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December 2011

BLANCHE KUESTER

Blanche Kuester of Beach Lake, PA died Saturday, November 26, 2011 at Ellen Memorial Health Care Center in Honesdale, PA. She was 95.

She is preceded in death by her husband Karl B. Kuester, who died on June 28, 1999. The couple married December 1, 1936.
Born July 22, 1916 in Scranton, she was the daughter of the late Anthony and Pauline Nycz Michalek.  Read more

‘The Year the War Came Home,’ by Richard Paterson

MILFORD, PA — Milford author Richard Paterson has self-published a novel, “The Year the War Came Home,” that spans seven months, November 1969 to July 1970. The story weaves in historic events of the period—including the Vietnam War, Kent State shootings, first draft lottery, Apollo 13 and the My-Lai massacre.  Read more

‘By the Grace of God,’ by Jean Potter

LORDS VALLEY, PA — “By the Grace of God” is Jean Potter’s story about the traumatic events of 9/11 and the extraordinary effect it had on her and her husband Dan. Jean was working in the North Tower at the time of the incident, and Dan served as a New York City firefighter and was a first responder to the scene. The book covers the impact of the event: having to cope with the effects of post traumatic stress disorder; moving because they could no longer live in a home haunted by three thousand ghosts; giving up their jobs and leaving the city they had grown to love.  Read more

A historical ornament

HONESDALE, PA — The Wayne County Historical Society joins in the celebration of Honesdale National Bank’s 175th birthday with the release of this year’s ornament depicting the bank. The Honesdale Bank opened its doors in 1836, with Richard L. Seely as its first president, and although its name has been changed, it has provided 175 years of continuous service to the Wayne County community.  Read more

Holiday Shopping Bazaar benefits food pantries

CALLICOON, NY — The Gay and Lesbian Alliance of the Catskills, in association with the Sullivan County Visitors Association, will present the second annual Holiday Shopping Bazaar from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, December 10 at the enclosed tennis courts of the Villa Roma resort. Two of this year’s beneficiaries are the Ecumenical Food Pantry in Narrowsburg, NY (emilygrillo@yahoo.com; 570/729-4038) and the Federation for the Homeless, 9 Monticello Street, Monticello, NY 12701-1807, 845/794-2604.  Read more

Winter warmth for Cosor kids

WOODRIDGE, NY — Through the generosity of community members and the hard work of the Kiwanis Club of Woodridge, the club recently donated gloves, hats, underwear and socks to the Benjamin Cosor Elementary School (BCES). There is a real need for these items on the part of some of the youngsters of the Fallsburg Central School District. The clothing will be kept at the school and given to the children as the need arises throughout the winter and the balance of the school year.  Read more

Deck the Doors contest

HURLEYVILLE, NY — Sullivan First will hold its 15th annual Deck the Doors holiday decorating contest on Thursday, December 15. Winners of the contest will be awarded prizes provided by Hurleyville business owners. The group will tour every road in Hurleyville on the night of the contest and judge doors decorated for the holidays. All holiday-decorated doors in the hamlet, including residences and businesses, are eligible.  Read more

40th Annual Rick Drew Holiday Parade

PORT JERVIS, NY — The 40th Annual Rick Drew Holiday Parade will take place on Sunday, December 11. The parade will line up on Canal Street at 1:00 p.m. and begin at 2:00 p.m. The route travels Pike Street, over the Port/Matamoras Bridge, down Pennsylvania Avenue to Seventh Street and ends in the Matamoras Fire House Hall at Airport Park. At the firehouse there will be donuts, hot chocolate, the trophy ceremony and Santa. The event is sponsored by the Tri-State Chamber of Commerce.

‘Shorts & Sweets for the Holidays’

HURLEYVILLE, NY — Big Sky Productions and the Sullivan County Historical Society will present “Shorts & Sweets for the Holidays” on Saturday, December 10 at 7:30 p.m. at the Sullivan County Museum at 265 Main St. Admission costs $10, and benefits the historical society.  Read more

Ornament hunt in Central Park

HONESDALE, PA — On Saturday, December 10, the 17th annual Children’s Ornament Hunt will be held in Honesdale’s Central Park at 10 a.m. Children will have the opportunity to hunt for ornaments for a chance to win prizes donated by Honesdale businesses. There will be three age groups: K and younger; first and second grades; and third and fourth grades. The event is presented by the Greater Honesdale Partnership and co-sponsored by Apple Day Spa & Hair Restoration Salon and Connections Magazine.