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EVENTS, PROGRAMS, HAPPENINGS, SEMINARS:
SPAGHETTI DINNER, May 27, 5:00-7:00 p.m. at Kirkwood Elks Lodge. All welcome.
PIZZA NIGHT, May 28, 5:30-9:00 p.m. at Kirkwood Elks Lodge. Eat in or take out.
OPEN MIC COUNTRY, May 28, 6:30-9:00 p.m. at Kirkwood Elks Lodge. All welcome.
AARP DRIVER SAFETY COURSE, May 28 & 29, 1:00-5:00 p.m. at Turnpike Terrace Senior Center, Lanesboro. For info call 570-727-3346.
DINNER, May 29, 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Kirkwood Elks Lodge. All welcome.
DINNER THEATRE, The Love Liner, 6:00 p.m. presented by NailMark’d Theatre, UMC Church, Great Bend. Reservations required, call 879-4506.
ROAST PORK DINNER, May 30, 5:00 p.m. at the Gibson Grange, Gelatt. All welcome.
LADIES TEA, May 30, 2:00 p.m. at the Brushville Baptist Church. Collecting good quality used winter clothing for needy families in Africa. RSVP to 465-3861 by May 29.
ROAST BEEF SUPPER, May 30, 5:00 p.m. at the Thompson United Methodist Church. All welcome.
BENEFIT for the Susquehanna Fire Dept. Auxiliary, May 30, 6:00 p.m. at Lakey’s, Susquehanna. Fee. Must be 21. For info call 853-4142.
SPARK GOSPEL SINGERS, May 31, 7:00 p.m. at South New Milford Baptist Church. For info call 570-434-2101.
CHICKEN BBQ, May 31, beginning at noon at the American Legion Post 357, Hallstead.
CONCERT, Good News, May 31, 11:00 a.m. at Body of Christ, Starrucca.
AL-ANON MEETING, June 1, 7:00 p.m. at Holy Name of Mary, Montrose.
RUMMAGE SALE, June 3 & 4, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. and June 5, 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at St. John’s, Susquehanna. For info call 853-3909.
SPAGHETTI DINNER, Cancer Benefit for Tyler Woods, June 6, 1:00-5:00 p.m. at the Port Crane Fire Station. For info call 607-772-6565.
TAKE STEPS For Crohn’s & Colitis, June 6, 5:00-8:00 p.m. at Nay Aug Park, Scranton. Register at www.cctakesteps.org/scranton.
MEETING, Susquehanna County Pomona Grange #7, June 6, 10:00 a.m. at Lawsville Grange Hall.
TRAP SHOOT, to benefit American Heart Association, June 6 at the Silver Lake Rod & Gun Club. Fee. Registration 9:00 a.m., shoot starts 10:00 a.m. For info call 278-2112.
WILDFLOWER WALK, June 7, 2:00 p.m. at Florence Shelly Preserve, Thompson. Wear appropriate footwear. For info call 570-756-3052.
MEETING, Gas Extraction & Land Conservation, June 8, 6:00 p.m. at the Susquehanna County Office Building, Montrose.
WORKSHOP, Dealing with Difficult Staff or Parent Situations, June 9, 7:00-9:00 p.m. at the Susquehanna County Office Building, Montrose. Free. To register call 278-1158.
SIGN-UPS, voluntary Susquehanna Jr. Sabers football & cheerleading coaches. Background check required. Contact Fred Roe at 853-3052.
Monday, May 11: pineapple juice, beef stew, tossed salad, biscuit, banana.
Tuesday, May 12: cranberry juice, roast turkey, sweet potatoes, peas & onions, grain bread, pears.
Wednesday, May 13: chicken rice soup, Italian hoagie on wheat, lettuce& tomatoes, fruited jello, cookie.
Thursday, May 14: spaghetti & meatballs, Italian green beans, Caesar salad, Italian bread, ice cream.
Friday, May 15: baked ham/ sauce, sweet potatoes, peas, roll, orange, yellow cake.
Montrose, PA - Arthur Cole, Chairperson of the Farm Service Agency County Committee, would like to remind all producers that the Crop Reporting Deadline for all winter and spring seeded small grain crops (wheat, barley, oats, rye) is June 15. Deadline for all other planted crops (corn, soybeans, hay, CRP, CREP, or fruits and vegetables) is July 15.
Farmers who participate in programs administered by the Susquehanna County Farm Service Agency need to report the crops they have planted for the 2009 growing season; otherwise, benefits may not be earned. A late fee will be assessed if the crop reporting deadline passes and the producer has failed to report their planted acres.
Producers who have purchased crop insurance coverage are reminded of the importance to file the same acreage report with the Farm Service Agency and your Insurance Company to avoid mistakes and delays should a claim be filed.
More information may be received by calling the Farm Service Agency at 570-278-1197 Extension 2. Farmers are encouraged to call ahead for an appointment.
Candidates for the Susquehanna-Blue Ridge high school and junior high football programs are asked to attend a meeting Monday, June 1 at 4 p.m. at the football field.
