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Senior Menu

“Blame It On The Movies”
LWV Hosts Careers In The Arts Program
Courthouse Closing
Crown College Choir Concert
Early Childhood Day With SWB Yankees
Register Online For Great PA Cleanup
Hallstead Presbyterian Sets Easter Schedule
Holy Name Of Mary Sets Easter Schedule
Easter Week Services At Thompson UMC


March 12

CART (Susquehanna County Animal Response Team) information session, Shelter,” Wednesday, March 12, 7 p.m. at the Extension office, Montrose. Free. Registration required, call 278–1146.

SPRING FUN afternoon for seniors, Wednesday, March 12, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at St. Mark’s Church, New Milford. Social time, light refreshments.

FISH & PIEROGIES, Wednesday, March 12, 6 – 8 p.m. at the Kirkwood Elks Lodge.

March 13

PIZZA NIGHT, Thursday, March 13, 5:30 – 9 p.m. at the Kirkwood Elks Lodge. Eat in or take out.

OPEN MIC COUNTRY, Thursday, March 13, beginning at 7 p.m. at the Kirkwood Elks Lodge.

SCIENCE FOR YOUNG THINKERS program, Thursday, March 13, 7 p.m. at the county office building Montrose. Eligible for CEU credits/Act 48 hours. Call the Cooperative Extension, 278–1158 for info or to register.

March 14

HAM PARTY, Friday, March 14, beginning at 7:00 p.m. at the Susquehanna Fire Station. Free beverages. Refreshments available.

PIZZA SALE, Friday, March 14, 4 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at the Susquehanna Fire Dept. Call ahead required, 853–3197. Delivery available. Sponsored by the Fire Dept. Auxiliary.

DINNER, ham and cabbage or fish, Friday, March 14, 6 – 8 p.m. at the Kirkwood Elks Lodge.

March 15

FAMILY STYLE breakfast, Saturday, March 15, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Springville United Methodist Church.

DANCE, Saturday, March 15, 7 p.m. to midnight at the Hallstead American Legion. Must be 21. Proceeds benefit the Blue Ridge Varsity Baseball Team. Tickets available at the door, or call 465–7553 for info.

BINGO, Saturday, March 15, 7 p.m. at the Blue Ridge Sportsmen’s Club.

GOOD NEWS LUNCH, Saturday, March 15, noon at St. Mark’s Church, New Milford. Free.

March 16

PANCAKE BREAKFAST, Sunday, March 16, 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Blue Ridge Sportsmen’s Club.

March 17

HAM & CABBAGE DINNER, Monday, March 17, beginning at 4 p.m. at American Legion Post 357, Hallstead. Eat in or take out.

REGISTRATION DEADLINE for “Strengthening Your Facilitation Skills” workshop, which will begin April 3 at the Montrose Bible Conference, Montrose. Call 278–1158 for info.

March 18

WING NIGHT, Tuesday, March 18, 5:30 – 9 p.m. at the Kirkwood Elks Lodge.

LAYETTE OUTREACH meeting and kit assembly, Tuesday, March 18, 10 a.m. at the TREHAB Center conference Room, 10 Public Ave., Montrose. For info call (607) 743–9969 or e-mail

March 19

RUEBEN SANDWICHES, Wednesday, March 19, 6 – 8 p.m. at the Kirkwood Elks Lodge.

CART (County Animal Response Team) monthly meeting, Wednesday, March 19, 7:00 p.m. at the Extension Office conference room, Montrose.

March 20

MAUNDY THURSDAY Communion Service, Thursday, March 20, 7:30 p.m. at Franklin Hill Presbyterian Church.

SPRING EQUINOX labyrinth walk, Thursday, March 20, 7 p.m. at the Self Discovery Wellness Arts Center, Montrose. Donation. Call 278–9256 for info.

SPRING EQUINOX Labyrinth Walk, Thursday, March 20, 7 p.m. at the Self Discovery Wellness Arts Center, Montrose. Donation. Call 278–9256 for info.

PIZZA NIGHT, Thursday, March 20, 5:30 – 9 p.m. at the Kirkwood Elks Lodge. Eat in or take out.

March 21

SPAGHETTI SUPPER, Friday, March 21, 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. at the Hallstead-Great Bend Rod & Gun Club. All you can eat!

