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Senior Menu

EMTC Sets Auditions For Summer Musical
Calling All Businesses To Celebrate Children
Conservation To Host Contractor Workshop
Les Misérables At Blue Ridge School
Natural Gas Program At Keystone College
Property Tax/Rent Rebate Applications Available
Sea Scout Ship 90 Extends Invitation
Susky Elementary Sets Registration


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.

PIZZA NIGHT, Thursday, February 26, 5:30 – 9 p.m. at the Kirkwood Elks Lodge. Eat in or take out.

OPEN MIC COUNTRY, Thursday, February 26, beginning at 7 p.m. at the Kirkwood Elks Lodge.

RAIL-TRAIL COUNCIL meeting, Thursday, February 26 at the North Main Grill, Forest City. Dinner available at 6 p.m., meeting to follow at 7 p.m.

February 27

DINNER, roast beef or fish, Friday, February 27, 6 – 8 p.m. at the Kirkwood Elks Lodge.

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.

PIEROGI SALE, Saturday, February 28, at St. Martin of Tours Church, Jackson. Preorder by calling Dolores at 756–3305.

March 2

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

March 3

WING NIGHT, Tuesday, March 3, 5:30 – 9 p.m. at the Kirkwood Elks Lodge.

March 5

CHICKEN & BISCUIT DINNER, family style, Thursday, March 5, beginning at 5 p.m. at the VFW, Great Bend. Takeouts available.

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

OPEN MIC COUNTRY, Thursday, March 5, 6:30 – 9 p.m. at the Kirkwood Elks Lodge.

March 7

GOSPELFEST, Saturday, March 7 at the South Montrose Community Church. Potluck supper at 5:30, bring a dish to pass. Music at 7:00, performing will be the Saving Graces, the Spark Gospel Singers and other area groups.

PIEROGI SALE, Saturday, March 7, at St. Martin of Tours Church, Jackson. Preorder by calling Dolores at 756–3305.

POMONA GRANGE #7 meeting, Saturday, March 7, 10:00 a.m. at the Union Grange Hall. Dinner will be served.

BLUE RIDGE BASEBALL annual dance, Saturday, March 7, 8 p.m. to midnight at the American Legion, Hallstead. Must be 21.

PANCAKE & SAUSAGE BREAKFAST, Saturday, March 7, 7 – 11 a.m. at the East Ararat United Methodist Church. All you can eat!

March 8

VESPERS SERVICE, Sunday, March 8, 5:00 p.m. at St. Paul’s Church, Montrose. A light supper will follow.

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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.

Senior Center Menu March 2 – 6

Monday, March 2: manicotti, broccoli, apple crisp, Italian bread.

Tuesday, March 3: pork chop, O’Brien potatoes, carrots, whole wheat bread, fruit salad.

Wednesday, March 4: Swedish meatballs, egg noodles, spinach, peach compote, whole wheat bread, vanilla pudding.

Thursday March 5: roast turkey/gravy, whipped potatoes, cranberry juice, green & yellow beans, stuffing, dinner roll, apple.

Friday March 6: tuna salad, pickled cabbage, fruit salad, pita bread, Oreo cookies, orange juice.

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EMTC Sets Auditions For Summer Musical

The Endless Mountains Theatre Company will hold auditions for its upcoming summer musical, "Gypsy" on Wednesday, February 25 and Thursday, February 26, from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. in the theater at Blue Ridge High School. Performance dates are July 31, August 1, and August 2. "Gypsy" is the ultimate story about an aggressive stage mother. Join Rose, June and Louise in their trip across the United States during the 1920's, when vaudeville was dying and burlesque was born. For more information, email

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Calling All Businesses To Celebrate Children
Submitted By Stephnie Thornton

Help celebrate National “Week of the Young Child,” April 19-25, by displaying artwork in your Susquehanna County business. Susquehanna County CARES (Childcare, Agencies, Resources and Educational Services) is coordinating a countywide young artists’ display to recognize the talents of our young children and honor the early educators involved in shaping a child’s future. Research shows children who receive a quality educational experience before the age of 5 achieve greater success later in life.

CARES is looking for businesses willing to display artwork created by children from various childcare, pre-kindergarten and kindergarten programs. CARES will take care of setting up and removing the display. Businesses just need to provide the space in April.

