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Senior Menu

29th Blueberry Festival Preparations Underway
Brooklyn Society Reunion Events
North Jackson UMC Celebrates 150 Years
“Slog The Bog” Nature Walk
Salt Springs Sets Annual Triathlon


July 14 – 18

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL, “God’s Big Back Yard,” Monday, July 14 through Friday, July 18, 6:30 p.m. for ages 3 1/2 years through sixth grade at South New Milford Baptist Church. Music, bible stories, crafts, snacks games.

July 16

LAPTIME PROGRAM for babies, Wednesday, July 16, 10:30 a.m. at the Forest City Library. Free. Call 785–5590 for info.

HOMETOWN DAYS begin in Susquehanna Boro, Wednesday, July 16, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Wrist band night for rides.

July 17

CHRISTMAS TREE field meeting, Thursday, July 17, 6:00 p.m. at the Beezups Tree Farm, Clarks Summit. Call the Extension office for info, 836–3196.

HOMETOWN DAYS, Thursday, July 17, 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. in Susquehanna Boro. Carnival rides, food, games, live music.

PIZZA NIGHT, Thursday, July 17, 5:30 – 9 p.m. at the Kirkwood Elks Lodge. Eat in or take out.

OPEN MIC COUNTRY, Thursday, July 17, beginning at 7 p.m. at the Kirkwood Elks Lodge.

LAWN SUPPER, Thursday, July 17, beginning at 5 p.m. at the Starrucca Baptist Church social rooms.

July 18

OLD TIME FIDDLERS will be performing at the Thompson United Methodist Church, Friday, July 18, 8:00 p.m. Admission. Refreshments available.

SPAGHETTI SUPPER, Friday, July 18, 4 – 7 p.m. at the Hallstead-Great Bend Rod & Gun Club. All you can eat!

HOMETOWN DAYS, Friday, July 18, 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. in Susquehanna Boro. Firemen’s parade at 6:30, live music, food, games, carnival rides.

CHEF’S CHOICE or fish dinner, Friday, July 18, 6 – 8 p.m. at the Kirkwood Elks Lodge.

CRUISE IN, Friday, July 18, 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at the United Methodist Community Church, Great Bend. Refreshments, music by Soulfire, People’s Choice Awards. Call 879-2933 for info.

FULL MOON Labyrinth Walk, Friday, July 18, 8:00 p.m. at the Self-Discovery Wellness Arts Center, Montrose. Donation.

July 19

GOOD NEWS LUNCH, Saturday, July 19, noon at St. Mark’s Church, New Milford. Free.

HOMETOWN DAYS, Saturday, July 19, 1 p.m. – 11 p.m. in Susquehanna Boro. Chicken barbecue at noon, food, games, carnival rides, entertainment. Fireworks at dusk.

BOOK SALE, Saturday, July 19, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Soldiers’ Orphan School, Harford.

CHICKEN BARBECUE and bake sale, Saturday, July 19, beginning at noon at the Kirkwood Elks Lodge.

CHICKEN & BISCUIT DINNER, Saturday, July 19, beginning at 5 p.m. at the Ararat United Methodist Church.

July 20

WEINER ROAST, Sunday, July 20, beginning at 5 p.m. a the Fairdale Township Park. Live music.

PANCAKE & SAUSAGE BREAKFAST, Sunday, July 20, 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Thompson Fire Co.

FISHING DERBY for children age 15 and under, Sunday, July 20, 9 a.m. at the Canawacta Rod & Gun Club.

July 21

AL-ANON Family Group meeting, Monday, July 21, 7 p.m. at Holy Name of Mary Church.

July 21 – 25

BIBLE SCHOOL at the Lakeview Mennonite Church, July 21 – 25, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. for ages 4 to 16. Call 756-2400 for info.

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL, July 21 – 25 at the Susquehanna First Baptist Church for children age 4 and up. singing, snacks, bible stories, contests.

July 22

WING NIGHT, Tuesday, July 22, 5:30 – 9 p.m. at the Kirkwood Elks Lodge.

July 22 & 23

AARP SAFE DRIVING course, Tuesday, July 22 and Wednesday, July 23, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. at the Blue Ridge Senior Center. Call Elaine Hobart for info, 727–3346.

