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The Bins Have Arrived!
Spring Bird Walks In Shelly Wetlands
Annual Diabetes Walk
Hill Country Artists Update
LCCC Offers Local Classes
Local National Day Of Prayer Services
Countryside Conservancy 2008 Stewardship Awards


April 23

SPAGHETTI DINNER, Wednesday, April 23, 5 – 7 p.m. at the Kirkwood Elks Lodge.

April 24

SEASONAL LUNCHEON of sustenance for body, mind and spirit, Thursday, April 24, 11:45 a.m. at the Self Discovery Wellness Arts Center, Montrose. Call 278-9256 for info or to register.

PIZZA NIGHT, Thursday, April 24, 5:30 – 9 p.m. at the Kirkwood Elks Lodge. Eat in or take out.

LYON STREET Cemetery Association annual meeting, Thursday, April 24, 7 p.m. at the home of Thelma Frederici. All lot owners/shareholders urged to attend. For info call Susan, 679–2386.

April 25 & 26

RUMMAGE SALE, Friday, April 25, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday, April 26, 9 a.m. to noon, bag sale noon to 1 p.m. at the Lanesboro Community Center. Proceeds benefit Susquehanna Home Town Days

April 25

DINNER, Friday, April 25, 6 – 8 p.m. at the Kirkwood Elks Lodge.

PANCAKE SUPPER, Saturday, April 25, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Franklin Hill Presbyterian Church. All you can eat! Proceeds benefit the Relay for Life Team.

RUMMAGE & BAKE SALE, Friday, April 25, 9 a.m. to noon and 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Franklin Forks United Methodist Church.

April 25 – 27

THE ODD COUPLE at St. Martin of Tours Church, Jackson, Friday, April 25 and Saturday, April 26 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, April 27 at 2 p.m. For ticket info call 756–3305.

ORCHID SHOW, Friday, April 25, Saturday, April 26 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday, April 27, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Oakdale Mall. Hosted by the Southern Tier Orchid Society.

April 26

ON OUR WAY HOME concert, Saturday, April 26, 7:00 p.m. at the Susquehanna United Methodist Church.

CAN & BOTTLE DRIVE, Saturday, April 26, under the bridge in Susquehanna Boro. Sponsored by Boy Scout Troop 81.

ROAST BEEF SUPPER, Saturday, April 26, beginning at 5:00 p.m. at the Thompson United Methodist Church.

BAG SALE, Saturday, April 26, 9 a.m. to noon at the Franklin Forks United Methodist Church.

ROADSIDE CLEANUP, Saturday, April 26, 10 a.m. to noon at Salt Spring State Park. Meet at the Wheaton House. All supplies provided except gloves.

ON OUR WAY HOME Bluegrass Gospel concert, Saturday, April 26, 7:00 p.m. at the Susquehanna United Methodist Church. Refreshments to follow the concert.

CHICKEN BARBECUE, Saturday, April 26, 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Elk Lake High School. Dinners, halves, takeouts, drive-through. Sponsored by the Dimock Community Church

April 27

ABCs OF HERBAL TEAS program, Sunday, April 27, 2 p.m. at Salt Spring State Park. Registration required, call 967–7275.

ABCs OF HERBAL TEAS program, Sunday, April 27, 2 – 4 p.m. at Salt Springs State Park. Fee. Registration required, call 967–7275.

BREAKFAST, Sunday, April 27, 8 – 11 a.m. at the Kirkwood Elks Lodge.

April 29

WING NIGHT, Tuesday, April 29, 5:30 – 9 p.m. at the Kirkwood Elks Lodge.

April 30 – May 3

RUMMAGE SALE, April 30, 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.; May 1 and 2, 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.; and May 3, 9:30 to noon (bag day) at the Susquehanna United Methodist Church.

May 1

CHICKEN & BISCUIT DINNER, family style, Thursday, May 1, beginning at 5 p.m. at the VFW 6223, Great Bend. Takeouts available.

May 2

EUCHARISTIC ADORATION, Friday,  May 2, following the 12:10 p.m. Mass, concluding with Mass at 7:00 p.m. at Holy Name of Mary, Montrose. A prayer service with the Men of the Sacred Heart and benediction will follow the evening Mass.

May 1 – 3

RUMMAGE & BAKE SALE, Thursday, May 1 and Friday, May 2, 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Saturday, May 3, 9:30 to noon (bag day), at the Lanesboro Community Center. Sponsored by the Lanesboro Community Church.

“UNCLE PHIL’S DINER,” an evening of food and fun from the fabulous 50’s, May 1, 2 and 3 at 7 p.m. at the United Methodist Community Church, Great Bend. Admission is one can of food. Reservations required, call 879–4506.

