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Senior Menu

Library Announces Upcoming Bus Trip
Stroke, Osteoporosis Screening Upcoming
Social Networking Class Scheduled
Major Announces Sept. Office Hours
Nature Walk: Explore Vital Wetlands Area


September 9

MEETING: Wyoming Valley Civil War Round Table, Thurs., September 9, 7:00 p.m. at Daddow-Isaac American Legion, Dallas.

MEETING: Clifford Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary, Thurs., September 9, 7:30 p.m. at Clifford Fire Hall. New members welcome.

September 9-11

FOOD ORDERS, Angel Food Ministries, Thurs., September 9, 1:00-4:00 p.m., Fri., September 10, 6:30-8:00 p.m. & Sat., September 11, 10:00 a.m. - noon at Susquehanna UM Church. For info call 853-0919.

September 9-12

MUSICAL: Nashville 2, September 9-11, 8:00 p.m. & September 12, 3:00 p.m. at Music Box Dinner Playhouse, Swoyersville. For info call 283-2195.

September 10

SPAGHETTI SUPPER, Fri., September 10, 4:00-7:00 p.m. at Lawsville Grange Hall.

September 11

APPLE FESTIVAL, September 11, 9:00 a.m. on the Green in Montrose.

BOOK SALE, Sat., September 11, 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. at Soldier’s Orphan School.

September 12

IRISH FESTIVAL, Sun., September 12, mass 11:00 a.m., festival 12:00-7:00 p.m. at St. Francis Xavier Church, Friendsville. Rain or shine.

NICHOLSON BRIDGE DAY, September 12, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. on Main Street, Nicholson. For info call 942-6747.

UNDER OUR SKIN, film on Lyme Disease, Sun., September 12, 6:30 p.m. at Tunkhannock Assembly of God.

GOLF TOURNEY to benefit Union Dale Vol. Fire Co., Sun., September 12, 11:00 a.m. registration, 11:30 a.m. start at Skyline Golf Course. For info call 679-5221.

September 15

DINNER, Wed., September 15, 4:00-6:00 p.m. at Clifford UM Church. Ear in or take out.

September 16-19

MUSICAL: Nashville 2, September 16-18, 8:00 p.m. & 19, 3:00 p.m. at Music Box Dinner Playhouse, Swoyersville. For info call 283-2195.

September 17-18

RUMMAGE & BAKE SALE, Fri., September 17, 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. & Sat., September 18, 9:00 a.m. - noon at Franklin Hill Presbyterian Church.

September 18

GUN RAFFLE, Sat., September 18, 4:00-8:00 p.m. at Forest City Area Emergency Services building. For info call 785-3226.

CHICKEN & BISCUIT DINNER, September 18, 5:00 p.m. at Ararat UM Church.

FOOD PICK-UP, Angel Food Ministries, Sat., September 18, 8:00-10:00 a.m. at Susquehanna UM Church. For info call 853-0919.

BINGO, Sat., September 18, 7:00 p.m. at Blue Ridge Sportsmen’s Club, New Milford. All welcome.

PITTSTON RIVERFEST, September 18, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. at Riverfront Park, Pittston. Rain date September 19. For info call 883-2784.

September 19

TINGLEY FAMILY REUNION, September 19 at Tingley Lake, Harford. For info call 570-434-4167.

PROGRAM: Late Harvest, Sun., September 19, 1:00 p.m. at Salt Springs State Park Pavilion. Free.

BREAKFAST, Sun., September 19, 8:00 a.m. at American Legion Post 357, Hallstead.

PANCAKE BREAKFAST, Sun., September 19, 7:00-11:00 a.m. at Blue Ridge Sportsmen’s Club, New Milford. All you can eat.

September 21

MOMMY & ME STORY TIME, beginning Tues., September 21, 9:30 a.m. at Susquehanna Branch Library. Ages 3 1/2 to 5 years.

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Senior Center Menu September 6 - 10

Monday, September 6: center is closed for Labor Day.

Tuesday, September 7: beans & franks, oven fries, ww bread, crackers, watermelon.

Wednesday, September 8: roast turkey, stuffing, peas, cranberry sauce, butterscotch pudding.

Thursday, September 9: steak salad, potato wedges, wheat roll, crackers, chocolate chip cookie bar.

Friday, September 10: eggplant parmesan, spinach salad, green beans, Italian bread, lemon sorbet.

Senior Center Menu September 13 - 17

Monday, September 13: chicken & provolone sandwich, potato salad, breadstick, fruit salad.

Tuesday, September 14: sweet & sour pork, snap peas, white rice, multigrain bread, peach.

Wednesday, September 15: London broil, mashed potatoes, baby carrots, ww bread, mixed berry crisp.

Thursday, September 16: spaghetti & meatballs, steamed garlic spinach, Italian brad, tropical fruit.

Friday, September 17: bbq chicken, cole slaw, baked potato, biscuit, crackers, chocolate pudding.

