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Senior Menu

Foliage Bus Tour Planned
Concert To Benefit Kayla Supancik
Christ Episcopal To Host Blessing Of Pets
Conservation District Celebrates 62 years

Holy Name Of Mary Eucharistic Adoration
Legion Offers Coats For The Community
Nature Walk: Trees Of The Northeast
PIC Announces Upcoming Events
St. Paul’s Store Back Another Season
St. Paul’s To Hold Vespers Service


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 1

CHICK & BISCUIT DINNER sponsored by Ladies Aux. VFW Post 6223, Great Bend, Thurs., October 1, 5:00 p.m. Eat in or take out.

PIZZA NIGHT, Thurs., October 1, 5:30-9:00 p.m. at Kirkwood Elks Lodge. Eat in or take out.

OPEN MIC COUNTRY, Thurs., October 1, 6:30-9:00 p.m. at Kirkwood Elks Lodge. All welcome.

October 1-3

RUMMAGE & BAKE SALE, Thurs., October 1, 12:00-4:00 p.m., Fri., October 2, 9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. and Sat., October 3, 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. at Lanesboro Comm. Center. Sponsored by Lanesboro Comm. Church.

October 2

CONCERT, Endless Mountains Children’s Choir to benefit Kayla Supancik, Fri., October 2, 7:30 p.m. at Mountain View High School. Donation.

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.

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AWARENESS WALK, October 3, 10:00 a.m. at the U.M. Church in Montrose. Sponsored by WRC and Alliance of Faith and Advocacy. For info call WRC, 1-800-257-5765.

October 3-4

CIVIL WAR DAYS, Sat. & Sun., October 3 & 4, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. at Old Mill Village Museum. Under 12 free. For info call 434-3353.

October 5

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

October 6

WING NIGHT, Tues., October 6, 5:30-9:00 p.m. at Kirkwood Elks Lodge. All welcome.

October 6-8

FREE COATS, October 6-8, 10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. daily at St. Mark’s Church, New Milford. Open to anyone needing a warm coat.

October 7

SUSQ. CO. LITTLE LEAGUE BOARD OF DIRECTORS’ ELECTIONS, October 7, 6:30 p.m. at Ladies Auxiliary Hall, Lawton. For info call 570-934-2450.

October 8

SERVSAFE CERTIFICATION COURSE, Thurs., October 8, 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. at the University of Scranton. Register by October 1, call 800-829-7232.

October 9

MOVIE, “My Antonia,” Fri., October 9, 7:00 p.m. at St. Paul’s Church, Montrose. Free for Susquehanna Co. Reads, one-county one-book participants. For info call 278-1881.

DINNER, Fri., October 9, 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Kirkwood Elks Lodge. All welcome.

October 9-10

HARVEST MOON FESTIVAL, Fri. & Sat., October 9 & 10, 12:00-9:00 p.m. at Holy Name of Mary Parish Grounds, Montrose.

October 10

ART EXHIBIT, Martin’s Creek Artists, October 10, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. at U.M. Church on State St., Nicholson. For info call 942-6995.

October 10-11

LABYRINTH WALK, October 10 & 11, 1:00-3:00 p.m. at Self Discovery Wellness Arts Center, Montrose. For info call 278-9256.

OPEN HOUSE, renovated Hoover School, Sat. & Sun., October 10 & 11, 1:00-4:00 p.m. at the Hoover School, between Dundaff and W. Clifford. For info call 679-2870.

October 11

WOMEN’S HISTORY WALK, Sun., October 11, 1:30 p.m. in Montrose. Part of Susquehanna Co. Reads, one-county one-book program. Register by Wed., October 7, call 278-1881.

October 12

CRAFTS DEMONSTRATION, Mon., October 12, 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at St. Paul’s Church, Montrose. Part of Susquehanna Co. Reads, one-county one-book program. Free for participants. For info call 278-1881.

PA HANDS PRESENTATION, Mon., October 12, 7:00 p.m. at St. Paul’s Church, Montrose. Part of Susquehanna Co. Reads, one-county one-book program. Free for participants. For info call 278-1881.

