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Senior Menu

Kingsley To Celebrate 200thr
SBDC Offers Seminar For Entrepreneurs
Yaw To Host Constituent Outreaches
Tax/Rent Rebate Program Extended

Webinar To Address Water-Policy Issues
DCP And ACRE Deadlines Extended
Annual Blueberry Festival Scheduled
Artists To Host “En Plein Air” Paint-Out
Brooklyn Days Events Scheduled
Business To Host “A Taste Of Summer"
Clothing Give Away Scheduled”


July 15

DINNER, Wed., July 15, 4:00-6:00 p.m. at Clifford U.M. Church. Eat in or take out.

GRILLED CHICKEN SALAD, Wed., July 15, 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Kirkwood Elks Lodge. All welcome.

July 16

ART EXHIBIT & FOOD SAMPLING, Thurs., July 16, 7:00-9:00 p.m. at Mountain View Plaza, Hallstead. Fee. For info call 570-879-6850, ext. 185.

PIZZA NIGHT, Thurs., July 16, 5:30-9:00 p.m. at Kirkwood Elks Lodge. Eat in or take out.

OPEN MIC COUNTRY, Thurs., July 16, 6:30-9:00 p.m. at Kirkwood Elks Lodge. All welcome.

LAWN SUPPER, Thurs., July 16, 5:00 p.m. at Starrucca Baptist Social Rooms. Donation plus non-perishable item for food pantry. All welcome.

SCFRW PICNIC, Thurs., July 16, 6:00 p.m. at Green Gables. Fee. For info call 570-561-8188.

July 17

CRUISE-IN, July 17, 5:30-8:00 p.m. at U.M. Community Church, Great Bend. Come early with vehicle to register for People’s Choice Awards. Rain date July 18, 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. For info call 879-2933.

OLD TIME FIDDLERS, Fri., July 17, 8:00 p.m. at Thompson U.M. Church. Fee.

OUTDOOR GROUP PAINTING and covered dish picnic, July 17, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. at the Eddy family farm, Birchardville. For info call 570-553-2500.

DINNER, Fri., July 17, 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Kirkwood Elks Lodge. All welcome.

SPAGHETTI SUPPER, Fri., July 17, 4:00-7:00 p.m. at Hallstead-Great Bend Rod and Gun Club. All you can eat.

July 17-19

SOUTH PACIFIC, July 17 & 18, 8:00 p.m. and July 19, 3:00 p.m. at the Music Box Dinner Playhouse, Swoyersville. Dinner served before show. For info call 570-283-2195.

July 18

GOOD NEWS LUNCH, Sat., July 18, noon at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, New Milford. Free.

BOOK SALE, Sat., July 18, 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. at Soldier’s Orphan School, Orphan School Rd.

CHICKEN & BISCUIT DINNER, Sat., July 18, 5:00 p.m. at Ararat U.M. Church. All welcome.

BINGO, Sat., July 18, 7:00 p.m. at Blue Ridge Sportsmen’s Club, New Milford. All welcome.

CHICKEN BBQ & BAKE SALE, Sat., July 18, 12:00 p.m. at Kirkwood Elks Lodge. All welcome.

July 18-19

AUDUBON ART & CRAFT FESTIVAL, Sat. & Sun., July 18 & 19, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. at Wallenpaupack Intermediate & Middle School Complex. Fee.

July 19

PANCAKE BREAKFAST, Sun., July 19, 7:00-11:00 a.m. at Blue Ridge Sportsmen’s Club, New Milford. All welcome.

July 20

THEATRE WORKSHOP for children 8 to 12 years old, beginning July 20, ending with performance on August 14 & 15 at the Music Box Dinner Playhouse, Swoyersville. For info & enrollment, call 570-283-2195.

July 20-24

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL, July 20-24, 6:00-8:15 p.m. at Lakeview Mennonite Church. Ages 4 to 16. For info call 756-2351.

July 21

WING NIGHT, Tues., July 21, 5:30-9:00 p.m. at Kirkwood Elks Lodge. All welcome.

July 23-24

AARP DRIVER SAFETY COURSE, July 23 and 24, 1:00-5:00 p.m. at Turnpike Terrace Senior Center. For info call 570-727-3346.

July 24

DINNER, Fri., July 24, 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Kirkwood Elks Lodge. All welcome.

EDCAMP FINAL PERFORMANCE, Fri., July 24, 7:00 p.m. at the Blue Ridge High School Theater. Free.

July 24-25

CHAUTAUQUA 2009, July 24 and 25, 5:00-7:00 p.m. at Clifford Twp. Firemen’s Picnic fairgrounds. Parking fee.

July 25

ANNUAL PIE SALE, Sat., July 25, 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. at Colonial Brick Motel, benefit of Gill Chapter #12, Order of the Eastern Star.

