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Senior Menu

Book Discussion Change Of Date
Relive The Civil War At Old Mill Village
Spend The Day At A Dairy Farm
LWV Hosts State Candidates Forum
Susquehanna Plans Homecoming Parade
Local Trees Nature Walk
Flu Shot Clinics For Seniors Set


 October 1

SUSQUEHANNA COUNTY Little League Board of Directors’ election, Wednesday, October 1, 6:30 p.m. at the Ladies Auxiliary Hall, Lawton. For info, e-mail

October 1 – 4

RUMMAGE SALE, Wednesday, October 1, Thursday, October 2, Friday, October 3, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday, October 4, 9:30 a.m. to noon (bag day) at the United Methodist Church, Susquehanna.

October 2

CHICKEN & BISCUITS, family style, Thursday, October 2, beginning at 5:00 p.m. at the VFW #6223, Great Bend. Takeouts available, call 879-4420.

PIZZA NIGHT, Thursday, October 2, 5:30 – 9 p.m. at the Kirkwood Elks Lodge. Takeouts available.

OPEN MIC COUNTRY, Thursday, October 2, beginning at 7 p.m. at the Kirkwood Elks Lodge.

October 3

EUCHARISTIC ADORATION, Friday, October 3 at Holy Name of Mary Church, Montrose, beginning after the 12:10 p.m. Mass, concluding with Mass at 7:00 p.m.

October 4

FAMILY STYLE BREAKFAST, Saturday, October 4, 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Springville United Methodist Church.

PANCAKE & SAUSAGE BREAKFAST, Saturday, October 4, 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. at East Ararat United Methodist Church.

BOOK SALE, Saturday, October 4, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Soldiers’ Orphan School, Harford.

HARVEST SUPPER, Saturday, October 4, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the South Gibson United Methodist Church. Takeouts available.

HARVEST FEST, Saturday, October 4, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Colonial Brick, Hallstead. Produce, pies, jams, baked goods, refreshments, kids’ games, rummage sale, entertainment, more. Sponsored by the Friends of Susquehanna County.

October 4 & 5

CIVIL WAR DAYS, Saturday, October 4 and Sunday, October 5, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Old Mill Village. Call 434-3353 for info.

October 5

NATURE WALK: Trees of the Northeast, Sunday, October 5, 2:00 p.m. at the Florence Shelly Wetlands, Thompson, led by retired forester Hank Hartmann. Call 727-3362 or 879-4244 for info.

TREES OF THE NORTHEAST nature walk, Sunday, October 5, 2:00 p.m. at the Florence Shelly Wetlands. Call 727-3362 or 879-4244 for info.

October 6

NORTH JACKSON CEMETERY ASSOCIATION annual meeting, Monday, October 6, 7:00 p.m. at the North Jackson United Methodist Church.

October 7

WING NIGHT, Tuesday, October 7, 5:30 – 9 p.m. at the Kirkwood Elks Lodge.

October 8

BUSINESS RESOURCE CLINIC, Wednesday, October 8, 2 p.m. at the County Office Building, Montrose. For small business owners, or those who want to start one. Free, pre-registration required, call MetroAction at 342-7711.

TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, Wednesday, October 8, 2 p.m. at the Forest City Library.

TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, Wednesday, October 8, 2 p.m. at the Hallstead-Great Bend Library.

FISH & PIEROGIES, Wednesday, October 8, 6 – 8 p.m. at the Kirkwood Elks Lodge.

October 9

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

OPEN MIC COUNTRY, Thursday, October 9, beginning at 7 p.m. at the Kirkwood Elks Lodge.

October 10

DINNER, roast pork or fish, Friday, October 10, 6 – 8 p.m. at the Kirkwood Elks Lodge.

October 11

MARTIN’S CREEK ARTISTS exhibit, Saturday, October 11, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Nicholson United Methodist Church. Call 942–6995 or 942-4489 for info.

BENEFIT for the Susquehanna Fire Co., Saturday, October 11, beginning at 6 p.m. at the Susquehanna American Legion Post 86. Must be 21. Food, music, Chinese auction.

CHICKEN & BISCUIT DINNER, Saturday, October 11, at the Kingsley United Methodist Church.

HARVEST DINNER, Saturday, October 11, beginning at 3:30 p.m. at the Orson Methodist Church.

