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Senior Menu

Cookie & Garage Sale At Thompson UMC
Forest Landowners Hold Picnic, Wildflower Walk
Free Speaker Series Offered In Montrose
Frontier Days At Old Mill Village
Gas Leasing Workshop
Music Camp At Historic St. Paul's
Power Lab VBS In Montrose
Walk For Wellness
Wildflower Walk At Shelly Preserve


June 11

FUN DAY, Wednesday, June 11, 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at St. Mark’s Church, New Milford.

FISH & PIEROGIES, Wednesday, June 11, 6 – 8 p.m. at the Kirkwood Elks Lodge.

BAD SEED: The Truth About Our Food, Wednesday, June 11, 7:30 p.m. at the Montrose Theater. Free. Sponsored by the Farm Bureau and the Cooperative Extension.

June 12

PIZZA NIGHT, Thursday, June 12, 5:30 – 9 p.m. at the Kirkwood Elks Lodge. Eat in or take out.

OPEN MIC COUNTRY, Thursday, June 12, beginning at 7:00 p.m. at the Kirkwood Elks Lodge.

CLIFFORD TOWNSHIP Volunteer Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary meeting, Thursday, June 12, 7:30 p.m. New members welcome.

June 13

DINNER, roast pork or fish, Friday, June 13, 6 – 8 p.m. at the Kirkwood Elks Lodge.

June 14

COOKIE & GARAGE SALE, Saturday, June 14 at the Thompson United Methodist Church during the Thompson Town Fair.

SPRING WILDFLOWER walk, Saturday, June 14, 2:00 p.m. at the Florence Shelly Wetlands. Call 879-4244 or 756–3052 for info.

FLAG DAY celebration with the Marine Corps League Color Guard, Saturday, June 14, 4:00 p.m. at the Kirkwood Elks Lodge.

STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL and chicken barbecue, Saturday, June 14 at the Springville United Methodist Church. Crafters and vendors open at 10 a.m.

OPEN HOUSE, Saturday, June 14, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Lanesboro Senior Center at the Turnpike Terrace community room.

June 15

CHICKEN BARBECUE and trap shoot, Sunday, June 15 at the New Milford Rifle and Pistol Club. Chicken ready at 11:00, available until sold.

June 14 – 17

STOCK DOG TRIALS, June 14 through 17 at Sheepy Hollow Farm, Hop Bottom. Call 289-4902 or 289-4733 for info.

June 16

FAMILY AL-ANON meeting, Monday, June 16, 7:00 p.m. at Holy Name of Mary Church, Montrose.

June 17

LAYETTE KIT OUTREACH, Endless Mts. Ministries quarterly meeting, Tuesday, June 17, 10 a.m. at the TREHAB Center meeting room, Montrose. For info call (607) 743–9969.

PURSUIT OF HAPPYNESS, Tuesday, June 17, 6 p.m. at the Montrose Theater. Free. Sponsored by the Bridgewater Baptist Church.

WING NIGHT, Tuesday, June 17, 5:30-9 p.m. at the Kirkwood Elks Lodge.

June 18

AMERICAN HARVEST, Wednesday, June 18, 7:30 p.m. at the Montrose Theater, followed by a Q & A with the filmmaker. Free.

June 19

PIZZA NIGHT, Thursday, June 19, 5:30 – 9 p.m. at the Kirkwood Elks Lodge. Eat in or take out.

SUSQUEHANNA DEPOT Area Historical Society meeting, Thursday, June 19, 7 p.m. at the Susquehanna Boro Building. New members welcome.

LAWN SUPPER, chicken and biscuits, Thursday, June 19, beginning at 5 p.m. at the Starrucca Baptist Church social rooms.

June 20

“GOOD NEWS” gospel quartet concert, Friday, June 20, 7:00 p.m. at the United Methodist Community Church, Great Bend. Refreshments will follow.

SUMMER RECITAL by Windwood Hill Dance Academy students, Friday, June 20 7:00 p.m. at the Susquehanna Community High School. Tickets available at the door. Call 465-2147 for info.