May 3

PANCAKE & SAUSAGE BREAKFAST, Saturday, May 3, 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the East Ararat United Methodist Church. All you can eat!

CHICKEN BARBECUE, Saturday, May 3, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Kingsley United Methodist Church. Takeouts only.

DINNER, chicken parm. with pasta or fish, Friday, May 3, 6 – 8 p.m. at the Kirkwood Elks Lodge.

RAIL-TRAIL trash pickup, Saturday, May 3 on the D&H Trail. Meet at 9 a.m. at Stevens Point, where the trail crosses SR 1009. Call 785-7245 for info.

May 4

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

May 5

THOMPSON CEMETERY Association annual meeting, Monday, May 5, 7:00 p.m. at the home of Jeanette Saulo. Interested persons are invited to attend. For info call 727–2179.

May 6

WING NIGHT, Tuesday, May 6, 5:30 – 9 p.m. at the Kirkwood Elks Lodge.

May 7

AUDITIONS for the Endless Mts. Theatre Company’s production of Meet Me In St. Louis, Wednesday, May 7, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Mt. View High School.

May 8

PUBLIC MEETING for Lanesboro Cemetery improvements, Thursday, May 8, 7 p.m. at the Lanesboro Community Center.

PIZZA NIGHT, Thursday, May 8, 5:30-9 p.m. at the Kirkwood Elks Lodge. Eat in or take out.

May 9

DINNER, stuffed peppers or fish, Friday, May 9, 6 – 8 p.m. at the Kirkwood Elks Lodge.

May 10

SPAGHETTI DINNER, Saturday, May 10, 4-7 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus, Great Bend. Takeouts available.

MOTHER-DAUGHTER BANQUET, Saturday, May 10 at the Gibson United Methodist Church. Covered dish dinner at 5:00 p.m., program at 6:00 p.m.

AUDITIONS for the Endless Mts. Theatre Company’s production of Meet Me In St. Louis, Saturday, May 10, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at St. Paul’s Community Center, Montrose.

WALK TO CURE Juvenile Diabetes, Saturday, May 10. Registration is at 9:30 a.m. at the Pump ‘n’ Pantry parking lot, Rte. 706, Montrose. For info call 278-1881.

ART AUCTION/DINNER, Saturday, May 10 at the Summit Tea Room. Preview at 5:30, buffet dinner at 6:30, auction at 7:30. Tickets available at Pennstar or Peoples Banks. For info contact Habitat For Humanity, 278–4102.

May 11

CHICKEN BARBECUE, Sunday, May 11, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Blue Ridge Sportsmen’s Club, New Milford. Eat in or take out.

May 13

WING NIGHT, Tuesday, May 13, 5:30 – 9 p.m. at the Kirkwood Elks Lodge.

May 14

RUEBEN SANDWICHES, Wednesday, May 14, 6 – 8 p.m. at the Kirkwood Elks Lodge.

May 15

OLDER ADULT SPELLING CHAMPIONSHIP, Thursday, May 15, 10:00 a.m. at the Towanda American Legion. For info, call the Area Agency on Aging, 1-800-982-4346.

PIZZA NIGHT, Thursday, May 15, 5:30 – 9 p.m. at the Kirkwood Elks Lodge. Eat in or take out.

OPEN MIC COUNTRY, Thursday, May 15, beginning at 7:00 p.m. at the Kirkwood Elks Lodge.

IMPROVING TRANSITION TIMES workshop for early childhood practitioners and parents, Thursday, May 15, 7:00 p.m. at the County Office Building Conference Room, Montrose. For info call 278–1158.

May 16

SPAGHETTI SUPPER, Friday, May 16, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Hallstead-Great Bend Rod & Gun Club. All you can eat!

DINNER, roast beef or fish, Friday, May 16, 6 – 8 p.m. at the Kirkwood Elks Lodge.

May 17

CHICKEN & BISCUIT DINNER, Saturday, May 17, beginning at 5 p.m. at the Ararat United Methodist Church.

BIRDING WITH RON MILLIKEN, Saturday, May 17, 6:00 a.m. at the Florence Shelly Preserve. For info call 879–4244.

CHICKEN BARBECUE and bake sale, beginning at noon on Saturday, May 17 at the Kirkwood Elks Lodge.

May 17 & 18

RABIES CLINIC, Saturday, May 17 and Sunday, May 18, noon to 3 p.m. at the Clifford Twp. Volunteer Fire Co. For info visit

May 20

WING NIGHT, Tuesday, May 20, 5:30-9 p.m. at the Kirkwood Elks Lodge.

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Senior Center Menu April 28 – May 2

Monday, April 28: chicken cacciatore, tossed salad, brown rice, rye bread, pineapple.

Tuesday, April 29: beef stew, pickled beets, biscuit, graham crackers, fresh orange.

