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Issue Home November 18, 2009 Site Home

Senior Menu

Susky PIC Update
Blue Ridge To Host Health Fair
EMCC To Perform At State Capital
Courthouse Closing Notice
Comedy Comes To Susquehanna
Make & Take Holiday Gifts
Annual Medicare Open Enrollment
November Is Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month
SBDC In Susq. Co
Thompson UMC To Host Cantata
Volunteers Welcome!


November 18

SPAGHETTI DINNER, Weds., November 18, 5:00-7:00 p.m. at Kirkwood Elks Lodge. All welcome.

November 19

MUSIC BY SIZZLE, Thurs., November 19, 6:00-9:00 p.m. at Kirkwood Elks Lodge. All welcome.

MARCELLUS SHALE SEMINAR: Opportunities & Challenges for Your Business, November 19, 6:00-8:30 p.m. at Shadowbrook Inn & Resort. For info/reservations call 836-7755.

TURKEY PARTY, Thurs., November 19, 7:00 p.m. at St. Francis Church Hall, Friendsville. Free.

PIZZA NIGHT, Thurs., November 19, 5:30-9:00 p.m. at Kirkwood Elks Lodge. Eat in or take out.

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.

DINNER MEETING honoring Jim Kessler, November 20, 6:00 p.m. at Thompson Hose Co. Fire Hall. Fee. For info/reservations call 553-2993.

SENIOR PLAY, Date with a Vampire, Fri., November 20, 8:00 p.m. at Windsor High School Auditorium. For info call 655-8250.

DINNER, Fri., November 20, 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Kirkwood Elks Lodge. All welcome.

November 21

CHRISTMAS BAZAAR, Sat., November 21, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. sponsored by Ladies Auxiliary VFW #6223, Great Bend.

BINGO, Sat., November 21, 7:00 p.m. at Blue Ridge Sportsmen’s Club, New Milford. All welcome.

DEADLINE for Lanesboro Comm. Church Thanksgiving pie orders, Sat., November 21. Call 853-3449, 853-3617 or 853-3634. Pick-up, Weds., November 25, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at the church.

GOOD NEWS LUNCH Thanksgiving Dinner, November 21, noon at St. Mark’s Church, New Milford. Free. All welcome.

November 22

BREAKFAST, Sun., November 22, 8:00-11:00 a.m. at Kirkwood Elks Lodge. All welcome.

November 24

WING NIGHT, Tues., November 24, 5:30-9:00 p.m. at Kirkwood Elks Lodge. All welcome.

November 27

DINNER, Fri., November 27, 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Kirkwood Elks Lodge. All welcome.

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Senior Center Menu November 16 - 20

Monday, November 16: Asian chicken and vegetables, steamed rice, ww roll, orange, sugar cookie.

Tuesday, November 17: cranberry juice, Salisbury steak w/gravy, scalloped potatoes, sautéed squash, dinner roll, rice cake, brownie.

Wednesday, November 18: roast pork, sauerkraut, mashed potatoes, multi grain bread, chilled pears.

Thursday, November 19: roast turkey/gravy, stuffing, sweet potatoes, green beans, cranberry sauce, pumpkin parfait.

Friday, November 20: mild chili, brown rice, garden salad, corn bread, hot apple slices.

Senior Center Menu November 23 - 27

Monday, November 23: turkey pot pie, red beets, dinner roll, pumpkin pie.

Tuesday, November 24: Mediterranean chicken, couscous, spinach salad, ww bread, fruited jello.

Wednesday, November 25: meatloaf/gravy, mashed potatoes, broccoli/cauliflower, wheat bread, graham crackers, bread pudding.

Thursday, November 26: center is closed for Thanksgiving holiday.

Friday, November 27: center is closed for Thanksgiving holiday.

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Susky PIC Update

The Susquehanna Community School Parent Involvement Committee (PIC) sponsored a dance for the 4th, 5th, and 6th grade students on November 6. A good time was shared by all. Thanks are extended to all volunteers, security, djs, the clown and maintenance. Donated prizes were given - beanie babies, back packs and Burger King coupons.

The Committee is currently holding a holiday raffle to benefit future dances for both the high school and elementary school, Mocha Mouse Cafe, and elementary school yearbooks. Parents and guardians are encouraged to join PIC. The next meeting will be Tuesday December 1 at 6:30 p.m.

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Blue Ridge To Host Health Fair

The eleventh annual Susquehanna County Health Fair will once again be held at Blue Ridge High School on Saturday, November 21, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Mr. Mark Harvey’s seventh grade class held a poster contest and a $25 prize was awarded to Gabrielle Button (pictured above) of Blue Ridge Middle School. All posters submitted were excellent and will be displayed on the day of the event.

