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Fall/Winter Events Calendar Available
Church To Host Blessing Of Pets
“Harvest of the Arts” Children’s Luncheon
Family Fun Day At The Apple Festival
First Presbyterian Sets Fall Schedule
Madigan To Hold Local Outreaches
Pre-K, A First At Mountain View
Susquehanna Community Elementary Open House


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.

SPAGHETTI DINNER, Saturday, September 13, 4 – 7 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus, Great Bend. Takeouts available.

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.

TEEN CHALLENGE, New Creation, Sunday, September 14, 7 p.m. at the Body of Christ Church, Starrucca.

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.

September 17

CHICKEN & BISCUIT or ham dinner, Wednesday, September 17 at the Clifford United Methodist Church. Takeouts 4 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., dinners 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.

SANDWICHES, hot roast beef, Wednesday, September 17, 6 – 8 p.m. at the Kirkwood Elks Lodge.

FUN DAY, Wednesday, September 17, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at St. Mark’s Church, New Milford.

MOVIE, To Kill A Mockingbird, Wednesday, September 17, 2:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the Montrose Theater, as part of Susquehanna County Reads. Free for participants. Call 278-1881 for info.

September 18

PIZZA NIGHT, Thursday, September 18, 5:30 – 9 p.m. at the Kirkwood Elks Lodge. Eat in or take out.

OPEN MIC COUNTRY, Thursday, September 18, beginning at 7 p.m. at the Kirkwood Elks Lodge.

SUSQUEHANNA DEPOT AREA Historical Society meeting, Thursday, September 18, 7 p.m. at the Susquehanna Boro building. Speaker Cal Arthur will give a talk on Carnival Glass.

September 19

CREEPY CRAWLERS program, Friday, September 19, 4 p.m. at Salt Springs State Park. Especially for kids 7 – 10. No fee. Pre-registration required, call 967-7275.

NO COMPROMISE concert, Friday, September 19, 7 p.m. at the United Methodist Community Church, Great Bend.

September 20

BAKE SALE, Saturday, September 20, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Andre & son. Proceeds benefit the County Animal Response Team.

CHICKEN BARBECUE and bake sale, Saturday, September 20, beginning at 11 a.m. at the Kirkwood Elks Lodge.

GOOD NEWS LUNCH, Saturday, September 20, noon at St. Mark’s Church, New Milford. Free.

HARVEST OF THE ARTS, Saturday, September 20, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Susquehanna Boro.

September 22

AUTUMN EQUINOX Labyrinth Walk, Monday, September 22, 7 p.m. at the Self-Discovery Wellness Arts Center, Montrose. Donation. Call 278-9256 for info.

September 23

WING NIGHT, Tuesday, September 23, 5:30 – 9 p.m. at the Kirkwood Elks Lodge.

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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.

Senior Center Menu September 15 – 19

To make a reservation for a meal, call by 10:30 a.m. the day before, 278-7664 or 800-634-3746.

Monday, September 15: barbecue chicken breast, tater tots, baked beans, fresh fruit, corn bread, ice cream.

Tuesday, September 16: vegetable lasagna, antipasto salad, Italian wheat bread, fruit mix.

Wednesday, September 17: chicken Francoise, baked potato, red beet salad, summer vegetable blend, multi-grain roll, pudding.

Thursday, September 18: pork chop, squash, baked cinnamon apple slices, multi-grain bread, pie.

Friday, September 19: baked fish, scalloped potatoes, zucchini and tomatoes, whole wheat bread, birthday cake.

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Fall/Winter Events Calendar Available

The Endless Mountains Visitors Bureau 2008/09 Fall-Winter Calendar of Events brochure is now available. The calendar covers events held in September through April. It includes a wide range of community events such as holiday happenings, suppers, art and craft shows, and fairs and festivals in the Endless Mountains Region of Pennsylvania.

The calendar brochure is available at the Endless Mountains Visitors Bureau office, 4 Werks Plaza, Rte. 6 East, Tunkhannock; and area businesses that are members of the visitors bureau. A complete listing of events can also be found on the visitors bureau website (

The Endless Mountains Visitors Bureau is the designated tourism promotion agency for Bradford, Sullivan, Susquehanna and Wyoming counties. The bureau promotes the region as a whole, concentrating its efforts outside the four-county region to draw potential visitors into the area for a memorable vacation, while at the same time, boosting the local economy.

To receive a copy of the calendar or the 2008 Endless Mountains Visitors Guide, contact the bureau at 1-800-769-8999; 570-836-5431 or

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Church To Host Blessing Of Pets

On Saturday, September 27 at the Browndale Baseball Field, Route 247, 620 Marion Street, Browndale, Christ Episcopal Church will host a “Blessing of Pets.” The blessing will begin at 12:00 noon. The event will run from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and will include food, activities and animal-related exhibits. The rain date is October 4.

The Blessing of Pets is in honor of St. Francis of Assisi, a lover of all creation, a champion of justice, a patron saint of animals and the environment. This event will offer pet owners an opportunity to reflect upon our place in God's creation and to be thankful for the positive impacts animals have on our emotional and physical well-being. Hopefully, this will become an annual event centered around the Feast Day of St. Francis on the Church calendar.

