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6th Annual Child Abuse Educational Conference
32nd Annual Christmas Bazaar At Elk Lake
HCA To Host Pastel Artist Rodrica Tilley
Local Playwright Brings Eerie Poe Tales To Life!
More Big Read Events!
Zoning Program At Blue Ridge School


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.

STEAK SANDWICH supper, Wednesday, October 17 at the Binghamton Elks Lodge, Kirkwood.

October 18

PIZZA NIGHT, Thursday, October 18, 5:30 – 9 p.m. at the Binghamton Elks Lodge, Kirkwood. Eat in or take out.

BAG LADIES LUNCHEON, Thursday, October 18, beginning at noon at the Starrucca Baptist Church social rooms. Proceeds benefit the Church.

HISTORY OF WIND POWER presentation, Thursday, October 18, 7 p.m. at the meeting of the Susquehanna Depot Area Historical Society to be held at the Kaiser residence, Potter Hill, Thompson.

October 19

SPAGHETTI SUPPER, Friday, October 19, 4 – 7 p.m. at the Hallstead-Great Bend Rod & Gun Club. All you can eat!

CONCERT, “My Strength and My Song,” Friday, October 19, 7 p.m. at the United Methodist Community Church, Great Bend. Refreshments following the concert.

DINNER, Friday, October 19, 6 – 8 p.m. at the Binghamton Elks Lodge, Kirkwood.

October 19 & 20

HAUNTED HOUSE, Friday, October 19 and Saturday, October 20, 6:30 – 1:00 p.m. at the Lawsville Grange. Admission. Free refreshments after tour.

October 20

FAMILY STYLE BREAKFAST, Saturday, October 20, 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Springville United Methodist Church.

HARVEST DINNER, Saturday, October 20, 4:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the St. John Neumann  Center, Choconut. Sponsored by St. Joseph and St. Augustine Parish.

CHICKEN & BISCUIT DINNER, Saturday, October 20, 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at St. John’s Parish Hall, Susquehanna. Takeouts available, call 853-3087 or 756-3877. Sponsored by the Altar & Rosary Society.

FALL BAZAAR, Saturday, October 20, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at St. Paul’s Church, Montrose.

ANCESTRAL SKILLS workshop, Saturday, October 20, 1 – 4 p.m. at Salt Springs State Park. Discover amazing uses for natural materials for survival in the wilderness. Bring a small pocket knife. Fee.

HARVEST SUPPER, Saturday, October 20, 4 – 8 p.m. at St. Mary’s Church, Kirkwood.

TURKEY SUPPER, Saturday, October 20, beginning at 4:30 p.m. at the New Milford United Methodist Church. Takeouts available.

ROAST PORK DINNER, Saturday, October 20 at the East Ararat United Methodist Church. Takeouts, 3:30. Serving, 4:30.

AMBA WELLNESS PROGRAM (blood analysis), Saturday, October 20, 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Hallstead American Legion Post. Call 1-800-234-8888 for an appointment. Sponsored by the Hallstead-Great Bend Civic Club.

GOOD NEWS LUNCH, Saturday, October 20, noon at St. Mark’s Church, New Milford. Free.

October 23

WING NIGHT, Tuesday, October 23, 5:30 – 9 p.m. at the Binghamton Elks Lodge, Kirkwood.

October 24

SPAGHETTI DINNER, Wednesday, October 24, 5 – 7 p.m. at the Binghamton Elks Lodge, Kirkwood.

October 25

PIZZA NIGHT, Thursday, October 25, 5:30 – 9 p.m. at the Binghamton Elks Lodge, Kirkwood. Takeouts available.

ANTIQUES APPRAISAL Night, Thursday, October 25, 7 – 9 p.m. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Montrose. Advance tickets only, call 278-1881 for info.

October 26

HAM & CABBAGE or fish dinner, Friday, October 26, 6 – 8 p.m. at the Binghamton Elks Lodge, Kirkwood.

TALES OF DARK IMAGINATION, presented by the Endless Mts. Theater Co., Friday, October 26, at the Mt. View Restaurant, Clifford. Doors open at 6:00, dinner theater performance at 6:30. Reservations required, call 879-2026.

October 26 & 27

HAUNTED HOUSE, Friday, October 26 and Saturday, October 27, 6:30 to 10:00 at the Lawsville Grange. Refreshments available.