Once again a wide variety of health screenings and information will be offered to the public at no charge. These include but are not limited to: skin cancer screenings, blood pressure for adults, blood sugar, glaucoma, cholesterol, hearing tests, tetanus shots and depression screening. All offerings are on a first come first served basis.

Health care providers, government agencies and many area businesses will be on hand offering information on a variety of topics.

If you have limited or no health insurance coverage, this is an opportunity that you can’t afford to miss Come alone or bring your friends and family for a healthy outing.

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EMCC To Perform At State Capital

The Endless Mountains Children’s Choir, directed by Dr. Christine (Plonski) Sezer, has accepted invitations to perform at the National Christmas Tree on the Mall in Washington D.C. on December 22 at 6:00 p.m., and at the Pennsylvania State Capital Rotunda in Harrisburg on Friday, December 4 at 12:00 p.m.

It’s a busy season schedule for the Choir starting with a tree lighting/fund raiser at Community Medical Center, Scranton, PA on November 21 at 7:00 p.m. Then on December 5, a senior center holiday party at the Great Bend VFW at 12:30 p.m., followed by a Christmas Tea performance at the South Gibson United Methodist Church at 2:00 p.m. On December 10, 7:00 p.m., the Choir will perform a holiday concert at the South Gibson UM Church preceded by a fund raising chicken BBQ. On December 12, it’s a holiday performance at the Steamtown Mall, Scranton. On December 13, 2:00 p.m., the Choir will sing at Barnes-Kasson Hospital S & F, Susquehanna. December 20 at 10:30 a.m., the Choir will be at South Gibson UM Church followed by a holiday performance, 1:00 p.m. at the Terrace Senior Apartments, Susquehanna.

It was a sense of excitement shared by the children of the Choir upon hearing that the National Committee was so impressed with what they heard on a DVD, inclusive with all the various languages the children sang that represented all the different carols of many countries, Poland, France, Italy, England, Germany, Ukraine, Latin Chants, US and Hanukkah songs, that the invitation was given.

The National Park Service’s national Christmas Tree Music Program at President’s Park is intended to provide musical entertainment during the month of December on the Ellipse where in the celebration of the holiday season visitors can observe the National Christmas tree, visit assorted yuletide displays and attend musical presentations.

Inquiries may be directed to Mr. Boyd Manzer, Manager, at 570-756-3047.

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Courthouse Closing Notice

The Susquehanna County Commissioners announce the Courthouse will be closed on Thursday and Friday, November 26 and 27, in observances of Thanksgiving. All court related offices will be available.

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Comedy Comes To Susquehanna

Susquehanna Community will present its fall play this weekend. The comedy entitled “Parlor Games” by James C. Wall sees practical joker Mort McNulty hosting his own wake so that he can hear what people will say about him after he’s dead, before he’s dead. Mort’s wife, Tricia, gets unwillingly drawn into the action and apologetically tries to convince everyone that Mort is playing another joke. Viewers will meet a variety of wake-goers - some there on purpose, some not - who eventually, with the right amount of suggestion and imagination, convince themselves that Mort is dead and Tricia is in denial. The mistaken identities, chases, and jokes within jokes culminate in Tricia turning Mort’s wake into a surprise birthday party as she tries to teach her husband a lesson about practical jokes.

Play dates are this Friday, November 20 and Saturday, November 21. The curtain rises both nights at 7 p.m. Advanced ticket reservations may be made by calling the High School office at 853-4921, extension 2344.

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Make & Take Holiday Gifts

On Sunday, December 6, Penn State Cooperative Extension in Susquehanna County is holding a Make and Take Holiday Gift event. It will be held from 2:00-5:00 p.m. at the Susquehanna County Office Building, 31 Public Avenue, Montrose (EMA EOC Conference Room downstairs).

Several craft stations will be set up, and youth can make 3-4 make-and-take-gifts (i.e. snow globe, cookies in a jelly jar, wreath, fleece scarf, jeweled picture frame, bead necklace, holiday placemats, candy-filled cookie cutters). There is a small charge to help cover material costs. Parents/adults are free. Refreshments will be provided.

Registration is required by Wed., November 25. Each child/youth registrant will select four things they would like to make. Every effort will be made to give everyone their top three choices. Contact the Penn State Extension office at 278-1158 for more information and to register.

