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Senior Menu

Mid-Winter Wildlife Habitat Field Day
Mt View Offers Adult Courses
Change Group Organizes
Locals To Appear On CMT Showcase
2009 Annual County Dairy Day Scheduled
Holy Name of Mary Lenten Schedule
Legion Riders Chapter Formed At Post 357
Mommy & Me Story Time Set
$40,000 In Scholarships Available For Graduates


February 17

WING NIGHT, Tuesday, February 17, 5:30 – 9 p.m. at the Kirkwood Elks Lodge.

February 18

SPAGHETTI DINNER, Wednesday, February 18, 5 – 7 p.m. at the Kirkwood Elks Lodge.

February 20

FAMILY STORY TIME, Friday, February 20, 6:30 p.m. at the Montrose  Library. Come in PJs for stories, singing and fun. Bring a stuffed friend who can stay overnight. Free. Call 278-1881 for info.

February 19

PIZZA NIGHT, Thursday, February 19, 5:30 – 9 p.m. at the Kirkwood Elks Lodge. Eat in or take out.

OPEN MIC COUNTRY, Thursday, February 19, beginning at 7 p.m. at the Kirkwood Elks Lodge.

February 20

SPAGHETTI SUPPER, Friday, February 20, 4 – 7 p.m. at the Hallstead-Great Bend Rod & Gun Club. All you can eat!

DINNER, chicken & biscuits or fish, Friday, February 20, 6 – 8 p.m. at the Kirkwood Elks Lodge.

February 21

MAPLE SYRUP MAKING program, Saturday, February 21, 2 p.m. at Salt Springs Park. Fee. Pre-registration required, call 967–7275.

GOOD NEWS LUNCH, Saturday, February 21, noon at St. Mark’s Church, New Milford. Free.

LITTLE LEAGUE registration, Saturday, February 21, 9:30 – 11:00 a.m. at the Auburn Town Building, Choconut School, Rush Ladies Auxiliary Hall.

BINGO, Saturday, February 21, 7:00 p.m. at the Blue Ridge Sportsmen’s Club, New Milford.

CHICKEN BARBECUE, Saturday, February 21, beginning at 11 a.m. at the Colonial Brick Inn, Hallstead. Sponsored by Bluestone Lodge 338 F&AM.

February 22

BREAKFAST, Sunday, February 22, 8 – 11 a.m. at the Kirkwood Elks Lodge.

February 23

AL-ANON MEETING, Monday, February 23, 7 p.m. at Holy Name of Mary, Montrose.

February 24

PANCAKE SUPPER, Tuesday, February 24, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, New Milford.

WING NIGHT, Tuesday, February 24, 5:30 – 9 p.m. at the Kirkwood Elks Lodge.

February 25

FISH & PIEROGIES, Wednesday, February 25, 6 – 8 p.m. at the Kirkwood Elks Lodge.

February 26

DINNER MEETING of the Nellie Jane DeWitt BPW, Thursday, February 26, 7 p.m. at the Starrucca House. Mary Mushala will speak on women’s health. Call 727–2081 for reservations.

February 28

INDOOR YARD SALE, Saturday, February 28, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Literacy office, New Milford. Call 465-2880 for info.

TURKEY & BISCUIT BUFFET and bake sale, Saturday, February 28, beginning at 4:30 p.m. at the Thompson United Methodist Church.

BENEFIT DANCE, Saturday, February 28, 8 p.m. to midnight at the Moose Lodge, Susquehanna. Proceeds benefit the Sabers Varsity Football. Must be 21.

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Senior Citizens Menu February 16 - 20

Monday, February 16: Closed, President’s Day.

Tuesday, February 17: orange juice, baked chicken, au gratin potatoes, mixed vegetables, rye bread, pineapple chunks.

Wednesday, February 18: stuffed chicken breast, confetti rice, roman vegetables, whole wheat roll, cherry pie/ jello.

Thursday, February 19: ham steak with sauce, sweet potatoes, green beans, dinner roll, apple/ jello.

