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Natural Gas Exploration Program In Montrose
Health Care Community Discussion At St. Paul's
Local Artwork At Everhart Museum


December 24

CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICE, Wednesday, December 24, 7:00 p.m. at the Thompson United Methodist Church.

CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICE with Robbie and RaeBelle, Wednesday, December 24, 6:00 p.m. at the South New Milford Baptist Church.

CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICE, Wednesday, December 24, 7:00 p.m. at the Body of Christ Church, Starrucca.

CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICE of the Montrose Evangelical Free Church, Wednesday, December 24, 6:30 p.m. at the Montrose Bible Conference upper campus. For info call 278–2568.

December 25

GOOD SAMARITAN DINNER, Thursday, December 25, noon to 2:00 p.m. at the Susquehanna Methodist Church. Free. Donations, volunteers welcome. Call 396–6331 for info.

CHRISTMAS DAY DINNER, Thursday, December 25, noon at the Montrose Senior Center. Free. Hosted by Endless Mountains Health System staff, employees and friends.

December 28

BREAKFAST, Sunday, December 28, 8 – 11 a.m. at the Kirkwood Elks Lodge.

BINGO, Sunday, December 28 at the American Legion Post 357, Hallstead. Doors open 11 a.m., play 1 p.m.

December 30

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

COMMUNITY HEALTH CARE discussion, Tuesday, December 30, 5 p.m. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Montrose.

December 31

WORLD PEACE MEDITATION, Wednesday, December 31, promptly at 7 a.m. at the Self-Discovery Wellness Arts Center, Montrose. Donation, bring a vegetarian breakfast dish to share. Call 278-9256 for info.

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Senior Center Menu December 15 – 19

Monday December 15: mild chili, brown rice, coleslaw, corn muffin, fresh fruit.

Tuesday, December 16: pork  chop/gravy, mashed potatoes, broccoli & cauliflower, multi grain roll, apple crisp.

Wednesday, December 17: bagged lunch.

Thursday, December 18: stuffed chicken breast, mashed potatoes, glazed carrots, cranberry sauce, multi grain roll, holiday cookies.

Friday, December 19: soup, tuna salad w/lettuce & tomato, red beet salad, pita bread, cake.

Senior Center Menu December 22 – 26

Monday, December 22: barbecue chicken, vegetable medley, potato salad, whole wheat roll, ice cream.

Tuesday, December 23: vegetable soup, hamburger, tater tots, three bean salad, wheat bun, orange.

Wednesday, December 24: veal scaloppini, garlic mashed potatoes, broccoli, Italian bread, chilled pears.

Thursday, December 25: Centers closed, Christmas.

Friday, December 26: Centers closed, Christmas holiday.

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Natural Gas Exploration Program In Montrose
Submitted By Joann Kowalski

A program for those who would like to learn more about the potential impacts of natural gas exploration as well as regulation guiding the process is scheduled for Tuesday, January 6, from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. in the downstairs conference room, County Office Building, 31 Public Avenue, Montrose.

A variety of speakers have been invited including Dave Messersmith, Extension education from Wayne County, who will speak about the possible environmental effects from gas drilling; Jim Garner, Susquehanna County Conservation District manager; a representative from the Susquehanna River Basin (SRBC), the primary agency regulating the water usage in the process.

The Marcellus shale is found in many counties throughout Pennsylvania, including the Northeast. The shale contains natural gas, which can be extracted from the ground and used as a source of energy. What are some of the challenges associated with this activity? How do we protect our land and environment for the next 20 – 30 years during the drilling? Learn the answers to these questions as well as your own during this informative program.

There is a nominal cost for the program, and registration is requested. The cost of the program will cover mileage for the speakers as well as handouts. Contact the Penn State Cooperative Extension office at 278-1158 to register, or by e-mailing Joann Kowalski at

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Health Care Community Discussion At St. Paul's
Submitted By David Plank

A group of local Susquehanna County residents will be gathering Tuesday, December 30 at 5 p.m. to discuss and report upon the problems of health care in our area. This effort is in response to the Obama-Biden Transition Team’s continuing efforts to reach out and directly involve the American people in their own government. All residents are encouraged to attend this meeting and participate in the program of Health Care Community Discussions taking place over the holidays this December all across the country.

"Providing quality, affordable health care for all Americans is one of my top priorities for this country because our long-term fiscal prospects will have a hard time improving as long as sky-rocketing health care costs are holding us all down," said President-Elect Obama.

As we work to revamp our health care system, we need to hear from you. There is no problem that we cannot solve together – and it is out of our collective wisdom and experience that we will identify potential solutions to the many health care challenges that we face. We need to hear your ideas and your stories so that we can report them to the President-elect. Take this opportunity to join us and make your views known to the nation at large.

We will consider three main concerns. First, health care costs are skyrocketing, hurting our families as well as our economy. Second, over forty-five million Americans have no health insurance. Third, our nation’s investment in prevention and public health is inadequate, leading to rapid spread of chronic diseases, many of which could be prevented entirely.

The discussion will be open to address observations from all participants regarding their individual health care experiences such as, What do you perceive is the biggest problem in the health system? How do you choose a doctor or hospital? Have you or your family members ever experienced difficulty paying medical bills? What do you think policy makers can do to address this problem?

As the year comes to a close, this is an excellent opportunity to make good beginnings for 2009. Come join us at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Church and Chestnut Street, Montrose, Tuesday, December 30 at 5 p.m. and lend your voice to this important discussion. All are welcome.

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Local Artwork At Everhart Museum

Blue Ridge Elementary School announced that three of their second grade students have been selected to show their artwork at the Everhart Museum of Natural History, Science and Art in Scranton, PA. Students worked on the theme, “Happily Ever After?” in Ms. Sarrah Dibble’s art class. The three students’ artwork will be part of an art show in Gallery One at the Everhart Museum in February.

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