Having survived the flu and determined to join the real world once again, I had a spring in my step when Skytop Farm (www.skytopfarmny.com) manager Jen Franklin called to inform me that there were new foals to visit, so I slipped a CD in the player, put pedal to the metal and drove myself to the sprawling acreage that is home to the thoroughbred horses that call Skytop home. The breeding farm that boasts “around the clock care for your mare during and after her pregnancy” is a bucolic setting nestled in the hills above Roscoe, NY, and the two new colts were as precious as possible. Read more
PIKE AND WAYNE COUNTIES — Linda Lohner teaches biology at the Wallenpaupack Area High School in Pike County, where she and her fellow science teachers are currently developing a new curriculum.Every Wednesday, after the final bell rings, Lohner and a group of students who are passionate about the environment and outdoor activities meet in her classroom to learn about and experience the natural world outside of school. Read more
REGION — Celebrate the Upper Delaware River region and the 20 year anniversary of the Delaware Highlands Conservancy (DHC) at the seventh annual Foods of the Delaware Highlands Gala on April 26 at 5 p.m. at the Settlers Inn in Hawley, PA. The event features a four-course farm-to-table dinner and wine tasting followed by a live auction. Read more
Despite the cold front predicted for next week, I know that spring is on its way. A couple of hellebores (gardening.about.com/od/plantprofile1/p/Hellebore_Pro.htm) have managed to poke up through the snow, determined and perhaps just a bit reckless. I’m looking forward to tramping into the wet woods in search of vernal pools and the salamanders and frogs that inhabit them. Read more
FERNDALE, NY — Sullivan Renaissance is recruiting a limited number of paid community interns for the 2014 season. The primary role of the interns is to assist with care of gardens and other elements of community projects throughout the county. Approximately 15 interns will be hired. Salary is $10 per hour. Read more
MONTICELLO, NY — New York State of Health Marketplace enrollment appointments will be held at the Ethelbert B. Crawford Public Library on Saturday, March 29. Open enrollment for Affordable Care Act Health Insurance continues through March 31. If you have not yet enrolled and would like to sit down one-on-one with a trained health care navigator on Saturday morning, March 29, call the library to make a 9 a.m. or 10 a.m. appointment. Call 845/794-4660 ext. 7. The March 31 deadline is fast approaching so make your appointment now. Specify when calling if bi-lingual assistance is needed.
SULLIVAN COUNTY — The Recovery Center has launched its “Parents Who Host” marketing campaign in Sullivan County. The message of the campaign is that it is illegal to provide minors with alcohol; that parents should refrain from hosting parties for their teens where alcohol is served; and that anyone wishing to report a party where underage drinking is occurring can call the toll-free number provided. Read more