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Senior Menu

SCCD To Host Annual Contractors’ Workshop
CARES “Cookie Walk"
Annual Dairy Day At Elk Lake School
3rd Annual Easter Dinner Planned
EMVB Calendar Of Events Deadline Set
Mommy & Me Story Time
TREHAB Center Open Saturdays


February 21

BACKYARD TREE FRUIT PROGRAM, Thursday, February 21, 6:30 p.m. at the County Office Building, Montrose. For info or to register, call 278–1158.

MOCHA MOOSE CAFÉ, Thursday, February 21, 5:30 – 8 p.m. at the Susquehanna Community High School. Music, art, food.

February 22

FULL MOON HIKE, Friday, February 22, 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. at Salt Springs State Park. Hike to an incredible night vista in the glow of a full moon. Canceled if overcast.

SPAGHETTI DINNER, Friday, February 22, 4:30 – 7:00 p.m. at the Lawsville Grange. All you can eat!

PIZZA SALE, Friday, February 22. Orders taken 4 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. delivery available. Call ahead service required, call the Susquehanna Fire Dept. Auxiliary, 853–3197.

February 23

SPAGHETTI & MEATBALL SUPPER and bake sale, Saturday, February 23, beginning at 4:30 p.m. at the Thompson United Methodist Church.

March 1

CHRISTMAS TREE meeting and trade show, Saturday, March 1 at the Genetti Lodge, Hazleton, 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. For info or to register, call the Carbon County Extension, 325–2788.

POMONA GRANGE #7 meeting, Saturday, March 1, 10:00 a.m. at the Union Grange Hall, Lathrop Twp. Dinner will be served.

COUNTRY STYLE pancake and sausage breakfast, Saturday, March 1, 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. at East Ararat United Methodist Church.

March 2

KITCHEN CUPBOARD REMEDIES program, Sunday, March 2, 2 p.m. at the Salt Springs State Park. Learn natural ways to deal with common maladies. Make a scented oil to take home (bring jar). Fee. Registration required, call 967–7275.

PANCAKE BREAKFAST, Sunday, March 2, 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Hallstead-Great Bend Rod & Gun Club. All you can eat!

March 8

COOKIE WALK Fundraiser, Saturday, March 8, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Literacy/Cares Family Resource Center, New Milford. Buy a container and fill it with the cookies of your choice. Entertainment.

March 9

HAM & CABBAGE DINNER, Sunday, March 9, 12 – 3 p.m. at St. Thomas Apostle Hall, Little Meadows.

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Senior Citizens Menu February 25 – 29

Monday, February 25: stuffed pepper, corn, wheat bread, noodles, round cake or diabetic angel food cake.

Tuesday, February 26: chicken parmigiana, tossed salad, sweet potatoes, rye bread, graham crackers, fruit cocktail.

Wednesday, February 27: pork barbecue, peas and carrots, pierogies, hamburg roll, granola bar, apricots.

Thursday, February 28: chicken and dumplings, Normandy blend vegetables, parsley buttered rice, corn muffin, mandarin oranges.

Friday, February 29: beef patty, coleslaw, baked beans, hamburg roll, graham crackers, diced peaches.

Senior Center Menu March 3 – 7

Monday, March 3: hot roast beef sandwich with gravy, mashed potatoes, parsley buttered carrots, white bread, graham crackers, diced pears.

Tuesday, March 4: sweet and sour chicken, emperor’s blend vegetables, white rice, wheat bread, pineapple, grape juice.

Wednesday, March 5: lemon pepper cod, scalloped potatoes, Normandy blend vegetables, 12 grain bread, graham crackers, mandarin oranges.

Thursday, March 6: meat lasagna, garlic seasoned green beans, tossed salad, Italian bread, chocolate éclair or sugar free chocolate pudding.

Friday, March 7: macaroni and cheese, stewed tomatoes, wheat bread, honeydew melon.

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SCCD To Host Annual Contractors’ Workshop

The Susquehanna County Conservation District (SCCD) will host its annual Heavy Equipment Contractors’ Workshop from 7:30 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, March 19, at the Montrose Bible Conference, Dryer Hall. Featured speakers include representatives from the SCCD and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, Fish & Boat Commission, and State Police Motor Carrier Enforcement Division.

Exhibitors and agency staff will be available to answer questions, and door prizes will be provided. The event has a registration fee, which includes an 8:00 a.m. breakfast. The deadline for registration is March 5.

For more information or to register, contact Jen Morelli at 278-4600 ext. 281 by March 5.

