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Senior Menu

Early Childhood Night At SCES
End Of Summer Celebration At Thompson Methodist
“Fiddler On The Roof” At St. Martin’s Church
Benefit Concert At Union Dale UMC
29th Annual Blueberry Festival This Weekend

Christmas In August At St. Paul’s Church
Contests To Enter At Harford Fair
Harford Fair Entry Deadline Nears
LCCC To Offer Local Courses
Annual Mega Blood Drive In Montrose
Supreme Court Scholar To Speak In Montrose


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

MONTHLY EUCHARISTIC ADORATION, Friday, August 1 at Holy Name of Mary, Montrose following after the 12:10 p.m. Mass, concluding with Mass at 7:00 p.m. A prayer service with the Men of the Sacred Heart and Benediction will follow.

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.

FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, Friday, August 1 and Saturday, August 2, 6:30 p.m. outdoors at St. Martin of Tours Church, Jackson. Tickets available at the door. Bring lawn chairs and a picnic.

CHRISTMAS IN AUGUST, Friday, August 1 and Saturday, August 2, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at St. Paul’s Parish House, Montrose. Proceeds benefit the Susquehanna County Library & Historical Society. For info call 278-2954.

August 2

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

PANCAKE & SAUSAGE BREAKFAST, Saturday, August 2, 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. at East Ararat United Methodist Church.

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.

STEVENS FAMILY REUNION, Sunday, August 3, 12:30 p.m. at Hareridge Sportsmen’s Club, Lawton. Bring table service and covered dish. For info call 278-3948 or 278-3730.

August 4

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

FAMILY AL-ANON group meeting, Monday, August 4, 7 p.m. at Holy Name of Mary Church, Montrose.

August 9 & 10

FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, Saturday, August 9, 6:30 p.m. and Sunday, August 10, 2 p.m. outdoors at St. Martin of Tours Church, Jackson. Tickets available at the door. Bring lawn chairs and picnic.

August 7

LAWN SUPPER, spaghetti and meatballs, Thursday, August 7, beginning at 5 p.m. at the Starrucca Baptist Church social rooms.

August 9

CONCERT IN THE PARK with Soulfire, Saturday, August 9, 2 p.m. in the Oakland Park. Rain location is the Susquehanna Methodist Church. Sponsored by Oakland residents and the United Methodist Church of Susquehanna and N. Jackson.

August 13

FUN DAY, Wednesday, August 13, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at St. Mark’s Church, New Milford.

August 16

CHICKEN & BISCUIT DINNER, Saturday, August 16, beginning at 5 p.m. at the Ararat United Methodist Church.

GOOD NEWS LUNCH, Saturday, August 16, noon at St. Mark’s Church, New Milford. Free.

SUNSET LLAMA STYLE, Saturday, August 16, 6 – 8 p.m. at Salt Springs State Park. Lead one of these surefooted animals as the heat of the day fades into evening. Fee. No pre-registration required.

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Senior Center Menu July 28 – August 1

Monday, July 28: sloppy Joe, au gratin potatoes, mixed vegetables, hamburg roll, chocolate chip granola bar, fresh orange.

Tuesday, July 29: vegetable lasagna, fresh carrot sticks, grape juice, 12 grain bread, vanilla pudding or sugar free vanilla pudding.

Wednesday, July 30: sweet and sour meatballs, Normandy blend vegetables, white rice, wheat bread, diced peaches.

Thursday, July 31: chicken casserole, cranberry juice, Monte Carlo blend vegetables, wheat bread, lemon meringue pie or diabetic angel food cake.

Friday, August 1: stuffed cabbage roll, parsley potatoes, green peas, corn muffin, granola bar, fruit cocktail.

Senior Center Menu August 4 – 8

Monday, August 4: stuffed pepper, corn, wheat bread, noodles, pound cake or diabetic angel food cake.

Tuesday, August 5: chicken parmigiana, tossed salad, sweet potatoes, rye bread, graham crackers, fruit cocktail.

Wednesday, August 6: pork barbecue, peas and carrots, perogies, hamburg roll, granola bar, apricots.

Thursday, August 7: chicken and dumplings, Normandy blend vegetables, parsley buttered rice, corn muffin, mandarin oranges.

Friday, August 8: beef patty, coleslaw, baked beans, hamburg roll, graham crackers, diced peaches.