July 23

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

July 24

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

OPEN MIC COUNTRY, Thursday, July 24, beginning at 7 p.m. at the Kirkwood Elks Lodge.

July 24 – 26

FIREMEN’S PICNIC, July 24 – 26 at the Clifford Township Fire Co. Parade Thursday at 7 p.m., fireworks Friday at 10:30 p.m. Saturday, chicken barbecue at 5 p.m., stock farm tractor pulling contest at 3 p.m. Music, refreshments, rides, games. Parking fee.

July 25

CHEF’S CHOICE or fish dinner, Friday, July 25, 6 – 8 p.m. at the Kirkwood Elks Lodge.

SQUARE DANCE, Friday, July 25, 7:30 – 11 p.m. at the Pleasant Mount Community Center. Sponsored by the Starving Farmers Club.

July 26

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

CHICKEN BARBECUE, Saturday, July 26, beginning at 11:00 at the Colonial Brick Plaza, Great Bend. Sponsored by Bluestone Masonic Lodge #338.

YARD & PIE SALE, Saturday, July 26, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Colonial Brick Plaza, Great Bend. Proceeds benefit Gill Chapter #12 OES.

CHILDREN’S FISHING DERBY, Saturday, July 26, 10 a.m. at Pages Lake. Registration at 9:30. Sponsored by the Blue Ridge Sportsmen’s Club. Call 870–0910 for info.

OPEN HOUSE in honor of Alice Ralston Smith’s 95th birthday, Saturday, July 26, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Blue Ridge Senior Center. No gifts, please.

July 27

BREAKFAST, Sunday, July 27, 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Kirkwood Elks Lodge.

July 28 – August 1

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL Monday, July 28 – Friday, August 1, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. at the New Milford First Baptist Church. Open to all children 5 – 12 years old. For info call 465–7448.

July 29

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

July 31

PIZZA NIGHT, Thursday, July 31, 5:30 – 9 p.m. at the Kirkwood Elks Lodge. Eat in or take out.

OPEN MIC COUNTRY, Thursday, July 31, beginning at 7 p.m. at the Kirkwood Elks Lodge.

August 1 & 2

BLUEBERRY FESTIVAL, August 1 and 2, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the Green in Montrose. Food, entertainment, raffles, book sale, crafts, more.

August 2

MASSED BAND CONCERT, Saturday, August 2, 2:00 p.m. on the Green in Montrose.

August 3

MUSIC IN THE PARK, Sunday, August 3, 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Clifford Firemen’s Fairgrounds. Worship service at 10:30 a.m. followed by contemporary and traditional Christian music. Refreshments available. Bring chairs/blankets.

August 4

LANESBORO CEMETERY ASSOC. meeting, Monday, August 4, 7;00 p.m. at the Lanesboro Community Center.

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Senior Center Menu July 14 – 18

Monday, July 14: Italian sausage and peppers and onions, potato salad, hot dog roll, chocolate chip granola bar, tropical fruit.

Tuesday, July 15: tuna noodle casserole, Monte Carlo blend vegetables, cranberry juice, 12 grain bread, honeydew melon.

Wednesday, July 16: honey mustard chicken breast, Brussels sprouts, sweet potatoes, rye bread, graham crackers, pineapple.

Thursday July 17: spaghetti and meatballs, tossed salad, Italian bread, Boston cream pie or sugar free chocolate pudding.

Friday, July 18: glazed chicken, stir fry vegetables, wheat bread, brown rice, mandarin oranges.

Senior Center Menu July 21 - 25

Monday, July 21: homemade meatloaf with gravy, parsley potatoes, coleslaw, potato bread, graham crackers, chocolate éclair or sugar free vanilla pudding.

Tuesday, July 22: chicken cordon bleu with cream sauce, emperors blend vegetables, rice pilaf, corn muffin, diced peaches.

Wednesday, July 23: breaded pork patty, mixed vegetables, macaroni salad, hamburg roll, fruit cocktail.

Thursday, July 24: chicken marsala, broccoli, white rice, white bread, apricots.

Friday, July 25: Swedish meatballs, cooked noodles, spinach, 12 grain bread, cantaloupe cubes.

