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Senior Menu

County Anniversary Articles Welcomed
Farmers Alerted To DMAP Changes
Eucharistic Adoration At Holy Name Of Mary
PA Fair Guide Now Available
PA Farm Market Guide Available
Reading Program At County Libraries
Pickett Announces June Office Hours
Time Running Out For PA Tax Amnesty
Upcoming Events At Thompson UMC
Volunteers Welcomed At Harford Fair
Upcoming Whitetail Seminars Announced
Wild West At Old Mill Village


June 2-4

RUMMAGE SALE, June 2-3, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. and June 4, 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at St. John’s Parish Center, Susquehanna. For info call 853-3909.

June 3

CAB MEETING, Thurs., June 3, 9:00 a.m. at Nicholson Boro Building. To RSVP, please call 278-1171.

June 5

MEETING - Lakeview Cemetery Association, June 5, noon, at Lakeview Mennonite Church.

PANCAKE & SAUSAGE BREAKFAST, Sat., June 5, 7:00-11:00 a.m. at East Ararat UM Church. All welcome.

MEETING - Susquehanna Co. Pomona Grange #7, June 5, 10:00 a.m. at South Auburn Grange Hall.

PROGRAM - Hike Salt Springs, Sat., June 5, 10:00 a.m. at Salt Springs State Park.

June 6

NATURE WALK, Sun., June 6, 1:00 p.m. at Woodbourne Preserve, Dimock. Free. For info call 278-4494.

June 8

DOCUMENTARY: Gas Land, Tues., June 8, 2:30 p.m. & 6:30 p.m. at Montrose Theatre. Q & A to follow each show.

June 9

FUN DAY, June 9, 2:00-4:00 p.m. at pool pavilion, New Milford.

June 10-12

ANGEL FOOD MINISTRIES food orders, Thurs., June 10, 1:00-4:00 p.m., Fri., June 11, 6:30-8:00 p.m. & Sat., June 12, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. at Susquehanna UM Church. For info call 853-0919.

June 12

COOKIE & GARAGE SALE, Sat., June 12, 10:00 a.m. at Thompson UM Church.

LIBRARY PLANT SALE, June 12, 8:30 a.m. at Schneider’s Market.

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Senior Center Menu May 31 - June 4

Monday, May 31: center is closed for Memorial Day.

Tuesday, June 1: breaded haddock, zucchini w/leaks & onions, ww couscous, dinner roll, orange.

Wednesday, June 2: lemon tarragon chicken, oven roasted potato wedges, steamed spinach, ww dinner roll, angel food cake w/strawberries.

Thursday, June 3: center is closed - Troy Picnic.

Friday, June 4: Philly cheesesteak, broccoli salad, minestrone soup, hoagie roll, crackers, oatmeal cookie, pear.

Senior Center Menu June 7 - 11

Monday, June 7: rosemary roast turkey, steamed carrots, mashed potatoes, biscuit, breadsticks, apple strudel.

Tuesday, June 8: broiled pork w/ feta cheese, spring peas w/ mint, boiled new potatoes, rye bread, mixed berry crisp.

Wednesday, June 9: stuffed peppers, broccoli/cauliflower blend, pierogies, ww bread, peaches, pineapple juice.

Thursday, June 10: sesame chicken, steamed asparagus, brown rice pilaf, 12 grain bread, tangerine.

Friday, June 11: tuna salad platter, mixed greens salad, crab and corn chowder, Kaiser roll, crackers, tapioca pudding.

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County Anniversary Articles Welcomed

In as much as there was no special county event planned for the 200th Anniversary of Susquehanna County, a plan is underway to publish a book to document the changes, as much as is possible, that have taken place. If anyone has a historical event or changing operation they think is important to Susquehanna County, feel free to submit a brief article, including your name and phone number, to or call 570-278-1259 for more information. Article deadline is June 13.

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Farmers Alerted To DMAP Changes

(Camp Hill) - Pennsylvania Farm Bureau (PFB) is alerting farmers who participate in the Deer Management Assistance Program (DMAP) that the Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC) has shortened the time farmers have to apply for the program by 20 days, reduced the number of available permits and changed the way it prioritizes farms that may participate in DMAP.