ROAST BEEF SUPPER, Sat., July 25, 5:00 p.m. at Thompson U.M Church. All welcome.

July 25-26

APPLESEED SHOOT marksmanship clinic, July 25 & 26 at the Hallstead-Great Bend Rod and Gun Club. For more info visit

July 26

BREAKFAST, Sun., July 26, 8:00-11:00 a.m. at Kirkwood Elks Lodge. All welcome.


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Senior Center Menu July 13 – 17

Monday, July 13: baked fish, scalloped potatoes, steamed carrots, ww bread, sherbet.

Tuesday, July 14: chicken salad, garden salad, Kaiser roll, cranberry juice, chocolate chip cookies.

Wednesday, July 15: pork bbq, potato wedges, coleslaw, ww Kaiser roll, orange.

Thursday, July 16: meatloaf w/gravy, whipped potatoes, peas & carrots, grain bread, tapioca.

Friday, July 17: spaghetti & meatballs, tossed salad, Italian bread, summer fruit.

Senior Center Menu July 20 - 24

Monday, July 20: baked chicken, sweet potatoes, green beans, ww bread, banana.

Tuesday, July 21: deviled ham, pasta salad, rye bread, oatmeal raisin cookie.

Wednesday, July 22: beef bbq, mac & cheese, pickled cabbage, Kaiser roll, pears.

Thursday, July 23: chicken cacciatore, spinach salad, white rice, ww bread, fruit cocktail.

Friday, July 24: beef & cabbage casserole, whipped potatoes, carrot coins, grain bread, molasses cookie.

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Kingsley To Celebrate 200th
Submitted By Brian Miller

On Saturday, July 25, Kingsley will celebrate its bicentennial with an ice cream social. The event will be held at the Kingsley Community Church at 3 p.m. The party will be part of resident Brian Miller’s graduation project. There will be various games and activities for the whole family. A video documentary of the history of the town will be shown. All past and present residents are welcome to attend. Volunteers and donations are needed. For more information contact Brian Miller or visit the town website at

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SBDC Offers Seminar For Entrepreneurs

The University of Scranton Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and Carbondale Technology Transfer Center (CTTC) are offering a seminar entitled “The First Step: Starting Your Business” on Wednesday, July 15 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the CTTC, 10 Enterprise Drive, Carbondale.

Whether your idea is brand new or well thought out, this seminar will provide you with the start-up basics you need to develop a small business in Pennsylvania. Registrations, licenses, business structures, taxation, and research tools will be covered, as well as what to expect in financing, expense and sales estimation, and resources. An experienced SBDC consultant will help guide you through the often challenging process of putting your small business ideas into action.

Pre-registration and pre-payment are required. Call 570-941-5788 to register.

The University of Scranton SBDC provides free small business consulting services to residents of Bradford, Lackawanna, Monroe, Pike, Susquehanna, Tioga, Wayne & Wyoming counties. To request free business consulting services, complete the online request at

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Yaw To Host Constituent Outreaches

A representative from state Sen. Gene Yaw’s office will be at the Susquehanna County Courthouse Annex, 31 Public Avenue, Montrose on Friday, July 24 from 11-noon, and at the Great Bend-Hallstead Public Library from 2-3 p.m. to meet with area constituents and respond to questions concerning state government.

Yaw encourages anyone with a state-related inquiry or problem to stop by; no appointments are necessary.

Constituents unable to meet with Yaw’s staff that day may also call the Senator’s Towanda office at 265-7448, or his toll-free number, 1-800-443-5772, with questions and concerns.

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Tax/Rent Rebate Program Extended

The deadline to apply for a rebate on property taxes or rent paid in 2008 has been extended to Dec. 31, 2009.

“Property Tax/Rent Rebates are combining with general property tax relief from slots gaming to completely eliminate school property taxes for about 110,000 older adults this year,” said Secretary of Revenue Stephen H. Stetler. “Governor Rendell is extending the program deadline again this year because he wants to be sure all those who are eligible have ample time to apply for property tax or rent rebates.”

The Property Tax/Rent Rebate program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians age 65 and older; widows and widowers age 50 and older; and people with disabilities age 18 and older. The program expansion increased the income limit from $15,000 to $35,000 (which excludes half of Social Security income) for homeowners and raises the maximum rebate for both homeowners and renters from $500 to $650. The income limit for renters is $15,000.

The household income limits and maximum standard rebate amounts for homeowners are: $0 to $8,000, $650 rebate; 8,001 to $15,000, $500 rebate; $15,001 to $18,000, $300 rebate; $18,001 to $35,000, $250 rebate.

Distributions for the Property Tax/Rent Rebates have begun on July 1 for those claims received by June 30. Claims for rebates received after June 30 will be distributed as claims are received and processed.

The Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program is one of five programs supported by the Pennsylvania Lottery. The expanded portion of the property/rent rebate program is paid for with revenue from slots gaming.

