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Senior Menu

Human And Animal Influences On Nature
Club To Host K-9 Unit Meet & Greet
Courthouse Closing Notice
Eucharistic Adoration At Holy Name Of Mary
Susquehanna County Farm Tour Planned
EMS Membership Drive In Progress
Nominees Sought For SBDC Award
PA Forests Web Seminar Center Announces Series


June 28-July 2

CAMP E.D.G.E. Vacation Bible School, June 28 - July 2, 6:00-8:30 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, Montrose. Age 4 to 6th grade, adults also welcome.

June 29-July 3

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL, June 29 - July 3, 9:00 a.m. - noon at the Loft Ministries, Great Bend. 1st-5th grade. For info call 570-396-1967.

July 3

PROGRAM: All-American Patriotic Music, Fri., July 3, 7:00 p.m. at Salt Springs State Park. Bring chairs and marshmallows to roast.

FIREWORKS, Fri., July 3, 10:00 p.m. at Thompson Hose Company.

July 3-4

CARNIVAL, July 3 & July 4, 1:00-10:00 p.m. at Thompson Hose Company.

July 4

PARADE, Sat., July 4, 11:30 a.m. in Thompson.

FIREWORKS, Sat., July 4, 10:00 p.m. at Thompson Hose Company.

PANCAKE & SAUSAGE BREAKFAST, Sat., July 4, 9:00-11:00 a.m. at East Ararat U.M. Church.

DELI & BAKE SALE, July 4, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at Shehawken U.M. Church.

July 5

SPECIAL SERVICE to welcome new pastor, Vickie Maxon, Sun., July 5, 10:30 a.m. at Gibson U.M. Church. Dinner and fellowship to follow. All welcome.

July 6-10

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL, July 6-10, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Brushville Baptist Church. Age 3 through 6th grade. Free. For info call 465-3861.

July 8

FUN DAY, July 8, noon at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church. Bring a dish to pass.

July 9-10

AARP DRIVER SAFETY COURSE, July 9 & 10, 1:00-5:00 p.m. at Blue Ridge Senior Center, Great Bend. For info call 570-727-3346.

July 11

PANCAKE SUPPER, Sat., July 11, 5:00-7:00 p.m. at the Franklin Hill Presbyterian Community Building. All you can eat.

July 11-12

CARS IN THE PARK, Sat., July 11, 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. & Sun., July 12, 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. at Hickories Park, Owego, NY. Visit for more info.

July 12

NATURE WALK, July 12, 2:00 p.m. at Florence Shelly Preserve, Thompson. Wear appropriate footwear. For info call 570-727-3362.

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Senior Center Menu June 29 – July 3

Monday, June 29: orange juice, chicken croquettes, augratin potatoes, harvard beets, grain bread, peaches.

Tuesday, June 30: veal cutlet, rice pilaf, vegetable medley, garden salad, grain bread, cupcake.

Wednesday, July 1: boneless pork loin, vegetable medley, sweet potatoes, rye bread, tropical fruit.

Thursday, July 2: Salisbury steak, orange juice, oven roasted potatoes, mixed vegetables, dinner roll, chocolate chip applesauce cake.

Friday, July 3: center is closed, Independence Day holiday.

Senior Center Menu July 6 – 10

Monday, July 6: stuffed peppers w/sauce, whipped potatoes, Italian cut green beans, pineapple chunks, grain bread.

Tuesday, July 7: ham & Swiss wrap w/romaine lettuce, potato salad, chilled dilled carrots, chunky applesauce.

Wednesday, July 8: orange pineapple juice, hot dog on wheat bun, corn cobette, macaroni salad, sliced peaches

Thursday, July 9: orzo in vegetable broth, herbed chicken breast, broccoli florettes, fruit ambrosia, grain bread.

Friday, July 10: roast beef w/gravy, mashed potatoes, peas, fruited jello, honey dew melon wedge, wheat bread.

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Human And Animal Influences On Nature
Submitted By Trebbe Johnson

When most of us think of the ways in which nature changes over time, we tend to imagine either immense transformations that take place because of natural forces like ice ages, fire, and dramatic weather, or else shifts that result from such human activities as development and various forms of pollution. However, as amateur naturalist and member of the Florence Shelly Wetlands Preserve Stewardship Committee, Andy Gardner, will point out on a nature walk through the preserve on July 12, the regular presence of both humans and animals in an ecosystem makes an impact in many ways - some small, some large, all fascinating.