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CARES “Cookie Walk”

Satisfy your sweet tooth by participating in the Susquehanna County Literacy/Susquehanna County CARES Cookie Walk. The tasty event happens March 8, from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. at the Susquehanna County Literacy/CARES Family Resource Center offices along Route 11 in New Milford.

Here is how it works: buy a small container and fill it with cookies of your choice, from all varieties. You may also take a break in a special café featuring drinks and treats while enjoying the sounds of Mountain Aire Brass.

All of the money raised benefits the Susquehanna County Literacy Program and Susquehanna County CARES (Childcare, Agencies, Resources and Educational Services.) For further information, contact Susquehanna County CARES at (570) 465-5040.

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Annual Dairy Day At Elk Lake School

The 19th annual Susquehanna County Dairy Day will be held on Friday, March 7, at Elk Lake High School.

Dairy Day is organized by the Penn State Cooperative Extension in Susquehanna County and Dairy Day Committee. The event will run from 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Dairy Day will be filled with educational presentations, free health screenings, commercial exhibitors, door prizes, lunch, and a well stocked dairy bar which includes milk, cheese, and ice cream. Last but certainly not least, plan to join at 2:00 p.m. for the famous pie baking contest and auction.

This year’s Dairy Day will feature educational workshops on the PA Dairy Tool, Precision Dairy Feeding, and overview of the new conservation program, REAP in addition to the ever popular pesticide credit workshops.

Extension Educator Gary Hennip from Bradford County will introduce dairy producers to the PA Dairy Tool. The Penn State Profitability Assessment Dairy Tool examines the whole farm operation to help identify the priorities for change and begin a process to eliminate the most costly bottlenecks in the dairy operation.

Kelly O'Neill, of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, will share information about new tools that will help producers conserve natural resources while improving their bottom line. The new Resource Enhancement and Protection Program provides tax credits for conservation practices. Precision dairy feeding minimizes manure nutrients while enhancing production and herd health.

Pesticide Workshops will be offered by Dave Messersmith, Penn State Cooperative Extension in Wayne County. The a.m. session will cover Drafting a Pesticide Emergency Plan For Your Farm; bring a pen and come prepared to fill in a sheet for first responders in case of an emergency. The a.m. session will also cover Genetically Modified and Treated Seed for Insect Control: Making sense of the increasingly confusing seed corn business. The p.m. sessions will cover Assembling Your Own Field Sprayer Safety Kit and Sweet Corn Weed Control Demo Results. Attend both sessions and receive two core and two category credits.

Youth are encouraged to visit the “Farm Safety for Kids!” workshop. The hands-on demonstration will show youth safety tips to remember on the farm. The Susquehanna County 4-H will also showcase various clubs projects that 4-H has to offer, including overnight camping at 4-H Camp Brulé.

The Penn State Master Gardeners will be on hand in the gymnasium with a display and information on pruning. Most trees and shrubs are best pruned in early spring (late dormant season) before the start of new growth. The reasons for pruning include: to train newly planted trees and shrubs for better establishment; to maintain plant health; to improve quality of flowers, fruit, foliage or stems; and to restrict growth. Master Gardeners will be available to answer your gardening questions as well as provide information on their upcoming one-hour backyard composting classes and the hours for the garden help hotline.

Health education and free health screenings will be offered. American Cancer Society, American Red Cross, Susquehanna County Big Brothers and Big Sisters, Pennsylvania Department of Health, Northeast Regional Cancer Institute, Susquehanna County CARES, Susquehanna County Drug and Alcohol Commission, Pinnacle Health Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program, and the United Way of Susquehanna County will offer educational displays and materials. Endless Mountains Health Systems and the Pennsylvania Department of Health will offer free health screenings which will include peak flow, pulse oximetry, blood pressure checks, hearing tests, tetanus shots, and more!

Lunch will be available to those interested. Cost is $3 per person and children under 5 are free. Lunch reservations are required by calling the Extension Office at (570) 278-1158. Reservation deadline is 12:00 noon, Friday, February 29. Individuals making reservations can pay at the door for their lunch.

Are you interested in entering the Dairy Day Pie Contest? Guidelines for the 2008 Dairy Day Pie Contest are as follows: submit one pie per participant; pies should be in a 9-inch aluminum pie plate; bring your pie to the stage in the gym by 11:30 a.m. on Dairy Day. The top three adults and top three youth will receive prizes. Pre-register for the contest by calling the Extension Office, 278-1158. Anyone is eligible to enter the contest, youth or adults, farm or non-farm folks!

The Pie Auction will take place at 2:00 p.m. in the gymnasium. Proceeds from the auction will be divided equally between the Susquehanna County 4-H Dairy Program and the County Dairy Princess and Promotion Program. Join the excitement as the pies are auctioned off by bidding and you have a delicious pie to take home and will have supported youth of Susquehanna County!

