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Issue Home August 25, 2010 Site Home

Senior Menu

Courthouse Closing Notice
Endless Mountains Fiber Festival Scheduled
ID Program For Local Children
Police Targeting Impaired Drivers
Thompson Alumni Reunion Upcoming


August 25

MEETING, Advisory Committee of Clifford Township, August 25, 7:00 p.m. at Township Municipal Building. All residents welcome.

August 26

ARCHERY LEAGUE starting Thurs., August 26, 6:00 p.m. through September 30 at Hallstead/Great Bend Rod & Gun Club. Fee. For info call 570-878-3882.

August 28

CARING CAFÉ held the 4th Sat. of every month, 4:00-6:00 p.m. at United Methodist Community Church, Great Bend. Free, all welcome.

ROAST BEEF SUPPER, Sat., August 28, 5:00 p.m. at Thompson UM Church. All welcome.

August 29

GOSPEL MUSIC, Sun., August 29, 6:30 p.m. at Starrucca Baptist Church. All welcome.

September 2

CHICKEN & BISCUITS, Thurs., September 2, 5:00 p.m. at VFW #6223, Great Bend. Eat in or take out.

September 3-5

FLEA MARKET & BAKE SALE, September 3-5, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. at St. Martin of Tours Church, Jackson.

September 4

PANCAKE & SAUSAGE BREAKFAST, Sat., September 4, 7:00-11:00 a.m. at East Ararat UM Church. All welcome.

MEETING, Susquehanna County Pomona Grange #7, September 4, 10:00 a.m. at the Fairdale Grange Hall.

END OF SUMMER CELEBRATION, Sat., September 4 at Thompson UM Church. All welcome.

PANCAKE SUPPER, Sat., September 4, 5:00-7:00 p.m. at Franklin Hill Presbyterian Community Building. All you can eat.

September 4-5

HOAGIE SALE, September 4-5 at St. Martin of Tours Church, Jackson. Pre-order at 756-3047.

September 5

COW PLOP BINGO, September 5, noon at St. Martin of Tours Church, Jackson. Pre-sold tickets only, call 756-2887.

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Senior Center Menu August 23 - 27

Monday, August 23: southwestern chicken, brown rice, cornbread, fruit pie.

Tuesday, August 24: white bean tuna salad, tabouli salad, whole wheat brad, tropical fruit.

Wednesday, August 25: hamburger, corn cobette, 3 bean salad, ww roll, crackers, chocolate sorbet.

Thursday, August 26: pork and pea carbonara, spaghetti, garlic bread, chunky applesauce.

Friday, August 27: Swedish meatballs, mixed green salad, rice pilaf, multigrain roll, melon cubes.

Senior Center Menu August 30 - September 3

Monday, August 30: baked ham, lima beans, mashed sweet potatoes, rye bread, spiced apples.

Tuesday, August 31: stuffed peppers, mixed vegetables, pierogies, wheat roll, fruit cocktail.

Wednesday, September 1: romaine salad w/ chicken, multigrain bread, cheesecake w/ cherries.

Thursday, September 2: broiled whitefish, green beans, orzo-rice pilaf, ww bread, peaches.

Friday, September 3: meatloaf, steamed broccoli, buttered noodles, ww roll, summer fruit.

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Courthouse Closing Notice

The Susquehanna County Commissioners announce the Courthouse will be closed on Monday, September 6, in observance of Labor Day. All court related offices will be available.

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Endless Mountains Fiber Festival Scheduled

Ewe won’t want to miss out on all the fun and activities planned for the Endless Mountains Fiber Festival September 11 and 12 at the Harford Fairgrounds.

The seventh annual fiber and fiber-related festival is an event for the whole family and will showcase a variety of interesting and educational displays including raw and processed fibers, yarn, clothing, spinning and weaving supplies, fiber arts and crafts, sheep skin products, and more. This is a great opportunity to see and learn about sheep, llama, alpacas and rabbits.

