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Senior Menu

Conservation District Accepting Nominationst
E.M.S. Council To Conduct Exercise
Endless Mtns. Fiber Festival Scheduled
Information Sessions And Hearing Set

St. Paul’s Plans Jazz Vespers
Family Financial Lessons Offered
Salt Springs Park Plans Celebration


August 26

SPAGHETTI DINNER, Weds., August 26, 5:00-7:00 p.m. at Kirkwood Elks Lodge. All welcome.

August 27

PIZZA NIGHT, Thurs., August 27, 5:30-9:00 p.m. at Kirkwood Elks Lodge. Eat in or take out.

OPEN MIC COUNTRY, Thurs., August 27, 6:30-9:00 p.m. at Kirkwood Elks Lodge. All welcome.

August 28

DINNER, Fri., August 28, 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Kirkwood Elks Lodge. All welcome.

PROGRAM: Music in the Park, The Marin Family Band, Fri., August 28, 7:00 p.m. at Salt Springs Park. Free.

August 29

PROGRAM, educational day for horse lovers, Sat., August 29, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. at Norfolk Heritage Equestrian Center, Montrose. For info call 570-396-3250.

ROAST BEEF SUPPER, Sat., August 29, 5:00 p.m. at Thompson U.M. Church. All welcome.

September 3

CHICKEN & BISCUIT DINNER, September 3, 5:00 p.m. at VFW #6223, Great Bend. Takeouts available. For info call 879-4420.

DEADLINE for vendors to reserve space at Browndale Fire Co. Flea Market is September 3.

September 4

PIE SALE, September 4, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. at South Gibson U.M. Church.

September 4-6

GARAGE & BAKE SALE, September 4-6, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. at St. Martin of Tours Church, Jackson.

September 5

END OF SUMMER CELEBRATION, Sat., September 5 at Thompson U.M. Church.

MEETING, Susquehanna County Pomona Grange #7, September 5, 10:00 a.m. at the Fairdale Grange Hall. Dinner will be served.

SALT SPRINGS CELEBRATION, Sat., September 5, 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. at Salt Springs Park.

GARAGE & BAKE SALE, Sat., September 5 at Thompson U.M. Church.

POLLINATOR-FRIENDLY GARDEN EVENT, Sat., September 5, 9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. at Arlo’s Country Store.

PANCAKE & SAUSAGE BREAKFAST, Sat., September 5, 7:00-11:00 a.m. at East Ararat U.M. Church. All you can eat.

September 5-6

HOAGIE SALE, September 5-6, St. Martin of Tours Church, Jackson. Pick up on Saturday, 5:00-6:00 p.m. & Sunday, 12:00-1:00 p.m. Pre-order only, 756-3047.

September 6

DEADLINE for “No Animal Left Behind” Walk-a-thon in Montrose. Visit for info.

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Senior Center Menu August 24 - 28

Monday, August 24: beef & cabbage casserole, whipped potatoes, sliced carrots, grain bread, molasses cookie.

Tuesday, August 25: beef vegetable soup, picnic burger on wheat bun, roasted potatoes, nectarine.

Wednesday, August 26: sausage & peppers, steak roll, pierogies, pickled beets, angel food cake w/berries.

Thursday, August 27: Swedish meatballs, egg noodles, green beans, dinner roll, fruit pie.

Friday, August 28: pork loin w/gravy, sweet potatoes, Italian vegetable medley, tropical fruit, rye bread.

Senior Center Menu August 31 - September 4

Monday, August 31: orange juice, Salisbury steak, oven browned potatoes, mixed vegetables, chocolate chip applesauce cake, dinner roll.

Tuesday, September 1: dinner salad w/grilled chicken strips, whole wheat roll, Chinese noodles, summer fruit.

Wednesday, September 2: stuffed pepper w/sauce, whipped potatoes, Italian cut green beans, grain bread, pineapple chunks.

Thursday, September 3: ham & Swiss wrap, potato salad, chilled dilled carrots, chunky applesauce.

Friday, September 4: orange pineapple juice, hot dog on wheat roll, corn cobette, macaroni salad, sliced peaches.

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Conservation District Accepting Nominations

Concerned about the water quality and other natural resources is Susquehanna County? You can make a difference by serving as director or associate director for the Susquehanna County Conservation District.

District directors have a direct say in how people in the County deal with many important natural resource issues such as water quality, forestry, agricultural best management practices, and soil erosion. Serving on the conservation district board is an excellent way to make an impact on the future of our natural resources.

Conservation districts in Pennsylvania are subdivisions of State government that manage and direct conservation programs within counties. The Susquehanna county Conservation District is governed by a nine-member board which oversees a staff of nine. District staff work directly with landowners and other citizens to put conservation practices on the land and educate the community on environmental issues and trends.

The District board meets monthly to conduct the business of the district and to coordinate district programs with state and federal agencies and local units of government. Board members are not paid, but may receive compensation for expenses related to attending meetings and other activities of the board.

