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Senior Menu

PA American Water Accepting Applications
Mt. View Offers Adult Ed Classes
Clifford Twp. Advisory Committee To Meet
Conservation Camp Scholarships Available
Susquehanna County Contractor Workshop
Consultant To Share “Deerscaping” Secrets
Help Celebrate Week Of The Young Child
Eileta B. Jones Celebrates 90th!
Marie P. Tiffany Celebrates 90th!
Susky PIC Update
Susky Elementary Sets Registration


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 25

PIZZA NIGHT, Thurs., February 25, 5:30-9:00 p.m. at Kirkwood Elks Lodge. Eat in or take out.

OPEN MIC COUNTRY, Thurs., February 25, 6:00-9:00 p.m. at Kirkwood Elks Lodge. All welcome.

February 26

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

FISH DINNER, Fridays through Lent, 5:00-7:00 p.m. at American Legion Auxiliary Unit 357, Hallstead.

PRESENTATION: “Marcellus Shale - Water Quality Issues,” Fri., February 26, 7:00-9:00 p.m. at Elk Lake High School auditorium.

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.

February 28

BREAKFAST, Sun., February 28, 8:00-11:00 a.m. at Kirkwood Elks Lodge. All welcome.

March 4

CHICKEN N’ BISCUIT DINNER, March 4, 5:00 p.m. at VFW #6223, Great Bend. Eat in or take out.

March 4-7

MUSICAL: “Annie,” March 4-6, 8:00 p.m. & March 7, 3:00 p.m. at Music Box Dinner Playhouse, Swoyersville. For info call 570-283-2195.

March 5

RESERVATION DEADLINE, March 5, for Wyoming Valley Civil War Round Table dinner meeting, Thurs., March 11, 6:00 p.m. at Lakeside Skillet, Harvey’s Lake. Call 570-639-1283.

PRESENTATION: “Marcellus Shale - Legislation, Taxation & Regulation,” Fri., March 5, 7:00-9:00 p.m. at Elk Lake High School auditorium.

March 6

HUNTER HERITAGE BANQUET, Sat., March 6, 5:00 p.m. at Owego Treadway Inn, Owego. Reservation deadline February 27, call 607-754-5058.

MEETING: Susquehanna Co. Pomona Grange #7, March 6, 10:00 a.m. at Lawsville Grange Hall.

PANCAKE & SAUSAGE BREAKFAST, Sat., March 6, 7:00-11:00 a.m. at East Ararat UM Church. All welcome.

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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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PA American Water Accepting Applications

Pennsylvania American Water announced that the application process is now open for its 2010 Environmental Grant Program to support innovative, community-based environmental projects that improve, restore or protect watersheds and community drinking water supplies.

The company will award grants of up to $10,000. The program is designed to support diverse types of activities, such as watershed cleanups, reforestation efforts, biodiversity projects, streamside buffer restoration projects and hazardous waste collection efforts.

“Through the Environmental Grant Program, we have been able to support many local organizations with meaningful, sustainable initiatives that preserve and protect our watersheds,” said Pennsylvania American Water President Kathy L. Pape. “We encourage applications from municipalities, schools, environmental organizations and civic groups that share our commitment to environmental stewardship.”

To qualify, the proposed project must be: located within Pennsylvania American Water's service area; completed between May 1 and November 30, 2010; a new or innovative community initiative, or reflect significant expansion to an existing program.

Projects will be judged based on criteria that include clarity of project goals and projected impact, strength of collaboration with other community and/or municipal organizations, and evidence that the project will provide long-term, sustainable environmental results.

In 2009, the company awarded approximately $33,000 in grants to a total of nine recipients.

Pennsylvania American Water recently mailed informational brochures and applications to more than 500 municipalities, environmental groups and civic organizations in its service territory. Grant materials and applications can also be found online at Applications must be postmarked by March 22.

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Mt. View Offers Adult Ed Classes

The Mountain View School District will once again be offering an adult education program during the Spring 2010. The classes will be offered on different nights throughout each week so that more people can participate in the programs.

Tuition will be charged for each class. However, if a resident of the district attends 80% of the classes he or she will have the tuition refunded. The tuition will not be refunded to non-district people who are participating in the program. A resident of the district who attends less than 80% of the classes will not receive a refund.

All expenses for materials in the classes will be borne by the participant. Classes may not be held for fewer than nine participants in each course.

To register for one or more classes call Mrs. Joy Marcy at 434-2180 ext. 413 on any school day between the hours of 7:45 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.

