm quilting. Learn how to hand-sew pieces together so you can take your quilting with you. There will be other demos too, all by local quilters.

Quilts and raffles will be housed in the Rosemont Bed & Breakfast, and even more quilts in Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church.

For information regarding the show or for registration forms for displaying your quilts, call show chair Linette Leatso at (570) 879–4481 or mail your request to Quilts of the Endless Mountains c/o Linette Leatso, RR 2 Box 2157, Hallstead, PA 18822.

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Benefit Bike Ride

The Little Sisters of the Poor and the Holy Family Residence of Scranton are celebrating their centennial with a benefit bike ride and walk on Sunday, September 30. The Sisters chose the D&H Rail-Trail and Forest City as a focal point, since their founding mission in this area involved caring for elderly coal miners. The Sisters care for the elderly poor in this area.

The Little Sisters of the Poor began in France around 1843, caring for the poor and begging for assistance. By the late 19th century, the Little Sisters’ mission had spread to the United States, and in 1906, a Scranton entrepreneur named Martin J. Maloney, the inventor of the gas street light, decided to seek out the Little Sisters in hopes of establishing a local home for elderly miners. His request was eventually approved and construction of the Maloney Home began in May, 1907. There, the Little Sisters treated the local elderly for the next 68 years. In 1976, the nuns moved down the hill into the bigger Holy Family Residence, where they’ve remained ever since. Now in its centennial year, Holy Family Residence is one of 206 Little Sisters homes in 32 countries.

Join the Little Sisters and the Rail-Trail Council for a day of fun for the entire family. Give the Little Sisters your support while exploring the trail for a walk or ride. Those who pre-register will receive a T-shirt and will be eligible to win a bicycle. Registration forms and pledge sheets are available from the Rail-Trail office (785-7245) or from the Little Sisters (343-4065). Registration starts at 9 a.m. on Sunday, September 30, with the ride or walk following at 10 a.m. There will be prizes and refreshments.

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Annual Artists’ Open House

Join October 6, 7 and 8, Columbus Day Weekend, to celebrate the eleventh annual Artists’ Open House Weekend. This self-guided tour to over 30 artists at 22 locations lets you view the abundant beauty of Susquehanna County as well as unique wood-, gas-, and electric-fired ceramics, abstract and representational painting, photography, wood-carving, sculpture, stone walls, porcelain painting, furniture, and other artistic expressions. Each day studios are open from ten to six. A full color map/brochure is available at many locations throughout the county, at visitors’ centers or at the tour website, Once you get started, pink arrows will guide you to the studios of your choice.

This year, new artists and new studios will participate, plus favorites from years past. Monday is Demo Day, when many artists will demonstrate an aspect of their craft. This is a great chance to observe art being created and chat with the artists. Some of these studios are open only this one weekend of the year. Others will welcome you to return once you know the way. The tour is free.

Artists donate a portion of their sales to benefit Florence Shelly Preserve, Woodbourne Forest Preserve and Salt Springs State Park.

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A Nature Walk
By Trebbe Johnson

Trees have been called the “lungs of the planet.” They take in carbon dioxide and release oxygen, keeping the air clean. They provide habitat for birds, insects, and animals. They prevent soil erosion and flooding, and they have been inspiring poets and painters for literally thousands of years. Trees abound in the 400-acre Florence Shelly Wetlands, a nature preserve in eastern Susquehanna County. On Sunday, September 30, at 2 p.m., retired forester Hank Hartman will lead a walk to identify some of these trees and discuss their special qualities.

In fact, it was the discovery of an anomalous cluster of trees that led The Nature Conservancy to take an interest in the preserve in the early 1980s and to include it in its network of protected lands. An amateur local naturalist had discovered a small stand of balsam firs growing wild on the property that was, at the time, privately owned. Typically, balsams thrive in locations much farther north, such as in the woodlands of Maine, so their presence in Pennsylvania was noteworthy to biologists and ecologists.

Other indigenous trees at the preserve, which Mr. Hartman will identify, include maple, ash, a few species of oak, shadbush (named because they flower around the time the shad are running in the rivers), black cherry, and many others. There is even a rare American elm. Trees planted by humans in the past are also in evidence. For example, you will notice a line of sugar maples along the main trail, planted by a farm family almost a hundred years ago for sugar tapping. Dense, dark areas of scotch pine and Austrian, or red, pine remain from plantations started by the Conservation Corps during the Depression and never thinned. Mr. Hartman will also discuss current ecological threats to trees, such as the emerald ash borer, which biologists are trying to prevent from making its way to eastern Pennsylvania, and the viburnum leaf beetle, which has destroyed many bushes in the area, including in the preserve. Mr. Hartman will give tips for identifying trees by their bark, leaves, cones and other characteristics.

The Florence Shelly Preserve is located one mile north of Thompson, on Route 171. Parking is available in the lot just opposite Stack Road. The walk will last about two hours and is free to the public. Since this is a wetlands area, it is a good idea to wear waterproof shoes, especially if we’ve had recent rains. For further information call Andy Gardner at (570) 727-3362.

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From Heart to Hand Exhibit Highlights

Join the Northern Tier Cultural Alliance to celebrate the folk artists and artisans who live and work throughout the Northern Tier region during the annual exhibit, "From Heart to Hand," September 30 through October 28 at the Susquehanna Borough Building in historic Susquehanna Depot. The opening reception is set for Sunday, September 30 from 2:00-5:00 p.m. at the borough building with refreshments and entertainment in the nearby Starrucca House, a stunning reminder of the once booming Erie Railroad lines that run through the town.

Among the artisans featured in the 2007 exhibit are Ken Ely, Stone Wall Builder, Susquehanna County; Jim Hinston, Woodworker, Lycoming County; Debbie Lutz, Broom Maker, Bradford County; Deb Schildt, Fiber Artist, Tioga County; Don Shelton, Blacksmith Artist, Wyoming County; Christalyn Snyder, Quilter, Potter County; and Linda White, Potter, Sullivan County.

The Northern Tier Cultural Alliance (NTCA) was formed in 1995 by volunteers who had been engaged in a cultural inventory of the area as part of a 1992 Pennsylvania Heritage Commission project. Even as representatives of local cultural and heritage organizations themselves, they had been overwhelmed with the wonderful, largely unsung artistry and heritage of the region. They shaped a mission of "educating the public about cultural traditions, history and art of the Pennsylvania Northern Tier and to assist tradition bearers and traditional artists in the preservation of their work." This show continues to further that mission.

NTCA now serves as one of five Regional Folk Arts Support Centers after the Institute for Cultural Partnerships and the PA Council on the Arts partnered to "develop a statewide Folk Arts Infrastructure Initiative that seeks to strengthen awareness and understanding, as well as participation in, traditional arts across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania."

For additional information on the "From Heart to Hand" exhibit or the featured artists, contact the Northern Tier Cultural Alliance at (570) 265-7455 or visit Support for the "From Heart to Hand" show has been provided by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, the Institute for Cultural Partnerships, and NTCA membership.

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