SPAGHETTI SUPPER, Friday, June 20, 4-7 p.m. at the Hallstead-Great Bend Rod & Gun Club. All you can eat!

DINNER, ham or fish, Friday, June 20, 6 – 8 p.m. at the Kirkwood Elks Lodge.

June 21

CAR WASH, Saturday, June 21, 9 a.m. to noon at the First Baptist Church, Hallstead.

STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL, Saturday, June 21, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Soldiers’ Orphan School, Harford. Book sale, crafts, lunch available. Call 289-4267 for info.

CHICKEN & BISCUIT DINNER, Saturday, June 21, beginning at 5 p.m. at the Ararat United Methodist Church.

GPS UNIT workshop, Saturday, June 21, 10 a.m. to noon at the Susquehanna County Office Building, Montrose. Fee. Call 265–2896 to register (required).

SUMMER SOLSTICE/Full Moon Labyrinth Walk, Saturday, June 21, 7 p.m. at the Self-Discovery Wellness Arts Center, Montrose. Donation. Call 278-9256 for info.

SUMMER RECITAL by students of the Windwood Hill Dance Academy, Saturday, June 21, 1:00 p.m. at the Susquehanna Community High School. Tickets available at the door. Call 465-2147 for info.

June 22

WEINER ROAST, Sunday, June 22, 5 p.m. at Fairdale Township Park, sponsored by the Fairdale Grange. Food, live music. Bring chairs.

BREAKFAST, Sunday, June 22, 8 – 11 a.m. at the Kirkwood Elks Lodge.

June 24-27

SPIRIT OF SUMMER music camp, June 24-27 at Historic St. Paul’s, Montrose. For info call 278-2954.

June 24

WING NIGHT, Tuesday, June 24, 5:30 – 9 p.m. at the Kirkwood Elks Lodge.

June 24 – 27

CHILDREN’S MUSIC CAMP, June 24 – 27, 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at St. Paul’s Church, Montrose. For info or reservations, call 278-2954.

June 25

SPAGHETTI DINNER, Wednesday, June 25, 5 – 7 p.m. at the Kirkwood Elks Lodge.

June 26

PIZZA NIGHT, Thursday, June 26, 5:30 – 9 p.m. at the Kirkwood Elks Lodge.

June 27

DINNER, turkey and biscuits or fish, Friday, June 27, 6 – 8 p.m. at the Kirkwood Elks Lodge.

June 28

CAN & BOTTLE DRIVE, Saturday, June 28 under the bridge in Susquehanna. Sponsored by Boy Scout Troup 81.

GOOD NEWS LUNCH, Saturday, June 28, noon at St. Mark’s Church, New Milford. Free.

June 28 & 29

FRONTIER DAYS, Saturday, June 28 and Sunday, June 29, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Old Mill Village. Admission. Call 434–3353 for info.

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Senior Center Menu June 9 - 13

Monday June 9: stuffed pepper, corn, wheat bread, noodles, round cake or diabetic angel food cake.

Tuesday, June 10: chicken parmigiana, tossed salad, sweet potatoes, rye bread, graham crackers, fruit cocktail.

Wednesday, June 11: pork barbecue, peas and carrots, perogies, hamburg roll, granola bar, apricots.

Thursday, June 12: chicken and dumplings, Normandy blend vegetables, parsley buttered rice, corn muffin, mandarin oranges.

Friday, June 13: beef patty, coleslaw, baked beans, hamburg roll, graham crackers, diced peaches.

Senior Center Menu June 16 - 20

Monday, June 16: hot roast beef sandwich with gravy, mashed potatoes, parsley buttered carrots, white bread, graham crackers, diced pears.

Tuesday, June 17: sweet and sour chicken, emperor’s blend vegetables, white rice, wheat bread, pineapple, grape juice.

Wednesday June 18: lemon pepper cod, scalloped potatoes, Normandy blend vegetables, 12 grain bread, graham crackers, mandarin oranges.