“We are concerned that numerousfarmers who struggle with crop losses caused by deer will be prevented from using this popular and effective deer control program due to changes by the Commission,” said PFB Local Affairs Director Jeff Grove.

The PGC recently issued a news release indicating that the deadline for receipt of DMAP applications has been changed from July 1 to June 12. The news release also revealed that limits have been placed on the number of DMAP permits for each Wildlife Management Unit (WMU) and that priority for permits will be given to landowners who participate in the PGC’s Forest-Game, Farm-Game or Safety Zone programs.

“The Game Commission should have provided the public with proper notice and reasonable opportunity for public comment on its proposed changes in DMAP regulations before voting, as is normally done by the Commission and other state agencies. The actions taken by the Commission to propose and adopt changes to the DMAP program at the same meeting fundamentally defies principles of fairness and democracy that state agencies should be protecting in their rulemaking process. We’re worried that farmers who have traditionally used the program may miss the new deadline or fail to qualify for DMAP permits due to changes adopted through the process that completely shut out public input,” added Grove.

Farm Bureau noted that the changes to DMAP described in PGC’s news release were initially offered and adopted at the Commission’s April meeting.

According to the Game Commission, the Deer Management Assistance Program (DMAP) helps landowners achieve deer population adjustments consistent with their land use goals. The program only allows the harvest of antlerless deer (or doe) and under no circumstances may an antlered deer (buck) be taken with a DMAP permit. “Farmers use the program to reduce deer herd populations, which cause millions of dollars in crop losses each year on farms across Pennsylvania,” concluded Grove.

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Eucharistic Adoration At Holy Name Of Mary

On Friday, June 4, monthly Eucharistic Adoration will begin after the 12:10 p.m. mass and will conclude with mass at 7:00 p.m. A prayer service with the Men of the Sacred Heart and Benediction will follow the evening mass. Father Jerry Safko serves as Pastor of Holy Name of Mary Church, 60 South Main Street, Montrose.

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PA Fair Guide Now Available

Harrisburg - Affordable, family friendly travel destinations are featured in the 2010 Pennsylvania Fair Guide, now available in print or online, said Agriculture Secretary Russell C. Redding.

Offering information on the state’s 115 fairs, the new guide is available at by searching “Fair Guide.” Information, including locations and dates, is organized by region.

“Pennsylvania’s county and community fairs highlight agriculture while providing a forum to showcase the many unique regions of our state,” said Redding. “Whether it’s a local citizen competing against a neighbor in a fair contest or exhibit, or a family traveling the state to visit multiple fairs, there is no better way to experience Pennsylvania than by enjoying farms, food and fun - all together at one stop.”

The 2010 guide recognizes Century and Bicentennial Fairs, which are those that have been operating for at least 100 and 200 years, respectively. There are 36 century fairs and 4 bicentennial fairs statewide.

“Our century and bicentennial fairs are a great testament to the state’s rich agricultural heritage,” said Redding. “Fairs have always been a special place to showcase the best local agriculture has to offer, and the fact that fairs continue to be operated by dedicated local volunteers is a strong statement about the place fairs have not just in our history, but also in our future.”

The guide also highlights 15 fairs that offer live harness racing as part of one of the nation’s leading fair racing programs.

Redding said that in addition to fairs, Pennsylvania is home to other educational and affordable agricultural destinations, including farmers markets, wineries and farm stay bed and breakfasts.

Keystone Country, Governor Edward G. Rendell’s agritourism initiative, highlights these nearby destinations at The site features an interactive map that is searchable by city or region, and lists nearby restaurants, lodging and activities.

For more information about Pennsylvania fairs or agritourism, contact Kristi Rooker at 717-346-4202 or

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PA Farm Market Guide Available

Harrisburg - Consumers will find it easier to enjoy the fresh taste of locally produced foods by reading the 2010 Consumer’s Guide to Pennsylvania Farm Markets, Agriculture Secretary Russell C. Redding said.

“Pennsylvania’s more than 1,200 farm markets and roadside stands offer a direct connection to the state’s diverse agriculture industry,” said Redding. “The farm market guide is a great tool consumers can use to find and purchase affordable local food at the peak of flavor and nutritional content, support their local economy and keep local farmers in business.

