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Senior Menu

Local Librarian To Appear On Jeopardy
Master Gardeners At Your Service
Hill Country Artists Salute Young Artists
Spring Bird Walks In Shelly Preserve
Groups Invited To Help Clean Up PA
Senior Identity Theft Seminar
Newsletter Returns To Clifford Township
Susky PIC Update
Rail-Trail To Hold Monthly Meeting
QDMA To Sponsor Chain Saw Safety Event
Carol Richardson Steiner Award Deadline
Help Letter Carriers Stamp Out Hunger
Volunteers Needed


April 21

WORKSHOP: Marcellus Shale - Understanding Units & Managing Bonuses and Royalties, Wed., April 21, 7:00 p.m. at Triton Hose Company, Tunkhannock. To register call 570-836-3196.

April 22

BAG LADIES LUNCHEON, Thurs., April 22, noon at Starrucca Baptist Social Rooms. Donation plus item for food pantry. All welcome.

April 23-25

GREAT AMERICAN TRAILER PARK MUSICAL, April 23-24, 8:00 p.m. & April 25, 3:00 p.m. at Music Box Dinner Playhouse, Swoyersville. For info call 570-283-2195.

April 24

CHICKEN & BISCUIT DINNER, April 24, takeouts 4:00 p.m., serving 5:00 at Susquehanna UM Church.

April 21 & 24

AUDITIONS, The Lady of the Lake Murder, Wed., April 21, 6:30-8:30 p.m. & Sat., April 24, 10:00 a.m. - noon at St. Paul’s Church, Montrose. No experience necessary.

April 24

ROAST BEEF SUPPER, Sat., April 24, 5:00 p.m. at Thompson UM Church. All welcome.

FLEA MARKET, April 24, 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at Lenoxville Community Hall.

April 25

GOSPEL GROUP “On Our Way Home,” Sun., April 25, 11:15 a.m. at Starrucca Baptist Church. Covered dish dinner to follow.

CHICKEN BBQ, April 25, 12:00 noon at St. John’s Hall, Susquehanna. Eat in or take out.

RESERVATION DEADLINE, April 25, for Ladies Day Out to be held May 5, 9:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. at Dreyer Hall, Montrose. For info/reservations, call 942-6348, 289-4792 or 278-2433.

April 28

MEETING, Northern Susquehanna River Watershed Association, Wed., April 28, 7:00 p.m. at New Milford Boro Building.

SEMINAR: The First Step, Starting Your Business, Wed., April 28, 9:00-11:00 a.m. at Pennstar Bank, Great Bend. Fee. For info/registration call 570-941-7588.

April 28 - May 1

RUMMAGE SALE, April 28-30, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. & May 1, 9:00 a.m. - noon at Susquehanna UM Church.

April 29

SPRING CONCERT: Elk Lake Senior High band & chorus, Thurs., April 29, 7:30 p.m. at Elk Lake School.

April 30 - May 1

RUMMAGE & BAKE SALE, Fri., April 30, 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. & Sat., May 1, 9:00 a.m. - noon at Franklin Hill Presbyterian Church.

RUMMAGE & BAKE SALE, Fri., April 30, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. & 4:00-6:00 p.m. and Sat., May 1, 9:00 a.m. - noon at Franklin Forks UM Church.

May 1

CLEAN-UP DAY, Sat., May 1, 10:00 a.m. at Lakeview Cemetery.

May 3

RESERVATION DEADLINE, May 3, for Mt. View Garden Club luncheon featuring Daniel Krall on May 12 at Elkview County Club. For info/reservations call 222-3591 or 222-3377.

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Senior Center Menu April 19 - 23

Monday, April 19: pasta w/shrimp, strawberry spinach salad, garlic bread, tropical fruit.

Tuesday, April 20: turkey and white bean gumbo, corn, white rice, cornbread, banana.

Wednesday, April 21: pork bbq, coleslaw, baked sweet potato fries, sandwich roll, crackers, fruit and yogurt parfait.

Thursday, April 22: steak and peppers, baked potato, sugar snap peas, ww bread, graham crackers, brownie.

Friday, April 23: herbed whitefish, sautéed spring vegetables, couscous, wheat roll, fruit cocktail.

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Local Librarian To Appear On Jeopardy

Hilary Caws-Elwitt, resident of Friendsville and Systems Librarian at the Susquehanna County Historical Society & Free Librarian Association, taped an appearance on the game show "Jeopardy!" in early February. The episode will air on Thursday, April 22, at 7:30 p.m. There will be a watching party at the Montrose Area High School Library. - free admission, but donations to the Library are encouraged. "This is the closest I'll get to my 15 minutes of fame," says Hilary, "and I want to leverage it to benefit our library system, which has been struggling with state budget cuts."