Thursday June 19: meat lasagna, garlic seasoned green beans, tossed salad, Italian bread, chocolate éclair or sugar free chocolate pudding.

Friday, June 20: macaroni and cheese, stewed tomatoes, wheat bread, honeydew melon.

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Cookie & Garage Sale At Thompson UMC
By Mary Gray

Remember last year during the Thompson Town Days, the white church on the corner of Jackson Ave. and Rte. 171 had the best cookies money could buy?

Well we are doing it again on June 14, the choice of cookies is enormous, and they are all homemade. What’s more, you don’t have to buy just one kind if you purchase a can, and fill it with your choice of any or all the different types of cookies that are there.

While you are eating your cookies, you can take a walk through the countless items at the garage sale in the church parking lot. We’ve been collecting all winter just to provide something to suit everyone.

Remember, Saturday June 14, from 10:00 a.m. until the cookies run out.

Come early and enjoy the rest of the day’s festivities in town. A quilt raffle will be sponsored by the Bag Ladies of Starrucca.

Labor Day weekend the church will be having a bake sale, garage sale, lunch and activities for the children. The Endless Mountains Children’s Choir will be performing in the morning to add to the day’s attractions.

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Forest Landowners Hold Picnic, Wildflower Walk
By Lori Martin

Susquehanna County Forest Landowners Association (SCFLOA) will be holding its annual picnic at Salt Springs State Park on June 22. Guest speaker, Ed Dix from the Pennsylvania Bureau of Forestry will be guiding attendees on an informative wildflower walk.

The picnic and wildflower walk are free, and everyone is welcome to attend. The picnic starts at noon under the pavilion at Salt Springs. There’s a potluck lunch, so bring a dish to share. SCFLOA provides grilled hamburgers and sweet Italian sausages along with buns and condiments.

The Susquehanna County Forest Landowners sponsors the picnic. For information or directions, call Jim Kessler, Bureau of Forestry, 278-4600 ext. 270; Helga Walz, Treasurer, SCFLOA, 553-2993; or the Penn State Extension Office, 278-1158.

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Free Speaker Series Offered In Montrose

The Montrose Theater (18 Public Ave.) has generously offered its facilities to allow three local organizations, joining together, to present a free lecture series led by Commonwealth Speakers on June 24, July 23, and August 20, all at 6:30 p.m. The Susquehanna County Historical Society & Free Library Association, the Susquehanna County Literacy Program, and the Susquehanna County League of Women Voters each successfully requested a speaker from the Pennsylvania Humanities Council.

On Tuesday, June 24, come to the theater to enjoy a presentation entitled, “The Boys in Blue” by Commonwealth Speaker Richard Sauers, historian and author. The Library and Historical Society will sponsor this often humorous lecture on the young Union soldiers of the Civil War and how they coped with war. This and all the presentations are free and open to the public.

Mark your calendars for the second in the series, “Bringing the Family Together Through Story,” on Wednesday, July 23. Commonwealth Speaker and storyteller Jan Kinney will lead an interactive presentation which will help you tell your own family stories! The Susquehanna County Literacy Program will sponsor this event. Stories are passed down through the generations and give family members a sense of history, unity, and belonging.

On August 20th, “The Supreme Court: In Times of Crisis” will be the final lecture, sponsored by the Susquehanna County League of Women Voters. Commonwealth Speaker Robert Langran, Professor of Poli/Sci at Villanova University, will discuss the role the United States Supreme Court has played in times of crisis, including the Civil War, WWI and WWII, the Cold War, and the struggle against terrorism.

These presentations are a program of the Pennsylvania Humanities Council, supported in part by a grant from the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. The Pennsylvania Humanities Council, a nonprofit organization, inspires individuals to enjoy and share a lifetime of learning. In addition to the Commonwealth Speakers program, PHC offers grants which support humanities programs centered in the arts, history, literature, and other humanities fields. PHC's packaged book discussion program for public libraries, “Read About It!” also serves as a resource for residents of Pennsylvania. For more information visit

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Frontier Days At Old Mill Village

The Eighteenth Century comes to life at Old Mill Village Museum, New Milford for Frontier Days, June 28 and 29. The Village will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.

