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Issue Home September 29, 2010 Site Home

Senior Menu

Vesper Service At St. Paul’s
Committee Announces Upcoming Fall Rally
Trees: A Nature Walk
Parenting Class Upcoming
Pickett Announces October Office Hours
St. Paul’s Reopens Crafters Corner
Discipline Is Not A Dirty Word
Eucharistic Adoration At Holy Name Of Mary
Antiques Appraisal Night Scheduled
Brooklyn Church To Host Convention
County Reads "Red Badge of Courage


September 29

SOUP & BREAD DINNER, Wed., September 29, 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Hop Bottom UM Church. Free.

October 2

PANCAKE & SAUSAGE BREAKFAST, Sat., October 2, 7:00-11:00 a.m. at East Ararat UM Church. All welcome.

HARVEST DINNER, October 2, 3:00-7:00 p.m. at South Gibson UM Church. Eat in or take out, all welcome.

GO GREEN BIKE TOUR, Sat., October 2, at Lackawanna State Park. For info visit

PROGRAM: Fall Foliage Hike, Sat., October 2, 2:00-4:00 p.m. at Salt Springs State Park.

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

October 2-3

MUZZLELOADER SHOW, October 2 and 3, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. at the Oldest House, Laceyville. For info call 869-1426.

October 3

ORGAN CONCERT, Sun., October 3, 2:00 p.m. at Thompson UM Church. All welcome.

October 4

MEETING: North Jackson Cemetery Association, Mon., October 4, 7:00 p.m. at North Jackson UM Church.

October 7

CHICKEN & BISCUIT DINNER, Thurs., October 7, 5:00 p.m. at VFW #6223, Great Bend. Eat in or take out.

October 8

BAND: One Hot Mess, Fri., October 8, 8:00 p.m. at the Moose, Susquehanna.

October 9

PROGRAM: Photography for the Beginner, Sat., October 9, 12:00-3:00 p.m. at Salt Springs State Park.

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Senior Center Menu Sept. 27 - Oct. 1

Monday, September 27: hamburger, corn cobette, 3 bean salad, ww roll, crackers, chocolate sorbet.

Tuesday, September 28: pork & pea carbonara, spaghetti, garlic bread, chunky applesauce.

Wednesday, September 29: Swedish meatballs, green salad, rice pilaf, multigrain roll, melon cubes.

Thursday, September 30: baked ham, lima beans, mashed sweet potatoes, rye bread, fruit cocktail.

Friday, October 1: chicken filet, steamed broccoli, buttered noodles, ww bread, fruited jello.

Senior Center Menu October 4 - 8

Monday, October 4: baked pork chop, sautéed red cabbage, stuffing, rye bread, pumpkin parfait.

Tuesday, October 5: batter dipped whitefish, coleslaw, roasted potatoes, blueberry crisp.

Wednesday, October 6: stuffed cabbage rolls, carrots, mashed potatoes, ww bread, crackers, sherbet.

Thursday, October 7: beef roll ups, peas, augratin potatoes, ww bread, orange.

Friday, October 8: vegetable lasagna, garden salad, garlic breadsticks, stewed prunes.

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Vesper Service At St. Paul’s

The October Vesper Service will be held at historic St. Paul's Episcopal Church, corner of Chestnut and Church Streets, Montrose, on Sunday, October 10 at 5:00 p.m. Greeters will be Bill and Carolyn Davis, reader will be George Shafer and Mary Lee Fitzgerald will welcome the congregation.

Special music will be provided by Susan Lewis and Marilyn Taylor, former Montrose residents now living in Florida.

Ms. Lewis has a BS and MS in music education from Mansfield University with a major in organ. She previously taught in Montrose Area School District of the Choconut Valley School and was the Montrose Area High School choral director for several years. She was also organist and choir director of First Presbyterian Church of Montrose. Currently, she is Director of Choral Ministries at St. John United Methodist Church in Sebring, FL. She also serves as organist, choir director and handbell director at the Florida church.

