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EVENTS, PROGRAMS, HAPPENINGS, SEMINARS:
February 1 & 2
COUPLES RETREAT, Friday, February 1, 5 – 9:15 p.m. and Saturday, February 2, 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. with speaker Mark Dutton, at South New Milford Baptist Church. For info or to register, call (607) 330–2660.
PANCAKE BREAKFAST, country style, Saturday, February 2, 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the East Ararat United Methodist Church.
FAMILY STYLE BREAKFAST, Saturday, February 2, 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Springville United Methodist Church.
HOPE FOR POLLUTED WATERS, a documentary, will be screened Monday, February 4, 7 p.m. at the Lackawanna State Park Environmental Learning Center. Free. Call 945–6995 for info.
CHICKEN & BISCUIT DINNER, family style, Thursday, February 7, beginning at 5 p.m. at the VFW Post 6223, Great Bend. Takeouts available.
BINGO, Saturday, February 9, at the American Legion Post 357, Hallstead. Doors open at 11 a.m., bingo starts at 1 p.m.
JOURNEY INTO THE APPALACHIANS program, Saturday, February 9, 2 p.m. at Salt Springs State Park. Experience Jim Yeich’s slide presentation, set to music.
FAMILY STYLE BREAKFAST, Saturday, February 16, 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Springville United Methodist Church.
GOOD NEWS LUNCH, Saturday, February 16, noon at St. Mark’s Church, New Milford. Free.
Monday January 28: Italian sausage with peppers and onions, potato salad, hot dog roll, chocolate chip granola bar, tropical fruit.
Tuesday, January 29: tuna noodle casserole, Monte Carlo blend vegetables, cranberry juice, 12 grain bread, honeydew melon.
Wednesday, January 30: honey mustard chicken breast, Brussels sprouts, sweet potatoes, rye bread, graham crackers, pineapple.
Thursday January 31: spaghetti and meatballs, tossed salad, Italian bread, Boston cream pie or sugar free chocolate pudding.
Friday, February 1: glazed chicken, stir fry vegetables, wheat bread, brown rice, mandarin oranges.
Senior Center Menu February 4 – 8
Monday, February 4: homemade meatloaf with gravy, parsley potatoes, coleslaw, potato bread, graham crackers, chocolate éclair or sugar free vanilla pudding.
Tuesday, February 5: chicken cordon bleu with cream sauce, emperor’s blend vegetables, rice pilaf, corn muffin, diced peaches.
Wednesday, February 6: breaded pork patty, mixed vegetables, macaroni salad, hamburg roll, fruit cocktail.
Thursday, February 7: chicken marsala, broccoli, white rice, white bread, apricots.
Friday February 8: Swedish meatballs, cooked noodles, spinach, 12 grain bread, cantaloupe cubes.
The Blue Ridge School District will hold parent teacher conferences on Thursday, February 7. Conference times for the individual schools are as follows:
Elementary School: 2:00 – 4:00 and 5:00 – 7:00.
Middle and High School: 1:00 – 3:00 and 5:00 – 7:00.
Students will be dismissed early that day, at 11:38 a.m. for middle and high school students, and 12:38 p.m. for elementary students.
Thursday, January 31 will be a regular school day with no early dismissal.
The Susquehanna County Animal Rescue Team (C.A.R.T.) will be holding their next informational session on disaster preparedness entitled, "Assemble a Disaster Supplies Kit" on Wednesday, February 6. In addition to the information regarding the disaster kit, there will be a PowerPoint presentation given on large animal first aid. This is not a certification class, but rather an educational experience.
For anyone who is in the farming industry or for those people who own large animals, this presentation could be a great learning experience in preventing further injury or illness to your animal. The initial steps taken in first aid of any kind could mean the difference in the outcome of an incident.
This information session will be held at 7:00 p.m. in the Susquehanna County EMA Conference Room in the County Office Building, located at 31 Public Avenue in Montrose. Registration is required, interested parties should contact Michelle at 278-1158. This session is free of charge and everyone is welcome.
Anyone who is interested in learning more about the Susquehanna Animal Response Team (C.A.R.T.) may do so by attending the next meeting scheduled for Wednesday, February 13, also held in the Susquehanna County EMA Conference Room at 7:00 p.m., or by calling (570) 289-4402.
American consumers enjoy the safest, most abundant and affordable food supply in the world. American workers will have earned enough income during the first 36 days of the year to pay for their family’s annual food supply. This fact is recognized by Pennsylvania Farm Bureau on February 6, this year, with Food Checkout Day.
