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Senior Menu

Festival Spotlight On Bill Grausgruber
New 4-H Horse Club Forming
Leadership 2020 Starting In October
Festival To Benefit County Charities

Health Care Hero Contest Announced
Tribute To Honor Sarah Bertsch
Farm Bureau To Hold Meeting


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.

FISH & CHIPS, Wed., September 16, 6:00-9:00 p.m. at Kirkwood Elks Lodge. All welcome.

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

PIZZA NIGHT, Thurs., September 17, 5:30-9:00 p.m. at Kirkwood Elks Lodge. Eat in or take out.

MUSIC BY SIZZLE, Thurs., September 17, 6:00-9:00 p.m. at Kirkwood Elks Lodge. All welcome.

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.

DINNER, Fri., September 18, 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Kirkwood Elks Lodge. All welcome.

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.

N.M. ROTARY PARK SALE, September 19, 8:00 a.m. at New Milford Town Park. For donations and pickups, call 756-2133.

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.

TEEN CHALLENGE in song and testimony, September 20, 7:00 p.m. at Body of Christ Church, Starrucca. For info call 396-6331.

September 22

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

September 22

LABYRINTH WALK, September 22, 7:30 p.m. at Self Discovery Wellness Arts Center, Montrose. For info call 570-278-9256. Donation.

WING NIGHT, Tues., September 22, 5:30-9:00 p.m. at Kirkwood Elks Lodge. All welcome.

September 23

AUTHOR’S LUNCHEON to benefit Forest City Library, Wed., September 23, 11:30 a.m. at Stone Bridge Inn. Fee. For info/reservations call 785-5590.

MOMMY & ME STORY TIME, Wed. mornings beginning September 23, 10:30 a.m. at Susquehanna Branch Library. Parent must have valid library card. Register at library.

SPAGHETTI DINNER, Wed., September 23, 5:00-7:00 p.m. at Kirkwood Elks Lodge. All welcome.

September 24

OPEN MIC COUNTRY, Thurs., September 24, 6:30-9:00 p.m. at Kirkwood Elks Lodge. All welcome.

September 25-26

RUMMAGE & BAKE SALE, Fri., September 25, 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. and Sat., September 26, 9:00 a.m. - noon at Franklin Hill Presbyterian Church.

September 26

HARVEST FESTIVAL, September 26, 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. under the tent at Colonial Brick Inn, Great Bend.

BUFFET DINNER, Sat., September 26, 4:30-6:00 p.m. at Gibson U.M. Church. Eat in or take out.

ROAST BEEF SUPPER, Sat., September 26, 5:00 p.m. at Thompson U.M. Church. All welcome.

September 27

PROGRAM, “And the Winner Is?” Sun., September 27, 2:00 p.m. at Salt Springs State Park.

BREAKFAST, Sun., September 27, 8:00-11:00 a.m. at Kirkwood Elks Lodge. All welcome.

SPARK GOSPEL SINGERS, September 27, 6:00 p.m. at First Baptist Church, New Milford.

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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.

Senior Center Menu September 21 - 25

Monday, September 21: chicken cacciatore, spinach salad, white rice, wheat bread, fruit cocktail.

Tuesday, September 22: beef & cabbage casserole, whipped potatoes, sliced carrots, grain bread, molasses cookie.

Wednesday, September 23: beef vegetable soup, picnic burger on wheat roll, roasted potatoes, nectarine.

Thursday, September 24: sausage & peppers, steak roll, pierogies, pickled beets, angel food cake w/berries.

Friday, September 25: Swedish meatballs, egg noodles w/gravy, cut green beans, grain dinner roll, fruit pie.

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Festival Spotlight On Bill Grausgruber
Submitted By Jennifer Lynn Grausgruber

This coming Saturday, at the Harvest of the Arts Festival starting at 10 a.m., area artist Mr. Bill Grausgruber will be recognized with a walking tour of his work in downtown Susquehanna, as well as at the Starrucca House's cocktail reception/auction at 6 p.m. on Sunday the 20th.

