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Senior Menu

Holy Name Of Mary Holy Week Services
EMTC Announces Annual Meetingl
Calling All Artists
Courthouse Closing Notice
Ecumenical Way Of The Cross
Joe Welden Named Citizen Of The Year
County Library To Present Puppet Show
Farm Bureau Sets Spring Meeting
Vesper Service At St. Paul’s


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.

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

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

WORKSHOP: Getting the Best Out of Staff through Effective Supervision and Management, March 25, 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Susq. Co. Office Building, Montrose. For info/registration call 278-1158.

DINNER MEETING: Nellie Jane Dewitt BPW, Thurs., March 25, 6:30 p.m. at Lakey’s, Susquehanna. Call 853-4901 for reservation.

March 26

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

LENTEN FISH FRY, Fri., March 26, 5:00-7:00 p.m. at American Legion Post 86, Susquehanna. Eat in or take out.

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.

March 29

LIVING WAY OF THE CROSS, March 29, 7:00 p.m. at St. John’s Church, Susquehanna. All welcome.

March 30

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

April 2

LENTEN FISH FRY, Fri., April 2, 5:00-7:00 p.m. at American Legion Post 86, Susquehanna. Eat in or take out.

April 3

EASTER EXTRAVAGANZA, Sat., April 3, 11:00 a.m. at The Loft Ministries, Great Bend. Walking toddlers through 3rd grade. For info call 570-396-1967.

PANCAKE & SAUSAGE BREAKFAST, Sat., April 3, 7:00-11:00 a.m. at East Ararat UM Church.

April 6

EMT CLASS, beginning April 6, 6:00-10:00 p.m. at Great Bend Fire Station. For more info/to register call 570-882-6390 or 570-879-4867.

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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.

Senior Center Menu April 5 - 9

Monday, April 5: lemon tarragon chicken, potato wedges, spinach, ww dinner roll, angel food cake w/strawberries.

Tuesday, April 6: peppered pork roast, succotash, wild white rice, pumpernickel bread, applesauce.

Wednesday, April 7: Philly cheese steak, broccoli salad, minestrone soup, hoagie roll, crackers, oatmeal cookie, pear.

Thursday, April 8: rosemary roast turkey, steamed carrots, mashed potatoes, biscuit, breadsticks, apple strudel.

Friday, April 9: broiled pork w/feta cheese, spring peas w/mint, boiled new potatoes, rye bread, mixed berry crisp.

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Holy Name Of Mary Holy Week Services

Holy Name of Mary Church, Montrose, announces the upcoming Holy Week and Easter schedules.

Saturday, March 27: 4:00 p.m, Palm Sunday Vigil Mass with blessing and distribution of palm.

Palm Sunday, March 28: Palm Sunday Masses will be at 8:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. with blessing and distribution of palm.

Holy Thursday, April 1: 7:00 p.m, Mass of the Lord’s Supper; Night Prayer, 10:00 p.m.

Good Friday, April 2: 12:00 noon, Ecumenical Way of the Cross, at which time a wooden cross is carried to several area churches, with readings and a service at each; 2:00 p.m., the Passion of the Lord at Holy Name of Mary.

Holy Saturday, April 3: 11:00 a.m., Blessing of food baskets and children’s Easter baskets, followed by an Easter egg hunt; 8:00 p.m., Easter Vigil Mass.

Easter Sunday, April 4: Masses at 8:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.

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

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EMTC Announces Annual Meeting

The Endless Mountains Theatre Company announces its annual members meeting to be held on Wednesday, March 24 at 6:00 p.m. at St. Paul's Church, Church and Chestnut Streets in Montrose PA. Come by to meet the people responsible for the activities of EMTC, or better yet, to join as a supporting member. Past accomplishments and future plans will be a feature of the evening. If you're interested in getting involved, if you can sew, operate a screwdriver, or want to learn about theatre, EMTC wants to meet you. Come by and bring a friend!