FISH DINNER, Friday, March 21, 6 – 8 p.m. at the Kirkwood Elks Lodge.

March 25

FREE SEMINAR on selling timber, Tuesday, March 25, 7 p.m.  at the Dept. of Agriculture, Tunkhannock. For info call Jim Kessler (Forester) at 278–4600, ext. 270 or the Conservation District, 278–4600.

WING NIGHT, Tuesday, March 25, 5:30 – 9 p.m. at the Kirkwood Elks Lodge.

March 26

SPAGHETTI DINNER, Wednesday, March 26, 5 – 7 p.m. at the Kirkwood Elks Lodge.

March 27

CAREERS IN THE ARTS program with Kathleen Harwood, Thursday, March 27, 7 p.m. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Montrose. For info call the League of Women Voters, 278–9082.

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

March 28

DINNER, roast beef or fish, Friday, March 28, 6 – 8 p.m. at the Kirkwood Elks Lodge.

March 29

OPEN HEARTH COOKING program, Saturday, March 29, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Salt Springs State Park. Fee. Pre-registration required, call 967–7275.

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Senior Center Menu March 10 – 14

Monday March 10: hot turkey with gravy, stuffing, cranberry sauce, seasoned broccoli, honey wheat bread, apricots.

Tuesday, March 11: goulash, wax beans, potato bread, applesauce, chocolate chip granola bar.

Wednesday, March 12: Salisbury steak, peas and carrots, parsley buttered potatoes, wheat bread, banana.

Thursday, March 13: pork chop, sweet potatoes, coleslaw, French style green beans, 12 grain bread, graham crackers, pineapple.

Friday, March 14: crab cake, California blend vegetables, rice pilaf, rye bread, cherry pie or cherries.

Senior Center Menu March 17 – 21

Monday, March 17: chili, pineapple juice, green beans, white rice, corn muffin, diced peaches.

Tuesday, March 18: barbecue chicken breast, scalloped potatoes, coleslaw, rye bread, graham crackers, mandarin oranges.

Wednesday, March 19: sliced ham, cauliflower, sweet potatoes, honey wheat bread, granola bar, tropical fruit.

Thursday, March 20: beef stroganoff, orange juice, parsley buttered carrots, noodles, dinner roll, pumpkin pie or sugar free butterscotch pudding.

Friday, March 21: breaded chicken patty, Italian blend vegetables, macaroni salad, hamburg roll, fresh apple.

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“Blame It On The Movies”

The sound of movies is saluted in this cheerful musical cavalcade of wonderful songs and themes from the world’s favorite films. The show opened on Broadway in 1989 and contains over 60 selections from movies spanning the 1920’s to the 1980’s.

Fresh and fast-paced, “Blame It On The Movies” is a nostalgic treat that covers more ground than your average Friday night karaoke party, featuring unforgettable tunes from “The Wizard Of Oz,” “Meet Me In St. Louis,” “The Pink Panther,” “Rocky,” “Psycho,” “Jaws,” “Gone With The Wind,” “Goldfinger,” “The Color Purple,” “Footloose” and countless others, in a fun-filled homage to movie musicals, screwball comedies, shoot-em-up westerns, sizzling screen romances, thrillers, action-adventure flicks, historical and epic alike.

The 14-member cast is under the direction of Jeff Burkett and Amy Zakarauskas and will be presented on Friday, March 14, 7 p.m.; Saturday, March 15, 7 p.m.; and Sunday, March 16, 5 p.m. Tickets are $5.00 for adults and $3.00 for students and senior citizens. For more information, contact Jeff Burkett at 465-3141.

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LWV Hosts Careers In The Arts Program

The public is invited to explore the diverse world of arts careers with The League of Women Voters of Susquehanna County’s Uncommon Woman of 2008, Kathleen Harwood. Mark your calendar for Thursday, March 27, 7-9 p.m. at St Paul’s Episcopal Church Hall (Chestnut St. entrance), Montrose so that you don’t miss this opportunity. Ms. Harwood is a familiar face to the millions of loyal viewers of PBS’s Antiques Roadshow; she’s been evaluating paintings and drawings across America since the very first show was filmed in 1995 and is seen regularly on TV.

Kathleen Harwood will be the featured speaker at the League of Women Voters Careers in the Arts program on March 27.

