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Senior Menu

Annual Farm City Feast Scheduled
B. R. Club To Host Veterans Breakfast
Yaw To Host Constituent Outreaches
St. Paul’s Crafters’ Corner Expands
Brushville Baptist To Host Family Conference
Courthouse Closing Notice
CARES Offers Child Development Screenings
Help Children Reach Their Promise
Jim Kessler To Be Honored
Holy Name Of Mary Eucharistic Adoration


November 4

BOARD OF DIRECTOR’S ELECTION for Susquehanna Co. Little League, November 4, 6:30 p.m. at Ladies Auxiliary Hall, Lawton. For info call 570-934-2450.

November 5

CHICKEN ‘N BISCUITS, November 5, 5:00 p.m. at VFW Post #6223, Great Bend.

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

OPEN MIC COUNTRY, Thurs., November 5, 6:00-9:00 p.m. at Kirkwood Elks Lodge. All welcome.

November 6

TURKEY & HAM PARTY, Fri., November 6, 7:00 p.m. at Silver Lake Firehouse.

November 6-7

FREE COAT GIVE-A-WAY, November 6, 3:00-7:00 p.m. and November 7, 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at Christ Church, Susquehanna.

November 6-8

POST-ABORTION HEALING RETREAT, November 6 - 8 at Rachels Vineyard Retreat, Clarks Summit. For info call 570-822-7118, ext. 307.

November 7

OYSTER STEW & BEEF STEW DINNER, Sat., November 7, 3:30-6:30 p.m. at Shehawken U.M. Church.

CLEAN-UP DAY hosted by Lakeview Cemetery Assoc., Sat., November 7, 10:00 a.m. at the cemetery in Lakeview.

HARVEST DINNER, Sat., November 7, 5:00 p.m. at U.M. Community Church, Great Bend. Eat in or take out.

CHRISTMAS BAZAAR sponsored by Springville Area Women’s Club, Sat., November 7, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. at Elk Lake School.

PANCAKE & SAUSAGE BREAKFAST, Sat., November 7, 7:00-11:00 a.m. at East Ararat U.M. Church.

BAZAAR & CRAFT SHOW, Sat., November 7, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. at Thompson Hose Co. Firehouse.

MEDIEVAL DINNER THEATER, November 7, 7:00 p.m. at Triton Hose Company, Tunkhannock. Fee. For info call 836-6986.

November 8

ANNUAL TURKEY PARTY, Sun., November 8, 1:00 p.m. at American Legion Post 357, Hallstead.

SOULFIRE CONCERT, November 8, 7:00 p.m. at Body of Christ Church, Starrucca.

RESERVATIONS FOR WORKSHOP - Broad Pen Drawings, Sat., November 14, 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. at Marywood University, Shields Center for Visual Arts Room 225, required by November 8. Fee. For info call 570-542-5416.

November 10

WING NIGHT, Tues., November 10, 5:30-9:00 p.m. at Kirkwood Elks Lodge. All welcome.

November 11

FUN DAY, November 11, 2:00-4:00 p.m. at St. Mark’s Church, New Milford. Bring a wrapped gift.

PANCAKE & SAUSAGE SUPPER, Wed., November 11, 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Kirkwood Elks Lodge.

November 13

MEETING - Calligrapher’s Guild of NEPA, Fri., November 13, 7:30 p.m. at Marywood University, Shields Center for Visual Arts Room 225. Free. For info call 570-542-5416.

November 14

BAZAAR, Sat., November 14, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. at Franklin Forks U.M. Church. Café open 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

CRAFT FAIR, November 14, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. at Mt. View Elementary School.

BAZAAR & BAKE SALE, November 14 at St. Paul’s, Montrose.

November 15

PANCAKE BREAKFAST, Sun., November 15, 7:00-11:00 a.m. at the Blue Ridge Sportsmen’s Club, New Milford. All you can eat.

