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Senior Menu

Madigan To Hold Local Outreaches
Volunteer Ambulance To Host Open House
Stamp Out Hunger!
Wine and Chocolate, A Festival Experience


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.

LADIES AUXILIARY of the Clifford Fire Company monthly meeting, Thursday, May 8, 7:30 p.m. at the fire hall. New members welcome.

May 9

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

LADIES’ SPRING BANQUET, Friday, May 9, 6:00 p.m. at the Hallstead Baptist Church.

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.

CHICKEN BARBECUE, Saturday, May 10, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. at East Ararat United Methodist Church. Eat in or take out.

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 12

OPEN MEETING of the Blue Ridge Sportsmen’s Club, New Milford. New member welcome.

May 13

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

McKUNE CEMETERY Association Meeting, Tuesday, May 13, 4 p.m. at the Susquehanna Branch Library.

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.

BLOOD DRIVE, Thursday, May 15, 1:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Great Bend Fire Hall. No appointments needed.

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.

GOOD NEWS LUNCH, Saturday, May 17, noon at St. Mark’s Church, New Milford. Free.

QUAKER LAKE CEMETERY Association annual meeting, Saturday, May 17, 10 a.m. at the Silver Lake Presbyterian Church, Laurel Lake.

LADIES’ TEA, Saturday, May 17, 1:00 p.m. at the Brushville Baptist Church. “Quiet Heart Music” concert, light refreshments. Call 465-3861 for info.

BINGO, Saturday, May 17, 7:00 p.m. at the Blue Ridge Sportsmen’s Club, New Milford.

FULL MOON Labyrinth Walk, Saturday, May 17, 6:30 p.m. at the Self-Discovery Wellness Arts Center, Montrose. Donation. Call 278-9256 for info.

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 18

PANCAKE BREAKFAST, Sunday, May 18, 7:00 – 11:00 a.m. at the Blue Ridge Sportsmen’s Club, New Milford.

TURKEY & TRAP SHOOT, Sunday, May 18, 10:00 a.m. at the Blue Ridge Sportsmen’s Club, New Milford. Rain date, May 25.

May 20

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

May 21

ROAST BEEF DINNER, Wednesday, May 21, 6 – 8 p.m. at the Kirkwood Elks Lodge.

May 22

PIZZA NIGHT, Thursday, May 22, 5:30 – 9 p.m. at the Kirkwood Elks Lodge. Eat in or take out.

May 23

DINNER, shepherd’s pie or fish, Friday, May 23, 6 – 8 p.m. at the Kirkwood Elks Lodge.

May 24

LAMB CEMETERY Association meeting, Saturday, May 24, 11:00 at the cemetery. Annual work day at 9:30 a.m., volunteers welcome.

SPAGHETTI & MEATBALL DINNER, Saturday, May 24, noon to 2 p.m. at the Ararat United Methodist Church Hall. Sponsored by the Ararat Cemetery Association.

May 25

BREAKFAST, Sunday, May 25, 8 – 11 a.m. at the Kirkwood Elks Lodge.

May 26

SAMPSON/WHITAKER 18th annual reunion, Monday, May 26 at the Starrucca Methodist Church. Meeting at 10 a.m., with dinner following at the Baptist Church. Call 448-2434 for info.

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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.

Senior Center Menu May 12 – 16

Monday May 12: chili, pineapple juice, green beans, white rice, corn muffin, diced peaches.

Tuesday, May 13: barbecue chicken breast, scalloped potatoes, coleslaw, rye bread, graham crackers, mandarin oranges.

Wednesday, May 14: sliced ham, cauliflower, sweet potatoes, honey wheat bread, granola bar, tropical fruit.

Thursday, May 15: beef stroganoff, orange juice, parsley buttered carrots, noodles, dinner roll, pumpkin pie or sugar free butterscotch pudding.

Friday, May 16: breaded chicken patty, Italian blend vegetables, macaroni salad, hamburg roll, fresh apple.

