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Issue Home November 17, 2010 Site Home

Senior Menu

Home Care For Alzheimer’s Sufferers
PA NARO Announces Educational Meeting
Make & Take Gift Workshop
Courthouse Closing Notice
EPA To Honor Stewards Of The Environment
Volunteers Needed
Webinar To Review Drilling Regulations


November 18

TURKEY PARTY, Thurs., November 18, 7:00 p.m. at St. Francis Hall, Friendsville.

MUSIC BY SIZZLE, Thurs., November 18, 6:00-9:00 p.m. at Kirkwood Elks Lodge.

PIZZA NIGHT, 5:30-9:00 p.m. at Kirkwood Elks Lodge. Eat in or take out.

OPEN MIC COUNTRY, 6:00-9:00 p.m. at Kirkwood Elks Lodge. All welcome.

November 19

DINNER, Fri., November 19, 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Kirkwood Elks Lodge. All welcome.

MEETING: Calligrapher’s Guild of NEPA, Fri., November 19, 7:30 p.m. at Marywood University, Shields Center for Visual Arts Room 225. For info call (570) 542-5416.

November 19-20

PLAY: The Odd Couple, Fri. & Sat., November 19 & 20, 7:00 p.m. at Susquehanna Community High School.

November 20

CHRISTMAS BAZAAR, Sat., November 20, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. at VFW #6223, Great Bend. For info call 570-879-5116.

GOSPEL CONCERT: On Our Way Home, Sat., November 20, 7:00 p.m. at Susquehanna UM Church. All welcome.

GOOD NEWS LUNCH, Sat., November 20, noon at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, New Milford. Free, all welcome.

CHILI & SOUP LUNCHEON, Sat., November 20, 10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. at Thompson UM Church. All you can eat, all welcome.

BINGO, Sat., November 20, 7:00 p.m. at Blue Ridge Sportsmen’s Club, New Milford. All welcome.

November 20-21

ARTISANS’ MARKETPLACE, Sat., November 20, 10:00 a.m. & Sun., November 21, 11:00 a.m. at Waverly Community House, Waverly, PA.

November 21

BREAKFAST BUFFET, November 21, 8:00-11:00 a.m. at Thompson Hose Co. All you can eat.

PANCAKE BREAKFAST, Sun., November 21, 7:00-11:00 a.m. at Blue Ridge Sportsmen’s Club, New Milford. All you can eat, all welcome.

November 23

WING NIGHT, Tues., November 23, 5:30-9:00 p.m. at Kirkwood Elks Lodge. All welcome.

November 26

DINNER, Fri., November 26, 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Kirkwood Elks Lodge. All welcome.

November 27

BINGO, Sat., November 27, doors open 5:00 p.m., game 7:00 p.m. at American Legion Post 357, Hallstead.

November 28

HUNTER’S BREAKFAST & Sight-In Day, Sun., November 28, 7:00 a.m. at Blue Ridge Sportsmen’s Club, New Milford.

BREAKFAST, Sun., November 28, 8:00-11:00 a.m. at SAL American Legion Post 357, Hallstead. All welcome.

November 30

WING NIGHT, Tues., November 30, 5:30-9:00 p.m. at Kirkwood Elks Lodge. All welcome.

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Senior Center Menu November 22 - 26

Monday, November 22: roast beef, red beets, mashed potatoes w/ chives, ww roll, pumpkin pie, cranberry juice.

Tuesday, November 23: Mediterranean chicken, spinach salad, rice pilaf, ww pita bread, pears.

Wednesday, November 24: meatloaf, broccoli & cauliflower, scalloped potatoes, rye bread, bread pudding.

Thursday, November 25: closed Thanksgiving day.

Friday, November 26: closed for Thanksgiving holiday.

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Home Care For Alzheimer’s Sufferers

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, nearly 11 million Americans are providing care for someone with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia without assistance. The non-profit National Private Duty Association (NPDA) has announced that it will host a family caregiver education web conference entitled Caring for Someone with Alzheimer’s at Home on November 16, at 8 p.m. EST. The free live and interactive web conference will provide families with advice on steps to help them provide the necessary care.