October 13

MEETING of the Blue Ridge Sportsmen’s Club, Monday, October 13, 7:30 p.m. New members welcome.

October 14

WING NIGHT, Tuesday, October 14, 5:30 – 9 p.m. at the Kirkwood Elks Lodge.

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Senior Center Menu September 29 – October 3

Monday, September 29: bean and frank casserole, coleslaw, juice, roll, fresh fruit.

Tuesday, September 30: meatloaf with brown gravy, whipped potatoes, spinach, multi-grain bread, apple crisp.

Wednesday, October 1: veal scaloppini, pasta, broccoli, Italian bread, chilled pears.

Thursday, October 2: stuffed cabbage, mashed potatoes, cranberry juice, multi-grain roll, chilled pineapple.

Friday, October 3: fish Florentine, potatoes au gratin, stewed tomatoes, bread, apple pie.

Senior Center Menu October 6 – 10

Monday, October 6: liver and onions, baked potato, red beets, rye bread, chocolate chip cookie, sour cream.

Tuesday, October 7: stuffed shells with tomato sauce, Italian green beans, tossed salad/dressing, Italian wheat bread, cinnamon applesauce, parmesan cheese.

Wednesday, October 8: creamed chicken over biscuit, whipped potatoes, peas and carrots, seasonal fresh fruit. Thursday October 9: stuffed chicken breast, twice baked potatoes, broccoli salad, corn muffin, apple pie.

Friday, October 10: turkey and Swiss with lettuce, vegetable soup, tomato and cucumber salad, multi-grain roll, iced cake.

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Book Discussion Change Of Date

Susquehanna County Reads To Kill a Mockingbird, the one-county/one-book program sponsored by the Library and Literacy, is going strong! Attendance at the movie screening was high, and many people have registered for the program. The movie will be screened again at two branch libraries (Forest City and Hallstead-Great Bend) on Wednesday, October 8, at 2 p.m. Two more major events are scheduled.

The Panel Book Discussion has been pushed back by two weeks to avoid a conflict with the Legislative Candidates Forum organized by the League of Women Voters (10/9), and will now be held on Thursday, October 23, at 7 p.m. in the Parish Hall of St. Mark’s Church in New Milford. However, there will be a screening of the documentary about the making of the To Kill a Mockingbird movie on Thursday the 9th, at 4 p.m. in the Children’s Room of the Main Library in Montrose. This 90-minute film explores the making of the movie and features interviews with Gregory Peck, director Robert Mulligan, other members of the cast and crew, and residents of Monroeville, Alabama, the small town where Harper Lee grew up. There will be time to watch the documentary, have a bite to eat, and attend the candidates’ forum.

The climactic event of the program is a mock trial featuring District Attorney Jason Legg as Atticus Finch, scheduled for Friday, October 17, at 7 p.m. in the courtroom of the Susquehanna County Courthouse – a truly historic setting. Refreshments will be served, including the Southern classic Lane Cake, which is mentioned in the book.

Registration for Susquehanna County Reads continues at the four Susquehanna County Libraries (Forest City, Hallstead-Great Bend, Montrose, Susquehanna) and at the Pratt Library in New Milford. 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).

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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Relive The Civil War At Old Mill Village

The Blue and the Gray will clash once again at Old Mill Village Museum, New Milford during "Civil War Days," October 4 and 5, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days.

Approximately 100 re-enactors, representing units of Federal and Confederate armies, will be encamped throughout the grounds. Displays of camp and civilian life will be presented, and interactive activities for adults and kids will let visitors immerse themselves into the history of the Civil War. Demonstrations of old-time crafts, such as spinning, blacksmithing, soap making, woodworking will also be ongoing throughout both days.

A special feature on Saturday will be the one-day reopening of the 19th century Post Office for official business. Now located at Old Mill Village, this building was the Post Office of New Milford from the 1890's through the 1950's. A special postmark commemorating the event will be used on all outgoing mail from the Post Office. Post cards will be on sale in both the Post Office and the Village gift shop, and stamps will be available in the Post Office.

Visitors will be allowed to take part in an "evacuation of civilians" before the main reenactment, where they will experience the thrill of the pending battle firsthand. Children can enroll in the "School of the Little Soldier," where they will be trained and drilled as an infantry unit.