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Library Announces Upcoming Bus Trip

As part of Susquehanna County Reads “The Red Badge of Courage,” organizers have planned an all-day bus trip to Gettysburg on Monday, October 4. The cost covers transportation, a guided tour of the battlefields, lunch, admission to the visitor's center and the Cyclorama, a talk on Susquehanna County's Civil War experience, and gratuities. If you are interested, register as soon as possible - in person at any Susquehanna County Library location (Forest City, Hallstead-Great Bend, Montrose, or Susquehanna).

Susquehanna County Reads is a joint program of the Susquehanna County Historical Society & Free Library Association and the Susquehanna County Literacy Program. For more information, visit or call 570-278-1881.

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Stroke, Osteoporosis Screening Upcoming

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Residents living in and around the New Milford, PA community can be screened to reduce their risk of having a stroke or bone fracture. The New Milford United Methodist Church will host Life Line Screening on September 15. The site is located at 69 Pratt Street in New Milford. Appointments will begin at 10:00 a.m.

Four key points every person needs to know:

Stroke is the third leading cause of death and a leading cause of permanent disability.

80% of stroke victims had no apparent warning signs prior to their stroke.

Preventive ultrasound screenings can help you avoid a stroke.

Screenings are fast, noninvasive, painless, affordable and convenient.

Screenings identify potential cardiovascular conditions such as blocked arteries and irregular heart rhythm, abdominal aortic aneurysms, and hardening of the arteries in the legs, which is a strong predictor of heart disease. A bone density screening to assess osteoporosis risk is also offered and is appropriate for both men and women.

All five screenings take 60-90 minutes to complete. For more information regarding the screenings or to schedule an appointment, call 1-877-237-1287 or visit Pre-registration is required.

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Social Networking Class Scheduled

A free class on “Social Networking” is being offered through the B/S/S/T Area Agency on Aging Community Education program, for adults age 60+. Class will include an overview of social networking and the various types (such as Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, etc.), purpose, and instruction on use. Participants should be familiar with the Windows operating system and a web browser such as Internet Explorer.

Class will be held evenings, September 28, 30, and October 5 at Mountain View High School, Kingsley. Registration is required as class size is limited. To register call the AAA at 1-800-982-4346 by September 21.

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Major Announces Sept. Office Hours

HARRISBURG - Rep. Sandra Major (R-Wayne/Susquehanna/Wyoming) will hold office hours from 10 a.m. to noon on Thursday, Sept. 9, at the Preston Township Building on Crosstown Highway (Route 370) in Lakewood.

"I encourage residents in the area to take a moment and stop by for personal assistance with any state-related matter or to discuss with me an idea, concern or problem regarding a legislative issue," said Major.

Major's legislative district includes Buckingham, Lebanon, Manchester, Mount Pleasant, Oregon, Scott and Preston Townships, part of Clinton Township and the Borough of Starrucca in Wayne County.

Constituents in Wayne County also are encouraged to contact her district office on 16501 S.R. 706, Suite 2, Montrose, PA 18801. The telephone number is (570) 278-3374. The toll-free number is 1-800-418-5048. Major can also be contacted via her website at or e-mail at

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Nature Walk: Explore Vital Wetlands Area
Submitted By Trebbe Johnson

Matthew Purdy, Environmental Education Coordinator at Salt Springs State Park, will guide a Wetlands Conservation walk at Florence Shelly Wetlands Preserve in Thompson, PA, on Sunday, September 12, at 2 p.m.

Wetlands are of critical importance to a healthy environment. They purify water, prevent flooding by holding in heavy rains like a sponge, and help to control erosion. They are the primary habitat for hundreds of species of animals, birds, insects and plants. Wetlands even store harmful greenhouse gases from the Earth’s atmosphere, thereby slowing the onset of global warming.

From the time of white settlement in the U.S., more than 100 million acres of wetlands were drained to build farms and industrial sites. Fortunately, in recent years, as scientists have recognized the importance of these ecosystems, there has been an active effort to protect them. In our area, we are fortunate to have a 400-acre nature preserve which is not only an undisturbed wetlands, but a very diverse as well. Florence Shelly Wetlands Preserve comprises a deep bog formed approximately 12,000 years ago when glaciers retreated from this area, a swamp, many natural springs, and a stream certified by the State Environmental Quality Board to be of exceptional purity.

While walking along the preserve trails Mr. Purdy will explain some of the many reasons why wetlands are of crucial importance to maintaining a healthy ecology. He will also point out species that thrive in wetlands. According to a study by the U.S. Department of the Interior, over one-third of the 564 plant and animal species listed as threatened or endangered in the United States use wetland areas during some part of their life cycle.

Before taking his current job position at Salt Springs, Matthew Purdy worked as a program specialist with the Susquehanna County Conservation District.

The Florence Shelly Preserve is located one mile north of Thompson, PA on Route 171 and about eight miles south of Susquehanna. Parking is available in the lot just opposite Stack Road. The walk will last about two hours. There is no fee for the event and reservations are not necessary. For further information call 570-727-4272. Participants are encouraged to wear shoes appropriate for walking in a wetland, especially if it has recently rained.

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