October 27

TALES OF DARK IMAGINATION, presented by the Endless Mts. Theatre Co., Saturday, October 27, 7:00 p.m. at St. Paul’s Church, Montrose. Tickets available at the door.

ROAST BEEF SUPPER, Saturday, October 27, beginning at 5:00 p.m. at the Thompson United Methodist Church.

FULL MOON LABYRINTH WALK, Saturday, October 27, 6 p.m. at the Self-Discovery Wellness Arts Center, Montrose. Call 278-9256 for info. Donation requested.

October 28

HIKING WITH LLAMAS, Sunday, October 28, 2 – 4 p.m. at Salt Springs State Park. Hike the trails with these gentle giants. Fee. Pre-registration required, call 967-7275.

CHICKEN & BISCUIT DINNER, Sunday, October 28, noon to 2:30 p.m. at St. Thomas Apostle hall, Little Meadows. Sponsored by the Altar & Rosary Society.

BREAKFAST, Sunday, October 28, 8 – 11 a.m. at the Binghamton Elks Lodge, Kirkwood.

CLIFFORD FIRE CO. Ladies Auxiliary bus trip to Turning Stone Casino, Sunday, October 28. For info or reservations call 222-4105.

TALES OF DARK IMAGINATION, presented by the Endless Mts. Theatre Co., Sunday, October 28 at Green Gables, New Milford. Doors open at 5:30, dinner theater performance at 6:00. Reservations required, call 879-2026.

CHICKEN & BISCUIT DINNER, Sunday, October 28, 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. at St. Lawrence Trinity Center, Great Bend. Benefits Alycia (Buck) DiMarzio’s husband, Chris. Alycia is a 1998 Blue Ridge graduate. For ticket info, call 879-4926, 465-4341 or 879-2863.

October 30

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

October 31

TRICK OR TREAT time in Thompson Boro will be on Wednesday, October 31, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

TRICK OR TREAT time in Susquehanna Boro will be on Wednesday, October 31, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

TRICK OR TREAT time in Lanesboro will be on Wednesday, October 31, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

November 1

CHRONIC WASTING DISEASE update, Thursday, November 1, 7 p.m. at the Blue Ridge High School auditorium. Speaker will be Dr. Walter O. Cottrell, wildlife veterinarian, PA Game Commission. For info call 879-4981.

November 2

TURKEY & HAM PARTY, Friday, November 2, beginning at 7 p.m. at the Silver Lake Volunteer Fire Co. refreshments, games, door prize. Proceeds benefit the fire company.

November 3

TURKEY DINNER, Saturday, November 3, at the Nicholson United Methodist Church. Takeouts available, beginning at 3:30, dining room service begins at 4 p.m.

BAZAAR & CRAFT SHOW, Saturday, November 3, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Thompson Hose Co. For info call 727–4949. Sponsored by the Ladies Auxiliary.

November 3 & 4

BAZAAR, Friday, November 2, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday, November 3, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Nicholson United Methodist Church.

November 4

PANCAKE BREAKFAST, Sunday, November 4, 8-11 a.m. at the Hallstead-Great Bend Rod & Gun Club. All you can eat!

LUCKY X AND TRAP SHOOT, Sunday, November 4, beginning at 11:00 a.m. at the Hallstead-Great Bend Rod & Gun Club.

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Senior Center Menu October 15 – 19

Monday, October 15: honey mustard chicken, scalloped potatoes, stir fry vegetables, whole wheat bread, graham crackers, chocolate éclair or angel food cake.

Tuesday, October 16: stuffed pepper with sauce, buttered noodles, mixed vegetables, rye bread, chocolate pudding.

Wednesday, October 17: macaroni and cheese, coleslaw, zucchini and tomatoes, honey wheat bread, fruit cocktail.

Thursday, October 18: oriental pepper steak, white rice, baby carrots, cranberry juice, whole wheat bread, cherry pie or cherries.

Friday, October 19: beef barbecue, parsley potatoes, tossed salad, hamburg bun, chocolate chip granola bar, diced peaches.

Senior Center Menu October 22 – 26

Monday, October 22: glazed chicken, Normandy blend vegetables, white rice, honey wheat bread, mandarin oranges, chocolate chip granola bar.

Tuesday, October 23: vegetable lasagna, cooked carrots, rye bread, fresh banana, cranberry juice.

