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Senior Menu

9/11 Remembrance Ceremony Planned
Author’s Luncheon To Benefit Library
Enchantment In Nature
Garden Club Flower Show Welcomes All
Hill Country Artists Set September Meet
Save A Life Saturday
Susquehanna County Reads “To Kill A Mockingbird"
Thomas F. Chamberlain Is 2008 Distinguished Citizen


September 3

WORD OF LIFE Clubs will begin meeting Wednesday, September 3, 5-8:30 p.m. at the South New Milford Baptist Church. For info call 434-2101.

September 4

CHICKEN & BISCUITS, family style, Thursday, September 4, beginning at 5 p.m. at the VFW #6223, Great Bend. Takeouts available.

HILL COUNTRY ARTISTS meeting, Thursday, September 4, 7:30 p.m. at the Claverack Building, Montrose. Rita Eddy will speak on “How To Display Your Art Professionally.” Call 553-2500 for info.

PIZZA NIGHT, Thursday, September 4, 5:30 – 9 p.m. at the Kirkwood Elks Lodge. Eat in or take out.

OPEN MIC COUNTRY, Thursday, September 4, beginning at 7 p.m. at the Kirkwood Elks Lodge.

September 5

AWANA CLUBS begin, Friday, September 5, 7-9 p.m. at the South New Milford Baptist Church. Children ages 3 through sixth grade welcome. Call 434-2101 for info.

WATER WONDERS program, Friday, September 5, 4 p.m. at Salt Springs State Park. Geared for kids 7 – 10. Free. Pre-registration required, call 967-7275.

EUCHARISTIC ADORATION, Friday, September 5 after the 12:10 p.m. Mass, concluding with Mass at 7 p.m. at Holy Name of Mary Church, Montrose.

DINNER, roast turkey or fish, Friday, September 5, 6 – 8 p.m. at the Kirkwood Elks Lodge.

September 5 & 6

RUMMAGE & BAKE SALE, Friday September 5, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.; bag sale Saturday, September 6, 9 a.m. to noon at the Franklin Forks United Methodist Church.

RUMMAGE & BAKE SALE, Friday, September 5, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Saturday, September 6, 9 a.m. to noon (bag sale) at the Franklin Hill Presbyterian Church.

September 6

POMONA GRANGE #7 meeting, Saturday, September 6, 10:00 at the Fairdale Grange Hall. Dinner will be served. Bring recipes for cookbook.

SOUL FIRE will perform Saturday, September 6, 7:00 p.m. at the Starrucca Baptist Church. Refreshments available.

BENEFIT LASAGNA DINNER for Bob Burridge, Saturday, September 6, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Springville Fire Hall. Basket raffle and auction at 7:30. For info call 965-2146.

PANCAKE & SAUSAGE BREAKFAST, Saturday, September 6, 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. at East Ararat United Methodist Church.

BUGS, BEETLES & BUTTERFLIES program, Saturday, September 6, 2 p.m. at Salt Springs State Park. Take a close look at insects and find out some amazing facts. Great for kids.

September 7

NICHOLSON BRIDGE DAY, Sunday, September 7, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Animal exhibit, entertainment, pet show, chicken barbecue, crafts, more. Sponsored by the Nicholson Women’s Club.

CONTEMPLATING WITH NATURE, Sunday, September 7, 2:00 p.m. at the Florence shelly Wetlands. Trebbe Johnson will lead. Call 727-4272 for info.

SOULFIRE concert, Sunday, September 7, 7:00 p.m. at the Thompson Baptist Church. For info call 727–2461.

PANCAKE BREAKFAST, Sunday, September 7, 8 a.m. – 11 a.m. at the Hallstead-Great Bend Rod & Gun Club. All you can eat!

IRISH FESTIVAL, Sunday, September 7, noon to 7:30 p.m. at St. Francis Xavier Church, Friendsville. Food, music, games, fun.

September 8

AWANA begins, Monday, September 8 through April, 6:30 – 8 p.m. at the First Baptist Church, Susquehanna. Children ages 3 through sixth grade welcome. Call 853-4102 for info.

September 9

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

September 10

RUEBEN SANDWICHES, Wednesday, September 10, 6 – 8 p.m. at the Kirkwood Elks Lodge.

September 11

PIZZA NIGHT, Thursday, September 11, 5:30 – 9 p.m. at the Kirkwood Elks Lodge. Eat in or take out.

OPEN MIC COUNTRY, Thursday, September 11, beginning t 7 p.m. at the Kirkwood Elks Lodge.

September 12

ROTTING AWAY program, Friday, September 12, 4 p.m. at Salt Springs State Park. Especially for kid 7 – 10. Free. Pre-registration required, call 967-7275.

DINNER, pasta and sausage or fish, Friday, September 12, 6 – 8 p.m. at the Kirkwood Elks Lodge.