Friday, February 20: baked fish/lemon butter, parsley potatoes, spinach, whole wheat bread, cake.

Senior Center Menu February 23 – 27

Monday, February 23: orange juice, meatloaf, mashed potatoes, green beans with tomato, whole wheat bread, rice pudding.

Tuesday, February 24: apricot nectar, sweet ‘n’ sour pork, rice, Asian vegetables, whole wheat roll, apple cranberry compote.

Wednesday, February 25: baked fish Creole, baked potato, mixed vegetables, whole wheat roll, apple crumb cake.

Thursday, February 26: veal parmesan, rotini, Brussels sprouts, Italian bread, cupcake.

Friday, February 27: Manhattan clam chowder, egg salad with cheese, coleslaw, sandwich roll, oatmeal raisin cookie.

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Mid-Winter Wildlife Habitat Field Day
By Bob Wagner, QDMA Branch Secretary

Winter in the outdoors can be a difficult time for wildlife, especially if the snow is deep, the ground is coated in ice, or it is extremely cold. All of the above have happened this winter, and animals use up their reserves of fat at a faster rate when the aforementioned conditions exist.

This time of year is when outdoorsmen/women, landowners, and habitat managers can help out wildlife while improving the habitat conditions and the health of existing wild/semi wild apple trees and other fruit and nut producing trees.

The Susquehanna Branch of the Quality Deer Management Association will be providing a free opportunity to learn about apple tree pruning and apple tree grafting at a mini field day on February 21.

Members of the QDMA Branch will talk about, demonstrate, and then prune the apple trees. Field Day attendees can also participate in the pruning. As a special service, Kevin Johnson will demonstrate how to graft apple trees. Learn whether to, how much to and when to put down lime and fertilizer around the trees.

This will all take place on Saturday morning February 21, from 9 to 11 a.m., at the Springville Township farm (Hope Farm) of Steve and Elizabeth Emsenger. For specific directions and information call 278-9711 (Ken Singer), or 278-9363 (Bob Wagner).

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Mt View Offers Adult Courses

The Mt. View School District will once again be offering an adult education program during the spring, 2009, beginning on March 1. The classes will be offered on different nights throughout each week so that more people can participate in the programs.

Tuition will be charged for each class. However, if a resident of the district attends 80% of the classes he or she will have the tuition refunded. The tuition will not be refunded to non-district people who are participating in the program. A resident of the district who attends less than 80% of the classes will not receive a refund.

All expenses for materials in the classes will be borne by the participant. Classes may not be held for fewer than nine participants in each course.

To register for one or more classes call Mrs. Joy Marcy at 434-2180 ext. 413 on any school day between the hours of 7:45 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.

Registration must take place before attending any class. Following are the classes that will be offered: Adult Recreation Volleyball, Adult Recreation Basketball, Basketry/Chair Caning, Digital Photography.

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Change Group Organizes

Change for America Susquehanna County met February 8 and made a number of organizational decisions. They decided on a more permanent name, Susquehanna County Civic Action Network, elected Nancy Wottrich as president and Barbara Simon as secretary. Hilary Caws-Elwitt offered space on, the county information network website (this space is still pending). They decided to remain an open organization (non-membership), decided to meet 2-4 p.m. the second Sunday of the month, and accepted an invitation to meet at "The Quest Center,” located off Route 167 between Brooklyn and Hop Bottom. The Network will divide itself into committees based on topics, interests and possibly location. A Google group has been set up to facilitate discussion of purpose, mission statement, committees and interests.

"We are committed to helping organizations that are already acting to improve our county, rather than reinventing the wheel," said Kathie Shelly, a member of the original steering committee, "and to being bi-partisan. We welcome all comers and their ideas." Interest areas already mentioned include: health care, housing, food (including organic gardening), education, the environment, energy, government accountability, the elderly, gas drilling, green jobs, emergency/crisis management, national security (water and food security mentioned specifically), volunteering and service. "As you can see from this list, there is plenty of room and plenty of work for everyone, no matter what your interest," said Shelly.