HOLIDAY BINGO, Sun., November 15, 1:00-5:00 p.m. at St. Martin of Tours R.C. Church, Jackson.

VETERAN’S DAY SERVICE, Sun., November 15, 2:00 p.m. at Clifford Municipal Building. Bring a lawn chair.

November 20

DINNER MEETING, November 20, 6:00 p.m. at Thompson Hose Company Fire Hall honoring Jim Kessler. For reservations call Helga Walz at 553-2993.

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Senior Center Menu November 2 - 6

Monday, November 2: baked pork chop, mashed sweet potatoes, stuffing, red cabbage salad, rye bread, tropical fruit mix.

Tuesday, November 3: orange juice, baked fish, seasoned orzo, Italian mix vegetables, ww roll, blueberry crisp.

Wednesday, November 4: stuffed cabbage, buttered noodles, garden salad, ww bread, orange sherbet.

Thursday, November 5: roast beef/gravy, mashed potatoes, peas & carrots, ww roll, melba toast, chilled pears.

Friday, November 6: lasagna Florentine, Italian garden salad, bread sticks, canned plums.

Senior Center Menu November 9 - 13

Monday, November 9: roast turkey, stuffing, brussel sprouts, ww roll, cherry cobbler.

Tuesday, November 10: beef braciole, mashed potatoes, mixed vegetables, chocolate cake.

Wednesday, November 11: center is closed in observance of Veterans Day.

Thursday, November 12: baked ham, roasted red potatoes, sugar snap peas, grain bread, graham crackers, peach pie.

Friday, November 13: lentil soup, macaroni & cheese, stewed tomatoes, ww bread, pineapples.

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Annual Farm City Feast Scheduled
Submitted by LouAnn Kiefer

Just as we admire the fall leaves, there’s a chill in the air, and we are starting to plan for the upcoming holiday season, the Farm City Feast comes along to remind us about partnership.

The 43rd annual Farm City Feast will take place at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, November 21, at the Mountain View High School, Kingsley. This annual celebration of cooperation between rural and urban neighbors is widely-recognized as one of the largest Farm-City celebrations in the state. Since its inception, the Pennsylvania Farm-City Program continues to keep a strong link between farms and urban dwellers. With tough economic times facing everyone these days the Farm City Feast becomes a unique opportunity for farm people and city people to come together and get a firsthand look at each other’s way of life. Without farms, cities would have no food; without cities, farms would have few markets or processing facilities.

The Susquehanna County Farm City Feast typically draws several hundred visitors and residents every year on the Saturday before Thanksgiving and is hosted by a group of local volunteers assisted by Penn State Cooperative Extension with support from many local agricultural and non-agricultural businesses.

This year’s Masters of Ceremony will be local dairy farmers Rick and Dana Empet. Rick and Dana own and operate a 200 head dairy farm in Kingsley, which includes 100 milking Holstein and Jerseys. They farm 100 acres of corn, 250 acres of grass and 50 acres of pasture. Rick currently serves as a director with the Susquehanna County Farm Bureau, Susquehanna County DHIA, was a past board member with Susquehanna County Cooperative Extension and also served as a member of the county’s 4-H Youth Program Advisory Council. Rick and Dana both serve on the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau’s Young Farmer and Rancher Committee. In 2008 they received the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau’s Young Farm & Rancher Achievement Award. Besides working on their farm Dana also works as a Dairy Consultant with Land O’ Lakes Purina Feed where she provides technical support to the dairy field personnel in northern PA and NY, and she is also a member of their calf and heifer specialist team. Rick and Dana are the proud parents of three children: Alex, 4; Chelsea, 2; and Aiden, 1.