September 13

FAMILY FUN DAY, Saturday, September 13, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. on the Green in Montrose. Susquehanna County Reads, children’s games and activities related to “To Kill A Mockingbird.” Free. Call 278–1881 for info.

BOOK SALE, Saturday, September 13, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Soldiers’ Orphan School, Harford.

BENEFIT for Doris Kuenzli, Saturday, September 13, 3 – 7 p.m. at the Mason Hall, Thompson. Entertainment, refreshments, silent auction. Admission. Call 727-2923 or 727-3225 for info.

CHICKEN & BISCUIT DINNER, Saturday, September 13, beginning at 4:30 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, New Milford. Takeouts available.

September 14

STONE WALL RESTORATION and Construction workshop, Sunday, September 14, 1 – 5 p.m. at Salt Springs State Park. Ken Ely will explain the basics. Fee. Pre-registration required, call 967–7275.

WEINER ROAST, Sunday, September 14, beginning at 5 p.m. at the Fairdale Township Park. Bring musical instruments, chairs/blankets. Sponsored by the Fairdale Grange.

CHICKEN & BISCUIT DINNER, Sunday, September 14, 11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at the Snake Creek Fire Hall.

September 16

WING NIGHT, Tuesday, September 16, 5:30 – 9 p.m. at the Kirkwood Elks Lodge.

LAYETTE OUTREACH meeting, Tuesday, September 16, 10 a.m. at the TREHAB Center Meeting Room, Montrose. Call (607) 743–9969.

BLOOD DRIVE, Tuesday, September 16, 1:30 – 6:30 p.m. at the American Legion Post 357, Hallstead.

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Senior Center Menu September 1 – 5

Monday, September 1: centers closed, Labor Day.

Tuesday, September 2: meatloaf with brown gravy, whipped potatoes, spinach, multi-grain bread, apple crisp.

Wednesday, September 3: turkey with gravy, whipped potatoes, glazed carrots, bread stuffing, multi-grain roll, apple crisp.

Thursday, September 4: pork barbecue, whole wheat roll, potato salad, corn niblets, fresh fruit.

Friday, September 5: pierogies, cottage cheese with pineapple, stewed tomatoes, multi-grain dinner roll, sherbet.

Senior Center Menu September 8 – 12

Monday, September 8: roast pork with mushroom gravy, carrot slices, cheesy mashed potatoes, whole wheat roll, pie.

Tuesday, September 9: kielbasa with sauerkraut, baked potato, cinnamon applesauce, multi-grain bread, pudding.

Wednesday, September 10: hot turkey sandwich with gravy, whipped potatoes, green beans, whole wheat bread, fresh fruit, cranberry sauce.

Thursday, September 11: stuffed chicken breast, whipped potatoes, broccoli with lemon sauce, dinner roll, carrot cake.

Friday, September 12: manicotti, garden greens, multi-grain roll, juice, ice cream.

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9/11 Remembrance Ceremony Planned
Submitted By Debbie Crisman

As the seventh anniversary of September 11, 2001 approaches, we want to share plans for the upcoming commemoration.

Please join on Thursday, September 11, for a Remembrance Ceremony to honor those who lost their lives on 9-11.

The ceremony will begin at 6:00 p.m. at Spirit of 9-11 ( Danny Crisman) Memorial Park, Ridge Road, South Montrose, PA.

We will remember the lives of those lost on that fateful day through prayer, music and the insight of select guest speakers, including Mrs. Brenda Loubet, American Red Cross Disaster Volunteer and Disaster Services Human Resources member.

We will also remember the lives of our troops lost in the "War on Terror," both in Iraq and Afghanistan. Joining us as well will be Brigadier General John Gronski, Assistant Adjutant General of the Pennsylvania National Guard.

By gathering as a community each year, we continue to renew our commitment to the values of hope, tolerance and perseverance.

The symbol of lighting candles at sundown carries us through the night and on to tomorrow, allowing us to reflect on the memory of those lost, and on all that unites this great country of ours.

We hope you will join us as we come together to remember.

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Author’s Luncheon To Benefit Library

The Novel Woman Book Club is sponsoring its first annual Local Author’s Luncheon to benefit the Forest City Library on Wednesday, September 24, at Stone Bridge Inn, Elk Mountain. The author for the first luncheon is Karen Blomain, who, with her husband, writer and photographer Michael Downend, divide their time between the Pennsylvania mountains, where they’ve had a home for the past twenty years, and Mexico.