Join the short, unguided walking tour through town at the NEPA Health Center and Peoples National Bank, both in the Shoppes Plaza, and on Main Street at the Town Restaurant, Haynes Department Store, and the American Legion Post #86. Many of Bill Grausgruber's original works will be displayed at these locations and prints will be available for purchase at Haynes Department Store. The Starrucca House will also showcase the artwork of other area local artists.

Bill's bio may not be a long one, but he has much to show for it. He taught elementary art in Windsor before moving on to be the Art Director for WSKG from 1963 to 1969. Immediately after he started pulling double duty, teaching High School Art and Continuing Education Art classes until his retirement from Windsor High School in 1999. Ten years later, he still teaches the Continuing Education Art Classes to students of various ages and skill levels.

Through his work, Bill has contributed a great deal to the historical preservation of not only Susquehanna, but also Great Bend, Windsor, NY and other small surrounding areas. During his career, he has accumulated a wall full of ribbons from numerous local art shows, dabbled in painting on motorcycles and pick up trucks, and taken commissions of people, animals, and homes to name a few. His modesty and desire to stay out of the spotlight make his contributions that much more prized to our area. He still takes on commissions, working in acrylics, colored pencil and pastels. Those who would like to commission Mr. Bill Grausgruber for a work, may call him at his home in Windsor, NY at 607-655-2564.

Join the community in honoring Bill Grausgruber at this year's Harvest of the Arts Festival and come for all of the family friendly events as well. Other attractions include a juried arts and crafts show, a youth art show, puppet shows, live music, face painting, balloon artistry, magic and illustrations, scare crow mimes and much more.

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New 4-H Horse Club Forming
Submitted By Susquehanna County Cooperative Extension

Norfolk Heritage Riders is now accepting new 4-H members, ages 8 - 18, for the 2009-2010 year. Norfolk Heritage Equestrian Farm is located just outside of Montrose. “Come join the fun. We’ll be doing lots of riding in our all weather riding facilities. Bring your own horse or use one of ours!” For more info call 570-553-2301, email or visit

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Leadership 2020 Starting In October

The Steering Committee is accepting applications for the upcoming Leadership 2020 class. This will be the eighth leadership development program for Susquehanna County since its inception in fall, 2000.

Currently the numbers who have graduated from Leadership 2020 totals nearly 80 and many of our referrals come from graduates. We are looking for interested individuals for the October 16 and 17 kick-off. This year the format has been changed. After the opening weekend, the series continues once a month on the third Friday starting on November 20 until graduation on May 20, 2010.

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.

Leadership 2020 requires a significant commitment of time and travel within the county and will require homework and other out-of-class preparation. Instructors have been utilizing a newly-developed statewide Penn State Extension leadership curriculum which consists of 36 hours of instruction. Financial arrangements for the program can be made if necessary. Scholarships are available from the United Way to participating agency staff or those wishing to volunteer for the agency as well as from the Annette Senior Scholarship fund.

For an application, or if you have questions on any aspect of the program, please contact one of the Steering Committee members or Joann Kowalski at 278-1158. You can also access the application at Applications are due by September 30 and should be forwarded to Penn State Extension, 31 Public Avenue, Montrose, PA 18801. You can also refer a candidate from the website as well.

Applications will be reviewed by the Leadership 2020 Steering Committee consisting of Glenn Bailey, Sue Abbott, Ray Osburn, Becky Naylor, Bob Welch, Marilyn Haskins, Cheryl Matulevich, and Lori Moore. The committee will select approximately 15 participants for Year VIII.

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. If you’re interested in learning more about the program, please plan to attend. Reservations are required for the event. Please contact Penn State Cooperative Extension at (570) 278-1158 or via e-mail to Joann Kowalski at

Leadership 2020 is sponsored by Penn State Cooperative Extension in partnership and with the support of businesses and community organizations throughout the county. Accommodations will be made for those with disabilities.

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Festival To Benefit County Charities

The Second Annual Harvest Festival, sponsored by the Friends of Susquehanna County, will bring Autumn into focus, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 26, at the Colonial Brick Inn in Great Bend/Hallstead.