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Early Childhood Night At SCES

In conjunction with the Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten Orientation Programs, Susquehanna Community Elementary School has scheduled an Early Childhood Night again this year on Wednesday, August 20, from 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Several area service providers will be present in the gymnasium to provide information to parents as to what kinds of services are available for students and families in Susquehanna County. Service area providers to be available that evening may include, but are not limited to: Children and Youth Services, Tri-County Human Services, Head Start, Susquehanna County Cares, Masons (CHIP Program), Intermediate Unit #19, Barnes-Kasson Hospital WIC Services, Susquehanna County Literacy, and the Susquehanna Fire Department. Refreshments will also be served.

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End Of Summer Celebration At Thompson Methodist
Submitted By Mary Gray

The Thompson United Methodist Church in Thompson will be holding an End of Summer Celebration on Saturday, August 30. Festivities will begin at 9:00 a.m. and continue throughout the day until 3:00 p.m.

A bake sale, which will include Fill-a-Can with Cookies, homemade cakes, breads and pies. Lunch will be available at The Dugout Cafe, featuring homemade pies and ice cream sandwiches. Live entertainment, attic treasurers (huge garage sale) and craft and vendor tables will be among the day’s activities. In the morning, a performance by the Endless Mountain Children’s Choir, under the direction of Dr. Christine Plonski Sezer, will delight all music lovers.

This year, added to the day’s activities, there will be face painting and mini manicures for the kids. Blood pressure screenings will be available, courtesy of Dr. Willard Noyes. The Masons will be providing the CHIPS program, which gathers information for child identification. The program is free of charge to all children in Pennsylvania; all information will be given to the parents. There will also be several baskets full of goodies to try and win.

Vendors and crafters interested in setting up a table can call Delores (Tootsie) Stone at 727-2158 for more information. Outdoor and a limited amount of indoor spaces will be available for setting up tables. As in past years, we will begin collecting clean usable items, (no clothing please) for the Attic Treasures sale. If anyone has items they would like to donate, notify Joy Mead at 727-2518 to arrange for a day and time to leave articles.

Join us for the End of Summer Celebration on August 30.

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“Fiddler On The Roof” At St. Martin’s Church

St. Martin’s Players, under the direction of Christopher Lake, will proudly present an outdoor production of Fiddler on the Roof on August 1 and 2 at 6:30 p.m.   An encore performance will be on Saturday, August 10 at 6:30 p.m., with a matinee on Sunday, August 10 at 2 p.m.   All performances will be on St. Martin of Tours’ parish green, Jackson, PA. 

With the book by Joseph Stein, lyrics by Sheldon Harnick, and music by Jerry Bock, this Broadway favorite has entertained many for four decades.  With the world changing around him, Tevye, played by John Freitag, struggles between Tradition and new ideas, mainly love.   If [he] Were a Rich Man, this Russian dairyman of 1905 would not have to worry about marrying off his five daughters (Sharon Panasevich, Theresa Whitehead, Elaine Arsenault, Katherine Kempa, and Cayli Allen) or the troubles brewing in the nearby villages.  With his wife, Golde (Susan Lee), Tevye must fight to keep his family together, against trying times.   Even Yente, the Matchmaker, (Martina Lingobardo) finds the changing tides difficult when three suitors (Chris Lake, Justin Lee, and Connor Freitag) begin making their own matches.  Despite the hardships, the villagers of Anatevka remain committed to their faith, traditions, and one another.  

Other cast members include Hayley Maloney, Pat Stewart, Anthony Maloney, Genavieve Maloney, Liam Maloney, Ellen Reavey, Alice Gilleran, Alberta Green, Meghan Green, Josh Jumper, Deb McNamee, Bill Allen, Richard Lake, Michael Lingobardo, Jimmy Stewart, Frank Hadnagy, Eileen Hartman, and Peter Maloney.

Jeffrey Keyes, Connie Panasevich, Holly Snitzer, Melissa Leet, Ashley Hubal, and Nathanael Galloway will complete the orchestra.  

Tickets may be purchased at the gate or pre-ordered by calling Dolores Goodger at 756-3305.  Bring your favorite lawn chair and picnic to enjoy this classic tale on a summer evening/afternoon.

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Benefit Concert At Union Dale UMC

Ed and Julie Eschler moved out of suburbia and into the quiet, rural life of NE Pennsylvania to experience a calmer, more family-oriented existence. Little did they know that Ed would be confined to a Philadelphia hospital bed, reliant on a heart pump for six months while he awaited a heart transplant. During that time and for many more weeks, Julie would travel back and forth to the hospital, between her three high-school aged children and her husband.