If your business is willing to participate, contact Susquehanna County CARES by March 23. Call Stephnie Thornton at (570) 465-5040 or send an e-mail to

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Conservation To Host Contractor Workshop

The Susquehanna County Conservation District will be holding a Heavy Equipment Contractor Workshop on March 17 at the Montrose Bible Conference, Dreyer Hall in Montrose. The workshop begins with breakfast and registration at 7:30 a.m. and concludes at noon. This year’s speakers include Vinnie Cotrone of Luzerne County Cooperative Extension, speaking about low impact development and streamside buffers; Mark Santayanna of PA One Call, who will give details about their very important services; and Ryan Stann from the Pennsylvania State Police Motor Carrier Enforcement Division, to provide information on trucking and hauling regulations in the state of Pennsylvania. Registration is due by March 3. For more information, contact the District at 278-4600, ext. 280.

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Les Misérables At Blue Ridge School

On Friday, February 27 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, February 28 at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m., the Blue Ridge Theatre Department will present the Broadway hit show, Les Misérables, a musical composed in 1980 by the French composer Claude-Michel Schönberg with a libretto by Alain Boublil. It is perhaps the most famous of all theater musicals, and one of the most performed musicals worldwide.

The musical is based on the 1862 novel, Les Misérables by Victor Hugo. Set in early 19th-century France, it follows the intertwining stories of a cast of characters as they struggle for redemption and revolution. The characters include a paroled convict named Jean Valjean (Jim Treible) who, failing attempts to find work as an honest man with his yellow ticket of leave, breaks his parole and conceals his identity; the police inspector Javert (Nick Smith), who becomes obsessed with finding Valjean; Fantine (Samantha Smith), the single mother who is forced to a life of hard work to support her daughter, Cosette; Cosette (Rebekah Harris and Amanda Rispoli), who, after her mother's death, becomes Jean Valjean's adopted daughter and who eventually falls in love with a revolutionary student named Marius Pontmercy (Alex Burkett); the Thénardiers (Mike Romano and Emily Guinan), the unscrupulous innkeepers who initially foster Cosette, and who thrive on cheating and stealing; Éponine (Theresa Whitehead), their young daughter who is hopelessly in love with Marius; Gavroche (Greg Stonier), a young beggar boy and the young son of the Thénardiers; and a student leader, Enjolras (Dan Welch), who plans the revolt to free the oppressed lower classes of France. The main characters are joined by an ensemble that includes convicts, student revolutionaries, factory workers, and others.

The production, under the direction of Jeff Burkett and Amy Zakarauskas, will be one of the most entertaining shows to be brought to our communities this year. The abundant student talent of the Blue Ridge Music Department is brought out in full force for this dramatic and overly entertaining experience. For more information on the show, contact Blue Ridge High School at 465-3141 ext. 121. Tickets are $5.00 for adults and $3.00 for students and senior citizens.

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Natural Gas Program At Keystone College

The South Branch Tunkhannock Creek Watershed Coalition will hold a free presentation and discussion on natural gas development and the associated water and wastewater issues at Keystone College on Monday, March 2. Guest presenters will be Rich Adams from the Susquehanna River Basin Commission and Bryan Swistock from Penn State University.

Rich Adams is an engineer who works in outreach and compliance for the River Basin Commission. He will speak on the water withdrawal and consumption issues associated with Marcellus Shale gas well development. Adams previously worked for 35 years with the state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), most recently as manager of the Watershed Management Program for north central Pennsylvania, working with county conservation districts and watershed associations on grant projects, watershed assessment, stream habitat improvement, storm water management and more. In 2008, he began managing DEP’s review of water management plans submitted by gas drilling companies in the north central region. In his current position, he works to ensure that gas well developers stay in strict compliance with their River Basin Commission approvals for water withdrawal and consumption.

Bryan Swistock is a water resources extension specialist with Penn State University. For the past 21 years, he has been conducting water resources research and extension focused on drinking water, water conservation, watershed management and impacts from natural gas drilling. His presentation will focus on water quality impacts from natural gas drilling. Gas drilling can produce large quantities of naturally occurring and man-made waste fluids. Much of these fluids result from the use of millions of gallons of water during the hydrofracturing process, and typically contain high concentrations of salts, metals, surfactants, and organic materials which must be properly stored and treated. Swistock’s presentation will summarize the contaminants in drilling waste fluids, treatment and disposal technologies for waste fluids, and current state regulations to protect water resources from contamination by drilling wastes.

Water has emerged as the pre-eminent environmental issue of concern in the Marcellus Shale gas development. Get a better understanding of the complex issues with experts in the field. A question and answer session and open discussion will follow the presentations. The South Branch Tunkhannock Creek Watershed Coalition is organizing this event in order to spur discussion and understanding of this tremendously important issue.

The presentation will take place on Monday, March 2 at 7:00 p.m. in Room 214, Capwell Science Hall, Keystone College. Admission and refreshments are free, and all are welcome.

