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Senior Menu

“Food, Land & People” Educators’ Workshop
Historical Society To Host Open House
Host Families Sought
Informational Meeting On Gas Leasing & Exploration
It’s Cookie Time!
Library & Historical Society To Host Annual Meeting
Madigan To Hold Local Outreach
No-Till Conference Set At Harford Fire Hall
SPC Lynne Norris Prepares To DeploySPC Lynne Norris Prepares To Deploy


January 10

CLIFFORD FIRE CO. Ladies Auxiliary installation of officers and Christmas party, Thursday, January 10, 6 p.m. at the Mt. View Restaurant. For info call 222-4105.

January 11

SOUP & BAKE SALE, Friday, January 11, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Peoples National Bank, Hop Bottom. Sponsored by the Hop Bottom United Methodist Church.

January 12

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

BINGO, Saturday, January 12 at American Legion Post 357, Hallstead. Doors open at 4 p.m., bingo starts at 6 p.m.

January 16

C.A.R.T. (County Animal Response Team) meeting, Wednesday, January 16, 7:00 p.m. in the county Extension office, Montrose. For info call 289–4402.

January 17

ARCHERY LEAGUE, beginning Thursday, January 17, 6:30 p.m. at the Hallstead-Great Bend Rod & Gun Club. For info call 879-4515.

January 18

SPAGHETTI SUPPER, Friday, January 18, 4-7 P.M. at the Hallstead-Great Bend Rod & Gun Club. All you can eat!

January 19

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

January 20

PANCAKE BREAKFAST, Sunday, January 20, 1:00 to 11:00 a.m. at the Thompson Fire Company. All you can eat!

January 21

JUNIOR SABERS monthly meeting, Monday, January 21, 7 p.m. at the Canawacta Rod & Gun Club.

January 24

C.A.R.E. (Community Advocating Responsible Education) meeting, Thursday, January 24, at the Lenox VFW.

January 26

SPAGHETTI & MEATBALL SUPPER and bake sale, Saturday, January 26, 4:30 to 7:00 p.m. at the Thompson United Methodist Church.

FREE PROGRAM on Montrose and the National Register of Historic Places, Saturday, January 26, 2 p.m. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Montrose at the County Historical Society & Free Library Assoc. annual meeting. Speaker will be David Kimmerly. Call 278–1881 for info

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Senior Center Menu January 14 – 18

Monday, January 14: hot turkey with gravy, stuffing, cranberry sauce, seasoned broccoli, honey wheat bread, apricots.

Tuesday, January 15: goulash, wax beans, potato bread, applesauce, chocolate chip granola bar.

Wednesday, January 16: Salisbury steak, peas and carrots, parsley buttered potatoes, wheat bread, banana.

Thursday, January 17: pork chop, sweet potatoes, coleslaw, French style green beans, 12 grain bread, graham crackers, pineapple.

Friday, January 18: crab cake, California blend vegetables, rice pilaf, rye bread, cherry pie or cherries.

Senior Center Menu January 21 – 25

Monday, January 21: chili, pineapple juice, green beans, white rice, corn muffin, diced peaches.

Tuesday, January 22: barbecue chicken breast, scalloped potatoes, coleslaw, rye bread, graham crackers, mandarin oranges.

Wednesday, January 23: sliced ham, cauliflower, sweet potatoes, honey wheat bread, granola bar, tropical fruit.

Thursday, January 24: beef stroganoff, orange juice, parsley buttered carrots, noodles, dinner roll, pumpkin pie or sugar free butterscotch pudding.

Friday, January 25: breaded chicken patty, Italian blend vegetables, macaroni salad, hamburg roll, fresh apple.

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“Food, Land & People” Educators’ Workshop

A workshop designed for all elementary (K-8) formal and non-formal educators (certified teachers, home school educators, youth group leaders, environmental educators, etc.) will be conducted by the Environmental/Conservation Education Coordinators from the Conservation Districts of Susquehanna, Luzerne and Wyoming Counties. The event is hosted by the Office of Environment and Ecology, Pennsylvania Department of Education.