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Calling All Artists

"Focus - Exploring Our Regional Sense of Place," sponsored by the Butternut Gallery, has issued a call for entries for this juried exhibition to be held in conjunction with the annual Chocolate and Wine Festival set for May 15 in Montrose.

The exhibit will celebrate the artists' unique perspective of the place where they live - literally as they see what surrounds them, or figuratively, as their imagination expresses an impression of their living space. Work will be juried from the original for quality, content and space.

The exhibit will also enhance the local "sense of place," as the gallery commission of sales from the exhibit will be donated to the Susquehanna County Library and Endless Mountains Health Systems building funds.

Juror for "Focus" is John Wilkerson. He has a long standing involvement in the fields of conservation, horticulture and the arts. A past president of the American Folk Art Museum, John continues to serve the museum as a trustee. He is also a member of the Cornell Council and of the advisory boards of the Johnson Museum at Cornell University, the Grey Gallery of New York University and the Kluge Ruhe Museum at the University of Virginia. John and wife Barbara collect American folk art, outsider art, African tribal sculpture, aboriginal paintings and outdoor sculpture.

Artists will compete for a $1,000 best of show award, and five additional $250 awards including best representation of a festival "delectable" i.e., chocolate or wine, a peoples choice award, the Martha Fray Sampson best painting award, best photograph and best two dimensional work. Honorable mentions will be given at the Juror's discretion. Award winning artists will be featured in the June or July issue of Connections Magazine.

Artists will submit their work (up to three pieces) on April 29, 30 and May 1. The opening reception and awards announcements will take place at the Butternut Gallery on May 14, the eve of the Chocolate and Wine Festival. The exhibit continues through June 5.

Owner Betty Bryden tells artists to be sure to contact Butternut Gallery at (570) 278-4011 for a copy of the call and an entry form.

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Courthouse Closing Notice

The Susquehanna County Commissioners announce the Courthouse will be closed on Friday, April 2, in observance of Good Friday. All court related offices will be available.

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Ecumenical Way Of The Cross

On Good Friday, April 2, the Ecumenical Way of the Cross will again be held in Montrose. At 12:00 noon, the way will begin at the Holy Name of Mary Roman Catholic Church with a reading from The Passion, prayers and music. A wooden cross will then be carried in procession by community members to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church for a continuation of the reading and service. The procession with the cross will travel to the Montrose Methodist Church, where the reading and service will resume. The procession will conclude at the First Presbyterian Church with the final reading and service. Everyone is invited to this holy event.

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Joe Welden Named Citizen Of The Year

Lending his voice in unison with his church, playing happy sounds, creating memories by brush to share with others - that's just some of the ways people know Joe Welden.

It's this commitment to sharing his talents with the community that brings the Montrose Area Chamber of Commerce to honor Welden as its 2010 Citizen of the Year.

Joe Welden will be honored as the 2010 Montrose Area Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year on April 10. Photo courtesy of Craige's Photique.

Growing up on Bank Street in Montrose, as an only child, Joe can remember singing for nickels as a kid. He began piano lessons at a young age. Joe graduated from Montrose High School, and served in the US Navy.

Joe studied at the Hamilton School of Music in Philadelphia, on the GI Bill. Then, making a living got in the way, and Joe worked in the statistical department of an Insurance Company in Philly for 16 years. The sudden death of his first wife, Jean Maxey Welden, made Joe a single dad of three children - Rex, David and Mary. The boys attended the Milton Hershey School, and Joe brought Mary, the youngest, home to Montrose to raise.

Joe was the Surplus Food Administrator for the Susquehanna County Commissioners during the early 1960's. Then he worked as a postal clerk/carrier in the Montrose Post Office from 1965 until his retirement in 1987. Joe remembers the many friends he made while delivering mail around Montrose, but admits that he's really not too fond of dogs to this day.

In 1969, Joe married his wife, Esther, and her daughter, Janet, completed the family.

