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Senior Menu

Calling All Entrepreneurs
Area Churches Prepare For Lent
Courthouse Closing Notice
Audubon Announces $4000 Scholarship
PA American Water Opens Art Contest
Income Opportunities In Agriculture
Lenten Services At Holy Name Of Mary
PDA Sponsors Poster Contest
The Rain Forest Is Coming To Town
Celebrate Valentine’s Day With St. Martin’s Players


February 10

FUN DAY, February 10, 2:00-4:00 p.m. at St. Mark’s Church, New Milford.

February 11

PIZZA NIGHT, Thurs., February 11, 5:30-9:00 p.m. at Kirkwood Elks Lodge. Eat in our take out.

OPEN MIC COUNTRY, Thurs., February 11, 6:00-9:00 p.m. at Kirkwood Elks Lodge. All welcome.

February 12

SPAGHETTI SUPPER, Fri., February 12, 4:00-7:00 p.m. at Lawsville Grange.

DINNER, Fri., February 12, 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Kirkwood Elks Lodge. All welcome.

February 12-14

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.

February 13

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.

VALENTINE’S MOVIE EVENT, Sat., February 13, 11:00 a.m. at Montrose Theatre.

February 13-14

DESSERT THEATER “That’s the Spirit,” February 13 & 14, 3:00 p.m. at Whipple Performing Arts Studio, Tunkhannock. Reservations required, call 836-6986.

February 14

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.

February 15

MONTHLY MEETING: Susquehanna Junior Sabers, February 15, 7:30 p.m. at Canawacta Bingo Hall.

February 16

PANCAKE SUPPER, Tues., February 16, 4:30-6:30 p.m. at St. Marks Episcopal Church, New Milford. All you can eat.

WING NIGHT, Tues., February 16, 5:30-9:00 p.m. at Kirkwood Elks Lodge. All welcome.

February 18

MUSIC BY SIZZLE, Thurs., February 18, 6:00-9:00 p.m. at Kirkwood Elks Lodge. All welcome.

February 18-20

RUMMAGE SALE, February 18 & 20, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. and February 19, 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. at Trinity Center, St. Lawrence Church, Great Bend.

February 19

DEADLINE for Susquehanna Co. Conservation District Seedling Sale orders, February 19. For info call 278-4600 ext. 280.

DINNER, Fri., February 19, 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Kirkwood Elks Lodge. All welcome.

February 19-21

WOMEN’S WELLNESS WINTER RETREAT, February 19-21 at Self Discovery Wellness Arts Center, Montrose. For info call 278-9256.

February 20

INDOOR YARD SALE, February 20, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. at Literacy Offices, south of New Milford. For info call 465-2880.

GOOD NEWS LUNCH, February 20, noon at St. Marks Church, New Milford. Free, all welcome.

GUN RAFFLE, Sat., February 20, 4:00-8:00 p.m. at Browndale Hall. Fee. For info/ticket call 785-1343.

LINCOLN DAY DINNER hosted by Susq. Co. Republican Committee, Sat., February 20, noon at Great Bend Fire Hall. For reservations call 879-2872.

February 20-21

MUSICAL: ANNIE, February 20, 8:00 p.m. & February 21, 3:00 p.m. at Music Box Dinner Playhouse, Swoyersville. For info call 283-2195.

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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.

Senior Center Menu February 15 - 19

Monday, February 15: closed president’s day.

Tuesday, February 16: oven fried chicken, scalloped potatoes, creamy cabbage salad, cornbread, chocolate pudding cake.

Wednesday, February 17: meatball sandwich, Caesar salad, hoagie roll, cheese tortellini, berry crumble.

Thursday, February 18: beef teriyaki, steamed broccoli, dinner roll, lo mien noodles, banana pudding parfait.

Friday, February 19: parmesan baked halibut, sautéed zucchini, ww dinner roll, quinoa rice pilaf, orange, sugar cookie.

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Calling All Entrepreneurs

MONTROSE - Do you dream about owning your own farm or food business? Are you currently a farm or food entrepreneur and want to become a better business person? Join Penn State Cooperative Extension for a five session course, “Your Future in Focus.” The sessions will be held February 25, March 11, March 25, April 8, and April 22 at the Montrose Bible Conference, 5 Locust Street, in Montrose from 9:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m.

In this course, participants will study marketing, legal issues, human resources, finances, and more. Participants will explore each of these topics while writing his or her own business plan.

Just as an architect uses a blueprint to make sure a building will be structurally sound, you will need to make a blueprint for your business. This blueprint is your business plan which will help you decide whether you business will be strong from the start. Without a business plan, you leave far too many things to chance.

The registration fee for this program includes lunch and course materials. Reservations and payment should be made by calling Penn State Cooperative Extension in Susquehanna County at 570-278-1158.

