Helpful Information Classes

Helpful Information

501 From Your Heart or Your Imagination –  Writing #1   Instructor Ann Vitale, published writer

Little or no writing experience needed. A collection of family stories makes a great gift. Or, take advantage of holiday gatherings to make notes for a memoir. Short fiction is also fun to write. Just ask yourself: What if? and write a story. Dialog and setting will be covered. Explore bringing your ideas to the page at this workshop-style class with friendly suggestions for your writing from an experienced published writer and your classmates. Writers with some experience are welcome, too. Limited to 8 students for maximum attention and progress.

Four Thursdays, beginning September 6 at 4:00 pm

Location: Honeyman Room, Montrose Bible Conference, Locust St. Montrose

Fee: $20.00


502 People and Places – Writing #2   Instructor Ann Vitale, published writer

Writing #1 not required but students should have some basic plans for a short or long project, practicing short writing exercises, or journaling. Prompts may be used. Family history, flash fiction, memoir, and novel writers welcome. Even in family stories, writing dialog as an exciting part of storytelling and using a setting to create mood will be covered. Instructor has been published in short fiction, memoir, and How-to articles. Limited to 8 students for maximum attention and interaction.

Four Thursdays, beginning October 4 at 4:00 pm

Location: Honeyman Room, Montrose Bible Conference, Locust St. Montrose

Fee: $20.00


503 First Aid for Your Dog, Cat, or Pocket Pet   Instructor Dr. Robert Sullivan, veterinarian

Learn how to be a first responder for your pet, how to minimize further injury, and how you can properly care for your pet in an urgent situation or emergency. Learn about care for pets with GI, cardiac, neurologic, respiratory or traumatic injuries.

One Wednesday, October 24, beginning 6:30 pm

Location: Montrose Area High School, Room 7

Fee:  $5.00


504 Understanding Medicare   Instructor Cheryl Myers, business person

Confused about Medicare?  Wondering what it really covers and how to make a smart choice for a supplemental policy?  Here is a course to help you understand your options and when they are available.  Learn about Medicare, Supplements, Advantage Plans and prescription drug plans before you need the coverage…or, if you are on Medicare, get smarter about your options.
Class 1: Medicare Overview
Class 2:  What is Medigap? (aka Medicare supplements)
Class 3:  Medicare Advantage plans
Class 4:  Medicare Part D, prescription plans

Four Wednesdays beginning September 19 at 6:30 pm

Location: Montrose Area High School, room 9.

Fee: $20.00


505 How to Select Your Prescription Drug Plan for 2019,    Instructors: Kathy Matis, and Judy Kelly

If you are covered by Medicare each year, between October and December, you need to review your prescription plan and select the best plan for you in the coming year. Perhaps your medications have changed. Many do not realize that plans can change their coverage, and the medications they cover as well as the pharmacies they use. In this class you will get simplified instruction on how the internet can show you the best choices for you.

One Wednesday, November 7 at 7:00 pm

Location: Montrose Area High School, Room 63, computer lab.

Fee: $5.00


  1. Understanding Renters and Homeowners Insurance Instructor Judy Kelly, insurance agent

What is the right way to determine contents coverage? Learn what is covered and what is not covered. Find out how coverage amounts can be determined. What is the difference between named peril and all peril coverage, or between actual cash value and replacement cost coverage? What does your liability coverage do for you? What happens if you have a claim?

Your home is probably one of your most important assets. Do you feel unsure about insurance coverage on your home? You may feel that your home is insured for more than its sale value.  Perhaps you feel your home is worth more than your policy will cover. Come to this class and learn answers to these and other questions.

One Tuesday October 9 beginning at 6:30 pm

Location: Montrose Area High School, Room 9

Fee: $5.00


507 Beginner Woodworking       Instructor Mike Merritt, woodworker   This class is full

Beginner woodworking is an introductory level class on the fundamentals of woodworking. Class will include instructional as well as hands on participation in creating a useful home decoration item.   Class will cover an overview of shop and tool safety, setup and operation of table saw, router and surface planer.  All students will get to take home a sample of the final product.  Students are required to wear ear and eye protection and may pay a $5.00 supply fee or bring their own safety equipment. Class is limited to 6 students.

One Wednesday, October 24, from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm This class is full

Location: Private residence, Brackney. Directions will be sent prior to the class.

Fee: $5.00    Material Fee:  $5.00     Safety Equipment Fee: $5.00 if needed.

Please indicate on the registration form if safety equipment is needed


508 Basic Carpentry,    Instructor Jim James, carpenter

In this three-session class you will learn about basic tools and how to use them, techniques for fastening things together, what’s inside a wall (hints for hanging pictures and shelves) and a hands-on experience, assembling a birdhouse.

Three Wednesdays beginning September 5th at 6:00 pm

Location:  St. Marks Parish Hall Main St. New Milford

Fee: $15.00 Material Fee: $10.00


509 Understanding Veterans Benefits      Instructor, Richard Ely, Director of Veterans Affairs

This class will be presented by the Susquehanna County Director of Veterans Affairs as a community service.  It will provide veterans and their family members with an overview of the wide variety of benefits available to Veterans and their families as well as eligibility and how to apply.

One Tuesday, September 25 beginning at 7:00 pm

Location: Montrose Area High School, Room 9

Fee: No fee for this class


510   AARP Smart Driver    Instructor: Marilyn Burton, AARP certified instructor

The AARP driver training course is an eight-hour refresher for students 55 and older.  When you complete this course, and receive a certificate, you may get a 5% discount on your automobile insurance for 3 years.  This course includes classroom training with lectures and discussions.

Three sessions, September 24,25,26 from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm.  All three sessions needed to complete the course.

Location: Montrose Area High School, Room 7

Fee: $15.00 for AARP members and $20.00 for non-members. Do not mail the fee with your registration. Bring a check to the first class made out to AARP.