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Senior Menu

Nature Walk: Ferns, Mosses & Lichens
Blueberry Barn Dance Scheduled
Harford Fair Entry Deadline Approaches
County Farm Bureau Announces Farm Tour
MVSD Announces Opening Day
St. Paul’s To Host Night Out Against Crime
Vesper Service At St. Paul’s
William Wagner Celebrates 89th!


July 28

MEETING - Clifford Township Advisory Committee, July 28, 7:00 p.m. in the Clifford Township Municipal Building. All welcome.

July 29

LAWN SUPPER, Thurs., July 29, 5:00 p.m. at Starrucca Baptist Social Rooms. Donation plus item for food pantry.

MUSIC OF CLASSIC VOICES, Thurs., July 29, 7:00 p.m. at Acting Company Theatre, Forest City; in conjunction with Forest City Old Home Week.

July 31

BROOKLYN DAYS, Sat., July 31 in Brooklyn.

BOOK SALE, Sat., July 31, 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. at Soldier’s Orphan School, Orphan School Rd.

ROAST BEEF SUPPER, Sat., July 31, 5:00 p.m. at Thompson UM Church. All welcome.

August 1

MUSIC IN THE PARK, Sun., August 1, 10:30 a.m. worship, 11:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. music, behind the Clifford Fireman’s Fairgrounds. Bring chair.

STEVENS FAMILY REUNION, Sun., August 1, 12:30 p.m. at Hareridge Sportsmen’s Club, outside of Lawton. Descendents of Aden, Cyrus, Oliver & Harvey Stevens. Bring table service and covered dish/dessert to share. For more info/to RSVP call 570-278-3948 or 570-278-3730.

July 29-31 & August 1

GYPSY, July 29-31, 8:00 p.m. & August 1, 3:00 p.m. at Music Box Dinner Playhouse, Swoyersville. For info call 283-2195.

August 4

CONCERT - Rich Wilson, Wed., August 4, 7:00 p.m. at Chinchilla UM Church. Free. For info call 226-6207.

August 6-7

BLUEBERRY FESTIVAL, August 6-7, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. on the Green in Montrose. For info call 278-1881.

CRAFT FESTIVAL, August 6-7, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Montrose.

August 6-8

CONFERENCE - Catholic Charismatic Renewal of the Diocese of Scranton, August 6-8. For info call 570-344-2214.

MUSICAL: Brigadoon, August 6-7, 6:00 p.m. & August 8, 2:00 p.m. at St. Martin of Tours Church, Jackson.

August 7

HARVEST OF THE ARTS & WINE FESTIVAL, Sat., August 7 in downtown Susquehanna. For info call 570-836-7222.

WOODSMEN’S COMPETITION, Sat., August 7, 3:00 p.m. at Wayne County Fair. For info call 570-253-0930.

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

August 8

REGISTRATION DEADLINE, August 8, for Water Rescue Class to be held August 14-15 at Union Dale Fire Station. For registration/info call 570-679-5221.

ORGAN CONCERT, Sun., August 8 at Christ Episcopal Church, Susquehanna.

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Senior Center Menu July 26 - 30

Monday, July 26: white bean tuna salad, tabouli salad, ww bread, tropical fruit.

Tuesday, July 27: hamburger, corn cobette, 3 bean salad, ww bun, chocolate sorbet.

Wednesday, July 28: pork and pea carbonara, spaghetti, garlic bread, chunky applesauce.

Thursday, July 29: Swedish meatballs, green salad, rice pilaf, grain roll, melon cubes.

Friday, July 30: baked ham, lima beans, mashed sweet potatoes, rye bread, spiced apples.

Senior Center Menu August 2 - 6

Monday, August 2: stuffed peppers, mixed vegetables, pierogies, wheat roll, fruit cocktail.

Tuesday, August 3: romaine salad w/ chicken, multigrain bread, cheesecake w/ cherries.

Wednesday, August 4: broiled whitefish, green beans, orzo-rice pilaf, ww bread, peaches.

Thursday, August 5: meatloaf, steamed broccoli, buttered noodles, ww roll, summer fruit.

Friday, August 6: beans and franks, oven fries, ww bread, crackers, watermelon.