Planned activities throughout the two-day event include educational talks and demonstrations including Angora rabbits, spinning, sheep shearing, English wool combs and felting. The kids will enjoy watching the Border collie demonstration both days. There will also be contests going on and a talk about bears by the PA Game Commission.

The festival is open Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There is no charge for children 12 and under. For more information, visit or call 570-942-6837.

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ID Program For Local Children

Meshoppen, PA - Parents and guardians are invited to bring their children to a free Child Identification Program (CHIP), September 1-6, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., during the Wyoming County Fair, Route 6, Meshoppen.

Run by The Pennsylvania Masonic Youth Foundation, CHIP gives law enforcement and recovery officials the necessary materials to find missing children, while giving parents peace of mind. All items generated during a CHIP event are given to the child’s family, and no copies are retained by the Masons or given to any government agency. CHIP includes the following:

Video and Still Photo: A digital video is recorded in front of a height chart backdrop, and a digital still photograph is also recorded. The still photo captures the child's appearance. The CHIP interview captures a child’s appearance, speech, mannerisms and other personal characteristics. These are recorded and saved on a mini-CD that can quickly be distributed by law enforcement officials to the media to reach a large audience.

Fingerprints: Each child’s fingerprints are taken in the traditional manner, using inkless print pads (safe for children), to provide clear and readable prints.

DNA: A DNA kit is provided to the parent or guardian to be completed at home as soon as possible. The DNA kit includes envelopes for hair samples, nail clippings and an oral swab for a saliva sample.

All of these items are placed in a small vinyl "Purple Packet" that parents can put in a safe place for emergency reference, or can take with them on vacations and trips away from home. The "Purple Packet" is fully compatible with, and has been adopted by, the Pennsylvania "AMBER ALERT" system.

Since the start of CHIP, almost 320,000 children have been CHIP’d. The Pennsylvania Masonic Youth Foundation and the Masonic lodges of Pennsylvania have committed to continue identifying youth in Pennsylvania in 2010. The program is provided for free as a result of generous public and private donations.

Anyone may initiate a CHIP event; however, all coordination of events is through the Masons of Pennsylvania, and all events are sponsored by the Grand Lodge or by a local Masonic lodge. For more information about CHIP, visit

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Police Targeting Impaired Drivers

Harrisburg - More than 600 municipal police departments and Pennsylvania State Police will target impaired drivers during the national impaired driving campaign, which began August 20 and continues through Labor Day.

“With Labor Day fast approaching, we know that many people will be taking one last opportunity to celebrate summer,” said PennDOT Secretary Allen D. Biehler, P.E. “If you decide to drink, please designate a sober driver or make other arrangements for a safe ride home. That way, everyone using the roads can stay safe and you can avoid the serious consequences of a DUI arrest.”

According to PennDOT, statewide there were more than 450 alcohol-related crashes and 16 fatalities on the weekends surrounding the Labor Day holiday last year.

“DUI enforcement is one of our top priorities,” said State Police Commissioner Frank E. Pawlowski. “Taking impaired drivers off the road prevents crashes and saves lives.”

PennDOT reminds motorists that DUI convictions carry strong penalties that include fines, jail time and license suspension.

Repeat offenders also are required to equip their vehicles with ignition interlock systems after serving a one-year license suspension. Ignition interlock requires drivers to blow into the device in order to start the vehicle. If the device detects alcohol, it prevents the vehicle from starting. The device also tests drivers at random times during the subsequent operation of the vehicle.

Individuals are required to pay all program-related costs, which include installation, routine monitoring and maintenance of the interlock device at a service center. These costs average approximately $1,000.

More than 5,700 Pennsylvania drivers currently have ignition interlock systems. Last year, these systems prevented more than 47,000 impaired driving attempts and logged more than 45-million sober miles driven.

More information on ignition interlocks and impaired driving is available online at

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Thompson Alumni Reunion Upcoming

The Thompson Alumni Reunion will be held September 18, at the Thompson Hose Company. If anyone did not receive a letter and would like to attend, please contact Andy Rebich at 607-655-1260 or Twila Williams at 570-434-2387. The deadline for reservations is August 30.

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