“I encourage consumers to use the guide to find a nearby farm market and start building a relationship with Pennsylvania’s many farm families.”

The 2010 Consumer’s Guide to Pennsylvania Farm Markets features general information about each of the state’s farm markets with information, organized by county, that includes location, days, hours of operation and products sold.

The guide also recognizes farm markets participating in the state’s Farmers Market Nutrition Program, which provides vouchers to older adults and Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program participants to purchase local produce. For more information about the program, call 717-787-2940 or visit and search “FMNP.”

Redding said many Pennsylvania farm markets are travel destinations, giving visitors the opportunity to visit the farm or orchard to pick fresh fruits and vegetables. The guide lists these offerings as part of Keystone Country, Governor Edward G. Rendell’s agritourism initiative that promotes educational and affordable agricultural destinations, including fairs, wineries and farm stay bed and breakfasts. For a Keystone Country interactive map that is searchable by city or region, and lists nearby restaurants, lodging and activities, visit

For more information about Pennsylvania farm markets or agritourism, or for the 2010 Consumer’s Guide to Pennsylvania Farm Markets, visit and click on “e-Services” and then “Farmers Markets,” or call the Bureau of Market Development at 717-787-6041.

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Reading Program At County Libraries

The Susquehanna County Library is once again holding a special Summer Reading program at all four locations, and at the Pratt Memorial Library in New Milford. "Make a Splash - Read!" (ages 0-12) and "Make Waves at Your Library" (teens) is sponsored in part by the United Way of Susquehanna County. Online registration is underway - visit In-person registration will begin on Monday, June 14. The free program includes special events and story times each week. Each registered participant can claim a free book during the book giveaway, held near the end of the program. Summer Reading helps children develop their reading skills and find books they enjoy, making education fun. Check for more information.

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Pickett Announces June Office Hours

TOWANDA - To make it easier for constituents of the 110th District to access state government services, Rep. Tina Pickett (R-Bradford/Sullivan/Susquehanna) has announced the dates and hours for her monthly satellite office locations for the month of June.

Staff will be available at the Susquehanna County satellite office on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month: June 9 and June 23, 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.

However, the district offices will be closed for Pickett's annual senior expo, Friday, June 18, at Athens Lynch-Bustin Elementary School in Athens.

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. Residents are reminded that June 30 is the deadline to submit applications for the Property Tax/Rent Rebate program. Rebate checks will begin to be distributed for successful applicants on July 1.

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

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Time Running Out For PA Tax Amnesty

PA Tax Amnesty - which waives all penalties and half of the interest for anyone who pays Pennsylvania back taxes by June 18 - is now more than halfway over.

June 18 is a hard deadline set by law, and it will not be extended. People who owe back taxes should act quickly to take advantage of this generous, yet limited, opportunity to settle their debts to the state. At midnight on June 18, the offer expires and an additional 5-percent penalty will be tacked on to all outstanding tax delinquencies.

Through May 25, the PA Tax Amnesty program received nearly 30,000 completed, or in-process, applications to pay more than $58 million in previously unpaid Pennsylvania back taxes. PA Tax Amnesty is intended to net $190 million in much-needed revenue for the current fiscal year budget, and there is a way to go before meeting that goal.

During the last PA Tax Amnesty 14 years ago, 74 percent of payments were submitted in the last two weeks of the program - so many, many more taxpayers will be coming forward shortly.

Taxpayers should avoid the last-minute rush and apply now. Online applications must be completed and submitted electronically by midnight, Friday, June 18, and full payments for all outstanding tax liabilities must be made electronically or postmarked by midnight, Friday June 18.

People and businesses that owe back taxes should visit to explore the program and apply online. Assistance is available by calling 1-877-34-PAYUP (1-877-347-2987) weekdays between 7:30 a.m. and 7 p.m., or by visiting a Revenue district office, listed in the blue pages of local phone directories.

More than 800,000 delinquent taxpayers across Pennsylvania owe back taxes and have only a few more weeks to settle up and pay their fair share for the programs and services that benefit all Pennsylvanians.

More than 62 percent of the back taxes eligible for PA Tax Amnesty are owed by businesses in delinquent corporation taxes, employer withholding and sales tax. Personal income tax delinquencies, which also include many small businesses, account for 33 percent of the total.