“November is recognized as National Family Caregivers Month,” said Sheila McMackin, president of NPDA. “NPDA is hosting this valuable event to raise awareness of family caregiver issues during this important month. Our goal is to provide education to families dealing with the special needs of Alzheimer’s patients. Keeping someone with Alzheimer’s at home can be challenging, but very positive. Our experts will provide insight and education to support caregivers facing this situation.”

The web conference topics will address issues relating to patient assessment, care plans, caregiver education, safety, and other care issues related specifically to Alzheimer's patients and the disease itself.

Pre-registration for the event is required. Sign up by visiting the registration link at

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PA NARO Announces Educational Meeting

Tunkhannock, Pa. - Due to the high levels of gas leasing and drilling activity in the Marcellus Shale, the Pennsylvania Chapter of the Tulsa-based National Association of Royalty Owners (“NARO”) will conduct a “town hall” educational meeting for mineral interest owners, natural gas professionals and the public. The National Association of Royalty Owners Pennsylvania Chapter, NARO-PA will be holding this meeting/seminar on Thursday, November 18 in Tunkhannock, at the Tunkhannock Middle School.

The educational meeting and exhibits will be open to NARO members and the public. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m.The educational program will run from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Topicsfor the program include: how will legislation affect your royalty income; understanding the unitization/pooling process and your royalty check; understanding tax issues for royalty owners; and an overview of hydraulic fracturing.

According to Jacqueline Root, NARO-PA President, Lawrenceville, PA, this meeting is the second of a series of town hall meetings planned for royalty owners/potential royalty owners. NARO-PA will be introducing valuable information for landowners who have engaged in or are considering leasing their land for natural gas exploration. This event will also help launch the Pennsylvania Chapter of NARO, which is beginning its statewide campaign to recruit and educate the landowners who own natural gas rights in the Marcellus Shale.

To pre-register or for additional information call 570-537-3829 or e-mail

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Make & Take Gift Workshop

On Monday, November 29, Penn State Cooperative Extension in Susquehanna County will hold a Make and Take Holiday Gift Workshop for kids ages 5-18. It will be held from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. at the Susquehanna County Office Building, 81 Public Avenue, Montrose, in the EMA Conference Room (downstairs).

Several craft stations will be set up, and youth can make three make-and-take-gifts. There is a small charge per child to help cover material costs. Parents/adults are free. Refreshments will be provided.

Registration is required by Monday, November 22. Each child/youth registrant will be asked to select the top four things they would like to make. Every effort will be made to give everyone their top three choices. Contact the Penn State Extension office at 278-1158 for more information and to register.

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Courthouse Closing Notice

The Susquehanna County Commissioners announce the Courthouse will be closed on Thursday, November 25 and Friday, November 26 in observance of Thanksgiving. All court related offices will be available.


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EPA To Honor Stewards Of The Environment

PHILADELPHIA - Do you know of anyone who is taking big steps to reduce pollution or is making a difference in their community to protect the environment?

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency wants to know. EPA's mid-Atlantic regional office is encouraging people to nominate individuals and groups who are making significant contributions to help public health and the environment in Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia or in the District of Columbia. An EPA panel will review nominations and select winners of its 2010 Environmental Achievement Awards. The agency will hold an awards ceremony at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia on Wednesday, April 13, 2011.

“There are people and organizations doing great work to protect the environment,” said Shawn M. Garvin, EPA’s mid-Atlantic regional administrator. “These regional awards are our way of saying thanks and encouraging others to take similar actions that will make their communities more livable and healthier.”

Individuals and organizations are eligible for environmental achievement awards in three categories: business and industry; non-profit or volunteer organization; state, local or other federal government agency. For more information, visit Nominations will be accepted through December 1.

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Volunteers Needed

Can you spare an hour or two to help people in your own county? Volunteers are needed to help ring the Salvation Army bell at Schneider’s Market in Susquehanna. The Salvation Army is involved with many programs that directly help Susquehanna County residents. Get a friend or group to ring with you! Please call Lynn at 853-4692 or Paul at 853-4534 to volunteer.

