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Senior Menu

Mommy & Me Story Time
Mt. View Garden Club Update
Leadership 2020 To Host Open House
Susquehanna Co. Reads My Àntonia

Yaw To Host Constituent Outreaches
Ceremony To Honor Lives Lost On 9/11
RESCUE To Host Public Meeting
Hearing Postponed


September 9

RUEBEN SANDWICHES, Wed., September 9, 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Kirkwood Elks Lodge. All welcome.

September 10

EVENING OF PRAYER, Thurs., September 10, 7:00 p.m. at St. John the Evangelist, Susquehanna.

PIZZA NIGHT, Thurs., September 10, 5:30-9:00 p.m. at Kirkwood Elks Lodge. Eat in or take out.

OPEN MIC COUNTRY, Thurs., September 10, 6:30-9:00 p.m. at Kirkwood Elks Lodge. All welcome.

September 11

SPAGHETTI SUPPER, Fri., September 11, 4:00-7:00 p.m. at Lawsville Grange Hall.

DINNER, Fri., September 11, 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Kirkwood Elks Lodge. All welcome.

CHARISMATIC MASS, Fri., September 11, 6:00 p.m. at St. Martin of Tours, Jackson.

September 11-13

COMEDY, No Sex Please, We’re British, September 11 & 12, curtain 8:00 p.m. and September 13, curtain 3:00 p.m. at the Music Box Dinner Playhouse, Swoyersville. For info call 283-2195.

September 12

PANCAKE SUPPER, Sat., September 12, 5:00-7:00 p.m. at Franklin Hill Presbyterian Comm. Building. All you can eat.

BOOK SALE, Sat., September 12, 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. at Soldier’s Orphan School, Orphan School Rd.

September 13

WALK-A-THON, No Animal Left Behind, September 13, 12:00-3:00 p.m. on Rail Trail System, Montrose. For info visit

NICHOLSON BRIDGE DAY, September 13, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. on Main Street, Nicholson. For info call 570-942-4443.

IRISH FESTIVAL, Sun., September 13, mass 11:00 a.m., festival 12:00-7:30 p.m. at St. Francis Church grounds, Friendsville.

September 15

PRACTICE, Sporter Rifle League, September 15 at Hallstead-Great Bend Rod & Gun Club.

WING NIGHT, Tues., September 15, 5:30-9:00 p.m. at Kirkwood Elks Lodge. All welcome.

September 15-16

AUDITIONS, The Rocky Horror Show, September 15-16, 7:00 p.m. at the Music Box Dinner Playhouse, Swoyersville. Ages 18 and older. For info call 283-2195.

September 16

REGISTRATION DEADLINE for Intermediate Computer Class sponsored by Area Agency on Aging, September 16. Class dates, September 22, 24 & 29. Free. For info call 1-800-982-4346.

REGISTRATION DEADLINE for Digital Photo Class sponsored by Area Agency on Aging, September 16. Class dates, October 1, 6 & 8. Free. For info call 1-800-982-4346.

DINNER, Wed., September 16, 4:00-6:00 p.m. at Clifford U.M. Church. Eat in or take out.

MEETING on Gas Drilling, Wed., September 16, 7:00 p.m. at Forest City High School. Free.

September 17-20

COMEDY, No Sex Please, We’re British, September 17-19, curtain 8:00 p.m. & September 20, curtain 3:00 p.m. at Music Box Dinner Playhouse, Swoyersville. For info call 283-2195.

September 18

SPAGHETTI SUPPER, September 18 at the Hallstead-Great Bend Rod & Gun Club.

OLD TIME FIDDLERS, September 18, 8:00 p.m. at the Brooklyn U.M Church. Under 12 free.

MEETING, Calligrapher’s Guild of NEPA, Fri., September 18, 7:30 p.m. at Marywood University, Shields Center for Visual Arts Room 225. For info call 570-542-5416.

September 18-20

COMEDY MYSTERY, The Maltese Bodkin, September 18-19, 7:00 p.m. & September 20, 3:00 p.m. at St. Paul’s Church, Montrose.

September 19

BINGO, Sat., September 19, doors 5:00 p.m., play 7:00 p.m. at American Legion Post 357, Hallstead. For info call 570-879-4277.

GOOD NEWS LUNCH, Sat., September 19, noon at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, New Milford. Free.

CHICKEN & BISCUIT DINNER, Sat., September 19, 5:00 p.m. at Ararat U.M. Church. All welcome.