Registration must take place before attending any classes. Following is a schedule of the classes: Adult Recreation Volleyball; Adult Recreation Basketball; Colored Pencil Basics; Basketry/Chair Caning; Digital Photography; Introduction to Microsoft Word 2007.

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Clifford Twp. Advisory Committee To Meet

The second monthly meeting of the Clifford Township Advisory Committee is scheduled for February 24, at 7 p.m. in the Clifford Township Municipal Building. The committee was formed in January to serve as an independent committee to present ideas, perform research, and provide alternative solutions for issues requiring the attention of the Clifford Township Board of Supervisors. The committee is non-voting. The main purpose of the next meeting will be to finalize a draft township survey that will be included in the township’s April 2010 Newsletter. Everyone is invited to attend and help support the township. Please consider volunteering to help ensure Clifford continues to be a great place to live and work.

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Conservation Camp Scholarships Available

The Northeast Pennsylvania Audubon Society announces scholarship opportunities for three qualified teens to attend residential conservation camps in the summer of 2010.

One student will have the outstanding opportunity to attend a two-week interdisciplinary residential program at the Environmental Studies Summer Youth Institute at Hobart and William Smith Colleges located in the heart of New York’s Finger Lakes region, on beautiful Seneca Lake. The program offers exceptional opportunities to explore the scientific, social, and humanistic perspectives of environmental issues. There will be opportunities to conduct research with faculty members in a variety of locations: on the HWS William F. Scandling (a 65-foot vessel on Seneca Lake), in streams, quaking bogs, the Adirondack Mountains, and the Colleges’ science laboratories. They will work closely with Hobart and William Smith faculty members in small groups, conducting hands-on research with first-rate equipment, and learning individually and collectively in a rigorous yet noncompetitive atmosphere. This experience is open to rising junior and senior high-school students (minimum age sixteen).

Audubon will also be offering two students (ages 14-17) a camp scholarship to attend a week at this summer’s Pennsylvania Wildlife Leadership Academy. Students will have the opportunity to engage in hands-on learning about the biology, ecology, and management of the Pennsylvania state bird, the ruffed grouse (June 22-26) or white-tailed deer (July 6-10.) Activities include grouse and deer necropsy, using radio telemetry and GPS in the field, doing habitat evaluations, management, etc.

“Our goal is to provide talented high-school students with hands-on learning experiences that explore the many disciplines, tools, and approaches demanded by complex environmental problems. We wish to positively influence our youth and their understanding of environmental issues so they can in turn contribute to the well being of our ecosystem,” says MaryAnn Lunniss, Audubon’s camp scholarship chair.

The camp scholarships are available to boys and girls from Wayne, Pike, Susquehanna, and Lackawanna Counties. Applications for the camps may be found at Applications must be received by April 30. Call Northeast PA Audubon at 570-253-9250 for more information.

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Susquehanna County Contractor Workshop

The Susquehanna County Conservation District will be holding a Heavy Equipment Contractor Workshop on March 17, at the Montrose Bible Conference’s Dreyer Hall in Montrose. The workshop begins with breakfast and registration at 7:30 a.m. and concludes at noon with door prizes.

This year’s speakers include John Chibirka, Soil Scientist with the Natural Resources Conservation Service and Tim Ziegler with the Center for Dirt & Gravel Road Studies at Penn State University. John Chibirka will give an overview of Susquehanna County soils and conservation practices that will assist contractors working with these unique soils. He will also give a demonstration on the Web Soil Survey.

Tim Ziegler will provide information on building and maintaining dirt and gravel roads intended for heavy hauling use. This should be very valuable material for townships, contractors for the gas industry, and forestry operators. A brief presentation on common wetland plants in Susquehanna County will also be shown.

The district hopes all heavy equipment contractors will be able to attend this informative workshop. Registration is due by March 3. For more information please contact the District at 278-4600 ext. 281.

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Consultant To Share “Deerscaping” Secrets

Great hunting properties just don't just happen; they’re made that way. That’s the premise of Neil Dougherty, a leading authority on the white-tailed deer and inventor of what he calls “deerscaping.” What you can do to make a great hunting property and how it's possible to turn unproductive acreage into a QDM showcase will be the focus when Dougherty discusses his wildlife habitat management methods February 26 at St. Rose Academy School in Mayfield.

Dougherty will be guest speaker at the meeting of the Wayne-Lackawanna Forest Landowners Association in a program cosponsored by the Susquehanna Branch of the Quality Deer Management Association.

A native of upstate New York, Dougherty has been active in food plot and wildlife habitat research for more than 15 years. He is operations manager for the North Country Whitetails Wildlife Habitat Demo Center, a world-class 500-acre hunting property in Steuben County, NY, and as a wildlife consultant, he manages properties totaling some 250,000 acres nationwide, including many smaller parcels. He uses such management practices as timber stand improvement, a food plot program and herd management to improve hunting opportunities and wildlife habitat on the managed properties.