The hardships, financial and emotional, are obvious, but now Ed is home with a new heart, though he still has to go back and forth to Philadelphia at least once a week.

Once again the community is being asked to open their hearts by attending a “Musical Montage” to help this fine family. Performing many songs from movies and Broadway will be cast from age 8 and up, made up mostly of area young adults from the Forest City area, Carbondale, and even Hallstead. Also featured will be several of Lynette’s Twirlerettes. The concert will be held on August 9, 7:00 p.m. at the Union Dale United Methodist Church hall.

There will be refreshments and a Chinese auction, with ample parking available.

All of the funds raised will go to the Eschler family, and your attendance will encourage and support our local, gifted performers who are giving generously of their time and talents to produce this evening of musical entertainment.

For more information call Linda Corey, 679–2082.

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29th Annual Blueberry Festival This Weekend

The 2008 Blueberry Festival will take place Friday, August 1 and Saturday, August 2, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the Village Green and Library lawn in Montrose. The Blueberry Festival celebrates hometown living at its finest. Blueberries in every form from ice cream to pies, games for children and entertainment for all ages, a huge used book sale, a silent auction, food, fun, and crafts, all draw thousands of visitors every year. Proceeds from the Festival help operate the Susquehanna County Historical Society and Free Library Association, which serves the county with a museum and genealogy research center, a main library and three branches, and Books-By-Mail and Books-On-Wheels.

Varied entertainment is scheduled for the Festival – schedules will be posted on the Green and in the Library. On Friday, the fun begins at 10 a.m. with the Windwood Hill Dance Academy. Joe Welden will play and sing standards at noon, followed by singer-songwriter-guitarist Corky Staats at 1 p.m., and the Bluestone Mountain Boys at 2 p.m. On Saturday, Poor Boys/Living History Guild Civil War re-enactor Brian Swartz will camp on the Green near the Civil War Monument, answering questions about a soldier's life. Noelani's Hula School and Polynesian Revue is scheduled to bring the music and dance of the islands to Montrose at 10 a.m. Then at 12:30 p.m., be sure to join in the fun of the new Cake Walk, where participants can win home-made cakes!

At 2 p.m. on Saturday, don't miss the 16th annual Massed Band Concert. The concert will bring back the good old days of the 1930s when Maurice Taylor assembled an audience of 10,000 in Montrose to enjoy great traditional music. Bob Orner and Suzanne Bennici are conducting again. Bring a chair and enjoy the show.

Children's games will keep your youngsters entertained for hours! There are skill games like Cards-in-a-Hat for the youngest – everyone wins a prize. The PriceChopper Bounce Castle is absolutely free!

Older children will enjoy the contests, including the obstacle course, jump rope, and basketball, as well as arts and crafts.

Funnel cakes are a new addition this year. The proceeds benefit the New Library Building Fund, thanks to the BC Community Wagon sponsored by Broadline Construction, Inc.

Each year the Crazy Country Quilters make an heirloom quilt to be raffled off at the Festival. The 2008 pattern is a beautiful variant of Dresden Plate. The popular Basket Raffle will be bigger and better than ever.

"Every year, the Blueberry Festival continues to grow and improve!" says Susan Stone, Administrator/Librarian of the Susquehanna County Historical Society and Free Library Association. "It's really wonderful how our community pulls together to make the Festival possible. Local businesses and individuals contribute time, supplies, advertising, and everything else that's needed, to help support the Library and Historical Society. I hope everyone will come and enjoy the Blueberry Festival with us on the first and second!"

For more information about the Blueberry Festival or the Library and Historical Society, call (570) 278-1881 or visit

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Christmas In August At St. Paul’s Church

Area artists and crafters will be gathering in Montrose to display their talents and selling their creations as St. Paul’s supports the Blueberry Festival with their "Christmas in August" Arts and Crafts Festival. The event, which will coincide with events on the Green, will take place on August 1 and 2, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in St. Paul’s Parish House.

The proceeds are part of the fund-raising activities for the Susquehanna County Library and Historical Society. The festive weekend will end with an Ice Cream Social in St. Paul's Garden at 1 p.m., Sunday, August 3.

Along with a wide variety of crafts and homemade items, the Festival will highlight the new St. Paul ’s Christmas Ornament – a colorful tree ornament featuring the Tiffany Angel Window. This collector’s item – only 100 available – will be available at the St. Paul ’s table, which will also have new greeting cards with the photo of the Tiffany Angel on the cover.

For more information call (570) 278–2954.

