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Senior Menu

Susky PIC Gears For Coming Events
Harvest Banquet At Elkdale Baptist
Mommy & Me Story Time
Thompson Planning For Town Fair
Dairy Of Distinction Applications Due April 15
2010 Community Lenten Services
Susquehanna County Dairy Day Scheduled
Applications Available For PLCB Grants


February 18

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

PIZZA NIGHT, Thurs., February 18, 5:30-9:00 p.m. at Kirkwood Elks Lodge. Eat in or take out.

OPEN MIC COUNTRY, Thurs., February 18, 6:00-9:00 p.m. at Kirkwood Elks Lodge. All welcome.

MEETING - Thompson Boro Crime Watch, Thurs., February 18, 7:00 p.m. at Hose Company.

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.

SPAGHETTI SUPPER, Fri., February 19, 4:00-7:00 p.m. at Hallstead-Great Bend Rod & Gun Club. All you can eat.

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.

BINGO, Sat., February 20, 7:00 p.m. at Blue Ridge Sportsmen’s Club, New Milford. All welcome.

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.

February 21

PANCAKE BREAKFAST, Sun., February 21, 7:00-11:00 a.m. at Blue Ridge Sportsmen’s Club, New Milford. All you can eat.

DAVID BURDICK CONCERT, February 21, 7:00 p.m. at Body of Christ Church, Starrucca. For info call 570-396-6331.

February 23

WING NIGHT, Tues., February 23, 5:30-9:00 p.m. at Kirkwood Elks Lodge. All welcome.

February 24

PROGRAM: The First Step, Starting Your Business, Wed., February 24, 9:00-11:00 a.m. at Susq. Co. Office Building, Montrose. Fee. Registration required, call 570-941-7588.

AUDITIONS for “The Great American Trailer Park Musical,” Wed., February 24, 7:00 p.m. at Music Box Dinner Playhouse, Swoyersville. For info call 283-2195.

February 26

DINNER, Fri., February 26, 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Kirkwood Elks Lodge. All welcome.

February 27

SOUP LUNCHEON & BAKE SALE, Sat., February 27, 11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. at Thompson UM Church. All welcome.

PIEROGI SALE, February 27, at St. Martin of Tours Church, Jackson. Call 756-3047 to pre-order.

HUNTER’S HARVEST BANQUET, Sat., February 27, 5:30 p.m. at Elkdale Baptist Church of West Clifford. Free. All welcome.

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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.

Senior Center Menu February 22 - 26

Monday, February 22: roasted ham, baby lima beans, au gratin potatoes, rye bread, waldorf salad.

Tuesday, February 23: beef stroganoff, peas & pearl onions, ww dinner roll, buttered noodles, yellow cake w/lemon frosting, orange juice.

Wednesday, February 24: southwestern chicken, vegetable medley, cornbread, brown rice pilaf, apple crumb cake.

Thursday, February 25: ww pasta w/ meat sauce, romaine salad, broccoli, garlic bread, spiced pears.

Friday, February 26: crabcakes, oven roasted potatoes, corn cobette, sandwich roll, cheesecake.

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Susky PIC Gears For Coming Events

The Susquehanna Community School Parent Involvement Committee’s (PIC) next upcoming event, Winter Fun Day, for pre-K through 3rd grade students will be on Saturday, February 27, in the elementary gymnasium from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. There will be fun, games, crafts and more. Volunteers are needed to assist in an activity for the two hours.

Upcoming events in March include a 4th, 5th and 6th grade dance and a high school dance.

Parents and guardians are encouraged to join and/or assist PIC - women and men. Any volunteers are asked to call Laurie Polak at 570-727-2135.

The Committee will also be mailing out to businesses within the school district letters requesting their financial support to offset the cost for Elementary School Yearbooks, which will be distributed to each student free of charge. Any money left over will be used for end of the year activities for the elementary students. If you are interested in supporting this endeavor, please contact Ray Polak at 570-727-2135.

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Harvest Banquet At Elkdale Baptist

Elkdale Baptist Church of West Clifford will be hosting a Hunter’s Harvest Banquet on Saturday, February 27 at 5:30 p.m. The dinner will include fish, deer, bear, elk, rabbit and other wild game. A variety of Italian food will also be provided. Speakers discussing hunting will be present, including Peter Accardi and David Vucish, along with a speaker on trapping, Russ Carmen.  Admission is free and all are welcome. For more information call 222-4997 or visit

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Mommy & Me Story Time

The Susquehanna Branch Library will be hosting a Mommy & Me story time for children 2 years of age and older, on Wednesday mornings at 10:30 a.m., beginning March 3.

A parent must have a valid library card to register their child. Registration begins immediately at the library.

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Thompson Planning For Town Fair

The Thompson Borough Crime Watch will meet on Thursday, February 18 at 7:00 p.m. at the Hose Company. It is time to open discussion about the annual town fair, and anyone with an interest in this event is urged to come to the meeting and help plan for it. This early start with planning, and new ideas from those interested in community outreach, should make the 8th annual event a success. Borough residents are urged to come and help.

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Dairy Of Distinction Applications Due April 15

UNIVERSITY PARK, PA - Pennsylvania dairy farms are invited to apply for this year's Dairy of Distinction award from the Northeast Dairy Farm Beautification Program. Applications must be submitted by April 15.

The award is based on the idea that attractive farmsteads enhance consumer confidence in the wholesomeness of milk and stimulate milk sales and public support for the industry. Dairies receiving the highest scores in each of 10 Pennsylvania districts will be awarded an 18-inch-by-24-inch Dairy of Distinction sign to display in front of their farm.