Susquehanna QDMA Branch President Jim Dovin says, "hunting clubs and landowners seriously looking to improve habitat management to increase their hunting opportunities should mark this date on the calendar. Neil is one of the best minds in the habitat management field for white-tailed deer and always gives an entertaining and interesting seminar no matter where he goes. Also, you will have the chance to network with members of the Susquehanna Branch of QDMA to talk about how some of the members have been taking these strategies to their clubs or properties, implementing them and now are seeing them at work."

Joe Preate, president of the Wayne-Lackawanna Forest Landowners Association says "Directors from the forest landowners association and the Susquehanna Branch of QDMA will be at the seminar and will be able to guide you through the steps needed to implement the practices Neil discusses and to direct you to the resources you'll need to do it right."

The program will be in the school auditorium at St. Rose Academy, 1300 Old Plank Road Mayfield, and starts at 6:30 p.m. Admission to the event is free for WLFLA and QDMA members, reservations are required and can be made by calling 570-281-9495.

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Help Celebrate Week Of The Young Child

Help celebrate National “Week of the Young Child” April 11-17, by displaying artwork in your Susquehanna County business. Susquehanna County CARES (Childcare, Agencies, Resources and Educational Services) is coordinating a countywide young artists’ display to recognize the talents of our young children and honor the early educators involved in shaping a child’s future. Research shows children who receive a quality educational experience before the age of 5 achieve greater success later in life.

CARES is looking for businesses willing to display artwork created by children from various childcare, pre-kindergarten and kindergarten programs. CARES will take care of setting up and removing the display. Businesses just need to provide the space for the month of April.

If your business is willing to participate, please contact Susquehanna County CARES by March 23. Call Stephnie Thornton at (570) 465-5040 or send an e-mail to

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Eileta B. Jones Celebrates 90th!

Eileta B. Jones of Royal, PA will celebrate her 90th birthday on Thursday, March 4, 2010. If you’d like to acknowledge this milestone, well wishes and cards may be sent to her at 3113 State Route 106, Clifford Twp., PA 18411.

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Marie P. Tiffany Celebrates 90th!

Sometime between February 28  and March 1, 2010 Marie P. Tiffany of Kingsley, PA will be celebrating her 90th birthday.  If you would like to help her celebrate this momentous occasion, cards and notes may be sent to her at 401 Nine Partners Road, Kingsley, PA 18826.

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Susky PIC Update

The Susquehanna Community School Parent Involvement Committee’s (PIC) next upcoming event, Winter Fun Day, for the pre-k through 3rd grade students has been postponed until enough volunteers are available to help with the event. If interested in volunteering please call Laurie Polak 570-727-2135. The next monthly meeting will be on Tuesday, March 2, at 6:30 p.m. in the elementary school gymnasium.

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Susky Elementary Sets Registration

Mr. Robert Keyes, Principal of Susquehanna Community Elementary School, has scheduled the registration of K4/K5 students for the 2010-2011 school year on March 2 and 3. Registration will be conducted in the LGI room and the Nurse’s Office from 9:00 a.m. to 3: 00 p.m. In the event of inclement weather on March 2 or 3, the make-up date will be March 4. The schedule is as follows.

Tuesday, March 2: Students whose last name begins with A, B, 9:00 a.m.; C, D, E, 10:30 a.m.; F, G, H, I, 12:30 p.m.; J, K, L, M, 1:30 p.m.

Wednesday, March 3: Students whose last name begins with N, O, P, Q, 9:00 a.m.; R, S, 10:00 a.m.; T, U, V, 12:00 p.m.; W, X, Y, Z, 1:00 p.m.

In order to be eligible for Kindergarten (K5), a student must be 5 years of age on or before September 1, 2010. In order to be eligible for K4, a student must be 4 years of age on or before September 1, 2010.

Birth certificate, immunization records, four year old kindergarten consent forms, medical emergencies form, school entry health history forms, vision consent/registration form, home language survey, proof of residency and pupil transportation form should be presented at the time of registration.

During K4/K5 registration on March 2 and 3, vision, hearing and speech tests will be conducted. A school readiness quiz will be administered for those students who did not attend K4, and a brief parent interview will be conducted for incoming K4 students.

Parents who register after 2:00 p.m. are requested to park in the school parking lot, not in the bus lane on the front side of the school building.

If you have any questions or to receive a registration packet, please call the school at 853-4921.

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