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29th Blueberry Festival Preparations Underway

The 29th annual Blueberry Festival, which will take place Friday, August 1 and Saturday, August 2 (9 a.m. - 4 p.m.) on the Village Green in Montrose, will feature dozens of events and activities. All proceeds from the event help operate the Susquehanna County Historical Society and Free Library Association, which serves the county with a museum, a main library and three branches, and Books-By-Mail and Books-On-Wheels. Cookie Capotosto, Jean Dunn, and Flo Whittaker are chairing the Festival this year.

This quilt, made by the Crazy Country Quilters, will be raffled at the 29th Annual Blueberry Festival.

Don't bother holding that yard sale – the White Elephant Sale (Saturday only) will be glad to pass your treasures on. It would be a great help to the sorters to receive items before Monday, July 28. Items should be clean and in working condition. Please, no clothing, computers, exercise equipment, or heavy furniture. In good weather, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. weekdays, items can be brought to the lower level of the yellow Montrose Motors building and left outside the garage doors. For other times, please call (570) 278-2923 for someone to open the door.

At 9 a.m. sharp on Friday morning the book sale opens, with donated hardcovers, paperbacks, magazines, records, and videos on sale. Donations of good-quality used books are being accepted through Friday, July 25 – please bring them to the library by then. Most books are very reasonable, but old and valuable books do come up for sale and are priced accordingly. The wide selection draws book dealers as well as readers and booklovers of all ages and interests. New books, both children's and adults, will also be for sale.

Raffle tickets for the Blueberry Festival Quilt are on sale now. The gorgeous quilt, made by the Crazy Country Quilters, is currently on display at the Library. The wide range of Festival t-shirts, sweatshirts, and other items once again includes a limited-edition print of a watercolor by Sarah Miller; this year’s art features a basket surrounded by blueberries. Water bottles, candles, pewter key chains and more also make great souvenirs of Montrose and the Festival.

Volunteers are always needed to help with the Blueberry Festival, and donations of handcrafts, items for the Silent Auction, and preserves are also eagerly sought. Anyone interested should call (570) 278-1881.

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Brooklyn Society Reunion Events

Each year during the last weekend of July, the township of Brooklyn highlights two events at the township building. On Saturday, July 26 at 2 p.m., the Brooklyn Historical Society afternoon program will open with guest speaker, Mary Ann Moran-Savokinus, Executive Director at the Lackawanna Historical Society, Catlin House, Scranton. Mary Ann will give a brief talk on bits and pieces about the Catlin House and the “Importance Of A Historical Society In The Life Of A Community.” Mary Ann has been executive director of the society for 17 years and received her degree in Anthropology from Kutztown University.

Afterwards, a DVD of pictures of the Revolutionary War Veterans’ Memorial Dedication that was held Sunday, May 25 at the old cemetery across from the Methodist Church will be shown.

A second DVD will be shown with President Ralph Christianson interviewing Thelma Richardson Kinner. Thelma often visited with her grandmother, Gertrude Richardson. In the interview, she reminisces about pleasant memories of Brooklyn. Refreshments will be served. The public is invited.

On Sunday, July 27 at noon, the Brooklyn School Reunion will open with a pizza luncheon and beverages provided by reunion members. Following the luncheon, the annual meeting will be held at 1 p.m. with President Paul Gere presiding. This year, the Class of 1948 will be honored. At the conclusion of the meeting, there will be time for reminiscing, singing old favorites and enjoying lively fellowship. This year, a special invitation is stressed to all younger folks in the area who attended the Brooklyn School, encouraging all to become part of this annual event.

Township historical publications will be available for purchase all weekend.

For further information call Curtis and Margaret Stone at 289–4610.

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North Jackson UMC Celebrates 150 Years

The North Jackson United Methodist Church will celebrate its 150th anniversary on July 26 and 27, 2008. The church was founded in 1858, under the leadership of the Rev. John A. Wood of Susquehanna by members of a Methodist class meeting first organized in 1834. The original church building was dedicated on December 22, 1859 and is still a part of the present church sanctuary. The pastor of the church is the Rev. James P. Rouse.