Ms. Taylor is a 1953 graduate of Montrose High School. She began playing the saxophone at age nine with the encouragement of her parents. She was a member of the Maurice Taylor Band at the school at age 11. She and her mother were members of the former Montrose Music Club for many years. She was also a member of the Montrose Community Band under the direction of Maurice Taylor and later Dean Houck. Ms. Taylor has taken many private lessons and has been able to help students and adults with private lessons. She now plays in a 15-piece dance band as well as a Community Band.

A simple soup meal will follow the service. All are welcome.

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Committee Announces Upcoming Fall Rally

The annual Fall Rally of the Susquehanna County Republican Committee will be held with a breakfast buffet on Saturday, October 2, at 9:30 a.m. at the Elk Lake American Legion Gardner-Warner Post. Tom Marino, candidate for Congress, will be the principal speaker. Dan Meuser will speak for gubernatorial candidate Tom Corbett. Peter Towey will speak for senatorial candidate Pat Toomey. For more information or reservations call County Committee Secretary Carolyn Paccio at 570-465-3061.

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Trees: A Nature Walk
Submitted By Trebbe Johnson

In 1978, when a small group of local amateur naturalists first contacted the Nature Conservancy about a small, seemingly nondescript wetlands area in northeastern Pennsylvania, regional directors of the international environmental organization were immediately interested. The Nature Conservancy purchases valuable wilderness areas in order to protect them, and their decision to acquire the land that was to become the Florence Shelly Wetlands reserve was based on several important factors: the diverse wetlands areas, which contribute to the ecological health of a bioregion; the diversity of plant and animal species; and the presence of a small stand of balsam firs growing wild there. The balsam fir normally thrives in northern woodlands, and it is believed that these trees make up one of the southernmost stands in the U.S.

Besides the rare balsams, the Florence Shelly Wetlands Preserve features many species of trees that tell a unique tale about this particular area and its human and natural history. On Sunday, October 3, at 2 p.m., Hank Hartman a retired forester with the U.S. Forest Service, will lead a walk to identify some of these trees, discuss their special qualities, and describe some of the modern environmental challenges they are under.

Other indigenous trees at the preserve include maple, ash, a few species of oak, shadbush (named because they flower around the time the shad are running in the rivers), black cherry, and many others. There is even a rare American elm. Walk participants will notice a line of sugar maples along the main trail, planted for convenient sugar tapping by the farm family who lived on the land almost a hundred years ago. Apple trees and a lilac half hidden in goldenrod and hardhack give further evidence of human habitation in what is now a wildlife refuge. Dense, dark patches of scotch and Austrian pines are remnants of the pine plantations planted by the Conservation Corps during the Depression more than seventy years ago and never thinned. Mr. Hartman will give tips for identifying trees by their bark, leaves, cones and other characteristics. He will point out damage caused by insect species from remote lands and explain why trees - and the humans who are concerned about them - have such difficulty combating these pests. The walk will last approximately two hours.

The Florence Shelly Preserve is located one mile north of Thompson, PA on Route 171. The walk is free and there is no need to make reservations. Parking is available in the lot just opposite Stack Road. The hike is easy, but the trail may be damp, so participants are urged to wear shoes appropriate for walking in wetlands. For further information call Hank Hartman, 570/727-2385.

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Parenting Class Upcoming

The Penn State Cooperative Extension in Susquehanna County is happy to announce an upcoming parenting class for parents/caregivers of 10-18 year olds. The program, entitled          “Who Are You and What Did You Do with My Baby?” will be held six Tuesday nights, from October 12 - November 16, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the EMA EOC Conference Room, Susquehanna County Office Bldg., Montrose.

Does raising your tween or teen sometimes feel like trying to nail gelatin to a wall? The changing dynamics of parents and older children can present new and stressful challenges. The following topics will be covered during this informative, 6-week class:

Week one, October 12: Who is this stranger? Why does she/he act this way? Why did you do that, and what were you thinking? Week two, October 19: Sometimes I get so angry! The defiance is driving me crazy! Week three, October 26: Discipline is teaching. Taking back control. Week four, November 2: Stopping big troubles in their footsteps. Week five, November 9: She/he won’t talk to me. You can’t change it all at once. Week six, November 16: “Not My Baby” - The perils of drugs and sex.