Individuals interested in serving as a director or associate director for the Susquehanna County Conservation District need to be nominated by an approved nominating organization within the County. For more information, contact the Susquehanna County Conservation District office at 570-278-4600 x280, the County Commissioners’ office at 570-278-4600 x100, or the State Conservation Commission office in Harrisburg at 717-787-8821.

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E.M.S. Council To Conduct Exercise

On Saturday, August 29, the Bradford Susquehanna Emergency Medical Services Council will conduct an emergency preparedness exercise at locations in Bradford and Susquehanna Counties. “This exercise is designed to help foster a greater understanding of risks and identify planning deficiencies, update plans, training of first responders, and stimulate and test the response system for strengths and needed improvements,” said Jim Vajda, Emergency Management Coordinator for Bradford County.

The “Shattered Shale” exercise scenario will involve a simulated mass casualty event in the region. “This exercise is grant funded through the Pennsylvania Department of Health and is built upon a previous regional exercise conducted last year,” said Chuck Bement, Bradford Susquehanna EMS Council Regional Director.

This exercise has been named "Shattered Shale" due to the involvement of gas drilling companies in this exercise. Fortuna Energy will be present at the Bradford County exercise site on the day of the exercise. The exercise components will consist of a mass casualty incident, hazardous materials management, and decontamination operations. The exercise will involve approximately 30 victims, some of which will be transported to local hospitals for “treatment” by emergency department staff at a hospital in both counties. A few victims will be taken from the scene by ambulance or helicopter.

Charlene Moser, Emergency Management Coordinator for Susquehanna County, stated, "This should prove to be a very successful exercise because so many different entities are participating together.”

This exercise is the culmination of months of planning and preparation by several other organizations including: Cocciardi and Associates, Inc., Bradford County Emergency Management, Susquehanna County Emergency Management, Robert Packer Hospital, Bradford County Coroner, Susquehanna County Coroner, and Tioga County (New York) HAZMAT Team, among many others.

The Bradford Susquehanna E.M.S. Council is a not-for-profit entity established under the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania legislation to act as a local regulatory body that assists the Department of Health with local EMS organizations throughout the Bradford Susquehanna county EMS region.

Cocciardi and Associates, Inc., is a consulting company with expertise in the Emergency Preparedness field. Cocciardi provides emergency planning, training, and continuity of services programs for many private and public sector clients throughout Pennsylvania.

For more information on this exercise, contact Chuck Bement, at (570) 882-6390 or

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Endless Mtns. Fiber Festival Scheduled

You won’t want to miss out on all the fun and activities planned for the Endless Mountains Fiber Festival September 12 and 13 at the Harford Fairgrounds.

The sixth annual fiber and fiber-related festival is an event for the whole family and will showcase a variety of interesting and educational displays including raw and processed fibers, yarn, clothing, spinning and weaving supplies, fiber arts and crafts, sheep skin products, and more. This is a great opportunity to see and learn about sheep, llama, alpacas and rabbits.

Planned activities throughout the two-day event include educational talks and demonstrations including Angora rabbits, spinning, sheep shearing, English wool combs and felting. The kids will enjoy watching the Border collie demonstration both days.

Vendors from throughout Pennsylvania and the Northeastern United States will have available everything from hand spun yarn, fibers, fiber crafts, and hats, to spinning equipment, antiques related to the fiber industry, and hand-woven clothing. Food and refreshments will be available as well.

The festival is open Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There is no charge for children 12 and under.

For more information, visit or call Tammy at 570-869-2692.

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Information Sessions And Hearing Set

For nearly three years, representatives of Thompson and Uniondale Boroughs and Ararat, Gibson, Herrick and Thompson Townships have worked together as the Eastern Susquehanna County Partnership to prepare a zoning ordinance tailored to their communities. Residents of these communities are now invited and urged to attend informational meetings and the public hearing on the proposed ordinance.

Two public informational meetings will be held on Saturday, August 29 as follows: 10 a.m. to noon at the South Gibson United Methodist Church; 2 to 4 p.m. at the Thompson Fire Hall.

The public hearing will he held at the South Gibson United Methodist Church on Saturday, September 19 starting at 10 a.m.

The members of the Partnership had collaborated earlier in the preparation of a multi-municipal comprehensive plan that was adopted in November, 2005. This plan identified the demographic and other growth forces likely to impact them all in the next decade and beyond. It raised the question: what steps should be taken now to protect and improve their communities in the face of the coming changes? It was decided that a zoning ordinance would provide the most flexible framework to keep, protect and preserve the best features and qualities of the six communities.

All sessions will feature a discussion of what zoning is and is not and an explanation of the detailed zoning regulations being proposed. Key portions of the proposed ordinance will be available in written form at all sessions. Available to answer your questions will be Matt Sauers from GannettFleming, the Partnership’s consultants, plus many and possibly all of the representatives from the six municipalities who prepared the ordinance.