Individuals of all faiths are invited to bring their companion animals, properly restrained.

For more information or directions, contact Jack DeMark at 785-5792 or Juliann Doyle at 499-4908 or e-mail: Information can also be obtained by logging onto Christ Church’s web site,

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“Harvest of the Arts” Children’s Luncheon

Children ages 3 to 10 are invited to attend a special luncheon on Saturday, September 20 at the American Legion, 238 Main St., Susquehanna, at 11:30 a.m.

See “Mother Goose and Friends” as she reads and encourages interactive participation by the children as they take a special adventure into books. Brenda Tiffany, a member of the Nellie Jane DeWitt Business & Professional Women’s Club, will star as Mother Goose.

Following lunch, Story Teller and Singer, Nancy Dennis will involve and inspire the children in songs. Luncheon and entertainment should last approximately one hour. Each child will receive a storybook at the end of the program.

For more information or questions contact Alice Deutsch at 756-2044 or

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Family Fun Day At The Apple Festival

Susquehanna County Reads invites everyone to Family Fun Day this Saturday, September 13. This event, free to all, runs from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. on the Green in Montrose, during the Apple Festival. It’s the first of four events celebrating To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee’s classic novel of courage, childhood, and courtroom conflict. 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). If you haven’t already registered for Susquehanna County Reads, you can do so during Family Fun Day – in time see the 1962 movie starring Gregory Peck on the big screen the following week. 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; watch the website or ask at your local library for details.

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. 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).

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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First Presbyterian Sets Fall Schedule

The First Presbyterian Church, 107 Pine Street, Hallstead announced its fall season schedule, beginning with worship service on Sundays at 11 a.m. During the week of September 14, children ages 4-10 will have Sunday School during part of the worship service, just after the Children's Message. A six-week adult Sunday School class will begin on October 5. Sunday School for ages 11 and up will be at 9:45 a.m. until 10:45 a.m. Also, Youth Club for children sixth grade and older is on Saturdays from 5:30 - 730 p.m. All are welcome.

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Madigan To Hold Local Outreaches

State Sen. Roger A. Madigan (R-23) will host outreach events in September 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 September 12, 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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Pre-K, A First At Mountain View

Thanks to a state-funded initiative called Pennsylvania Pre-K Counts, 20 children in the Mountain View School District will have the opportunity to take advantage of a new program at the elementary school. While this is a first at Mountain View, Pennsylvania Pre-K Counts is in its second year statewide. During the pilot year, more than 11,000 children participated in quality pre-kindergarten programs. Data collected from the pilot year shows a 58% increase in the number of children in Pennsylvania meeting targets for early language and literacy skills. Nearly 70% of the children have achieved age-appropriate skills and behaviors.

During this second year, Mountain View School District joined fifteen other districts in Pennsylvania receiving Pre-K Counts funding. The $157,000 grant covers the cost of this additional program and is a wonderful opportunity for the district to better prepare four-year-olds to enter kindergarten, ready for a successful learning experience as well as a fulfilling school career.

A review of the income levels, educational needs, and kindergarten assessment data in the district indicated that there is a clear need for a pre-K program at Mountain View. Quality pre-kindergarten prepares children for reading and math skills, paying attention, following directions, and getting along with others. While all children are ready to learn at any age, those entering school lacking appropriate experiences are always trying to catch up. The earlier children receive quality experiences, the better the chances are for these children to succeed.

Research shows that Pennsylvania’s investment in quality pre-kindergarten programs could save the state $100 million in future special education costs. Children who are better educated are more productive as adults, likely to be healthier, and are less likely to require public assistance.

The free, full-day program is based upon several quality components. A maximum of twenty students participate with one teacher, who possesses expertise in teaching young children, and one full-time aide. The curriculum is aligned with the Pennsylvania Early Learning Standards, which is specific to four-year-olds to help them grow academically and socially.

To qualify for the Mountain View Program, children must be four by September 1, 2008, and their families must meet specific eligibility requirements. Children who qualify for Headstart cannot participate in this program.

An informational session for parents was held on September 9. Additional information will be available during the Open House at the elementary school on September 11. Registration will be held on September 15-16, at the elementary school.

If you feel that your child qualifies, call the school (434-2181) to schedule an appointment for registration. Alternative preschool information will be available to families whose children do not qualify for Pre-K Counts at Mountain View.

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Susquehanna Community Elementary Open House

Mr. Robert Keyes, Principal of Susquehanna Community Elementary School, announced that Open House will be held at the Elementary School on Thursday, September 11. The school will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., from 1:00 p.m. to 2:50 p.m., and from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. in the evening for parents and other interested persons.

All attending are asked to sign the book in the Elementary Office upon entering the building and put on an identification tag.

Refreshments will be served in the cafeteria during the evening hours.

Parents are reminded that individual Parent-Teacher Conferences will be scheduled for November 6 and 7.

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