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Senior Menu

Program Helps Families Connect
Irish Dinner At St. Paul’s
Episcopalians Continue Lenten Lunch Tradition
Living Way Of The Cross
Self-Guided Maple Tour Scheduled
Passport Fair At Susky Post Office
RC&D Council To Host Agricultural Summits
Blue Ridge To Host Regional Band Festival
Town Fair Committee Looking For Help


March 16

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

MEETING: Upper Delaware Mushroom Society, March 16, 7:00 p.m. at Honesdale Wellness Center.

March 17

LENTEN SERVICE & LUNCH, March 17, noon at Lanesboro Community Church. For info call 756-2793.

HAM & CABBAGE DINNER, Weds., March 17, 5:30-8:00 p.m. at Kirkwood Elks Lodge. All welcome.

LENTEN SOUP SUPPER, March 17, 6:00 p.m. soup & 6:45 p.m. worship at South Gibson UM Church.

IRISH DINNER, March 17, 6:00 p.m. at St. Paul’s Church, Montrose. Bring a dish to pass. Free, all welcome.

WORKSHOP: Grape Disease & Pest Management, Weds., March 17, 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. at County Office Building, Montrose. Fee. Pre-register by calling 570-836-3196.

MEETING: New Milford Area Rotary, March 17, noon at Green Gables Restaurant, New Milford. For info call 570-465-7174.

March 18

SAVVY MEETING, Thurs., March 18, 6:00-9:00 p.m. at Yar-Corte Acres, South Gibson. New members welcome. For info e-mail

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

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

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

MEETING: Thompson Boro Crime Watch, Thurs., March 18, 7:00 p.m. at Thompson Hose Co., followed by Town Fair committee at 7:30 p.m.

March 19

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

MEETING: Calligrapher’s Guild of Northeastern PA, Fri., March 19, 7:30 p.m. at Marywood University, Shields Center for Visual Arts Room 225. Call 570-542-5416 for details. Free, open to the public.

March 20

CRAZY FOR COOKIES SALE, March 20, 12:00-3:00 p.m. at Susquehanna County Literacy Office, New Milford.

GOOD NEWS LUNCH, March 20, noon at St. Mark’s Church, New Milford. Free, all welcome.

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

March 21

NEW SUNDAY WORSHIP SERVICE TIME, beginning March 21, 9:30 a.m. at Clifford Baptist Church. All welcome.

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

March 23

LENTEN PENANCE SERVICE, March 23, 7:00 p.m. at St. Lawrence Church, Great Bend.

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

March 24

REGISTRATION DEADLINE for eBay selling class to be held April 1, 6 & 8 at Mt. View High School. Sponsored by AAA, for adults age 60 and older. Free. To register call 1-800-982-4346.

LENTEN SERVICE & LUNCH, March 24, noon at Christ Episcopal Church. For info call 756-2793.

SPAGHETTI DINNER, Weds., March 24, 5:00-7:00 p.m. at Kirkwood Elks Lodge. All welcome.

LENTEN SOUP SUPPER, March 24, 6:00 p.m. soup, 6:45 p.m. worship at Gibson UM Church. All welcome.

MEETING: New Milford Area Rotary, March 24, noon at Green Gables Restaurant, New Milford. For info call 570-465-7174.

March 25

STEAK DINNER, Thurs., March 25, 5:30-8:00 p.m. at Kirkwood Elks Lodge. All welcome.

March 26

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

March 26-27

SPRING MUSICAL: Annie Get Your Gun, Fri., March 26 & Sat., March 27, 8:00 p.m. at Windsor High School Auditorium. For info call 655-8250.

March 27

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

SPAGHETTI SUPPER & BAKE SALE, Sat., March 27, 4:30 p.m. at Thompson UM Church. All welcome.

CONSERVATION BANQUET: Lackawanna Valley & Endless Mountains Chapter of Trout Unlimited, Sat., March 27, 6:00-10:00 p.m. at Amadeo’s Restaurant, Moosic. Fee. For info call 570-562-3383.

DINNER THEATER, Sat., March 27, 5:30 p.m. at UM Church of Chinchilla. For reservations call 570-586-8012.

RESERVATION DEADLINE March 27, for dinner honoring 2010 citizen of the year, Joe Welden, April 10, 5:00 p.m. at Montrose Bible conference Dining Hall. For info call 570-278-3062.

CHICKEN BBQ, Sat., March 27, 11:00 a.m. at Montrose Fire Hall.

March 27-28

HUNTER SAFETY COURSE, Sat., March 27 & Sun., March 28, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. at Blue Ridge Sportsmen’s Club, New Milford. Pre-registration mandatory, visit For info call 570-267-0253.

March 28

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

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Senior Center Menu March 8 - 12

Monday, March 8: apple cranberry pork chops, mashed sweet potatoes, chilled beets, wheat dinner roll, graham crackers, mixed fruit.

Tuesday, March 9: balsamic chicken, steamed carrots, wheat bread, herbed orzo, chunky applesauce.

Wednesday, March 10: beef patties w/ mushroom sauce, baked fries, split pea soup, ww roll, chocolate chip cookie, tangerine.