“Food Checkout Day is a time to reflect on the value and quality of our food supply,” states Cheryl Matulevich, 2008 Food Checkout Day Coordinator for Susquehanna County. “In contrast to the rest of the world, our groceries are the least expensive. Take time to study your next grocery receipt. Deduct the cost of pet food and non-edibles such as paper products, soap, light bulbs, etc., and you’ll come to an approximate cost of what you are truly paying for food, bearing in mind that with any readymade ‘heat and eat” items, you are also paying for the cost of convenience.
“Agriculture is an occupation in which weather always affects the bottom line. Droughts, floods, and unseasonable frosts and freezes often reduce the amount of harvest and this may be reflected in grocery prices, yet we are still the least expensive food supply in the modern world.”
As a means of recognizing Food Checkout Day, Farm Bureaus across the nation will be collecting food for Ronald McDonald Houses. “We’re helping support the Ronald McDonald Houses,” Matulevich said, “because they help support rural families who travel long distances to seek specialized medical care for their ill or injured children. They provide meals, laundry facilities, warm beds, and caring volunteers to help those families stay near the hospitals and their young children. The Scranton Ronald McDonald House is responsible for a portion of their annual budget through fundraising, and Farm Bureau is happy to assist in this worthwhile cause. It takes a lot of support, from various groups, to provide this charitable service.”
SCFB will also be collecting personal care items such as shampoo, toothbrushes, etc. and household supplies of toilet paper, light bulbs, various size batteries, laundry soap, etc. Grocery gift cards and monetary donations, with which to purchase fresh meat, dairy, and vegetables, can be mailed to Cheryl Matulevich, SCFB, RR 1 Box 1045, Hop Bottom, PA 18824. Postage stamps would also be appreciated.
Donation boxes will be in the Susquehanna County Courthouse and in the Planning Commission office of the Susquehanna County Office Building until February 1. Donations can also be dropped off at the Susquehanna County Recycling Center in South Montrose on February 4 and 5, from 9:30 to 3:30, or during the SCFB board meeting at the Claverack Electric building in Montrose on February 5, from 1:30 to 3:30.
Susquehanna County Farm Bureau is a nonprofit farm organization, representing agriculture and rural families.
The Browndale Fire Company will conduct its annual mid-winter gun raffle at the Browndale Hall on Saturday, February 16.
A mixture of rifles, shotguns, rim fire rifles and muzzleloaders, including a Dale Earnhardt shotgun will be raffled off. There will be plenty of door prizes and a buffet dinner and refreshments provided.
Hours are from 4-8 p.m., with plenty of free parking.
The winner need not be present for the ten ticketed rifles, shotguns or muzzleloaders.
Tickets are available from Fire Company members, or call (570) 785 5300.
Proceeds from the gun raffle benefit the Browndale Fire Company.
Holy Name of Mary Church, Montrose, announced the following services as the Lenten season approaches.
Friday, February 1: monthly Eucharistic Adoration will begin after the 12:10 p.m. Mass and will conclude with Mass at 7:00 p.m. A prayer service with the Men of the Sacred Heart and Benediction will follow the evening Mass.
Saturday, February 2 and Sunday, February 3: in honor of St. Blaise, blessing of throats will take place after the weekend Masses.
Wednesday, February 6: Ash Wednesday; Liturgy of the Word will be held with the distribution of ashes at 8:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m., and Mass will be held with the distribution of ashes at 7:00 p.m.
All Fridays during Lent: Stations of the Cross will be held at 6:00 p.m., followed by Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Benediction.
All Saturdays during Lent: Evensong will take place after the 4:00 p.m. Mass.
Father Gerry Safko serves as Pastor of Holy Name of Mary Church.
Our ecumenical Lenten services this year will be held at the Montrose United Methodist Church on Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m., beginning Ash Wednesday, February 6. Ashes will be distributed during this first service.
In today’s society, our lives are bombarded by all kinds of noise. The word “Lent” comes from the Latin word “lento,” which means “slow down.” Psalm 46:10 says, “Be still and know that I am God.” In our weekly Lenten gatherings we will look at a part of our Christian tradition that includes meditation and centering prayer. Meditation helps us slow down and be aware of God’s presence in our hearts. Our minds are always busy; and after a few weeks, we will see that centering on God helps put our lives in perspective. For a few minutes each week, we will relax and let go of our cares and problems and consent to God’s presence within.
Our half-hour services will include prayer, singing, a short message by someone from one of our churches, a few minutes of meditation, followed by a sharing of unconsecrated bread, wine, and juice as a sign of our common commitment to bring Jesus’ message of love and forgiveness to our world.
All are welcome.
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