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Senior Menu

Harvest Moon Festival Scheduled
Lakeside Players Fall Production Scheduled
AAA To Host Medicare Information Session
Event To Honor Rural Heritage

Grant Applications Now Available
Library To Host Appraisal Night
Library To Host Author Luncheon


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.

PIZZA NIGHT, Thurs., September 24, 5:30-9:00 p.m. at Kirkwood Elks Lodge. Eat in or take out.

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 25

DINNER, Fri., September 25, 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Kirkwood Elks Lodge. All welcome.

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.

September 29

WING NIGHT, Tues., September 29, 5:30-9:00 p.m. at Kirkwood Elks Lodge. All welcome.

September 30-October 3

RUMMAGE SALE, September 30-October 2, 9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. & October 3, 9:30 a.m. - noon.

October 3

HARVEST DINNER, October 3, 3:00-7:00 p.m. at South Gibson U.M. Church. Eat in or take out. All welcome.

BOOK SALE, Sat., October 3, 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. at Soldier’s Orphan School.

HARVEST DINNER & BAZAAR, October 3, 4:00 p.m. at First Universalist Church, Brooklyn.

FAMILY EVENT, Honoring our Rural Heritage, Sat., October 3, noon-3:00 p.m. at Salt Springs State Park. Free. For info call 570-278-1881.

PANCAKE & SAUSAGE BREAKFAST, Sat., October 3, 7:00-11:00 a.m. at East Ararat U.M. Church. All you can eat.

October 5

MEETING of the North Jackson Cemetery Association, Mon., October 5, 7:00 p.m. at North Jackson U.M. Church.

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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.

Senior Center Menu September 28 - October 2

Monday, September 28: boneless pork loin, sweet potatoes, Italian medley vegetables, tropical fruit, rye bread.

Tuesday, September 29: orange juice, Salisbury steak w/gravy, oven brown potatoes, mixed vegetables, chocolate chip applesauce cake, dinner roll.

Wednesday, September 30: dinner salad with grilled chicken strips, ww dinner roll, Chinese noodles, summer fruit.

Thursday, October 1: bowtie pasta w/chicken and broccoli, garden salad, Italian bread, baked apple.

Friday, October 2: baked pork chop, mashed sweet potatoes, chilled red cabbage, rye bread, stuffing, tropical fruit.

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Harvest Moon Festival Scheduled

The Harvest Moon Festival will be held on the grounds of the Holy Name of Mary Church on Columbus Day weekend, on October 9 and 10. It will take place from noon until 9 p.m.

The Harvest Moon Festival honors our community’s agricultural and ethnic heritage with the presentation of a variety of foods including dishes from Italy, Poland, Germany, the Slavic countries, Greece and, of course, all American favorites. Visitors will satisfy an appetite piqued by the crisp autumn air by feasting on pierogies, stuffed grape leaves, pasta, and hot dogs/hamburgers, just to name a few of the many dishes to be served.

The Festival will feature diverse musical entertainment by local favorites including the Endless Mountain Trio, Bluestone Mountain Boys, Joe Weldon and other local favorites.

In addition to food and music, there will be games, beverages and activities for children.

Rev. Father Gerald F. Safko, pastor of Holy Name of Mary in Montrose, expects a great turnout. The committee has been working diligently for many months. He anticipates that the Harvest Moon Festival will become an annual event.

There will be a raffle on a quilt custom designed by local residents. It was also pieced locally using fabrics reflecting the spectacular fall colors of the Endless Mountains each autumn. The quilt is already on display in various locations in the Montrose area. The drawing will take place on Saturday, October 10 at the festival.

Though the committee expects fine weather on this weekend, the festival will be held rain, snow, or shine!

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Lakeside Players Fall Production Scheduled

A mild-mannered philosophy professor is driven to murder to protect his reputation and career in The Lakeside Players’ fall production, “Cliffhanger.”

The ingeniously plotted mystery/thriller by James Yaffe will open on Friday, September 25, at Lakeville Community Hall, Lakeville, and continue on September 26 and 27 and October 9, 10 and 11. Friday and Saturday shows are at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday matinees are at 3 p.m.

Pictured on the set of “Cliffhanger” are (l-r): front - Artie Wehrhahn (Henry Lowenthal) and Veronica Deisler (Polly Lowenthal); back - Roxan Schwartz (Edith Wilshire), Frank DeSando (Lt. Dave DeVito), Kelly Ann Walsh (Melanie McMullen).

The show tells the story of Henry Lowenthal, a philosophy professor looking forward to being appointed to an endowed chair so he and his wife can enjoy their golden years with honor and dignity. Their plans are thwarted when a vindictive and ambitious colleague informs Henry she’s not recommending him for the chair. This prompts the usually gentle professor to resort to murder. As Henry and his wife plot a foolproof way to dispose of the body, complications arise in the form of a sinister young student. Add a suspicious police lieutenant and you have all the ingredients for a series of suspenseful and startling developments, leading to an ending that will catch everyone by surprise.

“Cliffhanger” stars Artie Wehrhahn as Henry Lowenthal, Veronica Deisler as Polly Lowenthal, Kelly Ann Walsh as Melanie McMullen, Frank DeSando as Lt. Dave DeVito, and Roxan Schwartz as Edith Wilshire. Roxan Schwartz is also directing.

