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Senior Menu

Rail-Trail To Host Open House
Marcellus Shale Sessions Scheduled
USDA OffersProducers Help
Chamber Plans Fireworks Display
Gas Odyssey At Elk Lake School
Plan For Your Harford Fair Entries



June 16

DINNER, Weds., June 16, 4:00-6:00 p.m. at Clifford UM Church. Eat in or take out.

June 17

LAWN SUPPER, Thurs., June 17, 5:00 p.m. at Starrucca Baptist Social Rooms. Donation plus item for food panty. All welcome.

SAVVY MEETING, June 17, 6:00-9:00 p.m. at Yar-Corte Acres. For info call 756-3036.

COMMUNITY BLOOD DRIVE, June 17, 1:30-6:30 p.m. at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, New Milford. Walk-ins welcome, appointments call 278-1427.

June 17-18

CONCERT, Todd Robinson, Thurs., June 17 & Fri., June 18, 7:00-9:00 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, Montrose.

June 18

SPAGHETTI SUPPER, Fri., June 18, 4:00-7:00 p.m. at Hallstead-Great Bend Rod and Gun Club. All you can eat.

June 19

STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL & Chicken BBQ, Sat., June 19, 10:00 a.m. at Springville UM Church.

CHICKEN & BISCUIT DINNER, June 19, 5:00 p.m. at Ararat UM Church.

BINGO, Sat., June 19, 7:00 p.m. at Blue Ridge Sportsmen’s Club, New Milford. All welcome.

GOOD NEWS LUNCH, June 19, noon at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, New Milford. Free, all welcome.

FOOD PICK UP - Angel Food Ministries, Sat., June 19, 8:00-10:00 a.m. at Susquehanna UM Church. For info call 853-0919.

ICE CREAM SOCIAL, Sat., June 19, 6:00-8:00 p.m. at South Gibson UM Church. All welcome.

FATHER/SON BREAKFAST, Sat., June 19, 9:00 a.m. at First Baptist Church, Hallstead. Call 879-4676 to register.

June 19-22

PA STATE CHAMP STOCK DOG TRIAL, June 19-22 at Sheepy Hollow Farm, Hop Bottom.

June 20

FATHER’S DAY BREAKFAST, Sun., June 20, 8:00-11:00 a.m. at Sons of the American Legion Post 357, Hallstead. Fathers eat free.

PANCAKE BREAKFAST, Sun., June 20, 7:00-11:00 a.m. at Blue Ridge Sportsmen’s Club, New Milford. All you can eat, all welcome.

OPEN HOUSE, Clifford Township Historical Society/Hoover School, Sun., June 20, 1:00-4:00 p.m. at the Hoover School. For info call 679-2723.

June 24

SPRING CONCERT, Endless Mountains Children’s Choir, June 24, 7:00 p.m. (free) & Chicken BBQ, 3:30-6:30 p.m. (eat in or take out, advance orders only - call 756-2936) at South Gibson UM Church. All welcome.

June 25-26

BENEFIT for Diana Carros, Fri., June 25, 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. at Peoples National Bank, Hop Bottom & Sat., June 26, 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. at Hop Bottom Fire Hall. For info call 289-4648.

June 26

ROAST BEEF SUPPER, Sat., June 26, 5:00 p.m. at Thompson UM Church. All welcome.

STRAWBERRIES & HISTORY FESTIVAL, Harford Historical Society, Sat., June 26, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., Orphan School Rd., Harford.

FOUNDER’S DAY, Wyoming County Historical Society, June 26, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Tunkhannock.

June 27

PROGRAM: American Chestnut Breeding, Sun., June 27, 1:00 p.m. at Salt Springs State Park Pavilion.

CRUISE NITE, June 27, 1:00-4:00 p.m. at Valley Lanes Bowling Center, Great Bend. Free. For info call 570-789-2989.

CHICKEN BBQ, Sun., June 27, noon at Green Gables, New Milford. Sponsored by Social Club, New Milford, of St. Lawrence.

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Senior Center Menu June 14 - 18

Monday, June 14: herb rubbed beef, mixed vegetables, roasted red potatoes, ww dinner roll, graham crackers, cinnamon baked apples.

Tuesday, June 15: herbed chicken, vegetable ratouille, potato wedges, ww bread, cheesecake.

Wednesday, June 16: penne pasta w/shrimp, strawberry spinach salad, garlic bread, tropical fruit.