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Nature Walk: Ferns, Mosses & Lichens
Submitted By Trebbe Johnson

Ferns, mosses, club mosses, and lichens are some of the most ancient plants on earth, yet we often overlook them in favor of extravagantly blooming wildflowers and stately trees. On Sunday, August 8 at 2:00 p.m., Stu Slocum, retired biology instructor at Mountain View High School, will lead a walk at Florence Shelly Wetlands Preserve to discover and learn about these fascinating plants. The walk will also include other, more general information about wildlife at the 400-acre wetlands refuge just north of Thompson, PA.

Ferns first appeared in the fossil record at least 360 million years ago and once grew as tall as trees. Until the age of the dinosaurs, when flowering plants began to appear, they were the primary form of vascular plant, meaning that they have vascular or liquefied tissues that carry water, minerals, and photosynthetic materials throughout their roots, stems, and leaves. Several kinds of ferns grow in the preserve, including hay-scented, cinnamon, and maidenhair ferns, as well as bracken.

Mosses are small soft plants, usually found clumped together in damp, shady places. They do not have flowers or seeds, but reproduce through spores. Club mosses, or lycopodia, are small, creeping vascular plants that remain green year-round and resemble tiny Christmas trees growing from the floor of the forest. They reproduce from club-shaped spores, which is how they got their name. The Florence Shelly Wetlands Preserve has abundant examples of all these plants, as well as fourteen species of the water-absorbent sphagnum moss, which grows out into the deep glacial pond at the far edge of the preserve.

Unlike most plants, lichens are not single organisms, but rather a combination of two organisms, fungus and algae, which live together symbiotically. As the lichen expert Trevor Goward once remarked, “Lichens are fungi that have discovered agriculture.” At the preserve, lichens are found growing in many colors, patterns, and places.

Those who wish to join this interesting and informative walk will meet at the Florence Shelly Preserve parking lot one mile north of Thompson on Route 171, where Stack Road intersects. The walk is free to the public and no reservation is necessary. Some areas of the trail may be wet, so warm, protective footwear is highly recommended. For further information, contact Trebbe Johnson 570 727 4272.

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Blueberry Barn Dance Scheduled

The Blueberry Barn Dance will be held on Friday, August 6, at the VFW on Route 706 in Montrose starting at 6 p.m. Music will be provided by the Hickory Rose Country Band and there will be a barbeque buffet.

Although this event is separate from the Blueberry Festival, its purpose is to raise funds for the operating expenses of the Susquehanna County Library and Historical Society. Call Martin Comey at (570) 278-7050 to reserve your spot.

If you are a Giants fan, the Blueberry Barn Dance Committee will be raffling off four tickets to the August 28 Giants vs. Pittsburgh Steelers game. This will be the first game in the new Giants’ stadium. You need not be present to win.

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Harford Fair Entry Deadline Approaches

August 1 is the deadline for sending entry blanks or submitting them on-line. 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. The categories, the rules, and the entry blanks can be found on the fair website at or in the fair book available at the secretary’s office on the fair grounds.

In addition to the department entries, there are many contests to enter which include the Hershey Cocoa Contest, the Angel Food Cake Contest, and the Apple Pie Contest. The first place winner of each of these contests is eligible to enter the 2011 PA Farm Show competition.

There are still some spaces open in the Farmers’ Market which is a new addition to the fair this year. The purpose of this feature is to promote and make available for purchase locally produced items. Details and entry forms are also available on the website or can be secured by calling the fair office at 434-4300.

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County Farm Bureau Announces Farm Tour

The Susquehanna County Farm Bureau, in partnership with the DEP Northeast Regional Office and the Susquehanna County Conservation District, would like to invite you to join a Summer Farm Tour on August 26. Meet at the South Gibson United Methodist Church at 9 a.m. for coffee and doughnuts; the group will leave the church, by bus, at 9:30 a.m.

The first stop will be Lynn Joines’ beef operation. Here visitors will see his concrete barnyard with vegetated filters dealing with storm water, a winter feedlot, an active windmill for pumping water, and rotational grazing. The next stop will be the Marcho Veal Farm which is a CAFO (Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation). Our last stop will be Rick & Dana Empet’s dairy farm. Some of the best management practices implemented on their farm are a concrete barnyard which was completed with American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) stimulus funds, stream bank fencing and no-till crops.