Karen holds an MFA from Columbia in Creative Writing. Her publications include two full-length collections and two chapbooks of poetry, the novel, A Trick of Light and numerous stories and essays published in periodicals and anthologies, including the new anthology Sudden Stories. She is the editor of a poetry anthology and the co-translator of numerous poems. Her work has been broadcast on National Public Radio. She co-authored with her husband the play, An American Wife, which had its Equity premier in 2007. Further, she edited Coalseam: Poems from the Anthracite Region and co-edited Palpable Clock: Twenty-Five Years of Mulberry Poets. She has served as a consultant for the Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Project for twenty years and was the writer-in-residence at The Getty Museum in California. Ms. Blomain has traveled and taught in numerous venues around the world, including Russia, France, Austria and Ireland. Karen recently retired from university teaching to pursue her writing and workshops. She participated in “The Gathering: A Literary Conference for Readers, Writers and Thinkers” at Keystone College recently and in October will conduct a workshop at Anam Cara, Retreat for Writers and Artists in Cork, Ireland. You can check out her website at

The luncheon will begin with hospitality at 11:30 and lunch at 12:15, following which Ms. Blomain will tell of her writing experiences. Ms. Blomain will have autographed books to sell which will also benefit the library.

For reservations and ticket information, contact the Forest City Library at 785-5590 or JoAnn Hall at 222-3591 by September 17.

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Enchantment In Nature

Here’s an opportunity to explore your own unique way of seeing on a different kind of nature walk. Most of the walks offered throughout the summer at the beautiful 400-acre Florence Shelly Wetlands Preserve in Thompson entail a guide, presumably an expert in some field like migrating birds, insects, or wildflowers. The guide leads the walk participants down the trails, pointing out interesting natural phenomena along the way.

On Sunday, September 7, at 2:00 p.m., however, each person will have the opportunity to rediscover nature by exploring what interests them personally. “Children do this naturally,” says walk leader Trebbe Johnson, an author and guide of wilderness rites of passage programs. “If some flower or insect or tree stump catches their attention, they immediately stop to examine it. We adults usually feel we’re too busy; we don’t want to get distracted. But when we let ourselves pay attention to what’s beckoning to us, we realize we’ve never forgotten the old and valuable skill of enchantment.”

After a short introduction, the group will walk in silence down the trails that pass through woodlands, along the banks of a stream, and through a meadow. Partway through the trip, they will sit together as each person talks about what has captured their attention and interest along the way. In this way, the entire group will create a story of what is happening in one particular place on one particular afternoon.

Trebbe Johnson is the author of The World Is a Waiting Lover. She lives in Thompson and is a member of the Stewardship Committee of the Florence Shelly Wetlands Preserve.

The program will last about two hours. Participants will meet at the parking lot off Stack Road, about one mile north of Thompson on PA Route 171. Since this is a wetlands area, waterproof footwear is recommended. For further information, contact Trebbe Johnson at 727-4272.

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Garden Club Flower Show Welcomes All

The Garden Club of Montrose invites the public, young and old, to a colorful and seasonal feast for the eyes – its 2008 Flower Show. It will be held on Friday, September 12 from 2 – 5 p.m., and Saturday, September 13 from 10 – 3 p.m. at the Community Foundation building, 36 Lake Ave., Montrose. The location is handicap accessible, light-filled, newly expanded and renovated.

This biennial event will feature horticulture displays of homegrown plant varieties – perennials, annuals, bulbs, container grown plants, cut branches, etc. There will also be design exhibits including miniatures which are developed upon a “Words to the Wise” theme. Well-known sayings such as “Every little bit helps,” “Two’s company, three’s a crowd,” and “Everyone to his own taste” will challenge the artistic imagination of entrants. This year a youth design category based upon the proverb, “The best things in life are free” is planned. Youngsters will be asked to design arrangements using recycled material plus container plants and cut flowers.

Flower shows go back to the 1920’s and 1930’s when Garden Club members gathered to display their creativity, while they both taught and learned the art of flower design, and the science of plant cultivation. The Garden Club of Montrose was founded in 1905, federated in 1930, and is the oldest existing federated Garden Club in Pennsylvania. It is a member of National Garden Clubs, Inc.

This event is an opportunity for first-time exhibitors to jump in and try something new, and experienced hands to show off the best of their gardens and their imagination for the community to enjoy. Horticulture entries must be homegrown, but design entries may include live or dried plant materials that are purchased, begged, borrowed or stolen from the recycle bin. No artificial materials (no silk or plastic) may be used. Interested entrants should contact The Garden Club to receive all details including guidelines and entry deadlines. Chairperson Shirley Andre can be contacted at 278-1814 or Gladys Bennett can be contacted at 278-3106

Ribbons will be awarded, and expert feedback provided so that contributors receive encouragement and guidance. The event is much more a celebration of creativity and nature than a competition. Young people are encouraged to exhibit as well as to attend. The Flower Show is free to all who attend or participate, so come join the fun.