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Madigan To Hold Local Outreaches

State Sen. Roger A. Madigan (R-23) will host outreach events in May 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 May 9 and 23 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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Volunteer Ambulance To Host Open House

The Great Bend-Hallstead Volunteer Ambulance will be holding an Open House on Saturday, May 31, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the station, 200 Carroll Street in Great Bend. All residents of Great Bend and Hallstead Boroughs and Great Bend Township are welcome to attend. There will be free blood pressure and blood sugar screening, along with food and games for the kids. Celebrate the start of their fourth year back in service. Meet the Board of Directors and members of the ambulance. See what your support has given back to you! There will be over 25 door prizes awarded this day. There will be fun for all who attend.

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Stamp Out Hunger!

On Saturday, May 10, letter carriers will again help Stamp Out Hunger! across America with your help.

Now in its 16th year, the Stamp Out Hunger! effort is the nation’s largest, single-day food drive, with letter carriers having collected more than 836 million pounds of food from postal customers since its inception. Donations are then delivered to community food banks, pantries and shelters.

To help Stamp Out Hunger! in your community, simply leave a sturdy bag containing non-perishable foods, such as canned soup, canned vegetables, pasta, rice or cereal next to your mailbox prior to the time of regular mail delivery on May 10.

Food items should be in non-breakable containers such as boxes or cans. Your letter carrier will then collect the items and deliver them to a food bank.

According to America’s Second Harvest – the Nation’s Food Bank Network – more than 35 million people are food insecure, hungry or at risk of hunger. Approximately one in four people in a soup kitchen line is a child.

For more information about the annual Stamp Out Hunger! effort in your community, ask your letter carrier, contact the Post Office, or visit

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Wine and Chocolate, A Festival Experience

Wine and chocolate —ahhhh, the perfect combination—two beautiful flavors blended to create a blissful experience. The right chocolate harmonizing with the perfect wine is a taste experience. However, the wrong wine opposite a too-sweet chocolate could turn an otherwise fabulous dessert into the equal of toothpaste and orange juice.

So how do you choose the right wine when you’re standing in your local Pennsylvania winery looking for something to pair with truffles, milk chocolate, dark chocolate or the best match for the a decadent chocolate dessert?

Sweet white wines paired with sweet light chocolates is a good choice. For something bolder, try a Cabernet with a bitter-chocolate molten cake.

Dessert wines and chocolates are a natural match. Late harvests, ice wines and botrytis-infected wines can all pair well with chocolate desserts. Port and chocolate is a classic combination. Beware – older, earthier ports tend to be less sweet, and can turn sour if a sweet chocolate sucks the fruit aromas from the wine.

A great place to learn to pair wine with chocolate is at the Chocolate & Wine Festival, an annual festival held in Montrose, PA. You’ll be able to talk with chocolatiers, chefs and wineries from NEPA. Winemakers are bringing their best chocolate-friendly vintages and you’ll be able to participate in a home wine-making demonstration, as well as learn how to use wine properly in decadent desserts and savory cooking. For your enjoyment, you’ll hear the music of local musicians, browse local artisans’ exhibits, stroll among gourmet food vendors sampling their delicious wares, and admire the handiwork of extremely talented crafts people.

Each adult attendee is given a wine glass upon entering the festival so they can make their own choice as to what wines work best with which chocolates and gourmet foods. Be cautious… the rules of pairing wine with different foods has become more lenient in recent years – reds served with fish and whites with beef – chocolate desserts is not a place to go crazy. Choose the wrong combination and you’ll lose the delicate fruit from the wine and taste nothing but harsh acid. It’s safer to stay with the classics for the best wine and chocolate experience.

Be sure and visit the Chocolate & Wine Festival, May 17, from 3 to 7 p.m. in Montrose, PA. Proceeds benefit the new hospital and library.

For more information: visit the Chocolate & Wine Festival web site at or contact Committee Member Tom Follert at (570) 278-1230 for more information.

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