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Annual Medicare Open Enrollment

The Medicare Part D Open Enrollment period is November 15 through December 31 of this year. This is the period during which Medicare beneficiaries may change their prescription plan or enroll for the first time if they did not enroll during their initial open enrollment.

Seniors and persons with disabilities who are satisfied with their current Medicare prescription drug coverage may not need to take any action. However, it is very important that you understand any changes your plan will have in 2010, in particular any changes in medications the plan covers as well as co-pays, deductibles and coverage during the gap.

Medicare beneficiaries may also qualify for Extra Help in paying for monthly drug plan premiums, annual deductibles, and pay small co-pays. The Medicare Savings Plan offers eligible Medicare beneficiaries payment of the Medicare Part B premium. Apprise Counselors are available to assist individuals in applying for Extra Help and Medicare Savings Plan.

Individuals interested in assistance in drug plan comparison, enrolling in Medicare D Prescription Plan and other Medicare related issues can call the local Area Agency on Aging Office in Montrose to schedule an appointment at 570-278-3751 (locally) or 1-800-634-3746 (toll free) between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., Monday - Friday. Individuals can also schedule an appointment to meet with an Apprise Counselor at the Blue Ridge Senior Center located in Great Bend by calling 570-869-2896 between the hours of 1:00 and 4:00 p.m., Monday - Friday. Scheduled appointments are most welcome to enable Apprise Counselors to have sufficient time to deal with the large volume of expected contacts.

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November Is Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month

Since its founding in 1980, the Alzheimer's Association has been the leader in making the fight against Alzheimer’s a national priority, a call that resonates during November, which is National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month.

After designating a National Alzheimer’s Disease Week in 1982, President Reagan helped to launch a national campaign against Alzheimer’s disease in 1983, calling members of the Alzheimer's Association to the White House for the signing of a proclamation declaring National Alzheimer’s Disease Month.

“The emotional, financial and social consequences of Alzheimer’s disease are so devastating that it deserves special attention,” Reagan said. Taking lead of the issue, he went on to advocate research as “the only hope for victims and families.” Reagan courageously announced his Alzheimer’s diagnosis to the public in November 1994 and passed away in 2004.

Alzheimer’s Association founder Jerome Stone led a group of family caregivers, Association volunteers and staff in the effort to bring attention to the cause on Capitol Hill. That advocacy effort continues even stronger today with Association public policy staff and volunteers leading the call for increased government funding for critical Alzheimer research and support programs.

In 1983 fewer than 2 million Americans had the disease; today, the number of individuals with Alzheimer’s has soared to as many as 5 million and is expected to grow to 16 million by 2050 unless something is done to slow or stop this devastating disease.

The Alzheimer’s Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer care, support and research. Their mission is to eliminate Alzheimer's disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. For more information visit the association at or call their 24/7 helpline at 1-800-272-3900.

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SBDC In Susq. Co.

Small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs need to know what resources are available and who to turn to for advice or help. The University of Scranton Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is an important resource that many Susquehanna County residents may not know they have access to.

The consulting services provided by the SBDC are free and confidential, and start-ups and existing small business owners don’t have to wait until a serious problem arises to seek out their many areas of focus. Not only do SBDC consultants help with problem solving strategies, but they can help develop the skills in planning, management, and finance that are necessary for a business to thrive. The SBDC also hosts many low-cost educational programs that cover a wide variety of informational topics and skills.

Available to Susquehanna County exclusively is Donna Simpson, a business consultant at the SBDC. “The advent of Marcellus shale development brings many business opportunities,” says Simpson. “I can work with area residents as they evaluate existing businesses or explore entrepreneurial ideas.”

Mrs. Simpson is available to meet with clients by appointment only on the last Wednesday of each month at the Susquehanna County Planning Commission Office, 31 Public Avenue, Montrose. To schedule an appointment, complete the online request at or call 570-941-7588.

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Thompson UMC To Host Cantata

This year, Christmas festivities in the area will begin on Sunday, December 6, at 3:00 p.m at the Thompson United Methodist Church, with the Ecumenical Choir singing a musical by John Innes and Don Krueger titled “Jesus is Born.” Directed by Brenda Potter Tiffany and accompanied by Jeffrey Keyes on the piano, the Choir will begin with “Jesus is Born,” followed by many other numbers. All are invited to come and share the spirit of Christmas with the Choir. Listen to the angels sing and enjoy refreshments afterward.

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Volunteers Welcome!

Volunteers are needed to ring the Salvation Army Bell at Schneider’s Market, Susquehanna. Share your time this holiday season. Money collected helps Susquehanna County residents. Call Lynn at 853-4692.

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