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PANCAKE & SAUSAGE BREAKFAST, Sat., February 6, 7:00-11:00 a.m. at East Ararat U.M. Church.
HOAGIE SALE pick up, February 7, noon, at St. Martin of Tours, Jackson. Pre-order at 756-3047.
PIZZA, WINGS & MORE, Sun., February 7, noon-6:00 p.m. at Thompson Hose Co. Pre-order by calling 727-2651.
CHICKEN BBQ, Sun., February 7, 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. at Hop Bottom Hose Company. Advance ticket sales only, call 289-4950.
FUN DAY, February 10, 2:00-4:00 p.m. at St. Mark’s Church, New Milford.
SPAGHETTI SUPPER, Fri., February 12, 4:00-7:00 p.m. at Lawsville Grange.
ST. MARTIN’S PLAYERS present “All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten,” February 12, 7:00 p.m., 13, 1:00 p.m. & 14, 2:00 p.m. at St. Martin of Tours Church, Jackson.
PANCAKE SUPPER to benefit Kristina Fallon, rotary exchange student, February 13, 4:00-7:00 p.m. at South Gibson U.M. Church. All welcome.
DESSERT THEATER “That’s the Spirit,” February 13 & 14, 3:00 p.m. at Whipple Performing Arts Studio, Tunkhannock. Reservations required, call 836-6986.
SPAGHETTI DINNER/VARIETY SHOW hosted by Clifford Comm. Youth Group, Sun., February 14, 1:30 p.m. at Clifford Fire Hall. For info/tickets call 222-3331 before February 5.
PANCAKE SUPPER, Tues., February 16, 4:30-6:30 p.m. at St. Marks Episcopal Church, New Milford. All you can eat.
Monday, February 1: baked rosemary beef steaks, roasted potatoes, green beans, apple juice, butterscotch pudding, ww bread.
Tuesday, February 2: meatloaf, mixed vegetables, mashed potatoes, rye bread, fruit cocktail, breadstick.
Wednesday, February 3: baked flounder w/dill sauce, steamed broccoli, wild rice pilaf, grain bread, orange.
Thursday, February 4: roast turkey, roasted red potatoes, peas, stuffing, biscuit, pumpkin pie.
Friday, February 5: spinach pesto stuffed shells w/white sauce, salad, Italian beans, garlic bread, pears.
Senior Center Menu February 8 - 12
Monday, February 8: balsamic chicken, steamed carrots, wheat bread, herbed orzo, chunky cinnamon applesauce.
Tuesday, February 9: beef patties w/mushroom sauce, baked fries, split pea soup, ww roll, chocolate chip cookie, tangerine.
Wednesday, February 10: apple cranberry pork chop, mashed sweet potatoes, chilled beets, ww roll, canned plums, graham cracker.
Thursday, February 11: baked chicken, steamed spinach, parsley boiled potatoes, ww bread, chocolate sherbet.
Friday, February 12: bbq riblet, macaroni & cheese, salad, stewed tomatoes, multigrain dinner roll, canned peaches.
The Pennsylvania Farm Bureau will be celebrating Food CheckOut Day on Tuesday, February 16. County Farm Bureaus across Pennsylvania support this endeavor benefiting the 5 Ronald McDonald Houses in PA. The Bureau is asking for support with donations of grocery gift cards and/or monetary checks, to be presented to the Scranton Ronald McDonald House, to help defray their costs of operation. These donations will be used to purchase perishable grocery items, such as meat, milk/dairy products, fresh fruit and vegetables.
Ronald McDonald Houses provide free services, including meals and lodging, to many rural families who have critically ill or injured children hospitalized in nearby medical centers. Susquehanna County Farm Bureau will be presenting these donations to the Scranton Ronald McDonald House on February 16. Please mail checks (made payable to Scranton Ronald McDonald House) and grocery gift cards to Barbara Roszel, R.R.#3, Box 74, Montrose, PA 18801 or Donna Williams, 1080 Station Hill Road, Nicholson, PA 18446.