Thursday, June 17: turkey and white bean gumbo, white rice, cornbread, banana.

Friday, June 18: bbq pork sandwich, coleslaw, baked sweet potato fries, sandwich roll, crackers, fruit & yogurt parfait.

Senior Center Menu June 21 - 25

Monday, June 21: steak and peppers, baked potato, sugar snap peas, ww bread, brownie.

Tuesday, June 22: herbed whitefish, sautéed spring vegetables, Israeli couscous, dinner roll, fruit cocktail.

Wednesday, June 23: spaghetti & meatballs, Caesar salad, Italian bread, white chocolate chip cookie.

Thursday, June 24: creamy paprika chicken, steamed broccoli, buttered noodles, rye bread, pineapple, apple juice.

Friday, June 25: stuffed cabbage, whipped potatoes, steamed carrots, pumpernickel bread, breadsticks, brad pudding.

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Rail-Trail To Host Open House

The Rail-Trail Council of NEPA will be having an open house on Saturday, June 19 at its' new office at Cables Store in Union Dale. Starting at 9 a.m. will be a nature walk along the stream. There will be a bike safety course and trail ride at 11 a.m. A limited number of free helmets for kids are available; please call to register. Other festivities will occur from 12-4 p.m., including a book signing by Pat Peltz, author of "The Beechwood Settlers." The book covers the history of areas along the D&H Railroad, such as Union Dale, Herrick, Ararat and Thompson. Free ice-cream, cookies, popcorn and coffee will be available. Join the council in celebrating the new Rail-Trail office. Call 679-9300 for directions or more information.

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Marcellus Shale Sessions Scheduled

As development of Marcellus shale natural gas grows in Pennsylvania, businesspeople statewide are being invited to a series of seminars to learn how it may create opportunities for their businesses. Energy firms are flocking to the Commonwealth to extract natural gas from Marcellus, and are partnering with or purchasing from local businesses and entrepreneurs.

The University of Scranton Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is hosting a “Your Business & Marcellus Shale: Building Business Connections” educational series at the County Office Building in Montrose to help entrepreneurs and established small- and medium sized businesses understand and respond to Marcellus shale-related business opportunities. The series will consist of six, twice-monthly early morning webinars, with sessions highlighting successful examples of how local businesses are responding, how to identify gas industry needs, and how to establish productive and ongoing relationships with natural gas companies.

The series is co-sponsored by a consortium of universities, chambers of commerce, local planning commissions and regional economic development boards from across the Commonwealth, with leadership from Penn State Cooperative Extension. Presenters and panelists will include successful local businesses, natural gas industry representatives, and experts from Penn State. These trainings follow two successful series; the first series introduced business opportunities and the second profiled businesses and service companies on their experience working with the natural gas industry. Each series had over 500 local businesses participate at local sites within Pennsylvania, Maryland and New York.

The six 90-minute sessions will meet on the first and third Wednesdays beginning at 8 a.m. on June 2, June 16, July 7, July 21, August 4, and August 18. It’s not too late to register. The first session has been recorded and would be available to anyone who registers for the series.

Pre-registration and pre-payment are required. For more information about the series or to register, contact The University of Scranton SBDC at 570-941-7588 or visit

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USDA Offers Producers Help

Have you ever wondered how you can reduce the amount of energy used on your farm? USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) may have the answer. Through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), NRCS is now offering funding opportunities to help producers obtain an energy audit at their farm’s headquarters or on cropland.

Producers interested in obtaining energy audits through this EQIP special initiative should apply by Friday, June 18 to be considered for the 2010 funding cycle.

The energy audits will be individually tailored to ensure coverage of each farm's primary energy uses such as milk cooling, irrigation pumping, heating and cooling of livestock production facilities, manure collection and transfer, grain drying, and similar common on-farm activities. An Agricultural Energy Management Plan will be developed to identify what techniques or equipment can be used to reduce energy use and save money. The plan will be designed by a Technical Service Provider (certified by NRCS and placed on an approved list) who will provide technical assistance for specific conservation programs administered by USDA.

USDA NRCS District Conservationist for Susquehanna County Ain Welmon stated, “this program could help dairy, poultry and swine producers save significant amounts of money over the long run. These energy audits have an average cost from $900 to $1200 with the USDA paying up to 75% of the cost. Farms with over 210 cows could receive over $2000 to do an energy audit.”

