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Senior Menu

Change For America Meeting On Sunday
Library Book Contest Deadline Is Feb. 14th
National Experts At NoTill Conferences
Regulating The Gas Industry Program
Sweet Treats Planned At Lanesboro Church
Thompson Crime Watch Update
Marcellus Gas Well Drilling Program


January 22

COMMUNITY BLOOD DRIVE, Thursday, January 22, 1:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at St. Mark’s Church, New Milford. Call 278-1427 for appointments. 

January 25

WINTER BARBECUE, Sunday, January 25, beginning at 11:00 a.m. at the Clifford Township Volunteer Fire co.

January 31

TURKEY & BISCUIT SUPPER and bake sale, Saturday, January 31, beginning at 4:30 p.m. at the Thompson United Methodist Church.

FREE PROGRAM on Emily Blackman and the Soldiers’ Aid Society, Saturday, January 31, 2 p.m. at the Library’s annual meeting at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Montrose.

February 1

PIZZA, WINGS and more, Sunday, February 1, noon to 6 p.m. at the Thompson Hose Co. Pre-order at 727-2651 or call 727-2431 that day.

PORK DINNER, Sunday, February 1, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at St. Mark’s Church, New Milford. Takeouts available.

February 2

AL-ANON MEETING, Monday, February 2, 7 p.m. at Holy Name of Mary Church, Montrose.

February 5

CHICKEN & BISCUIT family style dinner, Thursday, February 5, beginning at 5 p.m. at the VFW Post 6223, Great Bend. Takeouts available.

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

OPEN MIC COUNTRY, Thursday, February 5, beginning at 7:00 p.m. at the Kirkwood Elks Lodge.

AFTER SCHOOL STORY HOUR, Thursday, February 5, 3:30 p.m. at the Montrose Library. Children in grades 1-5 welcome. Free, no pre-registration. Snow date February 12.

February 6

EUCHARISTIC ADORATION, Friday, February 6, after the 12:10 p.m. Mass, concluding with Mass at 7:00 p.m. at Holy Name of Mary Church, Montrose.

DINNER, chicken Alfredo or fish, Friday, February 6, 6 – 8 p.m. at the Kirkwood Elks Lodge.

February 7

PANCAKE & SAUSAGE BREAKFAST, Saturday, February 7, 7 a.m. – 11 a.m. at East Ararat United Methodist Church.

February 8

PORK DINNER, Sunday, February 8, 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, New Milford.

February 9

N. SUSQUEHANNA RIVER Watershed Association meeting, Monday, February 9, 6:00 p.m. at the Hallstead Borough Building.

AL-ANON MEETING, Monday, February 9, 7 p.m. at Holy Name of Mary Church, Montrose.

February 10

WING NIGHT, Tuesday, February 10, 5:30 – 9 p.m. at the Kirkwood Elks Lodge.

February 11

BACON CHEESEBURGERS, Wednesday, February 11, 6 – 8 p.m. at the Kirkwood Elks Lodge.

SOUP & SALAD SUPPER, Wednesday, February 11, 5 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. at the New Milford United Methodist Church.

FUN DAY, Wednesday, February 11, 2 to 4 p.m. at St. Mark’s Church, New Milford. Learn to paint with acrylics with Joyce Coons. Call 465-7483 for info.

February 13

DINNER, stuffed peppers or fish, Friday, February 13, 6 – 8 p.m. at the Kirkwood Elks Lodge.

February 14

VALENTINES DINNER DANCE, Saturday, February 14 at the American Legion, Hallstead. Dinner 6:00 p.m., music 8:30 – 12:30. Advance tickets required.

February 15

PANCAKE BREAKFAST, Sunday, February 15, 7 a.m. – 11 a.m. at the Blue Ridge Sportsmen’s Club, New Milford.

WOMEN’S DAY RETREAT, Sunday, February 15, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Self Discovery Wellness Arts Center, Montrose. Registration required by February 11, call 278-9256.