The featured speaker will be N. Alan Bair, Director of Dairy Industry Relations in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences. One of Alan’s primary responsibilities is to provide leadership to the Pennsylvania Dairy Stakeholders. He serves as facilitator to bring together the diverse elements of the industry and find common ground to increase the viability and expansion of the dairy industry. Alan also has responsibilities to Dairy Alliance, a component of the Department of Dairy & Animal Science Cooperative Extension program. He works closely with all segments of the dairy industry in public and consumer issues. Alan is a native of York County; he is a graduate of The Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Dairy Science and a Master of Science degree in 1971, with emphasis on animal breeding. Alan was formerly a director of member and public relations for Atlantic Breeders Cooperative (now Genex), he was also a dairy extension agent in Lancaster County for eight years. He has also participated in short term agricultural development volunteer assignments in Hungary, Kosovo, Kazakhstan and Uganda.

Alan will be presenting a program entitled “The Eyes on Africa” which focuses on his trips to Uganda and Tanzania. He will be sharing his observations from his experiences primarily from an agricultural viewpoint.

The Lathrop St. Select Choir from the Lathrop St. Elementary School in Montrose will also perform under the direction of Mr. Nino Bennici. The choir, consisting of fifty-one 5th and 6th grade students, will delight all with their vocal performance.

Doors will open at 7:15 p.m. followed by a roast beef dinner prepared by the Harford Willing Workers. A short annual meeting of the Penn State Cooperative Extension of Susquehanna County will take place at 6:30 p.m. in the Mountain View H.S. Auditorium. Tickets are now available at the Susquehanna County Extension Office, Montrose, or from anyone on the Farm City Feast Committee. For more information, contact the Extension office at 278-1158.

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B. R. Club To Host Veterans Breakfast

The Blue Ridge Middle School Leo Club will be hosting a thank you breakfast for veterans who live in the Blue Ridge School District. The breakfast will be held on Wednesday, November 11, from 8:30-9:15 in the high school lobby. Veterans are also invited to stay for the Elementary School’s Veterans Day Assembly at 9:30.

So that the club may be prepared, please call the Middle School office at 465-3177 ext. 627 or 613 or email Jackie Lynch at by Friday, November 6, with the number attending.

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Yaw To Host Constituent Outreaches

A representative from state Sen. Gene Yaw’s office will be at the Great Bend-Hallstead Public Library on Friday, November 6 and Friday, November 20 from 11-noon, and at the Susquehanna County Courthouse Annex, 31 Public Avenue, Montrose 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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St. Paul’s Crafters’ Corner Expands

St. Paul’s Crafters Corner is expanding with more crafters and more time to shop. The November 6 Crafter’s Corner at St. Paul’s welcomes several new local crafters who bring more unique gift and decorative items to meet holiday needs. In December, another new crafter will be welcomed and the Crafter’s Corner will add an additional day of operation - Friday, December 4 and Saturday, December 5.

Bernie Zalewski, Senior Warden of St. Paul’s noted “our Crafters Corner is multi-purpose. It gives area artists and crafters an opportunity to market their creations, creates a friendly atmosphere for members of the community to shop and dine, and raises some money to aid St. Paul’s in continuing improvements to our parish hall, which is widely used by the community.”

St. Paul’s kitchen will once again offer hot meals throughout the day, along with delicious desserts, snacks and beverages. According to Zalewski, members of the parish prepare the home made foods which are served throughout the day. Good will donations will be accepted for food. Additionally, St. Paul’s limited edition Christmas ornaments 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.

The Crafters Corner Store will be open Friday, November 6 and December 4 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday, December 5 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. St. Paul’s is located on the corner of Church and Chestnut Streets in Montrose.

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Brushville Baptist To Host Family Conference

Brushville Baptist Church will be holding a free Family Conference, Saturday, November 14, and Sunday, November 15 with Dr. Michael Peck. After serving as a pastor for 31 years, Dr. Peck now serves as Vice-President of Baptist Church Planters in Elyria, OH. The conference will run from 9:45 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. on Saturday (with a light lunch included), and from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Sunday. Sessions will cover both marriage and parenting issues. For directions and more information, please call 570-465-3861.