Hilary's road to Jeopardy has been a long one. She first applied in the early 1990s, when it was a paper test given outside of Los Angeles only when the Jeopardy team went on the road. "I went to the Binghamton TV station with my husband Jonathan, and neither of us even passed the 10 question screening test!" The advent of "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?" and its phone game, which allowed potential contestants to apply from anywhere, reawakened her interest in quiz shows. "Millionaire never called, but I hoped someday to redeem myself with Jeopardy - at least to get into the contestant pool." Jeopardy now offers an online test every January. In 2008, she got an email asking if she could attend an audition in New York City. "The audition process was so much fun - we got to play a mock game complete with the buzzer."

After the audition, Hilary had made it into the contestant pool, but many people never get a call during the 18 months they stay in the pool. "People who have been trying to get on Jeopardy and have been in the pool many times joke about getting waterlogged!" Her 18 month period expired in November. "I figured I would take the test in January and hope to get an audition invitation again. Instead, out of the blue I got a call in mid-January asking if I could get to Los Angeles on February 2 and 3!" Five shows are taped each day. Contestants must pay their own expenses, but they do get a special "Jeopardy rate" at a hotel. "Jonathan and I decided to turn it into a week's vacation - if you're going to fly all that way, it only makes sense, and it was a great time to get away from the cold."

Hilary isn't allowed to reveal the outcome of the game, but she says "It was quite dramatic, and almost everything I wanted to happen did happen." Tune in on Thursday to watch the game. If you're planning on attending the watching party, please RSVP to

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Master Gardeners At Your Service

Do you have questions about gardening, fruit trees, plant identification, pruning, insect identification or anything else related to horticulture? Penn State Cooperative Extension in Susquehanna County is proud to announce that they have a Master Gardener Helpline to answer your gardening questions from April through the end of September every Tuesday and Friday from 10:00-12 noon at the Extension Office. You are welcome to call with your questions at 278-1158 and your calls will be forwarded to the Master Gardeners. You may also email your questions for the Master Gardeners at and one of the Master Gardeners will contact you. You are also welcome to come to the office at 31 Public Ave., Montrose for a visit with them.

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Hill Country Artists Salute Young Artists

Hill Country Artist will present a very interesting program at their May 6 meeting at 6 p.m. at the Claverack Building, Montrose. Elementary students from the Choconut Valley Elementary School and the Lathrop Street Elementary School will display and discuss their art. These are future Susquehanna County artists and the club is encouraging them as artists. Friends and families are encouraged to attend this inspiring meeting.

At their April 1 meeting four octogenarian club members were honored: Jennie Bowen, Ethel Hollister, Alta Mae Hessert and Joe Welden. The club has been blessed with these talented artists throughout the years. The public has enjoyed the displays of their art at various locations in the county. Joe is also a member of the Artists’ Open House Weekend tour every October.

Hill Country Artists meet on the first Thursday of each month from April to December at the Claverack Building. The have displays at various locations throughout the county as well as at the Chocolate and Wine Festival in May. The public is always welcome to attend meetings. For more information contact Maureen VanNostrand at 278-04590.

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Spring Bird Walks In Shelly Preserve
Submitted By Trebbe Johnson

Spring arrived early this year, and the woods, meadows, and wetlands are filled with the sight and songs of migrating birds. For dedicated birders and curious amateurs alike, spring heralds the occasion of a popular tradition at the Florence Shelly Preserve, Thompson, PA - the annual bird walks. In the company of an experienced naturalist, walk participants identify birds by sight and song as they ramble through the 400-acre nature preserve that is deservedly known as a “birder’s paradise.”

On Saturday, May 1 at 6:00 a.m., Ron Milliken will present his nineteenth annual walk in the preserve. Especially popular among experienced birders, this walk covers a wide area of the preserve, with the result that participants can expect to locate between 60 and 65 species. An enthusiastic and tireless naturalist himself, Milliken typically keeps trekking throughout the morning, though participants are free to leave the group at any time they wish.

On Saturday, May at 22 at 8:00 a.m. Evan Mann, a local birder and walk leader, conducts a leisurely walk around the preserve, providing an excellent education about birds. Besides identifying birds that will be nesting in the preserve’s many ecological niches, he will also discuss the habits and lifestyles of the various species.

On either of these walks, birders can expect to see and hear tree swallows, wrens and sparrows in the brushy meadows. The deep boreal bog, Weir’s Pond, attracts eastern bluebirds nesting in dead snags, swamp sparrows, and belted kingfishers. Hawks can be spied hunting in open areas, while the preserve’s pristine brook and dense woodlands offer ideal habitats for the northern waterthrush, Baltimore orioles, scarlet tanagers and least flycatchers. Plews Swamp, on the northern end of the preserve, is the preferred habitat for families of wood ducks, mallards and red-winged blackbirds.