Each participant will receive the “Food, Land and People” supplementary environmental education curriculum and “Resources for Learning to use along with the current school curriculum. These materials illustrate lesson plans which integrate important environmental lessons into science, language arts, mathematics, music, art and social studies classes. The study guide addresses the Department of Education’s Standards for Environment and Ecology and helps educators and students better understand the interrelationships among agriculture, the environment and people of the world. Act 48 credits are available.

The workshop will be held Friday, February 29, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the PA Department of Ag building on Route 92 S, Tunkhannock. Registration includes all materials, lunch and coffee breaks. The deadline to register is February 15; early registration is encouraged, as space is limited. For further information, contact Matthew Purdy, Environmental Education Coordinator for the Susquehanna County Conservation District at 278-4600, ext. 285.

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Historical Society To Host Open House
By Sandy Wilmot, Pres.

The Clifford Township Historical Society , Inc. will celebrate their second annual meeting with an open house held Sunday afternoon, January 20 at the Clifford Fire Hall from 1 to 3 pm. Artifacts and materials will be on display that have been donated to the historical society. Pat Peltz, co-author of our bicentennial book, is hard at work collecting photographs of the Herrick high school for her second publication and will have them on display at the open house. Other items to look for – our human hair wreath, a turn of the century mail sled from Uniondale, The History of Dundaff, signed by the author, Margaret Strom, Indian artifacts, photos of our progress renovating the Hoover school and much, much more.

Our latest DVD release, “Clifford Township Geology: Diversity Unearthed” will be aired for the first time at the open house, and refreshments will be served .

We will be awarding a fifty dollar prize to the author of the best poem about Clifford Township. Bring your entries to the open house or email to or mail to P.O. Box 442 Clifford, PA 18413.

Please join us for an interesting and pleasant afternoon. If you have any "family treasures" that you would like to have on display, or stories to tell, bring them with you to our Open House. We will have computers there to copy any written material or pictures that you might be willing to share with the Historical Society.

A musical preview from our Cemetery theater, planned for this July , will also be presented during the afternoon.

Questions? Call Sandy Wilmot, 679-2723

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Host Families Sought

Mountain View Jr. Sr. High School is hosting the Region IV Stand Band Festival this year. The festival features over 150 of the most talented instrumental tenth, eleventh and twelfth grade musicians in all of eastern Pennsylvania. The festival is a four-day, three-night event.

The students attending the festival need housing. Mt. View is looking for volunteers to house students. Hosts’ responsibilities would be to provide lodging, breakfast, snacks and transportation for the students. They will arrive Wednesday, February 20, and will have their concert on Saturday, February 23. If you know students attending from other schools, you may request to have them stay with you. If you or anyone you know can house at least two students, or if you have questions, contact or, or phone Terry Bufford, (570) 222-4783; Rebekah Ihlefeldt, (570) 253-2858; or Sue Jones, (570) 877-1542.

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Informational Meeting On Gas Leasing & Exploration

Rural landowners are invited to a meeting on Tuesday, January 22., 7:30 p.m. at the Montrose High School Auditorium to learn about natural gas exploration and leasing.

The meeting will provide clear, current and useful information about the gas development process, particularly in PA’s Northern Tier region and the Southern Tier region of New York. It will clarify a number of aspects about gas leasing, including what is being leased, the benefits and drawbacks of leasing, the nature of exploration and variability in lease values, gas storage, payment expectations, protection of farmland and natural resources, and the role of legal counsel.

Speakers will include Attorney Chris Denton, land reclamation and pipeline expert John Lacey, Chemung County Farm Bureau President Ashur Terwilliger, and accountant James Leonard. The meeting is sponsored by the Northern Tier Coalition and the Susquehanna County Farm Bureau.

For more information contact Terry Dugan at 278–7158.

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It’s Cookie Time!

For close to 75 years, the Girl Scout cookie program has helped girls across the 30 counties of Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania, an agency of the United Way, develop skills they will use throughout their lives.