CHICKEN BBQ & BAKE SALE, Sat., September 19, 12:00 p.m. at Kirkwood Elks Lodge. All welcome.

BINGO, Sat., September 19, 7:00 p.m. at Blue Ridge Sportsmen’s Club, New Milford.

September 20

PANCAKE BREAKFAST, Sun., September 20, 7:00-11:00 a.m. at Blue Ridge Sportsmen’s Club, New Milford.

September 22

SPORTER RIFLE LEAGUE at Hallstead-Great Bend Rod & Gun Club, begins September 22.

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Senior Center Menu September 7 - 11

Monday, September 7: center is closed for Labor Day.

Tuesday, September 8: roast beef w/gravy, mashed potatoes, peas, fruited jello, honey dew melon wedge, wheat bread.

Wednesday, September 9: baked Pollock, scalloped potatoes, steamed carrot coins, wheat bread, saltine crackers, sherbet.

Thursday, September 10: cranberry juice cocktail, chicken salad on Kaiser roll, garden salad, chocolate chip cookie.

Friday, September 11: pork bbq, macaroni & cheese, pickled cabbage, wheat dinner roll, chilled pears.

Senior Center Menu September 14 - 18

Monday, September 14: meatloaf w/tomato gravy, whipped potatoes, peas & carrots, grain bread, tapioca pudding.

Tuesday, September 15: spaghetti & meatballs, tossed salad, Italian bread, watermelon.

Wednesday, September 16: cranberry juice cocktail, baked chicken breast, baked sweet potato, green beans, wheat bread.

Thursday, September 17: deviled ham, rainbow pasta salad, rye bread, oatmeal raisin cookie.

Friday, September 18: beef bbq, macaroni & cheese, pickled cabbage, dinner roll, chilled pears.

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Mommy & Me Story Time

The Susquehanna Branch Library will be hosting a Mommy & Me Story Time for children 2+ years of age, on Wednesday mornings at 10:30 a.m., beginning September 23. Parents must have a valid library card to register their child. Registration begins immediately at the library.

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Mt. View Garden Club Update

The Mountain View Garden Club meeting will be held on September 15 at the Clifford Twp. Fire Hall beginning at 7:00 p.m. Sharon Ward, Master Gardener will present a program on growing hydrangeas. The public is invited to attend.

A slate of officers will be presented and election of officers will take place at the annual meeting in October. Members are reminded that dues are to be paid in October.

The annual Harvest Dance will be held on October 24 at the Clifford Fire Hall. If you’re not a dancer the chicken BBQ by the Clifford Fire Company is delicious and the music is fun to listen to! The public is invited to attend. For information, contact Donna at or JoAnn at

Fall clean up at the cemetery and welcome sign was recently completed. Thank you to all the volunteers. The Club will be cleaning up flowerbeds at the Veterans Memorial and Fire Hall in the near future. Volunteers are welcome to help with these upcoming projects.

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Leadership 2020 To Host Open House

The steering committee for Leadership 2020 is pleased to invite interested individuals, businesses and organizations to an open house on Tuesday, September 22. The event will be held from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. at The Summit Restaurant in New Milford.

The event will provide an opportunity for those interested in the leadership development program to learn more about it as well as network with alumni and steering committee members.

Leadership 2020 is a comprehensive leadership development program open to anyone living and/or working in Susquehanna County. Public officials, business people; staff, volunteers and board members of non-profit agencies and service clubs, and anyone who wants to make a difference in their community or develop their personal leadership potential is encouraged to apply.

Reservations are required for the event. Please contact Penn State Cooperative Extension at (570) 278-1158 or via e-mail to Joann Kowalski at

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Susquehanna Co. Reads My Àntonia

Thanks to a Pennsylvania Humanities Council grant, another One Book/One County program is coming to Susquehanna County in October. The book, chosen by a poll of last year’s participants, is Willa Cather's classic of the immigrant experience and our agricultural heritage, “My Àntonia.”

Residents of Susquehanna County can register and get their own copy of the book starting Monday, September 14, at any county library. Major events scheduled include honoring our rural heritage, a family event to be held at Salt Springs State Park on Saturday, October 3 from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.; a showing of the TV movie version at 7 p.m. on Friday, October 9 in the hall of St. Paul's, Montrose; a woman's history walk around Montrose at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, October 11; demonstrations of traditional crafts on Monday, October 12, from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. at St. Paul's, followed that evening at 7 p.m. by a presentation of traditional craft photographer Sally Grotta, "Pennsylvania Hands;" and a barn bash party at a historic barn in Silver Lake on Saturday, October 17, from 1 - 3 p.m. A panel book discussion will be held in New Milford at St. Mark's hall, date to be announced. Susquehanna County Reads is a joint program of the Susquehanna County Historical Society & Free Library Association and the Susquehanna County Literacy Program. For more information, visit

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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, September 11 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 at 1-800-443-5772 with questions and concerns.