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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.

Senior Center Menu October 5 - 9

Monday, October 5: whitefish w/lemon garlic sauce, Italian vegetables, ww dinner roll, orzo pilaf, blueberry crisp.

Tuesday, October 6: stuffed cabbage rolls, salad, ww bread, buttered noodles, orange sherbet.

Wednesday, October 7: roast beef, mashed potatoes, ww dinner roll, peas & carrots, melba toast, pears.

Thursday, October 8: lasagna Florentine, salad, garlic bread sticks, plums.

Friday, October 9: turkey breast, brussell sprouts, ww dinner roll, stuffing, cherry cobbler.

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Foliage Bus Tour Planned

The public is invited to join members of the Susquehanna County Forest Landowners Association on their annual foliage bus tour that this year heads north to the beautiful Finger Lakes region of New York. This day of fun, fellowship and environmental education will feature visits to the world-renowned Cornell University Laboratory of Ornithology (bring your binoculars), a spectacular waterfall and a winery. Jim Kessler, our recently retired forester and a well-known naturalist, will provide commentary and answer questions throughout the trip.

To learn more about the modestly priced tour, or to make reservations, please call Helga Walz at 570-553-2993 or Frank Dressler at 570-267-0591.

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Concert To Benefit Kayla Supancik

On Friday, October 2, the Endless Mountains Children’s Choir will perform for the benefit of Kayla Supancik at Mountain View High School at 7:30 p.m. Kayla was struck by a car and suffered two broken legs, a broken arm and very serious head trauma. Her condition is and will be serious for a long time. The medical expenses have been and continue to be devastating to April and Peter Supancik, Kayla’s parents. The children of the Choir want to help and will sing for Kayla.

The Choir, director by Dr. Christine (Plonski) Sezer, will sing a repertoire of music from Broadway musicals, films and old favorites.

Guests at the concert will be asked to pay a small admission donation and any donations more will be appreciated. If anyone can’t attend the concert, donations can be made to the Kayla S. Fund, Pennstar Bank, 5910 State Route 92, Box 210, Kingsley, PA 18826. Please keep Kayla and the Supancik family in your prayers.

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Christ Episcopal To Host Blessing Of Pets

On Saturday, October 3, at the Browndale Baseball Field, Christ Episcopal Church will host a “Blessing of Pets.” The event will run from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and will include food and photos with pets.

Individuals of all faiths are invited to bring their companion animals, properly restrained, to the Browndale Baseball Field, near the Browndale Fire Department. For more information or directions, contact Jack DeMark at 785-5792, Juliann Doyle at 499-4908 or visit Christ Church’s web site at

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Conservation District Celebrates 62 years

Have you ever wondered what a County Commissioner does in a day? How about what the initials NRCS stand for? No, that’s NRCS, not NCIS and you’re not going to find the Mark Harmon in Susquehanna County. Have you been curious about how your neighbor really makes a living? How does a small business owner in Susquehanna County survive in these economic times? Is there a subdivision in your future, do you know where to go? How would you like to ask your State Senator the details of running the Commonwealth of PA and how he votes to prioritize your tax dollars?

You can find out the answers to these questions if you are the high bidder at Susquehanna County Conservation District’s Annual Banquet. The high bidder will have the opportunity to take one or more of these individuals out to lunch or dinner at a local restaurant. Proceeds from this live auction will be donated to our local food banks through the TreHab organization and your donation may be tax deductible. The shelves in our county’s food banks are nearly empty. Those food banks help meet the needs of our seniors, our hardworking blue collared workers and their families just not making ends meet, and those without jobs - your neighbors. You can help replenish inventory at those food banks and have fun also. Mark Friday, October 23 as an evening you’ll be busy and helping a very good cause in the county. This event will be held at the Summit Tea Room in New Milford beginning with a social hour at 6 p.m. and a buffet dinner at 7 p.m. and the fun to follow. If you have questions, we just may have the person to answer them.

