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Applications Accepted For Tourism Projects
Garden Club Tours Japanese Garden
Canawacta Dedicates New Pistol Range
Susquehanna County Reads “To Kill A Mockingbird”

Applications Accepted For Tourism Projects

Non-profit organizations in Susquehanna County can now apply for grant monies available through the county’s room tax fund to help finance their tourism-related projects. Due to changes in the grant guidelines, from now on there will only be one annual grant round each year, making this is the only opportunity to apply for funds for 2009 projects.

The Endless Mountains Visitors Bureau is accepting the applications to help fund cultural, historical, and recreational projects – such as special events, exhibits, or publicity initiatives as well as for marketing and promoting projects, way-finding aides, and historical preservation projects that will increase tourism to an area and/or attraction.

The deadline to submit applications is Thursday, September 25, 2008. Grant applications and program requirements are available through the Endless Mountains Visitors Bureau and may be obtained by calling the bureau at (570) 836–5431, emailing, or stopping by the office, 4 Werks Plaza, Route 6 East, Tunkhannock.

Room Tax money is collected by lodging establishments from their overnight guests and is used to promote tourism in the Endless Mountains Region.

For more information, contact the visitors bureau at the number listed above.

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Garden Club Tours Japanese Garden
Submitted By Dawn Howell

Members of the Mountain View Garden Club were treated to a tour of the magnificent Japanese-style gardens maintained by Gerry Perlman and David Trachtenberg at their home in Clifford. We were first given a detailed presentation on the principles and elements of Japanese gardening. This was followed by a tour of their extensive gardens and a Sushi-style lunch to round out the Japanese theme.

Just a reminder to those who have signed up for the trip to Chanticleer Farm on August 22. We will leave from Dr. Swetter's parking lot in Clifford promptly at 9 a.m. Please bring a bag lunch and any snacks to share on the way home.

The September 16 meeting will be for members only. We will be going to Nimble Hill Winery in Tunkhannock for wine tasting and a discussion on wine making. Anyone wishing to car pool should be at the Mt. View Restaurant in Clifford by 5:30. Please let JoAnn know if you are planning to go, 222-3591

Last but not least, mark your calendars for Saturday, October 25. We will be holding a "Harvest Dance" and Chicken Barbecue at the Clifford Township Fire Hall. Watch for more details at a later date.

For more information about our club, check out our website at Anyone interested in joining our group, call Membership Chair, Linda, at 222-3377.

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Canawacta Dedicates New Pistol Range

Earlier this month, friends and family of the late Alan M. Heller gathered at the Canawacta Rod & Gun Club to dedicate the recently completed pistol range in Alan’s name. Mr. Heller was the driving force behind the idea of a pistol range being completely separate from the existing rifle range. He served as the committee chairman, and worked diligently to ensure the range would be built in compliance with all applicable laws and safety issues. Unfortunately, he passed away prior to seeing his goal become a reality. A large etched stone (pictured above) officially naming the site the Alan M. Heller Memorial Pistol Range was placed near the entrance to the range. Alan’s wife, Debbie, was given the honor of firing the first shot following the ceremony.

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Susquehanna County Reads “To Kill A Mockingbird”

Thanks to a Pennsylvania Humanities Council grant, another One Book/One County program is coming to Susquehanna County in September. The book, chosen by a poll of last year’s participants, is Harper Lee's classic of small-town courage, To Kill a Mockingbird. Visit fr more information.

Residents of Susquehanna County can register and get their own copy of the book (registration fee $3) starting Tuesday, September 2, at any county library. Four major events are planned in the program. The kick-off is a Family Fun Day: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. on Saturday, September 13, during the Apple Festival on the Green in Montrose. Next is a screening of the 1962 movie starring Gregory Peck. There will be two showings on the big screen at the Montrose Theater, Wednesday, September 17 at 2:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Other screenings will take place at the branch libraries. A panel book discussion will be held in New Milford at St. Mark's hall, date to be announced. The culmination of the program will be a mock trial/moot court in the Susquehanna County Courthouse on October 17 at 7 p.m. District Attorney Jason Legg, who says that To Kill a Mockingbird inspired him to enter the legal profession, is involved with the planning. Refreshments will include Lane Cake, mentioned in the book. (Bakers needed! Recipes are available on the website.) Susquehanna County Reads is a joint program of the Susquehanna County Historical Society & Free Library Association and the Susquehanna County Literacy Program.

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