February 16

AL-ANON MEETING, Monday, February 16, 7 p.m. at Holy Name of Mary, Montrose.

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Senior Center Menu February 9 – 13

Monday, February 9: knockwurst, sauerkraut, succotash, whole wheat bread, baked apples.

Tuesday, February 10: apricot nectar, chicken rosemary, noodles, peas & mushrooms, Italian bread, banana, chocolate pudding.

Wednesday, February 11: beef roll ups, oven roasted potatoes, mixed vegetables, whole wheat bread, vanilla cookie, cranberry juice.

Thursday, February 12: stuffed pepper, mashed potatoes, green beans, whole wheat bread, orange.

Friday, February 13: roast beef with gravy, baked stuffed potato, broccoli au gratin, whole wheat roll, Boston cream cake.

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Change For America Meeting On Sunday
Submitted By Kathie Shelly

Change for America, Susquehanna County (our temporary name) is meeting Sunday, February 8, 2-4 p.m. at St. Paul's Parish House, Church St., Montrose to continue working with ongoing organizations to improve our community.

Growing out of the invitation to Obama supporters to continue meeting to change America through changing our local communities, Pam Kelly convened a bi-partisan group at her home December 21 to brainstorm those changes and fix upon a first project, to be completed before the inauguration. Participants at that first meeting decided to explore and put together a food drive to benefit our local food banks. In the following week we contacted schools, churches, local grocery stores and TREHAB, the agency that coordinates the food banks.

The following week several of us reported back. We had found that the schools, through classes, Student Council or Key Club had all worked hard to bring non-perishable food for the Feed-A-Friend food drive and to fill holiday baskets for families in need at both Thanksgiving and Christmas. The local churches had also donated holiday food baskets, toys and coats at Christmas. In the Montrose area alone, they had supplied 1694 individuals, including 800 children, in 615 families through Interfaith. Work on their next project, "Bountiful Blessings," providing food at Easter, begins February 2, and will include a church in Forest City.

We were also delighted to find how cooperative the grocery stores were. Wherever there was room, stores gave ready permission for us to place a box for donations. The media also did their best to accommodate us. In sum, we found much interest in our project and help to get it done. We learned about generosity and resources and heartwarming stories.

Sunday, January 18, we met at St. Paul's Parish House to sum up the project and celebrate our gains over light refreshments. That day, as each of the others, we had new faces, new members with new insights into how we might improve our community. We talked about alternative farming, with a goat dairy and mushroom growing to add to our growing list of project alternatives. We plan to break out into interest task forces at our February 8 meeting, to better serve the community. Everyone is welcome. Change starts with us, and depends on our good works. There are needs enough to keep us all busy.

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Library Book Contest Deadline Is Feb. 14th

All entries in the Susquehanna County Historical Society & Free Library Association's thirteenth "Write and Illustrate Your Own Picture Book Contest" must be turned in at the Main Library in Montrose by Saturday, February 14. Entries will not be accepted at the branch libraries or schools after Wednesday, February 11. An entry form must be submitted with each manuscript. Rules and forms are available at the libraries, or online at

The contest, for Susquehanna County students in grades K-12, is one of the most popular library programs. First place entries from previous years can be checked out at the county libraries, and are a wonderful addition to the library collections.

The winners of this year's contest will be announced on March 11. All contestants will receive a certificate of recognition and personal comments on their books.

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National Experts At NoTill Conferences

Mid winter will find national soil quality experts, regional no-till experts, local no-till planters, planting and equipment experts, cover crop specialists and USDA government program administrators in Troy and Harford on February 10 and 11 at respective NoTill Conferences.

Farmers who have attended these various field day functions and meetings will find even more information available at the upcoming conference from featured speaker, national soil quality expert Ray Archuleta. Mr. Archuleta is the Conservation Agronomist for USDA NRCS for the eastern United States; his expertise is no-till, cover crops and soil improvement methods. As the featured speaker, he will talk about organic matter, nutrients, soil properties, cover crops and what to do with them to make your farm a successful no-till operation. Potential economic success from using no-till systems comes in the form of lower amounts of fuel used, reducing the amount of tillage equipment needed, lower labor costs, saving soil and nutrients, and having healthy soil that conserves soil moisture.