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Webinar To Review Drilling Regulations

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - As the natural-gas drilling boom into the deep Marcellus Shale formation has unfolded, state regulators have become increasingly aware of pollution risks to ground and surface water, and they have scrambled to develop regulations to protect valuable natural resources.

Two experts with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection will offer details about the current regulatory environment in a free, one-hour, Web-based seminar at 1 p.m. on November 18.

Presented by Penn State Cooperative Extension, the webinar will feature Dana Aunkst, director of DEP's bureau of water standards and facilities regulation, and Eugene Pine, professional geologist manager with the agency. Online participants will have the opportunity to ask the speakers questions during the session.

"In 2010, the Pennsylvania Environmental Quality Board amended the Pennsylvania Code to include new treatment requirements for total dissolved solids," Aunkst said. "This final form rulemaking ensures the continued protection of the commonwealth's water resources from new and expanded sources of total dissolved solids."

Most importantly, Aunkst noted, the final rulemaking guarantees that state waters will not exceed a threshold of 500 milligrams per liter. "In doing so, the final rulemaking assures the continued use and protection of drinking water intakes on streams throughout the commonwealth," he said. "That provides the required protection of aquatic life and maintains continued economic viability of the current water users."

The final rulemaking adopts a combination of recommended approaches for addressing these larger loads of total dissolved solids, Aunkst pointed out. This combination of approaches includes an industrial-sector-based regulation along with a watershed-based analysis.

"The sector-based piece focuses on the natural-gas industry, mandating the treatment of gas-well wastewater," he said. "This approach is based on available, proven treatment technologies for this industry and takes cost into consideration. In addition, this treatment must be performed at a centralized wastewater treatment facility to the standards in the proposed rulemaking.

"These requirements will assure that any threat of water pollution from this rapidly growing industry is prevented in accordance with the Pennsylvania Clean Streams Law."

Aunkst's presentation will provide background on the need for the new regulation, a history of the development of the regulation and an update on the implementation of the new requirements.

On the other hand, Pine's presentation will explain how his department is making changes to the regulations and will detail the proposed and final rulemaking process, including timeframes, public-comment periods and so forth.

"I will generally explain where we are in this process and then highlight the more significant revisions to the existing regulations," he said. "The regulatory revisions emphasize, and are intended to strengthen, proper well-drilling, construction and operational practices."

A properly cased and cemented oil or gas well is critical to protecting groundwater, public health, safety and the environment, explained Pine. Many of the regulations governing well construction were promulgated in 1989 and remain largely unchanged.

"New well-drilling and completion practices used to develop Marcellus Shale wells, as well as recent impacts to drinking water supplies and the environment by both 'traditional' and Marcellus Shale wells, prompted the department to re-evaluate existing requirements," he said.

With the continued development of the oil and gas industry, the potential exists for natural gas to migrate from the wellbore by either improperly constructed wells or older, deteriorated wells, Pine noted.

"This migration could adversely affect underground sources of drinking water and pose a threat to public safety and the environment," he said. "Accordingly, DEP has revised its well-drilling and operation regulations."

The webinar, "Pa. DEP Regulatory Update," is part of an ongoing series of workshops and events addressing issues related to the state's Marcellus Shale gas boom. Information about how to register for the webinar is available at

Additional one-hour webinars will be held at 1 p.m. on the following dates:

December 16: "Plumbing the Depths in PA: A Primer on Marcellus Shale Geology and Technology."

January 20, 2011: "Marcellus Shale Legislation: What Was Accomplished in the 2009-10 Session and What Issues Remain to be Addressed."

February 16, 2011: "Dealing with Gas Tax Issues: What You Need to Know."

March 17, 2011: "Natural Gas Well Development and Emergency Response and Management."

Previous webinars, publications and other information on topics such as water use and quality, zoning, gas-leasing considerations for landowners and implications for local communities also are available online at

For more information, contact John Turack, extension educator in Westmoreland County, at (724) 837-1402 or by e-mail at

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