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Ceremony To Honor Lives Lost On 9/11

As the eighth anniversary of September 11, 2001 approaches, plans for a remembrance ceremony are being made. On Friday, September 11, a ceremony will take place to honor those who lost their lives on 9/11. The ceremony will begin at 6:00 p.m. at Spirit of 9/11 Danny Crisman Memorial Park, South Montrose.

Through prayer, music and the insight of select guest speaker, Jason J. Legg, District Attorney of Susquehanna County, the lives of those lost on that fateful day will be remembered. The lives of our troops lost in the "War On Terror," both in Iraq and Afghanistan, will also be remembered. By gathering together each year, the community can continue to renew their commitment to the values of hope, tolerance and perseverance.

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RESCUE To Host Public Meeting

Wayne/Susquehanna R.E.S.C.U.E. will host a Public Meting on Wednesday, Sept. 16, 7 p.m. at the Forest City High School Auditorium. The topic is “Gas Exploration and Our Drinking Water: Can We Develop One Resource without Endangering the Other?”

Two Regional Managers of the Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) Oil and Gas Management will be among the panel of speakers to discuss and answer questions on how state regulations protect our drinking and river waters. Mr. Craig Lobins, DEP Northwest Regional Manager for the Oil and Gas Program, will specifically address DEP’s drilling requirements that the gas companies have to follow. Mr. Lobins’ office in Meadville is responsible for issuing the gas drilling permits for 27 counties, the entire northern half of Pennsylvania, including Susquehanna and Wayne Counties. Craig Lobins is a licensed professional geologist with 23 years of service with DEP, the last 6 years as the Oil and Gas Regional Manager. Prior to his current assignment, Mr. Lobins was the Regional Manager for DEP’s Environmental Clean-up Program. Mr. Lobins also attends and provides valuable input to the State Technical Advisory Board Meetings, which evaluates the regulations and policies governing the oil and gas industry.

Ms. Jennifer Means, is the Regional Manager of the Northcentral Office for Oil and Gas Management, located in Williamsport. While this office is fairly new, Ms. Means has worked for DEP for 17 years in other capacities protecting water quality. The Williamsport Office is responsible for the monitoring and compliance of the gas wells, including the inspections. Her department also has a role in reviewing and approving water withdrawals for Marcellus Shale development. Mr. Lobins and Ms. Means are the principal government officials we have protecting our water quality.

Bryan Swistock, Water Resource Extension Specialist, Penn State Cooperative, will focus on the gas drilling process, pollutants in the waste fluids, current regulations to protect groundwater supplies, and strategies homeowners can use to protect their drinking water supply in areas where drilling activity is occurring.

Mr. Swistock performs research in the School of Forest Resources at Penn State University. He has a B.S. in Environmental Health from IUP and a M.S. in Environmental Pollution Control from Penn State University. For the past 22 years, he has conducted research and extension programs on water resources issues related to drinking water, lake and watershed management, water conservation, climate change, and land use impacts.

This meeting affords the public the opportunity to learn about current drilling activities in Susquehanna County and the regulations that guide those activities. A microphone will be set up in the aisle so the public can ask questions and/or express their concerns to this panel of experts. There is no charge for this event.

For more info call 570-278-4494, or 570-798-2530 or visit our web site at

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Hearing Postponed

At the request of a number of persons at the well-attended informational sessions on August 29 on their proposed regional zoning ordinance, representatives of Thompson and Uniondale Boroughs and Ararat, Gibson, Herrick and Uniondale Townships, decided to postpone the September 19 public hearing to allow more time for public comment.

Residents and property owners in these municipalities may make verbal comments on the proposed ordinance in person at the Zoning Advisory Committee meeting in the Ararat Township Building starting at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, September 16. To make certain the Committee fully understands the intent of your comments when it makes final revisions to the ordinance, please also try to submit oral testimony in writing.

To submit comments in writing only, please mail/email these to: Diane Sabatelli, Secretary, ESCP, P.O. Box 124, Thompson, PA 18465, dsab220

Copies of the complete ordinance are available at your township or borough building or online at This site also allows you to make comments online.

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