The keynote speaker for the evening will be Mike Stevens of WNEP-TV’s “On the Pennsylvania Road.” Mike has been traveling the Pennsylvania Road for 25 years. In all that time, Mike has never lost sight of the original goal of the Pennsylvania Road assignment: to travel the back roads and country lanes of northeastern and central Pennsylvania in search of interesting people doing interesting things.

The Pennsylvania Road has taken WNEP viewers to meet folks who whittle, carve, saw, fiddle, play, collect, draw, build and otherwise do things that Mike thinks TV 16's viewers ought to know about. He also writes essay pieces that appear in area magazines as well and enjoys taking the photographs that accompany some of his stories. He has published four books under the "Life in the Slow Lane" title.

For more information or reservations, please call the District office at 570.278.4600 ext. 280.

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Holy Name Of Mary Eucharistic Adoration

On Friday, October 2, monthly Eucharistic Adoration will begin after the 12:10 p.m. mass and will conclude with mass at 7:00 p.m. A prayer service with the Men of the Sacred Heart and benediction will follow the evening mass. Father Jerry Safko serves as pastor of Holy Name of Mary Church, 60 South Main Street, Montrose.

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Legion Offers Coats For The Community

The American Legion Post 154, Montrose, will be sponsoring the Coats for the Community Project again this year. In 2008, through 6 different distribution locations, with volunteers from Christ Church in Susquehanna and Forest City, St. Paul’s Church in Montrose, Sherwood Farms in Meshoppen, Boys Scout Troop #154 of Elk Lake and volunteers from Post 154 distributed over 1,000 warm winter coats, blankets and gloves to families in Susquehanna County.

The Post accepts donations of money and good warm winter coats to help with this project. Any monetary donation can be mailed to the American Legion Post 154, RR #4 Box 223C, Montrose, PA 18801. Any coat or blanket donation can be dropped off at the American Legion Post 154 on the Elk Lake to South Montrose Road.

The schedule for coat distribution is as follows:

Saturday, Oct. 1 at the American Legion Post on Elk Lake to So. Montrose Rd. from 12 noon to 4 p.m.;

Oct. 6, 7 and 8 at St. Marks Episcopal Church in New Milford, call 465-3896 for the time schedule;

Oct. 13, 14, and 15 at Christ Episcopal Church in Susquehanna, call 853-9003 for the time schedule;

Oct 20, 21, and 22 at Christ Episcopal Church in Forest City, call 785-3425 for the time schedule;

Oct. 27, 28, and 29 at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Montrose from 12 noon to 4 p.m.;

Nov. 7 and 14 at the American Legion Post 154 on the Elk Lake Road from 12 noon to 4 p.m.;

Nov. 20 and 21 at Blue Ridge High School in New Milford from 12 noon to 4 p.m.;

Sherwood Farms in Meshoppen, date and time pending.

The American Legion Post 154 thanks one and all for their donations, time and support of this project.

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Nature Walk: Trees Of The Northeast
Submitted By Trebbe Johnson

Trees have been called the “lungs of the planet.” They take in carbon dioxide and release oxygen, keeping the air clean. They provide habitat for birds, insects, and small animals. They prevent soil erosion and flooding, and they have been inspiring poets and painters for at least four thousand years, when the ancient Sumerians carved in stone the story of a magical tree that provided a throne and a bed for the goddess Inanna. Many diverse types of trees can be found in the 400-acre Florence Shelly Wetlands, a nature preserve in eastern Susquehanna County. On Sunday, October 4, at 2 p.m., retired forester Hank Hartman will lead a walk to identify some of these trees and discuss their special qualities.