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Courthouse Closing Notice

The Susquehanna County Commissioners announce the Courthouse will be closed on Wednesday, November 11, in observance of Veterans Day. All court related offices will be available.

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CARES Offers Child Development Screenings
Submitted By Stephnie Thornton

As you watch your child grow, you notice when he or she rolls over, holds a spoon or walks and talks. You may also see that he or she is growing or developing differently than a cousin, a friend’s child or a sibling. If you are wondering about your child’s development, call for a free screening.

On November 10, representatives from NHS Early Intervention, Northeastern Educational Early Intervention and Head Start will provide screenings at the CARES offices inside the Susquehanna County Literacy Program, Route 11, New Milford from 9:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. Families with children aged birth to four are encouraged to take advantage of this free service.

While there is no cost to participate, you must schedule an appointment. Screenings take about a half hour. To schedule a screening, please contact Stephnie Thornton, Susquehanna County CARES at (570) 465-5040 or via email at Please call by November 6.

With the mission of enhancing quality early childcare and education, Susquehanna County CARES is pleased to join Tri-Valley Care Early Intervention, the NEIU 19 and Head Start in order to provide this important service. It is all part of supporting Pennsylvania’s Promise for Children, because every child is Pennsylvania’s future.

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Help Children Reach Their Promise
Submitted By Stephnie Thornton,

Program Manager, Susquehanna County CARES

Watching young children grow can bring excitement to an adult’s life. Parents, grandparents, teachers, friends and colleagues see the promise in the faces of little ones. We all delight in a child’s creativity and imagination. It is wonderful to think what the future holds. The reality is we need all our children to succeed. By providing our youngsters with quality early learning opportunities, we can help them reach their fullest potential.

Brain research shows that the connectors in our brain for language, math, creativity and self-reliance multiply at amazing rates before the age of five. The experiences a child has, both positive and negative, affect how many neural connections are made. By age five, these connections are harder to make. This is why young children can learn a new language almost effortlessly while their parents struggle. It is also why it is important to recognize the quality early education work underway in Susquehanna County, work that is designed to spark those brain connections.

November 8-14 is “Pennsylvania’s Promise for Children Week,” a time set aside to remind us that every child is Pennsylvania’s future. In 15 years, when today’s preschoolers are entering the workforce, job training or college, up to twice as many adults will be retiring. Quality early learning opportunities now are necessary to prepare for all of our futures.

Early education programs are making a difference here in Susquehanna County and across Pennsylvania. Studies show quality initiatives such as Pennsylvania Pre-K Counts, Keystone STARS, Head Start and Early Intervention help all children catch up on their development before they reach kindergarten, when it becomes more difficult to bridge the gap. Teachers and school administrators are reporting that children from quality early learning programs are entering kindergarten with age-appropriate skills and are better prepared to meet expectations throughout Kindergarten. While programs are making a difference, less than half of children in Susquehanna County under the age of 5 have access to publicly-funded quality early learning programs.

We can all take part in helping a child achieve. Spend time with a young child by talking with them and encouraging them to talk with you. Even infants build language skills when you talk with them. If you need ideas or want to learn more, log onto

Also, take time during “Pennsylvania Promise for Children Week” to thank an early education provider, teacher or someone who supports such programs. Our future depends on it!

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Jim Kessler To Be Honored

The public is invited to attend the annual dinner meeting of the Susquehanna County Forest Landowners Association at which Jim Kessler, the Association’s recently-retired service forester, will be honored.

The dinner meeting will be held at the Thompson Hose Company Fire Hall starting at 6 p.m. on Friday, November 20. Reservations can be made by calling Helga Walz at 570-553-2993.

Persons who would like to say something at the occasion, or even present Jim with a token of their thanks and esteem, may do so provided they are reasonably brief. Please call President Frank Dressler at 570-267-0591 or email him at to be scheduled.

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Holy Name Of Mary Eucharistic Adoration

On Friday, November 6, 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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