Living history demonstrations will be presented throughout both days, including log cabin building, blacksmithing, flintlock rifle shooting, spinning, open hearth cooking and much more – skills that were essential to frontier survival. The public will be invited to participate in many activities, including butter churning, tomahawk throwing, and a "Militia Muster," where willing citizens are trained to drill with musket or rifle to defend kin and country.

Also featured this year will be activities focused on the region's Scottish heritage, with displays of Scots culture plus live Scottish and early American music.

For more information call Tim Button at 434-3353, or go to

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Gas Leasing Workshop

Penn State Cooperative Extension announced that a workshop entitled, "Understanding and Negotiating Natural Gas Leases" will be held on Wednesday, June 18 at the Mountain View Senior High School in Kingsley.

The meeting will start at 7:00 p.m. and end at approximately 9:30 p.m.. Speakers include public, regulatory and industry experts who will discuss the intricacies, advantages, and disadvantages of signing a natural gas lease. There is a fee to attend, call the Susquehanna County Extension Office to register, 278-1158.

This course is intended to inform you of the concerns you will need to address as a landowner considering a gas lease.

If you anticipate needing special accommodations or have questions about the physical access provided, contact Michelle Kowalewski at 278-1158 in advance of your participation or visit.

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Music Camp At Historic St. Paul's

Children from the ages of 4 to 12 are welcome to a Children's Music Camp at Historic St. Paul's, Montrose, June 24-27, 9-11:30 a.m. Places are available for the first 50 children registered. There is a registration fee, and scholarships are available. The camp is under the co-direction of Sarah Birchard and Jamie Dean-Brackett. There will be singing, dancing, games, and snacks each day. The children will present a "concert" for their parents and friends on Friday at 6 p.m.

Pictured are Sarah Birchard (L), Director of the Children's Music Camp, and Mary Ann DeWitt (R), Camp Coordinator, joined by three excited friends as they plan the camp activities, which will be held at Historic St. Paul's in Montrose, June 24-27.

Sarah Birchard has a life-long passion for music, beginning as a child when she participated in both church and school music groups. She spent several years taking piano and French Horn lessons. She graduated from the Montrose Area School District, participating in both All State Band and Orchestra Festivals.

Sarah attended Carnegie Mellon University, obtaining her degree in French Horn Performance and Music Education. Earning her Master's Degree from Binghamton University in Educational Studies, she was an elementary music educator for several years until the birth of her daughter. She returned to the Choconut Valley Elementary School for 2007-08. During her leave from public school teaching, she attained certification to teach Kindermusik, a music education program designed specifically for children. She offered classes for 5-year olds in Wyoming County.

Active in her home church, she offers private horn lessons in the Montrose area, and accompanies a local elementary school choir for concerts and competition.

Jamie Dean-Brackett received her B.S. in Music Education from Duquesne University and her Master's Degree in French Horn Performance from Carnegie Mellon University. She has performed in orchestras with many artists including Ray Charles, Shirley Jones and John Tesh. She is also an accomplished accompanist.

Ms Dean-Brackett has been teaching K-12 vocal and instrumental for fifteen years, and has achieved "Superior Ratings" in District Choral Festivals. Her husband is an accomplished musician as well, and will be accompanying the children's groups with mandolin, banjo, and guitar.

"We are truly blessed to have such leadership for our Music Camp," observed Mary Ann DeWitt, coordinator of the camp. "It is wonderful to draw upon the musical talent of Montrose and the area, and share it with our children. This underlines the purpose of the camp – to highlight our local talent and provide outstanding, professional models for our children. It is a joy to have Sarah and Jamie take the leadership at the Children's Music Camp."