Mr. Hartman will identify the dominant trees in the preserve, including maple, ash, a few species of oak, shadbush (named because they flower around the time the shad are running in the rivers), black cherry, and many others. There is even a rare American elm. Trees planted by humans in the past are also in evidence. For example, a neat, straight line of sugar maples along the main trail was planted almost a hundred years ago alongside a dirt road, so as to be convenient for sugar tapping. Dense, dark areas of scotch pine and Austrian, or red, pine remain from plantations started by the Conservation Corps during the Depression and never thinned. Mr. Hartman will also discuss current ecological threats to trees, such as the emerald ash borer, which fortunately has not yet reached eastern Pennsylvania, and the viburnum leaf beetle. This invasive insect has damaged nearly all the viburnam bushes in the preserve, and you will see the gray, brittle skeletons of them lining the trail.

Hank Hartman, the walk leader, spent his career with the U.S. Forestry Department. He is currently an active member of the Pennsylvania State Tree Farm Committee and the Florence Shelly Wetlands Stewardship Committee, where he also serves as treasurer and is an active volunteer maintaining the trails in the preserve.

The walk will last about two hours and is free to the public. Since this is a wetlands area, it is a good idea to wear waterproof shoes. For further information call Trebbe Johnson at 570-727-4272.

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PIC Announces Upcoming Events

The Susquehanna Community School PIC (Parent Involvement Committee) will be hosting a free dance for the 4th, 5th, and 6th grade SCS elementary school students on Friday, October 2, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. in the Elementary Gymnasium. Refreshments will be available.

The next monthly meeting will be on Tuesday, October 6, at 6:30 p.m. in the Elementary School Conference Room.

Planned agenda includes Harvest Fest, holiday wreath fundraiser, and the basket raffle fundraiser.

All are welcome to join PIC, to become an active member or volunteer. Any questions, please call Laurie at 570-727-2135 and leave a message.

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St. Paul’s Store Back Another Season

Fall at St. Paul’s in Montrose means the return of the Crafters Corner Store, which will hold its grand reopening this Friday, October 2, at 11:00 a.m.

St. Paul’s welcomes the return of many of last year’s talented crafters, as well as a number of new faces over the next 3 months. According to Bernie Zalewski, Senior Warden of St. Paul’s, “St. Paul’s Crafters Corner Store is designed to showcase area artists and crafters, who otherwise have limited options for displaying their talents and selling their creations. As we enter our third year the success of this endeavor can be evidenced by the growing list of crafters, which is expected to expand further in November and December. Crafters Corner Store has led to other opportunities for several of our participants and we hope this trend continues in 2009.”

The ‘First Friday’ of the month theme will continue through December, opening at 11 a.m. and closing at 6 p.m. at each event. St. Paul’s kitchen will once again offer culinary delights to tempt the taste buds. Hot meals are planned throughout the day, along with delicious desserts, snacks and beverages. According to Rita Leigh, one of the event coordinators, “good will donations will be accepted for food. Additionally, St. Paul’s limited edition Christmas ornament and note cards will be for sale.” Proceeds from the kitchen and the sale of ornaments and note cards will benefit St. Paul’s Building Fund and lead to repairs and improvements in the facility, which hosts so many community functions throughout the year.

“With the approach of Halloween and Thanksgiving,” noted Leigh, “you can expect to find an array of holiday options, and of course it is never too early to start your holiday shopping. On the first Friday of the next 3 months - St. Paul’s is definitely the place to dine and to shop.”

The Crafters Corner Store will be open the first Friday of October, November and December from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. St. Paul’s is located on the corner of Church and Chestnut Streets in Montrose.

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St. Paul’s To Hold Vespers Service

The Second Sunday Vespers Service will be held on Sunday, October 11, at 5:00 p.m. at historic St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, corner of Chestnut and Church Streets, Montrose.

Alisoun Bertsch will welcome the congregation; The Reverend Chase Page will lead the worship service with Charlotte and Al Ellis as greeters. Sarah Bertsch will provide organ music.

Benjamin Ely, 13, of Montrose is guest vocalist this month. Benjamin recently won the sixth annual vocal talent search at the Wyoming County Fair. He is the youngest winner in the history of the contest.

A light supper consisting of a salad buffet will be served immediately following the service in the Parish House. All are invited and welcome to the ecumenical community service.

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