Players and parents are invited to the informal get-together to meet the coaches and discuss plans for the fall season. Players going into grades 7-12 are invited.
The Central Pennsylvania Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society is offering a social program entitled “Kids Camp 2009” for children between the ages of 7-15 who have a parent/legal guardian living with MS. This program will be held Friday, July 31 through Sunday, August 2 at the Refreshing Mountain Camp, 455 Camp Road, Stevens, PA. There is a $10.00 fee per child to participate in this program. To register contact the National MS Society at 1-800-227-2108. Registration deadline is Friday, May 29.
The Pennsylvania Senate has passed a 2009-2010 budget which calls for a 50% cut in state aid to public libraries and an 80% cut in statewide services like InterLibrary Loan and POWER Library. The bill will now go to the House, which has proposed a 2.5% cut. "Libraries are busier than ever during a recession, with thousands of people looking to us to save money, get access to technology, and improve job skills," says Administrator/Librarian Susan Stone. "Please, please help us communicate to Governor Rendell, the House, and the Senate, that public libraries are not the place to cut. Keeping level funding is only one-tenth of one percent of the state budget - a rounding error! - and librarians already stretch a dollar further than any other organization."
The most effective action library supporters can take is to write or call their legislators. Address stickers for local representatives are available at each Susquehanna County Library, along with an information sheet. A hand-written 2 or 3 sentence letter has the most impact and takes very little time! To help make this an easy and fun experience, board members will be at the libraries with writing paper and stamps. Stop in on Monday, June 1 to join this letter-writing "bee."
Public libraries are a crucial part of education, since they serve everyone from cradle to grave. Programs like Babies and Books help families start reading to their babies as early as possible. Story hours and services to daycares and preschools keep books in front of children at a crucial age. During the school years, the library provides homework help, services to teachers, and summer reading. Adults turn to the library for computer skills, access to health and financial information, and free entertainment.
4-H’er Kenny Kiefer of Montrose Area High School is organizing a benefit trap shoot for his senior graduation project on Saturday, June 6 at the Silver Lake Rod & Gun Club. All proceeds from this event will benefit the American Heart Association in memory of Kenny’s Grandfather, Ed Conboy, who passed away from heart disease. For more information call Kenny at 278-2112.
On Saturday, June 13 the Thompson United Methodist Church will be holding their annual Fill the Can with Cookies sale combined with the something for everyone Garage Sale. You may also take a chance on a beautiful handmade quilt, which was crafted by the Starrucca Bag Ladies.
A large variety of homemade cookies will be offered. There is no need to choose just one kind, fill a can with whatever cookies look good to you for just one price.
While you nibble on cookies you can wander through the countless items in the garage and church parking lot. The Church has been collecting all winter just to provide a huge selection of goods to offer.
The sale beings at 10:00 a.m. and continues until the cookies run out. Come early and enjoy the day’s activities throughout the town.
Saturday, September 5, Labor Day Weekend, the Church will be having a bake sale, garage sale, lunch and activities for the children. The Endless Mountains Children’s Choir will be performing in the morning to add to the day’s attractions.
No matter how old we get, it’s a rare person who can’t be enticed to join a good treasure hunt - and that is exactly what you can expect on the wildflower nature walk hosted by botanist Frank Roia at Florence Shelly Wetlands on Sunday, June 7 at 2:00 p.m.
The walk, third in the series of the preserve’s annual summertime offering of themed nature walks, leads participants through woodlands and wetlands in search of springtime flowers hidden in humus and among damp leaves. Just past the parking lot, as the trail angles down into the woods, you’ll see a sizable patch of May apple, an unusual-looking plant with large umbrella-like leaves. The May apple fruit, when it is ripe, is edible but sour and is extremely popular with animals; when it is unripe, the leaves and roots are poisonous. Farther along the trail you’ll spot the New England aster, the cuckoo flower, and the low-growing, blue-petaled bird’s-eye speedwell. Hawkweed and the delicate herb Robert are also blooming in early June.
Walk guide Frank Roia is a member of the Florence Shelly Wetlands Stewardship Committee and has spent many hours exploring the trails in the preserve. Mr. Roia taught plant sciences at the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science for sixteen years and has continued to be a student of wildflowers since his retirement. In the past few years he has managed to identify more than one hundred species of wildflowers on the road in front of his house, a stretch less than a mile long.
As a botanist, he conducts a nature walk that is more informative than simply a categorizing of plant identities. For example, he points out that a four-petaled flower is often a member of the mustard family, whose botanical name, cruciferae, is derived from the Latin name for “cross,” since the four petals are arranged like a cross. He even discusses plants that are not yet in bloom but that will be familiar to many local people, like the exotically named Dame’s Rocket, which is often mistaken for phlox.
The wildflower walk will last approximately two hours. Appropriate shoes or boots are strongly recommended for a walk in this area. The walk is free and there is no need to make reservations. Meet at the preserve parking lot one mile north of the village of Thompson, PA on Route 171, at the point where Stack Road intersects. For more information call Frank Roia at 570/756-3052.
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