At this event she will share with students, parents, grandparents, mentors, guidance counselors and all art enthusiasts, her insights about the many rewarding niche arts-related professions beyond teaching and creating art. These are unexplored, yet lucrative and challenging professions for those with Liberal Arts interests and education. She would like to urge young people especially to “take off the blinders,” regarding how one can participate and create within the arts world. This event is free to all, thanks to Ms. Harwood’s kindness and the LWVSC.

Antiques Roadshow is only one aspect of Kathleen’s professional life; it provides the opportunity to travel around America with a wonderful group of colleagues, to meet incredible people, and to never lose that great sense of anticipation – just what is in that black plastic garbage bag? When she’s not “on the road,” she enjoys her home on Lake Montrose, her golden boys (dogs!), her gardens and the slower pace of life in the country.

For LWV information, go to

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Courthouse Closing

The Susquehanna County Commissioners announced the Courthouse will be closed on Friday, March 21 in observance of Good Friday. All court related offices will be available.

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Crown College Choir Concert

The Crown College Choir and Crown Chamber Choir, from Crown College, Minneapolis, MN, under the direction of Dr. David W. Donelson will be in concert on March 25, 7:00 p.m. at the Blue Ridge High School.

The Crown choirs are known for their high level of musical excellence and precise artistry. Their repertoire includes a cappella classics as well as hymn arrangements and spirituals. They tour throughout the United States every year and made their European debut in May of 1997.

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Early Childhood Day With SWB Yankees
Submitted By Stephnie Thornton

Baseball season is just a couple of months away. Once again, the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees are teaming up with Susquehanna County CARES and other area non-profit groups to call attention to quality, early learning initiatives with a game-day celebration of youth. “Early Childhood Day with the SWB Yankees” is May 18 at PNC Field, Moosic. The triple-A baseball team will take on the Pawtucket Red Sox, but even before the first pitch at 1:30 p.m., the focus will be on children and their families.

During a special pre-game ceremony, pre-school children dressed in career-themed costumes will march around the playing field in a “Parade to the Future.” Last year’s parade saw children dressed in everything from firefighter outfits to baseball uniforms. The youngsters represent the future of Pennsylvania. Their families are involved in quality early learning programs across Northeastern PA. Studies show a child who receives a quality start before the age of 5 has a greater chance of success later in life.

The “Early Childhood Day” is also a time to focus on Pennsylvania’s Promise for Children, because every child is Pennsylvania’s future. Part of that promise means supporting key quality early learning initiatives such as:

Pennsylvania Pre-K Counts: a $75 million dollar program providing free quality pre-kindergarten to 11,000 at-risk children across the Commonwealth.

Keystone STARS: a continuous quality improvement initiative and rating system for early learning and school-age childcare programs. Studies show Keystone STARS has reversed a 10-year trend of declining quality in child care.

Child Care Works Subsidized Child Care Program: this provides working families with assistance for child care costs and makes it possible for child care programs to serve children whose families could not otherwise afford care.

Everyone is invited to share in the game-day excitement. A ticket includes admission to the game, reserved upper mezzanine group seating, and a limited edition SWB Yankees hat. There will also be several between-inning activities featuring children from Early Childhood Day’s special group seating section. Tickets must be purchased in advance by April 11.

For more information about this special event or to order tickets, contact Stephnie Thornton from Susquehanna County CARES (Childcare, Agencies, Resources and Educational Services), (570) 465-5040 or via e-mail at

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Register Online For Great PA Cleanup

Volunteers from PennDOT’s District 4-0, covering Lackawanna, Luzerne, Pike, Susquehanna, Wayne and Wyoming counties, are preparing for Saturday, April 19, the Great Pennsylvania Cleanup. The statewide campaign, which runs from now through May 31, is a massive effort to remove litter from the state's roadways, parks, river banks and open spaces.

Litter-Free School Zones will be featured again this year as a way of encouraging students to keep their school grounds litter-free and help raise the public's awareness of the problem of litter. Every school that registers as a participant in the "Litter-Free School Zone” program on the GPC website will be entered into a random drawing for one of five Home Depot Gift Cards worth $1,000 each.