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St. Paul’s Plans Jazz Vespers

On Sunday, September, 13 the Ecumenical Vespers service will celebrate its first year anniversary. The community-wide service is held at 5:00 p.m. on the second Sunday of each month at St. Paul’s Church, which is located at the corner of Chestnut and Church Streets, Montrose. In observance of the anniversary, a jazz vespers is planned featuring Joe Weldon on keyboard, Chuck Pirone on drums, John Stellabat on bass, Jim Welch on trumpet and Bob Gates, saxophonist. Jazz vespers was designed in 1961 in New York City at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church by the late Reverend John Garcia Gensel for those musicians who couldn’t make it to Sunday morning services after playing late Saturday night gigs.

Alisoun Bertsch will be the welcomer, and Doug and Gail Overfield will be greeters. A light supper will be served in the Parish House following the service.

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Family Financial Lessons Offered

Do your children think that money falls from the sky? Or the ATM machine? Or just your wallet? Do you ever wish there was a way to teach them about the value of money - and refresh your skills as well? Then, start them early with a new family financial program offered by Penn State Extension of Susquehanna County.

“Right on the Money” is a program that uses fun, age-appropriate children’s books to introduce kids to key financial concepts and provides parents with tools to reinforce their own financial knowledge as well as help their children build sound money management skills.

“Nearly 75% of parents feel they are unprepared to teach their kids about basic personal finances,” said Jan Cohen, Family Resiliency Educator. “This program helps parents strengthen their financial skills. It also gives them creative ideas and helps them feel more comfortable teaching positive money management skills to their children. And frankly, it’s a lot of fun!”

Right on the Money was developed through a partnership between the Penn State Cooperative Extension, the Heinz Endowments, and the Pennsylvania Office of Financial Education to create an easy-to-use curriculum for teachers, librarians, and other community members who are interested in providing financial education to children ages 5-7 and their parents.

The four-part program will be held Thursdays, September 17 and 24, October 1 and 8, from 4:30 - 6:00 p.m., at the Susquehanna County Literacy Office, New Milford. A light supper will be served. There is no fee for this class, but pre-registration is required by September 11. Each participating family will receive four free children’s books, as well as several money management tools to take home!

For more information or to register for this program, call the Penn State Cooperative Extension office at 278-1158 or e-mail

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Salt Springs Park Plans Celebration

The seventh annual Salt Springs Celebration planned for Sept. 5 at Salt Springs Park will host its usual renown collection of music makers. And the time honored setting for a full afternoon of great sound is the porch of the historic Wheaton House at Salt Springs State Park.

"Tom and Marie" take the stage at noon, on Saturday. With Marie Shaver on acoustic bass guitar and Tom Quigley on acoustic guitar and vocals, this duet plays a selection of rock, country, bluegrass, folk, and blues. Tom and Marie are also members of the folk/bluegrass band "Susquehanna River Basin Band," and bluegrass bands "Grassanova" and "Square Deal." In addition, Tom is a member of two contra dance bands - "Wild Rose" and" The Brackney String Band."

Following at 1 p.m., is “Fine Companions," a Binghamton-based English country dance band comprised of Charlene Thomson, piano, autoharp, accordion; Lee Shepherd, fiddle/piano; Julian Shepherd, cello; and Cheryl Spiese, flute and percussion. They perform traditional music created for English dancing from the 1600s to the present, and feature original music by Charlene. The band plays for dances, fairs, festivals, fund-raisers and weddings throughout New York State - and most recently made their international debut in Ottawa at the “In May, We Dance” weekend.

At 2 p.m., Greg Connors will show why he has been making music in supporting slots for national as well as local acts in both Atlanta and New York City. He has awakened audiences for the likes of John Mayer, Joseph Arthur, Cat Power, Smoke, Songs; Ohia, Palace Brothers, and Vic Chesnutt. A great songwriter, Greg Connors' words find the silent space in between emotion, the typically indescribable places where you’re left on your own to dance with the shadows. And, he's just really very funny.

Brian Wahl and the Ring of Fire, a band from Binghamton will start at 3 p.m., playing the finest in rock and other genres ranging from bluegrass to reggae. They add their own unique style, which they like to call "Chicken Shack Rock." The Ring of Fire consists of Brian Wahl on lead guitar, Mark Breno on banjo and rhythm guitar, Wally Webster on drums and David Webster on bass. Music coordinator Sandy Babuka notes, "These four bands have been with us for years...they love to play for us and donate their time and talents to the benefit of the park."

"Psychedelic Irish" was created in a small milk house in early 2006. Blending their different styles, founding members Seamus O'Ceallaigh and Aidan Conklin developed an original style of music. With a life in tune with nature, their 3-Cow Farm merged with another, Mystic Grove Sanctuary, and from there it only gets more interesting. Visit the Wheaton House Porch at 4 p.m., to experience the music of Seamus O'Ceallaigh on guitar, lead vocals, mandolin, and tin whistles; and Aiden Conklin on guitar, vocals and piano.

To learn more, visit

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