Those who duck their tax obligations are breaking the law, plain and simple, and they increase the tax burden for the 97 percent of Pennsylvanians who do the right thing in paying state taxes on-time and in-full.

PA Tax Amnesty ends June 18. Tax delinquents should avoid the last-minute rush and apply now, taking advantage of this rare opportunity to settle back taxes with no penalties and half off the interest, before time runs out.

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Upcoming Events At Thompson UMC

On Saturday, June 12, the Thompson United Methodist Church will be holding their annual Fill the Can with Cookies sale combined with the Something for Everyone garage sale. You may also take a chance on a beautiful handmade quilt, which was crafted by the Starrucca Bag Ladies.

A large variety of homemade cookies will be offered. There is no need to choose just one kind - fill a can with whatever cookies look good to you for just one price.

This year the Sunday School children will have a table or their own, preparing strawberry shortcakes for your eating pleasure. They will also have baskets of goodies to try your luck to win.

While you nibble on cookies you can wander through the countless items in the garage and church parking lot. The church has been collecting all winter just to provide a huge selection of goods to offer.

Remember - Saturday, June 12 from 10:00 a.m. until the cookies run out. Come early and enjoy the day’s activities throughout the town.

Another date of musical interest is the annual performance of the Old Time Fiddlers, which will be on Friday, July 16 at 8:00 p.m.

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Volunteers Welcomed At Harford Fair

The residents of Harford enjoy a simple, quiet existence for fifty-one weeks a year. However, everything changes during the third full week of August when approximately 65,000 visitors from near and far come to celebrate a long standing tradition, the Harford Fair. This year will mark the 153rd anniversary of one of the few truly agricultural fairs which still exists. Based on tradition, this event takes year-round planning, work, and preparation by countless individuals.

One change that has occurred this year is a substantial decrease in state funding. With this concern in mind and yet wanting to provide the same quality fair as in the past, the organizers of the fair are looking for individuals willing to volunteer to help with some of the work of the fair.

Specific departments seeking volunteers include Fine Arts, Floral Hall, the Little Red School House, and Vegetable Hall. A variety of jobs are available, especially sitting for at least a 4-hour shift in a department during the week of the fair, August 16-21. Volunteers will receive a complimentary one day pass to the fair when they are assigned a day and time to sit in a department.

If you are 18 or older and are interested in volunteering, please call the fair office at 570-434-4300. When you call, please be prepared to give your name, a telephone number where you can be contacted, and in which department you are interested in volunteering.

To take advantage of this first come, first serve opportunity - please call the Harford Fair Office to get your name on the list of fair volunteers.

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Upcoming Whitetail Seminars Announced

Dr. James C. Kroll, a.k.a. "Dr. Deer" will be offering free deer management workshops in our area. Dr. Kroll's presentation will include: building your own deer factory; the Buck Forage management system; electric fences for whitetails; nutrition, age, and genetics - the three keys to producing trophy whitetails; aging and judging live whitetails; and hunting trophy bucks.

As one of America's foremost whitetail authorities, Dr. Kroll has also written best selling books and videos. He has been on the forefront of the deer management industry for more than three decades.

This seminar is an absolute must for anyone interested in whitetail deer management. Bring your questions and a friend to one of the following special events:

Sat., June 26, 1:00 p.m. at Montrose High School, reservations call 570-278-1131; Sun., June 27, 2:00 p.m. at Canton Fair Grounds, reservations call 570-673-5148 or 888-654-6626; Mon., June 28, 7:00 p.m. at Oxford Rod & Gun Club, reservations call 607-727-2120; Tues., June 29, 7:00 p.m. at Greenwood Hose Co., reservations call 866-248-3176 or 570-727-3279.

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Wild West At Old Mill Village

On Saturday, June 20 and Sunday, June 21 the second annual Showdown will take place at Old Mill Village Museum. The Shadows of the Old West will be taking all back in time into the old west with spurs jingling and six shooters blazing. This is an event for the whole family to enjoy with shows each day at 12:00, 2:00 and 4:00 p.m. Saunter on in early and settle in to mingle with the outlaws, gamblers, bounty hunters, miners, lawmen, cowboys and cowgirls.

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