"This program is run by volunteers and recognizes the hard work and dedication of dairy producers who promote a positive image for the dairy industry," says Mike O'Connor, secretary of the Pennsylvania Dairy of Distinction program and professor of dairy science in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.

Roadside judging will take place in May, and farms will be evaluated on factors that can be controlled by the dairy producer. Judges will look for clean and attractively finished buildings; neat landscaping, ditches, roads and lanes; and well-maintained fences. They also will take into account other aspects of the farm, such as manure management and cleanliness of animals, the barnyard and feed areas.

To receive an application, call O'Connor at (814) 863-3913 or visit the Web at

Since 1987, Pennsylvania's Dairy of Distinction program has recognized more than 800 dairy farms. The Pennsylvania program is part of the Northeast Dairy Farm Beautification Program, which also includes New York, New Jersey and Vermont. Dairies in these states can contact the program secretary in their state for applications.

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2010 Community Lenten Services

Route 11 Corridor Ministerium announces the following community Lenten Services. All services are on Wednesday evenings, beginning at 7:00 p.m.

February 17, Ash Wednesday: Ministerium churches to hold their own services.

February 24: service at United Methodist Community Church, Great Bend; Preacher - Pastor Will Hagenbuch; special music by First United Methodist Church, New Milford.

March 3: service at Brooklyn Universalist Church; Preacher - Pastor Andrew Weidner; special music by First Presbyterian Church, Hallstead.

March 10: service at First Congregational UCC, Harford; Preacher - Pastor Ralph Christianson; special music by United Methodist Community Church, Great Bend.

March 17: service at Hop Bottom United Methodist Church; Preacher - Pastor Donald Littleton; special music by Brooklyn Universalist Church.

March 24: service at First United Methodist Church, New Milford; Preacher - Pastor Phil Richardson; special music by First Congregational UCC, Harford.

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Susquehanna County Dairy Day Scheduled

MONTROSE, PA - The 21st annual Susquehanna County Dairy Day will take place on Friday, March 5 at Elk Lake High School. Dairy Day is organized by the Penn State Cooperative Extension in Susquehanna County and the Dairy Day Committee.

The event will run from 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. this year. Dairy Day will be filled with educational presentations, free health screenings, commercial exhibitors, lunch and a well stocked dairy bar. Last but certainly not least, plan to visit at 2:00 p.m. for the famous pie baking contest and auction.

This year’s dairy day will feature a panel of industry experts located in the front of the gym. These experts will include milk pricing and commodity marketing expert Bill Curley from Blimling & Associates; water quality expert Bryan Swistock, Penn State University College of Agricultural Sciences School of Forest Resources; and dairy industry resources Cathy Bewley, Center for Dairy Excellence.

Pesticide credit workshops will be offered by Dave Messersmith, Penn State Cooperative Extension in Wayne County in classroom 96. The morning session will be held from 10:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. and will focus on “Pesticide Record Keeping Requirements” and “Crop Update Discussion.” This session is worth one core and one category pesticide credits. The afternoon session will begin at 1:00 p.m. and will conclude by 2:00 p.m. These sessions will cover “Tips for Safe Pesticide Handling” and “Weed Control in Pastures.” This session is worth one core and one category pesticide credit.

Bryan Swistock from Penn State University will hold a workshop in classroom 94 from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. on “Protecting Water Wells, Springs and Other Water Resources in Areas of Gas Well Drilling.” From 1:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m. in classroom 94, Joann Kowalski will speak on “Natural Gas Development in PA: How will it play out?”

Youth are encouraged to visit the “Farm Safety for Kids!” workshop in classroom 93. The hands-on demonstration will show youth safety tips to remember on the farm. Susquehanna County 4-H will also showcase the various clubs projects that 4-H has to offer. The Penn State Master Gardeners of Susquehanna County will be on-hand to answer gardening questions and to speak about pruning.

A new feature to this year’s dairy day will include several value-added dairy producers who have developed and are marketing their own dairy products.

Health education and free health screenings will be offered in the hallway by local agencies.

Lunch will be available to those interested. Lunch reservations are required by calling the Extension Office at 570-278-1158. Reservation deadline is 12:00 noon, Friday, February 26. Individuals making reservations can pay at the door for their lunch.

For those interested in entering the Dairy Day Pie Contest, guidelines are as follows: submit one pie per participant; pies should be in a 9-inch aluminum pie plate; bring your pie to the stage in the gym by 11:30 a.m. on Dairy Day; the top four adults and top two youth will receive prizes; pre-register for the contest by calling the Extension Office, 278-1158. Anyone is eligible to enter the contest, youth or adults, farm or non-farm folks!

The Pie Auction will take place at 2:00 p.m. in the gymnasium. Proceeds from the auction will be divided equally between the Susquehanna County 4-H Dairy Program and the County Dairy Princess and Promotion Program.

Penn State Cooperative Extension in Susquehanna County and the Dairy Day Committee are grateful to Elk Lake School District and event exhibitors for their continuous support and cooperation in making the 21st annual Susquehanna County Dairy Day possible.

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Applications Available For PLCB Grants

HARRISBURG - Rep. Sandra Major (R-Susquehanna/Wayne/Wyoming) said that grants to help combat underage drinking are available from the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB).

"All too often we witness the tragic results of alcohol abuse by young people," Major said. "Underage drinking can lead to serious traffic accidents, academic failure and the more likely use of illegal drugs and tobacco."

Under the PLCB program, grants are available to all colleges, universities, municipalities, school districts and community groups in the Commonwealth that develop programs to help reduce and eliminate underage and dangerous use of alcohol.

The 2010-11 grant application, grant supplement and related forms can be found at After reaching the site, click on "Alcohol Education." The deadline to apply is Feb. 25.

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