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Contests To Enter At Harford Fair

The 151st Harford Fair offers many contests, challenges, and activities for participants to try their luck and test their skills.

This year there are several interesting areas for fairgoers to try to win prizes.

In the area of baking delicious treats is the “Blue Ribbon Apple Pie Contest,” the certified first place winner of which will have the opportunity to enter an apple pie at the 2009 Pennsylvania State Farm Show. Each pie will be judged on overall appearance, crust color, flavor, texture, filling consistency, and creativity. Entries do not have to be limited to a “traditional” two-crust apple pie; however, the pie must include at least 60 percent apples in the filling, which may include a variety of items.

Also, this year bakers may enter the “Angel Food Cake Contest,” sponsored by the Pennsylvania Egg Quality Assurance Program and the Pennsylvania State Association of County Fairs. This competitive foods contest has been very popular because angel food cakes are 100 percent fat free. Cakes must be made from scratch and must use PEQAP eggs. The recipe and the PEQAP symbol from the egg carton must be submitted with the entry. Cakes will be judged on overall appearance, texture, lightness, flavor, creativity, and topping, icing or decoration.

Again this year, the “Hershey’s Cocoa Classic Cake Contest” will offer cash prizes for the best “Hershey’s Cocoa Cake” and the tastiest “Hershey’s Baking Chips Cookies/Brownie Bars” made from scratch. The winner can then be certified to enter the 2009 Pennsylvania Farm Show next January in Harrisburg.

For complete rules for these baking contests, contact the Harford Fair office at (570) 434–4300, or visit

Young ladies interested in entering the 17th annual Harford Fair Queen Contest are encouraged to return applications by August 1. This very popular event is always one of the highlights of the entire week, and offers the winner a $500 scholarship from the fair and a $100 scholarship from the PA Trappers’ Association. Contestants are given the opportunity to write an essay on “What My Fair Means To My Community” and a speech on “Why You Should Come To My Fair.” Those chosen as Queen and as Alternate make many special appearances at a variety of events during fair week.

The fifth annual Turkey Calling Contest will again be held this year, on Saturday in the Shade Pavilion. This contest, run by Quaker Boy-Staffer Jim Gilbert, will include the following calls: yelp of a hen, assembly of a hen, cutting of a hen, and caller’s best call. Age groups are divided into three divisions.

Last year in celebration of the 150th Harford Fair, “Competitive Games” were introduced to the Monday afternoon lineup of events. It was a good, old-fashioned fun time for everyone, whether a participant or a spectator. The games included the Women’s Skillet Throw, the Men’s Hay Bale Toss, Male and Female Wheelbarrow Races, Children’s Greased Pole Contest and the Watermelon Bubble Bursting Contest open to everyone. This year a team event will be added, the first Harford Fair “Outhouse Races.” Complete rules can be found in the fair premium book or on the fair website. First prize is $200.

Other all-time favorite contests at the Harford Fair are the Baby Show, Tractor/Truck Pulls, Horse Pulling, Animal Costume Contest, and the ever popular Demolition Derby, just to name a few.

There’s always something for everyone at the Harford Fair. Join the fun, August 18 through 23.

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Harford Fair Entry Deadline Nears

Have you stitched a beautiful quilt, baked a tasty treat, grown an outstanding vegetable, or snapped a unique picture? Why not enter it in the Harford Fair? Last year, over 8,500 items were entered for competition. There are hundreds of categories to enter.

The entry deadline for entering items for competition is quickly approaching. Entry forms must be postmarked or brought to the fair office by August 1. Those entering three or more items will receive a one-day pass to the fair. If you need a Harford Fair Premium Book and Entry Form, call the fair office at (570) 434–4300 or use the website at

Reserved seating is available for evening entertainment programs. Check the fair website for a complete schedule of events and a ticket order form, or you can call the Harford Fair Ticket Office at (570) 434–4318. Advance sale gate tickets can also be purchased by calling the fair ticket office.

The Harford Agricultural Society is a non-profit organization and will host its 151st fair August 18 – 23. The Harford Fair is known as an agricultural, educational, family-oriented fair and brings an average of 70,000 people through its gates each year, making it the largest six-day event in Susquehanna County.

Remember, your entry form must be postmarked by August 1.

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LCCC To Offer Local Courses

Luzerne County Community College will offer courses for the fall, 2008 semester in Susquehanna and Elk Lake. Registration for courses in Susquehanna will be held at Susquehanna Community High School on Thursday, August 14, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Registration for courses in Elk Lake will be held at Elk Lake High School on Wednesday, August 13, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Courses scheduled to be offered in Susquehanna include Education, History, Philosophy, Psychology, Nutrition and Wellness, Math, Sociology, and Physical Science.