The Girl Scout cookie program teaches girls ages 5-17 how to work together as a team, set goals, and develop plans for reaching those goals. Additionally, they cultivate a sense of business ethics, public speaking and interpersonal communication skills and acquire knowledge in marketing, money management and customer service. The Girl Scout cookie program has truly evolved into the nation’s premier financial literacy and entrepreneurship program.

On January 4, Girl Scouts in northeastern and central Pennsylvania began taking orders for eight delicious varieties of cookies. All Girl Scout cookies contain zero grams of trans fat per serving. Throughout the council area, Girl Scout cookies will be sold by individual Girl Scouts, and at local troop booth sales from February 15 through March 11.

Proceeds, after paying the baker, stay in the communities served by the council with troops keeping 17 to 20 percent for their own use – one of the highest troop profit rates in the nation.

For more information about becoming a Girl Scout or Girl Scout volunteer, contact Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania at 1-800-692-7816 or log on to the council’s website at To locate a Girl Scout troop that sells cookies visit or

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Library & Historical Society To Host Annual Meeting

The Susquehanna County Historical Society & Free Library Association's annual meeting will be held on Saturday, January 26, 2 p.m., in the St. Paul's Episcopal Church Hall (60 Church St., Montrose). Reports on the Association's activities during 2007 will be presented, followed by a talk given by preservation consultant David Kimmerly, who is preparing a National Register of Historic Places nomination for the Borough of Montrose. Refreshments will be served after the program.

Everyone is invited to the annual meeting – there is no charge. Members of the Association are entitled to vote at the meeting and help support library and historical society services across the county. For more information about membership, stop by your local library, visit, or call 278-1881.

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Madigan To Hold Local Outreach

State Sen. Roger A. Madigan (R-23) will host outreach events in January 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 January 18, 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, (570) 265–7448, and 330 Pine St., Williamsport, 1–800–443–5772.

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No-Till Conference Set At Harford Fire Hall

The Northeast PA No-till Conference is scheduled for Wednesday, February 13 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Harford Volunteer Fire Company, Susquehanna County. The conference is geared for the producer interested in starting the no-till system, and for the experienced no-till producer that has questions or would like more information.

No-till can save the producer considerable amounts of time, labor, and costs. One of the featured presentations is titled, “Make More Money with No-till – A Pennsylvania Case Study,” which is being presented by Dave Messersmith, PSU Cooperative Extension. Another session is, “No-till Systems from Economics to Herbicides.” Both sessions will focus on soil preparation, costs associated with no-till, financial investments, and economic returns of conventional row crop production versus using the no-till system. Local Susquehanna County farmer, William Jones will explain pros and cons of a zone-tiller.

Listen to the presentation on REAP, which stands for Resource Enhancement and Protection program. REAP allows farmers and businesses to earn tax credits in exchange for Best Management Practices (BMP’s) on agricultural operations that will enhance farm production and protect natural resources. Through REAP no-till equipment has been approved for tax credits of 50% of the cost of the equipment.

The conference is a collaborative effort between several organizations and agencies such as the Lackawanna, Susquehanna, Wayne, and Wyoming County Conservation Districts, the Pocono Northeast & Endless Mountains Resource Conservation & Development Councils, Penn State University, Project Grass Northeast, and US Department of Agriculture.

There is a conference registration fee, and registrations are due by February 4. If you would like more information about the conference, contact Ryan Koch at (570) 282-8732 ext. 4 or Charlie Miller at (570) 281-9495 ext. 5.

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SPC Lynne Norris Prepares To Deploy
Submitted By Liane Fabrizi

Spc. Lynne Norris, formerly of Susquehanna, PA is preparing for her first tour of duty in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Lynne has been enlisted in the United States Army Reserves since June, 2000 and currently resides in Oceanside, CA. She is the daugher of Richard and Linda Norris of Susquehanna, PA.

Lynne will be deploying from Fort Dix in New Jersey in April, 2008 and will be in the area during January to visit family and friends. Lynne's family will be hosting a Farewell Get-Together on Saturday, January 19, 7 p.m. at the American Legion in Susquehanna. Stop by to wish her well!

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