Come out for a hunt through the 2nd hand treasures tent. Enjoy great refreshments, including “stuff in a cup," warm mashed potatoes with a choice of toppings. Stock up on apples and cider. For Autumn decorations, a supply of beautiful fall mums, flowering kale, and of course, pumpkins - both regular and little jacks - will be available.

Friends of Susquehanna County, a not for profit organization, is a group of individuals dedicated to helping residents and organizations of Susquehanna County through fund raising for charitable and educational purposes. "Friends" has been in existence for over 12 years. The first five years it was known as Friends of Barnes-Kasson Hospital. During that time the group raised over $50,000. This money met several hospital equipment requests, such as a blood gas exchange machine, and a chapel was established. After the flash flooding of June, 2006, which devastated parts of our county, the remaining money was used to help reestablish the NEPA Community Health Center in the Mountain View Plaza, Hallstead, which was destroyed by flood waters.

Friends has provided a matching fund donation for start-up operations of United Way of Susquehanna County and also established an endowment with the Community Foundation of Susquehanna County.

In 2009 Friends awarded its first scholarship to a High School senior who has assisted Friends of Susquehanna County in our efforts to raise funds and/or has given time and service to assist those in need within the communities.

For information, or to become of a member of the Friends, contact Alice Deutsch at (570) 756-2044, Colleen Wilkes at (570) 853-3448, or Susan Gesford at (570) 278-2908.

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Health Care Hero Contest Announced

Do you know an exceptional high school student that volunteers or works part time in the health care industry? In conjunction with Pennsylvania Health Careers Week November 9-13, the Northern Tier Workforce Investment Board and the Pennsylvania Center for Health Careers is sponsoring the second annual Student Health Care Hero Award for high school students.

This contest honors Pennsylvania students in grades 9 through 12 who are contributing to the health care field through volunteer service or paid part-time work in a health care setting. Nominees are required to have a genuine interest in the field, a commitment to learning, and the desire to pursue a career in health care.

Submission forms are available through high school guidance counselors, school nurses, or by visiting

Nomination requirements include:

Must be a student in grades 9-12 from the Northern Tier Region which includes Bradford, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Tioga, and Wyoming counties (home-schooled students are eligible).

The student must volunteer or work part-time in a health care setting.

Students may be self-nominated or nominated by a third party (employer, school, or organization).

The student must have parental consent if under the age of 18.

Entries must conform to all essay requirements.

The first, second and third place winners will receive $200, $100, $75 Wal-Mart Gift Cards respectively, will be recognized by the Northern Tier Workforce Investment Board and have a chance to compete in the statewide contest.

The deadline is September 28. No late entries will be accepted. For more information contact Sherry Felten, Workforce Program Manager at Northern Tier Regional Planning and Development Commission, 570-265-9103 or toll-free at 888-868-8800 or email

The goal of Health Careers Week is to raise student awareness of the important and rewarding job opportunities in the heath care field.

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Tribute To Honor Sarah Bertsch

On Sunday, October 4, a tribute will be given to honor Sarah S. Bertsch for her more than fifty years of musical involvement in the community of Montrose. This program will be presented at the First Presbyterian Church of Montrose at 3:00 p.m. Todd Robinson will be guest soloist. Several musicians who have been involved with music programs with Mrs. Bertsch during this time have been invited to be a part of this tribute to honor Mrs. Bertsch. A reception will follow. All are welcome.

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Farm Bureau To Hold Meeting

The Susquehanna County Farm Bureau annual fall meeting will be held on Thursday, October 1 at the Montrose Bible Conference dining hall, Lake Ave. A reception will begin at 6:30 p.m., hosted by the Susquehanna County Dairy Princess Court, followed by a buffet dinner at 7:00 p.m. The deadline for reservations is September 25; call Barb Roszel at 278-2433 or Donna Williams at 942-6348 for reservations.

As a grassroots organization, the Bureau will be voting on proposals developed by their Policy Committee. Michael Webb, Wildlife Conservation Officer, has been invited. Election of Board Directors will be part of the business meeting. Join the Bureau for this most important policy resolution meeting, good food and fellowship.

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