Thursday, March 11: baked chicken, steamed spinach, parsley boiled potatoes, ww bread, chocolate sherbet.

Friday, March 12: spinach stuffed pesto shells, salad, Italian wedding soup, Italian beans, garlic bread, pears.

Senior Center Menu March 15 - 19

Monday, March 15: bbq riblet, steamed spinach, parsley boiled potatoes, ww bread, chocolate sherbet.

Tuesday, March 16: shepherd’s pie, corn, ww bread, melba toast, pineapple.

Wednesday, March 17: ham & cabbage, boiled potatoes, Irish soda bread, Irish parfait.

Thursday, March 18: meatball sandwich, Caesar salad, hoagie roll, cheese tortellini, berry crumble.

Friday, March 19: baked halibut, sautéed squash, ww dinner roll, quinoa rice pilaf, orange, sugar cookie.

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Program Helps Families Connect

Be honest - does your child sometimes drive you a little crazy? Is parenting more difficult than it used to be with homework, friends, and activities to manage? Well, you are not alone!

Join other concerned parents like you in a wonderful, family-oriented program called Strengthening Families for parents and youth 10-14. This program will be offered seven Thursday nights from April 8 to May 20, 5:30-8:00 p.m., at the Montrose High School.

The program will bring together parents/caregivers and their kids to: share their dreams, wishes and goals for the future; learn the most effective ways to communicate with each other; develop great problem-solving skills to handle problems as they arise; increase and enhance family bonding; decrease risky behaviors like teen drug and alcohol abuse.

Families across Susquehanna County who have participated in the Strengthening Families Program report that their families are closer, are working better together to prevent and resolve everyday issues, and have reduced tension and frustration in their households. Kids, especially, report remembering and using some of the lessons they’ve learned to deal with difficult peer issues and to communicate better with their parents.

There is no cost for this program, and it is open to all families. Register to participate in the Strengthening Families Program, and you and your family will receive: family supper each Thursday night; child care for younger children; gifts and prizes; great information and resources; opportunities to meet other families in your community.

Call Penn State Cooperative Extension of Susquehanna County at 278-1158 or e-mail to register. Space is limited, so call or e-mail as soon as possible.

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Irish Dinner At St. Paul’s

Irish food, music and door prizes will abound at St. Paul’s, Montrose on March 17 - St. Patrick’s Day. The buffet dinner, which is open to the public at no charge, commences at 6:00 p.m., and will be followed by musical entertainment and of course plenty of dessert. Reservations are not necessary. Guests are asked to bring a dish to pass - it doesn’t have to be Irish. The event is sponsored by St. Paul’s Daughters of the King. According to Jane Chandler, President of the DOK, “this event is always a great opportunity for camaraderie and celebration, whether you are Irish or not. We have some great entertainment lined up with lots of Irish music and we welcome everyone to this free fun-filled evening.”

For those who wish to contribute, free will offerings will be accepted at the dinner to benefit the Easter Dinner Food Drive for financially challenged families throughout Susquehanna County - Bountiful Blessings. Cash donations will help offset the cost of purchasing hams. A collection bin will also be available if guests wish to bring in boxed macaroni and cheese, boxed potatoes, canned fruits and vegetables, cake mixes and icing for the food drive.

Chandler encourages the public to attend this event, noting “you will have a great meal, a fun evening, and the opportunity to help others in the community at the same time.” St. Paul’s is located on the corner of Church and Chestnut Streets in Montrose and is easily accessible by the mobility impaired.

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Episcopalians Continue Lenten Lunch Tradition

All are invited to the annual Lenten Lunch at Christ Episcopal Church in Susquehanna, at 12 p.m. on Wednesday, March 24.

Todd Moffett, senior warden of the church, said that a warm invitation and welcome especially is extended to local churchgoers and pastors of every denomination who in past years have attended the Lenten Lunch series throughout the community. The event will start with a brief worship service followed by a soup, salad, and sandwich lunch in the parish hall downstairs.

Lent is a six-week church season in which Christians are invited to take stock of their lives and relationships to discover and change what they should as they prepare for Easter, experiencing the spiritual renewal that comes with this type of “making right” activity. Since spiritual renewal is an activity that all churches share and promote, Lent often is also a time for churches of different denominations to share worship and focus on what they share in common.

Christ Church is located on West Main Street in Susquehanna near the bridge. All are warmly welcome.

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Living Way Of The Cross

On Sunday, March 21, at 7:00 p.m., the young people of Holy Name of Mary Parish, Montrose, will be presenting “The Living Way of the Cross,” a dramatic reenactment of the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Everyone is invited to attend. Father Gerry Safko serves as Pastor of Holy Name of Mary Church, 60 South Main St., Montrose.

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Self-Guided Maple Tour Scheduled

Wayne Conservation District has partnered with the Wayne County Cooperative Extension and the Northeastern Maple Producers Association to organize a self-guided maple tour of producers in and around Wayne County. The tour is scheduled for March 20 and 21, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. A list of area maple producers, along with directions and a map is available at Those without internet access can call Paul Reining at (570) 253-0930 or Ed Pruss at (570) 253-5970 to have information mailed to them. Fliers are also available at your local Agway stores.