Wednesday, October 24: pork barbecue, potato salad, green beans, hamburg bun, graham crackers, diced peaches.

Thursday, October 25: shell pasta and meatballs, tossed salad, whole wheat bread, tropical fruit.

Friday, October 26: lemon pepper cod, mixed vegetables, vegetable rice pilaf, honey wheat bread, Boston cream pie or sugar free chocolate pudding.

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6th Annual Child Abuse Educational Conference

The Annual Educational Conference sponsored by The Susquehanna County Coalition For The Prevention of Child Abuse and The Safe Kids Chapter of Susquehanna County will be held on Thursday, November 8, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Montrose Bible Conference, Dreyer Hall.

This is an annual event that provides parents and professionals with new, as well as updated information on children’s issues in a changing world.

The keynote speaker will be M. Cynthia Loftus-Vargari, a psychologist, who will present on navigating the adolescence of a traumatized child.

This year’s topics at the various workshops will be: gang awareness – presented by State Trooper Connie Devins; the progression of drug and alcohol abuse – Judith Herschel and Steve Hoinsky, MH-MR Specialists; adolescent behavior – “What is normal” by Charmarie Bisel, Supervisor C/Y Services; “When kids go bad” – presented by Jason Legg, Esq.

There is no fee for the conference. There is a charge for those who have lunch at the conference. If you are interested and want to register, or need more information, call Charmarie Bisel at (570) 278-4600, Ext. 6 or Bev Bennett at (570) 278-3889.

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32nd Annual Christmas Bazaar At Elk Lake

On Saturday November 3, the Springville Area Women's Club will sponsor its annual Christmas Bazaar. With over 130 vendors, this is one of the largest craft shows in the area. The club has featured this event for 32 years; many people start their Christmas shopping with the huge variety of quality items offered, and there is no admission charge.

Pictured are members of the Springville Area Women’ Club, planning for their annual Christmas Bazaar.

The Christmas Bazaar is held at the Elk Lake school in the primary center from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. In the cafeteria, shoppers can start their day with a donut and coffee, while lunch continues for the whole day.

In the library, “The Stitch-In-Time” quilt guild will have a display of handmade quilts, and will be selling raffle tickets for a stunning pieced and appliquéd quilt titled, “Where The Wild Things Grow.”

This annual event is the Springville Area Women's Club biggest fund-raiser, with all proceeds benefiting local charities and non-profit organizations in our communities.

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HCA To Host Pastel Artist Rodrica Tilley
Submitted By Chris Lathrop

Rodrica Tilley is well known for her watercolors and more recently, her pastel paintings of local scenes, gardens and barns. She will demonstrate her methods, materials and philosophy at the upcoming meeting of the Hill Country Artists group. Rodrica will be working on a pastel for her Tangled Garden series. If you missed her demo during Artists Open House Weekend, here is a second chance to learn or just enjoy watching the making of a painting.

The meeting will be held on Thursday, November 1, at 7:00 p.m. at the Claverack Building, East of Montrose on Rt. 706.

Hill Country Artists have enjoyed a summer of learning and social interaction with other artists and art lovers at their meetings. The November meeting will be the last regular meeting for the year, with the annual Christmas dinner being held in December. The public is invited to attend the meeting on November 1 to enjoy the pastel demonstration and/or learn more about the group, you don‚t have to be a member to attend!

A memorial showing of the paintings of Margaret Dudek and members of Hill Country Artists will be held at the Endless Mountains Council of the Arts in Tunkhannock from November 4 through November 18. The opening reception will be on November 4, from 2 to 5 p.m. The public is invited to attend the reception to honor Peg and visit with other members.

For more information, contact Rita Eddy at (570) 553-2500.

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Local Playwright Brings Eerie Poe Tales To Life!

Prepare to be mystified and horrified, bewildered and perplexed, as Endless Mountains Theatre Company presents Tales of Dark Imagination! The evening of one-act, Halloween-appropriate dramas is the brainchild of local playwright David Schmidt, who has adapted the work of Edgar Allan Poe for the stage.

Pictured from "The Masque of the Red Death," the Spirit of the Clock (June Wootton) haunts Prospero (Dean Hutchins).

Photo by Joe Facinelli

Come to the show, and you will take a journey aboard a ghost ship, enter the obsessive mind of a self-proclaimed visionary, and travel back in time to a medieval castle.