The next meeting is Sunday, March 6, 2-4 p.m. at the Quest Center. To get on the list-serve, contact

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Locals To Appear On CMT Showcase

Two Susquehanna natives have the chance to make it big on CMT's “Can We Duet” next month! Laura Ackley caught the attention of the show's producer who, after hearing her songs, thought she had great talent. He personally invited her down to Nashville to appear and compete on the show. Ms. Ackley, who is currently working on her third album of original music, will travel to Nashville, TN on March 5for the show's taping.

Because the show is “Can We Duet,” Laura could think of no one better to pair up with than Kathy Dellavalle, another Susquehanna resident with a great voice and a catalog of original music. The two women will be representing Susquehanna's talent in a big way!

The pair are preparing throughout the month of February for the show, and are excited for the wonderful opportunity. To help with the cause, friends and family of Ms. Ackley will be throwing a party at Lakey's bar in Susquehanna on Saturday, February 28at 7 p.m. There is no cover charge, but raffles will be sold to help offset the cost of travel and expenses. Everyone is welcome.

For more information on the event, or to contact Laura, visit:

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2009 Annual County Dairy Day Scheduled
By Michelle Kowalewski

The 20th annual Susquehanna County Dairy Day will take place on Friday, March 6 at Elk Lake High School. Nick Place, former County Extension Director of Penn State Cooperative Extension in Susquehanna County and founder of “Dairy Day” will be joining to celebrate the 20th anniversary of this event.

The Pie Contest and Auction is always a big hit at Dairy Day.

Dairy Day is organized by the Penn State Cooperative Extension in Susquehanna County and Dairy Day Committee. The event will run from 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. this year. Dairy Day will be filled with educational presentations, free health screenings, commercial exhibitors, door prizes, lunch, and a well stocked dairy bar, which includes milk, cheese, and ice cream. Last, but certainly not least, plan to join at 2:00 p.m. for the famous pie baking contest and auction.

This year’s Dairy Day will feature educational workshops on the “Opportunities with Value Added Dairy Products.” This program will be presented by Sarah Roth, Penn State University, Senior Extension Associate in Ag Business Management in the gymnasium from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. Phil Urie and Dr. Tony LaBarbera from the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture’s Bureau of Animal Health will offer information and an educational program on “Animal Mortality and Composting” from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Penn State Cooperative Extension’s Marcellus Education Team will offer two educational programs in classrooms and an exhibit located in the gymnasium. From 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. participants can hear about the “Natural Gas Exploration and Extraction in Marcellus Shale – a general overview” presented by Joann Kowalski, Penn State Extension Educator. From 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. Jeannine Richlin, Penn State Extension Educator will speak on “Managing Your Gas Windfall.”

Pesticide credit workshops will be offered by Dave Messersmith, Penn State Cooperative Extension in Wayne County. The 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. session will cover, “How do generic herbicides stack up? A review of generic herbicides and how they compare to their brand name counterpart” and “Pesticide Container Recycling Program: A discussion on the proper way to recycle plastic pesticide containers.” This session will count as one category and one core credit. The 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. session will be, “A review of state and federal pesticide laws and weed control in pastures and grass hay fields: Controlling bedstraw, milkweed, multiflora rose, and other troublesome weeds.” This session will count as one category and one core credit. Attend both sessions and receive two core and two category credits.

Youth are encouraged to visit the “Farm Safety for Kids!” workshop. The hands-on demonstration will show youth safety tips to remember on the farm. The Susquehanna County 4-H will also showcase the various projects that 4-H has to offer, including the upcoming tractor safety program for youth ages 14 and over.

The Penn State Master Gardeners will be “all a-buzz” at Dairy Day this year. “Bee-Aware!” is the theme for their display, which includes beekeeping equipment, honey samples and beekeeping information. The master gardeners will be available to answer your gardening questions, as well as provide information on their upcoming one-hour backyard composting classes and the hours for the garden help hotline.