Local officials and legislators have been invited. The group will return to the South Gibson United Methodist Church for lunch. Reservations are due by August 19; for more information contact Donna Williams, president of the Susquehanna County Farm Bureau, at 570-942-6348.

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MVSD Announces Opening Day

The Mountain View School District announces that classes for all students for the 2010-2011 school year will begin on Wednesday, August 25. All buses will be operating on that day and the cafeteria in all schools will be open. Parents are encouraged to mail their child’s cafeteria deposits prior to the first day of school.

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St. Paul’s To Host Night Out Against Crime

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church of Montrose has announced a block party for the Borough of Montrose to observe “National Night Out Against Crime” for Tuesday, August 3, beginning at 6:00 p.m. at the Borough Memorial Park, located between Union and Jackson Streets in Montrose.

Among the several activities which will be available are hamburgers, hot dogs, snacks, and soda.  The 15th District of the Masonic Lodge is organizing to have available their CHIPS program; the program finger prints and photographs youth so parents have the ability to identify their youth in case of some emergency. The American Red Cross will have a program. A local police officer will have the "hot seat" in the dunk tank! The police will provide a cruiser for the youth to check out.

The National Association of Town Watch (NATW) is a nonprofit, crime prevention organization which works in cooperation with thousands of crime watch groups and law enforcement agencies throughout the country. Since 1981, NATW has been dedicated to the development, growth and maintenance of organized crime and drug prevention programs nationwide. NATW's network has grown to include over 6,500 crime, drug and violence prevention organizations.

National Night Out, “America's Night Out Against Crime,” was introduced by the Association in 1984. The program was the brainchild of NATW Executive Director Matt A. Peskin. In an effort to heighten awareness and strengthen participation in local anticrime efforts, Peskin felt that a high-profile, high-impact type of crime prevention event was needed nationally. At that time, he noted that in a typical “crime watch community,” only 5 to 7% of the residents were participating actively. Due to the growth and success of these programs, he felt this percentage was too low. Subsequently, he proposed a national program which would be coordinated by local crime prevention agencies and organizations - but that would involve entire communities at one time. The first National Night Out was introduced early in 1984 - with the event culminating on the first Tuesday in August.

That first year, 400 communities in 23 states participated in National Night Out. Nationwide, 2.5 million Americans took part in 1984. The seed had been planted. In subsequent years, participation has grown steadily. The 26th Annual National Night Out last August involved 35.4 million people in 11,310 communities from all 50 states, U.S. territories, Canadian cities, and military bases worldwide. National Night Out 2010 will culminate on August 3. Over 12,000 communities are expected to take part.

While the traditional “lights on” and front porch vigils remain a part of NNO, activities have expanded considerably over the years to include block parties, cookouts, parades, visits from police, festivals, neighborhood walks, safety fairs, contests, rallies and meetings.

Peskin said, "It's a wonderful opportunity for communities nationwide to promote police-community partnerships, crime prevention, and neighborhood camaraderie. While the one night is certainly not an answer to crime, drugs and violence, National Night Out does represent the kind of spirit, energy and determination that is helping to make many neighborhoods safer places throughout the year. It (NNO) is a night to celebrate safety and crime prevention successes - and to expand and strengthen programs for the next 364 days."

St. Paul’s is a welcoming and affirming church in the Anglican tradition, and is located at 276 Church Street in Montrose.

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Vesper Service At St. Paul’s

The August Vesper Service will be held on Sunday, August 8, at 5:00 p.m. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Church Street, Montrose, PA.

Kristen and Tom Follert will be greeters and Mary Lee Fitzgerald will welcome the congregation. The Reverend Janet Watrous will be the reader for this service. Jacob Myers and Louise Smith will present special music. Jacob is a junior at the Montrose Area High School. He was selected by competitive audition to attend District, Regional and All State Chorus this year. Tom Follert is his vocal coach. Mary Ann DeWitt will be organist for this service.

A salad buffet will be held in the Parish House. All are welcome.

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William Wagner Celebrates 89th!

William “Bill” Wagner will celebrate his 89th birthday on July 31, 2010. If you’d like to acknowledge this milestone, well wishes and cards may be sent to him at Meadow View Senior Center, 225 Park St., Montrose PA 18801.

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