"I have always been a Poe fan," says Schmidt, "so when I was asked to write a script based on the works of Edgar Allan Poe for a theatre company I belonged to fourteen years ago, I jumped at the opportunity." He also notes that the show has undergone "a complete transformation from what it was to what it is now."

To link the three assorted tales, Schmidt inserted a mediator, Baron Ritzner von Jung. Von Jung is a "mystific," which Schmidt tell us is "a person who likes to play with people’s minds."

Tales of Dark Imagination is Schmidt's third original production for EMTC, following on the heels of his recent detective drama, “Blondes, Bullets, and Blackmail.”

Performances of Tales of Dark Imagination are as follows: dinner theatre performance, 6:30 p.m. on October 26 at Mountain View Restaurant (Clifford, PA; doors open for cocktails at 6:00); non-dinner performance (show only) at 7:00 p.m., October 27 at St. Paul's Church (Montrose); dinner theatre performance at 6:00 p.m. on October 28 at Green Gables (New Milford; doors open for cocktails at 5:30). Reservations are required for the dinner shows only, call (570) 879-2026.

Parents are advised that the frightening contents of this show may be unsuitable for children under 10.

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More Big Read Events!

Wednesdays in October are devoted to movies relating to the 1920s as part of The Big Read/Susquehanna County Reads The Great Gatsby. All movies and other events are free with a "Susquehanna County Reads" wristband (which you receive, along with a book if you need one, for a $2 registration fee; you can sign up at an event or at any county library).

On Wednesday the 17th and the 24th, two versions of The Great Gatsby will be shown on the big screen at the Montrose Theatre. Today (Wednesday the 17th), it's the 1974 Paramount version with Robert Redford and Mia Farrow, at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Next Wednesday it's the 2000 A&E TV version with Mira Sorvino and Paul Rudd, again at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. The movies are free with your wristband. The branch libraries in Forest City, Hallstead/Great Bend, and Susquehanna are also showing movies at 2 p.m. Check the website ( for details.

An exhibit of 1920s dresses from the Historical Society's collection and jazz-age artwork created by Joe Welden runs today through this Sunday, October 21, at the Butternut Gallery in Montrose. A talk on the fashions of the 1920s will be held in the gallery by Dawna Ellenberger on Thursday, October 18 at 2 p.m.; please call 278-4011 if you would like to attend.

On Thursday the 18th, there will also be a Ghost Walk in Montrose at 7 p.m., led by Noelle Short; please call the library to register at 278-1881. On Friday the 19th, in Susquehanna, the Rising Star School of Dance will hold a Charleston Dance Lesson at 5:30 p.m.; please call the Susquehanna Library at 853-4106 to register.

Three book discussions and two dramatic readings are being held within the next week. The Endless Mountains Theatre Company presents a half-hour dramatic reading of dialogue from The Great Gatsby at the Montrose Library at 1 p.m. on Saturday, October 20, and at 7 p.m. on Monday, October 22 at the Forest City Library. Immediately following are book discussions, led by Dr. Kristin Sanner at the Main Library and by Dr. David Elliott in Forest City. Another book discussion with Elizabeth Gordon will be held at the Susquehanna Library at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday the 24th. Each book discussion is different, so feel free to attend more than one!

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 created 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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National Business Women’s Week
Submitted By Darlene Slocum, NJDBPW President

Nellie Jane DeWitt Business and Professional Women announces that the annual National Business Women’s Week will be held October 15-19, 2007.

National Business Women’s Week offers communities, companies and organizations an opportunity to celebrate and acknowledge the contributions of working women. It also offers a chance for local BPW/USA organizations across the country to recognize companies and individuals that have made strides toward improving working women’s lives in their communities.

Nellie Jane DeWitt BPW is an active member in our community. Our projects include: scholarships and loans for our graduating seniors; SNF Valentine’ Day party; Christmas tree lighting sponsored by the Susquehanna Community Development Association; Women’s Resource Center; Friends of Susquehanna County; Susquehanna County Harvest of the Arts.

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Zoning Program At Blue Ridge School

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 program will provide an overview of zoning – what it is and what it isn't along with some general information about terms and uses and resources needed to effectively carry out zoning.

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. Respond to the Extension office if you are interested in attending. The phone number is (570) 278–1158. There is no charge for the program, but registration is encouraged.

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