Joel Myers, retired Natural Resources Conservation Service Agronomist and Dauphin County no-till farmer and one of the conference speakers, has found that “… good management planning for weed control requires thought about how to anticipate the potential problems. Our weed control measures are not purely chemical. We use cover crop, crop rotations and other means of weed suppression.”

In the Northeast corner of Pennsylvania, successful no-till farmers have been using winter cover crop (winter rye, winter wheat or oats) to protect their soils, add organic matter to the soil, and improve soil quality in their no-till systems.

To make reservations for the conference in Harford, call Ryan Koch at (570) 282-8732 ext. 610 or Charlie Miller at (570) 281-9495. For reservations for the conference in Troy, call Stacy Koch at (570) 265-5288, ext. 118. The cost of the conference includes lunch and materials.

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Regulating The Gas Industry Program
Submitted By Joann Kowalski

Two representatives from state agencies responsible for regulating the natural gas industry will be presenting information on the aspects of the natural gas extraction process they each oversee. The presentation will be held in the lower level conference room, County Office Building, 31 Public Avenue, Montrose, PA on Thursday, February 26, from 7:00-9:00 p.m. The presenters include Rich Adams, Engineer, Water Resources Management Division, Susquehanna River Basin Commission and Joe Umholtz, Department of Environmental Protection, Bureau of Oil & Gas Management.

The meeting is open to the public as well as officials and other interested agency representatives.

There is a fee for registration, and registration is required. Contact the Penn State Cooperative Extension in Susquehanna County office at (570) 278-1158 to register, or by e-mail at

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Sweet Treats Planned At Lanesboro Church

Lanesboro Community Church extends an invitation to all the women and young ladies of the area, for the enjoyment of "Sweet Treats," a special, free Valentine's event planned for Saturday evening, February 7, beginning at 7:30 p.m.

Treats that are planned are exquisite food, pampering, music, fun, and a special speaker, all in order to enhance the love affair women can share with God through Jesus Christ.

So, let God be your most important Valentine and, for planning's sake, try to RSVP to the Lanesboro Community Church by phoning 853-3205 or 853-4289.

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Thompson Crime Watch Update
Submitted By Sue Shontz

Beginning a new year, the Thompson Boro Crime Watch committee, with newly elected captain Bob Segerstrom, is reaching out to the community.

Thompson Boro Crime Watch is a group of your friends and neighbors who want to preserve the quiet, peaceful life we have here.

We don’t do police work. We are simply concerned neighbors who want to look out for each other, by being aware of what’s going on in our town.

Our sole purpose is to keep in touch with each other, and to share information which will help keep all of us safe and secure – being aware that a neighbor is away, or that there is a strange person, or car that is hanging around town. It’s also about having folks being aware when you’re not home, or need help.

Our meetings are open to everyone. The more we know our neighbors, the more eyes and ears we will have to look out for each other. So come, meet your neighbors, and feel a little more secure when you go home.

Our meetings are usually held on the third Thursday of the month. The next meeting is at 7 p.m. on February 19 at the Baptist Church. Refreshments will be served.

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Marcellus Gas Well Drilling Program
Submitted By Joann Kowalski

An informational session will be presented on Thursday, February 12, by Dr. Robert Watson, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering and Geo-Environmental Engineering, Penn State University. The presentation will be held at the Blue Ridge School auditorium from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. The meeting is open to the public as well as officials and other interested agency representatives.

Dr. Watson will cover the process of extracting natural gas from shale formations, from spudding a well through to well completion. The presentation includes an in-depth discussion of hydraulic fracturing and fracing fluids. Following the presentation, there will be time allocated for questions and answers.

There is a fee for registration, and registration is required. Contact the Penn State Cooperative Extension Susquehanna County office at (570) 278-1158 to register, or by e-mail at

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