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Senior Menu

Hill Country Artists Begin New Season
Countywide Burn Ban For Susquehanna Co.
Easter Musical At Elkdale Baptist
Game Commissioner To Speak With Sportsmen
Local Churches To Celebrate Holy Week
Pickett Announces April Office Hours
Conservation District Announces Scholarship
Vesper Service At St. Paul’s
Vesper Service At St. Paul’s


April 1

CHICKEN ‘N BISCUIT DINNER, Thurs., April 1, 5:00 p.m. at VFW #6223, Great Bend. Eat in or take out.

MEETING: New Milford Area Rotary Club, April 1, 5:00 p.m. at Green Gables, New Milford. New members welcome. For info call 465-7174.

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.

HILL COUNTRY ARTISTS MEETING, April 2, 7:00 p.m. at Claverack Building, Montrose. Public invited, No charge.  For info call 278-4590.

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.

April 8

MEETING: Wyoming Valley Civil War Round Table, Thurs., April 8, 7:00 p.m. at Daddow-Isaac American Legion, Dallas. All welcome.

April 8-10

FOOD ORDERS for Angel Food Ministries, Thurs., April 8, 1:00-4:00 p.m., Fri., April 9, 6:30-8:00 p.m. and Sat., April 10, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. at Susquehanna UM Church. For info call 853-0919.

April 9

AESOP’S FABLES PUPPET SHOW, Fri., April 9, 6:30 p.m. at St. Paul’s Church, Montrose. Free. For info call 570-278-1881.

SPAGHETTI SUPPER, Fri., April 9, 4:00-7:00 p.m. at Lawsville Grange Hall.

April 9-11

GREAT AMERICAN TRAILER PARK MUSICAL, April 9-10, 8:00 p.m. and April 11, 3:00 p.m. at Music Box Dinner Playhouse, Swoyersville. For info call 570-283-2195.

April 10

CHICKEN BBQ, April 10, 4:00-7:00 p.m. at South Gibson UM Church. Eat in or take out. All welcome.

THE REEDS IN CONCERT, April 10, 7:00 p.m. at Susquehanna UM Church. All welcome.

April 11

MUSIC MINISTRY with Charlie and Carol Reed, Sun., April 11, 7:00 p.m. at Body of Christ Church, Starrucca. For info call 570-396-6331.

April 13

AUDITIONS for The Adventures of Peter Rabbit, Tues., April 13, 7:00 p.m. at Music Box Dinner Playhouse, Swoyersville. 16 and older. For info call 283-2195.

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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.

Senior Center Menu April 12 - 16

Monday, April 12: stuffed peppers, broccoli/cauliflower blend, pierogies, ww bread, peaches, pineapple juice.

Tuesday, April 13: sesame chicken, steamed asparagus, brown rice pilaf, 12 grain bread, tangerine.

Wednesday, April 14: tuna salad, garden salad, crab and corn chowder, Kaiser roll, crackers, tapioca pudding.

Thursday, April 15: herb rubbed beef, mixed vegetables, roasted red potatoes, ww roll, graham crackers, cinnamon baked apples.

Friday, April 16: herbed whitefish, sautéed spring vegetables, couscous, wheat roll, fruit cocktail.

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Hill Country Artists Begin New Season

Hill Country Artists will begin their new schedule of events on Thursday, April 2, at the Claverack Building, Montrose at 7 p.m. Cindy Reynolds will be the first speaker of the season. She will discuss watercolor painting and making greeting cards from paintings. There is no admission charge.

The group meets on the first Thursday of each month during the months of April through December. Programs are presented each month and the public is always invited to attend. Those in attendance do not have to be an artist; they might just be interested the program that will be presented. Many exciting programs are going to be presented this year.

Hill Country Artists is a group of artists in Susquehanna County, which was established in 1979. The purpose of the founding members in getting together was to promote arts in the county. As their membership grew they began to display their work. One of their first shows as a “clothes line show” was beside the “Neumann Hotel” (now the County Seat) in Montrose. Seddon Lathrop Oil Company provided space in a gas station in New Milford for their first gallery to display their work for a period of time. It took some time for the public to appreciate the displays but interest improved as time went on. For a period of time they had a gallery in the Neumann Hotel. During the 70’s and 80’s they displayed at the Harford Fair.