The walk, titled “Human and Animal Influences on Nature,” will take place at 2:00 p.m. at the Shelly Wetlands Preserve in Thompson, PA. As participants walk the lush green trails, Mr. Gardner will reveal signs of human and animal presence that usually escape our attention, since they have been incorporated so thoroughly into the fabric of the 400-acre preserve. He will invite participants to use their imaginations to envision such sights as an old barn and farmhouse surrounded by lilac bushes in the early 20th century, the ongoing activities of beavers and deer, and a large-scale project launched about sixty years ago to plant timber plantations. Looking beneath surface perceptions of this diverse natural area on a summer day, you’ll detect the work of the invasive viburnum beetle, discover patterns in the trail that have been gouged out by storms, and see the efforts of modern ecologists to protect the land.

Andrew Gardner is an artist, potter, and willow furniture maker from Thompson. He enjoys discovering what he calls “the anomalies” in a place, or those aspects that seem at first not to belong but which, on closer inspection, tell a detailed story about a place and the people and animals who have lived there.

Participants will meet at the parking lot one mile north of Thompson on Route 171, just opposite Stack Road. The walk will last approximately two hours and is free of charge. Reservations are not necessary. Some areas of the trail may be wet, so protective footwear is highly recommended. For further information, contact Andrew Gardner at 570-727-3362.

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Club To Host K-9 Unit Meet & Greet

The Clover Pups 4-H Dog Club invites the public as well as 4-H members to come meet the Montrose Sheriff Department K-9 Unit - Deputy Hillard and “Cash” on Thursday, July 30 at 7:00 p.m. at the Montrose Fire Hall. Deputy Hillard will talk about the training involved in working with Cash and the team will give a demonstration. If you plan on attending please do not bring your pets.

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Courthouse Closing Notice

The Susquehanna County Commissioners announce the Courthouse will be closed on Friday, July 3 in observance of Independence Day. All court related offices will be available.

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Eucharistic Adoration At Holy Name Of Mary

On Friday, July 3, monthly Eucharistic Adoration will begin after the 12:10 p.m. mass and will conclude with mass at 7:00 p.m. A prayer service with the Men of the Sacred Heart and Benediction will follow the evening mass. Father Gerry Safko serves as Pastor of Holy Name of Mary Church, 60 South Main Street, Montrose.

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Susquehanna County Farm Tour Planned
Submitted By Penn State Cooperative Extension in Susquehanna County

Penn State Cooperative Extension and local producers in Susquehanna County are proud to present the second annual Susquehanna County Farm Tour on Sunday, July 12, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., rain or shine. The tour is a great opportunity to visit, explore, and learn about local producers and agriculture. The fee for tickets covers visits to nine farms located throughout Susquehanna County. This is a family-friendly event, so bring the kids, and get a taste of farm life.

Seven diverse farm operations have opened their doors for visitors to experience our local food and farm products firsthand. The farms on the tour include the following:

Alpacas of Sunshine Farm; Ardith Mae Farmstead, Susquehanna County’s only dairy goat creamery; Franklin Hill Farm, offering specialty salad greens, snow and snap peas and many other vegetables; Hepler Beef Farm; Kessler Tree Farm; Painter Hill Farm, home of natural wool products and purebred Shetland sheep; Willow Tree Homestead, a small veggie-growing operation.

Advanced tickets are available at Pure Pennsylvania, Growers’ Market Place, Penn State Cooperative Extension Office and participating farms on the tour. Ticket proceeds will be used to fund future tours and events to support local agriculture. Tickets include detailed farm descriptions, directions, and a map to each farm location on the tour.

Don’t miss this great event to learn about the delicious local foods and fine products produced right here in Susquehanna County. Please wear sturdy shoes and dress appropriately for the weather. If you anticipate needing special accommodations at the farms on the tour, please contact the Penn State Cooperative Extension Office at 570-278-1158.

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EMS Membership Drive In Progress

The 2009-2010 Ambulance Membership Drive for the Harford Volunteer Fire Company is now in progress. Over 1400 membership letters were recently mailed to residents of Harford, Lenox and Gibson Townships covered by the Harford Ambulance. Many have responded to our appeal and have taken advantage of membership. We appreciate that response. If you have not yet signed up, we encourage you to read your membership materials and return them as soon as possible.

If you did not receive a membership letter, you may request one by visiting our website,, clicking on “contact” and sending an e-mail to the EMS Department. Please include your name and new mailing address. We will get one out to you. While you are at our website, please take the time to check out our facility and our equipment. It’s your donations that make this all possible. You may also request a membership letter by calling 570-434-2839 and leaving your name and address for the EMS Department when prompted.

