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December 2011

Seniors adopt a family

HONESDALE, PA — Members of the Honesdale senior center, seen here, and members of the Hawley center recently adopted a family through the Wayne County Children’s Christmas Bureau (WCCCB). This year, 651 children were able to receive gifts for Christmas through the generosity of many groups, individuals and businesses. The WCCCB runs solely on donations.
To donate, send a check payable to WCCCB, Honesdale Area Jaycees, 200 Delaware Street, Honesdale, PA 18431.

Hogs help out Head Start

WURTSBORO, NY — Santa, aka Jason Parks of the Wurtsboro Chapter of the Hogs Motorcycle Club, presents children with presents at O’Toole’s Harley-Davidson’s annual holiday party held on December 4, courtesy of Kohl’s Distribution Center. It is the 26th year for the event, which benefits Head Start. Joining the Hogs this year were two other clubs, the Defiant Crew of Orange County and the Latin American Motorcycle Association of Westchester County.  Read more

Holiday donations double at food pantry

The Narrowsburg Ecumenical Food Pantry is still looking for donations for the holiday season, after having received donations for Thanksgiving that were almost doubled from 2010, even in these hard economic times. Emily Grillo of the food pantry said, “I feel blessed to live in an area where people give so generously to others who are in need.” To make a donation of food or money call 570/729-4038.

Happy Holidaze!

I’m often scatterbrained and frequently perplexed—but this week, I found myself even more dazed and confused than usual. The dizzying array of holiday events, parties and fundraisers has me in a tizzy and I momentarily lost my way. Naturally, I’m looking to place blame, rather than own up to a lack of focus, so I’ll chalk it up to attending the Delaware Valley Opera’s (DVO, www.delawarevalleyopera.org) magical and enchanting production of Engelbert Humperdinck’s “Hansel and Gretel.” After all, those crazy kids are well known for getting into trouble and losing their way in the woods.  Read more

Forestburgh Theatre Arts Center to receive $13,500 in grants

FORESTBURGH, NY — The Forestburgh Theatre Arts Center (FTAC) Producing Director Norman Duttweiler has announced that the local not-for-profit performing arts organization will receive two state arts grants to support its work of bringing live theatre to both summer audiences and local high schools students. These are the first The New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) grants the theatre company has ever been awarded.  Read more

A church celebrates with a Living Nativity

BETHANY, PA — Every year, local churches in our area find special ways to celebrate the Christmas season. Among the most interesting of such traditions is a living nativity held by the Bethany Presbyterian Church. At the annual event, members of the congregation reproduce realistic scenes from the New Testament’s story of the nativity of Jesus Christ, with actors and live animals.

Beginning in the historic church on Route 670, the scenes spill out onto the church grounds with imaginative interpretations of the traditional story, colored by modern music and even humorous themes.  Read more

Scrap Seekers

Scrap metal collection isn’t just the domain of teenagers looking to make an extra buck anymore. In years past, there were always kids asking to haul away your junk for free. It was like the paper route job of rural kids.

But now, as scrap metal prices continue to rise and people are feeling the pinch of a difficult economy, scrap collection is turning into a full-time job. It’s an interesting development in our local economy.  Read more

Open letter to Department of Environmental Conservation

I’ve read your 1,500-page dSGEIS document on how you intend to allow high volume hydraulic fracturing (hydrofracking) for natural gas in our state. I offer the following for your consideration.

I couldn’t find anything in the document requiring compensation for people who might experience damage to their property, drinking water contamination or adverse health affects from hydrofracking.  Read more

Living downstream

An interesting interchange at last month’s Project Review Committee meeting of the Upper Delaware Council (UDC) started us thinking about the importance of connections. The subject matter was a draft letter to be sent from the UDC to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) regarding proposed natural gas drilling regulations. Some members argued that the letter, coming as it would from the UDC, should only refer to activities in the river corridor of the Scenic and Recreational River itself, not to anything that occurs elsewhere in the basin.  Read more

Big Lake redemption

WALLENPAUPACK, PA — When it comes to New York versus Pennsylvania high school sports, it’s nearly never that twain shall meet. One exception is the annual Hawley Rotary Tip-Off Basketball Tournament held at the Wallenpaupack Area Gym in early December. It is there that Monticello travels to represent the New York side of the river against schools like Western Wayne or Mountain View and, inevitably, the host Wallenpaupack Buckhorns, a team they have defeated in the championship games for the past two years. This year, the storied tournament celebrated its 14th anniversary.  Read more