The merchants of Montrose have always been supportive of the arts. In the early days of the group, County National Bank and Sayre Savings Bank provided space for rotating permanent exhibits. Peoples Bank and the Montrose Inn have also had group exhibits. At the present time their exhibits can be seen at: Pennstar Bank in Montrose, County Office Building, J&J Restaurant, Endless mountains Health Systems Hospital and Rehabilitation Center, Susquehanna NEPA Health Clinic and Chris Carney’s office in Clarks Summit.

For more information contact Maureen VanNostrand at 278-4590.

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Countywide Burn Ban For Susquehanna Co.

(Montrose, Pa.) The Susquehanna County Board of Commissioners in cooperation with the County Fire Chiefs and the Pennsylvania Bureau of Forestry, District 11, have issued a resolution for a temporary ban on open burning in Susquehanna County from 12:01 a.m. Saturday, April 3 to 12:01 a.m. Monday, May 3.

Open burning is defined as the burning of any combustible material, such as garbage, leaves, grass, twigs, litter, paper, vegetative matter from clearing land or any sort of debris, either in a burn barrel or on the ground. Controlled burning done by the fire departments is allowed under this resolution. Fire department personnel and apparatus must be at the site of the burn. Propane grills, gas stoves, charcoal briquette grills and the use of tobacco in any form is not covered under this act.

The resolution makes a violation of the open burning ban a summary offense, punishable by fines of up to $100 for the first offense, $200 for the second offense and $300 for the third offense. The act is enforced by local and state police officers.

Charlene Moser, Susquehanna County EMA Coordinator said that in order to have a burn ban, at least 50% of the County Fire Chief's must make the request. Moser said that there are eighteen fire companies in Susquehanna County, fourteen (14) of those Fire Chief's made the request. The fire companies are looking out for the safety of the residents in their communities.

If you should have any questions regarding the burn ban please contact the Fire Chief of your local fire company.

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Easter Musical At Elkdale Baptist

The Elkdale Baptist Church of West Clifford will present a special Easter musical entitled “Take Up Your Cross,” on Good Friday evening, April 2 at 7:00 p.m. The presentation is a historically-based, fictional drama revolving around the days of the great persecution under the Roman Caesar Nero in 67 A.D. The Biblical character Rufus is imprisoned and scheduled for execution when he comes in contact with one of Nero’s servants (Claudius) whom Nero decides to have executed for some small offense. The story unfolds as Claudius discovers that Rufus was an eyewitness of the crucifixion of Christ. Claudius learns that Rufus is also the son of Simon of Cyrene - the one who was compelled to bear Jesus’ cross to Golgatha. Come and learn how Claudius discovers what it means to be a first-century Christian as Rufus uses his father’s testimony of taking up Christ’s cross.

The play was written as a joint project of Pastor Bissol and his family, and all music was written by Pastor Bissol. Claudius will be played by Joey Aikens, and Joe Bissol will play the part of Rufus. The choir of the church will present the music and also will perform various dram parts.

The Elkdale Baptist Church is located just off Route 106 in West Clifford. There is no charge for the performance, and refreshments will follow the presentation. For more information call 570-222-4997 or visit the church’s website at

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Game Commissioner To Speak With Sportsmen

On April 24, the Susquehanna County Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs will have their 63rd annual Spring Sportsmen’s Banquet featuring keynote speaker Jay Delaney.

Working directly with the PA Game Commission, the Federation has had a long standing relationship with Jay and has worked on many issues and programs such as the Youth Mentor Hunting Program.

James "Jay" Delaney Jr., of Wilkes-Barre, Luzerne County, was nominated by Governor Edward G. Rendell to the Board of Game Commissioners on March 12, 2007. An avid outdoorsman, Delaney has been a sportsman and hunter in northeastern Pennsylvania for nearly 32 years and has hunted or fished in every county in the district he represents.

A life-long resident and native of the Wyoming Valley, Delaney is a member and Youth Education Chairman for the Northeast Pennsylvania Chapter of Pheasants Forever. He also is a member and trustee of the Upper Pittston Sportsmen's Club, and a member of the National Rifle Association, National Wild Turkey Federation and the Pennsylvania Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs. In addition to his membership with the North Branch Land Trust, Delaney is a member of the Mehoopany Creek Watershed Association.