Many of our residents have received a new address as a result of the re-addressing project currently underway in Susquehanna County. Numerous residents have made corrections to the name and address label on their membership card. We keep these cards on file and appreciate the corrected name/address, but in order to make these corrections permanent, you must call the Susquehanna County Assessment Office and give them the corrections. The HVFC uses these labels from the assessment office for addressing all of our fire fund drive and EMS membership materials. We do not keep an address list of residents in our coverage area.

As mentioned above, everyone in our coverage area has received a new physical address. You are requested to immediately remove your old box number from your mailbox and replace it with your new number. You should use reflective numbers that are at least 3.5 inches high and they should be place on both sides of your mailbox. If you do not have mail delivery at your residence, you are requested to place your number on your house so that the numbers can be read from the road and be visible at night. If the numbers would not be visible from the road, you will need an address plate with your number affixed to it placed permanently at the end of your driveway. These address plates are available for purchase at a nominal fee from the Harford Fire Company. The purpose of all this is to assist emergency responders (EMS/Fire/Police) in locating your home in an emergency.

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Nominees Sought For SBDC Award

Scranton – In today’s challenging economic environment, small businesses and entrepreneurs are expected to play a more significant role in growing the economy than ever before. As part of its ongoing efforts to support and assist small business owners, The University of Scranton Small Business Development Center (SBDC) announced that nominations are being accepted for its Award for Woman Entrepreneur (AWE).

For the past 14 years, AWE has celebrated success in entrepreneurship by recognizing businesswomen in 17 Pennsylvania counties including Bradford, Bucks, Carbon, Columbia, Lackawanna, Lehigh, Luzerne, Monroe, Montgomery, Northampton, Pike, Schuylkill, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Tioga, Wayne, and Wyoming. “AWE continues to celebrate women entrepreneurs, recognizing that their success will positively impact the economy in our region now and for years to come,” said Donna Simpson, SBDC consultant and AWE organizer.

To qualify, nominees must own and legally operate a business within the 17-county area, be in business three years or more, and be 51% woman-owned. Nominations for the award can be submitted by anyone, including the nominee herself. Judging is based on four categories - product/service, overcoming obstacles and challenges, community involvement/personal accomplishments, and business growth. To download a copy of the 2009 AWE nomination information, please visit Nomination packets may also be requested by calling 800-829-SBDC. The deadline for completed nomination packets is July 31, 2009.

The AWE winner and three additional “Women of Merit” certificates will be announced at a luncheon open to the public on Tuesday, October 20, at The University of Scranton.

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PA Forests Web Seminar Center Announces Series
Submitted By Penn State Cooperative Extension

On Wednesday, July 22, Sandy Smith, Youth and Natural Resources Extension Specialist, Penn State School of Forest Resources, will present “Summer Tree ID Made Easy”, from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

The identification of trees by their leaves is perhaps the easiest way to distinguish one species from another. This session will present the basic types of leaves, their characteristics, and how to use a "tree key" for identification. Old and young alike will benefit from learning this valuable skill. Before attending this webinar, each participant should download and print out the “4-H Summer Key for Pennsylvania Trees” (available on the website) that will be used during the session. This is a webinar for ages 8 to 108 years old.

On Wednesday, August 26, Eric Burkhart, Instructor and Program Director, Plant Science, Shaver's Creek Environmental Center, will present “Plant Yer Own Patch”, an introduction to American ginseng forest farming, from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Interested in native plants? Enjoy spending time in the woods? Looking for a way to diversify farm income or help cover annual forestland ownership costs? Establishing or "farming" American ginseng on Pennsylvania forestlands is a fascinating and potentially profitable activity that can contribute to both plant and forestland conservation. In this workshop, participants will be introduced to one of Pennsylvania's most valuable crops, American ginseng. The botany, biology, ecology, markets, growing options, propagation techniques, and management issues (pests, theft, regulations) will all be covered.

Regularly scheduled PA Forest Web Seminar Center presentations will resume on the second Tuesday of every month at noon and 7 p.m. starting with Forest Management and Regeneration on September 8.

Each session is recorded and loaded onto the Web Seminar Center along with a copy of the presentation and any handout materials. So, if you are unable to participate in the "live" session, a recording of it will be available for you to view at your convenience. However, none of the interactive elements will be available when watching the recording.

To participate in the live seminars you must register and have a "Friend of Penn State" user ID. The "Register Now" page on the website will walk you through this process. If you are a member of the Penn State community, you already have your User ID, but we would ask you to register on the website so that you can receive reminders of upcoming programs.

Participation in the web seminar does not require any special software. To view live and previously recorded seminars all you need is a high-speed Internet connection and sound.

To register and take part in the live seminars or to view the upcoming seminars schedule, visit

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