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Hill Country Artists Set September Meet
Submitted By Chris Lathrop

The September meeting of Hill Country Artists will be held on Thursday, September 4, 7:30 p.m. at the Claverack Building near Montrose. The educational part of the meeting will be presented by President, Rita Eddy who will speak on “How to Display Your Art Professionally.” Whether you frame your work yourself or have it professionally framed, you need to know the proper way to present it for shows and/or competitions. This group is very informal and there is always sharing of information between members and guests. Bring your questions and ideas.

The summer has been very busy as the group has participated in several art shows and painting sessions. This meeting will bring us back to our regular meeting place and club business.

Guests are always welcome and refreshments will be served. For information, contact Rita Eddy at 553-2500.

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Save A Life Saturday

The American Red Cross is celebrating National Preparedness Month with Save a Life Saturday, a joint effort of the American Red Cross in Lackawanna, Susquehanna, Wayne and Pike Counties to provide the public with an opportunity to learn key life-saving skills.

You never know when disaster will strike. The American Red Cross encourages you to Be Red Cross Ready and prepare yourself and your family for emergencies. Join the Susquehanna County Chapter of the American Red Cross on Saturday, September 13, at any of the following locations and take part in the free Introduction to CPR classes: Silver Lake Presbyterian Church, Brackney, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.; Grace Lutheran Church, Hop Bottom, 12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.; Lanesboro Community Center, 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

To register for any of these free Introduction to Adult CPR classes, call Susquehanna County Chapter of the American Red Cross at (570) 278-1427. Adults and children over age 12 are welcome. Maximum 10 participants in each class.

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Susquehanna County Reads “To Kill A Mockingbird”

Registration for Susquehanna County Reads “To Kill a Mockingbird” is now open at the four Susquehanna County Libraries (Forest City, Hallstead-Great Bend, Montrose, Susquehanna) and at the Pratt Library in New Milford. This one book/one county program runs from September 13 to October 17, and includes four major events. For a $3 registration fee, adult residents of Susquehanna County get free admission to all the programs and their own copy of the book. Children’s registration is free (no book provided).

The program 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. Free and open to everyone, Family Fun Day will include a life-size Maycomb Monopoly game, wooden toys, a 1930s kitchen, a pedal tractor, radio performances, a chance to dress up in clothes appropriate to the book, and visits from our own Atticus Finch (District Attorney Jason Legg). The following week, don’t miss your chance to see the 1962 movie starring Gregory Peck on the big screen. There will be two showings at the Montrose Theater on Wednesday, September 17, at 2:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Other screenings will take place at the branch libraries.

Other events include a panel book discussion in New Milford on October 9, and the climactic mock trial/moot court in the Susquehanna County Courthouse on October 17.

Susquehanna County Reads is a joint program of the Susquehanna County Historical Society & Free Library Association and the Susquehanna County Literacy Program. It is supported in part by the Pennsylvania Humanities Council, the Federal-State Partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. For more information, visit

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Thomas F. Chamberlain Is 2008 Distinguished Citizen

The Baden-Powell Council, Delahanna District of the Boy Scouts of America is pleased to announce that Thomas F. Chamberlain of Hallstead has been selected as their 2008 Distinguished Citizen. Born in Hancock, NY, Tom received his education at Hancock Central School District, Cocoa Beach High School and Broome Community College. He married his high school sweetheart, Mary Jane Leet from Lake Shehawken, Wayne County, PA and they are the parents of three children and four grandchildren.

A valued member of Susquehanna County for his involvement with his church, New Milford United Methodist Church, where he serves as a trustee, a director of Sky Lake Camp and Retreat Center and Samaritan’s Purse (a Hurricane Katrina project), he has served on the Barnes-Kasson Hospital board of directors. Other organizations who have benefited from his expertise are Peoples Financial Services; the former Susquehanna County Chamber of Commerce; NY-Penn Health Care Systems and Grange National Bank.

He is a Past Master of Freedom Lodge #328, Thompson, PA and a member of Bluestone Lodge #338, Hallstead. He is also a member of Keystone Consistory of Scranton, PA and Kalurah Shriners, Endicott, NY. He presently holds board positions as a Lackawanna College trustee; Community Foundation of Susquehanna County; President of Susquehanna County United Way and President of Creative Adventures for Education.

Tom is secretary for the New Milford Community Men’s Club and is involved with the Walk for Wellness-Endless Mountain Foundation; Endless Mountain Business Association and the Nationwide Prom Promise for 25 years.

An avid walker, his other interests include whitetail deer hunting, golf and snowmobiling.

Reviewing his many activities, one would think Tom did not have time to work but that is not the case. Since 1972 the honoree has been a representative for Nationwide Insurance & Financial Services where he received the company’s Community Service Award in 1998 and 2006. He has also qualified for numerous sales conferences.

Tom will be honored on Friday, September 19, at the Summit in New Milford. For information or to make a reservation, contact Loren Stone at (570) 278-3801 ext. 329. Reservations will be accepted until September 11.

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