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March 2014

Pike County Chamber celebrates opening of new member Jenni Bakes 4 U

MILFORD, PA — Jenni Bakes 4 U received her license and launched in December of 2013. Baker and owner Jennifer Wallace has been a Wilton cake decorating instructor for years. Her cookies have been sold at health food stores, farm markets, several local craft fairs, and her website.  Read more

Shooting for a cure, basketball teams raise money

LOCH SHELDRAKE, NY — At the recent Sullivan County BCANY vs. Cancer Classic, held at Sullivan County Community College, local schools’ basketball teams competed to raise funds for the Oncology Unit at Catskill Regional Medical Center. This year’s event raised over $3,000. Pictured in the front row are Marianne Durkin, left, Kelsey Brockner, Krysten Herbert, Lah-juan Drayton, and Dr. Gerard Galarneau.  Read more

Rolling V Bus Corp. drivers awarded Greenroad Fleet Elite Membership

SOUTH FALLSBURG, NY — Rolling V Bus Corp., a passenger transportation company based in the Catskills Region, has announced that 31 drivers have been awarded distinguished GreenRoad Fleet Elite memberships for excellence in driver safety.  Read more

Ehrhardt’s Waterfront Banquet Center welcomes Karen Loeschorn

HAWLEY, PA — Ehrhardt’s Waterfront Banquet Center announced the recent addition of Karen Loeschorn to its team. In August 2013, the company lost Diane Bernstel, the wedding coordinator for over 20 years. Loeschorn is from Milford where she is on the borough council. She brings with her expertise and experience cultivated while owning the Dimmick Inn in Milford for almost 20 years (1989-2008) and the Windy Dog Bistro (2009-2011). She is a graduate of the University of Scranton, East Stroudsburg University and the University of Kansas.

Isabelle L. (Kaporches) Symczyk

Isabelle L. (Kaporches) Symczyk of Milanville, PA, passed away Tuesday, March 18, 2014, at her son’s home in Laurence Harbor. She was 92.

She was born in Luzerne, PA. She was a homemaker who enjoyed walking in the woods in Pennsylvania.

Isabelle was predeceased by her beloved husband, Walter Symczyk; her son, David Symczyk; and her parents, John and Mary Kaporches. She is survived by her loving children, Walter Symczyk and his wife Marian of Laurence Harbor; and a daughter, Laura Symczyk of Philadelphia. She will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved her.

March 20, 2014 - March 27, 2014

Margaret W. (Marge) Freidenstine

Margaret W. (Marge) Freidenstine of Kenoza Lake, NY, a retired catalog sales manager for Montgomery Ward and a lifelong area resident, died Saturday, March 15, 2014 at Wayne Memorial Hospital in Honesdale, PA. She was 95.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Kenoza Lake Fire Department, the Jeffersonville First Aid Squad, or to a charity of one’s choice.

Rose E. McDavitt

Rose E. McDavitt of Glen Spey, NY, passed away Thursday, March 20, 2014 at Bon Secours Community Hospital, Port Jervis, NY. She was 61.  Read more

Meeting Annie

Lately, I realize I take a lot for granted: everyday things such as the warmth of a sunny day, the laughter of children and the first bloom of the forsythia indicating the birth of another spring. When I first met Annie, I was moving into the last car of the train and noticed she was the only one in the car. Strange for the car to be empty, I thought, I would have passed without a second notice except she spoke to me saying hello and asking if Harriman was next. She had a pleasant voice and was looking right at me, hard to ignore and just walk on.  Read more

Do dairy farms need more milk security?

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has opened a public comment period with the nation’s state agriculture departments to hear their suggestions for hardening the security of dairy farm milk houses and bulk milk tanks. Design of potential new security regulations comes in the final implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act of 2011 (FSMA). Under the act, FDA alone is tasked with oversight of developing anti-terrorism security measures to be implemented on dairy farms. State recommendations to FDA are due by March 31, 2014 and will be published in the Federal Register.  Read more

Remembering Art Peck

Art Peck was a unique individual. Much has been written about him since his death such a short time ago. Art left his mark on this community in many ways. He successfully expanded the market he bought on Main Street, Narrowsburg, NY to a new building on Kirk Road and later opened two more stores in nearby towns. He then found a way for Peck’s employees to own the business.  Read more

Clean energy cuts carbon pollution in New York

As public concern about extreme weather events like Hurricane Sandy ramps up, New York is proving that we can win the fight against global warming. The statements that Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand made at an all-night event on the floor of the Senate this week served as a clear sign that they understand the need for climate action.  Read more