There is no cost for the program; pre-registration required. For more information or to register for this program, call 278-4600, extension 300.

This program is made possible through funding from the Susquehanna County Integrated Children’s Services Plan.

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Pickett Announces October Office Hours

TOWANDA - To help make her offices more accessible to the people of Sullivan and Susquehanna counties, Rep. Tina Pickett (R-Bradford/Sullivan/Susquehanna) has set the dates and hours for her monthly satellite office locations for the month of October.

Staff from Pickett's office will be available at the Susquehanna County satellite office on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month: October 13 and October 27 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.

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

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St. Paul’s Reopens Crafters Corner

St. Paul’s Crafters Corner is back for another season with a move to the first Saturday of October, November and December. The event offers unique shopping opportunities through the original creations of area crafters and will be open from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., commencing on October 2 and returning on November 6 and December 4. New crafters will be joining some of the long standing favorites to further expand the variety of merchandise, with the list of participants growing each month. St. Paul’s kitchen will once again offer hot lunches and delicious snacks and desserts. According to Rita Leigh, one of the event coordinators, “our lunches of homemade macaroni and cheese, soups and chili are always popular. We do not charge for our food, but gladly accept free will donations, which will be used for repairs and improvements to our facility, which hosts so many community functions throughout the year.”

Esther Welden noted that this will be the fourth year for Crafters Corner, and the event has served as a successful venue for area crafters to display and market their talents. Welden added that crafters only sell items which they have created, thereby offering truly unique merchandise. “With the approach of Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas,” noted Welden, “you can expect to find an array of holiday gift and decorating options, as well as year round treasures. Each month will offer new merchandise as our crafters gear up for December. On the first Saturday of the next 3 months, St. Paul’s is definitely the place to dine and to shop.”

St. Paul’s is located on the corner of Church and Chestnut Streets in Montrose. St. Paul’s is open and welcoming to all and invites you to join them for Sunday services at 9:00 a.m.

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Discipline Is Not A Dirty Word

The Penn State Cooperative Extension is happy to announce an upcoming workshop for parents of young children. Entitled “Discipline is Not a Dirty Word,” the program will be held two Thursday nights, October 14 and 21, from 5:30-7:00 p.m. at Susquehanna Community Elementary School and Forest City Regional School District.

Discipline is Not a Dirty Word is a two-session program for parents of young children (ages 1-6 years). Parents will learn about: “The 7 Principles of Discipline;” how a child’s temperament can affect his/her behavior; encouraging your young child’s growth and development; helping your child with challenging transition times such as bed/naptime, mealtime, etc.; handling the stresses of parenting and caring for yourself.

There is no cost for this program, but registration is requested by October 7. For more information or to register for this program, call the Penn State Cooperative Extension office at 278-1158.

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Eucharistic Adoration At Holy Name Of Mary

On Friday, October 1, monthly Eucharistic Adoration will begin after the 12:30 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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Antiques Appraisal Night Scheduled

Are you a fan of Antiques Roadshow? Here's your chance to participate in a similarly entertaining and informative event! An Antiques Appraisal Night fundraiser is being hosted by the Susquehanna County Historical Society on Friday, October 15. It will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. in the community hall of St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 60 Church St., Montrose PA. Proceeds will benefit the Susquehanna County Historical Society & Free Library Association.

As in past years, the appraiser will be the popular Mr. Richard Axtell of Axtell Antiques in Deposit, New York. He will appraise items in random order. Tickets may be purchased at the library location in Montrose. No tickets will be sold at the door. Items (no firearms, coins, stamps, or jewelry please) should be brought to the church between 5:45 and 6:45 p.m. Call 570-278-1881 for more information.

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Brooklyn Church To Host Convention

The 179th annual meeting of the Pennsylvania Universalist Convention will be hosted by the First Universalist Church of Brooklyn on the weekend of October 9 and 10. The theme this year is entitled “One World, Many Faces.”