The South Branch Tunkhannock Creek Watershed Coalition will hold its monthly meeting at 6:15 p.m., immediately before the presentation. The public is welcome to attend. The Coalition is a grassroots organization committed to maintaining the health of the South Branch Tunkhannock Creek watershed through raising community awareness and water quality monitoring. The South Branch Tunkhannock Creek Watershed encompasses much of the Abingtons, Factoryville, Scott, Benton and Greenfield areas, and the Coalition welcomes new members. For more information about this event or about the Coalition, call 945-6995 or email .

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Property Tax/Rent Rebate Applications Available

HARRISBURG - Rep. Sandra Major (R-Susquehanna/Wayne/Wyoming) would like to inform residents that applications for the state's Property/Tax Rent Rebate program for 2008 are now available.

Eligible participants can receive a rebate of up to $650 based on their rent or property taxes paid in 2008. The program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians who are 65 years or older, widows and widowers 50 years or older, and those 18 years or older with disabilities.

Eligibility income limits for homeowners are set at the following levels, excluding 50 percent of Social Security, Supplemental Security Income, and Railroad Retirement Tier 1 benefits: $0 to $8,000, maximum $650 rebate (homeowners and renters); $8,001 to $15,000, maximum $500 rebate (homeowners and renters); $15,001 to $18,000, maximum $300 rebate (homeowners only); $18,001 to $35,000, maximum $250 rebate (homeowners only).

The Property Tax/Rent Rebate program is one of many initiatives supported by the Pennsylvania Lottery, which dedicates its proceeds to support programs for older Pennsylvanians. Since the program began in 1971, more than $4 billion has been paid to qualified applicants.

Residents are reminded to provide all the necessary income, property tax or rental information required to process claims quickly and accurately. Applications are due by June 30.

Property Tax/Rent Rebate claim forms are available by contacting one of Major's district offices or visiting her Web site at

Major's offices are at Route 706 Lake Montrose, RR 7 Box 7186, Montrose, PA 18801 (telephone: 570-278-3374) and 130 N. Bridge Street, Tunkhannock, PA 18657 (telephone: 570-836-5888).

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Sea Scout Ship 90 Extends Invitation

Young men and women between the ages of 14 and 20 are invited to check out the Sea Scouts at any Monday meeting, 7:30 p.m. at the Sea Scout Hall on Division Street, New Milford, behind the First Baptist Church and the New Milford Fire Department. Interested adults are also welcomed.

Pictured are Sea Scouts Tiffany Spencer, Jessica Hopkins, Dan Gall, Christian Chludzinski and Brittany Birtch, sailing on the Delaware Bay in 2008, on the Sea Angel, one of the three 30-foot sailboats the Sea Scouts sailed for four days.

In Sea Scouting, you will learn to sail large sailboats up to 46 feet long on the Delaware and Chesapeake Bays and the Atlantic Ocean, white water canoeing, and occasionally even a tall-ship, all while learning seamanship and leadership skills.

For more info, contact Skipper Chuck Jaget at 756–2805 or Commodore Ron Hall at 465–3218 of Sea Scout Ship North Star, sailing since 1943.

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Susky Elementary Sets Registration

Mr. Robert Keyes, Principal of the Susquehanna Community Elementary School, has scheduled the registration of Pre-Kindergarten/Kindergarten students for the 2009-2010 school year on March 10 and 11. Registration will be conducted in the LGI room and the nurse’s office from 9:00 a.m. to 3: 00 p.m. In the event of inclement weather on March 10 or 11, the make-up date will be March 12. The schedule is as follows.

Tuesday, March 10: students whose last name begins with A, B, C, 9:00 a.m.; D, E, F, 10:30 a.m.; G, H, 11:30 a.m.; I, J, 1:00 p.m.; K, L, 2:00 p,

Wednesday, March 11: students whose last name begins with M, N, O, 9:00 a.m.; P, Q, R, S, 10:00 a.m.; T, U, V, 12:30 p.m.; W, X, Y, Z, 1:00 p.m.

In order to be eligible for Kindergarten, a student must be 5 years of age on or before September 1, 2009. In order to be eligible for Pre-K, a student must be 4 years of age on or before September 1, 2009.

Birth certificate, Social Security card, immunization records, four year old pre-kindergarten consent forms, medical emergencies form, school entry health history forms, vision consent/registration form, and pupil transportation form should be presented at the time of registration.

During PreK/Kindergarten registration, vision, hearing and speech tests will be conducted. A school readiness quiz will be administered for those students who did not attend Pre-K, and a brief parent interview will be conducted for incoming Pre-K students.

Parents who register after 2:00 p.m. are requested to park in the school parking lot, not in the bus lane on the front side of the school building.

If you have any questions or to receive a registration packet, call the school at 853-4921.

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