For forms or assistance in completing a Tax/Rent Rebate application, please contact your local Area Agency on Aging in Montrose 278-3751 or 1-800-634-3746 (toll free).

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Webinar To Address Water-Policy Issues

UNIVERSITY PARK, PA - With water being a necessary ingredient to the process of extracting natural gas from the Marcellus shale formation, public policies for managing and protecting water resources are among the concerns of Pennsylvania residents, according to a water-policy expert in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.

"Individuals, businesses and communities will be affected well into the future if the Marcellus shale is fully developed," said Charles Abdalla, professor of agricultural and environmental economics. "Citizens need to become aware of their stake in water-resource issues and policies, and effectively participate in public policy-making. Public policies for water management and protection will be improved if the affected parties - which include almost everyone - are well-informed about likely impacts and take advantage of opportunities to participate in decisions."

Abdalla will address existing and newly developing water quantity and quality issues during a free Penn State Cooperative Extension on-line seminar at 1 p.m. on July 23. Information about how to register for the "webinar" is available at Online participants will have the opportunity to ask the speaker questions during the webinar.

Seeking to engage residents, landowners, federal and state agency personnel, environmental organizations, economic development groups and others, Abdalla will discuss the rapidly changing issues and public policies related to water resources and Marcellus shale gas exploration. Marcellus shale gas development could have major economic and environmental effects for Pennsylvanians and residents of neighboring states. Adequate supplies of water are one of several essential inputs needed to extract gas from the shale. In addition, waste water is an output from the process that must be treated or disposed of properly.

"During this webinar, we hope to increase the public's understanding of policy issues and options to improve water management and help people understand how and where they can offer input into decisions about water use and wastewater treatment," Abdalla said. "Now is the time for people to learn about and help shape public policies that will guide development of the Marcellus shale. These policies will play a large part in determining the economic well-being and quality of life for residents of the commonwealth for a long time - perhaps generations - to come."

The webinar is the latest in a series of online workshops initiated by Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences and Penn State Cooperative Extension to address issues related to Marcellus shale gas exploration and development. Previous webinars - which covered topics such as socio-economic implications, gas leasing, water use, forest and wildlife impacts, governmental roles, and community planning - can be viewed at

For more information, contact Joann Kowalski, Penn State extension

educator in Susquehanna County, at (570) 278-1158 or by e-mail at

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DCP And ACRE Deadlines Extended

Montrose, PA - Kelly E. Sundy, Acting County Executive Director for USDA’s Farm Service Agency in Montrose, PA announced that the deadline to apply for 2009 Direct and Counter-cyclical Payment (DCP) Program or the Average Crop Revenue Election (ACRE) Program has been extended until August 14, 2009. FSA computes DCP Program payments using base acres and payment yields established for each farm. Eligible producers receive direct payments at rates established by statute regardless of market prices. For 2009, you may request to receive advance direct payments based on 22 percent of the direct payment for each commodity associated with the farm. FSA will issue advance direct payments in the month the producer requests. Counter-cyclical payment rates vary depending on market prices and are issued only when the effective price for a commodity is statutorily set below its target price.

The Average Crop Revenue Election (ACRE) program alternative provides eligible producers a state-level revenue guarantee, based on the 5-year state Olympic average yield and the 2-year national average price. Commodities eligible for ACRE payments are wheat, corn, grain sorghum, barley, oats, soybeans, sunflower seed, canola, flaxseed, safflower, mustard seed, rapeseed, sesame seed, crambe, dry peas, lentils, small chickpeas and large chickpeas. The ACRE program was created to give producers an option in lieu of traditional counter-cyclical payments. Producers may elect and enroll in ACRE for the 2009 crop year even if they have already accepted advance direct payments under the Direct and Counter-cyclical Program.

FSA will not accept any late-filed applications.

For further information on these programs, contact the Susquehanna County Farm Service Agency at 570-278-1197 Ext: 2 or FSA's Web site at: It is recommended that you call the FSA office to schedule an appointment before your visit.

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Annual Blueberry Festival Scheduled

The 30th Annual Montrose Blueberry Festival will be held Friday, August 7 and Saturday, August 8 on the Village Green and Library Lawn. Cookie Capotosto, Jean Dunn, and Flo Whittaker are chairing the Festival this year, and they're hard at work organizing blueberry food and fun for the celebration. The gorgeous commemorative quilt, made by the Crazy Country Quilters, is currently on display at the Butler's Pantry. This year's pattern is Antique Fans. Chances on the quilt are available now. Festival proceeds support county library services and the county Historical Society.

The White Elephant Sale is accepting donations on Saturday, July 18 and Monday, July 20, from 9 to 11 a.m. on the lower level of the yellow Montrose Motors building on Grow Ave. Items should be clean and in working condition. Please, no clothing, large furniture, electronics, or exercise machines.