By visiting the official registration website,, hosted by PA Cleanways, individuals may click on “Find an Event Near You” to determine where they may volunteer. Volunteers are welcome to register on the website for free cleanup supplies provided by sponsors and to register for prizes.

PennDOT will provide work gloves and safety vests, and the Glad Corporation will provide free trash bags. The Pennsylvania Waste Industries Association will offer free landfill space to dispose of non-recyclable waste collected during the cleanup by providing fee waivers at area landfills from April 13 through May 3. These will be available following website registration.

DEP has produced 300 Waste Tire Transporter Authorization cards to enable PennDOT county maintenance offices to transport the waste tires to local landfills that will accept said tires during the time of the cleanup campaign.

Firestone Master Car Care Centers will accept discarded tires; links to participating centers are listed on the Great PA Cleanup website. Other corporate sponsors include Honda, Wrigley, Sparkle, Sam’s Club, Troy-Bilt, Scotts Miracle-Gro, Pepsi, Waste Management and Sprint.

The Great Pennsylvania Cleanup is a comprehensive effort, involving local and state government, businesses, waste haulers, and environmental and civic groups. The state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and PennDOT, in cooperation with Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful Inc. (KPB) are sponsoring the Great Pennsylvania Cleanup.

Drivers are urged to keep alert for PennDOT litter crews working along various sections of Interstates 80 and 81 and roadways throughout the area.

PennDOT spends $10.1 million each year to remove litter from roadsides. Without the help of civic-minded individuals, groups and organizations, this number could easily be three or four times more, according to PennDOT.

Volunteers for the Great Pennsylvania Cleanup or the Adopt-A-Highway program may contact the PennDOT District 4 coordinators. In Susquehanna County, call Connie Burgh, (570) 278-1171.

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Hallstead Presbyterian Sets Easter Schedule

First Presbyterian Church of Hallstead has announced the following service schedule.

March 16, Palm Sunday: service at 11 a.m.

March 21, Good Friday: service at 7:30 p.m.

March 23, Easter: sunrise service at 6:00 a.m. with free breakfast immediately following. Easter Sunday communion service at 11 a.m.

All are welcome to attend any or all of the services.

If you would like to sing in the choir and let your voice be heard, practice is every Tuesday at 7:15.

Youth Club is Saturday, open to all, ages 12 years old and up.

Anyone with items to send to the troops overseas can drop them off at the church or manse any day.

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Holy Name Of Mary Sets Easter Schedule

Holy Name of Mary Church, Montrose, announced the upcoming Holy Week and Easter Schedule

Saturday, March 15: 4:00 p.m., Palm Sunday Vigil Mass with blessing and distribution of palm.

Sunday, March 16: Palm Sunday, Masses will be at 8:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m., with blessing and distribution of palm.

Thursday, March 20: Holy Thursday, 7:00 p.m., Mass of the Lord’s Supper. Night Prayer, 10:00 p.m.

Friday, March 21: Good Friday, 12:00 noon, Ecumenical Way of the Cross, at which time a wooden cross is carried to several area churches, with readings and a service at each. 2:00 p.m., the Passion of the Lord at Holy Name of Mary.

Saturday, March 22: Holy Saturday, 11:00 a.m., blessing of food baskets and children’s Easter baskets, followed by an Easter egg hunt. 8:00 p.m., Easter Vigil Mass.

Sunday, March 23: Easter Sunday, Masses at 8:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.

Father Gerry Safko serves as Pastor of Holy Name of Mary Church.

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Easter Week Services At Thompson UMC
Submitted By Mary Gray

The Thompson United Methodist Church would like to welcome everyone wishing to worship during Easter Week to join us.

Services will be held on Thursday, March 20, Maundy Thursday. This will be a service of Tenebrae, or Service of Darkness. During this service fourteen candles along with the Christ Candle are lit, then during the service the candles will be extinguished, one at a time after each reading. At the conclusion of the service, all paraments will be removed from the church in preparation for Good Friday service. This service will be held at 7:00 p.m. in the Thompson Church.

Friday, March 21, Good Friday Services are at 7:00 p.m. at the Thompson Church.

Easter Sunrise Service will be held at the Ararat United Methodist Church on Ridge Road in Ararat, at 7:00 a.m., and Easter Sunday Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. in The Thompson United Methodist Church.

Each service will be led by Pastor Lloyd Canfield.

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