The Children's Music Camp is a part of Historic St. Paul's Spirit of Summer, a summer-long program of music, children's activities, and participation in community events. To register for the Children's Music Camp, call 278-2954. For information about other events, consult the parish's website,

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Power Lab VBS In Montrose

Bridgewater Baptist Church joins hands with The Evangelical Free Church of Montrose to provide a VBS that is fizzling with fun for kids.

Children will be bubbling with excitement as they explore Power Lab Vacation Bible School and take part in memorable bible learning activities. Each day kids will sing catchy songs, play teamwork-building games, nibble test tube treats, take on a daily challenge to share Jesus' amazing power in their lives, experience bible adventures, and create crafts. Kids will take part in a hands-on missions project that will reach kids in South Africa. This fun begins on June 23 and continues through June 27. It will take place each day at the Bridgewater Baptist Church on Church Street in Montrose, from 9 a.m. until 12. All children 3 years old through those entering sixth grade are welcome to join the fun. For more information or to pre-register, call 278-2352 or 278-2568, or visit the churches' websites at or

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Walk For Wellness
Submitted By Ruth Wilmarth

A Walk For Wellness will take place on June 25 at Blue Ridge, Montrose and Mountain View High School tracks. This is the third walk benefiting the Endless Mountains Medical Care Foundation, which provides funds to Endless Mountains Health Systems for the purchase of new equipment. During the past year, the foundation has provided funds to purchase items such as an ultrasonic washer for cannulate instruments for the operating room, an ultrasound table for radiology, a stress test machine, and a computerized/digital cassette unit for radiology, just to name a few. Approximately $80,000.00 was provided from the foundation to Endless Mountains Health Systems for the purchases.

Coordinating the walk, we have the most dedicated volunteers as well as devoted walkers. Coordinators at Blue Ridge track are Alan Wilmarth, Tom Chamberlain, and Ryan Stalker; at Montrose, Kelly Hawkins and Ann Marie Kelley; at Mountain View, Linda Bonham. Wherever you choose to walk, our volunteers will assist you, even walk with you if you like. Come join them on June 25, anytime between 5:00 and 8:00 p.m. at Blue Ridge, Montrose, and Mountain View High School tracks.

For a brochure explaining how to participate in the Walk For Wellness, go to where you can print the brochure, or call 289-4226 for further information.

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Wildflower Walk At Shelly Preserve
By Trebbe Johnson

Florence Shelly Wetlands, a 400-acre nature preserve just north of Thompson, is recognized as an ecological niche of uncommon diversity, and on Sunday, June 14, participants on a guided nature walk will discover both rare and common wildflowers, all of them a delight to discover hidden among leaves, clustered along streambeds, and nestled against rocky outcroppings. The walk, which begins at 2:00 p.m., will be led by Frank Roia, a local botanist and member of the Florence Shelly Wetlands Stewardship Committee.

One of the boreal, or cold-area, flowers you’re likely to spot on the walk is the clitonia, with its large, striated dark green leaves and small bell-like flowers. Another is the painted trillium, which has three (tri) distinctive leaves and three white petals with pink centers. The walk leader knows where spring wildflowers hide and will lead you along the trails to secluded areas where you can see goldthread, maidenhair ferns, starflowers, and, with luck, sensuous pink lady’s slippers. Moist soil by the glacial pond and along stream beds offers ideal habitat for Jack-in-the-pulpit. Of course, as on any nature walk, the surprises are as rewarding as sightings of expected species, and everyone is encouraged to keep their eyes open for new plant sightings.

Frank Roia taught plant botany and other courses on plants at Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science for sixteen years. Currently a resident of Gelatt, he continues to pursue his interest in plants by identifying as many as possible on the half-mile stretch of dirt road in front of his home. The count is now up to 120 different species of plants.

The wildflower walk is free of charge and will last approximately two hours. No reservations are required. Just meet a few minutes before 2:00 p.m. at the preserve parking lot one mile north of Thompson on Route 171, at the point where Stack Road intersects. A sign marks the entrance. The preserve is a wetlands, so wear shoes you don’t mind getting wet or muddy. For more information call Trebbe Johnson at 727-4272.

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