On Friday, February 5, monthly Eucharistic Adoration will begin after the 12:30 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.
The Food, Conservation and Energy Act of 2008, as the most recent Farm Bill is known, is important legislation that will drive U.S. agriculture policy for years to come. Along with the usual agriculture programs it also contains new features that can affect forestland and wildlife habitat. In recent years, Congress heard comments from Pennsylvania landowners, organizations and agencies about a lack of support for forestry and because of that input, Congress strengthened forest landowner opportunities in this legislation. Funding for the Conservation Title of the Farm Bill has increased significantly - an additional $4 billion in mandatory spending over the next five years. Combined with expanded eligibility, this new funding should enable more forest landowners to participate in USDA working lands programs. Early this year, the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) met with the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR), PA Game Commission (PGC) and PA Fish and Boat Commission (PA F&BC) staff to discuss how NRCS will roll out programs affecting forests. If you have been avoiding improving your woods because of the expense, now is the ideal time to begin.
On February 4, the Endless Mountains Resource Conservation and Development Council in partnership with the Susquehanna County Forest Landowners Association will be hosting a workshop for Susquehanna and Wyoming County forest landowners. The workshop will include presentations explaining the details of the Farm Bill programs including: participant eligibility, application and payment process, eligible practices and cost share availability. Local people will be involved in the presentations: Private Forester Bob Hobbes who lives in Wyoming Co., Jim Kessler President of the Susquehanna County Forest Landowners Association who lives in Susquehanna Co., Jake Scheib who is currently serving as DCNR Service Forester for Susquehanna and Wyoming counties, Bob Wagner USDA NRCS who lives in Susquehanna County and works on all USDA programs in Susquehanna County and WHIP in Wayne, Lackawanna, Pike counties. The Susquehanna and Wyoming County workshop will be held from 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. with registration beginning at 1:30. This workshop will be held at the Susquehanna County Office Building, located at 31 Public Avenue, Montrose. Please pre-register the workshop by calling the Endless Mountains RC&D Council office at 570-265-5288 ext 5.
Below are a few Farm Bill programs that forest landowners may find appropriate for their forests and objectives.
Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP): Formerly known as the Conservation Security Program, CSP has been overhauled to be more user-friendly and to offer new conservation benefits. CSP is a voluntary conservation program that encourages producers to address resource concerns in a comprehensive manner by undertaking additional conservation activities and by improving, maintaining, and managing existing conservation activities. The new CSP significantly increases forestland enrollment and producers may now enroll all eligible forestland under their control. Up to 10 percent of the acres enrolled in CSP nationally can be forested - roughly 1.2 million acres a year.
Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP): EQIP has been expanded to include forest management. Forest management practices and water quality protection were already funded by EQIP; however, the new language places increased emphasis on enrolling forestland. The EQIP Forestry Initiative is an opportunity for private forestland owners to implement conservation and management practices that will improve health and productivity of their forests, prevent soil erosion and improve habitat for at-risk wildlife species. To enroll forestland, producers must develop either a Forest Stewardship Plan or a plan determined appropriate by the State Forester.
Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program (WHIP): The Wildlife Habitat Incentive Program (WHIP) is a voluntary program for conservation-minded landowners who want to develop and improve wildlife habitat. Producers with agricultural land or non-industrial private forestland can participate in WHIP.
There are additional programs which may provide opportunities for forest landowners. You can read more about the Farm Bill at http://www.nacdnet.org/policy/agriculture/farmbill.
To prepare to take advantage of these programs, dust off your Forest Stewardship Plan. If you don’t have one, information will be available at these workshops about additional cost-share monies available to get your plan prepared. Good forest stewardship planning makes sense for both you and your woods and will also help you take advantage of these new Farm Bill programs.
For more information about these free workshops contact The Endless Mountains RC&D at 570-265-5288 ext 5 or Diane.White@rcdnet.net or the Susquehanna County Forest Landowners’ Association at 570-879-4604
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