Food will be available both days at the "Wooden Spoon" snack shop, souvenirs at the Village Mercantile and from the re-enactor sutlers who will have their shops set up on the grounds.

For more information, contact Tim or Christina at 434-3353, or go to

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Spend The Day At A Dairy Farm
Submitted By Evie Goff

You’re invited to spend a “Day on a Dairy Farm,” an educational and fun event for all ages, 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on October 11 2008 at Mark and Cindy Tompkins’ Evergreen Lane Farm, just off Route 29, four miles north of Montrose. This will be the seventh year the Tompkins family has hosted the event. Over the past six years, the Tompkins’ have welcomed thousands of visitors to the farm. Visitors from as far away as Poland, England, New Zealand, Canada, Alaska, Florida, Virginia, Maryland, and many other states have enjoyed the “Day on a Dairy Farm” event.

Eileen Walker, Susquehanna County Dairy Princess invites you to attend the “Day on a Dairy Farm” event on October 11.

Mark and Cindy have two children, Trevor and Mariah. Both children are very active in dairy-related activities. Trevor and Mariah are members of the Born to Show 4-H Club, participate in 4-H Dairy Quiz Bowl and are Holstein Association junior members. Tour the Tompkins family dairy farm, where you’ll see cows, heifers and calves along with many other activities taking place that day. Tompkins’ herd consists of over 60 registered Holstein cows and 50 replacement heifers and calves.

While at the farm, visit the petting zoo. Enjoy the tractor and farm equipment display. Take a horse wagon ride, a tractor drawn hayride, or both. Learn how milk gets from the cow to your dinner table. See what a dairy cow eats. Find out why 3-A-Day of Dairy is important to your good health. You may want to take part in a new event activity, cow pie bingo, or watch a soap making demonstration.

4-H members and Susquehanna County Dairy Court members will be answering your questions all day long as you tour the dairy farm. DES and Born to Show 4-H Clubs will each have a bake sale. Have lunch with us, grilled cheese sandwiches, hot dogs, macaroni and cheese and Sloppy Joes and homemade soup. There will be free cheese samples and free milk all day long.

This event is organized by the Susquehanna County Dairy Promotion Committee, Evie Goff and Mary Puzo co-chairpersons, the Tompkins Family, Dairy Princess Eileen Walker, Dairy Ambassadors Olivia Mitchell and Alicia Roe and Dairy Maids Mariah Tompkins and Madeline Mitchell along with Penn State Cooperative Extension Educator Michelle Kowalewski.

Susquehanna County Dairy Princess Eileen Walker and her court expect this to be their biggest promotion of the year, so come meet Eileen and the dairy promotion court and enjoy the day visiting a dairy farm. You will find this to be an educational and fun event for all ages and best of all it’s free! Bring your family and friends.

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LWV Hosts State Candidates Forum

The public is invited to join the League of Women Voters of Susquehanna County in a forum featuring all Pennsylvania State Senate and House of Representative candidates who will appear on the local November 4 ballot. The event is free to all. It will be held in the main courtroom of the Susquehanna County Courthouse on Public Ave., Montrose on October 9 from 7-9 p.m. This is a rare, one-stop opportunity to hear from all parties, and all state candidates.

Candidates have been invited to introduce themselves briefly and then to take turns making timed responses to questions submitted to them in advance by LWVSC. Advance questions allow in-depth research and preparation by the candidates, and they somewhat level the field for non-incumbents who may not have not been dealing with the issues daily for years. This election’s advance questions address what can be done at the state level on the economy, education, healthcare, energy, gas leases, local infrastructure, and reproductive rights and responsibilities.

The public will also be invited to pose questions directly from the audience, and to meet candidates personally after the forum.

Candidates running to replace the retiring Republican Senator Roger Madigan in the 23rd District race include L. Trey Casimer (D), Michael Dincher (I), and Gene Yaw (R).

Incumbent Republican State Representative Sandra Major is being challenged by Green Party candidate, Jay Sweeney in the 111th District. Tina Pickett, incumbent Republican in the 110th District and Jim Wansacz, incumbent Democrat in the 114th district are running unopposed, but they will be present to engage in the debate, answer questions, and meet their constituents.