Course instructors are experienced in agricultural entrepreneurship and will lead you through the planning and writing process, giving one-on-one guidance. Even if you already own your own business, instructors can help you develop your entrepreneurial skills and become a more knowledgeable business person.

For more information or questions, please contact Michelle Kowalewski at or 570-278-1158.

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Area Churches Prepare For Lent

Fr. David Cramer, Fr. Alfhonse Perikala and the parishioners of St. John, Susquehanna, St. Lawrence, Great Bend, and St. Martin of Tours, Jackson invite all to participate in the many planned activities during the Lenten season.

Lent begins Ash Wednesday, February 17, with Ashes Services at 8 a.m. (St. Lawrence), Noon (St. Martin), 4 p.m. (St. John) and Mass and Ashes Services at 8:30 a.m. (St. John’s) and 7 p.m. (St. Lawrence and St. Martin).

Retreats at the Fatima Center, Dalton, are planned for women on March 19-21 and for men on March 27-28. Additionally, the Great Adventure Bible Study will begin February 21 and continue until Easter at each of the parishes. Call 853- 4634 to register and for more information.

Lenten Ecumenical Services will begin Wednesday, February 24 and continue every Wednesday throughout Lent. The Great Bend Ministerium will meet at 7:30 p.m. and the Susquehanna Tri-Boro will meet with a service and lunch at noon. All are welcome to join these services, which meet throughout the county at churches of various dominations.

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Courthouse Closing Notice

The Susquehanna County Commissioners announce the Courthouse will be closed on Monday, February 15, in observance of Presidents’ Day. All court related offices will be available.

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Audubon Announces $4000 Scholarship

The Northeast Pennsylvania Audubon Society announces a $4000 college scholarship to students who wish to pursue a career in an environmental field such as Forestry, Natural Resources, Environmental Planning, Environmental Engineering, Fish, Game, or Wildlife Management, Ecology and/or Environmental Science.

Applicants must be from Pike, Wayne, Lackawanna, or Susquehanna County and must enroll full-time in an accredited two- or four-year college or university program. The winning applicant will receive $1000 per year for up to four years. The scholarship is funded by the annual Audubon Arts and Craft Festival held each July. Interested students can find the application form at or they can use the universal scholarship application form available at their high school guidance office. Applications must be received by April 30 and should be sent to NEPA Audubon Society, Box 711, Honesdale, PA. 18431.

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PA American Water Opens Art Contest

HERSHEY, Pa. - Pennsylvania American Water announced that entries are now being accepted for its eighth annual “Protect Our Watersheds” Art Contest. Open to fifth-grade students in schools served by Pennsylvania American Water - and to individual fifth-graders who live in the company’s service area, the contest encourages students to draw on their artistic talents to convey the importance of protecting Pennsylvania’s watersheds and water resources.

Pennsylvania American Water recently mailed contest applications to approximately 400 schools in its service territory. The deadline for submissions is February 26. Winners will be selected based on creative vision, artistic talent, understanding of watershed protection and the ability to communicate that understanding. As part of their entry, students must write a brief narrative on the personal impact of watershed protection.

“The art contest taps into children’s imagination and creativity while instilling the value of environmental stewardship,” said Pennsylvania American Water President Kathy L. Pape. “Each year, we’ve seen the contest grow as more teachers and students participate and make the contest a learning opportunity to understand the human impact - both positive and negative - on our watershed and drinking water sources.”

In 2009, the company received nearly 670 entries from students across the state. The grand prize winner was Sydney Hill of Spring-Ford Intermediate School in Royersford, Montgomery County.

In total, six students will be recognized, with a first-, second- and third-place winner selected from eastern and western Pennsylvania. First-place winners will be rewarded with a $100 gift card to Barnes & Noble. Two second- and third-place winners will be awarded a $50 and $25 gift card, respectively.

In addition, the overall grand prize winner will have her/his artwork featured on “Bloomer” cards distributed by Pennsylvania American Water. Bloomer cards are seed-filled packets that, when planted and tended, produce a variety of wildflowers.

All entrants will receive a Watershed Champion certificate. Awards will be presented in May as part of National Drinking Water Week activities. For more information, or to obtain contest materials, log onto Pennsylvania American Water’s Web site at

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Income Opportunities In Agriculture

MONTROSE - Looking to start up a new enterprise or diversify an existing agricultural business? Join Penn State Cooperative Extension for “Income Opportunities In Agriculture” on Saturday, February 20 at the Shadowbrook Inn and Resort from 8:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. for this educational program. Whether you are exploring additional enterprises to diversify your current operation, have a few acres to use for agricultural production or are contemplating producing an agricultural or natural resources-based product to enhance your current income, this program is the place to get started.