Both walks begin at the parking lot one mile north of Thompson on Route 171, just to the left of Stack Road. The trails are likely to be wet, so be sure to wear warm, protective footwear. Don’t forget your binoculars, and come prepared to spend a morning, or mornings, exploring the fascinating world of birds. For further information, contact Carol or Dave Clemens at 570-879-4244.

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Groups Invited To Help Clean Up PA

HARRISBURG - Rep. Sandra Major (R-Susquehanna/Wayne/Wyoming) along with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), is inviting community groups and local organizations to participate in the 2010 Great American Clean Up of PA between now and May 1.

Pennsylvanians are encouraged to create clean-up events in their communities throughout the effort, which is supported by PA CleanWays, Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful and several other businesses and organizations across the state.

Groups and organizations that plan and register local events are eligible to receive free bags, gloves and vests from PennDOT district offices. Only registered events are eligible to receive free supplies. During the two-week long "Let's Pick It Up PA - Everyday" initiative, from April 17 to May 1, registered participants may take trash collected during their cleanup to partnering area landfills for free disposal.

Last year's effort resulted in the cleanup of 16,498 miles of roads, railroad tracks, trails, waterways and shorelines, and 6,986 acres of parks and/or wetlands, collecting nearly 7 million pounds of trash. Since 2004, more than 42 million pounds of litter and waste have been removed from Pennsylvania's landscape.

For more information on the 2010 Great American Clean Up of PA or to register, visit Major's Web site at

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Senior Identity Theft Seminar

TUNKHANNOCK - Reps. Karen Boback (R-Columbia/Luzerne/Wyoming) and Sandra Major (R-Susquehanna/Wayne/Wyoming) will host a free Senior Identity Theft Seminar from 12:15 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 13.

"Identity theft is the fastest growing crime in the nation, and it can takes months for victims of this crime to resolve the damage done by identity thieves," said Boback. "We are hosting this seminar to give individuals the tools they need to fight identity theft."

Joyce O'Brien, senior community liaison for the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General, will share the latest tricks criminals are using to steal your personal and financial information, and will provide advice about how individuals can better protect themselves from becoming victims. She will also outline the necessary steps to take if someone falls prey to this crime.

"This is a great opportunity to learn some simple steps you can take to safeguard your identity," said Major. "I encourage all area seniors to join us for this free and informative event."

The seminar will take place at the Wyoming Senior Center, located at 101 Dymond Terrace in Tunkhannock. Refreshments will be available at the event.

Participants are asked to register for the event by Friday, May 7, by e-mailing or by calling either Major's office at (570) 836-5888 or Boback's office at (570) 836-4777.

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Newsletter Returns To Clifford Township

The Clifford Township Supervisors, Community Alliance, and Historical Society sent a newsletter the second week of April to every property owner in Clifford Township. Addresses were obtained from the Susquehanna County Assessment Office. At the request of the supervisors, the Advisory Committee developed a survey requesting input from the residents. The survey, along with instructions, will be included in the newsletter. Newsletters will also be available at the Endless Mt. Pharmacy, Dunniers Country Store, Clifford Supply and the Dundaff Country Store. Residents are encouraged to use this valuable resource and return the surveys by April 30.

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Susky PIC Update

The Susquehanna Community School's Parent Involvement Committee (PIC) will hold a 4th, 5th and 6th grade dance at the end of the month - the committee is working out availability of the gymnasium.  In order to hold the K-4 through 3rd grade “Saturday Funday,” PIC needs volunteers to assist with the activities for the entire event. Without volunteers, the Saturday Funday will not happen. To volunteer or for more information, please contact Ray Polak at 570-727-2135.

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Rail-Trail To Hold Monthly Meeting

The Rail-Trail Council of Northeastern Pennsylvania will hold its regular monthly meeting on Thursday, April 22 at The Beacon Restaurant, Union Dale, at 7 p.m. All are welcome. The trail office has moved to Cable’s Store in Union Dale; stop in for a visit or come to the open house on June 19. Trail construction and improvement projects will be updated. Trail activities have been scheduled for the coming season. Call the office for a brochure at 679-9300.

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QDMA To Sponsor Chain Saw Safety Event

The local branch of the Quality Deer Management Association (QDMA) in conjunction with the Richmondale Hunting Club will be sponsoring a training event that should be of great interest to all of those who use a chain saw and value their lives.

The training on April 24 will consist of PPE (personal protective equipment), safety features of the chainsaw, sharpening of the chain, directional felling using the open face notch and bore cutting. There will be individual hands on training that will help you to drop a tree exactly where you need to, up to date methodology of tree cutting (the bore cut which may be different than what you were taught or grew up with).

