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By Staff | Jan 8, 2009

by Joan Wheal Blank

Every January, as I file away the previous year’s accumulation of paid bills, bank statements, and credit card slips, I also weed out the warranty and product info booklets for items that have been thrown away or replaced during the past year.

This process always generates a question or two, like: Why did I keep the single sheet of instructions that came with the $10 toaster from the Dollar General Store while I have yet to locate the television’s 64-page manual that has been missing for years?

Why did we buy that clamp-on outdoor grill lamp? The summer sun lingers until long after we have grilled and eaten our hot dogs. By November, when standard time kicks in, the grill cover is stiff with a coating of ice, and the crock pot becomes the preferred method of cooking our evening meal.

And how can it be almost 18 years since I purchased my upright freezer? 1991 was only yesterday, wasn’t it?

Coming up this month: Tuesday, Jan. 13, at 6:30 p.m., Montgomery Borough Council meeting at the Borough Offices on Main Street.

Tuesday, Jan. 13, at 6:30 p.m., Storytime at the Montgomery Library for preschool to 2nd graders.

Wednesday, Jan. 14, 4:30 to 6 p.m., a family-style chicken and ham pot pie dinner will be served at the Brick Church. Dinner includes cole slaw, homemade applesauce, succotash, rolls and dessert. Cost is $8 for adults, $4 for children 6 to 10, and children 5 and under eat free.

Thursday, Jan. 15, from 4:30 to 7 p.m., the Clinton Township Volunteer Fire Company will be serving at sit-down meal of Roast beef, mashed potatoes, stuffing, gravy, and corn. Dessert is a choice of apple or cherry pie. Cost is $8 for adults, $5 for children 6-12, and children 5 and under eat free.

Tryouts for the “Tri-town Braves Football Team” will be at the Montgomery Borough Park on Saturday, Jan. 17 at 1 p.m. Cost is $15.00 to join this full equipment and contact sport. For more information contact Derek Hans at 570-394-8270. The team is being sponsored this year by the Riverside Campground.

Saturday, Jan. 17, there will be an all-day Yard Sale to benefit Relay for Life at the Clinton Township Volunteer Fire Hall.

Sunday, Jan 18, at 2 p.m., the Clinton Baptist Church will lead the worship service at Muncy Valley Skilled Nursing Center.

Tuesday, Jan. 20, at 7 p.m., at the Borough Offices on Main Street, the Montgomery Area Historical Society will host White Deer native and resident Ardith Wilkins who will present a program on the Widow Catherine Smith, a pioneer woman who lived in White Deer during the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.

Widow Smith was famous for her contribution to the Revolutionary War efforts by constructing a rifle-boring mill and later, for her efforts to fight off ejection from her property.

Saturday, Jan. 24, the 11th Annual Beatles Fest is planned to be held at the Clinton Township Volunteer Fire Hall. Email twinder@comcast.net for more information.