Maple season is here, get out and enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of the maple sugaring process. And while you’re there, grab some sweet, smooth, rich, locally produced pure maple syrup.

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Passport Fair At Susky Post Office

The Susquehanna Post Office is hosting a Passport Fair in Susquehanna, PA on Saturday, March 27, from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. to provide passport information to U.S. citizens and to accept passport applications. The Post Office is joining the Department of State in celebrating Passport Day in the USA 2010, a national passport acceptance and outreach event.

U.S. citizens must present a valid passport book when entering or re-entering the United States by air. U.S. citizens entering the United States from Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean and Bermuda at land borders and sea ports of entry must present a passport book, passport card, or other travel documents approved by the U.S. government.

Information on the cost and how to apply for a U.S. passport is available at U.S. citizens may also obtain passport information by phone, in English and Spanish, by calling the National Passport Information Center toll-free at 1-877-487-2778.

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RC&D Council To Host Agricultural Summits

The Endless Mountains Resource Conservation & Development Council will be hosting three Northern Tier Agricultural Summits in the Endless Mountains region. The Summits are targeting any farm owner/operator who may or may not fulfill compliance requirements for nutrients and sediment. The summits are scheduled for March 30 for Susquehanna/Wyoming County landowners at the American Legion in Elk Lake; March 31 for Bradford/Sullivan County landowners at the Wysox Fire Hall; and April 1 for Lycoming/Tioga County landowners at the Trout Run Fire Hall. All three events will have similar agendas and speakers. Registration begins at 8:45 a.m. with programming starting at 9:15 a.m. The registration fee will cover the cost of lunch. Registration forms and payment are due by March 23; walk-ins are welcome, however calling ahead is appreciated. To request a brochure, registration or more information, please contact Endless Mountains RC&D Council at 570-265-5288 ext 5 or email Brochures and registration information is also available on the Council’s website at

Endless Mountains RC&D Council prides itself in helping its residents become proactive to dealing with natural resource and community development issues. That is the motivation for hosting these Agricultural Summits. In 1987 and 2000 the Chesapeake Bay states set goals for meeting nutrient and sediment levels in the Chesapeake Bay. These goals were not met, not even close. As a result, a new, tougher strategy with the goal of doing what is necessary to reach the clean Bay goal by 2025 is beginning to be implemented. This means terms like enforcement, regulation and compliance are all becoming a quick reality, particularly for the Agricultural Communities in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed since most of the nutrient and sediment non-point sources target agriculture.

US Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA), under the pressure of litigation and a Presidential Order, is in the process of developing a Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) for nutrients and sediment for the Bay. The Bay will be broken up into subwatersheds and localized areas contributing significant impacts will be targeted. EPA is still in the process of outlining the details for implementation as strict deadline are quickly approaching. There are many things that haven’t been defined in the process, but one approach that EPA has already started is sending out teams to Lancaster County to do door to door compliance checks. Lancaster County may seem a long distance away, but movement will continue northward particularly as PA Department of Environmental Protection’s (PA DEP) role is further defined and each regional office has a plan to approach this issue.

So you may ask how does this affect the agricultural community in the Northern Tier? Greater levels of compliance to existing regulation and impending TMDL totals are coming, so now is the time to take action on your own property to at least reach minimum compliance. There are several agencies and organizations prepared to assist you with your efforts and simple management changes may be all that are needed. The time to act is now and it all starts with being informed and becoming educated on the issues as well as knowledgeable about the agencies/organizations available to assist you both technically and financially to come into and go beyond compliance. Through these Agricultural Summits the Council will provide the most up to date information from US EPA and PA DEP on the implementation process for the Presidential Order and the TMDL, specifically how it will affect Northern Tier farmers. They will provide additional information on as many resources available, both technical and financial, to assist you with improvements to your farm operation to reach compliance and beyond. The Council’s effort with these Summits is to provide the necessary understanding of the seriousness of the strategies being developed and implemented and motivate landowners to take action now before any agency takes an enforcement approach.

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Blue Ridge To Host Regional Band Festival

The PMEA Region IV State Band Festival will be held March 25-27 at Blue Ridge High School. This ensemble, comprised of approximately 160 high school musicians from 55 high schools in the northeastern corner of Pennsylvania, will be under the direction of Col. Thomas H. Palmatier of the U.S. Army Field Band.

A concert will be given on Saturday, March 27 at 1:00 p.m. in the Blue Ridge High School Theater. The public is welcome to attend. Tickets will be available at the door.

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Town Fair Committee Looking For Help

Anyone interested in helping with the 8th annual Thompson Town Fair is asked to attend the next meeting which follows the Thompson crime watch meeting on Thursday, March 18. Come at 7:30 p.m. to the Thompson Hose Co. and lend your support to this great yearly event. The committee needs input toward planning and help with work on the day of the fair, Saturday, June 12. This event helps to bring about projects (like Trees for Thompson) which improve the borough. Suggestions are also needed for this years project. Please come and help your community.

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