The book sale is seeking good-quality used books through Friday, July 31.

As always, volunteers are eagerly sought, as are donations of crafts, preserves, and good used books. For more information call the library at 278-1881 or visit

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Artists To Host “En Plein Air” Paint-Out

Nature is all around us in Susquehanna County and plein air painters capture this beauty while on location in all kinds of weather and in every season of the year. Just what is “en plein air painting?” The meaning of the French phrase is “in the open air.” Monet, Renoir, and Pizzaro completed many of their works en plein air. A genuine plein air painting must be completed 85-90% while outdoors on location. Our local northeastern branch of the Pennsylvania En Plein Air Society is one of the larger divisions of the Society.

Photographs are fine to work with in composing a painting; however, seeing the landscape right in front of you cannot compare to a photo. Colors are more vivid, light sources more exciting, and the challenges of completing a painting in one sitting are present only in this type of artwork. If you observe an artist sitting at an easel along the roadside or in the middle of a field, you will know this is a plein air artist. The challenges of painting en plein air are many - wind, rain, snow, spectators, answering questions - but none detract from the worthwhile experience painting on site offers. Painting on location is one of the best ways to learn how to paint landscapes.

Hill Country Artists and members of the Pennsylvania En Plein Air Society will hold a paint-out on July 17 from 10 to 4 in the farm setting of Rita Eddy’s home near Birchardville. The group will enjoy a covered dish picnic at 1 p.m. All persons interested in art or in joining the group for this paint-out are encouraged to attend. Bring your art supplies, a covered dish, and join in on a day of fun and art. For information and directions, please call Rita Eddy at 570-553-2500.

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Brooklyn Days Events Scheduled
Submitted By Pastor Ralph Christianson

This year beginning at 9 a.m., the 25th of July, the Brooklyn Historical Society is sponsoring “Brooklyn Days.” Residents of the community are encouraged to display sidewalk/yard sales. Games for children will be provided by the Brooklyn Community Club and rides will run from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Carol Brown, a local artist residing in Dimock, will exhibit some of her paintings depicting local scenes of Brooklyn, Montrose and the Endless Mountains. The exhibit will be on display in the sanctuary of the First Universalist Church.

At 2 p.m. the public is invited to attend the meeting of the Brooklyn Historical Society at the Municipal Building. Rev. Ralph Christianson, President, will speak on his recent trip (in May) to the Air War College, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama. Rev. Christianson was among 146 civilians selected from across the country by the Secretary of the Air Force to attend the 56th National Defense Forum.

A sample of the “Welcome To Brooklyn” signs designed by Mike Molenko will be on display. Signs will later be place on the 4 roads leading into Brooklyn.

During the afternoon, the historical society books of schools, lands and homes, along with the Bicentennial Book, maps and other memorabilia will be available for purchase. The latest book entitled “History Of Brooklyn, 1887-2005” is also available.

The society encourages all to come out and see your Brooklyn Township neighbors. The business meeting will be conducted by Rev. Christianson and refreshments will be available.

On Sunday, July 26 at 1 p.m. the Brooklyn School Reunion will be held at the Municipal Building. The meeting will be held after a noon lunch in the building. Members of the Reunion extend a special invitation once again to younger folks who attended the Brooklyn School, encouraging them to become part of the annual event.

For further information on “Brooklyn Days 2009,” call Curtis and Margaret Stone, at 289-4610.

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Business To Host “A Taste Of Summer”

On July 16, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. NEPA Community Health Care will sponsor a food tasting event featuring area premier restaurants and vendors. The event will be held at the Mountain View Plaza in Hallstead, PA. An art exhibit coordinated by the Center and the Friends of Susquehanna County, featuring artists from around the County, will also be on display.

“We invite the public to enjoy a beautiful summer evening by the river filled with fine food and art,” said Terese DeLaPlaine, Executive Director of NEPA Community Health Care. “We are grateful to our supporters and especially our corporate sponsor, Pennstar Bank for making this event possible.”

Tickets are available at the following Pennstar Branches in Susquehanna County: Choconut, Great Bend, Lenox, Montrose, New Milford and Susquehanna.

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Clothing Give Away Scheduled

Romys Place is sponsoring the second annual “Clothing Give Away” on Saturday, July 25, at the Mountain View High School Cafeteria. The clothing give away was very successful last year, furnishing clothes, shoes, coats and book bags to students and families.

The clothing drive hours are from 9:00 - 2:00. Those who have pre-registered, will be receiving items from 9:00 until 12:00. Everyone else will be welcomed to chose from 12:30 until 2:00.

Clothing will range from newborn to adult sizes, and all clothing is in excellent condition. There will be shoes, coats, gloves, hats and accessories as well. Romys Place would like to thank the community for their donations and making this clothing give away a success. For more information visit or call 434 2194.

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