Joe always shared his musical talents with the community. He's been a member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church since 1935 and sings in the choir still today. Joe's instrumental music centers on the "Big Band" sound. He played keyboards with the Buddy Spencer Band, and performed on keyboards and sang as a member of the Jimmy Welch Band for 20 years at the popular Jim Dandy's Restaurant in Clarks Summit. He has shared his gift at innumerable weddings and celebrations, and the annual Blueberry Festival. He often plays at J&J Restaurant in Montrose on Friday nights.

Joe says he always fooled around with painting, but didn't get serious about it until he retired. He works in acrylics and mixed media, and feels his art is about 80 percent musically inspired. He has exhibited at Barnes & Noble in Vestal, N.Y., Lost Dog Gallery in Binghamton, AFA Gallery in Scranton, Lizza Studio in Tunkhannock, and is currently part of an exhibit at Butternut Gallery in Montrose. A member of the Hill Country Artists, his home studio is open during the annual Artists Tour in October. Butternut Gallery owner Betty Bryden says of Joe, "we're delighted to carry his work here and we simply think he's one of the nicest people in the world - and his talent is not far behind his niceness!"

Joe has donated his artwork to various fund-raising efforts, such as the Endless Mountains Medical Care Foundation's 'Heat at the Seat' Chili Cook-Off auction and to the Montrose Restoration Committee.

A celebration for the 2010 Citizen of the Year will be held on April 10, at the Montrose Bible Conference Dining Hall on Lake Avenue. Greeting begins at 5 p.m. and dinner at 6 p.m. Daughter Mary Stasko will MC the event, and friends and family members will salute Joe with music and memories.

Tickets may be purchased through March 27, at The Butler's Pantry, Lee's Furniture and Radio Shack, Craiges Gifts and Florist, or J&J Restaurant, all in Montrose. For information call (570) 278-3062.

If you are unable to attend, but wish to be a part of this evening, please feel free to write a letter that will be given to Joe Welden on that evening.

Help the Montrose Area Chamber of Commerce honor its 2010 Citizen of the Year, and be part of an evening celebrating Joe Welden.

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County Library To Present Puppet Show

Steve Abrams is an acclaimed puppeteer who delighted everyone when he last visited Susquehanna County. The Susquehanna County Library is pleased to present his version of Aesop's Fables at St. Paul's Parish Hall, on Friday, April 9, at 6:30 p.m. Admission is free. Children of all ages, and adults as well, will enjoy the funny and delightful stories, featuring a brave mouse, a lazy fox, and a very determined turtle.

For 2500 years these classic animal stories have been entertaining and teaching with lively fantasy and humor. Steve Abrams performs Aesop's Fables as part of an introduction to puppet theater. The audience participates in designing a puppet as well as experiencing how a puppet moves and speaks.

This program is made possible as part of the Outreach Lecture Program, which is funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and sponsored by the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology.

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Farm Bureau Sets Spring Meeting

The Susquehanna County Farm Bureau will hold its annual spring meeting on April 10 at the Harford Fire Hall from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 pm. A buffet luncheon will be offered at noon; for more information and reservations, please contact Donna Williams at 942-6348 or Kathie Shelly at 756-2429. The reservation deadline is March 26.

Candidates running for Congress, Governor and State Legislature have been invited to speak at this "Meet the Candidates" event. This is the Bureau’s annual PA Friends of Agriculture fundraiser. This event brings Farm Bureau members up to date on the work of their organization and key issues affecting agriculture and rural communities. Please come and join the Bureau. The Susquehanna County Farm Bureau is a voluntary grass roots organization that works to advance the interests of agriculture and rural communities, offering numerous benefits and services to its members.

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Vesper Service At St. Paul’s

The Second Sunday Vesper Service will be held at historic St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Church Street, Montrose, PA on Sunday, April 11 at 5:00 p.m. Mary Lee Fitzgerald will welcome the congregation; Edward DeWitt is the reader for this service. Guest musician is MayBelle Golis of Montrose. A light meal will be served in the Parish House. All are welcome.

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