Wednesday, April 30: breaded cod, emperors blend vegetables, 12 grain bread, harvest flavor rice, chocolate pudding or sugar free chocolate pudding.

Thursday, May 1: beef barbecue, potato salad, hamburg roll, granola bar, tropical fruit.

Friday, May 2: breaded veal patty, steamed broccoli and cauliflower, sweet potatoes, honey wheat bread, graham crackers, applesauce.

Senior Center Menu May 5 – 9

Monday, May 5: hot turkey with gravy, stuffing, cranberry sauce, seasoned broccoli, honey wheat bread, apricots.

Tuesday, May 6: goulash, wax beans, potato bread, applesauce, chocolate chip granola bar.

Wednesday, May 7: Salisbury steak, peas and carrots, parsley buttered potatoes, wheat bread, banana.

Thursday, May 8: pork chop, sweet potatoes, coleslaw, French style green beans, 12 grain bread, graham crackers, pineapple.

Friday, May 9: crab cake, California blend vegetables, rice pilaf, rye bread, cherry pie or cherries.


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The Bins Have Arrived!

Anyone near the Susquehanna County extension office Thursday morning might have witnessed the arrival of 150 compost bins. They are now neatly stacked and stored, awaiting new homes to go to. A free bin will be given to any household sending someone to a free class on Composting on Saturday, May 3, 9-10, or Thursday, May 8, 9-10, 1-2 p.m. or 7-8 p.m. Registration is required: call 278-1158 to get the class time you want and your name on a free bin! This program is being presented by the Penn State Master Gardeners of Susquehanna County. The bins are provided by the Department of Environmental Protection.

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Spring Bird Walks In Shelly Wetlands
By Trebbe Johnson

Now that the snows are finally melting in northeastern Pennsylvania, the woods, meadows, and wetlands are filled with the sight and songs of migrating birds. For dedicated birders and curious amateurs alike, spring heralds the occasion of a popular tradition at the Florence Shelly Wetlands (formerly Florence Shelly Preserve) in Thompson: two annual bird walks. In the company of experienced naturalists, walk participants identify birds by sight and song as they ramble through the 400-acre nature preserve that is deservedly known as a “birder’s paradise.”

On Saturday, May 17 at 6:00 a.m., Ron Milliken will present his twenty-first annual walk in the preserve. Especially popular among experienced birders, this walk covers the range of the preserve, with the result that participants can expect to locate between 60 and 65 species. An enthusiastic and tireless naturalist himself, Milliken typically keeps avid birdwatchers trekking throughout the morning, although participants are free to leave the group at any time they wish.

On Saturday, May at 24 at 8:00 a.m., Evan Mann, a local birder and leader of walks at the Shelly Wetlands for several years, conducts a leisurely ramble around the preserve. He will focus especially on identifying the numbers and species of breeding birds, those that are not just migrating through the area, but actually staying to nest. Information about the location and distribution of breeding birds is valuable in understanding which species are rare, threatened or endangered.

On either of these walks, birders can expect to see and hear tree swallows, wrens and sparrows in the brushy meadows. The deep boreal bog, Weir’s Pond, attracts eastern bluebirds nesting in dead snags, swamp sparrows, and belted kingfishers. Hawks can be spied hunting in open areas, while the preserve’s pristine brook and dense woodlands offer ideal habitats for the northern waterthrush, Baltimore orioles, scarlet tanagers and least flycatchers. Plews Swamp, on the northern end of the preserve, is the preferred habitat for families of wood ducks, mallards and red-winged blackbirds.

Both walks begin at the parking lot, one mile north of Thompson on Route 171, just to the left of Stack Road. The trails are likely to be wet, so be sure to wear warm, protective footwear. Don’t forget your binoculars, and come prepared to spend a morning, or mornings, exploring the fascinating world of birds. Copies of the new booklet, A Birder’s Guide to Susquehanna County, will be available for sale. For further information, contact Carol or Dave Clemens, (570) 879-4244.

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Annual Diabetes Walk

The annual Valerie (Holmes) Shook Memorial Walk to Cure Juvenile Diabetes (May 10) raises money for the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation. The tenth annual Walk will be held on Saturday, May 10 – rain or shine! All proceeds go to the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, in memory of Valerie, who died at the age of 32 and was diagnosed with diabetes in childhood. The four-mile walk on the Endless Mountains Riding Trail will start and end at the Pump 'n' Pantry in Montrose. Walkers who will find sponsors are needed now, but you can also self-sponsor the day of the walk. A brochure is available at the Library or online at Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. and the Walk starts at 10 a.m. Help honor Valerie's memory and raise funds to fight juvenile diabetes in our community and across the country!