Don’t forget to call the Extension Office, 278-1158, for lunch reservations.

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3rd Annual Easter Dinner Planned

In cooperation with Interfaith and the Trehab Food Bank, a consortium of churches in Susquehanna County has been organized to prepare a full dinner for individuals and families in need at Easter. In 2007, over 550 Easter dinners were distributed. The dinner included a ham, vegetables, potatoes/macaroni and cheese, canned fruit, bread, and holiday sweets. This year the project is preparing to provide meals for 600 families and individuals. The dinners will be distributed on Wednesday, March 19.

Members of The Consortium of Churches prepare for Easter dinner distribution. The Bridgewater Baptist Church, First Presbyterian Church, Holy Name of Mary RC Church, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, and the United Methodist Church of Montrose join with Interfaith and Trehab Food Bank in sponsoring the third annual Easter dinner for needy in Susquehanna County.

“Local area schools have been recruited to collect cans of vegetables, potatoes and macaroni and cheese, and the canned fruit,” reports Rachel Warriner Bartron, convener of the consortium. “Letters have been sent to all the civic and social organizations and groups in the county to solicit funds to purchase the hams. All the churches in Susquehanna County have been invited to join in the annual event. And, we are pleased that collection stations for veggies will be available at local Montrose grocery stores. This is a county-wide effort on behalf of our needy neighbors.”

The Key Clubs and Honor Societies of area high schools have been invited to join in the sorting, bagging, and distribution of the dinners.

“We are asking all the all the churches in Susquehanna County to provide the dessert for the dinner, which will be included in the gift dinner. We are in need of 1,000 boxes of cake mixes, and 1,000 boxes of icings,” adds Dee Butler of Holy Name of Mary Roman Catholic Church.  “The five partner churches in Montrose will be providing the Easter candies.”

Along with Interfaith and the Food Bank, members of the consortium are drawn from the Bridgewater Baptist Church, First Presbyterian Church, Holy Name of Mary RC Church, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, and the United Methodist Church of Montrose.

“Last Easter we were blessed by the generosity of individuals and organizations from across the county,” opines the Rev. Charles Cesaretti of St. Paul’s Church. “Over $7,000 was donated to the project, which allowed us to purchase all the hams, as well as assist the Food Bank with funds for emergency needs over this special holiday.”

Fr. Cesaretti reports that monetary donations are most welcome and appreciated, and should be mailed to St. Paul’s, 60 Church Street, Montrose, PA 18801-1231. Place “Easter Dinner 2008” in the memo line. “We take cash, too,” he adds.

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EMVB Calendar Of Events Deadline Set

Events that take place between April 1 and September 30, 2008, are now being accepted for the Endless Mountains Visitors Bureau 2008 Spring-Summer Calendar of Events.

Any public event that is sponsored by a community or non-profit organization can be submitted for the upcoming calendar free of charge. The events must take place in the Endless Mountains Region – Bradford, Sullivan, Susquehanna and Wyoming counties.

To get an event in the calendar, log onto and go to the Calendar of Events section. Click on “Add Event.” Follow the instructions to fill out the online events form.

The event information will be reviewed by the Visitors Bureau before being placed on the website’s calendar. The bureau reserves the right to edit and/or delete any submission.

All events received by the March 3 deadline will be included in the printed calendar of events brochure.

Anyone without Internet access can contact the bureau and request a calendar of events form. All events must be submitted online or on the form provided by the bureau to ensure accuracy.

For more information or to request a form, call the Visitors Bureau at 836-5431 or 1-800-769-8999.

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Mommy & Me Story Time

The Susquehanna Branch Library will be hosting a Mommy & Me story time for children ages 2 and up, on Wednesday mornings at 10:30, beginning March 12.

Bring your young one for songs, stories and rhymes.

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

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TREHAB Center Open Saturdays

As a service to county residents unable to visit the Center during the work week, the TREHAB Learning Center in Great Bend will expand its hours of operation to include one Saturday every month. The Center will be open from 8 a.m. to noon on the last Saturday of each month, unless it falls on a holiday weekend. This service will begin as of Saturday, February 23.

The Center provides residents access to job search services, including registration on the Pennsylvania job search database, information on local employment opportunities, use of the Center’s computers to complete or update résumés and cover letters, all with assistance from Center staff as well as consultation services.

The TREHAB Learning Center is located at 180 Main Street, Great Bend.

For more information, contact Don Robinson, Site Supervisor, at (570) 879-8131.

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