Courses scheduled to be offered in Elk Lake include Nursing, Biological Science, and Speech.

Off-campus classes for the fall semester will begin on Tuesday, September 2.

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

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Annual Mega Blood Drive In Montrose
Submitted By Becky Naylor, Executive Director,

Susquehanna County Chapter, American Red Cross

The Susquehanna County Red Cross and Endless Mountains Health Systems once again have teamed up to kick off the American Red Cross 14th annual Mega Blood Drive. The posters have gone out, and phone calls are being made to encourage everyone who is eligible to come out and donate on Tuesday, August 5 and Wednesday, August 6, from 11:30 to 6:30 p.m. each day at the VFW Post 5642 in Montrose.

Emily Donovan is the special honoree of this year’s Mega Blood Drive.

The spotlight of this drive is on our special honoree, Emily Donovan and her family, who have taken the story of their daughter Emily and have agreed to share it with us to encourage people to give the gift of life.

Emily Donovan is a very beautiful, 22 month-old girl. She was diagnosed on May 5, 2008 with medulloblastoma, a malignant tumor of the brain. This cancer is normally found in children at least three years or older. She is the youngest child to develop this cancer, according to data received from over 200 hospitals worldwide. She had surgery on May 6 to remove the tumor. She started chemotherapy on June 3, and will continue chemotherapy for at least one year. She will also undergo radiation treatments in the coming year. All of the treatments will be at the Janet Weiss Children’s Hospital in Danville, which is over 100 miles from her parents’ home in Montrose.

Emily will need to go once a week for treatments for at least a year. Some of the treatments will involve multi-night stays. The radiation treatments will be five consecutive days, for five weeks.

Emily can receive blood only from Type O Negative donors. The problem is that out of 100 people, only seven will be O Negative.

We are trying to make all the difference we can, and this is just one of those ways we can let people know what a blessing it can be to be a blood donor.

The American Red Cross staff will serve as many donors as are willing, and walk-ins will be welcomed to the best of our ability. If you have not made an appointment yet, we urge you to! Please call the American Red Cross toll-free number, 1-800-GIVE-LIFE, (1-800-448-3543) or the local Chapter office at (570) 278-1427.

This year’s goal is 300 units for the two days. Be part of this wonderful experience. You must be at least 16 years old, be in reasonably good health, and weigh at least 110 pounds. If you are 16 years old, contact the office for a parent permission form.

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Supreme Court Scholar To Speak In Montrose

The public is invited to enjoy a unique opportunity to hear a national expert, Robert Langran, Ph.D. speak on “The Supreme Court in Times of Crisis.” This free event will be held at the Montrose Theater on Wednesday, August 20 at 7 p.m. and is hosted by the theater and the League of Women Voters of Susquehanna County (LWVSC). Dr. Langran is an author, a Distinguished Teacher Award winner, a senior faculty member, and ten-year chairman of the political science department of Villanova University near Philadelphia.

The Professor will examine the decisions the US Supreme Court has made during the Civil War, World Wars I and II, the Depression, and the Cold War – times in history when national interest had to be weighed against individual rights. The results have varied, they are often controversial, and always the final word. Dr. Langran will include a look at the current Court’s decisions on the war on terrorism and the Bush administration’s treatment of detainees. The public will be encouraged to ask questions following the presentation.

Dr. Langran served as a lieutenant in the US Army. He received his B.S. from Loyola University (Chicago), an M.A. from Fordham University, and a Ph.D. from Bryn Mawr College. He is a member of Villanova’s Athletic Hall of Fame, having coached varsity men’s and women’s tennis teams for 27 years.

Robert Langran’s books include: The United States Supreme Court: An Historical and Political Analysis (in its fifth edition); The Supreme Court: A Concise History; Government, Business and the American Economy (second edition forthcoming).

Since our next US President is likely to appoint several new Supreme Court Justices, the LWV encourages all November 4 voters to cool off, take a mid-week break, relax and learn from an outstanding scholar who is taking time to share his expertise with our community.

This presentation is a program of the Pennsylvania Humanities Council (PHC), a private non-profit which works in partnership with the National Endowment for the Humanities. To encourage lifelong learning, the PHC provides grants to “Commonwealth Speakers” who deliver programs in the arts, history, literature, and other humanities throughout the state. To learn more about the PHC go to

For voter information and more from the LWVSC visit

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