From 9:00 a.m. until noon on Saturday, the worship service and business meeting will he held at Evans Hall on the campus of Keystone College, La Plume. The worship service will be conducted by the Rev. Sandra Fees of the Reading Church. The keynote speaker for the convention will be Joyce M. Avila, MA. Originally from Puerto Rico, she has been a teacher at Bethlehem Area School District and Pocono Mountain Area School District, receiving her Masters in Bilingual and Bicultural Education. Currently she is the Assistant Director for Diversity Institute and Diversity Director for Keystone College. She will speak at the hall at 11:00 a.m. The evening banquet will be held at the hall at 7:00 p.m. followed by entertainment from “Illusions by Jeremy.”

On Sunday, October 10, at 10:00 a.m. the convention will gather at the First Universalist Church, Brooklyn. Pastor Ralph Christianson will deliver the sermon entitled “Miracle Off Orion Spur!” Special music will be presented by the “Mountain Aire Brass Quintet” from the Montrose area. Their repertoire ranges from classical to Dixieland gospel. They have performed in various churches in Montrose, the southern tier of New York and the northern tier in Pennsylvania, as well as at summertime festivals. Following the Sunday service, the Association of Universalist Women will provide a luncheon in the social hall. The public is invited to attend.

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County Reads "Red Badge of Courage

The Susquehanna County Library system and Susquehanna County Literacy Program hosts its annual Susquehanna County Reads event in October. This year's selection, chosen through a poll of previous readers, is "Red Badge of Courage" by Stephen Crane. This short, but powerful novel about a young man's experiences on his first days in battle during the Civil War, not only details the atmosphere of our country's greatest trial, but also poses questions still pertinent today. Where do the beliefs of hope and faith lead the everyday soldier while at war? How do the actions of war affect the rest of a soldier's life? How does a soldier deal with the conflicts brought about by the cruelties of battle, the numbing repetition of camp life, the reasoning never given for commands and decisions?

Stephen Crane did not participate in the Civil War, nor did he live at the time of the war, but with masterful skill of assessing civil war history, he created a novel that earned the designation of "an American classic." He re-creates the unforgettable sights and sounds of battle, the soldiers' dialects and characteristics, bringing a realism to the Civil War novel genre that did not exist before. This was not a glorious, panoramic view of a war that divided our country for four years, but a down to earth recital of the common man's part in it.

Susquehanna County Reads has planned several events to enhance the reading of the novel. The WPEL "radio readers" return to 96.5 FM at 12:30 p.m., Monday, Sept. 27 through Friday, Oct. 1, to share segments of the novel with the listening audience.

Old Mill Village in New Milford hosts "Civil War Living History" weekend on Saturday, Oct. 2 and Sunday, Oct. 3, where you'll see first hand details of life in Civil War times. A bus trip to the Gettysburg battle field is set for Monday, Oct. 4, with a guided tour, visitor's center, lunch and more.

One of the most timely events inspired by this year's selection will be a discussion on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 16, at the National Guard Readiness Center in New Milford. Area care providers will explain and address the effects of PTSD, which is a by-product of every military action U.S. forces engage in. Resources to help individuals and families affected by PTSD will be available.

On Friday, Oct. 22, a screening of the 1951 film "The Red Badge of Courage" will be offered at 7 p.m., at St. Paul's Church Hall in Montrose. A teleplay about Stephen Crane's life, "To Escape My Fate," follows.

The Susquehanna County Reads 2010 edition ends with a panel discussion on Monday, Oct. 25 at 7 p.m., in St. Mark's Hall, New Milford. Dr. Kristin Sanner (Mansfield University), David Elliot (Keystone College) and Jan Quackenbush (local historian) will give insights of the novel, the author, the time in the nation's history and the still relevant view of this American classic.

For information and to register for the program, you can contact the Susquehanna County Library in Montrose, Hallstead, Forest City or Susquehanna, or the Pratt Memorial Library in New Milford.

Visit the library website at for all the information about this county wide event that brings readers together in discussion and enjoyment of American literature. Or, you may call the main library at (570) 278-1881.

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