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Senior Menu

Economic Board To Host Breakfast Meet
Holy Name Of Mary Assumption Schedule
Madigan To Hold Local Outreaches
Mt. View School District Opening
Nature For Kids

Free Small Business Resource Clinic Set
Stroke, Osteoporosis Screening In Susky
Private Well Owners Workshop Offered


August 5

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

August 7

PIZZA NIGHT, Thursday, August 7, 5:30 – 9 p.m. at the Kirkwood Elks Lodge. Eat in or take out.

OPEN MIC COUNTRY, Thursday, August 7, beginning at 7 p.m. a the Kirkwood Elks Lodge.

August 8

CHICKEN OR FISH dinner, Friday, August 8, 6 – 8 p.m. at the Kirkwood Elks Lodge.

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.

BIRCHARDVILLE SCHOOL and Historical Association picnic, Saturday, August 9, noon at the Grange Hall. Bring a dish to pass, dessert and table service. Drinks provided. Old school will be open.

August 10

NATURE FOR KIDS and parents, Sunday, August 10, 2:00 p.m. at the Florence Shelly Wetlands, Thompson. Call 879-4244 or 756-3052 for info.

COMMISSIONING SERVICE for Sara Van Cott, Wycliffe Bible Translators Missionary, Sunday, August 10, 3:00 p.m. at the South New Milford Baptist Church. Fellowship dinner to follow at 4:30. Call 434-2101 for info.

August 11

FAMILY AL-ANON meeting, Monday, August 11, 7:00 p.m. at Hold Name of Mary, Montrose.

August 12

WING NIGHT, Tuesday, August 12, 5:30 – 9 p.m. at the Kirkwood Elks Lodge.

August 13

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

FISH DINNER, Wednesday, August 13, 6 – 8 p.m. at the Kirkwood Elks Lodge.

August 14

PIZZA NIGHT, Thursday, August 14, 5:30 – 9 p.m. at the Kirkwood Elks Lodge. Eat in or take out.

OPEN MIC COUNTRY, Thursday, August 14, beginning at 7 p.m. at the Kirkwood Elks Lodge.

August 15

SPAGHETTI SUPPER, FRIDAY, August 15, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Hallstead-Great Bend Rod & Gun Club. All you can eat!

ROAST BEEF OR FISH dinner, Friday, August 15, 6 – 8 p.m. at the Kirkwood Elks Lodge.

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.

CHICKEN BARBECUE and bake sale, Saturday, August 16, beginning at 11 a.m. at the Kirkwood Elks Lodge.

August 17

19TH CENTURY SCHOOL DAY, Sunday, August 17, 2 p.m. at Salt Springs State Park. Children of all ages are invited to a recreation at the one-room school house. No fee or pre-registration.

August 19

WING NIGHT, Tuesday, August 19, 5:30 – 9 p.m. at the Kirkwood Elks Lodge.

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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.

Senior Center Menu August 11 – 15

Monday, August 11: hot roast beef sandwich with gravy, mashed potatoes, parsley buttered carrots, white bread, graham crackers, diced pears.

Tuesday, August 12: sweet and sour chicken, emperors blend vegetables, white rice, honey wheat bread, grape juice, pineapple.

Wednesday, August 13: lemon pepper cod, scalloped potatoes, Normandy blend vegetables, 12 grain bread, graham crackers, mandarin oranges.

Thursday, August 14: meat lasagna, garlic seasoned green beans, tossed salad, Italian bread, chocolate éclair or sugar free chocolate pudding.

Friday, August 15: macaroni and cheese, stewed tomatoes, wheat bread, honeydew melon.

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Economic Board To Host Breakfast Meet

The Susquehanna County Economic Development Board and the Progress Authority will host a Susquehanna County Economic Development breakfast meeting on Thursday, August 28, 8:30 a.m. at the Summit Tea Room in New Milford. The Progress Authority will present special awards and an economic development update. Louis D. D’Amico, Executive Director of IOGA – Independent Oil & Gas Association of Pennsylvania – will be the featured speaker. Reservations are required. Contact Kim at the Progress Authority at 888-263-0937 or by August 14 to make reservations or for more information.

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Holy Name Of Mary Assumption Schedule

The holy day of The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Friday, August 15 will be celebrated at the Holy Name of Mary Church, Montrose, with a vigil Mass on Thursday, August 14 at 7:00 p.m. Masses on the holy day, Friday, August 15 will be at 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

Father Gerard Safko serves as Pastor of Holy Name of Mary Church.

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Madigan To Hold Local Outreaches

State Sen. Roger A. Madigan (R-23) will host outreach events in August 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 August 15 and 29, 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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Mt. View School District Opening

The Mt. View School District announced that classes for all students for the 2008-09 school year will begin on Wednesday, August 27. All buses will be operating on that day and the cafeterias in all schools will be open. Meal and milk prices are as follows. Elementary school and high school breakfast, $1.00 paid student, 30¢ reduced student, $1.50 adult. Lunch prices, $1.70 high school student, $1.45 elementary student, 40¢ reduced student, $2.60 adult. Milk will be 35¢ for white and 35¢ for chocolate. Parents are encouraged to mail their child’s cafeteria deposits prior to the first day of school.