Sessions will be taught by the most knowledgeable producers and Extension Educators in their respective fields. The day will begin with a focus on business aspects of new enterprises or diversification then will move to breakout sessions specific to various enterprises. The afternoon breakout sessions will include vegetable production by John Esslinger, Penn State Cooperative Extension; grass-fed beef production taught by Dr. John Comerford, Penn State University; value added dairy opportunities led by Sarah Cornelisse, Penn State University; maple syrup production, Dr. Robert Hansen, Penn State Cooperative Extension; home-based businesses using the shared kitchen incubator at Carbondale Technology Transfer Center (CTTC), Paul Browne CTTC Administrator; and Christmas tree production by Jim Kessler, Kessler Tree Farm.

The registration fee includes a light breakfast, lunch, and meeting materials. Reservations and payment should be made by calling Penn State Cooperative Extension in Susquehanna County at 570-278-1158.

The Income Opportunities in Agriculture Program is part of the educational programs offered by the Ag Entrepreneurship Extension Team at Penn State. This conference has a long history of success assisting non-traditional agricultural and natural resource entrepreneurs in starting new enterprises.

For more information or questions, please contact Michelle Kowalewski at or 570-278-1158.

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Lenten Services At Holy Name Of Mary

Holy Name of Mary Church, Montrose, announces the following services as the Lenten season approaches.

Wednesday, February 17, Ash Wednesday, The Liturgy of the Word will be held with the distribution of ashes at 8:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m., and mass will be held with the distribution of ashes at 7:00 p.m.

All Fridays during Lent, Stations of the Cross will be held at 6:00 p.m.

Father Gerry Safko serves as Pastor of Holy Name of Mary Church, 60 South Main Street, Montrose.

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PDA Sponsors Poster Contest

Harrisburg, PA - In observance of National Children’s Dental Health Month (NCDHM) in February, the Pennsylvania Dental Association (PDA) is sponsoring its annual poster contest. All Pennsylvania third-grade students are eligible to participate in the contest.

The grand prize winner will receive a $1,000 education bond and see his or her poster reproduced as bookmarks to be distributed to all Pennsylvania public libraries. In addition to the student prize, the first-place winner’s school and teacher will each receive a $250 prize. The first-place winner will be awarded his or her grand prize at a school function. The second-place winner will receive a $500 bond, while the third-place winner will receive a $250 bond.

In December, PDA distributed lesson plan kits to third-grade teachers in Pennsylvania public, private and charter schools. Each kit contains information on dental health topics, classroom activities, four activity sheets, instructions for the PDA-sponsored poster contest and a complimentary NCDHM poster for the classroom.

The poster contest deadline is Friday, March 5. PDA will announce the top three winners in April.

Visit for the complete list of poster contest rules or for more information on NCDHM.

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The Rain Forest Is Coming To Town

How can a rain forest come to town? It’s truly something you will have to see to believe. On Wednesday, February 10, the Lathrop Street Elementary School in Montrose will be transformed into a tropical rain forest.

Touring under the name “Live on Stage, The Rain Forest,” not only will you think you are right in the middle of the tropical rain forest with the beautiful sounds and sights of the Amazon region, you will also see exotic birds, alligators, jungle cats and snakes.

It all started as a dream for founder and current director Mike Kohlrieser. In the 1980’s Mike and his wife Marcia became increasingly aware of problems in tropical rain forests. Using his already developed skills as an animal trainer and stage entertainer, he wanted to educate young and old alike about animals facing possible extinction.

In 1992, the non-profit organization Understanding Wildlife, Inc. was created. Their goal is simple - educate and inspire individuals to get involved and make this a better world for all, including animals, to live in.

This fascinating comedy animal show will only be at the Lathrop Street Elementary School in Montrose on Wednesday, February 10, with two shows at 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Tickets will be available at the door.

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Celebrate Valentine’s Day With St. Martin’s Players

St. Martin’s Players will present the musical, “All I Really Need to Know, I Learned in Kindergarten” on Friday, February 12 at 7 p.m., Saturday, February 13 at 1 p.m., and Sunday, February 14 at 2 p.m. All performances will be at St. Martin of Tours R. C. Church in Jackson, Rts. 492 and 92. Tickets may be purchased at the door.

The cast of Frank Hadnagy, Eileen Hartman, Chris Lake, Sue Lee, Martina Lingobardo, Deb McNamee, Sharon Panasevich, Jimmy Stewart, Pat Stewart, and Joel Whitehead will bring to life the stories of Robert Fulghum’s famous collection. These heartwarming, charming, funny and touching tales are about all of us. Come celebrate St. Valentine’s Day and Mardi Gras with the St. Martin’s Players.

Directed by Christopher Lake and accompanied by Jeffrey Keyes and Holly Snitzer, this two-act comedy will delight young and old with its fast-beat songs by David Caldwell and touching scenes adapted by Ernest Zulia. One-third of all profits will benefit a local charity for children.

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