The North Jackson United Methodist Church, founded in 1858, is celebrating its 150th anniversary.

Extensive plans are being made for a two-day celebration, with registration beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 26. Lunch will be served Saturday noon and evening, and the celebration will come to a close on Sunday, the 27th following a barbecued chicken dinner. The church is located just off Route 92, between Susquehanna and Jackson. All are welcome to join for this special celebration.

Several former pastors and their wives or widows are planning to attend and bring greetings at the Saturday service. A group picture of all in attendance will be taken after lunch on Saturday, and a bonfire is planned for that evening. Several former members have agreed to participate in the musical part of the programs.

The Rev. David Morris of Canton, PA and the Rev. Elwin Brown of Berkshire, NY will lead the 9:45 a.m. Sunday morning worship service. Both of these men grew up in the North Jackson church.

A historical display and plenty of time for visiting and reminiscing are being planned by the committee in charge of arrangements.

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“Slog The Bog” Nature Walk
By Trebbe Johnson

A walk through a wetlands area is a fascinating exploration into both ancient geological history and the future of the global environment. On Sunday, July 27 at 2:00 p.m., environmental scientist Arthur Popp will lead a walk, “Slog the Bog,” at Florence Shelly Wetlands, Thompson, PA, to study wetlands firsthand and up close.

More than fifteen thousand years ago, massive mountains of ice called glaciers, slowly accumulating weight and mass with every snowfall, pushed their way from the north into what is now northeastern Pennsylvania. When the ice melted, the glaciers “retreated,” leaving behind rocky debris, deep ponds, and complex networks of waterways. Wetlands are essential to preserving and protecting the wider environment, as many thousands of people in recent years have discovered the hard way. Severe weather patterns, such as Hurricane Katrina and the current floods in the Midwest, have caused excessive damage in areas where protective wetlands have been destroyed.

The Shelly Wetlands nature preserve is an ideal place to witness the process of glaciation and the function of wetlands, since its 400 acres include a deep glacial pond, a pristine stream, a swamp, and networks of underground water systems.

Art Popp, Environmental Scientist and Sewer Enforcement Officer at McLane Associates Landscape Architects and Environmentalists in Scranton, brings to the walk sixteen years of professional experience in the field of aquatic biology. He is an adjunct faculty member at Keystone College and Marywood University and has combined an academic background with water resource issues, wetland identification, stream and lake assessment, and macro-invertebrate surveys.

The walk is free of charge and no reservations are necessary. Participants will meet at the parking lot, one mile north of Thompson on Route 171, where Stack Road intersects. The walk will last approximately two hours. Since this is a wetlands, waterproof footwear is highly recommended. For further information, contact Andy Gardner, 727-4272 or Tim Tedesco, 727-2191.

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Salt Springs Sets Annual Triathlon
Submitted By Debra Adleman

Although the event is still several months away, it is not too early to sign up and start training for the third annual Salt Springs Triathlon, which will again be held in conjunction with the Salt Springs Celebration on Saturday, August 30.

Last year’s triathlon was a success on all fronts, with a tripling of participation over the inaugural 2006 event, spectacular weather, and, above all, no injuries or other incidents.

The Salt Springs Triathlon actually consists of two races, with the shorter sprint-distance event becoming established as an ideal first-time triathlon. At 9.5 miles, its bike leg is shorter than the customary 15 miles, and the course is set on the gently rolling hills of Rte. 29 and Silver Creek road. The swim leg is also on the short side for a Sprint event, and the run course does not have any steep climbs. So for anyone who has entertained thoughts of participating in a triathlon but didn’t know where to start, the Salt Springs Triathlon is just what you have been looking for!

If you are a seasoned triathlete looking for a challenge, enter the Olympic event, which is definitely hardcore. (And don’t blame the Race Director about the difficulty of the Olympic course – you’ve been warned!) Additionally, Labor Day weekend is early this year, making it more likely that Lake Montrose will be comfortably warm, and the athletes-only buffet after the event will replenish the calories expended during the race in sumptuous fashion.

Then, spend the rest of the day recovering from the rigors of the triathlon enjoying the annual Celebration.

For full event details and a registration form, visit our website at Follow the link on the Events Calendar page.

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