The group will meet at the Richmondale Hunting Club, near Forest City, a little before 8 a.m. and continue until 3:30 p.m. or until the training is complete. For directions contact Jim Dovin at 650-5967. Dress for the weather. Bring your chainsaw, sharpening tools and any protective equipment that you may have; if you don't have any it will be provided. The instructor will be Dave Sienko, retired Game of Logging Chainsaw Safety Instructor.

Lunch will be provided. This is a rain or shine event. The training is limited to the first 12 people that sign up; make reservations by calling either Jim Dovin at 650-5967 or Bob Wagner at 278-9363. People that have taken the training have been greatly impressed with the instructor’s training and his ability; they now know how to drop a tree where they want it to go and they cannot believe how unsafe they were in the past when they cut trees. The people that are referred to have been experienced woodsman, homeowners who occasionally cut wood, wildlife habitat managers and those who find themselves spending more time using a chainsaw. The registration fee covers the cost of the instructor, materials and lunch.

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Carol Richardson Steiner Award Deadline

Mountain View High School is currently accepting applications for the Carol Richardson Steiner Service Award. This monetary award will be given to a graduating senior who has been active in community service.

The award is given in memory of Carol Richardson Steiner, a 1960 graduate of Mountain View High School. In addition to a deep love for her family, her life was remarkable in her commitment to helping others. She was a leader in her church who gave endlessly of her time and talents to many community organizations and worked to advance the cause of adult literacy and provide service to disabled children and adults. Her well-lived life is an inspiration to her daughters, Jan Winemiller of Carlisle and Harford, PA, and Linda McAndrews, of Freeport, NY, who are sponsoring the $1000 award.

The student who receives this award will demonstrate a strong record of involvement in school and community activities, and the spirit of service which defined Carol’s life. This award is open to all graduating seniors at Mountain View.

Anyone can nominate a deserving young person for the service award; students can even nominate themselves. To do so, please send letters of recommendation to: Kathleen Kurosky, Mountain View High School, 11749 State Route 106, PO Box 339, Kingsley, PA 18826.

Please include the name and address of your nominee, a description of his or her service to the community and why you feel your nominee is especially deserving of recognition. Please include your name, address and phone number so that we may contact you for follow up, if necessary.

The deadline for nominations will be April 23. If you have any questions, please contact Kathleen Kurosky at (570) 434-2501, ext. 525.

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Help Letter Carriers Stamp Out Hunger

Residents throughout Pennsylvania are being asked to help feed the needy by participating in the “Stamp Out Hunger” Food Drive sponsored by the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) in conjunction with the Postal Service.

Letter Carriers will collect non-perishable food donations left by mailboxes along their route as they deliver mail on Saturday, May 8, to help stock local food banks for the needy.

This one-day food drive is part of a nationwide drive designed to fill food bank pantries through the summer months, when levels are traditionally low. Letter Carriers from all 50 states and hundreds of cities will participate.

An estimated 35 million people are at risk of hunger in America, including 12 million children. Around late spring, most food banks begin running out of donations received during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday periods. This drive is one way people can join the Postal Service and other local sponsors to help stamp out hunger in communities across the country.

How it works: More than 125 million postcards will be mailed to customers in towns and cities throughout America letting them know how they can help.

On Saturday, May 8, customers are asked to place non-perishable food items next to their mailbox before their Letter Carrier delivers the mail. The Letter Carrier will do the rest, taking the food to the Post Office where it is sorted and delivered to a local food bank or pantry.

Other co-sponsors of the drive with the NALC and Postal Service are the National Rural Letter Carriers Association, Campbell Soup Company, Val Pak, Feeding America, formerly known as America’s Second Harvest, the nation’s food bank network, the United Way Worldwide and the AFL-CIO.

The 18th annual NALC National Food Drive to “Stamp Out Hunger” is the largest one-day food drive in the nation. Carriers collected a record 73.4 million pounds of food in last year’s drive. The drive is held annually on the second Saturday in May in 10,000 cities and towns in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.

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Volunteers Needed

The Rail-Trail Council of NE PA will be conducting its annual trash pick-up on the D&H Rail-Trail on Saturday, April 24, at 9 a.m. and is in need of volunteers. The ravine behind Cables Store in Union Dale will be targeted and will require much machinery and manpower. Other areas will require light pick-up.

There will be a pancake breakfast at the Union Dale Methodist Church and volunteers can fuel up from 7 to 10 a.m.

The Rail-Trail takes part in the Great NEPA Cleanup every year. The entire list and dates of other clean-ups is available on the Lackawanna Heritage Valley Authority website, Call the Rail-Trail office at 570-679-9300 if there are any questions or any trail areas in need of attention.

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