Colorful paper sneakers are on sale for $1 each at the Main Library, ABC Market, and JDE Hair Salon in Montrose, and also at the Elk Lake School District. For more information about the Walk, call 278-1881.

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Hill Country Artists Update

The organizational meeting of Hill Country Artists was held recently and those in attendance thoroughly enjoyed a demonstration of collage art by Betty Bryden. The group has some new members this year, and many interesting programs and exhibits planned.

The May meeting will be held on Thursday, May 1 at 7:00 p.m. at the Claverack Building just East of Montrose. The program will be presented by Diane Stizza. Diane paints with watercolor and colored pencils and is noted for her enchanting animal paintings, which she has created over the last 10 years. She is presently studying watercolor and colored pencil with Racquel Sweeny.

Diane will be showing her method of creating dew drops with colored pencil. Many think of colored pencil as a child’s way of coloring their drawings but with quality materials and many layers of pigment, the resulting work is comparable to a fine oil painting. Check out Diane’s paintings in the Montrose House, Penn Star Bank and Endless Mountains Health System’s hospital, office building, and rehab center. She has shown in the Glenbourne Township offices and has donated to animal charities. One of Diane’s paintings won Best of Show at the Harford Fair last year.

Hill Country Artists will be participating in many events during the summer and fall. Look for them in St. Paul’s Parish House at the upcoming Chocolate and Wine Festival.

New members are always desired and the revised by-laws will welcome more types of fine art to the exhibits. For more information, contact one of the members or President, Rita Eddy, at 553-2500. All are welcome to attend the colored pencil demonstration, even if not interested in joining the club.

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LCCC Offers Local Classes

Luzerne County Community College will offer courses during the summer in Elk Lake and Susquehanna.

Registration for courses at the Elk Lake site will be held at Elk Lake High School on Tuesday, May 6, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Registration for courses at the Susquehanna site will be held at Susquehanna Community High School on Wednesday, May 7, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Courses scheduled to be offered in Elk Lake include Business.

Classes scheduled to be offered in Susquehanna include Algebra, Counseling, History, Sociology, Psychology, English, Speech, and Writing.

Off-campus classes for the full summer session begin on Tuesday, May 27 and end on Thursday, July 31.

For more information, call LCCC at (800) 377-LCCC, extension 835 or e-mail

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Local National Day Of Prayer Services
Submitted By Lillie Thomas

The government has designated the first Thursday in May as a special day of prayer for the country. This year, that day falls on May 1.

National Day of Prayer’s theme this year is, “Prayer, America’s Strength and Shield.” That is something we do so desperately need because, once again our country is facing many new as well as old challenges. Your involvement and prayers are crucial to the well being of the country and your family. God in His word instructs us to pray for those in authority over us.

Please join us as we lift our voices and pray for God’s blessings on this country and strength in time of need.

There will be a service at the Gazebo in Harford at 12:00 noon on May 1. It will include prayers, music, and an update about what’s going on with the “Gazebo Case.”

The service in New Milford will take place at the Gazebo in Midtown Park. The time will be 6:30 p.m., and will last about one hour. There will be representatives of the US military. Please come out and support them.

There is little seating available, so please bring a chair. In case of inclement weather, bring an umbrella or rain gear.

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Countryside Conservancy 2008 Stewardship Awards

The public is cordially invited to join the Countryside Conservancy as it presents its 2008 Stewardship Awards on Wednesday, May 7. This free event starts at 7:00 p.m. at Evans Hall, Keystone College. A latte bar and desserts will be offered.

All are encouraged to attend and help the Conservancy honor ten property owners in our region who have been identified as outstanding stewards of their farms, homes, lands and waters. Awards to be presented this year include three working farms, four residential properties and three “special uses.” This year’s award winners hail from Lackawanna, Susquehanna and Wyoming Counties.

The atmosphere of the event is friendly and relaxed, focused on the land and the people who care for it. At last year’s awards evening, landowners shared their thoughts on working and loving the land. Their words ranged from comical to touching, but all had the same basic message: “We care about the same thing. We do this for the love of our land.”

Award winners will receive certificates of appreciation and a one-year membership in the Conservancy. Amy Broadbent and Jerry Kenjorski are co-chairs of this year’s Stewardship Awards Committee; other committee members are Lydia Coulter, Susan Scranton Dawson, Jo-Ellen Greene, Margaret Hull, Ernie Keller, Gerald Kenjorski, Marta Kovacs Ruiz, Jack and Gayle Muller, Joanne Smith and Ed Zygmunt.

The Stewardship Awards were instituted over a decade ago to express the Conservancy's appreciation for the efforts of good stewards of the land. The Countryside Conservancy conserves lands and water in and near the Tunkhannock Creek watershed for the public benefit now, and for the future.

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