Delaney represents District 7, which comprises Carbon, Luzerne, Lackawanna, Monroe, Pike, Susquehanna, Wayne and Wyoming counties.

The Susquehanna County Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs membership is comprised of local clubs throughout Susquehanna County and represents the county at the state level with the PA Federation of Sportsmen. Being the oldest and largest sportsmen’s organization, the Federation works with legislators, PA Game Commission, PA Fish & Boat Commission, DEP, DCNR and State Forestry to provide “one voice” for the sportsmen on issues such as 2nd Amendment, Hunting, Fishing, Trapping and Conservation issues and concerns. For more information and view the history of the PA Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs visit

This year’s banquet is being held at Susquehanna Community Elementary School on April 24, from 5:00-8:30 p.m. Reservations must be in by April 14. For more information or tickets please contact John Ord at (570) 853-2815, Bob Tiffany at (570) 934-9305, or email

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Local Churches To Celebrate Holy Week

Fr. David Cramer, Pastor, and Fr. Alfhonse Perikala, Assistant Pastor, along with the parishioners of St. John the Evangelist, Susquehanna, St. Lawrence, Great Bend, and St. Martin of Tours, Jackson, invite all to join them during Holy Week.

On Thursday, April 1, all three communities will celebrate Holy Thursday Mass at 7 p.m. at each parish.

Good Friday services will be at 2 p.m. at St. John’s and at 7 p.m. at St.

Lawrence and St. Martin of Tours.

Blessing of the Baskets, a local Catholic Easter tradition, will be at 10 a.m. at St. Martin’s, 11 a.m. at St. John’s, and 2 p.m. at St. Lawrence.

Easter Vigil Mass will be at 8 p.m. at each parish. Sunday Masses will be the regular weekend Mass schedule - 8 a.m. at St. John, 9:30 a.m. at St.

Lawrence, and 11 a.m. at St. Martin of Tours.

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Pickett Announces April Office Hours

TOWANDA - Rep. Tina Pickett (R-Bradford/Sullivan/Susquehanna) has announced the dates and hours for her monthly satellite office locations for the month of April.

Staff will be available at the Susquehanna County satellite office on Wednesday, April 14, and Wednesday, April 28, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. That office is located on Route 706 at Flynn's Consignment Shop in Lawton. The site was formerly Cavallaro's grocery store.

Pickett operates her main full-time offices at 321 Main St., Towanda, phone (570) 265-3124 and 106 West Packer Ave., Sayre, phone (570) 888-9011.

Staff can help provide driver's license and vehicle registration applications and renewals; PACE and PACENET applications for seniors; property tax and rent rebate applications; state tax forms; copies of legislation; and referrals to agencies to resolve state-related matters.

More information is available 24 hours a day on Pickett's Web site at

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Conservation District Announces Scholarship

The Susquehanna County Conservation District is accepting applications for the District’s annual scholarship award. A $500.00 scholarship is available to a 2010 Susquehanna County high school graduate. The student must be enrolled as a full time student in an environmental or agricultural field for the 2010 fall semester. Applications are due postmarked by Saturday, April 24. Students who wish to apply may contact their school’s guidance office or the Susquehanna County Conservation District at 278-4600 ext: 285. Proceeds from the Conservation District’s annual seedling sale provide funding for this award. The Susquehanna County Conservation District promotes environmental and agricultural education for the wise use and conservation of our natural resources.

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Vesper Service At St. Paul’s

The Second Sunday Vesper service will be held on Sunday, April 11, at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Church and Chestnut Streets, Montrose, at 5:00 p.m.

Welcomer for the service will be Mary Lee Fitzgerald and Edward DeWitt will be the reader. Greeters for this service are The Reverend Chase and Constance Page. Guest musician will be soprano soloist MayBelle Golis of Montrose. Mrs. Golis is a graduate of Mansfield University. She taught music for over forty years in the Montrose Area School District. She is a past assistant conductor of the Binghamton Symphony orchestra chorus and assistant choral director under Fritz Wallenberg. She directed many singing groups in churches and communities. She is a former choir director of First Presbyterian Church of Montrose. At present, she is a private teacher for piano, band and voice students. In addition, she plays clarinet with the Vestal Community Band and sings with the Binghamton University Community Chorus.

A light meal will follow the service. Everyone is welcome to attend this service.

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