Health education and free health screenings will be offered. American Cancer Society, American Red Cross, Susquehanna County Big Brothers and Big Sisters, Pennsylvania Department of Health, Northeast PA Area Health Education Center, Pinnacle Health Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program, Self Discovery Wellness Arts Center, Inc., TREHAB Prevention, Lupus Foundation of Pennsylvania and the United Way of Susquehanna County will offer educational displays and materials. Endless Mountains Health Systems and the Pennsylvania Department of Health will offer free health screenings, which will include blood pressure screenings and free tetanus, pneumonia and flu shots.

Lunch will be available to those interested. This year’s menu will include roast pork and all the fixins’ or cheese lasagna. Lunch reservations are required by calling the Extension Office at (570) 278-1158. Reservation deadline is 12:00 noon, Friday, February 27. Individuals making reservations can pay at the door for their lunch.

Are you interested in entering the Dairy Day Pie Contest? Guidelines for the 2009 Dairy Day Pie Contest are as follows: Submit one pie per participant; pies should be in a 9-inch aluminum pie plate; bring your pie to the stage in the gym by 11:30 a.m. on Dairy Day. The top four adults and top two youth will receive prizes. Pre-register for the contest by calling the Extension Office, 278-1158. Anyone is eligible to enter the contest, youth or adults, farm or non-farm folks.

The pie auction will take place at 2:00 p.m. in the gymnasium. Proceeds from the auction will be divided equally between the Susquehanna County 4-H Dairy Program and the County Dairy Princess and Promotion Program. Join the excitement as the pies are auctioned off by bidding and you have a delicious pie to take home and will have supported youth of Susquehanna County.

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Holy Name of Mary Lenten Schedule

Holy Name of Mary Church, Montrose, announced the following services as the Lenten season approaches.

Wednesday, February 25: Ash Wednesday. The Liturgy of the Word will be held with the distribution of ashes at 8:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m., and Mass will be held with the distribution of ashes at 7:00 p.m.

All Fridays during Lent: Stations of the Cross will be held at 6:00 p.m.

All Saturdays during Lent: Evensong will take place after the 4:00 p.m. Mass.

Father Gerry Safko serves as Pastor of Holy Name of Mary Church, 60 South Main Street, Montrose.

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Legion Riders Chapter Formed At Post 357

American Legion Post 357, Hallstead, has formed a Legion Riders Chapter.

The American Legion Riders (ALR) is a program for members of the American Legion, the American Legion Auxiliary, and the Sons of the American Legion who share an interest in motorcycling.

Members of the ALR avoid any perception of being a motorcycle or “biker” club or gang. Rather, the focus of membership is for enjoyment of motorcycles and comradeship, and furthering Legion programs in the community.

Officers were chosen and consist of Bill Evans, president; Dale Jesse, vice president; Del Austin, secretary; Alan Bielucki, road captain; Victor Arnold, treasurer.

The chapter will meet at 6 p.m., the second Friday of the month at the Post home. Prospective members are invited to attend. The next meeting will be on March 13.

For further information contact one of the officers or Commander Rick Rood at (570) 879–4277, or Bill Evans at (607) 759–6398.

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Mommy & Me Story Time Set

The Susquehanna Branch Library will be hosting a Mommy & Me story time for children ages two and up, on Wednesday mornings at 10:30 a.m., beginning March 4.

Registration begins immediately at the library. Parent must have a valid library card. Registration is limited.

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$40,000 In Scholarships Available For Graduates

The Class of 2009 is invited to apply for over $40,000 in college scholarships being awarded by The Community Foundation of Susquehanna and Wyoming Counties. Students attending Blue Ridge, Elk Lake, Forest City, Lackawanna Trail, Montrose Area, Mt. View, Susquehanna Area, and Tunkhannock Area High Schools should complete applications to be considered for the more than 30 scholarships presently administered by the Foundation. Students who receive awards are also nominated for potential matching scholarships through the PATH program. Scholarships and applications are specific to each school, and must be completed and returned to the Guidance Offices by March 30 to be considered. More information can be obtained through the high schools’ guidance offices or by visiting The Community Foundation’s website at

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