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Nature For Kids
By Trebbe Johnson

No matter how old we get, we never lose the ability to be fascinated by some sight or sound in the natural world. The song of a bird, a beautiful sunset, or an expansive view of distant hills can magically pull us out of our preoccupations, if only for a few brief seconds. No one, however, is as expert at exploring the natural world with wonder and imagination as a child. And on Sunday, August 10, at 2:00 p.m., school teacher Nadine Reis will offer “Nature for Kids and Parents” at Florence Shelly Wetlands Preserve, Thompson, PA. An open-ended exploration held in an accessible, peaceful corner of the 400-acre preserve, the program offers the opportunity for children and parents to discover nature through each other’s eyes.

During the event, children and their parents will engage in a variety of activities and crafts designed to enable them to wake up to nature through all their senses. “We are training the future stewards of the earth, so they can protect and defend the earth when they’re older,” says Reis. The program is appropriate for children of all ages.

Nadine Reis has been a teacher in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, NY for nine years and is the chapter leader of the United Federation of Teachers in her school. She lives part-time in Thompson and is a member of the Stewardship Committee of the Florence Shelly Wetlands Preserve.

The program will last about one hour. Snacks will be provided. Participants will meet at the parking lot on Little Ireland Road, about two miles north of Thompson on PA Route 171. Since this is a wetlands area, waterproof footwear is recommended. For further information, contact Nadine Reis, (347) 249–7988.

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Free Small Business Resource Clinic Set

MetroAction will be hosting a free informative seminar designed to take the mystery out developing a successful small business. The Small Business Resource Clinic will be held on Wednesday, August 20 at 2:00 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Express, Gibson.

If you are thinking about starting a small business or if you have already started and realize you still have questions, the Small Business Resource Clinic is what you need. This program will review the steps needed to develop a successful business and link you to valuable resources to help you grow your business.

Receive quick and easy tips for writing your business plan and recommendations on how to use your plan to obtain financing, focus ideas, identify specific business objectives, and chart and manage growth.

The Small Business Resource Clinic will also take the mystery out of financing your business. You will learn how small business loans work, what documents and information are required, and review the requirements to qualify for small business financing. The clinic will also explain about small business grants, what lenders look for, and how you can improve your chances of qualifying for a small business loan.

This seminar is designed to point the new or potential business owner in the right direction, providing an overview of developing a business plan, helpful community resources , financing options for your business, what lenders look for, and much more!.

The clinic ideal for all business types, such as retail, wholesale, hospitality, agricultural, child care providers, technology business and manufacturing.

The program is free but pre-registration is required. To register, contact MetroAction at (570) 342-7711 or visit

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Stroke, Osteoporosis Screening In Susky

SYRACUSE, N.Y. - Residents living in and around the Susquehanna community can be screened to reduce their risk of having a stroke. Life Line Screening Radiology will be at the St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church on August 19. The site is located at 101 Jackson Avenue in Susquehanna. Appointments will begin at 9:00 a.m.

A stroke, also known as a “brain attack,” is ranked as the third leading killer in the world, and the second among women. Through preventive screenings, the risk of having a stroke can be greatly reduced.

Screenings are fast, painless and low cost. They involve the use of ultrasound technology, and scan for potential health problems related to blocked arteries which can lead to a stroke, aortic aneurysms which can lead to a ruptured aorta, and hardening of the arteries in the legs, which are a strong predictor of heart disease. Also offered for men and women, is a bone density screening to assess their risk for osteoporosis.

All four screenings take less than an hour to complete.

For more information regarding the screenings or to schedule an appointment, call 1-877-237-1344 or visit Pre-registration is required.

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Private Well Owners Workshop Offered
Submitted by Joann Kowalski

Residents of Susquehanna County and surrounding counties will be offered an opportunity to attend a free training workshop on how to properly manage their home’s private water system (wells, springs, or cisterns).

Residents who rely on private water systems as their home drinking water supply may be at risk of drinking contaminated water. In Pennsylvania, public drinking water supplies are the only water supplies that are tested and protected against contamination. Private water systems are unregulated, so landowners need to take the proper measures themselves to ensure that their drinking water is safe for consumption.

This workshop is offered as part of the “Master Well Owner Network,” a program intended to teach volunteers from across the Commonwealth about proper management of their own private water system. In return, the volunteers must go out into their local community to educate others about the importance of proper management of private drinking water supplies. “During the training, we’ll cover proper well location, construction, and maintenance, land-use activities associated with individual pollutants, drinking water standards, water testing, and water treatment,” says Stephanie Clemens, coordinator of the Master Well Owner Network.

All volunteers will receive a handbook of educational materials, a certificate for completion of the training workshop, access to Penn State water experts, and an invitation to the Pennsylvania Groundwater Association summer conference.

Resource professionals such as Penn State Cooperative Extension, the Pennsylvania Ground Water Association, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, and the United States Environmental Protection Agency will offer this training on Saturday, September 20, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in Montrose.

To become part of this network or for more information, contact Stephanie Clemens (toll free) at 1-866-488-1367 or by email at More details and an application can be found on the Master Well Owner Network website Space is limited and applications need to be received by August 25, or until all spots are filled.

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