Through EQIP, NRCS will pay up to 75 percent of the average cost of an Agricultural Energy Management Plan based on the number of animal units or acres of cropland. Payment rates can be viewed at

Producers signing up after June 18, or producers who are not funded in 2010, due to the number of requests exceeding available funds, can ask to have their application retained for consideration in 2011.

A free on-line assessment is available at to see how you can become more energy efficient.

For more information about USDA’s energy initiative, or other conservation programs, please visit In Susquehanna County USDA NRCS can be contacted at 570-278-1011, ext. 103 for Ain Welmon.

This year represents the 75th year of NRCS "helping people help the land." Since its inception the NRCS conservation delivery system has advanced a unique partnership with state and local governments and private landowners to deliver conservation based on specific, local conservation needs, while accommodating state and national interests.

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Chamber Plans Fireworks Display

Montrose Area Chamber of Commerce will host its annual July 4th fireworks celebration beginning at dusk on Sunday, July 4 at Montrose Area High School. The annual event is supported by community donations and sponsors.

The fireworks display, produced by R & R Fireworks, Inc., is an annual fun family event for the area. There is ample parking, with attendants guiding the way. Susquehanna County Fire Police will oversee traffic control. There will be port-a-johns available as well.

Come out for a relaxing, fun, community family event that has come to be a mainstay in Montrose. The fireworks continue each year through the generosity of residents, visitors and sponsors. For information visit

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Gas Odyssey At Elk Lake School

Gas Odyssey, a documentary film about the development of natural gas from the Marcellus Shale in the Southern Tier of New York and Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania, will be shown in the Elk Lake School Auditorium on June 17 at 7:00 p.m. Admission is free.

Gas Odyssey was written and directed by Aaron Price, a Susquehanna County native. He is the grandson of the late Daniel and Catherine Price, Forest City and the late George and Grace Warren, Harford. Aaron lived on East Lake Road, New Milford and moved with his family to Windsor, New York at a young age. Aaron graduated from Seton Catholic Central High School in Binghamton. After furthering his education as a political science major at Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts, and working in film and hospitality in the Los Angeles, California area, he returned to Broome County.

Aaron was heartsick to see the economic decline in his home areas. He remembered how his grandfathers had been successful in dairy farming and lumbering in Susquehanna County. He saw dairy farms disappearing and the lumber business declining. He remembered the worldwide success of IBM and Endicott Johnson only now to see them gone as he remembered.

When Aaron heard about Marcellus Shale, he was motivated to find out all he could about it, especially it’s economic potential for the areas he grew up in. That, coupled with the misinformation he heard about natural gas development from the Marcellus Shale, drove him to make his first documentary, Gas Odyssey. To view the trailer for Gas Odyssey, visit

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Plan For Your Harford Fair Entries

Your gardens are planted, your flowers are set out, and the fruit trees are blossoming. You probably spent the winter knitting, making a special quilt, sewing a special outfit, working on some needlework, or attending a painting class. The result is a specially handcrafted item which would make a wonderful entry for the Harford Fair.

The school department has categories for all age levels from pre-school to twelfth grade. Teachers can enter items from their classrooms and parents can enter items for their children. Be sure to use the correct entry blank when submitting items. Several of the schools have gotten their PTO’s involved to help with the fair entries and in transporting them to the fair. What a great idea!

July 1 is the deadline for entering items in the Little Red Schoolhouse. Once you submit your entry blank, the tags for the items will be mailed to you. Items in the school department must be brought to the fair on July 14 between 9:00 a.m. and noon.

If you have entered in the past, you already have received your fair book. Perhaps you have gone on-line to check out the categories. If you have never entered before, here are some tips to help you in planning.

The Harford Fair has 23 different departments in which to display items for judging. There are categories for all types of farm animals from poultry to dairy cattle. There are categories for baked goods and other food items, floral exhibits, vegetables, art, photography, and crafts. August 1 is the deadline for sending entry blanks in all other departments.

There are contests which include the Hershey Cocoa Contest, the Angel Food Cake Contest, the Blue Ribbon Apple Pie Contest, the Fair Queen Contest, the Design the Cover Contest, a Fun and Safety Poster Contest, a Scarecrow Contest, the Woodsmen’s Contest, the Animal Costume Contest, the Competitive Games Contests, and the Turkey Calling Contest.

Start planning now. The Harford Fair is a wonderful family event and there is something for young and old alike. Get everyone involved. The categories, the rules, and the entry blanks can be found on the fair website at or in the fair book. The books are free and can be picked up at the fair office Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

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