Those who have attended LWV forums in the past will recall that these events stress fairness, civility, issues rather than personalities or sniping. Above all, the League aims to provide voters with the information they need to make educated choices in the ballot box.

For more information and to view the LWV Nov. 4 Voters Guide visit In past elections, the LWV online Voters Guide has been accessed by thousands of Susquehanna County citizens to help them prepare to vote.

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Susquehanna Plans Homecoming Parade

The Susquehanna Community High School Homecoming weekend is quickly approaching. The Susquehanna Sabers will be playing against the Holy Cross Crusaders on Saturday, October 18 at 1 p.m. The Homecoming parade will take place on Friday night, October 17. This year’s parade promises to be special, with the appearance of the Penn-Dixie Band, a Dixieland band. Any group wanting to participate in this year’s parade should contact Mrs. Teresa Marino by email at, or by phoning her at 853-4921 ext. 4128 no later than Wednesday, October 15.

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Local Trees Nature Walk
By Trebbe Johnson

In 1978, when a small group of local amateur naturalists first contacted The Nature Conservancy about a small, seemingly nondescript wetlands area in northeastern Pennsylvania, regional directors of the international environmental organization were immediately interested. The Nature Conservancy purchases valuable wilderness areas in order to protect them, and their decision to acquire the land that was to become the Florence Shelly Wetlands Preserve was based on several important factors: the diverse wetlands areas, which contribute to the ecological health of a bioregion; the diversity of plant and animal species; and the presence of a small stand of balsam firs growing wild there. The balsam fir normally thrives in northern woodlands, and it is believed that these trees just north of the village of Thompson make up one of the southernmost stands in the country.

Besides the rare balsams, the Florence Shelly Wetlands contains many species of trees that tell a unique tale about this particular area and its human and natural history. On Sunday, October 5, at 2 p.m., Hank Hartman, a retired forester with the U.S. Forest Service will lead a walk to identify some of these trees, discuss their special qualities, and describe some of the modern environmental challenges they are under.

For example, the indigenous ash tree is currently under threat from the emerald ash borer, an insect that has destroyed hundreds of thousands of acres of ash trees in the western and central U.S. The viburnum bushes in the preserve, formerly home to many species of nesting birds, have been decimated by the viburnum beetle since 2006. Fortunately, other indigenous trees at the preserve are healthier, including maple, a few species of oak, shadbush (named because they flower around the time the shad are running in the rivers), and black cherry. There is even a rare American elm. Walk participants will notice a line of sugar maples along the main trail, planted for convenient sugar tapping by the farm family who lived on the land almost a hundred years ago. Apple trees and a lilac half hidden in goldenrod and hardhack give further evidence of human habitation in what is now a wildlife refuge. Dense, dark patches of Scotch and Austrian pines are remnants of the pine plantations planted by the Conservation Corps during the Depression more than seventy years ago and never thinned. Mr. Hartman will give tips for identifying trees by their bark, leaves, cones and other characteristics and discuss current environmental challenges to them. The walk will last approximately two hours.

The Florence Shelly Preserve is located one mile north of Thompson, on Route 171. Parking is available in the lot just opposite Stack Road, sometimes missed at first because it is nestled among trees. The hike is easy, but the trail may be damp, so participants are urged to wear shoes appropriate for walking in wetlands. For further information call Hank Hartman, 727-2385.

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Flu Shot Clinics For Seniors Set

The B/S/S/T Area Agency on Aging Senior Community Centers will again host flu shot clinics for adults in Susquehanna County. Health care provider, Endless Mountains Health System will provide the clinics.

Flu shots are free to those eligible for Medicare. Individuals must present their Medicare or Medical Assistance card, or other insurance, for processing the claim. A fee of $27 will be charged for those not eligible for Medicare/Medical Assistance and those presenting without these cards. Registration is preferred by calling the Senior Center you are interested in attending. Additionally, if you have flu symptoms or are allergic to eggs, you will not be able to receive the vaccine.

Time at all locations is 10 a.m. – noon, and the schedule is as follows: October 24 – Forest City (785-3386); October 16 – Susquehanna (853-3967); October 14 – Great Bend (879-2896); October 9 – Lenoxville (222-9550); October 17 – Lawton (934-2575); October 21 – Montrose (278-4370).

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