Founded in 1999, The Lakeside Players have been performing every spring and fall at Lakeville Community Hall for 10 years. They also perform full-length plays and audience participation murder mysteries at area restaurants and banquet facilities. Their murder mysteries, penned by Tony Schwartz and Marylou Ambrose, are sold online and have been performed in the United States, Canada, and England.

The Lakeside Players are also recipients of numerous awards for acting and directing from the Northeastern Pennsylvania Theatrical Alliance (NEPTA). In April, they received several trophies, including Best Comedy, Best Director, Best One-Act, and Best Actress and Actor in a Comedy for their 2008 hits, “Fawlty Towers,” “The Housekeeper,” and “If Men Played Cards as Women Do.”

For more information on The Lakeside Players, visit

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AAA To Host Medicare Information Sessions

Each year Medicare beneficiaries have the opportunity to review their current health and prescription drug coverage and decide if they need to make changes or stay with their current plan. Medicare beneficiaries are not obligated to make changes with their existing plans if they are satisfied with their current plan and their plan is meeting their need.

The Area Agency on Aging Apprise Program will host a series of public information sessions to explain a basic overview of Medicare and the differences in Medicare Plans. The Public Information Sessions will be held at the following locations:

Lanesboro Sr. Center, Tues., September 29, 12:45 p.m.; Warren Center Sr. Center, Tuesday, October 13, 10:45 a.m.; Wyalusing Sr. Center, Wed., October 14, 1:00 p.m.; Montrose Sr. Center, Wed., October 28, 1:00 p.m.; Forest City Sr. Center, Mon., November 2, 12:30 p.m.; Lawton Sr. Center, Fri., November 6, 11:00 a.m.

For more information on the Public Information Sessions, contact the Area Agency On Aging, Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. at 1-800-982-4346 (toll free) or (570) 265-6121 (locally).

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Event To Honor Rural Heritage

As part of the one county/one book program Susquehanna County Reads “My Àntonia,” a free family event is being held at Salt Springs State Park on Saturday, October 3, from noon to 3 p.m. Meet barn animals, experiment with antique farming tools from the John McKeage collection, enjoy refreshments, play traditional games like horseshoes and sack races, and have fun. Don't miss the "Whatsit" table - play by guessing what these mysterious implements are for. The Fairdale Grange will have a Grange Room display, where you can learn about this historic agricultural organization. Explore the Wheaton House and see what treasures Salt Springs State Park has to offer.

This is the third year for Susquehanna County Reads. 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.” For a small registration fee, adults get free admission to all programs and their own copy of the book; under 18, registration is free (no book). You can register at any library in the county or at the Literacy office. 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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Grant Applications Now Available

HARRISBURG - State Rep. Sandra Major (R-Susquehanna/Wayne/Wyoming) is encouraging local volunteer fire departments and volunteer ambulance services to apply for state grants through the Office of the State Fire Commissioner.

Last year several area fire and ambulance organizations received funding from the program, which was created by the General Assembly as Act 10 of 2007. The program is funded through state gaming proceeds.

The grants may be used for construction or renovation of a unit's station, the purchase or repair of equipment, training or debt reduction. The maximum grant amount is $15,000 for volunteer fire companies and $10,000 for volunteer ambulance services. A total of $25 million will be awarded through the program.

Applications are available online from the Office of the State Fire Commissioner. Online applications will only be accepted through Oct. 23.

For more information, visit Major's site at and click on "Fire and Ambulance Grants."

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Library To Host Appraisal Night

Are you a fan of Antiques Roadshow? Here's your chance to participate in a similarly entertaining and informative event! An Antiques Appraisal Night is being hosted by the Susquehanna County Historical Society on Thursday, October 15. It will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. in the parish house of St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Montrose PA. Proceeds will benefit the Susquehanna County Historical Society & Free Library Association.

As in past years, the appraiser will be the popular Mr. Richard Axtell of Axtell Antiques in Deposit, New York. Mr. Axtell owns and operates Axtell Antiques, which buys and sells museum quality 18th and 19th century American furniture and accessories. He has assisted several museums in furnishing and appraising their contents, has received historical preservation awards, and is a charter member of He will appraise items in random order.

Tickets for this informative and entertaining event are on sale now. The first 100 tickets are each good for the appraisal of one item; 20 more will be sold for observers. Tickets may be purchased at the library in Montrose. A ticket is needed in order to attend. Items (no firearms, coins, stamps, or jewelry) should be brought to the church between 5:45 and 6:45 p.m. No tickets will be sold at the door. Call 570-278-1881 for more information.

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Library To Host Author Luncheon

The Susquehanna County Library Friends are sponsoring a first annual Local Author's Luncheon in Montrose to benefit the Susquehanna County Library. It will be held on Wednesday, October 14, at the Inn at Montrose. The guest is Karen Blomain (pictured above), author of “A Trick of Light” (available at your local library, although there may be a waiting list). Ms. Blomain teaches creative writing at Kutztown University and is also a published poet, story writer, and essayist. Screen rights to her novel have been sold, and she's working on a second novel.

Hospitality starts at 11 a.m., a buffet luncheon at noon, and the speaker will start at 1 p.m. The signup deadline is October 7. For more information, please call the Gladys Bennett at 570-278-3106 or the Main Library at 570-278-1881.

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